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“Oh no…Sugar Makes me Dumb?!”

Friday, May 18th, 2012

It turns out that too much sugar not only makes you fat…it can also adversely affect your memory and ability to learn.  According to a study conducted by scientists at UCLA, too much fructose interferes with insulin’s ability to regulate how cells use and storehigh fructose corn syrup “Oh no…Sugar Makes me Dumb?!” sugar in the body.  Your body’s ability to use sugar efficiently is necessary to effectively process thoughts and emotions.  It can be argued, therefore, that sugar has as much of an impact on your mind as it does on your body.  

I have never been much of an extremist when it comes to nutrition.  My wife and I do not keep a lot of sweets in the house but I cannot say that we don’t have the occasional scoop of ice cream.  With that said, I have always believed that for a diet or fitness regimen to be successful and sustainable, it has to consist of a relatively simple lifestyle change…one that can be maintained for a lifetime.  This is why I have argued against diets such as the HCG Diet.  These diets offer effective short-term results; however, unless you are willing to change the way you eat after the weight is lost or after you have reached your fitness goals, you will eventually revert to your starting point (if not worse than you were to begin with).  

Therefore, I would never suggest that you should not have anything with sugar in it again (unless you have the willpower to pull it off).  Most likely, you would throw up your hands in frustration and say, “I just can’t do that!”  What I am suggesting is that your sugar intake should be reasonably moderated.  This is critical for our kids since we are establishing the patterns and habits for their future.  Maybe we can all be a little smarter in the process!

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“Hey, I think there is something sticking out of your nose!”

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Now, I am a reasonable man.  I believe that not every exercise regimen, diet or healthy fitness plan works for everyone on the planet.  Whatever tools an individual uses to control weight, maintain good health, and improve overall fitness, it “Hey, I think there is something sticking out of your nose!” needs to be something that can be easily maintained as an addition to a normal everyday lifestyle.  Generally, diets or weight control programs should not be based upon behaviors that drastically change the way you live your life.  Not that there isn’t some potential benefit to dropping all your old habits, the behavior change needs to be realistic so it can be maintained over time.  Deciding to eat nothing but salads may sound like a good idea, but are you really going to do that?  Sometimes, simple changes in eating habits can have a significant impact on your overall health.  Drastic measures, in my opinion, should be reserved for drastic circumstances…like you are going to die in the next 6 months if you don’t lose weight. 

With that said, it never ceases to amaze me when people engage in behaviors that may offer a short term solution to their problem, but at the same time it may kill them or make them sick at the same time.  The HCG Diet is a good example.  This particular diet confuses your body into thinking it is pregnant and subsequently induces a disease state that results in you losing weight.  If you don’t believe me then do the research for yourself. 

The most recent example of a diet that just sounds wrong on its face is the K-E Diet.  Essentially, a doctor inserts a feeding tube into your nose and down to your stomach.  The feeding tube provides a constant slow drip of protein and fat, mixed with water which contains zero carbohydrates and totals 800 calories a day…REALLY?!!  Am I the only one who thinks it is simply nuts to walk around with a feeding tube sticking out of your nose for the purpose of weight loss?  Yet the Yahoo news article is being used by “brides-to-be” to rapidly shed pounds. 

I will stick to my cleansing and replenishing program that eliminates impurities while providing high-grade nutrition to your body.  It just sounds saner.

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Celebrating 100 Posts for Health, Wellness and Anti-Aging

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Tradition tells me that whenever something reaches 100 that it is to be celebrated.  This is the 100th post to the CleanseBenefits Blog.  My hope is that over the course of the last several years my wife Tamara and I have been able to reach our visitors with3020 1090775511433 1287852844 30437495 7522358 n Celebrating 100 Posts for Health, Wellness and Anti Aging information on nutritional cleansing, health/wellness, anti-aging and other related topics.  I hope that I have been able to inspire and inform you to live healthier lives so you know how to cleanse yourself. 

My faith compels me to share what I believe to be the good news.  I feel a similar compulsion to share what nutritional cleansing and replenishing has done for me and my family.  It has truly changed our lives on many different levels.  We have all found ways, my daughter, my wife, my son and I to improve our health and set an example for our friends, relatives and neighbors. 

