Water is one of, if not the, most important part of your diet. Not drinking it can be extremely harmful to your body. This is a reality that many people who don’t like drinking water struggle with. Don’t let this be you any longer! Instead, find unique and interesting ways to boost your water consumption. Start today by reading these few tips on how to increase your water intake when you hate water. It really will make all the difference!

Drink It Whenever You Are Eating

While this might seem like something you already do, make sure you’re more proactive about doing it every single time. When you get yourself a snack or are eating a meal, make sure you have a full glass of water next to you. Incorporate finishing your glass of water as finishing part of your meal or snack. Doing this will entice you to drink water multiple times a day.

Make It Tasty

There are so many unique ways to make your water tasty! You can add fruit for some flavor, or seltzer or any other carbonated drink to get some bubbles. Flavor additives and packets are other tasty additions. There are so many different ways to make your water delicious—you just have to find the right one for you!

Establish Goals

This might seem cliché, but goals can really motivate a person. Setting achievable and attainable goals for water intake will motivate you to drink more and keep hydrated. This can slowly help you work up to drinking and consuming the amount of water you should be having—and possibly even liking it in the process. Sounds like a win-win!

These three ways on how to increase you water intake when you hate water can keep you hydrated and healthy! Try them out and find the best one for you. Before you know it, you’ll be loving water. Who knows? It might even become your choice beverage.

 

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Fertility can be a difficult struggle for many women. We have compiled four natural ways to increase fertility that might just make a difference. Read below to see if any of these ideas are different from what you’ve already tried.

Eat More Fiber

Consuming more fiber can be a very good natural way to increase fertility. Basically, by eating fiber, you’re helping your body get rid of excess hormones while balancing your blood sugar. Decreased hormone concentrations directly lead to a decrease in anovulation.

Stay Active

Physical activity and exercise can have many benefits on your health—increased fertility being one of them. Exercise helps fertility not only for females but also for men. Too little exercise—as well as too much—can directly cause a decrease in fertility, so finding a good balance of staying active will hopefully increase your odds of becoming pregnant.

Take Natural Supplements

A few natural supplements, including royal jelly and maca, have been linked to increased fertility. You should always ask your doctor before taking these substances, but doing some research on how exactly these two natural supplements can increase fertility might be beneficial. Both have been used in animal studies and have been found to have a strong and positive effect on fertility.

Make Time To Relax

Stress can have negative effects on your body. It can directly decrease one’s chances of getting pregnant due to the hormonal changes it can cause. To eliminate stress, make sure you carve out time for you to relax and wind down. Resting and taking some time for yourself are always important, but they’re even more important if you’re trying to increase fertility.

These four natural ways to increase fertility can really make all the difference. They’re all simple and easy, and you can do them daily to improve your fertility overall. As always, make sure you speak with your doctor before you try out any of these tips.

 

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The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it receives some of the biggest beatings because it’s on the outside. Every burn, scrape, and cut affects the epidermis. If you don’t care for it properly, your skin can make you look older, sicker, and, overall, less vibrant. Use these tips for protecting your skin in cold weather to look and feel healthier longer.

Clean and Moisturize

Especially in cold weather, a hot shower can feel lovely, but it’s not the best thing for your skin. Cleansing with soap already eliminates oil (some of which your skin needs) along with dirt, but hot water does the same. Be mindful of the temperature of your water during the wintertime. Without humidity in the air, hot water will actually dry out your skin even more.

Moisturizing is a critical component in preserving skin elasticity and a radiant appearance. Skin that lacks moisture will become rough to the touch and eventually crack and bleed, which can be quite painful. Additionally, repeated damage to the skin, paired with aging, will permanently change the skin’s thickness and overall look and quality. This is especially noticeable on the face and hands. Moisturize several times a day, especially after bathing and before and after going outside.

What to Avoid

Avoiding extreme temperatures and the harsh wind is also essential. Just like hot water, cold air can also dry out the skin. When you’re outside during the winter, exposure of the skin to inclement surroundings may make retaining moisture and nourishment near impossible.

