Introducing the Systems of Our Bodies and How We Can Keep Them Healthy

June 10th, 2011 .

Health and Wellness in the 21st Century can be your number one priority for healthy aging, here I will remind you about the systems of the body, what they are, how they work and how to keep them running strong, healthy and vibrant.

* Circulatory system: pumping and channeling blood to and from the body and lungs with heart, blood and blood vessels.

How to Strengthen the Circulatory System. http://www.ehow.com/how_2125841_strengthen-circulatory-system.html

* Digestive system: digestion and processing food with salivary glands, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, intestines, rectum and anus.

Foods for a Healthy Digestive System. http://www.foods4health.info/2011/05/foods-for-healthy-digestive-system.html

* Endocrine system: communication within the body using hormones made by endocrine glands such as the hypothalamus, pituitary or pituitary gland, pineal body orpineal gland, thyroid, parathyroids and adrenals, i.e., adrenal glands.;)

Understanding the Endocrine System.    http://commonsensehealth.com/Health-Conditions/Endocrine_System_Diagram_for_Understanding_Hormones.shtml

* Integumentary system: skin, hair and nails.

How to Keep the Integumentary System Healthy. http://www.livestrong.com/article/156574-how-to-keep-the-integumentary-system-healthy/

* Lymphatic system: structures involved in the transfer of lymph between tissues and the blood stream, the lymph and the nodes and vessels that transport it including the Immune system: defending against disease-causing agents with leukocytes, tonsils, adenoids, thymus and spleen.

Learn About a Healthy Lymphatic System. http://www.naturalnews.com/026500_lymphatic_system_health_massage.html

* Muscular system: movement with muscles.

How to Maintain a Strong Muscular System.  http://www.livestrong.com/article/105707-maintain-muscular-system/

* Nervous system: collecting, transferring and processing information with brain,spinal cord, peripheral nerves and nerves.

Healing Foods for the Nervous System. http://www.healingfoodreference.com/nervous_system.html

* Reproductive system: the sex organs, such as ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina, mammary glands, testes, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis.

For Men: http://www.ehow.com/how_5458748_keep-male-reproductive-system-healthy.html

For Women: http://www.ehow.com/how_2076825_care-female-reproductive-system.html

* Respiratory system: the organs used for breathing, the pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, lungs and diaphragm.

How to Keep your Respiratory System Healthy. http://www.livestrong.com/article/352871-how-to-keep-my-respiratory-system-healthy/

* Skeletal system: structural support and protection with bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.

How to keep your Skeletal System Strong.  http://www.ehow.com/how_5104518_keep-skeletal-system-healthy.html

* Urinary system: kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra involved in fluid balance, electrolyte balance and excretion of urine.”

Ways to Keep the Urinary System Healthy.   http://www.livestrong.com/article/104279-keep-urinary-system/

The 24 Hour Anti Aging Plan…As Seen on the Dr. Oz Show

May 27th, 2011 .

The 24-Hour Anti-Aging Plan as seen on the Dr. Oz Show was fantastic so I wanted to share some of it with you. Here are 5 basic steps that you can change now and see results now.

Russ Greenfield, MD…Integrative Medicine Specialist was on the Dr. Oz Show to help explain why these changes work. These are small changes that you can start today.

5 Missions To Stop Aging

1 Wipe Out Wrinkles

Cut down on sugar. Replace it with products that do not contain added sugar. Take the supplement GTF chromium it is an important trace mineral that helps regulate blood sugar levels. Why is this important? Because sugar breaks down collegian.

2 Cut Off Cancer Cells

In order to try and stop cancer cells from growing deadly,  we need to cut off their blood supply, a process called anti-angiogenesis. Certain foods, particularly brightly colored fruits, contain substances with anti-angiogenic properties.

Try eating the Anti-Cancer Fruit Salad  made with papaya, blackberries and nutmeg at lunchtime everyday. All three of these foods help prevent blood vessels from nourishing cancer cells.

3. Eliminate Exhaustion

This isn’t a lack of sleep exhaustion, they are talking about cellular exhaustion. To eliminate cellular exhaustion, try astragalus, a medicinal Chinese plant shown to help rebuild genes by boosting the enzyme telomerase.

