August…A Great Month for De-Cluttering!

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   I decided towards the middle of July that I had finally had enough of my clutter in my house.  June I spent de-cluttering my body with the elimination diet so it was time to get the house de-cluttered as well. 

   I have also read that clutter in our homes affects our wealth and peace of mind…so for those reasons alone, I am determined to have a completely decluttered house!  I also want to get to the point that I am no longer embarrassed to show friends and family members all the rooms…

   Now, this is a daunting task and not one to take lightly.  Clutter is something most of us deal with and have some uneasy feelings(dare I say shame) about.  It ranges from closets and drawers that are over flowing…and if you open them the contents fall out…to no floor space left in a room. 

   I have been reading some good books on clutter and one by Cheryl Mendelson entitled “Home Comforts” has an interesting article about the concept of “Broken Windows”.  The theory is “any sign of social or physical neglect in a neighborhood causes people who are predisposed to antisocial conduct to feel more inclined to commit various crimes and misdemeanors.  If there is one broken window and it isn’t fixed, this suggests to the malefactors that no one cares or no one is in charge-therefore it is safe to write graffiti on the walls, litter and break other windows.  This in turn suggests to more determined wrongdoers that they could get away with mugging and burglary.  The first broken window, if not tended to, leads eventually to total social deterioration.” (Page 31)

   The “Broken Window” theory in our clutter is this…if you have a clear table or a chair and someone leaves a glass and a book there by mistake, it gives someone else the belief that it is now ok to put something there as well…and before you know it, clutter has begun.

   Julie Morgenstern’s book “Organizing from the Inside Out” has the concept that we should arrange our rooms the way Kindergarten rooms are organized.  The Kindergarten Model of Organization works because: a. The Room is divided into activity zones  b. It’s easy to focus on one activity at a time  c. Items are stored at their point of use  d. It’s fun to put things away because everything has a home  and e. there is a visual menu of everything that is important.   (page 60)

   Getting Started:

   If you want to De-Clutter with me this month, here are some initial suggestions that I have learned:

   1. Get boxes and label them:

       a. Keep

       b. Toss

       c. Give Away or Sell

       d. Undecided

   2. When you go into the room, start in one area and just begin putting the items into the boxes. 

       Do not spend the time reading the papers, letters, looking at the photos…they are put in the 

      “keep” box for  now for later sorting. 

      It is beneficial to have a timer because it will give you a sense of urgency.  Even doing 15 minutes a day is good…you can do one drawer at a time…one shelf or even a part of a shelf, a table top can be cleared.  Every bit helps.  Every bit gives you that sense of control once again. 

   3. Probably the easiest way to start is to take a garbage bag and go through your whole house and just pick up what you can see at a glance needs to be thrown out.  Give yourself a number of items to throw out before you stop…10, 15, 20…when you reach the number, you are done, tie the bag and throw it out.  If you would just do that every day, you will see strides…for example…in your kitchen, your bathroom, your underwear drawer, your linen closet… 

     I’ll be adding more tips as we go along…it’s also great if you have someone doing it with you..I presently have a few on line friends doing it with me and every day we let each other know what we have done…

   Will you join me?

   til next time…Eva 

 

 

Soft-Serve Ice Cream

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My local farm market makes their own ice cream sandwiches using chocolate cookies they make and sandwich soft serve ice cream in the center. Last summer I discovered them for the first time and I shamelessly say every time I passed by, I would go in to buy one(or two…or…three), eat one right away and keep the rest for later.

Since I had been on my elimination diet this summer and adding foods back to my diet, I stopped yesterday and bought two. I eagerly unwrapped the one when I got into the car, anticipating the yumminess of before…one bite and I knew something was wrong. It was no longer that yummy taste of last summer…in fact, after just one taste, I no longer wanted anything to do with it. How can that be? 003

When I got home, I decided to look up what exactly is in soft serve ice cream…and when I did, I realized why I no longer could tolerate it.
Besides the milk and the sugar, according to National Post, the other ingredients are: ”

Corn syrup To make corn syrup enzymes are added to corn starch, breaking it down into a gooey mixture of glucose, dextrose and maltose. All those -oses are mainly used to thicken the cone, but they also soften texture, add volume, stop crystallization and enhance flavour.

