Health

THE BASICS of Dieting and Exercise

Summer time is BACK AGAIN!! For some, this means family, friends, fun, and pool season. For others, unfortunately, it can mean fat, fat, and fat. We know how much shade tummy tub can throw on your summer plans, so for this week, we’re going to talk about some basics that involves weight-loss. If you are adamant about losing weight, we’ve collected some research that will help you get on your way. As always, we turn to our trusted resource, MERCK MANUALS, to assist us in helping you merc away those unwanted pounds.

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Listed below are some notable points we took from an article on weight-loss, written by Dr. Adrienne Youdim, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine; Associate Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

ABOUT DIETING

-          Weight loss ultimately requires consuming fewer calories than the body uses, so therefore it is important to keep in mind that in order to lose weight, you’ll have to eat less and exercise more.

-          As people lose weight, the body starts using energy more efficiently (a mechanism to protect against starvation). This is why weight-loss is always an uphill battle.

-          One pound of body fat stores about 3,500 calories

-          People are usually advised to consume 500 to 1000 fewer calories per day to lose about 1 to 2 pounds per week

-          How much fat and weight are lost, even when the same number of calories is eliminated, varies a great deal from one person to another

-          Most conservative weight loss diets involve consuming at least 1,200 to 1,400 calories a day

-          When rapid weight loss is needed, fewer than 1,200 calories may be consumed, though this should be used only if prescribed and supervised by a doctor

-          Diet should contain enough essential nutrients, including protein, vitamins and minerals!

-          Consuming fewer than 800 calories is NOT RECOMMENDED

-          Weight loss diets should provide about the same volume of food, but less calories (less saturated fat and sugar and more fluids and fibers)

ABOUT EXERCISE

-          Vigorous walking burns about 4 calories per minute. That’s 240 calories in 1 hour.

-          Running can burn twice as many calories (about 6 to 8 calories per minute).

-          When at rest, muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue, which is why weight and resistance training is recommended to increase muscle to fat ratio and maintain weight-loss.   

Always remember to consult a doctor before making lifestyle or health related changes, especially if you have medical issues or in an older age group. For the full article, which includes general guidelines as well as analyses on different types of diets, please visit MERCK MANUALS.

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What the Water?!

Let's talk about (our favorite subject)  the one thing on Earth so precious to our planet that all living organisms need it in order to survive. It covers 70% of our planet's surface and is the reason Earth is the only known inhabited planet in the universe: Water.

We all have a general understanding and appreciation that water is important – for instance, "don't waste water" has been ingrained into most of our brains since childhood, and like most people, you probably remember to turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth and possibly even time your showers in the spirit of conservation. But, as indispensable as water is to all of us, how much do we really pay attention to it, especially in the type we drink?

For most of us, water is easy to take for granted. When we're thirsty, we never have to go far to find accessible water to drink – a water fountain, the tap, the convenience or grocery store for bottled water. Of course, between those three options, there's definitely an automatic preference that bottled water is the best option.

Which is true on a basic level. We generally assume that bottled water has been purified, or believe it's been sourced from a natural spring, and that it's cleaner and safer than drinking from the tap or a public water fountain; But not all bottled water is created equal, comes from the same place, is treated the same way, or has the same things in it.

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How much do you know about the bottled water you drink?

[1] Per Wikipedia, bottled water is defined as (a) drinking water packaged in plastic or glass bottles; (b) may or may not be carbonated; and (c) comes in various sizes. From that, all we can really say is that it comes in a bottle, sold in different sizes, and potentially carbonated, or sparkling.

[2] The FDA defines bottled water as “water that is intended for human consumption and that is sealed in bottles or other containers with no added ingredients except that it may optionally contain safe and suitable antimicrobial agents.”

[3] Taken from the EPA website, below are categorical terms that define the different types of drinking water available to us in bottled form:

Ø Artesian water, ground water, spring water, well water – water from an underground aquifer which may or may not be treated. Well water and artesian water are tapped through a well. Spring water is collected as it flows to the surface or via a bore-hole. Ground water can be either.

