EarthWater QA: Alon Day

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What's a typical day for you like?

I got into racing through video games and simulators, so until this day, I spend something around 3-4 hours a day just driving in simulators and training for the next race I have. Beside that I train hard on my fitness level to be as strong as possible in the car. And in the free time that I have, I usually spend on the beach in Israel.

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How do you train for races?

I’m training pretty much every day with video games and simulators.

Do you feel motorsports lacks diversity?

I drove in many championships and cars all over the world, so I used to drive in very diverse championships. When I came to the states for the first time, I realized that most of the drivers are American, but you can see that there are more and more foreign drivers from different countries. And I’m happy to be one of them, especially as an Israeli which as on the other side of the world.

Are you excited to be the first Israeli to race in the NASCAR top series for BK Racing?

Absolutely! Racing in the top level of motorsports is something I dreamed of since I was a child racing in go karts. I think this is amazing that 15 years ago I played in NASCAR Game on the computer and on Sunday I’m actually going to make it for real. I’m really excited about opportunity to drive for BK Racing in the #23 EarthWater Toyota!

If you could do any race over again, which would it be, and why?

Definitely Mid-Ohio 2016 with Xfinity. I drove an old Dodge car with no chance of winning from the back of the field to the top 3 in a pouring rain conditions, and found myself fighting for the win in my first ever Xfinity race which was a crazy experience that I will never forget and I would love to do that again.

If your friends and family could describe you in three words what would those words be?

Fastest. JK. I’m well known as a guy that always smiles. Doesn’t matter what happens to me, I always try to keep myself smiling, especially when I’m winning! 

What is the most daring thing you've done outside of racing?

100% of my life is around motorsport. The only time I had to do something different is when I served in the in the Israeli military and had to something different from racing, that was definitely a unique experience.

If NASCAR decided to let you have a passenger, and you got to choose whomever, who would you pick?

Neil Young, hope he will like my driving as much as I like his music.

What was your experience with our products? Would you recommend it to others?

Part of my preparation for my first race in Cup level was training extremely hard to be in the best condition I can for the race. I’ve got a box of EarthWater Fulhum and I can definitely say that I feel much better on my recovery from hard training and also feel much better in my daily routine. So if I will recommend it to others? You already know the answer.

How do you like to unwind after a race?

I grew up in Israel, less than a mile from the beach, so until today I used to spend a lot of time in the beach and the sea. Israel has summer almost 365 days a year, so the first thing I do after coming back to Israel from a race is to go and spend time in the beach, salty water, hot weather, just chilling.

Last words for our fans and consumers?

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” Muhammad Ali

Earthwater Feature: 6 Unusual Signs of Dehydration

Your breath, skin, and muscles may be telling you that your body is running low on water.

Dehydration, which occurs when the body has insufficient water and other fluids to function properly, can lead to blood clots, seizures, and other potentially fatal complications. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can have adverse effects on mood and energy. That’s why it’s so important to catch dehydration early on, but the signs aren’t always obvious ones like thirst and fatigue.

Here are six surprising indicators that you might be dehydrated.

1. Bad breath. Saliva has antibacterial properties in it, but dehydration can prevent your body from making enough saliva.

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“If you’re not producing enough saliva in the mouth, you can get bacteria overgrowth and one of the side reactions of that is bad breath from chronic dehydration,” says John Higgins, MD, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, and chief of cardiology at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital.

2. Dry skin. “A lot of people think that people who get dehydrated are really sweaty; but as you go through various stages of dehydration, you become very dizzy and you don’t have enough blood volume so you get very dry skin,” Dr. Higgins says. He adds that because the skin is dry and not evaporating as well, you can also experience flushing of the skin.

Think you can’t get dehydrated in cooler seasons or climates? Think again. Higgins says symptoms may be milder or come on slower, but it’s still possible to be dehydrated or suffer from heat illness in cooler weather.

3. Muscle cramps. “The hotter you get, the more likely you are to get muscle cramps, and that’s from a pure heat effect on the muscles. As the muscles work harder and harder, they can seize up from the heat itself. Changes in the electrolytes, changes in the sodium and potassium can lead to muscle cramping as well,” according to Higgins.

4. Fever and chills. It might sound counterintuitive, but if your body is severely dehydrated you may experience symptoms like fever or even chills. Fever can be especially dangerous, so be sure to seek immediate medical help if your fever rises over 101°F.

5. Food cravings, especially for sweets. “When you’re dehydrated, it can be difficult for some nutrients and organs like the liver which use water to release some glycogens and other components of your energy stores, so you can actually get cravings for food,” Higgins says. While you can crave anything from chocolate to a salty snack, cravings for sweets are more common because your body may be experiencing difficulty with glycogen production, he says.

Craving something sweet? Reach for a snack that has high water content. Most fruits and vegetables have high water content and will help you stay hydrated, explains nutrition expert and Everyday Health columnist, Johannah Sakimura.

“In fact, some fruits and vegetables are more than 90% water — including cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon (of course), cucumber, celery, lettuce and leafy greens, zucchini, tomatoes, and bell peppers,” Sakimura says. “Yogurt also supplies a good amount of water.”

6. Headaches. The brain sits inside a fluid sack that keeps it from bumping against the skull, explains Higgins. If that fluid sack is depleted or running low because of dehydration, the brain can push up against parts of the skull, causing headaches.

Some drinks that can cause dehydration include alcohol, energy drinks, and even caffeine as it has a slight diuretic effect.

How to Check If You’re Dehydrated

Not sure if that sweet craving or muscle cramp is a sign you need to hydrate? Here are two other ways to check if your body is dehydrated.

