WEEK 9: 90-Day Healthy Weight Challenge

137JenniferIconBy Jennifer Bement
Social Media Manager

The team continues on in their effort to drop down to a healthy weight and now have lost a total of 137 lbs! We have talked about the supplements they are taking and how they fit into a healthy lifestyle, so now we’re going to share a bit about the diet guidelines they are following.

While each participant has been given unique, detailed instruction from Nurse Jacquie, they all are following roughly the same plan – an anti-inflammatory eating plan. Chronic inflammation has been linked to a number of degenerative and lifestyle-caused diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and certain cancers. Changing to an anti-inflammatory diet can have an impact on overall health, that in turn can lead to a more active lifestyle and weight loss.

The Basics of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet:

  • Lots of fruits and vegetables in a wide range of colors
  • Whole grains like brown rice and quinoa
  • Beans for fiber
  • Healthy fats such as olive, canola, and sunflower oils
  • Seafood – rich in omega-3s
  • Spices and herbs – many spices contain naturally anti-inflammatory properties
  • Seeds and nuts – contain protein and healthy fats
  • Water, lots of it
  • Avoid processed foods, excess sugar, and hydrogenated oils

By following this plan, the team members are learning to make healthier choices and are totally shifting the way they look at food. Since the challenge is for 90 days, it gives the team a chance to really cement these healthy habits into their lifestyle, so that it is not so much about losing the weight, but leading a healthy life.

Featured Brand: Viatrexx Bio Incorporated

ViatrexxSusanBiconBy Susan Brown
Health & Wellness Editor

Professional Supplement Center is pleased to announce the addition of a line of biodynamic homeopathic oral sprays formulated by Viatrexx Bio Inc. Using advanced technologies, these products were developed with the understanding that good health is connected to the body’s matrix. This concept involves activating stronger messenger molecule signaling thereby providing better cell reception. Through various levels of metabolic factors, these intuitive and living remedies address physiological aspects of human health. Viatrexx formulas are based on 3 principles:

  1. Drainage and Detox – Drainage opens the valves to allow toxin release while detox provides a deep cleansing aspect to address both extra-cellular and intra-cellular aspects of cells and tissues.
  2. Regeneration – Specific nutrients provide necessary components for proper nourishment, support and energy of cells and tissues in order to enable healing, growth and effective function.
  3. Oxygenation – Addresses all aspects of metabolism, respiration and energy production, all dependent on the flow and movement of oxygen.

All products are crafted, manufactured and stored under ideal conditions and contain only organic, biodynamic ingredients that perform at optimal levels. These concentrated essences, which address physical challenges, physiological function and emotional dispositions, are available through healthcare professionals.

Immunexx Oral Spray
Immunexx Oral Spray – This homeopathic solution provides support for the adrenals and immune system function.
Foods Oral Spray
 Foods Oral Spray – This product provides homeopathic support for common food sensitivities, mental clarity and hormonal imbalances.
Infla Oral Spray
Infla Oral Spray – As a homeopathic remedy for relief of inflammatory symptoms, this calming product provides pain relief and helps to encourage a reduction of inflammation.
MuSkel Oral Spray
MuSkel Oral Spray – This homeopathic spray provides assistance for muscle, nerve and skeletal repair and regeneration and helps to strengthen cartilage, joints, bones, muscles and tendons.
Neuro 3 Oral Spray
Neuro 3 Oral Spray – This product provides homeopathic support for balance of the entire neurological system including fatigue, nervousness, and sleep regulation.


How Dental Health Affects Overall Health

Dental2JacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

By now, many of us are armed with the knowledge that a healthy lifestyle can help ward off age-related chronic diseases. But did you know that unhealthy gums and teeth are often found in combination with heart disease and other health conditions? Gingivitis, an inflammation of the tissues that surround the teeth, generally results from poor oral hygiene, such as lack of brushing and flossing. However, smoking, stress, poor nutrition, hormonal changes and certain medications are among other contributing factors. Left untreated, this condition can lead to a more serious infection known as periodontitis, which occurs below the gum line and damages the soft connective tissues and the bone that support the teeth. This largely preventable condition can cause bone and tooth loss and potentially increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and chronic disease.

