Secrets of Aging Wisely

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“There has been an explosion of science in the field of aging. And I think the public doesn’t realize how far aging research has come. We have a lot of ideas about the mechanisms of aging, and tons and tons of pathways that can be optimized, tweaked, or activated to possibly extend lifespan. I think the public is probably about 30 years behind our thinking about aging. It’s as if we thought about cancer in the way we did in 1960.”  

Stuart Kim, Stanford University aging researcher

Are You Old and Wise, or Just Old?

Our culture tends to view aging as pathology. We fear it as though it is a dreaded disease. Most people believe that as we age we will become forgetful, incontinent, weak, fatigued, and senile. This leaves us afraid or depressed, both of which can further aggravate the downward spiral. Recently however, many doctors, researchers, and pro-active older people have begun to counter the prevailing wisdom about aging. Elders are speaking with knowledge and authority about their experience, and scientific research is redefining aging as a process. Our modern understanding of aging does not demand the end of health, pleasure, exercise, or mental engagement. Scientific inquiry has come a long way in support of ways to maximize vitality in our “golden years”.  We do not need to emulate our youth or negate our maturity. Instead we can learn the lessons from the science of physiology that enable us to take care of our bodies from the inside out.   It is possible to live a vital, honest expression of ourselves that honors the miles we have traveled.

The Physiology of Aging

Primitive people living in preindustrial cultures, whether in modern times or historical, show remarkable longevity and freedom from many of the chronic conditions that plague us today.   Weston A. Price, the esteemed dentist and nutritionist who studied indigenous people, found that tooth decay, cardiovascular disease, and obesity were virtually non-existent in these groups. He theorized that the vitamin rich, nutrient dense, non-processed foods that formed the basis of these diets held keys to the vital health experienced by those cultures. Today science is examining many of these same concepts and is able to analyze and define necessary foods and nutrients for a revitalized approach to health and aging. Today our wisdom is anchored in research and science.

Intelligent and Informed Aging

This cultural change in beliefs about aging can have tangible effects in how we experience life and what we feel our bodies are capable of. After all, it is pretty stressful to accept the definition of aging as decline. No one really wants to be “over the hill”! There are many common sense lifestyle factors that one can change as well as nutritional strategies for taking charge of one’s health as the years progress. Risk factors you can change include:

  • Poor Nutrition Habits
  • Smoking
  • Inactivity
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity and being Overweight
  • Excessive Alcohol
  • Stress

Listen to Your Gut

Eat the foods that make you feel good for the long haul rather that for instant gratification. If you eat lots of empty calories or sugary snacks, chances are your energy will drop, you’ll feel emotionally drained, and your tummy might actually hurt. These are signals directly from your gut!  Our physiologies were designed to thrive on nutrient dense foods such as vegetables, fruits, pasture raised meats and eggs, and whole grains. Proteins and fats should be eaten together to maximize absorption. As we age, our systems produce fewer digestive enzymes. Adopt good gut hygiene by supplementing with digestive enzymes to assist with nutrient absorption and decrease inflammation and oxidation from undigested food. In addition, aging guts tend to lose one of the key probiotic species necessary for optimal colon function. The colon (or large intestine) is the site of most of the bacterial and fungal population that keeps metabolism running smoothly. Without Bifidobacterium, immune and nervous system functioning may be compromised. Bifidobacterium is therefore an essential ingredient in a senior probiotic. Look for Bifido species in Mercola Complete and Catie’s Proflora probiotics. Many of today’s most difficult diseases are the result of inflammation which begins when toxins make the gut lining become permeable. This is often referred to as “Leaky Gut”.  Restore is a revolutionary new supplement for the gut which strengthens and repairs the membranes in the intestines bringing the all the body’s systems back into a healthy homeostasis.

The mouth and teeth are the entry to the digestive system but are often overlooked when thinking about supplementation. Take zinc to help aging taste buds restore their sense of taste and pleasure. CoQ10 in the converted form of ubiquinol helps prevent tooth loss at the same time that it ramps up your immune system and your brain. Finally, consider giving the body a full 12 hours of overnight fasting to allow it to move all the remaining food through the intestines. If it is not bogged down with digestion it can move the probiotics further into the colon where they do their most good.

Bone Up

Bones are constantly being replenished although the process can slow as we get up in years. In order for bone synthesis to keep up with bone loss there are several critical factors. First, exercise that engages the muscles against the bone keeps the bones strong. Secondly, one must get enough vitamin D, which tends to be harder to absorb with age. The best source of Vitamin D may be sunlight, but whole food supplements such as cod liver oil ensure that the bones and immune system are getting what they need, even when the sun isn’t shining. Catie’s Raw Vegetable Calcium provides the third necessary ingredient in bone and tooth health. Calcium is particularly tricky to absorb in isolation making it all the more important that Catie’s is a raw, whole food calcium. It happens to be a good source of vitamin D as well. Vitamin K2 supports the metabolism of many other nutrients and is needed for calcium to be directed to the bones. K2 also contributes to heart health and is useful in preventing calcified arteries. Lastly, magnesium assures adequate strength and density of bones and teeth. It is necessary for many biochemical reactions in the body including absorption and utilization of calcium. Take Catie’s Whole Food Magnesium or combine your calcium and magnesium in a balanced 1:1 ratio with Natural Vitality CalMag.

