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10 Great Reasons to Drink Water

10 Great Reasons to Drink Water

The human body is made up of about 70% water. Water is essential to life and has some surprising benefits. Here are great reasons you should drink water instead of that carbonated beverage you might be sipping on.

1. Maintain fluid balance in the body.

Your body needs to maintain the correct balance between sodium and potassium in the body in order to function properly, and without drinking water, this would not be possible.

2. Help to control weight.

Sometimes when you feel hungry, you are actually thirsty. It is easier than you think to get the signals mixed up. Grab a glass of water if you are not sure if you are truly craving food. It is also a calorie free drink as opposed to the many empty, sugary calories in a soda, and you will lose weight in no time.

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3. Increase energy.

Since water is used in almost all the processes in the body, when you are low on water, you are low on energy. Try drinking a glass of water if you are feeling sluggish instead of caffeine, which can actually dehydrate you further.

4. Prevent depression.

Low levels of water in the brain can cause depression since water is required for optimal functioning of the brain. So if you are feeling down, grab a bottle and drink up.

5. Glowing skin.

Dehydration can make your skin look deflated and wrinkled. Drinking water can help your skin look younger, brighter, and healthier. You can boost the effect of water by using a moisturizer to “lock” the water in.

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6. Digestion.

Water keeps things flowing in your intestinal tract and kidneys. If you want to keep things regular, down some water.

7. Prevent acne.

Drinking a glass of hot lemon water in the morning has been shown to help reduce breakouts caused by bacteria.

8. Prevent sickness.

Since water helps to move things along, it aids in getting rid of toxins and helps to prevent bad bacteria from staying in the body, such as infections that could get you sick.

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9. Keep muscles functioning.

Have you ever worked out while you were dehydrated? You may have noticed your muscles did not feel like moving. Drink water to keep your body moving throughout your fitness routines.

10. Keep you looking slim.

When the body is dehydrated, it compensates by retaining water, causing you to look bloated and puffy. The best way to reduce puffiness is by regularly drinking water.

Water needs:

Most people need about half of an ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. Active individuals need much more — as much as two thirds of an ounce per pound of body weight due to the increased muscle use (see number 9) and the amount lost through perspiration.

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How to tell if you are dehydrated:

When your mouth is dry and you feel thirsty, you are often in the critical stages of thirst.  Before you actually feel thirst, there are some signs to look for:

  • Joint pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue

It is best to hydrate throughout the day since you might not know when you are truly thirsty.

Ways to get more water into your life:

  • Start the day with a glass or mug (see number 7) of water.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables. These staples provide “structured water,” which sources say is the best kind, as well as provide fiber.
  • Drink a glass of water with every meal.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle with you to help remind yourself to hydrate. Choose one that you will love carrying around — it is worth the extra buck or two for your health AND the environment.

Do not underestimate the power of water in helping you look and feel your best! Now go grab a cold one!

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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