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Gain your Composure

The major cause of nervousness, anxiety, restlessness and sleepiness is stress. We need to be aware of how stress impacts our health.

A drop of water falling in the same spot over a period of time will eventually erode the surface it is impacting, whether concrete, rock, wood, or other substances. Stress and lack of rest are very much like that drop of water falling on the surface of our body , mind, and emotions. It’s effect is cumulative and if left unchecked, can disrupt any or every part of our lives depending on its intensity.

Stress is the tension that results when our response to what is happening in a given moment triggers our flight or fight mechanism—how our bodies react to a shock or perceived threat. Stress can be useful in small doses. For example, the stress of seeing the finish line may cause an athlete to experience a burst of speed in the race for the finish.

However, undue stress is above and beyond that which we were created to endure. It occurs when we work too much, sleep too little, struggle with family , work, financial, and social obligations, deprive our body of needed nutrients, or
or experience injuries.

When we experience stress, the adrenal glands release
cortisol, a hormone designed to help our body utilize proteins, carbohydrates and fats to produce the energy to respond to whatever is causing the stress. Normally, cortisol levels are higher in the morning and diminish during the day allowing us to rest in the evening.   When stress continues through the day and creates a demand for increased amounts of cortisol, adrenal exhaustion and unnaturally high levels of cortisol can result in sleeplessness, blood sugar irregularities, high blood pressure, fat accumulation, exhaustion and more. The overall result is that stress depresses the immune system and opens the doors to numerous health issues.

Special blend of herbs to help you naturally and safely deal with stress


Composure is a special blend of the extracts and whole herbs of eight herbs that work together to help you in times of stress. You may find yourself more relaxed, and when combined with a healthy diet, experience a healthy sense of

Composure uses herbal extracts and whole herbs. The extracts are extracted from the whole herb and spray-dried back on to them in a special process that uses water, not harmful substances.  Then they are ground. The whole herbs are also ground.

Composure is 100 percent natural. There are no artificial
colors, flavors, or preservatives, nor are there any added sugars,
salts, yeasts, or fillers. And, the capsule is vegetarian.

Following are the individual herbs that make up Composure.
Affects: stomach, blood
Alfalfa is one of the green grasses, which are some of the most nutritionally rich foods there are. It is a source of chlorophyll, vitamins, including A, D, E, K, and beta carotene, and minerals, including selenium. It is especially rich in minerals, as it pulls up nutrients from root depths as great as 130 feet. It is also an effective overall tonic used for rebuilding the body after serious
or prolonged weakness or illness.
Irish Moss
Affects: lungs, kidneys, skin
Irish moss contains 15 of the 18 elements composing the human body. It contains vitamins A, D, E, and K and is also high in iodine and calcium.
Marshmallow Root
Affects: intestines, kidneys, bladder
Marshmallow root derives its botanical name from the Greek word altho, which means “to heal.” Humbart Santillo, in Natural Healing with Herbs, calls marshmallow root a nutritive. Michael Castleman, in The Healing Herbs, notes that it is a digestive aid. It also has a calming effect on the body.
Affects: nerves, uterus, stomach, lungs
Research has shown that oat bran, and to a lesser extent oatmeal, may help reduce high blood cholesterol. Oats contain flavonoids, a number of minerals, vitamins B1, B2, D, E, and carotene, as well as wheat protein. It is a natural relaxant. Santillo, in Natural Healing with Herbs, notes that oatstraw is good for the nerves, and Penelope Ody, in The Complete Medicinal Herbal,
notes that it may help with depression.
Affects: nerves, circulation
Passionflower was used by Native Americans to soothe the nerves, and it has been used more recently for hyperactivity, insomnia, Parkinson’s disease, and nervous tension. Its constituents maltol, ethyl-maltol, and some flavonoids are potentially sedating, and another constituent, passi-florine, reportedly promotes calmness and ability to sleep. In Europe, passionflower is used in sedative preparations.
Shavegrass (Horsetail grass)
Affects: kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs
Shavegrass is a member of one of the oldest groups of plants on earth. The plant’s success can be attributed to its ability to grow in poor soil with minimum moisture. It has been used both internally and externally since the 16th century, usually as a powder. As an herb, the entire plant is used. It contains flavonoids and minerals.
Slippery Elm Bark
Affects: whole body
Slippery elm bark was used by Native Americans as a skin ointment. It heals burns, wounds, and poison ivy. It also boosts the adrenal glands and respiratory system, and draws out impurities. Castleman, in The Healing Herbs, and Ody, in
The Complete Medicinal Herbal, cite the bark as being good for digestion. It neutralizes stomach acids.
Affects: blood
The yucca is a cactus-like succulent common to the western United States and most of Mexico. It helps reduce inflammation and pain in joints.

