Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What does 8 cups of water a day do for your digestive system?

Ann, a Los Angeles buyer for an e-commerce Web site, begins her workday by grabbing a cup of water and setting it by her computer. After she downs it, she gets up to refill it again, repeating this routine throughout the day.

It's a habit she's had for as long as she can remember, religiously following the adage that drinking at least eight cups of water a day is good for your health. "If I don't get enough, I feel like I'm depriving myself of something vital that I really need," Carpenter says.

She's right. Health-care providers say water nourishes the entire body. "Water is a life-sustaining beverage," says Leslie Bonci, a registered dietician and author of The American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion. "Every organ in the body needs water."

Keeping the GI tract in fine working order

For water to get where it's needed, it must be absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract. When you drink water, it travels quickly down the esophagus, through the stomach and into the intestines, where it's partially diffused into the bloodstream, hydrating the body's cells. The kidneys and the bladder make use of some of the water, and what's left goes into the large intestine to move fecal matter.

"Water helps flush the system," says Dr. Donald F. Kirby, a gastroenterologist and chief of the nutrition section at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va. When there aren't enough fluids in the colon, patients suffer from constipation, a common gastrointestinal ailment.

And one solution to constipation — eating a diet rich in fiber, which can be found in fruits, vegetables and whole grain — can't work without adequate intake of fluids. "Fiber draws water from all sources in the body to make stools softer and easier to pass through," says Bonci.

Water may also play a role in preventing colorectal cancer. The Mayo Clinic cites a study that showed that women who drank more than five glasses of water a day had a risk of colon cancer that was 45 percent less than that of those who drank two or fewer glasses a day.

"If you're drinking enough fluids, you're moving things more efficiently and quickly so toxins won't be sitting in your gut for too long," says Bonci.

No need for eight cups?

Although long accepted as conventional wisdom, the eight-cups-a-day recommendation is now being questioned by some health-care providers. "It's not clear to me that the advice is based on medical science," says Kirby. "That's just a number that may ensure adequate hydration."

Bonci suggests that body weight may be a better gauge. "Take a third of your weight in pounds and that's how many ounces you need to drink daily," she says. A 150-pound woman, for example, will need 50 ounces, which translates to a little more than six cups of water.

Mark Glen, a registered dietitian at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., prefers to recommend anywhere from 64 ounces (8 cups) to 96 ounces (12 cups) of fluid each day. For smaller-framed patients, eight may be enough; those with a medium build can rest easy with 10, while those who are larger-framed may require up to 12 cups of fluid. You may need to drink even more on particularly hot days.

Activity level may increase requirements, too. "People who exercise will need more than the minimum," says Bonci, who also serves as director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "They must drink two to three cups an hour before exercise, one to two bottles of water during, and at least three cups of fluid afterwards."

Experts also say it doesn't matter if all those cups are filled with water. Beverages such as juice and milk also count. Although not ideal because they contain caffeine and sugar, coffee and soda can also help you reach your daily fluid intake goals. Alcohol, however, is another story; although technically a liquid, it can cause dehydration and a host of other health problems.

Signs of dehydration

To stay fully hydrated, Bonci suggests keeping a beverage by your side at all times and drinking early and often. If you find you haven't been drinking enough based on what experts recommend, up your intake gradually. Start by adding a cup to your daily regimen during the first week, and then incorporating more as needed. The point is to meet your minimum as soon as you're able, and not to wait until you're thirsty to drink. "If you're already thirsty, you're already behind the eight ball," says Kirby. You'll know you've had enough to drink if your urine is clear or pale yellow.

When the body is not optimally hydrated, all the organs have to work harder, says Bonci. The body tries to create fluids by doing things like breaking down muscle, which isn't ideal.

Signs of severe dehydration, a potentially life-threatening condition, include lethargy, headaches, dry lips, decreased urination, a burning sensation in the stomach, an abnormally fast heart rate, inability to concentrate and fatigue. If you experience any of these symptoms, reach for a sport drink, says Kirby, which will help replenish the water and salt your body needs. If symptoms don't resolve within minutes, though, call your doctor immediately.

Monday, February 20, 2012


Good info on using the whole lemon vs. only the juice...
Lemon productions became more and more abundant around the world because
of its nutritious contents. Lemons are used in many different ways in
lemon industries and factories, but not among households.

*How do you eat or taste lemon in your house?*
Probably, you do not know how to apply lemon the right away.
Do you just squish a few drips to your vegetable salad, bread, ice
cream, , cake, fruit drinks, or to your other favorable dishes?** If so, what a waste! ***
*Here, I'll tell you the real use of lemon***

I'm sure you know how nutritious a lemon is. **But you may only know how to
use it as a simple seasoning, as most people do, and not as a side dish. ***
You think that only the squished juice from lemon is used, while the lemon
peel is thrown away. Yes, you think that you only need that sour, citrus
taste of the lemon's juice, is that right?

However, we found out that many professionals in restaurants and eateries
are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted.
How can you use the whole lemon without waste?

Simple...place the lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator.
Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon

(no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods.

Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, vegetable
soup, curry soup, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, etc.

It doesn't matter whether it's a Chinese dish, Italian dish, French dish,
African, Indian, Japanese, Korean, or Latin American dishes, you just name it.

All of these foods will unexpectedly have wonderful taste, something that
you may have never tasted before in your life. You don't believe me? Just
try it and you will agree with me. Everything will certainly taste great!

Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore.
Now that you've learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in
instant cup noodles.

*What's the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing
waste and adding new taste to your dishes?*

Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins
than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that's what you've been wasting.
But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing the whole
lemon, then grating it on top of your dishes, you can consume all of those nutrients and get even healthier.

The lemon peel is good in making you slim if you are a fat person, or makes you healthy fat if you are skinny.
It is very good that the PYRO-ENERGEN is
also for the taste of all people.

It's also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body. ** *

*So place your lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on your meal every
day. It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to live healthier
and longer! That's the lemon secret!*

This is the latest in medicine, effective for cancer!**

Lemon *(Citrus*) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.**

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in
making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits. You can now
help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is
beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy.

How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations? As you know, the lemon
tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes.

You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc... It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors.

This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the
largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20
laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that: It destroys the
malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and
pancreas ... The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the
product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world,
slowing the growth of cancer cells. And what is even more astonishing: this
type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and
it does not affect healthy cells. Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N.