Anyone taking Elderberry?

Cold and Flu season is upon us and many are looking for natural ways to boost their immune system and prevent flu. Elderberry is an “old wives” tried and true remedy and it does help to boost the immune system.

I have found two products that have been working for me and find them so much better than Elderberry. The first is ProvexCV. It’s a small capsule proven to have highest absorption rate in the country. I take it daily. It has a lot to offer the immune system with the protective power of 10,000 purple grapes in every bottle, blood pressure benefits for healthy individuals are only the beginning! ProvexCV delivers a powerful and diverse dose of polyphenols for unparalleled antioxidant protection, optimal cardiovascular health, and a healthy immune response

The second product is Activate-C Immune Complex.It’s a proprietary blend of vitamins A, C, and D, zinc powered by Oligo®, plus quercetin and beta-glucan to optimize cellular response, helping the immune systems work harder and faster.

It comes in tablet form and a drink mix in two flavors, raspberry and orange. I like the drink version. The orange one reminds me of Tang that I used to drink as a kid. When it’s cold out I like to drink it warm. It’s comforting and makes me feel better instantly. I know this is one product that keeps my immune system operating at its peak with this blend of clinically proven ingredients.

Consider the value of prevention starting today. Make sure to stock up on immune boosting products that work! 

The exact timing and duration of flu seasons varies, but flu activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although significant activity can last as late as May Are you ready for a cold and flu season ?

Sleep deprivation can kill you

About a third of US adults don’t get enough sleep; I know I don’t — yet sleep deprivation has serious consequences for both your brain and body. Many people think they can get by on less sleep doctor than recommended — seven to nine hours a night — or say they need to sleep less because of work or family obligations.

Neuroscientist and sleep expert , Matthew Walker says “The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life.” Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep, and kids need more, though needs do vary from person to person. There are some incredibly rare people can actually get by on a few hours of sleep per night, while others on the opposite end of the spectrum—the “long sleepers” need 11 hours nightly.

Regardless of your body’s clock, a lack of sleep will cause physical and mental health to suffer.
Sleep deprivation and disrupted sleep have been linked to a higher risk for certain cancers, most notably colon and breast cancers. Poor sleep quality strongly correlates with chronic skin problems, according to research from the University of Wisconsin. Studies have also found that when skin is damaged by the sun or other factors, it doesn’t heal as well when you are tired, leading to skin aging.

Researchers have found that sleep-deprived adults are less likely to connect socially, and those who report poor sleep also tend to say they’re lonelier. To make things worse, people who feel lonely don’t tend to sleep as well, which can lead to a sort of vicious cycle. Tired people have a harder time with impulse control. Those who don’t get enough sleep have more cravings for unhealthy meals and a harder time resisting high-calorie foods. Researchers think hormonal imbalances that result from sleep deprivation are responsible for this, since those imbalances are linked to a high body-mass index and obesity.

Being sleepy makes it harder to learn and disrupts short-term memory for both children and adults. Sleepiness has long been a problem for students. Delaying school start times an hour for middle-school kids has been found to significantly increase standardized test scores, and it may have an even bigger effect on teens, who naturally tend to be night owls. Several studies have found that sleep-deprived adults have more difficulty remembering words they’ve learned and have a harder time improving newly learned skills. Long-term sleep deprivation also seems to damage long-term memory.

Sleep-related memory deficits have been observed in the general adult population as well — as early as 1924, researchers noticed that people who slept more forgot less. Sleep disruptions for elderly people can lead to structural changes in the brain associated with impaired long-term memory. A growing body of evidence links bad sleep with signs of Alzheimer’s in the brain. Several NIH studies have found that sleep helps cleanse the brain of the beta-amyloid protein that can build up while you are awake. That protein is strongly associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers say that a lack of sleep can lead to a vicious cycle, since the more beta-amyloid protein there is in the brain, the harder it is to get to a cleansing deep-sleep state. People with more disrupted sleep schedules tend to have more beta-amyloid protein built up.

There’s plenty of evidence that sleep deprivation has a negative effect on the heart. When researchers kept people awake for 88 hours, their blood pressure went up. Even participants who were allowed to sleep for four hours a night showed an elevated heart rate when compared with those who got eight hours. Concentrations of C-reactive protein, a marker of heart-disease risk, also increase in people who are fully or partially deprived of sleep.

