Saving my other hip – Part 3

Saving my other hip – Part 3

In my last two blogs I have been detailing my journey to repair my good hip.  You can read blog one here and blog two here.

Since I last wrote I have maintained my 18 pound weight loss and feel great!

I have detailed how important eating the food that is right for your body type is, however there is so much more to this program than just food.  There is the food category and along with that there are 5 more categories.  Fitness, Mind, Place, Social and Talents are all key components in helping each of us to live in the healthiest state possible.

Upon doing the health assessment each of us gets a report that identifies our food, what type of fitness program is best suited our particular body type, understanding how our mind works and how we react to stress and many other factors, where the best places are to live such as warm dry places or forested locations, etc., how we naturally interact in social environments and what happens when we are forced to interact out of our normal tendencies, and to understand what our natural talents are and how to use them effectively.  Like I said there is so much to this program than just food!

What I discovered is that I prefer to live in warm, dry places with little to no wind.  Places that are windy can suck the energy out of me.  This is interesting since I live in a climate where the weather gets cold in the winter and we have many windy days.  So what do I do?  Move?  For some people this might be an option.  For me, now that I am aware I can set my home environment up so that my place in home is ideal.  I have a warm room with a fireplace that I spend much of my time in during the cold months.  I also travel to warmer climates in the winter to help keep me energized.  I make sure I am dressed warm when venturing out in the cold.

I learned that not all fitness programs fit all people.  As an activator I need to work out in high intensity spurts.  Weight training, competitive games, high intensity training are more my style.  For someone else it might be that their natural tendency is yoga or more focused aerobic exercise.  The time of day is also something that may be different from one person to the other.  For me my preferred workout time is early morning and to be finished by 10 am.  For others it could mid afternoon or even early evening.

So what about you?  If you read this blog then you or someone you know could benefit from knowing the key factors to helping live a more vibrant healthy life.  Consider this as another tool in your health tool box.  In just 3 short months I have felt and noticed a shift in my health that I did not believe was possible.  I have been an advocate of wellness for over 20 years and live everyday helping others with their health choices.  I am thrilled that I added this in my health tool box!

This is such a personalized program that tailors itself to YOU!  I don’t see how I can even describe the program and give it justice. I know I have tried over these 3 blogs.

If you would like to know more about this program please follow the link here and get started on creating a new you!

 

Yours in Health,

 

John – OneHipGuy

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2 My Journey to repair my good hip

Part 2 My Journey to repair my good hip

Two weeks ago I wrote the first in a series of blogs detailing my journey to repair my good hip.  You can read the first blog here.  In my previous blog I promised to share with you the different body types and some of the foods that I am using.

One of the biggest factors to poor health is chronic inflammation.  It contributes to every chronic health issue that modern medicine is attempting to deal with.  This includes joint health!  Our joints are impacted by chronic inflammation within our body and after years of dealing with it begins to lose the battle.  Rid the body of chronic inflammation and you can heal the body.

When my wife Susanne started to delve into the new personalized health program the first thing they asked was to get a profile.  This included measurements over various parts of the body as well as family history and current health circumstances.  Once this health profile is completed it goes into the database and provides an overall view of your body type.  There are 6 key body types.  Guardian, Diplomat, Activator, Connector, Sensor and Crusader.

Based on this profile and the body type that identifies with you the database sets what food are suited best for you and what food are best to avoid.  This seems so simple yet for most people the realization that certain foods are no longer on their “list” of good to eat they can find it very difficult.  It is often hard to let go of past habits to create new ones.  The real question then becomes…just how serious am I about my health and vitality…??

For me I was very serious about my health and vitality!!  I have the mindset that living to 100 should be everyone’s goal.

