5th Chakra – The Throat

The next chakra is the Throat, or Vishudda, which means “pure”. Where does your voice come from, and where do you find the energy to speak? Obviously, the physical answer is your throat, but ENERGETICALLY, the energy to give voice to your personal truths comes from this 5th chakra.

Blue is the color that represents the Throat Chakra.

This chakra sits right in the middle of your collarbone. It extends down to the center of your heart, and up to the middle of your eyes. The location is close to your Heart Chakra, and it is connected to the love and compassion you feel for yourself and others.

Have you ever prayed right before a conversation that you know may be tough and just asked for the right words, words that will be heard and effective? Isn’t it AMAZING when that happens!!! Being able to speak clearly, with love, even if the truth could be difficult, is what happens when this chakra is balanced, and it’s so vital in relationships, and even just everyday interactions! Knowing exactly what words are appropriate for a given situation, and being able to communicate them with KINDNESS, can inspire and help so much. ☺️

For people who have often felt ignored or invalidated, sometimes they react by getting “LOUD”. They may interrupt frequently, and others may describe them as “loving the sound of their own voice”.

It helps to have some understanding of this. Whether it’s you that tends this way, or someone you are interacting with, knowing that the source is hurt and/or fear of not being “heard” can help you choose how to respond. Physically, people that are a bit too open in this chakra can experience a lot of oral issues (cavities, mouth ulcers) or throat pain. BUT, simply staying quiet is NOT necessarily a good alternative! That comes with it’s own set of issues. Read on to see what I mean.

Another way of responding when you feel ignored and unheard or invalidated is to go silent, never speaking up or sharing your truths with others. If this is you, chances are you’ve been called shy, quiet, or aloof. People that have shut down the energy in this chakra can feel unable to express their emotions, or struggle to find the right words to share something. Physically, this can result in lots of digestive issues. Picture energy being diverted from the Throat chakra and basically “swallowed”, ending up down in the 3rd again. It’s also possible for speech impediments to be a result.

Lordy, LORDY, this one speaks to me. I can see much of my childhood and adolescence here, and I have had to FIGHT for much of the progress I have made. I know some of you may think it’s goofy to spend so much time posting about these types of things, but let me tell you, if I had known about this years ago, it would have helped me. And if it can help even ONE other person, it’s 100% worth it!!!

So, if you find yourself with an overactive Throat, here’s something EASY you can practice to help bring balance-Think before you speak. Ask yourself, is what I am about to say true? Necessary? Kind?? If not, either don’t say it, or find a way to express it in a manner where the answer to these questions is YES!

If you have a sluggish Throat, SPEAK UP!!!! This one may be a little more difficult, but you can practice! Take time every day to practice expressing yourself. Talk to yourself in the mirror or while you’re driving or doing the dishes. It’s a mistake to think that words are only valuable if they are spoken around another person’s ears. Not true!! They are valuable even if it’s just YOUR ears that hear! PRACTICE SPEAKING UP!!! Remember scenarios where you WISH you had spoken up, and play that out again in a more balanced fashion. If you know you have a situation coming up where you would typically stay quiet, practice what you WANT to say before it’s go time! Practice is always the key for whatever it is we are wanting to change or improve. It’s not do or die. It’s keep working and learning and improving. 

For a sluggish Throat Chakra, try using Eucalyptus oil! Feeling choked up or blocked can be a symptom of congested energy here, and Eucalyptus is wonderful!

Frankincense and Peppermint can also be useful to both tame and maintain energy here. Especially Frank! I would also suggest Sacred Frankincense if you have it.

