Hydration for Your Beautiful Skin

The human body temple is an overwhelming phenomenon.  We have spent hundreds and thousands of years studying the body and still all we can do is partially describe some of its processes.  Why does a cut immediately start to cure itself?  What mysterious force goes to work immediately to bring the necessary tools to the site of the cut?  How does the body know how much fluid to keep in every cell?  How does it know to make the most of whatever it is given?

Our beautiful skin is the benefactor of this knowledge.  It will use whatever it is given.  If given sufficient nutrition and plenty of clean water, it will give superior protection to our frame and internal organs.  When we deprive the body of nutrition and clean water, the skin shrivels up in wrinkles and all manner of other ailments because the cells are starving.  Just as your kidneys shut down if you stop drinking.  Your skin shuts down without hydration.  Some people think that coffee, diet coke, vodka and energy drinks are all the hydration they need.  Now if this is your daily hydration, you may be thinking – “what’s wrong with that?  I drank a bottle of water yesterday!  Besides I have to have my coffee in the morning or I CAN’T FUNCTION!!!!!”

What if you tried something new?  Try getting a good night’s sleep and drinking 16 ounces of water first thing in the morning.  AH…Sleep, that illusive fleeting experience we’ve all heard of but few get to experience for extended periods of time.  You may ask – “What does sleep have to do with hydration?”  Everything.

When we don’t sleep, the body gets overwhelmed and functions at a low capacity.  Many functions of bodily repair happen while we sleep and they require hours of uninterrupted sleep for completion.  The skin shows it first with dark circles and bags under the eyes.  Then we drink coffee, diet coke and energy drinks to keep us going, further intensifying the problem because these substances interfere with normal bodily functions and sleep patterns.  Then we become tense, stressed and aggravated reaching for the vodka to dull our pain and duress so we can sleep!  All the while, we fail to realize that the lack of proper hydration is what put us in this vicious cycle.

Drinking more clean water helps to flush out the toxins from any garbage we are drinking and the bad food we are eating.  Drinking clean water is one of the keys to beautiful skin.  The body takes water and uses it to operate all the systems it’s running in this complex structure.  One of the key systems that needs water is the digestive tract.  It uses the water we drink and the water squeezed out of the fiber we eat to move waste through the colon and out of the system.  If it has no water to work with, a plumbing problem arises and there’s a back-up.   You can call in the plumber and take a laxative, but that just gives the system more toxins to expel and it’s a painful way to solve the problem.

So that 16-ounce steak and baked potato have nowhere to go because there was no fiber in the gut and the vodka just wouldn’t replace that much needed glass of H2O.  Not to mention the fact that 4 days later you’re still trying to process that steak.  This is taxing on any “body” but an older, battled scarred model over 50 really struggles here and aging is far from graceful at this point.  You’ve driven up your levels of oxidative stress which ages you.  You’ve stress out your digestive system which ages you.  Your skin shows the stress in bags, lines and wrinkles.  OH!  What to do?

Sit down, relax and have a glass of clear, clean, delicious water.  You’ll never look more beautiful.

For more on wellness and graceful aging, visit JaniceWoody.com.  Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

 

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Skin Health: Why We Need the Sunshine On Our Skin

Because I’m a Leo, I’m a natural sun worshipper.  The sun is in my sign this month of August and it’s the powerful, life giving force in our lives.

All ancient Peoples had a reverence for the Sun and an understanding of it’s importance in our lives.  They understood that without the Sun, we would quickly wither and die.  They might not have expressed their understanding in today’s scientific terms but their understanding was just as valid.  We dismiss the Sun’s importance at our peril.  I’ve even heard some global warming enthusiasts state that people are responsible for all the devastating climate change we are experiencing.  This is ludicrous.  People obviously may have some role in what happens with our climate but the Sun is King.  Knowing and predicting what the Sun will do is far more important to understanding how we will live on Earth in the future.  We need the Sun for our current state of existence.

We need the sun on our skin for optimum health.  You’ve probably heard more than you want about Vitamin D and how we need this.  The best way to get Vitamin D is for the body to produce it naturally from direct exposure to the Sun.  Sun bathing is a cat’s favorite pastime.  All you Leonine cats get it.  Unfortunately, like everything in our modern information overload culture, people have been bombarded with so much “information” that in many cases, they have stopped using common sense.  We’ve known for a long time that we need sun exposure but we have allowed a deluge of scary tales of skin cancer to keep us out of the Sun or have us lathering on copious amounts of dubious sunscreen.  All that sunscreen is keeping you from getting the benefits of the Sun’s life-giving rays.  Yes, if you are not fortunate enough to have any melanin in your skin, you obviously need to limit your exposure, BUT you still need some exposure.  Trying to substitute artificial chemicals for what the body produces naturally has led us down a very tortured path.  People are now willing to substitute all kinds of processed concoctions in place of real food and real medicine.  Nature does always know best.  Use some common sense when out in the Sun, but don’t deny yourself the benefits of this life-giving force.

