Friday, November 28, 2008

What Athletes and Fitness Professionals Say About Juice Plus+

The large and growing body of Juice Plus+ clinical research is leading to the increasingly wide acceptance of Juice Plus+ among athletes and other fitness professionals. Many of these athletes and fitness professionals now recommend Juice Plus+ to their teammates and clients.

Most people know and understand the many health benefits of leading an active lifestyle that includes regular exercise. Exercise can benefit anywhere from increased lean muscle mass to improved bone density to better flexibility and better aerobic and anaerobic capacity. What most don't know is that there is one significant detrimental effect of exercise, exercise induced oxidative stress.

Exercise induced oxidative stress increases as exercise becomes more rigorous. Oxidative stress can significantly impact body repair and recovery post-exercise and as a result, hinder optimum performance. However, individuals can markedly reduce their oxidative stress and the impact it has on the body through proper nutrition. With proper nutrition, individuals can ensure the maximum health benefits from their exercise regime.

Check out what the athletes and fitness professionals have to say about the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables and the role that Juice Plus+ can play in improving one’s health and well being.

Proper nutrition can enhance your physical performance and ensure you are getting the maximum health benefits from your physical activity.

What the Athletes and Fitness Professionals Say
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thanksgiving is About the Thanks N Giving

Now is a great time to start planning the menu, developing the guest list, seating charts, decorations and all the hoopla around the Thanksgiving home celebration. As we roll right in to all the excitement I thought is would be great to give some tips on how to have a healthy Thanksgiving dinner.

I began to realize where is the thanks in over indulgence? Many families will not have the big Thanksgiving celebration of the past and will experience Thanksgiving a new. Perhaps a more thankful way. Thanksgiving is not about the food, decorations or hoopla. It is about taking a day to be truly thankful. For what you have or do not have, be sure and put the giving back into ThankSgiving by inviting someone you know over to share in your dinner, donate to your local charity and tell your family how much you appreciate them.

Every Thanksgiving our family has a tradition of doing all three. Invite someone over who is not in our close friendship or family circle, do what we can to help another family who may not be as blessed as we are and share what we are thankful about during this year. This tradition is character building, creates integrity and a since of giving back to the world.

As for the healthy food choices here are some tips from the University of Michigan: • slow down - eating fast means eating more food • choose whole grain breads • eat lots of green and colorful vegetables • drink lots of water • eat the turkey meat, but not the skin • skip some foods and enjoy others

Have a healthy Thanks - Giving!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gratitude Improves Your Health

In the U.S. November marks the beginning of changing temperatures, celebrations, renewing friendships and gratitude, hence the Thanksgiving holiday season. Not that I am not grateful everyday. Just that some days I pay more attention to all the goodness, beauty and blessings in my life than others.

When you think about it health and happiness are really two of the most universal desires for all people and you are closer than you think or more likely you are what you think. You and no one else is the creator of your feelings and emotions. Each and every day you pick or design you life, either complete with gratefulness or otherwise.

There is something you can do daily to be happy and healthy, it is free. Add thoughts of gratitude. What you focus on surely grows. Focusing daily on the things for which you are thankful creates a feeling of abundance. Feelings of abundance not only improves how you see your life, it improves functioning of every part of your body right down to strengthening your immune system. Being grateful improves the quality of your life experience on a daily basis. Just think ... how you live today is important because all the days add up to weeks, all the weeks add up to years. When you look back over your life, what do you see?

University of California Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons' research indicates that "Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, (and) regular physical examinations." His research finds that grateful people tend to be more optimistic, a characteristic that boosts the immune system.

"A growing body of research supports the notion that rediscovering a sense of abundance by thinking about those people and things we love lowers the risks of coronary events," offers clinical psychologist Blair Justice, Ph.D., professor-emeritus of psychology at the UT School of Public Health at Houston.

Justice practices a gentle daily examination.

"At the end of the day, I ask myself three questions."

* "What has surprised me?"
* "What has touched me?"
* "What has inspired me?"

He says that "hard-bitten folks have trouble finding beauty or seeing life anew in a daily way, and their arteries and immune system suffer for it." Answering these three questions inspires us to see the stuff of our days through fresh eyes.

When you come right down to it. Being grateful could save your life.

When I was young my dad used to always say..."it's always the little things that really matter, because all the little things add up to the big things and then it is too late."

Maybe he was right ...and for that I am grateful.

What are you grateful for?

Everyday Choices: Protect Yourself From Yourself

Did you see this?

M A J O R HEALTH GROUPS JOIN FORCES TO FIGHT MAJOR CAUSES OF DISEASE. A common agenda for health from the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and t he American Heart Association

NEW YORK, June 15, 2008 – Three of the nation’s leading not-for-profit health agencies today announced a joint initiative to empower Americans to help lower their risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke by following a single set of recommendations. Combined, the four chronic diseases account for nearly two out of every three deaths in the United States.

