Sugar – It’s making you sick!

Sugar is making you sick!

Google it. Recent studies link sugars to everything from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, liver disease, dementia, and metabolic syndrome.  Check out this article  by Drs Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, authors of The Alzheimer’s Solution

What is just as scary is that sugar is hidden in tons of processed/packaged  foods like yogurts, cereal, ketchup, pasta sauces, granola bars, salad dressings…the list is endless.

The takeaway: JUST EAT REAL FOOD! If you do eat something that comes in a package – read the label – if you don’t recognize an ingredient, google it – chances are it’s another name for sugar.

Pre workout

People ask me all the time about pre and post workout supplements.  I prefer to stick to whole foods, so a processed or packaged ‘supplement’ is just not for me.  I do find a good beet juice to be a great pre-workout, though.

Beets are rich in nitrates and can convert in the body to nitric oxide which can relax blood vessels, which may increase blood flow to working muscles.  A fairly recent study in The American Journal of Physiology found that consuming beet juice can increase blood plasma nitric oxide levels and may result in vasodilation of blood vessels while resting and working out, which may translate to decreased stress on the heart during intense workouts, allowing for a longer workout and greater blood flow which may mean more nutrients hitting your hard-trained muscles .

I’ll either juice my own organic beets before a strength training session or hit The Weekly Juicery for either their Sweet Beet Punch or Debo’s Remedy.

Mind your mouth – literally…

Mind your mouth: Your mouth is a path connecting the environment and your mind/body.
Add a few actions rooted in Ayurvedic medicine to your oral care.

Tongue Scraping:  Morning tongue scraping can remove build-up on the tongue that can house a significant number of bacteria. I use a copper tongue scraper, but you can also find stainless steel options at the grocery or health-foods store or use a spoon. Just scrape from back to front, ~7-14 times, rinsing the scraper each time. Then rinse your mouth.

Oil-Pulling: Swish a tablespoon of oil  – coconut oil and sesame oil are most often recommended – for 5-20 minutes.  While there is debate about the benefits (and ask your doc about it if you are pregnant), it likely won’t hurt anything, and I personally find that it makes my teeth shinier & my mouth feel cleaner, as well. (I use coconut oil with either a drop of peppermint oil or On-Guard oil – depending on which toothpaste I plan to use). Just make sure to spit it into the trash, not in your sink – trust me on this one!

Brushing: Duh. I prefer a bamboo toothbrush (in place of plastic that will be around for hundreds of years) and a more natural toothpaste that is free of fluoride, sulfates and artificial sweeteners. I tried activated charcoal powder – and while it made my teeth feel super clean, it was a mess.

Floss: Try a natural floss, especially after reading this article  – ugh.

Yes, you already brush your teeth, but think of your mouth as a gateway – you use it to eat the food that nourishes your body, to speak your mind, and to kiss your sweeties, and add some intention and extra time to be more mindful about how you care for yourself.

You are what you eat

What you consume, you become…so choose wisely.

Healthy, vibrant food = healthy, vibrant body.
Positive, motivating, uplifting books and podcasts = positive, focused mind.
Strong, vigorous workout = powerful,energetic body.
Supportive, loving friends = fortified, generous spirit.

Today, consciously choose to put in so much positive, there’s no room left for anything negative.  Eat healthy, get in a great workout, reach out to a friend, and read or listen to something uplifting.

A few of my favorites:

The Rich Roll podcast

Dr. Chatterjee’s book and podcast

The Deliciously Ella Podcast

Healthy Human Revolution Podcast

Rehydrate

 

Rehydrate!

Yep – you’ve heard this one before, again for good reason! After fasting all night, it’s important to rehydrate.  Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining optimal brain activity and is an easy way to promote overall health, including benefits to your heart, lungs, and kidneys.

After my quick oral care routine, I have 16-32 ounces of warm water with lemon, apple cider vinegar and a dash of cayenne pepper.  Does this detoxify or alkalize the body? No. You have a liver for that. But – I do think it tastes great and helps me feel more awake before my morning workout. If you have GI/acid/reflux issues, you may want to stick with plain water.

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