"Helping the World Discover Adel" - Vol. 89 March 2016
Welcome to March in Adel,
This month we had the pleasure of interviewing Shelley Horak, the Executive Director of the Dallas County Public Health Nursing Service.
Then there's Terry ... our illustrious explorer does an "Ode to Mom" pretty well. There is always a certain amount of "artistic" leeway in a Terry tale, nonetheless, I actually met Terry's mom and she was pretty much as described.
Thank you for the great response to the new look. We've incorporated a few of the requests that were made and we always welcome your feedback.
So grab a cup of coffee, there's a lot to cover this month and we look forward to seeing you in Adel.
Shelley L. Horak - Dallas County Public Health Nursing Services
Shelley L. Horak - Executive Director of Dallas County Public Health Nursing Services
Dallas County Public Health Nursing Services offers services to all 80,000 people living in Dallas County.
It is a common misconception that only the elderly or those of low income are eligible for care.
The very active Home Health Program services those in need of home-based assistance following hospital stays, medication management, at-home Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapy, and personal care.
This accredited program through the ACHD (Accredited Commission for Health Care) is only one piece of the puzzle.
Within Public Health Services is a myriad of services such as the immunization program making strides to quell the spread of diseases by providing vaccinations for children, teens and adults.
The Maternal and Child Health Short-Term Home Visitation program has a dedicated Registered Nurse and Social Worker who work to ensure the best birth outcome possible, connect parents to all the services they need to stay engaged, and provide the education and support needed for growing families. This program is also accredited through Lutheran Services' Iowa Family Support Credentials.
Disease Control and Prevention monitor and investigate potential outbreaks of communicable diseases such as Tuberculosis, Shigella, Hepatitis B, and food borne illnesses. Should an outbreak occur, the Emergency Preparedness programs would coordinate with Dallas County and neighboring health officials, hospitals, EMS, law enforcement, and dispatch to remedy the situation. A preparedness exercise will be conducted March-May of this year.
There are also substance abuse and risk behavior coalitions such as Dallas Country for Positive Choices, a group that works with the Sherriff's office to help teens learn safe driving habits and avoid substance/tobacco use.
How do these 25 people accomplish so much? Shelley reminds us that it takes a village to accomplish these goals.
|Sunscreen booth during the BaCoon Ride|
"We try to look at health holistically. We do none of our work by ourselves. All of our work is done with our partners at Planning and Zoning, with business leadership, schools and municipal leaders. There is an ownership in Dallas County of health among the people that live here. People want to live in a healthy and vibrant community. We support community gardens, bike trail expansions, art installments; things that have to do with social connections. We try to make sure that as a community we are in touch with each other and that we support each other in living our best lives."
These programs and initiatives are selected based on community health needs assessments conducted every 5 years. During this assessment, community members were asked to complete electronic surveys. Municipal leaders, business owners, and focus groups met to provide input to the process. The team also uses statistical data collected independently and from other state organizations to formulate their initiatives.
The 2011 Needs Assessment outlined three areas of focus: nutrition and physical activity, access to care, and mental health. To address nutrition and physical activity, the Hunger Free Dallas County Coalition was formed and continues to educate regarding food insecurity and the quality of food available.
Generation Wellness continues to intervene with issues related to mental health. Dallas County's Community-care coordination is a model program in Iowa, awarded one of only 6 Innovation Model grants through Iowa Medicaid with the aim to create a system of care across Dallas County Healthcare providers.
This program reviews the social determinates such as transportation, Fine Arts, and other quality of life initiatives where we live, work, and play as they affect our health in conjunction with our behaviors.
Partnered with the Food Bank of Iowa to host a free, fresh produce stand in Adel, Waukee, and Dallas Center 2014 and 2015
The 2016 Community Needs Assessment will be released in the next month and will continue to focus on community-chosen initiatives effecting Dallas County.
It is important to remember that Dallas County is expensive to live in. Shelley points out that if you are a single parent with one child, your take home pay must be around $41,000 to afford the basics.
When families struggle, working 2-3 jobs to bring home the basics, it has an effect on our economy and our health.
There is an increase in stress, not as much time with children, and not as much time to see the doctor or dentist.
Shelley believes this is the most significant reason she continues to fight for these programs.
