Archive | April, 2013

What Happened to Fruits and Veggies ?

25 Apr


What Happened to our Fruits and Vegies?

Why you should give Isagenix and our products more consideration!!! You Need 10 Servings of Vegetables to Equal Just One Serving from 50 Years Ago!

• Just One of the Vital Minerals Lost was Regulating More than 300 Critical Body Functions.

• The Same Thing Is Happening to Your Fruit.

• And, It’s Getting Worse…

These days, the produce you buy at your local grocery store just doesn’t have the nutritional power that fruits and vegetables had just a few decades ago. Over farming, soil depletion, commercial fertilizer, hybrid crops and genetic modifications are slashing the nutrients found in your fruits and vegetables.

You’d have to eat 10 servings of spinach to get the same level of minerals from just one serving about 50 years ago.2

Producers create “hybrid” forms of your fruits and vegetables – not for their ability to store nutrients – but for their color, weight and shelf life. Why? So they’ll look nice and pretty when they sit under the fluorescent lights of your supermarket.

You may think they look nutritious, but “under the hood,” they contain little more than indigestible cellulose, sugar and water.

“removed section”

If you want all those many benefits of fruits and vegetables, this breakthrough is very exciting news!

Your Food Supply has Changed:

You’re Eating Fruit with No Vitamins… Vegetables with No Minerals…

We first began to know that there was a problem back in 1936. A group of doctors introduced Document No. 264 to the floor of the United States Senate. It was a dire warning that the mineral content of the soil was eroding. Vegetables were losing their power and people were at risk. Unfortunately congress did nothing.

Today, we’re feeling the effects…

For instance, just look at the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) nutritional values for fruits and vegetables today compared to 1975.3

Take a look at the loss of Vitamins and Minerals Since 1975:

• Apples, Vitamin A is down 41%

• Sweet Peppers, Vitamin C is down 31%

• Watercress, Iron is down 88%

• Broccoli, Calcium and Vitamin A are down 50%

• Cauliflower, Vitamin C is down 45%; Vitamin B1 is down 48%; and Vitmain B2 is down 47%

• Collards Greens, Vitamin A is down 45%; Potassium is down 60%; and Magnesium is down 85%

According to USDA’s own numbers, the vitamin and mineral content has dramatically plummeted – in just 30 years!

Notice minerals like iron and magnesium have dropped by more than 80 percent. That’s from commercial farming technology and powerful fertilizers that practically sterilize the soil – leaving it with little to no mineral content.

If the soil doesn’t have minerals, there’s no way for vegetables to absorb them.

And that’s bad news for your health… Magnesium regulates over 300 body functions – every day and is critical to heart health and healthy glucose metabolism.*

But the story doesn’t end there. I wasn’t the only one to realize your fruits and vegetables don’t pack the nutritional punch they used to… A report from the University of Texas in Austin, also tracked the decline of nutrients in produce.

They reported findings at a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in St. Louis. They found significant drops in a wide range of produce across the board, including a 20 percent decline in vitamin C and a 38 percent plunge in vitamin B2.

What’s worse, fruit and vegetable growers create “hybrids” for the sake of making their produce “look better.” They actually create new versions of all your favorites so they have more water, more sugar, more pith (the indigestible support tissue like the white fibrous netting around an orange section) and less of everything else.

Growers call this the “dilution effect.” For them, more water and more pith helps their produce ship well, look good and weigh a lot. But it virtually wipes out their vitamin and mineral content.

The plunge in nutrients in your produce over the last 30 to 50 years is bad enough. But it’s rapidly getting much worse. Genetic hybrids are pushing nutrient values even lower.

A popular broccoli hybrid called “Marathon” is an alarming example:

By the USDA’s own admission, levels of calcium and magnesium in the Marathon hybrid are 35 percent lower than other hybrids. The hybrids themselves are 50 percent lower in calcium and magnesium than “normal” broccoli. And the “normal” broccoli has less than half the calcium and magnesium than broccoli did in 1975!

In less than 50 years, the mineral, vitamin and antioxidant value native to fruits and vegetables has been virtually “destroyed” – robbing you of the natural vital nutrients you need every day.


