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MyNetDiary Ranks Highest in Independent Study17

October 2013

MyNetDiary PRO and MyNetDiary (free) were recently singled out as the top-rated weight-loss apps in an independent study conducted at UMass Medical School and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in October 2013.

The study, authored by behavioral psychologist and weight loss expert, Sherry Pagoto, PhD, and colleagues, included using and rating 30 of the most popular mobile weight-loss apps on the market, available on iPhone and/or Android platforms. Specifically, the study considered whether or not these apps contained any of the 20 behavioral strategies derived from an evidence-based weight-loss program (i.e. weight-loss goals, social cues, nutrition label reading).

“MyNetDiary’s free and paid apps were not only rated the best out of the group,” says Sergey Oreshko, CEO of MyNetDiary, “they blew all the others away. Our two apps each met 65 percent of the study’s criteria and have a 5-star rating. The next closest app to us only met 25 percent of the criteria, and our apps were put up against the other popular weight-loss apps out there, including MyFitnessPal, Livestrong, and Lose It!.”

According to the study, the authors write, “Physicians interested in referring patients to weight-loss mobile apps should select apps such as MyNetDiary that are free and include the highest proportion of evidence-based strategies.” MyNetDiary PRO is built on the same evidence-based strategies as the free version but provides more comprehensive feedback, flexibility, and more technology-assisted tools.

While most of the weight-loss apps studied included features like a barcode scanner or social media component, MyNetDiary’s apps were singled out for having features like a library containing information about weight-loss, exercise, and nutrition strategies. Another technology-assisted strategy few apps contained, but is included with MyNetDiary, is motivational activity tracking. MyNetDiary allows its members to select average activity levels and input regularly scheduled workouts and exercises, which factor in those calories burned toward daily calorie goals.

“It’s important to have a study like this, not only because it’s independent,” says Oreshko, “but it shows that there are a lot of apps on the market and little guidance for the physicians who recommend them and the consumers who use them to know which ones truly work. Just because someone can make an app doesn’t mean it will be a good app. MyNetDiary has always strived to build apps that can make a difference in people’s lives, not just to get the most downloads.”

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Disclaimer: The information provided here does not constitute medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, please visit your healthcare provider or medical professional.

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6 self-renewal suggestions for the busy practitioner

6 self-renewal suggestions for the busy practitioner

June 12, 2018 By Jules Torti

Self-care. Self-renewal. They are vague concepts we push on our clients for their ‘take-home’ after a massage treatment. It all seems so achievable at the moment – but where to begin? Axe-throwing? A grown-up bouncy castle? As massage therapists, are we taking note of our own homework?

Are we implementing our grand ideas for meditation and Epsom soaks? A quick poll among colleagues usually reveals how infrequently we follow our own advice. When did you last have a massage? Sleep-in? Exercise four times a week? Eat mindfully?

It all starts with a ‘To Don’t’ list. As a Virgo, I’m notorious for making lists. It’s my default setting. To Don’t lists are even more satisfying, though, because they give you permission to say no and be the centre of attention. Don’t turn on your phone. Don’t get sucked into another mindless Netflix series. Don’t give up your long run to take that extra last-minute shift.

Once you start To-Don’t-ing, you’ll be amazed at the time you’ve created to explore, unwind and indulge. Meditation can take many forms and self-renewal doesn’t have to involve yoga or pea sprouts or green tea (unless you like that sort of thing).

Here are six ways to start self-nourishing:

Smooth transition. Kick-start your day with a Green Sparkle Smoothie. Joy McCarthy is the Founder of Joyous Health, a certified holistic nutritionist, best-selling author and TV personality. Her latest book, Joyous Detox, was designed as a plan and cookbook for detoxing naturally every day. Her recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and emphasize specific detox-friendly foods that are simply delicious and fully nourishing.

Sensory overload. Skip Netflix, get a Nature Fix. Florence Williams’ marvelous book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, is the emotional equivalent of Arnica. The lesson is easy to digest: “The more nature, the better you feel.” It may sound folksy, but, after a walk in the woods, I think you’ll agree with her. The sensory appeal of wet earth, cedar, bird song and a panting dog at your side is the perfect balm for all that ails you. We all suffer from “epidemic dislocation from the outdoors” to some degree, and it’s a fun one to combat.

Sensory deprivation. Maybe you want sensory deprivation instead. The Rest Nest Float Club in Yorkville (Toronto) promises the “incredible stress-melting sensation of nothing at all.” Float pods create a sanctuary like no other. Float in 10 inches of water containing over 800 pounds of dissolved magnesium salts. No light. No sound. Here, you can “eliminate sensory inputs” and disappear for 60 seriously tranquil minutes.

