Thursday, October 25, 2012

Which Whey to Weight Loss

Which Whey to Weight Loss and Lean Muscle?

Whey protein is most often used in shakes that are either meal replacements in weight loss programs or for body building. Whey Protein is the highest biological value of all known foods; this means that it has the highest amount of protein retained in the human body per gram of protein absorbed. Which makes it a wonder food, and that is just some of the possible benefits.
It helps build lean muscle and increases muscle strength which primarily why the body builders and sports people are so keen on the wonders of whey. It also helps in increasing stamina and has protective qualities from a number of serious health issues. It also helps reduce appetite, can counteract the negative effects of stress and may help reduce weight in people afflicted with obesity and overweight. Whey is an ideal when it comes to weight loss and building lean muscle
BUT are all whey proteins the same? How do you know if the one you have is of a suitable quality.
As a consulting Naturopath I have had clients consult me that have seriously damaged their health long term by the over and incorrect use of Protein powders particularly for body building but also in weight loss programs.
The first step is to understand whey protein.  Worldwide we have access to numerous whey based protein powders, though some have an addition of soy. It would seem the majority of Whey Protein powders are grade 2 or 3. Pure whey protein is considered the best protein by fitness and nutrition experts.
To get the benefits of whey protein it is best to make sure yours is pure undenatured whey protein. Undenatured means the molecular structure of the protein has not been altered by high heating during processing. Undenatured protein is easily assimilated in to the body and Grade 7 gives the lowest fat content of all available whey protein powders.
Some protein powders can have as little as 10% of the desirable amino acids
The Ultimate Meal in Complete & Balanced Nutrition
Grade 7 undenatured organic whey protein from Isagenix

Give your body the ultimate in nutrition every day with IsaLean Shakes. Our delicious shakes combine balanced quality proteins, good fats, low-glycemic carbohydrates, fibre and a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals. IsaLean Shakes are made with the highest grade whey protein in the world, grade 7 undenatured whey from grass-fed New Zealand cows that are not treated with any hormones, antibiotics or steroids. This whey protein is processed using a proprietary technology that leaves it with the highest amino acid profile on the market. Each 2 scoop shake is a complete meal replacement - contains 23g of protein; yet has only 240 calories and 6g of fat and is available in chocolate or vanilla flavours.
- Clinically shown to support healthy weight loss and weight management

High in quality whey and casein proteins to maintain or gain lean muscle
- Helps build strength & endurance
- Low lactose for easy digestion, without bloating
- Supports healthy bones with macro-minerals such as calcium, phosphorus & magnesium
- Supports well-being with" Ionic Alfalfa", a trade-marked alfalfa juice concentrate that is enriched with over 70 trace minerals
- Contains Zinc for energy metabolism & protein synthesis, iodine for support of thyroid hormones and chromium to help support healthy blood sugar levels

Low in sodium and cholesterol to promote heart health
- Wheat, gluten & barley free
Heart Health Friendly
Most people who are aiming to lose weight are well aware of the risk of cardio vascular accidents associated with overweight and obesity. New research shows that not only reduction in weight but also reduction in oxidative stress is essential for heart health.
What is oxidative stress? Technically: oxidation is a chemical reaction in which an Electron is attracted away from an oxidized entity. What does that mean you may well ask? Perhaps it’s better if I explain the known implications of this process.
Chronic oxidative stress breaks down proteins, increases basal metabolic rate, and causes huge fluctuations in hormone release over an extended period of time. These demands on the body can cause premature ageing  decrease energy, store fat and ultimately could lead to the development of chronic disease.
Herbal Adaptogens and Antioxidants play a key role in combating oxidative stress. A study published in the August issue of the journal Appetite shows that combing whey protein supplementation suggests that whey protein improves antioxidant defences.
When looking to lose weight, make sure that all bases are covered. Grade 7 undenatured organic whey protein plays a vital role in muscle growth and maintenance, increased satiety and appetite, control and reduction of body fat (specifically visceral fat – the fat that bathes your vital organs), and the latest research suggests that it also improves antioxidant defences. Thus your weight loss program can be a powerful method to slow the ageing process, increase energy, reduce fat and ward off chronic disease. 
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Factors That Contribute to Rapid Ageing

