Why L-Arginine Is good for you?

Why L-Arginine is good for you?  Honestly, I never heard of it…  Until I heard about Dr. Louis Ignarro, in 1998 he was the Nobel Prize Recipient in Medicine and the Author of No More Hear Disease.”  Pulse-8 was formulated by following Nobel Price winning research, where doctors and scientist claim to one of the greatest in naturally reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Science has discovered by taking the right amounts of L-Arginine (amino acid).

L-arginine is an amino acid that plays a vital role in multiple physiological functions in the body, but is best known for its cardiovascular benefits.

In the body L-arginine converts to nitric oxide.  Nitric Oxide is a powerful neurotransmitter that aids in the relaxation of blood vessels and helps improve circulation and regulate vessel tone and flexibility.  These effects support increased blood flow, which in turns increases endurance, reduces tree on the heart, improves circulation, and lowers blood pressure.

The benefits are amazing!  

  • Supports overall cardiovascular health
  • Helps to reduce blood pressure
  • Optimizes blood flow
  • Enhances immune system function
  • Supports healthy male sexual performance
  • Improves energy
  • Offer enhanced mental clarity and focus
  • Improves mood and overall sense of well being.

Pulse -8 ™ is an advanced and proprietary formula that features pharmaceutical-grade L-arginine, specially formulated in specific rations to provide optimal results.   I’ve been using this personally for over 2 years.  I feel its the best out there.

Each serving of Pulse-8™ contains 5 grams of L-arginine, the minimum recommend amount for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.  Not only is it delicious powdered drink minx it also has marine phytoplankton and several heartfelt ingredients.

Why this is for you?  A Healthy Heart is a Happy Heart… 

Heart disease is the number one killer of both male and females adults in the USA, and is a leading cause of death in countries across the world.  Taking additional measures towards maintaining cardiovascular health is becoming increasingly critical in living a long healthy life.

By adding Pulse-8™ to your daily regimen is the perfect step toward creating a healthier heart.

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I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, this post is not meant to cure, make medical claims it’s my experiences that I share.

 

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Top Health Benefits to a low carb, Ketogenic lifestyle

A low Carb diet has been controversial for a long time… Why?  For so many years we were told that eating FAT was unhealthy.  Of course, that statement was from the fat-phobic’s!

The reason for the FAT-phobic’s was they believed that low carb, Ketogenic diets would raise cholesterol and cause heart disease because of eating higher amounts of fat.

Boy has things changed, there have been over 20 human studies done on low carb diets and the results are amazing.  In almost all of them the low carb diets come out ahead.  Not only will low carb diets cause more weight loss, but also can improve in most risk factors including cholesterol.  SURPRISE!

Here are a few benefits of following a low carb, ketogenic diet!

  • Eating low carb, high good fats, and moderate protein literally KILL your appetite!  I mean in a very good way!  Why?  First eating a good high fat satiates you!  Second, when you eat high fat, low carb and moderate protein you actually eat fewer calories.
  • Eating low carb, high fat and moderate protein studies have shown you will lose more weight, faster, than those on low-fat diets.  Even as much as 2-3 times more than those of low-fat dieters.  One of the reasons is that low carb diets tend to help you get rid of excess water.  Why?  Because they lower insulin, the kidneys start getting rid of excess sodium, hence leads to rapid weight loss in the first week for 2.
  • Triglyceride has a tendency of going done… Mine did… Most think that fat is a major contributor to elevated triglycerides however the main driver is carb consumption, especially (fructose)
  • A lot of the fat loss comes from the abdomen… I also experienced this.  Not all fat is created equal… Visceral fat that tends to surround your organs are the most dangerous.  Having too much fat in those areas can drive inflammation.  Hence, cause insulin resistance and also believed to be a leading culprit of metabolic issues.  The bottom line is that a large percentage of the fat loss on a low carb, keto diet, comes from the harmful fat in and around the abdomen.
  • Here is another that I also experienced.  Increased level of HDL this is the good cholesterol.  HDL carries cholesterol away from the body and the liver.  One of the best ways to increase your HDL is to eat fat and low carb/keto diets include a lot of it.  Now LDL carries cholesterol from liver and to the rest of the body.
  • Another is decreasing blood sugar and insulin levels.  If you’re a type 2 diabetic this will be very beneficial to you under doctors care.    Basically, when we eat carbs, they are broken down into simple sugars in the digestive tract.  Then they go to the blood stream and increase your blood sugar.  Now high blood sugar is toxic and then the body responds with a hormone called insulin.  By cutting carbs, you remove the need for all of that insulin.  If you are currently on blood sugar medicine you should talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

There are more benefits to a low carb; high fat, moderate protein diet and I will post them in another blog.

