Category Archives: Health & Wellness

What is most harmful to your nutritional health?

Here’s an interesting survey conducted recently by Civic Science. Over 4300 adults were asked the following question:

“Which of these do you feel is most harmful to your nutritional health?”
– Added sugar
– Total amount of sugar
– Saturated fats
– Sodium
– Carbs
– Preservatives / chemicals
– GMOs
– I don’t see any of these as harmful to my health

The results appear in the pie chart. The top 5 fears are preservatives & chemicals, saturated fat, sugar (total & added), sodium, and GMOs.

Demographically, women are 44% more likely to be concerned about preservatives and chemicals compared to men. Affluent respondents are more likely to be concerned about added sugars.

The group most concerned with GMOs had the highest variation in lifestyle preferences compared to the general population. These folks actively seek out smaller grocery retailers,  are more likely to buy organic food, cook more often for multiple people.

This survey was conducted to inform food manufacturers and restaurants as to consumer sentiments, not to provide any clear scientific advice. Obviously there is not one element that is most harmful to someone’s diet. However, you will find that most junk food and restaurant food includes multiple elements from the list above, whereas most food cooked at home does not.

Eat more home cooked meals from whole foods, and you’re already doing lots for your nutritional health!

Small Changes Add Up

oscTrying to change your diet—or make other healthful changes, such as becoming more physically active—doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. It’s much better to make One Simple Change at a time.

By taking Juice Plus+, you can join hundreds of thousands of other people in making One Simple Change.* What’s really powerful about Juice Plus+, though, is that it’s been proven to help jumpstart your physical journey to better health, and to help you gradually make other simple changes at your own pace.

Whether you’ve been taking Juice Plus+ for a month, a year, or (like us) two decades, we invite you to join new Juice Plus+ customers in making another One Simple Change every 30 days for the next four months. Think about choosing each simple change from one of these core areas: hydration, healthy eating, physical activity, or sleep and stress.

Pick something simple that you’ll actually do: drink one more glass of water every day, or add five minutes to your walk. Replace one or two fast-food meals each week with a healthier alternative, such as a tasty Juice Plus+ Complete smoothie. Or accept one thought fewer from your inner self-critic (boo!) and one more from your inner cheerleader (you can do it!).

Small shifts in your health habits can ripple outward to expand your sense of well-being. And that, in turn, can motivate you to make yet another One Simple Change.

“A Goal Is a Dream With an Action Plan” – That’s what Bill Sears, MD, has to say about change. Need some inspiration to find your One Simple Change? Watch “Jumpstart Your Journey With Juice Plus+.”

*See what more than 200,000 Juice Plus+ customers have reported in the Juice Plus+ Children’s Health Study.

Having a Sense of Purpose in Life May Protect Your Heart

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Having a high sense of purpose in life may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study led by researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt and presented on March 6 at the American Heart Association’s EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions in Baltimore.

The new analysis defined purpose in life as a sense of meaning and direction, and a feeling that life is worth living.

Previous research has linked purpose to psychological health and well-being, but the new Mount Sinai analysis found that a high sense of purpose is associated with a 23 percent reduction in death from all causes and a 19 percent reduced risk of heart attack, stroke, or the need for coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) or a cardiac stenting procedure.

“Developing and refining your sense of purpose could protect your heart health and potentially save your life,” says lead study author Randy Cohen, MD, a preventive cardiologist at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt. “Our study shows there is a strong relationship between having a sense of purpose in life and protection from dying or having a cardiovascular event. As part of our overall health, each of us needs to ask ourselves the critical question of ‘do I have a sense of purpose in my life?’ If not, you need to work toward the important goal of obtaining one for your overall well-being.”

The research team reviewed 10 relevant studies with the data of more than 137,000 people to analyze the impact of sense of purpose on death rates and risk of cardiovascular events. The meta-analysis also found that those with a low sense of purpose are more likely to die or experience cardiovascular events.

“Prior studies have linked a variety of psychosocial risk factors to heart disease, including negative factors such as anxiety and depression and positive factors such as optimism and social support,” says Alan Rozanski, MD, study co-author and Director of Wellness and Prevention Programs for Mount Sinai Heart at the Mount Sinai Health System. “Based on our findings, future research should now further assess the importance of life purpose as a determinant of health and well-being and assess the impact of strategies designed to improve individuals’ sense of life purpose.”

Full article… 

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One Simple Change … to make you Younger

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One Simple Change … then another… then another … can make you younger! Don’t we all want that? To look good, feel good and stay young – whatever our chronological age?! I know I do, even if it’s a bit late for me in the look good category (69 this summer!)

One Simple Change is our new program to help Inspire Healthy Living Around the World.

