Health and Lifestyle - Milk in the Raw!

Health and Lifestyle have you ever tried milk in the raw ... er ... drinking raw milk, that is ...

We have a local farmer just down the street from us that has a few cows and actually has a raw milk vending machine right there!  Known by everyone (he also owns the local taxi company) folks just bring their own jug and for €1 you walk away with a little over a liter of fresh cold milk.

Now, I must say that I have never been a big milk drinker, but this stuff is very tasty.  Rich and creamy it is nothing like the milk you buy in the grocery store ... heck ... you can even buy milk in the store that doesn't even need refrigeration ... what is that all about?

The Austrian government comes in and tests for quality every couple of days and what he doesn't sell that day to the locals gets picked up and goes to the big dairy where is goes through the pasteurizing, homogenizing process.

Because the vending machine is right there next to the cow "house" you can really see what goes on.  The picture here shows that the "ladies" are in for the night, but many times they are out and about ... munching on grass or hay.  Heck, they even have names with their information posted on the wall!

I recently watched a YouTube video where the authorities in California arrested a gentleman for selling raw milk ... very scary stuff ... isn't it about time we take control back over our own lives?  The man that was arrested was a local farmer known by everyone ... his good farming practices were  an open book ... yet his milk was dumped down the drain.  What a shame ...

On my quest for a new healthy lifestyle I prefer to take responsibility for my decisions about whether or not to drink raw milk.

Health and lifestyle.  CHEERS!

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Health and Lifestyle - Drink a Lemon a Day ...

Want to improve your health and lifestyle?  Drinking Lemon water is a great way to begin your day and create that healthy lifestyle you are looking to achieve!

Every morning we start out our day with a half of a liter glass of lemon water.  It helps to balance the  pH, keeps your skin clear and glowing, gets your digestive system moving, helps with weight loss, and may assist you in kicking your morning  coffee habit.  Lemon is also a natural energizer as it hydrates and oxygenates the body so it feels revitalized and refreshed.   Sounds like a winner to me!

I juice 1 whole lemon per glass and top it off with alkalized/ionized water.  If possible drink your lemon water with a straw as the acid can “etch” your teeth.

Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

1. Lemon water is great for digestion. The atomic composition is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices. Lemon helps relieve many digestion problems when mixed with water; these include nausea, heartburn and parasites. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and burping are relieved. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and as a cleansing agent.  Some folks even swear that it helps to relieve hiccups :-)

2. Lemon water helps purify and stimulate the liver. Lemon water liquefies bile while inhibiting excess bile flow.

3. Lemon water helps bowels eliminate naturally and easily.

4. Lemon water can help lower blood pressure. It works wonders for people having heart problems because of its high potassium content. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea as well as provides relaxation to mind and body. It also reduces mental stress and depression.

5. Assist in curing Respiratory Disorders.  Lemon water helps to cure respiratory problems, along with breathing problems and helps reduce phlegm in the body.  Lemon is an excellent fruit that aids in fighting problems related to throat infections, sore throat and tonsillitis as it has an antibacterial property. For sore throat, dilute one-half lemon juice with one-half water and gargle frequently.

6. Terrific Aid in Weight Loss.  One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy. If a person drinks lemon juice mixed with water and honey, it can reduce the body weight as well. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.  My experience is that if I start the day off right, it's easier for me to make the good choices for myself the rest of the day.

7. Lemons are high in potassium. Potassium is an important mineral that works with sodium for smooth electrical transmission in the brain and nervous system. Depression, anxiety, fogginess, and forgetfulness can often be traced to low potassium blood levels. That same nervous system needs potassium to assure steady signals to the heart. So your heart health is improved from the lemon water's potassium.

8. Lemon water helps to dilute uric acid, which if it accumulates it creates arthritic pain or gout.

9. Wonderful for Skin Care.  Lemon, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can participate to cure problems related to skin. Lemon is a vitamin C rich citrus fruit that enhances your beauty, by rejuvenating skin from within and thus bringing a glow on your face. A daily dose of lemon water can make a big difference in the appearance of your skin. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can help remove wrinkles and blackheads. Lemon water if applied on the areas of burns can fade the scars. As lemon is a cooling agent, it also reduces the burning sensation on the skin.

10.  Reduces Fever.  Lemon water can treat a person who is suffering from cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fever by increasing perspiration.

