How Much Water Is Enough?

We all know too well that we should be drinking more water, but HOW MUCH water is enough? has become my question having just completed a diet challenge in which one of the keys is to drink Young Living Slique essential oil in water throughout the day.photo 18971 20101107 200x300 How Much Water Is Enough?

I must admit I can see the changes in my skin and my focus for drinking more water throughout the day and I don’t feel so ‘sluggish’, but what is the recommended daily amount?

Everyone’s daily amount is different and it depends on different factors.

Exercise: If you are exercising and sweating you will need to replace the excess fluids that you lose.  The amount would be determined on how much sweat you are producing.  A marathon runner would need much more water than someone doing a workout but then they would need more than someone who was working outside in the garden.Lavender for families YL 300x200 How Much Water Is Enough?

Environment: A hot environment can cause you to sweat more as the body tries to cool down by releasing moisture to evaporate off of the skin surface.

Health: If you have a health condition that affects the heart, liver, adrenal glands or kidneys you may have to take LESS water so that you don’t overload these organs.  If however you suffer with or are prone to having kidney stones, urinary tract infections or bladder infections one of your ‘tools’ would be to drink plenty of water so that you can flush any excess minerals or toxins out of your system regularly trying to prevent a build up.

Illness: Fever, vomiting and diarrhea cause a large amount of fluid loss so more water consumption would be required to replace the fluid lost.  Doctor’s may also recommend an electrolyte replacement to regain the delicate blood composition of mineral balance.

Pregnancy & Breast-feeding: As an essential provider of life giving nutrients to the unborn child and to a breast fed baby, mothers-to-be and nursing women need extra water so that they can provide for their child. According to the Mayo Clinic’s findings ‘The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink 2.3 liters (about 10 cups) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume 3.1 liters (about 13 cups) of fluids a day.’

So the question remains…..HOW MUCH WATER?

As a general rule, half your body weight (pounds) in ounces is how much water you should be drinking each day, and if you’re exercising and sweating profusely, add another liter of water with half a teaspoon of sea salt to ensure proper electrolyte replenishment. So someone who weighs 200lbs should ideally drink 100 ounces of water (about 6 of the regular sized water bottles).

We also get liquid from our diet, fresh fruits and vegetables can be a great addition.

How can I tell if I am drinking enough water?

photo 96 20051001 1 200x300 How Much Water Is Enough?Your urine is a good indicator of whether you are drinking enough.  Ever notice sometimes that your urine smells really strong? Or that it is a deeper yellow or amber? That is a sign of concentrated urine which is what you try to avoid. It means that you aren’t or haven’t drank enough water.  Ideally your urine should be light and not smell and you should need to go to the bathroom regularly.

I find that if I don’t drink enough water over time I can also see it in my skin.  It loses some of it’s elasticity.  If I gently pinch some skin on the top of my hand and let go it takes a while to ‘ping’ back to how it was. Whereas if I my body is well hydrated the skin immediately ‘pings’ back to how it was before the pinch.

What happens if I don’t drink enough water?

Water is a key component of cell activity within the body and since we are made up of cells it is key and makes up for 60% of your body weight.  The body uses this to help flush toxins from cells and from the body’s organs, carries nutrients to the cell and provides a moist environment for mucous membranes like ear, nose and throat tissues. Water is a major component of all cell activity.

Each day our body uses water through the skin, through the kidney, gut, and respiration (yes, as we breathe we lose water. Remember breathing on glass and drawing a smiley face in the condensation as a child?). 

If you don’t drink enough water you cause a ‘water deficit’ and become dehydrated which can cause additional issues within the body.

