My Health

It’s all about the water

30 Mar , 2014  

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Our body is about 60% water, our blood is about 93% water, and our muscles are about 75% water.

These facts make water the most important, life giving, and healing solution our body needs.

So you know that you need to drink plenty of fresh water, right? Do you know how much? We have heard all our life, we need to drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day.  That is 64oz of fresh water. In actuality, we need more! According to the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board:

  • Women need to drink 91ozs of water a day.
  • Men need to drink 125ozs of water a day.

So we have determined we need to drink more water, but now comes the hard part… What water should we drink?

I recently had a bout with a kidney stone. The first thing the doctor told me was to stop drinking the local tap water. The area in which I live has a lot of limestone, which can end up in your drinking water. He suggested a reverse osmosis water filter system.

Reverse Osmosis Water

After doing a bit of research, I have come to the conclusion that reverse osmosis (RO) water is not all that good. for you. The RO plastic membrane leaves a toxin in the water, and the filters required in a RO system pollute the landfills. I am trying to rid my body of toxins, not add to them!

Tap Water

After much research, I realized that the US Government, in 1962,  decided that Fluoride should be put in our public tap water, at a rate of 0.7 – 1.2 milligrams per liter (mg/L). This was to prevent tooth decay. But the truth is that there is no evidence that the amount of fluoride in the drinking water does any good. Fluorine, the chemical in fluoride, has been linked to a rare cancer called osteosarcoma. While this is a rare form of cancer, it’s still cancer!

Why does the US Government get to decide I should drink Fluoridated water? Shouldn’t MY health, be MY choices, based on MY research? When did my health become a concern of the US Government? Don’t let them fool you!  Enough said!

Distilled Water

Distilled water in large quantities, such as drinking for a long period of time, usually over 6 months, will actually demineralize  the body. That is to say it will remove essential trace minerals from your body.

Bottled Water

After watching the documentary Tapped, I realized that bottled water industry has no, or at least very little, regulations. That means that a company can fill bottles of water and call it spring water, but it can come from a municipal water supply. Most, if not all, bottled water is processed by using reverse osmosis and other filtering methods. Some even add chemicals to it to “enhance” flavor.

So what does that leave us with? I have ruled out bottled, reverse osmosis, distilled, and tap water. So what does that leave us?

Live Spring Water

 

My Juicing,My Recipes

Mean Green Juice

4 Jan , 2014  

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This is my favorite green juice recipe. It comes from Mike Filsaime. You can find him on YouTube.

  • 3-4 Kale Leaves.
  • Handful of Spinach
  • 6 Carrots
  • 1 Cucumber
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1 Celery Stalk
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Tomato’s
  • 2 Red Apples
  • 1 Green Apple
  • 
1 Lime

Strip the kale stems for a less bitter taste. Remove the seeds from the apples. It is reported that the seeds contain a small amount of cyanide.

Peel the skin off the lime.

Makes 6 Cups

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My Recipes

Essential 10 Juice

4 Jan , 2014  

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This is great for eyes, skin, mood, and energy levels!
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  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 beet
  • 1 gala Apple
  • 3 celery Ribs
  • 4 carrots
  • double handful of kale or spinach
  • 1/2 Red Pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger
  • a slice of onion

 

I didn’t really care for this recipe. Be careful with the ginger, onion, and garlic. It’s easy for them to become overpowering!

 

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My Notes

It’s a New Year!

4 Jan , 2014  

Well 2013 is gone, and 2014 is here! 2013, for me, left without much fanfare. I didn’t even manage to stay up past 11pm. But I am excited about 2014, this year has endless possibilities. Some of things I would like to see happen this year:

  • The labeling of GMO Foods
  • The ban on aspartame
  • More people Grow their own food

That seems like simple goals….

I heard in a Food Documentary that 1/4th of the food you eat, keeps YOU alive, and 3/4ths keep YOUR DOCTOR alive!

If you really think about that statement, it should bring the foods we eat into perspective.

An 11 year old boy at the TEDx talks, said about organic farming being more expensive, “Who would you rather pay? The farmer, or the hospital?”

Again, if you really think about it, that is what it boils down to.

So this year, think about it. Who would you rather pay?

…Thomas

My Technology

Push.co?

7 Nov , 2013  

I had heard of the notification service called push.co. I believe it was free for a few days. It’s normally $1.99 I think. I downloaded it for my iPhone 5, and couldn’t even get it to work! Supposedly you search for blogs or services and add them to your list. They said they had gizmodo among others so I searched for gizmodo. Nothing! Then I clicked the search all apps button… Again nothing! We’ll push.co … You got me! You managed to waste 5 minutes of my life!

DELETE!

My Technology

The Apple… Again!