Fun Tip #1: Lemon water is an excellent source of anti-oxidants and vitamin C, which prevents formation of free radicals. These free radicals can cause death of the cells and rob electrons.
Fun Tip #2: It’s an excellent remedy for a hangover!
Fun Tip #3: Lemon water is as calorie-free as water, but it taste better, acts as a blood sugar stabilizer, boosts metabolism, helps with digestion, contains calcium, and can clean your skin.
Fun Tip #4:  Drink your warm lemon water in coffee cups that has coffee or tea stains.  The lemon water will help remove them.
Fun Tip #5:  Grind the used lemon rinds in your garbage disposal to help deodorize it.

So, have I convinced you to give lemon and water a try?  Here's to your new health and lifestyle ... CHEERS!

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Health and Lifestyle - "GesundheitsMesse Breitenau 2012" Health Symposium

Health and Lifestyle ... "GesundheitsMesse Breitenau 2012" Health Symposium

This event is hosted by the GesundheitsVerein in Austria.  They have assembled some cutting edge experts in the field of complimentary health for anyone interested in living a healthy lifestyle!

Featured speakers are:
*Prof.Erwin Böhm - Seelenlifting statt Gesichtsstraffung
*Dr. Michael Ehrenberger - Merkmale des Lebenden
*Helmuth Matzner - Rückkehr zur Gesundheit
*Markus Stütz - FIT & POWER oder schlapp, krank und sauer ?
*Johann Schweifer .... Gesundheit beginnt im Kopf
*Claudia Nemecek, Sport und Ernährung - Meine Erfahrungen im Leistungssport mit Naturkost
*Markus Bierbaumer - Yoga
*Roland Kührer - Urkost und Urmethodik die 4 Säulen der Urmethodik Körper Psychisch+Physisch Geist und Seele

This is an event you won't want to miss if you want to maintain health.

Here's to YOUR Health and Lifestyle!


Gesundheitsmesse Breitenau 2012 will be held in the Steinfeldzentrum on October 6th 2012 and will run from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

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Health and Lifestyle - Did You Eat Your Sprouts Today?

Health and Lifestyle ... did YOU eat your sprouts today?  In my opinion a sprout a day is better than an apple a day for keeping the doctor away and leading a healthy lifestyle!

Here are 5 Benefits of Sprouts

1. Rich in Essential Nutrients

Some of the vitamins that sprouts contain include Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin K. Apart from this, it is also rich in minerals such as Iron, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese, and Calcium. As if these are not enough, sprouts also have dietary fiber, Folate, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Sprouting seeds, grains and legumes are found to have higher content of these nutrients. For instance, most beans increase in Vitamin A by eight times after being sprouted.

2. Excellent Source of Enzymes

Aside from the nutrients, they are also abundant in enzymes, which can keep our bodies healthy and fit. Cooking food results in the loss of some of those enzymes. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables are the best way to get more of these. Consuming fresh sprouts is a good way to get access to a powerful source of enzymes.

3. High in Protein

When you say protein, the first things on people’s minds are meat, chicken, fish, egg, and dairy products. What most people do not know is that sprouts are also very high in protein. In fact, they can contain up to 35 percent protein. Adding sprouts to your diet will give you the necessary protein intake required by your body minus the fat, cholesterol, and calories that typically come with animal meats. Sprouts are also highly recommended for vegans and vegetarians.

4. Easy to Digest

Another thing you will love about sprouts is how easy it is to digest this food. Its digestibility is rooted from the high amount of enzymes that they contain. Eating sprouts can be very helpful for people with digestive or bloating problems. They are also perfect for younger kids and elderly people.

5. Great for Weight Loss

Since sprouts are also high in fiber and low in calorie, it can contribute positively to any weight loss diet plan. Eating sprouts will let you enjoy nutrients without the extra calories. It will also make you feel fuller and stave off hunger longer. If you are looking for a way to lose weight, include sprouts in your diet.

Sprouts are beneficial to your health. Apart from that, they are also very delicious. Including them in your diet would be very easy. You can add them to your salads, soups, meat dishes, and pasta to make them more scrumptious and appetizing. Its crisp and flavor make dishes more delicious. Now if you want to maximize their benefits even more, you can also snack on them fresh. Enzymes in most foods are lost during the cooking process.

Sprouting at home is a simple way to begin a healthy lifestyle, lower your food costs, increase the amount of raw food in your diet, and of course you will know exactly how they were grown and can be assured that the sprouts you eat are safe.

Sprouting is really a no-brainer ... and is quick and easy to do. Sprouting supplies for the most part are free (except for the seeds).  Soon you will be crunching your way through all that sprout goodness!

