The Importance of Proper Hydration

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - May, 13th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Health Coaching, Wellness

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It is HOT out! Are you drinking enough water?

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Our body is roughly 70% water and our brain is roughly 85% water! Pretty fascinating, right?!?

WHY is it so important to stay hydrated? Being that our body is roughly 70% water, our body’s organs will not function to the best of their ability if we are not hydrated. Water allows the body to function properly and work to the best of its ability.

Water helps:

There are a lot of differing opinions on how much water to consume. Everyone is different and has different needs. Listen to your body. Most people don’t drink enough, few drink too much – it is possible to drink too much water and doing so can lead to our sodium levels dropping too low (endurance athletes tend to be at higher risk of this). Generally, I follow the rule of drinking half of my body weight in ounces per day. i.e. if you weigh 130 lbs, you would drink 65 oz. per day.

If you are on a raw food diet, you will likely need less water than someone who does not eat hydrating foods. If you work outside in the sun all day long, you will certainly need more water than someone who works in an office. Common sense should reign.

Your urine is a great indicator of whether you are needing more water, clear is good, cloudy or dark means you need more water.

Soda, coffee, tea, Kool-Aid and other powdered drink mixes are NOT water.  By adding something to the water we are taking away the hydrating quality, so don’t count that can of soda or tea as one part of your water intake, it may actually increase your need for water.

Tap water
Comes out of the faucets and has been treated, processed and disinfected. It is purified with chlorine and often has added fluoride.

Distilled water
Vaporized and collected, all of the minerals are taken out of distilled water.

Bottled water*
Not as clean as they advertise and most lack minerals. These companies are not regulated like our municipal water. They don’t have to disclose their water source nor are they required to provide water quality reports stating treatment methods and purity testing. In addition, plastic bottles can be toxic, especially when hot or frozen.

Reverse osmosis
Forced through filters that remove larger particles, pollutants and minerals. Most water is alkaline, reverse osmosis is not.

Deionized water
Ionized impurities and minerals removed, bacteria or pathogens remain.

Spring water
Clean, natural and pure, it has minerals, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

“Almost all-municipal water is of high quality and very drinkable. The best source of specific information about the water quality in your area is your local water supplier. Water suppliers are required to send their customer an annual water quality report. Contact your water supplier to get a copy or see if your report is posted on-line. “ Dr. Batmanghelidj of The Water Cure

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It would be very difficult to obtain all of our minerals from water. We just can’t drink that much in a day so while we should definitely be drinking water with these nutrients in it, our primary source should be our food. It is also important to keep in mind that during warmer weather and/or long workout sessions, your body needs more than just plain water. Your body will be sweating out sodium and electrolytes and it is important to replenish those. Coconut water is a fabulous option as well as adding a little sprinkle of sugar and salt to your water. During marathon training, I really up my coconut water intake and in the week or two prior to race day, I drink at least one coconut water per day. Just make sure the coconut water you are drinking does not have added sugars. I look for raw, organic. Harmless Harvest and Harvest Bay (organic, unflavored variety) are my go-to brands. I try to avoid Zico, Vita-Coco, O.N.E., and Naked coconut water. I love drinking coconut water on its own or adding it to my smoothies.

Although bottled water is very handy, there is a lot of concern about BPA’s and other chemicals in the bottles, especially in bottles that have been in the heat or have been frozen. Never drink from your plastic water bottle after it’s heated up (in your car, etc) or been frozen. It is also important not to reuse plastic water bottles. I think it’s perfectly OK to drink out of a plastic bottle once in a long while (at times, this might be your only option) but plastic water bottles should not be our primary way of consuming water and certainly shouldn’t be an everyday habit. Your body and Mother Earth will thank you for limiting your plastic water bottle use.

*Check out this video: The Story of Bottled Water

While there is debate on what is and isn’t the best water to drink, it is undeniable that water is a necessity of life and we should be drinking plenty of it. Tip: Carry a water bottle with you at all times. I don’t go anywhere without either my hydroflask or lifefactory bottle. If you find yourself getting bored with water, try switching it up. One of my favorite ways to drink water is with lots of lemon and some cucumber slices. I also enjoy throwing sprigs of fresh mint in my water bottle. Some people like to put cut strawberries in, slices of orange, cinnamon sticks. Play around to find what you enjoy. Be sure to check out this awesome Popsugar post for some delicious concoctions: 10 Ways to DIY the Best Fruit Water Ever

To learn more about Health Coaching with me, visit our website or email me: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

Best in health,

Alyssa

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What’s the Deal with Coconut Oil?

