Carolyn Mein, D.C.
The 25 Body Type System TM
November 18, 2022
Issue No. 113
This month I present the first of 5 installments in a series called "Healthful Eating", where I will offer a detailed examination of the nutritional value of today's food and water sources, and how to evaluate and supplement them. This month I begin with Water - because proper hydration is the key to proper digestion and metabolism.
Are you known for being mild-mannered, sensitive and caring? Do you have strong nurturing qualities? Take the quiz below to see if you are a Lung body type.
Harmony essential oil can be used for transmuting Stubborn into Flexible, and is an excellent oil for promoting Elevation.
As always, I hope and trust that these newsletters help you enjoy a happier, healthier life.
Health and Happiness,
Dr. Carolyn Mein
In This Issue:
New Website Announcement
Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils
If you haven’t yet visited my newly launched website, I hope you will check it out. It offers the “blue book” in 5 languages – English, Spanish, Portuguese, Malay, and Russian – as well as Addendums which provide additions made since older editions were published.
To keep current as new emotions and oils are added, and to easily and conveniently access emotional clearing patterns from your phone, tablet or computer, Oils Lookup is easy to use (watch the video!) and completely mobile compatible.
Looking for more in-depth understanding in using the book? I now have 2 online video courses available which provide 8.5 x 11” certificates upon completion. I hope you find my new website useful, and feel free to share your feedback!
Healthful Eating Series:
How to Achieve Proper Hydration
Water is the topic of the first article in my “Healthful Eating” series because of the importance of adequate, appropriate hydration for effective metabolism and digestion. Water delivers minerals and nutrients to the cells, and removes waste and toxins from our body.
How Much Water Do I Need?
Water comprises about 50 - 65% of the adult human body (much higher for infants). Proper hydration is crucial to overall health and well-being. Water helps us digest food, it delivers minerals and nutrients to our cells, it removes toxins from our vital organs, and it moves lymph and waste. It also determines the viscosity of blood, helps to regulate body temperature, provides a moist environment for sensitive ear, nose and throat tissues, and keeps joints cushioned and lubricated.
How much water should you drink daily? Generally, the number of ounces is half your body weight (in pounds). So a 180 pound adult should drink at least 90 ounces (over eleven 8-ounce cups) of water daily, while a 110 pound adult should drink at least 55 ounces (about 7 cups). These guidelines increase for pregnant or breastfeeding women. They are also increased when sweating, or when in an arid climate, or if when sick with vomiting and diarrhea.
It’s best to consume this water quota throughout the day, tapering off in the evening to reduce nighttime restroom visits. Water with Pink Salt added in the morning helps to move the bowels. It’s best to reduce water consumption during meals, as it dilutes digestive juices.
Produce can contain 90% water and is an excellent source for hydration. Be aware that fruit also contains sugar, and refer to your Body Type Profile & Diet book for the times of day to avoid fruit for your body type.
Juice, sodas, and smoothies also contain water, but they can also be high in sugar and calories. Coffee and tea contain water – but they also contain caffeine, which is dehydrating; alcoholic beverages are also dehydrating. Sports drinks supply carbohydrates and electrolytes to keep your energy up during workouts and replace salts that are sweated out – but many also contain sugar, calories, and excessive salt. Check the nutrition labels when choosing sports drinks, and limit your intake of sports drinks.
Keep in mind that water from beverages may be processed by the body as food rather than water – the best way to hydrate is to drink enough of the best water available to you. A good rule of thumb is to drink more water than other beverages each day.
Dehydration, the lack of sufficient water content in the body, can disrupt metabolism. Symptoms include fatigue, confusion and dizziness, and severe hydration may result in seizures, sickness or even death. A healthy person will begin experiencing symptoms with a loss of only 5% of body water.
How to tell if your body water is low? Thirst is one indicator. Urine that is darker than light yellow is also a sign of low hydration. Dry skin may also signal low water – one test is to “pinch” the skin on the back of your hand, and if it takes more than a second or two to smooth back out but instead retains a bunched up crepe paper look, your water may be low.
Dehydration can also occur from a drop in electrolytes. Popular sports beverages include electrolytes to replace those lost during exercise. Electrolytes are calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium – minerals which are depleted by sweating. Electrolytes can also be replaced along with hydration by drinking water with Pink Salt, juice from an organic lemon, or Re-Vita.
Designs for Health has two products related to hydration that I like – Electrolyte Synergy, which is particularly good at replacing electrolytes lost during heavy sweating such as exercise, and Whole Body Collagen, which promotes collagen production, skin elasticity, and joint integrity.
Drinking Municipal Water
Municipal, or “tap” water, is usually collected rain water, treated river or stream water, or well water. In rural areas, crop pesticides and other chemicals can leach into groundwater sources. And in more urban or industrial areas, run-off from factories may also be introducing chemicals into some water sources. Municipal water companies regularly sample the water for quality and contaminants, and these results are publicly available. It’s worthwhile to know the source of the tap water you drink, and what’s been added to it.
