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Living More Sustainably

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Living a sustainable lifestyle is something that ethical humans dream, if not strive, to achieve at some point in their lives. Even though it is definitely a struggle to live as self-sufficient person in this day and age, just by incorporating more “green” decisions here and there will make an enormous difference. When going towards a more sustainable lifestyle, know that you will not only be saving money and boosting your self satisfaction, but you will also be helping out with the downsize of landfills, reduction of your carbon footprint, promoting energy efficiency (HuffPost) and even more unarguably rewarding things that also give back to the planet. We are here to help bring awareness to some steps for you to consider bringing into to your daily life to help out your girl, Mother Nature.

1. Cut Down on Electricity

Electricity is something that a lot of us probably don’t focus on too often. We leave a light on here and there, fall asleep with the television on, keep our cell unnecessarily charging all night, but realistically things like this can cause a giant negative impact since a majority of people are living this way. If you are prone to accidentally leaving the lights on, look into purchasing LED or CFL bulbs instead of incandescent lights. LED and CFL bulbs last much longer and are more energy efficient. Even just opening up your blinds more often during the day and using natural light instead of the artificial nonsense is an significant change. Laundry is something else around the house that you can start modifying that will be largely beneficial. If you’re not in a rush to wear something, forget about throwing the garment in the dryer, hang it up to dry! No astronomical sacrifices here, just have to stay a tad bit more patient when it comes to your clothes drying. When the chilly nights start, be sure to bulk up on clothes instead of running your heat at an excessive temperature. Nothing two pairs of fuzzy socks and a comfy hoodie can’t fix!

2. Changing Food Habits

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Food is something that most people seem to have the hardest time altering due to comfortable habits. Having to constantly be super conscience of what you’re consuming regularly is a hefty hurdle, but it’s well worth it. Going vegan isn’t for everybody, but it is something that has a really monumental impact on our environment and ourselves. A lot of people don’t realize that what they’re putting into their bodies is harming not only the animals, but the planet as well on a monstrous scale. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations did an assessment and concluded that the livestock industry is contributing more to greenhouse gases than transportation is (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). Even if you don’t follow a strict vegan diet, incorporating some form of a Mediterranean, pescetarian, vegetarian or vegan diet is useful for reducing greenhouse gas emissions immensely. A study done by Nature, the international journal of science, had found that if across the globe we all followed an equal combination of these types of diets, an 80% increase of greenhouse gas emissions from the food industry can be steered clear of (Nature). If you start maintaining your own garden, that could be a huge lifesaver as well. When you have your own garden you can start canning your own in-season fruits and veggies, be more motivated and inspired to home cook meals and even compost. Composting is material that can be used in your soil that will ultimately help your plants thrive. 30% of what we throw out in our trash to be sent to the dump is food scraps and waste from our yards, which could be used to benefit the earth all this time (EPA). No need to waste perfectly good nutrient and soil enhancers! If composting is something you’re interested in, check out this useful and easy to follow beginners guide.

3. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Repurposing within your home, or even prepping it to be repurposed once it leaves your home, is an essential part of becoming self sustainable. A huge thing that consumers use an abundance of is plastic bags. No matter what type of shopping trip you’re planning on taking, it’s more than likely you’re going to be using a plastic bag provided by the company at checkout. Next time you’re about to go shopping, don’t forget to grab a handy reusable tote bag. Good news too, most stores are starting to provide purchasable reusable bags if you forget yours at home. If you use lots of plastic bags in your daily life for things other than shopping, look for other alternatives for other types of bags as well. They have an eco friendly bag for just about anything, even pet waste bags that are biodegradable! Another thing that a lot of homeowners tend to have in their house is takeout containers. Plenty of takeout containers now are made of plastic and are pretty sturdy compared to some old school to-go boxes. They are usually dishwasher safe, and something you’ll be able to use for meal prepping, storage containers and even DIY projects! Recycling is something that you should try out even if you don’t have a recycling bin in close proximity to your home. Just because there might not be something super close by, the trip to a nearby recycling bin is worth the trip. Recycling helps reduce the pollution put into the air caused by waste, and we want to keep our air as clean as possible for us and future generations to come, am I right?! The fun thing about recycling is that you may never know where your recycled material is going to end up, but you do know that it is being put towards something brand new. It could be backpacks, phone cases, beanies, bikes, toys, soaps, clothing, equipment, picnic tables, toothbrushes, kitty litter, birdhouses, shoes, etc. The list goes on and on and these things can be made from YOUR recycled material. You just have to simply make the effort to contribute!

