Aug 182016
 

blogI just listened to a very powerful testimony by someone who found himself faced with serious health problems.  He had reached a fork in the road regarding choices about what to do about these health problems.  Allowing stress, bad diet, and lack of exercise to be the dominant factors that led him to this place made him begin to realize it was time to take control of his own health.

I loved his story as it truly had a happy ending.   Wanting to have quality time with his family was a great motivation.  Realizing that drugs simply mask the symptoms, he chose the nutrition way to health and took charge of his diet, exercise and stress levels.  He also began a supplement program that filled the voids his diet could not provide.  His major change in diet included choosing low glycemic foods  along with plant foods loaded with vitamins, nutrients and phytochemicals.  He chose to eat 3-4 servings of fruit per day, 6-8 servings of green vegetables, raw, not roasted nuts and seeds in their natural state along with 100% stone ground whole wheat, and organic fresh foods.  Understanding that soil depletion has created loss of nutrients, he chose his supplements wisely.

Another story which caught my attention was about a gentleman who went for his yearly check-up with his doctor and was told that it was time for him to be put on a statin drug for his cholesterol.  Confused, he asked the doctor why since his cholesterol was at a normal range.  The doctor simply told him that he put everyone who reached 60 on this statin.  The gentleman replied,  “I don’t think so as there is a higher risk of Alzheimer’s, lower CoQ10 liver damage, memory loss and confusion,Type 2 diabetes, muscle weakness (for certain statins).  In fact just last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would be requiring additional warning labels for statin drugs.”   The doctor did not know that and also added that taking supplements was not necessary as there was no clinical proof that they helped.  That was when the gentleman told the doctor  that actually there was the Landmark study done by UC Berkeley which clearly shows not just the benefits of taking them but that one brand in particular has remarkable benefits.   Needless to say, this gentleman left without the prescription!

I just returned from an amazing convention that focused entirely on health and how to practice prevention in our everyday lives.  And to add to that excitement we were all introduced to a 20 question health assessment called HealthPrint.    Since each of us have unique health concerns, this wellness plan is designed specifically to help you achieve optimal results.  It harnesses the work of award-winning doctors and scientists to create a customized nutrition plan for you that includes health insights and recommendations based on your answers.   Go here to get your own personalized health builder and begin your own journey to a healthier you!

 

Jul 242016
 

dry skinMany of us have had issues with our skin ~ mine was very dry skin. I remember how often my skin would erupt with each new product I tried in my attempts to remedy it. With so many skin care products on the market I found myself at a complete loss as what would be the answer to my skin issues. My budget was affected as was my skin as I was trying all of these different selections. I  felt as though my skin was aging as each day passed and was very dedicated to finding a solution.

In my diligent search  I came across some fascinating information that was included in a skin care program that I was looking into….comparing our skin cells to grapes!

Think of your skin cells as grapes. When new cells are produced deep in the living layers, the “grapes” are firm and plump, filled with moisture. But as these cells rise to the surface, they gradually lose their moisture, much like grapes drying in the sun to become raisins. In the topmost layer, the skin cells are dead and have become completely dry and flattened out, rather like a raisin that has been run over by a steamroller!

In healthy young skin, the loss of natural moisture from the living cells is relatively slow, keeping them soft and unwrinkled even as they rise to the surface. In the dermis, a structural network of collagen and elastin keeps skin taut, reducing the opportunity for wrinkles. In addition, a fatty layer under the dermis creates smooth and rounded surfaces, while the underlying muscles support the entire facial structure. When the passage of time is combined with environmental damage, changes to the structure of each of the facial components can cause the wrinkling, sagging, and lack of firmness that add up to accelerated aging.

This article then went on to explain chronological aging vs. accelerated aging….  chronological aging, of course, being the accumulated physical changes normally associated with the passage of time and accelerated aging caused by not only exposure to environmental pollutants but also UV radiation (that sunshine we enjoy so much and #1 cause of accelerated aging ) as well as what comes through  computer screens, halogen, and fluorescent lights.  Although I was not particularly a “sun worshiper” I did spend lots of time in front of a computer screen!

