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Turning to Health for Financial Freedom

Experienced network marketer turns to healthy living for financial growth

Focusing on health has allowed Wes Bartell to positively impact individuals’ health and grow their wealth at the same time.  As an established professional in the field of network marketing, Wes has shown his passion for improving the lives of those he comes in contact with by following the principle that your health is your wealth and only you can take care of yourself.

Making wise decisions is the foundation for successful network marketing. The first of which should be to choose the company that fits you personally. Wes found his perfect match when he joined the Shaklee team supporting his commitment to live a healthy life. By finding a company that matches his core values with all natural healthy products, his business is a natural extension that has provided him with great business success.

The second, but equally important decision in becoming a network marketer is to select a coach that will help you succeed. Experience, company knowledge, a track record of successful mentoring, and a personal connection with your coach are all factors that should be evaluated when joining a marketing team. Your coach’s passion and experience should inspire and propel you to success.  Look for a coach that is willing to set goals with you and help you achieve them.

Lastly, examine why you want to share the products with others. Are you looking to improve the lifestyles of those you know or improve your financial situation, or maybe both?  For Wes, the answer was both. Shaklee has allowed him to let his quest for health bring him financial freedom and improve the health of his family and the community by providing environmentally safe product s that are guaranteed to work.

With a deep understanding of the power and potential of network marketing, Wes Bartell can help you find the most satisfying approach to earning an income. Making connections and knowing that his healthy living products can and will improve lives has allowed Wes to grow a powerful business. With products that possess a 100% money back guarantee, there is no risk in sharing the products. It all starts with intrigue. If you are interested in changing your health or financial situation, let Wes Bartell answer your questions.

Wes Bartell

A professional network marketer offers his expertise in growing a successful network. Wes proudly represents Shaklee products and also assists individuals as an independent insurance agent specializing in Medicare Supplements and Medicare Advantage plans. Wes welcomes the opportunity to assist others finding healthy lifestyles and financial freedom.

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How Risky Is Your Sleep Schedule?

How Risky Is Your Sleep Schedule?


Are you a night owl?  Do you work the night shift?  Do you have trouble getting to sleep or sleeping through the night?  If so, your biggest worry isn’t dragging yourself through the next day.  You may also be at significantly higher risk of gaining weight, and developing metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

In a comprehensive review of sleep and metabolism studies published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, German researchers noted that sleep loss has been rising at epidemic rates in our society.  The increase parallels the rise in obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes throughout the world.  Epidemiological studies clearly point to a link between those conditions and short sleep duration, sleep disturbances and sleeping at the wrong times.

Sleep Loss Increases Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

The researchers noted that data from the Adult Health and Behavior Project registry, including 1,214 Americans aged 30—54 years, showed a clear association between short sleep duration and an increased prevalence of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is usually defined as a cluster of metabolic disturbances including belly fat, impaired glucose metabolism, and high blood pressure.  All of those factors increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality.

In the Adult Health study, 22% of participants developed metabolic syndrome.  But those who slept only 6-7 hours per night had a 48% increased rate of developing the condition.  Those who slept less than 6 hours had an 83% increased rate.

The quality of your sleep also matters.  In a study of women aged 46—57 years, those who woke intermittently and were awake cumulatively for a long time during the night had a 40% higher rate of metabolic syndrome. And if you work at night, several large cohort studies show you may have increased odds of developing metabolic syndrome.  In one study of 1,811 employees of an airline, night shift workers were 2.3 times more likely to have metabolic syndrome than regular daytime workers.

Lack of Sleep Increases Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

A meta-analysis of 17 studies with more than 600,000 participants, clearly established a link between short sleep duration and increased bodyweight and obesity.  People who got 5 hours or less of sleep at night had a 55% greater likelihood of developing obesity compared to regular sleepers.

In the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES I) of 9000 Americans researchers found a strong association between short sleep duration and type 2 diabetes.[v] Participants sleeping less than 5 hours per night had a 57% increased risk for type 2 diabetes.

Another meta-analysis confirmed that having difficulty going to sleep raised diabetes risk by 57%, and difficulty staying asleep through the night raised risk by 84%. Lack of sleep seems to impair your body’s ability to metabolize sugar.  In one study researchers restricted the sleep of 11 healthy young men (aged 18—27 years) to 4 hours for six consecutive nights. Sleep restriction was associated with impaired glucose tolerance and reduced insulin response.

Less sleep can lead to more eating.  In a study in adolescents, those sleeping only 6.3 hours consumed foods higher on the glycemic index, including more sweets and desserts compared to those sleeping 8.9 hours.

