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By Tracy Shields - There’s an 87-year-old woman at my fitness club who takes the same cardio classes and weight classes that I take. She uses her own three- and five-pounds weights, she’s no taller than five feet and I’ve never met a human being more enthusiastic and energetic. One morning, I went up to her and asked, “How do you do it?” I wanted to know how she found the motivation and energy to come to such a strenuous fitness class every week when I was having such a hard time getting out of bed some mornings. Her answer still gives me chills and has greatly changed my perspective. She looked me right in the eyes, smiled and said, “Two reasons: I’m lucky and I’m grateful.”
When it comes to fitness, or rather physical exercise, not many of us feel lucky or grateful. If anything, some of us may even resent the fact that we have to workout to the point of muscle aches and maximum exertion just to look and feel good. But when you consider the alternative, it’s a heck of a lot easier to feel lucky and be grateful that you are still healthy and strong enough to be working out at all. That’s my first bit of advice for starting an exercise plan for getting in shape:
- Be grateful. Even if you are limited by a disability or feel as though you are presently too unhealthy to start more strenuous exercising, be grateful for what you can do. Start small and be sure to consult your doctor first before you begin a plan.
- Design a workout plan. There are all sorts of exercise plans on the Internet from beginner to advanced, including plans for men, women, weight-loss, pregnancy and so on. But for starters, make sure you find one that addresses all aspects of fitness: cardiovascular (running, biking, getting your heart-rate up), strength training (lifting weights) and flexibility (stretching, yoga and Pilates). Variety is the key! So try not to stick to one plan longer than three months (unless there is variety built into the plan). Change it up a bit. This forces your body to readapt to new movements and thus keeps it from falling into a comfort zone. Use Livestrong.com to track your plan.
- Know the benefits. Exercise is a virtual panacea. And I’m not just talking about weight loss or increasing your energy for the sport of it. Michael R. Bracko, EdD, FACSM, chairman of the American College of Sports Medicine's Consumer Information Committee, writes, “Exercise can literally cure diseases like some forms of heart disease. Exercise has been implicated in helping people prevent or recover from some forms of cancer. Exercise helps people with arthritis. Exercise helps people prevent and reverse depression.” See the value in exercise. The more you do, the more you will want to participate!
- Increase your stamina and endurance. Workouts can be tough on anybody. When I first started working out I did so with a towel and a bottle of water. But as I became more aware of all the healthy products on the market for workout improvement, I found certain things essential. For one, I recognized that my heart could perform better when taking supplements that encouraged oxygen to the cells. Unlike stimulants, like caffeine, certain all-natural supplements work to create energy in your body in a safer, healthier way. I also “recovered” after a strenuous workout with a raw whey protein drink, with a bit of glutamine added for muscle repair. Know what’s on the market and what can safely and naturally aid your workout. And try to stay away from stimulants or sugar-high-type supplements that tend to cause more damage than good.
- Be safe. As with anything, know your limits. If it’s been awhile since you’ve exercised, start with a low-impact exercise plan and build to higher-impact. Expect your body to build endurance daily, but be patient with yourself. It takes up to three months to see serious results. Also, I strongly suggest that everyone get a heart-rate monitor, which can help you exercise within your safety zone. So many people knock themselves out or go what’s called “anaerobic,” which means that oxygen is used up more quickly than the body is able to replenish inside the working muscle. And while this is important for certain exercises like weight lifting, individuals who are inexperienced tend to believe the anaerobic state is necessary for every cardio workout. This is untrue. Cardio workouts need to be aerobic. A heart-rate monitor can definitely signal where you are in your zone and whether you are working out efficiently or inefficiently. For more information on heart-rate monitors, try Polar. Whatever precautions you take, remember the most important: Listen to your body, a finely tuned instrument that knows exactly what it needs and what it doesn’t. Moreover, knowing your limits and what your body can and cannot handle, makes exercising a million times more proficient.
By Tracy Shields - Make 2014 the year you accomplish your biggest objectives by learning how to train.
For as long as I can remember, the word “goal” has always intimidated me. When prompted to write out my goals for the new year, I would always write down Goliath-like aspirations: quit smoking, lose 20 pounds, start a business, go back to college. Or worse, I would write out boundless, dreamy goals that had no real authenticity and no real plan for attaining any of it: travel the world, find “the one,” become rich and famous (OK, that last one was my goal when I was about 12).