"I was a Recreation Therapist, with training in mental health and substance abuse settings. My husband at the time was a Chiropractor- I was working in a Health Promotion Center, did a lot of volunteer work, was a stay-at-home mom, and helped at the chiropractic office. An opportunity to become a member of the Board of Health in Chickasaw County arose and I did that for several years."
"Life changes; I noticed after my divorce that it has always been my nature to want to help my neighbors. 9 years ago my kids and I moved to Dallas Center- we didn't know anyone in the area. I was a single mom with three kids making $25,000 a year. Not everyone has the support I had to make it work. I started at Des Moines University and graduated from the Masters of Public Health program in 2009. I then worked for the Department of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health for three years before this job became available."
"During the interview I remember telling the Board of Health this job would be a way for me to give back. I felt so supported during that time, being a single mom in this growing, changing community. I said, 'this is my dream job, this is what I want to do, and for all the right reasons.' I think it is very important for us to take care of our neighbors. I think there are plenty of people that are not able to advocate for themselves in the healthcare system, I'm able to do that- that's why I do what I do."
"I don't do this work alone; I simply get to manage a group of people that also do this work for the right reasons. They are all very talented, passionate people that do a very nice job of advocating for people."
Shelley and her team appreciate being located in Adel, noting that city and community leaders are focused; wanting to make good decisions for the community as a whole.
|Facilitating the walking school bus_ Perry Elementary|
Dallas County Public Health Nursing Services moved its downtown Adel offices, along with DHS and Community Services, to the new Human Services campus north of the Fairgrounds. This location, though away from the center of town, is centrally located within the County to encourage more people to make use of its plentiful services. The campus is also shared with Environmental Health Services, which is governed by the same board as the Dallas County Public Health Nursing Services. Shelley hopes this proximity will encourage further collaborations between the agencies.
"Public Health is focused on the health of the population and that pop includes all 80,000 people in Dallas County regardless of age, income, or system. There is something that we offer everyone from this agency. I encourage people to look us up. To get to know more about us and find out what we can do together."
"I want to stress that we can't do our work by ourselves. We really need to support of our community members, we really do need the support of our city and business leaders to continue to meet the needs of our growing community. To establish the healthy environment that we all want."
Check out Dallas County Public Health Nursing Services Facebook page to learn how you can support their initiatives and fellow community members working towards a healthier Iowa.
|Helped start a garden at One Hundred Acre Woods Child Care Center_ De Soto|
Dallas County Public Health Nursing Services
Shelley L. Horak, MPH, CHES, CPM
25747 N Avenue, Suite C
Adel, Iowa, 50003
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805 Main St.
Adel IA 50003
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ADM Prom Dinner: Moonlit Garden
The Adel First Christian Church
is once again providing an elegant and affordable dinner option for ADM Prom attendees.
This year's dinner theme is "Moonlit Garden"
and includes an appetizer, salad, garlic bread, chicken, pasta (with red or white sauce) and a vegetable medley. A dessert trio finishes the meal.
The meal is in Adel, April 16th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm
and is only $10.00 per person.
That means students can enjoy their prom evening without spending their time and money traveling back and forth to Des Moines. Any profits from the meal will fund local youth and family programs and services.
Contact Pat Gilliland 515-210-7329 for more information.First Christian Church
218 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4514
Adel Auto Parts Corporation
NAPA Know How At Your Fingertips
Need help changing a battery or oil? Are you replacing a belt, radiator hose, or headlamp? What about maintaining tires, wiper blades, or break pads?
Check out the Discover & Learn
portion of NAPAonline.com
to find out how easy the repair can be, how long it will take, and how often specific parts need replaced.
Each step-by-step process includes a list of parts and tools needed to complete the job, important safety tips, and suggestions to extend the life of your equipment.
John Standley and his team at Adel Auto Parts - NAPA
are available to answer your questions about these essential repairs and offer the best parts for the job at hand. NAPA has you covered!
809 Main Street * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: 515-993-3212Perry Auto Parts
1001 3rd. St. * Perry, Iowa 50220
Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
First Christian Church
Enjoy a Downton Abbey Tea - March 12th
Celebrate the beloved series, Downton Abbey, in relaxed elegance while sipping tea and enjoying a delicious morsel.
Saturday, March 12th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
at the First Christian Church
in Adel.Aubrey Dunbar
will transform the hall into an English garden that the Dowager Countess of Grantham would approve of.
