*Continuance of “My Story” starting with Blog #1: When your life flashes before your eyes in a flood gate of memories…
In our last post REAL HOPE!, we left off talking about drinking water if we weren’t hungry. So how does a person know if they are truly hungry? To truly know, we would drink a cup of water 15 minutes before eating anything. After waiting 15 to 30 minutes, if we are still hungry, then we were most likely not thirsty, but hungry.
Here’s an interesting fact… Drinking a significant amount of water, or any beverage while eating a meal, disrupts digestion. It’s “okay” to drink NO MORE than a half cup of water during a meal. It’s BEST to drink water 30 or 15 minutes before a meal. When the meal is over it is wise to wait 30 minutes before drinking any beverage. This is a great way to aid in smooth digestion so it will not be interrupted or have to work harder. Interesting, eh?
Over 70% of the human body is made up of water. This means every person needs to be drinking water daily to help their body function properly. A goal to strive towards when drinking water each day consists of drinking 1/2 of one’s body weight in ounces of water. For example, say a person weighs 100lbs. This means they’d drink 50 ounces of water each day. However, there are a lot of variables that play a role in how much water a person drinks each day. If we have a very physical job, sweat, exercise, are detoxing, or are just plain thirsty, then we NEED to be drinking more water! Our bodies NEED clean and pure water to function! Clean, pure, plain water.
What do I mean when I say clean, pure, plain water? Well, we live in a society that puts additives, preservatives, flavorings(majority of which are fake), and sometimes minerals to drinking water. Many years ago, I drank Gatorade, Soda Pop, flavored water(Propel, Aquafina, etc), Kool Aid, etc. What is the common theme going on here? These are ALL fake drinks, with nothing real or healthy in these products, which also means there is nothing nutritious or helpful in these products for our bodies.
I came to a point in my life when I had to ask myself a serious question, “What am I drinking?” and “Why am I even drinking this?” Drinking clean and pure PLAIN water is the BEST thing we each can do to help our bodies function optimally. I’m not telling you what to drink, I’m just sharing what I’ve learned.
What water do I drink? I drink water that comes in 5 gallon jugs from a local water company that delivers to our house once a month. They filter the water to take all the contaminants out, and then safely add back in minerals, giving the water a distinct and better taste. Not every company does this. Finding a company or place that is TRULY providing us with healthy, clean water is an important key to living/becoming healthier. Water is vital to our existence. So these days when I ask myself, “What am I drinking?” I know what I am drinking.
So how do I know if my water is clean and pure? Well, this is where it can get tricky. We hear about Chlorine and Fluoride being added back into piped-in water to homes from the individual city’s Water Plants in communities all over the United States. Speaking on just one of these alone, is Fluoride good for me? The FDA has told our society Fluoride is good for us. Do I agree? No. Why? Too much evidence goes against this being true. Fluoride is one of the worst top 10 toxins to the human body! There is nothing good going into the body from consuming fluoride, even for our teeth. Fluoride in toothpaste isn’t good for us, plain and simple. Unfortunately, this labeling found printed on packaged containers of toothpaste found on store shelves all over, “If more toothpaste than the size of a pea is swallowed, contact your local Poison Control Center”, were actually read by the consumer, then why on earth would one buy it? Just saying.
I was told by the public school, dental office including their assistants, the Dentist, and dental hygienists growing up, that I needed to have Fluoride to better the health of my teeth. Well, through my research I’ve found out that Fluoride actually enhances the chances of getting cavities. If this is true, good grief, right?
Growing up I had my share of cavities. And with that, that meant something had to be done about it, fillings. Oh, joy. Back in my day Amalgam fillings(known as silver fillings) were still the standard, the “pretty white ones” cost extra on my parents Dental Insurance. The Amalgam fillings are made up of 50% mercury! I came to find out as an adult that Amalgam fillings have the ability to release their toxic chemicals into our bodies every time we eat, drink, brush our teeth, or, stimulate the teeth in anyway. It seems we are constantly putting food or water into our mouths each day, so what was I really swallowing? Mercy vapors? Yep. Long story short, after learning this I knew that if I wanted to truly help myself detox and become healthier in ALL aspects, I needed to take the steps to initiate the change(s) I wanted for myself. And I did, by going to an all Natural/Holistic Dental Clinic. While working with them I had all of my Amalgam fillings removed(with specialty equipment, safety measures, and precautions in place) and had the “pretty white fillings” put in instead, all at my own expense. And guess what? My mouth FELT better. Call me crazy or whatever you want, but it’s the truth. But, enough about that… again I restate, research for yourself, don’t take my word for things.
I kick start my day drinking water, do you?
I’ve taken to starting my day off with drinking a few water based concoctions both of which are good way to kick start and help to cleanse my organs for the day! I’ll share the recipes with you. If you decide to try them I would recommend starting with the 2nd concoction, so as to acclimate your body to drinking water first thing in the morning, causing a gentle and subtle detox. If you don’t want to try them, that’s okay too. Just sharing information!
The first concoction I drink right away once I wake up(on an empty stomach) includes: Take a drinking glass and put 2 Tablespoons pure, organic Lemon Juice in it. Add 1 tsp Baking Soda.(It will fizz) Then add 8-12 oz. of water, but don’t fill to the top because it continues to fizz. Once the fizzing slows down, add 2 Tablespoons organic AppleCider Vinegar. Once that is added you can stir it(it may fizz again a little), then drink it! (I drink this one first because this one is important to drink on a COMPLETELY empty stomach.) This concoction is good for cutting/reduces inflammation in the body.
The second concoction(reminder, start with this one to acclimate your body) is drink a 16 ounce glass/bottle of water with 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice added to it. It dilutes well, so it’s not sour to swallow. By drinking lemon water initially upon rising, we’re helping our body’s organs to detox, our cells to prepare and function optimally, and boosts our PH to be alkaline!
The GTin5 program we were doing during this time, was addressing the body’s PH to be more alkaline, boosting it via drinking our morning lemon water and through foods/herbs. A person’s PH balance should IDEALLY be 7.4(this is true alkaline). An over-alkaline(7 or above) PH is KEY to good gut health. Acidic(6.9 or below) is “concerning” or may be even “bad”, as it promotes illness in our bodies. An acidic PH has been linked to pathogens, parasites, and the formation of many illnesses like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, auto-immune diseases and many more. Low body temperature correlates directly with PH balance, being acidic verses alkaline. Remember how I said I was ALWAYS cold, especially my hands and feet, but now my core was too? Yes, I was acidic(just under 7). The Immune system, AKA the core of our being, helps control our body temperature. If a person is ill or has disease, our Immune System isn’t working optimally, so it is vital to look specifically at our gut health! I had a deeper underlying issue going on that NEEDED to be addressed, sooner rather than later.
What herbs did we utilize to help boost our PH? Fennel, Cumin, Coriander, Rosemary, Ginger, Turmeric, Cayenne, Thyme, Cinnamon, and Dill. These herbs each have heating qualities which are vital in restoring gut health. The reason for the heated foods, spices, and herbs is because diseases form when the body temperature is cool… so we literally need to heat up our insides! In the blog Implementing Changes, a component called “Capsaicin” was talked about. This component is what helps to heat up our insides and, improves a sluggish metabolism as well!
So far, the Gut Thrive in 5 Program was already teaching Mom and I a lot, and we’d only just begun!