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Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas along with a Happy New Year too!!

May your dreams become your reality as you enjoy a Boundaryless Life of Happiness + Health + Prosperity!!

 

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work + life CAN= Balanced Life!

                                              Work + Life = Balanced Life!

Work-life balance when speaking it aloud, hearing it seems like something from a fantasy movie, but it is a challenge that many of us face, including many of us who are becoming entrepreneurs. Knowing what it actually means & how to make it work for you is key.

When people think of an entrepreneur, the image that comes to mind is a super ambitious, Type A personality who works 24/7 to manage every aspect of his/her business. It’s very rare that an entrepreneurs’ personal life is talked about, but they matter.

There is a stigma in the entrepreneurial world that there is no way to maintain a sense of balance while running a business. This isn’t necessarily true. Let’s face it. Being an entrepreneur is no walk in the park. Oftentimes, it can feel like having a life doesn’t come with the territory.

It begs the question… is a  work-life balance even possible for an entrepreneur?

It starts with debunking the work-life balance myth and finding what is it that works for YOU. In the words of Zig Ziglar, “I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.”

 

 

                        As an entrepreneur, do you struggle with work-life balance?

 

 

If so, you are not alone – join the club! Here lies the problem. I think people get caught up with the word, balance. In many ways, it feels like an unattainable standard to strive towards. When people can’t achieve it, it can make them feel like a failure.

Everyone secretly craves work-life balance, but not everyone knows what it looks like. It’s important to realize that work-life balance feels and looks different for everyone, based on one’s personality type, commitments, careers, priorities, and goals.

When you are an entrepreneur, it can never feel like there is never enough time in the day to accomplish everything. Research shows that people at all career levels suffer from the emotional and physical damage of workaholic expectations; destructive, stifling management practices; and a lack of sufficient vacation and leisure time — all in the pursuit of “success.” Typically, we frame such damage as products of not having a balance between work and life.

Don’t get me wrong, I know that running a business requires hustle and hard work, but it’s also equally important to take care of yourself.

Gary Keller said it best, “Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”

The concept of work-balance implies that work is something external to our life. However, when it comes to being an entrepreneur, this is far from true. If you think about balance as a scale, eventually the pendulum needs to swing, and that’s exactly how life works.

When you are first building a business, perfectly balancing every area of your life is not an option. In many ways, you may need to abandon the idea of work-life balance altogether. I remember in the early days of my business. In the early stages of my business, I would work hours on end. I sacrificed time spent with friends and family. I didn’t spend money on going out or buying things for myself. Everything I had was invested in my business.

I knew how much time, effort, persistence and hard work it was going to take in order to achieve success. However, I always knew that it was a short-term sacrifice that I was making, for the long-term vision that I wanted to create in my life. Once my business started to grow, I was able to devote more time to other areas of my life.

It comes down to finding OUR true balance and not feeling like we have to fit into a box of what everyone thinks balance looks like. I think that finding your flow is even more important than work-life balance. The goal of living in a state of flow – whether it’s emotional, mental or physical – is acting in alignment with your true self.

When you find your flow, work-life balance becomes less about getting everything “right”, and more about tapping into your unique rhythm that serves your work and life. By making this simple shift in perspective, I believe that our lives become happier and our businesses flourish.

Let’s face it, we are all just trying to do our best.

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When we put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect, we get stuck and feel more out of balance. The entrepreneurial journey is one that requires business owners to constantly evaluate and re-evaluate what is best, from one moment to the next. When the world changes, we need to change alongside it.

In his talk, Off Balance On Purpose: The Future of Engagement and Work-Life Balance, Dan Thurmon says that, “We beat ourselves up in the pursuit of this idea of balance, thinking if we work hard enough, or we are smart enough, or long enough, that we can get to this moment where it all evens out.”

Let’s explore 7 ways that you can redefine what work-life balance means to you and find your flow.

 

  1. Determine What Success Means To You

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Have you ever asked yourself what success means to you? If not, now is the time. Make a list of all of the things that make you happy and fulfilled. Success means different things to different people. When it comes to entrepreneurship, it is crucial that you define what is important to you and your business, and then act on it.

