Lifestyle Strategies For Longevity

LifestyleStrategiesJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

I’m betting most of us would rather live a shorter but healthier life than a longer unhealthy one.  Ideally, many would choose a longer, healthier life.  The goal of anti-aging or healthy aging strategies is to be healthier, look younger and feel lighter and more energetic.  Life spans are increasing in the U.S., thanks in part to steady improvements in healthcare and living conditions.  Age-related chronic diseases, which can negatively impact the quality of life, are also on the rise.  Longevity is related to our genetics but a lot depends on personal choices and lifestyle factors, which impact health and wellness.  Sustainable anti-aging strategies are meant to develop over time, as trying to make too many changes too quickly can turn out to be more stressful than helpful.  We all have the power to alter our daily habits to achieve major benefits that directly affect our quality of life. 

What happens to our bodies as we age?

  • The body begins to lose muscle strength and flexibility, increasing the chances of musculoskeletal fatigue and injury. 
  • The metabolic rate slows, making it more difficult to maintain a healthy weight. 
  • The motor nerves begin to deteriorate, slowing reaction time and affecting balance and eye-hand coordination.
  • Calcium loss increases over time, weakening the bones and increasing fracture risk.
  • The body’s ability to process glucose declines, increasing the risk of developing diabetes. 
  • Blood pressure steadily increases.
  • The ratio of good (HDL) to bad (LDL) cholesterol increases in favor of LDL cholesterol. 
  • The immune system’s ability to ward off disease is weakened.
  • Vision grows weaker and hearing ability declines. 
  • Mild or severe cognitive impairment may occur. 
  • As the cells’ ability to divide and multiply reach their lifetime limit, cell death results and organ function gradually declines.  
  • Mitochondria that supply energy to the cells becomes less efficient. 

Wow, sounds scary.  The good news is that Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers are redefining the concept of healthy aging with the realization that you can do a lot to delay the onset of these side effects of aging.  Disease is not inevitable, as we make our own choices about our environment, our diet and our lifestyle, which all influence our health.  Is now the time for you to take control of your own wellness?  It’s never too early or too late to begin a program of rejuvenation by paying attention to your physical, mental and social fitness.  Focus on prevention, as aging is inevitable but succumbing to age-related disease is not.  Engage in life through physical, social and productive activities. 

Small, sustainable changes can lead to measurable gains in life quality. 

  • Being socially engaged has a positive effect on overall wellness.  Studies show that social interactions, such as staying in touch with family and friends, pursuing interests and volunteering, improve quality of life both physically and mentally. 
  • Staying active within the community and participating in local events can provide significant gains in vitality and maintaining independence.
  • It’s official.  Regular exercise is a key to aging well.  People who exercise live longer, healthier lives than those who are sedentary. Exercise, even in small doses, increases muscle and bone strength and improves memory.  Strength training improves neuromuscular control, reducing the chances of injury.  Keeping exercise simple and choosing a program that can be done anywhere, such as walking or biking, is key to sustainability. 
  • Good nutrition not only improves life quality, it also improves the chances of an increased lifespan.  Avoiding added sugar and refined carbs, and adding one more fruit and vegetable to your daily meals is a good starting point. 
  • Practice stress reduction by doing anything you find relaxing, such as reading a book, listening to music, or deep breathing exercises. 
  • Maintaining a healthy weight can help protect against heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.  Belly fat is particularly harmful.  Exercise and a healthy high fiber diet helps to reduce belly fat. 
  • Keep your brain active and your mind sharp by switching up your routines or trying something new.  Learning and tackling new challenges helps to ward off cognitive decline.  Healthy aging means continually reinventing yourself, adapting to change and finding things to enjoy. 
  • Supplements that can provide healthy aging benefits include antioxidants to help protect cells and prevent oxidative damage, ubiquinol for cardiovascular health support, omega-3 fatty acids for overall health and brain function and turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties. 

