CRUSH Your Carb Cravings!

CRUSH Your Carb Cravings!

YES, you CAN crush your carb cravings!

Cravings are complex things–heavily loaded, connected to emotions, physiology, and habit, they’re not easy to get under control using just one strategy. 

As a recovering carb addict myself, I can speak to this truth on every level–cravings can lead us down a path of absolute devastation and are not only physically damaging, but the blow to your self-esteem is huge–you feel defeated, embarrassed, and completely powerless. 

So we have to address cravings on all levels–especially physiologically. This isn’t a willpower issue as much as it’s a physiological addiction!

This is why I take CraveCrusher 2.0 DAILY–this is a carefully formulated supplement that may help your neurotransmitters fire correctly, giving you back control! 

Take a peek:

  • Nutritional Support for Carbohydrate Cravings
  • Supports Healthy Weight (by reducing carbohydrate cravings)
  • Improves Sense of Well being and Energy
  • Supports Healthy Serotonin Levels

CraveCrusher 2.0 contains key amino acids to support the brain’s biosynthesis of the neurotransmitters involved in appetite control and carbohydrate cravings. As a bonus, CraveCrusher 2.0 boosts your mood as well.

The combination of 5-HTP, DL-Phenylalanine, L-Tyrosine, L-Glutamine, and Chromium work together synergistically to help regulate blood glucose levels that may be responsible for carb cravings. Likewise, this combo may help to elevate mood, bring appetites under control, and stimulate satiety.

Multiple double-blind, placebo-controlled studies support these findings.

Here’s the deal: we need help with cravings. We need help to overcome them and it’s never, ever going to be about willpower. There’s our biology to consider! 

Yes, do a Pantry Raid, and get rid of the stuff that causes you to stumble. 

Yes, get a Body Clutter Buddy, and create accountability. 

But for heaven’s sake, don’t neglect your own biology! 

Help is on the way with CraveCrusher 2.0–grab some today and get the help your body is asking for! 

A Multitude of Reasons for Multivitamins

A Multitude of Reasons for Multivitamins

Hands in the air if you’ve ever taken a multivitamin! 

I’m going to bet you got them from a big box store or maybe online. 

Multivitamins are certainly an easy way to get a combination of vitamins and minerals in 2 capsules as opposed to taking a multitude of different supplements and have to manage all those bottles. (GUILTY as charged–that’s how I roll!)  

For some, the very idea of all those supplements just makes it a heck no right out the gate! 

For others, a well-researched, well-rounded multivitamin makes all the difference and is doable! 

So why do we take a multivitamin?  

Yes it’s true that all the nutrients we need for a healthy body are readily available in fruits and vegetables, meats, and fish, but we just don’t eat enough of them nor quite frankly, are we able to eat as much as we possibly need.  

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a recent study showed that more than 3/4 of adults do not eat enough fruit and almost 9 out of 10 people don’t eat enough vegetables.  This is where a good multivitamin comes in handy–to help you cover those nutritional bases!

In addition to providing a basic level of nutrients, a multivitamin can offset the negative effects of medications that may make absorption of nutrients more difficult or actually deplete your existing nutrients.  

Vitamins like C, D, and E are also strong antioxidants and can strengthen your immune system while also helping reduce allergy symptoms.  Vitamins A, B3 (niacin), C, E, and selenium also support eye health while B3, Biotin, and C support healthy hair and healthy skin is helped by A, C, E, and CoQ10.

One important benefit of a daily multivitamin is also the body’s need for certain nutrients that are water-soluble and need to be replenished daily because they wash through your system quickly, especially vitamins B and C.  

Multivitamins can offer a wide range of basic components and can be customized for specific needs. Certain nutrients are critical, or at least helpful for general nutrition, reproduction, maintenance, growth, or a variety of bodily functions and processes.  

Since the variety of nutrients is quite extensive, the sources are too, and a multivitamin can contain amino acids, fatty acids, herbs, and other ingredients in addition to vitamins and minerals.

Many observational studies have indicated that such supplements may reduce, for example, the risk of heart disease or stroke.  Heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women and the vitamins that play a role in cardiovascular health include vitamins B1, B2, B3 (Niacin), B6, CoQ10, K1, and magnesium.

In a recent research study, they examined 5 randomized, controlled trials in 47,289 people. It found a 31% lower risk of cancer in men who took multivitamins but no effect in women (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16880453/).  Two observational studies, one including women and the other including men, tied long-term multivitamin use to a reduced risk of colon cancer (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9758570/ & 9332757/.  

Plenty of other studies have been done to determine if a multivitamin may improve eye health, brain function, memory, and mood. And while vitamins and antioxidant minerals are not magic pills, they may still help slow the progression of diseases.

