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New Years Resolution Every Day

Every January, millions of people make a list of all the things they hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. When we carry over unfilled resolutions from the previous year to the new year, are we setting ourselves up for another feeling of failure?

Probably the most common resolution is to live a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise. After a short while, we start beating ourselves up when we cheat on our diet or forego exercise. The struggle to fulfill unrealistic expectations may leave us feeling defeated when we fall back into old routines, having not accomplished our goals or seen any real differences.

What if we took a different approach to making changes and decided to just be the best we can be EVERY DAY, and really mean it! Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, hold positive intentions to take even the smallest steps toward achieving your goals.

You can take better care of your body by focusing on all the foods that are good for you rather than lamenting over the items that you shouldn’t eat. Use opportunities to get exercise through common activities, like parking a distance away from your destination, taking the stairs, carrying your groceries, etc.

Can you imagine the possibilities in this world if we simply vowed to be a better person? Showing kindness to others would go a long way in helping us be more successful in our everyday endeavors. If we saw someone that was struggling and walked beside them and gave them words of encouragement or direction, just imagine how life-changing it might be for them. If we change ourselves to always think positively and be a positive person instead of always pointing out others’ flaws and dwelling on the negativity, the wave of positive energy will overtake the world and this will become a better place for all to live.

It starts with little things. Don’t bark out orders at your family. Get up early and make coffee for your spouse or breakfast for the kids. Wave to your neighbor when leaving for work instead of rushing to your car. While driving to work, don’t cut someone off in traffic but let them get in line ahead of you. At the office, ask if you can help someone with their work or chat with a coworker you hardly know. Call your Mom at lunchtime and tell her you love her. When you get home from work, don’t kick your shoes off and sit down to watch TV for the rest of the night. Have a conversation with your spouse and children. Ask them how their day was and really be interested in what they have to say. You will be surprised how much fun it can really be. Tell your family how grateful you are for having them in your life. You will be surprised on how far just a few small words will go to encourage someone else and let them know they are loved.

So for 2019, let every day be your new year’s resolution day. Resolve to be the best that you can be. If you have a bad day, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move on. Don’t let it make you feel defeated. Tomorrow is a new day; it can be a much better one if you focus on others instead of yourself. In a positive world, there are no such things as problems, just learning experiences and educational opportunities.

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The Day After New Years Eve is not Always Happy :(

As we look forward into the new year, the first day is not always a bright one for everyone. Some may have stayed up late and over indulged with food and alcohol the night before and are feeling like the pit of misery. For those of you that may have only had one or two alcoholic beverages but are still feeling under the weather, we may have an answer for you as to why:

Alcohol intolerance can cause immediate, uncomfortable reactions after you drink alcohol. The most common signs and symptoms are stuffy nose and skin flushing.

Alcohol intolerance is caused by a genetic condition in which the body can’t break down alcohol efficiently. The only way to prevent these uncomfortable reactions is to avoid alcohol.

Although not a true allergy, in some cases, what seems to be an alcohol intolerance might be your reaction to something in an alcoholic beverage — such as chemicals, grains or preservatives.Combining alcohol with certain medications also can cause reactions.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of alcohol intolerance — or of a reaction to ingredients in an alcoholic beverage — may include:

  • Facial redness (flushing)
  • Red, itchy skin bumps (hives)
  • Worsening of pre-existing asthma
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea

When to see a doctor

Having a mild intolerance to alcohol or something else in alcoholic beverages might not require a trip to a doctor. Simply avoid alcohol, limit how much you drink or avoid certain types of alcoholic beverages.

However, if you have a serious reaction or severe pain, see your doctor. Also, if your symptoms seem to be linked to an allergy or a medication you’re taking, see your doctor.

Causes

Alcohol intolerance may occur when your body doesn’t have the proper enzymes to break down (metabolize) the toxins in alcohol.

Other ingredients commonly found in alcoholic beverages, especially in beer or wine, can cause intolerance reactions. These include:

  • Sulfites or other preservatives
  • Chemicals, grains or other ingredients
  • Histamine, a byproduct of fermentation or brewing

In some cases, reactions can be triggered by a true allergy to a grain such as corn, wheat or rye or to another substance in alcoholic beverages.

