How many times in your life have you heard that you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day? From adolescence, I hated drinking water, but over the years; I’ve come to appreciate the benefits of water.
Hard evidence doesn’t support the “8 by 8” rule, but it’s easy to remember. Over the years it’s not just water that counts because all fluids count toward the daily total.
In recent years, the benefits of lemon water are routinely said to be essential to good health. Drinking lemon water has tons of benefits, can help jump-start your immune system and can decrease stress. Did you know that vitamin C is one of the first things that drops when your stressed and lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C.
Instead of lemon water, consider drinking Mint water. It’s something new, offers tons of benefits, and especially to those who suffer from digestion problems. A neighbor gifted me a couple of bottles of mint water this holiday season, and she raved how it helps clean your palette after a meal. She explained how drinking mint water promotes digestion and soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation.
My neighbors’ enthusiasm increased my curiosity; I wanted to learn more about Mint and its benefits. Smelling mint targets the salivary glands which is why Mint is used as appetizers or as an element of palate cleansers, and to be eaten before the main course so that the food will digest comfortably.
“Mint has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food. Mint is a calming and soothing herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion. Mint is thought to increase bile secretion and encourage bile flow, which helps to speed and ease digestion (and which may also support healthy cholesterol levels).” Medical News Today
Similar to lemons, mint also has health benefits, that can be especially during the winter months.”Mint contains menthol, a natural aromatic decongestant that helps to break up phlegm and mucus, making it easier to expel.” It can also help with a sore throat and can even help freshen your breath because it’s a natural anti-microbial agent.
In 2011, a study examined the effects that mint has on alertness, retention, cognitive functions, and it found individuals who chew gum regularly had higher levels of memory retention and mental alertness than those who did not because the primary active ingredient is mint. Wow, I have a new found appreciation for the 5 Gum commercials, and their tagline makes sense, “stimulate your senses.” It’s true; you learn something new every day.
Mint is a herb great for weight loss in a healthy way. Mint stimulates the digestive system that absorbs nutrients from food and consumes fat and turns it into usable energy. Wow, the extra power we all could use, and I need a pile of mint to boost my energy levels.
Your corner grocery store might not carry Mint Water; I recommend heading to Whole Foods for their Mint Italian Sparkling Mineral Water, and the carbonation will hopefully satisfy your craving for a sip of soda.