Ø Distilled water – steam from boiling water is re-condensed and bottled. Distilling water kills microbes and removes water’s natural minerals, giving it a flat taste.

Ø Drinking water – water intended for human consumption and sealed in bottles or other containers with no ingredients except that it may optionally contain safe and suitable disinfectants. Fluoride may be added within limitations set in the bottled water quality standards.

Ø Mineral water – ground water that naturally contains 250 or more parts per million of total dissolved solids.

Ø Purified water – water that originates from any source but has been treated to meet the U.S. Pharmacopeia definition of purified water. Purified water is essentially free of all chemicals (it must not contain more than 10 parts per million of total dissolved solids), and may also be free of microbes if treated by distillation or reverse osmosis. Purified water may alternatively be labeled according to how it is treated

Ø Sterile water – water that originates from any source, but has been treated to meet the U.S. Pharmacopeia standards for sterilization. Sterilized water is free from all microbes

Note: Carbonated water, soda water, seltzer water, sparkling water, and tonic water are considered soft drinks and are not regulated as bottled water

Taken from the same source, listed below are common ways in which water is treated prior to bottling:

Ø Distillation – water is boiled, and the steam is condensed to remove salts, metals, minerals, asbestos, particles, and some organic materials

Ø Micron Filtration – water is filtered through screens with microscopic holes. The smaller the filter holes, the more contaminants the filter can remove. Good filters can remove most chemical contaminants and microbes. Filter holes are measured in microns.

Ø Ozonation – water is disinfected using ozone, which kills most microbes, depending on dosage applied.

Ø Reverse Osmosis – water is forced under pressure to pass through a membrane, leaving contaminants behind. This process removes all microbes, minerals, color, turbidity, organic and inorganic chemicals.

Ø Ultraviolet (UV) light – water is passed through UV light, which kills most microbes, depending on dosage applied.

Well folks, that’s all for this week. Thank you for tuning in and I hope you learned a little bit about drinking water.

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REFERENCES

[1] Wikipedia, Bottled water. Wikimedia Foundation, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottled_water. Accessed 24 Jan 2018.

[2] US Food and Drug Administration, Sec. 165. 110 Bottled water. Code of Federal Regulations, 2017. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?CFRPart=165&showFR=1&subpartNode=21:2.0.1.1.41.2. Accessed 24 Jan 2018.

[3] US Environmental Protection Agency, Bottled Water Basics. NSCEP/NEPIS, 2005. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-11/documents/2005_09_14_faq_fs_healthseries_bottledwater.pdf[PDF]. Accessed 24 Jan 2018.

Artificial Sweeteners: Ineffective Against Weight-Loss?

According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist and Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, has “stopped [his] daily habit of diet drinks and [is] slowly removing these substances from the rest of his diet.”

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He continues, “Rather than help me maintain a healthy weight, they(artificial sweeteners) like aspartame may be doing exactly what we thought they should be preventing. At the very least, they do not seem to help people keep weight off.” “If, in the end, we discover that large-scale consumption of diet drinks and foods helped fuel the obesity epidemic, it would be more than ironic. It would be tragic” According to a Scientific Report authored by a panel of 14 MDs, PhDs, PharmDs, and Scholars, “they found a mere seven trials, with a total of only 1,003 people, that evaluated consumption of the substances(non-nutritive sweeteners), for more than six months.”

“The bottom line was that they generally failed to find that sweeteners helped people lose weight. Since most people use sweeteners for the purpose of controlling or losing weight, if they were considered drugs instead of a food substance they would be deemed ineffective based on the best evidence available”

“They [also] found that people who consumed these sweeteners were more likely to have increases in weight and waistline, and a higher incidence of obesity, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular events.”

So, this begs the question. Are artificial sweeteners really helping? Moreover, they may even be harmful.

EarthWater Feature: Would You Drink Water That Looks Like This?

“The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” has been highlighting American entrepreneurs with a Building America series. EarthWater founder and CEO CJ Comu joined Monday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” to talk about his unique business bringing nutrient-rich water to people through his online company based in Texas.

