What does balancing your life mean?

What does balancing your life mean?

What does balancing your life mean? What would a balanced life look like? Can it be achieved with our crazy lives and schedules?
You can change what isn’t working and gain control of your life. You can easily maintain these changes and enjoy the the peace that comes with balance.

There is no great secret but one simple rule ….do not try to change everything at once! Sustainable change happens when you make small adjustments over time. That means different things to each of us, you must determine what works for you.
As you make new positive life habits, you will see your life changing and after enjoying a balanced life, you will never look back!image

Try implementing only one of these habits at a time, only one a month! First, as you add them slowly you will concentrate and see the many ways each tip affects your life. Second, and most importantly this will create habits. Habits that will easily contribute your sustainable health!

Sustainable Healthy Habits …
* Turn off the electronics – Disconnect on the weekend. I hear the excuses already, but try it, at least for one day or even a few hours each night. Put the phone down and turn off the computer. Give your work brain a rest. You do not need to be reachable at all times. Your time is valuable! Disconnect and live in the moment, learn to be mindful. Practice Mindfulness and enjoy the benefits! Bonus: Spend the extra time actually interacting with your family and friends!image
* Learn to say no  – It’s a given that if your life is overflowing you will never be able to achieve balance and manage it all. It’s just not possible. Say no to everything that is either not essential or doesn’t add something valuable to your life. Then add things back until you feel overwhelmed again. You will learn your limits and find your happy place.

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* Your Health Is Important  – We hear this over and over again, but usually only give it a second thought. We know what we need to do, but it isn’t a priority until we have a health crisis. Our health really does affect the quality of our lives and our work. We are far more productive and happier when we get sufficient amounts of quality sleep, eat a healthier cleaner diet and fit in some type of physical activity regularly.

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* Avoid Toxins– chemicals that Wreak havoc on our body… Making us sick or at a minimum decrease our bodies ability to function at peck performance. Chemical toxins are only half of it …. By that I mean you must also Minimize the negative influences around you. AVOID TOXIC PEOPLE (complainers, whiners, poor attitudes.) If you can’t completely avoid them, at least minimize contact and tune them out as much as you can. Surround yourself with positive, supportive, can-do people whenever possible!

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* Everyone Needs Alone Time  – Making time for you is probably the most difficult thing to do for the typical person today. We are overworked and on most days overwhelmed! Alone time is crucial for lowering stress, increasing happiness and encouraging creativity. Some things to try; meditate, write, sketch, do some yoga or simply sit quietly for a few minutes each day and do absolutely nothing. You can do it! And You Will Love It!

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* Quality Time With The People In Your Life – Set aside quality time with your family and friends. Don’t just sit in front of the television, really connect and pay attention to those you care about!!! Make a date with your significant other, talk, kiss, laugh. Enjoy coffee with a friend, play a game with a child, take time to ask a coworker how they are and then take the time to listen to their answer. Enjoy really getting to know the people around you.

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* Make Time For Yourself – Get a pedicure or a facial. Better yet, schedule a massage! It doesn’t need to cost you a fortune; a glass of wine, your favorite coffee or tea, meditate or enjoy some beautiful flowers. You are important and your own smile will make a huge impact.

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* Get Out And Explore  – Take a walk and pay attention to what’s going on around you. Take a new route, visit a new town or try being a tourist! Attend a local performance, play amateur photographer or go to the park. Hang out with children you know, watch how they play. Children really know how to enjoy life!

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* Learn Something New – Take a class, learn to paint or try something new that you’ve always wanted to learn. Read a book that sparks your interest or try listening to uplifting music. Find what interests you.

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* Live A Life That Makes You Smile  – Laugh, joke, play, find your sense of humor, tell a friend a joke daily. Make time with those that make you laugh. Nothing makes you feel better as fast as laughing so hard your side hurts!

 

Have a wonderful Monday, beginning your fantastic week. 

