Getting to and maintaining a healthy weight is really quite simple -- and most of us know what we need to do -- it's just not always easy! Below, Shaklee's Dr. Bruce Daggy shares successful weight loss and maintenance principals from the National Weight Control Registry as well as an invitation to join the NWCR.
In yesterday's post, I shared an article about the importance of "Choosing Quality Fish Oil" to prevent DHA and EPA nutritional deficiencies. Most of us -- including children -- just aren't getting enough fish oils from diet alone. In addition to being important for a healthy heart and cardiovascular system and for healthy triglyceride levels, omega-3s are vitally important for brain development. You may have heard about studies that show how omega-3s might help with ADHD symptoms, reading and overall learning in children. (See my post, "Can Fish Oils Help Children Read Better?") In the issue of “Health Tips From the Professor” that appears below Dr. Steve Chaney comments on recent studies, and answers questions about which children are most likely to benefit from fish oil supplements.
Originally Posted by Dr. Bruce Daggy on May 20, 2014 in Shaklee Health Wise
One of the more common nutrient deficiencies in most people’s diet is the lack of EPA and DHA found in fish oil.
Following dietary suggestions to consume 2-3 servings of fish a week – especially cold water, oily fish — is good advice to ensure adequate EPA/DHA, but most consumers do not eat fish that frequently. Many consumers are concerned about the risk of contaminants in many common fish. In fact, many consumers question whether the health benefits of eating fish outweigh those of eating fish that could contain mercury, lead, or other toxins.
Although my three daughters were never hyperactive, one of the very first things I learned from books by Lendon Smith, M.D. (Feed Your Kids Right*) and Leo Galland, M.D. (Superimmunity for Kids*) was the importance of removing artificial colors, flavorings and preservatives from their diet for overall health and immunity. I can still vividly remember my two older daughters who were about six and four at the time, playing with their dolls and talking to each other like two young mothers when the younger one commented, "My baby is sick." The older "little mother" politely asked, "What's wrong?" to which the younger "little mother" replied, "Too much artificial colors and preservatives." It was one of those "YES!" moments in my life when I knew I was having a positive influence on my daughters! I'm happy to report that all three of my daughters are grown and on their own now and they still make healthy food choices!
I was just about to start a blog post on a totally different subject, when this article from Shaklee colleagues and Burst Club coaches, Jenni and Nathan Oates came to my inbox. It's a terrific list of simple activities that can easily be incorporated into your day to help you get more fit and stay that way. It's a good feeling to read a list like this and be able to say, "I do that!" but it's always good to get new ideas too, so thank you Jenni! Since I'm on the phone a lot, you'll often find me doing #1. #5 has helped me be much more aware of my daily activity and I do my best to get in those 10,000 steps each day, even if it means walking back and forth in my little apartment before i go to sleep at night! A while back I started doing #7 -- and am doing it as I write this post. I highly doubt that I'll ever run even one marathon but to think that this one simple change is the equivalent to running 10 marathons in a year is AMAZING!
The free Women's Health Series with Dr. Sandra Bevacqua that I wrote about in my April 17th blog post has been excellent! If you missed this week's "Natural Solutions to Stress and Hormone Imbalance," you can listen to the recorded presentation until May 14th. Dr. Bevacqua offers valuable information for both men and women and I highly recommend it! (See upcoming presentations at bottom of this post.)
Click here for "Natural Solutions to Stress and Hormone Imbalance" audio and slides or call 425-440-5100, pin code: 213782# for audio only. (Presentation available until May 14, 2014.)
In "Natural Solutions to Stress and Hormone Imbalance", Dr. Bevacqua talks about the three different kinds of stress -- physical, chemical and mental -- and explains the connection between cholesterol, hormones, cortisol and stress. You might be surprised at what you will learn!
In addition, Dr. Bevacqua offers solutions that include lifestyle changes, food and specific nutritional supplement programs.
Click here for "Natural Solutions to Stress and Hormone Imbalance" presentation or call 425-440-5100, pin code: 213782# for audio only. (Presentation available until May 14, 2014.)
Click here to register for upcoming presentations in the Women's Health Series:
May 14 at 2 pm PST (5 pm EST) - Natural Solutions for Bone Health
May 21 at 2 pm PST (5 pm EST) – Creating a Healthy Baby from the Inside
For a wealth of information or to contact Dr. Bevacqua for a private consultation, visit http://www.wish4life.com.
Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis and more. Omega-3 fatty acids are also very important for brain health and behavioral function. (Click here for an overview and list of the many health challenges that benefit from consuming omega-3s.) In today's issue of “Health Tips From the Professor”, Dr. Steve Chaney talks about a recent study on the benefits of omega-3s for high blood pressure and lets you know how to apply the information to your life. (Be sure to see the suggestions at the end of this post for ultra-pure omega 3 fish oil supplements and learn about The Relaxation Response -- a simple, effective mind/body approach to relieve high blood pressure.
Since staring to food shop for myself and my children over 35 years ago, my first choice has always been organic. I believe in keeping things simple and for me opting for organic is the simplest way to make sure that I’m avoiding harmful pesticides and GMOs. 35 years ago, organic foods were not as plentiful as they are today. My daughters fondly remember shopping with me for organic foods at the "Grow-cery" a little store in West Philadelphia that was set up in the basement of a small row home! The Grow-cery is no longer there; but I will forever be grateful to the owners and incredibly kind and knowledgeable staff for giving me so much help and advice -- not to mention healthy treats to my children -- in my early days of healthy living!