Drinking More Water

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Most people are walking around in a constant state of dehydration, which can have mental as well as physical effects. Fortunately, maybe a few trips to the Emergency Room can be avoided by following some common-sense tips.

With so much frightening information out there about drinking water out of plastic bottles, drinking water from your tap, drinking water from purifying systems, and many other opinions about what’s safe, one can get really confused about what’s best for his/her body. In fact, there are some folks out there going to the extreme by saying that no water is safe anymore.

The truth is … we cannot live without water. When we’re infants, our bodies are about 90% water. When we’re older, into our late 80’s, our bodies are literally drying up because our water content only averages about 50%.

I know, some people say that the manufacturers of bottled water have conjured up a lot of hype about the value of consuming more water. Well, maybe they have, but it’s still a fact that our bodies need more water than we normally drink. So what if you drink lots of coffee, tea or juice on a daily basis? My son tells me that he gets enough water in all the coffee he drinks. Yikes! We know that caffeine dehydrates, so unless you’re drinking decaf coffee and tea, you’ll need to supplement with 8 oz. of water for every cup of coffee or tea that you consume. As for the juices, unless you’re making them yourself, most likely they’re loaded with sugar. Drinking more water will help to eliminate the sugar concentration in your blood.

What about all these vitamin water drinks? Some of them are really good, but again, watch the sugar content. You can find ones that are sugar-free, sweetened naturally with Stevia or Xylitol. I would definitely avoid the ones sweetened with aspartame. And that includes Splenda. It’s also chemically derived. Try adding the juice of an organic lemon or lime. You’ll give your body even more health benefits. You can look that up online and you’ll be amazed at what you find in numerous reports. I use Happy Water drops in my water consistently now, to the point that if I have to drink water without it, I feel like I’m being cheated. (And yes, I sell this product because it works)! Pure water keeps the body’s cells hydrated and healthier by providing superior hydration, allowing more water to get inside of the cells.

My doctor once told me that when you start to feel thirsty, most likely you’re already dehydrated. That alone prompted me to change my habits about drinking more water. I know that it can take some practice and attention to change any habit. But if you’re not in the habit of drinking at least six to eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day, do your best to get into the habit. You’ll feel better, look better and guess what? You’ll even sleep better. Water-deprived organs have to work much harder to keep your body fit, so give them a break … get them hydrated. You will see and feel an improvement in just one day!

Give yourself the gift of better health. Drink more water and feel free to add the lemon or the lime. Extra vitamin C, especially during cold and flu season, can’t hurt!

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

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Caution: Power Grid

Just a heads up today.  We might never experience this but I believe it pays to be prepared.  I’ve seen and heard this warning about power outage drills scheduled for today and tomorrow around the U.S. from many sources so just watch the video from the NY Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/11/booming/the-blackout-that-exposed-the-flaws-in-the-grid.html?_r=0

(Thanks to my friend in Prescott AZ for sending this information).

Extra water and pet food if you have pets.  Canned and dry food and a manual can opener.  Batteries, flashlights, battery operated lanterns and candles.  Can’t hurt and we can always use them if nothing happens.  Namaste’

A reminder from Daisy … water won’t be flowing to our taps if there’s no electricity to pump it.

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Fat Flush Water

I found this recipe on Facebook for something called Fat Flush Water.  I tried it the other day and personally, unless you are absolutely crazy about mint, I would eliminate it.  So today I made it without the mint and it tastes great.  If you like it sweeter, just add a packet of Stevia to your glass.  Want the recipe?  See below the photo.

Fat Flush Water

Recipe (body flush and detox water):

One cucumber, one lemon, one or two oranges, two limes and a bunch of mint (only if you like the taste of mint)

Slice them all and divide the ingredients between four 24 oz. water bottles (I used a gallon (glass) jug for all of it, as you can see in the photo), and fill it up with filtered water.  Drink daily!  This tastes delicious, helps flush fat and counts toward your daily water intake.

Lemons:  Help in the absorption of sugars and calcium; cuts down your craving for sweets.

Cucumber:  Acts as a diuretic and flushes fat cells.  It is alkalizing to the body and if you have an alkaline body, it is difficult for disease to thrive.  Cucumber also increases your energy level.

Lime:  Promotes a healthy digestive tract.

Mint:  A natural appetite suppressant that also aids in digestion.

To your good health!  Namaste’

Drink up!

With the heat in the triple digits here in southern Arizona and other parts of the west, it’s time to take a lesson from our canine pals.  Here’s Daisy taking a nice cool drink on a hot day.  I’ve noticed that both dogs are drinking more water even though they don’t spend much time outside these days.  They just go out, do their business and get back in as soon as possible during the heat of the day.  Mornings and evenings are still fairly decent; in the 70’s.

Dehydration is very serious, so we can all take Daisy’s advice during this hot weather … “drink more water, you silly humans!”  Namaste’

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Fountain

I had a scheduled photo shoot today and was early so I sat around and had some coffee by this fountain.  I love fountains but they’re so hard to keep clean with our hard water.  So I just find other peoples’ fountains to enjoy.  Something about the sound of water … nice!  Namaste’

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Where Am I?

This is one of the shots from my trip, taken from a boat at sunset; I applied some high contrast to bring out the windows.  All of you who were with me are NOT allowed to guess where this is.  But everybody else can weigh in.  It’s a pretty famous landmark and that’s all I’m sayin’ … should be easy.  Namaste’

Say a Prayer, Send Love and Light

The east coast of the U.S. is under siege from hurricane Sandy.  Please say a prayer and send your highest light and love to all those living in that area.  Many are evacuated as this crazy storm comes ashore.  Some will be homeless and many may be without the basics, including electricity and water for weeks to come.  God bless them all.

Today’s photo is of the moon last night with some obvious Halloween embellishments.  Namaste’