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Good Nutrition for Good Health

goodnutritiongoodhealthJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The long-term effects of unhealthy eating now rank higher than smoking as a direct cause of poor overall health as we age. Poor nutrient intake results in a higher risk of developing multiple preventable chronic diseases, and unfortunately, premature death. An unhealthy diet largely consists of oversized portions, processed foods, sugary beverages and more calories than are needed to maintain a healthy weight, and lacks sufficient intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, fiber, and the critical nutrients needed for proper bodily function. When we regularly consume foods s that are full of added sugars, unhealthy fats and excess sodium, such as double cheeseburgers, extra-large fries and supersized soft drinks, are many of us thinking about what happens when the meal is over? Of course, some certainly are.

However, the majority may never give any thought to the added burden placed on the body to digest and process non-nutritive foods nor the increased risk of a shortened and poor quality lifespan that an unhealthy lifestyle can bring.  

Not a pleasant thought, but the reality is that without good nutrition, good health is not possible. According to the Center For Science In The Public Interest, an unhealthy diet combined with a sedentary lifestyle is the leading cause of disability and the loss of independence. Statistics show that only a small percentage of the general population follows a diet consistent with nutrient guidelines recommended by the USDA. Occasionally indulging in low-nutrient foods as a special treat may not be problematic. However, the evidence is clear that eating poorly most of the time can have deleterious health consequences that many may not associate with their diet.

In the short term, unhealthy eating habits may negatively affect:

  • Energy production, resulting in fatigue or sluggishness
  • Brain function, resulting in lowered cognitive abilities, poor memory and reduced concentration
  • Exercise capabilities, muscle strength and endurance, resulting in physical weakness and poor coordination
  • Digestion, resulting in heartburn, indigestion, bloating, and acid reflux
  • Neurotransmitter production, resulting in lowered mood and difficulty controlling emotions
  • Blood sugar and insulin levels, resulting in unstable blood glucose levels, insulin resistance and weight gain
  • Stress levels, resulting in food cravings, overeating, weight gain and poor sleep

Per the World Health Organization, over time a nutrient deficient diet and lack of physical activity contributes to major nutrition-related chronic diseases:

  • Cardiovascular disease – Cardiovascular disease is to a large extent attributed tounbalanced diets and physical inactivity.
  • Type 2 diabetes, eye and kidney diseases – Obesity and inactivity largely account for the escalating rates of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can lead to increased risk of stroke, as well heart, kidney and eye disease.
  • High blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels – These are all factors in the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome and increased risk of developing chronic diseases.
  • Osteoporosis – Adequate vitamin C and calcium, along with sensible sun exposure and physical activity is necessary to strengthen bones and muscles.
  • Obesity – The imbalance between low energy expenditure and high caloric intake are the main determinates in the obesity epidemic.
  • Osteoarthritis – The most important relationship between diet and arthritis is a healthy weight. A whole food nutritious diet has anti-inflammatory effects to help ease arthritis symptoms. Combining a healthy diet with regular exercise will assist weight loss, and take pressure off joints for pain reduction.
  • Cancers – Although tobacco use is still the number one cause of cancer, dietary factors contribute significantly. Maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol, and ensuring adequate whole food intake can reduce cancer risks.

Remember for many people chronic disease is not inevitable. The quality of food consumed in relation to physical activity are the key determinates of nutrition related chronic diseases. Making better food choices puts you in control of your health and quality of life. Physical activity to balance energy intake plays an equally essential role in determining health and longevity and is key to maintaining proper weight for optimal health. When you make healthy nutrition and physical activity a priority, weight loss and improved metabolic health should naturally follow. To foster strength, energy and health, eat nutritious foods and find time to be active every day.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements that support overall health and healthy aging:

PGX DailyPGX® Daily by Bioclinic Naturals – PGX® provides a highly viscous blend of purified soluble fibers that support healthy glucose and cholesterol levels already within the normal range. Its many diverse benefits include support of a healthy glucose metabolism, lowered glycemic index of meals, reduced appetite, improved regularity and more normalized blood sugar. PGX® Daily Granules also available for those who prefer to mix the fiber with a beverage of choice. Gluten, dairy and yeast free.

