If you are a friend, family member, or patient of mine, you will commonly hear me say, “The solution to pollution is dilution.“ It’s a common phrase referring to the environmental industry; using water and air to dilute pollution (harmful chemicals) present on earth. But in my case, I’m referring to our bodies.
Here is why:
Environmental pollution is not only a problem on our planet, but it poses many health issues. Decades ago, acute diseases plagued our society. It was mostly due to poor hygiene. Unfortunately, presently, our society has moved into a new generation of chronic, long-lasting diseases: obesity, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, depression. Chronic disease is almost completely due to lifestyle choices: overeating and not enough hydration, eating mostly processed foods, barely exercising, work far too many hours, too many pharmaceuticals, rarely getting into nature, and a heavy reliance on harmful household chemicals.
There are many approaches to help prevent chronic disease, one being – hydration. One simple solution to helping our bodies flush out environmental toxins in our body is drinking water. Keeping our body’s cells hydrated increases circulation, which in turn helps the body’s elimination pathways in flushing out toxins.
Who Likes Plain Water, Though?
- Infuse your purified water with lemons, oranges, or cucumbers. The golden rule is to drink half your body weight. If you weigh 100 pounds, drink 50 ounces of water.
- Below are a few simple herbal tea infusion recipes, that the kids will love to help out with:
Find that French Press you have hiding in your kitchen, and place your ingredients ( suggested brew below) in the French Press, add boiling water and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. There is no need to measure. Strain and enjoy!
Try these herbal combinations:
Thyme, apple, and ginger
Lemongrass and lemon verbena
Lavender and lemon verbena
Tarragon and orange
Or maybe just a cinnamon stick?