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March 27, 2013

Does Your Body Really Cry for Water??

On water…Dr. B (as Tony refers to) the Author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water (I highly recommend – my dad and sister first told me about it years ago!) has a foundation called www.thewatercure.com. His foundation was a great supporter of my natural health magazine in the UK and we worked together on bringing his books there and they provided advertising and articles regularly. I was not fortunate enough to know Dr B. when he was alive so it is inspiring to see his foundation sharing and continuing his work.   See the website above for GREAT articles of the WHY water is good for you and to get the book!

Another thing I learned in school from Dr. John Douillard (I so love him), an Ayervedic doctor, is to do an experiment with yourself. Sip hot water daily every 10 minutes for two weeks. 1. it gets your lymphatic system moving and draining as it should and 2. it will tell you immediately if you are dehydrated as you will start to want to drink more water. MOST everyone today does NOT get enough water.  And in fact, it can actually show up internally where your joints and connective tissue start to get dehydrated as well.  Showing up as aches and pains that we often explain away in the form of “age” or “overuse”.  Really, over time, a lot of that can be prevented with proper hydration.

Think of your mornings and afternoons.  If you need coffee, sugar, snacks, and extra food to get you through your daily slumps, just know that you could try water first and see if that helps.  Before your morning cup of coffee, which is the first thing people drink these days, reach for a clean glass of water and wait for 30 minutes before doing the coffee.  Before long you will find yourself drinking less coffee or not even needing it.  If you’re hungry for a snack – try drinking a glass of water before taking the snack. (even if it’s a piece of candy!)  9 times out of 10 you will curb that hunger as we often mistake hunger pains for a need for food rather than water!

Our consumption of anything BUT water is so off the charts high these days that we are literally aging ourselves to death.  Take the water challenge this week and before you reach for the bottle, can, or cup of anything but H2O, make a conscious effort to do the water first and see if you feel:

1. Energetic!
2. Happier!
3. And skinnier!!

March 17, 2012

What Motivates YOU to Mooooove??

If you look at the leading cause of death in the USA and the UK, you will find ailments such as cancer and heart disease at the very top of the list with most of the reason behind their existence tied to  stress, poor diet and lack of exercise.   The number of deaths by these two leading causes have also increased by much in the last two decades.  To the point of being alarming.  So what can you do?

Besides eating a nutrient dense meal and keeping your stress levels in check which is something we most often talk about here, it is equally important to get in regular physical activity.  Yes, that means scheduling in time to get your body working out and your heart pumping.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the top 7 benefits of regular physical exercise of 30 minutes a day are:

  1. Controls your weight
  2. Combats health conditions and diseases such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
  3. Improves your mood
  4. Boosts your energy levels
  5. Promotes good rest and more peaceful sleep
  6. Positive effect on sex life
  7. Fun way to spend time and unwind

This may seem like a simple list but it illustrates how crucial exercise is to your overall health and wellness.  Yet, for such an obvious solution, it can be the hardest activity to incorporate into your day.

Through moderate to vigorous movement, you are directly targeting 3 specific aspects of your heart health that are key to your overall wellness: cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.  Any time you exercise, your heart has to pump 10 times more blood to a muscle group that is being exerted.  Through repetition, your heart muscles get stronger and that supports your blood flow.  This effect also prevents buildup of fat on your artery walls which is a dangerous result of being sedentary.  Exercise lowers the bad cholesterol and raises the good which has positive effects on people with high blood pressure or any kind of coronary artery disease.

As you can see, there are many motives for exercising that are mostly obvious but not often taken seriously until it is too late.   The best way to create a reason to exercise is to think of it in terms of what really matters to you most. The meaning of the word Motive as stated in the dictionary is “something that causes a person to do a certain thing; incentive” So whether your incentive to move is to live a pain free life, to see your grandchildren grow up, to have more energy, or to live happier in this moment, you can bet that if you create a motive that really means something to you and your health, you will more likely commit to that workout becoming a part of your life – for life!

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