Our Phenomenal Force Multivitamin is specifically formulated with women in mind, although I know a man or two that takes it!  

It has all the essential nutrients for easy absorption and use by the body and will also aid in the overall boost of energy levels, feelings of well-being, and help to decrease stress and anxiety.

What’s the Skinny on CLA?

What’s the Skinny on CLA?

What’s the Skinny on CLA?

Is CLA a weight loss miracle pill?  Theories and postulations abound–fortunately, there’s some research too. 

One theory says that it modulates fat metabolism, which helps your body use food for energy.  Another thought is that it causes fat and weight loss because it boosts the body’s metabolism by increasing your energy expenditure and fat burning.  

The debate continues–but one thing for certain is that not all fats are created equal.  Some are simply used for energy while others have powerful health benefits…

CLA (conjugated linolenic acid) is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in dairy products and meat.  

CLA may help people lose fat, retain muscle mass, maintain weight loss, and even help to control type 2 diabetes.  

Old information on weight-loss diets traditionally suggests avoiding foods with too much fat, but we need to remember there are good and bad types of fat. Moderate amounts of good healthy fat are important both for weight loss and general health. 

And researchers consider CLA a healthful fat.

The primary sources of CLA are the meat and milk of ruminants; animals like cows, sheep, and goats. The amount of CLA in those foods depends on what the animals eat.  Grass-fed cows will generally have a CLA content that is 300-500% higher than grain-fed cows for example.

A 2015 review paper states that CLA plays a major role in breaking down fats in the body. Several studies show that CLA promotes slight weight loss when researchers compare it with placebo groups. 

A study conducted by Scandanavian Clinical Research Group in 2004 was the first time they had looked at the effects of CLA on body composition.  According to lead researcher Jean-Michel Gaullier, Ph.D., the results were quite promising because one group of overweight women lost a whopping 9% body fat over a year without any other changes in lifestyle or eating habits.

CLA was shown to prevent heart disease and several types of cancer in several small studies involving animals, according to Gaullier, and also appeared to enhance the immune system.  

In his study, Gaullier worked with 180 overweight men and women with a Body Mass Index (BMI) ranging from 25-30.  A BMI over 25 has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and the group was composed of 149 women and 31 men.  

Over the course of a year, they all maintained a similar level of caloric intake and exercise, though all of the volunteers for the study reduced their calorie intake a little, possibly due to being more aware of their diet or possibly because the supplements reduced their appetites.  The subjects were divided into 3 groups randomly, with one group getting just an olive oil placebo and the other two groups getting either a CLA syrup or a CLA pill.

After a year the placebo group maintained their same weight while the two CLA groups lost an average of 4 pounds.  The CLA syrup group had a 9% loss of body fat and the CLA pill group had a 7% loss, while the placebo group had no loss of body fat.

Phenomenal Force© GetLean CLA provides an additional 2 grams daily to your natural food sources.  Research is ongoing and if you have questions or concerns about any supplements it is always recommended that you consult with your medical professionals.

GlycoZyme For The WIN! Digestion On POINT

GlycoZyme For The WIN! Digestion On POINT

GlycoZyme For The WIN! Digestion On POINT

Whenever you sit down for a lovely meal it’s wonderful to be able to enjoy the whole experience–the beautiful plate, the smell of the tasty dish, eating this delightful meal, and of course, the conversation you enjoy with your family. 

Your body however goes into work mode–it’s time to digest!  

There’s a lot that goes into the digestive process to break down your food into substances it can then convert and use for fuel and ultimately, eliminate.  

The digestive process begins as soon as that food passes your lips into your mouth. Chewing starts breaking down food physically, combined with your saliva that contains digestive enzymes to help break it down chemically.

What Are Enzymes?

Enzymes are the catalysts that break down the food’s molecules like proteins, carbs, and fats into smaller molecules that can be absorbed.  The process is similar to detergents that advertise their enzymes that break down dirt and stains to get your clothes clean.  

They act like a hammer, smashing things into smaller pieces that are easier to manage.

There Are Three Main Enzymes

  1. Amylases – break down carbohydrates into simple sugars
  2. Lipases – break down fats into fatty acids plus a glycerol molecule
  3. Proteases – break down protein into amino acids and small peptides

To The Stomach!

After the initial decomposition of your food by chewing, the stomach receives the food. At this point, it is broken down further so that it can be passed to the small intestine. This is where more enzymes break it down into the molecules that can be absorbed into the bloodstream where they provide energy for growth and repair.

Next Up, The Small Intestine!

In addition to the 3 main digestive enzymes, the small intestine also produces enzymes known as lactase, maltase, sucrase, which further break down the food to be absorbed through the walls of the intestines.  

