Many people only drink water when they get thirsty, but did you know it is recommended to drink an average of 8-ounce glasses of water everyday?
Water is important for most processes your body goes through in a day. When you drink water, you replenish your stores. Without enough water, your body and its organs can’t function properly.
Benefits of drinking water include:
- protecting your spine and other tissues
- helping you eliminate waste through urine, sweat, and bowel movements
- keeping your body temperature within a normal range
- lubricating and cushioning your joints
Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water:
- The color of your urine
If you notice that your urine is a darker shade than normal – yellow, or even brownish – you should drink lots of water straight away. Clear or light colored urine indicates you are having enough water.
- How many times you visit the toilet
You should be peeing around six to seven times a day, depending on how much you drink. If you go too long without drinking water, it can affect your kidneys, thus damaging the body’s ability to clean itself.
- Dry skin and mouth
Dry skin could well be associated with drinking too little water as well. Dry lips/mouth are also an indication of dehydration.
Hunger may be your body’s way of asking for a drink that you can easily misinterpret. If your stomach is complaining and you think you may need to grab a snack try drinking a glass of water before to see if that helps. If you’re still hungry afterwards you can grab that quick snack.
People who don’t drink enough water often feel tired and fatigued during the day. This is because your body “lends” water from the blood, which causes oxygenation to decrease throughout the body.
- A headache
A mild, headache may be your body’s way of saying it needs a drink of water. Your body compensates for it by taking water from your blood, which affects how much oxygen your brain gets and leads to headache. To find out if this is the case, see what happens if you move quickly or bend down to pick something up. Does the headache get worse? If it is hydrate immediately.
When your body is lacking necessary fluids, you can become irritable. If this is the case, drink a glass of water and the symptoms should abate.
If the body does not get enough fluid, it can retrieve it from your stool to compensate, this invariably leads to constipation.
- Joint Pain
Your joints need water to stay lubricated. When they don’t have enough water they’ll borrow it from somewhere else. Similarly the cushions between your spinal vertebra need water to help absorb shock from your movements.
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10 Surprising Symptoms of Stress That You May Assume And How To Deal With Them
Mood swings, irritability and some acne are some of the most obvious signs of stress that we all know about. However, there are more symptoms of stress that we may not be too familiar with and probably brush them off, without realizing our bodies are actually trying to let us know that something is amiss. They include:
Pain in the neck
“Stress definitely affects our musculoskeletal system, resulting in tight, contracting muscles and/or spasms,” Dr. Lombardo says. “It gets us ready for fight-or-flight, even though unlike our cave-women ancestors, we don’t actually need our bodies to react like this.”
To ease the ache, slowly turning your head around and taking 5 to 10 deep breaths will do the trick. You can also massage the area gently.
Stress is a common cause of tension headaches that have triggers like light sensitivity. Managing your stresses is the only permanent cure for it.
Rashes on the skin
Having a random rash appear on your skin could also be a sign of stress. The rashes often appear as raised spots or hives on the stomach, back, arms, and face. “While we don’t know why it occurs, some experts believe that it has to do with the adverse effects of stress on the immune system.” Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo says, “Histamine is released, [and that causes] these itchy bumps.”
Taking breaks to breath deeply will help in stress reduction.
Nausea keeps hitting you
Stress can actually make you physically sick, some people often feel nauseous, but its usually temporary. Chewing ginger will help much on it.
Loss of memory
Even simple tasks like remembering where you placed your cap can be hard when stressed. “Chronic stress can literally shrink the size of the hippocampus, which is responsible for some memories,” Dr. Lombardo says. “Luckily, its size will go back to normal once your stress level reduces.”
Physical exercises come in handy.
Drop in libido
Mayo Clinic have reports on low sex drive being linked to stress and advises seeing a counselor if you are missing out on your sex life significantly.
Stress causes distractions and you lose focus on your to do list. Exercising large muscle groups will help in regaining clarity. Being outside in the light will also help by boosting your serotonin levels thus improving your mood.
You start having cavities
This is majorly caused by grinding of teeth when stressed. Try setting aside time to list down your troubles and ways to solve them. This will help with reducing the pressure you feel.
You become lazier, feel physically exhausted and just want to sleep
Stress hormones cause an adrenaline surge, the body eventually crashes and sleep is all you want. Stress can also ruin the quality of your sleep, so you wake up tired and irritable.
