7 Essential Supplements

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  1. Vitamin C – Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin vital for immune function and for producing collagen, a structural protein connective tissue. The body requires vitamin C to form and maintain blood vessels, bone, and skin, metabolize amino acids, and synthesize hormones. Longevity Antioxidants with C & Bioflavonoids
  2. Vitamin B – B-Complex vitamins function as cofactors in biochemical reactions and are needed by the body to produce energy, synthesize hormones and red blood cells, synthesize components of the nervous system, make DNA, and support numerous other metabolic processes. The B vitamins can calm nerves, reduce feelings of stress and promote healthy metabolism. They enable the body to produce energy from foods, support healthy homocysteine levels, aid in the production of brain neurotransmitters, and help to metabolize protein, fat and carbohydrates. Longevity Optimal Vitamin B
  3. Vitamin E – Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that supports cardiovascular functioning, helps to preserve cell membranes, and plays a critical role in nucleic acid and protein metabolism, cellular energy function, and hormone support. Longevity Full Spectrum E
  4. Calcium – excellent for maintaining and promoting healthy bone formation. Longevity Optimal Calcium
  5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Ultra Omega Plus is concentrated marine fish oil, providing enriched levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, 647 mg) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 253 mg). Compared to regular fish oil, Ultra Omega Plus is lower in saturated fatty acids and higher in levels of EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA are important in the regulation of normal blood lipoprotein and healthy cholesterol metabolism, as well as normal immune function, acting as precursors for anti-inflammatory compounds called prostaglandins. Overall, the omega-3′s in fish oil support healthy levels of cholesterol in addition to heart, brain and joint health. Longevity Ultra Omega Plus
  6. Vitamin D – Vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, is the most effective form of vitamin D for improving blood levels. Nearly every cell in the body contains receptors for vitamin D, and research confirms vitamin D’s importance in such diverse roles as cardiovascular health, joint health, immunity, cognitive function, mood enhancement, blood sugar control, fertility and bowel health. Longevity Optimal Vitamin D3
  7. Resveratrol – Resveratrol is a powerful free radical scavenger that helps to support cardiovascular health and healthy blood flow, as well as proper neurological function. In addition, Resveratrol can help to support a balanced inflammatory response. It has been extensively studied for its activity related to sirtuins, which are molecules involved in the regulation of cellular aging. Through sirtuins and other mechanisms, Resveratrol helps to encourage proper cellular function and overall longevity. Longevity Optimal Resveratrol

If this seems like a lot of pills to take daily, you’re right. That’s why we also recommend a convenient daily supplement packet like our Longevity Essentials.

The Five Worst Foods

Krispy_kreme_donuts_stacked-cropStay far, far away from these foods and you’ll be feeling fine. Just like it matters what type of oil or gasoline you put in your car, the same is true for your body. Don’t sacrifice with a low-grade pantry. Upgrade to the best and your body will thank you!

  1. Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils / Trans Fatty Acids – Hydrogenated fats are fats that are one step away from plastic. Plastic is virtually indestructible by biology, including in our bodies. This means that foods made with hydrogenated fats will not spoil or go stale as fast. Unfortunately, these oils are found in most processed and fast foods – (chicken nuggets, French fries), most store-bought baked foods (chips, cookies, croissants, donuts, and brownies etc), as well as margarine, vegetable shortening, American cheese, some brands of peanut butter etc. In short, many of the foods that line the shelves of our super markets.
  2. Soft Drinks / Soda – Soft drinks and soda are the epitome of empty calories. These foods contribute only calories, but nothing of nutritional value. Worse they supply a huge dose of sugar (10-12 teaspoons per can – see # 3), or a big dose of artificial sweeteners (like aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, or acesulfame). The artificial sweeteners are linked to neurological symptoms from irritability, headaches, behavioral problems, and even seizures in some people.
  3. Refined Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrups – Extracting natural sugars from their food base (sucrose from sugar cane, or high fructose corn syrup from corn) removes all the nutrients, including the very minerals and vitamins that are needed by the body to metabolize the sugar in the first place. Sugar therefore depletes the body of nutrients, and this depletion often leads to cravings for more sugar while the body looks for the missing nutrients. These sugars lead to obesity, dental caries, imbalance of the blood sugar, and suppression of the immune system.
  4. White Flour Products – Grains have been part of the food supply for about 10,000 years, but the refining of grains to make white refined flour is relatively modern. Approximately 57 vital nutrients are removed in the refining process and only 9 are added back in. Don’t be fooled by the term “fortified.” What’s left after refinement is a lot of starch that digests very rapidly into sugar.
  5. Excess Omega 6 oils – Omega 6 oils are essential to health, but, if eaten in excess, they promote inflammation, heart disease, and cancer. Whole foods provide plenty of them. Don’t use vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, soy, and sunflower for cooking. Use more extra virgin olive oil, flax oil, or coconut oil.

