Avoid These Ingredients That Bugs Love

Family enjoying a picnic

You may have seen people eating bugs on TV.  If you have ever watched the Travel Channel, you may have seen Andrew Zimmerman, self-proclaimed “bug guy”, enthusiastically topping dishes of scallops and onions with sautéed bumblebees from Taiwan or white ants from Uganda  and heartily proclaiming how delicious they are.  In fact, Zimmerman will tell you that not only are these specimen delicious, they are a clean protein source, replenishable and free!  Well, you make a point, Zimmerman, and to each his own, but presuming you (the reader) prefer to keep your food and insects separate, here are some things you should probably leave out of your picnic basket.

If you like to crack the occasional brew while you enjoy your meal, you may be out of luck. Studies show that beer drinkers are likely to bring the bugs. In fact, even the consummation of one 12 oz beer is enough to bring on the swarm. This Bug’s For You?  Maybe not.

While you’re at it, you may want to leave out the bananas, prunes, raisins, lima beans, avocados and spinach.  All of these foods are rich in potassium which increases the lactic acid you release through your skin, and mosquitos are attracted to lactic acid.

And, bad news for salty snackers!  Chips, roasted, peanuts and crackers are high in sodium which also increases your lactic acid output.  “But what’s a picnic without the chips?” you ask.  Well, apparently, a bug-free one.

Also, you can forget about dessert.  Hey, we’re bummed about this one too!  It seems that the sweet smell of candy, cakes and pies can act as a magnet for dogs and mosquitoes, as well as humans.

Now, shall we check in with the bug baiters? According to the Mississippi Entomology Museum, tuna, hot dogs, and peanut butter will bring the ants, and it has been rumored, that these tiny invaders have a predilection for cheddar cheese as well, so you may want to leave that home.  And, I hope your not planning a romantic rendezvous complete with wine and grapes, unless you want to share your date with moths, beetles and flies.  Wines and fermented fruit are also among the foods associated with luring the evil buggers.

Ok, so let’s get this straight, no pb+j, no tuna sandwiches, no chips, no beer, no wine and no sweets.  So what can you bring?  Garlic, anyone?  Mosquitos hate garlic; so if you really want to keep those pests away, you may want to hang a bulb near your picnic site or fortify yourself with some supplements. But proceed with caution.  If you load up on too much of  this malodorous product you may end up repelling most of your picnic guests as well.

Maybe at this point, we should just accept the fact that a  picnic just comes with bugs.   Maybe we should accept the fact that these crafty crawlers are just a natural part of the al fresco experience.  But if you choose to go this way, just remember, Andrew Zimmerman says, for best results,  you should always take the wings off before you eat them.

Facial Sprays & Misting Water

Woman using a facial spray

Ok, so you’re at your favorite makeup store and you’re loading up the little basket you have just gotten from the door attendant who has a pierced lip, black hair and what looks like a pack of ammo around her waist, although, on closer inspection, it seems to be makeup tools.  After you are assured that no violence is about to erupt, you hit the aisles.  You load up your little basket with about $100 worth of merchandise, the whole of which takes up no more than a fraction of your purse.  Then, as you approach the counter, you see it: a bottle of facial spray. Sure, you think you don’t need a $20 bottle of water after you’ve blown your money on everything else.  But think again. With essential oils, herbal extracts and antioxidants, that little addition may be the most valuable thing in your basket.

“But what can this product do for me?” you ask.  Well, more than you might think. Facial sprays can be used in combination with your moisturizer to help lock in hydration and prevent evaporation.  Skin get dry on airplanes?  Just pack your misting spray in your carry on and rejuvenate!  However, if you are using the mists and sprays to retain moisture,  make sure to use a moisturizing face spray with botanical extracts, saccharides or hyaluronic acid, all of which aid in moisture retention. If you  chose to use one  without these ingredients, it may end up having the opposite effect. According to Amanda Matcham, Skin Therapist at the International Dermal Institute, “Don’t let it (facial product without above-mentioned ingredients) dry on your face.  As the water dries on the skin, it evaporates and draws some of the skin’s existing moisture out with it.”

