The Benefits of Drinking Water

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health | Posted on 29-10-2017

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Anyone who has ever fasted, particularly the special type of fasting done during the month of Ramadan, knows the value of water. When you are fasting, you might not be that interested in food, but you are certainly going to be thinking about water. When you fast completely from sunrise to sunset, you are fasting from food, water, and other things. Your body needs water regularly, and especially in this hot, dry desert region where dehydration can be a problem. So, the lack of water during the hot daylight hours of Ramadan can be a real problem for some people, especially if they don’t drink enough water during the evening hours. So it is imperative that you drink enough water during that time.

The question is what is so special about water? Well, to tell you the truth, a lot! Remember that water contributes to 70% on average or so of our entire body weight. Without water we can’t live. It’s as simple as that. We need water just as we need air to breathe.

Water helps us to metabolize many kinds of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It is responsible for helping us to carry out our urinary functions and our bowel functions as well. If we do not drink enough water, we often find ourselves suffering from urinary infections or constipation, both of which are miserable. We need to get all those toxins out of our bodies and the only way to do that is to drink water (in addition to eating a healthy diet).

Did you know that if you don’t drink enough water, your blood can actually become quite thick? When that happens you can imagine how difficult it is for your blood to circulate around in your body. It is the same way with our lymph circulation as well. We need to do whatever it takes to increase both our blood and our lymph circulation, and one of the best ways to do that is to drink plenty of good fresh water. The definition of good fresh water doesn’t have to be mineral water, or even spring water either, but can be simply good carbon filtered or ozone enhanced water, particularly living here in Kuwait, with the treated water that is available out of the taps. In fact, too much mineral water can actually be detrimental to your health. Luckily, we have plenty of good bottled purified water available at all the supermarkets in Kuwait, that doesn’t contain excess amounts of minerals.

Did you know that if you are overweight, drinking plenty of water will actually help you to lose weight? If you don’t drink enough, your body will not be able to react properly and metabolize at the faster pace you need to be able to keep weight off, thus making you feel sluggish, and lethargic, which is the opposite of what you need to be when you are overweight. It is water that helps our bodies to burn fat. The less water you drink, the harder it is going to be to lose weight. Plus, if you are one of those people who retain water it is even more important that you take care to drink plenty of water, because the less water you drink, the more likely it is going to be that you will retain more water. So, drinking more and more water will actually help your body to get rid of all that excess water weight that it is holding on to.

Your skin will also thank you for drinking plenty of water, because without it, you will most likely have dry, dehydrated skin. You will also not have that glow that everyone wants. That is the glow that tells others that you are healthy. It is so important and even can help prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Plus, in this super hot region, particularly when we are fasting, drinking plenty of water during the non-fasting hours is imperative for regulating the temperature of our bodies. If we don’t have enough water circulating around our bodies, we cannot get the optimum temperature control that we need, and this is extremely important to our general health.  This is another part of a properly working metabolism, and without that we can’t expect our bodies to work well otherwise.

Also, if you want your brain to function as it should you absolutely must drink plenty of water. It is extremely important that you get in enough hydrating water in to your evening hours, so that your mental functions stay healthy and at an optimal pace.

You are also more likely to come down with the host of viruses and bacteria that are going around if you don’t drink enough water. When you are getting enough water your body is able to flush out those invaders and keep you safe from their attack.

So, starting from the time you break your fast, until the time of the early morning call to prayer, make sure that you drink plenty of water. Keep a small bottle of water with you at all times, in order to remind you to drink it. Don’t skimp, and preferably don’t drink lots of coffee, tea, and carbonated drinks, which will take away from your overall hydration. Sip water throughout your waking non-fasting hours, and be as healthy as you can be!