The unusual product is odorless and tastes like water — but it’s black because trace minerals straight from the Earth have been added, Comu explained. Calling himself a “natural entrepreneur,” Comu shared how the company started and what the product has done for his own health. He heard a personal testimony from someone who was drinking a liquid concentrate made with minerals sourced from deep in the Earth. Comu tracked down a mineral source, and he and his team spent a year coming up with their unique formula.

“It’s a bit of an oxymoron,” Comu said, describing EarthWater’s Organic Black Electrolyte Water, which is formulated to contain as many as 70 essential nutrients, according to the company.

To see more from Doc, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” weekdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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EarthWater Tip: Top 10 Fitness and Nutrition Tips For Older Adults

Today’s adults are living longer, healthier lives due in part to better fitness and nutrition programs. With the number of Americans 65+ expected to reach 20% of the U.S. population by 2050, exercise and diet is more important than ever. These tips can help older adults enhance overall wellness into their later years.

  1. Fight afternoon fatigue. Fatigue is a common problem among older adults, especially after lunch. Having a glass of water and a high-antioxidant food like a prune (recently shown to promote bone health) can revitalize the body and stimulate the mind.
  2. Exercise from the neck up. Keeping the brain active and fit is imperative to the health of older adults. Not only does it stave off memory-loss illnesses like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but it also fosters executive function. Try word games and recall exercises. For example, find five red objects during a walk in the neighborhood and recall them when back home.
  3. Pole walk. Walking poles allow for more balanced mobility than walkers or canes. Walking with poles engages the muscles of the upper torso, which increases upper-body strength and cardiovascular endurance. Consult a physician before making the switch to poles.
  4. Dine in duos. Those who share meals with others eat less than those who eat alone. This is an easy weight-loss tactic and one that fosters social interaction and engagement. While this is easy for those aging in community, older adults aging at home can plan to have meals with family or friends at least several times a week.
  5. Break routines. Routine limits brain stimulation. It can be as easy as introducing new foods or new ways of eating the same food. For example, replace canned peaches with freshly sliced ones. Also, try taking a different route to the grocery store or shopping center.
  6. Get Sole Support. As people age, the fat pads on the bottom of their feet compress, creating fatigue and pain. Consider wearing supportive shoes or inserting foot pads for better stability and comfort or socks that have extra padding and a wicking agent to keep feet dry and comfortable.
  7. Fats: Out with the bad, in with the good. Older adults with an increased genetic risk for dementia can reduce the risk by increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. These fatty acids, found in fish, nuts, olive oil and green leafy vegetables, can reduce brain inflammation, a possible cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
  8. Decrease salt and increase your salsa. High blood pressure, which can lead to strokes and a significant decline in cognitive function, often increases with age. As adults get older, the sense of taste also fades, leading to a desire for more salt on food to enhance flavor. Decreasing salt intake by putting down the shaker and increasing exercise habits by shaking to a salsa beat will enhance cardio and cognitive health.
  9. Try a balancing act. In addition to exercises that build strength and improve flexibility and cardiovascular endurance, make sure to add balance activities to the daily routine. Good balance requires maintaining a center of gravity over the base of support. Tai chi, yoga, walking on challenging surfaces and water exercises all enhance overall balance.
  10. Dance like there’s no tomorrow. Older adults getting regular physical exercise are 60% less likely to get dementia. Exercise increases oxygen to the brain and releases a protein that strengthens cells and neurons. Dance involves all of the above plus the cerebral activity present in learning and memory.
  11. DRINK EARTHWATER! The benefits are out of this world and the taste is amazing. Learn more here: www.earthwater.com/benefits

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EarthWater Blog: Why it's SO Important to Stay Hydrated

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health.

Path to improved wellness

You should drink water every day. Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. That is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than 8 glasses may be enough. Other people may need more than 8 glasses each day. If you are concerned that you are not drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is usually colorless or light yellow, you are well hydrated. If your urine is a dark yellow or amber color, you may be dehydrated.