Start a stress-free book club. If accumulating CEUs is stressing you out – here’s a winning combo. Start a self-care-focussed book club with a few of your favourite massage therapists. Choose books like Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly. It’s all about vulnerability and imperfection. “Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly.” Brene Brown is the best cheerleader and thought leader to have in your self-care tool-kit. It’s the perfect club starter book – followed by Eat, Pray, Love Made Me Do It: Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir (Riverhead). Elizabeth Gilbert’s cult book and Hollywood movie inspired a ripple audience: more than 50 women who were so influenced by her book that they made radical changes to their own lives. Maybe it will change yours too!

Spin out. Try something new and fabulous like Soul Cycle in Toronto (the first in Canada). The boutique spin studio is synonymous with an amazing playlist, a dimly-lit room and instructors who speak only in soulful, inspirational messages. Instructors go through a 10-week soul-intensive training in New York, so you’re in good hands. The last 10 minutes of class pops a wheelie when it kicks on the party lights and dance music in a gym-meet-dance-club mash-up. It’s $30 for a bike and shoe rental and the price tag includes full towel service, Saje facial products, hair ties, gum and water. Deal!

Stretch and surf. Grab a gang and book a soul-selfish week in Nicaragua. In Maderas Village you can check in to a Yoga and Surf Camp. The math is simple and attractive: jungle + beach + cool cabanas + good eats. “What began as a quest to create a place for friends and family to congregate has evolved into an idyllic boutique resort just off the beaten path in the Pacific coastal hills of Nicaragua. Maderas Village has created a “home for the modern traveler, for thinkers and doers and all of their interesting associates. In fully recognizing that it’s always the individuals that make an experience, we take great pride in our ability to attract and cultivate a community of characters, of movers and shakers, creative professionals, students, travelers, business savants, entrepreneurs, and everyone else in between.”

Green Sparkle Smoothie
Makes 1 or 2 smoothies

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 apple, cut in half and cored
  • 1 cup (250ml) loosely packed torn fresh kale
  • 3/4 cup (175ml) fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) coconut water
  • Filtered water, just enough for desired consistency

Place all ingredients except water in a blender. Blend for 30-60 seconds, until smooth, adding water as needed.

This article originally appeared in our Summer 2017 issue. (2017-06-30)

A Thorough Guide to Declutter Your Home

A Thorough Guide to Declutter Your Home

Learn How to Declutter with Professional Organization Tips

Everyone has a little ‘junk’ lying around the house. OK, some of us may have more than a little. Regardless of how much stuff we have, we can all benefit from getting rid of clutter and excess things we don’t need any more, or things we haven’t even seen in a while.

According to Psychology Today, clutter can be bad for your health as people tend to feel life is out of control when they are surrounded with more things than they can manage. The mess causes stress. If you’re not taking care of the clutter in your home, you may not be taking care of yourself either.

When is clutter a problem? For many people clutter can be an energy zapper or they waste inordinate amounts of time looking for things they can’t find. In extreme cases, people may suffer from obesity or depression when a life of consumption extends beyond ‘stuff.’ In hoarding situations, a house full of clutter can cause fire hazards and other health complications when mold and dust are present.

Clutter is classified as anything you’re keeping that doesn’t add value to your life. Decluttering is all about making room in your home for the things that matter. Many people enjoy decluttering because it relieves stress by providing a sense of control and accomplishment. For others, getting rid of the junk frees up a little extra space in the house that wasn’t there before. Some people may just need to purge before they move to a new house.

Step 1: Set Goals

Before you get started, make a plan. No matter how many rooms or how much clutter you have to get through, starting with specific goals will help you create a plan that will reduce any frustration as you go.

  • Write down or make a map of all the rooms and ‘clutter hot-spots’ you want to tackle.
  • Give each space a grade based on the severity of the clutter. For example, on a scale of 1 – 3 (3 being the most cluttered), a particularly messy room or closet would get a 3. This will help you prioritize your time.
  • Do one room or one space at a time.
  • Set completion dates for each phase of your cleanup. Be sure to pick dates that are attainable so you don’t get frustrated. If you make it into a declutter challenge for yourself, it may feel a bit more like a game.
  • In addition to completion dates, you should plan time to work on specific areas when you expect decluttering those spaces to take longer than a few hours, such as a basement or a garage.

Step 2: Create a Sorting System

As you go through your house you will need a system for sorting the items you find. You can create your own method, or use one of the “Three-Box Method.” This method forces you to make a decision item by item.

