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Healthy Bones for a Lifetime

Jul 12th 2022

Healthy Bones for a Lifetime

Preventing osteoporosis in old age should begin early. We build up our bone stores in childhood and as young adults, reaching peak bone mass in our thirties. From this peak, we begin gradually losing bone.Bones undergo a continual process called “remodeling” in which old bone is dismantled, and new bone is built to take its place. The adult human skeleton is renewed every 10 years by overhauling tiny patches of bone at a time. First, bone cells called osteoclasts chip away at old bone (often referred to as “bone resorption”); then bone cells called osteoblasts build fresh new bone. Somewhere in our thirties, we start losing more bone than we build, so the more bone we’ve amassed in our youth with good nutrition and weight-bearing exercise, the better our chances will be of maintaining strong bones for life. But, because bones are constantly being replaced, we can, in the words of President Joe Biden, “Build Back Better” at any time. Many factors influence both the qu…

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A Diet for Healthy Bones

Jun 28th 2022

A Diet for Healthy Bones

If you plan to live to a ripe old age, you’ll want your bones to be good for the long haul.Unfortunately, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about half our population over the age of fifty is “cruisin’ for a bruisin’”—a bone fracture due to either osteoporosis, a disease in which bones become thin, weak and prone to fracture, or “low bone density,” a condition in which bones have become thin, weak and prone to fracture to a somewhat lesser degree. There are some risk factors for osteoporosis that you can’t do anything about—age, gender (a woman’s risk of developing osteoporosis is four times greater than a man’s), genetics, being thin and small boned, and either Asian or blond and fair-skinned—but you can still maintain healthy bones for a life with the right care. Last week we talked about bone health supplementation and getting the “complete team” of nutrients needed with Beyond Health’s Bone Mineral Formula along with a good multi and individuali…

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Calcium and Osteoporosis

Jun 21st 2022

Calcium and Osteoporosis

The biggest misconception about osteoporosis is that it can be prevented simply by getting enough calcium in the diet or through supplements. At Beyond Health we often get questions about “what’s the best calcium for building good bones?” On the other hand, many people tell us they’ve heard that supplemental calcium can be dangerous (we’ll get to that later).But first, while we’re glad that more and more women (and men!) of all ages are taking proactive steps to build bones that will last a lifetime, building healthy bone is a little more complicated than just getting enough calcium. Calcium plays many vital roles in our bodies—in energy production, nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood clotting and more—but it is certainly most well known as the major component of bone (it makes up about 65% of our bones). But like the star player on a football team, calcium can’t “win the game” by itself. It needs a complete team of vitamins and minerals backing it up.For examp…

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The Underlying Reasons We Overeat

Jun 7th 2022

The Underlying Reasons We Overeat

This year we’re focusing on energy—which of course comes from eating food. But overeating—eating more than we need to meet biological demand—can weigh us down, literally, with energy stored as fat.Our nation is obsessed with food and weight. We love to eat, eat a lot of the wrong things, and eat more than we need, so we’re constantly looking for ways to lose weight. Food psychologist Marc David reports that nearly 50% of little girls in the U.S. ages 3-6(!) are already concerned about their weight and report that they are on a diet, while about 1/3 of American adults are on a diet at any given time.Did nature make a mistake in giving us an appetite that drives us to overeat?Dr. Doug Lisle, PhD, co-author of The Pleasure Trap, has an answer for this. Our primitive ancestors and their appetites were perfectly adapted to their environment. Three instincts gave them an evolutionary advantage: 1) the drive to experience pleasure; 2) the drive to avoid pain; and 3) the drive to be efficien…

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The Care and Feeding of the Will

Jun 1st 2022

The Care and Feeding of the Will

Overall, self-control appears to be a better predictor of academic achievement than intelligence. It is also a stronger determinant of effective leadership than charisma, and more important for marital satisfaction than empathy. – Caterina Lino, PsychologistDo you believe you lack willpower? You probably have more than you know. Who would brush their teeth or take out the garbage if they didn’t have some ability to make themselves do something it would be easier or more pleasant not to do? The truth is that everyone has two parts in their brain that are often in conflict. There is an older, “primitive brain” governed by the pleasure principle; it wants what it wants right now. Another part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex (PFC), is responsible for rational thought, planning, analysis and regulating behavior. The PFC is the reservoir of our willpower. The PFC arose later in the course of human evolution and has expanded as the human species developed. It is also s…

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Children and Essential Fatty Acids

