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No Excuses

ExcusesExcusesJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

For far too many of us, the most challenging part of our daily schedule is prioritizing the time, as well as finding the energy and motivation to exercise. While we may convince ourselves that we are just too tired or too busy to workout, are we really just procrastinating? If you adhere to the philosophy that if it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would actually be accomplished, it may be time to re-evaluate your time management skills. If you often wonder why busy people seem to get so much done and still manage to find time for physical activity, a faulty sense of time may be to blame. It’s true that many with free time on their hands, often accomplish less than those who are busier but use their time well. When the idea of going to the gym or outside for a brisk walk seems overwhelming, excuses often follow. Breaking physical activity down into smaller segments of time may be one way to gradually increase the level of activity, as well as build energy and stamina.

Failure to exercise can also be attributed to low energy, physical or mental fatigue and poor self-image. While low energy levels can have various causes, such as medications, thyroid dysfunction, medical issues, depression, vitamin deficiencies, poor sleep quality, and unhealthy lifestyle habits, it can also be the result of a sedentary existence. A consult with a healthcare practitioner can determine if a medical condition is responsible for persistent tiredness. Those  deemed healthy overall, but not physically fit, can help boost energy levels, improve mood and elevate self-esteem by making physical activity a part their daily routine. Enhancing the diet with nutrient dense energizing antioxidant fruits and vegetables, sufficiently hydrating and prioritizing sleep are good ways to support a quest for improved health and fitness.

Barring a medical diagnosis, unusual time constraints or unforeseen circumstances, procrastination may be all that’s preventing exercise from becoming part of a healthy lifestyle. When making the commitment seems daunting, place the focus on the health benefits of small amounts of daily exercise, rather than the intimidation of unrealistic lofty goals. Adjust your mindset and concentrate on the now to get past mental roadblocks preventing you from taking those first small but significant steps toward improved energy, mood and self-esteem. There are many different ways to be active, and you have the freedom to choose any activities that you enjoy. Whether your eventual goal is to run a 10K, lose weight or reduce chronic disease risk, set yourself up for success and address complacency by scheduling specific times for exercise that work with your regular daily schedule.

Motivation doesn’t happen on its own; it has to be created by you. Don’t set yourself up for failure by scheduling an early morning workout if you’re more likely to hit the snooze button than make it to the gym. If you often work late or have a tight schedule of family commitments in the late afternoons, perhaps a regularly scheduled twenty minute walk with a coworker or friend during the lunch period would work best for you, as well as hold you accountable. Accepting exercise as a necessary part of health maintenance, acknowledging your own responsibility, and realizing that all exercise has value provides strong motivation for a positive and rewarding approach to physical fitness and overall wellness.

Exercise promotes restful sleep, improves circulation, strengthens muscles, provides more oxygen to cells and organs, supports increased energy production, relieves stress and releases hormones that support positive mood. Simply by banishing excuses and making some smart health supporting choices each day, many achieve a higher lever of  satisfaction and happiness, as well as improved vitality and overall quality of life.

Supplements such as CoQ10, ashwagandha, cordyceps and ginseng may help to reduce stress, as well as support cellular energy production and healthy mood. CoQ10, or its reduced form ubiquinol, is central to energy production, especially for seniors as we produce less of this vital substance as we age. Ashwagandha, an adaptogenic herb, aids a normal stress response and supports restful sleep. Cordyceps appears to facilitate oxygen intake, helping to increase endurance. Ginseng helps to boost energy production and supports healthy mood.

Professional Supplement Center offers many high quality products in support of overall health and vitality:

CoQ10 100 mgCoQ10 100 mg by Integrative Therapeutics®: This easy to swallow softgel provides 100 mg of CoQ10 as ubiquinone per serving in support of decreased fatigue and energy production. Free of gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast, preservatives and artificial coloring and flavoring.

Ayur-Ashwaganda 300...Ayur-Ashwagandha 300 mg by Douglas Laboratories®: Utilized as a general tonic in Traditional medicine, Ashwagandha is believed to support energy production, as well as mental and physical performance. By supporting a healthy adrenal response, it provides calming support during stressful times. Free of wheat gluten, soy, dairy, yeast and artificial coloring, flavoring and preservatives.

Super CordycepsSuper Cordyceps by Mushroom Wisdom: This medicinal mushroom mycelium extract is known to support stamina and endurance. It contains a wide variety of active bio-metabolites with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immunomodulating, anti-viral, neuroprotective, anti-fatigue and many other health benefitting properties. Free of gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

Ginseng PlusGinseng Plus by Pure Planet: This minimally processed White American ginseng extract supports a balanced stress response and promotes increased energy, stamina and endurance without jittery side effects. Contains only American ginseng and California grown spirulina. Non-GMO, vegan formulation.

References:
11 Ways to Fight Fatigue. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/quiet-your-mind-and-get-sleep/201501/11-ways-fight-fatigue
Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Skip Your Workout. https://www.verywellfit.com/skipping-workout-questions-1231407
11 Ways to Overcome Procrastination. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/better-perfect/201703/11-ways-overcome-procrastination
Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Skip Your Workout. https://www.verywellfit.com/skipping-workout-questions-1231407
6 science-based secrets to staying motivated at the gym. https://www.nbcnews.com/better/pop-culture/how-motivate-yourself-get-out-bed-work-out-today-ncna743006
Why Aren’t You Motivated to Exercise? https://www.verywellfit.com/why-arent-you-motivated-to-exercise-1231389

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Health Benefits

CoQ10Jacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Found in virtually all cell membranes, CoQ10 (ubiquinone) is a powerful antioxidant and a vital participant in oxygen utilization and cellular energy production. Synthesized by the body and naturally found in organ meats, cold water fish, whole grains and some vegetables, the highest concentrations of CoQ10 are found in the body’s high energy organs, including the heart, kidneys, pancreas, liver, and the adrenals. CoQ10 acts as a cofactor in the mitochondrial synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP transports chemical energy within the cells for metabolism and is therefore essential for the health of virtually all tissues and organs. In its significant antioxidant role, CoQ10 helps to reduce and prevent the generation of free radicals, and modifications to proteins, lipids and DNA.

In addition to its energy production and antioxidant functions, CoQ10 helps to strengthen the immune system and boost physical performance, as tissues and cells are highly energy- dependent and require a steady supply of CoQ10 for optimal function. In the body, CoQ10 exists either in its oxidized form, ubiquinone, or in its reduced form, ubiquinol, and has very unique ability to cycle back and forth between the two forms. CoQ10 aids homeostasis by either donating or accepting an electron in the chain of reactions that lead to energy production. When oxidized ubiquinone accepts an electron from another molecule, it becomes ubiquinol. When ubiquinol donates an electron it becomes oxidized ubiquinone, continuing the cycle.

The conversion of ubiquinone to ubiquinol is a process that naturally occurs in young, healthy bodies. However, the body’s ability to convert ubiquinone to the more bioavailable antioxidant form of ubiquinol is compromised by aging, certain medications and some chronic disease states. The ability to create CoQ10 begins to decline around 30 years of age. Statin drugs that lower cholesterol are known to impair production of CoQ10 as well, often resulting in side effects such as muscle pain, fatigue and memory loss. Statin drugs may also impair conversion of vitamin K1 to vitamin K2, which is critical for heart heath and other functions.

Clear and growing clinical research has found that supplementing with the bioavailable ubiquinol form of CoQ10 may offer the following benefits:

-Cardiovascular health support. CoQ10 helps to maintain optimal heart muscle function, and supports circulatory and vessel wall health. Deficiency of CoQ10 is associated with cardiovascular issues, including arrhythmia, heart failure and high blood pressure.

-Support for natural cellular energy production. CoQ10 sparks energy production in every cell, including cells of the heart, the body’s largest energy consumer. Lack of energy that many believe is a normal part of aging may actually result from low levels of CoQ10. Adding this supplement to one’s daily routine may result in higher energy levels over time, as the amount of ubiquinol accumulates and is maintained in plasma, organs and tissues.

-Overall health support. By aiding energy production and protecting organ cells from oxidative stress and free radical damage, CoQ10 supports the overall health of all bodily cells, organs, and tissues.

 -Reduced oxidative stress. Oxygen is an essential element that nourishes cells, and creates energy via cellular respiration and metabolism; processes which result free radical formation. Although beneficial in small amounts, an abundance of free radicals, when not neutralized by antioxidants, can damage DNA, and contribute to diseases and premature aging.

-Restored levels of CoQ10 depleted by medications. It has been shown that statin use leads to a decrease not only in cholesterol but also in ubiquinone. The decrease in blood levels of CoQ10 may result in impaired antioxidant protection and therefore lead to oxidative stress. Those with a family history of heart problems, those taking statin medications, or those at increased risk for cardiovascular disease should consider speaking with a healthcare provider regarding ubiquinol supplementation.

Professional Supplement Center carries many high quality supplements in support of cellular energy production and overall health:

CoQ10 100 mgCoQ10 100 mg by Integrative Therapeutics: This highly rated CoQ10 supplement supplies support for overall wellness, energy production and cardiovascular health. Gluten, wheat, dairy and artificial ingredient free formulation.

 

Coenzyme Q10 100 mg ...Coenzyme Q10 by Douglas Laboratories®: One softgel provides 100 mg of CoQ10 as ubiquinone in support of cellular energy production and antioxidant protection. The formula includes 100 IU of vitamin E as d-alpha tocopherol for enhanced absorption. Soy free.

 

Ubiquinol-QH 100 mgUbiquinol-QH 100 mg by Pure Encapsulations®: This product supplies Kaneka QH™ CoQ10 in its active, readily-absorbable antioxidant form in support of cellular energy production, antioxidant protection, cardiovascular health and physical activity. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Liposomal COQ10Liposomal CoQ10 by Empirical Labs: One serving provides 200 mg of CoQ10 as ubiquinone in highly absorbable liposomal form for enhanced delivery. Non-GMO formulation.

 

References:
Coenzyme Q10: The essential nutrient.   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3178961/
Coenzyme Q10. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/coenzyme-Q10
Coenzyme Q10. http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/coenzyme-q10
Statins lower plasma and lymphocyte ubiquinol/ubiquinone without affecting other antioxidants and PUFA. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14695926

Exercise as Preventive Medicine

ExerciseMedicineJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

An abundance of scientific evidence shows that exercise provides both short and long term physical and mental health benefits. Yet, even though we know physical activity can actually make us feel better almost immediately, it’s still hard for many of us to find the time and the motivation to exercise regularly. When we realize that we are in control of our lifestyle choices and that those choices can either positively or negatively influence our health, we may begin to see the benefits of “self-medicating” with exercise. No matter what activity we choose, as soon as movement begins, the body responds within seconds by increasing the heart rate, burning calories for fuel and delivering blood and oxygen to the muscles. And, as if by magic, we get an immediate boost in mood.

Well, not magic exactly, but exercise is a very essential part of good body function and a very good way to combat stress. Why? Because exercise helps to deplete stress hormones and releases mood enhancing chemicals known as endorphins and neurotransmitters. When you feel you are just too tired to exercise, you may very well be experiencing the negative effects of stress. Chronic stress that results in higher levels of continually circulating cortisol has been shown to be highly deleterious to adrenal, thyroid, immune and cognitive functions and has been linked to sleep disruption, elevated blood pressure and blood sugar imbalances. Endorphins help to combat these negative effects by increasing energy, relieving pain, enhancing the immune response and elevating our mood.

Tailoring your exercise needs to your stress level can help to ensure both short and long term physiological benefits. Even a single high intensity exercise session will stimulate the release of natural pain-relieving endorphins that help to minimize discomfort by activating opioid receptors in the brain. For many of us, 30 minutes of daily exercise will help reduce our stress load. Those who are chronically stressed may find they need to work out harder or longer to receive comparable benefits. And those neurotransmitters? Increased production of serotonin and norepinephrine during exercise are believed to help reduce stress, depression and anxiety.

According to sports and exercise psychologist J. Kip Matthews. Ph.D., “Exercise gives the body a chance to streamline the systems involved in the stress response.” In other words, “it gives the body an opportunity to practice dealing with stress,” and in turn, the stress response improves. “The less active we become, the more challenged we are in dealing with stress,” says Matthews. And, if you have ever wondered why some people commit to exercise and can’t wait to get to gym, yoga studio or tennis court, or go out for a walk or a run, it’s because they want to experience that “feel good” state that regular daily exercise produces. Studies have shown that if you can stick to an exercise routine for at least 2 weeks, you are likely to stay the course.

Along with good nutrition, regular exercise is one of the best and simplest ways to avoid medication-dependent chronic illness. By exercising regularly, you help stave off many of the unhealthy conditions attributed to the aging process. While stress management is a very good reason to get and stay active, there many other reasons to keep your body moving:

  • Cardio exercise strengthens the lungs and heart, delivering more oxygen-rich blood to the muscles, tissues and other organs
  • Exercise provides an immune boost by elevating the level of immunoglobulins that help ward off infection
  • As your body becomes leaner and stronger your endurance increases, along with your energy and overall fitness levels
  • You preserve muscle mass and reduce overall body fat, including dangerous deep belly visceral fat, helping to control weight and prevent obesity, fatty liver and metabolic syndrome
  • As your heart begins to pump more efficiently and your resting heart rate declines, you improve heart health and lower blood pressure, lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke
  • The increased flow of blood and oxygen to the brain helps to form new brain cells, resulting in better cognitive function and improved alertness and focus
  • You improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood sugar levels and reduce diabetes risk
  • Exercising your body keeps your arteries, heart and muscles supple, improving cardiovascular function
  • You strengthen your bones, improve your bone health and help prevent bone loss
  • Exercise delivers nutrients to the skin, helps clean pores and revs up collagen production, leaving you with a younger looking, more radiant complexion
  • You get better quality restorative sleep, giving your body a chance to repair and restore

Professional Supplement Center offers these and many other high quality supplements for stress relief and exercise support:

PGX DailyPGX® Daily by Bioclinic Naturals – This all natural blend of highly viscous fibers contributes to a healthy glucose metabolism by lowering the glycemic index of your meal, normalizing blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity. The formula includes 1,200 mg of medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) which help to increase metabolism and may help to improve blood glucose related disorders such as diabetes. Gluten and dairy free.

 

CLACLA by Ortho Molecular – Along with a healthy diet and exercise, Conjugated Linoleic Acid supports reducing body fat while increasing muscle tone. The natural action of CLA speeds up fat metabolism and helps the body metabolize existing fat deposits when combined with moderate exercise. Gluten, yeast and soy free.

 

CoQ10 100 mgCoQ10 100 mg by Integrative Therapeutics – CoQ10 supplies support for energy production, cardiovascular health, cognitive function, overall wellness and healthy aging. For those taking statin medications, this supplement can help to ward off CoQ10 deficiency. Gluten, dairy and yeast free.

 

Corvalen Ribose Chewable Tablets (201245-)Corvalen Ribose Chewable by Douglas Labs – These natural D-ribose chewables are clinically proven to help restore energy, support cardiovascular and metabolic functions and reduce muscle stiffness, soreness and fatigue. D-ribose, a natural pentose sugar, is especially helpful for sports and fitness activities, as it helps to reduce the loss of energy during high intensity exercise and accelerates energy and tissue recovery. Gluten, soy, dairy and yeast free.

References:
Cortisol and Adrenal Function. https://www.adrenalfatigue.org/cortisol-adrenal-function
Exercise. http://www.stress.org.uk/exercise.aspx
Why endorphins (and exercise) make you happy. http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/13/health/endorphins-exercise-cause-happiness/
Power Surge: The Hidden Benefits of Exercise. http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/tips/power-surge-the-hidden-benefits-of-exercise/
More energy, less stress. http://www.stress.org.uk/Stress-and-Energy.aspx
Endorphins and exercise. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6091217
For Depression, Prescribing Exercise Before Medication. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/for-depression-prescribing-exercise-before-medication/284587/