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Drink Water At The Correct Time To Stay Healthy

Drink Water At The Correct Time To Stay Healthy

We all know how difficult it is to get ourselves to the gym and to actually work on our physical wellbeing; how difficult it is to follow a diet plan and change our eating habits. But we can start with something small, something simple–

Drink water

All you have to do is drink water. Do it at the right time, in the right amount, be consistent, and you’re done. Simple.

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Guzzle up water habitually

There are wonderful benefits of drinking water. So I suggest, you make it into a habit. Although, it should be emphasized—the important point is—the consistency of doing this. If you do it once or twice a week, you won’t get any benefits. You’ve got do it every day. Make drinking water a habit and you’re on your way to enjoying a long and healthy life.

Chugging water keeps the doctor away.

Many people are unaware that drinking water throws a lot of sicknesses out of the window. Consider the Japanese people. Their outstanding wisdom regarding water therapy has stunned health experts across continents. Many people of Nippon descent live beyond a hundred years; in fact, over 50,000 centenarians live in Japan, today. Staggering number, you say? I agree, it’s because they practice the habit of drinking two glasses of water after waking up.

Drinking water at the correct time maximizes its effectiveness on the human body

  • Don’t brush your teeth, yet. You must guzzle up 160ml water before brushing. That way, the water you drink won’t be fluoride contaminated. (Toothpaste contains fluoride.)
  • Avoid any food or drink intake for the next 45-50 minutes after brushing.
  • Eat breakfast gradually.
  • After breakfast, don’t eat anything for the next 2 hours.

When is the best time to drink water and why?

  • Two glasses of water in the morning after waking up (helps activate internal organs)
  • One glass of water thirty minutes before a meal (aids in digestion)
  • One glass of water taking a bath (Helps you avoid high blood pressure)
  • One glass of water before going to bed (helps to avoid strokes and heart attacks)

You can jazz up your water by mixing it with fresh lemon. Drinking warm water with squeezed lemon can wake your body slowly making getting out of bed a more delightful experience. An expert tip I recommend is use half a lemon if you’re under 150 pounds. If you are heavier than 150 pounds, one whole lemon is suggested. Experts advice health buffs to drink it in two or three gulps in a fairly quick manner. After downing lemon water, don’t take in any food in about half an hour to maximize its benefits.

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Benefits of a lemon water habit

Drink a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning.

Helps Your Immune System: Vit. C, specifically ascorbic acid which lemons has in abundance is necessary for healing wounds. Lemon water is also known to help in breaking up phlegm when you have colds and soothes sore throats. Moreover, drinking H20 when you’re sick is crucial since your body’s defenses are working overtime to fight off sickness. However, I have to inform you, ingesting lemon juice to prevent diseases such as the common cold hasn’t been backed up by science. However, here’s good news, I tried it and it works!

Heightens Energy & Alertness: The potassium element of lemon helps the brain and nerves function better. This increases your alertness. According to Natural Health Magazine, findings of scientists declare that just a whiff of lemon can improve your feel-good hormones and reduces stress levels. Drinking water properly also aids in this area as studies show that dehydration can drain your energy and drives you to feel sluggish.

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Body Hydration: If you’re hydrated properly, your system doesn’t hold on to fat cells, and will not make you feel hungry. Therefore, staying hydrated is essential for total body health. To say that drinking a glass of water to start your day is good is an understatement. It is actually essential. A bonus is that Lemon jazzes up your water.

Skin rejuvenation: Lemons carry loads of vitamin C. Science has  proven that vit. C aids in the production of collagen, prevents the formation of wrinkles, and defends the body, particularly the skin, against free-radical damage. Adding water to the equation helps your system to carry nutrients to cells. That being said, staying hydrated is essential.

Could help In losing wight: Additionally, it helps in regulating your metabolism, this is due to lemons’ pectin fiber content. This particular fiber makes you feel full, and therefore helps in curbing appetites, and prevents cravings, too. Downing glasses of water also contributes to feeling full. By blending natural ingredients, lemon and water, you’re starting your days on a healthy note—and this can ultimately bring about better eating habits.

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Eliminates Toxins: According to Dr. Alexander F. Beddoe, the liver reacts positively to fresh lemon juice more than any other food source since it boosts its enzyme production. This enhances the liver’s efficiency in secreting bile which in turn aids in digestion and releasing toxins. Lemon juice has diuretic characteristics. It helps your kidneys to extricate water and toxins by motivating urination. This potentially helps people suffering from UTI’s.

Improves Digestion: Your digestive system and liver, can be stimulated by the acidity of lemons. This can aid to regulate your bowel movements and metabolism. It also helps your body to better absorb nutrients—and can potentially lead to you losing weight.

Many say soda is it! But, I say—water is the best!

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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