When broken down into its basest components, the
human body is about 71% water. So, quality drinking
and cooking water is key to perform at your utmost. City municipalities swear their tap water is okay to drink, but if your immune system is compromised or have a medical condition, please consider the important investment of a good in-line water filtration system.
We don't need all the chlorine and fluoride in our bodies. We do better without them.
A filter on your shower head guarantees better water splashing on over your fine frame. Skin is the body's largest organ and absorbs whatever is put in contact with it to some degree.
ALKALYZED WATER is unique in that it can correct aicd-caused diseases, discomforts, illnesses and otherwise untreatable health problems. Honest! (NOTE: Don't chase medications down with alklayzed water - give it a half hour on either side - before and after. Alkayzed water can diminish the effects of some medications.)
re-use the usual store--bought plastic
bottles more than a few times. The plastic isn't meant
to last very long; it begins to biodegrade and leach
into the contents. YUCK! Shop around for a poly
carbonate jugs, they last a little longer and with less risk.
They're awesome looking. Some come with a
sipper spout and in different sizes. Worth the expense because
they're re-usable for I'd guess 6 months, but NOT ad infinitum. They're tough but NOT beyond
cracking in sub-zero weather when dropped or eventually breaking down into their base elements.
APRÉS WORKOUT FLUIDATION
Blend fruit juice or milk, banana or berries, 1 tbs. nut butter,
berries and protein powder. Creatine, yoghurt, L-Glutamine
optional. Whatever it is, your body's defintiely craving electrolytes,
salt, sugar and protein, some fiber too and within 20 minutes
of completing your workout.
drinks by Nature's Best. These babies pack 40g. of whey protein, 0 carbs,
0 sugar, 0 sodium and in colorful
Adding L-glutamine helps balance out the abundance of protein in an active person's fuel regimen.
Sometimes downing one of those sports drink things immediately after
training is better than nothing. Replacing electrolytes
feels good, too. You need something/anything with minerals, salt, sugar
and protein ideally and ideally within twenty minutes. Otherwise your body starts
to feed on the food reserve you need to repair the muscle fiber you’ve
just trashed, torn down and pumped up. There's a 'designer' version of
Gatorade: Knudsen's "Recharge" (organic or not). PowerAde's
pretty good too.
I confess: I like a few half cups of caffeinated coffee daily. There is high acidity in coffee and the effect of too much can be hard on the body. I choose to
use ‘café aficionado’ instead of 'addict.' The boost does get me over slumps throughout
the day since I take cat naps. It's hard to avoid the buzz, the rush, when
you’re pressured to perform. A sluggish workout
can turn around nicely with a jolt of coffee caffeine.
It's been suggested, and wisely, to drink just a 1/4 CUP OF COFFEE
AT A TIME to spread out throughout the day, if that's what you're used to, but never after 6 or 7
p.m. Makes sense to me, it IS easier on your gut than gulping down five huge mugs a day. Less of that roller coaster effect seems prudent and lots less caustic on the viscera.
Now, there's all manner of lousy coffee out there. The pre-ground packaged stuff tastes bitter, definitely
less flavorful and a big rip-off.
Buy only organic whole beans, grind 'em yourself
just before you brew. I switch around, mix medium with dark roast, ‘breakfast
blend’ with espresso and the like. Grind 'em in a seed mill or 'valid'
coffee grinder, using unbleached paper or gold coffee filters and clean
pure filtered quality water.
Once it's brewed DON'T leave the pot on the warmer!
They're always too hot. Put the remainder into a sealed carafe. Re-heat
if necessary by the cup in a microwave oven and on MEDIUM, not hot. Just
to warm it up, don't want to cook it anymore than it already is. That’s
where coffee gets that battery acid, hash-house truck-stop taste, hmmm?
IF there's a temperature control, you're really fortunate. Most brewing
machines are pre-set to keep the brewed java HOT not warm. So, it continues
to slow cook on the 'warmer', the coffee gets more bitter, curl-your-toes
muddy nasty and vile. Pour the fresh brew into an insulated carafe, then
microwave as needed.
If your taste buds have been numbed by decades of food and beverage
additives, preservatives, extenders, emulsifiers, coloring, flavorings,
no wonder some people can't tell the difference or appreciate the
subtleties of a fresh brewed pure cuppa Joe. Jeez! Once again it's
all about retaining, maintaining, not over-heating the essential
and volatile oils that are inherent in every food source.
Quitting any caffeine (there's tons of it in carbonated 'soft' drinks)
can be a real headache. Literally. It's still an addictive substance. Don't try to quit cold turkey. Just cut back gradually.
Half a cup instead of a full, regular instead of espresso, test your resolve
and fortitude; DON'T finish your cup, toss out the bottom several gulps, wean yourself off the acid fix.
It's empowering and important to know you CAN get a grip on caffeine. It
might take two weeks of gradual cutting back, but for me, the cold turkey
Black pekoe has lots of caffeine, green tea hardly any.
Make an effort to have a cup of green tea daily. There's a
smart alternative 'longevity tea’ by
Bob Teagarden. Smart cookies from our Far East globe-mates!
Coffee substitutes are quite viable and a smart
choice for a change or while tapering off coffee. A visit
to other lands can be enlightening: Pero (barley, malted
barley and chicory, no caffeine), Yerba Mate (herbal caffeinated
tea, a daily staple of South America), Cafix, Roma, a mate chai which is mixed with honey.
Don't mix fruit or fruit juices with
vegetable juices or lunch or breakfast or anything else but fruit!
NOT carrots and tomatoes fer chrissake! Talk about a uneducated
marketing idea! Don't mix fruit in any form with anything else!
