It Pays to Learn How to REALLY Read a Label.

Have you noticed how Centrum has added these icons, suggesting that they the supplement helps with bone health, brain health, etc. They charge you more for this, by the way.

Take a  look at the label, has anything been added for these additional health benefits?

BRAIN HEALTH: If you want to protect your brain (or any other organ), it takes more than icons on a label. The supplement I take has an amazing ingredient, Phosphatidylserine, (which helps to prevent memory and cognitive decline), Ginkgo Biloba (which helps to promote serotonin and dopamine) and Bacopa (which protect brain cells from free radicals). It doesn’t appear that Centrum has added any of these to help with brain health.

EYE HEALTH: Lutein is amazing for the prevention of macular degeneration, and this label shows it has 300 mcgs. But research shows we  need a minimum of 6 mg’s per day of Lutein. Let’s do a little math…. One (1) mg = 1000 mcgs.
Six (6 )mg = 6000 mcgs. Centrum’s label shows it has 300 mcgs, less than one mg. Based on their technology, most of those 300 mcgs aren’t getting absorbed by the body. A person would need to take 20 Centrum tablets per day day to get the minimum Lutein requirement. That’s a lot of pills and expense!

My mother developed macular degeneration later in life and had what the doctors called “low vision”. She was able to prevent total blindness by taking a supplement rich in Lutein. I don’t want macular degeneratio to happen to me. So, to prevent it, I take the same  supplement she did with 10 mgs of Lutein, plus Zinc, and Zeaxathin— all noted for promoting eye health.

So don’t waste your money on store brand supplements. They have low absorption, synthetics, and they lack the necessary ingredients to make a difference with your health!

How are your Vitamin D levels?

VITAMIN D is a super essential, powerful vitamin for everyone. Yes, you can get vitamin D from the sun, but you have to get outside and expose some skin for a minimum of twenty minutes a day. It’s great if you live in warm climates, but what about those cold, dark dreary winter days? It makes it hard to obtain it from the sun, doesn’t it?

Vitamin D been shown to prevent and improve survival in many forms of deadly cancer; it can also prevent fatal heart attacks; improve survival in kidney disease; strengthen our bones and prevent and cure depression. Vitamin D is also a potent weapon against diabetes; rheumatoid arthritis; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); high blood pressure; inflammation; Sjogren’s Syndrome; thyroiditis; Crohn’s disease and obesity—all of these have been linked to low vitamin D levels . The benefits of Vitamin D now fills volumes in medical libraries.  

Needless to say, I am a Vitamin D devotee!  I love bright sunny days and become sluggish in those grey days of winter. I do admit my February Blues have practically disappeared since I started taking Vitamin D daily. This one I use is working great for me, as the Vitamin K in it helps the D to work.️

 Check it out and see if your Vitamin D levels needed to be “fixed” like mine did.

Introducing Riverbend Ranch

I am beyond excited! I can now purchase my Black Angus Beef from an American ranch where cattle are grazing/free range in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Texas, and even Hawaii. The cattle are raised with NO antibiotics, and NO added hormones, which makes for a better meat product.

Because of this, I know my family will be eating the BEST Black Angus in the entire world!

No more high prices for this grade of quality of USDA PRIME beef — if I could even find it at the local stores. I know for certain the quality we will be gettin. It’s a! WIN-WIN!

Best part? It comes straight from Riverbend Ranch to my door at a FRACTION OF THE PRICE you find for USDA Choice at the store. Riverbend Ranch HIGH CHOICE BLACK LABEl is 100% USDA PRIME.

These great products are only available to members of my online shopping club. Saving money on high quality beef is Just one more reason I love this online shopping clubo!

Anyone taking Elderberry?

Cold and Flu season is upon us and many are looking for natural ways to boost their immune system and prevent flu. Elderberry is an “old wives” tried and true remedy and it does help to boost the immune system.

