If there is a take home message from this blog it is:
1. HYDRATE: Forget the articles stating that we are over hydrating or don't need to drink until we are thirsty. That is just dumb. Preferably drink alkaline, microclustered, antioxidant water.
2. REDUCE REFINED SUGARS: Found in soda's and many processed foods they are empty calories without any nutritional value.
3. LOVE THE GREEN: It is perhaps obvious to say eat fruits and veggies with a vengeance but if emphasis is made make sure that you have something green everyday. Kale, spinach, broccoli, swiss chard are just about the best super foods out there.
4) LOVE LOTS, GIVE AND KNOW YOUR FAMILY/FRIENDS: Community, support, friends are so often the best source of laughter, love and support.
Stress: Oxidation, Acidic and Hydration Stress
The Oxymoron of Oxygen: Life giving and destruction
Oxygen is essential for life. It is needed to generate energy from our nutrition (fatty acids, glucose and amino acids). The very creation of cellular energy generates free radicals. These free radicals while essential to the human body to fight off pathogens (bacteria,viruses, fungi, parasites) that threaten our body also have the potential to have a destructive impact. Oxidative stress occurs when the body is unable to manage changes of the oxidative state. The toxic effect in the production of peroxides and free radicals damages components of the cell including proteins (cell membrane), essential lipids and even our DNA. In humans, oxidative stress is thought to be involved in the development of many diseases or may exacerbate their symptoms. These include cancer, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, atherosclerosis, heart failure, myocardial infarction, Schizophrenia; Bipolar disorder, fragile X syndrome, Sickle Cell Disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Acidic Stress occurs when the body is chronically exposed to diets high in sugar, excessive animal protein and dairy, emotional stress, physical stress (e.g., lactate acid build up), or elimination problems such as kidney failure. Under normal circumstances the body is able to maintain the finely balanced pH equilibrium through the chemical buffering system and the neutralizing ability of alkaline foods. Problems occur when lifestyle and/or intake of acid-forming products (e.g., smoke, alcohol, sodas) consistently stresses the body to manage and buffer the finely tuned pH. Bones, the largest buffering pool outside our cells, are forced to give up their alkaline minerals, namely calcium and magnesium, in order to buffer the excess acid and keep metabolic processes going. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), osteoporosis, gout, cancers, kidney stones and peridontal disease are some diseases that are a result of or thrive in a chronically acidic fighting body.
Our bodies are 70-75% water. It helps maintain our body temperature, lubricates our joints, moistens our tissues, protects our vital organs, prevents constipation, helps our kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products, carries nutrients and oxygen to our cells and is the ultimate solvent to increase the accessibility of critical vitamins and nutrients. When our cells are dehydrated they once again go to work to balance the pH. They do this by signalling the sympathetic, fight-or-flight nervous system and releasing hormones that aim to retain fluid. Unfortunately these same hormones contribute to the “stress response”.