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Take a Cold Shower & Improve Your Health this Summer

 

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It’s the summer and what better way to beat the heat this season than by replacing your scolding hot showers with a cold one? But lowering your water temperature can do far more than just cut utility costs and cool you down—there are an enormous amount of other benefits that can help you improve your overall health.

Helps With Blood Circulation

If your blood does not properly circulate throughout your veins and arteries, your tissues and organs will not be able to absorb the necessary amount of oxygen and nutrients. As an end result, you can get high blood pressure, ugly varicose veins in your legs, puffy bags under the eyes and heart disease—one of the leading causes for death among Americans. While there several different ways to improve circulation throughout your body such as via exercising, experts say that hydrotherapy (switching from warm water to cold water midway through your shower) can actually do the trick as well. This is because warm water makes the blood come to the surface, while cold water makes the blood shift to your tissue and organs. Cold water can also help with inflammation.

Flushes out Toxins

Cold water can also help you fight against contracting certain illnesses and viruses in more ways than one. The first is the fact that cold water encourages your muscles to contract—this alone (with the added addition of improved circulation) helps flush out unwanted toxins that make you sick. But according to some experts, cold showers can also help your body build virus-fighting white blood cells. This is because cold water forces your body to go into “shock”—this in turn causes your immune system to work in over drive as it attempts to warm back up

Fights Mental Disorders

Some experts also say that not only can cold showers help boost your body’s defenses and help with circulation, but it can also help prevent depression. This is because according to research, cold water helps stimulate natural endorphins (chemical that make you happy) and helps activate a part of the brain that produces norepinephrine (sometimes referred to as noradrenaline) – an ingredient found in most anti-depression medication.

Gives Skin and Hair a Healthy Glow/Shine

Cold water can even help you improve acne prone skin and make your hair glossy. The reason is simple—cold water closes your pores and seals hair cuticles so that dirt and dull-causing agents cannot seep into your skin or hair. Do note that you should in fact use warm water to open your pores to first remove dirt and oil, but then splash cold water on your face and hair to seal your pores and cuticles back up.

Boosts Energy

As you may have guessed, cold showers can also help you shake off any lethargy and is the perfect solution if you are ever dragging your feet in the morning. This is because the same cold shock that helps your body wash away toxins also sets your nervous central system to ignite and make your heart race—this feeling will perk you up in a moment’s notice and unlike when drinking a cup of coffee, the feeling is not short lived.

 

 

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Water and Weight Loss

Water_weightLOSSSome people trying to control their weight drink bottles of diet sodas
each day. Often these beverages contain caffeine, which is a diuretic
causing the body to excrete water. In fact the net result may be
dehydration. So if you are a heavy diet-soda drinker, and you
recognise these symptoms of dehyration, you may be able to improve
your health by simply drinking 6 to 8 glasses of pure, fresh water a day!

1. Headache.
The most common symptom is headaches. A major function of water is to
flush toxins from the body. Your brain is 75% water, so even being
slightly dehydrated can cause headaches.

2. Poor concentration/fatigue.
If you body can’t get rid of the toxins it will struggle and you will
feel less energetic as your body diverts energy to deal with the toxins.

3. Constipation.
Your body will divert water to more essential functions and as a
result your stools will be harder and more difficult to expel.

4. Reduced urine output or dark urine.
Did you know that up to 200 litres of water is passed through your
kidneys daily? Without a fresh supply of water for the kidneys to
filter waste products out of the blood, your urine will become darker.

5. Furry tongue or bad breath.
If you don’t have enough water passing through the mouth to wash away
food particles, bacteria can proliferate and result in that furry
feeling or bad breath.

6. Skin.
Your skin should feel elastic. When you pinch the skin on the back of
your hand it should snap back instantly.
 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER AND HUMAN HEALTH

Drinking-Water“I’m dying of thirst!”

Well. We just might. It sounds so simple. H20. Two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen. But this element, better known as water, is the most essential, next to air, to our survival. Water truly is everywhere, still most take it for granted.

Water makes up more than two thirds of the weight of the human body, and without it, humans would die in a few days. The human brain is made up of 95% water, blood is 82% and lungs 90%. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on smaller print, such as a computer screen. (Are you having trouble reading this? Drink up!) Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. An estimated seventy-five percent of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration. Pretty scary statistic for a developed country, where water is readily available through the tap or bottle.

Water is important to the mechanics of the human body. The body cannot work without it, just as a car cannot run without gas and oil. In fact, all the cell and organ functions made up in our entire anatomy and physiology depend on water for their functioning.

