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  • 9002542 l 199x300 Health Benefits of Water
    Water is the reason your body works the way it does and without water your body would not be able to perform even the simplest functions. When the body can no longer perform theses functions normally, the body begins breaking down and can cause serious health conditions to arise.
    Some of the most remarkable benefits of hydration are listed below:
    • Brain Adequate hydration is important for proper functioning of the brain. When we are well hydrated, brain cells are better supplied with fresh, oxygen-laden blood, and the brain remains alert. Mild dehydration, a 1% to 2% loss in body weight, can impair the ability to concentrate. Loss of more than 2% body weight due to dehydration can affect the brain’s processing abilities and impair short-term memory.
    • Cells Hydration in the body is important for transporting carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients and oxygen to the cells. The cells then produce energy for the body to function. Furthermore, hydration facilitates disposal of the waste products of metabolism, enabling the right cellular chemical function.
    • Digestive Tract Hydration plays an important role in the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract. Water is required to dissolve nutrients so that they may be absorbed into the bloodstream and delivered to the cells. Insufficient hydration will slow the digestive process and chronic poor hydration can lead to constipation.
    • Heart Fluids are important for healthy heart function and the correct regulation of water balance is essential to keep blood pressure within the healthy range. Dehydration decreases cardiac output which may lead to increases in heart rate and a fall in blood pressure. The circulatory system delivers a constant supply of oxygen to the brain, muscles and to all other tissues.
    • Kidneys An adequate water intake is essential to keep the kidneys working well, helping them to remove waste products and excess nutrients mainly via urine. The kidneys regulate the body’s water levels by increasing or decreasing the flow of urine. The kidneys also work to control normal levels of sodium and other electrolytes. A well-hydrated healthy person’s kidneys filter approximately 180 litres of water each day: clearly most of this has to be reabsorbed to prevent excessive losses from the body.
    • Muscles and Joints Water acts as a lubricant for muscles and joints; it helps cushion joints and keeps muscles working properly. Muscles and joints, in addition to the bones, are necessary for us to stand, sit, move and carry out all daily activities. Approximately 70 to 75 percent of the muscle is made up of water. Maintaining the right water balance is essential for optimum muscle function.
    • Skin The skin constitutes a defence against pathogenic agents and contributes to preventing the development of infectious and allergic processes. Some people believe that good hydration helps to moisten body tissues and preserve the skin’s elasticity, softness and colouring though this has not been researched adequately.
    • Temperature The body water has an important role as a thermoregulator, regulating the overall body temperature by helping dissipate heat. If the body becomes too hot, water is lost through sweat and the evaporation of this sweat from the skin surface removes heat from the body. Sweating is the most effective way that the body prevents itself from overheating.
    How much water do you need?
    Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements
    The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.
    You may need to modify your total fluid intake depending on how active you are, the climate you live in, your health condition and if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
    • Exercise. If you exercise or engage in any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss. An extra 400 to 600 milliliters (about 1.5 to 2.5 cups) of water should suffice for short bouts of exercise, but intense exercise lasting more than an hour (for example, running a marathon) requires more fluid intake. How much additional fluid you need depends on how much you sweat during exercise, and the duration and type of exercise.
    • Climate. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional intake of fluid. Heated indoor air also can cause your skin to lose moisture during wintertime. Further, altitudes greater than 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) may trigger increased urination and more rapid breathing, which use up more of your fluid reserves.
    • Illnesses or health conditions. When you have fever, vomiting or diarrhea, your body loses additional fluids. In these cases, you should drink more water. In some cases, your doctor may recommend oral rehydration solutions, such as Gatorade, Powerade or CeraLyte. Also, you may need increased fluid intake if you develop certain conditions, including bladder infections or urinary tract stones. On the other hand, some conditions such as heart failure and some types of kidney, liver and adrenal diseases may impair excretion of water and even require that you limit your fluid intake.
    • Pregnancy or breast-feeding. Women who are expecting or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Large amounts of fluid are used especially when nursing. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink 2.3 liters (about 10 cups) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume 3.1 liters (about 13 cups) of fluids a day.

