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  • May 2

    Recently I have had a few queries regarding natural therapy for healthy blood pressure.

    My mother suffered from high blood pressure (hypertension) for many years and then died of a massive heart attack at the age of 71. The blood pressure medication she was on did nothing to prevent heart disease, nor did it cure it.

    High blood pressure can result in a heart attack or stroke, and is called the ‘silent killer’ because there are no symptoms.

    According to Bruce H Lipton PhD author of ‘The Biology of Belief”, ‘genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts’ and the environment, that impacts on the health of our body’s cells.

    So what can we do?

    First of all, and I am pretty sure that you would have heard it all before,  there are 3 major things that need attention:

    1. Eat a healthy diet which includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Cut out large servings of meat and dairy. Remove processed foods and takeaways from your diet. Reduce salt intake. Drink 8 glasses of water daily. Quit smoking.
    2. Include moderate exercise in your daily life. Find something that you enjoy doing, so that it is not a difficult thing to keep on doing.
    3. Relax! Take deep breaths. Meditate. Read. Listen to music. Whatever calms you down and slows you down. Even if you just start with 10 minutes a day.

    Nutritional SupplementsIf you can’t do those 3 things, then it is pointless taking the following nutritional supplements.
    The nutritional supplements that I suggest are:
    1. optimal quality anti-oxidants, vitamins and multi-minerals
    2. a calcium supplement that also contains magnesium, vitamin D3 and Vitamin K.
    3. a good quality omega-3 fish or flaxseed oil supplement
    4. extra magnesium as required

    How effective are these supplements at reducing blood pressure? Government regulations do not allow me to voice an opinion, so allow me to hand over to my learned friends…

    Here is some educational information that may help you to form your own opinion.
    Dr Gerald Lewis is a cardiologist and GP. He is in the Who’s Who book for his work with blood pressure. Here is what he suggests for high blood pressure. Note that Dr Lewis says “Drugs are the treatment usually recommended by doctors. Today these are very effective and have fewer side effects (thiazide diuretics, beta blockers, calcium blockers, ACE inhibitors, A2 inhibitors), and in many cases are given together in lower doses, which further reduces the side effects” along with recommendations for nutritional supplements. Dr Lewis has also made a very informative video on coronary heart disease.

    The Amazing Nutrient that Lowers Your Blood Pressure – Dr Mercola suggests that vitamin-d levels are linked to arterial stiffness

    Personally, I take 4000iu of Vitamin D3 daily and I am about to go get my blood levels checked for Vitamin D.
    I wrote this blog post last year and you will see that hypertension is listed in the section on disease prevention – Vitamin D does more than just prevent the flu.

    (Natural News) Increasing incidence of high blood pressure continues to be the most significant factor in death from a heart attack and advancing cardiovascular disease. Elevated blood pressure readings cause thickening of the coronary arteries as micro…read more Proper potassium balance essential to healthy blood pressure and reduced heart attack risk

    Discover why eating sugar (and high glycemic foods/drinks) endangers your heart and overall health. This is an eye opening one hour presentation by Dr. David Diamond, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences titled: “How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic”  Dr Diamond was diagnosed with heart disease in 2005 – high cholesterol included.  Find out why he is still alive….How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic

     

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  • Oct 17

    Nutritional SupplementsRecently a friend was staying with me and was curious about my supplements. I take a basic “wellness” program plus enhancers. I recommend the basic wellness program to people who are happy with their health and wish to maintain the status quo. For others who wish to prevent certain health issues, then a nutritional supplement program can be tailored taking into account their nutritional requirements and their budget. As we age, I feel that we need extra nutritional support for our long-term health.

    I would like to stress that taking supplements is no substitute for a healthy diet – we must avoid processed foods and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Exercise and getting out into the fresh air and sunshine is important for our good health.

    There are many more toxins and chemicals in our environment now compared to pre World War Two and our bodies require high-quality and optimum nutrition to combat these onslaughts.

    The basic wellness program:
    1. Antioxidants and multi-vitamins – whilst it is important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, we have no way of knowing how much nutrition is available or how fresh the products are that we purchase. Plus we do not know how much free radical damage is occurring in our bodies. So we need to keep our body’s cells ‘oiled’ to prevent the internal ‘rust’.

