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Are you Winning the Fight on TOXINS?

GOOD HEALTH EQUALS GOOD LIFE

Did you know toxins are everywhere?!  How do you we protect ourselves and our loved ones, when the toxins are all around us, the air we breathe and food we eat are being sprayed and laden with pesticides.

Just recently there was riverton-smog-by-william-mahfoodthe Riverton Dump fire in Jamaica.  Lots of communities both near and far were affected.  Lots of school in the vicinity had to be closed.  Increased cases of asthma, “cardiac illnesses, infant mortality, low birth weight of babies, onset of childhood asthma, coughs, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, burning in eyes, nose and throat and the list continues.  Shocking isn’t it.  But guess what? This is not the only toxins that we absorb in our body.

body cleanse The most heavily sprayed foods are apples, strawberries, peaches,    grapes (especially the imported varieties) and the list goes on.  Do     you ever wonder what’s in your fruit smoothie?  Makes you wonder   huh?

An article by Harvard Medical states that “While some people age healthily, the conclusion of many studies is that, compared with younger people, the elderly are far more likely to contract infectious diseases. Respiratory infections, influenza, and particularly pneumonia are a leading cause of death in people over 65 worldwide. No one knows for sure why this happens, but some scientists observe that this increased risk correlates with a decrease in T cells, possibly from the thymus atrophying with age and producing fewer T cells to fight off infection”

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Kids are also impacted by the presence of Toxins in the air and in our foods, its common to say that kids have their lives ahead of them to undo whatever unhealthy eating habits they may have.  However, some children do not get the chance to live long enough for that to happen.  The American Academy of Paediatrics note that “Children encounter pesticides daily and have unique susceptibilities to their potential toxicity, … there is evidence showing associations between pesticides and pediatric cancer and adverse neurodevelopment is “robust” and point to a role for insecticides in risk of brain tumors and acute lymphocytic leukemia.”


How can you protect yourself?

–  This means regular exercise – even if it is just 10 minutes a day.  I usually find the 10-minute workouts that I can do in front of my computer in the kitchen.

–  Ensure that your kids are fully vaccinated, (and YOU for that matter), – it is always important to ensure that kids are immunized against infectious diseases and viruses.

–  Step up on personal hygiene; washing hands regularly, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or cough in your elbow instead of your hands

–  Eating right –   Lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grain, plenty of water you know the drill.

However, since we know most foods are heavily laden with pesticides and toxins, and the fact that our diets are lacking in a number of essential nutrients, including calcium, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin A, C etc … it is important to also supplement.

Be sure however to speak to your doctor before taking any supplement and ensure that you do not overdose on supplements, as some persons have a tendency to take more than the required dosage.   Make sure also to include supplements that are able to defend against bad bacteria and toxins.

supplementAs keeping our body healthy and protected is of utmost importance it is imperative that we take all the steps necessary to ensure our body is up to par and can handle anything that life throws at us. Are you doing everything possible to win the fight?!  Leave a comment on what it is that you do on a regular basis that has helped you to stay healthy?

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Is Detox for you?

Do you remember the dreaded “wash-out” that we use to get from our parents every summer as a child growing up in Jamaica. I DO. That stuff tasted BAD! It was usually worm medicine or some herb tea. The aim was to cleanse our system and get us ready for the new school term.

Now, as we grow older, our cleanse is detoxing which is beneficial for our body, as flushing our system is important because of the alarming substances our body is forced to absorb on a daily basis. Livesmart360 in their article “Is detoxing your body beneficial” state that living in heavily polluted environments and eating foods packed with chemicals and preservatives are just a few ways your body is exposed to toxins it cannot rid itself of.  Ridding your body of toxins that make you feel sluggish, sick and vulnerable to disease can be accomplished by cleansing your system of those substances that are keeping it from working efficiently.

Here are four helpful ways they suggest to cleanse your body of harmful toxins.

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Juice Cleanse

A successful means of flushing out your system and filling it with the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to thrive can be achieved through Juicing. Remember to use combinations of greens, vegetables and some fruit to act as a natural sweetener into a recipe you’ll enjoy drinking. Keep the peels on, unless absolutely necessary, as the skin holds the most fiber and other key substances.

Lemon Cleanse

Lemons are a property that can naturally aid in detoxing simply by adding it to your water each day.It will help break down fat and help with consistent weight loss. Remember not to go overboard though because the natural acidity in lemons can wear away the enamel of your teeth.

