Food Friday: Make Your Own Natural Vitamin Water

Don’t buy expensive vitamin water; make your own natural vitamin water at home.

Lime Drops

As I’ve said here before, you don’t need to worry about drinking eight glasses of water a day. Drink after you exercise or sweat, if you live in a hot climate, or simply when you’re thirsty.

Drinking drinking water is healthier than drinking juice, coffee, or sodas (even diet). But what type of water should you drink?¬†I don’t buy expensive, aggressively marketed “super” or “vitamin” waters. I drink plain old H20.¬†Sometimes, though, plain water can be boring. So I make my own natural vitamin water by adding fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Here are three ways to make your own natural vitamin water.

1. Add thinly sliced cucumber and lemon or lime juice.

2. Add pineapple chunks and fresh mint.

3. Add orange, lemon, and lime slices.

4. Mix sparkling water with mashed fresh blueberries or blackberries and lime juice. Stir, strain, ice, and drink.

Got other ideas? Please share them with us below.

Photo credit: FCC Henrik Thorn

Skin Care Myths: Drinking More Water Will Hydrate Your Skin

This is a popular one, perpetuated by fitness and fashion magazines.

Only one study ever linked drinking water with skin hydration. That study used expensive mineral water, not plain bottled or tap water, and the study didn’t have a control group.small-glass-of-water.JPG

No study has ever shown regular water has any impact on your skin and no controlled study has ever shown that any type of drinking water has an effect on your skin.

From a physiologic perspective, drinking water could only have a negligible impact on your skin’s hydration. In fact, patients who have too much water in their tissues (edema) do not have healthy skin. For example, patients with venus insufficiency who have swollen, fluid filled legs have skin that is often dry, itchy, and scaly.

The amount of water in your skin after a 5 minute shower is magnitudes higher than you could achieve by trying to hydrate it from the inside out. The key is to apply a cream or ointment when your skin is still wet to seal in the moisture.

Then drink as little or as much water as you like.