Can’t Make the Scale Budge? 11 Questions to Ask Yourself by Ina Nozek, DC, MS, CCN

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Losing stubborn weight is easier with these 11 tips.

Amazing transformational changes to our health and our body composition are seen with the Isagenix nutritional cleansing and fat burning systems,  but every now and then we get “stuck.” Sometimes the weight seems to be coming off too slowly, or compared to other people’s results it doesn’t feel “up to par.”

What I’d like to do is give some tips on how to optimize weight/fat loss results so that you can reach both your health and your weight loss goals. Before you get discouraged, here are a few questions you can ask yourself:

1. Are you drinking enough water? The products do an amazing job at helping your body cleanse away toxins, but it’s your job to flush those impurities out with adequate hydration from pure, plain water. It is extremely important to consume at least eight to 10 full glasses of water each day, as is standard advice. On hot days or if performing physical activity, drink a few ounces more along with the sports drink Want More Energy?® that replenishes lost glycogen, vitamins and electrolytes.

2. Are you moving your bowels well each and every day? Constipation could hinder weight loss results. Rather than carrying around pounds that build up in the colon, regular and complete bowel movements are important in managing your ‘true’ body weight. If necessary, increasing the amount of IsaFlush! (containing magnesium) and fiber that you are taking each day will support regularity. FiberPro and FiberSnacks! can be used to get your required amount of daily fiber, which will certainly support gastrointestinal health.

3. Are you taking in enough or perhaps too many calories? Take a look at the meals and snacks that you consume on your Shake Days. Make sure to follow the program with 400- to 600-calorie meals consisting of whole, natural foods.

4. Are you letting too much time go by between your shakes and your meal and/or snacks? Timing is everything! Your shake or meal should hold your appetite for three to four hours.  If there is more time than that between meals, you need to choose a healthy, balanced snack to curb hunger. This will keep your blood sugar stable and prevent your body from slowing your metabolism to conserve energy.

5. What are your food choices? Many of us may be absent-mindedly hindering results by reach for excess sugars and/or starches. Snacking on high-glycemic, low-fiber foods, or having a handful of this or that throughout the day can be enough to slow things down. Be aware of what you are choosing to eat.

6. Are you sleep deprived and/or stressed out? Either of these issues can cause your stress hormones to be out of balance and lead to increased fat storage—especially around the belly. If you are under a lot of stress and/or not sleeping restfully at night, I suggest you double up on your Ionix Supreme. Meditation and light physical activity may also be helpful in restoring your natural rhythms.

7. How often are you cleansing? For some of you, you may be cleansing too often and for others, you may not be cleansing enough. Keep your body guessing! Two consecutive Cleanse Days is the deepest advisable cleanse and the most effective way to burn fat. However, some people may do this too often. In which case, I recommend that you switch things up. Perhaps do double Cleanse Days every other week. Or, you can try one Cleanse Day one week and then a two Cleanse Days the next week. Maybe switch to drinking 1 or2 ounces daily (“daily cleansing”) for a while instead. Two to four ounces of Cleanse for Life before bed on an empty stomach may be helpful for many people, too. Remember to hydrate well throughout the day whether you are “deep” or “daily cleansing.” The key to all of this is to keep your body guessing by making sure to switch things up!

8. Are your foods settling? Food allergies and sensitivities may be playing a role in slowing weight loss results. Be aware of what foods you are eating and whether or not they are “jiving” with your body. Avoid any obvious foods sensitivities or intolerances.

9. Are you maximizing your meals? If not, consider Vanilla IsaPro! Adding 1 scoop of IsaPro to 1 or 1 ½ scoops of IsaLean shake can be helpful for optimizing your metabolism. The boost to protein can make a huge difference to anyone with a sluggish metabolism. Extra protein also keeps your appetite satisfied longer and promotes maintenance of muscle, a key element for plateau busting!

10. How many steps do you take every day? Get out there and move! Exercise is so important for our general health and it makes a huge difference in transforming our body composition. Daily exercise increases metabolism naturally as we build muscle. Incorporate strength and resistance training as well as cardio exercise for optimal fat burning results.

