Salt…

Is is good or bad for you? The media today would falsely have you believe it is bad for you with the reasoning that it makes you hold water, causes high blood pressure and heart disease, etc.

But…what is the truth, the real problem?

As you stand in front of the salt section in the grocery store, it’s mind-boggling as there are so many kinds, types and brands of salt to choose from. You ponder – which one is the culprit? IT IS THE REFINED SALT!

Refined salt is the problem. Yes refined salt – only because its chemical properties have been eliminated by the refining process. It simply becomes nothing more than sodium chloride. The 80 or so trace minerals that are naturally supposed to be in salt, have been taken out by the refining process. The same principle is true in processed foods. So it is the TYPE of salt that is causing the problems. Refined salt has the preservative ‘sodium acetate’ which has been scientifically shown to be linked to heavy metal toxicity, kidney problems and elevated blood pressure issues.

Salt is actually needed in the body to help balance your blood sugar, help keep your bones strong, regulate metabolism, elevate the immune system and much, much more. UNREFINED SEA SALT is the remedy.

 Aerial view of the Great Salt Lake in Utah

I worked for a salt company many years ago –The Great Salt Lake Minerals Company – in Ogden, Utah, which is now owned by Compass Minerals (http://www.compassminerals.com) They removed the salt from the Great Salt Lake by solar evaporation. Once the salt was extracted, the salt was shipped by truck or railroad, all over the United States. Continue reading “Salt…”

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GOUT – What Do You Know About It?

Gout – The disease of the wealthy….at least that is what the old wives tales say.

Medically speaking, the underlying cause of Gout is hyperuricemia – which is the buildup of excess uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is produced during the metabolism of purines. High amounts of this compound are found in certain foods and beverages such as meats, poultry, seafood and beer.

The old wives tale that Gout was the disease of the rich and famous came about because in the old days (the days of WWI and II, and the 1900’s depression), only the rich and famous could regularly eat high cost meats and fish, etc. Many of the rest of the population could only afford to eat cold cut meats, spam and other inexpensive types of meat and fish. It, at that time, was all about protein….too much protein.

You get purine from the diet and the body makes purine. According to Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, “Purines are important for the synthesis of nucleic acids. They are the building blocks of DNA. However, your body does not need the purines that are in foods eaten in the diet because the body produces them on its own.” Hyperuricemia therefore, is the result of the production in the body of excess uric acid. The high blood level of uric acid increases the risk of a person getting gout. Because everyone’s body chemistry is not the same, some folks will get gout and some will not. So, if you are at risk, what can you do to prevent hyperuricemia and getting gout?

What does Gout do? It puts you at risk for heart disease which is also associated with diabetes, obesity, and chronic inflammation. Gout is painful because the needle-like crystals of uric acid are piercing the joint tissues…then you see redness (inflammation) and swelling and may even feel heat. Gout pain can be so severe that people can’t work, don’t have a social life, and some don’t even leave their homes. Many folks, because of the pain become addicted to over the counter and prescription painkillers which are not safe.
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NEW! Slim, Trim and Detox Diet Plan Guideline

Agility, Athlete, Balance, Ballerina
Like the sport of dance (yes, dance is now referred to as a sport), has many genre’s, so does exercise, and dieting. The exercise or diet  genre’ you choose for yourself may or may not be the same as everyone else for reasons of health issues, shape, size, weight, body chemistry, length of time you have dieted, exercised and/or have participated in detoxification. I have used this program for many years, and have changed my routine dozens of times to suit the situation and time of my life. What you are able to do when you are young changes as you age. The following is a program I formulated that works for all ages, male, female, teens, and/or children. The first activity on the list is one I borrowed from a personal trainer.  “Wake up, Get up, and Make Your Bed.” Continue reading “NEW! Slim, Trim and Detox Diet Plan Guideline”

Fitness – Tip of the Month

FOOD – WHERE DOES IT GO?Natural vitamin pills Royalty Free Stock Image

Where does the food go after the first bite? The stomach growls, we eat, or that empty feeling prompts us to eat. The aroma of the food cooking has your mouth watering…which, actually starts the digestive process. Some of this info may be repetitive but that is good.

Mid Adult Man Holding A Bowl Of Fresh Fruit Salad Royalty Free Stock PhotosFirst Stop: MOUTH – as you chew, enzymes in the saliva begin to break down any starches in the meal you are eating. Be sure not to eat too fast, this aggravates bloating.

Acid in stomach back up into esophagus Royalty Free Stock Image

Second Stop: THE HIGHWAY RUN…THE ESOPHAGUS – this tube carries the food from the mouth to the stomach. Muscles that line the esophagus push the food down in rhythmic waves. If the food is stopped at the lower end it allows some of the contents to back up – ouch – heartburn. So limit fatty and spicy foods and chew the food thoroughly.

