Tuesday, September 27, 2011
he general public is still shopping at Walmart and common drugstores for synthetic multivitamins and calcium supplements. The bad news is what you don't know might hurt you.
Walking into a nutritional nightmare is easy if you don't know about supplements. Dangerous supplement's can reverse what you are trying to accomplish. If you pick a cheap poison off the corporate shelves, you're actually making things worse. Stop focusing on RDA percentages, and take a quick read of "other ingredients."
This is where one finds mind-blowing additives which are used to bind everything together, making your liver and kidneys toxic. The hit list includes synthetic sugars, talc, dyes, sodium benzoate, methylcellulose, carnauba wax, silicon or titanium dioxide, and much more.
A recipe for serious health problems, pharmaceutical giants market their supplements like they do fast food - cheap and easy to find. Topping the list are Centrum, Equate, One-A-Day, Flintstones.
For starters, the RDA was established in 1943, and then revised in 1974, shortly after the USDA recommended its "basic four food groups" in a leaflet called "Food for Fitness." Sadly, three of the four food groups were meat, dairy, and grains, which contribute to major diet-related diseases in the United States, a country where heart attacks strike more than 4,000 people a day and a third of the population gets cancer.
Parents, have you read the ingredients in your child's chewable multivitamins? You will see unnatural sweeteners like sucralose and sorbitol. Now some pills contain these because they prolong the shelf life, but what about shortening human life? Send your kids to school with nutrient rich snacks like goji berries and trail mixes.
The goal of a supplement is to promote a long and healthy life. But in a country where national healthcare doesn't exist and pharmaceutical companies make a fortune from illness, we can expect the trend of polluting supplements to continue. Even for Americans who do have medical coverage, the co-pays and deductibles for chronic care management far exceed the cost of quality, organic vitamins.
Body builders and cross trainers should be aware that 75% of the soy and whey protein shake mixes contain synthetic sugars. Zero use of supplements also proves to be a viable option.
Tim VanOrden, a 39 year old vegan body builder and fitness master in California, describes his nutrition program and his non-use of supplements: "My diet consists of uncooked, unprocessed, whole fruits, vegetables and a few nuts and seeds. I take no supplements of any kind and yet I build and carry too much muscle for a runner - figure that one out."
The body knows the difference between real and fake, and it always prefers real. Choose a local health food store where the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and cares about your health goals.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033702_chemical
Why I only use top quality vitamin supplements! Read your labels! Have a great day, make good choices.
Hugs to all my SP friends! Donna
Monday, September 26, 2011
As we transition from summer to fall, many women feel overwhelmed by fall’s demands. Typically, there is a new schedule to adopt, perhaps because school has started or because traffic patterns have changed. Often, you notice an increased demand at work, as people return from vacation focused on completing projects before yearend. There will always be change and disorder. So it’s important is know how to restore equilibrium. That’s part of life and part of becoming better with age.
To help you rise above the chaos, let’s start with the most important tip: Give up trying to be Superwoman. Yes, you heard it here—it’s time to retire your cape!
Many women think they are supposed do it all on their own and perfectly, especially when their children are little. I know. I had a huge breast abscess and, ultimately, needed surgery, because I was trying to nurse my daughter exclusively while also working as hard—and as many nights—as the male doctors in my practice.
Trust me—you can’t give from an empty cup.
You also can’t function effectively without some structure, stress relief, or support!
Have a wonderful, fantastic Monday!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Here’s something you won’t hear in TV commercials or even from most doctors...
They want you to believe heart disease is caused by high cholesterol. And their solution is to take statin drugs to reduce your cholesterol.
But the thing is, cholesterol has very little to do with it. And the prescription drug “solutions” come with potentially harmful side effects.
What the “experts” don’t tell you – or don’t know – is that heart disease can be caused by toxins in your blood.
Toxins get into your blood stream from household chemicals, processed foods… even polluted air. And in today’s modern world, it can be extremely difficult to avoid them.
But I know of a way you can keep your blood clean and rid yourself of these harmful toxins. It’s called chelation.
Chelate comes from the Greek word for “claw.” Chelation is the process where a molecule (from a nutrient) grabs – like a claw – onto toxins that flow through your blood stream. Then it drags the toxins out of your system.
