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THE HAPPY BUSY B’S

Have you ever had times in your life that you just wanted to cry or throw something?  Have you been so overwhelmed that you could hardly function?  When I was raising my kids, there were times that they were so…….how can I say this and have you still think I am a nice, sweet lady………obnoxious and hateful that I could almost understand how a mom could abuse her kids!  Almost. Where were those B Complex vitamins when I needed them so badly???? 

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I didn’t know about those wonderful B’s then, but about 27 years ago when I was working 12 to 14 hour days and was in BIG TIME stress, a dear friend told me she had some “Happy Vitamins” that would help me cope with all the stuff in my life.  I didn’t really believe her, but I needed some help, so I thought, “Why not?”  Those small yellow pills made such a HUGE DIFFERENCE in my life that I believe they may have saved my life. They gave me “cope-ability”!

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Since B’s feed the nerves, they have a profound effect on mental and emotional stability. And our immune system, our brain, our skin and our hormones NEED the B vitamins. Many cases of dementia are really a case of B deficiency. I want to hasten to say that you MUST have ALL the essential B’s in a balanced complex for them to be really beneficial.  If you take an isolated B for a long period of time, they are out of balance and you’ll have a deficiency in another B. And you must be aware that B’s, as well as C vitamins, are water soluble and you don’t store them.  They are used up rapidly, especially by stress and medications and environmental issues.  And also when we eat or drink white flour, sugar, caffeine or alcohol, we burn more B’s just to metabolize these foods.

B’s are normalizers: if you are fatigued, they help to give you energy (they convert your food to energy).  If you are hyperactive, they help you to calm down.  But I wouldn’t want to take them 2 hours before bedtime as you probably wouldn’t  be able to go to sleep!  They are usually lost in a couple of hours, by the way, and need to be replaced to keep the blood levels up. B’s seem to reduce cravings for sweets, believe it or not.  And a slight deficiency can cause abnormal heart action, constipation, and mental depression.There are many other reasons why you would want to take B’s, but it’s bedtime for me and I must get off this computer!  Of course before I close,  you must know that I have found that Shaklee’s B Complex is superior to others.  They even have one in the daily Vitalizer pack that is a sustained release B and C and releases some of both every hour for 12 hours.  It gets the right B to the right place at the right time.  Can’t beat that! 

Want more info? Check it out at healthconnection.myshaklee.com.

Yielding

Every now and then, I read something that might as well have my name written on it.  Each day I get short inspirational message from Dr. David Jeremiah’s Turning Point ministry, and today’s message was one of those. I’m going to quote it, but I added the pictures!

“Every week on our motorways, cars plow into each other because drivers fail to yield right-of-way at busy intersections. By nature, we don’t like to yield. The word itself means ‘to give up, to relinquish, to surrender, to give way to.’ That goes against our nature; but it’s for our good on the highways. Learning to yield can save our lives and those of others.

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Route 66 is also lined with YIELD signs. The Bible tells us we’re to yield ourselves to the Lord. James 3:17 says that the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and willing to yield. Hannah Whitall Smith said, ‘In order to mold you into entire conformity to His will, He must have you pliable in His hands, and this pliability is more quickly reached by yielding in the little things than even by the greater. If your one great desire is to follow Him fully, can you not say then a continual ‘yes’ to all His sweet commands, whether small or great?’ Yes, we can YIELD at all God’s intersections. We become stronger only when we become weaker. When we surrender our wills to God, we discover the resources to do what God requires.”

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I don’t know about you, but I seem to struggle with “yielding”! I just know I know what God wants me to do and I know that I can accomplish it, so I just seem to run ahead of Him and try to do it all by myself. You know what?  That just doesn’t work and I seem to have to keep learning this over and over again.  He can see the collisions ahead of me that I would miss if I had just yielded to Him. And I am spiritually healthier when I am yielding to His will for me rather than my own.  Just another piece of the health puzzle!

PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM

Well, it has been been rather stressful around here lately! For one thing, on top of running my nutrition business and handling responsibilities I have in a couple of organizations,I’ve had to go to the grocery store, bank and post office regularly plus plan and prepare 3 meals a day again, and I haven’t really done much of any of that for about 30 years! Yeah, I know that most of you probably do that all the time, but not me…………I have been thoroughly spoiled by my sweet husband, who has done all those things for these 30 years! I hate to admit it, but I have actually had a lot of fun going to the grocery store……..but don’t tell him I said that!

He has had severe nerve pain in his back from stenosis, which is pinching the inflammed nerves in 8 places.  The doc said it’s about the worst back he’d seen.  That was encouraging…..So he hasn’t been able to do too much for the last few months.  We are doing an excellent job in enjoying optimal health and preventing disease, but his body is trying to tell him it doesn’t feel as well as it used to! But praise God, he is finally getting relief and at least back on the bank and post office patrol and a few grocery store jaunts.  I think, however, that he has permanently retired from the kitchen, except to eat.

The other thing that has troubled us greatly this past month, is that 2 friends that were special to us, have died, and one of them was quite sudden. Even though we know that they are in a better place now, we have grieved over the loss of these friends with their families. This has heaped more stress upon us .

Stress is a killer, if you didn’t already know this.  There are lots of things we can do to help our bodies deal with all kinds of stressors, so that we don’t get sick from the stress. I will go into some of these in a future blog.  But today I want to just share one thing I did today that has helped me have quiet peace in the midst of the chaotic stress of the past few weeks.

I decided to take a “TIME OUT” and just do as the Bible said, “Be still and know that I am GOD”. I took my “Girls” (the 2 furry pets I introduced you to a few blogs ago) in the back yard and we just sat for about 30 minutes and enjoyed hearing the birds sing and the beauty of all the flowers, as the bees swarmed over them. I decided to share some of them with you.    The picture on the left was taken in May and the one on the right was today, July 9. Wow, what a difference God can make in 5 or 6 weeks!

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Here are a couple of close ups of the Shasta Daises and the Blackeyed Susan’s, both of which started from just a couple of small plants. I’d love to share some with you if I could!

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This is a big hydrangea.  Did you know that a hydrangea keeps the same blooms on them all summer and they change color as the summer goes on. Mine were VERY pink and now they are sort of greenish pink.  They’ll change again.  If I understand it, the content of the soil determines the color.  Mine don’t turn blue, but some do.  Don’t know what I’m lacking!  And I could dry them and they would keep their color.  Amazing plant that LOVES a lot of water.

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Here are a few more pictures of other plants.  I really don’t like the Canna’s very much, also they are very pretty, because they tend to just take over everything.  I transplanted some of the Blackeyed Susan’s to this bed and they take over, too.  So there is a territorial war going on in this bed. And in one of the pictures, you’ll see Sophia in the background standing guard over the front yard.

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Now, after soaking up some of God’s majesty in my own backyard, for which I praise Him greatly, all the stress of the day has just slipped away. Now I am going to either read some more in my new Elizabeth George book, or knit on my nearly finished sweater.  Can’t decide which! All these things are filling in another piece of my health puzzle that I mentioned a few blogs ago.  You see, it is IMPERATIVE that we have some down time and do something for ourselves that makes us happy in order to build and maintain our mental health. For today, mine is “peace in the midst of the storm”!  Here’s to yours.

WHAT HEALTH BENEFITS WILL I GET FROM OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS?

Well, I am glad you asked because Omega 3’s offer our bodies tremendous support in so many areas. They are in deep and cold-water fish oils, and most of us  just don’t eat enough of that kind of fish! And many of the fish are so full of toxins that they aren’t safe to eat. It is VERY difficult to purify them without degradation from heat and oxidative damage; consequently there are many contaminated Omega 3 supplements out there, believe it or not!  Since supplementing with EPA and DHA, all omega 3’s, is the only way to be sure we have a beneficial amount in our systems, we have a dilemma.  Are there any out there that have been proven to be pure?

