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2 Key Herbs that Will Fight Fatigue, Depression and Stress!!!

2 Key Herbs that Will Fight Fatigue, Depression and Stress!!!

I found this article on the website by Michelle Schoffro Cook on "5 Natural Energy Boosters" as I am always looking for information on improving my health and increasing my energy. So the first paragraph caught my attention "Do you muster every ounce of energy you have just to lift your limbs out of bed, experience a daily afternoon crash that only lifts with a caffeine boost, or feel a general sense of fatigue throughout the day? According to researchers, you are not alone. Fatigue is the second most common complaint to doctors in North America.

Unfortunately, many people turn to caffeine to boost their energy levels. That approach provides short-lived energy at best. At worst, it may cause damage to your body in the form of caffeine addiction, blood sugar fluctuations and adrenal gland depletion that makes you more vulnerable to stress. Since caffeine continues to work for about 12 hours, that afternoon coffee may leave you lying awake counting sheep when you are ready to sleep."

I read these lines and I went wow that fatigue effects many people if it is the second most common complaint. So I read the remaining of the article, where the author discussed Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Siberian Ginseng Extract, Spirulina and Gotu Kola.

So I decided to try Siberian Ginseng Extract and Gotu Kola, according to the article

3. Siberian Ginseng Extract As the name suggests, Siberian ginseng originates in Siberia. It also grows in Japan, China, and Korea and parts of Canada. It has been used medicinally for at least two thousand years. Siberian ginseng is one of only a handful of herbs that is an adaptogen, which means that it works to normalize bodily functions. It inhibits the adrenal stress response and works as an immune stimulant, particularly for fighting the effects of stress and depression. It aids the liver in detoxifying harmful toxins, including chemotherapeutic agents and radiation. Siberian ginseng also stimulates the activity of several immune system components: B and T cells, making it excellent for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other viral infections. Athletes around the world use Siberian ginseng as a training aid because of its reputed ability to increase resistance to stress, increase performance, bolster the immune system during workouts, and reduce fatigue. But it also helps strengthen energy levels over time.

5. Gotu Kola Gotu Kola is an herb that contains many nutrients and healing phytochemicals. As one of the primary energy herbs used by herbalists, gotu kola lessens fatigue and depression without the effects of caffeine. Actually, unlike caffeine that may keep you awake into the evenings, gotu kola actually helps improve sleep at night.

I took these herbs with meals for two week, and the first few days I did not notice any change in my energy level. On the fourth day, I have to say that started to notice that I had more sustained energy throughout the work day. I did not have my usual afternoon crash where I would start looking for chocolate to get through the remaining of the day. I was more focused during meetings and completed tasks in a timely manner. I noticed that once I left the office that I had additional energy to do my exercise routine. Once, I went to sleep, I slept like I was in a 5 star hotel big and then woke up refreshed. These two herbs have given me an extra boost that I needed, so I highly recommend these herbs and the other herbs noted in the article. Try them and let me know your results.

So join me in getting fit and healthy by changing our mind, body and spirit one day at a time.

Let Your Light Shine

It is 16 days until Christmas, are you feeling excited, are your feeling blessed and thankful or are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed. If you answered yes to the latter part of the questions, then read below and see if you do not feel a weight lifted off your shoulder and your mind set free.
Let Your Light Shine

"Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you."

1 Peter 5:7

"No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it."

1 Corinthians 10:13

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad."

Proverbs 12:25

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

Matthew 5:16

"I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from whence shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

"The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever."

Psalm 121:1-8

"In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

1 Thessalonians 5:18

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:6-7

"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."

John 14:27

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride."

Psalm 46:1-3

"The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble; and those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You."

Psalm 9:9-10

12 Myths to Ignore About Breast Cancer

What is real and what is a myth about Breast Cancer?

The article shares, "So many rumors and controversies surround breast cancer—what really causes it, what really prevents it—that it can be hard to know whom to believe. Just because a friend swears that wearing a bra can cause breast cancer doesn't mean it's true. And if you think that you're not at risk because there's no breast cancer in your family, you might be mistaken. The truth is that scientists still don't know what causes breast cancer—only that certain factors, such as obesity or drinking too much alcohol—may increase risk."

So check out the 12 myths that everyone should be aware of:

5 Surprising Signs of Breast Cancer

Wow, so much to know about Breast Cancer. Here is another informative article about Breast Cancer
The article shares, "You've been told all your life to be on the alert for breast lumps, the primary sign of breast cancer. But a lump isn't always the first sign of malignancy, or it may not be the first change a woman notices, says Andrew Putnam, director of the Palliative Care Program at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Georgetown University. "Sometimes a lump is deep in the breast tissue, or the tissue surrounding it is very dense, making it hard to feel," says Putnam. And inflammatory breast cancer causes another set of symptoms entirely. "So it's important to be on the alert for other red flags as well."

