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Detox – Yes, the Brain!

Generally, in the herbal industry, we talk a lot about detoxing.  I have a complete annual detox regimen that I practice, a different body system or specific organ for each month of the year.  I’ll be glad to share it with you if you want to drop by the store and get one, or write me and ask for one.  It’s not “magic” or even completely professional, but I’ve been using it for several years now and my doctor says I’m doing fine with no serious health problems and I’ll be 74 this year.  So, why do I even mention it?  Because when we talk about cleansing (detoxing), we rarely talk about anything to detox the brain.

You see, the brain has a special barrier called the blood-brain barrier that tries to block many toxins from getting into the brain.  It works pretty well on many substances but not all.  If you’ve ever seen a drunk person, you know that alcohol isn’t blocked and the only way to detox it is to “endure the hangover.”  The body will detox it in time – with some side effects, however.

But there are some things that the body doesn’t detox on its own.  One of those that is particularly problematic for the brain is “heavy metals.”  They are particularly damaging to our immune and nervous systems, and produce a wide range of hard-to-diagnose symptoms.  I find this to be a problem for customers who work in areas where heavy metals are common – the oil fields, places that work with heavy solvents and cleaners, people who use certain drugs, and a whole category we refer to as “drug babies.”  And I’ve often noted that while I think deodorants are great (lol), every antiperspirant I’ve found in the marketplace used aluminum (a heavy metal) as the instrument to stop perspiration.  I recommend using deodorants, but not antiperspirants!

When heavy metals get into your body, the body doesn’t know what to do with them.  The immune system, knowing they are toxic” uses the technique of “suffocating them” with fatty tissues to keep them from harming other tissues.  One place where they cause real problems is in the brain.  The brain is “electric!”  We often define the passing of a signal from one brain cell to the next as “firing” from one cell to the next.  When this “spark” fires, if it hits a molecule of a stored metal, it could be seen as a small “explosion” which damages surrounding cells. With enough of these microscopic explosions we can see the destruction of thousands of cells. Depending on which cells are destroyed, we may find many different resulting failures inside the brain.

Product components that remove heavy metals are designed to bind with the heavy metal ions and remove them from the body.  Common ingredients usually include cilantro, sodium alginate (from seaweed), apple pectin, and plenty of dietary fiber. Try eating more Mexican food – studies show that cilantro has demonstrated the capacity to remove considerable amounts of mercury from water sources, too.

Good advice as related to things consumed is “increase the good stuff and get rid of (detox) the bad!”  Live long and in good health. Genesis 1:29.

–  Randy Lee, ND, Owner, Nana’s Pawpaw Patch – Herbs, Oils & Teas for Health, 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, MWC, 736-1030, e-mail: pawpaw@promoteyourhealth.com.

Stay Calm-Protect Your Emotions and Your Will!

I believe we are spiritual beings whose brains incorporate our minds, our will and our emotions.  The mind is the “thinking, memory, art & logic” parts of our being.  Most of us are cognizant of that and usually work to keep them healthy and “in check” because it’s how we function.  Harder to control is our “will” – what we choose to feel or carry out, and our “emotions” – how we react to surroundings and circumstances.

One of my favorite stories is about some doctors who took identical looking brothers and placed them in separate rooms full of manure and a shovel. They observed one brother sitting in the corner of the room crying while the other brother was shoveling manure like crazy. On questioning, the first brother stated that there was nothing to do but smell the awfully putrid manure. The other brother remarked, “With that much manure, I was looking for the pony!” The obvious key to their happiness differed in attitude and expectations.

Stress is an obvious contributor to healthy functioning in life for all of us. We all have times when things are going ok, and times when everything around us seems to be falling apart. At the root, stress is not always bad.  Let’s face it, if it were not for “motivation to accomplish something (stress?)” would we ever get anything done? So what can we do to manage these diverse situations in our lives?  I think a primary contributor is to “train the brain!”

Stress causes added demands on our bodies.  The adrenal glands produce some 50 different hormones.  Several of them are for the purpose of helping us handle stress. Added stress requires more work from the adrenals.  And the adrenals “feed” on B-vitamins. As a minimum then, I recommend B Vitamins during times of increased stress.  There may also be a place for nervine sedative herbals like hops, valerian root, passion flower, and skullcap – all in either teas or capsules. Some mineral products using the name “Calm” are also useful and contain just magnesium, a mineral that is used rapidly during times of stress.

