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Gut Health and Sleep / How Are They Related

By May 20, 2016 Fit Living
Gut Health and Sleep / How Are They Related

Are you a healthy person?

You may be very healthy looking. You might workout like a rock star, eat healthy all the time, never drink soft drinks or consume sugar, and watch the amount of toxins you have in your house. But, if you are not getting enough restful sleep at night then you are truly not healthy. A few hours a night is not helping you be healthy. You may think you are getting by just fine but you really are barely getting by.

Some of us can fall asleep just fine but then wake numerous times per night. Some of us lay awake for hours wondering when we will ever fall asleep. Did you know that 50-70 million American adults have a sleep wakefulness disorder according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There is a major connection between gut health and sleep.

In Shawn Stevenson’s book Sleep Smarter, he says that improving your gut health is the key. He is not only a writer but also a nutritionist and has “Model Health Show” podcast.

Your brain produces melatonin which is a regulator for your sleep wake cycle. Did you know that it is also in your digestive tract?

Microbiome the bacteria in your gut is responsible for your sleep related hormones.

It can take time to better your gut health and for it to positively affect your sleep.

Things To Do

Magnesium is one of the top things to help regulate the 300 biochemical processes in the human body. Studies have shown that getting enough Magnesium can improve sleep.

Dark leafy greens, seeds, and nuts are great sources for magnesium. There are also topical applications as well.

If you are looking for a supplement to increase your magnesium then I highly suggest Plexus Slim products.   http://www.stacycurtis.myplexusproducts.com

Things To Avoid

There are many things that can damage your microbiome. The use of antibiotics to often can be damaging.  You should avoid processed foods, additives to food, and agricultural chemicals.

Probiotics for Sleep

We have all heard of probiotics. Most doctors suggest that everyone is on a probiotic. They help to regulate good and bad bacteria in your gut.

There are foods that are rich in live bacteria as well. Kimchi, yogurt,and miso are just a few.

There are also prebiotic rich foods that help nourish the healthy bacteria that live in your gut.

Plexus Slim has a great probiotic called probio5.  You can purchase probio5 here.

Helpful Tips

Drink plenty of water.

Take your probiotic daily.

Turn off all devices 1 hour before bedtime and read, talk, or enjoy time with your spouse. ;).

Have it dark in your room.

So try these things and see if you start getting more restful sleep.

Health starts on the inside. 🙂

 

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Top 20 Benefits of Magnesium

By May 4, 2016 Fit Living
20 Benefits of Magnesium

Do you know the benefits of Magnesium?

How do you know if you are deficient in magnesium?

Some experts claim that magnesium deficiency is the single largest health problem in our world today.

Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body and impacts blood pressure, metabolism, immune function and many other aspects of health.

Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

1- Anxiety and depression. There is a lot of research showing that magnesium deficiency can have a tremendous impact on mental health.

2- Hormone problems.  The higher your estrogen or progesterone levels are the lower your magnesium is (happens during pregnancy). This can cause leg cramps and PMS symptoms when those levels are higher.  Since chocolate has magnesium some say that you crave chocolate because you are deficient in magnesium. Who has craved chocolate before??? Me lol..

3- Calcified Arteries. Calcification of arteries from low magnesium levels can lead to coronary problems such as heart attacks and heart disease. Half of all heart attack patients receive injections of magnesium chloride to help stop the blood clotting and the calcification process. Humm makes sense huh..

4- Sleep problems. Sleep is drastically affected by magnesium. Magnesium helps relax the body and mind which allows for a more restful sleep. Who doesn’t want a more restful sleep right?

5- Bone Health. Calcium is almost always said to be the most important mineral for bone health but it turns out that magnesium is very important also. Vitamin D absorption if affected as well as proper calcium use.

6- Low energy. ATP or adenosine triphosphate is the main source of energy in the cells and it must bind to a magnesium ion in order to be active. Knowing this, without magnesium you will not have energy on a cellular level. This leaves you very fatigued, lack of drive, and very low energy. Low energy is the reason I started taking plexus products. Yep 5 kids will do that to you!

7- High blood pressure. A Harvard study of over 70,000 people found that those with the highest magnesium intake had the healthiest blood pressure numbers.  Adequate intake of magnesium has been found to help lower blood pressure and help with reduction of medications.

 Benefits of Magnesium

1- Boost your immune system. Magnesium helps feed, nourish, and boost the immune system. The immune system is a big part of your health and to stay healthy and fight off sickness you want your immune system to be up.

2- Muscle and nerve function. Magnesium helps the body absorb calcium more efficiently. This helps with calming muscles when they are sore and when they are being used.

3- Osteoporosis prevention. Since magnesium helps absorption of calcium it is important to have enough magnesium so you can absorb enough calcium for your bones, otherwise bones, muscles, and your health seem to diminish.

