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People Are Actually Allergic To Water!

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OMG! This sounds HORRIBLE!

Can U imagine being allergic to water? Because we can't, but unfortunately, some people actually are!

Dr. Alan Baptist, associate program director for allergy and immunology at the University of Michigan, faced the biggest challenge in his career when a young woman came to him to help treat migraine-like pain and reddish welts appearing on her skin when she came into contact with H20.

As it turns out, she was allergic to water!

Aquagenic urticaria is the term used to the describe the rare condition, which Baptist feels is largely undiagnosed because "if a person showers every day and has urticaria every day, their doctor would think they just have chronic urticaria."

Luckily for anybody who is allergic to water, at least they can drink it! The reaction only occurs when water comes in contact with the outer skin.

Still, overall, it's a pretty miserable situation for any human being. Not only can a sufferer not cool off with a dip in the pool, relax in a hot bath, or have fun with a water balloon fight, they have to weary of getting too passionate in the sack because saliva will irritate their skin too! Similarly, tears and sweat can trigger a reaction too!

Scientists can't explain how or why the allergy occurs, but Baptist was at least able to control the young woman's headaches and welts by mixing together a concoction of antihistamines, anti-cholinergic medications, and SSRI drugs.

Have U ever known anybody with a similar allergy? If so, how do they cope with it?

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Drink Water Instead Of Caloric Beverages Like Soda To Lose Weight!

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Okay, this is a no brainer and we've been advising this strategy for people trying to lose weight since FitPerez.com came into existence, but choosing water over caloric drinks like soda is a sure-fire way to lose weight!

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that overweight or obese people were able to lose 4-5 pounds over a 6 month period, simply by drinking water instead of other beverages.

The experiment divided 318 participants into 3 groups:

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5 Easy Ways To Drink More Water

Filed under: Exclusives!AdviceNutritionCourtney Barber

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Yes, we all know that we must drink more water! However, for most of us it can be a difficult task to accomplish, especially when our diets are overrun with sugary sodas, energy drinks and endless cups of coffee!

Water can dramatically improve both our mind and body functioning and has the following benefits:

- Suppresses your appetite
- Eliminates toxins
- Increases metabolism
- Hydrates your skin
- Clears your complexion
- Relieves fluid retention

So how do we incorporate more water into our daily routine? Follow my simple tips below to start benefiting from its amazing qualities!

1. Start your day with a large glass of warm water and a squeeze of lemon juice. This will cleanse your system.

2. Carry a water bottle around with you (everywhere). To remind yourself to keep sipping, write "Drink Me" on your water bottle (I have does this many times and it works!).

3. Try to drink 2 glasses of water before every meal. This is a very efficient way to up your intake and with water being an appetite suppressant, you might find that you eat less also.

4. If you work at a desk all day, fill up a large jug with water, lemon slices, lime slices and some mint. Not only does it look appetizing, but you will get into the habit of having a glass each time you sit down.

5. Water doesn't have to be boring or tasteless! Add slices of your favorite citrus fruits, berries, ginger, mint…whatever you find appealing!

Let me know what advice you have for drinking more water or how these tips worked for you!

Be fit and fabulous!

Our newest FitPerez contributor, Courtney Barber, is always here to help! Check out her website or Facebook and follow her on twitter @CourtneyBFit! Email the celebrity fitness and lifestyle consultant your questions at Tips@FitPerez.com!

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Make water more exciting by adding cucumber, lemons, limes, or mint.

- The Hot Plate

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Foxy-Licious hint #1: Choose H2O on the Go!!!!

How many bottles of water have you really had today!? Now let's add at least two more!!! The one thing our body craves is water, not diet soda!!! Water is the body's "principle chemical" that flushes out toxins and works as a transportation nutrients system or "taxi" for our bodies carrying all of the we need. Did you know we lose water ALL THE TIME?! YES we do!!! We lose more water than we think!!! It sneaks out as we breathe, workout, sweat, or reach higher altitudes. That means if you don't drink enough water you run the risk of

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