Monday, May 23, 2011

Diet Mistakes that Age You & Superfoods that Help

Good morning!

I will be having a birthday in a couple of months and like all of us, the thought of getting old is not something we want to think about. Unfortunately, there is no fountain of youth to draw water from but there are some things we can do in the natural to grow old wisely & slowly :)

Listed below are some tips to age gracefully and I also want to note the value of antioxidants and the role they play in our bodies. Having enough antioxidants are helpful not only for warding off diseases that accompany "older" age but they are also excellent for cell integrity. Here is a small list of powerful antioxidant supplements and superfoods that contain these nutrients:

Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: Apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon.

Vitamin C: Berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mangoes, nectarines, orange, papaya, red, green or yellow peppers, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, and tomatoes.

Vitamin E: Broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, and sunflower seeds.

I also want to mention a powerful resveratol, antioxidant created by Shaklee. Vivix is Shaklee's powerful resveratrol with a plethora of health benefits. Laboratory studies have shown that Vivix positively impacts all four mechanisms of cellular aging as well as contributing to several specific health benefits:
  • Helps protect and repair cellular DNA
  • Positively impacts genetic regulators which help fight cellular aging
  • Promotes mitochondrial biogenesis, which helps increase power production within the cells
  • Reduces the formation of AGE proteins that can clog up your cells
  • Supports heart health and cardiovascular function
  • Supports brain health
  • Enhances immune system functionality
  • Promotes cellular longevity
  • Supplies antioxidants to fight free radicals

I started taking it and noticed that my brown spots on my arms starting fading! It also helps with vein integrity as the veins on my legs don't throb and swell while I'm taking this. That's really good new for me!

Also, Yahoo Shine notes that eating the wrong foods -- or not eating the right foods -- can result in symptoms that most people tend to assume are due to aging. Here are four tips they've assembled to steer you in the right direction:

Mistake #1: You avoid all animal protein

Vitamin B12, which is essential for energy, is found only in foods that are derived from animals. This nutrient helps regulate your metabolism, and it is an important part of maintaining a healthy brain and nervous system. Fatigue is a classic sign of B12 deficiency

Mistake #2: You're not getting enough manganese and copper

Manganese and copper prevent joint pain, and are both essential for maintaining joint cartilage and flexibility. In many cases, getting enough of these nutrients reverses joint deterioration and eliminates joint pain.

Mistake #3: You avoid healthy fats

Omega-3 fats are part of your brain's building blocks. If you're not getting enough in your diet, the architecture of your brain becomes weak, and brain function, including memory, deteriorates.

Mistake #4: You favor packaged foods over whole

Most processed foods do not have enough potassium, which can result in high blood pressure. Eating better can correct the problem.

Enjoy your summer and all the superfoods God created to help you age gracefully! :0

P.S. If you want to order any of the supplements listed above or need to take a Wellness Assessment to see where you're at, please call me! I'm here to help you.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What constitutes a healthy lifestyle?

Good morning Houston!

Have you heard the expression home is where the heart is? I have come to think about this phrase and how it relates to a healthy lifestyle.

My blog is named WHOLE health because I believe health is not just about popping a vitamin and all of a sudden you're gonna feel great. To me, health is all encompassing - body, mind, spirit.

One of the ways for us to have a healthy lifestyle has to do with our home - where our heart is. Your home, whether young or old, is your place of refuge. The place where you hang your heart so to speak and relax. It's the place that people get a glimpse into your life based on your decorations, ambiance, etc.

With that mind, I believe that as a born-again Christian, our homes should reflect Christ. Having a messy home while being involved in ministries outside of the home is not, in my opinion, giving a great impression of Christ to your family or the people who visit your home. I understand everyone has "off" days but we should strive to be good stewards of what God has entrusted to us. I don't believe God calls us to minister to others and leave our own home to fall by the wayside.

Whether your are single, married, divorced, widowed God has called us to live a life worthy of Him and having a clean or semi-clean home is not only part of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle but it's also a great way to reflect Christ and be hospitable. God has called us all to hospitality.

So yes, home is where the heart where is that heart? Under that pile of clothes in the living room? Go find it and enjoy a healthy lifestyle with your family & friends!

BTW, here's a recipe for you and enjoy!

Nut Mayonnaise
A simple, healthy spread for wraps or sandwiches.
"Delicious on tomato sandwiches"

1 cup cashews, macadamia nuts or pine nuts, or a combination.
½ to ¾ cup distilled water
½ teaspoon sea salt

Blend all ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Add more water if needed. Store in a glass jar in the fridge, will keep 4-5 days.