Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Why Are We So Unhealthy?

The old adage "there are many roads to Rome" certainly applies to your health.
If you are not feeling at your peak of health it may be because of the choices you are making in many areas of your life.

You are faced with situations each day that impact your total health picture, some you have control over, some you do not. You truly are the sum of your parts. Each and every cell of your body has a memory of it's own and is shared by the collective of cells produced in your body. This cellular information is passed on from generation to generation until you have arrived at where you are today. Even though you may have forgotten what you did 5 years ago your body did not. Yikes!

So where are you now?

"Oh my back hurts, I'm tired, depressed, my hands hurt from arthritis, can't sleep, I take so much medication I think I will gag." Sound familiar? What you don't realize is maybe with a few small steps you can change the way you are feeling in a major way. You can get your health back.

So why are we so unhealthy?

  • Too many bad foods
  • Not enough good foods
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stressful lifestyle
  • Environmental factors
  • Sleep Deprivation

You might be saying what about genetics? My mom and dad they had diabetes so I will have diabetes too. Right? Not necessarily so. The highest percentage of an illness accounting from genetics (even cancer) is 30%.

This 30% counts if you live your life just like your relatives.
Did they smoke? Do you?
Did they make too many poor food choices? Do you?
Were they couch potatoes? Are you?

Consider this, what about the other 70%? The 70% is how you live your life every day. This is why the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and all the rest of the government agencies recommends making lifestyle changes. You know focus on prevention: sleep more, exercise more, drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables.

You get to choose how you spend that 70%.

What do you choose?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Connecting Prevention and Nutrition

From the webinar presentation: Connecting Prevention and Nutrition
presented by Paul Williams MD. Enjoy the Do's and Don't of the presentation.

Do's and Don'ts

- Don't smoke
- Avoid trans fats
- Minimize prepackaged foods
- Minimize processed meats
- Reduce refine carbohydrates
(all white flour products, white rice and white potatoes)

- Drink Water
( here is the calculation: your body wt. divide in 1/2 = ounces you need to drink every day
- Exercise most days of the week
- Eat fruits and vegetables : the recommendation approx. 10 servings
(1/2 cup = 1 serving)

Only 10% of the population consumes the recommendation of fruits and veggies every day. For everybody else you might want to consider taking Juice Plus+ , whole food nutrition in a capsule.

Taking a couple of capsules too much of a hassle?
Dr. Williams suggests you consider the alternative.

Once you develop a medical condition you will be:

- taking lots of medications, and paying for them
- dealing with the side effects of the medications you will be taking
- driving to doctor appointments, paying for them too
- participating in medical treatments and testing to determine the cause of your physical distress (such as cancer therapy, diabetes, high blood pressure)

"You never know when it will be too late for prevention." Dr. Paul Williams

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Artifical Sweeteners: Why Risk It?

Have you ever really thought about Artificial Sweeteners?
Now might be a good time.

Have you been using artificial sweeteners to save a few calories?
As away to slim down?
Keep those pounds off?
Well think again.

A recent research study conducted at Purdue University shows that a group of test subjects fed artificial sweeteners subsequently consumed THREE TIMES THE CALORIES of those given ordinary sugar. The group who ate artificial sweetener also had 10% greater weight than the group who ate sugar. So there goes the slim down theory...

Let's take a quick look at the most popular artificial sweeteners.

Why are they called ARTIFICIAL? Because artificial is not natural. Artificial is not organic, not from the earth, not whole food and not life giving. Artificial sweeteners are man made chemicals, unknown to nature, unrecognizable to
your body and depending on what you read have a host of potential side effects that are certainly not... life giving.

ASPARTAME (Equal) - There has been a great deal of controversy around aspartame adverse side effects (dangers vs safety) and the circumstances around it's approval. Dangers you many be asking?

SUCRALOSE (Spenda) - Sucralose has been scrutinized due to the marketing strategies advertisements such as " made from sugar" which is false and misleading. Sucralose is not made from sugar. Sucralose is a man made group of chemicals, not made from sugar, just like sugar or anything else natural. Just more chemicals. Sucralose is a fairly new product on the market so it is hard to say what the adverse effects (dangers) may be. Are you willing to be a test subject for splenda?

You are trading these chemicals for sugar? Why?

SUGAR - Sugar is from whole food, organic, comes from sugar cane (the earth) and our bodies know what to do with it. Sugar has been on the market for at least as long as I have been here which is over 50 years. There is no confusion about how sugar came into being and arrived on your dinner plate, or drinks.

Here is what you are trading.

Sugar 30 calories per teaspoon, for more chemicals and more chemicals.

Do you ever wonder what happens to all those chemicals in your body?
I think they are making you and me sick and so do many other national organizations.

The next time you reach for the yellow or blue package for that nice glass of anti-oxidant loaded green tea ask yourself why?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fitness? What is Your Focus?

In the spring of this year Juice Plus launched a new program the ... Juice Plus Fitness Challenge.

The Fitness Challenge merges the benefits of exercise, stress management, water, sleep, supplementation and nutrition. Finally a holistic approach to health, vitality, athletics and weight management.

What surprises me is how this is news. All of a sudden athletic trainers every where are seeing nutrition from a new point of view. The view of overall health, not just looking good, skinny and built, but a strong body and mind. Since when did skinny and built become equated with healthy anyway? What are we if not a strong cardiovascular and immune system?

