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.

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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

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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”

Healthy Aging!

 

It has been indicated in the past and is still the knowledge of today that energy is the life force that fuels our physical, mental and emotional well-being regardless of age, or sex. The world is full of folks who complain everyday that they have no energy, are tired and experience fatigue on a daily basis, and feel they are just making it from day-to-day. Many factors can cause this such as pollution, stress, improper eating habits such as skipping meals, eating too many processed foods, pushing our body’s support system to the limit when exercising, chronic low-grade health problems developed over a long time which can include, headaches, weight loss or gain, sleep disorders, nutritional deficiency, etc., etc.

What can a person do to reverse this downward spiral from being energetic? Detoxify, rebuild, re-energize, commit to free oneself from addictive habits – substances, and dependence on prescription drugs, any drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, toxic foods and beverages (soda). In simple language…it is changing ones lifestyle. Getting back to the basics in all aspects of your life. Continue reading “Healthy Aging!”

Fitness/Updates!

Fitness/Updates will be a section in my Blog, to be posted at least once a month. They will be short blogs – updates of and of general daily information.

DID YOU KNOW: With all the Organic Consumer information that is reported on TV, in the media, newspaper, and magazine, etc., it is now being said that millions of health minded Americans are finally understanding that organic food and a healthy diet and lifestyle are obviously key factors in preventing chronic disease, restoring public health and reducing out-of-control health care costs. Just the word ‘organic’ raises many questions. There are many concepts about what is ‘organic’ and what is not.

I hear folks all the time tell me, “I can’t afford to buy organic – it is too expensive”. A term associated with ‘organic‘ is ‘natural‘.So, what is the difference and what is the cost differential? Simply, ‘organic‘ agriculture produces the real thing; crops higher in vitamin content and trace minerals – unpolluted by chemicals. The term ‘natural‘ as used by the UNF (United Natural Foods) is a ploy to make one believe non-organic foods are organic, or in other words an organic alternative. The organic alternative terminology is, “chemical and energy-intensive factory farming using chemicals/additives/pesticides/preservatives and hormones, etc. Bluntly, it could be said that ‘natural’ is meaningless. ‘Natural’ has been broken down into 3 categories, natural, all natural, and sustainable. Today you will find all these mentioned terms used on food items in regular grocery stores as well as Natural or Whole Food stores. As well, many food items are labeled as “USDA Organic“. Are you confused? This is another government ploy to pull the wool over our eyes to make us think the food producer has followed strict NOP (National Organic Program) regulations and maintained detailed records. This is the government simply telling us what they want us to believe, and, what we want to hear. This leads to and/or predicts the price, so we pay organic or premium price for a conventional product. It is big business/profits at any cost. The unfortunate consequence is that it is very difficult for independently owned grocers or a coop trying to sell mostly real organic products, to compete.
(Info from: The Organic Monopoly and the Myth of “Natural” Foods: How Industry Giants are Undermining the Organic Movement – by Ronnie Cummins Organic Consumers Association – July 8, 2009).

Since 2009, when this information first came to our attention, ideology has changed a bit. Organic food costs, in many instances, are being brought into line with the regular processed foods. I find the fresh fruits and vegetables might be more expensive, but not by much. Also, producers are trying to process their foods to seem to be healthier than what they used to produce by eliminating some chemicals, lowering the sodium, genetically modifying the food, making it gluten-free, etc…..again, making us think they are doing their part in making the food better for us, the consumer. This subject could be argued in many different directions. I will leave it be, for now.

Bottom line….do your own research; check out the company’s and their practices. We must “put our money and our principles where our values lie.” Buy “Certified Organic” not so-called natural products. Healthwise – we are what we eat.

We live in an era that stresses health through exercise, eating healthy and taking supplements on the one hand and the government trying to control all of these in our lives, young and old alike. CHOICES, CHOICES, and more CHOICES – what do you want? 

STAY SAFE….AND GOOD HEALTH TO ALL!

Detoxification In Conjunction With ACTIVITIES!

The question posed is, does Detoxing allow you to work out, or have a regular exercise routine? That depends. If you are doing a heavy detox you would probably not feel like working out. With a moderate to light detox you can work out as you usually do as long as you are not feeling the effects of the healing crisis associated with a good Detox Program.

Exercising and working out can include a variety of activities – of which some are more strenuous than others. Most activities require PREPARATION, the first being a good night’s sleep – whether you exercise, do physical activity, or work out in the early morning, afternoon, or early evening. I like to do my exercise regimen in the morning, because it gives me the energy needed for the rest of the day. There are different opinions as to whether a workout should be done before or after eating. My preference or routine is – after a good night’s sleep, rise at 6-6:30 a.m., drink an 8 oz. glass of water with fresh lemon juice added to get the blood cleaned out and flowing. After a 15 minute wait, I do an easy warm-up (10 minutes) consisting mostly of slow stretching, on the floor or standing, push ups for the upper body, and plies’ (a Ballet dance term – the dance in me) – when younger, full plies, as a senior demi-plies, which in the sports world are known by most as squats or knee bends. Last I do, releves’ (another ballet term) but also known as toe raises…done rising as high as you are able up on the toes and then lowering the heels. After the warm up, I do a Tai Chi or Yoga routine. I alternate them depending on how I feel. I do the stretching routine everyday and the Tai Chi or Yoga every other day but not less than 2 times a week.  When I complete my exercise routine I drink another 8 oz. glass of water, wait about 15 minutes, the time it takes me to make a smoothie (I make various kinds), which I take with supplements, and that is breakfast. Other activities I take part in include 18 holes of golf 2-3 times a week (all year), and bowling 1 day a week (in the winter). I walk as much as I have time for between the activities and work. Note: none of the exercise I do is strenuous. One doesn’t have to do high impact workouts like Zumba, etc. to work up a sweat. A younger person can handle extreme and strenuous exercise or activities, where a senior cannot and should not. For everyone age, physical condition, health and time should be considered in the equation. Moderation in all things.

Back to eating first… Continue reading “Detoxification In Conjunction With ACTIVITIES!”