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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 May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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