Wellbeing Essentials: Hydration

“Water is the driving force of all nature.” –Leonardo da Vinci

One of the simplest things you can do to move towards wellbeing: stay hydrated with pure filtered water, and add just one drop of doTERRA CPTG Lemon Essential Oil.

Think of yourself as captain of a giant aircraft carrier. You’re up in the control room, and down below are your workers. Not just hundreds, thousands, or even millions — but trillions — of workers. Night and day, they are there working for you. They all cooperate, know their jobs well, work for little pay, and thank God, you don’t have to micromanage any of them!

One thing you are in charge of:  feeding your crew and providing all the raw materials they need to do their jobs. Water is not only one of those raw materials, it’s also how those supplies are delivered and waste is removed. Every cell is born, grows up, works, eats, sleeps, and poops. And dies and is replaced. If you are are not properly hydrated, you are literally filling up with waste–putting a huge load on the cells of your kidneys, liver, bowel, skin, and lungs: your organs of excretion.

One simple small adjustment you can make in your lifestyle for the good: decide to stay properly hydrated every day. It all starts with that decision, that intention. Focus and understand the many benefits.

Proper hydration:

  1. Increases metabolism & helps convert food to energy
  2. Maintains healthy blood levels & reduces strain on the heart & kidneys
  3. Keeps cartilage and joints lubricated and flexible
  4. Delivers oxygen and nutrients to all cells
  5. Balances electrolytes and maintains muscle strength
  6. Removes waste and toxins
  7. Helps digest food by increasing salivary and other fluids
  8. Moistens skin and other tissues
  9. Increases ability to sweat and stay cool
  10. Helps you feel more full and uplifts your mood
Set the intention to make water intake a priority every morning

Get yourself a good-sized ceramic, glass, or metal mug — something you like.  Set a goal and figure out how many refills you need. A simple rule of thumb is half your body weight in ounces. Start drinking first thing upon awakening. Aim to consume at least half your water intake for the day by lunchtime. Take a big drink of water before each meal — this better than drinking with or after the meal. Plan to drink the remainder of your water goal by dinner.

Then, put a fresh mug of water next to your bed so you’re ready to take a drink first thing on arising.

When drinking, think of your stomach and digestive system as a garden. Water gently. Always sip–three or four swallows at a time–rather than “slamming” it.

Worried about having to go to the bathroom at night?  Hydrate early in the day, stop drinking by dinner time, and you won’t be awakened in the night.

If your work conditions don’t allow you to get away to go to the bathroom in the morning, don’t skip drinking water. This will lead to long-term damage to your kidneys. It is far better to get up earlier, give enough time to the cells of your kidneys and bowels time to do their jobs. If that’s not possible, consider your personal commitment to your long-term wellbeing. You might want to update your résumé and be ready for a chagne to better healthier work conditions.

Why Add Lemon Essential Oil

Adding a drop of doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Lemon Essential Oil further aids in the body’s “housecleaning.” Besides an aroma that is emotionally uplifting,  the chemistry of Lemon has properties that are energizing, cleansing, purifying, and invigorating. Lemon is one of the most versatile oils in the doTERRA line.

In a study published in the journal Neurosciences, rats exposed just five minutes a day to the vapors of Lemon showed a marked increase in energy, activity, and were able to traverse a maze significantly faster than rats not exposed to the Lemon. In another study, levels of stress hormones were reduced after ingestion.

Lemon has multiple benefits and uses. It is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air and surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits and supports healthy respiratory function.*  When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood. When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes.

Note: If you had a “bad” day, hydration-wise, and find yourself thirsty late in the day, you may discover that when you drink water you’ll have to run to the bathroom, a lot, and still feel thirsty. Think of it this way. Your aircraft carrier has a lot of waste that’s built up because you were short on liquids to keep things flushed. Now when the water comes, all hands are on deck, getting the place back in order. You’re going to need extra water before anybody can get a drink. This is why a little lemon helps the cleaning work get done quickly!

Lemon is one of the top ten oils found in reduced-price Starter Kits, which is the most cost effective way to  get doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils.  http://BeeJoyful.org.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.



Oprah on The Daily Show

Great interview with Oprah on her new book, THE PATH MADE CLEAR!

I love how Oprah answered Trevor’s question: what did she find to be the common denominator to those who have found their path to success in life? We find the path when people ask themselves “what is the truest, highest expression of myself as a human being?” When people find clarity, and focus on their heart’s desire, what they want most deeply and passionately, the path appears. The book is on my “must read” my list.



by Elizabeth Kashinn

March, 2017

I have romantic notions about crutches.

It begins when I’m 9 with a girl in my 4th grade class who fractures her foot. She can’t walk for a month, and I, in my childish ignorance, envy her. To me, no idea is more fantastic than that of swinging myself around all day, detached from such a mundane task as walking. Why do people even bother with it, I wonder, if crutches exist? Crutches are, in my mind, the best thing man has created, and it simply isn’t fair that they’re only given to the injured and the sick. At 9, I wish to be afflicted by some horrible ailment so that I might be granted use of them.

