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Tri-Umph@Tri-Unity

What is Tri-Unity about?

Tri-Unity is about Wellness. I offer a holistic approach to well-being:


Well-being:“The state of being comfortable, healthy and happy”http://imgarcade.com/well-being-quotes.html


Well-beingencompasses how we are physically, mentally andemotionally/spiritually. Well-being goes much deeper, it can beaffected by external or internal forces. It is all inter connected,if we feel sad this may manifest in a bad cold for example. If wehave hurt our leg this may make us depressed. If we are affected by aloss we may question our beliefs about ourselves or our understandingof our world. Physically we may not have disease but are we fit?Fitness is an amalgamation of cardio vascular fitness, coordination,agility, stamina and strength. Mental health can be positive ornegative, it is not only anxiety, depression or being schizophrenic(example) but it’s how resilient we are, how we perceive our world,what is important to us will affect how well we are emotionally andmentally.


Tri-Umph@Tri-Unity is about promoting confidence, self awareness and the power to make positive changes.

Water for Weight Loss

Well-beingPosted by Lorna Johnson Wed, September 06, 2017 13:04:02

Yesterday a regular class participant came to me explaining that she has for years been trying to lose weight to no avail. This lady in her 70’s told me she had tried many of the usual approaches to weight loss and none had helped her shift the pounds (well not the pounds she wanted to anyway!!!)

Until now!!!

“I’ve lost 3lbs this week, 2 lbs last week” she said.

How?

“I’ve increased the amount of water I drink”

Not only had she lost weight but her skin was improved and she felt she had more energy.

The average adult body contains between 50 -75% water, a child will contain about 75% (Thought.com). If you’re overweight your body will contain less than this. This is because body fat contains only 10% fat whereas muscle contains 75% (Livestrong.com)

Brian Richter of the Nature Conservancy and University of Virginia explains in his article for The National Geographic the importance of maintaining our body’s water levels:

“With a deficit of as little as one quart you’re likely going to start losing some cognitive function, alertness, and ability to concentrate. If you lose a gallon you’ll start feeling pretty lethargic, and you’ll likely have a bad headache. If you’re down two gallons you’re going to be sick enough to be in the hospital. Three gallons and you’re in the morgue.”

We know we need water for our health but why does increasing our water intake help us lose weight?

Boosts your metabolism.

Cleanses your body of waste.

Acts as an appetite suppressant.

Drinking more water helps your body stop retaining water, leading you to drop those extra pounds of water weight.

How much water you need to drink depends on your age, gender, activity levels, size and weight. The Government guidelines (The Eatwell Plate) advices us to drink 6 – 8 glasses of water per day on top of the water found in our food. Contrary to belief we CAN include tea and coffee in our water count (British Nutrition Foundation) if we keep our caffeine intake moderate.

How do I know if I’m drinking enough water?

Your body will tell you that you need more water by triggering the thirst sensation however another way to tell is the colour of your urine. The darker it is the more dehydrated you are.

If it’s hot or you have performed intense physical activity then you need to drink more.

I hate water!!!

Drink herbal tea or squeeze some lemon juice into your water.

Milk is full of water and very healthy

Some foods contain high water content; fruit, veg, soups

(British Nutrition Foundation)

Tips to increase water (fluid) intake:

Before and with a meal

Before, during and after physical activity

Keep a bottle in your bag, at work, next to the couch.

I personally find I drink more water if I fill a sports top bottle. It has been suggested to me that possibly this simulates drinking milk as a baby and therefore brings on a relaxed serene feeling. I’ll leave that to you to decide!

WARNING! It’s just as important to not drink TOO much water.

Signs to look out for:

Nausea and vomiting

Headache

Disorientation and confusion

More severely:

Muscle cramps, spasms & weakness

Seizures

Unconsciousness

Coma (Healthline.com)

References:

British Nutrition Foundation ((2016) Healthy Hydration Guide ONLINE https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/hydration/healthy-hydration-guide

How Drinking Water Can Help You Lose More Weight (2017) ONLINE: http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/drinking-water-helps-with-weight-loss#section1

Niedziocha Laura, (2015) Does Muscle Tissue Have Less Water than Fat Tissue? ONLINE http://www.livestrong.com/article/550931-does-muscle-tissue-have-less-water-than-fat-tissue/

Over hydration (2017) ONLINE: http://www.healthline.com/health/overhydration#overview1

Richter. Brian, Walking Water H2O and the Human Body ONLINE at https://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2012/03/06/human-body-water/



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