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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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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Shaklee Breastfeeding Set

Shaklee Breastfeeding Set

In the last article, we talked about the benefits of breastfeeding, not only for the baby but benefits for the mother too. But what if the mother does not have enough breastmilk to feed the baby? No worries, Shaklee has a solution sets that is created and jam-packed with all the nutrition required for a healing mommy and growing baby.

Shaklee Breastfeeding Set consists of the following supplement, each with their own specific task and benefits:

ESP (Energy Supplements Protein)

  • Provides energy for breastfeeding moms.
  • Milkbooster.
  • Strengthens the uterus.
  • Promotes beautiful skin

Shaklee Vita Lea

  • Restores mommy’s energy after giving birth.
  • Provide nutrition for healing mommy and breastmilk.
  • Aids in the production of red blood cell after child birth.

Shaklee Sustained Released Vita C Plus

  • Accelerates healing process.
  • Repairs damaged cells during child birth.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Promotes beautiful skin.

Shaklee Alfalfa Complex

  • Heals and shrinks the womb.
  • Helps tighten the vagina.
  • Aids in production of breastmilk.
  • Heals nerves after child birth.

Shaklee B-Complex Iron Formula

  • Helps stabilizes mommy’s hormones.
  • Helps stabilizes and boost healthy emotions during confinement.
  • Gives mommy energy.

Shaklee OsteMatrix

  • Provides a breastfeeding mother with daily dose of 1200mg of calcium.
  • Strengthens mommy’s bone density.
  • Provides Vitamin D for mommy and baby for healthy bones & teeth.
  • Enhances calcium absorption.

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The Wonders of Breastfeeding

The Wonders of Breastfeeding

Do you know that breastfeeding not only benefits baby but also mommy? Breastfeeding has a long list of benefits for baby & mommy. Sounds great right? Breast milk provides optimal nutrition for babies. It has the right amount of nutrients, is easily digested and readily available. However, the rate of breastfeeding is as low as 30% in some groups of women. While some women are unable to breastfeed, others simply choose not to. Yet studies show breastfeeding has major health benefits, for both the mother and baby.

Portrait of angelic baby and his mother

Breast milk contains everything your baby needs for the first six months of life, with the possible exception of vitamin D. The first milk is thick, rich in protein and loaded with beneficial compounds. Mother’s breast milk is loaded with antibodies, especially immunoglobin A, which can help prevent or fight illness in your baby.

Breastfeeding has an impressive list of health benefits. This is particularly true of exclusive breastfeeding, meaning that the infant receives only breast milk.

It may reduce your baby’s risk of many illnesses and diseases, including:

  • Middle ear infections
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Colds and infections
  • Gut infections
  • Intestinal tissue damage
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Allergic diseases
  • Celiac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Diabetes
  • Childhood leukaemia

In addition to reducing the risk of many infections, breastfeeding has also been shown to significantly reduce their severity. Furthermore, the protective effects of breastfeeding seem to last throughout childhood and even adulthood.

Most new mommies don’t know this but most baby formula; if not chosen or researched wisely, is filled with sugar and can cause childhood obesity. Otherwise can be said for breastmilk; Breastfeeding promotes healthy weight gain and helps prevent childhood obesity. Studies show that obesity rates are 15–30% lower in breastfed babies, compared to formula-fed babies. The duration is also important, as each month of breastfeeding reduces your child’s risk of future obesity by 4%. This may be due to the development of different gut bacteria. Breastfed babies have higher amounts of beneficial gut bacteria, which may affect fat storage. Babies fed on breast milk also have more leptin in their systems than formula-fed babies. Leptin is a key hormone for regulating appetite and fat storage. Breastfed babies also self-regulate their milk intake. They’re better at eating only until they’ve satisfied their hunger, which helps them develop healthy eating patterns.

Breastfeeding not only benefits the baby, but also the mother. Breastfeeding increases oxytocin production, a hormone that causes contractions in the uterus. It reduces blood loss after delivery and helps the uterus return to its previous smaller size.

Breastfeeding mothers are less likely to develop postpartum depression. They have increased amounts of oxytocin in their system, which encourages care giving, relaxation and bonding between mother and child.

Breastfeeding seems to provide the mother with long-term protection against cancer and several diseases. The total time a woman spends breastfeeding is linked with a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer. In fact, women who breastfeed for more than 12 months during their lifetime have a 28% lower risk of both breast and ovarian cancer. Each year of breastfeeding is associated with a 4.3% decrease in breast cancer risk.

Best of all, to top the list, breastfeeding is completely free and requires very little effort.

By choosing to breastfeed, you won’t have to:

  • Spend money on formula.
  • Calculate how much your baby needs to drink daily.
  • Spend time cleaning and sterilizing bottles.
  • Mix and warm up bottles in the middle of the night (or day).
  • Figure out ways to warm up bottles while on the go.

Breast milk is always at the right temperature and ready to drink.

In other cases where the mother has a low quantity of breastmilk, Shaklee has a solution set for you to increase your breastmilk quantity for your baby, and to aid and encourage speedy healing to your body.

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