This is a great workout plan for those who are looking to incorporate a workout plan!
9 WAYS TO DETOX YOUR HOME
1. KICK OFF YOUR KICKS- Leave shoes at the door to keep out 80 percent of the crud they track in, per ISSA/Interclean. That can include nasty stuff like road sealant, pesticides and lead dust.
2. CRACK THE WINDOWS- Indoor air can be five times as polluted as outdoor air, so open the windows whenever the weather—and your AC or heating budget—permit.
3. DUMP THE DRYER SHEETS- Most coat clothes with chemicals like quaternary ammonium compounds—which have been linked to the development of asthma—and acetone, also found in nail polish remover. Plus, your towels will be more absorbent sans the chemical covering.
4. DETOX YOUR DRY CLEANING- Remove the bags and air out clothes in the garage or hall for a day or two to shed some of the solvent, called perchloroethylene, that sticks to the fibers. Inhaling it can trigger respiratory and eye irritation, headaches, dizziness and vision problems, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a research and advocacy organization. You also could go to a "green" cleaner—just make sure they use liquid carbon dioxide or the wet-cleaning method, since other eco-alternatives can be just as toxic, warns Sonya Lunder, EWG's senior analyst.
5. VETO VOCs- Trade your vinyl shower curtain for one made of cotton, nylon, polyester or EVA or PEVA plastic. (Not sure if it's vinyl? Look for the number 3 printed on the recycling seal on the curtain or its packaging, or the letters PVC.) In a 2008 study, vinyl curtains were found to release 108 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemicals that become gaseous at room temperature, potentially triggering headaches, nausea, dizziness and irritated eyes and throat. They're also found in most paint, so look for cans labeled as low or zero VOC.
6. TOSS YOUR PESTICIDES- Contact with some formu-lations may lead to nerve, skin and eye damage, headaches and nausea. (They are designed to kill rats and bugs, after all.) So when you have a pest issue, ask yourself whether it's a nuisance or a health concern. If you've got ants, plug holes in your walls and keep counters cleaner. "For agents that cause disease—such as rodents or fleas—call a professional who knows how to properly fumigate and air out your home," says Douglas A. Swift, MD, associate clinical professor in the departments of medicine and environmental health at Tulane University. If you must DIY, try to buy less toxic pesticide brands, such as EcoSmart, and note label warnings. They go from "caution" to "warning" to "danger," in order of toxicity.
7. KNOW YOUR PLASTICS- Some plastic containers can leach out a chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA), which is known to tamper with our hormones. In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned BPA from infant bottles and sippy cups. Then, in 2013, a review of research in the journal Endocrine Disruptors found that it may be associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease and other conditions in adults. So avoid plastics marked with a 7, which may contain BPA, and never put BPA-containing plastics in the microwave or dishwasher; BPAs are more likely to leach out when heated. Buy fresh or frozen foods, and look for glass or cardboard packaging when possible (the lining of cans could contain BPA, too). Doing so is especially important when it comes to acidic and oily foods, which can allow more BPA to leach out. The good news: BPA passes out of the body quickly, so it doesn't take long to reduce your exposure.
8. MAKE YOUR OWN CLEANER- For an all-purpose, nontoxic cleaner that gets counters sparkling, try this DIY formula from Lisa Beres, author of Just Green It!: Mix Â½ teaspoon washing soda (found in grocery stores), 1 teaspoon natural liquid dish soap and 2 cups hot water in a spray bottle.
9. DUST DIFFERENTLY- Instead of sprays (which add to your chemical load) or feathers (which just kick up more dust), use dry, unscented microfiber cloths, which attract dirty particles instead of scattering them.
This article originally appeared on Health.com.
Could Probiotics help you defend yourself against the flu?
Researchers are discovering that this “good” bacteria helps not only to stimulate digestive health, but may stimulate a healthy immune system. These probiotic bacteria may even be... a key to understanding obesity. Gary Huffnagle, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan Health System, is one of the country’s leading researchers into the world of probiotics.
Plexus ProBio5 is my probiotic of choice. ProBio5 contains five powerful probiotics: Lactobacillus Sporogenes, L. Acidophilus, L. Plantarum, B. Longum and S. Boulardii.
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INFORMATION ON AUTO IMMUNE DISEASES
by Kelly Norman
When an intruder invades your body—like a cold virus or bacteria on a thorn that pricks your skin—your immune system protects you. It tries to identify, kill and eliminate the invaders that might hurt you. But sometimes problems with your immune system cause it to mistake your body’s own healthy cells as invaders and then repeatedly attacks them. This is called an autoimmune disease. (“Autoimmune” means immunity against the self.)
