How to Come Up With 50 in Under 30 Minutes! (6 min read) — The Millionaire’s Digest

Before you start, some quick rules: The idea behind this exercise is quantity, not necessarily quality. You might come up with some junk ideas as you race to write them down, but at least you’ll come up with ideas. Those ideas can be massaged and coaxed into an awesome title or topic for a winning article. […]

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Water Retention and Weight Gain

Water retention and its subsequent weight gain is a particularly bothersome issue for women of all ages, let�s learn all about it.
Understanding water retention
Water or fluid retention is also referred to as edema. It occurs in the circulatory system and may cause bloating, and swelling in the extremities, such as the legs, feet, and ankles. 
People who lead extremely sedentary lifestyles with little exercise or those who are bedridden are susceptible to this condition. 
Edema can also be indicative of kidney disease or heart failure, so if you have a severe case of it, or a severe sudden onset, get emergency medical care. 
For the non-severe varieties, that cause swelling, bloating and discomfort and there is no underlying medical condition, making changes in your diet and exercise habits can help.
Why does Water Retention Happen?
When the body retains water, it means that there is extra water around in the tissues that lie between the cells in the body. There are several reasons why this could happen, including the following:
�	Carbohydrates�carbohydrates increase water retention, this is why bloating often occurs after a carb heavy fast food meal and may wake up with an extra five pounds on the scale, all in water weight. Let�s start with the carbohydrates. Every one gram of carbohydrate requires three to four grams of water in order to store and process it. In order to translate that into a familiar language, say you eat a medium potato. You�ll get 37 grams of carbs, which needs 110-150 grams of water. That�s about 5 ounces, just below a half pound. On a moderately high carbohydrate diet, the average person will eat around one and a half pounds of water weight just from the carbohydrates in the diet. If you stop eating carbohydrates, you�ll lose that pound right away. 

�	High levels of salt in the diet is also responsible for excess retention of fluids and if salt is present in every processed meal you eat, you�ll retain even more fluids. 

�	Sex hormones�this is especially true for women. Water retention gets more complicated for women. Most women will retain water during their menstrual cycle. In general, 92 percent of women will have water retention in the week before their menstrual period starts. Once menstrual bleeding actually begins, the water weight drops off once again. Some women will have persistent water retention, even after their period. During your period, there are notable changes in your hormone levels, which lead to an increased amount of potassium and sodium in your system. 

�	Cortisol�chronically high levels of the stress hormone cortisol is a problem for many reasons, and water retention is one of them. It is difficult to say how much cortisol will increase water retention. It can also increase body fat so that the weight you gain from cortisol is probably both from fat and water. If you�re stressed out and feeling puffy or bloated, some of that is probably from water. 
Your body is able to retain enough water to equal about 5 pounds per day, depending on the kind of foods you take and the amount you consume.  
If you add up all those causes of water retention, you can easily get ten pounds of fluctuation from just water. This is especially true for premenstrual women or from anyone who just ate a high carbohydrate dinner.  
PMS and water retention
PMS or premenstrual syndrome is a common cause for water retention in many women. There have been no exhaustive studies that link water retention with premenstrual syndrome. However, lack of essential vitamins and minerals and added salt are triggers for the retention of water in some women.  
A British researcher suggested that low blood sugar during PMS could lead to water retention. She argues that low blood glucose levels cause the body to retain water by releasing adrenaline. This signals the body to release more blood sugar. Once the glucose leaves the body, the cells are then filled with water leading to weight gain and bloating. 
Recognizing water retention
Water retention is marked by an increase in weight of about 2-5 pounds per day. This is a common sign of swelling, which is characterized by having a bloated abdomen.  
Sometimes your clothing can be too tight. Many women who have this problem complain of pain in the swollen areas of their bodies, particularly the feet and ankles. 
Key Steps In Reducing Water Retention
�	A crucial step in dealing with water retention is to eat less salt, and avoid processed and junk foods, which are high in salt. Read food labels and avoiding processed food products. Try putting the salt away so you won�t be tempted to use it. The use of calcium supplements with your meals can lessen the risks of retaining fluid.  
�	Increase magnesium intake, one study found that  women who took 200 mg of magnesium every day, had less retention during PMS and other studies have shown similar results. You can get magnesium naturally from whole grains, nuts, green vegetables, and dark chocolate.
�	You might want to consider working out during your menstrual period to avoid water retention and weight gain. Exercise will increase the blood flow to your kidneys for excretion.  
�	Make sure you remain hydrated throughout the day by drinking a lot of fluid.  
�	Other ways to reduce water retention include natural diuretics such as lemon water and grapefruit.  
�	It also helps to eat 5 to 8 smaller meals throughout the day, instead of 3big meals.

