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Live Life to the Full in Optimal Health

  • Sep 4

    What does it take to release weight? Do you have one of these at home?  For years I have been wishing for my husband to downsize, and instead he just kept on piling on the weight.  It wasn’t that he ate junk food, it was more that he ate too much meat, too many relishes, sauces and chutneys, and too much food generally. Combine that with lack of exercise, and slowly a health scare began forming.

    (He also takes advanced quality nutritional supplements that include heart healthy CoQ10, Omega-3 and magnesium plus others. But that’s not all that is required for prevention: 10 Healthy Aging strategies).

    He didn’t tell me that over the last 15 months he had been experiencing angina upon exertion.  But I did know that he was putting himself at risk of becoming diabetic (and it was getting very challenging finding size 3XL shirts).

    What does it take to release weight? The bingo experience.

    It took the death of his much-loved 55 year old cousin (a sudden fatal heart attack) in May this year, to wake him up (not his wife’s nagging…).  He contacted his cardiologist and told him to forget the treadmill, take him straight in for an angiogram. And the results were grim.  As the cardiologist said, ‘a bit of mischief has been going on’ (my husband had two stents placed in 1997 so was on the heart watch list).

    Four weeks later it was into hospital and 5 bypass grafts were performed.  (If you know anything about bypass operations, they do not perform a graft unless there is a 70% or more blockage.)  For the next 7 days, the pain of recovering began.

    Back home again and then a visit to the GP’s nurse to check the stitches and get a blood test done.  Diabetes Type 2 was diagnosed.

    30/7/2012 Blood test results:
    Total Cholesterol 5.8 mmol/L
    HDL: 0.87 mmol/L
    LDL: 3.8 mmol/L
    Chol/HDL Ratio: 6.7 (high)
    Triglyceride: 2.5 mmol/L (high – normal < 2.0)
    Glucose: 8.0 mmol/L (High – normal 3.5 to 7.7)
    HbA1c: 56 mmol/L (high – normal 20-40)

    Meanwhile, I had recommended that hubby reads a book – Dr Steven Gundry’s Diet Evolution.

    Bingo!  The time has come to release weight. Now he is on a “no grains, starchy vegetables, sugar and fruit” regime.  And boy, is it working!  The day of the operation he weighed 125 kgs and now he weighs just under 113kgs.  In less than 6 weeks. He has found it easy to do because he enjoys growing and eating vegetables, and importantly he doesn’t feel hungry. Here is a list of Heart Healthy Food Groups.

    We are now waiting for next set of blood to be taken and tested. (Last weekend he had a home blood sugar test done and his result was 6.3 – normal!).

    “The research actually shows that it’s the sugar and grains (which turn to sugar in our bodies) that cause high cholesterol as well as weight gain and type 2 diabetes, NOT the animal fats. If you eat animal products along with sugars and grains, that *will* cause your cholesterol and blood sugar to rise.”

    And yet when we look at the food pyramid we have grains taking up the large portion.  What if we put vegetables where the grains are, and put grains in with the sugars at the top.  And how about including more healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, avocados and nuts in our diet? Do you think that would solve many of our chronic health issues?  I believe it would.

    “Apparently wheat causes all sorts of issues, even if you don’t have a known allergy or intolerance to it….or I guess, you just don’t realize it is wheat causing trouble.”

    When you visit the supermarket, how many aisles hold products based on wheat? – breads, biscuits, cakes, muffins, crackers, bagels, pasta, pizzas, cereals, ready made meals, sauces…wheat is everywhere – you could even say… “ingrained”.

    “Check out the book Wheat Belly by William Davis MD.  He says the (very) genetically modified strains of wheat used everywhere these days cause havoc worldwide with the human immune system which has not been able to keep up with the change in structure of wheat products.”

    “It’s interesting information at worst and very enlightening at best.  Dr Davis says going wheat free leads to weight loss, alleviation of things like diabetes, colitis and celiac disease, improvement in cholesterol, reduction of inflammation and arthritis pain.., and so on.”

    Meanwhile, I began supporting my husband on the 8th August by following the same eating regime. I do have about 5kgs that I would like to release, and I have been fighting a pot belly for the last 10 years. So far, I have released 1kg and 3cms from my waist – the pot belly is flattening out!

     

  • 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

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