I  began this particular skin care program and have experienced great results.  Now I actually get compliments on my youthful skin!  The following tips, included in the article I mentioned above, has been very helpful in my understanding of what creates healthier skin:

  1. Exercise. Regular exercise increases circulation and aids in the distribution of nutrients and oxygen to the skin. It helps boost your body’s immune system and stimulates the body’s detoxifying processes. Sweating also helps flush grime from your skin. At the very least, you’ll have a healthy glow.
  2. Smoking. In a word, quit. Smoking slows circulation and destroys internal reserves of nutrients known to be antioxidants, such as vitamin C. The negative impact of smoking on the skin is well established — doctors will refer to “smoker’s pallor.” Even second-hand smoke should be avoided — tobacco smoke is one of the major sources of free radicals (along with air pollution from car exhaust and UV exposure) that contribute to premature aging.
  3. Water.  Drink at least 8 glasses of fresh, clean water each day to boost your body’s natural reserves of moisture and support your skin’s natural oil/moisture barrier function. Note: Caffeinated beverages (not just coffee and tea, but many soft drinks, as well) can contribute to dehydration.
  4. Alcohol. Heavy drinking can cause the constant dilation of tiny veins in the face, which can lead to a permanent network of purplish-red capillaries, especially across the nose and cheeks.
  5. Sleep. Like all the major organs of your body, the skin repairs itself while you’re sleeping. A normal sleep cycle also helps you maintain a normal hormonal cycle, which is closely tied to healthy skin. On top of that, when you are rested you are less likely to experience stress, which can have a negative effect on skin.
  6. Diet. Eat a balanced diet that is low in fat and high in fiber and abundant in a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.
  7. Sunbathing. Another “don’t,” plain and simple.  UV exposure is the number one cause of accelerated aging. Protect yourself from incidental sun exposure by using a sunscreen every day, and limit the time you spend outside during the worst hours for the sun’s “burning” rays. Above all, don’t use a tanning bed.
  8. Nutritional Support. By supplementing the body’s dietary supplies of nutrients necessary for normal, healthy skin function, you can support your skin’s natural ability to repair its appearance.
  9. Nourishing and Protective Skin Care. lAdvancedSkinCareScience has shown that topical application of certain vitamins, minerals, and other skin-nourishers can support your skin’s natural antioxidant defenses against skin damage and actually boost your skin’s natural ability to produce structural skin components such as collagen and elastin. In addition, the regular use of sunscreens over time may reduce the chance of skin damage, some types of skin cancer, and other harmful effects due to the sun.

I had wasted so much money (and time) in searching for a great skin care program and was thrilled when I found one that actually worked for me (and came with a 100% money-back guarantee!)  The other advantages are that this skin care line is paraben free, has no sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, no propylene glycol, no animal products or by-products, no mineral oils or petrolatum, no FD&C or D&C dyes, no phthalates, is clinically proven, dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, and pH balanced!  Of course it has never been tested on animals.  It truly is a skin care line that does more than block free radical damage from its antioxidants….its nutrients actually encourage healthy cells which in turn leads to luminous, healthy skin!

To your health and looking younger!

Jun 232016
 

brain

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.   With over 5.4 million Americans presently diagnosed with this disease, any attention to its prevention catches my attention.  According to the Alzheimer’s Organization,  with early detection, you can:

  • Get the maximum benefit from available treatments.
  • Explore treatments that may provide some relief of symptoms and help you maintain a level of independence longer.
  • You may also increase your chances of participating in clinical drug trials that help advance research.

The following are the 10 warning signs of this disease, as stated by the Alzheimer’s Organization.  (If you know any family member or friend who have any of these symptoms, encourage them to see a doctor)

Memory loss that disrupts daily life ~ for example, forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over.

Challenges in planning or solving problems ~ for example, difficulty working with numbers, following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills.

Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure ~ for example, difficulty driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work, or remembering the rules of a game, and even simple tasks like working the microwave.

Confusion with time or place ~ for example,  losing track of dates, seasons, and the passage of time, forgetting where they are or how they got there.

Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships ~ such as difficulty reading, judging distances, and determining color or contrast.

