Monday, January 8, 2018

Health and Wellness home business advice (Part 2)

In this industry, you need to be in a hurry.  I'm not talking about pressuring yourself stupid (which is the worst thing you can do), but you need to be on a mission.  It doesn't matter what product you're selling, either.  In fact, I can't speak to your business, your sponsor, your company, etc...

All I can do is tell you what I do that works, and how I do it.

I can tell you right now that the first thing you need is a team.  You can't do this alone.  You need a team that you can lean on, that holds you accountable and that has already done most of the work for you.  For example, in my business, ours is the fastest growing team in the company.  It's because of the tools and systems that Gino (our team leader) personally designed for our group.  When you start with a team - lead by someone who knows what they're doing - you're WAY ahead of the game.

This makes my 'job' real simple.  In my case, all I gotta' do is spread the word about what colostrum can do for you - and also the opportunity.

One thing that I don't do is sit around all day analyzing the comp plan and millions of other little things.  Folks, that's where a lot of people get hung up.  In fact, they get stuck right there and never do anything else.  Really, the only time I would get into the online Back Office to check anything is to glance at the bonus qualification report.  From my perspective, that's the most important feature to check in on.

Still, some people are detail nuts.  That's fine.  That's why our team has two(2) weekly calls that you can listen in on.  One of them is specifically for the analytical types who want to know every conceivable thing about the technical side of the business.

At any rate, your main job should be promotion and marketing.  Warm market, cold market, email marketing, classified ads, business cards, public speaking or whatever - just pick an approach and do it every week.  Be consistent and persistent... and... believe in yourself!

For me, it's real simple.  I just have a question.  This is how I talk to people (and you can do something similar).  I just ask, 'Have you ever heard of colostrum?'

That's the start of the funnel right there.

All I say after that is, "It does three things for your body. It supports your body to stimulate your metabolism, your immune system and the production of HgH - the anti-aging hormone."

Whatever they say next, even if it's "hmmmm" or "uh-huh", I just tell 'em, "Hey, I'm not the expert.  I've got a 14 minute call I'd like you to hear (I give them the number - 832-253-1162) and then I can get you a sample."

This business is talking to people.  


That's really all it is.  Talk to 15 people and you'll probably have around 5 closing attempts.  Out of those 5, you're likely to get 1 or 2.  And that's it.  It's really just that simple.

Don't have enough people to talk to?  Buy some cheap leads and get to work.  You have to be in motion.

Another thing you should be able to do is call your up-line star.  They're people.  They talk.  As a matter of fact, one very special feature of our team is a unique phone app that we have.  When you're getting ready to call (or take a call from) a prospect, you can use the app to find an available up-line member who will 3-way in with you.  In fact, you can be quiet and let them talk.  Gino and his wife will even do it.

Like I've already said, your 'job' should be nothing more than creating the prospects on the front side.  Your team - if you have a good one - should be doing everything else for you.


~Rusty L Shelton

rustylshelton@hotmail.com

Saturday, December 23, 2017

What does peachy mean?

It's an old way to say 'good'.  Like, 'I'm feeling peachy today' or 'Everything is peachy keen'.

Like all fruit, peaches are seasonal (though you can buy them all year round).  They start ripening in May, but the best peaches aren’t plucked until June, and then continue through August or September.  But you know what?  Peaches can benefit you all year long. 

In fact, there are few foods on this earth more perfect than peaches.  As sweet and delicious as any dessert, but as healthy and nutritious as any other fruit out there.

If you aren’t downing peaches every day through the summer, you’re making a big mistake.  Nature may have never invented a more pleasant way to get a big dose of healthy nutrients.  Sure, peaches may not get the same press as other fruits. But rest assured, peaches are up there with any of the faddish super-foods you see more often in the news.

In fact, let’s take a look at where the health benefits of peaches really shine.

A peach a day keeps the optometrist away


Peaches are rich in vitamin A and beta carotene.  Yes, the same beta carotene you find in carrots.  Beta carotene actually turns into vitamin A in our bodies - upping the healing effects a peach delivers.  Vitamin A is essential for night vision, just like your mom told you when you were younger.  What your mom might not have told you is that vitamin A is also essential for healthy mucus membranes and for your skin.  That’s why studies have found that vitamin A can prevent oral and lung cancers.

That’s a pretty nice combo. And, as much as I like carrots, I think we can all agree - a good peach beats a good carrot any day.  Plus, some studies have shown three servings of fruit a day, or more, can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.  That’s a nifty bonus you don’t get with carrots.