May 24th 2022

Children and Essential Fatty Acids

In writing recently about our newly formulated Kids Multi, we said we believed all children should be on a good multi and also a source of essential fatty acids (EFAs).Both adults and children are apt to be low in EFAs, especially two EFAs commonly found in seafood, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are crucial to children’s neurological and cognitive development. DHA, which makes up 30-60% of the retina, is also absolutely necessary for normal eye development. Shockingly, a 2021 government survey on the diets of U.S. children between the ages of one and six found that 98% were deficient in DHA. Although EPA was not measured directly in this survey, as a close relative to DHA, it can be presumed EPA was low as well.According to Gina Jaeger, PhD, decades of research have confirmed that adequate levels of EPA and DHA In children support: Brain and central nervous system development and functionHealthy immune response and r…

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Help Your Child Thrive with Beyond Health’s Kids Mega Multi

May 20th 2022

Help Your Child Thrive with Beyond Health’s Kids Mega Multi

If you’re like most parents, you want to give your child everything they need to thrive—to succeed in their endeavors and to create rewarding and joyful lives. You want to provide them with nourishment—emotional, spiritual and physical—and protect them from harm.Physical nourishment starts with a good diet. Many studies show that good nutrition helps children feel b etter about themselves, adjust more easily to varied social situations, and excel in school. Yet government surveys continue to find our children are deficient in important nutrients, and that such deficiencies have serious repercussions on their mental, emotional and physical well-being and development. Conscientious parents may provide their children with a good diet containing plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and other whole foods, but getting these notoriously picky eaters to consume all the vitamins and minerals they need is another story! Which may explain why about one-third of American child…

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Strengthening the Will and Using it Skillfully

May 17th 2022

Strengthening the Will and Using it Skillfully

Good habits are essential in being able to live the lives we desire.But it’s not so easy to break bad habits or to start major new habits, like regular exercise or a daily meditation practice. Too often, attempts to change habits fail. Repeated failures can create the unintended habit of failing, which leads to losing hope and believing we’re incapable of change. So the first consideration in changing habits is to establish the habit of success!The will is like a muscle that needs training to be strengthened. Imagine if you began weight lifting by trying to press 200 pounds! You would certainly fail. But most people set self-improvement goals that are similarly much too ambitious. Be humble! Start with something easy and doable, requiring some but not unrealistic quantities of willpower. Start with one habit goal and one small step towards that goal. With meditation, it could be 5 minutes a day when you first wake up. Only you can determine what’s “easy and doable” for you (of…

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Changing Habits: 3 Tips for Success

May 11th 2022

Changing Habits: 3 Tips for Success

“What you repeatedly do (i.e. what you spend time thinking about and doing each day) ultimately forms the person you are, the things you believe and the personality that you portray.”— James Clear, author of the New York Times bestselling book Atomic Habits.Our habits define us, but what exactly are habits? A habit is formed when we perform a certain behavior repeatedly over time because it rewards us in some way. This continual repetition literally etches neural pathways in our brains, so that eventually we respond to a given trigger automatically and mostly unconsciously with that behavior. For example, triggered by a feeling of thirst, we seek out water or some other beverage to drink. Triggered by entering a dark room, we switch on a light so we can see. Habits can be very useful, but since most habits are formed unconsciously, some “bad habits” are apt to develop. Bad habits provide an immediate reward (i.e. smoking a cigarette may relieve stress), but…

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Forming Good Habits; Breaking Bad Ones

May 3rd 2022

Forming Good Habits; Breaking Bad Ones

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”— Will Durant, summarizing what Aristotle had to say on the subject of habitsIt was decades ago, an unseasonably hot spring day in a high school chemistry class. Along with my fellow students, I was already having trouble concentrating on the droning voice of our dour teacher, Mr. Barkley, when a loud motorcycle came roaring to a stop right outside our window. Eager for distraction, we rushed to the open window and saw a cyclist dressed from head to toe in black leather. He’d stopped to pick up, of all people, a nun in full traditional garb. As she hopped on the back of the motorcycle, and it sped away, we students were amazed and delighted to hear Mr. Barkley sigh and remark in his usual dry monotone, “I guess it’s all right as long as he doesn’t get into the habit.”So, although “habit” can refer to a nun’s costume, today we’re focusing on those behaviors we engage in automatically in respo…

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Finding Social Support for Your Meditation Practice

