Archive for ‘Amino Acids’

December 20, 2012

Are You Feeling a Bit Stressed Out?

We have the perfect thing for you! If you haven’t tried L-theanine, you’re missing out on one of nature’s most effective anti-anxiety remedies that is safe to use without unwanted side effects!  You’ll feel calmer but you won’t be tired or foggy-headed! In fact, it helps you to think more clearly.
Read all about it, then come and get it!

L-theanine and Relaxation

Research on human volunteers has demonstrated that L-theanine creates a sense of relaxation approximately 30-40 minutes after you take it. L-theanine directly stimulates the production of alpha brain waves, creating a state of deep relaxation and mental alertness similar to what is achieved through meditation.

L-theanine and Depression

L-theanine has a significant effect on the release or reduction of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, resulting in improved memory and learning ability. L-theanine may also influence emotions due to its effects on the increased release of dopamine. Dopamine is a vital neurotransmitter. Too little or too much can cause wide-ranging problems from mood disorders to Parkinson’s disease. Your body produces it in sufficient quantities, but sometimes lifestyle factors interfere and your brain might need a little help. When your body’s level of dopamine is on target, you are happy. You can process pleasure, think clearly, you are motivated and have the desire to accomplish things.

L-theanine and Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are debilitating conditions that upset the balance of our hormones leading to a loss of our well-being, performance, and even lifespan. Stress impairs the immune system, leaving us vulnerable to opportunistic infections, and can cause depression. People under stress can mitigate many of the harmful effects of stress with L-theanine.

L-theanine Does Not Cause Drowsiness

One of the greatest benefits of L-theanine is that you can use it without becoming sedated in the process. L-theanine doesn’t make one drowsy, nor does it promote sleep because this amino acid does not produce theta waves in the brain.  It is in many sleep formulas though, to promote relaxation so that you can fall asleep more easily.  It helps quiet the mind.

L-theanine is most effective in the range of 100-200 mg on an empty stomach, with the effect being felt within 30 minutes and lasting for 8-10 hours. FDA recommends a maximum dose of 1200 mg daily, although the reason for this limit is not clear, due to its well documented safety.

BE READY for all the stress being thrown your way! Stop in to Baums and try a sample of L-Theanine and enjoy your day! Don’t forget Baums brand L-theanine is 20% off this month!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

December 6, 2012

Stay calm throughout the holidays with GABA

What is GABA?

GABA (Gamma amino butyric acid) is one of the non-essential amino acids that is synthesized in the brain from another amino acid, Glutamic acid. In the brain it acts as a neurotransmitter (chemical messenger that transmits signals from one cell to another) that works efficiently for calming your mood and reducing anxiety. It also plays an important role in improving brain function. This amino acid not only shows soothing effects on the brain but also slows down the heart rate and regulates breathing. It also acts as a sleep inducing agent. In your brain, if the level of GABA declines you will become anxious and uneasy. GABA can help you to relax. Reduced secretion of GABA in the brain may also lead to a number of neurological problems such as sleep disorders and epilepsy/seizures.

GABA has the ability to reduce the over stimulation of brain cells, inducing relaxation and relieving nervous tension.

Health benefits of GABA

Anti-Stress agent

During a stressful situation, it can help the brain function by blocking the stress related messages that are reaching the brain, hence it can be useful in decreasing emotional stress and hypertension. GABA can also be beneficial in reducing the symptoms of hopelessness.

GABA supplementation has shown to have positive calming effects there by reducing stress and aggravation.

Your Brain’s Natural Calming Agent:

GABA is the natural calming agent in the brain that helps to promote a good nights sleep as well as improving sleep quality. GABA is also effective in reducing mood swings in females during the menstrual cycle and helpful for easing depression.

Stimulating growth Hormone secretion

GABA has been used to enhance the secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary gland (master gland of the body that affects most of the hormones). Since human growth hormone is involved in fat metabolism, its deficiency causes accumulation of fat around the hips and waist. Another problem associated with a low level of growth hormone is reduced thinking capability. In these conditions GABA indirectly improves physical and mental performance as well as decreases body fat by increasing the level of growth hormone.