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ps… I am not a doctor nor do I have any medical background, I’m just a layman who has experienced what I write about.  I hope it helps you!

Over 40 and “WHY” the weight GAIN?

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It all started at 40 years old… “What is that roll that appeared under my bra line?”  I’ve never had that before ugggg!!!  And, “what is that roll that is starting below my belly button?’  Scared the heck out of me!!!!  Ladies you know what I’m talking about… You’re eating the same foods you’ve always eaten, you’re exercising as you always had but your shape is most definitely changing.  You talk to your doctor and they say, “eat less and exercise more”.  HUH!!!!  If I ate any less I would starve, I’m only eating 1200 calories a day, and I exercise and hour a day.  You’re kidding me right?   So I decrease my food intake and I still gained weight…now what?  The roller coaster begins, you’re cholesterol starts to rise, your sugar levels follows the same pattern and no matter what you do you are getting FATTER and FATTER!

Well, around the age of 40, both women and men undergo natural hormonal changes that can often result in a variety of troublesome symptoms, with unexplained gain among the most common.

In women these changes are related to menopause. Perimenopause is the transition period before menopause, during which levels of estrogen and progesterone begin to diminish gradually, a process that will eventually end in full menopause. You would think that this natural adjustment in sex hormone production would gradually happen, as it should.   Some women experience erratic fluctuations in hormone levels that lead to hormonal imbalances. Commonly this lowers the metabolic rate, where the body burns fewer calories and stores a greater percentage of them away as fat. This leads to weight gain without increased calories.

Men go through a very similar change. It is called andropause, and it’s said to be a gradual decline in the amount of usable testosterone in the body. This decline begins around age 40, the average man loses between 1 and 2 percent of available testosterone per year until levels finally stabilizes around the age of 55. For many men, it’s pretty smooth, but for others, testosterone levels drop lower than they should, hence a hormonal imbalance that can cause a number of symptoms, including changes in metabolism that lead to an unexplained body fat increase.

I’m not saying that there isn’t something else going on in your body, there are illness that can also cause this.  You should check with your medical doctor so eliminate those illnesses.

If you’re are healthy and yet are seeing a steady increase in your weight, restoring hormonal balance is likely your key to regaining control. Changing your diet can help, but you’ll want to change what you eat, rather than how much. Cut back o all sugar, reduce your carb intake to about 20 grams (yup I said all sugar), eliminate processed foods, which can contribute to hormonal disturbances, and replace them with moderate proteins, good fats, any above ground vegetables.  Also a huge culprit is stress it can contribute to hormonal imbalance and lower your metabolic rate.

I can tell you from experience, I’m 55 years old with hypo thyroid, past uterine cancer, insulin resistant and following a low carb, high good fat and moderate protein lifestyle and I feel amazing!!!  I have been eating a Ketogenic diet for almost a year.  The changes are incredible, I sleep like a baby, and I have more energy than I’ve ever had!  I’m not saying it’s been easy however I’ve great support with a supplement that I highly recommend. Keto Results If you would like a sample send me a message and we can talk about!

I hope this has helped you; my goal is to provide information to you that can create a healthier life for you and your family!

 

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Are there benefits of eating FAT?

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You bet there is…..  Here are just a few reasons to eat fat… First of all your brain is the fattest organ in your body and may consist of at least 60 percent fat.  Surprising huh?  It blew me away.  Then it got me thinking, “why is eating fat so bad” when your brain consist of at least 60% fat?  I’m not a doctor but I think it’s pretty logical if we are starving our brain from fat wouldn’t that affect our cognitively?

Here are just a few things I want to share with you… I’ve started increasing eating fat in August 2015 and did that by following a high fat, low carb and moderate protein lifestyle. These facts blew me away.

  1.  Fat makes up the outside layer of all the cells in your body.  This lipid layer will be composed of omega 3 fats, because this makes the cells more sensitive to insulin, allowing the metabolism to be energetic and less inflammation.
  2. Improve insulin sensitivity, reduces inflammation, I experienced this myself. My ankles swelling are gone and movement in my hands are so much better…
  3. Omega 3 fats help turn on the genes that are involved with burning fat while turning off the genes that store the fat.
  4. Here is a big one… Cholesterol, which comes with fat, is used to make hormones.  Hence, eating a greater proportion of fat allows for hormonal balance of testosterone and estrogen.  And fat loss is much easier when your hormones are balanced right?
  5. Another one I experienced… Omega 3 fats supports thyroid hormone function.  Low thyroid hormone is a common reason people can’t lose fat… Such as what I have experienced. I have hypothyroidism/hashi motto’s.
  6. I love this; fat is filling and leads to greater satisfaction and curbs hunger and cravings.  I’ve been using coconut oil since August and I find it to be the most satiating of all.

