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Why Diabetics Struggle With Weight Loss

One of the most perplexing problems that diabetics face is weight loss. Many doctors insist it is a simple matter of consuming less calories than are burned. And, in a perfect world that works. But most diabetics will insist that there is more to it, because when they do the same things as non-diabetics, they get no results, while their non-diabetic friends drop pound after pound. Fad diets do not work, diet products do not work, even exercise shows little or no results. The struggling diabetics are right– there is more to it than just cutting calories.

Diabetes is caused by eating a bad diet, and a good diet is a key part of regaining control. But it is the bad diet that has placed a number of conditions in place that must be understood in order to win the fat war. There are a number of interrelated circumstances that contribute to making diabetic weight loss difficult. First, let’s look at how the problem originated, then we can investigate how that information can lead to reversing the problem.

Years of bad diet, containing fats, sweets, high glycemic index foods, prepared foods and dairy products caused inflammation. A complete detailed explanation of how inflammation caused diabetes can be found in the “Diabetics Handbook” (see below). The following will be a gross oversimplification, due to space limitations, but hopefully, it will demonstrate the important aspects of the problem. Pro-inflammatory substances (pro-oxidants) are normally used by the body to fight disease and infection (via the immune system). They play many important roles in the body including digestion, and even breathing. Normally, the body uses antioxidants to control these processes. However, years of bad diet, which is characteristically very low in antioxidants, causes an immune system to lose the ability to shut down. Consequently, the immune system begins to attack healthy cells causing serious damage. In type I diabetes, the beta cells (insulin producing cells) are destroyed. In type II diabetes many cells are damaged setting up a condition known as insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when the body’s cells cannot properly communicate when using insulin to uptake and burn glucose.

When the body digests food, particularly carbohydrates, it is converted into glucose. Glucose is distributed throughout the body in the bloodstream by the liver. The liver will normally control fat levels. When very high levels of fat are in the bloodstream, due to diet, the liver cannot process it all. It begins to fill its cells with sacs of triglycerides (converted glucose for storage) and it places the excess in the adipose tissues (belly fat).

The brain, vital organs and muscle tissue rely on glucose which provides energy to function. As these organs use glucose, the liver will place more in the bloodstream to replace it. In a perfect world, the organs and tissues would use it efficiently, and hopefully in proportion to the amount produced by food. Insulin resistance reduces the amount of glucose that is absorbed and stored by the organs and muscle tissue. Add to that, the fact that most diabetics lead a sedentary lifestyle, meaning that they get minimal amounts of exercise resulting in much less glucose being burned.

When the body is impaired by insulin resistance (type II diabetes), the cells do not use as much glucose. The body senses that glucose levels are building up in the bloodstream, so it instructs the pancreas to release more insulin. The body now has high glucose levels and high insulin levels in the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone that performs many functions, besides allowing cells to absorb glucose. Insulin will also attempt (vigorously) to remove excess glucose from the bloodstream by placing it in storage as fat. Once in storage, insulin will block the process of breaking fat down to remove it from storage. Many doctors say that the presence of high levels of insulin in the blood causes unnecessary water retention in the body, which is a factor in weight gain. This is a key aspect of beating diabetic obesity, which means that insulin regulation is very important. Insulin also acts on the brain. It promotes cravings that result in eating more and on the liver to manufacture more fat. The liver removes insulin from the bloodstream, but insulin causes fat to be deposited in the liver which, in turn, prevents the liver from removing insulin from the bloodstream. People with belly fat store too much fat in their livers (fatty liver disease – see below), which prevents the liver from removing insulin. consequently, insulin levels rise higher and higher, which can contribute to heart attacks and more abdominal obesity.

Also, fat in the abdominal area functions differently than fat elsewhere in the body, such as the hips. Blood flow from the belly fat goes directly to the liver. The blood flow from other fatty areas, such as the hips, goes into the body’s general circulation. Belly fat has an efficient blood supply and has as more receptors for cortisol (a stress hormone). Cortisol levels vary throughout the day, but will elevate and remain elevated if the body is under stress. High stress and high cortisol levels promote fat deposits in the belly area. It goes to the belly area because there are more cortisol receptors there. Chronically high cortisol levels kill neurons in the brain. They also interfere with neurotransmitters (such as dopamine and serotonin – the good mood neurotransmitters) which leads to depression and feeling more stressed. Depression is common in diabetics, which adds to the problem since depression causes a stress type reaction in the body. In other words, depression promotes the development of belly fat.

The fat that is stored in the adipose tissue (belly fat) is also a characteristic of diabetes. That means that diabetics are genetically prone to belly fat. Belly fat (central obesity) is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease, and several types of cancer as well. Heredity plays a role in overall body type (apple vs. a pear shape). Genetics accounts for 25-55 % of the tendency to develop the most serious diseases associated with abdominal fat, the remainder is lifestyle. As belly fat builds up, it does several things. First, it stops the production of the hormone leptin, which normally would curb appetite. Second, it causes insulin resistance to further increase, which has obvious consequences. The cells use less glucose, the body produces more insulin, and guess what… more fat goes into storage. Fat storage is the body’s way of following ancient mechanisms designed to protect the body during lean times. Cave men would sometimes go long periods of time between successful hunting campaigns. So the body learned to take advantage of good times to prepare for the bad times. The body converts glucose into glycogen and triglycerides which are very efficient methods of storing energy.