Functions in different health problems

This amino acid can suppress the activity of brain cells so it may be effective in treatment of certain over stimulated brain disorders such as attention deficit disorder and epilepsy.

Deficiencies in GABA can also lead to:

  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Lower sex drive
  • Depression

Increase your GABA

The best way to get GABA is through supplementation.  It can be taken in its pure amino acid form or can produced in the brain by L-Theanine.  While it is possible to increase the body’s GABA supply through food sources, usually this is not enough to see any positive effects.

Which GABA supplement is the best?

Many companies offer GABA supplements, but which one is the best? Many of these products contain too much or too little GABA, require too many pills, are too expensive, or are of poor quality.

Natural Factors PharmaGABA supplies 100mg of pure GABA in a delicious chewable wafer. The product was formulated by Dr. Micheal Murray, one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine.

Baum’s Natural Foods carries Natural Factors products including PharmaGABA. Visit one of our three locations and find out more about PharmaGABA today!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

October 11, 2012

How Much Protein Did You Eat Today? How Much Do You Need?

What do you think about when you hear the word protein? Maybe it’s an ad for some protein shake that promises massive muscles? Or is it the last high-protein diet craze you read about? With all this talk about protein, you might be confused as to which way to turn, or what protein really does for you. Hopefully this will help clear up any confusion…

What is Protein?

Proteins are part of every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies. These body proteins are constantly being broken down and replaced. The protein in the foods we eat is digested into amino acids that are later used to replace these proteins in our bodies.

Protein is found in the following foods:

  • meats, poultry, and fish
  • legumes (dry beans and peas)
  • Tofu (soy)
  • eggs
  • nuts and seeds
  • milk and milk products
  • grains, some vegetables, and some fruits

It’s rare for someone who is healthy and eating a varied diet to not get enough protein. Varied is the key word there.
Vegans and Vegetarians need to be especially careful.

How much protein do I need?

The following chart is from the Centers for Disease Control

These recommendations are for non-athletic, healthy people. Many fitness experts recommend that a person who works out regularly, take 1 gram of protein for every pound of body weight, per day. Questions? Speak with your doctor, nutritionist, or a certified fitness trainer for more information.

What is the best protein to supplement with?

There are many different types of protein to choose from and it can be confusing.  All protein types will help you build muscle & lose weight. They all make great meal replacements; the difference is the source of the protein. While whey is milk based, or animal sourced, many proteins on the market are plant sourced. The choice is yours. While vegetarians and vegans may prefer plant sourced , whey-based protein is a great choice for athletes, due to its amino acid profile which is abundant in muscle tissue

Whey protein-

Whey is the ultimate source of protein.  It’s the highest quality of protein available.  Whey is a total protein, meaning it contains all of the necessary amino acids. It’s rich in BCAAs (branch chain amino acids) containing the highest known levels of any natural food source.  BCAAs are naturally occurring molecules that the body uses to build proteins.  Muscles have a particularly high content of BCAAs.  Whey is the preferred choice for before and after workout protein shakes.  Mixing whey protein with water and fruit instead of milk will rapidly increase the rate of absorption.

Soy protein-

Soy protein isolate is derived from soybeans and is considered free of fat, cholesterol, and lactose.  Soy is a good choice for vegetarians who need more protein in their diet.  It’s a complete protein and a good pick for people with lactose intolerance.  It can easily be added to foods to increase their protein content. Soy helps to lower cholesterol, improve thyroid function and fights many forms of cancer. Its plant based estrogens may not be a good choice for body builders or anyone with a history of estrogenic type cancers such as breast cancer.

Egg protein-

Surprisingly enough, egg protein powder contains no fat or cholesterol. It is produced from the whites of eggs and contains no yolks.  It is considered an ideal protein by athletes because it contains all eight necessary amino acids and a complete BCAA profile. 100% of egg protein ingested is kept in the body.  It does not contain lactose making it a good choice for people with lactose-intolerance.