Why sprout?

When seeds start to sprout, the nutrients begin to change ... complex compounds such as carbohydrates begin to break down into simple sugars , proteins break down into amino acids, and the fats into fatty acids. Enzyme inhibitors  that enable a seed to remain inert yet viable for years are neutralized by sprouting, and the enzyme and vitamin content is increased, most notably the B vitamins.

A sprouting seed is transformed from a long term storage unit for starches into a living plant full of digestive enzymes, amino acids, and simple sugars. The nutrient content increases up to 1200% after sprouting, and your body can readily assimilate the organic compounds in the sprouts. As the sprouts turn green with exposure to light, chlorophyll is developed in these baby plant sprouts, making them a superfood  packed with nutrition.


  • cheesecloth or stainless steel screen ... I use a plastic sieve
  • quart sized mason jars
  • a tray to stand the sprouting jars in
  • rubber bands or a canning ring to hold the cheesecloth or screen in place
  • a selection of seeds, beans, or grains ... organic is best!
  • Some place on a counter out of direct sunlight
  • 5 to 10 minutes each day to care for your sprouts

How to Grow Sprouts:

Fill a jar with water (filtered or spring water is preferable). For alfalfa, clover, or other small seeds, put two tablespoons of seeds in the jar and let soak in the water for 8 hours. Beginning the soaking process at night develops an easy rhythm for daily maintenance, checking them in the evening and again in the morning.

After the soaking time is up (in the morning, if started at night), empty the water out and rinse the seeds with fresh water (I like to rinse at least twice each time). Cover the mouth of the jar with a square of cheesecloth or sprouting screen and set the jar upside down in a tray or bowl (to catch any water that will drain out). I always lean the jar against something at an angle to ensure a flow of fresh air to the sprouting seeds.

Rinse the sprouts every 8 to 12 hours by filling the jars part way with water and then draining them thoroughly. The water from soaking and rinsing the sprouts is great for houseplants, gardens, or your compost pile. When the sprouts have reached the size you prefer for eating, rinse them thoroughly and place in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them. They will keep just fine for a couple of days (up to a week).

Most sprouts are edible as soon as you see a  root popping out from the seed, but you can let them grow as long as you want. Alfalfa and clover will fill the jar so completely that you’ll have a hard time getting them out, so don’t let them go too far.

Soaking times & quantity of seeds for sprouting in a pickle jar:

  • Alfalfa seeds: Soak 2 Tbs for 4 to 8 hours
  • Clover seeds: Soak 2 Tbs for 4 to 8 hours
  • Broccoli seeds: Soak 2 Tbs for 8 to 12 hours
  • Whole lentils: Soak 1 cup for 8 to 12 hours, then eat
  • Fenugreek seeds: Soak 1/4 cup for 4 to 8 hours
  • Radish seeds: Soak 3 Tbs for 4 to 8 hours
  • Raw hulled sunflower seeds: Soak 1 cup for 6 to 8 hours, then eat
  • Chia seeds: Soak 1 cup for 6 to 8 hours, then eat
  • Sesame seeds: Soak 1 cup for 6 to 8 hours, then eat
  • Wheat berries: Soak 1 cup whole wheat berries for 8 to 12 hours
  • Rye berries: Soak 1 cup whole rye berries for 8 to 12 hours

OK, so I guess I am hooked on sprouting.  My kitchen looks like a science project running amok with my pickle jars scattered about and little green sprouts in all forms of growth!  Eating healthy is a prime concern to improve health.

What could be better for a healthy lifestyle than to scoop up a handful of these healthy, tasty treats and sprinkle them over a salad or pop them in a quick stir fry?

Here's to your Health and lifestyle!

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Health and Lifestyle - Prevention is Better than Treatment

Health and lifestyle .. one thing is for sure .. prevention is better than treatment any day.

The GesundheitsVerein is holding a Health Symposium here in Breitenau, Austria on Saturday October 6th.  They really have put together an all star lineup.  If you are looking to have a healthy lifestyle maybe you want to plan a visit here to see for yourself!

Gesundheitsmesse Breitenau 2012 will be held in the Steinfeldzentrum on October 6th 2012 and will run from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

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Health and Lifestyle - Alkaline Water for a Healthy Lifestyle!

Water is an incredible beverage and it critical to a healthy lifestyle.

Our new alkaline / ionizing water maker.  We just got this baby and let me tell you the water tastes WONDERFUL!  Fresh and clean tasting, it is my new best friend.  This particular unit also gives you acidic water which is terrific for watering your plants, cleaning hard surfaces like your counter tops (no more chemicals) and splashing on your face like an astringent.

