Avoiding Poisoned Apples

>> Tuesday, September 22, 2009

July 20, 2009 by Isagenix Nutritional Sciences

No need to watch out for evil witches; a tempting Red Delicious containing toxic chemicals such as pesticides may be lurking even at your nearest grocery store, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

The group has been an advocate about educating the public about exposure to toxins since 1993. One of there most popular publications is the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in which they rank pesticide contamination for 47 popular fruits and vegetables according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration.

Effects of pesticides on health are a matter of controversy, but EWG has questioned safety data because of the design of these chemicals to “kill living organisms”. The group also cites links to carcinogenic effects and other toxic effects on the nervous system and endocrine system as well as possible irritation to skin, eyes and lungs.

Knowing which fruits and vegetables to avoid or buy organic is important for reducing the body’s exposure to pesticides. In fact, EWG suggests that about 80 percent of exposure can be avoided by simply avoiding the top “dirty dozen”, as EWG calls them. Here they are:

* Peaches
* Apples
* Sweet Bell Peppers
* Celery
* Nectarines
* Strawberries
* Cherries
* Kale
* Lettuce
* Grapes – Imported
* Carrots
* Pears

Should you simply buy all your fruits and vegetables organic? Not necessarily. According to EWG, the “Clean 15″ at the bottom of the pesticide list are nothing to worry about:

* Onions
* Avocado
* Sweet Corn
* Pineapple
* Mango
* Asparagus
* Sweet Peas
* Kiwi
* Cabbage
* Eggplant
* Papaya
* Watermelon
* Broccoli
* Tomato
* Sweet Potato

David Despain
Manager of Technical Projects, Nutritional Sciences
Science Editor, Isagenix Health and Wellness Blog


Cancer Update

>> Sunday, September 20, 2009

Government bodies, Health Canada and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are both taking steps on reducing amounts of acrylamide in food.

A Canadian ruling added the known carcinogen to the nation’s list of toxic substances and FDA has suggested it will soon issue guidance to the food industry for reducing acrylamide amounts in food.

FDA has requested comment from the food industry by November.

Formation of acrylamide in food occurs when sugars react with the amino acid asparagine when exposed to high heat. The amount of acrylamide can depend on how long the food is exposed to the elevated temperatures.

Acrylamide is found mainly in baked or fried starchy foods such as French fries, potato chips, and cereals. It’s also found in coffee in amounts depending on how long it’s roasted—choose a light roast!

Industrial plastics, grout, some cosmetics and cigarette smoke also contain acrylamide.

In animal studies, acrylamide has been shown to increase risk of neurological problems and brain cancer. Not enough research exists to determine if acrylamide can cause cancer in humans.

Acrylamide first made headlines in 2002 when Swedish scientists discovered unexpected levels of in starchy foods. Some high-starch fried potato foods had 600 times the level normally allowed in drinking water—are you sure you want fries with that order?

The chemical made more waves in 2005 when California regulators proposed that warnings be placed on labels of products containing higher than normal levels of acrylamide. These proposals were withdrawn in 2006 after the food industry consented to reduce amounts in these foods.

Promising methods of reducing acrylamide formation in foods are treatment with asparagine-reducing enzymes or by soaking foods in antioxidants such as from green tea or bamboo leaves.
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>> Tuesday, September 15, 2009

August 27, 2009 by Isagenix Nutritional Sciences

Couple In LoveAfter gastric bypass or lap-band surgery, proper nutrition is as important as ever. When using Isagenix products, here are a few things you should know.

You can take full advantage of the nutrients provided by Isagenix products as long as the products chosen adhere to the dietary guidelines given by your doctor.

See the following sample guidelines:

Lap-Band Surgery Sample Dietary Guidelines

* 800 calories per day for first 2-3 years, then 1000-1200 calories per day
* eat protein-rich foods
* certain fibrous, dry, or doughy foods can get stuck if eaten
* high carbohydrate and high calorie intake will defeat weight loss attempts
* drink 6-8 cups of water a day between meals
* avoid carbonated drinks
* eat 3 small meals a day
* avoid snacking
* no drinking with meals
* eat slowly and chew food thoroughly

Gastric Bypass Surgery Sample Dietary GuidelinesIn the first three months after gastric bypass surgery, diet will be restricted to liquids, purees and soft foods. Afterward, the following guidelines are generally given:

* 800 calories per day for first 1-2 years, then 1000-1200 calories per day
* eat protein-rich foods
* avoid intake of sugar and fats or Dumping Syndrome occurs
* high carbohydrate and high calorie intake will defeat weight loss attempts
* drink 6-8 cups of water per day between meals
* avoid carbonated drinks
* eat small amounts
* avoid snacking
* no drinking with meals
* eat and drink slowly
* chew food thoroughly

(Reference: http://www.wlshelp.com/lap-band-gastric-bypass.html)

While many of our products can help serve your nutritional needs after surgery, we encourage you make special considerations for impaired protein, vitamin B12 and mineral absorption. Products to consider would be IsaLean Shake (in small serving sizes) for its high content of protein and balanced nutrition, Essentials for Women/Men for minerals and vitamin B12, and IsaCalcium for calcium in form of lactate-gluconate. Please note that Isagenix does not carry iron supplements due to varying individual needs; however, women may need to supplementat with iron after surgery.


Stomach Issues

>> Sunday, September 13, 2009

What’s Good Nutrition When I Have a Bothersome Gut?

Xray of an IntestineBloating, belly aches and bathroom runs aren’t all of what’s vexing about living with a bowel disorder—just as inconvenient is the nutritional drain that may arise from troubles with digestion and absorption of food nutrients.

Health starts in the gut, after all.

Guidance from a health professional such as a physician or nutritionist is best for evaluating possible medical treatments and dietary needs for every unique situation, whether as common as irritable bowel syndrome or as serious as inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulitis.

However, food choices ultimately end up being in your hands—the consumer—and knowing a few facts about how a problem gut can affect your nutrition can go a long way to support your current and future health.

Irritable bowel syndrome

Food can feel like the enemy when you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Just thinking of food or chewing it, which causes gut hormones to be released, can potentially aggravate symptoms like belly aches and diarrhea.

Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or an antidiarrheal to help you with avoiding symptoms. In addition, he or she may suggest soluble fiber.

Soluble fiber, according to a recent study in the British Medical Journal, may in fact be one of the most promising dietary aids for helping patients. Soluble fiber is thought to work because it binds to fat and slows stomach emptying. Best sources are oats, psyllium hulls, flax seed, fruits and vegetables.

Prebiotics—indigestible nutrients in fruits and vegetables that are not unlike soluble fiber—may be of greater support if you are on antibiotics or coming off of them. Prebiotics are a fuel for “good” bacteria and help your colon populate healthy flora.

As we increase the “good” bacteria, there are less “bad” bacteria residing in our gut (large intestine) and together these changes are associated with helping overall immune function. The “good bacteria” may also help with normalizing bowel movements and improving absorption of certain food nutrients such as minerals.

If you suffer from IBS, you may also need to avoid certain dietary fibers. According to the International

Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
, for example, too much insoluble fiber from cereal grains can potentially worsen gas and bloating.

Foods high in fat (except fatty fish) or high in sugar also should be avoided. They can bring on those especially painful gut reactions. Fast foods can be the worst offenders. When a typical hamburger and medium fries deliver 26 grams of fat (mostly saturated) and its accompanying soda contains 43 grams of sugar, then it’s time to say “no!”

One of the exceptions to the “avoid high-fat” rule may be fatty fish high in omega-3 fatty acids because of possible anti-inflammatory benefits, but these “good fats” should still be used with caution and increased gradually.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Be sure not to confuse IBS with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Yes, they have similar symptoms, but IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are characterized by inflammation.

Inflammation in both Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis can produce cramping and diarrhea.

Ulcerative colitis, which occurs when the immune system attacks the colon, is accompanied with significant rectal bleeding.

How do you get IBD? The likelihood is largely based on genetics, but may also be influenced by bacterial or viral infection as well as by diet and habits such as smoking.

For Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, appropriate medical treatment is required, and may include anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-diarrheals and antibiotics.

Malnutrition can be a concern because of poor intestinal digestion, diarrhea and blood loss that may occur in those with IBD.

For these reasons, your doctor may recommend a diet high in protein and the regular use of vitamin (especially vitamin B12) and mineral supplements.

As a complementary therapy, Mayo Clinic also suggests supplementation with prebiotic soluble fiber, probiotics and fish oil.

The newest research on IBD suggests that antioxidants may also be helpful. According to Susie Rockway, Ph.D.,

Isagenix Director of Nutritional Sciences, “Dietary antioxidants may have a protective role in the gut by helping to neutralize oxidative stress that leads to tissue damage.”

Oxidative stress is representative of poor balance between free radical production from inflammation and antioxidant depletion in the intestines during Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

The main antioxidants studied in the gut are vitamins C and E, glutathione, zinc and selenium.


