Beginning with Breakfast, Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Yes, Actually You CAN Take It With You

Now that we’ve established the fact that all of us should be drinking more water and talked about a few ways to make drinking water more of a habit, let’s look at a few of the things that will make this goal easier to achieve.

Sure, you could simply buy bottled water, more on which kinds of bottled water to buy later, but having a portable water bottle that you can carry with you everywhere you go is a much smarter option. In fact, using reusable water bottles…

  • does not create the litter that typical water bottles do. More than thirty billion water bottles are consumed every year…and most of those empty bottles end up eventually stockpiled in landfills.
  • saves you money. Tap water costs 240 to 10,000 times less than bottles water. Last year, people dumped thirty-eight billion water bottles into landfills worldwide.
  • is environmental-friendly. Bottled water production consumes over one thousand times more energy than tap water.
  • saves water. Producing one liter of bottled water actually requires three liters of ordinary municipal water.
  • makes you a smarter consumer…ordinary tap water and then making the consumer think that they are getting some super-water with extraordinary powers to cure what ails you. Wrong!!! Shockingly, 24% of bottle water is actually just repackaged tap water.

Seems like such an easy option, until you start looking at the different options available.

So how do you know which water bottle to choose?

By thinking about the different types and features of reusable water bottles so that you can make a good decision once you get to the store.

 

Materials…The first factor to consider when choosing the perfect water bottle in what the bottle is made from. Water bottles can be found in many different materials—including aluminum, stainless steel, plastic, polyethylene, and copolyester.

 

1.Plastic…The first material that portable water bottles can be made from, and the first material that comes to most of us when we think of them, is plastic. Benefits of using plastic bottles include…

  • affordable
    can repeatedly drop one without worrying about breaking or shattering it
    can take just about whatever abuse you give them
    easy to tote around
    incredibly durable
    lightweight
    readily available
    travel

Brands To Consider

  • Fit & Fresh
  • GOBIEH20
  • Nalgene

 

2. Metal…Metal options include stainless steel and aluminum, and are ideal for those who are tough on their water bottles. Benefits of using metal water bottles include…
  • doesn’t retain smells and tastes
  • double-wall construction that gives them outstanding insulating properties
  • keeps water cool for an extended period of time
  • keeps water fresh tasting, but some absorb heat and make the water warm
  • provides better insulation than plastics
  • very durable

Brands To Consider

    • Earth Lust
    • Hydro Flask
    • Klean Kanteen

 

3. Glass Bottles…A third option for water bottles is glass. Benefits of using glass reusable water bottles include being totally recyclable. Brands of reusable glass bottles include…

  • bottlesUP
  • Life Factory
  • Love Bottle
  • Takeya

In addition to first choosing which material you would like your water bottle to be, there are other questions that you should ask yourself, including…

Easy to Carry

  • Does the water bottle have a belt holster that can hold your water bottle if you participate in activities where you need to be hands-free or if you just get tired of carrying a water bottle?
  • Will the bottle be easy to carry?

 

Easy to Clean

  • Is it dishwasher-safe? Can washing the bottle in the dishwasher actualy clean the inside thoroughly or does it have to be hand washed?
  • If you will have to wash the bottle by hand, is the opening wide enough to get a bottle brush inside them in order to clean it?

 

Opening…In addition to checking the neck of the bottle to make sure that it will be easy to clean, ask yourself if the mouth of the bottle will be easy to fill with ice cubes and water…

 

Drinking Valve…

  • Does the valve lock securely enough to prevent the bottle from leaking?
  • Is the valve wide enough to provide optimal flow?
  • Does the water bottles come with a push-pull valve or a bite valves?
  • Which type of valve do you prefer?
  • Insulators
  • – Some water bottles come with sleeves that help keep your drink warm or cold. This comes in handy depending on your walking or hiking weather conditions. A nice, cold drink is a definite plus on a hot, summer day.

 

Size

  • How many ounces will the bottle hold?
  • How many ounces does your ideal bottle need to hold?
  • Will you have a source of water nearby, such as a water fountain, to use if and when you need to refill the bottle?
  • Will the bottle fit in the cup holders in your car?

 

 

Filter

  • Does the bottle have an in-bottle filtration system that will allow you to refill the bottle from any faucet or other source and be certain that your water will be clean and tasty?
  • Does this water filter make the bottle too heavy to be usable?
  • How easy is it to replace the filter?

 

 

 

Making Dinner Plans

Labor Day Layout

 

This weekend is Labor Day weekend…a holiday strangely positioned in the school year calendar...Let’s start school for a week or two, and then give the kids a long weekend to re-mess up the schedules that their parents have been trying so hard to get them used to over the last few weeks.

Anyway, Labor Day is a great time for a last-ditch effort at a “summer” picnic or barbecue, so this post is going to be about how to have a “politically correct” yet delicious meal…

 

Prepping Your House for a Labor Day Bas…(Or Ay Other Bash for That Matter)

1.Use disposable plates, utensils, and so forth. This is not Christmas or Thanksgiving. Don’t risk the chance of one of your wedding gifts from thirty years ago being broken…Just make sure that the products that you use are recyclable.

  • Each year in the U.S. alone, an estimated 40 billion plastic utensils are used.
  • Each day 500 million disposable plastic straws are tossed away, in the United States alone.

Even though it might be convenient and easy to entertain using Styrofoam plates, plastic cutlery, and plastic cups…eating outdoors shouldn’t mean leaving a trail of litter in the form of disposable plates and cutlery.

 

The Three R’s

Instead of contributing to these statistics, we should all consider the three R’s of helping to protect the environment…

 

1. Reduce…Buy only what you need….The most eco-friendly option is always to use whatever cups and plates you already have at home. If you have a large crowd to feed, consider renting plates from a local church or community center.

 

 

2. Re-use…If you must buy something, plan on using it and re-using it.
It does take more effort to use reusable items, but choosing dishes and glasses that can be washed and used over and over again–instead of paper and plastic–saves not only on what goes thrown into landfills but also on having to buy those items again and again.

Reusable items can also add a touch of class and decoration to a party. Eating with sturdy cutlery is much less frustrating than cutting food on a Styrofoam plate with a flimsy plastic knife. So consider buying a second set of cheap, lightweight plates and cutlery at a local thrift store.

Serving iced juice or water in a beverage dispenser is not only practical and elegant, but eliminates the need for a cooler full of dripping wet plastic water bottles or soda cans.
Serve drinks in small mason jars. Write guests’ names on the side in permanent marker, or tie a ribbon around to differentiate.

 

3. Recycle…If you must use disposables, look for paper plates made from 100% recycled paper. This should be considered only as a final option.

There are several companies who make good quality re-useable, eco-friendly paper and plastic picnic-ware..as well as companies that make environmentally-friendly products from cork, bamboo, coconut, palm, and stainless steel.

 

Here are a few great examples…

1. Bambu Home Veneerware® 

  • Available…in a package of 8 plates, or in a case of 100 plates.
  • Cost…$70 per case
  • Made from…100% certified organic bamboo
  • Sizes…7″, 9″, or 11″ round…square sizes too

2. Eco-Friendly Cookware Bamboo Square Plates – Chartreuse 

  • Available…set of 4
  • Cost…$29.95
  • Made from…bamboo fiber and corn powder
  • Size…8″

3. Preserve Products Large On The Go Plates

  • Available…sets of 8
  • Cost…$7.25
  • Made from…100% recycled lightweight but sturdy #5 dishwasher-safe plastic that can withstand hundreds and hundreds of uses without cracking, warping, or breaking
  • Size…10.5” large plate

4. Stalk Marketplates

  • Available…420 plates per case
  • Cost…$55.70
  • Made from…sugarcane bagasse, a material which breaks down into natural soil in approximately 50-100 days in properly maintained compost facilities
  • Size…7″ classic round plate

5. To-Go Ware

  •  Available…sets of five
  • Cost…$9.99
  • Made from…dishwasher-safe bamboo

6. VerTerra

  • Available…packs of 25
  • Cost…$22.00
  • Made from…fallen palm leaves
  • Size…extra-large 10” recyclable plates

 

More Pointers About Setting Up Your Labor Day Party…

1.Setting Up the Buffet Table…Any flat surface-a desk, a coffee table, a piano top, a card table, a kitchen counter, or a patio table-can be used to set out a buffet meal…but allow yourself at least five linear feet of surface space.If this much space isn’t available, use three or four smaller tables—one for tableware, another for the main course, a third for dessert, and a fourth for beverages.The placement of the buffet table is determined by the dimensions of the room. Position the buffet table in the center in a large room to allow for service from both sides or both ends of the table and reduce congestion in the room….against the wall Ia small room to allow space for the flow of traffic.Set any dining room chairs against the wall.

  • Put most plentiful or cheapest types of food at the beginning. Push the scarcest or most expensive to the end.
  • Arrange food in groups of related temperatures, such as hot foods together.
  • Allow enough room beside each dish for guests to rest their dinner plate while they help themselves to food that requires two utensils to serve, for example, a tossed salad…as well as the serving utensils near the food they are to be used for, and any sauces and condiments that accompany a given dish.
  • At the exit end of the table, lay the flatware and napkins. Set flatware in a row on the table, if space permits. When flatware is placed in a stacked position, the top utensil is difficult to remove.

