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May 25, 2005 | May into June
Summer is a coming in...
June is going to be a very busy month, and I will be glad to see my house again in July. Especially as the greenhouse is overflowing with herbs and wildflowers, and my organic veggie patch actually has green things growing in it, which aren't weeds. Our woodpeckers are back, Queenie the chicken is sitting on eggs, the Mad March Hare has apppeared, and Brandon, our rook has fledged. Visitors to the house will need to have a sense of humour, as he loves to land on my arm or shoulders, but I am not sure if this will become a normal welcome extended to everyone in the future. Certainly, I have heard the postman talking to him in the mornings!
Meanwhile, this is also the season for allergies rearing their ugly heads, particularly with the rapeseed. One of the main things to remember is to keep yourself well hydrated. The more water is lubricating your system (and we should be at 75%), the better your natural anti-histamines work. Please see the article below for more information.
Yours in health, Rasma
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Your Essential Life Plan
Based on Dr Batmanghelidj’s Water & Salt: Your Healers from Within
5 steps to vibrant health
1. Balance the water and salt content of your body
2. Exercise the muscle mass of your body to enhance your brain efficiency
3. Avoid drinks that dehydrate and make the body toxic
4. Eat a balanced daily diet of proteins and vegetables: 80% vegetables, legumes and fruit, with as little starch and sugar as possible.
5.Read the above book!
Your body is about 75% water and 25% solid matter; even more importantly, your brain is 85% water and the cerebral spinal fluid is saline - salt and water. You lose water and salt through your sweat, urine, and tears. The balance is very sensitive to dehydration, so it is of vital importance that you maintain accurate hydration levels.
When your body is dehydrated it redistributes the available water. ‘Imagine a juicy plum picked from the tree and left exposed to the sun or wind – it becomes a prune.’ This is what happens to the 100 trillion cells in your body when there is a shortage of water.
Chronic dehydration forces the body to shut down some functions, including anti-histamine production and blood sugar balance. While all fluids contain water, drinks like tea, coffee, alcohol and fizzy pops contain dehydrating ingredients. This is why you actually pass more volume of urine after drinking these, because they not only lose the water they are made in, but take additional water from your body’s reserves.
How to tell if you are dehydrated
Your sense of thirst is one of your body’s LAST signals of dehydration, and as you get older this sense is one of the first to disappear entirely! So how do you tell?
1. General Feelings – feeling tired, flushed, irritable, anxious, dejected, depressed, not sleeping, feeling heavy headed, increased cravings.
2. Drought Management/Auto immune Conditions – asthma, allergies, hypertension, constipation, Type II diabetes, autoimmune diseases
3. Emergency Indications – heartburn, dyspeptic pain, anginal pain, lower back pain, rheumatoid joint pains, migraines, colitis, fibromyalgic pains, bulimia, morning sickness
•are chronically dehydrated due to the natural growth process. Try to give them water instead of milk or juice as much as possible
•Too much orange juice can cause asthma and allergies due to increase of histamines
•Infants who are fed on formula milk need it diluted with water, and all non-breast fed babies need as much water as formula to avoid cholesterol build up in the arteries, and to help ensure the immune system (liver, bone marrow) are in optimum condition
The Water Plan
Every 24 hours, your body recycles the equivalent of 40,000 glasses of water to maintain its physiological functions. It does this every single day of your life! During this process, the body becomes short 6 – 10 glasses each day – this needs to be replenished.
•Glass or pint of water first thing in the morning, to correct sleep dehydration. This can be taken with ½ lemon to maintain acid/alkaline balance.
•Glass or pint of water drunk 30 minutes before each meal to prepare digestive tract.
•Take water any time you actually ‘feel’ thirsty – even during meals, but try not to have more than ½ cup when eating
•Another glass of water 2 ½ hours after a meal to complete the digestive process
•Take plenty of water when exercising so you can sweat without dehydration
•2 – 3 glasses of water in the morning is an effective laxative
The Need for Salt
Water, salt and potassium regulate your body’s water content. Water regulates the water in the cells so it can cleanse and extract toxic waste; once in, the potassium holds onto the water so it can do its job. Salt balances the amount of water outside the cells. Good health depends on the delicate balance between the interior cell water and the exterior water volume. The ratio between salt (sodium) and potassium should be 2:1 (about ½ tsp salt per day - please note: total includes sodium naturally found in foods as well as added). Salt also:
•is a natural anti-histamine; an anti-stress element; extracts excess acidity
•preserves serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain; antioxidant to clear toxic waste; vital for muscle tone and strength
•has many more functions (see pages 173 to 177 of the book)
Other Health Essentials
1.You need between 1.1 – 1.4g protein per kg of bodyweight every day (an egg has 6g pure protein) to get your essential amino acids
2.Essential Fatty Acids are the current buzz word, but you need to have a ratio of 4:1 between Omega 6 (evening primrose, pumpkin seeds etc) and Omega 3 (flaxseed, fish oils etc). Most current diets provide a ratio of 2:1, so it is better to supplement with evening primrose and get the Omega 3 from your diet. Not having enough of these is like running a car engine with no oil!
3.Fruits, vegetables and sunlight are crucial. At least one hour in the fresh air and sun will help convert cholesterol deposits in skin to Vitamin D. This helps your calcium uptake preventing issues like osteoporosis. Fruits and green vegetables are ideal sources of natural vitamins and essential minerals, and are needed for oxygenation and pH balance.
4.At least 20-30 minutes exercise per day is needed. Walking is the best form of exercise for people of all condition. You can do it slowly or fast depending on your ability without damaging your joints. Other excellent forms of endurance exercise include: swimming, golf, climbing, tennis, cycling, tai-chi, dancing and aerobics.
For further information, go to www.watercure.com
Recipe of the Month
Pear and Blueberry Bake
4 ripish pears (peeled, cored & sliced lengthways)
2Tbs amazake (brown rice puree)
100ml cranberry juice (or your favourite)
50g ground almonds
50g rolled porridge oats
50g pine nuts
1. Heat oven to 180C/350F/GM4
2. Lay the pears out in the bottom of an oven proof dish. Sprinkle over the blueberries.
3. Mix the amazake with the juice and pour over the fruit.
4. Cover with a lid or foil and bake for 20 minutes.
5. Mix the ground almonds, porridge oats and pine nuts. Remove the lid from the dish, spread over the topping, and return to the over for a further 30 minutes, or until topping is lightly tanned! (no pun intended)
194 cals - 4g protein
11g total fat - 1g salt/ 5g mono/ 4g poly
20g carbohydrates of which 13g sugar
4g fibre - 8mg sodium/ 0.02g salt
Dairy, wheat, gluten, corn, soya & egg free
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