I have found one called Omega Guard that is produced with a low temperature purification process that removes harmful contaminants & is safe and pure. I will share where to get it with anyone who is interested. Here are some of the benefits you could get from these amazing Omega 3′s:

  • Reduced the risk of heart disease & stroke
  • Lower triglycerides & cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Keep blood from clotting too quickly
  • Has anti-inflammatory capabilities
  • Help with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Help with migraines
  • Help with psoriasis & eczema
  • Help with ADD
  • Help with depression/mental illness
  • Help repair myelin sheath
  • Essential for pregnancy for development of baby’s brain

I don’t know about you, but I definitely like these benefits! By the way, some of the “good fats” that are sources for the body’s necessary amounts of daily fat are monounsaturated fats like avocado, peanut, flax, olives, & canola oil.  Other choices are sunflower, safflower, corn, and soybean oils.  Saturated oils are definitely to be avoided.

Until next time, here’s to your good health!

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CHANGE CAN BE A BLESSING

We live in a time of rapid change that comes about because of many diverse reasons. Change is precipitated by technological advances, for one.  I remember when we had one telephone that was on a shelf on the wall & we had to stand up to talk on it.  To dial a number, we asked the operator to dial “489”…yes, that was a phone number in my home town. But we got fancy and got a rotary dial phone!  I could NEVER had imagined the evolution that was to take place that would lead to all kids having a cell and even one that could take pictures, and even give us instantaneous global communication networks! Talk about CHANGE!

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Change also comes through economic troubles, natural disasters, socio-cultural transitions, death of loved ones, break up of relationships, and on and on. Multiple times in a day, things happen that influence or change our plans. No one escapes the challenge of change, and even thought there is really an “opportunity” in change, there is something hardwired in most of us that makes us resist and resent it. I think that the first reaction to a big change is sometimes fear.

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But the Bible says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind” 2Thimothy 1:7. When trust that that God is in control of all our circumstances and we acknowledge that we aren’t, we just have no reason to be afraid! It is a simple choice we can make. So if we really believe that God is sovereign that He has ordained our days (Psalm 139:16), then a strong case can be made for circumstances being signposts from God: either a new direction, a new blessing, a correction,  or maybe to get our attention, or a lesson in patience, submission, or seeking God’s will. Though difficult, we should give thanks for the bad as well as the good as the Bible says “GIve thanks in all things.” There is ALWAYS a blessing somewhere in there.

At the very least, I believe that God is guiding us toward at least one goal in every circumstance, good or bad, to be more like Jesus Christ. And if our lives never changed, we would have no opportunities to grow.  So, the next time you face an unexpected change, especially an unwelcomed one, look for the blessings & opportunities hiding inside.  Change is part of God’s loving plan for us!

How does this fit into the health puzzle? Well, when we trust God in all areas of our lives, he gives us a peace that is simply beyond explanation.  That means that it isn’t all about me and I don’t have to be anxious or angry or afraid or jealous or bitter or greedy or any of those emotions that help to make me sick!  Those emotions are like a cancer within us that do immeasurable damage to our well being. God is up 24/7 and HE can handle all our woes and guide us through them so we just don’t have to worry about them!

Have a blessed and safe 4th of July as you celebrate our FREEDOM  and give thanks for America!

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THOUGHTS ON MEMORY

Do you ever try to remember why you went into another room?  Or do you ever forget where you put your car keys or some important papers?  Have you tried to remember where you went on vacation year before last, but can’t? Do you have a hard time remembering if you have read that book before?  Wow. haven’t we all?

WHAT IS MEMORY ANYWAY?

