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Don’t Only Drink When You Feel Thirsty. It’d Be Too Late!

Don’t Only Drink When You Feel Thirsty. It’d Be Too Late!

When you realize the implications of dehydration, you know that it can interfere with a lot of your daily life. You become irritable and annoyed when you’re haven’t been drinking enough water. Not only that, you can confuse your thirst for hunger, leading you to eat more. Unless you’re always reaching for healthy snacks, this will affect your diet. Here’s how you can avoid getting hunger confused with thirst.

What you thought were normal cravings

Some cravings that you may consider normal are really your body’s way of asking you for water, and sugar is one of them. The next time you get a taste for something sweet, you should grab water first. Being dehydrated can cause emotional distress that causes you to reach for carbohydrates. When you eat sugary foods you may be trying to increase your serotonin levels. A steady flow of serotonin is what you’re looking for; it makes you happy and feel pleasure. A cycle of mood swings occurs when your leave your dehydration unaddressed.

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Listen to your body

So, how do you know when you’re becoming dehydrated? You may sense that your mouth becomes dry. By this time, your body is already screaming for water. Dehydration also results as fatigue, dizziness, muscle cramps, dry skin, foggy thinking, and your muscles grow tired more easily. Less water means less blood pressure and headaches, and possible rapid heart beat because your body pumps harder when it has less blood. Your body gives you plenty of signals that you’ll need to pay attention to. Only having a small amount of concentrated urine or going 12 hours without urinating is a signal that something is wrong. Staying hydrated so that you never feel thirsty is the best way to go.

Dehydration in winter

You always have to drink enough water year round. Even during wintertime, dehydration can be an issue. Because your body isn’t as hot as usual, you lose water faster during exercise. Your sweat evaporates more quickly in the cold, which can cause you to become dehydrated more quickly than you realize. If you think you’ll be in the cold for more than a couple of hours, properly prepare your body with water. Heavy clothes combined with high intensity movement is a recipe for dehydration.

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There is no substitution for water

Going even just one day without water can have a negative impact on your health. Sipping on water throughout the day can cause you to drink much more water than you would otherwise. The importance of drinking water only becomes more important as you age. Sugary drinks that claim to have the proper amount of electrolytes aren’t sufficient for when you’re thirsty. If you think you’re hungry, just drink one or two glasses of water first. If you feel a significant difference after that, your body was just thirsty for water. True hunger lasts even after you have a stomach full of water.

Implications to your health

You can safely assume that your body is going to be far more acidic than alkaline if you’re not drinking enough water. This pattern of behavior will lead to a number of health issues. For example, you can develop stomach ulcers from not having the proper mucous lining within your stomach. The mucous lining is mainly water and it forms a protective barrier against the acidity of the digestive process. Also, if you’re thirsty and dehydrated, there’s not enough water to eliminate toxins. Excess toxins in the body leads weight gain, constipation, nausea, and more.Keeping the body hydrated has a positive effect on your metabolism. If you plan on staying fit and healthy, water plays a large role in that. Many people opt for bottled water thinking they’re making the most intelligent choice for their health. However, a study on bottled water was conducted by Environmental Working Group (EWG) in 2011 and revealed some very interesting findings.[1] The independent test showed that there were 38 chemicals in bottled drinking water with an average of 8 chemicals per bottle. Substances such as disinfection byproducts, Tylenol, and even arsenic were found in the water.

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For the sake of your health and happiness, do your due diligence to locate the purest source of water. Remember that when you start to feel hungry that it’s not just food your body requires. Drinking water before each meal is good way to make sure you get the proper amount of water and avoid dehydration. Remember that sugary drinks have no place in your exercise regimen and don’t help you replace lost fluids. Find a way to work drinking the purest water into your life.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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