Understanding what telomere is.

Exercise everyday because regular exercise boosts energy levels. Researchers say nearly every group studied — from healthy adults, to cancer patients, and those with chronic conditions including diabetes and heart disease — benefited from exercise.

4. Defeat Dementia

To keep your brain active and free from disease we need to get rid of plaque.  We do that by eating an anti inflammatory diet.  Dr. Andrew Weil is an expert in health and wellness and here are his tips for eating an anti inflammatory diet.

As well as an anti inflammatory diet, eliminate nitrates, and take an Acetyl-L-Carnitine & Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplement. High levels of anti oxidant production is also found in my product Vemma. Vemma Is The World’s Most Powerful Liquid Antioxidant.

5. Go To Bed

Enough sleep is critical to living a long life.  A comment that Dr. Weil mentioned in one of his articles was the less people sleep the more likely they are to become obese.

Five Take Charge Easy Steps can change your life as Dr. Oz and Dr. Greenfield mention in the 24 Hour Anti Aging Plan.

Uncle Sam’s High Fiber Cereal

May 19th, 2011 .

I like to write about health and wellness along with suggesting different ways that we can get more energy, stay active, get healthier all the while we are enjoying our healthy aging journey.

It’s pretty simple to eat healthy.  It just takes organizing and planning healthy meals for the week.

I’m sure you have heard over and over again the importance of a high fiber diet.

This is a very healthy way to start your day, add some veggie juice, some protein and your good to go.

I don’t enjoy cereal every morning but I have found “Uncle Sam’s” cereal to be enjoyable a couple of times a week.

Uncle Sam’s Original has only 1 gram of sugar with 7 grams of protein along with 10 grams of fiber in 3/4 cup.  That’s fantastic.  We need at least 35-45 grams and some suggest as much as 60 grams of fiber per day.

I like to mix Uncle Sam’s with Raisins and sometimes I add chopped walnuts, and blueberries.

I saw one recipe that had a parfait glass with layers of berries, Uncle Sam’s, and vanilla nonfat yogurt.

Other additions to your bowl of “Uncle Sam’s might be:

Fresh mango, bananas, black berries & strawberries or any other fruit that you enjoy.

If you add 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts and almonds it would add another 5 grams of protein for a total of 12 grams per 3/4 cup to 1 cup of cereal

The reason to eat Uncle Sam’s high fiber cereal is because it is loaded with flax seeds too, it could be part of your daily source of omega-3 fatty acids which cannot be made by the body and must be provided by your diet.

Uncle Sam’s is a suggestion in the South Beach Diet Plan as the high fiber cereal to eat. It recommends it because it is low sugar content and high fiber.

Uncle Sam’s has been around since 1908.  I’m glad I found it now because it really is a delicious and super nutrition breakfast cereal.

Promoting Wellness Through Nature

May 12th, 2011 .

Promoting Wellness Through Nature is a trademark of the OilMD, James L. Geiger MD .

Promoting “Essential Oils” for Healthy Aging is a passion of mine.

I use essential oils everyday, and frequently throughout my day for personal use and then at home I put essential oils in diffusers.

Essential oils are perfect to use as a mood booster, and they supply your home with wonderful smells as well as protection from airborne viruses and bacteria.

The benefits of essential oils in the home are fantastic if you want to live “green” it’s another avenue to stay healthy and reap the results for your entire family.

“Essential Oils” have so many healthful benefits.

I have been complimented many times for the calming, refreshing, mood boosting and aromatic atmosphere that I have in my home from the uses of essential oils.

At the top of my list to stay balanced throughout my day is the “Well Balanced Lady”  It will definitely lift you up and if you are experiencing PMS, Peri-Menopause, or Post Menopause it will help keep you feeling refreshed.

In February 2011 I wrote two blog posts on essential oils, Jasmine for Women and Essential Oils for Women and Men.  They are educating and inspiring.

We are aging, no one is immune from the aging process…so the phrase Anti-Aging really isn’t true in my opinion. The phrase “Healthy Aging”  I heard many years ago from Dr. Andrew Weil, so now I use it.

