Mastering the Art of Restful Sleep – Getting Sleep and How It Can Help

Sleep is of great importance, as much as, water is to maintaining a healthy body. Therefore, mastering the art of restful sleep is a must as sleep allows our brain to self-clean (through the movement of fluids). This self-cleaning process is crucial in preventing toxic buildups that can result in brain diseases like Alzheimer. We all need it and our bodies function a lot better when we have adequate sleep. Seven to eight hours is great for a well rested body and mind and knowing the importance of getting the right amount of sleep and how it can help, will ensure you prioritize your activities to better accommodate the recommended hours of sleep. To better understand sleep and its importance, it is best to understand sleep overall. Typically, when you sleep, you experience cycles of Rapid Eye Movement Sleep (REM) and Non-REM Sleep. What occurs first is Non-REM Sleep which happens in 3 stages – the first two stages involve light sleep followed by the third stage, deep sleep. Second is a deeper sleep cycle, REM Sleep in which dreams occur and your brain is more active. It is otherwise known as paradoxical sleep because though the body is in a relaxed state, the brain is quite active. The cycles then repeat starting with the second stage of Non-REM all the way to REM Sleep.

 

 

What It Takes to Get a Good Night’s Rest

There is no doubt that the type of bedding you use can affect your level of comfort when it comes to falling asleep, as well as, your pillow and of course without failing to mention, your mattress! Click here for our Puffy Mattress review and discount codes.

 

No matter your preference, hard, soft, or somewhere in between, your ability to fall asleep quickly and obtain a restful sleep is heavily dependent on the quality of your mattress. So finding the right pillow and mattress are a top priority when it comes to a good night’s rest. But of course, what good is all of that if you can not get your mind, body, and soul in a relaxed state? Unwinding and engaging in an active mode of removing the day’s stresses should begin hours before bed, not minutes. The purpose for this is to gain as tranquil a mind as possible, in order to enable a more restful sleep.

 

Other Ways of Ensuring Restful Sleep

Home, Sweet Paradise. After a hard day at work, home should be a solace and a means of relaxing and easing your mind. So if isn’t, work on making it just that and practice leaving your troubles at the door, so when you walk through the door, your relaxation begins there.

Declutter, organize, rearrange your furniture, or even renovate to help make your home your own personal paradise. And it does not have to stop with the inside of your home; working on the outside of your home is also a good idea for creating the overall feel of your own personal relaxation spot. If you have family or others living with you, then make it a group activity to come up with things you all agree on that will help make your home a better, more relaxing environment.

Therapeutic Approach. Taking a soothing bath with a fragrant bubble bath gel will not only help relax your body, but your mind as well. And if you don’t like bubble baths, then using fragrant essential oils while bathing or even around the house (in a diffuser) can prove helpful and therapeutic.

Music soothes the soul – so take some time and enjoy listening to some soothing music as you prepare to go to bed. For an even more relaxing time, do so as you take a luxurious bath, all while enjoying the therapeutic smells of fragrant essential oils.

Taking care of aches and pains through acupuncture & chiropractic care can help ensure your body and mind are at ease and able to get ready for a good night’s rest.

The Foods You Eat. Avoid foods loaded with caffeine when considering foods and beverages for dinner, as that might keep you up longer than you need to be.

 

How Important is Your Pillow?

Your pillow is vital to a good and restful sleep. It could mean the difference between waking up with a creak in your neck or waking up feeling like you slept on a cloud. But seriously, your pillow should provide the best neck support for you, and just like your mattress, you get to decide on the firmness so test it out before you buy it or at least make sure there is a guarantee for a refund of your money in the event that it doesn’t work out for you.

The best quality pillow will often times be available in various firmness, and provide adequate neck support – if you find yourself waking up often with neck pain, then you might want to consider a foam pillow (memory foam pillows are a great option) since it provides a more rigid structure and support for your neck. Since foam pillows are firmer than your conventional pillow, it is best to make sure you get a pillow that is just the right amount of firmness for you, but beware of strong chemical smells that foam pillows often have and select accordingly or find a suitable alternative, as some have a lingering odor that doesn’t air out easily. However, if neck pain is not a concern, then the type of pillow you purchase is truly based on whatever you like. Do keeping in mind that a higher price tag does not mean a better quality pillow. Whether down filled, polyester filled, or memory foam, in the end the choice for your pillow is up to you and your level of comfort.

