What is the ONE thing You Can’t Live Without?

jefitthumb2If you guessed WATER you are correct!

We can survive days without food but only 3 days without water – MAX

Water is critical to survival!

How much water is enough?

As a general rule, measure your fluid intake by your fluid output…your frequency of urination.  If well hydrated once every 1 ½ to 2 hours.

On average 64 to 80 ounces (8-10 glasses)  YEP!

This is the minimum.  If you’re active or an athlete you will need more.

The amount of water you need will vary based on your initial level of hydration, the climate and the duration and intensity of exercise.

If you say “you’re thirsty” it’s too late.  The body’s thirst response takes longer to tell your body it needs water, so it’s best to drink plenty of water before you have say it…

Be water, my friends…

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Be Like Water…

water picWater, Water, Water…

So many to choose, it gets confusing

I came across this guide that may help bring some clarity to the subject…

Kinds of water 

Purified water: Water that is physically processed to remove impurities (e.g., distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis, carbon filtration, etc.)

Distilled water: Water that is boiled and evaporated away from its dissolved minerals, and then the vapor is condensed.

Bottled Water: This water is typically from a spring or has gone through reverse osmosis before it is bottled. However, some brands are simply bottled tap water that may or may not have gone through any additional filtering.

Alkaline water: Water that has been separated into alkaline and acid fractions using electrolysis, which takes advantage of the naturally occurring electric charges found in the magnesium and calcium ions; in the drinking water industry.

Deionized or demineralized water: Water in which the mineral ions (salts such as sodium, calcium, iron, copper, chloride and bromide) have been removed by exposing it to electrically charged resins that attract and bind to the salts.

Hard and soft water: Hard water is any water containing an appreciable quantity of dissolved minerals; soft water is treated water in which the only cation (positively charged ion) is sodium.

Spring water: is considered to be some of the most healthful waters in the world because of the way it is structured.  It is any natural situation where water flows to the surface of the earth from underground. Thus, a spring is a site where the aquifer surface meets the ground surface.

Any one you choose you will find healing so long as you drink water and lots of it!

So be like water my friends…

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,jefitthumb2

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

 

 

Turn Life’s Lemon’s into a Powerful Tool

lemonThe simplest and most cost effective way to alkalinize your water is to put lemon in it.

Lemons are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. This may seem untrue as they are acidic on their own. However, in the body, lemons are alkaline; the citric acid does not create acidity once it has been metabolized. The minerals in lemons are actually what helps to alkalize the blood.

Most people are too acidic (from eating too much sugar and grains), and

Drinking warm lemon water can helps reduce overall acidity, drawing uric acid from the joints reducing pain and inflammation.

For centuries, it has been known that lemons contain powerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components.

Lemons are considered a great digestive aid and liver cleanser too.

Life’s Lemons can be pretty powerful stuff!jefitthumb2

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Water – Alkaline vs. Acidic still a debate…

alkaline waterProponents say that alkalized water can boost your metabolism, reduce acid in your bloodstream, and help your body absorb nutrients more quickly, among other benefits.

Alkalinity is also potentially a problem because it is antibacterial, so it could potentially disrupt the balance of your body’s beneficial bacteria.

If you drink alkaline water ALL the time, you’re going to raise the alkalinity of your stomach, which will buffer your stomach’s acidity and impair your ability to digest food, as low stomach acid is one of the most common causes of ulcers. This can open the door for parasites in your small intestine, and your protein digestion may suffer. It also means you’ll get less minerals and nutrients over time.

Where the debate really takes on is the battle over cancer cells being vulnerable to acidity as opposed to alkalinity. In some cases Acid has been shown to fight cancer causing cells without harming normal ones.

According to Dr. Mercola, Ideally, the pH of your water should be somewhere between 6 and 8. And some of the most healthful waters in the world – that which emerge from mountain springs – are actually acidic in the range of 6.5.

There are many home ionizer alkaline water systems available on the market today.  The Kangen water system can run between $2000-$4000.

A basic more affordable system like the one photographed above can run about $300.

If you’re interested in a system like the one I have hit me up and I will connect you.

What I do is mix up. I don’t strictly use alkaline water. I keep spring water in the mix and I test with pH strips.

You’ll have to test out the waters to figure it out.

The key then is finding YOUR balance.

GO for Life! ™jefitthumb2

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer