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The Magic Health Formula

It’s how we EAT, MOVE, THINK and SUPPLEMENT.

Personally, I think these are 4 keys to optimal health.

EAT – what are eating?? Is it organic, whole food, found in nature and not from a factory!?

MOVE – are you exercising, weight lifting to maintain bone mass and strength and maintaining mobility? Are you stretching?

THINK – what’s going on in your head? Are you constantly worried, negative, fearful and stressed out? How can you become more proactive instead of reactive?

SUPPLEMENT – are you supplementing strategically to help support your specific nutrient deficiencies?

These are questions we should ask ourselves constantly. Paying attention to these 4 key areas will help you to determine where you may need work or assistance. This will allow you to take the strategic steps to the best health ever.

There are MANY other things I can add to this list, such as SLEEP, HYDRATION, ATTITUDE; but I think the first 4 are ideal for when it comes to assessing your health. It’s the perfect guideline.

So am I suppose to ask myself these questions everyday?

YES!

If you want to lose weight, become more successful, gain more energy and feel awesome, I suggest you ask yourself the above questions daily. It’s all about accountability! You will be able to assess not just what you’re including in your diet and lifestyle, but more importantly, what is missing!

We need to start taking control of how we want to feel. Lighter, brighter, creative and happy! That’s what I aim for.

What feelings are you aiming for, and what steps can you take right now to get closer to your goals?

I salute you on your health journey and commend you on every step you take!

To Your AMAZING Health & Abundance,
Samantha Gladish xoxo

 

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8 Ways to Get Healthy NOW!

Looking to start a new health regime for 2014?

Your journey starts NOW! Today!

Don’t wait until January 1st to make new changes.

Be you (even better) starting RIGHT NOW!

Here are so simple tips to get you started…

get healthy now

Wishing you and your family the Happiest New Year, full of LOVE and many new opportunities for growth and abundance.

From my Healthy Heart to Yours,

Samantha xo

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The Miracle Mineral- MAGNESIUM!

Are you getting enough magnesium?

This incredible mineral is typically the one mineral most people are deficient in; and if you’re not eating enough green veggies, chances are you need Magnesium! Let’s take a look at what this miracle mineral is all about, and what it can do for you!

Magnesium is an essential macro mineral. More than half the magnesium in our bodies, approximately 67%, is found in our bones and teeth, 31% is found intracellularly in soft tissues, and about 1% of magnesium is in our bodily fluids. It is an essential mineral in our body, essential in human metabolism and is required for over several hundred enzyme reactions.

This essential mineral is also necessary for calcium and vitamin C metabolism, as well as potassium, phosphorus, and sodium. It is best to take magnesium between meals or at bedtime, as it requires an acidic stomach for best absorption. Some people may find loose stools when taking too much magnesium. I suggest you start at a low dose, approx. 100mg, and work your way up. I typically take magnesium before bed (around 400mg) to help with muscle relaxation and sleep.

Magnesium levels in the body are primarily controlled by the kidneys. The kidneys will excrete or conserve magnesium according to our bodies needs. How brilliant is that!

Important Functions of Magnesium for Physical and Mental Health:

Magnesium has been known to:

« Help with stress – it relaxes the skeletal muscles

« Helpful in relieving coronary artery spasms – which can lead to a severe heart attack. Magnesium has a great influence on the heart!

« Can prevent high blood pressure – adequate levels of magnesium help lessen calcium flow to vascular cells (which leads to tighter vessels/high blood pressure)

« Important for converting blood sugar into energy – ie. helps to burn fat!

« Essential for effective nerve and muscle functioning

« Keeps teeth healthy and strong

« Aids in fighting depression

« Helps prevent muscle spasms

« Helps prevent calcium deposits and kidney and gallstones

« Helps relieve menstrual cramps

« Supports daily detoxification

Best Natural Sources of Magnesium Are:

* DARK LEAFY GREENS – kale, spinach, rapini, swiss chard

* BEANS – green beans, black beans, pinto beans

* SEEDS – flaxseeds, mustard seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds

* VEGETABLES – summer squash, broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, beets

* GRAINS – quinoa, buckwheat

* FISH – mainly salmon

* CACAO – yup! real, unprocessed raw cacao powder contains LOTS of magnesium. Try my Raw Chocolate Coconut Brownies or my Chocolate Matcha Amaze-balls to get a healthful dose of magnesium. 

As for supplements, I would look for Magnesium Bisglycinate. This type of magnesium is bound to an amino acid for better absorption and utilization by your body.

But, be sure your supplement DOES NOT replace eating whole foods rich in magnesium! Get an array of fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts and seeds and you’ll be feeling the benefits of magnesium in no time!

*As a note, Magnesium Bisglycinate does not typically loosen stools the way Magnesium Citrate does. If you are using Magnesium to help with constipation and bowel movements, look for Magnesium Citrate, not Bisglycinate. 

 

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