Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Thought this was a good article by Dr. Jamie McManus

Next year will mark the 40th year since the first National Nutrition Week campaign was launched. And I know I am showing my age, but I remember 1973! I was an intense pre-med college student working in a research lab and studying to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Richard Nixon was the president, and one of the top news stories was Billie Jean King defeating Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes—go, girl power! The theme was Invest in Yourself—Buy Nutrition. National Nutrition Week was enthusiastically embraced by the American Dietetic Association (now called the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and officially became National Nutrition Month in 1980—now celebrated every March.

And since this year’s theme is Get Your Plate in Shape, I thought I would share how I get MY plate into the best nutritional shape!

Make a list. Take time to think ahead as to what you are planning to put on your plate tonight and every night this week. Get to the grocery store—with your list—and stock up on fruits, vegetables, lean-protein choices such as chicken breast, low-fat (or better, nonfat) milk and yogurt, soy milk, etc. This will help ensure you have healthy choices at home as you prepare your meals

Load up at least half of your plate with veggies at lunch and dinner. I try to have at least THREE colors on my plate—red bell peppers, dark green broccoli and spinach, and orange carrots. These colors tell us these veggies are brimming with health-promoting phytonutrients as well as vitamins and minerals!

Fill the rest of the plate with small portions of a protein food and a starch. And since you will be following my lead and filling up on veggies, it will be easier to avoid overeating or oversized portions. You might even try using smaller plates and bowls if you tend to overeat.

Spice up your life as I have—who knew there were so many choices of amazing spices?! You need only a pinch of salt, especially when you have garlic, basil, rosemary, and thyme. Did you know these spices provide additional phytonutrients to support your health, as well as make your food taste fabulous and yummy? Pull out those dusty cookbooks and try a new recipe that uses spices you’ve never tried—this has become one of our favorite activities at our house!

Last but not least, be sure you have nutrition insurance. Even though I am knowledgeable about nutrition and committed to healthy eating, I know my food cannot provide all that I need every day, so I always take a daily comprehensive multivitamin/multimineral supplement and urge you to do the same! It is simply good nutritional sense.

Be well!

Red Wine Anyone?

Everyone is interested in looking younger, and certainly feeling younger. When it comes to resveratrol, is it all hype, or is there any truth to the benefits? I have been doing a lot of reading on the subject and the results are pretty amazing.

What we don’t always realize is that aging begins in our cells. Stress, poor diet and environment toxins can all wreak havoc on our cells every day. The more they are bombarded, the more vulnerable they become to conditions that can trigger aging. Can we do anything about it?

Global cutting edge research is showing that we can now slow aging at a cellular level. This cutting edge research, and years spent in partnership with leading scientists have culminated in the ultimate resveratrol product, Vivix, a scientific breakthrough from Shaklee. Only Vivix contains both resveratrol and a proprietary phytonutrient blend. This phytonutrient blend harnesses the powerful antioxidant properties of rare muscadine grapes, and has been shown to be 10 times more effective than resveratrol alone in slowing a key mechanism of cellular aging.

What is so special about the muscadine grape? I had never even heard of them before. Forty percent skin. Ten percent seed. Muscadine grapes are one of nature’s rarest, most potent fruits, with a very unique polyphenol profile that offers a number of health benefits. Unlike regular grapes, muscadine grapes boast superior concentrations of ellagitannins (anti carcinogen) that, when combined with other muscadine grape polyphenols, yield immense antioxidant power.

Shaklee has harnessed this muscadine grape power in every bottle of Vivix using a proprietary extraction process that isolates and preserves the bio active polyphenols (derived from the skin and seeds) of each individual grape. The result is a scientifically advanced formulation that is 10 times more powerful than resveratrol alone in slowing a key mechanism in cellular aging.

Some supplements boost cell energy. Others claim to be rich in antioxidants. Only Vixix delivers ingredients that have been shown (through laboratory testing) to positively impact four key mechanisms (cell defense, cell energy, cell repair, and cell performance) of aging at a cellular level.