If your gums are red and puffy and bleed easily when brushing or eating, seeking dental care sooner rather than later can help reverse any damage and potentially prevent other health problems. The long term effects of extended bacterial exposure is a source of disease for the entire body, as highly aggressive bacteria can make their way into the bloodstream. These periodontal pathogens are believed to be a contributing source of immune overreaction in the inflammatory disease patterns of cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and possibly Alzheimer’s. As nearly half of the U.S. population over 30 years of age is estimated to have or be at risk for chronic periodontitis, this destructive inflammatory disorder needs to be addressed in order to protect general health.  

  • Diabetes – The association between diabetes and inflammatory periodontal disease has been well documented. Often considered a complication of diabetes, research suggests that periodontal disease adversely affects the metabolic control of diabetes. Conversely, diabetes increases the risk of developing periodontitis.
  • Cardiovascular disease – Studies have shown a strong connection between the importance of oral health in connection to heart health. The potential causal relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease suggests that treatment of gum disease may reduce the incidence of atherosclerosis, narrowing of the arteries that can cause heart attacks and strokes. While medical science cannot confirm that periodontitis causes heart disease, scientists believe the link involves more than the common shared inflammation response risk factor. General medical recommendations for people with periodontal disease include a medical evaluation for heart problems. For people with heart disease a dental exam is recommended to evaluate signs of periodontal disease.
  • Respiratory diseases – Current scientific findings suggest a link between periodontal disease and the development of respiratory tract diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and pneumonia, especially in the elderly population. Oral bacteria can reach the lungs through aspiration or inhalation, causing infections or a worsening of existing lung conditions.

Treatment for periodontal disease can involve deep cleaning, surgical and restorative procedures. Good lifestyle habits, including a well balanced and nutritious diet and not smoking, are important steps towards regaining periodontal health. As always, prevention, including habitual dental exams and good oral hygiene, and healthy habits, such as frequent brushing and daily flossing, are critical to preventing gum disease and maintaining good oral and overall health. One more tip, when the bristles on your toothbrush begin to wear and fray, it’s time to invest in a new brush!

Here are some suggestions for products and supplements that support oral health:

PerioBiotic Fennel Toothpaste
PerioBiotic Fennel Toothpaste by Designs for Health – This fluoride-free toothpaste contains a strain of probiotic that competes with unhealthy strains of oral bacteria. Additional active ingredients have been shown to promote dental and oral health. Also available in spearmint flavor.
CoQ10 ST 100
CoQ10 ST 100 by Metagenics - This highly bioavailable antioxidant formula helps to suppress the inflammatory response and helps prevent CoQ10 deficiency often seen in those with periodontal disease.
OraBliss™ by Quantum Nutrition Labs – This formula provides a unique patented probiotic for support of healthy teeth and gums. Suitable for ages 5 and up.
Ultimate-E (E143)
Ultimate-E (E143) by Thorne Research – This pure, undiluted vitamin E contains naturally occurring mixed tocopherols, which have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system and help heal and preserve periodontal tissues.
Neem & Pomegranate Toothpaste
Neem & Pomegranate Toothpaste by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare – This fluoride and saccharin free toothpaste contains dependable time tested ingredients neem, triphala and pomegranate to keep teeth and tissues clean and healthy. Neem has been used for centuries for its powerful antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

Heart Healthy Strategies

Heart Healthy StrategiesJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

As age is a major risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease, one reality of aging may be the realization that we need to pay more attention to cardiovascular fitness. In the U.S., heart disease is a major cause of disability and the number one cause of death. Prevention involves not just avoidance of serious heart health issues, but also includes circumventing lifestyle limitations, which might include high blood pressure, shortness of breath, fatigue or physical limitations. To reduce the risks of developing cardiovascular disease, lifestyle management strategies such as avoidance of smoking, limited alcohol consumption, stress reduction, restricted sodium intake, heart-healthy eating, and frequent moderate exercise are often highly recommended.

