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5 Reasons You Eat When You’re Not Hungry

5 Reasons You Eat When You’re Not Hungry

If the swath of time between Halloween and New Year’s feels like a months-long grazing session, you’re probably not alone. During the holidays especially, most of us are guilty of eating something not because we’re famished…but because it’s there. And it’s Aunt Linda’s fudge, and you only get it once a year. And it’s delicious!

This phenomenon explains why many of us also pack on unwanted pounds during he holidays, and that’s never fun. One of the best ways to stave off gaining weight (and this goes for the whole year!) is to resist the urge to eat when we’re really not hungry. Let’s tackle the 5 biggest reasons people reach for something even if they’re perfectly satisfied.

Maybe it’s a special occasion.

It’s mom’s cornbread dressing she only makes at Thanksgiving. Or it’s your office Christmas party. Or it’s a NYE potluck at your neighbor’s house. The thing is, most of us don’t have 2 or 3 special occasions every year — we have dozens and dozens. Anything can turn into a special occasion: your daughter’s graduating from kindergarten, your spouse got a promotion, your friends just got engaged, your dog finally mastered the art of potty training. EVERYTHING can be an occasion. And if you use every one as an excuse to celebrate with food, you may find yourself shopping for new jeans by year’s end.

Maybe you’re bored.

You’re not hungry. Or sleepy. You just finished your book. And there’s nothing interesting on television. Might as well go stand in front of the fridge, right? Eating is definitely an activity, and there’s no question it’s fun (and usually pretty satisfying). But a restless, wandering mind often leads right to the pantry. Take a walk instead!

Maybe there’s pressure.

We’ve all been there: standing at a party, eyeballing a beautiful spread of treats, trying our best to forget it’s there. And then you’re approached by your lovely host. “You’d better go try that crab dip. Robert made it and it’s delicious!” Or maybe your colleagues decide after a long day to go grab a bite to eat at a restaurant. You have a perfectly good chicken breast at home you could fix…but you give in and go anyway. Finding yourself in these scenarios a few times a month can add up to a pound or two, and over a year that really adds up! Don’t feel too bad about declining events where food is the main feature.

Maybe it’s because you’re sad.

A pint of ice cream + a bad breakup is now just a cliche. Food can make us feel comforted, so it’s natural if we’re feeling anxious, stressed, or sad, we reach for a piece of chocolate pie instead of thinking about a better long-term solution. An article on Today.com posits that stress can lead to a release of hunger hormones, and once that response is triggered, your body will start looking for more nourishment — even though it may not need all those extra calories.

Maybe you’re really just thirsty.

Did you know? Sometimes when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually just thirsty. According to this article, a hunger cue is the same as a thirst cue? “Because the signal your body sends when it wants a tall glass of water can be mistaken for the sign it sends when you need a snack, you have to react wisely to save yourself hundreds of calories. Your best bet: have a drink first, wait to see if you’re satisfied and then eat if you are still hungry.” Our pick is to have a glass of LivingWater, which provides acid-buffering alkaline water for drinking and cooking. LivingWater has an excellent negative Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) for increased antioxidant properties.

 

How to Stay Energized Over the Holidays

How to Stay Energized Over the Holidays

For a lot of people, the holidays (that crush of time from November to New Years) is at once wonderful…and potentially an energy drain. For every memorable meal, decorated home, sleigh ride and perfect gift is a person who ran themselves ragged to make sure it happened! So if you’re one of the architects of festivity this holiday season, be sure to take care of yourself and keep your energy at optimum levels. After all — you should be able to enjoy yourself too! So we’ve come up with some smart tips to keep you from burning out this year.

Watch Out for Sugar

What other ingredient (well, besides pumpkin) is as ubiquitous during the holidays as sugar? It’s everywhere — dusted over cookies, baked into pastries, whipped into that cranberry salad and calling your name from a platter at the office Christmas party. But after the initial buzz from your sugar fix wears off, you can end up feeling even less energized than before — and possibly worse, since sugar can cause sluggishness, fatigue and irritability.

Re:Sults + Re:ViveAnd if you’re eating a lot of sugar, you might be neglecting other key nutrients, which can leave you feeling run down as well. Make sure you continue getting the right amounts of essential vitamins and minerals, and if you need an energy pick-me-up, try something that’s healthy and sugar-free like Re:Vive, which is designed to be a natural source for energy, mental alertness, immune support and overall well-being.

Sugars can also be found in carb-heavy foods. Consider trimming some carbs from your diet…and try Re:Sults! Re:Sults gives your body the ability to burn fat for energy and helps you flip your own switch to a better fuel.

Take a Walk Outside

Although some fall and winter weather conditions can make it impossible, talking even a quick 10 minute walk outside can go a long way in helping you stay energetic and focused. The exposure to sunlight alone can provide much-needed Vitamin D — levels which can drop in colder months where people tend to stay indoors. A walk outdoors can help you clear your head, take a quick break from a stressful situation, and keep your blood flowing.