 

2.Setting Out Additional Table(s)…Do not make people pick up anything else-forks, knives, spoons, or cups-at the beginning of the line that they will have to juggle while scooping or picking up food during their voyage down the buffet table. That’s just rude.
If using “real” dinner plates, stack them in groups of eight…higher stacks of plates make your buffet almost seem like a cafeteria.

Set paper napkins with the seam facing outwards. This will help guests pick them up from the table easier.

 

3. Setting Out the Food…If you can, arrange the food in stations…

  • Plates, and Forks
  • Main Dishes
  • Side Dishes
  • Desserts
  • Beverages

Start with a clean house, especially the kitchen, before guests arrive….Make sure your dishwasher is empty. Having a full dishwasher is guaranteed to ruin your clean-as-you-go party plan even before guests arrive….Take out the trash. Line wastebasket bottoms with newspaper to soak up grease and liquids before putting a garbage bag back in.

Use tablecloths….Food and drink spills can destroy good tables..and card tables are plain out ugly. Use tablecloths that are fun and carry out the theme of the party. At the end of the party, you can simply pick up the cloth, shake it out and throw the tablecloth in the washing machine.

Don’t serve messy food…The less messy food served, the less mess you’ll have to clean….Stick to bite-sized, grab-as-you-go foods. People will pop them into their mouths and continue to mingle, giving little opportunity to make a mess.

Make as much as you can ahead of time. Doing the bulk of your cooking the day before keeps your kitchen cleaner the day of.

Find a way to identify each person’s glass. That way each individual does not end up using six in the course of the evening. Find a way to identify beer bottles. Use wine charms.

Have plenty of coasters around for guests to set their drinks on. Disposable coasters can be purchased in packs of fifty or more.

Pour glasses as guests arrive instead of having glasses already poured for everyone when they arrive.

If you will be setting up a bar, put the bar outside…assuming it’s warm outside. This keeps spills outside instead of inside on your floors, carpets and rugs. If it’s the dead of winter, roll your bar cart to a non-carpeted surface that’s easy to clean and away from high-traffic areas.

If you will actually be serving wine, choose a white wine. Dark-colored wines and liquors can create tough-to-clean stains.

Use a glass drink dispenser. This makes it easier for people to choose their own drink and prevents glasses that aren’t actually needed clean.

Be prepared for the inevitable something being either broken or spilled by keeping the following close at hand…

  • spritz bottle with cool water and a clean cloth
  • portable stain removers, like Shout Wipes or Tide to Go
  • hand vacuum
  • small dustpan and broom.

Make it easy for people to leave their dirty dishes all in one spot. Set out a few large dish bins filled with soapy water in an out-of-the-way spot on the kitchen counter. This creates a spot for guests to place dirty dishes and helps you avoid stacks of dirty plates later.

Keep trash bags in plain sight. Have plenty of trashcan and garbage bags located throughout your home so people can throw away their stuff away themselves. If guests don’t know where to throw their stuff away, they simply can’t.

Keep spare trash bags close at hand.…For big bashes, you’ll likely have to take out the trash at least once.

It’s okay to keep certain areas of your home “off limits.” Keep certain doors locked or spaces decoratively blocked off. Otherwise you’ll spend all night hunting down half-empty wine glasses and dirty dishes…not to mention passed-out guests.

Do a final “walk-through” before guests arrive, imagining yourself as a guest who is going through the buffet line to fill her plate. Make sure that there’s enough room for people to get through and that the traffic flow makes sense…and that the buffet is as organized as possible.

Cleaning up while guests are still there makes them uncomfortable and keeps the party from being fun for yourself.

Send leftovers home with guests….Make sure you have plenty of plastic containers, aluminum foil, and large plastic bags on hand.
Avoid disappearing into the kitchen until all of your guests have left.

 

Once your final guest does leave, it’s time for the serious cleanup to begin…if you sit down now, nothing will get done and you will regret it later.

  • Quickly go through the house with a garbage bag to pick up any trash or disposable items.
  • Next gather up any dishes. Unload and reload the dishwasher. Rinse off plates and stack them if the dishwasher is full.
  • Use ziploc bags to store any leftovers.
  • Empty and rinse out any coolers or bins that were used.
  • Use a dust cloth to clean off wood surfaces.
  • Wipe down kitchen surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner and paper towels.
  • Pre-treat stains on linens. Toss them into the washing machine to soak overnight.
  • Quickly vacuum in the open areas to clean up all the crumbs so that you avoid attracting any bugs.

 

THE FOOD

Now let’s look at the more exciting part of this event—the food….keeping the following points in mind…

  • Have a lot of small, easily packaged finger foods that travel well.
  • Offer something more exciting than the expected picnic fare.
  • Serve foods that will not spoil if left out for an hour or so.

 

Dips and Spreads

 

Salads

Salads–specifically pasta salad, potato salad, coleslaw–are also pretty typical standard picnic fare.

The hearty ingredients in pasta salads and and potato salads hold up well even if they suffer a bit of battering in transit, but leafy salads with dressing can wilt and turn really ugly if left out too long. Wait until the last minute before serving to add dressings and any other final touches to these salads.

Now for a few great ideas…

 

Main Entree

Labor Day menus typically consist of lots and lots of meat…so in light of the fact that my dear husband and almost everyone else who will be gathered at my house laughs at my idea of eventually switching to a complete Raw Foods diet, I will actually be committing the cardinal sin for these carnivores…yes, I’m serving meat…

Actually I’m making sandwiches that we can prep ahead of time, so that MDH(my dear husband) does not have to spend all day over the grill in this 100-degree Texas heat…

Here are a few ideas of the sandwiches that I am considering, along with a recipe that has become a favorite of everyone related to me in my necks of the woods…

 

Sandwiches

The sandwich is typically lord of both the lunchbox and the typical picnic…which is appropriate because the modern “sandwich” as we know it was actually named after the real Lord Sandwich.

Supposedly Lord Sandwich, a very conversant gambler, would ask his servants to bring him a piece of salt beef between two slices of toasted bread during his long hours playing at the card table…when he refused to take the time to actually sit down and have an actual meal.

Soon others that gambled at the tables with Lord Sandwich would also order “the same as Sandwich”, and thus the “sandwich” as we know became standard fare.

Sandwiches that I am considering for this year’s Labor Day “It’s Too Damn Hot in Texas Even Though It’s September” meal are…

 

Wraps

A wrap is a type of a sandwich, similar to a burrito or gyro, but differs from the typical sandwich mainly because one piece of soft flatbread–such as a wheat-flour tortillas, lavash, or pita–completely surrounds the contents–as opposed to a typical “sandwich,” which has both a top and bottom piece of bread.

Legend has it that a waitress in Stamford, Connecticut served the first wrap in the mid-1990s after the restaurant had run out of bread, but today wraps have become ordinary menu items at such establishments as McAlister’s Deli, KFC, and even McDonald’s.

Here are a few wrap recipes that I am considering…

 

Now for the promised recipe…

 

 

Italian Beef Sandwich

  • 2Tbsp cooking oil
  • 2# beef chuck roast
  • 2 packets Good Seasonings Italian Salad Dressing & Recipe Mix
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large sweet onions, sliced
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups beef stock
  • ¼ cup sliced pepperoncinis plus ¼ cup of the juice
  • 2 bay leaves

Giardinara (optional condiment)

1. Prep…Heat the oil the pressure cooker post over medium high heat.

2. Prep the meat…Trim 2#roast. Cut in fourths. Season with salt and pepper.Brown meat of both sides. Add to the pot.

3. Make the au jus…Add onion, 2 bell peppers, garlic to pan used for browning the meat. Sauté five minutes. Add to pot…along with red pepper, Worcestershire Sauce, beef stock, pepperoncini, and dressing mix.

4. Cook the meat…Raise heat to high. Bring to high pressure. Adjust the heat to maintain high pressure. Set time for 40 minutes. When time is up, let the heat come down on its own for ten minutes. Then do a quick release.

5. Shred the meat…Remove the meat to a plate or cutting board.Let it rest for ten minutes. Use two forks to shred the meat.Add the meat back into the juice. (Chilling the meat overnight in the refrigerator makes the meat easier to thinly slice.)

6. Serve the sandwiches…Spread deli French or sourdough roll with butter. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Toast, face side up, until slightly golden. Serve with provolone cheese and giardinara.

 

Finally…(perhaps the best part of the meal)…Desserts

Being a true typical Southerner, you can never have enough dessert recipes in your collection…so here are a few options…

  1. Watermelon Pie…The Chew
  2. Chewy S’Mores Bars…Bakerita
  3. Lemon Cream Icebox Cake…The Kitchn
  4. Pecan Pie Brownies…Mr. Food

 

Oh Yeah, By the Way—Beverages

As important as food may be, drinks can be even more important on a hot summer day in Texas…

As far as serving beverages…Placing beverages on a separate table from the food will make it easier for guests to refill their drinks, without pressing through the buffet line and also help guests spread more evenly throughout a large space.