Water is best for staying hydrated. Other drinks and foods can help you stay hydrated. However, some may add extra calories from sugar to your diet. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas add to the amount of water you get each day. Even caffeinated drinks (for example, coffee, tea, and soda) can contribute to your daily water intake. A moderate amount of caffeine (200 to 300 milligrams) is not harmful for most people. This is about the amount in 2 to 4, 8-ounce cups of coffee. However, it’s best to limit caffeinated drinks. Caffeine may cause some people to urinate more frequently, or feel anxious or jittery.

Water can also be found in fruits and vegetables (for example, watermelon, tomatoes, and lettuce), and in soup broths.

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If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. To reduce your costs, carry a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water.

  • If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.
  • Drink water before, during, and after a workout.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan. Some research suggests that drinking water can help you feel full.
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed. Or, drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour.
  • Drink water when you go to a restaurant. It will keep you hydrated, and it’s free.

Things to consider

Recognizing signs of dehydration is important. They include:

  • Little or no urine.
  • Urine that is darker than usual.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Sleepiness or fatigue.
  • Extreme thirst.
  • Headache.
  • Confusion.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • No tears when crying.

Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

Some people are at higher risk of dehydration, including people who exercise at a high intensity (or in hot weather) for too long, have certain medical conditions (kidney stones, bladder infection), are sick (fever, vomiting, diarrhea), are pregnant or breastfeeding, are trying to lose weight, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day. Older adults are also at higher risk. As you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration. It doesn’t send signals for thirst.

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, or if you have a fever. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to rapid water loss. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • I don’t like water. What’s the next best thing to keep me hydrated?
  • What if I can’t consume as many fluids as doctors recommend?
  • What does it mean if I drink a lot of fluids but don’t urinate often?
  • How does drinking alcohol affect hydration?

North American summers are hot; most summers see heat waves in one or more parts of the United States. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Water & Nutrition

U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dehydration

EarthWater Tip: Managing Diabetes During Pregnancy

Almost two million women of reproductive age have diabetes, and these numbers continue to rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is extremely important for women with diabetes to achieve normal blood glucose levels before they become pregnant, because if women have poorly controlled diabetes going into a pregnancy, they are at much higher risk for serious fetal complications. This improved control can be accomplished with education and medical management.

Women with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes are also at higher risk for:

  • Large birth weight babies, resulting in more Cesarean deliveries and increased complications during delivery
  • Premature births or fetal death
  • Pre-eclampsia: a dangerous surge in blood pressure associated with protein in the urine
  • Diabetic retinopathy: damage to the retina caused by high glucose levels
  • Diabetic kidney disease
  • Severe hypoglycemia: episodes of low blood glucose levels that can result in confusion or unconsciousness 

Ensuring a healthy pregnancy

The good news is that women with uncomplicated diabetes who keep their blood glucose levels in a normal range before and during pregnancy have about the same chance of having a successful pregnancy as women without diabetes.

The Joslin-Beth Israel Deaconess Pregnancy Program recommends the following blood glucose goals and medical assessments before pregnancy:

  • Fasting and pre-meal blood glucose: 80-110 mg/dl
  • Blood glucose one hour after meal: 100-155 mg/dl
  • A1C, a blood test that measures average blood glucose over two to three months: less than 7 percent and as close to 6% as possible without hypoglycemia
  • Review of diabetes and obstetrical history
  • Eye evaluations to screen for and discuss risks of diabetic retinopathy
  • Renal, thyroid, gynecological and sometimes cardiac evaluations

Once pregnant, women with type 1 or type 2 diabetres should monitor their blood glucose levels at least six times a day (before meals and one hour after every meal) and also before driving. Fasting and pre-meal glucose levels should be between 60 and 95 mg/dl, and one-hour post-meal readings should be between 100 and 129 mg/dl.

Other recommendations to ensure a successful pregnancy:

  • See your diabetes provider often, anywhere from weekly to every four weeks
  • Have your A1C level checked every four to eight weeks
  • Meet with a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian, as needed
  • Follow the Healthy Eating Pyramid diet guidelines, including folic acid supplements
  • Do some physical activity, as directed by your obstetrician
  • Always check your blood glucose before driving (due to an increased risk of severe hypoglycemia)

Gestational diabetes

The other form of diabetes that affects women is gestational diabetes, which develops during pregnancy. Mirroring the epidemic of type 2 diabetes, rates of gestational diabetes are also on the rise in the United States, particularly in the Asian, Hispanic and Native American communities.

