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When your thirsty or just want to grab a quick drink, what’s your go-to-drink? A Pepsi, or a medium coffee, light no sugar courtesy of Dunkin Donuts? If you find yourself going for beverages that are high in sugar and/or calories, maybe you should try a drink that doesn’t cost much and is included in your home: water. Drinking water everyday can help improve your health, inside and out.

1) It can help keep your heart healthy. According to Dumb Little Man.com, ” A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.”

2) It can help prevent cancer. Dumb Little Man.com also states that drinking water can help reduce the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer and bladder cancer. Like other studies, a healthy diet can help reduce the chance of having cancer.

3) No More Headaches. Dehydration is a symptom of headaches. When our bodies don’t get enough water, we become fatigued and tired, which can cause headaches. Drinking water adds energy to your body, which makes you feel energized and less tired.

4) Lose Weight. Today, a milkshake can have the same amount of calories as a cheeseburger. According to A Calorie Counter.com, a large White Castle Chocolate Shake has more calories when compared to a Burger King Triple Whopper, 1680 to 1230. The average calorie intake should be around 2000 calories. By replacing your favorite milkshake or Pepsi with an 8 ounce cup of water, you can reduce your caloric intake.

5) It helps improves your skin. Dehydration takes a toll on your body, especially your skin. According to Medince Net.com, “Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration,” he says.”But once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess fluids.”

Ashley-Nicole Weatherington



The best way to be fab is to be healthy.  Not only do you feel great, you look great and lessen your chances of dying before your sweet time on earth is over.  Now, how fab is that?  In honor of my first spinning class that I took this morning, here are seven tips to get back into…or rather yet, start a fitness routine.  I’m in no way a personal trainer or fitness coach, so here are some tips directly excerpted from spineuniverse.com:

Drink plenty of water. Water is the closest thing to a magic fat-loss potion. Sixty-four ounces a day is an absolute minimum. Twice that, or one gallon, is even more desirable. Also, make sure the water is ice cold. When you drink ice water, which is about 40-degrees Fahrenheit, your system has to heat the fluid to a core body temperature of 98.6 degrees. This process requires almost one calorie to warm one ounce of cold water to body temperature. In fact, an 8-ounce of ice water burns exactly 7.69 calories. Extend that over 16 glasses, 128 ounces, or one gallon – and you’ve generated 123 calories of heat energy, which is significant.
Eat smaller meals more frequently. I’ve had excellent results in my fat-loss studies supervising subjects to consume six meals a day, with no meal containing more than 400 calories. It’s also important to allow no longer than three hours between eating episodes. Such a pattern keeps you on an even keel – since you’re never stuffed and never famished – which seems to be ideal for losing fat.
Assert yourself when eating at a restaurant. You’ll need all the help you can get to avoid gorging on rich, expensive, restaurant specialties. Here are a few tips: * Don’t open the menu. It may tempt you too much. * Choose a simple green salad without garnishes. Lemon juice, vinegar, or low-calorie dressing is preferable to any creamy or oily dressings. * Select one or two vegetables with nothing added. A plain baked potato is always available. Other good choices are broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. * Ask the waiter what kind of fish is available. Order a white fish and have it baked, steamed, or broiled, with nothing on it. * Be very specific with your order. Double-check to make certain that your waiter understands exactly what you want. * Have decaffeinated coffee or tea for dessert, or at most, some fresh strawberries or raspberries.

Pick an exercise you can stick with, but be careful if it’s swimming (or anything in the water). While swimming offers some benefits, the thermal effect of being submerged in water is likely to cause you to eat more than normal. After reading my previous articles, you should understand that my recommended exercise is strength training. Strength training, more than any other exercise or activity, rewards you with a double-reducing advantage.
Don’t over exercise. Three times per week is plenty, at no more than 20 to 30 minutes per session. Too much exercise tears down body tissue, increases the risk of injury, and makes you less active over the long term.
Get out from in front of the television. Decreasing your exposure to a billion-dollar advertising industry, much of which involves convenience foods, diminishes your temptations to overeat. Involvement in a household project, along with the extended daylight hours, will help this situation.
Take to heart some advice borrowed from motivational author Zig Ziglar:  “Life demands before it rewards. You’ve got to be before you can do. You’ve got to do before you can have. When you’re tough on yourself, life becomes easy . . . You don’t pay the price for good health, you enjoy the benefits of it. You pay the price for poor health.”

Keep it strictly stylish!

Yours in style,

Though most women (especially women of color) in their twenties and thirties don’t need to worry about wrinkles, however treating your skin right now can definitely benefit you when you become “a woman of a certain age” and look like your twenty-five (with no botox needed). Although cosmetic brands may have their own “fountain of youth” creams that can be on the expensive side, maybe you should try an alternative maybe already in your home. Fruits, vegetables and other foods have been found to help skin look and feel great. Here are a couple ways eating healthy can help make your skin become even more beautiful:

1) Tomato, Shomato. According to Beauty Eats on Yahoo! Food, tomatoes, cantaloupes and sweet potatoes can help prevent wrinkles because pigments that produce light orange and red colors replenish antioxidant levels in the skin. “Antioxidants are needed to scarf up free radicals in the skin, Free rads are highly reactive oxygen molecules that damage cells and contribute to just about everything that can go wrong with skin, from dryness to crinkles.”

2) Lemons, Oranges and Limes, Oh My. Vitamin C is mandatory for your health and body, especially when fighting wrinkles and citrus is filled with it. Eating Lemons, Oranges, limes and grapefruit can help getting the Vitamin-C needed, “It helps keeps collagen — the supportive protein fibers that stop skin from sagging — strong and resilient.”

3) Fish Of The Sea. Foods that can provide protein and Omega 3 can be beneficial to scrap any signs of aging, “Omega-3s fight inflammation, now considered one of the top skin-agers, and they also help protect against sunburn, enhancing the effects of your SPF sunscreen.” And foods like  trout, salmon, tuna and Atlantic mackerel can help but only within an limited intake to prevent too much of mercury (which is in most fish).

Ashley-Nicole Weatherington