Water- a sea of benefits

Water- a sea of benefits
Water gets rid of waste, regulates body temperature, provides cushioning for joints, and can protect sensitive tissue—along with a sea of other benefits. But are you a fish out of water when it comes to hydration? 

How much water should you drink?

If you just google the answer most sites will tell you around 64 ounces; however, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicines, you should be drinking a little more. Adequate Intake for women over the age of 19 is 95 ounces and for men it is 131 ounces. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces every day. So if you weigh 200 pounds, drink 100 ounces! When in doubt- drink up! Your body will definitely be "thirsty" before you are dehydrated! 

Why is it important to drink water?

Water is essential for your cells, tissues, and organs to function! 
  • Water eliminates waste from the body
  • Water keeps your brain functioning at its best
  • Water increases endurance
  • Water regulates your body temperature
  • Water protects your spine and keeps your joints running smoothly
It is especially important that you stay hydrated when working out or during summer- hello 85 degrees and sweat! The more you sweat, the more you have to replenish your supply! 

A few tips to drink more?

  1.  get a water bottle you love! For me this means it has to fit in the cupholder in my car and it has to be glass so I can add my Essential Oils, which brings me to number 2
  2.  Add flavor! Essential Oils have tons of benefits and one just happens to be how Yummy they make my water. Just grab a couple drops of Orange or Lemon Vitality, throw in some sprig of mint and Viola! It's a summer dream!
  3.  Drink a glass before every meal 
  4.  Skip sugary beverages, fluid doesn't always mean HYDRATING, and one more thing... skip some of the caffeine, it has the opposite effect - dehydration!
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Getting to know: Hormones!

Getting to know: Hormones!
Do you want to feel more like yourself and be the best version of you? 
Are you a woman? Or do you know one? 
Are you stressed? Tired? 
Struggling to maintain a healthy weight, or experiencing hot or cold spells, occasional anxiousness, or fatigue. 
Struggling with low libido? 
All of these are signs of your endocrine system being out of balance. 
Endocrine system is a collection of glands that produces hormones in our body.
Hormones regulate our:
- thyroid
- metabolism
- tissue function
- growth and repair
- libido
- reproduction 
- sleep 
- mood and emotions
- immune system
- mood ...just a few to mention.
🌱Hormones tell our body what to do and when to do it, they transfer information from one cell to another.
🌸Healthy endocrine system = happy hormones
🌸Unhealthy endocrine system = causes imbalanced hormones

As women, we often associate hormones with certain stages in our lives, such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. The truth is that our hormones influence the health of our bodies, minds, & emotions every single day regardless of what “stage” we are in. 
Your body is constantly working on the difficult task of keeping your system in balance. Stress, poor diet and food choices, inadequate sleep, synthetic hormones, genetic factors, and less active lifestyles can all throw hormones out of whack and create health problems. 

We all strive to feel rested, have moisturized skin, and maintain a healthy weight, hair, and bowel functions. There are many reasons that your health may fall below the wellness line. Take action now to support your body systems so you can continue to live your best and healthiest life. 

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Airing Your {dirty} Laundry

Airing Your {dirty} Laundry
Did you know that conventional laundry soap is a leading cause of skin allergies and irritation - especially in children? We don’t often think about it, but the residues left on clothes and linens from conventional cleaners sit on our skin, often causing low-level irritation. Not to mention the chemical load that leaves over time! Even the ‘green’ options may contain hidden sulfates, dyes and fragrance, among other things! 

The simplest way to get the job done—check the labels. Even those "green" or "sensitive" laundry soaps sneak unwelcome ingredients into their formulas. Yuck! Just because it’s “free and clear” and you don’t smell fragrances, there can still be many.

Fragrances added to laundry detergents and fabric softeners, may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one- third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance.” 

Here is a video with more info about that "f word". 

Once you have stopped using your old laundry detergent for even a month and you go back and try to breathe that stuff or anything that’s been washed in it, you will thank me. Seriously, once I stopped using the detergent I THOUGHT was clean and started using a truly natural product, when I get a whiff of the other stuff I immediately get a reaction.

Even though it was hard to break away from the detergent I had used for years, I knew that switching to Thieves Laundry Soap was right for me. Ask yourself, “isn't my health & my family worth at least TRYING this out for a little while?” I know you can make the commitment.

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