Symptoms of dehydration are:

Mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause:

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urine output
  • No wet diapers for three hours for infants
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

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  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults
  • Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
  • Little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be darker than normal
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold
  • In infants, sunken fontanels — the soft spots on the top of a baby’s head
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • No tears when crying
  • Fever
  • In the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness

Get immediate medical care if you develop severe signs and symptoms such as extreme thirst, a lack of urination, shriveled skin, dizziness and confusion.(Mayo Clinic)

Now you know how much water you should drink each day, why and what happens if you don’t drink enough. Now you can be better prepared to support your body simply, by drinking enough water 

Sources:  

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256?pg=1

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/09/13/the-truth-about-how-much-water-you-should-really-drink

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/basics/symptoms/con-20030056

http://www.medicinenet.com/caffeine/page4.htm

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Muscle Pain Helped With Aroma Seiz

I have to share my latest experience with Young Living essential oils, it may help someone in need!

I was having pain in one of my calf muscles for quite a while, I had put it down to the fact that I had been wearing flat shoes as the weather had become nicer. The pain was getting worse and I was having difficulty walking up the slope to my house.

A few days later I was bending over at full extension cleaning a whirlpool bath when I suddenly felt a ‘PING’ in my calf muscle! I would like to say I said ‘Ouch’ but the pain was much more excruciating than an ouch! The muscle felt as though it had snapped in the area that I had been experiencing the calf pain.

After getting over the initial shock of feeling a muscle ‘ping’ in my calf I worked out that it was the muscle that controlled my upward foot movement. 

I am a very active person, how was I going to manage getting around doing all my usual workload until the muscle had healed?  Luckily for me I had just received a free bottle of Young Living’s Aroma Siez essential oil with my latest order and it occurred to me that I had read people using it for muscle issues. 

I looked Aroma Seiz up in my Reference Guide to Essential Oils and sure enough one of the uses was for muscle pain! I began using it immediately and it stopped my muscle contracting within minutes. I continued to apply  Aroma Seiz in the morning before getting up and at night after the day on my feet.  I also made sure I had it with me at all times so if the muscle became really painful during the day I could apply it again.  Meantime I rested my leg as much as possible.  

I was AMAZED at the difference it made! It eased my muscle within minutes stopping it from contracting. That was about 3 weeks ago. I am now able to walk up the slope, carefully so as not to put too much stress on the mending muscle and even managed to go shopping this weekend with my husband.

This, in my opinion, is another truly remarkable blend of essential oils from Young Living that I will NEVER be without in my medicine cabinet!

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AROMA SEIZ ESSENTIAL OIL CONTAINS A BLEND OF:

Basil (Ocimum basilicum),

Marjoram (Origanum majorana),

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia),

Peppermint (Mentha piperita),

and Cypress (Cupresses sempervirens)

 

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Don’t Give Up!

We all struggle with reaching our goals from time to time.  Let’s face it, it is difficult to keep pushing forward when you feel you are pushing through treacle!

If you have set a goal for yourself it means it is something important to you and obviously something you want to achieve.  This video from Tyler Perry is very motivational. He speaks from his heart.  You can feel the sincerity come through the video.  He knows how difficult it is, he has been there too!  So please, take a few minutes to listen to someone who has overcome adversity, let his words help you reach your goal..

I love the part when Tyler points out that he is a human just like you and I and he managed to reach his goal.  We can too.  He is right! We are no different really.

So please……go out there and continue planting your seeds.

Plant a whole field if you need to!

If you don’t plant the seeds nothing will be able to grow.

YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

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Unique Diffuser Pendants For All The Family!

Diffuser necklaces 300x300 Childrens/Teens & Adult Diffuser Pendant NecklacesIt dawned on me when my son came home from school exclaiming that ‘Mom, they wont let me take my Thieves Essential Oil into school.  How am I going to stop getting all of the coughs and colds everyone has?!’ I needed a way that he could use Young Living essential oil that wouldn’t go against the school rules. It was leading up to Christmas and there were some very beautiful diffuser pendants available for women which gave me the idea of making some really fun cute diffuser necklaces for children!

Each of these pendants are handmade with fun and children in mind and each is unique – just like our children. 

