Deteriorating Health

Sometimes we find ourselves in a state of deteriorating health. How does that happen? How did I get there? What can I do about deteriorating health?

Many people in their 20 are ready to take the world by storm. Nothing can hold them back.

In their 30’s they are focusing on their careers. They are establishing themselves in their chosen industry.

At forty, life begins to slow down a bit and they become more settled in their lives.  The income has been set and they are  comfortable with their lifestyle as a whole.

But have you ever seen those memes that says all is rocking along just fine but at 50 that “check engine” light comes on?

That little alert may be a realization that the hair is thinning or falling out. It may be stiff joints or an inability to climb stairs.  What about too much weight in the middle? Or worse yet, bad report numbers after the annual physical?

These are the people I specialize in helping. Those who are facing a downfall in health status, deteriorating health,  and are not quite ready to give in easily to the aging process.  Many tend to depend solely on what the doctor or physician’s assistant tells them to do.    I find it important to do some research and explore alternative pathways to solve a health problem.

Please understand that I have and use doctors and other medical professionals.  They are trained in their particular field of study and practice. However, their recommendations and procedures may not be the best or most appropriate option for you.

If you know someone who is at or approaching the half-century mark with some warning lights flashing on their dashboard of health I can be of help and guidance.  Send them to me and I will coach them on a path to wellness and self-care.

Remedy for Muscle Spasms and Cramps

I have a massage client in his mid-sixties.  He loves to swim at the gym.  He often complains of cramps or muscle spasms.  What most people do not realize is that you can sweat in the winter. You do sweat even when you are swimming.  Sweating can cause your electrolyte balance to be effected.

Low Calorie Electrolyte Drink for Muscle Spasms and CrampsI gave him a packet of Shaklee’s Performance Low Calorie Electrolyte Drink. I instructed him to pour it into a bottle of water before going to the gym to swim. Voila!  No cramping!  No cramping means better workouts and probably more workouts.

Working out, especially weight-bearing exercise is increasingly important as we age.  Muscle is lost each year after age 40. So being able to continue to be active and working out is crucial for long-term health and mobility. When muscle spasms or cramps occur, the motivation to work out becomes less and less.

That is why it is important to maintain good nutrition to fuel the workouts and to recover and rebuild muscle after the workouts.  As they say, “you don’t move it, you lose it.”   And they say that “motion is lotion.”  Keep moving.

Shaklee Distributor in Dallas explores calorie restriction.

Shaklee Distributor in Dallas explores calorie restriction.

During the holiday season, you may ask someone to lunch.  The reply may well be that “I am not having lunch today.  I am saving my calories for the party tonight.”  This is not a good plan.  It affects the metabolism, mood and mental  functions.  If the body is in a famine mode, things slow down to preserve energy.  This includes our thinking and physical functioning.  And we all know of someone who gets really testy when they are hungry.

Think of alternatives to starving yourself in preparation for a big onslaught of calories.  Keeping your nutrition levels up during the day will have you in a better mood for the party or dinner and you will be more enjoyable to be around.  Start off with a good healthy breakfast.  After all, you hopefully did not do any sleep eating, so it has been a few hours since you ate last.  Make sure that breakfast includes some low fat protein.  Remember that you don’t need to load up for five hours of energy.  Plan for a snack mid morning.  Again, keep the calories coming in at a low, but steady pace through the day. 

A smart lunch is also in order. The tendency to skip lunch has the same effects as skipping breakfast.  We weren’t meant to eat only one meal per day. So keep the nutrition coming. Don’t forget the afternoon snack as well.  Snack does not mean something from the vending machine wrapped in cellophane.

Eating moderately throughout the day will keep you from being the ravenous guest at the party who can’t seem to move away from the food table.  Take some time to mingle with other guests.  You’ll never know what connections you may make.

My recommendations for breakfast or lunch substitutions are Shaklee Cinch Shakes or Shaklee Meal Bars. They are very convenient and pack a wallop of nutrition in less than 280 calories.

Dallas Health Helpers is a Shaklee Distributor in Dallas that places emphasis on whole health without the use of drugs and synthetics.  For more information, email us at TIM at DALLASHEALTHHELPERS dot COM.

Shaklee Distributor in Dallas discusses protein and muscle loss.