Also be sure to offer an assortment of kid-friendly and adult beverages, such as bottled water and juice….

Here are a few ideas of super sippers for a sensational summer setting…

 

 

Getting Healthy, Sweet, Sweet Sunday

But Water Is SO Boring and Has Absolutely No Taste

Okay, so now we’ve established the fact that drinking water each day is important in maintaining our overall health and well-being. Water is required for all sorts of  reasons—including flushing toxins and waste products from our bodies, helping with digestion, keeping us “regular,” preventing dehydration, helping with weight loss, hydrating the skin, reducing the signs of aging. treating fatigue, adding shine to dull hair, preventing chapped lips, maintaining a health immune system.

But drinking the suggested amount of water can often be a challenge.

I have been drinking two liters of water each day for about five years now. The two things that I have found work best for me in reaching this goal have been a simple two liter Coke, (yeah, I am from the Deep South), bottle and an infuser bottle that I take with me everywhere…and have left how many in my grocery cart at Walmart and had to replace…

Like I said earlier, my two favorite tools for helping me drink more water each day have been a 2-liter Coke bottle that I fill each day in order to finish by the time that I go to bed that night, and an infuser water bottle that I take with me everywhere I go.

But there are several other tools and techniques that can help you start drinking the water that your body needs each day, so keep reading…

THE WHO…(no, not the band…your co-workers, family, and friends)…Just as with any other goal, having other people—such as your spouse or a friend or a co-worker—can help you in your quest for drinking more water. To me this seems rather extreme, but this could actually be fun is you challenge a co-worker to see who can drink more water

 

THE WHAT

  1. The Little Water Bottle…Carrying a small refillable water bottle everywhere you go, whenever you go will help you get into the daily habit of drinking more water throughout the day.
  2. The Big Water Bottle...In addition to carrying a small bottle of water with you, I have found it helpful to go ahead and pour a pitcher with how much water you have decided to drink each day. This serves as both a reminder and an easy way to make sure that you drink your full amount of water. I simply use an empty 2-liter Coke bottle.
  3. The Water Filter…Invest in a filter….You can get water filters both to filter both your tapwater as well as the pitcher or bottle that you use. We will be taking a look at a few options in a later post…For now, just realize that they might actually be worth checking into.
  4. The Straw….Using a straw actually does make a difference because you end up drinking faster, and drinking more at one time.
  5. The “Seltzer” Machine…Making your own carbonated water with the help of a home “seltzer” machine, such as the Soda Stream, might encourage you to drink more water also.

 

THE WHEN

  1. Before Meals…Drinking a full glass of water before every meal makes you feel full and helps you eat fewer calories.
  2. Morning...Drink a tall glass of lukewarm water as soon as you wake up.  Drinking this water will give you more energy to face the day ahead.
  3. Once Per Hour…Have one glass every hour on the hour will ensure that your water quote is met by the end of the day.
  4. Specific Times Throughout the Day…It is easier to start a habit if you link this new habit with an already existing daily activity. Drink a big glass at certain parts of your daily routine—such as when you first get up, just before leaving the house, when you sit down to work, whenever you get up from your desk at work to take a bathroom break, after your brush your teeth in the morning, and right before you eat lunch.
  5. Whenever You’re Drinking Alcohol….Drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage that you drink in order to avoid having a hangover the next day.
  6. Whenever You’re Exercise…Drink water before, during and after exercise.
  7. Whenever You’re Hungry…Drink water if you’re feeling hungry. Thirst is often confused with hunger.
Getting Healthy, Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Just Exactly HOW Much Water Should We All Be Drinking Each Day

There is no hard and set rule as to how much water each of us should be drinking each day, but the fact is that only 22% of American men and women are drinking the eight or more cups needed each day to enjoy the complete benefits of water listed in my last post….even though water is calorie-free, caffeine-free, alcohol-free, cheap, readily available, and even helps you lose weight—reason enough alone to start drinking two liters per day if you ask me.

A recent study shows that 7% of adults do not drink water at all…36% drink up to three cups of water each day…35% drink from four to seven cups of water each day.

Some studies suggest drinking eight 8oz glasses per day. Other studies suggest dividing your weight in half and drinking that many ounces.

Another recommendation is that men should drink about three liters of water each day, and women should drink two liters…(which I actually do drink each day and have been drinking for years….you’d be surprised how much better I feel when I manage to get my two liters in, even though it seems like I am constantly having to find a bathroom whenever we go anywhere).

How much water you as an individual need each day depends on many factors—such as your health, activity level, climate,

Everyone needs to drink more water than usual whenever they are running a fever, have diarrhea, trying to survive the summer heat, (which here in Texas right now is up to 110 degrees), are working out or doing “hard” physical activity, or are vomiting.

By the way, a general rule of thumb is that you are probably not drinking enough water if your pee isn’t clear.

Getting Healthy, Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Why We Should All Be Drinking Water Everyday

 

What if I were to tell you that there is one “food” that has no calories, fat, carbohydrates or sugar….a “food” that if consumed adequately and regularly can provide numerous health benefits and can prevent or help treat many health problems—including fatigue, headaches, feeling irritable or anxious, constipation and other digestive disorders, insomnia, asthma, allergies, constipation, high blood pressure, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders.

That one “food” that would most help us maintain and improve our health that most would be…

Water

Yet even though this “magic potion” is cheap, readily available, and perhaps even better, helps us lose weight, many of us often overlook the importance of drinking enough water each day.

Many of us assume that we will get enough water from the foods that we eat, but this is not the case. On even the “healthier” diet that you can consume—a diet that consists mainly of whole, fresh foods—you only will get up to 20% of the water that you need each day. On the typical American diet—a diet that consists mainly of processed foods and sugary soda—you won’t even get that much.

Also factor in the fact that those sugar sodas—as well as many other drinks that we drink during the day such as alcohol, coffee, and tea—actually take away from the amount of water that your body needs and negate any benefits that would be available from having the appropriate amount of water available for the various body systems to function.

 

Reaons to Drink Water

1.Asthma and Allergies…Water  is important in keeping your air passages open, very important for those of us with asthma and allergies. Whenever you are dehydrated, the body closes up these passageways in an effort to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.

2.Blood Pressure…Water is important in preventing your blood from becoming so thick that it increases your blood pressure.

3. Body Temperature…Water is important in cooling the body whenever you sweat. Water is stored in the middle layers of the skin. Whenever you sweat, this water comes to the surface of the skin. As this water evaporates, it cools the body.

4. Body Waste…Water is important in removing both urine and feces.

5. Brain Function…Water is important in protecting brain structure and function, as well as producting hormones and neurotransmitters. Drinking water promotes clearer thinking and reasoning.

6. Constipation…Drinking water, especially carbonated water, is important in both preventing and relieving constipation.

7. Exercise…Drinking water is important while you are exercising for many reasons—such as maintaining appropriate body temperature, staying motivated, keeping you from getting tired as quickly, and keeping you on top of your game both physically and mentally.

8. Headaches…Drinking water can sometimes relieve the intensity and duration of headaches.

9. Hangovers…Drinking water can help prevent the unpleasant symptoms experienced after drinking alcohol—such as thirst, fatigue, headache and dry mouth. These symptoms are a result of your becoming dehydrated from drinking too much alcohol, which is a diuretic.

10. Joint Pain…Drinking water maintains the ability of the joints to absorb shock and prevents joint pain.

11. Kidney Stones…Drinking water makes you have to pee more often, which prevents minerals from consolidating, crystallizing and becoming kidney stones.

12. Skin…Drinking water is important for maintaining healthy, clearer skin. Water is also important in preventing skin disorders and premature wrinkling…as well as making your skin look healthy and vibrant and preventing it from becoming dry, flaky and tight.

13. Tooth Decay…Drinking water keeps the mouth clean and as a result reduces tooth decay.

14. Weight Loss…Drinking water can help you lose weight by reducing your appetite and making you burn more calories.. Drink water instead of calorie-laden juices and sodas. Drink water thirty minutes before meals to make you feel full more quickly and keep you from overeating. Drink cold water, instead of lukewarm, so that your body will have to use more calories to heat the water to body temperature.

Sweet, Sweet Sunday

The Best Part of Waking Up?!

Americans seem to carry bottled water everywhere they go these days. In fact, it has become the second most popular drink (behind soft drinks). But water lovers got a jolt recently when we heard that a new report had found that the benefits of drinking water may have been oversold. Apparently, the old suggestion to drink eight glasses a day was nothing more than a guideline, not based on scientific evidence.

Our bodies are around 60%

water, give or take….is commonly recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of

water per day (the 8×8 rule)….hough there is little science behind this specific rule, staying hydrated is important….Here are 7 evidence-based health benefits of drinking plenty of

water.

*****

Why do we need to drink water?

