The Myth of Moderation

TLC 4: Healing Hydration

Quench your body’s thirst with healing hydration. Along with feeding your body right with whole foods from the Definition Diet, there’s another step you must take to function at an optimal level and to look and feel great: drink water and lots of it. Drinking water may sound like an oversimplified Total Life Change, but it is necessary to stop the negative effects of aging. Nearly two thirds of the human body is made up of water and fluid. This includes 90 percent of blood, 80 percent of the brain, 73 percent of muscle, 60 percent of skin, and 22 percent of bone. When you go for as little as a few hours without replenishing the water in your body, it impacts all your body’s processes, even causing dehydration, characterized by headaches, fatigue, the feeling of extreme hunger, and foggy memory.

As we get older, we begin to dry out, leading to flaky and wrinkled skin, constipation, reduced mucus and saliva, and even joint aches and pains. With age we also lose sensitivity in our thirst mechanism—which is why having a regular schedule to drink water each day is vital to ensure thorough hydration. In the 24 Hour Turnaround, I give you a hydration personal prescription and schedule, along with the facts about fluids and your health that will impact your life (and your family’s life).

Get Started Today: Water water everywhere.

Hydration Turnaround Tip. I want you to start hydrating your body today by drinking at least 10 glasses of water by bedtime. It’s no news that most of us, even the most health-conscious people, forget one of the most life-supporting substances: water. As I explain in detail in TLC 4, water cleanses your system, detoxifies your cells, and acts as a giant cooling system to regulate your body temperature and carry oxygen and nutrients to all the thirsty cells.

Starting right now, I want you to drink a tall glass of water. If you’d like, keep fresh lemon slices in the refrigerator to use for added flavor in your water. (Bonus: lemon has proven antiviral and antibacterial properties.) In one hour, have another glass of water. Now you’ve had two glasses of water, and you are well on your way to healing your dehydrated body. If you are reading this in the middle of the day, have 16 ounces (two cups) right now. Aim for eight ounces (one cup) every hour until bedtime. Keep drinking until your urine is clear.

If you still have a thirst indicator you are lucky—most of us don’t. A lifetime of not drinking enough water has desensitized us to our actual level of need. Learn to re-activate your sensitive thirst detector, and drink before you think you are thirsty.

Chlorine Alert — Protect yourself and your children.
Up to two-thirds of our harmful exposure to chlorine comes from breathing the steam during that hot shower or bath and the absorption of the chlorine compounds through the skin. A warm shower opens up the pores of the skin and allows for accelerated absorption of chlorine and other chemicals in water. The steam our kids inhale while soaking in that tub can contain up to 50 times the level of chemicals than drinking tap water due to the fact that chlorine starts to vaporize almost immediately. Inhalation is a much more harmful means of exposure since the chlorine gas (chloroform) we inhale goes directly into our blood stream. When we drink chlorinated water, the toxins are partially filtered out by our kidneys and digestive system—I’m not recommending that you ask your kidneys to do this. The chlorine vapors are a strong irritant to the sensitive tissue and bronchial passages inside our lungs—so much so, that chlorine was used as a chemical weapon in World War II. The inhalation of chlorine is a suspected cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially in children.

Chlorine in shower water also has a very negative effect on our skin and hair, depleting them of moisture and elasticity and leaving them with a dull, dry appearance. Take a closer look at your kids when they come out of the swimming pool and have discolored hair, red eyes, and flaky skin. Now here’s the really bad news: we usually have higher levels of chlorine in our tap water than the recommended safe level for swimming pools. Unreal? If you don’t smell the chlorine when you pour a glass of water, that’s because your glass of chlorinated water is miniscule compared to the pool you swim in. Nonetheless, chlorine is in the tap water and is toxic to your system.

There are organizations that are fighting for the elimination of chlorine in our water supply, but unfortunately we know the consequences could be devastating to our health, because of the harmful bacteria and water-borne diseases. So how do we protect ourselves? We can remove the chlorine from the water we drink, shower, and bathe in using one of the inexpensive home water filters that are made for this purpose. Order a home water filter today!
TLC 5: Alcohol and the Myth of Moderation

Learn about the myth of alcohol moderation.

In The 24-Hour Turnaround TLC 5, I give you information to help you evaluate the effect of alcohol on weight loss, aging, optimal health and sleep. While the accepted wisdom for most people is that a glass of wine every evening is good for your heart, it may, in fact, be packing on the pounds and contributing to wrinkled skin. Chemically, alcohol acts as a diuretic and causes dehydration—just what you want to avoid to look and feel young. And research confirms that just one glass of wine inhibits your body’s ability to burn fat for the next 48 hours. But now you can learn how to turn this fat-burning condition aroundin the next 24 hours. I also unravel the “French paradox” and give strong evidence revealing that alcohol is linked to some types of cancer, as well as age-related diseases. AND if you are taking HRT, find out why you are at additional risk for breast cancer when you drink alcohol.

Get Started Today: Alcohol Turnaround Tip.

Skip your evening glass of wine and increase your body’s ability to burn fat and remove toxins during the next 24 hours.

One of the first questions on my client profile form is, “Do you drink alcohol?” It’s ironic that I usually get the answer, “No. I only have wine or beer with dinner.” Read my lips: Wine and beer are both alcoholic drinks! A critical part of the interview process when a new client comes to me is determining whether she can limit alcohol to help accomplish weight loss, hormone balance and reverse aging. If the answer is no, then I ask her to rethink her priorities and resolve this need for alcohol, or I will not be much benefit to her.

Not only are there life-threatening consequences associated with drinking alcohol, but that one little glass of wine is guaranteed to disrupt your deep, anti-aging sleep, and slow down your fat-burning mechanism. Alcohol’s empty calories also replace whole foods that have beneficial nutrients. And alcohol is known to be toxic in relationships and cause even the most cautious people to say things or act in ways that are out of character for their behavior.

Alcohol and Blood Pressure

Alcohol is a targeted culprit in boosting blood pressure, and if you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure), stopping alcohol consumption is one proactive step that will save your heart. In women, hypertension increases the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease by 25 percent, and more than half of all women over age forty-five have it, including millions of women who have undiagnosed hypertension. Hypertension makes your heart work harder than normal, increasing the stress on your heart muscle and arteries and leading to a thickened heart muscle, which can cause irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias). High blood pressure can also lead to atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries), putting you at high risk for a heart attack or stroke.

In one of the studies reported in Hypertension, researchers concluded that a reduction in alcohol intake among drinkers significantly reduced their blood pressure. They found that when alcohol consumption fell by 16 to 100 percent, there were significant drops in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading). Diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) also dropped significantly in eight clinical trials. The greatest drop in blood pressure was seen among patients with the highest blood pressure before treatment and those who cut their alcohol consumption the most.

It makes you wonder why doctors recommend drinking alcohol to reduce the risk of heart attack, when it increases the risk of hypertension, a major factor in cardiovascular disease. Perhaps this is truly the paradox.