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Overweight teens who also eat a high-sodium diet have shorter telomeres, study finds.
When a slice of pizza or a burrito contains more than a day’s supply worth of sodium, it’s easy to see how growing teens can get too much. Their ravenous appetites often leave home freezers and pantries empty of these common packaged foods on a weekly basis.
Now a new study is finding that, when paired with obesity, these salty food-eating teens might be speeding up the shortening of telomeres, which is a marker of cellular aging. The findings were presented as an abstract at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) annual meeting on March 20.
Prior evidence had already shown that high levels of body fat are associated with telomere shortening. This new research suggests that high sodium levels combined with being overweight or obese could worsen the problem.
Haidong Zhu, M.D., Ph.D., the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga., said that excessive sodium, obesity, and accompanying inflammation may result in a compounding effect on cells causing them to age faster.
The findings could have large implications on the health of teens in later life since telomere shortening is related to several chronic health problems. By latest U.S. estimates, male teens on average get about 4,300 milligrams of sodium daily and teen girls get about 2,900 milligrams. Those levels are well over the AHA’s recommended 1,500 milligrams per day for both groups and the Institute of Medicine’s recommended 1,500 to 2,300 milligrams per day.
The study included 766 teens aged 14 to 18 years old. They were divided into a low-intake group who consumed an average of 2,399 milligrams per day and a high-intake group who consumed an average of 4,142 milligrams per day.
Telomere health is influenced by several different factors of diet and lifestyle including smoking, lack of physical activity, and obesity; so the researchers were careful to control for these variables.
What they found was that the overweight and obese teens who had high intake of sodium had telomeres that were significantly shorter in comparison to those with lower intake of sodium. The telomeres of normal weight teens with a high sodium intake did not differ in length compared to those with a low intake.
The study is one of the first to show the acceleration of telomere shortening in such a young population.
Because the majority of sodium in teens’ diets comes from processed foods including breads, frozen pizza and burritos, and potato chips, Dr. Zhu suggested that parents ought to limit these foods in favor of lower-sodium alternatives including freshly cooked meals and fresh fruits and vegetables.
American Heart Association. Combo of overweight, high sodium intake speeds cell aging in teens [press release]. 2014 March 2014. Available at: http://newsroom.heart.org/news/combo-of-overweight-high-sodium-intake-speeds-cell-aging-in-teens?preview=50eb
A new study shows daily fish oil supplements improve omega-3 status better than sporadic consumption.
Most health-conscious people know long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are among the best reasons for eating a diet rich in fatty fish including salmon, tuna, mackerel, or sardines. These biologically potent fatty acids contribute to optimal heart, brain, and immune function. Unfortunately, most Americans eat fish rich in these omega-3 fatty acids only sporadically, failing to meet even the 1 to 2 servings per week recommended by dietary and medical organizations.
One question left unanswered by this recommendation, however, is how eating fish rich in omega-3s once or twice a week compares with daily supplementation of omega-3s at increasing circulating and cellular concentrations within the body. Because this question has significant public policy and health implications, researchers from the United Kingdom carried out a 12-month randomized, double-blinded study to evaluate the effects of daily fish oil supplementation versus sporadic supplementation with an identical amount of EPA and DHA that would be consumed by two servings of fish per week.
In the study, researchers divided healthy males and females into one of two groups: the first group consumed 12 capsules per week (either one or two capsules per day) providing 6.54 grams of EPA and DHA combined, and a second group where individuals consumed the same 12 capsules per week providing the same dose of EPA and DHA, but only on two days each week (to mimic what happens when someone eats two oily-rich fish meals per week). So that neither group knew if they were receiving omega-3 supplements daily or only twice a week, the remaining capsules were filled with placebo oil.
To understand how both treatments raised omega-3 fatty acid concentrations over the 12-month study, the researchers measured concentrations in plasma, platelets (cell fragments that stop us from excessive bleeding), and immune cells. The researchers chose these samples deliberately because they provide a good indication of omega-3 fatty acid concentrations over short, medium, and long-term intake, respectively. The results indicated that while both groups had significant increases in cellular concentrations of EPA and DHA, the group that consumed the supplement daily had greater concentrations in their plasma and cells compared to the group that consumed their supplements only two days per week.
