Eating Your Way Off to Sleep?
Probably one of the most common maladies that we find these days is not so much a sickness or disease in itself but an undesirable condition.
That condition is an increasing inability to to sleep. For many people a lack of exhausting physical labor and the lack of a natural and balanced daily diet has left them with bodies that are basically confused!
Yes, the sun has gone down and yes we have had the food we normally are supposed to eat at night and yes the conditions all seems right for sleep, yet for many people that sleep never comes.
Or, even though they drop off to sleep OK the length or quality of that sleep is nowhere near what they need it to be on a regular basis.
The modern sedentary lifestyle and and a diet high in sugar has left them unable to successfully complete that simple task.
Apart from regular exercise there are some key foods you can try to attempt to get some kind of balance back in relation to sleeping.
Genetically speaking humans evolved over time to our current state on a diet that contained a number of mineral salts.
The key salt out bodies developed on was potassium chloride.
That’s the “salt” that is most native to all the little balancing acts that occur within our bodies with regards to hydration, the exchange of nutrients and the exchange of oxygen in our blood.
Of course somewhere along the line that potassium chloride we were getting though fresh vegetables and other foods was replaced with sodium chloride because it was… easier!
If you really want to know the difference between the two it is simple, they are both salts, potassium chloride is the one we are supposed to be using, sodium chloride is the one we use.
There was a submission recently made to the FDA by a food manufacturer to get permission to call potassium chloride, potassium salt.
Obviously it suits them because it is easier for the consumer to understand.
Most people react to the word potassium chloride because it sounds bad to them.
They would probably react to sodium chloride the same way. I think they should be allowed to use it.
- NuTek Seeks to Label Potassium Chloride as Potassium Salt
Butter is Better
When it comes to the subject of what we should and should not be eating there seems to be no greater source of confusion than that of oils.
They seems to come into favour and then out of favour at a frightening pace as the marketing introduces them as totally awesome then the science catches up and they are poison.
One oil that never really left my refrigerator is butter.
My grandma used it, swore by it and would never use anything else… except for frying and then she used lard.
Homemade drippings from the pan and the weekly roast dinner lard!
She finally died when she was 98 and even then I think it was because she wanted to, not because it was something that happened to her or because her body gave out..
Butter as part of our diet suffered enormously back in the seventies and it is only up until now that it had finally been returned to the fold.
Suddenly it’s not so bad after all and in fact, may actually be good for you… in moderation of course.
Sports Drink Recipe
I came across this recipe for a more natural sports type drink this week and though it was worth sharing although with a few added notes.
The recipe itself is OK and has a warning on sugar which I totally agree with.
The main problem with commercial sports drinks is that they are loaded with sugar and there are two reasons for that.
The first is the obvious reason that sports drinks are competing basically in the same market as any other soft drink or soda.
Because of that they are vying for the tastebuds of that market which has been trained into a taste that contains very high levels of sweetness.
The other reason is that all sports drinks are derivations from the original sports drink which was Gatorade.
When you think of Gatorade you have to remember it was developed solely for the purpose of providing instant energy (glucose and sucrose) as well as electrolytes to football players playing in hot conditions.
Most sports drinks these days although marketed from a very “sporty” point of view are actually just different types of soft drink.
The other point to wanted to address about the recipe is the use of salt as part of the electrolyte makeup of the drink.
Personally I don’t really think that most people need much more salt than they are probably getting from their regular diet and it really is easy to go a little overboard on these things.
What I would replace it with would be potassium instead of the salt as it works much better especially in an exercise or heat situation.
THC, ADD and ADHD
Sigh… while I have to theoretically support the findings in this report that was released recently I can’t help but feel a little resigned to the fact that there is no real effort to find a cause.
ADD and ADHD are dubious diagnoses at the best of times and if you really look into what they are you will find they are really just a very wide ranging set of behavioural problems lumped together under one convenient title.
I am absolutely not denying that some people have these problems but the whole focus of attention continues to be on “how can we create some ongoing business with this.”
The idea of using strong stimulants on children to basically dope them into compliance does not sit well with me.
On top of that just about any child who behaves in a way that “someone” does not agree with can find themselves as being categorized under the ADHD banner with little or no recourse to the determination.
Let us not forget that the psychological profile for ADHD and the genius category are almost identical and a misdiagnosis could mean the difference between a John Lennon life and a Kurt Cobain one.