Kava is an herbal known to relax muscles and ease tension, and pantothenic acid provides added adrenal support.

I am not a medical doctor and don’t presume to treat any named diseases, but anecdotally I believe that the loss of the adrenal’s ability to produce anti-stress hormones may be a root cause of chronic stress breakdowns. A Loma Linda University study found laughter is one of the best things to fight stress. Also practice deep breathing and meditative prayer; practice relaxation, find calming activities to brighten every day, and train your mind to evaluate stressful activities. And get professional help when you can’t manage your reactions.

Another of my favorite sayings: “Like a great violin, may your life have enough stress (tension) to make beautiful music, but not so much as to cause the strings to break!”  Live long and in good health. Genesis 1:29.

–  Randy Lee, ND, Owner, Nana’s Pawpaw Patch – Herbs, Oils & Teas for Health, 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, MWC, 736-1030, e-mail: pawpaw@promoteyourhealth.com.

A Healthy Mind Promotes Memory

Even if we never have a head injury or acute toxicity, most of us notice lapses in our memory as we transition to more sedentary lifestyles, or simply age! We think memory loss is a normal function of the aging process. But it doesn’t have to be so. There are several factors to consider when we desire to keep our minds sharp.

To begin with, we have to consider the popular computed adage “garbage in, garbage out.” We’ve looked in other articles about some of the nutrients we need to keep a healthy brain. But we didn’t cover things we do that should be avoided. We know things like alcohol, tobacco, drugs (even some legal ones) can promote memory loss. Read the labels! Many kill brain cells. And my dad was quick to point out that many of us can’t afford to lose ANY! Lol!!! But here are some other things you can do to keep your memory strong:

Eat better foods: Get away from sugars, starches, and excess fats. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Make an effort to stay away from genetically modified foods – we don’t yet even know how these modifications may be treating our bodies. Add more of the food sources we mentioned in our “Healthy Brain” article.

Some specific vitamins and minerals to consider: I can’t stress more the importance of B Vitamins. Most references suggest 100mg of each of the B Vitamins for anyone who notices any memory slippage. It is noteworthy that a B-12 deficiency has been shown to be one cause of memory loss. Our brains need more free amino acids to function well. Specifically, consider the amino acid l-glutamine; it may help stall brain aging and is a key to boosting brain health. Another important amino acid is gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This is a non-protein amino acid that functions a neurotransmitter in the brain. And the most important of the neurotransmitters is acetylcholine. Lecithin feeds brain cells and crosses the blood-brain barrier. Some research indicates that several health issues including brain disorders have been linked to a shortage of the Coenzyme Q10. And magnesium is an essential mineral for brain health.

Herbals to consider: Ginkgo biloba and Gotu Kola help with oxygenation. Pregnenolone is called “the mother hormone” that is necessary for memory, especially after age 40!

Watch your stress levels: Too much stress has been shown to be a contributor to memory loss, too. The brain has difficulty forming memories when it is preoccupied dealing with high levels of stress.

Exercise for the brain! I personally had two friends who lived well into their 90s. Their bodies gave out, but their minds were “sharp as a tack” all the way till death. Their explanations to me were “Mental Exercise”. One worked a cryptogram every day and the other worked crossword puzzles every day! On the other hand, I personally know of dozens of customers who have retired to a sedentary lifestyle of hours of mindless TV every day who died within a couple of years of retirement. Find something to do that requires mental effort and do some of it EVERY DAY! Live long and in good health. Genesis 1:29.

– Randy Lee, ND, Owner, Nana’s Pawpaw Patch – Herbs, Oils & Teas for Health, 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, MWC, 736-1030, e-mail: pawpaw@promoteyourhealth.com.

A Healthy Brain

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Even if we never have a head injury or acute toxicity, most of us notice lapses in our memory as we transition to more sedentary lifestyles, or simply age! We think memory loss is a normal function of the aging process. But it doesn’t have to be so. There are several factors to consider when we desire to keep our minds sharp.

