Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Too much pressure

Friday, November 6th, 2009

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You’ve been bad.  Well, sort of.  You haven’t been exercising as much as you meant to, and decided not to be too strict with your diet.  Who could blame you?  We all have to stop and enjoy life a little, right?

But then you went to the doctor for a physical-good for you by the way-and found that your blood pressure was on the high side.  It happens to the best of us.  But rather than panicking about it, you decide to do a little research to figure out how you can manage this condition naturally.

First off, regular exercise is very important for overall health in general and really helps to strengthen the heart and to lower blood pressure.  If you haven’t exercised in a while, start gradually and build your way up to some kind of cardio program 4-5 days a week, as well as working in some light weight training.  If you find the gym mundane at best, bring an iPod or a good book to read while you’re using the machines.

Cutting back on salty foods and loosing a few pounds if you’re overweight can also help maintain your blood pressure right.  Some nutritional supplements boast heart healthy properties such as Omega-3 fatty acids and Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10.  In fact, recent research has revealed a possible link between CoQ10 supplementation and healthy blood pressure levels.

It’s okay to indulge a little as long as you compensate with some healthy habits such as exercise and proper nutrition and vitamin intake.  Have a happy and healthy Autumn!

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Reference: http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/38611 “Blood pressure lowering efficacy of coenzyme Q10 for primary hypertension,” Ho MJ, Bellusci A, et all, Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 2009; 7(4): CD007435. (Address: Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada).


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Breast cancer: make it personal

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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As most of us know, October is National Breast Cancer awareness month.   For the 25 years that this has been going on, I’ve worn a pink ribbon on   occasion, clicked on a link or two to fund free mammograms, and made a   donation every so often to one of the numerous charitable groups that   fund research and services for people with breast cancer.  I was doing my   part.  Wasn’t I?

About six years ago a trifecta of tragedy struck my immediate family.   First, my mother-in-law succumbed to a very long and brave battle with  breast cancer that had been in and out of remission.  Very soon after, my young, forty-one year old sister-in-law was diagnosed with a breast tumor and had to endure chemotherapy while caring for her two small children.  And finally, six months after that, my own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Suddenly the war on breast cancer was hitting very close to home.

And then something happened to me.  I finally understood the hopelessness, the depression and the anger that hundreds of thousands of families around the country and around the world have had to cope with when there is a diagnosis of breast cancer.  I started to be acutely aware of changes in drug and treatment research and also how much volunteer support is needed both for the patients and families going through cancer.

I made some changes in my life.  I arranged my schedule so I could help my mother with household chores she no longer had the energy to accomplish.  I drove her to her treatments.  I emailed more often with my sister-in-law, whose diagnosis to this day is happily quite good.  I donated one of my cars that I planned on selling to a breast cancer charity.  And perhaps most notably, I shared my family story of breast cancer with everyone who would listen.  I pleaded with the women I knew to get regular mammograms, and to be sure to see their doctors immediately if anything seemed amiss with their breast health.  I became an early detection crusader and am to this very day.

My mother’s diagnosis turned out to be treatable, which was wonderful news.  But even so, she has endured many false alarms and several operations over the years just to make sure the cancer was gone.  It is highly traumatic for any woman (or man for that matter) to go through breast cancer treatment.  They deserve our empathy, our support and our utmost respect.

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To learn more about breast cancer information and ways you can make a difference, click here.  At Solanova, fighting breast cancer is particularly close to our hearts.  For every order placed over $100 dollars in October, we will donate 5% to breast cancer charities.

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Vitamin D stands for "defense"

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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We already know that vitamin D is crucial for calcium absorption and also may help to fortify the immune system.  Getting enough exercise, relaxing in (a little) sun once in a while and taking a quality vitamin D supplement can all be important aspects of good health.

Have you ever imagined why as soon as the season for colds begins, we tend to catch cold and influenza? This corresponds to less sunlight and thus vitamin D insufficiency.

