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Live Well: Water, Food, and Circulation

The best way to live well is to live well consistently. Integrating good habits into your daily life is one of the greatest things you can do for your body and soul. As humans, we are creatures of habit. Even the most easy going person can appreciate a nice schedule. Schedules offer our bodies structure and structure allows our bodies and minds a chance to really get in the zone, and in this zone we can become our best selves. So, what does our body crave day in and day out? How can we find our sweet spot? Through the right amount of water, food, and circulation!

Live Well and Drink Water

About 57-60% of your body is water. This water is vital to maintaining how well your body functions. WebMD reports that water is used by your body to perform a myriad of jobs: circulate the blood, remove waste (through urine and stool), support the brain and spine, and strengthen muscles. These jobs are all very important, especially when you lead an active lifestyle. On average, you should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces, adding more whenever you participate in strenuous activities. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water daily, and more on the day that you take a three-hour hike. Maintaining appropriate water intake is especially important for those with active lifestyles, because the less water you have in your body, the more fatigued you will feel. If you don’t replace the water you lose from sweat during a hard workout, then your muscles cannot sustain the correct amount of fluid needed for proper functioning, leading to tired and sore muscles. By consuming enough water for your body weight and height you set yourself up to live well.

Live Well and Eat Good Food

Don’t forget that water is also found in good foods! Raw fruits and vegetables are packed with water and other nutrients your body craves. When making dietary decisions, keep in mind that good food is made of good choices and good quality. First, you should choose to fill your plate with what your body needs: macronutrients. Macronutrients are the fat, protein, and carbohydrates found in food. Next, decide on the quality of the macronutrients. For example, a lunch of organic brown rice, organic black beans, and an organically grown avocado will provide your body with top quality macronutrients. Organically grown produce, meats, and grains give your body fuel without the added hormones and chemicals usually found in packaged foods. Foods produced with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, lack important nutrients found in real food. Additionally, your body has to work to eliminate the toxic additives. Skip that step and do your body a favor by eliminating GMOs from your diet altogether. Without feeding yourself harmful ingredients, you can improve your eating habits and overall health.

Live Well and Get Your Blood Moving

In a time when most people have to sit in front of a computer to get their work done, it is absolutely essential to make a careful effort to get up and move. BoxLife Magazine notes that having proper circulation will help keep your blood pressure down and reduce your chances for disease. Schedule time throughout your work day to stretch and go for a walk, and always plan time to exercise either before or after work. To help improve circulation during the time spent sitting at your desk, wear a compression sleeve. The OS1st CS6 provides your calves with just enough pressure to increase blood flow throughout your legs. By wearing the compression sleeve you give your body the support it needs to circulate your blood, and you can continue to live well.