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Time to Protect Your Bones. What You Need to Know about Osteoporosis.

Dr. Jamie McManus MD, FAAFP

Chairman, Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education

Shaklee Health Sciences e-Bulletin May 2007

Mother's HealthMothers – they provide us strength, protect us and serve as a foundation in our lives. In fact, Mothers are a lot like our bones. Bones give us strength but are the foundation of our stature; they anchor our muscles in place and protect our vital organs. Our bones are a living organ, constantly being built up and broken down as are other organs in the body. Even though signs of bone breakdown don’t appear until our later years, maintaining the strength and integrity of our bones to prevent osteoporosis is a life long process—one that is never too early to begin.

osteoporosisImportant risk factors

Often referred to as the “silent disease”, osteoporosis is a debilitating disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break. Often there no warning
signs, no symptoms until a bone fracture occurs. In fact, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, each year in the U.S. this disease leads to 1.5 million fractures and osteoporosis affects more than 28 million Americans, 10 million who know they have the disease and another 18 million with low bone mass, placing them at increased risk. Although this disease can affect both men and women, it tends to be more common in women. This is because women generally have less bone mass than men, tend to live longer than men, tend to get less dietary calcium and need the hormone estrogen to keep their bones strong. But, men please be aware that 25% of all cases of osteoporosis are in men, although the risk factors are a bit different.

In addition to being female, there are other important risk factors to be aware of, like small, thin body stature; family history of osteoporosis; early menopause; having (or having a history of) an eating disorder; low calcium intake; lack of weight bearing exercise; smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Chronic usage of steroid hormones is another big risk factor, for both men and women. Osteoporosis in males tends to be associated with excessive alcohol usage and the resultant liver disease as well as other chronic intestinal disorders. So if any of these risk factors apply to you, you’re at risk for osteoporosis and building and maintaining strong bones should be an integral part of your lifelong health. Taking steps to keep your bones strong and healthy will also ensure your independence as you age. Some of the most important steps you can take now are to get plenty of calcium and other bone health nutrients, exercise regularly, don’t smoke and limit alcohol consumption.

Calcium and Other Bone Health Nutrients Calcium and Other Bone Health Nutrients

Most women know that getting an adequate amount of dietary calcium is important for reducing the risk of osteoporosis. However, many may not know that to maximize
bone health, adequate calcium intake needs to occur throughout life and the amount of calcium you need to stay healthy changes over the course of your lifetime. Your body’s need for calcium is greatest during childhood and adolescence when your skeleton is growing rapidly. Many women do not get the amount of calcium needed when they
are young and therefore don’t maximize their peak bone mass. Your need for calcium increases again during pregnancy and breastfeeding to ensure you’re meeting the needs of your growing infant without compromising your own calcium needs. Then due to hormonal changes that come along with menopause, calcium needs increase again. How much calcium do you need? Well during the adolescent years, young girls (and boys) should get 1300 mg a day. During your childbearing years 1000-1200 mg is recommended and after menopause women should ideally get 1200 -1500 mg a day. Men should consume 800 mg per day ages 18-50 and 1000 mg per day after age 50. To meet your calcium needs throughout life, start by improving your diet and choosing calcium rich foods every day. Low fat dairy products are always a good choice, but so are other foods like calcium fortified soy protein, almonds, broccoli, cooked kale, canned salmon with the bones and tofu. And if you find it hard to get enough calcium from your diet, calcium supplements are a must.

Look for a calcium supplement with a minimum of 1000 mg of elemental calcium from highly bioavailable sources like calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. And don’t forget that getting enough vitamin D is just as important as getting adequate amounts of calcium. Not only does vitamin D improve bone health by helping with calcium absorption but it may also improve muscle strength and protect against certain types of cancers. Although most people get vitamin D from sunlight exposure, this may not be a good source if you live in parts of the country that get less sunlight, you are housebound or you regularly use sunscreen to reduce the risk of skin cancer (which we all should do). Drinking milk and eating other dairy products fortified with vitamin D will help boost your intake, but taking a calcium supplement with added vitamin D is also a great way to optimize your vitamin D intake. The recommended dietary intake for vitamin D is 400 IU (International Units) a day, but both men and women over the age of 65 should get twice that much (800 IU a day) and some researchers recommended even higher intake levels for optimal health.