Power Up Your Brain

A 12 hour overnight fast is not only good for the gut. It also benefits the brain. There is a strong connection between the intestines (or gut) and the brain to the point where stress can affect bowel movements and gut integrity.  Conversely, stomach problems can result in depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems. A 12 hour overnight fast enables the brain to do repair work and eliminate unhealthy cells. The process is called apoptosis, and it happens most effectively when digestion is complete. Allowing apoptosis to occur regularly has the direct effect of clear thinking the next day and preventing cognitive decline for the long-term.

There are three powerful anti-aging supplements for the brain. One of them, CoQ10, reduced into its more bio-available form of ubiquinol, was also mentioned as a supplement for the gut. This is no accident. Ubiquinol is critical for the production of aerobic energy throughout the body. Many age related diseases are results of cellular dysfunction and oxidation both of which may be prevented by ubiquinol’s strong antioxidant action. This includes mental processes such as alertness and clarity of thought, which can be enhanced with ubiquinol. The second top anti-aging supplement is resveratrol. Resveratrol can improve blood supply to the brain, decrease the chance of blood clots or aneurysms, and support cellular energy. Resveratrol is not found naturally in the body, but can be found in grapes and Japanese knotweed. Supplementing with a quality brand of resveratrol such as Perfect Resgrape or Biotivia Transmax can provide what some researchers have referred to as the “Fountain of Youth”,  especially in regard to brain protective properties. The third highly beneficial anti-aging antioxidant is Acai. The Acai berry from Brazil is harvested sustainably from the Amazon palm tree locally known as “the Tree of Life”. Recognized for its ability to reduce stress, improve mood, and support memory into the senior years, Acai provides the omega fatty acids necessary for brain and cardiovascular health. It is a good source of fiber while being low in fructose thereby supporting digestive health as well.

A Blueprint for Aging

There are no ends to the lengths that people may go in order to look and appear younger. An entire market of products has built up around the demand for ways to combat the effects of aging whether it is beauty creams offering youthful skin, plastic surgery to mold and sculpt the aging body, or sexual enhancement pills offering hours of frisky action. By contrast, some promote the idea of aging gracefully. This seems to connote a degree of passive acceptance as we try to convince ourselves that we are now esteemed elders and can afford to look the part. Both of these perspectives seem to involve the belief that degeneration and loss of function is inevitable. Fortunately there is a third option for aging strategically. We can look to the experts in the fields of physiology, aging, and supplementation and decide what makes the most sense for us. What is applicable? What can be incorporated that could have critical life enhancing effects? We can design our own blueprint using the best that science has to offer.  Perhaps this is the truest way to wise and graceful aging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Restore Your Gut – Restore Your Life

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What is Restore?

Restore is a revolutionary new approach to healing, which utilizes years of scientific research by medical doctors. They recognize that the underlying issue with so many modern illnesses is a lack of cell membrane integrity in the gut. In order to heal illness, the gut needs to be repaired. Restore prevents and heals the disintegration of the cell membranes and tightens cell junctions in the gut. It is a mineral and amino acid supplement made from carbon rich soil. An alkaline liquid, Restore delivers organic and essential trace amino acids and minerals extracted from lignite. Restore is not a probiotic or a prebiotic, however it provides a balanced dose of bacterial metabolites that restore the healthy tight junctions in the gut and the blood brain barrier. It enables the body to heal and create a strengthened immune system and gut biome. Simply put, Restore is formulated to repair the damage from eating toxins like pesticides and GMO’s.

Feeling Sick?

Are you doing everything right to be healthy but still feeling sick?  Do you have symptoms such as:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Autistic spectrum
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Brain fog
  • Profound Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Poor Digestion
  • Food sensitivities and allergies
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Gluten Intolerance

Why is everyone so sick?

Our foods are now grown in depleted soil without the nutrients needed to infuse them with vital energy, leaving the plants weakened. This necessitates the use of pesticides, antibiotics, and genetically modified types of plants (GMO’s) capable of withstanding all the toxins needed to grow them. All of this ends up in the food we eat. This denatured food causes cell membranes in the gut to break down, allowing the toxins to enter the blood stream. Our immune systems are overloaded leading to inflammation and disease. Disease can take many forms, but the common denominator is inflammation from a compromised gut lining. Restore rebuilds the gut barrier when it’s been degraded by toxins and restores an optimal environment for the entire digestive tract. Just as an unhealthy gut can lead to inflammation and disease, a healthy gut may lead to improved immunity and healing of many health issues.