Healthy skin and anti-cancer


Peaches are also rich in vitamin C - a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent cancer.  Vitamin C is also an essential component in collagen production—the substance that keeps your skin elastic and young.  But it goes beyond that.  The high fiber in peaches has been shown to reduce incidence of colorectal cancer.  And peach extracts have been used to successfully treat breast cancer in some studies.

Peaches have so many beneficial compounds, we’re not even sure which ones are making the biggest difference in all of these tests.  Suffice it to say, peaches can do a great job of helping you fight off a number of cancers.

Good for your blood, and your weight


Even though peaches have plenty of natural sugar, it’s the good kind.  Delivered along with high fiber content, this is exactly the sort of sugar that your body will best process and use for energy.  In fact, the fiber in peaches helps to control insulin, and thereby fights diabetes.

At the same time, peaches are very filling and satisfying, thanks to their sweetness.  But a large peach is only about 70 calories.  You could eat a peach every three hours and lose weight, by cutting down on cravings with a healthy, low-calorie alternative.

Good for your heart


Finally, peaches are also rich in potassium and a compound called choline.  Combined with Vitamin C and fiber, these four nutrients give plenty of support to your heart.  Specifically, they help to cut down your risk of hypertension, and the maladies that come with it.

It’s hard to find a food that can help so many aspects of your health. It’s close to impossible to find something so healthy that’s also so delicious.  And there’s just about no better time to eat a peach than right now, whether they’re at the peak of their season or not. If you haven’t stocked your shelves with peaches yet, grab some now.  In your cereal, in your salad, or eaten straight out of your hand, it’s hard to find a more scrumptious way to consume health.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Nature's mosquito repellent (that you haven't thought of)

Yeah, it's garlic.


Just an interesting factoid:  eating a lot of garlic has a mild protective effect against mosquitoes.  If you eat a clove of garlic a day, the sulfur you admit through your skin confuses mosquitoes and makes it a little more difficult for them to find you.

If you really want to use garlic to avoid mosquitoes, though, you’ll get better results rubbing it on your skin - but you may drive off friends and coworkers that way, too.

This roasted garlic recipe has a lot more virtue than just keeping the bugs away.  Garlic has real heart benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.  It’s got loads of antioxidants, vitamin C and selenium.  Garlic also helps with detox.

Not to forget, roasted garlic is just plain delicious.  Use it as a savory spread on meat or on starches.  It’s a great alternative to butter when you’re eating baked potatoes.  It’s the basis for a lovely salad dressing and can be incorporated into soups, stews or sauces for an added burst of flavor.

Ingredients for roasting garlic

  • Heads of garlic (however much you need)
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • Sprinkle of sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Remove the 'paper' from the outside of the garlic heads, while leaving the cloves connected.
  3. Cut the top of the heads, just enough to expose all of the cloves to the heat.
  4. Use olive oil to coat the bottom of a pan just big enough to contain the heads without touching the sides.
  5. Put the garlic in the pan, cut-side up.  Lightly coat with additional olive oil, to help prevent burning.  Sprinkle a very small amount of sea salt on top, then cover with aluminum foil.
  6. Roast in the oven for 40-75 minutes.  Check at 40 minutes and every ten minutes or so thereafter.  The smell should be deliciously pungent and the center clove should be soft when poked with a knife.  You can continue cooking after its done for a deeper and more intense flavor.
  7. Let cool about fifteen minutes, then remove the cloves by pushing them out of its paper from the bottom.  Roasted garlic can be stored in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator for about two weeks or frozen up to three months.

There you have it. It's bad for the mosquitoes but great for you!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Keys to being productive

A healthy body and mind are critical for a life well lived. Of course, this blog is also about Health and Wellness Home Business. 

It's my belief that you'll never do well in your home business (or much of anything else) if you aren't taking care of yourself.

That's just a fact.


Food, Sleep, Exercise: Why You Seriously Need All 3 to Be Successful


Healthy people are more productive, creative and mentally sharp.

Face it, when we're driven toward a business goal (or some other form of achievement), we don't always take care of ourselves as well as we should.  It’s hard, because life gets in the way - doubly so if we have a busy and productive work life.  And when faced with the choice between hard work and convenience (or putting things off), guess which one wins out most of the time?

But whether it’s convenient or not, maintaining our health should come first, before our daily to-do’s and before our work.  Why?  Because if we aren’t healthy, we can’t be successful, either - at home, at work or anywhere else.

