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Last Updated on July 9, 2018

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 January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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