11. Are you following the plan? Are you committed to getting the best results? Are your food choices optimal? Are you adding too many extra calories to your shakes and to your snacking? Be honest with yourself. If we are honest with ourselves, sometimes we realize that we could be more committed and disciplined. For some of us, it’s this discipline that makes all of the difference in achieving our goals. Then maintenance becomes a lot easier. Stay strong in order to truly transform your body so that you can look and feel your absolute best!

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Meditate on Your Telomere Length

Twelve minutes of meditation daily could help protect telomeres against effects of chronic stress, a new study suggests.

Want to manage stress, clear your mind, and enhance your mood? A few minutes of meditation a day could help and, new research finds, might help increase activity of an enzyme that keeps your body younger at the level of your DNA.

As anyone taking taking Isagenix Product B is aware, boosting expression of the enzyme telomerase in the body is critical for maintaining the length and integrity of telomeres. Telomeres, the length of which are considered a biomarker of biological aging, are special complexes that cap chromosomes to protect DNA.

Psychological stress not only affects our minds, but can have an impact on telomerase activity in the body leading to possible faster telomere shortening. Now, researchers from University of California, Los Angeles, have found that just 12 minutes a day of a particular style of yogic meditation, Kirtan Kriya, daily could help buffer against effects of psychological stress and support activity of the enzyme.

The study compared the effects of short practice of Kirtan Kriya-style meditation to quiet relaxation on individuals working as family caregivers of patients with dementia. The researchers then evaluated the psychological health and telomere length of the chronically stressed population.

The study randomized 39 family dementia caregivers, age 45 to 91, to two groups. Every day for eight weeks, the meditation group underwent a 12-minute Kirtan Kriya meditation, a practice following the philosophies of Kundalini yoga. The control group took a 12-minute relaxation period in a quiet place with instrumental music. The purpose, the authors explain, was to single out the benefits of a meditation practice from the benefits of relaxation alone.

The study found that about 65 percent of the meditation group had at least a 50 percent improvement in depressive symptoms. In addition, the meditation group also had a 43 percent increase in telomerase activity—a significant boost compared to the nearly 4 percent increase seen in the quiet relaxation group. When it came to mental health and cellular age, the groups were not different at baseline.

“Brief daily meditation practices by family dementia caregivers can lead to improved mental and cognitive functioning and lower levels of depressive symptoms,” the researchers wrote. “This improvement was accompanied by an increase in telomerase activity suggesting improvement in stress-induced cellular aging.”

More than just elevating mood, this current research may support quality of life and help reduce the burden of caregiving on health. The authors studied caregivers because these individuals are known to suffer from highly stressed, and highly distressed, lives. Nearly 50 percent of caregivers have been found to battle depression, and new research shows that these people have prematurely shortened telomeres. The link between emotional stress and physical health is poorly defined, but telomere length may represent a biomarker to study stress.

The authors report that they “found an improvement across measures of mental health and cognitive functioning, psychological distress, and telomerase activity in caregivers performing daily Kirtan Kriya compared with the relaxation group.”

They explain, “Because Kirtan Kriya had several elements of using chanting, mudras [hand alignments], and visualization, there was a ‘brain fitness’ effect in addition to stress-reduction that contributed to the overall effect of meditation.”

This study’s results add reason to consider meditation as part of a complete lifestyle for supporting telomere health, which should also include supplementation with Ageless Essentials Daily Pack with Product B, regular exercise, healthy sleep habits, limiting exposure to environmental toxins, and eating a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods.

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Reference: Lavretsky H et al. A pilot study of yogic meditation for family dementia caregivers with depressive symptoms: effects on mental health, cognition, and telomerase activity. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2012. DOI: 10.1002/gps.3790

Are You Getting Enough of the “Gymnast” Vitamin?


Vitamin B12 goes through acrobat-like moves for crucial reactions in the body, new research finds.

Vitamin B12 bends over backwards for your health and now, for the first time, scientists have produced 3-D images of it in action.

University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have created computer-generated 3-D ribbon diagrams of vitamin B12 (and other molecules) in action as it performs its role in transferring methyl groups — a crucial reaction in the body.

Methyl group transfer is an essential vitamin B12 function needed for the maintenance of the central nervous and cardiovascular systems, as well as the conversion of food into energy. It also occurs in the cells of bacteria that reside in our guts (and in the guts of cows and other animals), enabling gases such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide to be detoxified and eliminated.

