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A One-Two Punch to Fight Fat

Looking at the upcoming holiday season, and looking to lose my baby weight after Thanksgiving, I thought I would post about two plant extracts working in tandem to help our bodies burn fat for energy. Isn’t everyone looking for something like this?
This article is done by Dr. Roger Spahr, specializing in Health, Wellness and Fitness

“Plant extracts are the key to many of today’s best nutritional products. For weight loss, two such extracts are getting a lot of attention for their ability to regulate blood-sugar levels and help your body use fat for energy instead of sugar – all without the stimulant effects seen with many weight-loss supplements.

Svetol Green Coffee Extract (400 MG Daily)
You may have heard how green tea can help promote weight loss, but clinical research is showing that extracts of green coffee beans may also be effective by reducing the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood. Green coffee beans refer to either immature beans or mature beans that haven’t been roasted. Svetol is made from decaffeinated, unroasted mature Robusta beans.
Glucose is the body’s first choice as an energy source. Fat isn’t tapped until glucose (and glycogen, which the body converts into sugar) is depleted. Green coffee bean extracts rich in chlorogenic acids can reduce blood-sugar levels by inhibiting an enzyme that produces glucose. The extract also inhibits absorption of sugar by your intestines. Together, these mechanisms reduce the amount of glucose in your bloodstream that may end up as stored fat. In one study , supplementation with Svetol significantly decreased blood sugar after eating. Additionally, after 40 days on the study, participants lost weight without changing their diet and exercise habits.
Eight published clinical studies support Svetol – the most of any brand of green coffee bean extract currently on the market. Developed by a French plant-extract firm brought to the U.S. in 2008, Svetol is standardized to contain no less than 45 percent chlorogenic acid, and has been shown to be superior as a weight-management aid when compared to competing green coffee bean products.
A significant advantage to Svetol is its extraction from decaffeinated beans. This means you get the benefits of chlorogenic acid without the potential side effects of too much caffeine.

Garcinia Cambogia (1500 MG, 60% HCA, Daily)
Garcinia Cambogia is a small fruit from southern India. Its active component for weight loss is hydroxycitric acid (HCA).
HCA helps inhibit ATP-citrate lyase, an enzyme that your body uses to convert glucose into glycogen. (This enzyme also facilitates the synthesis the body’s fatty acids, cholesterol and triglycerides.) Glycogen, stored primarily in your muscles and liver, gets converted back into glucose for energy use. Reduced conversion of blood sugar into glycogen means the body must turn more quickly to its fat stores for energy. And as noted in a study abstract published in the U.S. government’s National Center for Biotechnology Information , HCA also increases serotonin availability. This in turn can help reduce food cravings, which may be of particular importance in helping to control emotional overeating.
That study also notes both increased fat burning and improvement in blood lipid profile associated with HCA. And HCA does not stimulate the central nervous system, making it a good complement to Svetol as fat-fighting supplementation without jitters and gastrointestinal upset.
Used in combination, these two extracts can be an effective tool as you build an overall weight loss strategy.”

Dr. Spahr completed his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Community Hospitals of Indianapolis and was Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He has been an active member of the nutraMetrix Training Faculty for several years.

Find this combination in TLS Green Coffee Plus Garcinia Cambogia here:
http://www.shop.com/TLS+reg+Green+Coffee+Plus+Garcinia+Cambogia-1065616453-p+.xhtml?credituser=C5324683

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Becoming a Mom

The realization of becoming a mom!
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As of yesterday I am officially 25 weeks into my pregnancy, my pic was from last week, only 15 weeks to go. I can’t help to first be so very thankful for this little blessing! As my husband and I were watching the little baby kicks and punches of baby on my belly yesterday, it’s just an awe inspiring moment that you are solely responsible for this little baby!

As I’m starting to register for my baby showers and creating the nursery, it’s a bit overwhelming to think about all the different ways our lives are going to change! I’ve been blessed with a healthy and easy pregnancy thus far, and am truly looking forward to the next step! Overwhelming as it is, I’ve found relief in looking and asking God for strength and direction. Just when I tears are starting to roll down my face, I think that God has not given me anything in my life that I can’t handle, and this baby is no exception! Travis and I couldn’t be happier that at this time in our lives, a new little life is going to be given to us! Thank you God!

Where have you mom’s out there found relief when doubt and anxiety cloud your mind?

