R&R: A Prescription for Your Health

The ego loves to bypass the body’s need for sleep and rest. It thrives on the conditioning of society that places value on getting ahead and tireless effort, saying that a real successful person NEVER quits. We grow up thinking that our futures will be filled with disdain towards our bosses, as we sacrifice most hours of the day working towards other people’s goals and catching up on laundry during our weekend free time. We were never told that our quality of output is actually based on how well we love and treat ourselves, not how well we can sacrifice our human needs. And yes, it is true, that a real successful person never quits on their goals, but what you may not know is that they are savants at self care and they certainly know when to take a break.

Cutting on sleep to get ahead can be a pretty detrimental thing, however, if you are naturally one of those enigmas who only gets four hours of sleep at night and feels great, then more power to you. I’m assuming you take naps? Regardless, what this is about is listening to your body and understanding the repercussions if you do not.

Here is a list of some very common side effects associated with sleep deprivation:

  • Impaired Memory
  • Poor Concentration
  • Impaired Judgement
  • Lowered Stress Threshold
  • Reduced Sociability
  • Lowered Optimism
  • Shifts in Vital Signs
  • Poor Tissue Repair
  • Weight Gain
  • Increased risk for High Blood Pressure
  • Increased risk for Heart Disease

A great way to catch up on sleep is to treat yourself to a little shut eye for thirty minutes to an hour each day as often as you can or need. If you feel you need it, instead of telling yourself that you have too much to do and you don’t have time, instead tell yourself how much more productive you’ll be since you are giving your body and mind this time to heal. Also keep in mind that the is not a reflection on your willpower as a person, this is you realizing that you have a brain and a body that has needs just like the car you drive and they need to be maintained. You don’t really have a choice in the matter.

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Relaxation is different from rest but it is also just a important. Relaxation can be thought of as the passive activities that you enjoy. Such as reading a book, watching your favorite movie with your partner or kids, knitting, journaling, taking a bath, drawing, cooking, etc. These things have a very positive influence on your mind as they allow you to let go. Commonly, our brain is trying to compartmentalize, plan and control our daily circumstances and the only way to have balance is by allowing your brain to relax and sink into your positive, restful space.

This can in turn be beneficial in:

  • Your Body
  • Your Productivity
  • Your ability to Problem Solve
  • Your state of Happiness
  • Your Creativity
  • Reducing your Stress Levels

More and more, people are waking up and realizing that our bodies have needs and that this ideal of a Super Human might not be realistic and that it is definitely not sustainable. Individually, we are intuitively learning how to better take care of ourselves and it is through sharing that we may be able to help others gain the licensing to take better care of themselves too! I hope you feel inspired to make self care a priority for yourself and see how you will be able to support others around you so much more because of it. Lots of love, and if you’d like, please share your favorite way to self care in the comments below!

 

 

Protein, Protein, Protein! 5 Reasons…

 

  1. Healthy Weight: Satiation is satisfied eating protein. A protein rich meal will keep you feeling light, vital and happy, and ready to take on your day. Gastric emptying is slowed when protein is in the system, leaving you fuller for longer. Also, protein, especially plant protein, helps to build lean muscle mass, particularly is you engage in exercise, which boosts your metabolism, keeping you in a fat burning state all day long.
  2. Supports Neurotransmitters: Mental function is everything, and to have proper communication between the brain and the nerve cells is imperative for a thriving life experience. However, most people simply tolerate their existence and live lower standards of happiness. Though, with sight dietary shifts, your cognitive function and happiness can be optimized. Neurotransmitters are responsible for regulating your sleep, mood, weight and stress response, which is largely dependent upon the amount of amino acids (protein) you consume. Neurological side effects of not eating enough protein can result in depression, anxiety, depression and other disorders.
  3. Stabilizes Blood Sugar: Since protein slows gastric emptying, it keeps insulin and blood sugar from spiking. Of course this is important for prediabetics and diabetics, but why is that good for everyone? Everyone can benefit for the mood balancing that comes from balanced blood sugar and proper meal combining. Having small amounts of carbohydrates, with adequate protein and a good serving of healthy fats, such as seeds, avocados, coconut and nuts can make all the difference in your ability to focus and produce those “feel good” hormones we’re all looking for!
  4. Builds Muscle Mass and Metabolism: Protein is the king of creating lean muscle mass, especially when in partnership with a moderate amount of exercise. Having increased muscle mass also boosts your metabolism Big Time! Allowing you to burn more calories while at rest.
  5. Build Bone Health: Since protein builds muscle, it is of great advantage to have a proper amount of muscle mass to protect your skeleton from fractures or bone breaks. But what’s the best way to actually BUILD bone? PLANTS! Green, leafy vegetables and nuts and legumes such as chia seeds and garbanzo beans are excellent sources of calcium and plant based amino acids and proteins!

