Drink Water on an Empty Stomach

DRINK WATER ON AN EMPTY STOMACH

I don’t do this to often, I never typically read forwards let alone find one that I actually find inspirational but I couldn’t help but share this information. I have shared before about how much I love the power of water so you could understand why I would share this information with you today.

It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.

METHOD OF TREATMENT

  1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water
  2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minute
  3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.
  4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours
  5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.
  6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/ reduce main diseases:

  1. High Blood Pressure (30 days)
  2. Gastric (10 days)
  3. Diabetes (30 days)
  4. Constipation (10 days)
  5. Cancer (180 days)
  6. TB (90 days)
  7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily.

This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times. It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life. Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active. This makes sense .. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals …not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain…

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this “sludge” reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food.. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks: · Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep.. Let’s be careful and be aware.. The more we know, the better chance we could survive…

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And the Cycle Continues

I must start this post off my apologizing if the topic I am about to share is to sensitive for you. While some may clasify this as TMI (Too Much Information), I feel that some things are better to be shared the be kept quite.

I must give much thanks and appreciation to the many other mother’s out there that were willing to share their personal experiences just like this. It was because of their posts, forums and comments why I made it through my first pregnancy.

With that being said I wanted to share with you that after eighteen long months of peace and and freedom … my dear ‘friend’ has returned to my life. While I so enjoyed these past un-interupted months, I must admit that I did miss its every 28-30 day visit.

I went through a mixture of emotions within the first few minutes that I discovered its return. It began with shocked. Although my son is just over 9 months for some reason I just wasn’t expecting it to happen yet. From what I have been told by my doula and lactation specialist fully breastfeeding a child does help in delaying or slowing down the return of ovulation, but of course each women is different so there is no real way to predict when it will happen.

My next emotion was sad. I was sad that I now had to re-learn the life that is sanitary napkins, tampons and cramps. While it had been 18 months ago, I did remember that this wasn’t my most favorite time of the month. While this time isn’t a huge inconvience, it was one less thing to have to plan and think about each month.

Following sad was relief. It was the welcome return of a system that God designed and serves an amazing purpose. The power and ability that we have to as humans to come together and produce another human being is phenomenal and just beyond truly comprehending. While many women can tell you their stories of being able to have a child without a regular cycle (IVF, Implantation, etc.) when you are blessed with a normal cycle you should be relieved and appreciate the gift.

And finally my last emotion was worry. I worried because not only am I now physically ready to carry another child, it truly isn’t it my families plan yet. But it now going to be on my mind and in my thoughts every month. Each month I am going to get a little tingle in my stomach considering the possibility that I just may be pregnant again. And conversely when I discover I am in fact not pregnant, I am going to have a day or two of walking around being slightly disappointed. Weird I know, but I am almost certain that many other women are doing the same exact dance everyone month also. We don’t necessary want to be pregnant just yet but the excitement of the moment just can’t be resisted.

Well I just wanted to share my moment with you and see how you all handled the return of your long lost friend.

Evil Ear Infection

Over the past few weeks I have noticed several changes in my son. His temperament, appetite and bowl movements all seemed very different to me.

It started about a month ago, maybe more now when all of a sudden he started to have soiled diapers very frequently. It went from him having only one soiled diaper a week to four or five a day. Yeah, cause for alarm. We went to see our doctor and he determined that there was some sort of infection that he was fighting off but that it would pass. It did eventually slow down but it was still at a higher level than normal with at least once a day sometimes twice. Normal for some babies, but not my son.

Then last Sunday I woke up to discover my son was extremely warm. I have never felt him that high. We tested his temperature several times during the day and it never raised above 101.7 … so we thought.

Monday morning when we woke up his fever was stable and I felt confident that we could go into work where we have in-house day care. He did great all day and I felt the worse was over. Then Tuesday early morning it seemed his fever had returned. I called into work to let them know I would be working from home to take care of him and take him to the doctor.

When we arrived at the doctor he took his temperature and all though to me he felt just fine he was 1oo.1. Which made me really nervous because if he felt fine to me and was 100.1 I can’t imagine what his real temperature was over the weekend when he was burning up.