    2. Multi-minerals – Vitamins and enzymes cannot function without minerals. Minerals are missing from our soils, and thus our food. Minerals must be in a form that is readily absorbed by the body (i.e. bioavailable).

    3. Calcium/magnesium/vitamin D3 – vital for our bone health. Calcium supports strong bones, tissues and teeth, as well as healthy cartilage, joints and muscular activity – keeps you standing tall. All three nutrients work in synergy and keep our bones strong. Calcium and magnesium are also necessary to support healthy blood pressure.

    4. Omega-3 – from fish oil or flaxseed oil. Much research has been done on this nutrient. All cells in our body require omega-3.

    5. Fiber – An added option to the basic wellness program is a Fiber product. Fiber is necessary for our indigestion, and many people with health issues do not get enough fiber in their diet.

    Enhancers I add to my program:

    Glucosamine sulfate/Vitamin C/Manganese/Turmeric
    Both my parents suffered from arthritis. This product is the building block of healthy cartilage. The body does repair damaged cartilage but if the building blocks are not available then joint pain and osteoarthritis may result.
    Grape Seed Extract
    Before I started taking supplements, I used to get 3-4 colds/flu a year plus I suffered from hay fever and sinusitis. Grape Seed Extract helps in relieving the symptoms of colds plus is an excellent source of health-assisting antioxidants. Grape Seed Extract is naturally high in silicon, a mineral essential for healthy, soft, smooth skin. Grape Seed Extract may keep collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid within the skin in good shape by blocking enzymes that might disrupt their chemical structure. Its flavonoids also inhibit allergic reactions that can generate skin problems.
    Phytoestrogens and soy isoflavones
    These provide a natural approach to maintaining health before and after menopause. Phytoestrogens in the diet are believed to be a stabilizing factor throughout hormonal cycles. This stabilization may help to maintain bone mass into the mature years. Always check the source of soy products because many these days are GMO.
    Vitamin C
    Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis. Collagen is essential for strengthening muscles, teeth bones, skin and blood vessels. Human bodies are incapable of manufacturing vitamin C so we must rely on our diet to satisfy our daily requirement.
    Vitamin D3
    Vitamin D3 plays an important role in helping the body absorb calcium and in bone mineralization, supports a robust and healthy immune system, important for the maintenance of muscle strength to prevent body sway and increased risk of falling. Accumulating scientific evidence is proving that Vitamin D provides more health benefits than simply bone health. Deficiency has been associated with increased risk of common cancers, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, and infectious diseases. Evidence is emerging that there is wide spread vitamin D deficiency in the broader population. People are covering up when outside in the sun to prevent skin cancer and many others are their spending days inside, and not getting any sun exposure at all. We need sun exposure for the body to make Vitamin D. Vitamin D is currently heavily researched – for up-to-date information visit the Vitamin D Council. Get your Vitamin D levels tested by your doctor to ensure that you are not deficient (“25 OH Vitamin D” blood test (also known as “25 hydroxy vitamin D”) and you want to be in the 50-80 ng/ml range).

    From time to time, I will take these two extra products to ensure good digestive health:
    Probiotics
    Probiotics help to maintain healthy gut flora. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common diagnosis in gastroenterology. Reduced quality of life caused by IBS affects approximately 20% of adult Westerners. Studies suggest certain probiotics to be beneficial, and provide a promising therapeutic alternative.
    Milk Thistle
    To help support healthy liver function and normal detoxification process

    Both my parents suffered from heart disease. My mother died from a heart attack after many years on blood pressure medication. My mother also suffered from diverticulitis for many years. My father had a triple bypass heart operation and eventually died as a result of prostate cancer. My parents never discovered the benefits of nutritional supplementation. My aim is to stay healthy until the day I die, which is why I am being proactive now.

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

     

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  • Aug 10

    Can Vitamin Supplements Prevent Cancer? This year I made a decision not to have any more mammograms. There, I have said it out loud! I have hated having my breasts squashed between two radioactive plates. On top of that, the people providing the screening do not provide any prevention education – they are there to make a profit as a result of proving that they can find cancer. I have educated myself and put into practice what I have learnt, to minimise my risk of getting cancer.

