Want to Live Longer? Drink Sour Milk (or Fermented Foods!)

That is a famous quote from the eastern European country of Georgia (formerly of the Soviet Union) relating to the long life of the people in that region. They have traditionally consumed large amounts of fermented foods, including yogurt, but this is not very realistic in many areas of the world today, including the United States. Many people are lactose intolerant, but you can still eat fermented foods!

Today the benefits of fermented foods are really catching on, but did you know that the fermentation process was originally used to improve the keeping and storing of foods? It’s thought that camel, buffalo, goat, sheep and cow milk were initially fermented naturally into yogurt. The hot temperatures (110 F) of the North African deserts were ideal for lactic acid-producing bacteria to ferment the milk carried by camels in goat bags. Almost every region in the world has developed fermented foods in their quest to acquire new tastes and improve shelf life. Farmers, rather than scientists, used their ingenuity and imagination. They were thinking in terms of how to best provide for their families, not realizing that thousands of years later, scientists would be examining the potential health benefits of fermented foods.

Elie Metchnikoff, a famous Russian Nobel prize-winning Bacteriologist looked into the possible health benefits of fermented foods in the early 1900’s. He noticed that Bulgarians had an average life span of 87 years-that was much longer than the 50 year life expectancy in the US at that time and almost 10 years longer than even today’s average life expectancy of 78 years! One of the most significant differences in their lifestyle was the consumption of fermented milks! Since Metchnikoff’s original study, researchers have found that many populations use fermented foods. Georgians, from what was formally known as the Soviet Union, live over 100 years and are playing polo and working in the farm fields! They attribute their long lives to fermented or “sour” milk, which is where the quote from the title of this blog came from! I’m not sure I would want to be working in the farm fields at 100, but I’d love to still be riding my horses at that age!

I know that my family has greatly benefited from fermented foods. My husband and I are in our 50’s, feeling and looking better than we did in our 30’s! CJ’s intestinal issues are healed, his mind is clear and his body is healthy. In fact, all our children are healthy. I KNOW that we would not be where we are health wise today without the benefits of raw organic fermented probiotic foods.

There are so many benefits of eating fermented foods and researchers just keep adding more things to the list. Here are some of the benefits of fermented foods:

  • Improves digestive function
  • Improves bowel function
  • Improves mood
  • Improves liver function
  • Decreases wrinkles
  • Improves circulatory function
  • Improves joint and muscle function
  • Improves sleep function
  • Improves resistance to allergies
  • Improves vitamin absorption
  • Improves lactose tolerance
  • Improves gluten

Take Responsibility For Your Financial Health

Take responsibility for YOUR financial health.  All aspects of it: expenses, income, savings, retirement, investing, pocket change, the works.

This is a simple idea with potentially profound implications. Yes, it may be a bit cliché, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t true. Everyone would like to improve their life in some way – financially, mentally, physically, emotionally, or a huge variety of others – but nobody can until they accept that, fundamentally, they are responsible for what will happen.

The first step to take is to do just that: assume full responsibility for your financial health. Regardless of your situation, you can’t dwell on the past. It doesn’t matter if you got hit by a disaster, laid off, if a business deal went south, or if you think weren’t positioned right from the start. As long as you focus on the problems you perceive, you will be unable to move forward in your financial life.

Forgive everyone for all the bad things they have done to you. Let go of what has happened to you before. Stop thinking about the negatives and the past events that have placed you into whatever your current situation is.. Right now – don’t put this off, saying “Oh, that’s a good thought, I’ll consider it.” And there should be no half measures, even if you share finances. Assume 100% of the responsibility for your physical and financial health or you won’t be able to improve your situation. Above all else you must hold yourself personally responsible.

This is now going to let you take power over your financial health. If you want to change your situation for the better, you must have that power, plain and simple. Assuming full responsibility means you have no excuses when you fall off the wagon, no exemptions for slips, moments of weakness, and no one to pass the blame to when you aren’t as responsible as you want to be.

