21 Surefire Tips to Melt Away Extra Fat, Prevent Weight Gain & Promote Youthful Vitality
While perusing the info below, if you want to listen to a 6-minute radio interview on Surviving the Holidays (or Any Time of Year!) Without Weight Gain, Depression or Fatigue, please click HERE.
To listen to my radio interview, Gateway to Vibrant Health, with host Valerie Hall, where I discuss surefire tips to easy and lasting weight loss, click HERE.
For my article on how raw foods help you look younger, boost immunity, supercharge energy, and detoxify and lose weight, click HERE.
Here are 20 surefire tips that I use with my clients and friends that really work if you want to prevent weight gain or even lose weight during the holidays (or vacations, parties, and family gatherings year-round). In America, with all of the holiday festivities, parties, gatherings, Bowl games, and calorie-dense foods, it's not uncommon for people to gain weight between Thanksgiving week and January. In fact, over half of Americans gained between 5 - 10 pounds during this short time. OUCH! If you are one of those people who gained weight over the holidays or simply want to shed any extra fat you may be carrying around on your magnificent body... any time of the year, this detailed info is you. Commit today to create your healthiest and most fit body and your best life — with soaring self-control and confidence and a healthier and stronger you.
To read my 8-part series on metabolic weight loss and body tune-up tips, click HERE.
You’ll find loads more valuable information in my 3-book healthy eating and living set published by Hay House comprised of — THE HEALING POWER OF NATUREFOODS, HEALTH BLISS, and the full color recipe book with over 150 photographs RECIPES FOR HEALTH BLISS.
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1. Start the day in a healthy and positive way: Just as the first day of a new 30-day health and get-fit plan sets the tone for the entire month-long program, the first 40 minutes of each day sets the tone for the entire day. How do you want these first minutes to be in the morning? I want them to be relaxed, happy, healthy, positive, and sanguine. To make this happen, do what you can the night before so your first moments upon arising can be as positive as possible. Lay out your exercise clothes or your work clothes so you don't need to think about what to wear in the morning. Perhaps you can pack the lunches for yourself and your kids the night before. Or how about this? Set the kitchen table for breakfast the evening before so it's ready to greet you in the morning. When you begin the day in this most positive way, your entire day will flow more smoothly and confidently. During the holidays, there's so much added stress in our lives, so this simple practice of honoring those 40 minutes will make a profound difference in your life. Start tomorrow morning and continue this simple practice thereafter.
2. Take the best, natural multivitamins in the morning and evening: Any time of the year, it's important to start the day with a healthy breakfast and a good multivitamin. This will help you make better food choices throughout the day. Studies show that people who eat a healthy breakfast rarely overeat during the day. For 30 years, I have taken my favorite superfood — an all-natural multivitamin and mineral supplement available in tablet or powder form. What is this gem of nature? It's called...
Catch Plenty of Zzzzs: Tips to Sleep Like a Baby
For more information on saying goodbye to insomnia and how you can sleep like a baby, please click HERE.
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To read my article on The Anatomy of Sleeping Well, click HERE.
For my interview on Vibrant Living with host Carla McClellan on how to get rejuvenating, sound sleep, click HERE.
There is nothing more restorative for the body than getting ample sleep night after night after night (or day after day if you work at night and sleep in the daytime). A good night's sleep is one of the most important parts of a wellness lifestyle and an essential component of being vibrantly healthy. Sleep is when we reset our appetite control and pain control. Sleep is when our energy regroups for the day to come. Below you will learn about some of my favorite tips for daily, restorative sleep, including my favorite mattress, hydrating water, heat therapy, the best superfood, and more.
The costs of sleep deprivation are irritability, falling asleep at work, wavering attention, and not fully processing the outside world. Tension, physical or psychological, keeps us from relaxing sufficiently to fall asleep. People are literally taking their worries to bed. Learn techniques for coping with stress and "winding down" before bed. Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, stretching, and meditation are very helpful. Regular exercise is also a terrific way to help you sleep better. But don't exercise right before you are about to go to bed.
Lack of sleep undermines your body's ability to deal with stress. Research suggests that even one or two nights of sufficient sleep (experts recommend eight hours) can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol more than a number of other stress management techniques combined. Granted, stress often interferes with sleep, but do your best to increase your chances of getting quality sleep by avoiding caffeine after noon, establishing a regular bedtime and wake-up time, and doing something relaxing in the hour before bedtime (no electronic devices!).
Here's a tip to remember: Don't associate the bed with wakefulness. If you can't sleep, get up and read a book, knit, watch television, or write in a journal until you feel sleepy. Avoid sleeping pills and alcohol. On the link above, I write about some of my favorite natural, effective, herbal remedies to help with getting deep sleep. For now, I highly recommend Sleep Factors by Michael's Naturopathic Programs. I combine this tablet with their superb Essential Minerals. Taking both at night an hour before bedtime will do wonders to help you sleep like a baby. Countless people, to whom I've reommended this combo, have told me that they now sleep soundly for the first time in years. For more information on all of the nutritional formulas I suggest from this top-notch company, click HERE. When you use the code VITALITY15, you'll get a 25% discount on any of their nutritional supplements. To order online, visit MichaelsHealth.com or call their team of experts at... 800-845-2730.
