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Prevent Brain Aging Part 1

Category: Brain  |  Permalink

Published: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Brain Health

You've mastered a healthy diet. You feel good. But what's going on in your brain? Is it stable? In good health? Can you recall your past experiences so you can pass along your wisdom?  That was God's intention!  Let's revigorate!

Keep your brain young and you will never feel old or outdated. Without nourishment, your brain actually shrinks and you head slowly towards cognitive dysfunction, dementia, and possibly Alzheimer's.

This can start as early as your 40s, but it can be reversed! The brain can repair itself and even become younger because it is so elastic.


Here are your best top 3 natural remedies

- Take supplements that nourish your brain; Dopamine is Key to helping you feel younger.

- Balance your hormones! The brain is loaded with hormone receptor sites,

  especially for progesterone.

- Lose weight; stay as slender as you can! Obesity leads to brain shrinkage.


The brain operates on 4 main chemical circuits:

- Dopamine-promotes energy  - Makes your brain feel's my favorite

- GABA-creates feelings of calmness. This is the supplement you need if you have anxiety which is aging your brain.

- Serotonin-creates feelings of happiness and satisfaction.  5-HTP can help increase serotonin & alleviate "the blues" and deperession

- Choline & Serine-enhances memory.  I love Phosphatidyl Serine 100 mg.  You will remember things you never knew you forgot!


All of these need to be in balance in order to feel energized, content, and calm. Low dopamine leads to weight gain, wandering minds, and even ADD or ADHD. Low GABA levels can lead to anxiety. Low serotonin levels are a major factor in depression, and low levels of acetylcholine and Phosphatidyl serine lead to loss of recall and a flat feeling.


Let's specifically talk about Dopamine.   Loss of dopamine causes people to lose their sense of well-being. They just don't FEEL the way they used to.  Dopamine is known as the "Feel Good" Neurotransmitter and it is a key factor in preserving cognition and promoting longevity. Levels begin to decline at age 40 for women and age 50 for men. How can you enhance your Dopamine levels:  a supplement called L-Tyrosine will do it for you.

Stop the decline now! Watch my video, "The Secrets to a Younger Brain," which can be found here on my YouTube Channel, Hope For Your Hormones:



The supplements that are discussed and that I love are:

     - L-Tyrosine for dopamine
     - Zen Mind for GABA
     - 5-HTP for serotonin
     - Phosphatidyl Serine for memory


Remember, my friends:   There is NO computer that can ever be more sophisticated than the human brain. No one can outdo God! So honor your temple. Keep your brain young into your 90s and beyond!  That's what I am planning.  Please join me!!


Love, Barbara



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The Happiness Supplement?

Category: Anxiety/Depression  |  Permalink

Published: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Happiness Supplement?


Is there such a thing? What is it?

Yes, I believe there is a Happiness Supplement.

It's called 5-HTP and is a metabolite of the amino acid Tryptophan. 5-HTP is then turned into serotonin, the "happiness" amino acid.  It is a very effective way to replace depleted serotonin levels.  One of my doctor colleagues described taking 5-HTP as "sending your brain on a trip to Hawaii! Who wouldn't want to do that?

5-HTP helps with all of these:  Mood, including depression, Appetite Control, Sleep, Stress & Headaches including Migraines.


Depression & Mood:

Are you taking Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft?  Worried about it? Do you feel that this is over-kill?  Well you may very well be correct.  It is estimated that almost 70% of people taking anti-depressants do not really need them.  Do they work? Well, they will address symptoms, but never really get to the problem of why your mood is low. Raising serotonin can be your answer, not just re-cycling the low serotonin that you have, which is what SSRI anti-depressants do. Psychiatric researchers found that 5-HTP was just as effective as Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil and Zoloft... AND works faster... 3-5 days ro 5-HTP as opposed to 2-3 weeks for SSRIs.  Better yet... No weight gain as with SSRIs!



What else does 5-HTP do?

Let's look at the benefits.


Controls appetite & Stops carbohydrate cravings

Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that tells your brain that you are satisfied and do not need to eat more. . Low serotonin levels also lead to carbohydrate cravings (sugar cravings) and overeating. 5-HTP reduces appetite, so you are able to resist those foods you know are bad for you. 5-HTP decreases by 4-5% every 10 years.  So carbs and sugar get harder and harder to resist. So our waistlines grow ever wider.  Yuk!



 5-HTP aids restful sleep because it converts to melatonin at night. It can increase melatonin levels by up to 200% and also increase the time you spend in deep sleep.  AND, good sleep is proven to help weight loss, helping you lose up to 138% more fat than sleep deprived people.



