Relaxation Support

The antidote to your busy day:
Proper rest has been linked to optimal immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions. But we live in a fast-paced world. Deadlines, multi-tasking, and worries can make getting the true rest you need difficult if not impossible. In fact a December 2013 Gallup study found that 40% of adults are not getting the recommended amount of sleep each night. That’s why Melaleuca created RestEZ. Unlike traditional “sleep aids” that can be harsh or even habit forming, RestEZ is a gentle approach that helps your body achieve more natural, healthy sleep patterns.

Sleep better. Awake Refreshed.
There is nothing like a good night’s sleep to help you feel refreshed, recharged and ready to take on the day. That’s the sensation RestEZ was created to provide—every day. A proprietary blend of ingredients, RestEZ helps gently relax both body and mind so you can establish more natural, healthy sleep patterns.

The gentle ingredients in RestEZ help you
• Start falling asleep faster
• Sleep better
• Wake up refreshed
• Establish more natural sleep patterns
• Because sleep patterns differ from individual to individual, you will experience maximum results within two or three weeks of continuous use.

The best ingredients for sleep the way nature intended.
The proprietary RestEZ formula uses an exclusive blend on non-habit-forming ingredients to help you gently and naturally relax and experience healthy sleep. Each ingredient was chosen for its proven history of effectiveness, and then blended at proprietary levels to provide maximum benefit.
L-Theanine
L-Theanine is an amino acid commonly found in green tea. It has been shown to help reduce mental and physical stress by increasing alpha brain activity and increasing dopamine release.*
Melatonin
Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland that helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Small amounts of it can be found some grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Chamomile flower
Chamomile contains flavonoid that has been shown to help reduce stress and promote relaxation and sleep.*
Valerian root
Valerian root has been used since the Middle Ages as a soothing agent for occasional sleeplessness. Studies have shown its effectiveness in helping attain restful sleep*
Passion flower
Passion flower is a perennial vine that is known to help relieve edginess and nervous tension*
Hops
The yellow scales of the hops cone are known to have a calming effect; pillows stuffed with hops have been used for centuries to promote sleep*
Spearmint
Spearmint has been used for its calming effects when used to promote sleep.

How do you use RestEZ?
RestEZ uses a blend of natural ingredients to help gently regulate your sleeping patterns over time. For best results, take RestEZ daily with your evening meal or at least an hour before bedtime.

Because everyone’s sleep patterns are different, you will experience maximum benefits within 2–3 weeks of continuous use.

Benefits of magnesium

I have a lot to do today! Classes, interviews, rowing, and the usual work and errands.
I’m usually pretty easy going and I go with the flow.  But today II think I need a little extra help.
Did you know that nearly 50% of the US population is deficient in magnesium?
Did you know that low magnesium means you don’t absorb Vitamin D as well?

Those are just two of the reasons why we all need Magnesium.
You know how when you feel stressed, your muscles become tense? This is because your nervous system releases hormones and then your heart pounds faster, along with faster breathing patterns. Magnesium relieves muscle tension, which has a dramatic impact on the level of stress you feel. As an asthmatic, magnesium helps reduce asthma symptoms and helps to keep attacks at bay. Another benefit of magnesium is that it helps with calcium absorption.

How do I easily add magnesium to my diet? I discovered  this yummy product called Melaout, I just mix it with water and have a glass, This fun drink is like taking a deep breath and then letting it out slowly to relax, Then I will do all the things that need to be done today! Cheers.

Junk food promotes hunger and overeating

Sugar-rich diets generate excessive reward signals in your brain that can override normal self-control mechanisms and lead to addiction and overeating.
Research found a single week of bingeing on fast foods impaired appetite control, making the volunteers more likely to desire more junk food, even if they’d just eaten.

