You may be thinking to yourself “why would Kris be writing a blog about something that could put her out of business?” and you are probably right. If you drank enough water every day I wouldn’t be able to sell you products for weight loss, constipation, depression & anxiety, dry skin, bladder infections, sore muscles, stiff joints, headaches, bone spurs, digestion, water retention, PH balance and energy...to name a few.
Here are some reasons why you should be drinking at least 8-8 oz glasses of pure, clean, non-fluoridated water on a daily basis. And 64 oz should just be a guide. On the days that I exercise I feel like I need to drink a lot more water than the days that I sit around on my lazy ass.
1. Death Prevention: If you don’t drink water, you will die. It's that important. Depending on our environment, we can live only a few days without water - maybe a week. We can live much longer without food. For most of us, we should prioritize the consumption of water far more than we currently do.
2. Weight Loss: Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are thirsty. Our body just starts turning on all the alarms when we ignore it. For those of you trying to drop some pounds, staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss.
3. Constipation: Dehydration is one of the most common causes of chronic constipation. The food you eat makes its way from your stomach to the large intestine, or colon. If you don’t have enough water in your body already -- if you're dehydrated -- the large intestine soaks up water from your food waste. This makes hard stools that are difficult to pass.
4. Depression & Anxiety: Stress, depression and anxiety are three very different conditions. However, many people that experience one usually experience a combination of all three. Usually the stress can lead to the other two. There are many things that can be done to heal these emotionally tolling conditions, including removing stressors from our lives, taking supplements, resting, exercising, meditation, yoga and more. But, did you know that water can also help? These disorders are mood disorders, perhaps stemming from the brain. Studies link depression to dehydration because 85% of brain tissue is water. Dehydration causes energy generation in the brain to decrease. So, lack of water can be the culprit in any of these disorders really.
5. Dry Skin: The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body. your skin is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. As water is lost in large quantities every day, you need to replace it somehow. The unfortunate truth about drinking water and skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin. So, it's important to apply water to our skin and keep it there - this will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can prevent wrinkles, as well.
6. Bladder infections: This may not sound like the most extraordinary remedy, but it is one of the most important things you can do when you have a UTI. It can help flush out bacteria, and (almost) more importantly, it gives you something to actually push out when you pee! A lot of home remedies for urinary tract infections are drinks because you should always be flushing fluid through your system to give it a helping hand in getting rid of the nasty bacteria.
7. Athletic Performance: Proper hydration contributes to increased athletic performance. Water composes 75% of our muscle tissue! Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance.
8. Stiff Joints: Drinking water can reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated. This is actually how glucosamine helps reduce joint pain, by aiding in cartilage’s absorption of water.
9. Headaches: Sometimes headaches can be caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate that nasty head pain. Next time your head hurts, try drinking water.
10. Cancer Prevention: Yes, that’s right – various research says staying hydrated can reduce risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%, and possibly reduce breast cancer risk as well.
I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but I haven’t always been truly crazy about my health. I didn’t just wake up and go from being an overweight smoker to pretty much a raw vegan. It was a process! Making my health my #1 priority was the first step in my journey. My daily routine sets the tone for my success and I rarely take cheat days. The thing about cheat days, at lease for me anyway, is they turn into cheat weekends, then a cheat week. I was only cheating my health and myself.
Here is a sampling of just how crazy I am about being healthy and inspiring you all to be healthy too!
You don’t have to do it ALL but you should at least make your health a priority with some of your time, money and effort every single day!
Take these supplements:
Have a juice that consists of:
As a survivor of childhood and also adult obesity, when I hear the new stats come out about how much childhood obesity has risen over the past 20 years, it both sickens and saddens me. When I was a kid I was one of the 2 or 3 heavy kids in class, now the classes are filled with well over 30% obese and overweight children. According to the CDC, approximately 17% of children ages 2-19 are obese in America alone. But how do organizations like the CDC categorize obesity in children? At your child’s doctor appointment, the physician calculates their BMI (Body Mass Index), and compares it to children across the country of the same gender and age. If they find your child’s BMI placed in the 95th percentile or above, they would classify them as obese.