  • 1. Water Helps to Maximize Physical Performance…we do not stay hydrated, physical performance can suffer.
    This is particularly important during intense exercise or high heat.
    Dehydration can have a noticeable effect if you lose as little as 2% of your body’s water content. However, it is not uncommon for athletes to lose up to 6-10% of their water weight via sweat (1, 2).
    This can lead to altered body temperature control, reduced motivation, increased fatigue and make exercise feel much more difficult, both physically and mentally (3).
    Optimal hydration has been shown to prevent this from happening, and may even reduce the oxidative stress that occurs during high intensity exercise. This is not surprising when you consider that muscle is about 80% water (4, 5).
    So, if you exercise intensely and tend to sweat, then staying hydrated can help you perform at your absolute best.
    Bottom Line:
    Losing as little as 2% of your body’s water content can significantly impair physical performance.
  • 2. Hydration Has a Major Effect on Energy Levels and Brain Function
    Your brain is strongly influenced by hydration status.
    Studies show that even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can impair many aspects of brain function.
    In a study of young women, fluid loss of 1.36% after exercise impaired both mood and concentration, and increased the frequency of headaches (6).
    Another similar study, this time in young men, showed that fluid loss of 1.59% was detrimental to working memory and increased feelings of anxiety and fatigue (7).
    A 1-3% fluid loss equals about 1.5-4.5 lbs (0.5-2 kg) of body weight loss for a 150 lbs (68 kg) person. This can easily occur through normal daily activities, let alone during exercise or high heat.
    Many other studies, ranging from children to the elderly, have shown that mild dehydration can impair mood, memory and brain performance (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13).
    Bottom Line:
    Mild dehydration (fluid loss of 1-3%) can impair energy levels and mood, and lead to major reductions in memory and brain performance.
    3. Drinking Water May Help to Prevent and Treat Headaches
    Dehydration can trigger headaches and migraines in some individuals (14, 15).
    Several studies have shown that water can relieve headaches in those who are dehydrated (16).
    However, this appears to depend on the type of headache.
    One study of 18 people found that water had no effect on the frequency of headaches, but did reduce the intensity and duration somewhat (17).
    Bottom Line:
    Drinking water can sometimes help relieve headache symptoms, especially in people who are dehydrated.
  • 4. Drinking More Water May Help Relieve Constipation
    Constipation is a common problem, characterized by infrequent bowel movements and difficulty passing stool.
    Increasing fluid intake is often recommended as a part of the treatment protocol, and there is some evidence to back this up.
    Low water consumption appears to be a risk factor for constipation in both young and elderly individuals (18, 19).
    Carbonated water shows particularly promising results for constipation relief, although the reason is not entirely understood (20, 21).
    Bottom Line:
    Drinking plenty of water can help prevent and relieve constipation, especially in people who generally do not drink enough water.
  • 5. Drinking Water May Help Treat Kidney Stones
    Urinary stones are painful clumps of mineral crystal that form in the urinary system.
    The most common form is kidney stones, which form in the kidneys.
    There is limited evidence that water intake can help prevent recurrence in people who have previously gotten kidney stones (22, 23).
    Higher fluid intake increases the volume of urine passing through the kidneys, which dilutes the concentration of minerals, so they are less likely to crystallize and form clumps.
    Water may also help prevent the initial formation of stones, but studies are required to confirm this.
    Bottom Line:
    Increased water intake appears to decrease the risk of kidney stone formation. More research is needed in this area.
  • 6. Water Helps Prevent Hangovers
    A hangover refers to the unpleasant symptoms experienced after drinking alcohol.
    Alcohol is a diuretic, so it makes you lose more water than you take in. This can lead to dehydration (24, 25).
    Although dehydration is not the main cause of hangovers, it can cause symptoms like thirst, fatigue, headache and dry mouth.
    A good way to reduce hangovers is to drink a glass of water between drinks, and to have at least one big glass of water before going to bed.
    Bottom Line:
    Hangovers are partly caused by dehydration, and drinking water can help reduce some of the main symptoms of hangovers.
  • 7. Drinking More Water Can Help With Weight Loss
    Drinking plenty of water can help you lose weight.
    This is due to the fact that water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate.
    In two studies, drinking half a liter (17 ounces) of water was shown to increase metabolism by 24-30% for up to 1.5 hours (26, 27).
    This means that drinking 2 liters of water every day can increase your total energy expenditure by up to 96 calories per day.
    The timing is important too, and drinking water half an hour before meals is the most effective. It can make you feel more full, so that you eat fewer calories (28, 29).
    In one study, dieters who drank half a liter of water before meals lost 44% more weight, over a period of 12 weeks (30).
    It is actually best to drink water cold, because then the body will use additional energy (calories) to heat the water to body temperature.
    An evidence-based nutrition article from our experts at Authority Nutrition.
  • The Mayo Clinic notes that when you satisfy your body’s need for water, you’re able to successfully flush toxins, deliver nutrients to cells and maintain moisture in your ear, nose and throat tissues. Taking in water also allows your body to replenish the supplies it loses when you breathe, sweat and excrete waste products. Drinking water may even help your skin look healthy and vibrant. According to physicians at the University of Wisconsin, drinking eight glasses or more of water per day may give your skin a “radiant glow” or at least prevent it from becoming dry, flaky and tight.
  • Weight Loss
    An added benefit of drinking plenty of water is that it can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. According to physician nutrition specialist Dr. Melina Jampolis, staying hydrated helps keep your metabolism operating at a healthy rate. It can also help your body accurately distinguish hunger and thirst, which are two separate signals to which the brain reacts similarly. Thus, if you drink water before meals and with meals, you may satisfy your body’s need for hydration and eat fewer total calories as a side effect.

Possible benefits of drinking water range from keeping the kidneys healthy to losing weight.
To function properly, all the cells and organs of the body need water.
Here are some reasons our body needs water:
1. It lubricates the joints
Cartilage, found in joints and the disks of the spine, contains around 80 percent water. Long-term dehydration can reduce the joints’ shock-absorbing ability, leading to joint pain.
2. It forms saliva and mucus
Saliva helps us digest our food and keeps the mouth, nose, and eyes moist. This prevents friction and damage. Drinking water also keeps the mouth clean. Consumed instead of sweetened beverages, it can also reduce tooth decay.
3. It delivers oxygen throughout the body
Blood is more than 90 percent water, and blood carries oxygen to different parts of the body.
4. It boosts skin health and beauty
With dehydration, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling.
5. It cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues
Dehydration can affect brain structure and function. It is also involved in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Prolonged dehydration can lead to problems with thinking and reasoning.
6. It regulates body temperature
Water that is stored in the middle layers of the skin comes to the skin’s surface as sweat when the body heats up. As it evaporates, it cools the body. In sport.
Some scientists have suggested that when there is too little water in the body, heat storage increases and the individual is less able to tolerate heat strain.
Having a lot of water in the body may reduce physical strain if heat stress occurs during exercise. However, more research is needed into these effects.

