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Choose Wellness -- Sep/07
September 08, 2007
Hello and Welcome

Here I am again with the second Free 'Choose Wellness' monthly newsletter - helping you with your wellness choices.

Thank you for your interest. Please pass this email on to anyone else who you think might be interested. It is intended for those of us who are looking to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

  • This month I'll talk about 'breathing' - do you ever think about it?
  • I'll give you a few 'friends to remember' and 'enemies to shun' for your teeth,
  • a few 'health tips', and
  • what we need to know about 'probiotics'.

We don't tend to think about 'breathing' - we just do it! But, have you ever stopped to think about just how important it is?

Breathing Right

We can live many hours without sleeping, and many days without eating or drinking, but we will last only a few minutes without breathing.

The act of breathing is involuntary so we don't think too much about it.

"If we are to breathe in a perfectly healthy way, then we must ensure that the physical machinery used in the act, be kept in good condition. This means that our spine should be kept moderately straight, and the muscles of our chest must be flexible and free in action. It is impossible to breathe in the right way if your shoulders are stooped forward and your chest hollow and rigid. Sitting or standing in a slightly stooping position tends to produce a hollow chest.

Here are some simple techniques to help you get the most out of your breathing. Keep yourself straight and breathe deeply. Let your mental conception of yourself be that you are a perfectly straight person, and whenever you think of it, instantly expand your chest, throw back your shoulders and "straighten up".

When you do this, slowly draw in your breath until you fill your lungs to their utmost capacity. Draw in all the air that you possibly can, and while holding it for an instant in the lungs, throw your shoulders still further back and stretch your chest. At the same time try to pull your spine forward between the shoulders and then let the air out easily.

This is the one great exercise for keeping the chest full, flexible, and in good condition. Straighten up, fill your lungs FULL, stretch your chest and straighten your spine, and then exhale easily. Repeat this exercise until it becomes a habit for you.

Whenever you step out of doors into the fresh, pure air, BREATHE. When you are at work, think of yourself and your position and BREATHE. No matter where you are or what you are doing, whenever the idea comes to your mind, straighten up and BREATHE. It will soon become automatic and you'll be doing it for pleasure, not just for your health."

Note: I have taken this information from the fascinating book written in 1910 by Wallace D Wattles "The Science of Being Well". You really must read this if you are at all interested in achieving vibrant health.

You can find out more and download a free copy here.

Download your FREE copy of The Science of Being Well by the author of the famous Science of Getting Rich!

Wattles goes on to say "Never take health exercises or do gymnastics to make you well. To do so is to recognise sickness as a present fact or as a possibility, which is precisely what you must not do.

The people who are always taking exercises for their health are always thinking about being sick. It ought to be a matter of pride with you to keep your spine straight and strong - as much so as it is to keep your face clean."

Health Tips

Here are a couple of Health Tips, courtesy

  • Deep breathing is a great way to calm yourself and energize your body. A good deep breathing technique is to sit comfortably, breathe in for 5 counts, hold your breath for 5 counts, and breathe out for 5 counts. Do this for 1-2 minutes.
  • Good posture will strengthen abdominal muscles and support your back. To improve your posture, bring your head and neck back and breathe in to tighten your stomach.
  • Did you know clutter could rob your energy? Start to clear your clutter and notice how much better you feel. This one is for me!!

In the interests of protecting our teeth and our children's teeth - here are some Friends to make and some Enemies to shun.

ENEMIES - to be Avoided

  • Fruit juice, soft drinks and sports drinks Apart from the fact that they are sugary, they're acidic, and that creates a perfect home for the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease -- especially if you tend to sip on one or another of these drinks all day (who would do that?). Acid-neutralizing saliva just can't keep up. Stick to water - it's much better all round.
  • Sticky stuff Gooey sweets like caramels and fruit rollups . Breads, crackers, chips, sweet rolls and other refined carbohydrates. They'll all cling to your teeth and hang on for at least 20 mins. Try to avoid them when you can't brush soon after. Alternatively, slosh some water around in your mouth or chew on some sugarless gum that's sweetened with xylitol. The gum will help remove sticky food particles and the xylitol will increase healthy saliva and curb cavity causers.