Let’s cover the basics - food, sleep and exercise - and why you can’t ignore them:

Food

It's lunch time. You've been working since six o'clock in the morning. When those hunger pangs strike, the most appealing option seems to be greasy, ultra-convenient fast food. The last thing you want is a paltry little meal like a salad. But what are those excessive calories found in burgers and fries actually doing to your post-lunch productivity?

What you eat affects your productivity in different ways, so eat smart.


Writing for the Harvard Business Review, Ron Friedman lays out the facts about how different foods affect work performance. He cites a study where participants reported "food consumption, mood and behaviors over a period of 13 days." The participants who ate less high-fat meals and more fruits and vegetables were "happier, more engaged and more creative" than those who opted for high-fat, high-calorie lunches.

We tend to think simplistically about food. Those of us who face a daily barrage of emails, reports and mounds of work like to think of it as "fuel.” That analogy is a little misleading, however. As Friedman points out, you can expect a certain level of consistency with fuel. Food, on the other hand, is less predictable. What you eat affects your productivity in different ways, so eat smart.

Sleep

When your work life is demanding, you keep weird hours. You get to the office early, before the sun’s up, and you leave late, after dark. At home, you take out your laptop to “finish up a few things.” Three hours later, you crawl into bed. And then you wake up before the sun does to do it all again—constantly in a fog.

Maybe it just kind of comes with the job. Even if you play the role of night owl and early bird, there are still steps you can take to ensure you're getting adequate rest. But first, why is it so important?
Sleep deprivation has been linked to higher levels of stress, higher blood pressure levels and lower brain function. It's safe to say your performance will suffer if you aren't catching enough ZZZs.

So, how does one combat chronic sleeplessness? Creating (and sticking to) a regular schedule certainly helps. If you work primarily from home, create definitive work hours, making sure you give yourself enough time to unwind after finishing work. If work is still on your mind when you hit the sack, you'll probably find yourself lying awake for a while. And when your alarm clock goes off, get up no matter what. Resist the temptation to oversleep and screw up your sleep cycle.

Exercise

Stress can get the best of us at times, and what could be better for you than melting your problems (and fat) away with every rep, stride or lift at the gym? Not much. Working out is a great outlet for relieving stress, to distract you from daily pressures—and to get fit at the same time. Regular exercise wards off depression and a host of other mental blocks that make success hard to achieve.


So take this simple advice and remember:  before you achieve anything else in life, your body and mind come first.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

What is most important for rising seniors?

What are 'rising' seniors, anyway?  Think of it this way:  College-age kids are called “rising” when they’re about to move up a grade - like from sophomore to junior.  So let’s call those of you now 50–64, who will become 65 and older over the next 14 years, “rising seniors.”

This is important because there is presently a threat to rising seniors.  Various reports warn that many rising seniors face trying years ahead - more trying than they already are for today’s seniors.

For example, America’s Health Rankings is a respected non-profit that studies senior health.  Their 2015 Senior Report concludes that:

“… increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases [in the growing senior population] are poised to overwhelm our health care system.”

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mine. Because this is pretty scary.  But don’t worry.  You can outsmart any coming trouble.  If you’re one of my readers, and you’ve been following my advice, you’re already on the right track. 

At any rate, you should be aware of a few statistics.  Over the next 15 years, the major health challenge for rising seniors will be simple volume.  The Baby Boomers are hitting retirement age in record numbers - some 10,000 every day.  Even if rising seniors are in good health, their record numbers mean record demands on the health care system.

Unfortunately, many of them are in worse health than ever.

Caring for them will require boatloads of money too.  Between now and 2034, spending on diabetes-related care alone will increase from 2009’s $45 billion to an estimated $171 billion.  Now add in the costs of higher obesity rates, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s…

“Poised to overwhelm our health care system” doesn’t sound far-fetched.  However, wonderful people are working tirelessly to make sure the health care system will serve tomorrow’s seniors well.  I’m hopeful.  But our best move is to work together to help you beat the system, so you hardly need it (except for checkups) - and by living your life so your checkups all tell you, “You’re fine.”