Shaklee Distributor in Dallas discusses protein and muscle loss.

Protein has power
It’s imperative for the growth, maintenance and repair of all body tissues. It’s also essential for making enzymes – catalysts to all life processes, and hormones -important chemical messengers that circulate through your bloodstream and target specific cells, where they generate a wide range of biological responses. It also helps your body maintain electrolyte balance and fluid levels, provides a source of energy, and helps your body fight off disease. These are the powers of protein!
These powers are made possible by consuming adequate amounts of dietary protein from a variety of lean meats, fish, and poultry, as well as soy and milk, which supply the body with amino acids, the basic building blocks from which the body can make its own body proteins.

Age-Related Muscle Loss: After about age 40, most adults lose anywhere between 0.5% and 1% of their skeletal muscle mass each year. This gradual loss may go unnoticed because it might be masked by an increase in body fat that happens at this time. However, this chronic muscle loss, known as sarcopenia, is estimated to affect about 30% of people over age 60 and may affect more than 50% of those over age 80. Insufficient protein intake can contribute to  muscle loss and research findings suggest that protein intakes modestly above the present recommended dietary allowance of 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight will enhance muscle mass in adults who regularly perform resistance exercise.

Protein intake in older adults also appears to have a more beneficial effect when consumed within an hour or so of resistance exercise. Emerging research also suggests that protein may minimize sarcopenia. Findings in older adults suggest that increasing leucine, an amino acid in protein, intake may help restore the protein synthesis response to
protein-containing meals, which has been shown to diminish with age.

Protein intake is difficult because we are often avoiding proteins because of the high fat content in many protein sources.  One way to get more protein into your diet is to use a high quality protein supplement.  But beware of the market-there are many brands out there and they are not all they are cracked up to be.  One brand that uses only non-genetically modified protein sources.  That brand is Shaklee.  Try their energizing soy protein or their meal replacement protein Cinch.  You won’t be disappointed.

Dallas Health Helpers is a Shaklee Distributor in Dallas.  We are dedicated to the health and well-being of all and we advocate the use of safe alternatives.  One should avoid use of drugs and drastic programs that can cause problems now and in the future.  For more information go to our web site at http://HealthHelpers.MyShaklee.com or call 214 770 9596.  Be well, Stay well.

Shaklee Distributor in Dallas looks at micronutrients in popular diets.

Shaklee Distributor in Dallas looks at micronutrients in popular diets.

With two thirds of Americans overweight, it is no wonder that there is a proliferation of diet plans to combat the problem.  Some diets have pitfalls built into them, so we should examine them closely before going on a plan.  One such pitfall is the lack of adequate micronutrients-those vitamins and minerals.   Many diets focus on calorie count, fat counts or protein levels.

Results from the Stanford Prevention Research Center and the Department of Medicine, Stanford University Medical School, Stanford, CA, have shown this inadequate intake in four popular diet plans.

In the study, micronutrient intake was compared between overweight or obese women who were randomly assigned to 4 popular diets that varied primarily in macronutrient distribution-carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

The diets used were Atkins, Zone, LEARN (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitudes, Relationships, Nutrition), and Ornish. Nutrient intakes were compared between groups at 8 weeks and within groups for 8-week changes in risk of micronutrient inadequacy.

Results: What was found was that differences were observed between groups for all macronutrients and for many micronutrients. Energy intake decreased from baseline in all 4 groups but was similar between groups. At 8 weeks, a significant proportion of individuals in all groups indicated a risk of inadequacy of micronutrients.

Conclusion: Anyone going on a weight-loss diet plan should pay attention to the overall quality of the diet, including the adequacy of micronutrient intakes.

Take a look at a complete, well balanced weight reduction program that focuses on all areas of health while getting the body composition (fat and muscle content) in the right levels.
The program I recommend is Shaklee’s Inch Loss plan called Cinch.

Dallas Health Helpers is a Shaklee Distributor in Dallas.   We are dedicated to the health and well-being of all and we advocate the use of safe alternatives.  One should avoid use of drugs and drastic programs that can cause problems now and in the future.   For more information go to our web site at http://HealthHelpers.MyShaklee.com or call 214.770.9596.  Be well, Stay well.