People become irritable after sleepless nights and research has found individuals become more distressed by common circumstances or work interruptions when tired. The longer people go without sleep, the harder it is for them to think clearly — others experience hallucinations when sleep-deprived. The longer a person stays awake, the more visual errors are encountered, including hallucinations.

Reaction time is severely impeded with lack of sleep. Studies have found that college athletes and West Point cadets all did worse on decision-making tests and had slower reactions while tired. So it’s no surprise that sleepiness makes people clumsier. Most people notice that when they’re sleepy, they’re not at the top of their game. One study found that one sleepless night contributed to a 20-32% increase in the number of errors made by surgeons. People playing sports that require precision— like shooting, sailing, or cycling — also make more mistakes when they’ve been awake for extended periods.

Prolonged sleep deprivation or one night of sleeplessness can impede your body’s natural defenses against infection. Sleep deprivation seems to make newly received vaccines less effective. Similarly, overtired people are more susceptible to colds. If you’re wondering why you’re sick all the time and seem to pick up every bug that travels around the office, it’s probably because you’re not getting enough sleep. Sleep-deprived people are three times as likely as well-rested people to catch a cold, according to one study.

Sleeping increases testosterone levels, while being awake decreases them. Testosterone is an important component of sexual drive and desire in both women and men. Sleep deprivation and disturbed sleep, consequently, are associated with reduced libido and sexual dysfunction. People with sleep apnea are particularly at risk.

Sleepy people express more unhappiness and signs of depression In a classic study led by the Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, a group of 909 working women kept detailed logs of their moods and day-to-day activities. While differences in income up to $60,000 had little effect on happiness, the results found, a poor night’s sleep was one of two factors that could ruin the following day’s mood. (The other was tight deadlines at work.) Another study reported higher marital happiness among women with more peaceful sleep, though it’s hard to say whether happy people sleep better, or good sleep makes people happier. Most likely, it’s some combination of the two. Insomniacs are also twice as likely to develop depression, and research suggests that treating sleep problems may help treat depressive symptoms. Risk of type 2 diabetes rises when people are overtired, even for people who aren’t overweight Being awake when your body wants you to be asleep messes with your metabolism, which in turn increases your risk for insulin resistance (often called “prediabetes”) and type 2 diabetes. Several studies in adults have found a strong association — though not a cause-effect relationship — between regular sleep loss and the risk of developing diabetes. More sleep may also help reduce diabetes risk for adolescents, according to researchers. Tiredness is associated with bad decision-making that can put lives and finances in danger Planning to make some changes to your portfolio? You might want to make sure you’re well-rested. “A single night of sleep deprivation evoked a strategy shift during risky decision making such that healthy human volunteers moved from defending against losses to seeking increased gains,” researchers said. Other researchers have found that severe sleep deprivation impairs people’s ability to follow preestablished procedures for making a “go” or “no-go” decision, something that researchers say contributed to the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, the Chernobyl meltdown, and the Exxon Valdez disaster. Sleepy people are more easily distracted “Attention tasks appear to be particularly sensitive to sleep loss,” researchers noted. If you want to stay alert and attentive, sleep is a requirement. Otherwise, you enter “an unstable state that fluctuates within seconds and that cannot be characterized as either fully awake or asleep,” researchers said. In that state, your ability to pay attention is variable at best. Tiredness makes it hard to speak normally Severe sleep deprivation seems to affect your ability to carry on a conversation— much like having too much to drink. “Volunteers kept awake for 36 hours showed a tendency to use word repetitions and clichés; they spoke monotonously, slowly, and indistinctly,” one study noted. “They were not able to properly express and verbalize their thoughts.” Like driving drunk, driving tired can lead to more car accidents Drowsy driving is often compared to drunk driving: You really shouldn’t do either. “Motor vehicle accidents related to fatigue, drowsy driving, and falling asleep at the wheel are particularly common, but often underestimated,” one review concluded. Pilots, truck drivers, medical residents, and others required to stay awake for long periods “show an increased risk of crashes or near misses due to sleep deprivation,” it said. Tiredness is connected to urine overproduction When people sleep, the body slows down its normal urine production. But when someone is sleep-deprived, that doesn’t happen, leading to what researchers call “excess nocturnal urine production.” This condition may be linked to bed-wetting in children. In adults, it’s tied to what’s called nocturia, the need to use the bathroom many times during the night. You need sleep for muscles to get stronger — without it, muscle atrophy occurs Lack of sleep causes hormonal changes that make it harder for your body to build muscle and heal. This makes it more difficult to recover from muscle damage caused by exercise, and it worsens conditions related to muscle atrophy. Other research has found that the reverse is also true — that during sleep, your body releases growth hormone and heals damage. That’s why fitness advocates will always point out that sleep is an essential part of getting in shape. Sleepiness makes pain harder to cope with People in pain — especially those who have chronic pain — tend to not get enough sleep. This makes sense, since pain can wake you up in the night and make it hard to fall asleep in the first place. But recently, researchers have begun to suspect that sleep deprivation may actually cause pain or at least increase people’s sensitivity to pain. Tiredness leads to gastrointestinal issues Regular sleep loss makes you more likely to develop both inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome, which affects an estimated 10-15% of people in North America. Patients with Crohn’s disease have been found to be twice as likely to experience a relapse when they don’t get enough sleep. Sleepiness is associated with headaches Scientists don’t yet know exactly why sleep deprivation leads to headaches, but it’s a connection doctors have noticed for more than a century. Migraines can be triggered by sleepless nights, and one study found that 36-58% of people with sleep apnea reported waking up with “nondescript morning headaches.” Disrupted sleep cycles lead to more inflammation, which could worsen asthma, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease Our sleep cycle or body clock doesn’t just determine when we’re tired or awake — it also affects the function of every cell in our body. Researchers have started to figure out how disruptions in sleep schedules prevent cells from fighting inflammation, which could explain why tired people often have many problems from inflammatory conditions, including asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and cardiovascular disease. If snoring or sleep apnea is causing sleep disruption, it could lead to serious health problems Snoring can be an indication that you are dealing with sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that can cause other medical problems over time. It’s caused by decreased airflow, which can strain the heart and cause cardiovascular problems. The condition is also linked to weight gain. Poor sleep disrupts genetic activity, which may explain some of the health risks of getting too little rest A 2013 study shed some light on why sleep is tied to so many different aspects of our health and wellness: Poor sleep actually disrupts normal genetic activity. Researchers found that among study participants who slept less than six hours a night for a week, more than 700 of their genes were not behaving normally, including some that help govern immune and stress responses. Some genes that typically cycle according to a daily (circadian) pattern stopped doing so, while others that don’t normally follow a daily pattern began to do that. What does this mean? Just one week of less-than-ideal sleep is enough to make some of your genetic activity go haywire. At any given time, people who haven’t gotten the right amount of sleep are more likely to die Many health problems are associated with sleep deprivation and poor sleep, but here’s the big one: People who consistently do not get seven or eight hours of sleep a night are more likely to die during a given period. Put more simply: We all die eventually, but sleeping too little— or even too much— is associated with a higher risk of dying sooner than you might otherwise. Lauren Friedman wrote an earlier version of this story.

