I'm finally getting the teas added to my Etsy shop. First up is Relax & Digest, an herbal blend that I handcrafted to help with relaxing the body and encouraging digestion, especially when you're feeling over full! Featuring kid friendly chamomile and other soothing herbs, Relax & Digest is gentle and delicious. Teabag and loose tea options are available. Click here for more details.
Here's what you've got to know about getting enough fluids into you: Drink when you're thirsty.
While it's true that water is one of the best things that you can be drinking, other healthy beverages like herbal teas & infusions, smoothies, kombucha, kefir and juices are also healthy and hydrating to the body. It doesn't just have to be water, and it doesn't necessarily have to be eight glasses a day. It also doesn't necessarily have to be half of your weight number in ounces (i.e. a 150lb person should drink 75oz of water per day). There's little to no evidence based research to support these claims.
So don't obsess too much over how much water you're drinking. Avoid sugary drinks, too much caffeine, and drinks that contain additives for which we have no idea what the long term effects on the body are. Get to know your body, and drink when you're thirsty.
10 Myths & Facts About Water
I'll be doing a free talk on medicinal herbs at Sweetwater Farm on Saturday, April 18th at 12:30pm. This is Sweetwater's annual Herbalicious event, so there will be great deals on herbs for your garden, and more free, informative talks throughout the day. If you attended my talk on medicinal herbs last year, you'll learn new information at this one. Don't miss it!
Sweetwater Farm website
Asparagus coming into season is a joy for many. Not only is asparagus delicious, but it's a good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A & K, cancer fighting glutathione, and antioxidants. That's just a partial list of its benefits! Asparagus does have a very small downside. It can make your urine smell a bit strange! You can thank the naturally occurring asparagusic acid (unique to asparagus) and the human body's conversion of it into various sulfur containing compounds. See the links below for more on the phenomenon of "asparagus pee" and for general knowledge on this fabulous vegetable, including its extensive nutritional information. Bottom line is that the affect is both temporary and harmless, so eat your asparagus!
Smithsonian Magazine: Why Asparagus Makes Your Urine Smell
Asparagus - Wikipedia
I'm Jennifer Capestany, a clinical herbalist and freelance writer with a practice in North Texas. Helping people deal as naturally as possible with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic illness and other chronic conditions is my calling.