Be Mindful of Alcohol Intake

It seems like there’s a reason to toast every time you turn around during the holidays! From family dinners to office get-togethers, breaking out the booze seems to happen quite a bit this time of year. While we’d never tell you to turn down every flute of champagne that comes your way, it is important to sip slowly and follow each drink with a full glass of water. Alcohol can have dehydrating effects…which does nothing to help energy levels. You’ll sleep better (and have a better chance of keeping off extra pounds) if you stick to one drink. And what you drink can matter too — the calories and sugar in a 4 oz glass of wine is significantly less than a brimming cup of eggnog (sugar + fat + booze, oh my!).

Stay Hydrated

LivingWaterSince we’re on the topic, drinking water after an alcoholic beverage is a great idea…but then, so is staying properly hydrated all the time, holidays included! As temperatures drop outside, people sometimes don’t hydrate enough. They figure if they’re not sweating, they don’t need it. But proper hydration can boost energy levels like you wouldn’t believe, and can go a long way in preventing dry, flaking skin. We love our LivingWater, and keeping a refillable bottle with you when you’re on the go is a great idea. The alkaline LivingWater will help buffer acid, remove toxins, and is easily absorbed by your body. It’s a win-win!

Stay Active

Sticking to your regular exercise routine can be hard when you’re out doing last-minute shopping, cooking a feast for 20 or coordinating a party. But it’s important to keep moving, since exercise is a key component of maintaining healthy energy levels. It’s okay to get creative about how and where you squeeze in some physical activity: if you’re at the mall or our shopping, make an extra lap or two around the building. Opt for stairs instead of an elevator. Enjoy your favorite holiday movie, but promise yourself to do 10 push ups and 10 sit ups every commercial break. You might find you wake up with more energy than normal!

 

 

11 Signs You’re Dehydrated

11 Signs You’re Dehydrated

With summer about to kick off and temperatures on the rise – with some Southern states looking at possibly 3 more months of 90+ degree days – it becomes even more important to make sure you and your family are staying safely hydrated. Even in cooler climates, it’s possible to become dehydrated – the symptoms of which will come on at a slower rate than in hot weather. But the heat, especially when combined with outdoor activities, can quickly take a toll if you’re not properly hydrated.

As a general hydration rule, you’ll want to take in 1 cup of fluid or water for every 20 minutes of exercise. But John Batson, M.D, a sports medicine physician with Lowcountry Spine & Sport in Hilton Head Island, S.C., and an American Heart Association volunteer, cautioned against drinking fruit juices or sugary drinks, such as soda. “They can be hard on your stomach if you’re dehydrated,” he said.

According to the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), fluid should be consumed prior to, during, and after participating in physical activity or sporting events. It is recommended that 14 to 22 fluid ounces (oz) (just under 2 to 3 cups) be consumed 2 hours prior to an event or planned activity, and 6 to 12 oz be consumed every 15 to 20 minutes (as tolerated) during, as well as after, an activity in order to replace water loss.

Be vigilant about experiencing any of the following symptoms when you’re outdoors or being active this summer, as each is a sign of dehydration.

Increased thirst
“If you get thirsty, you’re already dehydrated,” says Dr. Batson. If you know you’re going to be out in the heat all day, start your hydration routine the night before, and drink plenty of fluids upon waking. This gives you a head start, making it less likely you’ll become dehydrated. 

Dry mouth
Simply, put, drinking too little fluid can cause thick-feeling saliva and a dry/sticky mouth. Without the lubrication of saliva, a dry mouth can cause a general soreness around the mouth and on the tongue. Your mouth might start to feel gummed up, and your dry tongue might stick to the roof of your mouth.

Weakness/muscle cramps
If your muscles are feeling weak, dehydration may be the culprit. “When the nerves that connect to the muscles aren’t surrounded by as much water and sodium as they need,” they become hypersensitive, causing the muscles to involuntarily contract or spasm, says Michael Bergeron, executive director of the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Dizziness
“Suddenly, your body doesn’t have the capacity to get enough blood flow to the brain. At the same time, you’re exerting yourself and that increases your body temperature and breathing rate, both of which cause the blood vessels in your brain to dilate,” says Bergeron, leading to a dizzy spell. If you feel lightheaded after you stand up quickly it could be a sign that your body’s low on H20.

Palpitations and/or rapid heartbeat
According to Men’s Fitness, when dehydration decreases the volume of blood in your body, your heart speeds up as it attempts to pump out the same amount of blood it would if you were properly hydrated. As Dr. Batson points out, “If you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard.”

Confusion/trouble concentrating
AARP.com reports that researchers at the University of Connecticut Human Performance Laboratory “note that dehydration causes changes in electrolyte balances in the blood, which directly affect parts of the mind responsible for reasoning.” Changes in electrolyte levels also can alter brain levels of serotonin, which influences mood.

