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Keeping the Stressed out Beast Caged during the Holidays!

13 Dec

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‘Tis the season for giving thanks, celebrating with loved ones, enjoying festive food and drink, and…managing stress?  Is there a holiday beast inside of you waiting to break out from all of the holiday stress? Are you worried about caging the beast?ionixsupreme

Holiday stress is normal… There are lots of unavoidable time-consuming tasks of the season—shopping in overcrowded stores, searching for the “perfect” presents, preparing the “perfect”  dinner, and making too numerous holiday engagements involving family and friends, all while trying not to wreak havoc on your finances? Who doesn’t get overwhelmed?  How does someone make it through without freaking out a little?

With some strategic planning and the help of natural stress-regulating compounds, the holiday beast inside us all can be kept in its cage. Setting realistic budgets, limiting holiday events, being sure to get workouts in, and trying some meditation all can help you to stay sane, as can boosting your body’s natural stress-fighting power with adaptogens!ionixsupreme

Adaptogens—compounds from plants that help increase the body’s resistance against stressors—can help normalize your response to, say, navigating through traffic to get a parking spot at the shopping mall. With adaptogens, you can reach that dinner party with a smile on your face and a calm, cool composure. Holiday happenings can retain their joy!ionixsupreme

The longstanding science behind adaptogens tells us that their stress-protective effects happen through multiple mechanisms.ionixsupreme

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), for instance, has been used for centuries in Asia to treat stress-related health conditions. In 2008, a study showed that highly stressed men and women who took ashwagandha for 60 days had reduced feelings of stress (1). The study’s authors attributed the stress-reducing effects partly to ashwagandha helping consumers maintain normal levels of circulating cortisol (aka “the stress hormone”). Higher levels of circulating cortisol are usually caused by being chronically stressed and not doing anything about it, which can lead to a whole host of health problems (2).ionixsupreme

Adaptogen researchers Alexander Panossian and George Wikman, of Sweden, suggest that adaptogens act like “stress vaccines,” meaning they mimic a stress response throughout the body and therefore strengthen the body’s capacity to deal with real stressors when they come along (similar to performing exercise) (3). In this way, they decrease fatigue and improve focus and attention.ionixsupreme

Add to that the natural antioxidant power of adaptogens and their ability to combat oxidative stress and potentially enhance the immune system (4-6) and it’s a wonder why everyone isn’t incorporating adaptogens into their daily routine—especially during the holidays!ionixsupreme

Why wait? Get a head-start on handling the holiday stress and be sure to add adaptogens to your daily routine with Ionix Supreme, the elixir deemed “nature’s answer to stress.” The cocktail of adaptogens and all the healthy effects that come with are not to be missed—stress protection, improved performance, and raising antioxidant status.ionixsupreme

By getting your adaptogens in every day—now and through the new year—you might surprise yourself on just how jolly you can be this holiday season. Ionixsupreme

