Drinking water is one great way to beat the heat in the warm, dry climates, and to keep you hydrated and prevent dry skin.
You probably have experienced dry skin at one point or another. Thankfully, treating dry skin isn't that difficult, and you can all start from within. You know how vital water is to diet and health, but drinking a lot of water can prevent and treat dry skin. Your skin protects your body from various toxins and diseases, as well as from the elements.
Drinking water is a great way to support your overall health and wellness. And while many doctors used to recommend drinking eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day, this has been dismissed recently. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans each drink 3.9 cups a water per day. You only need the water that is required of you to stay hydrated. More importantly, your water intake depends on your body type, overall health and other factors.
You may think it's hard to get enough water throughout the day, but there are many ways to make it easy. Keeping a glass or water bottle with you throughout the day will help you remember. Try keeping a timer on your watch or phone for every few hours to remind you. If you're suffering from dry skin, hydrating from the inside out is key for treating the problem and keeping it from coming back.
Unfortunately, drinking water alone will not rid you of dry skin and the issues that come along with it. You'll need to pair this with other remedies that treat your skin directly to receive the results you're looking for. But staying hydrated is always number one, and drinking water is the best way to do it.
Suffering from dry skin is not a walk in the park, but you can prevent and treat it. Following some simple steps and staying on top of the problem can help keep it at bay.
5 Benefits of Drinking Water During Exercise
The number of people in the United States with kidney stones has been increasing over the past 30 years. In fact, the number nearly doubled since 1994. Just as an observer in my health club, I never see anyone drinking water. It’s ironic that these exercise enthusiasts are sweating to attain good health yet not drinking enough water while exercising can ultimately give them kidney stones.
How You Lose Water
You lose several cups of water everyday through breathing alone. The lungs require humid air to work. The average adult loses about six cups of water a day through urination and during exercise up to four cups per hour. When these loses are added up, it’s easy to see why the body needs fluid replenishment.
Limited Water Intake Symptoms
Limited water intake can cause dry coughs, bronchitis, dry skin, acne, nose bleeds, urinary tract infections, constant sneezing, sinus pressure, and headaches and the above-mentioned kidney stones.
Listed below are the benefits of drinking water when you exercise.
Water with Lemon. Besides quenching your thirst after a workout, lemons have a high concentration of citrate which naturally inhibits kidney stone formation. If you can’t drink water, drink lemonade.
Metabolism Boost. Drinking cold water amps up your metabolism. Since your body has to work to warm up the water, you will be burning a few extra calories in the process.
Your Heart. If you are drinking enough water, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood throughout your body.
Your Skin. If you allow your body to get dehydrated by not drinking enough water, fine lines and wrinkles deepen. Water flushes out impurities and improves circulation besides plumping the skin.
Digestion. Water helps pass waste in the body. If you are dehydrated, your body will absorb water meant for your colon and other areas of the body. This will leave your colon dry and make it difficult to pass waste.
Understanding why water is so beneficial to the body makes it a little easier to drink.
Drink More Water
Last month I was taken to the emergency room because my blood pressure dropped. It turned out I had gone low because of dehydration. I’m really embarrassed because I hadn’t realized how important hydration is.
It was scary. I could sit up, but only for about a minute. Then I’d have to lie down again. Couldn’t even think about standing (which is hard enough for me on a good day). I was in the ER for about 12 hours getting IV fluids before I was strong enough to go home. Lord knows what it will cost, and all because I didn’t drink enough.
I didn’t know I had a viral infection. They found that on a white blood count in the ER. But I did know I was eating lots of fiber, which absorbs water, and not drinking much. I just didn’t know I could get in so much physical trouble from a little dryness.
For people with diabetes, the risk of dehydration is greater, because higher than normal blood glucose depletes fluids. To get rid of the glucose, the kidneys will try to pass it out in the urine, but that takes water. So the higher your blood glucose, the more fluids you should drink, which is why thirst is one of the main symptoms of diabetes.