The Facts: Restore is:

  • Based in medical science
  • Tested with “gold standard” protocols for non-toxicity
  • Produced in the USA
  • Packaged in recyclable bottles
  • Made from organic soil

The Simple Way to Heal

The good news is that healing from chronic illness and inflammation can be as straight forward as restoring our gut integrity. When the membranes in our guts fall apart, the gut no longer recognizes foreign substances. It doesn’t know self from non-self. This confusion may affect the whole being, causing stress to body and mind. Fortunately Restore has been developed. Restore offers the key to healing and feeling good again. Support your immune system, enhance your mental clarity and mood, and enable your digestive system to function the way Mother Nature intended. Restore harmony to your gut and to your life with Restore.

 

 

11 Must Have Supplements for Men: Support for Body, Brain & Sexual Function

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Guys, we love you, but we know you are not always the best at taking care of yourselves. Let’s face it: you work hard, you play hard, but you may not always measure up to your goals. Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, a better diet, extra sleep, and more physical activity could help. But the key to greater health and success may be nutritional supplementation. There are so many supplements on the market today it can be confusing. Where do you start? What do you really need? Ideally one gets their nutrients from foods that supply them in correct proportions for optimal absorption and utilization. Whole foods offer a synergy of nutrients that will never come from a laboratory. Because the whole really is greater than the sum of it’s parts, Peaceful Planet offers you selected supplements derived from whole foods. We want to make it easy for you to zero in on the supplements that will make the greatest difference in correcting your nutritional imbalances and promoting your success story!

Fish Oil

There was a reason your grandmother kept a bottle of cod liver oil in the house. It has been shown to be one of the most beneficial whole food supplements one can take for overall health and vigor. Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil takes the benefits of fish oil one step further by fermenting the traditional way without heat. This substantially increases nutrient availability and probiotic composition. Krill oil, extracted from krill shellfish, is a non-fermented option for achieving the benefits of taking fish oil without the contaminants commonly found in fish that are higher up the food chain.  Take 1000 mg either Cod Liver Oil or Krill Oil daily and get all the omega 3-fatty acids your body needs for:

  • Reducing bad cholesterol
  • Increasing HDL, or good cholesterol
  • Lowering your blood pressure
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Improving joint function
  • Feeling alert
  • Boosting cognitive performance
  • Supplying important antioxidants
  • Improving mood
  • Building immunity with vitamin D

Vitamin C

Studies show that adult American men do not get enough vitamin C in their diets. This critical vitamin not only improves resistance to common viruses and colds, it also protects cells from free radical damage caused by exercise or environmental forces. Catie’s Whole Plant Food Vitamin C Plus powder comes from real foods high in vitamin C and has high bioavailability without the down sides of synthetic vitamins. Make sure to eat foods high in vitamin C or take a supplement a few times a day for:

  • Immune support
  • Free radical protection
  • Healthy heart
  • Tissue Repair
  • Infection prevention in wounds
  • Collagen production
  • Strong bones and teeth
  • Good eyesight
  • Good memory and focus

Zinc

Immune function depends on adequate supplies of zinc, which can be lost when the body undergoes stress or infection. In addition, zinc may help with cognitive function and maintaining a positive mood. Zinc is one of the main nutritional supplements that can be helpful with male infertility. Take two, 30 mg tablets of Vitamin Code Raw Zinc with extra Vitamin C a day to:

  • Improve sperm quality
  • Improve prostate health
  • Aid heart health
  • Support immunity
  • Balance emotions
  • Promote clearer skin and faster wound recovery
  • Assist eye health

Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that packs a mighty punch, but over 70% of the population is low in it. Magnesium can be found in dark leafy greens, avocados, nuts and seeds, fish, soy, and low fat yogurt. It can be hard to get enough of these healthy foods to supply an adequate amount of magnesium. So take one, 50 mg tablet a day of Catie’s Whole Food Magnesium or use Ancient Minerals Transdermal Magnesium for:

  • Less stress and anxiety
  • Fewer muscles pains, spasms, and twitches
  • Better mood and fighting depression
  • Stronger bones and teeth
  • Combating headaches and migraines
  • Healthier skin and hair
  • Improved eczema, psoriasis, acne, and, rashes
  • Balanced blood sugar levels
  • Assisting heart health

Calcium

Not only women need calcium. Men can get osteoporosis also and be at risk for fractures and loss of bone density. So keep your bones and teeth strong with Calcium and Vitamin D (from fish oil) to prevent painful breaks and fractures. Peaceful Planet carries an assortment of calcium options such as organic and vegan whole food My Kind Organics Plant Calcium and Catie’s Raw Vegetable Calcium. If you are an athlete and need greater magnesium for muscle repair try Natural Calm plus Calcium to replenish supplies of both minerals together. Take between 1000 and 2000 mg. of calcium a day depending on your unique needs for:

  • Increased bone density
  • Stronger bones and teeth
  • Assistance in blood clotting
  • Facilitated nerve function
  • Helping muscles contract

Coenzyme Q10

Blood pressure can become a problem especially as people age. Coenzyme Q10 naturally protects blood vessels from damage, making it popular as an anti-aging supplement. The fact that it may increase energy and alertness helps too! The body needs to convert CoQ10 to ubiquinol but this ability decreases as one ages. Dr. Mercola Ubiquinol is an electron rich CoQ10 supplement. It is more bioavailable and easy to assimilate than CoQ10 alone. Peaceful Planet recommends taking one 100 mg Ubiquinol daily for:

  • Fighting free radicals
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Increasing energy and mental sharpness
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Contributing to heart health
  • Countering the effects of aging
  • Possibly improving sperm quality

Saw Palmetto with Lycopene

These two supplements support prostate health. Saw Palmetto is an herb that impedes the hormone process in the prostate which causes it to get enlarged. Lycopene, from tomatoes, has shown an ability to destroy prostate cancer cells through altering hormone metabolism. Take one 320 mg. Saw Palmetto with Lycopene a day for:

  • Stronger libido
  • Better prostate health
  • Restored urine flow

Resveratrol

Extracted from the skin of red grapes as well as the knotweed plant known as polygonum cuspidatum, resveratrol is an anti-aging, longevity, and energy-enhancing supplement. Peaceful Planet carries resveratrol from Perfect Supplements and Biotivia, two of the most trusted names in whole food supplements.  Take 200 – 500 mg of resveratrol daily for:

  • Enhanced cognitive function
  • Huge antioxidant power
  • Appetite control and weight loss
  • Stamina and endurance
  • Cardiovascular support
  • Cancer protection
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Preventing insulin resistance
  • Combating many diseases

Korean Ginseng

The Koreans have long used Ginseng to improve erectile dysfunction and mental clarity. Now this healing root is available in fermented form for added potency and bioavailability from Dr. Mercola. Take approximately 100 mg a day for:

  • Improved erections
  • Better blood flow
  • Enhanced mental focus
  • Combatting free radicals
  • Supporting the immune system
  • Cleansing the body of toxins
  • Balancing blood sugar
  • Supporting heart, brain, and digestive health

Androtex

Androtex features a proprietary blend of extracts from roots and herbs. It delivers unsurpassed, targeted intervention for male hormonal problems. If you want to get back to the feelings of masculinity you once had, Androtex could help. Take ¼ teaspoon twice a day for:

  • Erectile support
  • Improved libido
  • Normalized testosterone levels
  • Clear thinking
  • Fat metabolism
  • Muscle building
  • Energy and zest for life

Men’s Multiple Vitamins

The advantage of taking a multi-vitamin is that it’s quick and easy to get many of the necessary supplements discussed here along with others that may be needed. Peaceful Planet offers several excellent whole food derived multi-vitamins just for men such as Garden of Life My Kind Organics Men’s. You might decide to cover your bases with a multi and then add supplements from the list above for your individual needs.

The Supplement Challenge

Make the choice now to power up your health with the right supplements made from whole foods.  Do it for your body, brain, and sex life.  It’s not rocket science!  You too can blast off into the health zone!

8 Good Ways to be a Great Dad

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When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in 7 years!”

~ Mark Twain

I like lists. I like simple, concrete, action items which can really make a difference in my life. I’ve noticed that men especially want advice to be direct, effective, and free of psychobabble. So with Father’s Day just around the corner, here’s some inspiration for all you dads out there. Several expert dads1 have written extensively about what it takes to be a great dad, and I am going to boil it down and give it to you straight. Condensed, quick, and to the point. OK Dads, get ready to become your kid’s hero!

Be There

This just might be the hardest thing. If you achieve this, you’re well on your way to model parenthood. Your kid needs you to be present and available when you’re with him. Don’t try to multi-task when doing something together! Let your kid know they are your priority by listening with an open mind, looking at him in the eyeballs, and trying not to criticize or offer unsolicited advice. Kids will pick the darnedest times to want to play with you or ask you the big questions. Stop what you are doing. Turn to face them. And go with the moment. Even if you’re tired. Even if you’re late. Even if it’s the last thing you feel like right now. Just be present when they need you and you will become the indispensable playmate, counselor, and authority figure you always wanted to be.

Answer Questions with Questions

Kids are curious beings. Curiosity is a good thing because it leads to exploration and eventually knowledge. Of course your instinct is to supply the answer. Well, nice one dad, but that is like squashing their enthusiasm like a bug on the pavement!  Answering with another question leads them in a direction of thought where they just might discover something even cooler than if you supplied them with the answer. Besides, it gives you a chance to get inside their heads and enjoy their thought process. You might get the best chuckle or insight of your day!  A question in response to their question conveys your belief in your child’s intellect, which communicates much more than the answer to their question ever could. So ask a few questions in return, be their pathfinder rather than their instructor, and see the world light up in their eyes.

Be a Snoop

Your kid needs you to be an undercover agent always looking for clues about what makes them tick. How else will you know what is going on in their lives especially as they get older? You are not entitled to invade their privacy completely, but you can keep your eyes and ears open. Make it a point to drive carpool. Be quiet and just listen to their conversations. Be sure your house is a welcoming place for your kid and their friends. You will glean more data on your kid and his social world in a short amount of time than you ever will by asking questions. Be tech savvy and don’t be afraid to check your kid’s browsing history. Learn about their music, their books, and their media. Take in what they are absorbing and your view of them will expand exponentially. Talk to the parents of your kid’s friends. Networking means you’ve got eyes and ears all over town! Knowing your kid’s world helps you to understand them as a developing individual, allows you to coach them in areas of need, offers opportunities to help them grow, and helps you to keep them out of harms way.

