Nov 182017
 

 

These chocolate protein balls are a variation of a recipe from Kimmie Lyons on LinkedIn.  These are chock full of nutritious ingredients.

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1 cup raw cashews, chopped
3/4 cup regular oats (or oat grits, which I used for this recipe)
3/4 cup millet flour (or spelt)
2/3 cup chopped raw cocao beans
3 T chocolate protein powder mix
1/2 cup maple syrup
11 medjool dates, chopped
Mix all ingredients together and form into balls.  Delicious and a great, healthy snack!
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Sep 232017
 

If you have young children in school, you need to know about head lice.

 

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Don’t panic. It has nothing to do with cleanliness and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
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They are spread by close contact. Your children will bring them home and they will spread very quickly through the family.
We are very tactile with our children. We’re always hugging them.

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When it happens, before you run to the store and pick up a head lice formula to put on your child’s head, consider:

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What can you do?

The main thing is to kill the ones that are there, get rid of the nits, and prevent them from coming back.

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And, don’t put poisons on your child’s head. Use natural, non-toxic products. There are alternatives to risking your child’s health.

Natural products that will help:

Tea tree oil added to your child’s shampoo;
A small amount of soap containing tea trea oil and tincture of green soap added to your child’s bath;
Shampoo containing grapefruit seed extract.

Remember that the main this is to:

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Aug 282017
 

 

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Walking has so many benefits.  It’s good for physical health, but it also is good for emotional and mental health.  It can be done with very little cost and in so many different ways.  Walking with a partner is a good way to help each other keep to the routine.  Families walking together regularly will making habits that will last, and can even become a family tradition.

The CDC says,

Walking is a great way to get the physical activity needed to obtain health benefits. Walking does not require any special skills. It also does not require a gym membership or expensive equipment.

The physical benefits can include weight loss, and an increase in stamina and muscle endurance.  You can help your weight loss efforts by taking an exercise bar about 30 – 45 minutes before you walk.  I use one that jump starts my body’s fat burning process and helps me get through my 45 minute walks.

  

Build up your walking routine slowly.   If you overdo it, it can result in sore muscles or even shin splints.   Always do warm up exercises and cool down exercises, stretching your muscles slowly and  carefully.

If you do over-work your muscles, use a good muscle cream to help sooth sore muscles and for deep, soothing pain relief.  I use a good one that contains camphor, menthol, methol salicylate and melaleuca oil.

If the weather doesn’t allow you to walk outside, go to a mall.

Click here to learn more about the products I use.

 

Aug 252017
 

In spring and summer, we are used to anticipating allergies but this Healthline article points out that allergies can visit us in every season. It points out which exterior causes trigger which allergies.

And did you know that not all allergens are generated from the outdoors? Many allergens are sourced to the inside our homes. Many come from the household cleaners we use and even our laundry products.

The article continues to identify which allergies occur in which seasons, how to cope or avoid them and diagnosing them. Naturally, your doctor can prescribe medications that in most cases provide relief.

 

I represent a wellness company that produces many natural alternatives as well as a full line of eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products, which can make a huge difference in your in-home environment.

I shared this article from:  http://makegreengogreen.com/article/seasonal-allergies?MarthaRobards

Aug 212017
 

Mosquito repellent / insect repellent

For decades, DEET has been the most popular active ingredient in insect repellents. This article from Scientific American offers some interesting insights into reasons why you may want to look for some alternatives.

Fully 25% of the subjects tested experienced negative health effects that have been linked to the use of DEET (diethyltoluamide). It goes on to suggest that DEET can cause diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in adults.

It can also cause rashes and skin irritation, numb or burning lips, nausea, dizziness and difficulties with concentration. So the ingredient that scares off mosquitoes should scare off humans, as well. There are some new alternatives that are virtually risk-free.

The risks to children, as you might imagine, are even greater.

Quantum Health tells us here to be wary of using DEET on children and NEVER use it on infants. Children are more susceptible to subtle brain changes because their skin is more absorbent and their developing nervous systems have a higher potential for harm.

 

Did you hear the story of a group of young teenage friends driving around looking for Volkswagen “bugs” and spraying them with repellent? Just good fun, huh? Not so fast. As a result of inhaling the repellent, one of the backseat passengers was vomiting for nearly a week and eventually had to be taken to the emergency room for treatment. So avoiding use AND any access is the best precautions you can take.

There are, as I said, new alternatives to DEET that have been proven highly effective. My Company has developed and manufactures a completely natural insect repellent using essential oils. The dangers of DEET exist whether absorbed through the skin or through inhalation. When there are effective alternatives available, does it really make sense to expose yourself and your family to the dangers that DEET threatens?

Aug 012017
 

 

The US National Library of Medicine says:

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl. … Phthalates are used in hundreds of consumer products.

Phthalates are used in cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers. They are used in consumer products such as flexible plastic and vinyl toys, shower curtains, wallpaper, vinyl miniblinds, food packaging, and plastic wrap.

Phthalates are also used in wood finishes, detergents, adhesives, plastic plumbing pipes, lubricants, medical tubing and fluid bags, solvents, insecticides, medical devices, building materials, and vinyl flooring.”

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They’re everywhere. So?



  • Why Be Concerned?

Chemicals are all around us. We can’t escape them. We can, however, limit our exposure to them. That should be of concern to us because harmful chemicals can disrupt the way our bodies work and cause us to have health problems. For instance, phthalates, according to the NIH, “are suspected to be endocrine disruptors.”