Gestational diabetes usually develops between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy and affects about four percent of all pregnancies. This condition typically ends after birth. However, these women have a 50 percent risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next 7 to 10 years.

Factors that increase a woman’s risk of developing gestational diabetes:

  • Obesity
  • Previous history of gestational diabetes
  • Sugar in the urine
  • A parent or sibling with diabetes
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome or other glucose metabolism problem
  • Previous pregnancy in which the baby weighed more than nine pounds at birth

If you fall into any of these categories, you should be screened early, within the first trimester, for gestational diabetes. Women who find out that they have gestational diabetes should see a nutritionist and diabetes nurse educator, as diet is the first line of therapy.

With careful diabetes management, women can and do have successful pregnancies and healthy babies.

If you would like to live to a healthy, ripe old age, take a cue from some of the most long-lived (and robust) people on the planet by consuming a diet rich in fulvic acid. Formed over thousands of years from microorganisms' decomposed organic matter, fulvic acid is at once nourishing and detoxifying. Offering outstanding protection against cognitive impairment, heavy metals and numerous health complaints - including diabetes, inflammation and chronic fatigue - don't wait, get some EarthWater in your life today!

EarthWater Recipe: Best Salad Ingredients for Weight Loss

Sure, every body and everybody’s diet is different. But if you’re a time-strapped dieter trying to lose weight, you’re bound to eat a lot of salad.

And as long as you stay away from fatty add-ons like bacon bits and crispy noodles, your strategy is sure to pay off–eventually. The road to weight loss success can be slow going, but by throwing ingredients in your bowl that scientists say rev metabolism, bust hunger or burn belly fat, your daily bowl of greens can become an effective vehicle in helping you reach your goals even faster—without sacrificing flavor. Whether you’re whipping something up at home or grabbing a make-your-own variety from the corner deli, our delicious topping picks will deliver the results you’re looking for at lighting-speed. Plus, they’re super tasty, too—especially when eaten with the suggested salad pairing we’ve provided for each.

1 SWEET PEPPERS

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You may already know that hot peppers can rev your metabolism, but did you know that their sweet-tasting, bell-shaped cousins have similar effects? It’s all thanks to their metabolism-boosting compound called dihydrocapsiate. In one study, participants who consumed dihydrocapsiate experienced a metabolic boost that was nearly double that of the placebo group! But that’s not all: Sweet red and green bell peppers are also rich in vitamin C—a nutrient that fights back against stress hormones that trigger fat storage in the stomach.

Pair it with: Romaine + avocado + onion + black beans + tomato + balsamic vinegar + fresh pepper

2 EGGS

Want to save cash, improve your health and lose weight in one fell swoop? Add eggs to your greens in lieu of more expensive protein sources like chicken. In addition to the hunger-quelling effects of the whites, the yellow center is an abundant source of a fat-fighting nutrient called choline. It works by suppressing levels of the hunger-stoking hormone leptin, which fuels between-meal cravings. Yolks also increase your body’s absorption of heart-protecting, cancer-fighting antioxidants called carotenoids, found in popular salad veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, carrots and sweet potato.

Pair it with: Kale + sautéed Brussels sprouts + carrots + mushroom + red wine vinegar + extra-virgin olive oil + fresh pepper

3 BERRIES

We’ve got some berry good news: According to two recent animal studies, consuming a diet rich in polyphenols–a naturally occurring chemical found abundantly in strawberries, blueberries and raspberries–can decrease the formation of fat cells by up to 73 percent! While we can’t be certain the same will hold true in humans, the sweet fruits are also filled with water and fiber—two nutrients that help ward off hunger—so there are proven benefits to adding them to your plate of greens.

Pair it with: Mixed greens + Gorgonzola + pecans + onions + grilled chicken + balsamic vinaigrette

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EarthWater Picks: Our Favorite Vegan Options in Dallas

1. True Food Kitchen

Relaxed, eco-chic chain serving health-conscious fare, including vegan options, plus cocktails.

