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.

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