THERE ARE SUPPLEMENT COMPANIES AND THEN THERE IS ADVOCARE!
There are many companies that create supplements. There are many companies that are not allowed to be utilized by Professional Athletes.
You have to be asking yourself “Why is that?”. Simply put all supplements are not created equal and are not tested equally.
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If you noticed AdvoCare is not on the list above. But we are on this list below!
Feed your cravings with smart snacks At your desk and feeling the 3 p.m. hunger pang? No need to run to the vending machine. Try these healthy snacks that are sure to fill you up and keep you going until dinner.
In the best of times, the chronic consumption of a diet that is high in fat can present a number of health challenges. Recent research suggests that the consumption of such diets may be particularly risky during pregnancy.
Liang and co-workers reported that in contrast to control mice, the adult offspring of mice fed high fat diets for four weeks prior to pregnancy, and throughout pregnancy and lactation, were characterized by a form of metabolic syndrome, which included hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, obesity and hypertension. Significantly, this condition arose even though the mice were fed control diets after weaning.
When the high fat diets were supplemented with quercetin, some of the above signs were reduced. The authors speculated that imprinting effects were induced by the high fat diet, and that these effects were due in part to fat-induced oxidative stress. Consistent with the above report, Bilbo and Tsang reported that in mice, maternal obesity induced by a high fat diet resulted in persistent behavioral changes in the offspring, even when the offspring were fed control diets.
The authors noted that the offspring of the obese mother mice were also characterized by a heightened production of proinflammatory regulating proteins in response to a bacterial challenge. The authors suggest that a condition of chronic inflammatory stress contributed to the behavioral abnormalities.
While it might be tempting to ignore results obtained from mouse models, Sullivan and coworkers reported that in non-human primates, the offspring of mothers fed high fat diets were also characterized by behavioral abnormalities, particularly anxiety.
Do similar types of diet related predisposition occur in humans? At this time we do not know for certain, but evidence is accumulating that some similar effects might occur. Most recently, Brion and coworkers reported that maternal macronutrient and energy intakes during pregnancy seem to affect the diet preferences of their children, even at the age of 10; with the children of women who consumed high fat diets during pregnancy showing a similar preference for such diets. Interestingly, the food choices of the father were not observed to have this effect.
Collectively, these studies support the concept that the chronic consumption of high fat diets during pregnancy should, in most cases, be avoided. The results also support the thinking that chronic inflammation and oxidative stress can be significant factors that underlie the dangers of excess body fat.
Liang C, et al. Intrauterine exposure to high saturated fat diet elevates risk of adult-onset chronic diseases in C57BL/6 mice. Birth Defects Research. (Part B) 86:377-384 (2009)
Bilbo, SD and Tsang V. Enduring consequences of maternal obesity on brain inflammation and behavior of offspring. FASEB J (Feb 2010)
Sullivan EL et al. Chronic consumption of a high-fat diet during pregnancy causes perturbations in the serotonergic system and increased anxiety like behavior in non-human primate offspring. J Neurosci 10:3826-30 (2010)
Brion MJ et al. Maternal macronutrient and energy intakes in pregnancy and offspring intake at 10 y. Exploring parental comparisons and prenatal effects . AJCN 91:748-56 (2010)
Soda and processed-food manufacturers have long insisted that all sugars are essentially the same. Yet, simultaneously they’re delicately backing away from high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as one study after another links the corn-based sweetener to obesity and diabetes. While the market for HFCS declined by 9% in 2008, says Ken Roseboro of the Organic and Non-GMO Report, it was still used in 55% of all sweetened edibles in 2009.
New findings published this month in the journal Cancer Research by University of California Los Angeles researchers could further sour the public’s sentiment toward the super-sweet, super-cheap syrup and reduce its use even further. HFCS is 55% fructose and 42% glucose. The study found that pancreatic tumor cells metabolized fructose differently than glucose and that the cancer cells “readily metabolized fructose to increase proliferation.” In other words, as the headline reads, “Cancer cells slurp up fructose.”
Lawsuits Are Sure to Follow
This is a direct challenge to the Corn Refiner’s Association, which made a splash in 2008 with commercials belittling consumers who disdained high-fructose corn syrup as self-righteous and incoherent. (The ads inspired a little outrage and a lot of spoofs and rebuttals.) In March 2010, the association put on its website a clip from CBS News calling differences in the chemistry of HFCS and table sugar “an urban myth.” And despite the occasional study linking HFCS consumption to obesity, as well as insulin resistance and diabetes, the prevailing sentiment of the food industry was that the difference between HFCS and cane or beet sugar was negligible.
“Fructose is a natural, simple sugar commonly found in a variety of sweeteners, including table sugar, honey, and high fructose corn syrup, as well as in many fruits, vegetables, and juices,” says Audrae Erickson, President of the Corn Refiners Association in a statement. “This study does not look at the way fructose is actually consumed by humans, as it was conducted in a laboratory, not inside the human body. The study also narrowly compared pure fructose to pure glucose, neither of which is consumed in isolation in the human diet.”
Despite the Corn Refiner’s Association’s best efforts, high fructose corn syrup is still being maligned. But it is this latest study linking the sweetener to pancreatic cancer that may be the weapon of choice for eager attorneys in defense of angry consumers. As Frost&Sullivan industry analyst Christopher Shanahan says, laughing, when asked whether there will be lawsuits, “Yes, I’d put money on it.”
But as damning as the headlines of this latest study seem to be, other scientists caution that further research needs to be done before people leap to the assumption that fructose helps cancer proliferate. The science blogger known as “Orac” writes that the research is “rather interesting,” but far more work should be done before it’s seen as proof that HFCS causes pancreatic cancer. “It’s far too early to make any sort of recommendations about high fructose corn syrup and diet based on this study,” he writes.
