8 REASONS TO DO A HEADSTAND EVERYDAY!

Alexis Romano1. By reversing the flow of gravity, a headstand simulates a “face lift” by letting your skin hang in the opposite direction. The inverted position of a headstand also flushes fresh nutrients and oxygen to the face, creating a glowing effect on the skin.

2. Headstands increase nutrients and blood flow to the scalp, decreasing onset of grey hair. Some yogis say that it will even convert grey hair back to its natural color!

3. Headstands stimulate and provide refreshed blood to the pituitary and hypothalamus glands. These glands are vital to our wellbeing, and are considered the master glands that regulate all other glands in the body (thyroid, pineal, and adrenals). This includes our sexual hormones, so you can expect better sex with a consistent headstand practice.

4. When the adrenal glands are flushed and detoxified with headstands, we create more positive thought. Depression will decrease, as going upside down will almost always put a smile on your face.
Improved circulation occurs with a headstand practice. Because the heart constantly has to pump blood upward to the brain, the headstand gives the heart a rest and reduces unnecessary strain. In addition, while in headstand de-oxygenated blood is able to flow more easily from the extremities to the heart.

5. Any fluid that is retained in the feet is able to drain (edema), therefore reducing the onset and prevalence of varicose veins.

6. Headstands increase digestive fire and increase body heat. The intestines are cleansed by reversing the pull of gravity, while releasing congested blood in the colon.

7. Headstands strengthen deep core muscles. To hold a straight headstand for an extended period of time, the practitioner must engage the obliques, the rectus abdominus and the transverse abdominus. To really engage and strengthen the core, pike the legs by lifting and/or lowering both legs at the same time when coming in and out of the pose.

8. Eliminate your chances of having an ischemic stroke, as scientific evidence shows that this type of stroke rarely occurs in individuals that consistently do headstands!

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Isagenix Shakes with Steve Bentley

My husband Scott, and I are asked all the time about our different shakes and how they work for athletes, fitness buffs (just like people at our local gym), children, people with sensitives, and anyone with health related issues or anyone who just wants to feel and look better!

Here is a QUICK & INFO-PACKED description of the three shake options we have from Steve Bentley, Performance Triathelete Coach.

Clear out your body’s toxins for more energy and better overall health

I thought this was a very informative article and I have decided worth sharing forward. I know about toxicity – in 2004 I was 174 pounds and very toxic. Life saving surgery and a complete lifestyle change saved my life! Here is hoping that the information below can do the same for you.

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Clear out your body’s toxins for more energy and better overall health

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by: Katherine Leonard, MS, NC

(NaturalNews) Not only are we exposed to external environmental toxins (air pollution, pesticides, heavy metals…), but we are also exposed to their own internal toxins produced by the body. External toxins are often not neutralized and excreted from the body, but rather stored in the fat cells. When the body is under stress, it can release these toxins into the blood stream where they can wreak havoc on many other places in the body, causing inflammation and burdening the liver. So how do you know if you are toxic? Do you suffer from headaches, excess weight, muscle/joint pain, food allergies, depression, insomnia, fatigue, asthma, body odor, or acne/eczema? If so, your body is trying to tell you that it is out of balance and these matters need to be addressed before they become serious health conditions.

When stored toxins are released from fat cells, as in times of stress or weight-loss, these harmful molecules can lead to cellular damage and the creation of more toxic byproducts that the liver will also have to detoxify. But if the body is lacking a certain vitamin or if external toxins inhibit the enzyme reactions, then the liver may not be able to neutralize and detoxify all of the harmful chemicals. The liver may be overwhelmed and unable to handle incoming toxins, let alone the toxins already stored inside the body.

Instead, the liver continues to shuttle toxins back into fat cells rather than filtering them out, neutralizing them, and sending them to the kidneys for excretion. Toxins can also be stored in brain tissue, muscle tissue, nervous tissue, and even in cellular membranes. Virtually every biological system can be inhibited by toxic exposure. Disruption of hormonal and neurotransmitter function (due to toxin exposure, poor diet and lifestyle choices, and pharmaceuticals) can also cause harmful imbalances.

Why nutritional deficiencies make us more toxic

In addition, nutritional deficiencies predispose an individual to increased internal toxin production because biochemical processes rely on nutrients to function and without sufficient amounts, a cascade of dysfunctional biological processes will lead to further internal deterioration and weakened health. Moreover, there are many nutrients required for all of the different detoxification pathways and processes and one or more deficiencies can lead to severe impairment in the body’s ability to detoxify.