Rice protein-

Rice protein is derived from whole grain brown rice. It has all of the essential amino acids, it’s hypoallergenic, free of soy, milk, yeast, wheat and other common allergens. It is used by the body more efficiently than soy.  Rice protein, however does not build muscle as effectively as whey, but it’s vegan friendly!

Plant source blends-

Many companies are now offering blends of pea, hemp, rice, chia and/or artichoke proteins. These blends offer a complete amino acid profile and are a great choice for vegetarians, vegans or anyone who is lactose intolerant.

Baums carries a large selection of different proteins  to choose from. Many come in individual serving size packs so you can sample different types & flavors to help you find your favorites!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

June 23, 2012

Jay Robb’s 3-Step Shape-Up Plan: Day 3


Exercise is the third step in the process of YOU looking and feeling your absolute best—inside and out. Your diet is your fat melter and exercise is your body shaper. Exercise allows a woman to create a firm sexy body that has the curves and contour of a movie star or glamour model. For guys, exercise can build big arms, tight abs, a wide back, and powerful thighs. Exercise keeps men and women young, healthy, and sexually attractive. Exercise is critical to your wellbeing but you must exercise properly or you will waste your time, injure yourself, or create an out-of-balance body.

Exercise does not need to be viewed as torture or punishment. While exercise requires effort, it should be enjoyable and not exhausting. For this reason, I suggest doing a 30-minute workout everyday, or every other day.

Why Am I Qualified to Teach You?

I have owned and operated two successful fitness clubs, competed as a drug-free natural bodybuilder, promoted several of America’s first drug-free bodybuilding contests, was a personal trainer for over 10 years, was a feature columnist for Natural Bodybuilding Magazine for over 20 years, and assisted the National Gym Association in creating and producing their personal training certification program. And that’s not to mention the fact that I created the world’s first protein powder made with rBGH-free whey protein. I am also the world’s first protein-powder formulator who used stevia instead of artificial sweeteners so that health-and-fitness-conscious men and women had an alternative to the traditional junk that was—and still is—on the market. In short, I am not a new kid on the block and it delights me to be able to share my 30-plus years of health and fitness wisdom with you.

I am not a huge fan of performing cardio work to lower one’s body fat. Cardiovascular training is great if you wish to be physically fit in general or for a specific sport, but for losing weight it can be useless of even counterproductive. A fast-paced workout with weights that elevates the heart rate for at least 15 minutes is also a powerful way to train your heart and lungs.

Do You Need a Personal Trainer?
Good personal trainers are hard to find. Oh, there are loads of personal trainers out there, but selecting one that is qualified and can help you will require some effort on your part. First note that you are not hiring a trainer to help you lose weight in the gym. Your trainer’s job is to tone, shape, and condition your body if you are a woman and build bigger muscles and overall power if you are a man. That’s it. Just because you work with a trainer it doesn’t mean you will magically melt away all your unwanted fat. That is a pipedream. Your diet is your fat melter. Period. Never forget that fact.

You need a personal trainer if you:

•  Want someone to keep you motivated
•  Need instructions on how to perform exercises properly
•  Desire to break through a plateau in your training
•  Would like another perspective on you training routine
•  Need someone to make you accountable

If you have limited financial resources you can still utilize a personal trainer but just limit your sessions to once a week perhaps. Or, hire a trainer for six sessions until you have learned all the basics, then launch out on your own. Or, hire a trainer for three sessions every three months to help keep you motivated.

How to Hire a Good Trainer

Look for a trainer who walks their talk and their body reflects it. Don’t hire wimpy or out of shape trainer. Trainers should be fit AND lean. Credentials can be deceiving. A trainer may be a good learner but may not be a good teacher. If you are about to make a sizable investment in a trainer, request a free session to see if you mesh well with the trainer. Some trainers are motivating and others are a huge turn off. Ask your trainer for a list of successful clients that he or she has trained and talk with these clients. Meet them and get their feedback. If you are hiring an inexperienced trainer (a trainer who has a cert but has less than one year’s experience) I suggest you request their sessions be discounted because he or she will be learning their trade by training you.

