Sunday, November 29, 2009

Women Vitamins: Gift to Self

We have entered the holiday season…and thoughts run 4 weeks ahead, to Christmas…and the question of gifts arise…what do we give to those we love and admire?

Perhaps we also need to ask, “What do I give myself?”   This viewpoint is considered taboo by many mainstream religions.  But ask yourself: what can I give to others, if I have not first given something to me?  Can an empty well give forth water?  Can an unlit candle give forth light?

I know that I have not been giving myself time in which to be more artistically creative, so I set aside time over Thanksgiving break to do some watercolor/collage pieces.  Fruits of Define is one of 4 pieces that emerged.

Perhaps this season you may want to give yourself the gift of goals, the gift of a plan to help yourself succeed.  These 7 steps can help you plan and attain your dream, whether it is to lose weight, be healthier, learn a new hobby, or start a business.

Step 1: Dream Big

This first step is the critical element for any success. Luck isn’t enough you have to dream big and follow your dream.
No Dream=No Direction=Failure.
Having a big dream gives you a reason to use your time and emotional energy efficiently. If a large dream and a small dream require the same efforts and procedures, why would you dream small?

Step 2: Have Clear Mission and Vision in Life

You must clearly define what your dream is and what it takes to accomplish it.  If you cannot express your vision to yourself, how can you share it with the world?  So sit down and focus your desire and ambition into a sentence or two….this is not an essay, it is a statement of your mission.

Step 3: Set S.M.A.R.T Goals

Goals are outcomes…measurable and quantifiable.  Your goal should be S.M.A.R.T (I heard a gifted motivational speaker use this anachronism)

  • Specific- focus on one goal at a time
  • Measurable- be exact, be scientific…this is not a vague moment, but something you can chart, or document
  • Attainable- your goal must be reachable, if you are starting a business, selling 2 million units the first year, may not be an attainable plan
  • Realistic- this doesn’t diminish your goal, it makes it workable (you cannot set the goal of being an astronaut if you are 80 years old and over weight)
  • Timely- set a goal that can be reached within a reasonable amount of time…10 year goals rarely work, (historically, check out the 10, 20, 30 year goals of the USSR)

Step 4 : Take Action

A goal without action will never come to life.  Every goal should have daily progress.  Plan to take at least one step towards your goal every day.

You achieved nothing unless you take action

Step 5: Be Consistent

Be faithful to your goal.  Once you start, continue daily.  The world changes from moment to moment, and we adapt to these changes, but to bring a dream to life requires commitment…and that is your consistency.

Step 6: Visualize Your Success

Never lose sight of your dream….keep the thought of it ever-present in your mind.  Continually remind yourself of the outcome of your success.  Every once in a while, visualize how you will be, where you will be, what you will be doing when your dream materializes.

Utilize your senses: clearly see , touch, feel and understand what your end results will be like. Sometimes you can even plan “backwards” and put the necessary pieces of the puzzle in place from this long-sighted view.
When you visualize the end results, your brain works harder to figure ways of helping you accomplish that goal, in a shorter period of time.

Step 7: Never Quit

No matter how hard you work, no matter how much time you spend, if you don’t completely believe in your goal and pursue it with complete dedication, it will be very hard for you to achieve your dream. Stay healthy, stay focused, stay on track.

Keep your dream alive and adjust your course of action in order to accomplish it.
My great uncle Leonard had a saying above his desk that said,
“Quitters never win, and winners never quit.”
Give yourself the gift of being a winner…
Be mindful of your body and health, take your vitamins for women, and be blessed, Kersten 

Monday, November 23, 2009

Your Health and Your Multi-vitamin

Women’s Health & Daily Vitamins
Are you interested in learning about the relationship between Women's Health and Daily Vitamins? Then  this article is what you are looking for,  as it will discuss the benefits of multivitamins and how they are a great way of taking care of yourself. Learn just how beneficial multivitamins can be!