When the cells of the liver fill up with triglyceride fat sacs, the liver’s function is impaired. It cannot process fats efficiently. It quickly runs out of room to store more fat, and when the body’s tissues and organs are not using as much, the liver simply puts it all into storage as belly fat. The number of fat cells a person has is determined at birth. The numbers remain constant unless the fat cells become full. When they become full, the cells will divide creating new fat cells. The new cells will remain throughout the balance of the person’s life. However, a successful diet will reduce the size of the fat cells. Fat cells are fed by blood vessels in the belly area. Each fat cell is in contact with at least one capillary. The blood supply provides support for the metabolism. The blood flow will depend upon body weight and the overall nutritional state. The number of vessels will increase during fasting or high demand for glucose. Increased numbers of blood vessels can contribute to increasing blood pressure. The heart simply has to work harder to supply the additional vessels.

A liver that has many cells filled with triglyceride sacs is called a fatty liver NAFLD (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease). Any diabetic that has large amounts of belly fat likely has a fatty liver. Fatty liver develops early in the process because of high levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream. Diabetic fatty liver’s second stage is called NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis), meaning that it is not caused by alcohol consumption (but similar), and it mimics damage caused by hepatitis diseases. Oxidation of cells begins to occur causing cell damage. The third stage is cirrhosis which is very serious and dangerous. The first stage of fatty liver is not particularly dangerous, and will go away with proper treatment. Fatty liver is difficult to diagnose. The only reliable test is to conduct a biopsy to determine how much fat is present and if any scarring is present. Biopsies are rarely conducted, because the medical industry cannot agree on how it should be interpreted. The symptoms of NAFLD are nondescript, non-existent or mimic symptoms of other diseases. Certain blood tests will display the presence of certain liver enzymes that are common in hepatitis, which would signify the presence of NASH. Fatty liver will seriously complicate the weight loss process.

Parasites will virtually stall weight loss efforts. Parasites are more common in diabetics than a non-diabetic person, due to their weakened state. Unfortunately, western medicine doctors have little training in recognizing the presence of parasites. Few people are trained in testing for them. Most common tests have a very low accuracy rate. Treating parasites with drugs is rarely effective because they have a very narrow range of effectiveness. There are over 100 common species found in humans and treatments are very specific to specie. Parasites escape diagnosis in as many as 70 chronic diseases, and are now believed to be instrumental in the development of many chronic diseases.

When parasites are present, patients will have virtually no success in losing weight. Reduced portion sizes, carbohydrate counting or elimination, or even vigorous exercise will not produce results. Parasites inflame the lining of the digestive tract, and slow nutrient absorption. They eventually spread to all areas of the body, including vital organs. They disrupt hormonal balance, blood sugar regulation and alter the metabolism. Parasites eat the nutrients ingested, or they eat the host. They leave the host with empty calories, which triggers cravings and over consumption of food (urges to pile it high on a plate). They virtually take over control of the body.

Parasites release toxins that overload the kidneys and liver. The weakened state leads to further reductions in metabolism. They hinder the maintenance of beneficial flora in the intestinal tract that can lead to over production of yeasts. Overdevelopment of yeasts lead to the development of allergies, gas and bloating. Their acids damage organs, breakdown muscle tissue and cause the central nervous system to become sluggish. The body will react to increased acid levels by producing fat cells to store the acid, thus removing it from the system. A lower metabolism encourages the production of fat cells.

The good news is, by now, the reasons for difficulty in losing weight are clearer. So how does one beat these powerful mechanisms? Start by getting rid of any parasites. The safe bet is to assume that they are present, because they probably are present. There is an extensive listing of symptoms, and how to cleanse the body of parasites in the “Diabetics Handbook”. Also read about glycemic index and load. Modify the diet to eat only low glycemic index foods. Stop eating any of the pro-oxidant foods, especially processed foods, which is basically anything in a box or can that has ingredients that you cannot pronounce, or it’s unknown as to why it is in there.

Then assume that you have a fatty liver, because you probably do to some extent. This is the tough part. The most success comes from combining a series of techniques. Fasting and exercise are effective to break the cycles and burn liver fat. But it must be done correctly. If liver and/or kidney damage is present a doctor should be consulted. An alternative to fasting is to start eating 6-8 very light, low glycemic index meals per day, instead of three large meals. That will reduce the glucose spikes that exacerbate the process.

Change the diet. Stop eating the pro-oxidant foods. Processed foods are poison to diabetics, which cannot be stressed enough! Processed flour is very bad for diabetics (actually for everybody). Sodas are high in pro-oxidants and phosphoric acid, drink green tea instead. However, be careful, some bottled green teas have additives in them, including phosphoric acid. Stop drinking coffee. Eat only very lean cuts of meat. Stop eating sweets, sugar substitutes and dairy products. Never cook food at high temperatures (over 400 degrees F) or microwave food. That means that grilling and broiling are out. Microwaves kill as much as 97% of the living nutrients in food. Steaming, stir frying in olive oil or boiling food is best. Diabetics should eat fruit if their system does not react to them (glucose spikes). Pineapple and bananas are very high in natural sugar. Eat low glycemic index foods only. Take a good quality multivitamin daily, such as Rejuvenage 40+, which is sold on the internet. If a multivitamin is being taken, compare the product label to the sample label posted on the internet. This particular multivitamin has the broadest coverage of nutrients found on the market. Eat lots of fiber, especially water-soluble fiber.

Glucose management can be improved if sodium levels are managed, and fiber levels are kept high. Sodium slows the insulin response, which means higher sodium levels can be an advantage for hypoglycemia. High sodium levels prevent a quick rise and fall in insulin levels, and subsequently reduce the blood sugar highs and lows commonly experienced with hypoglycemia. Sodium, along with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and biotin are among the most important factors in reducing erratic glucose level changes; even between meals. Manganese, chromium and niacin/niacinamide control glucose response as well as the liver’s storage of glycogen. Potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C can both, help stabilize, or interfere with glucose management depending on whether a patient is prone to be hypoglycemic, or hyperglycemic. Lower amounts are recommended for patients that are prone to hypoglycemia, and higher amounts for patients that are prone to hyperglycemia. On the other hand, high amounts of potassium can reduce manganese and chromium. High amounts of vitamin C can lower manganese and stimulate insulin. Vitamin B6 stimulates magnesium and potassium, but lowers manganese. It can become complex. It should be noted that too much sodium in the diet is never a good thing.