Proper Coverage

The best way to protect your skin against the elements while you’re outside this winter is to cover it up. All of your skin is very susceptible to damage caused by temperature, lack of moisture, and cold winds, but your hands and face are typically the most visibly affected. Wearing gloves, hats, and face coverings along with proper winter wear will not only help you stay warmer by retaining your body heat but also protect that skin.

Even with regenerative processes, your skin has limits. Take precautionary measures and follow these tips for protecting your skin in cold weather to maintain a radiant and nourished glow. Moreover, skin that isn’t dry, itchy, and cracking is far less painful. Consider making a few adjustments to your skin care regimen to best guard your largest organ.

 

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At some point, you’ve probably heard the term “essential oils” tossed around or even seen someone adding a couple drops of a pleasant-smelling liquid into their diffuser. However, you may not fully understand what essential oils are and what they’re used for. To gain a better appreciation for these beneficial oils and to better understand their many different uses, continue reading.

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are natural oils extracted from a particular plant material. The extracted oil typically maintains the characteristic scent, flavor, or essence of the plant from which it was extracted. Upon extraction, the essential oil is generally combined with a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil to dilute its extremely potent properties, which could cause irritation in instances of direct exposure.

Different Uses for Essential Oils

Essential oils have a wide variety of potential uses, depending on the type. They’re not meant to be consumed. Instead, they’re either inhaled through the practice of aromatherapy or applied topically and absorbed into the skin. Below, we list some of the most common uses of essential oils:

  • Reduce Stress and Anxiety: Essential oils such as bergamot and jasmine are believed to have a subtle effect on the chemical and energy systems in the body, resulting in reduced feelings of stress and anxiety.
  • Pain Relief: Essential oils are also commonly used as a type of alternative medicine to reduce pain. Certain essential oils have been shown to provide relief from a variety of different sources of pain, from headaches and migraines to arthritic pain.
  • Improve Sleep: Improved sleep is yet another common motivation for using essential oils. When used in the form of aromatherapy, certain oils, such as lavender or chamomile oil, have been known to have soothing effects on the body that promote sleep.
  • Soothe Nausea: Essential oils may also soothe nausea by relaxing the muscles, easing pain, and promoting good digestion. Oils such as ginger, peppermint, and spearmint essential oil are all known for their nausea-quelling capabilities.

There’s a virtually endless list of the uses and benefits of essential oils, but these are just a few of the most common ones.

 

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NUTRITION:  Nourish Your Cells    

When I stepped onto the wellness path, I took a closer look at my food and supplement choices. Through research, I discovered that one of the easiest ways to improve my health was to choose organic food whenever possible. Amazingly, you can decrease your pesticide exposure by 90% if the majority of your diet consists of organic food choices.    

Due to years of pesticide use, the condition of our agricultural soil has been steadily degrading. This practice has resulted in less vitamins and minerals in our food. This is why it is important that you compliment your diet with high quality supplements in order to fill the nutrition gaps. Amare Global’s nutrition products are top-of-the-line. Read about my story with Amare here.

PEMF Therapy:  Improve Your Blood Flow

PEMF therapy improves blood flow naturally and safely. The device that I use is called BEMER. I chose this remarkable device due to its solid technology, 22-year history, and its Class 2 Medical Device clearance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). BEMER is being used in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and people’s homes across the globe.  

The video that I have shared below placed BEMER on the map for its scientific achievement and unsurpassed ability to improve blood flow within the microvessels. BEMER captured this footage using Intravital Microscopy, a $30 million dollar microscope which allows the imaging of cell biology. Learn about the benefits of BEMER here.   

HEALY:  Balance Your Energy

Healy is a Class 2 Medical Device that is cleared for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and muscle soreness due to overexertion. Healy uses microcurrents and a unique, patented Quantum Sensor to help restore balance to the health of your cells. Healy is a portable and wearable health technology that attunes to your body. It can be synchronized to the Healy Watch or Digital Nutrition Application. Learn about this cutting-edge technology here.  

Please contact Inspire Your Journey, and we will be glad to assist you!

 

Susan Kapatoes
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E: susan@inspireyourjourney.com

 

The author, Susan Kapatoes MHA, is the founder of Inspire Your Journey, a health and wellness company. Services include a BEMER Rental Program, Wearable Health Technology, and Amare Global nutrition products. She lives in Massachusetts.  