I also recommend nature's most nutrient-rich superfood called Hawaiian Spirulina. Just 3,000 mg daily, in either tablet or powder form, supplies your body with missing nutrients and other ingredients that will support your energy, immunity, weight loss, heart health, brain and eye health, and also help you get restful, sound sleep. While I don't recommend taking this superfood before bedtime (many report having more energy), taking it at least 4-5 hours before sleep or, better yet, earlier in the day as I do, will definitely help you sleep like a baby. Click the link above to learn more about this gem of nature, how to use it in recipes, and how to get a 25% discount on your purchase (and a free recipe book) using the code REVITALIZE.
Need to Lose Weight?
Sleep plays a major role in glucose metabolism and neuroendocrine function. Research shows that getting a good night’s sleep is a critical part of losing weight. In a 16-year study involving 70,000 women, researchers found that women who slept five hours per night were 32% more likely to experience major weight gain (an increase of 33 pounds or more) and 15% more likely to become obese, compared to those who slept seven hours a night.
“Sleeping less may affect changes in a person’s basal metabolic rate (the number of calories you burn when you rest),” says lead researcher Sanjay Patel, MD., of Case Western Reserve University.
In Hong Kong, researchers found that children who did not get sufficient hours of sleep were more likely than their well-rested peers to be overweight.
It’s possible that reduced sleep means adults and kids are tired and therefore less likely to exercise. There is also some evidence that lack of sleep produces changes in levels of satiety and the hunger hormones leptin and ghrelin, according to Brown University Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior Mary A. Carskadon.
Too little sleep also makes you hungry, especially for calorie-dense foods, and primes your body to hold on to the calories you eat. It also boosts your insulin levels, which increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
So if losing weight is one of your goals, make sure that you make getting enough sleep a nonnegotiable daily practice in your life. And here are some more surefire tips to help you sleep like a baby.
Supercharge Your Energy in 8 Simple, Surefire Ways
For additional information on the ABCs of energy, please click HERE to read my article entitled Choose to Be Energized!
On the talk show Gateway to Vibrant Health with host Valerie Hall, Michael Schwartz and I demystify energy and offer a myraid of Surefire Tips to Create Energy Galore. To listen now, click HERE.
Are you feeling dog-tired these days? Do you wish you had more pep in your step? Does your energy level fade throughout the day to the point where you're running on empty before the day is even over?
Energy within the human body is an astonishingly complex and powerful phenomenon. There is probably very little that goes on in your body, your mind, or your life that doesn’t have an impact on how much energy you have. Conversely, how much energy you have affects everything in your life, including your self-confidence, your chances of success, your work, love relationships and friendships. Energy is, indeed, one of your most valuable resources. It is also a resource that you can control.
Here are some of my best tips to supercharge your energy:
1. Take Adrenal Xtra ENERGY Support. This is a phenomenal natural energy product that I take almost daily and wouldn't be without. One of Michael's Naturopathic nutritional supplements, Adrenal Xtra ENERGY Support combines a variety of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other ingredients to support the adrenal glands and provide the perfect synergistic factors to boost energy naturally. This product has been a godsend to so many people needing an energy boost. It includes Vitamin C, Vitamin B-12, Pantothenic Acid, Ashwaganda, Rhodiola Rosea, Enhanced Co-A activity for ATP and energy production, and more. Whether you're an athlete needing that extra edge, or you simply desire to support your body's energy systems to get through the day with energy to spare, this is the perfect supplement. To order online now, visit: Michael's Health. To order by telephone, as I usually do, call: 800-845-2730, CT, M - F, 8 - 5. Use the code VITALITY15 to get a 25% discount on your order. For info on some of his other products I highly recommend, click HERE.
2. Shed extra fat. It's important to reduce extra weight you are carrying around on your body. An excess of unhealthy fat puts stress on your entire body and makes you tired. To read my article on 21 Tips to Melt Away Extra Fat, click HERE.
3. Find ways to exercise daily. Develop a well-rounded fitness program that includes strength training, aerobics, and stretching. Make this program a top priority in your life, and stay committed to it. There is nothing that will do more good for you in terms of being vibrantly healthy, energetic, and youthful than a regular fitness program. For some tips on how to Stay Motivated to Exercise, click HERE.
4. Laughter energizes the body and buoys us up. Whatever is stressing you out, one way to mollify this stress is to make sure your life is filled with laughter. Spend time with friends and family members who genuinely make you laugh. Laughter quells depression, activates the immune system, and makes your skin glow. And don't forget to laugh at yourself once in awhile when you make a mistake or do something unexpected—it is a humbling experience and one that reminds you not to take life too seriously. Life is meant to be enjoyed! To learn about my favorite way to relax—a practice that also makes my skin glow with youthful vitality, quells joint aches and pains, supports heart health, and detoxifies my body better than anything else, click HERE.
An Alkaline Body is a Healthy Body: Why Every Kitchen Should Have An Ionizer Plus®
See below on how to get a $300 discount!
For info on how infrared saunas reduce acidity and heal the body, click HERE.
For an inteview on the ABCs of Acidosis, Weight Loss Made Easy, Detoxification, Rejuvenation & Alkaline Water, please click HERE.
The pH levels of the body's internal fluids affect every single cell in the body. Increases or decreases in pH denature enzymes, harm important metabolic processes and can result in serious health consequences. This, in turn, affects the tissues, organs, and even the nervous system and signals from the brain.
Using Your URINE pH as a Reflection of Your Level of Health
The normal range of pH of urine fluctuates from 4.5 to 8. Urine pH is a good screening test to help predict a variety of disease states within the body. The diet has a huge influence on the pH of the urine and the body's pH throughout the day. Citrus fruits, legumes, and vegetables raise the pH, making the urine more alkaline. Meats and cranberry juice have the opposite effect, making urine more acidic.
