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May 16, 2017

Hydrate your Body with Sonaki Shower Head!


If you filter your drinking water, then why not filter your shower water? We filter our drinking water to remove the chlorine as well as bacteria and fungus. So why not do the same in the shower? I hate the feeling when you get out of the shower and your skin is dry. I use more lotion in a week than I ever have. My kids have also started complaining about dry skin. My area has very hard water so that make it more of a challenge. It is true that Chlorine is effective at killing pathogens in the water but showering in chlorinated water can lead to more chlorine absorption than drinking chlorinated water.

So how can we increase the benefits of our daily hygiene? Why, adding energy, removing toxins, and giving an invigorating experience of course. By the power of science, Sonaki shower filters are able to create a cleaner, safer shower experience. Chloramine (which is found in your shower water) is a mixture of chlorine and ammonia. I just cannot imagine that being remotely good for you. If you are using a shower filter then make sure to check to make sure that it removes chlorine and chloramines.

Sonaki shower filters have been tested and proven to fully neutralize 99.9% of both chlorine and chloramines found in public tap water. The filters are made with 100% natural, food grade Vitamin C, an essential vitamin for humans and animals alike. Vitamin C is known to boost the immune system, and improve your skin and hair. It is also the safest and least toxic of all known de-chlorination agents.

We all felt a difference right away. Our skin felt so smooth and I did not even need any to put conditioner in my daughter’s hair!! That is a huge because I usually use a TON in her hair. There was no need to even put any lotion on our skin…WOOT! If you have a girl who has super knotty hair then you will understand my excitement on that.

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In Living Well, Healthy Eating on
July 1, 2014

What’s On Your Plate? A Healthier Eating Guide


There has been much debate over the validity and usefulness of the new food guideline called MyPlate. Developed to replace, or at least augment, MyPyramid, MyPlate continues the personal approach (My), but dialed the complexity back several notches. This was intended to provide a more easily understood diagram, especially targeting children. With the simple diagram of a plate and cup divided between five food groups, children could take part in their own healthy eating patterns.

As simple concepts go, this is great. But, it leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Where are the oils? What kind of grains should you eat? Are any proteins a good choice? Is milk necessary at every meal?

By just putting a little more thought into the MyPlate graphic, we can come up with a more detailed nutritional guide. Let’s take a look at the divided plate and see how we can improve it.


Divide your plate in half, and fill most of that half with very colorful vegetables. Bright colors equal nutrient rich foods. Do not include white potatoes in this portion of your plate, unless it’s a small amount. Better yet, make those potatoes sweet potatoes. Remember, it’s about the color.


Fill the rest of that half of your plate with brightly colored fruits and berries. You want to choose a wide variety of colors in order to receive lots of nutrients. Bananas and apples are good, but they are not colorful. Branch out beyond these familiar fruits and explore all the colors you can find. Remember, frozen fruit and berries are a healthy option.

Whole Grains

You’ll notice we changed the name from the MyPlate group called ‘grains.’ We want grains to be whole and as unrefined as possible. Limit refined grains (like white bread or white rice) to a bare minimum. An occasional cupcake is fine, but on a daily basis, keep your cereals, breads, pasta, and rice brown and whole for optimum nutrition. Whole grains should make up one-quarter of your plate.

Healthy Protein

Again, you’ll notice a name change. The food group ‘protein’ is way too general. We want you to strictly limit your red meat and processed meats such as bacon and cold cuts. This one-quarter of your plate should be filled most often with fish, poultry, beans, and nuts. Occasionally lean meat can be served, but only occasionally.


Yes, we’ve done it again. That glass of milk has been changed to water. It is not that milk should be totally avoided. However, one or two servings of dairy is sufficient, while water should be on the table at every meal. You will also want to have one glass of juice per day, but should avoid sugary drinks, including sugary fruit juices.

Healthy Oils

We have actually added a ‘food group’ to our plate. Now we have a little bottle of oil on the table. This signifies ‘healthy oils’ that should be included in our diet. Olive oil, canola oil, and other plant oils for cooking or salads is a good choice. Oils like butter should be limited, and saturated fats should be eliminated.

Stay Active

Many of the earlier food group guidelines added exercise, or staying active, as an important part of healthy living. Eating healthy is only part of the equation. Staying active, having a fitness routine, or just moving around, completes a well-rounded nutrition program, and that is why we added staying active back into our guideline.

MyPlate is a good tool to get kids and adults thinking about how their meal should look. But, it doesn’t go far enough. Each individual should design their own plate with more specific, healthier choices laid out in more detail. You can call it My Own Plate, or My Own Pyramid, or whatever you choose. No matter what you call it, just start making healthier choices now to live a healthier life forever!



In Living Well, Healthy Eating on
May 8, 2014

Solving The Nutrition Puzzle


Ask a dozen people what their definition of nutrition is and you will likely get a dozen different answers. Is it possible that nutrition is that puzzling? Or is there another reason why such a wide range of answers should exist?

The answer is both. Nutrition can be puzzling AND there is a reason why nutrition cannot be generalized. Let’s take a look at this complicated and puzzling question.

Complications and Changing Times

Human bodies are complicated. We are made up of many ‘systems’ that form our one body. I know you learned these in school, but let’s recap just to remind ourselves of all the ways we need to feed our body. Our body’s systems are: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, digestive, endrocrine, nervous, respiratory, lymphatic, urinary, and reproductive. Whew! Is it any wonder why finding the right nutritional balance is a bit confusing? And, even though we all share the same systems, we all start out genetically different, we live in different climates, and we live in different cultures. This all complicates things further by predisposing us to a vast range of nutritional needs.

