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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

FREE SEMINAR- Learn the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss!!


Get Off the Weight Loss See-Saw and Learn the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss!!

Retrain Your Brain-Gain Control Over Your Weight!

Do you have a thyroid condition? Have you struggled with wight for a long time, but nothing you do seems to make a difference?? Have you tried dieting over and over, onl to lose weight in "all the wrong places"? Do you always gain weight back as soon as a diet is over?

Today, nearly 60% of Americans are overweight. The typical American diet can damage the hypothalamus of the brain, which is the control center for all fat storage of the body. The good news is that resetting the brain to maintain an ideal weight is possible!! At this workshop you will:

- Learn how the brain controls fat storage
- Discover how to lose pounds and inches rapidly without being constantly hungry
- Learrn how to effectively use HB-H Drops (hCG)
- Get started on the program to reach your ideal weight
- Finally be able to control your weight and feel better!

Noelani Nell Kozlowski is a National Account Executive at Positive Power Nutrition and a Certified Group Exercise Instructor who has been involved in the health club industry for over 25 years. She has dedicated her life to helping others achieve their health and fitness goalsthrough group trainings and one-on-one counseling. She is the mother of two daughters, grandmother of two adorable grandsons and currently lives a happy, healthy life in Southern California.

We are excited to be extending an invitation out to you and hope to see you on December 6th! Please feel free to contact us for further information!




Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winter Wellness

There’s no need to panic when you hear alarming news reports about the latest flu strain. Nature offers plenty of ways to stay well during the winter months. Here are some simple but effective strategies:

1. Vitamin C and Honey
A combination of vitamin C complex and 1 teaspoon of raw honey in the morning and evening will help to keep you healthy year-round, but is especially valuable during the winter, says Mark Moyad, MD, director of prevention and alternative medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. “They have a synergistic effect,” he says 1000 milligrams of vitamin C complex daily should suffice.

2. Healthy Fats and Fiber
“A diverse intake of healthy fats and fiber will reduce inflammation,” says Moyad, “allowing the immune cells to go and fight an infection.” Good fat sources include cold-water fish or 1,000 milligrams daily of omega-3s from fish oil supplements. For a combination of healthful fats and fiber, include 1 to 2 tablespoons of chia seed or 2 to 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet. Fiber also feeds friendly bacteria in your digestive system.

3. Vitamin D
“Vitamin D switches on a gene that makes a natural antiviral and antibiotic substance in our bodies,” says Moyad. It’s a must for prevention and, if you do get sick, to speed recovery. Adults should get 2,000 to 5,000 IU daily. The colder it gets the more vitamin D your body uses.

4. Probiotics
Healthful or “friendly” bacteria, probiotics prevent bugs from taking up residence in the gut, which is vulnerable to invaders. “The largest number of immune cells are found in the digestive system, from the stomach to the colon,” says Moyad. “Probiotics boost immune response.” He recommends eating yogurt with active cultures or taking probiotic supplements with at least 5 billion colony forming units per daily serving.

5. Astragalus
Used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, astragalus is an adaptogen that strengthens your body’s resistance to disease. “It helps your body adapt to changes and stresses in the environment. Look for a standardized extract and follow product directions.

6. Echinacea
Native Americans used Echinacea to cure all manner of diseases for hundreds of years, but today, the herb is mainly used to treat colds and flu. To stay healthy during winter months, take a low dose of 50 to 150 milligrams daily.

7. Beta-Glucan
Found in some grains, mushrooms, and yeasts, beta-glucan is most often taken to lower cholesterol. However, it also protects against viral infection. Therapeutic amounts range from 3 to 15 grams daily.

8. Homeopathy
When flu-like symptoms appear, try Oscillococcinum, the pleasant-tasting crystals melt in your mouth. Clinical studies have shown that Oscillo reduces the duration and intensity of flu symptoms. It must be taken in the first 24 hours of flu symptoms.

9. Elderberry
A centuries-old remedy for respiratory problems, elderberry has been validated by science. In particular, a proprietary extract of black elderberry (Sambucol) has been shown to speed recovery from flu. For example, in a study published in The Journal of International Medical Research, when taken within 48 hours of symptoms appearing, the extract reduced flu duration by four days. And, those taking elderberry needed less pain medication.

