The Battle Against Stretch Marks

I probably don’t have to explain further what stretch marks are. They don’t hurt, they’re not cancerous or anything – so we don’t really care what they are, we just want them gone! Right ladies?

But just for the sake of being somewhat scientific about this, well, I should say embarrassing marks… They are formed when the skin is pulled due to rapid growth or stretching. For many people, stretch marks begin to appear in as early as their puberty period. Since this is the stage where a boy or a girl grows really quickly, the skin also has the tendency to get pulled drastically, causing fine lines on the body – hence, we have our so-called stretch marks. Although the skin is usually fairly elastic, when it’s overstretched, the normal production of collagen (the major protein that makes up the connective tissue in your skin) is disrupted.

Most girls and women will have stretch marks at least once in their lifetime. They may appear to be purplish or reddish lines at first, but they will eventually lighten and if you’re lucky, they may disappear over time. However, for someone who wants to flaunt her new bikini every summer, this may not be that much of a consolation. I guess you would all agree if I say that the only consolation there is to this is if we actually are able to find a remedy. So how do you get rid of stretch marks? Is there really a way to do so?

Perhaps you’ve tried all those expensive creams out there that promised you “stretch marks be gone in X number of days”. The sad reality is, you’re still here right now, trying to find that one ultimate answer to your suffering self-confidence. Some of you may already be considering some laser treatments to get rid of your stretch marks – but for those who really don’t have the bucks to spare, there’s always the natural and alternative solution.

Stretch Mark Crème is a naturally powerful formula designed to visibly diminish the look of stretch marks. Argan Oil, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter intensely condition skin, helping increase elasticity and resiliency. Hyaluronic Acid, also known as nature’s moisture magnet, has the ability to attract and bind moisture to skin, promoting a softer, smoother, subtler appearance. Full-spectrum Vitamin E provide the benefits of alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols and tocotrienols for unparalleled skin nourishing benefits that promote self-healing.  Non-irritating, non-greasy and lightweight, this formula helps diminish the look of stretch marks and helps prevent new ones from forming. This formula is consumer tested, clinically tested, dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, 100 percent vegan, paraben-free, gluten-free, retinol-free and GMO-free.

The product is backed up by clinical trials and reviews from people who have actually tried the product for themselves.

In an 8-week consumer test, derma e®Stretch Mark Crème was shown to significantly diminished the look of stretch marks, improving texture, color and overall appearance.

Visibly diminishes stretch marks:

• 82% reported improved texture / smoothness

• 73% reported improved color

• 73% reported improved overall appearance

Reconditions skin:

• 100% felt fully moisturized

• 92% felt softer

• 82% looked smoother

So ladies, no more having to feel miserable during the summer time just because you can’t wear that bikini you saved up for the entire year. No more having to torture your skin by using those sunless self-tanners excessively just to cover up your stretch marks temporarily. You can now say goodbye to wasting your money on products that make your stretch marks all but invisible! Try the Stretch Mark Creme now! Enjoy a 20% discount off the retail price here at Web Vitamins.

 

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Gut Bacteria Related to Health

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Gut microbiota, probiotics and diabetes.

Psychobiotics can feed gut-brain health axis: ‘It’s really an exciting frontier,’ says professor

In this first article published in Nutrition Journal the authors discuss how our intestinal flora media related to development and prognosis of diabetes. Probiotics may help to reduce the inflammatory response as well is oxidative stress. They may also reduce intestinal permeability, increase insulin sensitivity, and reduce autoimmune reactions.

The second article has a link to recording by Prof. John Cryan talking about psychobiotics is an exciting new field that may be helpful in treating certain mental disorders listen to Prof. John Cryan talk about this field.

As far as natural products go, I feel probiotics will show the greatest growth and expansion over the next decade. A great deal of research is currently being conducted and probiotics are being found to be beneficial in a variety of different medical conditions.

Growing in maintaining a healthy intestinal flora is essential to your health. Studies have found that antibiotics increase the risk of cancer. With so much depending on having healthy bacteria, it is important to not take antibiotics indiscriminately.

Eating a diet rich in natural fibers from vegetables and fruits will help you grow healthy bacteria in your gut.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24939063?dopt=Abstract

Source: http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Psychobiotics-can-feed-gut-brain-health-axis-It-s-really-an-exciting-frontier-says-professor

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/204826.php

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18704945

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The Sustainable Way to Lose Weight, Feel Better and Stay Healthy

Dr. Jonathan Goodman 

  Do you want to lose weight, feel in control of your health, and get off all the medications you are taking? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Have you been running yourself ragged exercising, punishing yourself to find you’re getting nowhere except sore? There is a better, more sane and sustainable way to harness your body’s own fat burning machine. You don’t have to count every calorie or obsess about portion sizes.  You can eat real, delicious food and know that you’re making healthy food choices. Why not eat this way?  Let’s look at the solution.