Whey Also known as milk plasma, whey is the liquid that remains after milk has been curdled and strained.

Mono- and diglycerides These emulsifiers help mix ingredients that would not otherwise blend well. They consist of a fatty acid chain — or two, in the case of diglycerides — which is covalently bonded to a glycerol molecule through an ester linkage. You were paying attention in chemistry class, right?

Artificial flavours ’Nuff said.

Guar gum Also called guaran, this is the ground endosperm of guar beans. Typically produced in powder form, manufacturers like it because it’s so cheap — it has almost eight-times the water-thickening potency of cornstarch so only a small amount is needed to create sufficient viscosity. It can be used as an emulsifier, as it prevents oil droplets from coalescing, or as a stabilizer because it stops solids from settling.

Calcium sulfate A common lab and industrial chemical, calcium sulfate is used as a desiccant and a coagulant (in other words, to dry and to clot). In its unrefined state, it’s a translucent white rock sourced from gypsum and anhydrite. Partially dehydrated gypsum is also known as plaster, which is great for repairing drywall or making casts. The commercial sources of calcium sulfate may be either animal-derived (from cow or pig), vegetable-derived or synthetically manufactured.

Cellulose gum One of the most common thickening agents used by the processed-food industry due to its versatility and efficiency, cellulose gum comes from natural cellulose strains such as the lints from cotton seed. Its main functions include adding mouthfeel and texture, stabilizing proteins, retaining moisture and forming oil-resistant films. Fun fact: It’s also part of many non-food products, such as K-Y Jelly, toothpaste, laxatives, diet pills and paint!

Polysorbates 65 and 80 These are emulsifying agents, often used in soft serve to prevent milk proteins from completely coating the fat droplets. This allows them to join together in chains and nets, which locks air in the mixture and provides a firmer texture. Polysorbate 80, a viscous, water-soluble yellow liquid, has been linked in numerous studies to infertility in mice.

Carrageenan A naturally occurring family of carbohydrates extracted from red seaweed. From this source, manufacturers develop different blends of carrageenan for specific gelling, thickening and stabilizing properties. This is also found in chocolate milk, which is why it tastes similarly — and eerily — smooth.

Magnesium hydroxide An inorganic compound, magnesium hydroxide is a common component of antacids and laxatives that interferes with the absorption of folic acid and iron. In addition, it can be used as a deodorant, a whitener in bleaching solutions and it even has smoke-suppressing and fire-retarding properties!

NOTE: This is nothing compared to the dips and toppings. If you opted for, say, a soft-serve ice cream with strawberry syrup, you’d have to contend with these ingredients: High fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, E330 citric acid, E405 propylene glycol alginate, E412 guar gum, E413 tragacanth, E414 acacia, E415 xanthan gum, modified corn starch, E296 malic acid, E211 sodium benzoate & E202 potassium sorbate, artificial flavours, E129 FD&C Red

No. 40, E133 FD&C Blue No. 1. When there are more numbers than letters in the ingredients, it can’t be good.”
http://www.nationalpost.com/life/story.html?id=680377

I am continually amazed with what is in our food supply…now it looks like I need to buy a small ice cream maker. I told my husband this latest development and he just rolled his eyes…he hasen’t changed his diet at all and thinks I have totally gone insane. But, I continue to clean up my diet and read the ingredients.

til next time…Eva

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Wood and Cotton…in our food supply?!

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You might already know this but I just found it out this week…that it is permissible for the food manufacturers to actually put wood pulp in our food(and some put cotton pulp in)!