I was identified as an activator.  Along with that came a new food plan.  I started to eat foods that would help me to rid the chronic inflammation in my body.  Kale and spinach were my new everyday friends along with chives, artichoke hearts, carrots, potatoes and just about any dark green you can think of.  Interesting though, Swiss chard was not one of my new food friends.  In fact it was not recommended at all.  All the foods I have listed would help me to reduce inflammation in my body and as well provide vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals such as sulfur which helps with joint health.  There are many other benefits such as being anti-fungal, which can help with nail fungus. Eating these foods also helps to create alkalinity which is great for tendons and joints.  Each food has it’s own nutritional super power that are there to help with my specific needs.  There were many fruits that were recommended but not everyday.  Some 4 to 5 times a week and some only once a week.  Protein such as animal protein were recommended only a few times a week.  For instance chicken was suggested to be 2-3 times a week.  Beef such as steak once a week.  Many different types of fish once or twice a week.  I would not go hungry!  Everyday I ate the foods that were rated excellent for me.  Plenty of salads, potatoes, egg whites, sunflower seeds and so on.

One of my favorite ways to get my Kale and Spinach is by making a green smoothie every morning with them in it.  Here is the recipe.

  • Kale 30 grams
  • Spinach 30 grams
  • Artichoke hearts 100 grams
  • Papaya 80 grams
  • Hemp seeds 30 grams
  • Pineapple to taste
  • fresh root ginger 10 grams
  • coconut water or plain filtered water 150 mil
  • egg whites 80 mil
  • grated nutmeg to taste

On the flip side the foods I needed to avoid were processed sugars, alcohol, caffeine, all sweets, junk food, pop, simple carbohydrate foods like white rice, all types of cheese, dairy, bread, chicken livers, and so on. For me it was an easy thing to do because I am highly motivated to have my other hip be healthy.  My “why” when it comes to health is very strong.

There have been times along the way that may have felt a little deprived but it did not take me long to get back on track.  Results helped!

So it began on May 21st, 2017. In the first 2 weeks I started to lose weight very quickly.  My starting weight was 175 and if you looked at me you would think I was at my ideal weight.  After 2 weeks i had lost 5 pounds and was closing in on breaking 170.  I made sure that i was eating lots of food.  My caloric intake remained high and water was an important part of the process drinking at least 8 full glasses of water everyday.  On June 14th I was 165 so in just over 3 weeks I had lost 10 pounds.  My hip was not “firing” like it was only a few short weeks earlier.  I experimented with different ways to cook my excellent foods and found that I started to really like my early morning shakes.  By the end of June I was down another 5 pounds for a total weight lose of 15 pounds!  Remember I was eating like crazy!  My caloric intake was high yet I was losing weight.  It is amazing what happens to the body when it gets the right food.  The pounds were just melting off and my hip was no longer “firing”.

In July I had a birthday and wedding anniversary so I celebrated by having a few of the food and drink that are on my avoid list.  So we celebrated with some champagne and a few beer along with bread and so on. The celebrations were a ton of fun!  It is not what you do once in awhile but what you do most of the time that determines the success or failure of just about anything.  By the end of July I had lost a total of 18 pounds and through the month of August have remained at this weight.  It seems my body has found the right set point and my hip has not “fired” at anytime in the last month.

Losing the weight has been an eye opener for me.  I am at the weight I was 30 years ago.  My hip is feeling better than it has since I started to experience symptoms 18 months ago.  I feel that I am on the right track to full recovery!

In my next blog I will detail other factors this program addresses such as what type of fitness program is right for your body type and what is the best environment for you to live in.  This is a complete personalized health program that is tailored to you and only you!  There are subtle variations for each and every person who does this program.  This is why it works so well.

Yours in Health,

John OneHipGuy

My journey to repair my good hip

My journey to repair my good hip

As you may already know I had a right hip replacement in 2012. I had an accident with and ATV in 2002 and over the next 10 years my right hip deteriorated to the point hat I needed to take action. All was good in the world and I resumed a vibrant healthy life.

18 months ago I started to notice some issues with my left hip. Needless to say I was not amused. I would find that from time to time it would “catch” which be like a lightning bolt that would shoot down my leg. I would go about my day knowing that at some point this lightning bolt would strike. It was an unpleasant feeling knowing it was coming but not knowing when.

I am very aware of health and live a healthy lifestyle so this made having another issue with my other hip frustrating.

My wife Susanne is always looking at opportunities to improve health and came across a program that she thought might help. We went to the conference and retreat and I was given a protocol on what to do.

Over the next few blogs I will detail my journey using this protocol and what effect it had on me.