A first morning urine pH test is the only pH test worth doing. The body's first morning urine tells you what the kidneys are doing. The kidneys do their work overnight and the urine produced in the morning is usually acidic. To neutralize acidic waste, drinking alkaline water and eating an alkaline diet is imperative. Otherwise, sodium, magnesium, and calcium are depleted and the body begins to steal calcium from the bones to neutralize acidic waste in the kidneys. In severe cases, this will result in osteoporosis.
By the way, Hawaiian Spirulina increases the alkalinity in the body and neutralizes acidity. When a client shows symptoms of acidosis or other symptoms mentioned below, and they have not yet purchased an Ionizer Plus Water Electrolizer shown in the photo above, I always recommend that they take 3,000 mg of Spirulina powder or tablets daily. I use this delicious water from the Ionizer Plus device for drinking and cooking. In conjunction, I also take Hawaiian Spirulina in powder or tablet form every day. Use the code REVITALIZE when ordering and get a 25% discount. Refer below to the teal box on how to get a FREE book on Spirulina, too. (From the Nutrex-Hawaii company, I also get their Hawaiian Astaxanthin and take 12 mg daily. This perfect duo combo of the Hawaiian Spirulina and Astaxanthin will help to heal and revitalize your body from head to toe, inside out. I wouldn't be without these two superfood supplements.
Try the new delicious Spearmint Spirulina 1,000 mg tablets — my favorites!
To listen to my radio interview where I discuss many ways Hawaiian Spirulina & Astaxanthin heal the body, please click HERE.
Secretion of acidic urine by the kidneys is one of the most important mechanisms the body uses to maintain a constant body pH.
A highly acidic urine pH occurs in:
- Uncontrolled Diabetes
In people who are not drinking alkaline water, the pH of urine tends to be acidic. Control of pH is important in the management of several diseases. Consumption of alkaline water will make the urine less acidic. Below highlights the many ways you can benefit from drinking alkaline water.
For 20 years, I have been using the Ionizer Plus Water® Electrolizer system and it's made a profound difference in my health. In fact, I would never be without this machine in my healthy kitchen. Below you'll learn more about acidosis and its effects on the body and health.
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As personally witnessed in my own health and also with countless clients, patients, and friends using the Ionizer Plus, it helps to:
- Assuage eczema and psoriasis
Lose weight more easily
- Promotes new hair growth
- Reduction in cellulite
Increase mineral absorption
Boost antioxidant efficiency
Balance digestive system
Create the best-tasting water
Make recipes more delicious
Promote deep sleep
Detoxify and rejuvenate the body
Restore youthful vitality
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Nature’s Best Superfood & Supernutrient — Spirulina & Astaxanthin
> Download a FREE Book Below on Astaxanthin!
> For 10 Immune-Boosting Tips & Spirulina Recipes, click HERE
> See Below On How To Get A FREE Recipe Book — Superfood Spirulina
> To listen to my interview on Gateway to Vibrant Health with host Valerie Hall, where I discuss the ABCs of Astaxanthin, how it heals the body, which one is the best, and why it should be front and center in your nutritional program, click HERE.
PROTEIN- & NUTRIENT-RICH SPIRULINA
A powerful superfood and multivitamin supplement extraordinaire, created by the renowned company, Nutrex-Hawaii, Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica has been scientifically studied for decades. An amazing food of nature, it benefits the entire family, including pets. I have been taking Spirulina for three decades and know that it’s one of the reasons I am vibrantly healthy and have never taken any prescription medication in my life. I learned about Spirulina 30 years ago and I have taken it ever since; it's my constant daily companion. I take 3,000 mg daily in both powder/tablet forms. See below on how to get a 25% discount on your order using the code REVITALIZE.
AARP magazine ranks Spirulina the #1 food that can add years to your life. Who takes Spirulina? Athletes • weight watchers • arthritis sufferers • people with digestive problems • seniors • convalescents • people with low energy • people who work hard • anyone who is concerned about good, wholesome nutrition.
Below is some detailed information about Natural Spirulina and Astaxanthin that will inspire and motivate you.
- To read a detailed article about the healing benefits of Spirulina and Astaxanthin, click HERE.
- For some skin rejuvenating, spirulina facial mask recipes you can make in your kitchen, click HERE.
- To read about Phycocyanin, one of the amazing, salubrious components of Spirulina, click HERE.
- To read about some of the studies on both of these superfoods, click HERE.
- For some delicious recipes using Spirulina powder, click HERE.
Why I've Taken Hawaiian Spirulina for 30 Years & Wouldn't Be Without It
- Spirulina is the perfect energy food for people of all ages and lifestyles who want a whole food source of vitamins and other nutrients.
- Spirulina is 60% complete, easily digested protein, containing all the essential and many other amino acids.
- Spirulina contains more beta carotene than any other whole food, and natural beta carotene is 10 times more easily assimilated by the body than synthetic beta carotene.
- Spirulina and mother's milk are the only whole food sources of GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid).
- Spirulina is rich in B vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
- Spirulina is rich in phycocyanin, glycolipids, sulfolipids, RNA, DNA, and many other potentially important nutrients.
- Over 200 scientific studies and clinical trials indicate health benefits associated with the use of Spirulina.
