Another over consumed substance in the food industry besides sugar is salt. Salt is found everywhere and if abused can lead to health issues (heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease just to name a few). The good thing is, our body needs salt, that is, in moderate amounts with plenty of water.
Our bodies rely on electrolytes, including salt, to help carry out electrical impulses that control many of our bodies’ functions. To keep our bodies functioning as they should, our bodies need the proper amount of electrolytes. Electrolytes trigger thirst mechanism, which cause us to consume adequate amounts of water. With this water, our kidneys are able to keep the appropriate amount of electrolytes in our bloodstream. The amount of water our bodies retain also impact blood pressure. (Fitday.com)
Just eating clean moves us a step forward in our lives in terms of wellness, but using toxic cleaning supplies may move us two steps back. Usually common household products (paints, cleaners, beauty products, air fresheners, etc) contain VOCs. "Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. Breathing low levels of VOCs for long periods of time may increase some people’s risk of health problems. Each chemical has its own toxicity and potential for causing different health effects."
When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to heal or repair it known as inflammation. Common signs and symptoms of inflammation are (PRISH) pain, redness, immobility, swelling, heat. These signs and symptoms show that the body is trying to heal itself. Inflammation does not mean infection, even when an infection can cause inflammation. An Infection is caused by a bacterium, virus or fungus, while inflammation is the body's response to it. The good thing is, Inflammation is part of the body's immune response which allows the body to heal itself on its own. The bad thing is, it can become self-perpetuating (chronic inflammation) that requires more attention= remedies to help your body help itself.
When I asked my Spanish classes to fill out a quick survey on the first day of class, I realized how simple we all are and how simple life is. The last question on the survey was, "what is the most important thing to you?" Many people said "God, family, friends" but there was a large number that said "to be happy". So essentially, everyone had the 'same' answer because "God, family, friends" equals happiness since we tend to surround ourselves with elements that make us happy. Another important thing is that it should not take much to be happy. For it is the simple things in life that bring us joy..
Easter is a time to 'find' and enjoy eggs with the whole family. The eggs come in all different colors, sizes, and flavors. The most popular is undoublty the chocolate egg and the most controversial is the chicken egg because it is said to have too much cholesterol and is bad for your heart. It turns out they are very nutritionally complete making them the tastiest multivitamin on our plates.
What is something we take for granted yet we need the most of daily?
Last week's words on wellness newsletter focused on a different way to see food: nutrients instead of calories which are found mostly in colorful vegetables. My personal rule of thumb is to have at least three bright colors on my plate. One of the colors always being green. That way I can ensure that I am getting beneficial nutrients. Another way to supplement a "diet"(habitual nourishment) can be to drink a juice with a colorful meal.
Many people result to juicing so they can cleanse or detoxify (to remove a harmful substance (such as a poison or toxin) or its effect) since we encounter many toxins on a daily basis. From pesticides to cleaners.
WOW! Already onto a new year! Now is the time people talk about NEW year resolutions in efforts to start fresh and move on a better path. Usually most resolutions involve diet since we know we are not eating our 'best' on a daily basis.
What is your New Year resolution? Are you ready to start a 3-5 week group challenge? Email me if you are interested in a fresh juice challenge that will start Monday, January 5, 2015. I will reply with more details on how to prepare. Basically we will incorporate a fresh vegetable/fruit juice with our meal as a 'supplement' everyday.
The following are some tips that could be used for our everyday routine but can be especially handy during this bountiful celebration.