Though it may look like a tree, bamboo is actually a grass and is referred to by some as “the miracle grass” for several reasons. It’s rapid growth and regrowth is one reason; some species of the grass can grow up to 36 inches in 24 hours! Bamboo is also renowned for being an incredibly strong and durable material, even more so than the wood, concrete or bricks that are used in construction. Believe it or not, but bamboo has been used to reinforce concrete in buildings, and was found to be even stronger than steel!
It can also be used for many things, including paper, clothing, and household items such as toothbrushes or cutlery. But have you ever thought about drinking bamboo water? Until recently bamboo water was largely unheard of. Thankfully, this is changing.
So how is it sourced? Bamboo can be drunk straight from the source by cutting a notch in the stem of the bamboo and tipping the water out. The bamboo stem itself acts as a filter, so the water is clean and safe enough to drink as it is… However, luckily for us, bamboo water is being sourced on our behalf — so we can get all the benefits without doing any of the hard work!
In a time where climate change, deforestation and the devastation of our planet is becoming very real, it’s never been more important to look for more sustainable resources. Bamboo is thought to be the most sustainable and most renewable resource on the planet. Growing at an astounding rate, bamboo can regrow quickly, and some species of plant can reach maturity in just two years.
After harvesting bamboo, it rapidly self-propagates and a new bamboo forest will quickly start to spring up, eliminating the problem of deforestation and soil erosion. Another excellent quality of bamboo is that all elements of it can be used…hello, bamboo water! Due to the antibacterial properties in bamboo (read on to find out more on this), there is no need for harmful pesticides to be used. Pesticides can be detrimental to the environment, animals, and us, so they should be avoided.
Though the grass originates from Asia, the bamboo plant can grow in most climates and is, therefore, a great economicalnand sustainable option for many countries. It is also said to absorb more CO2 and release more oxygen than standard trees do. Cleaner air, anyone?
Like coconut water (or even just standard water), bamboo water is naturally hydrating, which is excellent for getting a clear, youthful and healthy complexion. Bamboo water is said to have antioxidants in it, which helps the skin repair and prevent damage caused by free radicals. The silica content also boosts collagen production, which helps to combat wrinkles and fine lines. It doesn’t end there, though, because silica is also great for hair and nail health. Drinking bamboo water can improve the quality, strength, and thickness of your hair and nails.
Bamboo water isn’t just good for outer beauty, as it also has qualities that will improve your inner beauty (in this case, we mean your health). If you’re healthy on the inside, you will be healthy on the outside. Bamboo water is said to contain antimicrobial properties that protect you from various bacteria and strengthens your immune system. The antibacterial properties of bamboo have also been used in traditional medicine, to treat wounds and relieve mild indigestion.
Drinking bamboo water may also help prevent or fight against cold and flu germs, due to the abundant flavonoids, it contains. Adding to this, bamboo has been used for centuries to help ease menstrual pains and reduce heavy menstrual bleeding, as well as help with labor pains!
With so much going for it, it’s no wonder this plant is called “the miracle grass!”