Without 100% responsibility you are utterly powerless. You’ll find ways to blame the world, your significant other, the economy, or something else. If you want things to change, you have to step into your power fully and completely. And you can’t do that if you remain in denial of even a smidgen of your responsibility. Now, I don’t mean that you need to blame yourself every time you slip even the slightest bit or something goes wrong. Not all circumstances are within your control. But you do always have the ability to respond to changes in your situation, so remember that!

Accepting responsibility for your own finances gives you the power to change your financial health for the better. It must be your own force of will that does so, but knowing that it’s on you makes all the difference in the world. Use your creativity and abilities to make the best of it!…

Fitness Equipment: The 21 Epic EL 2980 Elliptical Trainer Review

Total body fitness has never been as important as in today’s self-conscious society. Looking your very best not only has an effect on the way other people see you, but also helps to enhance your self-image. What better way to get yourself in shape than with a superior quality piece of fitness equipment? Elliptical trainers are a popular choice for those just starting on their fitness journey or for those well into their journey. If health and fitness is a preferred factor in your life, then we would like to introduce you to an excellent, effective exercise machine that can sculpt your physique into what you want it to be-The 21 Epic EL 2980 Elliptical Trainer.

Overall Rating: 4.3 out of 5.0

Key Features:

Offers 20 Personal Trainer Workout Programs including aerobic, performance, and weight loss and 4 additional heart rate programs for a wide range of exercises from which to choose.

Has a BodyPulse Heart Rate Monitor to achieve ultimate cardiovascular benefits

Comes with iFit Fitness Journal

Has inbuilt Sound System for your listening enjoyment with Compatible Music Port for iPod

Is equipped with ClearView™ Backlit Display with a wide angle for easy reading. It displays time, speed, resistance, distance, RPM, pulse, calories burned and carbs burned

Comes with a CoolAire™ Workout Fan for a pleasant, cool breeze so you won’t get overheated as you work out

Price: About $1,999 (web price)

Product Description:

Smooth styling, refined technology, effective workout programs– the Epic EL 2980 has everything. This elliptical is designed with an extra-long 20 stride-length that gives the user a longer stride; yet, it is still space-saving.It also is equipped with an aluminiumglide track which eases the friction level hence providing an amazingly smooth performance. The 21 Epic EL 2980 is an incredibly durable elliptical which has the ability to accommodate a 350 lb user capacity. A CoolAire Workout fan incorporated in the console enables a more extensive and more comfortable workout. This machine has oversized, self-levelling articulating pedals to assure that your feet remain level. This diminishes ankle rotation. Generally, this level of technology is found solely on more expensive commercial merchandise.

Product Specifications:

Model: Epic EL 2980 Elliptical (EPEL69908)

Maximum User Capacity: 350 lbs

Warranty: 1 year parts and labour

Product Features:

This is Epic’s highest range elliptical, offering more features that any other elliptical with its maximum 350 lb user capacity as well as guiding rails much like the high-end ellipticals you would expect to see in gyms or fitness centres. In addition, this elliptical is hardwearing and constructed from steel. The resistance is magnetically distributed to the flywheel providing you with a frictionless, smooth ride. The low levels are ideal for beginners or long duration rides while the high levels provide a tough challenge for short, quick muscle strengthening workout routines. The workout programs include 20 various Personal Trainer workout programs plus 4 heart rate programs designed to maintain a perfectly paced heart rate as you gradually advance through your work out session.

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Branding Through Your Email Signature For Personal Trainers

Over and over I hear consulting clients tell me that they can’t get their personal training business to grow. They are stuck at certain level of success with their bootcamps and they can’t figure out why. Their service is higher quality and they provide more personal attention than bigger box companies. So what are they doing wrong?

The answer is usually small things that make all the difference. For one, they are trying to create a brand out of a commodity. That’s impossible. The public now sees personal trainers, bootcamps and challenges offered around every corner. Every magazine cover and every Facebook timeline is filled with opportunities for free and fee-based access to these services. They are generic.

