Challenge 1: Eat Fruit
Since water makes up more than half of our body’s mass and is the most important nutrient it is important that we consume plenty of it. There are ways we can do that besides drinking water. One is to eat fresh fruit. Most fruits contain over 70% water content and some over 90% such as strawberries and watermelon – two of my favorite summer picks! Of course, I could eat strawberries dipped in melted dark chocolate any day . . . I think I’ve talked about them a few times already in this challenge, haven’t I? What can I say? I grew up with fondue and it’s actually something we’ve made a tradition in our own house for Christmas Eve we love it so much. We’re getting plenty of water with our chocolate!☺︎
Challenge 2: Drink Broth
Did you know our bodies could last weeks without food, but only days without water? That’s how important hydration is to our body. Drink broth for a delicious, warm hydration option. Bone broth is made from animal bones such as beef or chicken and provides plenty of other benefits on top of the hydration. It is full of collagen, minerals and vitamins that promote healing, prevent infections, reduce inflammation, and can even be calming. Definitely a drink to your health!
Challenge 3: Reusable Water Bottle
Since water is so important to our bodies for such things as helping cushion our joints, regulating our temperature, and flushing out toxins, it is important to drink plenty of water. A general recommendation is a minimum of 8 cups/day (not taking into consideration exercise, age, temperature, illness, etc.) I like to get my daily water intake in by using a reusable water bottle that I love! I have many of them because new ones come along and I have to try them out☺︎ There’s the small one that’s purse size (9 oz. or 12 oz.) to tuck in to my purse or tote bag. I use my 21 oz. or 24 oz. for the car to fit in the cupholder. I just received a 32 oz. one for Christmas that I love to have around the house so that I don’t have to fill it up as many times during the day. It’s is a brightly colored stainless steel one that is fun to look at and makes me happy to use. I suggest picking a reusable water bottle that you ♥︎ so that you are more likely to use it. It should also be BPA, PVC, lead and Phthalate Free – I prefer glass or insulated stainless steel personally. Here is a great recipe to make for an infused fruit water – double up on today’s challenges 😉
- 3 -5 organic blackberries (depends on how big they are)
- 6 thin slices organic english cucumber
- ½ cup ice cubes
- 12 ounces water, filtered or mineral
- Place blackberries in bottom of drinking glass or reusable bottle.
- Using a spoon, and being very careful because blackberry juice can stain!, press down on the blackberries at the bottom of the glass/bottle to release the juices. (This is a makeshift muddling process.)
- Once blackberries have been juiced, remove to a small container to use soon or freeze for use in a smoothie or juice (Reduce, reuse, recycle!)
- Add sliced cucumbers, ice cubes and water to glass/bottle.
- Stir and enjoy☺︎
We have reached the conclusion of the Health Matters 7-Day Challenge – perhaps some of these challenges have become a new part of your daily routine and you will continue to implement new challenges. I treasure our time spent here together this first week of 2017.
I wish you great health this year and hope our paths cross again!
☞In case you missed it, see post from December 30 “2017 Menu Plan Links I ♥︎” for menu plan ideas
Images used in this challenge series are used with permission from “Paleo Crumbs Picnic Favorites Gluten & Grain Free Favorites” e-book by Macy Diulus and Theresa Diulus