Pure, rejuvenating water is one of nature’s true healers. It’s the cleanser from clouds, the food for summer blossoms. Its’ a pain reliever for the effects of everything from chemo to old age to sore muscles to acne. It lubricates organs and muscles, can help you sleep better and lose weight, and help muscle tissue function better.
Water is, by all means, a cure-all.
I was raised beside water, on a lake in the Pacific Northwest, and now find it hard to be so far removed from any major lakes or open ocean here in NYC. The expanse of water on that lake was what brought our family together. From dawn to dusk you could find us on it, in it, around it. It was something sacred. It kept us together. It was the reason we celebrated everyday. To this day, nothing feels as baptismal as jumping in that cold lake in the heat of the late afternoon.
Here, at the juncture of two seasons, we again see water go to work. Summer has begun to turn to fall, and we’ll be experiencing an abundance of water soon. The rain will return, the earth with become heavy with water, the summer crops will come to our tables, heavier vegetables will find our way into the stock. It’s all happening. As much as we hate to prepare for the end of summer, the water is here to carry us in.
Last fall, we changed to gold with the color of the leaves, let our lives ripen with the changing trees. This season, let us bask in the water. Let us be fluid as we move on and let us flow forward like the river, not grasping on as we go, but steadily moving forward. Let us be crystal clear in our intention and word. Let us be transparent. Let us let go. Let us overflow. Let us be like water.
To me, water is in and of itself, something to cherish. It’s a much more interesting subject matter than you might think…
Did you know:
- You are made of water, my dear. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, 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%
- Artisanal water is ‘tres chic’! According to Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat, many offices in France equip each desk with a water bottle every morning. Sipping on water is a secret trick of french women to stay fit and healthy, and high quality water (her favorite is Volvic, mine is Fiji) is highly individual.
- Health magazine calls water the best ‘beauty elixir’ on the planet. According to the mag, benefits of including water in your beauty routine include:
“I also believe that drinking tons of water and flushing out your system is crucial for training. It really helped me drop the weight. I tell myself that water is my medicine and that to stay well, I have to drink a gallon of it every day.”
-Ciara, SHAPE magazine, via Popsugar
How to get more water:
Soak in an Epsom salt bath; lavender scented salts available at Rite-Aid and Harmon Face Values add to the experience. It will ease muscles and reduce stress in as little as 15 minutes.
Buy a few Voss water bottles, and add fruit for flavor. Instagram has a plethora of water recipes out there.
Check out these ocean inspired runway designs; they are from the 2014 collections, but they are no less breathtaking.
Before summer truly ends, indulge in water-centric fruits and vegetables. Zucchini, cucumber and watermelon are all great options.
Definitely get your hands on Joss Stone’s new album Water for Your Soul. There’s nothing more uplifting than Joss’s jazzy, sultry soul music to heal any broken heart.