Month: October 2013

Laughter Is The World’s Best Medicine

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Laughing is one of the best things you can do for your health. It lowers blood pressure, boosts your immune system and promotes social bonding. There’s a new study that shows how belly laughing is good for the arteries. OMGosh, my son has had the most contagious belly laugh on the planet since he was 3 months old!

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This kind of laughing goes to the point that it is even benefiting those even remotely listening. I just love that.

In a recent study, Greek scientists found that when people watched a comedy show, their coronary arteries actually became more flexible. Why? Laughing reduces your body’s production of the stress hormone, cortisol, which usually causes the arteries to stiffen (fight or flight mode).

So humor is just plain infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy….I mean, how can you help it?

Laughter triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter have the ability to physically strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress (the cortisol response). Best of all, this priceless form of medicine is fun, free, and easy to use….and spreads like a prairie fire. ( :

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Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict, depression and anxiety. It’s a gift in a moments notice. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh, especially a loud belly laugh. Who can resist it? Especially from a child. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert….and just plain cracks you up, how can you not just let it go and lighten up?

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems….and only humans possess this amazing ability. We should appreciate it, seize it every chance we get, letting it enhance our relationships, and supporting both our physical and emotional health.

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  • Laughter relaxes the whole entire body. Have you ever noticed? It’s better than a massage. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

  • Laughter boosts the immune system….wow, really? Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Why aren’t we all laughing more?

  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

  • Laughter protects the heart and improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

I just LOVE to laugh. I have a saying…..”if you can’t laugh, you’re dead”. Well….because I can always laugh, well most of the time….or at least eventually. It’s such a release, it’s so incredibly healthy, and it lets others in on your experience. Give in to the moment…..and LAUGH!!!! ( :

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YOUR BODY. YOUR HOME.

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YOUR BODY....YOUR HOME

Isn’t this so true. Kind of like “you are what you eat” and “the average person spends more money on their car maintenance than their own health”. Unfortunately, most people are not into a preventative lifestyle (time or money). They call AAA when their car breaks down on the side of the road when the motor blows up, or for themselves when they end up in the ER because their heart stops beating….now suddenly they want their problem fixed immediately…..but it’s not that easy when it reaches that point. Knowing that ahead of time is priceless. Take care of what you have and nurture it….NOW.

When Carving Your Jack-O-Lanterns, Don’t Toss Out Your Pumpkin Seeds!!

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Carving pumpkins is a fun tradition in our house, but watching my kids save every single pumpkin seed for me is priceless!

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If you’re like me, pumpkin seeds are one of your FAVORITE fall foods. Actually I buy them YEAR ROUND….raw and roast them as a delicious snack. They have been my all time favorite for over ten years now!

But did you realize just how healthy they are? I never knew until I started researching about them years ago. Just one little ounce of contains over 9 grams of protein! That’s more than two grams of protein than the same amount of ground beef. But wait, there’s even more…..

Pumpkin Seed Nutrients and What They Do For You Specifically:

Tryptophan (amino acid, protein building block): Helps fight depression by converting into serotonin and niacin, which then converts to melatonin. All of these create amazing sleep.

Glutamate (needed to create GABA): Anti-stress neurochemical. It helps to relieve anxiety and has a natural calming effect.

Zinc: Boosts immune function while fighting osteoporosis and boosting prostate health, a healthy sense of smell and taste, your mood and good sleep, male sexual function and insulin regulation.

Phytosterols: Reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and up HDL (the good kind), cancer fighting.

Plant based omega-3 fats ALA: A much needed nutrient in our diet!

Healthy Fats and fiber: Beneficial for heart and liver health.

Magnesium: Creates ATP (energy), the pumping of the heart, the synthesis of DNA and RNA, relaxation of your blood vessels, healthy tooth and bone formation, as well as bowel function.

Not only all of that, but pumpkin seeds and their oils have also been shown to have antimicrobial and especially antiviral properties. They help fight diabetes and even certain cancers. They are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals as well.

These yummy pumpkin seeds are also full of manganese, phosphorous, copper, vitamin K, vitamin E, B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), folates, potassium, calcium, iron, and selenium just for starters.

My recipe if they have just out of the pumpkin….is to rinse them well in a colander and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Spread them out evenly on a cookie sheet (line it with parchment paper which makes it the easiest – avoid TEFLON!!). Salt lightly with sea salt (or maybe other seasonings you enjoy). Roast for about 30 minutes to an hour careful not to let them burn, checking them regularly, flipping them over, turning them down to 300 degrees if you want to cook them slower. They should get to a light golden brown color and start making a “popping” noise.

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They are amazing to snack on while watching a movie. Enjoy! You will love every single one!

Hmmm……

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Some mornings it sure feels this way ( :

Monk Fruit Over Sugar

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Have you ever heard of Monk fruit? It is the new darling of sweeteners because it so much sweeter than sugar, yet doesn’t actually contain ANY sugar and hardly any measurable calories. Wow!

So, could this ancient fruit become the newest big thing to challenge sugar and all of the choices of artificial sweeteners? Several companies are betting on monk fruit (pronounced “luo han guo” in Chinese, because it is native to China. It was named because monks were said to have once harvested it).

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As with the herb sweetener called stevia, ultra-sweet compounds called “mogrosides” are extracted from the monk fruit, creating a sweetener that’s about 300 times sweeter than sugar. It contains some calories unlike stevia, but since just a few grains are enough to sweeten a cup of coffee, one serving contains almost no calories.

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The antioxidant-rich monk fruit—not the extract—is also traditionally used to treat sore throats, coughs, GI problems. The mogrosides extracts are being studied for the potential to prevent cancer.

Try this amazing new tasty sweetener guilt free because it basically calorie free and completely sugar free!

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MIRACLE Moringa Leaves And Their Amazing Health Benefits

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What is a Moringa tree and what do the leaves provide for us as a health benefit? Well, it’s the world’s most nutritious tree and the leaves contain approximately 20 different types of amino acids, 45 different antioxidants and 35 anti-inflammatory compounds. These amazing nutrients make for one of the most PACKED full natural nutritional supplements.

 

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Additionally, the Moringa Leaf is a tremendous source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and both Macro and Trace Minerals, Phytonutrients and even Iron and Calcium. The Moringa leaf is also a very good source of bio-available quality dietary fiber as well as protein.

 

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Here are examples of just how powerfully packed these ingredients are in the Moringa Leaf. It has:

– 7 times the Vitamin C as in an orange

– 17 times the Calcium as in milk

– 26 times the Iron as in spinach

– 11 times the Vitamin A as in carrots

– 15 times the fiber as in wheat

– 18 times the potassium as in a banana

– 2 times the protein as in an egg

– 30 times the Vitamin B2 as in almonds

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With all of this goodness in the Moringa Leaf, no wonder it is so capable of boosting your energy in such a natural manner. Another aspect of the Moringa leaf is its soothing ability. It can actually lower blood pressure and is a great promoter of good sleep.

If you haven’t tried this amazing SUPERFOOD, then it’s definitely time!!

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