  • 7, The digestive system depends on it
    The bowel needs water to work properly. Dehydration can lead to digestive problems, constipation, and an overly acidic stomach. This increases the risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers.
    8. It flushes body waste
    Water is needed in the processes of sweating and removal of urine and feces.
    9. It helps maintain blood pressure
    A lack of water can cause blood to become thicker, increasing blood pressure.
    10. The airways need it
    When dehydrated, airways are restricted by the body in an effort to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.
    11. It makes minerals and nutrients accessible
    These dissolve in water, which makes it possible for them to reach different parts of the body.
    12. It prevents kidney damage
    The kidneys regulate fluid in the body. Insufficient water can lead to kidney stones and other problems.
    13. It boosts performance during exercise
  • Dehydration during exercise may hinder performance.
    Some scientists have proposed that consuming more water might enhance performance during strenuous activity.
    More research is needed to confirm this, but one review found that dehydration reduces performance in activities lasting longer than 30 minutes.
    14. Weight loss
    Water may also help with weight loss, if it is consumed instead of sweetened juices and sodas. “Preloading” with water before meals can help prevent overeating by creating a sense of fullness.
    15. It reduces the chance of a hangover
    When partying, unsweetened soda water with ice and lemon alternated with alcoholic drinks can help prevent overconsumption of alcohol.
  • Kidney damage
    Water helps dissolve minerals and nutrients, making them more accessible to the body. It also helps remove waste products.
  • The kidneys play a key role in balancing fluid levels.
  • These two functions make water vital to the kidneys.
    Every day, the kidneys filter around 120-150 quarts of fluid.
    Of these, approximately 1-2 quarts are removed from the body in the form of urine, and the rest is recovered by the bloodstream.
    Water is essential for the kidneys to function.
    If the kidneys do not function properly, waste products and excess fluid can build up inside the body.
    Untreated, chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure. The organs stop working, and either dialysis or kidney transplantation is required.
    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection in the body. They account for around 8.1 million visits to health care providers in the U.S. every year.
    If infections spread to the upper urinary tract, including the kidneys, permanent damage can result. Sudden, or acute, kidney infections can be life-threatening, particularly if septicemia occurs.
    Drinking plenty of water is a simple way to reduce the risk of developing a UTI and to help treat an existing UTI.
    Kidney stones interfere with how the kidneys work. When present, can complicate UTIs. These complicated UTIs tend to require longer periods of antibiotics to treat them, typically lasting 7 to 14 days.
    The leading cause of kidney stones is a lack of water. People who report them often do not drink the recommended daily amount of water. Kidney stones may also increase the risk of chronic kidney disease.
    In November 2014, the American College of Physicians issued new guidelines for people who have previously developed kidney stones. The guidelines state that increasing fluid intake to enable 2 liters of urination a day could decrease the risk of stone recurrence by at least half with no side effects.
    Dehydration happens if we use and lose more water than the body takes in. It can lead to an imbalance in the body’s electrolytes. Electrolytes, such as potassium, phosphate, and sodium, help carry electrical signals between cells. The kidneys keep the levels of electrolytes in the body stable when they function properly.
    When the kidneys are unable to maintain a balance in the levels of electrolytes, these electrical signals become mixed up. This can lead to seizures, involving involuntary muscle movements and loss of consciousness.
    In severe cases, dehydration can lead to kidney failure, which can be life-threatening. Possible complications of chronic kidney failure include anemia, damage to the central nervous system, heart failure, and a compromised immune system.
  • 1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue
  • Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
    2. Promotes Weight Loss
    Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!
    3. Flushes Out Toxins
    Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).
  • 4. Improves Skin Complexion
    Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!
    5. Maintains Regularity
    Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.
    6. Boosts Immune System
    A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.
  • Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.
    8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains
    Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.
    9. Puts You In A Good Mood
    When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!
  • Fluid balance
    Roughly 60 percent of the body is made of water. Drinking enough H2O maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and more.
    Calorie control
    Forget other diet tricks—drinking water could also help with weight loss. Numerous studies have found a connection between water consumption and losing a few pounds . The secret reason? Water simply helps people feel full, and as a result consume fewer calories.
  • Sweating at the gym causes muscles to lose water. And when the muscles don’t have enough water, they get tired . So for extra energy, try drinking water to push through that final set of squats.
    Clearer skin
    Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acne . While science saying water makes the skin wrinkle free is contradictory, water does flush out these toxins and can reduce the risk of pimples.
    Kidney function
    Our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Yet, kidneys need enough fluids to clear away what we don’t need in the body. Let’s drink to that!
    Productivity boost
    In order to really focus, a glass of water could help people concentrate and stay refreshed and alert.
    Fatigue buster
    Move over coffee—water can help fight those tired eyes too . One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is tiredness. Just another reason to go for the big gulp! (Not the 7-11 kind.)
    Hangover help
    If booze has got the best of you, help a hangover with a glass of water to hydrate the body and stop that pounding headache.
    Pain prevention
    A little water can really go a long way. Aching joints and muscle cramps and strains can all occur if the body is dehydrated .
    Keep things flowing
    Nobody wants to deal with digestion issues. Luckily, drinking enough water adds fluids to the colon which helps make things, ahem, move smoothly.
  • Water may help with decongestion and dehydration, helping the body bounce back when feeling under the weather. Just beware—drinking fluids hasn’t been scientifically proven to beat colds in one swoop, so don’t swap this for a trip to the doctor or other cold remedies.
    Brain boost
    A study in London found a link between students bringing water into an exam room and better grades, suggesting H2O promotes clearer thinking. While it’s unclear if drinking the water had anything to do with a better score, it doesn’t hurt to try it out!
  • Health benefits of drinking water daily is something that every persons should know about. Your body loses water as it performs its daily functions like breathing for example. To enable your body to function correctly, you have to drink a considerable amount of water every day. Drinking water daily has also other important and surprising health benefits.
  • Drinking water daily helps to lose weight
    Water can relieve pain
    Drinking water daily improves concentration
    Water gives you energy
    Drinking water daily is good for your skin
    Water is good for your heart and blood
    Drinking water daily strengthens your immune system
    Water is necessary for kidneys to function
    8 health benefits of drinking water daily
    Drinking Water Daily Helps to Lose Weight
    Very often people confuse thirst and hunger. They eat but their body needs water instead. If you want to feel full and lose weight, it is a good idea to drink water daily. Water helps you to feel full and reduces appetite. Water is also good for digestion as it helps nutrients absorb into the bloodstream. For many people losing weight is probably the most important from all the health benefits of drinking water daily. Read more about water and weight loss.
    Water can Relieve Pain
    Your brain consists largely of water. When your body needs water, your brain is the first one to send you a signal, causing headaches. So, keep in mind, that headache can be a symptom of being dehydrated and drinking water may help.
    The same applies for back pain. Proper water level and regular movement will keep your spinal disks hydrated and helps you to avoid back pain.
    Drinking Water Daily Improves Concentration
    As mentioned before, your brain is mainly made of water. By drinking water and keeping your brain hydrated you allow your brain to function more effectively, increase brain energy level and improve concentration.
    Water Gives You Energy
    Water is a natural energy drink. People who are mildly dehydrated will feel fatigued and weak. In the same way that not drinking enough water makes your brain slow down it has the same effect on your body. A five percent drop in body fluids will result in a twenty-five to thirty percent decline in energy for most people.
    Drinking Water Daily is Good for Your Skin
    Water is a natural detoxifier. It removes toxins from your system that keep skin looking firm and vibrant – two qualities particularly affected by sun exposure and pollution in cities and built-up areas. A number of skin problems – like dry skin, symptoms of acne, wrinkles or early aging – can be prevented by taking adequate amount of water.
    Water is Good for Your Heart and Blood
    Water maintains proper viscosity of blood and plasma and fibrinogen distribution. When you get dehydrated your blood gets thicker so the heart has to work even harder. And if your heart is weak it can lead to more serious heart problems later in life. Water can also lower high blood pressure.
    Drinking Water Daily Strengthens Your Immune System
    Water keeps your pH in balance. Balanced pH enables your body to take in vitamins and protects you from different sicknesses.
    Water is Necessary for Kidneys to Function
    Water is necessary for the kidneys to function properly, because the waste filtered by the kidneys is dissolved in water. These waste products build up in the kidneys if there is not enough water, and this can lead to kidney stones.
    We hope, that knowing the health benefits of drinking water daily will inspire you to drink more water and by doing it, believe us, you will feel a lot better.
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  • Water helps keep the body well hydrated, which is essential because almost every cell in the body needs water to function properly.
  • Here are the top 10 health benefits of drinking water.
    1. Relieves Fatigue
    If you often feel tired, there is a high chance that it could be due to inadequate consumption of water which makes the body function less efficiently. In fact, fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration.
  • When there is less water in the body, there is a drop of blood volume which causes the heart to work harder to pump oxygenated blood out in the bloodstream, and other major organs also work less efficiently. Thus, drinking adequate water can help your body function better and reduce fatigue.
    2. Improves Mood
    Research indicates that mild dehydration (even one or two percent lower hydration level of hydration than optimal) can negatively affect your mood and ability to think.
    A small study conducted on 25 women and published in the Journal of Nutrition found that being dehydrated can take a toll on your mood and cognitive function. The color of your urine is a good indicator of your level of hydration. The lighter the color the better the level of hydration and vice versa.
    3. Treats Headaches and Migraines
    If you have a headache or migraine, the first thing that you can do to get some relief is drink plenty of water. Headaches and migraines are often caused by dehydration.
    In a study published in the European Journal of Neurology, researchers found that increasing water intake helped reduce the total number of hours and intensity of headaches in the study participants.
    4. Helps in Digestion and Constipation
    Water also improves the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. This helps in digestion and prevents constipation. Inadequate water in the body often results in constipation as the colon pulls water from the stools to maintain hydration, thereby making them harder and difficult to pass.
  • Drinking sufficient water boosts your metabolism and helps the body properly break down food. This helps your digestive system work well and promotes regular bowel movements. Warm water, in particular, is good for digestive health.
    5. Aids Weight Loss
    In a clinical trial, scientists found that drinking two eight-ounce glasses of water prior to meals can help suppress appetite and hence support your weight loss efforts. When you drink water, it fills your stomach and reduces the tendency to eat more.
    Plus, it helps increase the rate at which the body burns fat, and promotes the breakdown and elimination of fat cells.
    Calorie-free water is also a great replacement for high-calorie drinks like alcohol, sugary fizzy drinks and sodas that often contribute to weight gain.
  • Health benefits of water
  • Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Your body depends on water to survive.
    Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, water:
    Gets rid of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements
    Keeps your temperature normal
    Lubricates and cushions joints
    Protects sensitive tissues
  • Lack of water can lead to dehydration — a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
  • 6. Flushes Out Toxins
    Water is an excellent detoxifier as it helps flush out toxins from your body and get rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine.
    It also promotes kidney function and reduces kidney stones by diluting the salts and minerals in urine that cause kidney stones.
    Though you need to drink adequate amount of water throughout the day, experts warn against drinking too much water (although uncommon still, it is possible) as it may reduce your kidneys’ ability to filter out waste.
    Thus, it is recommended to drink the amount of water your body requires. As the amount of water required by the body tends to differ from one person to another, it is usually suggested to drink to your thirst, and also include other fluids and foods with high water content in your diet.