The Thyroid, a little gland causing huge Weight Problems

26 Aug

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Losing weight can be very challenging when you have hypothyroidism. Would you know if your thyroid gland slowed its production of thyroid hormone? hypothroidism
 About 10 million Americans have thyroid disease and many others are undiagnosed, under-diagnosed, or under-treated.  Many times the symptoms—including weakness and fatigue, weight gain, persistent constipation, or thinning hair—are often mistaken as other illnesses or simply the progression of aging, hence its nickname by physicians as “the great mimicker”. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of the front of your neck . The hormones produced by the thyroid gland, T3 and T4, regulate the body’s metabolism by providing cells with energy they need to function. When your thyroid does not produce enough of these hormones, the balance of chemical reactions in your body can be upset and many times results in a slowed metabolism. hypothyroidism
 If levels of thyroid hormones are low, you burn fewer calories per day. An underactive thyroid makes every calorie count more, sometimes double. It makes losing weight a slower and more challenging process. Here are six things to consider if attempting a weight management program when you have an underactive thyroid:
1. See your physician If you are experiencing the symptoms of hypothyroidism, it’s essential to get proper treatment from your physician. Diagnosis through a blood test will determine if synthetic thyroid hormones are needed. It’s important to note that taking the thyroid hormones will help normalize hormone levels, but they won’t necessarily cause you to lose weight. Diet and lifestyle changes must still be followed to help shed the pounds (more about this below). hypothyroidism
2. Avoid foods that hinder thyroid hormone absorption When taking thyroid hormones, it’s important to avoid certain foods and nutrients that can interfere with absorption. For example, dietary calcium or iron can inhibit thyroid hormone absorption. For this reason, many doctors recommend taking thyroid medication immediately upon rising and two to three hours apart from consuming calcium- or iron-containing foods. Be sure to do your research as some calcium- and iron-containing foods and supplements may be surprising such as antacids, calcium-fortified orange juice, and multivitamins. It’s also important to avoid foods that can interfere with thyroid function, which are designated as goitrogenic foods. Common goitrogenic foods include non-fermented soy foods, legumes such as lima beans, and raw cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Preparation methods, such as cooking or fermentation, reduce the amount of goitrogens in these foods. hypothyroidism
2. Eat balanced meals with quality protein The greatest contributor to basal metabolic rate (BMR)—the rate that your body burns calories—is muscle tissue. Even when you are at rest (such as sleeping), muscle requires energy to rebuild and restore. For this reason, it’s beneficial to preserve muscle when you’re trying to lose weight. Meals higher in protein compared to other macronutrients (carbohydrates and fats) have shown to help maintain muscle mass resulting in a higher BMR, faster metabolism, and greater energy expenditure (1;2). Additionally, the digestion and absorption of protein—known as the thermic effect of food—requires more calories than both fat and carbohydrate combined (2). Hypothyroidism
3. Choose calories wisely When trying to lose weight, every calorie counts. This is even more emphasized when dealing with a sluggish metabolism. It’s important to limit “empty” calories such as sugary drinks, white-flour pastas and breads, and other sources of refined carbohydrates that can quickly spike blood sugar and leave you feeling hungry and fatigued. Instead of refined carbohydrates, choose portion-controlled meals that are higher in dietary fiber to help satisfy your appetite and keep you feeling fuller, longer. In addition to curbing cravings, a high-fiber diet can help avoid hypothyroidism-induced constipation as dietary fiber is an important bulking agent for solidifying and softening stools. Hypothyroidism
4. Get moving, even if it is only for a short time The fatigue that often accompanies hypothyroidism can hamper motivation to exercise; however, physical activity—especially resistance training— is a major contributor to metabolic stimulation and muscle growth, which can fuel weight loss. If time and motivation to exercise are challenging, try high-intensity interval training (HIT). HIT involves alternating intense bouts of exercise ranging from 30 seconds to several minutes with recovery periods spanning one to five minutes. The benefits of HIT have been shown to outweigh longer, continuous exercise when it comes to improving body composition and metabolic health (3).
5. Make sure you are getting sufficient vitamins and minerals daily A diet supplying sufficient amounts of minerals such as iodine and selenium is important for thyroidhealth. Sources of iodine include iodized salt and sea vegetables such as kelp. It may seem like you would be getting enough iodine from a typical salty Western diet; however, many processed foods do not use iodized salt. Sources of selenium include animal products, seafood, dairy, and Brazil nuts. Also, you can ensure you are receiving sufficient amounts through supplementation. In addition to these minerals, evidence has been showing that vitamin D is particularly important for those with thyroid problems and other autoimmune disorders. Those with thyroid disease may be at greater risk for low vitamin D levels (4,5). Because of the many roles vitamin D plays in the body—from  bone health to brain health—it’s important to be sure you are getting enough through your diet, supplementation, or by soaking up the sun’s UVB rays. If you choose the latter, be sure to practice safe sun exposure. Hypothyroidism
6. Get enough quality shut-eye While getting enough quality sleep is important for anyone attempting to lose weight, it’s especially important for those with hypothyroidism. Too often, people who are sleep-deprived try to increase levels of alertness by eating and those foods tend to be high-calorie options. This cycle of fatigue and self-medicating with unhealthy foods can be disastrous for your waist line and your health. In addition to feeling tired and making bad food choices, sleep deprivation can decrease insulin sensitivity and essentially cause a metabolic meltdown. On average, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. So make sure you are getting enough horizontal time every night. It is possible to reach your weight-loss goals even if you have hypothyroidism. Take the necessary steps to improve your health, stay consistent, and have the right attitude. Isagenix is here to support you all the way! References:

