The up coming theatrical production from the Colorado Springs Conservatory will be
Join us for this really touching and funny original musical at the ENT Center
June 21 through 23.
It’s about a little boy who’s a bit of a bully, who goes to school, gets in some trouble, gets sent home, sent to bed without supper, and then he proceeds to dream really crazy dreams, in which all of the Jacks throughout the history of literature visit him to teach him a lesson, or to give him a taste of his own medicine in the hopes that he might decide to be a little bit better.
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Detox For Summer | What Are 'Toxins'?
Not only is the weekend finally here but summer is fast approaching!
Everybody is starting to think about how to look their best before bikini season. But being able to fit into your swimsuit is not the only thing you should be thinking about! You should be thinking about your overall health, because healthy = attractive, not skinny.
I wanted to share a couple Detox Water recipes to try this summer, but do you know WHY you should detox? I hear criticisms about detoxing all the time (especially from my mother). We often hear the term "toxins" but if I asked you what toxins are or perhaps if you could define the word for me, could you tell me? Do you think you could you tell me why 'toxins' are harmful or why you should avoid them? Or even why you should detox?
There are not only different classifications of toxins but different types within each classification. It is important to understand what they are, how to identify them and the different types there are to better deal them properly - So let's break it down.
According to the dictionary definition, a toxin is a poisonous substance that is the result of metabolic activities - It is defined as any harmful substance produced by a living organism.
Toxic substances added to the environment by people are called 'toxicants' and is what the term 'toxins' come from. When diet commercials and health magazines use the word 'toxins' this is usually what they’re referring to.
So, by definition, toxins are always “all natural”.
The Merriam-Webster toxin definition states:
“A toxin is a poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues and are typically capable of inducing antibody formation.”
And Wikipedia says:
"A toxin (from Ancient Greek: τοξικόν, translit. toxikon) is a poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms; synthetic toxicants created by artificial processes are thus excluded." [The term was first used by organic chemist Ludwig Brieger (1849–1919).]
Put simply, after something is processed and metabolized your body absorbs what it can use and burns off and gets rid of the rest. If your body is unable to get rid of a substance, that substance can build up to "toxic" levels which can become harmful. The word 'toxin' refers to anything that our body is unable to digest or get rid of, it is a term that is used to refer to any substance alleged to cause ill health. This includes the natural biological waste from cells and internal processes in the body and also waste and bacteria from foods we haven't been able to digest properly. A toxin for one person might not be toxic for another - In other words, you might find it easy to process certain foods but your friend might find it more difficult. Usually, our bodies eliminate these waste products pretty efficiently, but sometimes toxins can build up and we begin to experience symptoms.
News Flash: Your body detoxifies itself!
Your body has a natural detox system
Your body is built to detox itself, but some times a you will consume something that your body is not equipped to process (such as a protein enzyme found in dairy products, for example).
When you consume something that your body is unable to process and get rid of it can cause a build-up of that substance.
Something to keep in mind, it's not the substance itself that can harm you, it's the build-up of it that will. Complications arise when people come into contact with toxicants in high doses. If you’re the resident of a place with dangerously high arsenic levels in the water or significant amounts of air pollution, for example, then your body may be taking in too many toxic materials to process. Even large amounts of water consumed at a rapid rate can be harmful - Everything in life should be consumed in moderation. Toxins greatly vary in their toxicity, ranging from usually minor (such as a bee sting) to almost immediately deadly (such as botulinum). And toxins can be a wide variety of things, from those that are created within our own bodies to our environment - There are 'internal' toxins and 'external' toxins.
Without proper detoxification, these toxins can clog your system and cause damage to surrounding tissue, organs, and cells (so don't forget to go poop!!!)
External toxins can be things we consume and are exposed to; in our air, water, food or even can be absorbed through the skin. Some forms of external toxins are smog, pesticides or even certain proteins and are capable of causing disease by interacting with macromolecules such as enzymes or cellular receptors. Whether chemical or microbial, external toxins can affect your overall health and wellness. External toxins are often the classification that people most readily understand and refer to, and therefore are usually the only ones that you will hear people mention.
What are the most common external toxins?
• Environmental toxins like smog, airborne particulates, and smoke can wreak havoc on our eyes, lungs, and sinuses. They can remain in our bodies for an extended period of time after exposure.
• Household chemicals are also guilty of introducing toxins into indoor living spaces - Environmental toxins can be transferred to and found in common indoor spaces like homes, offices, or commercial buildings. Common surface cleaners can emit dangerous fumes that may concentrate in small, enclosed areas. Even pet products may contain toxic elements that can harm both you and your pet.
