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1. Maintain a healthy weight and exercise daily!
* Try Muscle Memory™ with nutrients that will support your muscles and heart health*
2. Limit trans-fat consumption.
3. Eat more fish that contain essential fatty acids (EFA’s).
* Use Life Priority Omega 3 Priority™ to help insure your EFA intake*.
4. Eat cooked tomatoes that contain Lycopene, cook with olive oil, and add cruciferous vegetables into your meals. Eat soy and drink green tea for anti-oxidant support. *Use Life Priority Prostate Priority™*.
6. Use a quality multi-vitamin, Life Priority *One Per Meal Lifeguard™*, to help insure the consumption of essential nutrients.
7. Keep a health journal…set daily disciplines and goals!
Take charge and measure your success!
8. Maintain regular physicals with your health care professional. Seek medical treatment for stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression.
9. Develop a good Attitude! Relax-Reduce Stress & enjoy life.
10. “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”!
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It’s not an unknown fact: most men only go to the doctor when they are sick. This creates the generalization that men are much too casual or disinterested in their health. We urge that men (and women) get an annual physical so they can address any underlying concerns that may be present in their health so they can be referred to a specialist if need be. We also urge that men become at least a little interested in their health and start following these easy steps to live a balanced healthy lifestyle.
- Weight Management Maintain a healthy weight through a well-balanced diet and exercise. The male body tends to change with age as testosterone levels begin to decline. Muscle mass becomes harder to keep and unhealthy pounds can start to add up. Make sure you are continuing exercise and staying active through these periods to avoid drastic changes in your muscle and heart health. Muscle Memory may be a good supplement to add to your diet if you have a need for muscle recovery and enhancement.
- Limit Trans-Fat Consumption Trans-Fats are a threat to both our waistlines and hearts. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than one in three men have heart disease. The American diet that is full of processed, trans-fat ingredients doesn’t help this statistic. Arm yourself against heart disease risks by eliminating or limiting trans-fat in your diet. The AHA recommends closing out trans-fat consumption to 1 g a day. So become diligent in removing this harmful and in some cases, fatal ingredient.
- Eat More Fish Start consuming more fish that contain essential fatty acids. The two essential fatty acids are Omega-6 and Omega-3. They are essential because our bodies don’t produce them on its own, we can only get them from our diets. Salmon, mackerel, herring, and albacore tuna all contain high amounts of essential oils. There is not set daily recommendation for essential oils, but some health organizations advise 250-500 mg per day. This number goes up if you have coronary artery disease. If you are not consuming enough fish in your diet alone, consider Omega-3 Priority for supplementation.
- Lycopene Influence Lycopene is an antioxidant that gives certain foods their red coloring. This antioxidant is known for its anti-cancer properties most notably, prostate cancer. With prostate cancer being the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, it is critical that men take preventative measures. Lycopene can be found in tomatoes, watermelon, guava and pink grapefruit. The most abundant of these sources are tomatoes, and lycopene’s impact is increased when the tomatoes are cooked. If you are a male and not getting enough of these cancer fighting foods in your diet, our Prostate Priority contains 30 mg per serving as well as other ingredients to help maintain healthy prostate functioning.
- Take a Multivitamin Not all vitamins are created equal. Before purchasing, it is important to do your research and make sure that you are spending your money on a quality product. When it comes to multivitamins, their function is to fill any diet “holes” that you may have that are inhibiting your immune system operation. Lifeguard is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to keep diets balanced and immune systems strong for fighting diseases.
- Maintain Regular Physicals with your Health Care Professional
As mentioned, men are the worst offenders of doctor visit ducking. It is important that you try to break that habit. A yearly physical can keep you in check and address any concerns should they arise. Men are more susceptible to stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression so please make sure you are getting screened and treated for these and any other health concerns.
Guys, take our advice and incorporate these easy tips to become a healthier man!
At first glance (okay, maybe also at second and third) green smoothies can look like the most unappealing thing that you would ever want to ingest, but it may be time to reconsider. Sure, they don’t look delicious, but in reality they can be, and best of all, they pack a nutritious punch. A green smoothie can be your one stop, portable meal that fulfills most of your essential nutrient needs. Here, we highlight a mild recipe for all of you novice smoothie drinkers out there. With tropical fruit to naturally sweeten up the bitterness of the spinach, you would never know that this would be considered healthy. We have also included a scoop of Whey of Life for some added protein. Don’t worry the protein powder won’t alter the taste of your smoothie because our product is flavorless!
Using spinach as the base, you will be supplied with a strong dose of vitamin K and iron, both of which are great for bone health, heart health, and hair and nail strength. Also, vitamin K has been known to have anticancer properties . Throw in some bananas for a potassium boost and the pineapple and mango provide you with a vitamin C cocktail to keep your immune system in check. The added Whey of Life protein will help in re-building your lean muscle mass and equip you with an energy “pick-me-up”. Not to mention, the protein will fill you up and make your smoothie meal seem satisfying.
