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5 Easy Health Hacks to Help You Feel Your Best

by Cascade Ice on February 24, 2023

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? If you’re like most Americans, you may not feel as though you’ve succeeded in keeping them. That’s because research has shown that instead of making vast, sweeping changes to your health habits, human beings tend to be more successful if they instead focus instead on making small, healthy choices every day. So, what should you do to keep on the healthy living track? Easy, healthy hacks that you can put in place today! Hacks are shortcuts that make getting to our destination a little bit less daunting.

Below are 5 simple health hacks that anyone can do with minimal effort, time, and cost. Start with one and make it a daily habit before adding another. Soon you’ll be on your way to keeping healthy habits for a lifetime!

Take deep breaths

Breathing is the thing our body does instinctually, but as we get older, we tend to forget the importance of deep, belly breaths. Deep breathing for just 5 to 10 minutes each day can slow aging, lower stress and blood pressure, and improve mental clarity. Start by lying on your back and focusing on drawing big, deep breaths into your belly and out through your mouth. If you’re new to this, place a book or other object on your stomach and focus on the rise and fall of each breath. 

Step away from electronics

Most of us struggle these days with depending on technology, and that dependence is slowly contributing to stress, depression and bad sleep. Start by shutting off your phone, laptop or TV for 30 minutes each day and work your way up to a full hour. During those times, think of something you love to do, like catch up with friends or family over the phone, going for a walk, or cooking. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how it feels to be freed from electronics and social media just for a short period of time! 

Set and meet a daily hydration goal 

There are tons of research that point to the plentiful benefits of staying hydrated. But most people just don’t want to chug a gallon of plain water every day. So, incorporate other healthy hydration sources in your daily goal. For example, upon waking, mix the juice from half of a lemon into your water to add vitamins and antioxidants. Or try some sparkling water varieties (we’re partial to Cascade Ice Sparkling Water!) to jazz up your intake. Even a flavored electrolyte powder is a nice change up to plain water that boasts all kinds of benefits! It all counts and goes a long way with keeping your body hydrated and functioning at its very best each day.

Get 15 minute of exercise 

We get it – there are days that are so busy, you simply can’t make it to the gym or even think about going for a run. However, everyone has 15 minutes to spare in their day, and reframing the idea of “exercise” to include any type of physical movement will really help you to make it happen each day. Taking the dog for a walk, doing a quick yoga session, or even taking the stairs or biking to work count as physical exercise. Just make the goal of getting 15 minutes in each day and you’ll be surprised at how your physical and mental health get a big boost! Make sure you track what you do each day and hold yourself accountable.

Have a good laugh

There are many studies that have proven the vast benefits of laughter. It can boost your immune system, lower stress, and is considered nature’s medicine for your physical and mental health. But life is hard – what if you just don’t feel like laughing? Don’t overthink it! Put on your favorite comedy show, dress up in goofy outfits with a friend, play a funny board game, or attend a goat yoga class! The options are endless, but  the importance of being around others and being playful will benefit your health greatly in the long run. So get out and have a laugh each day! 

What health hacks do you currently do daily, or which ones do you hope to start? Tell us in the comments below or share a photo! Remember to “like” and “follow” us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

5 Simple Rituals to Help you Stay on Track during the Holiday Season

by Cascade Ice on November 22, 2022

If the holiday season went exactly like the Christmas carols we sing every year, the season would be like a scene from “It’s a Wonderful Life” – filled with happy, peaceful people soaking up every minute. But we’re human beings (not robots), so the holiday season often comes with stress and the pressure to do it all, and get it all done. If we don’t practice healthy rituals each day, we risk burning out and feeling overwhelmed, which can wreak havoc on both our mental and physical health. Here are some tips we’ve assembled to help you stay healthy through the new year that are easy to remember and adopt. 

