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Upgraded Hydration: Homemade Sports Drinks

Upgraded Hydration: Homemade Sports Drinks

Hydration

Water is the single most important nutrient we consume. It is a key component to each of the millions of biochemical reactions that happen in our bodies every second. It’s estimated that 75% of people in the US are chronically dehydrated, so dehydration is a real concern. You may be all too familiar with the number one symptom of chronic dehydration: midday fatigue. Hitting your target daily water intake can sometimes be a challenge with a busy schedule, but it’s a good idea to find ways that help you to stay hydrated.

Upgrade Your Water

A great way to upgrade your water and maximize the benefits you get from drinking it, is to make your own sports drinks. The vast majority of store-bought energy drinks and juices come with added sugars, additives and are also heavily processed. Steer clear of anything that is a color you can’t find in nature! When you make your own, you can ensure you get all the good stuff, none of the bad, and that they are refreshing, thirst-quenching and delicious as well! Fresh sliced produce and some added electrolytes in purified water is all it takes!

Electrolytes

People often mistakenly think of water as the sole component of hydration, but minerals and electrolytes play just as critical of a role. The best place to find the electrolytes your body craves is in mineral-rich salts. Himalayan Pink Salt and Celtic Sea Salt contain around 84 trace minerals and nutrients that help your cells send and receive messages, and support more complete hydration.

Recipes

Just slice up some fruits, veggies and herbs and let them soak in purified water for a few hours in the fridge. Add a few pinches of healthy salt, and you’ve upgraded your water to be super-hydrating. Here are some flavor combinations to get you started:

  • Cucumber & Mint
  • Lemon & Ginger
  • Pineapple & Mint
  • Watermelon & Rosemary
  • Raspberry & Lime
  • Orange, Lemon & Lime
  • Lime & Mint
  • Grape & Honeydew
  • Blackberry & Sage
  • Tangerine & Cucumber
10 Reasons to Throw Away Your Microwave

10 Reasons to Throw Away Your Microwave

With the fast food culture that has developed in the US, microwave ovens have made their way into just about every home. For sure, their convenience is unquestionable. But just as with fast food, it doesn’t come without high risk to our health.

Microwaves work by interacting with the water molecules in food, causing them to change polarity millions of times per second. This creates molecular friction that heats up the food. Unfortunately, though, research is showing that it does much more than just heat food.

The violent friction from microwaves causes substantial damage to food molecules, leaving them deformed, torn apart, or transformed into toxic forms.

Because of this, microwaved foods contain both molecules and energies that are foreign to the human body. Essentially, microwave ovens decay and change the molecular structure of food through the process of radiation.

10 reasons to stop using your microwave

  1. The process of microwaving food creates by-products that are foreign to the human body. These cannot be metabolized (broken down), so rather than provide you with fuel, microwaved foods create a negative energy drain on the body.
  2. The effects of the by-products of microwaved foods are residual and cumulative in the body over time.
  3. Microwaves can alter the molecular structure of non-foods (containers, etc), causing them to leech harmful toxins.
  4. Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of microwaved foods are reduced or altered so that at best, the human body gets little or no benefit. At worst, they may actually contain carcinogenic compounds.
  5. When vegetables are cooked in microwave ovens, the minerals they contain are altered into cancerous free radicals.
  6. Studies have shown that microwaved foods can cause cancerous growths or tumors in the stomach and intestines. This may be a contributor to the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in the US.
  7. Microwaved foods can cause cancerous cells to increase in human blood.
  8. The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations, and can disrupt male and female hormone production.
  9. Eating microwaved food can cause loss of memory and concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease in intelligence.
  10. Over time, regularly eating microwaved foods can cause permanent brain damage by “shorting out” electrical impulses in the brain and de-polarizing or de-magnetizing brain tissues.

Sources:

  1. globalhealingcenter.com
  2. mercola.com
  3. health-science.com