Creating a Culture of Health and Fitness at Home

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Raising all boys, there always something going on in our home.  Aside from some time spent in front of the tv playing video games, we don’t spend a lot of time sitting around.  Between school activities, hanging out with friend and participating on various sports teams ranging from lacrosse, soccer, track, basketball, skateboarding, snow skiing and water skiing, we consider ourselves to be an active family.  However, as I look at what’s stored in our refrigerator and the types of food and beverages my kids consume, I realize I haven’t done my best to instill an appreciation for healthy eating.  So, this year, I have decided to set a better example and take some proactive steps to create a culture of health in our home, including:

  1. Limiting tv and video game time.
  2. Setting an expectation to participate in year round (seasonal) team or individual sports.
  3. Store only healthy foods and beverages in the fridge.
  4. Create and follow thru on my own consistent fitness routine.
  5. Prepare and eat healthy, delicious meals – less fast food.
  6. Participate in active family recreation including hiking, biking, rock climbing, canoeing/kayaking, skiing, waterskiing.
  7. Set a good eating and lifestyle example – cut out bad eating habits like sugar, soda pop and unhealthy snacking.
  8. Initiate discussions about what it takes to stay in shape and healthy and explain the benefits of eating healthy, helping create understanding of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
  9. Exercise and train as a family.  Help family members hit individual fitness goals by having everyone rally and train together.
  10. Give family members ownership in meal preparation.  Less forcing to eat only what I think is healthy, listen more to what healthy foods they like to eat.
  11. Support good health and treat illness using natural remedies.
  12. Keep it real – eliminate all artificial ingredients from our diet.

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While we still have a ways to go, these are just a few things that I’ve noticed have been effective in helping my kids recognize and appreciate a healthy lifestyle.  I notice when we’re more active we experience less emotional dysfunction and we generally all get along better.  This is not an easy process and it doesn’t happen overnight but I am committed to consistency and I’m not going to give up.

My objective is for my sons to leave home as adults with good, healthy habits, that include clean eating and regular exercise.

 

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5 Ways to Be Healthy this Winter

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Since my family has started to use essential oils we are healthier and days kids stay home from school has dramatically decreased.  This has been due to a proactive approach we take, especially in the winter to stay healthy.  Following are a few tips to try:

1 – Frequent hand washing using the Protective Blend hand soap.  This is a habit that’s easy to get into when you use this fragrant soap.  It is filled with certified pure essential oils so not only does it smell good, but it’s also cleans and gets rid of the bad stuff. There’s also a some DIY hand wash using the essential oils that you can carry in your bag or backpack.

2 – The daily supplement pack we sell is what’s made all the difference for our family.  Taking these supplements daily increases your stamina and energy and boosts you immune system.  Because the supplements works on a cellular level, there is so much that’s happening to help repair damage cells and that will leave you less vulnerable.

3 – Decrease your sugar intake.  That may mean to ditch your 3:00 chocolate fix.  This is the hardest thing for me to do but doing this not only helps you to feel better, it helps to enhance the effects of using the special dietary supplements.

4 – Increase intake of clean foods.  This means eating more raw veggies, fruits and wholesome grains.  Eat less from any kind of packing and shop from the perimeter of the grocery store

5 –  Stay warm.  Some people say that catching cold doesn’t lead to catching a cold.  My experience is different.  When I allow myself to get chilled it usually end up getting sick.

6 – Increase oxygen to your bloodstream……yes, this means exercising, daily!

While these things may seem like common sense, I realized how if I’m not paying attention, bad things happen.  The use of essential oils can really help increase your effectiveness of supporting good health.

Turmeric – Wellness Gold

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If you love Indian food, you recognize the rich, deep-yellow color found in any modern Indian curry dish.  Tumeric has been a go-to item for thousands of years in India, China and Indonesia, not only as a food and a dye, but also as a curative herb.  While the use of Tumeric dates back to the 7th century, the herb’s natural healing ability continues to gather attention as modern sientific research validates its potency and popularity among modern wellness advocates in Asia, Europe and North America.

Found primarily in Soutern Asia, turmeric is a perennial plant and member of the ginger family.  Fully grown, it reaches heights of five to six feet and boasts deep, dark yellow trumpet shaped flowers.  However, it’s the root of the plant that boiled, dried and ground into that familiar yellow powder.

Historically, holistic medicine dictated the use of turmeric for a long list of health issues, including intestinal support to respiratory distress.  It’s used to help deal with parasites and bacterial and viral infections as well as surface bites and bruises.  Natural healers relied on the plant to treat kidneys and bladder inflammation and even used the root to treat leprosy.

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The wide variety of medicinal uses can be attributed to turmeric’s inherent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties.  Scientists have discovered the plant to contain the following important compounds:

  • Polyphenols and phytochemicals
  • Vitamins A, C, E and several Bs
  • Iron, manganese, potassium, magnesium and other minerals
  • Immunity-boosting carotenoids and carotenes
  • COX-2 enzyme inhibitors to alleviate pain

With more than 90 active constituents in its bilogical makeup, it’s no wonder that healers have relied on turmeric since ancient times.

Although there is currently no official system governing the use of herbal medicine in the U.S. studies on the the practice continue here in and medical science communities around the globe.  Recent research has shown:

  • The American Cancer Society reports that turmeric has been found in laboratory studies to slow the development of several forms of cancer and to shrink tumors (in animals) – particularly those that occur in colon and rectal cancers.
  • In a 2010 Italian study, subjects with osteoarthritis took a turmeric formulation for 90 days and experienced a 58 percent decrease in overall pain compared to a control group.  They also experienced a 16 fold decrease in their blood serum levels of C-reactive protein, the inflammation marker.  Subjects were able to decrease their use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) by 63 percent with use of turmeric formulation.
  • A 2014 German study found turmeric promising for treating neaurological disorders and events, such as Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. The study was performed on rats, but researchers found that subjects given a turmeric compound exhibited an increase in the same type of brain stem cells that are found in adult humans.  This indicates that cells might be able to self-repair and recover brain function in instances of neurodegenerative disease.
  • A 2011 study an Chiang Mai University in Thailand, the use of turmeric following coronoary bypass surgery decreased the incidence of heart attack.  Researchers say that phenols in the turmeric root were responsible for reducing the risk of heart attack in subjects by 56 percent.  They concluded that by lowering inflammation, oxygen toxicity and damage from free radicals, turmeric acts in a cardio protective capacity.

For centuries, Turmeric has been used to heal and enhance skin.  When ingested, its antimicrobial, antiviral and antiseptic benefits can ease acne and other skin conditions.

All in all, turmeric has a range of health benefits from its use.  Anyone interested in the use of herbs to support their health are encouraged to research more and seek advice of a holistic healthcare professional.   As always, the content of this article is not intended to give professional medical advice, treatment or diagnosis, the content of this blog is for informational purposes only!

Source:  Day Spa Magazine – Jan. 2015