Your Wellness Guru~ Stacy 

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Dehydration and healthychoices… WATERMELON!

Dehydration and healthychoices… WATERMELON!

#Dehydration and #healthychoices… Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in Your #body doesn't have enough #water & other fluids to carry out its functions. Try #WATERMELON! Natural #electrolytes can replenish the fluids you have lost. It's high in #lycopene, important for our #cardiovascular #health Along with impressive concentrations of phenolic #antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, and vitamin C! It also contains Phenolic compounds including flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids—making this fruit a choice for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits. A ripened watermelon will feel heavy for its size. Heaviness is a good thing because thing because the water content of a watermelon will typically increase along with ripening! #eatinseason #buylocal #lifewellnesshealth #foodporn #eatclean #nc #wellness #happysaturday

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The amazing Lymph nodes and what they do. THEY CLEAN HOUSE!

The amazing Lymph nodes and what they do. THEY CLEAN HOUSE!

If your lymphatic system isn’t quite getting the job done you may be suffering from illness, minor injuries, excess weight or cellulite. Along with possibly more serious Conditions like pain disorders (arthritis, bursitis, headaches or others), it is very possible your lymphatic system may be playing a role.  Here is some education on your lymphatic system along with a few ways you can get your lymph flowing!

The lymphatic system,is amazing, it is a system made up of glands, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus gland and tonsils. It cleans our body’s cells and carries the body’s cellular waste away from the tissues to the blood. Then it can be filtered by two of the body’s main detoxification organs: the liver and kidneys. This wast is made up of the byproducts of our bodily processes, drugs (over-the-counter & prescription), toxins of every kind (cigarettes), along with all other airborne pollutants, food additives, preservatives, and pesticides.

Every person has between 501 and 700 lymph nodes(this varies from person to person). About half of the nodes are in the middle of your body (stomach or abdominal cavity). The lymph nodes near your armpits and groin have about 100 nodes.

The lymph nodes hold the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. These act as fighters against foreign invasion by bacteria, viruses, cancer cells or toxins. The lymphocytes also help control the immune response. These lymphocytes originate from stem cells in the bone marro it fights infection and destroys damaged or abnormal cells. As the blood circulates around the body, fluid leaks out from the blood vessels into the body tissues.
Lymph is formed when high arterial pressure forces fluid out of the capillaries and into the tissue spaces. From there it is taken up into the lymphatic vessels. The lymph carries harmful substances from the tissues to the lymph nodes, for removal, before the lymph is returned to the blood at the veins in the neck.image

Now that you understand the lymphatic system … Let’s go over easy ways to help your system get the job done ! These are all important steps to easy weight loss and improved feelings of well-being!

Drink plenty of water. Without adequate water, lymph fluid cannot flow properly. To help ensure the water is readily absorbed by your cells, I frequently add some fresh lemon juice, cucumbers, fresh fruit, or herbs 💛

Forget the soda, the sports drinks, and drop the fruit juices (way too much sugar) All that added sugar, color and preservatives only add to the already overburdened workload your lymph system!image

Eat more raw fruit on an empty stomach. The enzymes and acids in fruit are powerful lymph cleansers. Besides they are great energy boosters! Eat them on an empty stomach for best digestion and maximum lymph-cleansing benefits. Most fruits are digested within 30 minutes or so. It is amazing how quickly they will help you feel better.image

Eat plenty of green vegetables to get adequate chlorophyll to help purify your blood and lymph.

Eat raw, unsalted nuts and seeds to power up your lymph with adequate fatty acids. These fats are necessary! Choose from walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, Brazil nuts, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Get moving!!! Be active!!! Exercise also ensures the lymph system flows properly. Stretching, aerobic exercise, Yoga and Pilates are fantastic!image

Try Dry skin brushing before showering. Use a natural bristle brush. Brush your dry skin in circular motions upward from the feet to the torso and from the fingers to the chest. You want to work in the same direction as your lymph flows—always toward the heart!

