Let’s Drink to Wellness
The times we are going through are stressful. “Right now there's a lot of anxiety-producing stuff going on. It's evolutionary, normal, and healthy to have anxiety in reactions to things, with an appropriate level of concern." Says Gail Saltz, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Weill-Cornell School of Medicine.
As we prepare to slowly emerge from our shells, it is important to practice self-care, and revitalize yourself, and not allow anxiety to take over. Water can often be all we need and with the proper enhancement we can increase its benefits.
Take a hot bath, use lavender bath infusions, pillow sachets, and candles to help you fully relax your muscles and your mind. Put lavender sprigs in a vase on your desk or night table.
Drink your water! It's simple, but it’s something people tend to forget. Your body is 60% water, so be sure to keep your daily intake high -- drink at least eight 8oz glasses of water a day to keep your body hydrated and at the top of its game!
If you are not much of a water drinker there are ways to get the water you need and included benefits to improve your well-being.
Have tea! Drinking a hot cup of tea can be a soothing, relaxing ritual. In addition, tea contains compounds that deliver some real health benefits. One of those compounds is L-theanine, which is known to be a “therapeutic” amino acid, facilitating relaxation and stimulating stress relief within the body. Additionally, tea may have some anti-inflammatory benefits. A year-long study was carried out with over 40 surgery patients that found L-theanine helped in keeping inflammation under control after surgery. (1)
All Teas Are NOT Created Equal
But some teas are even more beneficial than others: A recently published study (2) compared several well-known teas (Bigelow®, Kusmi®, and Lipton®), with a new green tea blend for their activities against several lines of cancer cells and the newcomer (OnkoTea®) came out on top, as the most potent anti-cancer effect on breast, liver and bladder cancer cells.
At the end of a prolific research project in China, Dr.Mirko Beljanski was presented with a large box filled with various teas known for their interesting health properties. Dr. Beljanski subjected each sample to a DNA based assay (“the Oncotest”) that he had designed while he was at the Pasteur Institute to identify various herbs for their anti-cancer potential. He recorded the positive results and filed them. Years later, after Dr. Beljanski’s passing, the list was re-discovered, and has led to the creation of this new organic green tea blend.
OnkoTea® comes in a choice of three natural flavors to make sure that you will find one to your liking.
Another clever way to drink water AND nourish each of our cells is to treat ourselves with a healthy treat. The retail sales growth of health-oriented food and beverage products is one of the most dynamic segments of the overall food and beverage market, and wellness drinks occupy a special place in this market as they are touted to provide a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
“Wellness shots” offer some condensed versions of cold-pressed juices, with the addition, sometimes, of drinking vinegars. Sure, popular ingredients like, wheatgrass, ginger, or apple cider vinegar are a better choice than sugary fountain drinks, but the amounts of vitamins and minerals are typically so small that they’re not a substitute for taking a multivitamin. Moreover, the added sugar or fruit juice may lead to excess calorie intake and blood sugar issues, when consumed in quantity. Additionally, there is the issue of the preservatives (ascorbic acid, citric acid, benzoic acid, sorbic acid). Without the preservatives, any liquid filled with sugar is the perfect medium for bacteria growth.
Powdered forms, although a little bit less convenient since they are not ready for immediate consumption - instead they require stirring the powder in a glass of water, are a better way to easily add plenty of vitamins and minerals in your everyday diet. The dehydration process allows us to offer formulas without added sugar and preservatives. “Recipe for Health” is made of powdered organic fruits and vegetables, no added sugar, no GMO. It comes in a pouch of 21 packs so you can carry one in your bag for daily consumption. It just needs an 8oz tall glass of pure water, which, by itself, is a source of goodness.
References1. Perioperative Oral Administration of Cystine and Theanine Enhances Recovery After Distal Gastrectomy
2. Effects of Different Tea Products on the Growth of Cancer Cells