The Right Kind of Water for You

Distilled, Spring, Bottled, Alkaline, Reverse Osmosis, Tap, Well water – so many choices. How do you even determine what type of water to drink? What’s healthy? What’s acidic? What about the BPA argument?

First, some common knowledge cautions before we delve into the water discussion.

1. If you have water in your plastic bottle and you left it in the car, in the heat or overnight, don’t drink it the next day. Heat causes the plastic to leach into the water. You can’t see plastic floating in the water but then, you wouldn’t really want to.

2. Do your research on BPA-free plastic. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a corrosive chemical that disrupts hormones and should definitely be avoided by pregnant women and children, as it acts like estrogen in the body. I say that we should all avoid it. Researchers have linked BPA to cancer, infertility, brain, nervous system and cardiovascular abnormalities, diabetes, obesity and other serious disorders, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

The EWG provides a good article on BPA with helpful information on which foods to avoid. If you must buy water in plastic bottles, check the source. If you tote water all the time, consider investing in a glass or stainless steel (not aluminum) bottle.

3. You should begin to see/feel a good difference in your body after drinking sufficient water for at least one month. Some differences are improved digestion, better bowel movements, easier evacuations, lower body odor, clearer urine, cleaner skin, weight loss, among other benefits.  If you are drinking consistently and see no difference, you may need to check your water source.25882539306_c004d9255d_z

What type of water should  you be drinking? If your diet is predominantly meat-filled and acidic and/or you take lots of medications, you need alkaline water. The body’s external structure should be acidic but the inner structure should be alkaline. Over-acidity is a condition with which too many of us identify. Excess acidity in the body is a harbinger of illness and disease.

Tap, reverse osmosis, most bottled water, and distilled water are all acidic.

In case you are not able to afford a Kangen machine, some alkaline bottled water brands include Mountain Valley Spring Water, Evermore, Evian and 1907,

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My Sweet Crush, pt 4 – Above Temptation

arrogance.jpgRead My Sweet Crush, pt 3 – You Really Got A Hold On Me

I want to leave you,
don’t want to stay here,
don’t want to spend
another day here
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
you do me wrong now

At last!  I was free.  First, it was a cautious one month, then a hopeful two. Months three and four itched some but I tossed my head and pretended I didn’t care. Soon, months five through seven showed that I was caring less. I could actually exist for days without thinking of that sweet-tongue devil. I met the better sides of the sweet family: adventurous apples, delightful berries, lush grapes (with seeds, of course); the gentle giant, watermelon, who made no attempt to bully or overwhelm me. So many relatives that helped me to realize that there were actually good ones out there, that I shouldn’t let sugar turn me off from truly living.

Eighteen months later, I realized that I had forgotten all about sugar. My thoughts cleared and so did my skin. I began to drop what I had thought would never leave me – extra pounds. I also befriended water which helped to flush further evidence of sugar from me – for my liver and kidney fought me for a long time to let the sweet stuff go. Water helped them realize that they actually felt and performed better without that bondage. What a revelation! My energy soared. I slimmed down and began to look really good. Headaches? What were those? All that political rumbling in my stomach went away; no longer were people staring at me when the left side of my belly launched a volley of missiles, to which the right side felt duty-bound to answer. It was – dare I say it – grand. Yes, grand!

Then I went on vacation. Secure and a bit arrogant in my new-found liberty, I was above temptation, having kicked sugar to the curb. One evening, while dining in my new-found confidence, I met carbs.  Carbohydrates or carbs, for short, was more subtle than sugar. Even the name was sophisticated, hinting at things unknown, teasing and drawing me inexorably closer. So simple carbs seemed, yet so complex so many facets to that personality. Carbs invited me to know more, to learn to delve into the secret places, except the last name… I also didn’t know that Carbs was a twin…

Now, what living breathing person does not want to know more about a budding love interest?      (to be continued) /

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My Sweet Crush, pt 3 – You Really Got a Hold on Me

sugar1Read My Sweet Crush, pt 2 – Love Blossoms

I don’t like you
But I love you
Seems that I’m always
Thinking of you
Oh, oh, oh,
You treat me badly
I love you madly
You’ve really got a hold on me

~ She and Him

The moment I dreaded – having to decide in truth whether our relationship was going places. Other than the doctor’s, I wasn’t really going anywhere and then, too, a hint of annoyance was creeping in because I was the only one suffering. Sugar was just fine. Yep, my sweet thing kept doing the sweet duty. As I lay in bed, one morning, squinting at the ceiling through the small slits that my headache allowed, I realized that Sugar didn’t look half as attractive as I had first thought. I was sick of the saccharine platitudes that I allowed to propel me in a pendulum of peaks and valleys. That, they say, is the beginning of the end, when the rose tint wears off the glasses or, in my case, when the sugar no longer hits the lips.

Having heard little rumblings from different people about proper eating and healthy sugars, I endeavored to try something new. I was willing to try almost anything at this point, including standing on my head, were it not aching so awfully.

It took eighteen months of false starts, break-ups, make-ups and re-pledges before I could see Sugar without experiencing a pang. In two words, Sugar “got old.” I was tired of feeling and looking less than my best, of headaches and yellow tongue. What was I doing, really – auditioning for a role as a sick patient?

After abstaining and ‘ritualizing’ for a while, I realized, one day, that Sugar no longer had a hold on me. She and Him, you’re on your own. I leave you to your song and your fate.

