Cheryl Pattyn
Cheryl Pattyn

how alcohol affects the liver

How Alcohol Affects Your Liver

The liver is the largest internal organ in our body. It is also one of the most important. According to biologists, the liver carries out more than 500 different types of functions in our body. One of its most important functions is the breaking down food through digestion and converting that food into energy.

Another very important function of liver is to remove any harmful nutrients and materials from your body through filtration, providing defense against a host of illnesses and diseases.

Because of all the important roles it plays, maintaining a properly functioning liver is essential to good health. When the liver isn’t functioning at its peak, all sorts of health problems can arise.

And while the liver is responsible for filtering our blood, there are many substances that can be harmful to it and impede its function.

Alcohol is one of the common things that directly affects the liver. In fact, alcohol can very harmful to your liver, inhibiting its ability to function properly.

However, in moderation, alcohol can be beneficial to overall good health—the challenge is knowing how much is too much.

Moderation is The Key

Alcohol might benefit you in numerous ways but it can also harm your body more than it helps it. Small amounts of alcohol, such as a glass of wine or beer here and there are okay, but large amounts of alcohol can result in liver related diseases.

Mainly there are two types of liver diseases—acute and severe. Acute liver disease lasts for a time period of 2 to 3 months while severe disease may continue for more than one year and result in permanent liver dysfunction.

There are several ways excessive alcohol intake can damage the liver:

• Oxidative stress is one of the ways in which alcohol damages the liver. This is essentially cell damage that inhibits the liver’s ability to perform key functions

• Alcohol can also turn some liver cells into fat

• Excessive alcohol intake scar the liver, resulting in cirrhosis of the liver

How Intake of Alcohol Affects Your Liver?

Understanding the rate at which the liver metabolizes alcohol is critical to understanding the effects of alcohol. Once the alcohol reaches the liver, enzymes begin to break it down. On average, the liver can process up to approximately one ounce of alcohol per hour. The rate can vary though depending on factors such as the amount and type of food eaten and whether you are a man or a woman.

• For men, heavy drinking is generally defined as consuming 15 drinks or more per week.

• For women, heavy drinking is generally defined as consuming 8 drinks or more per week.

Symptoms of Liver Dysfunction

The symptoms of liver dysfunction or damage are not always apparent. In many cases, the liver can be damaged and you may not even be aware of the problem. These are some of the worst situations because you are unaware that the liver is damaged so it can lead to more and more serious health problems.

Some of the related symptoms of liver dysfunctions are:

• Nausea

• Vomiting

• Severe Abdominal Pain

• Diarrhea

How to Protect the Liver

First and foremost is to take good care of your liver in the first place by eating healthy, unprocessed foods and avoiding excessive intake of alcohol. You can also take supplements to help improve liver function.

One of the most effective remedies is Milk Thistle, which has been used to help the liver since ancient times.

What is Milk Thistle?

Milk Thistle is a type of plant similar to the daisy plant which dates back to 4th century and is mostly used in treating liver and bile disorders. Seeds of Milk Thistle are mostly used for making medicines and other purposes.

Besides treating the liver it is also helpful in treating diabetes and other related problems but please consult your doctor before starting any type of natural remedies.

Your take away

The liver is one of the most important vital organs in the body. Eating right and taking supplements such as Milk Thistle can help improve liver function, but even these remedies cannot protect the liver from persistent alcohol abuse. Therefore, it is important that you take steps to protect your liver and keep it in top shape.

Be aware of how much alcohol you drink and be sure to seek help should you find yourself drinking excessively on a regular basis, binge drinking or otherwise abusing alcohol in any manner.

Cheryl Pattyn
Cheryl Pattyn

stop the clock NOW!

If you’ve done things right, these numbers can be completely different and you can look and feel years younger than your actual age…Sadly of course the converse is true as well.

If you want to defy your chronological age, then you’ll want to use these anti-aging tips they’re easy to do, cost you basically nothing and the return on your investment is immeasurable.