B12 is already known as the biggest and most structurally complicated vitamin, but this research takes that knowledge a step further—illustrating the vitamin’s elaborate, acrobatic, “molecular juggling”. The research serves to better understand how vitamin B12 twists and contorts itself to perform its essential-for-life functions.

The research may also potentially play a role in the development of new alternative renewable energy sources using methyl group transfer.

Vitamin B12 represented in action as a full 3-D ribbon diagram with twists and fold.

How much vitamin B12 dietary intake is needed daily? The established Daily Value (DV) for B12 is 6 micrograms. Normally, people should be able to obtain these amounts easily enough from animal products such as meat, shellfish, eggs, milk, and cheese. However, as people get older, they may lose production of enough digestive juices necessary to free sufficient B12 that is complexed in foods. Absorption may be further complicated by failure of cells of the stomach lining to secrete intrinsic factor, a protein necessary to bind to B12 enabling absorption.

Groups that may want to consider taking a B12 supplement because of decreased absorption are aging adults, people with pernicious anemia, and people with decreased levels of stomach acidity (achlorhydria) or gastrointestinal disorders. These groups should check with their doctors about having routine blood tests to check vitamin B12 status. Because of vitamin B12 only being in animal-derived foods, vegetarians may need to include B12 supplements or fortified foods in their diet to ensure adequate intake.

Vitamin B12 is available in several forms including cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin, and adenosylcobalamin. Because vitamin B12 is the only metabolite known to contain cobalt, they are known collectively as cobalamins. As a supplement, B12 is often provided as cyanocobalamin because of its relative stability and safety profile. Because the stability and safety of cyanocobalamin is well established, the supplement is often used even as a placebo in clinical trials.

Enough vitamin B12 intake daily supports a healthy brain, nervous system, heart, as well as cell metabolism, but can one get too much? Studies have found no known toxicity even when provided in extremely high doses (e.g. 1 mg per day for a year). For this reason, there also has been no Tolerable Upper intake Level (UL) set to distinguish the amount that may cause adverse effects.

According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), “no adverse effects have been associated with excess vitamin B12 intake from food and supplements in healthy individuals”.

Recently, one study suggested that older adults taking large doses of vitamin B12 may be supporting memory and thinking as they age.

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Reference

Yan Kung, Nozomi Ando, Tzanko I. Doukov, Leah C. Blasiak, Güneş Bender, Javier Seravalli, Stephen W. Ragsdale, Catherine L. Drennan. Visualizing molecular juggling within a B12-dependent methyltransferase complex. Nature, 2012; DOI: 10.1038/nature10916

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References

Horne BD et al. Relation of Routine, Periodic Fasting to Risk of Diabetes Mellitus, and Coronary Artery Disease in Patients Undergoing Coronary Angiography. Am J Cardiol. 2012;xx:xxx. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2012.01.379.

Horne BD, et al. Usefulness of routine periodic fasting to lower risk of coronary artery disease among patients undergoing coronary angiography. Am J Cardiol. 2008. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2008.05.021

5-in-1 Carrot Charisma Shake

Kid-Friendly Fun Recipes

  • 2 scoops IsaLean® Shake in French Vanilla
  • 8 oz purified water
  • 1 scoop Isagenix FiberPro™
  • 1 scoop IsaFruits®
  • 1 teaspoon IsaCalcium®
  • 1 small/medium-sized organic carrot cut into pieces

Blend and enjoy.

Submitted by Edith, West Jordan, UT 2008 Isagenix® Tastiest Recipes Contest Winner

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IsaStrawberry-Banana Shake

 

Shakes for Maintenance

  • 2 scoops IsaLean® Shake in Natural Creamy Vanilla
  • 1 handful frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 3 oz. plain, low-fat yogurt
  • 8 oz. of water
  • Desired amount of ice

Add ingredients to IsaBlender®, mix and enjoy!

Submitted by Melissa N.

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Tea Tip

Co-Founder Kathy Coover’s Tea Tips

You’re already enjoying your 1-to-2 ounces of Cleanse for Life™ each morning after you get out of bed and each evening before you go to bed, but how about adding some variety to your routine? Co-Founder Kathy Coover has created several tasty Cleanse for Life recipes to help you mix things up with so you can keep those impurities at bay!

Try Kathy’s tips for everyday cleansing go to:

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