4th Chakra – The Heart

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The fourth chakra is the Heart Chakra, or Anahata, which translates to “unhurt”. ❣️ This chakra houses and empowers your love, compassion and kindness.
This one is easy to understand because most of us already associate our hearts with love. This means love for others AND ourselves, which is important.
It’s difficult for us to respond to those around us with love and compassion 100% of the time without fear, judgment or feeling self-conscious. And yet, that’s the goal for most of us. The ability to do just that flows through this chakra, which makes it imperative for us to recognize when we are closed, or too open, in this area.
? Green represents the Heart Chakra, and it’s location is right over your heart, and extends down to your breastbone and up to your throat.
? Having balance in this energy shows up as being able to walk in love with yourself and others EQUALLY (Ever notice how sometimes we hate ourselves while loving others? That’s not balance. ?). Even when things are difficult, we facilitate, and feel, compassion towards others, and allow it to come our way, too.
? A sign to you that your energy in this location may be TOO active is when personal boundaries become blurred and you find yourself making unhealthy choices in the name of “love”. Honoring yourself as much as you do others is necessary, so when you are putting the needs of others before your own in an unhealthy manner, your Heart Chakra needs to SIMMER DOWN a bit. ?
Other symptoms of this can be a fast heart rate, heart palpitations and heartburn. Interesting, right??
? Focusing a bit of the love you’re showering on others back to yourself can help tame an overactive chakra. Try to do something for YOU every day:
* Take a relaxing bath
* Get a massage
* Do some meditation
* Make some time to do something that you enjoy
? Having an underactive or sluggish Heart Chakra can be a little harder. It may take some dedicated work and effort to bring this energy up.
Many of us have spent a LOT of time building up some walls and defenses to protect ourselves from hurt. The result is difficulty in developing close, personal relationships. The walls that protect us also keep others at bay. ? This can even leave you feeling physically out of touch with yourself, and can contribute to circulation issues.
I personally have battled this one quite a bit, and this information has been incredibly helpful for me!
We can’t allow others to love us well until we learn to love ourselves. Sounds kinda hokey, and maybe oversimplified, but it actually makes perfect sense. Many of us struggle with actually living this without consciously realizing it. Show yourself some compassion, and love yourself as well as you try to love others, and in the way you’d like others to love you! Then your compassion for your neighbor will really be able to flow!!!
? Fun Fact: Often, eating food that is the same color as a particular chakra can actually help facilitate healing and balance! Have you ever seen charts that show how the shape of certain fruits and vegetables coordinate to body parts that they support? Same here! So, for the Heart Chakra, spinach, greens and green tea are considered balancing foods for this energy. Cool!
? Essential oils that can be used to help in this area:
? Rose, especially, is great for heart issues. Throughout history the rose has been considered a symbol of God’s love for us. ? Rub a drop over your heart every day. It’s one of the more valuable oils, so maybe consider splitting a bottle with a few friends to make it affordable!
? Cedarwood and Rosemary can contribute to feeling secure in your convictions.
? Bergamot, Orange and Melissa all help encourage a cheery disposition. ?

3rd Chakra – The Solar Plexus

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The third chakra is the Solar Plexus (Manipura), which means “lustrous gem”. How cool is that? This chakra is the seat for your personal power, self-confidence and identity.

Have you ever been in a situation that you just KNEW wasn’t “right” for you, or have you ever just sensed danger? Or, conversely, have you ever just KNOWN that something was going to work out, and that you were on the right path? I have! Most of us would say we could just “feel it in our gut”, right? It’s not unusual for us to physically FEEL that wisdom or direction in that location. That’s your Solar Plexus!

? Solar Plexus Chakra is represented by the color yellow and fire is the symbol of it’s energy. ???
? This chakra starts in the middle of your belly button and extends up to where your rib bones meet in the center of your chest.
? Some people call this chakra the warrior chakra because it’s comparable to a wise warrior going into battle. He has the needed confidence to win the battle, and the wisdom to know the personal truth he’s fighting for. I love this!
? When this chakra is balanced and flowing, you feel a sense of wisdom, decisiveness and even personal power.
? An overactive Solar Plexus can happen when we mistakenly try to extend the power we have into the lives of others. We may feel angry, the need to control and mircromanage, greedy, and possibly a lack of compassion and empathy. YUCK! Physically, imbalances in the organs like the appendix, pancreas, liver and kidneys can occur.
? If we’ve ever had our personal power taken away from us by another person or circumstance, this chakra can end up sluggish and underactive. Feelings like indecisiveness, insecurity, timidity and neediness can be signs that your Solar Plexus needs some balance.
? To help balance a whacked out Solar Plexus, try these things:
Think of the things you know you’re good at. EVERYONE has talents and abilities, so you can’t get away with saying, “I don’t have any”! ? Make a list of yours, and feel how the confidence in those talents can actually make your stomach tingle and vibrate. Energize that chakra!
It’s also a good practice to consciously open up your heart with love and compassion to those around you! SEE yourself as a beacon and vessel of love. ?
? Essential oils to use:
To rev up a sluggish chakra, do a tummy massage with Cinnamon, Eucalyptus or Juniper oil.
To calm an over zealous one, massage with Peppermint, Vetiver, or Helichrysum.
To hold steady, use Grapefruit or Lemon.

2nd Chakra – The Sacral

The second chakra is the Sacral Chakra. It means the “place of the self”. This chakra is home to your creative energy and sensuality, and is considered your source for enjoying life and all it has to offer! Water is considered a source of energy for this chakra.