  • Water serves as a lubricant
  • Water forms the base for saliva
  • Water forms the fluids that surround the joints.
  • Water regulates the body temperature, as the cooling and heating is distributed through perspiration.
  • Water helps to alleviate constipation by moving food through the intestinal tract and thereby eliminating waste- the best detox agent.
  • Regulates metabolism

In addition to the daily maintenance of our bodies, water also plays a key role in the prevention of disease. Drinking eight glasses of water daily can decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50% and it can potentially even reduce the risk of breast cancer. And those are just a few examples! As you follow other links on our website, you can read more in depth about how water can aid in the prevention and cure of many types of diseases, ailments and disorders that affect the many systems of our bodies.

Since water is such an important component to our physiology, it would make sense that the quality of the water should be just as important as the quantity. Drinking water should always be clean and free of contaminants to ensure proper health and wellness.

According to recent news and reports, most tap and well water in the U.S. are not safe for drinking due to heavy industrial and environmental pollution. Toxic bacteria, chemicals and heavy metals routinely penetrate and pollute our natural water sources making people sick while exposing them to long term health consequences such as liver damage, cancer and other serious conditions. We have reached the point where all sources of our drinking water, including municipal water systems, wells, lakes, rivers, and even glaciers, contain some level of contamination. Even some brands of bottled water have been found to contain high levels of contaminants in addition to plastics chemical leaching from the bottle.

A good water filtration system installed in your home is the only way to proactively monitor and ensure the quality and safety of your drinking water. Reverse osmosis water purification systems can remove 90-99% of all contaminants from city and well water to deliver healthy drinking water for you and your family.

 

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The Health Benefits of Distilled Water

The Importance of Pure Water:

Only oxygen is more essential than water in sustaining the life of all living organisms. Human beings can live for several weeks without food, but only a few days without water. The quality of your tissues, their performance, and their resistance to disease and injury are linked to the quality and quantity of water you drink. Experts agree that in order to maintain optimum health one needs to drink 8-10 glasses of water per day. The daily cleansing of wastes from each cell, the flushing of the alimentary canal and the purifying of the blood are all dependent on our water consumption.

The Present Condition of Water:

Most people get their water from the household tap. This water originates from lakes, rivers, streams, and underground sources. The majority of water goes through a cleaning system at a local water treatment plant. However, many harmful pollutants and water borne diseases are present in the finished treated water

Fifty percent of the US population uses water that, in part, is made up of recently discharged wastewater. And like the treatments for drinking water, wastewater treatments do not remove many of the toxic substances. Prevention Magazine

According to scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), it has been estimated that between 60 to 80 percent of all cancer is caused by chemicals in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. The NCI expressed concern over 20 years ago that increases in carcinogens in water and our inability to remove them could result in serious exposure of the general population.

What is distilled water?

Distilled water is water which has been heated to the boiling point so that impurities are separated from the water which itself becomes vapor or steam. It is then condensed back into pure liquid form. The impurities remain in the residue which is simply thrown away. Distilled water contains no solids, minerals or trace elements, and has no taste. Distillation removes the debris, bacteria, and other contaminants.

Distilled Water and Your Health:

“Do I need to tell you why drinking plenty of good quality water is as essential to health as eating properly? In a nutshell: one of the main activities of the body’s self-healing system is filtration of the blood, a job performed mostly by the kidneys which a little help from the mechanism of perspiration. Kidneys are such efficient, compact and miraculous filters that they put to shame the dialysis machines used the maintain the patients with renal failure. T he heart, blood, and kidneys are a single functional unit the constantly cleanses and purifies itself, removing all the toxic wastes of metabolism and the breakdown products of harmful substances that get onto our bodies one way or another. This purification system can operate efficiently only if the volume of water flowing through it is sufficient to carry away the waste. Further, as good quality steam distilled water enters the body, it has the ability to pick-up mineral deposits accumulated in cells, joints, artery walls, or wherever such deposits occur and begin to carry them out. Gallstones and kidney stores then decrease, and it also lessens arthritic pain as joints become more supple and movable.” Dr. Andrew Weil, Natural Health, Natural Medicine

What about minerals?

There are two forms of minerals, organic and inorganic. Inorganic minerals refers to non-vegetable or non-animal matter, i.e. not living. This includes carbonate and lime compounds, calcium, iron and magnesium. Because these components are non-living, our bodies can no make use of these minerals and our cells reject them. The result of ingesting these minerals is an accumulation of debris in our bodies. Organic minerals living and are found in vegetables, fruit, seeds, grains, meats, and nuts. These are easily assimilated by our cells and are essential for good health. If your rely on water as the source of your required minerals, you are sadly lacking. T he minerals in water are inorganic, and the body cannot make use of them. The body continually assimilates the much needed minerals from the food we eat.

