Enzymes: Extremely Important Supplements For A Healthy Approach

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There is an under-used supplement that is readily available and does amazing things inside our body.What I’m referring to are enzymes. Enzymes are substances made by the pancreas, and present in many foods we eat, to assist the body in a couple of ways. However, as we age, our bodies make less enzymes. In addition, when we eat cooked foods, we require […]

Dehydration, More Common Than You Think!

dehydrationpicOur bodies are comprised of 60 percent water. About 75 percent of the population is living day-to-day in a dehydrated state and don’t realize it.

Here is a simple visual. Not drinking enough water is the equivalent of washing a whole sink of dirty dishes with 1/4 cup of water. This results in the kidneys having to work very hard. They will only do this for so many years before they finally break. Then kidney dialysis or transplant is required just to sustain life.

Symptoms of dehydration include:

  • constant hunger
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • mental fogginess
  • joint pain
  • weight gain
  • agitation
  • high blood pressure

Many beverages that people reach for when they’re thirsty are actually mild diuretics, meaning they pull water from your body tissues and are then excreted. This includes anything with caffeine such as most sodas, coffee, and tea. This compounds the problem of dehydration by causing even more fluid loss.

For every caffeinated beverage consumed, an equal amount of water or non-caffeinated beverage needs to be taken in to counteract the dehydration effects of the caffeine. In essence, they cancel each other out and neither should be included in the total intake for the day.

The thirst mechanism doesn’t always cause feelings of thirstiness until severe dehydration is already underway. Many people report they never feel thirsty.

A subtle sign of dehydration that most aren’t aware of is feelings of hunger. If you feel hungry but have eaten recently or are trying to lose weight, drink an 8 ounce or larger glass of water and wait to see if the hunger subsides. Most often, it does.

The goal amount of daily water intake is one half of your body weight, in ounces. For example, a 150 pound person would need to drink 75 ounces of water a day. That would be 2 quarts plus about another cup. If spending time outside sweating or the weather is very warm, then even more water is needed. See two recipes below for making your own sport and health drinks.

This may sound like a lot if you’re not used to drinking much water so here are some tips for getting 8 or more cups per day. Use purified or bottled water. Tap water has too many chemicals and chlorine.

Dehydration Tips

  • Pre-measure a goal amount of water for the day. At the end of the day, the container should be empty. This gives you a “visual” on how much you’re drinking, or not drinking.
  • Incorporate water into your meals with watermelon, soups, or any other foods high in water.
  • If you don’t like water make your own flavored water by adding strawberries, crushed mint leaves, cucumber slices, lemon, lime or orange slices, or an herbal tea bag. Let it sit for a few hours or make a quart or sport bottle full the night before. Pouring heated water over the add-ins and then refrigerating will pull more flavor out into the water.
  • Drink a glass of water before each meal. This will keep you from overeating in case you start your meal in a dehydrated state, as well as the filling effect of the water. Drinking water before a meal instead of with a meal is preferred because it assists with digestion but doesn’t dilute the digestive fluids which slows digestion, causing a bloated feeling.
  • Vary the temperature of your drinks. Have warm herbal tea. Make a quart of herbal tea for the day and store in the fridge. Hibiscus, ginger, or mint are great to start with. Enjoy over ice anytime for a refreshing change. Have a decaf coffee, iced or hot, with a natural sweetener.
  • Whenever you urinate, let that be a reminder to prepare and start drinking the next 2 cups of non-caffeinated beverage that you choose. Your urine should be a light straw color. Any darker is a sign your kidneys are struggling.

Keep yourself feeling in tiptop shape all day by keeping up with your water intake. When you drink purposefully for the sake of getting your necessary fluids for the day, unnecessary hunger, fatigue, and headaches can be warded off before they ever start.

Recipes:

Sports Drink

It turns out that two tablespoons of lemon juice contain almost exactly the amount of potassium in 8 oz of a typical sports drink. So, if you want to make your own low-carb sports drink, it’s quite easy and the cost is minimal. Tastes a lot better too! Just mix together:

    • 1 cup (8 oz) purified water (not carbonated) or coconut water (not coconut milk)
    • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
    • pinch of salt (Himalayan or sea salt- contains 50 or more trace minerals the body requires for good health)
    • flavoring and sweetener to taste (splash of fruit juice, juice concentrate or herbal tea and a natural sweetener such as honey, sugar, or stevia)

Health drink

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw) contains enzymes and promotes healthy bacteria in the gut. It also helps with weight loss by regulating blood sugar.