And your sleep habits could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.  In a study published in theAnnals of Internal Medicine, dieters who got a full night’s sleep lost 55% more body fat than those who cut back on sleep. When dieters got two to three hours less sleep, they felt hungrier and produced higher levels of the hormone ghrelin which triggers hunger, increases fat retention and reduces energy expenditures.

When you sleep also matters.  In a study published in the Journal Obesity researchers from Northwestern Medicine found people who go to bed late and sleep late eat more calories in the evening, more fast food, and fewer fruits and vegetables.  They also weigh more than people who go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier. The authors found the extra daily calories can mean a weight gain of about two pounds per month.


In the study late sleepers went to sleep at an average time of 3:45 a.m., awoke by 10:45 a.m., ate breakfast at noon, lunch at 2:30 p.m., dinner at 8:15 p.m. and a final meal at 10 p.m. Normal sleepers on average were up by 8 a.m., ate breakfast by 9 a.m., lunch at 1 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., a last snack at 8:30 p.m. and were asleep by 12:30 a.m.

Insufficient Sleep Raises Risk of Hypertension and Death

In the Nurses Health Studies I and II investigators assessed data from more than 70,000 women.  They found those who slept less than 5 hours per night had a 19% increased risk of hypertension compared to those getting 7 hours of shuteye.

Another meta-analysis of 11 prospective studies concluded the risk of hypertension was also increased 20% by disturbed sleep, and 14% by early-morning awakening.

All of that adds up to a shorter life.  A meta-analysis of 16 prospective studies and 1,382,999 participants showed that less than 7 hours of sleep per night was associated with a 12% increased risk of death.  But more is not necessarily better.  Getting more than 8 hours of sleep per night was associated with a 30% increased risk of death.

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

The message from these studies is clear. The quantity and quality of your sleep can powerfully affect your metabolism, your weight, your risk of diabetes and heart disease, as well as your lifespan.

Here are some natural tips for a restful night without prescription sleep aids:

1. Be in bed by 9:30 pm and lights out by 10:30 pm at the latest.

2. Don’t drink or eat anything after 7:30 pm so that your sleep is not disturbed by bathroom visits.

3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed.

4.  Eat foods rich in natural melatonin.

5. Make your bedroom a sanctuary with no television, computer or briefcase allowed.

6. Keep your bedroom dark to get a better, deeper sleep.

7. Don’t overheat your bedroom and open a window for fresh air if possible.

8. Relax for an hour or two before bed without work, computers or TV.

Come check out this article to learn more about it at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/how-risky-your-sleep-schedule?page=1


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Pomegranate and Chamomile Help Heal Bleeding Gums

Pomegranate and Chamomile Help Heal Bleeding Gums

Researchers from Brazil’s Paraíba State University have determined that extracts of pomegranate and chamomile can help heal bleeding gums.

The researchers tested 56 patients who had bleeding gums and gingivitis. They were split into three groups and each rinsed twice daily with an assigned rinse for 15 days. One group rinsed with chamomile extract, another group rinsed with pomegranate extract and a third group rinsed with chlorhexidine.

The patients were tested for bleeding gums at the beginning of the study, after seven days and after 15 days. The researchers found that all three extracts acted similarly and reduced gum bleeding significantly.

The chamomile and pomegranate had antimicrobial effects, as they reduced pathogenic oral bacteria significantly.

These included Streptococcus mitis and Streptococcus sangus, which are known to accumulate as biofilm and excrete toxins that produce inflammation, pain and bleeding. These same toxins can also leak into the blood stream where they can damage blood vessel walls, tissues and organs.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita Linn.) contains several flavonoids and terpenoids, which have been shown to be antimicrobial as well as reduce inflammation and spasms.

Pomegranate (Punica granatum Linn.), is also antimicrobial but it is also antioxidant and stimulates the immune system. These are typically attributed to its alkaloid content – including tannins. Pomegranate skin contains the most medicinal properties.

Chlorhexidine is a popular antimicrobial gingivitis treatment that can reduce pathogenic oral bacteria, but comes with negative effects, including staining of the tongue and dental work, increased teeth sensitivity and oral scaling. Chlorhexidine has been linked with allergies. It also tastes bad and can ruin the taste of the next meal or two.

One of the problems with the antimicrobial nature of chlorhexidine is that it also wipes out the beneficial (probiotic) bacteria of the oral cavity. This allows the pathogenic bacteria to regrow without any challengers.

Tests with pomegranate and chamomile have not established whether they also cause probiotic die-off. But other research has shown that plant-based fibers support the regrowth of probiotic colonies.