  • Try this skin test. First, use two fingers to grab a roll of skin on the back of your hand (between where your watch sits and where your fingers start), advises Higgins. Pull the skin up about ½ to one centimeter high and then let the skin go. The skin should spring back to its normal position in less than a couple of seconds. Higgins says that if the skin bounces back slowly, you might be dehydrated.
  • Check your urine. If you’re well-hydrated your urine will be mostly clear with a tinge of yellow, Higgins explains. Yellow, chardonnay, and orange are the “warning” colors to watch for. When your body is about three percent dehydrated your urine will be noticeably yellow. When your body is about five percent dehydrated, your urine will appear chardonnay-colored. When your body is more than five percent dehydrated – which is considered severely dehydrated – your urine will appear orange.

Tips for Staying Hydrated

  • Keep your water bottle handy. “If it's right next to you, you'll likely get into the habit of sipping it without even realizing it,” says Sakimura.
  • Spice up plain water. “If you don't love plain water, jazz it up by adding a splash of fruit juice or chunks of fresh or frozen fruit,” says Sakimura. “Or, try naturally flavored, calorie-free seltzers (my personal favorite) — their fizz and fruit flavor makes them more appealing than plain, flat water.”
  • Try different teas. Sakimura recommends reaching for unsweetened flavored teas, which are available in lots of different flavors. “Sip fruity iced teas during the day (with lots of ice if it's hot out) or cozy up with a mug of hot peppermint or chamomile tea at night — they all count towards your daily fluid goal.”
  • Makeover your snacks. “Swap dry, carby snacks like chips, pretzels, and crackers — which have a very low water content — with refreshing munchies like fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt, healthy smoothies, celery with peanut butter, and cut veggies with hummus,” recommends Sakimura.
  • Pile on the produce. “Aim to make half your plate produce at meals. All those vegetable and fruit servings will supply water as well as a hearty dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber,” says Sakimura.
  • Sip more during meals. “Sipping water with meals will help you eat more slowly, pace your eating, and of course stay hydrated,” Sakimura adds.
  • Opt for room temperature or cooler water. When it comes to fluids, steer clear of extreme temperatures. When ice water comes into the stomach it constricts the arteries surrounding the stomach, which help the stomach function properly and help with water absorption, explains Higgins. “Ice water will just sit in your stomach until it warms up. If you hear water swishing around in your stomach, it means the water is not getting absorbed,” says Higgins. Fluids that are cooler or room temperature are better options.

When it comes to total water intake, which includes water gained from foods and other beverages like tea and milk, the Institute of Medicine recommends that most women get about 2.7 liters of water a day (or about 12 cups), and most men get about 3.7 liters a day (or about 15 cups).

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EarthWater Tip: Hydration During Running

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Hydration during running is not as complicated as you may have been led to believe.

When you run, you sweat. The more you sweat, the more your blood volume decreases. The more your blood volume decreases, the harder your heart has to work to deliver oxygen to your working muscles.

Sounds dangerous, but it’s really not. Runners almost never experience dehydration levels sufficient to cause major health consequences. But normal levels of dehydration will make you feel uncomfortable and cause you to slow down.

Drinking while you run will limit these negative effects of dehydration. But what should you drink, how much, and when?

In the past, athletes were encouraged to drink as much as possible during exercise, or at least to drink enough to completely offset dehydration (that is, to drink enough to prevent any decrease in body weight during exercise). However, it is now understood that this is bad advice, for two reasons.

Firstly, it is possible to drink too much during exercise. Forcing yourself to swallow more fluid than your body really needs while running may cause gastrointestinal distress, and in extreme cases it can cause a dangerous condition known as water intoxication, or hyponatremia. Secondly, research has shown that drinking to completely offset sweating offers no advantage with respect to performance or body temperature regulation compared to drinking by thirst.

The new exercise hydration advice is in fact to drink according to your thirst. As long as you keep an adequate supply of a palatable drink accessible during your runs, you will naturally drink enough to optimize your performance if you just drink as often and as much as your thirst dictates.

Dehydration only affects performance in workouts lasting longer than an hour, so you don’t have to drink during workouts that are shorter than an hour. However, you can if you like.

Plain water is adequate, but sports drinks offer a couple of advantages. Specifically, sports drinks replace some of the sodium and other minerals that your body loses in sweat along with water. In addition, sports drinks provide an extra energy source for your working muscles in the form of carbohydrates. Research has shown that sports drinks enhance performance significantly more than plain water in high-intensity and long-duration runs and races.

Since you do not seek to test your performance limits in most of your runs, it is not necessary to use a sports drink every time you lace up your shoes. Go ahead and use plain water in your easier runs and save the sports drink for your faster and longer workouts.

Maintaining access to fluids during runs can be challenging. You can carry some fluid in a squeeze bottle stashed in a fluid belt worn around your waist, but you cannot carry enough fluid in this manner to cover your longest runs. To ensure that you have enough fluid to cover these runs, either plan to return home midway through the run to refill your bottle or carry some money and refill your bottle at a convenience store.

Wearing a fluid belt will slow you down in your faster runs, so do these runs on a track or short circuit where you can stash a bottle at a convenient place and grab it for a quick drink as you pass by. And remember, don’t force down fluids. Drink when you’re thirsty.

EarthWater News: CJ Comu, EW Founder Named Judge at the 2017 Miss Earth Pageant

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A new USA representative for Miss Earth will be crowned on Saturday, August 5 in the nation’s capital. 50 delegates will participate in activities beginning August 3, judged by Miss Earth veterans, sponsors and members of the media.

017 national judges include reigning Miss Earth Katherine Espin of Ecuador and Miss Earth United States representatives Corrin Stellakis (2016), Andrea Neu (2014), Lisa Forbes (2007) and Amanda Pennekamp Bluestein (2006). Miss Earth delegates join the panel from England, Pakistan and Mongolia; as well as directors of World Missions Outreach, Planet Beach and EarthWater; and media representatives from CPAN and World Class Beauty Queens Magazine. 