Eliminate candies, honey, sodas of all types, donuts, cereals (especially sweetened), cakes and bakery goods, over ripe fruits, fruit juices (unless diluted), sugar (both brown and white), syrups (corn, maple and molasses), glucose, sucrose, fructose (of any variety), dextrose, maltose, or any substance ending in “ose”. Eliminate all artificial sweeteners except Stevia. Most of the bakery goods contain synthetic additives, along with processed flour, both of which are highly pro-oxidative.

It will be necessary to start exercising to maximize the burning of glucose in tissues. Power walking for approximately 45 minutes, preferably daily, will burn upwards of 300 calories each day. Exercising other major muscle groups is important. The fasting and exercise program should be alternated with non-fast and exercise programs (3-5 days each). Depending upon health conditions, choose between a water or a juice fast. The water fast is more aggressive. Don’t lose weight too fast. It can damage the liver. Most people lose 3-5 pounds after the first several days and an additional 3-5 pounds the next day, it will level off at a pound per day after the initial loss. It is customary to not lose weight during the non-fast phase. Then repeat the cycle. The “Diabetics Handbook” covers a variety of programs, the most aggressive being a 30 day fast, which will totally detox the entire body as well. It is known to release toxins present since birth. Fasting is safe, and very effective. Exercising a muscle does not get rid of fat over the specific muscles that are exercised. The only way to reduce a fat belly is to lose weight overall, and any type of exercise will help accomplish that. There’s a growing body of research showing that the fastest way to burn off belly fat is by a combination of weight training, aerobic exercise and modified diet. Bear in mind that increased muscle mass, from exercise, will increase body weight as fat is lost.

Physical activity is clearly beneficial for diabetics, including lowering blood glucose levels. However, physical activity can make levels go too low, causing hypoglycemia for up to 24 hours afterward. For those taking insulin, or one of the oral medications that increase insulin production, the breaking of routine (fasting) by having a snack, may be required if the glucose level goes below 100 mg/dL. Adjusting medication doses before physical activity can help avoid hypoglycemia. For some diabetics, it may be necessary to consult a doctor while on aggressive programs. A snack can prevent hypoglycemia, provided that it is a low glycemic index food. Extra blood glucose checks, especially 2 hours after strenuous exercise, may be advised. Place increased emphasis on maintaining blood sugar levels. Hold them as close to normal as possible. In type II diabetes that will reduce the amount of excess insulin in the bloodstream. If insulin-dependent, or type I diabetic, avoid taking more insulin than is required to maintain control. Many diabetics assume that more insulin than is needed is not necessarily a bad thing. This is a critical phase that requires lots of testing and focus. The combination of lower insulin, lower glucose levels and vigorous exercise will allow the body to quickly start burning the liver fat. It takes up to 12-16 hours for the body to start drawing fat from the liver. Exercise will increase the metabolism. However, understanding the metabolism will be helpful, because the metabolic rate will change throughout the process. Exercise reduces stress levels. If high stress is an issue, try stress reducing activities such as deep breathing or meditation. Be certain to take antioxidant supplements during the fasting process. Several recent studies show that omega-3 fats can reduce output of another stress hormone, epinephrine (aka adrenaline). Start taking 4000IU of fish oil twice daily. You cannot overdose on fish oil. The body will produce large amounts of free radicals, which will require large amounts of antioxidants to be controlled. Be certain that 100% of the daily requirements of vitamins and minerals is consumed.

In summary, modify the diet; learn what to eat and what not to eat; take a good quality multivitamin every day; get the glucose levels in tight control; manage the insulin levels; manage the sodium levels; exercise vigorously daily; manage stress; eliminate the possibility of parasite infestation; and consider fasting techniques. Learn as much as possible about diabetes, food, and how to cleanse and maintain all of the vital organs.

If this appears to be a lot of hard work, it is. But it is not unusual for diabetics, that have not had any dieting success at all, to lose 30 pounds the first month. The key to total diabetes control, and improved health, is to lose the belly fat. It is paramount. As the belly fat goes away, it will become increasingly easier to win the fat war. Blood sugar control will become easier, blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels will improve. Go to http://www.diabeticshandbook.com for a free daily nutrition log, which will make tracking nutrition easier.

Spirulina Side Effects – Can You Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

Spirulina is blue-green algae with diverse nutritional and health benefits but we are dedicated to discussing the spirulina side effects. Basically, the health benefits of spirulina can not be ignored by anyone who has ever used the product. We want to sure that we inform you about the health benefits of various products plus any associated side effects so that as you use the product you also know about both its positive and negative effects. This is a rare thing that is not done by many other health care websites.

Spirulina contains various vitamins, amino acids, minerals and and more than one hundred other nutrients. Each of these components has a nutritional value on one's health and that is why spirulina is mainly used in food supplements. It boosts the general body fitness and well-being by providing these essential nutrients needed by the body.

However, since knowing the health benefits of spirulina, we found it very crucial to inform our visitors about the side effects of this product. The main aim being to ensure that you have full information about the products so that when you use it, you know exactly what to expect. This will also help our visitors decide whether to use spirulina or not. Definitely, if you see the spirulina side effects becoming unbearable, do not force yourself to continue to use it. We want to provide our visitors with complete information so as they can live healthy lives.