And who among us hasn’t been here?  You  go to the restroom in the middle of your day only to find you have just attended a meeting with your boss or had  a hot date with lipstick on your teeth or mascara under your eyes.  Well, assuming that is not your desired effect, it  can be avoided with just a little spritz of facial spray.  It will help to set your makeup and make sure you look relaxed, fresh and confident. For this, a regular water spray is best, according to Eddie Malter, official L’Oreal Paris makeup artist. It will help to set your makeup and make sure you look relaxed, fresh and confident all day.

So, what else should you know about facial sprays? A thermal water spray, rich in calcium and antioxidants, is the best for anti-irritation and sensitive skin.  Distilled water is good for basic hydration,  but those that contain botanical extracts and essential oils like aloe and lavender will do a better job.  Hydrosal, a.k.a. herbal water, is best for softening skin and will make you smell yummy too!  For mature skin, fruit based mists are best.  Look for products infused with orange and apple slices.

So, the takeaway?  Next time you’re in your makeup store, splurge.  That little bottle may be the best investment you make. And maybe you should smile at the door attendant on the way out.

Avoid the Itch With These Scents

Woman scratching her neck

Oh, the itch. That not quite defined feeling, somewhere between pain and annoyance amounting in a torture that we just can’t seem to ignore. And, aaah, the scratch. That exquisite infliction of pain that seems to momentarily quell the itch. But we have been warned against scratching, haven’t we? According to dermatologists, scratching often makes the itch worse, warning that the temporary relief it provides only make the symptoms exacerbate upon return. But what can we do? Well, if the source of our itching is a mosquito, a flea, or tick, well, bring on the bug repellant. Bug repellent is not only a cure for itching, but can also lessen the chances of contracting mosquito-borne illnesses.

But many of these bug repellents are toxic. Do we really want to spray these chemicals on ourselves and our families, and take responsibility for the possible poisoning of the environment and destroying of the ozone layer? Most insect repellents contain DEET, which, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, is a chemical capable of melting plastics or a fishing line and causing impairments such as memory loss, seizures, nausea and vomiting. No something we want to apply liberally. However, the good doctor says,”…it is dangerously wrong…”( to assume)…”that insect repellents with DEET are the only ones that work”, so, take heart, suffering Greenies!

It seems that mosquitoes have a very keen sense of smell ( Do they have noses?) and are very attracted to the carbon dioxide we emit, but, luckily, there are some natural scents which they actually hate. So let’s clue you in.

Citronella Oil: Comes from the lemongrass plant, used in bug sprays and candles, smells lemony/ citrusy.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint: Crush the leaves on your skin or apply peppermint oil to relieve itching, minty scent.

Rosemary and Basil: Place a few sprigs around to keep the pests away or infuse it into a lotion or spray, also can be used as food seasoning!

Eucalyptus: Can be planted in your yard and the oil can be applied to your skin.

Marigold and Lavender: Attractive and useful. Plant them in your garden for a color
explosion and pest free peace of mind.

Garlic: Not just for vampires! Cut the cloves into slivers and scatter them. You can also make a repellent spray, but, be warned, you may repel people humans as well.

Catnip

Catnip: Sorry, Snowball. Have to borrow some of yours! Sprinkling catnip is a very powerful way of repelling pests.

Another great thing about these natural repellants: you can make your own!

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola (DO), you can make repellent by mixing cinnamon leaf oil, clear vanilla oil mixed with olive oil, or catnip oil and there are tons of other recipes available on social media. Why scratch when you can go match? Keep yourself pest free and applaud yourself for being smart and helping the environment and keeping yourself and your family healthy and comfortable.

Foods That Promote Memory and Longevity

In 1935, Woody Allen  said, “You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be one hundred.”  This is true to some extent.  We have all heard stories of octogenarians who claim to have smoked a cigarette every day of their lives or have engaged in some kind of dangerous taboo and have beaten the odds.  However, nowadays we find that there is an alternative.  More modern studies reveal that we can eat  foods that are enjoyable and will also promote longevity and  boost our memories.

Dark chocolate

A favorite among these is dark chocolate.  According to recent studies, this awful temptress that our mothers warned us about, is really quite good for us.  You may already be aware  that dark chocolate can lower cholesterol, improve brain function, and prevent cardiovascular disease, but did you know it may also  protect your skin against the sun?   And, take heart if you are struggling with your weight.  The fats in dark chocolate are mostly saturated and unsaturated, giving it an excellent fatty acid profile, although it still is best consumed in small amounts because of its high-calorie content and sugar.  But, keep in mind, if you do indulge, the higher the cocoa content, the more beneficial to your health.