When purchasing your ingredients consider visiting your local farmer’s markets. Locally sourced produce tends to be healthier and fresher. Many farmers participating in farmer’s markets often use organic farming methods to grow their products, so you have a better chance of purchasing foods that are void of chemicals and other unsafe modifications. These fresher options taste better overall ensuring that your smoothie will taste great no matter how green and unappealing it may look. Remember, green is good! Now all you need is a blender, try our recipe below and let us know what you think in the comments!
The downside: with age comes health risks. The upside: many of these risks are easily preventable. With just a little bit of wisdom and a strong dose of diligence you too can become a healthier, happier, and better-balanced woman with these 6 steps.
- Practice your Balance & Flexibility
It sounds like a weird thing to “practice” but with the help of a yoga class or some daily stretching, the body begins to stretch neural pathways that can help with balance. The more these pathways are “practiced” the easier they become. Simple stretches can help with posture, gait, and balance, all patterns that can become weaker as we age and can sometimes lead to falls and/or injury.
- Focus on Stress Relief & Mood Boosters
This can be different for everyone, but do something that makes you happy that exercises your endorphins. Those tiny hormones in the brain can make all the difference in your day. For one person this may be exercise, reading, dancing, watching a TV show, cooking, eating, etc. the list can go on. Anxiety and depression seem to target women more than men and is most prevalent in years 40-59 so it is important to do the things that make you most happy and to seek help when you need it.
- Strengthen your Musculoskeletal System
We’re not asking you to become a bodybuilder, but some resistance training a couple of times a week has been proven to improve joint health and muscle endurance. Osteoporosis becomes more of a health risk to women as they age, and bone density can essentially begin to deteriorate, but these processes can be put off by being active and involving some weights into your regimen. Additionally, ask your doctor if a calcium supplement is right for you to help combat these circumstances.
- Immune Boost
Infections and sickness seem to come knocking on our doors more frequently as we get older. Naturally the white blood cell counts tend to decrease putting us at more risk for infections. This measure becomes a little harder to prevent but if you are getting the proper vitamins and nutrients in your diet, it becomes easier to fight off and prevent infections. If you fall a little short in this department don’t worry! A multivitamin supplement or vitamin C supplement can help you reach the recommended daily requirements.
- Sharpen your Brain
Dementia becomes another risk factor with age, but again there are some measures that can be taken to prevent or slow this process. Cognitive training is one way to do this. There are professional software programs available to train this, but something as simple as completing a puzzle or playing a challenging game on your electronic device can keep your brain neurons firing. Certain diets, containing high amounts of vitamin B12 and omega 3s have also shown benefits in preventing brain aging. If these are nutrients you lack in your diet, consult your physician to see if they are right for you.
- Combat Heart Disease
Many types of exercise can protect your heart. Being active, even just for a little bit of time each day can lower your risk. Exercise and healthy diet are linked to weight loss and lowered blood pressure, both of which can lead to heart disease. Lowering fat intake can help kick heart disease precursors as well.
Aging is a natural part of life, but that doesn’t mean we have to hate it. In the grand scheme of things, many great things come with age. These 6 steps are important for any woman at any stage of life so that she can become healthier, happier, and better balanced.
As we continue this health journey with you, we want to highlight our second pillar of health success. With summer practically here and the temperatures rising, hydration has never been more important. Drinking water and keeping hydrated can seem like a monotonous task that we don’t really give much thought to, but in the grand scheme of things, hydration is what keeps us alive.
The institute of medicine recommends that men drink 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages per day and women should intake 9 cups (2.2 liters) of beverages per day. These numbers of course are different for everyone and depend on activity level, living climate, and overall quality of health.
Our bodies use water in a variety of ways, many of which are essential for life:
- Carrying nutrients and oxygen to our cells
- Flushing bacteria out of our bodies
- Aiding in digestion
- Normalizing blood pressure
- Stabilizing the heartbeat
- Cushioning joints
- Protecting organs and tissues
- Regulating body temperature
- Maintaining electrolyte balance
Summertime poses a threat to our hydration levels as people begin to spend more time outside and in the sun. The increasing temperatures and humidity levels put us at risk for dehydration and heat illnesses. When we are losing water (sweating) and not replacing our deficits, we disrupt many of our bodies normal functions and can start experiencing serious side-effects that can lead to worse conditions. Weakness, low
blood pressure, dizziness, confusion, and dark-colored urine are all signs of dehydration that can easily be prevented with proper intake of fluids.
For most of us dehydration is 100% preventable yet we always seem to fall short at drinking the recommended amounts. There are a handful of healthy ways to add flavor to your water like fruit infusion, sugar free flavorings, or even water soluble supplements. Life Priority offers a handful of mixable supplements so you can receive your nutrients while remaining hydrated! Drink up friends!
Enzymes or probiotics? Which is more beneficial to our health? While both are indispensable for digestive health, they both have separate characteristics that make them unique. Both of them operate in the same system but have different functions.
