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Summer time is here and it is important to pay close attention to proper hydration. Increased temperatures cause the body’s air conditioning system to kick in – we sweat! However during this process fluid is lost and the risk for dehydration increases. Dehydration is just that; a loss of vital fluids. If fluid levels become low the blood thickens, elimination becomes difficult and body performance slows drastically.
Water is our main source of hydration, but at times electrolyte replacement is needed. Electrolytes are ionized minerals. They have their own electrical charges, and are used to conduct electricity throughout the body. With a number of essential bodily functions dependent on them, the importance of electrolytes in the human body is so great that we quickly react to an electrolyte deficiency. Athletes in particular are susceptible because electrolytes are depleted during perspiration. Very active people and those who have been ill need to consciously replace electrolytes in order to maintain optimal functioning.
Electrolytes are responsible for regulating nerve and muscle function, blood pressure and pH levels, hydration, and for the repair of damaged tissue. Symptoms of electrolyte loss in athletes generally manifest as either muscle weakness or cramping. Also, feeling suddenly fatigued, especially in the middle of a difficult workout, is a sign of electrolyte deficiency. Sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, hydrogen carbonate, and chloride all serve as these vital compounds. Here are some warning signs of dehydration;
- Dark coloured urine
- Increased heart rate
- Increased body temperature
- Extreme fatigue
- Foggy mind
When supplementing, it is important to avoid mainstream high sugar...
We want to know how you keep balance in your life, overcome hurdles and stand up for yourself!
Stand up paddleboarding is not only a fun way to stay in shape, it focuses on balance, strength and moving forward. We want to hear how you keep your balance, overcome hurdles, and stand up for yourself. Simply SHOUT OUT to us online or in store with your inspiring tale and you could win a SUP board from Kalavida Surf Shop!!
Prize is to be accepted as awarded and cannot be exchanged or returned. Submission deadline is July 25, 2011. Winner will be announced on July 29, 2011. Customer must be able to pick up their prize at one of our 7 locations, prize will not be shipped. Nature’s Fare will be posting all submissions on their website and social media sites so please specify if you wish your entry to be anonymous in our marketing. Thank you and good luck.
Spending more time in the sun can be uplifting for many reasons, more Vitamin D production, an enhanced mood, and more opportunities for outdoor activities and exercise, however, spending too much time in the sun can also be damaging to the skin. Excessive sun exposure can cause rapid skin aging and, potentially, skin cancer and abnormal skin growths. Applying sunscreen daily is the only real way to reduce the harmful effects of the sun, however, sunscreen is ladden full of harsh chemicals. These chemicals are absorbed into our body through our skin and have the potential to have long term health consequences. So what do you do if you want to spend time in the sun and want to avoid the sun’s ill effects but don’t want to lather yourself in harmful chemicals?
Below is a list of the most potentially harmful chemical agents in sunscreen to avoid and a list of acceptable alternatives. By using less toxic topical ingredients, you can still protect your skin from the sun without adding to the overall toxic burden in the body.
Sunscreen Ingredients To Avoid:
- Penetrates the skin easily for absorption into the bloodstream, unstable in heat and degrades easily decreasing it’s effectiveness,interaction with heat causes an increase in free radicals
- Penetrates the skin easily for absorption into the bloodstream, potentially enhances estrogen
- Octyl Salicylate/OCS/Octisalate:
- Enhances estrogen, disrupts thyroid function, alters brain cell signaling penetrates the skin easily for absorption into the bloodstream, potentiates the side effects of other ingredients
- Forms free radicals in the sun potentiating...
In my home besides using house plants as natural air purifiers and airing out my home by opening all the windows daily (thanks to the recent warm weather), I recently purchased 2 natural products that not only make everything smell divine but cleanse the air as well: An essential oil nebulizer from SAJE: http://saje.ca/all-natural/healthy-enviro/aromawell-diffuser.html and a great Antibacterial Room Spray that I picked up at a local health food store here in Quesnel. (Store is called ‘Good 4 U and Planet 2′) It contains purified water, and 100% pure essential oils of eucalyptus, red thyme, lemon, pine and tea tree. As well, I am trying to get out on my mountain and road bike as much as possible, so that is reducing the amount I need to drive my vehicle which subsequently lowers vehicle emissions I am producing. The incentive for this is driven by the fact that my friend and I signed up to ride the GranFondo Whistler road bike ride in Sept: Sheesh! What did we get ourselves into?! I can say that we are now riding our bikes A LOT to prepare!! Thank you for this opportunity to enter your contest. Keep up the great work at Natures Fare – I love being able to order from you online and via phone regularly! Delanie
There are many things I do to try make our air a little cleaner. When not at home I make sure all the lights are off and my electronics are unplugged. I have switched all my light...