When that’s true the only thing left for a customer to do is compare based on their needs. If your location is better, your price is right, or you’re physically less intimidating, for instance, you might get a shot. Those are random results. You want predictable.

If someone goes to find you on the internet through their Google search, will they find what they’re looking for in you? Few people go to Google to look for a bootcamp nearby. A frustrated woman doesn’t look for a personal trainer at night on her computer.

People are looking for solutions. They have problems. Those problems somehow become urgent. It may be a wedding, reunion, or summer season that makes them feel urgent suddenly. Use the questions that someone types into Google to help you be the answer they find.

What would you type in if you were a 47-year old woman who wanted weight loss? What would you type in for suggestions on diets that work for fast fat loss? Using those specific words on your website, your business card and in your signature on your email will help someone believe you are their answer.

Instead of listing you alphabet soup, choose the most prestigious certification you have and list it. If they want the full resume they can find it on your website. List the website or the blog URL instead of getting carried away. Make it a live link. Have a way for the customer to find content that adds value when they get there.

Create more than one signature on your emails. For communication with personal trainers who are seeking a marketing coach for instance, I list my personal fitness professional’s blog URL and the web page where someone can learn about coaching. For communication with my after 50 female market, I include my wellness webinar page and the URL for my book targeting that market.

By being able to see that I provide information for people navigating fitness after 50, a prospective customer knows instantly that I have solutions for them. They do not care until later what credentials or experience I have. Until my personal fitness professional clients know I have the answers to their fitness marketing mastery they don’t care what degrees or certifications I have. Most of …

KSM-66 Ashwagandha – Health Benefits

Ashwagandha, a herb, finds extensive usage in Ayurvedic medicine. It is popularly known as Indian Ginseng. However, KSM-66 Ashwagandha is not related to ginseng in any way. Ashwagandha is comprised of two Sanskrit words, “ashwa” meaning “horse” and “gandha” meaning “smell”. These words throw light on the properties of the herb. It works as a sedative and calms the mind.

What is KSM-66 Ashwagandha?

KSM-66 is a specialized extract of Ashwagandha, where the active ingredients of the herb (Withanolides) are sourced from only the root. In other extracts, the active ingredients have been sourced from both the leaf and the root. The latter extracts go against the practices of traditional Ayurveda.

Health Benefits of KSM-66 Ashwagandha

  • In recent years, Ashwagandha has been the topic of much research. Many studies have shown that the herb has a rich content of steroidal lactones and alkaloids. Besides, it is rich in amino acids, fatty acids, and choline.
  • Ashwagandha has myriad health benefits that can be used to treat several diseases and disorders.
  • KSM-66 Ashwagandha works like an adaptogen. This means that it effectively combats daily stress and tension. Ashwagandha, when taken in regular amounts, increases the body’s resistance to stress, simultaneously increasing energy levels.
  • It gives a tremendous boost to the immune system. This could reduce the onset of various ailments and disorders.
  • Ashwagandha has proven benefits on the functioning of the brain, ensuring enhanced thinking and betterment in decision making. The herb has positive effects on memory and concentration, which can be used for the benefits of students.
  • KSM-66 Ashwagandha functions like an anti-anxiety agent, which can reduce anxiety levels as well as depression. It has a soothing effect on the brain, and due to its sedative effects, it can help treat insomnia.
  • This herb prevents brain cell degeneration, which could prevent or delay the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • A known aphrodisiac, Ashwagandha alleviates fertility problems in women and men. In addition, it can give a boost to your libido.
  • This herb alleviates pain and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it supremely useful in the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Ashwagandha is known to regulate blood sugar levels; thus helping those who suffer from type 2 diabetes.
  • Some studies have shown that Ashwagandha can lower levels of LDL or bad cholesterol. Thus it can prevent the onset of cardiovascular diseases.
  • This herb inhibits cancer cell growth in the colon, breast, and lungs with no effect on normal cells. These properties make it ideal for use an anti-cancer herb.
  • Because it plays the role of an adaptogen, it can be used in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. Besides, it can help treat wounds and reduce back pain.
  • Other disorders where Ashwagandha has known positive effects include tuberculosis, asthma, fibromyalgia, bronchitis, chronic liver disease, and menstrual problems.
  • KSM-66 Ashwagandha also has numerous benefits for the skin. It demonstrates anti-ageing properties, which delays the onset of wrinkles and gives you a youthful appearance. It can effectively treat leucoderma and other skin conditions