The ingredient name to look for is CELLULOSE…aka…wood pulp. It is also listed as the following:
Powdered Cellulose
Microcrystalline Cellulose
Carboxymethyl Cellulose
Cellulose Gum

How is it made? Powered cellulose is made by cooking raw plant fiber…usually wood…in various chemicals to separate the cellulose. It is then purified. The modified versions then go through an extra processing by exposing them to acid to further break down the fiber.

The FDA supposedly sets limits on the amount of cellulose in certain foods. It is unable to be digested by humans and the food manufacturers use cellulose as an extender…it provides structure and reduces breakage. It is much cheaper than “real” food ingredients that perform the same jobs and actually add nutritional value to the product. The bottom line is to slash costs and fill up the product.

Fun fact…in addition to food, cellulose is used in the creation of plastics, cleaning detergents, welding electrodes, pet litter, automotive brake pads, glue and reinforcing compounds, construction materials, roof coating, asphalt, and emulsion paint!

There are 15 Food Companies who serve you wood. Here is a basic list of the companies:

Pepsi(Aunt Jemima Pancakes, Original Syrup and Lite Syrup)

Kellogg(Morningstar Farms, Waffles, Cinnabon)

Weight Watchers Ice Cream

General Mill(Fiber One Products, Pillsbury Cake Mixes, Betty Crocker Whipped
Frosting, Duncan Hines Cake Mixes)

McDonalds(many products)

Sara Lee(Jimmy Dean Products)

Taco Bell(many products)

Jack in the Box

Kraft Foods(Wheat Thins, Macaroni and Cheese, Frozen Bagel)

Pizza Hut

Wendy’s (many items but the one that really bothers me is the Frosty!)

Sonic

Dole(peaches and cream Parfait, Apples and Cream Parfait)

KFC

I may never buy grated cheese again…apparently cellulose made from wood pulp and cotton is used to coat the shredded cheese to keep it from sticking. Many salad dressings have it because it is an anticaking agent, thickening agent and also replaces fat. Meat products may “only” have 1-4% of cellulose added.

I keep repeating myself here…but we need to all be reading the labels, we need to look up any ingredients we don’t understand. I personally cannot understand that someone could morally decide to add ingredients to our food that could potentially harm us.

http://blog.friendseat.com/companies-using-wood-pulp-powdered-cellulose/

http://blog.friendseat.com/wood-pulp-ice-cream-powdered-cellulose/

http://www.thestreet.com/story/11012915/16/cellulose-wood-pulp-never-tasted-so-good.html

til next time…Eva

The Search for Real Food

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I have been on an elimination diet for a month…now, that doesn’t mean I was able to be totally strict with it but for the most part, I did follow it. I would “slip” every now and then and pick myself right up and continue on. One learns valuable truths about one’s eating habits through the cravings along the way…my craving was and always seems to be, BREAD. Good bread, real bread, bread worth eating.
What did I learn? Well, I have to say that I have been learning how to search for “Real” food. It was imperative to have done the basics before hand…eliminating sugar and drinking the necessary water. Without those two in place, I could not have survived this month.
The elimination diet itself is just phase one…phase two now will be to add foods back into my diet but unlike the time before, I am going to be quite selective. I am treating my body as the temple it should be…and eat only REAL. The ingredients are being scrutinized…I am going to make my own bread out of einkorn wheat. I am going to eat only real butter. I am making my own yoghurt. I am not going to eat any packaged snack foods like chips, crackers and cookies. I am going to make my own chocolate using cocoa and honey as the sweetening…
I will make my own soups in the crockpot. I will make salads in the mason jars so that when you look into my refrigerator, you are going to see healthy foods on every shelf. Lucious fruits and colorful vegetables all ready to eat. I’ve been making “ice cream” out of bananas and actually prefer it…
Real Food. I am really looking forward to it.
Will you join me?
Take the time to read the ingredients in your foods…since it’s summer, buy local foods from your farmers’ markets. You are what you eat…
til next time…Eva