    So can we prevent cancer?
    Recent studies have confirmed that our genes do not control our health outcomes – that we, yes that’s us, have full control. We have full control on how we take care of our own health. How we choose to live our life impacts fully on our health outcomes. So it appears, that if your family members have a tendency towards cancer, then there are things you can do to stay healthy. Isn’t that great news?

    Now, most of us know that the food that Mother Nature provides contains vitamins as well as antioxidants and minerals. And a lot of the man-made processed foods do not contain very much in the way of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. So we have a choice right there. The biggest cause of cancer is poor nutrition. Vegetables and fruit contain antioxidants which protect our cells from inflammation and oxidative stress which cause cancer. Eating a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables provides many antioxidants.

    Nutritional SupplementsThere are some things we do not have control over – like the air we breathe, the quality of the soil that our food is grown in, the pesticides and chemicals that are used on crops, the quality of our drinking water. All we can do in these cases is to minimize the effects of these toxins and pollutants by avoiding them if we can and by taking nutritional supplements. Food alone is not optimal enough to provide our cells with the protection they need from the toxins in our environment.

    There have been endless studies done on how vitamins protect our body’s cells from cancer. The results of these many studies can be summed up – take the best quality broad-spectrum supplements that you can afford. Taking once-a-day supplements are a waste of money. And taking supplements that are not at optimum levels do not provide protection. Taking nutritional supplements helps to maintain a strong immune system. The latest studies show Vitamin D3 (the sunshine vitamin) helps to prevent breast cancer.

    The American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2010 presented a study that showed a protective effect of vitamin and calcium supplementation against breast cancer. Participants who consumed vitamin supplements were found to have a 30% lower risk of breast cancer compared to those who did not have a history of vitamin supplementation, and those who consumed calcium supplements had a 40% lower risk. The researchers stated that this is not an immediate effect; however, those individuals who consumed vitamins and calcium over a long period of time.

    Other things we can do to prevent cancer are:
    • To exercise hard enough to produce sweat.
    • Get proper sleep
    • Reduce stress – spend time relaxing or meditating or listening to music…New research may have uncovered the mechanism that links chronic stress to breast cancer progression. Even better, you can take advantage of the findings in about five minutes.
    • Jump on a rebounder to clear your lymph glands.
    • For women, massage your breasts.
    • Quit smoking.
    • Reduce or stop drinking alcohol.
    • Avoid recreational drugs.
    • If you are overweight or obese, lose weight and get lean.
    • Reduce/remove sugar from your diet
    • Avoid getting sunburn but get out into the sunshine for 15-20 minutes daily and/or take Vitamin D3 supplements.
    • Include adequate amounts of Omega-3 essential fats in your diet (salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, and herring) and monounsaturated oils (canola, olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados). These healthy fats have powerful anti-cancer properties.
    • Drink green tea.
    • Eat a low-fat, high fiber diet.
    • Avoid over-working and over-exercising to keep your immune system strong.
    • Avoid refined foods such as white flour, baked goods, and many refined cereals. Follow a diet primarily made up of unprocessed, organic whole foods that are free of inflammation-inducing additives such as excess salt, sugars and trans-fats, as well as pesticide residues which are known to contribute to cancer. Choose fruits such as strawberries, blueberries and grapes, and vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower contain antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, and other phytochemicals (beneficial plant compounds).
    • Drink filtered water
    • Continually learn from valid sources about what you can do to stay healthy – after all, when we lose our health, we lose our hope.
    • Avoid taking H.R.T. Find a medical practitioner who can advise you about bio-identical hormone therapy.
    • Avoid food additives like MSG and aspartame – you will find them in most processed foods are different names
    • Avoid having mercury amalgam fillings placed and if you have them, consider getting them removed (using safe protocols).

    Starting today what small change are you going to make to your life so that you do not become one of the 1 in 3 people who get cancer? If we treat our bodies like temples instead of tents then we can have a longer, healthier and happier life.

    Further Reading
    In his book “You Can Prevent Cancer”, Michael Colgan, PhD explains what cutting-edge science knows about the simple steps you must take today to help avoid cancer.