The Sun is electric as is everything in our amazing Universe.  That means that our bodies are also electric.  There are 12 major systems in our bodies and for any of it to work, we need a spark, a charge.  There’s a reason we talk about relaxing to “recharge” our batteries.  We are a battery just like that image from The Matrix.  If the electrical signals in your heart stop right now, you’re toast.  When I administer CPR and have to use an AED, it’s to get an electrical charge into the heart to get that muscle to once again pump blood to the brain.  But unlike a car battery, if I can’t get that engine to turn over, the consequences are devastating to everyone involved.  The Sun is that source, that spark that keeps life on Earth vibrant and pulsing.

Today if you’re fortunate enough to have a sunny day, get outside for a few minutes and soak up those life-giving rays.  You will feel the impact on your physical body, on your mind and the thought process, on your emotions and your outlook.  A sunny day can help wipe away depression and negative thinking, if you let it.  A sunny day can make you perky and happy, if you let it.  Take a page out of the Leo bible and let that hot, firery nature wash over you.  Your skin will thank you.

For more on wellness and graceful aging, visit me at JaniceWoody.com.  Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

Summer Fun: Make Someone Laugh

What is it about making a baby laugh that gives us such pleasure?

Make someone laugh today.  That’s called spreading the gift of light and love.

 

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Here’s to laughing with you and your Lifetime Health!

Summer Fun: Summer Fruits and Veggies

Don’t you just love this time of year?  All the summer fruits and veggies are here in North America.  All the sweet berries, melons and stone fruits are ripe and ready to eat.  Now is the time to eat them but also the time to think ahead and store some of these jewels for winter.  If you don’t know how to can fruits and veggies don’t feel bad.  In this fast food era, it’s almost a dying art.  But we do have some other options for storing our summer harvests like freezing and freeze drying.  These will at least allow you to enjoy your summer harvest late into the winter months.

One of the fruits I love most is watermelon.  If you’re craving it right now, there could be a lot of reasons for that.  Watermelon is one of the most nutritious foods we have available and not just the flesh but also the seeds.  One small slice can give you 3 mg of iron. Helpful if you have a tendency toward anemia.  

Watermelon seeds include fatty acids, essential proteins and a lot of minerals. These types of seeds are full of vitamin B just like thiamine, niacin, foliate and minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorus and copper.  Watermelon seeds contain dietary fiber essential for the normal operation of the digestive tract, that help in case of intestinal parasites, as well as in the treatment of inflammation in the body.  Watermelon seeds contain citrulline a substance which acts as a bio marker of intestinal function.  Citrulline is key in the urinary tract to help your body process ammonia into urea.  Because of this, watermelon seeds have been useful in treating diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract.  It’s also been reported to help people suffering with hepatitis, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, angina and erectile dysfunction.

We’re talking about the big black seeds you used to be able to find in the fruit.  Unfortunately, there has been so much tampering with watermelon to produce seedless varieties, it’s not easy to find a regular watermelon.  Please let me know if you find one with black seeds.  It’s a gem and you should save those seeds and plant them.  I’m not sure if you can get all the benefits from using the albino seeds we see in the seedless varieties.  I will let you know.

What do you do if you have the real deal, a regular watermelon?  Take 20-30 seeds, grind them down and boil them for 15 minutes in a half gallon of water.   It is suggested that you drink this amount over the course of two days and stop.  You would skip the third day.   On the fourth day repeat the process being sure to skip the third day.  You can repeat this for several weeks to see a decrease or cessation of your symptoms.

Much of the Standard American Diet (SAD) is depleted in vitamins and minerals so it makes sense that using concentrated mixtures of seeds would dramatically boost your bodies levels of these vitamins and minerals.  And because they come directly from the plant, they are more easily integrated into your system and in my opinion more effective than synthetic vitamins made in a lab.

So, the next time you’re at a backyard barbeque bring watermelon to share and tell people to save the seeds.  So off I go on my quest for a regular watermelon.  It won’t be so hard to find peaches, plums and nectarines.  Hmmmm.  My mouth just waters thinking about summer fruit.  Hope you’re having a great summer or winter wherever you are and remember to watch the fat and eat four cups of fruits and veggies every day.

For more on wellness and graceful aging please visit me at JaniceWoody.com and here’s to your Lifetime Health!