R and R

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  I don’t know about you, but I never seem to “allow” myself to truly relax.  I’ve always envied people who make up their minds that they are taking care of their needs and just do it.  My “bad” habit about not putting myself and my needs first go back a long way.  I was caregiver 24/7 for my parents for 6 years and my daughter was young at that time as well.  Those years saw me getting very little sleep, gaining quite a bit of weight, having very little free time and stressed most of the time.  I know I did what I had to do at the time and I know it was the right thing to do(having that special relationship with my parents plus the heightened spirituality).  I missed a lot of things that I was no longer able to do…I regret not having the quiet times with my daughter(not being able to read to her, those were special times for us).  The interesting fact is that during that time, she learned to read by CDs and her reading skills sky rocketed.  I regret not having the time and energy for my husband, our home, our cat, and my friends.

   Bringing us back to R and R…it’s 10 years since that time and I still haven’t  “allowed” myself R and R without guilt.  I always feel the need to “accomplish” something…the to-do list always beckons, the pets need attention, food needs to be made, house needs to be cleaned, de-cluttering needs to be done and the list goes on and on.

   I realized the other day just how bad it had gotten.  I had taken a nap on a Sunday afternoon…something I never do…had felt “down” all day for some reason and nothing looked good to me.  I’d gotten up to make dinner and just as it was done, my left eye became blurred and I could feel a headache coming on.  I quickly fixed the pets’ food, got my husband’s plate out and the utensils, called him, said I didn’t feel good, ran to the bathroom, put compresses on my eyes, threw up and quickly went to bed with a full blown migraine.

   I know now that it is imperative that I start being good to myself.  I’ve been diligent with the various improvements in my lifestyle with water, no sugar, watching what I am eating, now my next step is getting the rest I need and being good to myself and my needs.  All of the other health improvements won’t be worth anything if I don’t get my rest.

   Looks like it’s about time…

   Eva

 

 

Bits and Pieces

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This is a kind of “bits and pieces” day…

a. Since I’ve been drinking a lot of water, I’ve begun noticing how many different products are out there to “enhance” your bottled water. I picked one up that a friend of mine had on her table…it was iced tea flavor…you put a few drops in it and there are no calories…I wrote down the ingredients so that I could look it up tonight.
The ingredients are:

Water … ok, no problems there

Propylene Glycol…used as aircraft de-icing fluid, used in vaporizers and those e-cigarettes. As a
preservative in food and tobacco. Can cause eye and skin irritation.

Malic Acid…food additive and preservative

Natural Flavor…whatever that means

Citric Acid…preservative and adds sour taste to foods

Sucralose…artificial sweetener with adverse health effects(Mercola.com)

Acesulfame Potassium…artificial sweetener combined with other sweeteners.

Red 40…artificial food coloring with side effects. Could cause migraines in adults, behavior problems
in children and possible cancer. (foodsafetynews.com)

Yellow 5…artificial food coloring with side effects. (foodsafetynews.com)

Blue 1…artificial food coloring with allergic reactions to asthma patients (foodsafetynews.com)

Potassium Sorbate…preservative

After reading these additives, I think I will stick to drinking my water plain or adding some lemon juice to it for flavoring if I need it(or even some juice).

b. Update on the hair color…I went for a much needed haircut last week and was bracing myself for any comments from my hairdresser. She knows from the past that my hair was getting gray and white in spots and that I’d used conventional haircolors before…with sometimes not so great results. As the hair was falling all around me, I noticed all shades from a coffee brown to a golden blond..but no grays or whites anywhere.
As I was ready to pay, she finally says, “OK, what are you doing to your hair?” “Why do you ask?” “Well, it looks really good with all the natural shades, your scalp is so healthy and I can tell it’s not conventional haircolor nor is it henna of any kind.” “You really want to know?” “Yes, as a hairdresser, I like to know many options for people.”
“Well, its sage or coffee.” She looked at me puzzled and I explained to her that I would fill 1/4 of an empty shampoo bottle with my shampoo and fill the rest with strong coffee(decaf or regular) or a strong sage tea. I do the same with my conditioner. And then, once a week, I’d get a pot of coffee or the sage tea and pour it on my hair over and over again in the sink or a plastic basin. Wring it and then put a shower cap on my head and let it in for 1/2 hour before rinsing it out.
“well, it’s working for you…I have to remember that…”

