You have probably heard about the many benefits of hydration, drinking water and eating water content foods, but has it sunk in yet? I ask this because I still get clients coming to see me that are only drinking a few glasses of real pure water a day for one reason or another. They are aware of the relevance of water, but get too caught up in their various tasks during the day to focus on the amount of water they are taking in. You see your brain weighs approximately 1.5 kilos – most of that is fluid (water). It makes a lot of sense to me to help circulate that water and replace it with fresh purified water every few hours, thereby assisting the body and the brain to house keep – filter and function. ‘Filter and Function’ is a term you will hear a lot more from me, especially when I finish writing the ‘Running On Empty’ book. This book will be released around the 7th September 2013.
To ‘Filter and Function’, one must have adequate hydration and it must be pure, clean and alive. Activating the water is also something you can do with out extravagant technology.
Here’s what You will need: 2 glasses, (that’s 250 mls’ ) – purified water, a steady hand and the discipline to incorporate this into your daily routine.
Take one full glass of purified water and pour it slowly into the empty glass, repeat this process a few times, taking the now full glass and returning the water to the previous glass. This process oxygenates and activates the water making it wetter and more alive thus rendering it more electric and useful inside of ‘you’. I’ll have more on that in the book, but for the purpose of this article that’s a good start.
So when is the best time to hydrate? First thing in the morning get up and drink a liter of pure water before breakfast. Then before mid morning another liter which is 4 more 250 ml glasses of water. You can put a few drops of Doterra essential oil - Digestzen in it if you’ve been having trouble with a leaky gut or a bloated stomach. You will get a feeling of fullness and be less inclined to eat crap food at lunch time and your stomach will adjust accordingly, conditioning you for smaller meals more often, which in my opinion is the better option for nourishing yourself.
Walnuts are a very under rated food. For starters they are rich in Omega 3 Fatty acids. To fully appreciate that I need to explain a little buy cialis online bit of history about Omega 3 Fats and how they affect your health. A diet higher in omega 3 polyunsaturated fat can help protect the body from diseases like type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and brain fog to mention a few.
During the last century, changes in the types of food we eat and the ways in which we grow and prepare food have dramatically altered and re-defined the nutritional quality of our food. Compared to our grandparents, we now eat more highly refined cereal products (high glycemic index carbohydrates), less fiber more omega 6 fat and much less omega 3 fat.
Walnuts are high in omega 3 fat which is the polyunsaturated essential fatty acids – essential because they cannot be made in the body and must be obtained from the diet. Omega 3 foods are salmon, canola oil, rainbow trout, eggs, herrings, sardines, tuna, anchovies, sea perch, linseeds (flaxseeds) and oil, leafy green vegetables and of course walnuts and pecan nuts.
Now I’m not a fan of eating fish, as I’m vegetarian, but you can see that seeds like linseeds and nuts like walnuts and pecan nuts can easily be incorporated into your meals. I munch on walnuts all the time, when I’m driving long distances (keeps the mind sharp), when I’m writing and when I’m speaking I use nuts to stay clear in the head.
Differences between the various fats need clear explanation here. Dietary fats refer to the fats and oils found in foods and drinks, which consists of different fatty acids. There are three main types of fatty acids that differ in their chemical structures: saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Polyunsaturated fatty acids can be further subdivided into omega 3 and omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. As mentioned before, these two fatty acids are called essential fatty acids because they cannot be made in the body and must be obtained from the food you eat.
I believe that a lot of our behavioural problems come, in part, from a reduced intake of the right fats. Kids are nourishing on cereals that are devoid of the good oils and most of them are useless. A good Swiss muesli will do the trick with some Pura Veda seeds added for extra nutrition and omega 3’s and 6’s, and the walnuts of course. Cut a walnut in half and what does it look like? The human brain of course. Food has signatures, and those signatures are a clear message from nature to us that this food will assist those areas of our anatomy in most need. Carrots for eyes, celery for bones and so on.
A diet that is high in saturated fat increases the blood cholesterol level (total and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol) and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke over time. Excess saturated fat also increases the risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes Saturated fat is solid at room temperature and is found in ghee, lard, dripping, dairy products, fatty meats and poultry, palm oil, coconut oil, copha, and processed food containing these fats. I would personally avoid any fat that is solid at room temperature, rather going for the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat accordingly.
Monounsaturated fat include olives, olive oil, canola oil, avocados and the oil of the avocados, most nuts and their oils. If your total fat and saturated fat intake is relatively low, you can increase the proportion of monounsaturated fat in your diet and help lower the level of bad LDL cholesterol in your blood without causing the level of good HDL cholesterol to fall.
Polyunsaturated fat is found in the oily fish, seeds and nuts – the omega 3 particularly! A balance between the Omega 3’s and 6’s is the goal and can be confusing, but to simplify it all for you, spreading some avocado on a raw bread made out of flaxseeds and chia seeds would be the ideal, topped with some leafy greens like spinach or kale. Munch into that for a pick you up, and you can’t lose. Eat a handful of walnuts often and you will notice a shift in your perspective, mood and your general health.
Walnuts and Water are a terrific duo and combination of super potential when it comes to feeling your best. Stay tune for the next snippet of info for your benefit. X Annie Clark.
Next Art Of Wellness event on the Sunshine Coast – 7th September 2013. see www.bewell.com.au for speakers and to book your place.