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The Dangers of Candida

The Dangers of Candida

Did you know that ancient Romans discovered yeast without knowing it? In fact, they learned that dough left in the sun can be “revived” after adding the sugar!

Did you know yeast has been used for the process of making beer and wine thousands of years before it was discovered by converting sugar into alcohol?

Did you know yeast is a fungus that helps keep the digestive system and immune system healthy and also helps absorb vitamins and minerals from your food?

Did you know certain species of yeast can induce various diseases in humans and animals?

Candida albicans, for example, can induce infection in the mouth and gastrointestinal tract of humans.  And, has been known to be directly tied to cancer since 1913!

There is a very good chance that this very moment you have a yeast overgrowth and don’t even realize it! As according to the molecular biologists at Rice University, 70 percent of all people are affected by Candida, a systemic yeast-fungal infection. Don’t worry, though, as this potentially harmful and preventable health condition can easily be corrected naturally!

Our goal is to help you improve your gut to stay healthy, which is why we invite you to attend our on-demand webinar HERE

During this experience, you will learn about the function yeast plays in the body and what happens when it becomes out of control, thus causing candida.

Essential Oils 101

Essential Oils – 101

Did you know essential oils have been healing people of all cultures around the world for centuries?

Did you know 5,000 pounds of rose petals are required to distill 1 pound of pure rose oil, making it one of the most precious and expensive oils on the market?

Did you know a single drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea?

If you’re curious as to how essential oils can benefit you and your family, join me for my next webinar, Essential Oils 101, on Saturday, October 13th at 1:00 pm CDT where you will learn everything you need to know about using essential oils!

REGISTER HERE

From Energizing to Calming… Essential Oils Can Help!

Some oils are noted for their ability to heal, aid digestion, alleviate pain, and soothe sore muscles while others are amazing for toxin-free cleaning and bug deterrent.

Essential Oils Can Help With…

  • Boosting your immune system and fight cold and flu symptoms
  • Relaxing and soothing sore muscles
  • Alleviating headaches and minor aches and pains
  • Improving cognitive ability and brain function
  • Reducing toxicity and healing digestive concerns

No matter what you’re in need of, essential oils can improve your overall well-being of mind, body, and soul naturally!  Essential oils can even benefit our pets! During our webinar on Saturday, October 13th we will also discuss what oils to avoid as well as how to safely apply them to your furry friends.

 

Essential Oils, The Holistic Answer

By extracting and concentrating natural compounds to create essential oils, we can harness the power of natural healing.  In fact, just one drop of the right essential oil can benefit you immensely!  Finally… feeling better, without negative side effects is within your grasp!

Helping others achieve optimal wellness has always been a passion of mine.   Nature has so much more to offer than we give credit for. Historically nature provided the only form of medicine we needed.  Our scientific advances have taken us far, but sometimes going back to our roots is the simplest solution.  I am motivated to demystify the world of essential oils and make them more accessible to all.  Holistic and natural approaches have been the subject of extensive research over the years, and benefits can no longer be overlooked!

How to Heal With Essential Oils

During this webinar you will learn:

**Various application techniques**

**Essential oils for balancing hormones**

**Ways to boost immunity with essential oils**

**Supporting digestion, improving brain function, and MANY MORE ways to use essential oils to restore health and vitality**

**Essential oils for pets**

**Quick reference guides and recipes to get you started making custom essential oil blends today!**

You can help spread the word by inviting the people you care about to sign up for Essential Oils 101.

This is guaranteed to alter the way you see your medicine cabinet!

Can’t Wait To Share With You On Saturday, October 13th At 1:00 pm CDT!  Register Here

The Right Way To Carry Your Belongings To Reduce Pain

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It is hard to imagine that some so seemingly simple tasks as carrying your makeup and driver’s license can have adverse effects on your back and neck. Chiropractors have warned for years that men and women need to not only rethink the way they dress but just as importantly the way that they carry around their belongings. Perhaps not surprisingly, many a chiropractor seeks to counsel parents to help their children carry heavy school backpacks appropriately and in such a manner that the little ones will not suffer from short term back pain and even neck pain but in the long term will not find themselves with severely deformed spines which will not adjust themselves naturally any longer. Yet it is not only children who need to be made aware of the proper methods of carrying their books and other belongings, but adults need to learn – and in some cases re-learn – these tasks again themselves.