Sweating

Nothing is more natural than sweating as a means to detox and lose weight. Sitting in a sauna/steam room for short intervals two or three times a week will help remove harmful substances. And, if you don’t have access to a sauna or steam room simply up your exercise routine to sweat more.Sweating is sweating, no matter how you work it. Make sure you drink plenty of water during either circumstance to keep your body hydrated properly

Probiotics

To combat the invading “bad” bacteria, allergens, and other pathogens which enter your body, you need a healthy immune system. Between 60 and 85 percent of your immune defenses reside in the gut in the form of “good” bacteria known as “probiotics”. The good bacteria in Probiotics taken daily will help to promote proper digestion, increased absorption of nutrients, a healthy immune system, and regularity.

I’ve definitely tried at least 3 out of  the 4 options given and have had great results.   How about you?  Which ones have you tried.

Remember before trying any of the methods noted above, talk to your doctor first as it’s important to find what will work right for you and your body’s needs.

 “Every day is an opportunity for a Fresh Start”

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Mom Finds Natural Remedy for Autistic Son

This is an inspiring story.  This is how we as mom’s are, we stop at nothing to ensure that our children and our families get the best care possible.

The following is a testimony copy/pasted from a posting made to the Corporate Facebook Page of LiveSmart 360 on 12/13/13 Mom Finds Natural Remedy for Autistic Son

Stay at home mom of 4, exotic pet zookeeper, wife, teacher… and even referee. these are all titles that i accept wholeheartedly. another one is mother of a child with Autism. when the letters PDD were being tossed around, it opened a whole new realm for us.

At first we followed the doctors orders. i didnt know any better, and wanted to believe that these “experts” had my childs best interest at heart. despite going to COUNTLESS therapy sessions, spending TONS of money between co-pays, babysitters, gas money, etc, i was still having to restrain my son several times a week, fight him every moment of every day to take his medication, and witness side effects of these pharmaceuticals. i looked everywhere for help. the information on autism and PDD was overwhelming to say the least. Hell, i even read an article that claimed katsup was to blame for autism! at this point, what do i avoid? Gluten, sugar, carbs, strawberries…. katsup?? what do i add?

A friend of mine who was helping me do research, told me about some beneficial supplements to try. a simple combination of heavy doses of good quality (no preservatives and appropriate peroxide levels) fish oil and a good quality probiotic. This came at a perfect time, as i experienced one of the most terrifying moments of my life. Once again i believed that the doctors were looking out for my sons best interest, and even had some compelling arguments for adding medications…. so i agreed.

Any mother i’m sure can understand the terror of what i was about to go through. my son became completely delusional. he would have black outs, where i could see in his eyes that no one was there. he tried to throw himself out a window….. my 7 yr old son was trying to kill himself!!! come to find out this was caused by hallucinations! i was horrified. TERRIFIED!!!!
i was loosing my son. my 7 yr old beautiful baby boy…..

That’s it i thought, i cannot allow this to happen. i took charge of my sons medical care. the doctors REFUSED to believe that this was a result from the medication, even though side effects were listed in the manufactures information! HOW DARE THEY!!! i was angry. i was appalled….. i was MOTIVATED…. yes motivated to take charge and DEDICATED to my sons recovery from autism.

I prayed and took the plunge. off the medication he went. i weaned him off as fast as i safely could. i put him on Fish oil and probiotics as fast as i could. it was HUGE leap of faith, i noticed a difference almost immediately. i waited to treat with the supplements after he was off the dangerous medication and the potency effects were almost all out of his system. within 24 hrs my son was less anxious, less in pain, and less angry. it just got better from there….. its been almost a year now since I’ve restrained my son. he is so close to being off every last bit of his medication. he only takes 1 now and we are in the process of eliminating it. he craves the fish oil and i we both definitely notice a difference when we get lazy and skip a day. he has gotten so good at remembering to take it himself! he knows it helps! i know it helps!!! shoot even the football coach/friend has noticed a difference

MY SON PLAYS FOOTBALL!!!!! on a team!!!! with other kids!!!!!
he comes to me with problems and questions
he looks at me in the eye……
HE SMILES!
MY SON SMILES AT ME!!!
i see my son behind the label “autism”
i see a bright future for my son.
without the help of my friends who gave me advice and LiveSmart 360 products, i have to say that i would still be in a black hole wondering which way was up and how we were going to manage our lives and my sons future.
thank you livesmart for creating this product to not only help save the health of my family, but save the life of my son!
A most inspiring story indeed.  What say you..