By my mid-30sthirties, I simply gave up on the whole New Year’s Resolution thing and just lived. It seemed a heck of a lot easier. But far less inspiring.
When I hit 40, however, a friend challenged me to do a sprint triathlon. I had never done anything like that, despite working out a few times a week by taking classes at the gym. But it sounded doable: a quarter-mile swim, a 10-mile bike race and a 5K run. What did I need to do to get ready?
You need to train.
I needed to train? And while training, in my mind, was something that only pro athletes do, I figured I’d better do it unless I planned not to cross the finish line.
Training included a set of cardio and muscle-building workouts that lead to better endurance and improved strength and performance. My weekly training looked something like this:
Sunday: 10-mile bike ride
Monday: weight training
Tuesday: light 1.5-mile run
Wednesday: rest day
Thursday: bike 5 miles
Friday 2.5-mile run
Saturday: swim laps
I did this routine for 12 weeks straight and, by race day, I was at my peak fitness and ready for the challenge. And while the race itself was difficult, I doubt that I would have been able to finish if I didn’t train. Did I come in first place? Heck, no. But I was thrilled to finish.
The point of this story has nothing to do with races or triathlons. It has to do with the fact that I accomplished about five of my typical new year’s goals with one challenge:
- I lost weight;
- I was able to buy new, better-fitting clothes;
- I improved my diet by eating better, healthier foods;
- I improved my mood and was better able to manage stress (shocking what a little exercise can do in that department!); and
- I did something new by finishing a triathlon, something that I had never done.
It also made me a firm believer in training for things and working a goal with set parameters. Rather than just putting “exercise more” on your weekly calendar, your chances of success at, say, weight loss are far better if you have something to lose weight for—a wedding, a vacation, a fitness challenge.
The training mindset also works for areas of your life other than fitness. You can train to quit smoking, find a better job, manage debt, take a trip or go back to school. By signing up for something—a weekend retreat (a place where smoking is prohibited), a college course (which might propel you to take even more courses), a chance to win a free vacation (who knows!)—you can train your brain to start preparing for these challenges or opportunities.
Also, whatever event you train for, there needs to be a payoff. Finishing a race is a huge payoff. You might be more willing to workout and get to the gym every day if race day is looming. A spiritual or health retreat is also a huge payoff if it means relaxing peacefully for a long weekend. Although quitting smoking might seem overwhelming, you may be more inclined to quit if it means that you can participate in this future event.
Bottom line? Quit writing out that typical long list of goals and, instead, create one challenge for yourself for which you can train and sign up. By preparing yourself for the challenge, chances are that you will accomplish a lot more than what you set out to do.
Tracy Shields is co-owner of N3 Oceanic, Inc., maker of Res-Q products, a midsize vitamin supplement corporation whose all-natural, heart-focused health products are featured on radio shows across the country, and endorsed by celebrities such as Frankie Avalon and Dr. Oz Garcia. She graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University-Camden with a degree in English literature and journalism, is a Phi Beta Kappa and published writer, and has recently received her certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and Cornell University. She has been featured in SJ Magazine and County Women Magazine (Burlington), is the immediate past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey, was nominated for SJ Biz’s 20 under 40, and is the recipient of the 2014 National Association of Women Business Owners’ Chapter Champion award. Tracy is also a proud mother of two beautiful sons, Daniel and Julien.
Sugar just might be the world’s sweetest killer…
By Tracy Shields - In popular myth and religion, evil is often disguised as good—the wolf in sheep’s clothing, for example. Or as something tempting—a Jezebel or Delilah, or dare I say it, a piece of candy. For years, sweets have been innocently associated with children, celebration and reward: a cute little child sucking on a lollipop; a poor boy finding a gold entry ticket to the Wonka factory in a bar of chocolate; a slice of birthday cake or donut after church on Sunday. How bad can that be? At worst, I was told as a kid, if I ate too much I’d get a tummy ache. Big deal, right? And yet, study after study is now popping up with the reality that sugar is a little more evil than simple tooth decay or tummy aches. The truth is, it’s responsible for heart disease, as well as a slew of other preventable, long-term illnesses.
As sweet as it is, sugar is killing us…
An inconsistent message
Back in the ‘80s, we blamed a high-fat diet for all of our heart attacks and cardiovascular problems. Fat was the silent killer. It clogged our arteries. It raised our cholesterol. And while trans fats were and still are working their black magic, sugar was just something you needed to keep in moderation. Remember?
