Lets drink to your health this year- but with water!

The new year is well on its way. But are your  new years resolutions? My resolution this year is one that I hope you all will join me in. Its to drink more water. Yup I am finally going to commit to drinking 8-12 glasses of pure water every day! And when you learn about how important water is to your health, skin, organs, vitality and energy I hope you will add 8-12 glasses to your daily diet too! So read on…… 😉

Our bodies are not just works of art - they are 60% water!

Did you know that your body is 60% water (brain and muscles are 75%, blood and lungs are 90%)?  Did you also know you need 8-12 glasses of water a day?  Sounds like a lot. But you need it. Lets do the math together. Each day you lose 6.3 cups of water from urine, 4 cups from breathing, sweating and bowel movements and 2-3 cups from digestion. That’s 12 cups  even before you factor in things like stress or exercise.  Sadly, most of us  don’t drink this amount of water and are walking around dehydrated but don’t know it. When you are dehydrated, you are easily fatigued and nothing works efficiently. In fact, without sufficient water, your body thinks it’s in danger, so like a squirrel hiding nuts before winter, it stores whatever water it can get its hands on, and hides it in the nooks and crannies between your cells. This shows up on the scales as weight gain or as swelling in your feet, legs and hands. But great news, when you finally give your body the water that it needs, all that stored water can be released and when it is, your energy increases too.

Water gives you the gift of health. Will you accept the gift?

Drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day is not only key to having more energy, its vital for great health. Period. And its easy to do. So why not? But if you’re still not convinced, consider what happens when you get dehydrated.  Without water, you’d be poisoned by your own waste products.  Whoa! That got your attention didn’t it? Sorry for the drama but its basically true.   During dehydration, the water surrounding your cells is reduced and what little is left become stagnant with toxins. As dehydration continues, since your body absolutely has to have water surrounding its cells, it pulls out the water from inside your cells. Yup, like a fugitive on the run, your body literally “steals” water where ever it can find it – from inside your cells, from inside your blood, your organs, and even your colon (and is a big contributor to being constipated). This continues until your cells lose all or most of their internal water, shrivel, malfunction and even become damaged. Of course, you  can stop this dehydration process any time simply by drinking more water. But most people have no idea they are dehydrated. In fact, even some health conditions could be corrected, just by drinking more. But who knew? Well, now you do.

You need to keep replenishing the water in your body - just like your goldfish bowl!

And here’s one final visual:. When you were a kid, you likely had a gold fish. Right? Remember what happened when you didn’t change the water in your fish tank and it got all murky? Your goldfish seemed depressed, was less active, stopped swimming or worse – died.  Poor thing.  But once you cleaned out the tank and replaced it with fresh water, little “Goldy” was likely back doing laps around the fish tank. Maybe even back flips like a character out of Dr. Seuss’s book “One Fish Two Fish  Red Fish Blue Fish”  Well, the cells in your body are just like little Goldy. They need a constant supply of fresh water and if they don’t get it, they slowly but surely shut down- just like your friend Goldy did. Without a daily supply of fresh water, the water around your cells also gets dirty, murky and toxic. Just like the water in your goldfish bowl did. Yuk. Who wants dirty goldfish water sloshing around inside them? Not me! Not Goldy. And not you either! So drink up. Drink often. And hopefully drink with our algae bits…which are the most nutritionally dense food in the world (according to the good folks at NASA, The United Nations, the World Bank and a whole host of other world authorities). Never heard of algae? Want to learn about it? We thought you’d never ask! Please come and visit us to learn and be amazed at what algae can do for your health. It’s just as awesome as water and go down together well too:) We have a few websites, so visit which ever one sounds best to you! www.skinnybits.com, www.recoverybits.com, www.energybits.com or www.naughtybits.com

With great affection

Catharine Arnston

Fighting the good fight – through nutrition!

Hope you all had a great week!  As you know, as the Naughty Nutritionist, I am making it my mission to get people to be healthier – not just so we can fit into our skinny jeans (although that is certainly a great advantage!) – but so that we ALL have the opportunity to live LONG and FULFILLING lives that are chock full with LOVE and HAPPINESS.  My events director, Emily, represented the Naughty Nutritionist at an amazing event over the weekend.  After losing her father and grandparents to cancer within a year, her family started the Cash Memorial Fund – a charity dedicated to raising funds for progressive cancer research.  Saturday night, Emily shared our NaughtyBits with the attendees of “Games for the Cure” – an event raising money for brain cancer research in honor of a close friend of the family.  Well get this – they raised OVER NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!  Holy cow!!!  Emily reported that there were so many fans of the NaughtyBits that I’m sure we’ll be working with them again in the near future.  Be sure to check out their website and below is a pic of some of our Naughty Fans with Emily (in the pink top)!

Emily and Naughty Fans at Games for the Cure

The Naughty Nutritionist has also been on the MOVE this week throughout the city of Boston!  Check out our newest Facebook pictures from events at the W Hotel and the Middle East in Cambridge.  I had the great honor of giving the legendary Patti Austin some of our bits!!!  Additionally, I got to meet a VERY talented singer/songwriter named Jamie Kent – he’s definitely going to be the next Jack Johnson!  Jamie is actually going to be taking out bits on tour with him this fall – so check out his tour dates on his website!!!

ANYWAY – on to the Sunday question of the night!  This one is actually a 2-parter, so I’ll be posting the second half of the question next week.  As always, be naughty and be well!  With great affection, The Naughty Nutritonist

What does it mean to have food with antioxidants in it? – Kathy P.

Dear Kathy,
Well, the short answer is that foods that are green have the most antioxidants – and antioxidants are your best friend! Why? Because they slow down aging, stop you from getting chronic illness, and even prevent wrinkles! Yes, even wrinkles- its true! So instead of buying all those expensive face crèmes, save your skin by eating more foods with antioxidants – especially dark green vegetables! So, what exactly are antioxidants? Well, are you ready?  Here is the longer answer:

Antioxidants are molecules that come from nature, which neutralize free-radicals by donating one of their own electrons, ending the “electron-stealing” behavior of the free-radicals. The antioxidant nutrients themselves don’t become free-radicals in the process of donating an electron because they are stable in either form. They act as scavengers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage and disease.
You can see antioxidants at work in your own kitchen. Slice an apple in half and watch it turn brown. That’s oxidation, due to oxygen reacting with the apple creating free-radicals. If, however, you dip the apple in some lemon juice, the rate at which the apple turns brown is slowed down because the vitamin C in the lemon juice decreases the rate of free radical activity taking place. Since our bodies cannot manufacture antioxidants, these very important molecules need to come from our diet in order to minimize free-radical damage – which, in essence, is what causes premature aging.  If you want to avoid that, include food with antioxidants in your diet every day.

Check out this cute diagram detailing how antioxidants work – it’s really actually simple when you think about it!

Consider this quote: “The amount of antioxidants that you maintain in your body is directly proportional to how long you will live.” – Dr Richard Cutler, Director of Anti-Ageing Research Department of the National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C.

Warmly,

The Naughty Nutritionist