5 Reasons to Take a Vacation

It’s summer! Vacation time! My next vacation I’m looking forward to is the long July 4th weekend. Not only are we celebrating Independence Day, but also my brother’s wedding!
But if you are looking for a reason to take a vacation here are five:

1. Relieves Stress – The very first benefit of leaving everything behind and relieving your brain of all your worries is reduced stress.
Several studies have shown a direct link between stress and health conditions such as headaches, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other types of infections acquired as a result of a weaker immune system. It has also been scientifically established that taking vacations reduces the incidence of burnout.
Relief from stress often gives us a new perspective on life, allows us to regain energy and often to find simple and sometimes obvious solutions to problems that had previously seemed impossible to solve.

2. Improve your mental skills
Some studies have found a positive relationship between vacations and logical thinking. A well-rested mind that is free of worry is often more effective.

3. Improve your physical health
Besides getting you away from daily stressors, a vacation often gives you the opportunity to catch up on sleep and exercise, two simple remedies for many aches and pains.

4. Strengthen family ties
Too often, in our fast-paced daily routine, family relationships suffer. A vacation is a great opportunity to discover each other in a different setting and to build lasting memories.

5. Enjoy life
Taking time off can be a great opportunity to meet new people, laugh and do the things that you most enjoy!

So start planning that next vacation! Get out of the rut and enjoy a few days just to yourself!

Testimonial Tuesdays – Lupus

Good Tuesday Morning!  I’m going to be adding a new category to be featured on Tuesdays with testimonials from my company.  I feel it’s an obligation of mine to spread this information to as many people as I can, if I can help one, I can help more!

The first testimonial is about lupus, by a good friend of mine Boni Wendel who is a nurse practitioner at Colombia St. Mary’s.

Here’s her story:

“I am a health professional and when I found out that my husband had lupus I studied and researched what would be available to help him. I would use either traditional medicine or nutritional supplements.  He was an avid runner prior to his diagnosis.  This disease had ravaged him to about 150 pounds and sleeping at least 18 hours per day.  His state of health was not acceptable to him and I set out on a journey to get him well.

I attended any and all seminars on auto-immune diseases and from my education knew that these auto-immune diseases are all about inflammation.  The body for some reason sees certain tissues as foreign and sends out anti-bodies against them.  Lupus focuses on the connective tissues which cause weakness of the joints, malaise and a general flu-like feeling.

A friend of mine introduced me to OPC3.  Its properties are anti-inflammatory in nature.  Its action is a tremendous help in the calming the body and allowing it to heal.  Up until then all he could take was prednisone for a flare of his symptoms which actually would make he feel better but hungry and irritable.  The OPC 3 was the ticket.

Western medicine recommends fish oil for inflammation.  The dose has to be quite high 6-9 grams daily.  I researched fish oil and he would have had to take at least 18 capsules a day and the mercury in them would have its own deleterious effects.  I was willing to pay out-of-pocket for prescriptions strength Omega 3 fish oil but it would have cost about $750.00/month to use off label.  Prescription strength is highly filtered and high dose so that he would not have to take as many capsules.

The Market America Omega 3 provides 3 grams (verses 4 grams in prescription strength) with highly filtered fish oil at a fraction of the cost.  We spend about $75.00/month for the Omega 3.  When people say that our Omega 3 fish oil is expensive I chuckle to myself as they know not of what they speak.

My husband has had remarkable success and is back to running and took up biking as well.  What we save on the cost of prescription strength Omega 3 fish oil we now invest in high-tech bicycles!  He is disappointed that his times are not as fast but he feels blessed that is his more himself.  We have also added CoQ10 (recommended for muscle function), multivitamin of course and the activated B complex.

I have him back thanks to the high quality products with their unique delivery system.”

If you have any questions about the products or any questions for Boni, please leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can!  Also, please pass this on to anyone you may know who is dealing with lupus.

The Beauty of a Product Brokerage Company

A little about my company; and what motivates me!  I own a shop.com site that product brokers for over 2500 products that my husband and I use daily, ok we don’t use all 2500, but I would say I LOT!  As a product brokerage company our company does not manufacture any one product or specialize in a single service, which allows us to swing with the marketplace and capitalize on current consumer demands.

