Drink Up!

February 8, 2013

How important is water to your body, inside and out?

Take a close look…

Human Body

Water for Skin

November 19, 2012

Not only is water a good weight loss tool because it is a natural way for your body to cleanse itself. Water also leads to younger looking skin. The older you get, the less moisture your skin retains which is why it wrinkles. The more water you drink, the more firm your skin will be.

Water, Water, Water. It has been recommended that we need eight ounces of water eight times a day, but scientists have casted doubt on that according to a study published in American Journal of Physiology by Valtin, you should only need to drink when you’re thirsty. The rest of the water your body needs should come from foods. Lettuce, for example, is 95% water. Broccoli is 91% water and yogurt is 85% water.

“Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”
– Szent

I think most of us would prefer a faster metabolism?  When we exercise, our bodies require more energy and our metabolism increases in order to supply it.  Remember a slower metabolism means more of those calories you take in are going to be sitting around waiting to become extra pounds. *Various studies have shown that certain “foods” can assist in a metabolism boost.

Some foods that have shown to be a boost for the metabolism:

Coffee – A quick boost, consider adding a little extra caffeine to your diet. A cup will give it a quick kick into high gear that can be helpful during the day.

Green Tea -Most will say this is a healthier alternative to coffee. Chemicals known as catechins found in green tea are believed to stimulate your metabolism.

Citrus Fruits – Researchers say that foods rich in Vitamin C, such as oranges, tangerines and grapefruit contain natural metabolism boosting properties that also make your immune system stronger.

Hot Peppers– Capsaicin is the ingredient in peppers that gives them their heat. Research shows that this compound actually stimulates your body’s production of adrenaline which kicks your metabolism into high gear temporarily. Throwing some jalapenos at your sandwich or some hot peppers in your scrambled eggs could help you burn more calories.

Dark Green Vegetables – High in fiber with high levels of vitamins and nutrients our bodies need to be healthy. Spinach, mustard greens and collard greens are good examples

Spices – Cumin, Ginger and cinnamon are all good examples. Adding a decent amount of these spices into your meals can give them more flavor and can help increase your metabolism.

Lean Protein – Protein is harder for the body to digest than carbohydrates, and because it requires more energy the result is more calories. By including lean protein in your meal, you’ll be giving your metabolism a boost when you eat. Try to  include chicken or turkey breasts and fish.

Whole Grains –  Fiber isn’t as easy for the body to digest. It takes more energy resulting in fewer calories available to be converted into fat cells.

So I guess the idea is to stay active and make wise food choices! ? Oh yes of course…

Water– Drink your water! It helps the body flush out excess sodium and toxins. A German study showed that drinking water helped boost the metabolism by 30 percent. Drinking enough water to stay well hydrated also helps to keep you from mistaking thirst for hunger, and can prevent unnecessary calorie consumption and binging.

What do you think, any additions?

**Always check with your doctor for advice

*Sources: Water, Science Daily, Medical News Today, Bio-Medicine, Scripps Clinic, Diagnose me