According to the British diabetes site diabetes.co.uk, other causative factors for dehydration include insufficient fluid intake, sweating because of hot weather or exercise, alcohol, diarrhea, or vomiting.
The symptoms of mild dehydration include thirst, headache, dry mouth and eyes, dizziness, fatigue, and dark-colored urine. Severe dehydration causes all those symptoms plus low blood pressure, sunken eyes, weak pulse and/or rapid heartbeat, confusion, and lethargy.
But many people, especially older people, don’t get these symptoms. It seems that thirst signals become weaker as we age. Diabetes may get people used to thirst so they don’t feel it as much.
If we aren’t drinking enough water, the kidneys still need water to eliminate excess glucose and other unwanted products. So they will raid the rest of the body for fluid to keep functioning. Gradually, our cells become dryer and dryer, which we might first notice in the eyes and mouth.
Since I’m now desperate to avoid dehydration, I have learned that your skin can tell you quickly if you’re hydrated. Pinch up some skin between your thumb and index finger, and then let it go. It should snap right back into place. If it goes a little slower, you are getting dehydrated. I’m doing the pinch test every hour or so now. If it doesn’t snap right back, I drink some water right away.
This is definitely not rocket science. To keep from getting dry, drink more fluids. But what to drink? According to most experts, water is best.
James Pendergast of Diabetes Information Network says, “You can’t rely on your sense of thirst to keep yourself well hydrated. If you wait until you are thirsty to drink water, you’re waiting too long. You should consume water at regular intervals throughout the day even if you’re not thirsty at the moment.”
According to an article on Livestrong.com, drinking water with a little salt, or a sugar-free sports drink will help replace needed salts, which are often low when you’re dehydrated. Caffeine and sugar should be avoided.
David Mendosa at Mendosa.com says salt replacement is as important as fluid replacement. He recommends a commercial product called Ultima Replenisher that is sweetened with stevia and has no sugar, but a number of important electrolytes (salts) that tend to run low.
It’s just one more thing to think about with diabetes, but fortunately, it’s not a difficult one to keep on top of. I used to laugh at people saying drink 8 or 10 glasses of water a day, but not any more. “Drink up!” is my new motto.
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by David Spero, BSN, RN
Often, I hear people talk of having a thyroid problem, whether it be overactive or underactive. But, just what does this mean and what can be done about it?
Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone. This hormone is what regulates metabolism- how the body turns food into energy. This snowballs into each person’s heart rate, digestion, bone and muscle strength and cholesterol levels. But, when there is too much of this hormone, the body wants to kick into overdrive. Hyperthyroidism is associated with Grave’s disease, which causes the thyroid to speed up. Other causes can be abnormal growths on the thyroid and thyroiditis which occurs when the body makes antibodies to the thyroid hormones. Some symptoms include nervousness, moodiness, weakness, tremors, irregular heartbeat, irregular breathing even when resting, sweating, red-itchy skin, loose stool, warm-red skin, losing or thinning hair and weight loss. Also, some women experience irregular periods.
Sometimes, treatment for hyperthyroidism can lead to the opposite…hypothyroidism, which is where the body produces too little of the thyroid hormone. When this happens, all systems of the body are affected, not just the endocrine. The disease is caused by several other things as well. Teenagers with this disease will often look much younger than you’d think. This disease can also become serious if untreated in adulthood. Some symptoms include inability to tolerate the cold, thinning hair, brittle nails, dry skin, tiredness, memory loss, depression, slow speech and body movements and constipation. While this disease can be treated with thyroid medication, there is no cure. Water can come in very handy to treat the symptoms. Being hydrated can help in keeping moisture in the skin, regulating body temperature, eliminating fatigue, loosening stool and even helping the brain-memory function better. Drinking pure filtered water is also important, as fluoride and chlorine in water can block the iodine receptors in the thyroid. Weight gain is something that can also come along with hypothyroidism, and adding more water to your diet is something that can aid in weight loss.
