Oxygen, water, and sunlight are the most basic life-giving elements on the earth. Without them, we have no existence here, but since our current lifestyles are so hectic, we seem to take it all for granted and give not much thought to the fact that we need these elements daily to survive properly.
70% of our bodies are composed of water, and we extract water from what we eat and drink. No doubt you’ve heard that you should drink eight glasses of water per day. This is true, although some people may need even more than that. Water is what hydrates you. Drinks like coffee, sodas, and alcohol will dehydrate you. I'm not saying that you should never drink them, but if you do, drink extra water to make up for it.
How do you know if you are dehydrated? Here are some tips:
1) You are dehydrated if you push your finger down on your skin and it does not pop back up immediately. You will realize that the skin is mushy and comes back slower than it is supposed to.
2) If your urine is dark yellow and has an odor, then you are dehydrated. Urine should be fairly clear and odor-free. Note: there are foods such as asparagus or b-vitamins that will give your urine a dark color, but they give natural colors. So, there's nothing to worry about.
3) If you are fatigued, your skin will become flushed, and your lips or mouth will be dry as well. Then, you may be dehydrated.
Sunlight is another element that we need to survive. We get lots of warnings that we need to protect ourselves from the sun, use sunscreen, and stay indoors as long as possible. There is some merit to that, but we get vitamin D directly from the sun, and you only need about 15 to 20 minutes to get that. Plus, if you are like me, a few days of non-stop rain can be very depressing. As soon as the sun comes up, my spirits rise dramatically. Enjoying the sunshine will lift your spirit and give you the boost of adrenaline. Relaxing in the sun is a great way to de-stress.
Oxygen! Getting enough is vital, but, alas, we have become shallow breathers, and many more of us than you realize don’t get enough oxygen. What do you say?
Well, just look at the couch potato watching TV all day or the ones with the machines that do most of the work for them. How often have you seen lawn maintenance personnel sitting on a lawnmower cutting the grass? We used to get out and do our work. It was a huff and puff job, but you certainly would be breathing hard afterward.
Kids used to walk to school, but now they take buses or get driven to school. Many of us sit in an office all day working at our computers. After that, we go out for a sit-down lunch, work some more, and get home to relax in front of the TV for the rest of the night. Then, we will try to unwind from the mental stress of the day. Sleep and do the same routine tomorrow, the next day, and the next day of the next day. When Do We Move Our Bodies?
There is a certain percentage of people that go to the gym regularly and do cardio workouts. For those of you already doing that, my hats off to you.
We need oxygen for all of the cells in our bodies to be healthy. The best way to do that is to move our bodies around and breath deeply. Most types of exercise will get you there. It does not matter if you do weights, yoga, running or walking. Get yourself moving and breathing.
You can also do breathing exercises while sitting or lying down. Get yourself comfortable and slowly breath in through your nose and then slowly release from your mouth. Do this several times. Take a break for a few minutes and do it again several more times. I did this while I was on an airplane and was amazed at how much better I felt. I’ve done this ever since. It works great!