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Fill the Body with healthy and nutritious foods

Your Body is a temple – treat it like one

Make sure your Body is getting the nutrients that is required to keep it running like a well-tuned car

Iodine is one of the nutrients that I never knew were so important until the past several years, but in all the books that I read from Doctors they point out how important Iodine is, and especially for people like myself who are hypothyroidism.

We are all individuals and our Bodies are all different:  our environment, our genetics, our lifestyles are all different and we need to take all these into consideration when looking for the right ratio and kind of nutrients to make our bodies run as well as possible for our entire life so we can have this HEALTHY LIFE SPAN.

YOUR body is not going to function at the high level it should if YOUR body is not fed the right foods and nutrients.

The soil of the earth is not like it was 50 years ago so your vegetables and fruit are not the high quality they use to be.  For YOUR body – grow what vegetables and fruit you can in you  yard or apartment.  Buy at local farmer’s market if you are not able to grow your own.

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A Prayer for Today

This is the beginning of a new day.  God has given me this day to use as I will.  I can waste it or use it for good but what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.  When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something I have traded for it.  I want it to be gain and not loss, good and not evil, success and not failure, in order that I shall not regret the price that I have paid for it.

 

YOUR NEXT TWELVE HOURS

JUST FOR TODAY     I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life’s problems at once.

JUST FOR TODAY     I will be happy.  I will assume to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, “My folks were as happy as they      made up their minds to be.”

JUST FOR TODAY     I will try to strengthen my mind, I will study and I will learn something useful.  I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration.

JUST FOR TODAY     I will adjust my self to what is and not try to adjust everything for my own desires.

JUST FOR TODAY     I will exercise my soul in three ways:  I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out; I will do at least two things I do not want to do, just for exercise;  I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt, they may be hurt but today I will not show it.

JUST FOR TODAY     I will be agreeable.  I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit, not find fault with anything and not try to improve or regulate anybody but myself.

JUST FOR TODAY     I will have a program, I may not follow it exactly but I will have it.

JUST FOR TODAY     I will save myself from two pests:  hurry and indecision.

JUST FOR TODAY     I will have a quiet half hour all by myself.  During this half hour I will try to get a better perspective on my life.

JUST FOR TODAY     I will be unafraid.  Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe that as I give to the world so the world will give back to me.

JUST FOR TODAY     I will recognize God as my Heavenly Father and that I am his child and to think, act and feel accordingly.  This is the day which the Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.

JUST FOR TODAY      I will pray at noon for the world’s greatest need,  “Grant peace, O God, in our time, Amen.

JUST FOR TODAY     I will give back to God this day before going to sleep in this covering prayer:

 

O Lord, thou knows how I live;

All I have done amiss forgive;

All of good I have tried to do:

Strengthen, bless and carry through;

All I love in safety keep,

While in thee, I fall asleep.

 

 

 

 

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You have only one mind, but it possesses two distinctive characteristics.  They have different attributes and power.  

Conscious Mind                                                    Sub-Conscious Mind

Objective                                                                  Subjective

   Like navigator                                     Answers to all your problems

hold ideas here                                get reactions according to nature

Belief is a thought in our mind.  THINK POSITIVE AND ALWAYS and EVERYDAY

Say “I can do all things through the power of my sub-conscious mind”

We are what we think!!

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Healthy NutritionStart today taking care of your posture, muscles, bones and

joints.

 

It is all about YOUR NUTRITION that goes into your body

YOUR body changes in posture and gait-your walking pattern are

common with aging.  Also, changes in the skin and hair are

common.

 

YOUR skeleton provides support and structure to the body.  YOU

need to know what to do to take care of this support system.

muscles provide the force and strength to move the body.

Coordination is directed by the brain but is affected by changes

in the muscles and joints.  Changes in the muscles, joints, and

bones affect the posture and walk, and lead to weakness and

slowed movement.

 

YOU will loose bone mass and or density as YOU age, especially

women after menopause.  YOUR bones lose calcium and other

minerals.