17 Apr

Muscle Up to Lose Body Fat, and Increase Your Metabolism! before and after 3

A friend of mine came to me the other day asking why after years of jogging and running she still couldn’t release fifteen pounds around her belly and butt. Her diet was very good; decent protein shakes, meat, fish, fresh veggies and fruit, good multi-vitamins/minerals, very little grains or dairy, low-glycemic, alkaline, and anti-inflammatory.I told her you need a resistance  program, telling her she had to muscle up in order to slim down.

She wasn’t convinced, saying, “I don’t want muscle; where’s my cardio?” I told her if she wanted cardio  she should take the dog for a walk, instead of jogging uselessly on a treadmill. (Depending a bit on body type, percent body fat, age and effort, it takes 12 to 15 hours of treadmill jogging to remove one pound of fat.)metabolism

If you are trying to lose body fat, resistance exercise offers a huge advantage over aerobic exercise, such as jogging, even if you run 10-milers. Resistance exercise builds muscle. Aerobic exercise does not. metabolism

Having more muscle will increases your metabolic rate 24 hours a day. This meansyour body is burning fat whether you are exercising or not. In science it’s called Resting Energy Expenditure. Your body will use more of its energy during the 4.7 hours per day that the average Canadian watches TV, than during the hour you might spend at the gym.metabolism

 How does it happen?

Muscle and bone (and all other tissues) are constantly in a state of breakdown and renewal, replacing billions of cells every day. As the body removes these cells and replaces them with new ones , it use a tonne of energy. Every year you replace about 15 percent of your entire body.metabolism

Hence ,the more muscle you have, the more you have to replace, thus expending more energy throughout the day and night wether you move or not.metabolism

An average female athlete  has about 33 kilograms (about 73 pounds) of muscle. Just to maintain itself, that muscle alone uses about 15 calories per kilogram per day, or 495 calories every day without moving at all. That’s twice the calories used in a one-hour jog !metabolism

In a year of three to four one-hour workouts per week it is possible to put on 3.4 kg (7.5 lbs.) metabolism

Does not sound like a lot does it? Sure, anyone can starve and dehydrate themselves for a few weeks and get big changes on the scale. But they are always temporary and unhealthy. We are in the health business, so the changes we get are at the pace the body replaces itself. It’s the only way that’s both healthy and permanent.metabolism

In terms of calories used per day, 3.4 kg of new muscle will give your body an insurance policy. Without moving it, the new muscle requires just over 52 calories every day simply to do its basic maintenance. That’s 365 calories each week, 19,000 calories every year.metabolism

That extra Resting Energy Expenditure effortlessly prevents a fat gain of 2.2 kg (approximately 5 lbs.) every year. In ten years it will prevent a fat gain of 22 kg (48.4 lbs.). Over the same 10 years, a girl of the same metabolic type as my friend, who jogs for the same amount of exercise time will lose considerable muscle. The jogger’s Resting Energy Expenditure will fall, leaving her prey to the fat gain that’s always hiding around the corner just waiting for the chance to plump your pillows. Do the right resistance exercise and dodge the Plumper for life.metabolism


The Fat-Burning Fat: The Coconut Is Nature’s Premier Thermogenic!

15 Apr


What if there were an amazing fat source that tasted, well, like fat, but also helped you burn other fat? There is. It’s virgin coconut oil, a rising star in the nutritional world. cocunut oil

What comes to mind when you see the word “thermogenic?” Heat, probably, since the word itself means “heat generating.” Or maybe you think of a stimulant supplement like caffeine which is known to speed up your metabolism and increase energy expenditure. Maybe you’re taking one of these right now, in the hopes of slimming down. cocunut oil

One thing you probably don’t think of is a coconut—and especially the oil extracted from its flesh. Not that long ago, coconut oil ruled alongside partially hydrogenated soybean oil as the worst of the “bad fats.” Maybe you know them by their other name: trans fatty acids. These were the fats that were shown in repeated studies to increase the risk for heart disease and obesity, in addition to being linked to everything from depression to infertility. They’re the reason you stopped buying movie-theater popcorn! cocunut oil

Given that reputation, it’s OK if you’re skeptical about what I’m going to say next: Coconut oil is shaping up to be one of the world’s premier natural thermogenic agents. But before you go running to the Cineplex, there’s a catch: The processed coconut oil of the past has about as much in common with the healthy virgin coconut oil as Chief Wiggum does with Robocop. cocunut oilcocunut oil

Intrigued? You should be. Let’s crack open the coconut for a closer look. cocunut oil

 What is Virgin Coconut Oil? 