Check out these 5 Surprising Signs of Breast Cancer



This is for the all women and all the men who love women.  From the article below, the author shares, "Routine tests like pap smears and mammograms are important, but don't rely on tests alone to protect you from cancer. It's just as important to listen to your body and notice anything that's different, odd, or unexplainable. Although many of these symptoms could be caused by less serious conditions, they're worth getting checked out if they persist. You don't want to join the ranks of cancer patients who realize too late that symptoms they'd noticed for a long time could have sounded the alarm earlier, when cancer was easier to cure."

So look at these 20 areas that are often ignored, and take the time to get it checked out if they persist.

Everything You Need to Know About Breast Cancer

I saw this article, and thought it was very interesting to share as everyone needs to know about Breast Cancer.

From the article below, it notes that "“It’s cancer” are two words no one ever wants to hear, but the encouraging fact is that the earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the prognosis. The National Cancer Institute places the five-year survival rate at 100 percent if breast cancer is caught in stage 1. That’s why it’s so important to get screened regularly." 

Look at the article as it could save your sister, mother, friend, co-worker etc.  Take Action now !!

Are you a Phenomenal Woman?

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Maya Angelou

Are you the Change that you wish to see in the world?

I'm sharing two of my favorite quotes

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." 
Mahatma Gandhi

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson

Every day I decide to be the change that I wish to see. I make a conscious effort to walk, talk and interact with the world around me in a positive way as I know that I'm making a difference to make the world a better place.

Do you know that you make a difference? Share your thoughts.

Do You Need Some Encouragement?

Peace of Mind

It is the first day of December. Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas Season is coming fast and furious. Are you feeling excited, driven and connected to family and friend? Are you anticipating the new year will bring you Love, Laughter, New Opportunities and Abundance in every area of your life? If you answered NO. Read the list below and see if it does not lift your spirits.
God Cares

You say: 'It's impossible'
God says: All things are possible ( Luke 18:27)

You say: 'I'm too tired'
God says: I will give you rest ( Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: 'Nobody really loves me'
God says: I love you ( John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )

You say: 'I can't go on'
God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: 'I can't figure things out'
God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5- 6)

You say: 'I can't do it'
God says: You can do all things ( Philippians 4:13)

You say: 'I'm not able'
God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: 'It's not worth it'
God says: It will be worth it (Roman 8:28 )

You say: 'I can't forgive myself'
God says: I Forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: 'I can't manage'
God says: I will supply all your needs ( Philippians 4:19)

You say: 'I'm afraid'
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear ( II Timothy 1:7)

You say: 'I'm always worried and frustrated'
God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)

You say: 'I'm not smart enough'
God says: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: 'I feel all alone'
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)

4 Secrets to a Spectacular Relationship

I'm always looking for great articles on love and relationships to continue to improve my relationships, so I found this quick read by Nicole Yorjo titled "4 Secrets to a Spectacular Relationship". The article was insightful and the tips were easy to implement without spending any money. These four love moves will bring you closer to your partner and increase your level of intimacy and connection. I included tips # 1 and #4, but read all 4 tips to improve your love life.

#1. Understand Each Other's Needs

"The main reason marriages break up is not conflict, communication problems, or physical incompatibility," Orbuch says. "It's frustration -- the day-to-day disappointment of the gap between what you expect and how your partner acts -- that is most damaging." To diffuse that frustration, share your expectations with each other. Maybe you desire more affection and he craves more relaxed couple time. "And be sure to check in with your partner once a year, as added pressures or life changes can create new expectations," Orbuch says.

#4. Focus on the Good

The best way to make your relationship better is to work at fixing what's wrong, right? Nope. "The most effective way to boost fun and passion is to add positive elements to your marriage," Orbuch says. "That positive energy makes us feel good and motivates us to keep going in that direction."

This doesn't mean that you can't feel -- or talk about -- anything negative, but "pretend you are weighing your interactions on a scale," she says. "If you want a happier relationship, the positive side needs to far outweigh the bad." The more you honor the love and joy in your bond, the sooner you'll transform your partnership into one that is truly great.

I implemented these two tips with my partner and our relationships have improved significant as he knows exactly what I need out of the relationship and I understand his needs more clearly. With both of us focusing on the good, we bring out the best of each person. Try all four tips and see if these tips do not improve your relationship as well as feeling extremely loved and supported.

So join me in getting fit and healthy by changing our mind, body and spirit one day at a time.


