Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin,” and has many wonderful benefits. There are two forms of Vitamin D: Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. Both offer benefits, yet only D3 is more readily absorbed and utilized by the human body while D2 is more than 50 times more toxic than D3.
Vitamin D is obtained naturally from two sources: sunlight and dietary consumption.  Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the form of Vitamin D produced in the skin and consumed in the diet. Vitamin D3, is the most biologically active form of Vitamin D found in humans and animals. When sunlight hits the skin, it converts cholesterol into an active form of Vitamin D3. This form is involved in a multitude of biological processes and is crucial for promoting calcium absorption in the bones.
What we currently know about the many roles and benefits of Vitamin D may still be the tip of the iceberg, but we know enough to state with confidence that D deficiency is a major contributor to our current epidemic of chronic diseases.  For instance the winter flu season may be the result of our reduced exposure to sunlight and resulting lack of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency is a factor in all of the following conditions: chronic infections, tiredness, psoriasis, sweaty head, chronic kidney disease, crankiness, muscle weakness, reduced endurance, chronic pain, bone pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, depression, diabetes, inflammation, musculoskeletal disorders, neurological problems, autoimmune diseases, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, metabolic syndrome, migraine headaches, cervical dysplasia, thyroiditis, Crohn’s disease, Grave’s disease, osteoporosis, mental depression, polycystic ovary syndrome, epilepsy, the management of Type 2 diabetes, women’s health issues, and the prevention of cancer and Type 1 diabetes. Vitamin D appears to modulate neurotransmitter/neurologic and immune function as well. Vitamin D may even reduce the severity and frequency of infectious diseases, for instance constant respiratory problems in children.
Vitamin D deficiency is epidemic in the developed world, particularly among people of color, people in the northern hemispheres (because the sunlight is too weak) and people over 50. Vitamin D requirements are highly individual, and the amount that your body needs may depend on numerous factors, including the color of your skin, your location, and how much sunshine you’re exposed to on a regular basis.
Additionally, we now know the previously defined upper limit for safe intake of Vitamin D was set far too low, and the physiologic requirement is significantly higher than previously believed. While many nutrition scientists advise that adults take 5000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily, others suggest up to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily is safe for most adults. Based on the most recent research, the current recommendation is 35 IUs of Vitamin D per pound of body weight. The only way to know for sure though is to get your blood level tested.
Food is not a significant source of Vitamin D. For instance, I don’t recommend orange juice, breakfast cereals or milk that is fortified with Vitamin D. They’re not appropriate foods and most use Vitamin D2 that is not very biologically active.
Vitamin D supplements are often the best source for many people suffering from Vitamin D insufficiency. It’s easy and removes the guesswork. While most Vitamin D supplements offer Vitamin D3, check to make sure that it isn’t Vitamin D2. Shaklee Vita D3 is derived from lamb’s wool and found to be the purest and safest of all natural sources. Make sure to choose a company that manufactures their supplements according to pharmaceutical standards.
To your sunny health!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Entrepreneurial Leadership – Are you Ready for the 1% Club?

What does it take to be a great entrepreneurial leader?

First of all your background doesn’t matter, your family rank or status won’t help you. Race, creed, age, color or gender doesn’t give you an advantage either. Neither does your education, the degrees that you’ve accumulated or even your past resume. This is a whole other kind of development. One you can’t learn in school and you probably didn’t learn by watching those around you.
Listening to Darren Daily, I was inspired to write up this list.

To be a great entrepreneurial leader means:

  • not being afraid of risk, to step forward, to be counted and accountable.
  • being an achiever who needs to take back control.
  • owning up to your responsibility and deciding to invent your fate.
  • having bold visions and audacious goals.
  • being a striver, always pushing for more.
  • having relentless drive and courage, persistently and consistently taking obsessive action.
  • not believing in luck, making your own luck.
  • setting your own sail, ignoring the herd, charting your own course.
  • not being subject to circumstance, bound by fate or resolved to the status quo.
  • stepping out in front to break new ground, navigating the uncharted waters, and adventuring into places most have not been, and will never see or experience.
  • being a change maker, pushing the human race forward.
  • fighting for progress, fighting the good fight for our collective future.
  • maybe being labeled as a misfit, a rebel, or a troublemaker.
  • seeing things and most importantly doing things differently.
  • being crazy, hard working believers, others call insane, maybe even nuts.
  • having the ability to get people on board and add to the vision.
  • being flexible, adaptable, open to feedback, and the ability to learn.
  • seeking to break rules of conformity and shake the status quo by the shoulders.
  • not being happy with ‘’good enough’’, good enough is not good enough.
  • being willing to do the hard, arduous work of forging your own character, challenging every choice, daily.
  • defying your nature and the automatic habits of your currently installed imprinting.
This is challenging and most won’t do the hard work necessary long enough to succeed. Those who do, become that one percent, the entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge?
To your success,

