Blogging with a Purpose

        I started blogging with a vague idea of what I wanted to accomplish. Then I decided people would like to know what my blog is about so they could decide if they would like to follow along.  Besides, organization just makes life simpler.

My purpose in blogging is not unique – I want to share information.  I want to share information that people can really use and get personal benefit from.  Then if they share the information there is a ripple effect.  One piece of information shared here might help someone way across the world.  It is quite interesting to be able to blog and have conversations with people all across the globe, where anyone can comment.  I think reading the comments about my posts is the most enjoyable part of blogging.  So, if you are reading this . . . . leave a comment :).

The information I plan to share on my blog is related to health, wellness, personal development and beauty.  A “little something for everyone”.

As a medical professional I like to share information on health and wellness that is reliable, based in science and useful to help people feel their best.  This information is not meant to diagnose or treat, it is just good information that some people may find helpful.  I will also be sharing a lot of information about diet and nutrition.  That is such a “hot topic” but such a misunderstood topic with a lot of crazy information out there that could actually be harmful.

I will share information on skin care and some of the harmful substances in the products we use,  then I will throw in some make up and beauty tips.

I am a business owner, building an international Arbonne business so I will be referring to these products throughout my posts.  I’m not just promoting products and advertising – I really believe these are the best products out there – for everyone.  Also, I don’t think most people are really aware that products we use everyday can actually be harmful to our bodies.  This isn’t just some spam or promotional gimmick – there is scientific information and I hope to share that with my readers.

I have been doing a lot of reading and self development lately. So, in an effort to pass that on, look for posts with book reviews and positive self development information.  It will be interesting to review this in one year and see how far I have come and how many followers I gain, new people I meet virtually.   deb

Good Bacteria??

indigestionEven with all the food we eat and the high rate of obesity, a lot of Americans are malnourished.

Basically, we are fat, we are miserable and our bodies are starving. 

A lot of the problem is related to poor digestion.  You hear a lot about probiotics – why do we need them?  In our gut we have good and bad bacteria. Probiotics are the good bacteria.  A proper ratio between the good and bad bacteria is associated with health and well-being.  Antibiotics and poor diets kill off much of the good bacteria, allowing the bad bacteria to overgrow.  The result may be bloating, indigestion, diarrhea, irregular bowels as well as other health problems.

Research studies show that a proper bacteria ratio and a functional intestinal system play a role in mental health and can decrease depression and anxiety. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter affecting mood, is found mainly in the intestinal system.  That proper ratio also strengthens our immune system

So, What Can You Do to Improve your Intestinal System?

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Prebiotics act like food for probiotics.  They are a non digestable plant fiber.  It is nearly impossible to get enough prebiotics from food sources such as chicory or apple and fruit skins.  Many people eat yogurt in an effort to get enough probiotics.  The problem is most active bacteria in probiotics are killed off by body heat and stomach acid.  Bacillus coagulans is one probiotic that survives best in the intestine.  2 studies showed that proper balance of this bacteria decreased abdominal pain and bloating in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Ingestion of probiotics can help people that suffer from recurrent yeast infections as it changes the alkalinity of the body.  Nutrient absorption from the food we eat is improved, bowel function is improved and people see better weight and appetite control.

Use of probiotics can also strengthen our immune system.  A proper balance between good and bad bacteria in our gut influences the health and well being of our entire body and even our mood.

Once again, not all probiotics are created equal.

  • You need the prebiotics as food for the probiotics.
  • You need the probiotics that survive against body heat and stomach acid
  • You also can benefit from digestive enzymes – to better break down complex carbohydrates, fats and proteins for improved absorption

I take Digestion Plus everyday because I feel it is the best product of it’s type on the market.  It contains Bacillus coagulans, prebiotics and digestive enzymes.  It doesn’t contain sugars or any other harmful fillers.  It is certified vegan, gluten free and Kosher.  I mix one small packet in a bottle of water or other drink each day.  More info available: Arbonne Digestion Plus    digestion plus

Thanks for reading, I hope you find this information helpful.  Comment below if you have questions or suggestions for future content.  Here’s to healthy guts! 🙂

Who needs Vitamin D?

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  Everybody needs Vitamin D!

  In the winter months, UVB rays from the sun are blocked in most areas so our Vitamin D levels are at their lowest.  Coincidence then, that winter is also flu season?  There are researchers who think not.  Studies have shown that many Americans are Vitamin D deficient.  We just do not get enough Vitamin D in our diet and we need the sun to help our bodies synthesize the vitamin D.

  So what does Vitamin D have to do with the flu?

  Vitamin D supports our immune system (the system in our body that is responsible for fighting off illness). Immune cells in our bodies have vitamin D receptors. Increased vitamin D activates cells in the immune system that are like natural antibiotics – they kill bacteria.  The vitamin D receptor cells also regulate inflammatory substances which are partly responsible for some of the symptoms we experience with the flu.

  There have been several research studies throughout the world that have shown that people with low levels of vitamin D have a higher flu rate.  Studies also have shown that higher levels of vitamin D were associated with a shorter duration of flu.  Many healthcare providers recommend increasing our vitamin D intake above the daily recommended amount.

If you want to take Vitamin D to stay healthy – start now.  Your body will need to build up your vitamin D level.  I take between 2000 and 4000 units daily. A word of caution – you can get too much vitamin D and that can cause serious problems.   So, check with your healthcare provider about safe dosages.

(this post is meant for informational purposes only, it is not intended to diagnose or treat – always check with your healthcare provider)

A Little Work out Drinkin’ . . . . .

All of our energy comes from foods we eat and liquids we drink.  So it is important to fuel our bodies properly. If we are active, we are using energy & calories even if we aren’t actually in the gym “working out”.  When we get ready to exercise it is important to increase the fuel and prepare our bodies. Just like you wouldn’t drive out onto the highway for a long trip with an empty gas tank, you shouldn’t start increasing physical activity without preparing.

I see a lot of athletes that tire out because they do not hydrate prior to activity.  Most people know the importance of staying hydrated, drinking to replace losses from sweating.  What they don’t know is that it is often quite hard to drink fast enough to replace losses. You get behind and it is hard to catch up.

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So what can we do to properly support an exercise program?

Prepare – you need increased blood flow to deliver oxygen to muscles and simple carbs for     energy. this type of fluid needs to be consumed at least 30 minutes prior to activity

Hydrate – during a workout you need to replace electrolytes and fluids lost through sweating and burned by  the body’s metabolic processes

Recover – during exercise muscle cells work hard – that’s a lot of chemistry going on.  Free radicals  are released and they are scavengers and cause damage and are partly responsible for those sore muscles.  You need antioxidants to scavenge the free radicals.  If you give your body the proper amino acids and antioxidants it will repair any damage and you will notice you feel much better and have avoided the sore muscles.

There you have it!  Now, take your workout to the next level and feel great afterwards.  Look for products with simple carbs for energy, electrolytes including magnesium for replacement, and branched chain amino acids for recovery. (comment or send an email with your info and I will send you samples of a 3 step workout drink).