Poor Digestion Equals Not Enough Enzymes

Sometimes food cannot be digested properly because the body cannot make enough enzymes, which can lead to digestive disorders like lactose intolerance, upset stomach, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, joint pain, and/or skin breakouts.  

Some of the foods that can assist in digestion include natural foods like honey, bananas, and avocados.  Several tropical fruits are also quite helpful, like pineapple, papaya, and mango.  Another type of food that helps the digestion are fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and miso.  Ginger is another option and is available in different forms.

But the biggest needle mover to help with poor digestion is taking a digestive enzyme supplement. 

Poor Digestion Also Equals Poor Nutrient Absorption

The main purpose of eating and consequently digestion is to provide your body with the energy and nutrients it needs to function properly and to heal.  

If your digestive system is not operating properly you are not getting the nutrients you need and other adverse effects include premature aging and poor blood sugar or insulin resistance.  

My Favorite Digestive Enzyme Supplement

To help you get your digestive tract in balance and working optimally, GlycoZyme© is a combination of various enzymes that will supplement your natural enzyme production by providing you with a proprietary combination of the following enzymes:

  • Amylase – help break down carbs so that they are easily absorbed by the body
  • Protease – can improve digestion, decrease inflammation, ease arthritis pain, and possibly reduce symptoms related to IBS.
  • Lipase –  used for indigestion, heartburn, allergy to gluten in wheat products (celiac disease), Crohn’s disease, and cystic fibrosis.
  • Lactase – helps to digest lactose (dairy sugars)

Additional enzymes from:

  • Bitter Melon – for diabetes*, stomach, and intestinal problems
  • Licorice Root Extract – to speed the repair of the stomach lining, soothe gastrointestinal problems
  • Cinnamon – lower blood sugar levels and reduce heart disease risk
  • Gymnema Sylvestis – improves cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reduces heart disease risk, reduces sugar cravings and may influence fat absorption and lipid levels
  • Banaba – for diabetes and weight loss.

A recent study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology compared the effectiveness of bitter melon with a current diabetes drug. The study concluded that bitter melon did reduce fructosamine levels with type 2 diabetes participants. Do check with your doctor before using any supplement. 

In combination with a healthy diet, GlycoZyme© is formulated to supplement your digestion to make sure you are getting all the enzymes and nutrients you can use for a digestive system that operates optimally, so you can feed, grow, and repair your body.

*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4306384/

Grab Some Beauty In A Bottle

Grab Some Beauty In A Bottle

Grab some beauty in a bottle. Beauty Support (if you don’t already know) is one of my favorite, all-time great supplements, and is clinically proven to advance your body’s own ability to create collagen! 

This is crucial–without the collagen you’re toast and you look like it too! Your skin is dry, thin, and definitely not plump and dewy like younger skin. 

These are the amazing benefits this fab supplement offers:

  • Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles*
  • Thickens and Strengthens Hair
  • Strengthens Nails
  • Supports Healthy Bone Mineral Density
  • Supports Bone Flexibility
  • Promotes Connective Tissue Formation for Healthy Joints

Basically, BeautySupport™ is the stuff your dreams are made from.

We’re ALL Collagen Deficient

Using a patented process, BeautySupport helps to naturally nourish the body’s beauty proteins: collagen, elastin, and keratin–that’s huge!

Because most of us are collagen deficient–to the tune of 97% of the population!

And collagen is the body’s main structural protein that makes up 70% of skin and gives it strength and elasticity.  It also forms 30% of bone to give it the flexibility needed to withstand impact–there’s more collagen than calcium in your bones.

Collagen fibers in the bone are the binding sites for calcium and other bone materials and are also the major component of fascia, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.

As We Get Older…

Collagen production begins decreasing by age 18 and by age 40 the decline equates to women losing 7% of skin thickness every 10 years!  AND it only gets worse after menopause! 

Remember this: adequate collagen correlates with healthy skin, bones, strong hair, and nails, and Beauty Support sustains that collagen.

Bring on the Biotin

One of the most crucial components of Beauty Support is BIOTIN. 

Biotin is a B vitamin (remember, B’s always work best with other B’s so take your B-Complex at the same time!)

Biotin is vitamin B7, also known as vitamin H. It importantly helps the body metabolize proteins and process glucose–helpful for everyone especially diabetics. New clinical research suggests that biotin may help control blood sugar levels and reduce symptoms of diabetic neuropathy as well–very encouraging. 

Many factors can lead to hair loss and for a woman, it is devastating. 

The fact is hair loss is a symptom of biotin deficiency, so Beauty Support may help benefit people with hair loss or thinning hair. 

If you want to see some amazing pictures, google hair loss+biotin+before and after and click on the image link. It’s an incredible nutrient. 

Come On Over To Choline

The Institute of Medicine only discovered choline in 1998. 

(This is WHY I always say look at the latest research–there’s always something new!)

