Month: December 2013

“If you don’t h…

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“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.”

Carl Lewis, 10-time Olympic medalist in Track and Field Events.

Keep In Mind Your Peace Of Mind!!

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Keep In Mind Your Peace Of Mind!!

Enjoy the season while staying sane ( :

Create Whole Body Health By Eating Alkaline

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WOW….those are words to remember!!

Optimal wellness for our body is having a slightly alkaline pH balance, which creates the right amount of oxygen in our blood for all of our cells to function normally. By having an acidic pH can lead to a higher chance of disease. Of course, acidic foods are fine to eat, but we need to maintain the balance of our blood pH levels slightly towards the alkaline side. It takes a conscious effort sometimes to achieve this, because we all tend to eat more from the acidic side.

An acidic pH can occur from eating too many acidic foods, but also from emotional stress, toxic overload, or anything that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. In response, the body will try to compensate by using alkaline minerals to create the right balance. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.

It’s interesting that our emotions can have just as much effect on our pH levels as what we eat and drink!

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Symptoms of having higher acidic pH levels are commonly digestive issues, an overgrowth of yeast (candida), fatigue, mood swings and irritability, inflammation and challenges with the immune system response. The best way to combat this is to eat or drink plenty of alkaline foods and by drinking lots of water….and checking your emotional state of mind!

The ideal diet should consist of 60%  alkaline foods and 40%  acid foods to maintain good health.  If your goal is to restore back to good health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline foods and 20% acid foods.

A list of typical acidic foods:

Almond Milk, Beer, Black Beans, Blueberries, Bread, Canola Oil, Cashews, Cocoa, Coffee, Corn, Corn Syrup, Cranberries, Dairy, Deep Fried Food, Garbanzo beans, Hard Alcohol, Lentils, Meats of all kinds, Mustard, Oatmeal, Olives, Olive Oil, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Pecans, Quinoa, Rice, Rye, Seafood, Soda, Sugar, Tahini, Tobacco, Vinegar, Walnuts, Wine.

A list of alkaline foods:

Almonds, Apple Cider Vinegar, Apples, Apricot, Asparagus, Avocado, Bee Pollen, Beets, Blackberries, Broccoli,  Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Celery, Cherries, Chili Peppar, Cinnamon, Coconut, Cucumber, Curry, Dates, Figs, Eggplant, Garlic, Ginger, Grapes, Grapefruit, Green Leafy Veggies, Honeydew Melon, Kale, Lemon, Lime, Mineral Water, Miso, Mushrooms, Mustard, Onion, Orange, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Peppers, Probiotic Cultures, Pumpkin, Radishes, Raisins, Raspberries, Sea Salt, Spinach, Strawberries, Sweet Potatoes, Tamari, Tangerines, Tofu, Tomatoes, Watermelon and Whey Protein Powder!

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Enjoy all of your favorite foods and try to be consciously aware of eating more foods from the alkaline side for optimal health!!

The Health Benefits Of Moringa Leaves

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Moringa is a miracle life sustaining superfood that ounce per ounce provides a powerful source of energy, healing and nutrition including all of the essential amino acids, and is a tremendous source of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber.

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

  • 17 times the Calcium as in milk
  • 25 times the Iron as in spinach
  • 10 times the Vitamin A as in carrots
  • 15 times the fiber as in wheat
  • 15 times the potassium as in a banana
  • 2 times the protein as in an egg
  • 30 times the Vitamin B2 as in almonds

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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Benefits and support from continuous intake of Moringa:

  1. Increases the body’s natural defenses
  2. Provides nourishment to the eyes and the brain
  3. Promotes the metabolism because of the bio-available ingredients
  4. Promotes healthy cell structure of the body
  5. Promotes natural serum cholesterol
  6. Lessens the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  7. Promotes healthy kidney and liver function
  8. Beautifies and nourishes the skin
  9. Promotes healthy boosts of long lasting energy
  10. Promotes healthy digestion
  11. Acts as a powerful antioxidant
  12. Takes care of the immune system of the body
  13. Promotes a healthy circulatory system
  14. It is a natural anti-inflammatory
  15. Gives a feeling of general well being
  16. Supports normal blood sugar levels of the body

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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 best packed full natural nutritional supplements.

