Sinus Infection

Sinus Infection

Sinus infection which medically known as rhinosinusitis, a sinus infection occurs when your nasal cavities becomes painfully uncomfortably infected, swollen, and inflamed.

Sinusitis is usually caused by a virus and often persists even after other upper respiratory symptoms are gone. In some cases, bacteria, or rarely fungus, may cause a sinus infection. Other conditions such as allergies, nasal polyps, and dental infections can also cause sinus pain and symptoms.

There are two known types of sinus infections which is differentiate by the duration of the infection.

Acute sinusitis only lasts for a short time, as less as four weeks. An acute infection is usually a contributing symptom of a cold and/or other respiratory ailment. 

Meanwhile, a sinus infection that lasts more than twelve weeks or continuously recur is called the chronic sinus infection. Specialists agree that the main criteria for a chronic sinus includes facial pain, headaches,

Sinus ache causing very paintful headache. Sharp strong sore. Flu cold or allergy symptom.

Chronic sinus infections last for more than twelve weeks or continue to recur. Specialists agree that the main criteria for sinusitis include facial pain, infected nasal discharge, and congestion.

Many sinus infection symptoms are common to both acute and chronic forms. Seeing your doctor is the best way to learn if you have an infection, to find the cause, and to know how to go about it.

Most aim and goals are for sinus infection treatment is to:

  • Reduce sinus inflammation
  • Keep your nasal passages draining
  • Eliminate the underlying cause
  • Reduce the number of sinusitis flare-ups

These self-help steps can help relieve sinusitis symptoms:

  • Rest. This will help your body fight inflammation and speed recovery.
  • Drink fluids,such as water or juice. This will help dilute mucous secretions and promote drainage. Avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol, which can be dehydrating. Drinking alcohol also can worsen the swelling of the lining of the sinuses and nose.
  • Moisturize your sinus cavities. Drape a towel over your head as you breathe in the vapor from a bowl of medium-hot water. Keep the vapor directed toward your face. Or take a hot shower, breathing in the warm, moist air to help ease pain and help mucus drain.
  • Apply warm compresses to your face. Place warm, damp towels around your nose, cheeks and eyes to ease facial pain.
  • Rinse out your nasal passages. Use a specially designed squeeze bottle (Sinus Rinse, others), saline canister or neti pot to rinse your nasal passages. This home remedy, called nasal lavage, can help clear your sinuses. If you make your own rinse, use water that’s contaminant-free — distilled, sterile, previously boiled and cooled, or filtered using a filter with an absolute pore size of 1 micron or smaller — to make up the irrigation solution. Also be sure to rinse the irrigation device after each use with contaminant-free water, and let air-dry.
  • Sleep with your head elevated. This will help your sinuses drain, reducing congestion.
Mommy J Sinus Combo

Or if you would like to try out Shaklee’s Sinus Combo especially tailored to reduce inflammation in the sinus and unblock. The Sinus Combo consists of:

Vita C Plus – Increase your immune system and reduces flu and cough

Alfalfa Complex – Detox the body and removes all toxins from the body

Garlic Complex – Anti-bacterial and fights off the bacteria that causes sinus blockage and inflammation.

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Potassium Deficiency

Potassium Deficiency

Potassium is one of the utmost essential mineral that contributes a lot to the body. For example, potassium helps regulate muscle contractions, other than maintain a healthy nerve function, as well as to help regulate fluid balance.

Having said that, consuming a low potassium doesn’t necessary cause potassium deficiency, or hypokalaemia. Instead, it occurs when your body suddenly loses a lot of fluid. Common causes include chronic vomiting, diarrhea, excessive sweating and blood loss.

Here are 8 symptoms of potassium deficiency :

Since potassium helps regulate muscle contractions, deficiency may result in weaker contractions. Also, some evidence shows that a deficiency may impair the body’s handling of nutrients like sugar, which may lead to fatigue.

Potassium helps start and stop muscle contractions. Low blood potassium levels can affect this balance, causing uncontrolled and prolonged contractions known as cramps.

Potassium deficiency may cause problems like bloating and constipation because it can slow the movement of food through the digestive system. Some evidence shows that a severe deficiency can paralyze the gut, but it’s not completely clear.

Potassium helps regulate the heartbeat, and low levels may cause symptoms like heart palpitations. These palpitations may also be a symptom of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, which may be a sign of a serious heart condition.

Muscle aches and stiffness can be another sign of potassium deficiency and are caused by rapid muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis).

Persistent tingles and numbness may be a sign of impaired nerve function due to potassium deficiency. If you experience persistent tingles and numbness in your hands, arms, legs or feet, it’s best to see your doctor.

Potassium helps the lungs expand and contract, so potassium deficiency may result in shortness of breath. Also, a severe deficiency may stop the lungs from working, which is fatal.