Since you and I can’t always see or feel prevention, we often turn to our doctor to order blood tests, scans, etc to see how we are doing on the inside.

Ever wonder if it’s all worth it? After sorting through all the conflicting information about what’s good for you and what’s not, are the things you’ve decided to do in the name of better health, actually doing any good?

Now you don’t have to wonder; iHeart claims they can tell you your age on the inside, your internal age, your biological age, in 30 seconds.

Make One Simple Change after another – with our recommendations below, then monitor yourself with iHeart‘s clever fingertip device and app and watch yourself get younger!

Interestingly, we heard last week about a major cardiovascular study of Juice Plus+  underway at none other than Cambridge University in England. This study will answer the question: “Can Juice Plus+ improve vascular and metabolic functions in overweight and obese adults?” It will study vessel calcification and elasticity, chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, and much more. Of course, we already know the answer from the extensive body of research already conducted on Juice Plus+.

Science Shakeup! What Scientists Are Saying About Daily Salt Intake

saltshakerAlthough there’s no question that too much salt is bad, especially for people with high blood pressure, the real question that has scientists divided is how much is “too” much.

Like salty foods? Salt intake was not associated with mortality or risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and health failure (HF) in older adults based on self-reported estimated sodium intake, according to a study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Data on sodium restriction among older adults are scarce, especially those with their blood pressure on target. Achieving a sodium intake of less than 1,500 mg/day as currently recommended for adults over 50 also is difficult for older adults in part because of long-held dietary habits. So the incremental benefit of restricting sodium to lower targets needs to be evaluated, according to background information.

Andreas P. Kalogeropoulos, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., of Emory University, Atlanta, and coauthors looked at the association between dietary sodium intake and mortality, CVD and HF in a group of 2,642 adults who ranged in age from 71 to 80 (51.2 percent of the participants were female and 61.7 percent were white). The authors analyzed 10-year follow-up data on the adults who were participating in this community-based study where dietary sodium intake was assessed at baseline with a questionnaire.

After 10 years, 881 of the participants had died, 572 had developed CVD and 398 had developed HF. Sodium intake was not associated with mortality, or new development of CVD or HF, according to study results. Ten-year mortality rates were 33.8 percent, 30.7 percent and 35.2 percent among participants consuming less than 1,500 mg/d, 1,500 to 2,300 mg/d, and greater than 2,300 mg/d of sodium, respectively.

“In conclusion, we observed that sodium intake estimated by FFQ [food frequency questionnaire] was not associated with mortality or risk for CVD and HF in a cohort of adults 71 to 80 years old… Our data emphasize the need for stronger evidence, preferably from rigorous controlled trials testing additional thresholds for sodium intake, before applying a policy of further sodium restriction to older adults beyond the current recommendation for the general adult population (2,300 mg/d),” the study concludes.

Check out this report in the Washington Post for more information on the debate over salt in our diet.

Workplace Wellness

Today’s is a guest post by Chandler Stevens.

There’s More To It Than Spin Class

The Data Are Clear

In this day and age you simply can’t do without a workplace wellness program in your business, large or small.

A healthy team is a productive—and economical—team. Conservative estimates place the ROI on wellness programs at just shy of $3 per dollar spent. Some programs bring up to 600% return on dollars spent. The benefits extend far beyond the financial. Healthy people are happy people, and a strong wellness program in the workplace can boost morale and keep your team motivated.

Workplace wellness is a no-brainer. This is your team, your tribe. It pays to treat them well. We all know that golden rule, right?

The Basics

If you have yet to implement in your business, you may be wondering: what goes into an effective wellness program? The most common components are:

-preliminary screening to identify risks

-interventions to address the screens

-promotional activities to facilitate healthy decisions

Most programs these days also add in group fitness or reduced-rate personal training for employees. Not rocket science, right? We simply test & retest, adjusting course as needed. Yet if it were this easy, every company would be implementing this on some level, right? What’s holding us back? By and large it has to do with…

Motivation

Many employers feel that despite the mountains of evidence, their business will be the ONE exception to tremendous returns. I understand. The most common fear is that employees simply won’t take advantage of the program’s benefits. I’d posit that this is more a matter of how we motivate (or fail to motivate) our team. The motivation to engage in these programs can’t be based on carrots and sticks (I encourage every leader to read more on the subject here). Motivation to participate must be internal. Our role as facilitators is to tap into this internal motivation, demonstrating wellness as way to grow as individuals and an organization.

Next Steps

If your group has no program in place, what are you waiting for! Go out, get healthy, and grow as a team. If you have one, evaluate its efficacy. Test, retest, and stay hungry for improvement.

