Health Supplement

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Health Supplement – what is it?

So what is a health supplement? Health supplement is a term that means products made of one or more of the fundamental nutrients, for example vitamins or minerals and which is very beneficial for our health. It provides you with some specific (or a mix of) vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, amino acids, metabolites, etc. Our health depends on the correct intake of these nutrients and if the diet doesn’t work, some type of health supplement or supplements would be the answer.

Health Supplement – vitamins.

Many health supplements provide us with various vitamins. For example, vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Vitamin A plays an important role in vision, bone growth, reproduction, and cell division and cell differentiation. Vitamin D maintains normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, helping to form and maintain strong bones. Vitamin E is a very powerful biological antioxidant, which plays a great role in preventing cell damage that may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Health Supplement – minerals.

Health supplements also provide us with various minerals. Minerals play a number of roles, like helping your body to use the energy from foods. For example, iron supplement provides your body with iron, which is an important component of proteins involved in oxygen transport and metabolism. Calcium supplement provides us with calcium, which is critical for transmission of nerve impulses, regulation of the heartbeat, clotting of blood, and building and maintaining healthy bones.

Health supplement – be careful.

Before you start taking some type of health supplement, make sure that an appropriate diet is not enough to increase the intake of some minerals or vitamins. Consult with a doctor to see that using supplements is right for you. Some supplements may have side effects.

Do You Know Your Body’s ph And It’s Relation To Your Health

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Do you know your ph? By getting ph strips at a pharmacy, pool store or lab you can test your urine in the moring and see it’s range. A good range is between 6.5 and 7.2. Most of are too acidic.When we are too acidic, the body takes minerals from important organs and our bones to neutralize the acid.

These minerals can include calcium, sodium, potassium and magenesium. Though we may not notice it, an overly acidic situation can develop in time into various symptoms and problems.

In the Book Alkalize or Die , Dr. Theodore A. Baroody says ,”The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause…too much tissue acid waste in the body!”- Theodore A. Baroody, N.D., D.C., Ph.D.

Some problems thatcan indicate acidosis include: bladder and kidney conditions, immune deficiency, diabetes, weak brittle bones and lactic acid build up. PH is behind the bodies electrical system, intracellular activity and the way our bodies utilize enzymes, and minerals, and vitamins. That is why pH is one of the first things to be looked at if you are experiencing an imbalance in your body. Decades ago Dr. Otto Warburg, the only physician to ever win two Nobel prizes, proved that cancer can not exist in an alkaline/high pH environment.

We can eat more alkalinic foods which include brocoli, carrots, dried figs, celery, grains and many fruits. On the other
hand, the active ingredient in the soft drink Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8 and it will dissolve a nail in about four days. The phosphates in soft drinks bind to calcium and we can’t absorb it. The typical Western diet is largely composed of acidic or acidifying elements (proteins, cereals, sugars). Alkaline foods such as vegetables are eaten in much smaller quantities; their alkaline content is insufficient to neutralize surplus acids.

Stimulants like tobacco, coffee, tea, and alcohol are also extremely acidifying. When we get angry or stressed we are also making the body ph more acidic. Our ph changes not just from the foods we eat, but due to our emotional states.

Some books worth reviewing at the library include:

Understanding Acid-Base – A medical text on the fundamentals of human blood pH, by Benjamin Abelow, M.D. 1998; Williams &
Wilkins, Baltimore, MD.

The pH Miracle – Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health, by Robert O. Young, Ph.D. 2002, Warner Books, Inc. New York, NY.

Reverse Aging – Scientific Health Methods, by Sang Whang. 1994; Siloam Enterprise, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Acid & Alkaline – An overview of pH and human health by Herman Aihara 1986: George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation, Oroville,
CA.

Try and make healthy choices when shopping and eating out to keep your body ph balanced.

The Profect Solution for Diabetics

Team of healthcare professionals
Team of healthcare professionals

Diabetes, which affects more than 6% of the US population or over 18,000,000 people [i], is diagnosed when the body is not creating or effectively utilizing the hormone called insulin. As a result, much-needed energy from sugar, starch, and other sources are not being exploited as effectively as they should. This can lead to severe adverse health consequences, including nerve, ocular, and kidney problems [ii].

While genetics and environmental factors play a role, the exact cause of diabetes is as yet undetermined. However, one thing is precisely clear to those with this condition: eating right is vitally important.

Generally speaking, people with diabetes do not eat a standard “one size fits all” diet. Rather, they must adhere very closely to the healthy eating guidelines prescribed by their doctor.

However, these recommendations, which generally apply to the general public as well [iii], include principles such as eating a low-fat diet, and limiting calories from saturated fat to less than 10% of daily caloric intake. The recommendations also include eating complete sources of protein, and limiting calories from protein to 20% of daily caloric intake [iv]. It is worth noting that protein also plays an added support role in a diabetic diet, because protein can slowly transforms into glucose. As such, ingesting appropriate amounts of complete protein can help a diabetic manage blood-sugar levels.

At the same time, maintaining low blood pressure is of enhanced important for those with diabetes. As such, a diet that helps maintain a healthy body weight is essential, since high blood pressure is related to obesity and overweight conditions [v].

Diabetics know full well they should eat a calorie-smart diet that is low in fat, fortified with complete protein, and scores low on the Glycemic Index [1]. Yet quite often what is lacking is time to ensure that this diet is maintained.

Unlike individuals without diabetes who can, if they must, “snack” on unhealthy foods from time to time, persons with diabetes are well advised by their qualified doctors to ensure that a very healthy eating regimen is consistently followed. Yet following this regimen is indeed difficult; especially since so many foods in restaurants and vending machines are utterly devoid of healthy ingredients.

At most, one might expect to find some low fat options when eating out; but these usually have high calories, high sodium – to compensate for flavor lost due to reduced fat – and a high GI score. None of this is welcome information for diabetics.

Fortunately, a product called Profect has been medically engineered to provide diabetics with a practical eating solution. Profect, with its low Glycemic Index, contains absolutely no sugar. Therefore, diabetics do not have to worry about their blood sugar levels spiking after eating a serving of Profect.

As an added benefit to those with diabetes, Profect contains 25 grams of complete protein [2] — and zero fat. As such, Profect can be eaten along with other foods to slow down the overall absorption cycle. Ultimately, this means that Profect can effectively reduce insulin spikes and the subsequent creation of fat cells; which, as noted above, can lead to weight gain and high blood pressure.

Yet perhaps most appreciated by diabetics is the fact that eating Profect is very convenient. It requires no cooking ability, nor the creation of a messy – and potentially poorly configured – health “shake” that might actually add too much protein to the system, and lead to adverse toxic buildup.

The fact that Profect is convenient may seem like something of a marketing “benefit”, to be touted on a website or a package container, but the reason for this has nothing to do with marketing appeal. People with diabetes, just like most of the population, lead busy lives in which time is of the essence. Finding 2 or 3 hours each day to create foods is oftentimes unrealistic.

It is because of this need for a convenient and easily accessible food that Protica Research created the 2.7 fluid ounce container to protect each serving. These containers are extremely strong, easy to carry and store, and are deliberately suited for busy, time-starved lifestyles.

Dealing with diabetes is a reality that more than 18 million Americans face each day, and over the next 2 decades the rate of diabetes is expected to increase by almost 250% throughout the developing world [vi].

Daily – one might say hourly – some of the finest brains in science are searching for preventions and cures that will help millions of people diagnosed with diabetes to lead full, healthy lives. Aligned with this ultimate mission is Profect’s eating solution for diabetics and healthy eaters alike.

ABOUT PROTICA

Founded in 2001, Protica, Inc. is a nutritional research firm with offices in Lafayette Hill and Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Protica manufactures capsulized foods, including Profect, a compact, hypoallergenic, ready-to-drink protein beverage containing zero carbohydrates and zero fat. Information on Protica is available at health care

You can also learn about Profect at health care

REFERENCES

[i] Source: “All About Diabetes”. American Diabetes Association.
[http://www.diabetes.org/about-diabetes.jsp]

[ii] Source: “Diabetes”. Diet-i.com.
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[iii] Source: “Diabetic Diet Questions”. Anne Collins.
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[iv] Source: “Diabetes Diet”. MedlinePlus.
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[v] Source: “Diabetes”. Diet-i.com.
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[vi] Source: “Diabetes Cases Could Double in Developing Countries in Next 30 Years”. World Health Organization.
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Alternative Health Care is Under Attack by a Hidden Standard – The Unfortunate Case of Dr. Shortt

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Health care professionals with laptop

A recent case in the news highlights an alarming trend in “alternative”
health care–how difficult it is becoming to both obtain and provide
alternative care in the United States. Dr. James Michael Shortt (an M.D.)
practicing longevity medicine in Greenville, South Carolina, has been sued
by the relatives of a patient who died under his care, and may be indicted
for murder. (AP/LA Times 1-09-05.)

The information in the media concerning this unfortunate case is very
instructive if read with a discerning eye. Dr. Shortt is being sued because
he administered a therapy that is outside “the standards of care of the
medical profession.” This phrase is key. Another cause of action in the
lawsuit was that Dr. Shortt had told the patient that her multiple sclerosis
was caused by a bacteria or virus and that the organism(s) could be killed
by hydrogen peroxide infusions. Finally, the coroner and pathologist who
examined the patient attributed her death to “complications caused by the
hydrogen peroxide infusion, which the pathologist said ‘had no legitimate
use . . . in the medical literature.’ “

The missing data in this homicide ruling is that the patient was taking two
prescriptions prescribed by her mainstream physician–Tegretol and
Copaxone. If you read the Physician’s Desk Reference, there are warnings that
both of these substances may cause exactly the kinds of side effects that she
died from. Hydrogen Peroxide does not cause these effects. Even more
disturbing, is that one of these drugs is not approved for use with Multiple
Sclerosis. So who is truly at fault here? (If you want the technical
details, please contact Dr. Richards directly.)

Dr. Shortt consulted with the International Oxidative Medicine Association,
which developed the regimens he used. The group found that Dr. Shortt had
followed its “well-established” protocols. These protocols are clinically
established in thousands of patients. Dr. Shortt himself has treated over
1,800 patients with this protocol.

The issues here that are highlighted within this unfortunate set of
circumstances are:

1) The legal establishment makes the assumption that the medical
profession has proven treatments and, more importantly, the only legal
treatments for conditions of human health.

If you’ve been following the news, you know how fallacious this is. Vioxx
is only the latest example of a substance, approved for use, that has proven
to be life-threatening. Where was “the medical literature” when this drug
was approved for use? How did it achieve acceptance without better
scrutiny? I predict that we will soon have another scandal in the news –
statins and the way in which they cause heart failure.

2) The medical profession uses its peer review process to decide
what information and research enters the public realm and becomes part of
the accepted “medical literature”.

Any information that is outside the medical paradigm (read alternative
therapies) is systematically shut out by peer review and never gets
published in medically accepted journals. I can give you hundreds of
references documenting the link between Lyme disease and over 350 chronic
health conditions. But, the medical profession chooses to selectively
ignore them.

3) Most of the research in the United States is funded by the
pharmaceutical industry. Natural remedies, which cannot be patented,
provide no profit incentive to the pharmaceutical houses and are, therefore,
ignored – even though they are safer in many cases than the approved drugs.
There is a large body of research work in Europe and in Asia on the efficacy
of many “natural” remedies that simply do not show up here in the U.S.

4) There are a wide variety of conditions for which the medical
profession has no etiology. MS is one. There is research showing that many
of these conditions are linked to the Lyme disease parasite; however, the
medical profession is busy pretending that wide spread Lyme disease doesn’t
exist, despite massive amounts of evidence to the contrary. MS has been
specifically linked to the Lyme organism (for example, Fallon BA, Kochevar
JM, Gaito A., Nields JA, “The Underdiagnosis of neuropsychiatric Lyme
disease in children and adults,” Psych Clin North Am., 1998,
Sep;21(3):693-703. From the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University
Medical Center, New York, New York. The abstract specifically references
the connection between Lyme Disease and multiple sclerosis.)

I personally believe that the medical profession is fighting for its
credibility, because there are so many conditions for which they have no
effective treatment. Whenever possible, the full weight of the medical
board and the legal system is brought to bear on any medical practitioner
who dares to buck the system. Dr. Shortt is only the latest in a long line
of distinguished predecessors.

The only solution that I can see to this dilemma is that the public become
informed about what is going on and start a grass roots movement to oppose
this entrenched power grab. Your health and your health care freedom depend
upon it.

–Dr. N. Rowan Richards, D.C., D.A.B.C.I., F.I.A.C.A.

Sex Drive and Stress – The Effects of Emotional Disorders on Penile Health

Boy being examined by a pediatrician
Boy being examined by a pediatrician

After a long day at work, dealing with the stress of deadlines, bosses, co-workers and the relentless need to get ahead, what better way to relax than to come home and enjoy a romantic evening with a partner? It sounds like the perfect plan, but as most men know, all of that psychological stress can take its toll on their sex drive, making intimacy seem more like a chore than a pleasure. Stress can affect a man’s sex life, and even his penis health, in a variety of ways. Understanding these may help men to take control and develop appropriate coping mechanisms that can improve their prospects in the bedroom as well as their overall quality of life.

How stress affects the libido

Sex drive is highly dependent on levels of testosterone in the body. The level of testosterone is controlled by numerous factors, including other hormones. Psychological stress is known to raise levels of cortisol in the body; this ‘fight-or-flight’ hormone has a negative effect on testosterone. Prolonged stress, whether it is caused by work-related issues, family problems, financial concerns or any of the other complications and difficulties that are a part of daily life, can lead to reduced testosterone and, therefore, a decreased interest in sex.

Other related factors that can cause diminished sex drive

Aside from the direct effects of stress, other related problems can lead to decreased sex drive. For instance, the high levels of stress hormone in the body can eventually cause symptoms of depression and anxiety, both of which may impact a man’s sexual desire. Furthermore, some of the medications often used to treat these disorders can also reduce the sex drive.

In addition, cortisol – the stress hormone previously mentioned – can lead to weight gain; increased abdominal fat raises estrogen levels in the body, which in turn decrease levels of testosterone.

How to help

With all of these factors at play, the effects of stress may seem like an unending cycle, and men who are affected may feel like there is no hope. But there is help. The most obvious step is to reduce the amount of stress in a person’s life, but realistically, that is not always possible. It is therefore usually more effective to change how a person responds to it.

What works in terms of managing stress is different for everyone, but here are some of the general rules:

- Get plenty of exercise. Physical activity is one of the most effective ways to reduce the negative physiological effects of stress on the body. It can also make men feel better about themselves and increase their level of overall health in the process.

- Choose healthy, nutritious foods. What a man eats has a direct effect on how he feels, and a diet that is designed to meet his body’s needs will leave him feeling better and more relaxed. Heart-healthy fats, lean proteins, high-quality carbohydrates and plenty of fruits and vegetables are all essential to good physical and mental health.

- Get plenty of sleep. People who are stressed tend not to sleep well, and too little rest can amplify the effects. Men should stick to a regular sleep schedule and make sure their bedroom is a place for sleep (and sex) only – not a home office or TV room.

- Practice relaxation techniques. There are hundreds of techniques and products available to help men with relaxation – meditation and yoga are perhaps the most common, but there are options to suit every taste.

- Avoid alcohol, tobacco and recreational substances. While it can be natural to turn to these substances for a quick fix for stress, the chemicals tend to enhance rather than relieve the problem. Overuse of any of these can lead to long-term health problems and damage other aspects of men’s lives, so they are best avoided.

- Caring for the penis

Sometimes, the more effective solutions for problems like stress, self-esteem and anxiety are also the more simplistic, but the bottom line is that they work. For instance, a man who is confident about his hygiene and appearance is more likely to feel attractive, which in itself can raise his level of desire. Therefore, exercising appropriate penis care is one important aspect of managing stress-related sex issues.

Exercise is a crucial part of this process, because physical activity increases the levels of endorphins in the body. These feel-good chemicals counter the effects of cortisol and help men to feel more relaxed and happy. On top of this, exercise boosts blood flow, another important factor in bedroom performance.

Maintaining good hygiene is the next step. Washing regularly, trimming the surrounding hair (or removing it completely) and applying a quality health care (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) are good ways to ensure a clean, attractive manhood. A nutrient formula enriched with vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants can have significant benefits when it comes to the look and feel of the penile skin and help boost a man’s confidence in his appearance.

How to Keep Your Boxer – or any Dog – Healthy…

Physicians at Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort,traditional Ayurvedic medicine spa resort in Trivandrum,Kerala,India,Asia
Physicians at Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort,traditional Ayurvedic medicine spa resort in Trivandrum,Kerala,India,Asia

Feed him a balanced diet.

Additional tips from owners include:

- Give an occasional yogurt treat

- Ask your vet about giving Boxers calcium tablets as they could have some problems later on in life!

- Keep him comfortable so his immune system can remain strong.

- Boxers are shorthaired and sensitive to extreme elements of the weather and thus must be kept a housedog. His shortened muzzle also makes hot and humid weather uncomfortable for him.

- Give Boxers lots of exercise and regularly.

- Remember that he is a big and strong breed and requires physical outlets for his boundless energy and high play/prey drive.

- Walk them three times a day or have play sessions. Provide plenty of space for them to bounce around. You want to keep their spirit up and not break it or they won´t be the dogs you fall in love with in the first place. Healthy and happy Boxers are a joy to live with.

- Make a breeder your friend.

- Keep in touch with the breeder who sold you the Boxer. The breeder can advise you about care and health matters that are unique to the breed. Any Boxer breeder, for that matter, can be an invaluable ally to you throughout your Boxer\’s life.

- Guard your Boxer from fleas.

- Your Boxer has fleas if you find black specks in the fur or fleabite marks on the skin. A tip given by an owner is to give your Boxer garlic daily to prevent fleas.

- Boxers catch fleas from other animals. It is an every day problem that, at some time or another, you can expect to encounter in your Boxer.

- The fleas only go to the Boxer to feed on its blood.

- Fleas mostly live and multiply in your home. The comfortable living – central heating, double-glazing and, best of all, the fitted carpet – we create for ourselves and our Boxers also work best for the fleas.

- De-worm your puppy every month and your adult Boxer, every six months.

Family Cord Banking – A Safe and Secure Way for Future Health

Dr. Werner Blaetzinger,Surgeon General of the Bundeswehr,German Federal Defense Force
Dr. Werner Blaetzinger,Surgeon General of the Bundeswehr,German Federal Defense Force

Mostly, the pregnant women are worried about their babies’ health. Though there are many vaccines, children get infected and some of them die because of the critical issues. The emotionally attached parents do not bear such incidents and they themselves become the victim of trauma. many expecting parents are not aware about why save baby’s cord blood. And the internet is playing a pivotal role in spreading the awareness amongst the people.

