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How much water should you drink? – Harvard

The key to staying hydrated is drinking fluids throughout the day

I have been writing about water and hydration since the early days of the blog. I will list at the end some links to previous posts.

Here is what Harvard has to say on the subject, “You probably know that it’s important to drink plenty of fluids when the temperatures soar outside. But staying hydrated is a daily necessity, no matter what the thermometer says. Unfortunately, many of us aren’t getting enough to drink, especially older adults. “Older people don’t sense thirst as much as they did when they were younger. And that could be a problem if they’re on a medication that may cause fluid loss, such as a diuretic,” says Dr. Julian Seifter, a kidney specialist and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Image: Female athlete drinking water

How we use water
Water keeps every system in the body functioning properly. The Harvard Special Health Report 6-Week Plan for Health Eating notes that water has many important jobs, such as: Continue reading

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Fitness Quiz – do’s and don’ts – Web MD

I am passing this along and recommending it for a couple of reasons. First, As a guy who doesn’t use a personal trainer, I have had injuries as a result of my do it yourself techniques. Second, I love that folks want to exercise to keep themselves healthy and fit. I hope some of the facts in this quiz will help you to avoid injuries in your pursuits. Nothing is worse than an injury you get exercising. It seems to me the bitterest irony.

WebMD offers this quiz which tests your Fitness IQ. Good luck!

Here are a couple of examples, to consider: By the way, WebMD also gives explanations for its answers.

No pain, no gain –  True or False?

Do your cardio exercises before your strength training – True or False?

Water is always better than sports drinks? – True or False?

You can target specific parts of your body to lose weight – True or False?

Good luck!


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Drinking from a Copper Cup—A Healthful Ayurvedic Tradition

I am reblogging this because I have found wonderful healthy solutions in Ayurvedic practices. I have never drunk out of a copper cup, but I am setting about getting one forthwith to try it.

It appears there are a lot of splendid health benefits to this practice. If you are familiar with it, please share your experience. I will probably blog subsequently on this after mine arrives from India.




One of the traditional recommendations of Ayurveda is to drink water from a copper cup. According to the ancient science, water stored in a copper vessel has the ability to balance all the three doshas (Vata, Kapha and Pitta). Ideally water should stay in the copper container for at least eight hours. Ayurveda recommends starting the morning by drinking room temperature water that has been stored in a copper vessel overnight.

Copper is a mineral essential to the healthy functioning of our body. It is required in most processes that occur in our body, from cell formation to aiding in the absorption of iron. However, our body cannot synthesize copper. We need to get it from outside sources. Only about 25% of the US population is getting adequate copper in their diet each day.

Before I delve into the benefits of copper, is important to point out that, as with…

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9 Quick Ways to Recharge Your Energy – Infographic

I love infographics because they get so much information across in so little time. In this one eat less; move more; live longer is demonstrated time and again: Eat for energy, exercise, get enough sleep, get fresh air….

9 Quick Ways To Get Your Energy Back When You

The only thing missing is Don’t smoke.

Here are a couple of links if  you decide you would like to read more on this:

How important is a good night’s sleep?

Important facts about your brain (and exercise benefits)


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You Need to Drink Enough Water

Statistics show that 25 percent of U.S. children to not drink enough water on a daily basis. Boys were more than 75 percent more likely to be inadequately hydrated than girls.

It’s important for your body to have plenty of fluids each day. Water helps you digest your food, absorb nutrients, and then get rid of the unused waste.



Your body is made up of more than half water which it needs for blood circulation, metabolism, temperature regulation, waste removal and detoxification.

With age, some people may lose their sense of thirst. To further complicate matters, some medicines might make it even more important to have plenty of fluids.BWGiUoi7gW1q9Jw4Ird0ZoBwEAoZeD-umk5caBAg1JSYg3Q5j75gW8F6CLMuAv5ZUsGiiBaMIRI_Om0VUVbvBy51CRKzHC0YrA_XkXpB1N0jmBLguKJebqVFoQ=w506-h529

Drinking enough fluids every day also is essential if you exercise regularly. Check with your doctor, however, if you’ve been told to limit how much you drink.

The National Institute on Health has the following hydration tips:

    •    Try to add liquids throughout the day.
    •    Take sips from a glass of water, milk, or juice between bites during meals.
    •    Have a cup of low-fat soup as an afternoon snack.
    •    Drink a full glass of water if you need to take a pill.
    •    Have a glass of water before you exercise or go outside to garden or walk, especially on a hot day.
    •    Remember, water is a good way to add fluids to your daily routine without adding calories.
    •    Drink fat-free or low-fat milk, or other drinks without added sugars.
    •    If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly and in moderation. That means up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks for men.
    •    Don’t stop drinking liquids if you have a urinary control problem. Talk with your doctor about treatment.




