The body is primarily made up of water. It needs the substance in ample amounts to function well. When we are not able to consume enough liquid, we begin to suffer symptoms of dehydration like the ones mentioned below:
Our delicate brains are protected by a fluid sac. This prevents it from rubbing against the walls of the skull. When we are dangerously low on water, the sac gets depleted and the organ gets into contact with the walls resulting in massive headaches. Whenever you feel this symptom, consume a few glasses of water and see if you’ll feel better.
Our muscles get the energy they need through the influx from nutrients from the bloodstream. Dehydration slows down circulation so energy levels are not as good as they should be. The body tries to compensate by sending signals to the brain that it is hungry and craving for more food. This could be anything that comes to mind but it usually leads to a sweet craving since they usually provide a quick energy boost. The problem is that sweet foods can make dehydration worse by making the body secrete more fluids. An excess could also lead to weight gain.
Athletes are careful about avoiding dehydration as it has been shown that even a small amount can adversely reduce their performance potential and lead to muscle cramps. It is a delicate balancing act since going overboard can be equally dangerous. Water helps to regulate the electrolyte levels in the body. Drinking to thirst is a good rule of thumb.
You can tell if a person is chronically dehydrated by the state of their skin. People who do not consume enough water everyday tend to have dry flaky skin. This could be a problem in hot weather as it might be easy to get dermal irritation. It will also be harder to keep cool since there is less fluid available to generate sweat for evaporative cooling. Drink a lot and drink often to avoid all of these symptoms of dehydration.
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Engaging in regular physical activity is important for various reasons. Studies have shown that people who fail to become active on a regular basis have a higher probability of becoming diabetic, developing cardiovascular disease, and evening dying. How can you avoid an early death due to being sedentary? There are many ways to accomplish this goal, even if your job requires you to sit down for a majority of the day. Here are some tips for sitting less and moving your body more to promote good health:
Walk during appointments
You may feel silly at first, but after you have walked during appointments at work a few times, you will realize how great it can be. The clients or business partners with whom you have appointments with might find your walking strange, but if you quickly explain why you choose to move during your appointment, most people will understand.
Take regular breaks
If your job keeps you tied to your desk all day, you can still figure out a plan to move regularly. By getting up from your desk every hour for five or ten minutes, you can get your blood flowing and your heart pumping, preventing yourself from dying early.
Use your lunch break to walk
If you are entitled to a hour-long lunch break each day, then that gives you ample time to eat a quick bite and and then utilize the rest of your time in order to get moving. If the weather is nice outside, you can choose to walk around the building, in the parking lot or on a walking trail, if one is nearby.
Place exercise equipment inside of your office
If your office is large enough to accommodate it, you might want to place one or two pieces of exercise equipment in it. There are plenty of tasks that you can do while walking on a treadmill, depending on your job. At the very least, you could invest in a piece of equipment that enables you to exercise your legs under your desk while working.
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Welcome To A Healthy 2014!
In order to kick this year off on a healthy foot — so to speak — we are encouraging everyone to take extra strides this year in keeping themselves healthy, fit, and nutrition-conscious. Starting off the year right can give you the power boost you need to stick to your healthy resolutions and continue them throughout the new year.
We know, it can be hard to stick to that New Year’s Resolution, with as many as 90% of those who make a resolution failing to keep it for the entire year. There is one way to help yourself stick to your goals throughout the year, simply set a goal for yourself later in the year, that you can work towards in the meantime. That goal will help you to keep your eyes forward, instead of in-place, and will keep you powering on until that goal arrives.
This year’s suggested goal: is the New Jersey State Triathlon.
The New Jersey State Triathlon 2014
This years triathlon has been announced, and makes the perfect goal for those that want to concentrate on their health in the new year. This event — taking place on the dates of 7.19.14 & 7.20.14, is the perfect goal for you to strive toward. This is not an iron-man race, where only the toughest of athletes survive, there include options for walking the course, and is more about getting together for a healthy exercise, than about competition.
Preparing for this summer triathlon will help you to keep small goals throughout the spring as you train for the event. Every little baby step you take brings you closer to your event goal, and you are reaping the health benefits every day that you train for the event.
Find A Healthy You In 2014
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