Getting in bed half an hour earlier than usual helps in decompressing as the environment is calming. Electronics should also be powered down for more effectiveness.
Little Girl’s Brain Tumor Mysteriously Disappears, Parents Say God Healed Her
A family from Texas are thanking God after their little girl’s rare and inoperable brain tumor mysteriously disappeared. Doctors are actually unable to explain how and they credit it all to the healing power of Jesus Christ.
Roxli Doss was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) last year in June. This was after the 11 year old girl started suffering from headaches, nausea, and double vision. DIPG is a highly-aggressive and difficult-to-treat tumor located at the base of the brain.
The little girl’s condition was life-threatening to say the least. “It was the worst news we could have had…At Dell Children’s, Texas Children’s, at Dana-Farber, at John Hopkins, and MD Anderson, all agreed it was DIPG.” Roxli’s dad, Scott Doss, explained.
“It is a devastating disease. You have decreased ability to swallow, sometimes vision loss, decreased ability to talk, eventually difficulty with breathing. We don’t have a cure. This is considered a terminal diagnosis.” Dr. Virginia Harrod, one of Roxli’s doctors at Dell Children’s Medical Center, said.
Even so, Roxli underwent 11 weeks of radiation therapy to fight the tumor, while her family established a to help cover the costs of the medical bills.
In a bid to fight the tumor, Roxli underwent radiation therapy for eleven weeks. Her family also sent up a GoFundMe Page to aid with hospital expenses.
Beside all that, the family turned to God, knowing He was the only one who could truly change anything around. Losing their little girl to cancer was a very real scare at this point, it only made sense to hand her over to the Giver Of Life.
“The doctors guide us, but really the true guidance that we’re looking for is from God because that’s who we need our help from right now, and we’re really just praying for a miracle.” Scott said.
What happened next has left doctors speechless!
An MRI scan in September showed that the brain tumor had mysteriously disappeared. Roxli was cancer-free!
“When I first saw Roxli’s MRI scan, it was actually unbelievable. The tumor is undetectable on the MRI scan, which is really unusual.” Dr. Harrod confirmed.
Roxli’s parents are convinced that it was God’s doing that healed their child and saved her from imminent death.
“A Miracle!! We all walked out in shock even though we had been begging, praying, asking and believing. Thank you Jesus just wasn’t enough to say.” The family wrote on CaringBridge.org.
“God is using precious Roxli as a vessel for His mighty power! REVIVAL is springing up in hearts everywhere!” Gena Doss, Roxli’s mom, wrote on social media.
8-Year-Old Boy Celebrates After Beating Stage 4 Brain Cancer
8-year-old Cameron Scott is one tough little boy. He is being hailed a real-life hero after beating stage 4 brain cancer with the help of the amazing people at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
After falling down the stairs, Cameron was left with back pain. So his parents, Tamika and Wendell Scott took him to the hospital for an MRI. As it turned out, their little boy who loved super heroes, especially batman, would need superhero strength for what awaited him.
“They initially showed us the back and his spine, and the doctor looking at the pictures turned to the other doctors and said, ‘I need another MRI. I need you to scan upward.”’ Tamika told Today.
A second MRI revealed Cameron Scott had a brain tumor called medulloblastoma. The high-risk, stage 4 cancer had spread to his spine.
Cameron’s dad, Wendell, said he had to act brave. “I’m dad, and I have to be strong for everybody. I just felt we’re gonna fight.” He said.
The young boy underwent a 4-hour long surgery to remove the tumors before being sent to St. Jude’s for follow-up treatment.
While at St. Jude’s, the hospital’s pioneered gene sequencing of Cameron’s cancer allowed them to begin a targeted and thus more effective treatment. The doctors also discovered that Cameron had not 1 disease, but 4 different types.
Cameron had to endure six months of chemotherapy and radiation, but he stayed brave and through every step of the way. The whole process, from beginning to end, was covered financially by St. Jude.
Remarkably, Cameron Scott was able to beat the rare, stage 4, high-risk brain cancer at his tender age.
Cameron and his family, which includes five older siblings, enjoyed a trip to Legoland Florida Resort over the Thanksgiving weekend in 2017. “I feel amazing now,” Cameron said. “I feel like I’ve been through everything.”
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