Mediterranean diet

But what about memory loss?  Over 5.2 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.  Is it preventable?  While scientists are still not certain about the complete workings of the memory, a John Hopkins Health Alert reported two studies giving evidence to the theory that a Mediterranean diet may be the answer.  The Mediterranean diet is  a plant-based diet with limited red meat, limited animal fat,  and  low-fat dairy.  One study, printed in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry evaluated two groups of people in their 70s over a period of six years.    One group was given a low-fat diet and the other  followed a Mediterranean diet. At the conclusion of the test, it was discovered that the group who followed the Mediterranean diet scored higher on cognitive tests and were less likely to develop dementia.  So, bottom line, losing the fat may be consistent with losing the marbles. (Take that froyo!!)

Olive oil

However, we must be aware that it is not about loading the fats on, but  rather choosing our fats wisely.  According to the Mayo Clinic, the reason the Mediterranean diet is so effective is because olive oil is its primary source of fat.  Olive oil provides monosaturated fat, which can help lower cholesterol levels and provide antioxidants.

So, do not surrender to  complete abandonment when it comes to mealtimes.  We all need to be aware that everything should be done in moderation and this article is not suggesting that you go to your local Greek or Southern Italian place and order a highly caloric dish followed by a dark chocolate bar.  Overeating can also be very dangerous and is a leading cause of death in America, but, isn’t it nice to know that, in some instances, we can have our cake and eat it too, even if it portion controlled?

Brains, Bones & Brawn

Boxing

Why do so many people hate doing cardio?  It has been called monotonous; actor Stephen Moyer even said, “Cardiovascular is the devil.”  So what’s the deal with cardiovascular exercise?  If so many people hate doing it, why should we?  Maybe we should stick to toning.  Well, before you throw your Nikes in the trash, read this article.  Cardiovascular exercise is one of the most powerful ways of beating the clock and keeping your brain sharp.

Need proof? According to the Journals of Gerontology, a study was conducted in 2006 involving 59 participants between the ages of 60 and 79.  The group was split in half.  For six months, one-half of the group did cardiovascular exercise while the others did stretching and toning and guess what they found out?  The half that did the cardiovascular showed a significant increase in brain volume in both gray and white matter, while the half that did the toning and stretching showed no increase.  Shocking, isn’t it?  Although toning is not without its rewards, it was concluded from the study that cardiovascular exercise actually spares brain tissue and improves cognitive functioning.

Still not convinced? Physical therapist and fitness expert Maureen Hagan says, “Fitness is a youth serum.” U.S. guidelines suggest the average person get 150 minutes of cardio per week, but Hagan’s research suggests that 240 minutes is best for optimal heart health.

(Yeah, that’s 4 hrs. – sorry)  But, just think, aerobic exercise increases the mitochondrial function, associated with energy production, which can decrease with age.(No kidding!)

So, now that you have resigned yourself to the fact that cardio is necessary, you will need to pick your poison. According to Hagan, memorizing choreographed dance steps involves working your brain as well as your body. Consider kickboxing, dancing, or rumba for those.  And be sure to keep those arms and legs in motion.  Hagan says that crossing your legs and arms over the middle of your body actually increases communication between the right and left brain hemispheres and  prevents lapses in short term memory!

“But”, you say in a final attempt at denial, “I heard that high impact workouts can be harmful.”  Well, you are not wrong.  Cardio can be dangerous to muscles, ligaments and cartilage, whereas toning will  actually protect bones from impact and increase bone density, while reducing the risk of osteoporosis.  Toning will also preserve muscle mass as you age and improve flexibility, stability and balance and strong bones. An added bonus:  by  improving your balance, you reduce your risk of falling.  Imagine that: not only will you decrease your chance of falling, but you also increase your chance of coming out of the fall in one piece!  No wonder toning is also credited with building confidence! Good examples of toning exercises include dumbbell reps, squats and pilates.

In conclusion, to lose body fat, it takes three things : cardio, strength training, and a low-calorie diet. So, get that heart pumping and keep that back straight and keep those muscles toned, and, the next time you are running on your treadmill or doing those reps and wishing you were doing anything else but, just remember,  you are doing yourself a world of good, so keep it up and we salute you!

