Sleeping Weight Away

Hopefully you have watched some of the news on this subject lately, I have found several interesting things about this study. First, let me say what the study was, it was to see how important sleep was to weight gain. They took several women and had half sleep 7 1/2 hours or more and the other half slept less than that. The women were not to change their eating habits or do anything differently than they normally did. All the women that slept 7 1/2 hours or more experienced change, most lost weight and others inches around waists and hips. The other half of the women had no change, in fact some gained weight. The study went on to say that when we are tired we grave food more to help us overcome being tired and in particularly sweets because of the big burst of energy we get. They said those people that constantly get less than 7 1/2 hours of sleep can actually put on 1 to 2 pounds a week. They also went on to say that those people that get 7 1/2 hours or more, have more energy and more inclination to exercise. All the women concurred with this idea.

I decided to try it. If you work and care for a family you know how hard it is to get enough sleep and then you feel wrung out at work. I have  tried to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night in the past, but that doesn’t always happen. So I decided to try getting the recommended amount of sleep for a few days and then drop below that for the next few days. The biggest thing I noticed at work was my cravings. When I had slept 7 1/2 hours I really forgot about food inbetween meals and felt like I did have more energy. Now this wasn’t a huge difference and most of it was my being aware of it. What really was a stark difference to me, were the days I didn’t get enough sleep, I craved sweets. I was hungry all the time. I had to think back if I had ever paid attention to my hunger habits. I remember being more hungry on some days than others at work but couldn’t really remember how many hours I had slept on those days. Now that doesn’t mean the correlation isn’t there I think it is. In fact it really makes perfect sense to me. You know the old saying; “Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Maybe there is something to that after all. Anyway all I know is that I am going to pay closer attention to my sleeping habits and who knows I just might lose the extra 15 pounds I have been trying to  for the few years.

Just hoping you sleep your weight away too!

Kris

Sun Worshippers Great Gift: Vitamin D3

It is amazing that such a little known vitamin could make such a huge difference! Let me clarify. I just learned about a little known hormone, vitamin D3. Yes that is right, Vitamin D3 is a hormone not a vitamin. Seems it was misnamed many years ago and no one bothered to correct it, probably because they didn’t realize all the great things it could do and what problems it would cause without it. Infact, I think it just fell off the face of the earth for awhile. That is until natural hormone medicine (Bio-identical Hormones) became such a huge factor in womens lives across the country. Doctors started paying attention to all the possible hormones that could be causing so many problems and maladies for women and men. I say women first because we have finally demanded answers and help with our hormones and will no longer accept the perverbial saying of “Oh, that just comes with age”. I also mention men because as my doctor always tells me, men can benefit from hormone help as much as women. I know there are skeptics out there but it is true.

Ok, so what is so great about Vitamin D3? Well I will tell you. On a website called Vitamin Research Products there is an article by Chris D. Meletis, ND, he states the following:

“Vitamin D3 is one of the most useful nutritional tools we have at our disposal for improving overall health. This vitamin is unique because cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is a vitamin derived from 7-dehyrocholesterol; however, Vitamin D3 acquires hormone-like actions when cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is converted to 1,25-dihydroxy Vitamin D3 (Calcitriol) by the liver and kidneys. As a hormone, Calcitriol controls phosphorus, calcium, and bone metabolism and neuromuscular function. Vitamin D3 is the only vitamin the body can manufacture from sunlight (UVB). Yet, with today’s indoor living and the extensive use of sunscreens due to concern about skin cancer, we are now a society with millions of individuals deficient in life-sustaining bone building and immune modulating 1,25-dihydroxy Vitamin D3.”

Now that is just telling you how it is created. He goes on to say that:

“Vitamin D3 deficiency is linked to a surprising number of other health conditions such as depression, back pain, cancer, both insulin resistance and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, impaired immunity and macular degeneration.”

That is quite a list, and may I add that my doctor said it is one of the best things for SAD or seasonal affected disorder (winter blues). He even says that:

“When examining the medical literature, it becomes clear that Vitamin D3 affects human health in an astonishing number of ways and that not obtaining enough of this important nutrient can leave the door open to developing a number of health conditions.”

I asked my doctor, “Couldn’t we just drink more milk?” He explained to me that would have to drink 50 glasses a day to even come close. The article by Chris Meletis seems to support the same idea saying the doses have to be quite high to make any difference.

“One of the challenges is the outdated acceptable upper limit for Vitamin D3 consumption, which was set at 2,000 IU. However, researchers point out that more recent studies have shown that 10,000 IU is the safe upper limit.”

Now my doctor only recommended 4000 IU, but he told me I needed to get pharmaceutical grade Vitamin D3, so that might make a difference. He also said I only needed to take it from September through May, because the days were long enough in summer and people tended to spend more time outside. Of course that makes sense. Now I am just here to attest to the fact that it makes a huge difference. I am using it now and would recommend it to everyone, unless you live at the equator.

Just another thing to consider.

Kris

Heart Attacks, Cuts and Cayenne.

Well, since I am on the subject of heart attacks, I thought I would give you some positive things you can do to hopefully prevent having a heart attack and to help after you have had one. I know about the benefits of cayenne pepper,but I had forgotten the benefits it has for the circulatory system until I was looking at Dr. Christopher’s website again. I ran a cross his statement on cayenne. This is a direct quote from that site.

“This herb is a great food for the circulatory system in that it feeds the necessary elements into the cell structure of the arteries, veins and capillaries so that these regain the elasticity of youth again, and the blood pressure adjusts itself to normal.

When the venous structure becomes loaded with sticky mucus, the blood has a harder time circulating; therefore, higher pressure forces the liquid through. Cayenne regulates the flow of blood from the head to the feet so that it is equalized; it influences the heart immediately, then gradually extends its effects to the arteries, capillaries, and nerves (the frequency of the pulse is not increased, but is given more power).”

Needless to say I started to give my husband a pill a day. I think it might be one pill everyone over 30 ought to take.

Now you might be wondering why I had cuts in the title, well, I went to an alternative health workshop where the speaker talked about how he used a cayenne paste to stop cuts from bleeding. Now I have never tried this, but he said it worked and at that point I remembered I had wanted to tell all of you about cayenne for heart attacks and figured I would add that little tidbit as well. Who knows when you might need it, besides if our health care system fails we all might have to learn to take care of our own health. I hope that never happens, but it never hurts to be prepared.

Just some interesting things to think about, and a great time to wish all mothers everywhere a happy mother’s day.

Kris