💛 Breathe deeply 💛Our bodies have three times more lymph fluid than blood, yet no organ to pump it. Your lymph system relies on the pumping action of deep breathing to help it transport toxins into the blood before they are detoxified by your liver.image

My favorite is a gentle massage. Studies show that a gentle massage can push up to 78 percent of stagnant lymph back into circulation. Massage frees trapped toxins. You can also try a lymph drainage massage. It is a special form of massage that specifically targets lymph flow in the body. Whatever type of massage you choose, make sure it is gentle! Sorry, more pressure may feel good on tired muscles, but it doesn’t have the same lymph-stimulating effects.

There are endless benefits to take care of your lymphatic system! Once it is working efficiently you will have more energy, less pain, and improved detoxification. Not to mention you will be at a lower risk of many dangerous conditions and illnesses!

Have a Wonderful ~Happy ~ Healthy ~ Day!
💛 Stacy

Edible Flowers..
How To Safely enjoy beautiful food: Part 1

Edible Flowers..
How To Safely enjoy beautiful food: Part 1


Edible flowers are the epitome of dazzling cuisine… And extremely nutritious.

Fresh from your garden in July (lavender, thyme, dill, cilantro, day lily, squash blossom, Nasturtiums, chives, and basil).

After being forgotten for many years, cooking and garnishing with flowers is back in vogue and on gourmet menus once again. Cooking with Flowers has been traced back to Roman times, and to the Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Indian cultures. Edible flowers were especially popularin the Victorian era during Queen Victoria’s reign. image
Today, many restaurant chefs and innovative home cooks garnish their entrees with flower blossoms for a touch of elegance not to mention the health benefits. The secret to success when using edible flowers is to keep the dish simple, do not add to many other flavors that will over power the delicate taste of the dish. Today this nearly lost art is enjoying a revival.

The most important thing that you need to remember is that not every flower is edible!!!
In fact, sampling some flowers can make you very, very sick!!!
You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat. An edible can become toxic when treated with pesticides….
Never harvest flowers growing by the roadside ( you have no idea what they have been exposed too ).

Identify the flower exactly and eat only edible flowers and edible parts of those flowers. Remember not all parts of an edible flower is safe to eat. Just like anything else. EDUCATE YOURSELF.

Always remember to use flowers sparingly in your recipes due to the digestive complications that can occur with a large consumption rate. Most herb flowers have a taste that’s similar to the leaf, but spicier. The concept of using fresh edible flowers in cooking is not new.

How To Choose Edible Flowers –

Edible Flower Chart:

Begonia – Tuberous begonias and Waxed begonias  –

Tuberous Begonias (Begonia X tuberosa) – The leaves, flowers, and stems are edible. Begonia blossoms have a citrus-sour taste. The petals are used in salads and as a garnish. Stems, also, can be used in place of rhubarb. The flowers and stems contain oxalic acid and should not be consumed by individuals suffering from gout, kidney stones, or rheumatism.

Wax Begonias (Begonia cucullata) – The fleshy leaves and flowers are edible raw or cooked. They can have a slight bitter after taste and if in water most of the time, a hint of swamp in their flavor.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) – Also called Marigolds. A wonderful edible flower. Flavors range from spicy to bitter, tangy to peppery. Their sharp taste resembles saffron (also known as Poor Man’s Saffron). Has pretty petals in golden-orange hues. Sprinkle them on soups, pasta or rice dishes, herb butters, and salads. Petals add a yellow tint to soups, spreads, and scrambled eggs. Only the pedals are edible.

Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus – aka Dianthus) – Carnations can be steeped in wine, candy, or use as cake decoration. To use the surprisingly sweet petals in desserts, cut them away from the bitter white base of the flower. Dianthus are the miniature member of the carnation family with light clove-like or nutmeg scent. Petals add color to salads or aspics. Carnation petals are one of secret ingredients that has been used to make Chartreuse, a French liqueur, since the 17th century.

Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum coronarium) – Tangy, slightly bitter, ranging in colors from red, white, yellow and orange. They range in taste from faint peppery to mild cauliflower. They sould be blanched first and then scatter the petals on a salad. The leaves can also be used to flavor vinegar. Always remove the bitter flower base and use petals only. Young leaves and stems of the Crown Daisy, also known as Chop Suey Greens or Shingiku in Japan, are widely used in oriental stir-fries and as salad seasoning.

Clover (Trifolium species) – Sweet, anise-like, licorice. White and red clover blossoms were used in folk medicine against gout, rheumatism, and leucorrhea. It was also believed that the texture of fingernails and toenails would improve after drinking clover blossom tea. Native Americans used whole clover plants in salads, and made a white clover leaf tea for coughs and colds. Avoid bitter flowers that are turning brown, and choose those with the brightest color, which are tastiest. Raw flower heads can be difficult to digest.

Cornflower (Centaurea cynaus) – Also called Bachelor’s button. They have a slightly sweet to spicy, clove-like flavor. Bloom is a natural food dye. More commonly used as garnish.

Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) – Also called Sweet Rocket or Dame’s Violet. This plant is often mistaken for Phlox. Phlox has five petals, Dame’s Rocket has just four. The flowers, which resemble phlox, are deep lavender, and sometimes pink to white. The plant is part of the mustard family, which also  includes radishes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and, mustard. The plant and flowers are edible, but fairly bitter. The flowers are attractive added to green salads. The young leaves can also be added to your salad greens (for culinary purposes, the leaves should be picked before the plant flowers). The seed can also be sprouted and added to salads. NOTE: It is not the same variety as the herb commonly called Rocket, which is used as a green in salads.

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Dandelions (Taraxacum officinalis) – Member of the Daisy family. Flowers are sweetest when picked young. They have a sweet, honey-like flavor. Mature flowers are bitter. Dandelion buds are tastier than the flowers: best to pick these when they are very close to the ground, tightly bunched in the center, and about the size of a small gumball. Good raw or steamed. Also made into wine. Young leaves taste good steamed, or tossed in salads. When serving a rice dish use dandelion petals like confetti over the rice.
Day Lilies (Hemerocallis species) – Slightly sweet with a mild vegetable flavor, like sweet lettuce or melon. Their flavor is a combination of asparagus and zucchini. Chewable consistency. Some people think that different colored blossoms have different flavors. To use the surprisingly sweet petals in desserts, cut them away from the bitter white base of the flower. Also great to stuff like squash blossoms. Flowers look beautiful on composed salad platters or crowning a frosted cake. Sprinkle the large petals in a spring salad. In the spring, gather shoots two or three inches tall and use as a substitute for asparagus. NOTE:Many Lilies contain alkaloids and are NOT edible. Day Lilies may act as a diuretic or laxative; eat in moderation.

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English Daisy (Bellis perennis) – The flowers have a mildly bitter taste and are most commonly used for their looks than their flavor. The petals are used as a garnish and in salads.
IMPORTANT:

Some dos and don’ts!

Following are some simple guidelines to keep in mind before you eat any type of flower:
Life. Wellness. Health. DO’S:

Eat flowers only when you are positive they are edible. If uncertain, consult a good reference book on edible flowers prior to consumption.
If pesticides are necessary, use only those products labeled for use on edible crops. No flowers is safe to eat unless it was grown organically.
Wash all flowers thoroughly before you eat them.
Introduce flowers into your diet in small quantities one species at a time. Too much of a good thing may cause problems for your digestive system.
Remove pistils and stamens from flowers before eating. Separate the flower petals from the rest of the flower just prior to use to keep wilting to a minimum. Eat only the flower petals for most flowers except pansies violas, and Johnny-jump-ups (in which they add flavor).
If you have allergies, introduce edible flowers gradually, as they may aggravate some allergies.
Life. Wellness. Health. DON’TS:

Do not eat flowers from florists, nurseries or garden centers. In many cases these flowers have been treated with pesticides not labeled for food crops.
Do not eat flowers picked from the side of the road. Once again, possible herbicide use eliminates these flowers as a possibility for use.
Just because flowers are served with food served at a restaurant does not mean they are edible.
*Know your edible flowers – as some chefs do not.
It’s easy and very attractive to use flowers for garnish on plates or for decoration, but avoid using non-edible flowers this way. Many people believe that anything on the plate can be eaten. They may not know if the flower is edible or not and may be afraid to ask.
Picking Edible Flowers:

Pick your flowers in the morning when their water content is at its highest.
Following information from the book, Edible Flowers – From Garden To Palate, by Cathy Wilkinson Barash:
Remove the stamens and styles from the flowers before eating. The pollen can detract from the flavor of the flower. In addition, the pollen may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Remove the sepals of all flowers except violas, Johnny-jump-ups, and pansies.
Only the petals of some flowers such as rose, calendula, tulip, chrysanthemum, yucca, and lavender are edible. When using just the petals, separate them from the rest of the flower just prior to use to keep wilting to a minimum. Others, including Johnny-jump-up, violet, runner bean, honeysuckle, and clover can be eaten in their entirety.
Roses, dianthus, English daisies, marigolds and chrysanthemums have a bitter white portion at the base of the petal where it was attached to the flower. Bread or cut off the bitter part off the petal before using.

Disclaimer:
The mentioned edible flowers are general knowledge. However, individuals consuming the flowers, plants, or derivatives listed on this web page, do so entirely at their own risk. Life. Wellness. Health. can not be held responsible for any adverse reaction to the flowers.

Happy Cooking … Joyful Serving and Healthy Beautiful food all around!

💛~ Stacy

What are GMO’s and why I advise you Avoid GMO Foods

What are GMO’s and why I advise you Avoid GMO Foods

What are GMO’s and why I advise you Avoid GMO Foods…. 

What is a GMO?

imageA GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms.

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This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same.

What is a gene?

Every plant and animal is made of cells, each of which has a center called a nucleus. Inside every nucleus there are strings of DNA, half of which is normally inherited from the mother and half from the father. Short sequences of DNA are called genes. These genes operate in complex networks that are finely regulated to enable the processes of living organisms to happen in the right place and at the right time.

How is genetic engineering done?

Because living organisms have natural barriers to protect themselves against the introduction of DNA from a different species, genetic engineers must force the DNA from one organism into another. Their methods include:

Using viruses or bacteria to “infect” animal or plant cells with the new DNA.
Coating DNA onto tiny metal pellets, and firing it with a special gun into the cells.
Injecting the new DNA into fertilized eggs with a very fine needle.
Using electric shocks to create holes in the membrane covering sperm, and then forcing the new DNA into the sperm through these holes.

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Is genetic engineering precise?

The technology of genetic engineering is currently very crude. It is not possible to insert a new gene with any accuracy, and the transfer of new genes can disrupt the finely controlled network of DNA in an organism.

Current understanding of the way in which DNA works is extremely limited, and any change to the DNA of an organism at any point can have side effects that are impossible to predict or control. The new gene could, for example, alter chemical reactions within the cell or disturb cell functions. This could lead to instability, the creation of new toxins or allergens, and changes in nutritional value.

But haven’t growers been grafting trees, breeding animals, and hybridizing seeds for years?

Genetic engineering is completely different from traditional breeding and carries unique risks.

In traditional breeding it is possible to mate a pig with another pig to get a new variety, but is not possible to mate a pig with a potato or a mouse. Even when species that may seem to be closely related do succeed in breeding, the offspring are usually infertile—a horse, for example, can mate with a donkey, but the offspring (a mule) is sterile.

With genetic engineering, scientists can breach species barriers set up by nature. For example, they have spliced fish genes into tomatoes. The results are plants (or animals) with traits that would be virtually impossible to obtain with natural processes, such as crossbreeding or grafting.