Unlike many niche companies that live or die by the success of one product, we are able to offer a variety of products and brands across numerous multibillion-dollar markets. From health and nutrition to cosmetics, weight management to home and garden, we will always provide the most popular products.  This flexibility ensures stability, profitability and most importantly, longevity.

I’m specializing now in our Motives Cosmetics line.  This product brokerage concept allows me to always carry the best of the best.  Since one manufacturer may create the best mascara and another creates the best eye liner, I have access to both.  In my many marketing classes over the years, we were taught that huge companies take a product and label it with one label, and take the same product and label it another brand.  Similar to this concept, we are able to tap into the best products in each market.

In addition, we form long-lasting relationships with our manufacturers, and unlike some companies, we don’t just shop around for the best price. Instead, relationships are established with manufacturers that will produce consistent quality products from year to year.

When a popular ingredient is discovered, we are able to quickly develop new products and bring them to market because of this business model. Every year, new products and product lines are being created to stay ahead of the competition. And since only limited quantities are stored in-house at any given time, this cuts down on consumer cost and ensures the freshest potency.

The product brokerage concept carries far beyond our exclusive brands. Through SHOP.COM, we can offer millions of additional products and services from well-known stores like Target, Nike, REI and more. The cost is the same as it would be shopping directly from the store’s site, but with our partnerships we are able to pay Cashback, whereas individual sites do not.

This company and these concepts are my motivation!  In fact, it keeps me up at night with all the possibilities running through my head!  Happy Saturday!

Morning Routines

It’s the weekend, more time for ourselves right?  I hope!  On my morning walk, I thought of how important consistency is in our lives.  Each and every morning I take my yellow lab for a walk, drink my Isotonix, and read the daily passage from my Daily Word.  Doesn’t sound like much does it, but I want to discuss how important consistency and the ability to connect with our body, nature and God is each day!

First, by allowing yourself some “you” time, you are able to sort out what’s really important in your life.  What to focus your time and energy on.  There are so many distractions in our lives, from spouses, family, kids, texts, social media, phone calls, and the list goes on and on; it’s imperative to cut out a chunk of time for yourself; if that’s 5 minutes or longer.  I do this while on my morning walk.  Although I live in the city, I’m lucky enough to have a small park that has a walking trail through the woods with a gentle river running through it.

Second is the importance of nature in our lives.  Today the number of people living in urban areas has passed the number living in rural areas.  Plus the evidence is compelling that frequent exposure to the natural world improves mental health, it offers a deep sense of inner peace, and in many ways improves the quality of life.  So get out there!

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Third, I drink my Isotonix cocktail.  When it comes to nutrition in our bodies, we have become busier than ever, making it harder than ever to find and provide our bodies with the right nutrition.  In addition to that, our food has become exponentially nutrient deficient.  That’s why it’s so important to supplement.  Enjoying good health and lifelong vitality isn’t the result of an overnight transformation, it happens one day at a time with a consistent high quality, bio-available nutritional supplement.

And finally, and most importantly I connect with God by reading the Daily Word.  I’ve found that sometimes people find it hard to talk to God and listen to what he has to say.  A very simple solution I’ve found is reading this Daily Word.  It’s a great start to your conversation with the Lord.  In many ways, the Daily Word has helped me through struggles that I’ve been dealing with on a daily or weekly basis.

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I hope that I’ve given you some tips on starting your day off right!

What daily positive habits do you have?

Starting Out Strong!

Hello!  So this is my VERY first blog post!  I hope you find a little bit of yourself in me!  I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, close to the big city of Milwaukee, with a jeans and t-shirt mentality.  I recently married the love of my life that pushes me and supports me in everything I do.  He’s an up north guy, who has a kind heart and inspires so many to live the life of their dreams!  I love being in the outdoors, traveling, being surrounded by friends and family, and am passionate about creating the best possible life God intended for me!

I’ve always had a business owner state of mind; the 9-5 job never enticed me, no matter what income goes along with it.  I’m a true entrepreneur.  I own a traditional business and all the headaches that go along with it.  What drives me is my internet business, shopdanib.com.  I’m building a business that will give me time and financial freedom to pursue my dreams.  My business is allowing me to focus on my passions of beauty, health, and traveling.  Best of all, I work with a group of people who have similar mindsets: positive, dream orientated and love helping others!

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t!” What are you doing today to get you where you want to be tomorrow?

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