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A Healthy Living Q&A with AquaHealth Team Member Tyler Cooke

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As a member of our operations staff, Tyler Cooke makes sure our entire business runs smoothly and efficiently. When he is out of the office however, Tyler’s focus switches from ensuring the “health” of AquaHealth to the health of his body.

I sat down with Tyler last week and asked our self-described resident “healthy living and fitness freak” a couple questions about his regimen.

Sam: 

One conversation that always comes up in the office is the latest fitness edge you are pursuing. What methods are you currently pursuing to get that extra edge?

Tyler: 

To start, I drink over a gallon of water a day. A few years ago I learned that more than forty-percent of adults are constantly dehydrated. I also learned as well that if you drink an 8oz glass of water when you wake up in the morning it boosts your metabolism by thirty to forty percent. As a result, staying hydrated is key for me.

I also eat a protein-rich diet to promote muscle growth, and I make sure to consume protein after each and every workout. 

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Sam: 

Are there certain exercises that you swear by?

Tyler:

My goal is to build muscle mass, so the exercises I incorporate into my workout are about building strength, not necessarily calorie burning. I run a mile before every workout and then hit the weights for about an hour. I am currently using a routine called “German Volume Training”, which includes doing 10 sets of 10 reps each of a compound movement such as a bench press or dumbbell chest press.

Sam:

As we all know, hydration is vitally important to a successful workout, about how many glasses of water do you drink during and after each of your workouts?

Tyler:

I drink about 30-50 ounces of water before 9am every morning, and I try to drink over a gallon of water a day whether I am hitting the gym that day or not. When I do workout, the key for me is to drink 20-40 ounces of water during my time hitting the weights and running on the track.  

Tags: Aquahealth, Healthy, Hydration, healthy living, Exercise

Stevia: An All-Natural Alternative to Sugar

Stevia LeafHere at AquaHealth we are proud to offer premium healthy beverages in a multitude of exciting flavors. Containing little to no calories, flavors such as Lemon Lime, Kiwi-Strawberry, and Raspberry taste great, without including the 40 grams of sugar that is present in a glass of juice.  One of the sweeteners we are proud to offer is stevia, an all-natural sweetener that is derived from the Stevia plant native to South America. Stevia’s popularity is exploding because it is unique among sweeteners, as it is both natural and calorie-free.

           Lemon-Lime       Raspberry       Kiwi-Strawberry             
Stevia, also known as the “sweet herb of Paraguay”, has been used safely as a sweetener for centuries in South America. As well, since ancient times it has been used medicinally in that region of the world. In more recent times, Stevia became popular among the Japanese in the 1970’s as a healthy, all-natural alternative to sugar.

If you are wondering whether stevia is safe to consume, take heart, as there have been no recent studies that have shown stevia to be dangerous. On the flipside, there is some evidence that stevia can reduce your risk of heart disease, and increase your levels of good cholesterol.

If your looking for a healthy alternative to sugar that is made naturally, stevia might be the answer. Which is why we are proud to offer stevia in our line of healthy beverage products!

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Drinking More Water: A New Year’s Resolution to Consider

new years resolutions resized 600With 2014 only a couple of days away, coming up with some new year’s resolutions that you can stick to can be tough. We all have stories of resolutions that were easier to hold to in our heads than in reality, and would love to not repeat that mistake again. Fortunately, there is one New Year’s resolution that is easy to stick and incredibly beneficial for your health: Drink more water!

Why is “drink more water” a great New Year’s resolution? Well, we could start with the fact that’s its easy. All you have to do is to drink an extra glass of water a day, that’s it. Secondly, Glass of waterdrinking more water is obviously good for you. You will not find a nutritionist on the planet that will tell you it isn’t. By drinking more water, you also won’t be a part of the two-thirds of Americans don’t drink enough water according to Boston College Dietitian Sheila Tucker.

Need more reasons to put “drink more water” on your New Year’s resolution list? How about the fact that drinking more water can help you control your calorie intake and can help you maintain a proper balance of body fluids. Want more? Drinking more water can also energize your muscles, help your kidneys, and keep your skin looking good.

With the facts in hand, will drinking more water be on your New Year’s resolution list?

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Healthy Living: The Fountain of Youth Contains Water

Check out this amazing ABC news story on how one woman looked ten years younger simply by drinking more water. Yet another reason to forget the soda can and drink more H2O.

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Healthy Living Tips: 4 Ways to Have Greener Holiday

 

Healthy Living Tips: 4 Ways to Have Greener Holiday

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This holiday season have a very merry “green” holyday. 

Every year my mom always has me on the hunt for “green” ways to make the house smell nice and look great.  This year we bundled up and found some beautiful pinecones, evergreens, holy and berries to spruce up and old box and set it into the fireplace.  We also had some left over so we decorated the front window boxes as well.  It’s a great way to spend some time with your favorite someone, while saving dollars and using something natural from the earth.  There are so many different ways to enjoy your holidays this season; here are a few more ideas to celebrate green:

1)  Holiday Cards- Instead of ordering cards online and having them shipped to you or buying them at your local store, choose a greener option and send online e-cards to family and friends, they can save them in a folder or delete them versus throwing them out and having them end up in a landfill.

2)  Homemade gift ideas- Make a list, not naughty or nice, but a list of those you will be buying for this holiday season.  There are so many wonderful gifts you can give that you yourself can make, not only is it fun, but it something you made for that one person, something special.  A few of my favorite websites for great gift ideas to make include: Pinterest, http://pinterest.com/EFFBlog/green-holiday-ideas/, Uncommon goods http://www.uncommongoods.com has a bunch of recycled and handmade gift ideas as well as Martha Stewart, http://www.marthastewart.com.

3)  Gift Wrapping- There are so many options out their this year for holiday wrapping paper and gift bags, so while they all look so pretty and would look nice under the tree forgo the wrapping paper and use reusable gift bags and recyclable paper. 

4)  Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts-In 2010 there was 34 million tons of food waste generated.  You and your family can help out by using your leftovers.  Bread can easily be made into croutons and turkey into a  delicious turkey soup.  Hey put the croutons on top of your turkey soup… delicious! (http://www.recyclebank.com

5)  Donations- Every year when you start taking out the holiday and winter gear there are always a few things that you don’t want anymore. Don’t just throw them into the trash donate them.  There are so many places that will take donations from the Salvation Army, Savers, The Red Cross and more.  Make someone else’s holiday season a little brighter with a new to them, winter coat, pair of shoes, purse, mittens…

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