The afternoon will include recollections from ladies that have visited Highclere Castle. No need to cross the pond to enjoy a taste of Downton Abbey. Seating is quite affordable at only $10, but is limited.
Contact Pat Gilliland 515-210-7329 by March 5th to make your reservation or for more information.
218 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4514
BASE® Supports AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport
mployees raised $2,360 to help support AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport, a local nonprofit located in De Soto, Iowa.AHeinz57
provides free transport for dogs all over the Midwest and Canada from traditional shelters, while also providing a place to stay for dogs before finding them permanent homes.
BASE® employees were excited to help support a local organization, located 15 minutes away from their office in Adel. Alicia West, an employee at BASE®, was especially excited to get involved with AHeinz57. "I wanted to help raise money for the AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport organization, as I believe they are doing a great service to the community. Amy and her volunteer staff are wonderful at rehoming orphaned and stray dogs, and giving animals that otherwise might not have made it a second chance at life. As an animal lover, it warms my heart to see volunteers and good people coming together to rescue strays and bring home lost scared pets. Having visited their shelter, I wanted BASE® to come together and help AHeinz57 reach their goals,"
BASE® provided unique ways for employees to donate towards this organization. The goal was to raise money for AHeinz57 while also having fun. Within two short weeks, through a spirited penny war competition and Super Bowl week, employees managed to raise more than twice the $1,000 goal they set out to donate.
Amy Heinz, owner of AHeinz57, is hoping to break ground on new boarding and shelter facilities soon. "We are hoping to break ground when the ground thaws this spring. We are always looking for volunteers to help get the boarding and shelter facilities up and running,"
BASE® employees are hoping their donations will allow AHeinz57 to quickly build new facilities while assisting with other projects and needs for AHeinz57.
Celebrate Adel Annual Dinner and 2nd Hotel Meeting
You are cordially invited to join us for the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner
We would like to celebrate the Chamber's accomplishments and highlight our plans for the future, and to honor the Business of the Year
and the Citizen of the Year
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
at Park Place, 1015 Riverside Drive, Adel. Social Hour 5:30 to 6:30 pm
. Enjoy networking with other members. Dinner Served 6:30 pm
. Prime Rib or Encrusted Grilled Salmon, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable, Assorted Desserts Guest Speaker: Van Harden. Register at http://adelpartners.org
. Thank you to our 2016 Annual Dinner Sponsors: Raccoon Valley Bank, Lincoln Savings Bank, State Farm, Russell Abstract & Title, People Trust & Savings Bank, Adel Winterset TV & ApplianceIn Kind sponsors: Horizon Printing Co. * Harvey Floral * Fareway * Park Place Catering * Adel & Winterset TV & Appliance View the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Flyer
Questions may be directed to Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce, (515) 993-5472, email@example.com
2nd Adel Hotel Informational Meeting March 3rd
Please join us for an informational meeting about a prospective hotel project in Adel.
David Harchanko from Apollo Group Development will be discussing the pro/cons of the hotel project and the next steps.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
at the Raccoon Valley Bank, 1009 Court, Adel, at 5:00 pm
. View the Informational Meeting Flyer
Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
POBox 73, 301 S.
10th Street, 2nd Floor
Adel, IA 50003
Fish Fry Fridays During Lent
Feed Your Family for $30.
The Adel Waukee Knights of Columbus
are serving their annual Lenten Fish Fry
on the Friday's of Lent, from 5:00-7:30 pm
. at St. Boniface Parish Hall, 1200 Warrior Lane, Waukee Iowa.
It's a Lenten Smorgasbord
! Fish, Shrimp, Pasta, Side dishes, and a drink. All served by the Knights Of Columbus.
Cost: $9 Adults $5 Children ages 3-10 $30 immediate family maximum. With 20% of this council from St. John's Parish, Adel charities are frequent recipients of their donations.
The Adel Food Pantry receives regular cash and food donations, as well as the Adel Kids Closet where the Knights of Columbus donated over 100 coats this past fall.Adel Waukee Knights of Columbus
St. Boniface Parish Hall
1200 Warrior Lane, Waukee Iowa.
March at the Adel Public Library
March is here, spring is (almost) sprung, and there are so many fun things to do at your library!