Other essential nutrients support bone health. For example, the essential mineral magnesium appears to enhance bone strength. Although magnesium is found in foods like dark leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nuts and even chocolate, food consumption surveys show that 80% of Americans don’t get enough magnesium from
their diets. The trace minerals zinc, copper, manganese and boron are also important because they assist with the development of optimal bone matrix or structure needed for proper bone strength. Eating a diet rich in plant foods – whole grains, beans, and nuts can boost your intake of these essential minerals and supplementing your diet with dietary supplements containing these trace minerals is a wise choice.

In addition, protein and calcium can work synergistically on bone, despite the long-held belief that eating animal protein increases the risk of osteoporosis. Increasing evidence suggests that a diet adequate in protein, either of plant or animal origin, protects against osteoporosis in men and women. And research on diets rich in soy isoflavones has shown long term bone-sparing effects but the magnitude of the effect is presently unclear. These estrogen-like plant compounds may help maintain bone density and offset bone loss that occurs during the menopausal years when estrogen levels drop. Further research is needed to clarify the conditions where soy isoflavones may be helpful in retaining bone mineral density or lowering fracture risk.

Be aware

Some nutrients consumed in high levels are not so good for your bones. Excessive amounts of vitamin A appear to trigger an increase in osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone, but note that this only occurs with pre formed vitamin A or retinol, and adverse effects in bone have not been linked to beta-carotene.

work out regularly for healthy bonesExercise Regularly

Like muscle, bone is living tissue and responds to exercise by getting stronger. Not only does exercise improve your bone health, it increases muscle strength, coordination and balance and leads to better overall health. If you exercise when you’re young it helps build bone mass (increases bone density and strength) which in turn can prevent bone loss as you age. The best exercise for bone health is the weight bearing kind. Activities that force you to work against gravity include lifting weights, walking, hiking, jogging, dancing and playing tennis. Although great for cardiovascular fitness, exercises like swimming and cycling are not weight bearing and, therefore not the best ways to
exercise your bones. Learning how to stretch properly, strengthen muscles safety and correct poor posture habits can also be helpful. Ideally, you should exercise for at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week. If you’re over age 40, have other health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or obesity always check with your doctor before beginning a regular exercise program. If you have osteoporosis, be sure to ask your doctor about which activities are safe for you.

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Don’t Smoke

Cigarette smoking was first identified as a risk factor for osteoporosis more than 20 years ago. Although not all studies indicate that smoking increases the risk of bone fractures we do know that the longer and the more cigarettes you smoke, the greater your risk of fracture in old age. Smokers who do have a bone fracture may take longer to heal than non smokers and are more likely to develop complications during the healing process. Significant bone loss has also been found in older women and men who smoke and at least one study suggests that exposure to second hand smoke during childhood and the early adult years may increase the risk of developing low bone mass. The good news? Quitting smoking may reduce the risk of low bone mass and fractures after several years of being smoke free.

Limit Alcohol Consumption

Chronic alcohol consumption (more than 2 drinks a day) has been linked to an increase in fractures of the hip, spine and wrist. That’s because drinking too much alcohol
interferes with the balance of calcium in the body. It also affects the production of hormones which protect bone and of vitamins which we need to absorb calcium. Excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to more falls increasing the risk of breaking a bone during those falls.

good to bonesBe Good To Your Bones

Although osteoporosis is a serious and debilitating disease, it’s never too early or too late to improve your bone health. If you are over age 60, or have more than 3 risk factors, you should ask your doctor about getting a bone density test. They’re safe, quick and painless. If you think your diet is falling short of bone health nutrients, try improving your food choices and choosing a dietary supplement with key bone support nutrients. Look for a supplement with 100% of the RDA for calcium, vitamin D
and magnesium plus other trace minerals like manganese, zinc, copper, and boron. Start a weight training program, go dancing, or engage in other weight bearing activities. And, if your lifestyle involves less healthy behaviors like excessive drinking or smoking, work on cutting back your alcohol intake and talk to your doctor about a smoking cessation program today!