While blood pressure, weight and cholesterol levels are important in measuring heart health, chronic inflammation also puts your health at risk. Clinical studies have shown a compelling relationship between inflammation markers and the risk of future cardiac events. Chronic inflammation can potentially damage artery linings and contribute to the growth of artery clogging plaque formations. Taking steps to reduce smoldering, systemic inflammation can limit the damaging effects on the heart. Fortunately, the same lifestyle strategies that reduce cardiovascular risks, also reduce inflammation.

An anti-inflammatory diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, and maintaining a healthy weight are at the top of the list, as fat cells, especially those located in the abdomen, are like little inflammation factories that produce inflammatory proteins. In other words, fat cells are not inert; they play an active role in harming the body through a pro-inflammatory response. The most powerful way to reduce inflammation is through diet and the loss of excess weight. In general terms, barring genetic factors, your overall health largely depends on your own lifestyle choices, as many age-related diseases are preventable.

Supplements, in combination with healthy, nutrient dense foods and exercise, can ensure you are getting the full daily recommendations of vitamins and minerals in support of overall and cardiac health. Key areas for cardiovascular wellness include blood pressure maintenance, controlling blood lipid and blood sugar levels and stress management. The effective use of dietary supplements can provide support as you endeavor to maintain cardiac vitality.

Omega-3 fatty acids – Thought by many to be the most beneficial for protecting heart health, omega-3’s also help to reduce inflammation and support healthy blood pressure.

Coenzyme Q10 – As a very important nutrient for healthy heart function, CoQ10, and its reduced form ubiquinol, supports the heart muscle and contributes to healthy circulation and blood pressure.

Phytosterols – These naturally occurring compounds found in plant cell membranes are structurally similar to the body’s cholesterol. As a result, they compete with cholesterol for absorption in the digestive tract, which helps to lower blood cholesterol levels. The fiber found in plant foods has also been shown to lower blood cholesterol.

Astaxanthin – In addition to its powerful antioxidant and pain relieving benefits, astaxanthin is a potent anti-inflammatory. By reducing inflammatory compounds, astaxanthin helps to reduce the risks of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

Lycopene – Studies show that lycopene helps to boost the body’s natural antioxidant defenses protecting against DNA cell damage. Additionally, lycopene is believed to be cardio-protective for its inflammation and blood pressure reduction benefits.

In addition to adopting the recommended healthy lifestyles guidelines, here are some unique supplements that will aid you in your quest for cardiac and overall wellness:

CardioCardio by NovaHue – This clinically supported complex contains patented standardized tomato extract plus a proprietary blend of 5 relevant phytosterols in support of heart health, a healthy circulatory system and maintenance of blood pressure already within the normal range.
Lycopene by Progressive Labs – As an effective free radical scavenging antioxidant, Lycopene may help to reduce the risks of heart and other age-related degenerative disease by lowering oxidized LDL cholesterol.
Astaxanthin 4 mg
Astaxanthin 4 mg by Pure Encapsulations – Derived from Hawaiian microalgae cultivated under pristine conditions, this powerful antioxidant supports the skin, macula, joints, immune and cardiovascular wellness.
Ubiquinol-QH (201899)
Ubiquinol-QH (201899) by Douglas Laboratories – This biologically reduced form of CoQ10 supports antioxidant, energy and cardiovascular function.
Plant Sterols
Plant Sterols by Ortho Molecular - Designed to provide support for healthy cholesterol levels, this product contains plant sterol esters for natural cardiovascular support.