Whether you believe it or not, there are many benefits of stem cells provided that the cells are preserved in a safe and secure cord tissue bank. The authorized banks follow the standards and they maintain hygiene for preserving the umbilical cord blood for long years. Many parents preserve their children’s placenta blood as the lifelong gift. While others feel it is the best way to be updated with the modern medical technology.

The family cord banking has transcended the limitations and it has become a helping hand to the parents, the siblings and the children. The umbilical cord blood has three main qualities because of them; people have started saving the cells into the recognized stem cell banks. These cells turn into any other cells in the human body, such as bone cell, blood cell, muscle cell etc. The stem cells copy themselves endlessly. And the cord tissue can repair the damaged cells in the body and rejuvenate the broken cells.

Owing to many positive benefits, the umbilical cord blood has been gaining popularity all over the world. Every day, the expecting mothers are joining this new movement of future health. They secure their children’s future life against the critical medical conditions. If you search about the cord tissue on the internet, you would come to know that thousands of patients recovered their lives and they are living healthy with their family members.

There are only two types of cord blood banks.The private cord blood bank and the public cord blood bank.

Both the banks provide excellent storage facilities. But, if you do not want to preserve your baby’s cell for future usage, then the public bank is the right option. The public bank provides the placenta blood to the needy parents & the patients and it does not ask for any of the payments for storing the umbilical cord blood. They accept the blood only from the donors.

The private cord blood banking companies take the fees for the storage facilities. The banks have quality and clean rooms for storing the umbilical cord tissue for about 20 years. Apart from this, the staff members of the banks keep the confidentiality of the parents’ data and they do not share it with any other person.

When a registered member requires the preserved umbilical cord blood, the bank delivers it to the member in a timely manner. The family cord banking has become an integral part of medical innovation. It is also regarded as a boon that gives abundance happiness to the patients by recovering life from critical diseases.

Dog Health Conditions and Terms You Should Know… Part 2

Girl taking a capsule
Girl taking a capsule

Cryptorchidism is peculiar to male dogs and a condition present at birth.

The testicle/s, which developed in the abdomen, fail to descend into the scrotum. The usually underdeveloped and non-functional testicle/s should be removed, as it could turn cancerous later in life.

If the condition remains after the puppy is more than 2 months old, then the chances are it will remain so permanently.

Eye ulcers, if caught early, are easy to treat. Late treatment can be expensive for you as well as painful for your Boxer.

Dermodicosis or non-contagious mange first appears as numerous patches anywhere on the Boxer’s skin. The hair will fall off, leaving bald patches in large areas, and the bald skin starts to break down, turning into crusty sores.

Atopy is itchy (pruritic) skin disease caused by allergy to something the Boxer breathes in or touch.

It cannot be cured and is the number two common allergic skin condition in dogs, after flea allergy dermatitis. Having fleas would make it worse for your Boxer.

A Boxer suffering from atopy would have itchiness particularly on the hands and feet.

He’d be chewing his paws, scratching his ears, shaking its head, scratching the muzzle or rubbing it on the ground. These same symptoms can also be brought about by food allergy.

Acne in young dogs shows as red bumps (papules) and blackheads (comedones) on the chin and lips.

Shorthaired dogs like Boxers are more likely to get them. And like in human, they start getting acne around puberty, but the problem would usually go away after one year old or so.

However, you may have to help with some topical gel medication similar to the one used by teenagers. Such lesions may become infected and develop pus, which becomes itchy for your Boxer and he starts rubbing his face in the carpet or against furniture.

Urinary incontinence in dogs can be due to a neurological lesion – something not normal with the parts of the nervous system that deal with urine regulation.

A Boxer with incontinence will dribble urine and if a neurologic lesion is the cause, then this has to be removed.

There are also other reasons not related to the nervous system like congenital defect and bacterial urinary tract infection, also known as bacterial cystitis or bladder stone.

If your Boxer leaves wet spots where he has slept and he has skin irritation from contact with the urine, then he may have incontinence.

However, wet spots around the house alone may simply mean that he drinks a lot more and needs to relieve himself often but you are not allowing him outside frequently enough. Straining while urinating and blood in the urine are two signs of bladder stone.

Deafness

Boxer is among the more than 35 breeds of dogs on record to have hereditary sensorineural deafness.

The condition cannot be reversed with medications, surgery or hearing aids. Dogs also could become deaf from old age, toxicosis or infection.

How do you tell if your Boxer is deaf?

He doesn’t respond to spoken commands and only responds to you when he sees you.

He keeps shaking his head and pawing his ears or turns in the wrong direction when you call him.

He sleeps more than normal and would not wake up till you physically touch him.

But not to worry, you can still have a wonderful companion in your deaf Boxer through sign language.

Dogs have been known to learn as many as 65 command words in sign language. These include signs for, among others, “stop”, “potty”, “drop it”, “stay”, “lay down”, “sit”, “come” and “cookie”.

As extra measures, you want to keep the deaf Boxer in a safe environment as he cannot hear approaching dangers like an approaching car. So keep him on a leash and close to you when in traffic or out for walks.