Potassium deficiency has been linked to mood changes and disorders. However, the link between the two is not entirely clear.

Very few people meet the recommended potassium intake. However, a low potassium intake is rarely the cause of deficiency. Deficiency typically occurs when your body loses a lot of fluid. Fortunately, you can increase your blood potassium levels by simply consuming more potassium-rich foods – like beet greens, yams, white beans, clams, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, avocado, pinto beans and bananas.

Though it is inadvisable to obtain over-the-counter potassium supplements, there are several options to which you could add more potassium into your diet by incorporating Shaklee Vita Lea supplement into your daily regime.

Shaklee Vita Lea is a multivitamin that provides you with the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals required by the body to function well and stay healthy. We might not get the sufficient amount of vitamins and nutrients from the food we consume every day, so that is why Shaklee Vita Lea is your best option to ensure your body gets the proper amount of nutrients everyday.

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Your Body Reacts to Overeating

Your Body Reacts to Overeating

Are you a food lover? Do you love food so much sometimes you don’t know when to stop eating? You just keep your stuffing your mouth and stomach with every delicious delicacies in front of you! Overeating is normal if you love food so much but do you know the side effects of overeating or over indulging?

First and foremost, when overeating – it means you will consume more calories than what your body actually needs. So those excess calories will be stored as fats! As food moves through your digestive tract and into the small intestine, where nutrients are absorbed, the liver and the pancreas begin to secrete enzymes to digest fats, carbs, and proteins. Cells in the intestinal walls absorb these macronutrients, along with vitamins and minerals, to be used for energy or storage. Excess calories that cannot be used for energy are stored as fat. Thus, you will gain those extra kilos!

Right after you stuff yourself, you stomach will swell from too much food. The stomach expands itself like a balloon to accommodate the large volume of food, which will then push against other organs in your body and makes you feel like you need to loosen your pants to make room to breathe. Furthermore, you will start feeling bloated and gassy. Why? Because every time you swallow food, air gets into the digestive track, and that gas expands in the stomach, making it feel bloated. This sensation is exacerbated if you consume carbonated beverages with your meal. Burping is a common side effect of eating too much food, because the build-up of gas needs to be released somehow.

Do you know to digest food, the stomach produces hydrochloric acid to break down food, and, if if there is an overloading of food in your stomach, the acid will lead back up into your esophagus, resulting in a painful heartburn – because the more you eat, the more acids your stomach will need to produce to break down all those food. You may also be more prone to heartburn if you are consuming more food that takes a longer food to breakdown and digest. Following the heartburn, your organs will have to work overtime too! Digesting a massive meal requires the organs to work in overdrive, secreting extra hormones and enzymes to break down the food. When this happens on the regular, issues can start to happen with metabolism and endocrine function, like insulin resistance, increased cortisol, and reduction in growth hormone.

Do you ever experience sleepiness, and drowsiness after a big lunch? Well, that’s because the pancreas releases the hormone insulin, it sends off a cascade of hormones to be released. Serotonin and melatonin, the feel good hormones, are released. This may make you feel tired and content. Other than feeling sleepy and tired, you will ultimately feel nauseated after a big BIG meal. Leptin, a hormone that is produced by the fat cells, tells the brain that you’re no longer hungry and need to stop eating. If you eat too fast, you may miss this signal and continue eating past the feeling of fullness, causing the body to produce more leptin. People that have more fat cells in their bodies may develop leptin resistance, making it even harder to recognize fullness, and, ultimately, lose weight.

Okey, lets just say it is during the festive season and you are visiting your friends and family. There will be tons of different spread of food and you would love to taste each and every one of the food, right? In the end making you feel all the above. Do not worry, Shaklee has its cure because Shaklee knows we are just human, and food is life!

After a series of heavy feasting and overeating, the Lecithin will come in handy, it will help you burn and emulsifies the excess calories that has turned into fats! Second product would be the Shaklee Herb-Lax, this will help you cleanse and regulate your bowel and relieve any constipation. The third product is the infamous Shaklee Alfalfa Complex. The Alfalfa Complex will help you cleanse your bowel as well as your blood. Finally, to maintain the health of your liver after screening through all those food for toxins and unwanted contamination, the Shaklee DTX Complex will help you detox your liver, eliminates fats and toxins as well.

So there you go, counteract your food coma and revive your body to its neutral state to live a much more healthier and happy life. Your organs will thank you for it, and so will your flat belly.

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Caffeine Overdose

Caffeine Overdose

Can you get caffeine overdose? The answer is yes. Is it harmful and can cause death? Probably. Before we dive into that, we must know what caffeine is and why most of the food and beverages we consume nowadays, contains caffeine.

