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Purify the Air You Breathe

Filed in General | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/31/2010


And no, I’m not talking about installing a state-of-the-art air purification system in your house that would land you a spot in one of those eco-home magazines (though heck, if you can afford it—go for it!). What I’m talking about is a whole lot simpler, and yes, much easier on your budget…. surround yourself with air-purifying plants!

I bet you didn’t even know there was such a thing, did you? Surprise! Even though yes, all plants absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, some plants in particular are especially good at removing harmful toxins from the air—toxins like benzene, ammonia, and formaldehyde—and not only that, but they add beauty to your home while at the same time purifying the air around you. So here’s to breathing cleaner air with a little help from Mother Nature!

Below is a list of some of the best air-purifying plants, and most can be found right at your local garden store:

  • Peace lily
  • Bamboo palm
  • Rubber plant
  • Ficus plant
  • English ivy
  • Lady palm

Curious about Colonics? Watch my LIVE Video!

Filed in General | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/28/2010


For a lot of people, when they hear the word ‘colonic’ they immediately think ‘enema’. And then they cringe. But the truth is, colonics have come a long way since the Greeks and Egyptians folks, and it’s time people got up to speed. My new video, Colonics: Fact & Fiction helps to dispel the myths about colonics and explores the benefits of modern colon hydrotherapy. You’ll even get to see me perform a live colonic so you can know just what to expect!

These days colon hydrotherapy is more important than ever, especially since so many common ailments have been linked to colon toxicity, including allergies, arthritis, chronic fatigue, constipation, irritable bowel, joint and muscle pain, and more. Regular colonics are one of the best ways to keep your gut—and your whole body—strong and healthy, since colon hydrotherapy can help eliminate stored toxins in the colon and strengthen and tone the bowel for healthy elimination. Be sure to check out the video for answers to all your questions about colonics! Click here: http://www.brendawatson.com/media-room/

PPIs and Osteoporosis

Filed in General | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/28/2010


 

Got heartburn? GERD? Listen up! This isn’t new news, but it’s news I think everyone should know: Using proton pump inhibitors (commonly known as PPIs) for extended periods of time could make you more likely to suffer osteoporosis-related bone fractures.

Why do I think this is so important? Because folks, PPIs are the third-highest-selling class of drugs on the market today, and one of the most popular PPIs—Nexium® (you know, the little purple pill)—has the second-highest retail sales among all drugs sold in the U.S. That means there’s a good chance that you or someone you know is taking one. So let’s review:

What is a PPI? A PPI is a drug that blocks the production of the enzyme in the stomach that produces acid. PPIs are commonly prescribed for the following conditions:

  • Ulcers
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, or acid reflux)
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (a rare disease that results in the overproduction of gastrin, which releases excess stomach acid)

Do PPIs work? Yes, on the surface they work remarkably well. They reduce stomach acid, which reduces pain almost instantly, but—and I can’t stress this enough—covering up the symptoms does not solve the underlying problem. And even though it’s recommended that PPIs aren’t used for more than 8 to 12 weeks at a time, a lot of people are taking them for much longer, probably because they’re so readily available!

What worries me is that people just don’t know enough about the side effects and complications of using PPIs longer than they should, but there are so many—which brings me back to my point. Research shows that long-term PPI use is linked to an increased risk of osteoporosis-related bone fractures, especially hip, wrist and spine fractures.   

What’s the connection? Simple: Hypochlorhydria (which is just a fancy term for low stomach acid) can decrease calcium absorption, and PPIs create hypochlorhydria in the stomach. This results in reduced calcium absorption, and if the body doesn’t get enough calcium from the diet, where does it take it from? Your bones!

It’s a vicious cycle, but it’s one that can be avoided by taking steps to establish a strong foundation of digestive health. These include eating a high-fiber diet and avoiding heavily processed, high-sugar and high-fat foods, as well as taking daily enzymes, probiotics and beneficial Omega-3 oils. I’ll cover more on the dangers of PPI use in future blogs, so stay tuned. But remember—there are safe and effective natural alternatives to using PPIs, and all it takes is a quick trip to the health food store!

BPA – Want to Know More?

Filed in General | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/27/2010


One of the best non-profit resource groups I’ve found, Environmental Working Group does a great job providing information to the public about the dangerous chemicals that we come into contact with every day. In fact, their website is loaded with helpful information about one of the most talked-about chemicals in use today—bisphenol A, or BPA.

BPA is found in hundreds of products, including hard plastics and the lining of canned foods, but many studies have linked it to negative health affects in humans, especially during fetal development. If you’re concerned that BPA might be in some of the products you use and want help making better choices, click here for more information.

NEW Recipes & Diet Section on ReNew Life Blog – More than 100 Recipes!

Filed in General | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/25/2010


So many of you have told me how much you enjoy the delicious recipes featured in my Fiber35 Diet and Detox Strategy books and in my Healthy Living online newsletter, and now there’s one simple place where you can find them all—plus new recipes you haven’t seen before!

Just visit the brand new Recipes & Diet section in the ReNew Life Blog to view more than 100 healthful and great-tasting recipes compiled by our expert nutrition team to help you lose weight, improve digestion and live healthier every day. From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, you’ll find plenty of mouthwatering options the whole family will enjoy, like Quick & Easy Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins, Chipotle Oven Fried Chicken, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Dip, and more—so be sure to visit soon!

