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August 27, 2007

Healthy Challenge #1

Every few weeks, I send my clients motivational emails with practical steps to take toward healthier living. I'll also be reposting them here.

Just about every chemical reaction in your body depends on water. This week’s challenge is to ensure you are drinking enough water.

Divide your weight by two. You need at least that many ounces of water per day. If you weigh 150 lbs, you need to drink a minimum of 75 ounces of water. That’s 5 sports bottles.

Starting today, get the correct number of bottles ready in the morning. Number them if you have to. Promise yourself you’ll get through them by the end of the day. Drinking enough water can help you lose weight, decrease joint or back pain, give you more energy and sometimes even cure headaches!

Tips: It’s best not to drink more than 8 ounces of liquid around a meal – finish drinking half an hour before you eat and wait an hour after you eat. My trick is to drink water just before bed (yes I get up in the middle of the night – I just take that opportunity to drink more!) and drink at least 16 ounces first thing in the morning. Sometimes a little lemon in warm water is easier than cold water on waking.

August 06, 2007

"Homeopathy" is not the same as "Alternative Medicine"

I’ve had a number of clients recently talk to me about how wonderful homeopathic medicine is. They go on to talk about the benefits of herbs, colon hydrotherapy or perhaps acupuncture. All of these treatment modalities, homeopathy included, fall under the larger umbrella of “Alternative,” “Complementary” or “Holistic” medicine. Homeopathy is a specific type of treatment, based on the philosophy that “like treats like.”

According to Wikipedia, “Homeopathic treatment involves giving a patient with symptoms of an illness extremely small doses of the agents that produce the same symptoms in healthy people when exposed to larger quantities. A homeopathic remedy is prepared by diluting the substance in a series of steps. Many homeopathic remedies are so highly diluted that no molecules of the original substance are likely to remain after dilution.”

Common homeopathic treatments include Nux Vomica (orally for upset stomach) and Arnica Montana (topically for bruising and inflammation.) If you are interested in learning more about homeopathy, I recommend you contact an experienced practitioner who can advise you of all of the benefits and potential risks.