Water Toxicity?

Apparently, nothing in extreme amounts is good for you.

I’ve been on a mission to drink more water. You know that recommended 8 cups a day? Well, I normally hit like 4, and that’s drinking anything including sodas and juices. But I completely forgot that you could get water poisoning until someone brought it up and I just decided to look more into it just to seewhy it’s so dangerous.

Okay, I will post info and little bits here, but basically what I got out of it was when it’s not just overdrinking water. It’s about replacing as many electrolytes in your water as well asfluids in your body. When you’re replacing fluid moreso than electrolytes, that’s when you “could be” headed for intoxication troubles. But I’ll let these paragraphs go into more depth for you…..I guess gatorade is good for you.

    • Water intoxication, also known as water poisoning, is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside of safe limits (e.g., hyponatremia) by overhydration, i.e., over-consumption of water.

      Under normal circumstances, accidentally consuming too much water is exceptionally rare. Nearly all deaths related to water intoxication in normal individuals have resulted either from water drinking contests in which individuals attempt to consume large amounts of water, or long bouts of intensive exercise during which electrolytes are not properly replenished, yet excessive amounts of fluid are still consumed.

      Water, just like any other substance, can be considered a poison when over-consumed in a specific period of time. Water intoxication mostly occurs when water is being consumed at a high quantity without giving the body its proper nutrients it needs to be healthy.

    • At the onset of this condition, fluid outside the cells has an excessively low amount of solutes (such as sodium (hyponatremia) and other electrolytes) in comparison to that inside the cells causing the fluid to shift through (via osmosis) into the cells to balance its concentration. This causes the cells to swell. In the brain, this swelling increases intracranial pressure (ICP). It is this increase in pressure which leads to the first observable symptoms of water intoxication: headache, personality changes, changes in behavior, confusion, irritability, and drowsiness. These are sometimes followed by difficulty breathing during exertion, muscle weakness, twitching, or cramping, nausea, vomiting, thirst, and a dulled ability to perceive and interpret sensory information. As the condition persists papillary and vital signs may result including bradycardia and widened pulse pressure. The cells in the brain may swell to the point where blood flow is interrupted resulting in cerebral edema. Swollen brain cells may also apply pressure to the brain stem causing central nervous system dysfunction. Both cerebral edema and interference with the central nervous system are dangerous and could result in seizures, brain damage, coma or death.
      1. Ingesting more water than you need can increase your total blood volume. And since your blood volume exists within a closed system – your circulatory system – needlessly increasing your blood volume on a regular basis puts unnecessary burden on your heart and blood vessels.
      2. Your kidneys must work overtime to filter excess water out of your circulatory system. Your kidneys are not the equivalent of a pair of plumbing pipes whereby the more water you flush through your kidneys, the cleaner they become; rather, the filtration system that exists in your kidneys is composed in part by a series of specialized capillary beds called glomeruli. Your glomeruli can get damaged by unnecessary wear and tear over time, and drowning your system with large amounts of water is one of many potential causes of said damage.
    • As your circulatory system becomes diluted with excess water, the concentration of electrolytes in your blood will drop relative to the concentration of electrolytes in your cells. In an effort to maintain an equal balance of electrolytes between your blood and your cells, water will seep into your cells from your blood, causing your cells to swell.

      If this swelling occurs in your brain, you’ll experience increased intracranial pressure i.e. your brain will get squeezed because the flat bones that make up your skull don’t provide much give. Depending on how much water your drink in a short period of time, you could experience a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from a mild headache to impaired breathing. And as occurred recently in the tragic water-drinking contest, it is quite possible to die if you drink enough water in a short enough period of time.


Uh huh, do you all remember that 4 year old, Cassandra Hillpack who died in 2002 because her parents kept forcing her to drink gallons of water? And there’s another one, 28 year old Jennifer Strange who died from overdrinking water in a contest to win a wii game system. SMH, guys please be careful with any and everything you do. Take into account your diet, your sweating issues, everything before you think you have convince yourself you need to swallow 8 cups a day or–now they say half your body weight (which for me is 11)–whatever. Be modest and take notice that you don’t just get water from the source, you get water from fruits and vegetables as well. And if you’re watchful of your sodium, your actual water intake my decrease even less. Also, look to replenish not just your fluids if you’re big on exercising, but also the loss of your electrolytes, because your body uses water to “replace” the electrolytes in your cells and that’s what causes your brain to swell up. So just be mindful you all, and listen to your thirst, your body will tell you everything you need to know, always. Nobody knows what you need more than yourself. All you have to do is tune into your channel. Everything in modesty, okay? As usual, links to these helpful paragraphs will be in the resources section.