Drought Management in the Body
What happens to our bodies when we don’t drink enough? We start to experience mild dehydration symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, feeling irritable or anxious, constipation and other digestive disorders, and not sleeping well.
When dehydration continues, the body learns to adapt with a drought management program.
However, sooner or later the ill effects will begin to appear in the body in the form of pain and inflammation. The location of the pain and inflammation often depends on where acid wastes have built up most in the body.
According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj in Water for Health, for Healing, for Life,there are six conditions that denote chronic dehydration and drought management in the body. These conditions include:

  • Brain functioning
    Organ regulation and cushioning
    Blood and lymph flow
    Nutrient transfer and absorption at the cellular level
    Nerve impulse movement throughout the nervous system
    Hormone balancing
    Temperature regulating
    Joint lubrication and cushioning
    Waste removalAsthma
    Allergies
    Constipation
    High blood pressure
    Type II diabetes
    Autoimmune disorders
  • Importance of Drinking Water for Healing
    The importance of drinking water is understated in this article. My intent here is to simply provide a glimpse into the amazing properties of water in relation to the maintenance of the human body.
    Water also plays a key role in the body’s ability to heal itself.
    For example, medical research tells us that drinking enough water daily (at least half our body weight in ounces of water) can decrease the risk of bladder cancer by 50 percent and decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent.
  • Water helps your body:
    Keep your temperature normal
    Lubricate and cushion joints
    Protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
    Get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements
    Your body needs more water when you are:
    In hot climates
    More physically active
    Running a fever
    Having diarrhea or vomiting
  • Drinking enough water can help you burn fat and increase your energy levels. This page explains exactly how much water you should drink in a day.
  • Drinking water can help reduce appetite and make you burn more calories. Several studies show that water can help you lose weight.
  • Dehydration
    Avoiding dehydration is one of the most important reasons to drink water regularly. Mild dehydration can make you feel tired and sluggish and can impact your mental and physical capabilities. More severe dehydration can cause your metabolic rate to plummet and can even send you to the hospital.

Your body can and does get water from most foods and drinks, but the most effective way to provide it with enough is to drink plain water. Every person’s needs differ, but a good guideline is to try to drink about 64 ounces of water a day. When you’re properly hydrated, your urine should be nearly clear. If you have concerns about your specific water needs or suspect that dehydration is affecting you, see your doctor.

According to KidsHealth.org, water makes up more than half of every person’s body weight. One reason it’s such a big part of your body is because you need it for everyday functions like sending blood to the organs, helping the immune system function and creating waste products. You get water from almost everything you eat and drink, but one of the simplest ways to stay hydrated is to drink plenty of plain water on a daily basis.

Keeping hydrated is crucial for health and well-being, but many people do not consume enough fluids each day.
Around 60 percent of the body is made up of water, and around 71 percent of the planet’s surface is covered by water.
Perhaps it is the ubiquitous nature of water that means drinking enough each day is not at the top of many people’s lists of priorities.
Fast facts on drinking water
Adult humans are 60 percent water, and our blood is 90 percent water.
There is no universally agreed quantity of water that must be consumed daily.
Water is essential for the kidneys and other bodily functions.
When dehydrated, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkling.

Water Content Found in Food

Some of the water required by the body is obtained through foods with a high water content, such as soups, tomatoes, oranges, but most come through drinking water and other beverages.

During everyday functioning, water is lost by the body, and this needs to be replaced. We notice that we lose water through activities such as sweating and urination, but water is lost even when breathing.
Drinking water, whether from the tap or a bottle, is the best source of fluid for the body.
Milk and juices are also good sources of fluid, but beverages containing alcohol and caffeine, such as soft drinks, coffee, and beer, are not ideal because they often contain empty calories. Drinking water instead of soda can help with weight loss.
It was previously thought that caffeinated beverages had diuretic properties, meaning that they cause the body to release water. However, studies show that fluid loss because of caffeinated drinks is minimal.

How much water we need to consume is influenced by the climate.
The amount of water needed each day varies from person to person, depending on how active they are, how much they sweat, and so on.
There is no fixed amount of water that must be consumed daily, but there is general agreement on what a healthy fluid intake is.
According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the average recommended daily intake of water from both food and drink is:
For men: Around 3.7 liters or 125 ounces
For women: Around 2.7 liters or 91 ounces
This would be around 15.5 cups for men and just over 11 cups for women. However, around 80 percent of this should come from drinks, including water, and the rest will be from food.
Men should drink around 100 ounces, or 12.5 cups of fluid
Women should drink around 73 ounces, or just over 9 cups
Fresh fruits and vegetables and all non-alcoholic fluids count towards this recommendation.
Times when it is most important to drink plenty of water include:
when you have a fever
when the weather is hot
if you have diarrhea and vomiting
when you sweat a lot, for example, due to physical activity
Babies and children have a higher percentage of water than adults. When babies are born, they are about 78 percent water, but this falls to 65 percent by the age of 1 year.
Fatty tissue has less water than lean tissue.
Men have more water than women, as a percentage.
7 percent of adults reported no daily consumption of drinking water
36 percent of adults reported drinking 1-3 cups of drinking water a day
35 percent of adults reported drinking 4-7 cups of drinking water a day
22 percent of adults reported drinking 8 cups or more a day
People were more likely to drink less than 4 cups of drinking water daily if they consumed 1 cup or less of fruits or vegetables a day.
The study only measured the intake of drinking water. Fluid can be gained from other beverages, but water is best because it is calorie-free, caffeine-free, and alcohol-free.
Seven percent of respondents reported drinking no water at all daily, and those who drank a low volume of water also consumed less fruit and vegetables. This suggests that a certain number of people are risking their health by not getting enough fluid.
Even if the respondents reporting low levels of water intake were obtaining enough fluid, it is likely that they would be obtaining it from sources that could potentially compromise their health in other ways.
“The biologic requirement for water may be met with plain water or via foods and other beverages,” write the study authors. “Results from previous epidemiologic studies indicate that water intake may be inversely related to volume of calorically sweetened beverages and other fluid intake.”

Water is the second most popular beverage in the U.S. after soft drinks. This is a scary stat, since sugary soda is a huge health hazard, upping the risk of obesity, stroke, and other heart problems . However, these dangers can be avoided if people choose to drink water, which doesn’t have negative side effects. So help put the sugary stuff to the side and make water the number one drink of choice. The benefits really are endless. (Just take a look!)
adults need nine to 16 cups of H2O. However this number varies depending on activity level, age, and how much water people are consuming in coffee, tea, or water-rich veggies and fruit.

drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up, and 30 minutes before eating any big meal. (This will help control appetite, too.)

Get in the habit of keeping a water bottle on hand at all times.

spice up the taste buds with a squeeze of citrus to the glass

if your pee isn’t mostly clear or you have any of the symptoms I mentioned above, you most likely aren’t getting enough H2O. Some suggest 8 (8 oz) glasses a day while others suggest take your body weight (in pounds), divide it in half and drink that many ounces. Listen to what your body needs.
add a squirt of lemon, a squeeze of lime, a few sprigs of fresh mint or a cucumber or orange slice. You can even be so bold as to add a few berries or watermelon.

ng enough water every day is important for your health. Healthy people meet their fluid needs by drinking when thirsty and drinking with meals. Most of your fluid needs are met through the water and beverages you drink. However, you can get some fluids through the foods that you eat. For example, broth soups and foods with high water content such as celery, tomatoes, or melons can contribute to fluid intake.

If you think you are not getting enough water, these tips may help:

Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work of running errands.
Freeze some freezer safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.
Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories. For example, during the school day students should have access to drinking water, giving them a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages.
Choose water when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.
Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water. This can help improve the taste and help you drink more water than you usually do.
Water is the main component of the human body. In fact, the body is composed of between 55 and 78 percent water, depending on body size. Adequate and regular water consumption has numerous health benefits. As an added plus, it has no calories, fat, carbohydrates or sugar.

The amount of water you consume everyday plays an important role in maintaining a healthy body. Experts recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water each day to maintain good health.
Furthermore, the Institute of Medicine has determined the adequate intake of total beverage per day (AI) to be about three liters or 13 cups for men and 2.2 liters or nine cups for women.

 

Importance of Drinking Water
Functions and Recycling of Water in the Body

The importance of drinking water daily is often overlooked, even though every function in the human body is dependent on water. In short, without water, nothing lives.

Consider this: the adult human body is about two-thirds water, and most of the key organs and fluids in the body consist primarily of water.
The following percentages are estimates and vary slightly from expert to expert and from person to person:
Brain 85%
Heart 79%
Blood 85%
Intestines 75%
Lungs 79%
Liver 90%
Kidneys 83%
Muscle 76%

 

The Body’s Water Recycling System
Thus, we know water is critical to the survival and maintenance of the human body. But what is the importance of drinking water daily?
It has to do with the body’s water recycling system. The body recycles hundreds of gallons of water a day just to maintain normal biological functions.
During the recycling process the body comes up short of at least six to ten glasses of water per day.
This daily water shortage varies greatly depending on individual diet, lifestyle and environmental factors.
Read more on drinking enough water facts. . .
No Water Storage System in the Body
In addition to the daily water shortage issue, our bodies have no water storage system to supply water in times of drought—thus, the importance of drinking water regularly and throughout the day.