SuperFoods & Lifestyle Choices for 2015 To Supercharge Your Health & Enrich Your Life
At the end of this article you'll find a Detoxify & Rejuvenate Smoothie Recipe.
For more details on these 10 tips below, listen to my interview entitled The Fast Track to Quantum Wellness.
Here is a recent interview with me by UNITY that you might be keen on reading. I discuss some of my favorite tips for staying healthy (and losing weight) during the winter (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere). However, as you'll see, these are all recommendations that work year-round, for all ages, no matter where you live on our magnificent planet. At the end of the article, you will find my Detoxify & Rejuvenate Smoothie Recipe — also perfect to enjoy 365 days a year! I will include some comments in blue to suggest my favorite products and where to get them easily.
INTERVIEW WITH SSJ
Susan Smith Jones, PhD, hasn’t been sick in 30 years. She doesn’t receive flu shots or take medications. Some people may call it clean living, others may credit luck, but Jones attributes her phenomenal health to the wisdom passed down from her grandmother who taught her to rely on nature’s nourishment—food, spices, herbs and healthy lifestyle choices— for total wellness.
Jones has made it her life’s mission to spread this wisdom, first as a teacher for more than 30 years at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and by establishing herself as a foremost expert on diet, nutrition and natural remedies, writing more than 2,000 magazine articles on health and 27 books, including Walking on Air, The Joy Factor, Recipes for Health Bliss, The Healing Power of NatureFoods, Healthy, Happy & Radiant...at Any Age, Living on the Lighter Side, The Curative Kitchen, Health Bliss and for children, Vegetable Soup/The Fruit Bowl.
When it comes to creating vibrant health season after season, Jones said we should look to the “super foods” and other lifestyle choices for healing the body, boosting immunity, and feeling energetic and youthful... at any age . Here are her top 10 tips for staying well — mentally, physically and spiritually — this season and beyond.
Heat Therapy: How Infrared Saunas Heal the Body
To read my detailed article on HEAT THERAPY and INFRARED SAUNAS, and myriad ways they heal and rejuvenate, please click HERE. See below on how to get a $500 discount on a personal infrared sauna for your home or office. A sauna can go on a patio or deck, or in an exercise room, bedroom, family room, garage, backyard, playroom, or any location where you can find a few extra feet of space.
The Transcend® Premium Far Infrared Sauna pictured above is my favorite one from High Tech Health, the one I have in my home and highly recommend to everyone (I also have their superb Thermal Life Infrared Sauna in my office).
Their Transcend Premium features include...
Sound System — AM/FM, CD or MP3
- No-Lift Assembly™
Full tinted glass door and window
100% Premium Poplar Wood
- Cup Holder Stand
Built-In Ergonmic Backrest
Dual Touch Control Panels
- Chromotherapy Lighting — an atmosphere light emitter with single color or color-cycling options and remote controlled
Before I go into detail on the benefits of infrared saunas, I thought you'd like to know this is my #1 secret to staying healthy, along with drinking the right kind of alkaline water. For decades, I have been using a personal Thermal Life Far Infrared Sauna (and now the Transcend, too) on a regular basis and know it's one of the main reasons that I haven't been sick (not even a cold or the flu) in almost 30 years and have never taken any prescription medication. I have also seen remarkable benefits in people using this sauna, including help with weight loss; reduction of cellulite; stress relief; toxin removal; cardiovascular support; reduction in achy joints and muscles; enhanced immune health; skin rejuvenation and so much more.
Thermal life saunas come in all sizes whether it's for just one person or an entire family. Personally, I got the largest one so I could lie down in it easily like you see the lady doing in the photo above. Sometimes I sit up when taking a sauna, but I usually start the sauna practice with lying down in some fashion. I often listen to music or motivational audio programs, and sometimes I even take a nap.
Saunas, in one form or another, have been used across ages and oceans. Cultures around the world have recognized the relaxing benefits of rendered heat within a warm, welcoming space. From the Romans to the Japanese to the Scandinavians, heat therapy has been essential for the body to unwind from the stresses and hardships of daily life.
Far infrared is a section of the natural band of light that is not visible to the human eye, but can be felt as heat. Unlike the high heat produced in traditional saunas, far infrared heat is able to [enetrate the body to a depth of 1.5 to 2 inches. This stimulates they body's cellular detoxification process more effectively and at lower temperatures than a traditional sauna.
Heat therapy — sweating — is not only an important part of our physical well-being, but in these modern times of water and air-borne pollution, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and poor dietary and exercise habits, the therapeutic internal cleansing of regular sweating is critical to maintain a healthy body and mind.
Infrared Sauna vs Steam Room
The infrared sauna is more beneficial over the steam room if weight loss is desired because of the energy expenditure. Compared to the steam room, the sauna places a greater demand on the body in terms of using up calories — therefore assists in fat loss. The heart has to work harder to send more blood to the capillaries under the skin. There energy required for that process is derived from the conversion of fat and carbohydrates to calories. In addition, the sweat glands must work to produce sweat, which also requires energy and more calories. Studies show that a person can burn up to 300 calories during a sauna session, the equivalent of a 2-3 miles jog or an hour of moderate weight training.
On the program This Week in America with host Ric Bratton, I share my 12 top-notch health- and life-changing recommendations on The ABCs of Easy & Lasting Weight Loss & Youthful Vitality.