According to the authors, “This finding may have implications for the associated health benefits observed in continuous supplementation studies and suggests that the same dose of EPA and DHA achieved through sporadic oily fish consumption may have a lesser impact on EPA and DHA status.”
Take IsaOmega Supreme Daily and Eat More Fatty Fish
So what is the take-home message from this study? One major finding is that even the minority of Americans who consume 1 to 2 servings per week of fish rich in omega-3s incorporate these heart-healthy nutrients into their bodies less than those who take supplements of omega-3s daily. So, while eating more fish is recommended to obtain these fats, as well as other healthy nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals, it also cannot be ignored that fatty fish can be a major source of environmental toxins that accumulate in our bodies over decades, possibly leading to greater obesity and other metabolic dysfunctions
This is why, in addition to a greater dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids from fish, daily supplementation with IsaOmega Supreme® is an excellent way to significantly increase these fatty acids in the body leading to better brain, immune, and of course, heart health. Beyond the omega-3 fatty acids, IsaOmega Supreme also contains a proprietary blend of other heart-healthy fatty acids from pomegranate, evening primrose, borage seed, and flax seed oils, and, unlike fatty fish, IsaOmega Supreme is rigorously tested and free of toxins such as heavy metals, dioxins, and other environmental pollutants.
Browning LM et al. Compared with Daily, Weekly n–3 PUFA Intake Affects the Incorporation of Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Docosahexaenoic Acid into Platelets and Mononuclear Cells in Humans. J Nutr. 2014 doi: 10.3945/jn.113.186346
Learn the three ways you can increase your metabolism and burn more calories.
Now that you’re older, does even looking at a bag of potato chips make you feel fat? Do you feel your energy and metabolism crawling to a stop? You’re not alone. A slower metabolism affects the majority of people with age. The good news is there are ways to manipulate metabolism to make it more efficient.
Metabolism is the rate at which food is converted to energy (calories) and used, aka burned, by the body. The human body is a complex machine with millions of processes going on at any given time. Each of these requires energy. The faster the body burns through energy, the less likely a person is to gain weight.
One thing to remember is that metabolism is actually the opposite of stagnant—it’s ever changing. Genetics play a part, but environmental factors also have a large influence. Most environmental factors are “short-term boosters”—meaning they increase your metabolism for a few hours. Certain foods and intense exercise are two examples of these. Conversely, by regularly choosing foods that increase metabolism, and working out at a high intensity, “short-term boosters” become “long-term boosters” and metabolism is continuously in high-gear.
Raising the Metabolism Bar
The biggest factor in increasing metabolism? Having more muscle. Since muscle is a metabolically active tissue, the more of it you have, the more energy it takes to maintain it, and the more calories you burn. You can think of muscle like a house constantly undergoing construction. Proteins within the muscle are continually being turned over and replaced. All of this uses energy and calories whether you’re in the gym or just sitting on the couch watching your favorite TV show.
Resistance training is key for achieving muscle gains, since this will increase the rate of muscle turn-over and rebuilding (1). If you’re not familiar with the techniques of weight training, it may be best to focus on large muscle groups—chest, back, shoulders, and legs—for maximum metabolism results. In the gym, that means doing exercises that will train these areas specifically, such as the chest press (chest), lat pull down (back), shoulder press (shoulder), and squats (legs).
Apart from resistance training building more muscle, how else can you boost muscle-building and metabolism in the gym? Think intensity. Most people understand that exercise burns calories, but when people associate exercise with fat loss, they generally think of calories they are using in the moment. But the difference between exercise improving your metabolism over the short term (during exercise) as opposed to the long-term is intensity.
Unfortunately, most people often fail to take exercise intensity into account. They go to the gym for an hour or more, participate in Zumba or other aerobic-style classes, or get on the treadmill for their 45 minutes, yet see little changes to their bodies because they’re not exercising hard enough. Exercise intensity not only determines the extent of muscle building and cardiovascular improvements, but it also determines how long and to what extent you’ll burn calories after you finish your workout (2).