Beating Winter’s Health Challenges

The Post- Holiday Season typically presents challenges to both our physical and emotional health. Whether it’s the rush of it all, overextending ourselves physically, Seasonal Affective Disorder from the short days, dealing with difficult relationships, financial stress, inclement weather, or a host of other issues, it can be a tough time.

I’m not an authority on this subject, but I have observed a number of things that can help keep you physically and emotionally healthy through this winter season.

PHYSICAL HEALTH CHALLENGES

There’s are fewer daylight and your skin is almost totally covered with clothing such that your natural vitamin D production is almost nil. Those short days also lend themselves to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which can not only depress your immune system, but also affect you emotionally. Your home and workplace is shut up against the cold, so you have a lack of fresh air and a greater exposure to disease-causing microorganisms. That closed environment also makes it easier for you to get infections from those around you.

Colder temperatures are also more stressful on your body, requiring greater adaptation to stay healthy. So what can you do:

1. Be sure to take at least 5000 i.u.’s of Vitamin D-3 daily — you may need 10,000, especially if you live in a non-sunny climate.
2. Get some fresh air in your home, even if that’s just opening some windows for a few minutes or leaving a window cracked in your bedroom at night.
3. If you are particularly bothered by the short days, consider getting one of the specially designed full-spectrum lights and expose yourself to it in the early morning and late afternoon.
4. Take other immune system stimulating supplements, such as L-Lysine, echinacea, IP6, etc.

I personally take Peak Performance Packs year round to help keep my siystem at optimal health. What do you take or do for the winter?