In fact, one of the reasons the American Heart Association has not been as successful as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure (and all those pretty pink bows for breast cancer) is because the message associated with heart disease for woman has, quite frankly, been inconsistent. First, we were told that heart disease is a “man’s disease,” then we were told that heart disease is caused by too much fat in the diet. Now we’re told it’s sugar. But what’s now convincing scientists that sugar has been the culprit all along is that when we look back at study after study of poor health markers and indicators, sugar is the one constant. At least the high-fructose corn-syrup variety (and a whole slew of other named sugars as well).
Women are at higher risk
Whatever the ultimate cause of heart disease (and it’s most likely a combination of poor diet, no exercise and stress), new research about sugar and heart disease is alarming, and there is indeed a connection. Worse yet, women seem to be the more obvious victims. According to an article in Salon.com, Riddhi Shah writes,
Women… are genetically predisposed to prefer sweeter tastes, with greater sensitivity to bitterness. As a result, cocktails and alcoholic drinks aimed at women tend to be sweet—as an attempt to mask the burn and colorful (because, you know, pink will make anything more palatable).
The author also cited that women are prone to eating sweets because of hormones, physiology and culture.
You could claim that you never eat donuts or cookies, so you’re off the hook. But so much of today’s processed, grocery-shelf foods have hidden sugars. You no longer need to eat a piece of candy to get your daily dose. A serving of Barilla pasta, for example, has 2 grams of sugar. Ritz wholewheat crackers have 4 grams, and Mott’s cinnamon applesauce has 27 grams. (Isn’t applesauce sweet enough without adding more sugar?)
Drinks are the biggest perpetrator. Glaceau Vitamin Water, as well as a regular can of Coca Cola, has 33 grams of sugar; a small McDonald’s Shamrock shake has 74 grams of sugar and one 20-ounce bottle of Sunkist orange-flavored drink has 85 grams of sugar. You’re better off eating cookies (a serving of three Oreo cookies is only 14 grams of sugar).
Fat vs. Sugar
What’s most interesting, in regard to sugar and heart disease, is that we’ve had it all wrong. Fats (at least healthy fats like omega-3s and 6s) were never the cause of heart disease. It was, and still is… sugar. This was explained to me in the viral “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” video, an 89-minute lecture by Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF, and Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology. He reminds us that the USDA made huge recommendations to cut fat out of our diet, and because of such a successful campaign, millions of us did so and went on a classic low-fat diet. Heck, everything my mother had in the house back in the late ‘80s was fat-free or low-fat. And yet the obesity epidemic got worse, diabetes became more prevalent, and so did heart disease. And what was the one constant throughout those years? Sugar.
Lustig went on to further cite that the USDA based “30 years of nutrition education and information” on one man’s poorly developed study that solely blamed fat as causing heart disease. Known as “The Seven Countries” study, it was conducted without a computer and, despite recognizing that there was a correlation between fat and sucrose, only held fat accountable and not sugar. In other words, if you consider that a donut is a bad thing to eat, and a donut has both fat and sugar, this study only blamed the fat portion of the donut as having an effect on cardiovascular disease, not sugar.
Now, however, study after study is surfacing that sugar is bad to the bone and must be taken in moderation. The American Heart Association now recommends eating only 25-30 grams of sugar daily. But that’s virtually impossible with today’s food choices. One eight-ounce glass of juice has 30-80 grams of sugar. Weight-loss drinks have 35 grams of sugar. Even what seems like a healthy yogurt drink can have 25-60 grams of sugar added.
Nearly all of our food choices have added sugar. Without knowing it, you could be on a supposed health kick but taking in 200+ grams of sugar daily!
The worst new
By far the worst to come out of all these studies is the fact that scientists are learning that sugar is toxic. The body does not recognize it; it over-taxes the liver, has zero nutritional value and, according to Lustig, even changes your body’s ability to process other foods while it weakens your immune system. Essentially sugar is poison.
With seemingly poor food choices available to us, what’s the solution? Most experts agree that it’s all about natural, raw foods and staying away from junk. Here are a few tips.
• Simplify and get back to basics. Eat more fruits, veggies, beans, nuts, seeds and other foods that can be found in their natural state. Instead of applesauce from a jar with added sugar, cut up a real apple. Heck, make your own applesauce.