The three “claws” I use in my practice are “green foods.” And when you put them together, they naturally flush the toxins out of your body. They are:
Spirulina – This is the oldest food on earth. It’s also the world’s richest source of vitamins, minerals, iron, protein and a host of other nutrients.
Studies show that spirulina is a powerful detoxifier that not only improves circulation and helps maintain healthy blood pressure, but also helps detoxify your blood.1
Barley Grass – This leaf of the barley plant is made up of unique amino acids. It has the exact blend of amino acids, proteins, enzymes, vitamins and minerals you need for good health.
It creates a “cage” around toxins and carries them out of your body.
Chlorophyll – This green pigment is found in almost all plants and algae. It is critical to photosynthesis, which allows plants to obtain energy from light. In your body, chlorophyll connects to toxins and prevents them from being absorbed. And it sweeps free radicals and chemicals out of your system.
Despite their effectiveness, you’ll rarely see chelation – or other natural health alternatives – in mainstream media. That’s because if people started finding out about these alternatives, it could put pharmaceutical companies out of business.
From Dr Sears MD email
Have a great day everyone!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Our Female Friends Are Important Allies
Girlfriends are such an important part of life. They enrich your life and make every moment more memorable and special, and they are also an unfailing support system during tough times.
It's no news that female friendships are special. The bond that exists between a woman and her closest gal pals is unlike any of her other relationships — women nurture one another, and good girlfriends can be an unparalleled source of strength in times of stress or turmoil. Unfortunately, during moments of crisis we sometimes push our relationships with our female friends to the back burner. When life gets crazy, the first thing we tend to let go is our friendships with other women — maybe because we figure that they, of all people, will understand.
Studies show this to be a big mistake. Researchers from UCLA have found that gathering around your girlfriends can actually chemically counteract the harmful effects of stress. When a woman is under pressure, calm-inducing chemicals released in her brain may actually cause her to seek and nurture relationships with other women. This "tend and befriend" reaction is the female equivalent of the "fight or flight" response, and a survival mechanism you may want to keep in mind the next time you're feeling overwhelmed.
It’s also important to allow your partner the freedom to have his own friendships as well. Just as you need downtime with the girls to reconnect with your feminine side and explore your unique interests, your partner needs the same for himself. Male bonding might seem like an oxymoron, but the truth is that guys need time to bond and enjoy their friendships just like women do. Show your partner that you support his friendships by surprising him with a couple tickets to a big football game, or clear out of the house with girlfriends and let him host a poker night. Show him that you trust him and respect him 100%, particularly by not hounding him with constant texts and phone calls while he is out with the guys. He will be thrilled to know he has such a down-to-earth and trusting partner, and in return, he will be just as supportive and trusting when you want to go out with the girls.
Best of all, spending time apart from your partner can actually help to increase your arousal. If you spend every waking moment with your partner you will not only get on each other’s nerves, you will also begin viewing him as a platonic partner. Leave the chick flicks and the sushi nights for your girlfriends, and you will not only get to enjoy a fun night with your friends, but you will protect your bond and keep things fresh and sexy.
You can maintain your female friendships by keeping a weekly date with your girlfriends. Get together for a couple of happy hour cocktails after work, grab a cup of coffee together every Saturday afternoon, or meet for brunch on a weekend morning à la Sex and the City. Whether you're a single siren or just need a short break from coupledom, this weekend gather your favorite females for a few precious hours of girls-only fun. Because when it comes to life, love, and the daily ups and downs of the modern woman, no one gets you quite like your closest girlfriends.
Guess I need my spark friends, does me good. Have a great Friday!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I had such a nice start to the day. My hubby came home early from his shift on midnights so he was downstairs watching TV when I came done. We had a nice hug and chat while I made my lunch for work and then he said he would drive me so I could get work earlier (and have a longer workout). We haven't seen each other much lately with all the stuff going on with the kids so it was so nice. I am so grateful for having such a wonderful husband and friend and I am so happy I said yes so many years ago. He is one of the reasons I work out so much and eat healthy, , want to look good and be healthy for him as well as me.
I hope you all have a great day too, I am sure glad it's Thursday. Make good choices today! Enjoy the last day of summer!
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