For this months post, I thought the best way of explaining how food helps you be healthy is with a picture. I couldn’t find one that fit exactly, so I made one for you.
Yesterday, my husband and I were driving our oldest son across the mountains and back to school at Oregon State University where he’s working towards his physics degree. He loves and enjoys physics and even thinks it’s fun.
When we ask him about how school is going, the conversation usually turns into him explaining some complex concept that involves things like imaginary numbers (yes, that’s a thing!), quantum mechanics and differential equations, while we attempt to grasp even a fraction of what he's saying.
During our drive, he mentioned he’s especially interested in electricity and began telling us about how electricity storage and transformers work. Since my brain always wants to apply everything to nutrition, I began wondering how exactly nutrients are involved in our cells ability to conduct electricity.
When you decide to make your health a priority, drinking more water is a great place to start. Water is an essential nutrient that we can’t live very long without, yet it is the most common nutritional deficiency in the American population.
Water does SO many important things for your body. It keeps your bodily fluids viscous so they can flow as needed. It flushes toxins, cushions bones and joints, transports nutrients, lubricates joints and empowers your body’s natural healing process. There are many more.
Early signs of dehydration include fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depression, cravings, cramps and headaches. Late signs of dehydration include heartburn, joint pain, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, constipation and colitis. This is a long list of problems that may improve simply by drinking more water.
So, how much water should you drink?
Drink 1/2 your body weight in oz. daily, up to 128 oz. (1 gallon). Drinking too much water isn't good because it can flush out importan...
The most common fat myth that perpetuates despite evidence to prove the opposite, is that saturated fat causes heart disease. If you believe this myth, know that you are not alone. I once believed it too. Olive oil was my main oil, and even that, I used sparingly. Butter was (I believed) an artery clogging substance that I used so infrequently I kept it in the freezer.
I hope to enjoy a long and happy life and do my best to be healthy into my old age. There are just so many things to do, see and experience! Years ago, somehow I got the idea that maybe, if I took really good care of myself, it might be possible to live to 100 AND still be able to do cartwheels on the beach. Now, every time I go to the beach, I make sure to do cartwheels and handstands because it’s fun, and to make sure I still can. I’m 36 now and as of last month, I still can. We will see if I can keep it up for the next 64 years! Today I indulged my curiosity and found this video of a 91 year old woman doing cartwheels and much more. There is hope!!!!!
One thing I know will help me reach my silly goal, is having healthy, strong bones. Today I am going to first share some important information and then share tips of what you can do to keep your bones healthy and strong, and prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, it is estimated that 1...
I have something for you to think about before you gorge on all that leftover Halloween candy.....or better yet....something to consider when choosing what to dole out on Halloween......
What do type 2 diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease have in common? Chronically high levels of glucose in the blood are contributing factors to all of them. What causes chronically high levels of glucose in the blood? Eating too many carbohydrates, especially the refined ones.
In 2010 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that “...as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if the current trends continue.” They also stated that “1 in 10 adults has diabetes now.” This is scary!
When you eat a high carbohydrate meal or snack (cereal or granola with low fat milk, pancakes or waffles with syrup, toast, crackers, chips, pretzels, “energy” bars, granola bars, fruit snacks, candy bars, bagels, etc.) your body turns the carbohydrate component into glucose t...
We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat”. More accurately, we are what we eat, and are able to digest and assimilate. If we aren’t digesting properly, we aren’t getting all the nutrients from our food. Improper digestion can be the beginning of all sorts of health problems. 70-80% of our immune system is located along our digestive tract, so healthy digestion supports a healthy immune system too.
Did you know that when functioning optimally our stomachs produce hydrochloric acid (HCL)? It sounds a little scary, but HCL is really important to healthy digestion. It helps digest proteins in food, kill unwanted bacteria (which are little proteins) and even helps us be able to use important minerals like calcium. Many people don’t produce enough HCL due to stress, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, or even excess consumption of refined carbohydrates.
Here are some easy and inexpensive things you can do to aid digestion:
Relax. Take a moment before you eat to take a breath, sit do...
When you want to take responsibility for your health, cleaning up your diet is a great place to start. Cleaning up your diet can go a long way towards improving your energy levels, mood and overall health.
I used to think
that if I shopped in the natural section of the grocery store, the food co-op, Whole Foods or the other health food stores, the food I was buying was reasonably healthy. I believed that the ingredients used to make the foods must be at least healthier than the food in the regular grocery stores. I knew some basics like, don’t eat hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. If something had words I didn’t know what they were I figured it was best to not eat it or feed it to my children. I didn’t feel like there was an alternative so I bought them anyway. What I didn’t know was this was only the tip of the ice burg.
Now I know the health food stores are full of unhealthy foods too. You have to really know what to look for and what to avoid when shopping. This is on...