Named 2016 Pageant of the Year by Art & Beauty Magazine, the 2017 edition of Miss Earth United States, presented by EarthWater, will broadcast on the DISH Network B4UTV Channel 716. Show hosts are Steven Roddy, founder of the Pageant Planet, and Miss Earth Water 2015 Brittany Ann Payne. Talent will include DJ Shaleigh. Tickets are on sale at www.missearthunitedstates.com/tickets.

anaged by Carousel Productions of the Philippines, Miss Earth focuses on empowering women through fashion, leadership, travel and service opportunities. Delegates advocate for environmental awareness and protection of the Earth while showcasing various tourist destinations. Miss Earth is known as one of the most relevant pageants and the second largest, drawing nearly 100 national representatives each year to compete for the title. As 2016 Miss Earth, Ecuador's Katherine Espin serves as a global ambassador to organizations including the United Nations Environment Programme and Philippines eco-tourism. 

State delegates were selected based on leadership skills, photographs, interview, and pageant or modeling experience. They represent their state or region throughout the year, appearing in the community as well as fashion and media events.

National activities include park clean up on the National Mall, tour of the US Capitol Building, runway and modeling workshop, photo shoot with Southern Exposure Photography, and charity gala. Competitions open to the public including speaking, Mac Duggal runway competition, swimwear, and personal evening gown. The delegates are also evaluated on judge interview, multimedia, photogenic and community video. Final wardrobe is sponsored by Pixton Design Group, Jegie Brand, Marc DeFang and Elementz by Prerna.

“People do not realize the extensive work that goes into preparing for a pageant of this caliber,” says National Director Laura Clark. “We consider the national experience to be a showcase and celebration of these delegates. They are representing their states and regions at the highest level of pageant competition.”

The winner of Miss Earth United States will spend the next two months touring the USA including visits to New York City, Miami, San Juan, and Chicago. This fall, she will represent the nation at the 17th annual Miss Earth competition, with the final coronation televised globally to millions of viewers. She will hold the title for one year, and if named Miss Earth, will travel extensively worldwide throughout her reign. The USA has ranked in the Top 4 at Miss Earth for the past three consecutive years. In addition to one national winner, a Top 4 will be named on August 5 and receive a prize package.

Under management of US Earth Productions, Inc / Beauty Beyond Borders, Inc. 501(c)3, the United States program includes supporting divisions of Elite Miss age 26-34, Teen Miss age 15-19 and Junior Miss age 11-14. The winners of these titles serve as an extension of the Miss Earth mission while also receiving prizes. 

Visit missearthunitedstates.com for ticketing and broadcast information and missearth.tv regarding the international pageant. 

EarthWater Feature: Would You Drink Water That Looks Like This?

“The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” has been highlighting American entrepreneurs with a Building America series. EarthWater founder and CEO CJ Comu joined Monday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” to talk about his unique business bringing nutrient-rich water to people through his online company based in Texas.

The unusual product is odorless and tastes like water — but it’s black because trace minerals straight from the Earth have been added, Comu explained. Calling himself a “natural entrepreneur,” Comu shared how the company started and what the product has done for his own health. He heard a personal testimony from someone who was drinking a liquid concentrate made with minerals sourced from deep in the Earth. Comu tracked down a mineral source, and he and his team spent a year coming up with their unique formula.

“It’s a bit of an oxymoron,” Comu said, describing EarthWater’s Organic Black Electrolyte Water, which is formulated to contain as many as 70 essential nutrients, according to the company.

To see more from Doc, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” weekdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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EarthWater Recipe: Healthy Donuts for National Donut Day

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Healthy donuts do exist. These baked ones are the way to go to slash the fat and calories. Make these guilt-free treats for the kids, and plus, we'll show you how to make four different delectable toppings.

Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts

Ingredients: Nonstick cooking spray, whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, ground nutmeg, salt, low-fat buttermilk (1%), large eggs, honey, melted butter, vanilla extract

Calories: 140

Lemon Glazed

Ingredients: Donuts, lemon juice, powdered sugar, cooled

Calories: 191

Directions: Combine 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, stirring well with a whisk. Dip one side of the cooled doughnuts into glaze; let cool on a rack, glazed side up.

Chocolate-Hazelnut

Ingredients: Donuts, bittersweet chocolate, chopped hazelnuts

Calories: 232

Directions: Melt 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate in a bowl in microwave until smooth. Dip tops of doughnuts into chocolate and place chocolate side up on a rack to cool. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts; let sit about 10 minutes.

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EarthWater Tip: Top 10 Fitness and Nutrition Tips For Older Adults

Today’s adults are living longer, healthier lives due in part to better fitness and nutrition programs. With the number of Americans 65+ expected to reach 20% of the U.S. population by 2050, exercise and diet is more important than ever. These tips can help older adults enhance overall wellness into their later years.

