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BENEFITS OF KEFIR
Kefir has been increasing in exposure and popularity as a healthful, probiotic drink. I have been drinking it for some time and a few months ago, began making my own. I am very pleased with what I feel it has done to improve my health. I feel it has:
Helped my digestive system;
Healthline.com says that kefir contains many microorganisms. I agree.
“Known as probiotics, these microorganisms may influence health in numerous ways, aiding digestion, weight management and mental health (4Trusted Source, 5, 6).”
Provided my body with needed protein;
According to Healthline.com, a six-ounce serving of kefir provides:
“A 6-ounce (175-ml) serving of low-fat kefir contains (2Trusted Source):
Protein: 4 grams
Calcium: 10% of the RDI
Phosphorus: 15% of the RDI
Vitamin B12: 12% of the RDI
Riboflavin (B2): 10% of the RDI
Magnesium: 3% of the RDI
A decent amount of vitamin D”
Improved my elimination;
Being in health situation where I was unable to take my fiber products, the kefir helped my regularity considerably. I found this to be the case with me:
“Kefir, a traditional fermented milk, has been shown to help relieve constipation in a small number of previous studies, reducing the need for laxative drugs and/ or glycerol enemas. The benefit of kefir is thought to be due to its probiotic effects.”
Provided me with probiotics (I prefer food over supplements when possible);
“Kefir gets its superstar status from its probiotics, which can be worth adding to your diet if you struggle with bloating or irregular bowel movements, says Dawn Jackson-Blatner, RDN, a Chicago-based dietitian and the author of The Superfood Swap. It’s thought that probiotics boost your digestive health and bolster your immunity by colonizing your gut with beneficial microorganisms that help drive off other harmful bacteria, according to the National Institutes of Health.“
A few years ago, I wrote a short article that mentioned the ‘happy home’ aspects of non-toxic cleaners. I wrote about how I use them. I commented early in the article about how we become more concerned when there are little ones in the home, and start looking for alternatives.
- Essential Oils Help With Healthy Lifestyles
For the past several years, I have focused more and more on essential oils. Many of the non-toxic cleaners on the market or accessible through wellness shopping clubs have essential oils as part of their ingredients. For instance, some contain lemongrass scent, lavender, orange, lemon and eucalyptus. Most of the household cleaners I use contain some of these oils, and others contain Melaleuca oil (tea tree oil) or thyme oil.
Essential oils can be used as a safe alternative to chemical and toxic counter-parts throughout the home in sprays, misters, deoderizers, room fresheners, linen fresheners, disinfectants — just to name a few. An article posted by Busy Bee Cleaning Services lists several ways to use essential oils throughout the home including killing and preventing mold, repelling pests and keeping your toilets fresh. There are many uses for essential oils in the home that are safe for our families and pets.
Here are some distinct characteristics of a few essential oils for diffusing in your living room, kitchen, bedroom or office:
Siberian Fir: creates a calm and grounded environment.
Spearmint: refreshes the air and promotes mental clarity.
Nutmeg: creates a calm and invigorating environment.
Black pepper: creates a strong and warming environment.
Clove: creates a fresh and clean experience.
Lavender: creates a light, but luxurious aromatic experience.
Melaleuca oil (tea tree): refreshes the senses with a fresh, pleasing scent.
Whether you are just beginning to investigate essential oils or are a seasoned essential oil user, there are always new and exciting ways to use them in our daily lives and new studies being done to scientifically demonstrate their effectiveness and how they can help us live healthy lifestyles. Don’t stop learning about the wonderful world of essential oils.
Black Pepper: Wikipedia
Clove Tree: Wikipedia
Siberian Fir: Wikipedia
Written by Martha L. Robards © 2019
A recent article mentioned how the excessive rainfall in California and the bomb cyclone in Colorado are wreaking havoc on our eco-system. This is all a part of climate change. It also has a lot to do with healthy lifestyles and our and ability to live well. It seems that skyrocketing pollen counts are one of the consequences of climate change. According to the article, Dr. David Rosenstreich, the director of the division of allergy and immunology for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montifore Medical Center, told PEOPLE that the trees are pollinating earlier and earlier.
