Month: February 2017

Four Pillars of a Healthy Lifestyle – Building Success for You

pillars-to-a-healthy-lifestyleOur goal at Life Priority is make achieving a healthy lifestyle easy for you! We believe it can be easy with the right education. To simplify things, we’ve created defined our Four Pillars of Health… these help shape everything we do and every product we carry. These core ideals are representative of the healthy lifestyle that we try to encompass with our company, and share with you!.

So, what are these four pillars to a healthy lifestyle?

Attitude     |     Hydrate     |     Eat Well     |     Exercise

Each month we will feature one of the pillars and provide you with tips and ideas to help you achieve and incorporate the pillar into your life. You can look forward to information on lifestyle changes, stories from other readers, healthy recipes and dietary tips, physical activity and exercise tips, and positive, motivational materials. Attaining a fulfilling and healthy life is a journey, it doesn’t happen overnight. It is a dynamic, ever growing mentality and lifestyle that we are happy to experience with you. We are here to walk alongside you in your journey and provide you with the tools you need to achieve success.  

We are so excited to share these pillars with you and partake in healthier lifestyles together! Be on the lookout each month for the pillars and get ready to make your life a priority with Life Priority! And, if there is anything you want to learn more about, please share it with us on Facebook or in Email so we can get your questions answered!

What Omega 3 Can Do for Your Heart Health

omega-3One of the top 5 New Year’s resolutions on everyone’s list is to get healthier! Choosing to eat better and get more exercise will help. An easy way to keep to your resolution would be to add a high quality omega-3 fatty acid supplement to your daily regimen.
An omega-3 fatty acid deficiency is creating an imbalance that undermines the health of millions and may be the root cause of your maladies as well.

Too Much Omega-6 and Not Enough Omega-3?

While most North Americans eat way too much of the omega-6 oils found in meats and most vegetable oils, they suffer a relative deficiency of the omega-3 oils. Particularly important to good health are the longer chain omega-3 fatty acids, such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanioic acid (DHA) found in fish, especially cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, and halibut. Although the body can convert alpha-linolenic acid, a short chain omega-3 fatty acid from flaxseed oil, it is much more efficient to get them from fish oils. Furthermore, there is evidence that many people have a difficult time converting alpha-linolenic acid to EPA and DHA.

Why Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids Are Important

A diet that is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, results in altered cell membranes. Without a healthy membrane, cells lose their ability to hold water, vital nutrients, and electrolytes. They also lose their ability to communicate with other cells and be controlled by regulating hormones. Cell membrane dysfunction is a critical factor in the development of many chronic diseases Not surprisingly, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids have shown tremendous effects in defending against all of these diseases.

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, are transformed into regulatory hormones, compounds known as prostaglandins. These compounds carry out many important tasks in the body. They regulate inflammation, pain, and swelling; they play a role in maintaining blood pressure; and they regulate heart, digestive, and kidney function. Prostaglandins also participate in the response to allergies, help control transmission of signals along the nerves, and help regulate the production of steroids and other hormones. Through their effects on prostaglandins and related compounds, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids can mediate many physiological processes making them useful in virtually every disease state as well.

Why Life Priority Omega-3 Priority?

As the co-owner of Life Priority health and nutrition, I use what I sell. Therefore, I offer my customers the best omega-3 product available. I chose to offer Omega-3 Priority, since it is “pharmaceutical grade” (free from lipid peroxides, heavy metals, environmental contaminants and other harmful compounds), highly concentrated (contains more than twice of the EPA and DHA of other brands), and is endorsed by a well-known physician. Another great feature of Omega-3 Priority is that my customers do not complain about a fishy aftertaste after using my product.

So, if you have made a resolution to live healthier in 2017, then let Life Priority help you!
Please visit Life Priority at www.lifepriority.com or call us at 913-438-5433.

Heart Healthy Hints For You and Your Honey

Love Heart Health Valentines DayThis Valentine’s Day we want to encourage you and your loved one to hold each other accountable when it comes to heart health. A happy, long life together starts with the body’s most important organ, so make sure you both are doing all you can to show it some love. Here we have outlined some hints to keep you and your Valentine’s hearts healthy year-round.

They way to anyone’s heart is through food, but not all foods are created equal regarding the heart. Choose a diet with foods that will provide the body with an adequate amount of B vitamins (especially folic acid), essential fatty acids, coenzyme Q-10, vitamin C, calcium/magnesium, resveratrol, L-carnitine, quercetin, polyphenols, monounsaturated fats, lycopene, potassium and fiber. Each of these nutrients plays an essential role in keeping our hearts in tip top shape and avoiding heart complications. If you find that you and/or your spouse’s diets are lacking in any of these think about starting a supplement regimen to make up for any deficits. Additionally, excessive salt, white bread, trans fats, saturated fats, and sugar should be avoided or strictly moderated for a heart healthy diet. Nothing says “romance” like a home cooked meal for your special someone, so consider loving them and their heart with these nutrients and a healthy recipe the next time you light the candles and set the table for two.

Most people don’t realize that the heart is not just an organ, but it is a muscle that needs to be exercised like any other skeletal muscle to remain strong and operational. There are a slew of cardio exercises and activities that can be done to promote heart health no matter your training level.  To keep each other accountable in your heart health journey, find a physical activity that you both love and can do together. Whether it’s tennis pairs, taking long walks, or training together for that hiking vacation, exercise is always more fun and more successful when you have someone by your side. Push each other to be your healthiest selves and make your hearts strong while spending time doing something you both enjoy together.

We all know that hydration is key for general health, but for the heart specifically, hydration aids in better blood circulation. When we are properly hydrated the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood throughout the body. Be your partner’s friendly, constant reminder to stay on top of their water intake. It is easy to go a day without drinking anything, but it is also easy to be intentional and encouraging to each other while stressing the importance of hydration and heart function. Just like the red roses you receive on Valentine’s Day, your heart needs water to thrive.

The last hint for you and your honey is to start your day with an Attitude of Gratitude. People who possess a positive outlook on life tend to be less stressed in general which is great for the heart. Share this attitude and love with your significant other and everyone you encounter. Our mission is to promote a healthy and prolonged life, but even so, life is too short to not spread love and happiness.

We hope these hints will lead you to a healthier lifestyle and relationship. Be sure to encourage the love of your life to visit their doctor for well visits frequently and to get the supplements and exercise they need to live a long, healthy life with you! Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Life Priority!

How Your Body Functions (or Doesn’t) When Circulation is Poor

poor-circulationAs we are in the thick of winter it is easy to relate being cold to poor circulation, but when you really dissect the problem of poor blood circulation it actually leads to a multitude of issues. It is important to understand the symptoms of restricted blood flow so you can address the matter early on before it becomes a more life threatening complication.

As mentioned, poor circulation can result in feeling cold especially in the extremities, even when you’re not in a cold environment. Other mild, but irritating symptoms include, numbness and tingling of limbs, muscle cramps, and dry skin.

As circulation worsens, the musculoskeletal system becomes more affected. Muscle aches and pains become more heightened and depending on the severity of the restriction, muscles can even begin to atrophy to the point where they become dysfunctional. Poor circulation in the legs specifically, can result in peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Like any other muscle, the heart can be greatly affected by poor circulation. Just like the aches and pains experienced in the muscles, the heart can ache and chest tightness can ensue. Many times, poor circulation is due to blockages in arteries that can also result in more serious conditions like heart attacks, heart disease and stroke.  

Hypertension is a circulatory disease that results in poor circulation. Blood pressure readings are based off of how hard your heart is pumping and the diameter and stiffness of your arteries. Imagine you have a large glass of water and you are only given a cocktail straw to drink it. The effort exerted to get the liquid through the cocktail straw is going to be a lot stronger than if you had been offered a regular drinking straw. When arteries are stiff and small in diameter the heart has to work harder to get enough blood pumped through these small, non-pliable tunnels. When circulation is limited in this manner, all of the mentioned symptoms can occur.

Poor circulation is tricky because it literally can affect all of the body’s functions. It makes physical movement more difficult, it makes skin drier, and it can make you lose your sense of touch sensation. Many of these symptoms can also result from many different conditions so it is important to consult your doctor to help rule out anything that  could potentially be life threatening. Treatment of poor circulation could result in medication, dietary supplementation, lifestyle changes, and/or medical procedures.

Pay attention to what your body is telling you and take the necessary steps to combat your poor circulation problems today. Be sure to talk to your doctor ASAP if you’re concerned about potential heart issues. 

Sources:
http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/peripheral-artery-disease
http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/peripheral-artery-disease-often-silent-sometimes-deadly-potentially-preventable-201210245448
http://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/when-chest-pain-strikes-what-to-expect-at-the-emergency-room
http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/angina-and-its-silent-cousin
http://www.health.harvard.edu/family-health-guide/heart-blood-vessels-and-circulation
http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/blood-pressure-and-your-brain
http://www.healthline.com/health/poor-circulation-symptoms-causes#Symptoms2

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Beating Bronchitis: Fight the Virus Directly

beating-bronchitis-virusPrepare Your Body to Fight Bronchitis Directly

Doctor’s orders! Our team here at Life Priority wants to keep you healthy. These recommendations from Dr Michael Cutler on the Easy Health Options blog offer great advice for beating the bronchitis, as well as the post-virus cough. Below is his text…

When prepared, your own body can fight off viral infections better than any antibiotic can. To fight viral respiratory infections such as bronchitis, you will need a well-hydrated body and optimal nutrition to help bolster your immune system.

Here are my recommendations to knock out a respiratory virus:

Sleep as much as possible: This focuses your energy and your immune system to healing your body from the effects of the virus.

Hydrating tea: To make fresh ginger tea, cut off 6-8 coin-size chunks of fresh garlic root into 2 cups water, bring to a boil, and then cool. Add Stevia or honey for taste, and sip this over 2 hours. Also, herbal teas containing cats claw, ginseng, and ginger root fight viral infections. Peppermint and/or chamomile helps nausea and keep you hydrated.

High dose Vitamin C at 9,000 mg in three divided doses each day until you have recovered: In a study of 252 students ages 18 to 30 years, those who received mega doses of Vitamin C reported flu and cold symptoms 85% less than those of the student control group who received pain relievers and decongestants. Physicians have reported this effect from such high doses, but there are no scientific studies reported on www.pubmed.com.

High dose vitamin D at 100,000-200,000 IU daily for just 3 days has been proven to cause a powerful antimicrobial response.  In 1948 researchers first reported near miraculous effects of high dose vitamin D’s effects on influenza and viral pneumonia. Vitamin D in later studies, mega doses of vitamin D was observed to naturally release antimicrobial peptides against infectious agents including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. The safety of mega doses up to 500,000 IU of vitamin D3 once a month in the elderly has been proven.

Avoid refined sugar: This sweet stuff sours your health. For starters, it suppresses immunity.  As subtle as it may seem, consuming refined sugar during a cold or flu prolongs your sickness. It also slows healing time from injury and actually acidifies the already acidic tissues in these illness states. Also, sugar reduces your defense against bacterial infection.

What Happens Immediately After Your Heart Stops

heart-line-cropThis headline may err a little on the grim side, but this topic is so important for recognizing heart issues and to stress the urgency that must be practiced when a time sensitive heart implication happens. The best protection we can have when an instance of cardiac arrest takes place is knowledge; the knowledge to distinguish the symptoms and the knowledge to know what actions to take next.

As a part of American Heart Month we wanted to research what physically transpires in our bodies when cardiac arrest occurs. Within the first five minutes of heart beat cessation, our bodies can quickly endure irreversible damages, so resuscitation timing is critical.

Upon cardiac arrest, the heart beat stops causing blood pressure to drop, the pulse to stop and respiration to cease. When these vital functions stop, an individual is considered clinically dead, but there is still a chance that resuscitation can save their life and they can still function normally in the future.

Low oxygen levels cause the victim to become unconscious and because the heart is struggling to pump oxygenated blood to our organs, the liver, kidneys, and brain quickly start to decline and risk being completely shut down. Without blood flow, the body’s temperature decreases quickly and causes skin color loss and this low circulation leads to extremities turning blue in color.

As minutes go by under these conditions, brain activity decreases until all electrical activity in the brain completely ceases. Once brain activity in the brain goes dark, the brain’s tissue becomes damaged to an irreversible point. It is this event that defines when an individual is to be considered brain dead or biologically dead.

It is important to note that brain damage can occur in minutes upon heart beat cessation, and full brain damage can occur in as little as 7 minutes. The quality of life after brain tissue is compromised is extremely low so that is why it is so important to be educated on the signs of cardiac arrest and to stay up on your heart health in general to avoid cardiac arrest altogether. Take the steps to educate yourself on maintaining a healthy heart and make sure you are getting annual physician checks to rule out any signs of heart issues. Speak with your doctor about how you can take preventative measures to keep your heart healthy, they may recommend a diet change, an exercise program, or a new drug regimen.

We never know when a cardiac event will occur; we could be a bystander, or God forbid, a victim, but when it happens, chances of an individual surviving is increased when Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is performed immediately. CPR certifications aren’t just for healthcare professionals, anyone can acquire this credential by taking a certified course https://goo.gl/gHe4O0 .

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.