Be well.

Dr. Jamie McManus MD, FAAFP

Chairman,
Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education

Shaklee Health Sciences e-Bulletin May 2007

 

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The Stresses of Motherhood (Health Letter – May 2012)

Spring Cleaning for Better Health, Energy and More!

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HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS. FACTS. HEALTH ISSUES. (Health Letter – April 2012)

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The Stresses of Motherhood (Health Letter – May 2012)

 

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Mothers are the world’s best jugglers: arranging family schedules from soccer to band practice to doctor’s appointments, planning meals, and dealing with money issues, childcare and work — they seem to do it all. There is a price to pay, however—the evidence is mounting that women today are experiencing more stress at every stage of their lives than ever before. With all that responsibility, many moms are left feeling tired and stressed out. That stress contributes to poor sleep habits which in turn can contribute to emotional issues, job issues and weight gain. According to a 2006 survey by the American Psychological Association, women are more affected by stress than men and report engaging in unhealthy behaviors such as comfort eating, poor diet choices, smoking, and inactivity to help deal with stress. The same survey showed women report feeling the effects of stress on their physical health more than men. So, in honor of Mother’s Day this month, it’s a good time for moms and their families to recognize the importance of addressing stress and learning to manage it in healthy ways.
stress response

 

The Stress Response

 

The stress response, often referred to as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, is an inborn part of your autonomic nervous system, and, as such is a rapid and automatic response to a physical (or emotional) threat. It provides you the energy, speed and concentration you need to protect yourself or to run as fast as possible. When you encounter such a threat, a tiny region of the brain (the hypothalamus) sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this alarm stimulates your adrenal glands to release the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and mobilizes energy nutrients (glucose, amino acids and fatty acids) from body stores to meet energy needs. Cortisol, your body’s primary stress response hormone, increases blood sugar, enhances the uptake of sugar into the brain and increases the availability of amino acids for repairing body tissues. Cortisol also works to inhibit body functions that are nonessential during times of acute stress, like the body’s immune response, digestive processes, reproductive system and growth processes.
Ordinarily, the stress response is self regulating and once the crisis has passed, hormone levels drop, heart rate and blood pressure normalize and other systems resume their regular activity. However, acute physical threats aren’t the only events that trigger the stress response. Chronic psychological threats, such as stress at work or home, conflicts with family and friends and major life changes (divorce, death in the family) can all activate the same alarm system. Even the typical demands of daily life such as driving in traffic and normal parenting demands can contribute to your body’s stress response. It is this chronic activation of the stress response that’s problematic and can be exceedingly detrimental to your health.

 

Stress and Your Health

 

stress and your health

 

Digestive Function
When you’re feeling stressed, it’s not uncommon to develop a stomach ache, diarrhea or constipation. That’s because when you’re under stress, blood flow to the digestive system is reduced, stress hormones slow the release of gastric acid and slow gastric emptying. These same hormones can also speed up the action of the intestines. In fact, stress appears to play a role in the development of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a cluster of symptoms, consisting of abdominal discomfort, bloating, constipation, and/or diarrhea. IBS is among the most common gastrointestinal disorders for which women seek medical attention. While the disease itself is not inherently different in women than in men, it is much more common among women by a ratio of 3 to 1.