Caffeine is a stimulant found in various foods, drinks, and other products. It’s commonly used to keep you awake and alert. Caffeine is technically a drug. Some of the most popular beverages in such as coffee, tea, and soda, contain significant amounts of caffeine.

Question is – can you get caffeine overdose? Yes you can. According to Mayo clinic the recommended amount of caffeine is up to 400 milligrams per day for healthy adults. Caffeine overdose may occur if you ingest more than this amount. However, a safe amount of caffeine differs for everyone based on age, weight, and overall health and state. For example, pregnant women should limit their daily intake to less than 200mg of caffeine per day since the effects of caffeine to the unborn baby are not fully known yet. Same applies to teenagers or adolescents, it is advised that they should limit theirs to 100mg or less.

The average half-life of caffeine in the blood ranges from 1.5 to 9.5 hours. This means it can take anywhere from 1.5 to 9.5 hours for the level of caffeine in your blood to drop to half of its original amount. This wide range in average half-life makes it difficult to know the exact amount of caffeine that can lead to overdose.

A caffeine overdose can be life-threatening in the most severe cases, but many people only notice some unpleasant symptoms that go away once the caffeine is excreted from the body. But before that, we ought to know what kind of food or beverage contains caffeine. Some of the known source of caffeine is black coffee, black tea, soda, Red Bulls, chocolate bars especially milk chocolate bars, candy, medications and supplements, any food products that claims to boost energy and keep you awake and certain chewing gums.

A caffeine overdose occurs when you take in too much caffeine through drinks, foods, or medications. However, some people can ingest well above the daily recommended amount each day without issue. This isn’t recommended because high caffeine doses can cause major health issues, including irregular heartbeat and seizures. Consuming high caffeine doses on a regular basis can also possibly lead to hormonal imbalances. Worst could happen if you rarely consume caffeine, your body may be especially sensitive to it, so avoid ingesting too much at one time. Even if you regularly consume large amounts of caffeine, you should stop when you feel any unpleasant symptoms.

Some of the known symptoms of caffeine overdose are as follows but some symptoms may not immediately alert you that you’ve had too much caffeine because they may not seem serious. For example, you may experience:

  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased thirst
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • irritability

Other symptoms are more severe and call for immediate medical treatment. These more serious symptoms of caffeine overdose include:

  • trouble breathing
  • vomiting
  • hallucinations
  • confusion
  • chest pain
  • irregular or fast heartbeat
  • uncontrollable muscle movements
  • convulsions

When diagnosed with caffeine overdose, the procedure would be to flush the caffeine out of your body and replenishing your body with water. Your heart rate and breathing will be monitored until your condition is stable. But through all that wouldn’t it be better to prevent than cure?  

The reason why we take caffeine is to gain energy, it’s a pick-me-up for an early morning, and to move you further until the day is done, right? But the problem is, it is too easy to over consume caffeinated items because truth be told, it is addictive. Well, there is always a substitute for energy that is not filled with caffeine, such as Shaklee’s Energizing Soy Protein. It is easy to prepare, especially when you are in a rush in the morning – just mix it with your favorite beverage but preferably milk or just plain water, shake it up, and drink on the go.

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Why Your Liver is Important

Why Your Liver is Important

What is the liver? And what does it do?

liver1

/ˈlɪvə/

noun

noun: liver; plural noun: livers

  1. a large lobed glandular organ in the abdomen of vertebrates, involved in many metabolic processes.

“cholesterol may accumulate in the liver”

Your liver is your very own chemical processing plant. It receives 30% of the blood circulating in your system every minute – performing chemical reactions to remove harmful toxins and distribute and store essential nutrients. This vital process is called ‘metabolism’ and cells in the liver, known as hepatocytes, are put to work to keep your body working at its best. Essentially, your liver loves and cares for you.

Every time you feed, your liver feeds you. Once food is digested, nutrients enter the blood, which are taken straight to your liver for processing. Depending on how low or plentiful these nutrients are in your body, the liver cells will either release the goodness to when it’s needed or store it for when your body needs a boost. We all know that we need some sort of carbohydrates to fuel us throughout the day, right? But did you know that it’s your liver that does the job of managing the release of this vital energy source? Once carbs have been broken down into glucose in your gastrointestinal tract, the glucose enters the blood stream and is taken straight to your liver to regulate and maintain healthy levels. Remember that boost we talked about a while ago? Well, your liver also stores excess glucose in the form of glycogen, ready for converting back into glucose when levels drop between meals, during exercise or when you’re fasting. And here’s the really clever thing. Your liver can also convert non-sugars, such as amino acids, into glucose to keep levels healthy. It does some pretty impressive things with fats too.