? I should have mentioned yesterday that the Root Chakra is always symbolized by the color red ❤️. The color for the Sacral is orange ?.

? This chakra is located right below your belly button.

? Consider this your “seat” for creative power, whether that be coming up with ideas that can be solutions to problems, creating actual objects like works or art or decoration, or having a creative idea that can further your business or career, this is the center from where it originates. Pay attention to this area the next time you need to “brainstorm” some ideas!

? The other main role for this chakra is learning to take PLEASURE in life! This can be from an intimate relationship with your spouse or partner, good food, in being creative, or just appreciating the experiences we get to have here on earth. We are here for a purpose, and part of that is to ENJOY. ?

? When this chakra is overactive, it results in things like addiction and gluttony. Pleasure is a GOOD thing, we are SUPPOSED to experience it, and that shouldn’t make anyone feel guilty. However, if you are indulging in things or behaviors that are not healthy and life giving to you, then this may be unbalanced and out of whack. Symptoms of this can be addictions and obesity, and possibly even hormone imbalance and restlessness. ☹️?

? How do you balance an overactive chakra? Focus on drawing energy away from “pleasure” and focus it more on your “heart”. ? Take time to assess whether or not a particular activity or indulgence is benefitting you. Just asking yourself, “Is this action I’m about to take good for me? Is it healthy and will it benefit me?” can be enough to check and alter your choices.

? A sluggish Sacral Chakra that isn’t allowing energy to flow very well can happen if you spend a lot of time focusing on very practical issues, and you don’t allow yourself to enjoy the fruits of your labor before moving on to the next task or responsibility. Certain personalities are more prone to this. Symptoms of this can be depression, and decreased sex drive, feeling uncreative and unmotivated, and just kind of blah. ?

? How do you energize a sluggish Sacral? Easy! ENJOY LIFE!! Go do something creative, like paint a picture. Spend time enjoying your relationships, especially the closest ones you have. Be intimate with your partner, have coffee with your closest friend, call your mom!

? Here are some oily suggestions for this chakra. A lower back massage with Cardamon can awaken a sluggish Sacral. A massage with Ylang Ylang or Neroli can calm an overactive one. And Orange and Sandalwood are excellent for helping to maintain a balanced Sacral Chakra.

At the end of this series, I will share a graphic showing some easy roller recipes you can use to support each of these chakras!

A Look at the Seven Chakras

Did you know your body is made of ENERGY? And so is the universe and everything that is in it?

I tend to geek out when I read about the seven energy chakras in the body. At first, I thought that perhaps they were a little “trendy” or somehow “new age”. I even questioned if they were maybe ungodly, or anti-Chrisitan. But the more I have studied and learned, the more convinced I am that this is an essential part of how we are designed. Whether you believe in creation or evolution or something else, you really can’t argue that we don’t just have a physical body. There is also a non-physical part to us. I believe it’s an integral part of every human, and that there is an ultimate design for it all to work together. It’s fascinating!!

The word chakra literally translates to “wheel”. It symbolizes the spinning, rotating energy that’s inside of us, and there are seven main centers for it. They start at the base of your spine and run right up it to the top of your head. It’s important for these centers to be aligned and in sync for your PHYSICAL and EMOTIONAL health to be at their peak! When you are balanced, the chakras give the right amount of energy to the right place. When one, or more, are out of balance, they can be giving too much or too little, and your overall health may suffer.

For the next few weeks, we are going to look at the Seven Chakras-what each one is, how to tell if it’s balanced and functioning well, and suggestions for ways you can work on getting an unbalanced energy back into balance. Today, let’s look at the foundation of the chakras, the Root Chakra.

The Root Chakra is called Muladhara in the Sanskrit language. The translation of Muladhara is two part – Mula means “root” and Adhara means “base” or “support”. This 1st chakra is the foundation for all the others. If your foundation isn’t stable, what’s built on top of it will most likely have some issues. Muladhara is located at the base of your spine, where your tailbone is. The role of this chakra is to “ground” you to the earth. Another way to say it is that this chakra connects your body’s energy to the earth. It stabilizes you, provides you with security. The chakras are represented by the seven primary colors, and the Root is always represented by the color red

This chakra, when open and not blocked, flows energy that facilitates our everyday needs. These can be basic needs, like food, shelter, water, financial security and safety, and also emotional needs like feeling loved and free from fear.  For most of us, these are things that are necessary for survival.

