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Menopause Mamma

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Hello ladies!  WOW!! The response to my Facebook post regarding my journey with menopause has  convinced me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, there is a need to talk about this subject together as a community!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR ENCOURAGING WORDS OF SUPPORT!!

As we move forward, I want to say that this is my journey. It doesn’t make it right, it just makes it mine.  The way I went about it may not resonate with you and that’s ok!!  My goal in sharing is to just walk you through my process of information gathering, deciding about my course of action, the steps I took, why I took them and the ultimate outcome I’ve experienced.

As I look back on the last 3 years, it has been a journey of incredible highs and lows, ups and downs and everything in between. My poor husband, as many of you know, I’ve known him since I was 14.  He was my tennis instructor, I was his student.  Our first date was a banana split at DQ because I threw a bag of balls to his students to help him out.  Fell in love with his legs first, the rest grew on me.  My kids always say, “Mom, geese, TMI”!!

We married young.  I was 20, yes, I know, especially today THAT’S YOUNG!!  After 32 years of marriage, I can honestly say, he’s my best friend and he’s stayed by my side through puberty and now the other end of that spectrum, the “change of life”.  Kind of a double whammy, poor guy!!  Are you feeling for him yet…you should.  Do you remember puberty?  Do you remember crying at the drop of a hat, for really ridiculous reasons and having very little control over it?  Do you remember feeling anxious, foggy in the head, did body image mean a lot to you?  Ha…if any of those things ring true in your memory banks…I hate to be the barer of bad news, but you’ll get to do lots of it all over again.  Our bodies during puberty activate all 7 of our amazing hormones that prepare us for our childbearing years.  (Quick side note to those readers out there who have not had children, but wanted to and those who chose to not go down that path, LOVE TO YOU!!)  Menopause is our bodies response to no longer being in our child bearing years.

I’m an AVID READER!! I’ve always been that way, so my journey began with a book.  This link will take you to the book.  I know this Dr. personally.  I’ve spent literally hours in his presence, because he provides continued education seminars on nutrition, that I’ve attended over the years.  We became really great friends.  One day we got into a conversation and he asked me how my transition of life was going.  I was a little surprised because I hadn’t mentioned anything about the fact that I hadn’t had a period in about 6 months to him.  I asked him, “How did you  know that about me”?  He said, “My wife and I have successfully supported hundreds of women through the transition and I can tell based on how your body has changed since the last time I saw you”.   Of course I was intrigued because he was able to draw that conclusion simply by looking at me fully clothed.  He shared his book with me and strongly encouraged me to read it.  Whenever I am in the presence of brilliance, I listen and this guy is BRILLIANT!! I read it several times.  I treated it like a text book.  I highlighted, I dogged eared, I wrote in the columns, I DEVOURED IT!!  It just made so much sense to me!!

That’s the first step.  EDUCATION!!  To become our own best advocates, we must be educated about what is going on with our bodies.


Colostrum for Immune Health

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  Grass Fed Cows Are the BEST

Have you noticed how often you get sick from a trip on an airplane, especially long or multiple flights?  Ever wondered what you might be able to do to minimize that possibility?  With summer quickly approaching and lots of vacation trips with family on long flights, the last thing anyone wants is to plan that ultimate vacation and end up sick.  Want to know a secret that can naturally give your body that extra kick of immune health just when you need it most? Colostrum is the answer.

Colostrum, Mother’s Milk, contains a wide array of nutrients and is responsible for “turning on” a child’s immune system.  It provides over 100 times the amount of immunoglobulins as regular milk. Colostrum is also rich in transfer factors that educate and modulate the immune system and teaches it to recognize antigens.   Colostrum also provides immunological balance, increases energy and reduces inflammation and illness.

With consistent supplementation, colostrum also supports individuals with chronic gut problems, IBS, candidiasis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and autism typically have low slgA.  Colostrum is the most prolific substance for boosting slgA levels in the gut. It provides a balancing effect on the immune system by reducing inflammatory cytokines and pathogenic species in the gut.

Bovine colostrum has an identical structure to the natural colostrum produced by humans.  Research has attributed many health benefits to bovine colostrum including: improved gut stability and nutrient absorption.  The best form of colostrum available comes from grass fed cows. It’s important to get colostrum in a minimally processed organic form that is free of chemicals and high-heat pasteurization.  It should be taken on an empty stomach.

If you are planning any trips surrounded by recycled air full of germs, give your body the many benefits of colostrum to keep you and your loved ones from spending your vacation recovering from being sick.  IsaMune is what I recommend.  It recently kept me from getting sick after 17 days of travel, 8 flights, that many airports and traveling coast to coast, my husband who did not take it, was ill after 2 flights.  It’s a fast acting spray, made from grass fed cattle from New Zealand, is organic and chemical free, no high-heat pasteurization, tastes great, portable, affordable, convenient and .85 fluid oz’s, so it’s not a security concern.