BEST FRIENDS - to Remember

  • Cheese Eating a piece of cheeese at the end of a meal helps protect teeth. It stimulates the production of cleansing saliva, plus the calcium in cheese helps harden teeth.
  • Crunchy things. Crisp apples, celery and carrots are nature's little toothbrush alternatives. They help rid your mouth of food particles and their rough, fibrous texture actually scrubs away as you chew, helping to brighten your smile.
  • Have a cuppa. Drinking tea after eating can help destroy the germs that cause cavities, gum disease, and phewy breath. That goes for both green and black teas.
  • Shiitake mushrooms. These delicate, delicious flavor-boosters contain lenitan, a plant substance that fights both tooth plaque and the bacteria that live in it.

About Probiotics - what we need to know.

Probiotics (good bacteria) are also known as friendly flora. They are naturally occurring, under normal conditions, in a healthy intestinal tract. However, in today’s environment many people are finding they need to supplement Probiotics in order to maintain good health. Fifty or sixty years ago eating a food like yoghurt (for acidophilus) would supply more than enough of these good bacteria, but unfortunately, this is no longer the case.

We need to have friendly flora (or good bacteria) in the intestinal tract. These bacteria work around the clock performing numerous functions that are critical to good health. A good probiotic product must provide billions of viable (living) organisms per dose to be effective in today's environment.

Not just billions before encapsulation, but billions viable when you take it. Labels can be misleading in this respect. You also need to have at least three different types of Probiotics, not just acidophilus.

A product that I would recommend if you are looking for an effective Probiotic, is GI-Pro. It is quite new to the market and meets these requirements and far more - and it doesn't have to be refrigerated.

It has at least 12 billion organisms encapsulated, as well as Prebiotics (fructoligo-saccharides), which are the favourite food for Probiotics, which means the Probiotics will remain viable for longer.

Remember it is no longer a luxury to supplement with Probiotics - we all need them and they can be destroyed by

  • Stress
  • Antacids
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Poor dietary choices
  • Physician directed use of antibiotics
  • Antibiotics in drinking water

If you'd like to find out more about Probiotics and GI-Pro in particular, please contact me.

I thought I would mention again the great little magazine 'Honestly Woman.' It is a credit to Bev Ryan who launched it just over 12 months ago.

Honestly Woman - The business magazine with heart.

It's a magazine for and about warm, witty women who ask "why not?". It's (in Bev's words) sassy, original, serious, strong, passionate, irreverent, creative, funny, opinionated, always honestly woman!

The articles are written with "wit, humour and depth and reflect life in all its colours." To obtain your free copy go to the 'Honestly Woman' website. I can recommend it.

Here's a little verse to put a smile on your face - a tribute to all the Grandmas who have fearlessly learned to use the computer ....... They are the greatest!!!

The Computer swallowed Grandma
Yes, honestly it's true! She pressed 'control' and 'enter' and disappeared from view.

It devoured her completely, The thought just makes me squirm. She must have caught a virus Or been eaten by a worm. I've searched through the recycle bin And files of every kind; I've even used the Internet, But nothing did I find. In desperation, I asked Google My searches to refine. The reply from him was negative, Not a thing was found 'online.' So, if inside your 'Inbox,' My Grandma you should see, Please 'Copy','Scan' and 'Paste' her And send her back to me!

Sorry the article about 'Sleep Apnea' which I promised for this month will have to wait till next time, but please do click on the following link (it may take some time to load) to view the 'best-positions-in-bed'.

If the link won't work, just 'copy and paste' into your browser view bar.

It will make your day!

Blood Pressure - The Silent Killer

A few years ago I had some heart problems, high blood pressure and 'higher than should be' cholesterol. I was prescribed a variety of different 'drugs' and it looked like I was expected to take them forever. Luckily, and quite by accident, I was introduced to a range of natural food supplements. After not many months, I was able to take myself off all the drugs (I did tell my Doctor what I was doing) and have been fine without them ever since.

This led me to do lots of research to find out more about 'natural' treatments and eventually led to the setting up of

All that to tell you that I have just posted (after lots more research), a couple of articles about blood pressure and how to treat it naturally. I hope you'll find them helpful.

Please Share this Choose Wellness Newsletter with your family, friends and business associates. The information could help them to enjoy a better quality of life.

This is quite a journey for me and I'd love to have you share the journey - I'm sure we'll learn a lot along the way. Your Support is Appreciated! Tell everyone to sign up for this FREE newsletter at and don't forget to download a free copy of "The Science of Getting Rich". It's quite an amazing and topical book especially considering it was written originally in 1910. (It's not just about 'Getting Rich'.)

I welcome your questions, comments or requests so please contact me if you have anything you'd like to say.

Until then keep well and remember 'healthy cells = healthy bodies'.



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