Another cause of inflammation can manifest from diverticulitis, which occurs when small, bulging pouches (diverticula) in the colon are inflamed or infected. Diverticulitis can be a source of severe abdominal pain that is often accompanied by fever, nausea, constipation or diarrhea.

After an attack of diverticulitis, early medical treatment may often include antibiotics accompanied by a low-fiber diet until symptoms subside. Slowing progression of diverticulitis, according to Mayo Clinic, can then depend on the amount of fiber one eats daily.

Experts suggest meeting the recommended dietary intake of 25-30 grams of fiber, drinking plenty of water and exercising daily. All of these factors assist in lowering luminal pressure in the colon, which help to act against formation of diverticula.

If you’re currently on a low-fiber diet, be cautious of switching to a high-fiber diet overnight. The sudden change could stimulate a high amount of gas production that can lead to forceful diarrhea. It’s always best to make gradual changes in fiber intake.

Recent studies also suggest a link between obesity and diverticulitis that may be related to fat intake and lack of regular exercise, although fiber intake may also represent a variable.

Thus, effective weight management could help to decrease risk of diverticulitis.

Your doctor may also recommend probiotics and prebiotics if you are taking antibiotics and a supplement of vitamins and minerals to help avoid nutritional deficiencies that may occur because of intestinal damage.

“The world is being changed by the discovery of fish oil benefits and Isagenix is at the forefront of this research,” says Isagenix Chief Science Officer Bill Wheeler. “Not only does IsaOmega Supreme™ reflect the findings of more than 900 clinical trials, but it’s also produced using advanced technology, offering one of the most concentrated sources of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids available.”


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Diabetes and Isagenix

>> Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What to Know If You Have Type 2 Diabetes

healthy_learningUnderstanding how to take care of your health becomes even more critical when you have type 2 diabetes mellitus, but a recently published national study in the U.S. found that most patients with the disorder were not adequately meeting nutritional recommendations.

The intent of the study was to find out what dietary factors were causing people with type 2 diabetes to become overweight. After surveying more than 2,500 people with type 2 diabetes, the researchers found that 93 percent ate too much, ate foods that were lacking in nutrition, and did not eat recommended amounts of nutrient-dense foods such as fruits and vegetables.

The study was performed by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and published in the August issue of Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Diabetes Link to Weight

Diabetes mellitus is a disease characterized by elevated blood levels of sugar (glucose) and the body’s inability to metabolize it properly. To metabolize glucose, the body requires the hormone insulin secreted by the pancreas for uptake of glucose into muscle and adipose (fat) cells.

There are two different types of diabetes mellitus. Type 1 diabetes, or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, is an autoimmune disease that is attributed to failure of the pancreas to secrete sufficient insulin. Type 2 diabetes, which affects 80-90% of those with diabetes, is hallmarked by insulin resistance that manifests into the disorder when the pancreas can longer produce enough insulin to compensate for elevated glucose levels in the blood stream.

More and more research is linking insulin resistance to excess body fat, especially the kind that’s on your belly. The excess fat in fat cells can affect genetic encoding that controls the uptake of insulin while also releasing chemicals that interfere with insulin signaling and cause inflammation. The American Diabetes Association suggests losing weight to help manage type 2 diabetes.

Diet and Nutrition

Unlike type 1 diabetes, which requires daily insulin injections for treatment, type 2 diabetes can respond to dietary changes. But given the study’s results, those with type 2 diabetes need more education about diet and exercise and how they can affect them ultimately.

Dietary recommendations should include meals that are nutrient dense, low in saturated fat, low in carbs, and high in fiber. A high-quality meal may include lean meats, fruits and vegetables, certain low-fat dairy products, whole-grains and quality meal-replacement shakes or nutritional foods.mediterranean2

Just recently, an Italian study found that a low-carbohydrate Mediterranean-style diet may be more effective than a low-fat diet for maintaining glycemic control. The results are thought to be related to amounts of monounsaturated fats such as from olive oil.

Glycemic Control

The most important factor for preventing complications is to keep blood sugars in check, according to the American Diabetes Association. Adhering to foods that are lower in glycemic index and glycemic load help to best maintain glycemic control. These measure how quickly a food raises glucose levels in the blood stream and how high those glucose levels rise.

The glycemic index measure can be influenced by the amount of fiber, fats and other nutrients in a meal. Processed foods or juices generally have a higher glycemic index than non-processed foods. For example, white rice, mashed potatoes and orange juice have higher glycemic indexes than brown rice, baked potatoes and whole oranges.