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To learn more about overeating and junk food click on the link below
https://articles.mercola.com/…/19/junk-food-addiction.aspx

One small decision…

My “wish I would find time to do…” list has been too long. Each item is a little black cloud floating over my head waiting to be done. Recently, I began to act on one of those pesky items out of need. The need? My immune system needs me to breathe fresh air daily to support my immune defense against allergens, of al sorts. The decision was to stop work at 3:00 p.m and sit on my lanai with the dog running in the yard for at least 15 – 30 minutes.
That bit of time allowed me to check off several things on that long “to do” list .
I have used my outdoor seating area more in the last few weeks than I have since I I first purchased it five years ago.
That’a sad truth.
These minutes have given me time to enjoy a daily relaxing smoothie. Plus, 15 minutes of reading time has me caught up on my monthly work magazine for the first time ever! It also gives me enough time to eat a fat burning,, soreness-preventing, Access bar before my rowing session. I’m slowly incorporating lifestyle changes from my list.
You know, “Baby steps” really do work!

Finding Sulfate-free Shampoo

When your hair is healthy, there’s no stopping its natural shine and bounce. But did you know that many shampoos use sulfates?  Sulfates are the primary cleaning agents in most shampoos. While sulfates are effective cleansers, they can also damage your hair, leaving it dry and brittle.

Many sulfate-based shampoos strip away essential moisture and cause color-treated hair to fade. They also increase the likelihood of breakage (split-ends) and limit the hair’s ability to reflect light, making it look dull and unhealthy.

I was in the market for a shampoo formulated with gentle, sulfate-free cleansers, that would still keep my hair clean, healthy, and moisturized without stripping away the hair’s natural moisturizers. I found a few but they were so much more expensive than I wanted to spend.

Then I discovered my online shopping club had a sulfate-free shampoo and it was under $5! I was surprised and excited to try this brand of conditioner and shampoo.

What I found: my hair became stronger, shinier, and healthier and it is now getting compliments. I am being asked how am I getting such soft, shiny, and manageable hair!

Amazing. Who knew I could improve my hair’s health with sulfate-free formulas that work and at prices under $5?

Amazing hair. Amazing prices. I love it!

Children’s Nutrition and Health

Today’s children are overfed and undernourished.

Children, for the most part, do not eat well. They commonly choose foods that are high in fats, sugars, and salt that have little, real nutritional value. The top choices among kids are hot dogs, chicken nuggets, French fries, pancakes, pizza, cookies and ice cream.

While you may agree that this doesn’t sound like an optimal menu conducive to good health for growing children, it’s often all that the little people will eat. This type of menu creates a domino effect that results in 97% of children suffering from some form of malnutrition.

Did you know that one in three children ages 2 to 19 is obese or overweight? That’s triple the rate of just a generation ago. Many of today’s children suffer from high blood pressure. Diabetes in children has increased by 21% in the last 10 years. All are the result of poor nutrition.

Additionally, three out of four children are not getting 60 minutes of exercise each day. The result? Childhood obesity.

As of last year, health costs are $14 billion a year and rising. To help combat the trend a proper diet is necessary. When children don’t like nutritious vegetables, fruits or proteins, supplements can help. Nutritional supplements can replace some of the vitamins and minerals missing in your children’s and grandchildren’s diets. Make sure to choose supplements that are safe and effective.

This article will further explain some guidelines and strategies for assuring that your child is well fed and healthy. www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-nutrition-for-kids

The Better-for-You Snack

Blueberry Vanilla Nut & Fruit Clusters
OMG! More blueberry goodness! Bite after bite, I find Simply Fit Nut & Fruit Clusters simply delicious snacking—and simply better for me. A satisfying, nutty crunch with the soft sweetness of just-picked blueberries, warm hints of vanilla, and sparkles of Himalayan pink salt. 

The clusters contain ten irresistible ingredients: blueberries, currants, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, Himalayan pink salt, crisp rice, cane sugar, brown rice syrup, natural vanilla and no artificial anything! The only proble I’ve found is once I start, I can’t stop eating them!