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2. V-Eats at Trinity Groves

Vegan dishes that replicate many carnivorous delights in a colorful, laid-back setting with a patio.

3. Be Raw Food and Juice

Casual modern cafe serving a full menu of vegan foods, craft smoothies & gluten-free desserts.

EarthWater Recipe: Honorary Zenful Cocktail

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila… floor. The typical margarita can run you as many as 500 calories—but not when you use Zenful and Honor (Redencion) together.

Zenful

Replenish your body with organic fulvic and humic minerals, powerful antioxidants, and up to 70 essential trace minerals that most people lack in their everyday diet. EarthWater Zenful is an all natural alkaline water with a refreshing taste. Mineral Infused flavored Drinking Water with NO Coloring, NO Sugars, NO Chemicals, and NO Artificial Ingredients. 4 Great Flavors: Jasmine Blackberry, Lemon Lime Cilantro, Chamomile Hibiscus, and Cucumber Mint

REDENCIÓN

Who is Redencion: You know who you are, what you like, and who to spend exclusive moments with. You live every moment with confidence and conviction. You fully enjoy life, without haste, without excuses - with freedom and clarity.

Flavor & Aroma: This taste provides a refreshing sensation with immediate aromas of oak, honey, and cocoa. It also has a clean honest nose, and from the first sip you’ll notice characteristics of dried fruits such as red currants. It invites you to take another sip and appreciate its balance between the fragrance of flowers, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of white pepper; a combination of sweet and spice.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Your choice of Zenful (we recommend Lemon + Lime + Cilantro)
  • 1 Lime (lemon or other fruit optional)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 ½ cups crushed ice
  • 3 ounces freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 6 ounces of your choice of Honor Tequila
  • 4 ½ ounces Triple Sec
  • 3 tablespoon agave nectar
  • Lime wedge and coarse salt for garnish

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EarthWater Eats: 3 Healthy Taco Ideas

  Photo: Leigh Beisch

Photo: Leigh Beisch

Skillet Veggie Tacos

This low-cal taco adds a kick with the addition of jalapeño peppers. Plus the veggies and beans add 5 grams of filling fiber and 8 grams of protein.

Ingredients: Red bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, jalapeño peppers, garlic, olive oil, cumin, oregano, sweet white wine, pinto beans, fat-free tortillas, feta cheese

Calories: 200


  Photo: Yunhee Kim

Photo: Yunhee Kim

Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Tacos

A salsa, cilantro, and lime juice topping adds a spicy layer to these otherwise mild tacos. And shrimp is rich in iron, which gives you energy and keeps your immune system healthy.

Ingredients: Shrimp, black beans, scallions, avocado, salsa verde, cilantro, limes, flour tortillas, red bell pepper

Calories: 453


  Photo: Quentin Bacon

Photo: Quentin Bacon

Fish Tacos

Mango and avocado create a rich mix of sweet and salty flavors, while the marinated tilapia adds a tangy citrus element. The radishes have a mild bitterness, a nice complement to this 450-calorie dish.

Ingredients: Red wine vinegar, sugar, chili powder, red onion, radishes, tilapia, limes, garlic, mango, avocado, cilantro, canola oil, corn tortillas, salsa verde

Calories: 449

EarthWater Research - The Unexplored Health Benefits of Fulvic Acid

You may not have heard much about fulvic acid in the mainstream media, but to put it very simply… life as we know it would not exist without it!

It is directly relevant for a healthy body because it makes nutrients in the foods we consume (such as vitamins and minerals and other herbal supplements) more readily available for use by our body’s cells.

Fulvic acid is critical for nutrient absorption because it is highly “bioavailable.” In other words, it is easily absorbed into our blood when we consume it. And while being absorbed itself, it also improves the absorption of various nutrients via our digestive system.

In fact, mineral absorption without prior chelation (a type of bonding of ions and molecules to metal ions) by fulvic acid is only about 10% effective. Fulvic acid also allows minerals to regenerate and interact with one another, enhancing their availability.