Adel Public Library has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called Josiah Bushnell Grinnell and the Iowa Underground Railroad by David Connon on Tuesday, March 15th at 6:30 pm.
A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa's communities.
Mr. Connon, a historical interpreter at Living History Farms, will speak about Josiah Bushnell Grinnell who
"was called a negro-stealer because he participated in the Iowa Underground Railroad. J.B. Grinnell and other Grinnell residents helped at least 37 fugitive slaves who passed through their town before the Civil War.
But some residents opposed this work. David Connon will tell a story of racism, noble actions, and conflict. He will highlight abolitionist John Brown's visit to Grinnell, and Grinnell's first riot over the presence of fugitive slaves in the public school."
Please join us in the community room to learn about this little known part of Iowa history.
Story Time, Toddler Time, and Music Time will meet every week in March except during Spring Break, and we are offering four other kid's programs in March:
Saturday Stories are all about "The Good Dinosaur" with Ms. Michelle on Saturday, March 13th at 10:30 am.
ISU Extension in Dallas County will be at the library on Tuesday, March 15th at 2:00 pm for a S.T.E.M. focused program called Acres of Agriculture: Cultivating Excitement for Science & Agriculture with Agriculture Educator Alyssa Dick.
Children in grades K-5 have the chance to "learn about agriculture through a variety of activities such as creating necklaces, investigating roots & stems, and exploring unusual properties of cornstarch."
Please register in advance for this program as space is limited.
Our Early Out Movie for all school-aged children is on Thursday, March 17th when we'll be watching "The Good Dinosaur" on our big screen at 2:00 pm; we'll bring the popcorn!Critter Cindy from Dallas County Conservation will host a nature themed story time on Tuesday, March 22nd at 10:30 am.
On Monday, March 14th at 2:00 pm we'll be watching the movie "Maverick" for our next Classic Movie Monday.
Our book clubs are always welcoming new people to our fun-filled discussions.
The Brown Bag Book Club meets on Thursday, March 10th at Noon to discuss the novel "This is Where I leave You" by Jonathan Tropper .
The Evening Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 31st at 7:00 pm to discuss the Iowa Center for the Book 2016 All Iowa Reads selection "Lila" by Marilynne Robinson.
This month's Crochet and Knitting Club will gather with Gladys Harvey on Friday, March 18th at 10:30 am.
The next quarterly meeting of the Friends of the Adel Public Library Foundation is on Thursday, March 31st at 6:30 pm. Anyone interested in supporting the library in our mission to develop library services and promote the freedom to read is encourage to join us!
The Dallas County Library Association and 4 R Kids ECI are hosting the third annual Dallas County Toddler Festival on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 am to Noon in the community buildings at the Dallas County Fairgrounds.
We'll have two hours of free activities dedicated to toddlers and their caregivers and each child will receive a free book just for attending the festival!
Information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is available on our website at www.adelpl.org.
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Mondays and Fridays, 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 am to 7 pm
Saturdays, 10 am to 1:30 pm.
Penoach's 1st Annual Philip Hufferd Memorial Run April 23rd
Penoach One Mile Fun Run/Walk, Philip Hufferd Memorial Run. April 23rd at 10:00 am
This is the 1st Annual Philip Hufferd Memorial Run
. Phil was the brother of Joanie, brother-in-law of Stan.
Phil passed away this past January from Parkinson's Disease, from which he struggled for several years.Registration is now open on our website
! Sign up now for this fun, new event for a super cause at Penoach! Please be sure to indicate your t-shirt size in the message to seller option at checkout. All proceeds from this run will benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation
26759 N Avenue
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
Faith Lutheran Church & Preschool LCMS
Discover Easter & Egg Hunt March 19th - Faith Lutheran Church
An interactive Easter experience
for all ages, followed by an Easter egg hunt for wee ones!
People of all ages will experience an engaging, multi-sensory Easter journey as they travel through the five stations of the cross at Walk with Jesus.
Join us to experience the excitement surrounding Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem, the significance of the Last Supper, the darkness at Gethsemane, the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, and the joy of His resurrection.
Families will walk together from station to station, experiencing this uniquely designed journey that promotes introspection and triggers numerous opportunities for families to discuss their faith.
