Archive for Drinking Fluids

I’m Back!

// August 1st, 2010 // Comments Off // Adam Dunlap, Cooking, Drinking Fluids, Food

A long hiatus and much work on other projects has brought me full circle and back to Crohnies.net! I have only posted on this site 3 times in the last 14ish months, and with a new found energy, focus, and time, I plan to change that by posting weekly (at the least).

My health has continued to remain steady over the past year+ with only one prominent change to me/my diet and two news updates to discuss which I will briefly explain:

#1. I passed the two year mark of not taking any Crohn’s medication! (To be exact, at this point I have actually gone 2 years and 4.5 months without it). Crohn’s is now so far removed from my daily life that I go weeks without even remembering that I had it. Crohn’s changed the way I live today, but its presence is no longer a daily influencer of my mood, health or diet and I couldn’t be happier.

#2. We now own Crohnies.com! When I first set out to create this site I wanted it to be “Crohnies.com”. However, at the time the domain was registered so the I made the decision to build this site on Crohnies.net. I am very pleased to say that after much effort we have acquired the dot-com domain! Now, if you type in Crohnies.com in your web browser, you will find this site. In the future I plan to change the entire location of the site to Crohnies.com as originally planned, but for now the originally desired domain will stay on a forward command that sends searches here – to the dot-net.

#3. My diet has changed substantially in the past 3 months! Due to recent ideas and the strong influence of friends, my diet now includes a much larger variety of fruits and vegetables amongst other recent changes such as a cutback in grain and meat consumption. I’ll be posting more about the specifics of my diet here in the coming days, so for now I’ll give you a few pictures of what my usual meals look like:

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Lots of Water

// December 6th, 2008 // Comments Off // Drinking Fluids

This post is going to be short and sweet. It is about water which is not “sweet”, but lately I have been drinking a lot of it so I thought I would write something about it.

A few weeks back I wrote a post titled Water and Kefir. These two drinks continue to be the only liquids I consume, however on the H20 side of things I have begun drinking much more of it as of late. I can’t say I have been walking around dehydrated, but for years I have always been somewhat thirsty… or at least able and willing to drink more water (maybe I have been mildly dehydrated :/ ) Anyway starting a few days ago I began making a conscious effort to drink a considerably larger amount of water every day. I now always make sure to have a glass of water poured for myself when I’m at home (and when it runs out I refill it immediately), and when I go to the gym I make sure to take twice as many gulps at the drinking fountain every time I visit it.

So far the effects for me of drinking largely quantities of water have been great! I can’t say that I know for sure what they are, but overall I just feel better and more refreshed and hydrated. I don’t know if drinking more water has been helping my skin, but this has also seemed much smoother and more vibrant as well since I began drinking more water.

I did some research online and found this great article about the benefits of drinking water. You can click here to read it.

The Benefits of Drinking Water

// December 5th, 2008 // Comments Off // Drinking Fluids, Other

Here is the article I found about the benefits of drinking water. It is really good so I would definitely recommend reading it if you have a minute:

Drink to Your Health… with Water! Mother Nature’s Health “Cocktail”

http://www.betterwayhealth.com/drinking-water.html

Some nutritionists insist that 80% of the country is walking around dehydrated. We drink too much coffee, tea, and sodas containing caffeine, which prompts the body to lose water. More troubling is that fact that when we are dehydrated, we don’t know what to drink.

The answer is simple: drink water!

Water is pure liquid refreshment and accounts for a large percentage of what makes each of us “human.” The average 150 lb. adult body contains 40 to 50 quarts of water. Almost 2/3rds of our body weight is “water weight”:

Blood is 83% water

Muscles are 75% water

The brain is 74% water

Bone is 22% water


The Fountain of Youth, Health, and Everything Else that’s Good

Water is necessary for your body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It also detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries away waste from the body. And when it comes to digestion . . . it’s just not happening without water. Fiber alone cannot aid proper digestive function by itself. In fact, without water as its partner, good fiber goes bad, causing constipation and extreme discomfort.

If you’re dehydrated, your blood is literally thicker, and your body has to work much harder to cause it to circulate. As a result, the brain becomes less active, it’s hard to concentrate, your body feels fatigued, and you just “poop out.”

Water – The Miracle Worker

Simple water — when it’s pure and free of contaminants — is truly a “wonder drug.” Without chemicals, additives, or anything unnatural, a steady dose of 8 glasses of water a day (ideally ½ your body weight in ounces of water) will:

  • Improve Your Energy
  • Increase Your Mental and Physical Performance
  • Remove Toxins & Waste Products from your body
  • Keep Skin Healthy and Glowing
  • Help You Lose Weight
  • Reduce Headaches and Dizziness
  • Allow for proper Digestion
  • Help to keep you more Alkaline
  • Drinking Water is Heart-Healthy

The findings of a six-year study of more than 20,000 healthy men and women aged 38-100 in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who drank more than five glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses. The protective effect of water was even greater in men.