Some of the spirulina side effects

As you use spirulina for its many health benefits, it is good to be aware of some of its associated risks. The following there, are some of the side effects of spirulina or "superfood" as some call it due to its composition of almost all food components:

Thirst and constipation: therefore you need to increase your water intake.

Skin itching and other minor skin problems like skin rashes.

Some people experience stomachaches and other related gastrointestinal disorders. This is especially seen if a large quantity of spirulina is ateen all at one time.

Dizziness and nausea.

Fever and lack of sleep. This is because spirulina contain approximately 70% proteins. During the breakdown of these proteins, more heat is released from the body causing the fever.

Impaired liver and kidney functions. These are mainly experienced if spirulina is overdosed.

There are also some contaminated spirulina products which contain heavy metals like lead, cadmium and mercury. This lowers the quality of spirulina that underperforming as expected and in turn causes side effects. Make sure you check the source of your spirulina and make sure it has been tested for contamination.

People may experience more weight gain when they start using spirulina but the weight increase is typically due to more accumulation of water in their bodies thought about by the spirulina.

Those with less blood cells also can suffer from frequent nasal bleeding when they use spirulina.

Mainly, spirulina side effects are caused by an individual being allergic to it. Overdosing on spirulina has not yet been proven to cause side effects though it is recommended to consult your doctor for the dosage directions. Also, the doctor will advise you on which form of spirulina to take – capsules, powder, flakes or tablets. However, most of the spirulina side effects are a sign that it is working in the body.

Early Menopause and Lupus

Early menopause occurs most often in women who are 30 to 40 years of age. It may occur in women younger than that with underlying causes. It very important that if you are suffering the signs of early menopause that you consult a doctor to rule out anything else that may be happening or a consequence of other health conditions. This is especially important if you have lupus and are experiencing signs of early menopause.

Lupus Symptoms

There are a few types of lupus including Discoid Lupus and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Discoid Lupus most often affects the skin. It will present as a red rash that could have raised edges. It commonly occurs on the face and scalp. The rash is not itchy but scarring on the scalp can cause irreversible hair loss. Up to approximately 10% of those who have Discoid Lupus will develop Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

The most common complaints of those who suffer with systemic lupus erythematosus include fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle pain, arthritis and mouth/ nose ulcerations.

A facial rash (butterfly rash), photosensitivity and inflammation of the lining that surrounds the heart-pleuritis and the heart-pericarditis are also symptoms of lupus. Problems with circulation to the fingers and toes when it is really cold are also called Raynaud’s phenomenon. Inflammation of the brain, liver, and kidneys also occur in SLE. There may be a decrease in white blood cells and clotting factors. This increases the risk of infections and bleeding.

More than 50% of those with SLE will develop the flat red butterfly rash. Most SLE sufferers will develop a type of arthritis that is very similar to rheumatoid arthritis. The small joints of the hands, the wrists, and feet may swell, become painful, stiff and sometimes deformed. Inflammation of the blood vessels especially those that supply oxygen to tissues can cause nerve injury, injury to the skin, or injury to an internal organ.

These are some of the major and most common symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus. Within each symptom is a set of sub-symptoms that result from the main symptoms. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can be very treatable. It may also cause death depending on which body organs are affected.

The diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus is determined if a patient has four or more of eleven criteria. They are: malar-butterfly rash, discoid rash with patchy redness, photosensitivity (sensitivity to light), mucus membrane ulcers, arthritis, pleuritis and pericaridits-inflammations of the linings of the heart lungs along with pain when breathing, kidney abnormalities including an abnormal quantity of urine protein or clusters of cellular elements (casts), brain irritation, blood count abnormalities, immunological disorders-abnormal results of such tests as Anti-DNA, or anti-Sm, testing positive for antinuclear antibody.

Other tests could include a Sedimentation Rate, blood chemistry and evaluation of body fluids, as well as tissue biopsies. SLE can also cause one to enter early menopause

Treatments of systemic lupus erythematosus include get more rest during the active phases of the disease. Inadequate sleep is key in the progression of fatigue in SLE patients. A doctor must focus on poor sleep and the effects of depression, insufficient exercise and patient’s personal care coping abilities on their over-all health. Drugs that are used to relieve symptoms of SLE include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that help muscle, joint and other body tissue pain.

Corticosteroids are stronger in lessening inflammation and restoring the ability to function when SLE is active and they are helpful when internal organs are involved. They can be delivered in a number of forms but they have some serious side effects in long-term use at high doses. Thinning skin and bones, weight gain, infections, diabetes, facial puffiness, cataracts and even death (necrosis) of large joints are also possible. There is a wide variety of types of drugs used to treat mild to severe cases of SLE.

Symptoms of Early Menopause

Lupus and early menopause have some common symptoms. Sleep problems, heart palpitations, headaches and hot flashes that can occur in lupus and the patient not are menopausal. Irregular periods and bleeding are classic signs of beginning menopause. If you are a woman with lupus menstruation can continue but as has been mentioned become irregular and cease altogether catapulting you into early menopause. Other symptoms of it include appetite changes, weight gain, body aches, and mood swings all of which can also occur in lupus.

Early menopause in lupus can occur as a result of the disease itself. It can also be a result of the medications used to treat lupus. It can also be a result of heredity as opposed the disease or treatments of the disease.

Treatment of these symptoms can be HRT- hormone replacement therapy, anti-depressants, and anti-inflammatories. These treatments can have some very serious side effects such as increased risk for heart attack and some cancers. Most women seek to avoid these side effects and turn to natural treatments such as herbal supplementation.