Ageing is a fact of life, but how quickly we age is not just a function of genetic disposition. How we choose to live, as much as who we are, can determine how we age and whether we will live a longer and healthier life. Factors that tend to accelerate the ageing process-
Factors that we can control-include:
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Poor dietary habits
  • Failing to consume an optimal level of vitamins and nutrients
  • Being overweight
  • Failing to get enough sleep
  • Failing to drink sufficient amounts of water
  • Exposure to excessive amounts of stress
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Engaging in unhealthy habits (smoking, excessive drinking, and etc.)
To increase your odds of living longer, and living a better quality of life as you age, take control of your life and counter the factors that contribute to premature ageing by adopting the following nine steps to a healthier life.
Exercise Regularly - Regular exercise and physical activity are key factors in maintaining health. Particularly with older adults, regular physical activity increases the chances of continuing to be able to do the things we enjoy and to remain independent. Studies show that regular exercise can benefit people with arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnoea, and diabetes. And exercise doesn't have to be intense; find the right level of physical activity for you and do it regularly.
Adopt a Healthy Diet – Consuming a lower calorie diet rich in nutrients and fibre but low in fat and sugar is a key factor in maintaining a healthy weight and enhancing your quality of life. Eat a nutritious breakfast every day. Avoid sodas and drink lots of water. Eat lean foods low in fat and sugar, and get lots of fibre and protein. Enjoy healthy snacks between meals.
Supplement Your Diet with Essential Vitamins, Minerals and Nutrients– As a consequence of current food processing techniques and mineral deficient soil, many of us are not getting the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients essential to optimal health. And an optimal dose of essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients decrease the risk of chronic degenerative diseases linked to nutritional deficiencies. The combination of a healthy diet with daily supplements provides the best opportunity for optimal nutrition and health.
Maintain a Healthy Weight – Being overweight may put you at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, some types of cancer, arthritis, and other chronic diseases. Although we cannot control all of the factors that lead to weight gain, regular exercise and a healthy diet are key factors in maintaining a healthy weight.
Get the Proper Amount of Sleep – Adequate sleep in an essential factor in our well-being. Cell regeneration and cell growth occur primarily during periods of rest. Certain hormones critical to the proper functioning of the body are produced only during certain phases of deep sleep. If you have problems sleeping, or getting the proper amount of sleep, address them.
Drink Lots of Water - It is no secret that water is a key essential to life. What is less well known is that most of us don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. Every system in your body depends on water. Water flushes toxins out of vital organs, helps to carry nutrients to your cells, and provides fluids essential to bodily functions. Water also has no calories and is sugar free. How much water you should drink varies depending on a number of factors, including your health, how much you exercise, and where you live. But make sure you drink enough water every day.
Avoid Stress – Stress is a natural reaction to external factors, but failing to deal with excessive amounts of stress can lead to stomach disorders, shortness of breath, back pain, headaches and insomnia and, indirectly an increased risk of chronic degenerative disease that can lead to premature ageing. The best approach to coping with stress, in addition to exercising stress management skills, is to exercise regularly, eat properly, and obtain proper amounts of sleep.
Reduce Exposure to Toxins – Exposure to toxins and chemicals in today’s world is unavoidable, but you can reduce your exposure to unhealthy levels of toxins and maintain a healthy lifestyle that supports the body’s natural ability to cleanse itself of toxins. Eating the right foods, particularly organic foods, avoiding excessive amounts of processed foods, and drinking purified water can help to reduce the amount of toxins your body takes in. And exercising regularly, staying hydrated, and getting the proper amount of sleep will help your body cleanse itself of toxins and chemicals harmful to your health.
Don’t Smoke; Only Consume Alcohol in Moderation - Smoking not only contributes to increased risk of chronic, life shortening degenerative diseases such as heart related illnesses, stroke, and cancer, but also is a key factor in premature ageing and is associated with shorter lifespans. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, stop.
Research indicates that excessive alcohol consumption can lead not only to an increased risk of degenerative disease that may shorten your lifespan, but also to an increased risk of premature ageing, where the symptoms of ageing appear earlier than normal or where the symptoms of ageing are more pronounced than would otherwise be the case. If you drink, drink in moderation.
Research shows that ageing is due to the cumulative effect of a number of factors; no single factor is the sole, or even primary, factor in how we age and how long we will live. Accordingly, there is no single product or magic bullet that can guarantee longer life. But you can-and should-take steps to increase your odds of living longer and healthier by taking charge of your life and following the nine steps summarized above.

Through Kathy's website and personal consultations she helps people to Get Well and Stay Well Naturally - Release = fat and Toxins. Rebalance = Nutrition, digestion, elimination, hormones, stress. Rejuvenate = energy, focus, quality sleep.
Kathy has a passion for Natural Health and enjoys seeing the results as people enjoy optimal health and wellness


20 Good Reason Why You may Need Supplements

20 Good Reasons Why You May Need Vitamin Supplements

Vitamins are naturally occurring nutrients essential for wellbeing, and assist in the processing of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. In ideal conditions vitamins are supplied in a well balanced diet of complex carbohydrates, protein, fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, which are adequate levels for health.   In reality there are many reasons why you may need vitamin supplements to cope with living in the 21st century environment.  Australian soils are ancient and deficient in trace elements. Decades of intensive farming can overwork and deplete soils, unless ALL soil nutrients including trace elements are regularly replaced.
 Taking vitamins when required is a safe method of optimising dietary sources of nutrients, and can play a key role in prevention of deficiency diseases.

20 Factors That May Contribute to Vitamin Depletion

1.       Stress
2.       Poor Diet
3.       Farming practices
4.       Poor Digestion
5.       Food Allergies
6.       Calorie restricted diets
7.       Over consumption of highly refined carbohydrates (white flour products, sugar, white rice)
8.       Strenuous exercise
9.       Alcohol
10.   Smoking
11.   Caffeine
12.   Accidents and Illness
13.   Pregnancy
14.   Elderly
15.   Drugs – both illicit and prescription
16.   Over cooking
17.   Lack of sunlight exposure on the skin
18.   Food Storage
19.   Environmental pollution
20.   Low bodily reserves
Follow instructions on product labels or consult your health professional for further advice.