Sluggishness
Almost every cell in the body needs water in order to function, so if you’re lacking liquid, your body must work extra hard to carry out basic functions.

Dark urine and/or decreased urine output
If you’re properly hydrated, says Men’s Fitness Magazine, your urine will be clear or very light yellow. But when you’re dehydrated, your kidneys try to keep every last drop of water in your body and thus decrease the amount of urine that you produce. The less water that your body has to flush out, the less water there is in your urine, and the more concentrated (read: darker) it becomes.

Inability to sweat
If you’re out in the heat or working out, your body needs to sweat in order to prevent itself from overheating. To sweat, however, you need to be hydrated. Lack of sweating may create problems of temperature control and lead to steep rises in body temperature during hot weather.

Dry skin
“As you go through various stages of dehydration, you become very dizzy and you don’t have enough blood volume so you get very dry skin,” says Dr. John Higgins, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, and chief of cardiology at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. “Because the skin is dry and not evaporating as well, you can also experience flushing of the skin.”

Headaches
Dr. Higgins explained to EverydayHealth.com: “The brain sits inside a fluid sack that keeps it from bumping against the skull. If that fluid sack is depleted or running low because of dehydration, the brain can push up against parts of the skull, causing headaches.”

 

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How To Remove Chlorine From Your Drinking Water — And Why You Should

How To Remove Chlorine From Your Drinking Water — And Why You Should

Since water is an essential part of your everyday life, you might wonder how to remove chlorine from water at home.  You want the water that you drink to be safe and clean.  It would be wonderful if all tap water were truly safe, but it does sometimes contain both chemicals and impurities.  Chlorine is added to tap water to kill off harmful bacteria.  Unfortunately, chlorine, even in the relatively small amounts used in tap water, can be unhealthy to consume.  One solution to this problem is buying bottled water, but that can get expensive and it isn’t good for the environment.  Here are some some suggestions to remove chlorine from water at home.

Use water filters. There are many different brands of pitchers available on the market that have built in filters.  These activated charcoal filters remove chlorine and other impurities from your drinking water.  Over time, however, replacing these filters can get kind of expensive to replace. It can also be inconvenient when your filter pitcher’s alerts you that your filter needs replacing…and it’s 10 pm on a Sunday night.

Install a water treatment system. Better yet, install a water ionizer with treatment capabilities that include filtration and chlorine removal. Although the upfront cost of installing a water ionizer treatment system is greater than using the boiling method, or buying a water pitcher with a filter in it, over time this option can be very cost efficient. And additionally, you not only get the benefits of removing the impurities and chemicals like chlorine from your water, you also end up with alkaline water which has many health benefits and uses that you won’t get from tap or filtered water.

Use Immediately. Chlorine is added to water to make it safer to store and transport. Once the chlorine has been removed, the water should be used as soon as possible. Having water that’s ready to use immediately is another good reason to install your own water treatment system. There’s no waiting for the water to seep through a pitcher filter or to boil then cool down enough to drink.

 

 

What’s the Difference? Distilled vs. Purified Water

What’s the Difference? Distilled vs. Purified Water

With all of the varieties of bottled water and water filtration systems currently available, it can be overwhelming to know which water is the best to use as everyday drinking water.  Understanding the differences between distilled vs. purified water can help clear things up a bit.

In some respects, all water is the same – it all contains two hydrogen molecules and one oxygen molecule.  The differences are in the minerals and chemicals that are also found along with the water.  Sometimes these minerals and chemicals are naturally occurring, while other times they are added for a variety of reasons.  Some of these are harmless, some are helpful, and some are dangerous when consumed in large quantities.

Distilled water is water that has gone through a specific process to remove all minerals and contaminants.  The water is boiled, and then the water vapor is cooled and collected.  Because the minerals and contaminants are heavier than the water vapor, they are left behind as the vapor forms. When the vapor is cooled, the water that remains is pure.  Distilled water is great for using any time minerals in water might cause stains or build-up – for example in your iron for ironing your clothes, or in cleaning products.  Unfortunately, distilled water doesn’t taste good, and may not be very good for you due to its lack of mineral content.  This makes it a less than ideal choice for daily hydration.

The term “purified water” is not as specific as distilled water; in fact, technically speaking, because the distillation process is a form of purification, distilled water would fall into the category of purified water.  Most of the time, purified water refers to water that has undergone some form of purification process, though there are no established standards for the actual process that is used.  It could mean that the water has been forced through a charcoal filter, treated with ultraviolet light, deionized, or ozonated.  Each of these processes removes some of the contaminants found in the water, and can make the water safer for drinking.

Different than distilled or purified water, electrolyzed or ionized water is usually in a category of its own, although it can include the benefits of purified water through the use of a one or two stage filtration process. The advantage of ionized water is the ability to control the water’s pH levels to maintain alkalinity while adding antioxidant properties.

In order to determine which water is best to drink, it’s important to research the type of process used for purification, consider the benefits of ionization and alkalinity, and decide which water is right for you.