Healthy Aging makes perfect sense to me and the way we do it, is by taking care of ourselves on a daily basis. Of course there are many aspects to healthy aging.  A couple of the ones that come to mind are a positive attitude, exercise, healthy eating and the use of essential oils.

I would like to continue to show you the benefits of one of my favorite essential oils, ” Sandalwood” and its uses.

If you’re going to use essential oils use them throughout your day to get the full range of their benefits.

The Essential Oil of Sandalwood is extracted through steam distillation of pieces of wood from matured Sandal trees which are 40-80 years old (ideally it should be 80 years).

The OilMD’s “Well Balanced Lady” has sandalwood in it.  This is why I love it so much.

Organic Facts shows the capabilities of this unique essential oil.

carminativeis/ a herb or preparation that prevents formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract.  diuretic/diuretics increase the excretion of water from the body, although each class does so in a distinct way.  disinfectant/ substance that is applied to non-living objects to destroy microorganisms that are living on the objects.  emollient/soothing to the skin expectorant/drains mucus from the lungs hypotensive/helps lower blood pressure.  memory booster/boosts memory.  sedative/ reduces irritability and excitement. tonic/An invigorating, refreshing, or restorative agent

I encourage you to stay on your quest for Healthy Aging.

Join me in a healthy living journey with essential oils.  I have an opportunity for you to be a consumer and/or business builder with do Terra Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils come visit Dr. Geiger and myself @http://www.mydoterra.com/oilmd/

My Chicken Soup For the Soul Recipe

May 4th, 2011 .

No matter if it’s winter, spring or summer “My Chicken Soup For the Soul Recipe” is delicious and nutritious.  I love making this soup, it’s easy and I know that I will have a healthy meal waiting for my family for either dinner, lunch or an after school snack.  This will last in the refrigerator for at least 7 days.

8 quart stock pot

8 to 10 cups of filtered water (start with 8 add more after grains have cooked if needed)

2 containers of 32 oz organic chicken broth

12 oz (1/2 jar) blended to a puree of Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Basil Marinara

2 Tbsp of  “Better Than Bouillon” Vegetable Base

1/2 cup organic Red Quinoa (uncooked)

1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Pearl Barley (uncooked)

1 cup of millet (uncooked)

6 to 8 stalks of celery (more if you like) cut up in small pieces

1/2 bag baby carrots cut up in small pieces (more if you like)

2 Tbsp of organic olive oil

6 -half organic boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut in small pieces)

(You can use less chicken and more veggies to this recipe if you like, it’s yummy either way)

Seasonings: Salt & Spike to taste

Directions:

Saute cut up pieces of chicken in organic olive oil until cooked

Add water, chicken broth and bouillon

Add remaining ingredients and cook on low until veggies and grains are done.

The great thing about this soup is that you can eat it after the grains and veggies are done or you can cook it for up to  2-3 hours on low, and it’s even better the second day.

Refrigerate in pot after the pot has cooled to room temperature.

Other ingredients that I’ve used:

Cut up zucchini, fresh cut up green beans, brown rice.

Happy & Healthy Easter Carrot Cake

April 22nd, 2011 .

I wanted to share this delicious & nutritious carrot cake recipe that I just made for my son’s birthday & that you may enjoy for your Easter meal.  It is so good!

CARROT CAKE

2 1/3 cups Organic Gold Medal all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1  large organic egg

2 large organic egg whites

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

1/4 cup organic olive oil

3 cups organic shredded carrots

2/3 cup buttermilk

1  cup crushed pineapple, drained

1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts (1 cup for cake mix & 1/2 cup to go on top of your cake)

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

2 (8 ounce) packages of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup organic butter, softened

2 cups sifted organic confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Cake: Pre heat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9×13 pan with butter & dust lightly with flour, shake off excess.

In one bowl mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg.

In a large bowl blend the eggs, egg whites, oil & sugar with a hand mixer until smooth.

Add carrots & hand mix until blended, add in the buttermilk, pineapple & 1 cup chopped walnuts (save the other 1/2 cup of walnuts to top your cake) until mixed well.

In the large bowl slowly combine the flour mixture with the carrot mixture.

