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4 Tips On Keeping Your Endocrine Glands Healthy And Happy

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Our bodies are complex. We could consider them finely tooled machines and as such, they need proper care.

One part of our system consists of endocrine glands. These glands work like a messaging system using chemicals. These chemicals are known as hormones that are released from the glands into the human circulatory system to travel to other organs.

The primary glands in the endocrine system are:

  • adrenal glands,
  • pineal gland,
  • thyroid gland,
  • parathyroid glands,
  • pancreas,
  • ovaries,
  • and testes

as well as the hypothalamus and pituitary gland which are neuroendocrine organs that also release hormones.

What you do need to know is each and every one of these endocrine glands play very important roles in your health and welfare. If they are not properly maintained, these glands may stop, slow down or send improper hormones (messages) to other organs causing them to not function correctly.

One expert explained to me that if a person was to put their complete home on an automatic system to control heating, cooling, lights, water, etc…, the messages sent would come from special receptacles inside a main computer bank. We could equate those receptacles to the glands and the messages they send to each unit would be equated to the hormones.

If one receptacle started malfunctioning, you could find it causing chaos with all the other receptacles…

  • The message meant to turn the air conditioning on may start the sprinkler system;
  • a message to fill the washing machine with water turns off the security system;
  • or you come home to your house feeling like an oven at 116 degrees because the system thinks it is too cold.

Just think what all can happen to your body if 1 of these glands is not working properly? And while we think Doctors should be able to “figure it out,” consider the fact that once they know for sure it is a bad gland, they still must narrow down which gland it is.

Not an easy task!

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Enough of the science lesson…

My goal today is to simply give you 4 tips to keep your endocrine glands healthy, happy and working the way they are intended to.

Endocrine Glands Tip #1: Proper Nutrition

This is by far the top tip in this post.

Each gland needs certain vitamins, minerals and/or nutrients to work properly. But in these days and times, we have found nutrients being erased from many foods. This can come from improper farming, food processing and just plain greediness of food manufacturers.

Each gland has a need for a main nutrient or more…

adrenal – Vitamin C, B Vitamins, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron

pineal – Vitamin D

thyroid – Vitamin D, Selenium, Iodine, Iron and Vitamin A

parathyroid – Same as thyroid

pancreas – All

ovaries – All

and testes – All

While my blog explains a lot about nutrition, I want to say that each person is different. I offer a one-on-one service to develop a nutrition plan that fits you and your lifestyle.

Feel free to contact me here.

Endocrine Glands Tip #2: Little To None

There are 3 things you need to cut down to little or none for healthy and happy endocrine glands:

  1. Sugar
  2. Alcohol
  3. Caffeine

All of these if taken in abundance will drive your hormone balance out of whack.

Endocrine Glands Tip #3: Get Your Omega Fatty Acids

Omega 3s, 6s and 9s are important in that they actually aid in the transportation of hormones produced by these glands. The hormones essentially “hitch a ride” on the Omega bus.

You get these Omega Fatty Acids from fish and other sea foods. If you are not getting enough fish in your diet, I recommend taking a supplement to obtain those Omegas.

This Krill Oil is a great supplement to get your Omega Fatty Acids.

Endocrine Glands Tip #4: Say No To Stress

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Not only does stress harm your endocrine glands, it plays havoc on other organs in your body.

Now I know that as long as we live, there is stress. But what you do with that stress; how you handle that stress is the biggest factor in how it will effect your health and well being.

There are many ways to handle stress, but only some ways that are good for your health.

  • Exercise – which is also needed for healthy endocrine glands.
  • Quality sleep – 7 – 8 hours is optimal.
  • Meditation
  • Have a person to talk with.

Conclusion

Follow these tips please!

Your endocrine glands have so much control over the rest of your body. If your hormones are out of balance, you can gain weight, develop sickness and disease and live a life that is no fun.

I am here for you… Contact me if you need more help with this subject.

I am not a Doctor and by all means, you should see one if you feel you are having issues with any of your endocrine glands. But I do know that if you follow these tips, you are giving those glands a much better opportunity of being healthy and happy.

Thanks and post any comments or questions below.