     Recognizing Dehydration:

    Here are some of the symptoms that you need more water:

    • Dark Urine – Dark Yellow or Orange in Color:  Urine is generally pale yellow to clear when you have sufficient water intake.  Dark color or strong smell indicates that you need to drink more water.
    • Dry Skin: Skin is the largest body organ and requires its share of water.
    • Thirst: Thirst is the most obvious sign that you are already dehydrated.  It is always a good practice to drink more water when your are not thirsty, do not wait until you are thirsty. But thirst is not always an adequate gauge of your body’s need for fluid  replenishment. The older you are, the less you are able to sense that you are  thirsty.
    • Hunger: Most people mistake hunger for the indication to eat more, whereas in actual fact, they may be dehydrated. So before you have your meal, grab a glass of water.
    • Fatigue: Water is a source of energy and gives you a boost in energy
    Common Beverage Substitutions Lead to Dehydration
    It  is true that beverages such as tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, sports  drinks and juices contain water, but they also contain caffeine, alcohol, sugar,  artificial sweeteners or other chemicals that act as strong dehydrators. The  more of these beverages you consume, the more dehydrated your body becomes  because the effects they create in the body are exactly opposite the ones that  are produced by water. Beverages containing caffeine, for example, trigger  stress responses that at first have strong diuretic effects, leading to  increased urination. Beverages with added sugar drastically raise blood sugar  levels. Any beverage that provokes such a response coerces the body to give up  large quantities of water. Regular consumption of such beverages results in  chronic dehydration, which plays a part in every toxicity crisis (the body’s  effort to rid itself of accumulated toxins).
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  • Researchers at Barts and The London School of Medicine demonstrated that drinking two cups of beetroot juice daily significantly reduced blood pressure in healthy volunteers.
    The secret is the nitrate in the beetroot juice, which is responsible for lowering the volunteers’ blood pressure.
    In the human body, nitrate is converted to nitric oxide, a substance that is known for its ability to dilate blood vessels and subsequently reduce blood pressure. The humanBeet 7915470 l 300x297 Beet Juice Lowers Blood Pressure body produces nitric oxide naturally. Unfortunately, nitric oxide production declines progressively with age.
    Among the study participants, blood pressure fell within just one hour of drinking the beetroot juice, with the greatest drop occurring three to four hours following consumption. The blood pressure-lowering effects continued for up to 24 hours afterward.
    Recently, however, some scientists have begun investigating the roles played by other plant compounds, particularly nitrate. Nitrate occurs naturally in many vegetables, including spinach, cabbage, radishes and, of course, beets.
    Just make sure you take into account the extra calories and sugar. A two-cup serving of beetroot juice contains around 200 calories and 50 grams of carbohydrates. If you don’t adjust your daily caloric intake, adding two cups of the juice daily could lead to a weight gain of about a pound and a half a month, which could potentially offset the beetroot-derived cardiovascular benefits.
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  • 10981997 l 300x200 Simple Steps to RelaxThere are many different ways to reduce stress and anxiety to make each day calm and peaceful.
    Though experts say that some stress is good for you, because it can sharpen your senses and your mind, too much stress is bad for your mental and physical health.
    Here are some simple techniques that you can do by yourself and it will help you to enjoy a better quality of life once you have incorporated a relaxation program into your lifestyle.
    First Exercise: Focus
    Select an object in the room that you are in  and focus all your attention on this object as you inhale and exhale slowly deeply for a minute or two. While you are doing this, do not let any other thoughts and/or feelings enter your mind. If they do, just return your attention to the object in the room. Any tension or nervousness that you might feel before starting this exercise should be diminished.
    Second Exercise: Meditation
    Sit or lay in a comfortable position, close your eyes and breath deeply. Focus all your attention on your breathing which should be slow and relaxed. Notice the movement of your chest and abdomen.