Having a personal Thermal Life Infrared Sauna at home (they come in all sizes to fit small or large spaces) is a surefire way to heal the body and create vibrant health. You can use it any time that's convenient for you, and you won't need to sit in the toxic residue from other people in a community sauna such in a gym. When I take a sauna, I relax in the comfort of this healing space and drink alkaline water (to help further the detoxification of my body) from my Ionizer Plus Alkaline Water System. It's truly rejuvenation in a glass of water — the reason I drink at least 8 glasses of this water daily and use it for my cooking and recipes.
To ask any questions, or to get a $500 discount on a Thermal Life Far Infrared Sauna for your home or office, and a $300 discount on an Ionizer Plus Electrolyzer Alkaline Water System, call Emily at High Tech Health, their Product Specialist, at: 800-794-5355 MT, Ext. 802.
How Antioxidants & ASTAXANTHIN Heal, Revive, Energize, Beautify & Rejuvenate Your Body
For detailed info on Hawaiian Astaxanthin, how it heals the body and why it's referred to as the "KING OF ANTIOXIDANTS," click HERE.
To listen to my interview on the radio program Gateway to Vibrant Health with host Valerie Hall, where I discuss the ABCs of Astaxanthin and how it heals the body, click HERE.
Everyone wants great health. Whether you are male or female, with or without children, young or in your golden years, feeling healthy and energetic are what we all desire in life. Without great health, it’s difficult to truly enjoy life. From over 35 years as a holistic health educator, I know for one thing for certain: Prevention is the key to high-level wellness. We must choose to be proactive and take care of ourselves — which includes consuming lots of antioxidants.
With the code REVITALIZE, you'll get a 25% discount on your purchase of BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin and Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica: 800-453-1187 (US & Canada) • 808-329-4677 (Intl), both Hawaiian Time.
Women usually take better care of themselves than men from a younger age with pap smears. Nowadays, it’s essential for all of us to take loving care of ourselves. It’s not just one thing, like diet, that supports health, although that’s a big one. It’s a combination of factors, including exercise, stress reduction, ample sleep, a healthy, natural-foods diet, and the right nutritional supplements such as vitamin D and antioxidants.
If you’re eating a poor diet, fraught with unhealthy fats, white sugar and white flour products, and processed foods, then you’re not going to maximize the benefits of exercise and you’re certainly not going to optimize your energy, bone density, and lose weight.
From decades of research in nutrition and healthy living, I understand the importance of getting enough antioxidants in our diet, whether from food sources or supplements. To help you appreciate their integral role in being healthy, here’s a quick course in Antioxidants & Free Radicals 101.
A free radical can be defined as a toxic, unstable molecule that attacks and steals electrons from other molecules. Now these other molecules could be enzymes; or they could be critical proteins within the cell; or they could even be our DNA. They inflict damage in and on the cell.
Besides inflicting this health- and life-threatening damage, they also trigger chain reactions. In other words, we can have a tsunami of free radicals stealing electrons from our cellular parts. This causes the cells to become dysfunctional and die, which leads to myriad health problems. Some of these include inflammation, heart disease, autoimmune disease, cancer, and diabetes, just to name a few. Put simply, the decline in one’s health often begins with the free radical.
The damage that free radicals cause to our cells is called oxidation. An antioxidant is a substance that stops free radicals from causing cellular damage — hence the name antioxidant. Lucky for us, scientists have discovered a group of natural nutrients that we now know will neutralize and mop up these free radicals. These are the health enhancing antioxidants. For more information on antioxidants, and why I take Hawaiian Astaxanthin BioAstin daily, please continue reading. You might also want to visit: ITakeBioAstin.com.
Let Kindness Be Your Default Position & Guiding Light
To listen to an uplifting talk by Joel Osteen on the importance of living without judgments, showing kindness, opening our hearts, and Loving Unconditionally, click HERE.
To listen to one of my interviews about KINDNESS entitled "Sleep, Pray, Eat, Walk, Repeat," please click HERE.
To read five personal stories on kindness, please click HERE.
Gandhi said... the pure loving kindness of one gentle soul could nullify the hatred of millions. It's time for all of us to be more tenderhearted and to show kindness to everyone.
Are people really getting meaner or is it just your imagination? From the halls of Congress to the main streets of small-town America and big cities everywhere, it seems like no one is capable of civilly listening to others whose viewpoints are different.
As I write about in my books THE JOY FACTOR: 10 Sacred Practices for Radiant Health and WALKING ON AIR: Your 30-Day Inside and Out Rejuvenation Makeover, I believe that we are in the midst of an epidemic in which few people have the time to be kind. This rampant form of business is nothing short of a sickness—a form of self-centeredness brought about by people rushing around trying to make ends meet and cope with mounting stress and numerous health issues.
Do you feel overwhelmed in your life and less compassionate than you did years ago? As I counsel people around the country, and even worldwide, it's been my experience that most people are burning the candle at both ends — daily; most people are experiencing severe sleep debt; most people have no time to call their own; and most folks are living in what I refer to as a spin-cycle lifestyle. Can you relate to any of this?