  1. Fight afternoon fatigue. Fatigue is a common problem among older adults, especially after lunch. Having a glass of water and a high-antioxidant food like a prune (recently shown to promote bone health) can revitalize the body and stimulate the mind.
  2. Exercise from the neck up. Keeping the brain active and fit is imperative to the health of older adults. Not only does it stave off memory-loss illnesses like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but it also fosters executive function. Try word games and recall exercises. For example, find five red objects during a walk in the neighborhood and recall them when back home.
  3. Pole walk. Walking poles allow for more balanced mobility than walkers or canes. Walking with poles engages the muscles of the upper torso, which increases upper-body strength and cardiovascular endurance. Consult a physician before making the switch to poles.
  4. Dine in duos. Those who share meals with others eat less than those who eat alone. This is an easy weight-loss tactic and one that fosters social interaction and engagement. While this is easy for those aging in community, older adults aging at home can plan to have meals with family or friends at least several times a week.
  5. Break routines. Routine limits brain stimulation. It can be as easy as introducing new foods or new ways of eating the same food. For example, replace canned peaches with freshly sliced ones. Also, try taking a different route to the grocery store or shopping center.
  6. Get Sole Support. As people age, the fat pads on the bottom of their feet compress, creating fatigue and pain. Consider wearing supportive shoes or inserting foot pads for better stability and comfort or socks that have extra padding and a wicking agent to keep feet dry and comfortable.
  7. Fats: Out with the bad, in with the good. Older adults with an increased genetic risk for dementia can reduce the risk by increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. These fatty acids, found in fish, nuts, olive oil and green leafy vegetables, can reduce brain inflammation, a possible cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
  8. Decrease salt and increase your salsa. High blood pressure, which can lead to strokes and a significant decline in cognitive function, often increases with age. As adults get older, the sense of taste also fades, leading to a desire for more salt on food to enhance flavor. Decreasing salt intake by putting down the shaker and increasing exercise habits by shaking to a salsa beat will enhance cardio and cognitive health.
  9. Try a balancing act. In addition to exercises that build strength and improve flexibility and cardiovascular endurance, make sure to add balance activities to the daily routine. Good balance requires maintaining a center of gravity over the base of support. Tai chi, yoga, walking on challenging surfaces and water exercises all enhance overall balance.
  10. Dance like there’s no tomorrow. Older adults getting regular physical exercise are 60% less likely to get dementia. Exercise increases oxygen to the brain and releases a protein that strengthens cells and neurons. Dance involves all of the above plus the cerebral activity present in learning and memory.
  11. DRINK EARTHWATER! The benefits are out of this world and the taste is amazing. Learn more here: www.earthwater.com/benefits

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EarthWater Blog: Why it's SO Important to Stay Hydrated

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health.

Path to improved wellness

You should drink water every day. Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. That is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than 8 glasses may be enough. Other people may need more than 8 glasses each day. If you are concerned that you are not drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is usually colorless or light yellow, you are well hydrated. If your urine is a dark yellow or amber color, you may be dehydrated.

Water is best for staying hydrated. Other drinks and foods can help you stay hydrated. However, some may add extra calories from sugar to your diet. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas add to the amount of water you get each day. Even caffeinated drinks (for example, coffee, tea, and soda) can contribute to your daily water intake. A moderate amount of caffeine (200 to 300 milligrams) is not harmful for most people. This is about the amount in 2 to 4, 8-ounce cups of coffee. However, it’s best to limit caffeinated drinks. Caffeine may cause some people to urinate more frequently, or feel anxious or jittery.

Water can also be found in fruits and vegetables (for example, watermelon, tomatoes, and lettuce), and in soup broths.

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If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. To reduce your costs, carry a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water.

  • If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.
  • Drink water before, during, and after a workout.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan. Some research suggests that drinking water can help you feel full.
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed. Or, drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour.
  • Drink water when you go to a restaurant. It will keep you hydrated, and it’s free.

Things to consider

Recognizing signs of dehydration is important. They include:

  • Little or no urine.
  • Urine that is darker than usual.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Sleepiness or fatigue.
  • Extreme thirst.
  • Headache.
  • Confusion.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • No tears when crying.

Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

Some people are at higher risk of dehydration, including people who exercise at a high intensity (or in hot weather) for too long, have certain medical conditions (kidney stones, bladder infection), are sick (fever, vomiting, diarrhea), are pregnant or breastfeeding, are trying to lose weight, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day. Older adults are also at higher risk. As you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration. It doesn’t send signals for thirst.

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, or if you have a fever. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to rapid water loss. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • I don’t like water. What’s the next best thing to keep me hydrated?
  • What if I can’t consume as many fluids as doctors recommend?
  • What does it mean if I drink a lot of fluids but don’t urinate often?
  • How does drinking alcohol affect hydration?

North American summers are hot; most summers see heat waves in one or more parts of the United States. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Water & Nutrition

U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dehydration

EarthWater Recap: Licensing EXPO (Las Vegas)

For more than 35 years, Licensing Expo has connected the world's most influential entertainment, character, fashion, art and corporate brand owners and agents with consumer goods manufacturers, licensees and retailers.

Our Founder and CEO, CJ Comu was in attendance spotting trends, building strategic partnerships and more. We're so excited for all the connections made and we can't wait to share more exciting details soon! 

EarthWater Tip: Managing Diabetes During Pregnancy

Almost two million women of reproductive age have diabetes, and these numbers continue to rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is extremely important for women with diabetes to achieve normal blood glucose levels before they become pregnant, because if women have poorly controlled diabetes going into a pregnancy, they are at much higher risk for serious fetal complications. This improved control can be accomplished with education and medical management.

Women with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes are also at higher risk for:

  • Large birth weight babies, resulting in more Cesarean deliveries and increased complications during delivery
  • Premature births or fetal death
  • Pre-eclampsia: a dangerous surge in blood pressure associated with protein in the urine
  • Diabetic retinopathy: damage to the retina caused by high glucose levels
  • Diabetic kidney disease
  • Severe hypoglycemia: episodes of low blood glucose levels that can result in confusion or unconsciousness 

Ensuring a healthy pregnancy

The good news is that women with uncomplicated diabetes who keep their blood glucose levels in a normal range before and during pregnancy have about the same chance of having a successful pregnancy as women without diabetes.

The Joslin-Beth Israel Deaconess Pregnancy Program recommends the following blood glucose goals and medical assessments before pregnancy:

  • Fasting and pre-meal blood glucose: 80-110 mg/dl
  • Blood glucose one hour after meal: 100-155 mg/dl
  • A1C, a blood test that measures average blood glucose over two to three months: less than 7 percent and as close to 6% as possible without hypoglycemia
  • Review of diabetes and obstetrical history
  • Eye evaluations to screen for and discuss risks of diabetic retinopathy
  • Renal, thyroid, gynecological and sometimes cardiac evaluations

Once pregnant, women with type 1 or type 2 diabetres should monitor their blood glucose levels at least six times a day (before meals and one hour after every meal) and also before driving. Fasting and pre-meal glucose levels should be between 60 and 95 mg/dl, and one-hour post-meal readings should be between 100 and 129 mg/dl.

