Teams Should Share A Common Vision

When team members or employees share a common vision it impacts the achievement of the team’s goals and the enterprise’s mission.  When the vision is shared by all participants and goals are understood, projects can be completed in an efficient manner leveraging the talents of everyone involved.

This short video of children at a nursery school “working” on a “project” illustrates so many points about teams, participation, vision, and rewards.  It is clear that they don’t share the same vision.  Some declare that they are building a train, while others say they are building a castle, and still others a tower.

Similar to your team members or employees, these kids have different personality types and probably derive different rewards or satisfaction from their participation.  Is job satisfaction an important factor for everyone?  Positively.

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Seven Exercises You Can Do In Bed

exercise in bedFINAL     Bed exercises are a healthy way to help you get in shape, burn calories, tone you up, and transform your body.  They’re convenient for all kinds of reasons.  Perhaps you have neither the time nor the desire to get up extra early to do a morning workout at the gym.  Some bed exercise in the morning can get you perked up and firing on all cylinders to start the day with an advantage.  Done in the evening they can help you get a restful evening of sleep.  They  stimulate the production of the mood-enhancing brain chemical serotonin, leaving you feeling calm and relaxed.  As a result, you will find that you sleep better when you do these exercises at night, and feel invigorated when you do the routine in the morning. Here are a few bed exercises you can do that won’t take more than 10 minutes out of your busy schedule.  They are designed for anyone, but they can be especially helpful for people recovering from an illness or injury and confined to bed and for people who just can’t find time during the day to exercise.

Important:  When you perform these exercises, breathe in slowly while you count to four, hold for a count of one, and then exhale for a count of four.

ARMS-SHOULDER SEESAW
Purpose: Tones and stretches the shoulders and upper back.
What to do: While lying on your back, place your arms at your sides. Slide your right arm and shoulder toward your right foot. Next, raise your right shoulder toward your head, while at the same time sliding your left arm and shoulder toward your left foot. Then raise your left shoulder toward your head, while lowering your right arm and shoulder toward your right foot. Repeat five times on each side, moving your shoulders up and down like a seesaw.  Continue reading Seven Exercises You Can Do In Bed

Coffee Is One Of The Healthiest Drinks

Coffeescale   Despite being criticized in the past, coffee may be one of the healthiest beverages you can drink.  Perhaps you’ve just enjoyed this dark-colored liquid for it’s taste and to help you stay alert and awake without thinking whether it’s healthy or unhealthy.

Coffee actually contains hundreds of various compounds (caffeine is just one), some of which have important health benefits.  Many of these compounds are antioxidants which fight aging and common diseases like heart disease and cancer.

EIGHT REASONS COFFEE IS GOOD FOR YOU:

1.  Coffee can help you burn fat due to the fact that it stimulates the central nervous system, raising metabolism and increasing the oxidation of fatty acids.

2. Coffee can improve athletic performance by mobilizing fatty acids from fat tissues.  Studies have shown that caffeine increases exercise performance on average of 11 – 12%.

3. Coffee can make you smarter.  Caffeine blocks the inhibitory effects of a neurotransmitter in the brain called adenosine and actually increases neuronal firing in the brain and increases the release of other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.

4. Studies have shown that coffee is associated with a lower risk of Type II Diabetes.  A review of 18 studies with over 450,000 participants showed that each additional cup of coffee per day lowered the risk of diabetes by 7%.

5. Coffee appears to lower the risk of liver cancer by 40% and cirrhosis by as much as 80%.  Cirrhosis is the last stage of liver damage caused by diseases such as alcoholism and hepatitis.

6. Coffee may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 60% lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia and a lower risk of Parkinson’s by 32 – 60%.

7. Several studies show that people who drink coffee live longer than those who don’t.  One study showed that the more coffee people drank, the lower their risk of death was, with the optimal amount being 4 – 5 cups per day.  This resulted in men having a 12 percent reduced risk and women having a 16
% reduction.

8.  Coffee is a major source of antioxidants and contains a respectable amount of several vitamins and minerals including Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (B3), Thiamine (B1), potassium and Manganese.

Nutrition Loss in Fruits and Vegetables

A friend of ours in the grocery business brought by a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables the other day.  Apples, lemons, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pears, lemons, grapefruits, bananas, potatoes, strawberries, oranges, and pineapple.

He had come by for a detox session using our Aqua-Chi detox foot bath.  He believes like we do that it’s healthier  to put the good stuff in and get the bad stuff out.