Thankfully we discovered that he has been battling an ear infection for some time. It seems that the same bacteria that causes ear infections also can create diarrhea like bowl movements. We no have him on antibiotics and is improving well. Of course antibiotics can cause you have more increased bowl movements so we have to wait until it is completely out of his system to ensure that is cleared up but his temperament and sleep pattern has improved significantly. I am just grateful that we discovered the problem early and that he is on the road to recovery.

My Satisfying Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss

I must admit that one of the concerns that was close to my heart during my pregnancy was how and when was I ever going to get my body back. I had heard and seen so many women before me that had their own unique experience with this concern. Some women bounced back like rubber bands, while others four, some even seven years later are still retaining some of their extra pounds.

It is not that I am vain, or overly concerned with my appearance, it is much more then that. I can not lie, I do enjoy a slimmer, leaner form, and personally I feel more sexy and physically involved with my husband when I am a smaller size, and these are important. However this time my motivation was different … it was all about my son.

I have always wanted to be that mom who ran around for hours on end with their children playing outside. Playing on the jungle gym and swimming laps around the pool. I experienced being ‘overweight’ (based on what my doctor said for my age and height) and I have to be honest and say that I truly did feel each of those extra pounds. I was less active and for more out of shape. I never want to go back there again.

So after my son was born and I felt physically able and ready I started to get active. I started out small, doing my normal chores around the house, walking to the end of the street and back. Then by the end of the first month I was back on my Wii Fit Plus working out and doing some safe in house strengthening and exercises (push ups, sit ups, etc.). By the third month I was walking at least two miles a day around my neighborhood. I was consistent with it and had a focused plan.

Total, throughout my pregnancy I had gained fourty seven pounds. Far more then I had planned (who does plan that … really). So I had quitea few pounds to lose afterwards. Well my efforts eventually paid off. Luckily for me twenty of that fourty seven pound weight gain was all water retention and that I was able to sweat out in the first two weeks. The remaining twenty seven pounds was all me. By the third month I had lost another ten pounds and had seventeen more to go. Once I started to walk even more (I was up to four miles a day by month four) I started to lose weight more rapidly and by month six I had not only returned to my pre-pregnancy weight, but lost an extra two pounds.

I realized through my journey that if I wanted to achieve my goal it had to start in my heart first. I had to have the right motivation and purpose. Then I had to go at it with a realistic and practical way. I knew a gym membership or weight loss program would not be right for method for me, I had to do something that I was comfortable with and could afford. Walking was perfect for me and my lifestyle at that time in my life. Then I needed the discipline. I needed something to keep me focused and set on my goals. My son! Seeing him each morning and looking into his eyes was all I needed. Just the daily thought that one day he is going to be walking, talking and learning from my example got me up and out of bed putting my walking shoes on.

It was the perfect experience for my post-partum journey. I used to watch how all those celebrity mommas would lose so much weight so fast and be jealous. Not any more … I ain’t mad at ya ladies. I can see how they do it though, lose so much weight so fast. If I would have pushed myself harder or had a trainer pushing me daily sure like they do, I could have reach my goal in three months or even less. But that was not what I needed for my life at the time. Now the next time with baby number two (whenever that may be) I may have a totally different experience. Life changes every year/month/week/day. I could be a different place with myself and have different goals to achieve them. At least I will be equipped with the knowledge and experience that I can achieve my goal whatever it may be when I set it.

Our Container Garden

As part of my 2010 goals my husband and I began to plant our little container garden out side on the porch of little condo. I have always wanted to grow my own fruits and vegetables. While I can’t have as large of a garden as I truly would like there is so much that we are able to accomplish using containers and small pots.

Since this is our first time and we don’t have that big of a space to work with we have begun small. We started out with a small herb container with three different types of plans. I wanted to get stuff that we actually use so we have planned thyme, basil and mint. I wasn’t sure how well it would do so we got seed lings ( I think that is the term, the plants already started). Then my husband is trying his hand in growing some strawberries. We have two small pots with strawberry seed lings and a another pot with the just seeds. And finally I have planted some sunflowers seeds.

So far everything has been coming along real well. My herbs are growing and expanding, the strawberries have a few buds on them and the sunflower seeds have actually grown and sprung out of the soil. Here are a few pictures of our progress.

10 Reasons I love Breastfeeding

10 Reasons I love Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has by far been one of the best experiences of motherhood for me. This has been one of the most anticipated parts of being a mother and I am thoroughly happy what the results.

