Monday, December 29, 2008

Holiday Celebrations : How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

What are you going to do to keep your resolutions this year?
Is this information realistic and /or helpful? Comments needed.
Enjoy the video, be safe, and have a happy and properous New Year.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Eating Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

Food is an important part of many holidays, celebrations, family and cultural traditions.In fact, special occasions often center around food. As a result, many people gain a little (or a lot of) weight between Thanksgiving and the New Year.

What’s to blame? Perhaps it’s all the tempting treats available during the holiday season or the pressure from family, friends, and co-workers to overeat. Maybe it’s the increased emotional eating (whether it be from holiday stress or holiday joy) or the extreme laxity with eating and physical activity regimens in anticipation for the strict “new diet and exercise plan” you’re going to start January 1st.

Regardless of the reasons, it is not necessary to avoid holiday festivities in an attempt to maintain your weight. Consider these 10 tips for fully enjoying the holiday season without gaining weight!

1. Focus on weight maintenance vs. weight loss during the holidays. If you are currently overweight and want to lose weight, this is not the time to do it. Maintenance of your present weight is a big enough challenge during the holiday season. Don’t set yourself up for failure by making unrealistic goals for yourself.

2. Plan on NOT dieting after the New Year. Anticipation of food restriction sets you up for binge-type eating over the holidays (“after all, if I’m never going let myself eat this again after Jan. 1st, I might as well eat as much as possible now!”) Besides, restrictive diets don’t work in the long run. They increase your loss of lean body mass vs. fat, slow down your metabolism, increase anxiety, depression, food preoccupation, and binge eating, and make weight re-gain more likely.

3. Be physically active every day. Often, students’ busy holiday schedules (or lack of structured schedules) bump them off their exercise routines. Physical activity, especially aerobic activities (like brisk walking, jogging, bicycling, roller blading, and swimming) can help relieve stress, regulate appetite, and burn up extra calories from holiday eating.

4. Eat a light snack before going to holiday parties. It is not a good idea to arrive at a party famished. Not only are you more likely to overeat, but you are also less likely to resist the temptation of eating the higher fat and higher calorie foods. Try eating a piece of fruit, a small carton of yogurt, or a string cheese before you go.

This is just the first 4 of 10 great tips, for the complete article click the picture or title above.

Happy holidays,


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Health Risks Of Heavy Metals

Like heavy metal? Think again.

We are not talking Ozzy here, but in fact heavy metals that can be very harmful to your health if found in your drinking water.
Severe effects include reduced growth and development, cancer, organ damage, nervous system damage, and in extreme cases, death.

Exposure to some metals, such as mercury and lead, may also cause development of autoimmunity, in which a person's immune system attacks its own cells. This can lead to joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, and diseases of the kidneys, circulatory system, and nervous system.

The young are more prone to the toxic effects of heavy metals, as the rapidly developing body systems in the fetus, infants and young children are far more sensitive.

Childhood exposure to some metals can result in learning difficulties, memory impairment, damage to the nervous system, and behavioural problems such as aggressiveness and hyperactivity. At higher doses, heavy metals can cause irreversible brain damage. Children may receive higher doses of metals from food than adults, since they consume more food for their body weight than adults.

Toxic metals can be present in industrial, municipal, and urban runoff, which can be harmful to humans and aquatic life. Increased urbanization and industrialization are to blame for an increased level of trace metals, especially heavy metals, in our waterways.

There are over 50 elements that can be classified as heavy metals, 17 of which are considered to be both very toxic and relatively accessible. Toxicity levels depend on the type of metal, it's biological role, and the type of organisms that are exposed to it.
The heavy metals linked most often to human poisoning are lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. Other heavy metals, including copper, zinc, and chromium, are actually required by the body in small amounts, but can also be toxic in larger doses.

Heavy metals in the environment are caused by air emissions from coal-burning plants, smelters, and other industrial facilities; waste incinerators; process wastes from mining and industry; and lead in household plumbing and old house paints. Industry is not totally to blame, as heavy metals can sometimes enter the environment through natural processes.

For example, in some parts of the U.S., naturally occurring geologic deposits of arsenic can dissolve into groundwater, potentially resulting in unsafe levels of this heavy metal in drinking water supplies in the area. Once released to the environment, metals can remain for decades or centuries, increasing the likelihood of human exposure.

In addition to drinking water, we can be exposed to heavy metals through inhalation of air pollutants, exposure to contaminated soils or industrial waste, or consumption of contaminated food.