WEEK 8: 90-Day Healthy Weight Challenge

Week8JenniferIconBy Jennifer Bement
Social Media Manager

Hoorah! The group made it past the plateau! After a couple of lackluster weeks, the team put up an impressive number this week – 18.5 lbs down in just one week! That brings the total lost up to 129 lbs with just five weeks to go.

This week’s loss goes to show that if you feel you aren’t making the gains you want, you just have to continue with the plan and push through. In looking at the group’s activity, it showed that many of them increased their exercise in order to make it past the plateau – some even doubled the distance they were walking and the amount of time they were spending at the gym. The vitamins and supplements do a great job of getting the body in the right set to lose the weight, but the work has to be put in to actually burn the weight off.

We have been so impressed with the tenacity of the group over the past eight weeks. They have changed their eating habits to healthier foods – no more junk food in the cafeteria; they are all doing some form of exercise; and the chatter around the office is incredibly supportive and collaborative. We can’t wait to see what the next five weeks bring!

Vitamin K’s Role In Health Support

VitKJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

Many of us are familiar with the mainstream vitamins A, B, C, D and E. If you have not yet heard about the benefits of vitamin K, read on, as it is fast becoming known as a key player in bone and cardiovascular health. Derived from the German word “koagulation,” vitamin K is actually a group of fat soluble vitamins that play a major role in blood clotting, protein synthesis and calcium uptake in bones. With vitamin K deficiency, bones can weaken, arteries and other soft tissues can calcify, blood clotting is critically impaired and the risk of excessive bleeding and osteoporosis is increased.

Naturally occurring vitamin K1, or phylloquinone, is photosynthesized by plants, especially green leafy vegetables, making it the most predominant dietary form. Together with the liver, vitamin K1 helps to maintain healthy blood clotting. Vitamin K2, the most biologically active form, includes a range of vitamins, known as menaquinones. Vitamin K2 is synthesized by the microbiota located in the intestinal tract and can also be found in fermented foods. Vitamin K2 is utilized by blood vessel walls, bones and other tissues.

Even as our bodies make the most of all forms of vitamin K, the body’s ability to store vitamin K is limited. As such, stores are rapidly depleted and must be replenished on a daily basis. To increase your dietary intake, fermented soy-based foods naturally high in vitamin K2 such as natto, miso and tempe, are recommended. Naturally occurring vitamin K2 is often utilized in supplement formulations. Studies suggest that the absorption rate of supplemental vitamin K is higher than the rate of dietary absorption. A note of caution, those who take blood thinning medications that influence blood clotting, should avoid supplementing with vitamin K and should discuss their dietary vitamin K intake with their healthcare professional.  

True vitamin K deficiency, which can lead to excessive bleeding, is rare. Mild deficiencies can be caused by poor diet, medications, antibiotics and diseases such as celiac, liver, gallbladder or Crohn’s. Studies show that many of us may get enough Vitamin K from our diets to maintain adequate blood clotting but not enough to protect against arterial calcification, cardiovascular disease or osteoporosis. Most importantly, taking calcium without complimentary nutrients, namely magnesium, vitamin D3 and vitamin K, can have adverse effects, including the buildup of plaque in coronary arteries.

  • Vitamin D helps bones absorb calcium. However, it’s the vitamin K that directs calcium into the bones and prevents it from being deposited in the soft tissues, organs and arteries.
  • The very complex process of clotting is dependent on at least 12 proteins, four of which require vitamin K to complete the process.
  • Research shows that a high intake of natural vitamin K2 may be cardio-protective through a reduced risk of arterial calcification.
  • Vitamin K2 is essential for the proper synthesis of the bone protein, osteocalcin, often used as a marker for bone formation processes. Higher blood levels of osteocalcin are well correlated with increased bone mineral density, as it helps to bind calcium into the bone matrix.  
  • Increasing evidence shows that vitamin K improves bone health and reduces the risk of bone fractures, especially in postmenopausal women at risk for developing osteoporosis.
  • Vitamin K is believed to be a critical nutrient for protecting cells that line blood vessels, including arteries and veins.