The harder the activity, the faster and harder the heart beats to deliver oxygen and blood to muscle. When a person is exercising at 80 percent of their maximum capacity, they are exercising at “high intensity.” High-intensity exercise is shown clinically to raise metabolism, likely because it’s more difficult for the body to adapt to the exercise, so you end up burning the maximum amount of calories during and after your workout. If you haven’t already, you should incorporate high-intensity interval training (HIT) into your exercise regimen for metabolism-boosting effects that will last much longer than just during your workout.
Muscle-Building and Thermogenic Foods
The best way to support muscle-building for long-term increases in metabolism is to feed your body protein. And you need a high-quality protein such as whey that’s been shown to be more effective for muscle-building than other proteins (3). In fact, foods rich in whey protein have even shown in studies to boost metabolism longer in comparison to other types of protein-rich foods like those containing soy (4).
When foods such as protein boost metabolism they are considered to be thermogenic, which means they require a high amount of calories just to be digested. The more calories used in the digestion process, the less that can be used by the body or stored as fat, and metabolism will increase.
In the case of protein, it takes 20 to 30 calories out of every 100 calories you eat of it just to be used on digestion. In comparison, it takes 5 to 10 calories out of every 100 calories of carbohydrate you eat for digestion, and 0 to 3 calories for fat (5). Eating meals higher in protein, such as IsaLean Pro with 36 grams of protein, will increase metabolism within the few hours following consumption. Another nutrient that achieves this and is also in IsaLean Pro in a good amount is fiber, so be sure to choose fiber-rich foods whenever possible.
Its not just protein and fiber that have thermogenic properties, either. Green tea, black tea, and yerba mate all contain caffeine along with compounds called catechins that work to raise metabolism. e+ Natural Energy shot contains both green tea and yerba mate, supporting its ability to assist in weight management (6). Capsaicin, found in chili peppers and cayenne pepper, is another thermogenic compound, and is found along with green tea extract in another Isagenix product meant to support weight management, Natural Accelerator (7).
If trying to manage your weight and you feel like your metabolism is holding you back, know that conscious hard work can make a difference. Gaining more muscle with the right type of exercise and supporting that muscle with the right kind and amount of protein, along with choosing other thermogenic foods can rev metabolism back up to high-speed.
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Patricia Guerra of Distrito Federale, Mexico, has achieved feats very few have as a professional open water swimmer. In 2004, she swam the near-equivalent of a full marathon when she tackled The English Channel, a 23.69-mile stretch of water that includes turbulent tidal conditions. A swimmer can expect at least 10 hours in the frigid, 50-degree temperatures—without a wetsuit per national regulations. To endure the icy waters, open water swimmers need to create their own natural “wetsuit” of sorts: a layer of body fat.
Shedding the “WetSuit”
After 10 years of open water swimming and even braving the low, 40-degree waters of the Straight of Magellan (she’s one of very few swimmers to complete the 1.4-mile swim), Patricia decided to hang up her professional swim cap and start shedding her “wetsuit.”
Though her diet and nutrition had always been carefully monitored by a nutritionist, she was surprised by how difficult it was to lose the excess body fat after leaving the sport of open water swimming.
After successfully shedding the extra fat with the help of Isagenix®, the professional swimmer continues to use the products to maintain her energy and performance to swim for good causes, raising funds for organizations and awareness in her community.
“I was never able to completely lose all of the extra fat I had put on. Isagenix helped me finally lose that extra weight.”**
“I still use Isagenix products every single day,” explains Patricia. “The product quality is far superior to any other product available on the market and I’ve noticed a marked improvement in my performance. My recovery periods are much faster and my vitality is outstanding.”
An Unexpected Gain
Beyond losing the excess weight with Isagenix, Patricia has gained something she didn’t expect: extra income.