And I’ll Say it Again… 35 Grams of Fiber a Day!

Filed in General | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/24/2010


This weeks “Renew You” Challenge – You all know how I feel about fiber, right? Heck, I wrote a whole book on it—that’s how important I think it is, and with good reason!

Not only can adding more fiber to your diet help with digestion and regularity, but studies tell us that fiber is essential for a healthy heart, getting rid of toxins in the body, and even helping with weight loss and appetite control, which is why I recommend eating at least 35 grams of fiber every day.

So this week, I want you to work on eating more fiber, and part of that involves keeping track of your daily fiber intake (and yes, this means writing it down) to see just how much fiber you’re really eating. Even though a lot of foods nowadays are fortified with extra fiber, it can still be pretty hard to get enough, so before you start be sure to check out my website, www.fiber35diet.com, for more information on simple ways to add more fiber to your diet.

Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, there’s a phase of the diet that encourages you to eat healthier and get plenty of fiber while maintaining a healthy weight. Think of it as long-term eating plan!

Craving Soda? Might Want to Ask Your Liver First

Filed in General | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/21/2010


Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, is a serious condition that causes excess fat to build up in the liver, and recently scientists discovered something interesting about its connection to sugary soft drinks.

People with NAFLD tend to drink more soft drinks than those without the disease. In fact, 80 percent of people with NAFLD were shown to drink excessive amounts of soft drinks (over 16.9 ounces per day). What’s more, those same soda drinkers were also found to live more sedentary lifestyles, eat less fiber and fewer dairy products, and consume on average more saturated fats and trans fats—all of which are components of the Standard American Diet, or SAD… talk about an appropriate acronym!

Unfortunately, cases of NAFLD are increasing, and the disease has been linked to other health problems including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease and liver disease. The scary thing is that most people with NAFLD have no symptoms, similar to people with high cholesterol or triglycerides. You may feel just fine, think you eat just fine for the most part, exercise when you can, take a multivitamin when you remember…and then all of a sudden something like NAFLD shows up and you’re completely caught off guard.

Because of this study and so many others, I can’t stress enough how important it is to be proactive when it comes to your health, especially the health of your liver—it’s your body’s detox powerhouse after all! So it may take a little time and research, but it’s worth it to really look at your diet and lifestyle and make adjustments where you can. Learn about the benefits of natural health supplements for liver support, and cut back on the soda for crying out loud! Your liver will thank you.

How’s Your Water Quality?

Filed in General | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/19/2010


You and your family use water every day for things like drinking, cooking and bathing, but when was the last time you stopped to think about what exactly was in your water?

Now I know what you’re thinking—It’s just water, right? What do you mean, what’s in it??—but today’s industry uses more harmful toxins than ever before, and many of those toxins end up in our groundwater, which ends up where? Right in your home.

That’s why this information from the Environmental Working Group is so helpful! EWG does a great job researching, assembling data, and working politically to increase awareness about toxic chemicals, and on their website they have extensive information about water quality that everyone should know.

You can find out about the quality of your local water, and learn about how different water filters work and which one might be best for your home—so check it out today and find out what’s really in your water… you might be surprised!

Wed, 5/19 on the Poop Scoop: There's H.O.P.E. for Optimal Digestive Health

Filed in General | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/18/2010


Are there days when you feel sluggish and tired, and you just don’t have the energy to do the things you enjoy? Do digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea or even gas and bloating seem to weigh you down? Or do you sometimes feel more scatterbrained and forgetful than usual and wish there was a way to feel like yourself again? It’s time to discover the natural solution that will bring back the vibrant health and energy you deserve.

Tomorrow on the Poop Scoop I’ll share with you the secret to better digestion and a clearer mind and body, and it all begins with High fiber, Omega oils, Probiotics and Enzymes. These four nutritional supplements are the key to my H.O.P.E. Formula, and they have helped millions of people just like you live healthier every day. But where should you start? And how much do you need every day to get the most benefit? Join me and learn everything you need to know!

Log on and listen to Brenda’s Poop Scoop LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5 pm (EST) right from your computer. Missed an episode? Visit the Episode Directory on my website and listen to past shows from the archive.

Lick Your Salt Habit!

Filed in General | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/17/2010


‘Renew You’ Challenge – Are you one of those people that adds salt to everything? You might want to pay attention. According to a study done in 2009, the average daily salt intake for adults in the U.S. is about 3,400mg per day, and more than 70% of people over the age of 20 have an increased risk of developing hypertension (high blood pressure). For those folks, the general recommendation is no more than 1,500mg of salt daily—less than half of what they’re actually eating!

Because a lot of people are talking about salt these days—why we crave it, if we need it, what we can use instead—the DASH Diet is getting a lot of attention. DASH stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension” and it’s not just about eating less salt. The DASH Diet also incorporates more fruits and veggies into the diet, and fewer fats and sweets.

So, (and yes, you knew I was going to say it) this week I want you to try to lower your salt intake, and hopefully you’ll stick with it even after the week is over. Start slowly, choosing low-sodium options when available, and instead of reaching for the salt shaker, experiment with different seasonings like garlic or even a low-sodium salt substitute. You may just find something you really like!

And the next time someone asks if you want fries with that? Have the willpower to say no… and take the opportunity to add more veggies to your diet!