  1. Soenen S, et al. Normal Protein Intake Is Required for Body Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance, and Elevated Protein Intake for Additional Preservation of Resting Energy Expenditure and Fat Free Mass. J Nutr. 2013 Feb 27. doi: 10.3945/jn.112.167593
  2. Westerterp-Plantenga MS, et al. Dietary protein – its role in satiety, energetics, weight loss and health. Br J Nutr. 2012 Aug;108 Suppl 2:S105-12. doi: 10.1017/S0007114512002589.
  3. Shiraev T, Barclay G. Evidence based exercise – clinical benefits of high intensity interval training. Aust Fam Physician. 2012 Dec;41(12):960-2.
  4. Kivity S, Agmon-Levin N, Zisappl M et al. Vitamin D and autoimmune thyroid diseases. Cell Mol Immunol 2011;8:243-7. doi: 10.1038/cmi.2010.73
  5. Bozkurt NC, Karbek B, Ucan B et al. The Association Between Severity of Vitamin D Deficiency and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Endocr Pract 2013;1-14.
  6. http://www.isagenixhealth.net

No Time for Exercise? Try HIT Training

20 Aug

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No Time for Exercise? Try High-Intensity Interval Training (HIT)

With high-intensity interval training, you reap the benefits of exercise without spending hours at the gym.HIT

We all know that exercise is good for us, and we’ve heard that we should be getting 30 to 60 minutes per day most days of the week. But in today’s fast-paced world, where the demands of work, child care, and home maintenance seem to endlessly steal from our ever-shrinking depot of availability, finding the time to meet these recommendations can be quite a challenge.HIT

What if there was a form of exercise that would allow you to reap the many health benefits of regular physical activity in just a quarter of the time? According to a recent review written by Australian researchers, high-intensity interval training (HIT) is a form of exercise that may do exactly that. Mounting evidence cited by the authors suggests that HIT is a time-efficient and effective alternative to traditional endurance exercise for boosting weight loss, aerobic stamina, and cardiovascular and metabolic health (1).HIT

What is HIT?

HIT involves alternating intense bouts of exercise, ranging from 30 seconds to several minutes, with recovery periods spanning one to five minutes. For example, a cyclist might incorporate HIT by pedaling as fast as possible for 30 seconds against a strong resistance, lowering the resistance and leisurely cycling for 4 minutes, and then repeating this alternating schedule 4 to 6 times per session.HIT

Such a training regimen adds up to about 20 to 25 minutes of exercise, which has shown substantial benefits when performed as few as three times per week. Just 2.5 hours of HIT completed over a total of 2 weeks has demonstrated benefits that are equivalent to 10.5 hours of continuous moderate exercise.

