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Why Drinking Water Is So Good For Your Body

Why Drinking Water Is So Good For Your Body

Our bodies are composed mainly of water but many people stop drinking it. For some reason, a lot of us focus more on sodas, fruity beverages, and coffee drinks. Is water really that important? Yes, it is. Oceans, beaches, and rivers are filled with water. It is the major constituent of living things whether it be humans, animals, or mammals — we are all comprised of water. As a chemical compound, water is composed of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms know formerly as H20 – water molecule. Water covers 71% of Earth and is vital for all known forms of life. On Earth, 96.5% of water is found in seas and oceans, 1.7% in groundwater, 1.7% in glaciers and icecaps, and 0.0001% in the air (as vapor, clouds, and precipitation).

1. Helps cleanse your body

Drinking water detoxifies your body from all harmful chemicals, components, and mechanisms that can (and will) get you sick. Drinking water in the morning is especially helpful in keeping you going throughout the day. 6-8 glasses of water a day keeps the doctor away! Keep the water coming! It is helpful in many ways, as you will discover as you read further. Cleansing your body is important for starters. Just read on and see what magic water can do for you. You will be utterly pleased with what you find!

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2. Keeps you fully hydrated

Dehydration is a terrible thing for your body. During the summer, keeping yourself full of water is important — whether it be children, teens, adults, or older individuals. Water is a must, regardless of the seasons. Summer, winter, autumn, and fall — drinking lots of water is essential for your well-being. Dehydration degrades your body as a result of lack of sufficient water to your internal organs and body parts. Fully hydrated individuals are much happier, exuberant, and lively than those who steer clear from water. Water is the best form of hydration. Ditch the sodas and opt for simple clean water instead. Whether you try it warm, hot, or cold; water is beneficial to anyone.

3. Replenishes skin cells

Dehydration makes your skin look dry, wrinkled, and shaggy. Instead of dehydrating your body, think about replenishing it with lots of water. Once adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over, excreting excess fluids. Skin cells are cleaned (just like your body is) as a result of water.

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4. Maintains normal bowel capabilities

Drinking loads of water alleviates the gastrointestinal tract, helping things moving and free-flowing. Drinking water also helps prevent constipation. Next time, drink lots of water before going to the bathroom. It will make a huge difference, that is for sure. Normal bowel capacities will be restored. If you drink four glasses of water in the morning, you will notice that you can use the bathroom more easily than if you were to just eat breakfast without any water intake. So, before you eat anything for breakfast, make sure to drink tons of glasses of water. It will provide you with a huge relief. Ask me. I know because the first thing I do is grab a glass of water and refill it at least four times and sometimes five. That is the amount of water my body requires.

5. Helps you eat less and stay fit

If you drink lots of water before a meal, you ease off eating too much. Because you already have water in your stomach, and water does fill you up, you eat less. So, keep drinking that water! It really is helpful. There is no doubt about that. I drink a glass of water before every meal, and let me tell you it makes the world’s difference. I see that I eat less and I stay full for a larger duration of the day.

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6. Provides you energy

Water is a great energy booster. Forget about the energy drinks, coffee drinks, and sodas! Water helps give you energy too. That is why when you exercise you should always have a bottle of water handy when going to the gym. Either drinking while you exercise or before is helpful when working out.

7. Keeps infections away

Drinking water has added benefits of keeping away urinary infections. They say to drink cranberry juice, but I say that water is the best solution for anything. Water is a great detox agent. Drinking water keeps infections, illnesses, and diseases away from you!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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