Good nutrition is the key to good mental and physical health. Eating a balanced diet is an important part of good health for everyone. The kind and amount of food you eat affects the way you feel and how your body works.

What are Nutrients?

Nutrients are ingredients in food that help you:

* Grow

* Repair body tissue

* Build new muscle tissue.

No single food will provide you with the right amount of nutrients. By combining foods from all the different food groups, you can meet your body’s daily needs.

The most nutrient-rich foods are fresh fruit and vegetables.  Most of us don’t eat anywhere near enough of these!

Sadly, even our ‘fresh’ produce loses many nutrients due to soil depletion, genetic modification, time taken in transport and storage, and preparation and cooking losses.  Furthermore, farming and processing methods fill our food with ‘foreign’ chemicals which are toxic to our bodies.

Even if you could eat the recommended 10-13 servings a day, nutrients are depleted due to corporate farming techniques, genetic modification, soil depletion, and green harvesting and more nutrients are lost in processing and food preparation.

It’s little wonder we’re suffering from an epidemic of lifestyle malnutrition.  Fast food, junk food, and processed food have placed edible “food-like” substances at the top of most peoples’ menus.

We have a real problem with our food today.  Even those people who are trying to eat right by including raw fruits and vegetables in their diet can find their goal sabotaged by the lack of nutrition in the food available at the market.   How bad is the problem with our food?  In the 1950’s a woman could get the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A from two peaches.  Today it takes 58 peaches to satisfy the requirement. Continue reading Nutrition Loss in Fruits and Vegetables

Toxic Toilet Paper?

roll of toilet paperThe FDA refused in July of this year to ban bisphenol A (BPA), the toxic chemical that leaches out of plastic containers and cans and into our foods.

Now there is more disturbing news about BPA and it’s chemical “cousin” bisphenol S (BPS).  According to two recent studies both toxins are present in a variety of paper products including toilet paper.

BPA has estrogen-like effects and acts as an endocrine disruptor and interupts our hormone signals.  It has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, thyroid dysfunction, obesity, and birth defects.

In addition to its use in food containers, BPA is in thermal paper such as cash register receipts.  The chemical can be absorbed through our skin or via hand-to-mouth contact.  As the evidence against BPA grows, some paper manufacturers have been replacing it with BPS – which also has estrogen-like effects.

Hundreds of paper products contain BPA and or BPS – thermal paper (cash register receipts), paper towels, napkins, newspapers, flyers, envelopes, currency, facial tissue and, yes, toilet paper.

What can we do to protect ourselves?  If you must touch thermal paper frequently, wear gloves.  Wash your hands right after handling newspapers, magazines, flyers, or paper money.  Use alternatives like cloth dish towels as an alternative to paper towels and napkins to dry your hands.  Instead of using recycled toilet paper (which may have BPA and BPS from other paper products mixed in during the recycling process) use virgin pulp toilet paper.

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The Shocking Truth About Food

Almost all the foods people are eating today have been genetically modified, not to make them more nutritious but to keep the bugs from eating them, to increase shelf-life, to make them bigger, to make them more attractive, and to make more money.  Unfortunately the flavor and taste of these modified products is not even close to what it should be, and the nutrition is long gone.

Did you know that Americans spend 90% of their food dollars on processed foods?

Instead of spraying corn with pesticides, Monsanto had a better idea.  They changed the DNA of the corn to have pesticides in the DNA so when corn grows the pesticide automatically emits from the corn.  They say it doesn’t have enough toxins left to harm us, but corn today is regulated as a pesticide.

How about gluten intolerance?  It’s epidemic today!  Do you know that we have genetically modified wheat more than 8 times in the last 40 years?  Our bodies are finally saying TIME OUT!. . . I don’t get it.  I don’t recognize it.  Is it food?  And your body is rejecting it because it doesn’t recognize it as real food.

And this is not happening just to wheat.  It’s happening to many other products that we eat on a daily basis.  Strawberries have been genetically modified over 17 times in the last 20 years.

How about those boxes of blueberry muffin mix you see at the grocery store with pictures of blueberries on them?  You won’t find a blueberry in it.

Dead moths from Mexico are used to color blueberry yogurt.  These same moths were originally used to dye fabric blue.  Continue reading The Shocking Truth About Food

A Bigger Brain or A Bigger Butt?

Choose brain food for vibrant healthWhere do you want the food you eat to go, to your brain or to your butt and belly?