So lets start from the beginning. We attended a 3 day conference to learn more about the program and how integrated it is. I was fascinated by the amount of detail that goes into this process. What I learned is that we are not all created the same and there are different body types that influence the food we should eat, the environment we should live in, what type of fitness program is best for us, how we think and how we should utilize it, how our natural tendencies are during social interaction and how to use it effectively and what our natural talents are and whether we are using them to their fullest.

The program looks at many different factors to establish what your body type is. Some of the ones that intrigued me are: Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Another area, Chinese medicine is a style of traditional medicine informed by modern medicine but built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy. It also looks at Orthomolecular medicine is the restoration and maintenance of health through the administration of adequate amounts of substances that are normally present in the body. Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, one of the leading molecular chemists of the century, established this definition of orthomolecular medicine in 1968. The aging process is typically accelerated as a result of free radical exposure, frequent or chronic inflammation, and toxic exposures (such as to heavy metals or industrial and agricultural hydrocarbons). Reversing this process or slowing it down is one goal of orthomolecular therapy, along with treatment of health problems. Also included is Epigenetics. A simple definition of epigenetics is it essentially affects how genes are read by cells, and subsequently how they produce proteins.

It was determined that when I had my ATV accident in 2002 that I not only broke some ribs, dislocated my shoulder but that I also injured my liver. My blood work showed that my liver enzymes were high but not past the threshold of “normal”. When the fingertip pulse oximeter was put on my left index finger the reading was normal, however when the right hand index finger was used there was NO reading! I told them that my right index finger gets cold quite frequently. When asked how long I had this cold finger I could not recall but I suspect it was after my ATV accident. This lead to the conclusion that the liver was not functioning at its highest level and that my electrical system was not functioning properly on my right side.

Starting May 21st I incorporated a diet that was specific for my body type with an emphasis on my hip issue. I will discuss the different body types in a later blog. I weighed 175 pounds and am 5 ft 9 inches tall.

I have been using this protocol for almost 90 days and have lost 18 pounds to date and my hip issues have slowly disappeared! I am excited by the results with renewed hope that I am on the right track to have a healthy hip and lifestyle.

In my next blog I will detail the different body types and as well my diet. It is my hope that incorporating a program like this using Ayurvedic, orthomolecular and epigenetics as the base can perhaps be a solution for any of you looking for answers.

Yours in health

John Onehipguy

What health group are you?

What health group are you?

Lets face it…having a joint replacement while still young turns people’s head.  Most are so surprised that we get the most peculiar looks and comments.

Some of my favorite comments are:

Were you overweight before?

I thought joint replacements were for old people?

Are you sure you made the right decision?

These seem to be some of the most common comments I hear from people when they find out I have a hip replacement.   I am not sure what is going through the minds of the people making these comments. Perhaps they aren’t thinking at all. Statistically it is no longer uncommon to have hip replacement.  In the US it is estimated there are almost 3 million people who have hip replacements and over 7 million who have some kind of joint replacements.  In Canada the statistics are roughly 10% of the US numbers.

The reality is most people have something going on with their health.

Degenerative disease affects 1 out of every 3 people in the US and Canada.  The most prevalent are heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and brain related illnesses.  In most cases degenerative disease is caused by our own lifestyle choices as I stated in a prior blog.  So what can we do to slow down or even eliminate degenerative disease in our life and those that we love?

Become healthy active.

We all live in one of 5 areas when it comes to health.  The first is the healthy unaware.  This is the McDonald’s fast foodie. Not much thought or education has gone into making their daily health choices from the food they eat to to how much they exercise.  The second is the somewhat aware.  This group of people have read something, watched a program and may even start to consider what they are eating, however they still really don’t take action to improve their health situation.  The third is the healthy aware.  This person is starting to realize the need to look after themselves better and are beginning to pay attention. They start to eat a little better and start to exercise. They even start to take supplements from the grocery store to fill in the missing pieces, however they still eat highly processed foods.  The forth is becoming healthy active.  This person has made it a point to know what foods to eat and what to avoid. They make decisions on their food intake based on knowing what is in it.  This person also views taking a high potency supplement as crucial in helping to fill in the missing pieces safely and effectively.  The fifth and last is the health nut.  This person has gone to the extreme in their health protocol. This requires a lot of discipline to follow and maintain on a daily basis but provides them them the state of health they are looking for. They may be a high level athlete.