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Healthy Holiday Eating with Ayurveda

Over the past few years I have become more and more impressed with Ayurvedic medicine. I am less than a novice at it, but I was impressed with the common sense suggestions in this.

I hope you will be, too.





Source: Healthy Holiday Eating with Ayurveda

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10 Tips for Successful Weight Loss – Infographic

I never cease to be amazed at the information contained in these infographics.

This one has some great suggestions which echo what you have read here in a number of posts. Some of these take a little interpretation. Number 8 for example, says to pray the fat away, because people who are closer to God are more likely to be physically active. I buy the physically active part, you can handle the religious part any way you want. Eat less; move more; live longer – I believe that.

Number 9, however, I fully subscribe to. When I was taking off my 50 pounds in 52 weeks, I absolutely designated Sunday as my cheat day and indulged a bit. It helped to relieve the pressure of my diet and weight loss efforts from the prior six days.




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Emotional Guide to a Healthy Diet – Infographic

This would be one of those one picture is worth a thousand words posts.
Check out my Page – What’s Wrong with Soft Drinks? for more.



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10 Weight Loss Diet Tips – Infographic

None of these are shocking new information, but I think they combine well and maybe remind us of something we aren’t doing right now, or as often as is healthy.

I like the 80/20 rule a lot. Eat natural, unprocessed foods 80 percent of the time and your favorite processed treats 20 percent.




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A Dozen Super Hydrating Fruits and Veggies – Infographic

Everyone knows about drinking eight glasses of water a day, but they forget that we get a lot of water from fruits and veggies. This is another good reason for integrating fresh fruits and veggies into our daily diet.


I often eat fresh watermelon after a bike ride. Besides tasting wonderful, I have found it to be a super re-hydrator and energizer. To read more check out:

How Healthy is Watermelon?
Vita Mix – Drinking a Watermelon
Vita-Mix – Watermelon Sorbet Recipe
Watermelon Cooler – Guest Post Kelli Jennings


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Dehydration Damages Us – Infographic

I have written about hydration and the importance of water for our life and bodily functions. I thought this infographic put a lot of that info together in one place. I make it a point every morning to start with a glass of warm water. That seems so logical considering that I have taken in no water for the previous 7 to 8 hours.




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How Water Benefits Our Body – Infographic

I thought this was a good summary and reminder of how much our body needs water.


To read further details on the benefits of water check out my post: Are You Drinking Enough Water?



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What are the KEY Numbers to My Good Health? – Infographic

Regular readers are by now keenly aware that I love infographics. As an old journalist, I am knocked out by the amount of information they can convey in a very short space or period of time. I think your investing a minute or two to dig through this one will yield you some very useful facts for keeping your body in tiptop shape.

I love the little one in the corner that says, “300 is the amount of extra calories often consumed by those who don’t get a good night’s sleep.” That one alone was worth your visiting the blog today.

I hope you have a happy productive day!



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5 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning – Guest Post

This is a guest post by Daisy Rachel
A Passionate blogger. Daisy works on behalf of Ehic the European Health Insurance Card. Daisy is an avid reader and blogger, she shares her experience through articles on Health, Education, Technology, Yoga to name a few.

Daisy doing yoga

Daisy doing yoga


Habits can be defined as the things that we do every day. They can be positive or negative. Habits can easily be formed but sometimes not very easily broken. That is why it is advisable to form good habits to lead healthy productive lives. Healthy people have particular habits that they carry out each day. In this post, I enumerate five positive things that healthy people do every morning.
They drink water as soon as they wake up
· Drinking water is important because it re-hydrates your body, revvs it up, and keeps your body processes moving.
· Water also makes your skin smooth and aids digestion. Remember, that your body is 65% water and by the time you are feeling thirsty, you will have lost about 1 percent of water.
· To remain healthy, drink water immediately after coming out of bed.

They start their day positively

· If you set the tone of your morning by forgetting all your worries and thinking positively, you are likely to lead the rest of the day well.
· You can recite a positive verse or just sit somewhere still for 15 minutes as you meditate about your blessings.
· If you visualize a good day ahead then chances are that your day will be good.