The Three Box Method:

KEEP BOX: Empty after you complete a space. Items you keep should go in their newly designated home. Optimally these things should be stored neatly in a container or drawer. Label if desired.

GET RID OF BOX: Empty after you complete a space. Store any items you want to give away or sell outside your home – either put them in the vehicle you plan to transport them in or store them temporarily in a garage or an attic.

STORAGE BOX: Empty into storage containers after you complete a space. As you fill your containers, label them or drop an inventory sheet on top and neatly put them in your storage area.

Step 3: Get Rid of the Clutter

You have a few options for disposing of items that make their way into the “Get Rid of It” box.

  • Recycle: Glass, plastics and paper can go straight into your recycling bin. Otherwise put into bags so you can transport to the nearest recycling drop off location.

Electronics can and should be recycled.

  • Donate: You can rest easy knowing that something you no longer need is going to a good home. Clothes, shoes and other household items can be donated to local charities. Or try posting to your local Buy and Sell.
     
  • Have a Garage Sale: If you’re up to the task, make a little money off your clutter by having a garage sale. Check to see if your neighborhood has a designated garage sale date. Just make sure you begin your declutter process early enough so you can participate – you’ll get more foot traffic that way.

Commit to Get Rid of the Junk

If you’ve got clutter, we’re certain you have some “junk”. And while it may not be junk per se, it may no longer be useful. Making the decision to get rid of your old things may actually be the hardest part of decluttering. Many items will have more than just a monetary value –they will stir up memories and have sentimental value. These are real and valid feelings that make it challenging to part with our stuff.

Remember, you have options when it comes to getting rid of clutter, so you don’t have to feel guilty about putting everything in the trash. Mentally prepare yourself for decluttering your home and keep the following concepts in mind when you are struggling to part with something.

The 80/20 Rule: When it comes to clothing, we generally only wear 20 percent of the clothes we own 80 percent of the time. This rule tends to hold true for other things as well, such as video games, computer parts, books, DVDs, toys and more. Your mission is to get rid of the things you don’t use 80 percent of the time.

Getting Over Sunk Costs. In the world of economics, costs that have already been incurred and cannot be recovered are referred to as sunk costs. As you go through the items in your house, most things should be considered sunk costs (except for rare situations where an item may have increased in value). Since you cannot get the money back that you spent on that item, you should only think about the value that thing can add to your life in the future. Understanding this concept of sunk costs can help you make more rational decisions about what to keep and what you should toss.

Here are more declutter tips to help you decide what to keep and what to throw away:

See if it works. If whatever treasure you found stashed away in your house doesn’t work, get rid of it. If you want to fix it, then fix it, but don’t let it sit in your house for another month collecting dust.

Think of the last time you used it. If you haven’t used something you come across in the last 6 months, you should probably get rid of it. If you pulled the item out and said, “I’ve been wondering where this was!” you should probably get rid of it. And if you didn’t even know you still had the item in question, you should definitely get rid of it.

There’s a neat trick you can use with clothing, books and DVDs. Over the course of the year, when you use or wear an item put it back facing the opposite direction of the others. This allows you to see what you’ve used and what you haven’t. If you haven’t used or worn something in a year, get rid of it.

Ask yourself if you love it. This may seem obvious, but sometimes we keep things we aren’t completely crazy about. Yes, we spend money on things we don’t love but if you don’t love it, and you haven’t used it in more than 6 months “Get Rid of It”.

Sleep on it. After you’ve made the decision to get rid of some of the clutter in your home, sleep on it. If there’s something you can’t live without, you’ll know in the morning. You can pull it out of the junk bin and put it away.

Start With Small Decluttering Projects That Feel Big

Before you commit to an entire room, start with a few small projects that will give you a sense of accomplishment when you’re done.

“If you are overwhelmed with your clutter and just don’t know where to start, start small. Tackle one drawer, one shelf, or one corner of your desk. Set a timer and work for 15 minutes and accomplish as much as you can. Taking baby steps can eventually lead to a big change in your clutter level.” 

GOOD LUCK IN YOUR START TO LIVING CLEAN!!!

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Cleanse VS Detox

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Is there a difference between a cleanse and a detox? 

Do you know which one you are supposed to do?

A detox is cleaning your liver and kidneys

If you want to detox your liver and kidneys, it will remove the toxins and chemicals that are harmful in your body.  Your body will  elevate the detoxification alleyway so the negative effects of food additives and pesticides in our food are flushed away.  There are many environmental chemicals found in cosmetics, cleaners and with added cortisol and estrogen a detox helps keep our bodies in harmony.

