13 Mar

Don’t take the simple things for granted!

The body needs water everyday to function. Let me clarify this statement.  The body needs a required amount, according to its size, to function optimally.  We all know this, right? We know we can’t live without it. So why don’t we manage or monitor the amount of water we drink?

Because we have been taught that water is only an option and it can be replaced by other fluids? Unfortunately, this is absolutely wrong. Water is necessary for the body to functions at its best. How much do we need to drink? The intake of water is in direct relation to how much you weigh.  So everyone needs a different amount of water per day.  It’s not just a cup or two; it’s more like 60 to 100 ounces per day.  This is a known fact. But for some odd reason, it is difficult to accomplish this goal. This seems simple enough.  This seems simple enough, then why are most people chronically dehydrated?

If we all know this than why do most of us including myself wait until our body’s tell us, “Hey, I’m thirsty!” At this point it’s too late, there is already internal damage occurring. It might be small, but over time it becomes significant. Felling thirsty is a sign and symptom of mild to severe “Dehydration.” This is not just an individual problem; it’s national problem.

Being thirsty is a warning sign that the body is starting to malfunction. Medically speaking, when the body is craving thirst, it is already too late and has reached the point of  deficiency throughout the body. At this point the body is functioning below its physical and mental potential. Don’t quote me on this but I think it’s three to five percent below its potential.

Let me put this in perspective. This is like driving your car until the Oil warning light starts flashing and thinking, “it will be okay, I’ll check when I get home”. You may make it and you may not make it. Do you want to take that chance? Some people do this, I don’t recommend this.  But to keep your car running at top performance, we proactively change the oil every 1 to 3 thousand miles, or for newer cars we refer to the owners manual.

The owners manual for the body (all anatomy and physiology books) state the body is made up of around 60% of water. It is a necessity to keep it hydrated. Because it keeps the blood flowing smoothly and clean, transports oxygen,  hormones, and nutrients throughout the body.  This is also another name for maintaining “Homeostasis.” If the blood gets thick due to dehydration; it becomes sluggish; it becomes less efficient at transporting these items to their perspective destinations. Hence,  dehydration is one of the main causes in the development of a disease process.

The general Rule of Thumb for drinking water is: Drink half of your body weight in ounces. For example, a 200lb men should be drinking 100 ounces of water per day if he is sedentary. If he is active and doing physical labor he needs to be consuming 4 to 6 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes during the activity. This is in addition to the 100 ounces needed to sustain a health life style. So drink water and stay healthy. Oh, by the way, most hunger cravings are the signs of dehydration and thirst not food. So drink water throughout the day and in between meals. Most of your minor aches and pain will vanish. Don’t take this flavorless, hydrogen and oxygen chemical compound, H2O, for granted!

10 Mar

Choose to be different. Choose to be you.

To be accepted, to fit into society is fairly easy, most of us do it everyday.  You just have to follow a few specific rules of etiquette and you blend right in. To be hired and paid an average living wage follows the same kind of rules. If you follow a set of instructions and put the right words into your resume you have a decent chance of getting hired. But this is the same criteria they use to downsize a company?  If you fit in and do the same thing as your co-workers, you can easily be replaced.   What can you do or offer better than anyone else?

Are you different or unique in some form or fashion?  Who knows this about you?  Are you passionate about anything? We all have something that inspires us, you just need to find it and embrace it, because this is who you are. This is what makes you a unique individual. So the big question you should be asking yourself is, am I living the life I was born to live?

I’ve asked many co-workers this same question. And the quick, most common response is, I don’t know. Mind you, these people are very smart when it comes to their job, and they do it very well. Unfortunately, being passionate about something doesn’t have rules to follow and is boundless and free.  And with freedom comes criticism and sometimes ridicule.  This scares most of us and makes us uncomfortable to say the least.

Why? Because we have only been taught how to be good rule followers and know that being perfect may get you a good grade, positive reinforcement by your peers and boss,  and even get you hired at a well-paying company. The most common American goal is to be perfect  at something and fit the mold of being an A, B, or C student;  this is how you blend into the status quo and where most people find comfort. The majority of people are okay with this or feel they don’t have any other choice, and that is okay too.

Yet, some of us are trying to break free from the status quo and don’t know how. This is like wanting to learn a foreign language without an instructor. It is possible, unfortunately most people have not learned how to do this. Why? Because we’ve been taught that making mistakes and failure is associated with bad grades along with not being able to follow directions. Ultimately, not a good employee.