Coconut oil is the edible oil extracted from the meat of matured coconuts. It is a staple product in oceanic and tropical regions of the world, where coconut palms grow in abundance. Populations in The Phillipines and elsewhere have used it to cook and for various domestic uses for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. cocunut oil

Because coconut oil is stable at high temperatures, it is perfectly suited for cooking methods such as frying, in addition to lower-temperature cooking such as baking. The stability of the oil is also the reason why it is very slow to oxidize and go bad. The high saturated fat content of coconut oil is what makes it stable, aside from providing its most prominent health benefits.  cocunut oil

Where the good and bad coconut oils differ is in the method of extraction. Refined coconut oils are extracted using hexane as a solvent, or various enzymes or high heat. It is then refined, bleached, and deodorized to kill any remaining coconut taste or smell, and mixed with preservatives. After this, some coconut oils undergo a process of hydrogenation to raise their melting point. This process of refinement reduces the saturated fat content of the oil and turns some of the fatty acids into unhealthy trans fatty acids.  cocunut oil

Virgin coconut oil, on the other hand, is extracted from fresh coconut meat by wet-milling, sun-drying, presses, centrifuges, or grating. But take note that “expeller-pressed” and “cold-pressed” does not mean the same thing as “virgin,” so look for that title. Virgin processes are regulated by the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC), which includes the countries that produce the majority of the coconut oil sold globally.

The end result is a product that smells and tastes like coconut, whereas refined coconut oil is clear, tasteless, and odorless. Virgin coconut oil can be white, creamy tan, or yellow. Normally, it is sold in a jar or bucket, and when you open it, it will be a crumbly paste. cocunut oil

Why Coconut Oil is Better than the “Others” 

The U.S. Food and Drug and Administration and the World Health Organization, among many other high-profile agencies, advise against the consumption of large amounts of coconut oil due to its high saturated fat content. However, it must be noted that the studies criticizing coconut oil were focused on the hydrogenated, refined oil, not on virgin coconut oil. The truth is that virgin coconut oil isn’t just a different coconut oil—it’s pretty much deserving of its own category among oils and fats altogether.  cocunut oil

To appreciate the uniqueness of virgin coconut oil, it’s important to understand how your body processes macronutrients. In general, fats are metabolized differently from proteins and carbohydrates. Instead of being broken down to form the building blocks of tissues and to generate energy immediately, fats are normally first broken down into fatty acids. Those then aggregate to form lipoproteins before being deposited in fatty tissues.

However, medium-chain fatty acids like the ones found in abundance in virgin coconut oil are an exception. They are not used by the body like fats, but rather like carbohydrates. This means that medium-chain fatty acids do not circulate freely in the blood or get stored away to add to body weight. Instead, they are sent to the liver, where they are immediately converted to energy.

That’s right: This fat is not stored as fat but directly used up to generate energy, which speeds your metabolism. A number of studies have confirmed this unique characteristic of virgin coconut oil. This is a major reason that coconut oil is currently regarded as a better cooking option than refined vegetable oils.coconut oil

In one study, medium-chain fatty acids such as the one found in coconut oil were found to increase metabolism by between 48 and 65 percent in obese patients. This thermogenic effect also lasted 24 hours after ingesting medium-chain fatty acids. Experts agree that on average, medium-chain fatty acids triple the rate of metabolism as compared to long-chain fatty acids. This means that medium-chain fatty acids aren’t only a healthy energy source, they also help burn off stored fat. coconut oil

Solely on account of its potentially profound effects on body weight, coconut oil should quickly become a staple in your home. But wait until you hear the rest of the health benefits this wonderful fat can provide.