    Considering a mammogram? New evidence reveals they really don’t work

    Suzanne Somers Interviews Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer–And Learns How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place

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  • Jul 8

    News.com.au has reported that Gwyneth Paltrow : “has been diagnosed with osteopenia, an illness that can lead to the serious bone disease osteoporosis”. Osteoporosis is ”brittle bone disease” – where the bones begin to look like Swiss cheese. Gwyneth Paltrow is reportedly Vitamin D deficient. What happens is that the bones become so weak, that they break easily and then people fall, many times resulting with a broken hip. How do we prevent and care for osteoporosis?

    Doctor Ray Strand says “Osteoporosis is an epidemic nutritional deficiency in the United States. More than 25 million Americans suffer with this disease at the cost to the economy of the U.S. of approximately 14 billion dollars each year. At least 1.2 million fractures occur each year in the United States as a direct result of osteoporosis. Spontaneous compression fractures of the vertebrae of the back cause tremendous pain and suffering for those with osteoporosis.
    The American diet, with its high intake of white breads, white flour, refined sugars, and fat, has been shown to be deficient in many of the essential nutrients needed for healthy bones”.

    I remember as a young child, being fascinated by hunched-over old people “looking for coins on the ground” – I later understood that their spines had deteriorated due to osteoporosis.

    We can prevent osteoporosis, but we need to start in our teenage years by getting optimal amounts of calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D. Our bones are growing fast at that time and need the nutritional support to grow strong.

    At post-menopause we need to continue with adequate calcium in our diet, bearing in mind that we need sufficient magnesium and Vitamin D for the calcium to be utilised by our bodies, along with advanced-quality broad spectrum supplements (nutriceuticals) – antioxidants, multi-vitamins and multi-minerals. We also need to have adequate amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables. Exercise is crucial to the health of our bones – weight bearing exercises such as walking helps the lower legs but does little for the back and hips; upper body weight resistance exercises such as lifting weights over your head are critical. By taking care of ourselves we can prevent osteoporosis.

    Can osteoporosis be reversed without medications? Listen to this 74-year old woman’s experience.

    What can you do to reverse osteoporosis?

    Click here for a List of Alkaline Foods – The pH Balanced Diet.

    For comprehensive advice visit Better Bones.

    My nutritional doctor’s advice is:
    LIFESTYLE Walking, Vibration training, working with weights, and sunlight
    SUPPLEMENTS good multivitamin/mineral, calcium/magnesium combined with boron, silicon and manganese, Vitamin D3, Omega-3 fish oils

    I would suggest that if you have a blender/juicer that you make the Green Smoothie’s in the recipes you can download here, and drink one daily.

    Doing all that would provide you with the building blocks to getting healthy strong bones (and the other side-effects of a healthy body!!!)

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  • Jun 9

    You will read in the media that nutritional supplements cause deaths, breast cancer, expensive urine and we don’t need to take them. I suggest that you do make sure that your beliefs are based on reliable sources and not just the latest headline.  Do you need to take anti-aging supplements?
    Do you need to take anti-aging supplements?
    It is important not to take the media reports at face value – they are there to sell bad news.

    For instance, does the latest research define what supplements were taken in what doses, for how long, what was the strength, what was the bioavailability, are they balanced and what was the quality? Were the supplements from a natural source or were they artificial (a factor in the case of Vitamin E for instance)? What other factors were involved e.g. the health of the subjects before the study? Sometimes the answers to these types of questions are difficult to find.

    My belief is based on my experience, the many books about nutrition that I have read, and the doctors and scientists I have listened to.

    According to Michael Lam, MD, MPH, ABAAM: “Study after study over the past 40 years confirms that nutritional supplementation is a cheap insurance for longevity and cancer prevention if taken at the optimum dosage. Nutritional supplementation is a food. It is not giving your body something that your body does not have. It is to supplement your body’s existing level and to ensure that the proper nutrient at the proper level is available for the body at all times.
    It is an accepted fact that people have different nutritional needs based on genetics, weight, gender, age, health status, physical activity, and ability to absorb nutrients. If you don’t know what you need, the safest strategy is to err on the side of slight excess if you are in general good heath. Having a little extra of any nutrient won’t harm you. But a brief deficiency can, and a chronic will.

