“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water.
Just as religions do – they all contain truths.”  ~ Muhammad Ali

What is the truth of your body?  Are you watering it enough?  Sometimes if you’re feeling a little sluggish, you may actually be dehydrated.  Fatigue is a common side effect of dehydration as is restlessness, irritability and water retention.

If you aren’t drinking water, begin with four 8oz glasses per day and work towards adding 2-4 glasses over the next week.  The jury is still out on dosage – many disputes have been made against the always suggested 64 oz per day.  Tune into your body to discover your release point.  A good indication you’ve reached it is you may not be as bloated, and you’ll be peeing more.  If your urine is dark gold, more than likely you are dehydrated.  As it gets lighter, you most likely are on your way to hydration.

For those of you who don’t like drinking water, I’d suggest adding a flavor.  The original ‘Fat Flush’ calls for 4oz of water to 28oz of pure cranberry juice.  The added benefit is that the cran water will start to pull waste from your body for elimination.  This time of year is perfect to add Airborne or Emergen-C to reduce germination as you enter more into heated, crowded places.  Many people like to add Starbucks Via Instant (my favorite is Very Berry Hibiscus) or plain old lemon with hot water, which has been a long time diuretic. 

 Journal Entry
Embrace your Purity, your Fluidity, your Calm.  How do you reflect the qualities of water and ripple them into your Being?

Some foods that have high water content:  cucumbers, eggplant, mixed greens, *unsweetened/organic applesauce (really easy to make!), zucchini, cantaloupe, bell peppers, pears, pineapple, carrots, apples, mangos, oranges, grapefruits, raw broccoli, raw spinach, berries, tomatos

*Applesauce Recipe:  1 dozen apples – mix’em up!  I like the combo of sweet/sour Fuji, Pippin, NY crisp, Granny Smith’s.  Peel, slice in small chunks, place in big pot, cover with water, add cinnamon.  Keep reducing & adding a little water at a time – just enough that the sauce doesn’t burn!  Add more cinnamon, all spice to taste.


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