During the years around menopause, 5-HTP improves reactions to stress so you can relax and enjoy life... Remember that "trip to Hawaii?"  No stress there!

Helpful for headache sufferers.  It can decrease headaches by 70% and migraines by 55%.  Wow!

Relieves fibromyalgia pain.  If you have fibromyalgia, give it a try. 



Start with 50 mg at bedtime. You can proceed to 50 mg twice daily adding a capsule at breakfast.   If this makes you drowsy, you can do what I do:  Take 100 mg at night.

You will probably see results in 1-3 days, but don't up your dose until you have tried it for 3 days as it may have taken that long to work for you. 


Melatonin can be taken at bedtime along with 5-HTP  if you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.



5-HTP is very safe, but if you are taking MAO inhibitors, or a pharmaceutical antidepressant, do not take 5-HTP without discussing it with your healthcare provider. 5-HTP is often used to help wean people off of SSRIs and other anti-depressants, but you have to be careful.


There is a Combo that might interest you:

5-HTP and L-Tyrosine



Combining L-Tyrosine with 5-HTP can restore emotional balance. Adding L-Tyrosine to 5-HTP supplementation helps to restore all of the main neurochemicals relating to positive mood. This combination is gaining popularity as a depression treatment alternative. The pairing is far gentler than prescription drugs like Prozac or Lexapro, and recent studies indicate it may even be more effective



The combination of mental energy and personal confidence which the combo delivers is the perfect antidote to social anxiety, and makes it easy to interact with other people or to speak in front of large groups.
The combo of L-Tyrosine & 5-HTP  also provides a calming and focusing effect for people suffering from ADHD.


Cognition & Memory Problems?

In addition to the powerful mood lift that these two compounds can deliver, users will also enjoy the added cognitive benefits that L-Tyrosine is famous for. Not only does L-Tyrosine boost energy and motivation, it also improves memory and recall, makes concentration easier, and contributes to "fluid intelligence


Is Supplementing L-Tyrosine with 5 HTP Safe?

Overall, there are very few downsides to pairing L-Tyrosine with 5 HTP. Both natural supplements are well-tolerated by most people.



Let's stick to "God's Pharmacy"!

Also, feeling blue is sometimes a normal reaction to events, but we have been taught that we must be forever cheerful.  Sometimes life deals you a blow, I know, but don't take prescription drugs that you do not need.  Natural supplements can see you through!

I care about you!



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Low Estrogen?

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How Do I Know If I Have Low Estrogen?

Here are the signs that you may have a Decrease in Estrogen

  • Hot Flashes                                
  • Night Sweats                            
  • Vaginal Dryness                        
  • Bladder/Urinary Tract problems may occur or be worsened

Now, you can use Progesterone crème for 3 months because the progesterone can sensitize your estrogen receptor sites & get you back on track.

Many women with these symptoms have found great relief with our Menopause Moisture Crème with Red Clover Extract (a phyto-estrogen)  



Does Everyone Need Estrogen?

You always make some estrogen in your body, because it is made in the fat cells. Heavier women or women with large breasts tend to have more estrogen than older women.


Think You Still Need Some Bio-Identical Estrogen?

Email or call me... or (877) 880-0170


I like Estriol, which is a protective estrogen and safe even for women with a history of breast cancer.  I can point you to a wonderful product!

REMEMBER: Progesterone is the hormone in which most women are deficient because once you stop menstruating; you are no longer making progesterone in your ovaries.

Do not despair!  Hormone balance can be yours!




Posted by: Barbara
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 @ 12:47:53 PM

Dear Ina: We do have your credit card on file. Should I send the Estriol to you?

Posted by: Barbara
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 @ 8:52:50 AM

Hello, Ina: We can call you or you can call us to discuss the product. Let me know! Barbara

Posted by: Ina Ford
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 @ 3:26:12 PM

Hi Barbara I need estrogen so badly....I need the Estriol. I am vaginally dry and have hair loss and hair on my face, Progesterone makes me feel tired, Do you still have my credit card number?

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12 Easy Ways to Increase your Water Intake

Category: A Healthier You  |  Permalink

Published: Monday, November 09, 2015

12 Easy Ways to Increase your Water Intake



First, what is the REAL amount of water you should drink?

8 glasses per day? 

Harvard researchers say 4-6 is plenty if you eat water-rich foods.



If you are breast feeding or exercise a lot, then drink those 8 glasses.

However, for a lot of us, myself included, getting those glasses of water can be tough.