 

 

Even YOUR foot arches may become less pronounced,

contributing to a slight loss of height.

 

The long bones of YOUR arms and legs are more brittle because

of mineral loss, but they do not change length.

 

The joints become stiffer and less flexible.  Fluid in the joints may

decrease.  The cartilage may begin to rub together and wear

away.  Minerals may deposit in and around some joint such as

calcification.

 

Hip and knew joints may begin to lose cartilage and the fingers

and bones may thicken.

 

Lean body mass decreases.  This decrease is partly cased by a

loss of muscle tissue and atrophy sets in.

 

The speed and amount of muscle changes seem to be caused by

genes.  Muscle changes often begins in the 20 s in men and in

the 40 s in women.

 

Muscles fibers shrink, muscle tissue is replaced more slowly.

 

Lost muscle tissue may be replaced with a tough fibrous tissue.

Most noticeable in the hands, which may look thin and bony.

 

YOU may not notice YOUR inside body, muscles, and joints are

Starting to change in your 40 s as a woman – but BEWARE those

are changing and you need to be proactive and not wait until

something happens to YOUR body and become reactive.

 

Start TODAY

  1. Muscle loss can affect your energy level
  1. Muscles play a role in your body movement, balance and

posture.

  1. Invest in your muscles NOW before something happens.
  1. YOUR diet is directly linked to YOUR muscle health.
  1. Eat to build up muscle loss – NUTRITION
  1. NOURISH your body – start today

 

My body was out of alignment for along time-had to have both

hips replace but have been working to rebuild

I fix chicken feet broth to help build my collagen back into my

muscles and joints.

 

Buy chicken feet at farmer’s market and cook in slow cooker for

about 20 hours with a couple table Bragg’s apple cider vinegar.

Put into zip lock bags in the freezer and drink one cup a week.

It makes your body feel so wonderful and your face will be smooth

and show no wrinkles – even at almost 75 years of age I have no

wrinkles

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Are you feeding your organs healthy enough to age healthy and

happy?

 

YOUR:

Liver

Kidneys

Heart

Skin

Brain

Are you feeding them enough nutrients?

Organ meats are wonderfully nutrition for YOUR body.  I buy

Fresh chicken livers to eat frequently, along with calf liver,

healthy chicken hearts are wonderful and very nutritious for

YOUR body.

ONLY BUY GRASSFED ANIMAL ORGANS.  Never buy organ

meats from confined animals.

I have fixed ORGANIC CHIKEN FEET BROTH FOR 20 YEARS

NOW – AND MY SKIN IS IN wonderful condition for my age.

 

Dr. Weston A. Price was a Cleveland dentist who traveled all over

the world studying dietary practices of healthy people from

traditional cultures

Dr. Price found that nearly every culture placed a high value on

consuming animals in their entirety, making use of the organs,

blood, bones, and everything else, a far cry from western culinary

snobbery, which pretty much limits animal foods to muscle tissue

and nothing else.

Organ meat is a nutritional powerhouse, loaded with vitamins,

minerals, amino acids and other compounds vital to your health.

Liver in particular is packed with nutrients, which is why predatory

animals eat it first and why it has been so highly prized throughout

history.

Dr. Price, who studied this extensively, found that native cultures

who maintained traditional diets-whole foods from plants and

animals-had excellent teeth and were free of chronic diseases

plaguing society today.  They experienced very little cancer, heart

disease, diabetes, mental illness or even birth defects.  Maybe, it

would be best to start eating animal organ meats.

 

I buy mine at local farmer’s markets.  There are usually organic

animal farmer’s at every local farmer’s market.

There are several cook books that give wonderful recipes for

Organic animal organs:

The Whole Beat: Nose to Tail Eating by Fergus Henderson

Chef Chris Cosentino’s website – Offal Good

Liver is known to be one of the most concentrated sources of

vitamin A of any foods.  Also, Vitamin D and B12, along with

copper, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese

and iron.   As you can see each bite can almost give your daily

dosage of all things necessary for your organs and nutritious life.