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - March, 25th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Health Coaching, Wellness

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Ahhh, Coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used for a whole lot of things and the benefits are astounding!

Coconut oil is great in raw food recipes:

I also enjoy cooking with coconut oil. I love to add some to my veggies before roasting them. It gives them such a great flavor.

Coconut oil is also great in showers since it can be used as a cleanser as well as a moisturizer for your whole body, some people use it on their faces.
It’s not a bad idea to keep it on your nightstand to remind yourself to moisturize with it – especially this time of year when our skin has been
left dry from the cold weather.  Coconut oil is great to massage into your scalp.  It is so beneficial for your hair and skin. There is a lot
to be said for anything that is chemical free that we can use on our bodies.  When it comes to using products on my body, I always figure
if you can eat it, that’s a great thing.

There are a lot of ways to use coconut oil and there are even more reasons why you should.

Coconut oil has lauric acid, caprylic acid, capric acid.  These acids give it antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant
abilities.  It is mostly saturated fat, 92% with a small percentage being mono unsaturated and poly unsaturated.  Coconut oil is
one of those healthy fats!

Some of the benefits that are attributed to coconut oil include (but not limited to) help with:

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“Coconut oil has fewer calories than any other fat source. Unlike the high-calorie, cholesterol-soaked, long-chain,
saturated animal fats found in meat and dairy products, coconut cream and coconut oil are made of raw saturated fats
containing mostly medium-chain fatty acids that the body can metabolize efficiently and convert to energy quickly.” (Wolfe, 2009)

In the 1940’s, coconut oil was used by some farmers to help fatten up their cows however; the opposite happened-the
cows actually became leaner.

Coconut oil is useful for bone and dental health because it improves calcium and magnesium absorption. This is good for
dental health.  It is especially beneficial to women who are at the age to develop osteoporosis.

When you go to order or purchase your coconut oil this is what you should look for: organic-raw-extra virgin-cold pressed. I love Blue Mountain Organics.

There is also coconut water (yum!), shredded coconut, and coconut butter! Just make sure the products you are
buying do not have added sugars. I love drinking coconut water on its own or adding it to my
smoothies. Coconut water is loaded with potassium and it helps replace fluids and salts lost during exercise.
When I am training for a marathon, I try to drink coconut water every day. I look for raw, organic. I love
Harmless Harvest and Harvest Bay (organic, unflavored variety) brands. I try to avoid Zico, Vita-Coco, O.N.E., and Naked coconut water.

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If you don’t already, start adding coconut oil into life, you will not be sorry!

adapted from 2013 ©The Health Coach Group. All Rights Reserved.

*Be sure to join our next AME Wellness group hosted by me on Facebook to
learn more great health tips and info. such as this. Our next group starts April 1st. For more information and to sign-up,
email me: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Your Best Face Forward

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - December, 10th, 2014 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, holiday, recipes, Skin Care, Wellness

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One of our fabulous estheticians, Debbie has some great holiday skin care advice for you:

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“It’s all About that Face, no Trouble!

In light of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, shipping and schlepping, the holidays truly are the most wonderful time of year. Generosity abounds, goodwill towards mankind seems effortless. However as important as finding the perfect gift, so is allowing yourself the much needed time to refresh your skin and to give your face the attention it deserves!

Dehydration, dark circles, and tired stress lines are in part due to the hectic pace we keep. Constant indoor/outdoor temperature fluctuation wreaks havoc on your complexion. For your skin to look its best be sure to schedule the time for a professional facial. As your esthetician, we will assess your immediate needs and provide your FACIAL fix as well as help you with your long-term aging remedies. Be sure to drink more water during the winter months because the body works harder to stay warm and uses up its moisture reservoir. Also, consider a humidifier* in your bedroom as this will make a huge improvement on your skin’s moisture retention. Above all, be sure to use a high quality night cream… it’s the most important time for your skin to replenish and restore lost nutrients preparing for yet another day of holiday havoc! 🙂 “

*I use this humidifier and I love it. I definitely notice a difference since using it. Just make sure to clean your humidifier on a regular basis.