With a spatula pour cake mix into your 9×13 pan, spread evenly with spatula making sure you get into the corners & that it is even.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, double check doneness with a toothpick, it will come out clean if it is done.

Cool completely on a rack before frosting your cake.

Frosting: Blend  together the cream cheese & butter until smooth, add vanilla & mix well, now slowly mix in your sifted confectioners sugar.  Set aside until ready to frost your cake.

Frost your cake & sprinkle on top 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.   Place in refrigerator until ready to serve..Store covered in the refrigerator.

(variations: 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2-1 cup coconut)

Magnificent Mangosteen the “SuperFruit”

March 1st, 2011 .

Mangosteen when the antioxidant-rich power of  it is combined with vitamins, plant-sourced minerals, organic glyconutrient-rich aloe vera and decaffeinated organic green tea, the result is the ultimate nutritional foundation.

Because the mangosteen is combined with vitamins and minerals our digestive systems utilize the liquid nutrition properly. It benefits the human body so extensively when it is taken in adequate amounts daily.

Parents we have a product for children too.

It is called NEXT.   The formula was specifically designed for children ages 2-12.  With the right amount of vitamins and minerals along with the superfruit mangosteen and it’s creamy orange flavor it gives their growing bodies the immune support that they need.  The proper nutrition for our children is critical to their overall health and wellness.  In order for them to have peek performance in school makes the NEXT product the nutritional support they need to carry them into their adolescent years.

Mangosteen, known as the “Queen of all fruits” has been used for centuries by Asian health practitioners for its nutritional benefits and delicious flavor.

The Mangosteen plant has the micro plant nutrients that our bodies need. These nutrients are called xanthones.

Vemma” represents the most complex liquid nutritional program that I have ever seen!” says Dr. John Edwards, Bsc, MBBS of Healthy Oakland Clinic.

So many amazing scientific studies have been done to prove the antioxidant power of mangosteen.  Here is one from Pub Med.

“Potential of xanthones from tropical fruit mangosteen as anti-cancer agents”

The antioxidant effect of Vemma has been shown to enhance immune function.  As noted in the clinical studies it proved in the studies that Vemma showed significant improvements in immune markers, superior antioxidant absorption and a lowering of C-reactive protein (CRP), which points to its beneficial effects on overall health and wellness.

The recent clinical studies that Vemma has done will prove to the skeptic that mangosteen and minerals in the Vemma formula is a powerful way to change your overall health and wellness.

Our immune systems need help on a daily basis and the Vemma formula has proven 100% to have helped myself and my family.

Dr. Geiger, the OilMD has written a book called “The Sweet Smell of Success and he shares the importance of juice therapy.

Healthy Aging for Women and Men with Essential Oils

February 25th, 2011 .

I do promote Essential Oils for Healthy Aging because I have seen the results in myself, my family and friends.

Dr. James Geiger the oilMD offers in his book “The Sweet Smell of Success” guidance for the use of “Medical Aromatherapy in the 21st Century”.

“Essential oils are extracted oils from plants that give off aromatic and fragrant smells, they also act to normalize and regulate the systems of the body.”

“Essential oil phytomolecules impact intra-cellular synthesis pathways. Embodied in the chemical constituents found in these plant distillates are the energy and informational building blocks that produce complex emotional and intricate physiological effects in humans and animals.”

“Food is medicine. The FDA classifies essential oils as food. Learning the art and the science of aromatherapy is one avenue to increase health in this revolution of wellness.”

Essential oils are noted for their medicinal properties that  are exceedingly high in ORAC value (oxygen radical absorption capacity) to scavage free radicals associated with disease and aging.

Free radicals are harmful to the body. The human body is composed of many different types of cells.  Free radicals hurt these cells.

In brief “free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. When the “attacked” molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction. Once the process is started, it can cascade, finally resulting in the disruption of a living cell. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age.

“Essential oils have crossover properties in clinical areas, for instance, oils of ginger, helichrysum and frankincense are true dual inhibitors of inflammation.”

