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Water: What is it Good For?

Alexandra Williams, MA

Water provides many health benefits, especially to aging skin. For us boomers, the importance of water increases as we age, for respiratory health, skin care, holistic health, well-being and physical wellness. And how we get that water is important too. Gone are the days of carrying water in buckets on our heads, but as we age, water accessibility, especially in the kitchen, is important too.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat (or Bobsled)During my recent trip to Cologne with the Modenus BlogTour, I experienced water from a variety of perspectives. What do you mean, I'm about to get wet?

On the very first night of BlogTour, we were invited by BLANCO to a private dinner at the German Sports and Olympic Museum. For a good description with great pictures, read this post by Tina Ramchandani. I mention the dinner for several reasons: 1) it set the tone for how we were treated throughout the entire event, 2) the water at meals in Europe usually comes in glass bottles, and 3) wine has water in it!

BLANCO HOT

Instant Cooked Pasta!

Water Comes Out (of the Faucet)
On the morning after the welcome dinner, we headed to the BLANCO booth at The Living Kitchen inside IMM Cologne: The International Furnishing Show to learn about faucets, sinks and water systems. The sign at the booth had a waterfall, which I hope you can see in this picture. Blanco-IMM BoothIn any case, BLANCO had two items in particular that I fell in love with. The first was a hot water system that puts out boiling water instantly. As they say on their site, “nothing works in the kitchen without water,” and if you want steaming tea or coffee water immediately, you can get it. Cooking, preparing, heating, washing – Boom, boiling water that’s 97 celsius. Don’t ask me what that is in Fahrenheit – heck, we were in Europe, so we got European measurements – all I know is that the days of running water wastefully down the drain while it heats up (or in my case, filling the pets’ drinking bowl repeatedly) are over. Well, those days are over in 2014, which is when this system might be available in the U.S. But I can wait – my kitchen will still be around next year!

BLANCO SAGAMy favorite BLANCO product was the SAGA tap. I immediately thought of my mom, who is a young person in an elderly body. She has arthritis in her hands and wrists, and her grip strength isn’t that great. This faucet is ideal for people like her who have limited mobility, dexterity, vision or grip strength. Instead of having to reach for a lever, or twist one (or even two) handles, you just slide the sleeve that’s right by the spout. Super simple to use: slide forward or back to control water volume, and gently turn left or right to set the water temperature. With 10,000 boomers turning 65 every day for the next decade, products that “speak” to aging joints will be mandatory. When I saw this faucet, I immediately thought of the increased independence this design offers.

Water Goes In (To the Skin and Body)
One of the sponsors of BlogTour was Mr. Steam, makers of steam showers and towel warmers. They sent us to the Claudius Therme Spa, known for its healing thermal mineral waters. For a lively recap of the visit to the spa, read this post by Paul Anater.
According to their site, the heated water “aids rheumatic complaints and diseases of the intervertebral discs or joints, has a positive effect on hypertension, circulatory problems and disorders caused by stress, and activates enzymes and and stabilizes bone structure.”
Claudius Therme SpaClaudius Therme Spa
On the Mr. Steam site you can find a list of 44 benefits of steam therapy, which add to the list above. Below are just a few:

 

 

 

* Cleanses, lubricates and hydrates the skin
* Removes toxins from the body
* Increases circulation
* Helps the body rid itself of excess sodium
* May relieve pain and discomfort from arthritis
* Rids the body of metabolic and other waste products
* Promotes deep, restful sleep
* Helps reinvigorate tired muscles
* Increases muscular flexibility
And of course, #44 is my favorite because it’s so specific:
* Adds humidity to your orchids (I don’t have orchids, but my dry legs like humidity!)

We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the spa (possibly due to the naked people wandering about the sauna area), but I will tell you that we sat inside a very steamy hot tub in the middle of a pool that had a current so you could float or swim while circling the hot tub. The photo above shows how it looked. It was heavenly. Yay! Now I’m back home with bronchitis and wishing for a steam shower. Boo! But we were allowed to take pictures of the group eating dinner at the spa. Yes, we really are eating a formal dinner while dressed in robes!Dinner at Claudius Therme

Speaking of steam, you might like to know what I thought of the Miele steam oven once I saw it in person. After eating a lot of food made in the steam oven at the convention, my advice is “Run to the store and buy one right now!” I even tweeted about my plan to toss my micro in place of the steam oven, and I encourage you to do the same if you want super delicious, nutritious food.Miele Steam Oven Tweets

Going to IMM Cologne really taught me new ways of viewing my life and home, and how truly good design can help improve both. When my home is healthy, I’m happy, and when I’m healthy, my home is a happy place.