Other than that, your liver is your fat processing factory – it breaks down fat and compounds such as lipoproteins, cholesterol and phospholipids. If fat is in excess, the liver combines fatty acids and glycerol to form a storage molecule and transports it to your body’s storage depots, such as the subcutaneous tissue (tissue just under the skin). Then, at times when energy levels are low, between meals and during exercise, this stored fat is converted back into glycerol and the liver turns the remaining fatty acids into an alternative energy supply.

Absorbs and breaks down toxic substances. Protein synthesis. Storage. Break down of red blood cells.

Proteins are also vital for a healthy body, and your liver takes charge of these too. Once proteins are broken down into amino acids in your intestines, they enter the blood stream and flow direct to the liver. Here, the liver cells (hepatocytes) go to work on removing nitrogen from the proteins which rapidly changes into ammonia – a highly toxic substance. Your liver then acts fast to convert this into urea to be excreted into the urine and eliminated from your body. With excess amino acids, your liver converts them into fat for storage or, if your body needs an energy boost, it will use them to create glucose. As well as glycogen for energy, many vitamins and minerals are also stored in your liver for use when your body needs them most. Each individual liver cell will stock many of your essentials, including vitamins A, B12, D, E and K, as well as minerals like iron and copper.

Moreover, the liver is like your own personal bodyguard. When harmful toxins and substances enter your blood stream, your liver acts fast to detoxify and destroy them. Some may simply be a by-product of a normal metabolism, others may be ingested or inhaled substances such as drugs and alcohol. How? The liver filters the blood, and removes dead cells and invading bacteria, processes nitrogen and cholesterol and neutralizes harmful hormones. All the unwanted substances and toxins are then quickly transported to your intestine or your kidneys for disposal.

To aid absorption of fat and fat-soluble vitamins and flush out unwanted substances from your body, your liver produces bile. It stores the bile in your gall bladder, where it can be emptied into your intestines when needed. There is a lot your liver does for you on a daily basis, so it is important to always keep your liver healthy and well.

Shaklee can help you care for your liver. One of their many effective products is DTX Complex. DTX Complex can help detox the liver naturally. It helps improve bile flow to eliminate compounds in the liver, which includes excessive hormones. Moreover, DTX Complex repairs and regenerates your liver cell to always keep it healthy and functioning.

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Sugar Rush & Its Bad Rep

Sugar Rush & Its Bad Rep

“You are so sweet” is a great compliment meaning you are the nicest person and you’d probably blush. But different can be said when your body is telling you that you are sweet or not so sweet, this is where you should not take it as a compliment but it does need your attention.

It is safe to say that sugar does more damage than good to the body. Other than being in the line for a series of life-threatening diseases, too much sugar, as we all know can cause tooth decay. The more often you’re eating sugary foods, then the more often you give that bacteria in your mouth time to go to work on the sugar.

Right of the bat, too much sugar is bad for you because it contains calories. Plus, if you have diabetes or a diabetes-related condition, then having sugar will increase your blood sugar and your triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat. They are the most common type of fat in your body. They come from foods, especially butter, oils, and other fats you eat. Triglycerides also come from extra calories. These are the calories that you eat, but your body does not need right away. Your body changes these extra calories into triglycerides, and stores them in fat cells. When your body needs energy, it releases the triglycerides. And having too much triglycerides in your body will lead to risk of a heart disease!

It is so easy to consume a lot of sugar when you are not conscious of the sugar levels or glucose contain in the food or beverage you take – and most food and beverage has sugar. We talked about sugar causing obese because sugar are calorie dense. Calories are calories, and sugar packs a lot. The bottom line is that sugar does one of two things. It either displaces more nutritious foods in your diet, which means you’re screening out nutritious-dense foods, or it adds calories to your diet. So if you’re adding calories on top of an already nutritious diet that puts you at risk of being obese – which also leads to high blood pressure.

Though it gets a bad reputation, glucose is the body’s major fuel and is broken down from carbohydrates, a combination of sugar molecules, in the foods we eat. Simple sugars such as sucrose (table sugar) and juice (fructose) are composed of only one or two sugar molecules and are converted to blood glucose faster than more complex carbohydrates like whole grains and vegetables.

Eating naturally sweet fruits and dairy or dairy substitutes (i.e. soy milk) can also satisfy sweet cravings as well as take the place of simple sugar treats.

So to recap – too much sugar in the body causes:

  1. Tooth decay
  2. Obesity
  3. Diabetes
  4. Heart diseases
  5. High blood pressure

We all know keeping sugar out of our diet is impossible to do, right? 90% of the people in the world has a sweet tooth, and saying no to dessert after a delicious savoury meal is painful! But it is possible to substitute unhealthy sweets with a much more nutritious ones. For example, Shaklee ESP is a soy protein based and great for dessert. Other than being super-duper delicious and fast to make, ESP can stabilise glucose level in the body! Killing two birds with one stone – satisfies your sweets craving and stabilises your glucose level at the same time.  