Sleep … Myths And Facts

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Over the years, many myths have come into existence about sleep. Some of them are actually believable, so I want to debunk them in today’s post. And, there are facts about sleep too that people tend not to believe. I also want to help educate people about those.

The very first thing I have to point out is, humans must sleep. For those of you who think you can manage life, business and all other things in between on little sleep, you are fooling yourself.

I implore you to read and learn. Share this post with others because sleep is a part of living a long and wonderful life.

Sleep Myth: Snoring Is Not Dangerous

Snoring has been going on for years upon years. Many people have just accepted it as the norm. But studies have discovered that a large percentage of snorers suffer from sleep apnea. What is actually happening is, that person is just not able to properly breathe while sleeping. They actually will pause breathing while sleeping and when you pause your breathing, you are reducing oxygen to your blood supply.

This all can put a heavy strain on your heart.

If you snore, I recommend you do take a test to see if you have sleep apnea. There are many centers around the country to do so; just ask your Doctor.

Sleep Fact: Lack Of Sleep Can Lead To Diabetes

While it is true that over-indulging in sugar is a leading cause of diabetes, having too little of sleep is another huge cause of this dreadful disease.

Why?

Research indicates that insufficient sleep impairs the body’s ability to use insulin, which can lead to the onset of diabetes.

Sleep Myth: The More Sleep, The Better

Studies have found that the optimum sleep amount is 7 ½ hours. But some people have this thought pattern that even more can be better.

Not true!

That can be nearly as bad as getting too little sleep. Usually, if a person goes past the 9 hour mark on sleep, there must be a problem with the quality of sleep. Maybe light, noise, mattress and pillow need to be examined.

Sleep Fact: You Can Go Longer Without Food Than You Can Deprive Yourself Of Sleep

The longest recorded time a person went without sleeping is 11 days. Some people have actually died doing the same. People have went without food 30 days or more.

Personally, I wouldn’t recommend doing either. But sleep deprivation will kill you quicker than food deprivation.

Sleep Myth: If You Die In A Dream, You Will “Probably” Wake Up

I believe every child is told this myth at some point in their lives. And while nightmares are terrible; especially the ones where we die, it doesn’t mean we will not wake up.

Usually nightmares like those come as a natural way to prepare you for a stressful situation you are facing.

Sleep Fact: Our Brain Never Sleeps

I know… Oh yes, I know.

Some people seem to have brains that are on eternal sleep. Just take a drive through New York City on Friday at 4 PM…

But in all reality, even when we are asleep, our brains continue to work. It must make sure all body functions are still working.

If our brain goes to sleep, we are dead.

Sleep Myth: People That Take Naps Are Lazy

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Depending where you are in the world, napping can have some rather rash judgment calls. But studies have found that a 25 – 30 minute nap often helps people focus better in the second half of the day.

Some countries take a quite favorable look on napping though…

  • The Spanish Siesta helps workers work longer shifts
  • The Chinese workers often lay there heads down for about an hour after lunch
  • In Italy, it is known as Riposo and businesses lock their doors so employees can nap

Conclusion

Did you learn anything new?

Just know that like exercise and eating properly, sleep is extremely important.

Get that good sleep you need. If you wake up easily in the middle of the night, try getting up for 10-20 minutes and do something relaxing; no, not the smartphone or television because the light from these promote the waking mechanisms in your body.

Do you have any questions or comments?

Feel free to post them below.

Now with all this talk about sleep, I think I need a nap.

Have a great day!

Practice Ikigai And Live A Long Life

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When we take a close look at Japan, we realize people generally live longer. And when we travel South to the island of Okinawa, the longevity figures rise even higher.

So what is it that they are doing different to live longer?

The question was put to this pop band… You will see why when you watch this video…

All of these band members are over 80 years old. And I truly believe they have the answer to longer life cycles. It is…

Ikigai

Ikigai stands for Sense Of Life.

This tells me that much of our ability to live longer is our mindset. It is believing that we can no matter our age or condition, and then “going for it!”

The women in KBG84 are not concerned as to what others think. They dance and sing and have Ikigai.

No matter how old, they do… they move… they have a sense of life.

And You Can Too!

Fitness and activity has been proven to fight off dementia. A study in the medical journal Neurology suggested that high stamina, compared with medium, can decrease dementia risk by 88%.

You know, Okinawa has many Centenarians that are healthy and fit.