Start these anti aging tips NOW…

Tip #1 Move 
If you sit still, your body will age faster. You were born to move.
Stop moving and you start dying. Cells atrophy, functional mobility is lost and aging and decay take over.
However, you need to avoid exercising TOO much. Doing too much of the wrong exercise is STRESSFUL for your body and it starts to age you pre-maturely too.
Just the right amount of movement will deliver anti-aging benefits and will take only about 20 minutes per day a few times a week. Anyone can find 20 minutes to reap the anti aging benefits exercise provides.

If you’ve been sitting down too long, or if you’re doing TOO much exercise and getting injured all the time then we need to seriously chat.

Tip #2 Eat This Not That
I have good news and bad news here. First the bad news…
Sad but true, the #1 food that ages you the MOST is sugar. You’ll also be surprised at all the places you’ll find sugar. It’s not just in the usual suspects (candy bars and soda), but you’ll find a ton of sugar in processed foods and other unexpected places.
Make it a habit of reading labels and try to keep your intake of sugar to less than 15 grams per serving of any given food.
Now the good news….You can stop the low fat craze and load up on healthy fats for an anti-aging boost. When you eat delicious, healthy fats like avocado, coconut and olive oil…you’re giving your cells the fuel they need to grow young.
Tip #3 It’s All in Your Mind
Age is JUST a number – stop thinking like an old person. Remember when you do things right, your chronological age can actually be fairly irrelevant when your cells think they’re much younger.
Age appropriate movement and correct eating, no matter if you’re 30, 40 or 50+ is really the fountain of youth. It’s working for me and I’ve been told I don’t look 40 years old, or old enough to have a almost 17yr old!
Cheryl Pattyn
Cheryl Pattyn

foods that lift your mood

Foods that Lift Your Mood

There are a number of micronutrients that have a direct and demonstrated effect on your emotions. Numerous studies have shown that certain foods can make you feel calmer, give you a sense of peace and even make you feel downright happy. In fact, there is a good deal of research going on right now on using certain micronutrients (like Omega-3 fats) to treat depression and anxiety. The power of nutrition should not be underestimated when it comes to what it can do for your mind or your mood.

Walnuts: Walnuts are high in magnesium, which boosts your levels of the feel-good chemical, serotonin. Magnesium also helps to regulate your blood sugar, which can keep your moods more stable. A deficiency of magnesium has been linked to depression, anxiety and insomnia, but daily doses of magnesium through foods like walnuts have been shown to help elevate your mood, even when you’re going through the erratic mood swings of menopause or menstruation. Walnuts are also a good source of Omega-3 fats, which we’ll talk more about in just a moment.

Salmon: Salmon (and other cold-water fish such as mackerel, haddock, sardines and cod) are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Most people associate Omega-3 fats with cardiovascular health, but we know that Omega-3 fats also have a huge impact on how well you think and how well you feel. Salmon is also rich in Vitamin D. In fact, it’s one of the best non-dairy sources of this micronutrient that has been shown to decrease sadness and depression.

Bananas: Bananas are considered a go-to food because of their high potassium content, but these delicious fruits are also loaded with magnesium and are a great source of Vitamin B-6, which not only gives you an energy boost but also support the function of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, both of which help you feel peaceful and calm.

Dark chocolate: A few years ago, research on the antioxidant content of dark chocolate made women around the world rejoice. But dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao), is also a mood enhancer. You may have thought chocolate just made you happy because you loved the taste, but it actually enhances production of both serotonin and dopamine. Don’t go overboard, though; a one-inch square is enough to satisfy you and lift your mood without blowing your diet or making your blood sugar go nuts.

Turkey: You know that calm, slightly sleepy feeling you get after eating Thanksgiving dinner? Some of it is due to the micronutrients that help produce tryptophan in your body. Tryptophan tends to get a bad rap because it can make you sleepy, but tryptophan actually boosts the production of both serotonin and niacin, both of which help you feel calm and content. If you don’t care for turkey, dried beans are also a good source.