Memory is the process by which information and experiences can be stored, retained and then recalled. Memory starts with some sort of stimulus coming into the brain but only data with meaning go into storage.  And different types of memory are stored differently in the brain.  We have:

  • Short-term memory
  • Working memory
  • Long term memory

Well, how does the brain remember, anyway? Memory relies upon an intricate biochemical process involving  neurons, and the flow of information between neurons in the brain is the basis for all memory.  When data comes in, we actively sort through networks of stored info to make connections. These links are strengthened by repetition and eventually become memory.

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WHY CAN’T WE REMEMBER?

There a number of reasons healthy brains forget things:

  • Decay – Info we don’t use may simply fade away. The brain only retains data that has meaning and the data declines unless there is repetition of some kind.
  • Interference – New info may bury or replace the old.
  • No longer accessible – The so called “Tip of the Tongue” phenomenon. You recall the info but can’t name it.  It often suddenly emerges when you aren’t trying to recall it.
  • Overload – The brain is temporarily overloaded and distracted by stimuli. This is very common in our busy lives.

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CHALLENGES TO MEMORY!

Many factors can cause memory problems.  As with other aspects of health, lifestyle has a big impact on memory throughout life. Things that can interfere with memory and the ability to learn include:

  • Poor nutrition – Shortchanging the brain’s need for high quality protein, nourishing fats, and essential micronutrients can seriously impact learning and memory.  This is a particular problem for children and older people. A poor diet can increase the risk of hypertension, which can lead to strokes and threaten brain function
  • Alcohol – Alcohol interferes with short term memory, limiting the ability to store new information.
  • Inadequate sleep – This can contribute to forgetfulness and memory loss.
  • Smoking – It limits the amount of oxygen that gets to the brain.
  • Caffeine – May interfere with normal memory function and interfere with sleep.
  • Dehydration – Lack of water has an immediate effect on memory, producing confusion and difficulty thinking.
  • Medications – Certain drugs such as tranquilizers, muscular relaxants, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety meds can cause loss of memory.
  • Disease – Certain diseases and injuries to the brain can cause serious loss of memory.
  • Stress – Anxiety and stress interfere with concentration. Many people are tense, distracted and over stimulated and memory can suffer when all circuits are busy.

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EXERCISE YOUR MIND!

  • Stay physically active – This helps keep blood vessels delivering adequate oxygen to the brain & keeps you alert.
  • Get plenty of rest – This allows the brain to sort through experiences and activities and to organize memories.
  • Learn something new – New activities can make new connections in your neural pathways.

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  • Exercise your mind – Do word games or Sudoku puzzles, play chess, study a language and keep those neurons firing.
  • Concentrate – Sharpen your focus with a common object —coffee for example.  What’s the color, smell, flavor; what is the size of the cup? Such an exercise helps you remember details.
  • Relax – Learn to calm yourself with breathing exercises.  Unwind. Let things go.
  • Stay connected – Keep up to date on current events, films, and other things that interest you.  Seek out people with whom you can have a lively and positive conversations.

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FEED YOUR BRAIN!

A good diet with plenty of complete protein (preferably soy), fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats is as important for the grain as for any other organ. However, brain cells can be more demanding nutritionally than other cells.  They require a great deal of carefully controlled energy to function optimally and thus deserve special dietary support.

  • Proteins and fats are needed to make new connections
  • Essential fatty acid affect neurotransmitter release and are critical for other brain functions,  The omega 3 fatty acids found cold water fish is considered brain food, but you must be careful about toxic fish oil.  Discussion on omega 3’s is for another day.
  • Some vitamins and herbs are particularly important for memory.  Some of these are thiamin, folic acid, and vitamin B 12.
  • Lecithin provide choline, an important messenger that helps protect the mylon (I’m not sure how to spell this!) sheath and the nervous system.
  • Ginkgo biloba appears to increase the flow of blood to the brain.
  • Both bacopa and vinpocetine can help to improve memory and cognitive functions.