    Block out any thought or distraction. If you feel that your attention is wandering, then bring it back to your breathing.
    As you inhale, say the word “peace” and as you exhale say the word “calm” to yourself, drawing out the pronunciation of the word, so it last for the entire breath. Continue this exercise until you feel relaxed.
    Third Exercise: Picture yourself relaxed
    Try creating a peaceful visualization, or “dream scape.” To start, simply visualize anything that keeps your thoughts away from current tensions. It could be a favorite vacation spot or a fantasy island.
    The idea is to take your mind off your stress, and replace it with an image that evokes a sense of calm. The more realistic is your daydream, in terms of colors, sights, sounds; even touch and feel, the more relaxation you will experience.
    Fourth Exercise: Try to massage yourself
    When your muscles are tense and you have no time to visit a therapist, try these simple self-massage techniques.
    - Place both hands on your shoulders and neck and squeeze with your fingers and palms. Remember to keep your shoulders relaxed.
    -Wrap one hand around the other forearm. Squeeze the muscles with thumb and fingers.Move up and down from your elbow to fingertips and back again. Repeat with other arm.
     Fifth Exercise: Listen to a soothing music CD 
    Expert say that music can calm the heartbeat and soothe the soul.
    You might want to make that a classical tune. Research shows that listening to 30 minutes of classical music may produce calming effects equivalent to taking 10 mg of Valium.
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  • 9468370 l 300x200 Pamper Your Partner With A Massage On Valentines DayEveryone likes to be touched in that sensual kind of way.
    Massages can be used for anything, from calming your lover down from a tough day  at work to getting both primed for some enthusiastic lovemaking. To prepare for this, I will give you some suggestions to set the mood as well as some techniques.
    Invest in high-quality massage oil.
    Aromatherapy is a wonderful way to select which scents you and your partner  would like since certain scents produce specific effects. Lavender, for  instance, puts people to sleep, while eucalyptus wakes people up but may be too  powerful for sensitive skin.
    Set a relaxing environment. Dim the lights in the room and ignite some scented  candles. Again, aromatherapy can be a big payoff but select something that is  lightly scented or neutral. Also, you can choose to play a soft instrumental music or a nature sounds CD.
    While both can be nude or semi-nude,  make sure your partner lays down on the stomach first and will be in a comfortable position.
    Friction some oils in your hand and slowly spread the entire back in wide, smooth  strokes with the palm of your hand. Do not knead the body too intensely  because you may end up causing some discomfort. Glide your hands slowly and deeply; remember to be continuously sensual.
    Take your time  and rub in a way that makes your partner feel like you are willing to devote all the  time in the world.
    Work your way down from the back of the neck to the shoulders with a firm to light pressure to avoid unwanted pain. Stretch out the arms and massage the biceps lightly with your fingertips. Work  the back on either side of the spinal cord, but never push too hard on the spine  itself. Use downward strokes laterally along the spine until you reach the tailbone. Feel free to tease the area around the base of the spine because it  contains many sensitive nerve endings.
    Work your way down to the legs, especially the inner thighs because they are incredibly sensitive. You don’t have to be as cautious as with the back, but still remain gentle. Rub the legs one section at a time,  starting at the thighs, moving to the calves and finally ending at the feet.
    Gently lay your body on top of your partner and slowly slide upward. Let other parts of your body rub up  against too while in the midst of your massage. By the time you’re done working the body down, your partner will have much more than  just rubbing on the mind.
    Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
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  • Reflexology 4351345 l 300x289 Fight Chronic Foot Pain with Massage Treatment and Natural OilsMassage and natural oils are effective treatments for chronic foot pain.
    Massage therapy is particularly effective at treating metatarsalgia, ball of foot pain, and Morton’s Neuroma, an enlarged nerve between the third and fourth toes. This therapy decrease bone and joint issues and reduce swelling so that sensitive nerve endings in the feet can heal.