And do visit my blog Six~Foot~Cotton! I’ll be posting all of my creative photo and picture bits over there more frequently. =) You guys have a great….and safe water drinking day!





WIKIPedia — Water Intoxication
Dr. BenKim — Why Drinking Too Much Water Is Dangerous


Should You Oil Your Scalp Daily?

Well, you know what they say…

‘Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp’

So, is this something you need to do? Honestly, it depends on your hair and scalp issues. I have dandruff issues that I’ve been battling for years now, and I always thought it had everything to do with me putting way too much product of anything on my hair. So I took tips from Google articles and started stripping my scalp of any products or moisture. I would put everything on the “hair” and only shampoo my scalp every week. It got so bad til I found myself shampooing twice, sometimes THREE times a week and for anyone with tight, coily hair, you know this is a pretty bad “no-no”. Simply because our hair textures dry out faster and unlike a straighter hair texture, our natural scalp oils or “sebum” do not reach the length of hair as fast, if at all, especially on longer lengths with more kinks and curls, like mine.

So I took this problem head on…literally. After doing further research and learning that dandruff could be caused by an oily scalp or even a “dry scalp”, I figured I would try the opposite solution and keep it moisturized. It’s only been 5 days for me, and I still have no flakess being dusted out of my parts which deserves a big HOORAH! I haven’t gone almost a week without seeing flakes in a WHILE now and I’m so proud of finding this breakthrough! I am gonna keep up with this for a month, so in about twenty five days I’ll be back with a surefire opinion of my results and whether or not I will continue this. But this 5 days have been awesome for me and just know that nothing but good things can come out of this!

I’ve been using avocado oil for my scalp, specifically because it is a lighter super oil. It penetrates the hair and scalp and nourishes your hair giving it incredible softness and strength. It was the main oil I wanted to try and I had a little left so I decided to use it up. And my verdict is that I need this oil in BULK. My process of daily scalp oiling goes a little like this:

  • First, mist my hair with water to moisturize.
  • Since I have braids in, I go row by row applying the oil to my scalp using an applicator bottle. If I had my hair loose, I would probably just part thin rows and go row by row and apply the oil just as I do with the braids.
  • After making sure I have oil in every spot, I take about three to five minutes to massage the oil in and really stimulate my scalp.
  • After that, I smooth the hair down and immediately tie it up with a satin scarf and go to sleep (or let it dry) so that I can prevent the frizzies from forming.
  • In the morning, I have a freshly oiled scalp that still maintains a decent appeal and nothing overly frizzy about it.

I do that everyday around nighttime and it takes me somewhere between ten and fifteen minutes to complete. I’ll keep doing this for the rest of my life if I can prevent scratching my scalp until it bleeds. Yes. I’ve literally done that which is why I NEEDED to find a resolution for this and it seems that oiling my scalp daily is gonna be my natural remedy. I also hear that daily oiling and massaging of your scalp can help reduce your shedding and breakage greatly, and we all know the less hair you lose is the more hair you keep on your head. So if you have issues with a dry, flaky scalp and shampooing it everyday isn’t helping it out, maybe throw a curve at your scalp and oil it everyday. Be wary of what type of oil you use. Something heavy like castor oil or even coconut oil may not remedy your problems like using a lighter oil such as avocado or grapeseed or even olive oil might do.


A Running Illustration

Dotted with excitement and a certain tinge of fear is my personality, but I figured I would dive for the goal anway. Running, running, pacing gradually ahead of others, shifting my eyes from side to side as I watched what used to be small thumbnails of individuals now growing larger and size and soon being pushed out of my vision.

Picking up the pace, my adrenaline is pumping harder and faster, the sun is shining bright on my progress and I keep pressing on, moving with the flow and enjoying the idea of winning this race. Looking straight ahead, the vision of the goal is far but yet still visible, I have a ways to go and now my once nonchalant idea of trying out this race is now becoming a passion of being the only one to attain it.

