Water is a key player in weight management, but also critically important in every other aspect of our health. Water is one of the most neglected and essential components of nutrition. The importance of water cannot be overlooked.
If you experience headaches, fatigue, muscle pains, constipation, heartburn, anxiety attacks, food intolerances, joint and muscle weakness, dry skin, chapped lips, water retention, digestive problems or bad breath, you may be suffering from dehydration. Many people are dehydrated and are not even aware of it. Even mild dehydration can impair cognitive function, such as short-term memory, alertness and concentration. Continue reading “Resolution Series: Importance of Water”
2016 is fast approaching! And although a number of us make resolutions to exercise more, eat more wisely and just in general make healthier choices starting on New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve tends to be a day when overindulgence in all things, particularly alcohol, is the norm for many. Some people could use some hangover help.
There are many factors that contribute to the symptoms of a hangover, but the most common is dehydration. Since alcohol is a diuretic, it causes the body to flush increased amounts of water out through the kidneys and into the urine. This is also the reason for your increased urination during alcohol consumption. Unfortunately, along with the increased flushing of water through the kidneys, many of the body’s water-soluble nutrients are flushed into the urine as well. This leaves you deficient in a number of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, vitamin C, and electrolytes like magnesium, calcium, sodium, chloride and potassium. Continue reading “Hangover Help”
Staying hydrated is simple enough to do, but many of us just don’t do it. Dehydration, even a mild case, can affect our brain function and energy levels. On average, we lose about half a gallon of water every day through body waste, perspiration, and even breathing. Replacing that loss each day is essential to maintain good health.
Sweating accelerates water loss, so it’s extra important to make sure that you’re getting enough fluid, especially in the summer. Sometimes water alone may not be enough. In the extreme heat, and during long workouts (think marathons), an electrolyte added to water may help replenish minerals.
Here are some tips to stay hydrated.
1. Eat and drink fluids. Easy enough. Did you know that up to 20% of our daily fluid intake comes from juice-filled fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, lettuce and tomatoes? Caffeinated beverages can speed up dehydration, so if you are a coffee lover, make sure that you drink plenty of water. Most people should aim for 8–10 glasses of water per day. Continue reading “Tips to Stay Hydrated This Summer”
Do you experience daily energy slumps? Need caffeine or sugar to get you through your day? If so, read the list below to see if you are falling victim to the five most common energy zappers. Identifying and addressing unhealthy habits is the first step towards feeling your best.
1. Poor Food Choices
Sugar, caffeine, skipping meals, or eating very heavy meals can affect energy levels and the ability to focus. Sugar and caffeine are stimulants that can disrupt blood sugar levels, interfere with sleep, and lead to exhaustion and burnout. Eating a high-quality diet with enough protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables contributes to better overall health and improved ability to concentrate.
2. Lack of Exercise
Lack of exercise is associated with numerous health risks. Regular physical activity increases blood flow and oxygenation of cells, which is especially important for the brain. Thirty minutes of moderate physical activity a day can improve mood and energy.
Dehydration reduces blood volume so less blood flows to vital organs and body parts. Dehydration of tissues slows enzymatic activity, and enzymes are vital for the production of energy. Continue reading “5 Common Energy Zappers”
A toxic substance is any compound that has an unhealthy effect on cellular structure or function. We encounter toxic chemicals on a daily basis, often without even knowing it. Exposure may come from the food we eat, the water we drink, the clothes we wear, or how we clean our homes and care for our yards. Toxins are everywhere. Even our own bodies produce toxic substances that need disposal. It is important to become aware of common toxins in your environment, take steps to limit exposure, and to increase your body’s natural defenses.
Here are 5 easy ways to reduce tour toxic load:
1. Buy and use a high-quality air purifier and water filter for your home and work.
2. Cut down on all plastic use; avoid non-stick cookware, microwaving using plastic wrap or in plastic containers, and switch to drinking only out of glass bottles.
3. Eat fresh, non-processed, whole, and organic foods whenever possible.
4. Use only safe, non-toxic household cleaners and yard care products.
5. Choose natural and non-toxic personal products, such as chemical-free shampoo and conditioner, cosmetics, and deodorants.
Examples of common toxins include mercury from silver fillings, chemicals used to make non-stick cookware, and pesticides used on fruits and vegetables. Continue reading “Essentials of Healthy Living: Environmental Health”