February is American Heart Month – and the message coming through this year is a strong wake-up call to the fact that not only do an estimated 630,000 Americans die of heart-related diseases annually, they can be afflicted at any stage and any age in their lives!
It’s the perfect time therefore, to learn about your own risks for heart disease, and the steps you need to take to make sure you’re not another victim of this leading cause of fatalities in the country.
We’re particularly interested in telling our readers about something they may not have considered before: how hydration is a key factor in maintaining heart health.
So, here are the facts:
# 1: Dehydration Exhausts The Heart
When your body is not getting proper hydration, your blood volume lowers and thickens as blood consists mostly of water. And when blood volume drops, your vessels tighten and heart rate increases to compensate for that drop – which isn’t good news for optimal functioning of the organ.
# 2: Dehydration Increases Risks Of Stroke
Stroke is caused by the lack of optimal blood reaching the brain, and when you consider how lack of hydration lowers blood volume from the above point, the connection is pretty obvious.
# 3: Dehydration Increases Chances Of Fatal Coronary Heart Disease
The connection between dehydration and coronary heart disease (CHD) was proven in a study that found this astounding fact: sufficient hydration reduces risk of CHD by 59% in women and 46% in men. What’s more, it you drink just five glasses of more water per day, it can make a huge difference!
What Can You Do?
Those most at risk for dehydration are the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, children and athletes. But dehydration can strike anytime and during any season, without you even knowing you are dehydrated.
This is why a regular regimen for hydration has to become a part of your daily lifestyle.
Read our article on how to stay hydrated round the year by clicking HERE, HERE and HERE.
At a glance though, here are some quick facts you can scan through on this page to get some necessary facts:
• Women need about 11 cups (91 ounces) of total daily fluid intake (which includes healthy beverages and water-containing foods).
• Men need about 15.5 cups (125 ounces) total daily fluid intake (which includes healthy beverages and water-containing foods).
• Drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day is acceptable if 25 % of daily fluid intake is coming from food and other drinks.
• Among water-rich vegetables that you can add to your diet are: lettuce (96%), celery (95%), bok choy (95%), radish (95%), cucumber (95%), zucchini (95%), tomato (95%), green bell pepper (94%) and asparagus (93%) and cabbage (92%).
• Meat naturally contains about 75% water but can vary depending on the cut. Remember also that meats lose water content in the cooking process.
• When choosing fruits, look for water-rich ones such as watermelon (92%), strawberries (90%), grapefruit (90%), cantaloupe (90%), pineapple (87%), oranges (87%) and raspberries (85%).
• Beverages like coffee and soda may increase your daily water intake, but their caffeine content also acts as a diuretic, which means you can end up losing more fluids too. Keep that in mind when you think of them as a source of hydration.
• Meat naturally contains about 75% water but can vary depending on the cut. Remember also that meats lose water content in the cooking process.
• Increase your fluid intake if you are an athlete or exercise frequently, as you’ll lose more water than others with more sedentary lifestyles through exertion and sweat.
• Hot weather calls for more fluids, but dehydration can occur in winter months too.
• Women who are either pregnant or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated.
• IV therapy is a quick and easy way to increase hydration in the body. This is an extremely efficient system as none of the essential components, like minerals and nutrients, are lost in the digestion process and your body enjoys full benefits from the transmissions.
Click HERE to know more about IV therapy options to counter dehydration.
It’s no secret that we women carry our lives in our handbags. Riffle through any woman’s handbag, and the contents in there will tell you a short, succinct story of who she really is.
In this article, we’re very interested to know what’s in yours – but not because we’re inquisitive about the kind of lipstick you buy or the perfume you wear. We just want to make sure you’re kitted out with all the tiny lifesavers that can keep you healthy through the cold, winter months.
So here goes:
# 1: Hand Sanitizers
It’s flu season folks, and germs are festering everywhere. Whatever you touch, like a door handle or an innocent-looking office file, could be contaminated with sick-making germs, and a small bottle of hand sanitizer could stand between you and being laid up for the next 7-10 days with high temperatures, cough and cold.
Just, remember to use it!
# 2: Lip Balm
Lip balms or chapstick, as millions of women will tell you, is more than just a hydrating, soothing, emollient-rich beauty picker-upper. It’s a lifesaver, a mood enhancer, and a best friend they couldn’t imagine stepping out of the house without.
This co-dependency has reached such gigantic proportions that a debate rages on about lip balm’s so-called “addictive” properties. Experts, however, have discounted this theory, citing an `emotional’ factor that has many women forming an attachment to the tube.