Now that you know about the role of vitamin K in protecting the health of your heart, blood vessels, organs and bones, here are great recommendations for supplementation:

 K-Force by Ortho Molecular – This supplement provides support for cardiovascular and bone health with a formulation that contains 180 mcg of K2 (as MK-7) plus 5000 IU of vitamin D3 per capsule. Gluten, yeast and soy free formula.
Vitamin K2 Menaquinone 7 (200913)
Vitamin K2 Menaquinone 7 (200913) by Douglas Laboratories – Each vegetarian capsule provides 90 mcg of Vitamin K2 as menaquinone-7. Wheat, soy, gluten and dairy free formula.
Vitamin K2 Liquid (1mg/drop) (K170)
 Vitamin K2 Liquid (K-170) by Thorne Research – This convenient, concentrated liquid form of vitamin K2 (as MK-4) provides 1 mg per drop in support of bone health. Non-GMO, gluten, soy and dairy free.
K1-1000™ (Vitamin K-1)
Vitamin K1 -1000™ (Vitamin K-1) by Bio-Tech - This supplement provides 1000 mcg of vitamin K1 per capsule in support of normal blood clotting and bone health. Gluten and soy free.
Rebuild Plus Osteoporosis Formula
Rebuild Plus Osteoporosis Formula by Metabolic Maintenance - This balanced formula contains magnesium, calcium, vitamin D3, and vitamin K1, plus additional minerals in support of healthy bones. Vegetarian capsule, excipient-free.

Featured Brand: Amrita Aromatherapy

AmritaSusanBiconBy Susan Brown
Health & Wellness Editor

Founded in 1989 by Dr. Christoph Streicher, Amrita Aromatherapy offers an extensive line of unique aromatherapy products and high quality, therapeutic-grade essential oils. With a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Physiology, Dr. Streicher focuses on the holistic relationship of plant life to human health and consciousness by means of 5,000 year old Ayurvedic medical science. Ayurveda addresses health issues within the context of the wellbeing of the mind and the body in the belief that physiological balance is the basis of perfect health.  

Certified Organic and wild-sourced ingredients, a commitment to science, formulation skills, and an understanding of healing plants form the basis of these complex products. Every essential oil is verified for purity, authenticity, effectiveness and therapeutic usefulness in an in-house gas-chromatographic laboratory. This verifies the botanical oil is 100% natural and unadulterated. No denatured or reconstituted oils are ever utilized. The oils contain no alcohol, chemical compounds or synthetic ingredients.

Our customers’ favorite products include:

Lavender Extra Essential Oil (France)
Lavender Extra Essential Oil (France) - This fresh, sweet, floral herb provides a refreshing and soothing aroma. Lavender is one of the most versatile of the essential oils and, as an adaptogen aids with stress and imbalances. Diffuse or inhale lavender essential oil to calm the mind, body and spirit.
Headache Reliever Roll On
Headache Reliever Roll On – Relieve migraine, tension and sinus headaches with traditional essential oils of birch, peppermint and lavender. Birch helps to relieve occasional minor headache discomfort associated with normal stress. Peppermint helps to relieve tension and lavender provides relaxation support.
Nebulizer Diffuser Room ModelNebulizer Diffuser Room Model - Essential oil diffusers allow the creation of an uplifting and fragrant atmosphere. This small, quiet diffuser is meant to be used in areas up to 150 sf. Flawless operation and revolutionary design ionizes the oils, enhancing their biological effects. Handy on/off switch allows for ease of use.
Tea-Tree Organic
Tea-Tree Organic – Tea Tree oil is widely used to antiseptically treat bacterial, viral and fungal organisms. Useful for its remarkable skin healing and analgesic properties, Tea Tree oil has been revered and utilized for centuries for its immune stimulant properties.
Ball Room Diffuser
Ball Room Diffuser – An inexpensive and convenient way to diffuse essential oils, this diffuser plugs into an electrical outlet and comes with 10 reusable felt pads. Perfect for traveling, placing 10 drops of oil on a felt pad before placing in the diffuser will cover an area up to 500 sf with aromatherapy for approximately 3 hours.  