Dr. Makoto Suzuki established a research group. The Okinawa Centenarian Study Group collects data on both the genes and lifestyles of aged Okinawans.

Some attribute the longevity to advances in medicine but I disagree. I attribute it to the mind and the Sense Of Life… Ikigai.

We Need To Learn From Our Elders

Less stress, more dancing, singing and physical activity.

And we cannot expect our elderly population to just retire and sit in an easy chair and wait to die. They need to be a part of society. And they can be, so let’s allow them to be.

I applaud companies who are hiring retired people so they can keep moving. And I ask that local areas look for ways they can allow elderly people to give their talents.

Volunteering at hospitals… Helping at child care centers… Participating in school activities.

These are all ways that the aged can help both the community and their own longevity.

So don’t discourage… ENCOURAGE them!

Let the live Ikigai.

And I also suggest we all try some of the food Okinawans eat regularly… There must be something to that too!

How The Okinawans Eat

Okinawans consume about 30 percent less sugar and 15 percent fewer grains than folks in the rest of Japan.

Their diets are heavy in yellow, orange and green vegetables. Meat is eaten in small quantities as is dairy products.

And most important of all… Along with Ikigai, the Okinawa natives practice Hara Hachi Bu. This is a practice we all should use. It is not eating until you are full. You eat until you are about 75% full. So they consume less calories and more nutrients than the majority of other humans.

Learn more about the Okinawan diet here.

Conclusion

You don’t have to move to Japan to live longer, but it will help if you learn how the Okinawans do it.

Ikigai and Hara Hachi Bu.

Practice them and live longer.

Do you have any questions or comments? Please leave them below. And now, as they would say in Okinawa…

お越し頂きありがとうございます

Okoshi itadaki arigatōgozaimasu

Thank you for visiting!

5 Tips For Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes

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When we look at the diabetes statistics, it can be quite easy to fall into a negative state of mind:

  • Over 30,000,000 Americans have some form of diabetes;
  • Each year, 1,500,000 new cases are diagnosed;
  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

So, we know there is a problem. But focusing on the problem… focusing on the statistics can only drive humans into a state of depression.

We MUST focus on solutions.

And I have written several articles about taking care of your diabetes. I do believe that much of it comes down to diets. Eliminating many sugars, processed foods and starches which turn into sugars after ingestion.

But no matter what, there will be diabetes and we must learn to live with this disease.

You Can!

Here are 5 tips for living a meaningful life with diabetes.

Disclaimer: I am not a physician and these tips are from my own personal opinions as well as research. I do suggest seeing your Doctor on a regular basis and not relying on these tips alone.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #1: Have A Glucose Meter With You At All Times

Most Doctors will tell you the same thing I am telling you… Always have a glucose meter with you and regularly check your levels. By doing so, you will get a good idea when your blood sugar “spikes” and why it is doing so. (Maybe that bite of chocolate cake was not a good idea.)

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #2: Drink Water

It is a well known fact that diabetes can give people the impression they are hungry when they actually are slightly dehydrated.

If you feel an urge to eat, try this… Drink a full bottle of water and wait approximately 15 – 20 minutes. If you are still hungry, snack on a nutritious item such as nuts, apple slices or an organic trail mix that has no sugars added.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #3: Find A Physical Activity To Take Part In

Just because you have diabetes does not mean you can’t participate in physical sports or activities. Find one or more physical activities you enjoy:

  • Run in a marathon
  • Play in a softball, basketball or another sport’s league
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Etc…

Diabetes does not mean you have to sit on the sidelines. Get out and get physically active. Don’t let diabetes stop you.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #4: Healthy Eating

Maybe this is a good time to say no to those fast food drive-through obesity machines. Focus on a healthy diet…

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds

And do know that cutting as many as the carbohydrates from your diet as possible is the best thing you can do. Carbs turn into sugar, so by cutting the carbs out, you are controlling the diabetes instead of letting it control you.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #4: Get Proper Sleep

Your sleep patterns can play a huge role in your blood sugar levels. It is recommended that people get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every 24 hours. And, you should try to stay consistent. Get up at the same time and go to bed at the same time. Lastly, you should ensure your sleeping zone is optimal:

  • Comfortable mattress and pillow
  • Low light and noise

All of these will help you keep a level blood sugar level.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #5: For Those Low Moments

If things get fuzzy, maybe your insulin lowered your blood sugar too far. You should keep glucose tablets with you. Some other tricks are:

  • Lifesavers – Yes, they could save your life.
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 Oreo cookie

I really don’t like telling people to take things like these but in the case of low blood sugar, they will help.

