Living Well, Staying Healthy In Mind, Body and Spirit

I saw an ad the other day that said… “I don’t want to grow old gracefully, I’m going to fight it every step of the way”. I laughed, but also thought serious about what the commercial as saying. Of course their desire was to get me to buy something; instead it started me to thinking.

And thinking is exactly what I’m talking about; I enjoy my mind, it is sharp and active and sometimes I’m amazed at my memory, that isn’t something I want to lose, and YES, I will fight to maintain my health and acute mind and you should too. Forget growing old gracefully and letting the effects of gradually and graceful aging rob you of a sharp mind and healthy body, I say FIGHT.

Exercise, stay limber and active, get outside and enjoy life, smell the air, greet the neighbors, say hi to the postman, just be active. And then, and this is paramount, use what modern medical science has available with vitamin supplements.

Here’s what you should be aware of; your body (and particularly your brain) need essential fatty acids, getting your recommended daily allowance will aid in keeping your brain sharp as a tack and dementia merely a word used in scrabble.

The bible says…. “Take a little wine for thy stomach’s sake”. This isn’t a religious discussion, but research shows that Polyphenol, found in red grapes (and other less tantalizing plants) will aid in cognitive functions.

Here’s one I hadn’t heard of till researching this article; ALA or Alpha-Lipoic Acid, seems this one is a fighter (I like it already) and will attack (or interrupt) free radical damage and increase antioxidants in the brain and improve memory, sounds like a winner in my book.

Okay, getting older is a fact of life, so when we look at vitamin supplements and amino acids, we’ll want to find and take those that have proven benefits to brain functions. Enter Coenzyme Q10 which apparently is like a soldier with orders to… “Protect The Brain With Your Life” and do not let the enemy intrude at any cost.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and with time diminishes, but again, don’t let it happen gracefully, do everything possible to hold to health and longevity. Seems that might have been written as a banner for Vitamin E, known to keep our skin supple (it’s an antioxidant in our tissue) and our brains active. Make CERTAIN to get an ample dose of Vitamin E, it’s vital.

Here’s one that most of us HAVE heard about, good ‘ole Ginkgo Biloba, available at every drugstore and many convenience stores along the highways of life. It is powerful and known to increase blood flow to the brain (a good thing) and vital to keeping our brains in tip top condition. Use your brain, work puzzle, solve riddles, read books, STOP staring at the TV and take a daily dose of Ginkgo Biloba.

Remember the old “Bugs Bunny” cartoons. The wise cracking rabbit that was always one up on whatever situation he encountered? He was always munching on a carrot, and a carrot contains what? Why carotenoids of course which (when taken in a balanced manner) is a proven and powerful antioxidant.

FACTOID: Antioxidants are nutrients or chemicals that are free radical scavengers. Vitamins A, C, E and some B vitamins, beta-carotene, selenium and certain crucial enzymes in our bodies are antioxidants.

The letter B is beautiful, and it can represent so many words, emotions, and memories. And I’m going to focus on memory and speak of vitamins B6 and B12, which are crucial (did you hear that) for our brains to function properly. With these vitamins, we’ll slowly but surely begin to forget things, become confused and certainly NOT grow old gracefully. Make CERTAIN you are getting your recommended daily dose of this vitamin.

Life is about living, we are all on the same path and the path is beautiful indeed. Live well, stay healthy and be sure to take your vitamins.

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A Perfect Read for Type 2 Diabetics and Their Families

Daryl Wein, a physician assistant, writes with personal insight and medical authenticity on the subject of type 2 diabetes, in his book Type 2 Diabetes: the Owner’s Manual.

While I’m not a diabetic myself, I have a family member who is, and found this book very helpful. Wein starts the book off by redefining the word “diabetes” for those with type 2. A better word, he says, is “carbosis,” because the word simply means “Problem with carbohydrates.”

Unlike type 1 diabetes, where the body’s immune system turns against itself, “carbosis” is the person’s inability to handle carbohydrates. Wein gives a clear definition of the difference of the two, and then in turn another excellent description of how the body works (or doesn’t) with carbosis. A type 1 diabetic doesn’t produce enough insulin, but carbotics (or type 2 diabetics), Wein says, “produce plenty of insulin in most cases… The root of the problem is that our cells, primarily our muscle cells, have become resistant to our own insulin.” That helped me to really understand what is going on when we’re told we have type 2 diabetes.

At the end of each chapter and throughout, Wein repeats the sentence: The single most important thing to do to manage carbosis is to avoid eating carbohydrates.

Sounds easy, right?

While a low carbohydrate diet isn’t the most fun you could ever have, ignoring your symptoms can lead to severe medical problems and even death. In the book, Wein has a pencil drawing of “Blood Sugar Blanche,” which, while disturbing, brings home the stark picture of how you could wind up if you don’t take this disease seriously.

But he doesn’t leave you stranded. He tells you how to take care of yourself, how to say goodbye to daily finger pricks, lose weight, and he even lists pages of foods with their carb counts.

Although Wein recommends medication as the last resort in controlling your carbosis, he admits that sometimes it’s necessary. His chapter on medications gives a clear understanding on what he feels are the best medicines, along with side effects and benefits of each.

One of my favorite sections in this book was reading the personal stories of real patients. Although there is a lot of information packed into this book, it’s very short and easy to read.

This “Owner’s Manual” is an easy, step-by-step user’s guide for either the newly diagnosed or the person who has been living with type 2 diabetes for years. It would also be a helpful resource for medical professionals, and someone who knows a person with type 2 diabetes. I am thankful I read it, and now feel more knowledgeable to help my family member who is a type 2 diabetic. This book has even given me ideas of how to live and eat healthier myself.

The Truth About Hard Body Success Is Revealed!

Hard Body Success is the new book written by Scott Abbett which claims to be the answer to all man’s fitness problems. The revolutionary book gives tips on how to considerably improve body physique whilst spending just 2% of your time each month exercising.

There are countless advertisements for ‘get-fit-quick’ schemes. Some are machines, others are books, and others are videos. The fact of the matter is the fitness market is a very large one and there is a lot of competition to gain the approval of users and boost sales.

So if there are so many competitors out there all offering a similar service, what is it that makes Hard Body Success different to its competitors? I mean, it has the same testimonials from made-up characters who have found the book to be wonderfully helpful in giving them their perfect body. Some of them have miraculously found physique overnight. But despite its sceptics, Hard Body Success does have its undeniably unique and revolutionary ways.

For example, the book dwells on mental techniques to achieve fitness, which is always vitally underestimated when it comes to fitness. Secondly Hard Body Success is more specific than other such publications. I mean that it’s not ‘one size fits all’ generic stuff crammed into a few pages; the writer makes sure to touch on techniques for most physiques and lifestyles even if it takes him longer overall to write the book.

Whether Hard Body Success is worth the full cost is questionable, but at the half price cost being offered on the website, Hard Body Success is a worthwhile purchase for those who want a complete physical and psychological workout.

The main thing that might appeal to a reader when studying Hard Body Success is how frank the writer is with his audience. This may make them feel that he is simply one of them and they too can have a body like he does. On the flipside, it could also be a turn off for a reader who was looking for a more official read.

Scott Abbett always gets straight to the point when describing the stepping stones to a great body. Hard Body Success is a no nonsense guide to getting fit with the minimum of effort. This may lead some readers to question how believable this publication really is, because everyone knows that it takes a lot of hard work to get your self fit. But obviously no one told Scott Abbett this as he maintains his rugged stance on the road to fitness.