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Saturday, February 19, 2011

GOOD HEALTH IS YOURS FOR THE ASKING !

When it comes to having good health why is that some people are just that better off than others , with a glow on their faces and virtually a reservoir of never ending energy , whereas there are others who are left drained out by the end of the day !

Some people attribute this entirely to one's genes, whereas this is not entirely correct since the fact of the matter is that health is also a life style issue wherein one has to take a close look at their eating habits , their exercise regimen , and the stress levels that they are continuously subjected to over a period of time .

When it comes to eating habits , make sure you drink a lot of milk, eat lot of green leafy vegetables , eat lots of fresh and seasonal fruits , and have an appropriate and balanced diet with a strict vigil on your fatty intake , and most importantly at best avoid to the extent possible , your intake of so called junk and fast foods which can wrought havoc on your health.

That said in one breath , the next thing which one needs to be careful about is getting enough fresh air , sunlight as well as exercise to keep the body fit and toned up.

Yet another crucial aspect of maintaining body health is making sure you know how to unwind and relax irrespective of the stress levels you may be going through , since stress is one of the greatest killers , leading up to various diseases , if stress levels are not released over a period of time .

Learn therefore to RELAX no matter how tough the going gets , since once you are at peace with yourself and your surroundings , you stay happy and avoid stress situations , which is in fact very good for your health !!

I'll just say it in my own way : " DON ' T WORRY , BE HAPPY !!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

DRINKING WATER FOR GOOD HEALTH !

Your body is estimated to be about 60 to 70 percent water. Blood is mostly water, and your muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs.

You lose water through urination, respiration, and by sweating. If you are very active, you lose more water than if you are sedentary. Diuretics such as caffeine pills and alcohol result in the need to drink more water because they trick your body into thinking you have more water than we need.

Symptoms of mild dehydration include chronic pains in joints and muscles,lower back pain, headaches and constipation. A strong odor to your urine, along with a yellow or amber color indicates that you may not be getting enough water. Note that riboflavin, a B Vitamin, will make your urine bright yellow. Thirst is an obvious sign of dehydration and in fact, you need water long before you feel thirsty.

A good estimate is to take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half. That gives you the number of ounces of water per day that you need to drink. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink at least 80 ounces of water per day. If you exercise you should drink another eight ounce glass of water for every 20 minutes you are active. If you drink alcohol, you should drink at least an equal amount of water. When you are traveling on an airplane, it is good to drink eight ounces of water for every hour you are on board the plane. If you live in an arid climate, you should add another two servings per day. As you can see, your daily need for water can add up to quite a lot.

Twenty percent of your water need will come from the foods you eat. The rest of your water need should come from the beverages you drink. Water is the best choice. Sodas have a lot of sugar in them, so if you drink sodas, you may take in more calories than you need. Herbal teas that aren't diuretic are fine. Sports drinks contain electrolytes and may be beneficial, just look out for added sugar and calories that you don't need. Juices are good because they have vitamins and nutrients.

Caffeinated beverages will also add to your daily water need. Even though caffeine is a diuretic, if you regularly consume caffeine, your body will regulate itself to that diuretic effect.

It may be difficult to drink enough water on a busy day. Be sure you have water handy at all times by keeping a bottle for water with you when you are working, traveling, or exercising. If you get bored with plain water, add a bit of lemon or lime for a touch of flavor. There are some brands of flavored water available, but watch for extra calories.
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