Tag: Exercise

Acid/Alkaline Balance in the New Year

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year everyone! I hope this is your best year ever!
I have lots of news and the first is about a book I just read on pH balance. I have been watching my pH for years with the pH strips that I sell on the site because I have long been aware of how calcium is pulled out of your bones to escort the excess acid out of your body, mostly at night.

So every night I take the baking soda drink; half a teaspoon of baking soda, juice of half a lemon and water in half a glass of water (to allow room for it to fizz up). Then I test my urine in the morning with the strip and see if I’m close to 7. Some people say that 7.4 is the optimum but I never seem to get there.

But this book, The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet by Felicia Drury Kliment had a lot of information that I was not aware of. First of all she is a believer in metabolic typing for nutrition. If you have a certain genetic structure, mostly blood type O, then you are a meat eater and to try and live without high protein in your diet is not in your best interest. It doesn’t have to be meat but you have a higher requirement for protein. Then Type A is the grain eater and they do well on grains. Type AB can live comfortably on cheese, milks and breads, like the Swiss, who have those at almost every meal.

I have tried almost every diet or eating plan out there including raw and fruitarian and some worked at some times of my life and not others. We go through cleansing cycles and building cycles. So I retook the free Nutritional Typing test on Dr Mercola’s site here to make sure I was remembering correctly that I am a mixed type. Which is probably why I felt pretty good on every eating plan I tried. I have more leeway in my diet than type O or A.

But what makes this book so interesting is that Felicia ascribes pretty much most disease to acid waste in the body. If you have too much acid waste from not eating according to your type, or eating the terrible American diet or drinking sodas and coffee etc. etc., then you will develop problems of all kinds that will become chronic. I wish I had been smart enough to pay attention earlier when I was setting some of my chronic issues in motion. But it’s never too late and I have improved my health enormously by eating a less acid diet in the last ten years.

The book doesn’t read like a novel, you will have to go over the chapters that apply to you a couple of times before it all sinks in, but the information is presented in a way that really got my attention. Check it out. It would be a shame to walk an hour or more with the weightvest every day and then sabotage your bones with your taste buds and bad dietary habits.

And that brings me to an email I got this week from a happy customer:
Dear Pam,
I thought I’d write with some good news. I am 71 years old. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my spine (40% bone loss) and osteopenia in my hips in 1998. I took Fosomax for 10 years from 1998 – 2008. Luckily I have had no bad side effects although I suppose that it is possible that something will turn up in the future. Over the years, with medication and exercise, my spine improved into the osteopenia range. My hips remained the same. In February 2013, I began wearing your weighted vest when I walk, 5x per week for 1 hr. 15 min. each time. I started out wearing 6 pounds of weights. I am currently wearing 9 pounds. At the beginning of December (2013), I had a dexascan. My hips are now normal, with just a 13% chance of having a hip fracture over the next 10 years. My doctor was astounded.
I haven’t taken any calcium supplements over the past year as my doctor told me to stop as they may cause heart problems. I do take a multivitamin each day, and I eat tons of dark green and leafy vegetables as well as other veggies and high nutrient fruits such as blueberries.

Thank you for all of the good work that you do. Happy New Year!
Marianne Price

I love it! That’s a huge improvement in less than a year and Marianne is like many of my customers, she eats well already. So right diet, a few supplements and walking every day will do the trick, not just for your bones but for your overall health.

Ok, that’s enough for now. I’ll tell you about my new fitness tracker next time – it has definitely changed my exercise patterns.

I wish you all you could ever hope for in 2014.

Walk in Joy,

Pam

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#1 Best All-round Exercise

April 22, 2009

You may know that I hate gyms and I do bodyweight exercises and rebounding to keep fit. So I want you to know the absolute best exercise you can do for all around fitness – the king of exercises. It is squats. On my exercise list I use door squats for beginners so that they are safe for older sedentary women. But you can soon graduate up to regular freestanding squats and then go on to more powerful Hindu squats.

Squats will strengthen your legs but also your back and give you better balance. You will feel more powerful from your core.  An exercise program I subscribed to recently said that if there was only one exercise you had time to do then it should be hindu squats.

Back in the day, when I was a Feldenkrais practitioner, I was taught that a person’s ability to squat was the best reflection of their overall fitness. Most people over the world squat every day. It is the way they sit, and certainly the way they use the toilet.

But westerners have lost that easy ability to settle down comfortably close to the ground. I think that loss has a lot to do with our lack of balance as we get older. Moshe Feldenkrais always taught that a person should be able to leap in any direction at any moment to be safe. Squats, repeated daily, give you this power in your legs and spine to move quickly when necessary.

Since it has been proven that it is actually not the thickness of your bones that prevents fractures in your older years, but the ability to avoid falling, it is worth a few minutes a day to brush up on the skill of squatting.

I was showing a neighbor the way to practise hindu squats the other day and she immediately discounted it by saying she had never been able to squat, even as a child. ANYONE can learn this. It is a natural thing for any body to do. It may be hard at first, your thighs may hate you, but persist. When you can do 25 squats in a row you are on the way to true power in your body.

The exercise program I was talking about wants you to do 200 a day. I think that is excessive and boring. But you could do 25 twice a day and then three times a day, before meals perhaps, and see your vitality and power soar.

Hindu squats are the best for doing the 25 in a row because you use your breath and arms to help build momentum. If you want to learn these go to youtube and put hindu squats in the search engine. The breath is out on the way down and in on the way up and you move fast enough to get a breath exercise at the same time.

These are a real life-changer. If you are in fear of your bones giving out on you then commit to doing  this and see how much better you will feel in 30 days.

Enjoy,
Pam