The 12 Tolls of Christmas (And How To Cope With Them)

Yes, the festive nights of Christmas celebrations have arrived once again. While Christmas is something most people to look forward to, what about the toll on our minds and bodies (not to mention our wallets) from the excesses. For as long as we’ve celebrated Christmas and the New Year, many of us have overindulged in food and alcohol. It can take quite a lot of self-control to make sure you don’t overindulge, but even your best intentions or plans can go wrong.

We haven’t written about overcoming the challenges of Christmas excess since 2010, so we thought a well timed update might be in order, with Christmas fast approaching. As Alice Walton in “The 12 Health Risks Of Christmas” an article in Forbes writes:

If you’re not a big fan of the holidays, don’t worry – you’re not alone. This time of year can spark all kinds of unexpected reactions and behaviours in even the most well-adjusted among us. There’s the loneliness, the anxiety, the guilt, the overindulgence (which can also lead to more guilt), and, of course, the bitterness. And to top it all off there’s the looming New Year, which is always disturbing since it hits us with the pressure of developing good habits right after we’ve fully exercised our bad ones.

What can we do about  the common holiday pitfalls, emotional, mental and physical, which many of us encounter in some shape or form over the festive season or at any other time of year? How can we at least manage the tolls more effectively when they come our way? How do we deal with all those indulgences, the sumptuous foods and drink, the increased weather demands and the emotional or mental stresses and strains?

Here are the 12 Tolls of Christmas and how to cope with them . . .

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Hawaiian Noni: 9 Nourishing Benefits of this Nutritious Super-Fruit!

9 Nourishing Benefits of Hawaiian Noni

The Hawaiians named their sacred fruit ‘Noni’. For Hawaiians, noni juice represents a gift of the lava from ‘Pele’ the goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. This funny-looking, tropical fruit has a long and rich history dating back 2,000 years. The noni plant (morinda citrifolia) produces a bitter-tasting fruit that is used to make juice, however it’s more often mixed with other types of fruit juices.

It has played a significant role in the dietary and traditional practices of Polynesian peoples across the Pacific since time immemorial, with the fruit, stem, leaf, seed, flower and root all being used for a variety of purposes. It was and still is used as a medicinal fruit by traditional Polynesian healers as a general tonic, to ease symptoms associated with, and as a remedy for imbalances of the respiratory, digestive, intestinal, nervous and immune systems. It was also considered particularly beneficial for the central nervous system, as well as for injuries.

Although noni was widely used and cherished by the people of the Pacific nations and knowledge of noni’s healthful benefits was passed from generation to generation, its secrets remained unknown to the rest of the world for thousands of years. In the twentieth century, botanists interested in the methods of traditional healers began to study this remarkable fruit.

Knowing that foods that contain antioxidants are important because they may help prevent a whole range of diseases resulting from cell damage or oxidative stress, and knowing that oxidative stress affects many diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, the first thought was that this was the key in this sacred Hawaiian fruit. Certainly reducing oxidative stress can benefit such issues and noni is chock full of antioxidants, but with noni there is much more going on.

Here’s 9 Nourishing Benefits of Hawaiian Noni Fruit . . .

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Laundry Powder Leaves More Than You Expect!

Does anyone in your family suffer from skin problems, rashes, allergies, asthma? Perhaps you’ve tried everything and you just can’t seem to get on top of it? I know what it’s like because that’s what I was dealing with as a young mother. Four of my five children had skin problems, asthma and, or allergies. When I looked further after twelve years of constant issues, I was horrified at what I found. There were several rooms of the house that I had to take to task, but for now I am going to direct your attention to the laundry.

Maybe you’re overlooking this one single aspect, and changing what you use there could make all the difference. Did you know that the laundry is one of the most insidious aspects of your home, when it comes to unaccountable health issues? Did you know that most cleaning agents contain a toxic slew of chemicals? That even your laundry powder can leave residues on your clothing that can be potentially absorbed by your skin or even evaporate into the air  around you, for you to breathe in?

Typical laundry detergents may be imparting more on your clothing and skin than a “fresh” scent.

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Your Childs Health Is In Your Hands!

“Tomorrow’s world is already taking shape in the body and spirit of our children.”
– Kofi Annan

This quote from the seventh United Nations Secretary General (from January 1997 to December 2006) and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kofi Annan, reminds us of the critical importance of attending to the needs of children, not only for their own sakes in the here and now (as “beings”), but also as the “becomings” of the future. While children’s health and development is dependent on a myriad of factors that we mention below, their eating behaviours are fundamental to their health.

Did you know that the development and long-term health of children, physically, mentally and emotionally, is linked to their nutritional habits from early life onward. Parents obviously have a high degree of control over the environments and experiences of their children, partly because children model themselves on their parents’ eating behaviours, lifestyles, eating-related attitudes and habits, and their happiness or dissatisfactions regarding body image. Eating behaviours are thus likely to be established early in life and may be maintained into adulthood with little thought given to their long-term effects.

So what can parents do to ensure their child gets the best start in life?

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5 Key Ingredients To Protect Ageing Eyes

The eyes are complex organs, with many parts that must work together to produce clear vision. As founders of the Savvy Team, we have had a long and intimate association with eyes and eye issues. Working as Wellness Instructors and Iris Photographers since the early 1990’s, we’ve used the principles of Iridology to help thousands of people overcome issues using nutritional supplements. Many of these issues they had been previously told were irreversible.

However the common nutrients in most eye health supplements are various forms of antioxidants. Antioxidants help slow the progression of vision loss. Especially from oxidative stress, the damaging effects of reactive oxygen and toxins, which is implicated in most eye problems, as it is in most age-related diseases and in the aging process itself.

The eyes need even more nutritional support today than ever before. For instance, look at the research showing that between 50% and 90% of people who work at a computer screen have at least some symptoms of eye strain. People who look at computer screens frequently, (in particular those who look at a computer for more than three hours a day) may experience symptoms such as:

  • Eye discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Itchy eyes
  • Dry or watering eyes
  • Burning sensations
  • Changes in color perception
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty focussing

If this sounds familiar, it might be time to begin taking precautionary care of your eyes. Computer work is endemic across the globe today. Everybody in many cultures has at least one and often many other mobile devises. Most work on one throughout the day and this work gets harder as you age because the lenses in your eyes becomes less flexible. Somewhere around age 40, your ability to focus on near and far objects will start to go away. It’s now known that supplements containing combinations of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, zinc, and natural ingredients like bilberry and lutein are now well known to be hugely beneficial for many eye sight issues, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, granular dystrophy and almost any other degenerative eye condition.

5 Key Ingredients To Protect Ageing Eyes

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