Unfortunately, what we are not taught in school is, most remarkable people make multiple mistakes throughout their lives, yet they seem to find how to grow and improve from these mistakes.  Somehow they have realized it is okay to stumble and fall or simply just fail at something; because the rules about  great successes, always, always comes great and multiple failures.

Embracing the rules of success starts with finding what you are passionate about.  Passion knows no bounds. It is an abyss of opportunity. It is going to be full of UPS and DOWNS, because you are creating the rules. We need to prepare and accept occasional setbacks as part of this emotional experience toward fulfilling your dream. But learn from those mistakes and never give up.

Einstein supposedly failed nearly a thousand times before he created the light bulb. And crazy as it sounds, he was motivated by trying to stop the light from burning, as oppose to trying to keep the filament burning longer. Image that. We can learn more from our mistakes than our successes. Rule followers may get decent paying jobs, however, passionate opportunity seekers, creative artists and entrepreneurs live by their own rules and create their own realities. How do you want to live and be remembered?

09 Mar

Health and Fitness: The Nuts & Bolts

Health and Fitness may seem overwhelming and a high percentage of people simply don’t know where to start. My goal is to share with you a little insight on how to take that first step towards change.

First we have to acknowledge that  we are all genetically different and have different fitness goals.  This being said, we can conclude everyone’s strategic plan or goals are going to be unique and specific to that individual. Working out and being healthy can be a very simple task or can become very complex depending on how you approach this topic.

I have been exercising, lifting weights, and taking care of myself for over 35 years.  I have come to the conclusion that finding your 35-55% workout intensity is a happy medium that will not only give you significant gains in fitness, overall health, but will allow your body to remain strong, healthy, flexible, and functional for a long time. A body is most effective and useful when it is aerobically, lean, tone, flexible, and functional as opposed to anaerobically, large, stiff and muscle-bound.

The message I want to convey is that going to the gym can be enjoyable and doesn’t have to be serious and boring.  But first you need to understand a little about your body, namely know what muscle groups are weak and how to stay balanced.  Remember that balance is key. When muscle groups get out of balance, your body starts to get misaligned and injuries start to happen.  Keeping your muscle groups balanced will prevent this from happening.

For example, guys like to have a well-defined chest, however, most young men neglect their back muscles to balance out the chest and shoulder muscles, which causes a pulling forward of the shoulders, which also pulls on the vertebrae. However, if you strengthened your back muscles along with your chest muscles the body has a tendency to stay aligned and balanced, and your posture will remain in proper alignment.

Rule of thumb for chest and back routines. I learned this from one of my instructors.  “For every chest exercise, you need to do three back exercises.”  This is a little extreme but makes a good point. You can modify this to two back exercises per chest exercise. However this should limit your chest routine to 2 or 3 at most, depending on how long you want to spend at the gym and how knowledgeable you are about back exercises.

This leads me to the simple fact, you need to have a specific plan, written out, before you walk into the gym. Or you will be wasting your time and money. Your personal trainer should know your expectations and created a unique workout plan just for you. He/She be able to tell you why you should be doing the specific exercises.  If not, you need to look for a more experienced personal trainer.

Have fun and if you need some help, find a passionate and motivated personal trainer. Don’t just accept any personal trainer the gym throws at you.  Interview them,  ask them questions.  What certification/s do you have? Why did you pick that certification?  Why are you a personal trainer?  Get a feel for who they are and make sure they can explain where your imbalances are, and how he/she is going to correct them?  Your workout routine should be unique to your body and your goals.

18 Dec

Wellosophy For Life (Youngevity Forever)

Wellness for Life. Youngevity‘s nutrition and supplement products will provide the 90 essential nutrients that the human body needs to sustain good health. 90 for life gives your body everything it needs to grow, sustain, heal and function at its optimum potential. Scientifically tested by the best labs in the industry coupled with thousands of documented cases of healing success for over twenty years.

Dr. Joel Wallach’s philosophy is based on the fact that our modern day food supply is deficient in the vital and essential minerals and vitamins that it use to contain, due to many different reasons, such as commercial farming practices and the processing of our boxed and canned foods. Youngevity’s products have improved the health and wellness of thousands of people’s lives around the world. Dr. Wallach has demanded nothing but the highest quality products (plant derived minerals) to be sold under his name. These products are supported by scientific research and have received nothing but the highest quality lab testing results. One of the only nutrition and supplement companies that have been to court and successfully prevailed against the Food Drug Administration (FDA) on multiple occasions.