Finally, because of its very low molecular weight, fulvic acid is able to pass easily through the protective membranes into our body’s cells. While doing so, it brings in nutrients, minerals, and vitamins in the right quantities, while keeping others out. In fact, it is able to transport over 60 times its own weight in vitamins and minerals into cells!

In other words, fulvic acid increases the overall retention, absorption, and efficient utilization of nutrients present in both foods and supplements, improving the overall health and functioning of our body.

The Healing Potential of Fulvic Acid

Along with enhancing nutrient transport, fulvic acid’s fantastic healing potential is also related to its ability to:

  • Dissolve and remove accumulated toxic pollutants from the body
  • Act as powerful antioxidants, inactivating harmful free radicals
  • Increase the body’s overall “redox potential”
  • Enhance enzyme activity, including alkaline phosphatases (help to break down proteins), transaminases (needed to make proteins), and invertase (breaks down sugar into glucose and fructose)

For all these reasons, an increasing number of health experts are beginning to advocate that everyone take a fulvic acid supplement regularly – both to overcome any nutrient deficiencies they may have, and to better maintain their health and wellbeing.

What is Fulvic Acid?

Fulvic acid is extracted from humus – a thick, dark brown or black organic material that forms in the soil, sediment, or aquatic environments when plant and animal matter decays into its most basic chemical elements. Humus makes soil more fertile and also allows air and water to move easily through soil, allowing oxygen to reach the roots of plants.

Along with fulvic acid, humic acid is the other major component of humus. In fact, fulvic acid is actually a type of lightweight humic acid. Of the two, fulvic acid is used for its many nutritional benefits, while non-fulvic humic acid is better known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Many of the chemicals that are naturally present in fulvic acid are important (even critical) nutrients for plants, bacteria, and other organisms that live in soil. Soil containing humus and fulvic acid is better able to retain moisture. They also improve soil structure and enable plants to easily take up and use the vital nutrients they need.

Fulvic Acid, the Super Antioxidant

In combination with active carbon and high molecular oxygen, fulvic acid is one of the most powerful antioxidants around. When it encounters free radicals, it supplies an equal and opposite charge to neutralize them, acting as a health-protective antioxidant.

By being an electron donor as well an electron acceptor, based on the cell’s requirements, fulvic acid protects our body’s cells and their internal structures from harmful oxidation by environmental toxins and pollutants – and is therefore a crucial factor in the prevention, even reversal of infections and diseases.

Fulvic Acid Improves Efficiency of Metal Transport

The carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen molecules in fulvic acid carry an enormous amount of energy, enhancing virtually everything they are bonded to.

Fulvic acid forms strong complexes with many metals – including “ferric” iron, aluminum, and copper – thereby increasing their ability to dissolve in water. These metallic minerals dissolve and disappear into the fulvic structure, becoming biochemically reactive and much more mobile.

In other words, fulvic acid is nature’s way of “chelating” metallic minerals, turning them into readily absorbable, bio-available forms. Fulvic acid also allows heavy metals to move through the body much more efficiently.

In nature, fulvic acid makes minerals and metals more easily absorbable through plant root cell walls. Minerals (such as iron) that are not usually very mobile are easily transported through plant structures thanks to fulvic acid.

Fulvic acid also dissolves and transports vitamins, coenzymes, hormones, and antibiotics that are found naturally in the soil. While plants make many of their own vitamins, they are further supplemented by those in the soil they grow in, thanks to fulvic acid.

Fulvic Acid Balances the Body’s Electric Potential

Along with all its other beneficial properties, fulvic acid is a powerful electrolyte that dissolves in water and other liquids and is able to conduct electric currents, helping to keep the electrical potential of our body’s cells balanced.

As an electrolyte it maintains the health of the body’s cells by allowing the free flow of electrons and other ions and increasing cell membrane permeability – which also helps to absorb nutrients faster and keeps them in the body longer.

The body’s overall electric potential can be negatively affected by fluid loss, emotional and physical stress, lack of sleep, a sedentary lifestyle, and poor nutrition. Improving the electrolytic balance in our body’s cells helps them to protect themselves against infections and diseases. In this way, the electrolytic properties of fulvic acid help to protect our health.

