7 Things You Need To Know About Staying Hydrated This Summer

You need water for your body to function properly. Here’s how to know when you need more — and when you’ve had too much.

Every single cell in the human body needs water to function properly. We need water to regulate our temperature, to cushion and protect joints and organs and to help digestion move smoothly. Most of us drink at least some water every day, but now that it’s summer and the mercury is rising, it’s important to be more vigilant than ever. Need to raise that hydration IQ? Here are some of the most common dehydration myths — and the facts behind them.

1. Myth: Dehydration is uncomfortable, but not dangerous.
Fact: While most of us will only ever experience mild dehydration symptoms like headache, sluggishness or decreased urine or sweat output, it can become severe and require medical attention. Serious complications include swelling of the brain, seizures, kidney failure and even death, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Fortunately, adults can usually nip mild or moderate dehydration in the bud with some extra fluid, according to the Mayo Clinic. But when not attended to in early stages, adults may develop extreme thirst, dizziness and confusion, and stop urinating. Symptoms should be taken even more seriously in children and older adults, according to the Mayo Clinic, especially diarrhea, vomiting, fever, inability to keep fluids down, irritability or confusion.


Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergies


Over the last 50 years, the rise in prevalence of allergic diseases and disorders has continued in the industrialized world. Allergic rhinitis, the medical term for hay fever and what’s behind the unpleasant seasonal allergy symptoms we all know so well, develops when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment.

Today, 40 to 60 million Americans are affected by allergic rhinitis and the numbers continue to grow, especially in children. When left untreated, allergies can cause blocked and runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and an impaired sense of smell — but this is in less severe cases. For some people, allergies can be life threatening, leading to inflammation and shortness of breath.

People who suffer from allergies are often told to avoid triggers, but that is nearly impossible when the seasons are changing and our immune systems are impaired by the food industry and environmental toxins. Thankfully, some powerful essential oils serve as a natural and safe way to treat the symptoms of allergies and boost our immune systems. These essential oils for allergies have the ability to chemically support the body and help it to overcome hypersensitivity.


Watermelon: The Secret Ingredient to the Best Guacamole

If watermelons don’t scream “summer,” we don’t know what does. With a combination of delicious flavors, like avocados, lime juice, feta cheese, and watermelon, this quick Watermelon Guacamole recipe will add some fun to the season. Grab your favorite tortilla chips and take a dip into this sweet twist on the classic guac, as you soak up some sun! 

Watermelon Guacamole

Makes: 6-8 servings


  • 3 large ripe avocados
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1 cup watermelon, diced (plus extra for garnish)
  • Coarse salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Scoop tortilla chips, for serving
  • Small watermelon, for serving

Rainwater Collection and Storage for Gardening Use

Whereas global consumption of water is on the rise yet at twice as much rate of the population, the volume of freshwater continues to be at just 2.5% of our world water resources. Due to rapidly changing earth climate, different territories might suffer from droughts, surges, and tornadoes at any time. Even though little may be done regarding these types of climatically events, we could decrease their influence by way of preparation as well as readiness.


Rainwater collection and storage may lessen the influences of dryness, violent storm, water overflow, and top flow rates as well as reliance upon the surface and exterior water. It also reduces nonpoint source air contamination, permit groundwater to revitalize, and improve water preservation and ecological practices.


The Best Way to Store Your Medical Cannabis

Storing Medical Cannabis

Proper storage of cannabis is critical for keeping it as potent as possible


While storing cannabis is not difficult, there are four important factors that affect its freshness and potency:

•  Rule # 1: heat will dry it out and too much moisture can cause dangerous bacteria to grow,

•  Rule # 2: light is harmful to the trichomes (the sticky resin glands attached) ,

•  Rule # 3: air will dry it out and lessen its potency

•  Rule # 4: too much handling causes the trichomes to come off.

