Keeping hydrated with H2 OH!

One of the challenges in this month’s Monthly Challenge was to concentrate on water intake.

Water is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Keeping yourself hydrated is a vital part of life. Water makes up 60 percent of your body weight, according to USGS.

There is varying information on how much water each person should drink. At the very least six servings a day should be consumed. I have read eight servings is essential. (A serving is 8 ounces.)

I have also read that whatever your weight is, let’s say 140 pounds, you should drink half your weight in water. So for my example, 80 ounces a day.

If you drink caffeine and/or alcohol it is important to stay hydrated. If you exercise consider increasing your water intake somewhat as well.

According to a Mayo Clinic article, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. … Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

Most of us probably experience mild symptoms when dehydrated such as low energy, headache and thirst. But there are severe complications that can come with being dehydrated.

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Keeping hydrated safely in Mexico

We got into Mexico City last night. Our friends Iris and David picked us up from the airport.

We navigated our way to their neighborhood–Condesa, which according to David is the Rockridge of Mexico City. (If you don’t know Rockridge that means you probably haven’t visited us in Oakland.)

When we got to their house one of the first things I asked David was about the water. They have a big jug of bottled water in their house. They use it to make coffee, to drink, to brush their teeth, to take pills, etc.

It is an interesting experience brushing my teeth over the sink with a pitcher of water in hand.

I am used to being able just fill up my water bottle wherever I go. I have always done that in Europe. Though “free” water is harder to come by in Europe. If you get water at a restaurant you usually have to pay for it.

According to FAQs on All About Mexico City, in most hotels and restaurants, you will get purified water, if in doubt – ASK.  (Agua purificada, por favor.)  I would not drink the water from a private home or condo, unless you know there is a purification system … Continue reading

Let’s play a drinking game … drink more water

One day on the shuttle bus on the way to work I said to one of my co-workers/friends, Let’s play a drinking game. Every time I drink water you drink water. For some time now I have been encouraging him to drink more water.

I mentioned this story to another co-worker. She said she wanted to play the drinking game, too. She doesn’t take the shuttle bus to work. So I gave her another hint: Drink water while driving to and from work. She told me the other day she has been doing that and has been drinking more water. YEA!

I have written about water in the past. But I feel like this is an important subject, which can be written and talked about over and over.

Another co-worker sent me a forwarded e-mail called Water vs. Coke. I am sure many of you have seen this in the past.

According to a Livestrong article, some of the water stats are proven below. I can’t find anything that proves or disproves this whole list. But from my experience and all the research I have done over the years I believe most of them. According to Snopes.com, we don’t necessarily … Continue reading

Dry nose remedies

(Be warned: Some of the pics associated with the articles I link up not are not exactly appealing. I mean they aren’t grotesque, just remember it is noses.)

It was either last Thursday or Friday while in Las Vegas that I noticed that my nose was really dry. I have never had a bloody nose before but I felt like I was about to get one. I was pretty sure it had to do with the dry environment.

Almost a week later my nose is still feeling dry.

I did a little research to find ways to “cure” my dry nose. Such as keeping hydrated, using a saline solution or even a humidifier.

When I was discussing my dry nose with Jen while still in Vegas she mentioned the saline solution. I just can’t do that. I have this thing with not wanting to put anything up my nose, which includes inhalers, sprays and drugs!

I also thought about using petroleum jelly. This article on Livestrong mentions petroleum jelly is OK in small doses and as long as it is used for a short period of time. Apparently it can be inhaled into the lungs. Yuck. I used … Continue reading