Herbal supplements may also include vitamins such as B-complex and C vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and zinc. In order to get the highest quality supplement there should be no fillers or preservatives. The ingredients will have had the molecular path tested at the molecular level and their interactions evaluated as well. Only standardized herbal extracts are used and they are made to meet pharmaceutical grade standards. This all helps to guarantee top quality and consistent dosing from capsule to capsule.

Conclusion

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can attack the skin discoid lupus erythematosus and systemic lupus erythematosus that affects the joints and internal organs. It is a connective tissue disease. Either the disease itself or the medications that are used to treat lupus can put a woman into early menopause. A doctor’s examination will help to determine the best course of treatment including the possible benefits of herbal supplementation.

Melaleuca Product Review – Scam Or Great Products?

The company was founded in 1985 when it was taken over by Frank Sloot who got rid of the previous company and name and brought the company’s product line into compliance with FDA regulations. The company is now one of Idaho’s largest privately owned companies. The company has established the Melaleuca Foundation, which is currently supporting an orphanage in Quito, Ecuador. So I can see that the company has a caring heart.

Melaleuca is also the name of a type of plant that has an essential oil called Ti tree (aka tea tree). Some people misspell it as “melaluca” or “malaluca”. I have used tea tree oil products for many years on my horses as a topical treatment since it has great natural antibacterial and antifungal effects. Tea tree oil can be purchased from most any drug store or pet store for just a few dollars. One interesting fact is that the melaleuca plant is a valued plant in Australia and Hawaii, but is an invasive weed in some areas such as Florida where it is costing the state of Florida hundreds of thousands of dollars to try and remove.

The Melaleuca Wellness Company line of products includes over 300 items. These items include household cleaners, personal care items, candles, hygiene products, nutritional products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. The company claims to have great environmentally friendly products.

Products

First let me state that this review is NOT a scientific review of the Melaleuca products.

I don’t doubt that the Melaleuca Company is a great company and that they have some really nice products that are better than your average drug store products. I do not think that Melaleuca is a fraud or a scam. I just do not feel that their dietary supplements are for me and my family. Even EPA certified environmentally safe does not mean that a product is biologically safe. A past university pharmacy professor of mine once said that “what is safe for the environment can sometimes be extremely toxic to humans.”

When I looked at the ingredient list for the Melaleuca health supplements, I saw some chemicals that made me cringe. Each supplement that I looked at the label of, including even their children’s health product line, had bad or even toxic chemicals. I saw ingredients such as

  • sucralose (not to be confused with sucrose)
  • fructose
  • silicon dioxide !
  • chromium chloride !

Chromium Chloride is so toxic that it is on the Hazardous Substance List! It is known to exhibit genotoxic, mutagenic, teratogenic (reproductive hazard) effects on the body. If you check the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for chromium chloride you can find it has a LD50, referring to its lethal dose in order to kill 50% of a mouse population in studies. So could their child vitamin kill your kid if your kid got into the bottle and ate too much?

Silicon dioxide is found in many supplements from any store. It is not “toxic”, but I found it interesting that ALL of the supplement labels for Melaleuca that I looked at…had this ingredient. Even the kids products had this ingredient. Silicon dioxide is the chemical name for SAND, just as sodium chloride the chemical name for salt. Now silicon dioxide is not harmful, but I don’t understand why the need to put it into all of their products. One interesting fact about silicon dioxide is that it is the active compound in scouring cleaners, and is also used to make computer chips and many kinds of glass as well.

While I was on the Melaleuca official website, I found that they have a letter that lists the products that do not contain any ingredients found on the prohibited substance list published by the World Anti-Doping Code. Since not all of the products were listed, it means that in some of their supplements they do use ingredients that are on the World Anti-Doping prohibited substance list. This does not necessarily mean that those supplements will kill you, but if it is internationally illegal for an Olympic athlete to use some of the Melaleuca supplements, then that should say something.

Business Opportunity

Their compensation plan was not for me. Among many companies, I looked into Melaleuca at one time as a possible money making opportunity so that I could earn a residual income, since so many people are looking for ways to work from home. But when I found out that you have to have over 2500 people in your organization in the Melaleuca Company in order to make a six figure income, I lost interest in the business opportunity immediately.

I found another opportunity to work from home that pays a whole lot more for my time and is a lot easier for ordinary people to do successfully.

My Conclusion

I can safely say that Melaleuca nutritional supplements were not for me and my family. I found a better supplement that I am extremely happy with. I have friends that use the Melaleuca products and I feel that the Melaleuca vitamins are better than your health food store vitamins and minerals, but I know that there are better out there. Why not use the very best?

The Melaleuca Alternative

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I found an alternative product to Melaleuca that I really like! I get my supplements from a solid research and development company that has the market on a unique niche in organic supplementation. While just looking for a health product to help my family with some health challenges, I happened across a great opportunity to get paid to share a product that I really love. I help others feel great about their health and energy. I get FREE supplements now and I look and feel years younger! It is fun, rewarding and after a few years of hard work put in, can return you a nice residual income.

Everybody wants good health and more energy. I have been consuming glyconutrients supplements for a few years now and am extremely happy with my energy boost, immune system, and great health.

Health Benefits of Strawberry Fruit Soaps

Everyone loves to eat strawberries, but have you ever washed with them? One of the great benefits of natural soap is that during the soap making process, the opportunity exists to get all of the health benefits of your favorite fruits and herbs into soap-not to mention the beautiful colors and scents.

Strawberry soap is a form of natural cold process soap where strawberry extract and sometimes strawberry seeds are added to soap as the soap hardens. Unlike manufactured soap, which is often hot process-meaning that the process of making soap evolves constant high temperatures which can denature the beneficial natural chemicals in strawberries-natural cold process soap keeps the natural health benefits of the strawberry fruit intact, but suspended in the Solid soap. That means that most of the vitamins and minerals in the fruit remain in the soap for months.