Chandler Stevens MCT, FMS is passionate about the transformative power of movement: physically, emotionally, and socially. 

He works with private clients and organizations, helping them move better, get stronger, and be better humans.

Find him online at www.chandlerstevens.com

Recommendations from the US Dietary Guidelines Scientific Advisory Committee

Every 5 years, the federal government publishes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. You may wonder why the guidelines need to be updated every 5 years. The answer is that nutrition science is an evolving field, and as a result, recommendations change over time.

The process for publishing new guidelines starts with a scientific advisory committee that pores over the latest research in human health and nutrition. The committee analyzes this information and then publishes its recommendations. Before these recommendations are  adopted, there is a public comment period, during which individuals, but mostly lobbies and corporations try to influence the final recommendations. This period lasts about one year and, finally, the Dietary Guidelines for America are published.

Last week, 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee published its Scientific Report and it is now open to public comments. The recommendations are actually very good:

1. Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low- or non-fat dairy, seafood, legumes, and nuts.

2. Eat less red and processed meat. This is the first time a clear message to reduce red meat consumption has been heard. Will it be muffled by the time the actual guidelines are published?

3. Limit consumption of alcohol, sugar-sweetened foods and drinks, and refined grains.

4. Eat more plant based foods and eat less animal based foods. It’s good for you AND the environment. This is the first time that the impact of food processing on the planet has been tackled in this forum.

5. Population health must become a national priority, in part by taking bold actions to change the food environment in America:

“individuals and organizations, private business, and communities work together to achieve a population-wide “culture of health” in which healthy lifestyle choices are easy, accessible, affordable, and normative.”

Some of the bold strategies that the committee is open to exploring include taxing sugary soft drinks, limiting junk food marketing to kids, and incentivizing SNAP (food stamps) receipients to purchase healthy foods.

6. Limit saturated fat. Despite many books and celebrities promoting the opposite, the most current scientific evidence (“strong and consistent”) still points to reduction of saturated fats and their replacement with unsaturated fats as a sound strategy to reduce heart disease. Total fat reduction does not decrease risk of disease. Replacing saturated fat with refined carbohydrates does increase the risk of disease.

7. Added sugars in the diet must be drastically reduced. The committee recommends added sugars stay below 10 percent of caloric intake. In a 2000 calorie diet, this works out to 200 calories, the equivalent of 50 grams of sugar, or 12 teaspoons of added sugar per day. One can of soda and you’re done!

8. Aspartame at the level consumed by the US public appears to be safe for most people but may cause cancer in some. The committee recommends additional research.

9. The committee is concerned about the growing consumption of highly caffeinated drinks by young people, which can lead to caffeine toxicity and cardiovascular events. The recommendation is to limited or no consumption.

10. Dietary cholesterol is no longer a nutrient of concern. For years, the recommendation was to limit intake of dietary cholesterol to no more than 300mg a day. A single egg has almost 200mg.

Gum Disease and Nutrient-Dense Food Supplements: Results of an In-Office Study

A guest post by Alvin Danenberg, D.D.S. in Well Being Journal, because your smile is important!

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Today, there is a 47 percent prevalence rate of periodontitis among adults in the United States. Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease, where not only are the gums infected but the bone surrounding the roots of the teeth is infected and breaking down. For those who are over 65 years old, the prevalence rate jumps to 70 percent.

I have been a periodontist (a dentist who specializes in gum disease) for forty years. For the first thirty-five years, I treated advanced gum diseases the way most periodontists do: by performing traditional gum surgery, which was somewhat successful but relatively uncomfortable for patients. Several years ago, I learned a better way for my patients. In 2010, I became licensed in a laser procedure called LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) that kills harmful bacteria, helps grow new bone, and creates overall better results without the use of a scalpel or sutures. Most important, patients don’t experience the pain or swelling that has been part of traditional gum surgery.

In 2013, I started to become educated about the importance of ancestral nutrition and nutrient-dense foods, and how they affect dental and overall health. I attended a five-day nutrition course for health professionals, held at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and, several months later, a four-day Food As Medicine conference. This education was life changing for me and has been life changing for many of my patients. I personally became reenergized, and I reengineered my periodontal practice.

With all this new information pertaining to lifestyle, I also wanted to know what science had to say about nutrient-dense, unprocessed foods specifically for gum disease. I researched PubMed, which is the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s database of published medical research from around the world. I found one study regarding gum disease and Paleolithic nutrition  and several recent studies involving nutrition and gum disease. However, I could find no studies on how specific nutrient-dense foods affected the progress of gum disease. So, in March of 2014, I decided to create a study using my own patients who wished to be a part of my research. I enlisted the help of Ramiel Nagel, researcher and author of Cure Tooth Decay, who designed the study with me. Now my research is completed, and the results are in.

