Saturday, March 24, 2018

Gut Bomb!

Change your gut, change your life.
Did you know we have about ten trillion cells in our bodies.  But our microbiome, which consists of bacteria, fungi and viruses that live in and on our bodies, outnumber those cells by ten times!  Almost 100 trillion cells.  The bacteria that live in our "gut" breaks down our food so that the body can access the nutrients it needs.  But the microbes don't do it because they love us and want us to be healthy.  They are pretty selfish, it's how they survive also.  There are over five hundred different species of microbes living in our guts.  Each has its own agenda, specific function and nutritional needs.  Our gut flora makeup is directly influenced by our dietary choices.  These microbes actually influence our brains and suggest what we crave in our food choices!  We decide which microbes to feed or starve and by doing so we create the ecosystem for them. The decisions we make alter everything about us, from health, emotion and disease.  If we eat healthy, fiber rich nutrient dense foods, the microbes that thrive on them will be strong.  If we feed ourselves sugary, processed foods then those microbes will flourish and dominate our digestive system.  Which in turns creates weak immune systems and opens the door for disease. Remember the 2004 documentary called "Super Size Me" by Morgan Spurlock?  It showed how strengthening the "bad" microbes by diet change his overall health very quickly.  I did a 5-part series on  Gut Heath a few years ago which might be helpful in learning more about our digestive health. It talks about both probiotics and prebiotics that are needed for a strong healthy digestive system. 
One of the most common foods known by all for probiotics is yogurt.  But if you are consuming a plant-based diet you know that yogurt is dairy.  "Milk Doesn't Do A Body Good"  There are many foods that are rich in probiotics such as sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, etc.  Kris and I came across a product called "Coconut Cult", it is an awesome coconut yogurt that one serving contains 25 BILLION of 15 different strains of probiotics and 1 gram of sugar.  I take one spoonful in the morning and Kris puts a spoonful on her fresh fruit and nut bowl.  You can buy it online or if your lucky at a nearby health food store.  Check their website for availability.  The closest store to us was in Palm Beach Gardens (180 miles south) at Nutrition Smart.  I have been working in that area for the past several weeks and they held a jar for me until I was able to pick it up(it flies off the selves)  Shout out to Joseph, Thank you! 
A healthy gut is the most important part of living a healthy life.

Have a great week.
Be kind.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Importance of Hydration

Did you know our bodies are approximately 60-70% water.
And our brains are 80-90% water.  That is why it is so important to 
stay hydrated.  During this time of the year we lose 10-15 cups of water daily,
through sweating, urinating,and even breathing. How much do we need to drink
to replace and replenish that what we lost?
It is a good rule of thumb to at least drink half of your bodies weight in water.
(ex. 130 lbs= 65 oz. water)
This alone would not match what you lose during any exertion or exercise.
By eating a lot of fruits and vegetables that are have a high water content.
Watermelon, cucumbers and iceberg lettuce are all 90-95% water! Eat Your Water
I work outside 10-12 hours a day. And in the summer heat, I consume a lot of water.

I don't consume any sports drinks because of all the added sugar and food coloring, etc.
Gatorade is just not like it was in the 70's.
Here is a recipe for my own alkaline-hydrating/electrolyte replenishing drink:

4 cups warm filtered water.
Juice of 1-2 lemons or limes.(oranges work great also)
2 tsp honey or agave.
1/4-1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan salt.
Mix well
That's it!
I put them in a mason jar or BPA free plastic bottle and keep them in my cooler.
It's amazing how refreshed and energized you feel instead of plain water.
If you are into non-flavored water, I always have a gallon of distilled water with 1/2 teaspoon of Pink Himalayan salt mixed in, and chilled in the cooler.  Your body will thank you for replenishing those lost nutrients and electrolytes. 
Here's a few links to more information:

Have a great week.
Be kind.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Recommended Reading 03/04/18

This month's reading and viewing suggestions have more to do with the environment.
There is difference of opinions on whether "climate change" or "global warming" is a real thing.  I believe it is very real and a very major threat to our environment and how we will deal with human existence.  Multiple lines of scientific evidence show that the climate system is warming.
Climate Change, "11 things you need to know" is a great article by Conservation International.
Splitting of the Polar Vortex" by Forbes Magazine is frightening.   Did you know that the North Pole even though still shrouded in darkness for another month has had record warm temperatures.  45' Fahrenheit  above normal! It has had above freezing temperatures. 
We all remember Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.  This could very well happen again.  The Dept of Interior headed by Ryan Zinke wants to allow offshore drilling to be resumed off the coasts of the U.S.  It is a recipe for disaster. Make time to read an excellent book by Abraham Lustgarden titled Run to Failure.  It details British Petroleum's negligent actions leading up to the Deepwater Horizons blowout. Then sign the petition from Surfrider Foundation to stop offshore oil drilling.

Another major problem with our oceans is plastic pollution.  Plastic "lives" forever.  Gradually over time in just degrades into smaller and smaller pieces.  Only 9% of plastic is recycled, the rest ending up in our waterways, oceans and landfills.  Sea life and wildlife ingest the degraded plastics and die a slow agonizing death.  Small fish consume the microscopic plastic particles  believing they are a food source.  They are consumed by larger predators, which are then consumed by those who use fish as a source of food.  Check out this article from Global Citizen about How a College Dropout Plans to Rid The Oceans of Plastic.

Switching gears.. on to a few nutrition recommendations.
Inflammation in our bodies is the root of many chronic health issues.
We all know the importance of Eating Our Greens, here's 8 Greens You're Probably Not Eating Enough.

For my podcast recommendation: Rich Roll talks with Jared Blumenfeld, on planetary preservation.  Jared has worked with National Resource Defense Council, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the City of San Francisco, and was the EPA's administrator for the Pacific Southwest Region.

For your viewing pleasure check out Plant Pure Nation, available free on YouTube and Amazon Prime now for a limited time.

Have a great week.
Be kind.