Your Circadian Clock

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Natural Weight Loss, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 01-10-2017

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        Every single person (even animals have it too) on earth has something called a circadian clock. This organ is also called the “biological clock”, and is known scientifically as the “suprachiasmatic nucleus” (SCN). This so-called clock is responsible for the inner rhythms of our bodies, which technically run on a 25 hour cycle (although we assume a 24 hour cycle based on daylight and nighttime hours). Actually the circadian clock is really a tiny organ consisting of two tiny lobes the size of pin heads and made up of thousands of tiny neurons found in the hypothalamus in our brains that is responsible for the timings of our existences. This tiny organ gives the body information and changes things, for example temperature, awareness (wakefulness), and hormonal changes. It is believed that light plays an important part in the operation of this organ, and thus the daytime, nighttime differences that are found. But it is known to be affected by other influences as well, even sounds, etc. (like the ringing of an alarm clock for example). This is also why people get jet lag when changing time zones, especially when going forward in time. The circadian clock basically rules over many important hormonal functions through the pineal gland also found in the brain. It is so important that without the proper workings of it, we can easily die. That is one of the reasons that people who are severely sleep deprived begin to hallucinate and can eventually die in some extreme cases if the lack of sleep continues for any length of time.

It is due to this circadian clock that we have that it is important that we sleep at night and wake up in the daytime. The circadian clock is also why people who work the night shift and sleep during the daytime can possibly become ill, and often (if not always) do not get that completely rested feeling that people who sleep at night get. They go through life feeling “not quite right”. Indeed, they aren’t because there are some important hormones that are only secreted during certain periods of sleep at night, and never during the daytime, no matter what period of sleep the person is in. In fact, most work related accidents occur during the night shift or when workers have been sleep deprived. Also, it is known that shift workers suffer from an inordinately high ratio of mental, emotional, and physical problems. If you think about it, that is quite profound. It really makes you think. For all of us night owls all over the world, and all of the late night diwaniyah lovers in these Middle Eastern countries, this should be a word to the wise. While you might think it fun to stay up all night, your body will take the toll, and you will ultimately pay a price for it. You have to ask yourself if it is worth it. Is your daily late night fun worth trading your health for? I don’t think so. This isn’t to say that you can’t stay up late sometimes. Doing anything once in a while isn’t going to hurt you, but staying up all night every single day is going to be harmful sooner or later. So make sure you get to bed early enough to sleep well at night.

If you or someone you know suffers from problems such as depression (or other mental illness), problematic blood pressure, heart and circulation problems, allergies, acne, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, or a host of other ailments, it might be because your sleep schedule is out of kilter. So, in order to solve the problem, one of the first things you must do is to get your sleep back on track. Make sure that you sleep during the nighttime and get up in the morning. Sleeping relatively early is a good idea as well, in order to give your body plenty of time to get the rest it needs so that your circadian clock will be able to function at its best. Waking up early will put your body in good stead for a healthy and energetic day. Once you get on a regular schedule of sleeping at night and waking up early in the day (preferably not sleeping after eating your lunch), you will soon begin to feel much better and often, without doing anything else, your health will automatically improve.

Naturally, ideally you will need to make other healthy changes in your life as well. It is important to make sure that you also eat well. Eating well means that you need to eat whole, preferably organic foods. You have to make sure to get plenty of fresh, healthy sources of protein including seafood, poultry, meats, eggs, etc, and plenty of fresh, wholesome vegetables, with small amounts of whole grains, fruit, and other supplementary foods added for variety. You must also do your best to get in some form of exercise on a regular basis. Any type will do, including walking, swimming, bicycling, and more. Not only will you feel stronger with exercise, but you will sleep better as well, which will definitely help your circadian clock to work better. This will keep your metabolism up, help your circulation and your lymph to carry away the impurities in your body, and turn you into a much healthier person to be sure.

The bottom line is that our circadian clock is extremely important to our daily living. In fact, without it we simply do not live healthily (and in some extreme cases, at all). Just because it is not something obvious that we think about all the time or even notice, doesn’t mean that it isn’t imperative to our well being. In fact, it is one of the most important organs that we have in our bodies. So, we must do the best we can to keep it in tip top shape. This means getting enough sun, enough sleep, and enough good food and exercise. This means sleeping at night and waking up in the daytime, and making sure we stay on this healthy natural cycle. Let’s get healthy!