Apr 26th 2022

Finding Social Support for Your Meditation Practice

Have you tried to establish a regular meditation practice, but found it difficult to sustain over time?Join the club!Or better yet, join a group! One thing that may be getting in your way is a lack of social support. Although you can read about all the great things meditation can do for your health, energy, and emotional equilibrium, and even experience benefit when you try it, if the people around you are totally uninterested in meditation, it’s easy to get discouraged and begin thinking it’s not worth the effort. Most Buddhists belong to religious communities called sanghas. Like any other religious community, the sangha provides community support for common values, including the value of meditation. But what if you’re not a Buddhist and would still like to receive community support for your meditation practice? Fortunately, there are many opportunities to practice meditation outside of a specific religious context in a group setting. And with Zoom, you may n…

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The Relaxing Breath

Apr 19th 2022

The Relaxing Breath

Recently, we’ve been focusing on the importance of balancing activity with rest and relaxation for sustaining maximum energy and efficiency. R&R is also essential for combating the negative effects of stress. Today we’ll be giving you a “quick fix” to help you shift quickly from stress mode into a “rest and relax” mode.As you may remember, central to the topic of stress versus rest is the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the part of our nervous system that controls involuntary actions like breathing, digestion, the heartbeat, etc. The ANS has two complementary halves, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which control stress and relaxation in our bodies. The SNS responds to challenge or threat with the classic “fight or flight” response, giving us the extra energy we need to meet life’s demands. The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) is the half of the ANS that tells our bodies all is well and it’s now safe to rest, relax, recuperate…

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Want Energy? Get Enough Vitamin Zzzzzs!

Apr 12th 2022

Want Energy? Get Enough Vitamin Zzzzzs!

To operate at top energy and efficiency, getting a good night’s sleep—7 to 9 hours of “restorative sleep” waking up feeling rested and refreshed—is essential.The body is self-healing, self-repairing and self-detoxifying, but only if it gets enough rest and sleep. Because all this healing, repairing and detoxifying work is done when the body is at rest. That’s why sleep deprivation leads to negative consequences of being in a bad mood; overeating and eating the wrong foods high in starch, sugar and fat; depressed immunity; and looking years older. And why chronic sleep deprivation increases the risk of all kinds of chronic disease. Yet, government statistics show that more than ⅓ of American adults habitually get less than 7 hours of sleep a night (7-9 hours is considered healthy). And even those who are getting enough sleep may not be getting good quality sleep. According to the Sleep Foundation, this means falling asleep within 30 minutes of getting into bed, s…

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Balancing Activity with Rest

Apr 5th 2022

Balancing Activity with Rest

This year, Beyond Health is focusing on maximizing energy in order to do all the wonderful and amazing things you want to do with your life.But to maximize energy, you need to balance activity with deep rest and relaxation, to give your body a chance to settle and become quieter, to heal and regenerate. In Chinese medicine, there are two principles that govern all life, Yang and Yin. Yang is dynamic, active, hard, brilliant, quick, courageous, and decisive. Yin is yielding, resting, soft, dark, nurturing, slow, patient and open-minded. In optimal health, these two aspects of our nature exist in a balance.In Western medicine, the autonomic nervous system—that part of the nervous system that controls involuntary actions, like breathing, the heartbeat and digestion—has two complementary halves that correspond to these Chinese principles: the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is the “yang” half; it respond…

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Why the Food Gurus Love Berries

Mar 22nd 2022

Why the Food Gurus Love Berries

Although Americans need to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, the food gurus these days aren’t pushing fruits as much as they once were. That’s because more information has come out about fructose, the sugar in fruit. While fine in moderation, in excessive amounts, fructose can be toxic. That’s why at Beyond Health, we’ve always recommended not exceeding more than two pieces of fruit a day.But one fruit the experts still recommend is berries, including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries. Why?Because no fruit offers so much nutritional value for the calories and fructose it delivers.Berries are chock-full of phytonutrients (translation: nutrients in plants … “phyto” means “plant”) that are some of the world’s most powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.Since oxidation and inflammation are fundamental processes in all disease, it’s not surprising that scientists have been finding that berries help to prevent and curb eve…

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Ways to Include More Fresh Produce in Your Diet – Part II

Mar 15th 2022

Ways to Include More Fresh Produce in Your Diet – Part II

Colorful, fresh fruits and vegetables do more than delight the eye and decorate our plates. They keep us feeling light and energized, and numerous studies have shown that they protect our bodies from all kinds of disease by maintaining systemic alkalinity, reducing inflammation, supporting detoxification, providing needed fiber and strengthening immunity.The main problem in our busy lives is finding ways to get enough of them. The recommended 1½ to 2 cups of fruit a day and 2-3 cups of vegetables is really a minimum for good health. If you want maximum benefit, aim for 2 pieces of fruit and 5 cups of vegetables. Since including more fruit isn’t as difficult as getting more vegetables, last week we gave you some ideas on how to include more vegetables in your life—like making them the centerpiece rather than a side-dish in your meals; becoming inspired by the superior taste of fresh and organic vegetables; becoming more imaginative in creating salads; and making your o…