Childhood obesity has steadily been on the rise over the past 15 years, rising 3.3% from 1999 (See Figure 5), and more than doubling from 1970. Alongside this, childhood obesity rates are steadily increasing at the same rate as adults, indicating that a parent’s lifestyle choices could be having an affect on the obesity rate. Recent studies have further aided this idea, stating that what a parent eats, a child will eat (in most cases). And with fast food, junk food, and soda being the go-to meal or snack, the odds they will want to follow suit are high. Let’s face it, foods that are bad for us can be pretty darn tasty. However, they are never ever good for us. Foods like this are full of empty calories, saturated fats, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, high-fructose corn syrup, GMOs, high volumes of sodium and the list goes on. All things we shouldn’t be eating if we want to remain healthy.
The side effects of childhood obesity can also shape a child’s future forever, with obese children being more likely to become obese adults. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “About a third (26 to 41%) of obese preschool children were obese as adults, and about half (42 to 63%) of obese school-age children were obese as adults.” That is a startling fact that deserves a great deal of attention, considering that obesity can also lead to a whole host of physical and mental problems. Some physical factors include an increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes, cancers and heart problems, as well as a shortened life span. Mental side effects of obesity as a child include low self-esteem, school bullying, poor school performance, depression and overall emotional eating to combat the depression.
So in closing, if parents are the real “role models” for their child’s eating and exercise patterns, what can they do? I suggest changing your lifestyle. If it’s not for yourself, do it for your children. The changes you make now can affect generations to come. Some of my top suggestions would be cutting out processed foods, becoming more physically active and being overall more mindful of the decisions you make in regards your health. Below is a list of recommended foods, foods to avoid and supplements that are helpful to balance blood sugar. World of Nutrition would also like to help. Come into our store today, and one of our knowledgeable staff would be happy to lend a hand.
Foods to Avoid:
Alpha Lipoic Acid
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Many people ask me if I have any tips for maintaining a healthy weight. My first piece of advice is always, hands down to STOP Making Excuses! Yes, you heard right. The only thing holding you back from living well and maintaining a healthy weight is your excuses. Believe it or not, you can eat healthy. You can exercise. You can get off your ass and make yourself a healthier person! Here are some tried and true tips that have helped me in my quest for achieving and maintaining weight loss:
Quit Drinking and Eating Processed Foods
I know and I'm sorry, but alcohol causes depression and depression makes you overeat, causing fat to build up. The scary thing about fat is that is loves to hold on to toxins, sometimes for dear life. And as you probably know, toxins are not something you want to be carrying around on a daily basis. Cutting back on the amount of processed foods you consume is also advised for maintaining weight loss. Why? Because there is no nutrition left in processed food. Most packaged foods are depleted of all nutrition. In fact, almost all items with nutrition facts on the package don’t have any nutrition in them at all.
Quit Using Toxic Chemicals on Your Body
Well, except for maybe some hair color, you should attempt to limit the chemicals that come in contact with your body. The chemicals you put on your skin, in your mouth, or on your head contain hormone disruptors and toxins that are later stored in your fat cells. And as we mentioned earlier.... fat loves to hold on to toxins!
Do Practice Mindfulness
I know I may sound like a hippy but having a mind, body and soul connection is necessary for permanent weight loss. One of the most important things you can do is pay attention to your body and how it reacts to certain situations. For instance, do you eat when you are bored or actually hungry? How does your body feel during and after exercise? Does stress or your environment affect your eating and exercise habits? Knowing how your body reacts to certain situations will help your overcome any weight maintenance barriers you may be facing.
Oxygen is the most abundant element in our body. We are meant to breathe hard. Our lungs, blood and brain need a lot of oxygen to function properly. Oxygen also plays a deep role in weight loss. Ever wondered where your fat goes when you lose it? It may be hard to believe, but we actually exhale lost fat! Exhaled fat helps plants photosynthesize (if you're feeling noble) and contributes to global warming (if you're feeling guilty). Interestingly, this also means that the lungs are the primary excretory organs for fat. Now there’s food for thought!