    Taking optimal amounts of nutritional supplements is a cornerstone and key component of any comprehensive anti-aging program. You simply cannot get enough of these nutrients from your diet for optimum health, and having inadequate amounts can kill you.”

    My parents had a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately my Dad did smoke cigarettes but stopped when I was born. They lived in Australia which is conducive to growing your own fruit and vegetables in the back garden. So they ate organically from their garden (my Mum was such a great cook that my Dad preferred eating meals at home), they had moderate exercise (swimming and walking) and had a mostly stress-free life. But that didn’t stop them suffering from arthritis, heart disease and in my father’s case – prostate cancer. My mother suffered from high blood pressure for many years and was on expensive BP medication. My mother died at the age of 71 from a heart attack and my dad died at 77 from the prostate cancer. Sadly, they have missed out on seeing their grandchildren reach adulthood. As far as my beliefs are concerned, I now know that eating healthfully isn’t enough.

    Many doctors do not encourage their patients to take supplements because they only know about over-the-counter (OTC) ones. Most of the OTC supplements are made to food grade standards and only come up to Recommended Daily Allowance doses – which is just not good enough. What we need to look for, are advanced quality, GMP standard, optimal dosage supplements. Also, once-a-day tablets are a waste of money.

    “The FDA looks at nutritional supplements the same way it looks at foods. This entire industry is really not regulated, and a nutritional company can pretty much put any amount of nutrients in their tablets. In other words, the amount stated on the label is not necessarily what is in the tablet. Unless a nutritional company voluntarily produces its nutritional supplements in a pharmaceutical-grade method, the consumer has no assurance that what is on the label is in the tablet. Why sell your health to the lowest bidder? Taking high-quality, complete and balanced nutritional are the least expensive health insurance policy you will ever purchase.” – Doctor Ray Strand

    The optimal level of vitamin E is 400 IU. What do we need to eat to get 400 IU of vitamin E? You would only need to eat 33 heads of spinach or 28 pounds of butter or 5 pounds of wheat germ each day to get that much vitamin E!

    The optimal level of vitamin C is about 1000 to 2000 mg daily (the RDA is only 60 mg). You would only have to eat 18 large oranges or 80 avocados to get that amount of vitamin C from your diet.

    Taking advanced quality, balanced, broad-spectrum, bioavailable, comprehensive, high-potency nutritional supplements supports:
    healthy aging and long-term optimal health,
    heart health,
    joint and cartilage health,
    brain health,
    bone health,
    liver health,
    eye health,
    oral health,
    mental health,
    maintenance of muscle strength,
    supports a robust and healthy immune system,
    supports optimal stamina,
    helps the body to cope with stress
    – as well as offering complete antioxidant protection against oxidative stress caused by free radical damage.

    Until I was 48, I did not give much thought to having a healthy lifestyle. Yes, I exercised and I ate (and still do) the organic vegetables that my husband enjoys growing in our back garden. But I was lacking in energy. I put that down to getting older. It wasn’t until I started taking supplements that my energy levels revived and I felt more vibrant. I have been taking advanced quality nutritional supplements every day, twice a day since the year 2000 and I plan to take them for the rest of my life. My BP is normal and I don’t have the arthritis that my parents suffered. And not only that, I don’t feel old! So something is making a difference.

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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  • May 16

    Do you have aging eyesight? I think that most of us would value our eyesight and would not want to lose our eyesight through aging. I have spoken recently to a neighbor who has problems with cataracts – she is finding it difficult to read books and is waiting for an operation.

    Cataracts are very common, affecting roughly 60% of people over the age of 60, and over 1.5 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States each year. Most common complaints include difficulty driving at night, reading, participating in sports such as golfing, or travelling to unfamiliar areas; these are all activities for which clear vision is essential.

    I had an aunt whose hobby was embroidery and she lost the ability to discern the colours of the threads when she suffered from cataracts. After the operation, she was amazed at the difference in her sight. My father also suffered from cataracts as a result of aging eyesight. He was a professional photographer and film-maker and even though he had retired, it made life difficult until he had the operation.

