How Stress Can Make You Stronger

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You can’t live with it, and you can’t live without it. And, much like the question of whether having eggs for breakfast is a good or bad idea, the debate over stress is an ongoing bone of contention. Some say stress causes everything from the common cold to cancer, and some say stress does for the mind what weightlifting does for the body—it helps build strength and resilience.

Which argument should you believe? Is there a healthy way to deal with stress?

Life is stress

stressOne thing for sure—if you are alive, you are experiencing stress. In a sense, life is stress; each day subjects us to changes in the weather, unexpected challenges and requests, deadlines to meet, news (whether perceived as “good” or “bad”), disagreements, disappointments, fear and the like—and all of these bring on stress.

Researchers commonly understand “stress” as anything that disrupts your normal routine and elicits a reaction. If you are stepping out into a crosswalk and someone yells “Look out!” just as a car speeds by, the stress of the moment was helpful. It caused you to stop and look instead of walking in front of an automobile. There are other types of stress, though, that wear your defenses down and can lower your resistance to disease.

The worst kind of stress

Stress that arises, but soon dissipates, can help keep us on our toes. Most people enjoy the thrill of a ride at the county fair or the exhilaration of listening to a motivational keynote speech.

When the stress settles in for the long term, though, and when the underlying situation seems to be completely out of our control, stress can turn on us—tearing us apart from the inside out. The loss of your spouse, being blocked from advancement at work, chronic health problems—all of these are types of stress that can destroy a person. They can rob the joy from life and bring on (what can seem to be) an endless stream of insurmountable problems in their wake.
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How to fight back

Those who suffer stress-related symptoms—irritability, tiredness, headaches, skin rashes, lack of motivation, outbursts of anger and such—often try to place the blame elsewhere, instead of looking squarely at the problem. After all, the situation seems uncontrollable and the ramifications seem overwhelming.

Left unaddressed, these situations set the sufferer up for certain failure—maybe even for psychological problems or attempts at suicide. The first thing to remember when the cloud of distress begins to settle is that there are options. You are not stuck without hope.

For instance:

  • Get up and get going. Exercise invigorates the body, giving tangible proof of your ability to endure and to move on.
  • Breathe. Under stress, the breath becomes shallow and interrupted. Much benefit can be derived from simple breath exercises. Breathe in hope; breathe out anxiety. There are many books and teachings on breath management that can help.
  • Change to a different job–one where you are appreciated. Look at the options: Are you an entrepreneur at heart? Who needs your talents?
  • Find faith and meaning. Life can be overwhelming and life can be scary. There is much in the world to fear. Denying that fact does not help one cope with reality.
  • Embrace the change, or embrace the potential for change. Consider the timeless maxim, “This too shall pass.”


The value of remembering purpose and letting go of your (imagined) control

Those who believe life has meaning can survive calamities that cause others to give up and die. The work of Dr.Viktor Frankl poignantly bears this out, especially his detailed descriptions of what it was like to be a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camps of WWII.

Any method of dealing with stress, though, begins with recognizing stress and agreeing with yourself that something can be done to either alleviate or endure the situation.

You can probably pick up a large stone without much difficulty. You can even hold it straight out in front of you. After a short period, though, your arm will grow tired. It won’t be long before the muscles start to quiver. And at some point, your ability to hold the stone will collapse entirely.

That is the way it is with stress. You can’t hold it for long. Don’t try. Do something about it. Tell someone about it. Fight back. Like Dr. Frankl, you may find the insurmountable problem really was there to help make you stronger, not to punish you or break you or hurt you.

Life is a school, my friend.

Listen and learn.

What Makes Melaleuca’s Oligo Such a Game-Changer?


Seeking solutions from nature

In fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods, plants draw nutrients from the soil, binding them to proteins and fibers. In this form they are in an ideal condition for the human body to use and absorb them. The team of Melaleuca scientists set out to duplicate the process used by nature. They tested hundreds of mineral forms before landing on what would become known as Oligo. And the results were nothing short of astounding.

10 times more available for absorption*

Only Oligo binds minerals to organic compounds (amino acids and oligofructose) to mirror the way they are found in fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods to maximize solubility.