Choline is neither a vitamin or a mineral, but it works well with biotin and affects cell membranes, liver function, heart health, brain health and ta da…your skin, hair, nails, and all your muscles, tendons and even your bones.

Choline is all about making sure you have firm skin. It maintains the proper level of B vitamins (all of them including the biotin) that helps in the production of energy to your cells as well as collagen and elastin to your skin. 

Collagen and elastin are essential for firm and smooth skin. Choline also has an antioxidant that preserves the skin’s elasticity and prevents free radical damage to your skin cells. Free radical damage is like leaving your bike out in the rain all the time. After a while, it will rust up and won’t pedal well. 

Grab Some Beauty In A Bottle

This is why we have Beauty Support. This is why I swear by it and this is why I think you should too! It’s fantastic stuff and it’s waiting for you in the shop!

CoQ10 for the Win!

CoQ10 for the Win!

Coenzyme Q, generally known as CoQ10 or ubiquinone, is essentially an enzyme that is found everywhere in animals and most bacteria.  

This enzyme occurs naturally in humans and is stored in the mitochondria of your cells. It acts as an antioxidant, protecting us at a cellular level and plays a critical role in metabolism.

People that are generally healthy produce CoQ10 naturally although as we age the ability to produce CoQ10 declines. 

CoQ10 Benefits

However, there is evidence that taking supplemental CoQ10 can help reduce blood pressure slightly and help with other heart conditions.

Preliminary studies have also shown that CoQ10 may slow (not stop) the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, but additional research is needed. 

There is other preliminary evidence suggesting that CoQ10 may help to prevent or treat the adverse effects, such as muscle pains and liver problems, due to statin-type cholesterol drugs

Even with all these benefits, those who are taking blood-thinning medications need to speak to their doctors before taking CoQ10.

CoQ10 Deficiences

As mentioned before, CoQ10 production declines as you age, but there are other causes of deficiencies, such as: 

  • Side effects of statin treatments
  • Mitochondrial diseases
  • Nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamin B6 deficiency
  • Increased demands by tissues as a result of disease
  • Genetic defects in CoQ10 synthesis or utilization

The most important role of CoQ10 in the body is to protect cells from oxidative damage. But it also helps generate energy in your cells by aiding the mitochondria.  

Mighty Mitochondria

Found in every cell in the body, CoQ10 is found in the highest concentrations in the organs that require the most energy, like the heart, kidneys, lungs, and liver.  

Did you know that the largest organ in your body is your skin?  CoQ10 really helps with those cells too, helping to offset the normal damage from too much sun exposure, reducing the depth of wrinkles, and generally reducing the damage from internal and external environmental aggressors as well as the natural thinning of the skin as we age.  

People with low levels of CoQ10 seem to be a common factor in those who have skin cancer as well.

Since CoQ10 lives mainly in the mitochondria of the cells, it has been shown to improve mitochondrial function and help decrease the inflammation that may occur during migraines.

Low CoQ10 Levels

There is a study showing that supplementing with CoQ10 was three times more likely than a placebo to reduce the number of migraines in 42 people and CoQ10 deficiency has been observed in people suffering from migraines.

Another larger study showed that 1,550 people with low CoQ10 levels experienced fewer and less severe headaches after treatment with CoQ10. CoQ10 not only helps treat migraines but may also prevent them.

Since your lungs are more involved with oxygen more than any other organ in the body, they are also most susceptible to oxidative damage.  People with asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) show a lower level of CoQ10 and by supplementing with CoQ10, inflammation is reduced and the need for steroid medications is also lessened; but this is something to be discussed with your doctor.

Poor mitochondrial function has also been linked to insulin resistance (and type 2 diabetes) and CoQ10 has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar levels.  Supplementing with CoQ10 might also help increase CoQ10 concentrations in the blood by up to three times in people with diabetes who typically show low levels of this compound. 

CoQ10 Rich Foods

In a regular diet, CoQ10 is commonly found in:

  • Some muscle meats like pork, beef, and chicken
  • Fatty fish like trout, herring, sardines, and mackerel
  • Organ meats like liver, kidney, and heart
  • Oils like soybean and canola (not recommended)
  • Vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower
  • Fruits like oranges and strawberries
  • Legumes like lentils, peanuts, and soybeans
  • Nuts and seeds like pistachios and sesame seeds

CoQ10 is an essential nutrient for the body to maintain healthy cellular energy and serves as an antioxidant.  It can also reduce the oxidative damage that leads to muscle fatigue, skin damage, and brain, heart, and lung diseases.  Since CoQ10 production decreases with age, adults of every age could benefit from more of it.  

Consuming more foods with high CoQ10 content and taking CoQ10 may benefit your health. Check out our Wise Woman’s supplements today!

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