When this chakra is BALANCED, you feel peaceful when you think of things like money or shelter or safety. You also feel very connected to being “human” and the experiences that go along with that in relationships.

This chakra gets a LOT of use in our day to day lives, so it’s easy for it to be overactive, which means a little too much energy flowing through it. An overactive Root Chakra feels like jitteriness and anxiety, or fear. Sometimes an overactive chakra will be shouting messages of survival to us when there isn’t really any danger or threat. This can show up physically as lower back pain, hip issues and ovarian cysts and prostate issues. We aren’t designed to be in a constant state of fear and anxiety.

So what can you do to tone down an overactive Root? First, it’s important to make sure your survival needs are met. Your Muladhara gives you the energy to do just that, so work with it to take care of those practical issues. Then you can turn to spiritual practices to help calm this chakra. Focusing on connecting spiritually through quiet times of prayer and meditation needs to be done daily. Make it a priority to keep your energy balanced and healthy. Finally, find some ways to volunteer, and spread kindness and compassion wherever you go. This helps to divert energy to some of the other chakras and bring your Root down to a more healthy level. 

Sometimes the energy in this chakra may be too low, not enough flowing through. This can happen when most of your needs have typically been easily met. When that’s the case, you may be prone to day dreaming, and people may describe you as “having your head in the clouds”.  This isn’t necessarily a serious issue, but remember that being connected and balanced in our chakras is important, so dealing with a sluggish Root is just as important as dealing with an overactive one.

If you need some revving up in this energy, get reconnected! The earth is the source of energy for Muladhara, so reconnect with it. Get outside and enjoy nature! Go for a hike, dig in the dirt, or take a dip in the ocean.

Plants in various forms have been known to be extremely helpful in keeping energies balanced. Consider eating root vegetables to help harmonize your Muladhara. Essential oils have also been found to be extremely helpful in either getting energies back in balance, or offering support to energies that currently ARE in balance. Oils like Patchouli, Cedarwood and Vetiver can help calm an anxious, overactive energy. Nutmeg and Rosemary will help to stimulate a sluggish one. Use Bergamot and Frankincense to support a balanced chakra. Diffusing is a great option for using oils to help balance, but you can also use them in a foot massage, or apply them directly to your tail bone.

Your Immune System

“You only believe in science. That’s probably why we never win.” – Nacho Libre

OK, for the sake of brevity let me set out some things that are core to my take on this:

  • I believe we are created
  • I believe our world was created for us
  • Therefore, I believe that natural, organic, “close to earth” living is always best

Our immune system is an incredibly complex firewall designed to keep us healthy. We literally are surrounded by harmful bacteria, parasites and viruses on a daily basis. This vast collection of cells and tissue vigilantly keep a look out for harmful invaders. Once a threat is identified an immediate response is put into action. Our body overcomes the adversary and stores what it learned in preparation for the next attack.

Per the National Institutes of Health “For most viral infections, treatments can only help with symptoms while you wait for your immune system to fight off the virus. Antibiotics do not work for viral infections. There are antiviral medicines to treat some viral infections. Vaccines can help prevent you from getting many viral diseases.” At best, it seems clear that science is attempting to improve on a very complex and efficient system without fully understanding it.

Vaccines do not kill viruses. They are intended to train the body how to recognize a virus, combat it and catalog that knowledge by introducing a weakened version of the virus, or specific molecules from it. The unintended consequences of vaccines are debated passionately. Some believe that vaccines are perfectly healthy while others profess a link to autism and the rise of autoimmune diseases. Regardless, we should all weigh the risk and reward of injecting foreign substances into our healthy bodies.

Antiviral medications attempt to reduce the ability of a flu virus to replicate. They hope to shorten the amount of time your immune system needs to fight off the virus, but their effectiveness is widely disputed and their unintended consequences may be disastrous. Even medical professionals who support the limited use of antivirals have expressed the concern that their widespread use may lead to the evolution of stronger viruses.

Beyond those concerns is the truly frightening prospect of a genetically modified virus that your body cannot combat. According to the National Institutes of Health “Genetically modified (GM) viruses and genetically engineered virus-vector vaccines possess significant unpredictability and a number of inherent harmful potential hazards.” I am left to wonder why we need labs genetically modifying something that is harmful to us. Why take something bad and make it worse?