WATER CAN PREVENT AND CURE MANY OF OUR ILLNESSES…
Fight fatigue with water: Why water cures you when you are tired
What's the easiest, cheapest, and fastest cure when you're dragging? Water. Fatigue is, after all, one of the first signs of dehydration. Even a small drop in your body's water levels can hurt you. A recent study from Tufts University found that mild dehydration -- a loss of just 1 to 2 percent of body weight as water -- was enough to impair thinking. If it turns into full-blown dehydration, it could cause an imbalance in electrolytes like sodium and potassium, which aid muscles and heart function.
How much H2O you need depends on your activity level (1 to 1 1/2 cups every 15 minutes while working out) and where you live (you lose more fluids in heat and humidity and at high altitudes). The National Academy of Sciences suggests that women consume 11 cups of fluid every day -- though not all of this has to be water. About 8 cups can come from other drinks (including coffee and tea; caffeine isn't dehydrating as was once thought) and the rest from what you eat. Watermelon, cucumbers, and most other fruits and vegetables are obvious sources (1 cups of watermelon has almost a full cup of water), but lots of foods are wetter than you might have guessed. Oatmeal and beans, even a turkey sandwich, have at least half a cup.
When one starts to get the tightening sensation in the head, it’s so easy to reach for a bottle of pain medication. But, many over the counter drugs have side effects that could be even worse than the headache itself! Therefore, it is better to consider other more natural alternatives instead of looking for a quick fix. All headaches stem from either chemical, emotional, or structural problems. Instead of taking painkillers to alleviate a headache, it is more beneficial to find out the underlying causes of them to prevent them from happening in the future. Painkillers only mask the symptoms and if taken in excess over long periods of time, they can cause other health conditions.
One of the major causes for headaches is dehydration. To treat your headache naturally with water, it is a good idea to first find out what type of headache you have. First, there are chronic tension headaches that can result from stress overload, fatigue and even physical problems, psychological and emotional issues and depression. Then, there are cluster headaches, which are categorized by coming in groups of one to four a day, in set cluster periods that could be days or months. Hormonal headaches are similar to migraines in that they affect only one side of the head, and they are also frequently accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and/or noise. Finally, there are sinus headaches, which can be experienced after a cold or other medical condition.
Water can aid as a treatment to all of these headaches. In tension headaches, it was noted above that a cause of the headache can be fatigue. Fatigue is a side effect of dehydration. So, if dehydration is the cause of the fatigue and fatigue is the cause of the headache – start by treating the fatigue and get hydrated. Tension headaches could also be a symptom of other problems, so if they persist, it is a good idea to seek help from a medical professional.
Cluster headaches are also known to be cures by drinking water. A woman by the name of Margi contributed a piece of advice at clusterheadaches.com, reporting that her husband’s headaches have not come back since he started drinking a glass of water at least every hour. Additionally, the hot water from a nice, warm shower or bath can help relax those tightened muscles.
As far as preventing headaches, staying hydrated can help. In fact, a very common form of headache can come in the form of caffeine withdrawal. Of course, having coffee or soda can give the body what it wants and help ease the headache pain, but it could also begin a vicious cycle. Since caffeine dehydrates, the headache prone may be better off avoiding it and instead drink more water, juices and decaf teas, coffees and sodas. Caffeine can cause a “rebound” effect which means it temporarily gets rid of the headache, which goes away and comes back worse than before. Try to eliminate caffeine from your diet even though you may experience withdrawals for a few days, it will be well worth the temporary suffering.
Some natural remedies to relieve headaches:
Peppermint Oil – Place a few drops of this essential oil on your forehead, neck, and temples. In addition, breathing in the soothing oil can ease symptoms. (Keep away from your eyes!)
Honey – Take two teaspoons of honey with each meal. Honey contains potassium and magnesium which will help relax arteries and allow more blood to flow to the brain.
