For those who don’t like drinking water, here is a little good news: Fact or Fiction? You Must Drink 8 Glasses of Water Daily
Just remember that our bodies do need hydration in some form. If you are not eating many vegetables and fruits, your body sure would appreciate a healthy drink or two. Especially if you don’t like plain water, experiment a little with some herbal infusions. Perhaps you would enjoy them mixed with a little juice, but try to avoid sweetening them too much; I don’t want to encourage a sugar habit.
For those who enjoy sipping throughout the day, might you consider switching out your plain water for some herbal infusions or tisanes? Just think of how many opportunities we sippers have to optimize those vital droplets to bring nutrition and beneficial compounds to our cells. We often think of herbal teas as something to sit down and drink hot, but I’ve been enjoying them chilled in my water bottle lately. There are many mildly flavored, tasty and nutritive herbs that work well. I’ve been making concentrated infusions in the evening, refrigerating them overnight and adding them to my water the next day. If I’m feeling spunky, I drink them straight (and sometimes hot).
Following is a list of supportive herbs you might try that tend to be palatable, more all-purpose and gentle:
- Red Clover flower
- Nettle *
- Lemon Balm *
- Dandelion Leaf
- Astragalus *
*my favorites (I use a bit of licorice root in my teas as it adds a tasty sweetness and works well for my constitution; however, there are contraindications, so it’s not on the list above)
Susun Weed gives information about making nourishing herbal infusions on her website, which seems simple enough in process. I probably don’t use quite the amount of herbs that she recommends, but do make a long-steeped strong tea at least. Susun’s use of herbal infusions as a substitute for nutritional supplements make a lot of sense as far as absorption and bio-availability goes, but seems like a big lifestyle commitment to me. I’m not sure I can drink that many or varied enough herbs on a regular basis. My feeling is that just for a little nutritional boost, (which is really just a bonus to water drinking anyway) I think any amount is fine. When it comes to lifestyle change and improvements, this is my mantra… “Is this even a little better than what I was doing before? OK then, just do what you can and make sure it is easy and enjoyable enough to sustain your attention.”
If you want to learn more about using herbs medicinally or to help with specific concerns, I would suggest visiting a local herb shop. We have a few great herb shops around town; all staffed with knowledgeable people and which offer a wide selection of herbs and books. In Ravenna, there’s The Herbalist; Capitol Hill, Rainbow Remedies; and in Ballard, Dandelion Botanical Company.
If you have or discover a particularly tasty blend, please share!