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By Ma’at Seba
SUN COLUMNIST
                                   The costs of health care in this country are at record levels and 
                                 are rising daily. Smaller businesses are being forced to totally 
                                 cut health benefits, large businesses are changing their health 
                                 insurance benefits so that the employee is absorbing more of 
                                 the cost and receiving less coverage. Prescription co-pays are 
                                 increasing, doctor’s visits now require payment up front, and the 
                                 length of a stay at the hospital is influenced by the type of, or 
                                 lack of health insurance that you have. The bottom line is that 
                                 you can’t afford to get sick! 
                                     Maintaining a healthy lifestyle should not be looked upon as an expensive, time consuming chore. If that is your belief then think upon these 4 things: 1) anything worth having is worth working for, 2) you only invest in that that you think has value, 3) an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, 4) you only get one body, so it is wise to take care of it. Being healthy is a choice. Each time that you eat a meal, you are choosing to eat something that you know is healthy or unhealthy for you. Every choice in life that you make comes with results or consequences. The consequences of unhealthy eating might not be obvious immediately, but you will begin to notice subtle signs (gas, bloating, sluggishness, constipation, headaches, sinus problems, aches and pains, fatigue etc.) Unfortunately, generally people do not notice or respond to the subtle signs, which could then allow acute or chronic illness and disease to begin to develop. 
     Taking responsibility for oneself is the first step towards a healthy body. This can be done in several ways:
1) Educate yourself about your body and it functions so that you can take preventative measures to ward off illness. If you are already ill, self-education will equip you to make knowledgeable decisions and choices about your healing process. Learn about herbs, vitamins, supplements, food and food preparation.
2) Eliminate the excuses that you make when it comes to changing your dietary habits and lifestyle, such as: “I’ll start next week”, “O.K. this is my last time”, “I don’t have the time”, “It costs too much”, “I don’t know how to cook that kind of food”, “I’m too tired to exercise” etc. 
3) Set realistic goals for yourself when making dietary and lifestyle changes. Change is a process not an overnight success. In most cases it is necessary to wean oneself away from certain foods, especially those that have addictive qualities (cheese, breads, pop, meats, candy, junk foods), but then learn about the healthy satisfying alternatives that you can eat. 
4) Monitor your mental/emotional triggers, which unconsciously stimulate your old behavior patterns, cravings and addictions. Companies pay millions of dollars to marketing firms to incite, arouse and stimulate you to buy their burgers, candy, pop, chips, donuts, pizza etc. Also, be conscious of the types of people that you are around and their habits, which might cause you to lapse into the old addictive habits that you are trying to break. 
5) Create a plan of alternatives of foods to eat that are satisfying and healthier, as well as discovering restaurants that serve ample choices of fruits, salads or vegetables. It is easy to become frustrated and give up when you are constantly told what you can not have and what you should not do. Empower yourself by developing a realistic attainable plan which includes: 
1) your goals (i.e. losing 1 pound per week, making your lunch for work, walking/exercising daily), 2) listing your limitations or challenges (i.e. financial, physical, emotional, geographical etc.). Once you have listed your limitations, and then research what the alternatives are, relative and realistic to your life.
     Making an investment in our health sometimes requires a paradigm shift or a change in your perceptions. Time, energy and money spent on your health now will not have to be spent on prescriptions, doctor and hospital bills later. If you do not spend money to fill your kitchen cabinet, you will be spending it to fill your medicine cabinet.
     For more information as well as colon cleansers and parasite formulas, call: (313) 861-1118, Mon-Fri. 10-7 pm & Sat. 10 - 6 pm. Visit Loving Life Health Store – 15224 W. 7 Mile, Detroit, MI. 48235.




You can't afford to get sick
By Melody Thompson
SUN COLUMNIST
    In recent years, coconut water has become a very trendy beverage. It is tasty, refreshing and also happens to be very good for you. It is loaded with several important nutrients, including minerals that most people don't get enough of.
     Here are eight health benefits of coconut water.
1. Good source of several nutrients
Despite the name, the coconut is a fruit rather than a nut. Coconut water is the juice found in the center of a young, green coconut. Coconut water is produced naturally in the fruit and contains 94 percent water and very little fat. It should not be confused with coconut milk, which is made by adding water to grated coconut meat.
2. May have antioxidant properties
One study found that rats with liver damage showed significant improvement in oxidative stress when they were treated with coconut water, compared to rats that received no treatment. Coconut water contains antioxidants that protect cells from damaging free radicals.
3. May have benefits against diabetes
Research has shown that coconut water can lower blood sugar levels and improve other health markers in diabetic animals.
4. May help prevent kidney stones
Drinking enough fluids is important for kidney stone prevention. Although plain water is a great choice, one study suggests that coconut water may be even better.
5. May support heart health
Drinking coconut water may be helpful to reduce heart disease risk.
6. May reduce blood pressure
It may be also be a great beverage for keeping blood pressure under control. Coconut water may help lower blood pressure and potentially decrease the risk of blood clots forming in the arteries.
7. Beneficial after prolonged exercise
Coconut water may be the perfect beverage for restoring hydration and replenishing electrolytes lost during exercise. Two studies found that coconut water restored hydration after exercise better than water and equal to high-electrolyte sports beverages.
8. Delicious source of hydration
Coconut water is slightly sweet with a subtle, nutty flavor. It's also fairly low in calories and carbs. The water is freshest when it comes directly from the coconut. Simply press a straw into the soft part of a green coconut and start drinking. Store the coconut in the refrigerator and consume it within two to three weeks of purchase. You can also buy bottled coconut water at most grocery stores. However, be sure to read the ingredients list to verify you're getting 100 percent coconut water.
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