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
~ Dalai Lama
The more you rush around without keeping your life in perspective and in balance, the more you lose compassion for others and yourself, too. People are in such a rush these days, living on the fast track — talking fast, eating fast, and moving fast. What a difference from 50 years ago. Did you know that you'll probably do more in this year — with appointments, people to meet, and places to go — than your grandparents did their entire lives? Given our current pace, we barely have time to relax and cultivate relationships with our spouses and children, friends and nature, much less with God. Is it any wonder that stress-related diseases are on the rise? We are under pressure to keep busy even in our leisure hours. Computers have sped up our lives. We want to do everything, and we want to do it all at once. We talk on the telephone and text while we drive (even though there are now laws against this), watch television while we read, and conduct business while we listen to the radio. I see this as a sickness of epidemic proportions — a "busyness" or "hurry" sickness. This type of lifestyle also drains our hearts of compassion, according to many studies of late. If you understand the speed of life, you can slow it down by enjoying it more and by making a conscious choice of being more compassionate. Start with yourself. You'll find tips in one of my recent radio interviews about living with balance and confidence and achieving goals (click HERE) and also below.
William Penn described well the importance of not putting off acts of kindness when he wrote, If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. What's more, the Dalia Lama avowed: “World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”
Hawaiian Astaxanthin Will Always Be My Daily Companion
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Use the code REVITALIZE to get a 25% discount. I encourage you to order a 6-12 month supply at once, as I do, so you won't run out.
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To order, call: 800-453-1187 (US & Canada) or 808-329-4677 (Intl), both HT, or visit: Nutrex-Hawaii.com.
To read my article on Hawaiian Spirulina and why it's also a superfood I take daily and wouldn't be without, click HERE.
To read my article on how to have naturally beautiful, youthful, and glowing skin in only 6 weeks taking Hawaiian Astaxanthin, click HERE and scroll down to tip #1.
Whenever I (Susan) talk about natural Hawaiian Astaxanthin, a super-antioxidant supplement produced on the pristine Kona Coast of Hawaii by the stellar company Nutrex Hawaii, I practically blush with excitement. Astaxanthin, a red-colored superfood of nature, gives marine life like salmon and shrimp its signature pinkish-reddish color and is a powerhouse of antioxidant support for the human body. Science has proven it to be an exceptionally safe and effective supplement for joint health, skin health, eye health, brain health, exercise stamina, and immune function. I have been taking Hawaiian Astaxanthin for almost 10 years and have benefitted with glowing skin, effervescent energy, and a pain-free lifestyle. Thanks to this reddish wonder, I'm indeed "blushing" with radiant health! For detailed information on Hawaiian Astaxanthin, as well as Hawaiian Spirulina, please visit: Nutrex-Hawaii.com.
Before I discovered Hawaiian Astaxanthin, I had a host of recurring health problems including low energy, skin that was dry and prone to sun damage, and joints that ached for hours after workouts. After just 90 days of supplementation, I began to see improvement in my stamina, sun sensitivity, and joint inflammation − results which have been so consistent over time that I was literally able to throw out 30 other bottles of supplements on my kitchen counter and trade them in for just this one antioxidant superstar.
"Antioxidant" is a buzzword in the health and nutrition industry, one that is often not well understood. I like to think of antioxidants as powerful "mops" that clean up free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are toxic, unstable molecules that can inflict damage on our cells, leading to premature aging and disease states. No doubt you're familiar with foods high in antioxidants like spinach, berries, tomatoes, and other colorful fruits and vegetables. But astaxanthin blows all of them out of the water!
A red plant pigment, astaxanthin comes from the same carotenoid family as beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein. The International Carotenoid Society found that astaxanthin is 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 500 times stronger than vitamin E, and 2,000 times stronger than resveratrol and quercitin. It is also 300 times stronger than Co-Q10, 550 times stronger than green tea catechins, and 11 times stronger than beta-carotene. How is that for some powerful healing?
Seasonal Allergy Relief
To listen to an interview where I discuss my Surefire Stress-Busters & How to Say Good-Bye to Allergies, please click HERE.
Summer is in full bloom now, if you live north of the equator. For many people, it's a time of renewed vigor, outdoor workouts, and gardening galore. Yet for others — and it's estimated that over 40 million Americans suffer distressing seasonal sensitivities — the blooms spell misery.
The good news? As I write about in detail in my booklet/CD combos Herbs: Nature's Medicine Chest and Conquer Cold & Allergies: Surefire Tips to Find Comfort Naturally & Boost Your Immune System, and also communicate in my latest book WALKING ON AIR: Your 30-Day Inside and Out Rejuvenation Makeover, there's hope in nature's medicine chest for safe, effective, and time-tested relief. And while natural remedies can soothe symptoms after they start, many have found it helpful to build up their defenses before seasonal sensitivities get them down.
For seasonal allergy relief, in addition to Nettle Leaves that I write about below, I also recommend Hawaiian Spirulina. This microalgae-based superfood, which was a staple of the Mayan/Aztec diet, calms the immune response of those with nasal allergies, according to a recent study in the Journal of Medicinal Food. The spirulina study was a typical randomized, double-blind clinical study. Allergic rhinitis sufferers were given either a placebo or a daily dose of either 1,000 mg or 2,000 mg of spirulina for 12 weeks. There was no improvement for the participants taking the placebo. There was also no notable improvement for the participants taking 1,000 mg of spirulina daily. However, the allergy sufferers who took 2,000 mg of spirulina every day saw significant improvement in their allergy symptoms.
I take (and recommend for you, too) 3,000 mg daily of Hawaiian Spirulina (because it's the best one) along with 12 mg of Hawaiian Astaxanthin. For more information on these two superfoods that I wouldn't be without in my high-level wellness program, and how to get a 25% discount, please click HERE.