Oh, while we’re on the subject of water, if you’re a boomer you’ll get the song reference in this post’s title. This video should help. But change the answer to “Absolutely Something”

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BlogTour Badge Cologne (black)-1Photo credits: Alexandra rowing: Sarah Sarna; BLANCO sign: Tina Ramchandani; Claudius Therme in Snow: Paul Anater; Faucets: BLANCO; Robes at dinner: FlyingCamel/The NKBA

Disclaimer: I was not paid to share my opinions about the products I liked at IMM Cologne. I am, however, very grateful to all the sponsors.

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Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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24 Responses to Water: What is it Good For?

  1. Yum Yucky February 4, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Water is so basic, yet I always find it a challenge to gulp the proper amounts. Besides this, I’ve been exploring which filter to buy that will remove the toxic Flouride (and I’ve found it). But that’s an entirely different topic of discussionation.
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  2. Marcia February 4, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Now that I’ve been logging food/water like a maniac I see how short I come up on water. Ugh. A steam oven sounds pretty darn nice. Gotta love some sleek Eurostyle!
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    • AlexandraFunFit February 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      Yup, the Eurostyle is definitely a style that appeals to me, until I see one too many dark, utilitarian big objects that depress me. As to water, I need to drink more too! And I really want that steam oven. I would totally dump the microwave.
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  3. Tina Ramchandani February 4, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Does wine really count as water? If so I’ll change my entire consumption process ;) Just kidding, although I did love that all water came in glass bottles. You could taste the difference.

    • AlexandraFunFit February 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      Not only that, Tina, but wine comes from grapes. So I’m certain red wine in particular is a health beverage in moderate amounts. Yes, I do like the water in glass bottles approach. I got rid of my plastic bottles a few years ago, when I read what they do to the water. Yuck.
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  4. Courtney February 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I love it that you added the benefits of steam into this post. And the title… LOL!!!
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    • AlexandraFunFit February 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

      hahaha Courtney, I’ll bet you have that song stuck in your head now, right? Yes, I am a fan of those benefits. I’ve been standing in the shower and steaming for all I’m worth for the past 2 weeks, trying to get rid of the bronchitis I picked up. I want to breeeeeeeaaathe!
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  5. John Poole February 4, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Unlike war, water is good for absolutely something….everything! I really like that Blanco instant hot water system. It’d go great on a kitchen island sink, I bet. But does is it available in a rustic, old-rubbed bronze finish? If so, that’s the one I’d like! I’m already sold on the Miele steam oven, by the way…

    • John Poole February 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      I meant “oil-rubbed bronze finish”. Still can’t type…

      • AlexandraFunFit February 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

        Um, when I look in my pamphlet, I see only chrome. I’ll have to ask. I am a fan of polished nickel myself, so the chrome is more my style. But it’s your house, so go for the bronze, baby! As to the steam oven, my birthday is coming. Please send me one in, oh, 7 months!
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  6. Sarah Sarna February 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Alexandra, I’m not a boomer but I’ve had WAR in my head all day after seeing the title of your post this morning! Such a good song. And now that I’m getting a chance to read your post I must say I’m so glad that water is in fact good for “absolutely something.” I also enjoyed your description of how helpful the SAGA faucet would be to your mom – can almost visualize her loving it! Thank you for linking to so many #blogtourCGN-ers too. x!
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    • AlexandraFunFit February 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

      In that case Sarah, you need to play the YouTube clip that John stuck in his comment below. It’s going to ruin your brain! Yes, my mom would definitely love it. Her grip strength is pretty bad now, and this would make it a non-issue for her. I love to do link love, as I think everyone else has so many good posts!
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  7. John Poole February 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    P.S. I’m sure everybody loves this rendition of “War”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kkPndI6o8A

  8. Jody - Fit at 55 February 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    I am loving these posts! Europe is so ahead of us!!!! I not only want a house of my own but all of this to go in it!!! So much to learn!!!! YES, I have to run the water forever to get it arm & drives me crazy – crazier than I am! :)

    I hope you are better!!!!! I am fighting the flu for round two. Got that stomach one last November & now the cold/cough one. :(

    THX – now I will be singing that song all night! ;)
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  9. Sandi February 6, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    The title is amusing. I absoultely love water and drink up a lot of water. I start my day with a glass of water. Really helps with constipation and hunger. I can’t beleive some ppl dont like the taste of plain water.
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  10. Cyra DuQuella February 6, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    I have had a Multi-Pure water filter for several years and love it! I have a really hard time drinking water other than at home because it all tastes so bad after drinking ‘clean’ water.
    Love the easy faucet – as my hands are going to wear out someday. We just replaced our kitchen faucet to one with easy to grab big flat handles but I am sure the day will come.
    Love that you are going to us steam instead of microwave. Call me a purist/paranoid but microwaves are not healthy.

  11. carmen christensen February 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    This post just makes me want to go back! Lets make that happen!!! It was all so fabulous!
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  12. Dianne Dixon February 11, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    Water Is LIFE! I work to down about 1.5-2L daily because I know what it’s like to be low of water. Hopefully I’ll up that but it’s just such a vital part of our bodies and our lives. Thanks for a really great post!
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