Because of contaminated water, food sources such as vegetables, grains, fruits, fish and shellfish can also become contaminated by accumulating metals from the very soil and water it grows from.

Sip with confidence, use the Heavy Metal Screen Test and see if your local water supply contains any of these harmful metals.

For more information click on the picture above.

Until Next Time,


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Healthy Habits Might Stave Off Depression

Maintaining healthy habits such as exercising regularly and avoiding too much alcohol not only help you look good, but such habits might also stave off depression.

A study of more than 1,100 adults found that those who reported excessive alcohol use (an average of three or more drinks daily) at the beginning of the study were more likely to suffer from depression six years later, as were those who were overweight at the beginning of the study. And those who reported exercising for more than 30 minutes daily at the beginning of the study period were less likely to be depressed six years later.

The study's authors suggested not only that "physical exercise may be an effective element in the treatment of depression but that the maintenance of regular physical exercise over a relatively long period of time may protect against" developing depression. They suggested schools and workplaces adopt policies to make following healthy habits easier, such as offering only low-fat, high-fiber meals in cafeterias.

[From: "Associations Between Lifestyle and Depressed Mood: Longitudinal Results From the Maastricht Aging Study." Contact: Coen H. van Gool, Department of Health Care Studies, Section of Medical Sociology, Universiteit Maastricht.]

For more on this topic click the title link above.

Until next time,


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Health Benefits Of Water

How 8 Glasses A Day Keeps Fat Away

Incredible as it may seem, water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. Although most of us take for granted, water may be the only true "magic potion" for permanent weight loss. Water supresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat.

Studies have shown that a decrease inwater intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits. Here's why: The kidneys can't function properly without enough water.

When they don't work to capacity, some of their load isdumped onto the liver. One of the liver's primary functions isto metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But if the liver has to do some of the kidney's work it can't operate at full throttle.
As a result, it metabolizes less fat more fat remains stored in the body and weight loss stops.

Drinking enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention.When the body gets less water,it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to hold on to every drop. Water is stored in extracellular spaces (outside the cell). This shows up as swollen feet, legs and hands.
Diuretics offer a temporary solution at best. They force outstored water along with some essential nutrients.

Again, thebody perceives a treat and will replace the lost water at thefirst opportunity. Thus, the condition quickly returns.The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs -- plenty of water. Only then will stored water be released.
If you have a constant problem with water retention, excess salt may be to blame.

Your body will tolerate sodium only in a certain concentration. The more salt you eat the more water your system retains to dilute it. But getting rid of unneeded salt is easy -- just drink more water. As it's forced through the kidneys it takes away excess sodium. The overweight person needs more water than a thin one. Larger people have larger metabolic loads.
Since we know that water is the key to fat metabolism, it follows that the over weight person needs more water.

Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. It also helps to prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weigh loss -- shrinking cells are buoyed by water which plumps the skin and leaves it clear, healthy and resilient. Water helps rid the body of waste. During weight loss, the body has a lot more waste to get rid of -- all that metabolized fat must be shed.

Again, adequate water helps flush out the waste. Water can help relieve constipation. When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources.The colon is one primary source. Result? Constipation.

But when a person drinks enough water, normal bowel function usually returns. So far, we've discovered some remarkable truths about water and weight loss: The body will not function properly without enough water and can't metabolize stored fat efficiently.
Retained water shows up as excess weight.

To get rid of excess water you must drink more water. Drinking water is essential to weight loss. How much water is enough? On the average, a person should drink 8-ounce glasses every day. That's about 2 quarts. However, the overweight person needs one additional glass for every 25 pounds of excess weight.

The amount you drink also should be increased if you exercise briskly or if the weather is hot and dry. Water should preferably be cold. It's absorbed into the system more quickly than warm water. And some evidence suggests thatdrinking cold water can actually help burn calories.

To utilize water most efficiently during weight loss, here is a suggested schedule to follow: Morning: 1 quart consumed over a 30-minute period. Noon: 1 quart consumed over a 30-minute period. Evening: 1 quart consumed between five and six o'clock.

When the body gets the water it needs to function optimally, it's fluids are perfectly balanced. When this happens, you have reached the "breakthrough point." What does this mean? Endocrine-gland function improves. Fluid retention is alleviated as stored water is lost. More fat is used as fuel because the liver is free to metabolize stored fat. Natural thirst returns. There is a loss of hunger almost over night.

