Monthly Archives: December 2009

Women Vitamins-Living Longer, Living Better


You know that certain lifestyle choices can impact your age and your lifespan.  Just go to realage.com and answer some questions to find out if you are younger or older than your chronological age….the scale tips one way or another based on your lifestyle choices….and health history… it’s an eye-opener, and don’t we all wish we were younger than we are…or could wish stay at this physical base-line moment?

The US Census Bureau projects  nearly 9 million of the nearly 80 million baby boomers will live into their late 90’s.  Further they predict that 1/3 of those, 3 million, will make it to the century mark.

Here are some common-sense lifestyle adjustments that can affect the aging process and may help you achieve  healthy and vigorous longevity.

Exercise: Adopt a comprehensive fitness programs:

  • try to burn off a minimum of 3,500 calories/week
  • participate in activities that increase your heart rate for an hour/week.
  • participate in both strength and flexibility exercises (weight training and yoga) for at least 30 minutes/week

Blood Pressure: Aim at lower your blood pressure to 110/75.  This alone can take 10 years off your chronological age.

Smoking: Don’t just quit smoking, try to not be around second-hand smoke either.  Passive smoking (the act of being in a room with smokers) for 1 hour is equivalent to smoking 4 cigarettes yourself.

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Restoring hormonal balance in post menopausal women with HRT can increase health and vigor significantly.  Work with your health care provider to nail down a HRT regimen that works for you.  Test your adrenal functions, your DHEA levels, your estrogen, testosterone and progesterone levels…because, by the age 70, a woman who has been utilizing HRT can affect her chronological years by up to eight years.

Foods and Vitamins: Eat foods that are closest to their original state.  The more processed the food, the less vitamins and nutritional value they have.  Look for quality sources of protein.   Eat smaller meals more often.  Take time to savor and appreciate the flavor and texture of your food.  Find an easily absorbable, liquid multi-vitamin, like Women Vitamins, that supports your health,has no extra fillers, and is readily absorbed into your system.

Family History: Research your family’s health in order to determine any genetic risk factors. For example, if heart disease runs  in your family, take precautions to keep your blood pressure and homocysteines  levels in control.  Awareness of potential issues is your friend.

Stress and Social Activities: Having a fun and full social, home, and spiritual  life helps counteract stress and anxiety.  This also restores and assists your immune system, and a healthier immune system can increase the likelihood of a longer lifespan.

Chronic Diseases: Control and monitor any chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.  Being in charge of the disease can minimize its daily impact.  Losing weight can positively affect diabetes and high blood pressure while dietary adjustments can also affect pain and disease.

Dental Health: Dental problems are a source of systemic physical problems.  Periodontal diseases can affect your heart, immune system, and increase sinus issues.  Have a routine maintenance program set up with your dentist.

Sleep: We all need our 8 hours of sleep.  Keep the room dark, the temperature slightly cool, wear the least restrictive night-wear.  Sleep is the time when our system reboots and repairs.  Lack of uninterrupted sleep will lead to health issues and a more rapid aging process.

Listen to your body: Be aware of symptoms…your body is always trying to tell you what it needs and wants.  It’s up to us to listen to what it is trying to say.  Have any lumps or discolored moles checked.  Be aware of any unusual symptoms like blurred vision, extended fatigue, unaccustomed weakness.  If you experience any unusual physical symptoms, see your health care provider as soon as possible.  Dealing with a severe illness early on, can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Meditate: Take time to meditate or pray….your spiritual aspect needs its health maintained as well.  Meditation clears the mind, lowers blood pressure, and often serendipitously blesses the quiet mind with solutions to difficult issues.

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Be Blessed, Kersten

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The Attitude of Gratitude


This is the season of generosity and sharing…of giving and receiving…and maybe it’s a time to reflect on cultivating the attitude of gratitude.

Attitude of Gratitude

Tis the season for gratitude...thanks! from WomenVitamins

There is an art to recieving that is sometimes harder to learn than the art of giving.  Certainly our kids can use a reminder of how to graciously respond to the gifts and goodies of the holidays. 

We learn most vividly and most profoundly, from the examples of our parents and those we love and admire.  At school, I often pause before or after doing something for a student, to await the appropriate “please or thank you”.  And I am constantly vigilant that I also model the behaviors I desire to see in others.  After a while, students will encourage each other to give the correct “magic” words…and so we all learn!

We all need to help kids understand that if something is given, or done thoughtfully–it requires a thank you..always…every time…period.

Kids need to know that while they may not like every gift they recieve, each gift deservesa polite and heart-felt acknowledgement and a thank.

When visiting other people’s homes, it’s good and right to accept offers of food and drink.  But remind them that a “Yes, please, that sounds great!” is better than a, “No, thank you” any day.

Encourage your kids, before hand, to be willing to try new and different things…while they don’t have to care for the food, they should be expected to give it an honest try, and to thank the hostess for what she has prepared.

Thank you notes are always appreciated…especially when written by children…and writing notes as kids will probably turn into a life-long habit.  Thank you notes don’t have to be long… Just include the following:

  • be genuine
  • focus on the gift given
  • tell why it is special to you
  • sound friendly
  • 3-4 lines is great

Part of the satisfaction of giving is from the reflected warmth of the reciever….we do without or with less, to spread that joy around.  Be a role model for your children, cultivate healthy living, cultivate joyful living, cultivate gratitude…and have a Happy Healthy Holiday Season!