Is your work in alignment with your values?

It’s possible that your values may shift over time, but make sure that you are always taking into account what matters to you. I believe that true fulfillment in life is achieved when we make the conscious decision to honor what matters to us and live and work in alignment with that truth.

  1. Find Your Purpose

 

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As challenging and difficult as your entrepreneurial journey may be, it should never feel like work. When you are living ON purpose, you are able to find meaning in everything that you do because you are passionate about it. You have a higher vision for your life, and that is what propels you forward.

Lori Greiner once said that “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours to avoid working 40 hours a week.”She couldn’t be more spot on. As an entrepreneur, I resonate with this message. There were times in my life when family and friends didn’t understand why I was working SO hard at something that I wasn’t making any money from.

My purpose trumped any criticism or judgment because I believed so much in what I was creating. When you make your purpose your profession, you experience the ultimate form of balance. Your work simply becomes a natural part of who you are.

  1. Build A Support Network

 

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As an entrepreneur, it is so important that you have a solid support network, both at work and at home, who is committed the vision that you have for your business and your life. There were many times in my life when I may have derailed if I didn’t have friends and family that there were to lift me up and remind me of my “why.”

This is why I highly recommend that all entrepreneurs find a mentor, a coach, or a mastermind group that can help them navigate the storms that entrepreneurship brings with it.

Business can be a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. You have to be ready and willing to strap yourself in be prepared for anything and everything. However, when you’ve got a team of people in your corner, cheering you on, it helps the ride feel a lot less bumpy.

  1. Unplug to Unwind

 

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When you are constantly ON, you are never really OFF. It may feel like you are going above and beyond, but making the choice to never unplug from technology could actually be a detriment to your productivity.

Research suggests that being distracted by email and other messaging systems may functionally lower your IQ. Your judgment may become clouded, and you may switch to a more reactive approach to information.

How can you focus on anything else if you are constantly online? You may be sitting there thinking, “Stefan, how do you expect me to remove myself from technology?” As an entrepreneur, I agree that being online is a necessity. However, there comes a point when you need to walk away from it and take a break.

In order to unplug, you need to set boundaries for yourself. Determine how and when you will work and stick to that plan. Doing so will ensure that you live a happier and healthier way of life.

  1. Become A Delegating Master 

 

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Sometimes it can be hard for entrepreneurs to delegate tasks to other people because they get stuck in the story that, “Nobody knows my business better than me.” While this may be true, it’s not a working smart mentality. At all costs, avoid doing everything because it is the surefire way to experience burnout.

You are only setting yourself up for failure if you think that you are the only one that can achieve your business goals. Delegating work can significantly help you work on your business instead of in it. Successful entrepreneurs know what their weaknesses and they delegate accordingly.

When you hire the right people, it allows you to stop wearing so many hats, so that you can focus on what matters most to your business success.

  1. Set Healthy Boundaries 

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When I first started my online business, I thought that success meant that I needed to be available 24/7, and I would feel guilty if I wasn’t. Over time, I started to realize that this wasn’t a healthy way to live.

In order to find your flow, you need to establish healthy boundaries so that you can stay on course with your business, while still feeling like you are taking care of yourself. Sometimes setting boundaries is about saying no when people want you to say yes. It comes down to knowing your limits; deciding what is acceptable for you and your business.

By communicating your boundaries to others, not only will you be respected, but it will also free up your time to do things that matter to you and your business.

  1. Schedule YOU Time

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We live in a world that encourages a work hard attitude, even if that means at a cost to our physical, mental and emotional health. People wake up, slam a coffee, rush to work, check their emails and live and work on autopilot. It has become normal, but it’s killing people.

It may come as no surprise to you, but studies show that entrepreneurs are at high risk for burnout.

Knowing this reality, I promised myself from an early age that I was going to do whatever it took in order to prevent against this, which is where my passion for morning rituals come in. I have been practicing them since I was in high school.