Being healthy active is a blend of knowing what is good for you and your family and at the same time have some balance.  It is not what you do in your lifestyle habits 10% of the time…its what you do 90% of the time.  It takes effort to become healthy active, yet it is so worth it.  Do you know how much sugar is recommended in a daily diet?  How much are you consuming? What about your fat intake?  What kind of fats are good for you?  Bad for you?  How much exercise should you get?  What type?  Each of us are unique so our diet and exercise may be unique as well.  There is no one size fits all when it comes to our health. Take the necessary steps to know more and implement it into your daily lifestyle plan.  By doing this you will reduce the possibility of being impacted by degenerative disease.  In essence it is the famous phrase…”pay me now or pay me later”.  There is a price for good health decisions and bad health decisions. .  The price for good health decisions are becoming educated on what is good or bad, staying true to those choices MOST of the time.  Lets face it we all like to let go from time to time.  It is okay to do this.  The results will be a more vibrant you!  The price for bad health decisions…well…lets just say the pay me later will be the biggest price.  There is no crystal ball on what will happen, however we increase the odds of a more healthy and vital life by doing the healthy choices.

 

John One-Hip-Guy

 

Healthy Active Lifestyle

Healthy Active Lifestyle

Lets face it we get some pretty odd comments when people find out that you have a hip replacement.  Some of my favorites are…

…You aren’t very old so why did you get a hip replacement?

…Are you sure you made the right decision?

…Were you overweight before?

These seem to be some of the most common comments I hear from people when they find out I have a hip replacement.   I am not sure what is going through the minds of the people making these comments. Perhaps they aren’t thinking at all. Statistically it is no longer uncommon to have joint replacement.  In the US it is estimated there are almost 3 million people who have hip replacements and over 7 million who have some kind of joint replacements.  In Canada the statistics are roughly 10% of the US numbers.

The reality is most people have something going on with their health.

Degenerative disease affects 1 out of every 3 people in the US and Canada.  The most prevalent are heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and brain related illnesses.  In most cases degenerative disease is caused by our own lifestyle choices as I stated in a prior blog.  So what can we do to slow down or even eliminate degenerative disease in our life and those that we love?

Become healthy active.

We all live in one of 4 areas when it comes to health.  The first is the healthy unaware.  This is the McDonald’s fast foodie. Not much thought or education has gone into making their daily health choices from the food they eat to to how much they exercise.  The second is the healthy aware.  This person is starting to realize the need to look after themselves better and are beginning to pay attention. They start to eat a little better and start to exercise. They even start to take supplements from the grocery store to fill in the missing pieces, however they still eat highly processed foods.  The third is becoming healthy active.  This person has made it a point to know what foods to eat and what to avoid. They make decisions on their food intake based on knowing what is in it.  This person also views taking a high potency supplement as crucial in helping to fill in the missing pieces safely and effectively.  The fourth and last is the health nut.  This person has gone to the extreme in their health protocol. This requires a lot of discipline to follow and maintain on a daily basis but provides them them the state of health they are looking for. They may be a high level athlete.

Being healthy active is a blend of knowing what is good for you and your family and at the same time have some balance.  It is not what you do in your lifestyle habits 10% of the time…its what you do 90% of the time.  It takes effort to become healthy active, yet it so worth it.  Do you know how much sugar is recommended in a daily diet?  How much are you consuming? What about your fat intake?  What kind of fats are good for you?  Bad for you?  How much exercise should you get?  What type?  Each of us are unique so our diet and exercise may be unique as well.  There is no one size fits all when it comes to our health.  Take the necessary steps to know more and implement it into your daily lifestyle plan.  By doing this you will reduce the possibility of being impacted by degenerative disease.

Your One Hip Guy – John

 

22,000 days?  How about 37,000 days instead!

22,000 days? How about 37,000 days instead!

 

Is it possible to live 100 being vibrant and healthy?  Do you even want to?  Why?  Why not?

Many of you have heard the song by the Moody Blues called 22,000 days.  As I type I am listening to it.  I decided to see how many years that was and surprised that it is just over 60 years.

I think this song should be rewritten to be 37,000 days!  It doesn’t flow well in the song but it flows better for me.  When you calculate the days it comes to over a 100 years.

