Most people are well aware of the importance of hydration and the immense health benefits it has on all of us. With our bodies being over 60% water, it's no secret that we need it to function properly. What most people are sometimes unaware of however, is how MUCH hydration we require not only in the warm months, but also in the cold months.
By simply upping the amount of H2O in your life, you will begin to notice a huge positive impact on your health and the way you feel. From better sleep to clearer skin the amount of benefits are endless. Still not convinced? Here are 4 reasons why hydration is so important in the colder weather.
1. To Keep Your Immune System Strong
Unfortunately flu season is a real thing-especially if you have little ones. Keep your immune system strong and healthy with water! When you are well hydrated, it is harder to get sick because your body is able to regenerate and rid itself of any potential virus.
2. To Counteract The Dry Air From The Heat
Ever wonder why your lips become chapped the instant you turn on the heat for the year? Unfortunately that comforting heat coming through your vents can also suck all of the humidity out of the air leaving your skin cracked and your body dehydrated. You can prevent these side effects by simply upping the H2O.
3. To Compensate For Less Fruits & Vegetables
In the winter we tend to consume less water based foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables as they are not as readily available to us. As a result we eat meals that are heartier and higher in sodium, such as soups and pastas. As a result our body retains water and makes us more susceptible to feeling bloated or lethargic. Another reason water plays a crucial role in feeling our best.
4. To Stay Warm
one of the most motivating factors, to help stay warm! Water helps to maintain your body temperature. Without enough fluids your body heat could drastically drop making you feel colder.
How do you encourage your little ones to drink more water?
Fall is often a super busy time for most mamas and our skincare routines tend to creep further and further down the list of priorities. The cooler weather is not much fun for our skin either. Changing temperatures, lower humidity levels and indoor heat result in dry air, which robs us of moisture all day long.
But, don't worry mama. We've listed below 5 easy ways to keep your skin nourished right throughout the fall!
1. DRINK WATER
We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.
According to the Mayo clinic, the recommended water intake for women is about 9 cups a day. This is about 2.2L of water in total. If you're constantly on the go, and or too busy to hydrate, grabbing a stylish, and eco-friendly on-the-go water bottle is a great way to remember to drink up.
Your skin is always in need of moisture, but in fall moisturizing right after you wash is a must. Applying a moisturizer to damp skin helps seal that moisture in. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.
Scrub Scrub Scrub! Clean and smooth your skin with an invigorating, mineral rich, gentle exfoliant for the face and body. A good exfoliant will gently remove dull skin and dry out blemishes so your natural beauty can shine through!
4. CHANGE YOUR CLEANSER
Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. If you’re used to using options that contain glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients.
After cleansing, what your skin needs is a range of ingredients that restore and repair its surface. Skin can never get too much of these important ingredients, which include antioxidants and skin-repairing substances. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture.
Breathe, flow and stretch - Build up a sweat at Toronto Yoga Mamas, as you strengthen your body. Working up a good sweat is the equivalent of getting a mini-facial, when the pores dilate, sweat expels trapped toxins, dirt and oil.
Just be sure to wash your face afterward, and hydrate to replenish the fluids you've lost.
We are so excited to welcome Shawna Haynes as an addition to our growing wellness team here at Yoga Mamas.
Shawna will be joining us as a registeres massage therapist. Her passion for anatomy and learning about the human body provides a focus in assessments and treatment plans for her patients including various techniques in the treatment of soft tissue, muscles, and joints in order to relieve pain, increase mobility, restore function and most importantly maintain tissue health.
She'll be available on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays.
To book an appointment with Shawna click here:
Join us for our Lamaze Childbirth Education Seminar from
Friday December 7th - Sunday December 9th, 2018.
Have you ever thought of becoming a childbirth educator?
This lamaze program is for doulas, public health nurses, current childbirth educators and all those who want to become Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educators.
In this workshop you will learn how to teach FUN and Dynamic classes. Find meaningful ways to engage, educate and support pregnant families in your community. Attending this workshop fulfills one of the requirements towards becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.
Join us to gain new skills and strategies to update your current classes or conduct more engaging prenatal visits.
What is Lamaze?
Lamaze classes prepare women for a safe, healthy birth by providing the most current, evidence-based information about birth to help women gain confidence and navigate the world of fertility.
What are the Benefits of Lamaze?
Lamaze helps mamas seeking a natural childbirth education to manage pain without drug intervention.
It also equips parents with stress management tools and knowledge about the childbirth process and what to expect.
There are no pre-requisites for this workshop, however, a background in childbirth education/experience in birth/birth doula training/nursing is helpful. The purpose of this workshop is to prepare YOU for HOW to best teach the content covered in a typical prenatal class/series to your potential learners in a fun, dynamic way with an emphasis on experiential learning. For those working towards the designation of LCCE, this course completes one of the pre-requesits for sitting the Lamaze Exam.
Interested in becoming a Lamaze Childbirth Educator? Find out more about the pathways towards certification here: http://childbirtheducators.ca/faqs-page
Advance Pricing: $472+hst for registrations on or before October 19th 2018
Regular Course Fee: $549+hst
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