Water – The Essence of Life

Food is the Forgotten Medicine (c)

 

Water is the largest single constitute of the human body and is essential for cellular homeostasis and life.

Despite this, there is no agreed recommended daily intake for adults in the UK.

Water Man

 

Part of the problem is that we all vary so differently as to how much water we can excrete and hydration can be maintained over a wide range of water intakes. Not surprising when you consider all the different variables at play – metabolic rate, body mass, size…then there’s the environmental conditions – humidity, wind, solar load, clothing, heat acclimatisation status, fitness levels, diet etc etc…

However, the maximum amount anyone should drink is well understood as the kidney’s maximal excretion rate is 0.7 – 1.0L per hour. Acute water toxicity has been reported at above these rates with tragic consequences.

“A 28-year-old California woman died after competing in a radio station’s on-air water-drinking contest. After downing some 6ltrs of water in 3 hours in the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” (Nintendo game console) contest, Jennifer Strange vomited, went home with a splitting headache, and died from so-called water intoxication.” — Scientific American

 
With the obligatory health warning out the way… lets look at the little water intake recommendations there are…
The US survey recommends Adequate Intake (AI) Fluids (drinking water and beverages) provided 3.0 L and 2.2 L per day for men and women, respectively (another 20% of fluid on top comes from food).

Our NHS suggests a lot less – women 1.6L and men 2L per day – and references the European Food Safety Authority for this statistic.  http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/1459.htm

Hmmm…i smell a rat! …1.6L is the same as the well-trumpeted advice of 8 glasses (200ml) of water…does anybody know the mythical research that came up with 8 glasses per day?!

…even more bizarrely, if you take the time to check (nobody but yours truly is that sad!) the European Food Safety Authority doesn’t actually advise 1.6 or 2L of water per day…but rather 2L and 2.5L for women and men respectively (2010) – which is a lot closer to the US survey of 2.2L and 3.0L for women and men.

My own experience tells me that recommended intakes for anything (RDA’s, RDI, AI) tend to be on the very conservative side – the aim is always the minimum dose that will prevent sickness. However, the minimum dose to prevent sickness is unlikely to be the same dose for optimum health…especially for those training hard.

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The formula that works for me and my clients is 30-35ml of water per KG of bodyweight.

So for me – at 80kg – i’m aiming for 2.8L per day – with a good deal more if i’m training hard (around 4ltrs)
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Chew Your Food II – The Eagerly Anticipated Sequel

Chewbacca dandruff
Chewie had terrible dandruff before we cleaned up his diet.

 

If you haven’t read, ‘Chew Your Food’ (find it below) , then please read that first.

If you have read it, and haven’t slept since Christmas waiting for the sequel, then fear not, here it is!!!

Here’s the inside scoop… my correspondence with Chewie’s distressed owner – she’s graciously let me share it here so we can heal doggies all over the World one tummy at a time!

Hi C

Hope you’re well! 🙂

SUPER DOGGY-FOOD

Dogs are essentially wolves – They prize organ meats, and they actually get a lot of their energy from undigested grass and plants in the tummy of their prey.  They are great survivors and not afraid of a bit of scavenging -berries, herbs, grasses, plants and the odd worm!

Whilst farmers have historically shot wolves to protect their sheep I’ve yet to find one who was worried about wolves decimating their wheat fields.

And yet wheat, along with oats and corn (cereals), are the main ingredients in commercial dog foods. It’s not hard to see why – cheap to produce, easy to store and transport &  bulky, they look good value for money!

To that end, lets remove the grains, and replace with organ meats and plant material (vegetables)  – which we’ll need to cook as Chewie’s never been exposed to raw food – and see how he’s doing in a months time.

Remember to consult with your vet, but here’s what I feed my two beauties!

THE PROTEIN & FATS

2lbs LIVER
2lbs HEART
2lbs KIDNEY
1lbs CATERING MINCE (the fattier the better!)

Find your largest pan. Fry the mince before adding the other ingredients. Add 1-2 cloves of garlic (helps with digestion, fleas & ticks – too much is toxic), and a tablespoon of dried parsley (anti-inflammatory) or mint (doggy breath!).

Mix everything together as it’s cooking. Cover and cook for a further 45mins. Stir periodically to stop sticking.

THE CARBOHYDRATES

3 LARGE POTATOES
4 CARROTS – top & tail
1 SWEDE – peeled
1 LARGE TURNIP
1 PACK OF CELERY
1 PACK OF LEEKS
2 APPLES – Cored
HANDFUL OF BERRIES – Optional

Keep things simple – peel if you need to, chop everything the same size, place in large pan and cover with water. Boil and simmer until soft.  Drain water and blend with hand blender (wand type) or similar food processor.

