Superfoods to Help you Manage Your Monthly Menstruation

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Every month it’s the same thing.  You’re bloated, tired, cranky, fighting cravings, and trying to get rid of headaches.  You wish you could be like your friend or your sister, who seems to just breeze right through her cycle with little or no problem. Take a look at your diet and see if these superfoods are a part of it.  If they’re not, they can easily become a part of a well-balanced healthy diet that might just make your cycles to come simple to manage.

Bananas have long been well known as nature’s ‘perfect food.’ They’re loaded with potassium, zinc, iron, folic acid, calcium, B6 and soluble fiber. They’re good for digestion, menstrual difficulties and essential for athletes because they can quickly replace what your body loses during your cycle or when you’re exercising frequently. And, if you suffer from diarrhea during your monthly cycle, they are the idea treatment when eaten in conjunction with apples, rice and dry toast – more commonly known as the BRAT treatment.

Bee pollen has been popularized by famous athletes who take it regularly for strength and endurance. It has been used successfully to treat a variety of ailments including allergies, asthma, menstrual irregularities, constipation, diarrhea, anemia, low energy, cancer, rheumatism, arthritis and toxic conditions. It can, however, provoke allergic reactions in those who are taking it for the first time, so it’s important to start with small amounts and slowly build up to a teaspoon or so per day.  Bee pollen can be taken in powder, capsule or tablet form—or in raw unprocessed honey mixed with cereal or spread on toast.

Make sure you’re getting plenty of iron-rich foods in your diet. Leafy green vegetables, beans, shellfish, red meat, poultry, soy foods are great choices.  Try teaming these with citrus foods containing vitamin C, which will promote iron absorption.  Steer clear of alcohol, caffeinated beverages, or salty foods, and as always, make sure you choose unsaturated fats.  These will only exacerbate that bloated feeling you suffer through each month.  

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Superfoods for Healthy and Natural Conception

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In both the female and male body, the balance of hormones has to be just right for conception to occur and for pregnancy to proceed. Nutrients that are in excess or that are in depletion can throw off balance and disrupt the pregnancy process. When we can choose whole foods for our diet, we are increasing our chances of obtaining the most nutrients we need. Whole foods include fruits, fresh vegetables, unrefined grains, beans, nuts, seeds, eggs, and small whole fish.  It’s important to make sure you’re choosing healthy whole superfoods that have an abundant supply of each of the following vitamins and minerals. 

B-complex vitamins need to be replenished all the time, as they are water soluble and passed out of the body with urination. Vitamins B6 and B12 are particularly important for fertility and hormonal function. Fortified cereals, fortified soy-based meat substitutes, baked potatoes with skin, bananas, light-meat chicken and turkey, eggs, and spinach are all great sources of B6 and beef, clams, mussels, crabs, salmon, poultry, soybeans, and fortified foods have healthy amounts of B12.

Folic Acid, also known as folate, is essential for the production of genetic material in conjunction with vitamin B12. The body cannot store Folic Acid so it must be replenished regularly. It is found naturally in dark green leafy vegetables, apricots, avocados, carrots, egg yolks, liver, melons, whole grains, and yeast’s.

Zinc is an essential component of genetic material and plays an important role in the fertility of men (affecting sperm count) and women. Zinc is vital to healthy cell division, so healthy zinc levels are essential at conception. Zinc occurs naturally in oats, rye, almonds, pumpkin seeds and peas.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) work on every system of the body and are essential for healthy hormone production. EFA’s can prevent blood from clotting inappropriately which can be helpful to women who have suffered from recurrent miscarriages (if clotting was an issue). They are primarily found in fish oils.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant. Low vitamin E levels can be a cause for subfertility in men and women. Found in wheat germ cereal, sunflower seeds, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, brown rice, eggs, milk, organ meats, soy beans and sweet potatoes.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, helpful to sperm production and may play a role in healthy ovulation. Vitamin C is essential to the normal healthy functioning of many systems in the human body. Excellent sources include blackcurrants, raw red peppers, guavas and citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits. Other good sources include strawberries, kiwifruit, broccoli and Brussel sprouts.

Iron aids in the production of red blood cells and carries oxygen around our bodies. The body can lose iron through periods, childbirth or blood loss (including blood donation). Leafy green vegetables, beans, shellfish, red meat, poultry, and soy food products are all good sources of iron.

Vitamin A is an antioxidant essential at conception for the developing embryo. Natural sources include carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, and spinach. 

