By Erin McQuilkin
We spend our lives swimming in a sea. Composed of over 60% water, each of us is a living, moving lake. This reservoir is the source of our body’s health and what enables the most essential processes inside us to happen. Through water, the nutrients we need are carried to our cells and bacteria while waste is pushed out of our bodies. Water also aids the brain’s ability to make hormones and neurotransmitters, delivers oxygen all over the body, lubricates joints and keeps the digestive system and bowel working correctly. These are processes fundamental to living as energised, vibrant beings.
We know hydration is key to health and it’s clear we need to stay super hydrated every day for our systems to reach their peak health, but what fluids, other than water nourish the body and allow us to naturally detox and reset our system the way we sometimes need? The answers are in the purest liquids our society has to offer; teas, infused waters and fresh, pure juices! These libations are revitalising and major aids in skin health, optimal athletic performance, natural detox, and resetting our sometimes overwhelmed systems.
TEA: THE NECTAR OF THE GODS
“If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you”, this quote by William Ewart Gladstone, demonstrates the benefits of one of the most consumed drinks in the world. A beverage with a very long history enlivening humans around the world. Teas contain polyphenols and catechins like EGCG, which are bioactive components that act as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, may protect against some cancers and can increase healthy gut bacteria. Green, oolong and black tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant, while tisanes or herbal teas are made from the leaves, seeds, fruits, flowers and roots of other plants. Tisanes can provide energy, relaxation, act as digestive aids and boost the immune system depending on the combinations of plants in the brew. Some of the best tisanes for natural health are ginger tea which is an excellent remedy for infection, stimulates circulation and soothes digestion, chamomile which is a known relaxant, sleep aid and stomach soother and peppermint, another excellent digestive aid and stress reliever.
Water is the ultimate liquid, but sometimes you need something to pep up the neutral flavour. How do you make your beverage pop without adding processed sugar and calories? Infused water is one brilliant answer. By infusing herbs and fruit, we can add nutrients and brightness while assisting our body in a natural detox. There are endless variations to infuse water, and each brings different results like detoxification, invigoration, appetite control, immune-boosting or cooling down of the body. The classic recipe is simple lemon water, the mother of all other infused waters. Lemon water is a powerhouse aiding in skin health, higher vitamin C levels and weight loss. Strawberry and kiwi infusions boost immunity and act as a digestive aid, while cucumber and citrus blends help with appetite control and digestion. Another interesting combination is water with green tea, mint, and lime, which can improve breath freshness and soothe headaches.
Fresh pressed juices hydrate and permeate your body with vitamins and minerals in a quick burst. They boost your immune system, assist with a natural detox and give your gut a break when used in place of a meal. Fortunately, as long as you have access to unprocessed foods, fruits and veggies, juicing is an easy option to add to your diet. And since a nontoxic state is vital for your body and cellular health, ingesting juices from natural, organic fruits and vegetables will help you achieve this state. Fresh juices increase antioxidant activity in the body and green juices are especially powerful as they alkalize your body. An alkaline body is the best environment for cellular regeneration, so definitely add potent green juices to your daily routine. The key is to regain and maintain vibrant health is clear: detox, alkalize and nourish!
UNLEASH YOUR HEALTH WITH WILD TRIBE
Our team at Wild Tribe is here to help your body build a powerful foundation for long term health through clean eating and detox programs, without the use of extreme diets of colonics. We take a natural approach to nourishing and healing, allowing your system to cleanse gently through diet and exercise, so you can emerge energised and shining. Through our singular combination of yoga, fitness, massage and superfoods, your body can transform into an elevated state. We began Wild Tribe Cafe and Visit Natural Detox Resort so that our clients could destress and regenerate while they detoxify on the lush island of Koh Samui. Our menu takes a balanced approach to attain health goals and is packed with superfoods, fresh beverages and organic, locally sourced produce designed by our nutritional alchemist Anastasia Khmelovets. Her passion is densely nutritious meals which ignite your bodies natural healing and detox while boosting energy. These natural foods are cooked from scratch in a space full of positive vibrations. We truly believe what you eat and drink is the primary medicine for your body.
If you’re not feeling one hundred percent vibrant, as you know you can, it may be your body giving you the signal that it has taken on toxins that shouldn’t be there. Instead of looking at this as a negative, understand it is a blessing and an opportunity. A chance to listen and step into a natural detox, together we can rejuvenate your body and spirit.