Water, Water … Sure ways to drink enough!

Water, water everywhere…but not a drop to drink.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Of course we don’t have that problem.   Water is everywhere…some clean, some dirty, some free flowing, some bottled…so it’s always available here.  There are some places that’s not true, we are lucky for the most part! SO do we use our water with responsibility and for our good? 
The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age. Body composition varies according to gender and fitness level, because fatty tissue contains less water than lean tissue. * https://chemistry.about.com/od/waterchemistry/f/How-Much-Of-Your-Body-Is-Water.htm
SO then how much water should we drink?  What kind of water?  Does any fluid keep us hydrated? Very good questions, and many doctors, trainers, health coaches answer them differently.  Drink clean water …I choose spring water over tap but if your tap is clean it’s better than none.  Do other fluids hydrate…yes but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dink water as our bodies don’t process things like coffee, tea and juices or “gasp” soda’s the same way.  That means the fluid can’t be used by all parts of our bodies,
How do you remember to “always be drinking water”?  Here 3 for sure tips!
#1 Make it convenient so it becomes a habit.
 Many people find it helpful to get a large water bottle (I recommend 1 liter), fill it in the morning and carry it with you throughout the day, drinking regularly and refilling once (or more) in the afternoon. This has become quite common to see people carrying their water bottles to work, the gym or social events. It’s ok to add some lemon for flavor or infuse other fruits. My favorite is pineapple and strawberries.  Cucumber and Mint is good too. Here’s a couple more:
Citrus Bliss: helps to alkalize the body –  3 lemon slices  2 lime slices (or Use Doterra Essential Oils)  
• Rosemary & Grapefruit: This helps to detoxify the liver while giving you an added boost of vitamin C. –  1 Grapefruit, w/o the rind and – 1 Sprig of Fresh Rosemary (or Use Doterra Essential Oils)  
#2 Drink half your body weight in water. 
 If you work from home or are in your home much of the day, a good option can be to get a half gallon pitcher, fill it in the morning and drink glasses from it throughout the day. This way you can track when you have drunk the amount you want. A good goal is half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces a day. If you weigh 200 pounds, drink 100 ounces a day.
#3 Set a goal each day. 
 Yet another option (and my favorite) is to count how many glasses you drink per day and have a goal number. All of our water glasses at my house are 12 oz. I keep a glass next to my bathroom sink. And I keep a glass in a certain spot in the kitchen that I reuse (to save on dishes!) I try to drink 2 glasses early in the morning and 2 glasses mid morning. When I add the water I drink with meals and when I am at my office I get a good amount. If by dinnertime I have not gotten at least 4 glasses, I just start drinking. 
Or uses a tool:
Well it’s almost 11AM…time for me to drink up..You go get yours too!

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This is
not a normal BLOG post! 
a gift! 

me to you!  
Yes I
have some amazing fans!  
AND I hit
a milestone this week! 
a milestone for the Facebook world! 
  IMAGINE FIT business page hit 1K LIKES! 
to celebrate and thank everyone for their support…let’s do this Challenge

AND they are in season….expensive as all get out!  But in Season! And I am in heaven! 
 I have already bought them twice!  What about you?
With a short peak season (May to July), high susceptibility 

to disease and short shelf life after harvest, cherry season
comes and goes very quickly!

From an article by Dr. Mercola:

8 Top Health Benefits of Cherries

Tart cherries are also used to make juice concentrates that may offer some unique health benefits. Some of the most notable health effects of cherries include…
  •  Antioxidant Protection
  •  Cancer-Preventive Compounds
  •  Reduce Inflammation and Your Risk of Gout
  •  Support Healthy Sleep (Melatonin)
  •  Arthritis Pain Relief
  •  Reduce Belly Fat
  •  Reduce Post-Exercise Muscle Pain
  •  Lower Risk of Stroke

  • Be sure to click the link above for all the details!*

Cherries make me think of summer!  And summer reminds me that it is a new season and lots of great seasonal foods are available.  Thinking of seasonal foods leads me to a seasonal cleanse/detox.  A way to GET READY FOR SUMMER NOW !

So why do I feel a seasonal cleanse/detox is a good thing?  Imagine if you lived in a very small space.  What would it be like if you could only
remove 20% of the trash you brought in? 
What would it feel like to be in that space after a week?  What about a month? A season? Now imagine a year!  How does it feel to be in that space now?  This is how your cells feel when they cannot
release waste.

Detoxing your cells will improve your ability to absorb nutrients.  “Like all those good things from cherries” It also can stabilize and improve energy. Detoxing also supports the elimination of waste that can cause weight gain and that  waste can also cause cravings.  SO….when your body does not eliminate well it becomes toxic and acidic, your blood and your cells slow down.  Your body slows down and breaks down!