If you stop drinking enough water, your body fluids will be thrown out of balance again, and you may experience fluid retention, unexplained weight gain and loss of thirst.

To remedy the situation you'll have to go back and force another"breakthrough."

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Rest and Relaxation

The average family has very limited time for rest and relaxation.

Actually, most Americans are not even getting an adequate amount of sleep to maintain good health.

Parents usually work long hours and children are immersed in homework and extracurricular activities. Most families don't even slow down to eat. Hence, fast food has become a huge industry.

Unfortunately this type of eating also compromises health. Solutions to these unending problems are hard to come by, but start by setting priorities and carving out time each night to relax as a family. Start small (a half hour) and build up to more time.

Tips to family relaxation:

  • Set priorities

  • Set aside at least a half an hour each day to relax as a family (no work, homework, or fixing dinner)

  • Try to do a fun relaxing activity rather than just watching T.V. (i.e. play a board game, listen to a radio show, or read a book together)

  • Don't talk about serious issues during this time.

Have fun and learn to enjoy each other all over again.

Until next time,


Saturday, July 26, 2008


Stretching is the deliberate lengthening of muscles in order to increase muscle flexibility and joint range of motion. Stretching activities are an important part of any exercise or rehabilitation program. They help warm the body up prior to activity thus decreasing the risk of injury as well as muscle soreness.
The benefits of stretching are many and have been proven through various studies over time. Stretching benefits people of all ages, and is intended for the young as well as the elderly population.

The Benefits of Stretching

According to the Mayo Clinic, the top five benefits of stretching include:

Increased flexibility and joint range of motion:Flexible muscles can improve your daily performance. Tasks such as lifting packages, bending to tie your shoes or hurrying to catch a bus become easier and less tiring. Flexibility tends to diminish as you get older, but you can regain and maintain it.

Improved circulation:Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles. Blood flowing to your muscles brings nourishment and gets rid of waste byproducts in the muscle tissue. Improved circulation can help shorten your recovery time if you've had any muscle injuries.
Better posture:Frequent stretching can help keep your muscles from getting tight, allowing you to maintain proper posture. Good posture can minimize discomfort and keep aches and pains at a minimum.

Stress relief:Stretching relaxes tight, tense muscles that often accompany stress.

Enhanced coordination:Maintaining the full range-of-motion through your joints keeps you in better balance. Coordination and balance will help keep you mobile and less prone to injury from falls, especially as you get older.
Until next time,

Thursday, July 17, 2008

General Vitamin Information

Recommended daily intake:

30 µg
Biotin in food and as a supplement
No information found
400 µg
Folate in food and as a supplement
Doses larger than 400 µg may cause anaemia and may mask symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency
Vitamin A600 µg
Vitamin A in food and as a supplement
Extremely high doses (>9000 mg) can cause dry, scaly skin, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, bone and joint pains and headaches
Vitamin B1 (thiamin)
1,4 mg
Vitamin B1 in food and as a supplement
No toxic effects resulting from high doses have been observed
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
1,6 mg
Vitamin B2 in food and as a supplement
Doses higher than 200 mg may cause urine colour alteration
Vitamin B3 (niacin)
18 mg
Vitamin B3 in food and as a supplement
Doses larger than 150 mg may cause problems ranging from facial flushing to liver disease
Vitamin B5 (patothenic acid)
6 mg
Vitamin B5 in food and as a supplement
Dose should not exceed 1200 mg; this may cause nausea and heartburn
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
2 mg
Vitamin B6 in food and as a supplement
Doses larger than 100 mg may cause numbness and tingling in hands and feet
Vitamin B12 (cobalamine)
6 µg
Vitamin B12 in food and as a supplement
Doses larger than 3000 µg may cause eye conditions
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
75 mg
Vitamin C in food and as a supplement
No impacts of over dose have been proven so far
Vitamin D (cholecalciferol)
5 µg
Vitamin D in food and as a supplement
Large doses (>50 µg) obtained form food can cause eating problems and ultimately disorientation, coma and death
Vitamin E (tocopherol)
10 mg
Vitamin E in food and as a supplement
Doses larger than 1000 mg cause blood clotting, which results in increased likelihood of haemorrhage in some individuals
Vitamin K80 µg
Vitamin K in food and as a supplement
Large doses of one form of vitamin K (menadione or K3) may result in liver damage or anaemia

Recommended daily intake:

1000 mg
Doses larger than 1500 mg may cause stomach problems for sensitive individuals
3400 mg (in chloride form)
No information found
120 µg
Doses larger than 200 µg are toxic and may cause concentration problems and fainting
2 mg
As little as 10 mg of copper can have a toxic effect
3,5 mg
No information found
150 µg
No information found
15 mg
Doses larger than 20 mg may cause stomach upset, constipation and blackened stools
350 mg
Doses larger than 400 mg may cause stomach problems and diarrhoea
5 mg
Excess manganese may hinder iron adsorption
75 µg
Contradiction: the FDA states that doses larger than 250 mg may cause stomach problems for sensitive individuals
3500 mg
Large doses may cause stomach upsets, intestinal problems or heart rhythm disorder
35 µg
Doses larger than 200 µg can be toxic
2400 mg
No information found
15 mg
Doses larger than 25 mg may cause anaemia and copper deficiency

- The above-stated values are not meant for diagnosis, these are mainly reference values for informational purposes.

- Most of these values are based on a 2000 calorie intake for people of 4 or more years of age. This reference is applied because it approximates the caloric requirements for postmenopausal women. This group has the highest risk for excessive intake of calories and fat.

- Values on labels are stated Daily Reference values (DRV) of Recommended Daily Intake (RDI). The RDI is a renewed value referring to the old Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). All values in this table are new RDI values.

- Maximum values are based on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) values, the World Health Organization (WHO), BBC Health values, the European Union Directive (based on FDA values) and values from various other governmental and private agencies in the USA and the UK.

- Values from the World Health Organization (WHO) may be somewhat lower than those of the FDA for various vitamins and minerals. Examples of differences (WHO values to FDA values): Mg: -60 mg, Vitamin B6: -0,5 mg, Vitamin B12: -4 µg, vitamin C: -15 mg, Vitamin K: -35 mg, folate: -220 µg.

- Elements that have a recommended daily intake within µg range are sometimes referred to as trace elements (e.g. copper, chromium, selenium).

I thought this might be helpful in your quest for better health.

Until next time,


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Omega-3 fish oil is vital to good health

Dr.Bjorn Rene shares the importance of Omega-3 usage in your diet.

For more information or to purchase Omega-3 fish oil click on the title of this post.

Until next time,


Monday, July 7, 2008

Maintaining Proper Nutrition While Losing Weight

At any given time up to 50% of American women are dieting. While maintaining a healthy weight is important to overall health, in their zealousness to lose weight many women may be harming their bodies by not getting proper nutrition.

Before you start on a weight loss plan you should examine your reasons. Is your weight over the healthy limit set by your doctor, or are you suffering from a bad body image? Could changing your diet slightly, as opposed to losing weight, help the issues you are dealing with? Once these issues have been clarified, you should consult with your doctor and proceed with a safe and effective weight loss plan.

If the diet you select gives you less than 3-4 servings per week of meat, you need to arm yourself with extra Iron, Vitamin B-12, and Zinc. Iron and B-12 help the body regulate energy and Zinc is a powerful antioxidant. If you are eating less that 6-11 servings of grains per day, make sure to take extra B Vitamins, for energy, Vitamin E, another antioxidant, and fiber (such as in Superior Fiber Blend and Essential Daily Nutrients by Waiora).

Antioxidants again become an issue if you are eating less than 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, especially in getting enough Vitamin C.Other food groups in our diets we tend to think we should avoid entirely are vitally important to our bodies. The Calcium and Vitamin D we get in dairy foods are essential to our bones.

If you consume less than 4 servings per day of dairy foods you should be taking calcium supplements that contain Vitamin D. Fats and Oils also provide us with essential fatty acids. If you are eating a very low fat diet you should make sure to take Vitamin E and Omega 3 fatty acids to help maintain your heart health and optimal cholesterol levels.

Most of all remember to keep your weight loss goals realistic, exercise regularly, and be in it for the long haul—your reward will be a happier, healthier you!

Until next time,

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Prevention is key to good health.

We are often encouraged to plan for our economic future. Few of us, however apply this same level of seriousness to considerations pertaining to our long-term mental and physical well-being. Instead we employ a 'wait and see' approach which, more often than not, causes us to ignore the issue altogether. Our health is not listed as a priority until we become sick and can no longer ignore it. At this time our perception of our health quickly changes and it becomes of primary importance. It is only at this point that we are prepared to spend money and make a serious effort to restore our health. Sadly, however, sometimes it can be too late.