To begin with, we have to consider the popular computed adage “garbage in, garbage out.” We’ve looked in other articles about some of the nutrients we need to keep a healthy brain. But we didn’t cover things we do that should be avoided. We know things like alcohol, tobacco, drugs (even some legal ones) can promote memory loss. Read the labels! Many kill brain cells. And my dad was quick to point out that many of us can’t afford to lose ANY! Lol!!! But here are some other things you can do to keep your memory strong:

Eat better foods; get away from sugars, starches, and excess fats. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Make an effort to stay away from genetically modified foods – we don’t yet even know how these modifications may be treating our bodies. Add more of the food sources we mentioned in our “Healthy Brain” article.

Some specific vitamins and minerals to consider: I can’t stress more the importance of B Vitamins. Most references suggest 100mg of each of the B Vitamins for anyone who notices any memory slippage. It is noteworthy that a B-12 deficiency has been shown to be one cause of memory loss. Our brains need more free amino acids to function well. Specifically, consider the amino acid l-glutamine; it may help stall brain aging and is a key to boosting brain health. Another important amino acid is gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a non-protein amino acid that functions a neurotransmitter in the brain. And the most important of the neurotransmitters is acetylcholine. Lecithin feeds brain cells and crosses the blood-brain barrier. Some research indicates that several health issues including brain disorders have been linked to a shortage of the Coenzyme Q10. And magnesium is an essential mineral for brain health.

Herbals to consider: Ginkgo biloba and Gotu Kola help with oxygenation. Pregnenolone is called “the mother hormone” that is necessary for memory, especially ager 40!

Watch your stress levels. Too much stress has been shown to be a contributor to memory loss, too. The brain has difficulty forming memories when it is preoccupied dealing with high levels of stress.

Exercise for the brain! I personally had two friends who lived well into their 90s. Their bodies gave out, but their minds were “sharp as a tack” all the way till death. Their explanations to me were “Mental Exercise”. One worked a cryptogram every day and the other worked crossword puzzles every day! On the other hand, I personally know of dozens of customers who have retired to a sedentary lifestyle of hours of mindless TV every day who died within a couple of years of retirement. Find something to do that requires mental effort and do some of it EVERY DAY! Live long and in good health. Genesis 1:29.

  • Randy Lee, ND, Owner, Nana’s Pawpaw Patch – Herbs, Oils & Teas for Health, 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, MWC, 736-1030, e-mail: pawpaw@promoteyourhealth.com.

My Throat is Sore

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Sore throat! Literally, everyone has had one – multiple times! Sore throats are one of the most common health complaints. Think about it, everything that enters your nose goes down your throat. Everything that goes in your mouth goes down your throat. We live in a toxic world, so that’s a lot of “stuff” that we allow down our throats.

Symptoms of a sore throat are generally a raw, burning, scratchy feeling (or a combination of them) at the back of the throat. They are often caused by viral or bacterial infections like colds, the flu, or the Streptococcus bacteria. Phyllis Balch, in her book Prescription for Nutritional Healing, states that “a sore throat can be caused by anything that irritates the sensitive mucous membranes at the back of the throat and mouth.” She lists irritants such as medications, surgery, radiation therapy, dust, smoke, fumes, extremely hot foods and drinks, tooth or gum infections, dental work, and abrasions. Even excessive coughing or loud talking can irritate the throat. Think about you hoarseness after a great football game!

This discomfort may not last long. Most disappear in a few days. But it may be a symptom of a different disorder and should not be left untreated if the duration is longer than a few days. It may be a precursor of ailments such as tonsillitis or sinusitis, or even more serious diseases like upper respiratory infections.

Common sore throats are often treated with lozenges containing many of the minerals and vitamins we have previously mentioned used to boost the immune system and relieve viral or bacterial infections. Common herbal aids include calendula, Echinacea, elderberry and cayenne.

Slippery elm or marshmallow lozenges are very soothing to the mucous tissues, and bee pollen is often used to both soothe and heal a sore throat so long as you do not have a common allergic reaction to it. If you aren’t sure of an allergy, start with a very small amount and watch for any allergic symptoms. In our store, we carry a number of soothing herbal combinations that allow throat relief while it has time to heal itself.
Ms. Balch in her book lists over a dozen recommendations to help with throat relief and to aid in healing. A few of them are:

  • Sip vitamin C powder dissolved in warm liquid and allow it to drip slowly down the throat. This will boost the immune system and calm the inflammation.
  • Use a mixture of raw honey and lemon juice to coat and soothe the throat.
  • Avoid eating foods that are spicy, hot, salty, or acidic. These can be irritating to the throat.
  • Cut food into small pieces or puree it so it doesn’t add to the irritation as you swallow it.
  • If you smoke, stop smoking. Smoking is a major cause of sore throats.
  • Gargle alternatively with chlorophyll liquid and sea salt (1/2 teaspoon in a glass of warm water) every few hours.

