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Why You Need To Stay Hydrated
 
 
We have been taught to drink eight glasses of water a day to prevent dehydration. But are eight glasses of water really what you need? We do know that about 50-60% of your body weight is water and that water is the flow of life within your body. Water helps regulate your body’s temperature, keeps tissues in your body moist but also helps to lubricate your joints and protects your spinal cord. Water helps to regulate your body’s internal temperature, preventing you from overheating while insulating you from the cold. It helps to
move vitamins and minerals to all your cells and plays a vital role in regulating blood pressure. Your body requires water to help you excrete waste through perspiration, urination and defecation. Even your liver uses water to cleanse and detoxify. Did you know that your saliva, which starts your digestion process, is made mostly of water and enzymes? Your body naturally loses water through breathing, sweating, digestion and elimination. Just how much water your body loses can increase or decrease depending on how much you sweat during exercise, outside temperature, internal temperature (fever) or loss of fluids through vomiting or diarrhea.

There is no hard and fast rule for how much water you should drink. Each person is different. You do get about 20% of your suggested water intake from food. If you are taking medications, have constipation, bowel disorders, liver disease, are exercising or in a warm environment, your water requirements will increase. If you are still not sure about your hydration levels, take a look at your urine. If it is pale yellow or clear, your hydration is most likely at a good range. If it is dark-yellow, you most likely are dehydrated. Have fun with your water and dress up the flavours naturally. Products such as Ener C Supplements are available in a variety of flavours. They taste good and provide much-needed electrolytes, vitamins and minerals to help keep you hydrated.
 
 
Keeping Cool This Summer
 
 
Keeping yourself hydrated seems rather straight forward, but your skin hydration is equally important. Watch for signs of dehydration and up your fluid intake before dehydration becomes dangerous. With your skin being the primary organ responsible for releasing water through perspiration, keeping it cool under the summer sun is an excellent way to reduce dehydration. Signs your internal system is dehydrated could be rough and flaking skin, flushing or redness, cracked skin or lips, and cold and clammy skin. Essential Oils are a great way to keep you cool and they can help to regulate your body temperature. Lavender Essential Oil is known for its calming effects on the mind, but it also has a cooling effect on the body. You can inhale a few drops or put a drop or two on the inside of your wrist and sniff the scent
to cool the fires within. You can also add the oil to your topical Aloe Vera gel for a refreshing, cooling lotion. Peppermint Essential Oil contains menthol, which has a powerful cooling effect and is partly why it is used to relieve inflamed muscles. A couple of drops applied to the bottom of your feet or the back of your neck provide a tingly cooling sensation. The smoky smell of Sandalwood Essential Oil has a cooling effect and is used in Ayurvedic medicine to cool from within. It is also used for excessive sweating. Try a dab under the arms on those hot days or smudge on your forehead. We came across this all natural “keep it cool” spray that is a handy spray to help nourish the skin, increase its hydration and keep you cool. It contains Aloe Vera Gel, which is moisturizing and quickly absorbs to lock in moisture. Witch Hazel has a light antiseptic effect that not only removes excess oil, it helps reduce those open pores and shrink skin blood vessels. The last ingredient is peppermint oil, which we mentioned above. To make your “cooling spray,” combine ¼ cup Aloe Vera gel with a ¼ cup of witch hazel and 3-5 drops of peppermint essential oil in a glass spray jar. Shake before use and use as needed. Keeping your spray in the fridge provides a stronger cooling effect. It is important to always test essential oils on a small area of skin before use to ensure there are no allergic reactions. Essential oils are not recommended for children under six years old unless well diluted.
 
 
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