Increased external toxin exposure and accumulation combined with nutritional deficiencies, lead to an increased production of internal toxins from suboptimally functioning biochemical processes. Not only are detoxification processes disrupted, but so are other biochemical processes in the body that regulate mood, appetite, energy levels, immunity, and more.

If you experience symptoms like the ones listed above, you do have some level of toxicity in the body. There is a need to clean up your lifestyle, reduce inflammation, boost nutrient intake, and support the GI tract, liver, and kidneys in order to reduce toxicity and restore health.

Sources for this article include:

Hyman, M. (2012). Systems biology, toxins, obesity and functional medicine. [pdf]. New York: Integrative Health Care Symposium.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22937713
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23029795

About the author:
Katherine Leonard is a Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for supporting people as they transform their lifestyles and focus on wellness. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Chicago and an MS in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University. She is a certified First Line Therapy Lifestyle Educator and helps her clients regain their health by adopting a nourishing lifestyle. Katherine is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and the Weston A. Price Foundation. She is in the process of becoming Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (expected early 2013).

Katherine believes that optimal health is achieved through organic whole foods, a toxin-free environment, stress management, and physical activity. Her passion is to design personalized programs to help others live nourishing lifestyles.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/038863_detoxification_pesticides_improved_health.html#ixzz2JT2yPjxx

Are you Addicted to These Energy Drinks??

Are you Addicted to These Energy Drinks??

There is a Healthier Alternative

e+ : A nutrient-packed, naturally-caf­feinated energy shot that gets–and keeps–you active and alert.

I love how I can share energy with people, and get paid for it! Most of my friends don’t have lots of weight to release, but they do need healthy drinks that keep them awake and alert. Isagenix not only has healthy alternative to food, they also have a healthy way to gain energy! I love the e+ shot and can feel it working within minutes.” – Brie R. – 30 yrs. old

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So how does e+ compare to other energy shots?

e+ reduces the effects of fatigue with naturally-sourced caffeine and a proprietary blend of adaptogenic botanicals. e+ contains no added sugars, artificial colors, sweeteners or flavoring found in other energy shots. This proprietary, energy-boosting formula delivers:

  • A Quick energy boost that lasts for hours
  • A kick-start to your workout
  • Improved focus and physical performance
  • Clarity and alertness
  • A safe, effective and natural energy boost

How to use e+

Isagenix® recommends drinking no more than two (2) bottles of e+ daily. Take it in the morning, during a mid-day crash or whenever mental and physical energy are low. e+ can also be effectively used for athletic workouts, while traveling and anytime an extra boost of energy is needed.

Does e+ increase endurance and stamina?

An excellent mid- or post-workout pick-me-up, the natural caffeine content and adaptogenic botanicals in e+ have beneficial effects on stamina, including increased energy production and improved endurance. You may also experience cardiovascular improvements.

At just 35 calories, e+ is a nutrient-packed energy shot that gets your body moving and sharpens your mind, helping increase energy and boost metabolism. Feel the energy and experience the results.

I have tried other energy drinks, didn’t like the crash’s. Finally found one that works and it is considered a natural product. It tastes great and you can safely use this two to three times a day! Definitely way too cool! 

Pocket-sized e+ shots are convenient, great tasting and contain none of the added artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners you’ll find in other products. The convenient 2-ounce bottle of e+ provides extra protection against mental and physical stress and combats fatigue, whether it is before an athletic event or a work deadline.” 

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Cravings: Why They Strike, How to Curb Them

Cravings: Why They Strike, How to Curb Them

Almost everyone has hankered after potato chips, ice cream, chocolate, or another beckoning treat. But why? And what do you do when a craving calls your name?

Is it OK to give in once in a while? What if your cravings start to run amok and demand satisfaction every day?

Take heart: You’re not at their mercy. If you learn why cravings happen, you can outsmart them.

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Must-Have Weight Loss Tips for an Incredible Summer Body

Must-Have Weight Loss Tips for an Incredible Summer Body

“April showers bring May flowers, but June temperatures mean one thing: swimsuit season! Whether your favourite spot is at the beach, at the lake or just hanging around the pool, those few extra pounds you put on over the winter can make you feel self-conscious and may even make you think twice before heading out for some summer fun.

But don’t fret! In just the course of a few weeks, you can shed off extra pounds and feel confident in your body like you never have before. Here are a few simple tips for helping you drop inches in a hurry.”