To be continued


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September 12 – National Day of Encouragement

How easy is it to give a compliment or an encouraging word? Some people give good vibes with ease; some find it rather difficult. Today, we shan’t explore the reasoencourage2ns for that tendency or we will need to dig into our childhood and past experiences that we have allowed to shape who we are. No, for today, let’s focus on doing good for someone.

Doing good starts from within, so put a smile on your face, say something wonderful to the next person you see and then move on to the next one. Outdo yourself. Try to think of something different to say to each person.

Oh my! Look at you go! Wow, you did that so well!

There are lots more great words sitting inside of you, just begging to be unleashed on someone; someone who may be dying a little, inside; someone who will cross your path, today. You never know but you may be the person who prevents a catastrophe.

Don’t wait for a return; just give your gift and move on to the next. You will find that your actions have helped to encourage you. GO! GO! GO!

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My Sweet Crush, pt.2 – Love Blossoms

Read My Sweet Crush; pt 1

I remember when I realized that my attraction to Sugar was growing.  I was falling hard; I couldn’t go a day without a little taste. Soon, that one taste burgeoned into two tastes, then six. Soon, I had to have Sugar even when I didn’t need that sweet strength. If I had a meeting with Salt, Sugar had to close it out. Sugar went with me everywhere. We became inseparable. I then did the one thing that I shouldnlove-sugar‘t have but wanted above all else – I committed myself to Sugar.

Ah, what bliss! Every quart of Baskin Robbins, every bit of barbecued wings, every pizza, every cookie was approved by Sugar and I joyfully relinquished control. It felt good not to think so much about things. Sure, I felt a little uncomfortable sometimes, in my stomach but that’s normal with every new relationship, I told myself. I just needed to let myself grow accustomed.

A few weeks into my saccharine bliss, I developed a really bad headache. Sugar convinced me that the pain came from neglect, so that’s why I felt so low. I hadn’t spent enough time with Sweetness that day.  Well, we couldn’t have that! I effusively apologized by picking up a box of oatmeal raisin cookies. The two bars of Cookies n Cream would surely help to appease my sweet love later that evening.

Strangely, my headache grew worse. A cup of tea with sugar didn’t help. As the pain ebbed and surged over the next three days, I began to notice other things, too. My joints began to ache, especially my knees and my back.  The blotchiness in my skin worsened and pimples abounded, bringing their friends with them. My stomach did not feel quite right but I listened mindlessly to superior Sugar – ah, such wisdom.

Then my sweet soured.

Nausea struck. (to be continued)

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My Sweet Crush

I actually thought that I had this under control. I had gone through the ringer and the withdrawal and now, eighteen months had passed. I was cured- right? My love affair had ended. I declared it with pride,

“I am no longer addicted to Sugar!”

Sugar had done a number on me for years. Protein was faithful and had been a wonderful friend but I threw him over for Sugar. My sweetie, I thought, was perfect. I was horribly mistaken; Sugar was mean. Sugar hurt me, messed with my mind, wore down my body, constantly gave me colds and the flu, and made me sad. I couldn’t remember the last time that I felt good with my sweet crush. My eyes were yellowing and dark circles sat under them like little boats bobbing on an unstable sea.

Now, though, I was free! Yeah! I could stand and speakcarbs-and-sugar with integrity, without having to give a disclaimer that went something like, “I’m still working on myself, so I can understand/overlook your faux pas.” No, this was much better. My stomach was flat, my skin was clearing and, thankfully, so was my mind. Life was grand.

Then, I met Carbs.

Carbs was waiting for me when I went on vacation. Carbs, don’t you know, is sugar’s fraternal twin. They usually run together but sometimes, each takes a turn hiding behind the other, so, most people don’t realize that there are two of them. I’m still trying to figure out which one treated me worse.  (to be continued)


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Laughing all the Way


Excuse me! I command you to laugh, right now !
Why didn’t you laugh? Well? You’re probably staring at your screen and thinking, ‘yes, she has finally lost it’, though what ‘it’ is, we are not quite sure.

You’re probably also thinking that I didn’t give you a reason to laugh. Why do you need a reason? I’ve been thinking that I just do not laugh enough. Guess what? Neither do you. Let’s fix that. [On a side note, have you noticed that it’s difficult to keep your eyes wide open while you’re really guffawing?]

The interesting, healthy, factual thing is that laughter does so much for the body, soul and spirit. Not only does it relax muscles and ease tension and stress, it strengthens the immune system, strengthens the heart muscle and increases circulation. Plus, it burns about 40-50 calories. Why are we not laughing?

Suggestions to start laughter

1. Listen to a baby or infant laughing. You won’t be able to stop your own smile. Go on from there.

2. Grab your favorite silly movie or book. More than likely, it’s one from your childhood or younger adult years. Note: cartoons work, too.

3. Find your friends or family members who are not self-conscious or team up with the ones who are and just pledge to have a good, silly time. Play a game or three, too.

4. Search for funny clips on Youtube.

5. Reminisce about all the silly times in your past. Instead of simply smiling, release that laughter as your mind pans through scene after scene of embarrassing times. Don’t hold back. It’s time to let go of the weird feeling, anyway.

If none of those work, just start laughing and keep it up. Eventually, it will become real and you’ll also laugh at yourself for being so 38-donkey-laughsilly.

Now, the next time that I command you to laugh, you can do so, while thinking that I might really have lost it – or have I? Maybe, just maybe, I’ve found it. So will you.

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