Happiness

I was out the other day on my bike and feeling very happy with life. Being out on my bike going for long rides makes me feel happy and free just like when I was a little kid. Looking at all the beauty around me, the wind on my face and not a worry in the world. Out in nature challenging myself to see how far I can go, how fit I am, all makes me feel happy.

It got me thinking how does happiness affect our life? If we are deeply happy do we have better health? Is being content being happy? How do we measure happiness and is it important to measure happiness in our life? Do others make us happy? Is happiness being grateful for what we have?

I feel that if we are happy we have better health.

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

And according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined the link between happiness and a number of health factors in 200 Caucasian adults, age 45-59 years, all of whom worked for the government in London, England. The study assessed each participant on a work day and weekend day, measuring them at work and play for a number of criteria including blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone (cortisol) levels. Participants were measured under normal conditions and after a mental stress test. Under each condition participants ranked their happiness on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). There were no differences in happiness between people who were married or single, male or female or of varying socioeconomic status; however the happiest participants had the best results across the board for the health markers. I.e. happier people had lower heart rates, and an average of 32% lower levels of cortisol which can have a direct effect on other elements such as blood sugar.

Another study exposed subjects to the cold virus and found that happy people were less likely to get sick, and if they did contract the virus, displayed fewer symptoms. (Source: Carnegie Mellon University). Happy people are less likely to have surges of cortisol, which decreases immunity and makes you more likely to get sick.

“And yet there is mounting evidence that happiness might be at least as powerful a predictor, if not a more powerful predictor than some of the other lifestyle factors that we talk about in terms of cigarette smoking, diet, physical activity and those kind of things.”
(Dr. D. Cox)

So it does seem that happiness is very important to our positive health.

Just a thought, Wendy

Invisible

Many years ago now I was overweight by 75 pounds. I struggles for years with my weight. Poor eating habits, lack of exercise, stress and illness were the reason I was overweight.

One day I just decided that enough was enough and began the journey to reduce my weight. When I first started I was struggling with Fibromalgia, Myofacial Pain Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue. For my the first thing I decided to do was to start moving more. I began an exercise program and it was a challenge. I did one of those boxing videos in my living room. At first I did a few minutes of a 20 minute program and then began to increase the time each day until I could do the whole 20 minute.

I share this to let anyone know who is considering a weight reductio program that it really doesn’t matter where you are starting from on your journey just know it is possible.

My reason to want to reduce my weight were many, to feel better in general and have better health but really it was to be visible in the world again. From my experience being overweight one really becomes invisible. Most people don’t see us or they judge us but they don’t see us. They don’t see us as individuals who have a life story. There are a number of reasons why we gain weight and each story is different.

To begin the journey to reduce weight is becoming visible again. First to yourself. Then to the world.

The Wellness Weight Loss Program has been developed by a person who has had the journey.

We are launching soon online and now I invited you to sign up for the launch.

Now is the time to see yourself as visible and healthy in this world Join me on the journey. Wendy

The Wellness Weight Loss Program is Coming! Sign up Today

Today more than ever before we are challenged by so many outside forces when it comes to deciding about our health.

I was reading some info from the 2003 National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease the other day. It listed that 50Million Americans are classified as being overweight. 40 Million Americans are considered obese. 3 Million are considered morbidly obese. Since 1990 there has been a 75% increase in Type 2 Diabetes in 30-40 year olds. 80% of Type 2 Diabetes is related to obesity. 70% of cardiovascular disease (heart disease) is related to obesity. 42% of breast cancer occurance are among obese women. 26% of high blood pressure occurances are among overweight people.

And no one seems to agree on what is best for you and me. Each so called expert has their own ideas of what you and I SHOULD do for good health. Some say eat meat, other say no meat. Some say take your supplements, others say not necessary. Some say get out and exercise while others say don’t do too much exercise.

I am getting tired of it all. In my business I have been helping peeople to feel better, reduce their weight and be healthier and in a few days we are starting a new program The Wellness Weight Loss Program. It’s new, it’s fresh and put together with you in mind. In my opinion to have success for the long term it must be simple and something that can be done your way with my guidance and coaching.

With this idea I have put together some information that I am introducing and offering as a complimentary program. There is no
charge for you to sign up, recieve my program and use it for yourself. If you find value then all I ask is share the link with
people that you care for and about so they can have the same opportunity you are having.

I will be offering Wellness products that you will or will not take advantage of. Either way it is fine with me.

So get sign up now and begin getting the Wellness Weight Loss
results you want.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Personal Wellness Revolution Coach
Wendy Bottrell

Eating Organic Considered Just Food 50 Years Ago

I eat organic, I have mentioned that in prior posts. Yet it seems to me that when I was much, much younger food was just food. Good food. It was grown in the garden, there were no chemicals poured all over the fields. Seed went into the ground and with sun, water and weeding good crops came out. We ate them. Food was our medicine.
So what has happened? Why do we now have a new food catagory called Organic?
How did the growing of our food become such a manipulated business? Big Agribusiness owning the food seed and controling what we eat and the only way to get around this is maybe we can grow our own?
I just might be time for each of us to begin our own Personal Wellness Revolution and start paying attention to what we eat, drink, think about our food and what it is doing to our health. Just a thought?

Organic Personal Care, do we need it?

I watched CNN last evening and Dr. Gupta had a show that was informative about the Toxins in the Womb of unborn babies.  Here is a shocking piece of the info:   “We’ve measured hundreds and hundreds of toxic chemicals in the blood of babies that are still in the womb,” said Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. “Flame retardants, the chemicals in consumer products like personal care products, makeup, shampoos. It’s a very long list.”

The EWG study found an average of 232 chemicals in the cord blood of 10 babies born late last year.

This is shocking to me because when I tell people that they must be using Organic Personal Care products they look at me as though I have horns.  Our skin is our biggest organ and we know that medications placed on our skin will penetrate the skin to be effective in the body so why wouldn’t we think that skin care, hair care, men and women’s cosmetics would penetrate the skin and provide our body with toxins? 

Five Benefits of Choosing Certified Organic:

1. Good for people! ~ Organic based ingredients have been shown in a number of studies to contain more vitamins, nutrients, and cancer-fighting antioxidants than non-organic ingredients.

2. Good for the soil! ~ Organic systems rely on a modern and scientific understanding of ecology and soil science, while also depending on traditional methods of crop rotations to ensure fertility and weed and pest control.

3. Good for the environment! ~ Organic systems aim at reducing dependence on non-renewable resources. Organic production aims at all times towards sustainability whilst having the best management of the environment and wildlife as a priority.

4. No synthetic chemicals! ~ Organic systems prohibit the use of artificial chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers.

5. No GMO’s! ~ Certified Organic products are produced without GMOs, which are prohibited in the standards for organic food and farming.

Another way to begin a Personal Wellness Revolution today.  http://www.dreambig.mionegroup.com

Just a thought.  Wendy

Eat Local!

I got to thinking last night after watching a video that Hellman’s did on eating local.  It was posted on Facebook and a few friends after watching it make comments on how now they are going to buy local.  The video went on to explain how much of the veggies and fruits that hit our tables here in Canada are grown else where in the world.  This is a problem because it must be picked too early, shipped many thousands of miles, sprayed and more.  Did you know we are losing farmers,and  local crops because it very hard for small local Farmer’s to make a living.  A couple of years ago I was looking into supplying organic food that is fairly local, within 2 hours of the city and one of the organic farmers was telling me that many farmers would be willing to hire out and work other people’s land so they would have a job rather that farm their own land.

I digress.   The video explained the huge reduction in local food and the consequence of this.  Less than nutritious food is coming to our tables when we buy from the grocery store.  So the friends on Facebook made very positive comments like “let’s start buying local” , “gotta find a farmers market”.  This a great idea however did you know a lot of suppliers at farmers markets go to the local food terminal and buy fruits and veggies for the farmers markets, charge you more and this is the same food you can get in the local grocery store?

Our food supply has become controled by a few very large global corporations.  Somewhere I heard the comment “Control the food, Control the World” 

We need to wake up and start taking a look at what is happening to our food.  When we go into the grocery store it is very difficult to buy food that comes from a local source.  We then have to make decisions on what is acceptable for us to eat and what is not.  Eating is not easy anymore and yet it is a basic need for energy, wellness and vitality. 

What we do is then look at finding organic food even though sometimes it might not be beneficial from an enviromental point of view.  Now is the time to begin a personal Wellness Revolution.  Now is the time to at least start thinking about your food and how it is impacting you and the world. 

What will you do today for your Personal Wellness Revolution?  Will you find a local source of your daily veggies?  Will you buy organic?  Will you stop eating junk food just for today?  Will you go for a walk, a bike ride, lift some weights, or just move in some enjoyable way for your? 

Now is the time, are you ready to begin your Personal Wellness Revolution?  Let me know what you will do today. 

Just a thought!  Wendy

Organic?

In the last couple of years I have been eating mainly organic food.  I do my very best to get the freshest organic food and when organic is not possible local food.  There has been enough published to indicate that organic is much better for our health, more nutrition dense.  Well lately this has been a point that I have been pondering.  Now I do believe we must eat food that is not grown with chemicals.  I believe that as society we must begin to value our health, our bodies and our future generations and at a most basic level this comes from the  food we eat each and every day. 

In Paul Chek’s book ‘You are what you Eat” he indicates: Dr. Virginia Worthington reviewed 1230 published comparisons between organically grown and conventionally grown crops.  The results of her survey indicated that organic crops had higher nutrient levels and lower levels of toxicity in 56% of the comparisons.  So this is a good thing right?  This is the reason to eat organic, right?  Better quality food.  So organic food it will be. 

Yes, but this is what I have been pondering.  If organic food has higher nutrient levels and lower levels of toxicity in 56% of the comparisons and we are meant to eat organc what are we still missing from the food in the sense of important nutrition?  What nutrients even with organic are our bodies still needing for our good health.  Is this the reason that adding a good supplemental Multi Vitamin important? 

And over the past few months I have been in touch with many, many wellness practitioners inviting them to take a look at the Symmetry products for their clients, their families, themselves and their business and most tell me the don’t believe in, support or advise their clients to take supplements and there have been a number of practitioners who actually have stated it is unethical to advise their clients on supplementation.  They state that food is what they advise their clients on as this is all that is necessary for proper health.  I have had hands on practitioners inform me that the modality they use allows the body to heal itself?  No need to anything else.

So if we want our bodies to heal and be well, healthy, vibrant and only 56 % of the 1230 published comparisons that Dr. Worthington reviewed had higher levels of nutrition and lower levels of toxicity how is this a basis for good health without adding extra nutrition to our daily eating  programs? 

I have heard for years that Doctors get no nutrition training.  Then we go to the wellness practitioners, dietitians, hands on therapists and none of them can agree on what is the best for our good health.  So how do you or I know what is best for us?  Who do we get our advice from?  How do we decide what is the best course of action for good health for the long term of our life?  How do we change the Sickness System we are presently living in to a Wellness System where we feel good, and live long healthy lives and our future generations out live us with good health?   Maybe we already know what we need to do for a better healthier life? 

We must begin a personal Wellness Revolution.  We must begin as individuals to learn what is in our best interest not that of big business, who are marketing to us in very deceptive ways.  Start asking what is more beneficial for your health and not just believing what is in the media or what your friends and associates are doing.  Maybe start to be a contrarian when it comes to your health, your wellness and your life.  Look at what the sick people are doing and do the opposite. 

For me I will continue to eat organic.  I will continue to take my supplements, exercise, drink water, get good sleep, work on a positive thought process daily, connect with friends to enjoy community and also look at other ways I can continue to improve how I feel daily.  How about you?

Will you begin a personal Wellness Revolution today?  Why not begin the dialogue here.  What have you done today for your personal Wellness Revolution?  Love to hear. 

Just a thought, Wendy

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Health Revolution: It’s Time To Take Back Your Health

It’s Time To Take Your Health Back With Your Personal Health Revolution

health revolutionIt is my belief that it is time to begin your own health revolution and here’s why. I made the decision that my health is a top priority for me on a daily basis.   There are many reasons for this, however, the biggest reason I feel my health warrants the idea of a health revolution is the old saying “health is wealth”. Do you believe that saying is true? Well here’s the thing, this morning I ran into a childhood friend who I haven’t seen in a while.  She was stressed out.  Her mom had a stroke a while back and she has now become the primary caregiver.  We chatted for a while and I shared with her some of the programs that are available in our community to help her out.

She is in a difficult spot because she has lots of other family members that have opinions on what and how things will be done.  It made me sad for her because she doesn’t realize the position she is in and it is a stressful one.  How do I know?

My Own Health Revolution

I have been caring for a sick, elderly parent full time for 5 years now.  Living with my mom and the immense challenges that come with caring for an ailing parent can be and is overwhelming. I know the stress it can cause.  I know the heartache it can cause.  You see when I first moved in to care for my mother I didn’t even know that I was considered a caregiver? Caring for our parents ages us.  It exhausts us in places we didn’t even know we could be exhausted in.  But there is the help you might require,  and truly this is one place where if you ask you can get help.

When I look at my mom there are many life lessons for me to learn.  Not sure but I certainly am learning about myself, who I have been and the challenges for change.  But it also teaches me about why it is so important for us as individuals to take care of our own health. You see, as young people, we don’t seem to be getting this lesson.  Almost 13 years ago I watch my mom break a hip and take months to recover.  It was then and there that I decided to change my journey when it came to own health. This was the deciding moment in my own health revolution. I was determined to change how I felt, looked and thought. I actually realized that this was my only choice if I wanted a GREAT future.

What Has The Health Revolution Looked Liked?

It has been a long messy journey and I believe it is a life long journey to take care of one’s health.  To me, it is a journey that is well worth the effort.  I see the alternative each and every day and it is no picnic.  In my eyes living an unhealthy life as a young person or an old person is devastating to that human being and all those around them. And there is another way!

As individuals we must begin to see that living with no energy, being overweight, not eating good quality organic food, not drinking water, no exercise are just no acceptable in our life.  As individuals, we must begin to think about what we want when it comes to our own health and that of our children.  We must begin to learn about how to live a healthy life ourselves and then teach our children to make different choices each day when it comes to our health.  And for kids,  they learn by example.  They do what you do.  If you eat crap, so do the kids.  If you decide that exercise will not be a part of your life, so do your kids. Start making better choices now for a better quality life today and for the long term. This is what I mean by a health revolution.

Make It A Self Health Revolution – Look Back To Look Forward

Look to your parents.  How is their health today?  Are they living into their late ’70 and ’80 and beyond with vibrant good health?  I know mine are not and it is my goal to take a different path for me.  What about you?  Are you ready to go down a different path today than you were yesterday?  Are you willing to create your own health revolution? Begin with small changes, drink some water today, maybe have 1 less soda pop, how about not eating fast food today for dinner?  Make a fresh home prepared meal today?

Let’s start a health revolution to make our health future different than our parents.  As a society, we are living longer but we in no way are living better.

For us and for the generations that are following us let’s start a health revolution now and begin to live longer and feel better for our lifetime.  life

 

Why do you need to take a multivitamin?

I hear all the time from people that if you were to eat right you don’t need a multivitamin and this is correct however who do you know that eats right?  In today’s world it is very difficult and those that are doing better than most still are challenge when it comes to getting all the nutrients necessary because of depleted soil, toxins, pollution and stress just to name a few.
Eating quality organic food is very important and must be our first line of wellness, then by adding a supplement ( I like Ultra Vitality and Genesis with X’Tranol 24) we can be confident that we are insuring our health daily.  Dr. Mark VP of Symmetry asks and answers the question,

Why do you need to take a multivitamin?
This is something that’s becoming more important as we go forward in time because what’s happened is that we’ve gotten away from small farms or people doing their own farming and ensuring that they’re putting good fertilizers in the ground. We’re using all kinds of herbicides and pesticides and then we’re processing the foods.  The US Department of Agriculture have looked at soil and found that it’s vastly lacking in nutrients. Much of the wheat that is grown or even the rice that is grown is going to be lacking in things like zinc because it’s simply not in the ground so it can’t go into the plant. And, because we process things, studies have shown that when you process food like rice (from brown to white) you lose about 81 percent of the zinc. Same type of thing, you lose 78 percent of zinc when you go from brown flour to white flour. And so we have very little if anything in the ground and then we process it and we refine away whatever was there. We end up with something that is really quite lacking in nutrition. It’s essential we put those things back in.

The three major causes of disease in the United States, I like to say, is breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We’re eating the wrong foods, too much of the wrong foods, and in some cases we’re skipping the meals that we need in order to be really healthy. So it’s essential if you want to be healthy that you’re taking a simple multivitamin. It’s a health insurance policy. It’s a life insurance policy to make sure that you feel good.

So if you still are not convinced that adding supplementation to your health program daily is not beneficial in 2002 JAMA said for the first time that we need to supplement for our good health.   Here, in part, is what the Harvard medical school researchers said:

“Vitamin deficiency syndromes such as scurvy and beriberi are uncommon in Western societies. However, suboptimal intake of some vitamins, above levels causing classic vitamin deficiency, is a risk factor for chronic diseases and common in the general population, especially the elderly.

Suboptimal folic acid levels, along with suboptimal levels of vitamins B(6) and B(12), are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, and colon and breast cancer; low levels of vitamin D contribute to osteopenia and fractures; and low levels of the antioxidant vitamins (vitamins A, E, and C) may increase risk for several chronic diseases.

Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. It appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.”

From: the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA,2002, 287:3116-3126)

Notice that it says ALL adults.
Just a Healthy Thought
Holistic Health Coach, Wendy Bottrell

Resveratrol Kills Cancer Cells For Your Best Life!

Resveratrol Kills Cancer Cells

resveratrol

I was going through my twitter posts and found a post regarding a natural product resveratrol and how it is helping fight prostate cancer.  Well, that search took me to the National Cancer Institute website.  Once there I googled resveratrol at this site I found this article.  There is valuable info for anyone who has cancer and is looking for a way to kill those cancer cells. It is shown that it might help in the fight against cancer, reduce the tumor incidence and is anti-inflammatory.

Read the article here: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/prevention/redwine

Pretty Pomegranate Source of Resveratrol

Pomegranates are one of a great source of Resveratrol out there. The anti-aging substance is not found primarily in its juice, though, it is also found also in its skin and seeds. A good way to get these benefits is to get a good pomegranate supplement that concentrates these parts as well as just the juice. One of the drawbacks is that it doesn’t slow all the key mechanisms of aging (Not slowing AGE proteins). Source

Natural News Say This about The Benefits of Pomegranates

Pomegranates effectively lower blood pressure in a manner similar to GSE and resveratrol as the juice and extracts contain powerful polyphenols that counteract oxidative stress. This magical fruit also is found to lower circulating levels of the angiotensin hormone that can help blood vessels to relax. The result of a study published in the journal Atherosclerosis demonstrated that consumption of pomegranate juice (50 ml per day for 2 weeks) lowered ACE activity by 36%, leading to a 5% drop in systolic blood pressure.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/032433_resveratrol_blood_pressure.html#ixzz4VIXieQEg

And finally this article on the health benefits of Resveratrol and Pomegranates

A previous study from our lab has shown that the polyphenol-rich pomegranate juice can protect the neonatal mouse brain against hypoxic-ischemic (H-I) injury when given to mothers in their drinking water. To test the hypothesis that this protection is due to the polyphenols in the juice, we studied the effects of the pomegranate polyphenol extract in the same neonatal H-I model. To further explore the role of a specific polyphenol in neonatal H-I we investigated the effects of resveratrol. The neuroprotective effects of resveratrol have been demonstrated in adult models of stroke but had not previously been examined in neonates. We show that pomegranate polyphenols and resveratrol reduce caspase-3 activation following neonatal H-I. Resveratrol reduced caspase-3 activation when given before the injury but not when given 3 h after the injury. In addition to preventing caspase-3 activation, resveratrol also reduced calpain activation. Finally, we show that resveratrol can protect against tissue loss measured at 7 days after the injury. These and other recent findings suggest that polyphenols should be further investigated as a potential treatment to decrease brain injury due to neonatal H-I.

We have enjoyed the health benefits of resveratrol for many years now. Have you? If you feel that adding resveratrol to your daily health regimen might be beneficial and would like a high quality certified organic product that includes certified organic freeze-dried pomegranate powder as a source of resveratrol we recommend BerryRadical Antioxidant Superfood by Miessence!

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