Take Melatonin about 45 Minutes to 1 hour before you plan to sleep. Begin with a dose of 1.2 - 3 milligrams.
You can take additional melatonin if you repeatedly wake up during the night, using the supplement to create a deeper sleep, but give it a try for a week or so before moving to a higher dose.
*If you feel groggy, you can take the melatonin earlier in the evening.
*Expect some vivid dreams for the first week. This is a good thing-a sign you are in deep sleep which is restorative sleep.
Travelling? Jet Lag?
Use melatonin to reset your body clock when you experience jet lag by taking it at the appropriate time to sleep in your time zone, even if you are not tired yet.
* I did not sleep through the night for two years. After 3 weeks of using Melatonin I slept all night long every night! - D.M.
* Hello Fabulous! Well guess what!! I am now sleeping! Yeeeeaaay! I did what you suggested, I'm using the MMCreme in the morning and the ProHelp at night. And I'm
Taking 3 Somno Pro at night. I noticed a difference the first night doing this and each night gets better and better! My husband says I'm snoring like a big dog! Lol!
Barbara, you are truly a blessing to all of us. And I thank God for you each and every day. YOU ROCK GIRL! Now I can put the hammer back in my husband's tool box and the bottle of wine back in the cellar! Lol! I thought you'd appreciate the update. I also got three of my girlfriends on your products! Happy New Year to you and your family!L.F.
Researchers have discovered that over 2/3 of people taking antidepressants may NOT actually have depression. Why?They do NOT meet the official criteria for depression.
Listen to this:
The study analyzed those taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
69% of them did not meet the criteria for clinical depression
38% did not meet the criteria for other mental conditions like anxiety
The Conclusion: Drugs are prescribed without an evidence-based diagnosis
More than two thirds of people taking antidepressants did not meet the criteria for clinical depression and are taking them unnecessarily.
The U.S. investigators looked at those taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), the most commonly prescribed type of anti-depressant.
SSRIs are usually the first choice medication for depression and other psychiatric conditions because they generally have fewer side effects than most other types of antidepressants.
Clinical depression is distinct from temporary feelings of sadness. Also, the study says that way too many people are given anti-depressants for other conditions in addition to feeling blue or sad... Such as anxiety, fearfulness, insomnia and even HOT FLASHES! Wow! Regarding "feeling blue", the head doctor doing the research noted that
"we all experience periods of stress, periods of sadness, and periods of self-doubt. These don't make us mentally ill; they define us as human."
In the U.S., official guidelines say clinical depression exists if a person has 5 or more depressive symptoms over a 2 week period, occurring MOST of the day, nearly EVERY day. If that's not you, don't fall for that prescription.
The true symptoms include a depressed mood; a loss of interest or pleasure in activities; weight loss, weight gain or changes in appetite; insomnia or increased desire to sleep.
Other symptoms included restlessness or slowed behavior; fatigue or loss of energy; feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt; difficulty making decisions or trouble concentrating, and thoughts of death or suicide.Remember . . . to be truly depressed, they must occur most of the day and nearly EVERY day.
CAUSE FOR ALARM...Prescriptions for anti-depressants have more than trebled since 1998.
SSRIs (Selective Re-uptake Inhibitors)
The most common SSRIs are:
Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva)
HOW DO SSRIs WORK?
SSRIs work by altering the levels of a chemical called serotonin in the brain.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (a messenger chemical that carries signals between nerve cells in the brain). It has a positive influence on mood, emotion and sleep.
After carrying a message, serotonin is usually reabsorbed by the nerve cells (known as 'reuptake').
SSRIs work by blocking ('inhibiting') re-uptake, meaning more serotonin is available to pass further messages between nearby nerve cells without being discarded by the body as is usual.
However, SSRIs do not INCREASE the amount of serotonin you make; they just keep the amount you are making (which can be very small) going "round and round" in your body instead of being reabsorbed.
So... you are not really solving the problem, just "masking" it.