Hormonal Imbalance


JacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

Fundamental to the life of every multi-celled organism, hormones are a crucial part of our biology and play a critical role in health and disease. Our largely invisible endocrine system runs and chemically regulates our bodily functions, including growth, development, metabolism, digestion, reproduction, stress reactions and the regulation of other hormones. Each of the numerous identified human hormones, or chemical messengers, have a specific purpose, as they precisely target cells that perform specialized tasks. Endocrines may be tucked away in small corners of the body but hormonal balance plays a huge role in the regulation of physiological processes.

Along with the nervous system, which is built for speed and rapid changes, the endocrines, with their long lasting and powerful effects, slowly continue to regulate and exert influence throughout life. When our body chemistry is balanced, hormones help to keep us physically and emotionally healthy. Hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc with our weight, appearance, mood, fertility, energy and stress levels, all symptoms that can adversely affect our quality of life. When hormones are in balance, weight is easier to maintain, moods are more stabilized and energy levels are optimized.

Hormonal imbalance can occur at different life stages, such as during puberty, and largely affect men and women approaching middle age. Hormonal dysfunction can be the result of both an overproduction or an underproduction of specific hormones. Hormone production can be altered or affected by aging, genetics, chronic stress, and infections or diseases. Lifestyle factors such as poor diet and lack of exercise, and environmental factors such as exposure to toxins and endocrine disrupting chemicals, can also result in hormone disruptions.

Symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women can include:

  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes or night sweats
  • Insomnia and fatigue
  • Irritability, depression or anxiety
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Skin changes including acne or dryness
  • Hair thinning or increased hair growth
  • Decreased interest in sex and vaginal dryness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Mood swings

Symptoms of hormonal imbalance in men can include:

  • Decreased libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of muscle mass, endurance and energy
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal weight gain
  • Skin and hair growth changes
  • Forgetfulness

If you are suffering from adrenal fatigue or are considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which may cause serious health related side effects, you may want to try some of these lifestyle changes first.

Improve your diet – There’s a link between diet and hormone health. Avoiding processed foods is a good strategy for preserving natural hormone function. Eliminate chemically altered oils and fats and refined carbohydrates that can elevate estrogen levels. Eat foods that are rich in essential fatty acids and fruits and vegetables high in flavonols, phytonutrients and fiber. Go organic whenever possible.

Eliminate toxins – Toxic chemicals, found in pesticides, plastics, household and even body care and beauty products, can contain hormone disrupting chemicals that mimic natural hormones and interfere with hormone production. Try switching to more natural cleansers and products. Cook in glass or non-coated metal pans and store food in glass containers. Improve indoor air quality by adding plants, which help to remove indoor pollutants and purify the air.

Reduce stress levels – The adrenals manufacture numerous hormones in addition to stress monitoring hormones. These hormones are involved in blood sugar regulation, mineral regulation, and energy level maintenance. Chronic stress can lead to adrenal exhaustion in which the adrenals can no longer maintain adequate hormone production. This can lead to extreme fatigue, inability to concentrate, insomnia, depression, anxiety and diabetes. Rest and nutrition can help to restore adrenal function. B vitamins, minerals such as magnesium, zinc and potassium, adaptogenic herbs and adrenal extracts can be useful in rebuilding the adrenals.

Get adequate sleep – We all skimp on sleep sometimes but sleep is one of the best tips for improving hormone balance. Stress hormones regulate while you are sleeping. Adequate sleep is linked to more optimal weight and improved immune function.

Don’t over exercise – Hormones released during exercise are directly proportional to intensity and duration. Keeping exercise short and sweet (30 – 40 minutes) with high intensity and maximum effort is most effective for fat burning and hormonal balance. Try yoga for its stress reducing and hormone enhancing benefits. Yoga practice can lower cortisol levels, reduce adrenalin and stimulate production of GABA, a brain calming chemical.

Products that support hormonal balance include:

PhytoB-L 4X
PhytoB-L 4X by Bezwecken – This plant derived formula provides naturally sourced progesterone and estrogens to support a desirable hormonal balance.
Hormone Balance #501
Hormone Balance #501 by Ness Enzymes – This enzyme and herbal formula provides nutrition based ingredients for hormonal imbalance. Gluten free formula.
Every WomanEvery Woman by New Chapter – This whole food multivitamin and mineral supplement provides immune, stress and hormone support and is specifically formulated for active women over the age of 40. Organic herbs, probiotics, cultured whole-food and herbal blends work synergistically to promote optimal health and address nutrient deficiencies. Vegetarian, gluten-free, Non-GMO formula.
Testron SX
Testron SX by Nutraceutics - This botanical based formula is designed for maximum hormonal support for the active male. Preferred by athletes and fitness enthusiasts, this safe and natural supplement provides broad support for men’s health and is suitable for all men over the age of 18.
 Adren-All by Ortho Molecular - Formulated with vitamins, minerals and herbal nutrients, this supplement is designed to nutritionally support healthy adrenal function, boost energy levels, and provide a general sense of wellbeing.   Gluten and soy free.

WEEK 7: 90-Day Healthy Weight Challenge

LogoSASJenniferIconBy Jennifer Bement
Social Media Manager

The group is now at a loss of over 110 lbs! The past couple of weeks the team has come up against a situation many who are trying to lose weight are familiar with – a plateau. “Plateaus are to be expected, but it’s important to stay on track with healthy anti-inflammatory eating and exercise” stated Nurse Jacquie, who is overseeing the progress of the team. “The supplements they are taking certainly help their bodies to process the food they are eating, and we know they are making the right choices and working hard for the healthy weight they want.”

The participants of the challenge were broken down into three groups based on the amount of weight they wanted to lose, their activity level, and their diet, among other factors. After consulting with Nurse Jacquie, they were put on one of three weight loss supplements. Here’s a little bit about each of those supplements:

Super HCA (1,400 mg Garcinia Cambogia Extract)Super HCA by Douglas Laboratories – Super HCA supplies 1,400 mg of Garcinia Cambogia Extract. Garcinia Cambogia has been in the news lately due to the hyperbolic claims made by Dr. Oz of its effectiveness. And while you should take advice from those on television with a grain of salt, the participants on this supplement are seeing great results. Garcinia works by preventing disproportionate amounts of glucose from dietary carbohydrates from being turned into body fat. It also may aid in normal appetite regulation.

7-KETO Lean7-Keto Lean by Integrative Therapeutics – 7-Keto Lean has been clinically proved to burn fat, not muscle and promotes weight loss. This natural supplement is not a stimulant so it will not raise heart rate, blood pressure, or keep you awake at night. The participants on this supplement are also making great strides toward their ideal healthy weight.


CLACLA by Ortho Molecular – CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a supplement that supports reducing body fat while increasing muscle tone when used with a healthy diet and exercise. CLA works by speeding up the fat metabolism in the body as well as help metabolize fat deposits when combined with moderate exercise. Most of the participants in this group were already close to their ideal weight, but wanted to tone up a bit and the CLA seems to be working for them.

With hard work and a keen eye on their diets, we’re sure the team will once again be back to losing more pounds next week.

Natural Solutions – Neem

Neem1JacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

Utilized for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, neem has long been valued for its numerous “anti” properties, including its antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory benefits.  Neem oil is extracted from the seeds of the neem tree, a tropical evergreen found primarily in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.  Every part of the neem tree has medicinal value.  So much so that neem is considered a panacea in Ayurvedic medicine and is sometimes referred to as a “one tree pharmacy.”