Strawberries are extremely high in Vitamins C and K as well as pantothenic acid, Vitamin B1, folic acid, and iodine. They also contain high levels of antioxidants, which are known to fight cancer (in fact, strawberries contain compounds that have been shown to inhibit COX enzymes in vitro) and to fight chronic disease as well as providing numerous other health benefits. Strawberries have also been linked to effecting blood vessels, lipoproteins, and platelets in ways that can improve your health. Numerous studies have shown that daily intake of strawberries can bring down the chance of cancer and even the growth of cancerous tissue. Free radicals, which have been shown to contribute to joint problems and arthritis, have also been shown to be reduced by the antioxidants found in strawberries.

Not to mention, strawberries give natural soap a lovely red color that ranges from pink to deep maroon based on the amount of extract used in making the strawberry soap. Strawberries contain phytonutrients, or naturally occurring chemicals, called anthocyanins that combine with sugar to give strawberries a rich red color. This explains why strawberries are red when ripe-because the anthocyanins are colorless at first until the plant starts producing sugar. The sugar then links to the chemical inside the fruit and is responsible for the chemical reaction that turns strawberries red. Compounds from the same family make blueberries blue and grapes purple.

When picking out a strawberry soap, be sure to look closely at the label. Most drug store variety strawberry soaps actually do not contain strawberries, but only strawberry fragrance (which is often not even natural strawberry fragrance, by a synthetic chemical that may actually have health risks). Most manufactured soaps that contain natural strawberries are hot processes, which removes many of the beneficial properties of strawberries by heating the soap to high temperatures. Others contain high levels of synthetic preservatives. The benefit for big manufacturers is that their strawberry soap lasts much longer on the shelf. Unfortunately, that means that the consumer-you! -don't get all the natural benefits of washing with strawberries in your soap.

One of the best qualities of cold process natural soap is that the compounds in natural extracts are retained in the soap, so even when strawberries go out of season you can still get all the great health benefits year round by choosing a strawberry soap.

Moringa Leaf Powder: Powder vs Pills

Moringa leaf powder is a true superfood that is loaded with nutrition. When comparing powder vs pills, the better choice is the powder format, because the benefits of Moringa leaf powder are more pronounced when consumed in this way.

Benefits of Moringa Leaf Powder

Moringa leaf powder is one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world. The African Moringa Oleifera is considered a miracle tree because of its potent health benefits, since every part of it has a nutritional or medicinal use. People who take this superfood report higher levels of energy, stamina, mental focus, and emotional balance. It is being used to treat malnutrition because of its high levels of nutrients, protein, and fiber.

1. Vitamins and minerals – Powdered Moringa leaves are high in many valuable vitamins and minerals. Here are some comparisons:

* 3 times as much potassium as a banana

* 4 times as much beta carotene as a carrot

* 7 times more C than is found in an orange

* 10 times more vitamin A than in carrots

* 15 times more potassium than in bananas

* 17 times more calcium than in milk

* 25 times more iron than spinach

Following are just a few of the many possible benefits of Moringa leaf powder:

1. Amino Acids – Protein is formed from amino acids and this product has 18 amino acids.

2. Antioxidants – These promote the health of our cells, can help to prevent cancer and can slow the aging process. The 46 antioxidants in this powder will strengthen your immune system.

3. Anti-inflammatory – This powder will help reduce inflammation.

4. Blood sugar – Moringa leaf powder helps to regulate blood glucose levels.

5. Cholesterol – It will also help promote natural serum cholesterol.

6. Detoxify – This product will detoxify your body so it can function better. It purifies organs and cleanses the bloodstream.

7. Digestion – This powder will aid digestion and help your colon function properly.

8. Energy – When taking Moringa leaf powder, you will notice an increase in your energy levels.

9. Nervous system conditions – This powder will help lessen or prevent headaches, including migraines.

10. Well-being – This product is effective against depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.

Powder vs Pills

Supplementing your diet with Moringa leaf powder is a healthy choice and your body will enjoy greater benefits when ingested in powder form rather than taken in capsules. Here are five reasons for this:

Assimilation: When ingested in the loose powder form, the Moringa leaf powder is assimilated easier and faster by the body.

Easier to consume a sufficient amount: The recommended amount of Moringa leaf powder is two teaspoons a day. It is extremely simple to add this amount to food that you normally consume.

Versatile: It is easy to incorporate the powder into your daily meals. The powder can be added to soups, sauces, smoothies, juice, tea, or yogurt. It can be sprinkled on top of beans, salads, casseroles, or oatmeal.

Easier to swallow: Many people have difficulty swallowing pills and capsules. The number of capsules that are equivalent to two teaspoons of powder is between nine and ten. For someone who does not like taking pills, the choice to take the loose powder is obviously better.

Less expensive: A one pound bag of Moringa leaf powder is equivalent to 900 capsules that are 500 mg each. If there were 90 capsules in a bottle, that would be 10 bottles. A one pound bag costs less than 30 dollars, so this means that even if the bottles were ten dollars each, the powder form would still be much cheaper.

What Does Coconut Oil Have That Gives Your Hair Instant Volume and Shine?

Females who want to achieve that natural volume and shine to their hair I recommend using coconut oil as hair treatment. Men who are going bald and aim to reduce their baldness the healthy way, I also recommend using coconut oil as hair treatment.

Have you ever noticed why Asians and Islanders have thicker and shinier hair? It just looks healthy in every way. Well it's because they use oil from coconut as a daily treatment on their hair.

Healthy hair that consist of volume, shine, no dandruff and a clean scalp is a combination of genes, diet and hair treatment.