 

 

Your Mattress – Does It Really Make a Difference?

Absolutely! As you already know, your mattress is the key when it comes to getting quality sleep. Yes, it can be expensive, but the benefit will definitely outweigh the cost in the long run and you don’t have to go for broke – keep the expense within your budget and or ensure measurements are in place so you can save up and purchase the perfect mattress for you. There are plenty of brands out there to choose from and the quality should most definitely match the price. It definitely pays to do your research when making such an investment, so don’t shy away from doing your absolute best to gather as much information as possible.

 


 

Bedding – Make It Count When It Comes to Thread Count

Whether it is Silk, Pima, Egyptian Cotton, or just plain cotton; whatever the fabric, the thread count can make it worth your while. And in case you are wondering what is a thread count, well it is the amount of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch of the fabric. The higher the thread count, the better – this often translates to softer feel (600 to 1000 thread count can feel very soft and luxurious). Rough sheets tend to have lower thread counts, but not all sheets with low thread counts are rough or poor quality. Sometimes the way the fabric is finished (chemically vs mechanically) can result in a soft feel even with a low thread count (think combed cotton with a 300 thread count). Also, the type of fabric the sheets are made out of can sometimes compensate for the low thread count when it comes to overall feel or softness (you may be pleasantly surprised and find them to be very comfortable).

Speaking of comfort, choosing the right comforter is also helpful for those cold winter months if you live in an area with cold climate. However, if you don’t you can still ensure your bed cover is perfect or to your liking when it comes to softness, as well as, thickness. The feel of your bedding can help you quickly drift off into a restful sleep, so find what feels good to you.


Wrapping It Up

Sleep is very important to your overall healthy, so get plenty of it not just for the sake of beauty, but for the sake of your well-being both physically and mentally. The more restful sleep you get, the better your memory and the health of your brain, so take time to condition yourself in mastering the art of restful sleep.

If you have any other ways of helping ensure a restful night of sleep, then feel free to share in comments section below.

 

 

 

 

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Ways to Handle Stress

There are plenty of reasons to be stressed out nowadays, but rest assure that there are many awesome ways to handle stress. Signs of stress include, but are not limited to constant fatigue, headaches, increased irritability, as well as, being physically and emotionally drained. Stress can even manifest itself in the form of dis-EASE in the body which can result in pain and in some cases tumors. Of course, not all diseases are caused by stress, but it certainly does not help any preexisting conditions that may be present in the body, nor does it prevent occurrences thereof.

 

Taking the Stress Out of Life

Realize your Dream! Don’t just talk about it, do something about it. There are so many dreamers out there with so many dreams that are unfulfilled and this does not need to be the case – make your dream a reality – get that business up and running, make that invention a reality, land that gig, etc. Explore your hidden talents, hobbies, goals and even travel wishlist. If you don’t have a hobby, then find a one. And if you wish to travel, then make room in your budget to do so within the very near future (6-10 months is a reasonable time-frame) – where there is a will, there is always a way!

 




Laugh heartily! Watch your favorite show, comedy, or movie – whichever, makes you feel happy or takes you to a happy place. Take time to laugh as much as possible and do so heartily. Be in the moment, think of nothing else but what you are watching or doing and feel content and at peace and you will quickly find happiness.

Dance! Dance! Dance! Listen to your favorite music and dance to the beat of your own drum – no need for any choreographed moves, unless you are naturally talented in that way. Keep dancing and even belt out a few tunes to help relieve stress & feel relaxed.

Work it out! Yes! Exercise is not only good for keeping your body healthy and in good shape, but it is also good for keeping your mind relaxed, therefore, reducing stress. Just be sure not to over do it.