In fact, Oligo minerals are scientifically proven to be up to 10 times more available for absorption than the minerals in the leading brands.*

In 2010, Oligo achieved another milestone. For the first time ever, a complete multivitamin-mineral formula was tested for absorption using actual human intestinal cells. The study showed that Oligo is not only the best in laboratory conditions, it’s also superior when it comes to the ultimate test—the human body. In fact, Oligo was proven to deliver up to 4 times greater absorption through actual intestinal cells compared to non-Oligo multivitamin-mineral forms.

A supplement revolution Just Like Nature®

Oligo truly changed the game of nutritional supplements. It was developed from the ground up to address the two critical flaws in mineral supplementation—absorption and excess free radical creation—to help ensure that the nutrition information on the label is the same amount that makes it into your body. Oligo is like no other mineral form on the market. Its effectiveness has been proven repeatedly. And only Melaleuca has it!

Oligo gives you more of what your body needs most

While the FDA requires product labels to clearly indicate the amounts of minerals in each supplement, as well as the form of the mineral, it doesn’t require proof of solubility or absorbability. That means the amount that’s listed on the label can greatly differ from the amount available for your body to absorb and use. For example, to get the same amount of vitamin C or copper found in just one dose of the Vitality Pack®, you’d have to take massive amounts of the popular grocery store brands.

* When tested against the sulfate, gluconate, oxide, and fumarate forms of copper, iron, manganese, and zinc (the forms commonly used by almost all commercially marketed nutritional supplements) at intestinal conditions.

How Attain GC Control is Putting Melaleuca Customers Back in Control

WHAT KIND OF DIFFERENCE can a shake make? Just ask Deb Brown, Frances Martin, and Linda Hutchinson, who have seen their lives transformed since Melaleuca introduced GC Control in May 2012.*

Question: Where was your health headed before you discovered GC Control?

Deb Brown:

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I had all five of the risk factors of metabolic syndrome—high blood pressure, high triglycerides, HDL not in the right range. My blood sugar was usually over 100. I was pre-diabetic and overweight. I have been on every diet but the cabbage diet, and I had never been successful at really losing weight and keeping it off. I’d gotten to the point where I just figured the heck with it—I’m just going to be 100 pounds overweight. Things aren’t going to change.

Frances Martin:

Melaleuca helps lose weightI was an obese child, an obese teenager, and obese on into adulthood. I lost my mother at age 65 to cancer. My dad was 58 when he died from heart disease. My sister died at age 53 from complications due to diabetes. I knew that in order for me to live and be healthy I had to get my weight down to a healthy range. I’d tried diets in the past—you name the diets, I tried them—only to lose the weight and gain more back.

Linda Hutchinson:

Losing weight with MelaleucaI’ve had trouble balancing my blood sugar levels since childhood. I used to keep crackers and peanut butter and cheese with me because my blood sugar would drop hard and fast. When you get that blood sugar drop you’ll eat 50 bags of potato chips before you ever look down .



* To qualify for the opportunity to win the FREE Vitality Weight Loss Pack, simply send your success story with before and after photos to Simple Steps. We look forward to hearing about your progress. For additional details, visit

Why A Friendship Today Helps Keep the Doctor Away – A Melaleuca Wellness Article

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You live in a busy world.

There are appointments to keep, deadlines to meet, and the household to take care of. When things get a little too hectic, it can start to affect your sleep, eating habits, and overall health. According to a recent study at Brigham Young University, the key to reducing stress and improving your health might be found in your address book, not the medicine cabinet.

The study claims that a stagnant social life can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day or being an alcoholic. It also says that not having friends is twice as detrimental to your health as obesity and worse than not exercising.

While none of those things are good for your system and hanging with your buddies won’t cure the flu, looking for ways to include others more just might add years to your life.

Why not enlist a friend to help?

We all know that exercise is a great way to relieve stress, but sometimes hitting the gym can be a little intimidating. The key is to get a workout buddy to join you. Sweating off your stress is much easier when you have someone there to help keep you moving.

The buddy system is also a great way to explore the wild. Enjoying the beauties of nature by hiking, boating, swimming, climbing, biking, or just going for a walk is not only relaxing but also a lot safer when you’re among friends.

Working on hobbies with someone is another great way to take your mind off the day-to-day grind. It gives you a chance to focus your time and talent on projects you enjoy with people you relate to.

The benefits extend beyond the obvious

Whatever you decide to do, whether it’s watching movies, playing sports, or just getting together to chat, friends can help you unwind when things get tense. They motivate you to step outside of your comfort zone in productive ways, encourage you when you fall short of a goal, and celebrate all the little victories along the way.

