Dehydration Slows Down Metabolism

904Your cellular function slows down when you are dehydrated, causing you to experience concentration issues and fatigue. When you’re in a dehydrated state, your body has trouble utilizing fat as fuel. In fact, your metabolism experiences a 3% drop just from mild dehydration.*

When you drink enough water, your metabolism has the ability to increase and so do your energy levels. Women should try to drink 9 cups of water a day, while men should strive for 13.

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*http://www.livestrong.com/article/409152-does-dehydration-slow-metabolism/
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Stay Hydrated

893With our bodies being composed of about 70% water, it is so important to stay hydrated throughout the day. For a healthy metabolism and detoxification, pure water is essential. Staying hydrated also helps aid in circulation and even improves the appearance of your skin.*

Try enhancing the flavor of your water naturally with slices of lemon, lime or cucumber. Not only will your water have more flavor, but these additions can also help fight off indigestion, water weight gain, headaches and heartburn.

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*http://abcnews.go.com/Health/healthy-reasons-stay-hydrated/story?id=19714263
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Non-toxic Room Freshener

839Store-bought air fresheners may eliminate odor, but they also add toxins to the air you breathe. Try a natural, homemade alternative to air fresheners instead. Add 4 cups of purified water and 4 teaspoons of baking soda into a spray bottle, and then mix in a few drops of essential oils. Have fun experimenting with different scents like orange, lemon, lavender and rose.*

Not only will homemade air fresheners enhance the scent of your home, they also can make unique gifts. Whip up a few batches of separate scents, give them unique labels and package them in a decorative box for a personal (and toxic-free) touch.

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*http://www.jenandjoeygogreen.com/2013/03/kicking-toxic-air-freshener-to-curb.html
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Drink Water Before Your Meal for Weight Loss

738Drinking water before a meal will not only aid in digestion, but it can also help you lose weight. Results of a clinical study show that people who drank two cups of water before their meals lost 44% more than people who did not. By consuming water before you eat you will feel fuller, faster which will help eliminate overindulging and high calorie consumption.*

Drinking water before your meal is an easy way to fight fat gain. If you don’t enjoy the taste of plain water, try adding slices of lemons or cucumbers to zest up the flavor.

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*http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442468394#.URpv8_KGqGU
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Check Your Urine Color

1708By not hydrating and providing your body with enough water, you can experience many unpleasant side effects. Without providing sufficient hydration, headaches, constipation, diarrhea, sleeplessness, and stiff muscles are inevitable. Water is essential in flushing out toxins in your body while assisting with important bodily functions. A simple way to know if you are well hydrated is to check the color of your urine. If it is darker than pale yellow, then your toxins are not being flushed out. Luckily, dehydration is 100% preventable; all you need to do is drink up.*

If you find your urine to be darker than a light yellow, you need to hydrate. Women should strive for around 9 glasses a day, while men should strive for 13. Pace your drinking out by starting with a glass of h2O first thing in the morning.

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*http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/what-your-urine-is-telling-you-about-your-health-1
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H2O Throughout the Day

Water protects your body’s tissues, lubricates your joints and helps your body rid itself of waste. Being hydrated improves your mood, memory and immune function. Drinking water throughout the day is ideal. Women should drink 9 cups of water per day, and men should strive for 13 cups. If you feel thirsty, that’s a sign from your body that you are dehydrated, so drink up!*

Remember, liquids are not the only way to hydrate your body. Many fresh foods have high water content such as lettuce, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, grapes, grapefruit and zucchini.

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*http://lifehacker.com/how-to-trick-yourself-into-drinking-more-water-every-da-1678956552
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Health Benefits of Lemon Water

1524Just one cup of fresh lemon juice provides 187% of your daily-recommended value of vitamin C. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is a great way to balance your PH levels by alkalizing the body and lowering acidity levels. Starting your day with a glass of lemon water will help ease constipation and will support the function of your liver.*

Get into a morning lemon water routine by prepping enough drinks for the week and storing them in jars in your fridge. People who are less than 150 pounds should squeeze half of a lemon into each glass, and people over 150 pounds should squeeze a whole lemon.

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*http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-lemon-water-you-didnt-know-about.html
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Boost your Basal Metabolic Rate

1513Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the minimum number of calories that your body burns when you are at rest. Your BMR is affected by your genetics, gender, age and weight. Every decade after the age of 20, your BMR automatically drops by 2%. Every decade after the age of 40, your BMR automatically drops by 5%.*

You can increase your metabolic rate by implementing weight training into your routine two or three days a week. Studies show that a nutritional breakfast, sufficient water intake and proper sleep are key contributors to a quick-starting metabolism.

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*http://greatist.com/health/11-scientifically-proven-ways-boost-metabolism
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Prevent Kidney Stones with H2O

1452Kidney stones form when you have high levels of a substance in your urine, such as calcium, and not enough urine volume to dilute it. Crystalized stones travel through your urinary tract, and if they get stuck, they can cause a lot of pain. Each year more than 500,000 people visit the emergency room because of kidney stones. The most common reason for developing kidney stones is not drinking enough water. People who produce 2.5 liters of urine a day are 50% less likely to develop kidney stones.*

Generally, drinking 10 glasses of water a day will help you produce the recommended 2.5 liters of urine. You can also use the color of your urine as a guide. Pale yellow is a good sign that you’re hydrated, and dark yellow urine is a sign that you need to drink more water.

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*http://kidneystones.uchicago.edu/how-to-drink-enough-water/
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Distract Your Food Cravings

1398When it comes to losing weight, one thing that will derail you is indulging in food cravings. Rather than give into a food craving, try to distract yourself until the craving subsides. Dive into any activity that doesn’t involve going to the kitchen. For example, go take a walk, call a friend, or run an errand. Try drinking a glass of water during your distracting activity, as it may help eliminate your craving.*

When you can’t help but snack, reach for wholesome options such as nuts, fruits, or veggies. Have an intense craving for something that won’t subside? Tell yourself to wait until tomorrow, and if you’re still craving that special something, give into it, but only in moderation.

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*http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/weight-loss/7-mental-tricks-to-stop-cravings-now.html
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