13 Tips for an Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle

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Inflammation can lead to increased risk of diseases. Follow these tips to combat a multitude of health issues, present and future.

  1. Eat organic produce, organic range-fed poultry, meat, dairy and eggs. Eating organic reduces the overall chemical stress on the liver, kidneys, and immune system.
  2. Eat vegetables of every color of the rainbow. The brighter the color, the higher the antioxidant level of the vegetable. Antioxidants soothe your body’s chemistry.
  3. Reduce inflammation by balancing your blood sugars. Eat more protein and complex carbs but prevent low blood sugar. Low blood sugar creates stress on the body, which provokes the release of cortisol. This in turn raises blood sugar, releasing insulin into the blood system. Insulin in the blood system provokes inflammation AND causes weight gain.
  4. Get your fishy factor! Optimize Omega 3 fish oils – Fish oil is an excellent inflammation fighter and tissue lubricant. Hint: check out Longevity’s Ultra Omega Plus supplement whether or not you regularly eat fish.
  5. Keep it cool! Use olive oil for light or short frying only (<100 degrees) or just in salads. Olive oil is delicate and damaged by high heat. Using coconut oil in place of butter or margarine is ideal.
  6. Get your guzzle on! Drink clean, distilled water. Get at least 60-80oz per day to be feeling fine. Try the Waterwise 8800 for at-home distilled water.
  7. Sit and soak. Sunshine’s natural means of depositing Vitamin D into your bloodstream has a number of anti-inflammatory benefits. Also, check out Longevity’s Vitamin D-3.
  8. Stress stinks. And it aggravates a nervous system that’s already irritated. So don’t worry. Be happy. If you need a little help, try our Stress Guard supplement to ease stress from the inside out.
  9. Like your mother told you, play nice with others! If you have ill feelings towards others, resolve them. Carrying grudges or resentment perpetuates stress and promotes inflammation.
  10. R&R&E. Rest. Relaxation. Exercise. All three inhibit inflammatory processes.
  11. Vitamins are vital. Take a daily nutritional supplement like our Longevity Essentials.
  12. Ginger isn’t just a hair color. 1″ of raw ginger eaten 1-2x daily, ginger tea or ginger chews fights inflammation and tastes great, with a kick!
  13. Take an herbal inflammation-fighting supplement. Cheat at eliminating pain and protecting your liver from traditional pain meds with our Optimal Relief System.

Fat is Expensive

When your doctor tells you to lose weight, it’s not because they care what you look like in a bathing suit. We used to think that fat was just energy stored against the future, and that someday there will be a famine so the skinny would starve and the chubby would inherit the earth.

But that famine never came. We now know that fat produces a variety of hormones, peptides, and enzymes that can have wide-ranging impact on your health. Overweight people have increased risk of diabetes, dementia, cancer, sexual dysfunction, heart disease and strokes. It costs Medicare 50% more every year to treat an obese American compared to one of normal weight. The problem is only 20% of Medicare patients are normal weight.

If we Americans lost our extra weight, most of the healthcare crisis would disappear right along with the pounds.

Is it Prevention or is it Early Diagnosis?

Everyone seems to agree that prevention of disease is critically important, but most of what doctors do under the heading of preventive care is not prevention, it’s really just early diagnosis.

