Issue: #7 6/3/2016
In This Issue
Smoothie Of The Week:
This time it comes from Jason Mraz!
To make this green smoothie recipe a meal-in-a-glass, musician Mraz adds a tablespoon of coconut oil and some sprouted flax or chia seeds.
Here is what you'll need:
  • 1 1/4 cups cold unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk 
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 sweet apple, such as Honeycrisp, sliced
  • 1/2 large or 1 small stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cups lightly packed kale leaves or spinach
  • 1 1-inch piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 8 ice cubes
-Blend milk beverage, avocado, banana, apple, celery, kale (or spinach), ginger and ice in a blender until very smooth.
Thanks Eating Well, these nutrition facts are great:

Per serving: 

332 calories; 18 g fat (2g sat, 10g mono);

0 mg cholesterol; 

45g carbohydrates;

18g total sugars; 

7g protein; 13 g fiber; 164 mg sodium; 

1345mg potassium.

*Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (168% daily value), Vitamin A (146% dv), Potassium (38% dv), Folate (31% dv), Calcium (26% dv), Magnesium (25% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2

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Good News & Bad News!
Bad news first. A new consumer reports study has shown that all natural bug repellents aren't a safe option. With the looming zika virus on everyone's mind, finding a mosquito repellent that works and is safe is very important. Deet is still listed as the #1 repellent of mosquitoes as well as ticks. Most natural alternatives are shown to last only a half an hour to an hour. Now here is the good news! The study found that  Repel Lemon Eucalyptus, worked just about as well. This got us curious about other studies too. An interesting study performed by New Mexico State University tested a number of commercially available products against two different species of mosquitoes. "Overall, the results from this study confirm that DEET repellents are the most effective mosquito repellents in the market. Although, based on the results from this study, a lemon-eucalyptus oil containing p-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD) [the active ingredient in Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent] has similar efficacy to DEET repellents." The good news actually turned out to be great news. Multiple studies conclude that although DEET is the most effective form of repellent, there are much safer alternatives that perform almost as well. Here is the entire article from the journal of insect science. It is a lot to take in, but you can skim down to the charts to find the products that worked well so you may add them to your shopping list.

Lead Again?
As the fire begins to die down in Flint, Michigan and people are actually being held accountable for their actions, a sense of justice may be on the horizon. We find that it is possible to focus on our health and our water needs to be safe for everyone. It would seem that this is a lesson that only has to be taught once. Unfortunately that is not the case. Our aging infrastructure is a problem, and one that is not going to be cheap to fix. Since our elected officials dislike dealing with things that are hard or costly, this issue has been smoldering for quite some time. The fire has rekindled once again, but this time it pops up in Portland. It is understandable that this will happen and continue to happen all over the United States. Elevated lead levels will occur and pipes, drinking fountains, faucets, and other fixtures will have to be replaced.  The Portland school district announced Friday night that students will drink bottled water for the rest of the school year. The problem doesn't rest solely with the infrastructure. The school district found out about the lead contamination and did not announce it immediately and also didn't shut off the water. "The EPA's best practices indicate that once elevated levels of lead are found, those water faucets should not be used for drinking or food preparation until they are replaced and retested.  We apologize for not following this protocol," the district said. Sorry doesn't cut it. Lead is a serious poison and not a minor inconvenience. We know there is a problem, now we can't trust those in charge of notifying us about it when it happens. Issues such as this should be front page news everywhere. Here is more on the Portland School District lead issue. Make sure you have your home protected before your town becomes the next headline. By the time it hits the news, its usually an apology for handling the problem sooner. Proper water filtration.
Question of the week.
Can you help me give up soda?
We focus all week long on improving the quality and quantity of water people take in. We usually hear "I need my soda or coke." Sugar is highly addicting and soda or pop are an excellent delivery system. Slowly removing them from your diet can be very hard. Use the Appetite Control Mug to help eliminate the addictive natures of the caffeine and sugar. You do not even need to dirty the mug. Simply put the can of soda/pop inside the mug for 5 minutes before drinking. Once you have been able to remove soda/pop from your diet, remember to keep healthy snacks available such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables. These items will contain unrefined natural sugars that can help curb cravings. Cold turkey can provide immediate results, but old habits die hard unless replaced with healthier alternatives.  
A last note on local newsCORPUS CHRISTI -
More areas in Corpus Christi have been added to the water boil advisory.  Spotlight falls on South Texas and will most likely be in the spotlight with recent heavy rain falls and flooding. Currently  Corpus Christi ISD has bottled water on hand for staff at students at 7 campuses impacted by the water advisory. All meals will be prepared off-site or precautions will be made if meals are made on-campus. Furthermore, all water fountains are unavailable for use.  "To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to consumption.  The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.  In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.  When it is no longer necessary to boil the water in the localized areas, the City of Corpus Christi will provide similar notification." Corpus Christi has a problem and they are handling it well. Portland ISD may want to have a workshop down there soon. Here are more details on the matter.......

Thank you to everyone for being active in your health and wellness. It isn't easy to sift through all the information out there. We would like to help. Please feel free to bring us your questions. We would also like to have your tips and healthy tricks such as snacks, recipes, and even exercises.
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