Back Them Up

Every kid needs a cheerleader. A great dad lets his kid know that he believes in them. Empty praise or “good job” at every turn does little to instill confidence. But sincere encouragement, along with a hug, a smile, or a handshake confirms your support regardless of whether they have won or lost the game. Showing up for as many big events in your kid’s life as possible such as school plays, music recitals, sports games, and graduations is a great way to back them up. Make it your job to become a sincere encourager, knowing that they will not always accomplish what they set out to. Your kid needs to know that they can count on you to be there with nonjudgmental acceptance and some good old-fashioned physical contact when things go south. But don’t assume that you know their take on the situation until you’ve asked an open-ended question such as “How do you feel you did?” Your job is to allow them to self-critique and to stand behind them. Perhaps then they will be ready for your voice of wisdom and experience. If you want them to come to you when they’re older and have a problem, be the dad now who reassures, encourages, and snuggles.

Indulge Any Interest

How do you think a kid learns what they are interested in or capable of? Chances are they will need to try many things, many of which will be left by the side of the road to eventual self-knowledge. If you’re stingy about springing for the next round of sporting equipment or lessons they may struggle to find their passion. Within your means, try to be their source of inspiration fulfilled. If you had a penny for all the cast offs you might be deterred. But only you can open doors for them. They will decide whether it’s a door to be walked through or passed by. They should never be afraid to try. Don’t protect them from failing or shame them for moving on. Only they can find their aspiration, but you can be their committed benefactor promoting a sense of wonder and making all things possible.

Respect Women

You are your kid’s role model for all things including how to treat women. If your kid is a son he will learn from you how to have a successful relationship with a woman. If your kid is a daughter she will learn from you how much to value herself. Make common courtesy and respect the rule in your house. Learn to listen and communicate effectively with your wife, even openly heading her advice. Little people take all of this in. Nothing teaches a kid how to love and be loved like seeing love. So kiss your wife in the kitchen. Make it clear that their mother is to be obeyed. Never, ever badmouth your partner to their face or behind their backs. Regardless of whether you are “right” you are teaching your child disrespect. Disrespect leads to broken relationships and failure in the workplace. It’s up to you, Dad, to remind your son to show his girlfriend every courtesy. Teach him to open doors, to pull out her chair, and that “no” means no. It’s up to you to be your daughter’s first boyfriend. That means going to the father/daughter dance at school, treating her like a princess, and showing her that her beauty is more than skin deep. You want her to expect every boy who takes her out after you to treat her at least as well. Even if you and their mother are no longer partners the same rules apply. Kids need you to supply a strong family foundation through your example of loving respect. Creating people doesn’t end at conception. Now is your chance to mold your kid into a respectful human being. Someday it may be you who needs to be cared for by them. Make sure they are the caregivers you want to have!

Don’t Rage

When you loose control and yell you undermine the respect your kids have for you. You may frighten them into submission, but they won’t learn how to deal with frustrations. Blowing up is a sure fire way to alienate your kids from wanting to talk to you, obey you, or even love you. If you bully your kids, expect them to bully others. You are your kid’s hero. So wouldn’t it be better if you acted like someone worth imitating? Everyone gets stressed, but a controlled freak out is an admirable thing. Demonstrate restraint and self-control even under great frustration, and you are teaching your kid to channel their anger toward a constructive resolution. When you make and model wise decisions and are patient in difficult circumstances, you truly are the wise elder your kids will want to emulate. When you go the extra distance to be respectful, appreciative of others, thoughtful, and kind you will achieve superstar status in their eyes.

Have Clear Expectations

Kids need to know what you expect of them. They need to have standards and be held accountable. Providing the structure of rules and family traditions helps your kid to be grounded for life. Some expectations are for common courtesy, some are for hygiene, and some are economic. Some expectations are for family participation while others are for academic achievement. While it’s not possible to set an absolute standard for academic or athletic performance, it is possible to set goals for their engagement and improvement. Try not to give ultimatums or you may find that they can back fire leaving you with few options to adapt to changing needs. Instead, make your expectations known, but be flexible and demonstrate your ability to wisely judge extenuating circumstances. Father’s expectations are powerful even without a lot of words. Live by your own rules and you will be the mentor who will guide them gently but firmly along the path to success. Go ahead and set the bar high enough for them to have to stretch and watch them jump to please you!

What are you doing this Father’s Day?

This Father’s Day could be about more than your kid celebrating you. It could be a chance to reflect on and recalibrate your parenting of them. Perhaps you will use the reminder of the day to recommit to being the wise father figure your kid needs. No one’s perfect, Dad, but you get a lot of points for trying! It about being present, giving it your best shot, communicating your love, and accepting who they become. Every kid needs a Dad they can depend on. Put in the time now, and they will still want you around later when all you want is to be with them!

