Friday, August 26, 2011

Cellular Nutrition The Body Craves

Below is an article that I wrote as a guest writer for Naturally Sports & Wellness's blog. Enjoy!

Desiring to find a supplement that works best in helping you with endurance and recovery during your training and competing? Looking for something that helps your body heal from inflammation? Seeking proper nutrition for optimal health and prevention as you age? Well, we all know how crucial nutrition is for the body to function optimally. Sadly, our fruits and vegetables have lost their nutritional value and it's simply too difficult to possibly consume the crucial amount of nutrients that our cells need just through eating. Our bodies are fighting toxins daily and become weak from lack of nutrition, so supplementation is becoming a necessity.

I was on a search to find just the right nutritional supplement for my health and that of my family. My daughter has an auto-immune blood disorder that affects her body's ability to fight off bacterial infections. I needed something that would give her immune system the nutrients it needed to be strong and healthy. I was also on a quest to find the right supplements to keep all of us healthy. I wanted something natural and safe but kept coming across ingredients in supplements that I questioned were even safe. Sodium benzoate is one very common preservative in liquid supplements. I prefer liquid over pills, so those are what I mostly researched. Sodium Benzoate is okay until it's combined with ascorbic, citric acid or Vitamin C. When those are mixed, it creates a chemical reaction making it carcinogenic. To me, that defeats the whole purpose of taking a nutritional supplement!

Thankfully, I came across the safest nutritional supplement that I could find. My searching was complete and problem solved! It's called Seven+ by a company called eXfuze®. Another great thing I found out was they have a product called Seven+ PROformance that is designed to help the body with stress and give it increased energy by adding a Panax Ginseng extract and adaptogens of Eleutherococcus and Astragalus. This product is designed for inflammation and has been great for athletes. Because of that, eXfuze® even made sure that the product was BSCG certified! They have also formulated a safe and healthy energy shot called GreenZilla that has been a great energy enhancer. These products are all plant-based (organically grown or wild-crafted) and have no synthetic ingredients, no added caffeine, no artificial sweeteners and no harmful preservatives. So, for optimum performance and quicker recovery, consuming Seven+ PROformance and GreenZilla have been very effective. Even their formulation for the brain called Seven+ Focus has made an excellent addition in helping with athletes focus during competitions. That's what I love about eXfuze® products; they work together synergistically!

With that said, Seven+ products give the body true cellular nutrition from whole-food extracts. The enzymes remain active through a very sophisticated extraction process that is used. I love how pure and potent these are, that I only take one ounce per day. I get my vitamins, minerals, omegas 3,6,7,9, CoQ 6-10, fatty acids, amino acids, anti-oxidants and more from the synergistic blend of botanical extracts these have. I feel great and can tell that my daughter's immune system is boosted!

Below are the seven main botanicals that you will find in Seven+ products and a quick detail of some of the benefits they offer. The plus factor of Seven tells you that there are more extracts in these that give the body more nutrients. The benefits that these products offer for better health are endless!

 --Noted for its anti-inflammatory and immune system
--Strong vascular health and cellular rejuvenation*

--Rich with anti-oxidants and amino acids

--Contains trace minerals and beta-carotene

--Aids in detoxification*

--Combats and neutralizes free radicals*

--Rich combination of nutrients to aid in
   cardiovascular health*

                      ~Information from eXfuze® product brochure.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, registered nurse, or licensed dietician, just a home-schooling mom. Any information I provide is for general education purposes only. I recommend that everyone work alongside their personal physician while pursuing treatment for any condition.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Heart To Live Well

Here's a question for you. What do you do to "live well"? Definitely an interesting question to contemplate! First thing that I think of is, what does it mean to "live"? We know what it means to do things well, but to "live well" in particular is quite a thought and something to pray about. Am I living well for my own good, for the good of others or in obedience to God Himself? Could it be for all three and where's the balance there? Who am I living well for and what does that really mean to live?

You can do a word study on "live" all day, but I will spare you from too much and just bring out the main terms that stick out at me for this particular question. Below are just a few ways how the 1828 Noah Webster American Dictionary defines "live" that I find quite interesting.

  • To have the bodily functions in operation, or in a capacity to operate.
  • To live, emphatically; to enjoy life; to be in a state of happiness.
  • To be inwardly quickened, nourished and actuated by divine influence or faith.

Would you agree that all of these are essential to "live well"? I can give a generic answer stating that I live well by trying to eat right & taking care of my body, helping others and knowing God's love for me. But, there's more to it than that. Why do I want to be healthy and take care of my body? Why do I want to help others so badly? Why do I have a heart for God? I believe and trust that God has put those passions and desires in me and I just pray that I give them all back to Him. That I don't take them all for myself and forget Who I should be living well for. And, to be content when life doesn't always go my way. To trust in the One who understands all and whose hands my life is in. That is what I should be living for with a joyful heart unto the Lord!

So, as we strive to "live well", my prayer is that we know why and who we're doing it for!

"Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess."

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