Several years ago Men's Fitness magazine published an story entitled "The Healthiest Man in the World." Triathlon winner with a 2% body fat. The man in the picture of the article was not thin, actually he appeared large at 200lbs. 5'10". This got me to thinking about research I read about anorexics. As a group anorexia's have the largest percent of body fat than any group, which makes them the most unhealthy of any group.

So maybe we need to spend less time thinking about our outward appearance and more importantly on our inward appearance.

The Juice Plus Fitness Challenge is worth consideration whether you are a fitness trainer or looking to live you life more fully. The Challenge encompasses all aspects of health and vitality, weight management and athletics. There really is nothing better than feeling terrific inside and out. Enjoying a since of well being, in the knowing you are doing all you can to be strong in mind and body.

As they say at www.juiceplusfitnesschallenge.com
are you up for the challenge?



Monday, July 21, 2008

Drink Water? How Much?

Not long ago a health story was shared with me and I would like to share this story with you.

In sharing our stories is how we all learn and connect.

The women who shared this story is a young adult, in good health and spirits. She told of her many visits to various physicians, family practice, neurologist, internal medicine, ect. looking for the cause and treatment of migraine headaches which had debilitated her to the extent she was unable to work when the headaches were present. After exhausting the medical experts in her city, missed numerous days of work and unable to care for her children she traveled to Mayo Clinic as a last hope.

In just a few days the physicians at Mayo Clinic diagnosed her with dehydration, the cause of her migraine headaches. She was given IV fluid therapy for 48 hours and sent home with a prescription for drinking more water. This is how she concluded her story "I spent thousands of dollars to find the cause for my migraine headaches and all I needed to do was drink more water."

All body functions depend on water.
Our health depends on the critical balance of all systems. When even just one system fails us, we become lost on the road of degenerative illness. A road that is sometimes difficult to find our way back, always long, and expensive emotionally, physically and economically.

Let's take a look at what the early symptoms of dehydration. You may notice these symptoms early in the afternoon, especially when the weather changes to warmer temperatures:
  • headaches
  • dry mouth
  • dry eyes
  • dry mouth
  • reduced sweating
  • nausea and vomiting
  • light headedness
  • muscle cramping
Lately there have been a small number of articles in the news, discussing "over-hydration" or drinking too much water. This occurs in a very small portion of the population, the rest of us ... needless to say needs to drink more to support our body's healthy body functioning.

Recommendations:

The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

Another approach, is take your body weight, divide that number by 1/2, this would leave the total number of ounces you will drink. For example, if you weight 100 pounds divide 100 by 1/2 = 50. Your water intake requirement will be 50 ounces per day.

Which ever approach you use, consider this ... if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and produce 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) or more of colorless or slightly yellow urine a day, your fluid intake is probably adequate.

Other considerations when deciding to how much water to drink. Coffee and soft drink drinkers (caffeine load) need to double your water consumption, exercise enthusiasts add 8 ounces for every 20 minutes of exercise to replace the water you loose with these dehydrating activities.

Remember it is easier to prevent disease,
maybe even as easy as having a glass of water,
than it is to cure disease.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Are your kids "too big for their size"?

In December 2007 (vol. 357 no. 23) the New England Journal of Medicine published an study entitled Childhood Body-Mass Index and the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Adulthood.

In this study 5,063,622 person-years of follow-up were completed, 10,235 men and 4318 women were studied. These men and women in their childhood years had an Body Mass Index that was within the limits of obesity later in life received a diagnosis of Coronary Heart Disease or died of Coronary Heart Disease as adults.

So let me ask you.
How are your kids doing?
Would you describe your children and the children around you “too big”, “large for their size”, “heafty”?

Genetically speaking the highest figure I have read is genetics plays 30% .This leaves me asking what about the other 70%? It must be lifestyle. What else could it be?

Your family doctor and pediatrician are struggling to figure out how to talk to parents about their childrens weight. I recommend you help them out. You as the responsible adult mention to your doctor on your next visit you are concerned about your childs weight and ask what you can do.


Here is what you can do starting today start adding more fruits and vegetables to you and your childs daily food intake , check out www.childrenshealthstudy.com, ask someone you know about Juice Plus+

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Let's Get Started

In case you have not noticed, people are sick out there!

Just look around.

Kids are "too big" for their age!
Why is that, you may be asking.

Let's take a trip down memory lane, remember when ...
PE in school every day?
Kids played outside until dark?
Mom and dad took the kids and dogs for walks and bike rides after dad got off work at 5 pm?
Dinner every night at home made, mom slaved for hours making a nutritious dinner?
Everyone ate together?

And what about you?
Stressed?
Hurried?
Sleepless?
Sick?
Fatigued?
Nervous?
Hungry all the time?
Missing work?
Couch potato have a familiar ring?

Now is the time to start thinking about what we are doing to ourselves. Don't wait another minute. It is never too late to get started on the road to better health. It is the decisions we make each and every day that make a big difference down the road in our work and home life.

Let's get started now.
Let's explore together the choices we are making... learn to make better ones and feel really good inside and out at home and at work.

Share what you learn with your friends.
If you don't tell them who will?