Since the liver and kidneys main function is to work all day long detoxing, it is beneficial to keep them functioning at a high level.  Certain herbs such as dandelion root and milk thistle help the detox advance.  If you increase the intake of fruits and vegetables and healthy fats like olive or avocado oil combined with exercise will also help.

A cleanse is cleaning your digestive tract. 

Cleaning out your digestive tract, colon with a cleanse will get rid of undigested food particles, parasites and toxins.  This a gentler way of releasing toxins. It is for a shorter period of time just by changing your diet.  If a deeper state of cleansing and healing is required, than by giving your body a complete protein will allow blood sugar levels will be maintained.  

Commonly the right time to detox or cleanse is the spring and fall. To detox the liver in the spring is a natural time when liver energy is rising.  Autumn is a great time to cleanse the large intestine which is a major organ.  

Another factoring component to planning a cleanse or detox is stress.  Stress may hold on to the toxins you are wanting to eradicate.  Lower levels of stress helps the body heal itself.  Listen to your body it will tell you when a detox or cleanse is what you need.  

For more information  https://www.guthealthproject.com/detox-vs-cleanse-their-differences-and-benefits-infographic/

 

 

SST COSMETICS

SST COSMETICS has A NEW LOOK
           

Sunrise Wellness Spa has a new look for the SST Cosmetics.  The streamlined shelves make shopping and browsing so much easier.  With the ability to try on products before you purchase them makes decision making that much easier.  There are many great colors of eye shadow, lipsticks, lip pencils, blush, Oil free foundation, powdered foundation, BB Cream, CC Cream, tinted primer, mascara, and brushes.  

A LOOK BEHIND THE FOUNDER OF SST

Sharon SharpTitus

sharonThe face behind SST Signature Series. 16 years as a professional makeup artist and beauty business owner have given Sharon Sharpe-Titus an extensive background in formulation and colour selection, which she brings to her line, SST Cosmetics Inc.

From her early days working as a model to a decade educating for a major cosmetic line, to co-founding and heading up one of the most successful beauty distribution operations in Canada, Sharon is a pioneer in her industry. With a family background in art, Sharon (who has painted since she was a child) has a keen eye for colour and texture, which influences her work as a makeup artist and product developer.

Sharon has created a sophisticated, high fashion line with a focus on quality ingredients free of harsh chemicals that brings together exceptional colours and elegant textures to help you put your best face forward. SST is a cosmetic brand that has a conscience for the integrity of the skin.

 

When do you use Tea Tree Oil?

When do you use Tea Tree Oil?

Here are some great uses for tea tree oil.

Acne Treatment

Tea tree oil can be used as a preventative measure, but more impressively as a cure when it comes to those dreaded pimples. It serves as a natural alternative for over the counter products, and possesses unique disinfecting and soothing properties which won’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Dab it on – for a quick spot-reduction, pour a few drops onto a cotton bud or pad, and dab the affected area. Don’t rinse for at least a few hours, ideally leave overnight. The oil should easily penetrate into the sebaceous glands and unblock them, wiping out infection-causing bacteria and reducing redness and swelling. Slather it on – Add a few drops to a face mask, preferably clay, and slather it on. Ideally leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing. Pat face dry with a clean towel and apply a moisturizer. Make sure you’re moisturizing with a cream preferably designed for sensitive or acne-prone skin.

Laundry Hack

Keep things fresh and sanitary by adding a few drops to each laundry load. Preferably use an unscented detergent and no fabric softener. Say goodbye to that strong chemical odor of most detergents, and hello to all-natural cleanliness. Note how once you start using this method, your clothes, sheets and towels stay fresher for longer. Extra tip – Stay low-key on the detergent use and put your towels through a baking soda and white vinegar cycle once a month. The vinegar and baking soda work to remove detergent, microbe and odor build-up, improving fiber absorbency. The result is spa-quality fluffy towels that smell as fresh as a spring field! Simply add one cup of white vinegar to the load and run the wash through a hot cycle. When the cycle is done, add half a cup of baking soda and run the hot cycle again. Preferably dry in a tumble dryer to fluff up the fibers.