MORE BAD NEWS:
A large study found that women who take antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to have a baby with autism. This study supports previous research which has shown that taking SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy increases a woman's risk of having a child with the developmental disability.
Other American scientists' research revealed that young adults taking high dose antidepressants such as Prozac and Seroxat have double the risk of suicidal behavior.
YIKES! These are our kids & the future generation!
What type of medicine is being practiced here? Are there other things you can do to help yourself? YES!
See my Depression Blog's For Natural Ways to Combat Those Depressed Feelings
Don't be one of the 69% who is taking an SSRI without really needing it!
Xenoestrogens are "FAKE" estrogens that can enter the body and cause sever hormone imbalance. We can't avoid them all... but we can do our best!
HoW CAN my family and I
I'm so glad you asked!This is something we all should be thinking of.
We should fall into a groove where it is second nature to us:
No Xenoestrogens Welcome In My House!
As we have discussed "Xeno" means foreign. So xenoestrogens are made from something other than the body.Many are petrochemically-based or are byproducts of petrochemical production.
These substances have an estrogenic effect when they enter the human body.
How do they disrupt hormone balance? These synthetic chemicals bind directly to hormone receptor sites in our body, activating the sites and blocking normal hormonal activity.These substances accumulate in the tissues and wreak havoc on our ability to metabolize and eliminate toxins in addition to creating a state of too much estrogen in the body.
Xenoestrogens are found in:
Pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables
Herbicides - used on lawns and plants
Nearly all plastics
Plastic wraps (which can leak into food)
Car exhausts (gasoline fumes)
Food supply via growth hormone fed to cows and chickens
Some city water supplies
Some commercial household cleaning products
Industrial waste such as PCBs & Dioxins
Look for these ingredients and try to purchase products that do NOT contain them:
PCB's (Polychlorinated biphenyls)
As discussed, too much exposure to estrogen can cause numerous problems in women ranging from PMS to uterine fibroids to breast cancer. In men, these can range from gynecomastia (development of breast tissue) to prostate cancer.
Scientists studying a high rate of breast cancer in Long Island found that women with breast cancer had higher levels of pesticides such as DDT in their breasts than women with normal breasts.
how To Protect against Xenoestrogens:
Whenever possible, purchase organically grown fruits and vegetables. I know it can be expensive, but at least if you use something in abundance, for example lettuce, choose to buy organic lettuce.
Buy meat and dairy products that are hormone-free.
Purchase foods not packaged in plastic wrap whenever possible.
Remove plastic wraps as soon as you get home, because the longer it is in contact with food the more the xenoestrogens may leach into the food. Store food in; butcher paper, wax paper, freezer paper, foil, or glass when possible.
Do not microwave food in plastic or Styrofoam containers. Use a glass or ceramic dish instead. If you need a lid, use a flat dish or a piece of freezer paper or paper towel. When plastic is heated, it diffuses rapidly into food.
A DartmouthUniversity study showed that plastic wrap heated in a microwave in vegetable oil had 500,000 times the minimum amount of xenoestrogens needed to stimulate breast cancer cells in a test tube to grow.
Invest in a water filter or drink bottle water. In some areas, Xenoestrogens are prevalent in drinking water due to massive amounts of detergents used by industry that make their way to ground water.
Avoid baby formula sold in polycarbonate (clear plastic) bottles. If possible, use only glass baby bottles. If you use polycarbonate bottles, do not heat or microwave them.
Use organic pesticides. Avoid having your home sprayed by an exterminator.
Avoid herbicides; you can use a cup of salt in a gallon of vinegar.
Avoid parabens found in skin lotions and creams.
Do not give plastic toys to babies or toddlers who will put them in their mouths.
Another really important thing you can do is to inform others about the dangers of xenoestrogens.
Consider this for our future generations (our children and grandchildren, nieces, nephews and children of our friends):
Ovaries and testes are formed during a very early stage of embryonic development.Exposure to xenoestrogens during this early stage can cause damage to the ovarian follicles of the unborn female. Later in life, her damaged follicles may not be able to yield an egg or produce sufficient quantities of progesterone.She may have difficulty with miscarriages.