4- Toxin prevention. Your body fights against toxins all day everyday. These toxins also known as free radicals roam free in your body and can cause damage. Antioxidants help prevent the toxins from hurting your body and cells. Magnesium is a great antioxidant to take.

5- Diabetes management. Those with low magnesium may be more at risk for developing type II diabetes. Adequate magnesium can help metabolize carbohydrates after meals and keep sugar levels in check. It has been suggested to take 100 milligrams of magnesium daily to decrease diabetes risks by 15%.

6-Better sleep. Insomnia is affecting many in our country today. It can affect your overall health and well being. Magnesium has been proved in many studies to help with sleep including the amount of time spent sleeping, how fast a person falls asleep, and how we wake up in the mornings. Magnesium may help you avoid medications for sleep problems.

7- Cancer risk lowered. Magnesium could help reduce your risk of cancer by 13% if taken regularly.

8- Strength of teeth. Teeth like bones benefit from magnesium. It can even help to eliminate high levels of phosphoric acid from harming your enamel and your teeth.

9-  Less Constipation. Magnesium can help to cleanse the body and rid it of toxins in the intestinal tract. Constipation isn’t as likely with adequate magnesium.

10- Muscle cramp prevention. Those lower leg cramps that hit in the middle of the night are no fun and magnesium soothes the muscles and prevents cramps from starting.

11-Gut bacteria and germs. There is good and bad bacteria in your gut. Without the good bacteria we would get really sick because the bad bacteria would take over. Magnesium helps to regulate the gut and helps to absorb other minerals like potassium and zinc. It also regulates blood sugar levels .

12- Inflammation control. Inflammation can cause many things like high blood sugar, blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer. Low magnesium levels tend to be seen in individuals with these problems and those with more inflammation.

13- Blood pressure. Heart disease and vascular problems are caused by high blood pressure. Evidence has shown that those that eat foods rich in magnesium are having lower blood pressures.

14- Energy levels. Your tired and sluggish body could be caused from things like sleep problems, activities, your mental stress, and the toxins that are in your body. Magnesium helps to filter the toxins and help you with your energy levels all day long.

15- Headaches. Headaches and migraines are no fun. Lower magnesium levels have been detected in those that have frequent headaches. Studies have shown that migraine frequency can be cut by 41% with the use of magnesium.

16- Anxiety and depression. Stress, depression, and anxiety have all been improved through having enough magnesium in your body.

17- Flexibility. Magnesium helps with the elasticity of your muscle fibers allowing you to be more flexible.

18- Body pH balance. Magnesium helps to neutralize your body’s acid or alkalinity to give it a  more pH balanced state. Foods and drinks make us more acidic and magnesium helps to neutralize it. If you are acidic or alkaline then you produce lactic acid during exercise causing your body to feel tired and fatigued. Being acidic is unhealthy for your body.

19- Asthma prevention. Since magnesium helps to relax muscles it also helps with the bronchial tubes and therefore reduces asthma attacks and spasms.

20- Heart attack. Magnesium use can already help reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure, but one of the best benefits from its use is to prevent a heart attack. Through the protection from irregular heartbeats, magnesium, can shield and protect your heart from damage and stress. With heart disease affecting millions of adults in the world, magnesium supplementation can help prevent fatal conditions from getting to us.

 

Top 20 Benefits of Magnesium

Top 20 Benefits of Magnesium

How to increase your Magnesium

There are many ways to increase your magnesium from foods and different things but the easiest way I have found is through the Plexus product Bio Cleanse.

Bio Cleanse helps to cleanse, energize, support weight loss, and relieve occasional constipation.

In jut 2 capsules of Bio Cleanse you will receive 380 mg of magnesium! Yes that is great!

So my recommendation for how to get the best source of magnesium is through Plexus Bio Cleanse.
Simple, Easy, and Good.

Here is the website for Bio Cleanse.

Hope this has helped you understand the top 20 benefits of magnesium along with the signs of deficiency.

Please comment and share this post. Thank you!

 

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Plexus Slim

By January 19, 2015 General

Plexus Slim

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Slim is a packet of powder that you mix in a bottle of water. It has a wonderful tootsie pop, coolaid, fruit punch taste.

Having trouble losing weight and keeping it off? You’re not alone. But don’t worry! Finally there is the most-natural way to help you lose weight. Plexus Slim is the most-natural way to lose weight and inches by burning fat, not muscle. Slim also helps keep blood sugar, cholesterol and lipids at healthy levels. In addition, Slim helps reduce binge eating and increases your willpower over food. Simply pour into a bottle of water 30 minutes before a meal, drink, and experience the results you’ve been dreaming of..