A study was carried out originally to test the hypothesis that vitamin D supplementation would prevent bone loss in calcium-replete, African-American post-menopausal women. Half of 208 women were randomized to receive placebo or 800 IU/d of vitamin D for 1 year, followed by 2,000 IU/d for 2 years.

The incidence of symptoms of colds or influenza were determined at 6-month intervals by questioning. During 3 years, 26 subjects on placebo reported cold and influenza symptoms vs. 8 in the D group ( <0.002). The placebo group had symptoms mostly in winter, the 800 IU/d group had infrequent symptoms distributed evenly throughout the year, while only a single subject on 2,000 IU/d had symptoms, and this was in summer. For the high-dose group, some of the white bars in the figure appear to be missing, but that is because the number of sick subjects was zero. A biochemical rationale was proposed for this result

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Reference: http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/38559Reduced prediagnostic 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in women with breast cancer: a nested case-control study,” Rejnmark L, Mosekilde L, et al, Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 2009; 18(10): 2655-60. (Address: Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism C, Aarhus Sygehus, Aarhus University Hospital, Tage-Hansens Gade 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. E-mail: rejnmark@post6.tele.dk ).
Reference: Aloia JF, Li-Ng M. Correspondence. Epidemiol Infect 2007;12:1095-1096.


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Invest in your health

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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Unless you’ve been living out in the sand dunes of the Gobi desert in Mongolia-and perhaps even then-you’ve heard about the possibility of a bad flu season this year.

It never ceases to amaze me how much we are willing to pay for a designer sweater, a fancy meal out, or the next hot tech gadget we don’t really need.  But when it comes to our health, we often scoff at the idea of a minimal financial investment.

Do we not realize that without our good health, we wouldn’t be going out, donning that new sweater, playing on that new gadget in the fancy restaurant?  It’s high time we got our priorities straight.

And it’s not so difficult.  Getting moderate daily exercise, monitoring your weight and fat intake, and investing in good quality vitamins and nutritional supplements can make all the difference to your health.  And this flu season, we need all the help we can get to fortify our immune systems.

Lately there has been much research concluding the health significance of getting and absorbing enough vitamin D.  In fact, some preliminary studies seem to indicate that vitamin D could possibly play an especially important role in thwarting-or lessening the effects of-the H1N1 virus.  Stay tuned for more information regarding this connection.

Vitamin D has also been shown to benefit heart patients.  A recent study hypothesizes that heart patients who had low vitamin D levels could have adversely affected cardiac function.  The study therefore suggests that supplementing with vitamin D could benefit heart failure patient’s treatment.

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Would you like to read more about the health effects of vitamin D?  Check out our health library here.  Some other products for good immune system support are MultiSential Plus, and Omega-Gel®.  Remember to make an investment in your health today and collect the dividends for a lifetime.

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Reference: “Calcium and Vitamin D Status in Heart Failure Patients in Isfahan, Iran,” Garakyaraghi M, Kerdegari M, Siavash M, Biol Trace Elem Res, 2009 Aug 19; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Center, Isfahan, Iran).

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For Whom the Cake Tolls

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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Sometimes I equate a really messy car-I’m talking gym shoes, old magazines, big gulp containers, and wrappers littering the backseat-with bad eating habits.  It seems as though, when I get off on the wrong track, i.e. it’s a Monday and I’m already in  the break room at work scarfing down cake from Friday’s birthday party, that I’ve sabotaged myself, and the only way to deal with it is simply to order a large pizza.

But take my word for it: this is a slippery (and fatty) slope.

We’ve all been tempted to just give up, even in the throes of healthy eating and systematic exercise.  Just like the old, trashed car that we drove around in college, it just seems easier to throw another steak on the bbq, just like we threw another big gulp container in the backseat, rather than committing to cleaning the car out.  The thing we have to remember is that the more trash we fill the car with-or that we stuff down our gullet-the longer and harder it will be to clean it (and get rid of the excess weight.)