Several recent medical studies support the fact that multivitamins have an important place in daily health care regimes, and Women Vitamins wants to introduce Basics A-Z Complete, a liquid multivitamin designed for active women who are seeking quality products to help ensure their health.
There are many benefits in taking Basics A-Z Complete liquid women vitamins as it supports your quest for an active and healthy life.
“Long-term regular consumption of a multivitamin may reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by 16 per cent…”1
You want to be healthy, active, energetic, and ageless. Taking care of yourself is very important, although you may put yourself last as you deal with the daily stresses and obligations of family, careers, and the routines of 21st century life. You are on the go 24/7.

BUT, if you don't take care of yourself, how will you be able to care for others? Your health starts at a cellular level and that means you need to give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to do its job.

Taking vitamins and minerals is a major step in taking care of yourself. Finding the correct blend of vitamins can be a daunting and frustrating task. Yet you know the value of doing this. You need a quality product that specifically promotes women's health and vitality and is available at an affordable price.... 
"...the cells of multivitamin users may have a younger biological age than cells from non-users.” 2

Several recent medical studies support the fact that multivitamins have an important place in daily health care regimes. Basics Vitamins A-Z Complete is a liquid multivitamin designed for active women that provides 100% RDA of 11 vitamins and 70 trace colloidal minerals while also utilizing cranberry pulp as a source for fiber and urinary tract health.

A liquid distribution of vitamins allows for quicker and more complete vitamin absorption. There are no fillers in a liquid, no slowly dissolving gels or capsules, no painful handful of pills to swallow, no wondering if your combinations of minerals and vitamins is complete. Basics A-Z Complete liquid multivitamins has every basic vitamin and mineral you need for your health.

Your health can be positively affected by taking daily multivitamins. Taking care of yourself is important. Having confidence in a product is important too.

Go ahead and try Basics A-Z Complete liquid vitamins as a trustworthy aide for cellular health in your quest for an active and healthy life.

Visit WomenVitamins to learn more and to order Basics A-Z Complete.

1American Journal of Epidemiology “Use of Supplements of Multivitamins, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E in Relation to Mortality” Authors: G. Pocobelli, U. Peters, A.R. Kristal, E. White
2American Journal of Clinical Nutrition June 2009, Volume 89, Number 6,
"Multivitamin use and telomere length in women" Authors: Q. Xu, C.G. Parks, L.A. DeRoo, R.M. Cawthon, D.P. Sandler, H. Chen

Friday, November 20, 2009

Cut Your Weight...Cut Your Chances for Trouble

Many women carry a little extra weight around with them.  We hide it beneath blousy shirts, big tees, jackets and other layers.  We think an extra 10 pounds is something we can deal with later....20 pounds was a hard and long winter, 30 pounds is middle age creeping up and around on us....and 40 pounds must be from great grandma's side of the family.  By the time we have 50 or more pounds we have run out of excuses and just tough it out, "there's more of me to love!"

And there IS more and more of us to love.  A recent study by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research published a lengthy 537 page global study.  One of the disturbing findings compare the Body Mass Index of Women from the 1900's thru 2000.  Not surprisingly, they found that the BMI of women has dramatically increased.  In 1970, 23% of women had a BMI between 25-29.9 while 15% of all women had a BMI of 30+  In 2000, 27% of women had a BMI between 25-29.9 while 34% had a BMI of 30+.....

 So then I looked it up, and OBESITY has been more precisely defined by the National Institutes of Health (the NIH) as a BMI of 30 and above. (A BMI of 30 is about 30 pounds overweight.) 

I thought that you had to be something like 80 pounds overweight to be considered obesity.....

The American Institute for Cancer Research updated its data and determined that 100,500 cases of newly diagnosed cancer is attributed to obesity every year....

Facts on the obesity epidemic suggest that 33% of Americans are overweight/obese.   Therefore 1/3 of all Americans have an increased risks of having cancer, diabetes, and certain lukemias....due to their weight.

Anne McTiernan, Director of Research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, has been one of the first to specifically look at the effects increased physical activity and weight loss have on reducing the chance of getting cancer. 