My wife and I have used Isagenix Products since 2006.  We have been writing to this blog since April of 2009.  We appreciate our regular visitors and will continue to provide you with new information to improve your own health and wellness and achieve weight loss.  Our goal for the year is to find ways to hear more from you.  You now have access to 100 blog posts which serve as a wonderful resource to answer many of your questions.  The best way for us to continue providing you with great articles is to ask questions.  Let us know what you would like to see and we will attempt to fulfill your needs.  Here is to another 6 years!

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What’s in a (Nutritional Products) Name

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

My wife’s greatest strength when it comes to nutrition, well being and health can also at times be her greatest weakness.  She believes with all her heart, mind and soul in the great nutrition offered by Isagenix.  She has tried them and experienced their positive

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 effects first hand.  It is easy for her to talk about them because she is excited about what they have done for her and her family.  As a result, she is eager for others to experience these same results.  It is kind of like watching your kids open their presents on Christmas morning.  It is much more satisfying than any present you could open yourself. 

Because of her own experiences she believes the products and systems can change people’s lives.  This does create a problem, however.  When you believe so strongly in something, it is difficult to accept and understand when others do not see what you see.  It is not a judgement or indictment of those who do not share this passion; but it can be confusing to someone who has accepted the efficacy of a nutritional product completely.  My wife and I are an evidence based couple that needs to see it, taste it, touch it, or otherwise experience it.  We have seen the evidence and have no doubts. 

One of the challenges of Isagenix products and systems is that the product names evoke a specific perception.  A good example is the Isagenix IsaLean Shake.  The name is an obvious reference to weight loss or weight maintenance.  Yet there are professional and world class athletes who have come to understand the nutritional benefits of the products beyond the potential for weight control.  This understanding, however, requires some research and understanding of the products.  The point is that if you think that Isagenix is only for those looking to experience weight loss, then you only know half the story.  Athletes like Lori Harder…bikini model, competitor and trainer have figured it out.  The solution is to do your own research.  If you need some guidance and direction I am sure my wife would love to talk to you.

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A Parent is Responsible for More Than Their Own Health

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

This premise may seem logical and reasonable.  The day anyone decides to have a child they give up the right to be a1546120 com 284pxobesi A Parent is Responsible for More Than Their Own Health bad example.   As a matter of fact, my opinion is that the day you start down the road to parenthood you relinquish all rights to selfishness and generally bad behavior.  This includes how you take care of yourself.  

The axiom of “Do as I say, not as I do”, never works.  If you smoke cigarettes, there is a greater chance that you will raise a smoker.  If you drink to excess, do not be surprised if your child develops problems with alcohol as well.  Finally, if you fail to pay attention to your health, weight and nutrition you will probably have children that follow in your footsteps.  Our responsibilities in this area are not limited to the days following the birth of our children, however. 

A recent study determined that exposing human embryos to high levels of saturated fat can actually harm the development of a child in utero.  The study went on to suggest that women should strive to achieve a healthy weight prior to having children.  The study focused on embryos from cattle but the implications from the study appeared to translate to human eggs as well.  Eggs exposed to high levels of fatty acids had fewer cells, altered genes and altered metabolic activity.  The scientists also believed the study provided some insight as to why obese women may have trouble conceiving in the first place.  

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Obese and overweight women have a tendency to metabolize more of the fat they store.  The fatty acids that are subsequently stored in the ovaries have been shown to be toxic to eggs.  Therefore, just like drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes during pregnancy can have serious health implications to an unborn child, being severely overweight and failing to eat properly can likewise produce adverse effects.  

A child doesn’t get a vote on who their parents will be.  They don’t get to choose the body in which they are conceived.  Therefore, the responsibility falls on the parent to do right by their children and make good choices, not only for their own health, but for the health of their children now and into the future.  

