Most people reach for sun screen to protect their skin from the damaging effects of the sun and melanoma; however, as you will learn in the following video from Certified Nutritional Consultant, melanoma survivor and frequent NBC Charlotte Today contributor, Brooke Thomas, we can and should protect our skin from the inside out with the help of certain foods and nutritional supplements. Summer may be winding down along with long days in the sun, but now is an ideal time to "feed" your skin with "edible sunscreen" so that it is in optimum condition for the next summer!
From JFS . . . Although I don't completely agree with Dr. Chaney's viewpoint that losing weight is difficult -- especially with a program like Shaklee 180 -- I do know that it can be challenging and totally agree with him that diet pills are down right dangerous and should be avoided! From Dr. Chaney . . . Everyone is looking for an easy way to lose weight. Let's face it. Losing weight is difficult. You have to give up your favorite foods. You're often hungry and cranky. You have to change your lifestyle. And did I mention that you might need to put on your running shoes and go for a run or, heaven forbid, actually go to the gym.
A major consequence of our Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) is the obesity epidemic; and "sadly" Americans are in poorer health and living shorter lives than people in many other countries. Fast foods, soft drinks and even many products that are marketed as "healthy" contain the wrong fats, too much sugar and all sorts of artificial ingredients. Not only does high-fat, high-carbohydrate food deliver a lot of calories, but regular consumption results in chronic inflammation putting us at risk for heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, certain cancers and Alzheimer's disease. The obesity epidemic is not confined to the United States -- it has gone global -- and is now a "globesity" epidemic. There are now actually more obese people on the planet than there are undernourished!
Most Americans are needlessly suffering from a shortage of vitamin D which is vital for overall well-being. Studies show that Vitamin D helps support healthy heart function, promotes immune health, facilitates healthy cell development and aids in calcium absorption for strong bones and teeth. A deficiency can cause daily aches, pains, and fatigue, worsens serious illnesses, and diminishes the quality of life.
When I was a young man I read an article called "The Seventh Generation" in Organic Gardening magazine. That article was based on the old Indian admonition to consider the effects of everything we do on the seventh generation of our descendents.
Recently, I've heard several stories of people who are dealing with anxiety, panic disorder, depression and other similar challenges either personally or in someone they care about. These conditions can cause very real physical symptoms that often lead to drug treatment which may provide symptom relief without addressing the cause. To make matters worse, the drugs often cause significant side effects that require more drugs! A low glycemic healthy diet, wise supplementation that includes B complex, probiotics, omega 3s, and certain herbs as well as exercise, stress reduction, relaxation techniques* and the avoidance of toxins can help restore balance to the mind and the body and the individual improves significantly with side benefits rather than side effects!
When my daughter Jen and I attended the 2013 Shaklee Global Conference last week in Nashville, we heard story after story -- inspirational testimonies -- of "The Shaklee Effect." Stories of how people have improved their overall health and energy, lost weight, been able to get off meds, and improve their family's financial situation. Many of the stories centered around Shaklee 180 -- a program that includes an ongoing "Healthy Competition" where participants earn prizes and top winners get "rock-star" treatment! It was so much fun to meet some of this year's winners and share their success. I'll be sharing more stories soon, but in the meantime, enjoy the video below and think of who you know who could use an extra incentive to get healthier. The grand prize for this year's competition is an all expense paid trip to Paris complete with tours, shopping spree, makeover and photo shoot!
Don't miss my blog post about the Shaklee 180 New Flavors. Seriously, reshaping your shape never tasted so good!
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From JFS: . . . I first became aware of the benefits of magnesium several years ago when I was dealing with elevated blood pressure and my physician suggested increasing my magnesium intake along with utilization of "The Relaxation Response"*. As you will read below, helping to maintain normal blood pressure, blood sugar and a steady heart beat are just a few of magnesium's many benefits.
Unfortunately, many people believe that all vitamins are created equal and they settle for a familiar brand they can pick up at the drugstore, grocery store or buyer's club. The truth is, they may be doing themselves a serious disservice. A University of California Berkeley study published in Nutrition Journal in 2007 compared long-term supplement users and the results were very enlightening.
Can Diet Help Diabetics Keep Producing Insulin? I just came across a very interesting study with potentially far-reaching implications (Mayer-Davis et al, Diabetes Care, 36: 1842-1850, 2013). This study asked whether there were dietary changes that could help preserve the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin in type I diabetic patients.