Cardiogenics®...Cardiogenics® Intensive Care by Metagenics – This comprehensive formula provides a blend of minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and botanicals in support of healthy coronary artery blood flow, heart muscle function and overall cardiovascular health. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Advanced...Advanced Inflammation Support by Complementary Prescriptions – This multi-modal botanical formula is designed to help combat inflammation triggered by sleep deprivation, poor diet, sedentary behavior and other unhealthy lifestyle factors.


Cal Apatite Bone...Cal Apatite Bone Builder® Forte by Metagenics – This premium formula provides bone health support with vitamin D3 and a full spectrum of macro and micro minerals that naturally comprise healthy bone. Research backed MCHC supplies naturally occurring minerals, bioactive bone growth factors, type 1 collagen protein and vital bone proteins for enhanced bone nourishment. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

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Why Good Nutrition is Important. https://cspinet.org/eating-healthy/why-good-nutrition-important
Disease Prevention. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/disease-prevention/
Short Term Effects of Bad Eating Habits. http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/how-stress-can-make-us-overeat
How stress can make us overeat. http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/how-stress-can-make-us-overeat
Long Term Effects of Bad Eating Habits. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/longterm-effects-bad-eating-habits-10555.html
The Importance of Good Nutrition. http://www.tuftsmedicarepreferred.org/healthy-living/expert-knowledge/importance-good-nutrition

Live Healthier – Longer

challenegelivinglongerJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The good news is that the average person’s lifespan is now almost a decade longer than it was 30 years ago. The bad news is that the overall state of health has not improved along with increased life expectancy. This means that for millions of Americans chronic pain and chronic diseases, which often result in disabilities, are impeding enjoyment of those final additional years. Topped only by ischemic heart disease, low back and neck pain now ranks number two on the list of “Disability Adjusted Life Years” (DALY’s), a study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington that was recently published in The Lancet. In addition to back and neck pain, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that nearly 15 million Americans live with severe joint pain.

The majority of joint pain is linked to arthritic conditions, while back and neck pain are linked to a high body mass index (BMI) and poor physical fitness. While life expectancy has increased since 1980, obesity has increased by 28% worldwide, leading one to conclude that efforts to stem the tide of obesity have been very unsuccessful thus far. Excess weight overstresses the back and joints, leading to pain and disability. According to CDC researcher, Kamil Barbour, the level of discomfort of joint pain “can limit a person’s ability to perform basic functions and seriously compromise their quality of life.” Arthritic conditions, which affect an estimated 52 million Americans, are expected to continue to increase as the population ages.

  • Almost 50% of adults who say they are disabled and unable to work cite severe joint pain as the cause of their disability.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight, or losing weight if needed, may be one of the most beneficial ways to reduce pressure on the joints. Carrying around additional weight puts unnecessary stress on the joints and bones.
  • The researchers cited low-impact physical activity, such as walking, biking or swimming, as a nonpharmacological and underused way of reducing pain.
  • Getting sufficient amounts of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D supports bone health and strength.
  • Following a Mediterranean style anti-inflammatory diet, that includes a high volume of nutritious plant foods, provides fiber and phytonutrients such antioxidants, lycopene, anthocyanins, and resveratrol, which discourage inflammation and support overall good health.
  • While OTC pain relievers and anti-inflammatories may help make pain bearable, they are not without side effects. The risk of side effects is greater for those with preexisting medical conditions such as heart or kidney disease. The risk factors for side effects are lower in those who generally take care of themselves by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and controlling their blood sugar and blood pressure.

The majority or up to 80% of adult men and women experience low back pain at some point during their lifetimes. Most low back pain is mechanical in nature, resulting from an accident, injury, sedentary lifestyle, and general degeneration of the spine associated with normal age-related wear and tear on joints, discs and bones. With self-care, acute or short term back pain normally lasts from a few days to a few weeks and often resolves with no residual loss of function. Chronic back pain that persists for 12 weeks or longer can be related to a number of medical conditions including but not limited to herniated or ruptured discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis and osteoporosis.

  • Back pain becomes more common with advancing age, as bone strength, muscle elasticity, and overall flexibility decrease.
  • A job that requires heavy lifting or twisting as well as an inactive desk job may contribute to back pain.
  • Back pain is often associated with weak abdominal and back muscles that may not properly support the spine.
  • Exercise can strengthen affected muscles and reduce pain and inflammation. Exercise is not recommended for acute back pain.
  • Once healthy again, exercise frequently to keep your abdominal and back muscles strong, which can help avoid future incidences of back pain.
  • Hot and cold packs can help to relive pain and inflammation. Heat reduces muscle spasms and cold can reduce swelling.

Genes, environment and behaviors all contribute to a person’s lifespan. As researchers continue to study the relationship between health span and lifespan and find ways to delay or prevent disease and disability, one thing is certain. Healthy living is the path to healthy aging. We can all work towards living healthier longer by following some basic principles:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat nutritiously
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get sufficient sleep
  • Reduce stress
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Don’t smoke
  • Get sufficient amounts of micronutrients by to discourage illness and encourage wellness

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements for overall health and healthy aging support:

Cal Apatite Bone...Cal Apatite Bone Builder® Forte by Metagenics – This formula provides full spectrum macro and micro minerals that naturally comprise healthy bone. Backed by more than 30 years of research, Cal Apatite Bone Builder Forte® supplies bone health support with vitamin D and premium quality MCHC. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.


MSM 920MSM 920™ by NuMedica – This high potency formula provides an organic source of sulfur, necessary for collagen production and support of structural and connective tissues, including muscles, tendons and ligaments. Gluten, soy and dairy free, vegetarian formulation.


Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid by Pure Encapsulations – Hyaluronic Acid supports joint comfort and function by promoting healthy synovial fluid, and supporting healthy joint lubrication and shock absorption. Found in all bodily tissues, HA hydrates the skin to provide support for a healthy appearance. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.


Joint Support...Joint Support Formula by Anabolic Laboratories – This high potency, broad spectrum, 3-part formula is indicated for joint pain, cartilage degeneration, inflammation and decreased mobility. Gluten free formulation.


Zyflamend Whole BodyZyflamend Whole Body by New Chapter –  This proprietary herbal blend is formulated to help balance and support the body’s natural healthy inflammation response after exercise. Gluten free, Non-GMO, vegetarian formulation.


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13 Natural Remedies for Arthritis. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20443624,00.html#exercise-11
Safe Strategies for Using Over-the-Counter Arthritis Drugs. http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20327304,00.html
How Back Pain Took Over the World. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/10/how-back-pain-took-over-the-world/503243/?utm_source=nl-atlantic-daily-100716
Low Back Pain Fact Sheet. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/backpain/detail_backpain.htm
Increasing number of Americans suffer from severe joint pain. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/more-americans-suffer-from-severe-joint-pain/



Supplements for Bone and Joint Health Support

Bone_SupplementsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN



Supplements that support bone health and keep joints flexible are not just for seniors. Younger people, who are looking towards prevention rather than treatment, are increasingly turning to supplements, as a way to maintain bone and joint health and decrease the risk of injuries or a future destined for arthritis or osteoporosis. As people are becoming more aware of the role that chronic inflammation plays in the development of chronic diseases, including bone and joint diseases, many are opting for a healthier lifestyle and increasingly better dietary habits. Although we may not think about it, bone is living tissue that contains biologically active cells. A healthy diet and high quality supplementation can provide the nutrients that support bone and joint health and function.

In a process known as bone remodeling, cells called osteoblasts constantly build bone tissue by laying down new bone mineral on the bone surface, while osteoclasts break down and reabsorb bone tissue. The delicate balance between these two cellular activities determines whether bone is made, maintained or lost. When bone mineral deposits are equal to the resorption of those minerals, bone strength is preserved. This intensive process keeps bones strong but light and flexible enough to absorb the stress of high impact movement without breaking. Hormones, such as estrogen and to a lesser extent testosterone, help to modulate bone remodeling, thereby performing a crucial role in bone growth, structure and healing.

Most people will reach their peak bone mass by age of 30 and by the time we reach the age of 40, we slowly begin to lose bone mass. For this reason, it’s important to build bone mass during our years of rapid growth. While the size and structure of our bones are predetermined by genetics, during childhood, adolescence and young adulthood we can influence the cells involved in bone physiology and increase our bone mass largely through healthy nutrition and regular exercise. It’s never too late or too early to support bone and joint health.

Maintaining a healthy weight helps reduce the stress on weight bearing joints, such as the knees, hips and back. Research shows that for every pound gained, the pressure on the knees increases four fold. Exercise can increase flexibility, help maintain a proper weight, strengthen bones and build stronger muscle, which can help support the joints and decrease the risk of falls and broken bones, especially in the elderly. An anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce overall inflammation and aid in providing nourishing vitamins and minerals that are so important to joint and bone health.

Calcium and vitamin D – While both calcium and vitamin D play multiple roles in bodily functions, research suggests that calcium and vitamin D work synergistically to support bone health. All but 1% of the calcium in our bodies is stored in the bones and teeth. When you don’t have sufficient calcium in your blood supply, the body will take what it needs from your bones. Vitamin D aids in the efficient absorption of calcium into the bones and aids in ensuring proper renewal and mineralization of bone tissue. Studies have shown that women with sufficient vitamin D levels are 30% less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than women that have low vitamin D levels.

Magnesium and vitamin K – Among its many functions, magnesium aids bone formation and helps to regulate bone homeostasis. Magnesium must be present for calcium absorption, and research has shown that magnesium positively influences bone mineral density in both men and women. More recent studies suggest that increasing magnesium intake from both food and supplements may strengthen bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. Vitamin K is necessary for the body to use calcium to build bone. Increasingly, consistent evidence reveals that vitamin K improves bone health and shows that those with higher levels of vitamin K have greater bone density. Vitamins D and K are believed to work synergistically on bone metabolism and bone density.

Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate – Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are substances found naturally in healthy cartilage. For those under age 30, glucosamine supplementation can help to stimulate the formation and repair of cartilage, while chondroitin can help to maintain the structural integrity of the tissue. For those suffering an injury or bone trauma, supplementation can aid in the building of new cartilage and help to maintain cartilage health.

MSM – A building block of healthy joints, MSM is an organic, bioavailable sulfur compound that helps to form connective tissue and may help relieve pain, swelling and stiffness and improve the strength and physical functioning of the joints. Sulfur is critical to maintaining good joint function and connective tissue health. MSM is believed to deliver sulfur in a very usable, bioavailable way. In the body, MSM functions as an anti-inflammatory, a natural pain reliever and a muscle relaxant.  

Anti-inflammatory compounds – Dietary components can affect inflammatory responses within the body, which is why an anti-inflammatory eating plan is highly recommended. Higher intakes of EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids are generally associated with decreased markers of inflammation. Certain spices and botanicals such as turmeric, ginger and boswellia may work as well as OTC medications to relieve joint pain and inflammation and reduce oxidative stress.

High quality supplements to aid in supporting bone and joint health include:

Cal Apatite Bone Builder Forte (Formerly Cal Apatite Forte)Cal Apatite Bone Builder® Forte by Metagenics – This product supplies a full spectrum of macro and micro minerals that naturally comprise healthy bone, including MCHC, which contains naturally occurring calcium, phosphorus, type 1 collagen protein and bioactive bone growth factors. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.


Bone Strength Take CareBone Strength Take Care™ by New Chapter® – This product promotes bone health by providing whole plant food nutrition, including a bioactive and highly bioavailable form of vitamin K2, whole food complexed vitamin D3 and sustainably sourced calcium and magnesium. Gluten free, 100% vegetarian formulation.


MSM powderMSM Powder or Capsules by Pure Encapsulations – This formula provides 34% elemental sulfur in a patented, naturally occurring, 99.7% pure organic compound in support of joint health and wellness. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.  


Theracurmin 600 mgTheracurmin® by Integrative Therapeutics – This unique and highly absorbable turmeric formula utilizes a patented dispersion technology to maximize the anti-inflammatory and other biological effects of curcumin.   Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.


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How MSM Works to Improve Joint Health. http://www.msmguide.com/
Vitamin D. http://www.iofbonehealth.org/osteoporosis-musculoskeletal-disorders/osteoporosis/prevention/vitamin-d
Magnesium. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/
Vitamin K and bone health. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11684396
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Chondroitin. https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/chondroitin