“Once people saw my results, they wanted to know more about the products. I shared the benefits of losing weight and eliminating toxins from our bodies and that was the start of my business,” shares Patricia. “People also love the energy they experience and how the products taste.”
In fact, taste was one of the biggest factors that swayed Patricia to begin using Isagenix, especially after 10 years of using nutritional supplements as a professional athlete.
“Isagenix protein has a great taste,” Patricia says. “I can’t imagine using anything else.”
**The weight-loss testimonials presented apply only to the individuals depicted, cannot be guaranteed, and should not be considered typical. A 2008 university study showed a statistically significant weight loss of 7 pounds (3.2 kg) during the first nine days of the Cleansing and Fat Burning System.
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Trainers: Jim and Kathy Coover’s Personal Trainers Scott and Jill Knight
Jim and Kathy Coover’s personal trainers, Jill and Scott Knight share their top 10 favorite foods to substitute in your everyday diet.
Get youthful, glowing skin by complementing your diet with key nutrients that support skin health.
From expensive creams to painful procedures, many are willing to go to extremes to get youthful-looking skin. But what if the answer wasn’t in a bottle or tube? When it comes to making skin glow, what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it.
As you might’ve guessed, a healthy, balanced diet is key for giving skin that healthy shine. There are also certain nutrients that stand out for optimum glowing effects:
Beta-carotene: Beta-carotene is a colorful plant pigment (also known as a carotenoid) that the body can convert into vitamin A. It’s found in many rich-colored fruits and vegetables including carrots, spinach, and tomatoes. Similar to how beta-carotene works in these foods, it may also affect skin pigmentation when consumed, resulting in a warm and natural skin tone (1). Additionally, beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant and has been shown to support skin cell turnover, which is the recycling of old skin cells for new ones (2).
Zinc: Zinc is an essential mineral and can be thought of as your body’s repairman—always going to work to fix and rebuild. It’s roles in gene expression, protein synthesis, and immune health all contribute to the health of your skin. One of the greatest roles of zinc for skin health is its ability to support rapid cell division, which is necessary for damaged skin to best repair itself (3). Zinc can play a role topically, as well (such as in Isa SunGuardTM), because it acts as a physical barrier to block the sun’s UV rays unlike chemical sunscreens (4).
Vitamin C: Skin texture and elasticity is largely due to the structural protein collagen, the production of which is dependent on vitamin C. For this reason, vitamin C is found in higher levels in the first skin layers: the dermis and epidermis. With age, however, there’s a decrease in the skin’s vitamin C concentration that can lead to skin frailty, wrinkles, and decreased blood flow (5, 6). Getting plenty of vitamin C in the diet, on the other hand, improves skin structure and blood flow crucial for that glow we all want.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: The outer membrane of every cell is comprised of a class of fats called phospholipids, which help keep fluid balance within cells at healthy levels. Without these fats, water would evaporate from cells, leaving skin dehydrated and susceptible to wrinkles. Additionally, the lipid-mediated pathways in and out of cells are important for the delivery of important nutrients and removal of waste. Omega-3 fatty acids also help produce signaling molecules within cells, including skin cells, to help respond appropriately to oxidative stressors (7). For these reasons, omega-3s in the diet help keep skin well-hydrated and nourished, leaving skin more supple and moist.
While all these skin-supporting nutrients can be found in a regular diet, getting the right forms and amounts may seem daunting. Fortunately, complementing your diet with Ageless EssentialsTM with Product BTM is a convenient way to provide optimal nutrition for your skin and overall health.
In addition to nourishing skin from within, protecting skin from external dangers goes a long way when using the right products. Including Rejuvity®’s skincare products in your daily routine is ideal since they comprise of seven targeted products formulated to cleanse the skin of impurities, protect the skin from harsh environment, and support healthy skin cell communication.
Need one complete, convenient glowing-skin solution? Feed your skin through diet and supplementation with Ageless Essentials with Product B and protect your skin with Rejuvity.