Drinking Water and Weight Loss

Water is a natural appetite suppressant, so developing a good water drinking habit can be a long-term aid in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Doctor F. Batmanghelidj MD, author of “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” says most times your “hunger” is your body asking for water – not food.

It’s also important to remember that when the body is dehydrated, fat cells get “rubbery” and cannot be easily metabolized. This means that it’s harder to lose when you don’t drink your water.

Who Can Benefit From A Water Regimen? Everyone . . . including YOU!

Water is especially important for pregnant women and nursing mothers. For athletes and work-out fanatics, drinking water reduces cardiovascular stress and improves performance. And, since water reduces body temperature, it makes the whole exercise process safer and more effective.

Water is also an important “healing tool” for people with a history of kidney stones. Since water dissolves calcium in the urine, downing at least 8 glasses daily reduces the risk of stone formation. Drinking water is also valuable in preventing urinary tract infections in both men and for women, flushing impurities out of the system.

Even mild dehydration makes you more susceptible to viruses. For someone like me, with an immune system compromised from my battle with terminal cancer, water is a powerful weapon in my war on colds and other illnesses. I’ve also found that water helps me recover more quickly.

When your body is hydrated, drainage from allergies and colds doesn’t stick and collect in your throat and lungs, and your cough is more “productive”. Even cold sores that appear on the lips are minimized by drinking water because those eruptions tend to favor dry areas on the body.

Tips for Drinking Water

I know how hard it can be to remember to drink enough water every day, but I also know how hard it can be to bounce back from the effects of being even mildly dehydrated. So I’d like to share a few easy tips to help you reach your “water mark” every day:

You are naturally thirsty i.e. “dehydrated” in the morning . . . help your body flush out the toxins it has been processing all night and take advantage of this thirst to get a “leg up” on your daily water requirements by drinking a glass of water first thing.

If you are cold drink warm water instead of dehydrating coffee & tea.

Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to have a drink – you are already dehydrated if you feel thirsty.

Set a timer to remind yourself to establish a habit of drinking water and keep a bottle of water with you at all times.

Compensate for diuretics . . . thieves that steal water from your body. If you drink coffee, tea, or sodas with caffeine, you’ll need to drink a few extra glasses of water to make up for the water that these diuretic beverages “leech” from your system.

My personal choice is ionized alkaline water. The Jupiter water ionizers conveniently produce gallons of alkaline water each day for cooking and drinking. I get all the known benefits of pure water with the added advantages of micro-clustered water.

Water and Kefir

// October 10th, 2008 // Comments Off // Adam Dunlap, Drinking Fluids, Food

If you want any chance at conquer intestinal disorder one of the most important, albeit possibly hardest, changes to make in your diet is altering what you drink. Most drinks are full of sugar and caffeine and/or are just plain bad for you. For almost 7 months now I have only consumed water and kefir and I recommend you do the same.

Water and kefir are the only two liquids I consume, and of those two about 98% of my intake is comprised of water (I only have a four oz glass of organic kefir once or twice a week with breakfast). I don’t drink soda. I don’t drink coffee. I don’t drink juice. I don’t drink alcohol (including beer, wine, hard liquor or any other fermented drink or any type of alcohol that those categories do not encompass). And I definitely don’t drink milk. I was lucky because I didn’t have to wean off two of the most common/prevalent drinks , #1, coffee, which I had never drunk to begin with, and #2, soda, which I stopped drinking before I was even diagnosed with Crohn’s more than four years ago. Needless to say, even though I wasn’t drinking coffee or soda at the time I changed my diet it still took me a while to adjust to this requirement; milk was my never failing go-to drink, and I had a glass of orange juice every morning with breakfast. I can say now that it has been well worth the effort, and I no longer sweat passing up even the most thirst quenching Gatorade, glass of hot chocolate, or similarly desirable drink.

I have now become adeptly committed to shunning almost all liquids and I highly recommend you embark on this drinking-pure mission as well. Not only will this simplify your life and save you lots of money, it will be an additional measure that will further prevent your ingestion of prevalent amounts of sugar, caffeine, and dairy products. Most importantly of all, making a decision to stop consuming unfitting drinks will bring you one step closer to reigning in the horrendous socially acceptable diet and conquering your personal battle with intestinal order once and for all.