To start you off, here is two wonderful ideas for ESP Dessert!

  1. ESP Chia Seeds Pudding
  • 2-3 teaspoon chia seeds – soak in water for 15 minutes until plump
  • 600 ml low-fat milk
  • 1-2 teaspoon ESP powder
  • Dilute and shake the ESP powder in with the milk in your Shaklee Shaker in Laguna Blue.
  • Pour the ESP milk into a glass, slowly add the plumped chia seeds and garnish with fresh fruits. Enjoy!

2. ESP 5 Minute Fudge

  • 1 cup of ESP Powder (sifted)
  • 1 cup good quality cocoa powder (sifted)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 11/2 cups chopped nuts of your choice
  • Line a baking sheet or casserole dish with foil. In a large bowl, combine ESP Powder and cocoa powder and stir until well mixed. Microwave milk and butter on high power 3-4 minutes until the butter has almost completely melted.
  • Quickly remove from the microwave and add the ESP cocoa mixture into the melted butter. Once chocolate mixture is thoroughly mixed, stir in walnuts and vanilla.
  • Immediately pour warm fudge into prepared dish and spread to desired thickness. 10×10 square pan should be a great size and serving.
  • Allow to fully set at room temperature.
  • Lift foil out of dish and transfer fudge to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut squares.

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Shaklee & Heart Attacks!

Shaklee & Heart Attacks!

Heart attack. Not the, “OMG! You gave me a heart attack” but the real heart attack. Its scientific name being Myocardial Infarction. The heart is the most important organ of all the other organs in the human body. The heart acts as a pump, it relies on the constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to function. Without sufficient blood supply, the heart muscle will begin to deteriorate. This is exactly what happens during a heart attack.

Its scientific name or medical term, Myocardial infarction, literally means “heart tissue damage or death.” The attacks commonly occur when one or more of the coronary arteries – a network of blood vessels that supply blood to the heart – becomes inaccessible by oxygen-rich blood. The heart muscle begins to starve for oxygen and nutrients.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep “heart tissue damage or death” at bay. Starting by dedicating your life to living a more active and healthy lifestyle. But before that, we should understand what are the causes that leads to a blocked artery.

The no.1 leading cause of heart attack is coronary artery disease. This means, the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries which often is the result of build-up of fatty substances, called plaques, on artery walls. Some may question, how does these plaque form and how do arteries become clogged? Throughout our years of living carefreely, not minding the amount of fatty foods we put into our body – fats will build up in streaks on artery walls. Our body’s natural healing response is to release chemicals that will seal these fatty deposits into place – which is inside the artery walls.

Anterior cut view of blood vessel artery and artherosclerotic blood vessel; ACardio_20140401_v0_002.ai SOURCE: cardio_cor-angio_anat.ai

Unfortunately, these chemicals also attract other substances — PLAQUE. Plaque are inflammatory cells, cellular waste products, proteins and calcium. When this occurs, a hard covering will form around plaque deposits while on the inside, they can be soft. With time, plaque can rupture, exposing a fatty interior. In response to this, platelets, blood clotting particles will try to re-seal the rupture. As blood clot forms within the blood vessel, the risk of a block blood flow to the heart, or it will detached itself and flow away from the blood vessel and travel to a smaller artery around the heart. Therefore a heart attack occurs.

There are treatments and procedures for heart attack patients. Among the most common are:

  • Angioplasty and stent placement: A thin, flexible catheter is guided along a blood vessel toward the blocked artery. A tiny balloon is inflated at the catheter’s tip, stretching the clogged artery open and flattening plaque to restore blood flow. To keep the blood vessel open, a stent — a miniature wire mesh tube — may be placed in the blood vessel.
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery: A blood vessel is harvested from another part of the patient’s body and used to go around — or bypass — the blocked coronary artery. Coronary artery bypass surgery is typically performed on patients who have more severe blockages, or several blockages.
  • Clot-busting drugs: You may be given thrombolytic agents, such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which dissolve blood clots, reduce the severity of damage to the heart muscle and ultimately save lives. These drugs are administered by IV drip and do not require surgery.

