It’s all in the mind. Don’t we hear that all too often? But, it is true – the mind is the most powerful thing we have. Let’s reflect on our health. Is your mind caring for your body enough?

Every day we go about our busy lives usually just taking what fits our schedule – whatever food is available fast, what exercise we can do fast (or do we even have time for that?) or what we can accomplish for the day without thinking about rest (because it’s a waste of time).

Stop and think. What have you done for your wellness lately? You may believe you’re healthy as a horse. You work all day – that serves as exercise. You don’t go hungry – that’s your diet. You sleep some at night – that is enough to keep you going. You might be standing strong right now, but what about in a few years?

You won’t have to reschedule your whole life to accommodate a healthy lifestyle. There are little things that you can change in your everyday routine to be able to care for yourself. You just have to be mindful of what you do. The very first thing you can do is set your mind to it – you have to want it for yourself. Once you’ve got your mind set, think of food. Let’s start with the simple “mom advice” – eat fruits, vegetables, lean protein, drink plenty of water and no junk food. (You can put your mom’s picture on the kitchen counter if that helps.)

After thinking about food, think about exercise. Walk. Walk more. Walking is the simplest form of exercise and it’s practical! You can actually get to where you need to be and get things done while exercising. It’s a little tweak to the daily routine. Walk – don’t ride. Lastly, rest. Make time for it. A well-rested mind and body can do more.

Be mindful of your health now. Your future self will thank you!

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Too much water?

The symptoms of over-hydration look a lot like those of dehydration, according to Reader’s Digest. When you drink too much water, your kidneys become unable to rid your body of the excess liquid and water starts to collect in the body. This can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms, often including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Aim for eight 8-oz glasses per day.

Water for Weight Loss

Water is magic when it comes to weight loss. Water has no calories, it cleanses the body and is an appetite suppressant. Drinking water before meals helps make you feel full faster, therefore you eat less. Water also raises your metabolism and improves your fat burning rate.
Dehydration is often mistaken as hunger. When you are dehydrated, you think you feel hungry, you get a headache and overall loss of energy. Be mindful of what your body is telling you – are you hungry or are you just thirsty?