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You Have the Habit of Health

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

BeautifulBlueDay two of this new year. What positive habit have you incorporated into your daily routine? In my last post, I said the most effective way to add a new positive habit is to link it to a habit you already have, like reading a few lines of a book while you brush your teeth.

Today I’ll tell you about a habit that may be new for you, but it’s one that we all can benefit by implementing. A few years ago, I was having some health challenges that included severe migraine headaches. I went to see my doctor and she immediately observed I was dehydrated. It showed in my blood work and also on my skin that looked dry with deep lines appearing on my face.

Oh course she recommended drinking more water. I visualized a row of eight 8 oz. glasses of water on the countertop that I would never drink in a day. But I really wanted to relieve those headaches and not look so drawn out.

Dehydration is a condition that affects almost everyone. Our bodies are up to 65% water, so when we do not replenish the fluid that we loose naturally through perspiration and urination, a large part of us literally “goes away,” and our body suffers. If you neglected to put oil in your car, think about those grinding gears as the engine tries to function.

Now I rarely have a headache and when I do, I know the reason why. What’s the easy solution that keeps me running smoothly?

Link the habit of drinking water to a habit I already have. Every morning as I pour my cup of coffee, I pour a large glass of water and drink that down before indulging myself with coffee. After six or eight hours of not drinking while you sleep, you are especially dehydrated in the morning.

One glass down, seven to go. Whenever you use the bathroom, you are in the habit of washing your hands. Link to that habit, drinking a glass of water. Whatever goes out, must be replenished. That will add another four of five glasses per day. If you’re not releasing liquid that often, that means you’re not drinking enough.

Another way to ensure hydration is to always ask for a glass of water when you eat out and don’t leave the restaurant until you drink it all. This also works with your meals at home. Have a glass of water along with your usual beverage, especially when drinking alcohol which tends to be dehydrating.

That’s seven glasses. How can you possibly down another? As you go to bed at night, link to your evening ritual pouring a glass of water to set on your nightstand. Take a sip before closing your eyes and any time you wake up in the night. You will wake up refreshed and less dehydrated.

There, you did it!

Your choices become your habits of health.

 

“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.” Aristotle

Reason to Celebrate

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Leonardo da Vinci described it as the driving force of all nature.  Not a day goes by that you and I are not intimately connected to its powers of refreshment and rejuvenation. Whether flowing from a pristine Artesian well or purchased in a three dollar plastic bottle, water is easily  attainable for most of us.

Or is it?

a toddler drinking water from a garden hose Unimaginable as it seems to our pampered way of living, access to clean, drinkable water is not an automatic right for all humanity. This startling fact is the driving force behind the compassionate and grueling work of charity: water.

This munificent organization is about just what its name says. It's sole mission is to apply charitable donations for the procurement of life giving water for all. In the most uninhabitable conditions, wells are drilled, often numerous times, until the goal of drinkable water flows from the earth to supply the parched inhabitants in all corners of the world.

As I watched videos of their Herculean efforts and witnessed the joy on the faces of the grateful recipients, it was easy to write a check as a way to join their celebration. It makes me appreciate my blessings every time I turn on the faucet.

Now I have the opportunity to extend the good feelings and celebration to you. Coming up on my Birthday in just a few days, I'm asking you to be generous- but not to me. Instead, I have pledged my Birthday to the mission of charity: water.

Visit this link, take a sip of your crystal clear water, and be generous.

I thank you on behalf of so many you will help.

Your generosity will ensure that many fellow citizens of earth will continue to have Birthdays, just like you and I.

http://mycharitywater.org/celebrate-water

 

"Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all."

Nelson Mandela

Unintended Drama

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Don't we love to be entertained? Sometimes scared? Shaken out of our daily doldrums? That's why we line up to see the latest movie thriller. And that's why we are frantic if we aren't in front of our big screen TV for the newest episode of our favorite weekly drama series.

But we never imagined the ferocity of the unintended reality show that has just occurred. The broadcast is surreal. We are so accustomed to be shocked and appalled by the eccentricities of our fellow humans, yet this debacle is not human made. The storm of the century.

All the forces of nature combined with the perfect celestial timing to create this scene of devastation. Floating vehicles, boats marooned on sidewalks, unforgiving water depths engulfing streets, and freakish fires obliterating entire neighborhoods. This panorama rivals any Hollywood production.

Yet soon you'll change the channel.

The water will recede.

The vehicles will be scrapped.

And most of us, miles away, will resume our daily doldrums.

The thing about being entertained, or frightened, or shocked is that we get accustomed to the high of it. We crave it. And then it's over till the next time.

As you're fascinated by the telling and retelling of the stories and your eyes are glued to the images of destruction and despair, remember what is human about those stories and the haunting scenes.

Can you put yourself for a moment into a feeling of compassion?

Can you feel gratitude for all that you have?

Can you appreciate the common bond that you share with all people?

Loss of property, extreme discomfort, prolonged inconvenience, these are all, by the grace of God, bearable. But not abandonment.

Do what you can with your thoughts, your prayers, your time and attention. And realize what happens to one of us, happens to all of us.

We are all touched by the ripples from a single drop.

 

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them humanity cannot survive."
Dalai Lama

Day Twenty Nine of the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

What is more precious than clean, drinkable water? Day twenty nine of the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge, I am grateful to the people who work tirelessly to protect the clean water of the Great Lakes and all their tributaries.

Remember a time when drinkable water did not come in plastic bottles? Lakes, streams and aquifers provided crystal clear water for centuries that met all of our needs.

Containing more than twenty percent of the earth's freshwater, the Great Lakes surrounding Michigan make a huge contribution to the world ecosystem. Left to the demands of business, politics and population, that pristine water source could disappear.

Thanks to the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and their pioneering efforts in water protection, we will always have access to our most precious gift of nature.

As you take your next drink of water, read about their important work and show your gratitude.

www.watershedcouncil.org


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