But isn’t it best to prevent than cure? Aside from a healthy lifestyle and diet, Shaklee has a few products that are able to promote healthy heart and help reduce your chances of heart attacks. Some of the products are;

  1. Vivix supports heart health and cardiovascular function. Trans-resveratrol is the stable resveratrol that supports the healthy heart. It has an anti-inflammatory effect to maintain the vessels of the heart especially the heart arteries from any damages. It can support the cardiovascular function run well.
  2. OmegaGuard contains a full spectrum of 7 naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA, ALA, and more. EPA benefits your heart and joints, while DHA is critical for brain development and function. And OmegaGuard provides the benefits of fish oil without the fishy aftertaste.
  3. CoqTrol Plus contains Coenzyme Q10 which is highly concentrated in the cells of our brain, heart and liver. It converts fats and sugar into usable energy throughout the day. It is also a potent antioxidant, protecting cells from free radical damage. How it works is that the supplement strengthen the heart muscle, making it stronger.

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Shaklee Puts Insomnia To Rest!

Shaklee Puts Insomnia To Rest!

Sleep is that kind of luxury not all are lucky enough to have. ENOUGH SLEEP that is. You know, 7-8 hours kinda sleep, not 0-3 hours sleep then no sleep. This is what more and more people seem to be getting acquainted to at least once or more nights in a year; not lifetime, in a year or during one of those stressful months where your brain just couldn’t shut down which forces you to stay awake. This is a condition, a rather complicated one, and it is called Insomnia.

A brief definition on insomnia, according to an article from Sleep Foundation Organization, insomnia is the annoying feeling where you can’t fall asleep and stay asleep for a solid 7 hours, at least. Insomnia can leave the person feeling satisfied with their sleep and will experience one or more of these symptoms: fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating and focusing, mood disturbance, and decreased performance in work or at school. Yeap, children get them too. Anybody can be affected by this condition and it may cause by various reasons.

Insomnia may be characterized based on its phase and duration. Acute insomnia is brief and often happens because of life circumstances; like for example, when you can’t fall asleep the night before a big presentation, interview or exams, or after receiving stressful or bad news, but also in some cases, where you are overly excited over a good news. Many people may have experienced this type of passing sleep disruption, and it tends to resolve without any treatment.

The second type of insomnia is the worst and can cause unhealthy side effects. Chronic insomnia is disrupted sleep that occurs at least three nights per week and lasts at least three months. Chronic insomnia disorders can have many causes. Changes in the environment, unhealthy sleep habits, shift work, other clinical disorders, and certain medications could lead to a long-term pattern of insufficient sleep. People with chronic insomnia may benefit from some form of treatment to help them get back to healthy sleep patterns.

Insomnia is more common in women than in men. If affects 6% to 10% of adults. Although this is the most common sleep disorder, yet it often goes undiagnosed and untreated, which may lead to other ailments. In a recent study, insomnia is linked to a high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, diabetes and other chronic illness.

It is always best to treat early signs of insomnia, rather than wait and it will get worst. Here are some tips on how to allow you to have a good night’s rest;

  1. Get some exercises done during the day, preferable in the evening.
  2. Relax before going to bed at night. Stop doing vigorous activities an hour before bed time to ensure your body is in a relaxed state.
  3. Schedule your sleeping time and try to keep it consistent.
  4. Do activities that will make you sleepy; such as reading, drinking warm milk or listen to soothing music.
  5. Make sure your bedroom is comfortable; turn off the lights, turn on a night light if you feel uncomfortable being in a dark room, ensure the temperature of your room is just nice, 22 degrees Celcius is the ideal temperature for sleeping, and wear loose clothing.
  6. Avoid caffeine, smoking and alcohol hours before bedtime.

But as we advance with age, most people result to sleeping pills to allow them to sleep soundly throughout the night. Temporarily usage of sleeping pills are considered fine, but in the long run it cause more damage than good. Sleeping pills are one of those prescription you can easily get addicted to and can’t leave without, much like a drug. Plus, it is easy to overdose on sleeping pills which may lead to death. Another better way overcome insomnia symptoms and make sure you get through the day without feeling weak and tired is by taking care of the brain.

Shaklee has a set that works to calm, destress and gives you energy. Check it out.

The first product in the set is Shaklee Ostematrix.

Acts as a calming agent and helps soothe your nerves. OsteMatrix provides 100mg of magnesium to put the body system at ease, allowing your body to rest. Just take 3 tablets which totals to 100mg of magnesium oxide, gluconate and citrate. Magnesium and calcium are responsible over the gaba receptors surrounding the brain and nerves all over our body. This neurotransmitter calms the brainand  allows us to switch off our brain and be in resting mode easily. Lack of magnesium and calcium causes this neurotransmitter to not function properly and cause stress.  

Second product is also great for brain health; Shaklee B-Complex.

Vitamin B12 plays a crucial role in melatonin production. Melatonin, the body’s “sleep hormone,” helps you fall asleep at night and enjoy deep rest straight through until morning. As we get older, it often becomes more and more difficult to enjoy a good night’s sleep, mainly because the body’s production of melatonin declines with age. Furthermore, doctors have recently observed that a significant percentage of Americans over age 60—as many as one in four—suffer from a B12 deficiency. Without B12, the body can’t produce the melatonin it requires to give you the sleep you need.