This all sounds great, but what does this mean on a practical level. I have been using Vivix for a year and a half now. I can tell you I have more energy, I am off any kind of migraine medication, the cluster headaches are gone, I have lost weight and I know so many other people that have had amazing results in other areas. It is all natural, and is a patent pending product exclusive to Shaklee. They have secured the entire output of this rare type of super grape from the largest and best growers. I have not found any other product on the market that delivers these kinds of results. Just a thirty day supply of Vivix delivers the same amount of resveratrol found in 3,000 glasses of red wine. Truly amazing. I encourage anyone whether it is arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, migraines, or any kind of auto immune disorder to try it. They are also having excellent results when Vivix is taken in addition to cancer treatments, because it constantly repairs and protects your healthy cells. So many benefits. Certainly worth a try, as all Shaklee products come with a money back guarantee. Live better.

The Fishy Facts

Are you considering adding a fish oil supplement to your diet?

Here are some of the facts: According to the Centers for Disease Control and the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease—specifically coronary artery disease—is still the number one cause of death of men and women in the United States. And while it was once considered a man’s disease, today more women than men die from heart disease. And unfortunately, at least 100 million Americans have one or more risk factors for heart disease. To reduce the risk of heart disease, the AHA recommends eating two servings of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids each week. But most Americans eat fish only three times per month or less. Moreover, there are growing concerns about unsafe levels of contaminants such as mercury and lead that are now commonly found in many fish.

Did You Know:

Over 4,500 research studies on omega-3 fatty acids’ effects on overall health have been conducted in the last 25 years.

  •  The average American intake of EPA and DHA is only 0.1 to 0.2 g/day, even though the American Heart Association recommends at least two fish meals per week to provide an intake of about 0.3 to 0.5 g/day of EPA and DHA.
  •  Most American diets provide more than ten times as much omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids, even though there is general scientific agreement that individuals should consume more omega-3 and less omega-6 fatty acids to promote good health.
  •  Research shows that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids promote cardiovascular health and help retain normal blood pressure and triglyceride levels.
  •  According to the AHA, certain types of fish may contain high levels of mercury, PCBs, dioxins, and other environmental contaminants. Generally, older and larger fish contain higher levels of contaminants.

The following is taken from an article by Dr. Andrew Weil:

New research from England suggests that fish oil may help slow the progression of osteoarthritis – the “wear and tear” version of arthritis that often is an unwelcome feature of getting older. In fact, based on their study in guinea pigs, the investigators from Britain’s University of Bristol say that fish oil may help to prevent arthritis from occurring in the first place. The study team fed omega-3 rich diets to guinea pigs that have a genetic pre-disposition to develop osteoarthritis and found that compared to a control group of animals eating a standard guinea pig diet, the fish oil diet reduced incidence of the disease by 50 percent. Positive effects of the diet included a reduction of the degradation of collagen in cartilage and better retention of the molecules that give cartilage its shock-absorbing properties. Evidence also indicated that omega-3 influences the biochemistry of arthritis and as a result can help prevent osteoarthritis and slow progression where it has already occurred. The study was published in the September 2011, issue of the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

OmegaGuard delivers a full spectrum of ultra-pure, pharmaceutical grade omega-3 fatty acids, which studies show help support healthy heart, joint, and brain function. It is made with a proprietary multistep molecular distillation process for the utmost purity and potency. OmegaGuard contains all seven omega-3 fatty acids, including EPA and DHA, which studies show help: reduce the risk of heart disease, retain healthy triglyceride levels, maintain normal blood pressure, and support brain, eye and joint health.

