Posts Tagged ‘water’

  1. 9 Reasons to Drink Your Water

    September 7, 2015 by Heather

    9 Reasons To Drink Your Water

    I’m pretty sure there’s a water post somewhere here on this but it is SO worth repeating!  So many times I hear people are only drinking a glass of water a day, or worse yet, nothing!  Oh my word!  If this is you, you are walking around chronically dehydrated!  If you don’t think that’s a big deal let me break it down for you!  Below are 9 reasons why you should up your water intake.  And by up I mean ATLEAST half your body weight in ounces.  And no your coffee doesn’t count!  More if you are sweating, i.e, summer, hard workouts etc.  If you think this sounds like a lot and are starting from zero, then work your way up to that.  Warning:  You will be peeing a lot.  This is NORMAL and a good thing!  All of that water you’ve been retaining??  You’re flushing it down the toilet!  Don’t you feel less puffy already??

    Here are 9 powerful reasons to drink water!!

    Weight Loss!  They had me at weight loss!!  Water replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn’t have any calories. It’s also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar. And if you are dehydrated your body will actually retain water!  Ouch!  Drink atleast half your weight in ounces to help your weight-loss regimen.

    Heart health! Drinking a good amount of water could lower your risks of a heart attack. A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.

    Energy!  So many of us suffer from lack of energy.  We often blame our Fibro but this may only be part of the issue.  You could be dehydrated and being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired — even mild dehydration of as little as 1 or 2 percent of your body weight. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated — and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.

    Relief from Headaches!  Do you suffer from daily headaches or migraines?  Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. In fact, often when we have headaches it’s simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.

    Healthy skin!  Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won’t happen overnight, of course, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on your skin.  Who doesn’t want that healthy glow??

    Digestive problems! Fibro peeps typically have enough digestive issues.  Drinking more water can help!  Our digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Often water can help cure stomach acid problems, and water along with fiber can cure constipation (often a result of dehydration).  There’s nothing worse than not being able to poop!!!

    Cleansing!  Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.  If you aren’t drinking enough you are holding onto that stuff!  Ick!  And if you didn’t know, the Fibro person absorbs more toxins than the average bear and has a harder time getting rid of them so drink up!!!

    Cancer risk!  Related to the digestive system item above, drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.  Wow!

    Better Exercise! Being dehydrated can severely hamper your athletic activities, slowing you down and making it harder to put the most into your workout. Exercise requires additional water, so be sure to hydrate before, during and after exercise and if you’re sweating a lot up your daily intake.

     

    Here are a few tips to remember to drink your water! 

    Form a routine.  If you’re thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  A glass when you get up, before you go to bed, before lunch etc.

    Carry a bottle.  I always have my water bottle with me.

    Set phone reminders so you don’t forget.

    Substitute water for something you’re already drinking.

    Track it in a log along with how you’re feeling.  Once you realize you feel better not dehydrated you’ll be more apt to keep at it. 

    I hope this helps you to see just how important drinking your water is!  Often we underestimate the small, seemingly insignificant things we can do to help us feel better.  These things, added up over time, can go a long way to helping you feel so much better!

     

    Peace & Love,

    Heather

     
     

     

     


  2. Top 10 Weight Loss Tips

    July 2, 2015 by Heather

    Top 10

    Have you been struggling with losing weight?  Here are some tips that should get you on the road to reaching your goals!!

    DRINK WATER
    Hunger is often confused with dehydration. Next time you feel like having a snack, have a glass of water.
    Even mild dehydration can alter our body’s metabolism, so aim to drink 1/2 your weight in ounces and limit or remove soda, caffeine, and alcohol. Drinking water before meals can help promote weight loss, and studies show that those who drink two glasses of water 20 minutes before meals feel fuller and eat less.

    EAT CARBS: REAL CARBS!
    Replace refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, bagels, cereal, and pretzels with complex carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, which slows digestion and promotes stable blood sugar levels. Complex carbs are also packed with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in the body. Whole grain carbohydrates should always be chosen over refined varieties. Think about eating foods in their most natural forms.

    CHOOSE HEALTHY FATS
    A common misconception is that fat should be completely eliminated. In reality, we could not live without fat. The body utilizes dietary fat for energy, healthy hair, skin, nails, vitamin absorption, and normal
    everyday bodily functions. Good fats promote several health benefits such as protection against heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and depression as well as reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Choose sources such as raw nuts, seeds, fish, avocados, and extra virgin olive oil.

