Blog Archive - January 2011
January 19, 2011
The human body is an amazing creation. They all look different but operate pretty much the same. I think there are 4 elements of good health that are missing or fading in our lifestyle today that need our attention. To maximize the functioning of your body so you can look and feel better than ever, try giving it more, more, more of these four elements: #1 Water – preferably filtered at room-body temperature. Why? The human body is composed of 75% water and the human brain is 85% water. So, even minor fluctuations in hydration can affect how we look and feel. Especially in the winter when the air is dry, there is a significant insensible water loss with breathing and subtle perspiring. Our mucous membranes and cilia (the tiny hairs in our nose) need adequate hydration to function properly. They wave and flush dirt, debris and microbes toward the outside of the body so they do us no harm. All body processes are carried out in a fluid medium and the production of antibodies and other cells in the body requires water and protein. How? When you first awaken in the morning, drink 8-12 ounces of water. Leave a glass or bottle next to your bed at night and drink before you even get out of the bed. It is amazing how much more energy you will have as you start your day. A netty pot is a great way to flush your sinuses. Include it in your morning routine, too. During the day keep water available and drink 4 ounces an hour – that is in addition to coffee tea or other clear beverages. Drink before you thirst and never try to quench your thirst with milk or juice or beer. Water first, wait and then enjoy other beverages. #2 Sleep – at least 7 hours for adults and children and teens need 10 hours. Why? Your immune system works hard when you are sleeping. Give it a chance to protect you by sleeping well and long. How? Keep your bedroom cool, quiet and dark. No TV, playing video games or social networking in the hour or two before bedtime. Studies have shown that besides keeping the human mind engaged , close range exposure to lighted screens can impede internal secretion of melatonin - the body’s master sleep hormone. Also, avoid juice, sweetened sodas and caffeinated drinks before bedtime. The sugar can mess with your blood sugar levels and end up stimulating your brain and awakening you. There is also talk that adequate sleep at night can curb appetite and cravings during the waking hours ultimately saving you calories and money. #3 Probiotics – the good bacteria naturally found in yogurt, Kefir, and sauerkraut and also in nutritional supplements. Why? After taking antibiotics or with poor nutritional intake, the intestines are depleted of healthy bacteria (like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium) that compete with the pathogens (like Salmonella and Clostridium difficile) to keep the population in balance and under control. Probiotics will enhance the body’s immune system and improve your digestion and your complexion. How? Stay away from yogurt with sugar added or other chemical sweetners. Use Greek and plain yogurt as salad dressing or combine with granola for a snack. The best probiotic supplements have enteric coating so they make it to your intestines and are not killed by the stomach acid. Visit www.brendawatson.com for lots more information on probiotics and digestive health. #4 Laughter – yeah – like a big old belly laugh! Why? Belly laughing will stimulate “feel-good” chemicals within the body and also enhance the immune system. How? Pets and children are good laughter stimulants – just watch them for a while and even start the laughter with fake laughing. It will turn into joyful laughing very quickly. Do it in the privacy of your own home but better yet, share it in public and spread the benefits to others. And first thing in the morning when you become conscious – smile! Even a fake smile will affect your internal chemistry and can change your day. Try it!