Below are various exercise routines for various people and applications. Keep in mind, exercising is NOT for weight loss. Exercise is for getting fit. You must enjoy working out or you will never stick with it, so FIND a way to love it. Do workouts that actually FEEL GOOD to you. I know that may sound impossible, but it is not. In my opinion, most people train far too hard and far too long each day (unless they are serious athletes or professional athletes training for a specific sport or event). Average folks, like you and me, only require about 30 minutes of daily exercise to stay fit for life.


THE SHAPER (home workout requiring no equipment)

Perform one set of 35 repetitions of each exercise every other day. Rest one minute between exercises.

•  Lunges
•  Squats
•  Calf raises (one leg at a time on a step holding onto the railing)
•  Rear leg kicks (performed on the floor on all fours)
•  Push ups (shoulder width hand spacing)
•  Push ups (narrow width hand spacing)
•  Arm curls (using a gallon bottle of water for the weight)
•  One-arm rows (bent over, hand on a chair, using gallon bottle of water)
•  Crunches
•  Knee ups (on the floor)

THE SUPER SHAPER (workout for a fully equipped gym)

Perform one set of 35 repetitions for each exercise every other day. Rest one minute between exercises.

•  Leg press
•  Leg curl
•  Calf raises
•  Chest press
•  Lat pulldown
•  Machine rows (medium-wide grip)
•  Dumbbell press (seated)
•  Triceps pushdown
•  Dumbbell curls (seated)
•  Crunches



Perform this routine every other day and do 1 set of 25 reps for each exercise (unless otherwise stated) Rest one minute between exercises

•  Machine bench press
•  Lat pulldown
•  Machine rows
•  Machine shoulder press
•  Machine curls
•  Machine triceps press
•  Machine leg press
•  Machine calf raises
•  Crunches (perform one set to failure)
•  Stretch and cool down


Perform 3 sets of 12 reps for each exercise (unless otherwise stated). Rest one minute between sets.

DAY ONE: (chest, back, and shoulders)
•  Dumbbell inclined bench press
•  Dumbbell flat flies
•  Lat pulldown, wide grip
•  One-arm dumbbell rows
•  Seated dumbbell shoulder press
•  Crunches (2 sets x 50 reps)
•  Stretch and cool down

DAY TWO: (arms and legs)
•  Leg press
•  Leg curls
•  Leg extensions
•  Seated dumbbell curls
•  Preacher bench curls
•  Triceps pushdown (v-bar)
•  French press (e-z curl bar)

•  Rest then repeat the cycle

(Everyday, perform one set of abdominal crunches to failure)

DAY ONE (chest)
•  Inclined bench press
•  Cable flies
•  Dips

DAY TWO (back)
•  Lat pulldown (wide or close grip)
•  Machine rows
•  Hyperextensions on machine
•  Shoulder shrugs

DAY THREE (shoulders)
•  Dumbbell press (seated)
•  Lateral dumbbell raise
•  Front dumbbell raise

DAY FOUR (arms)
•  Triceps pushdown (V-bar)
•  Close grip flat bench press
•  French press (E-Z curl bar)
•  Dumbbell curls (seated)
•  Barbell curls (standing)
•  Hammer dumbbell curls (thumbs up)
•  Wrist curls (barbell off end of bench

DAY FIVE (legs)
•  Leg press
•  Leg extensions
•  Leg curls
•  Calf raises (on calf machine)

Repeat the cycle

You now have the perfect plan for making a complete transformation of your body—inside and out. Do not fret if you fall off the wagon from time to time. Just get back on track and continue moving forward toward your vision. The key to success is to never lose sight of your vision. Your vision directs every cell of your body to make that vision a reality. And always remember, life is a journey, not a destination.

May your VISION be with you,

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June 22, 2012

Jay Robb’s 3-Step Shape-Up Plan: Day 2


You are what you eat, (at least in the physical sense), which is why it is critical that you eat natural foods. Exercise is not the best way to lose weight. Exercise is, however, important for toning your muscles and for getting your body physically fit. Your DIET (not exercise) is your best means for losing weight and keeping it off. Never indulge in the erroneous thought that exercise is your weight-loss elixir. It is not. What you eat is what you get. Every bite of food you take and everything you drink creates the physical you. I will show you the foods to eat that will make you look like a million dollars (before taxes), and I will also show you foods that will make you look fluffy, puffy, and stuffy.

