Monday, 25 June 2012

10 Sneaky Ways To Trick Yourself Into Drinking More Water

Water is Essential to Life

Drinking water is essential to life, if you don't drink you will die it's as simple as that. However, drinking optimum amounts is often difficult and with the addition of tea, coffee, soda, milk and other beverages you might come across it can actually be quite hard to get pure water into your daily routine. 

The DailyBurn Blog have written a neat little article called 10 Sneaky Ways To Trick Yourself Into Drinking More Water which gives you great ways to get more water into your system. 

As you probably know water helps you to keep hydrated and also helps the body to eliminate toxins from your system, including pollutants and things like alcohol. It also helps with making your skin look great too. Check out my other article on the importance of drinking water if you want to find out some more information.

Drinking Humor

There are some great humorous drinking products out on Zazzle at the moment. If you like to have a laugh or know someone who would appreciate them then check out these:

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Exercising With a Disability

Hospital Discharge

When I first came out of hospital I was very weak. I decided that I needed a program that would make me strong enough to go back to work so I had a search around on YouTube for something that I could do sitting down if necessary and without weights if I was too weak. I found Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and ordered it from Amazon.

Review of the 30 Day Shred

I wrote a review of the 30 Day Shred over on HubPages. I talk about my experience with the program and how it helped me to get back to work. I'll also give you a link to the DVD on Amazon so you can get a copy for yourself.


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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Preventing Tick Bites: A Cause For Lyme Disease

What is Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread through the bites of infectious ticks. The bacteria is called Borrelia burgdorferi but it does have various sub-types that cause the infection too. The first symptom is a rash that radiates out from the tick bite, if the disease is not treated with antibiotics then the patient can go on to develop painful joints, heart problems and nerve problems.

How Do Ticks Create Lyme Disease

Ticks are small insect-like creatures that feed on blood from animals, and, occasionally humans. When an infected tick bites it will stay attached for 24-48 hours depending on when its last feed was. During this time the bacteria that is in the tick's stomach will rise to its mouth and into the bite wound when it becomes engorged.

Preventing Tick Bites

There are certain things you can do to prevent getting bitten by a tick:
  • If possible, avoid areas where infected ticks live - particularly in the summer months. When out in the countryside, keep to paths and away from long grass or overgrown vegetation, as ticks crawl up long grass in their search for a feed.
  • If living or visiting a tick-prone area, when outdoors wear appropriate clothing. That is: long-sleeved shirts and long trousers tucked into socks. Light-coloured fabrics are useful, as it is easier to see ticks against a light background.
  • Inspect your entire body each day to check for ticks and remove any that are on the skin. Make sure that children's head and neck areas, including scalps, are properly checked.
  • Consider using a tick repellent spray, cream, etc, on your skin that contains N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET).
  • Check that ticks are not brought home on clothes.
  • Check that pets do not bring ticks into the home on their fur.
Do not:
  • Burn the tick off (for example, using lighted cigarette ends or match heads).
  • Apply petroleum jelly, alcohol, nail varnish remover, or other substances (as this may stimulate the tick to regurgitate potentially infected material into the skin, which may increase the risk of transmission of infection).
  • Use your fingers to pull the tick off, and don't squeeze the tick.
After removal, clean the skin with soap and water, or skin disinfectant, and wash hands.


Friday, 1 June 2012

Dehydration and How To Avoid It

What is Dehydration?

Dehydration means that your body does not have as much water and fluids as it needs to function properly. Dehydration can be mild, moderate, or severe depending on how much fluid your body needs replacing. When dehydration is severe it is life-threatening and emergency medical attention is vital to survive.

What Causes Dehydration

Dehydration is caused by losing too much fluid and by not drinking enough water or fluids to replace it. You can lose fluids by the following ways:
  • Excessive sweating from exercise
  • Excessive urine (undiagnosed diabetes or too much caffeine or diuretics)
  • Fever
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite due to sickness
  • Nausea
  • Sore throat
  • Mouth sores

Symptoms of Dehydration

  • Thirst sensation
  • Dry mouth
  • Tiredness
  • Coma (severe dehydration)
  • Little to no urine which is dark on production
  • No tears
  • Sunken eyes


A doctor/medical professional will check for the following to diagnose dehydration:
  • A drop in blood pressure when you stand up
  • General low blood pressure
  • Skin test - it loses it's elasticity
  • High heart rate
  • Shock
  • Blood work

Treating Dehydration

For mild dehydration it is best to drink small amounts of fluids frequently as drinking too much too fast can induce vomiting.

It is best to not just drink water but to have an electrolyte solution or freezer pop as this will help to restore the chemical imbalance in your blood and help to reduce many symptoms quickly. 

For severe dehydration hospitalization and intravenous fluids are necessary to rehydrate.


It is important to drink your fluids regularly, especially in hot weather. If you or someone you know is sick then it is important to have small amounts of fluids frequently as this will keep you hydrated but also help to clear up any vomiting or diarrhea you may be experiencing.

During hot weather keep out of the sun. If you are outside then stick to the shade, wear a hat and sun-block, drink frequently and if you feel ill head inside immediately to cool off.

Here are some handy bottles you can carry around to keep you hydrated during the day.

If you are already dehydrated and need to replace electrolytes then I would recommend some of these products from Amazon:

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