Contrary to popular belief, most of the water we need does not come from the foods we eat.
At best, if we are eating primarily whole, fresh foods, we may get as much as 20 percent of our daily water needs.
However, most people are eating a high percentage of processed foods, which have little if any water content.
In addition, many of the beverages we drink—such as alcohol, sodas, coffee and tea—are actually dehydrating to the body.
They act as diuretics and cause the body to lose even more fluids.

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How much water should you drink each day? It’s a simple question with no easy answer.
Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years. But your individual water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.

So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is:

About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men
About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women
These recommendations cover fluids from water, other beverages and food. About 20 percent of daily fluid intake usually comes from food and the rest from drinks.
What about the advice to drink 8 glasses a day?

You’ve probably heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s easy to remember, and it’s a reasonable goal.
Most healthy people can stay hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than eight glasses a day might be enough. But other people might need more.

Factors that influence water needs

You might need to modify your total fluid intake based on several factors:
Exercise. If you do any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to cover the fluid loss. It’s important to drink water before, during and after a workout. If exercise is intense and lasts more than an hour, a sports drink can replace minerals in your blood (electrolytes) lost through sweat.
Environment. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional fluid intake. Dehydration also can occur at high altitudes.
Overall health. Your body loses fluids when you have a fever, vomiting or diarrhea. Drink more water or follow a doctor’s recommendation to drink oral rehydration solutions. Other conditions that might require increased fluid intake include bladder infections and urinary tract stones.
Pregnancy or breast-feeding. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. The Office on Women’s Health recommends that pregnant women drink about 10 cups (2.4 liters) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume about 13 cups (3.1 liters) of fluids a day.

Beyond the tap: Other sources of water

You don’t need to rely only on what you drink to meet your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion. For example, many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach, are almost 100 percent water by weight.
In addition, beverages such as milk, juice and herbal teas are composed mostly of water. Even caffeinated drinks — such as coffee and soda — can contribute to your daily water intake. But water is your best bet because it’s calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available.

Sports drinks should be used only when you’re exercising intensely for more than an hour. These drinks help replace electrolytes lost through perspiration and sugar needed for energy during longer bouts of exercise.
Energy drinks are different from sports drinks. Energy drinks generally aren’t formulated to replace electrolytes. Energy drinks also usually contain large amounts of caffeine or other stimulants, sugar, and other additives.
Staying safely hydrated

Your fluid intake is probably adequate if:
You rarely feel thirsty
Your urine is colorless or light yellow
A doctor or registered dietitian can help you determine the amount of water that’s right for you every day.
To prevent dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. It’s also a good idea to:

Drink a glass of water or other calorie-free or low-calorie beverage with each meal and between each meal.
Drink water before, during and after exercise.
Drink water if you’re feeling hungry. Thirst is often confused with hunger.
Although uncommon, it’s possible to drink too much water. When your kidneys can’t excrete the excess water, the sodium content of your blood is diluted (hyponatremia) — which can be life-threatening.
Athletes — especially if they participate in long or intense workouts or endurance events — are at higher risk of hyponatremia. In general, though, drinking too much water is rare in healthy adults who eat an average American diet.

The human body is made up of over seventy percent water. So understandably, drinking plenty of fluids to maintain and replenish water levels is vital for things like muscle function, joint and brain protection, immune health, digestion, and even mood.
Here are ten of the major benefits you’ll reap if you stay well-hydrated…

How much water do you need?

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

 

 

 

Beginning with Breakfast, Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Production Foods

So as our family makes this transition from setting up a household that is “greener” and more “politically correct”…and learning to live with type 2 diabetes, I have decided to actually plan and prepare breakfasts, instead of passing out the Pop-Tarts or granola bars.

This last year I have totally realized just how much diet and physical activity affect my own health, as well as the health of our entire family.

Using the Raw Foods Pyramid discussed earlier in this post, Now What?!…Raw Foods Diet, we can easily see which low-calorie, nutrient dense foods are at the base of the pyramid, those foods that we should probably all eat more of in the first place…and which high-calorie, nutrient poor foods are at the top of the pyramid, those foods that we should eat very little of, if any at all.

As a wife, mother, grandmother, and simply as my own individual, planning a diet that is based only on pure, water-based food is important. Such a diet provides more of the nutrients that we all need, prevents a myriad of health issues, helps us to love or maintain weight, improves skin condition, helps us to have more energy (which is VERY important when you are fifty years old chasing a four year old all day long).

So in planning our breakfast menus, I have started by mainly including foods from the three bottom tiers of the Raw Foods pyramid, which are grouped together in the one category “Production Foods.”

As a quick review of the raw foods “diet”, the cardinal rule is to…

Avoid foods that have been refined, pasteurized, homogenized, or produced with the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.

Now, let’s start taking this pyramid apart by looking at the bottom three tiers—“production foods”…and ask ourselves the following questions…

water.

Water

  • How important is drinking enough water?
  • How can I get the best quality water possible, water worth actually drinking?
  • What other options exist that make water something I look forward to?

Leafy Greens

  • Why are leafy green vegetables so important?
  • What are the different varieties of leafy greens, other than lettuce?

Fruits and Vegetables

  1. What snacks actually contain real fruits and vegetables instead of flavoring and so forth?
  2. How can I incorporate fruits and vegetables into my breakfast menu?
  3. Which fruits and vegetables offer the best nutritional value?
  4. Why is eating vegetables and fruits so important?
  5. How can I make sure that I am getting the best quality fruits and vegetables possible?
  6. Why should I buy local, seasonal fruits and vegetables?
Getting Healthy, Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Now What?!

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Okay, I have ADHD…I keep getting off track from my original plans and ideas…Happens all the time…Welcome to my world!!!

Anyway, my original plan in writing this blog was to talk about the changes that I am making in each step of my day to live a more minimalistic, simpler, and healthier lifestyle.

The first topic that I highlighted was Taking the Perfect Shower. Taking the perfect shower or bath is important because that is one of the best ways to prepare for a “good” night’s sleep, get rid of any “bad” moments of the day that you just went through, and help you from being stinky and “ugly.”

The next topic that I highlighted was Getting a Good Night’s Sleep. So many of suffer from insomnia and have bad nighttime habits—such as staying up way past midnight and midnight munching. Yet a good night’s sleep is important because…

From there I moved into the topic of the Raw Foods Diet and why it is important to stop eating processed foods and to start eating healthier in general. That is where I feel like I got sidetracked.

We all get the point. In order to improve our health and get more energy to chase a “resident four year” old, there are certain things that we must do—such as cut processed foods out of our diets and replace sugar with healthier substitutes.

But how do these facts affect our daily lives? Sometimes too much information can be overload. So instead of remaining on my textbook-like journey, I’d like to pause my “What Next” segment on the Raw Foods Diet…or at least not necessarily pause it, but to break this segment into four different “What Next” segments…

  • What’s for Breakfast?
  • What’s for Lunch?
  • What’s for Dinner?
  • I’m Still Hungry!!!

So let’s start with “What’s for Breakfast?”…

Why do we even need to eat breakfast in the first place? Won’t skipping breakfast allow me to hit the snooze button on my alarm clock enough times to get some more rest that I won’t need breakfast at all.

Wrong!

There are so, so, so many reasons that we should all be eating breakfast, but instead of dwelling on these reasons in order to avoid starting to sound too much like a textbook again, let’s look simply at what we should be eating and accept the fact that we should be eating in the first place.

So what should we be eating for breakfast?

This is the second step in my creating a Master Grocery List for my family. The first list of foods that I should keep on hand can be found on my Midnight Snacking post about what to eat before bed in order to help you sleep. 

Now let’s add to this Master Grocery List by focusing on what we should actually be eating for breakfast.

Getting Healthy

Eating for Health



Even the most expensive organic beauty products.
..with the very best ingredients…will end up doing hardly any good at all If your diet consists only of milkshakes and hamburgers.

Diet, life,and attitude also play an important role in how your skin looks and feels as you get older. (Just as before when I confessed that I was not some great makeup artist or fashion designer, I am not a nutritionist or dietitian).

However, I am a learner with a vested interest in learning as much as I can about living a simpler, healthier lifestyle…not only because this is the year that I have chosen to grab firmly to my goals of minimalism and simplicity…but also for personal reasons.

This last year my husband was diagnosed with diabetes. His blood sugar has often been over three hundred.

Also, two very good friends of mine, that are my age, have recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. Knowing that my dad died from pancreatic cancer when he was about the age that I am now, I have decided that it’s high time we get our Southern fried chicken-and-cool whip-desserts lifestyle under control.