• Stay away from prepackaged foods. To extend shelf life or make things taste more appealing, manufacturers add sugar to food items that don’t need it: pastas, sauces, cereals, milk etc. may all have added sugar.
• Read labels. If you are going to buy packaged foods, be sure to look for grams of sugar. The lower, the better!
• Cook at home. The more you cook at home (from scratch) the more control you have over how much sugar and fat get into your recipes. A store-bought or boxed cake mix will typically have far more sugar than one you bake at home, from scratch.
• Eat your sugar with fiber. Candy has no fiber. A donut has no fiber. A strawberry, peach, plum, apple, etc. has fiber. The more your body can recognize a food, the less you tax your liver.
Tracy Shields - What you may not know about bone fractures and prevention…
In an in-depth article on women and bone fractures, Good Housekeeping reported that osteoporosis (a disease that involves low bone density, is linked with a lack of calcium and is common in postmenopausal women) was systematically being overlooked when treating women who were at serious risk of bone fracture. The article revealed that drug companies were more focused on selling preventive drugs (like Boniva and Fosamax) to younger women who may not have needed it as much as older woman who were at real risk. “Osteoporosis affects more than 10 million people in the U.S., but osteopenia [the precursor to osteoporosis] occurs in more than three times as many — 34 million,” a much larger market to which a pharmaceutical company wanting to sell its product can target.
Furthermore, the article found that studies indicated the drugs prescribed (bisphosphonates) didn’t even work on younger women to prevent fractures.
“The average age for breaking a hip is about 80, and no research shows that starting bisphosphonates at 50 will help keep a bone from breaking 30 years later — or even after 10. The best fracture prevention is achieved when women only take the drugs if they develop osteoporosis…”
Despite these findings, one thing is for sure—women at any age can take charge of their health and improve their risk factors for osteoporosis through better nutrition, supplements, exercise and regular doctor visits—especially if they suspect that they may be at higher risk.
Below are a few tips to get you started:
Types of Exercise That Help
Exercise can help. Walking, t’ai chi, jogging, tennis, dancing or any weight-bearing exercise done three to four times per week is good for osteoporosis prevention. High-intensity exercise tends to increase oxidative stress, whereas moderate exercise actually decreases it. T’ai chi and yoga improve balance and strengthen bones, thus reducing falls and fractures. Breast cancer survivors may suffer bone loss due to cancer treatments; a study showed that if they perform t’ai chi, a form of moderate weight-bearing exercise, three times a week for an hour, they would actually increase bone formation and reduce the bone loss.
If you have already had a fracture or have severe osteoporosis, please check with your doctor first before exercising.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Antioxidants that are naturally present in fruits and vegetables can help combat the oxidative stress that damages the body’s structure. Oxidative stress may accelerate osteoporosis, especially after menopause when estrogen levels decline.
Drinking green tea provides antioxidants that are effective for reducing cellular damage; a new study is underway to investigate the benefits of combining green tea and t’ai chi. The study will include a daily intake of 700-800 mg of calcium from diet and another 500 mg from supplements and 200 IU of vitamin D.
Other antioxidant-rich foods (leafy greens, berries, açai berries and spices like cinnamon) need to be added daily to your diet.
Good nutrition is crucial, but moderation is also key. Obesity and even moderate weight gain add unnecessary stress to the skeletal system and weaken bone strength.
Calcium is the clincher. The best sources of calcium are (surprise!) figs and sardines. But milk, yogurt and other dairy tend to be a little easier to add to your daily diet. Other dietary sources of calcium include kale, watercress, broccoli and apricots. As far as calcium supplements go, calcium citrate is better absorbed than calcium carbonate (which needs to be taken with food). But magnesium and vitamin D should also be taken to help with calcium absorption. Here’s a chart on foods with calcium.
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To help supplement the diet, try a superfood complex. Also start eating healthy. Nothing is nutritionally as complete or balanced as whole foods. They provide a synergy of nutrition: amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The healthiest, most nutritiously balanced diet comes from whole foods.
Try eating a diet of whole foods like fruits, vegetables and fresh meats. The general store used to be a farmer’s market full of fresh produce but today’s grocery stores are full of aisles displaying processed, prepackaged convenience foods that are only really helpful during food emergencies.
If you eat large portions that are full of extra fat and empty calories such as fast, fried and prepackaged foods because you are hungry and nothing else is available, you may receive some energy but not the healthiest for the body. Foods made with trans-fats and lots of vegetable oils are not healthy; they don’t always contain balanced and complete nutrition.