Part One:  Get Cleansed

It is a toxic world, and most of the toxins that you come into contact with are manmade. There are thousands of chemicals in your food, in the products you use daily, in the air you breathe, and in some of the beverages you may be drinking. You can do your best to avoid many of these chemicals, but you can’t avoid them all. These chemicals can easily get into your body via your mouth, nose, skin, and lungs. Your body is in a constant battle to neutralize these toxins once they enter your body. If too many enter your body at once, or if the toxins are too concentrated or deadly, you may get sick—or worse—you could die.
Your body can become toxic if you are eating foods that are not completely digested and absorbed into the body. You can also become toxic internally if you are constipated. Believe it or not, I estimate that 99% of Americans are constipated, even though they have at least one bowel movement per day. One is not enough! You should have one to three healthy bowel movements each day. A very common form of toxicity is “fried-fat overload,” which is very common in America due to the fried foods we consume as a nation.
No matter what reason your body is overloaded with toxins, performing a short cleanse is a quick fix that can make you feel like a new person—while dropping 5 to 10 pounds in as little as 3 days. Fruits and vegetables are the best foods to consume to assist your body in the cleansing process. Most fresh fruits and vegetables are low in fat and contain unique nutrients and properties that do not interfere with your body’s ability to detoxify itself.

A simple 3-day cleanse is my FRUIT FLUSH™ 3-Day Detox (you can find this at Baum’s Natural Foods). If you are looking for a time-tested and proven cleanse, you may wish to give it a try.

Part Two:  Get Nourished

Physically, you are what you eat and drink. What you eat, and how much of it, determines what you will look like. That’s a simple fact that you must never forget. Every time you shovel garbage into your mouth, stop and think for a moment how you will look and feel the next day—or the next hour or two. The word that comes to mind is “awful.” When you eat junk, you will eventually look and feel awful. Some people can get away with eating junk longer than others, but in time, we ALL must pay the price. For some it will make them fat. For others, it will make them sick. Others may actually die prematurely from eating the wrong foods because they develop cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or they suffer a stroke.
There are no guarantees in life except that once you are born, eventually you must physically die. Those are the two facts of life. But in between birth and death you have a lot of living to do and the healthier and happier you are, the more you will enjoy your life. Money can’t buy you good health or a fit body. Eating properly is critical for getting in the best shape of your life. Good food equals good health. Good health equals a good life.
Many of you may be wishing to lose unwanted body fat, and that can only happen if you are willing to eat properly. When you indulge in natural foods, overfilled fat cells shrink like a cheap cotton t-shirt in a hot dryer. Eating properly also keeps you from getting sick. Eating properly helps keep your body firm and fit. Exercising alone is not enough to keep your body fat low. In fact, exercise does very little to help you lose unwanted pounds. Your diet is the way.
An easy way to improve your diet is to consume a Jay Robb Whey Protein Shake for breakfast each day (or as one of your main meals), followed by a balanced lunch and dinner. Lunch and dinner should both be healthy meals containing protein, vegetables, and a healthy fat. Always try to consume organically grown foods.
Below is a carb-controlled protein shake recipe and a list of healthy foods to choose from. For an in depth and comprehensive eating plan, please see my books, The Jay Robb Diet for Men and The Jay Robb Diet for Women.