Get rid of the “I can’t have that” mentality

With the holidays comes delicious and sometimes unhealthy food and drinks. Of course, some foods have more nutritional value than others, but partaking in some of the most wonderful foods of the holiday season will not derail your entire lifestyle. Just make sure you keep it in balance. Permit yourself to have some indulgent foods and stop when you’re satisfied. Keep the balance by making healthy choices using the 80/20 rule – 80 percent of the time, choose good-for-you options, and 20 percent of the time, choose things you simply want to eat. This will lead to fewer binges and subsequent guilt.

Move your body

It’s colder and darker outside, which instinctually causes us to want to stay indoors. Instead of seeing exercise as checking a chore off your to-do list, simply prioritize movement during the holiday season. It can be walking the dog around the neighborhood, taking a hot yoga class, or taking an online workout or stretching class. If you’re getting some type of movement done each day, don’t beat yourself up about toning down your regular workout routine in favor of activities that fit easily within your busy holiday schedule. Meditation is also a great tool to help calm the mind and body if you feel like stress is taking hold!

Prioritize yourself

The holiday season doesn’t have to look like what people expect it to be – busy, rushed, and crowded. While you can honor family traditions, you can also make yourself a priority by devoting time to be alone. Whether that’s taking a bath before bed, or saying “No” to a social commitment, you’ll be impressed by how this simple ritual of prioritizing your time will save you from the type of stress that has you wishing the holiday season will hurry up and end!

Cut back on booze

For many people during the holiday season, alcohol can quickly become a way to manage stress, which can lead to long-term unhealthy habits throughout the year. If you are consuming alcohol this holiday season, be mindful of your consumption and practice moderation by having just 1 or 2 drinks. Always plan ahead if you’re attending a social function to make sure you don’t overconsume, and if you’re hosting a party, make sure to offer some alcohol-free options to guests – we have so many great low-calorie, low-sugar mocktail options using Cascade Ice Sparkling Water so you don’t have to feel left out and you can still stay on track with your goals.

Focus on your sleep habits

Stress and sleep are intertwined. Too little (or interrupted) sleep often leads to feelings of stress, and alternatively, stress can impede quality sleep. So, what can you do? Try not to fall into the trap of staying up too late and make a habit of cutting off electronics and starting bedtime rituals about an hour before you go to sleep. Consider journaling to keep track of your worries, which will help keep your mind from racing when you should be snoozing. There are lots of apps and settings on our smartphones that can help you block out the noise of social commitments and social media, so take advantage of them during the crazy holiday season and watch your sleep (and mood) improve!

How do you stay healthy and on track during the busy, stressful holiday season? Tell us in the comments below or share a photo! Remember to “like” and “follow” us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

8 Ways to Practice Self Care this Fall

by Cascade Ice on October 21, 2022

As we enter into season with the shortest and darkest days, many people start to neglect themselves more than they would during the long, sunny summer months. Which makes it so important to practice self-care. While it’s always an ongoing process, the following tips can help you work toward being a more calm, resilient, and happier person overall. These “me time” rituals are backed by science and can give you a great roadmap to follow when times get tough. 


Meditating doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. In fact, it shouldn’t be at all! As little as 5 minutes of practicing mindfulness each day will help your concentration, patience, and give you inner calm. Just grab a spot in a quiet room and try one of the many guided meditations available wherever you listen to podcasts.


When life gets stressful, one of the biggest things we tend to unknowingly neglect is our breathing. As infants, it was second nature for us to take deep breaths from the abdomen, but as we get older, breathing becomes shallower. This makes it even more important to practice deep breathing. This can be done anytime, anywhere, and studies have shown that it can give you instant clarity and stress relief. Start by breathing in your nose for 4 seconds, holding for 2 seconds, and slowly exhaling through your mouth for 7 seconds. Do this 8 times.


The next time you feel frazzled, or your mind is racing, step outside for a walk. Self-reported well-being among those who walk is higher than those who don’t. If you can’t get outside, practice yoga or a simple stretching routine indoors. Simply getting your blood flowing is the goal, and if you can do it daily for 30 minutes, you’ll feel less stressed and more focused. 


Let’s face it, it’s scientifically proven that if your body is well-hydrated, it simply works better. All your organs function better, including your brain! So, drink your water and have it near you at all times, focusing on taking small sips throughout the day (instead of chugging large amounts). If regular water bores you, try our Cascade Ice USDA Organic Sparkling Water for some flavor!