Vitamins and Minerals
When you don’t have the funds for the best quality whole foods and opt for cheap, fast meals on the go, health is often sacrificed. To ensure that you obtain vitamins and minerals, supplement the diet daily with a complete multivitamin supplement, best to consume with food such as your evening meal.
Also, supplement the diet with healthy fats such as essential omega-3 fatty acids, the building blocks of the brain and an important part of cell membranes. Some diets may not provide the proper balance of fats. A good quality fish-oil supplement rich in omega-3s will counterbalance the over-consumption of omega-6s, trans-fats and saturated fats, and restore health and wellness. Res-Q 1250+ is highly recommended; it provides vitamin D plus omega-3, a good type of fat that supports a healthy heart.
Limit consumption of processed foods that are not healthy. For example, canned foods may contain Bisphenol A found inside the metal of the tin can. This toxin can leach into the food. Eating a can of soup daily may increase the risk of liver, diabetes and heart disease. Microwave popcorn contains harmful chemicals that vaporize when the popcorn is cooked.
Raw milk will always, to some extent, carry some degree of heath risk (especially if the cow is sick) due to its natural bacterial content; however, some of the bacteria is actually beneficial. Since today’s milk is processed to remove bacteria, though, the pasteurization process can remove the beneficial bacteria lactobacilli. To help restore this beneficial probiotic, a dietary supplement may be helpful.
Additionally, many people drink milk for the calcium; supplements may better help increase calcium levels, especially with milk prices rising or for those who do not consume enough dairy to obtain adequate vitamin D and calcium intake.
For more information on Res-Q products, contact a product consultant at 1-800-26-ALIVE or visit our home page.
1. International Health News 20122.
It requires a whole different type of treatment plan. For example, reducing excess inflammation is a very important part of the treatment plan for people who suffer from autoimmune disorders, a condition in which the body attacks its own tissues; chronic and persistent inflammation makes the health condition worse.
Autoimmune disorders involve dysfunction of the immune system. However, it would be interesting to know exactly what triggers such inflammation, a sign or signal that is something is wrong in the body. Can anything prevent it?
New research may shed light on the true cause of disease.
Bacteria may be the true cause of many diseases. Research suggests that a lot of disease begins with bacteria. For example, multiple sclerosis may actually be caused by bad (pathogenic) bacteria that trigger the body to destroy its own tissues! Mice predisposed to develop MS did not experience any symptoms when they were not exposed to bacteria.1 Additionally, the Mayo Clinic reveals that the cause of ulcerative colitis may be a virus or bacterium: “The digestive tract becomes inflamed when your immune system tries to fight off the invading microorganism (pathogen).”
The health of the digestive system influences the health of the entire body.
Staying healthy starts with the digestive system. The precise balance of gut microflora (bacteria) plays a huge role in health and prevention. Obviously, we want more of the good kind of bacteria and less of the bad. One good health practice involves consuming “fermented foods and cultured milk products”2 after meals. This all-natural holistic health remedy was used throughout history to improve digestion and promote longevity. In some areas of the world, it’s a lassi—a healthy yogurt-like drink—or a Greek yogurt for dessert!
News reports have said that probiotics helped some people with inflammatory bowel disease to have less inflammation.3 However, the benefit of this information remains more of a preventative nature: Replenish the digestive tract with more beneficial bacteria--in hopes of warding off the bad bacteria that make you sick—or, at the very least, curb the growth of less desirable microbiota.
Staying healthy starts with good health practices.
An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure. It’s called probiotics: live beneficial bacteria that provide health benefits for those who consume them. It’s not just for those who are sick or have special digestive issues, but should be as mainstream a part of health as eating an apple!
Supplementing a healthy diet may promote health, wellness and feeling good. While yogurt is limited to only a few species, Res-Q Probiotic provides a wide variety of beneficial probiotics.
Res-Q’s supplements are more pure and potent than the average supplement. Res-Q products are an exceptional value and the high-quality manufacturing ensures potency through the stated expiration dates; you can rest assured that you have a fresh and potent probiotic supplement. Res-Q ProBiotic may be purchased online or by calling toll-free: 1-800-26-ALIVE (or 215-541-9890).
1. Commensal microbiota and myelin autoantigen cooperate to trigger autoimmune demyelination. Nature. 2011 Oct 26;479(7374):538-41. doi: 10.1038/nature10554.