Congestion Relief

If you’re blocked up from a common cold, tea tree can be a great relief treatment! The antiseptic properties work to help fight the microbes while the anti-inflammatory qualities help reduce swelling of the membranes lining the respiratory passages. Vaporize it – If you have a vaporizer or oil burner, you can let it evaporate throughout the day, especially useful at night. Mix tea tree with lavender for a relaxing effect at night time. Steam it – Boil the kettle and pour yourself a hot mug of plain water. Place a few drops of tea tree essential oil into the mug and take deep, long breaths holding it up to your face. Steam works wonders to clear the sinuses, and is an effective method of reducing mucus build-up. A hot bath with tea tree oil is another way of getting that steam to relax the passages. Eucalyptus essential oil is another great alternative. Wear it – Place a few drops on your clothing, pillow case or a cloth and inhale it throughout the day. Reapply as often as required.

 

All-Natural Carpet Freshener

Most carpet cleaning products contain harmful ingredients that you wouldn’t want a baby crawling over, or a pet laying on. It’s just better for everyone if your fill your living space with natural alternatives rather than harsh chemicals. This cleaning method is not only cheaper and healthier, it actually keeps things fresher for longer without leaving that lingering synthetic fragrance we usually find after a deep cleaning. A homemade pet-safe and child-friendly cleaning agent can easily be concocted with an essential oil of your choice (or blend) and baking soda. Use this mixture to rid your living space of dust mites, creepy-crawly’s, bacteria, mold spores and odor Note – This is a very effective method of deep cleaning carpets, and needn’t be done more than once every 1 – 2 months. If you own pets, this is a great way of keeping the odor and microbes away from your upholstery, however, keep your pets out of the house or confined to one room while the powder sits. Bear in mind the powder does make your vacuum work harder, so don’t go overboard and maintain your machine as the instructions suggest.

  • ½ cup Baking Soda, 35 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
  • Add the desired amount of essential oil into a container of baking soda and shake well. Leave the mixture to sit overnight.
  • When ready to clean, pepper all carpeted areas with your mixture and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before vacuuming.

Tea Tree Oil is also a great aid in treating nail fungus. Apply a couple times a day until fungus is gone.

Do you take a holiday?

DO YOU TAKE A HOLIDAY?         

Holidays and vacations mean different things to different folks.  Your time away from home should be a joyous event for you.  As a family or solo.

 Destress Before you go, take the time for a massage to destress, so everyone can enjoy your company.  Especially you!

Holidays may be a time to reflect, journal and plan for some changes and improvements in your daily life.  Celebrate what has gone well, whether alone or with a partner.  Take time to connect to know what works in your life and what needs change.  Plan it!

Holidays offer great benefits for your health.  Getting extra sleep, soaking up a little extra sun and enjoying the tastes of different food can make your holiday burst with memories.  Lowering high blood pressure and weight loss makes a holiday a great idea and the benefits can last for months.

Employers and employees often decline to take a holiday.  This can cause a loss of productivity and increased glucose levels.  Not to forget your heart, so keep your blood pressure checked.  If you think you are too busy to go on a holiday, what about your wellbeing, and the stress relief.  It has been proven that holidays are the best way to boost productivity, longevity, and makes you happier.

Plan your holiday with a purpose.  It’s a great way to get away from it all.  It doesn’t matter where you end up, as long as the destination was amazing to you. Maybe you want to choose a once in a lifetime holiday or repeat the same one you did the year before.   Change is always a better option it doesn’t let boredom or fatigue set in.  Don’t be a slave to your holiday, it takes time to plan and pack so don’t replace your routine for a routine.   Is your holiday going to be an adventurous vacation doing white water rafting or more subtle by spending time with family and relatives?  If you spend time with other family members as part of your holiday, make sure you take a day or two for just your selves.  This lets you have quality time as a family and connect. No matter the holiday make sure it has a purpose.  Leave the stress behind and rejuvenate.

If you have staycation whether at home or close to it, there are lots of leisure activities within driving distance and you can still sleep in your own bed. Make a plan and don’t get stuck in the same routine just because you are at home.  So leave that messy pantry and cloths on the floor, it will be there at the end of your staycation.  This is a great way to cut back on spending.  You can visit local museums, fairs, go to the pool or lake and have a picnic, a movie with date night, golfing or take a bike riding adventure.   This may be time to develop an exercise routine, or sit back and read a thick book.  Best of all, spend time with your kids, doing kid things like a board game, talking and laughing.

Holidays may be a time to reflect, journal and plan for some changes and improvements in your daily life.  Celebrate what has gone well, whether alone or with a partner.  Take time to connect to know what works in your life and what needs change.  Plan it!

Reflect back on whatever holiday you experienced.  Smile and laugh at the memories and appreciate your time well spent.  Dream and plan for the next one.

Saskatchewan has some beautiful places to visit and things to do.  There is a Saskatchewan discovery guide to help along the way!  Visit this website to find out about more excitement in our province.

