Hydration-How to Hydrate the Right Way

Hydration can have many different impacts on your overall health and wellness. Every cell and organ in your body requires water to function correctly.

If your lips are chapped, your skin dry, your digestion off, your muscles sore, your body bloated, or if you feel tired or fatigued, you might not be well-hydrated. Even if you’re drinking enough water, you may not be drinking it in a way that’s harmonious to the body.
The body needs water for all its functions; to flush out toxins, digest, carry nutrients to the cells, lubricate joints, and cool the body (plus a myriad of other actions). When we sweat and urinate– or even just breathe and carry out our day-to-day activity– it’s imperative that we replenish the body’s lost water.

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Proper hydration requires first and foremost drinking enough water. We’ve all heard the 8 glasses a day rule. But given that we’re all different sizes with varying lifestyles, this rule isn’t applicable to everyone. Some of us are big and some small, some sweat more than others, some practice rigorous exercise and some don’t, some live in hot, humid climates while others live where it’s cold and dry. Each of us loses a different amount of water each day, which means there’s no one-size-fits-all rule.

There might not be a scientific way to measure how much water is enough. However, the body gives us plenty of clues. Thirst is a natural urge that should never be ignored– it’s a message that the body needs water. Always drink when you’re thirsty. That being said, don’t only drink water when you’re thirsty, but sip water throughout the day.

Your lips and urine provide more clues. Urine should be more or less clear and straw colored and anything darker might signify a need for more water. Your lips too are an indicator of hydration. If they’re feeling dry, moisturize with a glass of water rather than lip balm.

Proper hydration isn’t only about how much you drink, but also how you drink. Just as the body thrives with the proper ingestion of food– slow, thorough chewing and regular mealtimes, for example, the body thrives with proper intake of water.

First things first, drink room temperature or even warm water. In the US, we have a bad habit of drinking ice water. In general, cold food and beverage is not good for the body. Icy cold water douses the digestive fire (the body’s source of heat and the principle responsible for digestion). Skip the ice cubes and switch to room temperature water in the summer and warm water in the winter. This keeps the digestive fire burning as it should.

Next, sit down and sip. We should not only sit down to eat, but to drink, too. Sit down, take a sip, and then take a breath. Repeat. Chugging massive amounts of water will just make you run to the bathroom. Make it a habit to drink slowly and mindfully.

The manner in which you take in water can make a huge difference in hydration, digestion, excretion, and the way in which you feel on a daily basis. When it comes to drinking water, listen to your body to know how much is enough, and you’ll see and feel a huge difference.

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Create a Stressless, Happy House

We all crave a home filled with good energy; one that serves as a repose from a hard day’s work, a setting for cheerful togetherness, and an invitation to a restful night’s sleep. Carrying the smells, colors and sight of nature inside can change a space’s energetic feeling, filling it with positive sensory impressions and creating a home of perfect repose.

Try these nature-inspired home decor tips to shift the feeling in your house toward one of stressless tranquility.

1. Set the mood with aromatherapy and Indiana essential oils. Indiana Essential Oils

Scent has the ability to quickly change an environment and affect mood. The right usage of essential oils within a home can soothe the nerves, calm the emotions, harmonize the mind, and create an overall peaceful atmosphere.

You can introduce scent into your home through Indiana essential oils or at-home aromatherapy to gradually spread the scent throughout a house. Even sweet-smelling flowers and aromatic branches of pine can be placed around the home for both their beauty and scent.

Every aroma has a unique effect on the mind. Some are soothing and calming; like jasmine, lavender, neroli, rose, and sandalwood. Others are invigorating and uplifting; such as lemon, peppermint, rosemary, and sage. Choose scents appropriate for the energy of the room, and also according to the time of day. An uplifting scent, for example, works well in the bedroom in the morning, but a calming scent would work better in the evening.

2. Enhance each room’s function with color.

Color also powerfully affects mood. Each color carries a different vibration; some calling us to action, some soothing, some devitalizing. Bring color into your home through wall paint, textiles, and flowers; choosing those that are in balance with the mood you’d like to set in each room.

Like the morning sun, yellow is a happy and energizing color. It promotes clarity and articulate thinking, making it suited for a home office. Just as the infinite blue sky brings a feeling of calm, blue gives any room a tranquil, peaceful, and spiritual atmosphere. It’s best suited for the bedroom or a meditation room. Light violet is also soothing, as we can feel when we observe it as part of a twilight sky. White, like the afternoon light, is uplifting, purifying and cleansing, and works well in any space. Orange (think poppies and marigolds) is a social, joyful color, and is best suited for family and dining rooms to enhance cheerful gatherings and good communication.

3. Create good energy flow with houseplants and flowers.

Besides altering the atmosphere with their scent and color, house plants and fresh cut flowers
contribute to the positive flow of energy throughout a home. Feng Shui refers to this energy as chi, and it gives many houseplant guidelines to promote the healthy flow of chi.

Although all plants are vibrant, healthy forms of energy, they have different effects when used in the home. Flowers bring a feeling of love and happiness, but wilting or dried flowers emit negative energy. Plants with rounded leaves help to soften sharp lines (like room corners) and promote the flow of energy through dead space. Feathery, softer looking plants are more appropriate for the bedroom. Thorny plants like cacti are energetically attacking and interrupt the positive flow of chi. They should not be used in the home.

By bringing nature inside with these four home decor tips, you can shift the mood in your home to one of good energy; creating your perfect sanctuary.

If you want to learn more about the many uses of Indiana essential oils or alternative health practices, contact one of our counselors in Greenwood.