On his nametag, add the word “deaf” so he will not be misunderstood if he ever gets lost. Some suggest putting a bell as well so you know where to find him if he gets lost.

And finally, if your Boxer tested positive for inherited deafness in one or both ears, do not breed him or her.

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Healthy Eating for Executives on the Run

A blue and a pink toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste
A blue and a pink toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste

For the executive, maintaining the much-needed balance between career, family, and health can often be a challenge and yet without this balance in our lives it is impossible to become focused and efficient during the work day. The one area that seems to be the quickest to fall out of balance is our health. Before you know it you’re working late, no longer having time to make a decent meal and exercise becomes a thing of the past. As I talk on the phone to my executive friend Paula, I hear the same old line, “I don’t have time to have lunch today, and I need to meet with a client. I’m just going to grab something on my way out”. This “something” she is grabbing for lunch usually consists of a handful of chips or perhaps a bagel as she runs out the door.

Paula’s plight is typical of today’s executives. There are not enough hours in the day and so we depend on quick grab and go foods, caffeine, restaurants, and fast food. These food choices may be easier with our timelines but they are ultimately dragging our energy down and adding more and more to our waistlines. Therefore, we must learn how to avoid the traps of poor eating habits and learn how to incorporate good nutrition practices on our tight timelines. How do we do this? The answer may be easier than you think. Here are 4 nutrition tips to help you improve your energy and focus so you can become more efficient during your workday.

Eat your breakfast!:

“Breaking the fast” from the prior evening is crucial for sustained mental work. The brain’s sole source of energy is glucose and it has no storage reserves. Eating breakfast has been shown to improve overall attitude, increase concentration and problem-solving ability. In addition, studies show those who eat breakfast typically consume fewer calories and fat compared to those who do not start their day off with a healthy meal. If you aren’t used to eating something in the morning grab something light like a yogurt and a piece of fruit or a bowl of oatmeal with some fresh berries.

Relinquish the caffeine:
Starting your day off with a pot of coffee is not exactly a balanced breakfast but is likely the most common. People are more dependent than ever on caffeine to provide them a “perk” of energy. The downside is that’s all it is providing; a quick perk. The reality is caffeine gives you small bursts of energy and then you crash to an energy low leaving you to need even more. Caffeine also pulls fluid from your cells, which can cause mild dehydration and contributes to the three o’clock slump. Symptoms of mild dehydration are: fatigue, lack of concentration, irritable, anxious, and mild headache…hmm, sound familiar? Lastly, caffeine can also stimulate your appetite, which is important to know for those watching their weight. You will be surprised to know that you will have a much higher energy level and better concentration by forgoing the caffeine. Stick to one caffeinated beverage a day and work on drinking more water. Please note if you are past the threshold of addiction to caffeine you will have headaches when you stop drinking it. If you drink more than 3 caffeinated beverages a day it is best to decrease slowly!

Take time for a balanced lunch:

Yes, I know for the busy executive many of your lunches are often something you grabbed out of the pantry and snacked on while working at the computer. Not only is it important to take a break during the day it is crucial to take time to eat. When you eat at the computer, it becomes unconscious eating. You aren’t paying attention to how much of that food item you are eating and this, in turn, is a quick way to gain weight. It becomes impossible to be conscious of feeling “full” when your mind if focused on work and not your body. Every time you eat passed “full” you are taking in calories that your body does not need and will then put into storage. Yes that storage department is also known as stored fat. In addition, this food you are snacking on is usually not very balanced and can end up making you tired and decrease your concentration as well. Take some time for your self to eat a balanced meal during the day. Include some protein, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. For example, a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with a cup of vegetable soup is a quick lunch that provides nutrient-rich foods. This will help you to improve your energy and focus during the day as well as keep your weight where you want it.

Restaurant Strategies:

Many executives are out on the run and are frequently eating in restaurants because of time restraints or for business luncheons. Eating in restaurants on an every day basis can start to affect your health and waistline. Most restaurants add a significant amount of hidden fat and calories so the food will taste better and look more appealing. For example, did you know that many restaurants will use spray butter on your steamed vegetables to give it a glow. This is why that broccoli you get on the side looks so shiny and appetizing! Not to mention restaurant portion sizes are enough to feed three adults and typically contain 1000-1800 calories per plate! If you are eating out, stick to the basics. Try to order simple entrees such as a sandwich, soup, or salad combination and avoid large entrees. You can have those wonderful larger entrees for special outings just not everyday.

The bottom line is our body is the only place we have to live so we should take care of it! Take a few moments of time for your health each day. Feed yourself nutrient rich foods. Enjoy a little movement. Drink fresh water. You will ultimately become more efficient at what you do. We feel most alive and energized when we take care of our health.