Living a healthy life to a 100 seems like a good health goal.  The current technology and opportunity to look after ourselves is better today than any other time in the history of man.  In fact the statistics show today there are more and more centurions than ever before.

In an article from The Centenarian the number in the US could reach 1 million by 2050! 

That’s the good news…but there is bad news with this as well.

Having a plan to stay healthy through diet and exercise plays a crucial role in our longevity.  Do you have a plan or is it by chance?  There are always factors that will impact our plan regardless such a degenerative disease, accident and so on.    Many degenerative diseases are a direct result of the lifestyle choices we make.

Another point to consider is our financial health as we age.  If we are going to live longer do we have the finances to do it without being a burden to the system?  Statistically in a report from The Canadian Association of Retired People (carp)  it is estimated that over 600,000 people over the age of 65 live below the poverty line.  That number jumps more dramatically in the US.  Again having a plan is paramount to impacting the quality of life down the road.

Whatever your thoughts are on longevity it still seems prudent to do whatever necessary to maintain optimal health today.

I am 58 years old/young.  I am looking forward to contributing to society as I age and experience the exciting breakthroughs that the world will see.  There is no better time to be on this planet so I have a plan to maintain my health and longevity.

My plan consists of a checklist… what I put in my grocery basket, drinking adequate amount of water,  how often I exercise, ( see my videos) making a point to take top quality supplements, who I surround myself with, how do I make a difference in the lives of others, what am I doing to make myself better and to have gratitude for everything…including  having a hip replacement!

I plan on learning a new language, to travel the globe with my wife Susanne and experience the different cultures, holding my grandchildren, coach and help people with their health choices, be, do and have the most vibrant life I can get out of this time on the earth.  What about you?  What is it you want to be?  What is it you want to do?  What is it that you want to have?  Age is not a barrier…actually it is an advantage…lets go!

 

John – one hip guy!

 

Choices

Choices

For those that have gone through hip replacement I am sure that there are times that you do some reflecting on how you got there.   That is what I was doing the other day.  Even though it has been 5 years since my surgery I sometimes drift back to wondering.  Why me?  I am a healthy guy…live healthy, promote health…it’s even my business.

Reflecting back on it all I can see it is all about choices.

In my case I chose to drive an ATV and bomb around the sand hills.  I drove up too slowly which caused the ATV to flip over on me!  Bad news!  Yet the good news is I lived!  I was the maker of my own demise.  Hate to admit it but it is true.   Some of you may not have a story that is so obvious.  Perhaps it is a genetic condition that caused the hip to degenerate, however for most people if they are honest with themselves can say their choices contributed to the need to have hip replacement surgery.

Being overweight is one of main contributors to hip degeneration.  In most cases this is all about our choices.  In the link highlighted here you can see that what we put in our bodies has a direct impact on the health of our joints.  The lifestyle we choose when it comes to what eat will have a direct impact on our joints lifelong.  So if you are lucky to still have all your body parts then work hard to be at your ideal weight. Your joints will thank you for it.

Sports are another major contributor to hip degeneration.   I love sports!  I have participated in pretty much anything from baseball, football, soccer and on and on.  Like it or not they are hard on the joints.  Extreme sports, competitive sports, contact sports, and even recreational sports all contribute to hip degeneration.  See the reference here.  Again it is our choices.  The equipment used in sports makes us preform at higher levels yet our hip can only take so much before it begins to become affected.

The choices we made in the past have made for the life we have today.  Accepting that will allow us to get on with the next part of our lives…because it is fantastic!

So what choices will we make today?

For me I am still very active.  I work out at the gym 4-5 times a week.  It includes weight training and cardio.  Check out my video library at www.onehipguy.com to see some of the exercises I do to maintain my health as well as keeping my new hip strong.  I golf during the summer and curl in the winter.  I go hiking and biking with my wife.

I don’t do any high impact sports.  No long distance running as well.  This is a choice.  I know some people with hip replacements who continue to run and be involved with high impact sports.  I have weighed the pros and cons for me personally of doing sports that could have a negative impact on the replaced hip and have chosen to stay away from them.  This doesn’t make me right or wrong compared to anyone else.  It is just right for me and my lifestyle.