The one thing we can not control in any way is a person's gene, but we can control our diet and hair treatment.

Eat plenty of vegetables and nuts that provide the protein and nutrients needed for healthy hair.

There are products out there that harm hair and strip away the protein, nutrients and health. Be careful when applying certain products like hair spray, gel, wax and shampoos as these are known to strip away the essential proteins and nutrients.

Here are two indicators you can use to determine how damaging a product is to your hair:

1) When having a shower, notice if the hair product you applied (hair spray, gel or wax) is hard to wash off. If it is hard to wash off, then it is most likely damaging your hair and you better use another easier-to-wash product.

2) Also, notice if your hair starts falling off or breaking off during a shower or after the shower. This is another indicator your hair is not in good health from the current products you are using. You will need to restore the health and vitality immediately. One of the best treatments to restore health and vitality is coconut oil.

How you treat your hair also does further damage to it. Whenever you are scrubbing your hair too hard the individual strands are being broken off. Instead, it is a good idea to be gentler when using your hands to wash off the shampoo and conditioner.

If you towel dry your hair, make sure you are not applying too much pressure on your hair. Applying hard pressure to pat dry your hair pulls your hair out very easily.

A better solution is to gently pat dry your hair as much as you can and let the air dry out the remaining water. Of course remember that during winter having wet hair can lead to you being sick so it is best not to dry your hair naturally in those moments. Instead, use a blow drier but set it to a softer blow. It is also advisable you do not have the blow drier so close to your scalp.

If you have dry, damaged hair use coconut oil for hair restoration as it provides the essential oils that will restore shine, moisture, protein and vitality.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, capric acid and vitamin E that feeds into your hair and provides you the volume, shine and clean scalp. It is also great for eliminating dandruff.

The other benefit it provides is that it stimulates growth for baldness; It strengthens each strand and enhances hair roots. Using it is very inexpensive and one of the most effective treatment products out there that nature provides.

You will notice your hair will increase in volume and shine and it will eliminate dandruff and leave it looking healthy in every way.

Energy Drink Health Concerns

Energy drinks are huge in the United States and other parts of the world. As our lives get busier, the first thing we always seem to sacrifice is our sleep. Designed to prove both a shot of energy and act as a source of nutrients, these drinks allow us to make it through the day without passing out before lunch time. In recent years so many people have adapted their lifestyle around these drinks that stories have started to surface of the possible negative attributes of these drinks. Alleged death from consuming these drinks in clubs and during other activities have raised the red flag to legislatures concerned about energy drink health concerns. What about these drinks is cause for alarm, and how much of these claims are accurate?

A Short History

The modern day energy drink evolved from a drink that was first marketed in Japan during the 1960's. This drink, called Lipovitan-D (still available in Japan), contained a mix of B vitamins and taurine. Taurine, an amino acid, is a metabolic agent that is used to boost energy and concentration. The drink was originally created as a medical tonic for people suffering from chronic fatigue, but it grew in popularity as it was quickly adopted by the clubbing scene in Tokyo.

From Japan the energy drink was taken up by several Asian countries as it made its way towards Europe and the United States. The first commercially sold drink in the US was Red Bull. Taking the basic drink formula used in Japan, the creator of Red Bull added caffeine and sugar to the mix, a staple of energy drinks to this day. The energy drink market exploded once Red Bull hit the scene, and several other companies wrap their hat in the ring to vie for the consumer's dollar.

Energy Drink Health Concerns

I. The Ingredients

If you were to individually look at each ingredient common to most energy drinks, you would not find anything too harmful.

Taurine is an amino acid commonly found in meat and fish proteins. It stabilizes cell membranes in the brain and heart, and is essential in newborns since they can not make it. Some studies even say that taurine can help improve athletic performance. Up to 3,000 milligrams a day of supplemental taurine is considered safe.

B-vitamins help your body make energy from the food you eat. They are also critical nutrients for improving mood, memory, and other brain related functions. These vitamins can be found in the proteins of fish, poultry, mean, eggs, and dairy products. Leafy green vegetables also contain B vitamins.

Caffeine is no stranger to most people as it is the feature ingredient in coffee. Coffee is consumed by millions of people with no ill effects, and most people require the caffeine to make it to work every morning. As most people know, caffeine is a stimulant which causes your heart rate to increase, your pupils to dilate, and your muscles to tighten up. Small doses of this substance can actually by quite beneficial to you by helping your metabolism or curbing chronic fatigue.

Sugar is probably the most harmful substance (at least isolated individually) found in these drinks. Sugar is the slow, silent killer as it is the main culprit in obesity and diabetes. Those sugary treats that you use to reward yourself or your child should be the first thing cut for those looking to improve their health lifestyles.

II. The Mix

If you're drinking one energy drink every time and a while, then you should be fine. Taking Red Bull, the leading drink, as an example, it contains 1000 mg of taurine and 80 mg of caffeine. The consensus is that about 3000 mg of taurine and 200 to 300 mg of caffeine a day is not harmful. This of course does not apply to those who may suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, or other ailments. The problem, however, is that not enough research has been done on the combination of all of these ingredients, such as the interaction between taurine and caffeine. Also, while the adverse effects of too much caffeine in intake is well documented, such is not the case for taurine.

Energy drink health concerns are present in countries such as Germany, Australia, and New Zealand that have reported liver damage, kidney failure, respiratory disorders, agitation, confusion, seizures, psychotic conditions, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, rhabdomyolysis, tachycardia, cardiac Dysrhythmias, hypertension, myocardial infraction, heart failure, and death from excess consumption.

