I was blown away by the beauty of this grass when I saw it on the weekend and just had to take a picture. It reminded me of the beauty that comes with the rain, the treasures that unfold when one takes the time to look and the importance of hydration!

Our bodies are around 70% water and this time of the year can be a killer for sapping it out of you.  Whether like me, you are in that sunny summerland called Australia and are preparing for a long hot spell,  based in the north where winter is marching ever closer or somewhere tropical where monsoons are brewing, water is your friend.

Hydrating spritz sprays are a great pick-me-up for this time of the year. Opt for a cooling spray enriched with Lime,  Lemon Myrtle, Mint or Blackberry for summer or a warming spritz with ginger, clove, ginseng or cardamom for winter.   Keep them by your desk to revive mind, body and spirit!

Just don’t forget that spritzers do need preservatives so if you make your own be sure to add something to kill them there bugs!

Getting into Hot Water – Is it bad for your skin?

When in comes to a winter bath some might say the hotter the better – it isn’t worth doing if you don’t come out sweating!  While others like nothing better than a body-temperature esque 40C or so to soothe away the stress of the day. But what is best from a skin care perspective?  Are we doing ourselves more harm than good by sweating it out or are we missing one of life’s simple pleasures by going cold-turkey?  Let’s look at the science.

Our body sits at a rather cozy and oh-so-constant (unless sick) 37 ish C on the inside while the outside can get as cold as 6C or as warm as 37C depending on where we are, what we are doing and how long we do it for.   It is important for our insides to remain at a constant temperature as this provides the optimum environment for our organs to work, blood to flow and water to be managed. Our bodies are constantly trying to keep things in balance – the term for this is homeostasis.

Our outside is a different story! If you think about it, it is important for us to ‘feel’ cold or warm on the outside so that we can make the environmental changes needed to help our insides in regulating temperature. Our skin has many nerve cells running through it to pick up on heat and cold as well as other stimuli.

But does a hot bath do damage?

A number of scientific studies have shown skin to become more permeable (the ease of which things can pass through) to water as the temperature rises (here is a study that is free to view). This would lead me to believe that as the bath temperature increases, your […]

The Beauty Of Hydration

Guest Post by Jenny Dean (owner and operator of antioxidant-fruits.com)

We all know the importance of hydration, not only as an overall detoxifier but also as a weight maintenance agent. The human body is about 60% water. 75% of that 60% are your muscles and brain, blood is 82% water and bones are 25% water. That’s a lot of body water!

We need to consume a lot more water than we do. In fact, many of us are chronically dehydrated. Often times our thirst mechanism that tells us when we are dehydrated is often mistaken for a feeling of hunger. So next time you are between meals and are hungry, reach for a glass of water and see if that doesn’t curb your hunger.
Why Hydrate?
A study at the University of Washington found that even if you are suffering from mild dehydration, your metabolism can be slowed down by as much as 3%. Here are some other great reasons to hydrate!

1 glass of water can eliminate midnight hunger
Dehydration is the first trigger for daytime fatigue
Hydration can relieve joint pain
Hydration helps to reduce bladder infections
Hydration helps to eliminate waste in the body
Dehydration triggers fuzzy-short term memory trouble with basic math
Hydration reduces the risk of colon cancer by 45%
Hydration reduces the risk of breast cancer by 79%
Hydration reduces the risk of bladder cancer by 50%

Are familiar with the knowledge that you can go weeks without food, but only days without water? The reason is because water is a necessity for basic physiologic functions, like our blood pressure, body temperature, hydration and digestion. The human body needs 1.5 milliliters of water to absorb each calorie ingested.
8 Glasses a Day?
We’ve all heard that we should have 8 glasses of water a […]