Rarely, severe pain after drinking alcohol is a sign of a more serious disorder, such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Risk factors

Risk factors for alcohol intolerance or other reactions to alcoholic beverages include:

  • Having asthma or hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
  • Having an allergy to grains or to another food
  • Having Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Complications

Depending on the cause, complications of alcohol intolerance or other reactions to alcoholic beverages can include:

  • Migraines. Drinking alcohol can trigger migraines in some people, possibly as a result of histamines contained in some alcoholic beverages. Your immune system also releases histamines during an allergic reaction.
  • A severe allergic reaction. In rare instances, an allergic reaction can be life-threatening (anaphylactic reaction) and require emergency treatment.

Prevention

Unfortunately, nothing can prevent reactions to alcohol or ingredients in alcoholic beverages. To avoid a reaction, avoid alcohol or the particular substance that causes your reaction.

Read beverage labels to see whether they contain ingredients or additives you know cause a reaction, such as sulfites or certain grains. Be aware, however, that labels might not list all ingredients.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alcohol-intolerance/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20369215

5Strands Affordable Testing wishes you and your family a FABULOUS 2019 filled with good health and happiness. We are looking for great things to come!

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5Strands Affordable Testing Shining Stars

As 2018 comes to a close, we sit back and reflect on what a year we have had at 5Strands Affordable Testing. Our company has grown not only in size and revenue but in our appreciation for our customers.We could not have accomplished what we have if not for our customers. We have strived to create a product that will help people and back it up with great customer support. Here at 5Strands Affordable Testing we take pride in our customer service. We firmly believe in making our customers happy and to make sure each and every one is taken care of.

Our success has been attributed all to you. We would like to share some customer reviews and testimonies to show you why we have had such an awesome year!

Rated 5 out of 5

Lauren Speer – July 20, 2018

I am a college student, and this test was extremely affordable! When I got my results back, it really made sense why I had an upset stomach after I ate certain foods. I would recommend this test to anyone who frequently has an upset stomach or other undesirable symptoms after eating something. I never linked it back to certain foods because I had been eating them my entire life! Now that I know, I have cut back a lot on the foods that affect me negatively, and I have seen a HUGE difference in how I feel. From my results, I have also been able to eat more foods that I have a deficiency in, and this has also positively improved my health. Overall, this test is a MUST buy!! You will not be disappointed!!

Rated 5 out of 5

Leah Walker – August 10, 2018

I always wondered why my stomach would get upset after I ate chicken.. I found this company and did the test. I ended up having a level 3 intolerance to chicken, which mad total since because I ate chicken basically every night for dinner. I took chicken out of my diet for 2 months. I ended up getting re-tested about a month ago and chicken isn’t on there anymore!!!

Rated 5 out of 5

Keegan Foreness – October 4, 2018

Spent 1200 at my vet 2 weeks ago and was told nothing informative on how to help Bailey after running all these tests on him. The next day I bought this test because my friend told me to try it. The amount of information was incredible. The results tied into the diet I had Bailey on. I removed the level 3 intolerances like the recommended and I write this today with a happier pup because of it! (No more swollen anal glands… sorry if that is tmi)

Rated 5 out of 5

Ashleigh W. – October 13, 2018

I will be referring anyone and everyone I can do you!! What a great team and a great service 🙂

Rated 5 out of 5

Brian Vail – November 17, 2017

This testing company is fantastic!!!! I have been reading about food allergens and food sensitivities and decided to get myself tested and I was shocked by the results! “Healthy foods” like spinach almonds and coffee, which I eat every day were causing an immune response! I have cut them out of my diet for the last two weeks and feel much better. I feel a lot less bloated, tight and achy. I feel a lot more energetic in the morning and my occasional acne has stopped popping up.

The seller delivered my results in two weeks and it was super easy to read and understand. The free nutritional consultation follow up made this well worth it. they helped me understand all of my other results and how to remove them from my diet and home.

Purchased a test for my husband, daughter, and dog too! Their results just got here and hope they will soon feel as amazing as me.

Rated 5 out of 5

Ashley Carter – December 5, 2018

Ordered for the whole family (5 people). The results came quickly. Turns out, we are alike but very different. It will take some time to implement, but we received some very interesting information. Very reasonable, I recommend the test for anyone who wants to know and understand more about their body.

These are just some of the testimonies from the people that we have been able to help. We are so thankful and grateful for everyone that has put their trust in our company. Because of this, we have been able to help change so many lives. For those of us that work here, this is not just a job but our passion to help people feel better.

We are looking forward to the new year and what is has in store for us all.