GET SUMMER READY NOW is my signature summer program!  Just 14 Days to a Summer Glow!  Real food, real results!  Let’s get rid of the winter and spring junk now and maybe throw in a loss of a little more junk!  Just do it!  

6Weeks Sofa to Sensational!

You need to
exercise.  I need to exercise.  I moved ahead to write this chapter
because I have a struggle with myself when I am working on too many exciting things
and that is to leave my time in for exercise and fitness.  Luckily I have
a great workout partner for 3 days a week, but seriously if she cancels…it’s
hard to go alone! BUT, the problem is, once you quit moving so do our
endorphins and it gets a little depressing. No depression wanted here, what
about you?

#1 Make time…no matter how busy…make the

We think we don’t
have time but actually we do.  I have found in my experience, the more
time I make to move my body the more time I have in the day.  Funny how
that works! I think it is because I have more energy and I am sure that
endorphins have something to do with it as well.  The truth is, the more you move, the more active you become! And I know
we are all busy, but there are so many ways to squeeze in a little time. 

#2 Find something you love to do!

You need to do
something you love.  It doesn’t really matter what it is as long as you do
it.  I love to dance and I love to strength train with bodyweight
exercises.  I know it sounds funny, but I get a thrill being able to enjoy
my “me” time and having others with me and I love how it makes me look. Not
just in my body, but in my SMILE! 
Do you love a BOOTCAMP?  What comes to mind when you here that
word?  TOO MUCH WORK, I WILL SWEAT TOO MUCH, I DON”T THINK I CAN DO IT?  All those things have been in my thoughts
before! But what is a BOOTCAMP
Seriously…it is defined as “Bootcamp is a group exercise program packed
with fun and energizing activities designed to help you reach a fitness
goal.  Often run outdoors in the fresh
air.” Or “a training style camp for military recruits”?  Which brings up a good picture in your
mind?  I see a Bootcamp as a combination of exercise, learning, fellowship, accountability.

#3 Pair it with something you love!

You can even do things
you don’t love to do.  However, these are the hardest.  That is why
you need to pair it up with something you do love to do.  I know some of you who are
reading this know what I mean.  The thing that I am trying to say, is that
if you choose something you don’t like to do and have a higher purpose you
reach new heights of satisfaction you would never have known otherwise.
Experiment and find what is right for you.  Some people like to play.  If that is you then join a basketball
team or perhaps a volleyball team.  Sometimes if you pair it with being
social then it doesn’t feel like exercise.  Dance is exercise too! Pair it
with romance!

#4 Clarify what you want to achieve.

Do you want to
lose weight, de-stress, build strength, improve your golf game, rebuild your
knees?  If you need to get to the grocery store, you have 3 choices, walk,
ride your bike or drive.  If you want to rebuild your knees, you are not
going to pick lunges well that just doesn’t make sense.  If you can’t
figure it out, don’t be afraid to hire a professional trainer.  They have
been taught to know the things that you do not.  They know what you can do
that will best achieve your goals.  You can hire them for one visit to
make a plan or you can hire them for a few to show you how or long term to
build on your success.

#5 Make
an appointment with yourself for exercise.

Schedule it into
your day.  The reason I say this is because, if you show up you will do it. SCHEDULE this into your calendar – APRIL
4th, 9AM SNAP Fitness, Radcliff
Latte Bootcamp
– coaching, movement and fun!

#6 Do your homework and know why you are
moving it and shaking it!

It helps to know
that if you don’t work out on a regular basis that you are going to be
sick.  Exercise prevents heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression,
osteoporosis and arthritis (just to name a few).  Exercise makes you
smarter (proven), leaner and healthier.  If that isn’t enough exercise gives you energy!

#8 Look for a mentor!

There are tons of
people out there who have done it.  Those are the people you want to
find.  They are also very willing to show you how to do it.  The secret is to find someone who is doing what you want to do and learn from themYou don’t have to do the same thing over and over because you can
learn new things and add it in to your old routines.  You can diversify.

#10 Exercise just like food, changes everything.