Key Benefits and Features
• Helps maintain neuro health
• Increases relaxation
• More than sixteen years of safe and beneficial use by AIM Members
• 200 mg of herbal extracts per capsule
• 200 mg of whole herbs per capsule
• Economical and convenient
• 60-count vegetarian capsules


Q:  These herbs are also in AIM Herbal Fiberblend®. Why don’t I just take this?
A:  Composure was created because so many people experienced benefits from the herbs in Herbal Fiberblendand asked us to give them the herbs without the fiber. You can, of course, take Herbal Fiberblend and get some of the herbal effect.

Q:  Can I take Composure with Herbal Fiberblend or other AIM products?
A:  Yes, you can take Composure with other AIM products.   Taking Composure with Herbal Fiberblend will enhance the herbal benefits of Composure.

Q:  Will this product make me sleepy?
A:  Some people do experience this effect, while others do not.

Q:  Do I need to take Composure every day?
A:  The needs of each individual vary. Some people feel it is useful to take Composure only during times of stress.  Others use it regularly as part of an overall health program.  Composure should be used daily during the period of supplementation in which you choose to use it (as opposed to taking it two times per week or whenever you feel like using it). There is no problem with daily use of Composure from a safety point of view.

Q:  Is it better to take Composure during the day, or should I only take it at night?
A:  Take Composure when you feel it is needed. Some people take it during the day to help with stressful situations, and others take it in the evening to help relax.

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Faith and it’s impact on Stress

Peaceful Sunset

Sunset on Northwood lake

Life and stress… let’s face it…. We all have to deal with some type of stress in our lives daily.  For the most part, we deal with it almost effortlessly and seem to manage just fine.  But what about when we can’t deal with stress?  What if we are constantly bombarded and are unable to deflect the blows?

How we react to stress and stressful situations can determine our health. Some turn to unhealthy behaviors to try and deal with stress, they could include alcohol and substance abuse.  Others may turn to food.  Others still may light up a cigarette or stay up into the wee hours on the internet, trying to find relief, but actually causing more harm by sacrificing sleep.  These behaviors negatively affect our health and well being.

Faith can be the anchor that keeps a person steady in times of stress and turmoil.  Biblical principles can be the rudder that keeps us on course, no matter how the sea of life is tossing us.  These principles often enable us to live a life much less impacted by stress…stress that others would see as overwhelming .

In one of the verses of a song I wrote, called, “Fill me up with Jesus” I struggle with troubles & stress, but when I look to Jesus, I am reminded He is all I need.

“Lord, I feel I’m drifting, getting bumped along life’s way.

Sometimes I feel my sails are torn and any storm could make me sway.

I need some reassurance that the path I walk is true.

Sometimes I feel I’m empty and my resources are few.

Fill me up with Jesus, til there’s room for nothing else, no room for pride or prejudice,

Til there’s nothing left of self

Fill me up with Jesus; He’s all the fuel I need,

He holds me and consoles me, on His Word, I wish to feed”.

We still have all the potential stressors, but how we react to them determines our health or lack of.  If we can look through our “God lens”, so to speak and rely on Him for support, we will not be so overwhelmed.  A steadfast faith and a positive attitude can certainly impact our mental and physical health and impact what our lifestyle habits and choices are.

