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THE DAYS AFTER EARTH DAY  Friday, April 30, 2010

Official Earth Day celebrations may be over, but preserving the planet is a year-round job. It's easy to make small changes that benefit the greater good on a daily basis.

Every little piece of paper counts, so don't forget to toss tags from new clothing and paper gift and shopping bags into the recycling bin. Even the cardboard roll from toilet paper and paper towels is recyclable. Bonus points for removing the paper label from tin cans too!

No need to light an empty room, so get in the habit of flicking the switch off as you exit a room. It's also never too early to teach the kids this cost-saving lesson. Your budget and the earth will thank you.

Leaving the water running while you brush your teeth wastes more than one gallon of water, so fill a cup for rinsing and turn the tap off. Same goes for hand washing. Wet your hands to get started, then shut the water off while you work up a sudsy lather. Rinse and repeat to save about 1 liter of water with each wash.

Everyone loves a cold glass of water. Rather than run the faucet to get it nice and icy, save our natural resource and enjoy a clean, pure cup from your Cuisinart CleanWater Countertop Filtration System. And to quench those on-the-go thirsts, skip the plastic bottle and fill up a reusable BPA-free bottle.

A NATURAL BODY BOOSTER  Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ever notice how drinking a glass of cold water can suddenly perk you up? Fatigue, headaches, and muscle weakness can all be early signs of mild dehydration. In fact, extreme thirst is usually the last sign of severe dehydration. Your body uses water to regulate its temperature, lubricate joints, deliver nutrients and oxygen to cells and protect organs and tissues. And that’s just the short list of how it keeps a healthy body operating.

Average adults can lose up to 10 cups of water a day through normal body functions such as sweating, breathing and going to the bathroom. Dehydration occurs when your body’s water and salt content is thrown out of balance. While it is possible to get your daily water requirement through every day foods such as milk, juice, fruits and vegetables, drinking water is the best choice because it contains zero calories and sugar.

A good rule of thumb to stay well-hydrated all day long is to drink a glass of water with each meal and between meals. Always be sure to maintain your fluid intake before, during and after any exercise regime. And remember caffeine and alcoholic beverages deplete your body’s water supply, so limit how much you consume them.

While you can generally treat mild dehydration by simply increasing your fluid intake, signs of severe dehydration require medical treatment immediately.

[Mayo Clinic]
[Mayo Clinic]