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Ways to Include More Fresh Produce in Your Diet – Part I

Mar 8th 2022

Ways to Include More Fresh Produce in Your Diet – Part I

Have you been to a local farmer’s market lately? Being outside in the fresh air, surrounded by nature’s colorful bounty and the good people who spend their lives tending farms and growing nutritious produce, you already feel healthier and inspired to include more delicious fruits and vegetables in your diet.Using your recently purchased produce to make lunch when you get home is a reminder of how much tastier (and healthier) fresh fruits and vegetables are. Health exists along a continuum, from near-death all the way to bursting-with-energy optimal health; and including more fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets is a major way to keep moving along that continuum towards greater vitality, strength, endurance, mental clarity and optimistic mood. Including more fruit isn’t hard—just remember to buy it and keep it where it’s visible and handy. Fruit is the original fast food, always ready to eat when you want a snack or to add to a salad or a smoothie. In fact, i…

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Energize with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Mar 1st 2022

Energize with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” – HippocratesDo your meals leave you feeling light and full of vitality, or do they weigh you down, making you feel sleepy and dull? Although all food supplies calories, how well your body utilizes those calories to provide you with energy depends on the “life force” in the foods you eat. And foods vary widely along a continuum in this respect, from producing vitality, rejuvenation and healing to sapping your energy, adding unwanted weight and contributing to premature aging and disease. Food also influences mood and mental abilities, from raising your spirits, making you optimistic and heightening your awareness and mental function to bringing you down and dulling your brain. A number of factors determine a food’s vibration or life force. Overall, foods are most energizing and health-promoting when they’re consumed raw, or as close as possible to their natural state.This gives pride of place to the multicolor…

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Fuel Your Life in 2022!

Feb 1st 2022

Fuel Your Life in 2022!

How do you get the energy to achieve your goals and manifest your dreams? What fuels you?The goals and dreams themselves, if they speak to your heart and soul, energize your spirit. But you also need physical health to manifest them. To be a human dynamo, you need to go beyond “health” as simply the absence of a disease diagnosis. True health is a condition of vigor, stamina and exuberant energy that is rare in today’s world. True health means every cell in your body is bursting with vitality!That is the vision for you that drives us at Beyond Health—to go beyond conventional definitions of health and beyond what you may have imagined for yourself. No matter where you are now, we know it’s possible for you to be a healthier and more vital you! Although you are the only one who can achieve optimal health for yourself, you don’t have to do it alone. We’re here to support you by providing the know-how, along with effective health-supporting products and friendly servi…

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Your Immune System and Dealing with Viruses

Jan 25th 2022

Your Immune System and Dealing with Viruses

It’s not that easy for a virus to take hold in the body. Should it gain entry, it must first attach itself to a cell, then pass through the cell’s outer membrane, and once inside the cell take over the cell’s machinery to replicate itself.The immune system can intervene and abort this hijacking of the cell at different points along the way, and a strong immune system can make short work of an intruding virus, nipping it in the bud before it can do any damage or even produce symptoms. Ultimately, it’s the strength of your immune system that determines whether you get sick. If you do get sick, how sick you will get and how soon you will recover is the real question. But we need to help our immune systems function optimally. While other factors, such as avoiding toxins, eating a good diet and getting appropriate sleep and exercise are also important, there are four crucial supplements that we suggest focusing on at this time: Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Quercetin Pro and Z…

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Can Light Therapy Save a Diseased Brain?

Nov 16th 2021

Can Light Therapy Save a Diseased Brain?

Neurodegenerative disease occurs when nerve cells in the brain or nervous system lose function over time and ultimately die. Alzheimer’s disease, which affects as many as 6.2 million Americans, is the most common neurodegenerative disease, but there are hundreds of others, including other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).Although conventional medical treatments help relieve some of the physical and mental symptoms associated with neurodegenerative diseases, there is currently no way to slow disease progression and no known cures.But our friend Dr. Len Saputo, MD, who has been practicing functional medicine in Walnut Creek, California, with a special emphasis on light therapy for more than twenty years, has been getting remarkable results using light therapy. His state-of-the-art photobiomodulation device called the Firefly combines infrared, red and blue light of many frequencies and is more powerful…

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