 Let’s Hear It For Lauric Acid 

Virgin coconut oil contains a range of healthy saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. Some of these, like oleic acid and linoleic acid, are renowned for their beneficial health properties. However, since more than 60 percent of the fats in virgin coconut oil are saturated fats, its appeal clearly hinges on them. coconut oil

The primary medium-chain fat in virgin coconut oil is lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid made of 12 carbons. Lauric acid is not common in nature, being found in human breast milk, palm kernel oil (which is not palm oil; big difference!), and in trace amounts in some animal milks. In virgin coconut oil, it makes up half of the fatty acids. coconut oil

Lauric acid is a potent antimicrobial agent, but its effect on cholesterol levels garner even bigger headlines. This medium-chain fatty acid is known to increase total cholesterol levels in the body. This increase, however, is largely in the so-called good cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL). By increasing HDL levels, lauric acid may help support cardiovascular health. Lauric acid content is another area where the difference between refined and raw coconut oil is clear. During processing, coconut oil is stripped of its lauric acid, because this fatty acid is an important ingredient in many soaps and cosmetics. So go virgin or go home. coconut oil

Coconut Oil and Type 2 Diabetes 

Besides its fat-loss and cardiovascular benefits, coconut oil can also provide other health benefits, especially for type 2 diabetics. coconut oil

The saturated fat in coconut oil has been shown in animal studies to help control the rate of glucose synthesis and release by slowing down the digestive process. It regulates the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose, helping to keep blood-sugar levels within a safe range. For this reason, coconut oil is sometimes recommended to be taken alongside carbohydrates to help lower their glycemic effect. coconut oil

By comparison, refined vegetable oils heavy with long-chain fatty acids have been shown to inhibit the absorption of blood sugar into cells. This encourages the buildup of glucose in the blood, and can increase insulin resistance—bad news for diabetics. Coconut oil has also been suggested to make dieters feel fuller and help control carbohydrate cravings, all while providing immediate energy on a cellular level.

What Do I Do With It?

As the popularity of virgin coconut oil has skyrocketed, people have begun buying ever-larger quantities and finding more uses. Today, it’s possible to buy a jug containing several gallons of congealed coconut oil for a surprisingly low price.

But what to do with it? Cooking is the most obvious answer. Pretty much anything you use butter or oil for now, you could do with coconut oil. Try spreading it on toast or pancakes, or sautee fish or vegetables in it, and you may find yourself preferring its subtle flavor.

Coconut oil is also the premier butter or shortening substitute for baking. The flaky, crumbly texture of cookies, muffins, and other baked goods are the same with coconut oil as with more caloric fat sources, but with a healthier nutritional profile. Coconut oil has also been gaining popularity as a massage oil, hair moisturizer, bug bite treatment, and even as a diaper cream for babies.

Diabetics and people prioritizing fat loss also take virgin coconut oil straight, either in capsules or by the spoonful. It also can be a great addition to a protein shake. When taking virgin coconut oil for fat loss, start slowly with one teaspoon per day, or substitute it for your normal cooking oils. Thereafter, slowly increase your daily intake to a maximum of six tablespoons. This allows your body to adjust to the oil, especially since coconut oil also has a detoxifying effect on the body.

Coconut oil isn’t a magic oil, and it should be combined with exercise and a healthy diet plan to achieve and maintain fat loss. However, it can be a valuable tool in your arsenal, and its upside is undeniable.