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. These vitamins need to be ingested daily to keep up adequate amounts.  Humans are unable to synthesize Vitamin C so it is essential to add it to the diet on a daily basis. Vitamin C chemically decomposes during the cooking of food and prolonged storage so it is important to add it as a supplement. Vitamin C is essential to a healthy diet as well as being a highly effective antioxidant.
The richest natural sources are fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is the most widely taken nutritional supplement and is available as tablets, capsules, drink mixes, in multi-vitamin formulations, in multiple antioxidant formulations, and as a crystalline powder. Timed release versions are available, (I recommend the sustained version) as are formulations containing bioflavonoids such as quercetin, hesperidin, and rutin. I recommend a more natural complete version of Vitamin C where the bioflavonoids are not removed so, therefore, don’t need to be added back in. Brands differ in quality and in the ability of vitamins to be absorbed by the body. Do your homework.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant and has been shown to regenerate other antioxidants within the body, including vitamin E. In addition to its biosynthetic and antioxidant functions, Vitamin C plays an important role in the immune function of leukocytes (white blood cells) and improves the absorption of iron.
The benefits of Vitamin C are that it acts as an electron donor for eight different enzymes. Three enzymes are used to synthesize collagen an essential component of connective tissue. Vitamin C is essential to the development and maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, and cartilage playing a vital role in wound healing. Two enzymes are necessary for the synthesis of carnitine which is essential for the transport of fatty acids into mitochondria for ATP generation. The remaining three enzymes participate in the biosynthesis of neurotransmitters. During biosynthesis Vitamin C acts as a reducing agent, donating electrons and preventing oxidation.
Vitamin C is also involved in protein metabolism. Vitamin C is needed for adrenal glands, pituitary gland, brain. thymus, spleen, lung, testicle, lymph nodes, liver, thyroid, small intestinal mucosa, leukocytes, pancreas, kidney, and salivary glands, corpus luteum, and retina.
Vitamin C benefits by helping to repair and regenerate tissues, protect against cardiovascular disease, aid in the absorption of iron, prevent scurvy, and decrease total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides. Research indicates that Vitamin C may help protect against a variety of cancers by combating free radicals  and has been used as a cancer treatment. Supplemental Vitamin C may also lessen the duration and symptoms of a common cold, help delay or prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and support healthy immune function. Vitamin C studies show that it can lengthen lifespan, and help with decreasing chronic diseases.
Deficiency symptoms include fatigue, muscle weakness, joint and muscle aches, bleeding gums, and leg rashes. Prolonged deficiency can cause scurvy, a now rare but potentially severe illness. People who are smokers and also people who are exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk of not having enough Vitamin C.  Also people with limited food variety, or malabsorption, certain chronic diseases, and infants fed evaporated or boiled milk will need to add extra Vitamin C.
Recommendation: Add Vitamin C daily and feel the difference in your health with the benefits of Vitamin C.
To your good health.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What Results Would You Expect From Coaching?

There are many different types of coaching in the self-development space. Coaches can be either a career/business coach, executive coach, or life coach. So depending on the path you are embarking on, you will choose the correct type of coach who will guide you in the direction you are going. It is important to find the right one for your particular needs.
But the decision goes even deeper. What part of your career/business do you need help with? Are you looking for a niche or a passion, are you a start-up, do you need help with planning or motivation, performance, laser coaching, skills such as sales, goal attainment, success achievement, motivation, leadership, mastermind, or are you in transition? The answer would lead you the right type of coach.
Life coaching is huge so getting really specific helps. Are you looking to work on more emotional intelligence, empowerment, co-dependency, parenting, managing life changes, personal development, self-esteem, self talk, mind adjustment, targeted behavioral changes, financial, debt management, abundance, prosperity, wealth, health and wellness, diet, nutritional, weight loss, fitness, help with a specific illness, health recovery, retirement, spirituality, relationship, marriage, engagement, lifestyle or personal issues?
Coaches have distinctive styles. No two business coaches, for example, would coach the same way. Some coaches use a model-based approach, some work with measuring, some work with plans, or work with delegation, focus on solutions, are non-directive, values-based, are goal focused, and some are accountability coaches, etc.
Other coaches (typically called transformational coaches) go to a deeper level. They usually have a working knowledge of the mind especially the conscious and subconscious mind. They are usually employing various disciplines such as neuro-linguist programming (NLP), transactional analysis, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, and psychology, etc. These coaches usually have a more formal educational background.
Good coaches are dedicated to being facilitative, not imposing or prescriptive. They have excellent active listening skills, strong communication skills, show a genuine interest in their clients, are supportive and act in the best interest of their client, create an atmosphere of trust, stay up to date, and know how and when to ask the right questions.
Many coaches employ typologies to help strengthen the coaching process.  Typologies help gain insight into the dynamics of relationships with others and self and create a sense of understanding and more harmonious communication.  Some typical typologies are DISC, Myers Briggs, the Enneagram or social styles.
The other aspect of choosing a coach is their background. If you are an entrepreneur, for instance, then you would want a coach who had experience in this area. You would want the life experience to be there and also the success in that area. Likewise, with a weight loss coach, you would want a coach who had both the experience and the success with weight loss. Every coach tends to bring his or her own unique perspective and expertise.
Then you have to decide, do you want face to face coaching or coaching over the phone. You also have to consider, do you want group coaching or individual coaching.
The ways and means by which you can receive coaching are many and varied. This brief overview oversimplifies the complex coaching marketplace.
Hopefully, this blog has provided a synopsis.  Call to discuss and simplify your options.
To your success!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