What that means in a nutshell, is that they “… may interfere with the production or activity of hormones in the human endocrine system.” The human endocrine system controls many body functions, which include hormone production, pancreas, pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, and male and female reproductive glands.

  • What can you do?

You can try to reduce the amount of phthalates you are exposed to. The way I see it, putting something directly on my skin or in my hair, (cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers) that contain phthalates just doesn’t makes sense.

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Washing my clothes and dishes in detergents that contain phthalates doesn’t make sense. Cleaning my house with products that contain phthalates doesn’t make sense.

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I ask myself why I would do that when I know I can purchase high quality, economical products, WITHOUT phthalates. We can’t completely eliminate phthalates from our environment, but we can greatly reduce the amount of phthalates we are in direct contact with. Therefore I use products that are free from chemicals, including phthalates.  If you would like to learn about the products I use, contact me (Martha) at 505-750-7857 or marthapmintl@gmail.com. 



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Jul 292017
 

Over the last decade or so, the terms teamwork, team, and coach have proliferated in business discussions. This article explains more about the anatomy of teams and teamwork. I think you will find it insightful and quite detailed.

It explains the team and its dynamics (many members change over time) and how individual and team goals change over time. Team diversity is an important factor in interpreting team goals and context.  If your team is geographically diverse, as well, differences in the availability of certain resources can be challenging.



The need for a system, goal articulation (why), a shared mindset and strong leadership (coaching) are all important elements in the success of your business team. I am associated with a company that has understood the concept of team work for over 30 years. It has made my activities more effective and much more profitable.

For Moms (or Grandmas and Memes) who want to work from the luxury of their own homes so they can be there more for their children, grandchildren and families, this might be something worth a peek.

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Jul 272017
 

I really appreciate this article about allergens in the home. Many of us experience difficulties with allergies.  The attached report offers some tips on how to protect against allergens in your home.  Page 5 of the report references that the cleaners you use to rid your home of the problems, could be problems themselves.

I get my cleaning products from a company that provides all natural cleaning options.  They REALLY work!

Jul 132017
 

Her sleeplessness had finally gone

 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says:

Learn how much sleep you need for good health.

People will often cut back on their sleep for work, for family demands, or even to watch a good show on television. But if not getting enough sleep is a regular part of your routine, you may be at an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and stroke, poor mental health, and even early death. Even one night of short sleep can affect you the next day. Not surprisingly, you’re more likely to feel sleepy. On top of that, you’re more likely to be in a bad mood, be less productive at work, and to be involved in a motor vehicle crash.

How much sleep you need changes as you age. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend:

Age Group Recommended Hours of Sleep Per Day

Infant 4-12 months 12-16 hours per 24 hours (including naps)

Toddler 1-2 years 11-14 hours per 24 hours (including naps)

Pre-school 3-5 years 10-13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)

School Age 6-12 years 9-12 hours per 24 hours

Teen 13-18 years 8-10 hours per 24 hours

Adult 18-60 years 7 or more hours per night

WHAT CAN HELP YOU?

  • Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
  • Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot or too cold.
  • Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music. Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom.
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime. *

* National Sleep Foundation Recommendations

Also, natural sleep aids may help.

  • Try herbal teas, such as Chamomile.
  • Try a natural supplement containing herbs and natural ingredients such as calcium, melatonin, valerian, L-theanine, passion flower, spearmint. These ingredients are not harsh, non-habit forming, trusted and reliable.
  • A warm bath before bed can help relax you.
  • Try listening to soothing, calming music before bed.
  • Read a book. That always helps me get sleepy when I can’t sleep.
  • Essential oils such as lavender can have a calming, soothing and relaxing effect.

Proper rest has been linked to optimal immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions. But we live in a fast-paced world. Deadlines, multi-tasking, and worries can make getting the true rest you need difficult if not impossible. In fact a December 2013 Gallup® report found that 40% of adults are not getting the recommended amount of sleep each night.

www.cdc.com

Martha maintains RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com , which is a health and wellness information website that promotes healthy living for all aspects of life (including physical, mental and emotional, financial, and natural) and products for healthy living. For more information contact Martha at marthapmintl@gmail.com or 505-750-7847, or check out Martha on Twitter as MrsProfQuack or RobardsHealthyLifestyles . com on Facebook.

May 112017
 

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Summer is quickly approaching.    On some days in Arizona, it feels like it’s already here.    Sunny days are ahead.

Now is the time to start thinking about sunscreen.    Wearing it all year long is a great idea, but for those who think about it more when they feel the heat, now is the time.

  • Limit Exposure

MayoClinic.org, says,

“Skin cancer — the abnormal growth of skin cells — most often develops on skin exposed to the sun.”

It goes on to say what to do to reduce the risk, by stating,

“You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by limiting or avoiding exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.”

Sunscreen will help you reduce and avoid that exposure.

  • Choosing a Sunscreen

Choose a sunscreen that has a high SPF.    What is that?    SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Although there seems to be controversy on this, generally the higher the better.    A sunscreen with less chemicals in it, for many, is a better choice.

SPF measures how well a sunscreen protects against UVB rays (the radiation that causes sunburn and damages skin) and UVA rays (also damages the skin, but deeper).     According to Skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb,

“UVA, which penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB, has long been known to play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging), …”

Have fun in the sun, but be proactive and take steps to protect yourself and your whole family by buying and using a high quality sunscreen.

Martha maintains RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com , which is a health and wellness information website that promotes healthy living and products for healthy living. For more information contact Martha at marthapmintl@gmail.com or 505-750-7847.