Youngevity is a multidimensional company that allows its customers to share in its unquestionable success by simply sharing their personal experiences with others, and by showing them the unlimited business opportunity by becoming a Youngevity Independent Marketing Director.  Below are some informative videos that just may change your perspective and have an influential effect on your current situation.

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09 Aug

Recommended Death Allowance: Who is the FDA really protecting? Citizens or Corporate Interests?

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If you had any doubt about whether the Food and Drug Administration is looking out for the interests of the citizens of the United States, this article should clear any doubts you have.  Click here for article> FDA protecting Who?

More scientific research performed by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Food and Nutrition Board in 2010. More indisputable facts about the need for Vitamin Supplementation.   Click Here

03 Aug

Nutrition 101

Lesson 1: Understanding the Human Body.

We are living organisms made up of millions of cells that are doing their best to survive, regardless of how much abuse we inflict upon them by our Western eating rituals. The human body has an innate and unique ability to survive and will withstand this abuse for about 51 to 76 years if you are lucky. It is accomplished by an amazing mechanism called Homeostasis.  All these cells are trying to maintain a stable and balanced environment in response to external conditions thrust upon them. The cells function and survive longest when they can maintain a pH balance that is more alkaline than acidic.  Unfortunately, the mere existence of being alive causes the body to produce acidic waste products, such as, breathing oxygen into the lungs and then exhaling carbon dioxide, which causes the body to become acidic if it cannot effectively rid itself of this carbon dioxide.  Another form of acidic production comes from working out in the gym.  After a good, hard workout, it is believed the muscle cells  produce lactic acid, which is a byproduct of anaerobic glycolysis.

When there is a build up lactate or acidity in the body, the homeostasis mechanism becomes stressed, unbalanced and the pH  balance falls into the acidic range. This causes the cells walls to become weakened and are prone to early destruction. Please don’t misconstrue this information. Working out is just one of many activities that increase the acidity within the body. The trick is to reduce this acid environment and restore the alkaline environment.

The fact is, most diseases thrive in acidic environments, such as cancer, tuberculosis, and arthritis to name a few. These diseases typically cannot survive in alkaline and oxygenated environments. A healthy pH level is between 6.8 to 7.4.  So when the body’s entire pH balance is more acidic, diseases have a prime environment to grow and develop.  If the body is in balance, between 6.8 and 7.4,  many diseases simply die off, because the oxygen and the healthy alkaline state keeps the cell walls strong and healthy which doesn’t allow the cell to become overly acidic and prone to disease, which will eventually weaken the cell walls to the point of mutation and finally destruction.  Also, infections and sores take longer to heal when the body is in an acidic state due to the high concentration of acid in the body.

The foods that cause an increase in acidity throughout the body are:

All processed foods (anything Canned, Packaged, and Man-made)

Meat

Milk

Sugar

The list goes on.  The lesson that needs to be learned here is Acidic foods need to be limited while we do our best to  increase the foods that cause the body to increase its alkalinity and a healthy pH balance.  Unfortunately, the body takes several month to adjust its pH levels.  It doesn’t happen over night. So, it may take six months to a year to bring a body back to a healthy pH balance.  Start incorporating more and more fresh and organic fruits and vegetables into every meal. A good rule of thumb is to have more fruits and veggies than meats, starches, and dairy per meal. This should help most people regain the body’s healthy alkaline balance its needs to stay healthy, energized and strong. Good luck everyone.

 

31 Jul

Truth About Vitamin Supplements; Don’t be Deceived!

An article written in January 1937 by Dr. Streck, titled “Further Studies on the Intoxication of Vitamin D” was intended to protect and deceive the general public.  The rest of this post will be quoted from a book, The Calcium Factor, by Dr. Bob Barefoot.  As you read this passage, ask yourself, Who is the benefactor of this change?