What are the benefits of HIT?HIT

Improved Body Composition HIT

HIT has been shown to reduce body fat, particularly abdominal fat. In comparison with continuous moderate exercise, HIT increases energy expenditure and fat burning to a greater extent in the minutes and hours after a workout . This “after burn” is formally known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) and reflects the body’s extra use of energy to replenish depleted fuel stores, repair cells, and restore hormonal and other body systems to their pre-exercise state. This is the prime time to Consume an Isagenix Shake. HIT

In addition to increasing EPOC to a greater extent than traditional endurance exercise, HIT also promotes greater releases of growth hormone. This transient increase in growth hormone may be important during the post-workout period when muscles are primed for growth. During exercise, muscle damage occurs and muscle synthesis stops. Spikes of growth hormone promoted by HIT may quickly mitigate protein breakdown after exercise and serve as a signal for muscle growth.HIT

HIT may also help preserve muscle mass in other ways. During long bouts of steady-state exercise, glycogen (the storage form of sugar) becomes depleted, and the body begins to break into its muscle reserves to get protein that can be used for energy. Because HIT relies on intervals of intense exercise broken up by intervals of more leisure, less intense exercise, muscle reserves are better preserved. Together, increases in growth hormone and the protection of muscle protein results in the preservation of muscle mass, which keeps metabolism running high and supports greater fat loss over the long term.HIT

HIT is for (Almost) Everyone

Most people can benefit from HIT. Studies have shown that it is safe and effective for those with health conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and offers numerous advantages for healthy people simply looking to save time or switch up their workouts (1). Even professional endurance athletes are using HIT to improve performance by incorporating it alongside traditional endurance exercise in a comprehensive training program.HIT

HIT is a fun way to break up the monotony of conventional workouts, and according to the Australian researchers, may even be easier to stick to than traditional endurance training. HIT can yield substantial health and fitness benefits with minimal time commitments, making it the perfect prescription for those who don’t have 30 to 60 minutes every day to meet the current exercise recommendations. However, before starting HIT or any other exercise program, a consultation with a person’s physician is advised to determine if appropriate. HIT

No Compromise Ingredients Set Isagenix Apart

12 Aug

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As it should be, your safety is our first priority at Isagenix. Having safe, effective, “no compromise” products means giving no slack when it comes to selecting and testing raw materials, following the appropriate regulatory guidelines, and verifying that the finished products meet purity and composition standards. Isagenix cleanse

The Isagenix “No Compromise” Quality Policy is extensive and thorough, covering every detail from ingredient sourcing to manufacturing guidelines. By following key procedures, Isagenix can stand by their products with confidence.

After a product has been proposed and approved, it’s time to select the best source of the raw material to begin formulation. Quality ingredients could mean the difference between products having no effect and providing fantastic results. At Isagenix, raw materials are only sourced from suppliers with a proven track record of sustainability and quality. Isagenix cleanse

One of the best examples of Isagenix’s quality standards is the whey protein found in IsaLean shakes. New Zealand undenatured whey protein was carefully selected after vigorous research and testing because the quality of the protein can’t be beat. It’s the best of the best. It is derived from grass fed cows that are not given GMO’s or antibiotics. Happy cows equal fantastic protein. Isagenix cleanse

The guidelines that define how manufacturing should be conducted are known as current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs). Isagenix works to ensure that all products meet or exceed the highest standards of cGMPs for dietary supplements. Isagenix cleanse

cGMPs are outlined by the FDA and other international regulatory boards such as Health Canada and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia. These guidelines include authenticity, quarantine and release procedures, potency and purity testing of raw materials and finished products, cleanliness of the facility, employee training, and documentation . isagenix cleanse

Meeting all of these guidelines can make the release of products internationally a fairly complicated, yet beneficial, process. Through this series of checks and balances, Isagenix can stand by the quality of its products with pride.

Isagenix also adheres to detailed written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure consistency and safety in each phase of our manufacturing process. One SOP Isagenix follows requires that every raw material that arrives in the manufacturing facilities be immediately quarantined and thoroughly inspected. isagenix cleanse

Any raw materials that do not meet standardized testing methods are rejected or destroyed. Additionally, the testing that is done to confirm safety and purity of raw materials is very extensive. Rigorous testing is performed for:

• Microbial activity: total aerobic bacterial, yeast and mold, salmonella and E. coli strains, and other bacterial strains• Pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides• Heavy metals: all botanicals are tested for the presence of lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic• PCBs and dioxins: each batch of fish oil is third-party tested to confirm undetectable levels of heavy metals, PCBs, and dioxins isagenix cleanse