Dr. Goodman’s Metabolically Optimized Eating Plan

First step:  Find out your metabolism:

machine   Each of us has a built-in metabolic rate that burns calories even while we’re doing nothing. This is called the resting metabolic rate, or RMR. A simple 10-minute test done in my office will reveal your rate and establish a baseline.

Second step: Find out your body fat level.

The goal is to lose fat, not so much weight, although both will happen. The more fat you lose while retaining or adding muscle, the more metabolically active you’ll be. We’ll use a simple machine to measure the percentage of your weight which is body fat.

Third step:  Lab testing.

We will determine some important values which show how your body handles hunger signals and how sensitive to sugar you are.  We will investigate overall heart health and whether you are on the way to being diabetic or handing sugar ok.  We will test for food sensitivities or intolerances if you have a lot of digestive issues.  These can make it very hard to follow an eating plan that makes us bloated and tired!

After gathering this information, we will sit down and design a metabolically optimized eating and exercise plan just for you!

So, what will I be eating?  If any specific foods show up as problem foods on testing, they will be excluded. Lots of meat, chicken and fish Nuts and seeds Vegetables – that doesn’t include starches! Fruit Grains and sugar are not allowed on the plan as they get in the way of your metabolism.  In order to harness your body’s fat burning potential, you need to cut the carbs you are taking in.  You’ll still get carbs from the fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds you eat, but these are loaded with vitamins and minerals and don’t slow your metabolism down.

What’s Next?

In the beginning we’ll meet either twice or each week for the first month to make sure you are comfortable in your new eating plan.  Most people have lots of questions and need to tweak the ratios of foods they eat to get comfortable.  After a month to six weeks, your body should be adjusted to this new way of eating.  You will be truly amazed to see the pounds coming off regardless of how much you eat. After three months we will retest your metabolism.  Given your weight loss and changes in diet, your metabolism should be slightly lower.  You can help yourself by building lean muscle. That’s where the exercise plan comes in.  Exercise is not the major way you will  be losing weight, but staying active is great for your mood and overall well-being.  We’ll go over specific exercises in the beginning to suit your temperament and capabilities. Depending on how much of your goal weight you’ve lost and where your metabolism is, we may adjust your eating plan.  We may also retest your values to see how they’ve changed and how much healthier you are!

 

Dr. Goodman can be seen in his office in either Bristol or Bloomfield, CT. To see Dr. Goodman click here.

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Patients Trust Doctors Supplement Advice

Consumers trust doctors’ supplements info

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In this survey it was found that dietary supplement users trusted their doctor for reliable information on dietary supplements.

I’ve talked to a lot of physicians and have found that most family doctors have a low dietary supplement IQ. We’ve put people on CoQ10 in our office for their pains and aches secondary to statin medications only to have their medical doctor tell them to stop taking them. They are totally unaware of the use of CoQ10 with statins.

The amount of education in nutrition is very limited in medical school. In fact less than 40% of medical schools give the required minimum of 25 hours of nutritional education.

The medical model of thinking isn’t one of treating wellness. It is about diagnosing illness and then giving a chemical design to change the bodies function to enact a change. This model doesn’t have a wellness model other than the yearly physical.

So while I believe it is important to share information with your doctor about the supplements you are taking, I don’t believe you will always get helpful information from your doctor about your supplement program.

It is even more important to share the information with your pharmacist. They can determine any interactions with medication and supplements. Also many medications can deplete vitamins and your pharmacist can help advise you if this is the case.

Make sure to find a good advisor. Many chiropractors have an extensive background in nutrition. Naturopaths are excellent advisors. Some medical doctors have spent many years learning nutrition and are brilliant advisors. However, it is more likely your doctor may have a very negative point of view on vitamins and supplements.

It is your health and your body so make sure you are the one in charge in charge.

Read More At: http://newhope360.com/breaking-news/consumers-trust-doctors-supplements-info

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Probiotics and Prebiotic Helps Nonalcoholic Liver Disease

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Synbiotic supplementation in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study.

The first thing you may wonder when you see this article is what is a symbiotic. A symbiotic is simply a probiotic combined with a prebiotic. The probiotic is the bacteria in the prebiotic is the material that helps the probiotic grow.

The most common liver disorder in the world is nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. The researchers discovered that synbiotics had a significant effect in reducing liver enzymes in patients suffering from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. This indicates that the inflammation in the liver is reducing. There was also a greater reduction in hepatic fibrosis in those taking the synbiotics.