Being Happy Is Good For Your Heart

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Many things you do for your “figurative” heart is actually good for cardiovascular health, so what can you do to promote a healthy and therefore happy heart?

Caring for your heart. Taking care of your overall health supports your heart. It’s great to give back to others, but always give to yourself as well. It can actually increase your optimism and even help you lose weight! Try restorative exercises, like a massage, a hot bath, snuggling with your partner or spouse, yoga, walking, deep breathing exercises, to decrease your stress and show lots of “self love”!

Love!  Mmm….the spice of life and our true foundation. It’s a crucial and primary nutrient for the heart itself. The research out there shows how beneficial happily married couples live with less heart disease and are more likely to live healthier and longer lives. However, romantic love is not the only way to have a healthy heart. Having the love of your community, your family, even your sweet pets all give you happiness, which promotes a happy and healthy heart.

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Laughter (one of my favorites). It truly is one of the best medicines, especially for heart health because it fights the stress hormones that increase artery blocking platelets and raise blood pressure. Laughing actually raises your good hormone levels, but even better,  it gives your abdominals a good work out. Watching a funny movie or sharing a belly laugh can be a big health boost.

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Close friendship. Friends can be closer than family and help us to achieve our biggest goals in life, especially health goals, provide support in the worst of times, and even help us through our biggest challenges. Cultivating strong friendships in your life can reduce stress and your joy can be doubled. All helps support heart health.

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Meditation. This is an invaluable practice that supports heart health and generates happiness, but also reduces blood pressure, inflammation and chronic diseases. All the while connecting to your critical emotional and physical needs. Some pray while meditating, some practice releasing exercises, some completely silence all of their thoughts to relax and restore their minds and bodies. A great idea is to do all of those and before going to sleep visualize what exactly you want in your life and your goals before going to sleep.

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Restorative exercises such as all of these release the mind, body, heart and soul, and actually build up and restore your adrenal glands (your energy and immune fighting systems). Even laying down flat for 15 minutes a day, meditating, praying, laughing, loving, sharing friendship with someone…..creates this restoration.

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Make it a habit and you’ll never want to live without it! Go have an AMAZING day!!! ( :

It’s A Stressful Time Of Year….Don’t Stress!!!

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It's A Stressful Time Of Year....Don't Stress!!!

Remember to focus on the little pleasures of this amazing season and let the stress go….your body will thank you. ( :

5 Great Energy Boosters When You Need It Most

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Besides a great cup of coffee, here are some natural food choices that can really perk you up when you need it:

1)  Apples. These are high in antioxidants and natural sugars that give a healthy boost in energy. They’re convenient and easy because they don’t need to be refrigerated, so they can be ready to eat at any moment.

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2)  Eggs. Simply put, it’s much needed protein, which releases energy at a slower rate, keeping your blood sugar levels from changing too rapidly and making you feel tired. They are also rich in the B vitamins, iron, and healthy fats, that give you long lasting energy through the day.

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3)  Raw Almonds. More healthy fats and protein and even some fiber, all the while keeping your blood sugar levels balanced and staying energized. Snacking on a handful here and there as a snack is easy and perfect for a quick burst of much needed energy.

4)  Dark Leafy Greens. Swiss chard, spinach, kale (among many others) are amazing greens loaded with all of the essential minerals and vitamins, that give tons of boosts to your energy levels. Make a quick salad, a side dish or blend into a green smoothie for that amazing jolt of much needed energy.

5)  Kiwi. These are packed with potassium and vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant. They have the power to jolt your energy when you need it. They don’t need to be refrigerated and are so easy to eat. A plus, is their fiber content.

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So when you’re feeling that mid-afternoon crash, snack on some of these great energy boosting foods instead of reaching for a soda or sugar, and see how your energy levels go up while still supporting your adrenal glands.

Drink plenty of water too! Dehydration is one of the main reasons for exhaustion.

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Make sure you are getting plenty of hours of sleep you need each night. It’s something everyone needs more of. ( :

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Happy energy!