How to Choose A Multivitamin

Lab assistant in a white lab coat
Lab assistant in a white lab coat

In a landmark article published in The Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA), the AMA recommended that all adults should take vitamin supplements to help prevent chronic diseases. Twenty years ago JAMA recommended that healthy adults do not take a daily multivitamin. The belief was that people could obtain all of the necessary nutrients from their food, and multivitamins weren’t worth the hassle.

In June 2002, JAMA researchers reversed this guideline, and they are now recommending that adults supplement their diet with a multivitamin each day. Recognizing the importance of a multivitamin for good health is a major reversal for the AMA. Nutritional research is increasing our knowledge and understanding of the role vitamins play in overall health, and the AMA has published their broad review of how certain nutrients affect our health. These new recommendations are an excellent guideline in choosing your multivitamin.

What Nutrients Do We Get in Our Diet

Almost 80% of Americans do not receive the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables that would provide critical vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy diet. A study done by the National Cancer Institute and the Department of Agriculture reported that 40% of Americans do not eat a single fruit, and 20% have no vegetables each day. Nearly 45% of Americans ate no vegetable other than potatoes, beans, or salad.

And even if we did consume the recommended serving of fruits and vegetables, would the nutrients be sufficient to keep us healthy and free of disease. The Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs stated that 60% of the leading causes of death in the U.S. are directly linked to diet. An exhaustive analysis of dietary records from over 21,500 individuals, done by the USDA National Food consumption committee revealed that not a single person consumed 100% of the RDA for Vitamins B6, B12, A, C, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, & magnesium.

The Consequences of Sub-clinical Nutritional Deficiencies

Ongoing scientific research confirms that consuming inadequate levels of some vitamins may increase the risk of developing chronic diseases. For example, low levels of folate and vitamins B6 and B12 are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, colon and breast cancers. Inadequate levels of vitamin D may lead to osteoporosis and fractures, and insufficient levels of vitamins A, C, and E may increase the risk for several chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Most Americans do not receive enough of all vitamins from their diet alone. “Fruits and vegetables are the primary dietary source of many vitamins, and health experts have long recommended at least five daily servings. A recent survey showed that only 20% to 30% of the population meets this goal,” (Fletcher & Fairfield, 3128). Approximately one out of three Americans consumes multivitamins, and hopefully this number will increase as a result of the AMA’s recommendation.

Can We Get All Our Essential Nutrients in our Diet?

Can you get all the essential nutrients your body needs in your diet? Quite simply, the answer is no. Even if we consume the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day, there are factors, which prevent us from getting the necessary nutritional values of essential nutrients. According to U.S. Senate Document # 264, 74th Congress “Farm soils and range soils and the fruits, grains, nuts and vegetables grown on these soils are mineral deficient and people who eat them get mineral deficiency diseases.” The most alarming aspect of this statement was that congress issued this document in 1936. Today, more than seventy years later, this problem has gotten worse.

Does Food Lose Nutritional Value

It is a well-recognized fact that the “standard American diet” is a nutritional train wreck. To make matters worse, our food loses nutrient value for many reasons from the time it is harvested to the time it reaches the table. For instance, in order for agri-business to get foods to the marketplace quickly, there are many cases of early harvesting that can deplete nutrient values up to 25%.

The transporting of foods can remove a similar amount, and long-term storage can remove up to 50% of the foods nutrient value. The freezing of foods can remove nutritional value, and excessive cooking can deplete up to 50% of the remaining nutrients. The nutrient losses for processed or over-refined foods can be as high as 95%.

Making matters worse, your diet can put your body under additional physiological stress because of the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Unless you are buying organic, the foods in your market are loaded with pesticide and herbicide residue, artificial flavors, colors, and a whole bunch of chemicals that you don’t want to put into your body. These toxins create a stress on the body that requires more nutrients. However, our food supply is nearly depleted of nutrients because of processing and the soil conditions.

Supplement Your Diet with a High Quality multivitamin

When choosing a multivitamin, there are several things that you should consider. First, the multivitamin should be comprehensive. A good multivitamin should contain all of the U.S. RDA nutrients; these include Vitamins A, D, E, C, Folic Acid, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iodine, Magnesium, Copper, and Zinc. These nutrients should all be present in a quality multivitamins formula. Biotin is the B vitamin that is most often left out, included at a tiny percentage. It is expensive, and many vitamin manufacturers reduce it or leave it out to save themselves production costs. A deficiency in biotin can cause fatigue, depression, hair loss, and various skin problems such as itching and scaly skin.

Minerals – The Forgotten Nutrients

A high-quality multivitamin should provide a full complex of minerals vital to good health. It should contain adequate amounts of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Calcium has a role in preventing osteoporosis and maintaining healthy bones. Calcium also plays a part in blood pressure reduction and possibly the prevention of colon cancer.