I don’t know about you, but I was pretty ticked off when I realized a 24 pound weight loss by eating fat.  I’ve been eating low fat and fat free carb board tasting foods forever.  Had I known how great food taste with using organic grass fed butter, coconut oil, organic olive oil and etc… I would have been a lot thinner, food would have tasted amazing, my inflammation would have been long gone and my brain would have been a lot happier.  Hmmm… could not feeding your brain fat be a cause of dementia, or other types of cognitive impairment?  I don’t the answer, I’m not a doctor and I’m not claiming that to be the case.  I’m just an ordinary person who has a wondering mind since I’ve changed from a carb loading person to a fat burning machine!!!

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Is Your Weight Loss Slowing Down?

 

  • Is there a time where you weight loss just slows down to barely ZERO?  Well, it’s a natural phenomenon think about it… If your consuming fewer calories than you used to your metabolism has slowed down to conserve them.  Make sense right?  Here is the good news… As long as you are sticking to your plan with healthy eating and exercise you typically will start losing weight again after about 3 weeks or so.  Of course, we are all different so that could vary.Remember, the more weight you lose, the more your weight loss slows down.  Your body will work harder to hold on to your fat the leaner you become.  Your metabolism slows down as you lose weight that is supposed to happen.

     Here are some tips that I’ve learned over the years to help me… 

    1. Re-evaluate what you are eating.  Remember as you lose weight you need to adjust what you’re eating.  For every 10-15 pounds you lose (if you have a lot of weight to lose), you will need to re-evaluate.
    2. Most plateaus are because are calorie intake is starting to creep up.  You know what I mean…. clearing the dishes from the table and the bite you left on your plate got lonely… Start tracking what you are eating again… sometimes we think we know how much we are putting into body but we lose track.
    3. Step up the intensity of your workouts.  Perhaps change up what you are doing.

     

    Did this and still no success…here are some thoughts

    1. Are you eating enough?  If not you can bank that your metabolism is dropping.
    2. Not enough sleep?  Yes, you heard me right.  Lack of sleep increases your stress right?  Also, the lack of sleep is less time for our bodies to rebuild.
    3. Are you eating out too much?  You can bet most of the meals you get in restaurant are between 800-1100 calories without a doubt.  So get yourself a great Keto recipe book and experiment with new ideas HAVE FUN!
    4. Mix up your calorie intake, maybe one day 1800 and the next 1500 and so on.
    5. Increase your fiber, research has shown that for every gram of fiber we eat, we eliminate about seven calories. That means if you eat 35 grams a day you’ll essentially cancel out 245 calories. Another study in Brazilian dieters found that over a six-month period, each addition gram of fiber resulted in an extra quarter pound of weight loss.
    6. Cut back on salt and sodium, water is attracted to sodium like a magnet, so when you intake more salt or sodium than usual, you may hang on to extra fluid. Two cups of water (16 ounces) weighs one pound, definitely affects the scale.
    7. Drink more water, water helps flush out any excess sodium and fluid you may be hanging on to.  A recent study found that adults who simply drink two cups of water before meals have a major weight loss benefit; they lose 40 percent more weight over a 12-week period. The same group of scientists previously found that subjects who drank two cups before meals naturally consumed 75 to 90 fewer calories.

     

    A BIG SECRET… FOCUS ON HOW YOU FEEL…. I’M NOT A FAN OF THE SCALE… ESPECIALLY FOR US WOMEN!  BE KIND TO YOURSELF… 


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Basic Tips On Getting Into Nutritional Ketosis!

 

I guess the best way to start is sharing with you what “Nutritional Ketosis” is… Simply put, it’s when your body uses Ketones to fuel the brain and body instead of glucose.  And I know we all have a few million calories of fat we would like to get rid of right?

Everything I share on my blogs is what I have experienced and read about.  I’m not a doctor, nutritionist or an expert on Ketosis.  I’m just an average person who was diagnosed with the big C in 2006 and took control of my health.

So here it goes….