Products for healthy aging include:

Anti-Oxidant 2.0
 
Anti-Oxidant 2.0 by Vital Nutrients provides an exceptional blend of antioxidants in a highly synergistic formula.  Additionally, a proprietary blend of valuable phytonutrients adds 21,300 ORAC value per serving. 
 
 
UBQH™Ubiquinol 100 mg
 
UBQH™ Ubiquinol 100 mg by Integrative Therapeutics  provides CoQ10 in a readily absorbable, active antioxidant formula for support of cellular energy, cardiovascular health and overall wellness.
 
 
OmegAvail Marine
 
OmegAvail Marine by Designs for Health provides molecularly distilled omega-3 fish oil with guaranteed purity.  The inclusion of lipase ensures enhanced digestion and absorption.  These very pure fish oil softgels are naturally lemon flavored and are free of heavy metals, environmental pollutants and oxidative impurities.   
 
Turmero Active (K-75...
 
Turmero Active™ (K-75) by Apex Energetics provides 400 mg per serving of turmeric extract standardized  to 95% curcuminoids for immune and wellness support. 

WEEK 5: 90-Day Healthy Weight Challenge

Week5JenniferIconBy Jennifer Bement
Social Media Manager
 

We are now in week 5 of our 90-Day Healthy Weight Challenge. The team seems to be getting into a routine of doing some kind of exercise in addition to taking the supplements and eating healthier. A number of people are walking or running, while others are practicing Tai Chi or yoga, some are hitting the gym, and still others are gardening, cleaning house and even horseback riding – any way they can find to burn calories, they are.

We thought we’d profile one of the participants, so here’s a little about Suzy. Suzy had actually begun a weight loss program just prior to the start of the Challenge, so she had a bit of a head-start on the rest of the group. “I decided I wanted to lose 15 lbs and now was the perfect time to do it” she stated. She started with modifying her diet to make more healthy choices and when the Challenge kicked off, the addition of the supplements hastened the weight off. Suzy is one of the participants taking Integrative Therapeutics’ 7-KETO Lean to burn fat, not muscle. To complement the dietary changes and supplements, Suzy is also increasing her activity level by walking and hitting the gym to build muscle and burn fat. Thanks to all her hard work, Suzy has already reached her original goal and is now working toward the next one!

Overall, the team is showing some great results and over just 5 weeks have lost a total of 96 lbs!

Potassium’s Role in Health

PotassiumJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

As the third most abundant mineral in the human body, potassium is a vital electrolyte that has many significant health benefits.  These benefits should not be overlooked if you wish to maintain your health and wellbeing.  Low consumption of fruits and vegetables and an increased intake of heavily salted processed foods have led to a decrease in potassium levels in the U.S. population.  According to the National Academies’ Food and Nutrition Board, adequate potassium intake is 4.7 grams (4,700 mg) per day.  In the U.S., men generally consume 3 grams per day and women average less than 2.5 grams.  Why is potassium important and do we need to increase our daily intake of potassium rich foods?

In addition to promoting an overall sense of wellbeing, potassium is critical for the proper functioning of the human body, supporting heart, brain, kidney and muscle tissue function.  Potassium helps to strengthen bones and aids in the maintenance of the electrochemical balance for support of nerve impulses and muscle contractions.  A potassium deficiency along with a high sodium diet can lead to diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease and arthritic or rheumatic conditions.  Symptoms of fatigue, muscle weakness, abnormal heartbeat or palpitations, high blood pressure, anemia or severe headache are all associated with potassium insufficiency.    

Studies show that a high potassium diet, which could include more fruits, vegetables, potatoes, beans, fish, avocados, bananas, coconut water and leafy greens, can address low potassium levels and alleviate or provide significant relief of symptoms.  Diets that include potassium rich foods are associated with a decrease in elevated blood pressure, improved kidney function and more efficient vascular function. 