Debbie’s top choices for night time care:

Click HERE to view our many facials and then call us to schedule your facial with Debbie or any of our other talented estheticians. I can tell you from experience, you will not be disappointed! My personal favorite is the Mega Peel Facial but your esthetician will help you decide which facial best fits your needs.

I would also recommend the Clarisonic (we carry a variety of colors). I LOVE it! My mom gave me the Clarisonic for Christmas one year and it is by far one of my most favorite gifts. I use it everyday and I love how much it has improved my skin. Feel free to ask Debbie or any of our other estheticians if you would like to learn more about the clarisonic or any of our other skin care products.

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I made these really yummy cookies for Thanksgiving and more since then just to enjoy at home. I can’t say they were a huge hit with my T-Day crowd (I think the pies and other sweets upstaged them) but I love them. They’re not terribly sweet which I like. You can make them plain or dipped in chocolate. The chocolate adds the perfect amount of sweetness. The ingredients are so great, I’ll enjoy a plain one (or chocolate dipped depending on my mood) with breakfast.

Recipe: Easy Dark Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Cookies by Elizabeth Rider

Notes:

Who’s making cookies? What kinds? Please let me know if you have a recipe I should try.

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Speaking of sweets, if you missed the post on our FB page about sneaky sugar, check it out here. Yet another reason showing you how important it is to read your food labels carefully. Helping you navigate these sneaky encounters is one of the many benefits of having a Health Coach. As always, feel free to contact me with any sugar, label reading, or other health and wellness questions you might have. I enjoy hearing from you! Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

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Ayurveda Tip #1 – Hot Lemon/Ginger Water

Author: admin - February, 11th, 2014 | Category: Blog Posts

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Ayurveda is about the wisdom of life.

Ayurveda is about the wisdom of life.

Ayurveda is about the wisdom of life. By knowing and understanding our own unique nature we can easily and naturally make lifestyle choices that are harmonious rather than in conflict with who we are. To better know and understand your individual constitution (or Dosha in Sanskrit), do the Dosha quiz here.

These suggestions are designed to help you make small modifications in your lifestyle that will add up quickly over time. Breaking down big health goals into smaller ones that are easier to “digest” and implement can be the key to lasting and significant change. We tend to want change fast, so we look for that magic bullet that is going to correct every imbalance overnight. What we need to remember is that imbalance was not created in our body/mind overnight, and it’s not going to be reversed or corrected overnight. But change can begin to happen immediately and being simple and realistic is important. Commit to one small change. A few days, a week, a month, even a year go by fast and before you know it the effects of small changes have added up to something wonderful & a life you can love. Give yourself a gift and commit the week to each simple suggestion and watch your health, energy, wellbeing and vitality soar.

Commit to Perfect Health instead of weight loss. Weight loss (or gain, if needed) will happen automatically as a byproduct rather than a goal in itself. As you feel better and better, notice how the suggestions build upon each other and that change and commitment to your health goals becomes effortless. It is from that inspired place inside of you that it is easier to create lasting change without the drudgery of doing something you really don’t want to do or feeling deprived from something you really like.

shutterstock_125816921_ginger tea mediumTip #1 ~ Hot Lemon/Ginger Water

Did you know that drinking a hot cup of lemon-ginger water first thing in the morning is a great way to perpetually cleanse and detoxify the body on an ongoing basis? How many of us start the day with a big cup of coffee first thing in the morning? Do you think that a big hit of caffeine is just what your stomach and adrenal glands really desire first thing in the morning before you eat? Coffee stimulates the adrenals to produce more adrenaline (like in the fight/flight or stress response), and is a diuretic so it doesn’t really count as hydration. Do you find that you need even more coffee to keep you going during the day? Do the highs and lows leave you feeling jittery for a few hours and then subsequently exhausted? Sometimes coffee can contribute to anxiety and insomnia even when ingested in the morning. Being a coffee lover myself, I never thought I would be able to give it up, but what I have found is that when I start my day with this healthy and soothing drink, my desire for coffee literally diminishes and sometimes disappears.

Try it!

Recipe

1 c. boiling water

1 tsp fresh grated or sliced ginger*

¼ – ½ fresh squeezed lemon (or lime)

* or ½ tsp dry ginger if you don’t have fresh, but fresh is always better

Experiment with the amount of lemon & ginger and add a touch of honey or Stevia if you desire a little sweetness. Mix together & let the ingredients steep for a few minutes. Drink as hot as you can tolerate comfortably.

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