Foods and Drinks to Aid Your Recovery from Hangover

Hangovers are no fun. Fortunately, because of the way your body processes alcohol, there are plenty of tasty food and drink options which are considered natural hangover helpers. Stock up on the following solids and liquids for some quick morning after head and stomach ache relief from over-drinking.


This sports drink and others are excellent for speeding up your recovery when you are hung over. Many sports beverages are high in electrolytes that hangover sufferers need to replenish, and you need to hydrate yourself as well.

Orange juice

Fructose is one of the components of orange juice. This sugar fires up your metabolism of alcohol, and can help speed up your hangover recovery. This is because fructose can increase your natural metabolism of alcohol by up to 25%. And the vitamin C in citrus juices and help repare cell damage related to binge drinking.

Jam and jelly

The key component here once again is fructose. And when you spread jam or jelly on toast, you help build much-needed energy stores that could use a boost while you are recovering.

Fruit juice

In case you don't want to think about eating anything at all when you are hung over, drink some fruit juice to help speed up your recovery. Stick with natural juices because of the fructose and other healthy sugars they contain. 


Repeat after me ... "Protein and Cysteine." Protein is great for energy, and the high quantities of cysteine in eggs go to work on any toxins left over from the alcohol you drank the night before. Stick to mostly egg whites and you keep your cholesterol level manageable.

Cactus extract

Recent research (which is still being conducted) seems to show that the skin of the prickly pear cactus is great as a hangover helper. Purchase online or at your nearest health food store to relieve appetite loss, the dry mouth and nausea that last night's drinking has left you with today.

Water, water and more water

Alcohol molecules are absolutely head over heels in love with H2O. That interesting fact comes from James M. Schaefer, a research professor and alcohol metabolism expert. So the more alcohol, wine or beer you drank last night, the drier your entire body, including your brain. Drink lots of water, then drink some more.


We are not talking about the stranded redhead from Gilligan's Island here. Just take 2 ginger capsules or pills every hour with water when you are recovering from a hangover. Nutritionist Monica Reinagel agrees with research that shows a small dose of ginger can ease the vomiting, bloating, gas, constipation and indigestion caused by over-drinking. 

The Dehydration Energy Drain

Do you understand how dehydration can drain your energy? You might exercise properly and eat a healthy diet, but still feel drained of energy from time to time. Why is this? It could be because you are simply not getting your body the hydration it needs. Let's take a look at just how adding plenty of liquid to your diet can boost you physically and mentally, and make you healthier as well.

Your body needs food and water to live. You convert food into calories, which are then used for energy. And since as much as 50 to 65% of your body weight is made up of water, you need to keep hydrated as well. Even a sedentary lifestyle will burn through a certain amount of fluid each day. This water must be replaced, or you feel drowsy and tired.

Dehydration Slows Down Your Metabolism - Not Good For Energy

When you are properly hydrated, you have high levels of energy. This is because dehydration lowers your metabolic rate. When your metabolism is low, you are burning fewer calories. This means your energy production is also lower. 

Incredibly, even your resting metabolism benefits when you are properly hydrated. That means that even if you have a life that is very sedentary, and you do not get much exercise, your body still benefits from proper hydration.

Dehydration Boosts Bad Moods

And guess what? When your energy tanks, your bad mood rises. You feel emotionally stronger and healthier when you have a lot of energy. You begin to get grumpy, and you are no fun to be around, when your energy level is low. So drinking lots of water during the day has an emotional benefit as well as a physical one.

Fortunately, you can defeat the dehydration energy drain quickly. German researchers in 2007 published some amazing dehydration findings in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Drinking just 500 milliliters (16.9 ounces) of water instantly begins to kick in the calorie-burning stage of metabolism.

How Much Water Do You Need?

Make sure your daily schedule includes 2.7 liters of water (91 ounces) if you are a woman. Men should drink at least 3.7 liters (125 ounces) of water daily. The food you eat naturally supplies some level of hydration, but nowhere near the amount your body requires. 

