It looks to be a hot summer this year, but you won't hear me complain. I much prefer it to shoveling snow, slipping on ice, or dealing with sub-freezing temperatures! Hope you enjoy the sunshine & warmth as well!
Physical activity in hot summer weather can induce oxidative stress and lead to a loss of vital fluids through perspiration. Replenishing water and electrolytes, and boosting antioxidants is essential to keep from becoming depleted, dehydrated, or overly fatigued. We have found 3 excellent products that, used together, can easily help address these issues!
SpectraMin ionic trace minerals to restore and maintain mineral balance,
Phyto Rad Antioxidant to buffer the stress of oxidation, and
ReHydration to keep the body hydrated.
Anyone who works or plays outdoors in the summer will benefit from a sports drink that is hydrating and fortified with electrolytes and antioxidants. The recipe below can be used as a natural alternative to replenish and refresh without the artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners of commercial sports drinks. Try it and feel the difference! This is great for the kids (or you) after any outside activity!
Electrolyte Antioxidant Drink
Add to one-liter bottle of pure water:
1 full dropper SpectraMin ionic trace minerals
1 full dropper Phyto Rad Antioxidant
1 full dropper ReHydration
A splash of your favorite organic berry juice to taste (optional - I use it without this and it tastes great)
For more information on these products, just go to our website and check them out in our products section, or stop by the office and pick up a handout that explains their benefits further.
Please note that our office will be closed on Thursday & Friday July 29 & 30th.
Natural Health Lifestyle Meeting: Tuesday July 13, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. Our support group meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month. At each meeting we have a health topic that we discuss, there is time for questions (and answers), there is an opportunity to talk with others who are implementing healthy lifestyle choices, and we have a healthy dish of some kind for you to taste (along with a few recipes to take home).
Kokomo Farmer's Market is now open on Saturday mornings from 8-12 in downtown Kokomo. Be sure to support your local farmers!
Recipe of the Month: These are two of our favorite summer salads!
Cucumber & Tomato Salad
|2 large cucumbers, peeled & chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 small red onion, chopped
|3 large tomatoes, chopped
1 rib celery, diced.
Mix ingredients together in a bowl and top with your favorite dressing. The dressing I like best on this is equal amounts of fresh lemon juice, olive (or flax) oil, & honey (or agave).
Black Bean & Corn Salad
|2 cans black beans, rinsed & drained
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
1 hot chili pepper, seeded & minced
1 1/2 cup corn kernels
|1 avocado, peeled & chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Rinse & drain beans. Put lime juice, olive oil, & cayenne in a small jar, cover with lid, and shake until ingredients are well mixed. Set aside
In a salad bowl, combine beans, corn, bell pepper, tomatoes, green onion, chili pepper, cilantro, & avocado. Pour mixed dressing over salad. Stir until well coated. Refrigerate & adjust seasoning before serving if necessary.
If you are making this the night before, wait until just before serving to add the avocado so that it stays nice & green!
Health Tid-bit: What does it mean to you when you say you are following a healthy lifestyle? Are you deceiving yourself?
I was thinking of this question the other day. I was speaking with someone who said they followed a healthy lifestyle. As I observed them, I wondered what they consider to be healthy. To look at them I wouldn't consider them a healthy person, in fact just the opposite. They had no energy, they were over-weight (if not considered obese), they had several health complaints, and they appeared to have not been in the sunshine for possibly decades (well that might be a slight exaggeration). They could have seen all of these things on their own just by looking in a mirror, yet they had chosen to deceive themselves into thinking they were following a healthy lifestyle.
So, how do you determine if you are following a healthy lifestyle? To begin, you can look at the 10 basic laws of health listed below and see how you stack up to them. If you are not exercising - you aren't following a healthy lifestyle. If you aren't drinking adequate water - you aren't following a healthy lifestyle. If you aren't getting adequate rest - you aren't following a healthy lifestyle. And the list continues.
Consuming a head-lettuce salad once or twice a week is not getting good nutrition. Having a single piece of fruit once a day (although that may be an improvement) is not getting enough good nutrition. If most of your meals are eaten away from home or come from a box, can, or package, then the odds are you are not getting much in the way of good nutrition! Remember, you are constantly needing to build healthy cells as the old ones die off. If you are not providing good nutrition for those healthy cells, then the ones that are being built will be degenerated from the previous ones!
If you are not eliminating the waste products from your body regularly (as in a couple times a day) your body will find it a greater challenge to keep ahead of the toxic buildup! This is not conducive to good health!
So, I ask you again: Are you following a healthy lifestyle? This time, look in the mirror, check your refrigerator & pantry, and do a self-examination to make sure you aren't deceiving yourself about your state of health. If the answer is no, now is the time to take action to correct that situation! Don't put it off until it is too late!
We believe there are 10 Basic Laws to Achieving Total Health
| Fresh Air
Trust in God
Attitude of Gratitude
Following these 10 Laws, which for the most part are free, will go a long way towards achieving your goal of Total Health!
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Call us at 765.453.3828 or stop by the office at 1823 S. Dogwood or visit our website at www.naturesbestnews.com
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Good Health and Rich Blessings To You!
Dr. Tom & Dr. Laurie