by Brad Chase Mar 22, 2013

9 Apr


Good Stress, Bad Stress and how Isagenix can Help

Stress is Good Unless It’s Chronic stress
While short-term stress can save your life, chronic stress can end it. In a recent study , researchers found that stressors, such as depression, anger, and anxiety may contribute to heart attacks as much as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol do. stress
Your heart is pounding, your palms feel clammy, and your stomach is flipping out. You’re agitated and parts of your body are moving uncontrollably. Watching your child learn how to ride a bike for the first time, waiting for the big exam, or anticipating the first big drop of the roller coaster, stress manifests itself in physiological ways that prepare us for the worst. stress
Stress can be very beneficial to us and prepares us for situations in life that may prompt us to react quickly like jumping out-of-the-way of a car or catching a glass before it spills. The problem arises when our bodies are constantly in this high-alert state. April is National Stress Awareness Month, a time to dive into why our bodies respond the way they do when we are under constant pressure. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic stress affects about 80 percent of Americans leading to serious health consequences. stress
Acute release of stress hormones may be good for the body in the short-term, however, our bodies were never meant to handle chronically elevated levels. Physiological stress response dates back to “caveman days” when there was a need to dodge danger by confronting the threat or running away from it, also known as the “fight or flight” response. They were simply responding to the stressful environment and in doing so were creating a stressful environment within themselves. stress
Within milliseconds of the brain (specifically, the hypothalamus) recognizing a stressful circumstance, chemicals such as adrenaline and norepinephrine—known as catecholamines—are released by the adrenal glands that sit on top of the kidneys. These catecholamines have potent effects on the body. stress
Adrenaline is responsible for increasing heart rate and elevating blood pressure. It does this by dilating your blood vessels so more blood can flow throughout the body and thus more oxygen can be delivered to cells and tissues. Norepinephrine works in the body as a neurotransmitter. As the name implies, it can help transmit signals between brain cells (neurons) or muscle cells. This allows you to be at high alert so you can react quickly and avoid any danger. Cortisol is another hormone released by the adrenal glands in response to stress and works to convert stored glucose to readily available glucose that can be used by cells for energy. It also suppresses the immune system temporarily in an attempt to focus all of the body’s energy toward getting out of harm’s way. stress

When people are under stress on a daily basis, it leads to elevated levels of stress hormones over long periods of time. A stressed out body can suffer significant damage and lead to severe health concerns. High blood pressure, increased blood sugar, depressed immune support—all of which can help the body quickly respond to a dangerous event—can increase the risk of disease and accelerate aging if they persist over time. stress

How do we prevent stress from being a chronic issue? stress
On top of fitting meditation and exercise into your daily routine, arming your body with adaptogens can help strengthen its capacity to resist and reduce stress. Adaptogens such as ashwagandha, eleuthero, and wolfberry, are unique plants that have been studied for their abilities to act as metabolic regulators and support mental and physical performance. stress

To curb the consequences of chronic stress, reach for Isagenix Ionix Supreme—a potent daily tonic of adaptogens that primes your body, establishes a foundation of homeostasis, and promotes healthy aging. Isagenix e+ is another stress-fighting beverage with a mix of adaptogens and naturally sourced caffeine from green tea and yerba mate that works to boost natural, balanced energy and focus. stress

While stress can help us avoid dangerous situations, chronically high levels of stress hormones can create them. Prime your body with the help of stress-regulating adaptogens to prevent the consequences of chronic stress and instead improve your health. stress

Why your Body needs to Cleanse

5 Apr

The smell of a garbage dump on a hot summer day can make you ill.  If it was left on the sidewalk, that trash would break down, providing a home for parasites and bacteria. That’s why removing waste from our streets is a necessity making our neighbourhoods inhabitable. Isagenix

Our body goes through the same basic process. Garbage (toxic waste) is constantly produced during normal functions such as digestion and cellular respiration. Through these functions toxic pollutants need to be constantly removed from our system. If these toxins are allowed to accumulate in our system over time it can eventually make our bodies uninhabitable, much like garbage buildup on city streets makes the neighbourhood unlivable. This accumulation of toxins, researchers now believe, lies at the heart of disease. Isagenix

“We are constantly taking in oxygen, water and food for metabolism, and that process creates latent byproducts that need to be dealt with,” observes renowned general, gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon Leonard Smith of Gainesville, Florida. “Even if we lived in a pristine world with no chemicals, no air pollution, pure water, and pure food, with the passage of time we would still experience cellular toxicity.” Isagenix