There you have it, now you’re ready to start your journey to becoming more environmentally friendly. These steps seem to be a lot to handle when viewed on a large scale, but remember that breaking it down into small daily changes can make a massive difference over time. Be prepared to become physically and mentally healthier, more self-reliant and overall much more satisfied with life, all while sending earth in a more positive direction.

Staying Hydrated Is Never Overrated

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With the days getting hotter and hotter, we want to make sure our bodies are constantly prepared for anything thrown at us. That includes a big one, being dehydrated. It’s common in the summer to feel like you aren’t taking in enough water since summer time is all about go, go, go. But, you have to remember that keeping your health in tip top shape is the best thing you can do for yourself no matter what season it is, or how busy you may be.

1. Water, Water, Water!

Even though the amount of water you should intake daily can vary depending on a variety of things like weight, height, age, etc. there are still some set recommendations that have been found in different studies to give us a rough idea on how much water we should consume each day. Water is a necessity for our everyday life to keep your body at a normal temperature, to help with joints, to protect tissues, to give you energy, and get rid of waste (CDC). One great way to remember to drink more water is investing in a water bottle. Not a plastic bottle that you’ll end up possibly forgetting to recycle, but one that is dishwasher safe and BPA free plastic or glass bottle. This will not only help you, but it’s great for the environment as well! We suggest you get a few different sizes to cover all your bases. Purchase a larger one for when you’re just sitting around, and get a more reasonably sized one for traveling and exercise. This will promote more water intake and prevent less waste at the same time! If you aren’t big on drinking just water by itself, add some pizzazz to it! You can do this by adding fruit slices or coconut ice to your water, or by trying out unsweetened flavored waters. Then eventually try and get into the groove of slowly taking out the additives and embracing the simple, yet satisfying, effects and taste of plain ol’ H2O.

2. Stock up on Water Enriched Foods

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Water is the most obvious answer when it comes to staying hydrated, but keep in mind that some foods are super rich in water too! It’s sometimes hard to stay on top of consuming a certain amount of water per day, but incorporating hydrating foods is a great way to keep dehydrating away, and bring in lots of water. Some of the most hydrating foods are cucumbers, cantaloupes, watermelon, bell peppers, carrots, and broccoli. You can find a full list of even more hydrating foods here. Even things like applesauce, popsicles, yogurt and jell-o are super hydrating, but we suggest everyone sticks to the fruits and veggies as much as possible to ensure you’re getting the most pure vitamins and nutrients out of your hydrating foods.

3. Vitamins Can Hydrate You Too

People tend to gravitate toward things like Gatorade when they’re trying to hydrate themselves since it has electrolytes in it. Only issue is that Gatorade drinks are typically heavy in sugars, carbs and sodium. You can get the proper vitamins naturally by taking supplements in unpleasantly hot weather conditions if you aren’t getting them in your diet naturally. Electrolytes are in charge of directing water and the nutrients along with it to where your body needs it most (elete). Calciumchloride, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium (The Vitamin Shoppe) are all what make up the electrolytes we need to function. To kill two birds with one stone, we sell a pill container and water bottle together that would be super useful for keeping track of daily vitamins, and getting in that daily water intake too!

4. Pay Attention To your Weight

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The more you sweat, the more you gotta sip! No matter what type of exercise you’re doing, you’re losing water in the process. Dehydration while working out can cause drowsiness, exhaustion, headaches, cramping and decreased coordination (Very Well Fit). A suggestion to stay hydrated during your work outs is to weigh yourself before and after your workouts. Once you determine this you then can base how much water you need to drink post-workout. You should drink about 16 to 24 ounces of water for every pound you’ve lost (Health.com).

Consuming just the right amount of water is beneficial for you in so many ways internally and externally. If you’re not taking the time to hydrate yourself there are short term and long term effects that can be brutal to your body. Things like a dry mouth, under eye bags and feeling weak (Noble Beverages) are just some of the short term issues that dehydration causes. As for long term it can effect how your brain functions, the intensity of your mental health issues, your skin, your organs and immune system (Foxelli). So be sure to fill up on plenty of H2O to keep your body happy and healthy, especially during these upcoming summer months!

Healthy Living

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Welcome and thank you for viewing our new Healthy Living: Information to Fuel a Healthier Lifestyle Blog! As leaders in the Health Care Industry, we at H & H wholesale feel it is part of our responsibility to provide readers with a wealth of information revolving around a range of topics that we know best.

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