I watch my diet so that I maintain a healthy weight.  I supplement to fill in the missing pieces like a joint product to protect the rest of the joints in my body.

Being healthy even after hip replacement is very important to me.  There is so much to do, be and have and I intend to pursue it all!

I think you would agree that life is fantastic on the “other side” of hip pain.

Onehipguy

A case for PRP and stem cells

A case for PRP and stem cells

Having a joint replacement is becoming a common occurrence throughout the world.  You all know that I had a total right hip replacement in 2012.  I have been very proactive in staying at my ideal weight and exercising.  I am thrilled with my results and it has given me an appreciation for life in a whole different way since then.

For many people having the joint replaced has been a God send in that virtually all the pain associated has gone away.  In some instances there are complications.  This the nature of the beast so to speak.  I am well aware that there could be a day that I may need a revision.  This is the reason for my diligence. (more…)

Energy Drinks…do they work?  Are they good for you?

Energy Drinks…do they work? Are they good for you?

 

Necessity is the mother of invention

In early summer of 1965, the assistant coach of the University of Florida’s American Football team – the Florida Gators – sat down with a team of university physicians and asked them to determine why so many of his players were being affected by heat and heat related illnesses.

THE DISCOVERY

The researchers — Dr. Robert Cade, Dr. Dana Shires, Dr. H. James Free and Dr. Alejandro de Quesada — soon discovered two key factors that were causing the Gator players to ‘wilt’: the fluids and electrolytes the players lost through sweat were not being replaced, and the large amounts of carbohydrates the players’ bodies used for energy were not being replenished.

SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENT

The researchers then took their findings into the lab, and scientifically formulated a new, precisely balanced carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage that would adequately replace the key components lost by Gator players through sweating and exercise. They called their concoction ‘Gatorade’.

This story is significant in that there was a problem that needed to be solved and it it was solved with good solid science.  It was the very first drink that was marketed to improve energy and health.  Since then the energy drink industry came to market with a bang!   Had science continued to be the reason for the development of sports drinks and energy drinks I believe the industry landscape would look entirely different.  Today the sports drink industry in the US is 1 Billion dollars annually.  What is even more remarkable is the energy drink sector in the US will be 27 Billion by 2017!  Red Bull was the first energy drink brought to the US and Canada.  It was invented in 1987 and brought to North America in 1997.

Today the energy drink industry is booming!  There is no denying it.  Yet what are consumers paying for?  Does it serve or does it harm?

In a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, between 2007 and 2011, emergency room visits involving energy drinks doubled to more than 20,000.

What Are the Cardiovascular Risks of Energy Drinks?

Medical researchers are still at the early stages of really understanding the health risks associated with energy drinks, but the primary cause of serious health problems appears to be the high concentrations of caffeine and sugar.  Examples of findings related to caffeine and the cardiovascular effects are…heart palpitations, and increased heart rate and blood pressure .   According to one study, 19 percent of college students who used energy drinks had experienced heart palpitations.

The amount of caffeine in energy drinks in Canada is regulated by Health Canada.  The amount of caffeine allowed in energy drinks here in Canada is between 80-100 mg in a 250 ml single serve can.  I am unable to find any regulatory agency with regards to caffeine in energy drinks within the US.

It is estimated that 200-300 mg of caffeine is safe for the average healthy adult.

One major concern with energy drinks is the amount of sugar.  In my previous blog on weight loss the recommended daily amount of sugar is 35 grams for men, 20-25 grams for women, 12-20 for teenagers and 12 for children 4-8 years of age.

Here are the typical amounts of sugar in the most popular energy drinks.  http://www.caffeineinformer.com/sugar-in-drinks

What you will notice in the energy drink sector is two things.  First the amount of sugar in these popular energy drinks.  Often 2-3 times the recommended daily amount of sugar and two, the ones that have zero sugar.  Be wary of these products because they mostly all use artificial sweeteners that makes it look like there is no sweetener when in fact many of these artificial sweeteners play havoc in our body.

If the intake of sugar is high then our body cannot metabolize it properly and the result is it turns to fat.  Drink a lot of these with the high sugar load and you will become fat, never mind the caffeine issues associated as well.