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What’s New at Isagenix

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

web site pic znnj Whats New at IsagenixAs many of you know about 5 years I experienced life changing results using Isagenix Cleansing & Fat Burning Systems to lose weight and improve my health. My initial motivation was to lose weight for an upcoming class reunion. Now 5 years later I recently attended another class reunion and would you believe I felt better and looked younger and more fit than I did 5 years ago. I attribute this to putting Isagenix products in my body everyday.

I just returned from the annual Isagenix Celebration. I am now looking at Isagenix in a whole new way. Not only are Isagenix systems designed to help us lose weight and improve our health through whole body nutritional cleansing Whats New at Isagenix and cellular replenishing but with the addition of Product B Antioxidants plus Telomere Support our systems will help us to live healthier longer. Please watch this video to learn about Product B and the 4 Pillars of Health.

What else is new from Isagenix?

  • IsaPro Whey Protein in new vanilla flavor
  • Natural Rich Berry Cleanse for Life drink which is 2-3 times more potent
  • Tropical Fruit & Hibiscus Want More Energy electrolyte drink
  • Total Health & Longevity System and Pillars of Health Maintenance System

 

For those of you that are or may be interested in building a business with Isagenix in order to help others live healthier longer there are many new tools and promotions to help us succeed. These include rank advancement bonuses, leadership pools, friends & family program, web tools, mobile apps, newspapers, Prosper magazine and videos just to name a few. Please contact me for more information. In addition, I am looking for 10 new people who share my passion and want to learn from my experience to earn a residual income by helping others. Who’s whats to be first?

Here’s to living healthier longer!

The Pillars of Health

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

I spend a great deal of time on the CleanseBenefits Blog discussing issues related to health and obesity.  There is a subjectLONGEVITY The Pillars of Health of much deeper concern, however, that ties these posts together.  Everyone needs to examine the reasons why they are concerned about weight loss, weight control, nutrition and overall physical health.  The underlying motivation for many beyond the narcissistic desire for a better appearance is the hope for a better, longer and healthier life.  When considered from this perspective weight loss is only one component of achieving this end.

It is one thing for a person to live for 70 years as an invalid tied to a bed and medical devices designed to keep them alive for one more day.  It is an entirely different situation when someone lives for 80, 90 or more years as a vital and productive member of society.  Anyone who feels that they still have something to contribute while avoiding the potential to become a burden for others should have a desire to stay on this earth a while longer.  Society is quick to judge the elderly, and brush them to the side much too early.  It is understandable why some of our older citizens begin to devalue themselves as a result.  This is sometimes referred to as apoptosis, where the brain tells the body that it has outlived its usefulness and the only thing left to do is die.

I do not speak from experience, but I would venture a guess that many of our elderly in the United  States eventually lose their motivation for life when they assume they can no longer offer something of value to society.  Despite the fact that I believe

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everyone that is alive can offer something of value to include experience, advice and love I don’t think that everyone shares this belief.  I do believe that happiness plays a major role in a person’s health and their ability to remain productive in body, mind
and spirit.  When a person ceases to feel they contribute value it is sometimes harder to convince them that their presence is necessary to friends, relatives and loved ones.  It is difficult to remain happy with that mindset.

Therefore, we are brought to the topic of the day.  How does a person continue to feel as if they have value even as their body moves into the winter years?  How is it possible to live extended lives and remain healthy so we can continue to feel like a positive contributor to our communities?  This is a topic ever present in my heart and mind as it relates to me as well as my 80 year old parents.  What are the steps we can take to improve our health and quality of life to continue feeling like our lives
maintain meaning and purpose?  The answer lies in understanding what causes us to age and our bodies to break down.  If we can acquire this knowledge then we maybe able to alter the assumed inevitability of our lives as we move into our senior years.

There are essentially four categories of concern when it comes to understanding what it is that adversely affects our health, longevity and quality of life:

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  • · Obesity
  • · Stress
  • · Inflamation

If there were only a way to influence how these circumstances affect our body we may be able to limit their adverse affects.  Over the course of the next several days and weeks I will be discussing potential solutions to these concerns.

Stay tuned for more!

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Does Colonic Irrigation Work?