  1. Payleitner, Jay, 52 Things Kids Need From A Dad, what father’s can do to make a life long difference, Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR, 2010.
  2. Harrison, Harry H., Father To Son, Workman Publishing Corp., NY, NY, 2000.

 

 

 

 

Supplements 101: A Beginners Guide to Healthy Habits

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The Maiden Voyage

Caps and gowns are being donned, diplomas are being received, and the long walk across the stage signals the final accomplishment of years of effort. But as you throw your cap into the air in gleeful abandon, remember that graduation is as much a beginning as it is an ending in your life’s voyage. If you or someone you love is graduating this spring, either from high school, technical school, or college, it is time to consider the reality of life outside the protective confines of the academic structure. This is really the calm before the storm as you learn to sink or swim.

You are the captain of your ship!

Graduation marks the passage from one academic endeavor to the next round of opportunities and challenges. In all likelihood it will bring with it increased choices and freedoms along with the responsibilities they require. While extremely exciting and positive, this transition will be smoother with an increase in personal awareness and stress management. You are heading into the winds of change. Whether you don’t yet know what comes next or have your course plotted, you will benefit from knowing how to maximize your energy to perform at your best. Learning how to take care of yourself is one of the most important investments you can make in your career and personal life success. Good nutrition and supplementation will put the wind in your sails and carry you anywhere you want to go.

Chart your course.

One secret to post graduation success is to become organized. Time management is your best friend. As your own boss you will need to learn to give yourself the good food, regular exercise, and plenty of sleep that your body needs. This is how you set yourself up for smooth sailing. It’s time to tune into what your body is telling you on many levels. You may not have paid attention before to signals such as how you feel after eating a pizza, a bowl of ice cream, or one too many drinks. Not to take the wind out of your sails, but soon some of these pleasurable foods may begin to rock your boat. Some may leave you lethargic, achy, or with symptoms of poor digestion. Others may make your brain foggy and unequipped for cognitive performance. Better to get your bearings now so that you can navigate knowing the lay of the land.

Popeye & Olive Oil

Popeye the Sailor Man and his girlfriend Olive Oyl knew a thing or two about nutrition. The perpetual underdog, he guzzled cans of spinach to pump up his muscles while keeping Olive Oyl close at hand. We know today that olive oil and spinach are two of the healthiest foods around. If you are just learning to cook for yourself, consider stocking up on olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil. Contrary to conventional wisdom, these nutrient rich fats do not make you fat. It is vegetable oils that put one at risk for obesity and diseases or will become denatured at high cooking temperatures causing free radicals to develop. Instead use extra virgin olive oil for cooking and salads. It has a high enzyme content which aids digestion as well as being rich in antioxidants. Or try coconut oil, which has a nice flavor for baking. These delicious flavors mix well with all foods, can be added to smoothies for sustaining, on-the-go energy, and also have high vitamin contents and antioxidants. Coconut oil fights off all kinds of infectious agents as well as helping the body to burn fat and decrease hunger. But that is just the tip of the iceberg! To keep your boat going with the flow even in life’s sometimes-stormy seas you will need a few basic supplements.

Set sail with the right supplement.

Even with the best of intentions, no one cooks all their own meals and eats right all the time. But you can adopt a good, basic supplementation strategy to keep you heading in the right direction by filling in any gaps your menu may have.

1. Make sure you take a good, whole foods, multi-vitamin such as My Kind Organics Men’s/Women’s Once Daily. Not only are these vitamins made from actual food rather than being synthetic creations, they are all organic and contain 100% of the recommended daily value or higher of 15 vitamins and minerals with nothing artificial added. Adjusted for the health needs of men and women, the women’s version benefits metabolism, skin and nails, and contains iron for red blood cell production. The men’s formula supports good energy, heart health, and prostate health.

2. Many people eating a western diet are deficient in calcium and magnesium. Even if one gets enough calcium from dairy, the two minerals work together and can be difficult to get in correct proportion. Natural Vitality CalMag is a great way to ensure that you are getting a balanced ratio of bioavailable calcium and magnesium for strong bones and muscle health in a relaxing, powdered supplement drink. Just add it to water, juice, or your favorite smoothie ingredients.

3. Catie’s Whole Plant Food Greens is an organic super-concentrated greens powder to throw in your smoothie. This mix of whole food vegetables, fruits, herbs, and adaptogenic mushrooms provides abundant energy and overall health. Contained are some of the richest vitamin and mineral source foods along with their phytonutrients, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and fatty acids. There is also a Gluten Free version for those who are sensitive to gluten. You can either commit to eating 7 servings a day of the best quality organic vegetables available or you can keep afloat with the best buoy money can buy! Strengthen and nourish your system every day with Catie’s Greens for full steam ahead health!

4. In addition to the above mentioned oils, many people benefit from taking daily cod liver oil with it’s wealth of fat-soluble vitamins A, D,and E, as well as the fatty acids EPA and DHA which are essential for proper functioning of the brain and nervous systems. When Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil is fermented in the traditional way, without heat, and taken with Green Pasture X Factor Gold High Vitamin Butter Oil, the combination found in Blue Ice Royal Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Blend works like magic to maintain robust good health.

