Drink unsweetened Ginger and Lemon water in the morning. Ginger's warm energy increases blood flow to the digestive tract which breaks down food and keeps things flowing. Lemon's sour energy cuts through the build-up of foods and tones the liver. These two nutrients will helps to jump start your digestive system each day. Try it!
Are you a pepcid-popper? Do you carry a roll of Tums in your purse? Water is the hero of the gastrointestinal tract. It is the basis of every fluid your body needs for digestion, including saliva, bile, stomach acid, pancreatic juices and even the mucus that lines our GI tract. Without adequate water the whole digestive system goes into emergency mode, and you may get heartburn, indigestion, constipation, hemorrhoids, and even ulcers.
When the body is dehydrated, it may restrict the flow of blood to non-vital areas and concentrate it instead on the vital organs – this may cause your blood pressure to rise. If you drink enough water, the restricted blood vessels usually begin to open up, lowering blood pressure. Sure, you could take blood pressure medication, but why, when the safest and cheaper solution is usually to drink enough water. Many people have lowered their blood pressure by increasing their water intake. Of course, weight loss, stress reduction and a sensible diet are also important.
Joint cartilage provides smooth surface so that joints can glide easily during movement. Cartilage is five times slicker than ice and is made up of 80 percent water. If the cartilage is robbed of fluid, the joints will eventually creak, crack and pop – like a rusty door hinge. The increased friction causes them to degenerate quicker, eventually leading to arthritis. As we approach age 50, back pain becomes a problem. No wonder, three-quarters of the weight of the body is supported by the fluid inside the disks. When the disks in your spine lack water they begin to degenerate and herniated more quickly. Similar to driving on under-inflated tires on a car, they will either wear out faster or eventually blow out.
Want to know what is actually in your water? To check you city’s water supply, go to the website www.ewg.org and enter your zip code and the name of your water supplier under the label “What’s in your water?” and hit the Go button. The website will generate a local water system report including any contaminants found in the water supply.
Tired of staring at the ceiling? If you want more or better sleep, eating these foods can help you rest more peacefully: bananas, milk and cereal, cheese and crackers, hummus, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds (contain tryptophan); almonds (contain magnesium); tart cherries, pineapple, and walnuts (contains melatonin); and decaffeinated green tea (contains thiamine and amino acid).
Not sleeping at night? Many foods will cause you to stay up due to sugar levels, acidic levels, being hard to digest or causing a lactose backlash. If you are having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, make sure you're not eating any of these foods before bedtime: celery, tomatoes, cheese pizza, alcohol, black bean chili, dark chocolate, candy, tacos, steak, carbonated drinks or broccoli.
Eating is a spiritual process and should be acted upon as such. Not just blessing your food but eating in a peaceful manner with positive energy and focus. If we do this our food will taste better and process properly in our digestives system. When we eat while we're angry or harboring negative energy, our food does not processing well and will cause all types of digestive issues. In order to get the many nutrients we need from food, we must eat a large variety of fruits and vegetables with a varieties of colors. Our plates should look like a rainbow and the predominant portion should consist of a variety of colorful vegetables. Make every meal resemble the rainbow!
Herbs are plants that grow on this Earth to nurture and heal us. Every herb has a heating or cooling energy and are used based on the energy of the condition we are addressing. Herbs also have affects on our bodies' metabolism. If an herb is warming, we feel warm and our metabolism speeds up, if the herb is cooling it cools the body and slows the body down. Everything and everyone is energy and knowing how to balance that energy as much as possible will keep us healthy.
There are two types of arthritis: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatory Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a cold/wind in the body and should be treated with warming treatments such as castor oil massages, glucosamine and turmeric. Rheumatory Arthritis is an inflammatory (hot) condition and should be treated with cooling treatments such as eating cherries, turmeric and aloe vera gel. Taking Turmeric is good for both Osteo and Rheumatory Arthritis conditions.