Friday, August 5th, 2011
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The topic of detoxification and nutritional cleansing are common to the CleanseBenefits Blog.  Depending on their circumstances many people are willing to try anything to lose weight and/or improve their appearance…even procedures and systems that may create health concerns that negate or overtake any presumed benefits.  Some people may conduct a cost/benefit analysis of a potential cure for their problems and decide that the associated warnings or concerns are acceptable to them if it results in a thinner waistline

It seems silly, however, to utilize such a procedure or systems when it is proven to have no benefit, or if the benefit does not produce the desired effect.  U.S. scientists have determined that a longstanding “treatment” with a large number of supporters does not achieve the ends previously assumed.  Colonic Irrigation has long been touted as a means for detoxification and weight loss, but it turns out these claims are unfounded.  As a matter of fact, Colonic Irrigation is now believed to potentially cause serious health problems with little or no associated benefits.  

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The procedure which involves flushing out the colon through a tube inserted into the rectum may lead to nausea, cramping, bloating, and in some cases renal failure and even death as determined by a study conducted by Georgetown University scientists.  The study went on to explain that colon cleansing products such as laxatives, teas, powders and capsules purport benefits that actually don’t exist.  

Of similar concern is that these procedures are quite often performed by non-medical personnel in spas and clinics.  The practitioners in these spas and clinics have been found to have limited, if any, training in the administration of these unnecessary and potentially dangerous procedures.  

Nutritional or full-body cellular cleansing is a safe alternative that has a medical study to back up its efficacy.  It is non-invasive and allows for a person with no medical background to use safely.  

Everyone has a choice to make here if weight loss and cleansing is the desired result.  It seems to be common sense to choose the alternative that has been proven to work safely.  

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The New Cleanse for Life Powder

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Isagenix has introduced it’s new Cleanse for Life nutritional cleansing powder formulation.  By improving it’s manufacturing and extraction techniques Isagenix has managed to increase the potency by 2-3 times the previous formulation.  In addition, Isagenix has added two new ingredients to the mix:

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  • digestive aid
  • potent antioxidant activity
  • supports detoxification
  • helps protect against oxidative stress

 

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  • help support liver health and the removal of accumulated waste products via the kidneys, skin and mucus membranes

The new Cleanse for Life liquid formulation should be arriving some time in the fall!  If you would like to try the new Cleanse for Life powder you can contact us either through our web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com or by calling us toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).

What’s in Your Meal Replacement Shake?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

To derive the greatest benefit from a meal replacement shake, you have to know what you are looking for.  There are several considerations when making such a decision that can help you to avoid a lot of experimentation and repeated trips to the local isalean shakes choc van 240 What’s in Your Meal Replacement Shake?nutrition store.  First and foremost you need to know what makes for a good meal replacement shake.  You want something that provides your body with the nutrients that it needs while allowing you to cut calories to lose weight.  You also need to pay attention to the type and quantity of protein in the formula. 

There are five additional factors that you should research before making a final decision:

  1. Does the product provide long-term weight-loss results, regardless of whether your goals are total weight-loss or ideal weight maintenance?
  2. Is there any third party empirical scientific evidence to back up the products claims of effectiveness?
  3. Is the purpose of the shake to replace a full meal; or will it serve only as a snack between meals?
  4. Is the shake free of additives, artificial ingredients, artificial flavors or sucralose?  In addition, is the product tested for contamination of pollutants and heavy metals?
  5. Is the product available at a reasonable price? 
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My wife and I believe that the Isagenix Isalean Shake meets all of these criteria.  The IsaLean shake has delivered long-term weight-loss results to include more than 5.4 million pounds released and 6.5 million inches lost by people using the product.  A clinical university study demonstrated that the IsaLean shake surpassed other protein shakes for weight loss results.  The shake is a full meal replacement with 23 grams of Whey Protein which serves to prevent muscle loss while you lose weight.  The IsaLean shake is low in saturated fat while being high in healthy poly- and mono-unsaturated fats.  The shake is all natural with no additives.  Finally, the Isagenix IsaLean shake offers great nutrition at a great price. 

If you would like to speak with us about the Isagenix Isalean Shake you can contact us through our web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com, or by calling toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).