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Get in Touch with Nature! Make this part of your everday actvities or at least your weekend activities. Whether it is a short walk or hike, or something more hands on like gardening, taking time to observe and take in the beauty of nature is very relaxing. Gardening is one of the best ways to get in touch with nature and can prove extremely rewarding for your body. It not only benefits you physically – it works out and tones your muscles, lowers blood pressure & levels of the stress hormone Cortisol – but emotionally and spiritually as well by relaxing the mind and reducing stress significantly. Plus the added bonus of Vitamin D from the time you get in the sun. Even if you are not a master gardener, you can still try your hand at growing a flower or two and or your favorite green(s) or vegetable(s).

Find inner peace! Through meditation, you can find inner peace. Having peace and quiet and time to clear your thoughts can be a healing time that will aid in the release of pent-up energy caused by stress, so consider incorporating it in your daily or weekly routines.

A piece of the “pie”! No need to be envious of the success of others, be happy for them, in fact, try to help them succeed even more and you might find yourself at peace and feeling joyful. And maybe before you even realize it, you might find yourself just as successful or even more so.

Last, but not least, Pray! Pray is powerful and when we pray and believe in the one, true everlasting God, then we are relieved of our troubles and peace takes hold. You will be able to deal with stress accordingly, as God reveals things to you.

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Grabbing the Bull by its Horns

Deal with the source of your stress in a positive manner by confronting it tactfully, especially so if it is involves someone else. If not, confront your stress or stress factors by tackling it (or them) head on all the while making an action plan and sticking to it. And if it works out well, then great! If not, then revise it by looking back at where you could need improvement or a different course of action or approach. No more head in the sand and no more looking the other way or pretending it’s not there because it is highly unhealthy and causes your stress level to mount. Handle it and keep it moving.

 

Embracing a Life of Reduced Stress

Accept and embrace your new stress reduced life. Don’t fret about the stress you endured in the past – move past it and look forward to the possibility of more stress free days. Minimize activities or events that you know leads to extreme stress. Limit contact with people who cause you undue stress and surround yourself with positive, like-minded people who have the best thoughts and actions towards you and be sure you do the same for them.

Making it Work

As funny as it may be to think of this, some people may find themselves having a hard time getting adjusted to a life filled with less stress or even possibly a stress free life. It is important to stick to the methods that I worked for reducing your stress levels going backwards and picking back up where you once were, will only bring greater stress and possibilities of regrets. So, in other words, don’t go looking for issues or trying to retrieve old “baggages” – remember why and how hard you worked to break free of those stress factors and leave them where they belong — in the past. Once you let go or relieve yourself of stressful situations, individuals, and or issues, then going back should never be an option, you should now be focused on leading a happier and joyful life.




Summing It Up

A healthy mind gives way to a healthy body and vise-versa. So make time to relax and free yourself of stress and any emotional hindrances. From time to time, be sure to assess your life and don’t be afraid to make changes where changes are due, because life is not meant to be lived in a state of constant stress. If you are in need of help with relieving your stress, it is perfectly okay to seek help whether it is from others who may have been through your situation or similar. Or from those are well-equipped in dealing with stressful situations. Apply as many of the listed or aforementioned techniques to help you combat and even eliminate the many areas of stress you may be experiencing. With so many factors of stress surrounding day to day life, do your best to know and make use of the many ways of handling stress.

 

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What Is Grass-Fed Beef and Is It Really Worth It

With so many chemically laddened foods available out there, it is no wonder many people are looking to return to nature and the simplicity of it. Plants and animals alike, we as humans are responsible for how we make use of these God given resources and if we choose to chemically and genetically alter God’s creations, then we are responsible for the consequences thereof. We can choose to be willing participants whether directly, in the name of science; or indirectly, as consumers of genetically or chemically modified foods. Nature is and always will be the best option we have to stay in good health. Disrupting the natural needs of any living creature is bound to cause discord within its body. If an animal created to eat grass is forced to eat grains or anything other than what its system is capable of handling, then the stress that results in the animal’s body will lead to disease and abnormalities that lessen the quality of life for that animal and its potential as quality food. The idea of grass-fed beef shouldn’t be something sought after, but should instead be the norm.

