As the weeks pass, I continue to reflect on how incredible my first yogi weekend was. I learned new things about myself, met new people and sweated probably more than I’ve ever sweated in my life. To continue to stay hydrated, I was downing some non-gmo electrolyte concoctions. Others were simply drinking copious amounts of water. One girl actually brought large jars of what looked to be spa water to class with her. Super jealous of her water situation, I was obviously intrigued. I was even MORE intrigued when she mentioned on Day 2 that she delved into her “weekly water” stash. I immediately asked her what she was talking about and she proceeded to tell me that every week she makes a different water with her herbs.
She didn’t go too deep into it, and frankly I was sold after about a minute because her idea was so simple….put herbs and fruit into water and let it sit overnight. I know I know, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that that’s a great idea, but come on, who do you know that makes weekly waters? Her motive behind it other than delicious tasting water? She said that we don’t eat nearly enough herbs in our diet and it’s a great way to work them in. Not only that, they have great health benefits and properties that we should be taking advantage of. I decided to look into this…
According to the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health herbs contain a large amount of protective polyphenols. What are polyphenols you ask? Polyphenols are the compounds found in herbs that fight against inflammation and contain high amounts of antioxidants. They’re also known to be neuro-protective. With all of these benefits, it’s no wonder that Polyphenols fight against common diseases such as alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more. More water please!
Aside from herbs in your water, you can throw in all sorts of fruits that you have on hand. This week, I saw the most gorgeous blood oranges at the market so I decided to put together a few jars of blood orange mint water. Not only can I not wait to try out the combo, but I’m so excited to get this water train started every week. She was sipping on a rosemary orange water….the options are endless. Maybe a parsley lemon could be coming up? Cilantro grapefruit? We’ll see! Happy water drinking!