Stomach Stock ImageThird Stop: THE BUMPY RIDE…STOMACH – once food lands in the stomach, acids and other substances are secreted, which break down the nutrients. The stomach has a special lining to protect itself from the acids and as well it releases bicarbonate to act as a buffer. The amount of time nutrients stay in the stomach is known as gastric emptying time. Therefore, plan meals and snacks to be filling to ward off the hungry feeling from returning too soon.

Small intestine in detail

Fourth Stop: THE SMALL INTESTINE – as the food winds through the small intestine, juices from the pancreas and liver continue to break down nutrients and dissolve fat molecules. By this time it needs to get out of the digestive system and into the body’s cells. Hairlike projections called villi that stick out of the walls of the small intestine absorb the nutrients into the bloodstream, along with water, salt, vitamins and minerals.

Digestive tract image intestine Stock Photos

Fifth Stop: FINAL DESTINATION…COLON Fiber content that isn’t digested passes through the digestive system, moving the other things along with it…sometimes the fiber is considered to be “nature’s broom”. Eating the right foods, using herbal supplements, drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of exercise helps to avoid the roadblocks of Diarrhea/Constipation, thereby passing things out in and efficient way.Happy Cartoon Boy and Girl Royalty Free Stock Photos

Happy children jumping in the air Royalty Free Stock Image

Did you know – that laughing for just 15 minutes a day can burn up to 40 calories!

STAY SAFE – EAT HEALTHY – and ENJOY A GOOD LIFE!

Bits & Pieces of Health Tips

I have said all along that everyone’s body and health issues are different. Our chemical makeup is different. Things to be considered are your gender, age, weight, height and once in a while the family genetics. YOU NEED TO KNOW YOURSELF! When taking supplements, ask yourself, how do I feel now as opposed to how I felt before. As with the allergies in the prior blog, what foods are you eating and how do they make you feel. When you back away from caffeine, smoking, alcohol…how do you feel. These 3 things, as most of you know are the hardest habits to kick. But, when you feel better, keep that feeling in your mind, be strong, be in charge, your body will begin the healing process so it won’t need to use caffeine to keep you awake, a cigarette to keep you from eating, alcohol to supposedly help you feel better about yourself – or get in the mood – or forget whatever it is you want to forget. GET ON WITH LIFE! Continue reading “Bits & Pieces of Health Tips”

Allergies/Fungi/Sinusitus

It’s Spring, and what comes with Spring? Allergies. Here in Florida, it has seemed like summer all winter, during which we have experienced a lot of pollen. The pollen is continuing into Spring….and it is bad. The people I talk to are blaming their allergies, illnesses and everything else on the pollen. I have to wash the pollen off my car at least once a week. If it rains, even if I don’t need to go anywhere, I drive my car around in the rain to let the rain wash the pollen off the car. Usually the rain helps to lower the pollen count, but this year, it didn’t. So the cry is Allergies, allergies, allergies. What do I do?

What does Allergy mean? According to the Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary – Allergy is “an altered reaction of body tissues to a specific substance (allergen) which in nonsensitive persons will, in similar amounts produce no effect.” What is an Allergen? ” Any substance that indicates a state of, or brings on manifestation of allergies.” Among common allergens are “inhalant’s (dusts, pollens, fungi, smoke, perfumes, odors of various materials); foods (wheat, eggs, milk, chocolate, strawberries); drugs (aspirin, antibiotics, serums); infectious agents (bacteria, viruses, fungi, animal parasites); contactants (chemicals, animals, plants, metals); physical agents (heat, cold, light, pressure, radiation);” etc. Allergic conditions include eczema, hay fever, bronchial asthma, hives, mumps, measles, gastrointestinal issues, headaches, etc. which, also, considered symptoms, stem from a cause.

Most folks are familiar with all the above, however, I would like to focus on fungus and nasal issues – generally considered to be hay fever or sinus problems. Continue reading “Allergies/Fungi/Sinusitus”

FYIHealthtalk Test Kitchen

Funny thing, I decided to add a Test Kitchen section to my blog. I am always trying new things. The Kitchen will present new recipes that I have concocted. The one for today will be a New Prickly Pear Smoothie. However, before I get to the recipe, let me tell you how I got there.

I have a neighbor who grows the Prickly Pear Cactus. It has the most beautiful flowers that change into the Prickly Pear Fruit.

The flowers on his plants are yellow like this picture. However, depending on the species the flowers can be other colors as well. The prickly pear cactus is grown in many areas. Here in the US they can be grown in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and I assume on the desert in Texas as well. They are also grown in other countries to include Mexico. I doubt anyone thinks about them being grown in Florida, but they are. Here in the area I live many people grow a bush or two in their yards. The only desert like places are the sands of the beach, but they are not grown there….probably too much salt in the sand. I had one in my yard, but they can grow very big and I didn’t like the needles – stickers on them so I disposed of them before they bloomed. I have seen them grow as high as the house….and they are heavy. I helped a neighbor take one out that wasn’t really very big, but it weighed a ton…had to put a rope around it and pull it out, then cut it up into little pieces to dispose of it. Continue reading “FYIHealthtalk Test Kitchen”