This is my time to find my center and get grounded for the day ahead. It is one of the reasons why I have been able to achieve so much success in my life. Creating a consistent morning routine, like meditating, reciting positive affirmations or going for a walk in nature, will ensure that you start your workday on a high vibe note. Trust me when I say that it works.

Work-life balance is all about finding your flow.

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Instead of obsessing over attaining work-life balance, redefine what balance means to you and your life. What does that look like for you?

 

Here’s to enjoying a Boundaryless Life for 2019 through Balancing Work + Life!

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Using Binaural Beats For Sleep

 

Using Binaural Beats For Sleep

 

We’re constantly experimenting on how we can get the best night’s sleep ever. Recently, we’ve been trying binaural beats for sleep and we think this could be the next big thing in sleep hacking.

If you want to experience relaxation, restorative sleep and a reduction in nighttime anxiety without reaching for the medicine cabinet, it’s definitely worth researching the question, do binaural beats work?

We’ve compiled everything that you need to know about binaural beats, where you can get them and whether they might work for you.

So .. What are Binaural Beats?

First things first, you’re probably wondering what on earth binaural beats actually are.

They’re a form of brainwave entrainment that are delivered through audio tracks, that you have to listen to using headphones.

These tracks are composed of two tones of different frequencies, with one tone being heard by one ear and the other tone to the other ear.

The difference in frequency between these two tones creates the illusion of a third tone called the binaural beat. The difference between the tones has to be less than 40 Hz in order to create a binaural beat.

The binaural beat’s frequency is the difference between the initial two tones. So, for instance, if you were listening to an audio track with two tones of 490 Hz and 500 Hz, the binaural beat that you would hear would be 10 Hz.

This 10 Hz frequency influences your brainwaves and sees them mimic the 10 Hz frequency of the binaural beat.

Different frequency brainwaves are associated with different behaviors and feelings in the human brain so you can choose binaural beat audio tracks that promise to stimulate certain experiences and moods.

Here is a basic summary of how you can expect to feel at different brainwave frequencies:

Type of Brainwave Frequency Associated Behaviors
Delta Waves 0.1 to 4 Hz Deep, slow wave sleep
Theta Waves 4 to 8 Hz Meditation and hypnosis
Alpha Waves 8 to 14 Hz Relaxed mental state
Beta Waves 14 to 30 Hz Active thinking and concentration
Gamma Waves 30 to 50 Hz Maximum sensitivity, conscious experience, transcendental meditation

Here’s a handy chart …

So you can see, if you’re using binaural beats for sleep, you’d want to choose audio tracks that produce beats of under 4 Hz — or possible between 4 to 8 Hz if you were looking to meditate.

A person using binaural beats for focus and concentration would listen to audio tracks of a binaural beat between 14 to 30 Hz.

Do Binaural Beats REALLY Work?

 

Whether binaural beats actually works is a cause for debate.

Many people have had great experiences with binaural beats for sleep and other purposes. Others are a bit more skeptical.

There is a consensus in the scientific community that listening to a sound in each ear produces a third sound.

It has been found that brainwaves can alter in response to such stimuli, which can therefore affect the mental and emotional state of the person listening.

Sceptics claim that as humans rarely hear frequencies below 20 Hz, researchers are likely over emphasizing the benefits of binaural beats.

The concept of entrainmenttwo different oscillating beings mutually influencing each other into the same frequency — has been doing the rounds since the 17th Century so the debate will likely rage on for at least a few more years.

Regardless of the hazy science surrounding binaural beats, plenty of people use and experiment with them anyway, It has been reported that some Olympic athletes use them for relaxation and to achieve a focused mental state before and after sports performance, for instance.

Now – The Binaural Power Nap

Sometimes I suspect that if most people snuck out after lunch and stopped working, it would have no visible impact on national productivity, because for so many people nothing gets done after lunch anyway.

Doses of caffeine (ranging from 1 to 3 cups of coffee) for cognitive tasks and even motor performance has been shown to improve logical reasoning, reaction time, and immune function.

My favorite study, though, is a 2008 British experiment in which they compared a nap, a cup of coffee, and more nighttime sleep, to see what would happen to people’s afternoon energy levels and concentration. The nap—yes, the nap!—won.