This is the first time the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association have come together to provide unified health recommendations for the public and joint screening advice for physicians.

“Everyday Choices For A Healthier Life” is a three-year advocacy, public and professional education campaign based on four preventive strategies, as described in a scientific statement published jointly in the rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association (June 15, 2004), Diabetes Care (July 2004) and the American Cancer Society’s CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians (July/August 2004).

Physicians and healthcare providers play a pivotal role in their ability to influence prevention and screening practices among their patients. The organizations have collectively mapped out general prevention and screening recommendations for all average-risk adults that should guide healthcare provider recommendations to their patients.

The recommendations are:
• Consume a HEALTHY DIET as a key component to achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight
• Be physically active
• Don’t smoke, and avoid tobacco smoke
• See a physician to assess your personal health risks

“POOR DIET, EXCESS BODY WEIGHT, PHYSICAL INACTIVITY AND SMOKING ARE MODIFIABLE risk factors that contribute to the PREMATURE DEATH of close to 1.5 million Americans from CANCER, DIABETES, HEART DISEASE and STROKE each year,” said Augustus O. Grant, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.H.A., president o f the American Heart Association and professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

“We named our campaign “Everyday Choices For A Healthier Life” because many people may not know there are choices they can make every day to protect themselves from all of these diseases,” said Grant.

“Follow a healthy diet, achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, become more physically active and avoid tobacco smoke. These steps can become a part of your daily life, and can help protect you and your family from cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke,” said Ralph B. Vance, M.D., F.A.C.P., national president of the American Cancer Society and professor of medicine at University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The three organizations have not changed their dietary or lifestyle recommendations. Instead, they are working together to let the public know that they agree on a basic set of lifestyle changes and unified screening recommendations to the public, physicians and legislators.

“Healthcare costs are climbing steadily, but the national investment in prevention was recently estimated at less than five percent of the total annual health care expenditures,” said Eugene Barrett, M.D., Ph.D., president of the American Diabetes Association and professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Virginia, and director of the University of Virginia's Diabetes Center.

“We plan to pool our expertise and resources to encourage greater collaborative efforts among federal and state governments, private healthcare providers, insurers and policymakers to increase the funding and opportunities for prevention,” said Barrett.

The three-year public education campaign kicks off with a series of public service announcements produced by Publicis New York with support from The Advertising Council. The multimedia campaign is targeted primarily to women ages 30 to 50 (considered the primary “health-influencers”), and urges Americans to “protect yourself from yourself,” by making healthier everyday choices. The campaign features television and radio ads in both English and Spanish, and print ads that will appear in magazines and newspapers across the country.

A free educational brochure has been developed to give the public information they need to help protect themselves from cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The brochure is available by calling, toll-free, 1-866-399-6789.

A new, joint Web site,, features helpful tips and links to more information on healthy eating, physical activity, weight management, smoking cessation and recommended medical tests.


Monday, November 3, 2008

Feed Your Cold - Protect Your Body

Fall season marks the beginning of change.

For some of us ... change our clocks to daylight savings time, weather patterns to cooler temperatures, landscape with the beautiful fall colors, cold and flu season too.

Here we go ... dust off the Kleenex and cough medicine. Have you ever wondered what else you can do? Here are some simple tips and sound nutrition you can give your immune system a boost and banish the sniffles, sore-throat, aches and pains for you and your child.

Have a cup of tea:
The facts Any hot liquid can help break up congestion, but tea has extra benefits. It contains compounds called theophyllines, which open up airways and ease breathing. Some research shows that drinking 2-3 cups of green tea per day also aids in sparking our natural defenses with its high level of polyphenols, a type of antioxidants.. So curl up with a mug of your favorite green, black or herbal tea, and soothe your scratchy throat while you ease your stuffy nose.

Scoop up the yogurt:
The facts unsweetened Yogurt is loaded with probiotics--beneficial microorganisms that settle in your intestines and enhance overall immune function. Yogurt with live cultures also helps promote the "good" bacteria in your body; this is particularly helpful if you're taking antibiotics, which destroy bad and good bacteria.

Up the antioxidants:
Reduce your body’s natural inflammatory response that turns on to battle a cold with stocking up on powerful antioxidants. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Beta-carotene (vitamin A) from food in particular helps heighten immunity and is found in yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and cantaloupes as well as dark leafy greens.

Remember if you take care of your body, it will take care of you.

Consider this.

Some families find that adding supplements fit more into their lifestyle. If that is the case for you and your family the one as a nurse I feel confident in recommending is the whole food based product Juice Plus+, the next best thing to fruits and vegetables. (