The body is 73% water, so it’s no wonder that people are so concerned about the type of liquids they’re putting into their bodies. But just because your water is clean, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthy. It’s hard to believe that the water you drink everyday could be missing a crucial component; but the average water filter will actually remove minerals that are beneficial to your health.
So What’s the H-2-Know on Mineral Water?
First of all, we should iron out some of the details (yes, that was a mineral joke). Mineral water is a combination of many different minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and more. These minerals will raise the pH of your drinking water and make it more alkaline. If you want to know why alkaline water is good for your health, check out this link.
But who says that mineral water is even good for you?
Well, actually, WHO says that it’s good for you. The World Health Organization (WHO) released a study stating the importance of drinking water with magnesium and calcium, and its relation to a lower risk of heart disease and reduced blood pressure. Not to mention the fact that Montana State University found that individuals who drank mineralized, alkaline water were found to be better hydrated and had higher pH levels.
Before you run to the store to pick up an expensive, bubbly version of this natural substance, you should know there is an easier way. Santevia products naturally add minerals including calcium and magnesium that will raise the pH of the water.
If you’re still sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions, keep up the good work! If you’ve been letting them slip, perhaps you can use some Balanced Inspiration!
In our third and final instalment of the Start Today Series, Sharisse Dalby (Registered Nutritional Counsellor) shares her inspirational journey from overcoming depression and an eating disorder to achieving a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
Based in Vancouver, BC, Sharisse consults both in-person and online with families, children, and individuals to discover the cause of health concerns to get them back to their optimal health.
As a pre-teen Sharisse turned to food for comfort and eventually started binge eating and was diagnosed as clinically depressed.
Sharisse realized she needed to make a change for herself, and started to look at food differently.
Things like food was more than just calories, it was actually fuel and had a purpose in my body.
At 22 years old, Sharisse began schooling to become a nutritionist. She turned her health around both mentally and physically.
Sharisse’ advice for those who want to start eating healthy:
Increase intake of vegetables – crucial for digestive system
Increase intake of water – helps with brain health, concentration
With the New Year well on its way, we hope that you’re still focused on your health goals. Here at Santevia we are dedicated to boosting your Fit Determination!
After kicking off our Start Today mini series with Saschie MacLean’s video, we want to introduce to you Lucas Patriquin, founder of Force Pro. Fitness and Meal Works, a food prep company based in Vancouver, BC.
Lucas’ passion for fitness began when he was young, beginning with ice skating in his backyard, basketball and line hockey in middle school, and finally a cross-country team. Eventually, Lucas started to see the true benefits of exercising, and began running and weight lifting in his own free time. He fell in love with a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition.
“My health is something that I’m always trying to improve.”
An important step in Lucas’ journey was realizing that your health is not only attributed to exercising, but also eating properly and having a balanced diet. Lucas wanted to focus on boosting his immune system and overall health so that he was able to operate at a higher level overall.
“Water definitely plays a role in my overall health.”
His number 1 advice for someone who wants to start improving their health today is to hold themselves accountable:
Know what your health goals are, write them down!
Tell your friends/family about your health goals (they can help keep you accountable)
Keep a food diary (20% indulge, 80% healthy)
Record your workouts and exercises so that you can review and make changes if you are not seeing the results you want
Do you want to improve your overall health like Lucas did? Start by focusing on a balanced diet and proper hydration: the Santevia Alkaline Water Pitcher or Gravity Water System are both great places to start! Click here to view our selection of affordable and alkaline water filters.
Only a couple days into 2017, and it’s already easy to forget about those plans that you promised yourself you’d stay committed to. That’s why Santevia is launching a mini-series focused on keeping on track with those New Year’s Resolutions and your journey to health.
In Healthy Motivation, Saschie MacLean, founder of RSVP33, gives you her personal tips on staying motivated and healthy.
Throughout her childhood, Saschie was a dedicated, competitive athlete; she competed in cheerleading throughout high school and university, and stayed fit later on through dance. But after losing her sister in a car accident a few years ago, Saschie decided to use dance not only as a form of exercise, but also as a way to overcome her grief and get back on track to being healthy.
She signed up for more dance classes as a way to make friends, feel healthier, and get back on track with her fitness goals.
After falling in love with dance, and Beyoncé again, Saschie co-founded RSVP33 to inspire others to stay healthy, happy, and fit.
