Posts by Lorraine C

Glutathione & Why We Need It

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Antioxidants, Diseases of Aging, General Health Information, Glutathione, Inflammation, Natural Health, Pain Relief | 0 comments

Glutathione is an antioxidant that is produced by our body. It is frequently described as a small tripeptide molecule, but I’m not certain that information is very useful to many people, although it certainly sounds very official. For most people, I find that what is more useful information is to talk more about; antioxidants, what is unique about glutathione and why you need it. Antioxidants are molecules that can neutralize other damaged molecules called free radicals. Unlike a stable molecule which includes an even number of electrons, free radicals – for one reason or another- have lost an electron and therefore have an odd number. To re-establish a normal, stable state, a free radical will “steal” an electron from another molecule. This sets up a chain reaction which will eventually damage the cell made up of these unstable molecules. Free radicals are created by forces that are both natural and manmade and which occur both within and outside of the body. An example of free radical creation within the body from a natural force would be that free radicals are a by-product of our energy production or metabolism. Think of your body burning energy to fuel your cells like a fireplace. What accumulate at the bottom of the fire place are ashes. Free radicals are similarly a by-product of your body’s fire and like the ashes in a fireplace, need to be cleaned out in order for the fire to continue to burn efficiently. To continue the analogy, imagine how the fire progressively becomes smothered by the buildup of ashes until it eventually dies. The same thing happens to the cells in an organ, which eventually can affect the operation of the organ and in time the rest of your body. This is actually a very simplified look at aging. Back to antioxidants. Antioxidant molecules are structurally able to donate an electron to a free radical without themselves either becoming free radicals or instead becoming free radicals that lack the ability to capture electrons from other molecules. That they accomplish by donating electrons to a free radical is that they stop the chain and the damage it causes. Most of the antioxidants in your body are specialized and some of the best known antioxidants are Vitamins C and E, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid and finally glutathione. Glutathione is an antioxidant that your body makes. It isn’t possible to ingest it- like we do with Vitamin C. What’s unique about glutathione is that it is found in every cell of your body and is uniquely capable of dealing with every kind of free radical (and there are many different kinds) Many of the people suffering from what are referred to as the chronic diseases of aging – like heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s disease to name a few are also found to have low levels of glutathione. Very low levels of glutathione have also been found in children suffering from autism. When we are young, our bodies produce lots of glutathione but as we age (in fact as we leave our twenties) our natural ability to manufacture this vital antioxidant falls by about 10% every decade. With less glutathione in our systems, free radical damage builds up, more cells and then organs are harmed and our bodies age. Many say that we age prematurely. So, the reason to get more glutathione into your system is to help avoid or at least hold off, those conditions that come about as our organs function less efficiently and hold off the side effects that come with that – like the pain from chronically inflamed joints or a lack of mental focus, clarity, fatigue and poor sleep that happen with aging. Glutathione can be administered intravenously, although it is a very inconvenient and expensive process. Glutathione cannot be taken as an oral supplement because its components (in particular and enzyme called Cysteine) are easily destroyed by the gastric juices in your digestive system. What can be done it to supplement with products called glutathione precursors. MaxGXL, MaxONE & Cellgevity are all glutathione precursors,...

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About Hypoglycemia – Low Blood Sugar

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Cellgevity, General Health Information, Health Benefits, Natural Health, Nutrition | 0 comments

Low blood sugar is “the great mimicker.” That’s because it can copy almost any other condition inside our disease experience. For example, it can look like a heart attack, panic attack, migraine or MS. It can look similar to Lupus, depression, indigestion or tinnitus/Meniere’s disease. Low blood sugar might appear like practically anything and can affect nearly any organ system, but it most usually shows up in symptoms associated with the brain and liver. Hypoglycemia sets off the famous “fight-or-flight” crisis response. During fight-or-flight, your body turns off non-crisis systems and pours stress hormones to your bloodstream. Any sugar still in your liver is used as fuel (glucose) and this rapidly brings your glucose levels back to normal. (If your liver is depleted and cannot deliver the sugar, your body will strip it from your muscles and kill the muscle cells.) Once your sugar levels return to normal, the fight-or-flight stress response stops and normalcy at some point returns. Hypoglycemia is not a disease in itself; it is more of a reaction to the 4 problems of all imbalances (toxins, trauma, deficiency and stress). Hypoglycemia is a major trigger for distressing symptoms. Find the cause and low blood sugar can typically be resolved. Numerous supplements can help, especially those that focus on filling nutritional deficiencies, removing toxins, easing psychological distress and repairing tissue hurt by injury. There are 4 triggers that create illness: trauma (injury), toxins, nutrient deficiency and stress. Other deficiencies can bring about Hypoglycemia as well. For example, dehydration, too little sleep and nutrient deficiency can generate an imbalance in blood sugar metabolic processes. Given that individuals low in Vitamin D speedily become hypoglycemic, and since Vitamin D is associated with healthy sun exposure, a lack of sunlight can cause hypoglycemia. Poisons such as heavy metals can lead to hypoglycemia and so can allergies- which can be frequently be confused with low blood sugar. Even traumas can produce hypoglycemia as a body prompts inflammation in the repair process. Slight injuries brought about by an exercise free lifestyle cause continual blood sugar swings. Exercise – specifically in morning or evening sunlight – can activate Vitamin D and normalize our blood sugar. There are so many factors that are important to our health and so many ways that we can try to get ourselves healthier. Working out in the early morning or late afternoon sunshine and making exercising a part of our daily life is important. We need to strive for a better diet too, with sufficient nutrition and a healthy consumption of antioxidant rich foods and nutrients to encourage our own production of antioxidants like CoQ10 and...