21 Sep , 2013  

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So…. I sold my Sprint iPhone 4s and bought the Samsung Galaxy S3. Well, after all my carrying on about apple’s bad choices, (See This Post) I switched to AT&T and got the iPhone 5. I know, I know….. But the Apple platform as a whole is awesome…. IF you have other iOS devices, and/or MAC computers. I have a 2008 iMac, and an iPad2. When I create a note on my iPhone, it auto-magically appears on my iMac and iPad. Granted it’s all about iCloud, but still, it is automatic. Yea you can probably find software for windows and android, to do mostly the same thing, but with Mac/iOS it just works.

So… While I drank the Google Kool-Aid a while ago, once again, I ate the Macintosh Apple… Again!

My Spirituality

Psalm 19:1

11 Aug , 2013  

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The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

I love seeing the sunrise as I drive to work. This verse moves me!

…the skies proclaim the work of HIS hands.

The Skies Proclaim The Work of His Hands

My Notes

Time to Kick It!

11 Aug , 2013  

Well it’s time to kick this thing going again.

Running the new version of WordPress here, back on iPhone/iOS! I’ll save that for another post though!

Stay Tuned!

…Thomas

My Juicing

The Juicer is Here! The Juicer is Here!

5 Feb , 2013  

8004_nutrition_center_juicerWell the juicer has arrived! Introducing the Omega 8004 Nutrition Center.

I wanted to discuss why we picked this juicer over some of the other juicers on the market. First we looked at the brands “The Boss”, and Breville juicers. Breville because of the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” with Joe Cross. But after seeing some videos on youtube comparing the Breville brand with the Omega vertical juicers, the Omega brand won hands down!

The Omega was quieter, and slower. I know in today’s fast paced society all we want is fast, and if we can get it faster, all the better. But the slower the juicer turns, the less air that gets incorporated into the juice which starts the oxidation process which can destroy the delicate enzymes in the juice. Or so I am told… I’m NOT a doctor or a Scientist. Dare I say Juiceolgist?!?

Anyway, enough about that, you can read my other post to find out why we chose this model over the others. Now on to the juice!

So as I suggested in my earlier post, I made the green juice from that recipe. It was really good! You can really taste the Red Bell Pepper. It did make almost 6 cups of juice.

Tonight I tried another recipe…

The Essential 10 Juice

This is great for eyes, skin, mood, and energy levels!
- 1 cucumber
- 1 beet
- 1 gala Apple
- 3 celery Ribs
- 4 carrots
- double handful of kale or spinach
- 1/2 Red Pepper
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 inch piece of ginger
- a slice of onion

I liked this recipe, but think a little sea salt would make it better. My wife, on the other had, didn’t like it at all. Well that just means more for me!

 

Happy Juicing!

…Thomas

My Notes

It’s time for a change…

1 Feb , 2013  

After watching the documentary “Fat, sick, and nearly dead” on Netflix, I decided I was, well, just that…Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. The fact that I have type 2 diabetes is a testament to that, and I don’t eat right, not even for a diabetic! For me, I just curbed my carb intake, starting drinking diet sodas, got some exercise, and lost a little weight. Not what I would call “Healthy Living”.

So, my wife and I have decided to switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet. We are going to start with a 3 day juice fast to start the detox process. After all, I have mistreated my body for nearly 47 years. Detoxing will most likely take a while!

We watched many, many, videos on juicer demos, and after going back and forth between the brands Breville and Omega, we finally decided we like a machine that ran at fewer rpm, and was much quieter. That put Omega as the brand of choice. We really liked the vertical juicers, but because of the versatility of the 8000 series Nutrition Centers, we decided on the 8004 model. The fact that these masticating juicers are better at juicing leafy greens, and a hefty 15 year warranty really swayed our decision.

I realize that this lifestyle will be more expensive then eating processed, steroid laden, sugar infused, foods, but I have to ask myself, how much am I worth? My body is a temple that I have invited the Holy Spirit to come live in, shouldn’t it be all shiny and clean?

My ultimate goal for this lifestyle change is to completely reverse my type 2 diabetes. Yes I said completely reverse it! It is possible! Don’t pad the pharmaceutical companies’ pockets with your health care dollars!

It seems clear to me now, that our government, yes, the American government, wants to keep us sick and disease laden. If we stay sick, they get richer!

So I will leave you with a green juice recipe that will be the first I will try when our juicer arrives…

3-4 Kale Leaves.
Handful of Spinach
6 Carrots
1 Cucumber
1 Celery Stalk
1 Red Bell Pepper
2 Tomato’s
2 Red Apples
1 Green Apple
1 Lime

Strip the kale stems for a less bitter taste. Remove the seeds from the apples. It is reported that the seeds contain a small amount of cyanide. Peel the skin off the lime.

Makes 6 Cups

To your health!
…Thomas

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