 

 

What is Grass-Fed Beef?

So if you are concerned with the foods you put in your body, then at some point in time, you may have asked, what is grass-fed beef and is it really worth it? You may have even gone a step further, wondering why isn’t the meat I buy grass-fed to begin with and what could these animals possibly have eaten besides grass? Well, with various talks of cows being fed candy it’s no wonder why these questions may have popped up at some point in time. Well, I intend to answer some of these questions.

As the name suggests, grass-fed beef comes from animals that were raised on grass. But that doesn’t always mean they were not fed grains at some point in their life. Unfortunately, there are meat products out there that may have the words, “grass-fed” on the package, but the animals may have been fed grains during the latter part of their lives and therefore, would not be classified as grass-finished, but could still carry the “grass-fed” label. So it is up to the consumer to be aware of such practices and be knowledgeable of where their meat is coming from by speaking with butcher, meat-counter employees, or by examining packaging to gather such information. Also, further research can be done on the farms local grocery stores source their meats from, in order to gain a better understanding of how the animals are kept or treated, as well as, what the animals are fed throughout their lifetime.

As the need for grass-fed meat increases, so does the possibility of loopholes being exploited. In order to avoid this, we as consumers must ensure beef sources are trusted and or certified as grass-fed beef by certifying associations (A Greener World or American Grassfed Association are such certification programs) that verify not only that animals are fed grass, but that they are also grass-finished – i.e. they were not given grains during the later part of their lives. Some grass-fed beef products now have 100% grass-fed and grass finished stated on the packaging, as well as, logo from a certifying company, to help reassure customers that they are getting truly grass-fed meat.

 

Is Grass-Fed Beef Really Worth It?

Yes, most definitely, grass-fed beef is worth it. Not only are you getting more nutritious meat (more iron, phosphorus, Vitamin A and E, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid to list a few), but you are also getting meat that does not come from an animal that has been fed an unnatural diet, which often leads to the need for antibiotics to prevent or get rid of diseases.

Not only is grass-fed beef more nutritious, but it is also very tasty. But bare in mind that everyone is different and for some, the flavor may take getting use to especially so for those who prefer very little seasoning in their food. Also, do keep in mind that not all grass-fed beef will taste alike. Taste can and will vary depending on the type and quality of grass the animal grazes on which can depend on the location or region of the world in which the animal is pastured.

 

 

 

Grass-Fed Beef and Possible Disadvantages

There are plenty of advantages to buying grass-fed beef; however, there are disadvantages when it comes to the availability of grass-fed beef over feedlot beef. Also, rules and regulations that should be steadfastly enforced in governing what is labeled as grass-fed beef is currently limited. This makes it especially difficult on the consumer to trust whether they are truly getting what they are paying for when purchasing beef that is simply labeled as grass-fed beef without mandating further information on the processing or finishing of the animal. This, however, should not deter anyone from taking the steps necessary to obtain better, healthier meat products as opposed to choosing what is readily available that in the end may lead to poor health. Grass-fed beef is something that will definitely become more readily available if we as consumers decide to make it known that it is our preferred choice, by choosing to purchase it over feedlot varieties.

 

How to Get Grass-Fed Beef

You best source would be your local farms, next option would be a farmers market or a health food near you. And if neither of these options work for you, then there are online sources that may prove to be resourceful. You can always choose to do a bulk purchases whether from a local farm or an online source, just be sure to do your research, before ordering. It is even better to purchase in bulk from your local farm if you can find a group of people or friends to purchase half or even a whole animal to get a better deal per pound and reduce the cost and be sure to find out whether they can arrange for delivery or pickup. Check out this site for statewide and local farms.

 

Summary

Eating grass-fed meats can get expensive; but it is certainly worth it, especially when it comes to good health. So definitely give grass-fed beef a try and in the long run you will notice the difference in your body and in the way you feel overall. It is truly a good, healthy source of protein without the worries of chemicals, antibiotics, or any other foreign substances being added to your diet. And with so many points of contact when it comes to chemicals nowadays, our foods should not be one of them.