“Carb counting” is used to lower glycemic load. The more carbohydrates eaten during a meal, the greater the glycemic load and its affects on blood glucose. Diets lower in carbohydrates have been recently linked to better control of blood glucose levels, although it’s important to note that carbohydrates should not be cut out entirely. They are the main source of fuel to the body, especially the brain.


Physical activity recommendations should reflect the latest findings on what helps to control type 2 diabetes. The research is now showing that best results are attributed to regular strength training along with aerobic exercise (except when glucose levels are very high). Both types of exercise synergistically help the body to burn excess fat and improve insulin sensitivity.

According to the American Diabetes Association, exercise is all about being safe and overcoming one’s own exercise barriers. If you’ve haven’t hit the treadmill in a while, be sure to talk to a health-care professional on how to best start again. Then set goals and, most importantly, enjoy staying healthy!


Cancer Prevention tips

>> Thursday, September 3, 2009

I put togehter a compilation of information to assist all of you Isa warriors in preventing cancer or at least in doing as much as you can to build your immune system and fight free radicals in our system.
The following is an exert from a world leading Oncologist and nutritional Physician:
Dr. Mitchell Gaynor taken from his book; Cancer prevention program

"I am well aware that Americans have an ingrained skepticism about the idea that the things we eat can make a major difference in the incidence rates of such a powerful disease as cancer. It sometimes is
hard to believe that a nutritional approach can really make that much of a difference, if it was so -wouldn't our Physicians have mentioned something? Now scientists know without any doubt that diet is probably the biggest single influence on cancer. We have thousands of medical studies that support this conclusion.
As a living creature you are subject to both internal and external poisoning. You suffer a considerable degree of toxic damage just from living your life. This places an enormous physical stress on our bodies as you encounter viruses, toxins, and inflammatory agents on a daily basis. Your body must deal with these marauders quickly and efficiently.
In many people, this protective process fails, but I believe, and there is strong evidence proving that what we do for ourselves nutritional can help us stay cancer free."

Here is where I believe Isagenix and great nutrition can benefit all of us: Dr. Gaynor recommends that you eat 7 to 8 servings of greens and a fruit a day, the American Cancer society has stated the same. Have you ever tried to eat that much in one day? He has stated that fruits and phyto-nutrient are extremely important in fighting free radicals that cause cancer.

  • Phytonutrients; Our Isa Greens provide essential phyto-nutritients to our diet.
  • Isa fruits; = 30 servings of the highest anti-oxidant fruits available in one scoop. The Greens and the Fruits like our shakes become live food once water is added. This is very powerful nutrition.
    Adding a scoop of these to your shake each day covers your daily requirements. Obviously it is advised to have several other servings of fresh vegetables a day. Fruits, cabbage, greens, radishes, tomato based products and carotenoids should all be added to your daily and weekly diet.
  • Cleansing; Cleansing is one of the most powerful tools we have with Isagenix.,This is the only cleanse that works on a deep cellular level, working on the lymphatic’s, liver, blood, kidneys and even goes past the blood brain barrier to remove heavy metals in our brain. Your major filter for your body is the liver. It is working triple time to keep our bodies free of toxins as we pull in pollutants from all sources, alcohol, pesticides on our foods, air we breathe, water we drink and products absorbed through the skin. It's simply too much for our bodies to handle anymore and it now needs assistance. Putting 2 ounces of cleanse in your body twice a day is like magic, if your body could talk it would say a hearty "Thank You!". Everyone optimally should do an all day cleanse or the very deepest cleanse, 2 days back to back. But do not skip Cleansing on a regular basis.
  • Isa shakes; Have the most beautiful un-denatured whey from New Zealand where the cows are treated with great care and are grass feed in rolling pastures .No antibiotics or hormones are ever used. It is very pure (grade 7)and highly absorbed in our bodies. Whey protein also has amounts of glutathione and L-cysteine. That is a major antioxidant that is used in tissues throughout the body. One shake has a complete amino acid profile, organic carbs in just the right amount to convert to glycerin to feed the brain and omegas for heart health and cancer prevention.. .
  • Ionix Supreme: 274 earth minerals and enzymes that our bodies are desperately missing as our soils are so depleted. This is a must have for everyone over 18. It has many adaptagens that are crucial in building a strong immune system, excellent for stress, great for enhancing libido, hair, skin and nails. One of the most unique drinks on the planet.

Below are some of the supplements that Dr. Gaynor recommends:

Vitamin A: Wonderful aid against Lung cancer,
but if you already smoke you should avoid this vitamin. 10,000 International units daily.
Vitamin B: The B panel is extensive, you need all of them in your diet, and they often work together. But one that Dr. Gaynor signals out is the B12. This vitamin is usually low in smokers and offers protection to smokers. Folic acid alone suggests that it is probably protective against a wide variety of cancers. Low levels are associated with increased risk of cervix, colon, rectum, lung, esophagus, and brain. Isagenix Want more energy contains all the B vitamins, enzymes and electrolytes. I put this is my morning shake and I am so full of wonderful energy. I recommend this to every one.
Vitamin C: It is an amazing cancer fighter, powerful protection against cardiovascular disease, and helps protect us from the effects of pollution. Isagenix (of course) has awesome C

Vitamin D:This vitamin protects against prostate cancer, colon cancer and is a powerful immune booster. The men's and women's Essentials have all the basics vitamins that your body requires and offers great prostate protection for men.

Vitamin E:
This strong anti-oxidant travels where most others cannot go. It delivers on site protection. It is a great friend to your immune system. 200 to 400 International units daily.
Coenzyme CoQ10: Vigorous anti-oxidant 30 to 100 milligrams daily with food. (Do not take if you are on blood thinner)
Omegas: Integral for heart health and an excellent cancer fighter. Isa Omegas are the purest Omegas, 3rd party tested for extreme pureness. 2 Isa Omegas a day.
Soy: Premier cancer fighter; 8 ozs of soy daily or 500 to 1000 milligrams soy iso-flavonied daily.
Amino Acids: Overall health and cancer fighters. We get a complete panel of amino acids in our Isalean shake.
Isagenixs has a powerful antioxidant supplement that I take with the Essentials. Instead of buying each vitamin separately..

Avoid the obvious; smoking, taking in excessive caffeine, nitrites in foods, overly processed foods, chemical sugars, soda pop, red meat, alcohol should be only in moderation. 2 drinks a day and preferably red wine.
Things you need to incorporate:

  1. Exercising at least 4 days a week, include resistance exercise for bones and overall health.
  2. Drinking pure water throughout the day,(rule of thumb, every 15 minutes.) Dehydration affects every part of your body, especially the brain.
  3. Cleansing to remove toxins and heavy metals. (Ask me how to put this into your everyday routine.)
  4. Eating fruits and vegetables every day.
  5. Laughing. It is actually wonderful for your immune system. So laugh every day!


Nutritional Cleansing

>> Wednesday, September 2, 2009

YumbuLhakhang PalaceSituated at the summit of an auspicious mountain is the glorious Yumbulagang palace, the oldest palace in Tibet, with more than 2,000 years of history as a spiritual and healing center for kings and Dalai Lamas. Nowadays the palace is still a sanctuary for Buddhist monks and travelers alike who hope to take in the sublime views of the landscape below. The surrounding valley is so pristine and beautiful that legend has it that drinking water from a perennial spring found there will cure any disease.

You could say the palace is an ultimate place of purification where one can drink in pure spring water, breathe in pure air and enjoy health-giving foods grown from the nutrient-rich earth in the region. If you happen to be a monk living there, then you probably don’t need nutritional cleansing.

As for the rest of us, we live in a completely different world. In our daily lives our bodies are under constant onslaught of stressors that come in the form of pollutants—via food, water and air—from a poor diet, and from the stress of busy schedules, conflict and strain at work, conflict in relationships, and even conflict in traffic. There’s little doubt that traditional nutritional thinking won’t cover our needs. We need extra help for helping us guard our bodies, help us to detoxify and to lose weight.

Now, there is plenty of reason to be leery of claims regarding safe, long-term weight loss and optimum health after being subjected to hundreds of “miracle” fad diets over the years. Whenever I hear about someone who has lost a lot of weight and has kept it off for longer than a few months with little effort, I’m the first to find the story just a little too hard to believe.

I know also that I receive a variety of e-mails questioning the need for nutritional cleansing. Most come from high skepticism because the simple fact is that “most diets don’t work.” But just as you may have discovered since trying nutritional cleansing, the whole-system approach that Isagenix provides does work, and it contains the right nutrients and botanicals given at the right time for maximum support to the body.

Ask a Tibetan monk about health and he’d tell you that you mustn’t lose faith in the body’s capability to produce miracles. Isagenix may not be exactly a miracle—the system was created with careful research and design—but just ask anyone who has witnessed or experienced his or her own success story and you might just agree Isagenix is a phenomenon. And, we have it to share with the world.

Bill Wheeler, Ph.D., ACSM
Isagenix Chief Science Officer


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