Take the "Sting" Out of Seasonal Sensitivities
Stinging Nettle is a popular herbal solution for many in my private practice. Why? For one thing, it's a natural source of quercetin, a plant-derived flavonoid that supports the body's response to allergens and inhibits histamine release (the substance produced in the body that causes bothersome sneezing, itching, and respiratory complaints). To find out more about one of my favorite herbal remedies that takes the "sting" out of seasonal sensitivities, please continue.
Chia Seeds — A SuperFood Grain Worth Consuming
Rediscover the amazing Chia seed — a super nutritious food of the ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures. Experience long lasting energy, bowel regularity, and more! The tiny seed packs a big nutritional punch with protein, fiber, and more omega-3s than flaxseed.
I bet you've heard the saying — "What's old is new again." This can clearly be said when referring to the chia seed. I've been eating chia seeds since I was a teenager and I learned about them from my grandmother. The chia seed is the ancient grain with all the modern benefits and backed by science. Holistic nutritionists and conscious consumers are excited about the remarkably nutritious and very "in" chia seeds. Why? It's an amazing source of calcium for bones; soluble fiber, so important for colon and blood sugar health; beneficial fats for energy; plus a natural ratio of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acids (ALA) and omega-6 essential fatty acids.
You can incorporate this legendary grain into your daily diet in a variety of ways. I prefer the premium whole or powdered Black Chia seeds available through the Penn Herb Company. I add both of these to yogurts, salads, cereals, protein drinks, smoothies, baking recipes, or just eat them by the spoonful. You can also sprout chia seeds as you've probably seen on TV commercials if you live in the United States.
And if, for some reason, you don't like the taste or feel of the seeds, you can also get them in capsule form. Click HERE for more information. Read further to find out another bonus for anyone desiring to lose weight.
Food Dyes -- Why You Should Avoid Them?
Turn on any nightly news report on television or the radio, or open any newspaper these days to the food section, and you will find lots of mounting and eye-opening information on food dyes, food colorings, and other chemicals and why we should avoid them. Some articles highlight the relationship of food dyes to ADHD, hyperactivity, and behavior problems in kids and adults, as well as the correlation between these artificial chemical dyes and cancer.
The use of artificial dyes in foods is up by half since 1990. Food dyes are in more than just candy. They can also be found in bagels, pickles, macaroni and cheese, beverages, fruit rolls, cheese, soft drinks, chips, crackers, gelatins, frozen desserts, breakfast cereals, and so much more. And here's a shocker! . . . they are even used in pet foods! How bizarre is that since some animals, like dogs, see in limited color, but, for some reason, the pet owners would prefer to have their animals' food in more vibrant colors rather than a dull gray dog chow. "Most food colorings are synthetic and are potentially very toxic . . . They are fake substitutes for the natural, fresh colors of foods," as I write about in detail in my two new holistic lifestyle books The Joy Factor: 10 Sacred Practices for Radiant Health and Walking on Air: Your 30-Day Inside and Out Rejuvenation Makeover.
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6. Meditate to reduce stress & weight. Sometimes the things that you experience in your life can put a burden on you physically by causing endocrine, or hormonal, events that go on in your body. Medical experts now believe that this is at the root of many degenerative disease processes. In other words, stress has a biological as well as an emotional effect on you and, over time, it can diminish your body’s ability to fortify, protect, regenerate, and heal itself.
Stress can be triggered by emotions, such as anger, fear, worry, grief, or guilt. It can be the result of an injury or trauma, an accident or surgery. Everyday pressures, like family squabbles, impossible bosses, unfaithful spouses, unruly teens, or overdue bills cause stress. An extreme change in sleep patterns, diets, exercise, and even the climate you live in can also create stress. So can chronic illness, pain, allergies, and inflammation. And too much work or too much of anything can create stress. Continue on to learn about how too much stress affects your weight.
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8. Nourish your spirit. To maintain a healthy body, you must first nourish your spirit. The real epidemic in our culture is spiritual heart disease—the experience of low self-esteem combined with feelings of loneliness, isolation, and alienation that pervade our culture. I talk about this in detail in my audio books Wired to Meditate and Choose to Live Peacefully and my new books The Joy Factor and Walking on Air. Many people who suffer from spiritual malaise use food or stimulants such as drugs, caffeine, alcohol, sex, or overwork to numb the pain and get through the day.
Stretching, deep breathing, spending time out in nature, and meditation (for details on all of these subjects, refer to Renew Your Life) will relax your mind and you will experience a greater sense of peace and well-being. Then you’ll be able to make eating and exercise decisions—and other lifestyle choices—that are life enhancing rather than self-destructive. Engage in physical activities that nourish your body and soul. Cherished activities I enjoy include hiking, in-line skating and biking on the bike path on the Santa Monica beach, gardening, walking in a botanical or flower garden, or stretching or yoga (without being in a hurry!).
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7. The health benefits of kale, quinoa, and coconut water. Some foods are void of nutrition, while others are low in calories and so packed with nutrition that they earn the title of "superfood." Here's some information on three superfoods that are great picks to keep on hand, especially if you want to lose weight. Superfoods are the best whole foods out there, but not one is a magic bullet. Make sure you include many different superfoods in your diet to help maintain optimal health and easy weight loss. Throughout my website, and in my books Blissful Living Set, The Curative Kitchen, Living on the Lighter Side, The Joy Factor, and Walking on Air, you'll have at your fingertips a wealth of information on all the superfoods to add to your healthy diet. Sadly, many of us make the wrong choices every day by consuming foods that were never intended for our miraculous bodies. In Renew Your Life, I show you, step-by-step, how to make the appropriate food and lifestyle choices to reduce your risks of premature aging, heart disease, common forms of cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and reduced vision and mental functions . . . and lose body fat at the same time. In this Blog, I will highlight three of my favorite superfoods. Let's start with the health benefits of the superfood kale.