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attractions-g155038-Activities-Saskatchewan.html

20 Signs You Aren’t Drinking Enough Water

20 Signs You Aren’t Drinking Enough Water by Janice Taylor

The human body has a built-in mechanism for telling us when we need to drink water – the feeling of being thirsty. Unfortunately, with an alarming two out of three individuals living with some form of chronic dehydration, many people have simply become numb to the sensation. If you are among the majority and have an ongoing water deficit, there are some other less-obvious signals which indicate that your body is parched.

Read over the following 20 common symptoms of chronic dehydration. If any of them apply to your day-to-day life, it could be that your body is trying to warn you that you’re not drinking nearly enough water.

  1. Chronic Fatigue

Blood and other bodily fluids are comprised mainly of water. When you get dehydrated, your blood becomes thicker and your heart has to expend more energy to keep oxygen and nutrients moving throughout the circulatory system. If you feel tired every day and there doesn’t seem to be a cause, drinking more water could be the solution.

  1. Cholesterol Imbalance

Dehydration signals your body to increase its production of cholesterol in order to thicken cellular walls and preserve the fluid contained in them. As a result of this defensive process, blood-cholesterol levels also increase and can easily become imbalanced.

  1. High or Low Blood Pressure

The decrease in overall blood volume caused by dehydration may manifest as consistently low blood pressure. Over time, the increase in blood-cholesterol can cause arterial build-up and eventually plaques which increase blood pressure to potentially unsafe levels.

  1. Impaired Memory and Concentration

Slackened blood flow caused by chronic dehydration robs your brain of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to perform at peak capacity. As a result, you may find that your memory and concentration become severely impaired.

  1. Light-Headedness, Dizziness or Vertigo

Living in a constant state of dehydration can cause you to experience frequent dizzy spells and light-headedness due to lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain. In severe cases, vertigo and nausea may result.

  1. Frequent Headaches

Both lack of oxygen and increase in blood pressure are the perfect recipe for frequent headaches. If you notice that you seem to be getting them more often, try drinking more water on a daily basis to ease the strain on your brain.

  1. Mood Swings or Irritability

Just as is characteristic of being hungry, the need for water tends to make people unusually moody and more easily irritated. Also, with all of the other possible negative effects on your brain and other organs, chronic dehydration can throw of your hormone balance and cause persistent depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.

  1. Stomach Pain or Ulcers

Water acts as a buffer between the acidic contents of your stomach and the stomach lining. Being in a state of constant dehydration leaves the inside of your stomach largely unprotected and the constant acid exposure can easily result in ulcers or frequent stomach aches.

  1. Constipation or Poor Digestion

In order to properly process the foods you eat, your intestines need a steady supply of water. Without adequate fluids, digestion can slow down causing constipation, gas and bloating, or even the passing of seemingly undigested food.

  1. Craving Sweet or Salty Foods

Your liver requires water in order to break down fat cells and use the energy stored there to fuel your body and maintain stable blood-glucose levels. When you get dehydrated and your liver can’t perform this important function, you’ll start to crave foods like sweets and salty foods which your body recognizes as easy sources of energy.

  1. Inability to Lose Weight

Because it saps your energy, impairs digestion and frequently causes unhealthy cravings, dehydration can also make it nearly impossible to lose weight. Furthermore, since your body can’t break down fat stores without adequate hydration, even if you force yourself to exercise, you probably won’t be getting the results you want out of your workout.

  1. Urinary Tract Infections

A good supply of water is absolutely crucial for the proper function of your urinary tract. When you become dehydrated, your kidneys and bladder will try to stretch what little water it does have last as long as possible. Unfortunately, without a semi-constant stream of fresh urine to flush them out, bacteria have more time to replicate and overpopulate inside the cozy, warm environment inside of your urethra and bladder.

The most obvious sign that your kidneys and bladder are at risk of becoming the next big vacation hotspot for unicellular organisms can be found in the color of your urine. If your flow is consistently darker than a pale shade of yellow, you need to up your water intake, asap!

  1. Gout Flare-Ups

Gout is caused by a build up of uric acid which crystallizes around the joints – usually in the hands and feet – which cause intense sharp pain. Because your kidneys need water to flush excess uric acid out of your body, dehydration is one of the biggest factors which contribute to gout flare-ups.

  1. Muscle Cramps and Joint Pain

Water is your body’s natural lubricant and cooling system. Without it, your muscles will overheat and seize up and your joints will start to grind. Keep your body in good working order with a constant supply of hydration.