Spinach: Like bananas, spinach is very high in folate (Vitamin B-6), which helps boost your serotonin levels. Spinach is one of the best foods you can eat during menstruation, since the iron content will help replenish your supply while the B-6 combats PMS. Saute some with a little olive oil and garlic and you can add the mood-stabilizing effects of Omega-3 fats.
Foods that Lift Your Libido

A healthy libido boosts self-confidence, enhances your life and relationship and is necessary for a sense of vitality and well-being. Unfortunately, fatigue, stress, lack of exercise and a poor diet can all send our libido crashing. These foods can help boost it back up.

Avocadoes: Avocadoes are one of the best foods you can eat for your heart and circulatory system. That’s important to your libido, because arousal and orgasm both require extra blood flow to certain parts of the body. With their silky texture and beautiful flavor, avocadoes are also just plain sexy to eat.

Hot Peppers: Hot peppers, both as a fresh food and as a powder (chili powder or cayenne pepper) are also great for increased blood flow. They act as a vasodilator, opening your veins to promote healthy circulation. They also raise your body temperature a bit, which (like a hot summer day at the beach) can help put you into the mood. So go for the spicy foods if you’re planning on a little romance later.

Oysters: No, it’s not a cliché. These delicious little creatures are one of the best nutritional sources of zinc, a mineral that’s known to boost libido. It even boosts sperm production in men and can help with erectile issues, so make it an order for two. Eating oysters is also a very sensual experience, with the texture of silk and the flavor of the

ocean. If you can’t stand oysters, sesame seeds and almonds are also good sources of zinc.

Watermelon: Watermelon is one of the go-to fruits for bodybuilders everywhere. You’ll be happy to know that watermelon is also one of the best foods you can eat for your libido. A recent study at Texas A & M found that the high content of several phytonutrients, especially beta-carotene, lycopene and citrulline, actually helps to increase sex drive and performance. This is great news for those of us who thought it was just a sweet treat due to its high water and fiber content.
Foods to Boost Your Brain Function

Nothing gets you down like having too much to do and not enough brain power to get it all done. Flagging mental energy leads to fatigue, fogginess, a lack of focus and poor memory, all of which can stress us out and keep us from reaching our goals. Unfortunately, we tend to run for sugary, caffeinated and carbohydrate-rich foods when we’re feeling a little foggy. Those may give us an immediate energy boost, but they’ll very quickly leave us feeling worse than before.

These foods can help boost your cognitive function (and your mood) so that you can get through your day with a sense of accomplishment.

Berries: Berries are a sweet treat that boost our energy but have enough fiber to prevent sudden spikes (and subsequent drops) in blood sugar. They also contain phytochemicals that have been shown to prevent mental decline. Instead of grabbing a soda or coffee during an afternoon slump, reach for a baggie of fresh berries and walnuts (for the Omega-3 fats and selenium).

Wheat Germ: Wheat germ is loaded with choline, which your body uses in the production of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine improves memory and focus, making wheat germ a great food to toss into your smoothies or protein shakes or to sprinkle over cut fruit or into oatmeal. It has a great nutty taste that you’ll really enjoy.

Carrots: Carrots are loaded with luteolin, which has been shown to reduce the effects of aging on cognitive function. In a more immediate way, raw carrots can also boost your focus by giving you some crunch. Eating crunchy foods has been shown in several studies to help you concentrate. This may be why we tend to reach for a bag of chips or some nuts when we “need to think.”

Several of the foods we’ve already discussed are just as good for your brain as they are for your mood or your libido. Fatty fish, olive oil and avocadoes provide brain-friendly Omega-3 fats. Spinach is loaded with lutein and with Vitamin E, which has been shown to support dopamine flow and actually increase brain tissue.

By including these foods in your diet each week, you can keep your libido humming and be happy enough and focused enough to do something about it! Get at least a few from each group into your daily diet and vary them from week to week to get a wide range of other micronutrients and prevent boredom as well.