Other recommendations to ensure a successful pregnancy:

  • See your diabetes provider often, anywhere from weekly to every four weeks
  • Have your A1C level checked every four to eight weeks
  • Meet with a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian, as needed
  • Follow the Healthy Eating Pyramid diet guidelines, including folic acid supplements
  • Do some physical activity, as directed by your obstetrician
  • Always check your blood glucose before driving (due to an increased risk of severe hypoglycemia)

Gestational diabetes

The other form of diabetes that affects women is gestational diabetes, which develops during pregnancy. Mirroring the epidemic of type 2 diabetes, rates of gestational diabetes are also on the rise in the United States, particularly in the Asian, Hispanic and Native American communities.

Gestational diabetes usually develops between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy and affects about four percent of all pregnancies. This condition typically ends after birth. However, these women have a 50 percent risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next 7 to 10 years.

Factors that increase a woman’s risk of developing gestational diabetes:

  • Obesity
  • Previous history of gestational diabetes
  • Sugar in the urine
  • A parent or sibling with diabetes
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome or other glucose metabolism problem
  • Previous pregnancy in which the baby weighed more than nine pounds at birth

If you fall into any of these categories, you should be screened early, within the first trimester, for gestational diabetes. Women who find out that they have gestational diabetes should see a nutritionist and diabetes nurse educator, as diet is the first line of therapy.

With careful diabetes management, women can and do have successful pregnancies and healthy babies.

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EarthWater Recipe: Best Salad Ingredients for Weight Loss

Sure, every body and everybody’s diet is different. But if you’re a time-strapped dieter trying to lose weight, you’re bound to eat a lot of salad.

And as long as you stay away from fatty add-ons like bacon bits and crispy noodles, your strategy is sure to pay off–eventually. The road to weight loss success can be slow going, but by throwing ingredients in your bowl that scientists say rev metabolism, bust hunger or burn belly fat, your daily bowl of greens can become an effective vehicle in helping you reach your goals even faster—without sacrificing flavor. Whether you’re whipping something up at home or grabbing a make-your-own variety from the corner deli, our delicious topping picks will deliver the results you’re looking for at lighting-speed. Plus, they’re super tasty, too—especially when eaten with the suggested salad pairing we’ve provided for each.

1 SWEET PEPPERS

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You may already know that hot peppers can rev your metabolism, but did you know that their sweet-tasting, bell-shaped cousins have similar effects? It’s all thanks to their metabolism-boosting compound called dihydrocapsiate. In one study, participants who consumed dihydrocapsiate experienced a metabolic boost that was nearly double that of the placebo group! But that’s not all: Sweet red and green bell peppers are also rich in vitamin C—a nutrient that fights back against stress hormones that trigger fat storage in the stomach.

Pair it with: Romaine + avocado + onion + black beans + tomato + balsamic vinegar + fresh pepper

2 EGGS

Want to save cash, improve your health and lose weight in one fell swoop? Add eggs to your greens in lieu of more expensive protein sources like chicken. In addition to the hunger-quelling effects of the whites, the yellow center is an abundant source of a fat-fighting nutrient called choline. It works by suppressing levels of the hunger-stoking hormone leptin, which fuels between-meal cravings. Yolks also increase your body’s absorption of heart-protecting, cancer-fighting antioxidants called carotenoids, found in popular salad veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, carrots and sweet potato.

Pair it with: Kale + sautéed Brussels sprouts + carrots + mushroom + red wine vinegar + extra-virgin olive oil + fresh pepper

3 BERRIES

We’ve got some berry good news: According to two recent animal studies, consuming a diet rich in polyphenols–a naturally occurring chemical found abundantly in strawberries, blueberries and raspberries–can decrease the formation of fat cells by up to 73 percent! While we can’t be certain the same will hold true in humans, the sweet fruits are also filled with water and fiber—two nutrients that help ward off hunger—so there are proven benefits to adding them to your plate of greens.

Pair it with: Mixed greens + Gorgonzola + pecans + onions + grilled chicken + balsamic vinaigrette

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EarthWater Tip: BEST Bike Trails in Dallas

NATIONAL BIKE MONTH

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. 

With memorial day weekend around the corner, we've got some great local trails for you wellness aficionados to try!


Katy Trail

Dallas

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Privately funded and supported by the community, the historic Katy Trail is built on an old railroad line and has quickly become an iconic destination for the people of Dallas. 

Spring Creek Forest

Garland

Addison Circle Park

Addison

Bounded by Addison Road, Addison Circle Drive, Quorum Drive, and Festival Way, this 10-acre open space serves as the special event site for Addison's Taste Addison, Kaboom Town, Oktoberfest, and many other events throughout the year. The park features a pavilion, restrooms, public display fountains, water features, two stages, an impressive pergola, benches, and off-street parking. Perfect for your bike trail!

Cedar Ridge Nature Center

South Dallas

Trinity River Audubon Center

South Dallas

This 120-acre former dump has been completely transformed by the Audubon Society and the city of Dallas. They created wonderful wetlands that attract birds year round, and there are more than 4 miles of trails.

Spring Creek Nature Area

Richardson

Oak Point

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EarthWater Picks: Our Favorite Vegan Options in Dallas

1. True Food Kitchen

Relaxed, eco-chic chain serving health-conscious fare, including vegan options, plus cocktails.

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2. V-Eats at Trinity Groves

Vegan dishes that replicate many carnivorous delights in a colorful, laid-back setting with a patio.

3. Be Raw Food and Juice

Casual modern cafe serving a full menu of vegan foods, craft smoothies & gluten-free desserts.

EarthWater Feature: What is Fulvic Acid?

Fulvic acid is often called “nature’s miracle molecule,” and it is gaining momentum as a nutritional supplement. But what is fulvic acid, why do you need it in your diet, and what is the best way to get it?