Yay! Créme Brûlée

Do you like créme brûlée? The earliest known reference of créme brûlée, as we know it today, appears in Francois Massialot’s 1691 cookbook.

Créme brûlée is also known as burnt cream, crema Catalana, and Trinity creme.  It is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel and served at room temperature.
I love this delicious creamy dessert, but hate the calories and sugar it adds to my diet.
I discovered I can have the decadent flavors of créme brûlée whenever I want with GC Control.

GC Control Créme Brûlée is a one-of-a-kind, low-sugar, delicious shake that’s specially formulated to put me in control of my junk food cravings, energy levels, and weight management efforts.
It’s so good, that not only do I drink it as a shake during the day for a quick snack, but I have been known to use it with a bit of water and egg to make delicious, pancakes, waffles and tasty muffins in a mug for breakfast. In the evenings, after dinner, I will add a bit of the shake to my coffee for a decadent coffee treat. It is amazingly delicious and good for me too!
Another great find for keeping me healthy!

Do you have Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a group of five risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Lifestyle changes like losing weight, exercise, and dietary changes can help prevent or reverse metabolic syndrome.

The five risk factors are: increased blood pressure (greater than 130/85 mmHg); high blood sugar levels (insulin resistance); excess fat around the waist; high triglyceride levels and/or low levels of good cholesterol (HDL).

Having one of these risk factors does not mean that you have metabolic syndrome. However, having one will increase your chances of developing cardiovascular disease. Having three or more of these factors will result in a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome and it will increase your risk of health complications.

The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that 23 percent of adults currently have metabolic syndrome.

Did you know that there really are NO discernible symptoms for metabolic syndrome? Aside from a large waist circumference of greater than 40 inches in men, and greater than 35 inches in women, most of the disorders associated with metabolic syndrome have no symptoms.

To find out if you have (or are prone to) metabolic syndrome, your doctor will perform several different tests in addition to checking your waist circumference.

Your fasting blood triglycerides will be tested— is your level 150 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) or greater?

You will be asked about your cholesterol levels. Is your HDL cholesterol less than 40 mg/dL (men) or less than 50 mg/dL (women)?

You will have your fasting glucose level checked. Is it 100 mg/dL or greater?

How is your blood pressure? Is your Systolic blood pressure (top number) 130 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or greater, or diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) of 85 mm Hg or greater?

If your answers are yes to any of three or more of tests, you may have metabolic syndrome.

So, if you’re having trouble losing weight, metabolic syndrome could be the reason why! When your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to convert glucose to energy for your cells, it gets stored as excess fat. Even though you may be eating LESS than your skinny friends!

If you think you may be one of the 25% of adults affected by this disorder, there are a few things you can do to reverse the symptoms if you have it and if you don’t have it you can prevent it from happening to you.

The first is increase your exercise. Find something you like doing and start slowly. It can be something as simple as taking your dog for a walk more often and gradually increasing distance, or parking further away from you destination’s entrance to increase the number of steps you take each day.

This next tip is always harder than it sounds: lose weight if you’re overweight. It will be easier to lose weight if you do increase your exercise.

Make certain to eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low fat dairy. Go easy on the saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol, and salt—it will make a difference.

You can also add supplements to your diet. I personally added Peak Performance Metabolic Health Bundle to help provide metabolic support. This supplement pack works to slow my body’s absorption of sugar, inhibits the release of sugar in the bloodstream, and supports thermogenesis as well efficient calorie burning for healthy weight management. It seems to work for me—the weight loss and toning is quite noticeable!

Quit smoking if you smoke. Seriously, does any smoke anymore? It is just so bad for you!

Lastly, Schedule regular checkups with your healthcare provider to monitor and manage blood glucose, blood cholesterol, and blood pressure.

Download The American Heart Association’s printable Answers by Heart sheet: What is Metabolic Syndrome? (PDF)

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