Homemade Electrolyte Water!

Yesterday, my little angel came down with a bug.  She’s approaching 11 months and to date, had not been sick.  I was very startled when she began what would be an entire day of vomiting.  I called my husband who calmed me, and the pediatrician who gave me more of a fright.  What I realized in that moment was that I was officially a mother, and even more of a revelation, completely equipped and capable of nurturing my daughter.  I needn’t fear anything because I had all the tools I needed: my instinct, the internet, my kitchen, and modern medicine if I ABSOLUTELY needed it!

NoPedialyteWhat I remember most about throwing up when I was a kid, was just how dehydrated you become.  My instinct (and past experience) was telling me that my daughter was losing so many nutrients from her body, and I would need to help her replenish safely and quickly.  I immediately thought, “Pedialyte!”  But cringed at the thought of giving my daughter a drink doused in chemical food coloring and artificial flavoring.  It was in that instance that I remembered that natural mamas  heal naturally!  I ran to the internet to research a homemade version of the stuff, which is essentially electrolyte water. Electrolyte water basically replenishes the body of the nutrients and minerals lost after exercising, vomiting, and in general, dehydration.  So anyone, babies, children, and adults can all benefit from drinking it!

I was so happy with all the information available on Google.  There were several versions of the stuff, and I had exactly what I needed in my kitchen to make it happen.

Here is my Electrolyte Water recipe:

1 quart of water

2 tablespoons of coconut palm sugar (for it’s nutrient content and low glycemic index)

1/2 teaspoon of pink himalayan salt (because it’s totally unrefined)

Some recipes called for baking soda, sea salt, lemon, agave, and even juice.  I chose the combination I did because I felt these ingredients were the most natural and what I had on hand at the time.  You could get extremely creative with your recipe (especially if you are keen on taste or dealing with a picky child) by making an electrolyte juice or even freeze pops!  And, if you’re not allergic to tree nuts (including coconut), then coconut water is also a perfect option!

Needless to say, the electrolyte water I made for my daughter was not the best tasting creation, but she did manage to drink it and it did exactly what it was supposed to!  I would definitely recommend talking to your child’s pediatrician before giving her anything she wouldn’t normally eat/drink, but don’t be afraid to arm yourself with natural alternatives to modern medicine!  Often times, it is totally unnecessary and even harmful to spend the extra bucks on artificial/commercial products when you have all you need right in your own kitchen!

Death by Eyeshadow (repost)

Anti-aging cream for “tweens”?   And “polyethylene glycol touching a highly absorbable mucous membrane”?  Oh, no, but yes please read on…  I was just saying earlier today that for me, PAIN IS NOT BEAUTY!! But sometimes (and especially for unknowing young girls), we can’t even feel the chemicals hurting us, and that’s worse!

Please find original entry by Jamila Owens-Todd, N.D. here.

In Love, Light, and the Beauty of Nature,

A.K.S.

Death By Eyeshadow, Jamila Owens-Todd, N.D.

To what cost do we owe to being beautiful? How did we get to the point of sacrificing viable, healthy cells for blush and eyeliner? Today on All Things Considered (NPR), Peggy Orenstein was discussing her new book, “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” and the trials of the new princess. She discussed a new cosmetic line targeted to the “tween” groups in which there is an anti-aging product. Seriously? Is this not overly unreasonable? The conversation was geared towards the marketing to this “tween” group in order to start the insecurity, I mean, makeup sales at an even earlier age. This, is beyond overt marketing. This has now approached the field of psychological and emotional development and its emerging deficit in our youth. We have now breached the lines of respect that is owed to women, yes, even young-women-to-be. This campaign of encouraging a physical change (via makeup) can be quite detrimental to overall body image as these girls age into adolescence. The fact that makeup is growing more available to this age group says that the desire to look different can easily fester into the need to look different. [I will not get into my feminist rant on our patriarchal society and its implications on all things female, but just know that it serves as the backdrop for this blog entry].

The cosmetics industry and its laughable regulations has profited off of insecurity and low self-esteem, and to much avail I might add. Understand, I am not presenting this to be the makeup killjoy with my lone tube of unscented, unflavored lip balm. Beyond the repulsive marketing, it is simply staggering to me to see the major cosmetic companies adding in harmful chemicals to a product that will be applied directly to your lips or inner eyelid. The chemist in me freaks out at the thought of polyethylene glycol touching a highly absorbable mucous membrane. The fashion-inspired woman in me, understands the fierceness of a smoky eye…to a degree. My observations are easy to come by as I have never been as keen on applying makeup. I watched my sisters go through extensive routines of makeup application, only to have to continue to touch-up their faces throughout the day. Why bother, I would ask. If you see me in lip gloss, I must be in attendance to the Presidential inauguration or some similar event of purported importance. I am not against the tribal practice of applying paint to the face, that millions of my fellow species will aim to do every morning (men included, not to leave you out DIVA!). Wouldn’t it be nice, if we used those same tribal clays and dyes of pomegranate or blueberries? Oh, but we can. There are companies, hundreds of them, who have chosen to be play the part of the radical enterprises and offer an alternative of natural, chemical-free cosmetics.

Now, once we have made the environmental responsibility of selecting a better face paint, can we now consider the social responsibility of not imposing this ritual on our young girls?

Just in time for 2012, and easy to digest!

In the spirit of going with the flow, and in hopes that somebody, somewhere will take a bowel, I present to you a smooth exit strategy for your food, and a lighter, happier you!  

*The chart below is only a guide, and should be used in conjunction with Dr. Douglas N. Graham’s book  (which I highly recommend) for deeper understanding.  This chart illustrates Dr. Graham’s recommendations  on how to combine foods for optimal athletic performance, digestion, and health.  This chart is also suitable for anyone new to or already embracing a whole food, raw food, vegan, and/or mono-food diet, or anyone simply desiring to live a healthier lifestyle the way in which our bodies were designed.  Please combine the below information with a regular fitness schedule to get the best results, and always consider your individual needs first!  I am not affiliated with Dr. Graham, and I am not advocating a political or partisan relationship to any health guru and/or diet; I simply endorse being healthy!  To learn more, do your research, ask questions, share your understandings, and seek advice from a combination of knowledgable, holistic healthcare practicioners, dieticians, friends, and family who are also taking care of their bodies.   Remember that organic is, well, the most natural way  to live, and local/seasonal foods are a winner!  Any feedback or upgrades are welcome and will be taken into consideration.  Credit  for the information below goes to Dr. Graham; I take credit for the fancy artwork;-)

In Love, Light, and a Prosperous New Year,

A.K.S.

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