EVERYDAY IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A FRESH START

Audria

What CHOICE will you MAKE

When you wake up in the morning you have two choices... go back to sleep and dream your dreams or wake up & chase those dreams

 

“But until a person can say deeply and honestly,
“I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,”
that person cannot say,
“I choose otherwise.” 


― Stephen R. CoveyThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

 

 Everyday is an opportunity for a  FreshStart! 

Make Today your BEST Day Ever

Best Day Ever

TODAY

should always be

BETTER

than

YESTERDAY

So Make TODAY your BEST Day EVER

 

“Every Day is a Fresh Start”

 

The Fitting Room – Staying true to you

Spreading the word of God while being fashionable… awesome!

“The Fitting Room
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

The Apostle Paul uses the metaphor of putting on the virtues like you put on your clothes, but for much of my life I felt more like I was wrestling them on. Like when you’re in the fitting room and your arms are above your head and you start what appears to be a frenetic shimmy into an outfit that should have had an extra button, zipper or should simply be a large. I don’t think that is what Paul had in mind.

My greatest hope is that you will believe how chosen, set apart and dearly loved you are by Jesus. And that in this believing you’ll discover a new set of virtues you don’t have to fight, but simply get to wear.”

This is an excerpt from Kelly Minter’s book “The Fitting Room”.   I always like reading these books and inspirational quotes from Daysprings.com.   It is just so uplifting makes you want to sing for joy and give thanks and praise everyday.

So I’m giving thanks for life, thanking God for the opportunity to be true to myself and true to His teachings and His values. Remember if you dont stand up for what is true and right, you will fall for anything.

So as you start fresh another day, clothe yourself in the glory of the Lord and let His light shine through you.

Here’s to a BLESSED weekend

 

That ‘thing’ called Exercise

WOW Exercise… do you know how hard it is to create and maintain an effective exercise routine.

I’ve been at it on and off for quite a while now.  But I’m thinking, I’ve got to tell myself that this ‘thing’ called exercise is VERY important.  I’ve got to tell myself that this can be a life or death situation. It is very important to the quality of my life.  I’ve got to get drastic in order to get out of bed, or stop whatever I’m doing and just go do the exercise.

I’m getting scared and tired of hearing stories of people getting a stroke at the age of 38 – I’m getting close to that age now 🙂 – Yesterday, I read a story of a young lady at the age of 25, who just collapsed and died, she wasn’t known to have any illnesses.  What a tragedy that must be for her family, it brought tears to my eyes.

I figure it has to be a balance, a good diet means everything in moderation.  As too much of a thing can be bad for you.  I try to take my supplements as support for what I might not be getting based on my diet.  Try to take  care of my mental, emotional and spiritual life, as stress is a serious killer.  This includes our family life and work life and then we have to make sure we get time for ourselves to just unwind and do whatever.

Then here comes the exercise, we just can’t get away from it.  Face it, our bodies need it.  One of the benefits of exercise is a healthy mind, it can help to fight anxiety and depression.  The brain is stimulated by exercise into releasing chemicals that make you feel happy. Maybe this is why I always have a pep in my step when I exercise.

So without further ado, I’m off.  I think this morning is a ZUMBA morning!!!

Remember with the right attitude anything is possible!Image

GETTING MY GROOVE BACK, HOW ABOUT YOU?

Everyone procrastinates. We put things off because we don’t want to do them, or because we have too many other things on our plates. So for the last couple of months I had a lot on my plate, hence my absence from this blog, and a few other ventures that I was involved in.

Putting things off—big or small—is part of being human.  You know, the more you put off something, the longer it takes for you to start back up.  Now that I’ve gotten most things under control, it still seems harder to get my groove back in writing and presenting interesting articles on my blog.

So it got me thinking, its almost the end of the first month of the year, what is it that I’m planning to do for a fresh start, or how do I plan to get my groove back.

Then I found this article written by Christine Kane who is best known for her hip and catchy songs, and the down-to-earth wit of her live performances, her fans, students and clients share that they are inspired most by her message of living authentically, courageously, and successfully.