Tap water is subjected to extensive processing. Chlorine is used as a disinfectant, which is effective. However if not filtered out, we drink it. Drinking chlorinated water can be damaging to our bacteria and microbiome, and increase free radicals which damage vital cells.
Fluoride is also routinely added to tap water, for dental benefits. However fluoride was found in a 2006 study to be an endocrine disruptor, and in large enough doses may cause a variety health issues. Most of Europe has banned the fluoridation of their water.
Filtration is an option for tap water. Pitcher based filters such as Brita and Pur, as well as most faucet mounted and under sink filters, use activate carbon and don’t remove fluoride. Carbon filters also must be replaced frequently as they lose effectiveness. Some pitcher-based systems will remove fluoride – here is a current blog on the topic:
The Safe Healthy Home - Best Water Filters
Reverse Osmosis will remove fluoride, but is generally expensive. Gravity filters remove chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, and a range of other chemicals – ensure the one you get is certified to remove these. Distillation kills bacteria and viruses with heat, while providing pure chemical-free water, which is also free of beneficial minerals. Distilled water also has a neutral pH value of 7, although it should be drank fresh as it will absorb carbon dioxide from the air and become acidic at a pH of about 5.8.
Which Bottled Water is Best?
The source of the water you drink is as important as the additives. Municipal and bottled water come from a variety of sources. Spring water is forced naturally to the surface from an underground aquifer, and usually contains beneficial minerals. Artesian water comes from a confined aquifer, which is tapped into from above the aquifer water level, and in addition to containing minerals is more protected from contaminants.
Bottled or purified water covers a gamut of sources and treatments. Some brands are simply municipal water which has been filtered and treated. Some have been purified through distillation, reverse osmosis, or deionization, to extract the water without any contaminants.
An alkaline water will take a body that is too acidic and make it more alkaline. Lemon juice in water is a good balancer – it’s acidic, but adding acid to an already acidic system makes it more alkaline. Most people’s systems are too acidic – but you also don’t want to be too alkaline, a pH value of 7.0 – 7.2 is an ideal goal. Testing strips are readily available at pharmacies – they are urine tests, so test first thing in the morning.
Improving Your Drinking Water
A few drops of fresh lemon juice in water can neutralize chlorine and add electrolytes and vitamin C. This is a convenient and portable solution when travelling or drinking water from sources of unknown quality, such as hotels or restaurants.
Other helpful water additives include lime juice, grapefruit juice, orange or lemon slices, mint leaves, cucumber, Pink Salt (for electrolytes), and Peppermint essential oil or peppermint leaves. Peppermint oil is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. (If you are a Stomach body type, use spearmint instead of peppermint.)
Polarizers can reduce the negative effects of chemicals and additives, while improving the taste, without being added to the water, meaning they don't need to be replaced. The one I use for food and water is the Mi-528 EnerCHItag, which is small and easy to carry.
|Are You a Lung Body Type?|
Lung Body Types are mild-mannered, sensitive and caring with strong nurturing qualities
Lung body types can lose weight by adding lemon juice or peppermint oil to drinking water, exercising, reducing fruit and eliminating sugar.
Don’t know your body type yet?
Determining your body type is easy using my online body type test:
Discover your body type to learn what to eat and when, how to manage your weight without unhealthy dieting, how to increase your energy and stamina, and how to end food cravings forever. You’ll also learn the best type and time for exercise, and receive a detailed personality profile.
To learn more about the Lung body type, see previous newsletter articles about the Lung body type.
|Harmony Essential Oil|
Harmony Essential Oil promotes physical and emotional well-being by creating a harmonic balance to the body’s energy centers. It brings us into harmony with all things, people, and cycles of life. It can reduce stress and increase our overall feeling of well-being. Harmony combats feelings of discord and is uplifting and elevating to the mind, helping to create a positive attitude. Harmony brings about Elevation, giving you an opportunity to rise above the situation.
Stubborn is another one of the core emotional issues of the Lung body type, as well as the Stomach body type, which can be transmuted using the essential oil Harmony. The affirmation, “I am objective” will shift Stubborn into Flexible. Other emotions that can benefit from Harmony oil are: Being Ignored, Crushed, Hostility, Punishment (fear of), Beating Self-up, and Being Sarcastic.
Harmony can be used aromatically by diffusing. It can also be applied to ears, forehead, wrists, bottoms of the feet, over the heart, at the base of the neck, or at the back of the head. It can be applied to areas of poor circulation. Those with very sensitive skin may experience slight skin sensitivity to this oil and should dilute it with a drop or 2 of a carrier oil before applying.
Harmony is a blend containing geranium, rosewood, lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, orange, lemon, angelica, hyssop, Spanish sage, jasmine, Roman chamomile, bergamot, ylang ylang, palmarosa, spruce, and rose.
Other uses of Harmony essential oil include:
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