What is Fulvic Acid?

Fulvic acid is an important naturally-occurring organic acid found in nutrition-rich humus—the decomposed matter that forms a layer in the earth’s crust. It can be difficult to obtain from a healthy diet, short of eating dirt itself, and is most commonly gathered from a mineral pitch that seeps out of the rocks in the high altitudes of the Himalayan Mountains.

Fulvic acid serves as an indispensable vehicle for carrying vitamins and other nutrients to the proper places in our bodies. One single fulvic acid molecule is capable of transporting 60 or more minerals and trace elements directly into our cells.

Over the last few decades, we’ve learned a lot more about how humic materials found in the earth’s soil, including fulvic acid, can offer a host of benefits in the human body.

Fulvic Acid Benefits

1. Improves Endurance

Due to the trace minerals, electrolytes, and other essential nutrients it contains, many individuals report improved energy levels when taking fulvic acid.

Studies have found that humic acids activate and energize nearly every biological process in the body, helping cells remain active in the face of damage caused by stress, an unbalanced diet, prolonged loss of sleep, and oxidative damage.

In albino mice, fulvic acid supplementation significantly enhanced physiological energy status in a forced swimming test. Dibenzo-alpha-pyrones (DBP, metabolites derived from plants and animals), fulvic acid, and their derivatives were found to be the principal constituents contributing to these effects.

2. Muscle Adaptation

In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, has been reported to exhibit adaptogenic and potent anabolic properties—it’s been used for centuries to treat many disorders, including muscle and tendon injuries. Fulvic acid consists of naturally occurring low and medium molecular-weight compounds, including oxygenated DBPs and acylated DBPs, which exhibit a number of positive biological inhibitory properties that are hard to obtain from any other source.

Furthermore, fulvic acid has been reported to improve physical performance and relieve fatigue by enhancing adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, the mechanism by which your muscles are fueled.

3. Nutrient Absorption

Obtaining the proper amount of electrolytes and other trace minerals through a balanced diet are imperative for digestive health, healthy metabolic functions, and nutrient absorption. However, food alone often isn’t enough.

While the plants we eat offer a variety of vitamins and minerals we need, there are others from the soil that we can’t get by ingesting plants alone. Humic acids serve as nutrition for plants, and consuming fulvic acid is a way to get that nutrition directly from the source for ourselves. In addition, fulvic acid improves your body’s ability to make use of the other nutrients you do get from plants almost immediately.

4. Testosterone Production

You have good reason to be suspicious of any supplement that claims to improve testosterone levels. Most have little backing scientifically, but there is research supporting fulvic acid’s potential to help “T” levels.

In 2010, Indian researchers gave 35 infertile test subjects 200mg/day of extract for 90 consecutive days. When the hormone and sperm parameters were compared from day one to day 90, the research noted following improvements:

● Total sperm count rose by 61%.
● Sperm quality increased by 37%.
● Serum testosterone levels increased by 23%, and FSH rose by 9%.

Markers of oxidative damage also went down, whereas hemoglobin slightly increased.

One more recent study from 2015 showed that in healthy volunteers aged between 45-55 years, 250mg/day of extract for 90 days was able to:

● Increase total-testosterone levels by 20%
● Increase free-testosterone levels by 19%
● Boost DHEA levels by 31% while maintaining normal LH and FSH levels.

Recommended Usage & Natural Sources Of Fulvic Acid

Fulvic acid has a rather unpleasant taste, which leads most to mix powdered or liquid fulvic acid into their morning smoothie or juice to mask the flavor.

Always read dosage directions carefully when supplementing with fulvic acid, since using too much can lead to unbalanced mineral levels in the body. Most liquid products come in extract form and recommend a small dosage mixed with 16–20 ounces of filtered water.

There are many ways to add fulvic acid into your diet today, and minerals in ionic form, as well as triterpenes, and humic acid.

Fulvic Acid Side Effects

Fulvic acid is safe for most people to take, although there hasn’t been much research done. It seems to pose few side effects, mainly when taken in high doses. Fulvic acid helps detoxify the body, and in so doing may cause diarrhea, cramps, fatigue, headaches, or nausea. An overdose isn’t possible, and it’s completely natural. Fulvic acid is easily flushed from the system once consumed. If you’re considering alternative medicines or supplements, always consult your doctor first.

It’s best to start slowly and increase your dosage in increments to make sure you experience no side effects. Diluting fulvic acid with water is safer than taking it alone in high amounts.

Fulvic Acid Conclusion

Again, fulvic acid is considered the ultimate nutrient booster with benefits for endurance, muscle adaptation, nutrient absorption, hormone balance and healthy testosterone production.

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EarthWater Tip: 5 Tips For A Healthy Brunch

Whether celebrating a mother's day, recovering from last night’s festivities or simply enjoying the sunshine, everyone seems to have a reason to brunch on spring weekends. Who doesn’t love soaking up the sun and drinking mimosas with friends? But with decadent food options like syrup-drenched pancakes, crispy bacon and hash browns, it’s easy to overdo it. We’ve all been there. Let us help you conquer the brunch bonanza.

Eat Breakfast Before Brunch
You wake up late (it’s the weekend after all), and you’ve got two hours before brunch. So you think, “Why eat now? I’ll just wait.” No! Instead of starving yourself until the reservation time, eat a small breakfast within an hour of waking. Brunch usually happens closer to noon anyway, so treat it like lunch. Start your morning with a simple, small breakfast of an apple and natural peanut or almond butter; or go for plain yogurt with fresh blueberries and a small handful of pecans. Breaking the fast from the night before will rev up your metabolism for the day, keep you feeling satisfied until brunch and help prevent you from over-ordering and overeating at brunch.