 

Immune Response
The immune system is a complex balancing act between systems that respond to a physical or emotional threat as well as the more specialized components that deal with responding to infection or cellular damage. To deal with acute physical threats, like let’s say a puncture wound or cut, the immune system reacts quickly by creating inflammation around the wound. However, when you experience chronic stress the same acute immune responses may not be beneficial in the long run. In fact when you’re under chronic stress, some features of your immune system are actually suppressed, increasing your susceptibility to infections. Other features of the immune system are permitted to run unchecked, increasing the risk of autoimmune disorders, conditions where your own immune system attacks your body’s own cells. Autoimmune diseases (i.e. lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and thyroid diseases) occur more often in women, usually striking in the child-bearing years. For example, compared to men, two to three times as many women get multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis each year, and when it comes to lupus, women outnumber men 9 to 1.

 

Cardiovascular and Nervous System Effects
Chronic activation of stress hormones also raises your heart rate, increases your blood pressure and blood lipids (i.e. cholesterol, triglycerides), all of which can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Remember that heart disease is the number one killer of women. If your “fight and flight” response never turns off, the by-products of cortisol may contribute to feelings of depression or anxiety. Forget where you parked the car, or set your keys down? Chronic stress also affects the operation and structure of brains cells involved in memory functions.

 

Sleep Deprivation
Sleep is essential to good health but unfortunately, chronic stress and feelings of anxiety can often lead to sleep disturbances. This is especially true for moms with young infants and children, who already experience sleep challenges due to “middle of the night infant feedings” or disruptions in sleep due to young children waking in the middle of the night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more. In addition, more than 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities. Studies also suggest that women are also at greater risk for developing insomnia than men.

 

Obesity and Weight Gain
Another major down side chronic stress and sleep deprivation is the effect both of these can have on your weight. Cortisol levels appear to play a role in the accumulation of abdominal fat (central obesity) which gives some people that “apple” body shape. Carrying excessive weight around your middle appears to increase the risk of both heart disease and diabetes. Sleep deprivation may also have a direct effect on metabolic hormones that control hunger and satiety. In a 2004 study, researchers at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin found that subjects who consistently slept for 5 hours compared to those who slept for eight, had a 15% increase in ghrelin, a hormone produced in the stomach that triggers appetite, and a 15.5% decrease in leptin, another hormone produced by fat cells, which serves as a signal indicating insufficient energy stores and the need for consuming more calories. Lack of sleep also appears to increase the risk of weight gain. Data collected from the Nurses Health Study, revealed women who slept for five hours a night were 32% more likely to experience major weight gain (an increase of 33 lbs or more) and 15% more likely to become obese over the course of the 16-year study compared to women who slept seven hours. Scary!

 

Find Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

 

healthy ways to manage stress
While motherhood has its challenges, the rewards definitely make it well worth it—right, Moms? Think of those adorable Mother’s Day cards or the very special breakfast in bed served by your 8-year-old—who wouldn’t sign up for this? So, be the best mom you can be by finding healthy ways to deal with whatever stresses you have in your life.

 

What you can do:

 

1) Identify the stressors in your life. These may be marital problems, conflicts at work, family illnesses or just the day-to-day schedule you keep. Once you’ve identified what the primary causes of stress are for you, you can begin to figure out how to either change your stressors or learn to manage them better.

 

2) Schedule personal relaxation time. Although the demands of your “juggling act” place major obstacles to finding some “down time”, setting a side a few minutes a day just to breathe, collect and organize your thoughts, can work wonders. Start small. Schedule 10 minutes a day to simply do nothing but sit and breathe. Deep breathing can help bring your heart rate and breathing back to normal, so you can clear your mind. Once you’ve accomplished that on a regular basis, consider taking up yoga or meditation.
good_nutrition

 

3) Good nutrition through healthy food choices plays a crucial role in your ability to withstand times of extra stress. Carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals are all important for energy, mental concentration, and emotional stability. Along with the stress induced effects on digestion and your immune system, stress may increase your body’s need for certain nutrients so you may need an extra healthy diet to stay focused, alert, energetic and to ward off colds and flu. So choose a variety of foods and be sure to eat complex carbohydrates from whole grain breads and cereals, beans and legumes and fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein from fish, chicken, soy and nonfat or low-fat dairy and select heart-healthy omega-3 fats from fish, avocado, nuts, olives and seeds. Cut back on junk foods, sodas, alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages.