  1. Itchy Dry Skin, Chapped Lips and Dandruff

Because your skin is in constant contact with the surrounding environment, it loses water faster than the rest of your body. As such, probably the most obvious warning signs of chronic dehydration are persistent dry skin, chapped lips and dandruff.

  1. Eczema Outbreaks

Eczema outbreaks can be triggered by a variety of different factors, both environmental and internal. Excessively dry skin – such as that caused by constant dehydration – ranks at the top of the list for many people with the condition.

  1. Premature Aging

Without adequate hydration, skin loses its elasticity. Also, due to hampered blood flow (which we discussed briefly in #1), a long-term lack of water also robs your skin cells of the nutrients they needs to regenerate. Consequently, living in a constant state of dehydration accelerates the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, crows feet, sagging or loose skin, and other signs of aging.

  1. Frequent Respiratory Problems

From the inside of your nose down into the lower reaches of your bronchi, our entire respiratory tract relies on mucus to keep its tissues moist and supple and to prevent foreign particles out of your lungs. A lack of adequate hydration hinders mucus production, thus hindering your respiratory system’s ability to deflect allergens like dust, pollen and pet dander or to defend itself against infection from viral and bacterial invaders.

  1. Chronic Bad Breath

One of the most common symptoms of dehydration manifests in the mouth. Xerostomia, more commonly known as ‘dry mouth’ results from a decrease in saliva production due to dehydration or other factors (such as medications, tobacco use or certain medical conditions). Saliva is a necessary component for regulating the population of microorganisms which live in your mouth. Dehydration and the consequential lack of saliva allows yeast and bacteria to flourish unchecked around your teeth, gums and tongue which can quickly transform a healthy mouth into a miasma of chronic bad breath.

  1. Foul Body Odor

Water facilitates the transport of waste materials out of the body. When you’re constantly dehydrated, said waste materials don’t necessarily make it out, but instead get stored away in cells for future removal. Over time, all of that leftover gunk can change your body chemistry for the worse. (Imagine it’s like leaving a full bag of kitchen waste in the garbage bin for too long.) Furthermore, dry and damaged skin caused by dehydration creates a perfect environment for odor-causing bacteria to kick back, relax and reproduce like microscopic rabbits.

Toxins in Your Cosmetics

Toxins…Toxins…Toxins…

TOXINS IN OUR COSMETICS AND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS THAT YOU MAY WANT TO AVOID

Toxins are absorbed by the skin by approximately 80%.  This may be from the cosmetics you wear, the lotion you apply to your body, to the hair spray that keeps our locks in place. 

Mineral cosmetics offer natural UV Protection. They are vegan, hypoallergenic, gluten , paraben and talc free, no artificial colors or fragrances.  No animals are used for testing and no toxic dyes.

Toxins are linked to Cancer and Alzheimer’s.  Sunrise Wellness Spa is VERY PROUD to carry the EMINENCE Skin Care and SST Cosmetics TOXIN FREE

Toxin list:

Parabens are used as preservatives. It controls the bacterial and fungal issues.  It can be found in shampoo, makeup, shaving gel, moisturizers, tooth paste, lubricants and in our food.  Parabens have been linked to breast cancer because it acts like estrogen and can help breast cancer cells grow.  Other words to look out for on labels are any word that ends in PARABEN such as ethylparaben.

Sodium Lauryl or Laureth Sulfate  is a foaming agent or surfactant.  It can be in bubble bath, lotions or creams used for cleaning.  It may cause cancer, skin and eye irritation.

Sulfates  are used in cosmetics and personal care products.  Check label if your allergic.

Propylene Glycol It is usually in bath products, hair care products, and personal care products.  Low doses is acceptable but high doses can damage your health.  Some may be allergic to it and cause inflamed skin.

1,4-Dioxane is a colorless liquid that produces suds in bubble bath, shampoo, or dish soap to name a few.  It has been banned in some parts of the world because of its possible carcinogenic and cancer causing properties.

Aluminum is in nearly every product on earth.  Food is packaged in in, it’s in our computers, our utensils, to aluminum foil in the kitchen.  In cosmetics it is in deodorant and antiperspirants know as Aluminum Oxide and Aluminum Hydroxide. Also used in some medicines and medical devices.  When in high doses the elements can penetrate the body and block sweat glands which can cause itching, dermatitis or acne.

Phthalates is in body wash, hair care products, colored cosmetics, fragranced lotions. vinyl flooring,  detergents and toys to name a few.  It has been linked to cancer.  The European Union has banned this chemical from its use in cosmetics.