Here are some "sip-more" strategies


Fun ways to increase water intake

to get those other glasses!

  1.  Eat Your Water! Choose water-rich foods like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, green peppers, spinach, cauliflower and soup. This can cut you down to those 4 - 6 glasses.
  2. Choose Sparkling H20. That's my go-to.  It's fun to drink; gives you the same bubbly feel as soda without the calories or sugar.
  3. Put mint leaves, citrus slices of lemon, lime or orange, cucumbers and crushed berries to make it more flavorful & appealing. How about some ginger?  YUM!
  4. Drink out of a straw; you will take bigger gulps & drink faster.
  5. Add a small amount of juice to your water.  I like unsweetened Cranberry juice.  It looks so pretty
  6. Make a cup of Hot water with lemon & honey. This is great in the morning
  7. Set a cell-phone alarm to go off at regular intervals (like every hour) to remind you to drink a glass.
  8. Drink a glass of water after you wake up.  This will...

    * Stimulate metabolism

    * Activate a more alert brain

  9. At work? Drink 1 glass on the hour.  If it helps, set a timer. When work is over, your quota is met!
  10. Coffee Counts:  Water is not necessarily better than other beverages provided you watch your sugar intake.  In fact, coffee can actually be a great alternative to water, especially when it is unsweetened because it is almost without calories.  Coffee drinkers are gulping nearly all water when consuming black coffee.  Add crème, no worries... it still counts as water!
  11. Fill a water bottle every morning & take it on your travels.  Every red light, drink!  Water, that is.. LOL
  12. Drink a glass of water before every lunch & dinner.



There you go!  Just pick a few of these and you are on your way. 

You've read it over and over on directions:  "Just add water" 

Well... that's your new motto!  BONUS!  Your skin will look GREAT! 

Watch for the compliments.




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Prevent Brain Aging Part 2

Category: Brain  |  Permalink

Published: Wednesday, November 04, 2015



1. Nourish your brain with phosphatidylserine

Phosphatidylserine is essential to support memory functions and maintain the brain's ability to replace damaged neurons and generate new ones. These functions are crucial to preventing age-related cognitive decline and can also alleviate stress and anxiety. Studies show that in just 15 weeks, taking 300-400 mg of phosphatidylserine per day significantly improved memory and restored essential mental skills such as concentration, learning, and vocabulary in men and women between 67 and 80 years of age.



2. Protect your memory by walking

Taking a brisk 20-minute walk every day can cut your risk of dementia and Alzheimer's in half, according to a new study. Without regular exercise, your brain's memory center begins to shrink by 1% every year after you turn 50. But with exercise, your memory center can actually grow by 2% every year, keeping its long and short-term memory intact. This is because exercise stimulates the release of a chemical that is essential for healthy new brain cells to grow.




3. Avoid trouble with more seafood

Preventing cellular inflammation is as easy as loading up your plate with shrimp, tuna, salmon, or orange roughy at least twice a week. The omega-3 oils found in seafood are one of the biggest brain agers ever discovered. It's never too late to reap these protective benefits-in one study, seniors who ate fish every week reduced their risk of Alzheimer's by 60%! And don't worry if you aren't big on seafood. Instead, you can take 1,000 mg. of fish oil every day to achieve these same results.


4. Improve your focus with popcorn

Popcorn is a whole grain, which makes it a super healthy snack. New studies revealed that popcorn can boost focus, concentration, and memory by 16% and even cut your risk of Alzheimer's by 31% if eaten in place of chips and other junk food. Popcorn has this effect because whole grains are absorbed much more slowly than white flour products and thus produce smaller, more well-controlled changes in blood sugar. This helps your brain function at its peak and prevents the erratic surges in blood sugar levels that can damage brain cells.



5. Cut your Alzheimer's risk with nuts

Enjoying a handful of nuts every day can slow brain aging and protect cells against the minor damage that can snowball into Alzheimer's disease. Research suggests that adding this quick snack to your daily diet can cut your risk of the disease by at least 68% due to the healthy plant fats found in nuts. Another option would be to have a peanut butter sandwich for lunch or each 2 tablespoons of sugar-free peanut butter every day.



6. Think faster with dried fruits

Dried fruit is nature's most concentrated source of boron, a mineral that stimulates electrical activity in the front half of the brain to improve alertness, thinking ability, and long-term memory by at least 10% in as little as three months. Eating a modest ¼ cup of any dried fruits (such as raisins, prunes, etc.) every day does the trick.


Weren't these EASY??  And FUN??  Take care of your fabulous brain and it will take care of you... for the rest of your days!

Love, Barbara


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