      • 1 cup purified water
      • 1 – 2 tsp raw unfiltered Apple Cider vinegar (the cloudy kind, Bragg is a good brand)
      • Splash of juice, to taste
      • Sweetener such as honey, molasses or maple syrup, to taste

Laura RN

Add One Superfood to your Diet

chiapicChia seeds made their way to the public in the 1970s as the Chia Pet. They are one of the many superfoods we all have heard of but most aren’t aware that they are not only edible, but a super powerhouse of nutrition and high, long lasting energy that can keep you feeling satisfied with no cravings for hours. Think about how expensive diet pills are, or those meal plans that you have to purchase in order to lose weight. Chia seeds can replace all that for much less money and a lot of nutrition that those other things don’t supply. For weight loss, add to as many foods as you can, to feel satisfied longer. Chia seeds don’t add any flavor to your foods but actually intensify the flavors. Chia seeds do not have to be organic since they grow easily and pests don’t bother them. They are available in white or brown, either is great. White costs a little more, but is worth it if you don’t like the brown color in your foods.

 

Chia seeds contain omega 3s in a vegetarian form, as well as protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, lots of fiber and the ability to keep you full for hours with very few calories. All of these benefits help combat chronic illness such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Chia also contains calcium, magnesium and other essential minerals necessary for optimum health. Taken daily, they assist with regularity and colon detoxing, along with drinking plenty of water. They act with a sweeping motion through the intestines and colon, even helping those with diverticulitis/diverticulosis. Taken before a workout, can give energy for a better and longer exercise session and keep you hydrated longer. For regularity and curbing the appetite, consume right before meals and/or first thing in the morning like a fiber drink or even add to your metamucil type drink.

 

Now the question is, how do you eat chia seeds when you’ve only seen them growing on little clay dogs?

 

1. Go buy a bag or cannister at the store. Many places are carrying them; supercenters, wholesale warehouses, and healthfood stores. In dry form, chia seeds are very “shelf-stable”, meaning they last for several years at room temperature. Chia seeds can be puchased online for about half the price as in stores. But for now, just go buy some and get started. Just don’t ever try to wash them. They will immediately become sticky as they absorb the water.

 

2. Presoak some of the seeds to use in smoothies and some foods. Take two cups of purified or bottled water, milk, almond milk or coconut milk and add 1/3 cup chia seeds. Whisk several times in the first 5 minutes then store in the fridge. This will make a chia gel. Chia gel made with water can be stored up to 2 weeks covered in the fridge. Made with a milk product w about will keep about a week.

 

3. Add to your daily foods, as much as you feel comfortable with – 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons is good to start with, and don’t worry about overdoing it. The more the merrier! 2 Tablespoons is a good goal to work up to, adding it to various meals throughout the day. Chia gel or dry chia seed can be added depending on the foods. Following is a list of some things you can add it to. Use your imagination after that:

 

Add dry chia seeds - sprinkle on foods to add an extra nutrition boost without changing the flavors.

 

Oatmeal, grits, cold cereals 
Salads
Can be consumed dry, followed by a glass of water or any other liquid
Mix with any liquid such as orange juice and drink straight down if you don’t have time to wait for the gel – this is a great breakfast drink!

 

Add chia gel (water or milk based) – replace 1/3 to 1/2 of any fats such as butter, oil, or margarine in

 

Recipes
Casseroles
Dressings, dips, sauces
Muffins and cakes

 

Dry seeds or chia gel can be added to smoothies with fruit, one of the milks mentioned above, a handful of greens such as spinach, spring salad mix or regular romaine lettuce. Not iceberg, there’s not enough nutrition in that to call it “greens”. Add ice and blend. This will keep you full for hours and you’ve already gotten a fruit and veggie in for the day. Sadly, most breakfasts don’t contain either.

 

For a instant “pick me up” healthy treat, keep this recipe on hand in the fridge.

 

Chia Pudding Recipe

 

2 cups of milk (regular, almond, or coconut)
Natural sweetener such as honey, stevia, even a little sugar, to taste
1/4 tsp vanilla extract, or to taste 
Pinch of himalayan or sea salt, another healthy addition (don’t leave this out) 
1/3 cup chia seeds

 

Mix all together thoroughly using a whisk. Whisk several more times in the first 5 minutes and then again at 15 minutes. Eat freely as much as you want but, as with any food, don’t stuff yourself silly!

 

“Orange Julius” with a nutrition boost

 

Mix orange juice with 1/3 cup or more of the chia gel (water or milk version) 
Blend with a high speed blender for an instant “Orange Julius”. Add some natural sweetener to your liking. The chia seed addition will prevent the blood sugar spike and fall that occurs when you drink the juice alone. To make a complete breakfast, add a scoop of whey protein powder and you’re out the door!