Kidney high in vitamin B12, selenium, iron and copper and other very good nutrients.

Heart is very concentrated source of super nutrient Coenzyme Q10

Try incorporating organ meat into your diet at least twice a week.

Make sure it is organic, grass-fed and your nutrition level will go

up to super nutrition level when these items are added.  Go and

get some good recipes for you and your family to use.

Put chicken livers chopped up into homemade chicken soup, put

beef liver chopped up into beef stew or beef soup.  Your children

and family will never know how nutritious theirfood has become

and the whole family will be healthier and happier when they are

eating organic, grass-fed organ meat.

Be creative, be innovative, so your family can be at their highest

level to ward off disease and age healthy

Enjoy something that has been consumed for millions of years

and now YOU are being told it is not good for you.

IT IS GOOD FOR YOU and HIGHLY NUTRITIOUS FOR YOUR

BODY

 

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Dr. Axe has some wonderful information on electrolytes:

The major electrolytes found within the body include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphate and chloride. Because these crucial nutrients help stimulate nerves throughout the body and balance fluid levels, an electrolyte imbalance can cause a variety of serious negative symptoms, including some that are potentially deadly.

You obtain electrolytes through eating different foods and drinking certain fluids, while you lose them partially through exercise, sweating, going to the bathroom and urinating. This is why a poor diet, too little or too much exercise, and being sick are some possible causes for an electrolyte imbalance.

Some of the major roles that electrolytes have within the body include:

  • Calcium: helping with muscle contractions, nerve signaling, blood clotting, cell division, and forming/maintaining bones and teeth
  • Potassium: helping keep blood pressure levels stable, regulating heart contractions, helping with muscle functions
  • Magnesium: needed for muscle contractions, proper heart rhythms, nerve functioning, bone-building and strength, reducing anxiety, digestion, and keeping a stable protein-fluid balance
  • Sodium: helps maintain fluid balance, needed for muscle contractions, and helps with nerve signaling
  • Chloride: maintains fluid balance

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hese are some of the key practices I turn to when I need a reminder (or two) on how to lift my spirits and bring more joy to my journey. Try them out if they sound like a fit for you.

1) Turn the Page
Each day is a gift and a chance to start fresh. If yesterday was heavy, give yourself permission to turn the page. Start today with a new intention, one that will prompt you to focus on the landscape before you. When we give ourselves the gift of new perspective, hidden gems have a way of appearing and reminding us of the joy that lives within us.

2) Fuel Your Machine Properly
Your body is your most valuable asset — treat it well. Much like we wouldn’t put soap in the gas tank of our car, we shouldn’t be consuming food that is overly processed and filled with chemicals and junk. We humans are meant to be eating whole foods that are alive, instead of the packaged junk and processed food we are constantly inundated with. When we take control and feed our bodies with nutritious food and clean water, it makes a world of difference in how we feel. When we feel good in our bodies, it is so much easier to maintain a bright disposition.

3) Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation is dreadful. It wasn’t until I became a mother that I realized what a precious commodity a good night’s sleep truly is. Getting enough pillow time has a way of making us feel more human. Sleep is such an amazing gift to recharge and start to see things with fresh eyes. According to sleepfoundation.org, “sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and well-being.” Click here to check out their downloadable recommended sleep times chart.

4) Get into the Driver’s Seat
When life feels dull or uninspiring, it’s the perfect time to remind ourselves that we can get back into the driver’s seat of our lives. Sometimes we need the reminder that we are in ultimate control of how we choose to react to experiences before us and how we move forward. Sure sometimes the steps may take time — that is okay. There is something really empowering in remembering that we are in the driver’s seat of our life, and if we want to feel more joy, we can start moving towards that happier destination at our own pace.

5) Limit Your Screen Time
How much time do you needlessly waste on social media, in front of your TV or on your computer? More importantly, how much of your life force is dimmed while you sit there? I always find that the more time I spend being inundated by sensory overload or looking at other people’s highlight reels, the harder it is for me to switch gears and get back into being present in my own life. When I am feeling low in energy or feel like I am not measuring up, I come to this reminder and look at where I can immediately begin limiting the amount of screen time I am getting. Having a break for some fresh air and leaving the phone behind is liberating — it is a boost that can often be felt on a physical level.