Instead why not take something good and make it better. Science has no magic pill so what is proven to work? Naturally strengthening your immune system is simple to do:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat more whole plant foods
  • Eat more healthy fats
  • Remove artificial foods from your diet
  • Engage in moderate exercise
  • Drink enough water to stay hydrated
  • Lower your stress levels
  • Use natural supplements where needed
  • Increase your vitamin D by getting in the sun or finding a quality supplement
  • Maintain a healthy gut health by using a quality probiotic
  • Eat foods rich in vitamins A, E and B, or use a quality supplement
  • Use antibacterial products with caution and only in situations that truly warrant it. Your immune system needs to “exercise” by doing it’s job-fighting off germs and bacteria

I believe our immune system is smarter than science. When we take care of our bodies, our immune is prepared to destroy harmful agents. We can take practical, centuries proven steps to thrive in this world. Wisdom may not seem as sexy as gene splicing solutions, but it will keep you healthy!

Men’s Health Halfway Home

50 years can be a lot to overcome or an incredible foundation. Most of us are somewhere in between. All of us want to feel great, AND feel great doing whatever we want. Life limited by health obstacles isn’t living life to the fullest. I believe we are designed for so much better. Therefore, not only have I put a lot of time and effort into researching this article, but I stand ready to move forward with you. Together we can find a path that leads to the 50+ freedom we want!

First, some good news. Your body is incredibly resilient. No matter how much time you have invested in self destructive behaviors, your body was created to crave a restoration to health. The path back to healthy may not be easy but it is available to all of us. We can improve how we feel and how we live. Let’s talk about some common challenges that 50+ men face and the natural, close to the earth solutions available.

Heart Health
Life is definitely in the blood. Your circulatory system transports healing throughout your body. It used to be that “experts” told us that all cholesterol was bad and we should therefore eat less than natural “low fat” foods. Now we know that HDL (High Density Lipids) clears out the arteries that LDL (Low Density Lipids) can clog. Some good sources of HDL include olive oil, whole grains, beans and legumes, high fiber fruit, fatty fish, nuts, avocado and red wine. I found this article to be a great resource.

You can further help your heart by exercising regularly. According to the Harvard Medical School, a resting heart rate below 60 beats per second is a sign that your workouts are working. Walking is a great way to get started. Add in higher intensity exercises as your body is ready and feel the results as you make steady progress. Great workout advice can be found here.

Man Parts Health
OK, you probably were either dreading this part or skipping to it. ED (Erectile Dysfunction) and Prostate Health are the one/two combo that can cause huge concerns. As men, we want to remain vibrant sexually, so we have to do the work. Turning a blind eye and hoping for the best is the highway to disastrous results.

Here’s a simple test from Dr. William Catalona, a prostate-cancer specialist at the Washington University school of medicine. Can you ejaculate a tablespoon of semen, or up to five milliliters, on a good day? You could when you were 20. If not, you may want to work on your prostate health. Salmon and tomatoes are two winners and a good natural supplement helps.

If you are struggling with ED, or never want to, then you need to take penis health seriously. I recommend the natural solutions found at Mr Golden Rod

Soul Health
Many men feel depressed when faced with the challenges that come from 50+. We clearly sense our mortality and find change more and more difficult. That’s why we need each other. The emotional restraint that society wants from men can cause them to become isolated. Having a friend to talk to can release this pressure valve.

When that friend has the same healthy lifestyle goals as you, the instant camaraderie of mutual accountability and encouragement can make all the difference in staying steady on the path to improvement. Check out this article for a starting point

There is a lot more than can be said, but let’s start here. When you tackle these three you have an incredible foundation to build on. 50+ isn’t something to fear. 50+ can be a heck of a lot of fun. It may not be easy, but if you commit to a naturally sourced, healthy lifestyle, the years ahead will be much more enjoyable!

Which is the Better Butter?

“With enough butter, anything is good.” Julia Child

If you grew up in my generation then you have heard your television utter the words, “I can’t believe it’s not butter!” a few million times. Perhaps that should have been our first warning, but in the rush to lower cholesterol in our diets, we dashed to buy up margarine instead of butter. 

Now we have a better understanding of the difference between LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein). Simply lowering cholesterol turned out to be an oversimplification that led to increased intake of synthesized foods rather than natural solutions.

Lets start with a basic understanding of what margarine, butter and ghee are:

Margarine is artificially hardened vegetable oil. The oil is hardened using nickel or cadmium catalyst, both of which are toxic to our bodies. Up until recently, margarine also contained trans fats resulting as a by product of the process. As trans fats were found to raise LDL, they were banned in 2015 with a compliance deadline of 2018. It should be noted that some companies were given extensions until January 2020.