I have found two products that have been working for me and find them so much better than Elderberry. The first is ProvexCV. It’s a small capsule proven to have highest absorption rate in the country. I take it daily. It has a lot to offer the immune system with the protective power of 10,000 purple grapes in every bottle, blood pressure benefits for healthy individuals are only the beginning! ProvexCV delivers a powerful and diverse dose of polyphenols for unparalleled antioxidant protection, optimal cardiovascular health, and a healthy immune response

The second product is Activate-C Immune Complex.It’s a proprietary blend of vitamins A, C, and D, zinc powered by Oligo®, plus quercetin and beta-glucan to optimize cellular response, helping the immune systems work harder and faster.

It comes in tablet form and a drink mix in two flavors, raspberry and orange. I like the drink version. The orange one reminds me of Tang that I used to drink as a kid. When it’s cold out I like to drink it warm. It’s comforting and makes me feel better instantly. I know this is one product that keeps my immune system operating at its peak with this blend of clinically proven ingredients.

Consider the value of prevention starting today. Make sure to stock up on immune boosting products that work! 

The exact timing and duration of flu seasons varies, but flu activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although significant activity can last as late as May Are you ready for a cold and flu season ?

Blood Sugar and Insulin

Last year, I found myself waking up in the ICU of a hospital, with no memory of how I got there. My last memory is that I was at the airport. I remember having a vague conversation with a police officer. Other than that, I have no further recollection of that day until I woke up in that ICU two days later. Luckily I carry my health info and medical cards with my drivers license, so they were able to care for me. The diagnosis? DKA – Diabetic Ketoacidosis. My blood sugars had spiked to nearly 600 and I was on the verge of a diabetic coma. Considering I had never had any indication of sugar issues — all my bloodwork always came back perfectly normal.

So what happened? My doctors explained that my recent move, my recently broken shoulder and the resulting pain and lack of sleep, burying a parent, extensive dental work and weight loss (a good thing) put quite a bit of stress. Turns out all of these contributed to a metabolic imbalance and my body decided to crash—big time.

Turns out the ability of the body to control insulin can make significant differences in the quality of one’s health. Insulin is a hormone that is generated in the pancreas. It is released, optimally, in small amounts throughout the day and in larger amounts after meals.

Insulin and its effects can also cause weight gain, battle metabolic issues and even lead to diabetes. The below article from “Get Your Lean On” gives me some insight and tips on controlling the insulin my body manufactures and I thought I’d share.

It recommends avoiding all forms of sugar, which led me to the R3 lifestyle. The  study results showed sugar promotes insulin resistance. Refined carbohydrates are another food to moderate or avoid completely, if you are able to, since they are converted to sugars. With my new eating plan, I rarely crave sweets or carb-loaded foods—but I still crave grapefruit and indulge that craving every other day.

The article also recommends eating foods that are higher in soluble fiber and will help stabilize and regulate blood sugar levels. Soluble fiber also produces higher levels of good “gut’ bacteria and makes you feel fuller, longer. I make certain I get lots of veggies and drink Fiberwise daily. I’m never hungry between meals anymore.

Of course, the study recommends that regular exercise should also be a part of a good daily, healthy regime. Unfortunately with my broken shoulder and subsequent shoulder replacement, I’ve not been working out or exercising for the past year—other than walking the dog, that is.

Finally,I’ve followed the suggestion to increase consumption of lean protein.  With R3 I make it a point to have protein within an hour of waking up each morning. I didn’t believe it when I was first told to do this, but it works! Turns out the protein helps to absorb valuable amino acids that build muscle. Eating the right proteins is critical to the overall effect of an insulin “smart” diet, so I pay attention to the types and amounts of the protein I eat.

You may also want to consider some supplementation in your plan, regardless if your goals are weight-loss or simply universal good health. My company has developed a great tasting shake in several different flavors that allow me to easily and conveniently control my blood sugar and insulin levels.

Snacks for dinner

With this summer heat, do you find yourself looking for the easiest, tastiest, and most fun way to get dinner on the table tonight? Something that you and the rest of the family will eat and enjoy?