 

4) Get some extra sleep. Sleep deprivation not only contributes to weight gain and feelings of fatigue, it can also increase medical expenses, sick days and accidents. When you sleep well, you wake up feeling refreshed, alert and ready to face your daily challenges. To help you get a better night’s sleep try to maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule, even on the weekends; establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine; create a sleep conducive environment (dark, quiet and comfortable); and try not to eat a meal, drink alcohol and caffeinated beverages or exercise within a few hours of bedtime.
active life style

 

5) Although exercise right before bed time can disrupt sleep, an active lifestyle can actually help control stress and improve sleep patterns. Exercise can not only help reduce anxiety and increase productivity which can help you handle stress better, but also helps control your appetite and burn calories which can help you maintain a healthy weight. And let’s not forget about the cardiovascular benefits of exercise – it not only strengthens your heart, it can help lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol and triglycerides which in turn reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.

 

6) Supplement your diet.
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Shaklee Vitalizer - 80-bio-optimized nutrients

Fill in nutritional gaps with a well-balanced, high-quality multivitamin/mineral supplement. Look for one that provides at least 100% of the daily value for 21 essential nutrients including the B vitamins folic acid, B12 and B6 to help promote heart health, the antioxidant nutrients, vitamin C and E which support immune function and protect against free radical damage and key bone health nutrients like calcium, vitamin D and magnesium. Supplement the omega-3s in your diet with a top quality, pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement. For digestive health, take a probiotic supplement to help maintain healthy intestinal microflora and for additional stress relief, try botanical ingredients like Ltheanine from green tea and ashwaganda. L-theanine has been shown to facilitate the generation of alpha brain waves, which are associated with a relaxed yet alert mental state, and ashwaganda is an Ayurvedic herb traditionally used in India to enhance the body’s ability to adapt to stress. And lastly, if getting to sleep remains a challenge, occasionally try herbal ingredients like valerianwhich can help you maintain a calm state and promote restful sleep.

 

We all know that being a mom takes an extraordinary amount of patience, love and discipline. That’s what makes moms so special! But juggling family, finances and work commitments can really be stressful, so remember this Mother’s Day to keep things in perspective –prioritize wherever you can, delegate responsibilities, eat right, stay active and TAKE YOUR SUPPLEMENTS!

 

But, most of all, make time for what’s really important –

taking care of yourself, so you can be the best mom ever!

 

best mom ever

 

Spring Cleaning for Better Health, Energy and More!

healthier digestive system

by the Shaklee Health Sciences
e-Bulletin

April 2007

Spring, the season of freshness, renewal and cleaning out those closets, seems a fitting time to talk about how to help you optimize your own internal cleaning system—otherwise known as the digestive system. You may have heard the term “detoxification” and associate that with an improvement in your health as a result of better nutrition and the use of certain supplements. But, the reality is that we detoxify our bodies on a continuous basis via our breathing, our skin, our urinary system as well as our digestive system.

Every time you put food or drink into your system, you set in action a chain of events that leads to the breakdown of the food or drink into digestible components—amino acids, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals etc. What our body cannot absorb is passed on through our intestines to our colon and processed into waste. Our kidneys, lungs and colon process and excrete metabolites on a continuous and daily basis. The skin “breathes” out metabolites as well. Because the great majority of detoxification of our bodies occurs via our digestive system, we will focus on dietary and supplement strategies that can optimize your digestive function—and help you feel better every day! So, for a healthier digestive system:

#1 Drink Water!drink water eat veggies for healthy body cleansing

The most important recommendation for optimum detoxification via all “channels” is an adequate intake of fluids, in particular good old water. While dietitians, nutritionists and trainers make a standard recommendation that adults consume 8 glasses (64 fl. oz.) of water per day, there are widely varying individual needs determined by time spent outdoors, climate, activity level and genetic factors. Also note that fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, juices and other beverages all make significant contributions to your fluid intake. I recommend at least 3 to 4 glasses of plain or sparkling water per day separate from other fluid intake, more if you tend towards constipation.