One of the chief energy drink health concerns is that many teens and adolescents are drinking them like they used to drink their juice boxes in elementary school. A culture is developing in which these drinks are consumed not for their intended purpose (to provide energy!). One report estimates that 46% of the caffeine in overdoses in the US reported in 2007 occurred in people younger than 19 years.

Many energy drink companies market their drinks toward athletes under the guise of performance enhancing. Many athletes have used caffeine to give them that extra energy before a match long before energy drinks have hit the market. Many athletes do not realize the entire amount of the stimulant, however. Caffeine acts a diuretic that can actually cause dehydration if consumed in large quantities. For this reason, athletes should avoid drinking energy drinks after competition as it will not replenish all of their lost nutrients and may just exacerbate things for them.

III. The Alcohol Factor

One of the more popular drinks for the clubbing scene is mixing energy drinks with alcohol. This combination looks to allow your body to get high without that nasty feeling of sleepiness. If you're a frequent club goer who consumes this drink, you should probably stop. The drink Four Loko, one part energy drink another part alcoholic, was recently banned in many states because of the energy drink health concerns it posed.

Many people believe that the depressant effects of alcohol can dampen the stimulating effects of energy drinks or vice versa. This is not true, however, and the stimulating effects of the energy drink may have you feeling less toxicated than you actually are at the time. The fatigue you feel from drinking too much alcohol is your bodies way of saying, "Hey time to slow down." If you continue drinking (since you do not feel that fatigue) you only magnify the effect of the alcohol on your body as well as consume a potentially dangerous amount of caffeine (if you continue to drink the energy drink mix). This probably accounts for many of the club / energy drink related deaths.

Conclusion

Every persons' body is different, and no one should know your body better than yourself. Energy drink health concerns are being looked at in many places and it may or may not be heavily regulated in several US states. No one can really force you to quit drinking these drinks, but hopefully this article has provided you with enough information to make an informed decision.

Healthy Living: Secrets You Need to Know

Healthy living is a term which makes us think about a right balance and a perfect functionality of mental and physical health. In most of the cases, we find the health of both, mental and physical one, quite connected. Correspondingly, when one gets poked, the other automatically.

Diet, the healthy one, that clutches much importance as it aids in growth and healthy maintenance of the body. The eating requirements are different to us as an infant, child, and teenager, young, adult or senior.

Today, we will bestow some suggestions for a "healthy living", mentally and physically both for all age group animals.

Healthy Living Tips

  • A healthy living cookbook is a big evidence where you may read about the daily meals, "three meals a day", is the most significant line ever. Among these, the dinner should not hold the much quantity. Before going to bed, your tummy should not be overloaded. This will not lead to weight loss and reduced gastroesophageal reflux.
  • Go through the labels of the market products in the ingredients section. Pick the one with low added sugars, sodium, cholesterol, trans-fats and saturated fats.
  • By highlighting nuts and beans comparatively, you should pick eggs, beans, poultry, fish and lean meats.
  • The whole grains, low-fat or fat-free milk made products, veggies and fruits should cover your diet chart the most.
  • The most significant one amongst all is the amount, just satisfy your hunger having a small percentage, after that just stop eating.
  • Sugar enhanced drinks and sodas should not be consumed much as these hold excess calories. However, it's not like the diet drinks should be picked because these increases the hunger of the people and thereby they consume more.
  • The people suffering from depression and anger can not find eating a perfect solution to get rid of these kinda problems. This would make the situation even worse.
  • In summers too, the heavy meals should not be chosen.
  • To control the hunger, snacks are the best option. For the same, whole grains, fruits or nuts should be counted. It's not like sugary snacks may get in. The children should not pick these as it may lead to a wild habit.
  • For weight loss and a healthy living, a vegetarian lifestyle should be promoted. Seek advice from your physician so that you may become quite sure about intake of enough iron, minerals, and vitamins in your food.
  • A cooked food kills the pathogens and harmful bacteria. On the contrary, it's not like that uncooked food should not be the part of your diet chart. But yes, for that just prior eating you should thoroughly wash the fruits and vegetables with fast running and safe to drink tap water. Raw and undercooked meats should be avoided.

Some Healthy Living Facts

The above lines are crafted to offer you some of the best ever tips, about how to augment or enrich the acts in your daily life to live a healthy lifestyle. On the other side, few tips would stop you giving a reality to some of the bad actions that may make you live an unhealthy life.

How to Get Six Pack Abs While You Sleep?

Yes, I have had my coffee today, and no, I am not on drugs! It’s true! You can build six pack abs while you sleep! Read on and let me show you how.

In order to get six pack abs, what is it that you are first going to have to do? That’s right, you are going to have to lose belly fat and of course, total body fat in order to have your six pack abs revealed. This is one of the greatest misconceptions when it comes to getting six pack abs….people thinking that all they have to do is crunches and voila, you got yourself a six pack! Wrong!

You have to lose belly fat first. Want to now how you can lose belly fat…even while you sleep, so that you can start having your six pack abs revealed? Drum roll please…..focus on building lean muscle and increase the intensity of your workouts.

When you build lean muscle and intensify your workouts, you will burn off a crap load of calories…and will continue to do so….even while you sleep!

The quickest way to build lean muscle and intensify a workout is by super setting your workouts. This would be you switching between two different workouts simultaneously until 3-4 sets are done. For example, if you are working out your arms, you would do one set of dumbbell curls, then without resting switch over and do triceps pull downs, and repeat this cycle until 3-4 sets are done for each workout.

By doing this, you are basically combining both cardio and weight training in one. Trust me, your heart rate will be running on full speed and you will be sweating your butt off! With doing this type of workout, you will increase your metabolism, burn off fat faster, and burn calories even while you sleep. The end result, a low body fat percentage, and your six pack abs will begin to show!