It appears this is helping to make the allergy season more severe.
Why Be Concerned?
If you have bronchial, asthma or lung conditions, increased pollen counts can trigger an attack that can be very dangerous. According to the PEOPLE article cited above, climate change can increase air pollution, boosting pollen production and strength, causing even more severe asthma attacks. The Lung Institute says that people with COPD are at greater risk for a flare-up during allergy season. Add to that longer, more intense seasons and that makes it even more difficult to breath.
What can you do?
As soon as you get any symptoms:
⦁ Take your antihistamines, if you use them. Antihistamines work much better to prevent allergies than to treat them. This goes along with the concept of being pro-active rather than re-active. Look for high grade allergy tablets, containing the common antihistamine ingredient Loratadine, that provide 24-hour, non-drowsy relief from seasonal allergy symptoms. You can get them at about 50% the cost of popular store brands.
- Try essential oils. A great study has been done showing that peppermint essential oil has a great anti-inflammatory effect in the lungs in healthy individuals. Another study showed that inhaling peppermint essential oil improved lung capacity. Tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil have long been used for congestion and soothing airways, and frankincense has been shown to be helpful in allergic rhinitis. Look for essential oils that are of the highest quality oils. You can get them at an incredible value.
⦁ If you want to run or exercise, do it in the afternoon or night. The pollen count is higher in the mornings.
⦁ Shake out your clothes and take a shower when you come in from outdoors when the pollen count is high.
⦁ If you live in the city, keep tabs on the air quality (affects pollen and vice versa) and schedule activities accordingly. Go here to check the current air quality and forecast for Phoenix, Arizona.
Children running: www.cdc.gov/asthma
Essential oils: Martha L. Robards © 2019
Allergy tables containing Loratadine: Martha L. Robards © 2019
Resources for this article:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103722/ Peppermint study
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4808543/ Frankincense study
This article was written by Martha L. Robards 5/1/19
If you have a healthy lifestyle then you probably have a happy home, because they go together. I describe a happy home as a place where the heart is. It’s a place where you feel comfortable, and where you know everyone else there feels comfortable too. There is peace and a feeling of security. There is a calm atmosphere. Everyone feels respected and cared for. It’s clean and orderly, and the family does it’s best to keep toxins out. There are healthy foods and snacks, and healthy eating routines. So, how do healthy lifestyles and happy homes go together?
Healthy Lifestyles and Happy Homes Go Together
Your home can be the actual, physical building, or what goes on inside the walls. The actual building, your home, has to be bought first, moved into and organized. Then all the happy family members have to work together to keep it clean. Think about what all of this means. Moving into a new home is a time consuming, stressful and often frustrating experience. There are tons of deadlines. The paperwork and steady stream of necessary appointments is constant. How do you cope?
How To Cope
You live well. You get enough sleep and try to help others in your family do the same. You eat well. You make sure you have healthy food handy and healthy snacks available to fill in the gaps. You use non-toxic cleaners and time-saving products to quickly wipe up spills and mishaps. You take a few minutes each day, even through all the stress and confusion to do some exercises and take a family walk. You care for your spiritual health by reading, listening to or watching something positive and encouraging each day. What does this do?
What Living Well Does
It reduces stress, which helps you and your entire family deal with the situation calmly. This helps you stay healthy because the stress that could be taking it’s toll on your body isn’t taking it’s toll on your body. So you remain strong and able to cope. Since you are remaining calm, there are no, or less, angry outbursts at family members, which also contributes to the peace in the family. Everybody is getting it through it. Yay!
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more tips on living well, healthy lifestyles and happy homes.
This article was written by Martha L. Robards
Photo Credit: Free photo 84960626 © creativecommonsstockphotos – Dreamstime.com
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, RHL is proudly participating in American Heart Month. Locally, 13,000 each year are affected by heart disease.
- We have several activities planned throughout the month to help you learn about activities and products that can help you prevent heart disease
- Helping us all live healthy lifestyles
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
- Watch your weight.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get active and eat healthy.
For more information, email me (Martha) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 505-750-7847.
This information was taken from HealthFinder.gov
One of the things I cover in my current series of essential oils workshops (next workshop Tues., Jan 22) is about how essential oils can help with a cold. Essential oils stir the senses. They do much more though. They activate our body’s own healing powers. They act on principals involving our whole being, so they can us affect us physically, emotionally, psychologically and mentally.
When we have a cold, we are miserable. We get the chills, headaches, coughs, fevers, congestion. Most often, we just have to wait it through and try to be as comfortable as possible, without damaging all of our close relationships during this temporary period of gloominess. Okay, it might not be that bad, but you and I can do something to ease the discomfort.
Purchase a bottle of good quality eucalyptus oil, either online or from a local health-food type store.
Eucalyptus has been used in cold remedies forever, so it is a well known oil. Inhaled, the oil can be an effective decongestant for those times when your nose is all stopped up. Preventing a cold in the first place is a good idea, and using eucalyptus oil in a diffuser is a good way to help your immune system start to get prepared for the cold season. If you have a weakened immune system, a cold can develop into serious illness, so it is important to do everything to prevent a cold or minimize the effects of a cold.
Start using eucalyptus in a diffuser as soon as you start feeling the symptoms a cold coming on. Diffuse the oil in the morning before you go to work, and as soon as you come home. You can also carry a bottle of the oil with you and just sniff the bottle several times a day, without touching your nose to the top of the bottle.
According to the CDC, “Common colds are the main reason that children miss school and adults miss work.”
People can get a cold anytime of the year. Colds can be spread quickly, so it’s important to wash hands regularly, stay away from sick people, and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently. Eucalyptus oil has a high content of citronellal, which gives it bactericidal property.
Taking the time to care for ourselves helps us live healthy lifestyles. The less we spend sick, the more time we spend healthy.
Thanks for reading.
Complete Aromatherapy Handbook by Susanne Fischer-Rizzi
My husband says that the person behind him on the bus coughed for two miles. I would have been scrambling to find a seat as far away from the coughing person as possible. But alas, sometimes there is just no escaping it. One of the next best things you can do to keep yourself safe from getting a cold is to build your immune system up as much as possible. Even if you do get a cold, there are things you can do to reduce those nasty symptoms. An article at Healthline.com cites a few studies showing the benefits of using essential oils to prevent or treat the common cold.
There are quite a number of essential oils with properties that do just that. Whether you already use aromatherapy or are just getting started with it, it is worth a review of what has been shown to work for colds. Here is a brief check on three good essential oils for your cold supply box:
- Eucalyptus: has antiviral and antimicrobial properties. It can be inhaled with steam (be careful not to burn yourself) or used in a diffuser. It may safely fight viruses and can help with respiratory problems.
- Peppermint: contains menthol and is used as a natural decongestant and fever-reducer. Peppermint oil has shown in tests to have viral activity. Menthol is used in cough drops to help sooth throats. Use by inhaling the steam or in a diffuser.
- Chamomile: can help reduce cold symptoms and helps with sleep. Inhale with steam, use in a diffuser or drink some chamomile tea.
Buy essential oils that are pure, traceable to their sources, fairly priced and sustainably harvested. If you are careful to follow these guidelines, you will purchase high quality essential oils which are the only kind you should use for aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is very powerful and effective when done properly.
Learn more about how essential oils can be used for colds and flu next Tuesday, January 15 from 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m., at the Cesar Chavez library, located at 3635 W. Baseline Ave., Laveen, AZ. Call me, Martha, at 505-750-7847 or email me at email@example.com to reserve your spot or for more information.
Martha has been writing articles about wellness for 10 years.
Martha L. Robards c 2019
We want our counter-tops to look nice for years to come. At the same time, you may want a cleaner that is safe for counter-top surfaces, including natural stone, ‘green’, meaning non-toxic, environmentally friendly and made with ‘natural’ ingredients, and that also has cleaning power. So, what do you look for?
- No Chemicals
Toxic chemicals are commonly used in household cleaners today. Even most store-bought polishes have toxic ingredients. One way to tell is to check the label and see what it says about coming in contact with it. If the back label has skull and cross bones, that is an indication that it not safe for you or your children. Another surefire indicator it is toxic is that it has childproof safety caps. Look for cleaners that do not contain chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, ammonia, phthalates, triclosan or parabens.
- Safe for Family and Counter-tops
What is safe for your family should be safe for your counter-tops. However, non-toxic does not always mean that. For instance, many household non-toxic cleaners are made with citric acid, which is a great natural cleaner, but not good for natural stone. If you have granite, marble, travertine, limestone, or onyx surfaces, natural cleaners containing citrus or vinegar should not be used, as they contain acid that can etch the stone. Look at the label and make sure it says the cleaner is safe for natural stone, as suggested by marble-granites.com. The product I use in my home is highly concentrated and made with plant-derived cleaning agents, yet does not use caustic ingredients. It states on the label that it is safe to “use on granite, marble and natural stone”.
- Non-toxic Ingredients
Palm and coconut derived cleaning agents, tea tree oil (Melaleuca oil), orange essential oil, lemon essential oil, lavender essential oil and many other plant derived cleaning ingredients make cleaners that have cleaning power, yet are not toxic. Look for cleaning products that are made with these ingredients.
In our February newsletter, ‘In Touch’, Robards Healthy Lifestyles, brought to your attention a European Lung Health Study that was published in the peer reviewed, American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine on February 16, 2018.
For more information on non-toxic, safe, powerful cleaning products, call me, Martha, at 505-750-7847, or email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martha L. Robards c 2019
It’s the first week of December and it’s getting colder. People are loading up on their nutritional supplies now for winter. If you are, don’t forget to keep in mind being an educated, aware consumer.
For the cost of a cup of coffee a day, we can get high-quality nutritional supplements. We can give ourselves the best chance to get the nutrition our bodies need to live a healthy life and have healthy lifestyles. Eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep and fresh air and water are all part of a healthy lifestyle, along with good nutritional supplements. Being aware of what is available helps us decide what we want and helps us learn how to be more aware of ourselves and what we are doing. As a result, we may start changing our thinking and habits involving how we shop for our nutritional supplies and supplements.
Do Your Research
Sometimes it’s not easy to know which supplements to purchase. They are definitely an investment. There are a lot of good companies out there with good products, and there are also a lot of bad companies out there with bad products.
There is no doubt that it takes time and energy to do the research necessary to find good products we feel good about purchasing. But it is worth it. When we do, chances are we will be repeat customers. We will continue to buy that product. Being an educated consumer means we know where our hard-earned money is going, and we can be happy with the decisions we’ve made. We do that with the homes, cars, and clothes we purchase. Shouldn’t we do it with what we are putting into our bodies as well?
Research the company that manufactures the supplements you are considering. Where is it located? What are their manufacturing and distributing practices? How old are the supplements by the time they get to your hands? These are things some choose to be concerned about. They address healthy lifestyles from deeper aspects such as where our money is going, how the companies we support contribute to green living and, again, being educated consumers.
I would love to tell you more about the nutritional products and supplements my family and I use.
Contact me at email@example.com , or call me on my cell phone at 505-750-7847.
Being aware of the symptoms of diabetes or pre-diabetes can save your life. Due to changes in dietary and lifestyles habits, diabetes mellitus has increased around the world. Many with this condition have a diet high in carbohydrates. The effects of carbohydrates on the blood glucose level can be indicated by what is known as the ‘glycemic index’.
Because diabetes affects so many people, this article is about six ingredients that can help control carbohydrate and sugar cravings and metabolism.
When you look for a shake or other nutritional product to help with your carbohydrate and sugar cravings, metabolism and glycemic index, you may decide to choose one that contains these ingredients.
Mulberry Leaf Extract
Mulberry leaf extract has been shown to reduce the glycemic index of certain foods.
Green Tea Leaf Extract
Green tea leaf extract promotes healthy insulin activity.
Korean Red Ginseng
Promotes a positive insulin response.
Cinammon Bark Extract
Lowers blood insulin resistance.
Sweet Potato Extract
Helps support healthy fasting blood glucose.
Necessary for proper carbohydrate metabolism. Can decrease fasting plasma glucose levels.
According to BeckersHospitalReview.com, November is American Diabetes Month.