Water Does a Body Good!

As I gulped down my last glass of water for the night, I got to thinking about all of the great things water does for my body. My favorite benefit is clearer skin, but water does so much more. I love to drink water; it is my go-to beverage of choice. So, for me, getting my ounces in is never a chore. For others, the struggle is real! So how does water benefit you, besides helping you achieve extra steps for all the trips to the bathroom? Is water really that important? How much should you drink?

Yes! Water is that important! (In case you weren’t too sure of the correct answer) Water is the basis of our bodies and bodily functions.

water in the human body graphic

According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%. Totaling 60% of our body’s composition.

The average adult should replenish their water supply daily with 8 ounces 8 times per day. Depending on your medical conditions or medication, you may have to have a conversation with your healthcare professional, but the average healthy adult can safely go with the 8×8 rule of thumb.

Some of the benefits of water include:

  • Carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
  • Flushing bacteria from your bladder
  • Aiding digestion
  • Preventing constipation
  • Cushioning joints
  • Protecting organs and tissues
  • Regulating body temperature
  • Maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance
  • Regulating calorie consumption
  • Aiding in clearer skin

Not all water is created equal! I say this because so many people I know have to add things to water. If you are one of those people, there is a good way to add flavor without compromising the benefits and adding unnecessary calories. Instead of purchasing expensive flavored waters, they always have more ingredients than you bargained for, you can easily make your own flavor-infused water at home.

Try adding any of the following to a cold glass or pitcher of water:

  • Sliced citrus fruits or zest (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit)
  • Crushed fresh mint
  • Peeled, sliced fresh ginger or sliced cucumber
  • Crushed berries

Straight up, on the rocks or infused, how will you be taking your water today?

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The Amazing Trifecta: Reasons for Patients to Participate in Remote Care, Powered by Strive

Remote Care, powered by Strive, is the future and it is here to stay. There are so many reasons to showcase in the remote patient care realm, I had a hard time narrowing it down.  Here at Strive I am fortunate to be in the position to tell you about my favorite reasons. Believe me, the choice was hard, but I did end up with the amazing trifecta you see below. 

Keep Healthy Patients Healthy

No mask is needed when setting up remote care, powered by Strive, in your own home.  By limiting the need to return to the health facility for an appointment, you are decreasing the risk of exposure to germs.  This goes both ways!  If you are not feeling well, you can still participate in receiving excellent care and physician appointments from your bed or couch.  

I have to say, sitting in the waiting rooms anywhere right now is interesting. A simple sneeze and panic ensues…. all the while trying to explain you just have allergies is a nightmare! This is the new normal for us and it is comforting to know there are remote care specialists to help serve you wherever you are and in any condition you find yourself.

Advice, Education and Care on Demand

“What is wrong with me!” Online searches have been the go-to for years in households. Searching symptom checkers which seem to always end up telling you the worst-case scenario.  If you’re anything like me, you all of a sudden are in a panic due to the detrimental health problem or disease you just figured out you have…just by looking up “is my knee pain normal?”.  

Strive remote platforms and online care, managed by your healthcare professional, can save you the panic and help you understand your health situation appropriately.  Articles and education housed in the Strive platform are catered to your situation.  If you’re being treated for knee pain, all of the information is structured around your knee care adventure.  You can eliminate the desperate searches online and work with your provider from the comfort of your own home.  

Accountability in Care 

Fitness trackers have helped us become accountable for our personal health.  With remote care, powered by Strive, you can achieve the same instant gratification and results you’ve become accustomed to with your fitness tracker.  

I am in a constant competition with myself to reach a new personal record on my fitness device. The day I forget to wear it and have to start over is agonizing! Strive offers the same concept for self-motivation.  The difference is your health care professionals and personal cheering team are also checking in on your progress, so you definitely want to impress by having trackable evidence of the hard work you are putting into your healthcare journey. Daily tasks and exercises are checked off with awards and progression tracking. Satisfaction in seeing how much you accomplish helps keep you accountable in your care. Accountability in care leads to better care, better outcomes. 

Have you tried remote care, powered by Strive?  

What are you waiting for?

Talk to your health care provider today. 

You Rest, You Rust: 4 Benefits of Getting Back to Your Activity Routine

Like many people, the last thing I want to do is exercise after a long day of work. (Because who wouldn’t rather relax?) But over the past few years, I’ve taught myself how to get my buns out of bed early and start my day at the gym. Getting in the habit of following a daily activity routine is definitely not an easy thing to do, but I’ve gotten better at it over time. For the past two years, I’ve gotten up at 5 a.m. every day to enjoy interval training boot camps and occasionally slip in a bike ride to work. 

That being said, I’ve been struggling due to Safer at Home directives and my life is starting to resemble that of my dog — scrounging around the house for food, taking naps and well … you get the picture. My body is achy and I’m tired. I feel my spirit has tanked and I’ve gotten really good at “relaxation.” But after two weeks of wondering why I felt so sore and tired, it hit me: you rest, you rust! 

So, if you’re feeling a bit “rusty” during these crazy times, it’s time to get back into your daily activity routine. You don’t need to break your back at the gym to see positive results. For me, it was always to go big or go home. However, I’m finding just as much enjoyment from small consistent motion. I’ve been enjoying 15 or 30-minute walks with my pooch, twice a day. Occasionally, I’ll even spice it up with a handful of sit-ups, push-ups, light stretching and a jog. 

And I’m noticing some great benefits now that I’ve started up a daily activity routine again. Check it out:

 

1. My cravings for sugar have decreased  

 

The brain releases dopamine, the “reward chemical” in response to any form of pleasure (including exercise, sex, drugs, alcohol or food). For me specifically, food such as cookies, candy and cakes are my weakness. But by exercising daily, my brain rewards me with a rush of dopamine for good, instead of evil. That means when I exercise, I can go more than a day or two without thinking about a sweet treat.

Exercise can also lower your blood sugar level and help your insulin work better. This can decrease your risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. And If you already have one of these diseases, exercise can help you manage it a little better. 

 

2. My lower back and legs aren’t so stiff and sore

 

Limiting your movements can actually weaken your muscles, compound joint trouble, and affect your posture, setting off a chain reaction of further problems. While pain relievers, and cold or hot packs may offer quick relief, fixes like these are temporary and can lead to other health issues. For me, my daily dose of Ibuprofen was making it worse. Not only was I still sore, I was starting to experience stomach issues. 

But adding in the right set of exercises to your daily activity routine can have a long-lasting impact on relieving ankle, knee, hip, back or shoulder pain. And if practiced regularly, joint pain relief workouts might permit you to postpone — or even avoid — surgery on a problem joint that has been worsening for years. By strengthening key supportive muscles and restoring flexibility, my back and leg pain is becoming manageable without the use of medications and quick fixes.

 

3. I have mental clarity during the day 

 

Exercise stimulates your body to release proteins and other chemicals that improve the structure and function of your brain. Studies suggest that a tough workout increases levels of a brain-derived protein in the body believed to help with decision making and higher thinking. Regular physical activity boosts memory and the ability to learn new things. Getting sweaty increases production of cells in the hippocampus responsible for memory and learning. In short, exercising daily improves your mental clarity! 

 

4. I’m not a big jerk

 

Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious. By getting back to my daily activity routine, I’ve noticed an improvement in my mood and can actually relax the right way with a deeper, less interrupted sleep.

I could keep going, but let’s just say there are many more reasons to keep moving! It may be hard to get motivated, but with the right mindset you can do anything. Find something you enjoy, be consistent and if you’re under a doctor’s care, seek guidance. 

How will you continue to move?