If you think probiotics only exist in a yogurt that Jamie Lee Curtis promotes then let us catch you up to speed. Probiotics are live, friendly microorganisms that confer some sort of health benefit. They are present in many foods (like yogurts) and they do most of their work in the small and large intestines. In the small intestine, they aid in immune support. In the large intestine probiotics support digestive health. These microorganisms influence health and promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. They don’t necessarily digest food, but they aid in improving nutrient utilization in the resident microflora. Our bodies contain good bacteria that keep the GI environment clean and operating correctly. Without probiotics, these bacteria do not work as effectively and that is when digestive issues occur. Probiotics naturally exist in a very limited amount of foods so it is very likely that most of us aren’t getting our daily dose from our diets alone.
Some specific health benefits of probiotic supplementation include:
- Diarrhea treatment
- Improved brain functioning
- Improved Cholesterol (lowering LDL)
- Improved blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome treatment
- Fights against infection
- Possible improvements for patients with psoriasis and chronic fatigue syndrome
Digestive enzymes are produced and secreted by the GI system to break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to accomplish digestion and the absorption of nutrients. They work across the entire GI system in both, the large and small intestines. They initiate the digestive process by breaking down food into smaller particles. There are multiple variations and strains of digestive enzymes that are responsible for breaking down certain food groups. Amylase is an enzyme that is released in the mouth that degrades carbohydrates. Similarly, the mouth releases lipase that is responsible for fat break down. As we move through the GI tract, the stomach produces proteases and
cellulases. Each aid in digestion of proteins and fibrous materials in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, respectively. Lastly, the pancreas releases specialized enzymes that further digest all that we intake. Without these enzymes we would never be able to absorb the nutrients from the foods we eat. Digestive enzymes also provide significant support for food intolerance. Since digestive
enzymes are naturally occurring in our bodies, you may be wondering where the supplement forms come from. Digestive enzyme supplements can be sourced from many plants and animals. Essentially, enzymes are proteins in our bodies that aid in food break down. Very different from probiotics, digestive enzymes are essential and necessary for digestion. But if they already exist in our bodies, why do we need to take a digestive enzyme supplement? If you are someone who suffers digestive conditions or just wants overall improved digestive function, then digestive enzymes may be helpful to you.
Some specific health benefits of digestive enzyme supplementation include:
- Soothes digestive stress/indigestion
- Improves immune function
- Improves overall digestive function
- Aids in treatment of pancreatitis
We can’t really argue that one is better than the other, but one thing is for sure, both digestive enzymes and probiotics are crucial to prime digestive functioning. If you want to make a small adjustment to better your overall digestive health, consider taking a supplement for one or both of these. Here’s to having great gut health!
Are you aware of all of the benefits that niacin can offer? More often than not, many people seek out flush-free niacin because of the intense side effects that can occur in some (reddening of the skin, heat sensation, itching) all due to the increased blood flow response. If you have ever experienced how intense the niacin flush can be, you know what we’re talking about! While this reaction is different for everyone, and some don’t experience it at all, it still turns people away from using a high dose of plain niacin and instead, seeking out a delayed release niacin supplement that minimizes the flush effects.
Scientists and Designer Foods creators Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw have studied and researched the effects and benefits of consuming a high dose plain niacin supplement, and have even been taking it themselves for several years. They have experienced first hand niacin’s benefits especially regarding its anti-inflammatory properties associated with the niacin flush variety.
In multiple papers and letters Durk and Sandy explain that the niacin flush is actually a vascular protective mechanism. At the cellular level, prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) is the molecule responsible for the event of niacin flushing. Studies have shown that PGD2’s synthesis occurs in the heart and that the enzymes involved in PGD2’s production are at the center of this vascular protective mechanism.
The vascular system or circulatory system is made up of all of our veins, vessels, and capillaries that carry blood and other nutrients to our organs so that they can perform all of their actions and processes to keep us alive. The anti-inflammatory/ vascular protection that occurs with a flushing niacin supplement is related to reducing the risk of atherosclerosis which is at the root of many health concerns and conditions (2). Excess amounts of plaque in the vascular system can lead to heart conditions, stroke, alzheimer’s, and many more complications. In addition to its lipid-lowering ability, the niacin flush has also been connected with a reduced risk of type II diabetes, ulcerative colitis, and even male pattern baldness.
It is important to stress again that the immediate-release or plain niacin, that induces a niacin flush, are most successful in promoting the anti-inflammatory benefits. Studies have shown that niacin of the flush-free variety did not have any anti-inflammatory effects. In one study a patient was prescribed extended release niacin in order to increase his good cholesterol. After no changes for 6 months it was found that the patient had opted for a cheaper, off brand of niacin that actually ended up being flush free. The doctor, after finding this out, made sure the correct prescription was filled, and the patient started to see changes in his cholesterol in as early as 12 weeks.
As with any supplement, some caution should be exercised when taking high dose plain niacin. In some cases, this variation can cause liver problems, so getting your liver checked periodically is necessary. As mentioned, the flushing skin response may be too intense for some individuals. Like everything we take, the effects are different for everyone, so listen to your body and consult with your doctor.
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