Even if you don’t use them regularly, lip balms can literally save your day during winter months if you suddenly find your lips are preparing to dry out and flake (and you know that deeply uncomfortable feeling!).
# 3: Lotion Facial Tissues
If you have a runny nose this winter, stop using whatever tissue is close at hand. Ordinary tissues create painful friction with the skin after repeated use, and before you know it, your nose is red and scratched, making further wiping a painful process.
Switch to soft, facial tissues with lotion that lock in the moisture and save your nose from damage. Brands like Puffs and Kleenex (the ones with lotion and aloe) first come to mind…
# 4: Zinc Lozenges
Zinc is a mineral that keeps the immune system strong, during winter months. In fact, some studies have found that zinc lozenges may reduce the duration of cold, perhaps by as much as 50%, and may reduce the number of upper respiratory infections, particularly in children.
# 5: Echinacea Capsules
Echinacea, a health-promoting herb which was used by Native American tribes, stimulates the immune system and gives you the power you need to fight flus and colds. Research shows it increases the number of white blood cells in the body, which fight infections.
# 6: Nose Masks
No, they don’t look cool. But if you’re in a crowded space, like a bus, train or airplane cabin, this fabric barrier can give you some protection from people coughing and sneezing into the air you’re directly breathing. And they’re so small, you can stuff them into a handbag pocket and forget about them – until you actually need one.
# 7: A Bottle Of Water
Keep a small bottle of water in your handbag at all times. We cannot stress enough on the importance of staying hydrated to fight germs and infections in winter.
Do you find it hard to transition from the holidays into the New Year without missing a beat?
If you do, you’re not alone.
Post-Holiday depression is a pretty common phenomenon during the tail-end of December in the United States. We all know the festivities are now drawing to a close, the lights and decorations will come down, and our emotions, which had been stretched like an elastic band during the excitement of the holidays, will soon snap back – with a vicious sting!
Back to normallife. Back to contemplating how we’re going to make the coming year better than the last one. What we’re going to do to improve yourselves, our circumstances, our lives.
Let’s face it. New Year resolutions are fun to think about, but pretty hard to act on sometimes. Which is why 80% of them fail by mid-February.
In fact, Strava, a social network for athletes that has analyzed over 31.5 million pieces of data on this has even predicted the day when the first cracks in our New Year resolutions begin to show: January 12.
Just 12 days into the year, we set ourselves up for failure.
Lack of planning mostly.
Ideas will remain just ideas unless you have a timetable of concrete actions to materialize them.
In this article, we’re going to help 55% of adult Americans who make New Year resolutions to live healthier, look better and feel great (according to the Personality & Psychology Bulletin) by itemizing an actionable plan that doesn’t weaken in less than 2 weeks and finally fall apart by mid-February.
# 1: Make A Vision Board With “Good Food” Inspirations
You will probably buy a shopping cart-full of salad ingredients in the beginning of the year because you have resolved to eat healthy. But if you don’t actually enjoy leafy greens, those packets of spinach and kale will just rot in the fridge, and all you’ll have done is waste money on food you somehow “forgot” to eat. (You know exactlywhat we mean.)
Romanticize the right kind of foods instead.
Create a vision board with pictures of wonderfully healthy foods. Display it in your kitchen, so whenever you’re about to prepare your breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can see just how tasty the cherry tomato looks. Or how mouthwateringly crunchy that caesar salad appears with just a tiny dollop of fat-free dressing. Or a nutty, tasty quinoa salad.
# 2: Plus The Good Foods – Don’t Minus The Bad Ones!
Concentrate on addition instead of subtraction. The more you think of what you can’teat, the weaker your resolution will get. Focus on all the food you caneat instead and expand your weekly food choices with them.
# 3: Don’t Wait Until You’re Hungry To Think Of Food
This is a very common mistake we make with our daily meals. When you’re hungry and don’t have a meal plan for the day, you’ll reach for all the wrong things when you realize you’re starving.
# 4: Detox Your Kitchen
Remove all temptations from your pantry and fridge. They’re called temptations for a reason!
# 5: Put On Your Exercise Shoes
Unless you’re a habitual runner or a fitness buff, motivation is hard to come by at the end of a tiring workday. We find that during those bittersweet moments when you’re choosing between a workout or the television, putting on your exercise shoes tips the balance towards the better decision.
Try it. You’ll be surprised.
# 6: Treat Failures Like Wobbly Footstools To Success
Don’t give up the first time you fail your self-improvement plans. It’s par for the course and nothing’s lost – yet. Resume your diet or exercise schedule and remember each day is a brand new beginning.