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5. Graze & hydrate. Liquid meals, diet pills, and special diet packaged food aren’t your answer to increasing metabolism, weight control, or better health. Instead, and in addition to regular exercise, learn how to eat so that your body becomes an efficient fat-burning machine.
The results of four national surveys show that most people try to lose weight by eating 1,000 to 1,500 calories a day. However, cutting calories to under 1,200 (if you’re a woman) or 1,400 (if you’re a man) doesn’t provide enough food to be satisfying in the long term. Eating fewer than 1,200 calories slows down metabolism and makes it difficult to get adequate amounts of certain nutrients, such as folic acid, magnesium, and zinc.
The typical dieter will often skip meals and, as research points out, the worst meal to skip, if you want to increase your metabolism, is breakfast. As highlighted in Renew Your Life, this temporary fasting state sends a signal to the body that food is scarce. As a result, the stress hormones (including cortisol) increase and the body begins ‘lightening the load’ and shedding its muscle tissue. Decreasing muscle tissue, as you know now is very metabolically active, decreases the body’s need for food. By the next feeding, the pancreas is sensitized and will sharply increase blood insulin levels, which is the body’s signal to make fat. And if you’re insulin resistant, as many sedentary people are, you make extra amounts of this hormone (insulin) and make/deposit fat very easily, especially if you eat refined carbohydrates. Have you ever wondered how the Sumo wrestlers get so big? They fast and then gorge themselves with food. Clearly, this approach is absolutely counterproductive if your goal is to lose fat. Continue reading to find out how grazing increases metabolism.
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4. Staying motivated to exercise. There’s no doubt about it. Every person who exercises regularly, whether an athlete or not, will have to cope with lack of enthusiasm at one time or another. So how can you stay motivated to workout? “Just do it” was one of the rallying slogans of the late ‘90s. But sometimes it can be tough to live up to. In fact, every person who decides to exercise will face—sooner or later—a lack of motivation, boredom or burnout with a fitness program.
Here are my 15 favorite tips to help you stay motivated and enthusiastic about your workouts, and also prevent injury. If you are in need of more personal motivation, you will find comprehensive guidance and uplifting motivation — including countless examples from my inspiring clients worldwide who overcame obstacles, reconnected with their inner passion and strength, achieved breakthroughs, and created their best lives — in my titles Walking on Air, The Joy Factor, and Renew Your Life.
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2. Increase your aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise trains muscles to burn fat and increase metabolism. Aerobic exercise means exercising with oxygen, not being winded or out of breath. These types of exercises, which are fairly gentle and nonstop, change your metabolism and also train your muscles to burn more fat. Here’s a key point to keep in mind. Muscles burn fat ONLY in the presence of oxygen. For example, if you’re jogging with your husband and he’s breezing along and singing a song, and you’re so out of breath that you can barely put two syllables together, he’s burning fat but your fat-burning mechanisms have shut down. Muscles burn two kinds of fuel—sugar (glucose) and fat. Your muscles really do prefer to burn fat because it’s more efficient; there’s more of it so it lasts a long time and it produces lots of energy.
Does that mean you shouldn’t do high-intensity sprints every so often? No, as I’ll explain below, but you must make aerobic exercise part of your fitness program at least 5 days a week if you want to lose fat and tone up. By using the big muscles of the thighs and buttocks in an activity that is steady and nonstop (such as cross-country skiing, bicycling, rowing, walking, and hiking), and makes you breathe deeply but doesn’t make you out of breath, you’re supplying oxygen to the muscles, which promotes fat burning in the muscles and makes you burn more food calories. Want to learn how to get fit as quickly as possible? Continue on.
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1. Increase your muscle mass. Muscle burns fat. It’s that simple. Exercise increases muscle, tones it, alters its chemistry, and increases the metabolic rate. When you exercise you actually continue to burn calories even when you’re sleeping but you must exercise correctly to get the best results. Before I describe the best exercises to lose fat and increase metabolism, let’s briefly explore why lean muscle tissue is so important.
As I highlight in my world-renowned Complete Power Package consisting of 14 titles, Renew Your Life: Choose to Live Fully, more muscle means a faster metabolism because muscle uses more energy to exist than fat. Because muscle is a highly metabolic tissue, it burns five times as many calories as most other body tissues, pound for pound. In other words, muscle requires more oxygen and more calories to sustain itself than does body fat. When you have more muscle mass, you burn more calories than someone who doesn’t, even when you’re both sitting still, which is why people who build muscle have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight. They’re simply more efficient calorie burners.
If you increase muscle mass, you increase the number of calories your body is using every moment of the day, not just during exercise, but also at work, play, and even when sleeping. The addition of 10 pounds of muscle to your body will burn approximately 500 extra calories per day. You would have to jog 6 miles a day, 7 days a week to burn the same number of calories. Ten extra pounds of muscle can burn a pound of fat in one week (a pound of fat is 3,500 calories)—that’s 52 pounds of fat a year! Want to know how to increase your lean muscle tissue and my favorite fitness tips that I currently teach clients worldwide and also previously taught to students, staff, and faculty at UCLA for 30 years? Continue on.