How can you guarantee your body is hydrated and functioning properly? Make sure you have adequate supplies of water nearby at all times. Keep bottled water on hand at home, in your vehicle and at the office, and you will see your water consumption and energy rise accordingly.

Sneaky Causes of Back Pain

As many as 26 million people from 20 to 64 years of age experience frequent back pain. And that is just in America. The causes can be widespread, and are not always clear-cut. From jobs which require heavy lifting to outdoor occupations and hobbies like gardening, back pain contributors are in some cases well known. But if you are experiencing back pain, there may be some sneaky, "under the radar" culprits causing your bad back.

A simple deficiency in vitamin B12 can lead to back pain, as well as chronic pain throughout the body. Adding a One-A-Day supplement to your daily diet can quickly and easily alleviate the back pain which afflicts millions. Check with your doctor today to see if you are lacking in this important vitamin, since insufficient quantities in your bloodstream can also lead to memory loss, loss of taste and smell, paranoia, depression and delusions.

Your office chair could be causing your back pain, even if it is comfortable and has a lot of wonderful features. Sitting reduces the flow of blood to your spine. This in turn adds 30% more pressure to your vertebrae than if you are walking or standing. If you have an office job, stand for periods of time during the day. And if you find yourself frequently sitting in your computer chair at home, consider purchasing a standing desk.

Your love of fashion could also be your undoing. Women are usually the guilty party here, as they choose shoes more for their look than their physical benefits. High-heeled shoes and stilettos absolutely despise your back. Wearing any type of inclined heal changes your natural walking body angle, and can cause skeletal imbalances. And you may love wearing flats on a frequent basis, but your back probably does not.

Technology is wonderful, but if you use your smartphone or tablet excessively, your back could be paying the price. The poor back and neck posture that comes from constantly staring at your mobile device display actually has a medical name. "Texting thumb" can lead to problems in your hand, as well as chronic back pain.

Asthma can cause you to feel weak and out of energy. But this condition does not just work on your lungs. Many asthma sufferers report middle back pain. This is caused by the coughing and wheezing which is often found in asthma sufferers. Keep your medication handy, because even a single significant asthma attack can cause severe back pain.

If you are anxious or tense, your mental state could be the cause of your back pain. Tension, anxiety and even depression can cause a powerful strain on your musculature and skeletal systems. This can affect your back and other parts of your body, making you feel weak and sore.

5 Reasons to do Yoga (2 min read) — The Millionaire’s Digest

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Steph Sybliss Founder & Owner of: Thoughts from a Black Girl’s Diary Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Family & Life and Health & Fitness Writer You have your Kundalini, Ashtanga or even my personal favourite, Bikram or Hot Yoga. There are hundreds of different types of yoga out there, all of them […]

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Your Smile

At the point when the day has been long

also, the inconveniences last into the night

All you’ve gotta do is smile

furthermore, everything is all of a sudden okay

When I feel the heaviness of the world

upon my shoulders

what’s more, given things a chance to get under my skin

All you’ve gotta do is smile

what’s more, I’m prepared attempt at the end of the day

Whenever words or activities of another cut me down

On the other hand in case I’m feeling truly low

All you’ve gotta do is smile

also, I know I’m not the only one

When I’m difficult for myself

also, think that its hard to put stock in me

All you’ve gotta do is smile

furthermore, I know I can achieve anything

Your smile does as such numerous things

it lights up my day

Your smile resemble a guarantee

that things will be alright

Your smile is all I truly require

to simplicity apprehension, frustration or uncertainty

Your smile helps my heart

what’s more, it’s something I never need to be without


Allaboutwritingandmore original poem written by me Henrietta Watson.
























Prompt #1938 I Can’t Save You from Yourself — The Writing Reader

I would fight the world for you, but I’m damned if I can figure out how to save you from yourself. –Barrayar by Louise MacMaster Bujold Fiction Writing Prompt: How does your protagonist need to be saved from him or herself? Journaling Prompt: How do you need to be saved from yourself? What advice would you give…

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Eating My Way Through the Holidays! Special Edition: Scalloped Oysters  — snapshotsincursive

Eating My Way Through the Holidays! Special Edition: Scalloped Oysters! For a true southern dish, you may turn to succulent oysters, crispy topping, and a creamy luscious sauce for a rich holiday dish that traditions are made of. More than likely, the family secret may be passed down through the generations. Some include parmesan cheese, […]

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