 

 These and more are great for “on the go”, “no time for breakfast”, or “I’m starving and there’s nothing to eat except these chips in the pantry”, times! Instant fullness and satisfaction and no drive thrus or bingeing on chips or snacky foods. Healthy, fast, and inexpensive. That’s the chia seed!

Laura RN

Green Tea Health Benefits

greenteacupGreen tea is one of the mainstays in Asian countries where very little breast cancer and heart disease occur. It’s an amazing “superdrink” that has been in use for thousands of years in Asia, but only in recent years have the health benefits come to light, worldwide. Green tea contains large amounts of catechins (pronouced “cat-a-kins”) which is what makes it so valuable to good health.

Be sure that when you consume tea on a regular basis, that you use organic tea so your body doesn’t have to deal with the pesticides and can just reap the real benefits of the tea alone. If your grocery store or supercenter doesn’t carry it, then head to a local health food store that is sure to carry a variety of organic teas. One of my favorites is Green Jasmine tea. It’s like drinking a relaxing warm, or cold, beverage out of a beautiful white fragrant flower. Other tasty varieties include green tea with mint or peach. It’s a healthy way to just experiment and find your own favorite!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of green tea.

Weight Loss – It’s thought that the catechins found in tea, specifically green tea, cause a person to burn more calories, about 70 extra per day through thermogenesis-the production of heat within the body which aids in burning calories. Drinking at least three cups a day is recommended to raise the body’s metabolic rate.

Cancer – Numerous research has demonstrated that tea is beneficial in preventing cancer, including prostate, pancreatic, breast, colorectal, esophageal, bladder, lung, and stomach. The catechins found in tea prevent cell mutation, deactivate certain carcinogens, and reduce the formation and growth of tumors. Drinking as many as four cups a day may be necessary to reap the anti-cancer benefits.

Heart Health – Tea consumption is also associated with a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. Research published by Harvard demonstrates that people who drink at least one cup of tea daily have a 44 percent lower risk of heart attack. Some animal studies have demonstrated that tea also lowers cholesterol levels.

The most beneficial way to brew tea is to pour boiling water into a mug over a tea bag, cover with a small plate, and let sit or steep for 5 – 10 minutes. Then squeeze the tea bag over the cup to release more of the antioxidants. Use a tea bag squeezer, yes they sell those, or just turn your plate sideways over your cup and press the tea bag against it with a fork. Sweeten with raw honey, stevia (like Truvia), or a little real sugar, never artificial sweeteners (I’ll discuss that another day).

So drink up, but keep in mind that green tea does contain caffeine so check with your doctor before beginning to drink it, and don’t consume it after 3 – 4 pm if you are caffeine sensitive. Decaf is also available but with less varieties of flavors to choose from.

Laura RN

Water Purifier…the best! and cheapest!

<a>My husband, Chuck, heard someone talking about our water filter on the radio yesterday. How with the possible radiation risk everyone should have their “Berkey” water filter. That was great to hear, since we just got one. It’s working out great. I keep it on the porch and the kids love going out there getting water too. I fill up a smaller pitcher to keep inside and just refill the top of the Berkey with the hose outside.

Here is a better site than we got our from because you can have a choice of getting 3 free sport bottles instead of 2 like we got. They are 28 bucks each otherwise, if you buy them. It’s a good idea to buy the extra 2 black filters for 99.00 a pair so your water will go thru much quicker for when you want it now. Also with 4 filters, they will last 12,000 gallons. Each filter lasts 3000 gallons. Or if you have fluoride in your water, there is a special filter for doing fluoride and arsenic. We didn’t get those as our water does not have fluoride or arsenic. Shipping is free at least. The water tastes awesome too.

This water can be taken from any source and turned into drinkable water, and in large quantities to sustain a whole family. Even a retention pond or swamp.

Berkey Light

We have it in case there were to be an issue with the public water supply, whether terrorism, radiation, EMP or a solar flare cutting off electricity at the treatment plant. Have to have water to survive and besides, we use it everyday as an optimal source of purified clean water.

I’ve calculated the price if you were to buy gallons of purified water over the life of the filters in a Berkey. For less money up front you can just wait to get the extra 2 filters so the total price is 200 instead of 300. Then your water would cost more per gallon…Wow, this is way better than I thought! It’s a whopping 2 and a half cents per gallon and with only 2 filters it would be 5 cents a gallon! That’s amazing. Water that’s purified so thoroughly, leaving only the healthy minerals behind.

Laura RN

PS: No I don’t work for them, I just want “my people” to be taken care of.  Please pass this along as I can’t get it to everyone.