Whole Living: How Much Water Should You Drink During The Winter?
Shirley Makela's Whole Living Articles
Written by Shirley Makela of Alki Organix   

Winter is upon us, and boy is it cold!  Where I am the nights have been cold, and daytime isn’t much better.  I am not feeling very thirsty but I make sure to drink water even if I don’t feel the need.  It’s important for my comfort and my health.

Winter is one of the seasons when we are more at risk of becoming dehydrated because we don’t always feel thirsty like we do during the hot months.  But water is just as critical during the cold months, if not more so.   Every breath you take of cold air puts a demand on your metabolism to warm it up, and cold air dehydrates you with every breath you take.  

Think about your skin during the cold winter months, it’s dry! There are studies that show extreme temperatures both hot and cold demand more water intake.  So take heed, and drink more water!  If where you are is extremely cold you may need even more than the minimum recommendation of 64oz, some say it can be twice this amount.

It can help you keep warm!  Being well hydrated actually helps regulate body temperature and will keep you warmer, and it may help you stay healthier during cold and flu season!  Dry tissues are more susceptible to disease.

Keep your skin looking it’s best!  I like to say that water for skin care is best applied from this inside out! Making sure you are getting enough water during the winter will also help keep your skin from becoming extremely dry!

Here are 5 ways to ensure you are getting enough water during the winter

  1. Start your morning with 24oz of water – three 8oz glasses.

  2. Keep water handy to sip during the day, drink another 8oz before lunch, and at least 8oz more in the afternoon.

  3. Be aware that caffeinated drinks are actually dehydrating, as are alcoholic drinks - so try limiting these.  If you are regularly consuming these increase your water intake.

  4. Drink herbal teas. Ginger tea is nicely warming during cold months for example

  5. Drink another 16 oz in the evening, 8 oz before dinner, and 8 oz before bed

Staying hydrated during these cold winter months will help you stay warmer, healthier, and more beautiful!

Here’s to our health!


Shirley Makela, AADP INHC


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Eco Living: Wholesome Food And Environmental Resources
Li Wong's Eco Living Articles
Written by Li Wong of Earth Alkemie   

I’ve shared a few of my favorite plant and environmental resources in the past, so this month I decided to share even more great resources!

Environmental Resources:

Conservation International has a new website called ‘Nature Is Speaking’.  They have made many great videos featuring actors as different aspects of Nature.  Their videos are drawing a lot of attention to environmental issues.  Their mottos are ‘Nature doesn’t need people.  People need nature.’ and ‘Nature is speaking.  Are you listening?’.  http://natureisspeaking.org

Tree Hugger is an excellent website that covers many different green topics including news, product information, technology, science, and green living. http://www.treehugger.com

Mother Nature Network is another great green website (they own Tree Hugger website too).  They post about many different topics such as ecological issues, health issues, food, technology, and more. http://www.mnn.com/

In my opinion, one of the best climate change websites is NASA’s climate change website.  They have done an amazing job in explaining the current scientific evidence in an easy to understand manner.  Their website includes scientific data, news, videos, and more.  NASA has a climate website for kids too. http://climate.nasa.gov/                       



Wholesome Food Resources:

Elana’s Pantry is one of my favorite food websites!  Her recipes are delicious, healthy, and easy to make.  The recipes are sorted into categories such as specialized diets (such as paleo, dairy free, egg free, and more) or by recipe type (like breakfast, beverages, snacks, desserts, etc).  All of the recipes are gluten free and grain free. In addition to her excellent website, she has several cookbooks too. http://elanaspantry.com/

A really good vegan website is Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Post Punk Kitchen.  When I was vegetarian, I liked her dishes because they are very flavorful and simple to make.  One of her cookbooks was my favorite cookbook!  Even if you are not vegan or vegetarian, I still highly recommend checking out her recipes or cookbooks.  http://www.theppk.com/

An awesome raw vegan website is Fragrant Vanilla Cake!   Amy Lyons is very creative and has created many delicious sweet and savory raw vegan foods.  Her recipes are mouthwatering!  http://fragrantvanillacake.blogspot.com/

I enjoy Raw Food Recipes website.  This website features many raw vegan chefs and recipes from different blogs.  I’m not a raw vegan but whenever I need some inspiration for delicious and nourishing foods, I like visiting this website!  http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com/



For more resources, check out my previous eco living article on plant and environmental resources. http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/242-eco-living-plant-and-environmental-online-resources




About The Author: 

Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company.  She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy.  Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001.  Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception.   She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer.    http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm  

For more information on environmental issues, Eco Living, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, and herbalism check out: Solarkat’s Eco Blog:  http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/

For information on Earth Alkemie's products (skin care, hair care, perfumes, DIY raw ingredients, and containers), properties of natural ingredients, the benefits of natural cosmetics, and green business practices, please visit Earth Alkemie’s blog: http://www.earthalkemie.com/blog

For Earth Alkemie's news and products, environmental issues, eco living, herbalism, aromatherapy, and crafting tips, visit Earth Alkemie's face book fan page: https://www.facebook.com/EarthAlkemie 

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Healthy Living: Coconut Oil PDF
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   

Hello everyone,

My name is Pat White and I am very excited to be writing this column on Healthy Living.  I have been in the healthcare field for over 30 years and have seen so many studies which seem to contradict each other.  A person often does not know what to believe.  I hope to provide my readers with information which is sound and backed by research.  I am currently in my PhD program at Saybrook University studying Mind-Body medicine. One of the first things I realized in my research was the need to assess my sources.  Anyone can write a blog, however, the information may not be correct.  The information I present will also have references where you may refer for further reading.

I am sure you have heard about coconut oil.  It is the all amazing, can do everything oil.  I could write an entire research paper on the fatty acids in coconuts.  Lauric acid is found in the fat of the coconut.  Known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties, it is useful in soaps and skin care products. Have you seen fractionated coconut oil and unsure what this meant?  To create fractionated coconut oil, the oil goes through a process of hydrolysis.  It is then passed through steam
distillation.  This type of coconut oil is high in capric acids. Capric acid is known for its antimicrobial benefits.

So which type of coconut oil do you buy, virgin or fractionated? This is another area of great debate.   Fractionated coconut oil is refined and processed and has a high amount of capric acids.  It has a long shelf life and is resistant to rancidity.  Virgin coconut oil generally means it is unprocessed.  But to add further confusion, there is no industry standard for the meaning of virgin coconut oil. There is also cold processed coconut oil which generally means  a mechanical method of expressing the oil has been utilized, thus avoiding outside heat sources.

In skin care products coconut oil is a wonderful emollient and helps to prevent water evaporation from your skin.  If not highly processed coconut oil has a sweet coconut aroma.  It should be stored in a cool, dark location and generally used within 24 months.

Thank you for reading my first column of Healthy Living.

Pat White MSN PMh NP-BC

Clinical Aromatherapist

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