Fulvic Acid is a Powerful Detoxing Agent

Fulvic acid is vital for binding to pollutants such as pesticides and herbicides and catalyzing their breakdown and dispersal. For instance, the toxic herbicide known as “Paraquat” is rapidly detoxified by fulvic acid.

Promisingly, most radioactive substances seem to react rapidly with fulvic acid, to form inactive complexes that can then be excreted from the body.

Health Benefits of Fulvic acid Supplementation

The many health benefits of fulvic acid supplementation include:

  • Maintenance of appropriate nutrient levels in the body’s cells
  • Improving memory, focus, and analysis
  • Removal of harmful toxins and free radicals from the body
  • Neutralizing radiation and eliminating or reducing its harmful effects on the body
  • Enabling faster and more efficient absorption of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals into the body
  • Boosting and helping to rebuild the immune system; warding off infections and illnesses
  • Increasing energy and metabolism and leading to greater activity levels, weight loss, and an overall sense of good health and wellbeing
  • Enabling more restful sleep
  • Reducing stress levels
  • Lowering levels of arthritis-related pain and inflammation
  • Improving circulation and lowering blood pressure (BP)
  • Enabling better hormone and electrolytic balances
  • Maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails

Why Take a Fulvic Acid Supplement?

It’s a sad fact that most of today’s mass-produced fruits and vegetables don’t contain enough fulvic acid to ensure complete absorption of the many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients they contain. Not only that, they already contain very low levels of these nutrients, because the soils they are grown in have become depleted thanks to over-farming and careless soil management practices.

For these reasons, an increasing number of health experts recommend taking supplements containing fulvic acid as a regular nutritional aid, with or before meals. Since fulvic acid is a naturally occurring acidic complex, these supplements should have an acidic pH. In more alkaline solutions they will be rendered inactive and unable to provide their health benefits.

Fulvic acid is an organic product and known to be completely non-toxic. However, it should be remembered that reports of their effectiveness are anecdotal at this time.

Therefore, always be sure to consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before taking fulvic acid supplements to ensure that they don’t interfere with any other ongoing treatments or medications.

Finally, remember that no supplement can substitute for a balanced, nutritious diet, proper exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices. On the other hand, taking a fulvic acid supplement regularly will perfectly complement your healthy life choices – aiding in overall health, wellbeing, and protection from disease.

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EarthWater QA: Corey LaJoie

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What's a typical day for you like? 

I wake up, go workout at the boxing gym or go mountain biking, something to get the heart rate up. Then I go to my dad’s shop to help him build seats or work on any new projects he has, or I’ll go to BK Racing and spend some time with my No. 83 team.

How do you train for races? 

I do a lot of cardio and a lot of punching bag exercises. Nutrition is also a big deal to me.

If you could do any race over again, which would it be, and why? 

There are several I’d like to do over, but I can’t, so I try not to think too much about that. I just focus on not making the same mistakes again.

If your friends and family could describe you in three words what would those words be? 

Competitive, Leader, Passionate

What is the most daring thing you've done outside of racing? 

Nothing particularly daring yet, other than going 200+ mph in a racecar, but sky diving is on my bucket list.

If NASCAR decided to let you have a passenger, and you got to choose whomever, who would you pick? 

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I would invite Jesus, so he could take the wheel!

What was your experience with our products? Would you recommend it to others? 

I’m a water critic, and I’m very particular about what I drink. I love the FulHum water because of all of the nutrients that it helps replenish when I’m sweating in the racecar. I’d definitely recommend it to any of my fellow racecar drivers.

Any last words for our readers? 

“I hate to lose more than I love to win.” -  Jimmy Connors

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EarthWater Feature: National Walking Day

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Walking is one of the easiest, cheapest ways to help your body. Research shows that walking at least a half-hour a day can help reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke; improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile; maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity. There are even benefits to your mental health and reducing risks of things like Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some forms of cancer. So, be sure to get up today, go for a quick walk and grab that EarthWater on the way out!

 

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