Does distilled water rob the body of essential minerals?

No, this is physiologically impossible. Some have been lead to believe that because distilled water is so pure, it will leach healthy minerals and trace elements from the body. In our bodies distilled water cleans out our impurities and replenishes the essential nutrient required for human life: pure, clean, healthy water. Our cells use the organic minerals for body growth and maintenance; however, the impurities that the body cannot make us of are flushed out with distilled water. Distilled water flushes out all the inorganic minerals and pollutants which would otherwise be retained in the body and accumulate in vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, and intestines. These minerals and pollutants are gradually increased by drinking impure water. A continuous or prolonged exposure to these minerals and pollutants may cause carcinogens to form within tissues. The cancer may only manifest itself months, years or even decades after such contacts have ceased. And often the causative agents may have totally disappeared from the tissues.

Distilled Water and Disease:

It has become apparent that pollution and contamination exist within our drinking water. With the amount of sewage dumped into drinking water sources, many water borne diseases are present in the so-called “treated” drinking water. This leaves our bodies vulnerable to infection and disease.

The viruses of major concern in relation to drinking water are those of intestinal origin, excreted by infected animals or humans, which reach water sources by way of the soils unlimited potential for serious disease and contamination of the human body. Canadian Nutrition Guide

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Why drink water? 7 health shockers that will make you grab your water bottle

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.

As a runner, I’ve always been an avid water drinker. And because I’m a dietitian and nutrition editor, I typically choose to hydrate with water (it’s calorie-free!) over other beverages like sweetened tea, soda or sports drinks, which can pack a hefty calorie and sugar punch. (That said, there is a time and place when nonwater drinks are worthy choices.

Still, I was surprised to learn just how essential water is for so many body processes. Here—as Rachael Moeller Gorman reported in EatingWell Magazine’s July/August issue—you can see what water does for your body, from your head to your toes.

1. Brain 
Staying hydrated keeps your memory sharp, your mood stable and your motivation intact. When you’re well-hydrated, you can also think through a problem more easily. Researchers hypothesize that not having enough water could reduce oxygen flow to the brain or temporarily shrink neurons—or being thirsty could simply distract you.

2. Mouth 
Water keeps your throat and lips moist and prevents your mouth from feeling dry. Dry mouth can cause bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste—and can even promote cavities.

3. Heart 
Dehydration lowers your blood volume, so your heart must work harder to pump the reduced amount of blood and get enough oxygen to your cells, which makes everyday activities like walking up stairs—as well as exercise—more difficult.

4. Bloodstream 
Your body releases heat by expanding blood vessels close to the skin’s surface (this is why your face gets red during exercise), resulting in more blood flow and more heat dissipated into the air. When you’re dehydrated, however, it takes a higher environmental temperature to trigger blood vessels to widen, so you stay hotter.

5. Limbs 
When you’re well hydrated, the water inside and outside the cells of contracting muscles provides adequate nutrients and removes waste efficiently so you perform better. Water is also important for lubricating joints. Contrary to popular belief, muscle cramps do not appear to be related to dehydration, but, instead, to muscle fatigue, according to Sam Cheuvront, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist for the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.

6. Skin 
When a person is severely dehydrated, skin is less elastic. This is different than dry skin, which is usually the result of soap, hot water and exposure to dry air. And, no, unfortunately, drinking lots of water won’t prevent wrinkles.

7. Kidneys 
Your kidneys need water to filter waste from the blood and excrete it in urine. Keeping hydrated may also help prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stones. If you are severely dehydrated, your kidneys may stop working, causing toxins to build up in your body.

So now that you’ve read the total body benefits of drinking water, how much water do you actually need?

It isn’t eight 8-ounce glasses each day. The Institute of Medicine says adult men need about 13 cups (3 liters) per day of fluid; adult women need about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of fluid. (You get about an additional 2 1/2 cups of fluid from foods.)

“But one size doesn’t fit all,” says Leslie Bonci, R.D., C.S.S.D., director of sports nutrition at the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and dietitian for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Your size and activity level affect your fluid requirements. Simply put, the larger and more active you are, the more you’ll need.

“The easiest thing that anybody could do on a daily basis is monitor their urine color,” says Douglas Casa, Ph.D., A.T.C., who studies hydration at the University of Connecticut. “Lighter urine color—like lemonade—means you’re generally well-hydrated. If it’s darker, like apple juice, you are most likely dehydrated.”

How much water do you drink every day?

Watch this video to learn how much water YOU should drink a day based upon your weight and activity level
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