#2 Eat your veggies

I will again remind you of the importance of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables—both for its phytonutrients and antioxidant content as well as for its delivery of soluble and insoluble fiber. People who eat the recommended 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day rarely have a problem with constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and other functional bowel disorders. Soluble fiber is critically important for bowel function, proper digestion as well as binding to the cholesterol your body produces in the liver, and then is secreted into the gut. Increasing intakes of soluble fiber helps prevent the reabsorption of the cholesterol into the bloodstream. People with elevated cholesterol levels may benefit greatly from increasing the amounts of soluble fiber in their diets. In fact, incorporating psyllium, inulin, and/or fructooligosaccharide -rich foods and supplements containing 4 to 5 grams per serving over a few months can lead to reduction in cholesterol levels and improvement in bowel function without pharmaceutical intervention.
While fruits and veggies are a rich source of soluble fiber, remember your whole grain foods for the insoluble fiber they deliver. Look for whole grain cereals and breads that provide at least 3-4 grams of fiber per serving—this will largely be insoluble fiber. Humans benefit most from both soluble and insoluble fiber. While we have accepted recommendations for total fiber intake, there is not general consensus as to the optimal breakdown between soluble and insoluble fiber. Aim for a total fiber intake of 25 grams per day for women and 35 grams per day for men *(Institute of Medicine guidelines 2004). The average American diet provides barely half the recommended intake per day, so the addition of fiber supplements is prudent for many—especially those who aren’t consistent with their intake of high fiber cereals, breads, and other grains.

supplement wisely#3 Supplement Wisely

When we eat, our bodies produce free radicals as a by-product of normal metabolic processes—again raising the importance of eating your fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants neutralize these free radicals so that they are not harmful to our cells. In addition to a healthy diet, the addition of a nice variety of antioxidants, from vitamin sources (such as Vitamins C and E) to mineral (selenium) and to herbal sources (lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, green tea, quercetin and many others) just makes good sense!

So, let’s talk about other healthy supplements for optimum digestive function and detoxification. Our bodies are host to vast amounts of microorganisms, which reside in the digestive tract. The balance of these beneficial and potentially harmful sub-types of bacterium affects the health of your colon both from a short term perspective (flatulence, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome) as well as contributing to the long-term health of your immune system, colon and urinary system.

There is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the importance of maintaining a healthy balance of microorganisms, as well as the benefit of probiotic supplementation—to support immune function as well as digestive health.

Probiotics refers to a class of “friendly bacteria” that are necessary to provide a balance with less friendly bacteria that are a part of normal metabolism. The use of antibiotics, poor dietary habits, and age are among many factors contributing to an unhealthy imbalance.

Constipation and Irritable bowel disorder are among the most common reasons people visit doctors and alternative health care practitioners. My patient experiences definitely confirm the importance of adequate fiber and water intake, but for many individuals, this may not be enough. There are some herbal and botanical ingredients with laxative effects, including senna leaf (Cassia angustifolia), cascara bark (Cascara Sagrada) Psyllium (Plantago ovato ), anise seed and others that may be helpful, but should generally be used on an intermittent basis.
One of my favorite supplements for digestive health is a juice made from the aloe vera plant.
Aloe vera (or true aloe) is a thorny succulent plant that has been around for thousands of years and has been used medicinally in cultures from ancient Egypt to the Incas to the Greek and Roman doctors Aristotle and Hippocrates. The most inner aspects of the thorny leaves yield a clear pulp that is rich in enzymes and polysaccharides that are used in soothing topical salves as well as digestive tonics. Aloe vera juice can be very helpful for people who have hyperacidity, esophageal reflux as well as irritable bowel tendencies. People who are taking prescription medications for digestive issues should not discontinue them without a discussion with your physician.

