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Dr. Nimira's Top 5 Wellness Gifts

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It’s December and whether you partake in the holidays or not, you’ll probably have to get a gift for someone this month!

With so many options out there, these are my Top 5 Wellness Gifts* for family, friends, and colleagues.

1. Water Bottle: Sadly, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue, and digestive issues among other things. My philosophy is that you can never have too many water bottles! My tried and true hydration bottle has always been my 32oz Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth bottle, but you can also try the newly popular Hydro Flask Double Wall Vacuum Insulated bottle for those that like to keep their water cool or warm. I prefer the 32oz bottle because you don't have to refill it as often and the weight of the bottle naturally makes you drink more frequently so that you're not lugging around a lot of weight!

2. Teamotions Tea: This unique tea was created as a tool to help you tend to your heart. Each tea contains adaptogen herbs and other healing botanicals that restore balance, boost immunity, and increase your body’s resistance to stress and are to be used daily to cultivate a heart-centered approach to emotional health and healing. The original 6 teas are Discover Joy, Seek Peace, Achieve Clarity, Have Hope, Find Strength, and Enjoy Rest. You can buy them here.

3. Massage Gift Certificate: Many people consider massage a luxury item and hardly ever make it to see a really good massage therapist. With all the work we make our body do on a daily basis, I truly believe that massage should be a necessary party of one's self care routine. Treat your favorite person to a massage! For a referral to my favorite massage therapists in the Conejo and San Fernando Valleys, send me an email!

4. A New Pillow: There are 2 kinds of people in this world. One has had the same pillow for the last 20 years (not hygienic) and the other has tested out a ton in the last year! The latter usually has trouble sleeping due to pain or other circumstances. In addition to letting them know about this post, treat them to a Snuggle-Pedic Pillow. A fully customizable treat, they and you'll never try another pillow again! You can get one right here in Agoura HIlls at Selectabed or on Amazon.

5. Instant Pot: The Instant Pot craze is holding strong. Its a great gift, especially for the busy person who wants to make a quick and healthy meal for themselves and family. There are tons of cookbooks, blog posts, and Facebook Groups dedicated to sharing new, easy, and healthy recipes for all types of eating lifestyles. The 8 qt is probably the best deal because we can all easily make small dishes, but having it available for large family meals, gatherings or pot lucks is always a plus. I know that this one is definitely on my wish list!

There you have it, my top 5 wellness gifts that can be used year round and are practical things most people think twice about before buying for themselves.

Share in the comments any other wellness gifts that you've received in the past that you loved and ones that are on your wish list this year!

Happy Holidays and many wishes for a happy and healthy year ahead. Remember, if you know someone who is struggling with their health, share this post with them and let them know I’m here to chat! I’d love to see if I can help someone who’s lost hope in getting past their struggles and living the life they deserve.

*The items shared are endorsements for my favorite things. They are not affiliate links and I do not receive any commission from purchases.

Hydration: Water Math

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After Adaptation (making sure your nervous system is clear and balanced), and Restoration (giving your body the rest it needs to heal), Hydration is the most important thing your body needs to keep functioning the way it was designed.

So, as we close out the summer and great ready to move into the fall months where it may not be as easy to remember to drink your water, here is one simple place you can look to have all the tips you need to get your daily water intake in!

Make sure you know how much you need to drink!

Water Math (I'll be honest, it's the only math I'm really good at)

Your body weight in pounds divided by 2 is the number of ounces you should be drinking daily. When exercising, I also recommend an extra 8 oz for every 30 minutes of exercise.

So, now that you have your number... How are you going to drink all that water?

Purely because its annoying, I highly recommend you find the largest water bottle you're willing to carry. If you can handle a 24 to 32oz bottle, it's best. Once you have that figured out, take your total number of ounces and divide that by the number of ounces your bottle carries. Now you know how many refills you need to drink!

In the morning, if you need 3 or 4 or really whatever number refills, take that many rubber bands and wrap them around your water bottle. As you refill, take one off! (You may also want to prep a 16 oz glass by your bedside for the morning)

Start by drinking 16 oz, first thing in the morning upon waking. This is a great way to start your day and flush your system.

After that, drink up to 8 oz every 20 minutes and not more often then that. When you chug water, it truly goes right through your system and is almost of no use to you. Not chugging your water will really be helpful in limiting bathroom trips as well.

At this rate, you can probably be done with your water intake by lunch. so even if you only drink 16 oz of water every hour, you can spread your water intake through out the day without getting to close to bedtime.

Set an alarm if you need to! When I first started preparing for Baby #1, and how all these essentials came into my life, I drank very limited water. I really did have to set an alarm to get serious about my water intake. Use a fitness app to track it, the rubber band system, find whatever works for you. 

Being serious about your hydration can truly change your health.

So for anyone that got a little lost with my math, here is an example:

180 lb person will need to drink 90 oz of water per day.

If they are using a 24 oz water bottle and they drink 16 oz first thing in the morning, the balance is 74 oz.

74 / 24 is approx 3 refills

At 16 oz an hour, water intake will be complete by noon! (4 sips every 15 minutes, or 8 sips every 30 minutes)

(Remember to add in extra water for exercise time)

If you have any questions or concerns, remember I'm always here for you. The journey to better health and lasting quality of life should be filled with love, laughter, and support.