The male testes develop at about day 20 of embryonic life.Exposure to xenoestrogens can lead to deficiency in sperm production and even prostate cancer in men.
WOW!THEY ARE EVERYWHERE!Read this!
Hand Sanitizer and receipts don't mix.
In a new University of Missouri study, people who cleaned their hands with hand sanitizer then touch a cash register receipt were exposed to higher levels of BPA than those who didn't use the sanitizer. And those who munched greasy French fries also had higher BPA exposure if they used sanitizer first.
Researchers say some hand sanitizers contain penetration enhancers that increase the product's ability to get into the uppermost layer of the skin. It's these compounds that seem to increase the absorption of BPA.
If you have used a Hand Sanitizer in the market or on your own, have the salesperson or cashier tuck the receipt in your grocery bag and remove it with a napkin or tissue when you get home!At least wait 10 minutes before touching that receipt!
We must take preventative action to protect our families.
It is SO important.
Please join me as we cast the net of care around our loved ones!
For decades experts have fingered hormone imbalance as the culprit in weight gain. And, yes, latest research reveals that our DIRTY hormone receptors are to blame. Here's a plan that will leave your receptors squeaky clean for years, and get you super slim!
The problem:Hormones receptors are the structures on cells that receive and respond to messages from hormones. Think of them as the hormone is the key
And the receptor is the lock.
If the receptor is not operating properly, then it's like you've got "gum" in the lock.
Hormones work in symphony. So when one hormone falls out of balance because of damaged receptor sites, other hormones pick up the slack, making an effort to boost energy and ward off weight gain.But they will eventually be pulled out of balanced as well.
You can totally hit the "Reset" button on your receptor sites.
You can refresh them and make them all NEW again with PROGESTERONE, the balancing hormone! (You can learn more about progesterone's wonderful benefits on my other blog entries).
Progesterone can fix your broken metabolism. You won't be ravenously hungry anymore.You won't store fat into your belly every day and you will not have to watch your waist grow bigger and bigger. Instead, you will be burning those fat stores.
ALSO: Be sure to get 8 hours of sleep. Adequate sleep, which I believe is 8 hours, will normalize cortisol levels, allowing your receptors to heal and work hard for you!
For tips on how you can have GOOD sleep I invite you to watch my YouTube videos:
A fuller head of hair today than you had at age 20?
It's possible if you follow these do's and don'ts!
Pile On The Protein!
Hair is made of a protein called keratin, and in order for your body to make this key ingredient, you need to eat plenty of protein. Top picks; eggs, which are rich in hair-nourishing zinc, selenium, and sulfur, and Greek yogurt, which is high in growth-stimulating vitamins D and B-5.
Keratin is an all-natural solution for strong, lustrous, and healthy hair from the inside to the outside. It's a protein that naturally exists in your hair, but supplementing with additional keratin supplements or using keratin hair treatments has been shown to be especially effective at reducing damage and frizz while promoting shine.
I "LOVE" NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer.It gave me the BEST hair.My husband compliments me all the time... says I have the best hair in the room.LOLAs long as he thinks so!
Brush Wet Hair!
A hot shower opens hair's keratin layers, making it much weaker than it is when dry. Instead of brushing wet hair, try detangling with a comb or "wet brush" with wide plastic bristles and towel-dry before styling.
Spend 10 minutes in the sun every day or take supplemental vitamin D!
Research shows that women within sufficient levels of vitamin D, a nutrient your skin makes when exposed to sunlight are significantly less likely to suffer hair loss than those who are deficient in vitamin D.By the way, D is actually a hormone, not a vitamin so you can get quick powerful results.
Do a Detox Diet!
Dipping below 1,200 calories can prematurely shorten your hair's growth phase, prompting your scalp to let hair fall out before it normally would. Instead, eat a nutrient-dense diet with several weekly servings of walnuts, flaxseeds, and/or fatty fish like salmon. They're rich in omega-3s, which give hair its suppleness.