Magnesium and phosphorus work hand in hand with calcium to prevent or reverse osteoporosis. In additional to these well-known minerals, the highest quality multivitamin formula contains a full complex of essential trace minerals like copper, zinc, selenium, chromium, molybdenum, vanadium, boron and potassium. These trace minerals are essential to good health and in their absence; many of the major vitamins are ineffective.

You Are What You Absorb

There is an old cliché “you are what you eat”. But this is a half-truth; actually, you are what you absorb. There are many different sources of the nutrients found in today’s multivitamin formula. When choosing a multivitamin, choose one that has the highest quality sources of the nutrients. High-quality, nutrients are more expensive, however, vitamin manufacturers that are more concerned with the health of their customers than their bottom-line, use nothing but the best bio-available nutrients.

Why Daily Essentials w/Lycopene is the Best multivitamin

The multivitamin formula I recommend is Daily Essentials with Lycopene, a multivitamin formula that ranks among the best formulas available today. It is an extremely comprehensive multivitamin with more than 40 nutrients. Doctors chose every one of these nutrients for its superior absorption qualities without regard for the bottom-line. Although these high-quality nutrients cost more, the developers insisted on them because they are the ones that have the highest absorption rate. The vitamin E in Daily Essentials is a natural form d-alpha Tocopherol succinate. The B vitamin complex in health care is in the phosphorylated co-enzyme form, which 500% more absorbable than the synthetic B vitamins found in

Daily Essentials with Lycopene has the Highest Quality Minerals

Quality is also important for the minerals in this excellent multivitamin formula. The calcium found in Daily Essentials is a Micro Crystalline Hydroxyapatite Complex (MCHC) and Calcium Citrate, which are the most natural sources. What makes these sources so superior is the presence of the numerous trace minerals found in bone, making it the highest quality Calcium available for growth of new bone and prevention of Osteoporosis. The Magnesium in Daily Essentials is in the form of glycinate and aspartate, which are more bio-available than other forms of Magnesium. Daily Essentials complex of trace minerals is also in the highest quality most absorbable forms.

Daily Essentials Contains No Iron

Daily Essentials was formulated by doctors to maintain optimum health. Because of this, there is no iron in Daily Essentials. Recent studies indicate a strong connection between iron consumption and the increased risk for heart disease. Pretty much the only demographic group that should consider taking iron as a supplement is those of us who are anemic. Even then, it should never be in a multivitamin. Iron reacts with so many other ingredients in a multivitamin formula, producing different compounds, it is amazing that any vitamin manufacturer includes it. Excluding iron makes the remaining ingredients more stable.

multivitamins Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease

In the first clinical study of its kind, Tufts University researchers have found that a multivitamin supplement may decrease the risk of heart disease and enhance the benefits of a healthy diet. According to Jeffrey Blumberg chief of the Antioxidants Laboratory at the USDA Nutrition Research Center at Tufts, “taking a daily multivitamin is like cheap health insurance.” Unlike single doses of certain vitamins, which may disrupt absorption of other vital nutrients and even become toxic, multivitamins are balanced formulas that can’t hurt. If you fall short of any essential nutrient, your immune function will suffer.”

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There is much more to Daily Essentials, but far too much to mention each ingredient in the limited space of this publication. Doctors and research scientists formulated this superior multivitamin formula for bioavailability and absorbability.

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Green Tea for Health – Your Heart Will Thank You

ENT physician with violin,East Germany,around 1974
ENT physician with violin,East Germany,around 1974

I began drinking green tea about five years ago after I had my cholesterol checked. I am not overweight and do not eat a lot of saturated and trans fats, but my LDL cholesterol was a little on the high side, according to my doctor. I began reading up on ways to lower my cholesterol and found a lot of information pointing to green tea as a remedy.

After learning about the beneficial properties of green tea, I started drinking two cups before and after work every day with a little bit of honey for sweetener. After a few weeks, I weaned myself off the honey and drank the tea unsweetened. I also began walking on my treadmill 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week. I didn’t change my eating habits as they were pretty good to begin with.

Six months later, I returned to the doctor for a re-check and my cholesterol had decreased by almost 50 points! Just the combination of green tea and a little exercise was the cause of this change. My physician was impressed, and I felt much better about my health.

Why not supplement your own diet with some green tea daily? You can find both caffeinated and decaffeinated varieties at your local grocery or health food store. There are also green tea capsules you can take if you are not a fan of tea or do not have time to brew a few cups a day.

In addition to cholesterol-lowering properties, green tea has also been known to have a positive effect on dental hygiene (decreased tooth decay and increased fresh breath), lowering the risk of cancer and stroke, managing weight loss and also decreasing glucose levels.

Although nobody has perfect eating and exercising habits, it is important to do all you can to protect your body from disease and illness. This way you will not only require less healthcare as you age, but you will be able to enjoy the years that you have, even when you are 70 or 80 years young. I continue to drink green tea every day and hope that more people will add it to their daily routine to live longer and healthier lives (along with exercise and a healthy diet of course!).