Water is the single most important nutrient we consume. It is a key component to each of the millions of biochemical reactions that happen in our bodies every second. It’s estimated that 75% of people in the US are chronically dehydrated, so dehydration is a real concern. You may be all too familiar with the number one symptom of chronic dehydration: midday fatigue. Hitting your target daily water intake can sometimes be a challenge with a busy schedule, but it’s a good idea to find ways that help you to stay hydrated.
Upgrade Your Water
A great way to upgrade your water and maximize the benefits you get from drinking it, is to make your own sports drinks. The vast majority of store-bought energy drinks and juices come with added sugars, additives and are also heavily processed. Steer clear of anything that is a color you can’t find in nature! When you make your own, you can ensure you get all the good stuff, none of the bad, and that they are refreshing, thirst-quenching and delicious as well! Fresh sliced produce and some added electrolytes in purified water is all it takes!
People often mistakenly think of water as the sole component of hydration, but minerals and electrolytes play just as critical of a role. The best place to find the electrolytes your body craves is in mineral-rich salts. Himalayan Pink Salt and Celtic Sea Salt contain around 84 trace minerals and nutrients that help your cells send and receive messages, and support more complete hydration.
Just slice up some fruits, veggies and herbs and let them soak in purified water for a few hours in the fridge. Add a few pinches of healthy salt, and you’ve upgraded your water to be super-hydrating. Here are some flavor combinations to get you started:
- Cucumber & Mint
- Lemon & Ginger
- Pineapple & Mint
- Watermelon & Rosemary
- Raspberry & Lime
- Orange, Lemon & Lime
- Lime & Mint
- Grape & Honeydew
- Blackberry & Sage
- Tangerine & Cucumber
With the fast food culture that has developed in the US, microwave ovens have made their way into just about every home. For sure, their convenience is unquestionable. But just as with fast food, it doesn’t come without high risk to our health.
Microwaves work by interacting with the water molecules in food, causing them to change polarity millions of times per second. This creates molecular friction that heats up the food. Unfortunately, though, research is showing that it does much more than just heat food.
The violent friction from microwaves causes substantial damage to food molecules, leaving them deformed, torn apart, or transformed into toxic forms.
Because of this, microwaved foods contain both molecules and energies that are foreign to the human body. Essentially, microwave ovens decay and change the molecular structure of food through the process of radiation.
10 reasons to stop using your microwave
- The process of microwaving food creates by-products that are foreign to the human body. These cannot be metabolized (broken down), so rather than provide you with fuel, microwaved foods create a negative energy drain on the body.
- The effects of the by-products of microwaved foods are residual and cumulative in the body over time.
- Microwaves can alter the molecular structure of non-foods (containers, etc), causing them to leech harmful toxins.
- Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of microwaved foods are reduced or altered so that at best, the human body gets little or no benefit. At worst, they may actually contain carcinogenic compounds.
- When vegetables are cooked in microwave ovens, the minerals they contain are altered into cancerous free radicals.
- Studies have shown that microwaved foods can cause cancerous growths or tumors in the stomach and intestines. This may be a contributor to the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in the US.
- Microwaved foods can cause cancerous cells to increase in human blood.
- The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations, and can disrupt male and female hormone production.
- Eating microwaved food can cause loss of memory and concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease in intelligence.
- Over time, regularly eating microwaved foods can cause permanent brain damage by “shorting out” electrical impulses in the brain and de-polarizing or de-magnetizing brain tissues.
Things that are flexible don’t break.
People who are flexible don’t break down.
A few summers ago I started playing volleyball- one of my favorite sports. I’d played a lot earlier in life, but not much in the past 8 years or so. It started as recreational, but by Fall a friend and I had organized a competitive indoor league. I had been playing for about 6 months at that point without any physical issues, but during my first competitive game I popped a rib out of place. Anyone who’s had that happen knows how fun it is (if you haven’t, I assure you it’s awful). The thing is, I didn’t do anything that game that was unusual. I didn’t twist my body in the wrong way or collide with someone. I didn’t forget to stretch or push myself too hard. Nothing was different that day from any other day- except this time it was competitive. There were stakes: I wanted to win.
It took some reflection (post-chiropractic adjustment) to understand what had happened for me that day. The introduction of competitive energy had created an emotional state for me that was inflexible. There was a specific performance and outcome that I was attached to, which left no room for anything else. And I didn’t enjoy myself as much that day. I don’t remember if my team won or lost, but I do remember being grouchy with myself while on the court (and then in quite a bit of pain for a few days after).
The importance of flexibility
There are two distinct ways in which we use the word flexibility. For a physical object, flexibility is the quality of bending easily without breaking. To be emotionally flexible is to have the willingness to adapt, change or compromise. But are they really that distinct? Or are they really mirrors of each other? When we are emotionally and mentally inflexible, our bodies follow suit. When we hold onto, or are unwilling to let go of, something (a perspective, an opinion, a result, or being “right”), our bodies do the same and become become tight, immovable, and rigid. Perhaps if we are willing to embrace the flow of life, to be pliable and be open to the possibilities outside of our current perspective, we can become able to adapt both emotionally and physically to our surroundings, our circumstances, and even the relationships in our lives. Perhaps we can become more flexible.
Where can you begin to notice potential resistance in your life, and consider the mirrored physical sensation or condition it creates in your body? Or where in your body are you “holding on” that may be connected to an emotional need that you fear letting go of? Opening up your perspective can be both emotionally and physically liberating and freeing. Is there anywhere in your life where being more flexible could lead to less resistance? To a greater sense of ease? To more harmony, pleasure or freedom? Or maybe to a healthier, more flexible body?
In June of 2012, Satomi graduated from Renton Technical College’s Massage Therapy Practitioner program, a course which included over 1,000 hours of didactic and practical hands on training. In school she studied numerous massage modalities, including Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Trigger Point Therapy, and Acupressure, as well as Hot Stone Massage. Since graduating, she has worked for a massage clinic, a spa, and a chiropractor’s clinic. Additionally, in the summer of 2013, she visited Japan and completed the beginner and intermediate level courses of a style of Japanese massage called Zen Shiatsu. This was taught by a very well-known practitioner and teacher named Kimura. Satomi was both humbled and honored upon receiving from Mr. Kimura the certificates for his Zen Shiatsu courses. She has had and continue to have unique opportunities to improve her ability to help people through massage. She has learned that each patient is unique, and provides an opportunity for her to discover the most effective massage modalities for them. Satomi also realizes that a patient’s physical condition is sometimes affected by what troubles the mind, heart and soul. In realizing this, her goal of finding and releasing tight muscles, reducing pain, and improving range of motion, is complimented by her desire to calm a troubled mind, to soothe an aching heart, and to heal a distressed soul with her hands.
Satomi’s Website: nagomitherapeuticmassage.com