The best way to store your medical cannabis is in an airtight mason jar that has a good seal. One of the old time dark colored cheese jars with the wire swing top is ideal if you happen to have one. They are ideal for keeping out air, heat and light.


AZ Judge: State Should Consider Parkinson’s Patients for Medical Marijuana


Phytocannabinoids beyond the Cannabis plant – do they exist?


It is intriguing that during human cultural evolution man has detected plant natural products that appear to target key protein receptors of important physiological systems rather selectively. Plants containing such secondary metabolites usually belong to unique chemotaxa, induce potent pharmacological effects and have typically been used for recreational and medicinal purposes or as poisons. Cannabis sativa L. has a long history as a medicinal plant and was fundamental in the discovery of the
endocannabinoid system. The major psychoactive Cannabis constituent Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) potently activates the G-protein-coupled cannabinoid receptor CB1 and also modulates the cannabinoid receptor CB2. In the last few years, several other non-cannabinoid plant constituents have been reported to bind to and functionally interact with CB receptors. Moreover, certain plant natural products, from both Cannabis and other plants, also target other proteins of the endocannabinoid system, such as hydrolytic enzymes that control endocannabinoid levels. In this commentary we summarize and critically discuss recent findings.phytocannabinoids

This article is part of a themed issue on Cannabinoids. To view the editorial for this themed issue visit http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1476-5381.2010.00831.x


Ravens lineman pushing marijuana on the NFL


Eugene Monroe made up his mind, his conviction steeled by obsessive research. He would advocate publicly for medical marijuana use in the NFL. He knew he would create consternation inside a powerful, conservative institution. He understood it might jeopardize his career as a Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman.

And the first skeptic he faced was his wife, Nureya.

When Monroe first shared his self-appointed mission in December, Nureya was confused. She had understood marijuana as illegal and dangerous since childhood, and ever since they met at the University of Virginia, she had known her husband as a health-shake-chugging, gluten-free, dairy-free, pescatarian athlete who didn’t use marijuana.

“That conversation,” Nureya said, “was a lot of me rolling my eyes.”



If you are reading this page, more than likely you or someone you know is looking for a more effective and natural way to manage a seizure disorder. The medicinal use of cannabis for its anticonvulsant properties dates back to early civilizations including ancient China, India, Africa, Greece and Rome (Chaboya-Hembree, 2014). As early as 1100 AD, Arabic writer al-Mayusi documented the use of cannabis in controlling seizures (Lozano, 2001). In our current culture, there is a vast degree of disagreement about the use of cannabis for controlling seizures. Thus far in American society, political and economic interests have been the motive for controlling and suppressing research into the medicinal uses of the Cannabis plant. Searching for information regarding the safety and efficacy of the use of brainCannabis in treating seizures is no small task. In our hyper-scientific culture, ancient wisdom and natural remedies are often lost in the mix or shuffled off to the side and disregarded. This is one remedy that needs more attention, as the use of cannabis by people who struggle with seizures can be life changing.


Nausea and Medical Marijuana

Marijuana is also effective at reducing nausea and studies have proven that medical marijuana makes for an effective Antiemetic (antinausea) medication.  For people suffering from nauseas from chemotherapy or radiation treatment, smoking marijuana relieves the nausea symptoms quickly.  People are able to eat and keep the food down which helps combat weight loss and muscle wasting.  The reduced nausea will reduce vomiting and reduce stress allowing for improved sleep patterns.  Medical marijuana has also been shown to be effective in helping people with anorexia increase their appetite and improve their mood.  Chronic nausea, a constant sensation where one feels there is a need to vomit, can be alleviated by marijuana as it reduces the nausea feeling, increases appetite, and helps keep the food down.nausea

Medical marijuana is an effective way to treat nausea.  Usually only a small amount of cannabis is needed.  Most only require a few puffs of smoke or a small amount of vaporized gas from marijuana.  It does not have other side effects and it will not only treat the nausea but it will probably increase their appetite as well.