Some foods we eat seem to be directly tied to an increase in the size of our belly, hips, and derriere.  We know what those are; fatty foods like fast foods, sweets, and junk food.

But did you know that other foods have been proven to increase cognitive abilities and the actual size of your brain?  And with brains, the bigger the better!  A study published this past January in Neurology showed that people who eat certain foods are more likely to have larger and smarter brains.  Researchers used brain scans and 12 cognitive tests to see whether certain diets were associated with improved mental performance.

What helped the brain:  A high concentration in the blood of vitamins B, C, D, and E and omega-3 fatty acids was associated with better decision-making, attention, and visual and spatial skills.  Also, participants with the best memory skills were more likely to have higher levels of HDL “good” cholesterol as well as higher levels of two antioxidants – lutein and zeaxanthin.

Specifically, which foods should we eat to improve brain function?  Eat vegetables that are especially high in vitamins and antioxidants, such as zucchini, spinach, broccoli, and other deeply colored vegetables and fruits as well as foods that are rich in omega 3’s, such as flax seeds, walnuts and salmon.

For people concerned that they don’t get enough of such nutrients in their daily diet, dietary supplements like Ambrotose, Omega-3 with Vitamin D3, and PhytoMatrix are available.

What hurt the brain:  Participants in the study with the highest level of trans fat in their blood had more “brain fog” and smaller brains than other participants.  The study results indicate that we should avoid trans fats.  Trans fats are found mostly in fried, processed and commercial, packaged foods.

Why do some foods help the brain and others hurt it?  It is thought that some of the nutrients listed above may protect the outer walls of the brain’s cell membranes allowing the cell “machinery” to keep working properly.  One of the ways trans fats harm us is that they take the place of the “good” fats in our cell membranes and that may lead to deterioration of the cells’ structure.

When research like this shows that there is a direct link between what we eat and how well certain parts of our bodies function, it is clear that we can impact our health by the choices we make.  Do we want bigger brains or bigger butts and bellies?

The Risk Inside Your Credit Card

Your credit card may not be as safe as you think it is!

The latest technology in credit and debit cards may be putting you at risk for fraud.  Called RFID (for Radio Frequency Identification Chip), it’s a tiny chip hidden in millions of credit cards.   About a third of all credit cards have RFID’s embedded in them and the number is growing.

Designed as a way to make it easier for you to use your credit card and to be a faster way to pay, the technology allows you to simply wave your card at the scanner.  The device sends out a signal with your credit card information.  Unfortunately, this technology can leave you exposed to electronic pickpocketing.  Thieves with scanners designed to read the information broadcast by the chip can capture your credit card information and use it to make purchases or sometimes sell the information to others.

RFID’s are also being placed in passports and in some school identification cards.

RFID not good for financial vibrant health

Symbol indicates RFID

How can you tell if your credit card has an RFID and what can you do to protect yourself?  Many cards with the technology have a symbol on them like that shown here.  Others are imprinted with wording that indicates they are RFID equipped.  Play the movie for examples.

To protect your credit card information, you can purchase protective sleeves for your credit and debit cards, as well as shielded wallets.  But something as simple as wrapping the card in foil will work.  You can also tell your bank that you don’t want a card that has RFID.

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Aloe Vera – The Plant of Immortality

You may not realize that Aloe Vera is  one of the oldest medicinal plants.  Ancient Egyptians and Greeks have used the plant throughout the millenia and wars have been fought over it.

Aloe vera has been given many beautiful names:  The Silent Healer, Plant of Immortality, Fountain of Youth, Plant of Life, Celestial Blessing, Harmonious Medicine, and Desert Lily.

Did you know that aloe vera plants can be found in over half the homes in theUnited   States?  Most people are familiar with the power of aloe vera in treating burns and scrapes.  You simply break off a leaf and rub the inner leaf gel on the injury.

But in addition to external use, powerful health benefits come from ingesting the inner leaf gel which is rich in vitamins, minerals and polysaccharides?  Polysaccharides are long chain sugars that help in cellular rejuvenation.

So how can you ingest aloe vera?  Continue reading Aloe Vera – The Plant of Immortality

Pink Slime Update

In our previous article about pink slime we noted that consumers are increasingly unhappy with the addition of pink slime to beef products.

USA Today, in it’s June 6 edition reports “School districts are rejecting “pink slime”, the beef product that caused a public uproar in recent months, the Agriculture Department reported.

USDA said the vast majority of states participating in its National School Lunch Program are ordering ground beef that doesn’t contain the product known in the industry as lean finely textured beef.”