She suggests taking things step by step, and building on small, good habits.
“Being well-balanced is absolutely crucial to me finding success in my life.”
Her best tips are:
– get outside for a short walk at the beginning of your day
– turn off your phone thirty minutes earlier than you normally would before you go to sleep
It’s a new year! If you think having gone another lap around the sun will somehow improve and change you for the better, prepare to be disappointed.
Resolutions are just cliches if you don’t put action towards them and hold yourself accountable, but the human mind is a powerful thing. Coincide action with motivation, determination, and inspiration to set yourself up for success!
You are the only one who can take action, but Santevia can help by providing you with motivation, determination, and inspiration.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
So Start Today.
In Healthy Motivation, Saschie MacLean (RSVP 33) shares how in grieving the passing away of her sister motivated her to heal through dance. Date: January 10
In Fit Determination, Lucas Patriquin (FORCE Pro. Fitness) talks about his determination in staying true to his passion and finding success. Date: January 19
All of us here at Santevia are gearing up for the holiday season. We’ve compiled a list of our best recipes.
The holidays are a time to relax and have fun, but that doesn’t mean that all of your health goals should just fly out the window. Christmas meals are a great opportunity to show everyone at the table how easy (read: yummy) it can be to eat healthy. You don’t have to sacrifice taste and flavour in order to have a nutritious dinner! So before your reach for the butter and sugar, take a quick look through a few alkaline alternatives to the standard Christmas dinner sides.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
Instead of: Mashed Potatoes
You might have hated them as a kid, but these small bundles of green are packed with tons of great nutrients; Vitamin C will keep your cells healthy, preventing heart disease and cancer, and the fiber in these little sprouts will lower your cholesterol levels and keep your digestive system working properly. Pair them with sweet potatoes and it’ll keep stress at bay this holiday season; sweet potatoes are high in magnesium, which is known as the relaxation mineral.
I bet you thought that relish was just for burgers – but not anymore. Swap out your grandma’s cranberry sauce recipe for a much healthier version of the topping: Instead of a can-full of sugary, processed cranberry(ish) sauce, make your own relish using fresh cranberry and ripe oranges. Cranberries are at the top of the list health-wise (and taste-wise): these little berries pack a punch of antioxidants that will fight off free radicals and lower your risk of developing harmful diseases like cancer. Not to mention oranges, which areknown for their outrageous vitamin C content, these juicy fruits are also highly alkaline.
Come on, you should’ve known that we would find a way to sneak kale onto this list. After all it is the superfood; the holy grail of all things healthy. Okay, maybe we’re exaggerating a bit, but it is delicious and – the best part! – in season around Christmas. The fiber, potatassium, vitamin C and B6 found in kale support heart health; the chlorophyll inhibits cancer growth; and the vitamin K aids in bone health. Mix in some heart-healthy quinoa, and you’ve got a complete protein. This side dish is not only delicious and alkaline, but you can eat it all by itself.
The best way to finish off a great meal is with an even better dessert. But that doesn’t mean that it needs to be loaded with fat, sugar and other acidic ingredients. The best foods are ones that you can grow in the earth, and (better yet!) are grown in your local area. Grab some winter fruit and toss in some nutritious spices to create a well rounded holiday dessert. Cinnamon is amazing because it can lower your risk of developing heart disease, as well as lowering blood sugar levels. Nutmeg is packed with trace minerals that will keep your immune system strong, and our favourite part about this seasonal spice? It will help you catch some Zs, which is definitely what you’re going to need after spending the day cooking for your whole family.
We posted a while ago on the importance of electrolytes for remaining mineralized- a shocking 90% of Americans are demineralized, leading to an abundance of disease and illness.
There are other minerals your body needs to function well, albeit in smaller quantities than electrolytes. They are called ‘trace minerals.’ All of them participate in key chemical processes going on within your body.
There are more challenges to staying healthy than ever before. Not only are we bombarded with a constant flow of information on health, but our environment can threaten us as well from super bugs to climate-related illnesses. Unbelievably, some health experts have even predicted that our life expectancy will decrease unless we make serious lifestyle changes. Read More…
We get to do a lot of fun stuff at Santevia. Recently we held a product video and photoshoot to show that while Santevia products are all about function (filtration, mineralization and alkalization), we can be pretty stylish in your kitchen too! The only thing we love more than photoshoots, is showing you behind the scenes of our favourite shoots.