Wellness Tips

Water, Water And More Water!

Dehydration is the most common cause or contributing factor to many ailments. Frequently, simply consuming more good water can help constipation, headache, joint pain, and fatigue to name a few. Generally, a body needs half it's weight in ounces of water daily. So a person weighing 150 pounds should drink 75oz. of water per day. "Good water" is defined by this author [Dr. Piro] as pure spring water. The source of the water is all-important. It should be from a high mountainous place because as the water flows down from higher regions, it picks up more and more chemicals that have permeated the terrain. Also, the pH should be at 7.0 which will be written on the label. My favorite bottled water is Volvic Natural Spring Water.

What To Feed A Fever

The standard treatment for fever is aspirin or another similar over-the-counter drug. It is little known that this treatment actually sabotages the body's natural healing mechanism for illness. Fever functions to heat up the muscles around bone so the bone will release calcium necessary to activate white blood cells. It is a sign that the body's first line of defense is working properly.

So what do you do when your child feels so hot you could fry an egg on his forehead? Give him calcium and keep giving him calcium until the fever comes down. For children under 10 years old, calcium gluconate is best. Otherwise, use a combination of calcium gluconate and citrate. Incidentally, the Journal of Clinical Therapeutics writes, "Most authorities regard temperatures below 106 degrees F as harmless and those over 108 degrees F as potentially (not necessarily) harmful." Further, the Pediatrics medical journal states that febrile convulsions, involuntary muscle contractions due to fever, are from lack of calcium, not the heat from the fever. So feed that fever calcium, calcium and more calcium.

Proper Nutrition For Young Athletes

There are many things an athlete can do to optimize athletic performance that has nothing to do with the exercise itself. To optimize energy, athletes should eat a diet rich in complex carbohydrates which are whole grains (not pasta!) and vegetables (preferably uncooked). An athlete that becomes quickly depleted of energy is likely lacking enough B-vitamin, not sugar. Another downfall for sugar and simple carbohydrates, like pasta and white bread, is that they cause a depletion of the B-vitamins.

Calcium is one very essential mineral for peak exercise performance. Up to 500mg of calcium can be lost with every gram of sweat coming off the body. This mineral .needs be in a combination of citrate and gluconate for most people. However, children under 10 years old should be given calcium gluconate alone.

Water is another must for all athletes. Before, during and after exercise, water heeds to be consumed. One should not wait to be thirsty to drink water. By then, the body is already dehydrated. A dehydrated body cannot efficiently expel heat and increased heat in the body requires more energy, thereby stealing energy from the muscles.

Flu Shots, Yeah Or Nay?

Generally, I do not believe flu shots are beneficial. Although I sometimes do recommend them for certain patients, in many cases they can do more harm than good. Did you know that the Center for Disease Control makes a statistical guess as to which virus will be the most prevalent the following year? So, each flu vaccine made may not even be correct for you. It is wiser to simply keep your immune system strong by NOT EATING SUGAR and taking a maintenance dose of vitamin C which is anywhere between 2,000mg. and 10,000mg. per day depending upon your lifestyle (i.e. if you smoke, your maintenance dose will be on the higher side). Also, at the first sign of a cold or flu, take echinacea with the vitamin C. There are many excellent formulas available at your local health food store.

The #1 Killer And What To Do About It

The cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is almost entirely diet. But, the culprits are not just fat and cholesterol. In fact, cholesterol has gotten an undeserved bad name. Liver function and toxicities affecting the blood vessels are the real problems. The liver makes 70-97% of all cholesterol. A very healthy liver will make more "good cholesterol," or HDL's, and less "bad cholesterol," or LDL's and VLDL's.

Liver function is impaired most by caffeine, sugar, food preservatives and additives, processed fats, drugs and food allergens. These same things can damage the interior walls of the blood vessels, leaving ragged edges for any "blood garbage" to latch onto. This creates plaquing that can break off and travel to the heart or brain, blocking vital blood flow to these organs, which then can lead to heart attack or stroke. So, keep your diet as clean as possible. Also, exercise to increase the liver's production of HDL's. Know your ratio of total cholesterol to HDL's. This number ideally should be 3.1 or less, which will help protect you against CVD.

Aspartame - What Are You Putting Into Your Body?!

Do you have problems with headaches, allergies, dizziness, depression, hyperactivity, seizures, low blood sugar, Alzheimers', chronic fatigue syndrome, attention deficit disorder, or hair loss? If so, consider this:

Aspartame is a new artificial sweetener that is known by at least 2 different brand names. It is made up of two amino acids, phenylalanine and aspartic acid. When digested, aspartame breaks down into formaldehyde and methanol (a very toxic form of alcohol). While considered "safe" by the FDA, some people are very sensitive to these two chemical compounds, especially recovering alcoholics. Appealing to peoples' concerns about health and diet, this product is promoted as "all natural", better for you than sugar, and lower in calories. Well, this product won't help you lose weight. In fact, it will very likely hamper your weight loss efforts by polluting your body with more toxins. The more toxic a body is, the more it will retain water to dilute those toxins.

Another chemical promoted as safe and natural is MSG (monosodium glutamate). This is used in almost all packĀ­aged foods and is not always put on the label. So, if you have any of the problems listed above, you may have a sensitivity to one or both of these "safe", "all natural" chemicals. Try eliminating all artificial sweeteners and packaged foods from your diet for seven days. Then introduce them one at a time and watch for any reaction. You may be able to detect a sensitivity this way. If you're not sure, have a chiropractor who specializes in kinesiology help you. To sweeten foods in a truly natural manner without using white sugar, try unfiltered, unheated honey, barley malt, rice syrup or pure maple syrup. So... even though a celebrity spokesperson says she feels good reaching for the "blue packet", you may feel much better when you don't!

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