  • Eat less protein; most average ladies bodies should be consuming 50-100 grams of protein.  What most people do not know is protein can turn into sugar if you eat more than your body needs.  Sugar also spikes the blood glucose encouraging fat storage.
  • Cut your carbs to 20-50 grams per day.  Carbs should consist of salad, Zucchini, Cauliflower, Greens, Broccoli, and Zucchini basically any low carb veggie.
  • Eat more fat… Yes you heard me right!  Fat is actually a food group not a side item.  Your caloric intake should be 70-85% of your calories in fat.  I know so different on what you have been told over the years.  Well, I call that the BIG FAT LIE.  Here are some great good fats that you should incorporate into your day; avocado, egg yolks, coconut oil, coconut milk, homemade mayo, homemade salad dressings, sour cream, olives, grass fed butter, Ghee/clarified butter, cold press walnut oil, organic olive oil, organic macadamia oil, flax oil (don’t use it to cook), nuts and seeds (but be care they are also high in protein.
  • Invest in a good ketone meter; I use Precision xtra, so much more accurate then a keto stick.  Your ketone level should be between .5 and 3.0 or higher millimolar and will be higher in the evening.
  • Portion control can be a big culprit.  Most portion issues will come from your protein so play with your food amounts.  Women can lose weight with 1500-2500 calories and only 20% of that should be in protein.  Remember excess protein can turn into sugar.
  • Chill out and get the proper amount of sleep.  A huge part of losing weight is about balancing your hormones including cortisol, leptin and grehlin.  These hormones are very smart; if they are out of balance they will rule you.  Cortisol promotes belly fat storage and Leptin/Grehlin imbalances will cause you to over eat.  So GET YOUR REST!
  • I love the book “Kick the Weight with Keto” by Kim Knoch… Great, easy read.
  • Give it time; it could take 2-3 weeks of high fat and low carb eating to get into a keto zone not a few days.  Be patient.

LASTLY, BE KIND TO YOURSELF, LOVE YOURSELF AND REMEMBER THE WEIGHT WILL COME OFF!

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Mom always said,”weight” to see the “weight” gain over 40

I remember this like it was yesterday… However, mom never told me “how not to gain weight over 40 years old”.  Boy, I wish I knew then what I know now.  I’m not a doctor, nor a nutritionist I’m just an ordinary person who made it my business to understand my body.  And I want to share what I learned with you!

Do you ever wonder how you can eat the same amount of calories and do the same amount of exercise as you always did and gain weight?  Yup, I wondered that for years.

I’m going to speak specifically to the ladies… Around the ago of 40 we undergo a natural hormonal change.  Actually there are metabolic changes that happen in your 30’s.   We lose 1/2 pound of reviving tissues each year and at the ago of 50 that number doubles.  Our levels of estrogen and progesterone begin to diminish; unfortunately that natural adjustment does not happen slowly like it should.  We start to have erratic fluctuations in our hormone level that brings us to a hormonal imbalance.  As I understand our metabolic rate is lower and so we burn less calories and store a great amount of calories as fat.

Here are some things that everyone should adapt into their life as soon as possible.  I’ve only just started these a few months ago.  However, I feel amazing.  Again, I wish someone told me about this a long time ago….

  • Embrace real food; don’t shop the interior of the supermarket.  Choose high quality proteins, such as grass fed beef, lamb and organic chicken and pork and eat them in moderation.  Eat organic fruits and veggies when you can.  Supplement Omega 3 fats into your lifestyle.
  • Stay clear of harmful glutamates such as MSG, sugar, processed foods, margarine, bad oils, and refined food and if it comes in a box or bag don’t use it.  Once you start to incorporate 1 and 2 your craving will lessen and eventually go away.
  • Detoxify the liver, get rid of sugars, sweetness, limit your alcohol, and stay clear of cleaning agents that are not natural.  I love using distilled vinegar to clean… Watch the products you use on your body, sunscreen, body lotions and etc.  Of course drink plenty of filtered water, I recommend distilled water.
  • Get enough fiber and probiotics to fight fat.  I use 35 grams of fiber a day.  Add good bacteria to your body, a good example is sauerkraut, it fends off toxins and also helps nutrients more efficiently and also strengthens the immune system and also promotes healthy colon function.
  • Sleep, believe it or not sleep can control your appetite and if you don’t get enough you can gain weight!  Not only in mid life do your hormones estrogen and progesterone decline but so does your cortisol, insulin, thyroid and adrenals rise.  Insulin is the fat storing hormone; if it stays high you will gain weight.  So eating healthy is just one piece of keeping weight off over the age of 40, sleep is also a very integral component.  Try going to bed at 10pm, sleep in a dark comfortable room.

 

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