Shaklee Omega Guard contains natural fish oil derived from small, cold water fish. it contains more EPA and DHA than other selected brands, contains no cholesterol, and comes in a small size for easy swallowing. To ensure purity and potency, the fish oil in OmegaGuard undergoes a multi step molecular distillation process, which: Concentrates and refines the omega-3 fatty acids, Removes lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, dioxins, and PCBs, and other contaminants, reduces oxidation and formation of trans fats, and minimizes odor and fishy aftertaste.

Trillions of Reasons to Supplement

Your body contains trillions of cells. Billions of new cells are created every single day. Each cell is like a high performance engine. It needs high quality raw materials (nutrients) to function properly. The quantity and quality of nutrients you ingest affects every system in your body: cardiovascular and digestive, muscular and skeletal, lymphatic and endocrine, reproductive, urinary, and even your nervous system. In other words, how you look, feel and perform is directly affected by your daily nutrient intake.

Your Body Can’t Manufacture All The Nutrients It Needs On Its Own

Scientists define a vitamin as a compound essential for life. Since your body cannot manufacture most of these vitamins on its own, it can come by them only from the food you eat and the supplements you take every day. Over the long term, proper nutrition impacts every aspect of your health – from its ability to maintain health to its role in preventing nutrition – related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can prevent many major diseases 60-90% of the time.

Every day you make choices that will either improve your health or harm it. Studies show that if you don’t eat right, get to a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and supplement your diet with proper nutrients, you increase your risk of developing certain diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Good health is a choice, which means that disease (in many cases) also is a choice.

 

Heart Disease is the number one killer in the US.

Every minute of every hour of every day, someone dies from a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, 80% of all heart disease in women is preventable with proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.

Cancer is the number two killer in the US.

Approximately one of every two adults will be diagnosed with cancer sometime during their life. The American Cancer Society reports that 60% of all cancer-related deaths can be prevented by improving lifestyle choices – by being physically active, losing weight, stopping smoking, and getting proper nutrition

Diabetes: The illness multiplier.

Diabetes contributes to more than 230,000 deaths every year. Plus, if you have diabetes, you are two to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke and 10 times more likely to have a limb amputated. Also, diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure and blindness. A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that 90% of all type 2 diabetes is preventable with proper nutrition, achieving a healthy weight and engaging in other healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Our standard American diet (S.A.D.) is a big, fat problem.

The standard American diet is causing a plethora of health challenges. The United States is ranked 37th in longevity behind countries such as Cuba, Chile, and Greece, even with all of the medical technology and pharmaceutical innovations available today. A major consequence of our S.A.D. is the obesity epidemic, which even affects our children! The American Society of Pediatrics issued a statement recently that suggests, unless current trends reverse, one third of all children born today can expect a shorter life than their parents due to type 2 diabetes.
Our food is fast, and our metabolisms are slow. Our drinks are soft and our arteries are hard. Our nerves are fried and so is the junk we put into our bodies.
Fast food sales have increased nearly 2,000% over the past 30 years. One third of our total calories come from fast food, which is lacking in good nutrition. Not only does high fat, high carbohydrate fast food deliver a lot of calories, but the latest research shows that it also may result in acute inflammation. Consuming these high fat, high calorie fast food meals regularly may lead to chronic inflammation, which may put you at risk for many diseases, linked to inflammation, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, certain cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease.

90% of Americans fall short in getting essential nutrients in our diets.

98% of Americans do not eat the recommended seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day. What might surprise you even more is that, even when you try to do the right thing, the nutritional value of our produce isn’t what it used to be. In fact, a 2004 study of 43 crops showed a decline in the nutrient content of up to 38% over the past 50 years.

The proven benefits of nutritional supplementation:

The good news is that the very latest research suggests that you can positively influence you health every day through lifestyle changes you make and through the quality of your nutritional intake.