The answer lies in snacks. Yes, snacks.

Gather up all the fresh fruit, veggies, crackers, breads, cheeses, meats, spreads, and dips that you’ve got lying around your kitchen, throw them all onto a big ol’ platter, and go to town on these endless snacking possibilities. A little creativity and some clever combinations will get you a lot farther than you think.

The best part? No utensils required.

Do you plan, shop for and partially prep the coming week’s dinners Sunday night?

Do you anxiously await coming home from work to cook your luxurious dinner?

Or do you drags your feet home after a long, strenuous day, desperately wanting to fall to your knees and lift your arms up to the dinner gods in the hopes that they will send you something delicious for you to eat on your couch?

If you’re the kind of person who lacks patience or energy to come home and whip up an impressive dinner (even if it’s on the sheet pan, or only requires one dish) every night, then you are the perfect candidate for the snack dinner.

A snack dinner is the ultimate solution for dinner that doesn’t sacrifice good food.The beauty of a snack dinner is customization and itrequires barely any preparation or prolonged commitment. Assemble a gathering of your favorite dips, spreads, butters, fruits, veggies, toasts, nuts, cheeses, meats, and pickles. If you can snack it, you can have it!

Assemble all your components on anything, it could be a fancy platter or a paper plate.Gather a variety of components to complete your snack dinner, you get the best of all worlds. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, and before you know it, you’ve just consumed the most diverse dinner full of unexpected combinations . Another plus to this dinner is that it’s super kid-friendly.Kids love this fun, build-your-own style supper.

Start with some baseline dips that will serve as a hearty foundation for this dinner. Black bean hummus, tzatziki, guacamole, or a yogurt-tahini sauce. Fresh, flavorful dips like these taste good with just about everything. Add to this plenty of freshly cut veggies and fruit, and maybe some crackers or crusty bread for a starchier bite.

A crucial component to the snack dinner is cheese—use whatever cheese you have on hand, from sharp cheddar, to soft goat or Brie cheese. If you want to make it more “upscale” add some charcuterie to pair with the cheese. You can even toss in a handful of nuts and/or your favorite nut butter.

To add a touch of sweetness to this easy dinner see if you have some jam, chutney, or honey in your larder a little bit of one of these will go a long way.

All in all, this should not be a dinner that you’re planning/shopping for in advance and breaking the bank for the finest and most well-coordinated components. While a fancy, intentionally curated cheese board is great if you’re hosting a party, the snack dinner is all about making use of the odds and ends you already have, and that you know you like to eat. Throw it all together, don’t bother with plates or utensil, and start munching.

Benefits of magnesium

I have a lot to do today! Classes, interviews, rowing, and the usual work and errands.
I’m usually pretty easy going and I go with the flow.  But today II think I need a little extra help.
Did you know that nearly 50% of the US population is deficient in magnesium?
Did you know that low magnesium means you don’t absorb Vitamin D as well?

Those are just two of the reasons why we all need Magnesium.
You know how when you feel stressed, your muscles become tense? This is because your nervous system releases hormones and then your heart pounds faster, along with faster breathing patterns. Magnesium relieves muscle tension, which has a dramatic impact on the level of stress you feel. As an asthmatic, magnesium helps reduce asthma symptoms and helps to keep attacks at bay. Another benefit of magnesium is that it helps with calcium absorption.

How do I easily add magnesium to my diet? I discovered  this yummy product called Melaout, I just mix it with water and have a glass, This fun drink is like taking a deep breath and then letting it out slowly to relax, Then I will do all the things that need to be done today! Cheers.

Junk food promotes hunger and overeating

Sugar-rich diets generate excessive reward signals in your brain that can override normal self-control mechanisms and lead to addiction and overeating.
Research found a single week of bingeing on fast foods impaired appetite control, making the volunteers more likely to desire more junk food, even if they’d just eaten.

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To learn more about overeating and junk food click on the link below…/19/junk-food-addiction.aspx

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