 

What Are My BEST Sources of Protein?

As we know, people are embracing all sorts of diets now a days. From full fledged vegan, to paleo, to high fat, to blood type diets, to pescetarian. Every one is exploring and seeing what works best for their bodies. We are open to all of it, however, we do believe that having the basis of your diet be high in plant based super foods, green leafy veggies, sea vegetables, plant proteins and an excellent source of high quality water is essential for keeping the acid alkaline balance in your body. What’s your favorite way of getting your protein? Share with us below:)…

 

Feel the Lean: Clean Protein

 

What makes Simply Young’s Pure Body Lean Protein so effective? It is no secret that protein is an intrinsic pillar in weight loss and maintaining a slim figure. However, sometimes that is not enough. Rigorous exercise can be recommended and some may even turn to unsafe diet pills, laxatives and invasive surgical procedures in an attempt to feel better about their bodies. But who can blame that? We take our bodies with us everywhere we go and carrying around an extra 30, 40, 50, 100 lbs can be exhausting and uncomfortable. It is no wonder why so many fall for diet scheme after diet scheme or fads that just simply do not work long term. Many have just given up.

But hold on just a sec, here’s some new info…

Did you know that there are potent, safe herbs out there that can assist greatly in the melting of fat and balancing leptin and hormone levels, which are large contributors to unreasonable weight gain? Some people eat hardly anything, but still cannot manage to loose even a pound… Why do you think that is? Wasn’t it a “calories in, calories out game”? Maybe that is not the way our bodies work…

Truth is that our bodies are complex chemical factories and they are directed by much more than the amount of grams of fat or carbohydrates you eat per day. Not that these macro nutrients do not matter. They do. There is just a little more to the puzzle. Hear me out…

According to Dr. Mercola in his article, Leptin: This Hormone Makes Counting Irrelevant, he says,  “the two most important hormones that deliver messages about energy and metabolism are insulin and leptin.

He and science argue that weight is controlled by chemical messages that are sent to the brain and the brain then dictating to the body what to do. For example: store fat, burn fat, prepare to reproduce, stimulate hunger, etc.

Who sends these messages? Answer: Insulin and leptin.

Insulin mostly works on a  cell to cell basis. Instructing the cells whether or not to burn or store fat, whether or not to turn sugar into fat or use it for fuel, as well as when to utilize energy for maintenance and reproduction. This hormone has been the hot topic among health conscious individuals and scientists for years. However, a recent discovery of the hormone, leptin, has created an entirely new conversation.

Leptin is now known as the “satiety hormone” or the “starvation hormone” and it is basically the master at signalling to the brain when to eat and when the appropriate time is to burn or store fat.

When this hormone was discovered a study was done on overweight rats. The rats were injected with leptin hormone and just over a few months the rats were thin and much more active. However, when administered to humans just having excess leptin in the body did not alter the body composition and this caused scientists to have to look a little deeper. They then discovered leptin resistance, much like insulin resistance. Which is when the brain does not receive the signals being sent by the leptin saying, “we are full!” Or, “please burn off some of this extra fat, it’s weighing us down!”

This could be why protein is so powerful in assisting in weight loss because it helps to balance insulin and leptin!

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Which brings us back to Simply Young’s Pure Body Lean Protein. Yes, protein is a MUST, but what else can help?

1. Forskohlii – this herb contains a compound that activates the enzyme adenylate cyclase, which initiates a cascade of critical events within every cell of the body, including the burning of fat cells.

2. Garcinia Combogia – has been said to help burn fat as well as curb hunger.

3. African Mango Seed – the journal, Lipids in Health and Disease reported that in a recent study, African Mango Seed helped to reduce body fat, weight, and even cholesterol, as well as leptin levels in overweight subjects.

4. Ashwaganda – can be excellent for assisting in loosing weight as it helps to lower cortisol levels which stimulate body fat storage, particularly the unhealthy fat found around the abdominal area.

5. Plant Enzymes – many individuals have issues with digestion, particularly with protein powders. These high quality enzymes are very important in helping to break down the protein and others foods to be utilized into energy.

6. Non-Dairy Probiotics – help to kill harmful, unwanted bacteria in the gut. They are also a key component in digesting and assimilating food and actually are able to express our genes. Many aspects of our genetic make-up is actually dictated by our gut bacteria. That is why probiotics are so very important.

All these powerful herbs are blended in conscious quantities in Simply Young’s sprouted, vegan Pure Body Lean Protein. Helping to support you on a safe, healthy path to sustainable weight loss and health. I do hope that you enjoyed this article and that it helps you on your journey or that of a loved one. Be well!

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