Having a healthy flora in your intestines is essential to the health of your body. If you look at the results of the study, you will see that probiotics and prebiotics combined significantly reduce liver enzymes and inflammation. If food is not processed in your gut properly by healthy bacteria then it puts a greater load on your liver.

Since the gut is an important component of the immune system having a healthy flora in the intestines leads to a healthy immune system.

It is important to give your probiotics the food they need to grow. Gum Arabic is considered the richest source of probiotics. However, beans and onions are also good sources. You will find dietary supplements with inulin and Jerusalem artichoke an option to dietary sources.

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Who Says Supplements aren’t Regulated?

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 Dietary Supplements are now Safely Regulated

- A Timeline of Dietary Supplement Regulation since 1994 -

 

1994     The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA)*

  • Requires manufacturers to follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) set by the FDA
    • GMPs were fully implemented between June 2008 and June 2010
  • Continues to define dietary supplements as a special Food category
  • Regulates labels
    • All claims must be truthful and not misleading
    • All ingredients must be on the labels
    • Documentation to prove “structure-function” claims must be maintained
  • Approves pre-existing dietary ingredients already on the market as of October 15, 1994
    • Common vitamins, minerals, herbs
    • “Grandfathering” was twice applied to pharmaceuticals already on the market:
      • The 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act & 1962 Kefauver-Harris Amendments
  • Requires pre-market submission to the FDA of all New Dietary Ingredients marketed after October 15, 1994
    • The agency questions the majority of submissions
    • The agency has the power to reject applications; and has done so
    • This is analogous to pharmaceuticals where all drugs entering the market after October 10, 1962 require an FDA submission/approval process

 

1997      The Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (FDAMA) *

  • Provides for health claims based on an authoritative statement by a scientific body of the U.S. government or the National Academy of Sciences
  • Such claims may be used only after submission of a health claim notification to FDA

 

2002     The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act *

  • All food manufacturers, including dietary supplement manufacturers, are required to be registered with the government and give advance notification of raw materials imports

 

2003     The FDA Consumer Health Information for Better Nutrition Initiative *

  • Provides for qualified health claims where the quality and strength of the scientific evidence falls below that required for FDA to issue an authorizing regulation
    • Such health claims must be qualified to assure accuracy and non-misleading presentation to consumers

 

2004     The Anabolic Steroid Control Act amendment *

  • Bans steroid precursors sold as dietary supplements
    • The FDA and DEA have authority to take action against adulterated products

 

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act *

  • Requires label disclosure of the 8 major allergens that cause 90% of all food allergies

 

2006     The Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act *

  • Requires reporting of all serious adverse events (AERs) for both dietary supplements and OTC drugs

 

2010     The most recent annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers

  • Published in the journal Clinical Toxicology
  • Reports zero reports of accidental deaths from dietary supplements

 

           Full implementation of mandatory federal cGMPs was completed in June *
  • All manufacturers & suppliers are now bound by FDA standards of safety and documentation

 

            The Food Safety Modernization Act *
  • Includes enhanced mandatory recall authority for all foods, including dietary supplements
  • Expanded facility registration and HACCP ( safety handling) rules
  • Requires FDA to issue guidance on New Dietary Ingredients (NDIs), per DSHEA

2011     FDA released a new Guidance on its enforcement of NDI regulations 

  • Requires approval of NDIs by the FDA, not just pre-market notification to the agency
  • Redefines NDIs as all products containing an NDI ingredient, not just the ingredient itself
  • Expands the definition of NDI to include new ingredient processing techniques
  • Would encompass tens of thousands of products versus dozens of ingredients
  • 2012:  FDA notifies Senators Hatch & Harkin that its NDI guidance will be revised & reissued

2014     Industry supports introduction of the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA)*

  • Empowers the DEA with new tools to quickly identify and quickly respond when new designer anabolic steroids – illegal drugs – are falsely marketed as dietary supplements

 

* Industry-supported legislation

So when your doctor or someone tells you that there is no regulation you can tell them they are wrong. I want to thank Now Foods for this information.

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Dietary Supplements and the Hill

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Our ability to continue to have access to dietary supplements depends on both the Congress and the FDA.

I just returned from Washington DC where we met with staff from two of the senators from our state and with Congressman Larson. You can see me in the bus in the above picture with the people from NeoCell as we leave to the capitol with the Natural Products Association to lobby to maintain your access to healthy natural products. The Natural Products Association had two busses full or member that went to the Hill to lobby their senators and representatives.

We all discussed a few important bills that are currently in either the House or the Senate with our respective legislators. I want to say this about Congressman Larson from Connecticut; he was very engaged and very interested in our industry. The Congressman does take vitamins. He is a customer of Erika, a colleague from Connecticut who knows Congressman Larson personally. Erika’s family owns Manchester Parkade Health in Manchester, Ct. Our meeting with him was exciting and productive.

