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The benefits of drinking more water

The benefits of drinking more water

Feeling thirsty? Then it’s already too late. Your body is already in the early stages of dehydrated.

The Benefits of Drinking more Water

So, what does this mean? Why should we drink more water?

  1. Lose Weight. Water plays an important role in weight loss and weight maintenance in a number of ways. Keeping hydrated decreases food cravings. Often we think we are hungry, when actually all we need is a big drink of water. Along with containing zero calories, drinking water also increases our energy levels and metabolism. Don’t just take my word for it, though, here’s the research done on over 18,000 adults.   It’s Nature’s ready mixed diet drink.
  2. Reduced Allergies. Your lungs are moistened by water. Water helps you breathe. When dehydrated, your body will restrict the width of your airways to conserve water loss.  When you don’t drink enough water, your histamine levels increase as the body loses water. This can lead to increased allergy reactions and asthma.
  3. Prevent cancer. Research suggests that staying hydrated can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%5, bladder cancer by 50%6, and possibly reduce breast cancer risk as well.7  Keeping our cells hydrated means that they can effectively transport nutrients in and toxic waste out of our body.
  4. Be less grumpy. Your brain tissue is 75% water. When you’re not properly hydrated, your brain operates on less fuel and efficiency. You can feel drained, or experience fatigue or mood fluctuations. Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you cranky and confused. Hmm. I think  I may know a few people who  live their life in a permanent state of thirst.
  5. Perform better. Dehydration can lead to weakness, muscle fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance. Keeping our body hydrated means an increase in energy and plays an important part in maintaining muscle tone and increasing the production of new blood and muscle cells.
  6. Get Smarter. Drinking 8 – 10 cups of water a day can increase your cognitive abilities by as much as 30%. The reason for this is that the more water your brain has, the more oxygen it can receive – which is what keeps it functioning at its best.
  7. Save Money. Save money by not having to buy soda and other sugary drinks.
  8. No more Cavities. It’s better for your teeth and that means fewer fillings and fewer dentist bills. All of my children are cavity free. As in NO CAVITIES at all. The only thing I put it down to is the fact that we don’t drink soda, but we all drink water every day.
  9. Pain free Joints. Drinking water can reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated. The leading supplement taken for joint pain is glucosamine. This works by aiding in cartilage’s absorption of water.
  10. Detox Our digestive system needs water to function properly. Our body flushes out waste by urinating and sweat. Both of these processes only work with hydration. If we don’t flush out waste and bacteria, these toxins collect in our our body.
  11. Youthful looking skin. Forget expensive face creams.  Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the color and texture of your skin by getting rid of toxins and improving the flow of blood to the skin. Our skin cells have a 2 – 3 weeks lifespan. We are constantly making new cells to replace the dead ones. Keeping our body hydrated means that the new cells can be built properly. Water plays an important role in keeping cells firm, allowing for firmer, tauter youthful looking skin.
  12. Pimple free face. If your teenager has a problem skin with breakouts and redness, you will be amazed at the difference this little change will make. Watch this video on what 30 days of drinking water does to this woman’s skin. 

 

http://www.cleaneatingwithkids.com/dehydration-making-sick-fat/

Struggle with anxiety?

Learn how to re-balance your hormones, address nutritional deficiencies, and fix the issue long-term. Bonus: Free printable that simplifies natural remedies for anxiety — including a supplement routine, what you should and shouldn’t eat, and more.

There are no quick fixes here.  The goal of all of this is to adjust your brain chemistry so you legitimately no longer have a problem, not just mask brain chemistry so you no longer realize that you do.  There are usually several steps…and I don’t even have it all figured out yet.  It’s a complex change.

Anxiety has to do with the fight-or-flight reaction, but is also a complex mix of dopamine, adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol, serotonin and more.  Fixing the hormonal cocktail is no easy task.  Plus, some of it is happening because of vitamin or mineral deficiencies, or bad bacteria in the gut.  Like I said — complex.

http://modernalternativehealth.com/2015/11/11/natural-remedies-for-anxiety/

 

Anti-Inflammatory Foods & Benefits

Try to eat as much alkaline forming foods as you can to help loosen the joints, fill your plate with anti-inflammatory foods and steer clear of the archenemies (sugar, shade veggies, processed foods, etc). It doesn’t always work for everyone but it definitely provides relief for me.

A quick breakdown of these foods and why they’re great to help inflammation:

Flaxseed: Has omega-3 fatty acid which helps inflammation.

Green tea: Contains anti-inflammatory polyphenols.

Turmeric: High anti-inflammatory properties due to its curcumin content.

Cantaloupe: Has anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.

Avocado and walnuts: Contain anti-inflammatory fatty acids.

Lemon: Has anti-oxident and anti-inflammatory vitamin C.

Berries and Cherries: Contain anti-inflammatory phytochemicals.

Pineapple: High in anti-inflammatory bromelain.

Kale: Has 45 anti-oxident and anti-inflammatory flavonoids.

Garlic: Has high anti-inflammatory sulfer-containing compounds.

Broccoli: Contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxident phytonutrients.

https://www.yogabycandace.com/blog/2013/6/11/anti-inflammatory-foods

How do you break free from “Sugar”?

Let’s talk ways to decrease sugar cravings! Because eliminating sugar from your diet is one of the simplest and quickest ways to improve overall health.

Any time you eliminate sugar from your diet, whether just getting rid of processed sugar, switching to clean eating or going full on paleo, you’re going to start craving it. Even though it’s terrible for you, you’re body is used to all those refined simple carbs; your taste buds are accustomed to sweet flavors and your emotions are all wrapped in sweet things making you happy.

It’s a hard cycle to break.

The good news is that it doesn’t last long. If you’re committed and make it through the first few days, those cravings will diminish and then vanish altogether. It gets a lot easier to eat healthy if you stick to it.

And it doesn’t all have to be tortuous deprivation. Even if you’re eliminating all simple carbs, not just processed sugar, these tricks can satisfy your body, your taste buds and your emotions. You’ll be clear of the cravings before you know it.

 

http://bellesavvy.com/decrease-sugar-cravings/

Mindful Eating Techniques

That burst of energy and warm-fuzzy feeling you get after eating frosted sugar cookies and homemade fudge—and the inevitable crash that comes after—isn’t magic; it’s science. Here’s a look at what overindulging in sugary treats does to your body, from head to toe.

“The good news is that mindful eating can help binge eaters as well as many other eating issues. During the past 20 years, studies have found that mindful eating can help you to 1) reduce overeating and binge eating, 2) lose weight and reduce your body mass index (BMI), 3) cope with chronic eating problems such as anorexia and bulimia, and reduce anxious thoughts about food and your body and 4) improve the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. Thus, it has many benefits!”

 

https://www.prevention.com/food/your-body-on-a-binge?cid=NL_PVNT_-_12262015_yourbodyafterabinge_More