My husband and I spent quit a while researching the benefits of breastfeeding before we decided that we were sure it was right for us. We wanted to be sure that it really was as good for our child has rumors had said. We also wanted to see if the effort and time spent on it was really worth it.

To this day I am more then thrilled with our decision and if my son could speak (real English words) I am sure he would express the same joy I do.

But let me get specific with you. Here are the top 10 reasons why I have really enjoyed the experience of breastfeeding. I hope that if you are the fence and don’t know if it is right for you, that these will inspire you to take the plunge and break out those breast.

10.) Conversation Piece:

I am amazed at how much closer I have felt to some of the other moms in my circles of friends after sharing our breastfeeding stories. We are all at different stages of breastfeeding and have different approaches to it. I don’t know, I guess some how talking about boobs bring women closer.

9.) A quick get away:

Ever been in a situation where you felt … “If only I had a way to just leave the room” … well my son has saved me quite a few times so far. Escape from bad movie, boring meeting, awkward dinner conversation. Who is going to try and stop you from feeding your child?

8.) Staying close:

In general I haven’t really wanted to be too far away from my son if I can help it. Breastfeeding helps ensure that I can’t be gone to far, for too long. Sure I have pumped a few emergency bottles but it is not something I want to become a habit. Now of course this doesn’t include the occasional date night for hubby and I. Those are IMPORTANT!!!

7.) Empowerment:

I am reminded each time that I feed my son of the week of struggles we had in the beginning. Then I am reminded of how through God’s love and strength both my infant son and I were empowered to keep it up and we overcame those now seemingly minor hurdles.

6.) Bonding:

Years before becoming pregnant I feared that I wouldn’t be able to bond with my baby. I heard stories of women who experienced postpartum depression and lead a distant life from their children. I was so relieved and comforted at the instant bond my son and I formed when we started breastfeeding. I can feel the comfort and safety he feels in my arms while he eats.

5.) Cheap:

My family recently moved and we are still adjusting to our new life in a new state and new expenses. I am so grateful that this is yet another area of our life where we don’t have to worry about whether or not we can afford to feed our child. As long as I am eating what and how I need, he is covered.

4.) Always Accessible:

No matter where we are, when we are, I have the means to feed him. As long as we are together I am comforted in knowing that he has the nutrient that he needs. I am comfortable feeding him wherever we are and not ashamed of how my son receives his food.

3.) Weight-loss:

Yes, I had to say it. The weight loss has been amazing. I am so amazed at how much my son’s eating habits have contributed to my weight loss. But then knowing that what I eat is what will be nurturing my son is a huge influential factor into what I eat. I am more cautious and wise about what goes into my body now.

2.) Health Benefits for Me.

Wow, there are countless reasons of how breastfeeding benefits mothers. Just a few are: Reduced risk of breast cancer, reduced risk of uterine and ovarian cancer, lessens osteoporosis, reduced risk of anemia, helps delay return of fertility (I am not ready for baby #2 yet).

1.) Health Benefits for my Son:

This list is way to long to list them all. The most important factors for me are; he is receiving the most complete mix of nutrients and antibodies, the milk changes and keeps up with his development so I don’t have to supplement anything, reduced risk of constipation, colic and other stomach problems, reduced risk of childhood diabetes, protection against many infections, less risk of childhood obesity. Okay there are so many more.

It is crazy how much breastfeeding is so good for our babies. I find it hard to understand why mothers ‘chose’ not to breastfeed. I am not judging, I genuinely don’t understand. There are many mothers who are unable to breastfeed for as long as they want, or at all and I truly feel sorry for them. It is the goal of this family to have my son breastfed for as long as he pleases. If he is 3 years old and still sipping some liquid gold … so be it.

Your 2010 Handbook – Insights for 2010!

Yes, I know that 2010 is already well under way but it is never too late to start making some changes to better our lives. Here are some tips and goals to reach for as we continue out the year.

Health:

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily, and while you walk, smile.

Personality:

11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t overdo it. Keep your limits.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don’t have to win every argument, agree to disagree.

Society:

25. Talk to your family often, spend time with them. 
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your concern.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends will.  Stay in touch.

Life:

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. God heals everything. The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you. 
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank God for it.
39. Be positive. Be happy. Spread joy. Inspire yourself and others. Live with gratitude.