10. Chicken Soup Cure
The old wives’ tale cure has scientific proof; some studies have shown that chicken soup contains a number of substances with anti-inflammatory mechanisms. Spice up your soup with garlic, cayenne, and turmeric; all have immune enhancing properties.

11. Munch on Raw Almonds
They’re rich in vitamin E, which enhances the body’s production of immune cells that destroy bacteria. Other good sources include raw sunflower seeds, spinach, turnip greens, and tomato sauce; have at least a serving a day. For maximum protection, take a vitamin E supplement; in one study, people who took 400 IU of vitamin E per day got fewer colds and upper respiratory ailments.

12. Be Happy.
A sunny disposition seems to make us sturdier. A recent study found that people who were negative, moody, nervous, and easily stressed had a weaker immune response. Write a daily list of 10 things you’re grateful for to change your outlook. And smile, even if you don’t mean it. It can boost your mood—fast.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Quinoa and It's Wonderful Benefits

The United Nations declares this obscure plant a superfood with a protein value equal to that of milk; and NASA places it high on its list of possible foods to be used for longer-term manned spaceflights.

Historically, quinoa has had a multitude of uses beyond its culinary status. The Incas used it to treat liver and urinary tract problems, tuberculosis. appendicitis, and altitude and motion sickness.

However, the true overwhelming value of this ancient grain lies in the fact that it is a complete protein and is gluten free! Unlike “true” grains, such as wheat and oats, this seed of a leafy plant related to spinach and tumbleweed contains all nine essential amino acids for protein utilization, thus making it a unique non-animal protein source. Vegans everywhere should rejoice at the rediscovery of this amazing food!

Quinoa offers an especially generous dose of the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. And significant amounts of magnesium and B2 make quinoa particularly valuable to sufferers of migraines and atherosclerosis, as they help relax blood vessels and improve energy production within cells. Like all whole-grain, high-fiber foods, quinoa provides a wide array of health benefits, such as reducing the risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks, protecting against various forms of cancer, and preventing gallstones. You’ll find that it will make a delicious and healthful addition to any meal in place of potatoes or rice or for breakfast in place of rolled or steel cut oats. Give this recipe a try:

Quinoa Breakfast Delight

1/3 cup Quinoa, rinsed
1 Tbs. Organic Honey
¼ tsp. Cinnamon
¼ cup blueberries
1 banana, sliced
1/3 cup low-fat organic milk

Combine quinoa and 2/3 cup water in small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer covered for about 12 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in honey and cinnamon. Divide between two bowls, top with blueberries , bananas and milk.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Are You Deficient in Vitamin B-12??

Vitamin B 12 comes in several forms. Not all forms are equally effective. The most effective form is methylcobalamin. However, the most common form is cyanocobalamin, because it is easier to manufacture and is therefore less expensive.

Methylcobalamin is active in the growth and protection of the nervous system. Larger quantities are especially necessary to protect against neurological deterioration as we age. Vitamin B12 , in the methylcobalamin form, may help prevent Parkinson’s disease and slow the progression in those who already have the disease by protecting against neural toxicity caused by excess L-dopa, a probable cause of the disease. The vitamin has been shown to reverse the symptoms of such rare neurological diseases as Bell’s palsy and shows promise in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases. Very few substances are known to have any impact on regenerating damaged nerves in humans. However, a 1994 study in the Journal of Neurological Science suggested hat the methylcobalamin form of vitamin B12 could increase the synthesis of certain proteins that help regenerate nerves. The study showed that very high doses of methylocobalmin produced nerve regeneration in rats.

Vitamin B12 is needed to prevent anemia; it aids folic acid in regulating the formation of red blood cells, and helps in the utilization of iron. This vitamin is also required for proper digestion, absorption of foods, and the metabolism for carbohydrates and fats. It aids in cell formation and cellular longevity. In addition, vitamin B12 prevents nerve damage, maintains fertility and promotes normal growth and development by maintaining the fatty sheaths that cover and protect nerve endings.

A vitamin B12 deficiency can be caused by malabsorption, which is most common in older adults and in people with digestive disorders. Deficiency can cause abnormal gait, bone loss, chronic fatigue, constipation, depression, digestive disorders, dizziness, drowsiness, enlargement of the liver, eye disorders, headaches (including migraines), inflammation of the tongue, irritability, labored breathing, memory loss, moodiness, nervousness, neurological damage, palpitations, pernicious anemia, ringing in the ears, and spinal cord degeneration.