Exercise, laughter, and a positive outlook can all help to reduce your stress as well as add life to your years.

Did you know the Melaleuca Foundation is the primary supporter of an orphanage in Quito, Ecuador? The Santa Lucia Children’s Home relies on a family-based model of caring for the children, a system in which relationships are primary to their growth. Watch this video to learn more …

What Really Causes Acne and How You Can Prevent It

Melaleuca has a solution for acne

How common is acne? Tens of millions of North Americans suffer with it—adults as well as teenagers. We spend more than a billion dollars each year trying to fight it. If you’ve dealt with acne, you know how devastating it can be to your self-confidence. No wonder you want to avoid it.

The good news about acne is that you can help prevent it. And when you understand what causes acne, you’ll have a better idea of what measures you need to take to help prevent it.

Where does acne start?

Look no further than your pores. Your pores produce an oil called sebum that helps protect and moisturize your skin. But that sebum can also lead to acne.

Acne begins in the cellAcne starts when your skin’s sebum production is pushed into overdrive. When there’s too much oil, the excess oil combines with dead skin cells and dirt to make a sticky mass that plugs the pore.

Once the pore is plugged, sebum builds up, making an ideal environment for P. acnes. That’s a bacteria already living on your skin. But now it begins to multiply inside the pore. Your body sends white blood cells to attack the bacteria. In the process, an inflamed, painful area appears on the skin.

That inflamed area is a pimple—an acne breakout.

What pushes your skin’s oil production into overdrive?

The primary culprits are hormones—specifically androgens. Your body steps up androgen production in certain circumstances, such as during puberty or when you experience high stress. Those big hormone shifts are why adolescents get acne so often. And those extra hormones are why you seem to always break out before a big event or during a crisis.

Androgens stimulate your skin’s sebaceous glands. Simply put, the more androgens in your body, the more sebum your skin produces—and the bigger risk you have of getting clogged pores.

Can the foods you eat lead to acne?

Yes—at least, according to emerging research. Foods with a high glycemic index are being linked to acne formation. That means white bread, rice, pasta, and potatoes might be increasing your risk of a breakout. But believe it or not, there’s still very little evidence that chocolate or greasy foods cause acne.

So how do you avoid getting acne?

To prevent acne, you need to keep your skin clear of all that excess oil—and free of dead skin cells as well.

Skin pore cleansing by MelaleucaSalicylic acid keeps your skin free of debris.

Salicylic acid, an FDA-approved antiacne ingredient, is gentle on your skin but a tough acne fighter. Salicylic acid helps keep your skin free of dead skin cells. Skin free of debris means pores that stay unclogged—and that’s the key to preventing acne.

Benzoyl peroxide works differently—and at a cost.

Benzoyl peroxide, another FDA-approved acne fighter, kills P. acnes but doesn’t increase your resistance to the bacteria—and it doesn’t keep your pores clear of debris. Its possible side effects include excessive drying of the skin, mild skin irritations, dermatitis, allergic reactions, and even bleaching of clothing.

A gentle, effective daily regimen is the best acne prevention

Melaleuca's Clarity productsAs the average age of the acne sufferer rises, the needs of the average acne sufferer also change. Teenagers might be more willing to slather their faces with acne treatments that dry their skin. But adults want skin that stays soft and supple, even while fighting acne breakouts.

Clarity Clear Skin Essentials, developed by Melaleuca, is just what acne sufferers of all ages are looking for.

Clarity is a complete 4-step acne prevention system with salicylic acid, along with many beneficial moisturizers, vitamins, and antioxidants to soothe and hydrate the skin. Preferred by 4 out of 5 people in a recent in-home use test, this system is gentle enough to be used daily without drying or irritation, yet effective enough to stop acne before it starts.

And Clarity is the only acne prevention system with soothing T36-C5® Melaleuca Oil inside.

Seven simple habits can give you clearer, stress-free skin

1. Use an acne prevention system that keeps your skin and pores clear of excess oil and debris.

2. Limit your intake of foods with a high glycemic index.

3. Keep your hands away from your face. They’re covered with pore-clogging oil.

4. Change your pillowcase every few days.

5. Go for a loose outfit that doesn’t rub and irritate your skin during exercise.

6. Wash your face with little or no scrubbing.

7. Dab your face dry with a towel instead of wiping it.

Thank you to Melaleuca, Inc. for this Wellness Article