The Eight Pillars of Health for Rising Seniors


Even if you aren't in the category of rising senior, these eight fundamental principles apply to you as well.  They are:
  1. Being active. It has major pay-offs for your health and longevity.  Start slowly and be patient with your body.  Remember, “active” is relative.  If you’re sedentary, just walking around the house or around the block delivers big benefits.  More demanding “exercise” adds to them and can add years of healthy life.  Gently push yourself up to 30 minutes daily, in one go or 3 x 10 minutes - minimum 5 x weekly.  Regular exercise is extremely important.
  2. Managing stress. Chronic stress will undermine your health, so take steps to learn simple stress management techniques.  They’re all about mind over matter: just thinking positive is proven to improve health.  Always be grateful for the health you have, not fearful of what might be.  Go to church, get into nature, meditate, do tai ch’i, practice yoga, play golf or tennis - i.e. whatever makes you happy.  You’ll feel a difference, and your checkups will show it.
  3. Detoxifying your body and environment. Cleanse your body, inside and out, by avoiding toxic processed foods, chemical-laden personal and household cleaners and toxic environments - which include your home.  A lot of air fresheners and antibacterial cleansers, for example, are actually harmful.  When practical, use plain soap and water for personal cleaning and home-made vinegar and baking powder concoctions around the house.
  4. Sleeping long and well. Your body repairs itself while you sleep, so getting enough rest - 7 to 8 hours per night - is essential for good health.  If you’re having sleep problems, herbal remedies (like valerian and lemon balm) and supplemental melatonin can help, as can changes in your diet and behavior, like trying to sleep only when you’re truly ready.  Over time, your body will detect a pattern and help you stack those ZZZs .
  5. Eating nutritious, whole foods. Eat real food - fresh, local, organic - instead of processed and fast foods.  It’s the most health-enhancing change you can make.  The Mediterranean diet is a great model: fish and nuts for protein, healthy fats like olive oil and avocado, lots (and lots!) of fiber-rich fresh fruit and vegetables.  It’s why European seniors are so much healthier than ours.
  6. Drinking pure filtered water. There is no substitute for fresh, pure water when it comes to maintaining overall health.  My recommendation: 8 ounces per 10 lbs of your body weight.  It’s all about keeping your blood flowing freely, your digestive system working properly, with just the right balance of acidity and alkalinity, and your anti-toxin defenses in good shape.
  7. Balancing your pH. Your pH is a measure of the acid/alkaline balance in your body. Imbalance can lead to a host of problems.  But it’s easily remedied, for example, by lots of water and some dietary changes.  Your pharmacy probably has a simple pH test.  The results (and a chat with your doctor) will tell you what you should add to or eliminate from your diet - re-balancing will take only a short time.
  8. Taking targeted supplements. Nutritional supplements can help ensure you have the right vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein to counteract the effects of environmental or dietary toxins or deficiencies.  Your body stops making several essential nutrients as you age.  Supplements can make up the difference and they can make an enormous difference when it comes to overall health and disease prevention.  As a super-food meal substitute, Shakeology has no equal.  The best anti-aging products available today are produced by Anovite.

So there you have it.  Focus on these eight health-sustaining principles and you can avoid getting some bad news from your doctor or becoming an unfortunate statistic.

Monday, December 11, 2017

How much water do you need every day?

You probably don't drink enough water.  In fact, most people don't.

One thing you hear a lot is that the key to staying hydrated is drinking eight glasses of water a day (or some say a gallon a day).  While this is a good rule of thumb, the easiest way to know how much to drink is to simply obey your thirst.  Drink when your body tells you it’s thirsty!  Don’t wait.  By the time you feel really dry, you've already lost 1 to 2 percent of your body’s water.

There are a few ways you can judge whether you’re hydrated enough.  For one thing, if your urine is clear or pale yellow, you’re set.  You can also measure it by drinking as much water as it takes to keep your lips and mouth moist throughout the day.

If you’re tired, you may be dehydrated.  One hidden cause of fatigue is mild dehydration.  Just a little deficit can make you feel drained.  If you’re feeling somewhat low on energy, a glass of water (instead of a candy bar) may be the jolt you actually need.

Also, remember to sip - not gulp - to get what your body craves.  In one study from the University of Toronto, people who downed a glass of water in 15 minutes quickly eliminated most of it the next time they hit the restroom.  But those who slowly sipped held on to much more.

In addition to drinking, you can munch, crunch and spoon up water-rich foods.  Instead of just drinking water, think about how you can fit fruit, veggies and dairy products into your diet, too.  Most healthy foods are also a great source of additional fluids and provide about 20 percent of your daily water needs.