And we’ve all heard of chicken soup for a cold. Well, chicken broth or vegetable broth will help to keep the throat lubricated while it heals. A dry throat can be added irritation for you.

Other daily activities that may help you would be replacing old toothbrushes – they contain bacteria. And vaporizers, humidifiers, and diffusers containing essential oils may help rid your environment of toxins, bacteria, and viruses while adding soothing moistures to your surroundings. Consider eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, chamomile, or one of the popular combination blends for this purpose.

Sore throats are common and they are usually just a nuisance, but treat them immediately for health and comfort, and watch that they go away promptly and don’t develop into something more serious.

For more information, contact Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, Midwest City, at 405-736-1030 or e-mail pawpaw@TheHealthPatch.com or visit TheHeathPatch.com.

Keep Your Nose in It

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Your nose is not just that pretty thing in the middle of your face. It works for you in many ways. It is a major component of your overall respiratory system. It filters trash to keep it out of your lungs; it warms outside air before it entered the lungs to prevent the pain of a cold day; and it, along with the adjoining sinuses, humidifies incoming air to prevent the entire system from drying out.

Here are a few interesting facts about the nose’s filtration importance: city dwellers may inhale 20 billion particles of foreign matter every day; while you are in heavy traffic, you may breathe as many airborne free radicals as a pack-a-day smoker; even if you are a nonsmoker, if you are in close association with smokers you raise your risk of lung cancer by 30%.

Your nose is a leading component in the distinction of smells.
~ This can be emotional. Think about the smells of your mother’s kitchen, or your favorite restaurant. The loss of your sense of smell can, therefore, take much of the joy out of eating.
~ This can be activating. Think about what the smell of a gym does to your energy level. Or think about your response to the smell of your favorite partner’s cologne or perfume.
~ This can be comforting. Think about the smell of your favorite room at home, your family’s favorite activities, or even your own motor vehicle.
~ This can be lifesaving. Your sense of smell may alert you to the presence of toxins, poisons, or other dangers.

The loss of the sense of smell is called anosmia. And this sense seems to deteriorate in most people shortly after the age of 60. Many people lose it completely. It is a chemical sensing system and requires the release of molecules to send signals to specific parts of the brain. The nerve bundle that does this is in the top part of the nose and is connected directly to the brain.

I read one article on the internet that listed over a dozen reasons why a person may lose their sense of smell. Some were unavoidable, such as injuries and birth abnormalities. Some were developmental, like developing polyps or problems with the central nervous system, or simply aging. Some came as a side effect of normal living, like cold, allergies, and chronic sinus conditions. But many were preventable, like inhaling toxic chemicals, tobacco smoke, illegal drugs.

Complete loss of the sense of smell is difficult (some say impossible) to treat. But I found a number of alternative remedies on the internet which have helped many to regain the sense of smell. Here is a “short list”:
~ Warm castor oil drops in the nose can alleviate swelling and inflammation.
~ Warm garlic tea can relieve cold and flu symptoms to help you breathe easier.
~ Chew small pieces of ginger to unblock a stuffy nose.
~ Make a tea from honey and cayenne pepper. Its capsaicin can clear congestion.
~ Warm honey-lemon tea stimulates the olfactory nerves
~ Continued, long term bentonite clay baths may detox your body so as to restore your sense of smell.
~ Drink warm apple cider vinegar with a bit of honey to thin nasal mucus and enhance smell.
~ Ask a practitioner about “oil pulling” using sesame or coconut oil as it helps oral health!

There are also several minerals that have been associated with the loss of smell. Consider:
~ B-12 is necessary for all nerve tissue health.
~ A vitamin E deficiency may lead to nerve damage which might diminish your sense of smell.
~ Zinc is also necessary for many sensory benefits.

Since smell is directly associated with your sense of taste, a loss of the smell sense can cause eating disorders as well and if you don’t eat, you don’t get nutrients for other body systems either.