Men and women are guilty of carrying their belongings in such a manner as to negatively impact their bodies, yet it is women who are well known for carrying purses and backpacks that are so heavy as to rival any high school kid’s carrying case. Chiropractors strongly urge women and man to carry bags that amount to less than 10 percent of their individual body weight. The less weight the better, and to this end chiropractors suggest that people check their bags, handbags, and assorted other carrying devices and leave at home anything and everything that they do not deem absolutely essential for a daily outing. In addition to the foregoing, carrying your purse or back over one shoulder further harms your back!

Ideally, you should carry your belongings in a backpack on your back. The pack should have wide straps – preferably padded – and not hang more than four inches below your waist. While this flies in the face of any and every fashion edict, it does go a long way to alleviate shoulder pain, reduce back pain, and prevent many an injured back. As a matter of fact, chiropractors point out that from a musculoskeletal perspective, the curvature of the spine changes when a person carries a pack or purse slung over a shoulder. The shoulder goes up and with this motion and the spine also moves up as well as forward, thus affecting the natural gait of the individual.

As you can see, there is so much more to carrying your daily necessities than meets the eye. If you are currently experiencing back pain or neck or shoulder pain, please be certain to make an appointment with your chiropractor and have her or him take a look at your back and perhaps also adjust any vertebrae that may have gone out of alignment. At the same time, do show your chiropractor the purse or pack you are carrying on a daily basis and ask the professional to evaluate it for the sake of not only functionality but also healthfulness for your back. The odds are good that your chiropractor will be able to give you some tips and advise about how to carry around your possessions in a safe and healthy manner.

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Health Conditions that Can Benefit from a Gluten Free Diet

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While people who have celiac disease and gluten allergies most often eliminate gluten from their diet, there are other health conditions that can benefit from a gluten-free diet. In fact, you may find that eating gluten free is the answer for what’s ailing you.

One of the greatest benefits of eating a gluten-free diet can be weight loss. When you eliminate gluten, you eliminate a lot of the fatty foods that cause weight gain in the first place. For example, you’ll limit how many cakes, cookies, and donuts you can consume.

While it’s possible to eat gluten-free and not lose weight, most people will find that they drop quite a few pounds when they make the transition. Of course if you substitute all of your bread for French fries, you may not see those results.

Gluten has been known to cause inflammation in many people. As a result it can exacerbate conditions that cause chronic pain such as multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other auto-immune disorders. You’ll find that your symptoms may decrease from eating gluten free.

Diabetes is another condition that can often be helped by eating a gluten-free diet. Foods that are high in gluten are also often high in simple carbohydrates. These foods tend to cause insulin and blood sugar levels to go haywire.

Many people who have irritable bowel syndrome find relief from eating a gluten-free diet. Gluten can cause problems such as constipation, diarrhea, gas, and cramping. You may find that by eliminating gluten you can eliminate many of these symptoms.

A gluten-free diet can also lead to lower levels of cholesterol and decreased risk of heart disease and stroke. You’ll be eliminating many unhealthy foods and focusing on adding healthful foods such as lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables.

While many people avoid gluten because of an allergy or intolerance, the benefits of a gluten-free diet extend beyond that. There are many health conditions that can benefit from a gluten free diet and you’ll experience overall good health.

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Does a Gluten-Free Diet Good Help With Weight Loss and Chronic Pain Management?

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Many people lose weight when they begin eating a gluten-free diet. If you have glucose intolerance, you may lose weight because your body can process the food better, but you may also lose weight even without the intolerance. Along with weight-loss, this can also help to reduce inflammation throughout the body and ease stress on muscles and joints that may be in pain.

Gluten is a protein. It’s found in wheat, barley, and rye grains. It’s also found in breads, cereals and most bakery products. Incidentally, these are often the products that tend to have a lot of calories, sugars, and fat.

If you have a gluten intolerance, you’ll find that removing gluten from your diet may help you to lose weight. It will also help you to get rid of digestive problems such as gas, abdominal bloating, and diarrhea or constipation.

Reversing your abdominal irritation can do wonders for how much energy you have and can facilitate your weight loss. And when you remove products that contain gluten from your diet you’re left with really healthful options.

Removing gluten from your diet leaves you with fruits, vegetables, proteins, and some grains that are healthier alternative such as quinoa and oats. Oats don’t contain gluten unless they’ve been contaminated during processing.

If you’re allergic to gluten, make sure you get oats that are labeled as gluten-free. If you’re not allergic, it probably is such a negligible amount that it won’t harm your attempts to lose weight and feel better.

When you’re removing gluten from your diet in order to lose weight, you need to still be mindful of what you’re eating. For example, make sure that you don’t replace products containing gluten with other highly processed foods.