Brown Boxes

You may be wondering why I’m posting photos of these boxes? Well,it was 19 years ago that I decided to take a leap of faith for my health and my finances. These brown boxes arrive at my door every month. These boxes remind me that help others and in the process transform my own life. It also reminds me that II made the right decision. Love the products & Love the Company

Why I love my shopping club

In 1991, I was introdced to a company where I could work part-time selling products that I loved and seeing others feel the same about the products.  Yes, it was a party plan, but those social times were fun!

I did well enought to get promoted, but there came a day that selling to meet quotas became a pressure for me. You see,  at the beginning of every month I started over with a zero income base — additional  pressure.  Plus, most of my earned income was not coming from the sales I made. Most of the income came from being a subject matter expert in the field and doing seminars or consultations on how people could improve their lives using these or similar products. That was more fun and being that I was a full time freelance graphic designer first and foremost, the work at home behind those successful years was too much pressure for me. 

So, in 2002 I walked away. 

After a two-year hiatus. A friend called and told me she found a line of safer for you, less expensive, better-performing products that Ishe thought would help with some of my medical issues. Doubtfully, I tried them,  loved them, and became excited when I discovered I could make money!  That fit my lifestyle!

This online wellness company shared its revenue with shoppers who referred other shoppers to the shop club instead of using paid advertising. Word of mouth testimonials and simple referrals are the reasons the company could use natural, better working ingredients and sell their products at money-saving prices. No paid advertising saves billions!

For almost 20 years, I have received a check every single month from my referrals.  Why does it work?  People love the products and 96%  of the customers I’ve referred order again the next month.

Would you really enjoy a check you could depend on every month that did not require selling products?

It’s an income stream that doesn’t interfere with your main business/priorities — it fits in nicely with my ilfestyle I know this residual income could take  me through my retirement…I thought my story was worth sharing and, if you’re interested in learning more, feel free to contact me.

Did you know…

The FDA requires that all sunscreens maintain their full strength for three years—so, if you have leftover sunscreen at the end of the summer, you should be able to safely use it for two more summers. Some sunscreen manufacturers print the expiration date on the bottle or label, but not all do. When you buy a bottle of sunscreen, check for an expiration date. If it doesn’t have one, write the date of purchase in permanent marker on the container.
Be Happy and Be Healthy!

Sharing the little things

Nearly twenty years ago, a friend shared with me that the moisturizing cream from her shopping club might help the chronic skin problems that many members of my family had—dry skin, sensitive skin, eczema, hives and rashes—you name it, someone in the family suffered from it.

We didn’t have much hope that it would cure anything but it it could provide relief, we would be thrilled. Surprise! Everyone showed improvement d in that first week.

The rest is history. I found a whole slew of products that were safer, money saving AND worked great! Plus they are delivered to my door.

It’s been a long time and every time we use these products, we are so grateful she shared.

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!

Blueberry Cobbler, anyone?

FiberWise® Blueberry Cobbler Bar, that is

For me, a great-tasting bar is an easy, quick and favorite way to get my fiber. Made with full FiberWise goodness, FiberWise Bars are simply scrumptious. Each bar gives me 10 grams of fiber and is bursting with tasty whole grains, real fruit, and only natural flavors, colors and sweeteners.

Blueberry Cobbler FiberWise contains a unique blend of natural fiber sources along with vitamins, antioxidants, soothing herbs, and probiotics that give me a broad spectrum of full-body benefits, and it makes me feel fuller. I never realized that fiber has no calories, so filling up on high-fiber foods crowds out less-healthy foods. When I feel full it’s easier to say no to extra snacks, bigger portions and second helpings.

I find FiberWise Bars are enjoyable at breakfast or any time I want a healthy tasty snack. They are portable so they can go anywhere I go, and leave me feeling satisfied. There are four  varieties from which to choose, but since it’s blueberry month, I’m sticking with blueberry cobbler. blueberry cobbler.

Blueberry breakfast special

My Blueberry breakfast special is Blueberry Simply Fit Granola.

We like it because it is simply wholesome granola. There is no artificial flavoring, color or ingredients. It’s baked and every bite is filled with crisp, old-fashioned goodness. It has whole oats, fiber, protein, and ALA omega-3s from flax to create lasting satisfaction. We love it we even added a few fresh berries today to celebrate blueberry month!

up to 380mg ALA Omega-3 from flax, up to 34g whole grains, 5g fiber, 5g protein
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