The liver is a key component of the body’s digestive (and detoxification) system, providing an elegant filtering system, performing thousands of biochemical functions. Liver function tests may provide early warning of a variety of toxins in your system, from microbial infections to excessive use of alcohol, to reactions to pharmaceuticals to obesity. Yes, being overweight can lead to fatty infiltration of your liver and ultimately chronic liver disease—called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, or fatty liver disease. So, keeping your liver functioning well includes judicious (if appropriate) use of alcohol and prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals (and checking intermittently with your physician to be sure you still need to use any and all medicines that you may take), and losing weight if necessary.

Schizandra for live

Schizandra

If you have any chronic liver conditions, you may want to consider the addition of milk thistle extract (silybum marianum) to your dietary supplement regimen. It has been used for over 2000 years in Europe to protect liver health and as a treatment for liver disorders. We now know that silymarin has a variety of therapeutic applications including toxic metabolic liver damage and may have restorative effects in chronic hepatitis. Schizandra (schizandra chinensis) is an adaptogenic herb from magnolia vine that also can have regenerative effects upon the liver in people who have chronic hepatitis and even cirrhosis. When using any herbal remedy that may improve liver function, be sure your physician is aware so he or she can be monitoring any need to adjust medications, which are largely metabolized in the liver.

So, the old adage comes to mind: “You are what you eat”. Remember to drink plenty of water, eat as many servings of fresh fruits and veggies as you can every day, with extra antioxidants in supplement form to provide you nutritional assurance. Add a broad spectrum probiotic supplement, as it is difficult to get these in the diet other than from organic yogurts that provide live cultures.

For best health, you want to be carrots and blueberries—not French fries and a cherry cola!

Be well.

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Dr. Jamie McManus MD,

FAAFP Chairman, Medical Affairs,

Health Sciences and Education

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Women’s Health Conference-” Live Well at any age!” (September 25th, 2011)

 
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-Wellness Challenges to women at every age
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How the Sun Affects Our Skin

Affect of Sun Bathing on Skin

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are the primary cause of accelerated aging, contributing to the discoloration, sagging and wrinkling that results from UV-induced damage to the surface of the skin as well as to the underlying collagen and elastin that give our skin firmness and structure.

We are exposed to UV radiation anytime we’re outdoors, even in winter or on cloudy days. Indoors, computers and fluorescent and halogen lights also add to our cumulative UV exposure. The amount of UV radiation reaching the earth is increasing each year as the ozone layer is depleted. Research shows that as UV radiation increases, so does the incidence of skin cancer, particularly life-threatening melanoma. And the combination of UV rays and environmental pollutants dramatically increases the total load of free radical attacks our bodies must cope with.

mountain and sun bathing affect on skin

Factors that Increase Risks of UV Exposure

Genetics. All types of skin cancer are much more common among individuals with lightly pigmented skin. Blondes and redheads are particularly vulnerable. And melanoma rates are 20 times higher in whites than in African Americans.

Time of Day. At noon, when the sun is overhead, UV radiation levels are 10 times greater than at either three hours before (9 A.M.) or three hours after (3 P.M.). An untanned person with fair skin can receive a mild sunburn in as little as 25 minutes at noon; at 3 P.M. the same person would have to stay in the sun for 2 hours to get the same level of exposure.

Geography. The sun’s rays get stronger as you get closer to the equator. Altitude is also a factor: exposure to UV radiation can increase by as much as 4% every 1,000 feet above sea level, putting mountain climbers, hikers, and skiers at higher risk.

Chronic Exposure. Most UV exposure occurs during everyday activities such as driving or walking to and from your car while running errands. Skin cancer occurs most often on the areas of the body most frequently exposed: the top of the head (particularly for those who are bald or have thinning hair), the nose, the tops of the ears, and the left arm and left side of the face among Americans who drive a lot (this risk factor shifts to the right side of the body in countries where you drive on the left side of the road). Some researchers theorize that the risk of getting age spots on the backs of your hands may correlate to the amount of time you spend driving with both hands on top of the steering wheel. Another important note: even someone sitting in the shade may still be exposed to one-quarter or more of the total UV radiation present. And up to 80% of the sun’s rays penetrate even dense cloud cover.