 

 

 

We are exposed to free radicals from a variety of sources that originate from both internal and external origins. The good news is that there are ways to neutralize the negative impact that free radicals can have upon our physical body so that we can remain healthy in the long term.

Internally, free radicals originate from metabolic processes within the human body such as respiration, energy production, and the inflammatory response pathway. Externally, free radicals can be found in air pollutants, cigarette smoke, ultraviolet radiation, x-rays, radon, industrial chemicals, and lastly, the foods that we eat.

What are Free Radicals?

A free radical is defined as any molecule that contains an unpaired electron in its atomic orbital. For this discussion, we are focusing upon the harmful effects that may result from free radicals being present within the human body. To put it simply, the formation of free radicals can damage cells and make us unhealthy.

The primary targets in the human body that are damaged by free radicals are proteins, DNA, and lipids. Free radicals can lodge themselves within the membranes of cells and disrupt the body’s ability to maintain a state of homeostasis. This is why it is very important to have adequate antioxidants in your diet in order to stop free radicals from doing their damage.

What are Antioxidants?

An antioxidant is a molecule stable enough to neutralize free radicals. Antioxidants can also scavenge free radicals and destroy them. Our body produces some antioxidants on its own, but we need additional antioxidants from our diet to effectively counterbalance the detrimental effects of free radicals.

A plant-based diet has demonstrated stronger antioxidant activity than a diet that is animal-based. Studies have shown that there are large amounts of antioxidants in fruits, vegetables, and nuts. There are smaller amounts in meats, poultry, and fish. Vitamins E, C, and A are strong antioxidants, but the body cannot make these vitamins so they must be supplied in the diet.

How To Eat Healthy

When we satisfy our hunger with a meal that is made from high quality ingredients or a home cooked meal that is lovingly prepared from a family member, we not only feel satisfaction on a physical level, but we also feel nurtured to the core of our being. This is the definition of functional food which is essential for good health.

Our food is considered functional if it adds benefit to the body’s physiological processes and mental wellness. Whole foods such as fruits and vegetables represent the simplest example of functional food. They provide the body with excellent nutrition, enzymes, and fiber to keep the digestive track clean as a whistle.

Overcoming The Challenges

If you are fortunate enough to live in an environment that offers abundant food choices, then you are blessed. Along with this blessing comes the challenge of making healthy eating decisions. It takes self-discipline to resist the ‘bad’ foods and choose the healthy ones. Having the proper knowledge and a support system in place can help you develop the will power that is necessary to make those consistent, healthy food choices.

Closing Thoughts

The cell damage done by free radicals is the cause of many chronic diseases that we see in the world today. We are exposed to free radicals on a daily basis. Luckily, antioxidants can neutralize the effects of free radicals. Our body produces some antioxidants on its own, but it needs an additional supply from our diet in order to optimize our health. The richest source of antioxidants can be found in a plant-based diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts.

 

Susan Kapatoes
C: 508-282-7877
E: susan@inspireyourjourney.com

 

The author, Susan Kapatoes, MHA is a nutritionist and founder of Inspire Your Journey, a holistic wellness company. She is a Wellness Partner with Amare Global, and an Independent Distributor with BEMER Therapy and Healy World.  She lives in Massachusetts.  

References

B. Poljsak, “Strategies for Reducing or Preventing the Generation of Oxidative Stress,” Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, vol. 2011, Article ID 194586, 15 pages, 2011. https://doi.org/10.1155/2011/194586.

Dagfinn Aune, NaNa Keum, Edward Giovannucci, Lars T Fadnes, Paolo Boffetta, Darren C Greenwood, Serena Tonstad, Lars J Vatten, Elio Riboli, Teresa Norat; Dietary intake and blood concentrations of antioxidants and the risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer, and all-cause mortality: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 108, Issue 5, 1 November 2018, Pages 1069–1091, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqy097

Eldridge, MD, L. and Hughes, MD, G. (2018). What Exactly Are Free Radicals and Why Are They Important?. [online] Verywell Health. https://www.verywellhealth.com/information-about-free-radicals-2249103

Lobo, V., Patil, A., Phatak, A., & Chandra, N. (2010). Free radicals, antioxidants and functional foods: Impact on human health. Pharmacognosy reviews, 4(8), 118-26.