Down the hatch!

Now that you have the nutrition and supplement strategies in place to keep your ship on an even keel, you have much less to worry about. Go ahead and celebrate your commitment and determination that brought you to this graduation moment. You are ready to sail into deep water knowing you have a solid foundation of nutrition to support you. The coast is clear, and your goals are waiting to be chased!

Natural Sunscreens: Carefree Fun in the Summer Sun

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“Summer Afternoon: To me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English Language.”

Henry James

Summer has always been my favorite time of year. I feel giddy and free: ready to drop everything for a spontaneous gathering, a delicious swim in the ocean, or a sunset music festival. It must be something about shedding all those layers of warm clothing, going barefoot, and feeling the warm air on my skin. I am high on sunshine with more energy and enthusiasm for socializing and being outside. Graduations, reunions, weddings, and garden parties fill the calendar. Its time to make plans for yard sales, camping trips, picnics by the sea, hikes in the mountains, and (my personal favorite) long naps in the hammock. Its time to get outside and get some sun!

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There are a few accessories I need to maximize my summer enjoyment. The first is a good book. I’m compiling my summer reading list with eagerness akin to a puppy chasing a ball!  The second is lots of summer foods like luscious fruits and the freshest of fresh garden grown veggies. There is nothing so inspiring as knowing where my food was growing the day before! My third “must have” is a great pair of flip flops perfect for kicking off and running through the grass or wiggling my toes in beach sand. But in my “shoes are optional” world, sunscreen is unfortunately not. It’s a fact of life that must be acknowledged and dealt with. Luckily Peaceful Planet has some great all natural sunscreens as well as a few not so well known secrets for keeping your tan lines radiant and not injurious.

Effective and Safe Sunscreen

I’ll bet you think you’ve heard it all before when it comes to the need for sunscreen? We all get it that these days the ozone is thinning causing the ultraviolet light to pass easily through the atmosphere to burn and damage our skin even more than it did a few decades ago. Who hasn’t had an awful red, painful sunburn at some point? But what’s even worse is the potential for life threatening consequences many years after the burn. So along with your favorite summer accessories, plan to apply and then pack along a great mineral based, non-toxic sunscreen. Thinksport and Thinksport Kids both have an SPF rating of 50 for complete sun block in and out of the water. Free of hormone altering chemicals, these sunscreens block UVA and UVB rays with micronized zinc oxide, a physical barrier. Consistently rated among the highest for safety and efficacy by the Environmental Working Group Sunscreen Guide, Thinksport sunscreens are the sun worshiper’s best friend. Dr Mercola Broad Spectrum Sunscreens come in SPF 15 for light and SPF 30 for moderate protection. Rated a number “1” by the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep database for safety and efficacy, Mercola’s Sunscreen provides broad spectrum UV protection with no synthetic chemicals. Only antioxidant rich natural oils moisturize and nourish the skin for protection and therapy in one treatment!

How about Astaxanthin?

Now for what you may not know: Astaxanthin is an extremely potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory carotenoid obtained from marine algae. Along with being good for eye health, brain health, joint pain, and athletic stamina, Astaxanthin has been called a “natural sunscreen” due to it’s ability to protect skin from damaging free radicals after sun exposure. By reducing oxidative damage to the skin, Astaxanthin keeps skin looking younger. It even may fade sun spots!   Dr Mercola calls Astaxanthin “the supplement everyone should be taking.” Check out more of the many benefits of Mercola Astaxanthin.

Melatonin For Sun?

Melatonin, the naturally occurring hormone that regulates healthy sleep/wake cycles, also has a surprising connection to sun protection. Studies have found that melatonin applied topically before sun exposure can lessen the risk of burning or damaging skin. Of course, Melatonin will also probably make you sleepy, so you might want to use it only when you plan to be napping in the sun!  In addition, use Mercola Melatonin at night on the face and neck to build collagen and elastin. Not only will it help you to sleep, but its antioxidant properties will help heal the aging effects of sun damage.

The Emu Edge

Another valuable source of sun protection comes from emu oil, the “sacred food” of the Australian Aborigines. Studies have shown that emu oil, either taken orally or applied topically, can help decrease effects of the sun such as wrinkles, dryness, and sun spots. Keep skin looking youthful with Walkabout Emu Oil from free range, humanely farmed emus in Australia. Only lightly refined, Walkabout Emu Oil is pure, natural protection from the sun.

Vitamin Power

High doses of Vitamin E together with vitamin C may protect the skin from UV radiation and sunburn. In addition, we must get sufficient vitamin D3.  D3 is critical for a healthy immune system, strong bones, good mental cognition, and for protecting us from many diseases. D3 can be obtained from a few types of foods such as fatty fish, but our best source of D3 is sunshine!

 Don’t Shun the Sun

So get out there and have some fun! Just remember to protect your summer state of mind with sunscreens, vitamins, and emu oil. Hello sunshine!