“While the Streck study was still underway, the medical authorities undertook another major initiative to deceive the public. In order to sway people from taking large doses of vitamins which they knew would cure them, they had to find a way to make people think that they were taking too much. First they began with the propaganda that vitamins may be toxic or could be toxic. Then they used reverse psychology to trick the public. They took the more crucial vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin A, and changed their units of measurement. Prior to this everything was measured in milligrams. For example, most women were taking 20 milligrams of vitamin D, which was 1/3rd the 60 milligrams of vitamin C they would get from eating an orange. The new units were called International Units or IUs and the 20 milligrams of vitamin D became 1,000,000 international units (IUs), which sounds like it is way too much to take. After all, the woman eating the orange was only getting 60 milligrams of vitamin C, how could she ever take 1,000,000 of vitamin D? So the average woman would take 400 IUs of vitamin D along with 60mg of vitamin C that she could get from eating an orange. The numbers to this day sound reasonable, even though they are ridiculous.  The reverse psychology or numbers psychology worked and appears to be even more effective today.  The problem is that even though the numbers sound reasonable, the reality is that the woman is now getting less than one-hundredth of the one milligram of vitamin D, thereby guaranteeing that disease would proliferate. Thus the AMA and FDA coalition had found a way to set the recommended daily allowances (RDAs) so low that disease would become locked in which in turn guarantees exorbitant profiteering by the drug industry and medical authorities. These actions have caused the pain and deaths of millions of Americans (25,000,000 from cancer alone since Otto Warburg (Nobel Prize Winner) issued his warning in 1966.”

References

http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=671201

 

18 Jun

How to evaluate Information

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Information is all around us; we can seek out specific information or have it passively fed to us through a variety of media outlets.  Information should be measured by its value, usefulness and ultimately, who it is coming from (is it a trusted source without any ties to Multinational Corporations (i.e. Monsanto), or industries, like the pharmaceutical industry, or the Dairy Industry), whether it is useful (will it benefit the reader or the person it is coming from?) and whether it is the truth (simple, honest, truth with no ulterior motives tied to profit from its use). Keeping these three questions in mind will help you determine if the information you are receiving has any potential “Value” to your happiness or well-being.  According to The Oxford Dictionary, the definition of Value is, “The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something; The material or monetary worth of something; The worth of something compared to the price paid or asked for it.” Depending on how you perceive a particular type of information, you will unconsciously place a personal value upon it; and hopefully, it will be one that will benefit you and your family’s well-being. 

Remember to ask yourself these questions.

  • Is  the information coming from a legitimate source that is verifiable and backed up by quality or peer-reviewed research?
  • Ask yourself who was the research funded by?  Who will benefit from this research?
  • And lastly, is there any ulterior motives for providing this information to the public?

If you get use to asking these questions, you will begin to empower yourself, your family, and your friends.

08 Apr

The Importance of Internships!

internship-1All young adults, either in their senior year in high school or college need to apply for and get accepted into an internship program. Internships need to be researched before applying to them. Make it fun by finding companies you like and want to work for. Companies use internships to find potential full-time employees and to find out if these prospects have a good work ethic and fit in with their company’s culture/environment. The summer time is the perfect time to get this real world experience, before you get obligated to a company you careless about. This is also the time to find out if the company is the right fit for you and if you would like to commit a large part of your life working for a particular company.

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21 Mar

Start buying from your local Farmers.

 

local harDid you know that www.localharvest.com is the answer to finding your local organic farms. This website is the easiest way to find local farmers in your area and what they are selling throughout the year. So what are you waiting for, start supporting your local farmers and treating yourself and your family to healthy, nutritious, and fresh foods all year-long.
What farms are in your area, just type in your zip code.
http://www.localharvest.org/organic-farms/

02 Jan

Do you know what you are buying from the grocery store?

1Say-no-to-Processed-FoodsWhat products should you avoid?  Most cereals that are made for kids and adults.  Most frozen food items.  Anything that is artificially sweeten or just sweetened with corn syrup or fructose.  It is believed that 70-80 percent of all food items in the grocery store have Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in them. Please be careful and try to eat more of a Plant Based diet and if possible buy Organic foods preferably.  According to U.S. Newswire (2007), “Reality: High fructose corn syrup is made from corn, a natural grain product. The process to make high fructose corn syrup begins with steeping corn to soften and separate the kernel into its component parts–starch, corn hull, protein and oil. Many of the processes used to make high fructose corn syrup are used in the production of other foods and ingredients that are commonly considered natural” (2007).   And unfortunately, nearly all corn-based products are manufactured by Monsanto, the weed killer and pesticide company.  “The “big four” biotech seed companies—Monsanto, DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred, Syngenta, and Dow AgroSciences—own 80% of the US corn market and 70% of the soybean business” (“gmeducation.org,” The Monsanto Monopoly).

References

(2007, December 13). CRA Releases Top Published Myths About High Fructose Corn Syrup. U.S. Newswire. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/docview/450800183?accountid=35812

http://www.gmeducation.org/latest-news/p207220-the%20monsanto%20monopoly.html

02 Mar

Word of the Day

Confidence

Early 15c., from Middle French confidence or directly from Latin confidentia, from confidentem (nominative confidens) “firmly trusting, bold,” present participle of confidere “to have full trust or reliance,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + fidere “to trust” (see faith). Traditional definition: having strong belief or full assurance; sure: confident of fulfillment.