For more information, contact Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, Midwest City, at 405-736-1030 or e-mail pawpaw@TheHealthPatch.com or visit TheHeathPatch.com.

I Can Hear You

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Healthy hearing is important to all of us!

Can you think of anything more irritating than itching ears? We often take our ears for granted, but deafness is another aging issue we want to avoid. So let’s talk about our ears a bit. Common maladies are ear infections, ringing in the ears, wax buildup, and hearing loss. We’ll touch on each one.

Ear infections are common, but they seem to be even more common for children and there’s a reason for that. A child’s Eustachian tubes (the tubes that drain the ears into our waste disposal systems) don’t turn downward until about age 5. So what gravity does for adults often doesn’t happen to our youngest children. Without drainage, those fluids become breeding grounds for bacteria and virus causing infection. Many studies show that the longer a mother nurses her child, the less likely he will be to have ear infections, particularly if mom is using an anti-inflammatory while nursing. There are massage and manipulation techniques to help keep the Eustachian tubes open, and it is possible to help release the pressure in the lymphatic ducts with some simple arm rotations.

And, of course, simply taking some anti-inflammatory supplements like elderberry, fenugreek, thyme, and Echinacea may prove helpful. I always keep some homemade eardrops on hand to help with occasional ear aches. You can get the formula on our website. It contains common ingredients like olive oil, garlic oil, tea tree oil, mullein and a product called “CBG” which contains a combination of herbal extracts.

Kids don’t think much about playing their music at a body-jolting decibel level, and I’ve seen cars going down the road literally shaking from the loud radio and stereo speakers they contain. For me, it was flying military C-130s in Vietnam without wearing proper ear protection. Whatever the source, too much loud noise for an extended period of time damages the components of the inner ear causing a persistent ringing or other sound. The auditory nerve sends sound signals to the brain even when there is no sound. Some medications such as aspirin may increase the problem. And while there is no known “cure”, I have found that a homeopathic combination called “Ring Stop” helps some people cope with it. And it is noteworthy that some people see some success using an extract of the herb ginkgo biloba which directs more oxygen into the head.

Some people also produce more wax in their ears than others. Getting “stuff” like wax, dirt, or outdoor trash in the ears can also damage the tender tissues of the ears. When this happens I like to use what are called “ear candles” to remove the foreign matter. I have a friend in this business that says that scientifically this just cannot work, but I have dozens of clients and family members that testify to great relief from ear clogging with their use. Drop by the store and we’ll show them to you and you can pick up directions for their use and develop your own opinion. And also, trained professionals may use water sprays to remove the trash. Be sure they are trained as too much pressure in the ear may permanently damage fragile ear drums.

And finally, a word about hearing loss. As with all our body systems, prevention is the best medicine. Vitamins associated with better hearing are vitamin A to increase your resistance to infection, vitamin B reduces ear pressure, vitamin C helps prevent infection, and vitamin E increases circulation. Minerals include magnesium with prevents damage to the hair cells in the inner ear, potassium aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, and a deficiency of manganese has been linked to ear disorders. Other nutrients like N-acetylcysteine helps remove excess fluids from the ear canal, and Coenzyme Q10 is crucial to circulation to the ears.

If you notice some decrease in your hearing – or a family member tells you it’s obvious! – take action. Reduce your contact with loud noises. Use ear plugs and good, quality ear protection. And if necessary get some good hearing aids. Hear what’s happening around you!

  • For more information, contact Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, Midwest City, at 405-736-1030 or e-mail pawpaw@TheHealthPatch.com or visit TheHeathPatch.com.

The Eyes Have It

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Most of us truly treasure our eyesight. Yet most of us take for granted that as we grow older our eyesight will diminish. On the other hand, we regularly hear of folks well into their centenary years who still have excellent eyesight – often even without eyeglasses. So what makes the difference? Surely genetics plays a part in it. But I believe that proper nutrition that “feeds” the eyes is also a contributor. Let’s look at some herbs that specifically seem to nourish the eyes.