This year the journey will end with a good ol' fashioned outdoor Easter egg hunt for the children in each journey. Don't miss out on this one of a kind experience.Date: Saturday, March 19Time: Journeys start at 1:00, 1:13 and 1:26Each multisensory Journey will last approximately 75 minutes. Registration and get more information
602 S. 14th St. * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3848
Brick Street Barbecue
Order BBQ by Wednesday and have it Friday!
Smoked low and slow with a combination of dry rubs and a smidge of sauce
Merle's slow time tested technique results in the most tender, flavorful and delicious BBQ dining experience you'll find.
Reserve a date now for your next special event or when you have a craving for finger licking barbecue. A BBQ favorite of customers from New York to Alaska.
29048 Prospect Ave * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3049
Recipe of the Month - Nell's Irish Cream Brownies
As you know, cooking is a status symbol in our family that extends throughout the family tree. At family reunions we can tell who owns which platters and trays.
We know which cousin bought the delicious salad and put it in their own container, and which aunt woke up at 3 am to make sure the brownies were fresh for the 1pm potluck.
There are rare misses for even the best amongst us, except that is, for my sister-in-law. Nell is a fantastic cook. In all the years that she has been cooking and baking for family get togethers, there has never been a subpar dish. Probably because she follows directions.
I'm not one to measure accurately; rarely will I follow a recipe without adding an item I found in the cupboard. And while it may not look like the picture, or taste the same each time I make it, it's normally pretty good. Nell however follows the recipe to a T, right down to making it look like the professional photo, every time. You'd except some rivalry there, but she keeps me in a diabetic coma which makes it hard to argue with her.
In honor of March and our Irish heritage, we share her Irish Cream Brownies.
3/4 C All-purpose Flour
2/3 C Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 C unsalted Butter
1 C Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 C Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 large Egg
1/2 C Bailey's Irish Cream*
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream*
1/4 cup Whipping Cream
* Kitchen Tip: Consider Irish Cream Coffee Creamer for non-alcoholic substitute.
Preheat the oven to 350 °F and line an 8"×8" pan with parchment paper.
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the Flour, Cocoa Powder, Salt, and Baking Powder. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat melt the Butter and Chocolate Chip, stirring frequently.
Add the Sugar, Irish Cream, and Vanilla- mix until well combined.
Stir in the Egg until incorporated. Do not over mix.
Fold in the flour mixture until no more streaks of flour remain. It will be very thick.
Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and use a silicone spatula to even it out.
Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the top no longer appears wet. A toothpick inserted into the sides will come out with some moist crumbs on it, but not totally raw batter. The brownies will continue to bake as they sit in the pan.
Once the brownies have cooled, prepare the Ganache.
Place the Chocolate Chips and Irish Cream in a small bowl. Set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the Whipping Cream just until steamy and on the verge of simmering.
Remove from the heat. Pour the Whipping Cream over the Chocolate Chips and Irish Cream and stir until completely melted. Let cool for about 15 minutes before pouring over the brownies.
Feeling festive? Top with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and Shamrock sprinkles.
Terry Traveler - March is Women's History Month
Terry Traveler here saying, let's celebrate women. That's right, March is Women's History Month
and a time as good as any to think back on all the women that made an impact on my life.
Oh sure, I've known some famous ladies but I'm not one to name drop. There was "Geo-Georgie-O" and her flower paintings, "Capital Hill-arity" and her husband "Billy Boy", "Jett-Set-Joan!" the rocker, not to name a few.
But the impact they made on my life was fleeting. Yes, I have a print of one of those flowers somewhere, Arkansas accents still make me jumpy, and I put another dime in the jukebox when someone calls me "baby". But when I think about Women's History: the suffrage movement, equal pay for equal work, breaking the glass ceiling, I think about my mother.
My mother lived through the Great Depression, scraping by as a riveter. For 25 years she woke up extra early to make us breakfast and lunch bags. Weather never slowed her down, neither did aches and pains. Beautiful, smart, witty, versed in every topic under the sun- when she spoke rooms grew silent to hang on each phrase.
She stood up for equal rights for everyone regardless of age, sex, race, creed, color, or point of view. Of course if your point of view was skewed she changed your mind with her infallible logic and charm. She voted in every election, spoke to local politicians about issues that mattered, and called them out publicly when they chose their position over community benefits. Her makeup, clothing, every hair was in place...except when she was covered in paint, drywall, or marinara sauce.