You’ll want to steer clear of gluten-free products that contain a lot of saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar, and artificial colors and flavors. These foods will impede your weight loss progress and keep you from attaining your goals.

If you’re dealing with celiac disease, chances are you’ve lost a lot of weight unintentionally. You may be worried that gluten-free diet will cause you to lose even more weight. But in this case, it’s just the opposite. When you get rid of gluten, your body is able to absorb nutrients again. This will help you to regain the weight you lost.

A gluten-free diet is a healthy way to lose weight and reduce your risk of developing some diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. If you’ve wondered if a gluten free diet good for weight loss, it can be part of a healthy weight loss program.

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The Importance of Sleep in Minimizing Your Chronic Pain and Inflammation

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Many people in the Western world tend to burn the candle at both ends. They are stressed and try to pack too much into their busy day. Inevitably, the amount of sleep they get starts to decrease as they struggle to meet all of the demands placed upon them.

Sleep is an essential part of our circadian system (pronounced sir-KAY-dee-ann), a roughly 24-hour cycle in which our mind and body go through certain rhythmic patterns. These are influenced both by daily routines and by our environment, such as having a lot of light around us, versus the absence of light.

Circadian rhythms can influence sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature and other important bodily functions. Disrupted circadian rhythms have been linked to various sleep disorders, such as insomnia. They have also been associated with obesity, diabetes, depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is triggered during winter in the Northern Hemisphere due to a lack of sunlight.

The different stages of sleep seem to trigger different pro- or anti-inflammatory responses. It also appears that certain important cells in the immune system are only produced or distributed throughout the body during sleep, such as the T cells and Killer cells, both of which are essential in fighting disease.

To give you an idea of how important T cells are, those with HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, as the name suggests, have a deficient immune system. Those with HIV/AIDS will constantly have their levels of T cells to try to maintain their health.

In addition, sleep appears to contribute to what is termed the immunologic memory. Your immune system can “remember” certain illnesses like chicken pox, for example, and its response to this threat, which is why many childhood diseases can be contracted only once.

However, a run-down immune system may develop memory problems, so to speak, leaving you vulnerable once more to chicken pox in the form of shingles, a particular painful and potentially dangerous skin manifestation of the disease which shows up as blisters externally and can attack nerve endings and even the eyes internally.

So what can you do if you?ve been struggling with sleep issues? Practice good sleep hygiene, that is:

Set a regular bedtime
Go through a routine before bed, such as brushing your teeth and so on;
Shower or take a relaxing bath;
Read a familiar book, not a sensational new page turner;
Go to the toilet before bed to reduce the risk of having to get up to go in the middle of the night
Use your bedroom for sleep and sex only, not as an extension of your office or family room full of media like TV and DVDs.

If you’ve been running yourself ragged, slow down, adjust your priorities, and make time for sleep. See what a difference your new sleep routine can make to reduce your chronic pain and improve your overall health.

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Weight Loss and Managing Chronic Pain

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If you are overweight or obese, you are not alone. But what you might not know is just how bad being overweight is for the immune system. The first reason is that the fat we hate on our belly, butt and thighs is not just ugly flab. Scientists believe that excess fat in the body can spur inflammation and chronic pain in the body, as well as release a range of potentially toxic substances that make you ill.

Being overweight is so dangerous is that it is often described as a persistent low level of chronic inflammation in the body. Therefore, doing all you can to get down to a normal, healthy weight and reducing the wear and tear on the body from inflammation can do a great deal to reduce chronic pain and improve your overall health.

Watching what you eat can help cut calories, but did you know it can also reduce inflammation and add disease-fighting antioxidants to your diet? Eating a rainbow everyday of fresh fruits and vegetables can help you lose weight even as you eat a more nutritious and balanced diet.

Anti-inflammatory foods include salmon, broccoli, olive oil and peppers. Antioxidants are powerful disease-fighting agents found in red kidney bean, blueberries, apples and more.
Fruits and vegetables should be the cornerstones of any attempt to lose weight healthily. The water content and fiber will help you feel full for longer. They are also so tasty that adding these foods to your eating lifestyle will usually mean you will be more likely to steer clear of foods that are bad for you, such as red meat and highly-processed sugary sweets made with white sugar and white flour.

Exercise is key to reducing blood pressure and inflammation, decreasing stress, and elevating mood. Therefore, when used in combination with a healthy diet, you should soon see the benefits of weight loss for your appearance, mood and immune system.

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