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Ask Nature's Pathways – November 2018

“How much water should I be drinking in a day?”

—John W., Appleton

Good question, John, as water is the most common nutritional deficiency in America. We are chronically dehydrated. If the body’s water content drops by as little as 2 percent, it will cause fatigue. And if it drops 10 percent, it will cause significant health problems such as digestive, cardiovascular, immune and musculoskeletal. Some early signs of dehydration include: fatigue, anxiety, irritability, cravings, cramps and headaches. We need to make sure to drink more water than beverages that are diuretics — cause us to lose water — like coffee, caffeinated teas, soda, fruit juices and alcohol.

So back to the question: How much water do we need to consume per day? Here is an easy equation:

Ounces of diuretics x 1.5 + Bodyweight (pounds)/2 = Water intake in ounces. For example, if I consume 12 ounces of coffee and I weigh 120 pounds, I would need: (12 x 1.5) + 120/2 = 78 ounces of water.

—Katie Jackson, owner of Foundational Nutrition •

“I am curious about how to pick healing foods and herbs. Also about foods to eat together that may affect our bodies.”

—Carla H., Appleton

The truth is, there are numerous different herbal remedies for each system in the body, and there are times when it might be smarter to use an herbal remedy than a pharmaceutical. Here are a few that I use at home as a preventative measure!

Ginger: A great remedy for nausea, especially for anyone who is currently dealing with morning sickness. It has also been shown to be effective against exercise-induced muscle pain.

Aloe vera: Aloe Vera is a colorless pulp of mature leaves, and can be applied to minor cuts and burns as well as dry, inflamed or damaged skin due to eczema or other skin conditions.

Sage: This plant has a hormone regulatory effect on women. A tea of the leaves can relieve dysmenorrhea and symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome and menopause.

Peppermint: Sip a tea made of a handful of peppermint leaves to calm stomach upsets. It also has a cooling effect on the skin.

Lavender: Inhaling the fragrance of the flowers is sufficient to get relief from headaches and depression.

Turmeric: Benefits include anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that have proven effective in treating multiple skin conditions, depression, blood clots, joint pain and cancer.

Always consult with your doctor before starting any herbal remedies.

—Erin Vandomelen, Nutrition Counselor at Nutritional Healing LLC •

The above content is not medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of information you read in this column. Nature’s Pathways Magazine does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, please call your doctor, go to the emergency department or call 911 immediately.

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