In addition to testing raw materials, Isagenix is unique in that they also thoroughly evaluate the efficacy of finished products. This includes re-analyzing the product for identity and purity. Third-party claim testing on vitamin and mineral content is also conducted to ensure the products fully meet what is said on their labels. Finally, stability testing is done to confirm that the strength and composition as indicated on the label of the product is accurate up until at least the expiration date. isagenix cleanse

Another major role of Isagenix Quality Assurance is statistical process control. This involves tracking trends to ensure product quality is continuously monitored and upheld. By putting this much care and attention towards product quality and safety, Isagenix knows it’s doing right by its customer and their health. isagenix cleanse

References

1.  Food & Drug Regulations. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved July 2013, from http://www.fda.gov isagenix cleanse

2.  National Archives and Records Administration. (2007). Code of Federal Regulations: Food and Drugs. Washington, D.C: author. Isagenix cleanse

3.  Tortora et al. Microbiology: An Introduction. 11th Edition, 2012. isagenix cleanse

Evolution of the Bedtime Belly Buster (BBB)

30 Jul

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With the science giving the BBB a “thumbs up,” you’re probably wondering about that recipe again. Here is the newly advanced Bedtime Belly Buster recipe—you will need the following combination of products:

1 scoop of IsaPro whey protein concentrate (not to be confused with IsaLean Pro Shake) Belly Buster

Choose 1 of the following:

1 scoop of IsaFruits Belly buster

1½ tsp. (not a whole stick) of Want More Energy? natural tropical and hibiscus, citrus, or orange flavors Belly Buster

1 or ½ scoop of IsaCalcium (only if not already getting enough calcium from other sources already; it’s recommended to use Ageless Essentials Daily packets) Belly Buster

1 scoop FiberPro (optional – only available in the U.S.) Belly Buster

Instructions: Take a large IsaBlender vessel containing 4 or 5 oz. of water, add above ingredients, and blend. If desired, add 2 or 3 ice cubes (or crushed ice) and re-blend.  Because the mix tends to foam up quickly, it’s suggested to shake vigorously before blending. With exception of the recipe using IsaCalcium, any of these combinations can also work well in the IsaShaker™. Enjoy 30 to 60 minutes before bed. It can be performed on any Shake Day; however, it’s not recommended on a Cleanse Day.  Belly Buster

If you need to crank up your weightloss you now have the tools to do it !  Belly Buster

Comparing groceries with Isagenix

12 Jul

Check out what you’d have to eat every day to equal all the nutrients found in our daily, convenient packets (this is $550 worth of food! vs ours at $4.00) per serving
250 glasses of red wine (Resveratrol)
10 pounds lean beef (CoEnzyme Q10, Vitamin B12)
34 dried apricots (Vitamin A)
11 organic oranges (Vitamin C)
45 raw oysters (Vitamin D3)
33 ounces pistachios (Vitamin B1)
1 cup organic peanut butter (Vitamin B3)
13 cups wheat bran (Vitamin B6)
22 ½ raw avocados (Vitamin B5)
7 spears asparagus (Vitamin K2)
10 cups raw organic spinach (Folic acid)
22 organic mangos (Magnesium)
20 free range eggs (Biotin)
9 ounces shrimp (Selenium)
2 ½ cups sun dried tomatoes (Copper)

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Our One of a Kind Belly Buster

2 May

 

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What is the Bedtime Belly Buster?