 

Features & Benefits

  • Safe and effective weight control*
  • Helps maintain healthy blood sugars*
  • Helps maintain healthy blood pressure*
  • Helps maintain healthy cholesterol and lipid levels*
  • Proven ingredients—including Alpha Lipoic Acid, Chlorogenic Acid, and Garcinia Cambogia—that address all areas of weight loss*
  • No meal replacements*
  • No shakes*
  • Fast and easy*
  • Saves you time*
  • A simple solution combined with water to help you succeed*

More Info:

Directions:

Half an hour before a meal — it does not matter which meal, it can be breakfast, lunch or dinner — pour the Plexus Slim powder into a 12 ounce glass/bottle of water, stir/shake and drink. That’s all there is to it!

Ingredients:

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Proprietary blend of Chlorogenic Acid (from Green Coffee Caffea arabica Bean) Extract (contains less than 2% natural caffeine), Garcinia cambogia Fruit Extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid.

Other Ingredients: Polydextrose, citric acid, natural flavors, beet extract (for color), stevia leaf (Stevia rebaudiana) extract, luo han-guo fruit extract, guar gum, silicon dioxide.

The Mechanics of Weight Loss

The body naturally stores fat. The most common areas are the stomach, thighs and buttocks. These excess fat stores contain toxins that cause havoc with our immune system.

When used as part of a daily hydration regimen (1 stick pack per day), Plexus Slim promotes:

  • Loss of weight and inches by burning fat, not muscle*
  • Healthy blood sugar levels*
  • Healthy cholesterol and lipid levels*
  • Healthy willpower over food choices*

Plexus Slim is:

  • Safe, and non-thermogenic
  • Diabetic Friendly

Product Active Ingredients

Leveraging the research and experience of one of the world’s largest high-quality ingredient compounder, Plexus Slim harnesses the beneficial essence of 2 plant extract concentrates, provides proven effectiveness in slimming and provides beauty benefits. Compounded using a proprietary process, Plexus Slim possesses a unique composition. Its effectiveness has been clinically proven.

The principle active ingredient in Plexus Slim is a derivative of chlorogenic acid. Among other mechanisms, this ingredient provides:

Fat metabolism —Chlorogenic acids are one of the major classes of phenolic compounds. They are present in a large variety of fruits and vegetables. They largely occur conjugated with quinic acid as in chlorogenic acid.

Warnings: Please consult a physician when starting this or any other dietary supplement program.

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Plexus Accelerator+

By January 19, 2015 General

Plexus Accelerator+

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If you thought Plexus Slim was a terrific way to lose weight, just wait until you team it up with Plexus Accelerator+. When taken with Plexus Slim, the Accelerator+ helps speed up weight loss or helps people overcome weight plateaus. Simply take one capsule with one stick pack of Plexus Slim 30 minutes after breakfast. The combination of ingredients in the Plexus Slim and Plexus Accelerator+ work synergistically to help you lose weight—easy and fast!*

Features & Benefits

  • Boosts weight loss safely and effectively*
  • Proven ingredients — to boost metabolism, suppress appetite and accelerate weight loss*
  • Increases energy*
  • Suppresses appetite*
  • Speeds up weight loss in fat and inches*
  • Synergistic benefits help increase the effectiveness of Plexus Slim*
  • Convenient and easy to use
  • Great 3-day and 7-day packs to sample the products
  • Gluten Free*

More Information:

Plexus Slim Accelerator+ contains the following (per capsule):

  • Niacin (as Niacinamide) 10mg
  • Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride) 15mg
  • Folic Acid 200mcg
  • Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) 250mcg
  • Calcium (as calcium glycinate) 8mg
  • Chromium (as Chromium Picolinate) 75mg

Proprietary Blend 475mg

Proprietary Blend contains:

Yerba Mate (leaf) extract, higenamine hydrochloride, hordenine hydrochloride, hawthorn (berry) extract, 5-HTP (hydroxytryptophane from griffonia seed extract), green tea (leaf) extract

Important: Plexus Accelerator+ was designed as a companion product to Plexus Slim. We recommend you do not use Accelerator+ alone.

Directions: Take one capsule in the morning with Plexus Slim. Take with food rather than on an empty stomach. Another capsule may be taken with lunch if desired. If desired, an additional Plexus Slim may also be taken with lunch. Avoid taking later in the afternoon as sleep may be impaired. Drink 8 glasses of water per day. Accelerator+ should be taken only to help jump start the weight loss benefits of Plexus Slim. If you are taking Plexus Slim strictly for non-weight related health benefits, Accelerator+ is not necessary. Do not exceed suggested use of Plexus Worldwide, Inc. products.

Warnings: Plexus Worldwide, Inc. products are not intended for expectant or nursing mothers. If you have a heart condition, high blood pressure or any other cardiovascular condition, please consult with a physician before taking this product. Not intended for children under the age of 18. Avoid taking Plexus Worldwide, Inc. products with cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, PPA, or products containing high amounts of caffeine. Before starting this or any other supplementation, consult a physician first. If unpleasant effects occur, discontinue use.