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Go Green – Recycle your Fat

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Antioxidants, belly fat, Cardio Health, General Health Information, MaxONE, Natural Health | 0 comments

As I write this the wintertime has Ontario in an icy grip. The greenhouse is frosted around the corners and the holidays are just around the corner. working out this morning the gym was quiet but by January the place will be packed. I’m not worried about that though, because within a few weeks most of the new people will vanish again. I question, how many of the people who quit way too fast will blame it on a shortage of energy, which is pretty dumb considering the best way to boost your energy is to workout. That’s not just me speaking either. Its the truth. Our bodies produce energy from the fuel we provide – usually fats, sugars and proteins . First we burn the sugar. Next we burn the protein and finally when the other fuel sources are gone we get around to burning the fat. ( While I think of it, product called ASEA will help you burn fat first- check out the research here), protein lasts a little longer and the longest burning fuel is healthful fat. It melts away slowly, which must be why it’s so darned challenging to lose, but when we workout, the fats in our body along with vitamin D, recycle. Hard exercise activates your vitamin D which in turn prompts the hormone insulin, which activates your metabolism and then the Vitamin D recycles fat from your bloodstream to feed that furnace that was activated by exercise originally and provides further fuel for more activity. Its a method that is put into motion when you make that first step to get moving. The more work you do, the more exercise you’ll be ready to do (and want to do) and dare I add, the more energetic you’ll feel? Naturally, you’ll also have some fat that won’t be burned and it will be recycled within your body in a number of different ways, so its a fantastic idea to only consume the healthy forms of fats. Your brain cells for example are mainly created of fat and so are hormones. With healthy fats in your diet, your brain will be built of healthier fat and your hormones will be better balanced. The same goes for cholesterol- good fats produce healthier cholesterol- bad fats don’t. We all name fat as the enemy and sure- some types of fats are very harmful. But, we’re really our own worst enemy when we cosy up too much to the couch, our remote controls and our preferred excuses. If you’re over 30 and feel that your energy levels are below what they should be, you might get a bit of a boost by increasing your glutathione with a glutathione precursor. Click here for information about MAXGXL – a glutathione precursor...

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What is RiboCeine?

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in Glutathione, Ingredients, Nutrition | 0 comments

Finding ways to increase our levels of glutathione had kept scientists stumped for years. Since delivering glutathione directly as an oral supplement has proven to be an ineffective way to introduce it you our bodies, it was necessary to explore a different route. In response to that challenge, came the decision to supplement glutathione using its essential building blocks, the three amino acids cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine. Two of these amino acids, namely glutamic acid and glycine are readily available through our diet, but absorbing the required levels of cysteine proved to be a challenge. Until recently, NAC ( N-acetyl Cysteine) provided the best chance of maintaining ideal glutathione levels, but the large steady doses needed were expensive and inconvenient. RiboCeine changed that. Developed by the renowned medicinal chemist and research scientist , Herbert T. Nagasawa, Ph.D., tt’s a groundbreaking combination of Ribose and Cysteine. Both are naturally occuring nutrients, that when combined will effectively deliver Cysteine to your cells. RiboCeine is best described as a “demand release” nutrient that is activated by the cells themselves. After entering the bloodstream it is used by the body to produce glutathione and ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is the cells natural source of energy. RiboCeine has outperformed every means of glutathione enhancement that it’s been tested against. RiboCeine is a nutritional compound and has been the topic of twenty published, peer-reviewed scientific studies. (List of studies at the bottom of the page if you click...

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I Wonder How We Got So Heavy

Posted by on Jun 10, 2012 in belly fat, General Health Information, Glutathione, Natural Health, Nutrition | 0 comments

Overweight and obesity is growing at an alarming rate all over the planet, especially in developed countries such as the United States. In October 2002, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that thirty one percent of US adults were considered obese in the year 2000 compared to only 14.4% in 1980. And while re’re on the subject, in 2000 it was reported that around 15 percent of children and teens were overweight in 2000 – 3 times worse that what was reported in 1980. So, What’s the Difference between Overweight and Obese The most frequently used definition for the difference between being overweight or obese may perhaps not make very much sense to the majority of folks. Obesity is having a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30. Overweight is having a BMI of 25–29.9. So, what is BMI exactly? BMI is a measure of body fat based on your height and weight. It is worked out by dividing body weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. (Yes, something I’m sure we do every day) Let’s try this to make it a little easier, go to this online BMI calculator: In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General warned that the weight we are carrying aound might soon kill more US residents than smoking. Understand this: With all of the breakthroughs we have made in hygiene, nutrition and controlling diseases, our generation is the first in the history of the USA to have a lesser life expectancy than their parents. We are murdering ourselves and our kids with the habits that have made us so fat. What’s caused this fat trend? What has led to such significant and extensive increases in obesity? Experts say that rising rates of obesity among children and adults may be attributed to a mix of these things: Viewing Television Sitting at a computer Driving long distances (for example, commuting) Working long hours at sedentary jobs Conveniences which lower physical activity (think “drive-through” coffee shops) Lack of usable playgrounds for youngsters Elevated consumption of pop and other “market place-driven” factors that promote overeating, like: Larger portion sizes in restaurants Increased sizes of individual food items (such as soft drinks, candy bars, bagels) Too Many vending machines Increased number of junk food choices Pervasive promoting of high-calorie foods Marketing approaches that encourage ordering bigger serving sizes Emotional overeating, prompted by increased stress Yo-Yo dieting Greater acceptance of obesity in specific ethnic groups Although many complex cultural and lifestyle factors lead to the weight problems trend, in most situations, the calculation is fundamental: Too much food + too little exercise = Too Much Weight The obesity epidemic is just one of the many health problems we face with aging, but unlike many other problems you might face in your life, this one is entirely within your control. Do...

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