3 Good Reasons Why Guys Disappear Without Notice!

You met this great online chat friend, and everything is going well. You talked on the phone a few times, and the conversations were relaxed and enjoyable. You sent a few texts, and he responded very quickly. You even exchanged a few emails--all the signs are there he is into you. You all decide to meet face to face on a Saturday night. He picks you up right on time for dinner. The conversation is fun and light. You all are singing along to songs on the radio. At dinner, he tells you alittle about his job and you share about your job. He has good manners, not talking with his mouth full and pays for the dinner. After dinner, you stroll and chat about your hopes and dreams. It almost feels like you’ve known him your entire life. He takes you home and gives you a nice, long passionate kiss. He says, “I had a nice time, and I will call you soon.” You go inside your home, recall the night and think to yourself this feels right. Sunday goes by no call, Monday goes by no call, you call him on Tuesday, and follow-up with a text, and no response, you never hear from him again.

This is becoming more of a trend where the signs appear to all suggest that he is into you and without notice or word he disappears. While many male behaviors can drive women to question everything about themselves, but the lack of closure or explanation that comes from disappearing without explanation may be the ultimate question women are asking themselves "What went wrong"?

In the midst of such rejection, it may be hard to consider what has happened logically. But there are several reasons why a guy might disappear, and the three main reasons are listed below:

1. He is Emotional Not Available/Healthy.

Men are people, and lots of people have problems. They have baggage. They have fears and past traumas that are too numerous to count. We’re all bouncing around this world trying to appear as normal as possible, so it may be very difficult to determine whether your dinner date is emotionally healthy and content or just acting like he is healthy content.
He may have a great time on your date, and tell you so repeatedly. But once he gets home the demons start in on him. For many men, meeting a woman they like is significantly more terrifying that spending an evening with a woman they don’t have any interest in. It presents the risk of a “real relationship” with love and risk and emotional openness. Scary stuff.
Why doesn’t he call and tell you he is an emotional midget and won’t be asking you out anymore? Do we really need to answer that question?

2. He Was Pretending the Entire Time.

Surely, you say, he wasn’t pretending to be into me. “We talked on the phone often! He told you about his friends his job." We made out!” Oh, how wrong you might be. The kinds of men who are attractive and get dates have two defining traits – the ability to compartmentalize and a desire to avoid drama. If he meets you and decides, “This woman is too ___. I’m just not into her.” His next thought is a lightening fast calculation with the end goal being – escape with minimal drama. In many cases the result of this calculation is “smile, put aside your criticism, focus on the good stuff, and it will be over soon.”

So we’re not saying he was pretending to have a good time. He was pretending he was into you. He might have even said a few things he didn’t really mean, just to get to the end of the date. This doesn’t make him a terrible person, as we all feign pleasure with people at various points in the day/week. It does make him a terrible boyfriend for you.

Why doesn’t he call and tell you he was pretending to be into you the entire date? Do we really need to answer that question?

3. He Likes You, but He Doesn’t “Like-Like” You.

Dating is a process for finding a person with whom you want to have an emotional and sexual relationship.

So, going out with a man who makes interesting conversation, holds your hand, and kisses you at the end of the night tells you nothing about his assessment of your chemistry. He may kiss you and think, “that was awesome” or he may be less thrilled. The first few dates are about trying each other on, and seeing if there is a connection. It can take several outings to draw a firm conclusion about all the different elements of attraction and chemistry.

It isn’t uncommon for the two people involved to come to different conclusions about the “escrow stage” of dating. Perhaps he wants to go forward and she says, “I’m not sure about the landscaping.” It's okay; and this is the perfect time for both of you to be picky and take your time.

In conclusion, you’ll notice a common theme throughout this explanation of simply disappearing. Instead of lamenting of the disappear, CONSIDER IT A BLESSING! It’s the best gift you could have ever received, like your birthday and Christmas all rolled up together. Imagine pursuing a relationship with one of these men. Will the Emotional Unavailable be there to hold you when you’ve had a bad day? Will the Pretender be a trustworthy relationship partner? Will the Player have his eyes focused on you in the restaurant?

We all know the answers, and eHarmony Founder Neil Clark Warren said it best, “Being single is a thousand times better than being in a bad relationship.” Excerpts taking from '4 Good Reasons Why Guys Go 'Poof!'

Hope is Available Now

Have you been feeling that there is no hope or hopeless?
  • Are you questioning if God hears your prayer?
  • Are you questioning if God is real?
  • Wondering when it will get better!
If yes, take sometime and read these Words of Wisdom to reaffirm God's love for you and that God will never leave you or forsake you.

Shhhhh!!! Quiet your mind, and spirit and refresh through these encouraging words.