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The Importance of Hydration: Understanding Water’s Role in the Body and How to Stay Hydrated

Water is one of the most important nutrients in our bodies, playing a crucial role in maintaining good health and supporting various bodily functions. In this article, we will explore the function of water in the body, signs of dehydration, the effects of too little water, how much water you should drink, and some delicious fruits and herbs you can add to your water to make it even more refreshing and healthy.

Functions of Water in the Body

  • Regulates body temperature 
  • Lubricates joints
  • Moistens tissues such as those in the mouth, nose, and eyes
  • Aids in digestion and the absorption of nutrients
  • Helps flush out waste and toxins through urination
  • Maintains blood volume and helps distribute nutrients
  • Supports skin health and acts as a natural moisturizer

Some Signs of Dehydration

  • Thirst
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Dark yellow urine
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Dry skin
  • Headaches

Effects of too Little Water

  • Decreased energy levels and decreased physical performance
  • Constipation
  • Kidney problems
  • Dry mouth and skin
  • Dehydration can also lead to heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and other heat-related illnesses.

How Much Water Should you Drink?

It is recommended to drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day. But the amount can increase depending on your activity level, other drinks (like caffeine), if you are on a very high protein diet, and climate. It’s important to drink water throughout the day and not all at once. You can also monitor your hydration levels by checking the color of your urine. If it’s pale yellow, you are properly hydrated.

Fruits and Herbs to Add to Your Water

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Cucumber
  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry
  • Raspberry
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Sage
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Unlocking the Power of the Brain: Understanding and Improving Brain Function Part 1

The brain is the control center of the body, responsible for regulating our thoughts, emotions, movements, and all other bodily functions. It is a complex organ that is constantly changing and adapting to our experiences and environment. Understanding how the brain functions and what we can do to support brain health is essential for optimal mental and physical wellness.

Here are some key aspects of brain function:

  1. Neuroplasticity: The brain is capable of changing and adapting to new information and experiences, a process known as neuroplasticity. This allows the brain to continually grow and develop throughout life, forming new connections and strengthening existing ones.
  2. Memory: Memory is the process of storing and retrieving information. The brain has several different memory systems, including short-term memory, long-term memory, and sensory memory.

Neurological conditions:

Neurological conditions can have a profound impact on our mental and physical health, affecting our ability to think, feel, move, and communicate. These conditions can range from mild and temporary to severe and chronic, and can affect people of all ages and backgrounds.

Here are some of the most common brain diseases:

  1. Alzheimer’s disease: This is a degenerative brain disorder that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults.
  2. Parkinson’s disease: This is a progressive disorder that affects movement and balance. It is caused by the death of nerve cells in the brain that produce a neurotransmitter called dopamine.

The brain is a complex and fascinating organ that is essential for our survival and well-being. By understanding the key aspects of brain function, we can take steps to support brain health and improve mental and physical wellness. Taking care of our brain should be a top priority for optimal health and happiness; I will be covering ways we can support optimum brain health in part 2 on February 21, 2023

Here is the presentation for this topic. You can also download the PDF to follow along with the talk and take notes.

Unlocking the Power of the Brain Part 1, PDF