Finally, the final product would be Shaklee Energizing Soy Protein.

The name says it all. Energizing. Shaklee ESP is well-known for its 1001 benefits. In this case, ESP will be responsible for giving you that boost of energy you need after an unfulfilling 4 hours sleep! It is also great to help reduce migrain and headaches. This will also aid to your brain’s health. Soon, insomnia will just be one of your past problems.

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Foods & Shaklee For Beautiful Skin

Foods & Shaklee For Beautiful Skin

Everybody yearns for a clear, beautiful and ageless skin. But what is it that gives us the ability to fulfill those desires? Like all things we do, what we age does reflect who we are. For beautiful and youthful looking skin – here are some foods with beauty super powers that you can incorporate into your diet that is sure to give a healthy and glowing complexion.

Strawberries, citrus fruits, red peppers, and broccoli.

Beauty super power: smoothens skin texture

Eat-right evidence: Vitamin C, plentiful in this produce, is vital for the production and formation of collagen, skin’s support structure. A strong support layer underneath helps smooth what’s on top and prevent wrinkles.

Daily goal: two 1-cup servings of fruit and 1 cup of red peppers and/or broccoli a day.

Sunflower seeds and almonds.

Beauty super power: sun protection

Eat-right evidence: These seeds and nuts are loaded with vitamin E. Collectively, antioxidants act together like an army, protecting skin from free radicals, damaging agents introduced by things like UV rays and pollution. But E is on the front lines: Your skin’s top layers contain high levels that guard cells’ outer membrane so cells stay protected and healthy. Plus, strong membranes hold water in, keeping skin hydrated.

Daily goal: 2 tablespoons hulled seeds or 23 almonds daily.

Veggies that are dark orange and red, and leafy greens.

Beauty super power: a fresh complexion

Eat-right evidence: Beta-carotene is a type of carotenoid (a group of plant pigments) that gives orange and red veggies—like squash and sweet potato—their color. It also has antioxidant powers. Your body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, which regulates cell production and turnover (the process by which old cells are shed and replaced by new ones) so skin’s surface is smooth. Beta-carotene, and other carotenoids like lutein and lycopene, may also protect against and repair the damage sun does to the skin. Despite their color, dark leafy greens like spinach and kale are also excellent sources of beta-carotene.

Daily goal: three 1-cup servings a day.

Fortified cereal, lean meat, pork, poultry, and oysters.

Beauty super power: a youthful glow

Eat-right evidence: You’ll get zinc and iron, minerals key to healthy skin functioning. Zinc contributes to cell production, plus natural cell sloughing, which keeps dullness at bay. Red blood cells need iron to carry oxygen to skin, helping give you a glow.

Daily goal: 1 serving of cereal (a cup), 1 palm-sized serving of meat or poultry, or 3 oysters per day.

Water. (OF COURSE!)

Beauty super power: dewy skin

Eat-right evidence: Skin cells contain mostly water, and if you’re dehydrated, skin will look and feel parched, too. But you needn’t chug 8 cups a day—any source of H2O (that includes from fruits, veggies, and even coffee) counts toward your daily water intake. Simply ward off dehydration and dryness by drinking consistently throughout the day and, of course, whenever you’re thirsty.

Daily goal: 6 cups a day. It’s a good starting point, Keri Gans, R.D., a NYC-based dietitian.

Wild salmon, Atlantic mackerel, walnuts.

Beauty super power: fewer wrinkles

Eat-right evidence: These fish and nuts, plus fortified eggs, are bursting with omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation in the body caused by sun and stress. Omega-3s are also important to the heart and brain health, too, so you should be eating them anyway.

Daily goal: two 5-ounce servings of fish per week; on other days, 1 oz of walnuts or 2 omega-3-fortified eggs.

Dark chocolate.

Although there might be some truth to the claims that sugar-laden chocolate contributes to acne (and wrinkles), the high-quality, dark variety—70 percent or more cocoa—may actually be good for your skin. Studies have found that cocoa’s flavonols (a potent type of antioxidant) may ward off wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, and even protect skin from UV damage.

Daily goal: Chocolate is high in calories, so treat yourself to about 1 oz a day.

Wine.

Reds are rich in polyphenols, antioxidants that help fight skin-damaging free radicals. But sip no more than one glass a day, says Katherine Brooking, R.D., an NYC-based dietitian. Alcohol works as a diuretic, which means your body releases water. Heavy alcohol use may even decrease vitamin A levels, which is an important nutrient for healthy skin. One drink a day can also have some other health benefits, from heart health to bone health, so enjoy wine in moderation

Daily goal: One glass or fewer a day.