This little lot will pack your pup with fibre (soluble – the good kind!) and keep a spring in his step.

Look for a glossy coat and an extra bounce (I’m serious!) in a few weeks!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Yours in healing

Manos Venus

 

Chewie’s owner followed the guidelines above to the letter and guess what?

 

NO MORE EXPENSIVE VET VISITS

 

Chewie made a complete recovery…YAY!!!

 

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Chewie with an extra spring in his step shows his pall a clean set of paws as he races away!

 

This recovery didn’t surprise me if I’m’ honest.

 

However the speed of recovery was remarkable – within a week Chewie’s welts had all but dissipated and, he’d stopped scratching his ears.

 

Luckily Chewie had youth on his side, and so was able to demonstrate an astonishing ability to self-heal – A few more years on commercial dog food and it would’ve been a different story!

 

If you have, or know, a dog with similar ailments, at least consider the dogs diet before pumping the poor thing with drugs – consult a  holistic veterinarian for professional advice.

 

Yours in Hound Health

 

Manos

Chew Your Food

Meet Chewie…AKA Mr Choo, Choo-baroo, or to give him his full title …*Chewbacca.

Sad Chewie Chooster
Chewie – 3yr old Border Terrier

Chewbacca is an adorable 3yr old Border Terrier with a wonderfully calm, yet playful temperament.

His owner explained how that playful spirit had all but disappeared lately.

Welts and bald patches plagued his back, and his ears were red-raw from constant scratching.  Despite a cocktail – of expensive – drugs and numerous  trips to the vets, he was clearly still in a great deal of distress.  Frustrated, worried, and tired from middle of the night bathing and ointment sessions, the owner didn’t know who else to turn to.

Now I’m no vet, but – thanks to ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates – i knew one thing…

All disease begins in the gut.

– Hippocrates

I also new that, as a small dog, it wouldn’t take much to overwhelm the tiny surface area of Chewie’s gut.

The most rudimentary Google search reveals the main cause of psoriasis in dogs is T-cells that divide too rapidly -essentially they build up before they can be shed, causing the itchy rash. There are genetic factors to consider, but mostly it’s caused by an allergy that compromises the dog’s immune system – sounds like leaky gut to me!

With allergies, human or animal, you essentially have two choices.

  • Option 1: Expensive allergy tests …the vet/doctor will then advise you to avoid allergens.

Or…

  • Option 2: Remove allergens and see how you get on

Most vets know that dogs with psoriasis are allergic to ingredients in commercial dog food but recommending a change in diet doesn’t generate them any income.  So they treat the symptoms – with creams and tablets – and never address the underlying cause...hmmm now where have i heard this story before?

Chewie and Manos at ruin
Chewie I can see your future from up here…yeah it looks cool mate!

I had a clear plan of how to fix Chewie and knew his future was bright!

Watch this space to see which option we went down, what changes we made…and if Chewie’s ears ever stopped itching!

 

#Cliffhanger

 

 

 

 

 

*Bonus fact for the Star Wars Geeks out there-  George Lucas’s created Chewbacca after seeing his dog sit up in the passenger seat of his car – his name derives from the russian word for dog, ‘собака’ pronounced something like suh-BAH-ku. 

 

 

I Should Cocoa!

20131206-000400.jpgIt’s cold out, and it’s the Season to be jolly, but I definitely think we can do better than mass-produced sugary chocolate drinks.

20131206-000235.jpgIt’s time to get busy in the kitchen, but don’t worry kitchenphobes… if you can make a cup of tea then you’re qualified to take on this simple recipe…

1 can organic coconut milk (400 ml)
1 date, pitted and chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (2 ml)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (30 mll)

Add a dollop of unsweetened whipping cream for fun!

Instructions (credit)
Bring the coconut milk and chopped date to a boil in a small pot over medium-high heat.
Gently boil the coconut milk for a few minutes then turn off the heat. Let the date soak in the milk for ten minutes to soften.
Pour the coconut milk and date into a blender and blend at medium or high speed for twenty-five seconds or more until the date pieces completely dissolve in the milk.
Add vanilla and cocoa powder.
Blend again until combined and frothy.
Heat gently on the stove
Pour into your favourite festive mug and delight in the warm chocolate glow!

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Here’s some trivia to go with your hot drink of dreams…

One British study estimated that since 1940 the copper content of dairy products has declined by 90%, veg by 76% and meats by 55%!

30g of dark chocolate (85%cocoa) will provide 1 milligram of copper.

You could meet your copper quota with 115g of chicken/duck/goose liver per week together with a daily 30g dark chocolate helping.

#chocolateeverydamnday!!! 😁😁😁