It’s also important to understand what may be causing this self-defeating behavior.  Stress and anxiety can be catalysts to poor eating habits.  Getting enough sleep, taking a yoga class or going for a long walk can help.  And taking a natural supplement such as Solanova’s Relora®, which can alleviate stress, tension, irritability, and may regulate stress-related eating behaviors and subsequent weight gain, can also aid in your fight for control of your cravings.

Ban the it doesn’t matter now anyway self-sabotage.  Because in truth, it really Does matter.  So you had a piece of cake.  Hey, to eat junk food is human, to forgive yourself and not eat a sheet cake, is divine.  One 300-calorie indiscretion can lead to a 2000-calorie burrito-margarita-ice cream sundae glutton-fest.  Don’t give in to it.

There’s always a second chance for a healthy tomorrow. So get on it.  Oh.  And save me a piece of cake, will ya?

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The resurrection of customer service

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Have you ever waited in a line that seemed completely futile?  Perhaps at a bank, a department store or the ever-popular DMV?  You probably felt like you would expire in line before anyone condescended to help you.  We’ve all experienced this kind of sub-par treatment.  It’s almost as if these institutions pride themselves on their lack of customer service.  And then, if that weren’t enough, oftentimes they aren’t very helpful or responsive once you actually speak to someone.

Happy Solanova customer!But then, as if a beacon in dense fog, you discover a company that does care about their customers, i.e. you, and it is almost shocking.  You are so thankful you practically forget what you wanted in the first place!

We at Solanova feel that excellent customer service is something that you should expect and deserve and we do everything within our power to make sure you have the best experience possible.  Do you need specific health information?  No problem.  Would you like your vitamins or supplements sent to you regularly at a discount? We can do that.  We take great pride in offering our customers proven, natural and highly absorbable vitamins and supplements that we ship to you in a timely fashion.  We’ve also reconfigured our website for easier navigation and have added more health information and will continue to upgrade and expand our product line.

And as always, we contribute 20% of all Solanova profits to the non-profit organization AAMF; a foundation that provides disadvantaged children with adequate nutrition, medication and education. We are committed to helping children and families around the world enjoy a healthy, hopeful life.

After all, helping people be healthy is what we do.

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Motivate Me!

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Heart healthy CoQ10What truly motivates us? For some, it is the almighty dollar, for others it’s perhaps feeling like we do our job well, or maybe it’s helping the less fortunate and realizing a greater purpose.

But what really motivates us to eat right, exercise and take care of ourselves?

Basically, I have negative willpower. If I am confronted with any of the following at a party, (margaritas, chips, cookies, chocolate, those toasty little quiches, cake et al.) I am powerless to resist. I then calculate how many hours I’d need to spend on the treadmill to burn off all of the superfluous calories. Twenty-six hours ought to do it.

This was no way to live.

But a recent trip the doctor’s office changed all of that; I highly recommend it to everyone. My doctor served me up a heaping bowl of reality and I had no choice but to grab my spoon and dig in.

It turned out that my LDL cholesterol level was pretty good, though the HDL “good cholesterol” number was low. However, my blood pressure was a bit on the high side, but nothing to be too concerned with. Yet.

Not wanting to fill the pharmaceutical company’s coffers, I decided not to push my doctor for pills to “cure” my mild afflictions. Instead, I decided to get motivated about my health. I would create a DIY health program, if you will, which included investing in some high quality CoQ10 supplements.  Research has shown CoQ10 to have important heart strengthening and other heart health properties.  Now don’t misunderstand me. If my doctor had urged me to take medicine for either of these health concerns, I would definitely take that seriously. But I, like so many of us, was on the cusp of something that could turn into a problem in the future, if I wasn’t diligent about my health today.

I decided to take control. I learned to love hiking. I learned to tolerate a lower sodium diet and I made sure that all of my vitamins and supplements were lined up on the bathroom sink so I wouldn’t forget to take them.

And the margaritas? Once in a while won’t hurt, but remember to hold the salt.

