Wake Up Energized and Happy With Water

Looking to feel happy and alert in the morning and all day long? Grabbing that cup of coffee or your favorite caffeinated beverage is actually having the opposite effect in both sustained energy and hydration. Many people think that they can drink soda, coffee, or juice instead of water and get the same level of hydration. This is simply not true. You need a true fuel, water.

Tired? Cranky? Hungry? Stressed? Drink Water!

Brain Boost
The brain, a vital organ, is approximately 85 percent water. Brain function depends on having abundant access to water. When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity. Your brain does not have the ability to store water. When your body loses more water than you are replacing, dehydration will set in and brain function will be affected.

Moody Blues
Now, research from the University of Connecticut have found that keeping the brain completely hydrated is critical for its happy performance. In a crossover study, researchers documented the subjects’ moods and their cognitive function during and after exercise. The authors report that there were negative affects to vigor, fatigue, and mood after only mild dehydration, which equaled a 1.36 percent drop in body mass from water loss. A 2 percent drop in body mass from water loss is the “red flag” for full-blown dehydration.

Ever feel like this?
Some of the other mental symptoms of dehydration include brain fog, afternoon fatigue, focus issues, depression, anger, emotional instability, exhaustion, headaches, sleep issues, stress, and a lack of mental clarity. For the first time, this study shows that mood and concentration can be negatively impacted by a nearly insensible water loss. Simply drinking adequate amounts of water may help maintain mood and fight fatigue.

Get A Glass Now
According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult loses more than 80 ounces of water every day through sweating, breathing, and eliminating wastes. So be sure to keep yourself fully hydrated and functioning. Give yourself that extra glass of water when you are feeling a bit sluggish or even a little blue too. Keeping a glass handy may be all it takes to keep mood and concentration up. Leaving you feeling at your best and ready to take on the day.

The Top 10 Summer Myths Debunked

Does 15 SPF applied twice equal 30 SPF? Think flip-flops are feet friendly? Answers to all this and more. Here are 10 Summer Health Myths Debunked.

1. The Swim Shower: Never thought to rinse off before (and after) a swim? Think again. Make-up, sweat, deodorant, and the like lessens the effect of chlorine. Which in turn helps to breed nasty pathogens and bacteria causing rashes, illness and ear infections. Rinsing off with soap after a dip in the pool (public pools are the worst culprits) will help to decrease your chances of picking up any water bugs.

2. SPF Squared: Doubling up on SPF 15 does not constitute for SPF 30. And everyone should be wearing at least SPF 30 daily. Yes, everyone, daily. Make-up with SPF does not count. How much SPF? Which Type? New Sunscreen Labels as of June 2012 and more.

Flip Flops

You’ll want to pass on these unless they have some serious arch support.

3. Flip-flops: That’s what they are for your feet- a total flop. Lacking in much needed arch support and shock absorption. And do you ever feel your toes clenching up when wearing a pair? That is encouraging hammertoe growth! Wedges or strappy sandals provide much better alternatives.

4. Water Shortage: Do you only drink when you feel thirsty? Your body may actually be telling you signs of dehydration before you feel thirsty. Fatigue, headache, dizziness, and dry skin are just some of the many signs. And during the hot summer months, your body naturally loses more fluid, so you should be taking extra gulps of refreshing water.

5. Food Cooler: Foods that require refrigeration should be kept at or below 40 degrees. Leaving the picnic sandwiches out for more than two hours (or an hour if over 90 degrees) or the leftovers in the backseat is big no-no. Pack a cooler to keep your food and body safe.

6. Are Grilled Meats Bad?: It’s the charring one should avoid when it comes to grilling meats. That black layer may contain cancer-risk-increasing chemicals. To nix charring, cook at a lower temp to stop flare ups, and marinate with antioxidant-rich herbs.

7. The Summer Sun “tan”: That glorious bronze glow some people craze over is sun damage, pure and simple. Any overexposure to the sun (see story of trucker whom accumulated skin damage on left side of his face after 28 years on the road) lead to both short term and long term effects. Sunburn or not. And no, that sunburn will not fade into a tan. Contrary to many beliefs, tanning booths are not a healthier option. These beds emit UVA rays responsible for deep tissue damage.

8. Indoors/Outdoors: Does your nose get stuffy when you come inside or just as you step outside? Thought you were getting sick from all the back and forth? More than likely it’s the change in humidity and temperature or common allergens causing the reaction. In fact, the higher the humidity, the higher the allergen count.

9. 30 Minute Swim Rule: We’ve all heard the advice to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before swimming, but do we have to? You might be more tired from eating, but you are safe from cramping inhibiting your ability to swim and enjoy a fine summer day.

10. The Eyes Have It: The sun can do damage to more than your skin. Your eyes are subject to the harmful UV rays. Be sure your sunglasses filter out 100 percent of UV light and be sure to wear them regularly, especially around water, which can reflect a tremendous about of light to your eyes. Filtering of the UV is crucial. So much so that if your pair does not have this protection, you are actually dilating your pupils to accept more UV rays.

And now you are wiser and well on your way to having a safe, healthy and amazing summer.