To learn more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/pomegranate-and-chamomile-help-heal-bleeding-gums

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3 Natural, Evidence-Based Aphrodisiacs For Women

3 Natural, Evidence-Based Aphrodisiacs For Women

According to the ancient Greeks, the apple represented abundance and fertility.  In some quarters, it was customary for a bride to eat an apple on her wedding night.  This was believed to ensure sexual desire, as well as fertility leading to babies.

You might think that’s all a silly superstition.  But Italian researchers just discovered women who eat an apple a day may in fact enjoy better sexual function.

Doctors in Trento, Italy, recruited 731 healthy sexually active Italian women, not complaining of any sexual disorders.  The women were aged 18 to 43.  Each woman completed the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) questionnaire.  The FSFI is designed to assess certain aspects of sexual functioning (e.g. sexual arousal, orgasm, satisfaction, pain) in clinical trials.

The participants also reported their daily apple consumption and their eating habits.  Based on their apple eating, the women were split into two groups.  One group ate at least an apple every day.  The other group did not eat apples regularly.

According to the researchers, the women who ate a daily apple scored significantly higher on the FSFI sexual function index.

How could an apple improve a woman’s sexual function?

The authors acknowledged studies showing a link between phytoestrogens, polyphenols, antioxidants and women’s sexual health.  Apples have an abundance of all three.

Phytoestrogens are weak plant compounds that have an estrogenic effect on the body.  Polyphenols and antioxidants have a positive effect on reducing inflammation and increasing circulation of the blood.

But it’s not just a daily apple that has this beneficial effect on women.

Previously Italian researchers found a daily glass or two of red wine also works.

They recruited 798 healthy women living in the Chianti area of Tuscany.  The women, aged 18 to 50, were divided into three groups.  The groups consisted of teetotalers; daily moderate drinkers of one to two glasses of red wine; or occasional drinkers or those taking more than 2 glasses of red wine or other alcohol per day.

They found that moderate red wine drinkers had significantly better sexual function.  They scored higher on the FSFI questionnaire for sexual desire, lubrication, and overall sexual function than the other two groups.

Like apples, red wine is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants.  In addition, it contains a high concentration of resveratrol which is actually a form of estrogen.

But the Italian researchers didn’t stop there.  Yet another team recruited 153 women around Milan in Northern Italy to report on sex and chocolate.  They found women who reported daily chocolate intake had significantly higher total FSFI scores as well as higher scores on sexual desire.

Like apples and red wine, chocolate is high in phytoestrogens, polyphenols and antioxidants.  Chocolate is also rich in magnesium which soothes nerves and relaxes muscles.  It also contains a compound called phenylethylamine which releases the same endorphins that flood the body during sex.

Apples, red wine and chocolate make a great recipe for better sex.  Maybe even better than sex?

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Olive Oil: The Ancient Fountain of Youth


Olive Oil: The Ancient Fountain of Youth


“I’ve never had but one wrinkle, and I’m sitting on it,” Jeanne Louise Calment famously quipped.  Jeanne Louise Calment was a French supercentenarian who had the longest confirmed human life span in history, living to the age of 122 years and 164 days.

Jeanne Louise rubbed Olive Oil into her skin on a daily basis and credited Olive Oil with her youthful appearance and longevity.

The Sisters Olive Trees of NoahOlive trees are famous for their longevity and are amongst the oldest living things in the world. A grove of sixteen olive trees in Lebanon known as “The Sisters” or “The Sisters Olive Trees of Noah” are estimated to be between 5,000 to 6,000 years old and still produce fruit and Olive Oil to this day.

Ancient civilizations revered the Olive for it’s longevity, life sustaining powers and skin regenerating properties. They believed that the qualities inherent in Olive trees, that allowed them to live for thousands of years, were contained in the fruit and oil of the tree. And that these qualities could be passed on to the peoples of the Earth who consumed Olives and it’s precious oil.

When the people of Athens asked the famous Greek philosopher Democritus, legendary for having lived more than one century himself, how to preserve one’s health and live a long life, he responded, “Let us bathe our insides in honey, and our exteriors in olive oil.”

The skin rejuvenating powers of Olive Oil were well known to the great physicians of antiquity. Hippocrates, Diocles and Galen all praised Olive Oil and utilized it their medical practices:

  • Hippocrates, known as “The Father of Medicine”, used Olive Oil based ointments as a topical treatment for skin traumas, diseases, and wounds. The Hippocratic Corpus (a collection of medical works associated with Hippocrates) records over 60 medicinal uses for Olive Oil, with the most common references pertaining to the healing of a wide variety of dermatological conditions.