The acquired (or adaptive) immune system develops as a person grows. It “remembers” invaders so that it can fight them if they come back. When the immune system is working properly, foreign invaders provoke the body to activate immune cells against the invaders and to produce proteins called antibodies that attach to the invaders so that they can be recognized and destroyed. The more primitive innate (or inborn) immune system activates white blood cells to destroy invaders, without using antibodies.
Autoimmune diseases refer to problems with the acquired immune system’s reactions. In an autoimmune reaction, antibodies and immune cells target the body’s own healthy tissues by mistake, signaling the body to attack them.
Autoimmune Diseases- Autoimmune diseases can affect almost any part of the body, including the heart, brain, nerves, muscles, skin, eyes, joints, lungs, kidneys, glands, the digestive tract, and blood vessels.
The classic sign of an autoimmune disease is inflammation, which can cause redness, heat, pain, and swelling. How an autoimmune disease affects you depends on what part of the body is targeted. If the disease affects the joints, as in rheumatoid arthritis, you might have joint pain, stiffness, and loss of function. If it affects the thyroid, as in Graves’ disease and thyroiditis, it might cause tiredness, weight gain, and muscle aches. If it attacks the skin, as it does in scleroderma/systemic sclerosis, vitiligo, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), it can cause rashes, blisters, and color changes.
Many autoimmune diseases don’t restrict themselves to one part of the body. For example, SLE can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, nerves, blood vessels, and more. Type 1 diabetes can affect your glands, eyes, kidneys, muscles, and more.
No one is sure what causes autoimmune diseases. In most cases, a combination of factors is probably at work. For example, you might have a genetic tendency to develop a disease and then, under the right conditions, an outside invader like a virus might trigger it.
The list of diseases that fall into the autoimmune category includes
The treatment depends on the disease, but in most cases one important goal is to reduce inflammation. Sometimes doctors prescribe corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs. (note our plexus products all work together to reduce inflammation)
Progress and PromiseFurther research should continue to enhance the understanding of the genetics and causes of autoimmune disorders and result in improvements in diagnosing and treating these diseases.
Acquired immune system. The part of the immune system that develops as a person grows. It employs antibodies and immune cells to fight harmful substances.
Antibody. A special protein produced by the body’s immune system that recognizes and helps fight infectious agents and other foreign substances that invade the body.
Antigen. A foreign substance that triggers the production of antibodies when it is introduced into the body.
Autoimmune disease. A disease that results when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissues.
Corticosteroids. Potent anti-inflammatory hormones that are made naturally in the body or synthetically (man-made) for use as drugs. They are also called glucocorticoids. The most commonly prescribed drug of this type is prednisone.
Diabetes, type 1. A condition in which the immune system destroys insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, making it impossible for the body to use glucose (blood sugar) for energy. Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in children and young adults.
Graves’ disease. An autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormone. This causes such symptoms as nervousness, heat intolerance, heart palpitations, and unexplained weight loss.
Immune system. A complex network of specialized cells and organs that work together to defend the body against attacks by foreign invaders, such as bacteria and viruses.
Immunosuppressive drugs. Drugs that suppress the immune response and can be used to treat autoimmune disease. Unfortunately, because these drugs also suppress normal immunity, they leave the body at risk for infection.
Inflammation. A reaction of body tissues to injury or disease, typically marked by five signs: swelling, redness, heat, pain, and loss of function.
Innate immune system. The part of the immune system that is more primitive. It employs types of white blood cells called granulocytes and monocytes to destroy harmful substances.
Psoriatic arthritis. A type of arthritis associated with psoriasis, a chronic skin disease that occurs when cells in the outer layer of the skin reproduce faster than normal.
Rheumatoid arthritis. A disease in which the immune system attacks the linings of the joints. This results in joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and destruction.
Scleroderma/systemic sclerosis. An autoimmune disease characterized by abnormal growth of connective tissue in the skin and blood vessels. In more severe forms, connective tissue can build up in the kidneys, lungs, heart, and gastrointestinal tract, leading in some cases to organ failure.
Systemic lupus erythematosus. An autoimmune disease affecting primarily young women. Many parts of the body can be affected, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain.
Thyroiditis. An inflammation of the thyroid gland that causes the gland to become underactive. This results in symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, weight gain, cold intolerance, and muscle aches.
Vitiligo. A disorder in which the immune system destroys pigment-making cells called melanocytes. This results in white patches of skin on different parts of the body.
How I got started with Plexus
I live in a small town of nearly 30,000 people. Plexus was introduced to my area some time ago. I, personally, knew about Plexus for a good year before I gave it any real thought. I have a couple of good friends/family that started using Plexus a little over a year ago, and I have listened to them talk about their success with the products.