In a statement, the American Beverage Association said: “It is important to recognize that this was not a clinical trial performed on humans, but rather a test tube study. In addition, the isolated cancer cells were subjected to extremely high levels of fructose that are unlikely in normal human metabolic processes. In fact, human beings do not typically consume fructose by itself, as it is normally found in combination with glucose in fruits and vegetables, or in the form of sucrose or high fructose corn syrup as found in myriad foods and beverages. The fact remains that no single food or beverage causes cancer, including pancreatic cancer.”
Beverage Makers Under the Gun
The beverage companies are the easiest targets in the crusade against HFCS, says Shanahan. For “the corn manufacturers, the sugar manufacturers, the processed-food manufacturers, there is an underlying fear that, in the next 10 years, this is going to be a critical challenge similar to the top-down mandates that impacted the tobacco industry.”
He points to a central problem of the U.S. agricultural system: Very few crops — soy, wheat and especially corn — account for a huge percentage of the American diet, especially when you consider the soy- and corn-fed livestock and myriad processed foods made from corn derivatives.“The recent obesity measure, weight issues, diabetes, all can be routed back to the American diet,” Shanahan says, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is complicit in the problem, with rich subsidies for wheat, soy and corn, the top recipient. The amount varies widely from year to year, but corn subsidies totaled $73.8 billion from 1995 to 2009. With corn so cheap, there’s incentive to put it in more and more foods in place of other, more expensive, ingredients. Now it’s in practically every processed food, and lots of nonfoods, too, including ethanol for fuel.
Getting the HFCS Out
Roseboro, of the Organic&Non-GMO Report, says change is coming. Big brands like Hunt’s (CAG), Gatorade (PEP) and Starbucks (SBUX) are reformulating some of their products to remove HFCS. “I think the fact that big companies [like Hunt’s and Pepsico] are going to stop using it is indication that a trend is going to be that companies will be taking it out, using sugar instead, and the smaller companies will follow along.”
Shanahan agrees. “Food manufacturers are starting to diversify their product line to include cane sugar,” he says. “The corn refiners are going to stop making corn sweeteners, and make ethanol instead.” It might be longer than he thinks before beverage companies and, most important, government agencies decide it’s time for change, however. Switching away from corn sweeteners won’t be easy. Cheap corn is, after all, the basis of many processed foods. It’s not just the HFCS, of course. Corn is the source of oil for salad dressing and frying, of coloring for sodas, juices and yogurts, of livestock feed that makes $1 hamburgers possible.
“Over time, consumers will change their diets as they are taught the real cost of food,” Shanahan says. “This is going to be a diminishing problem.” Food and beverage makers have plenty of skin in this game and may as well get ahead of eventual regulation, he says, adding that a healthful product line is where the industry is headed. “Food processors are only doing what the man wants. They’re going to sell you healthy food if you want it.”
Just as with tobacco, we’re in for a decade or two of growing awareness about the destructive effects of our subsidized cheap-sweetener system, with lawsuits and regulations to follow. But we’ll get over it, Shanahan says. “In this transitional period, people don’t want to eat the stuff, but they’ll be more than happy to put it in their cars.”
This story was updated to include a statement from the Corn Refiners Association.
As a wellness coach we attempt to address the three basic needs of the body through dietary eating habits through nutrient density, supplementation to fill in the gaps of what the body is lacking and exercise to bring about homeostasis in the body.
Some of the tools we implement to address the body needs is through maintenance and preventive care. Keeping you out of the Doctors office only to visit for your annual check-up is what we wellness coaches set as our goal. I once heard it put this way “the medical industry is the sickness industry because you go when you are sick. Those in the wellness industry attempt to prevent you from getting sick”.
I want to address two of the tools that I utilize for my clients to keep their bodies in balance dealing with Soft Tissue. Soft Tissue you will find throughout the body connecting and surrounding organs and other parts of the body. Soft Tissue is fascia, tendons, ligaments, nerves, muscle etc.
Before I continue, my Rolfer introduced me to this video presented by Gil Hedley from his “The Integral Anatomy Series: Vol 2, Deep Fascia and Muscle”. You will now see why I stress the importance of stretching when you first wake up and throughout the day, especially for those with sedentary jobs.
Eye opening, isn’t it!
How do we deal with maintenance or rehabilitation if you’re already suffering from soft tissue issues?
The first method I employ is ART® Chiropractic Care. ART (a.k.a.) Active Release Technique deals with muscle skeletal issues via soft tissue management. “Practitioners of this art are able to palpate and treat more than 300 muscular and fascial injuries and over 100 nerve entrapments, which often cause numbness and tingling.”
Over 100 nerve entrapments. I highlight this point because I had ulnar brachii relocation surgery. I wish I had been given the option of ART as an alternative to try before surgery. But as the saying goes, “Surgeons do what surgeons to best and that’s cut”. Not that this type of surgery is not warranted in cases but to have this as an option would be desirable.
The next isRolfing Massage Therapy which is another highly recommended technique for dealing with soft tissue management. “Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body.” In other words it helps to reset your muscles back to square one of its proper healthy form.
Instead of taking pain meds for pain management dealing with these issue, consider combining ART & Rolfing for maximum manipulation and results. By the way pain meds only mask the issue and result in your nerves finding another route to connect to the issue to warn you of the problem. With these new connections, when you’re off your pain meds and the issue still exists, your issue only intensifies. Seek out better options other than pharmaceutical prescription drugs.