Exposing Dangers of Crazy Weight-Loss Supplements

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Beware of Crazy Weight Loss Supplements – There May be Danger in those “Quick-Fixes”

It is coming up on the New Year – when lots of people decide it is time to lose weight.   There are so many products out there that claim they will help you lose weight and burn or block fat. Some of them work for the short-term, but what do they do to your body and how long can you use them? And why would you take a risk of some health issue due to their use?

In pursuit of a quick-fix, you can mess your body up pretty badly. Buying products off of commercials and infomercials can be a huge health hazard. One of my clients is a woman who purchased some weight-loss vitamins off a television commercial. They caused kidney failure. She now has one of her sister’s kidneys and is on a very restricted diet. And the meds she needs to use have caused her to put on over eighty pounds in two years. All because she wanted a quick-fix!

In a report from Consumer Labs, June 7, 2014, reviewing weight loss supplements, they list the various ingredients being used by quick weight-loss product companies. These are:

Bitter orange, calcium, chitosan, ephedra, green tea, 7-keto DHEA, hydroxycitric acid (HCA), green coffee bean extracts, hoodia, pyruvate and L-carnitine, chromium, raspberry ketones, herbal stimulant blends, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplements. What concerns me is not only the unregulated manufacture but the potential side-effects:

Specifically — Increase in blood pressure – in some products up to 11.8! Here are some of the readings:

(Zantrex – 11.8; Xenadrine EFX – 11.4; Solaray – 10.5; Metabolift – 8.4) — https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/weight_loss_supplements_7-keto-dhea/WeightLoss/

Other products will increase heart rate or produce abnormal heart rhythms

Side effects shared by the above four products include: Nausea, insomnia , skin flushing, headache, frequent urination, loss of appetite, indigestion, tremors, anxiety.

So you risk a lot and they don’t even work that well!

You can use something that will jump-start your weight-loss – Cleanses, Fasts, Juicing, Dieting — when you know it is safe and properly-manufactured. Some of these you only want to do for a few days to a few weeks. What you do not want to do is put potentially harmful products in your body just because you don’t want to make the changes necessary to release weight safely and naturally.

My Recommendations for Quick and Steady Weight-Loss

Remember, the rule-of-thumb is 1.5 to 2 lbs. of weight-loss per week.  This allows your skin to draw back in and not sag, and makes sure you have enough energy. You can do a jump-start Cleanse* or Fast or Juicing and take off 5 lbs in 5 days, even up to 8, without damaging your body. You just have to be able to incorporate healthy eating and exercise and enough water. I also have folks use a multi-vitamin/chelated mineral system that is safe and approved by ConsumerLabs to make sure they get all necessary nutrients. I market one that I trust and you can get it at: www.energyunlimited.usana.com. It is called the Essentials and they will help curb cravings as you are getting the right nutrition while you are changing your eating habits. When you have all the right vitamins and minerals, the body relaxes, releases inflammation, fat and toxins. Staying properly-nutriented is the best way to stay Lean and Strong!

You really do not want to risk your health to any of these unapproved products. Honor the natural systems of your body and give it what it needs, every day. Your heart, mind, muscles and skin will be so happy if you do! And the fat will come off!

If you want to put together a safe, effective program that your body will respond to, drop me a line at: deb@energyunlimited.biz and we can get you going. Or, go to: www.sexyleanandstrong.com to sign up for a Complimentary Breakthrough Health Assessment and your personalized program for losing weight.

*My favorite and effective 5-Day Cleanse is USANA’s RESET. It is safe, mild and most of my clients lose 5 lbs in 5 days and get rid of carb and sugar cravings. www.energyunlimited.usana.com to order. Have it in time for your New Year weight-loss jump-start.

Take care and Happy Holidays!

Be Sexy, Lean and Strong at Any Age!

Keep the Bugs Away!

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Why We need to Replace Probiotics Every Day!

A while back I blogged on the benefits of Probiotics and how I got rid of my IBS, bloating and other issues.  Now I have learned that we are being polluted and our probiotics killed-off, every day that we eat foods with glyphosate.  The EPA is allowing it in our foods and all GMO-foods are suspect.  I will never stop using my probiotic supplement, every day!  I took them with me on my recent 10-day trip to Virginia and Florida and they helped me stay healthy and kept the weight off!

Extracted from Dr. Mercola blog:

“Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Enterococcus faecalis—these are organisms that keep you healthy either by providing accessibility to the minerals in your food or producing many of the vitamins that you need for life. They’re also the natural biological defenses to keep Clostridium, Salmonella, and E.coli from developing in your system,” Dr. Huber explains.

“When you take the good bacteria out, then the bad bacteria fill that void, because there aren’t any voids in nature. We have all of these gut-related problems, whether it’s autism, leaky gut, C. difficile diarrhea, gluten intolerance, or any of the other problems. All of these diseases are an expression of disruption of that intestinal microflora that keeps you healthy.”

Glyphosate was first patented as a chelator in 1964 by Stauffer Chemical Co. It was patented by Monsanto and introduced as an herbicide in 1974. And then in 1996, Roundup Ready crops hit the market. There’s been a steep increase in the usage of Roundup since then, because you can apply it multiple times without damaging your crop. Making matters worse, they’re now also using glyphosate as a ripening agent—even for non-GMO crops. It’s applied right before harvest time to ripen off the crop.

“We have about a five-fold increase in glyphosate usage on many of our GMO crops. With the Roundup Ready-resistant weeds, we see that rate going up exponentially,” he says.

Did You Know? EPA Just Increased Allowable Limits of Glyphosate in Your Food

Despite well-understood health risks, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is repeatedly approached by agricultural and biotech companies asking for increased limits of this pernicious toxin in your food.

