Boost Your Immunity With Water
So it’s winter and the flu is starting to really run rampant and you’re looking for natural ways to boost your immunity?
Probably the very best thing you can do is to make sure that you are staying fully hydrated. Most people don’t drink enough water and even think that because tea and coffee are made using water that those beverages count. The truth is, they do not. Well, maybe if the tea you’re drinking is green tea.
So how much water do you really need daily? This number may really shock you. The recommended amount of daily water intake is one-half your body weight in ounces! In other words, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking around 75 ounces of water! That’s equates to a little over 9 cups of water!
When I share that with most people they say “oh my goodness, I’ll drown”! Here’s the truth about this. In the beginning, you may have to use the restroom more, but if you keep at it, your body will get used to being properly hydrated and will really begin to use that water to return your body functions to normal and the health benefits will be amazing!
Your skin will be smoother, your digestion will be better, your pain will be less, you will have fewer food cravings and you’ll sleep better! Those are all really important things to bring your body to optimal health.
Not only will these options make your water taste amazing, but they will also boost your immunity and help you to heal faster (or not get sick in the first place).
Don’t like the taste of water, or you get bored with it? No worries, I’ve got you covered for that with a couple of tips that will actually not only provide great taste, but also boost your immunity!
Option #1: Add 1 slice of fresh lemon +1 slice of fresh orange + a couple sprigs of mint to your water.
Option #2: Add 1 slice of mango + 2 slices of cucumber + ½” piece of fresh ginger to your water.
How do these options boost your immunity you ask? Great question. Let’s examine them one at a time.
Option 1: Lemon + Orange + Mint
First and foremost, lemon and orange are both very high in vitamin C, which we all know is very beneficial to boosting your immune system. There are lots of amazing benefits of vitamin C which include reduced skin dryness, allows your body to have better mineral absorption, which helps to fight inflammation and among other things helps your physical performance.
The addition of the mint is also crucial, as mint contains menthol, which is a natural decongestant. Mint is also a calming herb and is great for upset tummies and indigestion. Even those with inflammatory bowel disorders can greatly benefit from mint.
Option 2: Mango + Cucumber + Ginger
Mango is also on the list of high vitamin C content foods, so once again, you’re adding a boost of that wonderful healing vitamin to your body.
Cucumber is nature’s detox machine. It is loaded with anti-oxidants which help to fight free radicals, help your body to cleanse and detox, and helps to keep you hydrated. Cucumber can even fight or help to prevent headaches, so when you’re sick, and your whole body is aching, it’s possible that adding some cucumber to your diet will help you feel better.
As for ginger, it is well known as a very powerful anti-nausea herb. Once again, to combat this cold and flu season (or to feel great all year long), adding some ginger to your water will aid your digestion, relieve pain and reduce inflammation in your body.
With all these amazing immune boosting and health promoting properties, I hope that you will start adding some of these things to your water right away! It will help your water to taste better (and less boring) and give you some truly awesome health benefits as well!
Here's to your health!
Now it’s your turn. Have you tried any of these options to boost your immunity and help your water taste better? What are some of the things that you like to add to your water? Don’t be shy, comment below, I’d LOVE to hear from you!