Jay Robb Banana Protein Shake Recipe
•  12 ounces water
•  1 scoop Jay Robb Whey Protein Vanilla (or flavor of choice)

•  ½ banana
•  1 heaping tablespoon Jay Robb Organic Psyllium Seed Husks
•  20 almonds, raw unsalted or 2 tablespoons raw almond butter
•  5-10 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and mix for 30 seconds until creamy smooth

Foods and Ingredients to Limit or Avoid:

• Fruit juices
•  Cakes
•  Candy
•  Candy bars
•  Coffee
•  Cookies
•  Corn syrup
•  Deep-fried foods
•  Desserts
•  Dried cane juice
•  Evaporated cane juice
•  Farmed fish
•  Foods and beverages containing caffeine
•  Fried foods
•  High-fructose corn syrup
•  Hydrogenated oils
•  Ice cream
•  Margarine
•  Pies
•  Processed cheeses
•  Processed meats
•  Refined oils (corn oil and soybean oil especially)
•  Sucrose
•  Sugar
•  Sugared or diet soft drinks
•  Tea (except herbal teas)

I know this is an extensive list, but the sad truth is that I could make it even longer because the amount of junk food that exists in our world is staggering. It is hard to find real foods anymore and, to me, that is sad. Plus, because junk food is everywhere and is socially acceptable, it makes it very difficult to avoid the junk-food landmines that are out there waiting for you to step on.
Healthy Carbohydrates You May Consume In Limited Quantity (freely consume non-starchy vegetables):

•  Beans (also considered to be a protein food)
•  Fresh fruit
•  Non-starchy vegetables (unlimited)
•  Starchy vegetables
•  Whole Grains that are gluten free
Healthy Fats You May Consume
•  Avocado
•  Butter, raw
•  Cheese, raw (is also considered to be a protein food)
•  Coconut oil
•  Flaxseed oil
•  Olive oil
•  Raw nuts
•  Raw seeds
Healthy Proteins You May Consume, but in Limited Quantities:
•  Jay Robb Whey Protein (1-3 scoops daily depending on your needs)
•  Beans
•  Cheese
•  Egg whites
•  Full-fat cottage cheese
•  Whole eggs
•  Beef
•  Chicken
•  Duck
•  Fish
•  Turkey
•  Venison
When selecting foods for your diet, be aware that fat is your primary source of fuel. Also, consume at least 50% of you calories RAW.

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June 21, 2012

Jay Robb’s 3-Step Shape-Up Plan: Day 1

Want to look and feel incredible—inside and out? Then I have the perfect plan for you…

Whether you admit it or not, you want to look fantastic. There is nothing wrong with this mindset. It is not an egotistic facet of your existence or a narcissistic adventure. Looking and feeling your best is inherent to your core being. You are naturally programmed to be your best. We all are. And to help you look and feel your best, I offer you my 3-Step Plan that can help you look fabulous from head to toe—inside and out. You will look and feel like a new person in 3 days or less. Don’t hold back. My plan is easy. My plan is powerful. My 3-Step Plan works, and the time to take action is NOW!


Want to look and feel incredible—inside and out? Then I have the perfect plan for you…

Whether you admit it or not, you want to look fantastic. There is nothing wrong with this mindset. It is not an egotistic facet of your existence or a narcissistic adventure. Looking and feeling your best is inherent to your core being. You are naturally programmed to be your best. We all are. And to help you look and feel your best, I offer you my 3-Step Plan that can help you look fabulous from head to toe—inside and out. You will look and feel like a new person in 3 days or less. Don’t hold back. My plan is easy. My plan is powerful. My 3-Step Plan works, and the time to take action is NOW!


Step 1

My job is to get you in the best shape of your life—both inside and out—and the first step is to help you gain control over your thoughts. The way you think determines your destiny in life and is reflected by you and your surroundings. I feel that most people do not realize his or her full potential because they have NO CONTROL over their thoughts. To get in your best shape requires you to have control over your thoughts. Thought control is the trait ALL successful people possess.

We struggle in life because of the way we think. Our thoughts create our reality. What we believe is what we get. Take a look around you right now. Do you like the way you look? Do you like your friends? Your home? Your job? Your financial status? Your life in general? If not, then I have GOOD NEWS! Follow my 3 steps below and it will change your life forever.

Part One:  See the Vision

A vision is like a goal but more vivid because you can clearly see it. A vision is a picture in the mind that you focus on. A vision is a target that you automatically gravitate towards, as long as that vision exists.