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- Polefka TG, Bianchini RJ, Shapiro S. Interaction of mineral salts with the skin: a literature survey. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2012;34(5):416-423. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2494.2012.00731
- Mitchnick MA, Fairhurst D, Pinnell SR. Microfine zinc oxide (Z-cote) as a photostable UVA/UVB sunblock agent. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1999;40(1):85-90.
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- Lands WE. Biochemistry and physiology of n-3 fatty acids. Faseb J. 1992;6:2530-2536.
Trainer: Nutrition Communication Specialist II Gillean Barkyoumb, MS, RD
In the spirit of National Nutrition Month, registered dietitian Gillean shares her favorite Isagenix Shake and third meal recipes, savory snack ideas, and tips for eating out at restaurants. With these tips, eating healthy can be delicious and nutritious!
Similar to a kinked or defective hose, stiff arteries have trouble delivering blood to vital organs.
To improve cardiovascular health, health professionals often recommend making key dietary and lifestyle changes: healthy weight management, receiving optimal nutrition, getting quality amounts of sleep, managing stress, exercising regularly, and, of course, avoiding smoking.
Lately, the Isagenix Research and Science team has been evaluating an important and exciting technology to demonstrate the heart-healthy benefits of Isagenix systems. This technology works by measuring what’s known as arterial stiffness—which goes well beyond other tools for assessing heart health because it delves deep within our arteries, providing a more comprehensive assessment.
What Is Arterial Stiffness?
Before we discuss the technology, let’s review the function and structure of arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that act like highways in our bodies, delivering oxygen and vital nutrients to various organs. They are made up of a variety of tissues including connective tissues rich in collagen (think: skin) and elastic tissue (think: muscles). Similar to public roads and highways, arteries will show signs of wear and tear over time.
Beyond aging itself, there are several dietary and lifestyle factors that can cause arteries to increasingly stiffen, lose their flexibility, and even harden. In fact, inflammation and increased blood pressure are the two major determining factors for arterial stiffness. Under these conditions, pressure within the arteries increases resulting in arterial stiffness and poor arterial health. You can think of an artery like a hose. If you run water through a hose as you normally would, the water smoothly flows with just the right pressure. However, when a hose is kinked or you step on it and block the flow, the water builds much higher pressure and can’t flow smooth as it should. Once realeased, that water will forcefully shoot out. The same analogy happens within the artery and the forceful blasting can be equated with damage to cells in the artery wall.
Knowing how revealing arterial health can be for overall heart health status, researchers have invented a new technology that allows scientists to obtain a precise map of arterial pressures in the body. It’s this technology that has Isagenix scientists excited, too—because it offers a way for us to show how well Isagenix products are at protecting blood vessels against the ravages of aging.
Dietary and Lifestyle Factors can Improve Your Arterial Health
Many Isagenix products are rich in nutrients scientifically demonstrated to reduce arterial stiffness. For example, weight reduction alone can improve arterial health (1). Combining weight loss with increased consumption of dairy proteins (such as whey protein) is shown to produce even greater improvements in heart health (2,3). Relatedly, in a just-published study by researchers from Florida State University, obese women who combined exercise with a diet rich in milk proteins significantly reduced arterial stiffness compared to those who consumed carbohydrates in place of protein (4). Other heart-health promoting nutrients associated with improvements in arterial stiffness include vitamin D (5,6), long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (7,8), coenzyme Q10 (9), and polyphenols abundant in fruits and vegetables (10).
Indeed, Isagenix provides you with the tools needed to support your arteries. Get optimal amounts of dairy proteins from IsaLean Shakes and Soups, use adaptogen-rich Ionix Supreme for maximal stress management, perform Cleanse Days once or twice a week or biweekly using Cleanse For Life, and finally, supplement daily with Ageless Essentials Daily Pack—-your complete healthy aging solution—that provides the body with optimal dosages daily of heart-healthy essential vitamins including vitamin D and K2, minerals, bioactives such as CoQ, and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.
To your heart!
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- Jennings A et al. Higher anthocyanin intake is associated with lower arterial stiffness and central blood pressure in women. Am J Clin Nutr 2012;96:781-8.