Data aside, of all the biohacks in the world, if I had to personally choose to keep only one, it would be my binaural beats.

You can find binaural beats tracks online, especially on YouTube.

Binaural Beats for Sleep

 

 

When it comes to binaural beats for sleep, it’s important to listen to beats that mimic delta waves. Delta waves are the brainwaves your body experiences in deep, dreamless sleep.

Binaural beats can help to move your brainwaves down into their natural delta frequency, which in turn will promote relaxation and improve your sleep.

Insomniacs and anxiety sufferers find plenty of value in using binaural beat audio before bed as they have a calming effect on the mind, but aren’t associated with the same dangers and risks of sleeping pills.

Users frequently report getting off to sleep faster, spending more time in restorative REM sleep, and just generally sleeping longer and deeper. It’s not called a binaural beats deep sleep for nothing!

It’s recommended that you listen to the track immediately before going to bed in order to benefit from the full effects.

Some people choose to actually listen to the track in bed, while using sleep headphones for maximum comfort and safety, in case they drop off to sleep.

Binaural Beats for Lucid Dreaming

 

 

But it’s not just poor sleepers who like to use binaural beats before bed.

Those of us who like to experiment with lucid dreaming find that listening to a binaural audio track immediately before sleep can stimulate incredibly vivid dreams, help us hold onto conscious awareness and help us to remember those dreams upon waking — important tools for the lucid dreamer.

Here’s an example of a YouTube video using binaural beats for lucid dreaming:

Lucid Dreaming Sleep Track (8 Hour Sleep Cycle Track) with Binaural beats and Isochronic Tones

 

The binaural beats tracks designed for lucid dreaming typically shift your brainwaves into the theta frequency of between 4 and 8 Hz. Associated behaviors at these frequencies include light sleep and clarity of thought.

Lucid dreaming often requires a little more effort than simply listening to a binaural beats track before bedtime. We recommend that you use binaural eats in addition to the other tools people use to stimulate lucidity, including dream journaling and reality checks.

Where can I get Binaural Beats?

If you’ve never tried using binaural beats before, YouTube is a great place to start. There are plenty of videos you can browse to give you a better idea of whether this is something you’d like to explore further.

As a word of warning, however, the quality of binaural beat tracks on YouTube is notoriously poor in comparison for paid for and downloaded audio tracks, which are usually of much higher quality and purity.

Two such stores are The Unexplainable Store and I-Doser

Overview of Delta mind Waves & Sleep

 

 

Delta thoughts waves are the lowest and slowest mind waves, carrying a frequency variety of between 1-4Hz. Delta thoughts waves are energetic especially in stages 3 and 4 of sleep.

Sleep stage 3 is known as gradual-wave sleep (SWS), which incorporates delta waves at a great deal much less than 3.5 Hz. At this level you do not produce any reaction to environmental stimuli. Level four is known as REM sleep, in which the sleeper enters Rapid Eye Movement and delta brain waves make up more than 50% of the brain wave interest.

During this time the muscles will feel very relaxed or almost paralyzed and it becomes more and more tougher to wake the sleeper. This sleep diploma is hugely essential in phrases of physical regeneration, but distinctly, at some degree inside the five (average) sleep cycles we’ve each night time the REM level makes up for high-quality 20-25% of sleep time.

So, in case you are waking up earlier than or in the course of the REM sleep, you’re depriving the body of important sleep. You’ll realize if you’ve ever woken up for the duration of the REM sleep, or been unable to get any REM sleep you may experience disorientated, irritable and groggy inside the direction of the day.

How crucial Are Delta Brainwaves

 

Delta brain waves help us achieve essential, restorative sleep with the useful resource of helping inside the manufacturing of HGH (Human Growth Hormone), a hormone that promotes regeneration and recovery inside the body.

Delta brainwaves additionally help reduce the producing of cortisol, which is the hormone secreted when we are under stress. Cortisol is also considered responsible for ageing.

The consequences of a loss of delta brainwaves is satisfactory understood while searching at sleep deprivation in preference to sleep itself. while we do no longer sleep nicely the body feels dead; lacking strength, achy, not able to pay interest, easily burdened and irritable.

