Hydration 101

Drinking enough pure water is an important foundation to basic good health. It is one of the easiest, least expensive and most ignored ways to stay healthy.

It’s especially important to add minerals to Reverse Osmosis (RO), distilled, and even some purified bottled waters, because they are often stripped of minerals are needed for out body. This is what most people do not realize. We want our water to be alkaline and full of minerals in order gain the most from it.

 

4 Easy Ways to Re-Mineralize Water

1. Add mineral rich sea salt.

Use an unrefined sea salt like Celtic or Himalayan. Both of these healthy salts contain over 80 important trace minerals we need. You can add just a pinch to a glass of water (it shouldn’t taste salty) or about 1/4 tsp. to a gallon of water. This method is by far the easiest and most economical.

 

2. Add trace mineral drops to your water.

You can purchase various brands of liquid trace minerals and just add it to your water. These types of supplements are an easy way to charge up your water.

 

This energetix product called SpectraMin is an excellent choice. It is available at The Lamb Shoppe.

 

 

 

3. Add various fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.


Depending on what you add, you can get a nice range of vitamins and minerals this way.

It also makes drinking the water fun. Some examples are lemons, limes, cucumbers, lemon balm, mint, raspberries, ginger root, pomegranates, cinnamon sticks, star anise pods, and so on. Be creative and have fun adding flavors together. I love adding fresh sprigs of lemon balm during the growing season. For the winter months, dried warming herbs are great.

 

 

 

 

4. Add greens powder blends to your water.

 

The green powders are typically made from veggies, herbs, grasses, algae, and grains that are not only full of trace minerals and macro minerals, but other goodies like chlorophyll and vitamins, too. In addition, many blends boast that they provide fiber, prebiotic, probiotic, enzyme, and antioxidants benefits as well. PaleoGreens are my personal favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVEN BETTER WATER

Connie’s Secret Ingredient #1: REHYDRATION (homeopathic formula by Energetix)

 

 

When the body is not getting sufficient water, after a while it “forgets” how to utilize water properly. Simply drinking more water may not be enough to rehydrate the tissues and cells. Energetix’ ReHydration is specifically designed to remind the body how to use water effectively and efficiently, assisting to reset the mechanisms which regulate fluid balance. Adding ReHydration to water and drinking throughout the day is an excellent way to begin the process of rehydrating the body and getting vital water back into the cells. I highly recommend the product Rehydration. In clinical situations, it really can be effective for the body. That is why I add it to my water daily.

 

Connie’s Secret Ingredient #2: FIELD OF FLOWERS (homeopathic formula by Energetix)

Fields of Flowers, a homeopathic formula, is a unique combination of the 38 traditional flower essences each one long associated with a key element of emotional concern. It restores a sense of calm for people and many people find Field of Flowers beneficial. Stop by The Lamb Shoppe to get a bottle of this today.

 

 

 

Personal Hydration Tips

  • Drink 1–2 glasses of water as soon as you wake up to flush out toxins and hydrate body.
  • Carry clean water with you everywhere and drink anytime you feel like it.
  • Glass containers are best. Plastics leach chemicals.
  • Keep water nearby whenever you are sitting down at a desk and drink while working.
  • Drink purified or filtered water.
  • Drink more if the weather is hot.
  • Add fresh lemon juice to water to alkalize and detox the body.
  • Eat water rich foods. Ex. watermelon is 92% water, tomato 95% water.
  • Drink herbal teas.
  • Instead of snacking in between meals, drink a healthful beverage.
  • Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
  • Try some refreshing probiotic beverages to hydrate your body.

 

Common Symptoms of Dehydration:

  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Dry or Itchy Skin
  • Grogginess or Tiredness
  • Concentration Lapses
  • Stiff or Sore Muscles or Joints
  • Dark or Cloudy Colored Urine
  • Lower Back Pain

 

Fall Farm Festival 2016

fall-farm-festivalSaturday, September 24th

9:30 am: Registration Begins – $5 for Adults, Children 16 & under FREE

10:00 am: Garden Medicine – Connie Karstens, MS -New ways to use healing plants from the garden

11:00 am: Therapy Dog Demonstration – Shelia Groskreutz & Kelli Dahlman

11:20 am: Learn About the Local Vendors!  

(Lisa Krengel, Health Nut Pantry, Litchfield Natural Food Co-op, Prairie Drifter Farm, Dan & Becky’s Market)

Noon – Lunch: Lamb Burgers, Lamb Dogs & More!

Farm Girl Fresh Author Talk Joyce Kaping & Colleen Anderson

1:00 pm: Overcoming Stress:  A Pathway to Health and Happiness – Dr. Chad J. Harrison from R & R Wellness Center

2:00 pm: Sheep Shearing Demonstration Doug Rathke – Watch a lost art & win prizes!

2:45 pm: Working Dog Herding Demonstration

3:00 pm: Pasture Hay Ride to the Crow River

All Day Attractions:

Farm Store, Local Vendors, Lawn Bowling, Free Drawings & Prizes, Pumpkin Ring Toss, Lawn Games, Farm Animals (Sheep, Chickens, Donkeys, Pony, Mule)

 

 

 

For Kids:

      11:30 am – Burlap Sack Races

      11:45 am – Egg Toss

 

 

 

About the Speakers:

Connie Karstens, MS

Connie Karstens, MS, Herbalist and Health Educator, combines updated research and knowledge with traditional wisdom of herbs and nutrition to help restore, develop and maintain optimal health and well being. Connie is a 3rd generation natural healer. She holds a degree in Biology, a Masters of Science in Nutrition Education, and taught college nutrition for 14 years before opening her own wellness center in 2005.  She incorporates whole foods nutrition, herbs, stress management techniques, and other natural remedies to support and build overall health and re-balance the body.

 

Dr. Chad J. Harrison

Dr. Chad J. Harrison is a leader in developing and implementing unique and powerful healing strategies.  He received a Bachelor’s of Science from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Science University, and has extensive training in Applied Kinesiology and Nutrition.  Dr. Chad has dedicated his career to educating and helping others achieve greater health.  He currently practices in Minnesota, where he lives with his wife, Lisa, and two children, Riley and Britton.

 

Joyce Kaping

Joyce is a true farm girl at heart. She enjoys growing her own food and creating recipes around the fruits and vegetables harvested from her organic garden. Joyce’s passion is to teach people how to grow, preserve and prepare healthy food for family and friends, along with sharing insight on healthy living. Her favorite times are spent with her husband, Ross, and their family, which includes 12 grandchildren.

 

Colleen Anderson

Colleen grew up on a farm, learning the basics of gardening, cooking, canning and freezing from her mother. She came to realize the value of that teaching over the years as her family encountered health challenges. Colleen is passionate to share with others and to help promote healthy lifestyle choices through nutritious eating. She is married to Scott, an organic crop farmer. They have three married children and two grandsons.