Key Anti-Aging Ingredients

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just click a button and magically stop our aging in its tracks? Well, of course, that would be amazing but unfortunately, we don’t have that luxury. We DO however have the ability to consume a number of ingredients that will help us slow down the aging process and look our best over time!

Woman applying sunscreen

First and Foremost. Sunscreen.
Sunscreen is easily overlooked and passed by day after day. Many of us think that sunscreen is only necessary when we are going to be in the sun for extended periods of times. But, we are so, SO wrong. Sunscreen should be part of your daily “getting ready” routine. Yes, that means before your makeup and before you leave your house for a “normal” day that may not even include any outside time. The sun’s harmful rays have a way of getting to our skin even in very short amounts of time. Using sunscreen daily helps prevent and slow the development of wrinkled, aged skin. As a result, your skin appears smoother and has a healthy glow rather than the leathery look the sun can cause.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids are the Next Best Option to Save Your Skin!
How would an acid prevent aging?!? Well, not all acids are bad for the human body. Alpha-hydroxy acids or AHAs have been around for quite some time but recently there has been more attention brought to them for their lasting effects on keeping your skin young! AHAs are found in nature, specifically in fruit and milk. These acids work to break apart the intercellular glue that holds old skin cells on the epidermis. Without this happening, your skin looks finer and brighter. That’s not it! Alpha-hydroxy acids also work to increase the production of collagen and elastic, both necessary for healthy looking skin. This leaves your skin feeling oh-so-soft because it allows your skin to retain more moisture. Be sure to apply your sunscreen before going into the sun if you are planning on introducing AHAs to your beauty regime. AHAs can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun but are TOTALLY worth the anti-aging benefits.

Retinol formula

Retinol AKA Vitamin A
Retinol is one of the most effective ingredients that has a way of telling cells how to act like an un-aged, healthier, younger skin cell. In other words, retinol is able to stop free-radical harm within skin cells that ultimately results in aged, wrinkly skin. Just as Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, it also has the ability to increase collagen production for smoother skin. But wait, that’s not all! This vitamin will literally decrease the appearance of discolorations on your skin from previous sun damage. Remember when you are shopping for Retinol products to stick to products that are in an opaque, closed container as sun exposure can break down the vitamins. In addition, start with a small mix of retinol and your normal moisturizer. Retinol creams can be known to aggravate skin so it is best to gradually introduce it into your daily routine.

The Spot Remover: Hydroquinone
For those who are looking for a way to look younger by banishing those darn dark sunspots from years of sun damage, you might want to try hydroquinone. Skin bleaching is a controversial topic so this product should be used with caution. A small amount will go a long way. This product will virtually fade hyperpigmentation by stopping the enzymes that increase melanin production.

The Calcium – Vitamin D Combo Explained

Calcium and vitamin D

It has been said that beauty and is in the bones and, surely, there is truth in this saying  After all, it is the skull that is responsible for the shape of the face,  one of the most valued and obsessed over parts of our body.   Bones also make movement possible, allowing us to perform our all important exercise routines and to walk with ease and grace. Indeed, where would we be without these all-important tenants of the body?  We would be shapeless sacks of flesh.  Imagine how we would look in our jeans!  We should also note that bones are responsible for protecting our vital organs and sheltering our reproductive organs. But, while we are singing the praises of bones, we should also note that, if we want our bones to continue to keep us healthy and beautiful, we need to make sure they get plenty of calcium and, in order to make sure that calcium does its job,  it  needs to be paired with vitamin D.

Calcium is a mineral that is naturally found in foods and is necessary for bone formation and maintenance.  Because our bodies don’t produce this mineral, it is vital that we obtain it from outside sources.  Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption of calcium from the stomach, hence the calcium vitamin D combination.  Used together, they can prevent calcium deficiencies and osteoporosis.  So how can we make sure that we are getting enough of both?

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation,  the recommended dosage of calcium for the average adult is between 1000-1300 milligrams daily.  It is generally higher for women over 50.  It is recommended that people get 200- 800 international units of Vitamin D.  You can find both these vitamins in supplement form, but be warned those of you who choose to go this route!!  You may avoid calories, but you will sacrifice benefits.  Synthetic supplements contain chemical binders, toxic preservatives, artificial fillers and even coal and tar derivatives!!  We are far better getting our calcium and Vitamin D from natural sources.  Some of the best food sources of calcium include okra, spinach, collards, kale, soybeans, white beans and OJ.  You can get your vitamin D from fatty fish (like tuna, mackerel, salmon), cheese, egg yolks, and beef liver.  Doctors also recommend exposure to sunlight as a way of getting your Daily Dose of D.

