Tai Chi Moves
My mother in law is old, how old I am not sure really and I am not game to ask. Why?
Because there is a danger that she will kick my butt if I did ask.
She is not only strong but she is flexible.
I have a photo of her doing a “Rockettes” style high kick in the park with all the other old grannies she does Tai Chi with.
The only difference is that she isn’t doing it as a kick, she is just standing there with her foot at her own eye level with a perfectly straight leg.
Yes, Tai-Chi is good for you!
Top 10 Tai Chi Moves for Beginners
High Sodium and Kidney Disease
OK, the link below goes to a study done that shows the relationship between a high sodium diet and the advance of existing heart and kidney disease.
The article is interesting in itself and I don’t really think there is anything too surprising in it. So why have I referenced it?
Well here’s what I think.
I think that the study being referenced and just about all studies involving the connection between a high sodium diet and heart disease as well as kidney disease are missing one vital point.
You see the human body is setup to chemically correct itself, it has a highly complex endocrine system to constantly monitor and ultimately balance everything in the body.
What it should do when faced with excessive sodium is to expel it.
So why doesn’t it?
And this leads me to my point.
The reason it doesn’t is because it lacks sufficient water in that system to absorb and carry the excess away.
That’s my problem with these studies, they never take into account the water intake of the people on the high sodium diet.
They just look at that point and draw conclusions from it without factoring in everything that could be factored in.
Early to Rise
A few years back I was attending a conference for business and at that conference was the usual “motivational,” “self-help,” entrepreneurial” type speaker whose introduction led to a few groans throughout the room.
Most people were immediately re-living nightmares of “trust” exercises and similar such activities.
As it turned out the guy was pretty interesting in that first he assured everyone there would be no motivational jumping up and down yelling affirmations and definitely no trust exercises.
All he did was present the results of some pretty extensive surveys done on people who were considered to be leaders in their respective fields.
One thing that came up as a common trait amongst what was a very wide cross-section of people was that successful people get up early.
No real explanation as to why or what the possible advantages were, they just do and so should you!
- Why Do Early Risers Do More in Life
One of the unfortunate skills the modern shopper has had to develop is that of reading the labels on food they purchase.
Let’s face it, our grandmothers didn’t buy all that much food that actually had labels so things certainly have changed!
I have seen advice given by so called food experts that say if you read the ingredients and don’t know what any of them are then don’t buy it.
Unfortunately if that were the case then you probably wouldn’t buy anything.
Sadly there has never really been a “plain English” law passed regarding the labeling of ingredients so many common ingredients in processed food although quite safe end up being listed under their chemical names which makes them sound pretty awful.
On the other hand the awful ones don’t stand out because many of them sound equally as foreign as the safe ones!
Food coloring is a great example of this whereby an all natural food color derived from a plant extract that is totally harmless ends up sounding like “Food color number 345” yet on the other hand some other coloring that is the result of nuclear fission just has another number!
The only real way through the maze is to get to know most of the common ones you need to be avoiding right off the bat.
That way you can at least make some sense of it all.
Gluten Free Traps
I am not really a big fan of the the whole gluten is dangerous movement because so much of what is being said about it is simply not true.
Yes there are people who have a specific condition that prevents them from processing gluten and yes there are those who are gluten intolerant but really, it seems to me to be a whole lot of noise based on nothing.
What really annoys me is that by focusing on the gluten the real source of trouble is allowed to blithely swan past us without even a mention.
Let’s face it.
Gluten has been a vital part of the human diet for thousands of years.
Why is it only now that it has become some kind of death food?
Perhaps it’s not really the gluten?
Perhaps there is something being added to the food supply that when you remove gluten you remove that thing?
Anyway, Big Food have now jumped on the gluten free trend with glee and are not happily churning out products for the anti-gluten movement to joyously consume… which they are.
Of course Big Food being they people they are have assured everyone that their stuff is really good and know they always tell the truth right?
Stop Throwing Away Food!
OK, this is just plain wrong.
I remember a few months ago reading an article on food waste in the U.S. and was horrified at the level it runs at.
I believe the figure was something like 40% of all unprocessed foods that hit the supermarket shelf are eventually just thrown away.
This is just crazy!
Imagine the resources in terms of labor, operating costs, damage to the environment that could be saved by America alone simply “cleaning it’s plate!”
It’s funny how so often we find reports of research done on some “old remedy” only to discover that it really works!
I can remember going to see my newly born son at the hospital he was born at and walking past the “Ginger Research for Morning Sickness” part of the hospital.
It seems to be a repeating theme in medicine that they go for the most artificial chemical based search they can and come up with something that works.
Then, they eventually get around to taking a look at what our grandparents or great grandparents did only to “discover” a natural remedy from which a whole new cure can be found.
Maybe in handing out research money the first step should be that the research team shows evidence that they have thoroughly exhausted all possible natural remedies first.