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How a Healthy Mind Helps You Function Better

healthy-mind-better-functionAs you develop your New Year’s Resolutions, make sure you are also making your mental health a priority. Weight loss and physical goals always seem to be at the forefront this time of year, but remember, you can’t achieve those goals without taking care of your mind first. Even with the most mundane of tasks and functions, our brain health greatly affects how well these tasks are performed. When you have a sharp mind, all other aspects of your daily life become better executed resulting in a healthier, more well-balanced you.

The human brain is like a roadmap full of nerve and vessel pathways that control our minds and bodies. As we age some of those “roads” can become obstructed or even completely blocked affecting our memory, reasoning, processing time, and even our physical functioning. The hard reality is that some of these changes are inevitable as time goes on, but if we do our best to promote a healthy mind and brain, we can prevent and delay the onset of these symptoms.

One study has shown improvements in the activities of daily living for older adults who were engaging in cognitive training. The participants were tested on their ability to multi-task and their memory skills repeatedly, resulting in increased cognitive functioning and in turn, promoted improvements in their daily living functions.

Many of these professional cognitive tests come in the form of a computer software program, but other mind stimulating activities could include playing a musical instrument, learning a new language, completing crossword puzzles, or playing “brain training” games or apps.

In this busy day and age that we live in, it is not always reasonable for us to take the time to sit down and complete a puzzle, so we need to make sure we are taking other steps to maintain our healthy minds. Evidence has shown that a healthy Mediterranean style diet that is low in processed and refined sugars and high in Vitamin B12 and Omega 3’s, especially when fish is consumed, promotes a healthier and younger brain. Additionally, aerobic exercise, has shown to reduce the risk of dementia in older adults.

All of these methods are examples of how we can exercise and maintain our minds. These activities help promote healthy brains, and in some cases, can even build new connections in our brain roadmap. The best part is, as these measures boost our cognitive functioning, our physical and daily living activity performance enhances as well, keeping our mind and body operating in tip top shape.

So eliminate brain “roadblocks” by engaging in simple cognitive exercises and by eating a nutritious diet.
When you are proactive about your mind health,
your physical functions will reap the benefits as well!

 

Sources:
http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/the-4-best-ways-to-maintain-your-brain
http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626
http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/204643
http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/21/health/mediterranean-diet-healthier-brain/

 

Food for Thought-Nutrition for Your Brain

August signals the beginning of fall and another school year.  As kids, we were excited to see friends after our summer vacations but, most importantly, we knew it was a fresh start to learn new information, and we had to make our “grades”.

We can all improve our ability to remember things more easily and improve our cognitive functions through simple lifestyle changes such as incorporating memory exercises, healthy eating, physical fitness and stress reduction in our lives.

In your brain are ten billion neurons (brain cells). Between each and every neuron are neurotransmitters. Everything that happens in the brain…every memory, thought, emotion, innovation, every “wow, that’s great!”…is a result of the release of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are natural substances made by nerve cells in your brain that transmit messages from one nerve cell to another.

Our bodies make them from our food or we can get them from dietary supplements. It is estimated that a high percentage of Americans have less than optimal levels of neurotransmitters. That’s why many have “brain fade” because our brains are not making enough neurotransmitters.

Life Priority is proud to offer 3 specific nutritional formulas, LIFT, LIFT CAPS, and MIND that provide the right nutrients (in the right amounts) that allow the brain to make and release more neurotransmitters.

The three most important neurotransmitters that support brain function and help students and athletes are:

  • Noradrenaline is an excitatory neurotransmitter and is nature’s “natural speed”.  It is your “get up and go” juice.  This is what you want working for you in the classroom, on the sports field, or when you head off to work in the morning.
  • Dopamine can help with focus issues such as not remembering where we put our keys, forgetting what a paragraph said when we just read it or simply daydreaming and not being able to stay on task.  Dopamine is responsible for our drive or desire to get things done–our motivation. Dopamine is made from phenylalanine, so when you take phenylalanine, plus other nutrient cofactors, you able to make more dopamine.
  • Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter that helps you with memory and organization–the way you order things in your mind. It’s also involved in focus and concentration. Your body manufacturers acetylcholine from the essential nutrients choline and vitamin B5.

The ability to think more clearly and effectively and the drive to succeed are all tied directly to your brain’s ability to create adequate neurotransmitters.  If you provide your body (and brain) with the proper nutrients to make neurotransmitters, it could be the determining factor in your level of persistence and even your success or failure.

Greg Pryor

www.lifepriority.com    800-787-5438

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.

*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Your Mind is in your Hands

Your Mind Is in Your Hands

Set the stage for pursuing your personal happiness. Each new day presents challenges that, if not met and overcome, may leave you less mentally fit to control your life.