To create a vision is easy. Very easy. Just sit down and close your eyes  and let your thoughts settle. Just relax. Now simply dream about looking your best. Don’t be bashful. DREAM! You dreams will soon be your reality, so dream with passion!

Very clearly, see yourself looking your absolute best. Your hair, your face, your body. See the shape, the skin tone and every facet of your body. If you are a woman, see how your tummy will look, your arms, your rear end, your hips and your thighs. If you are a man, see your pecs, your biceps, your abs, your shoulders, your thighs, and your calves. Get a clear picture and keep this in your mind. This vision is a glimpse of what will soon be reality and is what every cell in your body is now VISUALLY PROGRAMMED to create.

The mind is your GPS system and with this vision your body automatically KNOWS what it needs to do to make your vision reality. Without this vision, you are like a ship without a rudder. Without a vision, your mind is in charge, and it will allow you to drift through life in whichever direction your mind wishes to take you. You will be influenced by advertising, friends, parents, loved ones, magazine ads, TV, radio, the news, and the weather. You will float about, never being in control of your actions. Why? Because you have let your mind take you for a ride. You are asleep and mind is in charge. And many times, the ride your mind takes you on is not a dream but a nightmare.

Once you realize your vision, focus on it. Never let this vision fade. See it clearly. Be so in tune with it that at any moment you close your eyes, you can see this vision of yourself, how happy you are, how active you are, how energized you are, and how fantastic you look.

Part Two:  Settle Your Thoughts

Your mind is your friend if you have control over your thoughts. Your mind is your enemy if you have no control over your thoughts. Keeping your thoughts settled and managed is easy. All that is required is for you to be quiet for 15 minutes each day. That’s it. Just like that car insurance commercial says, only in this case, “15 minutes can save you 15 years on your life.” I’m talking about basic meditation here. I’m not teaching a religion or a philosophy. I’m teaching you a technique, a technique that can settle your thoughts, give you peace of mind, end your frustrations, and change your life in just three short days.

Meditation is easy and effective, but you MUST do it daily for the magic to happen. The magic will be subtle, similar to walking in a heavy mist. At first you notice very little but eventually the heavy mist begins to penetrate and soak into your clothing.

To meditate, sit down on a comfortable chair. A firm chair, such as a kitchen chair is ideal. Sit with your back comfortably straight. Close your eyes and place your focus between your eyebrows. Now just breathe, following your breath coming in and going out. That’s it.

To allow yourself to meditate without giving any thought to time, a simple technique I use is to set a kitchen time for 15 minutes and place it in another room. By doing this, I can relax completely. You may also wish to sit on a formal meditation pillow and mat as is practiced in Zen, Buddhism, Hinduism, Transcendental Meditation (TM), Yoga, and various religions worldwide. Again, I am NOT teaching a religion here. I am teaching you a technique that will change your life.

Part Three:  Get Centered

In reality, positive and negative are just two sides of the same coin of life. If there is a positive, there is a negative. The ideal is to be neutral; neither positive nor negative. I have heard a lot of people raving about the power of positive thinking. But what is positive thinking? And what is positive? I feel that positive thinking is really “no thinking” or no thoughts because that is the most positive thing you can do. Trying to think and make things “happen” for you with positive thoughts can be a problem because it sets you up for disappointment. Like goal setting, positive thinking can work, but it may not get you where you need to be in the order you need to get there.

Instead of trying to create things in your life, focus on your vision and let life unfold before you. As life opens doors, walk through them without fear. Goals and positive thinking can sometimes coax you into trying to open a door and walk through it before nature opens it. Timing is everything. In fact, timing is critical to your peace of mind and your success at anything. Just like a fine wine, nothing should come before its time.

Neutral thinking stops you from ever being disappointed. Anytime you have something you are striving for (don’t confuse this with a clear vision that unfolds automatically without you forcing the action), there can be struggles and challenges. I should be doing this, or I should be doing that. Why am I still overweight? Why am I out of shape? These are all thoughts that are silly because they are not a reflection of reality. These thoughts are a reflection of how you “believe” things are. In reality, you are not overweight or underweight. You just weigh a certain number of pounds. That is it. If your current weight does not match your vision, then there are no worries. You are already doing everything you can at the present moment to see your vision become reality. No need to force the action. Just see the vision and step through the doors that life opens along the way.

