It's a known fact that poor heart health is the number one cause of death in the U.S. due to things like unhealthy diet, sedentary culture and weight gain. However, there are ways to help reverse the effects of damage to the heart and steps you can take to become healthier. Many find making extreme lifestyle changes to be a difficult place to begin. Instead, try starting out with small steps that will get you on the right track to a healthier heart.
Take a daily walk
If you've gotten out of the habit of exercising because of your hectic schedule, get back into the swing of things by simply taking a walk around the block. As this becomes easier, try pumping up your workout a bit more by walking longer distances or even running for short periods of time. You could even opt to add some weights into the mix to tone your arms and legs for an effective workout. The more cardiovascular strength you acquire, the better off your heart will be.
The more plaque that builds up in the heart, the higher your cholesterol will be. You may be able to control these levels by starting your morning off with a healthy meal replacement shake. They are super delicious, easy to make, fill you up and even work to lower your cholesterol. Try a Total Soy meal replacement, which contains health-healthy soy and delicious flavors. The Food & Drug Administration declared that soy protein may reduce the risk of heart disease. This may also reduce cholesterol and promote weight loss – plus, it's packed with vitamins, protein and fiber. You can opt for delicious flavors like chocolate, strawberry and vanilla!
The vitamin D in soy protein has been shown in studies to be beneficial to the heart. According to Prevention magazine, up to 53 percent of people do not get enough of this vitamin in their diet or through direct sunlight. Meal replacement shakes provide an easy and tasty way to fit this nutrient into a balanced diet.
Get some shut eye
One of the best habits you can get into is getting enough sleep at night. However, this is often easier said than done. But when you see how it's benefiting your heart, you may work a little harder to get to bed earlier.
"Lack of sleep can alter your metabolism, making you prone to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease," explained health expert Dr. Arthur Agatston, creator of the South Beach Diet.
Get on a schedule in which you head to bed at a normal hour every night, allowing you to get a proper amount of sleep. Avoid eating big meals before bed, as this can make it difficult for your body to wind down and get into sleep mode.
Cut out sugary beverages
If your go-to drink is soda or sugary juice, you may be consuming more calories than you realize. But don't worry, you don't have to completely remove these items from your diet. According to Harvard Health Publications, even cutting out just one single sugary soda or latte can save you on average 100 calories per day. This adds up to about a 10 pound weight loss in a year.
At some point in your life, you’ve probably become well aware of how difficult it is to get a good night’s sleep when there are deadlines, work, relationships and other priorities to think about. Tossing and turning, unfortunately, only seems to make things worse. According to Brown University, experts estimate that about 100 million Americans maintain serious sleep debt. Although anxiety and stress may be part of our everyday lives, sleepless nights don’t have to be. Thankfully, there are steps you can take that will improve your sleep and even help you get to sleep faster. Here are a few tricks to try:
Take your vitamins
One of the best ways to get a restful night’s sleep is to take your vitamins! Studies have shown that a range of B-vitamins, calcium, magnesium and melatonin may work to calm your nerves and induce sleep. And other studies have shown that these vitamins will help to boost immune system health! SlumberAid is a natural supplement containing these vitamins to give you a better night’s sleep. Aside from being found in supplements, these vitamins are naturally found in a host of healthy foods.
B-vitamins can be found in a variety of foods ranging from egg yolks, peanuts, fish and poultry to whole grain cereals and leafy green vegetables. As for calcium, don’t forget to drink your orange juice. Magnesium levels are high in rice, dried herbs and cocoa powder. This means you can snack on a bit of dark chocolate before bed! However, be careful to not eat too much before bed, as this can make you uncomfortable, making catching z’s even more difficult.
Have a consistent bedtime
Get on a schedule that allows you to go to bed (and wake up) at the same time every day. According to Brown University, staying on a consistent sleep pattern can help you get more shut eye. If you go to sleep at 1 a.m. Monday night and then wish to catch up on some sleep Tuesday night at about 10 p.m., you may find you’re having trouble sleeping because your body’s sleep-wake rhythm has been disturbed.
Part of having a consistent bedtime is creating a routine around your sleep patterns. This could mean winding down before bed by reading a book, watching TV or looking over your schedule for the next day. Either way, relaxing a bit before bed might be able to help you get into the proper mindset for sleep.
Manage your stress
This is definitely easier said than done. However, studies have shown that taking a milk peptide supplement like Symbiotics TryptoZen may actually bring you to a more relaxed state of being, helping you to fall and stay asleep. If common relaxation methods like yoga, reading or meditating do the trick, this may be helpful to add to your bedtime routine.
Take shorter naps
If you’re exhausted during the day because of a poor night’s sleep, you’re going to want to take a nap. But the trick is to keep your naps nice and short, as difficult as that may seem. Brown University said that your naps shouldn’t exceed 30 minutes. You only need 15-20 minutes to increase alertness, productivity and creativity.
Naturade® Weight Gain Powder awarded the prestigious Vity Award for its all natural Weight Gain powder for the 4th year in a row
We are very happy to announce that Naturade has been awarded the prestigious Vity Award for its Weight Gain nutrition drink mix for the 4th year in a row. The annual Vity Awards honor the industry’s best-selling products based on a nationwide survey of health food stores conducted by Vitamin Retailer magazine.
We are honored and proud to have Naturade’s Weight Gain recognized as the leader in this category for four consecutive years,” said Rick Robinette, the company’s President. “Growing consumer demand for our all natural, gluten free, no sugar added formula has helped Naturade to become the dominant natural brand in this category. You can find Naturade’s Weight Gain in many retail chains including The Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, select Walgreen’s stores as well as in your local health food and organic grocery stores. Our product is ideal for therapeutic use, as well as athletic weight gain & recovery. We are very proud that Naturade Weight Gain clearly delivers what our consumers are looking for in a high quality weight gain product.”
Scientists investigating natural ways to enhance athletic performance have found that bovine colostrum can massively reduce gut permeability – otherwise known as ‘leaky gut syndrome.’ Their findings, published in the March issue of the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, could have positive implications not just for athletes but also for sufferers of heatstroke.
A research group led by Ray Playford, Professor of Medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry looked at athletes who were asked to run for 20 minutes at 80 per cent of their aerobic maximum. At the end of the exercise, changes in the subjects gut leakiness were measured using urine sample – also determined were changes in the athletes’ core temperature. Under standard conditions, gut leakiness had increased by 250 per cent and temperature had risen by 2 degrees. However, when the group were given a drink of dairy colostrum for two weeks before the trial, the rise in gut leakiness was reduced by about 80 per cent, despite the same effort and temperature rise.
Gut disorders induced by exercise are common in runners – the body’s response to increased permeability is to clear the gut contents, giving rise to symptoms such as diarrhoea to avoid toxins from gut organisms entering the bloodstream, as these lead to heatstroke which can result in damage to the internal organs.
Professor Playford’s research identified changes in gut barrier function in laboratory studies: gut cells were cultured at normal 37 degrees body heat and at 39 degrees to replicate the temperature after exercise. The death rate of gut cells was much increased at the higher temperature yet when colostrum was added to the culture medium the rise in cell death rate was reduced by two thirds.
Professor Ray Playford said: “Athletes’ performance can be seriously diminished due to gut symptoms during heavy exercise. We have been looking at natural approaches to reduce this problem as the range of products that athletes can legitimately take is very limited. Our findings suggest colostrum may have real value in helping our athletes perform. This is a research area we are especially interested in given our proximity to the 2012 Olympic site. In addition, extremes of temperature and exercise are often suffered by armed forces in desert war scenarios and can result in heat stroke which is life threatening. Based on our results to date, our research group is also exploring products that may be useful for protecting soldiers in life threatening situations such as these.”
More information: on the benefits of bovine colostrum and how it assists athletes is published in the March issue of American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology (http://ajpgi.physiology.org/)
Ultra T Gold™ by Ageless Foundation Laboratories has been formulated based on extensive scientific research and clinical studies. One of the primary ingredients, Testofen®, is an all natural ingredient that has been the subject of two separate, double-blind, placebo controlled studies showing how it increases free testosterone (with exercise) and boosts libido. Ultra T Gold™ also contains a proprietary Male Wellness blend of L-Arginine and beneficial herbs such as Saw Palmetto, Astralagus, Tribulus and Asian Ginseng which support male health and overall well-being.* Below are some of the actual studies behind the ingredients in Ultra T Gold™.
Testofen™ – Fenugreek Extract Standardised for 50% Fenuside
Fenugreek is a well-known herb, containing a variety of compounds as active ingredients. It is an extremely versatile herb with multiple applications. This amazing herb is said to contain more than a 100 phytochemical constituents. Amongst them are a lot of Furostanol Saponins and Steroidal Saponins.
Testofen™ helps promote healthy Testosterone levels. In addition, it seems to act like Testosterone to promote libido. The following are clinical studies done on Testofen™:
1.- Human Clinical Study for Free Testosterone and Muscle Mass Boosting:
This study was conducted in 2008 on 60 healthy men and was placebo-controlled and double-blind. Half of the group took 600mg of Testofen per day and the other half took 600mg of a placebo. Both groups also participated in resistance training exercises throughout the eight week study. The primary findings were as follows:
- Testofen group experienced a significant increase in Free Testosterone (p<0.05) compared to the Placebo group.
- Testofen group TESTOFEN® group demonstrated significant anabolic activity as evidenced by BUN reduction (p<0.05) compared to the Placebo group.
- Testofen group has not only compensated the loss of Immunity typically associated with exercise compared to Placebo (p<0.003) and also increased immunity.
- Testofen group showed significant reduction in Serum Creatinine levels (p<0.02) compared to Placebo group signifying Creatine uptake and recycle in muscle cells.
- Testofen group showed a significant increase in Prolactin compared to Placebo (p<0.04). However this increase is within Physiological limits for men.
- Testofen group showed a significant decrease in body fat compared to baseline.
- Testofen group maintained Muscle size despite maintaining weight and reducing fat.
Read the study:
2.- Clinical Study for Improvement of Male Sexual Function:
This study was conducted in 2009 on 60 health adult men and was placebo-controlled and double-blind. Half of the group took 600mg of Testofen per day along with some other basic minerals including Magnesium, Zinc and Vitamin B6 and the other took placebo. This study involved no exercise regimen. The primary findings were as follows:
- Testofen has an overall positive effect on sexual function, performance, and satisfaction (libido) in healthy adult males.
- Testofen has a positive effect, on sexual cognition, sexual arousal increases sexual activity and satisfaction with orgasm in healthy adult males.
- Testofen has a positive effect on frequency of sexual activity.
- Testofen has a positive effect on muscle, strength, energy and wellbeing in healthy adult males.
- Testofen does not have an effect on mood and sleep in healthy adult males.
- Prolactin levels and Testosterone levels remained within healthy reference range after 6 weeks of treatment demonstrating that Testofen is safe to use in healthy men to support libido function.
- Testofen may help to maintain healthy testosterone levels.
- Testofen was well tolerated and has no adverse effects when taken as directed over 6 weeks.
The results of this study were also published in a peer-reviewed journal, Phytotherapy Research in 2010.
- Urmila Aswar et.atl, Effect of Furostanol Glycosides from Trigonella foenum –graecum on the reproductive system of Male Albino Rats. Phytother. Res. 24: 1482–1488 (2010)
- Effect of TESTOFEN on safety, anabolic activity and factors affecting Exercise Physiology. Wankhede et. al. To be published.
Research on the effectiveness of some of the main nutrients in Ultra T Gold™:
- L-arginine is converted in the body into a chemical called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow. L-arginine also stimulates the release of growth hormone, insulin, and other substances in the body. Read more>
- Saw palmetto is best known for its use in decreasing symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, BPH). According to many research studies, it is effective for this use. Read more>
- Tribulus is a plant that produces fruit covered with spines and is connected with many male health issues. Read more>
- Asian Ginseng is used for improving thinking, concentration, memory and work efficiency, physical stamina, and athletic endurance. Read more>
- Astralagus Root is known to assist blood circulation and increase energy in the body. Read more>
- Phytosterol (40% Beta Sitosterol) supports prostate health and supports cardiovascular health. Read more>
Testofen® and fenusides are a registered trademark of Gencor Nutrients.
Naturade® Weight Gain Powder recognized as the category leader by consumers & health food stores nationwide!
We are very happy to announce that Naturade has been awarded the prestigious Vity Award for its Weight Gain nutrition drink mix for the 3rd year in a row. The annual Vity Awards honor the industry’s best-selling products based on a nationwide survey of health food stores conducted by Vitamin Retailer magazine.
“We are extremely honored to have Naturade’s Weight Gain recognized as the leader in this category for the third year in a row,” said Rick Robinette, the company’s CEO. “Growing consumer demand for our all natural, no sugar added formula has helped Naturade to secure new distribution outside of the Natural Products channel. You can now find Naturade’s Weight Gain in many retail chains including The Vitamin Shoppe and GNC. Our product is ideal for therapeutic use, as well as athletic weight gain & recovery. We are very proud that Naturade Weight Gain clearly delivers what our consumers are looking for in a high quality weight gain product.”
In an attempt to help people lose excess weight once and for all, the Dr. Oz Show was all about getting the most common weight loss questions answered in Dr. Oz’s “Your Toughest Weight Loss Questions” segment of the show. Dr. Oz invited Dr. Adrienne Youdim of Cedars-Sinal Weight Loss Center, Registered Dietitian Leslie Bonci, and Dr. Evelyn Minaya to the show to help answer questions.
The Blood Type Diet
The first topic was whether or not there was anything to the Blood Type Diet. Dr. Oz explained that type “O” blood is the most common and the oldest blood type. He said the thought is that since it’s the oldest blood type, people with type “O” blood should eat the oldest foods which mainly consist of protein including poultry, lean meat and fish. Although Dr. Oz didn’t mention them, there were also greens on the sample plates along with the protein. Since we had no agriculture and no grains to eat in early history, grains should be very limited in the diet.
Dr. Adrienne Youdim of Cedars-Sinal Weight Loss Center said there is no evidence that your blood type affects your compatibility with foods or your ability to lose weight. She said while there is nothing actually wrong with the diet, she considered it too restrictive.
Dr. Oz went on the explain that Type A blood type was an agrarian blood type, meaning that one would need to eat a diet consisting of mainly soy protein, grains and organic vegetables.
He said people with Type B blood were descended from Nomadic peoples and would need to eat a diet of low-fat dairy and to avoid wheat and lentils. Leslie Bonci said that with the availability of foods we now have, she believes that people have to find something they can stick with. Dr. Oz said that it might make sense that our ancestors diets are better for us, but we can’t prove it. He suggested eating lean protein, lots of vegetables, whole grain and low-fat dairy to take one naturally in the right direction for weight loss.
How to stop emotional eating?
The second question was how to stop emotional eating. Ms. Bonci suggested we still eat what comforts us but to think about the quantity we intake for damage control. She also said to pick one type of food, whether it be salty, spicy or crunchy and only eating it when we feel the need for emotional eating.
How many calories do you need to eat in a day to lose weight?
This was the third question. Dr. Oz said it is a question he hears all the time. Dr. Youdim said it essentially depends on your metabolism, height and weight. She said for women that generally means a calorie intake of 1200 or possibly up to 1600 calories a day.
Dr. Oz said that www.doctoroz.com has a calorie calculator as part of the “Move it and Lose It” one can use to calculate how many calories they should be eating while trying to diet.
How can one lose fat without losing muscle?
This was the fourth question. Dr. Youdim said the often fad diets have you lose weight quite quickly, but you are also at a risk of losing muscle mass. She said when you lose lean mass, your metabolism actually drops, so you lose weight less quickly. She recommended exercise and strength training to keep from losing muscle mass. She also recommended 70-80 grams of protein intake per day. Ms. Bonci said that protein needs to be a part of every single plate and not just eaten all at one meal.
How to control problem snacking?
The fifth question was how to control problem snacking. Ms. Bonci suggested making a snack a mini-meal, where you have more than one thing on the plate that would require a utensil as it would help slow you down. She said it will help one feel fuller and do less of the mindless munching. Dr. Oz said he loved the idea and to get rid of the snacks and just eat a small meal.
Why do we crave sugar so much?
Why do we crave sugar so much was the sixth quesiton. Ms. Bonci said we crave sugar because it gives up pleasure, but most of the time we don’t think about the amount we are eating. Dr. Oz suggested what works for him which is having a few pieces of a candy treat and then drinking a glass of water to wash the sugary taste from your mouth. He believes the taste just makes you want to eat more.
Why is it so hard to lose weight after menopause?
The seventh question concerned why it’s so hard to lose weight after menopause. Dr. Youdim said that this is a common problem and women often need to boost their exercise levels and decrease the amount or types of food they eat after menopause. Ms. Bonci suggested using an 8″ plate and having foods that involve more chewing, with the largest portion being vegetables, a smaller portion of lean protein and the smallest portion being whole grains. She said one need to have protein in the morning and with every meal each day. Dr. Oz mentioned that breakfast needs to be eaten within the first hour of waking in the morning.
How to lose belly fat?
Dr. Oz said the tenth question, how to lose belly fat was the biggest one of all. Dr. Minaya said it is normal to develop a fat pack during pregnancy and that there is all the time in the world to lose it. She said the emotional part of being a new mother can also increase fat around the stomach, buttocks and thighs due to an increase in cortisol. She said that an increase in stress causes an increase in weight throughout your life.
Dr. Oz explained that organ fat or visceral fat that forms around the organs causes high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis. Dr. Youdim said a good rule of thumb to help reduce belly fat is 30 minutes of exercise 5 times per week and lowering caloric intake.
Dr. Oz demonstrated 2 simple exercise that he said can help and even be done during commercials. Getting on his hands and knees on the floor, he called them the cat and dog poses. For the cat pose, he said to lift your stomach up and suck your belly button towards your spine while holding your head down, and then to hold the pose for a breath of 4, then relax and raise your head back up for a count of 4. He said if it was too easy, to do it with your knees raised slightly off the floor.
The dog pose was the same, except for adding a wag to the tail. The tail wag consisted of raising one foot while leaving your foot on the ground, and turning your head toward your foot and then repeating it with the other foot and turning your head to look at the other side. He said to do that for 30 seconds on each side. Dr. Oz said to do the cat and dog exercises together for a nice little workout in 2-3 minute increments.
The eleventh question was about what foods contribute to belly fat and what foods reduce belly fat. Ms. Bonci said the first thing one needs to do is think about the beverages they drink as a source of calories. She also said there are a lot of calories and alcohol and that it makes you hungry. She also said eating sugar makes you want to eat more.
She said to have plenty of colors on the plate and add more fiber to the diet, have lean meats and low-fat dairy and to even add beans. She also said to add good fats, but not a whole bag of almonds, just a few at a time.
Dr. Oz said to avoid packaged foods, partially hydrogenated oils and enriched flour. To reduce belly fat, he said to eat more avocados, whole grains and to drink green tea as they help burn fat. Dr. Oz said if you don’t like them the way they are to spice them up so you will. He said if you don’t like it, you won’t eat it.
Naturade® announces winners of nation-wide “Best Recipe Contest” using its flagship protein powder meal replacement, Naturade® Total Soy®
We are proud to announce the winners of our nation-wide consumer recipe contest for Naturade® Total Soy® Meal Replacement powders with over $10,000 in prizes awarded.
The national Total Soy “Best Recipe Contest” was advertised in Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping and select Parade Magazines throughout September and October 2010 and gave consumers a chance to win an all-expenses-paid cruise for two and a chance to win $25,000 cash. Naturade® Total Soy® new Chocolate and Vanilla formulas, launched in September 2010, boasting 47% less sugar, fewer carbs per serving and a great new taste. These products contain 13 grams of Soy Protein per serving and are used by consumers to help reduce their cholesterol or to lose or maintain a healthy weight. “The New & Improved” products contain 24 Vitamins and Minerals and are made with both natural and artificial flavors, are lactose-free, gluten-free and contain non-GMO Soy.
We received a very impressive variety of recipe submissions, ranging from smoothies to snacks to dessert ideas.
“Our customers have been using Naturade Total Soy in a lot of imaginative, delicious-tasting, good for you ways” said Rick Robinette, Naturade CEO. “We enjoyed reading through the submissions, evaluating each recipe and eventually selecting the top 10 entries, all of which we thought were amazing.”
Voting on the 10 finalist submissions took place on Naturade Total Soy’s website and each voter was entered into a Sweepstakes to win a prize worth $1,000. The final results of the contest are as follows:
Grand Prize Winner:
- J. Nelson of Crab Orchard, WV with a Pumpkin-Praline Smoothie
Second Prize Winner:
- A. Parsons of Parkersburg, WV with a Summer Sun Splashed Refreshing Smoothie
Third Prize Winners:
- J. Hilton of Rocklin, CA with a Quick and Easy Blender Chocolate Mousse
- S. Bray of Stone Mountain, GA with a Monkey Smoothie
- W. Nelson of Crab Orchard, WV with a Figlicious Banana Berry Smoothie
- C. Becker of Peoria, AZ with a Orange Cream Dream Smoothie
- R. Nelson of Rapid City, SD with a Simple Berry Dessert
Fourth Prize Winners:
- T. Harris of Charlotte, NC with Protein Packed French Toast
- J. Elfving of Ft. Lauderdale, FL with Ship O’Soy Tropical Oatmeal
- A. Zangli of Millington, TN with Naturade® Sunrise Smoothie Shooters
In addition, we want to congratulate M. Gauer of Spicer, MN who won the voting Sweepstakes prize.
See a complete description of each of the finalist recipes.
Naturade announced today that its Weight Gain powdered drink mix is now available at GNC.com
Naturade® Weight Gain™ is an all-natural, nutrient dense food formulated to help magnify caloric intake and gain weight fast. It provides balanced nutrition with 10 grams of protein per serving plus no added sugar, no aspartame and no artificial ingredients of any kind. Bodybuilders and athletes enjoy Naturade® Weight Gain because they enhance the body’s utilization of nutrients for optimal calorie absorption. Naturade® Weight Gain™ is also recommended by doctors for therapeutic weight gain and recovery. In the gym, on the field, or on the road, Naturade® Weight Gain™ tastes great and is easy to prepare.
Naturade®, a leading brand in the natural products channel for more than 84 years, is proud to announce the introduction of Vitali-T-Aid™, a drug-free natural testosterone booster.
Vitali-T-Aid™ is a natural solution for boosting free testosterone levels and increasing libido.* The all natural, key ingredient in Vitali-T-Aid™ was shown in two double-blind, placebo-controlled, human clinical studies to be a safe and effective way to significantly increase free testosterone levels and improve libido. Additional findings including improved muscle mass and energy levels.*
Vitali-T-Aid was formulated to help combat the negative symptoms of androgen (testosterone) decline in the aging male, or what some people call low testosterone. Most men start experiencing a decline in the both testosterone and free testosterone levels in their late 30s and these levels continue to decline by 1% – 3% per year thereafter. By age 60, 20% of men will have significantly lowered testosterone levels which may impact energy, mood, libido, muscle mass maintenance and bone density.
“The active ingredient in Vitali-T-Aid T-Aid™ was shown to increase free testosterone by and average of 98% in human clinical studies. Each daily dose of Vitali-T-Aid™ also contains a proprietary Male Enhancement Blend of L-Arginine and beneficial herbs, such as Saw Palmetto, Astragalus, Tribulus and Asian Ginseng, to help support enhanced male health and well-being.* Vitali-T-Aid™ by Naturade® is a natural solution for increasing free testosterone levels and promoting healthy libido, muscle mass and energy*. We are very proud to offer a science-based efficacious product that addresses a serious condition that millions of men suffer from,” said Rick Robinette, the CEO of Naturade.
Vitali-T-Aid™ is being launched with a multi-million dollar direct response television and print advertising campaign and is also available at www.vitalitaid.com