There are many parts of the body that participate in the process of toxin cleansing. These organs have to perform their jobs well for the body to effectively cleanse the body of toxins. The lungs, the kidneys, the bladder, the small and large intestines, colon, liver and gall bladder all work together to eliminate toxins. When they don’t do their job, toxins get stuck in the organs and cause trouble for the cells. Cells under stress tend to work much less efficiently. Isagenix

In addition to dealing with internal toxins produced by our own bodies natural processes, we also have to deal with a constant bombardment of external toxins, caused mainly by industrial waste products. Herbicides, pesticides, automobile exhaust and other environmental toxins can lead to polluted air, water and food. Toxins build up in our cells and organs leaving our bodies prone to illness. Isagenix

If toxins are left to accumulate in our bodies the results can be catastrophic, and if left over a period of time, the results could even be life threatening. If cells are put into a state of stress the bodies natural defence mechanism is to cause inflammation. Alzheimer’s and heart disease have been linked to excess inflammation, and recent clinical research has determined that even small amounts of toxic exposure can lead to severe problems.

There are several pollutants, many of which we have no understanding of how they affect humans, that exists in our everyday lives. These wreak havoc on our immune systems and our bodies natural defence mechanisms.“We’re living in a toxic soup of polluted air, water, food and electromagnetic toxins,” says Dr. Smith. Just living around Trees is somewhat preventative because they filter air. Drinking lots of filtered water, and buying organic foods is also preventative. Isagenix

Dr. Smith further advises that water is a crucial cleansing tool. “Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day. If you don’t give your kidneys enough water, they will suck it out of the material in your bowels. Your kidneys need the water to hold toxins in solution and get them out. Urine can only be so concentrated. Without enough water, toxins are reabsorbed.” Isagenix

However,is it enough to take these preventative measures or is there a way to release a higher amount of toxicity in our system . There may be many different types of cleanses out there but what most people are searching for is a system to live by. In reviewing Isagenix ,we come to find that not only does their system prepare the body for optimal cleansing but it also supports all of the natural functions of the body by providing it with optimal nutrition. Isagenix

The mandate of Isagenix is to provide health and longevity to a human condition bombarded by toxins. This system is meant to support the body for optimal healthy aging through breakthroughs like telomere support which directly affect the aging process. This is done by supporting all of the body’s functions and muscle mass through proper nutrient intake and absorbtion, accomplished through Dr. John Andersons Formulations. IsagenixImage


Are you Toxic ?

5 Apr

Do you wonder if your environment is having an affect on your health?

Mrs. Bikini Universe chooses Isagenix and so should you !

3 Apr

Lori Harder is an accomplished fitness trainer and bikini competitor who couldn’t figure out how to get past 2nd- and 3rd-place finishes. As she struggled to gain control of her cravings, she was fighting the exhausting effects of a nutrition deficiency  that is often commonplace among serious bikini competitors. Lori had hit a plateau.

Then, her client ,Holly d., introduced her to Isagenix. But it took about six months for skepticism to take a back seat to reality and she realized Holly had the answer she was looking for.

“Honestly, I didn’t want to hear it,” admits Lori of Minnesota. “I had been in the industry for a while and did a lot of research on protein and protein powder and preached just eating clean foods to my clients.”

Finally, after several grueling workouts with Holly, who was keeping up with and even besting her at weights, and recovering more quickly, Lori started to come around. She did her research and finally, she tried the products. She knew right away that she’d found the solution she had been looking for.

“I had the fantastic coaches, but nutritionally, Isagenix just clicked,” shares Lori. “I went from having my worst show to winning three big shows all in a row.”

Her unprecedented back-to-back wins of the Ms. Bikini Universe 2010, Ms. Bikini America 2010 and Ms. Figure America 2010 titles have broken barriers for her. The eyes of her trainers were opened  and they have begun implementing Isagenix in the other girls’ training regimens as well.

Now Lori says she’s passionate about training her clients, competing and also sharing Isagenix.

“It’s all about balance,” says Lori. “The results and nutrition of Isagenix are undeniable. I feel so good I want to share it with everyone. Isagenix is a god send.”

If you have reached a personal plateau or need more nutritional balance in your life please don’t hesitate to click our facebook link and see how isagenix is changing lives.

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