I have a TRUE testimony to share with you all today!!!
If you don’t order our Thermogenic by the time I’m done writing to you today, YOU CRAY!
Life’s Curveballs Can Be Fun
I recognize the fact that many curveballs in life can be devastating, but I also know that in some curveballs lies a hidden blessing. This is what I want to share with you today…
My hubby and I are both in our mid forties. It’s crazy to me that we are at this point in our lives when we start thinking about being empty nesters and/or retirement. Time ticks on and nothing really ever stays the same, so we’re rolling with it. I LOVE to decorate and design homes. No, I am NOT in any way trained in the design world, it’s just a REALLY fun hobby. As mentioned previously, I love my Pinot Noir (although taking a big break from the red stuff in an effort to become as healthy as I possibly can. With that being said, I enjoy the occasional trip to Fredericksburg and/or Napa Valley. So, we decided to buy up a few ugly houses in Fredericksburg and go all, “Chip and Joanna” on them. TALK about hard work, I had no idea. I DO really love it and I’m having a blast watching the progress. Now for the point of my blog today…
No Rest for the Crazy
If you’ve never visited the cute and wonderful town of Fredericksburg, you should, but be aware, it’s HARD to find a place to stay. The entire town is booked up most of the year due to wildflower festivals, bird lovers and of course, foodies and wine-o’s. When you have to be there while working on your own rental, there is typically nowhere to stay. This week I have had the privilege of going back to my early twenties when crashing anywhere was ok. Although in your mid-forties, it’s no longer ok and your body lets you know real fast. The floor has been our only option for sleep for 3 days while surrounded by sawdust, paint fumes, humidity, and no curtains. I felt pretty good the first day, but the second day I was SO OFF all day. I kept telling everyone that I didn’t know what was wrong with me, I guess I was just exhausted.
My A-Ha! Moment
I woke up on the third morning and felt like I was in no way getting any sleep. As I sleepily made my way to the kitchen sink to brush my teeth (it was the only sink left in tact), it hit me. I had been so off my regular schedule, I had FORGOTTEN to take my vitamins and supplements…FOR TWO DAYS. I never ever ever do that, so that tells you how crazy busy we have been. With my realization, I ran to the car, grabbed my bag full of LIFE and immediately took:
Thermogenic- Energy Booster, allergy reliever, and Vitamin B enhancer
Vitamin D- Much needed after the age of 35
Zinc- Immunity Booster
Meyers Cocktail-Full of every vitamin known to mad and makes your body feel like it has super-powers.
And just like that, I was BACK!
I’m thankful for the days I forgot to take everything because it made me aware of what they do for me daily. And I don’t hate being 45, but sometimes I forget that my body needs a little extra to FEEL amazing. Working hard at being at the peak of my health lately has helped, but even with that, I just need a few extras.
Why DO We Need a Little Extra as we Approach Halftime?
There is a wonderful book called, “Halftime.” If you’ve never read it, I encourage you to grab a copy today, it’s an enlightening read on taking on the second half of life with positivity and production.
Here’s a little sample…
“for the second half of life to be better than the first, you must make the choice to step outside of the safety of living on autopilot. You must wrestle with who you are, why you believe what you profess to believe about your life, and what you do to provide meaning and structure to your daily activities and relationships.” Bob Buford
Part of this thought process involves staying healthy and at your best. This is why we need supplements and enhancers.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the human life span, or the maximum length of time possible for human life, is 130 years.Ordovas, J. M. “Living Well to 100: Nutrition, Genetics, Inflammation.” Am J Clin Nutr 83 (2006): 401S490S. Human bodies change significantly over time, and food is the fuel for those changes. People of all ages need the same basic nutrients—essential amino acids, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, and twenty-eight vitamins and minerals—to sustain life and health. However, the amounts of nutrients needed differ. Throughout the human life cycle, the body constantly changes and goes through different periods known as stages. The major stages of the human life cycle are defined as follows:
- Pregnancy. The development of a zygote into an embryo and then into a fetus in preparation for childbirth.
- Infancy. The earliest part of childhood. It is the period from birth through age one.
- Toddler years. Occur during ages two and three and are the end of early childhood.
- Childhood. Takes place from ages four to eight.
- Puberty. The period from ages nine to thirteen, which is the beginning of adolescence.
- Older adolescence. The stage that takes place between ages fourteen and eighteen.
- Adulthood. The period from adolescence to the end of life and begins at age nineteen.
- Middle age. The period of adulthood that stretches from age thirty-one to fifty.
- Senior years, or old age. Extend from age fifty-one until the end of life.