  • Neem leaf is utilized in Ayurvedic remedies to stimulate the immune system, detoxify the blood, improve liver function and promote general wellness of the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems. 
  • Neem oil, with its antifungal and antibacterial properties, has a curative effect on chronic skin disorders such as acne, dandruff, psoriasis and eczema.  The oil relieves dry skin and soothes redness, itchiness and irritations. 
  • Neem is effective in pesticide control without harming pollinators such as bees, butterflies or ladybugs.  When used as an insecticide, neem must be ingested to be effective.  Consequently, only leaf eating insects such as mealy bugs, whiteflies and aphids are affected. 
  • The high levels of antioxidants contained in neem make it an extraordinary anti-aging ingredient for skin and hair products.  Neem’s long chain fatty acids are believed to penetrate the outer layers of the skin to restore elasticity and provide long-lasting moisture.
  • Neem’s antimicrobial properties are useful in wound healing and infection prevention. 
  • Neem’s extracts have been studied extensively for their chemopreventive and anti-tumor effects, which include inhibition of cell proliferation and enhancement of the immune response against tumor cells.  Neem is used as an adjunct to radiotherapy and immunotherapy as it enhances the efficacy of chemotherapeutic agents. 
  • Because of its antiseptic and antibacterial compounds, which help destroy the bacteria that causes gingivitis, plaque buildup and periodontal disease, neem is widely used in toothpaste and mouthwash.  Young tender branches are cut in pieces and used as chew sticks to clean the teeth and gums. 
  • According to the Neem Foundation, neem’s powerful botanical extracts are a well known treatment for osteoarthritis and may provide long term treatment for chronic debilitating conditions. Neem helps to reduce joint and muscle pain and swelling.
  • Neem is an effective non-toxic, environmentally friendly insect repellent for both people and pets.  It efficiently repels mosquitoes, fleas, ants, ticks and lice.  Neem also helps to remove intestinal parasites and restore healthy intestinal function. 
  • If you are pregnant or planning to conceive, you should not use neem, as neem is also an effective spermicide, aiding in pregnancy prevention. 
  • Neem is considered a powerful blood and system detoxifier and purifier, supporting natural cleansing of the skin and internal body.   
  • Neem powder, made from leaves, is often taken in capsule form to support the immune system and healthy blood sugar levels. 

While all parts of the tree, including leaves, seeds, flowers, bark, roots and fruit, are utilized in Ayurvedic medicine, the leaf and the seed oil are the most effective.  In its 2000 year history, the versatility of neem’s 140 compounds has been demonstrated in traditional Asian medicine.  Over 100 medical uses have been discovered.  Fresh or powdered neem leaves or teas made from the leaves are safe for daily consumption with no side effects.  Neem oil, however, is a very powerful concentration of the herb.  As such, neem oil should only be used externally and should not be consumed without the direct guidance of a healthcare professional. 

Neem Oil (Certified Organic)
Neem Oil (Certified Organic) by Banyan Botanicals –  Prepared in a base of certified organic sesame oil, neem oil promotes healthy skin with its antibacterial and antifungal properties. 
Neem Plus
Neem Plus™ by Ayush Herbs – This proprietary blend of Ayurvedic herbals promotes healthy skin and provides support for the immune system and overall wellness.  Also available in a veterinary formula for pet wellness. 
Neem by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare - This certified organic blend utilizes both stems and leaves for support of the body’s natural cleansing mechanisms, skin health and immune activity.
Neem & Sandalwood Purifying Mask
Neem & Sandalwood Purifying Mask by Angelina Organic Skin Care – This Ayurvedic balancing face and body mask draws out impurities for smooth and supple skin, and provides an excellent weekly treatment for combination, oily and acne-prone skin.