Summer Fun – Laughing Medicine

Thank you to all who missed me last week.  I was not physically able to write about this topic then.  And as always I use my own advice so I’m laughing now.  Laughing at limitation, illness, insanity, cruelty, hypocrisy, my own daily trials.  That’s right.  I laugh at all of it.  It has no real power over me.  I decide what kind of life I’m going to live by what I value and what thoughts I choose to entertain.

We’ve had this discussion before so this is a refresher.  Our thoughts are critical to the quality of life we live and to aging gracefully.  Today I want to talk about another aspect of this that we often forget.  Many of us are aware of the fact that our thoughts can change how we physically feel.  You think about a lost love and suddenly you feel sad.  You think about someone who did you wrong and suddenly you’re angry.  This happens all day long but what about the other side of that coin?

Did you know that you can use your body to change your thoughts?  Just get up and go for a brisk walk or go to the gym for a cardio workout.  You will find your thoughts tending more toward health and wellness.  After a great workout, you don’t go down a bottle of scotch.  You want some clean refreshing water.  That’s one of the positive effects of physical activity.  

One of the best ways to change your thoughts is to laugh.  The physical activity of laughing changes the chemistry in your body sending more oxygen into your system.  A good belly laugh makes you feel lighter, freer and happy.  Oxygen is energy to the human body.  We breathe it in for life.  When we laugh we take in big gulps of oxygen and you can actually see the immediate effects in our countenance, our skin perks up, there’s more light in our eyes, we come alive!

When you’re laughing in the moment, there is no past. There is no future.  There is only now and you’re completely engulfed in it.  You could have been crying just before but now you’re in a completely different space.  Believe me there is so much to laugh about.  If you only realized your own innate power, you would laugh uncontrollably at the world and all its insanity.  When people are laughing with each other, they are much less likely to kill each other.  When people are laughing with each other, they are much less likely to say or do something cruel and inhuman to each other.  When people are laughing with each other, they feel the human connection.  When people are laughing with each other, they have more compassion for themselves and the other person.  When people are laughing with each other, there is a space to recognize love.

You may say, ‘Well I don’t have anything to laugh at right now.  My life is really a mess.’  Really?  That’s when you laugh the hardest.  You laugh at yourself for accepting such a low state of affairs.  You laugh at any people who are trying to beat you down.  Aren’t they ridiculous?  You are an eternal soul that they will never be able to destroy.  You must laugh at that and bring yourself up from the depths of despair.  What if your life is empty and boring?  Laugh at that.  Laugh at all the decisions you make every day that ensure you will continue down that path to emptiness and boredom.  Start laughing at the complete insanity of wandering through life without taking control.  If you’re bored, start thinking about other people and how you might help them.

Laugh long and hard.  Laugh until the tears flow.  My grandma used to laugh so hard that her belly giggled.  I laugh just thinking about that.  She lived a long fruitful life.  Laughing is one of the prime keys to graceful aging.  You should try it today.  For more on wellness and graceful aging, visit me at JaniceWoody.com and here’s to your Lifetime Health!

For Your Family:  Create a Garden

Gardens are the most magical places to behold.  Nature thrives without our help but when we work in conjunction with it, we get to create little bits of heaven in our environment.  Gardens signify our work with the divine, taking our knowledge and syncing up with what we do not completely understand, to create some beauty.  On your knees, hands in the dirt, planting a seed or placing a plant is inspirational.  It’s more than growing food.  The experience is grounding for us.  The very act of gardening connects us to the powerful energy of earth.

I can remember playing in my Grandma’s garden as a little girl.  It was the most amazing place to me.  I would play beside Grandma as she pulled weeds or picked the wonderful harvest.  I was constantly asking questions as children do.  “Grandma, what is that plant?  Why do the snakes come, Grandma?  What is that bug?”

Beautiful vegetables and fruit, roots and herbs, interesting bugs, sunshine, fresh air, the smell of earth, these all take me back to that time.  We ate directly from that garden.  Grandma would can some of the fruits and vegetables so we could enjoy them in the cold winter months.  Those are some of the best memories of my childhood and I’ve tried throughout my life to recreate that garden.

Sometimes it just isn’t possible to have that huge expansive beautiful garden, but what is possible?  You know that’s my favorite question.  It gets your mind working on possibilities.  It leads to being surrounded by containers of beautiful herbs, fruits and flowers, a little bit of magic on your window sill.  Think about how a patio container garden can yield a lot of food to feed your family.  If you can, concentrate on growing the things that are most expensive at the grocery store like greens and lettuce.  Plant an avocado tree if your climate will allow that.  Apple trees come in so many varieties that fit almost any climate.  If you just can’t do anything outdoors, try a hydroponic indoor garden.  You might be surprised at what you can grow.  Not to mention getting the benefit of better air quality.  People and plants were meant to live together.  The plants don’t need our help to grow but we definitely need their help to thrive. 