Health Benefits of Activated Carbon Air Filters – They Can Do More Than You Think

There has been a lot of discussion lately regarding whether activated carbon (charcoal) air filters really do provide any measurable health benefits. Well, the answer according to research is definitely ‘yes’, but for the sake of our health, we’d better take their word for it and err on the side of caution. Why? The type of indoor air pollutants that activated carbon removes are of the chemical, gas, and odor nature, and it’s those types of pollutants that can cause a range of problems, both in the short term and over time-problems such as allergies, asthma, COPD, heart disease, cancer and more.

Ever wonder how some illnesses or just ‘looking older’ just seems to ‘suddenly’ appear, out of nowhere? Truth is, research shows that most illnesses, bodily dysfunction, even aging don’t just ‘show up’ one day. They are the result of a buildup of pollution in the body, and over time, this pollution gets in the way of normal cell function. And when cells don’t function properly, they change, lose their shape, and often die. And if the air we breathe on a daily basis isn’t being cleaned of the chemical and vapor-based pollutants found in most homes and offices with a quality air purifier with activated carbon (charcoal) filters, that means our bodies are absorbing those pollutants that cause our cells to change and die off prematurely. And that means, at some point, after enough cells have mutated or started working improperly, we’re going to have health problems.

The good news is that most of these health problems can be prevented by properly cleaning up or indoor air, specifically by using activated carbon or charcoal air filters. Why indoor air? Well, since we breathe about 3000 gallons of air per day and it’s been proven that most homes & offices have polluted air–if we use a quality air purifier with an activated carbon filter to absorb the toxins, our bodies won’t have to absorb them. Does that mean that we might feel better, look younger, have fewer allergies, asthma and other health problems? Recent research says ‘yes’!

And if you have an air purifier or filtration system in your room, home, or office, it’s very important to buy the replacement carbon air filters for the units on a regular basis. That’s because as carbon or charcoal absorbs pollutants, eventually the carbon becomes ‘saturated’, meaning that it has lost its ‘stickiness’ and can’t absorb any more, which means it will now allow the chemical and gas polluted air to pass directly through-and get blown out into the air even more than it would if you didn’t have an air cleaner! Most people don’t realize this, but not changing a carbon air filter can actually increase allergies, asthma, and can speed the development of serious health problems, again, simply because polluted air is being circulated more.

Bottom line? For the sake of your health, disease prevention, even premature aging prevention, our recommendations are 1) if you don’t have a quality air …

Dancing is Good For Your Physical and Mental Health

The importance of staying healthy is getting a great deal of media coverage. Online video games, social networking, and an abundance of DVDs and TV channels make it easier than ever to find entertainment – and even meet new people – without leaving the home. This is causing a nationwide health problem, and according to government reports three in five are predicted to be overweight by 2050.

Many forms of exercise are viewed as mundane, boring and unappealing whereas dance can be fashionable and fun. There are countless styles to choose from and they all have significant health benefits as they burn calories, increase energy levels, improve circulation, tone muscles and strengthen bones. For example, a half hour salsa session can burn up to 400 calories which is just as much as walking, swimming or cycling for the same period of time. Similarly, in a typical two hour tango session you can find yourself taking more than 2,000 dance steps!