Christine’s philosophy is that you are the artist and your life is your work of art.

Momentum Mania: How to Get Your Groove Back in 7 Simple StepsWritten by Christine Kane

“….. The truth about momentum is this:

Sometimes we got it. Sometimes we don’t.

Sometimes stuff happens that takes us away from habits that created our momentum. Kids get sick. Knees get wonky. Hard drives crash. You get swine flu.

Any number of things can create a loss of momentum.

But there’s one thing you can count on:

When we’re using “momentum” as an excuse, we can pretty much be certain that we’ve fallen into the Momentum Trap – which is just another snarky perfectionist voice that convinces us to stay exactly where we are mostly to avoid feeling uncomfortable again.

Well, guess what? You’re no longer allowed such luxuries.

(After all, you’ve made it this far down the page in these Twitter times. You must be a committed soul!)

One of the most valuable success skills you can develop is that of getting back up and starting again. So, if you want to get your groove back, here’s a 7-step process to help you re-commit to your goals, dreams, and priorities.

1 – Choose the activity.

This one’s easy. Don’t overdo it and go for everything in your life. Just pick one priority right now.

2 – Schedule a time.
Scheduling a time ensures that you don’t put the activity off because you don’t feel like it or because something comes up. It gets set in stone and becomes just what I do.

3 – Go for Small.

The Momentum Trap makes us set our sights huge in order to “pick up where we left off.”  Don’t play this game. The best way to get your groove back is to experience completion on a regular basis. And the best way to experience completion on a regular basis is to set your goals small. Twenty-minutes is a perfect starting place.

4 – Create the space.

Get the space ready before the time comes. For instance, every night before I go to bed, I create the space for my 6am work out. I lay out my clothes, fill up my Sigg bottle, and charge my iPhone. I call it “creating the space.” Legendary basketball coach Dean Smith called it “putting yourself in a position to win.”

5 – Set a timer.

This is the most under-rated tool of them all!

When a timer is running, you won’t be as tempted to go downstairs to put the clothes in the dryer, or see if the mail has arrived. It’s an effective mind game that keeps your butt in the chair (or on the treadmill) and your focus on the task.

6 – Just do it.

Don’t stop to pause and wonder if you really FEEL like doing this today. Cuz you know what? You won’t! Just walk out the door, or sit down at the desk, or start going through the clutter. Taking action builds the enthusiasm. Not the other way around!

7 – Don’t skip days.

I know. I know. We’re supposed to get weekends off. But if you’re doing small enough chunks of time, then you’ll be able to continue your groove EVEN on the weekends. Taking a day or two off means having to start all over again on Monday. This is why you start with small chunks of time and small goals. That way, it won’t be hard to keep up your practice – even when you would normally want a day off!

**BONUS TIP** Build gradually, but keep your minimum baseline do-able.

“Minimum Baseline” is one of the techniques created by Brooke Castillo in her awesome book, If I’m So Smart, Why Can’t I Lose Weight? It is simply a minimum amount you decide that you will do (work-out, for example) each day. It is a commitment you make to yourself.

So, keep your minimum baseline small, but build your time gradually each week. For instance, add ten minutes to your scheduled time each week – while keeping the minimum baseline low in case you get swine flu and need to take it easy.”

I think this is simple enough and doable.  What about you? What would it take to get your groove back?  Remember the only thing that stands between you and what you want from life, is simply the will to pursue it and the faith to believe that it is possible.

Here’s to a Fresh Start for 2011, Do something different today.

Audria

Empower & Inspire to Succeed

Know your BMI (Body Mass Index)

Are you at a healthy weight for your height?  What does your Body Mass Index have to do with your health?

A healthy weight goes beyond the number on the scale: There’s also your body mass index (BMI), which is a measurement that determines if you’re at an appropriate weight for your height by estimating your body fat. To calculate your BMI, your height and weight are entered into a mathematical equation and the resulting number reveals whether you’re underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese.

BMI = [weight / (height x height)] x 703
(Ex.: 150 lbs divided by (68” x 68” = 4624) x 703 = 22.80 or SEE BMI Chart.

There are four classifications of ADULT BMI. 18.5 is considered underweight; 18.5 to 24.9 is normal; and 25.0 to 29.9 is overweight. Any number above 29.9 is classified as obese. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for certain diseases such as:
Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, Gallstones, Breathing problems, and certain Cancers.