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What combinations have been tried?

It is now possible for plants to be engineered with genes taken from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Scientists have worked on some interesting combinations:

Spider genes were inserted into goat DNA, in hopes that the goat milk would contain spider web protein for use in bulletproof vests.
Cow genes turned pigskins into cowhides.
Jellyfish genes lit up pigs’ noses in the dark.
Artic fish genes gave tomatoes and strawberries tolerance to frost.

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Field trials have included:

Corn engineered with human genes (Dow)
Sugarcane engineered with human genes (Hawaii Agriculture Research Center)
Corn engineered with jellyfish genes (Stanford University)
Tobacco engineered with lettuce genes (University of Hawaii)
Rice engineered with human genes (Applied Phytologics)
Corn engineered with hepatitis virus genes (Prodigene)
Potatoes that glowed in the dark when they needed watering.
Human genes were inserted into corn to produce spermicide.
Does the biotech industry hold any promise?

Genetic modification of plants is not the only biotechnology. The study of DNA does hold promise for many potential applications, including medicine. However, the current technology of GM foods is based on obsolete information and theory, and is prone to dangerous side effects. Economic interests have pushed it onto the market too soon.

Moreover, molecular marker technologies – so called Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) used with conventional breeding – show much promise for developing improved crop varieties, without the potentially dangerous side effects of direct genetic modification.

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Let’s review…. GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants & animals. These experimental combinations created in laboratories involving mixing genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Most other nations do not consider GMOs to be safe, and more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and in all of the countries in the European Union, there are restrictions or bans on production & sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them, and profit from their sale. Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the foods they purchase contain GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice.

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When purchasing prepackaged foods, look for the Non-GMO seal.
You can also avoid GMOs by consuming organically certified produce which is required to be GMO-free, or by following and buying from the list of companies below who choose to remain GMO-free! By choosing to support companies who do not use GMOs, you are letting Monsanto know that you will NOT buy their products.

Educate yourself and live the healthy, happy life you deserve.

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PROTEIN… What does your body require And why? Can you have too much? Are all Proteins the same ?

PROTEIN… What does your body require And why? Can you have too much? Are all Proteins the same ?

PROTEIN… What does your body require And why? Can you have too much? Are all Proteins the same ?image

Protein is an important nutrient and should be making up a large percentage of your diet (calorie intake). These numbers vary from person to person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should obtain 10 to 25 % (at a minimum) of your daily calorie needs from proteins. If you are actively working to increase your strength and muscle mass, then protein is very important and should be closer to 35% of your diet. If your not it still has a significant role in your diet.
But are all proteins the same? The answer is No! Perhaps you have noticed just about everything advertises the grams of protein now… But what they are not telling you is that there are different types of proteins.

Most people have no idea that Proteins, such as from eggs, form many basic building blocks of life.image

Proteins are macronutrients that support the growth and maintenance of body tissues.
Amino acids are the basic building blocks of proteins and are classified as essential or non-essential. Essential amino acids are obtained from protein-rich foods such as meat, legumes and poultry, while non-essential ones are synthesized naturally in your body.

