Drink Your Water!

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What’s the big deal with drinking water every day anyway?

Well, it turns out that there are a myriad of health benefits which come from drinking water. After all, we are made up largely of water, which exists in our tissues, blood, bone, and organs. In addition, we lose fluid constantly through processes such as breathing, urination, defecation, and skin evaporation. You may not realize it, but proper hydration maintains blood pressure, flushes wastes from the cells in the body, regulates body temperature, and maintains humidity in the airways for optimal oxygenation.

When fluid intake is adequate, the natural process of digestion keeps humming along, and waste products which form are softened by the water content. One sure way to impede the natural process of digestion is to deprive your body of water, which will result in slow transit and constipation. Low water intake can also create an environment in which kidney stones are prone to form.

As if that wasn’t enough, adequate water intake actually enhances physical performance and lubricates the joints. If you have ever struggled through a workout when you haven’t been drinking enough fluids, you know how agonizing it can be to try to power through a routine when you are dry as a bone. And since water is so plentiful in the tissues of the brain, dehydration has a major negative effect on energy levels and concentration. If you’ve ever gotten a headache from dehydration, you know that it can be next to impossible to focus when your head is pounding.

The simple solution? Drink some water!

Lastly, water forms a protective barrier in the skin to plump it up and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Proper hydration is a simple anti-aging secret which you can easily adopt.

So tell me again why you don’t like to drink water?

Perhaps you are one of those people who never drinks water. If you simply can’t deal with the “taste” of water, then try infusing water with fresh fruits such as lemon, lime, oranges, blueberries, cucumber, strawberries, kiwi, or watermelon. Another option for flavoring your water in a healthy way is to make herbal tea and drink it either hot or cold. You can also turn to foods which have a high water content, which will hydrate you, while also fill you up faster and aid in weight loss if that’s your goal. Most fruits and vegetables are high in water content, but you can also incorporate yogurt, soups or bone broth into your regimen to increase water intake.

Here are my top three guidelines to encourage you to drink more water:

1. Carry an attractive stainless steel or BPA-free plastic container with you everywhere you go. I generally suggest a 1 liter size (which is about 34 ounces), and I also recommend a container which has a sip spout for easy drinking, as well as a handle at the top for easy portability. Ideally, you will consume a full container of water in a day, preferably two. I honestly always have a drinking container with me which I take everywhere. It never leaves my side.

2. Drink a beverage every time you eat something. This way, you will get into the habit of consuming fluids with every food item, which will help wash down the food and will get you to your hydration goals more easily.

3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Remember that fruits and vegetables have a high water content, and contribute to total water intake.

Consistency (Updated Post)

As a physician, I am as much a therapist as I am a physical healer, and am well aware of the vital connection between mind, spirit and body. I have also seen how closely linked emotional stress is to development and exacerbation of physical ailments. What concerns me is when people abandon healthy habits during times of adversity, because it is at those times that some structure would provide balance to their lives.

A common question I hear from patients, clients, and strangers I meet is, “How can you maintain a regular exercise schedule and pack your food all the time with your busy careers?”, to which I respond, “I just do it.” Working out and eating right are as essential to me as sleeping and brushing my teeth. It never occurs to me to abandon healthy habits during stressful times. I recently went through a particularly difficult month during which I took a rigorous board certification exam, went through a residential move, and traveled to four destinations (two for my medical career, two for fitness and bodybuilding) over a two week period. Though I didn’t work out my usual six days per week, I did manage to train four to five days per week, every single week. The regular workouts gave me structure and balance which helped me to burn off some of the stress I was under, regulated my sleep cycle, and just plain felt good. In addition, I traveled with clean foods and lots of water, packing them and making sure I stayed on track.

Why would I push myself like this? Because I know that consistency is key to maintaining balance in one’s life. When I am consistent with my workouts and food, I maintain structure and focus and do not allow excuses of an insanely busy schedule to deter me from my mission to live an optimally healthy lifestyle. I know that if I were to deviate from a healthy lifestyle, I wouldn’t have the energy to push through my to-do list, and I certainly wouldn’t be very happy either. No matter whether I am traveling, working, or enjoying a rare free day for myself, I make sure to invest in myself every single day.

When I worked the Arnold Sports Festival Expo in Columbus, Ohio earlier this month, I made sure to drink plenty of water, filling up my one liter container 3 to 4 times each day. I also brought my Hot Logic Mini with me (https://youtu.be/GQltYTRLTC4) and had meals from Icon Meals with me, and I made sure to consume a meal every 3 hours to keep my energy levels up. If you are committed to living a healthy lifestyle, you will find ways to stay in line!

If you make an investment in yourself by being consistent with your exercise and meal habits, you will be rewarded with greater balance in your life and better health. Don’t you deserve that?

Neutrogena Body Oil…A Must Have

Neutrogena Body Oil

I have been hooked on Neutrogena Body Oil for close to twenty years now. It has become an essential part of my daily bathing routine. Now, before you start thinking that I walk around looking like an oil slick, I assure you that this is not even close to being the case. I will also go on record saying that I get absolutely no benefit from praising this product. The folks at Neutrogena don’t even know who I am, much less incentivize me to talk about any of the products in their extensive line.

Why do I love this oil so much? It is incredibly light, soaks in quickly, and hydrates skin beautifully. The version which has fragrance simply has a lovely, light sesame fragrance which is aromatic (trust me, I have never been accused of smelling like oil heatin up in a wok). I typically purchase the 16 ounce or 32 ounce sizes since I use the oil daily.

Here is how I use the oil. Once I am done showering, I lightly towel off so that my skin is slightly damp. While still in the shower, I apply a thin layer of oil to the skin on my body, then allow that layer to penetrate into my skin for a few minutes. After that, I always apply body lotion or cream on top of the oil to create a nice moisture barrier. When I REALLY want a nice sheen to my skin, I will apply THREE layers of product: Neutrogena Body Oil, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, then a body lotion or body butter. You could say I am a bit obsessed about taking care of my skin!
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There is the very rare instance when I am in a major rush, and don’t have the time to layer products. Also, I never pack the oil when I am traveling because I don’t want to risk having the oil spill in my luggage. Whenever I am without my precious oil, there is a big difference in the appearance and texture of my skin. Because of this, I am always relieved when I return home and can get back into my routine. There have been a couple of times when I got absolutely desperate while traveling, and bought a bottle of Neutrogena Body Oil (or another skin oil if I can’t find the Neutrogena brand). That’s how much I love to layer oil under lotion.

I honestly think that Neutrogena Body Oil has been a big factor in the quality of the skin on my body, and I have no intention of omitting it from my regular ritual!

If you have very dry skin, you might want to try this layering technique. If you have sesame allergy, however, you will need to find another alternative, perhaps almond oil or monoi oil. I actually love monoi oil, but Neutrogena wins out for consistency and convenience. If you want a more luxe experience, I suggest using the Monoi Tiare Tahiti Oil with gold shimmer alone for a beautiful golden glow to the skin.

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