Speaking of vitamin C, Es and polyphenols, these reminds a lot of Shaklee’s Two Cs and Shaklee Vivix, doesn’t it? Shaklee’s Two Cs consists of the SR Vita C Plus and Collagen Powder when taken together can increase skin health and youthfulness! While Vivix contributes to your overall health, other than being a superb daily supplement that reverses aging and repair cells that are damaged due to aging!

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How To Lower Your BP Levels

How To Lower Your BP Levels

Getting a high blood pressure reading at the doctor’s office is not a great news. Those high numbers can cause damage to your overall health if left untreated. High blood pressure boosts the risk of heart attacks and stroke, as well as aneurysms, cognitive decline, and kidney failure. Plus, high blood pressure is a primary or contributing cause of death in more than 1,000 deaths a day in the United States.

One in five adults with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it. Scary isn’t it? If you haven’t seen the doctor for years and life hasn’t been kind to you, it is best to set an appointment with your doctor and get your numbers checked! Anything above 130/80 mmHg is considered high.

If you’ve gotten your result and things aren’t looking so good, no worries, the good news those high numbers can come down naturally with lifestyle changes and the correct supplements; these are the top two habits that you will need to practice to change your current fate.

First of all would be, getting to your healthy weight. This is the number one change that your body and systems need to kick those numbers down! Because another reason for a high BP is excessive weight or being overweight. So, you will need to exercise, eat clean and proportioned it right. Regular exercise—like brisk walking—seems to be just as effective at lowering blood pressure. Exercise helps the heart use oxygen more efficiently, so it doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood.

Second thing would be; take a chill pill. BREATHE. Breathe deeply. Take the time to relax and meditate. Clear your mind and find your solitude, your happy place. Our bodies react to tension by releasing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline into the blood. These hormones can raise your heart rate and constrict blood vessels, causing your blood pressure to spike. But slow breathing and meditative practices such as qigong, yoga, and tai chi can help keep stress hormones and your blood pressure in check

Third, increase the servings of your potassium-rich foods. One example of a great source of potassium are bananas! But bananas aren’t the only food that contains potassium but also – sweet potatoes, tomatoes, orange juice, kidney beans, peas, cantaloupe, honeydew, and dried fruits such as prunes or raisins. In all, you should aim to get 2,000 to 4,000 mg of potassium a day.

Fourth, reducing the love we have for – SALT or its scientific name, sodium. Aim to keep your sodium intake or level below 1,500mg for a healthy BP. It will be a challenge because sodium gives flavour to your food and plus most food contains sodium but pay extra EXTRA attention to the sodium contents in bread, pizza, soups, cold cuts, and pre-made sandwiches; these foods tend to pack the most sodium.

Fifth, lower your caffeine intake especially if you are a coffee lover. Why? Because caffeine can raise blood pressure by tightening blood vessels and plus it increases the effects of stress. A James Lane, PhD, a Duke University researches stated that when you’re under stress, your heart starst pumping a lot more blood, boosting blood pressure, and so having too much caffeine running through your veins will exaggerate the effects.

Sixth, well instead of drinking your usual double espresso in the morning, why not try drinking tea? Tea lowers the blood pressure, and tea like hibiscus tea helps lowers BP levels in adults with mildly high BP. It is studied that the phytochemicals in hibiscus are probably responsible for the large reduction in high BP levels.

Seventh, listen to some calming music. The right tunes can help bring blood pressure down. Listening to soothing music such as classical, or Celtic music for 30 minutes daily while closing your eyes, breathing slowly, and taking the time to free your mind can help lower down BP levels.

Eight, get help from supplements such as Shaklee Vivix or Shaklee OmegaGuard. Shaklee Vivix contains resveratrol. Resveratrol is a natural plant compound typically found in grapes, chocolate, and almonds. Its antioxidant capabilities have been studied for years and have revealed many health benefits — protecting cells and DNA, regulating a healthy blood sugar, or protecting skin from UV damage to name a few. A recent meta-analysis shows that resveratrol may play an important role in supporting blood pressure health by regulating systolic blood pressure. While more confirmation is necessary, this is great insight into the power of plant compounds.

Consuming omega-3 fats will help re-sensitize your insulin receptors if you suffer from insulin resistance. Omega-6 fats are found in corn, soy, canola, safflower, and sunflower oil. If you’re consuming a lot of these oils, you’ll want to avoid or limit them. For omega-3s, your best bet is to find a SAFE source of fish, or if this proves too difficult or expensive. Hence, supplementing your daily dose of omega-3 and omega-6 with Shaklee’s OmegaGuard. Omega Guard™ delivers a full spectrum of ultra-pure, pharmaceutical-grade omega-3 fatty acids to support healthy heart, joint and brain function!

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