Is All Water Created Equal?

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As an avid water drinker, I always stress on the importance of staying hydrated. Yes, drinking 8 glasses a day is a good rule of thumb to know, but there is also a more accurate way of knowing as well. If your urine is a light yellow, or even clear color when you go to the bathroom, that’s how you know you’ve been drinking enough water throughout the day.

Water is nature’s medicine and every living thing needs it in order to survive. It’s important to drink water that is clean and that doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals or toxins. Just because water is clear, doesn’t make it safe to drink. You can test your water at home with a kit like this one to see what’s really in your tap water. A lot of tap water is filled with harmful chemicals that the water has absorbed traveling through the water pipes. It may not make you feel sick instantly, but contaminated water can cause hormonal issues, inflammation in your body, and elevate your body’s pH.

Fun Fact: Our body’s are made of up to 60% water, and it only takes 2 days to replenish all of the water in our body.

Staying hydrated helps with:

  • Energy levels

  • Proper immune system function

  • Weight-loss

  • Sleep

  • Inhibits food cravings

  • Aids in detoxifying your body

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Hydrated skin

  • Aids in digestion

  • Relieves constipation

  • +so much more

Two types of water I recommend drinking:

Spring Water

Spring water contain nourishing minerals that your body needs like magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium. It is also alkalizing, meaning it has a low pH level and is non-acidic. This inhibits inflammation in your body and keeps your joints, skin, and bones hydrated. Live spring water delivers oxygen to the celles, balances your body’s pH, fights bacteria and viruses, remineralizes your brain, and improves liver and hormone function (1).  

Molecular Hydrogen Water

Now imagine all of the benefits of spring water and water combined, times two! So what is molecular hydrogen water exactly? Hydrogen is extremely reactive and almost immediately bonds with another hydrogen atoms to form molecular hydrogen, or H2 gas. Due to its uniquely small size, mass, and neutral charge, H2 is able to more effectively penetrate not only cell membranes but also the blood-brain barrier and even the cell nucleus—where it's thought to protect DNA and enhance mitochondrial health (2). It’s also absorbed directly into one's bloodstream which heightens the healing properties of H2 water.

Hydrogen water is:

  • Rich in antioxidants and has been shown to prevent brain damage (3).  

  • Suppresses inflammation in the body (4).

  • Reduces muscle fatigue and muscle degeneration (5).

  • Helps in weight loss and inhibits metabolic syndrome (6).

I was a bit skeptical at first when I heard about molecular hydrogen water, but after testing it out on myself and drinking it religiously for a few weeks, I really notice the positive effects. I have more energy when working out, sleep better, my skin is soft and clearer than before, and I really like how it tastes as well. I know, water doesn’t really taste like anything, but you have to experience it for yourself, the water is silky and easy to drink.


P.S. If you’re interested in trying H2 water for yourself you can apply to be a part of the Trusii system case study and test it out at no cost! All you have to do is mention my name when you fill out your application here. You can also try these H2 water tablets for FREE.


Mango Turmeric Smoothie Bowl

You may be seeing a lot of turmeric infused items on the menu. It's become a super popular ingredient to use lately. Why? Because of its anti-inflammatory properties. This spice has been used for centuries, but it seems like in the US we are just catching on. 

I have been taking turmeric supplements every morning, to help relieve joint pains,  reduce puffiness after waking up, and help my digestive system work properly throughout the day. I take this first thing when I wake up in the morning on an empty stomach so my body absorbs the nutrients quicker. 

You can also add this spice to savory curries, sweet smoothies or smoothie bowls, homemade breads, and it would be great if added to homemade granolas or trail mixes. A little of this goes a long way. 

Turmeric is extremely rich in antioxidants which help to protect your body's cells and keep them intact, and stimulates your bodies antioxidant enzymes. A lot of studies and research has been done testing the effects of turmeric on patients dealing with depression, cancer and alzheimer's, and they've shown significant improvement and even the ability to ward off these diseases. Powerful stuff! 

All the more reason to take turmeric daily and add it to everything! Hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below! 



Makes 1 smoothie bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of  Shine Organics Elevate
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. maca powder (optional)

Toppings

  • Pistachios
  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Blood orange
  • Coconut flakes
  • Kiwi

Instructions:

1. Blend together all of the smoothie ingredients until smooth. 

2. Pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl and add on your favorite toppings! Enjoy!


Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Parfait with Whipped Cream

This parfait is definitely a crowd pleaser. You can make this easily ahead of time and assemble it in the morning. I honestly couldn't stop adding layers to this recipe, and every component just added more and more flavor. My mouth is watering just thinking about how delicious is came out!

I love the mixture of the coconut and fresh strawberries together, and the lemon zest really brings out the tart strawberry flavor. 

Chia seeds are super filling, so eating this in the morning will be sure to have you feeling full for a while…and you'll probably be wishing you had room for another parfait..but if you have leftovers you'll have something to look forward to tomorrow morning!