We are unable to perform easy duties as easy as normally would be able to do. That is why it is so important to experience at least three to four of the sleep cycles which are so essential, and why it’s a problem for people who sleep lightly and wake constantly at some point of those tiers.

For example, if we deliver two hundred Hz to the right ear and 203.five Hz to the left ear, the thoughts will respond via producing brain waves which occur in the brain that occurs during level three sleep.

 

 

A Final Note

 

To first try binaural beats for sleep it’s as easy as going to YouTube and finding “binaural beats for sleep. However, remember what will help you get the most from it is to unplug from social media, and relax before trying.

Here’s to enjoying a Boundaryless Rejuvenating sleep!

Enjoy a Healthy Body and Mind

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Hello Folks,

Been traveling for work, but wanted to update all those interested in improving their strength training and conditioning to head on over to YouTube and check out / subscribe to NorCal Strength Studio and Corporate Warrior, please.
Pat and Oliver (NorCal Strength Studio) are doing a great job and deserve our support. You can find more of their YouTube material here – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJbBLv8o_yrUs9YdB2eFH0w

 

Same goes for my friend Lawrence Neal over at Corporate Warrior ( btw – you can watch videos directly from his website )

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Furthermore, a doctor who contributes regularly to easy ways to keep our body and mind healthy is Dr. Doug McDuff,  One of his recent YouTube videos shows how easy it is to build our health. His YouTube channel can be found here – Dr. Doug McGuff

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All of these guys are dedicated, hardworking to promote safe and effective training so it would be great for us to show support for them. 


Many thanks ~ Here’s to enjoying Living Boundrylessly Happy – Healthy Life! 

 

Additional links for you:

NorCal Strength Studio: Interview with Doug McGuff, MD – https://youtu.be/0RTqy5zrCpg

Corporate Warrior podcasts: http://www.15minutecorporatewarrior.com/podcast-2/

 

Healthy Fats – You bet !

Hi folks,

Hope everyone is enjoying relaxing weekend, for myself, went to the mountations for some hiking and picnicing with family and friends.

As we’ve all either seen or read how Omega 3 fatty acids are healthy for us. Most know that salmon, tuna that are fresh seem to be regarded as top sources. But how about plant sources. You don’t have to be vegetariarn or even vegan to enjoy the plant version of Omega 3s.

Here’s some suggestion that hope you find helpful and please leave your comments and suggestions on your healthy habits.

If you’re looking to increase your intake of Omega-3’s, salmon and fish oil supplements aren’t your only options. While these are great sources for upping those Omega-3 levels, you may be surprised to learn that there are some great plant-based food sources too. You might even find that they’re easier to incorporate into your daily diet.

Seeds and Nuts are the most well-known plant food sources of Omega-3’s. You can use them whole, ground or as oils. They are all fantastic concentrated sources of Omega-3’s, and having them ground or as an oil makes them particularly easy to absorb into your blood stream.

Here are the top 5 most nutritious and easy-to-add options:1

1. Flaxseeds:

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You can find flaxseeds whole, ground, and in oil-form. Because whole flax seeds pass through your body undigested, use ground flaxseeds and flax seed oil to get the most nutritional benefit. In order to get your day’s worth, all you need is 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil. Just 1 tablespoon packs 7.2g of Omega-3 fatty acids. Include this in your morning shake, or drizzle it over a salad. You could even try a new dressing recipe using flaxseed oil instead of olive oil. Easy!

2. Chia Seeds:

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Just an ounce of chia seeds contains a whopping 4.9g of Omega-3 fats, and chia seed oil contains even more with approximately 19g per tablespoon. Try a chia pudding for breakfast instead of oatmeal, or include 2 tablespoons in your protein shake for extra protein and a good dose of Omega-3s.

3. Hemp Seeds:

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These days, you can find hemp seeds in a variety of forms – hemp seeds, protein power, milk, and oil. Hempseed oil has been reported to contain Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids in a ratio of 4:1 ratio. The daily recommended intake (DRI) of hemp seed oil is 1 to 2 tablespoons, which provides between 8g and 16g of Omega-6 fatty acids and between 3g and 6g of Omega-3 fatty acids. Drizzle the oil on top of a salad, mix the powder into your smoothie, or add the seeds on top of your oatmeal.