RECENT GROUNDBREAKING LANDMARK STUDY CORRELATES LONG-TERM SUPPLEMENT USE WITH BETTER OVERALL HEALTH

A recent study of people who took a wide range of high quality nutritional supplements for 20 years or more showed dramatic benefits compared to those who took just a multivitamin or no supplement at all. These long term supplement users were 73% less likely to have diabetes, 39% less likely to have high blood pressure, and were nearly four times more likely to describe their health as “very good” or “excellent” compared to nonusers. In other words, consuming a wide variety of high quality supplements is associated with better health and a reduced risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more.

Countless Studies Can’t All Be Wrong
Many of the world’s leading experts in medicine, biochemistry and nutrition believe nutritional supplementation positively affects overall health. Doctors from Harvard, Stanford and Yale, and researchers from the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association and the American Cancer Society can’t all be wrong. if you want to improve your health, be sure to get some of the most important nutrients your body and your brain need to function optimally: a multivitamin, vitamin D, calcium, B vitamins, vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and probiotics. Start today and make an investment in yourself.

‘Tis The Season

Seems like this is the time of year when we hear more talk about our immune system. While the weather is getting cold, we try our best not to “catch” one. Maintaining immune system health is an important element in the body’s well-being. The immune system is responsible for protecting the body from infections and for healing injuries. Every day our bodies are under attack by pathogens and dangerous microbes that infest our surroundings with an unseen, unfelt, yet undeniable health threat. Our body’s built-in immune system protects us whenever possible, but it’s under constant attack from poor nutrition, stress, pollution, and fatigue.The immune system protects the body from bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other harmful organisms. At times of the year when you’re more likely to be slowed down by immune challenges, it’s more important than ever to keep your immune system up to speed.

So what are some of the things we can do to keep our immune system strong?

Eat a balanced diet. Fill your meals and snacks with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and a little meat or fish if you so desire. These foods are packed with nutrients that strengthen the immune system. Eat more fresh, whole foods and fewer packaged and processed foods, and foods high in fat.
Get adequate sleep. Studies have demonstrated that people who have not gotten enough sleep (or enough good-quality sleep) are more likely to get sick when exposed to a virus than people who have gotten enough shut-eye. One reason for this is that when you sleep, your immune system releases substances that increase your body’s ability to fight infection. For most people, seven to nine hours of sleep per night is optimal.
Exercise moderately. About 30 minutes a day of moderately strenuous exercise, such as brisk walking, has many positive effects on your health and well-being. Among other things, it can increase energy, help to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol readings.
 Don’t smoke. Smoking depresses the immune system by affecting the antibodies that protect against foreign invaders like viruses. Quitting smoking usually reverses this process.
Avoid excess alcohol. Taking in too much alcohol (more than one or two drinks) on a regular basis reduces the production and effectiveness of the cells the immune system sends out to fight infection. Excess alcohol also impairs the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and reduces the flow of oxygen to vital organs.
 Take a quality multivitamin. A basic, daily multivitamin/mineral supplement can help support your immune system.
 Reduce and manage your stress level. Prolonged or chronic stress seems to make some people more likely to become sick. To counteract chronic stress, see what you can change in your life to reduce your stress level, practice relaxation techniques and seek social support from family and friends.
 Drink plenty of water. Adequate hydration helps your body in many ways, including digestion and the flushing of toxins. Plain water is all you need, so drink up!

One of the products I suggest having on hand, especially this time of year, is called Defend and Resist. I take it at the first sign of a runny nose, or a scratchy throat, and most times I am able to avoid getting sick all together. It basically supercharges your immune system when you start to feel the need.

Scientific studies suggest that, along with a healthy diet and getting enough rest, consuming certain herbal ingredients can help you be prepared for the moment when you first feel the need to bolster your immune system. Defend & Resist Complex can help your body respond to seasonal challenges by giving your immune system what it needs to stay strong, with a unique formula based on standardized extracts of herbs. Defend and Resist contains echinacea to stimulate the body’s natural resistance, black elderberry helps maintain a healthy immune response, larch tree enhances immune support, and a daily intake of zinc is also important in maintaining a healthy immune system.