Hydrating Is More Important Than You Think

Hydrating Is More Important Than You Think

You can live almost a month without food, but only a week without water.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Something I always hear from my Dad and something many of you may also often hear. Water makes up about 60% of the average adult's body and is important for various functions and health factors. While most of you already know this, you, and me, brush off drinking water like it is no big deal! Personally, I struggle with getting my water intake because I just don't think of it or I'd rather be drinking something tastier, like coffee. While coffee makes me smile, it probably isn't a great benefit to my health like water. Every person needs water on a daily basis, some more than others. Even though I know I need it, I find myself putting it off-- something that needs to stop. For those of you who say that water is one of the less important things in life, this will make you think again. First let's look at the facts about water and yourself.

According to The Institute of Medicine, the adequate intake of water for men is 13 cups, and for women 9 cups. This doesn't sound too bad, right? Most of the time you can get your adequate intake from your normal beverage and food consumption. However, it is important to remember to keep hydrating throughout the day in to stay on top of this. So what are the benefits to drinking water? Water helps with all the following and more: keeping your body temperature in control, protecting your spinal cord, tissues and joints, and assisting with digestion and the removal of waste. When you don't drink more water than your body is putting out, you can become dehydrated, which makes your body have a harder time functioning due to the lack of water. An easy identifier of dehydration is the color of your urine... let's just say it shouldn't be looking that yellow.

Drinking water also has other benefits than just making a well-oiled machine for your body to function. Water also can help with the following:

- Making you feel more full, leading to less calorie consumption.

- Giving your muscles more water, leading to more energy.

- Reducing the risk of pimples by flushing out toxins.

- Helping nails become stronger.

- Helping prevent hair loss.

- Helping staying focused and alert.

- Preventing muscles and joints from becoming stiff and achy.

With all the great benefits and need for water to stay alive, it is clear you need to keep track of just how much you are getting. Whether you don't drink enough because you simply forget to, don't want to because there is no taste, or it makes you always have to go the bathroom, try to change your habits! My best advice is to try to drink one glass in the morning before, or with your breakfast. Not only will you be kicking off the day by hydrating, but it will be a reminder to continue to do so throughout the day. If you need to keep a reminder on your phone to stay hydrated, it may be beneficial. Another way to get your fluids in is try adding some fruit to your water. Fruit infused water is a great way to add some flavor, but no extra calories or junk for your body. Also, spice it up a bit with seltzer or sparkling water if you want that soda feel. My go-to is seltzer water in a unique glass or water bottle with a straw -- it makes drinking water a little more festive and fun.

Another great way to stay hydrated is to set goals. If you drink this much water you can do this, or get that. Make a reward system and you will eventually find yourself wanting to drink water, and not making yourself do it. It's always hard at first to start this habit because you are not used to drinking so much. Eventually, your body will adjust and you won't need to make so many bathroom breaks in a short period of time and you won't find yourself forcing that water down. It might sound crazy, but after a while of drinking so much water on a daily basis, just one day without your usually intake you will find your body craving it. Water may not taste like anything, but it sure helps with a lot. It actually could be considered a cure all. A secret weapon for sure.



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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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An Incurable Disease Doesn't Change The Love I Have For You

Because one day the one you love the most is fine and the next day they're not, it causes devastation you never truly recover from.


Loving someone with an incurable disease is the most emotionally straining thing I have ever experienced.

My significant other and I have been together for almost six years. During the summer of 2018, we all noticed the significant changes he was going through. He had lost around fifty pounds and had a lack of appetite. We had figured something was going on, however, we didn't realize it was anything serious.

Fast forward to the Fall semester of 2018. I had visited my boyfriend and we had expressed certain concerns, such as, through the night I would try and get him to stop uncontrollably itching his legs to the point of bleeding, or that he was looking a little yellow and was exhausted all the time. After seeing his sister in November, while I was at school, she pleaded with him to go to urgent care because he did not look good. He was yellow, exhausted, and very sickly looking. We didn't realize that the urgent care visit would be the precedent of the rest of our lives.

After coming home for Thanksgiving and spending a week straight in the hospital with him, it finally set in that something was not right. Between all the vomit, getting moved for testing, the weakness, the constant calling for medications because the pain was so severe, and the almost month-long stay in the hospital, it hit me full force that something was really wrong. Words will never truly describe the emotions I was feeling, or the burden of my thoughts that I felt were too selfish to pass on anyone, so I kept them to myself.

When we finally got the diagnosis, we were surprised. PSC, otherwise known as Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, is an incurable liver disease that affects the bile ducts which become scarred and inflamed, more likely than not lead to cirrhosis and an inevitable transplant. There was no cure, rather the only solution was a liver transplant, and even then the disease can be recurring.

I was thinking selfishly. I was torn in two. What would our future look like? Could we have children? Could we ever do the things we used to?

Loving someone with an incurable disease is a mix of emotions. There is a constant fear in the back of my mind that he is going to wake up in intense pain and have to be rushed to the hospital. There is a constant fear of every time waiting for the bi-weekly blood test results to come back, in fear that his Bilirubin spiked again or he is undergoing a flare up and needs to be hospitalized. There is a constant anxiety that one day he's going to be fine, and the next day he won't be. Even the simple things, such as laying beside one another, was a constant fear I had, due to the pain he was in every day. What if I hit him in my sleep on accident? What if I accidentally hugged a little too tightly and caused him pain?

Loving someone with an incurable disease can be a fluctuation of emotions, however, he makes it worth it.


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