Monthly Archives: May 2011

Rehydration and Electrolytes

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Electrolytes are minerals in your body that have an electric charge.   They are in your blood, urine and body fluids.   Maintaining the right balance of electrolytes helps your body’s blood chemistry, muscle action and other processes. Sodium, calcium,  potassium, chlorine, phosphate and magnesium are all electrolytes.

Since dehydration can cause the salt content in the body to increase it’s critical for those with high blood pressure to maintain a healthy hydration.

Definition

Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don’t replace lost fluids, you may get dehydrated.

Common causes of dehydration include intense diarrhea, vomiting, fever or excessive sweating. Not drinking enough water during hot weather or exercise also may cause dehydration. Anyone may become dehydrated, but young children, older adults and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk.

You can usually reverse mild to moderate dehydration by drinking more fluids, but severe dehydration needs immediate medical treatment. The safest approach is prevention of dehydration. Monitor your fluid loss during hot weather, illness or exercise, and drink enough liquids to replace what you lose.

Symptoms

Mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause:

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urine output — no wet diapers for three hours for infants and eight hours or more without urination for older children and teens
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Severe dehydration, a medical emergency, can cause:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults
  • Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
  • Lack of sweating
  • Little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be dark yellow or amber
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold
  • In infants, sunken fontanels — the soft spots on the top of a baby’s head
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • No tears when crying
  • Fever
  • In the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness

Preventing dehydration is the best approach.  Yet one should know and recognize the signs of dehydration just as quickly.

The recipe below is high in essential vitamins and minerals to help hydrate and boost an active body.  Using a local honey can also help with allergies.  The boosts were chosen to add essential vitamins and minerals our body naturally uses during exercise and an active life style.  The fiber is 3 brans – oat, wheat and rice making it a far better choice than psyllium in digestion health. 

My DreamCicle Frappuccino

Yield:  large glasses

      • 1/2 cup milk – soy, low fat, ice cream, almond – Get Creative
      • 1 cup orange juice
      • 3 tablespoons honey
      • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1 small banana, sliced
      • 1 cup ice
      • whip cream to top
      • 1 scoop each

  

Directions:

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

  1. In a blender, combine everything but the ice, and whip cream and blend.
  2. Add ice and blend until smooth (sometimes you will need a bit more ice).
  3. Top off the whip cream with.

Green and Local – 12 Steps to a Healthier You!

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Eat Mindfully—Be mindful of the Earth, be thankful, be giving, be happy this Farmer’s Market season!

Despite our weird rainy season this year the local Farmer’s Markets are ripe with fresh fruits and vegetables. The tables are spread with colors or summer and our taste buds are popping.

The key to successful shopping at your Farer’s Market is vicinity, observation and knowledge.

How many colors can you put on your weekly plate? Reds, Oranges and Yellows are incredibly important to our health. What colors are you eating.

Naturally ripened tomatoes are wonderfully delicious and far more than their under-ripe and artificially ripened counterparts found in most super markets that you may discover that what you thought was a mealy, flavorless salad filler is actually a succulent, tangy-sweet fruit that will soon become a meal of it’s own.

When you shop for tomatoes during the summer months at a farmers market or co-op, you won’t just be getting the most flavorful and nutritionally valuable tomatoes available–you’ll also likely stumble upon types of tomatoes you never knew existed. Large grocery stores most commonly sell hothouse and Roma tomato varieties. However, there are actually hundreds of varieties of tomatoes with fascinatingly descriptive names like tigerella, brandywine, garden peach, mortgage lifter, oxheart and zebra, just to name a few. Also, did you know that tomatoes don’t just come in red? There are yellow tomatoes, orange tomatoes, yellow and green striped tomatoes, purple tomatoes and more. Furthermore, tomatoes aren’t just round: there are ruffled tomatoes, heart-shaped tomatoes and oblong tomatoes, too!

Read more: How to Pick Ripe Tomatoes | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2300928_pick-ripe-tomatoes.html#ixzz1Nwc0uD9p

Fresh summer appetizer/salad

I LOVE fresh tomatoes served with some herbs, fresh Basil leaf, and Cheese. I wanted to expand this little love salad.

The greatest part is you can exchange the Dubliner for local cheese. Take a spice shaker with you and make this in the piazza of your Farmer’s Market as the music surrounds and moves you. Local smoked fish or BBQ can replace the tuna or salmon. BBQ chicken would be just as delicious.

Tomatoes, Basil and Fish
Recipe Alert – For those who love to cook try this simple recipe – then tell me what you think.

Ingredients:
Fresh Tomatoes – I like the sweet tomatoes for this. Small tomatoes make it an appetizer, larger can turn it into a meal.
Fresh Basil – If you find basil is too strong use Romaine and sprinkle dried basil.
Dubliner Irish Cheddar Cheese
Tuna or Salmon – Fresh grilled or canned
Herbed Mayonnaise – Just a touch – I add dill, oregano, thyme, rosemary and a touch of salt.
Extra herbs/seasonings – I use a Trader Joes Fan 21 Herb Seasoning, Salt, thyme, basil, and rosemary

Directions:
Cut the tomatoes in half if they are small or into nice thick chunks if large. Arrange flat on a dish or in individual bowls.
Use the seasonings and season to personal taste.
Add the basil leaves or romaine trimmed to fit the size of the tomato
Place as much cheese as pleases – I slice thin and arrange quite a few.
Top with fish (just enough to cover the cheese but not fall off) and a dollop of mayo.

Delicious!

Ok Now tell me what you think!!

Chelating Smoothie – Ridding of Heavy Metals

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Chelating agents are used to bind with heavy toxic metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury, and to excrete them from the body.

The following Mango Pineapple Smoothie has been boosted with chelating agents and is heavy in fiber for moving out the heavy metals.

Mango Pineapple Smoothie

  • 1  container (6 oz) vanilla yogurt
  • 1  cup mango, apple and pineapple chunks
  • 1 1/4 cup soy milk (almond milk is the best substitute if soy allergic)
  • 1/4  cup pineapple juice
  • 1 scoop Fiber Blend
  • 1 scoop Green Blend
  • 1 scoop Women’s Blend

Blend and serve

This smoothie uses powerful antioxidants and binding agents like apple pectin to aid in the removal and excretion of toxins including heavy metals.

Chunky Mixed Fruit Smoothie

  • 1 large gala apple
  • 6 oz. soy or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks (or frozen in own juice)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 medium size frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup soaked almonds
  • 1 scoop Fiber Blend
  • 1 scoop Green Blend
  • 1 scoop Women’s Blend
  • Blend and serve.