So, I’m continuing this method of coloring my hair for now.

c. I read an article that was about an English woman who upped her water intake from 8 glasses a day to I believe it was 14 for 21 days. Once she did that, her skin improved remarkably, her bags under her eyes plus her wrinkles in her face diminished, her cellulite disappeared. She also lost weight by doing nothing else differently.
I had also read a while ago that by hydrating your body through water, you could improve your eyesight and improve/eliminate tinnitus. I’ve upped to 12 glasses a day and will see if that makes a difference.

I noticed this past winter that I’d gotten more wrinkles around my mouth area and my bags under my eyes have become more pronounced. Add to that, my tinnitus seems to have become louder. If drinking more water will rectify any or all of the above, I’d be a fool not to try…
So the experiment is on!

Til next time…Eva

Elimination Diet – 3 of 3

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Elimination Diet…Part 3 of 3

Now we get to the good stuff…what foods you are able to eat.

Allowed Foods:
Oils: sunflower, sesame, virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, safflower oil

Nuts: Nuts in the shell or cracked without additives(Hazelnuts, Almonds, Pecans)

Almond and Sesame butter

Eat mainly fresh or fresh-frozen foods.

Fish(Fresh, Packed in Water, or Packed in Olive Oil)

Sea Salt(commercial salt often contains corn starch and chemicals)

Garlic Powder

Vegetables: (Sweet Potatoes, Yams, Cabbage, Carrots, Squash, Asparagus, Cauliflower, Avocados, Celery, Okra,
Radishes, Greens, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Parsnips, Green Peppers,
Rutabaga, Leeks, and Turnips)

Fruits: Fresh or Frozen.(Bananas, Grapes, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Kiwi, Papaya, Mangos, Coconuts,
Plums, Persimmons, Berries, Melons, Cherries, Apricots, Pomegranates)
Note: eat only small servings of fruits as fruits contain lots of natural sugar.

Sweeteners: Honey in very small amounts, Stevia

Meats: Wild Game(Deer, Rabbit, Duck), Deep Water Ocean Fish, Salmon, Lamb, Crab, Lobster, Oysters,
Clams, Scallops, Turkey.
(Other elimination diets I have seen allow most meats and fish other than Beef and Shellfish.)
Avoid processed, smoked or cured meats since they contain starches, fillers, milk, corn,
sugar, food coloring and other additives.

Also, if you eat an allowed food presently quite often before you start the elimination diet, it is
quite possible that you are allergic to that food…and it is advised that you refrain from eating that
during the elimination diet(mine was almonds…)

I know in the beginning I was almost afraid to put anything into my mouth and was not eating enough. The trick is to make sure you have allowable foods in the house. I made soups of allowable foods and that saved me for many of my weak moments. It’s only for 30 days…keep telling yourself that 🙂
Til next time…Eva

Elimination Diet: Part 2

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The Elimination Diet: Part 2

Foods to Avoid

You may look at this list and think, “What am I going to be able to eat?” And yes, it looks very limiting…but think of this time as a chance to heal yourself and understand the connection between your health and what you eat. All of the Elimination Diets have the basics eliminated but others have added other items as well. Dr. Cranton’s Elimination Diet is very thorough because he adds other things to eliminate and not just food.

What to Avoid:

Dairy Products(milk, cheese, yoghurt)

Eggs

All Grains(wheat, corn, rye, barley, oats, rice)

Sweeteners(NutraSweet, equal, aspartame, cane sugar, beet sugar, corn sugar, fructose, glucose, and brown sugar)

Citrus(oranges, grapefruit)

Legumes(beans, peas, peanuts, soybeans)

Meats(beef, chicken, pork, lunchmeats, shrimp)

Apples

Tomatoes

White Potatoes

Food Colorings

Chemical additives, emulsifiers, yeast, preservatives

Chocolate

Cola

Processed and Packaged Foods

Caffeinated Coffee, Tea and Alchoholic Beverages

Avoid chemical exposures. Do not breathe tobacco smoke, exhaust fumes, solvent fumes, chemical fumes, or perfumes.

Use scent free laundry and house cleaning products that have no chemical odor.

Use only hypoallergenic, scent free toiletries and cosmetics.

Avoid tobacco in any form

Condiments

Black, Cayenne and Hot Peppers

Yeast containing foods(bread, wine, vinegar, mushrooms, dried fruits)

Avoid any fruit or vegetable that was regularly eaten more often than once a week(example…if you snack regularly on almonds, eliminate them…even though they are permitted.)

Very little or no fruit juice

If you are planning to do the elimination diet, I would suggest that you do some preliminary homework with it…I have found that if you have been gradually improving your health and have been eliminating the sugar, cutting down on the wheat consumption, drinking more water, it will be easier to live with the elimination diet.

Start planning…chances are, there will be family members who are not going to be on the diet. Figure out a way to keep their foods separate from what you are allowed to eat so that you won’t be tempted. This can be done by their having a section of the refrigerator and freezer as well as cupboard space. Do whatever you can to make it easier for you.

This will also be a time for you to try new foods that you haven’t done before…for example, mine is artichokes…be adventurous and try something new and it may become a favorite.

til next time…Eva

Elimination Diet…Part 1 of 3

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If you have suspected food allergies or just feel some foods aren’t working for you, attempting the Elimination Diet might be something for you to try. It’s not for the weak hearted…it’s a month long(or longer) and many foods are taboo for the month. There are many varieties of the Elimination Diet. I’ve used the following one by Dr. Elmer M. Cranton. I did it a few years ago to determine if I had allergic reaction to wheat/grains because I was coughing every time I ate anything with wheat and I couldn’t make the connection. I remember one time my daughter and I had gone to a fast food restaurant and had gotten a burger…I couldn’t stop coughing and we had to leave quickly. Another symptom I would have was frequent heartburn…several times a day. I went on the elimination diet and for the first time in such a long time, I wasen’t coughing…I also lost weight that never returned.

According to Dr. Elmer M. Cranton (2005), the Elimination Diet is useful in two ways.. to help diagnose suspected food allergies and/or relieve stress on the immune system. One thing to remember is that this is not a life time program…it is a direction towards feeling good again.

To diagnose for allergies, it is recommended to stick with it for a month and observe any changes/improvements in the way you feel. Symptoms that may improve are skin rashes, fatigue, congestion, digestive tract problems, joint pain, discomfort of any kind.

The suspected foods and beverages that were eliminated during the month are then re-introduced to your diet one by one and you over a few days notice if any of the symptoms return. If they don’t, it is then safe to eat that food again.

If the diet is used to relieve stress on your immune system, the time frame is 3 months. This is a period of rest and can give your system the time to recover its’ tolerance to the foods you previously couldn’t tolerate. The foods may then be tolerated as long as they aren’t eaten often. When you do this diet, it’s known as the Cave Man Diet or the Rare Food Diet because it avoids your commonly eaten foods.

It is recommended that you keep a daily diary of your symptoms, diet and any improvements that you notice. You may experience withdrawal symptoms during the first week or two…and incidentally, whatever it is you crave or have withdrawal symptoms of, is probably the allergy causing food.

Various changes you may notice: Relief from:

Nasal or Lung Congestion
Constipation/Diarrhea
Heart Burn
Joint Aches
Drowsiness after meals
Mucous
Bloating
Mood Swings
Urinary Problems
Fatigue
Gas
Foggy Thinking
Fluid Retention
Digestive Disorders
Pain
Part 2 will be all the foods you will need to avoid
Part 3 will be the foods you are permitted to eat.

til next time…Eva

Water…Getting Enough?

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Drinking enough water? If you’re like me, we try so many techniques, diets, the latest findings…yet we absolutely balk at the concept of drinking the allotted proverbial “8 glasses of water” that we are told to drink. Why is this? I know for me, in the cold weather I have a difficult time drinking cold water. I drink tea constantly. I know I should probably just have the hot water with lemon.

Then there are all those drink temptations out there…the sugary(and artificial sweetener) drinks…sodas, energy drinks, frozen slushies(used to be my favorite..a frozen coke), coffee drinks, sweet tea and the list goes on.

Since once I write a habit on this blog, I persevere with it(mind you, I do slip up now and then but go back to it). I’ve decided that I’m once and for all drinking my water…and hope you will join me.

Have you read F. Batmanghelidj, MD’s “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water”? I read it years ago and recently re read it. Basically the story is this…our bodies are made up of approximately 60% water.(this varies according to age…babies have a higher percentage 75-80%). Most of us by not drinking enough water and not eating water-rich foods(aka processed junk), have allowed ourselves to become de-hydrated…and not just de-hydrated but CHRONICALLY de-hydrated!

Chronic de-hydration, according to Dr. Batmanghelidj and others, cause disease in the body. Many diseases that plague modern society could be taken care of by cleaning up our diet and upping our water intake.

DEHYDRATION-PRODUCED DISEASES:

multiple scleroses
high blood pressure
diabetes
cholesterol complications
stroke
fainting spells
emotional learning opportunities
blood sugar imbalance
aids
cancer
hiatus hernia
digestive learning opportunities
stomach ulcers and others

DEHYDRATION SIGNS:

Here is a list of signs of dehydration in varying degrees:

Mild Dehydration(2%)
thirst
reduced appetite
skin flushing(face and neck)
dark colored urine
dry mouth
fatigue
mild headache
chills
dizziness

5% Dehydration
Decreased sweating and urination
increased heart rate, respiration and body temperature
extreme fatigue
muscle cramps
severe headaches
nausea and constipation
neurosensory disturbances(tingling, numbness)

10%(Severe)
Muscle spasms
vomiting
rapid pulse
dim vision
painful urination
confusion
respiratory depression
neuromuscular seizures
chest pain
unconsciousness

HOW MUCH WATER?

Your body needs an absolute minimum of 6-8 glasses of water a day(adjustments need to be made for physical activity, body mass and ingestion of diuretics). It is recommended that you drink your water in the following time periods:

1 glass a half an hour before taking food(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
1 glass 2 1/2 hours after each meal
2 glasses before going to bed

The reason for drinking water before your meals is that the water enables your body to digest your food.

For people who can’t sleep, drinking a glass of water and putting a pinch of salt on the tongue as well as having had adequate exercise during the day will enable sleep.

At the end of this post will be several websites with a myriad of information about water intake, well worth looking at and studying.

So, the question is, how to keep track of your water intake? I’ve tried a few methods…keeping a checklist of how many glasses a day(there is an app for your phone too), keeping the allotted number of bottled water in the fridge for the day, and my latest is I got a bottle with the total amount I need for the day. I find for me, a combination of the large bottle and having the individual bottles for when I need to leave the house, works best for me.

It’s all been a learning process…I realize for me that the reason the water intake didn’t work before was because of my sugar intake. Now since I’ve weaned off sugar, sugary drinks no longer appeal to me. I now go out to eat and basically there are three options of drinks…water, unsweetened coffee and unsweetened tea. Makes life simple.

Drinking your allotted water has it’s physical aspects as well…your skin becomes clearer with wrinkles fading, your energy level increases…two biggies I would think!

til next time…Eva

http://secretsofwellness.com/your-body%E2%80%99s-many-cries-for-water/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/basics/symptoms/con-20030056

http://www.hydration.net.au/page/shop/info_page/a/infopage_id/e/46

http://ezinearticles.com/?Tinnitus-and-Dehydration&id=3148092