H&W Hydration and CBDCs

Nate Crosby |

Are you hydrated?

Likely not. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Chronic dehydration means you’re dehydrated for longer periods of time. Whereas acute dehydration is dehydration you’d suffer from heat exposure or a hard workout. Symptoms of dehydration Extreme thirst. Urinating less than usual. Headache. Dark-colored urine. Sluggishness and fatigue. Bad breath. Dry mouth. Sugar cravings. Hunger Dehydration can have effects on the skin, muscles, kidneys, and heart. Kidney stones Urinary tract infections Can also cause seizures Dehydrated skin can show more wrinkles and fine lines. Water hydrates the skin but also once it’s adequately hydrated the kidneys begin to excrete the excess.

Benefits of hydration

Regulate body temperature Keep joints lubricated Prevent infection Delivers nutrients to cells thus Keeping organs functioning properly energize muscles- cells have adequate fluid they don’t work well and muscle fatigue, cramps happen How to get hydrated and stay hydrated? Start your day by drinking a glass or more of water before anything else. There are plenty of other benefits to this beyond hydration such as flushing out the stomach and balancing the lymphatic system. Half your body weight in ounces a day. Coffee dehydrating? Studies are mixed. I try to make sure for each cup of coffee I have I try to do an additional glass of water. Water…boring, bland–try adding some lemon into your water for the flavor to help you drink it. I also feel that ice helps too. Other drinks that help include electrolyte infused water (such as liquid IV Packets), Recipe for electrolyte water–sea salt, lemon and ice water, Natural Pedialyte, Gatorade, watermelon, and coconut water Eat water-rich fruits and vegetables Moisturize your skin - use a good lotion that doesn’t have a lot of perfumes or parabens in it. 

Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDCs) 

In January of 2022, the Federal Reserve published a study called "Money and Payments: The U.S. Dollar in the Age of Digital Transformation," where they looked at the central bank U.S. currency. Why now? In 2009 cryptocurrency entered the scene and over time it has become a competitor to the U.S. Dollar. The Federal Reserve wants to preserve the U.S. Dollar's role as the global reserve currency - meaning, when countries trade, they value it in the U.S. Dollar. In order to do so, it needs to be competitive against other currencies, including cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency in particular reduces the need for banks to manage transactions, especially across borders. The average cost for sending money across borders is about 5.4% of the money being sent. Think about what that means to a company that does business in all regions of the world.

Download the full report to learn more: https://www.federalreserve.gov/publications/files/money-and-payments-20220120.pdf