Water is Life

by | Jul 1, 2024

Water is LIfe

Perhaps it is because I was raised on an island in the middle of the largest body of water on the planet that water carries so much meaning in my life. And with the hot summer months, water becomes even more of a precious commodity, so let’s dive in and take a look at some of the ways water supports our lives.

Kai is one of the Hawaiian words for the ocean which is one of the places that connect with me in special ways. Born in Hawaii, the beach was a place where even as a very young child I learned to swim holding my father’s hand and diving through a crashing wave learning to respect the power of the ocean as well as its capacity for joy.  I also remember that in my early teens living in a different house, but still near the ocean, I always wanted a swimming pool in my backyard, and can still hear my father saying, “You have the biggest pool on the planet at the end of the street, go jump in!” The ocean was always there to provide relief and relaxation. 

Later in life, along with my son, Jacob, I began to learn the importance of protecting our oceans and all that live there, as we are all connected! The health of our oceans reflect the health, or dis-ease, of our planet. We became connected specifically with the green sea turtle (honu) and the humpback whales (kohola) of our Hawaiian waters. And I have had the unique privilege of looking both those magnificent creatures in the eye and being struck with awe at the depth of wisdom I saw there. 

                 

Water is also a critical part of our wellness. 

Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to research, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.

Water serves a number of essential functions to keep us all going:

  • As a vital nutrient to the life of every cell, it acts first as a building material.
  • It regulates our internal body temperature by sweating and respiration.
  • The carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream;
  • It assists in flushing waste mainly through urination,
  • acts as a shock absorber for brain, spinal cord, and fetus,
  • forms saliva,
  • and lubricates joints.

So how do we keep our bodies hydrated? Here are a few ideas…..

Get a Cool Water Bottle 

The first step to increasing your water intake is to make it available to you at all times. The easiest way to do this—carry a water bottle wherever you go. If you don’t have a bag that you carry around, just make sure that you have a bottle in the places you spend the most time each day. This cool water bottle can be found at Family Roots SD on Etsy!

Eat Water Based Foods

There are lots of delicious ways to add more water to your diet without actually drinking more water. If you’re struggling to get enough, try adding some water-based foods into your meals. Chop up a couple stalks of celery and add some pieces into your salad, or place a few slices of cucumber onto your sandwich. 

Set a Goal

One sure fire way to drink more water throughout the day is to mark up your water bottle with time goals (you can even buy them already marked). The Institute of Medicine says men should be drinking about 3 liters of water each day, and women should drink about 2.2 liters.

Enhance Your Water 

Adding extras to your H2O can make it easier to sip and stay hydrated. You can make your own flavored water with a few simple ingredients:

  • Cucumber and mint – thinly slice a cucumber into a gallon of water and add ½ cup of chopped fresh mint leaves.
  • Strawberries and lime – slice 2 limes and 3 cups of strawberries and add to a gallon of water. Add extra lime juice to taste.
  • Watermelon and basil – Chop 1 small seedless watermelon into small cubes and add ½ cup of roughly chopped fresh basil leaves to a gallon of water.
  • Blueberry and lemon – Lightly crush 3 cups of blueberries and 2 thinly sliced lemons to a gallon of water. Add more lemon juice to taste.

You can add even more extra benefits to your water with a nootropic (brain food) flavored drink mix – Axio! Why Axio?  Nootropics are naturally derived substances that can boost brain performance. They are sometimes called cognition enhancers or memory enhancing substances. They work with the systems your body already has in place. While there are plenty of nootropic options to choose from, AXIO is designed as a smarter energy solution. That’s because AXIO® takes a much different approach to energy––one that’s designed to energize your mind as well as your body. When you feel sluggish, your brain needs a pick-me-up, not the extreme rush typical energy drinks provide. And AXIO® helps with quality ingredients that work to “wake up” your brain with the right kind of energy.

Here’s are just a few of the benefits AXIO® delivers:

  • Improves mental endurance and mental acuity, concentration and memory retention*
  • Enhances neurotransmitter function and the brain’s resilience to stress*
  • Reduces mental fatigue and brain fog*
  • Increases physical and mental energy while improving positive mood*

AXIO is also available in four delicious caffeinated flavors (Green Grape, Dragon Fruit, Sour Cherry, and Strawberry Splash), as well as two decaf flavors (Red Raspberry and Purple Grape). But no matter what flavor or formula you choose, you’ll always get a clean, low-calorie, low-carb, vegetarian formula that is BSCG approved and free of artificial colors, artificial flavors, and artificial sweeteners, added sugars, GMOs and gluten.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

Remember, Water is Life, for all of us here on earth! 

 

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THE ALAKA’I BOOKSHELF

Three Deep Breaths, by Thomas Crum

What We Ache For, by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Quest, by Marcia Zina Mager

What Enters the Mouth, by Sarah Jefferis

And, as I approach the ONE year anniversary of my book, Under a Full Moon and a Guiding Star, look for the discount special on Amazon in August!!

 

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