The best part about making chia seed pudding is that you pre-make it the night before so its ready to go when you wake up. 

This parfait is packed full of layers and has tons of flavor and texture! You can even serve this as a dessert. It is naturally sweet, and super healthy! 



Makes 2 Serving

Ingredients: 

Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk from can (use condensed coconut milk on top) 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries

1. Blend together the coconut milk, water, and strawberries until smooth. 

2. Mix together chia seeds and strawberry coconut mixture. 

3. Place pudding mixture in fridge overnight. 


Coconut Whipped Cream

  • 2/3 cup coconut milk from can (use condensed coconut milk on top)
  • 5 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl, and mix together using a high speed hand blender until the mixture becomes frothy and forms peaks. It takes about 5-10 minutes of blending on high speed.

2. Place whipped cream aside for assembly. 


Parfait


Assembly: 

1. In a jar, add a layer of the Purely Elizabeth granola on the bottom. 

2. Then add a layer of the strawberry coconut chia seed pudding. 

3. The next layer are the slices of fresh strawberry. 

4. Do steps 1-3 one more time, and then add one layer of strawberries on top. 

5. Place two generous dollops of the coconut whipped cream on top of the parfait. Sprinkle the toasted coconut flakes and lemon zest on top of the whipped cream. 

6. Dig in and enjoy! 

Maple Butternut Squash Oatmeal

When I received my delicious box of breakfast goodies from Purely Elizabeth, I was immediately inspired to make a different kind of oatmeal, highlighting winter seasonal flavors to complement the cranberry pumpkin seed ancient grain oatmeal

The butternut squash adds a slight sweetness and perfectly creamy texture to this simple oatmeal recipe. The pistachios and pumpkin seeds add a nice crunch. All the ingredients combined make the most nourishing breakfast recipe that's definitely different than any other oatmeal recipe out there. 

I hope you enjoy it, and  comment below with any variations or additions you've made to the recipe! 



Makes 2 servings

Ingredients: 

Oatmeal

 

Toppings


1. Mash the cooked butternut squash in a bowl until smooth. 

2. Cook all of the oatmeal ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat, about 20 minutes. Stir frequently. 

3. Place oatmeal in bowl and add on all the toppings. Pour a little more maple syrup on top if desired. Enjoy! 


Tropical Smoothie

I usually make the same few smoothies at home, made with berries and cocao powder, but when I received my colorful box of Natalie's hand crafted juices I was immediately inspired to create something different!

I went with using their mango orange juice, because those are two of my favorite juices put together, so you can't really go wrong. 

Just because I don't live in a tropical paradise (which one day I hope to) doesn't mean I can't treat myself to the fruits that grow there. This smoothie celebrates all of those fresh, tart, and sweet flavors. Filled with coconut, banana, pineapple, mango, and fresh orange juice. 

Making something as simple as a smoothie can just bring you back to that time you were at the beach, and hey, if you're lucky enough to be living on a beach take this smoothie with you! 



Ingredients:



Instructions: 

1. Blend all of the ingredients together until mixture is smooth. 

2. Pour smoothie mixture into glass and top off with a few coconut chips. Enjoy! 



Sweet Corn Gazpacho

This recipe is part of Dig Inn's Wellness Series. Dig Inn is a farm-to-counter restaurant serving up real, good food here in NYC with a focus on seasonal, vegetable-friendly cooking.



When I look back on summers growing up, I remember growing sweet corn, strawberries, and tomatoes in my backyard, barbequing with friends and playing outside. This recipe is reminiscent of a few of my favorite memories and ingredients I would pick fresh from my backyard.

Summer is especially exciting for me living here on the east coast, because its time I get to enjoy the outdoors and nature. I’m finally set free! I love going upstate to waterfalls, hiking in the woods, watching movies in the drive-in, and going to every just about every farmers market known to man.

This gazpacho celebrates summers bounty! Sweet corn, fresh heirloom tomatoes, sugar snap peas, and avocado. Its super simple to throw together, and tastes even better the next day.

This can be served up at barbeques and dinner parties.  The sweet corn adds a creamy texture to this recipe, and the sugar snap peas, green onions, and corn on top add a refreshing crunch.

Celebrate summer with this seasonal sweet corn gazpacho!



Serves about 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 1 large yellow heirloom tomato
  • 3 ears of yellow corn, cooked and kernels removed 
  • 2 yellow peppers, diced
  • 1/2 cup of yellow onion , diced 
  • 1 glove of garlic, minced
  • a pinch of cayenne
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of salt 
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Toppings:

  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup sugar snap peas (thinly sliced)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Red pepper flakes (optional) 

Instructions:

1. Place all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender, except the kernels from one ear of corn. Blend until mixture is completely smooth. Taste and adjust any seasoning accordingly.

2. You can serve immediately, at room temperature; however, I would recommend refrigerating for 3 hours - overnight to chill the soup and to allow the flavors to develop.

3. When you're ready to serve, pour the soup into bowl, and garnish with any of the suggested toppings.