Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hydration is a Key

A lot of research reports point to hydration as a key factor to maintaining good health. Nutrition experts such as Brad King (best-selling author of Fat Wars) and well-known fitness professionals such as Clark Bartram (author of Spiritually Fit) frequently emphasize the importance of water in our diets. After all, our bodies are composed of nearly 70% water. If you lose that water, you are losing part of what your body is made of.

Fat Wars Spiritually Fit

The late Dr. Batmanghelidj, MD, the best-selling author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water has also published literature regarding the effects of improper hydration. There is a published interview with Dr. Batmanghelidj wherein he shares answers to such questions as how dehydration impairs mental functioning, why the body produces cholesterol and how water keeps it in balance, and which common ailments and "diseases" are actually caused by dehydration. You can check out the interview here: The Water Cure: An interview with Dr. Batmanghelidj

Note the following symptoms of dehydration in the body:
• Feeling tired when it is not the result of strenuous work (in its extreme form, chronic fatigue)
• Excessive hunger and cravings
• Feeling flushed
• Feeling irritable and easily angered
• Feeling anxious without a justified cause
• Feeling depressed

Imagine how many of the health problems we experience today are actually resultant conditions of the lack of proper hydration. So if you need a place to start in improving your health (without having to compare and analyze vitamins and other supplements), start by drinking more water. Water hydrates the body...and hydration is a key to better health, energy, and longevity.

NOTE: As I am not yet used to moderating comments on this blog, I accidentally rejected a comment posted by TC. I am copying here from an email notification I received. I thought it was worth sharing. (Sorry, TC, I didn't mean to delete it).

TC has left a new comment on your post "Hydration is a Key":

Hey Liggy. It is true. To many people don't really understand the significance of being adequately hydrated especially when it comes to eliminating many of the generalized ill health conditions. I have written extensively on the water issue in my book - Live Smart and have posted about it as well. I even have an insightful Squidoo page about water if your interested. Some good info there. Your site is looking great.

Please look at his suggested page, too, for more information regarding this subject. Thanks!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Organic Foods - More or Less for Your Money?

Organic Food Sign
When you see signs for organic food and a grocery section devoted entirely to organic foods that are priced higher than your average food store item, you wonder if maybe organic foods have better nutritional value. But if you review the research that has been published on both types of foods, it seems that the higher price of organic foods has nothing to do with nutritional content.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Chasing Miracles

Pictured (from L to R) - Mrs. Burdick (friend), Tommie Weber, Liggy (me), and Mr. Burdick (friend)

Let's face it. In our quest for perfect health, we are all "chasing miracles". What works for one does not always work for another, and what scientists or medical professionals tell us we need are not ever real "cures". Most medications out there only relieve or rid us of one system, but never truly stops what caused the symptoms to begin with. What we really need is to get to the root of it all and find a way to stay healthy. And that's the challenging part.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Java Lovers Will Love This

Self Magazine

More and more research are coming out with positive news for coffee lovers. In fact, the latest issue of SELF magazine (August 2009) has a feature article titled "Brava, Java" instarbucks the Food & Diet section. The article, written by Beth Janes, gives us a little history of coffee as it comes from the coffeeberry bean up to the time we consume it in our coffee cups. Gone are the days when your only choices for coffee were black or with cream and sugar. Now coffee afficionados can enjoy the drink hot or cold as well, thanks to the successful marketing efforts of food and beverage establishments like Starbucks.
The SELF article outlines some of the many benefits of java and caffeine:

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Benefits of Coffee

coffee cup
A recent article in the BBC News Health Section reads Coffee 'may reverse Alzheimer's.' The report states that a Florida study showed that caffeine slows down the growth of plaque that is responsible for dementia and that leads to Alzheimer's Disease. It also tells that previous research indicates that caffeine may even reverse the progress of the disease. Very interesting.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

God's Pharmacy

(Note: Some of you may have seen this come across in the form of a forwarded email message. I thought I'd post it because it contains a lot of interesting information very suitable for this blog).

A friend sent this to me. It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish... All before making a human. He made and provided what we'd need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. We're such slow learners...

God left us great clues as to what foods help what part of our body!
God's Pharmacy! Amazing!

carrot A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye...And YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.