And, this just in!  To give the calcium and vitamin D a major boost, add Vitamin K!  According to Doctor Joseph Mercola, Vitamin K is a vitamin generally used in blood clotting.  However, it has been newly discovered that it can also move calcium around to the proper parts of your body, like your bones and teeth.  Although exact numbers have not been confirmed, it is recommended that a person gets 180 to 200 mgs. of Vitamin K per day.  K can be found in leafy, green vegetables.

So now your set!  You’ve got your calcium for strong bones, vitamin D to make sure the calcium is absorbed and Vitamin K to make sure it gets to the right place.  So go out and get your vitamins and be beautiful!!!

The Correct Amount of Product

Friends applying skin care products

If a little of something is good, then more must be better, right? Not so when it comes to beauty products. Use too little and you won’t get the full benefit of the products you’ve invested your hard-earned money in. Use too much and you can waste product, along with causing buildup and breakouts. Below is a cheat sheet for you to find out just how much of your most-used products to use.

Makeup Remover
If you’re looking for convenience, look no further than pre-soaked makeup remover wipes. Some wipes need to be dampened with water before use, others you take straight to your face. For those of you who prefer your makeup remover in a bottle, simply moisten a cotton pad with just enough product to saturate it, then gently remove your makeup.

Facial Cleanser
For regular liquid cleansers, a nickel-sized amount of product is enough to properly wash your face and neck. If you’re using a foam cleanser, one pump is all you need. Massaging the product into your skin first, before using a washcloth or other scrubbing device will ensure your skin is getting the benefit of the product!

Exfoliator
When using a physical exfoliator, like a facial scrub, a dime-sized amount is all you need. Chemical exfoliators (such as glycolic acid or lactic acid) can typically be used in smaller amounts; a pea-sized amount will do.

Mask
Depending on the face mask, a nickel-sized amount will be enough to cover your face and neck. Typically, masks call for a thin layer of product and using more doesn’t make the product work any better. Some masks, on the other hand, you won’t need to apply to your entire face, so start with a pea-sized amount and add more if needed.

Toner
For toners that come in a spray bottle, 2-3 spritzes across the face and neck are all you need. Regular liquid toners can be applied to a cotton pad and then wiped across the face and neck.

Serum
A serum is a concentrate of skin-loving ingredients, so a little goes a long way. Start with a pea-sized amount to apply to your face and neck and only use more if you need it.

Moisturizer
Whether you are using daytime or nighttime facial moisturizer, a dime-sized amount will suffice when applying it to your face and neck. Your skin should never feel greasy or dry after applying moisturizer, so if you find that your skin cannot absorb that much product, you may need a lighter formula, and if your skin is still dry— a richer formula.

Eye Cream
Apply your eye cream by gently dabbing a pea-sized amount of product around the corners and underneath of each eye with a pinky or forefinger to prevent tugging.

Sunscreen
This is one product most people don’t use enough of! For your face alone, use a nickel-sized amount for adequate protection. For covering the rest of your body, use the equivalent amount of a full shot glass.

Get Glowing Skin

Woman with glowing skin

Sometimes the youthful glow and soft, supple quality of skin you so desperately seek may feel like a wild goose chase. You’ll hear all kinds of tips and tricks that are supposed to give you flawless skin, but prove to be nothing but duds when put to the test. Don’t worry, though, because we’ve got your back. We’ve compiled a list of tested, proven ways to get the beautiful, glowing skin you want, no myths, no lies, no nonsense. Only the ones that actually work. For best results, do as many of these as possible.

Skincare
Of course, direct care for your skin is one of the most necessary and vital components to achieving and maintaining radiant skin. Certainly, it’s not the only thing to keep in mind, but it’s one of the most important. Make sure to exfoliate regularly. The dead skin cells on the surface of your epidermis will come off eventually, sure, but if you want to avoid dullness and encourage radiance, weekly or twice-weekly exfoliation is best.