Synthetic Colors  are used in hair dyes, makeup, and lipstick.  A known carcinogen is coal tar which most synthetic colors are made from.  If buying synthetic colors avoid if you can names like urea, diazolidinyl, petrolatum, propylene glycol, paraben and sulfate.  Numbered colors fall into the same category.

Benzalkonium Chloride is an organic salt used in fabric softener and laundry detergent.  In cosmetics it is used in defoliants, anti acne products, anti microbials and emulsifiers.  Shampoo, hand sanitizes, deodorant may also contain it.  It can cause extreme skin irritation and ocular toxicity.  If you are allergic to the chemical it can cause respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.   Could cause impaired vision with long term usage.

Butylated Compounds (BHT, BHA) are preservatives.  They are used in food and cosmetics.  It is found in deodorants, lipsticks, sunscreen and perfume.   Health problems such as organ toxicity and endocrine disruption.   It has been linked to cancer by many health organizations.

Coal Tar is a by-product in a destructive distillation of bituminous coal.  It is in hair dye, soap, dandruff shampoo and some lotions.  Sometimes it is labelled under the name polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, impervotar, estar, benzin B70, KC261.  It has been linked to cancer and organ toxicity. 

Ethanolamine Compounds smells like ammonia.  It is found in hair conditioner, shampoo soap, waxes, mascara, sunscreen, eye shadow, eyeliners and perfumes.  Other names it goes by are monoethanolamine and 2-aminoethanol.  If label checking look for triethanolmine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, DEA-cytel phosphate, lauramide DEA, myristamide DEA, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, and oleamide DEA.  It has been labelled a human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program.

Formaldehyde is used in preventing mold from growing in water based products and spoiling them.  It can be in shampoo, baby soaps, nail polish, nail glue, hair gel and body wash.  It is a colorless gas and strong smelling.  It is also used in building materials.  It is absorbed through the skin and has been linked to several cases of cancer and skin allergies.  Formaldehyde releasers are used as antimicrobial preservatives to extend shelf life. 

Fragrance Chemicals are in perfumes and colognes.  These are usually sprayed on the skin so it is the easiest way for carcinogenic substances to enter the skin. 

Gluten is usually found in grain like wheat, rye, barley or oats. Some people have allergies to it, if so a person may experience diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, stomach pain, anemia or being extremely tired.  Just because a product is labelled Gluten Free it still may contain hydrolyzed vegetable protein or wheat protein, avena sativa, wheat germ and triticum aestivum.  Don’t be fooled by these names.

Lead is natural to the earth and is in plants soil, water and air.  If exposed for long periods of time it can be harmful to the body.  It may cause certain types of cancer, bone and joint pain, low sperm count, bone marrow damage, kidney damage, different digestive issues to name a few.  It is found in lipstick and makeup.  It can be fatal if used for long periods of time.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) its also called polyoxethylene or polyethylene oxide.  It is found in skin creams, toothpaste or lubricates for personal use and some food.  Some people may be allergic to it. 

Siloxanes  is made from silicon and oxygen and is also called cyclomethicones.  It can be found in  hair products,  antiperspirant, sunscreen, lotions, moisturizers and personal care products.  It is safe in very small doses but could be fatal in large doses.

Sunscreen Chemicals    avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, octisalate, homosalate, and octinozate are in sunscreens.  They reflect the sun’s ultra-violet radiation.  Prolonged usage may be toxic.  Oxybenzone may cause endometriosis in women and a lower sperm count in women.  Using a mineral sunscreen is always best because they contain zinc oxide which creates a barrier between the skin and the sun.

Synthetic Polymers    have thickening and emulsifying properties and are used in cosmetics and personal care products.  They are made in the body naturally but are now made by scientists.  Teflon, polyester, epoxy and polyethylene are synthetic and made from petroleum oil.  Plastic is derived from it. Carbomer and sodium polyacrylate are most common.  They may not be toxic but if they are contaminated by processing they could be toxic.

Toluene  is found in nail polish and hair dyes and is toxic.  It can cause headaches, dizziness and cracked skin if there is direct exposure.  Toluene can cause respiratory complications and reproductive damage if exposed to long periods.  Hair dressers are asked to wear masks when using these products to lower their risk. 

Triclosan  is antifungal and antibacterial which slows bacteria growth .  It is found in shaving cream toothpaste, deodorants, color cosmetics, liquid soap, and whitening products.  There was no evidence found by the Food and Drug Administration that soap with triclosan was better and more effective than plain soap and water.  There has been allergic reactions, disruption to the immune system and hormone disruptor have been reported.