Go Easy On The Carbs
Brunch portions have gotten out of control, as giant stacks of pancakes, waffles and French toast are on every menu. And while I’m OK with one pancake (especially if it’s whole wheat or buckwheat), you’re more likely to be served enough to feed a family of four. Even if you top them with fresh fruit instead of sugary maple syrup and whipped cream, these dishes are pure, refined carbohydrates. These carbs will cause a huge spike in your blood sugar followed by a plummet that will pack on the pounds and leave you hungry soon after eating. Pick a more balanced combination of protein, whole grain carbs and healthy fat, like a veggie omelette with avocado and whole grain toast. Many brunches also offer steel-cut oats topped with fresh fruit and nuts. And if you can’t shake that sweet carb craving, split the pancakes with a friend and have one with your omelet instead of toast. This will make for a much better proportioned and portioned meal that will also keep you satisfied.

Drink Wisely
Many brunch menus now tout an “all you can drink” option, which is recipe for disaster with a capital D! I’m not saying you can’t enjoy a bloody mary, mimosa or wine spritzer, but one is more than enough for a mid-day indulgence. These alcoholic drinks are an easy way to go overboard without realizing it. On top of adding their own calories, alcohol can inhibit your willpower to eat wisely; translation: When you’re a little buzzed, you are more likely to eat more. Skip the bottomless brunch option and limit yourself to one alcoholic drink, or enjoy tea instead.

Enjoy Your Company — Not The Bread Basket
The brunch bread basket has evolved way beyond your typical roll. It now includes muffins, scones, cinnamon toast and flavored spreads like Strawberry butter. (By the way, adding fruit flavor to butter does not make it healthier.) These items are typically low in fiber, high in sugar and fat and made with refined carbs. Before you know it, you’re stuffed before the meal has been served. Ideally, you’d avoid the basket altogether. If your fellow brunch companions agree, remove the temptation by asking the waiter not to bring the basket at all. If there is no chance your fellow brunchers will relinquish the opportunity to dig in, and you’re going to be biting your fingernails while staring at the basket, sit far away and sip that iced tea. You can also ask the waiter to bring a fruit salad for everyone to split. Take a deep breath, stay in controland enjoy your company!

Hash browns, Home Fries, French Fries, Tater Tots — Eat ‘Em Later
The possibilities for a side of potatoes have become endless at the brunch table. I definitely encourage eating spuds, especially vitamin A-rich sweet potatoes. But the variations served with brunch are likely smothered in butter and oil, deep fried and ultimately negating any health benefit they provide in their natural form. You’re better off opting for a green or fruit salad as a side to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals. Save your spuds for a home-cooked meal in which you can control how they’re prepared.

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EarthWater Tip: Manage Diabetes to Prevent Strokes

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National Stroke Awareness Month

Manage Diabetes to Prevent Strokes

Did you know that 6.2 million people in the United States are unaware that they have diabetes? People with diabetes are at increased risk of stroke because diabetes adversely affects the arteries. Stroke risk is two-and-a-half times higher in people with diabetes compared to those without diabetes.

  • Ask your doctor if you are at risk, if you have a family history of diabetes. It may be necessary for you to be tested regularly.

  • If you have diabetes it is important for you to monitor your blood sugar and weight gain, including A1C levels.

  • Take medicine as directed (including insulin). Follow the treatment guidelines of your doctor and if you have any questions make sure to ask your doctor.

Manage your diet and exercise to control blood sugar levels.

DID YOU KNOW?

Scientists found that fulvic acids show significant success in preventing and combating free radical damage to pancratic islet B cells, which is the widely accepted cause for diabetes mellitus. What they discovered was that the Fulvic acid preparation significantly increases superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity. Their clinical studies show that fulvic acids diminish the development and progression of diabetes, and assisted in the treatment.

Bhattacharya, S.K. Activity of shilajit on alloxan-induced hyperglycemia in rats. Fitoterapia, Volume LXVI, No 4, 1995, pg. 328. - Source

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EarthWater Feature: Daymond John

CJ Comu, EarthWater CEO, & Daymond John

CJ Comu, EarthWater CEO, & Daymond John

Daymond John intimately knows the power of broke. After three failed attempts, the Shark Tank star launched his first business with just $40 and a hope and a prayer. Of course, scoring an endorsement from LL Cool J didn’t hurt either. Not long after the rap legend began wearing John’s hand-sewn clothing line, FUBU (“For Us By Us”) blew up in the mainstream.

The serial entrepreneur, who started young selling pencils he customized with people’s names in grade school, has since launched and invested in dozens of product-based businesses. The Queens, N.Y., native’s latest product is a book titled The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage (Crown Business, 2016). In it, he shares the secrets to making something from nothing and how to build a business “from broke,” like he successfully did.

We called the multi-millionaire fashion mogul to glean his tips on how to promote your product like a shark. Here are his top seven:

1. Know what your customers will want.

Your first step when launching a new product is to think backwards, John says. Brainstorm on ways you can make the product something your target customers would want to buy in the first place.

“Like I did with FUBU, we created a product for people who understood us and who were just like us, people who love rap music and who love rap culture,” he says. Envision your ideal buyers -- what they generally like and dislike, what pains they have that need to be eased -- then build your initial product concept in a way that will “speak to them and solve their problems.”  

2. Directly involve your target customer in the creation of your product.

“You don’t build it and they will come,” John says. “You have your target customer be an integral part of your entire launch, from concept and beyond.” For example, when he came up with the initial idea for his latest book, he polled his followers on Twitter and other social media platforms on what color they’d like the book cover to be and which topics they’d like to see broached in individual chapters. 

“I gave them choices so they felt part of the launch process, rallying them around the product and driving up the likelihood that they’d actually want it,” he says.

3. Build a vocal community around your product ahead of launch.

Brand ambassador community-building is key long before you unveil your product, John says. Like he says he did with The Power of Broke, if possible, send out early versions of your product to potential brand ambassadors. Ideally, these are influencers on social media with large follower counts who can amplify news of your coming launch. The end game is to preemptively build brand loyalty through early advocates.