Apply UVA/UVB protection every day, indoors and out. Statistics prove that most UV exposure occurs when we’re not even thinking about it. Be sure to cover ALL areas of your body that will be exposed to the sun: remember the top of ears and forehead, bald spot, tops of feet when wearing sandals, and the back of neck and hands. The recommended daily precaution is SPF 15; use a higher SPF if you’ll be outdoors for two hours or longer.

Boost your skin’s natural defenses against environmental pollutants. Researchers agree that the same nutrients which protect your health also play a vital role in the vitality and appearance of your skin. Clinical studies show that Shaklee Vital Repair+™, the patented complex (U.S. Patent No. 6,036,946) integral to the Enfuselle skin care line, actually breaks each link in the chain of free radical damage on the surface of your skin.

How Do SPF 15 for Body and SPF 30 for Body Work?

Dermatologists know that an effective sunscreen must provide a high level of protection against ultraviolet radiation without irritating the skin. Enfuselle achieves that goal with two waterproof products to meet all your sun care needs. Quickly absorbed to lock in moisture without leaving a sticky finish. Ideal for sensitive skin.

Patented SPF formula (U.S. Patent No. 6,015,548) with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection shields skin from sun’s harmful rays to help prevent skin damage.

Patented Vital Repair+™ (U.S. Patent No. 6,036,946) breaks each link in the chain of free radical damage to defend against accelerated aging.

 By combining UVA and UVB sunscreen agents with the patented antioxidant protection of Vital Repair+™, Enfuselle SPF 15 for Body and SPF 30 for Body provide unique, patented, non-irritating and extremely effective sun protection while using the lowest levels of chemical sunscreens possible.

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Clinical Proof

Extensive independent clinical testing has demonstrated:

• UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection helps inhibit the UV-induced accelerated loss of collagen and elastin.

• Provides both high-level and broad-spectrum UV protection without irritation.

• Very high protection against sunburn for blondes, redheads, and fairskinned persons.

• Diminishes the visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

• Oil free.

• Safe for sensitive skin.

• Waterproof and sweatproof.

• Won’t clog pores.

The Shaklee Unconditional Guarantee:

If for any reason a Shaklee product is not satisfactory, return it to your Shaklee Independent Distributor or Shaklee Corporation, or exchange or full refund. 

FAQ

What’s SPF?

SPF means sun protection factor. If you wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, you have 15 times the protection from the sun than you’d have if you weren’t wearing any sunscreen at all. In other words, if you would burn after 10 minutes in the sun with no protection, an SPF of 15 would allow you to stay in the sun for two and a half hours (10 minutes times SPF 15 = 150 minutes or two and a half hours) before burning. Keep in mind that you would still receive a burn! Sunscreens don’t give you license to stay forever in the sun. Also remember that sunscreens aren’t cumulative: if you combine a moisturizer with SPF 15 with a sunscreen product with SPF 15, your sun protection factor is still 15, not 30. Virtually all sunscreens protect against UVB radiation — in addition, some products screen out a small part of the UVA spectrum. Enfuselle’s patented sunscreen formula (U.S. Patent No. 6,015,548) provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVB and UV  radiation.

Why No Avobenzone?

A “new kid on the block” sunscreen ingredient, Avobenzone currently does NOT meet Shaklee’s strict standards for product stability — in fact, Avobenzone has shown a disturbing tendency to decompose when exposed to UV light …particularly unfortunate for a sunscreen! In addition to using low levels of chemical sunscreens,  Enfuselle’s patented formulas (U.S. Patent No. 6,015,548) provide broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB radiation without the need for Avobenzone. Additionally, the Enfuselle Time Repair A.M.™ SPF 15 incorporates ingredients that help screen out UVA wavelengths (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide). This means that these sunscreen products provide reliable, full protection against UV damage.

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