We discussed three different issues with the Senators and the Congressman that affect and protect you the consumer. If you do contact your Congressman or Senator, make sure to mention these bills and your opposition or support.

Senate Bill No. 2012: Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act: (Support)

In every industry, there are those bad actors who damage the entire industry. In our industry, the majority of complaints come from sports supplements. That is not to say that there are not quality sports products available however, these categories seem to attract people who aren’t concerned with the health of their consumer. They are marketing to usually younger mails looking to build stronger muscles.

In the attempt to get rich quick, some people have created designer anabolic steroids (drugs) and marketed them as dietary supplements. These are not dietary supplements they are illegal drugs. We want this bill passed to protect consumers from these companies.

Passage of this bill would make it a crime and help the DEA to prosecute these criminals. As an industry, we want to have the government remove these products and put the people who market them in jail.

When 1000 deaths are linked to one drug recall, the media, and the news does not seem to paint the entire drug industry as dangerous. However, in the natural products industry it only takes one small problem to make national news and have politicians create new laws trying to protect us from dietary supplements. Dietary supplement are held to a higher standard in the press. Given the excellent safety record of our industry, we want to make sure no tries to use illegal drugs as a dietary supplement.

This bill will help protect mostly those looking for short cuts in bodybuilding. Your support will help take those bastardized products off the market. Ask your senators to support.

Senate Bill No. 809 / House Resolution No. 1699: Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act: (Support)

I believe that we as consumers should have the right to choose to consume GMO’s or not. There is always a great deal of argument on both sides about the dangers and safety of GMO’s. However, no matter how safe regulators think GMO’s are I want to make my own decision. With the way food isn’t labeled today I don’t have the right of choice.

I realize many states are working to pass bills requiring GMO labeling. This is a problem because having different label requirements for different states can result in increased cost to the consumer. The easy way is for the federal government to deal with this now before the states pass varying legislation and create extra costs for the consumer. This is an important bill that I believe should be passed as soon as possible. Ask your representatives to support this bill.

Senate Bill No. 1425: Dietary Supplement Labeling Act (Oppose)

This bill from Senators Durbin and Blumenthal could have a devastating effect on the industry. Sen. Durbin has never been a friend to our industry and now Senator Richard Blumenthal has joined with him in cosponsoring this devastating legislation.

Most people do not realize how regulated dietary supplements are by the government. In a future article I plan to share how regulated the industry really is.

You can expect this type of legislation to increased cost of supplements and also to lose many of the supplements from the market while they wait for FDA approval. Right now, the FDA has all the tools it needs to help keep the industry safe. However, it does not always have the manpower and resources to monitor and keep safe the drug and the food industry (dietary supplements are considered a food product due to their consistent safety).

What someone mentioned yesterday made a great deal of sense. If the speed limit is 30 miles an hour and someone driving 100 miles an hour hits someone in the street, the solution is not to lower the speed limit. This bill is the equivalent of lowering the speed limit to 30 MPH.

So make sure to mention this bill to your senators and your opposition.

Dietary Supplement Caucus:

I find the dietary supplement caucus very exciting. It is great to see the people from both sides of the aisle come together to understand and support dietary supplements. Check if your representative and senators are members. If not ask them to join.

 

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Magnesium Depression and Deficiency

Magnesium is a very important mineral in the body. It is essential to all living cells and needed to produce ATP, DNA, RNA, and hundreds of different enzymes and chemical reactions. Besides being related to depression, magnesium deficiency may also be related to asthma, diabetes, fibromyalgia, arrhythmia, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, restless leg syndrome, PMS, and hearing loss.

Only about 32% of Americans get the required amount of magnesium daily. As a result, many people have deficiencies in magnesium.

Some foods have high content of magnesium. It is likely that our modern-day diet high in processed food, results in our decrease in magnesium in magnesium intake. High-fiber foods have the highest amount of magnesium. Almonds have about the highest content of magnesium,  an ounce of almonds contains 80 mg of magnesium. Spinach and cashews both have 70 some milligrams per serving. The average adult needs about 400 mg of magnesium a day, which is the equivalent of 5 ounces of almonds a day. More than 5-6 oz of cashews or 3-3.5 cups of spinach.

As far as magnesium supplements go the most common is magnesium oxide. However, magnesium oxide is the most difficult of the magnesium supplements to absorb. I recommend magnesium glycinate or citrate as the easiest absorbed forms of magnesium.

Remember magnesium is used for constipation and taking too much magnesium can result in diarrhea. Start any supplementation program slowly.

Read More at: Magnesium and depression: a systematic review.

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