Posts Tagged 'water'

Are You Dehydrated?

Chances are that you are dehydrated and you probably don’t know it.   Studies show that 75% of Americans are dehydrated. Now we are not talking about desert island dehydration, but not consuming enough water for optimum function. When we think of “getting healthy” and cleaning up our diet most of us think of eating more fresh wholesome food, maybe cutting some calories or skipping the processed foods but rarely does anyone make mention of one of the simplest cheapest and most effective ways to improve our health… drinking more water.

The lack of proper hydration can be linked to fatigue, headaches, muscle cramps, allergies, joint pains, digestive problems and a multitude of other ailments. Hydration is rarely the cause or driving factor to any of these things but is almost always contributory and improvements in treatment can almost always be seen when a patient begins to properly hydrate themselves.

Aside from just simply not drinking enough water many of the things we do drink and eat actually aid in functionally dehydrating us. Carbonated soft drinks, sugary juice drinks, alcohol as well as the morning coffee all actually cost us more water than they contain leaving us in worse shape than before we picked up that beverage.  We drink when we are thirsty but often the signal that tells us we are thirsty can be misinterpreted as hunger and we eat instead; usually something cooked and processed which further dehydrates us. This is a very unhealthy cycle to be in and may be one of the reasons for the epidemic of overeating.

The standard recommendation of 8 glasses of water a day may not be enough for a lot of us; however, it would be a sizeable help in generating better health for most the population. Of course limiting the consumption of “other” beverages and striving to meet or exceed the minimum 8 glasses a day goal is a lifestyle change to many and as such will need reinforcement of outcomes, getting hydrated doesn’t happen in one day but noticeable changes can occur relatively fast. Many people notice thinking more clearly and breathing easier as well as better sleep almost immediately while reduction in joint pains and appetite changes often happen shortly after. Drinking more water is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your health and that always makes us happy to know we did something good for ourselves.

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Salmon – not so healthy?

Salmon is healthy and we should all eat more of it, right?  It has healthy fats and is very versatile in the kitchen, so what’s not to like?  Where the fish comes from, the methods from which it is raised and the detriment to the environment should change your thinking on ordering that slmon tonight.

If you had Atlantic salmon at the restaurant last night or picked some up at the grocery, it was almost certainly farmed salmon; even if labeled “wild caught” it has a very good chance of having come from a farm.  In a cross country sting operation, Consumer Reports found that a 56% of salmon labeled “wild” in supermarkets was actually farmed.   Even Pacific salmon varities are now commonly farmed as 142 distinct salmon populations in British Columbia alone have gone extinct.  Annual salmon returns to the rivers of the Pacific Northwest are estimated at just 6-7% of their historic levels.  In other words, these pacific fish are quickly going the way of the Atlantic salmon whihc from Maine to Norway is now considered commercially extinct.  This is why if you had Atlantic salmon it was most likely raised in a pen off the Pacific coast. 

So, if the fish was raised on a farm, it’s still healthy, right?  Wrong.  Farmed salmon are fattier than their wild brethren, but not in a good way.  They have the same problem as factory farmed beef in that their balance of omega 3 – omega 6 fatty acids is strongly shifted to the pro-inflammatory omega 6 side.  In other words, Continue reading ‘Salmon – not so healthy?’

Bottled Water

We all need water, all living things do.  Unfortunately a vast majority of us do not drink enough.  With so many beverage choices, it becomes difficult to make the right choice to quench our thirst.  However, water is the only truly suitable liquid for the human body.  The most common types of water choices include city water/tap water; bottled water; filtered water; and distilled water.  What is the wisest choice?  How much water should we have on a daily basis?  What are the various impacts of our water selection on our bodies?  You can read recent reports released by the associated press which states that bottled water is as polluted as tap water.

So, how much water should we consume?  The US government Continue reading ‘Bottled Water’