Monday, September 28, 2015

Low energy levels can affect each of us at times, particularly those who are overweight. This can be especially troublesome for weight loss patients by leading to low­ compliance. Often these patients are likely to reach for a snack such as a candy bar to gain energy which results in energy spurts followed by crashes and further weight gain as this constant snacking on carbohydrate­ rich foods can compromise one's metabolism. Luckily there are natural solutions that can restore one's energy without the use of stimulants.

5 NATURAL SOURCES OF ENERGY:

1. Magnesium: Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including breaking down glucose into energy. When levels are even a little low, energy can drop. In a study done at the Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, N.D., women with magnesium deficiencies had higher heart rates and required more oxygen to do physical tasks than they did after their magnesium levels were restored. In essence, their bodies were working harder which, over time, can leave you feeling depleted. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is required for the proper functioning of the heart, muscles and kidneys. It also activates several enzymes in the body and plays an important role in energy metabolism. Some studies, such as the one published in the March 2009 issue of the journal "Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism," reaffirm that magnesium supplements may improve blood energy metabolism and exercise performance.
2. Potassium Gluconate: Potassium is required for the function of all living cells. Low potassium levels can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, and cramps. Potassium is also beneficial for balancing fluid and electrolyte levels. Without potassium, you may experience weakness that could prevent you from physical activity. Increased levels of potassium promotes healthy bones and strong, well ­developed muscle.
 3. Bee Pollen: Bee Pollen is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. The comprehensive nutrient profile makes Bee Pollen a great source of natural energy. Bee Pollen also contains Lecithin, which helps to eliminate body fat and stimulate the metabolism. Lecithin is a source of choline, which is essential for normal brain function including memory and muscle control.
4. Korean Ginseng: Rejuvenates and restores vigor, soothes the intestinal tract and helps to purify the blood. Ginseng has been used for centuries as a component of traditional Chinese medicine for its natural ability to increase energy, stamina, and circulation of the blood.
 5. Guarana Extract: Guarana contains a compound known as guaranine, which is similar to caffeine in its chemical structure. Unlike the caffeine found in coffee, guaranine is released slowly resulting in an energy boost that can last as long as 6 hours without a sudden rush or crash.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Insulin Resistance

According to the American Diabetes Association, one out of three Americans is insulin resistant, even without a diagnosis of diabetes.

Metabolism is a complex chemical process that cells do to sustain life, grow and maintain structure in order to keep the body healthy and working properly. Those at metabolic risk have several factors—high blood pressure, lipid abnormalities, high blood sugar, genetic predisposition, lack of exercise and excess body weight, particularly at the waistline—that cause them to be more likely to develop cardiovascular disease (“CVD”) or type-2 diabetes mellitus (“T2DM”).

Who is at metabolic risk?
Patients at metabolic risk can be identified with simple measurement and blood tests. A person who is at metabolic risk typically has three or more of the following signs:
• Large amount of abdominal fat—generally speaking, this means a waist measurement more than 40 inches in men and more than 35 inches in women
• High triglycerides (levels of fat in the blood)—150 mg/dL or higher, or currently taking medication to lower triglycerides
• Low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good”) cholesterol—less than 40 mg/dL in men or less than 50 mg/dL in women, or currently taking medication to increase HDL
• High blood pressure—greater than or equal 130 mm Hg systolic, or greater than or equal 85 mm Hg diastolic, or taking blood pressure medication
• High blood glucose (blood sugar)—fasting glucose of greater than or equal 100 mg/dL, or currently taking medication to lower glucose levels
Focusing on these signs should not take attention away from other known CVD risk factors such as high levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol and family history.

Lifestyle Therapies

Whether the patient being treated is at metabolic risk due to atherosclerosis or high blood sugar, the underlying causes of cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes mellitus respectively, clinical treatment guidelines are the same: lifestyle therapies are preferred. Lifestyle therapies include dietary changes (including supplementation), weight loss and some form of physical exercise. Studies have found lifestyle therapies to be just as effective as medication; in fact, medication is recommended only after lifestyle therapies have failed. This was most recently validated in a report in The New England Journal of Medicine, Walter Willett, MD, PhD, and his colleagues from the Harvard School of Public Health demonstrated that 91 percent of all Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented through improvements in lifestyle and diet. Despite this observation, many practitioners start with medication first before trying lifestyle therapies.

Dietary supplements are another key to helping the body regenerate when metabolic risk factors a present. Doctors Nutritional Support (D.N.S.) was formulated using therapeutic levels of key ingredients proven to effectively regulate insulin levels. These ingredients include vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, herbs and nutrients. This unique combination of ingredients promotes and encourages the body’s natural mechanisms to balance blood sugar levels. Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is an important part of achieving long-term health and avoiding serious complications.

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