Hydration is a key component to feeling WHOLLY WELL!

Staying hydrated is so important for every human being.  Water is crucial to our health because it carries nutrients and oxygen to cells.  This helps regulate our body temperature, increase lubrication in our joints and detoxifies unwanted waste in our bodies.  It also boosts and maintains our metabolism, which in return gives us more energy. It's important at every step.

According to this article, Dr. Batmanghelidj, insists we should eliminate all caffeine-containing and non-water fluids. To determine the amount of water you should have, in nutritional therapy, we recommend taking half of your body weight and dividing it by 2 to get the amount of ounces of water you should consume per day.  Example: You weigh 160 pounds, you would need 80 ounces of water per day. Dr. Batmanghelidi also recommends for adding a tsp of sea salt to keep the sodium level appropriate. 

If you find that you don’t drink enough water because you prefer a flavor (I am raising my hand here), try adding essential oils.  By adding essential oils to water, you are not only enhancing the flavor, but getting the many added benefits as well.  Citrus oils contain high amounts of naturally occurring constituent called d-limonene. Studies have shown that d-limonene has properties that not only inhibit cancer, but also can regress it.  

Here is a breakdown of d-limonene percentage in several citrus oils:

Orange – contains up to 95% d-limonene

Grapefruit – contains up to 92% d-limonene

Tangerine – contains up to 80% d-limonene

Lemon – contains up to 72% d-limonene

Lime – contains up to 65% d-limonene


Other essential oils you might consider adding to water:

Rosemary – Helps support a healthy lifestyle regimen,* supports overall well-being,* includes the naturally occurring constituents eucalyptol and alpha-pinene. 

Peppermint – Supports gastrointestinal system comfort,* promotes healthy bowel function,* enhances healthy gut function,* maintains efficiency of the digestive tract,* and may support performance during exercise.*

Ginger – May calm occasional nausea.*


Essential Oil Infused Water Recipe

Note – always drink citrus essential oils from a glass container as they can break down plastic.

16 oz of filtered water OR 16 oz sparkling mineral water 

4 drops of your favorite citrus essential oils**


Optional Add-ins:

4 drops Organic Liquid Stevia

Fresh or frozen fruit (organic, of course, since we are trying to detoxify, not add to the chemicals in our bodies)

Slique Essence™ is a specially formulated essential oil blend that combines Grapefruit, Tangerine, Lemon, Spearmint and Ocotea with stevia extract in a unique blend that supports dietary health. It can be ordered with an account from Young Living.    



References:

http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/52/14/4021.short

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs002800050793?LI=true

http://kellybroganmd.com/article/perils-of-dehydration/