Archives for February 2013

6 Reasons To Drink More Water

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Following is a guest post from Mary Richardson, I hope you find the information valuable…I did!

Humans are made up of approximately 75 percent water, which is why water is so important to our bodies. Everyone talks about how drinking water is necessary for a healthy lifestyle, but there’s still a big percentage of the population who chooses to drink soft drinks and coffee instead of water. Wondering why water is so important for your health? Here are six reasons.

Water helps to boost metabolism

If you’re looking to lose weight, there’s no better way to start than by drinking more water. A diet that includes at least eight glasses of water per day can help your body’s ability to burn fat and can increase metabolic rate by 30 percent in healthy men and women. By drinking water before a meal, it can help to fill you up, allowing you to get full faster and eat less overall. Keep in mind that by being even mildly dehydrated, this will slow down your metabolism as much as three percent.

It protects your heart

Did you know that drinking the right amount of water could help to lower your risk of a heart attack? According to a six-year study published through the American Journal of Epidemiology, those who drink more than five glasses of water per day were 41 percent less likely to suffer from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.

Water prevents headaches

Do you frequently get those pesky headaches that can sometimes ruin your entire day? Yes, I’m referring to migraines, the world’s worst type of headache. Well it just so happens that drinking 1.5 liters of water in addition to the regular daily intake can help to reduce migraines and decrease the intensity of pain in which migraines bring.

Water improves brain functionality

Just as your brain needs oxygen to help it function at optimum levels, drinking the proper amount of water ensures that it’s getting exactly what it needs. By drinking eight to 10 cups of water every day, this can help to improve your levels of cognitive performance by as much as 30 percent.

It can make you rich

Drinking water can make you rich – what? While this might be a stretch, drinking water regularly can help you save a great deal of money. Think about it this way – if you drink sports drinks, sodas and other various beverages, you’re spending a good amount of money on these weekly. If you opt for a diet rich in just water, you’re going to be saving all of that money you would normally spend on the other drinks. Water is essentially free and is of course very good for you!

It keeps you alert

If you feel fatigued frequently in the afternoon, it is often due to dehydration. So for all of you heavy coffee drinkers, if you’re not combating the caffeine with some h20, chances are this is why you hit your afternoon slump. Next time you’re feeling a little tired in the afternoon, grab a glass of water and guzzle it down. Not only will it help wake you up, but it will also help you perform better at your job.

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Mary Richardson is a freelance writer and health advocate. She understands the importance of drinking 8 glasses of water each day which is why she invested in an industrial filtration system to make sure her water is clean and as healthy as possible!

A Green Juice to Remember!

The thing about juicing is that you can put ANY combination of veggies and/or fruits in the juicer and voila!  you have a nutritious juice.

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Most of the time the juice is delicious.  (However sometimes I have added a combination of things that resulted in a not so great juice.)

But, today my juice was terrific!  Light and flavorful…but green, so if this bothers you, throw in a small red beet!

This is what I juiced:

  • 1 cup of spinach leaves
  • a handful of kale stems
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/4 of  small kohlrabi
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 small cucumber (I use pickling cucumbers)
  • 1 small apple
  • small piece of ginger

Not only does this drink taste good, it provides plenty of nutritional value!

  • Calories 131
  • Protein 4.1 g
  • Vitamin A 801 mg (115% of RDA)
  • Vitamin C 65 mg (87% o RDA)
  • Calcium 125 mg (10% of RDA)
  • Iron 2 mg (25% of RDA)
  • Magnesium 72 mg (23% of RDA)
  • Potassium 997 mg (21% of RDA)
  • Plus a bunch of other important vitamins and minerals

Let me know if you give this a try, or post some of your best juice combinations!

 

Push Up Challenge!

Having never met a challenge I didn’t feel compelled to try, I have embarked on the:

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I saw this challenge on a fellow blogger’s site,  Wine to Weightlifting — How can you go wrong?

You simply download the I-phone and/or Android app to get started.

The app ask you for the number of good form push-ups you can do.  (In my case 6).  It then gives you a program that you do 3 times a week.  My first go at this was today and my program was:

  • 6 push ups, followed by 1 minute rest
  • 6 push ups, followed by 1 minute rest
  • 4 push ups, 1 min rest
  • 4 push ups, 1 min rest
  • 5 push ups

I did it.  A total of 25 push ups!  I’m 1/4 of the way there!

Come on give it a try!  And you can check into Wine to Weightlifting to win great prizes!  It’s not to late to participate

My New Facebook Page

As you can probably tell from my blog posts, I have some strong opinions about exercise and healthy eating.  I have done a lot of reading and studying on these topics and it is very hard not to try to teach EVERYONE what I have learned.

But I have also learned that most people are content to keep things as they are in life and don’t necessarily want to learn about what is bad in their diet or that they should exercise regularly.

So…in an attempt not to alienate all my Facebook friends, I have set up a facebookFacebook page specifically to share all the cool health, exercise and nutrition tidbits I come across.

I invite you to check out my page and comment on whatever you see, whether you agree, or not!  We can learn from each other.  So please check out my Facebook page, Let’s Get in Shape Together.   If you leave me your Facebook page info I will like you back!

An Organization Project…

…or fun in a blizzard!

Another obsession of mine, besides exercise and healthy eating, is organization.  I hate things to be an unorganized mess.  Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means a clean freak.  I don’t mind messy, but at the end of the day (or week), I like everything to have a logical place.

For instance…this has been driving me nuts!

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Then, I saw an idea in a magazine and voila!

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I have to give a shout out to Blue Lounge Design for the cable box.