One whose name seems to speak to its benefit is Eyebright. It has been used for centuries as the herb of choice for many diseases of the eyes. Eyebright can be taken internally and is also used in many eyewash formulas because it has antibacterial, antiseptic and astringent properties. It is especially useful for treating conjunctivitis, or “pink eye,” and sore, stinging inflammation along with discharges. Eyebright seems to have the ability to improve vision, relieve eye pressure, relieve over-sensitivity to light, and protect the optic nerve in the early stages of glaucoma. A number of testimonials attribute to its usefulness in removing cataracts if used regularly for a few weeks to a few months. It contains a glycoside called aucoboside, which definitely strengthens the capillaries and improves circulation in the eyes. Making eyewash with it is easy and the wash can be used up to a dozen times a day. Simply empty a capsule of the herb into water and boil it for about ten minutes. Cool it, strain it, and then use it as you would any eyewash. This can relieve the discomfort of both eyestrain and minor irritation.

Bilberry contains potent antioxidants that are able to cross the blood-brain barrier to neutralize free radicals in the brain and other nerve tissues including the eyes. One reference told the story of British pilots in World War II who ate bilberry jam on their bread. It states that they were observed to suffer less fatigue, have reduced eye irritation and nearsightedness, and possess better night vision and an extended range and sharpness of vision. It is further known to reduce eye irritation from smog. Note that while vision will often improve within a couple of weeks, continued use over time is needed for the greatest benefits.

There is truth to the old adage that eating carrots will also help improve your eyesight. You see, carrots contain not only beta carotene but other carotenoids such as lutein which concentrate in the eye. These are needed in sufficiently high levels to protect eye tissues such as the macula, and macular degeneration is the leading cause of visual loss. One reference also noted that lutein dwindles in menopausal years, which may contribute to loss of eyesight as women age.

Soy has a variety of nutritional values. Among them is its ability to lower high cholesterol. How does that relate to the eyes? High cholesterol levels drop the density of retinol necessary for good eye health.

Combinations, which take advantage of the synergistic effect of combining herbs, contribute to “eye” formulas. One popular formula combines eyebright with golden seal (antiseptic), bayberry (astringent), and red raspberry (better known for its use in female tonics). Such combinations have been used with hay fever, glaucoma, and superficial cataracts. Remember that these results may take months to accomplish.

Vitamins are a good idea for all our body systems, but we should note that of particular importance to our eyes are the vitamins A and C and a good complex of the B vitamins. And keep eating carrots!

Don’t face old age passively. Work at getting everything from life that God intended. And when we “vote” for good vision right up to the moment we’re called to heaven’s gate, remember, the “eyes” have it. Enjoy good health and God’s richest blessings. Gen.1:29.

  • For more information, contact Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, Midwest City, at 405-736-1030 or e-mail pawpaw@TheHealthPatch.com or visit TheHeathPatch.com.

The Importance of Exercise

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We all know that exercise is important. It is certainly one of the practices that we need to incorporate into your life to ensure that we have a healthy, fulfilling life when the entire world around us seems to be falling apart. Most can recall the increased activity levels of our youth, but we seem to let go of the motivation to “move” as we age. Life gets busy and the gym loses its priority, and after a long day of sedentary work, we just want to relax. So a mental acknowledgment of the importance of exercise gives way to the practicality of daily living. Is that really so bad?

Truthfully, no healthy lifestyle is sustainable without proper exercise. I’m not suggesting that every person need to go spend hours in a gym every day or even that you have a gym membership. But “movement is necessary for health. Let’s look at some reasons.

Of primary importance is the fact that several of our body systems depend on movement to function properly. The circulatory system has the heart at its center – a pump that forces blood through arteries, veins, and capillaries to get nutrients and oxygen to all our cells. But look at three of these systems:

  • The respiratory system provides oxygen to the circulatory system for disbursement. But the amount of oxygen we have to send is dependent on how much is in the lungs. Deeper breathing, like that that accompanies exercise, provides the needed oxygen. And the bottom parts of the lungs may fill with fluids if we don’t breathe deeply regularly. Carbon dioxide is toxic and can stay for long periods of time in the lower lungs if we don’t breathe deeply – e.g., exercise!
  • Elimination from the digestive system requires movement. There is no digestive “pump”. Movement of nutrients from digestion throughout the digestive systems depends on the peristalsis that comes from muscles pressing against the intestines and colon. Bowel “movements” require movement!
  • The lymphatic system is the system that removes dead cells from within the body. It is estimated that the body is made up of some 50-100 trillion cells and about 300 million of them die and are replaced every minute. Those in the digestive tract are generally removed through the digestive tract, but the remainder is removed by the lymphatic system. And it requires muscle contractions to move dead cells through peristalsis. Without exercise, those dead cells just rest and putrefy inside your body contributing to disease.