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What to Look for Before You Hire a Reputation Management Company

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Your business’ online reputation is, quite literally, a matter of life and death . . . for your business, that is.  If you lack the time, patience, or know-how to manage your online reputation properly, then you owe it to your business to put the job in the hands of those who can do it well.  Fortunately for you, there are a number of companies that specialize in doing just that.  Unfortunately for you, they are not all created equal, and it may be hard to sort the good from the bad.  Need help? 

Here are some tips for what to look for before you hire a reputation management company

Services offered

Different businesses need online reputation management for different reasons.  Identify what you want to accomplish with your reputation management (whether it be moving your business website further up search engine rankings or countering negative reviews, for example), and then ask potential companies what they specialize in.

Reputation

It goes without saying that any reputable reputation management company should have a good reputation.  Research the companies in question on the Internet, read customer reviews, and look candidates up on the Better Business Bureau website to make an informed and accurate assessment of a company’s business practices.

How the company works for your online reputation management  

It is important that you ask potential companies how, exactly, they work to better your online reputation.  Even if some of it is over your head, any reputable company should be able to explain to you in relatively plain terms the steps they use in the management process.  It is possible that you may be able to do some of it yourself; it is also possible that you simply won’t want to expend the time or effort necessary to do it.  Either way, your reputation management company of choice should be open enough with you to help you make that decision.

Pricing  

When it comes to pricing, there are several things you should keep in mind.  If you’ve done your research and asked the right questions, then you should have a good idea of what is involved in the management process, as well as how long it will take.  Your company’s quote should be reasonable, relative to the services being rendered.  It also never hurts to shop around to make sure you are going with a realistically-priced quote.

Online reputation management is a complex process, but it is also tantamount to your business success.  To make the most of your online reputation, you may want to enlist the help of qualified and competent professionals like us. 

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3 Ways to Advance Your Goals

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“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never be scoring.”

1. WORK WITH THE END IN MIND- OR FOCUS ON SUCCESS

Beginning with the end in mind is the endowment of imagination. If you are the programmer, write the program, says, goal expert- Stephen R. Covey. Goals help us to focus, and the quality of our attention is enhanced by a having a project so cool and interesting that we can’t help but make a leap. Let’s say, you want to organize your workspace so that everyone is inspired to do their best work. The in-between steps: like ergonomic concerns & planning comfortable lighting, in-and-of-itself can seem mundane, but joined together they name a bigger accomplishment and by doing so, asks us to spice up our expectations & upgrade who we are. Focus on success & keep in mind how you want things to end up–And you’ll soon enough be successful.

— name the accomplishment

— give your project a title

— what needs to be done by when

— how would you like things to end up

— identify upbeat reasons for pursuing the goal

2. RAISE THE BAR-OR SHOOT FOR THE MOON

Define greatness, challenge the limits, double the goal, or try something new…These are just some of the sentiments that put our plans into action and move us towards revolutionary results. Look around and witness the very essence of commonplace activities being tested and re-imagined. Such as schools re-defining Physical Education by bringing in activities ranging from kickboxing to more esoteric offerings like tai chi and yoga.

And with the introduction of Blogs, an international conversation is in full swing with millions of links and a central clearinghouse inspired by immediacy, intrigue and tension. Raising the bar on a project can simply mean taking one extra step, having an allegiance to a weird idea, or devoting to a regular practice. Commit to a goal in a meaningful way, personalize it & make it your own, and then watch an otherwise sleepy project wake up and give way to a new found energy, creativity and distinction.Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

— double the goal

— challenge the limits

— create a regular practice

— raise your standards, values or beliefs

— make it a game

3. GO THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE-OR SHOW ME THE SHORTCUT

Sometimes a goal deserves a break. TIME MAGAZINE reported that after 8 hours of sleep you’d be more than twice as likely to find a shortcut for solving a problem. Suggesting that taking it easy is good for the brain, and what’s good for the brain is good for the overall psyche and soul. Are you doing too much, not getting nourished and being exhausted? Well, perhaps its time to consider another path. Don’t re-invent the wheel. Pick up a book written by an expert, join a group that’s geared around your project, sign up for an informational newsletter, or ask someone to buddy up & helps.

For instance, if I was writing a screenplay and struggling with a self-imposed deadline, I could simplify my project just by signing up for a writing class. What with weekly writing tasks & in-class exercises this alone would expedite the development of my script. Another overlooked shortcut is to consider smaller steps. The smaller the increments the easier the goal. Deng Ming-Dao writes in EVERYDAY TAO, An inch in one direction, then an inch in another already makes a span of 2 inches. Gradually we can improve on that. Go the path of least resistance, it’s a gift of energy.

— don’t reinvent the wheel-find someone who’s done it before

— slow down or change the pace

— keep to minimum daily standards

— write everything down–loose ideas vs. lost ideas

— the smaller the increments the easier the goal

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