This crazy little thing called Electrolyte…

So much advertising and experimenting goes into products that promise to keep our electrolytes in balance. Do we really need to be concerned about this? What exactly does the word electrolyte mean? Electrolytes are the salts within our body. They are what carry electrical charges throughout the body allowing signals to move from one cell to another.  Electrolytes are comprised mainly of potassium  (for muscle movement), calcium (to support bone structure), chloride (for normal cell function), magnesium (for nerve to muscle transmission), potassium (which aids in converting food to energy) and sodium (for fluid distribution). So why is a connection always made between activity and electrolytes?  The answer is, we stand to lose these important minerals mainly through our sweat and urine. Extremely hot weather and dehydration can also cause loss of electrolytes. Not replacing these minerals during and after intense exercise can result in everything from vomiting to high fever to irregular heart beat. Some prefer replacing these salts by way of commercial drinks of which there are many.  Citrus fruits hold an abundance of electrolytes, especially oranges, which is the preferred source by many top athletes.  Also, including certain foods in your diet can aid in maintaining a good electrolyte balance. Milk, beans and figs are a great source of calcium. Bananas, kale and oranges provide large amounts of potassium. Magnesium is replenished by tomato paste and nuts. Chloride and Sodium are found in abundance in all seaweeds as well as celery.  If that feeling of dizziness or imbalance starts whenever you are involved in any strenuous activity check with your physician first. If it is not something medical it may be the lack of sufficient electrolytes which can be replenished by incorporating some of the above foods mentioned.

 

 

 

September recipe of the month……

  STRING BEAN AND CHICK PEA SALAD….  

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 Ingredients:
-1 lb. of fresh string beans
-1 can of chick peas
-1/2 red onion
-20 fresh mint leaves
-olive oil
-white balsamic (unless you prefer red wine vinegar)
 
 
 
Directions:
 -steam string beans until they are still a little firm (about 5 min.)
-dice red onion in very small pieces
-add can of chick peas
-chop mint leaves very fine and add
-season with olive oil,vinegar and pepper to taste

-Serve at room temperature

Shopping tip of the week…..


     nutrition-apples-pesticides-wellnessWhen shopping for fruit try to purchase fruits that are without sticky labels. Labels are usually a sign that these fruits have been transported from long distances and were picked a little too soon. Produce from local farmers is usually not so shiny (especially apples) and at times the stems and leaves are still present on the fruit. Fruits grown locally have more nutrients due to the fact that they have been allowed to ripen longer before being picked.  
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A week in the woods……

For the last 30 years a good part of my life has been spent involved in martial arts. Every summer members of “The World Martial Arts Association” come together from around the globe and join our headmaster for an amazing week of practicing in the woods. The culmination of the week is a promotion test in which students are tested and move on to higher levels.

(above) Senior member completing test to become “Master” (above right) Headmaster with 2 Masters demonstrating the 6th degree form.

(left) test for 5th. degree (below center) one of our youngest members….

(below) younger members of the group are tested and become 1st. degree black belts

 

The experience was mentally, spiritually and physically uplifting………

Who needs friends?………

With all the discussion on what we should eat to provide our bodies with proper nutrition, how many of us realize how friends feed us both spiritually and mentally. Some of us have been fortunate enough to have longstanding friendships. This does not negate the fact that a close friendship can evolve with someone you have only met a few months prior. Where do we draw the line with whom we consider a close friend and someone we consider merely an acquaintance. What gives a person the special classification of friend?  Is it the fact that a friend is someone you feel you can call whenever you are in need of support? Someone who will overlook when you are having a bad day and not take it personally. I’m not suggesting that any type of behavior should be acceptable. If a sincere effort to look at ourselves honestly, admit that we have not acted correctly and make an strong effort to maintain the friendship the results can only result in a stronger bond between two people. A good friend will always wish you good fortune and will never be jealous of your success.  Close friends are always eager to share their friends and ideas making the relationship both inspiring and exhilarating. Research has shown that having just one great friend can have a major impact on a longer life span, lower blood pressure, reduced rates of distress, greater resistance to illness, and just better psychological and physical health in general. It may be simply the fact that a good friend will make the greatest effort to discourage  any type of unhealthy behavior. Just look at our pets, especially dogs. They are not demanding, They are forgiving immediately and they are always overjoyed to see us. What about our part in the friendship? Along with returning all that you expect from a friend, you should be interested, be positive, don’t gossip, disagree in a healthy manner and be genuinely happy for your friends. Ideal friendships provide support when you are down, fun when you are up and wisdom when you are lost. “Some people go to priest,some to poetry I to my friends”…Virginia Woulf 

“A best friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway” …Elbert Hubbert

“My best friend is someone who brings out the best in me”…Henry Ford

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