Jul 30, 2007

Electrolytes for Our Body's "Electrical System"

Here's an article on our body's "electrical system". This is so important to consider during the summer when many of us are sweating in the heat throughout the US, or any time of year for the athlete who works him/herself into a sweat while working out.

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The human body is an “electrical machine”. All vital bodily functions happen as a result of electrical signals being sent between the various parts of your body and your brain. In order for your body to operate at peak performance, these electrical signals must be conducted in an efficient manner- this is where electrolytes come in. Electrolytes are substances that will conduct electricity when dissolved in water – the most common electrolyte in your body is salt.

(My husband was recently told that his sodium was low, which we thought was a bit funny because we have been told, due to his heart, to keep his sodium levels down, and while he was in the hospital for his stent procedure (see earlier posts), they had him on a salt-restricted diet.)

Your body is 70% water, about two-thirds of the water resides inside your cells, (intra-cellular fluid) and about one-third resides outside of your cells, (extra-cellular fluid). Your body works constantly to make sure that the intra-cellular fluid and extra cellular fluid have the same amount of electrolyte concentration – this is a very important component of homeostasis or your body’s inner balance.

The mechanisms that monitor and adjust the balance of electrolytes respond only to changes in extra cellular fluid such as blood. When someone is ill or injured and taken to the hospital, one of the first and most common procedures is to hang an I.V. which simply means injecting salt water directly into the blood stream. Doing so helps the body to operate better because electrical signals moving between the brain and the body can be better conducted.

In addition, when salt is added to the extra cellular fluid it causes water to move between the intracellular and extra cellular areas allowing the body to become properly hydrated. This is why athletes, for example, take salt pills or drink “sports drinks” during work-outs. Sports drinks are simply salt water, or other electrolyte solutions, mixed with artificial colorings, artificial flavorings, artificial sweeteners and chemical preservatives.

The Wholefood Farmacy offers a wonderful product called Stardust 2 Hydr8 for a reasonable price that allows you to make 20 gallons of a pure, hydrating electrolyte solution. When mixed with water, Stardust 2 Hydr8 offers you all of the benefits of a saline or electrolyte solution without any artificial additives. It is made from pure salt and bicarbonate which are the main components of extra cellular fluid. 
 
Article source - The Wholefood Farmacy used with permission. Updated 2/3/16

Jul 25, 2007

Update on Hubbys Heart & Balloon Festival

It's been a week since Paul's second stent was put in an artery that feeds the lower part of his heart, and he is doing great!

He is also doing real well at keeping his blood sugars at a good level. We are happy and hopeful, and looking forward to going to the big Balloon Festival that takes place each year here in New Jersey on Saturday. It's the 25 year anniversary, and the weather looks pretty good. We went a few years back late in the day for the evening launch of the balloons, but there was too much wind. We're going to head out real early on Saturday morning for the morning launch when the chances are better that the weather will cooperate.

It should be a great day! I'll try to have a picture or 2 for you next week.


Updated 2/4/16
 
The following links take you through my husband's heart attack experience in order:

My Husband's Heart Attack Part 1
My Husband's Heart Attack Part 2
My Husband's Heart Attack Part 3
My Husband's Heart Attack Final Post..I Hope

Jul 20, 2007

Husband's Heart Attack Before and After Stent Pictures

L. pic Before/R. pic After
It's been a BUSY week, working 3 days, then yesterday taking my dear hubby for his 2nd stent procedure. By the way, you're looking at a picture the doctor gave us of the arteries in the heart. We got a before and after, it takes a little work to make out where the stent is.

Thankfully, we didn't get a call 15 minutes before we were to leave for the hospital like we did last time, saying that they had to cancel due to an emergency. Thank the Lord all went smoothly, and today, I brought him home, and it's almost as if nothing had ever happened.

It is amazing that we have technology now that allows a doctor to be working inside the arteries of the heart through a narrow tube that goes up through an opening in the groin and large artery right up into the heart, then you can come home the next day feeling great.

This time the artery had a blockage, but also after the blockage the artery had what I call a kink in it, I guess there's a better medical term. The doctor was very pleased to find that it was soft and pliable, as, he said, often the area hardens over time, and the stent can't be inserted.