Pap smears and mammograms don’t prevent breast and cervical cancer; they help us diagnose them early. Prostate exams, chest x-rays, and your annual physical don’t prevent disease, they help us find it early. It is possible not to have a disease, but still be weak, tired, and overweight, while robust good health means being fast, strong, lean, smart, and sexy.

But fast, strong, lean, smart, and sexy pretty much define optimal health, and optimal health requires you and your doctor working together to change your lifestyle, enhance your diet and supplements, move your hormones back to a robust youthful level, and boost your immune system. This is the direction I think medicine should be moving.

Secondhand Smoke May Damage a Child’s Brain

Secondhand smoke damages the brains of children. A recent study that followed 91,000 children under the age of 12 demonstrated that secondhand smoke exposure increased learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and psychiatric problems by 50% or more.

It turns out that secondhand smoke has a dramatic impact on the developing brain. Young people who are still developing their mental and emotional capacity seem to be at high risk of damage. Since smokers tend to be people with less education, and less earning power, the children of the poor are impacted by this more than any other group.

Unfortunately, these are also the parents that are least likely to recognize that their smoking is damaging their children’s brain and limiting what they can achieve for the rest of their lives. I have one good suggestion to solve this problem: if you smoke, stop.

Secondhand Smoke May Be Related to Hearing Damage

Secondhand smoke damages hearing in children. A recent study of 1500 kids between 12 and 19 years of age demonstrated that the more exposure they had to secondhand smoke, the worse their hearing tended to be. By measuring the amount of cotinine in the blood of these adolescents, researchers were able to calculate the extent of their exposure to secondhand smoke.

Overall it was found that 60% of the kids with secondhand smoke exposure had some degree of hearing loss. The best current theory is that the secondhand smoke is actually damaging the auditory nerves in the still growing young people.

We often think of secondhand smoke as triggering asthma or causing breathing problems in younger people. But it now appears that secondhand smoke is actually causing neurologic damage. Here’s one more good reason why every smoking parent should quit.

Your BPM Can Predict Your Risk of Cardiac Disease

How fast your heart beats may predict how long you live. There are a lot of fancy and expensive medical tests that can be done to determine your risk for heart disease, stroke, and premature death. But there’s one test that you can actually do at home sitting on your couch that costs nothing, takes about one minute, and will give you a pretty good idea of your risk.

Here’s how you do the test. Sit quietly and rest for 15 minutes. Then find your pulse in your wrist or your neck and count the beats for one minute. If your resting heart rate is more than 84 bpm, your overall risk of cardiovascular disease goes up by about 40%. And the odds are you will live about a year and a half less than others your age.

But if you will lose your excess fat and start exercising, your heart rate should slow, and your risk should return to normal.

Berries Can Help Prevent Heart Disease

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Berries help prevent heart disease. A study that looked at 93,000 nurses over 18 years, found that the more deeply pigmented berries they consumed, the lower the risk of heart attacks.

The magic number for blueberries, strawberries and raspberries seems to be about three servings per week. Even those women who were overweight, smoked, or suffered from diabetes had a reduction in their risk of heart attacks, when deeply pigmented berries were a significant part of their diet. But as expected, thin women who exercise regularly did even better than their sedentary and overweight counterparts.

Once more we find that diet involving tasty and nutritious foods can lower your risk of heart attacks as much as some very expensive prescription drugs. I can’t help wondering what would happen if our country put as much time, effort and money into improving our diets and exercise as we do into heart-related prescriptions and medical care.

Know Your Vitamin D Number

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You know your height and weight. You probably have a rough idea about your cholesterol number and what it should be. You might know your blood pressure. But there’s another number that most people don’t know, but should.

That number is your 25 hydroxy vitamin D level. Modern Americans avoid sun exposure in an effort to avoid wrinkles and skin cancer. But skipping the sunshine means that they don’t make enough vitamin D. Many studies have now established that the lower your vitamin D, the higher your risk of cancer, autoimmune disease, and premature death.

I recommend that everyone get their vitamin D checked each spring and fall. If you haven’t had your vitamin D level checked recently, have your doctor do this test. A vitamin D level below the 25th percentile doubles your risk of death as compared to being at the 50th percentile. Go ahead and avoid the sun, but take your vitamin D. Check ours out in our Longevity Store.