Start with the easy things, and don't worry about the stuff you don't understand just yet.
"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop. -Alice In Wonderland
I love finding simple wisdom in what may be considered the mundane.
When it comes to health and wellness (damn near everything really) it's so easy to jump into the minutiae, going straight past the requisite laying of foundation.
Picking out paint colors is way more fun than deciding on where to place the plumbing while building a house. But it HAS to be done.
It can't be stressed enough that we have certain needs which must be met: food, water, and sleep.
Insanely basic things that become discouragingly complex.
We talk about food here often, so I'm skipping over that in hopes you'll go back for those articles, or contact me for what you've missed.
Two weeks ago I spent the day in the Emergency Room with my mom again. She had collapsed and we couldn't figure out what was going on.
This was the third time we'd been here under these circumstances. Each time they needed up giving her two iv bags of fluids.
This means she was very dehydrated. And home girl hadn't been running any marathons that's for sure, so how was this happening?
It had slipped her mind, for a few days in a row, to drink enough water. That's it! She recently has stopped drinking soda and as such had cut her fluid intake without realizing it.
Dehydration can compound other factors that your body may have been managing well under normal circumstances.
Things like anemia or gaps in nutrition can all be exasperated by dehydration.
The recorded daily water intake is around 2.7 Liters for women and 3.7 for men.
Just getting adequate hydration can also help your body access those fat stores to burn for energy instead of sitting on them.
It's this facilitation of the body's healthy, normal state that needs to be a priority before we look to supplements or even special workouts.
Don't freak about the stuff you don't know. Start with the basics and add on new things to focus when the other becomes second nature to you.
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