6) Check in With Your Trusted Peeps
We are social beings and are meant to be connecting with others. The special people in our lives who want to see us shine bright, are the ones we can go to when we need a little lift. There is nothing like a good belly laugh with a friend or a warm embrace to brighten our mood. Receiving the gift of being really seen, or seeing someone else for who they are, has a way of making us come alive.

7) Back to Basics
If life feels complicated and heavy, see what changes when you put your attention on the simplest things. When I feel overwhelmed with too much to do, I love to lace up my shoes and get outside for a run. There is something about nature and fresh air that melts my stress away. When things get stressful to the point of feeling it in our bodies, I believe it is a strong indicator we need to simplify. Getting back to basics can include things like: getting outside, having real conversations with real people, enjoying a meal with a loved one or doing an activity you know brings you joy. The basic things in life always seem to be right under our nose, it is just a matter of putting our focus there.

8) Spiritual Practice
Sometimes life deals things that are hard to wrap our minds around and life can quickly feel disheartening and unfair. Having faith in a higher power, in a way that is meaningful and true for you, has a way of bringing a sense of peace and acceptance throughout life. Having a spiritual practice we can turn to can become an anchor and a powerful way to reignite our light from within.

9) Time Management
If life feels like it is out of control and you can’t keep up, see what happens when you implement time management strategies. There are many digital time management systems out there that can help. Set event reminders on your phone and computer. Set an alarm as a reminder to leave early. Start your day by writing a list of what you intend to accomplish, and put time parameters around each task. Sometimes we need to let go of things that aren’t important and prioritize what is. Having some control over our time management sets us up to feel like we are right where we are meant to be — and that is empowering.

10) Dream Big

Keeping our deepest desires and dreams alive is the very fuel that keeps our spirits bright. Give yourself the gift of having goals and dreams, and don’t allow fear to have a say in how big your dreams may be. When we give ourselves the gift of thinking about our dreams and sharing them with others, it is an automatic way to brighten our spirits.

11) Gratitude Practice
When we put our attention on all of the things we are grateful for, we get to experience a boost that can be felt on a very deep level. A gratitude practice can look like whatever you want. It could be counting your blessings at the start of the day, throughout the day or as a way to end the day. Perhaps you will choose all of the above. Like everything in life, when we put our own personal spin on things, it has a way of becoming meaningful and more powerful. What about you, what are you grateful for today?

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I have always tried thinking positively = Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s book was one of the main books in my home growing up – and I have always found it is better for me to think positive than negative – even through the dark times in my life-which most people have dark times or negative times but read the research below and you will find that now more than ever it is important to be positive instead of negative.

 

Here’s heartwarming news: People with a family history of heart disease who also had a positive outlook were one-third less likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular event within five to 25 years than those with a more negative outlook.

That’s the finding from Johns Hopkins expert Lisa R. Yanek, M.P.H., and her colleagues. The finding held even in people with family history who had the most risk factors for coronary artery disease, and positive people from the general population were 13 percent less likely than their negative counterparts to have a heart attack or other coronary event.

Yanek and her team determined “positive” versus “negative” outlook using a survey tool that assesses a person’s cheerfulness, energy level, anxiety levels and satisfaction with health and overall life. But you don’t need a survey to assess your own positivity, says Yanek. “I think people tend to know how they are.”

Hope and Your Heart

The mechanism for the connection between health and positivity remains murky, but researchers suspect that people who are more positive may be better protected against the inflammatory damage of stress. Another possibility is that hope and positivity help people make better health and life decisions and focus more on long-term goals. Studies also find that negative emotions can weaken immune response.

What is clear, however, is that there is definitely a strong link between “positivity” and health. Additional studies have found that a positive attitude improves outcomes and life satisfaction across a spectrum of conditions—including traumatic brain injury, stroke and brain tumors.