Are you a
little tempted to try it? 
Do you wonder
about it?
Cleansing has
become very popular lately.  Popular and controversial.  There has
not been a lot of research or study on colon cleansing so there is no empirical
data or ironclad answer.  Some doctors say steer clear because it is
unnecessary and dangerous and others prescribe it as a way to unclog your pipes
and flush away the toxins.
If you eat a
lot and only eliminate once a day or worse (LESS!!!!) then you are not
getting rid of all that is going in!  If we are clogged up (even with a
healthy diet) then we get sick.  Our colon gets crusted over from eating
meat, dairy, breads, processed foods, cakes, candy and bad fat.  It is
just gross, think of all the fried foods and weight you are still carrying
around with you and what is building on it.
The intestine
draws in needed nutrients for the body and if your intestines are not able to
get the nutrients, your food is wasted.  If food doesn’t move easily
through the intestines, then it starts to build up and we become constipated,
cramped, gain weight, become depressed and our immune system quits working and
we ultimately become sick.
Are you
depressed?  Has your doctor ever prescribed colonic treatment as a
cure?  I doubt it!  Our belly has serotonin receptors, the build up
and sickness in our belly can cause depression.
If you are not
convinced by now that you need to clear some of the goo away, there is
more.  Our stomach produces mucus to guard against acids, this is
healthy.  It is when we continually eat McDonalds and Burger King that we
overproduce the stuff and it all gets clogged up…ick.
Along with
eliminating daily waste, our body has the job to defend itself against
toxins.  The normal detoxification process is pretty amazing:
  • Toxins enter the blood.
  • Antioxidants grab them and neutralize them
    and move them to the liver.
  • The liver takes the toxins and gives the
    antioxidants back to circulate.
  • The liver neutralizes and either eliminates
    the toxins either through feces, sweat or urine or it turns the toxin into
    a more toxic compound.
It is the
hormones, artificial flavoring and coloring that are added to processed foods
that causes the liver to turn the toxins into bigger and badder toxins. 
Eating a diet fresh and whole, along with avoiding the type of toxins we
breathe in will help to eliminate #3 from happening.  By taking in all
these toxins, we create a problem that our body was not designed to deal with.
So, by now you
should be convinced that our bodies need help.
There are
different ways to detox and cleanse your body.  Some are very natural, non
controversial and extremely healthy.  Some may seem extreme and others are
simple.  How you choose to cleanse is important.
cleansing aids:
  • Eat clean
  • Wheatgrass
  • Green Juices & Green Vegetables
  • Apples
  • Garlic
  •  Lemons, Limes and Oranges
  •  Omega 3 Oils
  •  Green Tea
  • Mung Beans
  • Take enzymes
  • Food combining
  • Probiotics
  • Enemas
  • Colon irrigation (professional)
  • Magnesium
  • Kits with powders and potions
IMAGINE FIT is currently working with a group of amazing ladies on a 
12 DAY NATURAL DETOX…this will be available again soon!
Enemas and Colon Cleansing
This is the
controversial part.  ANd I must admit I have not tried this, but I want to share all I can. The Mayo Clinic says “don’t do it”.  However,
colon cleansing is prescribed more and more by doctors looking for a more
holistic approach to wellness.
If you are
planning to do an enema or colon cleanse, go to a good and well-trained colon
hydro therapist.
cleansing could possibly have an effect on the nervous system.  The
reflexes in the bowel affect the nervous system. There is no debate that a lot
of symptoms that are caused by being constipated can be relieved with colon
cleansing can be achieved with processed powders and liquid potions. You take
some supplements used for colon cleansing by mouth or through the rectum. 
These products help the colon to expel its contents.  There is no evidence
that they have any long term benefit of building immunity or repairing the
body’s systems.
cleansing with colon irrigation. The irrigation works like an enema. There
is no odor or discomfort if you have a good hydro therapist. You lay down on a
table and a low-pressure pump or a gravity-based reservoir flushes several
gallons of water through a small tube inserted into your rectum.  The
therapist sits with you the entire time.  After a while, the therapist
might massage your belly to loosen things up a little.  This process
comfortably flushes the fluid and waste through.  It usually takes about
an hour.  Most colon hydro therapists suggest regular visits.  Maybe
once a month for a while and then progressing to once every other month. You
should always drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration after as well as
taking probiotics to restore good bacteria and wheatgrass (and because I think
you should have wheatgrass with everything!)
Many doctors
say your digestive system and bowel naturally eliminate waste material and
bacteria — your body doesn’t need colon cleansing to do this.
Those who like
colon cleansing, think that toxins cause many health problems, like arthritis,
allergies and asthma. They believe a colonic or a colonic irrigation —removes
toxins and strengthens your immune system.
You are the
only one who can decide whether this type of cleansing is right for you.

**You should
not use colonics if you have Crohn’s disease, IBS, acute diverticulitis,
pregnancy, or diarrhea or if part of your colon has been removed. 
Cheryl Love, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
©2015 The Health Coach Group

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