Nutritional Deficiencies

Thanks I often have cold hands and feet and notice it more when I miss taking my doTERRA vitamins. Here are a few reasons why I believe I need to be consistent taking my vitamins!!
‘The saying goes “cold hands, warm heart,” but having colds hands and feet may indicate nutritional deficiencies. Having cold-to-the-touch extremities is not dangerous by itself, but inadequate vitamin and mineral intake may lead to other, more dangerous health problems. While you can tweak your diet to boost nutritional intake, consult your health care provider to ensure it is not a symptom of some other condition.
Cold hands and feet may result from iron deficiency. The average adult requires 8 to 18 mg iron each day. Pregnant women require much more — 27 mg. Consuming less than this inhibits the production of myoglobin and hemoglobin, blood components that deliver oxygen to various parts of the body. This triggers a condition known as anemia; one symptom of anemia is cold hands and feet. Eat liver, oysters and spinach to boost iron intake.
Vitamin B-12
Not getting enough vitamin B-12, also known as cobalamin, may contribute to a feeling of coldness in hands and feet. You need 2.4 mcg of this vitamin each day, although women need a bit more when pregnant — 2.6 mcg. A deficiency causes anemia, a symptom of which is cold hands and feet. Add fish and shellfish, organ meats, eggs and dairy products to increase your intake of vitamin B-12.
Raynaud’s disease is a circulatory condition that can result in cold hands and feet due to a narrowing of arteries that supply blood to these body parts. Andrew Weil, M.D., director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, suggests consuming 100 mg of niacin per day to combat this problem. This is quite a bit more than the quantity you normally need each day for good health, which ranges from 14 to 18 mg. You can boost your consumption of niacin by eating beets, fish and sunflower seeds.
Including adequate amounts of magnesium in your diet treats cold hands and feet — low extremity temperature may be related to a deficiency of this mineral. Adult women need up to 300 mg of magnesium daily, and men require up to 400 mg. You can get more magnesium in your meal plan by consuming tofu, whole grains, many types of nuts, baked potatoes, seaweed and green leafy vegetables.’
doTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality Pack contains a food nutrient complex capsule, a land&sea source omega softgel and a cellular complex of plant sources minerals/essential oils. There’s a 30day money back guarantee offered if desired results have not been met– for everyone I know who’ve sent the vitamins back, they’ve realized after about a week results had truly been achieved and reordered! Hawaiian Coconut Energy is a great source of electrolytes like B6/b12, magnesium, calcium and vitamin C. The body needs calcium to absorb Vitamin D & today’s statistics show a grand majority of our population are vitamin D deficient!
Now that winter is upon us and I’m more susceptible to cold in the extremities, I’ll be more diligent to take my vitamins daily— with food, of course!! Contact Angie to discuss the benefits of doTERRA’s Gifts of the Earth- 919 656-0963  Be well & Make Life a Healthier Journey~

All Things Natural- Stress Relieving Benefits of Our Gifts of the Earth!

We have so many natural options to maintain excellent health! From green teas to essential oils from most of our plants. Products of 2Cups Green Tea Hawaii are blends of green tea with a daily serving of the Polynesion superfruit, Noni. While green tea has a plethora of documentation for cardiovascular benefits, Noni has immense documentation for boosting immunity!  So much so that Noni has been used in the cancer world for decades to boost immunity and balance digestive issues. Noni also supports the brain and nervous system, with new data showing improvement in memory! Essential oils ARE the immune system of the plant, so every plant contains essential oil! How they make the plant thrive and help rid it of toxins and impurities are benefits for our bodily and environmental health improvement!

Excerpt from ‘L-Theanine: How a Unique Anxiety Reducer and Mood Enhancer Increases Alpha Waves and Alertness’

by Carolyn Perrini, CLS, CNC

L-theanine is extremely safe. There are no dietary limits on L-theanine intake by the Japan Food Additive Association. In 1964, the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare approved L-theanine for unlimited use in all foods, with the exception of infant foods.

The intended use of L-theanine is that of a mental and physical relaxant that does not induce drowsiness. Although there is no set schedule for taking L-theanine, it may generally be taken at the first signs of stress. Based on the results of the clinical studies, L-theanine is most effective in the range of 50-200 mg, with the effect being felt within 30 minutes and lasting for 8-10 hours. Individuals with high stress levels may increase their dosage of L-theanine to at least 100 mg, with no more than 600 mg being taken in a six hour period. FDA recommends a maximum dose of 1200 mg daily, although the reason for this limit is not clear, due to its demonstrated safety. There are no known adverse reactions to L-theanine and no drug interactions have been reported. L-theanine is not affected by food and may be taken anytime, as needed. Because it has a mild taste, capsules may be opened and dissolved in water. Although it is probably safe for pregnant women and nursing mothers, we discourage its use by them pending conclusive research.

Stress Relief
Stress and anxiety are debilitating conditions that upset the balance of our hormones leading to a loss of our well-being, performance, and even lifespan. Stress impairs the immune system, leaving us vulnerable to opportunistic infections, and can cause depression. In 1998, pharmaceutical sales of anti-anxiety drugs totaled over 700 million dollars, while sales of antidepressants totaled close to 5 billion dollars! People under stress can mitigate many of the harmful effects of stress with L-theanine without becoming sedated in the process. L-theanine doesn’t make one drowsy, nor does it promote sleep because this amino acid does not produce theta waves in the brain. It should be noted that if an individual were already relaxed, taking L-theanine would not produce further relaxation.

Status and Usage
L-theanine has just recently been introduced to the U.S. market. Japan is credited with most of the clinical studies and information we possess thus far on L-theanine but research is ongoing. We do know that it is absorbed from the small intestine via a sodium-coupled active transport process. It crosses the blood-brain barrier, as evidenced by the mental effects. L-theanine competes for absorption in the intestinal tract and the brain with the amino acids found in the methionine group (leucine, isoleucine, and valine), however the concentrations of amino acids are unchanged by simultaneous ingestion of L-theanine.

Research into L-theanine derived from the contradictory observation that green tea, with its high caffeine content, produces a very calming effect. The seemingly multi-dimensional reasons for this relaxation effect will continue to be studied. Current areas of ongoing research include using L-theanine as an alternative to Ritalin in children and adults, as a treatment for PMS, in controlling certain conditions of high blood pressure, in sharpening mental acuity and concentration, and as an anti-cancer agent alone and in synergy with other cancer-fighting agents. L-theanine may find another area of application for its use as a supplement in reducing the negative side effects of caffeine brought on by the over-consumption of coffee, soft drinks, or other caffeine-containing substances.

Many Essential oils like those from our citrus fruits and lavender have strong antidepressant properties bringing anxiety and stress relief.  Vanderbilt Hospital ER’s pilot study found at  has spawned the use of essential oils in more than 800 hospitals nationwide. Research the many health benefits at our website  at

The immune system for our fruits is found in the rind, so one can benefit by zesting the rind or including in smoothies or prepared dishes. All natural certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG) essential oils are 50-70 times more powerful than the plant itself, so only 1-3 drops per application will affect a positive change, especially in stress and anxiety feelings in just a few minutes! Join one of our many interactive workshops around the Triangle found in our events list at