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Weight Gain & Body Shape: Are You An Apple or A Pear?



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Liver Health – Why You Should Love Your Liver



As the second largest organ in the body, liver health plays a significant role in the body’s overall health. The liver is a part of the hepatic portal system, which controls essential glucagon and insulin secretion throughout the body, monitors metabolism and digestion, acts as a detoxifying organ and produces cholesterol as well as blood-clotting substances.

If the health of the liver is jeopardized, all other systems in the body are affected. If you’re not careful, your liver health can be diminished. Alcohol,  medications, pollutants and even viral infections can damage the liver. Symptoms of liver problems may include everything from emotional imbalance leading to harboring increased emotional anger, reacting angrier in everyday situations, feeling less patient, chronic fatigue, yellow discolored skin and eyes,  nausea or loss of appetite. With the body relying on liver health, it is important that you do what you can to keep it strong.

Another few pluses to having a healthy, clean liver? Since the liver is the filter of blood, the filter of fat, and the filter of hormones, know that the healthier your liver is:

1-the healthier your skin will be since skin health is very much related to blood health

2-the easier your body can shed excess fat stores that attribute to general overall body weight gain, lymphatic congestion and cellulite formation

3- the easier you can prevent weight gain, and the easier you can shed that excess upper abdominal fat that seems to begin and protrude from just under the breasts/chest cavity that many complain about when they’ve gained weight

4- the easier it is to prevent hormonal imbalances that lead to many reproductive system challenges including from prostate inflammation to uterine fibroids, and the easier it is to overcome these health problems overall

There are certain herbs and supplements that are known to provide essential antioxidants and other nutrients that support liver health. Click on the link below to learn more about liver supplements that contain those essential antioxidants and nutrients that help one overcome liver challenges by cleansing and strengthening this vital organ.


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Weight Gain & Body Shape: Are You An Apple or A Pear?


When it comes to gaining weight, most people fall into 3 very specific types. And losing weight only in the specific area of weight gain isn’t easy to achieve with just diet and exercise. However, some have overcome this problem by focusing on nourishing and stimulating those glands and organs responsible for the weight gain in that targeted area.

The 3 most common body shape types most overweight people fall in are:

1. Apple Shape
2. Pear Shape
3. Oval Shape

The Apple shape, or ‘Thyroid-type’ body is when a person’s most weight is above the waist (upper body weight gain). This includes from moderate to excessive abdominal fat, heavy fatty arms, if a woman she most likely is dealing with heavy and large breasts, and accumulated fat around the neck and face to the point of having a swollen appearance. A Man with this body type usually demonstrates excessive abdominal fat and/or protruding belly or gut, as some would call it. The lower half of the body consists of usually slim legs, and a smaller derrière/gluts, or tush, in proportion to the rest of the body. In other words, a woman may being dealing with having to purchase two sizes differently with a two-piece outfit: a L (Large) or bigger blouse size, and a M (medium) or smaller skirt or pants size.

The gland that must be stimulated so an Apple shaped person can stimulate metabolism in the upper body is the Thyroid Gland. Overweight Men suffer most with this body type appearance although many Women do as well. (The following is what I have shared with you about the Thyroid Gland in the article, “If You Desire Weight Loss, Support Those Glands!” from my Healthy Living blog.)

And a culprit responsible for weight management (also) is the Thyroid gland. The thyroid is a gland located in the front part of the neck, below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid produces hormones that regulate metabolism and are important in regulating energy, body temperature, basal metabolic rate, the use of other hormones, as well as helping to regulate growth and development. The thyroid gland and the other endocrine organs may play a role in how the body responds to changes in diet and exercise. With increasing age, metabolism naturally slows down. This occurs primarily because of normal muscle mass atrophy and a natural decrease in levels of hormones such as T3 and testosterone. An increase in the production of a hormone called Cortisol, in response to stress, may also impact weight-management efforts. T3, or triiodothyronine, is an iodine-containing hormone produced by the thyroid gland. It is synthesized under the influence of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) by attaching iodine atoms to the amino acid tyrosine. A lack of proper nutrition can have a negative effect on the thyroid and on metabolic rate. Healthy thyroid status is dependent on the presence of multiple elements necessary for the synthesis and metabolism of thyroid hormones. Irish moss, kelp and black walnut are good sources of iodine. Iodine plays a central role in thyroid function, being both a major constituent of thyroid hormones and a regulator of thyroid gland function. Zinc intake is also important as suboptimal dietary intakes of zinc can adversely affect thyroid hormone function. 7-keto, a metabolite of DHEA, may increase the production of T3, supporting metabolism and weight loss. Cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, plays multiple roles throughout the body. In addition to its best-known role as the “stress hormone,” it is involved in glucose metabolism, regulation of blood pressure and in immune function. Cortisol levels naturally fluctuate and are highest in the morning and lowest at night. Bursts of cortisol are also released in response to physical or psychological stress. While small amounts of cortisol have positive effects, research has shown that prolonged elevated cortisol levels are connected with increased amounts of abdominal fat and also cause increased consumption of calories. Nutritional ingredients commonly suggested to counteract the physiological effects of stress associated with elevated cortisol levels include magnolia bark extract, phellodendron extract, holy basil, l-theanine and DHEA. The combination of magnolia bark extract and phellodendron extract has been shown to help curb stress related eating and mild anxiety.