We should all be asking ourselves, “What can I do today to prevent myself from becoming ill in the future?”. Even though this may not seem important now, just speak to someone who is suffering from a life threatening or debilitating illness. We can benefit from their hindsight.

There are many reasons why people don't take sufficient care of their health. Some of them include;

Believing, “it wont happen to me”
Not recognising that many diseases and illnesses are due to toxic overload and or metabolic deficient/overload which are preventable, and not knowing what to do about it
Not taking responsibility
Believing, “I have strong genes that will protect me”
Viewing medical science as a universal panacea
This web site was designed as a starting point to help people address many of the above issues and guide them in planning for a healthy and happy future.

A person is far more likely to make a change when they perceive the pain or suffering that will result from not making the change as greater than the discomfort brought about by the change itself. Smoking is a good example of this behavioural phenomenon. It is therefore important to gain knowledge in health prevention as this establishes a belief in the need for healthy living.

Philip Day author of 'Health Wars', a controversial book that looks at the untold truths in the health industry today, states that “the two areas in which disease is concentrated are Metabolic and Toxin Related”. 1

Metabolic diseases/illness are caused by a nutrient deficiency such as scurvy, or Pellagra.

Toxin related diseases/illness are those caused by substances harmful to the biological processes of human beings.

Daily exposure to common toxins include:

Exhaust fumes.
Air pollution e.g. working in or around chemicals in the home, workplace and outside.
Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers in food and water.
Animal products containing hormones, antibiotics, parasite treatments.
Drugs, prescribed & recreational, e.g. alcohol, tobacco etc.
Additives in food, e.g. colourings, flavourings, preservatives.
Carcinogenic ingredients in personal care and cleaning products.
Off gassing of furniture, appliances, paints etc.
Electromagnetic radiation (EMRs).
After reading this list, is it any wonder that in today's society many people become sick? The toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis in our environment include, the air we breathe, chemicals we put on our body and absorb through our skin, as well as chemicals we ingest through food and drink. When this is coupled with poor nutrition and the body's extra nutritional requirements due to toxic overload the immune system is affected resulting in poor health.( The Heavy Metal Screen Test can help assess the toxic levels in your body right from home, see the "my blog list" area on this page for more info).

Dr Peter Dingle is one of Australia's leading environmental scientists whose doctoral thesis concerned chemical exposure in homes and work-spaces. In his book 'Cosmetics and Personal Care: Dangerous Beauty' he states the following;

"I suggest that many illnesses are not simply misfortune. I suggest they are preventable and can be linked to the chemicals in our food, water, homes, workplaces, general environment and in the products we use. I suggest illnesses such as cancer, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities can be related to the unprecedented increase of chemicals in our environment."

Prevention, not treatment, is the key to a long and healthy life.
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Until next time,

Monday, June 30, 2008

“Move More”

Make it a daily challenge to find ways to move your body. Climb stairs if given a choice between that and escalators or elevators. Walk your dog; chase your kids; toss balls with friends, mow the lawn.
Anything that moves your limbs is not only a fitness tool; it’s a stress buster. Think ‘move’ in small increments of time. It doesn’t have to be an hour in the gym or a 45-minute aerobic dance class, that’s great when you’re up to it. Meanwhile, just move more!

Thought Of The Week: He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.

Until next time,

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Nutritional Compounds To Support Cholesterol Reduction

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is still the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the Western world, but its prognosis has improved during the past decades, in part because of better understanding of CHD's underlying pathology. Researchers have identified factors, both modifiable and nonmodifiable, that are associated with CHD risk. Much research on CHD risk has focused specifically on the distribution of cholesterol through different lipoproteins. For example, elevated low-density lipoprotein levels or low high-density lipoprotein levels signal an unfavorable fasting lipoprotein profile. Moreover, evidence is mounting that increased serum triacylglycerol concentration is positively related to cardiovascular risk. [ 1 ]

Diet is a cornerstone for improving unfavorable lipoprotein profiles. Studies continue to support dietary advice that focuses on reducing cholesterol as well as saturated and trans fatty acid intake; eating more vegetables, fruits and whole grains; and preventing obesity. [ 2, 3 ] By achieving these goals, people can often reduce their LDL cholesterol by 10 percent to 15 percent.

Functional foods offer further lipid profile improvements. Most promising are soy protein, soluble fiber, fish oils and plant sterols or stanols, all of which help improve serum lipoprotein profiles.

Click on the Waiora link to find more info about fish oils and one of the only fiber products that also contains plant sterols.