  • Diocles recommends Olive Oil  be used for hygienic purposes in his epic work, Archidamos. The Greeks and Romans embraced the idea and used Olive Oil, along with the strigil, to clean, exfoliate and care for their skin.

  • Galen, the Roman physician of Greek origin, is credited with the invention of cold cream. He used Olive Oil, Beeswax and Rosewater in the 2nd century AD as a moisturizer.

Today, modern research and evidence based medicine have not only confirmed Democritus, Hippocrates, Diocles and Galen’s recommendations and prescriptions for longevity and youthful radiant skin, (see this GreenMedInfo research on Olive Oil) they have explained the properties of Olive Oil that contribute to its’ tremendous ability to enhance and repair our skin.

Olive Oil is rich in vital antioxidants, essential amino acids, squalene, flavonoids, polyphenols (including a substance known as oleocanthal which has anti-inflammatory properties). Skin aging, as well as general body aging, seems to be closely tied to the inflammatory process. Olive Oil also contains Omega components such as Omega 9, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, traces of Vitamin C and Vitamin E which is, in and of itself, another antioxidant.

These are all powerful anti-aging agents that when used regularly, can slow down the aging process and help to maintain a healthy vibrant glowing skin.

How to maintain healthy radiant skin with Olive Oil:

1) In Hygiene

The easiest way to benefit from Olive Oil is to bathe in it daily. It should come as no surprise that the world’s first and most famous soaps were made with Olive Oil.

Aleppo Soap​Aleppo Soap, the first bar soap ever made (circa: the 5th century BC) is formulated with Olive and Laurel oils. Aleppo Soap is renowned worldwide for being “The True Natural Soap“. It’s skin care properties are legendary.

Castile SoapGenuine Castile Soap, as it was made 900 years ago in Castile (Spain) is made with 100% Olive Oil and is the first bar soap widely used in Europe. It is highly prized for it’s anti-aging properties. Castile Soap is so famous that the name “Castile Soap” has been hijacked by modern commercial soap manufacturers who wish to cash in on it’s reputation and use the name to sell soaps made with ordinary vegetable oils.

Marsellie SoapMarseille Soap, a “Castile Soap” made in Marseille France, was at one time regulated by Louis XIV’s Edict of Colbert to be made only from Olive Oil. These regulations have since been relaxed and Marseille Soap can now legally contain any inferior vegetable oil.

Nabulsi SoapNabulsi Soap, another “Castile Soap” made with 100% Olive Oil is produced only in Nablus in the West Bank of Palestine.

Of the four aforementioned soaps only Aleppo and Nabulsi soaps have remained true to their roots and have not deviated from the inclusion of Olive Oil in their formulas. Care should be taken when purchasing Castile or Marseille soaps to be sure that Olive Oil is the only ingredient used to make these soaps.


2) As a Moisturizer

  1. You can, just like Jeanne Louise Calment did for more than a century, rub Olive Oil into your skin on a daily basis.
  2. Use Olive Oil in therapeutic massage.
  3. Make your own Galen’s Cold Cream at home. Here’s how:

3 Tablespoons (~40 gm) Olive Oil

2 Teaspoons (~10 gm) Grated Beeswax

3 Tablespoons (~40 gm) Rosewater

Optional – 10 drops of Rose Essential Oil

  • Gently melt the beeswax in a small bowl in a baking tray of hot water (or a double boiler)

  • Gently heat the Rosewater in a second small bowl along side the melting beeswax (or a double boiler)

  • Add the Olive Oil to the melted beeswax stirring or beating constantly until thoroughly mixed.

  • Add the Rosewater drop by drop to the Olive Oil/beeswax mixture stirring or beating constantly until thoroughly mixed.

  • Remove from heat stirring or beating constantly until cool

  • Then (optionally) add the Rose Essential Oil drop by drop stirring or beating constantly until thoroughly mixed.

  • Pour into a glass jar and a put lid on the jar once the cream is quite cool.

Substitutions: If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, melanoma or other skin conditions, you can substitute Argan Oil (a deep moisturizing oil unknown to Galen) for the Olive Oil.

3) In Your Diet

Of course one of the best ways (which is surprisingly overlooked by many) to maintain a youthful, radiant complexion is to eat a healthy diet. The Mediterranean Diet, with it’s emphasis on Olive Oil, has numerous benefits for good skin care and general health.

To learn more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/olive-oil-ancient-fountain-youth?page=1

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