Toxins are often distinguished from other chemical agents by their method of production—the word toxin does not specify a method of delivery (compare with venom and the broader meaning of poison—all substances that can also cause disturbances to organisms). It simply means it is a biologically produced poison.
According to an International Committee of the Red Cross review of the Biological Weapons Convention, "Toxins are poisonous products of organisms; unlike biological agents, they are inanimate and not capable of reproducing themselves". According to Title 18 of the United States Code, "... the term 'toxin' means the toxic material or product of plants, animals, microorganisms (including, but not limited to, bacteria, viruses, fungi, rickettsiae or protozoa), are infectious substances, or a recombinant or synthesized molecule, regardless of their origin and method of production..."
Any diet regimen or exercise routine worth its salt will highlight the copious amount of toxins your body will release in the process - If you don’t burn them off or expel them, you’ll sweat them out. Failing that, the toxins will continue to float mysteriously inside your bloodstream, doing who knows what to your organs and bodily functions.
Dr. Don Smith, a professor at UC Santa Cruz whose research focuses on how organisms respond to toxins, says the premise of popular health messages may actually be sound. “To the extent that eating well is facilitating the reduction of the intake of toxins, that’s well known,” Smith told Medical Daily. "People whose diets lack iron or calcium, for example, face a greater risk for lead toxicity if they live in an area where lead exposure is common."
In conclusion, you should not trust all detox products on the market, but there is truth to the detox 'fad' going on today. Do your research and try things out, find what works best for you. Not all substances are 'toxic' to every person - Not everyone can process the same substances. There are ways to detoxify your body, but just like the processes that created those "toxins" that plague you, you can only expel them through natural means.
Stay tuned for my blog on natural detox water recipes to try out this summer!
Happy Mother's Day
... to all mothers out there today!
But special shout out to my momma, Nancy :]
She taught me how...
to walk and talk
to read and write
to cook and sew
how to make mistakes
how to be responsible.
My mother not only grew a human being,
she taught me how to be a human being.
My mother is not perfect
no mother is
but because she is my mother
no matter her mistakens
I will always be in awe of her.
She has taught me so many things over the years
making me independent
but no matter how much space is between us
she and I will be connected for life.
Here are 4 ways that we,
(and all mothers and their children)
are permanently biologically joined!
" These are the tiny “engines” in your cells that generate the energy of life (ATP synthesis). Mitochondria have DNA all their own, differing from the DNA of the cells in which they work.
Here’s the remarkable fact: DNA analysis shows that all of your mitochondria
are from your mother!
Throughout the rest of your life, the powerhouses of your every cell are descended from your mother. And if you become a mother, your children will inherit the same mitochondrial strain. "
became your own cytoplasm at conception.
Our DNA provides the raw material for our development. It sets the boundaries for what we can and cannot be. But there are billions of variations within these boundaries that are decided by the way that your cytoplasm interprets and expresses the DNA. It alone determines when certain genes are turned on, when they are turned off, how long they are kept on and to what degree. All these factors working on identical genes can produce remarkably different people. "
...cells from the developing child always cross the placenta wall and enter into the mother’s body. These cells tend to cluster and form colonies in various places within the mother. One child may leave a colony of cells in her brain; another child’s cells may be found in her liver, or in her heart. Every mother is a chimera made up of her own genetic cells living side by side with the cells of every child she has ever carried – even of those that did not make it to term. "
4) Development and Psychology-
The study, published Nov. 22 in Development and Psychopathology, involved 94 healthy children in British Columbia,” reads a press statement on the study. “Researchers from UBC and BC Children’s Hospital asked parents of 5-week-old babies to keep a diary of their infants’ behavior (such as sleeping, fussing, crying or feeding) as well as the duration of caregiving that involved bodily contact. When the children were about 4 ½ years old, their DNA was sampled by swabbing the inside of their cheeks.”
After analyzing the DNA swabs of their sample group, they were able to see healthier, more mature cells in those infants that received more comforting bodily contact. Four years later, the mother’s touch was still felt! "
" The child you carried may have been an independent and self-directing human being, but he was not disconnected from you.
You supplied the interpretive environment to build a body from his DNA.
You provided the mitochondria that still powers his cells.
You received a life-long souvenir in his living cells, still thriving in your body.
And your every caress and kiss and coo made his body strong. "
Big thanks to Jonathan Lange
Through every mother, grandmother, great grandmother and beyond
you will always be connected.
From the moment you were conceived,
you have been connected to your mother
and every woman before her.
These women have made you.
The Children are coming,
the Children are coming!!!
Summer is fast approaching and as we know, we have to get a jump start on figuring out activities for the munchkins so they don't get into trouble- 'tis the season to keep them busy! They will be out of school soon and saying "whatcha dooooin' mom?"