John successfully pulled this technique off long before social media came on the scene, right in the heart of his stomping grounds in Queens. “Before FUBU got to the LL Cool Js of the world, before we became official and before social media got big, I made sure all the coolest kids in my neighborhood who everyone respected had my stuff on," he says. "They took a bullhorn and talked it up in the rap community, which then influenced the influencers and maximized our reach -- from neighborhood to city to world.”  

4. Gather as much feedback on your product as you can. Then gather some more.

To convince brand ambassadors to get behind your product and promote it as if it were their own, John suggests collecting their first impressions and making any necessary tweaks before you launch. “To get people who will truly love your product and spread the word, make them proud of it and make sure you don’t embarrass them by putting something out there that isn’t 100 percent,” he says.

You'll also want to ask the brand ambassadors you recruit what they do and don’t like about your product. What would they like to see improved and why? “Pay attention to what they say because it’s critical to your product’s success,” John says.

5. Cross-promote your product with power players.

O.P.M. doesn’t just mean other people’s money, John says. “It can also be other people’s momentum, other people’s mind power, other people’s marketing and other people’s manpower.” You should strategically latch onto all these things when releasing a product via cross-promotional power players in the industry you sell within.

For example, John tapped marketing pro and Entrepreneur contributing writer Jeffrey Hayzlett to cross-market his new book when it launched. “I say cross-market because this is where it really goes both ways,” he says. “I promote Jeffrey and then he promotes me, on his Twitter on his podcast -- wherever is going to make the highest impact. I borrow his audience where they live and the same goes for him. We’re in a mutually beneficial relationship. My book is being moved and he’s passing value on down to his readers and listeners.”

6. Get your product on local retailers’ shelves first.

Think locally, aim globally. The reality, John says, is that small mom-and-pop shops will promote your product far more than a larger, big-box retailer would. “Neighborhood boutiques and small, local retail shops are the fabric of communities,” he says. “Important conversations happen there. The owners typically have trust with the neighbors who shop there and their endorsement of your product goes far.”

If your wares become successful from initial small-store sales and the buzz echoes loud enough, the big retailers will eventually come knocking. “They’ll see that they don’t have to risk too much because they’ll see and know that your product is working and they’ll want to back it as well," he says.

7. Don’t forget to say "thank you."

The final step in promoting your new product is to do something your mom taught you to do: express your gratitude by saying thank you genuinely and often. “Once people are part of your brand tribe, show them you’re thankful for their purchase, then show them you mean it,” John says. One way John did this with his FUBU customers was to send them free products when they’d bought a certain amount of items.

More recently, with his newest book, John personally thanks people who buy the business how-to at his book-signings. “I look them in the eye, connect with them and say ‘Thank you.’ They then snap a picture and spread the moment on social media," he says. "They’re going to remember me over the person who just took their money and said an empty ‘thank you.’ At the end of the day, the reward is loyalty.”

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EarthWater Recipe: Honorary Zenful Cocktail

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila… floor. The typical margarita can run you as many as 500 calories—but not when you use Zenful and Honor (Redencion) together.

Zenful

Replenish your body with organic fulvic and humic minerals, powerful antioxidants, and up to 70 essential trace minerals that most people lack in their everyday diet. EarthWater Zenful is an all natural alkaline water with a refreshing taste. Mineral Infused flavored Drinking Water with NO Coloring, NO Sugars, NO Chemicals, and NO Artificial Ingredients. 4 Great Flavors: Jasmine Blackberry, Lemon Lime Cilantro, Chamomile Hibiscus, and Cucumber Mint

REDENCIÓN

Who is Redencion: You know who you are, what you like, and who to spend exclusive moments with. You live every moment with confidence and conviction. You fully enjoy life, without haste, without excuses - with freedom and clarity.

Flavor & Aroma: This taste provides a refreshing sensation with immediate aromas of oak, honey, and cocoa. It also has a clean honest nose, and from the first sip you’ll notice characteristics of dried fruits such as red currants. It invites you to take another sip and appreciate its balance between the fragrance of flowers, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of white pepper; a combination of sweet and spice.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Your choice of Zenful (we recommend Lemon + Lime + Cilantro)
  • 1 Lime (lemon or other fruit optional)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 ½ cups crushed ice
  • 3 ounces freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 6 ounces of your choice of Honor Tequila
  • 4 ½ ounces Triple Sec
  • 3 tablespoon agave nectar
  • Lime wedge and coarse salt for garnish

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EarthWater Eats: 3 Healthy Taco Ideas

Photo: Leigh Beisch

Photo: Leigh Beisch

Skillet Veggie Tacos

This low-cal taco adds a kick with the addition of jalapeño peppers. Plus the veggies and beans add 5 grams of filling fiber and 8 grams of protein.

Ingredients: Red bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, jalapeño peppers, garlic, olive oil, cumin, oregano, sweet white wine, pinto beans, fat-free tortillas, feta cheese

Calories: 200


Photo: Yunhee Kim

Photo: Yunhee Kim

Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Tacos

A salsa, cilantro, and lime juice topping adds a spicy layer to these otherwise mild tacos. And shrimp is rich in iron, which gives you energy and keeps your immune system healthy.

Ingredients: Shrimp, black beans, scallions, avocado, salsa verde, cilantro, limes, flour tortillas, red bell pepper

Calories: 453


Photo: Quentin Bacon

Photo: Quentin Bacon

Fish Tacos

Mango and avocado create a rich mix of sweet and salty flavors, while the marinated tilapia adds a tangy citrus element. The radishes have a mild bitterness, a nice complement to this 450-calorie dish.

Ingredients: Red wine vinegar, sugar, chili powder, red onion, radishes, tilapia, limes, garlic, mango, avocado, cilantro, canola oil, corn tortillas, salsa verde

Calories: 449