10 Top Vitamins To Optimize Health

10 Top Vitamins To Optimize Health

10 Top Vitamins To Optimize Your Health With Targeted Micro-nutrient Supplementation “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates   Highlights: The majority of your micro-nutrients should come from high-quality food top vitamins are not found in a single multivitamin pill inexpensive multivitamins may do more harm than good targeted supplementation is the use of single source micro-nutrients only use high quality supplements for targeted supplementation micro-nutrients should be divided into morning and evening dose check your blood chemistry periodically to ensure proper micro-nutrient balancing use common sense and when in doubt, go without Micro-nutrient deficiency is profound. The standard American diet is grossly deficient in high-quality nutrients. Highly processed foods, poorly fed animals and additives have created an environment where micro-nutrient deficiency has become an epidemic. 48% of the US population is deficient in magnesium, 40% are deficient in vitamin B12 and 10% are deficient folate. Most Americans are especially deficient in vitamin D due to lack of translation by the sun because of lack of exposure and sunscreen. The result of this micro-nutrient deficiency is that you age faster you have resulted DNA damage and you die sooner. Besides a decrease in longevity, micro-nutrient…

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PTSD Injury Not Disorder

PTSD Injury Not Disorder

PTSD should be categorized as a PTSD Injury, or PTSI. “Post-traumatic stress disorder” is a label given to a set of symptoms set forth in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-IV; American Psychiatric Association 1994), the clinical manual treatment providers used to determine diagnoses. DSM-5 was revised in 2013 as an update to the 1994 edition, but in many experts’ opinions, the draft model which was surrounded by controversy, did not go far enough. During the drafting and debate process, even experts in the field were unable to agree on diagnosis, and what characteristics and symptoms will be considered diagnostic for the disorder, as well as the future name for PTSD. The name, PTSD, was created in 1980 as a new diagnosis, and further codified in DSM-IV; American Psychiatric Association 1994. PTSD was used most often in reference to victims of combat, the term was “shell shock,” “battle fatigue” and “soldier’s heart.” Diagnoses in any medical specialty are important because they allow for standardization of diagnosis and treatment by the medical and mental health communities as well as reimbursement and payment by insurers. Having the PTSD diagnosis has helped millions of people in various ways: It gave…

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7 Best Ways To Strengthen A Relationship

7 Best Ways To Strengthen A Relationship

7 Best Ways To Strengthen A Relationship It is both an art and a science in how one is able to create, nurture and strengthen a relationship. Human relationships are dynamic, ever evolving and in need of constant care. They are both our most valuable commodity and at times, our most challenging, time consuming personal experience. Personal relationships are the most important part of our lives, and involve the most basic human motivations and emotions. According to Dean Ornish, M.D and countless other medical professionals, personal intimacy affects both our emotional well-being as well as our physical health. Intimate relationships affect our immune system, improves our cardiovascular functioning, and increases our life expectancy. “Love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well,” as he discussed in his book Love & Survival. “When you look at the scientific data, the need for love and intimacy is as important and basic as eating, breathing, and sleeping.” Our very survival and health depends on our ability to strengthen a relationship, nurture personal bonds and also release those relationships that adversely affect our lives. It is in our ability to Release – Balance – Focus that…

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3 Essentials To Create A Balanced Life

3 Essentials To Create A Balanced Life

Create a Balanced Life in Three Steps Upgrade your life with the 3 Essentials to Create A Balanced Life. Most people dislike “rules” or “laws” when they are applied in the context of social development, but the “essentials” of the three-step process should be read as immutable, unwavering laws. Without strict adherence to each essential step, one cannot find the peace one seeks, nor the ability to be emotionally available and engage in functional, healthy relationships. Each step is a requisite step in the process of creating a healthy and complete version of self. Think of each essential step as a rules that is not suggestive in nature, but rather directive. Release – Balance  – Focus Step 1. Release All that has happened lies in the past but it is now history. Past experiences usually affect us long after the initial impact. They shape our thoughts, what we become and our emotional content. They give us a framework against which we weigh present decisions and create future outcome. Not all of our past events were positive and the emotional baggage rings in our ears like it happened yesterday. We give undue weight to matters that we cannot change. By failing to…

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The Importance of Vitamin D

The Importance of Vitamin D

THE IMPORTANCE OF VITAMIN D The importance of Vitamin D to long term wellness cannot be overstated. Fast Facts 75% of the population is Vitamin D deficient Vitamin D deficiency is an epidemic 80% – 90% is Vitamin D is obtained through exposure to sunlight SPF 15 cuts skin’s Vitamin D production by 99% 6 days of casual sun exposure can make up for 49 days of no sun Stored in fatty fat and released when sunlight is gone    COMMON USES: Effective for low levels of phosphate, low blood calcium, softening of the bones, psoriasis, certain bone disorders, Rickets and vitamin D deficiency.   DOSING The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends vitamin D 400 IU to 800 IU daily for adults under age 50, and 800 IU to 1000 IU daily for older adults. The North American Menopause Society recommends 700 IU to 800 IU daily for women at risk of deficiency due to low sun (e.g., homebound, northern latitude) exposure. Guidelines from the Osteoporosis Society of Canada recommend vitamin D 400 IU per day for people up to age 50, and 800 IU per day for people over 50. Osteoporosis Canada now recommends 400-1000 IU daily for adults under…

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7 Easy Steps To Create Life Balance

7 Easy Steps To Create Life Balance

7 Easy Steps To Create Life Balance One of the easiest things that we do in life is forget about the value of our self. When our lives get busy we have a tendency to put friends, family and any other person in front of our own needs. This is neither unusual nor uncommon. It is in human nature that we look after our community and take care of others with great attention. The cost to this nurturing of others, comes at the expense of one’s own well-being. In particular, people tend to most greatly distort their work-life balance. In a universally connected world of cell phones, laptops and the Internet, we are able to work longer, work remotely, and never figure out how to leave the office. This life centered on work, and devoid of natural balance, adversely affects every relationship in your life. The increased stress levels and lack of rest adversely affect your health and emotional well-being. By failing to take care of yourself, even the time spent with your loved ones is fractured. Here are seven easy ways to find life balance. You can start these this very moment and reconnect with yourself, and the ones…

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7 Easy Steps To Doing What You Love

7 Easy Steps To Doing What You Love

7 Easy Steps To Doing What You Love and Getting What You Want   “Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.” – Henry David Thoreau Before you can do what you love, you have to know what you love to do. Risking without fear of failure is essential to discovering your life passion. We all dream about waking up every day and doing what you love. This probably does not entail rushing out the door to fight traffic for an hour to sit at a desk and make someone else rich. Few people in the world do what they want. Notice that I did not say they “get to do what they want.” This type of language removes the choice from the decision tree. Each of us makes choices each day based on perceived necessity, and the realities of daily sustainability: overhead and bills, family duties, deference to partnership needs. While most of us would love a career we are passionate about, many are stuck in jobs we don’t even like, let alone love. Rediscovering what it is that you love, and figuring out how to do it…

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22 Veterans Lives Lost Each Day At Home

22 Veterans Lives Lost Each Day At Home

22 Veterans lives lost each day to self-inflicted wounds For those who have served, these are like brothers and sisters, regardless of how well, or even if you knew them. Clay Hunt, US Marine Corps Veteran and sniper, was one of the casualties of war who survived the battlefield, but lost his life to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and emotional trauma. This weekend, there are a series of memorial runs sponsored by Team Rubicon around the country to commemorate Clay Hunt’s life, bring awareness to the tremendous cost and keep the matter of Veteran care on the front burner. Through efforts of IAVA, the nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, and in a rare convergence of human decency and common sense, Congress has passed a bill and President Obama will sign it. H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (Clay Hunt SAV Act), introduced by Rep. Timothy J. Waltz (D-MN), is named for a Marine Corps veteran and sniper who took his own life in 2011, after having served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was just one of the estimated 8,000 Veterans lives lost to self-inflicted wounds each year. This is the…

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life (Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Series) Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff is a book about keeping the little things in life drive from driving you crazy.  

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts Falling in love is easy. It is the staying in love-that’s the challenge! Learn how to keep your relationship fresh and growing despite the challenges of daily life.

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