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Hydration: Why It’s So Important
Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health.
If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help:
Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. To reduce your costs, carry a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water.
If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.
Drink water before, during, and after a workout.
When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan. Some research suggests that drinking water can help you feel full.
If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed. Or, drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour.
Drink water when you go to a restaurant. It will keep you hydrated, and it’s free.
Quote: “Blood is the mother of Qi.
The nourishing action of Blood is necessary for the activity of Qi.”
If blood does not function properly, then qi cannot move well either. As acupuncture practitioners, our primary purpose is to put the body back into balance by moving qi and blood in the meridian systems.
Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration
Aside from the common symptoms like intense thirst or sweating too much, here are some of the mild and severe symptoms of dehydration
Mild to Moderate Dehydration
Dry, sticky mouth
Sleepiness or tiredness
Irritability and confusion
Dry skin that doesn't bounce back when you pinch it
Low blood pressure
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Few or no tears when crying
No tears when crying
Dry, cool skin
Little or no urination, and any urine color that is darker than usual
In serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness
Adding fruit to your diet is a surefire way to become healthier. A daily intake of fruit can benefit your body in many ways. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel when you start eating more fruit. Keep reading to uncover some amazing things that fruit does for you body.
You know that you need to drink more water. But if you are like most people, you don't get your six to eight glasses of water per day. But did you know that fruit is 80% water? So if you add more fruit to your diet, you will be getting more water in your diet. There is no other food on the planet that contains this much water.
If you have digestive problems such as abdominal cramping, constipation or diarrhea, you can alleviate some of these symptoms by eating fruit. Fruits contain natural fiber that will help to regulate your bowel movements. It has also been proven that fruits are very effective in lowering your cholesterol levels. This can help to prevent heart disease and stroke.
Other studies are finding evidence that fruit helps to stimulate the memory. People who eat fruit on a regular basis are able to retain information and recall it faster than those who do not make fruit a part of their diet. Studies have also proven that people who eat fruit or drink fruit juices on a regular basis will decrease their risk of getting Alzheimer's disease by as much as 76%.
Fruits are great for summer time, however, always consume high quality organic fruits in moderation. Vegetables should always be consumed in much higher quantities than fruits in general. As always, eat plenty of healthy fat sources as well.
The Green Goddess 8 large kale leaves
1.5-2 cups spinach
1 lime, unpeeled
2 Granny smith medium-large apples
A handful of fresh mint
Optional addition: ginger
The strawberry is a fun addition.
It is the perfect cold drink for a hot summer afternoon.
Click on the link below to see which drinks you should avoid during the summer
It is springtime and very soon will be summer and this is the season of the liver and gallbladder. It is also the season to cleanse these organs to prepare for summer. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there is what is known as the Five Element Theory.