Over the years I have drank coffee or tea.  I used to be a shift worker many rears ago and found coffee to be my “go to” beverage.  I was totally uniformed.  As the energy drink industry started to boom I saw my teenage children start to drink this new fad beverages.  I still had no idea what was happening at the cellular level with these beverages being consumed so although I was concerned I was still uniformed.  As I have taken the effort to be a more vigilant consumer I have become aware of the challenges these drinks contain.

Fortunately I have found an energy drink that I “go to” in the event I feel the need for an added boost.  I don’t drink these everyday, just on those days when I might be driving for a long time or know it will be a long day.  This drink is called REV3.  It is a stick pack that contains all the great benefits of improved energy levels without the sugar.  Just add it to your water and away you go.  It has a lemon ice tea flavor.

Rev3_Energy_Surge_Pack_14_stick_packs

Whatever your current daily consumption of energy drinks always keep in mind the long term effects of using these them.  If you don’t use them today then good for you!  if you do use them I would suggest you read the literature and make the best decision for you and your family.

 

Yours in Health

John – One Hip Guy

 

Why having a pet is healthy for you

Why having a pet is healthy for you

I have been a pet owner almost all my life.  There were not too many years when I didn’t have a furry creature waiting for me when I walked in the door.

I’ve had an array of different types of dogs from Chihuahua cross to Alaskan Malamute cross.  Some were lap dogs and some were yard dogs.  Some of the yard dogs thought they were even lap dogs!  They all have brought joy into our family.

I have also had different variations of cats!  They all had their own personality that made them unique and special.

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These are the current cat collection we have here at home.

As our children grew up we encouraged their interests in animals.  In fact we had hamsters, lizards, mice, and more.  It taught our children responsibility.  These animals needed to be cared for and taking on this responsibility was good for them.

Pets are great for our health!  It is not just antidotal but there is clinic evidence to support it.

The American Heart Association has linked the ownership of pets, especially dogs, with a reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity.

  • Dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
  • People with dogs have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets. One study even found that when people with borderline hypertension adopted dogs from a shelter, their blood pressure declined significantly within five months.   http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/having-a-dog-can-help-your-heart–literally
  • Playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
  • Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.
  • Heart attack patients with dogs survive longer than those without.
  • Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.

Owning a pet can also help to change lifestyle habits that are more beneficial to our well being.  The need to look after a creature, taking them for walks, having a companion helps to create structure to your day, allows you to meet new people at the dog park or just when you walk around the block.  Just touching and stroking your pet will help reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure.

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Your pet doesn’t care what kind of day you had.  They are beating heart that appreciates another beating heart.

Many provide service in other ways.  Some work for the vision impaired and as well the hearing impaired.  They can be great yard dogs and are great deterrents to intruders.

If you are making a decision to own a pet there are a few thoughts to consider.  This is a commitment.  Your pet will be with you for a long time!  They will be a member of your family.  Make sure you are ready for this commitment.   There is sound evidence that you should not buy your pet from a pet store.  Pet stores have little to no information on the animal in their store.  Many of these animals come from cruel and restrictive breeding practices.  Essentially they are mills.  The American Humane Society and the Canadian Federation of humane Societies both state clearly that the purchase of your pet should come from reputable shelters, rescue organizations or satellite adoption centres.

Looking after your pet is important.  Regular veterinarian visits are important.  The quality of the food you provide will determine the quality of their health.  Do your research.  There are many contradicting thoughts on the web. Surprise!   From raw diets to home made to can food to dry food it is quite confusing.  Our dogs have been given a high quality dry dog food that is free of binders and fillers.  Our cats have been given dry food as well, however male neutered cats can develop crystals so it may be necessary to feed him soft canned food.  We have needed to do this for our male cats and because they all eat together feed them all soft food.   Your pet may benefit from a supplement.  In particular they may need essential fatty acids.  Based on some of the latest research it may be prudent to provide your pet with omega 3 essential fats as a supplement because many of the commercial food brands do not provide enough adequate omega 3’s.  If you decide you would like to provide you pet with omega 3 essentials fats then make sure you choose one that is pharmaceutical grade with a guarantee of potency.

Whether you have a dog, cat or even a rabbit, having a pet is good for your soul!

 

Yours in Health

John – One Hip Guy

 

 

 

 

 

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