Learning to dance is particularly beneficial for young children. The fun, feel good factor and emotional high that dance gives promotes a positive attitude to exercise which is likely to continue into adult life. Dancing is also great for building confidence and self-esteem not only through the many performance opportunities that dance offers, but also through better posture as children who are comfortable with the way their bodies move tend to feel more confident.

Dancing is a highly sociable activity which makes it a great way to meet new people. When going to the gym you may expect to carry out several solo exercises, whereas dancing is highly interactive and provides an excellent social networking opportunity that does not involve sitting in front of a computer. This is particularly beneficial to children who will quickly make new friends and develop bonds in a secure environment. Similarly, adults will not only learn a new skill but will also quickly develop new friendships and increase their social circle with a group of like-minded individuals.

Wherever you live, there will almost certainly be dance classes in your local area that cater for your ability. Many of them welcome new members with open arms and also have an active social scene.…

Good Health Practices

Good Heath is fundamentally the well being of life itself, it masters all the process of ones mind and occupies a great deal of prevention and awareness in regard to the many treats the human body may incur. The main aim of this information is to promote good health and to regard it as an achievement.

CREATIVE AND PREVENTION

People do not always consider Good Health in a positive way, but they tend to think mainly about curing people who are either ill or suffering from a mental problem, but there are signs that more emphasis is being placed on preventive medicine – “prevention is better than curative medicine as practiced in hospitals is becoming more and more expensive. This alone is raising questions as to whether, we would produce better results for the community as a whole.

History confirms the important contribution which preventive medicine has made to Good Health. Thus as the president of New Zea land Medicak Association said, “the improvement of life expectancy in our country has been as a result of improvement in sanitation and housing, more due to plumbers and builders than doctors. to improvements in food, clothing and conditions of work and to treatment of episodic diseases”

what is really required is a well balanced integrates programmes of preventive and curative medicine, designed to meet the needs of an area at a given time, and for the programmmes to be flexible i.e for changes to be made in it as the needs change.

AN EFFECTIVE PROGRAMME.

Before an effective programme can be made, there must be an understanding of traditional background of the people to be served: their economic situation, family structure, religion, interest and problems must be known. it should be recognized that changes which are advocated may not make sense to them. they can not be expected suddenly to change their whole outlook to accord with the ideas of modern medicine. these ideas have to compete with traditional ideas and rural people, especially, are not sure that scientific medicine can diagnose and treat all kinds of illness.

In other words, good health services cannot be forced upon an unwilling community. so, health workers should use the cures which can be achieved by drugs and survey to increase the peoples confidence and thereby lead to requests for further curative services.

This in turn, will help to win the peoples acceptance of preventive services.

Not only do preventive and curative services form part of one whole, in practice there is no dividing line between them. thus, hospitals may be mainly engaged on curative work, but their associated health centers and clinics will be engaged in preventive work in the locality.

Indeed a hospital usually provides the base for preventive work in the locality and also provide facilities for training the staff. in short, the hospital will be organized to serve the community in all aspects of health care,socially as well as medically.

It is sometimes thought that if only sufficient preventive work were …

Eat Your Way Out of Your Sinus Infection Symptoms – A Simple 5-Day Detox Plan

Do you send your car for maintenance after some time so that when it comes out from the mechanic’s garage, you can hear the vroom sound again?

If you do, just think about this. Your car is not on the go 24 hours a day, you do turn off your engine and allow it to rest. However, human do not rest, our heart has to keep pumping every second and all the other vital organs have to perform their specific functions, so how do we allow them to take their much deserved rest other than sleeping. Yes, we need to detox – time to make a clean start, as we know that too much accumulated toxins can aggravate your sinus infection symptoms , or do you feel low at times or need to shed a few pounds for that beach party.

Here is a 5-day detox plan which is safe and natural and especially for sinus sufferers as this diet has foods to avoid and to take when you are having the allergy.

If you have not been exercising, try to brisk walk for about 15-30 minutes, breathe deeply – relaxing and this simple breathing exercise can instantly relief your sinus!