Be blessed, Kersten


Women Vitamins: Turmeric-Ancient and Advanced Spice of Life


Turmeric, that lovely golden spice  used in curry, has been also used in India for over 2,500 years,  as one of nature’s most powerful healers.

Turmeric has been  long known as an anti-inflammatory and recent research reveals that turmeric is beneficial in treating differing health conditions from Alzheimer’s disease to prostate cancer.

Turmeric

  • Promotes the immune system and helps with stress
  • Cleanses and maintains skin elasticity
  • Helps maintain a healthy digestive system
  • Supports healthy bones, and joints
  • Maintains cholesterol levels
  • Promotes healthy blood and liver functions
  • Boosts antioxidant protection against free radicals
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Supports overall eye health
  • Supports healthy blood and circulation
  • Assists your neurological system’s healthy response to stress
  • Promotes a healthy female reproductive system
  • Maintains blood sugar levels already within the normal range

20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

  • 1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
  • 2. When combined with cauliflower, seems to prevent prostate cancer and stops the growth of existing prostate cancer.
  • 3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
  • 4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to decrease/disappear.
  • 5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
  • 6. Is a natural liver detoxifying agent.
  • 7. May prevent and slow Alzheimer’s progression by removing amyloid plaque buildup in the brain.
  • 8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
  • 9. Potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
  • 10. Shows promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis  in mice.
  • 11. Is a natural painkiller.
  • 12. Aides  fat metabolism and helps  weight management.
  • 13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine to treat depression.
  • 14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • 15. Boosts the effects of some chemo drugs  and reduces their side effects.
  • 16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
  • 17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple melanoma.
  • 18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
  • 19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
  • 20. May help treating psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
  • turmeric assists with womens health

    WomenVitamins suggests turmeric for your health

Turmeric comes  in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500 mg capsules.  Turmeric also has a rich, mellow flavor when  incorporated into your cooking.  A pinch in your potato salad, or egg salad adds to the flavor, as does adding turmeric to chicken recipes.

Stay healthy, take your Women Vitamins, and be blessed, Kersten

Here are links to other blogs: Turmeric vs Tumors and Golden Spice: Golden Opportunities

Contra-indications: Do not use turmeric if you suffer from  gall stones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with your doctor as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.

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Grandma’s 3 Household Friends


This is the season of long nights, short days, and cold temperatures.  We are indoors more.  Doors and windows are opened less, and our exposure to the fumes and residues of cleaning products is intensified.  If you are like me, you want to lessen our family’s exposure to the harsher chemicals odors and reactives.  So let’s look at some user-friendly   CLEANER AND GREENER solutions  that our Grandmas used.

Here are 3 common household cleaning items, none of which are expensive nor toxic.  They are also probably in your home right now.

Grandma's Cleaning Friends

Grandma's Cleaning Friends, Women Vitamins

You can use them to get things clean and fresh, without the worry of chemicals tainting your home:

1. BAKING SODA:

Baking soda is a great odor neutralizer.

  • Place an opened box in the refrigerator to absorb odors.
  • It can be sprinkled in smelly tennis shoes and left over-night to combat odor.
  • Baking soda, mixed in cat litter, helps conquer odor and will not hurt your pet.
  • It can be mixed with water to form a paste, that cleans dishes, pots, pans and cooking surfaces.
  • Baking soda with vinegar also loosens hard to clean, baked on messes.
  • When a stronger abrasive is needed, take the baking soda and add some course salt (kosher salt is perfect) to help clean tough spots.
  • It can be lightly sprinkled on rugs before vacuuming to freshen the carpets’ odor.

2. LEMON:

Fresh lemon supplies oil and an acidic factor.

  • Lemon slices are great disposal cleaners and deodorizers.
  • To freshen counter and cutting block surfaces: combine baking soda with a small amount of natural dish soap, then use a halved lemon to scrub across the surface of the counter. Wipe clean with a cloth or sponge.
  • Lemon  Cleaner: mix 1 cup of very hot water with 1 teaspoon borax, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 2 tablespoons lemon juice…use as a spray cleaner
  • Lemon & Tea Tree Cleaner: 1 cup liquid soap blend, 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1/4 eyedropper of tea tree extract, 6 cups warm water  (Mix the ingredients together and shake well. To use, put in a plastic spray bottle, sprits on, and wipe off.)

3. WHITE DISTILLED VINEGAR:
Cuts through dirt and grease,

  • Dilute vinegar with water and use on countertops, windows and floors
  • Place 1/2 cup in dishwasher to assist with shiney streakless glassware
  • Use as a BLEACH SUBSTITUTE:
    Pour a small amount of white vinegar into your laundry.  It will keep your sheets smelling fresh and clean and as it cuts oils, it is great for people with super sensitive skin. Amount is by discretion, so be careful not to over-pour
  • vinegar and salt remove coffee and tea stains from china and marble
  • vinegar dissolves mineral and iron stains from coffee pots and faucets
  • 1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in 1 cup of vinegar shines brass and copper

Happy cleaning to you!  Be healthy, take your women vitamins, wash your hands, say your prayers (sound like Grandma?) and Be Blessed, Kersten