At 13, being wheeled through Pittsburgh International Airport, I don’t know quite what I was thinking.

In general, lots of things change when you can’t walk. Wherever you go, there seems to be a myriad of people who want to help you, and you’re given perks that you usually don’t want. Airports are no different. I’ve been inside for just shy of five minutes when a member of security sees me and asks me if I want a wheelchair. And I don’t, really, but I say yes, because I need one. Before I know it, I’m being wheeled to the security checkpoint, slinging my crutches across my lap and trying not to draw attention to myself.

The woman pushing me – Carol – is insistent upon engaging me in conversation. She’s an older lady, with gray wisps of hair that catch the light like a halo when she leans over the back of my chair to smile at me. She has the pleasant demeanor of one who’s either perfectly content in one’s life or very, very good at one’s job.

“Were you injured in a sport?” she asks me, and I wish she’d stop talking. “Wait, let me guess. Soccer?”

“No,” I say flatly. I’ve been asked this too many times. “I have fibromyalgia.”

I don’t have fibromyalgia. I also don’t have hip dysplasia or a herniated disc, but if you asked me that’s probably what I’d tell you. It’s easier that way. It shortens the conversation and saves me that confused look when I explain that no, I don’t know what I have, but yes, I’m sure that I have something. In the last four months I’ve found that the two most common reactions to that particular delineation are pity or skepticism, and I’m not in the mood for either today. For my purposes, fibromyalgia works nicely.

“Oh. I’m sorry.”

“It’s fine.”

We breeze past the line for security. I feel a twinge of guilt as I catch the eye of a woman I’m skipping, but it’s not like there’s anything I can do about it. And anyway, judging by the look on her face, she feels sorry for me; I’m the one who can’t walk, after all. I tell myself there’s no need to feel guilty and put it out of my mind as a tired-looking man with a dull expression helps me out of my wheelchair, has me take off my shoes, and directs me through the metal detector.

“Flying alone?” he asks, his voice ripe with apathy. I think I prefer Carol.

I nod, and though I’m positive he doesn’t actually care, I tell him, “I’m going home from summer camp. I got sick and had to leave early.”

He grunts. “Sorry to hear that, kid. Feel better.”

On the other side of the metal detector, Carol takes me by the arm and guides me back into the chair. My legs have already started to ache and tingle from standing; sitting is a great relief. I mumble my thanks to the man, and we speed off.

For a moment, after I’ve tuned out Carol’s cheery commentary and the commotion of the airport, my thoughts drift back to the fourth grade.

There’s a bitter sort of irony, I think, in getting what you want only when you no longer want it. There’s an odd sort of humor in finding out you were wrong. I recognize myself as a person with the bad habit of wanting things I don’t have, wanting things that don’t always make sense to want, without much regard to how such things will actually affect me. Is it my fault, then, that I got sick? Was there some energy I put out to the universe four years ago that finally came back to me? I think of my nine-year-old self and how all she wanted was to be deprived of a fundamental human function. She was so sure she knew what she was asking for. As we pull up to the gate, my hands clenched into tight fists around the cold metal of my crutches, I want to go back in time and scream some sense into her.

The plane is boarding. I’m among the first to be let on, crutching slowly to my seat and trying not to get in anyone’s way. It’s a cramped cabin, each row comprised of only two seats; the last thing it needs is a pair of crutches cluttering it up. I ask a flight attendant to put them in the cabinet in front.

“Sure thing, honey,” she says, all bright smiles and practiced warmth. “Is there anything else you need?”

Attempting to return her smile, I shake my head. “No, thank you.”

I watch her walk away and tuck my crutches into the small closet next to the cockpit. I watch as she directs a woman to the seat across the aisle from mine. I watch as the woman gets settled, flashing me a quick look of sympathy that makes it obvious that she witnessed my exchange with the flight attendant.

And if I wish in that instant to be nine years old so that these things might at least provide me some sense of satisfaction, it’s only for a moment, and I can pretend that it isn’t at all.   


Lyme Disease Awareness Presentations

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and all are invited to attend a free presentation: A Wisconsin Family’s Lyme Journey: A Case For Hope. Laurel Kashinn is a local writer and mother seeking to share her and her family’s experience with Lyme disease following their daughter’s successful treatment. Besides her family’s story, she includes in her presentation:
+ Facts about ticks and the many diseases they can carry
+ Finding peace in the war zone over Lyme disease; how not to become a casualty
+ Resources and natural solutions: how to connect with wellbeing and stay healthy
She will present her story at Cedarburg Public Library, Wednesday, May 8, Noon-1 pm, Facebook live and Zoom online on Wednesday, May 15 at noon, and at the USS Liberty Memorial Grafton Public Library, Wednesday, May 22, from Noon-1 pm.
After navigating the healthcare system, doing extensive research, and helping her daughter who became so sick she was bedridden and had to be homeschooled for the 8th grade, Kashinn has become a wellness advocate, and seeks to share what she has learned. Hers is a message of hope and empowerment.
To learn more or for a link to the Facebook Live Zoom presentation, contact Kashinn at Laurel@BeeJoyful.org or call (262) 376-7777.