Health Tip #29

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Just take a bath

This is going to be a simple post.  Just take the time to have a hot bath once a week.  Soak for 15-20 minutes and relax.  A hot bath can make you sleep better, ease muscle tension and improve circulation.  Throw in some Epsom salts and essential oils to improve the therapeutic affects.

Epsom salts for magnesium

Epsom salt baths help us detox and replenish magnesium stores.  The magnesium will easily be absorbed through the skin.  Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in our bodies and many of us don’t get enough.  We need it for normal muscle function including  the heart muscle (normal cardiac activity).   Other than Epsom salt baths, the best way to get magnesium is from a dietary source, by eating fresh vegetables, particularly leafy greens, grown in healthy, mineral rich soils.  Magnesium and calcium need to be balanced 1:1 in our bodies.  Too much calcium has been associated with heart attack, stroke and sudden death.  For strong bones, magnesium, calcium, vitamin D and Vitamin K2 all have to be present.  This is why it’s best to get our calcium from food sources over supplements.  Nature has a way of keeping nutrients in balance.

Taking a hot bath is an easy way to a long list of health benefits.  So go take a hot bath!

Health Tip #5

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As with so many of these tips, you’ve heard this one before.  But again, along with this tip comes the all important why.  Why is it important to drink so much water?  To start with, the human body is comprised of 50-65% water.  Every cell in your body needs water for its proper function.

But there are other reasons too.  As one health expert puts it, “nature’s solution to pollution is dilution.”  We accumulate toxins in our bodies every day.  Some toxins come from our environment, some from the foods we eat and some even from our own emotions and as a byproduct of our own metabolic processes.  These toxins need continually flushing out of our systems.  If we don’t flush them out, they accumulate and cause health problems.

Another reason for drinking more water is dehydration.  You’re often dehydrated before you start feeling thirsty.  You might even mistake dehydration for hunger and eat when you really need to be drinking water.  You’re not hungry, you’re thirsty.

Start every morning with at least one big glass of water.  I try to drink a water bottle full of water every morning.

Overnight your body has been working hard to detoxify itself and all of those toxins need to be flushed out of the system.  Warm water with lemon is a great way to start your morning.  The lemon stimulates bile production in the liver helping you to detox.  Lemon water also helps your digestive system prepare for digesting food.

Try to avoid drinking water with meals.  Water dilutes, as we mentioned before, and water will dilute your stomach acid and hamper further digestive processes making it difficult for you to properly digest your food and extract their nutrients.