I have found that the Shaklee products have really made a huge difference for me in this area.  There are 2 specific products especially designed to help with memory…………Memory Optimizer and Mental Acuity, which contain some of these things. If you have an interest, you can check out my website @ http//healthconnection.myshaklee.com

Until next time, have a blessed, healthy week-end!

The Optimum Health Puzzle

Everyday each of us has the opportunity to choose the kind of life we want, and my guess is that just about everyone would rank “a healthier life” close to the top of the list. And what is that? Well, I’d say health, energy, vitality, and well-being…..you know it when you feel it; you know it when you see it.  Healthy living is a beautiful thing and healthy people feel energized and look fantastic, and thus have a better life.

Sure, everyone would like to experience this level of health, but the BIG question is, “How do I do it?” Well, your health is the result of a lot of things……genetics, diet, accidents, stress, pollution, and most of all, your lifestyle. We must take charge of our own health and learn ways to prevent disease rather than waiting until we get something and then try to cure it. This is an easier and wiser approach, and less costly in most cases. But the journey to optimum health is like a jig-saw puzzle as it has many pieces to it.  I guess you could say that it is almost like working your way through a maze.
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Some of the pieces of the wellness puzzle that will help connect you to a healthier lifestyle are:

  • Exercise several times a week
  • Get plenty of sleep each night
  • Drink a lot of pure water each day
  • Get a massage each month
  • See a chiropractor regularly to keep your back in alignment
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eliminate alcohol (well, at least keep it to a minimum!)
  • Keep your weight under control, to the best of your ability
  • Stay away from Fast Foods as much as possible

But what I am most passionate about and will be talking about in future blogs are these:

  • Reduce stress levels
  • Supplement your diet with the best quality natural food supplements you can find

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  • Proper nutrition
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    And this is the way I can help you get from this:
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    to this:
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Twenty seven years ago I had so any health issues that I was just certain I was going to die young.  It was at one of my lowest times that God sent a friend to me that helped me choose to make a lot of lifestyle changes and to take control of my own health.  Today I take no medications and enjoy optimum health at age 81.  Our bodies are miraculous, you see.  If we give it what it needs and take away what it doesn’t need, it can prevent getting major diseases and can just about heal itself!  So as we go along this wellness journey together, I will be talking with you from first hand experience.  I pray that what I’ve learned will make a difference for you, too

Come back to see me and we can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea next time! Here’s to your health!

Backyard Fantasies

Well, I am into all the other social media stuff, so I said to myself, “why don’t you blog like everyone else does?” so here I come, ready or not as I sit on my patio enjoying all my flowers on the overcast Saturday morn, especially the beautiful roses, I am simply amazed at my Cecile Bruner climbing rose, which is supposed to be pink. Always has been. But it has gotten confused this year and part of it has become……………shall I say, “a transvestite”! There is a big branch of red roses blooming on branches that used to be pink! See for yourself.

This is my favorite time of the year as God awakens the sleeping trees and flowers and showers us again with the beauty of his magnificent landscape. God continues to amaze me! And while I’m at it, you may as well see some of God’s other pretty roses in my back yard….….they are called Knockout Roses and will bloom all summer long.  Incredible!

This is really my “Safe place” where I spend  quiet time with my Lord and Savior most every day. And  my husband and I spend many hours just soaking up the beauty that surrounds us and watching the variety of birds that fight over their places on the bird feeders. We seem to have the market on uninvited pigeons, but I guess they have to eat, too.  Squirrels also abound in our back yard,  and while they can be pests, they are really cute. And we’ve discovered that there really aren’t any “Squirrel Proof” bird feeders.  Squirrels are VERY ingenious! So we find ourselves  laughing at the squirrels as they try all kinds of ways  to beat the birds  to the food..

Before I go, I just want to say that I am passionate about enjoying optimum health………. physically,  mentally, and emotionally. What I’ve shared today feeds my soul and that’s the best and most rewarding kind of health one can have. Here’s to yours!

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