“Since virtually all pain is due to inflammation, it is particularly dangerous when that inflammation in the human body is stealth enough that it does not cause pain. Because silent inflammation in the human body mostly means silent damage.” In my opinion this could mean silent disease.

In closing I would like to encourage you to make yourself your number one priority on a daily basis and use Essential oils and Essential nutrition. It is extremely important for healthy aging.

The Benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil for Women

February 2nd, 2011 .

Here’s the perfect gift for your lady any time of year.

Learning about the essential oil of Jasmine may be the perfect gift for your loved one.

The Well Balanced Lady with its wonderful qualities for women has in it the essential oil of Jasmine along with other unique oils from the oilMD.

The Well Balanced Lady will relieve you of your hot flashes and it offers along with that a feeling of all over balance when used throughout your day.

Let me tell you the benefits of Jasmine as talked about in Organic Facts.

“The health benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti depressant, anti septic, aphrodisiac, anti spasmodic, cicatrisant, expectorant, galactogogue, emenagogue, parturient, sedative and uterine.”

Each of these benefits from Jasmine suit women perfectly because as women we want to take care of ourselves and our families, the benefits of this essential alone can contribute to keeping our families healthy, as much as healthy eating, and exercise.

Let me begin describing the benefits of Jasmine:

Aphrodisiac

Anti depressant

Anti spasmodic/asthma symptoms

Calms your body from the stress of daily living

Sedative

Facilitates and eases birth/ reduces labor pains

Lactating mothers benefit by it’s ability to increase milk production

Relieves pain from menses

Peri-Menopause and Menopause

Uterine Health

Dry skin treatment

Helps you sleep better

Cold relief by helping as an expectorant, it reduces phlegm in the nasal and respiratory tracts.

Scars from acne or wounds, it helps fade of them

Antiseptic & disinfectant, it has bactericidal, viral, germicidal, and fungicidal properties.

Just imagine all these wonderful benefits from the essential oil of Jasmine, as Dr Geiger mentions in his book “The Sweet Smell of Success” essential oils promote wellness through nature.

Essential oils diluted with jojoba oil in 10% solution of essential oils are great used as a perfume or mixed with a quality body lotion.  Uses for essential oils in your home range from cleaning with antibacterial oils to a romantic massage.

***Spring is here and summer is just around the corner.  Try making large pots of Jasmine Green Tea.  Let the water boil then add in one tea bag per cup. Turn water off put lid on pot, steep.  Let the tea cool to room temperature before putting it into small containers, then refrigerate.  Add lime or lemon.  These two teas are so good together plus nutritious, delicious,  and a cool and refreshing drink.

I use a 4 qt or 8 qt pot and add both green tea and jasmine tea.This is also an excellent way to have antioxidant protection along with all the wonderful benefits of jasmine.

To learn more about the use of essential oils go to www.mydoTerra.com/oilmd.com


The “Wellness Revolution”

January 24th, 2011 .

The “Wellness Revolution” many of us may say, finally how come it took so long? I personally have been waiting since the late 60’s.

I am inspired to get as much knowledge as possible to those that are interested in health and wellness. We specifically want to educate about essential juices and essential oils. The oilMD in his book Health Secrets shares the importance of these two essentials for your life. http://www.oilmd.com/ In my opinion they are a daily requirement for healthy living which corresponds to healthy aging. Isn’t this what everyone is looking for, the fountain of youth?

The term anti-aging isn’t true, there isn’t one of us who can say that we aren’t aging. The term that I like to repeat when I educate is healthy aging. Healthy Aging focuses on the whole person, what I mean by that is it is important to realize that we are all aging, yes there is botox and plastic surgery available so that we can look younger, that’s wonderful, but to focus too much on aging in a negative way can create negative energy.

A couple of years ago I was in a seminar with Les Brown.
As a renowned professional speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Les Brown has learned from his own life, and one that he is helping others apply to their lives.

One of the messages that I heard him speak about was “How To Make Yourself Your # 1 Priority.

This had a great impact on my life. So much so that I think I’ve shared it since then probably a dozen or more times.

The plain and simple is that we do need to make ourselves our #1 priority everyday with eating properly, making time to exercise and definitely we need to keep a positive mental attitude with a heart of gratitude