Naha N, Das M, Banerjee A (2018) Toxic Exposure and Life Style Factors on Ageing Brain Neurodegenerative Disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s: Role of Natural Antioxidants to Ameliorate the Condition. J Alcohol Drug Depend 6: 309. DOI: 10.4172/2329-6488.1000309

The Nutrition Source. (2018). Antioxidants: Beyond the Hype. [online] Harvard School of Public Health. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/antioxidants/#potential%20hazards%20of%20antioxidants

Rui Hai Liu; Health-Promoting Components of Fruits and Vegetables in the Diet, Advances in Nutrition, Volume 4, Issue 3, 1 May 2013, Pages 384S–392S, https://doi.org/10.3945/an.112.003517

 

 

 

 

It has been proven that meditation helps you lose weight, but how? By regulating our cortisol levels and and promoting a healthy state of mind, meditation is a powerful tool to help you shed those unwanted pounds.

Meditation helps to Regulate Cortisol

Cortisol is an important hormone released by the adrenal glands. It helps to regulate the body’s metabolism, especially when we are under stressful situations. Levels of cortisol rise during tension-filled times which is a natural part of our body’s “fight-or-flight” response to stress. It prepares the body by flooding it with glucose (blood sugar) and inhibiting insulin secretion, thereby preventing the glucose from being stored and making it available for immediate use by the body. After the stressful situation subsides, hormone levels return to normal.

However, when we are experiencing chronic stress, this can lead to excess levels of cortisol which can cause weight gain. High levels of cortisol are known to promote storage of fat within visceral fat cells, those located under the muscle and deep in the abdomen. Chronically high levels of cortisol result in consistently high levels of blood sugar (along with insulin suppression) which leads to cells that are starved of glucose and crying out for energy. This scenario sends hunger signals to the brain which can cause overeating and any unused glucose is eventually stored as fat.

In a 2013 study conducted by the University of California, Davis (Saron et al), researchers found that mindfulness meditation had cut cortisol levels by more than half. Another study conducted in Thailand (Turakitwanakan et al) concurred that mindfulness meditation lowers the cortisol levels in the blood suggesting that it can lower stress and may decrease the risk of diseases that arise from stress such as psychiatric disorder, peptic ulcer and migraine.

Meditation helps to decrease Binge Eating

For many people going through emotional challenges such as depression, loneliness, or boredom, they often turn to food to help appease the emotional emptiness they are feeling inside. Comfort foods such as sweets, cakes, and pastries might make us feel ‘good’ for a couple of hours, but when the sugar crash hits, the desire to eat more sugary foods increases. Thus the vicious craving cycle begins, and the junk food has done nothing to truly mitigate the emotional distress that triggered the binge eating in the first place.

This is where meditation comes into play as it helps to soothe the stress and anxiety that is associated with our emotional roller coaster rides. Regular meditation increases our Emotional Intelligence (EQ) which means that we can remain more grounded during stressful situations. We can cope better with the demands of our daily life and not get frazzled so easily. When we feel centered and more balanced with our emotions, we make better decisions and are less likely to react with the same binge eating impulse that we did before.

Meditation helps to Combat Food Addiction

The common traits of people with addictive behavior patterns (food, alcohol, drugs, tobacco) include: (1) lack of GABA, (2) beta brainwaves dominate, and (3) dopamine levels rise and crash. The common traits of people who meditate on a regular basis, especially when combined with brainwave entrainment, include: (1) optimal levels of GABA, (2) alpha & theta brainwaves dominate, and (3) dopamine levels increase but remain steady.

When there are optimal levels of GABA and our dopamine levels remain steady, the cravings for sugary food and the tendency to overeat will naturally diminish. Luckily, the science of brainwave entrainment can be used as tool to help steady our levels of GABA and dopamine.

