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Amina Aliyu

The Importance of Water for Your Health

There really is no surprise that water continues to be a staple in our everyday lifestyle - both the healthiest of the healthy and the unhealthiest of the unhealthy. Scientists have proven that our bodies are made up of 70% water which requires daily (or hourly, really) replenishing in order to stay on top of their health and happiness.

But it is probably safe to say that a majority of our society does not know what the importance of water is in their diets (mostly because of their love for chocolates and sweets). So what exactly can water do for you and your body when you take in the appropriate amount daily?

There are so many great benefits  of water, but I want to touch on 3 that I think are very important to your overall health.

1. Water can help cure angina.

You’re probably asking what angina is, and that is absolutely a fair question. Angina is a lack of water in the lungs/heart. This can sound scary, but it is also very treatable. Of course a doctor’s supervision is highly recommended for any type of treatment of a medical issue, but if you start by increasing your water intake, you can help get on track for curing the angina that plagues your body.

2. Water can help cure migraines.

Migraines plague a great deal of our population on a daily basis, and many people cannot find relief in the form of medicine or therapy treatment. However, a little  unknown fact about migraines is that they are caused by a need for water in the brain and/or eyes.

The next time you find yourself plagued with a migraine, try drinking a glass of water and see if the headache decreases. And, to keep migraines at bay, increase your water intake on a regular basis. This could be the solution you have been looking for!

3. Water can help prevent and cure early adult-onset diabetes.

Another major health issue that is caused by severe dehydration is adult-onset diabetes. Research has shown that 90% of adults who have diabetes have type-2 diabetes, which is a direct result of severe dehydration in the body.

By increasing your water intake, you can potentially reverse the early stages of diabetes that may come on as an adult.

The benefits of water do not stop with these three discussed here. There are so many more reasons why water is important to your health - you cannot go wrong with a tall glass of water during your day! However, there are certain aspects of water intake that should be applauded for the healing  that occurs after consuming water on a regular basis.

So put down the soda, tea, or coffee and grab a glass of water instead - you never know what you might be preventing in your future by drinking that glass of  water instead. Remind yourself that by drinking that glass of water, you are either preventing a future health issue or treating  a current health issue without even knowing it. Now that is some powerful liquid!

Amina Aliyu

How to be Your Absolute Best Self

It’s safe to say that being who we truly are is difficult sometimes, especially when we don’t surround ourselves with the right group of people. Being ourselves can be very hard for some of us, but being our best self is even harder.

Why is being our best self difficult to maintain on a daily basis? Because sometimes we don’t feel like we deserve that kind of treatment. Sometimes, we don’t think we are worthy enough of being the best that we can be, therefore we reside to settling for being an “ok” version of ourselves.

But that is not the mindset that you should have when going through life on a daily basis. You should be striving to truly be the best version of you that you can be every single day! There should never be a day when you say to yourself, “I’m the best I can be today and don’t need to grow at all!” This is just not possible.

There are varying opinions on what it means to be our best self - does that include outer appearances, inward workings, relationships, etc... But the reality is that being our best self requires recognition of who we currently are (good, bad, indifferent), getting a plan in place, and implementing it.  

First you must recognize whether or not you want to be the best version of yourself. If you don’t answer yes, then you are not truly looking inside of who you are. Every single one of us wants to be a better version of ourselves; we’re human beings, constantly evolving.

After you’ve determined that you want to be the best version of yourself, your next step would be to start planning what it is you need to do in order to be the best version of you that you can be. Whatever that looks like, a plan should be laid out and referenced daily.

Recognizing and planning are two very important pieces to your puzzle when it comes to being a better version of who you are in the moment, but so is implementing your plans and steps that you’ve already identified earlier.

Plans are always great to have, but when we don’t implement them, we hurt ourselves more than anything else in the long run. Make it a point to find time to evaluate your plans and determine if you are truly implementing them as you see fit. If putting off the plans you’ve clearly laid out for yourself is happening more often  than not, then there is an issue - be it your mindset, confidence, motivation, etc… It is your job to figure out what is causing you to stop at the implementation step of improving yourself.

But being the  best versions of ourselves is something we all want to do, and it is absolutely a continuous work in progress that is worked on in order to create our best versions. You deserve the best, including being the best version of who you are!

Amina Aliyu

The Power of Gratitude in Your Life

When we were younger, we were taught to say “thank you” for everything. Our parents instilled in us the idea that whenever someone does something for you, gives you something, etc… that you must always say “thank you” in return.

And while this might have been a bit of a difficult concept for us to grasp when we were small, we eventually adopted that phrase into our vocabulary (thus making our parents proud in return).

But one thing that we lose sight of during that time of making “thank you” a reactionary term is how truly powerful those two words can be on our mood, relationships, and overall health. There is so much unseen power behind being truly grateful for who and what you have in your life that when you  become blind to it, you  lose sight of what can really happen when you  open yourself  up to showing gratitude more frequently and authentically.

Because while saying “thank you” is polite and generous, sometimes it becomes about  a mere routine or habit and less about truly feeling grateful for whatever it is we are receiving.

Very few people know the true magnitude being grateful can have on their lives, but if they did, it could be an absolute game-changer!  

Bring That Self-Esteem Up

It’s not widely known that practicing gratitude in your daily life can raise your own self-esteem (but it should be). It’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day happenings that cause us to compare ourselves to others, look down on ourselves when something doesn’t go as planned, or blame ourselves when life throws some major curve balls.

But when you can actively show gratitude towards others, you start to lose the negative talk within yourself and bring forth the positive light you’ve been searching for all along. This, in turn, causes you to think more positively about yourself on a more regular basis.

Soak Up More Restful Sleep

How many times have you found yourself thinking of all of the negative things that happened during your day or what could happen tomorrow? So many of us reading this right now are raising our hands and shaking our heads up and down because we’ve been there.

But when you actively practice gratitude every single day, you will find that falling asleep and staying asleep can be easier. What you’re doing is training your mind to only think of the positive aspects of your day by having gratitude towards your blessings, which in turn causes your entire mindset to shift in a positive manner.

Overall Psychological Health is Improved

Our  minds are powerful, mysterious, and complicated muscles that we have in our bodies, and it can sometimes be hard to control when we find ourselves in a slump of negative feelings. The hole gets bigger and bigger and deeper and deeper, but in reality, there is a way to close those holes and find even ground.

Showing that you’re truly appreciative of your blessings will allow you to bring forth the mindset that encourages you to be positive, resourceful, and pleasant. Your overall psychological health is positively affected when you start practicing expressing and feeling gratitude more frequently throughout the day.

So the next time you find yourself being negative and less-than-ideal friendship material, ask yourself if you are truly practicing gratitude in your everyday life (which transcends further than saying “thank you” for your milkshake at the drive through window). Take in what you know to be true about your situations and only leave the positives to flood your head space. You deserve to have a free and clear head space, so practice gratitude at least once a day to help you hone in on what it is that will make you happier and healthier in the long run.

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