    A few years ago, another elderly neighbour began using a walking stick because she was going blind as a result of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In the United States, age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over 60 years of age.

    As I love reading and travelling, I would hate the thought of having impaired eyesight and worse still, the loss of eyesight.

    Imagine not being able to see a view like this one of Wellington Harbour, New Zealand.

    A simple preventative solution is to wear sunglasses when in bright sunlight. And by combining a healthy diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus supplements may provide further fortification.

    The Journal of the American Medical Association reported in its November 9, 1994 issue that individuals who have the highest intake of beta-carotene have a 43% lower risk of developing macular degeneration than those with the lowest levels. Other epidemiological studies have shown that people with macular degeneration also had low levels of zinc, selenium, vitamin C, carotonoids, and vitamin E when compared to control groups that did not have macular degeneration.

    Clinical studies have identified particular nutrients that appear to be beneficial in macular degeneration. Mixed carotenoids containing lutein and zeaxanthin have been found to improve the pigment density in the macula. In fact, supplementing with lutein showed about a 50% increase in concentration of this nutrient within the macula of the eye. This offers the macula increased protection against high-energy light and free radical damage. It is like having an internal pair of sunglasses, since lutein gives this area an amber color that is able to filter the light before it hits the retina. (Ref: Doctor Ray Strand)

    Another good reason to take high-quality antioxidants/multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplements combined with a healthy diet.

    Further reading:
    Healthy Eating May Prevent Cataracts

    Download further information regarding cataracts and macular degeneration.
    Visit Live in The Now Read how Vitamin D deficiency is linked to eye problems and A Foolproof Plan for Healthy Vision

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  • Apr 30

    What is it about weight gain and aging? We are constantly being told to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, and if you are doing that, you will be feeling the benefits. Eating healthy food is anti-aging. You will also know that it is important to eat in ‘technicolour” that is eating a wide variety of fruit and vegetables – not just your favourites. And the reason for that is so that our body’s cells can get all the nutrients they need for healthy cell growth. And we need to bathe our cells with good clean water – it helps to keep our skin hydrated and flush out toxins.

    One of the problems many women in our age group face is weight gain. You can blame some of that on our hormones. Sometimes though, it is what and how much we put in our mouth. Dr Libby Weaver in her book Accidentally Overweight explains weight gain as pieces of a puzzle and we have to figure out which pieces relate to us. I have found her book both fascinating and helpful.

    What we eat also can put us at risk of getting a disease that is on the increase – Diabetes Type 2. However you can modify your diet so that you can be a healthy weight. If this is a concern for you (and it is a continuing battle for me) then here is a daily menu outline.

    Breakfast (to be eaten between 6am and 8am) – fresh fruit, plain yoghurt and a small mixture of seeds and nuts.
    Lunch (to be eaten between 12 noon and 2pm) – fresh veggies (salads are very good) with a small amount of protein – egg, white cheese, fish, chicken
    Evening meal (to be eaten between 5pm and 6.30pm (yes, that is a challenge for some of you) – again fresh veggies, small portion of protein and a healthy grain like quinoa or legumes like chick peas and lentils.

    This is a simple eating plan that can be modified to your taste. I also use meal replacement shakes to counter my ‘naughty’ meals – those ones where you are out socialising with friends.

    Eating ‘low glycemic (Low GI)’ foods help to maintain weight too. Low GI foods are foods are low in sugar – some high GI foods are white rice, white flour (found in bread, cakes, biscuits, cookies, muffins), white potato, processed cereals and of course, sugar. Read the label carefully on drinks – many drinks – from flavoured milk to coke are high in sugar – they need to be avoided.

    If you need further motivation to manage your weight here is some new research from the Women’s Health Initiative hormone trials. “The message is obesity and a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) are not good for your cognition and your memory,” said lead author Diana Kerwin, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine and a physician at Northwestern Medicine.”

    Good, clean water is vital for our body’s health. Depending on our weight, we need to drink about 2 litres a day. Water flushes out toxins and if you are a supplement taker, it helps to bathe our cells with nutrients. Water refreshes us and also helps to prevent tiredness.