The Pear shaped body is distinguished when a person’s most weight is below the waist (lower body weight gain). This includes minimal to moderate abdominal fat, and excessive fat stores around hips, and legs which may include an appearance of cellulite and even possibly varicose veins. The upper half of the body consists of usually small to average breast size, moderate to slim arms, and usually a slim neck and face in proportion to the rest of the body. In other words, a woman may be dealing with having to purchase two different sizes with a two-piece outfit in the following manner: a L/M (large /medium) or smaller blouse size, and a XL/L (extra large/large) or smaller skirt or pants size.

The Pear shaped body requires that a person stimulate and nourish a sluggish Liver and correct the hormonal imbalance of estrogen dominance. The liver is the filter of blood, the filter of fat and the filter of hormones. If the liver is overloaded, toxic, and exhausted, it cannot burn fat stores the same as when it is functioning properly. In the US, the staple diet high in calories, alcohol, sugar and fat, has the large majority of people suffering with liver malfunction. And even if your liver is healthy, it is crucial to maintain it fortified so it can handle exposure to drugs, toxic chemicals, GMO’s, solvents, food chemicals, pesticides and food additives. A combination of herbs that stimulates the Liver to metabolize lower body fat and help with bringing the body back to proportion is Cellu-Smooth.

The Oval shaped body is one that has weight gain fat stores generally evenly distributed all over the body. In this case, the focus must be on the organs and glands specified for both apple and pear shapes. Use the above recommended supplements combined to metabolize fat stores and achieve weight loss all over the body.

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The Stress Hormone Linked To Weight Gain


Maintain cortisol levels

You know that being in a constant state of stress is bad for you—your overall mood, your focus, and even your health can suffer. But did you know that stress may also affect weight gain?

Researchers have begun to notice a connection between cortisol, a stress hormone, and weight-management indicators, such as calorie consumption and weight gain.

What is cortisol?

Cortisol is a hormone produced in the adrenal glands in response to stress. It promotes the formation of glucose, which is used as fuel during stressful situations. However, excess glucose can be stored by the body as fat.

The research into the link between weight gain and cortisol is ongoing, but it’s always a good idea to try to reduce stress in your life. Fortunately, fighting stress can start with such simple changes as getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet and regular exercise. A deep breath during a stressful situation never hurts, either!

Cortisol supplements for stress management

You can also help manage cortisol levels with a supplement, such as Nature’s Cortisol Formula. This formula contains Relora® to help the body manage stress and maintain cortisol levels already within the normal range. Other key ingredients include:

Banaba, holy basil, chromium and vanadium to help maintain blood glucose levels already within the normal range.

DHEA, a hormone precursor that interacts with the adrenal glands, which may subsequently affect cortisol production.

Decaffeinated green tea extract (60% EGCG).

L-theanine (Suntheanine®, which supports the body during times of stress).

However you choose to manage stress, you’ll benefit both mentally and physically—and you may even see a positive change in your weight, as well.

For more information on Weight Management and Cortisol supplements click HERE.

Repost: 11 Reasons Why Dehydration is Making You Fat and Sick [Infographic]


If you could point to the very first thing that determined your health and wellness, it might be water. Or more specifically, drinking enough of it. Depending on your weight and age, the amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age. Source. With those numbers, hydration becomes critical for many of the body’s functions. Trace
and ionic minerals can also help with dehydration. This infographic provided by Seba Mechor, provides a great explanation about what happens when we don’t drink enough water:


Water is the most vital sources of energy in the body. Dehydration causes the enzymatic activity in the body to slow down, resulting in tiredness and fatigue.

Asthma and Allergies
When dehydrated, your body will restrict airways as a means to conserve water. In fact, the rate of histamine produced by the body increases exponentially as the body loses more water.

High Blood Pressure
The blood is normally about 92% water when the body is fully hydrated. When dehydrated, the blood becomes thicker causing resistance to blood flow, which results in elevated blood pressure.

High Cholesterol
When the body is dehydrated, it will produce more cholesterol to prevent water loss from the cells.

Skin disorders
Dehydration impairs the elimination of toxins through the skin and makes it more vulnerable to all types of skin disorders, including dermatitis and psoriasis, as well as premature wrinkling and discoloration.

Digestive Disorders
A shortage of water and alkaline minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, can lead to a number of digestive disorders, including ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux

Bladder or Kidney
Problems with a dehydrated body, the accumulation of toxins and
acid waste creates an environment where bacteria thrive, resulting in the bladder and kidney to be more prone to infection, inflammation and pain.

When short of water, the colon is one of the primary regions the body draws water from in order to provide fluids for other critical body functions. Without adequate water, wastes move through the large intestines much more slowly or sometimes not at all, resulting in constipation.

Joint Pain or Stiffness
All joints have cartilage padding which is composed mainly of water. When the body is dehydrated, cartilage is weakened
and joint repair is slow resulting in pain and discomfort.

Weight Gain
When dehydrated, cells are depleted of energy. As a result
people tend to eat more when, in reality, the body is thirsty.

Premature Aging
When chronically dehydrated, the body’s organs,
including its largest organ, the skin, begins to wrinkle and wither prematurely.

For over 600 nutritional supplements to choose from to help You achieve overall balance and wellbeing click HERE.

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