Until next time,


1. Austin MA. Plasma triglyceride and coronary heart disease. Arterioscler Thromb 1991;11:2-14.

2. Grundy SM. United States cholesterol guidelines 2001: expanded scope of intensive low-density lipoprotein-lowering therapy. Am J Cardiol 2001;88:23J-7J.

3. Kraus RM, et al. AHA dietary guidelines. Revision 2000: a statement for health care professionals from the nutrition committee of the American Heart Association. Circulation 2000;102:2284-99.

Friday, June 13, 2008

How do you take your multi-vitamin?

How do you take your multi-vitamin?
Multi-vitamin products are commonly manufactured in tablet form. When they enter your body, they disintegrate, get absorbed and later enter the bloodstream. There are also gel capsules that release the multi-vitamins once the protective covering is dissolved. These forms are ideal for people who prefer the convenience and ease of use and storage.

Multi-vitamins can also come in powder and liquid forms and are often mixed with food and drinks. If you dislike swallowing pills or tablets, you might want to use these instead.

What are the vitamins that should go into a multi-vitamin pill?
Multi-vitamins are not necessarily complete. Some may even contain just three or five of the most important vitamins and may already be marketed as multi-vitamins. However, don't rule these out yet. If you only need certain combinations of vitamins, these can come in handy.

If you prefer multi-vitamin products that you can take regularly, go for those that contain all or most of the following vitamins:

- Antioxidants and fat-soluble vitamins such as A, C, D, E and K.
- Water-soluble vitamins such as the B group: B1, B2, B3 or niacin, B6, B12, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid.

What is the advantage of taking multi-vitamin products?
The first is that a multi-vitamin product is already complete. You don't need to take 5 or 10 pills in order to complete your daily dose. Second, there is no fear of overdosing on fat-soluble vitamins because they come in the appropriate amounts. And third, multi-vitamin products are convenient. They are easy to find, purchase, use and store. For more information concerning multi-vitamins, especially the liquid version, click on the Waiora link located on this page.

Until next time,

How To Go Vitamin-hunting And Find The Best Multi-vitamin For You

So you think you need a multi-vitamin? Here is a short guide to help you find the best multi-vitamin product to use.

Do you have a special multi-vitamin requirement?
Everyone needs the same group of vitamins. We only differ on the dosage because of certain differences such as our habits, lifestyles and health condition. A person who doesn't get enough sunlight, for example, will need extra Vitamin D compared to someone who gets regular sunshine.

Age and certain conditions are also a consideration for the type and dose of multi-vitamins you need to use. Children's multi-vitamin requirements, for example, differ from the needs of adult men and adult women. Pregnant women also have special multi-vitamin needs. And as you progress in life, the recommended daily allowance for certain vitamins may also increase or decrease.

How do I find the best multi-vitamin?
When you have so many choices (and we mean many), it can get downright confusing when it comes to deciding which multi-vitamin to buy. One keyword search in the Internet and you'll get millions of hits, each one a promise that it is the best multi-vitamin brand around. So how do you search for the best multi-vitamin for you?

Put your trust on reputation. There are many companies that claim too many things about their products which are often bogus. But then, there are also upstarts that operate an honest-to-goodness business. Check consumer reports or go the Better Business Bureau website and search for complaints lodged against these companies and their products.

Read the label. Don't buy a multi-vitamin product with no labels to indicate the percentage of recommended daily allowances and a list of active ingredients. The label should tell you what each pill consists of and how much of the ingredient was used. If the list of ingredients is not included, you risk taking a multi-vitamin with components that cause side effects.

If there is an ingredient you don't recognize, ask your pharmacist or do some research. Many multi-vitamin products don't just contain vitamins; they also contain herbal ingredients, some of which have unproven effects.

Look for the expiry date. The manufacturing date is also indicated on the label and can indicate that the product is good for 6 months to about 2 years. The multi-vitamin product should also come with a return policy.

To read the rest of this article by Author: Mario Churchill, go to

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Prepare for change

Change is not always comfortable or easy. Adding physical activity to your life requires both time and energy. Where will the time come from? How will you summon the energy? Make a concrete plan for fitting exercise into your life, then take a critical look at your plan. Is it realistic? People beginning the new year often overestimate their powers, and underestimate the time and energy required to stick to their resolutions. If your goals are too unrealistic (you probably won't lose 30 pounds in 30 days), you will quickly be disappointed.