    EMPHASIZE LEAN PROTEIN
    Our bodies require protein to continuously renew and replenish our cells, stabilize our blood
    sugar, and give us energy. Our bodies are literally made out of the amino acids that make up protein
    in our food. Many foods contain protein, but the richest sources include animal products like meat,
    dairy, eggs, and fish as well as plant sources like beans, nuts, and seeds. When choosing animal protein sources, be conscious of the way the animal was raised andwhat it ate. Grass-fed beef and free-range chicken are healthier and more ethically sound choices than feed lot meats. Organic yogurt and cage-free eggs are great for vegetarians, while tofu, tempeh, and peanut butter are good vegan protein sources.

    EAT BREAKFAST
    By eating a hearty breakfast, you’ll give your metabolism a jumpstart andbe in better control of your cravings. When we miss our first fuel of the day, we are often hungry by mid-morning and more likely to engage in mindless nibbling, snacking, overeating, and over compensating for any calories “saved”
    by skipping breakfast. Studies repeatedly show daily breakfast consumption is associated with
    maintaining a healthy weight.1 But if you’re not ready for breakfast early in the morning, listen to your body and eat when you feel it’s best for you.

    EAT MORE FREQUENTLY
    It’s important to balance your food intake throughout the day to help maintain normal blood sugar and decrease the chances of binging when hunger strikes. Try to keep track of your meal choices and balance your caloric intake. Feeding your body on a regular basis lets it know food is available and it’s okay to burn energy rather than conserve and store it as fat.

    EXERCISE YOUR BODY AND MIND
    Exercise has enormous benefits for your mind and body, with research boasting decreased body
    weight, smaller waist circumference, lower resting heart rate and blood pressure, AND it boosts your
    mood! Strive to be active at least 30 minutes every day to help keep your body strong and lean.
    Try these tips for starters:
    • Get off the subway or bus one stop earlier.
    • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
    • Go on nightly jogs or walks with a friend
    or your dog.
    Even playing with your children in the park or trying a hand at gardening will keep your body active.

    CATCH SOME ZZZZ’S
    Research suggests that those who sleep five hours or less weigh five pounds more than those getting at least seven hours of shut eye per night. Lack of sleep disrupts circadian rhythms and can lead to inefficient body regulation of energy balance, metabolism, and appetite. Abnormal leptin and ghrelin levels -hormones that tell your body “I’m full, stop eating” – can go away with too little sleep.
    Said simply: Sleep more, eat, and weigh less! Strive for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

    LEARN TO COOK
    Cooking meals at home allows you to control portion sizes, the quality of ingredients, and cuts your intake
    of sodium, fat, and calories. Try to avoid frying foods by learning how to roast or bake, and eat more raw
    foods to boost flavor and cut calories. Also try experimenting with herbs and spices to reduce salt intake.

    KEEP TRACK OF WHAT YOU EAT
    Be a food detective and investigate what you choose to put into your body. Check labels and avoid ingredients such as sugar, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and long chemical names that
    are hard to pronounce. The healthiest foods are those found just as nature intended – whole and
    unprocessed. When was the last time you saw an ingredient list on a stalk of broccoli or a fresh fillet of salmon?


  3. Live Your Best Self!

    May 25, 2015 by Heather

    Live Your Best Self(1)

    Happy Memorial Day!  I hope you are doing something fun today!  It’s a little muggy and overcast here! 

    So I wanted to chat a bit about self care for us.  I come into contact with so many people on a daily basis and often when I ask what they are doing when they tell me they are in a boatload of pain the response I get is nothing.  Nothing?!  Ok, I get that this beast we live with is all encompassing, tiring and frustrating.  But if we lie down and let it win, it will surely win.  I strongly encourage everyone to be their own advocate, to take great care of themselves and research research research!  I’m often asked how I know so much.  It is simple.  I did my research because no one else will do it for me. 

    What do I mean by take great care of yourself?   It is very simple really.  Clean eating, exercise, rest (I’m not SO great at this one!!), WATER, healthy relationships, supplementation, getting to root causes, eating regularly and getting off the meds if you can.  Yes, I said get off the meds.  Of course, always do so under the direction of your physician but 1) they often create more side effects and do not “fix” anything 2) they are a band-aid and do not get to root causes and 3) they are not meant to be used long term.  I realize some of what I say is controversial and won’t be received well by some.  And that’s ok with me.  I also believe we need to do what is right for us and if my approach is not for you that’s ok too.  I’m just voicing what I have experienced and learned. 

    I’d encourage you to take a look at this article.  It is a great read and explains much of what we should be working on. 

    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10103/10-causes-of-fibromyalgia-your-doctor-doesnt-know-about.html

    As always, I’m here for any questions your might have.  I’m also available for coaching!  Reach out if you need help!  You are not alone!!  We all have the right and ability to live our best selves!!

     

    Peace and Love,

    Heather