If You Do Nothing Else…
The above article tells us that we all need the same basic vitamins, minerals and amino acids to stay the course. Unfortunately, unless you are raising your own and growing your own, you can’t be sure your food is well maintained or without unneeded additives. Some of us frequent McDonalds while others are careful and selective with what we put into our bodies. No matter which person you are, you STILL need extra nutrients. At Elite, we offer a huge range of life-enhancing products that can reach even the lowest of hormone levels. But, if you aren’t ready to go that direction, let’s at least get your regular everyday self rockin and rollin like never before.
Which Nutrients Flee First? (Web MD)
With age, you can start to lose more of this mineral than you absorb. That can make your bones break more easily (osteoporosis), especially for women after menopause. Calcium helps your muscles, nerves, cells, and blood vessels work right. You get most of it from your bones, which get it from food. Women over 50 and men over 70 should get about 20% more than other adults. Milk, yogurt, and cheese are good sources.
It helps make blood and nerve cells. You get it naturally from animal foods like meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Pills, shots, and “B12-fortified” foods, like breakfast cereal, are other sources. Most Americans eat enough, but age can change that. Up to 30% of people over 50 have atrophic gastritis, which makes it harder for your body to absorb it from foods. Antacids, some meds, and weight loss surgery can contribute to a lack of B12.
Your body needs it to absorb calcium. So take them in tandem to help prevent osteoporosis. Vitamin D also helps your muscles, nerves, and immune system work right. Most people get some vitamin D from sunlight. But your body is less able to convert sun’s rays to vitamin D as you age. It’s harder to get this vitamin from foods, but fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are a good source.
Your body uses it to fight germs and to make energy. It also helps babies’ brains grow. You need more B6 as you get older. Some studies have found links between high B6 blood levels in seniors and better memory. But the vitamin doesn’t seem to improve mental abilities in people with dementia. Chickpeas are an easy and inexpensive source. So are liver, fatty fish and fortified breakfast cereals.
It helps your body make protein and bone, and it keeps your blood sugar stable. You can get it from nuts, seeds, and leafy greens. But older people tend to eat less of it. Plus, they’re more likely to have long-term health conditions or take many medications, both of which may leave you short of magnesium.
These “friendly” bacteria are good for your gut. You get them from fermented foods like yogurt or sauerkraut, or from supplements. They can help with digestive issues like diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome, and may even protect against allergies. Probiotics are likely safe if you’re healthy. But talk to your doctor first if you have any medical issues or a weakened immune system.
These fatty acids are called “essential” because your body can’t make them. They’re important for your eyes, brain, and sperm cells. They also could help protect against age-related disease like Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and macular degeneration, which can cause blindness. Unless your doctor says otherwise, it’s best to get your omega-3s from food like fatty fish, walnuts, canola oil, or flaxseed.
Many American seniors don’t get enough of this underappreciated micronutrient. It helps your sense of smell and taste, and fights infections and inflammation — all important jobs in older bodies. Zinc also may protect your vision. Oysters are far and away the best source of this mineral. Otherwise, you can get it from beef, crab, and fortified breakfast cereals.
It protects your cells from damage and infection, and keeps your thyroid working the right way. Selenium also can keep your muscles strong, and may help prevent age-linked illnesses like dementia, some types of cancer, and thyroid disease. Just one or two Brazil nuts a day should be enough. Don’t overdo it. Too much selenium can make your hair fall out and turn your nails brittle.
Potassium plays a part in almost everything inside your body, including your heart, kidneys, muscles, and nerves. It also may help protect against stroke, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis. Many Americans don’t get enough. Dried apricots, bananas, spinach, milk, and yogurt are good sources. Ask your doctor before you take supplements. They can interfere with medications for high blood pressure, migraine, and other conditions.
This natural form of vitamin B9 is in leafy greens, nuts, beans, and other foods. Pregnant women take a lab-made form of vitamin B9 called folic acid to help prevent birth defects. Folate helps with cell growth and may protect against stroke and certain cancers. Most Americans get enough. Folate found in foods is safe. But too much folic acid from supplements or fortified foods can raise your odds of having colon cancer or nerve damage.
You probably know fiber is good for you. But did you know it’s even more important as you age? Fiber helps protect against strokes, helps you poop more regularly, and lowers your cholesterol and blood sugar — big benefits in older bodies. Women over 50 should get at least 21 grams a day, while men need 30 grams, but most people don’t get that much. That’s equal to about 6-8 servings of whole grains, or 8-10 servings of vegetables.
Tip of the Day
Elite can provide you with an in-depth run down of what YOU are missing for the ultimate YOU. I have always loved the products and the way they take care of me, but this last week took my adoration to a whole new level. Everything mentioned above is included in MY personal daily routine provided by Elite. Don’t wait, time is ticking… Cheers to a BETTER Second Half!!! Schedule a consultation today.