By Gabriella Lozada

Embrace your Wellness

This week’s installment: The Importance of Drinking Water

My absolute, all-time favorite drink is water. About a year ago, I became obsessed with finding a cute water bottle. Seriously, ask my parents. If I saw a cute water bottle, then I had to get it. Finally for Christmas, I got the perfect water bottle. You see, this water bottle is a Brita water bottle. It has a filter, making it easy to drink any water and have it be purified. Some people dislike room temperature water, however, I really like. As a singer, room temperature water is better for your vocal cords and your overall health. So this water bottle kept my water at the perfect temperature. It is a beautiful light blue color and it has a handle on the side which makes it great for carrying around. This water bottle was truly perfect for me. Having it, made me want to always be drinking water. Always drinking water began to be a reoccurring daily thing. I was drinking around 40 0z of water a day. This newly established habit improved my health greatly, although I was not looking for that when I was asking for one.

By Gabriella Lozada

Embrace your Wellness

This week’s installment: Osteopenia

This weekend my wonderful grandparents were visiting us.  In April of 2006 my grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, after treatment and a surgery in June of 2006, she claimed the title of breast cancer survivor! Later she was diagnosed with Osteopenia. For this week’s edition, I interviewed my grandma about her disease. Osteopenia is a bone disease that thins one’s bones. This disease is the beginning of Osteoporosis. After her surgery, she refused to take any medication because of the side effects that it causes. She decided to naturally heal herself. The medication said “may help build bone mass” but it was not a guarantee; she was afraid of the side effects and the problems that they can cause throughout the body. She said, “Why in the world would you take something that can through your body out of whack?” The medicine may help you but it can also hurt you. My grandma opted to take calcium supplements instead of the medication they offered her. The doctors were not happy that she refused to take the medicine; they warned her that when the disease sat in, the progression of the bone thinning is rapid. “They don’t like it and you know what… it’s your body and you do what’s best for you.” However, they offered advice for natural ways to heal her disease.