Walking – If you feel a headache coming on, take a short walk. This will relax you and your circulatory system so that more blood and oxygen can get to the brain.
Mustard – Add 2 teaspoons of mustard powder in a hot footbath and soak your feet in the water for 10-20 minutes.
Cayenne pepper – Put ½ to one teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of water and drink slowly. This will dilute your blood vessels and improve circulation.
In essence, when dealing with headaches the pain can be relieved by drinking clean water, avoiding caffeine, and applying natural remedies. Just drinking a few glasses of water whenever you feel you might be coming on with a headache might save you from taking many pills over the course of your lifetime. Try several different remedies to see what works for you and kiss those headaches goodbye!
We all know that water is good for us, but often the reasons are a little fuzzy. And even if we know why we should drink water, it’s not a habit that many people form.
But there are some very powerful reasons to drink lots of water every day, and forming the habit isn’t hard, with a little focus.
The thing about it is, we don’t often focus on this habit. We end up drinking coffee, and lots of soda, and alcohol, not to mention fruit juices and teas and milk and a bunch of other possibilities.
Or just as often, we don’t drink enough fluids, and we become dehydrated — and that isn’t good for our health.
I’ve made drinking water a daily habit, although I will admit that a couple of years ago I was more likely to drink anything but water. Now I don’t drink anything but water, except for a cup of coffee in the morning and once in awhile a beer with dinner. I love it.
Here are 9 powerful reasons to drink water (with tips on how to form the water habit afterwards):
So you’re convinced that water is healthier, but you’d like to know more about how to make drinking water a daily habit.
Here are some tips that have helped me:
By Alexandra Sifferlin
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Is our drinking water making us sick?
Over the past 20 years, the number of people allergic to milk, eggs, wheat nuts and shellfish has soared, jumping by 18% between 1997 and 2007, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But why?
A team of researchers reporting in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), decided to look at whether that rise in food sensitivities could be related to another growing trend during that time period — the use of environmental pesticides and purifying chemicals.
(MORE: Why Kids with Known Food Allergies Are Still at Risk)
Specifically, the scientists focused on a group of pesticides called dichlorophenols that is also used to purify water. They began with 10,348 participants from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006, 2,548 of whom showed dichlorophenols in their urine. In the end 2,211 were included in the study; food allergy was found in 411 of these participants and 1,016 had an allergy to an environmental agent, whether it was air pollutant or compounds found in products like pesticides. Those with higher levels of dichlorophenols in the body were 80% more likely to have food sensitivity than those with lower levels, and the authors believe the exposure to the chemicals may be contributing to a hyper-sensitive immune system that recognizes even common food proteins as foreign.
“We started to look into the question of why in westernized countries food allergies are so prevalent, says lead study author Dr. Elina Jerschow, an American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) fellow. “Pollutants are so widely available in the West through pesticides, herbicides and insecticides, there may be a link.”
MORE: Why We’re Going Nuts Over Nut Allergies
It’s important to understand that the study simply finds an association between pesticide exposure and food allergies; the link does not establish a cause and effect relationship. The authors also say that the study compared rates of food allergies at different times in different populations; a longitudinal study that follows the same group of children over time and monitors their environments and food allergy rates would provide a more definitive answer about the role of pesticides in these allergies.
Yet the correlation raises the possibility that pesticides may be contributing in some way to changing immune sensitivities and influencing the way young children become tolerant to certain antigens in food. In other words, purifying water may strip it of bacteria that may be important in priming our immune systems to recognize and react to more threatening pathogens. Without such “training,” immune systems may mistakenly interpret certain food proteins as harmful, and therefore react to them as if they are a threat.
YET ANOTHER REASON TO TRY fresh2o!!!
Aside from being harmful to your health from all of the chemicals in plastic, look at all of that clutter. This poses a serious hazard in the work environment. Slips, falls, takes to much space, and workers can hurt themselves with the lifting of these heavy bottles when they need to be changed.
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