Oct 12, 2012 - Healthy Eating    No Comments

Waters effect on your day

Staying hydrated can positively affect the way you feel.  Not drinking enough water can have an impact on your attitude and emotions, it’s also the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page. So needless to say water is a very important to the way you feel.

Did you know that 75% of all people are chronically dehydrated, and most don’t realize it. Also, in 37% of people, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often times mistaken for hunger and many times drinking a glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pains. Even slight dehydration can slow down your metabolism as 3%. Research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and you’re 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

So, your health question for the day: Are you drinking enough water each day? If you answered “No”, then drinking more water each day might be something you could work towards.  Try and stay away from soda. I know its good and we all love it, but the sugar and phosphoric acid that is in many soda products is not good for your body. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

Here is a little info about the ever popular Coca Cola:

Its common for highway patrol to carry two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days and it will dissolve a nail in about four.  You can clean a toilet by pouring a can of Coke into the toilet bowl and let it sit for about an hour, then flush clean. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers, rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals you can pour a can of Coke over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.  To loosen a rusted bolt  try and apply a cloth soaked in Coke to the rusted bolt for several minutes.  You can remove grease from clothes by emptying a can of Coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coke will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield. To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

So, would you like a glass of water? Or a can of Coke?  Something to think about.

~John

Oct 5, 2012 - A little about John    No Comments

We’re here to help

If there’s no great glorious end to life, if nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do. Because that’s all there is. What we do, now, today, in this moment. We have to live and enjoy every moment.

All we should want to do is help. People shouldn’t suffer as they do. If there’s no bigger meaning, then the smallest act of kindness is the greatest thing in the world.

~John

Sep 21, 2012 - Relationships    11 Comments

Loss of a Relationship

Breakups can sometimes be a very difficult event to go through, especially if the relationship lasted for a long time or if you were caught off guard by the breakup. Experiencing a breakup is something everyone goes through and often times more than once. So if you find yourself at the start of a breakup I hope I can give some comfort and support to you and your feelings. It’s important to remember to trust your feelings. Your conscience can be your best friend and if you will listen you will find comfort.

When I’m in pain one of the first things I try to do is cry. It’s healthy and crying is something many people try to avoid. When you cry you are releasing grief and pain and you will feel better and will have a better understanding of your feelings in the long run. So if you feel like crying don’t hold back, let feelings out.

Another thing that can help you through this time is to stay busy. Staying busy is something that can be very beneficial during a breakup. If you find yourself having a hard time sleeping or you are waking up early in the mornings try and take a walk or exercise, maybe do something around the house (read or watch TV). It’s important that you don’t just sit in your room and think about what was. You need to give your mind a break so that your emotions and heart can heal. Try to find things that will be fun or beneficial and do them. Don’t wait for yourself to be in the right mood to doing something. Work every day at finding peace in your life. Exercising can be a very healthy and good outlet for your emotions. Maybe try meditation to relax your mind and body.

It’s also import to find some emotional support. Working through things on your own is not always a healthy approach. The support and care from others is healing, even if those people are not and don’t become close to you. Don’t spend too much time alone. Spend time with friends or meet up with someone you can talk to. You will need time alone, but if you isolate yourself from others you won’t be able to fully process your feelings or get the support you need to heal. Also don’t rush out and make a huge life change in order to avoid your feelings. With some patience and support you will feel better.

Another thing to be careful of is using another person to fill the void that is now present in your life. Trying to hide your pain by getting in a new relationship or a rebound relationship is not healthy. These short relationships can feel healing, but if you don’t process your pain correctly you will not be able to be in a fully committed relationship in the future. And when you are ready to find another relationship, take your time. Try to reach out to others who have been through breakups, especially those that now have strong successful relationships. Ask what they did to find a peace of mind.

Know that someone else will come along when the time is right. And of you correctly processed your feelings, it will be much better in the future. Working through time alone doesn’t have to be totally miserable. Remember that your life is a state of mind and even though you are hurting now. Suffering and keeping that pain close to you is a choice. Strive to let go and be happy.

~John