Talk with your physician or Fitness Professional about losing weight. On the other hand, if you’re underweight, consult with your physician or Fitness Professional to determine if and how you should gain weight. For women, being underweight can interrupt the menstrual cycle and cause bone loss.

Though BMI is generally a reliable approximation of body fat, it doesn’t always tell the whole picture. BMI doesn’t differentiate between body fat and lean muscle mass. BMI might be a poor indicator of body fat in athletes, people who have a muscular build and those who are heavily engaged in strength training because their dense muscle mass may classify them as overweight when they aren’t. On the flip side, it might underestimate body fat in older individuals and people who have lost muscle mass.

Even with its drawbacks, however, BMI can give you a rough idea of how healthy you are. You can use BMI to help you evaluate whether you need to make LIFESTYLE changes.

LIFESTYLE changes that include healthier diets, regular physical activity, and weight loss of 7%-10% have shown phenomenal health benefits that can be more effective than medications. Lowering body weight can reverse or prevent diabetes; lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels; and improve sleep apnea and other sleep problems — along with helping you feel better about yourself. (David Katz, MD, MPH, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and of the Yale Preventive Medicine Center)

Such a small loss may not seem like much if you’re trying to look svelte in your jeans. But in terms of your health, it can be a big victory.

THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE – living fit!!

Time and time again, I come across women, who battle the bulge.  Especially moms, who find it hard to lose all that lovely baby fat, that we gain pre and post pregnancy.

There is always one diet plan or the other.  We starve ourselves or eat only one meal per day.  Which in itself puts more stress on the body, and makes it harder for us to lose weight.  We figure because we are working hard, running up and down the stairs behind our kids, that should really make a difference.  For some, but not for all.

Then I came across the LiveFit360 system, and one of the things about it that appealed to me – and hope it will appeal to you, is the fact that Mr. USA John Defendis, the creator came to the path of developing this system because he wanted to save the life of his mom, who was over 300lbs and had had 3 heart attacks.  He helped her to lose over 120lbs.  “She is now over 77yrs old and one of the fittest elderly person” – says John.

Do you think that this can work for you?

The “LiveFit 360” Product was created by Mr. USA John Defendis.

DeFendis developed Ultra Fit  (LiveFit 360)  almost 28 years ago and executes the program through a national team of personal trainers . Ultra Fit is the most comprehensive weight loss, toning and shaping, and anti-aging program available and since its development, has produced tens of thousands of success stories. The program is responsible for results which include the loss of 100 pounds or more by hundreds of Americans in the last 2 years alone, and has been featured on a number of major television programs and networks including Hard Copy (4 times), ABC TV’s 20/20 with Barbara Walters, Fox News, CNN, CBS, & ABC News , ESPN , The Joan Rivers Show , and NBC Sports.

Now John Defendis has decided to partner with LiveSmart360 to bring to you the UTLIMATE LiveFit 360 Product & Programme.

And the best news is that the ‘LiveFit 360″ product now has “ZORBMAX!”
Zorbmax can allow for the body to increase absorption of all nutrients up to 3 times more!

Imagine a great formula with a powerful ability to absorb all of the nutrients?

ARE YOU READY TO LIVE SMART BY LIVING FIT??!!

Please Answer these 5 Questions:

1. Would you like to lose Fat?
2. Would you like to increase your Energy level?
3. Would you like to increase lean and shapely muscle and Strength?
4. Would you like to Reduce Water Retention and Cellulite?
5. Would you like to be able to Recover from workouts for better Results?
If your answer to any of those questions was “YES” then…

“LiveFit 360” is for YOU!

The LiveFit 360 product includes a complete program and nutritional plan for everyone who wants to lose weight and become healthier and fit, while living a better quality of life and a longer life! The nutritional plan includes a shopping list, meal by meal menu, a guide that instructs you “How to Order In A Restaurant” and some recipes. The LiveFit 360 product is a time tested and proven combination of 8 products that is used to help thousands of people for over 20 years with incredible results!

YOU HAVE A CHANCE FOR A FRESH START, LIVE FIT TODAY!!

Click Here to start your 90 day LiveFit 360 Challenge

You’ll be glad you did

Listen to Mr. USA John Defendis talk about his LiveFit 360 Product & Programme

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