SO, Paul has to rest this weekend...and you can be sure I will be, too. Then, yes, he can return to work already on Monday, as his job isn't a heavy lifting or physical job.

I hope that this will be the last post for a long time about Paul's heart, and with returning to good eating, proper exercise, proper supplements, and necessary medications, Paul will live a long and happy life. I can't imagine life without him, and praise the Lord for another chance.






Here are links to posts related to Paul's heart attack, including this one:

The following links take you through my husband's heart attack experience in order:

My Husband's Heart Attack Part 1
My Husband's Heart Attack Part 2
My Husband's Heart Attack Part 3
My Husband's Heart Attack Final Post..I Hope

Thanks to all who have prayed and cared.

God bless,
Claudia L. Meydrech, CN
Today, an ESPECIALLY Happy Nutritionist :-)

Jul 19, 2007

Good News About Water and Heart Attacks

In some earlier postings, almost a year ago, I shared a bit about the importance of Water. It was great to find this article sharing how beneficial water is to the cardiovascular system.
Drinking high levels of water can significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, say researchers at Loma Linda University whose research was reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 155, No.9). This exciting study reveals that drinking high amounts of plain water is as important as exercise, diet, or not smoking in preventing coronary heart disease.


“Basically, not drinking enough water can be as harmful to your heart as smoking,” warns Jacqueline Chan, DrPH, principle investigator and lead author of the article. Dr. Chan and Synnove Knutsen, MD, PhD , second author, chair of epidemiology department, found that California Seventh-day Adventists who drink five or more glasses of plain water a day have a much lower risk of fatal coronary heart disease compared to those who drink less than two glasses per day.

The results from this study show that by drinking more plain water, healthy people—without any history of heart disease, stroke, or diabetes—reduced their risk of dying from a heart attack by half or more. This is as much or more than if they had adopted any other well-known preventive measure, including stopping smoking and lowering cholesterol levels, increasing exercise or maintaining ideal weight.


Because drinking more plain water is a simple lifestyle change that anybody can do, this simple practice has the potential of saving tens of thousands of lives each year with minimal cost. Neither total fluid intake, nor intake of other fluids combined showed this reduced risk. Instead, for women, high intake (5 or more glasses a day) of other fluids showed a greatly increased risk of coronary heart disease.

“People need to be made aware that there is a difference, at least for heart health, whether they get their fluids from plain water or from sodas,” says Dr. Chan.

Updated 2/4/16
 
As you enjoy your favorite Wholefood Farmacy foods, we encourage you to make water your drink of choice.

Jul 17, 2007

Good Health News for Baby Boomers Mortality Rate

Here is some new research that is encouraging to those of us that are of "Boomer" age. I've had a couple of articles earlier on in the blog, and this is just another example of how it's never too late to do great things for yourself!
Dr. Dana King and his team of researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have just completed a very inspirational study. Dr. King and his team set out to find if middle-aged adults could reap the rewards of habits like eating vegetables and walking 30 minutes a day.

The researchers reported in June 2007 that middle-aged adults age 45 to 64 who began eating five or more fruits and vegetables every day, exercising for at least 2 1/2 hours a week, keeping weight down and not smoking decreased their risk of heart disease by 35 percent and risk of death by 40 percent in the four years after they started.

“The adopters of a healthy lifestyle basically caught up. Within four years, their mortality rate and rate of heart attacks matched the people who had been doing these behaviors all along,” said Dr. Dana King at the Medical University of South Carolina, who led the research. Dr. King added “even if you have not had a healthy lifestyle previously, it’s not too late to adopt those healthy lifestyle habits and gain almost immediate benefits.”

The four key habits are eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables everyday, exercising for 2 ½ hours per week, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight. The study participants who adopted all four healthy habits enjoyed a sharp decline in heart disease risk and in death from any cause.

It took all four — having just three of the healthy habits yielded no heart benefits and a more modest decrease in overall risk of death. Still, said Dr. Nichola Davis at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, “these benefits are on a continuum. The more of the healthy habits that you can adapt, the better. ...These are modest changes that they’re talking about.” The Wholefood Farmacy foods offer you a convenient and delicious way to enjoy five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each and every day. How many servings have you had today?