 

 

 

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Avoiding Sugar – The Source of Many Health Problems

There are plenty of reasons to completely remove sugar from our diets…but this is a difficult venture for most. Sugar is all too appealing and proves to be very addicting more so than not. The task of avoiding sugar is quite daunting with the convenience of fast foods, processed foods, and varied forms of sugar hidden within commonly purchased supermarket foods (not just limited to soda pops, candy, and even “healthy” fruit juices/ beverages). This coupled with busy lifestyles, often translates to lack of time for preparing home cooked meals making it all too easy to turn to unhealthy foods that lead to unhealthy bodies in the long run.

 

Sugar and Its Many Disguises

Sucrose, otherwise known as table sugar is often times sourced from raw cane or beet sugar and refined resulting in crystals made up of a combination of fructose & glucose monosaccharides. Dextrose, fructose, glucose, maltose, lactose, evaporated cane juice, malt sugar, corn syrup, and high-fructose corn syrup are some of the many names of sugar like ingredients otherwise known as sweeteners. In nature, sugar is found in many fruits and though they provide a healthier alternative to sweets, over indulging can have similar effects to consuming unhealthy amounts of sugar, so moderation and balance is needed.

Let’s face it, a lot of us often snack, especially in between meals or breaks. Whether it is a healthy granola bar or a candy bar, chances are sugar is included. But just how much sugar is present (per serving) should be the prime determinant in your selections for snack time and be sure to not over indulge so your sugar levels don’t spike (especially when on an empty stomach).

 

Health Problems that Can Result from a Sugar Filled Diet

A slew of diseases have now been found to be deeply rooted in the enormously high and ever-increasing intake of sugar. So avoiding sugar (the source of many health problems) should be at the top of many of our priority lists. Sugar is everywhere and this is an ever growing problem that has to change and the sooner the better.

 


Blood glucose level abnormalities, heart disease, mental decline, inflammation of the joints and or body leading to arthritic diseases are a few of many avenues the deadly love of sugar leads to.

 

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Sugar consumption leads to insulin release. Insulin is a hormone that allows cells to make use of sugar. It basically unlocks the cells to let the sugar molecule, glucose in so it could be used for energy or stored for later use; however, the body is capable of making it’s own sugar as it needs it based on the body’s energy needs. Any excess sugar/glucose that is not needed or used for energy is stored as fat.

Also, the more sugar you consume, the higher the levels of insulin released. High levels of insulin then disrupts Leptin, which is a hormone that sends signals to the brain when you are full resulting in your brain telling your body to stop eating, when this doesn’t happen you can overeat resulting in the packing on of pounds.

At this point in time, more so than ever, we as individuals are responsible for our own health and the improvement or decline thereof; especially, when it comes to the foods we choose to put in our bodies. It goes without saying, you are what you eat, whether it is practically instantaneous or slow to manifest; the ill effects of excessive sugar consumption is all too real and is becoming more so apparent in today’s sugar filled and ever-increasing waistline of a world. In other words, sugar can make you sick and fat!

Try giving up sugar and foods (especially beverages) containing sugar or sugar substitutes for a month or two and you could lose at least 10 pounds if not more (upwards of 30 or so pounds), just make sure you replace those sugary drinks you’ve given up, with lots of pure water. Water infused with fruits is still an option if just plain water is too much to handle or gets plain boring. This in a sense detoxifies your body and helps you curb those sugar cravings.

 

Steps You Can Take to Limit Your Sugar Intake

Reading the ingredients of the products you purchase is one of the first steps to take when it comes to avoiding sugar and in return the host of health problems it can lead to. Next time you take a trip to the grocery store, be sure to check out the label of your favorite can of soup or better yet for a more detailed insight, check out the Nutrition Facts and see just how much sugar you will be getting per serving.

Canned fruits, juices, spaghetti sauce, various condiments like ketchup, barbecue sauce, and salad dressings; canned baked beans, and even some brands or flavors of canned tuna can be unnecessary sources that add in much more sugar than you would willingly want to consume.