Passion

From the Latin “passio” action to bear, endure, suffer
The passion in philosophy is a central concept, which refers to the conception of subjectivity. For philosophers of freedom, passion is a “disease of the soul” (Kant), for the rationalist philosophers (Plato, Descartes), they blur the trial and prevent access to truths. Whereas for the Romantics (Hegel, Schelling, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, …), the passion intensifies life, stands for liberation.

Acid-Base Homeostasis:

Acid–base homeostasis is the part of human homeostasis concerning the proper balance between acids and bases, also called body pH. The body is very sensitive to its pH level, so strong mechanisms exist to maintain it.

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Strategy:

“Strategy is a plan for using your resources-time, talent, and money-to achieve your goals” (Horwath, 2012).

Volition:

The act or power of making one’s own choices or decisions

Veritas:

Truth ; “The conformity of a proposition to the way things are. Precise analysis of the nature of truth is the subject of the correspondence, and semantic theories of truth”

26 Feb

We Are What We Choose

Choose to be amazing.  Choose to be inspiring.  Choose to live a life that has a way of giving back when you are nowhere to be found. Choose to be remembered by as many people as possible. Be understanding in a way that builds upon your knowledge base, because this is the only true property you will ever own.  The larger your knowledge base, the wealthier you become.  And you won’t need an accountant or financial planner to keep track of it, and most importantly you won’t owe any taxes on it.  This is why the choices you make throughout your life are so important, because if and when you make the right decisions, they can be combined with the bad ones, to make amazing discoveries that can make you very wealthy, in more ways than one.

It is recommended and expected that you make decisions and mistakes in your teenage years and throughout your life, most importantly learn from them and how these choices become part of a bigger reality that you are able to mold into something unique and special. Then you will be able to share it with others to improve their lives. Fortunately, it is all up to you to create your destiny.

How do you do this?  This is the point where we go our own ways.  You have the answers you are looking for, but you must clear your mind of all the propaganda and media nonsense you have grown up seeing everyday, in order to find what is right for you.  Thoughtsacknowledged.com will hopefully lend a guiding hand on your personal journey.  Good Luck my friends.

28 Jan

Aspire til Your Heart is Content

“Your Vocation is where Your Passion meets the World’s Greatest Need.”

Frederick Bruner

 

Remember, you are defined by what you do on a daily basis and what you do on your days off, these are the things that will be remembered at your funeral. The things that you say are only remembered in the moment that they were said, unless you are living what you preach and preaching what you live.

28 Jan

Holistic Living

52213676899523634_OfNIZJ2q_cHolistic living is a systemic approach that incorporates every aspect about ourselves, our environment, and even things you have never thought about. There are even more areas about our life that we have been conveniently not taught and are completely unaware of.  When life is approached with an open-mind and understood from this perspective, we can start to awaken parts of your body and mind that we never knew existed. This is partially due to the chaos of our daily lives and the constant bombardment of corporate advertising campaigns aimed at selling us something.

There are many ways to start living a holistic lifestyle.  It is up to you to start thinking for yourself and not be led by the lies of the American Corporate Marketing Machine.  Here are some steps you can start to take to incorporate them into your life.

  • Educate yourself with truthful and scientific information
  • Start a Physical Fitness workout program
  • Eat organic foods and avoid processed foods
  • Listen with an open heart and  mind
  • Relax for 10 minutes everyday (Clear your Mind of everything, it needs a break too)
  • Socialize by meeting at least one new person a week

This is just to get you started.  Pick one and begin. I have links that will help you start with a  step by step learning guide.

Let’s get started!

 

20 Jan

An Everyday Workout Routine

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This is a beginner’s routine with an experienced mind-set and foundation. This is how you build a solid and strong physical foundation. Once this is established, you can start to focus on getting the physical shape you desire, but first things first. Patience is a necessity when getting in shape, especially when starting out. Most exercise books and websites assume a lot of things about the reader and usually discourage most people before they even feel or see any improvement in their appearance.  Full Version PDF

 

The Human Body Wants to and Needs to Aspires to be Fit and Healthy

Today’s work environment is typically void of sunlight, rigorous and intense movement, and filled with constantly electromagnetic frequencies that interfere with the body natural frequencies.I would like to point out the importance of Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion: Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it. This means that whatever type of movement