Most people know that tap water isn’t good for them. In order to kill parasites and bacteria in water, governments add other possibly even more alarming chemical agents and pathogens such as chlorine, carbon, phosphates, aluminum sulfate, and lime. Most municipal water supplies also contain some or all of the following toxic chemicals: radon, arsenic, fluoride, and heavy metals, such as copper, lead, and iron.  I don't know about you, but I don't want that stuff going into my body!

Why should we rethink bottled, reverse osmosis, and distilled water?

  • Some sources of bottled water are NOT from actual springs with naturally mineralized water. Many companies are now simply bottling tap water, for convenience. 
  • Those who purchase bottled water are contributing to over 1 million plastic bottles going to landfills every day. 
  • Risk health effects from chemical toxins called phthalates that are sometimes added to plastics to give them flexibility.

Phthalates function like hormones, disrupting endocrine systems in humans. According to Dr. Rolf Halden of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, if you heat plastics, phthalates leach from containers into water and food. Of course, water bottles are stored and transported in hot warehouses and trucks, which increases that likelihood. Bottled water should be avoided, and water should be contained in inert materials like glass, ceramic, or stainless steel.

Many people believe, myself included until recently, that a reverse osmosis (R.O.) water filter was the best way to address these issues, as it removed about 99 percent of these contaminants. Others people drink distilled water, which removes 100 percent of the nutrients.

Unfortunately, your R.O. system or distiller cannot differentiate between good compounds and bad. They categorically remove dozens of trace minerals from the water that are critical to your health.

The best answer to the what to drink question is alkaline / ionized water.  Many people don't know about alkaline water ... I didn't ...

10 BEST Reasons to Drink Alkaline Water

1. Aids in Weight Loss:
Drinking plenty of alkaline water is one of the best ways to lose weight.  Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar.  Think of all the high calorie beverages that you consume each day and now guess what happens when you replace those drinks like soda, juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn't have any calories. Water is a terrific appetite suppressant and researchers have proven that many times when we feel like we are hungry that we are simply dehydrated.  

2. Your Heart Loves Water:
A six year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.  So, my friends, start now ... drink a good amount of water and you could lower your risks of a heart attack.

3. Boost Your Energy Level:
If you are dehydrated your energy levels drop and make you feel tired ... even slight dehydration will have an effect.  The saying goes that "if you're feeling thirsty, then you're already dehydrated" ! Alkaline / ionized water provides your body with lots of oxygen, which is why it gives us energy.

4. Headaches a Problem:
Many times a headache is simply the result of being de-hydrated. In fact, often when we have headaches it's simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.

5. Healthy Glowing Skin:
Drinking water can help to clear up your skin.  Many people report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won't happen overnight, of course, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have beneficial effects on your skin.

6. Digestive Issues:
The digestive system requires water to digest our food properly. Many times water ... especially alkaline water can help cure stomach acid problems.  Drink lots of water and add fiber to your diet and most times you can get things "moving" right along.  In other words, no more constipation!

7. Flushing
Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. If you have accumulated acid waste in your system, it probably took years for you to get into that condition and it will take some time to reverse it. As the body is slowly brought into pH balance by drinking alkaline water, it will naturally begin to function more efficiently and problems will begin to correct themselves.

8. Cancer Risk
Many people believe that drinking a healthy amount of alkaline water may also reduce the risk of colon cancer. In addition, drinking lots of water may also reduce the risk of bladder cancer and potentially reduce the risk of other cancers by bringing your body into balance naturally and providing it with oxygen, alkalinity and basic nutrients.  Cancer thrives in an acidic environment and alkaline water helps to achieve a natural balance.

9. Endurance During Exercise
Alkaline / ionized water has tremendous amounts of oxygen that helps our bodies function efficiently. Having extra amounts of oxygen in our blood will increase your endurance during exercise. Exercise requires additional water, so be sure to hydrate before, during and after exercise.

10. Brain Power:
Water helps to ensure adequate electrical functioning so your brain and nervous system function properly. Your brain and nervous system send out electrical signals to function properly. Researchers estimate that your brain gives off about the same amount of electricity as a 60 watt light bulb. So, there’s some truth to the image of a light bulb going on when someone has a good idea.

Health and lifestyle are my prime concerns as I get older and in my opinion, an alkaline water maker just makes sense.  Here's to YOUR healthy lifestyle!
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