So how do you avoid these readily available pitfalls? Well, you could keep an ever watchful eye on the labels of those favorite packaged goods you love to buy or you can opt for simpler versions of your favorite foods. For instance, instead of buying canned fruits soaked in sugary syrup (yes the “No Sugar” added, is often part of this – I will explain later), opt for frozen versions that are simply those fruits conveniently prepped, minus the added sugar. And if time is not an issue for you, then all the better, because you can grab a variety of seasonal fruits you love to eat and make your own delightful blend of fruits packaged and ready to go for your enjoyment.

Packaging your own foods can be liberating for you since you not only know what you have made, but also, how you made it – you are in touch with the steps it took you to prepare and have your food ready in such a manner that is up to your health standards as far as nutrition is concerned. You can package foods for a later time using via vacuum sealing or freezer bags if you would like to extend the time frame of eating those foods or simply storing in your favorite glassware for up to 7 days in your refrigerator would do just fine.

You can also opt for truly sugar free products and by that I mean purchasing products that have NO sugar added whatsoever, and that includes sugar substitutes like dextrose and aspartame among many others.

Other ways to avoid excessive sugar intake would be to limit carbohydrates (white potatoes, bread, pasta, cakes, cookies, grains, etc.) and alcohol which convert to sugar in the body causing a spike in insulin levels.

 

Thinking of Opting for “Sugar-Free” Versions of Your Favorite Foods? Think Again!

“No Sugar Added” and “Sugar-Free” are often times used interchangeable to attract consumers to purchasing products loaded with artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes (i.e. Acesulfame Potassium, Aspartame, Sucralose, Maltitol, among others). So it is up to us as consumers to be vigilant when it comes to reading labels on the products we buy and knowing what marketing phrases to be weary it when it comes to avoiding or even eliminating certain ingredients like sugar from our diets.

A general rule of thumb to adhere to when it comes to the ingredients listed on your food labels is if it doesn’t occur in nature, why eat it. Artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes should be avoided in general because the benefits certainly do not outweigh the havoc they can wreak within the body. A great example of this is Aspartame which can be a problem especially for those who have the genetic condition phenylketonuria or PKU, since it breaks down into different products, one of which is phenylalanine which those with PKU have a problem processing resulting in toxic buildup in the body.

Artificial sweeteners are just that artificial, so why not opt for a more natural option when it comes to sweeteners and use them sparingly. Good alternatives are unadulterated honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, and even stevia (check labels & avoid those products loaded with fillers). Yes, they are all technically sugar, but if purchased in their raw forms instead of refined forms can prove a better option, more so than highly refined table sugar.

Keep in mind that raw sugar (for example, Muscovado, Turbinado) can also be an option, since it is minimally processed compared to common table sugar; however, it is still an addictive substance and should be used as little as possible.

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Conclusion

As with all things in life, moderation is the KEY. Although difficult to eliminate completely from one’s diet, reducing your sugar consumption will indeed serve you well. The task of removing or limiting your sugar intake can be simplified by simply eliminating or at the least, cutting back on processed foods (TV dinners, canned soups, etc.) and opting for fresh foods prepped in advance or as needed. If you haven’t done so already, a switch to a healthy diet consisted mainly of plants and a small portion of meat will help reduce time spent preparing and cooking meals, since plant based meals typically require less time overall. And you can choose to prepare the meat portion of your meals in one setting for the week since it is no longer the prime focus of your meal. With all things said and done, it is always best to do what works for the betterment of your health and the changes you make should be at your own pace – no need to stress over it, just do it and do it gradually.

 

 

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The Importance of Drinking Water and Are You Getting Enough

Hydration is the key component to a healthy, happy body, in fact it is the foundation of good health. Let’s face it, we are beings designed to function primarily on water – 60% to 70% of our body is made up of water. It is vital to our bodily functions, present in all our cells, organs, and bodily fluids. Our bodies need and crave water and in many ways, it is used to keep us running efficiently mentally, physically, and emotionally. It keeps our skin glowingly supple & clear from breakouts and helps us enjoy the added benefit of being energized. The importance of drinking water is so great that the question must be asked, are you getting enough?