Among her most important findings: overweight post-menopausal women who exercised for 45 minutes five days a week, whittled away unhealthy belly fat were able to lower their estrogen and testosterone levels, (these are the hormones that in excess can contribute to cancer).
Another study showed that exercise six days a week brought both men and women significant fat loss and a lowered risk of colon cancer in men.
  So, to lower your risk of cancer: lose weight, get physically active, take a good mutlivitamin, and eat healthier....cut your weight now and cut your chances for trouble later....

Friday, November 13, 2009

Best Vitamins for Women:Six Super Supplements....Go Team Go!

So you are taking a wonderful multivitamin, like Women Vitamins A-Z Complete, that is chock full of 100% of the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and trace minerals....but, you want to maintain or ramp up your healthy immune system.  Can you take your supplement regime one step higher? 

There are a few additions that could be worth your time and investment....

1.  Vitamin D...although the RDA is 400 IU's, the Office of Dietary Supplements/Institute of Health is now saying that intake up to 2000 IU's/day is okay.  Since Vitamin D is now thought to help prevent some cancers, promote heart health, positively affect MS, and aid with depression, the larger dose may be more accurate.  Keep in mind that after a day in the sun, your body  will make 10,000 IU's of Vitamin D all by itself.

2) CoQ 10, a ubiquitone enzyme,  is essential for tissues and organs to manufacture energy (the ATP molecule).   It also helps with heart muscle function, seems to affect cancer, and is a great anti-oxidant.  Recommended dosage ranges from 32-100 mg/day.  People taking statins need to be aware that statins deplet the CoQ 10 in your body, and may therefore require 300mgs/day.  (Consult your statin prescribing doctor.)

3) Omega 3 Oils (EPA-DHA) are anti inflammatory...they support brain and heart health, moods and cognitive processes.  Omega 3 Oils soften the cell membrane for ease of travel of  neuro-transmitters.  Recommended doses are: 1-3 g/day of fish oil or 1-2 tablespoons of flax oil.

4) Ginko Biloba is a great antioxidant that protests against free radicals that cause damage especially in the brain.  It also has been linked to improved circulation, aiding with fatigue and depression, is a great anti inflammatory, and slows down the deterioration that leads to dementia.  This flavanoid has a recommended dose of 120mg, twice daily. 

5) Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in the stomach and intestines, and help the gut with nutrient absorption.  Probiotics have been used to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and urinary and vaginal infections.

6)  Green Drinks include everything from green algae and chlorophyll, to wheat and barley grasses, green tea and green vegetable is the color of health....These drinks can detoxify, control appetite, and provide enzymes and nutrients...

Adding any or all of these supplements may assist you with continuing health, especially as we age or are under stressful conditions.  Look for quality products...and do your homework.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Golden leaves and Golden Memories

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  The weather cools down, and I can turn off the AC and open the windows at night.  There is an energy and a rebirth of the way the animals play in the morning crispness, and in Texas there is the second blooming of the roses.

Although I truly enjoy living in Houston now, I can not help but miss this golden time up north..I always loved fall in Dakota, even though it can be the shortest season in history!  Some years there would only be a few precious weeks between the heat of summer and the first snow flakes of winter.  Once in a blue moon, we would actually have an Indian summer...warm weather returning for a while after a sudden first frost.

There was a tang and enthusiasm in the air....fallen leaves, the return of migrating Canadian Geese....even as the days shortened, requiring the donning of jackets, the resulting rosy cheeks from cooler breezes....and the lurking knowledge that winter at its fiercest and finest was only a few short weeks away.

There is a golden glow to my autumnal memories.  I remember the honking of the geese as the myriad V formations would spiral to land on the lakes and sloughs near my farm.  The satisfaction of harvesting the best apples in the county from the large, old, apple tree out front we lovingly called Grandma.. Fall was an interlude of time and space  from which we reorganized our lives and property to be ready for the onslaught of another brutal winter.  We walked fences, tended livestock, brought hay bales home and stocked the barns. We had pie socials, harvest festivals, and community get togethers.

We relished each golden day...knowing how long it would be until another such day would bless us.