3. Probiotics do ease gut problems, several studies show (MSN News)
Taking antioxidants and zinc may slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration, a very specific eye condition that affects the macula of the eye and leads to central vision loss. Research studies confirm that people with macular degeneration may benefit from the following combination:
500 milligrams of vitamin C
400 international units (I.U.) of vitamin E
80 milligrams of zinc as zinc oxide
Two milligrams of copper (added to prevent zinc-related copper deficiency)
Omega-3s plus DHA
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) revealed that antioxidants and zinc are responsible for macular health. Although beta-carotene is essential for night vision, studies show that it is really lutein and zeaxanthin (powerful eye antioxidants) that decrease the risk of macular degeneration.
The most common form of macular degeneration is the dry type, accounting for 90% of all cases; the eye’s cells break down and yellow deposits (called drusen) form. As the condition gets worse, a blur in the center line of vision may occur that doctors refer to as geographic atrophy.
Study participants who reported the highest omega-3 intake were at least twice as likely to maintain their vision. They were less likely to go on to develop central geographic atrophy, the cause of central vision loss. With macular degeneration, the peripheral (side) vision still works but there is a loss of the vision directly in front of the person.
The omega-3 fatty acid EPA is a known precursor to DHA, the major omega-3 fatty acid of the eye. This means that EPA has to be converted into DHA, “the major dietary and structural long-chain omega-3 fatty acid" of the eye’s retina.
Taking DHA supplements is good for the macula of the eye, an area of the retina that consists of “millions of light-sensing cells that provide sharp, detailed central vision.” DHA is well known for its ability to halt or alter the processes that lead to age-related macular degeneration.
The high doses of vitamins used in the ARED Study require taking vitamin supplements, as this level of intake is not provided in the diet. Since the typical American diet also lacks long-chain omega-3 in the form of EPA and DHA, the same is true of omega-3. You need to supplement.
Res-Q Recommended Supplements for Eye Support:
Res-Q Calamarine is a Res-Q omega-3 supplement that provides a direct source of DHA to boost brain and eye health. For optimal eye health, take two capsules per day. There are 1,000 milligrams of DHA in two capsules; it would take anywhere from four to 12 fish-oil capsules to provide that amount of DHA. Res-Q Calamarine is therefore not only a superior omega-3 supplement, but also an exceptional savings.
Nature’s Shield Advanced Eye Support contains lutein and zeaxanthin for optimal macular health. This dietary supplement also contains the proper amounts of vitamins C, E and B plus the mineral zinc, critical eye support ingredients that were used in the ARED Study. Nature’s Shield Advanced Eye Support is intended to help maintain healthy vision.
Fats play an important role in our health, especially the good ones! The three basic types of fats are monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated. The omega-3 and omega-6 fats are polyunsaturated.
The omega-6 fatty acid (linoleic acid) is plentiful in both nature and diet but this is not the case with omega-3. Walnuts, flaxseed and spinach are a poor source of heart-healthy omega-3 because these foods don’t provide any of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, also known as EPA and DHA.
The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, a unit of the University of Southern Mississippi‘s College of Science and Technology, refers to this dietary fat balance as having “resulted in an overwhelming surplus of omega-6 fatty acids and a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids.” They estimate the balance of polyunsaturated fats in the Western diet as having at least 20 times more omega-6 then it should. This dietary imbalance is thought to contribute to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other inflammatory diseases.
Fast food, including such processed foods like cakes, crackers, pies and all deep-fried foods, are one reason why there is too much omega-6 in the diet. Omega-6 oils (vegetable, corn, soybean, sesame, safflower, sunflower and cottonseed oils) provide the texture and taste that Americans enjoy. However, the typical American diet is causing a dietary fat imbalance.
Omega-3 is needed by every cell in the body! As the number of double bonds increases, so does fluidity, so highly unsaturated, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are essential for healthy, flexible cells.
Only certain types of fish provide a significant source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. The healthiest fish are extremely expensive, which limits how often they are consumed. The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are found predominantly in marine life: fish, calamari, seafood and algae. EPA and DHA reduce inflammation and improve cardiovascular health.
The Fats Handbook explains it best: “The omega-3-produced eicosanoids elicit anti-inflammatory responses while omega-6 eicosanoids elicit inflammatory responses. When the diet contains high concentrations of omega-6 fatty acids, cell membranes have high concentrations of omega-6, and the highly potent eicosanoids that are produced by the omega-6 precursor, arachidonic acid, are released.”