We must add to this confusion the fact that science changes. What is believed to be nutritious one year, decade, or century, may be considered less than healthy during another time. Browse any of the popular ephemera websites to see just how far health and nutrition changes throughout the centuries. It wasn’t long ago that alcohol and tobacco were used in elixirs and powders claiming to promote good health.

As you can see, our perception of nutrition and health changes over time – sometimes with scientific studies and sometimes with common sense. Either way, we live and learn and slowly we become more knowledgeable about nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

Piecing Together The Puzzle

With all those systems in our body and so many changes in what nutrition really involves, how can we ever figure out how to eat a well balanced diet? You may be disappointed to hear that there are no simple answers. Remember, the body is complicated and science changes facts on us all the time.

So, how DO we piece together the nutrition puzzle? The best answer we have is to take one piece at a time and see if it fits our particular lifestyle. There is a reason why a wide range of definitions for a nutritionally balanced diet exists, and that reason is we are individuals. Each person possesses a particular set of nutritional needs uniquely their own.

For example, modern scientific studies have shown that a person who exerts a lot of energy either working or playing needs complex carbohydrates to burn. A person who is building muscle needs a lot of protein. A person with a weakened or compromised immune system will need extra antioxidants in their diet. People who have limited sunlight would need another source of vitamin D.

This is just a small example of how individuals might benefit from specifically designed diets focusing on certain nutrients. Within each of these groups, you may have people of varying ages, too. A child’s nutritional needs are definitely different from an older person’s needs. Women and men have different nutritional needs, as well.

If you’re ready to launch yourself into eating the most nutritionally balanced diet known to man, you just have to remember that one person’s super-nutritional diet may not be right for you. Begin your research by first piecing together your body’s own unique needs. Then take a good look at your lifestyle. Only then will the nutritional puzzle come together for you!


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May 7, 2014

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May 5, 2014

Get Off The Weight Loss Roller Coaster With A Balanced Diet


Let’s be honest; each diet out there sounds good. As a matter of fact, each diet you try may result in some pretty nice weight loss. If you follow the rules and stick to the plan, you probably will see some reduction in weight, inches, or both. That’s all good.

Then it’s back. Maybe it takes a month or two, or maybe a year, but eventually many of us slide back to our old eating habits. The reason this happens varies. The diet may have required recipes that were too complicated, or expensive, or time consuming. The food on the diet may have been bland. Perhaps the food allowed on your diet was not filling, leaving you hungry all the time. Or maybe you were eating food that the rest of the family wasn’t eating, exiling you to the kitchen while everyone else enjoyed your old favorite recipes around the table. Well, that won’t do for long.

None of these scenarios are very happy. Diets, by their very nature, are often limiting. If you are eliminating whole food groups for your diet or tediously picking apart every dish to cast out unapproved ingredients, you are most likely headed for a diet disaster somewhere down the road.

But, all these popular diets sound so good! Most people who want to lose weight want to lose it fast, right? So who wouldn’t want to sign on for a diet that promises these kinds of results? Lose it fast and keep it off – that’s the ticket!

The fact is, there are no indications that this type of diet succeeds in the long run. Most people regain the weight they lost because they eventually fall off the diet. But, there is a way to lose weight and keep it off for a lifetime. Unfortunately, this diet will never take any nation by storm or make headlines anywhere.

The Most Unpopular Diet Of All Time

This diet is so unpopular that it doesn’t even have a name. Although most of us learned about this diet in grade school, many of us have long since pushed it aside and out of our mind. This diet is called the ‘Balanced Diet.’

Yes, that’s the boring diet we all know from our food pyramid from the old days. It’s changed over the years as scientific research into nutrition has found a few changes needed to be made. But, the basics have been, and still are, the same – eat a balanced diet to maintain a healthy weight.

The science behind a balanced diet is simple; our body needs a certain amount and variety of nutrients to operate under certain conditions. The key here is balance and variety.

Balance May Be Boring But Results Are Real

A very basic principle in dieting that still exists suggests that we only need to be concerned with calorie reduction to lose weight. The theory is we will lose weight if we keep very close tabs on our calories and made sure we only take in the calories that we will burn during our day. It doesn’t matter where the calories come from, just as long as you don’t go over your calorie intake for the day.

But this principle doesn’t explain why some people fail to lose weight when they reduce their calorie intake. This is where the boring old balance comes in, and works. If a person relies totally on calorie reduction as a way to lose weight, that person may not be getting the nutrients they need to maintain the weight loss. We know, for example, that protein builds muscle and muscle burns calories. A person who is reducing calories would do well to eat plenty of protein and exercise to build muscle which in turn burns fat. In other words, a few extra calories consumed from a protein rich source would add balance to that particular diet.

Another popular method to lose weight is to eliminate carbohydrates from the diet. Most people who do this will see some weight loss almost immediately. This is encouraging, but may be short lived if the diet is not nutritionally balanced.

People who follow a low-carb diet must realize that not all carbs are bad, and some are actually essential. For instance, complex carbs are necessary for energy and healthy brain function. Those little neurons in the brain simply won’t fire without proper care and feeding. Again, a good balance of complex carbs, the slow burning so-called ‘good carbs,’ with plenty of protein, vitamins, and minerals, may not make the bestseller list of diet books, but the long lasting healthy results speak for themselves.

These are just a few examples of some of the diets that many of us follow from time to time. And, yes, many of us see results quickly and enjoy watching the scale numbers drop. But, many of us also see those scale numbers start climbing back up again before long. Sadly, we then fall into the same trap and it starts all over again.

Isn’t it time you got off that weight loss roller coaster? Following a nutritionally balanced diet is the proper way to promote healthy weight loss. It may not be fancy, fast, or glamorous. You may have the most boring diet stories to tell your friends. But, you’ll be losing weight and feeling great, and there’s nothing boring about that at all!