Updated 2/4/16


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Jul 14, 2007

My Husband's Heart Attack Story Part 3

The most recent event had me a bit upset...this past Thursday we had a scheduled date for my husband's 2nd stent procedure...we were to be at the hospital by 11 am, the procedure was to be at 1 pm. Then he was to stay overnight so they could observe, and keep pressure on the place in the groin where they go in with the catheter, little camera, and up to the artery in the heart that needs to be opened with a stent. We're really anxious to have this done, because the artery is 70+% blocked. Yes, that isn't as bad as the one they did after Father's Day weekend that was 100% blocked...but still.

So we're all ready to go out the door in 15 minutes, and the phone rings...it's the doctors office saying they have to postpone his surgery because there has been some kind of emergency. My cynical side, a side of me that is getting increasingly bad and really needs an adjustment, wondered, hmm, is there really an emergency or does the doctor just want this beautiful, perfect sunny day off? Terrible, I know. But we were really upset.

Paul, being the good sport that he is, said, okay, I guess I have to get to work (he is NEW at this job and still proving himself...great timing for all of this), and I settled in to the day, and finally eventually, thought I had better just be thankful that my husband was at work, and not the emergency the doctor, who is a great one by the way, may be dealing with.


We're looking into diet programs. Already we are being more careful about Paul's diet, and his blood sugars (he's a diabetic) are doing great. What do you guys think of Weight Watchers
®? They claim to be "Safe, healthy, and effective.

Following are links to all the posts in this series about my husband's heart attack:
The following links take you through my husband's heart attack experience in order:

My Husband's Heart Attack Part 1
My Husband's Heart Attack Part 2
My Husband's Heart Attack Part 3
My Husband's Heart Attack Final Post..I Hope

Updated 2/4/16 

Jul 3, 2007

Kombucha, a Healthy Fermented Tea

Years ago, I enjoyed a wonderful, easy to brew, fermented tea drink called Kombucha. I missed it so much, that I recently purchased a starter "shroom" and am on my second week of brewing, and drinking this delightful drink.

Kombucha is a popular health tonic. All you need is a starter that Kombucha lovers call a "mushroom". It isn't really a mushroom at all, but a "symbiotic culture of yeast and other microorganisms" according the Kombucha authority, Gunther Frank...his site has a wealth of information on Kombucha.



I have brewed Kombucha a number of times, and wrote a very detailed page on the brewing of Kombucha Tea at this link, but basically, here is what you do:
 

You will need per brew:

  • Approx. 1 Gallon Water 
  • 10-12 Tea Bags, Black Tea & Green are preferred. I've done it with both 
  • 1 cup sugar\
  • Stainless Steel or glass pot large enough to hold water (no other metal!) 
  • Use only plastic or wood utensils, no metal

Preparing the Brew:
 

  • Boil water for 5 - 10 minutes 
  • Add tea bags and brew for 1/2 hour 
  • Remove tea bags, cover pan, and cool overnight, or by putting closed pan in a sink of cold water. 
  • When room temperature, pour into a very clean, large glass jar, like a large pickle jar...fill to top of widest part of jar for largest air surface area. 
  • Lay your culture on top, with about 1/4 cup of Kombucha or white vinegar 
  • Put a coffee filter over the top, seal with a rubber band, fruit flies love the brew, but it needs air to ferment. 
  • Put on a shelf with subdued light, where there is little air movement, and temperature is 70+ degrees 
  • Let it ferment for about 7 days 
  • Strain through cheese cloth...or a very clean or new knee high stocking pulled over the top after removing the coffee filter.

As it is fermenting, a new starter will grow on top of the liquid, even if your starter decides to sink to the bottom. Or sometimes the new will grow attached to the older starter. When your done, you'll have a starter for your next brew, and one to give away or double up your amount.


Updated 2/4/16

Start out by drinking only about 1/4 cup a day, split between the morning and evening. If you have no detox symptoms, you may want to increase the amount. People have been known to drink 1-3 cups a day.