Selection of Patients 
The specific criteria for patient selection were:

• The patient could not have been on any antibiotic during the last three months.

• The patient had not undergone active gum treatment (including deep cleaning or a general cleaning by the hygienist) in the last three months.

• Infected gum pockets (the spaces between the gum and tooth) bled when a periodontal probe (a gum-pocket measuring instrument) was gently inserted into the gum space.

• The gum pockets had a depth of at least 4 mm (1-3 mm without any bleeding while being measured with a periodontal probe is considered healthy).

• No more than four individual teeth per patient who met the criteria were selected for the study.

• Participants were instructed not to change any habits, lifestyle activities, dietary regimens, or medications during the course of the thirty-day study.

Results
We selected thirteen patients who met the criteria above for the study. They agreed to take a variety of nutrient-dense real food supplements for thirty days to find out if these supplements would be effective in reducing some of their manifestations of gum disease. I examined and measured 41 teeth within this group of thirteen patients.

I gave these patients three different nutrient-dense food supplements in capsule form, containing various micronutrients, which they took almost every day. The micronutrients are identified in websites referenced below.  A synergistic effect exists from taking this combination of supplements.

Full article … 

In the first clinical study of Juice Plus+ from a dental perspective, researchers at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (full article) recently completed the clinical phase of their analysis of the impact of Juice Plus+ on measures of gum health in 60 adults. The results were impressive…

Never Leave the Playground

As we age, many of us have a fatal flaw that can lead to a fatal fall — we lose our balance, stability and coordination.

What if you could prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s without a pill, without major surgery and in just a few minutes a day? Stephen Jepson — artist, athlete, inventor and entrepreneur — says he has a simple prescription that could change the lives of millions. And all it takes is an open mind and a willingness to play.

Stephen Jepson says he can change that for everyone. And as a bonus, he believes it can help you build brain cells, develop neural pathways and prevent or delay Alzheimer’s and dementia.

What is his prescription? Play!

Stephen believes the key to never losing your balance — or your mind — is in the games and activities of our youth.

Jepson has built a backyard playground where he tests out his theories, walking on tightropes, balancing on boards while barefoot, throwing knives and juggling. In his 70s, Jepson says that since he started training, he has never fallen, his memory has gotten much sharper and he’s a happier, healthier man.

Falls can be deadly as we get older, and are one of the main reasons that people lose their independence. When we lose our balance and coordination, it can be nearly impossible to get them back. So Jepson says that his program is the key — especially because it’s never too late to start.

“It makes your memory better, it makes you feel just absolutely juiced and jazzed and revitalized,” Jepson tells Growing Bolder. “You can do it at any moment in time.”

Jepson is one of the world’s most renowned potters, and his work has been featured in the Smithsonian Museum. He’s also the founder of the World Pottery Institute. In addition to his art, Jepson is a prolific inventor.

Watch the video that is capturing the imaginations of people across the world. Wait until you see his incredible playground!

A former college arts professor, whose work is in the Smithsonian, is the unlikely ringleader behind a brain health philosophy that is gaining support from big brains across the country.

He may have discovered the closest thing to the fountain of youth … and it involves playing.

Stephen Jepson says the secrets to staying vibrant and strong are hidden in the activities that we used to do as children. The 72-year-old’s program, Never Leave the Playground, is showing people it’s never too late to improve their balance, energy and health. He believes his activities just may ward off brain diseases, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, and can prevent one of the most serious threats to older people — falls.

Stephen explains the kinds of exercises in his program and how the beginning activities are so simple but fun. He says you’ll never grimace doing his activities.

Plus, find out why he doesn’t use the word exercise and why he believes you don’t need to spend any money on expensive gym memberships or supplements to get healthy.

To find out more, visit Stephen’s website neverleavetheplayground.com.

Original article…

From Wheelchair To Walking By Changing Diet

Your DNA and your genes are NOT your Destiny says Dr. Terry Wahls.

She gives hope to many, because she was able to reverse her severe Multiple Sclerosis, and return to an active professional life as a physician and researcher, without medication. In fact she was able to stop all her medication after less than a year.

She is now reversing many diseases in her patients using her Wahls Protocol.

I suggest that we should all follow her Wahls Protocol, for a vibrant life, not just for ourselves, but for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Click to watch her video below: “How to Heal Through Food”.

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Eating the right plant foods (including those found in Juice Plus+) are foundational to the Wahls Protocol. Now I understand why I am so healthy today, compared to 21 years ago, BJP (that’s Before Juice Plus+).