Water, Water, and More Water

Water, Water, and More Water

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For as long as I can remember, I was always being told to drink more water.  I just did’t get it.  There is nothing in water, it’s clear, has no taste, and makes you go to the bathroom a lot.

As I got older, I heard this even more but with the added “you are dehydrated.”  My illogical thinking was that I WAS drinking plenty of water.  In my coffee, tea, soda, and even certain foods.  However, the more I really started paying attention to my body was telling me (through health issues) and trying to consume healthy foods, I still continued to dismiss the health benefits of water.

Over the years, I have gone back and forth with my water intake, but my most recent quest into better health has me taking supplements and herbal tinctures 6 times a day.  With that, I drink 80 oz + water per day!

And let me just say how wrong I have been all of these years.  If your mouth and lips are dry, you are thirsty and you need more water.  I walked around with a drink (non-alcoholic) in my hand every where I went for years.  Unfortunately, it was not water which made me even more thirsty and dehydrated.

Water provides many health benefits for your body.  According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, up to 60% of the human adult body is water.  The brain and heart are composed of 73% water and the lungs are about 83% water.

If we do not replace the water that our body expels through exercise, poor nutrition, smoking, alcohol, ect.., the healing ability of our body cannot occur naturally.  In fact, just a 5% drop in body fluids will cause 25-30% loss of energy and a 15% drop will cause death. (Global Healing Center)

The ultimate guideline to rehydrate your body is to increase your water intake by 8 oz per day until you reach half of your body weight in oz.  (Ex: weight is 150 lbs, you need 75 oz per day). You will need to add an additional 8 oz after exercise, sweating, and drinking or eating acidic beverages and foods.

Needless to say that after I reached my water untake goal, I have 100% more energy than normal and NO brain fog.  I have had several compliments on the look of my skin and my joints do not hurt as they once did.

I hope that you take a look at the overall health and wellness benefits of this pure and natural resource…..WATER!!

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Is Caffeine Worth the Hype?

Is Caffeine Worth the Hype?

  1. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant of the methylxanthine class of psychoactive drugs. Wikipedia

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Emotional roller coaster
We’ve all been annoyed by coworkers who are so jacked up on caffeine that they completely blow presentations for executives with incoherent 90 mph rambling. But caffeine’s effects go far beyond annoying anxiety jitters. Caffeine instigates irritability, depression and attention disorders. People drink caffeine to feel more alert and high-functioning, but in reality it decreases blood flow to the brain by up to 30 percent; this compromises memory and cognitive performance. Caffeine can also cause depression after its stimulating effects wear off.

Nutrient deficits
Caffeine forces the body to excrete excessive amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and trace minerals in the urine. It also interferes with optimum absorption of other vital nutrients.

Chronic heartburn and ulcers
Have you ever felt a burning sensation in your stomach after drinking a cup of java? That’s because coffee—including decaf— lessens pressure on the valve connecting the esophagus and the stomach; this allows stomach acids to flow upward into the esophagus, causing heartburn and even gastro-esophageal reflux disease. Also, coffee increases the production of hydrochloric acid. And excessive levels of hydrochloric acid are linked to a higher risk of developing ulcers.

Blood sugar roller coaster
Caffeine intake causes blood sugar to spike dramatically. And what goes up must come down. This spike causes the body to respond by overproducing insulin, which then causes blood sugar to plummet within just a few hours. A blood sugar crash can leave you feeling weak, shaky and entirely unable to concentrate. It can also make you crave candy and refined carbohydrates, starting the vicious cycle all over again. Insulin tells the body to store excess sugar as fat, so the caffeine blood sugar roller coaster leads to weight gain. If you are diabetic or hypoglycemic, you should avoid caffeine.

Caffeine’s Effect on Stress, Aging, & Hormones

Stress
Consuming caffeine causes the body to produce stress hormones. These, in turn, increase anxiety, irritability and muscle tension. They also exacerbate pain, indigestion and insomnia, plus compromise immune system functioning. Unnecessarily high levels of stress hormones prevent you from keeping your cool in the face of life’s everyday stresses—hence yelling at the kids, being rude to a cashier or worse yet, succumbing to road rage.

Speeding up the aging process
If you’re in your forties, you may have realized that you can’t drink alcohol like you could in your twenties. And you may have discovered that the same holds true for caffeine. Caffeine dehydrates the body, aging the skin and causing those dreaded wrinkles. It also ages the kidneys, inhibits DNA repair, and reduces the liver’s ability to do it’s job of detoxifying.

Hormonal imbalances
Caffeine also decreases production of hormones associated with youth, including DHEA and melatonin, pushing you downhill even faster.

Depressed adrenal function

The adrenal glands are thumb-sized, and one sits atop each kidney. The adrenal glands are the number one player in our overall energy level. Caffeine taxes the adrenals and can eventually lead to serious health problems involving inflammation, auto immune diseases and fatigue. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are no day at the beach.

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Dopamine Deficiency And Your Mental Health – Reset.me

Dopamine Deficiency And Your Mental Health – Reset.me

Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter that is responsible for your “feel good” health.

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Responsible Vitamin and Mineral Intake Can Save Your Life

Responsible Vitamin and Mineral Intake Can Save Your Life

Responsible Vitamin and Mineral Intake Can Save Your Life.