Recent studies have shown that women who don’t get a minimum of 1,100 mg of quality calcium on a daily basis tend to struggle more in their weight-loss efforts (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, link)

So does this mean guzzling more milk? America consumes more cheese, milk and dairy than nearly any other country (with the exception of Finland and Sweden) yet our rates of osteoporosis remain higher than nearly every every other. The calcium being consumed through dairy is obviously not doing the trick. All that calcium in all that dairy is not going where it needs to go. There are other factors that can contribute to this such as the high amounts of animal protein that can actually cause calcium to leach from our system. Check out this chart and information about calcium/dairy consumption myths from http://www.natural-pain-relief-guide.com/milk-and-osteoporosis.html isagenix bellybuster

It is essential that we supplement our bodies with the right type of calcium without overloading it with other things that will actually cause a loss of it. This will promote even more healthy weight loss and stronger bone structure. Enter the Bedtime Belly Blaster! isagenix belly buster

Associates of mine have been using a new protocol at night 30-60 minutes before bed. They mix 1 scoop of high quality IsaPro (whey protein) and 1 scoop of IsaCalcium with 8-10oz of water and some crushed ice. They are reporting better sleep (calcium deficiency has been linked to many diseases and poor sleep), and a dramatic decrease in their belly sizes. isagenix belly buster

All the reports I have received of success using the BBB have come from associates who are also using the Isagenix 30 Day Cleansing and Fat-Burning program however we feel it could be effective for individuals not on the program based on the simple fact that a lack of quality calcium will inhibit weight-loss. We cannot guarantee that the BBB will have the same results but we anticipate that we will see more success stories like Renee’s.

Take a look at Renee’s results after just three nights using the BBB and the 30 day Cleansing and Fat- Burning Program. fat burning

“WOOO~HOOOO!!! I am down 4 INCHES IN MY TUMMY!!!!!!!!! belly buster

I noticed too that I have slept better at night with this Bedtime Belly Buster!!!” ~Renee isagenix belly buster

This latest report from  Annette isagenix belly buster

“BBB update–my 15 yr old who is still eating whatever she wants but doing 1/2 a shake before a few hours before bed then her BBB much later has shed over 3 1/2 inches in belly area in 2 days. SHE SAID SHE’S STICKING TO HER BBB 🙂 I, BTW shed 7″ in 2 days!” isagenix belly buster

 

So here is the recipe again: isagenix belly buster

Add 1 scoop IsaPro to 8-10oz of room temperature water in a shaker-cup with small wisk (such as this) isagenix belly buster

Add 1 scoop of IsaCalcium to the mixture. Shake or mix well.* isagenix belly buster

Add 1 cup of crushed iced and shake or mix again (optional – I don’t use ice, just cold water) isagenix belly buster

Enjoy 30-60 minutes before bedtime. isagenix belly buster

*avoid using a blender for this recipe as it will make the shake extremely frothy and may cause some gas buildup in the stomach. I have found using a small wisk works perfectly! isagenix belly buster

Additional information about IsaCalcium: isagenix belly buster

IsaCalcium provides your body with the calcium it needs, as well as essential vitamin D and magnesium, for healthier and stronger bones. isagenix belly buster

Reasons why IsaCalcium gives your body powerful nourishment: isagenix belly buster

• IsaCalcium contains over 1000 milligrams of calcium per scoop — that is more than three times the amount of calcium found in an 8-ounce glass of milk! isagenix belly buster

• Calcium is an essential nutrient and necessary to help build and maintain healthy teeth and bones. It also helps keep the heart, blood, nerves and muscles working correctly. A calcium deficiency in both men and women can lead to bone frailty, as well as osteoporosis. IsaCalcium is a convenient way for people to maintain healthy levels of calcium in the body. isagenix belly buster

• IsaCalcium contains vitamin D and magnesium, both of which are necessary for your body in order to form and maintain strong, healthy bones. IsaCalcium also contains Ionic Alfalfa™, our proprietary blend of minerals for optimum health. isagenix belly buster

• IsaCalcium comes in an easily absorbed, delicious, powdered mineral drink that can be added to water, juice or your IsaLean® Shake. IsaCalcium is also an excellent alternative for those who are lactose intolerant.

Please contact me for information in ordering your supplies for the Bedtime Belly Blaster or  Fat-Burning Program. isagenix belly buster

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