# 7: Find 3 Minutes To Experiment With Cryotherapy
Let’s put you in a cryrotherapy chamber for just 3 minutes and allow the exposure to extreme cold do its magic. You’ll come out feeling elated and energized by a rush of endorphins and happy hormones, and the feeling will last for days. In fact, do it once a week, and you’ll probably be sailing through mid-February with no thoughts of giving up on your New Year resolutions. (Book a Cryo session by clicking HERE. Or get in touch with us at a Hydralive therapy clinic nearest you, and we’ll tell you all about it).
# 8: Write: “I am Enough”
Finally, a golden piece of advice that comes from Marissa Peers, Britain’s best-known motivational coach. Personal failures, she believes, are born from a cellular memory planted during childhood of not feeling worthy of good things. The simplest and easiest way to break this disempowering psychological block is to write “I am Enough” and displaying it in a prominent place where you will see it every day. The 3-word affirmation of self-worth works like a charm, if you let it. Your subconscious mind will start letting go of its customary resistance to self-improvement and you’ll rock your resolutions this year.
It’s a balancing act. For patients living with diabetes, the risk of dehydration is significantly higher than others, and getting plenty of fluids is a year-long concern, no matter how hot or cold the outside temperature is.
Diabetes symptoms are often subtle, but excessive thirst and increased urination are two very common ones.
When the condition leads to excessive glucose build-up in the bloodstream, the kidneys are forced to work overtime to process it. And when excess glucose is pushed out of the system via urine, it takes essential fluids from the tissues along with it – leaving the diabetic patient feeling dehydrated and thirsty.
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) triggers more urination, and the cycle becomes a vicious and dangerous one if blood sugars are not balanced the right away.
November is National Diabetes Month, and we’d like to take this opportunity to give our diabetic clients a list of beverages they can safely take to battle dehydration throughout the year.
Hydrate With These
•Water: Obviously the best choice, as it won’t raise blood sugar levels. The Institute Of Medicine suggests 9 cups for women and 13 cups for men.
•Tea: The beverage can help reduce blood pressure and lower LDL `bad cholesterol’ levels. Research suggests that 6 cups a day may even lower risks of type 2 diabetes.
•Coffee: A study conducted in 2012 found that drinking 2-3 cups of coffee may also reduce risks of developing type 2 diabetes. (Both caffeinated and decaf.)
•Sparkling Water: The zero calorie versions with no added sweeteners not only hydrates but improves swallowing ability and relieves constipation as well.
•Infused Water: Adding a few slices of fruit or herbs (lemon, oranges, watermelon, basil, ginger, cucumber etc.) to water can give your drink the hint of flavor you need to encourage you to drink more.
• Vegetable Juice: Fruit juices are loaded with sugar. Even those with labels that say `no extra sugar added’ aren’t good choices for diabetics. In contrast, juices made from cucumber, green leafy veggies etc. provide the necessary fluids and nutrients without the needless sugar intake.
• Low-Fat Milk: Whole milk is rich in good minerals, but they also add a lot of unnecessary carbohydrates to a diabetic’s diet. Low-fat or skimmed milk, therefore, make a more sensible choice.
“Just one more drink…” “It’s a special occasion…” “It’s an open bar…”
If you have used any of these excuses to drink too much during an evening out, you probably know what it is like to wake up the next morning with a monster hangover.
Mouth feeling dry as cotton, head about to explode, tremors, shivers, lethargy, nausea… A stomach that is screaming for food, but the thought of eating bringing the nausea back up again because you’re almost sure that the lining of your gut has been corroded away by the enormous amount of alcohol, that seemed like such a fun idea the night before…
You’ll swear you will never do shots again, hang out with your boozy friends again, see the inside of a bar again, because no amount of fun can compensate for the near-death feeling you know you’re going to have to tolerate for the next who-knows-how-many-hours.
But we know you will.
Perhaps, we all will.
Because the lessons learned in the throes of a hangover are quickly forgotten once we bounce back, and so the cycle repeats again and again.
No judgements here. Just an extremely uncomfortable fact of life.
Now, if you’re someone who knows how to drink responsibly, you’re happy and lucky. But if you’re not, then we’re going to teach you just one habit that will help you manage hangovers the next time you throw caution to the winds.
Alcohol causes dehydration, because they act like a diuretic. For every alcoholic drink you have, your body can expel up to four times as much liquid. And the lack of fluids not only strips your body of precious electrolytes but exaggerates the symptoms of hangover as well.