Now my knees are starting to ache a bit, my breathing is becoming more unsteady and sloppy. I quickly look back to see that the other participants are far behind me, so I managed to droop over my knees for a few seconds to catch my breath again. After heaving heavy breaths and staring at the gravel of the road, I look up to try and make out the goal in the far distance, but all I see is a thunderstorm laying overhead of what used to be my victory. The other runners are getting closer, and there I am, still drooped over my knees waiting for a miracle, a sudden burst of energy to shoot from the heavens into my soul to lead me to my win. But as one participant passed me, and another, and shortly thereafter a couple more, I began to think that I’d be lucky enough just to make it across the finish line.

Before falling too far back, I pushed myself off and gave myself a short burst of energy not even knowing where it could’ve come from. But I was back, I was running, I was trying to pace mysely and most importantly, I was trying to move faster than everyone else so I could beat everyone and show the crowd who was number one. But I had to stop again, and heave in more heavy breaths as more contestants passed me by, one even gave me a quick pat on the back before shoving off. I had every want in my soul to give up, because why should I continue on? Why should I persevere with this race if I’m not gonna win and be the absolute best?

Maybe because it’s a marathon and not a RACE. It’s about “finishing” period, not finishing “first”. I began to get my mojo back by walking, and it seemed like I was walking forever until I finally found the strength to jog lightly. One foot going an inch in front of the other, I was moving like a slug on a turtle. Everyone was far away from me in the distance, and just by a small glimpse I could see a few people passing through the purple tape with their hands high to the sky in victorious excitement. That was gonna be me, and it still will be. Just as long as I keep pacing myself.

Getting closer and closer, the sky seems just a bit darker the closer I get to the finish line. I had to stop running, my heart was going to jump out and slap me if I hadn’t. I finally made it over the finish line, walking, clutching my chest as if I had just been through hell and back. But I made it.


And ironically….that’s all that mattered.


My First Hat!!

I FINALLY finished crocheting a hat!

Let me tell you, I must have started and never finished over fifty first hats since I started crocheting!! It was either the hat was too small or it was way too big, couldn’t figure out how to close them and then I would get my increases mixed up with the decreases, always a mess.

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Getting Into Painting…

Oh, I forgot how much I loved putting colors and swirling them all around on a crisp paper plate!

I’m not a very advanced painter, or drawer, or anything really, but when I do something that really intrigues me I try my best to replicate exactly what I’m thinking about.

Today it struck me. I wanted to learn how to paint a waterfall. So I searched all type of different youtube videos and finally recreated someone’s tutorial of a waterfall. Compared to theirs, mine is VERY amateur and beginner-ish but it’s alot better than i thought it was gonna turn out. LOL! Obviously, I have much to learn in the world of the Arts, but I don’t mine learning. I’ve always been inspired by art and the different ways artists can tell their stories. I always imagined what stories my “paintings” would tell, so I’m just gonna practice until I get into my own rhythm ya know?

It looks GREAT! I love this little painting so much, I’m just so dearly proud of it! It makes me want to keep practicing but I’m kinda running out of paint already. lol So it looks like I have to keep stock of paint. I just bought a packet of little trial size colors (you know how you find them) because that’s all I really could splurge in at the moment, and I didn’t realize I was gonna like painting so much! It relaxes me and takes me to another place. It takes me to a place where I’m not thinking of anything but what I’m doing on paper. It makes me zone out and I love that feeling, I haven’t been able to do that in awhile! Don’t you just love when you enter that zone and you’re not really thinking about anything but just letting your thoughts come out through the art of your hands? I love that place and I’ve been trying to get there. Painting seems to bring me to that place, effortlessly.

Currently as I type this, I’m crocheting a hat. lol Yes, at three in the morning, I am crocheting a hat!! Just feeling a bit inspired and so not sleepy. My hair is put away in genie locs so the next best thing is to do some productive projects I suppose. And I feel like I’m going to love wearing this hat. I think I’m gonna go get some elastic band from the store so I can make sure my hat keeps a nice and snug fit even after wearing and wearing it constantly because I just love the colors! No worries, you all know I will come back with pics! So yeah, that’s pretty much it.

So tell me, you like it? What do you like to do to take you into that “zone”? What’s your ‘get away’ hobby?



Why Is Exercise So Important?