4. Walnuts:

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Walnuts have been recognized as a great plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids for a while. Probably the most common source, most people just eat them whole. However, you can find walnuts ground and in oil-form as well. All you need is an ounce or so of whole walnuts to get 2.5g of Omega-3 fatty acids. Crush them up and sprinkle them on top of your soup or salad for easy digestion and absorption.

5. Sacha Inchi Nuts:

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source: http://www.sachainchioilhealthbenefits.com/

Eaten for 3000 years by inhabitants of the Amazon Rainforest, Sacha Inchi seeds have only recently received attention in the U.S. for their high Omega-3 content. These nuts come from the highlands in Peru and contain 3x more Omega-3 than walnuts. They’re also a great source of protein, fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin E, and are 96% hypoallergenic. You can eat them in their nut-form, or get them as an oil. Throw them on your salad, soup, oatmeal, or shake, or snack on them as is. You can find these delicious and crunchy nuts at Whole Foods, your local health food store, or online.

What’s The Difference Between Plant vs. Animal Sources of Omega-3s?

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Omega-3 fatty acids have been getting a lot of attention in the health and wellness world recently due to their anti-inflammatory benefits and protective properties against cancer and cardiovascular disease.2 This is why it’s easier to find both plant- and animal-sources in most grocery stores and natural food markets today.

But plant and animal sources of omega-3 are not created equal. There are some important things to keep in mind about these two sources so you can be sure you’re meeting your needs of this essential fatty acid.

Animal sources of Omega-3 are comprised of EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid), which our bodies can easily absorb and utilize immediately. These fatty acids are found primarily in fish, but are also in grass-fed meat.

Plant sources primarily contain ALA (alpha-linoleic acid), which needs to be converted to DHA and EPA by our bodies before we can use it. The metabolic conversion process can only convert small amounts of ALA into EPA, and even smaller amounts into DHA.3
This means the intake recommendations differ for plant-sources. One study recommends that vegetarians double their intake of ALA, or take an algae-based omega-3 supplement, to ensure they meet their dietary needs.4

This means that, with some careful attention and planning, vegetarians and others who avoid fish in their diet can still get enough ALA to hit their Omega-3 quota and maintain their health.

How Much Omega-3 Should I Get Per Day?

While there is no consensus on the optimal dose of Omega-3s from either marine- or plant-based sources, most omega-3 experts recommend that healthy adults ingest a combined 500mg daily of EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid).5

A typical North American diet provides approximately 50 mg of DHA and 80 mg/day of EPA, for an overall combined DHA/EPA intake per person of about 130-150 mg/day. Clearly, the North American diet is lacking here.6

Ideally, include a variety of sources from both animals and plants every day, and you can rest assured that you’re eating enough Omega-3s.

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Plant foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids have stealthfully moved onto society’s “healthy food” radar. If you want to eat an animal-free diet or just add some plant-based sources, nuts and seeds are a brilliant way to add variety to your diet while also meeting your nutritional needs. Rather than just eat one source, get variety in your diet by eating a few different sources every day. Ideally, choose the most natural form and then mix, grind or pour – enjoy!

Remember folks, enjoy your Omega – 3 fatty acid sources along with a consistent healthy lifestyle.

Here’s to enjoying a Boundryless Life !!

Healthy and Cancer Free !

Hi Folks,

Been traveling while working recently. Wanted to share some health tips have gleaned while chatting with friends.

First to enjoy a health heart ~

Whether you believe high cholesterol contributes to heart disease or not, it’s best to keep your numbers low. It’s also quite beneficial to keep your fiber consumption high to reduce your risk of heart disease. And while we’re on the subject — controlling your weight is a given for protecting your heart.

Good news is — there is one fruit that can help you do all that and more…

Research has revealed that consuming one to one and half avocados a day significantly reduces total cholesterol (TC), “bad” low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and triglycerides (TG) — without impacting “good” high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) — when they are substituted for sources of saturated fat.