Here are Types of Protein and Their Function…

•Hormonal
Hormones are protein-based chemicals secreted by the cells of the endocrine glands. Usually transported through the blood, hormones act as chemical messengers that transmit signals from one cell to another. Each hormone affects certain cells in your body, known as target cells. Such cells have specific receptors on which the hormone attaches itself to transmit the signals. An example of a hormonal protein is insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas to regulate the levels of blood sugar in your body.
•Enzymatic
Enzymatic proteins accelerate metabolic processes in your cells, including liver functions, stomach digestion, blood clotting and converting glycogen to glucose. An example is digestive enzymes that break down food into simpler forms that your body can easily absorb.
•Structural
Also known as fibrous proteins, structural proteins are necessary components of your body. They include collagen, keratin and elastin. Collagen forms the connective framework of your muscles, bones, tendons, skin and cartilage. Keratin is the main structural component in hair, nails, teeth and skin.
•Defensive
Antibodies, or immunoglobulin, are a core part of your immune system, keeping diseases at bay. Antibodies are formed in the white blood cells and attack bacteria, viruses and other harmful microorganisms, rendering them inactive.
•Storage
Storage proteins mainly store mineral ions such as potassium in your body. Iron, for example, is an ion required for the formation of hemoglobin, the main structural component of red blood cells. Ferritin — a storage protein — regulates and guards against the adverse effects of excess iron in your body. Ovalbumin and casein are storage proteins found in breast milk and egg whites, respectively, that play a huge role in embryonic development.
•Transport
Transport proteins carry vital materials to the cells. Hemoglobin, for example, carries oxygen to body tissues from the lungs. Serum albumin carries fats in your bloodstream, while myoglobin absorbs oxygen from hemoglobin and then releases it to the muscles. Calbindin is another transport protein that facilitates the absorption of calcium from the intestinal walls.
•Receptor
Located on the outer part of the cells, receptor proteins control the substances that enter and leave the cells, including water and nutrients. Some receptors activate enzymes, while others stimulate endocrine glands to secrete epinephrine and insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.
•Contractile
Also known as motor proteins, contractile proteins regulate the strength and speed of heart and muscle contractions. These proteins are actin and myosin. Contractile proteins can cause heart complications if they produce severe contractions.image
The truth is that if you eat a balanced diet, then you should be able to get all the protein you need from your food.

It doesn’t matter if you are vegan, vegetarian or you enjoy meat, there are plenty of sources of protein available for you to choose from. Although I should add if you do not eat meat it can be much more difficult. Many vegans and vegetarians do not realize they are not consuming enough protein of different types. When you have a special diet it requires time, energy and education.

We all know that protein is an important nutrient for any and all health and fitness enthusiasts, yet what many people don’t know is that there are actually health risks involved with taking too much protein.
Some of the symptoms include:
* Excessive Weight gain – Your body only needs a certain amount of protein on a daily basis. This amount will vary depending on your age, sex and also the types of exercises you do and the energy you expend. When you are consuming more than you need, it can be stored as fat on your body.
* Digestive problems – Having intestinal upsets, such as gas or diarrhea, are a common side effect of too much protein. Protein is not easily digested, consuming it in large amounts can stress out many organs and entire systems in the body.
* Decreased function of liver – is only one example (although a very serious one) Ammonia is formed in the body when protein is ingested, usually the ammonia will be quickly dealt with by the liver and there will be no health issues; however when there is an excessive consumption of protein the liver has to work overtime and can become sluggish.
* Impaired function of the brain – these effects can be misinterpreted, often not enough rest is blamed. If the liver has become sluggish due to excessive protein consumption, then an increase of ammonia as well as other toxins can form in the blood which can be harmful to the functioning of the brain.
Please relax! Chance are you are not consuming to much protein. You would need to be consuming a lot of protein before you start experiencing some of the more concerning health risks. The best way ensure you are having enough but not too much protein is to enjoy a balanced diet that is appropriately rich in protein to suit your own needs.
There are literally thousands of different protein supplements, all of which claim to be the best means of achieving your fitness goals. If you feel that you will benefit from an extra source, or you know you don’t get enough protein in your diet, then consult a nutritionist before grabbing a protein supplements. Not all are created equally!

In Conclusion … Eat a Balanced diet because your body needs a lot of different ingredients to make healthy cells that do their jobs well. Mix it up … Try new unprocessed foods especially fruits and vegetables when they are in season! The human body is amazing give it the fuel it needs!

Have a fantastic day … Make healthy choices and enjoy every second!

Yesterday is history –

Tomorrow is a mystery –

Today is a gift … that’s why it is called the present 💛

Love Your Wellness Guru- Stacy

Life. Wellness. Health.