  • Potassium plays a huge role in maintaining electrical conductivity of the brain, supporting brain function.  By aiding in oxygen transport to the brain, potassium helps to stimulate neural activity, aiding cognitive function, memory and learning. 
  • Heart benefits include a more normalized heartbeat and reduced incidence of arrhythmia and heart attack.
  • Potassium aids in stroke prevention by acting as a vasodilator, helping blood flow more freely and relaxing blood vessels. 
  • Healthy potassium levels have a significant influence on lowered blood pressure, decreasing the risk of stroke in both men and women.  Too much sodium and too little potassium can result in elevated blood pressure. 
  • Potassium stimulates the kidneys to eliminate waste, which aids in maintaining healthy and balanced water and pH levels in the body.  Potassium plays a significant role in maintaining optimal fluid balance necessary for efficient cell functioning.
  • Potassium helps to enable muscle tissue growth and the utilization of metabolic energy, allowing all muscles, including the heart muscle, to function optimally. 
  • Regulated fluid levels aid the transmission of electrical charges from the brain and nervous system, supporting organ function and fast and efficient muscle contraction and relaxation. 
  • Potassium helps to keep blood sugar levels stabilized throughout the body, reducing the chances of insulin spiking and plummeting.
  • Potassium aids in hormone regulation including cortisol and adrenaline hormones, which in excess amounts can cause anxiety and chronic stress.  

While we can’t underestimate the importance of potassium’s role in health, we can also have too much of a good thing.  As excessive potassium intake can affect kidney function, supplementation is best directed by a healthcare professional.  However, a diet that includes  potassium rich foods and a lowered sodium intake can help keep your heart, brain and body active and  functioning at its best. 

Excellent choices for supplementation include:

Potassium Citrate (M240)

Potassium Citrate (M240) by Thorne Research provides 99 mg per capsule of highly absorbable potassium in support of cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, kidney and overall health.  Non-GMO formula.  Gluten, soy, dairy and wheat free. 
 
 
 
 
Potassium-99
 
Potassium-99 by Progena provides 99 mg of potassium as amino acid chelate per tablet.  Gluten, soy and wheat free formula. 
 
 
 
 
 
Potassium (citrate)
Potassium (citrate) by Pure Encapsulations provides 200 mg of potassium per vegetable capsule for support of bodily functions including nerve, nutrient metabolism, bone, muscle and cardiovascular health. 
 
 
 
Potassium Citrate
 
 
Potassium Citrate by Allergy Research Group provides pure bioavailable potassium citrate in support of optimal health.  Gluten and soy free product.  99 mg per capsule. 

 

Featured Brand: Pure Encapsulations

PureEncapsulationsLogoSusanBiconBy Susan Brown
Health & Wellness Editor
 

Recognized as a leader in science based products for health and nutrition, Pure Encapsulations is committed to providing the highest quality supplements in order to optimize long-term health.  Pure Encapsulations formulates and manufactures researched-based, clinically relevant hypo-allergenic supplements.  All professional strength products are manufactured in their own state-of-the-art plant located in Sudbury, Massachusetts.  Raw materials are sourced worldwide and are selected solely on the basis of the quality and purity provided in their most bioavailable forms.  Certified independent laboratories test all raw materials and finished products utilizing advanced techniques to ensure purity, potency and quality.

Pure Encapsulations’ hypo-allergenic supplements contain no added coatings, fillers, binders, excipients, or artificial colors, flavors or fragrance.  Full disclosure label policies ensure that all ingredients, including raw material composition, true elemental mineral weight, and primary active marker compounds of standardized herbal extracts, are truthfully shown on the label.

If you are looking for pure, clinically proven nutritional supplements, look no further than Pure Encapsulations.  These professional strength, very high quality products are available through healthcare professionals.  Pure Encapsulations recommends they be used under the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

5 StarsFive star rated customer favorites from Pure Encapsulations include: 

Vitamin D3 5,000 IU
 
 
Vitamin D3 5,000 IU provides support for bone health, calcium absorption, immune cell activity and healthy cell metabolism.
 
 
 
Magnesium (citrate)
Magnesium (citrate) provides highly bioavailable magnesium chelate to support energy production, healthy bones, muscle function, cardiovascular health, and the metabolism and utilization of essential vitamins and minerals.
 