    Healthy eating needs to be part of our healthy aging plan. Keep it simple, and keep it fresh.

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended to add to your healthy eating plan, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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  • Apr 30

    Do you feel stressed? Is your life just one big rush, trying to balance many tasks? Stress is a big factor in the aging process. How do you de-stress your life?

    * Stress can cause headaches, nausea, psychological problems and even heart-attacks.
    * Stress lowers our white blood cell count, making us more susceptible to disease and illness.
    * Stress can cause hyperventilation and respiratory problems.
    * Stress can cause a variety of digestive issues, including constipation, indigestion and ulcers.
    * Stress is aging

    It is essential for many of us to have some quiet time alone, to de-stress ourselves from our busy lives. We can use that time for meditation or reflection, self-development, reading, listening to music – whatever calms you and brings you peaceful enjoyment.

    Many of us also benefit from friendships with other women, we just love talking. Make time for your friends and for making new friends – the more the merrier!

    I have recently discovered “Body Talk” which is a system of balancing techniques designed to stimulate your own innate wisdom to initiate the process of self-healing. It’s safe and non-invasive, works fast and brings about ongoing and lasting improvements on a physical, mental and emotional level. Find out more about Body Talk.


    Improve Memory ** Increase Energy ** Reduce Stress
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    Good nutrition contributes to a feeling of well-being and being able to handle the stress that sometimes is difficult to avoid. My suggestions for that feeling of wellness is to take a good quality anti-oxidant/multi-vitamin, a multi-mineral and omega-3 – along with a healthy diet that contains good helpings of fresh fruit and vegetables. The B vitamins are well known for helping with the stress factors. The anti-oxidants will combat any free radical damage caused by stress. And the Omega-3 will keep our veins supple which will decrease the strain on our heart. An extra supplement that may help with relaxation and sleep is a combination of calcium/magnesium/Vitamin D3/Vitamin K.

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  • Apr 24

    What is an antiaging skin diet? As I have become older, I have found it harder to control weight gain. Because of this, I began to research what causes this constant battle. Whereas in our teens and early 20’s we have a hunger for carbs however, as we age we do need to be more discerning about the types of carbs we eat. I love the smell of freshly baked bread but that is one of the things I have learned to reduce in my diet and to increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables. As you will read here, not only is a low glycemic diet helpful for weight management but it also keeps our skin healthier and less wrinkled too.

    The Great Skin Diet

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 11:33am

    AVOID HIGH GLYCEMIC FOODS ~ Carbs and sugars
    Carbs are found in foods like white bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. Not surprisingly, sweet treats, such as cookies, cake and candy, are full of sugar.

    HIGH GLYCEMIC FOODS: Our bodies convert carbs and sugar to blood glucose very quickly. The measure of how long this takes is called the glycemic index. Foods quickly converted to glucose are high-glycemic.

    o If we load up on carbs and sugars, our glucose levels go up. When the glucose level is too high, the body increases its production of insulin to get it back down.

    o So what happens to skin when our insulin levels are too high? Oil production rises and skin cells die quicker. Oil and dead skin cells block pores, which can lead to acne breakouts. Not surprisingly, studies show a correlation between a high-glycemic diet and acne.

    RISK OF WRINKLES: Sugar binds to skin protein, causing wrinkles, a binding process called glycation.

    o After these sugar/skin protein bonds are made, damaging structures called advanced glycation end products — or AGEs, for short — are formed. AGEs destroy collagen (which keeps skin firm), causing wrinkles. Then, free radicals are created, which damage skin cells.

    o Particularly in people over age 35, the effects of glycation become stronger. Diabetics are also highly affected by glycation: they “can have up to 50 times the number of AGEs in their skin as those who don’t have diabetes.

    o Cut down high glycemic foods if you’ve got: Oily skin, acne or wrinkles. Keep added sugar to no more than 10 percent of total calories you consume in a day. Also, limit other types of sugar, including like corn syrup and dextrose.

    o Enjoy clear, wrinkle-free skin by avoiding high glycemic foods ~ you’ll thank me later! 😀

    Marie Bertrand
    Microbiologist and Skin Scientist
    SkinScience Clinic | www.skinscience.md

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