Avocados, high in fat and calories, can help you lose weight, improve your diet, reduce your sugar intake and help your cholesterol.“Fresh avocado, as part of a balanced diet, and as a cholesterol-free substitute for solid fats, can help be part of the solution for maintaining normal cholesterol levels,” says Nikki Ford, PhD, Director of Nutrition, Hass Avocado Board. “Beyond their naturally good fats, avocados are also a delicious way to boost fiber (8 percent of DV) and fruit intakes, both of which are under consumed in American diets.”

Avocados can also help boost satiety so you feel fuller longer and possibly eat less.

Eating a half of an avocado with a meal, according to a study of people trying to bring their weight down, can help you feel like you’ve eaten enough and avoid the temptation to stuff yourself with sweets.

The Loma Linda researchers found that folks who eat half of a fresh avocado with their lunch experience a 40 percent decrease in the desire to keep eating after the meal. And the effect persisted five hours later (to a diminished degree). The people in the study also reported feeling 26 percent more satisfied.

But what’s that you’ve heard about avocados causing weight gain? Hogwash. Results from the National Health and Nutrition examination survey has shown that eating an avocado every day does not make people gain weight and is associated with better diet quality, nutrient intake and lower risk of metabolic syndrome.

Further, to be healthy to a “T” as in healthy T cells here is what is currently suggested ~

At an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC ended recently, and a new cancer-killing therapy was a big topic.

Researchers revealed that they had taken human T-cells and engineered them to identify, memorize and attack tumor cells. The therapy didn’t work for everyone and some patients experienced toxic side-reactions and died. However, some of the patients had many other therapies that failed, and some people were in complete remission after 18 months.

It’s great that scientists have used the body’s own natural cancer killing cells in their research. But like many of these therapies, scientists are calling T-cells a “living drug” so they can patent and sell an eventual therapy … which won’t be available to the general public any time soon.

Fortunately, what is available to you are your own T-cells.

They’re not a drug, and they already attack cancer cells. Plus, you can increase their cancer-killing effectiveness starting right now. Here are three natural ways to boost the cancer-killing effectiveness of your T-cells:

1) Start with getting plenty of vitamin D.

The prestigious journal Nature published a study with a stunning discovery: T-cells don’t work very well unless your vitamin D receptors are activated. In other words, T-cells won’t activate without enough vitamin D.

The study also says you can increase your T-cell responsiveness by 750 percent by making sure you have a good amount of vitamin D.

Direct sunshine is best because our bodies make vitamin D from the sun’s rays. If you can’t get some sun every day, it’s best to get at least 3-5,000 IU of D3 daily. You might need as much as 10,000 IU if you’ve been out of the sun for most of this winter already.

2) Add some selenium to your diet, or make sure it’s in your daily multi-nutrient.

Selenium is well-known to be cancer-protective. But studies show it also increases the effectiveness of T-cells, and makes them more powerful.

Fortunately, you don’t need much selenium. You do need more than the RDA, which is only 55 micrograms. It appears that up to but no more than 200 mcg a day is a good target. You should get it from food. A few Brazil nuts will give you all you need. Or you could eat plenty of eggs, fish, and mushrooms.

3) Have you ever heard of Cat’s claw? It’s easier to say than its Latin name, Uncaria Tomentosa.

This plant is native to South America, and its health benefits are so powerful that it’s now being studied to see what it can do against cancer. What they’ve discovered is that cat’s claw cat’s turns on T-cells and unleashes them against many diseases. Like the T-cells in the study, cat’s claw seems to stop cancer from spreading.

You will normally see cat’s claw in supplement form at a 350 mg daily dose, and it’s standardized to contain 8% carboxy alkyl esters, which is the active compound.

Mother nature provides many options to skyrocket your body’s own natural cancer defenses–and more and more people are turning to them. In 2005, 72 million people sought alternative treatments, many like the ones you can read about in Dr. Michael Cutler’s Surviving Cancer manual. Click to learn more.