 

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I have attached characters and metal charms onto wooden pendants so that Young Living essential oils can be dropped onto the back allowing the oil to diffuse with your child’s body heat and the warmth of the environment allowing him/her to breathe in the benefits of the essential oil throughout the day.EC32b 150x150 Childrens/Teens & Adult Diffuser Pendant Necklaces

Children’s pendants come on fun rainbow elastic cord so that they look great, are easy to get off and on and also to help reduce the risk of strangulation.

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Please be aware that while every effort has been made to make these pendants as safe as possible, they do contain small parts and as such there is a CHOKING HAZARD. Due to this risk, these necklaces ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3 YEARS.

                      Purchase of this product is acceptance of this risk.

C’mon over and take a look! We are adding new ones EVERY WEEK!

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Young Living Farms

The benefits of Young Living essential oils speak for themselves, you don’t have to look too far before someone will excitedly tell you which Young Living essential oil has helped them for a particular problem, whether it is physical, emotional, spiritual or as practical as getting sticky residue out of clothing!

As consumers and sharers we use the end product of an immense amount of hard work, dedication, quality control and attention to providing the purest, highest quality essential oils possible through the ‘Seed to Seal’ process.

I would like to take a moment to look at some of the different farms Dr. Gary Young grows the plants to provide the high quality oils with the ‘Seed to Seal’ philosophy.

Highland Flats Tree Farm, Idaho

Highland Flats Tree Farm Young Living Farms

Highland Flats Tree Farm

The Highland Flats tree farm is 250 acres and is located near Naples, Idaho close to the U.S.-Canada border.  Each Winter, distributors join in harvesting blue spruce, balsam fir, red cedar, and pine trees. Each spring, distributors also participate in the Spring Planting, an important reforestation project that replaces the harvested trees.

At the time of posting, this farm has the newest state of the art distillery!

St. Maries Farm, Idaho

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St. Maries Farm, Idaho

Previous to Young Living’s 1992 purchase of the land for the St. Maries farm, this area had never been exposed to chemicals, pesticides, and manmade fertilizers. This pristine condition makes the 200 acres of soil perfect for the cultivation of botanicals such as melissa, lavender, and tansy.  St. Maries Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is highly regarded for skin and beauty.

Simiane-la-Rotonde Farm, France

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Simiane-la-Rotonde Farm, France

Young Living’s Simiane-la-Rotonde farm is located in Provence, a region of France renowned for its beauty, fragrant lavender fields, and summer-long festivals. Young Living takes advantage of this fertile land to grow clary sage, lavender, and einkorn wheat.

Lavender Farm, Utah

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Lavender Farm, Utah

Featuring over 1,400 acres of herbs, a cool reservoir and fresh mountain air, the lavender farm in Mona, Utah is the largest herb farm and distillery in the world.


 

Guayaquil, Equador

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Equador

2,000 acres of farmland, this Young Living farm grows palo santo trees along with lemongrass,  ruta graveolens (RutaVaLa essential oil), and many more local plants and herbs.  This farm is also proving to be the perfect place to harvest oils that are in short supply throughout the world, such as helichrysum, which is renowned for its restorative properties and supporting the skin, liver, and nervous system.

Palo santo (Bursera graveolens) comes from the same botanical family (Burseraceae) as frankincense, although it is found in South America rather than the Middle East.

Every year Gary Young and a group of Young Living Independent Distributors travel to Guayaquil for the Annual Amazon Adventure. This once-in-a-lifetime experience includes guided hikes through the jungle, tours of the Young Living farm’s fields and distillation facilities, essential oil trainings, and much more.

Salalah Farm, Oman

Salalah Farm Oman Young Living Farms

Salalah Farm, Oman

In 2010, Gary acquired farm acreage in Oman for cultivating Boswellia sacra, or Sacred Frankincense. Now, for the first time in centuries, this precious oil is being distilled in Oman, and Young Living is the first and only company in the world to obtain permission to export it to the Western world. Young Living also Commipihora myrrha, the botanical used to distill myrrh, another prized biblical oil, at the Oman farm.

So while we are busy sharing and enjoying the benefits of these AMAZING essential oils, you can now glimpse into the hard work and dedication that produces such amazing products.

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