If you called her a Feminist she never took it as a compliment or offense - she would smile as if to a child, pat you on the head, and remind you that "labels are rarely well defined". She worked hard, gave her all, and loved without exception.
I learned at my mother's side what it takes to make a difference in this world. She fought for a 15 cent/ hour pay increase when management was offering 5. When her boss playfully smacked her behind and called her Toots, she smacked him back. Sometimes it took silence, sometimes she went toe to toe with the Mayor, most of the time she laughed.
My mother does not have a a wing at the museum dedicated to her artwork, a biography endorsed by Oprah, or a hit tune that made looking homeless "rad". Her history is marked with a small plaque beside the tree she saved, the knowledge that her vote helped integrate schools, and a very proud family that loves her every moment of every day, regardless of the month.
So let's celebrate Women's History month by appreciating all the battles fought and won - some without making national headlines.
Adel Quilting & Dry Goods
Adel Quilting and Dry Goods
is a co-host of an annual multi-day favorite. The event dates are March 31, 10 am to 7 pm, April 1 & 2, 10 am to 5 pm
Once again, metro area quilt shops sponsor this fun shop hop. Visit each shop for a 15% discount on your purchases, play the fun Scavenger Hunt game
and enter a drawing at each shop for $75 gift baskets.
And don't forget the grand prize
- 5 yards fabric from each shop!
Sponsored by: Adel Quilting, Adel Creekside Quilting, Clive Quilt Block, WDM Valley Junction Woodside Quilting, DM - NE14th St Quilter's Cupboard, Ankeny Quilt Connection, Ames
909 Prairie St. * Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-1170,
Is Chronic Dehydration The Cause of Your Pain?
We often think of dehydration taking place during hot summer days- a fleeting experience of too much activity in the sun combined with not enough water.
You may recognize symptoms like a dry/sticky mouth, thirst, dry skin, headache, constipation, or dizziness and instinctively reach for a glass of water.
But if you're like 75% of Americans suffering from Chronic Dehydration- an extended state of dehydration lasting months or even years- you may reactively reach for your favorite coffee, soda, beer, tea or food to fight the symptoms.
The truth is, only water is water. Since many of these beverages encourage the body to excrete water through urination, rather than retaining it, this perpetuates the dehydration while training your body and mind to ignore its instincts. When the symptoms arise again this damaging cycle continues, leading to a chronic state of "disease".
Chronic Dehydration can result in symptoms that may be mistaken for other disorders such as addiction, allergies, asthma, dyspepsia, depression, colitis, constipation, rheumatoid arthritis, weight gain, and pains throughout the body.Why is Water So Important?
Water is important to every part of the body's functionality. Water regulates the body's temperature, is shock absorbent for the brain and spinal cord, helps deliver oxygen throughout the body, allows cells to grow, reproduce, and survive.
Water is used by the brain to manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters, helps to absorb nutrients and flush waste, and lubricates joints. Water is the prime substance in our muscles and organs. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
When the body does not receive the water needed to survive, the "Fight or Flight" response kicks in and the body begins a shut down protocol.
This process ranks body functions, drawing water from less essential systems to ensure the brain and heart continue their work to keep us alive. In the case of Chronic Dehydration it could be said that your body is simply surviving moment to moment, unable to live life to the fullest. Does this sound familiar?How Much Water Should You Drink?
It is essential to drink half your weight in ounces of water each 24 hour period. For example, if you weigh 100 pounds you need to drink 50-60 ounces, or 1.5 Liters. However, if you consume diuretics (like coffee, soda, or tea), or exercise excessively, it is important to drink more water to compensate. For those suffering from Chronic Dehydration, this can be difficult for the system to handle at first.
If you have lived with Chronic Dehydration for months or years, it can take just as long to repair the damage to your body.
- Start slowly: increase your water and be prepared to use the restroom more frequently.
- Decrease substitutes and prepare for possible cravings or withdrawal.
- If you're not fond of the taste of water, consider adding fresh fruit infusions.
- Find a container that works for you- some veterinarians state that pets suffering from urinary tract infections could hedge future occurrences if their caregivers simply change the pets' drinking bowl to a glass or vise versa.
- Keep water by your side all day long.
- Most importantly, educate your yourself and loved ones about how much water to drink daily.
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Katina Brocka, LMT
917 Main St.
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 689-4754
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