Best SOLO JUICE bets are the anti-oxidant, phyto-chemical, nutrient-packed
sub-acid guys: all the berries: blue’, straw’, red’,
black’, rasp’ and cran’; pomegranate; grape,
papaya; melon (yes, melon juice, just look hard, ask). At all costs,
AVOID slamming back lots of orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemonade
or limeade on any regular basic. All of ‘em rank very high
on the yin (acidic) scale. Remember, yin means ‘girlie’.
If you want to get round and smooth and soft then yin is it. I
don't think so!
Go easy on FRUIT
JUICES. They’re all very sugary sweet even with no added sweeteners;
some are very acidic , some use the purest, 100% organic ingredients. Most are made from concentrated versions of the real thing. But
don't drink fruit juice with anything! Only as an in-between-meal
thirst quencher. Don't give 'em to your kids either on a daily
basis despite those cutesy convenient beverage box things.
They're full of sugar even if they're quality; full of crappy
corn syrup and cheap artificial ingredients if they're less than
noble. You wonder
why kids bounce off the walls all the time?
That glass of orange juice every morning dictum is
such a blatant marketing hype. There's
more vitamin C in a green pepper or raw unpeeled potato than
a pile of oranges! All that very yin acidity
in a glass of orange or grapefruit juice combined with the
usual breakfast fare causes sheer turmoil in your gut. Our
guts try to deal with it, kind of, or more accurately we get
dulled or inured to the bad mix. (Eat a piece of plain toast,
that'll help absorb and neutralize it ... the universal poison
The typical "American breakfast" begins a vicious cycle
that will have a cumulative effect over the years if not sooner.
No one but me will point accusing crossed fingers at oranges and
curse aloud: Ulcers! (See Food
Combining: Save Your Gut)
highly recommend some of those mixed greens juices. One in particular* mixes apple, peach, pineapple, banana, mango (low
acid fruits) with spirulina, chlorella, and green grasses.
It might sound like bad food combining: grasses with
fruit, but it's not. * Mega Greens
rare to get anything like it anywhere from any source,
but, man, this is one tasty way to get a bunch of potassium
and all kinds of chlorophyll (why leaves are green, the
very bottom of the food chain). It tastes nothing like
swamp water, not that I know the difference. Chlorophyll
is the definitive Life Force, live and direct to your
musculature from the Sol (the sun) and Mama Earth. Earthy.
Look for it or something like it.
I used to avoid milk products altogether for the longest
time, thinking cow's milk is only for baby cows … for calves,
not humans, right? Adult cows don't drink cow milk, adult humans
don't drink human milk; why should adult humans drink cow milk?
That was a different purist phase of my knowledge base. Well, when
you were weaned off breast milk at four DAYS young, then
the immune system and bone marrow have got to be lacking from the
get-go. It's called colostrum.
Building real muscle with massive good protein requires the lactic
acid in milk to help break down all the meat fiber. It fits. I
used to drink pure quality usually organic sometimes whole cow milk now
because I train hard and eat a lot. Were I a sedentary sot, probably
not. Even old dogs can learn a few new tricks. Now, I've grown lactose intolerant; you can't fool Mother Nature.
Don't limit yourself to milk from cows either. Goat
milk is excellent, delicious. There are grain-based milks: almond,
walnut, hazelnut, rice, soy..... Variety is important.
something so basic no one seems to think about it. I've
done this forever and I believe it's endemic to my amazing
health, a 68-year-old guy living well with HIV for over 25
Drink only tepid, lukewarm
Temper the extremes as much as you can
coffee cool a bit, use less ice.
ICED DOES NOT ALWAYS EQUAL REFRESHING: We Americans
abuse ice really ‘well.’ I believe iced drinks alone
cause long-term damage to the stomach and digestive tract. Frozen
treats ain't caveman cuisine! They’re unnaturally cold
(duh). Our stomachs aren’t designed to handle them efficiently,
particularly at every meal and every hour in between! ‘Well,
if it’s advertised on tee vee then it can’t be BAD
for ya, can it?’ Ugh.
Do the math: Take a 40-degree 16-ounce drink,
dump it all into your stomach, try to raise the temperature to
about 98 degrees, calculate the number of calories burned just
to warm it up to digestion temperature multiplied by HOW many
dozen times per week times HOW many gallons of soft drinks every
day! All this temperature-adjusting in your gut is a huge waste
of resources, of valuable muscle fuel. Oh, quit whining. This
is what it takes to make serious muscle. We’re whittling
away at the smaller things that add up to much bigger badder
WATER IS TOUGH ON YOUR GUT! and
shouldn't be called a 'soft
drink' at all! Sodas suck! Sparkling
mineral waters however, seem to sit much better and I
like getting the extra minerals, which is what makes
any water taste good (i.e., New York City tap
water: all those ancient pipes!) Dasani consciously adds
magnesium sulfate, potassium chloride and a scant trace
of salt to purified water, which accounts for its pure
A healthy body signals us when something's awry. We just need to be clean
and clear enough to recognize the signs as what they are: warnings, alerts,
red flags. The classic of all warning signs is an ice cream headache (see
next section). Too much, too cold, too fast and WHAM, big pain in the forehead.
Your body's screaming ‘something's really wrong here!’ Let
these frigid bad boys chill, I mean, rather, warm. Let 'em sit to warm
up a bit, pick out most of the ice, ask for NO ice, hold it in your hands
till it warms up. A little moderation goes a long way when it comes to
Your stomach will thank you immediately AND ten years from now. You do
WANT to have a happy gut, don't you? I'm telling ya, the ramifications
are long-reaching. Your taste buds will have a chance to taste again too.
Taste buds you can then trust.
just guzzled half of your smoothie waaay too
fast... BAM! BRAIN
Alleviate that huge spike in your forehead: press your tongue hard
against the roof of your mouth and hold it. Like magic, the pain
stops! The body’s an amazing machine, huh?