Cheryl Pattyn
Cheryl Pattyn

5 excuse hacks

5 Excuse Hacks

Excuse Hack #1 – “I’m Too Tired”
It doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to figure out that you’re
tired because you’re either not getting enough sleep or you’re
not getting GOOD sleep.
And when you’re too tired, you end up doing things you
shouldn’t… like eating a box of Girl Scout Mint Cookies while
watching episodes of Property Brothers (love that home improvement shows!) .
So here’s how to fix it…
a) Decide to make sleep NON-negotiable. You go to bed
at the same time every night (a time in which you can get 7-8
b) Create a consistent ritual before going to bed. That can
be reading, taking a shower/bath, singing a Tom Jones song…
it doesn’t matter. Just put away the electronics. Plus…
c) Get up at the same time every day (yes, even on the
weekends). You’ll be surprised at how great you feel.
Excuse Hack #2 “I’m Hurt, So I Can’t Exercise”
Work around it with your doctor’s approval. Man or Woman
Knee issues? You can do lying hip extensions or 1-leg
lying hip extensions.
Nagging shoulders? Don’t press any weight above you
and see how rowing feels.
Sprained ankle? Work the upper body.
I could do this all day. You CAN work around it.
Excuse Hack #3 “I’m Not in Shape Enough to Exercise”
You’re not in shape to exercise? Seriously?
Go to your local gym/boot camp/private studio and I bet you’ll see someone much
like you. But that’s it. Know that you’re not alone, then focus
on “Me Time”.
Never compare yourself with others. Compare yourself with
yourself… that’s your competition.
Excuse #4 – “I Have Kids”
Hey you know what?  I have 3 kids, own and operate a business, 2 of the 3 kids do competitive sports and the youngest is too young to stay home alone.  Now my oldest can drive now which is a HUGE help, but that was only 3 months ago.
Most gyms have child care (my older 2 grew up there I swear) if not, work out WITH your kids at home.  My youngest never saw the gym childcare but was with me 4-5 days week in my basement getting my sweat on.  The sooner they learn the better too.
There are tons of bodyweight workouts that can be done at home, no equipment. Or if you do have equipment then you need to use it!  just head on over to my youtube channel. positive image fitness – BOOM DONE!
Excuse Hack #5 – “I Can’t Get Motivated”
Start focusing on your why. In fact, you might find yourself
exercising, but you’re not sure why.
“I want to lose weight” is way too generic and quite frankly…
Why do you want to lose weight (or _____)? For me, I
want to still be able to have the upper hand on my 6 foot 14yr old son until he moves out.
I also want to be the active mom my kids deserve
and that takes energy. Since I’m 40, I need to stay active,
strong and lean in order to do that.
That’s pretty motivating, right? See how that is so much
more powerful than “I want to lose weight”?
Find your why – seriously… spend some time thinking
about this, OK?

Don’t let your excuse rob you of what you deserve.

Cheryl Pattyn
Cheryl Pattyn

5 Tips to make you a better person

5 Tips to Make You a BETTER Person (financially, emotionally, physically)‏


Personal inventory time:

Take out a sheet of paper, write down the TOP 5 people
you hang around the most… then make 2 columns.
On the left write NEGATIVE, and on the right, POSTIVE…
then fill out each side with as much negative or positive
each friend brings to you and also themselves.
Be HONEST with yourself to… don’t worry, they’re never
going to see this, so let it fly.
IF the negative outweighs the positive, you have to let them go. You just have to.
No hard feelings…
If you don’t, you’re only hindering your ability to be
your BEST.
Go find more friends that will lift you up; friends that are better
than you in some way, and friends that are super positive.
Trust me, they’re out there… you can find the good ones, just as easily
as the bad ones.

Q: If you’re the BEST in your top 5 friends you hang around…

Whatever that success maybe.

Simple… you WON’T!
If anything, these people will bring you down… some so low,
you may even become emotionallyfinancially, and physically







So, here’s what I’ll tell you: You do inventory
for the rest of your life, or at least till your circle is sooo tight, you’ll
never have to do it again.