There is no need to be positive or negative. Be neutral and let life show you the way—and in its order, not yours. Time does not exist. There is only order. Be neutral and surrender to the order of life. Time disappears when you are doing instead of thinking. When you are just doing, and you forget about the doer, life becomes a dream come true. Everything you need to help you realize your vision will come your way—in its own order. Stop beating yourself up. Forget about yourself. See the vision and watch miracles happen—one step at a time.

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December 28, 2011

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is a metabolite of the sulfur-containing amino acid, Cysteine. Cysteine is found in high protein foods, N-Acetyl Cysteine is not. N-Acetyl Cysteine is produced within the human body. Cysteine plays a role in the sulfation cycle, acting as a sulfur donor in phase II detoxification and as a methyl donor in the conversion of homocysteine to methionine. Cysteine also helps synthesize glutathione, one of the body’s most important natural antioxidants and detoxifiers. N-Acetyl-Cysteine is the acetylated form of L-Cysteine.  N-Acetyl Cysteine increases Glutathione Levels.

NAC is rapidly metabolized to intracellular glutathione. Glutathione acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body. Glutathione also detoxifies chemicals into less harmful compounds. N-Acetyl Cysteine also protects the body from acetaminophen toxicity and is used in hospitals for patients with acetaminophen poisoning. It has also been shown to be effective at treating liver failure from other causes as well.

N-Acetyl Cysteine Chelates Heavy Metals.

Heavy metals like lead, mercury and arsenic are detoxified and removed from the body by N-Acetyl Cysteine. It also increases the excretion of zinc and other essential minerals when taken over an extended period. It is therefore necessary to supplement zinc, copper and other trace minerals when taking N-Acetyl Cysteine.

N-Acetyl Cysteine and the Immune System

Glutathione is known to aid in the transport of nutrients to lymphocytes and phagocytes, two major classes of immune cells, and to protect cell membranes. While purified glutathione is available as a dietary supplement, absorption is low, and N-Acetyl Cysteine is thought to be a better method of boosting cellular glutathione levels. N-Acetyl Cysteine is being investigated as a treatment for AIDS.

N-Acetyl Cysteine Breaks up Mucus

N-Acetyl Cysteine cleaves disulfide bonds by converting them to two sulfhydryl groups. This action results in the breakup of mucoproteins in lung mucus, reducing their chain lengths and thinning the mucus, improving conditions such as bronchitis and flu. Double-blind research has found that N-Acetyl Cysteine supplements improved symptoms and prevented recurrences in people with chronic bronchitis. N-Acetyl Cysteine at a dosage of 1,200 mg per day helps to prevent Influenza infection, reduces the symptoms of existing Influenza infection and reduces the duration of Influenza infections.

N-Acetyl Cysteine and Cancer

N-Acetyl CysteineN-Acetyl Cysteine has been shown to reduce the proliferation of certain cells lining the colon and may reduce the risk of colon cancer in people with recurrent polyps in the colon. Its action as an antioxidant and a glutathione precursor may also contribute to a protective effect against cancer.

N-Acetyl Cysteine Cautions

When taking N-acetyl cysteine it is recommended that two to three times as much vitamin C be taken at the same time. Failure to do so may result in more harm than good from taking this product because of the prolonged presence of the oxidized form of L-Cysteine. The vitamin C also helps keep the glutathione that is produced from the Cysteine in its reduced form so that it can continue acting as an antioxidant.

N-Acetyl Cysteine Dosage

Typical dosage recommendations are in the range of 250-1500mg of NAC daily for the majority of therapeutic benefits.

N-Acetyl Cysteine Safety

NAC is considered safe for consumption in its therapeutic dosage ranges. Individual reactions may vary and anyone experiencing adverse symptoms while taking N-Acetyl Cysteine should discontinue it.

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