Back in June 2013, I decided I wanted to try the 7 day Challenge pack. I was going on a vacation and wanted to lose a few extra pounds. So, I went to one of my friends and asked her how I could try it. I purchased the 7 day Challenge and to my delight...I lost 7 pounds in that week!!! I took the Slim/Accelerator combo, ate smaller portions, and cut my sugar intake.
Then, in October 2013, I was going on another vacation and wanted to lose a few extra pounds before we left. I got my hands on another 7 day Challenge, and I lost 5 pounds in that week!
Once I got back from vacation, I realized that I needed to lose a few more pounds. Apparently, indulging in all of the luxuries that vacations have to offer, like calorie filled drinks, delicious foods, desserts and snacks by the pool, does a number on your waistline! The saying "What happens in ____, stays in _____", is not true about your calories...they jump on the plane and come home with you!!!
With that being said, I knew that I needed to get on a long-term regimen with Plexus, to get to my goal weight and stay there. So, I contacted my cousin and told her I was ready to sign up as an Ambassador. I wanted to sign up as an Ambassador, because I knew that I was going to be committed to taking these products long-term, so I wanted to get them at the very best pricing- wholesale.
When I signed up as an Ambassador, I wanted to make enough money by selling the products, to pay for my own personal use. I soon discovered that I loved these products more than I ever thought possible! As a result of my loving the products and learning what they are helping other people achieve, I started sharing with my friends and family. I wanted everyone to have access to these amazing products and couldn't wait to hear their success stories! Some of the success included in these testimonies includes: weight loss, no more headaches, no more psoriasis, no more inflammation, no more anxiety, clothes fit looser/loss of inches, no more ringing of the ears, no more arthritis, IBS is under control, increase energy, more motivated, less stressed, chronic pain is gone, cholesterol levels are lower, blood sugar is stabilized, no more constipation...
Before I knew it, I had started building a team...without even meaning to! You see, by my sharing the products with others, I was network marketing by accident. Well, lucky for me, because I soon realized that these products were truly amazing and so was the business plan!! Plexus has a compensation plan like none other....REALLY, I've researched it! The Plexus Compensation Plan pays their Ambassadors, 11 ways. So, not only am I getting my products paid for by sharing this opportunity with others, I am now making some serious extra $.
This is when I decided I had better sit down and take a better look at things. I decided I needed to work this as a business, because of the potential opportunity that it provided. I mean, I was already sharing the products with everyone I knew, it only made sense to treat it like a business and profit from that sharing! So, now I am growing an amazing team, and I am always looking for new people to share these life-changing products with, as well as, the opportunity!!!
What products do I take?
My regimen consists of Plexus Slim first thing in the morning, 30 min. before breakfast and 2 X Factor. Followed by 1 Accelerator after breakfast, and 2 BioCleanse before lunch. Another Accelerator after lunch, and 2 more BioCleanse before dinner. At night, I take 4 ProBio5, when I know I will not be eating anything else for the night.
Regimens can vary from person to person. Each person will need to find out what works best for their body.
The Importance Of Drinking Water
The human body is anywhere from 55% to 78% water depending on body size. A rule of thumb, 2/3 of body is consists of water, and it is the main component of human body. Did you know that your tissues and organs are mainly made up of water? Here is the %:
11 Benefits of Drinking Water
1. Lose weight: Drinking water helps you lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger, it’s an effective appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less. Plus, water has zero calories.
2.Natural Remedy for Headache: Helps to relieve headache and back pains due to dehydration. Although many reasons contribute to headache, dehydration is the common one.
3.Look Younger with Healthier Skin: You’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases skin elasticity.
4.Better Productivity at Work: Your brain is mostly made up of water, thus drinking water helps you think better, be more alert and more concentrated.
5.Better Exercise: Drinking water regulates your body temperature. That means you’ll feel more energetic when doing exercises. Water also helps to fuel your muscle.
6.Helps in Digestion and Constipation: Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion. Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement.
7.Less Cramps and Sprains: Proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you’ll less likely get cramps and sprains.
8.Less Likely to Get Sick and Feel Healthy: Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attack. Water adds with lemon is used for ailments like respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis etc. In another words one of the benefits of drinking water is that it can improve your immune system.
9.Relieves Fatigue: Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. If your body lacks water, your heart, for instance, needs to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells, so are the rest of the vital organs, your organs will be exhausted and so will you.
10.Good Mood: Your body feels very good and that’s why you feel happy.
11.Reduce the Risk of Cancer: Related to the digestive system, some studies show that drinking a healthy amount of water may reduce the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer. Water dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents in the urine and shortens the time in which they are in contact with bladder lining.
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