Living in the country has been the best decision my husband and I have ever made. We ride to work together and love coming home to peace and quiet.  Our lab Max greets us every evening with a smile and then leads us home. We have two beautiful daughters (inside and out) who have grown up to be loving and caring adults.

My health focus is on reducing external stress in my life and improving my internal health by taking a Vitamin D supplement, as well as other essential nutrition products. 

I work @ Swanson Health Products as the Web Quality Assurance Specialist. 

Bone Health Primarily Affects Women

Monday, October 25, 2010 by Janelle B.
Did you know Bone Health primarily affects women?  This is because of the physiological, nutritional, and hormonal differences between males and females.  Bone Mass - the amount of mineral in the bone - generally peaks between the ages of thirty and thirty-five.   A number of factors are known to influence an individuals risk of bone loss. The first, and probably the most important, is the peak bone mass achieved in adulthood, the larger and denser the bones are to begin with, the less...Read More »

Reduce Anxiety with These 5 Easy Tips

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 by Janelle B.
Here are 5 easy stress relief help steps to reduce anxiety in your everyday life:

1.  Start your day with a green-apple scented shampoo. Try Desert Essence Green Apple & Ginger and it's 100% Vegan. MRI brain scans show you'll calm the forefront of the brain, which governs emotions.

2. Reduce stress with sea salt! It's rich in soothing magnesium and calcium and helps relax the nervous system, ease muscle tension, and is even effective against the also makes for good skin health! (This...Read More »

Udon Noodles with Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 by Janelle B.

Experience the best in healthy cooking (limiting your intake of saturated fats and hydrogenated oils) by using flaxseed oil as your cooking oil of choice. Flaxseed oil includes the healthy essential fatty acids benefits found in flaxseed. Here's a quick and easy recipe featuring many natural organic foods that you can get from Swanson Health Products at a great price!

Recipe: Udon Noodles with Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce

Use all organic or locally grown whenever possible
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Women, Do Your Breasts Hurt?

Sunday, October 10, 2010 by Janelle B.
Hurt no more!  New research reveals just a few surprising tweaks to your diet can reduce breast discomfort fast! 
  • Cut back on caffeine and chocolate!       Easier said than done, right!?  Especially when the chocolate looks this yummy!    Coffee, tea, and chocolate contain methylxanthines, natural stimulates that encourage cyst growth.  Noncancerous cysts are a source of breast pain for more than half of all women at some point!  Get back your good skin health!
  • Eat a fruit salad!  The fiber in...
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5 Meditation Techniques

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 by Janelle B.
Are you too busy, intimidated or scattered to meditate?  Here are 5 beginner-friendly meditation techniques to try for wellness and stress relief help. I just completed the Basic Breathing Meditation and now feel so relaxed.  Since I walk almost every day, I will try to combine the Breathing & Listening Meditation with the Walking Meditation.

Listening Meditation:  This listening practice is a way of interacting with the environment that allows you to take in the whole energy of the present...Read More »

Buckwheat Pancakes with Fresh Blueberries! Yum!

Sunday, September 26, 2010 by Janelle B.
Buckwheat Pancakes with BlueberriesRecently, we visited a good friend in Orlando FL and he made us Buckwheat Pancakes with fresh blueberries for brunch. YUM! Yum! When we returned home I wondered if I loved these so much because we were on vacation AND I wasn't the one doing the cooking! So I tried these myself and absolutely fell in love with the fresh warm blueberry taste, and I found I didn't need the maple syrup!

I now make these for brunch on the weekends when our health-conscious kids come to visit - they also love them for...Read More »

10 Ways to Support a Friend in Need

Saturday, June 19, 2010 by Janelle B.

How do you support a friend who is going through a serious illness?

It can be painful and difficult to learn that a friend has been diagnosed with a serious illness. You may feel that you don't know how best to help or sometimes even what to say. When someone close to you is seriously ill, the usual rules and responsibilities of a close relationship change. No longer will you have a 50-50 or even a 70-30 connection. Instead, for the duration of your friend's illness, you will need to carry at...

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Living Above The Equator in Need of Vitamin D

Monday, June 14, 2010 by Janelle B.
I live above the equator (like so many others) so I need that extra burst of Vitamin D.  During the winter months, I take at least 4,000 IU's plus an extra spray shot whenever I think of it just in case my body is needing it & it's not telling me! In the summer months, I probably don't need as much. But since I wear sunscreen and work in the office, I'm not outdoors as much as I'd like, so I continue to take 4,000 IU's, but may skip the additional spray dosage. 

My favorite vitamin D sources from...Read More »

Dr. Oz's De-Stress Plan

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 by Janelle B.
Over the years I have followed Dr. Oz's advice and have not been disappointed. He's one of my go-to natural health information sources. So when I came across this article about how to reduce stress doing some very simple steps, I was pleased that I was already doing some of these, but needed to add black tea to my diet. Swanson Health Products has over 30 products in the category called Stress Relief & Sleep!  I'll let you decide which one is best for you!   R & R everyone!

Commit to improving...Read More »

Country's Unexpected Pleasures

Saturday, June 5, 2010 by Janelle B.
I grew up in the country, so I'm familiar with the benefits like wide open spaces, large gardens (organic foods benefits!), wild flowers, country scents - fresh air, pets running free and neighbors about a mile away!  I've heard fox and coyotes in the distance, especially at night,  but what I've never experienced as a child was watching baby fox up close! 

My husband's game camera captured several sightings of an adult fox on the abandoned farm next to us.  So he adjusted the camera to capture...Read More »