Conclusion

Many people are living productive lives and they are diabetic.

You can too!

So follow these tips and by all means, stay positive and stress free.

You’ve got this!

And do see your Doctor regularly.

If you have any questions or feedback, just post it below. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

7 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue

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Do you seem to be consistently tired?

My first piece of advice is to see your Doctor. You should have blood work run to ensure it is not something severe. If, after doing so and he/she says nothing is wrong, my next suggestion is to go all-natural. While the temptation may hit you to buy energy drinks… Don’t!

The ingredients in many of them will do you no good. Most may give you an immediate burst of energy, but the crash afterwards can be harsh.

Just follow along and use any, or all of these 7 natural ways to battle fatigue.

#1 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Go For A Walk Or Jog

This absolutely has to be the top tip. Often, fatigue hits us because we are sitting at a desk, on the couch or just doing a few things around the house.

By getting out and doing some exercise, you are working the organs like your heart and lungs and this will increase oxygen and blood flow which in turn, gives you more energy.

#2 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Take A Close Look At Your Sleeping Patterns

This is easily a top reason people feel fatigued all the time. There are various factors such as:

  • too much light in your sleeping area,
  • an uncomfortable mattress and/or pillow,
  • too much noise,
  • and sleeping at inconsistent times or getting too little of sleep.

Some of these factors are not within your control but there are ways you can battle them. If there is too much light entering your sleeping area, you may try dark curtains.

Investing in a high quality mattress and pillow is just plain wise.

Let’s say you live in an apartment in Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps. You are hearing cars and people throughout the night. Earplugs may be the answer to this problem.

And by all means, set a regular sleep schedule where you go to bed and arise at consistent times. We need 7 – 8 hours of sleep every 24 hours.

#3 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Make Waking A Stretch

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How do you awaken each day? Is it with stress and rushed?

I suggest you set that alarm 10 to 15 minutes earlier and begin the day with some simple stretching. Stretch your arms, legs, neck, back and shoulders. This gets blood flowing and will relieve any tension and stressed areas.

You WILL notice an improvement in how you feel throughout the day with this simple technique.

#4 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Potato Juice

You may think I am a little loco here, but it works…

Take 1 medium sized potato with the peeling still on. Cut it in chunks and put the chunks in 1 ½ cups of water. Now cut ½ of a lemon in smaller chunks and add to the mixture.

Soak this concoction overnight and after your morning stretch, simply pour the liquid (without the chunks) into a glass. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and mix well.

Now drink it… Drink it all!

The potassium from the potato and the vitamin C from the lemon will give you superpowers.

#5 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Add Adaptogenic Herbs To Your Diet

There are certain herbs that will help your body overcome stress and tension which will ultimately win the war against fatigue.

Try adding these natural herbs to your diet in various recipes:

  • ginseng
  • ashwagandha
  • rhodiola
  • and holy basil

These herbs have a calming effect and help you focus on the important stuff.

#6 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Licorice Root

Getting licorice root in pill or extract and taking it on a regular basis will help your adrenal glands produce adequate supplies of cortisol which plays a huge role in your body’s reaction to stress.

If the body’s stress is controlled, you will be less fatigued.

#7 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Copy Popeye

Did you watch the cartoon Popeye?

Believe it or not, there is truth behind how spinach can give you power like Popeye the Sailor Man!

Spinach is rich in iron and will boost your red cell count.

Here’s a suggestion… Keep a bag of raw spinach leaves and every so often, just chew one down… Add come nuts like almonds or walnuts to them for a delicious snack.

Conclusion

Remember what I said at the start of this post… If you are feeling overwhelming fatigue, first and foremost, see your Doctor. And, if all seems well but you are still feeling tired a lot, use these natural ways because they do work.

If you need more help with overcoming fatigue, losing weight or any other wellness issue in your life, feel free to contact me and we can work out a plan for you.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!