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Plexus Boost

By January 19, 2015 General

BOOST

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Description

Looking to turn up the heat on your weight loss? Plexus Boost is an alternative companion to Plexus Slim, formulated to energize your life! The thermogenic blend of ingredients in Boost contains Caralluma Fimbriata, an edible cactus that has been traditionally used by tribal East Indians for years to suppress hunger and enhance endurance through increased energy. It has now been clinically proven to suppress appetite, reduce body weight and increase energy intake. Plexus Boost also contains Yerba Mate which has been shown to be a stimulant, and it may assist with weight management. The Higenamine used in Plexus Boost, sourced from Tangerine Peel and Lotus Seed, has been shown to increase energy. Plexus Boost is sure to live up to its name, helping deliver the weight loss results you want and the energy you need.

 

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Plexus Xfactor

By January 19, 2015 General

Plexus X Factor

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Description XFactor Family Chewables contain the superior New Zealand Blackcurrant, which is a powerful nutrient-rich berry known for its potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help eliminate free radicals and toxins, and provide support for a healthy balanced life.

XFACTOR

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Consuming multi vitamin supplements is a good thing. With our poor diets and all the other threats to our health, it’s critical to have a high-quality food source of vital nutrients. But did you know that even if you’re taking a multivitamin product, you’re probably not getting nearly the level of superior-quality nutrients you thought you were? In fact, studies suggest that the majority of multivitamin products are of poor quality and difficult for the body’s digestive tract to break down, digest and absorb. But there’s great news! Plexus, a world-recognized leader in the health and nutritional industries, has developed a breakthrough in vitamin supplements. Plexus X Factor is a turbocharged multivitamin and antioxidant supplement with a never-before-seen formulation of a patented aloe blend and New Zealand Blackcurrant of which results in vastly improved absorption and assimilation for optimal nutrition and wellness protection.

Features & Benefits

  • Delivers several B vitamins, vitamins D, C and E, the antioxidant protection of New Zealand Blackcurrants, and the impressive nutrient profile of Aloe*
  • Oxygenates the body, safeguarding against damaged/dysfunctional cells*
  • Provides super-potent antioxidant protection*
  • Delivers support for whole-body wellness*
  • Supports the body’s functions, processes and systems*
  • Super-charges the body’s various immune activities*

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Probio5

By January 19, 2015 General

PROBIO5

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Description

ProBio5 features five probiotics, added enzymes, Vitamin B6, Grape Seed extract and Vitamin C—all in one effective delivery system.

Features & Benefits

  • Proper probiotic balance in the intestinal tract*
  • Proper intestinal balance which increases nutrient absorption*

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Plexus Biocleanse

By January 19, 2015 General

BIOCLEANSE

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Description

As a result of modern lifestyle, most of our bodies are burdened with toxic waste and slow metabolism. A specially formulated Magnesium compound with Oxygen Enhancement and Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids, Plexus Bio Cleanse may help do the following:

Features & Benefits

  • Oxygenates the entire body*
  • Helps cleanse the gastro-intestinal tract and arteries*
  • Helps energize the body*
  • Enhances weight loss*
  • Supports collagen production*
  • Relieves occasional constipation (that is not associated with chronic constipation, which may be a symptom of a serious disease)*

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Fast Relief Nerve Health

By January 19, 2015 General

FAST RELIEF NERVE HEALTH

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Description

Specially formulated combination of vitamins, minerals, herbs and amino acids to help support healthy nerve cells and nervous system.

Features & Benefits

  • Specially formulated combination of vitamins, minerals, herbs and amino acids. May reduce symptoms from nerve discomfort.

(This does not apply to nerve discomfort from an underlying disease such as diabetes, autoimmune disorder, or other applicable disease.)

 

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Plexus Fast Relief

By January 19, 2015 General

FAST RELIEF CREAM

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Description

The Plexus Fast Relief Cream is for temporary relief of discomfort due to an active lifestyle. Fast Relief Cream helps the body to reduce discomfort quickly, safely and effectively. Simply rub the cream on the area giving you discomfort and within minutes you can have the temporary relief that you want.*

**For External Use Only**

Features & Benefits

  • Provides synergistic “inside-outside” relief with the Fast Relief Capsules*
  • Non-greasy and with pleasant scent*
  • Easy to use*

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FAST RELIEF CAPSULES

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Description

Fast Relief Capsules may help with discomfort due to an active lifestyle. Day after day, you may notice your discomfort becoming less and less.

Features & Benefits

  • Unique, proprietary ingredient blend
  • May provide comprehensive “inside-outside” synergistic relief with the Fast Relief Cream

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