Make sure your daytime moisturizer has SPF, as well, specifically broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher. After all, few things are less radiant than skin cancer. You may also wish to use a night cream with retinol in it, to soften your skin and help prevent wrinkles. Finally, just remember to experiment to find what works best for you, personally. Everyone is different, and everyone’s skin is different. What works for someone else may not work for you. Keep trying until you find the perfect products for you.

Woman applying makeup

Makeup
While covering up your flaws with makeup isn’t necessarily the healthiest solution, “fake it ’till you make it” definitely applies here. After all, changes to the skin itself take time. While you’re waiting for your revamped skincare routine to kick in, you can use makeup to compensate in the meantime.

Dabbing and blending highlighter along your jawline, with a careful, steady hand, can certainly help. Using illuminating and radiance-boosting foundation can also go a great deal. Play around and find what works for you.

Remember to Catch Some Zs
Sleep! No, seriously, sleep deprivation makes your skin look dull and unflattering. It’s not called beauty rest for nothing. Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep every night. If you’re getting less than seven (or more than nine—oversleeping is bad too) reevaluate your sleep habits and make changes to your schedule if necessary.

Woman eating healthy food

Nutrition
Remember how we said skincare is one of the most important means to achieving glowing skin? Well, the other most important aspect is probably nutrition. That old adage “you are what you eat” is actually pretty accurate on a number of fronts, including your skin. After all, consider that the material for replacing and maintaining your body’s cells—what your entire body is made of—comes from what you put in your mouth.

For good skin, drink plenty of water. Keep water nearby at all times and sip whenever thirsty. Further, eat lots of dark, leafy greens and a variety of different fruits, vegetables, and protein sources. Finally, consider taking a daily multivitamin, and especially make sure you get 100% daily value of B-vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium, and Iron.

Top Reasons to Enjoy More Water

Woman drinking water

Human bodies are made up mostly of water, so it’s no wonder we consider water to be the ideal choice in beverages. However, many people walk around chronically dehydrated and don’t even realize it. Adults should aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day and more if you’re physically active, breastfeeding, or are outdoors in warm weather. If you need some motivation to keep on sipping, below are eight reasons to get you started:

More Energy
Dehydration can cause a myriad of unpleasant symptoms that include muscle weakness, fatigue, and dizziness. When these symptoms occur, they will prevent you from performing your daily activities and having enough energy for exercise.

Weight Loss
While it may seem simple, to simply drink water and lose weight, for those who typically reach for drinks with calories (such as soda, juice, milk, or alcohol), drinking water may provide the calorie deficit needed for weight loss. Dehydration is often a cause of cravings, as well, so instead of heading down the junk food aisle, snack on foods with a high water content such as melon or cucumber slices.

Less Pain
Other symptoms of dehydration are headaches, muscle cramps, and stiff, painful joints. Drinking water can ease these painful symptoms by providing sufficient water to the brain, delivering nutrients to the muscles, and lubricating the joints.

Better Focus
Our brains are made up primarily of water so when we’re dehydrated, not only do we have headaches, but we also suffer from a lack of focus, memory, and concentration. Increasing the amount of water you drink can dramatically improve your brain function.

Healthy Skin
Our skin is one of the first places to suffer when we become dehydrated and the effect is dull and dry skin. Over time, this leads to premature aging of the skin and makes it prone to other skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Drinking more water promotes healthy cell turnover and keeps your skin looking vibrant and healthy.

Better Digestion
The colon and intestines require water to keep waste moving, which is why constipation is one of the most common symptoms of dehydration. Acid reflux is another digestive complaint that can be alleviated with proper hydration.

Toxin Elimination
Water plays a vital role in how our bodies transport vitamins and minerals to our organs, but it’s also what carries toxins out of our body, in the form of sweat and urine. Without adequate water, we are at risk for developing painful infections and conditions such as kidney stones.

It’s Inexpensive
Of all the products marketed to you claiming to make you healthier, water is the cheapest one of all. Drink your water straight from the tap or invest in a filtration system if you prefer (it’ll pay itself off in no time).

While most people can definitely stand to drink more water, there is such thing as drinking too much water. Instead of waiting till you are dehydrated (thirst is a sign of dehydration), drink small amounts of water throughout the day and avoid drinking more than 4 cups of water at one time.