Today, I got up and created my own routine of a workout which included 30 minutes of paced running and about 10 minutes of calisthenics. It had been awhile since I went in deep with one of my own random workouts. Up until maybe 2 weeks ago, I was following the workout regimen of Jilian Michaels 30 day shred. Throughout the past 2 weeks, my dieting hadn’tcompletelystripped away, but it had ventured off quite far causing me to gain back 3 pounds. (~_~”) After feeling bad for a day and deciding that enough was enough, I got up today and started back up my running regimen and to my surprise, I was a bit disheartened with how my fitness level had begun to decrease.

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Loc Fever

I think I’m ready for it.

These genie locs have pretty much aided in stabilizing my already there opinion! This year, I think I’m gonna start my loc journey! These genie locs I have in now are pretty much my goal length as far as locking my hair goes. And while we’re talking about locking it up, I don’t plan on keeping it locked up forever! I love changing my hair up all the time but as long as it doesn’t involve chemical damaging e.g. coloring, relaxing, heat damage/training, etc. I like for my hair to bounce back to it’s original form at any given moment, so I guess that’s why I normally keep it in it’s natural state most times.

I’m thinking about locking up for about three or four years, I don’t know. I may get my locs started and feel like I never wanna take them down. I guess the only reason I’ve held off of it so long is because I loved playing in my big and wild hair so much, the thought of locking it up and not being able to pull apart my hair and watch it frizz and shrink up kinda scared me. But since having in these genie locs, I kinda feel I’d rather have them. The maintenance of them is about the same as when I put my twists in, and I keep my twists in allllll the time! I love my twist sets and everything and herelately I do sets of twists much more than I generally wear my hair “out”. Braidouts and twistouts don’t happen as often as they used to, only because it gets hot around my face for the most part.

The size I’m going for is more on the thicker side for two reasons. First, I love the look of thicker locs, and I feel like they would suit my style and personality moreso than smaller or sisterlocks. Two, like I said I don’t “plan on” keeping them in for the rest of my life, so I don’t want to have to comb out smaller locks. I already know the takedown process will be tedious, I don’t want it to be even MORE tedious with trying to pick out numerous miniature locks, ya know?

The myth that you can’t comb out locks and that even if you do you’ll lose majority of your hair is a myth. There’s plenty of youtube videos that show you just how to pick out a lock, and I’ve even done so myself on my younger cousin’s locks. I really wanted to comb them out so she’d have her length and a headful of hair, but alas, the next time I saw her, they had chopped it all off. 😦 All that length….WASTED. All the hair that you “lose” is hair you have shedded since having them in. Locks are pretty much based off of matted and tangled hair, so it’s not like you’ve suddenly gotten hit with alopecia because you want to comb them out. It’s hair you would’ve lost anyways, so don’t believe those that tell you that combing your locks out are pointless. You just need some water, lots of conditioner, a picking too, and a miraculous amount of patience. 😉

I’m gonna lock you guys! Eeeek! Well, maybe not just yet. It’s a couple things I wanna do before I began to lock up which includes flat ironing for the first and last time and doing a jumbo rollerset. Been wanting to see what I looked like in one. After that, I’m gonna join Team LOCS! I don’t when I’ll start it up, but maybe I’ll start it up for my birthday? It’s in August so why not? I should. I really should. I’m just nervous about locking because of getting thinned locks. And with a thinned locks, you can actually have it SNAP off. There’s no resurrection whatsoever, the hair is GONE. I just do NOT want that to happen, that is also I want to have my locks relatively *thick* although I don’t think it matters that much. It makes some sense to me. One of the biggest ways I’ve read to avoid having a thinned lock is to increase the time in between your retwists…..So I’m thinking something like 3 months or more would be good enough? It’s about like when you relax your hair. Don’t wanna overprocess it so you increase the time in between relaxers. So that’s how it should be with retwisting your locs. Don’t “overprocess” your roots by retwisting them constantly. Makes sense, right?

Haaaa, I’ll definitely be keeping you guys updated on when I start my loc journey and how my locks progress. I’ll put some resources of different youtubers who have been inspiring me to invest some time into the Loc Side of Natural Hair and I’ll put links to them in the Resources section. Off to lookup more things about locs. I could probably do a research on it with everything I’m learning. And they are LOCS not DREADS. 😉