New problems with words in speaking or writing ~ for example, having difficult following a conversation, or stopping in a middle of a conversation and not knowing how to go on or using the wrong words to describe something.

Misplacing something and losing the ability to retrace steps ~ for example, putting things in strange places, not able to retrace steps to find something, often accusing others of “stealing” item.

Decreased or poor judgment ~ for example, using poor judgment by giving sums of money to telemarketers, less attention to proper grooming

Withdrawal from work or social activities ~ for example, removing oneself from hobbies, social events, work projects or sports.  Some grow weary of family, work or social obligations.

Changes in Mood or Personality ~ for example, becoming confused, suspicious, fearful or anxious.   They can become upset when out of their comfort zone.

The U.C.Irvine Institute of Neurological Disorders in its article, Stress and Its Influence on Alzheimer’s Disease, focused on cortisol and its effect on the brain.  Cortisol levels, as we know, are increased by stress and studies have shown that people with stressful lives are around 2-3 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease than others.  Obviously avoiding stress is our goal.  Using stress reduction combined with a healthy lifestyle and diet are all part of the plan.    As stated in this article, scientists also are developing drugs to block either the production of cortisol, or to prevent its effects once it is produced to help people reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in old age.

Over time, neural connections become less efficient, impairing our ability to recall, think, and respond. I recently was introduced to a supplement that showed through clinical trials a key nutrient that significantly enhanced memory, sharpened focus and improved reaction time 3 X better than the control group.  The key ingredients in this supplement were shown in laboratory studies to promote the formation of new neural connections and in a clinical study to reduce brain shrinkage rate by 30% over two years.  These nutrients were also shown in laboratory studies to effectively cross the blood-barrier and enter the brain.  It was also shown to support healthy circulation, which is critical for delivery of oxygen and key nutrients to the brain and linked to neural activity.   Go here for more information.  (ask me about the special through 6/27 on this supplement)   I am happy to say that with each purchase a percentage is given towards brain research.

For more preventative tips regarding this debilitating disease, be sure and check out my previous post about having a positive outlook and its impact on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Below is an interesting infograph showing more interesting choices we can all make and hopefully reduce the risk factors of Alzheimer’s.  Enjoy!

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May 252016
 

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After presenting last week a topic near to my heart called “The Real Dirt on Clean” ~ one which focuses on the chemicals surrounding us in our everyday lives, particularly our homes, I began to really think about this “toxic soup” that so many are surrounded by.

One of these chemicals, triclosan, is particularly disturbing because it is in the products that are supposedly protecting us ~ those anti-bacterial soaps.  Did you know that this chemical was created in 1972  for use as a surgical scrub in hospitals and has since that time increasingly been added to a wide variety of products?  Even items like ball point pins and kitty litter contain this chemical!

We live in a culture that has become more germ-obsessed than ever,  and of course manufacturers use this to market products that promise to keep us “germ-free.”  Everywhere you go there will always be some form of public dispenser offering this chemical to protect all of us from the bacteria that surrounds us.

Dr. Eli Perencevich, an infectious diseases researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, found that in a survey that 76 percent of 395 liquid soaps and 29 percent of 733 bar soaps — 45 percent of soaps overall — contained antibacterial agents, such as triclosan and triclocarban.  He states ““There has been no scientific data published to support the claim that adding these compounds to household products prevents infection.”  Looks like the old tried and true method of a good 20 second hand wash at the sink might be the answer!

Creating an environmental hazard as well as contributing to the growth of bacteria that are resistant to antiobiotics has become a real concern but industry representatives contend that there products are safe and more effective than conventional soaps, because they kill germs instead of just washing them off.  They believe consumers should have a right to choose their products.  (Check out my previous post that addresses triclosan and risks of low testosterone).

What do you think?  How often do you use antibacterial soaps?  Have you ever considered it a risk?  As this debate goes on I choose to use products that are pH balanced to my own skin (which is the first line of defense for our bodies).   Check them out (100% money back guarantee) if you are looking for an alternative that is not harmful to Mother Earth and may even lead to endocrine disruption and reduced hormone (thyroid and testosterone) levels (as found in animal studies done with triclosan).