Most studies show that taking a sublingual form of B-12 is the best way for your body to absorb the vitamin. Foods with the largest amounts of vitamin B12 are found in meats, cheese, poultry, yogurt, eggs, sea greens, nutritional yeast and fish.

As always, if there are any questions or concerns that you may have you can contact us at 419-375-2659 or e-mail us at!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Reversing Prediabetes

Even if you have never been diagnosed with diabetes, you may have a medical condition known as prediabetes, which is reaching epic proportions. While estimates vary, the American Diabetes Association reports that nearly 60 million people in the United States have prediabetes. Prediabetes is when a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. If you are prediabetic, you have a substantially increased risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and several other serious conditions. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, if this pace continues, Americans born in the year 2000 will have a one in three chance of developing diabetes. The good news is that this trend can be reversed.

Lifestyle Lessons
Of course, the best way to reverse prediabetes is to lose weight, and the best way to lose weight is through a combination of diet and exercise. From a dietary standpoint, research continues to confirm that fiber is a significant treatment for prediabetes. In clinical studies, a proprietary blend of selected soluble fibers known as PolyGlycopleX (PGX) significantly lowered blood sugar levels after a meal. These fibers have also been shown to help individuals lose weight. A study featured in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association demonstrated that children who ate more soluble fiber had fewer diabetes risk factors, including obesity.
Dietary modifications should be combined with consistent physical activity. The Diabetes Prevention Program study demonstrated that 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day combined with a reduction in body weight of just 5 to 10 percent, produced a 58 percent decrease in diabetes risk.

It has long been known that diet and exercise are powerful tools to reduce diabetes risk. But that’s just the beginning. You may not realize that being sleep deprived significantly increases diabetes risk. Enlightening research presented at the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences showed that just three nights of interrupted sleep gave people in their 20s the glucose metabolism of people three times there age. When it comes to a diabetes risk, researchers say that failing to get enough deep sleep is equivalent to gaining 20 to 30 pounds.

Also this year, researchers at the University of Chicago found that there is a direct correlation between sleep loss and weight gain. The bottom line: if you want to control blood sugar and lose weight, get enough sleep.

In today’s fast-paced society, it may be tempting to try to catch up on sleep over the weekend. This new research shows that if we are sleep deprived during the week the damage is already done by the time the weekend arrives. Be sure to sleep soundly for eight hours every night.

New Favorite Spice
People who are prediabetic should spice up their diet with more cinnamon or take a cinnamon supplement. Researchers concluded that cinnamon “can reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.” Several studies have shown that cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels.

Signs of Prediabetes

Four key factors indicate risk for prediabetes:
1.Being overweight or obese. If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, you are considered obese
2.A family history of diabetes, which includes parents and/or siblings with the disease.
3. High blood pressure
4. Being over the age of 45
Prediabetes can cause fatigue, fuzzy thinking, blurred vision, frequent infections, and/or increased appetite. Increased thirst and frequent urination are classic signs of type 2 diabetes.

Supplement Support for Prediabetes
The goal with prediabetes is to lower insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone that transports glucose. If we can improve the efficiency of insulin, we will burn more glucose for energy rather than storing it as a fat. Key supplements to accomplish this goal include the following:

*Alpha-Lipoic Acid. Most of the recent research with alpha-lipoic acid involves the reduction of diabetic complications such as nerve damage. Researchers from China demonstrated that alpha-lipoic acid could actually help prevent diabetes by reducing oxidative cellular damage. In addition, research shows that alpha-lipoic acid can help suppress appetite and assist with weight loss. The dosage of alpha-lipoic acid is between 100 and 200 mg three times daily.

*Chromium and Biotin. The connection between chromium supplementation and blood sugar control has been studied for years. The most recent research confirms that chromium picolinate and biotin (a B vitamin) provides the most effective combination. Yale University researchers published their placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized trial, clearly demonstrating that individuals with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes received significant benefits from chromium picolinate and biotin supplementation. The researchers also observed a reduction in cholesterol levels. Daily dosage for this combination is 600 mg chromium picolinate and 2 mg biotin.

Other natural substances that can help control blood sugar levels include green tea, silymarin, garlic, and Gymnema sylvestre.