What to do, what to do...
Well, we like FREE activities for sure!
And there are plenty of things to do in Colorado Springs!
Here is a list of 40 things to do this summer!
- Hike – Garden of the Gods- Free!
- Palmer Park Open Space-Free
- Red Rocks Open Space- Free
- Find a new waterfall- Free
- Woodland Park- Free
- Bear Creek Dog Park- Free
- Bear Creek or Fountain Creek Nature Centers- Minimal cost per activity or event.
- Money Museum- $5 or less
- Ice Cream Run- $10
- Picnic in the Park- Kids Choice- Free
- Dart Warz- $9 per kid per hr
- Pirates Cove Water Park- $12 per person
- YMCA Pool Days- Pool pass!
- Fly Kites-Free
- Bike Rides-Free!
- Alpaca Farm-Free
- Free Kids Days- Kids Choice at Home (you can always find a list of free kids days going on around the city!)
- Manitou Springs Arcade-$10 per kid
- Garage Sales- $5 each
- Library- Free
- Comic Book Store- Free
- Dollar Movies- $10 for 4 of us including popcorn. *We smuggle in drinks.
- Backyard movie nights-Free
- Baking Days-Free
- Project or Art Days- Minimal
- Camping in Yard-Free
- Camping in Mountains- Food and fuel
- Denver Mint Tour- Free!
- Hot Springs- Free!
- Sand Dunes- State Park Fee
- Fishing- Cost of license for adults, free for kids
- Scavenger Hunt-Free
- Build a relay course-Free
- 3 Legged Race-Free
- Egg race
- Bake, make a cake or cookies
- Arts and Crafts
- Painting, finger paint, make pictures using objects around like celery or pine-cones
- Water balloon fight
Don't Go Crazy!
Keep Them Busy!
I hope you are having a great week so far!
Well, another summer is coming!
Are you ready? Got those projects prepared for the kids?
Thinking about camps and summer activities?
Well, I have a LIST for YOU!!!
Don't go crazy!
Keep those kids occupied!
Join us for our Mini Mountain Lioncamp (1st-6th grade) or Individual Skills Day camps in June (7th-12th grade), and our Elite Residents Camp in July (9th-12th grade). "
Head Volleyball Coach
Things To Bring With You on the Court:
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Located in the Gallogly Events Center
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/UccsVolleyball
June 18th - 20th
Entering Grades: 1st - 6th
Check-In: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., Day 1
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Forms To Bring For Check In:
Mountain Lion Camp
The French Kitchen
a truly French culinary experience.
Have your young chef travel around the world in 5 days with our international cooking camp! We will teach them how to cook some staples and exotic dishes from France, China, Mexico, and India. On the 5th day, join us for an International Tapas party catered by all the participants! This is a great camp for knife skills, sauteing, meal planning, and a wide variety of cooking techniques. "
Camp…5 three-hour classes…$314
of the Pikes Peak Region
" YMCA Summer Day Camps offer enriching activities where friends are made through group games, sports & fitness, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music and swimming. All activities are based on a weekly camp theme.
The Y's Summer Day Camp is one of the oldest and most trusted camping programs in the country. Our day camps provide fun, child-centered activities and opportunities for learning through discovery, and challenge children to grow in imagination, creativity,
self-directed initiative and leadership. "
207 N. Nevada
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Colorado Soccer Buddies
" Kick off your Summer right with Soccer Buddies camps for kids ages 4 to 12 years old! We have different day camps around the city at different parks. Your child will have a blast at our outrageously FUN day camps! Kids get great exercise while parents get time to themselves with our drop-off camps. Our high-energy coaches will take your child on a roller coaster of FUN while we develop their soccer skills and their love for physical fitness. We make it easy for parents with our drop-off program, pay by the day options, and flexible scheduling. Pay for the whole week ($150) or pay by day ($35/day) "
Avid 4 Adventure
Backed by our inclusive, time-tested curriculum and highly qualified instructors, kids of all abilities develop outdoor skills that instill a lifelong love of adventure.
Day camps run June-August at camps in Boulder, Superior, Lafayette, Denver - Stapleton, Washington Park, Greenwood Village, Hilltop, Golden, Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs. Overnight camps in Evergreen and Bailey, Colorado for 1st – 12th graders. "
The Twine Lab
Whitney and Renee
Thank-You For Tuning In!
Please join me in all my adventures by following me on facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest and, of course, on this blog for the beautiful city of Colorado Springs! Stay tuned for announcements on local get togethers and networking opportunities! Get a babysitter and lets have a GIRL'S NIGHT OUT!