Do something nice for the plants in your life.  Nourish and water them.  Avoid spraying them with toxic pesticides.  You wouldn’t like it if they did that to you.  Plus, when you’re spraying that stuff, you breathe a little of it.  Bad news for the lungs and the rest of you.  Both you and the plant are choking on the bad air.  Eventually, all that stuff winds up in your kidneys and your liver and they don’t want it either.

What kind of garden will you create?  One plant on the window sill is a start.  It will look lonely and therefore attract more plants.  Before you know it, you have a garden.  Maybe one day I will manage to recreate my Grandma’s garden.  Until then, here’s to your Lifetime Health!  Come visit me at JaniceWoody.com for more on wellness and graceful aging.

For Your Family – Feed Others Good Food

Many of us prepare meals every day for ourselves and people we love.  What are you feeding them?  When I talk to people about their diets, this is what I hear.

“Oh, we eat really healthy for the most part.” Or “I’m on a diet (paleo, Atkins, “low carb”, Zone, South Beach, Nutrisystems).”  You get the idea.  And my favorite – “I’m on a diet an it’s working.” 

Of course it’s working!  You can lose weight on any diet.  I often tell my clients, you can lose weight on Beyonce’s cayenne pepper lemon juice diet.  The problem is not with the diet.  The problem lies in the thought pattern that led to the diet.  That thought that says, I’ll fix it quick with this diet. Then I can fit into that dress for my daughter’s wedding.  Or maybe I can get some love if I drop a few pounds.  Maybe then she will go out with me.  Or, my doctor said I need to lose 20 pounds.  He said I should be on a low carb diet.  I would love to kill that term “low carb” but I don’t believe in PC speech so I’ll leave that one alone.

What if we’re all delusional?  I’m being kind here because the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results!  How many times have you heard yourself saying any of those previous statements?  How many diets have you tried?  What happened when you came off the diet?  YES!  You gained back the weight!  Sometimes it was a little, maybe a few pounds, but then over time, you got it all back and more.  

I know what I’m talking about.  Back in the day, I went on a diet and lost 40 pounds.  But the story continues …  with all the elation over succeeding and making my goal.  Whoop! Whoop!  Then, the day of reckoning came.  My environment changed dramatically.  I went from working at home (a controlled environment) to working in an office with a bunch of junk food nazis.  Every day they brought in donuts, chimichangas, tamales, cakes, pizza, ribs.  Oh and did I mention this was a high stress working environment.  That’s a part of what was driving this incessant need for fat, salt and sugar.  At first, I was strong.  I brought my lunch every day and just rushed past the kitchen.  But you know the deal.  Someone would come by my cubicle and offer me a donut.  They would come by and say ooh, you need to try these tamales.  They are SOOOOO good.  Tamales, a particular addiction of mine at the time, were calling my name.  Janice Janice Janice!  I went down for the count.  When I regained consciousness, I was 40 pounds heavier.  Oh, I seem to remember losing that 40 pounds somewhere.  Well I found it!  Dam it!

Does this story sound vaguely familiar to you?  Yes?  This is the life story of America, the BIG, the BOLD, the Beautifully FAT!  And it all started with our thinking.  That’s where everything starts.  Remember everything is created twice, first in the mind, then in our physical reality.  Big fat butts don’t just materialize out of thin air.  We start out with fat butt thinking.

Now you may be thinking, where is she really going with this?  The title of this blog is Feed Others Good Food.  Yes, and there is a point to my rambling.  So many times the excuse I hear is this. “My husband won’t eat healthy food.” “You don’t understand.  My kids are really picky eaters.” “If it takes longer than 10 minutes, we’re going out to eat.”  These are all excuses to feed your loved ones garbage.  But guess who’s sitting at the table with them.

When you decide you’ve had enough of losing the same 20 pounds over and over again, you will make a lifestyle transformation of epic proportions.  The people who get to come along for the ride are your family and friends.  You won’t be able to in good conscience serve them over processed, pesticide-ridden, GMO, chemistry project “food”.  Your life and health will mean too much to you.  And by default, you will want your loved ones in on the game.  The game is REAL FOOD, brisk physical activity, and spiritual nourishment, a complete mind, body, spirit transformation.

To get yours started, come visit me at JaniceWoody.com.  Ask about how I may serve you some good food for thought to get yourself on the path to an epic lifestyle transformation.  Here’s to your Lifetime Health!