Tuesday, February 1, 2011

You are what you Think and what you DRINK!

 Knowledge is Wasted without 
Inspiration and Perspiration

S O D A 's  
Diet Drinks and Metabolic Syndrome
A recent study of more than ninety-five hundred people found those who consumed at least one can of diet soda a day had a 34% higher change of developing metabolic syndrome than those who did not drink diet sodas.
 Pamela L. Lutsey et al., " Dietary Intake and Development of Metabolic Syndrome," Circulation 117 (2008): 754:761

A Can of Soda = 10 tsp of Sugar

The health risks of drinking sodas are obvious.
A recent study published in the journal Circulation suggest that drinking one or more sodas a day including diet sodas is associated with an increase of other risk factors for heart disease.  Among those evaluated, those who drank a soda or more each day increased their risk of becoming obese by 31 5, had a 30 % higher chance of increasing their waistline, a  25% increase in the likelihood of developing elevated blood sugar levels, and were 32 percent more prone to developing lower HDL (good) cholesterols levels. The interesting point was that it made no difference whether the soda was diet or regular soda.
Ramachandran Vasan, "Soft Drink Consumption and Risk of Developing Cardiometabolic Risk Factors and the Metabolic Syndrome in Middle=Aged Adults in the Community," Circulation 116 (2007): 480-488.

Juice:  even though juices such as orange juice, apple juice, grape juice, and other fruit juices have significantly more vitamins, minerals antioxidants, and nutrients than sodas, they also contain a lot of calories from sugar (especially fructose). In fact juice has approximately the same number of calories and sugar content as a soda. 

The main problem is that the key ingredient for weight loss and curbing the appetite - fiber- has been extracted from those juices.

So.... go eat an orange or apple or handful of Grapes!  Get the FIBER! The fiber in the pulp will lower the glycemic index of the juice and help to decrease your appetite. 

Smoothies! another example: (be careful!)
A small (16 oz) order of a Strawberry Banana Smoothie from a Jamba Juice packs 360 Calories and 
69 Grams of SUGAR! 
A 20 oz Immune Builder smoothie has about 384 Calories and 80 Grams of SUGAR!

Don't depend on your thirst level to determine if you need liquids. 

During dehydration your thirst mechanism actually shuts off as your hunger increases.

WATER  intake IS ESSENTIAL  for weight loss because water helps fuel the physiological processes involved in metabolism. 

Symptoms of mild dehydration include chronic pains in joints and muscles, lower back pain, headaches and constipation. 
A strong odor to your urine, along with a yellow or amber color, indicates that you may not be getting enough water. 
Thirst is an obvious sign of dehydration, and in fact, you need water long before you feel thirsty.

We lose about 2 1/2 quarts a day just through breathing, perspiration, urination and stool.   Since we cannot store water in our bodies as a camel can, that water must be replaced throughout the day.  Most people need at least 2 quarts (8 cups) of water a day. 

 What I Tell my Patients: 
A more accurate figure can be calculated by taking our weight in pounds and dividing it by 2  That is the amount of water in ounces you need on a daily basis for optimal health.  Yes... adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables (5-7 servings a day) contributes  to 1/3 of your daily water needs.  

Water  =  "Detoxes"  the Body and increases metabolism!

NO tap water!   which typically contains chlorine, fluoride, and many other chemicals. 

Revelation 22:17  

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" 
Everyone who hears this  should say, 
"Come!" If you are thirsty, come! 
If you want life-giving water, come and take it. It's free!

"No kidding....I DIDN'T KNOW THAT"

TEAS!   Contain an ingredient called FLAVONOIDS.  
Research on teas shows that simply drinking two cups a day decreases the risk of developing ovarian cancer by nearly 50%. 
Archives of Internal Medicine 165, no.22 (12/12/05)

Green tea - Helps to burn fat and increase the metabolic rate!  
Green tea contains a small amount of caffeine but has a specific catechin phytonutrient called EGCG that stimulates the production of norepinephrine, which then boosts the metabolic rate(Aim for 3-4 cups a day for assistance with weight loss).

Green tea also contains an amino acid, L-theanine, that calms and relaxes the body and helps control stress without sedating you.   A person typically feels its effect within only a half hour and feels relaxed for approximately two hours.  

In fact one study found that drinking 
five cups of green tea a day 
was as effective as taking an antidepressant. 

Today's blog is a reminder 
about the "little" things that we seldom pay attention to.... 
                                             What we Drink 
We should THINK about what we DRINK!

Without fluids a Body dies in days... Without food a Body dies within weeks...

For Heaven Sakes  
Pay attention to what 


B A L A N C E  yourself!

Ciao and Salute! To Your Health and Wellness  

You can change the structure of your Brain (Neuroplasticity)
When we repeat an affirmation, our prefrontal cortex sends signals through-out the brain telling it to come into alignment with our intention. 

(Feed Your Spirit and Soul the Bread of Life)

BALANCE= A Healthy and Well  BODY, MIND and SPIRIT!  
Imbalance =  Illnesses of Body, Mind and Spirit

(love this Verse)

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.



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