Here’s to enjoying Living a Boundryless Life !!

 

 

3 Things I Tell Anyone Who’s Trying To Get Fit, Strong & Live Longer

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield

Hi Folks,

Here’s a great post by one of my favorites Ben Greenfield ~ Enjoy !!

As a successful fitness trainer — I get a lot of questions about how people can become healthier versions of themselves. Most of the time, they want to know the absolute fastest way to lose weight, tone up, build muscle or as I like to call it, become “superhuman.” In case you’re wondering the same thing — here are a few ways to get started.

1. You should only sit down to eat.

Most of us plant our butts in a chair for 8 hours a day, then begin or end the day with some exercise designed to combat the damage done all day long, an approach that may not reduce your cardiovascular risk factors by much.

The simple solution? “Fool” your body into engaging in low-intensity levels of physical activity all day long. I practice this by only sitting down during the day when it’s time to eat (an exception is flying on an airplane, or sitting in a train or car).

Otherwise, the rest of the day, you should choose to lunge, kneel, lay on your stomach, lay on your back, stand, lean, etc. You’ll be surprised at how difficult this habit can be at first, and how you’re probably sitting far, far more than you thought you were. Watch this video of the myriad of positions I maintain all day long in my home office.

2. Trade long, hot showers for short, cold ones.

I take two 2-5-minute cold showers each day, and one longer 15-30-minute cold soak or cold water swim each week. Why? In the book “Anti-Fragile,” the author, Nassim Taleb, discusses how as your bones and muscles become stronger when subjected to variety, stress and tension. Many other elements of your life can benefit from mild amounts stress, disorder, volatility and turmoil as well.

The technical term for this is hormesis, which is the term to describe favorable biological responses to some stress exposure. In other words, by exposing yourself to discomfort, you bounce back stronger and you become more resilient to stress.

For example, refrigerators have not always been a luxury of humankind, so it’s OK to sometimes be hungry and fast, and sometimes eat completely random meals you’d normally never eat (breakfast for dinner, anyone?).

Sometimes lions and bears jump out and chase you — so it’s OK to skip that aerobic bike ride and instead do a short, intense, four-minute Tabata set — and vice versa. Be uncomfortable. Expose your body to occasional, sane amounts of natural stress and disorder. This will fight fragility, keep you alive and vibrant, and allow your lungs, muscles and heart to overcome gradually adapting to the demands you place upon them.

Trading hot showers for cold ones is a great way to launch into some natural hormetic stress. Two of my favorite ways to use temperature to elevate your body and make yourself “anti-fragile” are cold exposure with cold showers, temperatures, baths and soaks and alternately, heat exposure with weekly 20-45-minute visits to a sauna or steam room. A very simple way to get started with developing a less fragile body is to give yourself a 30-day challenge of not touching the hot water handle in your shower or bath. That’s it. See what happens.

3. Quit running marathons.

And by this I mean don’t exercise too hard. If you study the habits of the longest-living populations (the new book “Blue Zones” by Dan Buettner is a great introduction), you won’t find them doing CrossFit, P90X, Beach Body Insanity or any kind of daily extreme exercise. Instead, you’ll see low levels of mild physical activity such as walking, gardening, and standing throughout the day.

That’s right: the world’s longest-living people didn’t pump iron or run marathons and triathlons. Instead, they dwell in environments that nudge them into moving without thinking about it. So here’s the takeaway message: My habits of extreme obstacle racing, triathlons and hard-exercise sessions are not making me live longer and could even be taking hours, days or weeks off my life.

Because of this, you should reframe your perspective on physical activity. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that hard exercise is the key to longevity. Will it help you get fit and strong? Sure. But so will gardening, cleaning your house, building a rock wall, walking or riding your bicycle to work and hiking in the forest.

Ultimately, if you want to get fit, strong and live longer, begin with habits that are small, sustainable and do-able: sit to eat, tweak your temps, and reframe your perspective on exercise.

Hope you enjoyed this repost of Ben Greendfield’s tips and let us know what you do to keep fit !!

Here’s to a Boundryless Fit, Strong and Living Healthy !

Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle