Tag Archive | Healthy Lifestyle

Everything in Moderation Helps Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

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Fructose: what’s up with that?

I have to delve into this since the #1 complaint I see on the web about Isagenix is the “high sugar content” and the fact that the sugar is primarily fructose. Well, that’s worth looking into!

Natural fructose (in fruits and vegetables) in small amounts (under 40 grams) is a benefit due to it’s very low glycemic index, and the taste factor– much sweeter than glucose, so less is needed for flavor

High levels of fructose (over 50 gm) present a world of trouble including liver problems, increased fat stores, uric acid, VLDL and triglycerides. A typical western diet has way over 100 gm per day!! (Ex: a typical 12 oz can of soda has about 20gm fructose). 1 Isagenix shake has 11gm, so even at 2 shakes/day, it’s well within the beneficial range. This allows me room to include whole food sources of sugar each day https://www.isagenixhealth.net/isalean-shake-complete-ingredient-ingredient-breakdown/

Unless you’re following a low-carb program like the keto diet, sugars, including fructose, definitely don’t need to eliminated, just limited!! It amazes me how much sugar is hidden in “not sweet” food– and many have labels touting “no high fructose corn syrup” and “healthy”. Sauces, soup, breakfast cereals, oatmeal cups, frozen dinners, vitamin water (really?), granola and trail mix… GIVE ME A BREAK!! Read the sugar content on the label, and usually 1/2 of that amount is fructose. REALLY REALLY rethink those convenience foods when shopping!! https://sugarscience.ucsf.edu/hidden-in-plain-sight/

30 Sugariest Foods in America

Time to learn a new language?

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Modern stress sets off our fight/flight system, only we aren’t struggling to stay alive in the wild, however, our hormone response is the same. And as soon as the perceived “danger” is over, we may get a massive signal to scarf down fats and sugars, since this would help us survive in the past.

By understanding why our body tells us to eat fattening foods, we have an edge to respond sensibly, even learn to shut it off

Will your body outlast your brain?

This is clearly a subject for us folks with an extra ring of birthday candles on the cake…. but the earlier we start taking brain health seriously, the better we’ll age for years to come.

Research is demonstrating the possibility our brain cells can last twice as long as our bodies, which makes the issue of brain decline that much more tragic.   But how much control do we have to improve or sustain our brain health?  Apparently, quite a bit!

First, optimizing our physical health provides the best environment for the brain to thrive.  As for specifically helping the brain stay sharp– keep trying or learning new things (hobbies, skills, crafts, social groups), eat brain healthy foods, and BE ACTIVE!!

Surprise finding:  just doing puzzles or reading has little effect on long-term mental sharpness– it’s necessary to do NEW things to stimulate neurons.

https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/science/bioscience/tips-for-keeping-your-brain-younger-longer/

Reducing Agricultural Pesticides Has No Adverse Effects on Profits

A new study finds that farms could significantly reduce their use of pesticides without any adverse effects on production or profits.

Source: Reducing Agricultural Pesticides Has No Adverse Effects on Profits

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And who is worried that decreasing the use of pesticides will hurt their profits?  Big chemical companies (Dow), of course!  They’re not as concerned about the environmental pollution to the soil, or the food, or the farmers who work so closely with all the pesticides.  bones-1294357_640

Source: Organic Authority

Anyone bothered by the fact that Europe has much stricter standards regarding pesticide use than the US?  In fact, we’re the #2 top pesticide consuming country in the world.  It does affect our health, and the health of our children.  What’s more, the EPA just took a step backwards regarding Chlorpyrifos.

Source: Pesticide Action Network

We need to pay close attention to what’s going on, and not blindly trust our regulatory administrations to keep us safe.

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Yoga Helps Preserve Muscle Mass in Older Women – ScienceBlog.com

A new study by the University of Connecticut finds that practicing yoga may improve protein utilization among older women, and lead to the maintenance of muscle at a time in life when muscle loss is common. The … Read more

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What in the World is Undenatured Whey Protein (What are the Benefits)?

UnDeNatured way…. wait, WHAT?!  That’s a mouthful!  Why should I even care??

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Recent Surveys Focusing On Men And Children Prove Body Image Is Far More Than Just A Women’s Issue – GirlTalkHQ

Recent Surveys Focusing On Men And Children Prove Body Image Is Far More Than Just A Women’s Issue. There are high rates of dissatisfaction among men also

Source: Recent Surveys Focusing On Men And Children Prove Body Image Is Far More Than Just A Women’s Issue – GirlTalkHQ