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How To Prevent Conference Fatigue:  How to stay grounded at your next conference, workshop, or long training.

conference-nametagLong days in chilly hotel rooms where you mingle with strangers (or friends), breathe in air conditioning, and stand for hours on end can be a mix of excitement and fatigue. You often leave these situations sick, tired, hoarse, overwhelmed, giddy, and just feeling a bit all over the place. Your feet often hurt, your digestion system out of whack, and even though you may be buzzing with new ideas, your whole body and mind are often just plain tired.

Here’s how to get through every conference taking with you the positive, but leaving behind the draining feeling, the sore feet, and (hopefully) the post-conference colds!

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Wouldn’t it be great to shine and feel and look great all the time?

Here’s the good news.  You can, just by adding certain foods to your daily diet.  Here are some of the foods to nourish, cleanse, detoxify–and ground!

1.    Grapefruit

Grapefruit supports the liver by flooding it with nutrient-rich juice, and that’s important, because the liver’s a vital organ, especially when it comes to removing toxins. You need to keep it in tip-top shape.

Grapefruit is also highly alkalizing. That’s important because, while disease and aging thrive in an acidic environment, it never does in an alkaline one.  That means you want keep your blood PH  on the alkaline side.

If you need more:  Grapefruit is effective for weight loss, because it helps the liver burn fat.

2.    Lemon

Many think of it as acid, probably because it’s a citrus. Once metabolized, however, it becomes alkaline.  Drink a glass of water with fresh lemon and you’ll support digestion and boost immunity, because you’ll send vitamin C to your defense cells.  Some also believe lemon is calming and increases concentration and alertness.

3.    Kale

With more iron than beef, kale is a nutritional powerhouse, packed  vitamins and other nutrients. It boosts immunity, fights arthritis, asthma and aids some autoimmune disorders.

Since kale contains sulphur and fiber, it’s also a great detoxifier.

4.    Water

Water’s not really a food,although some do insist that bottled water is a food.  Never-the-less, don’t ever underestimate it.

Some facts about water and dehydration:

1. 85 percent of all headaches are caused by dehydration?

2. The body is made up of at least 75% water. Water flushes toxins, increases metabolism and energy; it also contributes to youthfulness, because it plumps skin and muscles and decreases sagging.

Water has been found to aid heart health. A study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drank more than five glasses of water a day were 41 percent less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.

5.     Avocado

Avocado is packed with vitamin E, a natural antioxidant (often found in skin cremes) that supports everything from the brain to the heart and from the respiratory to circulatory systems.

Avocados also contains nearly 20 other vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, such as potassium, magnesium, folic acid, vitamins B6 and C and fiber.


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The immune system is probably the most important one in the body, because it influences the entire body.  It’s the defense force, fighting, and stopping, those invaders both within and without the body.

Keep your immune system in tip top share. The better it works, the better the body will cope with all the toxicity it will come across—and vice versa, because the lighter the toxic load, the better your immune system will work.

Here are some common things that weaken it.

  • Allergies: These are really a malfunction of the immune system because the body will see everything as a potential enemy and attack it. The immune system will keep working and working, which eventually results in a weakening and even more allergies.
  • Stress:  Whether the threat is real or imagined, the physiological reaction will always be the same, including increased cortisol and adrenaline, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and inflammation. You’ll also experience sleep deprivation, possible weight gain, and hair loss (or gain, in places you don’t want it, like the face). Practice stress management techniques, including meditation, breathing exercises and self-care like massages.
  • Processed foods: Today’s fast-food mentality includes packaged “convenience” foods that are often laden with sugar, salt, fat and chemicals. A healthy diet should include plenty vegetables and fruit; nuts, seeds; some spices like turmeric and cinnamon; and herbs, such as parsley and garlic.
  • Sleep deprivation:  A few years back, the Archives of Internal Medicine conducted a small, contained study.  They gave 153 people the rhino (common cold) virus by nose and those who got less than 7 hours were 300 percent more susceptible to getting a cold.
  • Alcohol.  Although some studies reveal that moderate alcohol intake can actually aid the immune system, alcohol overall has detrimental effect on health, including the brain and cardio system.
  • Lack of exercise. It enhancesmoods, by releasing those natural feel-good hormones, endorphins, which also promotes better sleep. Exercise carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells and helps detoxify the body, by eliminating toxins, accumulated wastes and poisons.