B Vitamins – B Complex

The B vitamins are also known as the “happy vitamins” or – the “cope-ability vitamins”. The B Complex vitamin usually delivers eight of the B vitamins: B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid), and B12 (cobalamin). The most important thing to remember is that all B vitamins should be taken together in a “Complex” form.  Taking them separately can cause imbalances.
B vitamins are destroyed by light, intense heat, slow cooking, baking soda and baking powder. In addition, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, sulfa drugs, sleeping pills, infections, estrogen, and stress all destroy B vitamins. It is found naturally in leafy greens, dairy, beans, peas, and whole or fortified grains. B Complex supplements are water-soluble and do not stay in the body for long, thus, need to be taken through the day.
The most effective way to tell whether you have adequate B vitamins in your system at any given time is to check to see if your urine is bright clear, almost fluorescent yellow. The B2 causes the color but it ensures that you have enough B Complex in your body. You want evidence 24 hours a day that your level of B vitamins are 100% to maintain proper balance.  Since the use of B vitamins varies drastically each day based on stress (emotional, physical & chemical), how much sleep you’ve had, your dietary intake, etc., and since only a slight deficiency can cause metabolic and blood chemistry imbalances in the body, you always want clear evidence of slight overflow.
B vitamins are essential to many reactions in your body that convert food and fats into energy. B Complex aids in digestion and is chiefly responsible for the health of the digestive tract, the skin, mouth, tongue, eyes, nerves, arteries, and liver. B Complex vitamins help the body metabolize carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and hormones and help in tissue formation, normal growth, and development. It forms red blood cells, produces productive antibodies and helps bring balance to many systems in the body. It is frequently recommended for nerve injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome and is necessary for normal functioning of the nervous system. B vitamins can regulate homocysteine levels in the blood, and help clear arteries for cardio patients. B vitamins help support adrenal function, help calm and maintain a healthy nervous system, and are necessary for key metabolic processes.
Folic acid in the B Complex is critical to maintaining good health. The body needs it to make new cells. Up to 75 percent of serious birth defects of the spine and brain could be prevented if women consumed adequate daily amounts of folate in their diets, especially in the crucial months before pregnancy. The Shaklee corporationincorporates folic acid into the coating of the B Complex making it more accessible to the body and providing the minimum of 400 mcg per day with 2 tablets a day. You will see uniform quantities rounded off in the ingredient list when it is not derived from food. When it is food based the amounts of the eight B vitamins listed on the label should be a variety of numbers.
If you are deficient in B Complex then you will feel tired, irritable, nervous, or even depressed. People deficient in B vitamins quickly become anemic, are nervous, do not sleep well (insomnia), crave sweets, and have high cholesterol levels. B Complex alleviates PMS, menopausal symptoms and morning sickness. A slight deficiency can cause abnormal heart action, constipation, and mental depression, even suicidal tendencies. Gray hair, falling hair, baldness, acne or other skin problems indicate a lack of B vitamins. As do cracks at the corner of the mouth, tender gums, burning feet, burning and dry eyes. It is even used to control migraine headaches, improve cases of shingles, and postoperative nausea and vomiting (resulting from anesthesia) and it is essential in calming hyperactivity in children.
Make Vitamin B a priority in your day and you will notice a difference in your health.