 
B Complex Plus
 
B Complex Plus contains an exceptional combination of B vitamins in their optimal bioavailable forms to support the nervous system, hemoglobin formation, hormone synthesis, energy metabolism and the integrity of internal organs.
 
 
Nutrient 950
Nutrient 950® provides optimal nutritional support for all bodily systems.  This complete hypo-allergenic formula contains high-nutrient, bioavailable vitamins, minerals, trace elements and a high profile of antioxidants.  This formula is well tolerated by sensitive individuals.   Also available in a no iron formula.
 
Calcium (citrate)
 
 
 Calcium (citrate) provides highly absorbable calcium to support bone, cardiovascular and colon health.

Healthy Lifestyle – Healthy Skin

SkinJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

If the old adage “you are what you eat” holds true, then the path to beautiful skin may be through your stomach.  For truly fabulous, glowing skin, consider your dietary choices.  The more balanced and healthy your diet, the better your skin health will be.  While we may pay some attention to our skin, by cleansing, moisturizing or applying sunscreen, a healthy diet and lifestyle are also essential to skin health.  When we deprive our skin of critical nutrients, we may develop skin that looks sallow, dry and older than our actual age, revealing a lot about our overall health. 

Our skin is in a constant state of renewal, as old cells are shed and new cells take their place.  As our largest and most complex metabolically active organ, our skin regulates body temperature, manufactures vitamin D, provides protection from the elements and defends against harmful, invading bacteria.  Our skin plays a huge role in protecting our body, so keeping our skin as healthy as possible is a wise choice.  While often overlooked, to put our best face forward we must give our skin some attention every day. 

Nutrients – The less attention we pay to our diets, the more problems we may see with skin health.  Fresh foods, especially fruits, vegetables and dairy products, provide a balanced mix of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants to help keep skin vibrant. 

  • Dairy products, such as plain yogurt, provide the vitamin A necessary for good skin health.  Probiotics found in yogurt and other foods have a beneficial impact on the skin. Probiotics help keep chronic inflammation at bay and support the beneficial gut bacteria, which in turn strengthens immune function and supports overall health.     
  • Antioxidants, such as those found in berries, provide free radical defense and guard against premature aging. 
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, such as found in cold water fish and flax seeds, support healthy cell membranes, reduce inflammation and aid moisture retention for plumper skin cells. 
  • Purple fruits and vegetables are rich in anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that help improve circulation.  Improved circulation means that more oxygen and nutrients reach the skin, enabling the formation of new cells, collagen and elastin. 
  • Spicing up your meals with herbs such as ginger and cinnamon, which have anti-inflammatory properties, can help reduce facial puffiness. 
  • Eliminate sugars that can cause inflammation and lead to glycation, which contributes to the breakdown of collagen and elastin and prematurely ages the skin. 

Cleanse – Different skin types may require unique cleansers but be sure to choose cleansers without fragrances and dyes, which can irritate sensitive skin.  Mild cleansers that won’t strip all the natural oils from your skin are a good choice.  Use warm, not hot water, which can strip the natural oils and lead to itching and dryness.  Be sure to wash your hands before you wash your face.  Most of the bacteria that can cause breakouts come from our own hands. 

Moisturize – Look for skincare products that contain botanicals such as beta carotene, which can improve skin quality.  Moisturizers that contain B vitamins, especially biotin, aid in hydration and help perfect overall skin tone.  Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) helps to strengthen the moisture barrier and reduce redness.  When applied topically, vitamin K helps to reduce dark, under eye circles.  Apply moisturizers while the skin is still damp to help retain surface moisture. 

Hydrate – Water is essential to skin health.  Hydrate your skin from the inside out with enough water to quench your thirst daily.  In addition to hydrating, water aids the cells in nutrient absorption and helps move toxins out.  Plus, when our bodies are hydrated, we sweat more efficiently, which helps to keep skin clean and clear. 

Avoid stress –  Skin under duress can quickly become irritated and red.  While chronic stress can wreak havoc in the body, it shows on the outside too.  Take steps to find some quiet time each day to minimize stress. 

Exercise – Regular exercise not only helps to cleanse pores and flush out toxins, it can stimulate collagen production and reduce signs of aging.  Exercise is stress reducing and pumps increased oxygen and nutrient supplies throughout the blood stream, aiding in skin nourishment. 

Sunscreen – Sun damage can happen year round, so choose an SPF-30 for daily use.  Sunscreen not only protects against sun damage and skin cancer, it can help prevent fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. 

Smoking -  Smoking causes premature aging of the skin and reduces the skin’s natural elasticity.  Smoking is believed to cause collagen breakdown and reduce collagen production, leading to early wrinkling and for some a leathery complexion. 

Supplements  

  • While a well balanced diet is extremely important, to get the nutrients we need each day include a multivitamin along with your skin care regimen.  Antioxidants such as  vitamins C and E help fight free radical damage, aiding in wrinkle protection and helping to prevent premature aging.  Vitamin C is essential to collagen production and aids in skin cell repair.  Vitamin E helps to protect skin cells from UV light damage. 
  • Protect those cheek bones with calcium.  Calcium supports bones and bone structure in the face as well as the body. 
  • Zinc helps to keep skin clear and binds with vitamin A, which makes both nutrients more effective in keeping skin healthy. 
  • Essential fatty acids or omega-3′s are instrumental in the production of the skin’s natural oil barrier.  If your skin is dry and prone to inflammation, essential fatty acids can aid in keeping your skin smoother and younger looking. 

For support of healthy skin, consider the following products:

MSM Capsules (methylsulfonylmethane)
MSM Capsules by Pure Encapsulations - This patented product promotes healthy joint function and connective tissue health, especially tissues containing significant amounts of collagen and keratin such as skin, hair and nails.   Also available in powder form. 
 
 
Complete Care For Youthful Skin KitComplete Care For Youthful Skin Kit by SukiThis complete skin care kit provides a protective, proactive program that contains powerful antioxidants, collagen building peptides and vitamins to address fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and visible signs of aging. 
 
 
Deeper Greens PowderDeeper Greens Powder by Ortho Molecular –  The fruits and vegetables contained in this product provide a good source of dietary fiber and natural concentrates of high ORAC value foods.  Deeper Greens is formulated to fulfill the recommended dietary intake of 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables.  Organically grown fruits and vegetables used where available. 
 
Pure Emu Oil with Vitamin E
 
Pure Emu Oil with Vitamin E by Age Advantage Laboratories –  This very pure quality Emu oil has been effectively used for years for healing and moisturizing the skin.  The non-comedogenic oils provide a very high natural balance of essential fatty acids along with vitamin E for anti-oxidant protection and palmitric acid to stimulate new skin cell growth. 
 
 

 

WEEK 4: 90-Day Healthy Weight Challenge

PSC teamWEEK4JenniferIconBy Jennifer Bement
Social Media Manager
 
Our 90-Day Healthy Weight Challenge is moving right along in Week 4. While some participants are reaching a plateau, the team is working even harder to get over it. Group walks have been happening over the weekends and one day after work, allowing for support and camaraderie amongst the staffers.
 
One noticeable achievement seen this week was the amount of willpower the team is showing – many passing up on pizza in the lunchroom and instead enjoying a delicious salad. Interestingly enough, the results of a study were released this week that showed by changing your eating habits, your brain actually adapts and leads to craving the healthy option more than the unhealthy choice. The result of our team’s good choices is evident in the total team loss of 80.5 lbs!
 
 

The Health Risks of Belly Fat

BellyFat1JacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

Studies show that people who have excess belly fat have a higher risk of developing chronic disease even when they are not overweight.  Sounds like a contradiction, but where we store our body fat can put us at three times greater risk of death from cardiovascular disease and can double the risk of early death from other causes, as compared to those with a normal waist to hip ratio.  Abdominal or visceral fat is a key player in many health concerns.  Visceral fat is not the same fat that can be grasped with your hand; it lies deep within the abdominal cavity and fills the spaces surrounding our internal organs.  Subcutaneous fat, which you can pinch, lies just underneath the skin.  Women tend to have more subcutaneous fat than men, generally on their hips and thighs.  However, as women age and go through menopause, they are more likely to develop larger waistlines and store more visceral fat, as their estrogen levels naturally decline.

What are the health dangers associated with visceral fat?   Research suggests that abdominal fat cells are metabolically and biologically active and actually function like an endocrine gland, releasing hunger hormones, such as leptin, and influencing insulin response.  Visceral fat appears to disrupt the normal functioning of these hormones, which typically aid health by regulating hunger and insulin, burning stored fat and protecting against diabetes.  The excess release of these and other chemicals, including some that are released by the immune system, can promote insulin resistance, diabetes and heart disease.  Visceral fat surrounds critical organs such as the liver and is linked to unhealthy cholesterol levels, fatty liver disease and low-grade inflammation. 

The good news is that visceral fat responds well to a healthy diet and exercise.  Visceral fat metabolizes fairly easily into fatty acids, which can then be used for cellular energy production.  As the belly shrinks and fat is reduced, the associated health risks, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels are also reduced.  Waist measurement is a good indicator of visceral fat.  For an average sized woman, waist measurement should not exceed 35″.  For an average sized man, a waist measurement above 40″ is cause for concern.  If you are trying to lose weight and belly fat and are not seeing results, changes to your routine can help. 

  • Include the appropriate fat burning exercise in your exercise routine.  Cardio workouts for at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week are critical to weight loss.  To get full exercise benefits for belly fat loss, you must also to weight train several days a week.  Weight training  helps to burn fat by increasing muscle mass, which takes more energy to maintain and revs your metabolism to increase calorie burn throughout the day. 
  • Skip the processed foods, which increase inflammation and hinder the ability to lose belly fat.  Eat whole foods like vegetables and fruits that naturally contain antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • Be sure to eat healthy fats.  Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy dietary fat does not make you gain weight.  Healthy fats found in olive oil, fatty fish, avocados and nuts help to prevent belly fat.   Fats provide energy, protect our organs and help process nutrients.  Healthy fats help to lower the risks of chronic disease by lowering LDL and raising HDL cholesterol levels, boost brain function and keep skin and eyes healthy. 
  • Take a break from stress.  High stress levels mean higher levels of cortisol, which has been linked to higher levels of visceral fat.  Chronic stress may not only cause overconsumption of unhealthy calories, but may also make it harder to lose weight. 
  • Get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.  Studies show that sleeping too much (more than 8 hours), or too little (less than 5 hours), can result in increased visceral fat.  Aim for about 7 hours each night and keep it consistent. 
  • Even though some people are genetically disposed to gaining weight around the middle, a combination approach to weight loss that includes weight training and cardiovascular exercise, a lower carb, higher fat diet and reduced sugar consumption will help you to overcome obstacles and lose visceral fat. 
  • Eat fewer calories but eat better calories.  Calorie reduction should not be radical, as too few calories can put your body in starvation mode and slow your metabolism, making it harder to lose weight.  To recap, eat lots of vegetables, lean protein, moderate amounts of fruit and include some healthy fats.  Limit processed foods, sugary drinks and trans-fats.   

Products to aid in weight reduction include: 

VFM-100™
 
VFM-100™ by Complementary Prescriptions aids in suppressing the formation of visceral fat and has been shown to reduce body weight, waist circumference and abdominal fat in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle program. 
 
 
CLA
 
CLA by Ortho Molecular contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid obtained from safflower seed oil that naturally supports reducing body fat while increasing muscle tone when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. 
 
 
7-KETO Lean
 
7-Keto Lean by Integrative Therapeutics has been clinically shown to burn fat and promote weight loss when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise program. 
 
 
 
Super HCA (98028)
 
Super HCA (98028) by Douglas Laboratories supplies 1400 mg of Garcinia cambogia extract that may aid in normal appetite regulation and may be useful for weight management by preventing the conversion of excess glucose from dietary carbs into stored body fat. 

Featured Brand: Boiron USA

FeaturedBrand BoironSusanBiconBy Susan Brown
Health & Wellness Editor
 

Boiron Homeopathic was founded in 1932 in Lyon, France by pharmacists and twin brothers Jean and Henri Boiron.  Today, Boiron is the leading U.S. homeopathic medicine supplier.  All products are manufactured in strict accordance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United State (HPUS) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).  Boiron has a strong sense of obligation to the environment and promotes re-supplying wild or organically farmed plants and employing harvesting strategies in anticipation of the future.  Plants are generally harvested from their natural surroundings, which are then used in accordance with the balance of nature and the specifications of the principal pharmacopoeia. 

Homeopathy, a therapeutic holistic system of treatment based on the principal that “like cures like,” has been safely used for more than 200 years.  Homeopathic remedies are believed to stimulate the body’s own healing processes similar to the way vaccines work.  Active ingredients in homeopathic medicines can include infinitesimal or micro-doses of plants, animals or minerals, which relieve the same symptoms they cause at full strength. For example, a late night cup of coffee might prevent sleep or cause the jitters, but a micro dose of coffee helps to relieve nervousness.  Homeopathic medicines have a very low risk of side effects and no contraindications. 

Boiron’s most popular products include: 

Oscillococcinum®Oscillococcinum® temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headaches, fatigue, fever and chills.  Oscillococcinum has been clinically shown to help reduce the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms, especially when taken at the first sign of illness.  This safe and natural, non-drowsy formula is appropriate for adults and children 2 years of age and older. 
 
Arnicare Gel with MDT Pack
Arnicare® Gel with MDT Pack temporarily relieves muscle pain and stiffness due to minor injuries, overexertion and falls.  Arnicare also reduces pain, swelling and discoloration from bruises.  This combination pack includes Arnica gel to apply externally and arnica pellets to be taken orally. 
 
Calendula Cream
 
Calendula Cream helps promote healing of minor burns and cuts, scrapes, skin irritations or sunburn.  Made from European marigold flowers, Calendula extracts have been shown to be anti-viral, anti-genotoxic, and anti-inflammatory. 
 
Coldcalm®
 
Coldcalm® temporarily relieves cold symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and minor sore throat with a safe, non-drowsy formula. 
 
 
 
Children's Coldcalm Pellets
 
 
Children’s Coldcalm® available for children 3 years of age and older. 

Weight Loss Wars: Men Vs. Women

ManVWomanJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

While many women struggle to lose unwanted weight, men seem to have an easier time shedding excess pounds.  Men do have a competitive edge when it comes to weight loss, as men’s bodies naturally contain more muscle mass and are more prone to building muscle due to higher levels of the hormone testosterone.  As a result, men have a higher resting metabolism.  These two advantages combined means more calories burned and quicker weight loss, as a higher metabolic rate burns more calories just to keep the body functioning.  While it can be frustrating to watch your significant other lose weight at a faster pace, hang in there.  With a little more time and effort, women can reach their fitness and weight loss goals. 

Men can often lose weight by increasing their exercise as opposed to combining diet and exercise.  Research suggests that women need to get significantly more exercise to get the same health benefits and must also address their diets to see weight loss results.  Men tend to have more visceral fat, which is easier to lose.  However, this type of fat accumulates in the abdomen and surrounds vital organs, and is linked to heart disease, diabetes and stroke.  Women have more subcutaneous fat found just under the skin, which can result in cellulite and dimpling.  Women tend to carry more body fat on their thighs and around their hips, much healthier areas to store body fat.     

From that standpoint, women may have one advantage, as throughout their lives even the fittest women naturally average 6 – 11% more body fat than men.  Women’s estrogen levels work to retain fat in order to preserve fertility as a natural part of women’s child bearing physiology.  While women may have a harder time losing fat, subcutaneous fat is the least harmful to health.  Unfortunately, women tend to be emotional eaters, making it harder to resist unhealthy foods and sabotaging our diet resolve.  Stress eaters tend to weigh more on average, and consuming extra calories when we are stressed or lonely can make weight loss even more challenging. 

While women tend to engage in aerobic exercise or use light weights while strength training for fear of building muscle, men tend to use heavier weights that build muscle and burn more calories.  When women cut calories, their bodies tend to go into starvation mode, slowing metabolism and hanging onto fat, while men’s bodies respond more quickly to exercise.  As women’s bodies are typically smaller than men’s, women have lower caloric needs, leaving less room for a reduction in calories.  As a result, women lose fat much more slowly than a larger man, who can create a larger calorie deficit more easily. 

Engaging in high intensity, shorter bouts of exercise helps to burn fat and increase muscle mass for both men and women.  Weight training at least twice a week will get your fat burning engine revving, help to build a streamlined physique and strengthen your bones.  While women may struggle more than men to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, obesity is an equal opportunity offender.  Eating healthy foods in moderation and living an active lifestyle will result in reaching your goals no matter your gender.  So while it may take patience for women to get closer to their ideal weight, persistence pays off.  While initially men lose more weight and more body fat, after about 6 months the rate of weight loss evens out, equalizing the playing field.   While the pounds may not drop as quickly as some women might prefer, as long as it is moving in the right direction, you are on track to meet your goals. 

Products to support weight loss goals include:

Weight Loss Support PacketsWeight Loss Support Packets by Designs for Health - This complete program provides support for optimal fat burning, reduced cravings, increased energy and improved metabolism and leptin resistance. 
 
Women's Nutrients
 
Women’s Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations provides broad spectrum health support with highly bioavailable multivitamins, minerals and trace elements and is specifically designed for women over 40 years of age. 
 
 
Healthy Transformation Weight Loss Program (Without Soup)
Healthy Transformation Weight Loss Program by Metagenics provides a 12 week program for basic wellness and strategic weight loss support along with a 30 day supply of nutritional products.  Available with and without individual soup packets. 
 
 
Al's Formula (Basic Nutrients For Men Over 40) (VMM)
 
 
Al’s Formula (Basic Nutrients for Men over 40) by Thorne Research provides comprehensive vitamin and mineral support for mature men’s health and wellness. 

WEEK 3: 90-Day Healthy Weight Challenge

PSCteam2JenniferIconBy Jennifer Bement
Social Media Manager
 

As we mentioned in our last newsletter, much of our staff have taken up the challenge of working toward a healthy weight. Each participant was given the following supplements:  Nordic Naturals ProOmega Lemon EPA/DHA (fish oil), Douglas Laboratories Multi-Probiotic 15 billion, Enzymedica Digest Gold (a potent digestive enzyme,) and Metagenics PhytoMulti, a multivitamin and mineral formula. Additionally they were divided into three groups based on the weight loss supplement that was deemed best for them by our staff nurse Jacquie Eubanks.  Each received one of the following: Ortho Molecular CLA, which supports reducing body fat while increasing muscle tone; Douglas Laboratories Super HCA (garcinia cambogia extract), which aids in normal appetite regulation; or Integrative Therapeutics 7-KETO Lean, which helps burn fat, not muscle, and promotes weight loss.

As the challenge moves into its third week, the team continues to amaze withWalkers2 their hard work, leading to great results. For Week 3, the team collectively walked/ran 42.5 miles and did yard work, housework, barn chores, yoga, kick boxing, aerobics, water aerobics, Ta Chi, and stair work for an amazing 47 hours! Weigh-in at the end of Week 3 showed a loss of 69 pounds!

Nurse Jacquie has been guiding each team member through the process with weekly private meetings to assess their progress. “I am thrilled with the results we are getting” she exclaimed. “Not only are they starting to think about the food they are consuming, but this week really showed that they are willing to work for the results.”