You need to supplement the diet with fish oil to help restore the dietary balance of fats to the optimal ratio. Fish oils contain the long-chain omega-3 EPA and DHA, but not all fish oils are equal!
Some fish oils are not concentrated. Don’t be fooled by the word concentrate like “fish-oil concentrate.” Look for EPA and DHA on the label. Also, it is important to make sure it is only a pure, omega-3 supplement; we get enough omega-6 in the diet!
Res-Q 1250 is a great brand! It is a highly concentrated EPA/DHA supplement that promotes optimal cardiovascular health and helps to reduce inflammation. It is something that everyone needs. Since Res-Q 1250 is at least twice as potent as most fish oils, it represents an exceptional savings.
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November is American Diabetes Month and now is a great time to start testing blood sugar. It is possible to have prediabetes or diabetes and not even know it. If you never had your blood sugar tested, it is a really good idea to do so. There are many different types of blood-sugar tests; here is some key information from the American Diabetes Association:
- 100-125 – prediabetes
- Over 125 – diabetes
- Some people are diabetic and do not even know it.
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test:
- 140-199 – prediabetes
- 200 or higher – diabetes
Your doctor may be able to help you with the blood-sugar tests. There is an additional test called the A1c test, which can help measure how well the body metabolizes blood sugar.
If you do not yet have diabetes, but have been told that you are borderline, now is the time—before it is too late—to ask your doctor what type of lifestyle changes will help save your health.
Diet, exercise and supplements can make a difference. The Diabetes Prevention Program proved that type 2 diabetes can be prevented in prediabetics who increased physical activity and made dietary modifications. Supplements like chromium, magnesium and pumpkin extracts have been shown in clinical studies to improve blood-sugar metabolism.
Res-Q Supplement of the Week:
When used as part of a diet plan, Res-Q 105Max may help maintain a healthy blood-sugar level. Res-Q 105Max’s pumpkin pentose complex is able to directly enter cells for use as energy. Less sugar is released into the bloodstream and the conversion of glucose into glycogen is encouraged. This helps maintain a healthy blood-sugar level and supports the natural function of blood-sugar metabolism that is common to everyone.
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Last week, we reviewed the basics of Alzheimer's disease prevention: exercise, eating right, staying active and taking supplements. Additionally, managing diabetes can help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease. Here are some more health tips:
Learn Stress Management
It is important to find ways to cope with stress. Take a course on stress management or read a book. Learning deep-breathing exercises can help you relax and fight the damaging effects of stress on the brain. As seen on the Dr. Oz show, one technique called 7-7-7: Breath in for seven seconds, hold for seven seconds and then exhale for seven seconds.
Getting all worked up or experiencing the fight-or-flight reaction to stressful life events can release damaging brain chemicals. According to Alzheimer’s prevention research, “Cortisol, in excess, damages the cells in the memory center of your brain. It stops glucose from entering your brain cells. It blocks your neurotransmitter function and causes brain cells to become injured”
Socialize and Stay Active
Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease involves getting out of the house, socializing or engaging with the community: “Compelling research suggests seniors who spend most of their time in their immediate home environment are almost twice as likely to develop AD compared to those who travel more.”
Get Quality Sleep
Sleep problems are linked with Alzheimer’s disease; those with existing Alzheimer’s disease often have sleep disturbances. It isn’t so much the amount of time spent in bed, but lack of sleep quality such as less dream time. Additionally, a study shows that those who woke up five or more times an hour are more likely to have amyloid plaques, a marker of Alzheimer’s disease.
Take DHA Supplements
DHA supplements help promote brain and eye health. DHA is the major fatty acid of the brain cells and the retina area of the eye. Research links low DHA levels with Alzheimer's disease. Those with the lower levels of DHA were twice as likely to have Alzheimer's disease. In fact, low levels of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, may mean that you are 67% more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease in the next ten years.
Last but not least, don't forget to challenge your brain. Finding hobbies and activities helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease: “Some examples of fantastic, brain-building mental exercises include reading, writing, playing board games and doing crossword puzzles.”
Res-Q Calamarine is a high-DHA formula that supports brain function. The Res-Q omega-3 supplement has 60 high-potency capsules per bottle and is intended to supplement the diet. Take one or two capsules everyday to promote good health and wellness.