I believe it is our habits that largely impact our health and the very quality of our lives.

Contact me at Tami@MyFathersWellness.com

Never be Sick Again by Raymond Francis

I just finished reading an amazing book called “Never Be Sick Again” by Raymond Francis, M.Sc with Kester Cotton.  It was a very beneficial book for me to read in several ways.  I learned that health is a choice I or anyone can make.  I can either pay now for better quality food, or pay for doctors and hospitals later.  My health is determined by many things that my body is exposed to.  I learned about one disease and two causes, as well as six pathways to health and I can choose to be healthy or not by how I travel those pathways.   Food combining was another area covered in the book that I knew nothing about, yet makes perfect sense to me now.

I learned what the term disease really means.  It is when our cells malfunction to the degree that they interfere with the body’s ability to balance and regulate itself.  The concept of one disease, which is cellular malfunction and two causes, which are deficiency and toxicity, is so simple and yet so true.  The deficiency being our cells not getting what they need to thrive and survive and toxicity being our cells being poisoned by something they do not need.  The six pathways were so interesting.  I found myself losing track of time as I read about how nutrition, toxins, psychological, physical, genetic, and medical pathways between health and disease and they determine our health.  I learned that a holistic approach to health requires attention to all of these pathways.  Our lack of knowledge about these areas is something we are missing in our society today.

I must be proactive in my own health.  Sickness never happens without a cause.  Illness is a result of the poor choices I have made.  By placing the blame for sickness on excuses, I can relieve myself of responsibility.  But it cannot be the case.  I am the one putting the lower quality food in my mouth and choosing household chemicals and cleaners that are not good for my body.  Most of the time, I did not even know I was making poor choices.  Now I know and by learning and accepting responsibility for my own health, I am empowered.  I have learned many ways to improve my health within the pages of this book, including being aware of the dangers and toxins all around me and how depleted our food is of essential nutrients.

I did not realize that we are a nation that eats too many calories, yet we are getting too few nutrients.  That causes our brain to ask for more food to try to make up the difference.  That is leading to obesity in greater numbers than ever before.  Our soil is depleted, so in order to grow plants, chemical fertilizers are being used.  Plants are genetically altered to grow faster and to appear bigger and more vibrant.  On the inside they are starving for real nutrients, as are we.  Pesticides are used to kills parasites and pests, because the plants are so weak and malnourished, they have very little defenses against the common pests that our grandparents gardens had no problem conquering.

Stress is another factor in our health.  Many people today are spending lots of time in emergency mode.  I learned that to minimize damage for chronic stress, I must find healthful ways to adapt, such as social support and activities, counseling, meditation, therapy, exercise, yoga, self-hypnosis, keeping a journal, and my favorite, prayer.   I can also choose whether to “stress out” or seize the opportunity and go with the flow.  Learning to laugh and being flexible has also helped me deal with stressful situations.

Food combining and how I eat is another topic I found very beneficial.  Learning about what foods go well together for proper digestion was enlightening.  If I force my body to digest incompatible foods, it results in improperly digested foods that produce dangerous toxins.  It also deprives my body of essential nutrients.  A couple things I learned about food combining is not to eat fruits with anything else and on an empty stomach.  Vegetable and protein or vegetable and starch together is okay, but do not eat protein with starch.  I usually mixed these two and was wondering why I had indigestion.

This book was very beneficial to me.  I would recommend this book to others, in fact, I already have.  It is important for people to realize that we are in control of our health.  What we put into our bodies affects our health. If we can just understand that concept, we can prevent disease and illness.  Most times, we never even think about our health or what we are exposing our bodies to, either in our food, drink, skin products, or environment, until we are sick.  One statement from the book that sticks with me is, “Our health is determined by the positive things we do for our bodies minus the negative things we do to our bodies.”  I am now equipped with ways to improve my health.

I am a certified Biblical Health Coach and would love to hear from you.  Find me onFaceBook.com, type in Aim For Balance or check out more of my blogs and great AIM whole health products at my on-line store www.aimforbalance.com