 

What is Enough When it Comes to Drinking Water?

Eight, 8oz glasses is the daily recommendation, but it is merely a daily minimum and depends largely on the individual and their day to day activities. If you are physically active, then eight 8oz glasses is hardly the minimum for proper hydration. Bearing in mind your weight, health status and conditions in addition to your level of physical activities are your prime determinants of what your water intake should be and how frequently you should drink water in order to stay hydrated.

 




 

To stay properly hydrated, you should drink approximately 67 percent or two-thirds of your weight in water, that’s your weight x 67 percent. For example, 67 percent or 2/3 of a 90lb person would be calculated as 90 x 67%= 60 (or 90 x .67= 60) versus 200 x 67% = 134. Which means that a 90lb person would need about 60 ounces in water for them to stay hydrated versus 134 ounces for a 200lb person to stay hydrated.

If you are physically active and sweat a lot, then add at least 24oz of water to your calculated water intake for every hour of hardcore activities in order to stay properly hydrated.

In the case that you fall ill, make sure to stay hydrated constantly as your body is in need of copious amounts of water to help it fend off what ails you. But do not go overboard as that could result in water intoxication or hyponatremia, a condition that develops when there is an electrolyte imbalance in the body due to excessive water intake within a short amount of time – basically, the level of sodium in your blood drops dangerously low.

 

Great Ways to Stay Hydrated

Not getting enough water often results in the slowing down of metabolic functions of the body, so much so, that our body’s ability to efficiently eliminate wastes and fats is negatively impacted, so hydration is an absolute must.

Water is the ultimate when it comes to hydration, but it does not need to be your only means of hydration. Water infusions, flavored water, unsweetened tea; eating fruits and veggies like watermelons, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes among many others that are well-known to be loaded with water are also great means of getting much-needed water into your body with the added bonus of nutrients that are quickly transported into your cells plus an added boost in fiber.


If you take it with you, then you won’t forget – get a water bottle that is at least 32oz or even better a 64oz bottle and carry it with you as you head out the door.

Cues from Your Body that Let You Know How Hydrated You Really Are

Jitters, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, thirst, irritable mood, mental fog, muscle cramps; breakout prone skin, racing heartbeat, fewer trips to the bathroom, dark to medium yellow colored urine, excessively dry skin are just some symptoms or cues from your body that let you know you need more water.

To really understand the gravity of dehydration, you must truly understand how much of a role water plays in our day-to-day bodily functions.

Our digestive system needs water in order to digest the foods we eat. Organs, such as, kidneys, liver, and heart need water in order to properly function. Water is absolutely essential in ridding the body of waste and it is vital in the flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells throughout our body and one of its best rewarding properties is that it helps us get lusciously supple, youthful skin. So if you are experiencing any of the aforementioned issues, then most certainly take the time to examine your day-to-day water intake and make adjustments accordingly.

 

Steps to Take to Remedy Dehydration

Whether it is brought on by lack of drinking enough water and or by the loss of too much water, the fact still remains that depleted water levels in the body must be replenished and quickly.

If you are on medications, detoxing, or on certain diets, then the possibility of dehydration may increase as some medications, detox herbs and teas can act as diuretics causing greater loss of fluids in the body than normal. Also, certain diets may require higher water intake and use to help the body get rid of fat.

If you feel symptoms of dehydration, drink plenty of fluids preferably ones with electrolytes, to help remedy the situation quicker and prevent severe dehydration requiring medical attention.

 

 

Conclusion – Hydration the Foundation of Good Health

Water helps our body feel energized and refreshed. It helps our body perform many of its daily functions and is crucial to our existence, so staying hydrated is an absolute must for optimal function. Whether you drink it straight, infuse it with fruits, blend in some juices, brew in some tea leaves (minus the sugar of course), eat a few of your favorite fruits, and or dole out some money for your favorite sports drink, just be sure that you get plenty of it – your body needs it and will thank you.

 

 

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