That way, you excel super-fast, stay positive, and learn to help
others with the gifts and success that God gives you.
News Flash:
If I was to write down my TOP 5 friends today… all 5 are better
than me in some way, shape, or form… and not to mention
Here are some of my BEST tips for you to find your Top 5 friends
to hang around 24/7 – 365:
5 Kinds of People to Surround Yourself With:
1. Positive, successful, people that make things happen.
2. People who challenge you, push you, and motivate you.
3. People who build you up, even when it would be easier
for them to tear you down.
4. People who believe in your dreams, doers, thinkers, of quality.
5. Those on the same mission, and share the same vision as you.
Now, this will be a great start if you’re feeling down on yourself,
drained of energy, or just fed up with where you’re at in life right
It won’t be easy letting go of old baggage but we
have to grow up sooner than later, right?
So, I want you to clear your mind, and do some heavy thinking; you
ONLY have this one life to live… so let’s make it the best by starting
with your own personal inventory… today.
Cheryl Pattyn
Cheryl Pattyn

Why women get fat over 40 (and what to do about it)…‏

The #1 Cause of Frustrating Female Fat Over Forty

When it comes to frustrating fat gain for females over 40 it’s all about estrogen dominance.

Estrogen — along with its counter-balancing hormone progesterone — are the reproductive hormones that allow women to be fertile and bear children.

Normally they’re balanced by your brain’s hormone control central — the hypothalamus.

But the hypothalamus often gets confused… estrogen goes UP, progesterone goes DOWN, and you become estrogen dominant.

When you’re estrogen dominant, it not only commands your body to deposit fat SPECIFICALLY on your thighs, hips and butt, it also orders your fat cells to grow AND multiply!

Worse, because estrogen blocks your thyroid while progesterone stimulates it, too much estrogen and not enough progesterone is like taking your foot off your metabolic gas pedal AND then slamming on the brakes at the same time!

You can counteract this estrogen-induced metabolic slowdown. But first, let’s look at the 3 reasons for estrogen dominance…

Reason #1 for Estrogen Dominance…

The primary cause of estrogen dominance — is aging.

As you age past 30, you ovulate fewer and fewer months of the year, until ovulation disappears completely by, on average, age 52.

That’s important, because whenever a woman ovulates, progesterone surges, counter-acting the estrogen surge that happens prior to ovulation, so fat-making and fat-burning stays in balance.

But as you age and ovulation starts to decrease, you get fewer thyroid-stimulating progesterone surges, leaving relatively more thyroid-blocking estrogen doing its dirty work!

Reason #2 for Estrogen Dominance…

The second cause of estrogen dominance is the 80,000+ chemicals released into the environment over the past few decades — from pesticides, plastics, food additives, and chemical-filled personal and household products.

Once some of these franken-chemicals infiltrate your body, they can mimic the effects of thyroid-blocking estrogen, wreaking havoc on your fat-burning ability.

This is NOT some scare tactic — scientists have documented that some male fish found in our lakes and rivers are actually CHANGING into females from all the excess fake estrogen they are absorbing!!!

Reason #3 for Estrogen Dominance…

The third major cause of estrogen dominance and fat gain after 40 is something every woman today is familiar with — excess stress.

When stressed, your body secretes a powerful hormone, cortisol, to help you deal with the stressful situation.

But if you are CONSTANTLY stressed, your body produces cortisol non-stop. And to get enough biological material to produce that cortisol, guess what? Your body must steal it from progesterone! So down go your progesterone levels.

Since the downside to lower progesterone is lower thyroid function, which takes the gas off your metabolism, once again fat starts to accumulate.

Kick-Start Your Metabolic Engine with This…

Now for the good news: To get rid of that annoying padding piled onto your belly, hips, thighs and butt, there are 2 simple things you can do right now to counteract estrogen dominance:

First, make as much of what you eat as clean and organic as possible. This minimizes your exposure to those fat-loss-blocking fake estrogens found in all the chemicals conventional food is treated with.

Second, remove as much stress as possible from your life. Draw firm boundaries and make time for yourself to relax and “un-busy” your schedule. This will keep your cortisol down and, therefore, your thyroid-stimulating progesterone up.

Now to be honest this may not be enough – and that is when I call in the big guns of my Holistic Nutritionist  Vanessa Case and Homeopath Joanna Rogister.  With a more dialed in food plan and supplement plan you can get the hormones back in balance and your metabolism back on fire.