Set attainable goals. For example, many experts recommend that instead of a weight-loss goal, make your goal the lifestyle change itself: enjoying daily physical activity and eating less junk. If you are successful in achieving these daily goals, the weight loss will gradually follow.

You may wish to get some help as you prepare for change. Find out about opportunities for physical activity in your community and at work. Consider taking an exercise class, joining a fitness center or working with a personal trainer. Ask a friend or family member with similar interests to join you. If you have health concerns, talk to your healthcare provider before increasing your level of vigorous physical activity.

Most of all,remember to have fun on your journey to good health.

Until next time,

Monday, June 9, 2008

Change for the right reasons

The right reasons to change your lifestyle are positive, and based on the belief that you deserve a little time each day to keep yourself healthy. When you take a little time to nurture yourself, you will have more to give to the people and things you care about -- your family, your work and your community.

Wrong reasons focus on self-blame and guilt, and lead to low self-esteem and negative feelings. They make you feel bad, and when you feel bad you lose the motivation to exercise, or to follow through with other actions to improve your health.

Until next time.

John T

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

More on Water

Water Facts and Guidelines

· The adult human body is approximately 55-75 percent water.

· How much water your body needs depends on age, sex and lean body mass.

· The rule to drinking water is about 4 cups for every 1,000 calories.

· Eight 8-ounce glasses a day for people who consume 2,000 calories per day.

· Without water the average adult could only survive 3 days.

· A 5 percent loss of body water will cause weakness.

· Water is lost through perspiration, lungs, body functions, urine, stool and air travel.

· Water loss impairs an athlete’s performance, not salt or sodium loss.

· Fluids should be increased in the heat of the summer.

· Increase fluids to prevent constipation when increasing fiber.

· Coffee, tea, soda and alcohol have a dehydrating effect and will decrease body fluids.

To Promote Increased Water Intake Daily:

· Add lemon or lime to water

· Keep bottled water readily available

· Don’t wait for thirst to be an indicator

Until next time,


Monday, June 2, 2008

Water Works for Weight Loss

Nothing quells the appetite like water, lots and lots of water.

Start out with two quart bottles in the morning and carry one with you to work or wherever you go. If you like, divvy up the 64 ounces of water into eight (8-ounce) bottles or four pint (16-ounce) bottles to carry around with you all day.

Freeze half of them the night before and they will last all day, even in a hot car. Keep some unfrozen so they will be ready to drink immediately.
Yes, you will have to make more frequent bathroom trips, but it is worth it.

Drink your 64 ounces of water before dinner, if possible, so you're not up half the night going to the bathroom.Water not only fills you up and lessens your appetite, it prevents those "hungry horrors" we all encounter when our blood sugar drops and we reach for cookies, candy, ice cream, fries or other high-calorie treats. Water also flushes out the system, rids the body of bloat and toxins and rosies up the complexion. Now, start splashing.

Until next time,


Friday, May 30, 2008

Dr. Andrew Weil on The Worst Diet

I thought this was very interesting, especially since he mentioned the toxicity of the results. The point is that we get toxins from very interesting places and they need to removed from our bodies regularly.

Natural Cellular Defense helps to remove toxins and can be used daily, click the Waiora link for more details.

Until next time,

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Make your health and well being a priority

Many people find they put their own needs on hold to take care of matters at work, at home and in their communities. They take their health for granted, until it isn't there.
Why wait to get sick to start taking care of yourself?
By exercising and eating well now, you may save yourself hours (even years) of sick time in the future.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Exercise Preparation Hints and Guidelines

Proper preparation for an exercise program can serve several purposes.

First, it helps prepare the body physiologically for the program, which means warming up the muscles and preparing the joints for loads. This in turn, decreases the risk of injury and improves general performance during your program.

There are also other non-exercise related aspects of the program can help keep you on track and comfortable with your program. Following is a list of general guidelines:

1. Prior to initiating any type of exercise program, get a physical from your physician, especially if you are overweight, sedentary, over 35 years old, have any heart problems, have a history of heart problems in your family.

2. Set achievable, measurable, attainable, realistic goals also keep it fun.

3. Dress comfortable with material that allows good circulation of air and choose fabrics that absorb perspiration. Choose clothing that won’t restrict your movement, and that has none or few zipper or buttons. Wear good athletic shoes that provide plenty of arch support. Dress for the climate. In cold climate areas it is a good idea to have warm up “sweats” to keep muscles warm and to keep warm after exercise session.