Stop Being Disappointed
In the past you’ve probably tried dozens of weight loss fads that never lived up to their supposed super power. Only to find they just resulted in the feelings of disappointment and regret that you DIDN’T see results and wasted a TON OF MONEY! Bummer right? Well you’re not alone. Here is a quick cheat sheet detailing what I’ve personally tried for the past 25 years. For more detailed information on some of these supplements download our Weight Loss WON “0” WON flyer from our website.
Some of the weight loss products I’ve been trying over the last 25 years...and still use from time to time.
Some of the products I’ve found to work for maintaining weight loss..
Like what you’ve read? Want to make a change? Here at WON we are all about helping you win the weight loss battle! In light of this, we are hosting a FREE class entitled Healthy Habits for Maintaining Weight Loss. In this class you will learn the secrets to not only losing weight, but keeping it off! The class will be held May 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm at our WON store in Nampa, Idaho. Sign up today!
Happy May, WON Family! Before we moved the store to downtown Nampa we had several goals. We wanted to become part of the community, to get out, walk around and visit other businesses; and to encourage the citizens of Nampa to be healthy. We encouraged all of you to re-discover downtown Nampa when you come to World of Nutrition. We asked you to visit our fellow downtown businesses and make a day out of coming to our historic downtown (Flying M, Messenger Pizza, Canyon County Co-op, PreFunk, Blue Belle Java & Juicery to list a few of our favorites).
Of course, those were just a few of our goals. It seems that we are constantly working on some sort of change or some exciting new project and this month is proving to be no different! Last month we unveiled our new, fresh logo, which has been fun and exciting! Now we are on to our next venture that we are so thrilled and proud of...getting WON aka Kris and Allison approved food on a menu right here in downtown Nampa! A brand new restaurant has opened in downtown Nampa called Destination 112, located at 112 13th Ave So (just around the corner from WON). Destination 112 has two WON approved salads, a soup and currently one entrée on their menu. All WON approved items use organic vegetables, grass fed beef, and organic fed, free-range chicken. In addition to the WON approved menu items, some of their meals can be made gluten and grain free including some of their dressings and sauces. This is LIFE CHANGING for us! Destination 112 is currently open for dinner and will begin serving lunch on May 3rd. We hope the next time you are in downtown Nampa shopping at World of Nutrition you make plans to have lunch or dinner at Destination 112 to try out some of meals with the WON stamp of approval! ~Allison & Kris Wear
How I WON the Health Battle!
My name is Kris Wear and I am the co-owner of World of Nutrition (WON), the Treasure Valley's largest independent health food store. I spent most of my life obese even while, ironically, working in a health food store. I have been addicted to cigarettes, alcohol, sugar, cheese, chips, and ice cream. I knew if I kept at this pace, I would surely die young.
In 2011, I decided that I wanted to become the picture of health and started to replace all of those bad habits or addictions with healthy habits. I made sure that I used the vast resources available to me and made a commitment to make my health my number 1 priority every day of my life because that's what you have to do if you want to be healthy. Health cannot be down on your priority list; it has to be at the top.
Here is a list of ways that I’ve changed my health and my life:
Need some help with your health journey? WON has a complete store stocked full of nutritious food and a knowledgeable staff that is happy to help! Check us out on the web, or visit us at our convenient downtown Nampa location.
If you could describe 1-3 “WON essential” for every customer what would they be?
Only three? Take a great quality multi-vitamin, omega 3 fish oil, and a high quality live probiotic. Also, cut out as much processed food as you possibly can, drink water and get some exercise… that way all of the amazing supplements we sell will work better for you.
Ok onto the fun questions! What’s your favorite color?
Weirdest (but most interesting) food you’ve eaten to date?
Well, people think I’m weird for the breakfast that I eat... which is hard-boiled eggs and sauerkraut.
If you could visit one place in the entire world, where would it be?
Wow, this is the toughest question. I have never been to Europe so I would love to go to there, especially to The Netherlands, Italy and Spain. I would also love to go to Peru to visit Machu Picchu and learn about the amazing medicinal herbal remedies that grow there.
Favorite TV show or movie to date?
My favorite TV show is Seinfeld because of the memorable one-liners and how much it makes me laugh. My favorite movie of all time is Forrest Gump because it makes me laugh, and also makes me cry, no matter how many times I have seen it.
Master of WON!