Can You Boost Your Bright Side?

Although a positive personality is something we’re born with and not something we can inherently change, Yanek says, there are steps you can take to improve your outlook and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Simply smile more.

A University of Kansas study found that smiling—even fake smiling—reduces heart rate and blood pressure during stressful situations. So try a few minutes of YouTube humor therapy when you’re stomping your feet waiting in line or fuming over a work or family situation. It’s difficult not to smile while watching a favorite funny video.

Practice reframing.

Instead of stressing about a traffic jam, for instance, appreciate the fact that you can afford a car and get to spend a few extra minutes listening to music or the news, accepting that there is absolutely nothing you can do about the traffic.

Build resiliency.

Resiliency is the ability to adapt to stressful and/or negative situations and losses. Experts recommend these key ways to build yours:

  • Maintain good relationships with family and friends.
  • Accept that change is a part of life.
  • Take action on problems rather than just hoping they disappear or waiting for them to resolve themselves.
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the following is from Bipolar Lives

 

There is one study involving humans. This found some effectiveness in the treatment of alcoholism. However, it did not examine effectiveness for bipolar disorder or treating symptoms of depression or anxiety.

There are three other fascinating and very promising studies, but these were based on rats.

One rat study found no difference between LiOr and conventional lithium carbonate.

However, another rat study found greater uptake of LiOr compared to conventional lithium carbonate. This provided evidence that LiOr could be a very effective medication and why the low doses available in the LiOr products for sale on the Internet and in health food stores may be of benefit.

The final rat study found very adverse impact on kidneys compared to conventional lithium carbonate. This led the researchers to conclude: It seems inadvisable to use lithium orotate for the treatment of patients.

This is the study that has done most to damage the reputation of lithium orotate. But critics of this study point out that the amount of LiOr injected into the rats was relatively huge – the whole point being that only small doses are required to get the same benefits as with lithium carbonate, so there is no need to test using the same (large) amounts!

Lithium orotate and anxiety disorder

Along with being bipolar (symptoms of depression AND mania), I suffer from crippling panic attacks.

Reminder

I would love to hear that LiOr really does work, especially where anxiety is concerned.

This panic has been a long standing problem for me – it feels like I am choking and often makes it impossible for me to eat because I become convinced that I cannot swallow.

ANYTHING that claims to help with anxiety gets my attention!

The reason I educated myself on this topic was because of the claims being made about the various products using this “natural” alternative and anxiety disorder.

Is Dr Phelps correct that LiOr could be worth trying? My dilemma is that I already take lithium carbonate and I don’t know how to take both without messing up my doses and lithium levels. It will be hard to find a doctor to supervise your experimenting with LiOr or help you safely integrate with existing meds.

If you do try LiOR, DO NOT EXCEED the recommended dose!

Articles in support of LiOr

I recently found 3 articles that express positive views, although I present them with a caution. Although all 3 of these articles have been at least co-authored by medical doctors, there does appear to be a financial incentive involved in promoting LiOr. So with that in mind . . .

The Misunderstood Mineral Part 1 by Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. (Reprinted From Nutrition and Healing).

The Misunderstood Mineral Part 2 by Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. (Reprinted From Nutrition and Healing).

Lithium Orotate: The Unique Safe Mineral with Multiple Uses by Ward Dean, M.D. and Jim English.

Bottom line

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Taking Lithium orotate in the recommended doses appears to be safe and side effect free. Some respected experts like Dr Phelps are cautiously supportive. Just make sure you stick with a well known and reputable
brand. These products are not FDA regulated so you may not be getting a product that is pure or contains the stated amounts.

Since 2009 I have received over 90 comments from readers on their experiences with LiOr. These were 80% positive.

Many claim this form of natural lithium has greatly helped them with symptoms of depression, mania, anxiety, and panic attacks. BUT I DO NOT TAKE LITHIUM OROTATE! I want to take it and have (briefly) tried it with seemingly positive results. However, I simply cannot get past the lack of support and supervision from the medical profession. Please – proceed with caution.

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