 

 

 

 

 

Emu Oil: Sacred Healing Food Revealed

 

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The Australian Aborigines are one of the most ancient and still living primitive societies on the planet. For eons they have utilized traditional health practices and retained their robust health. The Aborigines prized emu fat as one of their “sacred foods” for health and healing and have long incorporated it into their mythical “dreamtime” spirituality. Because the emu shares the inhospitable Australian Outback environment with the Aborigines and manages to survive well on only its fat reserves, the fat was revered as a precious food and medicine by the traditional culture. Weston A. Price, the famous dentist and nutritionist of the 20th century who studied the Australian Aborigines as well as other indigenous groups, proclaimed their diets to be rich in fat soluble vitamins and activators which accounted for their low incidence of chronic health problems as compared with people in the developed world. Perhaps the time has come to bring a little “sacred” healing oil into our own lives?

Walkabout Emu Oil

Emus are large birds, native to Australia and similar looking to Ostriches. They cannot fly, but they can do something perhaps even more amazing!  They can go without food, essentially fasting, for months at a time usually while sitting on their nest. In order to endure this long period of nutritional deprivation, emus have an ability to store nutrient dense fat in a special fat pocket on their back. Until recently, Emus living in the wild had higher quality oil than those raised commercially. Now Walkabout has been able to replicate this potent wild emu oil by raising emus on Australian farms using their natural habitats and food sources. Raised as genetically distinct groups with no crossbreeding, Walkabout emus are specific genotypes ensuring the highest quality oil. Walkbout Emu Oil is guaranteed to meet strict standards for purity and quality. It is registered with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which oversees the production of natural supplements. Walkabout imports the Aborigine’s life-sustaining emu oil from Australia to treat your myriad of health and beauty needs.

Ancient and Modern Uses

Emu Oil can be taken orallyas  liquid or in capsules or applied topically and allowed to penetrate the skin with it’s healing qualities.

  • Emu oil is best known for reducing local and systemic inflammation often with fairly dramatic results.
  • It has been shown to reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling of joints and to improve muscle strain, tendonitis, or bruising. Dr. Oz has recommended emu oil for relief of joint pain and sore muscles.
  • Since it is bacteriostatic, no bacteria can grow in it making it a sterile treatment for all sorts of skin ailments from eczema and psoriasis to reducing nail fungus and rashes.
  • Emu oil is remarkable in its capacity to thicken and strengthen skin so that it retains water thus healing chronic dry skin and treating sun damage and wrinkles.
  • A natural moisturizer, it conditions hair and even cures itchy scalp. Dr. Mercola recommends this as a great alternative moisturizer for the whole body.
  • The high bioavailability of nutrients in emu oil may assist in cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, gum disease, high blood pressure, carpel tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, intestinal disorders, and even in decreasing allergic sensitivity among other things.
  • Loaded with vitamins K2 and D3, emu oil helps to repair and prevent tooth decay.

Emu Essentials

Emu oil is a whole food, not a manufactured vitamin compound. As such the miraculous benefits come from the synergy of nutrients found in precious combination in the oil. Nevertheless, it is possible to test for and quantify some of the components in order to better understand the harmony of vital healing agents. Walkabout Emu Oil has consistently shown to be higher in nutrients compared to other brands due to their free-range farming and feeding practices.

  • Omegas 3, 6, and 9: essential fatty acids necessary for growth, life energy, and skin regeneration.
  • Vitamin K2: the “Activator X” vitamin identified by Dr. Weston A. Price as potentiating many other nutrients. Recently, Sally Fallon of the Westin A Price Foundation tested many popular whole food oil supplements and Walkabout Emu Oil came out on top for having more vitamin K2 than the rest, sometimes 10 times as much!
  • Vitamin D3: critical vitamin for immunity, maintaining healthy bones, cognitive ability, and preventing multiple diseases.
  • Vitamin E: antioxidant for immunity, healthy skin and eyes, and physical performance
  • Vitamin A: antioxidant that repairs skin and provides antiseptic abilities.
  • CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid): decreases muscle and joint pain as well as assisting in fat metabolism and healthy weight maintenance.
  • Sapogens: skin softening agents

The Walkabout Way

Walkabout Emu Oil is refined by combining the best of traditional practices with modern day science. The unadulterated oil assures the best absorption and assimilation possible. Walkabout Emu oil is always Non-GMO, and is farmed on virgin soils with no pesticides, or chemicals. No artificial growth hormones, antibiotics, or vaccinations are given and there is virtually no waste in processing the animals as their meat, skin, feathers, and egg shells are all utilized commercially.

“Sacred Food”

The Australian Aborigines have practiced the spiritual healing journey known as a “walkabout” for thousands of years. During this solo rite of passage in nature that could last for weeks, male Aborigine youth tapped their inner resources to emerge stronger in body and mind. Emu oil is a traditional, nutrient dense, life sustaining food carried with them on this quest. Its pure and unadulterated power is now available to help transform your life as well. Discover the pristine whole food medicine of the traditional Australian Bushmen and find your own balance with nature.