Hydrating to lessen the effects of a hangover is a three-part process. Below, we will explain each:
Hydrating BEFORE A Night Out
You probably don’t want to hear the science of it, so we’ll get straight down to what you’re reading this article to know. Sixty percent of our bodies is made up of water, and H2O is a principle catalyst for digestion that helps to process food and drink in the stomach at a much faster rate.
So, if you drink more water before a night out on the town, the alcohol you consume afterwards will flush out of your system more quickly than if you hadn’t. And you’ll feel better the next morning for it.
IV therapy is, of course, the best way to hydrate before you hit the alcohol, because the intravenous drip, powered with all the right vitamins and nutrients, will skip past your digestive system and go straight into your bloodstream, speeding up your body’s hydration status. Way faster, and more effectively than just drinking water can.
Click HERE if you want to try a quick pre-party IV therapy to test this theory out for yourself.
Hydrating DURING A Night Out
• The best way to drink and stay hydrated is to alternate every drink with a glass of water.
• Choose beverages that have some water component. On the rocks, for example, instead of neat.
• Munch on sticks of celery instead of buffalo wings! Almost 20% of our total hydration come from water-rich foods, and a veggie platter is a great snack option when you’re drinking a lot of alcohol.
• Try to stay away from high-sodium foods and drinks. Salt draws water into circulating volume, leading to increased urination, and if you’re not replenishing this water loss, you can quickly become dehydrated.
• Avoid beer if you can if you’re planning to go the long haul. A mug of beer fills you up quickly, and you won’t be inclined to pace it with water as the night goes on.
Hydrating AFTER A Night Out
• Try to drink one glass of water every hour after a night of heavy drinking. Don’t overdo it though, because you’ll be risking water intoxication.
• Consume sports drinks that contain electrolytes.
• Drink ginger ale. Ginger soothes a disturbed stomach.
• If you have already messed up and are currently feeling the worst symptoms of a monster hangover, come visit one of our Hydralive clinics for hangover recovery. Our blended mix of electrolytes, vitamins and medications will quickly replenish your system and you can go to your important work meeting or show up at your family event or wherever you need to be without looking beat from the worst of a night spent having too much fun.
Drink responsibly, folks! But if you don’t, come to one of our Hydralive clinics. We’ll make sure your life is not derailed just because you had one or two or a dozen drinks too many!
On the first Monday of every September since 1894, we celebrate Labor Day to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of workers who make America great.
From the pioneering days of settling this country, our workforce has proved to be foundational in creating a nation of immigrants where dream comes true, through hope and hard work, and we honor all the men and women who are still working long hours and sacrificing their health and wellbeing to make that dream a reality for each and every one of us.
But there’s a huge, long-term price they are paying for their service.
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the rate at which health deteriorates with age is faster in manual occupations than in non-manual occupations. And at Hydralive, we understand the kind of toll exhaustion can take over a person’s mind and body all too well. For example:
• Working overtime or working too hard increases risk for a wide range of health-related problems including heart disease, heart attack and high blood pressure. (A 2010 study found working 10 or more hours a day resulted in a 60% increase in the risk of cardiovascular issues.)
• Work-related stress prompts the body to release hormones like cortisol that can increase blood pressure and cause stroke, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes and even cancer.
• Lack of sufficient sleep because of exhaustion affects judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and increase the risk of serious accidents and injury.
The list just goes on…
For many people whose health and wellness are severely impacted by physical and mental exhaustion, oral supplements are not enough to redress the underlying biochemical issues, especially in cases of long-standing fatigue.
This is where IV therapy comes in with nutrient infusions and cocktails, delivered intravenously, to make up for the vitamin/mineral deficiencies and strengthen the immune system. The nutrients enter the bloodstream directly, instead of having to go via a circuitous route through the digestion system that makes them lose their potency, and patients suffering from exhaustion report feeling revived and energized immediately after the treatment.
At Hydralive, we offer a variety of IV therapies prepared to neutralize the debilitating impacts of exhaustion. We even customize treatments, after personal consultations and health tests, to make sure our clients get maximum benefits from the exhaustion-fighting nutrients we’re replenishing them with.
If you’re suffering from physical and mental exhaustion on account of working too hard, visit one of our Hydralive clinics where we can help you take curative or preventive measures and return your mind and body to a state of optimal wellness.
Labor Day reminds us of the long-term risks of working too hard or working overtime, and we are standing by to help you make the best decision you have ever made for yourself: saving your health before you become one of 43% of Americans who are chronically too tired to function optimally at work.