To your good health.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Your Second Act – Lifestyle Freedom, Financial Prosperity and Impact

For the past 15 years, Boomers (born between 1946-1964) have had a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than any other demographic. Since 60 is the new 30, they have a lifetime of experience they want to share and they are not afraid of hard work. Many have worked “traditional” jobs and either have been let go or have left on their own accord. So now they are ready for their second act.
Now Boomers are looking for lifestyle freedom and work schedule freedom,  as time is seen as the most valuable resource at this point in their lives. For many, there is also a need for more financial prosperity as the pensions are not quite enough to live on.  They also want to make an impact.
Whether you are a boomer or not, you may need another paid part-time job at the same time as you start up what you are passionate about.  You’re living the dream but you’re paying the bills too.
With the internet now, you can run your business from your laptops from anywhere in the world. You just need a WordPress website, a Facebook presence – and it’s free. You can also have a presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Tumblr.
There are so many advantages to being self-employed as an entrepreneur. One of the main ones is the tax advantages. You can write off a variety of expenses and lower your taxable income allowing you to actually keep more of what you earn.  You have the option of working out of your home office which means no more rush hours and additional gas expenses.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Greater earning potential with no salary cap, no glass ceiling. You can earn what you are worth.
  • You could become rich. If it takes off, the person who’s going to get all that profit is you.
  • Your income directly relates to your productivity.
  • You can create a built-in retirement income stream,  the potential for unlimited income.
  • A sense of control over your future.
  • Time flexibility. Setting your own hours, taking more vacation days. Enjoying the world in a way 9-5ers can’t.
  • You get the freedom of being your own boss. No-one to tell you what to do. No need to ask permission.
  • You control how your work is done. You choose your own customers/clients.
  • Your work area is truly yours. You can buy new equipment when you want or need it.
  • You chose what to wear each day.
  •  You spend less money on expensive daily lunches.
  •  You don’t have to go to nonproductive meetings. No more co-worker drama.
  • You do work that makes sense, something that you are passionate about.
  • Allows you to focus on providing a product or service you believe in and are good at.
  • You enjoy the variety of continually adapting, learning, and updating your skills while developing way more confidence.
  •  You can tap into your creativity and can be yourself, more fulfilled.
  •  You can create a legacy and make a difference.
Whether you are a Boomer or not, these benefits may be appealing to you. Now’s your chance to explore the possibilities of your second act.  Book a complimentary strategy session at  http://charleneday.com/.
To your success,

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Have You Been Wondering About Fat?

Fat is one of the most misunderstood nutrients. Fat is one of three nutrients that supply calories to the body. The other two are protein and carbohydrates. Fats belong to a group of substances called lipids and come in liquid or solid form. All fats are combinations of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. Fats (namely omega-3 and omega-6) provide essential fatty acids, which are not made by the body and must be obtained from food.
The unsaturated fats are the raw plant, nut and seed oils. They are fresh pressed and liquid at room temperature. There are two types of “good” unsaturated fats:
  1. Monounsaturated fats are found in high concentrations in Olive, peanut, and canola oils, avocados, nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans, seeds such as pumpkin and sesame seeds.
  2. Polyunsaturated fats are found in high concentrations in sunflower, corn, soybean, and flaxseed oils, walnuts, flax seeds, and fish. Fish produce EPA and DHA from ALA found in the algae and plankton they eat.
Omega-3 fats are an important type of polyunsaturated fat. The parent fatty acid of the omega-3 series is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), can be synthesized from ALA. However, two essential fatty acids, linoleic and alpha-linolenic, cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from food.  One way to get omega-3 fats is by eating fish that thrive in cold environments (not farmed fish)2-3 times a week. Good plant sources of omega-3 fats include flax seeds, chia, walnuts, hempseed oil, canola or soybean oil.
Omega-6 fatty acids are also an essential fatty acid and come from vegetable oils, (palm, soybean, rapeseed, borage, and sunflower) and poultry, eggs, nuts, sesame seeds,  pumpkin seeds, breads, and cereals. Linoleic acid (LA) is an omega-6, not to be confused with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is an omega-3 fatty acid. Linoleic acid is converted to gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in the body.
Omega−9 fatty acids are an oleic acid which is the main component of olive oil, macadamia oil and other monounsaturated fats and erucic acid which is found in rapeseed, wallflower seed, and mustard seed. Unlike omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, omega−9 fatty acids are not classed as essential fatty acids (EFA).
Most people don’t eat enough healthful unsaturated fats. The American Heart Association suggests that 8-10 percent of daily calories should come from polyunsaturated fats.
The other fats are the Saturated Fats. They are the animal fats and solid at room temperature. Saturated fat is also in tropical oils, such as coconut oil, palm oil, and cocoa butter. Foods made with butter, margarine, or shortening have a lot of saturated fat. Saturated fat can raise your cholesterol.
Trans fat is a fat that has been changed by a process called hydrogenation. This process increases the shelf life of fat and makes the fat harder at room temperature. Harder fat makes crispier crackers and flakier pie crusts. Trans fat can also raise your cholesterol. Basically, you will find this kind of fat in most processed foods.
So in this very basic understanding of fats, we see that it is important to ingest the good essential fats and decrease the trans fats or avoid them all together.
To your good health.