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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A VERY Heavy Heart Today...But CRUCIAL Health Info

Writing With A VERY Heavy Heart Today...But CRUCIAL Health Info...

It's with a very very heavy heart that I write today's blog.  I thought about not posting at all this morning...but then decided I'd post and talk about ways we can try to be healthier....

We lost a very dear friend last night to a massive 'first' heart attack.  He was the age of our boys.  We heard the ambulance call about 8:30pm or so...and heard them coming in code blue and that always panics me because this is a small town and we're all family and friends here.  I "thought" they said he was 50...but another friend this morning tells me he was 41.....I saw on his profile page that he had spent the evening with a friend helping her do her laundry...she is nearly hysterical this morning...and I can sure understand that....

I was having a hard time coming up with the title for our 2013 study of making 2013 our best year yet...beCAUSE...we never EVER can know...exactly what the year ahead holds for us...or the day ahead for that matter.  But then I thought...."Well...it's obviously going to be the WORST year yet...for some of us....maybe even me...but those of us who DO make it...we can at least try to make it one of our best years yet....

Our friend had..last nite, his first..massive heart attack.  So the first thing that popped into MY mind was...was he low on magnesium...and that would have been such an easy thing to remedy.  We've talked several times about the importance of magnesium to heart health.  And I've told you that my cardiologist told ME...that most people who die of a first heart attack are LOW on magnesium.  Magnesium relaxes and dilates our blood vessels and keeps all of our muscles, especially the heart muscle...flexible. 
Magnesium can be found in whole grains, green leafy veggies, broccoli and nuts and seeds....but I'd STILL take a magnesium/calcium/zinc combo....We need that combo beCAUSE...our bodies need half as much magnesium as calcium...to function properly....

And then for really good heart health....we need to ALL get our weight at a reasonable level and exercise daily.   "Well" ..you say..."My friend George Magillicotti has a massive heart attack and died right there in his garage and he didn't have an inch of fat on him anywhere"...Well...that's very possible....but your friend George was PROBABLY low on magnesium and potassium.....Now ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS follow the directions on the bottle for magnesium....because you can't take that in massive dozes....and you couldn't PAY me to take a potassium supplement....You can get plenty of potassium in bananas...or grapefruit juice....or orange or grape juice or even V8....But you need to get in some magnesium and potassium daily...AND we all need to get our weight at a reasonable level and even doing those 2 things...we need to get plenty of exercise daily...We're going back on the treadmill today...and we are REALLY going to try to take a lot better care of ourselves ...I hope you will too....

We'll talk about all of these things a little more in depth a little later...but let me touch on just a few things briefly...to give you a heads up.  And then I encourage you to do your own research into the foods you like best and just SEE...if they're good for you...or bad. 

DID YOU KNOW....that one of the best ways to ward off early aging is to eat foods that are high in antioxidants?  And one of the most powerful foods high in antioxidants are BERRIES!!!  Especially Blueberries....
All of the darker berries...blackberry, strawberry, cranberries, blueberries and others, cherries, raspberries, boysenberries and even red/dark grapes...contain one of the very VERY best antioxidants called 'anthocyanin and proanthocyanidins....Now I'm not a rocket scientist....I learned these things from studying 'healing the body naturally'....But these 2 antioxidants are 18 times more effective than even Vitamin C and 50 times more effective than Vitamin E....It's these 2 things that give these darker berries their blue or red color and the richer the color...the more antioxidant protection you are getting when you eat them....It's even thought that these 2 antioxidants are so powerful that they can cross the blood/brain barrier and protect the cells in the brain and nervous system...and studies are being done to see how they can help in the treatment of Parkinson's and other diseases of the nervous system like multiple sclerosis....
The Proanthocynanidins really REALLY strengthen our blood vessel walls and they're super duper for eye health because of the teeny tiny blood vessels in our eyes.....I even read ..while studying this that during World War 2, pilots in Britain prepared themselves for night flights by eating bilberry jam the night before...for good night vision...And Delores used to tell me this when I worked at the Golden Carrot....She'd give me Billberries to munch on as we worked...and she' was ALWAYS munching on them....When was the last time you saw Delores in glasses?  And she's in her 70's....If you bruise easily or your gums bleed when you brush your teeth.....OH geeeeeezzz...that's me.....Then try eating more raw berries.....I don't know about YOU...but I"M going to be looking for some BILLBERRIES.....now they weren't the tastiest things in the world...but they were OK....

Berries...especially blueberries..cranberries and cherries...have a compound called ellagic acid..which causes cancer cells to self destruct.....In the summer we go to the blueberry farm and just pick or buy...GALLONS of blueberries....and I'll often keep a bowl of blueberries on the stove just to grab and munch a few.....Even frozen blueberries are delicious...if you just let them thaw naturally.  Now last year...we bought raspberries....because I love raspberry yogurt...but they were way too tart for ME....you need berries that you can eat naturally...with no sugar or anything added.....

Oh my goodness...I could talk forever about this subject....but let me share just a few New Years Day traditions with you and then we'll wrap it up for today....

DID YOU KNOW....that the Dutch have a bonfire at midnight and that is said to expel the bad from their lives from the year before and bring in new and good ..into the new year?  Isn't that a neat tradition...wish I had known this YESTERDAY... 

And in Japan...The women clean house on New Years Eve just because they think it's good luck to start the new year...with a clean house....Now I DID some of that yesterday...not my closets and cabinets...but that will come right away too....but I cleaned and foo foo'd a bit and had a blast....even made me a new nook with one of my tiny lights....I LOVE to have teeny tiny lights on all the time throughout the home....I think it gives a really warm and fuzzy touch....

In Greece....they mash a pomegranate on the floor in front of the front door...and they believe that by revealing the seeds of that pomegranate symbolizes prosperity and good fortune for the coming year....

The Irish put Mistletoe under their pillows to bring romance into their coming year.  Gee I remember when Billy used to always chase me around with Mistletoe at Christmas....Where did THAT tradition go?  Is it just because I'm older...geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez

And my readers in Pakistan are said to burn a pile of wood at midnight...shooing out the evil from the previous year.....

And Australia...I guess it's warm there...because New Years Day in Australia is said to be spent at the beach and on outdoor picnics....

Russia...I have at least one very faithful reader in Russia....and I'd LOVE to hear from them...but I read that in Russia..their Santa is called Grandfather Frost and he's dressed in blue instead of red and he brings toys on New Years Eve....Grandfather Frost can punish by freezing people....we need a Grandfather Frost in the United States ... in fact ..we need him right here in Metropolis.  Our friends in Russia will be having meat and potatoes today....

And Korea...I see you reading too and I'd LOVE to hear from YOU....But I read that in Korea they wear new clothes on New Years day symbolizing a new start.  The family gathers at the home of the oldest male member and instead of having birthdays on the date of their birth....everybody in Korea turns one year older at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve.....Is that TRUE, Korea?

I've gotta get....it's a holiday but I have to do my dailies....then I think we're going to have a LITTLE smoked jowl with some turnips and cabbage and cornbread and then maybe a cowboy movie marathon today....WE know how to PARTY in the CANYON!!!   :-)

I love you all....peace and love from the Canyon....thanks so much...for stopping by.....this has been a bird's eye view of the katydid...until next time...you are loved.......

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