Butter is a dairy product made from the fat contained in milk. The quality of the milk determines the quality of the butter. Many feel strongly that cows that feed on GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) result in butter that is less than natural. Consequently, you will find dairies that proudly announce that they are grass-fed operations. While butter is all natural, it’s ingredients may not be! Taking time to make sure your butter came from an organization who prioritizes healthy cows over profits is a bit of extra work that pays health dividends.

Ghee is “clarified butter”. The water and milk solids are removed by a low heat, slow cooking process that keeps nutrients intact. This reduction means that the fat concentration in ghee is higher than in butter, while calories are nearly identical to butter. Ghee has recently become popular in the United States due to the keto diet. In India, ghee has been both a dietary and medicinal staple for centuries. 

Which is the better butter? For starters, margarine of today is NOT a natural product. The removal of trans fats didn’t mean that margarine became a “close to the earth” food. Rather, it became a safer artificially processed synthesis that may or may not have additional health concerns. Time will tell. 

If you would rather not wait on science to answer the margarine question, you can find solace in the fact that butter is no longer deemed evil by nutritionists. While eating it out of moderation can cause LDL levels to rise, finding a better balance will help remove risk. Here is where ghee becomes increasingly interesting. Research has shown that ghee slightly decreases LDL rates in addition to other health benefits.

According to Dr. Axe, ghee is a great source for fat-soluble vitamins, is free of almost all lactose, full of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) and can help with your gut health. Further benefits may apply, but it is important for you to use this short article as a jumping off point and do your own research.

My house is a no margarine zone. We do use both butter and ghee. All things being equal, I am intrigued by ghee and want to get to know it better. Even in the time I spent researching all three I am pulled in that direction. So, what do you think…which is the Better Butter?!


One of our favorite things to do is get out and enjoy the beauty that Colorado has to offer. In some places we have lived there have been limited choices on where to go. Colorado offers the opposite problem!

We decided we wanted a day hike not too far from home. That narrowed things down to a few thousand, so while trying to search for a specific hike we stumbled on to a fantastic tool – the AllTrails app.

AllTrails boasts “50,000+ trails. 8 million explorers. Endless memories.” The free version did the trick for us, but advanced features are available with an upgrade. 

We were quickly able to select a hike, get directions and get going! Once we hit the trailhead AllTrails kept us on track as we monitored our progress. With so many intersecting trails we could have wound up lost, but instead always knew exactly where we were going.

Along the way there were beautiful vistas, mountain flowers and wildlife. AllTrails let us chronicle our hike and even post pics that linked to exactly where we were on the trail. I we ever have a chance to meet the app’s developers we definitely owe them a beer. This is one great app!

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Living Water

Did you know that over 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water? Your body is composed of 50 to 65% water – unless you are a newborn and then that number climbs to 78%. According to survivalist training, while you can survive 3 weeks without food, you won’t make it 3 days without water!

Water surrounds us, nourishes us and cleanses us. It is key to our health and our survival. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) we should drink water every day, but often don’t. In fact studies suggest that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and the effects can be devastating.

Mark Slemons is one of our favorite pod casters. While his typical focus is business leadership from a relational standpoint he took time to talk about how dehydration can effect the performance of your business team. Click on the image for a quick listen – 15 minutes!

Water is a key component of creation. A design element that gives life. We find it sad that not all of the world’s children have unfettered access to the clean water they so critically need. There are a myriad of organizations that are taking on this challenge, CharityWater being one mentioned by Mark in his pod. Click Here for a list of 5 others.

97% of the water on Earth is salt water. There are also billions of gallons of water vapor in the air at any given moment. Protecting both our air and oceans from pollution must be a priority for the health of our planet. The Ocean Clean Up is an organization doing incredibly creative work.

You can save yourself while saving the planet! Increase your water intake by cutting out obesity causing sugar drinks. Replace the harmful with what God designed to help you. Many times convenience is the greatest obstacle. For that reason we suggest investing in two items:

Yeti Rambler will keep your water COLD for hours and hours. I am never without mine! It is an easy way to get those 20 ounces in your body every morning per Mark’s recommendation! These Ramblers are BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and have a No Sweat Design to make sure your hands stay dry. DuraCoat is a durable coat of color that won’t fade, peel, or crack through extended field use and also provide additional grip to the Rambler’s exterior


LifeStraw should be in everyone’s “just in case” plans. Anywhere there’s water you have CLEAN water. Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites without chemicals, iodine or batteries. Durable, 23-ounce, leak-proof bottle made of BPA-free Tritan and features a food-grade silicone mouthpiece; replacement filters available separately