Tuesday, August 4, 2009

letS thInk aBout tHis....

as my husband brought to my attention
on the news last week... at least in our area - there was a report given that a long term study had been done on the health benefits of eating Organic - reporting that there was no added nutritional value when comparing Organic & conventional (non-organic) foods.  
my question to you
since when is everything that's reported on the news - true?  i believe it's quite sad that a news report such as this one can cause people to throw up there hands - and beliefs - that their Organic practices in food purchases have gone on in vain.  i personally don't buy into this report - completely.  when i say 'completely' what i mean by this is that even if there is some truth behind the study done - a complete study can not come across as truth until both sides are greatly exposed.  
being vague in the description on 'nutritional' differences may lead some to believe that their body receives no different health advantage over choosing to eat Organic.   this would be incorrect.  if we take this study at face value and say there is no gain in nutritional value - what we miss is the gain in toxins and pesticides!  this kind of study i can only hope - at best - causes some to buy Organic when what they are buying will be consumed in it's entirety - meaning skin and all - example a tomato or strawberry vs. a banana or pineapple (where you don't consume the outer portion).  it surely doesn't take much for someone to realize that when foods get sprayed with chemicals to keep bugs off - those chemicals are being absorbed by that food to some degree -which will later be consumed by the buyer.  if you need more proof on this - just take a limp piece of celery and stick it in some water and watch it perk right up.  foods will absorb some of what they come in contact with - much like the human skin absorbs up to 60% of what we place on it!  proof in that would be in the sales of nicotine patches and the birth control patch -but that's a whole other story in & of itself.
i said all that to say this
despite the latest news report it doesn't take much research on your part to realize there are benefits to buying Organic when possible.  there IS more nutritional value in a tomato that wasn't 'sprayed with gas while green to come out on a truck ready for the market a nice shiny red' - and no news report will get me to believe otherwise. just check the facts for yourself... that's all i can ask! 

Sunday, August 2, 2009

WateR... yoU're Full of iT!

so you've heard by now
Water makes up 65% percent of the human body & 92% of your blood.  sound like a lot?  it is!  that's exactly why it is so important to Drink Plenty of it!  and if you're still confused as to why drinking pure Water is so important... read on!
the obvious
we all know the importance of not allowing our bodies to become dehydrated... Water prevents dehydration.  but did you know if we drink too little Water we will likely suffer from constipation and increase our risk of heat exhaustion or even heat stroke (the temperature of your body is Controlled through Water).  
but did you know
Lack of Water can also make us more susceptible to asthma attacks, dental disease, kidney stones, and urinary track infections.  'consumer reports on health' warns that if we do not monitor an adequate Daily Intake of Water, we may be increasing our chances of getting a cold or Even Cancer!  if we become dehydrated, we can also suffer from headaches, fatigue, lightheadedness, muscle cramps, and slightly dulled thinking.  
what someone else has to say
paul bragg, a world-famous physical fitness authority (according to the book i'm reading they classify him as this- me- i've never heard of the guy but thought i'd pass on to you what he has to say in case you have) said- "i think that the excessively nervous person and/or the mentally upset person is so obsessed with his/her own worries and hang-ups that he just forgets to drink water and liquids of the right kind.  instead he dopes himself on alcohol, tea, coffee, and cola drink.  this complicates his/her nervous condition and burning, toxic acid forms in the stomach with no water to dilute it.  so on top of his/her nervousness and depression, he/she suffers from sour acid stomach, heartburn, gas-bloat, and other miseries.  instead of drinking water, many people take aspirin, use cigarettes and other stimulants.  remember that the nerves need the correct amount of water to function properly and smoothly.  we Need to drink 6 to 8 glasses of Water Each Day.  you can plainly see that it is possibly to suffer from Water Starvation."
what else does water do
Water has many Critical Benefits, including helping keep us Free from Infections & making spinal fluid to cushion and control the nervous system.  it is also Necessary for All Digestive absorption, circulatory and excretory functions as well as for the utilization of the water-soluble vitamins.  as the book i'm reading "the bible's 7 secrets to healthy eating" by joyce rogers continues saying... 'we think we have to add something to water - tea, coffee, carbonation, flavor or sugar but really what we need is to make a deliberate choice to return to plain old-fashioned water.  and when our taste buds have made the adjustment, how much better everything will taste.  
and what i've noticed
the More Water you drink.... the more Water your body - you- will crave.  and if you happen to be like some i know who say they don't like water - well Make yourself Drink it Anyway!  and again... the more you drink... the more you'll crave.  & just think about it for a moment ... the fact is that Water is something your Body Needs - not an opinion but a Fact.  if someone handed you a glass and said - Drink Up if you want to Live - you would drink wouldn't you?  well here i am -virtually- handing you a glass and telling you to Drink Up! *cheers*