Try these water-rich foods:


Quench Your Thirst
Quench Your Thirst
Another added benefit of staying hydrated is weight loss. In a University of Illinois study, people who drank one, two or three extra glasses of water a day took in between 68 and 205 fewer calories and cut their intake of salt and sugar.  Also, two Virginia Tech studies showed that drinking water before meals cut calorie intake by 13 percent and helped middle-aged men and women lose more weight than those who didn’t drink water before their meals.

Lastly, many of the effects of aging are due to dehydration.  The advice to eat water rich foods is something you shouldn't ignore.  Honestly, they should be most of what you eat.  Of course, at least once a day, you can enjoy a water-rich meal replacement shake - like Shakeology.

Just remember:  in your daily habits, in your food choices and in your lifestyle overall, always think of hydration.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Should roses smell bad?

No, of course not.

Interestingly, garlic has had 'the stinking rose' nickname since ancient times!  Garlic is an allium which is part of the Liliaceae family. Garlic is closer to a lily than a rose, but the name stuck.  At any rate, what's important is what 'the stinking rose' can do for your health - specifically, your heart health.

Heart disease isn’t simply an idiom for high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Far from it.

Heart disease actually covers any condition that affects the cardiovascular (CV) system.  A variety of conditions can prevent your CV system from functioning properly.

Surprisingly, researchers have learned that one botanical confers benefits across a number of different cardiovascular risk factors.  We're talking about garlic!

Garlic and the Heart


Garlic (Allium sativum) is one of the oldest known botanical medicines.  According to Egyptian writings, this pungent herb was used in more than 800 potions to cure 22 different ailments.  It was even entombed with King Tut to protect him in the afterlife.

Garlic contains 17 different amino acids, not to mention a myriad of vitamins, trace minerals, enzymes and sulfur compounds.  Of garlic’s 33 different sulfur compounds, one known as diallyl thiosulfinate (commonly called allicin) is responsible for garlic’s characteristic odor.

Allicin is the plant’s personal protection against insects and other pests, which has earned garlic the moniker, 'Mother Nature’s insecticide.'  However, the garlic needs to be cut or crushed for allicin to be produced.  For this reason, many studies on garlic use garlic powder supplements - and this newest study is no different.  In a two-armed study, researchers tested the effects of garlic on men with mild blood pressure issues, as well as men with elevated cholesterol levels.

In the blood pressure study, men taking garlic powder supplements every day for eight weeks enjoyed a 5.2 percent reduction in systolic blood pressure and a four percent reduction in diastolic blood pressure. In the cholesterol study, men taking the garlic daily for 12 weeks saw an 11.8 percent decrease in LDL cholesterol and an 11.5 percent increase in HDL cholesterol.  That's a big deal!

Even MORE Heart Benefits


The study goes on to outline additional cardiovascular benefits found in garlic.  It discusses one study of men with cerebral atherosclerosis (thickening of the arteries in the brain), where 14 days of garlic treatment reduced platelet aggregation by 25.4 percent and increased plasma fibrinolytic activity (blood clot prevention) by 22.4 percent.

Researchers then detail another study of high-risk patients to evaluate changes in cardiovascular risk after using garlic.  They found that taking garlic consistently for 12 months reduced the 10-year prognostic risk of heart disease by 13.2 percent in men and 7.1 percent in women.  Moreover, the 10-year risk for heart attack and sudden coronary death was also reduced by 26.1 percent in men.

Lastly, the Atherosclerosis Monitoring and Atherogenicity Reduction Study (AMAR) looked at the use of garlic to reduce hardening of the arteries in asymptomatic men.  Researchers found that garlic reduced carotid thickness and reduced risk for atherosclerosis.

Given all this, researchers concluded, “Evidence obtained from these studies as well as series of double-blinded placebo-controlled clinical trials indicates that garlic powder pills are effective for prevention of cardiovascular disorders.”

Reduce Risk for Heart Disease


There appears to be little doubt that garlic can do your heart good.  And it is delicious as well!  In addition to adding to virtually any ethnic cuisine, you can use garlic to sauté veggies or even roast it with olive oil and use in place of butter on bread or crackers.

While eating garlic is a great option, the reality is it can be virtually impossible to eat enough garlic to reach medicinal doses.  Not to mention, too much garlic can cause digestive upset.  That’s why taking garlic supplements can be an effective option, like those in the studies referenced above.  Aim for 50-100 mg of odorless garlic daily.  Be sure it is extracted from the entire clove of garlic, not just garlic powder.

Also, because garlic is so effective, you will want to watch your garlic intake if you are taking a blood-thinner such as Coumadin.

So spice up your need meal with garlic for some added flavor and heath benefits!