They move their bodies

· It does not necessarily mean serious exercise but moving your body after waking up will awaken your systems. You can stretch, run, or do some yoga inside your house. These will produce amazing results.
· If you move your body the first thing in the morning, you will be relieving it of stress and clearing your mind for the day ahead. Thus, you will feel energized.
· Small exercises every morning will also fight off diseases such as blood pressure, obesity and cardiovascular diseases.
. Many healthy people will do yoga and meditation to control their body and mind.

They eat breakfast

· You should consume breakfast within one hour of waking up and ensure that it has it has 3 micro nutrients, carbohydrates, vitamins and fats
· According to nutritionists, eating breakfast is one of the healthiest decisions that you can make. If you eat breakfast in the morning, you consume a lot of minerals and essential vitamins.
· Eating breakfast in the morning also makes you feel happier and healthier. This contributes positively to your overall health. Prefer to take organic food as the breakfast.

They plan their day ahead

· Setting some time each morning to plan you day is very productive. Make sure that you list all the tasks in the order of priority. Remember that when a task is planned it becomes less stressful. Planning will also make your task more manageable.
· Planning will remove anxiety from your work so that you perform them in relaxed mood. When planning, ensure that you set some time for any other activity that might come up.
In brief, for you to start your day in a healthy manner you should eat breakfast, drink water, exercise, start the day positively, and plan your day. Nevertheless, sickness can rob you of energy in the morning. If that happens, it is important that you visit your medical care giver.

Above all, stay positive to lead a long healthy life.

Daisy Rachel

Clearly Daisy’s ideas fit with the eat less; move more mantra of this blog. Check out the infographic Why Drink Water First Thing in the Morning for more details.


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A Complete Guide to Drinking Water – Infographic

Water is probably the Cinderella of the nutrition world. Totally unappreciated. Most people don’t think twice about it. No calories, no fat, no problem, right? Wrong.


To read further, here are a couple of posts on the subject: Why Drink Water First Thing in the Morning? Dehydration Nation? How Much Water Do We Really Need? Oleda Baker – Drink Enough Water – Guest Post Remember, water is the main element in Watermelon: How Healthy is Watermelon? Vita Mix – Drinking a Watermelon, Dr Oz on Eating Watermelon More Good Reasons to Eat Watermelon – Infographic, Watermelon Cooler – Guest Post Kelli Jennings.


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Beginner’s Guide to Blue Mind

I have just come across the most amazing book. The title is Blue Mind. I first heard about it on the Weather Channel one morning. They were talking about the importance of water in our lives. As I have posted repeatedly on the importance of hydration especially during exercise, my ears perked up. However, much to my surprise, they were talking about the effect of, not drinking water, but being near, in, on or under water has on our well-being. How about that?

The cover of Blue Mind states that being connected to water in any of the above ways, “Can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do.”

On a personal note, I live on the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago and for the past seven years have shared daily a stunning view of the Lake with my myriad neighbors. I love it and have felt heartened by it every day, but I thought that was just me. I guessed I was a ‘water guy’ or some such creature.

This is the view I have of Lake Michigan from my living room.

This is the view I have of Lake Michigan from my living room.

UnknownBlue Mind says otherwise. It appears I am not alone in my love of the water. “Blue Mind is a fascinating study of the emotional, behavioral, psychological and physical connections that keep humans so enchanted with water…you’ll read it once and then come back to it time and again…” according to the Washington Post.

The book is the result of more than a decade of research, combining cutting edge neuroscience , evolutionary psychology, human biology and ecosystem analysis with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans and gifted artists.

The author, Wallace J. Nichols, is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences and founder of OceanRevolution.org. His work has been broadcast on NPR, PBS and National Geographic as well as being featured in top magazines, including Scientific American.

A press release includes the following elements:

– How proximity to water prompts our brains to release cascades of feel-good chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin.

– How even a picture of water can have incredible calming and healing effects on those suffering from disease

– How our brain maps have conditioned us to prefer the color blue

– The evolutionary origins of our seemingly irrational preference for water views, (globally, water and water views impart a trillion-dollar premium on real estate). Location, location, location.

– How being near water actually increases our generosity and compassion.

As you may have inferred, my contact with the book has been limited to just a few chapters so far, but I am fascinated by what I am reading.

Just for fun ...

Just for fun …

At the risk of giving you a speculative recommendation, I would like to suggest that you invest in a copy and find out for yourself about what amounts to a whole new aspect of existence for many of us.

Here is a link to the Amazon listing for the book.



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