Most publicity about exercise centers on weight management. You probably know a lot about that already, so I’ll just point out that a pound of body weight equals around 3500 calories. We have machines to measure your metabolic rates. Each person’s rates are different and depend on factors such as current weight, exercise levels, types of foods consumed, and caloric intake. For most people, the rates run around 1200 to 2500 calories burned per day. If you consume more than you burn, you gain weight. Exercise not only burns calories, but it also raises your metabolic rate, making it easier to burn more.

And one writer I read recently stated that “a sedentary lifestyle is the new cancer.” I know of many people who decide to retire from work and then go home, sit down, watch TV, and die within a couple of years. We were created for movement.

Whether you exercise to feel better, to lose weight, to look better, or to help prevent disease, know that it helps in all these lifestyle factors. Get moving!

For more information, contact Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, Midwest City, OK 73130, call 405-736-1030, e-mail pawpaw@TheHealthPatch.com, or visit TheHeathPatch.com.

Which Water is Best

I talk a lot about water. A common question for me is “Does it matter what kind of water I drink?” Answer: Yes! Are you just trying to keep your body hydrated, or do you have “health” reasons for drinking the water?

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So what are the common types of water and what makes one different from the other? Answer: Let’s look at some common types and their differences. This is not an exhaustive list, but does cover many of the more popular types.

  • Tap Water. Whether you should drink the tap water or not depends what the tap is connected to. Most “city water” taps are filled with chlorine, fluorine, and other chemicals to provide “water safety”. Many of these chemicals can themselves be toxic. And if you have your own well, you should have it tested to see what pathogens and adverse minerals it may contain. Then you can determine if it is safe enough for your tastes.
  • Filtered Water: You may have a water filter on your well or your water tank or your refrigerator. For many this is sufficient – for cooking, cleaning, bathing and perhaps drinking. This depends on you likes and your health concerns.

And then, popular bottled waters:

  • Distilled water is “dead” water. It has no nutrients at all. It is great for using in home appliances where chemicals may be caustic, but as a drinking water I could only think it useful for some body cleansing purposes where you are seeking to get rid of toxins and cleaning is the end purpose.
  • Spring Water is promoted as natural, and clean. It is simply water with natural minerals, and if from a reputable source and is simply to hydrate may be sufficient.
  • Artesian water is promoted as earth’s finest water. The label from a very popular brand reads “rainfall filters through volcanic rock, adding the vital minerals that give [it] its unique and refreshing taste. The water collects in an active ancient artesian aquifer deep within the earth, where it is protected from external elements.” It is a very popular drinking water, simply for hydration.
  • Some brands are labeled as “ultra-purified”. They address contaminants as “less than one part per million”. Their claim is that there are “no additives”, processed for “fast hydration” and “quick absorption” and a patented process to accomplish this. Purity is their main claim and purity is certainly important, but remember that the body itself also removes toxins and uses what it needs of whatever you consume, casting out impurities and toxins as it can.
  • We carry a black water that gets its color from a blend of fulvic and other trace minerals. It’s a great water if you’re looking for another source of trace minerals normally missing from your diets. And it contains electrolytes.
  • Alkaline waters come in many strengths. The black water mentioned above is one alkaline water. We also have a product called Crazy Water which comes in four different pH levels. Since most pathogens entering our bodies cannot survive in an alkaline environment, this is another way to raise the pH level of your body and reduce some acidity.

You can personally research and determine which type of water works best for you. How does it fit with or enhance other health issues for you. From my perspective, it is most important to get enough of some kind of water regularly to keep your body functioning well. Remember that you need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to fully hydrate your body systems. That’s about the equivalent of one two-liter bottle a day. Fill a two-liter bottle each morning with “effective” water. Make it a goal to drink it all before bedtime that night, preferably by sipping it often all day long!

For more information, contact Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, Midwest City, OK 73130, call 405-736-1030, e-mail pawpaw@TheHealthPatch.com, or visit TheHeathPatch.com.