    A study published in the Journal Acupuncture in Medicine suggests that massaging the bottoms of the feet increases blood flow to the feet, relieving pain. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, massage treatments using thumb work are most effective.
    Additionally, natural oils such as menthol (mint leaves), camphor and eucalyptus, soothe and cool feet and facilitate blood flow to areas of pain. Aloe also helps to hydrate and clean feet, and Epson salts help detoxify feet and reduce inflammation.
    Foot pain is often caused by too much impact, certain intense physical activities and wearing the wrong shoes.

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  • Craniosacral 3120327 l 300x225 The Increasingly Use of Craniosacral Therapy.

    Craniosacral therapy, a light-touch, hands-on therapy, is an increasingly popular alternative modality that may provide substantial benefits.

    Craniosacral therapy detects and corrects imbalances in the membranes and fluids that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord and releases restrictions in the connective tissues throughout the body. Patients seek the therapy to treat ailments such as migraines, neck and back pain, orthopedic problems, stress and tension-related problems, autism and chronic fatigue.

    Practitioners have reported that after craniosacral therapy treatments their clients frequently experienced substantial pain reduction and were often able to discontinue or reduce their reliance on pain medications. Physical and occupational therapists reported that the diminished pain allowed their clients to more fully participate in rehabilitation exercises.


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  • 9046389 l 300x229 Massage and music therapies may reduce post surgical painA Mayo Clinic study found that the patients who received massages following surgery had an average pain score of less than one, while those who did not receive a massage had an average pain score of three.

    Another study cited in the article, by the Department of Veterans Affairs, studied more than 600 veterans who had undergone major surgery and found that those who received massage therapy following surgery experienced a faster decrease in pain intensity and reduced anxiety in the first four days after surgery than did those who did not receive massage therapy.Mayo Clinic studies also found positive effects on patient recovery from surgery from both ambient music and the use of guided imagery, and a study by the Touch Research Institute in Miami found that 10 minutes of hand massage and music reduced agitation in a group of elderly patients.

    Massage and music therapies may not eliminate the need for prescription pain medication entirely, but it may result in lower doses or medication used for a shorter duration of time.The article cited that the American Music Therapy Association’s studies on pain management and anxiety shown that the use of music can lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, and relax muscle tension both before and after surgery

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  • Aromatherapy 3528079 l 300x200 Aromatherapy Can Enhance LearningIncorporating the sense of smell can help children learn, according to Margaret Hyde.

    Hyde is the author of the children’s book series “Mo’s Nose” that incorporates scent into reading and learning.

    “Researching and creating these scent-filled adventures, I discovered that the sense of smell is a powerful and overlooked part of how we learn, experience and remember,” wrote Hyde. “Smells create ‘Proustian Memories,’ which are long-term memories that elicit strong emotional responses.”

    According to the article, research has shown that the more senses that are used while learning, the more long-lasting the effect on memory.

    Hyde referenced a 2002 study in Russia that found that school children exposed to peppermint aroma improved grades on tests.
    According to Hyde, “The sense of smell is our most powerful sense: 10,000 times more powerful than the other senses and directly connected to the limbic system, which is the place in the brain where memories and emotions are processed.“

    Here are some simple steps to incorporate smell into children’s learning:

    1. Buy and let your children smell 100-percent essential oils and see what scent they like and respond to, including peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon leaf, grapefruit and lavender.
      • Peppermint: helps improve memory and test scores.
      • Spearmint: similar to peppermint but milder
      • Cinnamon Leaf: Energizing, focusing and revitalizing, cinnamon leaf enhances active reasoning.
      • Grapefruit: Stimulating
      • Lavender: calming, relaxing and refreshing scent; good for relaxing after school or after homework
    2. Buy a room diffuser to run while your child is studying and doing homework.
    3. Pack a handkerchief or small cloth with a few drops of oil that you use in your diffuser for your child to take to school.
  • Most people know that an outcome of getting a massage is relaxing, but there has not been much physiological proof of the body’s enhanced immune response following massage until now.
    Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center reported that a single massage produced measurable changes in the immune system and endocrine system of healthy adults.

    The researchers, led by Dr. Mark Rapaport, studied 29 healthy adults who received a 45-minute Swedish massage and 24 healthy adults who had a 45-minute session of light touch massage, a much milder exercise that served as a comparison to the more vigorous Swedish massage. Blood samples were taken before the massage began and at regular intervals up to one hour after the massage was completed.

    The study found several changes in the blood tests of the Swedish massage group that indicated a benefit to the immune system. For example, Swedish massage caused considerable decreases in arginine vasopressin, a hormone that contributes to aggressive behavior, and small decreases in the stress hormone cortisol. The Swedish massage participants also had an increase in lymphocytes, cells that help the immune system defend the body from harmful substances.  

    So next time you seek out to pamper yourself, as part of a healthy lifestyle, you will know that a massage does not only feel good, it may be good for you as well.
  • There are different methods of getting alkaline water.
    You can get alkaline water by adding baking soda to the regular drinking water.
    Also, you can get alkaline water by adding alkaline drops or tables that are sold online and health food stores.  Be sure that any alkaline products you purchase are designed for consumption.
    There are also special filters and machines that you can buy to obtain alkaline water.