They aren’t just for babies! If your body is telling you that it needs sleep – listen! Allow yourself to take a breather mid-day, even if it’s just a short, 20-minute power nap. You’ll be surprised at how well it charges your batteries – both physically and mentally. 

Digital Detox

These days, our phones are jeopardizing our time and energy. While there certainly can be benefits, it’s essential to tune out for a bit and give yourself some boundaries. Studies have even linked social media use and depression. Stepping away for a few days can help improve personal connections (pick up the phone and call a friend!), and help you feel better about yourself overall. 


Our interpersonal relationships with family and friends can quite literally save us from depression and anxiety. Therefore, allotting time with those you love is an essential part of any self-care routine. Plus, it gives us something to look forward to, which is another proven way to improve stress relief and stave off depression. 


Protecting your peace of mind, energy and time is an essential part of self-care. Creating boundaries like saying no, establishing contact rules with coworkers, and stepping away from social media can help you heal and recharge your mind. Make yourself a priority! 

How do you practice self-care? Tell us in the comments below or share a photo! Remember to “like” and “follow” us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Everything You Needed to Know About Hydration

by Cascade Ice on August 22, 2022

We’ve officially entered the hottest month of the year in the U.S., and cities all over the country are setting record-breaking temperatures. One of the biggest health dangers that is often underestimated when the heat is at its highest is dehydration. So, what can you do to prevent yourself from becoming a dried-up raisin in the sun and heat? Read on for more all you ever needed to know about hydration!

What is hydration?

Hydration plays a vital role in a healthy lifestyle and protects the body’s functions, including metabolizing your food, regulating your temperature, cushioning your body’s joints, and removing waste easily. According to the CDC, the amount of water each person needs depends on many factors, including your age, sex, and activity level. A good rule of thumb, however, is that men need at least 102 oz. per day, and women need at least 74 oz. per day.

If you’re well hydrated, you’ll be able to tell a difference in the appearance of your skin, your thoughts will be clearer, your body will feel better, and it may even keep you from overeating, as hunger is often mistaken for thirst. 

Dehydration dangers

Your body uses fluids constantly as it performs daily functions like perspiration, urination and eliminating waste. Dehydration happens when you lose more fluid that you’re able to take in and believe it or not – most of us are chronically dehydrated, so we need all the help we can get! Over time, a chronically dehydrated person will have an imbalance in electrolytes, which can lead to seizures, involuntary muscle spasms and loss of consciousness Severe dehydration can even lead to kidney failure, heart failure, and anemia, so it’s an important thing to stay on top of every day. 

Exercising and staying hydrated 

Exercise is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, but if you’re someone who regularly exercises (especially outside during the warmer months) you absolutely need to make sure you’re hydrating enough. No matter what type of exercise you perform, your body needs water to replace the water, salt, and electrolytes it lost through sweat. Even hydrating before and after (not just during) exercise is crucial to keeping your muscles performing at their best, and even keep your mind sharp. 

Preventing dehydration

It sounds so simple but preventing dehydration can be challenging for many people with busy lives. So, what can you do to make fluid consumption easier? Always carry a water bottle with you throughout the day, and make sure to refill it. Many stores now sell water intake goals marked in ounces on the bottle so you can hold yourself accountable and see exactly how much you’re consuming throughout the day. Also, make it a goal to drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up, before anything else hits your lips (add in one at the end of the day, too, if you can!) 

While plain water is the holy grail for keeping your body well hydrated, other drinks and even foods can contribute to your daily fluid intake. Tea and coffee are good choices because they contain antioxidants and flavonoids. Low-fat and skim milk also contain great nutrients for a healthy body and can help keep your body hydrated. Sparkling waters are another good choice for a water alternative with some flavor to keep things interesting. Cascade Ice USDA Organic Sparkling Waters offer a variety of delicious flavors. 

What do you do to stay hydrated? Tell us in the comments below or share a photo! Remember to “like” and “follow” us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.