Check with a Wellness Professional for more details regarding specific types of stretches and the activity for your warm up and cool down.

Until next time,


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Exercise can be such a bear!

I thought you might enjoy this.
Remember to make your exercise fun,
not un-bearable. smile.
Until next time,

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

JT's Video Network

Just wanted to let everyone know that I have created a video network that can be accessed from this blog, it includes videos about computers, personal electronics, beauty, health, music and much more.

JT's Travel Network is the first to be added just click the link and watch, or if you click on the title of this post it will take you to the network site and you can view additional videos.
The purpose of this is to encourage you to get out and get active this summer while traveling or to start traveling more, even locally, nothing is more fun than a good "road trip".

The content will be updated every 3 days so please enjoy and stay tuned.

Note: I have not screened all the videos because the software loaded them for me, so if you run across something that may be "too much for you" or is just plain weird, just close your eyes or blink real fast and go to the next one, smile.

Until next time,


Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Technology is so cool, this summer I am going to be traveling and will be updating this blog from my phone, I have to keep everyone informed you know, smile.
I'll be posting pictures and other cool stuff so you can feel like you're right there with me walking, talking, eating, sleeping, you guys get the couch.
Ill also be on the lookout for new and creative ways to exercise, have fun, and enjoy life, I encourage you to do the same during your summer activities.

Keeping in the spirit of creativity, here's a fun activity while at work called, office bumper cars. Simply get some chairs, you know the kind with the wheels, roll around the office and crash into each other.
Sound fun doesn't it? By the way make sure you run into the chick that nobody likes, you'll be an instant hero.

When your boss asks what you are doing just let him know John said this was a good way to get some exercise and to promote a healthier, happier, workplace and a happy staff is a more productive staff.
If he doesn't go for it just blame Bob, there's always a Bob in the place who he stays in trouble because he gets blamed for everything anyway. If that doesn't work tell him you you ran into the chick nobody likes.

Until next time,
John T
Sent from my Verizon Wireless LGVX8300 device.

Friday, May 9, 2008

That dirty little word.

Let's talk about exercise, you know that dirty little word that very few people like to hear, yeah.
In my opinion, part of the problem is that most people just haven't found a way to exercise that they like and will continue.

The media, bless their darling little hearts, have tried to make us believe that we should look ,dress, and workout a certain way, this is just not so.

I'm going to encourage each of you to think of creative ways to develop and continue a more active lifestyle, here are some simple suggestions:

  • Bowling

  • Frisbee golf

  • Wii sports video games

  • Dancing, alone or with others

  • Playing catch with your kids, your friends, or your friends kids. (Heck borrow a kid if you have to just be sure to return them).

  • Hula hoop

  • Shadow Boxing- This really gets your heart rate up!

  • Walking/Running in place

  • Exercising to a workout video

  • Pretending to be Bruce Lee, one of my personal favorites.

  • Chase the wife/husband around the house,another of my personal favorites, this also gets the heart rate up, if you know what I mean, smile.

This is just a small listing of things that can be done at almost any time or anywhere, so have fun, be creative, and get active.

Until next time,

John T.

PS: Don't forget to check my company store for equipment and other cool stuff to help put your plans into motion.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Daughter's Birthday

Today is my daughters birthday, she turns 20, how did that happen? Ok, ok, I know how it happened but you know what I mean.
This is a special day and we are really going to have fun, by the way I encourage you to pick with your kids like you pick your nose, non-damaging but effective, hey don't look at me like that you know you pick your nose.
Anyway at our house we celebrate everyday from the 1st of the month to your actual day by giving the you a present each day, 12 day limit, my youngest was born on the 29th an would make out like a bandit, not! This is all part of wellness and wholeness, smiling, laughing, and celebrating events in life tend to make happier people and happier people live longer, so if you can't think of anything to celebrate borrow someone elses event or make up one.
Anything for a party!


I would like to personally welcome you to my blog, my name is John Taylor, I am a health and wellness consultant living in Broken Arrow,Oklahoma and no I did not make that up it's a real place.

Here you will find information about products and services that will not only make you feel better but allow you to enjoy life and accomplish things you thought were impossible before by increasing your energy and stamina.
I am a firm believer in wholeness, which means we should prosper physically, socially, financially, and emotionally, this allows you to live life and not just exist in it.
I also hope to provide ideas and opportunities that enable you to grow and succeed in all these areas, and have alot of fun in the process.

Take a look at the products and services available here and check back frequently for updates and posts.

Here's to enjoying life,