“The companies say we have to increase the amount of glyphosate that we can have in your food, so we can have a ‘safe’ product – not based on science but based on how much chemical is actually in our food!” Dr.Huber says.

On May 1, the EPA went ahead and doubled the amount of glyphosate allowed in food… Soybean oil may now contain as much as 40 parts per million (ppm) of glyphosate. Meanwhile, research by Dr. Monika Krueger at Leipzig University shows that a tenth of a part per million is all that it takes to kill your Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Enterococcus faecalis! So soybean oil is now allowed to contain a whopping 4,000 times the known limit at which it can impact your health.”

WHAT CAN WE DO TO PROTECT OURSELVES?

Eat Clean, as close to the natural source as possible.  Buy from local farmers and find out what they do to keep glyphosate out of your foods.  Stay away from packaged and processed foods that do not have labeling which discloses GMO content.

Replenish the probiotics every day.  My choice – USANA Probiotics – a powder with12 Billion live bacteria with lactobacillus and bifidobacterium.  I cannot go without it!

 

 

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Visit to Sanoviv — Holistic Hospital and Spa

woman stretching on rockI just got back from an amazing place — Sanoviv Medical Institute — part holistic healing hospital, part elegant spa, part fat-farm. Sanoviv can literally take a toxic body and change it to a healthy one in a few days! I experienced my first colon hydrotherapy, sacro-cranial massage, Laughter Yoga for healing, and new, cutting-edge nutrition and detox techniques that are based on true science, not just some fad diet pumped-up in a magazine. My metabolism was tested and typed. I found out that I am super-healthy, by Sanoviv standards, with an almost perfect metabolism. The microscopic blood analysis — living and dried, showed a bit of trouble with allergies and digestion, which tracks with my own experience. They told me I was on the right track and to keep doing what I do, with just some fine-tuning for liver support and more probiotics.

Now I am living by their regime: warm water with juice from half a lemon and cayenne first thing in the morning, then a healthy breakfast, minimal fruit, green juice from veggies, plus healthy meals with lots of raw veggies and sprouts. Fish and chicken but only wild-caught or free-range. I found out veggies are better for me than lettuce and some of my favorite night-shade veggies need to be consumed less (eggplant, tomatoes). My supplement routine was affirmed as being right on-target! Except my blood-pressure was low and now I only need to take one BiOmega a day, versus two. (Bi-Omega is a pure fish-oil capsule from USANA.)

Sanoviv is located in Baja California, in Ciudad Nacional, right on the ocean. The location was chosen by Sanoviv’s founder, Dr. Myron Wentz, for the pure air, and the energy vortex recognized by NASA. Shamans used the beach below Sanoviv for their ceremonies. The energy there was palpable. I really felt as though I were not in this world — as though I were someplace so special and serene that the trials and tribulations of the day-to-day world had all been left behind. The staff is unfailing welcoming and accommodating. The views are magnificent and I could live in the pools!

Doctors from around the world send their desperate cases of cancer, multiple sclerosis, and undiagnosed diseases to Sanoviv. They assign a team of medical staff, including a psychiatrist, dentist, fitness professional, chiropractor and several doctors, to each case. Every possible diagnostic tool is employed and many patients told me that root causes were uncovered, after they had spent years undiagnosed and seeing multiple specialists, all with differing opinions. Sanoviv performs the tests, then gathers the team to review and interpret. A treatment protocol is reached. Most patients were taking not only very special supplements, but many were on the foundation of USANA supplements — the same ones I have been taking for eleven years. I saw people who were barely existing become animated and the color return to their cheeks, after their first two weeks there. By the third week, they were already on the mend.

It was hard to return to the “real world” where I have to deal with the temptation of grocery store shelves. At Sanoviv, you are fed the healthiest food, loving prepared, in just the right amount and form, all organic and all pure. I lost four pounds in six days, felt great, and slept like a log. Luckily, I have learned the difference between the so-so food and the best food, and I do not want to settle for less than the best any more!

Sanoviv offers a Certificate in Nutrition and Health Advisor, which I have now obtained. If you would like more information, please let me know. And, remember: You Can Be Lean and Strong at Any Age!
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Why I Admire Fitness Models and Trainers

Here I am at 60, watching gals in their teens, 30s, 40s and 50s The Girls heading to competitionworking-out and training for their first fitness competition — bikini model!  I am so proud of what they do and all the discipline they apply to their daily regimen — every day, for weeks and months!  My motto is to Be Lean and Strong at Any Age, and, if we follow even half of what they practice, I am sure we all will! 

Here are some tips I have learned from the fitness models and trainers I work with, who are all on USANA vitamins, minerals and optimizers, I am happy to say!

– Eat five to six times a day, small, complete meals — lean protein, veggies, whole grains

– Drink at least half your weight in ounces of pure water a day, and drink one glass before and after exercise

– Exercise at least one hour a day (one hour is to maintain, more is to lose)

– Don’t eat the five no-nos:  processed sugar, processed starch, high-fat dairy, high-fat protein and trans-fats

– Don’t drink empty-calorie drinks

– The really serious ones in their 12-week pre-competition phase eschew anything but lean chicken and fish, and power-down tons of broccoli, green beans, asparagus, green and chamomile teas.  Very little fruit, which does not work for me.

I follow much the same program, but I am more lenient with myself and my clients.  I figure we deserve a “cheat day” about every 9 days.  More and I will gain weight, less and I am rather bitchy.

But, on the days I pretend I am a fitness-model in training, I can drop 2 lbs a day!  So, if you want to lose weight and firm-up fast, just try eating and training like a fitness model for a week!