  • Common Traits of People with Addictions
  • Lack of GABA
  • Beta Waves dominate
  • Dopamine levels rise and crash
  • Common Traits of People who Meditate
  • Optimal levels of GABA
  • Alpha & Theta Waves dominate
  • Dopamine levels increase but remain steady

GABA: The calm brain chemical.

Beta Waves: Normal waking consciousness.

Dopamine: The euphoria-producing brain chemical.

 

Susan Kapatoes
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E: susan@inspireyourjourney.com

 

The author, Susan Kapatoes, MHA is the founder and owner of Inspire Your Journey, a holistic wellness company. She is a Wellness Partner with Amare Global, and an Independent Distributor with BEMER Therapy and Healy World.  She lives in Massachusetts.  

References:

Aronson, Dina. “Cortisol – Its Role in Stress, Inflammation, and Indications for Diet Therapy.” Today’s Dietitian, Vol. 11 No. 11 P. 38, Nov. 2009, www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/111609p38.shtml

EOC Institute – Why Mindfulness Meditation Is Such A Powerful Weight Loss Tool (2018). Retrieved from https://eocinstitute.org/meditation/4-ways-meditation-is-the-weight-loss-key-healthy-mind-healthy-body/

Kjaer TW, e. (2002). Increased dopamine tone during meditation-induced change of consciousness. PubMed.  NCBI. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11958969

Turakitwanakan W, e. (2013). Effects of mindfulness meditation on serum cortisol of medical students. J Med Assoc Thai. 2013 Jan;96 Suppl 1: S90-5. PubMed. NCBI. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2372446

Saron, e. (2013). Mindfulness from meditation associated with lower stress hormone. Retrieved from https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/mindfulness-meditation-associated-lower-stress-hormone/

 

 

Reiki (ray-key) is an ancient Japanese healing art that describes a system of tapping into universal life energy through a laying-on-of-hands. The Reiki practitioner acts as a conduit to facilitate this flow of energy and transmitting it through light touch. Reiki treatments are gently balancing and support the well-being of the recipient in a holistic and individualistic way.

The Benefits of Reiki

Relaxation, pain relief, physical healing, and reduced emotional distress are among the benefits attributed to Reiki. This safe and gentle hands-on healing practice was established by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan and was introduced to the western world in 1980. Since then, Reiki has blossomed all over the world. It has become adaptable in a variety of settings, including the hospital environment where it is utilized to help patients recover from pre- and post-operative stress anxiety.

A Yale University Study

A Yale University research study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology demonstrated that Reiki can benefit heart attack patients. The results showed that Reiki improved the emotional state of patients, thereby improving the quality of recovery and reducing the risk of a second heart attack. The Reiki treatments improved heart rate variability (HRV). Beta blockers are typically used to increase HRV, but they are not tolerated well by some patients. The benefit of the Reiki treatments was comparable to using beta blockers.

Reiki in Mainstream Healthcare

Nurses in Massachusetts are allowed to give Reiki per the Board of Registration in the Nursing’s Advisory Ruling on Complementary Therapies. Reiki is now being offered in the following healthcare facilities in Boston, Massachusetts:


Closing Thoughts

Reiki can benefit people of any age, background, or state of health. Reiki facilitates a deep state of relaxation. It can be used to manage stress and promote well-being. It has become adaptable in a variety of settings, including the clinical environment. Reiki’s current use in mainstream healthcare facilities complements the traditional allopathic healthcare treatments.

 

Susan Kapatoes
C: 508-282-7877
E: susan@inspireyourjourney.com

 

The author, Susan Kapatoes MHA, is the founder of Inspire Your Journey, a health and wellness company. Services include a BEMER Rental Program, Wearable Health Technology, and Amare Global nutrition products. She lives in Massachusetts.  


Research References

Friedman, R. S., Burg, M. M., Miles, P., Lee, F., & Lampert, R. (2010). Effects of Reiki on Autonomic Activity Early After Acute Coronary Syndrome. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 56(12), 995-996. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2010.03.082

Yale Research Shows Breakthrough Treatment for Heart Patients. (October 2010). Retrieved February 21, 2018, from https://www.newswire.com/yale-research-shows-breakthrough/66374