Now there’s a way to insure against the consequences of falling short of your goals and to offer you more control over your life.

By starting each day with a cool, refreshing glass of delicious LIFT™(or LIFT CAPS™), or Mind™, you can embrace a Mental Fitness™ program that can blow away your neural cobwebs and lift away the stressful storm clouds that may hold you back.*

Life extension scientists Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw® have developed a family of products for their own personal use based on the idea of providing our brains with nutrient raw materials to manufacture neurotransmitters such as noradrenaline, which provides an adrenaline-like charge to neural circuits.* These BRAIN DRINKS are the core of Durk & Sandy’s personal Mental Fitness program. Each formulation contains the essential amino acid phenylalanine and the necessary enzyme cofactors vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, and folic acid, along with natural flavors. With these BRAIN DRINKS as your daily allies, you can take charge of your life. So have a glass . . . Your mind is in your hands.

LIFT CAPS™ is the convenient, capsulated form of LIFT™.
Rita C. 2/5/2015- I’m taking the Lift Caps and – they’re amazing! It gives me so much energy, and I am on my feet, working and talking 9 hours a day. With the Lift Caps – what a difference people see! I’m just so happy to have my brain, body and mind back!

Matt 11/07/2015- LIFT is wonderful…without a doubt! It’s a regular part of my day and my performances.

Cindy  4/03/2014- I have been taking Lift Caps for over 10 years! They give me lots of energy and stop my craving for coffee, soft drinks and chocolate too! I LOVE THEM!

Ruth 9/23/2014- I like the LIFT because I think it gives me just what I need. I work 8 hours a day, sometimes more, with kids at school, and I just have to have the Lift in the morning. I don’t get as tired during the day when I drink it – it just works for me. I think I’m getting everything from it!

Tony 5/6/2015- LIFT helps me in the morning. I used to drink energy drinks, but this is healthier and does the same job.

Char 05/23/2014- I’ve been using Lift and Lift Caps for over 21  years and I find Lift  is the only thing that will give me the energy to go on when I feel like dropping. Love You Durk and Sandy! Thanks for your research! Please write another book!

 

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Study-Can one cup of coffee contribute to overweight and obesity in men?

Life Priority Blog 9.15.2015 Published-

Can one cup of coffee contribute to overweight and obesity in men?

Study: British Journal of Nutrition 28 Aug 2015

This is potentially big news because glucose is an important factor in our natural energy. If one cup of coffee can slow down the process of breaking down glucose, that temporary boost in energy is more costly than perceived. It could have longer lasting effects on our body that actually leave some people with less energy because the glucose in their body isn’t being broken down properly.

Almost everyone is looking for a morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up and energy drinks and coffee are usually the solution. These caffeine infused drinks can provide short-term energy, but usually lead to a crash later. At the same time, energy drinks and coffee are not the healthiest solutions to the lack of energy dilemma someone might experience.

A recent study in the United Kingdom suggests that just one cup of coffee can affect glucose metabolism. They tested overweight men and varied the amount of caffeine the men received, and the results showed that just two grams of caffeine (equivalent to one cup of coffee) can make glucose metabolism and response worse.

An alternative to coffee could be Lift. Lift is an all-natural energy-drink mix (also available in capsule form) that can help boost energy. Lift doesn’t fill your body with caffeine; instead it uses L-phenylalanine to potentially help elevate your energy levels, mental clarity and happiness. Those three things are pretty important for everyone’s day so they might have a great one. So take your health into your own hands and start living more healthy. Think more about what you put into your system and try to make your health your top priority. Your diet alone can’t get you all the nutrients you need to stay healthy, so see if Lift is right for you.

To Your Health!

Sourced from: http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Just-one-coffee-affects-glucose-metabolism-in-overweight-men-Study

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.

*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

My Passion for Life Priority

I love Lift and Lift Caps, and have personally used these life-saving supplements for over 20 years.

I started using Lift/Lift Caps as a busy wife/mother of 3 small children (under 5) in 1991. At 66, my morning routine that helps me stay strong and gives me better mental focus is to go get my Lift Caps and do my daily devotional.

Lift was designed by two nutritional scientists and friends, Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw (authors of Life Extension), for their own personal use. The formula was scientifically created for the ultimate brain support.

I love sharing the Lift/Lift Caps with anyone who wants to feel better and make better nutritional decisions for mental fatigue. I think you will find the Lift Caps a great addition to your day, especially after a long day/night! I love them.  Lift Caps provides your body with nutrients that help you have more energy and eliminate mental fatigue for 4-6 hours. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions!

Education is the Key to Wisdom. Wisdom is the Key to Good Health!

At Life Priority staying healthy is a family affair!

Sincerely, Michelle Pryor, co-Owner of Life Priority Inc.

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.

Information provided for educational purposes only. *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.