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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 November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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