Focusing on what we shouldn’t be eating can be so negative. So instead I have decided to learn what we should be eating, such as…
1. Iron…A diet low in iron can make you feel tired and have little or no energy. The RDA for iron is…

  • 13.7–15.1 mg/day in children aged 2–11 years…
  • 16.3 mg/day in children and teens aged 12–19 years
  • 19.3–20.5 mg/day in men
  • 17.0–18.9 mg/day in women older than 19

2. Kiwi and Citrus…Kiwi and citrus are excellent sources of the vitamin C needed to make the collagen that gives skin support and shape. The RDA for vitamin C is…

  • 90 mg/day in men
  • 75 mg/daily for women older than 18

3. Muesli…Muesli and other whole grains boost your intake of essential fats, B vitamins and the potent antioxidants. it is recommended that adults eat six ounces of grains each day.

4. Nuts…Nuts are packed with essential fats, vitamin E and B vitamins. A healthy daily intake of nuts is 30g (a small handful) or approximately: 20 almonds. 15 cashews. 20 hazelnuts. 15 macadamias. 15 pecans. 2 tablespoons of pine nuts. 30 pistachio kernels. 9 walnut kernels.

5. Orange, yellow, red and green foods supply beta-carotene and vitamin A. Beta-carotene gives carrots, pumpkin, mango and spinach their color and is converted to vitamin A.

6.  Protein…Proteins, such as keratin, collagen and elastin, are the building blocks of skin, hair and nails…Women need about 46 grams of protein per day…men, 56 grams.

7.  Seafood…Fish is a good source of the omega-3 fatty acids that the heart needs to prevent cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating two 3.5oz servings of fish per week.

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Getting Healthy, Sweet, Sweet Sunday

13 More Uses for Cedarwood Essential Oil

In addition to using cedarwood essential oil for your skin and hair, there are many other great uses for cedarwood essential oil. These include…

1. Aches and Pains…Cedarwood oil, especially Himalayan cedarwood, is a natural analgesic. This means that cedarwood essential oil can help get rid of any aches and pains. Many over-the-counter and prescription topically applied pain lotions and creams that are used to treat joint and muscle pain actually contain cedarwood essential oil.

To use cedarwood essential oil to help cure aches and pains, try one of the following…

  • Hot Bath…Take a hot bath with five drops of cedarwood essential oil
  • Massage Oil…Blend eight drops cedarwood oil with four teaspoons carrier oil

Blend for Aches and Pains…

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

2. ADHD…Cedarwood oil has been used to help children with ADHD. The oil is believed to be able to help these kids stay focused, and also to boost their learning capacity. In recent studies, children suffering from ADHD have been shown to have experienced improvements in brain activity and fewer ADHD symptoms after using cedarwood essential oil.

To use cedarwood essential oil to help you stay focused, try one of the following…

  • Inhalant…Inhale deeply while holding a bottle of cedarwood essential oil three times a day.

Blend for ADHD and Improving Focus/Learning Capacity

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil

3. Anxiety and Stress…Cedarwood essential oil has natural sedative properties.

The calming effect of cedarwood essential oil can be helpful for anyone having to  combat stress, anxiety, and depression…or looking for a decent, uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Cedarwood essential oil contains cedrol, a substance that promotes the release of serotonin in the brain. This serotonin is converted into melatonin and, as a result,  encourages restful sleep and helps you calm down and relax.

  • Diffusion…Diffuse cedarwood essential oil in a diffuser machine
  • Inhalant…To use cedarwood essential oil to combat stress, anxiety, and insomnia, try simply inhaling the oil straight from the bottle or from a handkerchief whenever you start feeling weird.

Blend for Anxiety, Stress, and Insomnia

  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil…
  • Massage into the body and heels of your feet before bedtime…

4. Arthritis and Rheumatism…Cedarwood oil, especially Himalayan cedarwood, acts as an anti-inflammatory properties.  This makes cedarwood essential oil great for people suffering from pains and stiffness of the joints—such as people with arthritis and rheumatism.

The best ways to use cedarwood essential oil to help treat arthritis and rheumatism both topical—as a massage oil, or added to a hot bath.

  • Bath Soak…Add five to ten drops to your hot bathwater.
  • Massage Oil…Dilute eight drops of cedarwood oil with a carrier oil. Rub into the affected joints and muscles.

Blend for Arthritis and Rheumatism

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

5. Athlete’s Foot and Other Fungal Infections…Cedarwood essential oil is a antibacterial and antifungal agent that can be used effectively in treating a variety of fungal infections—such as athlete’s foot and toenail infections.

Blend for Athlete’s Foot and Toenail Infections

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

6. Bad Odors…Cedarwood essential oil is a natural deodorizer that can be used to freshen the air in your home. The oil can have long-lasting therapeutic effects for both you and your home.

The oil is used in many perfume and oil blends to add a warm, pleasant, wood-like scent that is both reassuring and comforting.

  • Diffuser…In order to not only deodorize your home…but also to create a calming, mood, try using the oil in your diffuser—either alone, or combine with two drops each of sandalwood and wild orange essential oils
  • Garbage Can Anti-Groucher…In order to keep your garbage cans from smelling like Oscar the Grouch just farted in there, combine several drops oto a spray bottle with water and spray it around garbage cans and anywhere where musty smells can erupt

Blend for Getting Rid of Bad Odors…Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Use to dust as you would regular furniture polish.

  • 1/3C water
  • 1/2Tbsp liquid castile soap
  • 8 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil

7. Coughs and Other Respiratory Problems…Cedarwood essential oil, especially Himalayan cedarwood, has antispasmodic ability. This simply means that cedarwood essential oil can be used to help with respiratory problems—such as colds, the flu, congestion, and asthma.

Cedarwood essential oil helps to clear phlegm and other breathing difficulties that come hand in hand with your flu or cold. Cedarwood essential oil also helps to relieve other symptoms of a cold such as a headache and watery eyes.

  • Chest Rub…Combine eight drop of cedarwood essential oil with 4tsp of a carrier oil.  Massage onto your chest and neck area before going to sleep at night.
  • Inhalant…Sniff the oil directly from the bottle when needed.
  • Steam Bath…Make a steam bath by adding a few drops to a sink full of hot water. Cover your head with a towel, Inhale the vapors for five minutes.

Blend for Coughs and Other Respiratory Problem

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

8. Cuts, Scrapes, and Minor Wounds…Cedarwood essential oil is a natural antiseptic that can help cuts, scrapes, and minor wounds and skin damage by keeping the area from becoming infected.

To use cedarwood essential oil to treat minor wounds and skin damage, try…

  • Massage Oil…Add a few drops of cedarwood oil to coconut oil and massage gently onto any cuts, scrapes, or minor wounds.

Blend for Cuts, Scrapes, and Minor Wounds

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

9. Insects….Cedarwood essential oil is a natural insect repellant that is able to repel mosquitos, ants, ticks, fleas, and other bugs.

  • Bed Spray…Spray a diluted mixture of cedarwood essential oil on your bed sheets and pillows.
  • Bug Spray…Add five drops of cedarwood essential oil to an ounce of water. Add several drops of a carrier oil to the spray mixture to help absorb it into your skin easier. Spray on your skin.
  • Diffuser…Use cedarwood essential oil in your diffuser.
  • Dog Spray…Carefully spray your dog with a diluted cedarwood essential oil mixture of six drops of cedarwood essential oil and one ounce of water.
  • Entry Barrier…Spray cedarwood essential oil on screens and around doorways to keep fleas and other insects from entering the home in the first place.
  • Furniture Spray…Spray diluted cedarwood essential oil on your furniture to keep pests away.
  • Mosquito Repellant.. Add cedarwood essential oil to lemon eucalyptus essential oil  to make a powerful and natural mosquito blend.
  • Moth Deterrent…Dip cotton balls in cedarwood essential oil. Place them in your closet, on your hangers and inside of storage boxes.

10. Poor Muscle Tone…Cedarwood essential oil is a natural astringent that can tighten the skin, improve muscle tone, and leave you feeling rejuvenated.

  • Massage Oil…Dillute cedarwood essential oil with a suitable carrier oil—such as coconut, jojoba and almond oil.

11. Restless Leg Syndrome…Cedarwood essential oil can help relieve the symptoms of restless legs syndrome, the uncontrollable urge to move your legs constantly, because of its calming and soothing properties.

Blend for Restless Legs Syndrome

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 3 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

12. Stress…Cedarwood essential oil is a natural sedative with the power to relieve tension and stress that can negatively affect your health. Its sedative properties and calming effects of cedarwood essential oil can help combat stress, depression, anxiety

The aroma of cedarwood essential oil promotes the release of serotonin in the brain which gets converted to melatonin which encourages restful sleep and a calm mind.

  • Diffuser…Diffuse cedarwood essential oil in a diffuser machine.
  • Inhalant…Simply inhale cedarwood essential oil from the bottle or put a few drops on a handkerchief and breathe it in whenever you feel the need.

Blend for Stress Relief…

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

13. Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney Trouble, Hypertension, and High Blood Pressure…Cedarwood is a natural diuretic that can increase the frequency of urination. This means that cedarwood essential oil can promote both the volume of urine produced and the frequency at which a person urinates. This is important is getting rid of any toxins, fats, and excess water.

  • Massage Oil…Try rubbing a few drops of cedarwood oil into your abdomen or bladder region.

Blend for Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney Trouble, Hypertension, and High Blood Pressure

  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil