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Fascinating topic today for you! Tune in to learn what Vitamin C does for your skin, why your body can’t make it, how it affects collagen production, the difference between dietary and topical Vitamin C, and last but not least…. the big reasons you really want to use a restorative product like a Vitamin C serum. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ones. This wisdom can be applied to the natural health choices we make every day too. One of nature’s simplest substances is vitamin C. What this common nutrient can do for your skin health and radiance (especially when it’s applied topically in the form of vitamin C serum) is simply amazing! Read on to discover the benefits of vitamin C for skin. What Does Vitamin C Do for Your Skin? Making sure you get enough vitamin C every day is essential. This is because vitamin C is the catalyst for dozens of vital cellular mechanisms in your body. This includes functions that promote healthy skin. Besides acting as a powerful antioxidant, one of the biggest roles vitamin C plays is in the production and synthesis of collagen. Collagen is the basic building block of healthy tissue. It is formed through the binding together of key amino acids – mainly glycine, arginine, and proline. Vitamin C is vital for the creation of many types of collagen, especially Type I and III. Your Body Can’t Make Vitamin C Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient. This means that it dissolves in water. In addition, we have to get enough of it through external sources, since the body can’t make it. Most of the vitamin C we ingest gets used right away or is flushed out through the urine. However, research indicates that the body can and does store some amount of vitamin C. One of the key storage places is in the skin. The first two layers of skin – the epidermis and the dermis – both contain high amounts of vitamin C. Vitamin C is Needed for Collagen Production One of vitamin C’s main jobs is to add oxygen and hydrogen to the amino acids proline and lysine in order to turn them into their collagen forms (hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine, respectfully). Without a hefty amount of vitamin C in the skin, collagen production inevitably slows. This causes skin to sag and may even raise your risk of skin-related conditions and melanoma. According to a 2015 study conducted at Queen Mary University in London, having adequate amounts of certain types of collagen in the skin (namely Type VII) may even help prevent skin cancer. What About Topical Vitamin C? When it comes to topical application of vitamin C, absorbency and stability are definite challenges. For example, while scientists have found that ascorbic acid is the most effective type of vitamin C to use topically, it is often problematic since it is also very unstable. This means that it breaks down and becomes ineffective when exposed to heat, light or air. In addition, absorption into the skin is poor when it’s mixed with a simple liquid like water. The Solution? Vitamin C Serum Vitamin C serum is a liquid concentration that is meant to be applied on the skin topically, especially to the face. The vitamin C is usually suspended in a neutral lipid, such as glycerin or an oil. All high-quality vitamin C serums for the face should be able to: boost collagen production in skin add another level of protection against harmful pollutants and the sun help skin look and feel great without irritation 4 Big Reasons Why Vitamin C Serum Is Your Skin’s Best Friend #1 – Vitamin C Helps Keeps Skin Young While vitamin C serum can’t get rid of every wrinkle that comes with age and too much sun exposure, it can help to reduce them – and sometimes quite significantly. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that has the ability to protect sensitive skin from the aging effects of the sun. Just as important, however, is vitamin C’s role in the production of collagen. Collagen provides structure and elasticity to skin. This means that the level of collagen in the skin directly correlates to how smooth, supple and elastic a person’s skin looks and feels. Unfortunately, studies have proven that after around age 20, collagen production decreases dramatically with each passing year. Vitamin C serum can help to replenish collagen stores as we age. Using ultrasound technology, scientists at the Iuliu Haţieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy analyzed cutaneous changes to the facial skin of women who applied a 5% vitamin C solution for a total of 60 days. The German team found that “topically applied vitamin C is highly efficient as a rejuvenation therapy, inducing significant collagen synthesis in all age groups with minimal side effects.” #2 – Vitamin C Serum Protects Skin from the Sun You may be interested to know how you can protect yourself from the sun without having to avoid it at all costs (sun exposure is how we obtain vitamin D, after all) and without having to slather your skin with toxic commercial sunscreen. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C protects the skin by warding off free radical damage caused by UV radiation that can lead to DNA mutation, according to research conducted at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, amongst many others. It’s important to still use good judgment when it comes to sun exposure and protection. That being said, upping your vitamin C levels by applying vitamin C serum to areas of your body that get the most exposure is a sound strategy. According to the National Cancer Institute, areas that are most exposed to the sun (such as the face, neck, arms, and hands) are the most likely places where skin cancer can occur. #3 – Vitamin C Serum Can Hydrate the Skin Using a high-quality vitamin C serum can also help to keep your skin hydrated by decreasing water loss at the trans-epidermal level. How? Retained water molecules are a happy byproduct of increased collagen production as well as the production of hydroxyproline through vitamin C-assisted collagen synthesis. A derivative of vitamin C, known as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, also contributes to the hydrating effect of vitamin C. #4 – Vitamin C Serum Can Help Reduce Under-Eye Bags Vitamin C’s ability to hydrate the skin, as well as its antioxidant capabilities, helps to lower inflammation. This can assist in getting rid of “puffy eyes” or those under-eye circles that can creep up because of lack of sleep, poor dietary choices, or other stressors. A 2018 meta-analysis of over 300 other sources determined that vitamin C can help reduce C-Reactive Protein (CRP) levels. High CRP corresponds to high inflammation levels in the body. The anti-inflammatory mechanisms in vitamin C may also help to even out age spots and pigmentation blemishes as well as balance skin tone. Research conducted at Tulane University in New Orleans suggests that topical vitamin C may be helpful in combatting other, more serious dermatological conditions as well. I Already Take Vitamin C Supplements. Why Do I Need Vitamin C Serum? This argument makes practical sense. Unfortunately, according to the research, it’s not necessarily true. A 2017 analysis at the University of Otago in New Zealand took a look at the benefits of both dietary and topical vitamin C on skin health. According to the study report published in the journal Nutrients, vitamin C consumed internally can only help skin in a person who is deficient to begin with. On the other hand, the multitude of studies conducted on vitamin C serum have proven that topical vitamin C application appears to have beneficial effects no matter what a person’s status. Should You Try Vitamin C Serum? Now that you’re aware of the benefits of vitamin C for skin, you may be contemplating a vitamin C serum to boost your own skin health. However, choosing a high-quality vitamin C serum can be confusing. The type of vitamin C used and the concentration of vitamin C overall are factors that can change with each brand. In addition, you’ll want to look for a quality serum that contains additional natural antioxidants that help to enhance stability and ensure the highest amount of absorbency. The decision to add any product or protocol to your toolbox for vibrant living is a personal one, and one you should consult with your health professional about if you are unsure. That being said, the research seems to prove without a doubt that vitamin C serum can have great benefits for skin health, with minimal if any negative effects. If you’re someone who wants softer, smoother, more vibrant-looking skin, then a high-quality, all-natural vitamin C serum such as Organixx Skin: Restore Vitamin C Serum may be a health and beauty tool you don’t want to be without!
Setting goals and your New Year Resolution.  The difference between goals, rituals, and schedules, benefits of goals, statistics around the world, their #1 tip for setting yourself up for success in attaining your goals, and much much more!  With Jonathan and TeriAnn.
Does your kitchen need a Food Revolution? Probably. A recent report concluded that the American diet killed 672,000 people in the United States last year. Worldwide, food is killing more than 11 million people per year, poor food choices. Tune in this week to hear Ocean Robbins explain how you can start your own Food Revolution today!   * * *   About Ocean Ocean Robbins is author of the newly-released book, 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your World. He serves as CEO and co-founder of the 500,000+ member Food Revolution Network, one of the largest communities of healthy eating advocates on the planet. Ocean has held hundreds of live seminars and events that have touched millions of lives in 190 nations.   His grandfather founded Baskin Robbins, and his father, John Robbins, walked away from the family company to write best-sellers, like Diet for A New America, and to become a renowned health advocate.   Now, Ocean is on a mission to transform the industrialized food culture into one that celebrates and supports healthy people and a healthy planet.   * * *   The Standard American Diet When we follow the standard American diet, we get the standard American diseases.   YES! Youth for Environmental Sanity Ocean founded as a teen. Mission: Empower young people to stand up for healthy lives and a healthy world.   Food Revolution Network Co-founded with father, John Robbins, eight years ago. Mobilizing people all over the planet, millions of people, for healthy, ethical, sustainable food. Food is medicine, or it can also be poison. Unfortunately, the way that we’re eating today is literally like digging our own graves with our knives and forks. Our mission in Food Revolution Network is very literally to save lives and to help more people to have this life-saving information. “No, it’s not about genetics, it’s not about luck, and we don’t have to be victims here, it’s about the choices we make, and we can radically improve our health just by making different choices.” Our goals: To share the information To help everybody have the clarity and the action so that they can get the results they want.   Global Burden of Disease A report produced by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. Researchers at University of Washington lead this. Every year, they review the major causes of death and disease in basically every country in the world, and they analyze hundreds of causes of death and disease, and they analyze what people are dying from, and they look at all the data. Their most recent report concluded that the American diet killed 672,000 people in the United States last year. Worldwide, food is killing more than 11 million people per year, poor food choices. In the US alone, we have more deaths from what we’re eating than the number of Americans who died in World War 1, World War 2, both Iraq wars, Afghanistan War, Vietnam War, Korean War, combined.   31-Day Food Revolution Ocean’s effort to put all this knowledge into a distilled form so you can take action. There are 31 chapters in 31-Day Food Revolution. Each one ends with simple steps you can take to put what you’re learning into action in generally a few minutes, and you can get results, and you can make progress. “In the long run, 31 steps to health will bring you more pleasure, even than 31 flavors of ice cream.” ~Ocean “I wrote this book specifically to help everybody who wants to take these steps, to make it easy and effective and doable.” ~Ocean   What’s Your Destination? The critical components of any journey are you look at where you are, you look at where you’re going, and then you create a map for that route. Clarify what your motivation is, what your big “WHY” is, what your goals are, what you’re going for. Do you want to fight disease? Do you want to optimize your health? Do you want to have more muscle? Do you want to look good? Do you want to feel good? Do you want to do good? Social impact/environmental impact. A lot of us want to be healthy, we want to fight disease, and we want to contribute to a healthier world, all at the same time. And it turns out, that with food, you can do all of that.   Core Principles Eat less sugar and processed junk. Eat less animal products, especially when they come from factory farms. Eat more whole plant foods. Conscious sourcing. It matters where your food comes from, it matters how it was produced, it matters if it was genetically engineered, or saturated with neurotoxic pesticides, or full of hormones and antibiotics, or if it was produced in a clean way with respect for the earth and respect for your health.   Steps Towards Progress Clear out your cupboards. Make a good shopping list of some healthy stuff and fill your cupboards and your fridge with good stuff that’s actually healthy. Find some recipes that are healthy, that are wholesome, that are nourishing. Create safety nets by having healthy foods available at all times, that are ready to go.   Tips for Eating Healthy The most expensive calories you will ever eat are the ones that make you sick. The second most expensive calories that we ever consume are the ones that we waste because we don’t eat them, because they’re excess calories. The average American is eating about 500 calories a day too much. We want to steer clear of excess restaurants, because a lot of eating out costs a premium. Go organic with the dirty dozen. The most pesticide-contaminated foods, according to Environmental Working Group are what they call the “Dirty Dozen.” The Environmental Working Group has what they call the “Clean 15,” which are the foods that are the least pesticide-contaminated. Cooking in quantity When you’re stressed out, you’re more likely to eat out, you’re more likely to grab convenience foods. Don’t ever just make one meal at a time, at least with your staples. Pay it forward and prepare. Cook extra for people you love in your community.   Why Healthy Food Costs More We actually have a government subsidy system in place right now, where the US taxpayer, we subsidize junk food with tens of billions of dollars a year, subsidizing what’s called commodities crops. Twinkies Wonder Bread High-fructose corn syrup Factory-farmed meat Corn Soy Wheat If an organically-certified farmer wants to get that certification, they’ve got to pay for the regulatory burden in order to be certified. And somebody who’s dousing their field with pesticides doesn’t have as much of a regulatory burden as the organic farmer, who’s doing the right thing.   CSA Community-Supported Agriculture Every week, we get a big order of whatever the farm has available.   Humane Food Sources If you’re going to eat meat, then better meat. Make sure it’s coming from pasture-raised or grass-fed animals. Organic means that an animal was not given hormones or antibiotics and was fed organic feed. It doesn’t mean it lived humanely. Chickens A regular bird might have been given 1 square foot. A cage-free bird might be given 1 ½ square feet. Free-range might be 2 ½ square feet. Pasture-raised means 108 square feet. Grass-fed means cows actually ate grass instead of grain and soybeans, which inherently means they have to be outside. From an environmental resource standpoint, meat takes more resources, because any time you move up the food chain, animals need a certain amount of calories that they have to consume, and they’re going to produce less calories, because some of it’s going to go to hoof and hide and bone and energy the animal uses to move, and manure. There’s a certain amount of grazing lands that are growing grass, and well-managed livestock can graze on that land sustainably when it’s done in certain ecosystems. The factory farming system is profoundly cruel. Animals are being pumped full of hormones and antibiotics just to keep them alive under despicable conditions. USDA organic certification Fish A lot of our fish is coming from farms. It takes five pounds of seafood to make one pound of a farmed fish. They’re putting antibiotics into the water, so the fish don’t die. They’re adding pink color to farmed salmon’s water so that it won’t be grey because they’re not feeding it its natural diet. There are some farms that are doing things better, but it’s not regulated right now.   Is There Hope? Food is changing, and we get to be a part of it. As bad as things are, that’s how much better they can be with a change. Sales of organic food, sales of non-GMO food, sales of natural foods, are all skyrocketing. Community-supported agriculture programs are growing. Farmer’s markets are growing. More and more people care where that food comes from, how it was produced. Young people are starting to take an interest in growing food again. More and more kids are getting involved in growing food. In the United States, we’ve had a steady decline in the number of farms in America over the course of the last century. In the last few years, that’s started to tip back the other way. There are more and more community gardens, more and more church gardens, more and more school gardens. When you make a healthier food choice for yourself, you actually start to redirect your dollars, and you start to change the way food is grown, there becomes a higher demand for that healthier food, and then farmers start to plant different crops, and more farmers get with the program. The food industry is changing as well. These companies are having to diversify. The way they’re doing it, interestingly enough, is by buying up the natural foods industry.   Giving Back Trees for The Future “We actually fund the planting of an organic food or nut tree in a low-income community with every single product we ever sell.” ~Ocean   One Last Word “Food matters. So, make every bite count.”     Deeper Dive Resources   31-Day Food Revolution https://www.31dayfoodrevolution.com/   Food Revolution Network https://foodrevolution.org/   31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your World https://amzn.to/2XFoD7X   Youth for Environmental Sanity https://www.yesworld.org/   The Standard American Diet https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/standard-american-diet/   Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation http://www.healthdata.org/   Organixx’s Cricket Super Fuel https://shop.organixx.com/products/organic-cricket-super-fuel   Trees For The Future https://trees.org/
TeriAnn shares her Inspired Health Journey with us today. From literally dragging herself throughout the day to feeling better than she has in 10 years. What was her secret? Tune in to find out  how severe mono and irate lymph nodes had TeriAnn fearing a cancer diagnosis and how she turned it all around. You don’t want to miss TeriAnn’s Big 3 Tips for a Healthy Life.  She helps us all understand how to find the mental, emotional, and physical health secrets for ourselves.   * * *   TeriAnn Trevenen As CEO of Organixx, TeriAnn ensures the supplements sold are of the highest and purest quality and leads the Organixx team on a daily basis. Single Mom of two. First step into a healthier life was to move to organic foods. Cut way back on gluten, dairy, and sugar. 2017 marked a year of  hard emotional changes. Increased workload and personal stress led to a weakened immune system. Lymph nodes started to swell and become reactive. Diagnosed with a very severe case of mono in 2017. It took her a year to get healthy again. Thermography showed dental and food allergy issues. Natural protocols and an elimination diet to find food allergies causing inflammation brought her to vibrant health.   TeriAnn Became the CEO of Her Own Body Organic Food High Quality, Whole Food Based Supplements Elimination Diet Whole Food Diet Juicing Exercise Non-Toxic Home Environment Non-Toxic Personal Care Products Constant research and awareness of natural health advancements.   TeriAnn’s Big 3 Tips for a Healthy Life Put yourself first. You can’t serve others unless you serve (take care of) yourself. Be open minded about the concept of natural health. Know your choices. Reach out to like-minded people. Find you community.   Deeper Dive Resources Tony Robbins’ Gratitude Practice on Tim Ferriss Podcast https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tim-ferriss-show/the-tim-ferriss-show/e/46641520?autoplay=true   Tony Robbins’ Daily Priming  Exercise https://www.tonyrobbins.com/ask-tony/priming/   Thermography https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermography   Mononucleosis https://www.cdc.gov/epstein-barr/about-mono.html   PX90 Workouts https://amzn.to/2YNcKOe   Beach Body Workouts https://www.beachbody.com/category/fitness_programs/best_sellers.do   Clean Sourced Collagens https://shop.organixx.com/collections/anti-aging/products/clean-sourced-collagens   Organic Bone Broth Protein https://shop.organixx.com/collections/digestive-gut-health/products/organic-bone-broth-protein   Multi-Vita-Maxx https://shop.organixx.com/collections/daily-nutrition/products/liquid-multi-vita-maxx   Yogi Chai Rooibos https://amzn.to/2FKa4s1   Thermography https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermography   Food Allergy Research & Education https://www.foodallergy.org/life-with-food-allergies/food-allergy-101/diagnosis-testing/food-elimination-diet
There is no way to avoid aging. We are all destined to grow old, get sick, and die… Or are we? Although we can’t completely avoid the aging process, we sure can slow it down quite a bit. And disease? Even though it may be the “norm” for an increasing number of older Americans to succumb to chronic diseases as they age, this doesn’t have to be the case for you. There is a new normal when it comes to how we age — and following these six simple steps to reverse aging naturally can help you get there. 6 Ways You Can Help Reverse the Aging Process   #1: Take key supplements. Nobel Prize-winning chemist, author, and health advocate Linus Pauling said, “By the proper intakes of vitamins and other nutrients and by following a few other healthful practices from youth or middle age on, you can, I believe, extend your life and years of well-being by twenty-five or even thirty-five years.” He might have added: “And you can live those extra years with excellent and vibrant health!” Supplements (and foods, which we will talk about next) that are best for keeping your body and mind sharp must contain antioxidants. Some essential vitamins to add to your anti-aging arsenal include vitamin C and E as well as Glucosamine and Coenzyme Q10. Polyphenol-rich matcha tea, resveratrol, and collagen are three other supplements that can be age-busters as well. #2:  Use the immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory support power of medicinal mushrooms. In addition, if you are serious about your anti-aging regime, you must also consider adding a medicinal mushroom supplement to your daily routine. Have you ever heard of the Japanese island of Okinawa? For generations, the population there was teeming with centenarians (people in their 100s) who were bright eyed and in great physical health. What was their secret? Eating fresh foods, spending lots of time out in nature and in their gardens, and surrounding themselves with family and friends. And, according to research conducted by the Okinawa Centenarian Study, the population also ate a large amount of various kinds of mushrooms, including shiitake and reishi mushrooms. These mushrooms have been proven to have a profound effect on the immune system and help to curb inflammatory responses. The study researchers, as well as many other studies, have linked consuming medicinal mushrooms with relief from inflammatory disease, osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders and digestive problems, just to name a few. #3: Eat Antioxidant Rich, Anti-Aging Foods. Besides mushrooms (which can be consumed in tea, in food form, or as a supplement), fill your plate with foods that are rich in omega-3 fats such as wild caught salmon, green leafy organic vegetables that contain high numbers of phytonutrients, berries such as raspberries and blueberries that have antioxidants called anthocyanins (which have been shown to slow tumor growth as well), and healing herbs like turmeric, basil, and ginger. Want to improve your odds of living longer and living pain-free? Make it a point to also avoid all processed and GMO foods (including GMO produce), refined sugar, wheat products (especially commercially-produced breads, pastas, and baked goods), trans fats and artificial ingredients, and keep alcohol consumption to a minimum. The best diet for staying vibrant into your 70s, 80s, and beyond is the simplest kind of diet. Eat real, recognizable food and plenty of (preferably raw or lightly steamed) vegetables in a relaxed setting and drink plenty of clean, filtered water. Even when we are older, our bodies are still primarily made of water so the key is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! #4: Get Plenty of Sleep. Older people often have trouble sleeping, especially women in their post-menopausal years. The reasons for this are plentiful: stress and anxiety as well as hormonal imbalances can play a part. Making rest a priority can do wonders for your daily energy levels and clarity of mind. Studies have shown that individuals with sleep disorders such as “sleep apnea” and insomnia have an increased risk of cancer. Insufficient sleep has been associated with cell damage, neurological impairment, a compromised immune system, inflammation, and accelerated aging. When you get consistent, quality sleep, however, these conditions can sometimes reverse as the body is allowed to repair and restore during sleep. #5: Exercise Your Mind. You may think of activities such as doing crosswords or sudoku, learning a language or musical instrument or reading a book as ways that you can keep your mind active in later years. But these activities are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how you can boost your brain power. Stress-relieving and focusing activities such as meditation (and movement meditations like qi gong and forest bathing) have been proven to improve the strength and length of telomeres, stretches of DNA at the end of chromosomes which protect our genes. Telomeres keep chromosomes from fraying and clumping. Shortened telomeres are associated with aging as well as cancer and higher risk of death. A 2015 Canadian study linked evidence of longer telomere strands to meditation (when compared to those who did not meditate). In addition, activities like creative visualization, repeating affirmations, and doing something like Emotional Freedom Technique (which also clears energy channels for physical healing, according to the principles of Chinese medicine) can keep you in a positive state of mind which can aid in the slowing down of the aging process. Famed actress Sophia Lauren had it right when she said, “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” #6: Keep Moving! Hundreds of studies have correlated even moderate amounts of exercise with lower blood pressure, lower incidents of diabetes, lower cancer rates (sometimes up to 80 percent reduction), lower rates of heart disease, increased longevity and happiness overall. Take a walk (especially in nature), swim, do some yoga or tai chi, or dance to your favorite tune. The most important thing is that you move your body at least 3 to 4 times a week for at least 30 minutes, according to experts. In addition, if your lifestyle or profession dictates that you sit for long periods of time, make sure that you get up to stretch and move every hour at least. Your Reverse Aging “Recipe” Taking key supplements (including mushrooms for supporting your immune system), eating healthy, organic foods and drinking fresh, filtered water, getting plenty of sleep, exercising the mind, and moving the body regularly. These six actions really are the “recipe” for not only a long life, but a vibrant one as well. Slowing down the aging process and staying sharp into your hundreds like the centenarians of Okinawa is possible. It simply takes discipline and a vision of a strong and healthy you, no matter what your physical age!  
We tackle sugar topics like, what is a carb, what is sugar addiction, the problem with flours, how sugar compares to cocaine and heroin in the brain, tips for feeding your kids or grandkids, and much more!
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Mushrooms are magical! We’ve talked about the amazing benefits of mushrooms before but today we dive deeper into the top 7 mushrooms that support our health. Listen in to learn how chaga, turkey tail, shitake, maitake, cordyceps, lion’s mane, and reishi mushrooms work hard to keep us healthy and our immune systems strong.   * * *   What Mushrooms Are In 7M+? Turkey tail, chaga, shiitake, maitake, cordyceps, lion’s mane, and reishi.   Chaga Chaga has been used for centuries, primarily in the East. It’s known for its immune support and soothing properties. Many traditional healers have used it as a soothing tea for a powerful and natural digestive support. It’s also shown the potential to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range. Chaga also has very powerful antioxidant properties that make it a powerhouse on its own.   Cordyceps Cordyceps have been shown to help regulate a healthy immune system. They’re also strong inflammation fighters. Cordyceps were at one time so highly-valued that it was only allowed to be consumed by the Emperor of China, who lived 100+ years, and still fathered children into his 100s. Also known for the ability to support sexual health and athletic ability, Cordyceps have been the most sought-after nutritional mushroom in the Orient.   Lion’s Mane Lion’s Mane is known to support brain health, boost cognitive function, and aid against age-related memory loss. It also helps maintain mental focus and function, as well as promoting healthy digestive function through its powerful regulation of bacteria.   Turkey Tail It’s considered one of the best-researched mushrooms on Earth. Its benefits are just as strong as other nutritional mushrooms, such as Reishi, Cordyceps, and Maitake. It contains powerful antioxidant nutrients and high levels of selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin B3, which are crucial for boosting and maintaining immunity. Turkey Tail is so effective, we’ve put it in several of our supplements.   Shiitake The benefits of Shiitake mushrooms for your immune system are some of the most well-documented for any type of nutritional mushroom. Perhaps its greatest influence is in the activity of the tiny cells responsible for protecting your immune system from inflammation. A recent four-week study showed that daily use of Shiitake mushrooms boosted the immune response in young adults. They have the potential to keep your immune cells protected from inflammation and the signs of aging. Lentinan Lentinan is a polysaccharide extracted from the fruit body of the Shiitake. So, deep within the Shiitake mushroom is Lentinan. Lab studies show that not only is Lentinan effective at supporting a healthy immune system, but it also has cholesterol-lowering properties.   Maitake Lab studies show that this nutrient-rich wild mushroom is not only effective at supporting a healthy immune system. It can also help regulate blood pressure Support healthy blood sugar Fight off abnormal cell growth Maintain healthy inflammation… and much more! It’s no wonder many cultures around the world use the magical maitake mushroom as a powerful healing tonic and medicinal food.   Reishi Nicknamed the “Mushroom of Immortality.” It’s not hard to see why Reishi mushrooms have been used in natural health remedies for hundreds of years. It seems every year, science uncovers new uses for this wonder nutrient. It may be thanks to the complex compounds found in Reishi mushrooms that help regulate and support an aging immune system, reduce inflammation, and assist in healthy heart function.   Why Take 7M+? You’re going to have a hard time going to the grocery store and picking out all these mushrooms and getting them into your diet. And not only that, but you can buy a lot of these different mushroom products individually, in their own capsule form, in a bottle, and pay $50 for each one in a bottle, or you can get all of these wrapped into one product, a blend of all of these mushrooms that work synergistically together. The reason why I think this product is so powerful and mushrooms are so powerful, our immune system, and we also talked a lot about the gut and the bacteria and the gut health, all of it supports our overall health, not only from the physical perspective, but our emotional perspective.   What Is the Aging Process? It’s all of the functions and systems in our body slowing down, shutting down in a sense, going slower, slower, slower, slower, to the point where you’re just not as healthy as you once were. But we’re seeing through the research, we’ve talked about today in this podcast, in the last podcast, that we actually can do things to keep ourselves healthier longer.   Supplements Jonathan Recommends Everyone Take Multi-Vita-Maxx Turmeric 3D 7M+     Deeper Dive Resources Empowering You Organically Podcast on Telomeres https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/telomeres-and-slowing-down-aging-episode-46/   Antioxidant properties of several specialty mushrooms https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0963996901001508?via%3Dihub   Chaga https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inonotus_obliquus   Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in human lymphocytes as assessed by comet assay https://content.iospress.com/articles/biofactors/bio00676   Ergosterol peroxide from Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) exhibits anti-cancer activity by down-regulation of the β-catenin pathway in colorectal cancer https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874115300477   Cordyceps https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordyceps   Lion’s Make https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hericium_erinaceus   Chemistry, Nutrition, and Health-Promoting Properties of Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s Mane) Mushroom Fruiting Bodies and Mycelia and Their Bioactive Compounds https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jafc.5b02914   Gastroprotective Effects of Lion’s Mane Mushroom Hericium erinaceus (Bull.:Fr.) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae) Extract against Ethanol-Induced Ulcer in Rats https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/492976/abs/   Turkey Tail https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trametes_versicolor   FDA Approves Bastyr Turkey Tail Trial for Cancer Patients https://bastyr.edu/news/general-news/2012/11/fda-approves-bastyr-turkey-tail-trial-cancer-patients   Medicinal Mushrooms (PDQ®) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK424937/   Shiitake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiitake   Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25866155   Effects of shiitake (Lentinus edodes) extract on human neutrophils and the U937 monocytic cell line. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10190187   Lentinan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lentinan   Gordon M, Guralnik M, Kaneko Y, et al. A phase II controlled study of a combination of the immune modulator, lentinan, with didanosine (ddI) in HIV patients with CD4 cells of 200-500/mm3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10503166   Combination therapy with lentinan improves outcomes in patients with esophageal carcinoma. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22200763   Reishi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingzhi_mushroom   Ganoderma lucidum ("Lingzhi"), a Chinese medicinal mushroom: biomarker responses in a controlled human supplementation study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14756912   Randomized clinical trial of an ethanol extract of Ganoderma lucidum in men with lower urinary tract symptoms. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18097505 Study of potential cardioprotective effects of Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi): results of a controlled human intervention trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21801467   Maitake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grifola_frondosa   Anti-diabetic activity present in the fruit body of Grifola frondosa (Maitake). I. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7820117   Organixx 7M+ https://shop.organixx.com/collections/immune-support/products/7m-plus   Organixx Multi-Vita-Maxx https://shop.organixx.com/collections/daily-nutrition-multivitamins/products/multi-vita-maxx   Organixx Turmeric 3D https://shop.organixx.com/products/turmeric-3d?_pos=1&_sid=985c8e583&_ss=r
We’re all on a health journey. We don’t travel alone in this! Join us as we learn more about our founder, Jonathan Hunsaker! He’s openly sharing about his childhood and how he came to start Organixx. Jonathan shares inspiration and motivation by sharing his struggles and successes along his health journey.  Jonathan’s one big takeaway for you is to take it one thing at a time, and if you fall off the wagon, don’t wait until January 1st to get back on it, don’t wait until your birthday to get back on it, don’t wait until Monday to get back on it. Just get back on it now, right? Everybody does that. It’s like “Alright, well, it’s Wednesday. You know what? I’m going to start my new diet on Monday.”  Well, what do we do? We eat like crap all the way through Sunday night, and then Monday morning, we decide to start our new diet. Well, Wednesday, we fall off our diet, and it’s like “You know what? I’m going to try again Monday.” But then we eat like crap until Monday. And the problem is, is we think that we’re going to go restrict ourselves, so we’re going to start doing this thing that we’re no longer—that’s going to keep us from being able to enjoy all this other fun stuff, and so, we gorge.  And during this process of trying to start a new diet or a new way of eating, whatever you want to call it, we actually gain weight because we’re gorging for those three days before we start a new diet. Well, consider not waiting. Consider starting today, start right now. If you’re listening to a podcast, you want to make a decision to quit smoking, quit right now. Don’t wait until Monday, don’t wait until tomorrow.  As Jonathan tells us, “I think that if you fall off the wagon, get right back on it. Only tackle one thing at a time. And over a year, over two years, over three years, you will develop healthy habits that will stick with you for the long-run. And if you fall off, like I did, you have a strong base to get back onto and continue on that journey.”
Is juicing the fountain of youth hiding in plain sight?!? We continue the top 10 reasons you, not should, but want to be consuming green juice every day. Jonathan and TeriAnn also tell us what we should look for in a green superfood as a replacement for the days you just can’t get the juicer running. What are the differences between juices and smoothies? We weigh in on the topic this week. You really want to listen to this episode and hear the #1 reason to drink your green juice. It will surprise you, guaranteed!   * * *   What is Juicing? process of extracting juice from plant tissues such as fruit or vegetables generally, the preferred method of consuming large amounts of produce quickly often practiced for dietary reasons or as a form of alternative medicine   Top 5 Countdown on Juicing 5. Less Digestive Work When you drink juice, you save your body energy; it doesn't have to do as much digesting. It also helps maintain your supply of digestive enzymes... you do not use as many.   4. Healthy Sugar Juices contain simple sugars that we need for energy; however, because they are combined with other healthful nutrients, they are not harmful, as are refined sugars.   3. The Complete Package When you juice, you get the whole package...all the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables. this means natural nutrients in natural proportions, not added sugars, like those found in juices on supermarket shelves.   2. Juicing Prevents Disease Many studies point out that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can prevent disease. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2001.00513.x Some of the most exciting research in the last decade has been the discovery of a group of nutrients, which have protective effects against cell oxidation. These naturally occurring compounds impart bright colour to fruits and vegetables and act as antioxidants in the body by scavenging harmful free radicals, which are implicated in most degenerative diseases. Epidemiological studies have established a positive correlation between the intake of fruits and vegetables and prevention of diseases like atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and also ageing. So pronounced has been their effect on ageing that they have been called ‘fountains of youth’. Fruits and vegetables have thus had conferred on them the status of ‘functional foods’, capable of promoting good health and preventing or alleviating diseases. Phenolic flavonoids, lycopene, carotenoids and glucosinolates are among the most thoroughly studied antioxidants.   1. Enzymes! Fruit and vegetable juices provide a convenient source of enzymes. They spark the essential chemical reactions we need to live. They are necessary for digesting food, for stimulating the brain, for providing cellular energy, and for repairing all tissue.   Tips for Juicing Get a good juicer that is easy to clean Make juice for a couple days at a time Only use organic fruits and vegetables    What is a Green Superfood Powder and Why Do I Want One? A green superfood powder contain many servings of vegetables and superfoods in a scoop of water-soluble powder. In addition to veggies and superfoods, the powder may also contain other health-supporting ingredients like probiotics and immune-supporting herbs. Depleted soil with less minerals and good bacteria Reduced food diversity and wild varieties Reduced nutrient density in vegetables Modern lifestyle depletes vitamins and minerals   What to Look For in a Green Superfood https://organixx.com/organic-organigreens/ USDA Certified Organic Must have at least 50 ingredients A green drink with at least 50 ingredients will do a better job of filling those “nutritional gaps” than a green drink that has only 20 ingredients. Use advanced processing techniques: Pulp Powder vs Juice Powder Whereas “pulp powders” require 5-6 lbs of greens to create 1 lb of green drink powder, “juice powders” require as much as 33 lbs! Must contain all 5 “Nutritional Boosters” Fruit, Vegetables (including GREENS), Mushrooms, Herbs, Spices MUST taste good! If it tastes good you will stick with the habit!   Deeper Dive Resources Impact of mild dehydration on wellness and on exercise performance: https://www.nature.com/articles/1601897   Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables – the millennium’s health: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2001.00513.x   Juicers on Amazon https://amzn.to/2Eiklfs   Fat, Sick, And Nearly Dead Documentary: https://amzn.to/2EkPijf   Organixx’s OrganiGreens: https://shop.organixx.com/collections/daily-nutrition/products/organic-organigreens
Gratitude. It’s just not something to shine a light on in November each year. We’ve dug up some fascinating research on the positive benefits having an attitude of gratitude will make on your health and well-being. Tune in to hear the research and tips on starting your own daily gratitude practice.   Featured Product Organixx Ageless Brain Delivers powerful natural compounds scientifically shown to grow new brain cells and BOOST memory Rejuvenates and re-energizes your brain cells – and helps your brain stay YOUNG as you age Puts an end to brain fog… embarrassing senior moments… forgetfulness… trouble concentrating… and more! Promotes a calm, focused mind and balanced mood Supports healthy inflammation levels Made with organic herbal ingredients sourced from the Amazon rainforest   * * *   The holidays are here and it’s historically a hard time emotionally for many. And as we’ve discussed often… your emotions do impact your health and overall well-being! We wanted to explore the science of gratitude with you and offer some tips to help make the holidays just a little bit brighter this year. Scientists have discovered that feelings of gratitude can actually change your brain. Feeling gratitude can also be a great tool for overcoming depression and anxiety.   What Is Gratitude? Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components, which he describes in a Greater Good essay, “Why Gratitude Is Good.” “First,” he writes, “it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.” In the second part of gratitude, he explains, “we recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. … We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.” Emmons and other researchers see the social dimension as being especially important to gratitude. “I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion,“ writes Emmons, “because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.” Because gratitude encourages us not only to appreciate gifts but to repay them (or pay them forward), the sociologist Georg Simmel called it “the moral memory of mankind.” This is how gratitude may have evolved: by strengthening bonds between members of the same species who mutually helped each other out.   This really is a ‘thing’! Universities have entire departments with focused research on happiness and gratitude. Researchers from Berkeley identified how gratitude might actually work on our minds and bodies. They provided four insights from their research suggesting what causes the psychological benefits of gratitude. Gratitude unshackles us from toxic emotions Gratitude helps even if you don’t share it Gratitude’s benefits take time & practice. You might not feel it right away. Gratitude has lasting effects on the brain   Breakdown of Benefits Physical• Stronger immune systems • Less bothered by aches and pains • Lower blood pressure • Exercise more and take better care of their health • Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking   Psychological• Higher levels of positive emotions • More alert, alive, and awake • More joy and pleasure • More optimism and happiness   Social• More helpful, generous, and compassionate • More forgiving • More outgoing • Feel less lonely and isolated.   The Key to Well-Being? “Building the best life does not require fealty to feelings in the name of authenticity, but rather rebelling against negative impulses and acting right even when we don’t feel like it,” says Arthur C. Brooks, author of Gross National Happiness, in a column in the New York Times. In the article, from 2015, he argues that “acting grateful can actually make you grateful” and uses science to prove it. A 2003 study compared the well-being of participants who kept a weekly list of things they were grateful for to participants who kept a list of things that irritated them or neutral things. The researchers showed that the gratitude-focused participants exhibited increased well-being and they concluded that “a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.” Understand this…..The participants didn’t begin the study any more grateful or ungrateful than anyone else, and they didn’t change their lives during the study so that they’d have more to be thankful for. They just turned their outlook to one of gratitude, and they were happier for it.   How Do You Practice Gratitude? Tony Robbins’ Guided Imagery – Gratitude Practice He was on a podcast with Tim Farris, and he did like a seven-minute clip, and he walks you through how to feel gratitude from a way he's learned how to do it.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Robert Emmons "Why Gratitude Is Good" https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good   Greater Good Magazine – "What Is Gratitude?" https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/gratitude/definition   Psychology Today – "Happiness" https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/happiness   Arthur C. Brooks article in the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/opinion/sunday/choose-to-be-grateful-it-will-make-you-happier.html   2003 Study from Robert Emmons https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/images/application_uploads/Emmons-CountingBlessings.pdf   Tony Robbins Gratitude Exercise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-1mxzHlEKI
Jeffrey Smith is back talking GMOs! Join us as we dive even deeper into the murky world of GMOs and RoundUp. Jeffrey helps bust some myths and explains how we got to where we are now. You want to understand what Roundup (Glyphosate) does to your body so tune in and let Jeffrey explain in layman’s terms.   * * * About Jeffrey Smith Jeffrey is the founding executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and the leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices. He was named the 2017 Person of the Year by Masters of Health Magazine for more than two decades or work in 45 countries exposing how biotech companies mislead policymakers and the public and put the health of society at risk. In 2018, he and Amy Hart released Secret Ingredients, a documentary that highlights numerous individuals and families that healed from serious conditions after switching to an organic diet. His feature-length documentary, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives was awarded the 2012 Movie of the Year, and inspired millions worldwide to choose healthier non-GMO foods. His books include Seeds of Deception, it is the world's bestseller on GMOs, and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods. He has counseled government leaders and healthcare practitioners from every continent and has been quoted by thousands of news outlets, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and Time Magazine. He appears on influential radio and television programs, including the BBC, NPR, Fox News, Democracy Now, The Doctors, and the Dr. Oz Show.    Secret Ingredients - SecretIngredientsMovie.com “The most effective and efficient tool at convincing people that they absolutely have to eat organic immediately”, Jeffrey Smith In the film, all these people get better from different diseases and disorders just after switching to organic food. then they realize the role of the food and the secret ingredients in the food   GMOs That Are Sprayed With Roundup Soy Corn Cotton (for cottonseed oil) Canola Sugar Beets Alfalfa Zucchini Yellow Squash Papaya - from China & Hawaii Potatoes and Apples (engineered not to go brown) Can change expression in our bodies - very dangerous In fact, the person who made the potato, the scientist who first worked at Monsanto and then later at J.R. Simplot, Cauis Rommens, wrote a book after that, Pandora's Potato is the Worst GMO. He realized after he retired that it was a travesty and could be causing massive damage to health.   Other Mom-GMO Crops That Are Regularly Sprayed With Roundup Grains Beans Sunflowers Kiwi Citrus Potatoes Sweet Potatoes Vineyards ...and more!   What Roundup (Glyphosate) Does To Your Body It's primary poison is called glyphosate. Glyphosate was patented as a chelator. It chelates with all sorts of minerals making them unavailable, and these are the minerals we want to have available. . The reason it was patented, it was patented as a descaler to clean the mineral deposits inside industrial boilers and pipes. So it was a cleaning chemical. It kills the beneficial bacteria in the soil and also in our guts, but not the nasty pathogens. It blocks the shikimate pathway which is a seven-step metabolic route used by cells to function. The shikimate pathway is used by gut bacteria to produce the precursors to; serotonin, melatonin, dopamine. Causes a leaky gut. “When you take human cells in a Petri dish that are bound tightly together with tight junctions, and you add Roundup in that Petri dish, they separate. So it loses the tight junctions. If that happens inside our gut, that's leaky gut.” Linked to birth defects. Linked to increased cancer numbers.   An Activist’s Timeline IRT started talking about the health dangers early on, 1996. Jeffrey published Seeds of Deception in 2003. It became a world best seller. He traveled all over the world with that book. People started changing the way they're talking about GMOs. Starting around 2010, I found that people who had been reading my books and reading my articles which were not lightweight. They were detailed and long as to ensure understanding of all the issues we faced with GMOs and glyphosate. In 2010, IRT created the Tipping Point Network of groups. In 2010 the Non-GMO Project came up. Started to verify products. There was a flood of people trying to get their products, Non-GMO Project verified so that they would get a boost in sales. So there was an 18-month waiting list for getting their verification. In 2012, he released the movie Genetic Roulette, and also there was a ballot initiative in California for labeling. Between the two of them, the number of people that were concerned about the health dangers in GMOs went from 51% in 2012 to 61% in 2013. Whole Foods, in 2013, said at the Natural Foods Expo West, "We're going to require products to be either organic, certified, or Non-GMO Project verified by 2018, or they will be considered GMOs." They also mentioned that when a product becomes non-GMO verified, there's an increase in sales at 15 to 30%. That was the tipping point for the natural products industry. At the beginning of 2014, other products started to do the same, who are not in the natural products industry, first was Cheerios, and then Grape-Nuts. It started in 2014 in the mainstream, and now it's 46% of Americans say they're seeking non-GMO food. All the major food companies are putting more and more effort into replacing the GM ingredients due to consumer demand. Then comes along 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, determines that glyphosate is a class two A carcinogen. In particularly for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Now, the lawyers are involved because of the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and they started to defend and take on cases of people that had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that were using Roundup, or the survivors. And winning.     Myths Busted   GMOs are the same as Crossbreeding The FDA scientists have said GMOs are different, lead to different risks, compared to natural breeding. George Wald, the Noble Laureate, said the same thing. Belinda Martineau, who did the first GMO tomato. It's no longer on the market. She says, "Of course it's not an extension of natural breeding. It's different. It leads to different risks. It creates massive collateral damage that's not seen in nature. Those mutations can be dangerous. A single point mutation can kill someone, and there can be hundreds or thousands of them when you do these transformations with genetic engineering."   GMOs Increase Average Yield & Help Feed the World Over 400 scientists contributed to a document for the United Nations. The most comprehensive evaluation, how to feed the world. What do they say about GMOs? Doesn't apply. It's not a solution. It does not have any positive impact to feed the hungry world, eradicate poverty, or create sustainable agriculture. The NY Times’ article agrees. Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops It doesn't increase average yield, and yet agroecology and things like beyond organic can double yields in developing countries.      Deeper Dive Resources   Secret Ingredients - The Movie https://in188.isrefer.com/go/sifs/Organixx/   BOOK: Seeds of Deception https://amzn.to/2DC5N9O   BOOK: Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods https://amzn.to/2Jbcpj5   Institute of Responsible Technology https://responsibletechnology.org/   Pets & GMOs https://petsandgmos.com/   Shikimate Pathway https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15012217   Controversy Around the Séralini Study in 2012 https://www.gmoseralini.org/ten-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-seralini-study/ https://www.gmoseralini.org/retraction-by-corruption-seralini-study/ http://www.seralini.fr/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Novotny-JBPC-2018-On-Seralini-FCT-retraction.pdf   Laboratory Rodent Diets Contain Toxic Levels of Environmental Contaminants: Implications for Regulatory Tests https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4489719/   Transcriptome profile analysis reflects rat liver and kidney damage following chronic ultra-low dose Roundup exposure. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26302742   Glyphosate Causes Serious Multi-Generational Health Damage to Rats – New WSU Research https://responsibletechnology.org/glyphosate-causes-serious-multi-generational-health-damage-to-rats-new-wsu-research/   RoundUp Risks Website https://rounduprisks.com/   Effect of diets containing genetically modified potatoes expressing Galanthus nivalis lectin on rat small intestine https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(98)05860-7/fulltext   New UN Report: Pesticides Don’t Feed the World https://civileats.com/2017/03/13/new-un-report-pesticides-dont-feed-the-world/   BOOK: Pandora's Potatoes: The Worst GMOs https://amzn.to/2GV8NA0   Non-GMO Project https://www.nongmoproject.org/product-verification/ https://www.nongmoproject.org/about/   USDA Certified Organic https://www.usda.gov/topics/organic https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic
Sweet slumber! Sleep is something we all do. More importantly, sleep is something we all need for vibrant health. Listen in this week as we discuss theories of sleep, stages of sleep, and the science of why we sleep. You’ll want to listen to the end! We wrap up by giving you 10 Tips for Improving Your Sleep Hygiene.   * * *   Notes on Sleep Different levels of sleep are different for different people. It’s recommended that you get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is really important physiologically, and the biologically, it’s a necessity in our body. You cannot get your sleep back. You cannot correct for missing sleep.   Theories on Sleep Inactivity Theory One of the earliest theories of sleep, sometimes called the adaptive or evolutionary theory. Suggests inactivity at night is an adaptation that served a survival function by keeping organisms out of harm’s way at times when they would be particularly vulnerable. Energy Conservation Theory Research has shown that energy metabolism is significantly reduced during sleep by as much as 10 percent in humans, and even more in other species. For example, both body temperature and caloric demand decrease during sleep, as compared to wakefulness. Many scientists consider this theory to be related to and part of the inactivity theory. Restorative Theory Sleep provides an opportunity for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself. Science shows animals deprived entirely of sleep lose all immune function and die in just a matter of weeks. This is further supported by findings that many of the major restorative functions in the body, like muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis, and growth hormone release, occur mostly, or in some cases, only during sleep. Other rejuvenating aspects of sleep are specific to the brain and cognitive function. For example, while we are awake, neurons in the brain produce adenosine, a byproduct of the cell’s activities. The buildup of adenosine in the brain is thought to be one factor that leads to our perception of being tired. Scientists think that this buildup of adenosine during wakefulness may promote the drive to sleep. As long as we are awake, adenosine accumulates and remains high. During sleep, the body has a chance to clear adenosine from the system, and as a result, we feel more alert when we’re awake. Brain Plasticity Theory One of the most recent and compelling explanations for why we sleep is based on findings that sleep is correlated to changes in the structure and organization of the brain. This phenomenon, known as brain plasticity, is not entirely understood, but its connection to sleep has several critical implications. It’s becoming clear, for example, that sleep plays a critical role in brain development in infants and young children. Infants spend about 13-14 hours per day sleeping, and about half of that time is spent in REM sleep, the stage in which most dreams occur. A link between sleep and brain plasticity is becoming clear in adults as well. This is seen in the effect that sleep and sleep deprivation have on people’s ability to learn and perform a variety of tasks.   Stages of Sleep Stage 1 – Non-REM sleep. The changeover from wakefulness to sleep. During this short period of relatively light sleep, your heartbeat, breathing, and eye movements slow, and your muscles relax, with occasional twitches. Stage 2 – Non-REM sleep. A period of light sleep before you enter deep sleep. Your heartbeat and breathing slow, and muscles relax even further. Your body temperature drops, and eye movement stops. Stage 3 – Non-REM sleep. The period of deep sleep that you need to feel refreshed in the morning. It occurs in longer periods during the first half of the night. Your heartbeat and breathing slow to their lowest levels during sleep. Your muscles are relaxed, and it may be difficult to awaken. REM Sleep First occurs about 90 minutes after falling asleep. Your eyes move more rapidly, mixed-frequency brainwave activity becomes closer to that seen in wakefulness, your breathing becomes faster and irregular, and your heart rate and blood pressure increase to near waking levels. Most of your dreaming occurs during REM sleep, although some can also occur in non-REM sleep. As you age, you sleep less of your time in REM sleep.   Why We Sleep Matthew Walker, an expert in sleep at UC Berkley, and author of the bestselling book, Why We Sleep, said, “The decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our wellness, even the safety and education of our children. It’s a silent sleep loss epidemic. It’s fast becoming one of the greatest challenges we face in the 21st Century.” “It makes you dumber.” Cognitive function. More forgetful. Unable to learn new things. More vulnerable to dementia. More likely to die of a heart attack. Less able to fend off sickness with a strong immune system. More likely to get cancer. Makes your body literally hurt more. Lack of sleep distorts your genes and increases your risk of death generally, disrupts the creation of sex hormones, like estrogen and testosterone, and leads to premature aging.   10 Tips for Improving Your Sleep Hygiene Try to keep the same sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends. Limit the difference to no more than about an hour. Staying up late and sleeping in late on weekends can disrupt your body’s clock and sleep-wake rhythm, which is going to impact your pattern of being able to fall asleep. For children, have a set bedtime and a bedtime routine. Don’t use the child’s bedroom for time-outs of punishments. Create a quiet, comfortable sleep environment. Set your bedroom thermostat at a comfortable temperature, turn off the TV and other things that may disrupt sleep. If your pet wakes you up, keep them outside the bedroom. Your bedroom should be dark. Turn off bright lights and have a comfortable mattress. Essentia mattress Light-blocking film White noise machine Keeping your room cool An hour before bedtime, dim the lights and turn off all screens. Turn off blue light sources. If you can’t sleep, get out of bed and do something quiet and relaxing until the urge to sleep returns. Then, go back to bed. Never go to bed tipsy. Alcohol is a sedative, and sedation is not sleep. It also blocks your REM dream sleep, an important part of the sleep cycle. Your heart rate doesn’t get low enough, so you’re not getting that restorative sleep, you’re not able to really slow things down. Avoid heavy and/or large meals within a couple hours of bedtime. Having a light snack is okay. Avoid nicotine and caffeine. Nicotine and caffeine are stimulants, and both substances can interfere with sleep. The effects of caffeine can last as long as eight hours. Spend time outside every day when possible. Be physically active. Exercise before 2:00 pm every day. Exercise promotes continuous sleep. Avoid rigorous exercise before bedtime. Rigorous exercise circulates endorphins into the body, which may cause difficulty initiating sleep. If you’re a clock watcher, remove it from the line of sight. Have a comfortable pre-bedtime routine. Warm bath Meditation Quiet time Reading Connected to #4 - Stay in bed and focus on your breathing for a little while before you get up out of bed.   Naps Napping during the day may provide a boost in alertness and performance. However, if you have trouble falling asleep at night, limit naps or take them earlier in the afternoon. Adults should nap for no more than 20 minutes. Napping in preschool-age children is normal and promotes healthy growth and development. It’s the 20-minute power nap that really rejuvenates you the most and has you wake up and being alert, whereas the 30-40-minute nap can almost get you into that deep sleep again, and then you wake up out of that and you’re more groggy, and your body’s confused. It’s not sure if it should be going into deep sleep or not.     Deeper Dive Resources   TeriAnn’s Health Journey Podcast https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast/inspired-health-journey-teriann-trevenen/   Organixx Articles on Sleep https://organixx.com/?s=sleep   How Much Sleep Do We Really Need? https://www.sleepfoundation.org/excessive-sleepiness/support/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need   Consequences of Insufficient Sleep http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences   Energy Conservation and Sleep https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7546319   Alzheimer’s Disease and Sleep https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/alzheimers-disease-and-sleep   Garmin Fitness Trackers https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/health-fitness/cIntoSports-c571-p1.html   Oura Ring https://ouraring.com/   Why We Sleep Book https://amzn.to/2MVSjwy   Essentia Mattresses https://amzn.to/2ZouMps   Blue Light and Sleep: What’s the Connection? https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/block-blue-light-to-sleep-better   How Long Is an Ideal Nap? https://www.sleep.org/articles/how-long-to-nap/
We are excited to bring you a fascinating interview about our microbiome with Pedram Shojai from Well.org this week! Tune in to understand how our microbiome is the ecosystem of our lives. You’ll learn how your gut health affects your immunity and mental health. And the new fascinating discoveries being made about the bacteria in our tissues and organs and how they support healthy function. You don’t want to miss Pedram’s tips for ensuring you tend a happy healthy microbiome. It all starts in 3...2...1!   * * *   Dr. Pedram Shojai is a man with many titles. He is the founder of Well.Org, the NYT Best Selling author of The Urban Monk, Rise and Shine, and The Art of Stopping Time. He’s the producer and director of the movies “Vitality,” “Origins.” And “Prosperity.” In his spare time, he’s also a Taoist Abbot, a doctor of Oriental medicine, a Kung Fu world traveler, a fierce global green warrior, an avid backpacker, a devout alchemist, a Qi Gong Master, and an old school Jedi bio-hacker working to preserve our natural world and wake us up to our full potential.   The Ecosystem of Life - Your Microbiome Science has now shown is that we are much more intimately connected with all the life on the planet than we ever knew through the bacteria, viruses, protozoa, nematodes, even parasites that live inside our body. There's RNA and DNA that we can now analyze on these bugs and understand how they support many human functions. These functions are actually attributed to these bacteria that are co-existing with us. The word is symbiosis. All of this life in and around us is part of what makes us human and without it, we collapse, and we fall ill. If you don't have proper gut health and you're not supporting the life inside of you, there are entire systems that are collapsing that are leading to inflammation and chronic disease.   Where It All Begins The first inoculation of our microbiome is as we come through the birth canal. 30% of mom's breast milk are these oligosaccharides that get secreted by mom. They are indigestible by baby. They're specifically designed to feed the bacteria in the baby's gut. Now fast forward here, you need to eat the fiber, vegetables, phytonutrients, and all these things that these bacteria eat, not for you but for the bacteria. If we put them first and understand how to feed them, they take care of us and in turn we get less illness, less chronic disease, we have more energy, things work.   Every Tissue, Every Organ In The Body Has Bacteria Associated With It Researchers found that women with tumors in their breasts had a different mix of bacteria living in the tissue compared with women who did not have tumors. The research team discovered for the first time that healthy breast tissue contains more of the bacterial species Methyl bacterium. It is blowing the doors open on everything we know about medicine and this is just the beginning.   The Microbiome and Your Immunity About 70% or so of our immune system is around our guts, it's called the gut associated lymphatic tissue. The bacteria are acting as the sentinels between the outside world and the inside world and telling the immune system that everything is good. You can't heal if your immune system is constantly battling and that all starts in the gut and that all has to do with how the microbiome is informing the immune system to either attack or to relax and it will do so based on what is in there.   What Lifestyles Are Destroying Our Microbiome and Causing Leaky Gut? Standard American Diet Not enough prebiotics to feed the good bacteria. Food allergies like gluten and dairy.   Why Leaky Gut Matters Once you start creating inflammation and tears in the lining of the gut, there are food particles that will sneak through and the immune system says, "Hey, you're not supposed to be on this side." It will start to create antibodies to those food particles as foreign invaders. This is how food allergies are created. Creates systemic inflammation throughout the body.   How to Improve Your Microbiome Work with a Functional Medicine Doctor. Analysis of your microbiome. You look at how we need to eat and ‘who’ we need to feed. Include indigestible fiber in your daily diet. You consume a variety of fermented foods and prebiotic foods with every single meal and you adjust for feeding the bacteria that help you thrive. Reduce sugar in your diet. By bringing down the bacteria, specifically like the yeast and bad bacteria that thrive on sugars in particular, you'll start to notice a difference very quickly. Increase fiber intake.   Benefits of a Healthy Microbiome Brain fog dissipates. Anxiety and depression reduced. Energy levels increase. Excess weight is released.   What Role Do Parasites Play in Gut Health? We're finding that there's certain parasites that help bring down your blood sugar. Certain parasites will help you offset certain disease processes. The research in new and ongoing in this area.     Deeper Dive Resources   Interconnected Docuseries https://of535.isrefer.com/go/start/Organixx/podcast-20190424   Well.org https://www.well.org/   Viome - At Home Gut Microbiome Testing https://www.viome.com/   Metabolome https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metabolome   Symbiosis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbiosis   Cleveland Clinic Researchers Find Link Between Bacterial Imbalances and Breast Cancer https://newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/2017/10/05/cleveland-clinic-researchers-find-link-between-bacterial-imbalances-and-breast-cancer/   What prebiotic foods should people eat? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323214.php   11 Probiotic Foods That Are Super Healthy https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-super-healthy-probiotic-foods   Gut-associated lymphoid tissue https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gut-associated_lymphoid_tissue   Intestinal permeability https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intestinal_permeability   Candidiasis https://www.health.harvard.edu/a_to_z/candidiasis-a-to-z   The Institute for Functional Medicine https://www.ifm.org/   The Hygiene Hypothesis http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi= https://www.livescience.com/54078-hygiene-hypothesis.html
Ready to put serious sizzle back in your relationship? Today, we’re talking about your libido, we’re talking about sex drive, and we’re talking about how to have fulfilling lovemaking with your mate, because it is vitally important. Learn the difference between testosterone driven and estrogen driven approaches to intimacy. Listen in as Susan teaches us how caring for and nurturing the sexuality that is your divine right as a human being on this planet, leads to the intimacy and connection that we all deserve to have.   * * *   About Susan Susan is a champion and advocate for all who desire passionate relationships. Considered the Dear Abby of sex, Susan’s fresh approach and original ideas have helped millions of people of all ages and across the gender spectrum transform sex into passion. Married to her husband, Tim, since 1993, Susan is an author, award-winning speaker, and serial entrepreneur, who teaches passionate lovemaking techniques to her fans around the world.   Susan has been featured in the New York Times and on CNBC and The Today Show, as well as appearing on ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and on NBC as the Marriage Magician. Susan is the Chair Emeritus of The AdTech Conference. She was both CMO and a member of the board of directors for an Anthony Robbins tech startup, as well as serving on numerous boards throughout her career.   In 2009, Susan was honored as a Silicon Valley Woman of Influence by the Business Journal, and as a top 10 internet pioneer by Ad Age Magazine. In 2010, was bestowed the Lifetime Industry Achievement Award by DMG World Media.   Susan talks about, after 25 years of marriage, “I know from experience that deep passionate intimacy with my partner is priceless, a priority that tops my list of must-haves, alongside good health and the love of family and friends. I have made it my mission to aide anyone who wants the kind of lovemaking that improves with age.”   * * *   Why Are People Afraid to Talk About Sex? We don’t really get a sex education, we get a procreation education, or a “How to not procreate” education. Abuse Adult programming is so prevalent now, that people are getting “their technique” from adult programming, which is complete fantasy, primarily degrading to women. Embarrassment Shame Religion   Why Don’t Our Parents Talk to Us About Sex? They don’t know. When they try to talk to us, we roll our eyes and like “Oh god, I don’t want to talk to you about this!”   Fundamental Thing About Libido Men are testosterone-driven, and women are estrogen-driven, and they make us wildly different in good ways and in ways that confound each other. So, we come to our connection from different perspectives.   “Revive Her Drive” Men ‘do’ to women what they want her to do to them because that’s what they know. Once you teach a man how to approach a woman the way estrogen needs to be approached, then all of a sudden, everything breaks open for the two of them.   Role Reversals There are people at this end and this end that are the minorities, but the general majority is heterosexual, monogamous, masculine/feminine, but there are people where there are reversals. And it doesn’t matter if it works for both people if there’s what is called polarity.   Polarity The masculine/feminine magnetic attraction of opposites.   Getting Over Your Mental Block Surrounding Sex Education is number one.   The Soulmate Embrace Technique Instead of trying to go from 0 to 100 miles an hour in your intimacy, start with the real foundations, like resetting your polarity. Why not just start by holding each other again? Holding and being held sets that polarity in. For the masculine, his job is to help the feminine get out of her mind and into her body. Our bodies are a temple, they are sacred. We can have sacred sexuality if we can connect at that level of intimacy, pleasure, limbic connections, soul connection, looking in each other’s eyes, syncopating our heartbeats, slowing our breath. “Setting the Lover’s Space,” having water, some strawberries and grapes, organic lube. Put in place all these little things, and hold her, and stroke her, and calm her down. Arousal and pleasure are actually the toggling of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Testosterone is “Full speed ahead!” But estrogen is like “Doodily-do, doodily-do, do, do.” Slowing down does so many things. It’s the touch of oxytocin. It’s the engorgement of our genitals. It’s the reconnection with each other. It’s the polarity that gets set in. Women need full body touching and stroking, they need their entire proprioceptive grid of cells really smoothed and touched and loved.   The Sexual Soulmate Pact “Okay, how about if we have this agreement where every time we’re intimate, I’ll tell you all the things my body is telling me she needs, so I can clue you in so you can be a winner in the bedroom with me.” Men are ruled by their hormones the same as we women are. When she blurts out any course corrections, and you can go both ways with this, of course, but this is very masculine/feminine, when she blurts out “Go harder,” “Go slower,” “Oh, you’re on my hair,” whatever she’s needing to say, and the only thing he does to respond is, “Okay, baby,” or “Got it,” or “Is this better?” or “Thank you.”   Sex Drive and Libido You need good hormones to have a libido, but that’s only a small amount of it. And it’s all of these touch techniques, and calming your nervous system, and feeling safe, and your other areas of your relationship being met and supported, that are also a big part of your sex drive, what makes you want to be with a person. That’s beyond libido, that’s actually your interest in sex, not just the fact that you feel like having sex, but that you actually take action and want sex.   How Females Can Approach This with Their Partners When you download my e-book, and you print it out, or you send the PDF to your husband or boyfriend, or you go out on date night and you read it together, or you read it in the car together, or you read it over dinner together, or whatever it is, or you leave it under his pillow, whatever you need to do, have him read it so he gets it and follows it, and say, “Could we make this pact? Could we have this pact in our bedroom? Let’s try it.”   What Makes A Strong Libido? Hormones Creativity Vitality General Health Supplements Botanicals Ashwaganda Maca Cacao E-Plexx/T-Plexx Nitrates Citrulline/citrulline malleate Arugula Dill Cabbage Beets Set a little intention that you’re caring for and nurturing for the sexuality that is your divine right as a human being on this planet, to have the intimacy and connection that we all deserve to have. Blood Flow   What Decreases Libido? Outside Forces Repression Shaming Lack of Knowledge Ignorance Fear Aging (genital atrophy)   A Man’s Semen Is Very Healthy for A Woman It has luteinizing hormone; it regulates her cycle. He gives her serotonin. He gives her testosterone, which gives her more courage and lowers her anxiety. He gives her zinc and other minerals that help her clear brain fog.     Deeper Dive Resources   “Revive Her Drive” http://www.reviveherdriveprogram.org/   The Soulmate Embrace https://personallifemedia.com/soulmate-embrace/   The Sexual Soulmate Pact https://personallifemedia.com/sexual-soulmate-pact/   Susan’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/susanbratton/   Susan’s YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/BetterLover   Ashwaganda https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withania_somnifera   Maca https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepidium_meyenii   Cacao https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobroma_cacao   Citrulline https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citrulline   Organixx Supplements https://shop.organixx.com/search?q=sexual+health   Organixx Articles on Libido https://organixx.com/?s=libido
Jonathan and TeriAnn get vulnerable today and share their experiences with COVID-19 and self-quarantining. Plus, they remind us to trust the source of our information, to reach out and ask for help, ways to give service to others, and how to build your immunity. Then we break down all the anxiety surrounding the pandemic. TeriAnn shares her Stages of Anxiety and 5 ways to tame the anxiety. Lastly, Jonathan reminds us that the children are watching as he shares tips on helping them navigate their emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Statistics World-O-Meter: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ John Hopkins: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html Google Map: https://www.google.com/covid19-map/   Transcripts of News Conferences https://www.rev.com/blog/transcript-tag/coronavirus-update-transcripts   Protecting CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water. WHO: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses CDC - Family Member Contracts: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19_FAQ_HouseholdReady-H.pdf   CDC – How to Clean & Disinfect: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fcleaning-disinfection.html Masks – https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/best-materials-make-diy-face-mask-virus/ https://pwp.gatech.edu/rapid-response/face-mask-fitting-and-use-guide/ https://pwp.gatech.edu/rapid-response/making-filter-inserts-for-soft-or-rigid-masks/ https://pwp.gatech.edu/rapid-response/sew-it-at-home-mask/     Mindset – Mental Health If you are a patient or family member or friend in need of immediate assistance: Disaster Distress Helpline (SAMHSA) Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Link) Call 800-273-8255 or Chat with Lifeline Crisis Textline (Link) Text TALK to 741741 Veterans Crisis Line (VA) Call 800-273-8255 or text 838255   CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html WHO - https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf How To Help Someone with Anxiety - https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2018/12/how-to-help-someone-with-anxiety/ CDC-Talking To Kids: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fschools-childcare%2Ftalking-with-children.html Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include Excessive crying or irritation in younger children Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting) Excessive worry or sadness Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens Poor school performance or avoiding school Difficulty with attention and concentration Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past Unexplained headaches or body pain Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs There are many things you can do to support your child Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand. Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you. Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand. Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities. Be a role model.  Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.     5 Ways to Reduce Coronavirus Anxiety – from UC Health https://www.uchealth.org/today/coronavirus-anxiety-tips-for-reducing-worries/   Coronavirus anxiety has spurred people to hoard everything from toilet paper to canned tuna. One family in Australia accidentally ordered 48 boxes of toilet paper instead of 48 rolls and ended up with a 12-year supply.   Hand sanitizer has been sold out for weeks, spurring nervous neighbors to share tips on Nextdoor about how to make their own sanitizer, only to discover on fruitless trips to the pharmacy that the key ingredient – alcohol – is also sold out.   Add worries about the tanking stock market to spookily empty store shelves and we are witnessing a full-blown case of coronavirus anxiety.   What is causing coronavirus anxiety? Psychologist Justin Ross said the coronavirus outbreak is causing a great deal of anxiety because there’s so much uncertainty.   Psychologist Justin Ross said it’s no surprise that mass anxiety and panicky behavior are spreading. Ross, who has a doctorate in psychology and practices at the UCHealth Integrative Medicine Center in Stapleton, said anxiety is a natural response now because the coronavirus outbreak is feeding the three key ingredients that cause anxiety: Unpredictability: when we don’t have a clear sense of what may happen next. Lack of control: when we believe we do not have direct control for managing issues appropriately. Threats to people or things we value.   Ross said anxiety can be a healthy response during times of stress.   “In many ways anxiety serves an adaptive, healthy response when something we value dearly is threatened or perceived to be threatened,” Ross said. “The problem is when the anxiety response runs amok and spins out of control. That’s when it can cause a lot of problems for people.”   Ross said it’s clear that anxiety about the coronavirus outbreak is causing problems for some.   “The current level of uncertainty and a felt sense of lacking control with this virus has led to us buy things unnecessarily or excessively checking the news and social media. We want to feel like we have the ability to control our lives. We want information and we want products that align with our vision for safety and control,” he said.   How to tame coronavirus anxiety? While it’s not very helpful during legitimate times of stress to give people pat responses like: “calm down,” “don’t panic,” or “don’t worry,” Ross said there are simple steps that can help tame coronavirus anxiety.   Here are his recommendations: Limit your exposure to news and social media. Schedule times to view updates. Plan to check your news sources or social media feeds just twice a day. Make those checks brief. Then otherwise, avoid updates that could be feeding your coronavirus anxiety.   Unless you are running a hospital or a news outlet, you don’t need to be getting constant updates about the coronavirus outbreak.   “Anxiety can build from media exposure,” Ross said. “Limit your consumption. Pick one or two trusted sources that you are going to rely on and screen out all the others. Schedule two times a day that you are going to check the news and consume media for no more than five minutes each time. That’s long enough to scan the latest information. But, any longer than that is going to spiral your anxiety.”   Ross strongly recommends limiting exposure to social media since a friend’s post —which may not even be accurate — can trigger worries for you. Anxiety essentially can be contagious. Reduce the contagion by skipping the updates.   Focus on controlling what you can control. “We feel anxiety when we are trying to control the things that are inherently outside our control,” Ross said.   Of course, the average person cannot control how widely the coronavirus outbreak will spread. We can’t control if our child’s school will close or if an important work conference will get canceled or if our 401K retirement savings shrinks dramatically.   So, Ross advises people to instead focus on the simple powers we do have.   “We can wash our hands. We can take precautions,” he said. “We can give ourselves the best chance of staying healthy.   Thorough hand washing is the No. 1 way people can stay healthy and avoid spreading the coronavirus. And, we can take reasonable precautions, like staying home from school or work when we are sick, not dipping our hands in community candy or food bowls, and skipping big group functions now if we have underlying health issues or our immune systems are compromised.   Get plenty of rest. Multiple studies have shown that a good night’s sleep can boost your immune system and prevent you from getting sick. Quality of sleep for enough hours a night also helps with mood and can reduce anxiety. If you are not sleeping well, seek help from your primary care provider or a sleep expert. There are some common and treatable causes for poor sleep, like sleep apnea. Ask your primary care provider or a sleep specialist for help.   Breathe. Engage in very simple, 5-minute deep breathing sessions at least three times a day.   “Breathing helps us manage the anxiety response on a physical, physiological and mental level,” Ross said.   The physical level is how the body reacts physically. The physiological response centers on the nervous system. And of course, our mental responses relate to how our brain is responding to stress.   Breathing deeply has the remarkable power to affect people on all three levels.   “One minute of deep breathing helps slow down the sympathetic nervous system — the fight or flight response associated with anxiety. Breathing also helps turn on the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps us restore balance and can provide a sense of calm and focus” Ross said.   The parasympathetic nervous system slows the heart rate and increases intestinal and glandular activities. It’s sometimes called the “rest and digest” system.   Exercise and spending time outdoors can be great ways to reduce stress. For Justin Ross, running is a great escape from stress and anxiety. He loves running marathons.   Ross encourages those already dealing with anxiety and everyone who wants to avoid it, to schedule three sessions a day of slow, deep, deliberate breathing for about three to five minutes during each session.   You don’t need any special equipment, but if an app helps, he recommends the free version of an app called Insight Timer.   Unless you are using your phone to help you breathe deeply, be sure to set it aside during your relaxation sessions.   Enjoy the outdoors and get exercise. Coloradans are lucky that we live in a sunny climate where getting outdoors is easy and quickly can lead us to beautiful places. Take time to go for a walk or a run. Or find a view of some trees or mountains and enjoy a session of deep breathing outdoors. Ross loves to run. He does marathons and, no matter how busy he is with work and family, he carves out time to run.   “People say, ‘I don’t have time,’” Ross said. “But if you make it a priority, it will happen. Making time to exercise and meditate and putting it in your schedule is going to make a difference.”   Ross often runs with friends and says that both the physical activity and the social connections are really helpful.   Find activities that soothe your soul and put coronavirus and other stressors out of your mind, at least temporarily.   “Exercise and yoga are great. Get out in the fresh air and the sunlight,” Ross said. “As much as possible, go about your normal life.”       RESOURCES     Organixx’s Liquid Multi-Vita-Maxx https://shop.organixx.com/products/liquid-multi-vita-maxx?gl=5d8906ef02e26b0c0c380838   How To Use Water To Heal Anxiety, Depression, and Sadness https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast/how-to-use-water-to-heal-anxiety-depression-and-sadness-episode-31/   Sleep... The experts were wrong and what you need to know! https://empoweringyouorganically.com/sleep_experts_were_wrong_what_you_need_to_know   Do This “One Thing” Every Day to Improve Your Emotional, Mental, and Physical Well Being https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-10-ways-to-become-more-grateful-episode-60/   Top 10 Ways To Become More Grateful From The Leading Expert on Gratitude and Happiness https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-10-ways-to-become-more-grateful-episode-60/   Unlocking the Full Potential of Your Mind https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/unlocking-the-full-potential-of-your-mind/   Learning to Manage Stress with Amy Mercree https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/learning-to-manage-stress-with-amy-mercree/     Subscribe to Empowering You Organically 
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Coronavirus is forefront in all our minds right now. Tune in to find out from Jonathan and TeriAnn why BOOSTING your immune system right now may not be the way to go. We help you understand your immune system; innate and adaptive, cytokine storms, and the role of beta-glucans, or a β-glucans for short, play in SUPPORTING your immunity. Which leads you into the magic of mushrooms. Here’s a hint…they aren’t just for anti-aging! “Boosting” your Immune System may be the worst thing you can do during a pandemic…   The single best thing you can do for your health and the health of your loved ones is to take steps towards supporting the health of your immune system.   And I chose the word “support” carefully because new research is now showing that...   Immune SUPPORT is better than an immune BOOST during a pandemic!   Let’s Look at The Immune System The immune system protects the body from possibly harmful substances by recognizing and responding to antigens. Antigens are substances (usually proteins) on the surface of cells, viruses, fungi, or bacteria. Nonliving substances such as toxins, chemicals, drugs, and foreign particles (such as a splinter) can also be antigens. The immune system recognizes and destroys, or tries to destroy, substances that contain antigens.   Your body's cells have proteins that are antigens. These include a group of antigens called HLA antigens. Your immune system learns to see these antigens as normal and usually does not react against them.     Important Distinctions of Your Immune System   Innate Immune System The innate immune system is made of defenses against infection that can be activated immediately once a pathogen attacks. The innate immune system is essentially made up of barriers that aim to keep viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other foreign particles out of your body or limit their ability to spread and move throughout the body. The innate immune system includes:   Physical Barriers such as skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, the nasopharynx, cilia, eyelashes and other body hair. Defense Mechanisms such as secretions, mucous, bile, gastric acid, saliva, tears, and sweat. General Immune Responses such as inflammation, complement, and non-specific cellular responses. The inflammatory response actively brings immune cells to the site of an infection by increasing blood flow to the area. Complement is an immune response that marks pathogens for destruction and makes holes in the cell membrane of the pathogen.   The innate immune system is always general, or nonspecific, meaning anything that is identified as foreign or non-self is a target for the innate immune response. The innate immune system is activated by the presence of antigens and their chemical properties.   The Adaptive Immune System: Precision and a long memory If the body’s first line of defense – the innate immune system – is unsuccessful in destroying the pathogens, after about four to seven days the specific adaptive immune response sets in. This means that the adaptive defense takes longer, but it targets the pathogen more accurately.   Another advantage: It can remember the aggressor and acts specifically against certain antigens. If there is new contact with an antigen that is already known, the defense response can then be quicker. This way the defense responses of the adaptive immune system are more efficient and faster than those of the innate defense, if the antigen is already known.   The adaptive immune system can remember the antigens because it produces memory cells. This is also the reason why there are some illnesses you can only get once in your life, because afterwards your body becomes “immune.” While after first contact with the pathogen it takes several days for the immune system to respond, a second infection often has no consequences, or at least the symptoms are weaker.   The adaptive immune system has several parts that react in different ways, depending on the place in the body where the pathogen is. Antibodies are made available for germs outside the cells (in the blood and in body fluids). To eliminate pathogens that are inside the tissue, a cell-mediated immune response is necessary.   These parts of the adaptive defense include:   T lymphocytes B lymphocytes antibodies as soluble proteins in the blood cytokines in the blood and tissue as hormone-like messenger substances   Cytokines Cytokines form a group of proteins that participate in cell signaling, intercellular communication and in many cellular and immunological functions. They are prominently involved in inflammatory responses and defense against viral infections.   If the other parts act like soldiers protecting you, then cytokines are like Navy Seals, sent in for only the toughest missions.    These cytokines are small molecules in the body that are released by certain cells to help coordinate the battle against infection. So, you might be thinking “Great! How do I get more of these hard-working cytokines into my system?”   And that makes sense. If they’re the best of the best for fighting illness, then you’d want more of them, right?   Well, it’s not so simple and now some doctors have recently made a startling discovery…   As it turns out, “boosting” cytokines during a pandemic like this might cause what some doctors call a “cytokine storm.”   And this cytokine storm might be the explanation of why some people rapidly decline in a pandemic, while others are able to stay healthy.   Scientifically speaking, a “cytokine storm” is when, in some cases, the body's own immune system actually overreacts to an infection.    And that’s when problems can start.   While cytokines are generally a good thing for your immune system…   Too many of them at once might actually cause an overreaction.    This “overreaction” could cause more damage to the body’s own cells than to the invading disease cells it's trying to fight off.     Your Cellular Immunity Defense System There is one thing that almost every single medical doctor does agree on when it comes to diseases… A compromised immune system is the single biggest risk factor anyone can have.   You might be wondering… How do I build the foundation of my immune system without overloading it?   Fortunately, there is something you can do, and it has to do with what doctors and medical researchers call... your Cellular Immunity Defense System   Cellular immunity protects the body through:   T-cell mediated immunity or T-cell immunity: activating antigen-specific cytotoxic T cells that are able to induce apoptosis in body cells displaying epitopes of foreign antigen on their surface, such as virus-infected cells, cells with intracellular bacteria, and cancer cells displaying tumor antigens; Macrophage and natural killer cell action: enabling the destruction of pathogens via recognition and secretion of cytotoxic granules (for natural killer cells and phagocytosis (for macrophages); and Stimulating cells to secrete a variety of cytokines that influence the function of other cells involved in adaptive immune responses and innate immune responses.   Cell-mediated immunity is directed primarily at microbes that survive in phagocytes and microbes that infect non-phagocytic cells. It is most effective in removing virus-infected cells, but also participates in defending against fungi, protozoans, cancers, and intracellular bacteria. It also plays a major role in transplant rejection.     THIS LITTLE-KNOWN NUTRIENT - Activates Your Cellular Immunity Defense System   It’s called a beta-glucan, or a β-glucan for short.   Outside of freshman chemistry class, you may never have heard of a beta-glucan.    But these β-glucans attach themselves to white blood cells and stimulate them to seek and destroy bacteria and viruses.     Your body already has natural bacteria killing cells called B cells and T cells, and dozens of research studies show that once β-glucans are in your system, they activate and strengthen these killer cells.     It’s like sending every little immunity soldier into battle with a rocket launcher packed with an unlimited supply of bacteria-seeking missiles.    And that’s not all they do…    Remember those little immunity defenders called cytokines?    We know that overloading the system with them can cause a “cytokine storm,” but striking the right balance of them can really fortify your immune system.    Well, that’s part of the magic of β-glucans...    β-glucans are what trigger natural and healthy cytokine production and those little cytokines are what spring to action in an immune response.    So, the more β-glucan you have in your body, the stronger your immune system.    AND what’s more, β-glucans naturally regulate your cytokine production, so they won’t “overload” and cause a dangerous cytokine storm.    So, you might be asking, how do I make sure my β-glucans are strong and that my system has enough of them to fight off infectious bacteria?    Well, there is one superfood that contains extremely high amounts of β-glucan.    The #1 Superfood That Fortifies Your Cellular Immunity Defense System:   NUTRITIONAL MUSHROOMS - The Cutting Edge of Natural Immune System Research   Just by using nutritional mushrooms regularly, researchers say you can increase your levels of β-glucans more than any other nutrient on earth.   It’s like having a never-ending supply of reinforcements to send into the war against infectious diseases.   Researchers have found that nutritional mushrooms contain 0.53 grams of β-glucans per 100 grams of mushrooms, which makes them far and away the most β-glucan-rich food you can find on the planet.   3 Mushrooms That Act Like “Turbo Shots” To Your Immune System    SHITAKE In a 2011 study, 52 healthy adults, aged 21 to 41, took home a 4-week supply of shiitake mushrooms. They were told to eat one 4-ounce serving of the mushroom every day.    Then after the 4 weeks were completed, they returned for some simple blood work.    Their results showed a decrease in inflammatory proteins which the researchers thought was a pretty good benefit in itself…    But then they looked a little harder at the data and saw that each patient's B cells, T cells, and natural bacteria-killing cells had all increased.    When they finally figured out what triggered this response, it was no surprise that it was all connected back to the β-glucans that came from the shiitake mushrooms they had been eating.    "If you eat a shiitake mushroom every day, you could see changes in their immune system that are beneficial," said Food Science and Human Nutrition Professor Sue Percival, who was the leader of the study.      She also said that those β-glucans were not only able to "Enhance the immune system,”    ... but “also reduce the inflammation that the immune system produces."   And the benefits of shiitake don’t just stop there, because these mushrooms flood your system with other nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin D, selenium, niacin, and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids.     Plus, the enzymes packed into shiitake also make it easier for your body to absorb almost any nutrient.     Which means if you’re already taking a vitamin C or D supplement for your immune system, shiitake will actually make those supplements work better!    REISHI Known as the Mushrooms of Immortality, reishi mushrooms are packed with polysaccharides, antioxidant properties, and those crucial β-glucans that can help with immune function.   As early as 206 BC there are writings about reishi mushrooms being used to help people live longer.   Today’s researchers now know that they were living longer simply because their bodies were better equipped to fight off disease.   Simply put, they had super strong Cellular Immunity Defense Systems.   Again, it’s thanks to the high content of those powerful β-glucans!   In fact, reishi mushrooms have been shown to have as much as 5.8% levels of β-glucans, higher than any other mushroom strain on earth.   MAITAKE   Remember those important cytokines?    Well, we know it’s important to strike the right balance of them in your system…    So that you have enough of them to help your immune system fight off bacteria...    But not too many to cause a dangerous “cytokine storm”.    It turns out that maitake mushrooms may just be the secret to striking this delicate balance.    A 3-week study of a group of healthy young women taking Maitake mushrooms resulted in the benefits you might expect.    Similar to reishi and shiitake, they all saw improvements in their immune systems thanks to the increase in β-glucans…    But the study with maitake gave researchers some really exciting results with those cytokines    It turns out that maitake was able to trigger both stimulatory (IL-2) and suppressive (IL-10) cytokines.     That means they were able to increase the cytokines, but not past a certain level so they got out of control.   But here’s where things really start to get interesting…    Maitake is not the only mushroom researchers have studied for the immune response…    While it was by far the strongest in supporting the immune defense reaction…    There was one way they were able to trigger an even bigger response…    They combined it with shiitake!    And it was that combination that was stronger than any other.   MUSHROOM POTENCY CAN BE INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY WHEN THEY ARE USED TOGETHER!   Just look what happened when the research team from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, and Integria Healthcare started mixing mushrooms together…    They started with nine varieties of whole mushroom extracts.    They tried them each individually with some pretty good results…    But then they tried mixing a few of them together, and as you’d expect, the results dramatically increased.    And when their work was done do you know which 3 of the 9 mushrooms worked best for the immune system?    You guess it - the magical trio of reishi, shiitake, and maitake.    When these 3 were combined, the lead researcher told the media that they came together to create and immune system “super-force.”    “What we found that was surprising was that the (combination) gave three to four times the impact that what we would expect,” Associate Professor Joe Tiralongo said.   7M+ by Organixx   7M+ is a breakthrough proprietary formula that ensures you’re getting the most powerful combination of those 3 crucial mushrooms packed with those β-glucans at a level no other mushroom supplement can offer.   The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of 7M+ give you what you need to help support your immune system like nothing else on the market.   And… It turns out there’s so much more that mushrooms can do for our bodies than just immune support.   That’s why Organixx added 4 other nutritional mushrooms into this formula…. CHAGA Chaga has been used for centuries primarily in the East. It's known for its immune support and soothing properties. Many traditional healers have used it as a soothing tea for a powerful and natural digestive support. It's also shown the potential to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range. Chaga also has very powerful antioxidant properties that make it a powerhouse on its own.   CORDYCEPS Cordyceps mushrooms have been shown to help regulate a healthy immune system. Cordyceps were at one time so highly valued that they were only allowed to be consumed by the Emperor of China (who lived to 100+ years old and still fathered children into his 100s). Also known for the ability to support sexual health and athletic ability, cordyceps have been the most sought after nutritional mushroom in the Orient.   LION'S MANE One of the more interesting mushrooms coming from the ancient east. Lion's mane is known to support brain health, support cognitive function, and aid against age-related memory loss. It also helps maintain mental focus and function, as well as promoting healthy digestive function through its powerful regulation of bacteria.   TURKEY TAIL Turkey tail is considered one of the best-researched mushrooms on earth. Its benefits are just as strong as other nutritional mushrooms such as reishi, cordyceps and maitake. It contains powerful antioxidant nutrients and high levels of selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin B3, which are crucial for boosting and maintaining immunity.     Fermentation INCREASES the Power of Nutritional Mushrooms Most other mushroom supplements don’t take this into consideration. They simply get a basic mushroom formula and bottle it up.   That strategy does work a little better than just eating whole mushrooms…   But fermentation takes it to a whole other level of potency and that’s exactly what the team at Organixx has done with 7M+ and their proprietary fermentation process.   Fermentation is simply the process of breaking something down so that the highest amount of nutrients can be extracted.   Research found that fermented mushrooms are, indeed, the best way to increase the levels of those powerful β-glucans.   Fermentation also extracts all the healthy and beneficial other nutrients that are packed into mushrooms. This means that those nutrients can get into your system better because they’re more bioavailable.     The Ingredients in 7M+ Are Certified Organic – Why That Matters to YOU! Once a nutrient like mushrooms are harvested, they are then dried and concentrated down to a very potent dose.   This sounds like a good thing because you’ll get a higher dose of the nutrients, as we discussed already…   But if those mushrooms were not grown organically, that means pesticides and poisons were used on them.   And when they are concentrated down, you’re not only getting high amounts of nutrients…. but HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF POISONS too!     Why 7M+ for You and Your Family   7M+ is specifically formulated to give you everything you need to help support immunity and feel younger and healthier.   This year, with the entire globe dealing with a health epidemic, maintaining your immune system might be something that makes all the difference.   With 7M+, you get seven of the world’s finest beneficial mushrooms, jam-packed with β-glucans – nature’s powerful sickness-fighting ingredient.   With the immune-supporting power of 7M+ working throughout your entire body, you can help increase your and your family’s odds of staying well even during times like this.   Only two capsules a day provide you with a completely safe, 100% natural, and amazingly effective formula to support immunity… and help you live a longer and healthier life!         RESOURCES 7M+ by Organixx https://shop.organixx.com/a/secure/checkout/PS9gd0VOOLThuCn8OMXV?ch-tn-box=third-box&gl=5d88ec0f02e26b5443380841   Empowering You Organically Episode 47: The Magic of Mushrooms https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/the-magic-of-mushrooms-episode-47/   Cytokines https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/cytokines   Cytokine storm: An overreaction of the body's immune system https://www.newscientist.com/term/cytokine-storm/#ixzz6KBGrH9ZF   Cytokine Storms May Be Fueling Some COVID Deaths https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200417/cytokine-storms-may-be-fueling-some-covid-deaths   NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/797584   Into the Eye of the Cytokine Storm https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3294426/   COVID-19: consider cytokine storm syndromes and immunosuppression https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30628-0/fulltext   The innate and adaptive immune systems https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279396/   Cellular Immunity https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/cellular-immunity   The immune system review https://www.khanacademy.org/science/high-school-biology/hs-human-body-systems/hs-the-immune-system/a/hs-the-immune-system-review   Cell-Mediated Immunity https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/cell-mediated-immunity   Cell-mediated immunity https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell-mediated_immunity   Types of immune responses: Innate and adaptive, humoral vs. cell-mediated https://www.khanacademy.org/science/high-school-biology/hs-human-body-systems/hs-the-immune-system/v/types-of-immune-responses-innate-and-adaptive-humoral-vs-cell-mediated   Edible Mushrooms: Improving Human Health and Promoting Quality Life https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4320875/   Determination of Glucan Contents in the Fruiting Bodies and Mycelia of Lentinula edodes Cultivars https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4206800/   Beta-glucans in edible mushrooms https://www.researchgate.net/publication/263256678_Beta-glucans_in_edible_mushrooms   Shaping the Innate Immune Response by Dietary Glucans: Any Role in the Control of Cancer? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7016572/   Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25866155   Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92757/   Immune-enhancing effects of Maitake (Grifola frondosa) and Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) extracts https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4202470/   Immune-modulating Effects of Maitake Mushroom Extract https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2009-12/immune-modulating-effects-maitake-mushroom-extract   Synergistic immuno-modulatory activity in human macrophages of a medicinal mushroom formulation consisting of Reishi, Shiitake and Maitake https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/authors?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0224740   Researchers prove mushrooms are magic for your immune system https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2019/11/08/mushroom-medicines-health-benefits/  
Many people opt for topical vitamin C as opposed to other chemical serums and skin care products because vitamin C serum is completely natural. There is no concern about how your skin is going to react because there are no harsh chemicals or other questionable ingredients. As a result, vitamin C serums are formulated and infused to be gentle enough for everyday use. The same simply cannot be said of many other skin care products on the market.  Organixx SKIN Has High Standards and High Quality Always made with clean, organic ingredients. We’re going to blend the most efficacious ingredients together, that work synergistically together, to get you the best results.   What Went Into The Formulation We wanted to make sure that we were in alignment with some of the requirements that take place to have an organic skincare line. In the United States, there are only a handful of ingredients that are restricted from being used in skincare and cosmetics. Outside of the United States, there are over 1,000 restricted ingredients that we use in the United States today to manufacture our cosmetics, our skincare products, our household products.  These are toxic, poisonous, deadly chemicals that we are using in our products day-in and day-out.  We wanted to make sure that we stayed away from all of those ingredients, and we have.  We wanted to make sure that we were in alignment with some of the organizations that are working so hard to make sure that we are providing clean, high-quality ingredients in our skincare products. We have looked at the requirements of a company called EWG, who is one of the best resources for looking at the ingredients in your skincare and household products to make sure that they are clean. Also, an organization called Made Safe, who is working, just like EWG, to make sure that our products, and all of the products out there, are in alignment with having high-quality, clean, organic products that are environmentally safe and safe for you and your health. We are working right now to obtain certification from both companies, and we are confident that we will receive it from both, because of the cleanliness of the ingredients in our product. We are working really hard to formulate products that we are proud of and that beat out everyone else in the industry, and one of the things that we’re doing is not including preservatives in our products. Preservatives allow multiple things to take place when it comes to manufacturing a product. One of those things is, is it’s a longer shelf life, not only for the company, but also for the user of the product.    A Holistic Approach To Health While you’ll absolutely see benefits from using a product like this on your skin, just like supplements and food and everything else that we educate you on, you have to be looking at your body and your health holistically. Ideally, if you want the most beautiful, amazing, radiant skin, it comes down to your nutrition, your health, your sleep patterns, and the skincare products that you’re using on your skin day-in and day-out.    Restore Ingredients Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C)  Sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP) is a naturally occurring water-soluble derivative of vitamin C. It is the most stable form of vitamin C, which means it does not oxidize, making it a preferred choice for cosmetic formulations.   One of the largest benefits of Vitamin C is its ability to limit oxidative stress in the body. Viewed as one of the largest contributors to aging, oxidative stress occurs when the cells of the body sustain permanent damage due to highly reactive particles known as free radicals. Contained in sunlight and in elements in the atmosphere, free radicals are constantly acting on the body, producing microscopic amounts of damage. Over time, this damage accumulates, leading to the development of signs of aging.   What about the age spots? Melanin is the skins pigment responsible for giving skin its natural color, and when produced in excessive amounts, causes age spots, freckles and other types of hyperpigmentation. Since Vitamin C disrupts the manufacturing of melanin in the body, it is useful in treating many types of skin discoloration   Aqua (deionized water) Deionized water is similar to distilled water, in that it is useful when impurities are considered undesirable, such as in skin care. The lack of ions causes the water's resistivity to an electrical flow to increase. Ultra-pure deionized water can have a theoretical maximum resistivity up to 1000 times greater than common tap water. This means that pure deionized water is theoretically up to 1000 times more soluble than common tap water – and is a good solvent in skin care products.   Hammemelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Witch hazel contains many compounds with potent anti-inflammatory properties, including gallic acid and tannins.   It also contains antioxidants that help prevent widespread inflammation and neutralize free radicals, which are disease-causing compounds that can build up in your body.   Therefore, witch hazel could have far-reaching benefits and may be useful in the treatment of inflammatory-related issues, such as acne, eczema or psoriasis.   Witch hazel is rich in tannins, a natural plant compound with powerful antioxidant properties that can help protect your skin against damage when applied topically.   Cassia angustifolia seed polysaccharide (Plant-based Hyaluronic Acid) When talking about skin care ingredients, we have to get a little scientific on you, but Hyaluronic Acid is one skin care ingredient that you’ll want to geek out on. “Acid” may sound a little scary, but Hyaluronic Acid is the good kind of acid.   Hyaluronic Acid is found naturally in the body with the highest volume found in the skin and the highest concentrations found in the eyes and joints. Hyaluronic Acid is extremely hydrating, making it one of the best skin care ingredients for moisturizing.   Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful substance that, when harnessed in skin care products, affects the way skin responds to injury, dehydration, and other unfavorable skin issues. Wondering why so many skin care products are packed with Hyaluronic Acid if it occurs naturally in our bodies? The truth is that we produce Hyaluronic Acid in small amounts, and this amount decreases even more with age. Hyaluronic Acid is also synthesized and used daily by the body, so to keep Hyaluronic Acid levels up in your skin, be sure to use Hyaluronic Acid products regularly.   Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM) -MSM is necessary for collagen production.  Sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin are all developed through a loss of collagen.  MSM works together with Vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues.  MSM can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health. Research has shown that MSM is highly effective in improving joint flexibility.  Additionally, it helps to produce flexible skin and muscle tissue.  This leads to an increase in overall flexibility due to a restoration of the “juiciness” in the tissues.   Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) Like vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant. Its main function in skin care is to protect against sun damage. Vitamin E absorbs the harmful UV light from the sun when applied to the skin. Photoprotection refers to the body’s ability to minimize the damage caused by UV rays. This can help prevent dark spots and wrinkles. Vitamin E levels also decrease with age. However, vitamin E is available in many foods, in supplement form, and as an ingredient in products applied topically.   Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract The amino acids in Aloe work to soften skin cells. This combined with the increase in cell growth results in skin that is less wrinkled and more elastic. Aloe also stimulates skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, which is a chemical that holds water. Because of this, regular use of skin care products containing Aloe will result in fuller, more moisturized skin.   Glycerin (Vegetable source) According to a 2008, glycerin can: hydrate the outer layer of the skin (stratum corneum) improve skin barrier function and skin mechanical properties provide protection against skin irritants accelerate wound-healing processes Studies show that applying glycerin-containing products may protect your skin against irritants and microbes, as well as soothe inflamed or wounded skin. Moreover, vegetable glycerin may act as a barrier to safeguard your skin from the elements, including wind and cold.   Matrixyl 3000 Restores the skin’s metabolism of youth! The anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle efficacy of Matrixyl® 3000 is very well known. It is the first anti-ageing ingredient based on the matrikine peptide technology, plus its efficiency has been demonstrated on both women and men as illustrated in the following studies:   A clinical study using female panelists, demonstrated that after just 2 months of treatment with Matrixyl® 3000, the surface occupied by deep wrinkles was reduced by 45%, and the skin’s tonicity increased by nearly 20%.   In a separate 2-month clinical study conducted on a panel of men, the anti-wrinkle efficacy of Matrixyl® 3000 was confirmed. As the wrinkle volume decreases (-17.1%), the spread angle increases (+5.4%), which leads to a reduction of the surface occupied by deep wrinkles of nearly 30%.   Skin Tightener ST Combination of marine and botanical polymers for an INSTANT TIGHTENING EFFECT Provides an immediate skin smoothing effect. This is a clean combination of marine and botanical polymers for an instant tightening effect.     When should you use Vitamin C serum?  “Apply your Vitamin C before your moisturizer for the best results,” says Annie Tevelin, green beauty expert and founder of SkinOwl. “Let it dry for one minute before applying a moisturizer with SPF.”   There’s no real consensus among skincare experts on whether you’re better off wearing your serum in the morning or at night. Think of it in the daytime as another layer to protect your skin from free radicals and UV, and at night as a way to “undo oxidative damage from the day,” says dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse of Rapaport Dermatology. So twice a day is a good rule of thumb.   What color should your Vitamin C serum be? Vitamin C is quite unstable in its purest form, so look for stable formulas that are mixed with Vitamin E to balance it out. This means that, just like a sliced apple will brown when exposed to air, Vitamin C serums often oxidize over time. “When purchasing Vitamin C, it should be a very light yellowish color (almost clear). Over time it will start to darken, adjusting from yellow to orange to brown, eventually becoming black,” says esthetician Melissa Lekus.   That said, you shouldn’t keep using a formula that has oxidized, logic says. “If the serum has turned brown, return it and cease any use of it. Absolutely do not use if it has turned brown.”     * * *   Deeper Dive Resources Empowering You Organically Podcast on Skincare Part 1 – https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-12-skin-care-ingredients-that-are-slowly-killing-you-part1-episode-55/   Part 2 – https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-12-skin-care-ingredients-that-are-slowly-killing-you-part-2-episode-56/     Organixx Restore Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0     Global Regulatory Lists of Banned or Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients and Positive Lists https://www.chemsafetypro.com/Topics/Cosmetics/Regulatory_Lists_of_Cosmetic_Ingredients_Banned_Cosmetic_Ingredients,_Restricted_Cosmetic_Ingredients_and_Positive_Lists.html   Prohibited & Restricted Ingredients in Cosmetics (FDA) https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-laws-regulations/prohibited-restricted-ingredients-cosmetics   The Environmental Working Group https://www.ewg.org/   EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/   Made Safe https://www.madesafe.org/   Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate https://simpleskincarescience.com/sodium-ascorbyl-phosphate/   Deionized Water https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-deionized-water.htm   Witch Hazel https://draxe.com/nutrition/herbs/witch-hazel/   Hyaluronic Acid https://www.verywellhealth.com/hyaluronic-acid-supplements-89465   Dimethyl Sulfone https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702065/DIMETHYL_SULFONE/   Vitamin E https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002406.htm   Aloe Vera https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7654/the-benefits-of-using-aloe-vera-for-skin-care-and-more.html   Vegetable Glycerin https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegetable-glycerin   Matrixyl 3000 Study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5108505/       Subscribe to Empowering You Organically  Never miss an episode!    APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS
Today, we’re talking about Jon McMahon’s docuseries and his journey to conquer obesity and reverse diabetes. Imagine being over 357 pounds with triglycerides topping out at 2170 and making the decision to turn it all around. That is exactly what Jon did. We couldn’t wait to share his personal story and applaud his bravery in sharing his journey with the world in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.   * * *   About Jon At 312 pounds with advanced type 2 diabetes and all of its complications, Jon’s future looked bleak and he knew it. The question that remained for him was this: “Do I want to live?” His answer was yes. And in 2017, Jon embarked out on a quest to get to the heart of the problem underlying the epidemic of diabetes and how people are successfully reversing it without medication.   The result was a nine-part documentary series, iThrive: Rising from The Depths of Diabetes and Obesity. The series has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to transform their lives and has given Jon his life’s mission of helping others rise from the death, from the depths, and reclaim their health.   * * *   How Bad is the Diabetes Problem? In a paper written by Dr. David Matthews, in 2010, he says, “What is coming is the black plague.” Neil Barnard, from the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine, says, “It’s going to be worse than the black plague. Millions and millions and millions of people are going to suffer long, and then they’re going to die in a lot of pain.” Google search results “Diabetes in Mexico” - “Diabetes in Mexico, an epidemic and the number-one killer.” “Diabetes in China,” China’s the most populous country with the most diabetics in the world, 109 million, and that’s not even pre-diabetes. “Diabetes in India,” oh, India and China are in competition for the “Diabetes capitol of the world.” “Diabetes in America,” over 100 million people in America with diabetes. Pre-diabetes - 86 million in the United States with pre-diabetes. 90 percent of them, says the Centers for Disease Control, don’t even know it. Wes Youngberg said even the standards for measuring pre-diabetes are too lax. Just between three countries, 300-400 million people. And that’s not counting all the ones with pre-diabetes, another 200-300 million people.   Myths Around Type-2 Diabetes You have to be fat. Obesity is highly correlated with it. Wes Youngberg says, “If you think you’re skinny and you’re off the hook, think again.” 20 or 30 percent of those with diabetes are in their healthy BMI range. You have to be old, in your 40s or 50s to get diabetes. Young people are getting diabetes now in college, in their teens, now in high school. Epigenetics - gene expression can be turned on by your environment and what you do. If you take one parent that is obese, one parent out of two that’s obese, their child is four times more likely to be obese. If both parents are obese, this obesity risk factor increases the child’s risk factor for diabetes, not by 1 ½ times, or 1 ¾ or 2 times, by 30 times. If both parents are obese during the conception, the birth, and the raising of the child, the child is 15 times the likelihood to be obese.   Jon’s Mission Wake people up. When they’re awake, inspire them. If people ever wanted to change the world, it would be by changing ourselves from the inside out.   We Are All Individuals We have individualized needs, and our genes are different. In large ways, we’re similar, but in small ways, we have a lot of variance.   Jon’s Journey A friend said to Jon, “Jon, I’m not going to bug you anymore. I’m not going to ask you what you ate. I’m not going to ask you how you’re doing, what your weight is, how you’re—if you’re following—you’re reaching your goals, or whatever. Because I care more about you than you care about yourself. Jon, you’ve got to decide whether you want to live.” Jon was intentional about his decision. “I want to live.” Educated himself on type 2 diabetes and obesity. Interviewed people on nutrition and the psychology of food addiction. Susan Pierce-Thompson, and Dr. Doug Lyle and Allen Goldhamer Our drives Wanting the richest food and seeking out the richest food in the environment. Foods are manufactured to stimulate the dopamine pathway exactly like cocaine, heroin or nicotine. Law of the conservation of energy - whatever’s more convenient for us, that’s what we’re going to do. Manage our environment, and make it work for us He took time to learn about his personality traits about how he can navigate through to his goal. Movement matters - walking an hour a day, or half hour a day, or some simple exercises. Once the body gets a little free of some of the toxins, free of some of the weight, it wants to move. Ask for help. Connection and community are key.   Outcome Jon lost 100 pounds Jon reversed, reversed his diabetes and obesity. He is not obese, and he is not diabetic. Jon’s A1C, I the words of his doctor, is better than most kids in college that come through his office. It’s 4.6.   One Last Bit of Advice from Jon “You are not alone, you are not broken, and you are not bad and wrong. You are okay. You can actually do it. If I can do it, anybody can do it.”     Deeper Dive Resources   iThrive! Rising from The Depths of Diabetes and Obesity https://go.ithriveseries.com/report?ref=202839&a_bid=9ee07978&chan=Report20190722A   Dr. David Matthews Paper on Diabetes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21166840   Dr. Barnard and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine https://www.pcrm.org/health-topics/diabetes   Comparisons of Diabetes and Black Death https://southcoastherald.co.za/290964/turning-tide-lifestyle-diseases-diabetes-modern-plague-part-1/   Google search results https://lmgtfy.com/?q=diabetes+in+Mexico https://lmgtfy.com/?q=diabetes+in+China https://lmgtfy.com/?q=diabetes+in+America   CDC report on pre-diabetes https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0718-diabetes-report.html   Dr. Wes Youngberg http://dryoungberg.com/   Epigenetics https://www.whatisepigenetics.com/what-is-epigenetics/   Empowering You Organically podcasts with Dr. Susan Pierce-Thompson https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast/episode-10-effective-goal-setting-in-the-new-year/ https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast/episode-9-coping-with-the-holiday-hangover/ https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast/episode-12-sugar-addiction-its-a-real-thing/
What is fasting? Is it harmful? Does it really improve your health? Tune in this week as we explain the types of fasting, the common misconceptions around fasting, and things to look out for when entering into a fast.   * * *   Fasting The willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or broth for a period of time.   Absolute Fasting (Dry Fasting) Abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period.   Apophagy Your body processing the weaker cells, the damaged cells in your body for fuel Insulin response is important. Eating multiple times a day causes your body to be constantly releasing insulin. Therefore, it cannot go into apophagy. Fasting is mental. Your body may be telling you it needs food, but you may just be dehydrated. It typically becomes easier after day three.   Ketones The more ketones that are in your bloodstream, the more ketones get into your brain, the more alert you get and the less distracted you are.   Caloric Restriction A person’s daily caloric intake is reduced by 20-40 percent.   Benefits of Fasting Weight loss   Types of Fasting Juice Fast Intermittent Fasting (Time-Restricted Eating)- You only eat for a certain period of time during the day. You do not need to eat ketogenic to do intermittent fasting. Water Fasting A type of fasting in which you consume only water for a set period of time. Long-period water fasting may not be as beneficial for women. There have been studies where the efficacy starts dropping off after day five. Breaking a water fast - just eat like a light snack, and then eat a meal later. It’s been said that if you’re doing a long, extended water fast, like they actually say to rest a lot and get really hydrated. Your inflammation levels go way down, so you’re not holding as much water.   Intermittent Fasting Patterns 5/2 Eat 5 days a week, restrict calorie intake for 2 days. Under 500 calories for women, 600 calories for men. Fill those calories with healthy fats. Mimicking diet Under 800 calories day one, under 400 calories next 4 days. 6/1 Eat 6 days a week, restrict calorie intake for 1 day. Eat/Stop/Eat 24-hour complete fast, one to two times per week. Daily 16/8 – most common pattern – fasting for 16 hours and eating for 8. 18/6 – fasting for 18 hours and eating for 6. 20/4 – fasting for 20 hours, eating for 4.   Things to Look Out For Know what works for you and your body! Know what your body responds to. Make sure you are being monitored by a medical professional. Hunger pains – drink some water and wait for 15 minutes. Individuals with the following conditions should abstain from intermittent fasting. Diabetes Eating disorders Use of medications that require food intake Individuals in active growth stages, such as adolescence Pregnancy and breastfeeding Dehydration “Keto Flu” Your body’s not holding onto water weight the way that it did. When it’s releasing all of this water weight, it’s no longer able to hold onto the electrolytes that it needs as well. Make sure you’re getting electrolytes! Headache – get electrolytes. Make sure to get plenty of sleep!   A Common Misconception About Fasting Your body is going to start burning muscle for fuel, and that you’re going to lose a lot of muscle as you get into doing fasting, water fasts. It’s simply not true. Your body can actually burn fat much easier, and your body’s going to go into ketosis and burn fat. And even if you were to lose a little bit of muscle mass, what actually happens is your body releases a lot more human growth hormone while you’re doing a water fast, and especially coming out of that fast.   Ways to Get Electrolytes Potassium supplement Magnesium supplement Pink Himalayan salt in water   Deeper Dive Resources Fasting Articles in Organixx’s INSPIRED Health Library https://organixx.com/?s=fasting   Fasting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasting   Ketosis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketosis   Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead https://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/   The Bulletproof Diet https://blog.bulletproof.com/what-is-bulletproof-diet/   Calorie Restriction and Fasting Diets (National Institute on Aging) https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/calorie-restriction-and-fasting-diets-what-do-we-know   The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended https://amzn.to/2IUOQcs   Body for Life https://www.transformation.com/   iThrive: Overcoming Diabetes and Obesity https://go.ithriveseries.com/
What Is Maca? Growing at an elevation of 12-14,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains of Peru, maca grows in extreme weather conditions. Thriving in a habitat of intense sunlight, cold temperatures, and strong winds, this tuberous plant is a part of the brassica family. Just like cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage, maca is a cruciferous vegetable. Nutrients Found in Maca Maca contains plenty of healthy fatty acids, the most abundant being linoleic, oleic, and palmitic acids. Maca contains vitamins A, C, B2, B6, and niacin, as well as minerals – zinc, iron, iodine, copper, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Nine amino acids are considered essential for optimal health, and maca contains seven of them [1]. Maca is also a rich source of plant sterols, which are part of what makes it so beneficial for hormonal health. Plant sterols are (chemically speaking) structurally similar to the body’s own hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Maca Is an Adaptogen So how exactly does it work? Maca is an adaptogen, meaning that it works to strengthen, balance, and help the body respond to internal and external changes and stressors. It regulates the production of hormones to maintain healthy organ function. Maca feeds the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands, known as the Master Glands (more on that later). Maca’s plant sterols appear to stimulate changes in the action of the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands. Maca also seems to exert an influence on the ovaries, pineal gland, and thyroid. How Maca Can Aid Fluctuating Hormones Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is one of the most common complaints among women of reproductive age. When out of balance, estrogen – the hormone responsible for regulating the reproductive system – can cause a wide range of symptoms and annoyances for women (and their men!). Mood swings, water retention, fatigue, food cravings, irritability, headaches, irregular menstrual periods, painful cramping… all can be attributable to estrogen imbalance. Maca can help ease the rapid rise and fall of hormones in menstruating women due to its adaptogenic properties. Also, by improving the connection between the brain and the pituitary gland, maca’s ability to help balance levels of circulating hormones is further enhanced. Most PMS sufferers taking maca report a marked improvement in symptoms during their first menstrual period after commencement of maca. Other times when maca may be of benefit to women is after coming off birth control pills, and after having a baby and breastfeeding has ceased. At such times, endocrine system function can be depleted, and maca’s adaptogenic properties mean it can help the body right itself again. Maca can also ease many of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. For those harried by hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and lack of energy, maca can provide some much-needed relief. Maca does not appear to mimic estrogen in the body but it can help to increase the body’s production of estrogen if levels are too low. That’s the beauty of an adaptogenic herb: it adapts to what the body needs. In a 2006 clinical trial, 34 early-postmenopausal women were given a supplement containing either maca or a placebo twice per day for four months. Those receiving the maca had increased levels of estrogen, suppressed levels of FSH, T3 thyroid hormone, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and cortisol (the hormone secreted in response to stress). Body mass index also decreased. Iron levels increased, however, as did bone density markers, and maca relieved many of the symptoms of menopausal discomfort such as hot flashes and night sweats [2]. Another small 2014 clinical study found that maca reduced blood pressure and depression in postmenopausal women [3]. Can Maca Can Also Benefit Men? Maca can also be helpful for male health. Recent studies have indicated that maca may assist male health by helping to increase sperm count and motility, increasing sexual desire, protecting the prostate and reducing the incidence of benign prostatic hyperplasia, reducing stress and depression, boosting energy levels, and easing mild erectile dysfunction [1, 4]. 8 Additional Health Benefits of Maca #1. Boosts Energy and Endurance A 2009 study of male cyclists found that maca supplementation did indeed improve cycling time performance, as well as sexual desire (a perk for many) [5]. #2. Hypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal (HPA) Gland Nourishment HPA glands are called the “Master Glands” because they regulate other glands (you may also hear it termed the “HPA Axis”). When HPA is well nourished, other glands of the body benefit as well. When under stress, the adrenal gland takes a big hit, especially if the stress moves from acute (short-lasting stress) to chronic (long-lasting stress). Maca feeds all three glands by supporting the body’s production of hormones, either increasing or decreasing levels according to the need. As a result, maca may help prevent or repair adrenal exhaustion and all of the unhealthy follow-on effects this has on the body and mind. #3. Libido Booster Maca has been used traditionally by Peruvians to boost virility and libido. Science has not yet determined how maca does this, but it has been called “Nature’s Viagra” for good reason. Some health experts believe maca’s effects on libido may be caused by its long-chain fatty acids known as macaenes and macamides, which are unique and have not been found in any other plant. A 2008 clinical study followed women suffering from sexual dysfunction caused by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression. The study found that three grams of maca per day gave significant improvement in libido for the women taking it [6]. #4. Cardiovascular Health Maca’s phytosterols – campesteroland beta-sitosterol, act to interfere with the absorption of LDL cholesterol (the so-called “bad” cholesterol), making maca beneficial for the cardiovascular system [7]. Phytosterols have also been studied for their anti-inflammatory effects, which assist in balancing the immune system, and, as an added bonus, help to protect the body from abnormal cell growth. #5. Anti-Cancer A 2015 study found that phytosterols interfere with many different pathways in the carcinogenesis (cancer beginning) process [8]. In addition, an animal study found that beta-sitosterol decreased levels of circulating estrogen and inhibited the growth of estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer tumors [9]. #6. Boosts Immunity The phytosterols in maca stimulate the immune system and increased levels of interleukin-2 and natural killer cells [7] which the body needs to fight abnormal cell growth. #7. Liver Support Being a cruciferous vegetable, maca contains glucosinolates which, when chewed and digested, change into health-promoting chemicals that help protect against cancer. Sulfur-containing glucosinolates form bonds that help the body’s enzymes do their work better. Both sulfur and plant sterols are required in the production of a master antioxidant called glutathione which boosts liver function and helps the liver with detoxification [10]. #8. Healthy Bones Maca’s vitamins and minerals can help to build strong, healthy bones. A 2006 clinical trial found that maca increased bone density markers for the early-postmenopausal women taking it [2]. How to Take Maca Look for organic maca powder grown in Peru. Maca can be added to juices, oatmeal, inside sandwiches, sprinkled on salads, and added to raw food recipes. Just keep in mind that it is best not to heat maca powder to high temperatures which might diminish some of its nutrients. If you use it in recipes, add it after cooking, just before serving. A gentle approach is generally the best way to begin taking maca. Recommendations are to start with a small dose of 1 teaspoon per day. If that is well tolerated, gradually increase the dose to 1 tablespoon, or more. If you haven’t noticed any improvement, remember one trial had women taking 3 grams per day. It can take two or three weeks before you may notice the full benefits of maca. It is also recommended to only take maca daily for a few months and then take a break from it for a month or so before resuming consumption again. Some health experts recommend avoiding maca under the following conditions. Please consult with your own healthcare provider if: you are between the ages of 15 and 35, have a good, mainly plant-based diet, and don’t have mood swings, fluid retention, or any of the symptoms of PMS you have an allergy to iodine you have Hashimoto’s disease or hyperthyroid condition If hormonal fluctuations are creating havoc in your life, consult your natural health practitioner to see if maca might be right for you.     RESOURCES Organixx’s E-Plexx https://shop.organixx.com/collections/all-products/products/e-plexx?gl=5d88ed1102e26b6546380837   16 Signs & Symptoms of Menopause Every Woman Needs to Know (& What to Do About Them!) https://organixx.com/signs-symptoms-menopause/   Healthy Maca Cacao Pie https://organixx.com/maca-cacao-pie-recipe/ [1] Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology of Lepidium Meyenii (Maca), a Plant from the Peruvian Highlands [2] Hormone-Balancing Effect of Pre-Gelatinized Organic Maca (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon): (III) Clinical Responses of Early-postmenopausal Women to Maca in Double Blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Crossover Configuration, Outpatient Study [3] Maca Reduces Blood Pressure and Depression, in a Pilot Study in Postmenopausal Women [4] Lepidium Meyenii (Maca) Improved Semen Parameters in Adult Men [5] A Pilot Investigation into the Effect of Maca Supplementation on Physical Activity and Sexual Desire in Sportsmen [6] A Double-blind, Randomized, Pilot Dose-finding Study of Maca Root (L. Meyenii) for the Management of SSRI-induced Sexual Dysfunction [7] Plant Sterols as Anticancer Nutrients: Evidence for Their Role in Breast [8] Beta-Sitosterol: A Promising but Orphan Nutraceutical to Fight Against [9] Beta-Sitosterol, Beta-Sitosterol Glucoside, and a Mixture of Beta-Sitosterol and Beta-Sitosterol Glucoside Modulate the Growth of Estrogen- Responsive Breast Cancer Cells In Vitro and in Ovariectomized Athymic Mice [10] Beta-sitosterol Modulates Antioxidant Enzyme Response in Raw 264.7 Macrophages Subscribe to Empowering You Organically  Never miss an episode!    APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS
What is “green medicine”? Tune in this week as the incredible Nick Polizzi shares his knowledge on herbal remedies. Nick shares his wounded healer story and then we dive into the history of herbalism, some of Nick’s go-to herbs for calming the mind chatter and easing stress, as well as what to expect when visiting an herbalist. And you don’t want to miss his #1 tip for all of us!    * * *   About Nick Polizzi Nick Polizzi has been making documentary films for the past ten years. The titles he has been a part of include Remedy: Ancient Medicines for Modern Illness, The Sacred Science‚ Simply Raw – Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days‚ and The Tapping Solution. His work is guided by a fascination with the healing remedies of civilizations around the world and how they can be used to heal the diseases of today. Nick is driven by a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of our ancestors.   Documentary: Remedy: Ancient Medicines for Modern Illness All about herbs! The green medicines that have been used for thousands of years. And it goes into the specific diseases that they can treat. “I think that people are really surprised to hear that you don’t need to turn to conventional medicine to treat just about any illness. There are all kinds of alternatives that you don’t tend to hear about from your doctor.” ~ Nick It’s a nine-part series. Each episode goes after a specific health condition. It covers anything from autoimmune disorders, depression, stress, all the way to bacterial infections like Lyme Disease, all the way to heart disease, cancer, sexual health, reproductive health, and fertility. Each one of those areas of health, or systems of the body, are covered and then into the specific herbs that can be used to alleviate a lot of the symptoms that are commonly associated with it. You can watch it here at https://lw255.isrefer.com/go/remedy/org/20190523   What led Nick to this path? He’s a “wounded healer”. In his late 20s he began experiencing debilitating ocular migraines. Went to the number one neurologist in Connecticut tried various medications that didn’t help. The last prescription offer was one that would change his mood and emotions. He came to the realization that modern medicine wasn’t going to help. Nick tried EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), acupuncture, acupressure. Finally he determined by exploring with an elimination diet that coffee was a trigger.   Why herbs? Before this documentary he was immersed in Native medicings and Native healings. This led to a fascination of the healing potential in plants and herbs. There’s over 80,000 species of medicinal plants in the Amazon alone, less than 3 percent of them have been studied for their medicinal value. Of those 3 percent, some 15-20 percent of our cancer treatments are synthesized from compounds in those plants. For Nick, herbal medicine is one of the lowest-hanging fruits in terms of potential cures out there and he decided to shine a light on them.   History of Herbalism? Herbs will used up until the early 1900s. And was respected on par with surgery or drugs. The Flexner Report came out in 1910 and was funded by the Carnegie Foundation. This made it very hard to practice natural medicine in the United States. Natural medicine schools were closed and only those schools focusing on chemical-based medicine received funding or accredidation.   Plant Can’t Be Patented This makes it difficult to receive funding on research of natural, plant based medicines. Women have been burned at the stake for thousands of years for practicing just basic herbalism because of how effective it is.   Some of Nick’s Go-To Herbs Skullcap & Ashwagandha tincture for taming the mind chatter and easing stress. Reishi mushrooms are a powerful adaptogen. Increases creativity and reduces stress.   Herbalist Approaches They look for root cause and not just mask symptoms. They can spend up to two hours at the first visit to really pinpoint lifestyle and symptoms. Much more intimate experience and helps you get intune with your body and mind.   Nick’s Big Takeaway Be careful about book learning and learning secondhand. It’s a great starting point, but as we’ve been discussing today, experience is going to teach you more than any book could, any podcast could, any documentary could. These are great leaping-off points, let’s call them, so that you can start experiencing things yourself. You can talk about herbs all day long. Until you start ingesting that first herb and experiencing it yourself, you’re not going to fully understand the potential that your body has to heal itself, and also, what you might have been missing in terms of connecting to yourself and the world around you.     Deeper Dive Resources   The Remedy: Ancient Medicine for Modern Illness https://lw255.isrefer.com/go/remedy/org/20190523   Documentary: Sacred Science https://www.thesacredscience.com/author/nicpol3/   BOOK: Sacred Science https://amzn.to/2VD1xS9   BOOK: Sacred Science Cookbook https://amzn.to/2VYee9K   Save the Amazon https://www.savetheamazon.org/rainforeststats.htm   Susan Raven - Raven Crest Botanicals https://ravencrestbotanicals.com/   Ron Teegarden - Dragon Herbs https://www.dragonherbs.com/ron-teeguarden-s-bio
Let’s talk about LOVE! Self-Love isn’t some trendy phrase. It’s scientifically proven that increasing your self-love muscle improves your health. Tune in to hear empirically-validated ways to exercise your self-love muscle. We learn that self-love isn’t a destination but a continual practice. Self-love is a not a state of just feeling good but an action. And the benefits! Wait until you hear the long list of benefits. Join us as we dive into what sabotages our self-love and ways to overcome the challenges we place in our way. Is it selfish to practice self-love? Tune in to hear what Jonathan’s take is on the subject! * * * What is Self-Love? Self-love is a not a destination; it’s a practice. Self-love is an action not a state of feeling good. Self-love is the foundation on which we build a happy life. Without self-love, we have nowhere to put the love or abundance that comes to us.   What self-criticism is good for? It keeps you focused on what’s wrong with you, thereby decreasing your confidence. It makes you afraid of failure which hurts your performance, makes you give up more easily, and leads to poor decision-making. It makes you less resilient in the face of failure and also less likely to learn from mistakes. It holds you back from reaching your goals and dreams.   Benefits of Self-Love increases motivation and willpower brings you greater perspective and therefore better decision-making makes you more resilient: You more easily bounce back in the face of failure and learn from your mistakes makes you more emotionally intelligent and therefore improves your relationships lowers you stress levels and decreases feelings of being overwhelmed boosts your psychological well-being and decreases anxiety and depression improves your health. increases motivation and willpower brings you greater perspective and therefore better decision-making makes you more resilient: You more easily bounce back in the face of failure and learn from your mistakes makes you more emotionally intelligent and therefore improves your relationships lowers you stress levels and decreases feelings of being overwhelmed boosts your psychological well-being and decreases anxiety and depression improves your health   10 Ways to Improve Self-Love & TeriAnn’s BONUS Reason 1. Become mindful. People who have more self-love tend to know what they think, feel and want. They are mindful of who they are and act on this knowledge, rather than on what others want for them. 2. Act on what you need rather than what you want. You love yourself when you can turn away from something that feels good and exciting to what you need to stay strong, centered, and moving forward in your life, instead. 3. Set boundaries. You'll love yourself more when you set limits or say no to work, love, or activities that deplete or harm you physically, emotionally and spiritually, or express poorly who you are. 4. Protect yourself. Understand the term frenemies. It describes so well the type of "friends" who take pleasure in your pain and loss rather than in your happiness and success. Suggestion here: Get rid of them! 5. Forgive yourself. We humans can be so hard on ourselves. You have to accept your humanness (the fact that you are not perfect), before you can truly love yourself. Practice being less hard on yourself when you make a mistake. 6. Live intentionally. If your intention is to live a meaningful and healthy life, you will make decisions that support this intention, and feel good about yourself when you succeed in this purpose. 7. Become a master communicator. Every great relationship relies on positive communication, so take the time to check in with yourself. Remember: ALWAYS speak to yourself in a loving way. How would you speak to someone you love? How can you speak to yourself in a more loving way? 8. Be kind and gentle with yourself. We give the people we love space to make mistakes. We're compassionate of their challenges and appreciative of their efforts. So, remember to give yourself a little understanding while you learn how to truly love yourself. 9. Trust yourself. It's important to trust yourself to look after your best interests—don’t sacrifice your needs for the needs of those around you. Honor and PRIORITIZE commitment you make to yourself. 10. Practice good self-care. You will love yourself more, when you take better care of your basic needs. People high in self-love nourish themselves daily through healthy activities, like sound nutrition, exercise, proper sleep, intimacy and healthy social interactions. 11. Being honest with ourselves. Being honest with yourself is one of the ways you can love yourself the very best. Because when you’re honest with yourself, it allows you to see all the places that you need to improve, and places where you can be better, and places where you can stretch yourself a little farther.   Start a Self-Love Practice As a pioneer in Positive Psychology, Emma Seppala offers 4 empirically-validated ways to exercise your self-love muscle: [Adapted from THE HAPPINESS TRACK by Emma Seppala, Ph.D.  © 2016] 1. Notice your self-talk. In times of failure or challenge, noticing your self-talk can help you curb self-criticism and replace it with self-compassion. For example, instead of saying things like, “How could I have done this? I’m such an idiot!” you might say, “I had a moment of absent-mindedness and that’s okay. It could have happened to anyone; it’s no big deal.” 2. Write yourself a letter. When your emotions are overwhelming, writing a letter to yourself as if you were writing to a friend. Let’s say you made a costly error and are feeling angry with yourself. It might feel stilted or strange at first but write a letter as if you were writing it to someone dear to you who had committed the same mistake. Your words should comfort and not attack, normalizing the situation rather than blowing it out of proportion. A number of studies demonstrate that writing about your emotions can help regulate them. 3. Develop a self-compassion phrase. Consider using a self-compassion mantra or phrase that you can turn to in challenging situations, so you can deal with them calmly and with grace. Hers is: “This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is part of life. May I be kind to myself in this moment; may I give myself the compassion I need.” 4. Make a daily gratitude list. Write down five things you feel grateful for every day. Again, this may sound overly simplistic. However, this extremely short exercise has been shown to produce powerful and long-lasting results. To increase your self-compassion, at the end of each day, write down five things you are proud of having accomplished or five positive qualities you see in yourself.   Deeper Dive Resources American Psychological Association study abstract: Self-compassion, affect, and health promoting behaviors: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2014-38834-001   Emotional Intelligence: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/emotional-intelligence   Kristin Neff: She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. https://self-compassion.org/the-research/ Guided Meditations & Exercises. https://self-compassion.org/category/exercises/#guided-meditations   Emma Seppala, Ph.D.: Science Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University and Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at Yale University https://emmaseppala.com/about/   The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success: https://amzn.to/2SixhK2
We love sharing the real-life health journeys of our followers. This week Suzie was kind enough to share with you her family’s journey to health after a life-threatening heart condition in her newborn daughter, battling Postpartum PTSD, an endocrine disorder diagnosis for her young son, a celiac diagnosis for her young daughter with Down Syndrome, and a life-threatening blood pressure scare for her husband. All in a very short time span. Wow. You want to hear how this fearless and determined mother turned it all around holistically for herself, and her entire family, without breaking the bank or budget. Truly inspiring!   * * *   About Suzie Suzie is a vegan health coach and blogger as well as a volunteer Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line.  She owns a gluten free/vegan bakery just outside of Lansing, Michigan – Carly Cakes – and they operate under a mission to employ adults with developmental disabilities and pay them a living wage.   * * *   What Inspired My Journey? It was inspired by my youngest, who has Celiac.  So, she also has Down's Syndrome, and it was kind of wanting to find a way that she could be included in birthday treats and celebrations.    Family Health Issues Youngest daughter born with Down Syndrome and a life-threatening heart condition that required open heart surgery at 4 months old. After youngest was born Suzie experienced Postpartum PTSD and a Rheumatoid Arthritis flare. Son diagnosed with endocrine disorder. Daughter diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Husband hospitalized for extremely high blood pressure.   What Changes Did Suzie Make for Her Family? Before husband even got home from the hospital, I cleared out all the alcohol and high-salt foods from our house. But the doctors gave very little other direction for us to follow.  But I knew I needed to started cooking more.  And I didn’t totally understand what the best options for us were then, nutritionally, but looking back, I see that I still established that routine of daily cooking and meal prep, and we were able to cut-out fast food and restaurant meals.  I started doing daily yoga, first at home using Yoga by Adrienne free videos on YouTube, and then once I was comfortable enough, I found a studio and a gym. I also began heavily relying on Buddhist philosophy to unscramble the PTSD, which led me to a new understanding about the nature of suffering. So, the rest of the journey grew from my desire to reduce the pervasive suffering that I was putting out into the world and to free my mind from it.  The day I woke up and began a different life for our family, I didn’t wake up with any less depression or anxiety than I had the day before. I didn’t wake up with less swollen, or achy joints than I had the day before.  I didn’t wake up with more money, or less on my plate.  We were all extremely sick.  There was nothing good that changed to lead us in that direction.  Nothing about our situation really changed, but the way that I looked at it did.   It's A Process It really did come down to just baby steps. Like you know how everybody is into Marie Kondo and “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up?” Well, I started “Marie Kondo-ing” my brain.  All our routines, everything that we ate, I would examine everything we did objectively.  So, my focus was progress not perfection, and those little daily choices led us to the point where we could start making big changes overall.   What Are Some Of The Changes Suzie Made In the Family Diet? Getting rid of soda was a huge one for me. I was a massive diet Coke drinker.  There was a day that I drank 24 cans of Diet Coke.  I knew that that was one of the ones that had to go right away. And then we started making the shift to sustainable living, and it was that environmental avenue that lead me to Veganism.  I watched a few vegan documentaries on Netflix, and from the reduce the suffering angle, I knew 100 percent that it was the next big step we needed to make.  There are unhealthy vegans, and I didn't want to end up in just a new way to be unhealthy. So, I really started researching the vegan diet for evidence-based improvements.  And through that, I found the Whole Foods Plant Based lifestyle. Eating Whole Foods Plant Based has been linked to a number of health benefits, including reducing and even reversing heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes and cognitive decline.  We do supplement our B-vitamins, but we also use a lot of a Nutritional Yeast so we get some in through our food. I also make sure the kids get plenty of fats for their developing brains, but they get it from things like avocado, or flax milk, so that they don’t have that saturated fat and hormones that dairy milk has.  Flax Milk actually is a better source of calcium, protein and omega-3 than dairy.  Cutting out processed foods also made it easier for our whole household to keep gluten at bay for my Celiac daughter, drastically cutting her risk of cross-contamination, improved her health dramatically. Her skin got better, her stomach bloat went away, and leading me to find that gluten was also making my Rheumatoid Arthritis worse, it was contributing to inflammation.  I started a daily routine of celery juice, amla, turmeric and ginger, that I toss everything in all together and drink it every morning, and I have never felt better.    What Was The Biggest Obstacle I Faced On My Journey? Everybody always asks me if it's about us getting protein. Broccoli has a higher protein per calorie ratio than steak.  Obviously, you have to eat a lot of broccoli to get that, but it still has a higher protein per calorie ratio than steak. And when you're eating nothing but a lot of different types of veggies and a lot of different types of nuts and grains, it's really easy to make it up. It was actually a lot easier getting the kids to adopt the changes than I expected it to be. My son was an incredibly picky eater.  But they adapted quite quickly because we created a whole routine around it, and they could help.  Even the youngest one could still find something to do, whether it was just helping prepare the salads. If there's no junk to really choose from in the cupboards, they aren't going to pick it. It's just not there.  If they have a choice between, "Okay, I have an apple or a banana," they still feel like they're making a decision.  Their  palates then changed over time, and now they prefer healthier foods, saying other foods, processed foods, when we go to a birthday or party or something, I do let them have whatever cupcakes are served, but they'll usually opt not to, saying that it's too sweet.   What About The Cost? Everyone thinks that it is so much more expensive to eat this way, but really, it's only buying the Organic/Gluten Free processed foods that carry that real heavy price tag. I feed our family of 6 a gluten free, vegan diet full of color and vitamins, 3 meals a day for about 100.00 a week.  And we were probably spending that on Starbucks, soda, beer and wine alone before the change.  The only real challenge is that it does require a lot of prep, whether meal planning, or prepping ahead of time   My Three Biggest Tips You don’t have to make a sudden shift. You don’t need to throw out everything processed in one go.  Just maybe the next time you go to pick up burger meat, don’t, and grill a portobello cap instead and see how you like it.  Instead of milk, try a plant-based alternative and then go from there.  I would also say turmeric and ginger. Add them to everything.   And drink a ton of water.  I drink over a gallon of water a day.  I even have one sitting right next to me right now.  And then, the very last one would be to Marie Kondo your brain. Don’t mindlessly snack, pause and reflect before you eat, consider what that food is bringing into your life.  If you don’t need what it has to offer, if you don't want that contributing to your overall wellbeing, then just thank it, and let it go.    Suzie’s Advice To Others I'd want them to know that there is no finish line on the path to wellness, the continued journey is the goal. So, you can't fail at this.  Obviously, someone could say, if you aren’t their perceived picture of healthy, then you failed, but you have to be able to give yourself some grace.  No one starts their journey to wellness in the same place.  We all have different experiences that have led us to where we are and have led us to different decisions. We were exposed to different food, and to different people.  So, if you take a look at me, and you look at Simone Biles, I'm not going to come close to *that* image of health ever in my life. But for where I started just a few short years ago, and for where I am now, the amount of change I have adapted to, I am doing quite well, substantially better than where I was when I started. Every day that you wake up and commit yourselves to being on a journey, you are changing. You are becoming. And if things are in a continual state of change, motion, and becoming, then there is never really an end. Every day presents a new opportunity to get better, to learn something new, to show compassion to ourselves, others, animals and our planet. And kind of like with that Marie Kondo-ing our brain, every second really is a new chance to make a new choice.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Carly Cakes Instagram https://www.instagram.com/carlycakesgfv/   Carly Cakes Facebook https://www.facebook.com/carlycakesgfv/      Carly Cakes Website https://swskougard.wixsite.com/carlycakesgfv/about_us   Postpartum PTSD https://www.postpartum.net/learn-more/postpartum-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/ https://www.postpartumdepression.org/postpartum-depression/types/ptsd/ https://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/home/topics/anxiety/postpartum-ptsd-beyond-postpartum-depression-in-maternal-mental-health/   Crisis Text Line https://www.crisistextline.org/   Celiac Disease Foundation https://celiac.org/about-celiac-disease/what-is-celiac-disease/   Beyond Celiac https://www.beyondceliac.org/celiac-disease/   Down Syndrome https://www.ndss.org/about-down-syndrome/down-syndrome/ https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/down-syndrome   Pervasive Suffering https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/the-five-aggregates/all-pervasive-suffering   Yoga with Adriene https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene   Marie Kondo https://konmari.com/   The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing https://amzn.to/2PQl2nO   Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) https://amzn.to/2PSG1GJ   Whole-Foods Plant Based Diet https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/plant-based-diet-guide   https://www.forksoverknives.com/plant-based-primer-beginners-guide-starting-plant-based-diet/#gs.1cf0zj   How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger https://amzn.to/2ZY5wq4   Amla (Indian Gooseberry) https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/indian-gooseberry-amla.html
Are you wondering why we’re so excited about our new vitamin C serum, Restore? Aside from the purity of this amazing elixir for your face we’re diving into the top 10 reasons you want, really really want, a vitamin c serum in your daily skincare regimen. And just wait until you hear the BONUS reason.   * * *  Featured Product Organixx Skin: Restore * * *   Ready for a little vocabulary lesson? senescence  -  / suh·neh·sns/ [link to pronunciation] noun Used in: BIOLOGY the condition or process of deterioration with age. loss of a cell's power of division and growth.   When it comes to our skin, we spend an inordinate amount of money battling – because it feels like a battle sometimes – the telltale signs of aging, but how effective are the products? This is something we’ve been curious about and we researched. Boy, did we research. In episodes 55 and 56 we discussed the Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid in your personal care products. This week we do a deep dive into the anti-aging of our skin and shine the spotlight on Vitamin C Serums.   What’s a vitamin C serum? If you are over 30 and actively trying to combat the signs of aging, you’ve likely heard of vitamin C serum. Essentially, vitamin C serum is an oil- and water-based liquid that contains highly concentrated amounts of vitamin C. Serums are different from cremes and other products with vitamin C because of the significantly higher concentrations, which allow people to get the most out of the product and see more noticeable results. Vitamin C is touted as one of the best anti-aging ingredients on the market — and the key to maintaining a smooth, even, and glowy complexion. Although you’re probably getting vitamin C in your diet, there’s no way to guarantee that it’s going straight to your skin. Using serums and other topical products is the most direct way to reap these benefits.   Not All Serums Are Alike First, let's take a look at what basic characteristics an ideal Vitamin C serum should have: It needs to have 15% to 20% Vitamin C. Has to be Paraben-free and contain no colorants or fragrances in order to protect the efficacy of the Vitamin C. Be combined with Vitamin E to achieve the best results. Contain Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, or preferably both to make the serum super effective. Be manufactured in protective packaging in order to delay the oxidization of the serum. Another point that we’d like to make has to do with the size of the Vitamin C serum bottle. Most common sizes are at 1oz. Based on personal experience, usually one can go through 75% of the 1 oz bottle before it starts to oxidize. Purchasing a 2oz or a 3oz bottle means you’re throwing your money down the drain!   Top 10 Reasons Your Skin Wants a Vitamin C Serum It’s safe for most skin types Many people opt for topical vitamin C as opposed to other chemical serums and skin care products because vitamin C serum is completely natural. There is no concern about how your skin is going to react because there are no harsh chemicals or other questionable ingredients. As a result, vitamin C serums are formulated and infused to be gentle enough for everyday use. The same simply cannot be said of many other skin care products on the market. Promotes collagen production We did an episode on collagens, Episode #15, and it’s been extremely popular. We think it’s partly due to the fact that the bane of any woman’s existence are fine lines and wrinkles. But rather than give into the abyss of aging, the regular use of vitamin C products can combat their very appearance because of their concentrated levels of antioxidant-rich vitamin C, which helps boost collagen production, filling in fine lines and wrinkles. As a result, you may find that you have more youthful looking skin without the need for any expensive and potentially risky cosmetic work! Top that by adding our Clean Sourced Collagens into your daily diet and you have a one-two punch! Protects skin from sun damage In addition to its anti-aging benefits, topical vitamin C is also great for protecting your skin from damage—especially from the sun's UVA and UVB rays. That's because vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it naturally helps to strengthen your skin and repel things that could damage it. Of course, topical vitamin C should not be considered an alternative to wearing sunscreen, but when combined with regular sunscreen application, it can really work wonders for your skin. Reduces under-eye circles Vitamin C has also been found to help even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of under-eye circles. This is great for those who are tired of trying to conceal the dark circles under their eyes and want to enjoy a more youthful, bright, and vibrant appearance. Speeds up healing Studies have also found that high levels of Vitamin C can help to speed up the body's natural healing processes. This makes it ideal for use on the face and other areas of skin, as it can help to heal small cuts, acne scars, and other blemishes more quickly and effectively. Reduces skin discoloration If you suffer from skin redness or other discoloration of the skin, then a quality vitamin C serum may also be able to help you achieve a more uniform skin tone and better complexion. Specifically, vitamin C is great for reducing embarrassing redness. With just a few uses, you may find that you have a more even skin tone. Keeps skin looking and feeling younger No matter what your age, it's always a good idea to be preemptive about avoiding wrinkles, sagging skin, fine lines, and other signs of aging. Vitamin C can help your skin look younger for longer, not only by stimulating collagen production, but by evening out your skin tone and brightening your complexion as well. Improves hydration and moisture If you suffer from dry skin, vitamin C is a must. This is especially true if you have tried using moisturizers and cremes in the past, only to find that your skin is still dry and flaky. With topical vitamin C products, you can enjoy the high concentration of vitamins that your body truly needs to improve moisture content and overall hydration. Creates brighter, healthier skin In addition to improving your skin's overall complexion, vitamin C can brighten otherwise dull skin, allowing it to look healthier and more vibrant. Strong concentrations of this vitamin leave the skin looking and feeling replenished and revitalized. Reduces Inflammation It has also been found that vitamin C, in high enough concentrations, has inflammation-reducing qualities. This is ideal for people who tend to wake up in the morning with unsightly puffiness around the eyes or other areas of the skin/face. A little bit of vitamin C serum can go a long way here. BONUS Benefit! Because who doesn’t like a bonus?! Speeds Up Healing of Sunburns in addition to protecting your skin from sun damage, vitamin C can also be effective in helping to speed up healing of sunburns. Apply some after you have been sun burned, and the vitamins will help to promote faster healing so you can get rid of redness and find relief from itching, burning, and other symptoms associated with sunburn. These are just some of the many benefits of vitamin C as it pertains to your skin and face. And while it's easy to go out and find lotions, cremes, and other moisturizers at your local drug store that claim to contain vitamin C, it's important to realize that your skin needs a very high concentration of this vitamin in order to see results. This is why you're encouraged to use concentrated serums rather than a basic creme or lotion.   Where Can You Get A Good Vitamin C Serum? The reason that we went down this rabbit hole is because we got a lot of emails asking about skincare, and just like supplements, once we started investigating, the truth was disturbing. And so, we felt inspired to go down that rabbit hole as far as we could and actually create our own vitamin C serum that followed all of our guidelines.  We made sure that it had zero preservatives, has more vitamin C, and a clean, organic vitamin C than anything else out on the market.  Hyaluronic acid.  It has amazing ingredients inside of our vitamin C serum that you’re not going to find anywhere else.    * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Hyaluronic Acid https://www.verywellhealth.com/hyaluronic-acid-supplements-89465   Ferulic Acid https://www.healthline.com/health/ferulic-acid   Vitamin E https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002406.htm   Collagen https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262881.php   Empowering You Organically Podcast on Collagen https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/collagens-hype-or-healthy-episode-15/   Empowering You Organically Podcast on Skincare Part 1 – Top 12 Skincare Ingredients That Are Slowly Killing You Part 2 – Top 12 Skincare Ingredients That Are Slowly Killing You   Organixx Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0
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