Day 1-3

  • Eat a diet of fresh fruit and green vegetables only. The sources listed below are excellent for your sinus infections symptoms.
  • Sources of fruits:

  • Papaya – Vitamin C for its antihistamine effect.
  • Apples – an apple a day keeps the doctor or even the dentist away still rings true as it contains pectin and moves any accumulation of decayed residue from foods
  • Pineapples – has enzyme bromelain, purifies the stomach and kills offensive bacteria and sinus is caused by bacteria growing in your head!
  • Grapes, berries – cleanse the mucus.
  • Sources of vegetables : –
  • Carrots, spinach (converted to Vitamin A known to boost immune system to combat sinusitis), broccoli (Vitamin E), green peppers, parsley, eggplant (flavonoids), kale, asparagus, yellow corn, sweet potato.
  • Drink water, 5 or more glasses a day to flush out the toxins. No alcohol, coffee, tea, milk, sugar or salt and no smoking.

Day 4

  • Prepare a green salad with parsley as it contains zinc which helps to resist sinus infection symptoms and also to ensure good bladder health, watercress to help the liver to neutralize noxious pollutants invading your body, grated beetroot for production of red blood cells.
  • Sprinkle some raw onions or garlic (if you cannot stand the taste, roast lightly) as they are anti-viral and also make your mucus less sticky.

Ahh, you can now treat yourself to a cup of dandelion coffee – to stimulate the flow of bile.

Day 5 and onwards (if you wish to continue)

  • Make your favorite breakfast – whole grain bread and butter, some honey and a cup of dandelion coffee if you so wish. Have a salad of above which you can add some unsalted nuts – almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts, sunflower seeds as they contain vitamin E and high in antioxidants. You

Tips For Conquering Peripheral Neuropathy With Functional Medicine

The vast majority of Earth’s population does not deal with any chronic medical conditions that severely curtail their ability to function on a daily basis, but those who do deal with such conditions can attest to the fact the rest of the population is not missing out on much – and when it comes to conditions that can curtail one’s quality of life, there are few that rival peripheral neuropathy; if you deal with peripheral neuropathy, you know that you can deal with everything from decreased motor and sensory abilities to numbness, tingling, and pain in the nerves to constipation and incontinence – and one of the most frustrating things of all about this condition is that, in spite of the great medical advancements of the last couple hundred years, the common “solution” to this problem is to treat the symptoms, while leaving the root of the problem alone.

If peripheral neuropathy is something that you deal with, and you have had to live with the frustration of the lack of effectiveness of modern medicine, you are not alone, as just about every serious medical affliction that people sometimes deal with has only medicine available for it that treats the symptoms and does nothing to cure the illness itself; a great example of this that is easy for many people to understand is insomnia, as insomnia is not an illness in and of itself, but is instead a symptom – yet in spite of this fact, most doctors only look to “cure” the insomnia without looking to cure whatever it is that is causing the insomnia to occur, and this misplaced approach to medicine is exactly what takes place with peripheral neuropathy.

If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy, one thing that you should know is that an upsurge has occurred lately in a form of “medicine” known as functional medicine – and while the branding of this approach to medicine (complete with a label) is fairly new, it is actually an approach to medicine that harkens back to the ancient, fundamentally sound concept of curing the root of the problem instead of trying to cure the symptoms; basically, functional medicine takes the positive knowledge we have gained from modern medicine, and it uses this knowledge to figure out how to cure the problems that cause such uncomfortable symptoms to occur.

As far as peripheral neuropathy treatment goes, this is quite a shift in thinking, as this approach to curing the disease puts patients in a position where they can actually start to get better, instead of simply putting them in a position where they can sometimes “feel” better – which, of course, makes a big difference in the long run!

You may actually have heard of the idea of a peripheral neuropathy diet, or of peripheral neuropathy supplementation, and basically, each of these two things falls under the category of functional medicine – which is something that has been picking up a lot of momentum lately in pockets of the …