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Reference: http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/4418“Coenzyme Q10 and Respiratory Chain Enzyme Activities in Hypertrophied Human Left Ventricles With Aortic Stenosis”, Maurer, Iris, M.D., et al, The American Journal of Cardiology, August 15, 1990;(66):504-505.


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(Healthcare) Reform School

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

These days healthcare is on everyone’s mind.  No matter what your political stance is, we can all agree that quality healthcare is paramount to a happy life.  If you don’t have your health, it doesn’t matter what other things you possess.  Right now, perhaps more than ever, it’s very important to take your health seriously.  With staggering unemployment rates and company health care options uncertain, it is wise to take matters into your own hands as much as possible.

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Make smart decisions.  If your cholesterol is on the high side, ban things like saturated fats from your diet.  And take up jogging, swimming, power walking, hopscotch or anything else that gets your body moving and off the couch (where you normally consume more than your share of beer and nachos).  In fact, you might want to ban the couch from your life all together-for a while anyway.

Muscles aching?  Don’t have enough energy to exercise?  It’s easy to find excuses not to be active and eat right.  The easy choice is to microwave frozen dinners and watch ER reruns on TiVo.  But you’re not one to back down from a challenge, are you?  Especially when healthy choices can enhance your quality of life, your overall longevity and even help you appear younger and more vibrant?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Besides, there are many ways to approach good health.  Spending time at a farmer’s market once a week can motivate you to cook with fresh vegetables and fruit, plus you can soak up a little immune system enhancing vitamin D while you’re at it.  As you embark on a healthier way of life you may find yourself actually liking it, which in turn, will encourage you to continue.  Those extra pounds might just melt away over time and with the extra energy you suddenly have, maybe you’ll do something unexpected, like run a half-marathon, or take a swing dancing class.

After all, the choice is yours.  Make it a healthy one.

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Summertime Blues

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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Maybe it’s because the weather is sweltering and there is no relief in sight.  Or maybe it’s because you just got downsized from your job or that your “stay-cation” consists of a blow up kiddie pool and a six-pack in the front yard.  Whatever the reason, summer blues can be particularly frustrating because this is the time of year everyone is supposed to feel happy, relaxed and free.  So what’s wrong?

This is not always an easy question to answer.

Sometimes mild depression or “the blues” can be mitigated by an enhanced diet.  Foods rich in omega-3’s, vitamin B12 and folic acid can boost your mood and also help with any weight-related mild depression or anxiety.  And be sure to keep up with an exercise regime, or if you’ve let one slide, reinvent yourself with some physical activity that is also social, i.e. salsa dancing, a yoga class, or even a biking/hiking club.  Oftentimes sharing activities with those who are likeminded can help you feel better and more connected.

There has been some compelling research lately that suggests that omega-3 fatty acid deficiency can contribute to depression in some individuals.  In one study done with cardiovascular disease patients, it was found that as levels of omega-3’s dropped off, depression seemed to rise.  Ensuring the body is replete with proper omega-3 levels can possibly help prevent some cancers and cardiovascular disease and is now thought to ease depression.

So keep active, eat properly to keep blood sugar at a healthy level, and make sure you take some time for yourself as well as for your friends and family.  Hopefully you’ll see those summer blues melt away, like strawberry ice cream on a hot day.

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Reference: http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/35116“Low levels of docosahexaenoic acid identified in acute coronary syndrome patients with depression,” Parker GB, Heruc GA, et al, Psychiatry Res, 2006 Feb 22; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW, 2031, Australia; Black Dog Institute, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia).

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Heartfelt Advice

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

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Sometimes when I haven’t had enough sleep or if I’ve indulged in one too many double iced lattes my heart will let me know.  Once in a while it will beat a little too fast for my taste, only to abruptly slow down again, and then resume its steady (and comforting) regular pitter-patter rhythm.  This is a little reminder to adjust my caffeine consumption but also to start thinking seriously and proactively about my heart health.

I do try to exercise regularly, reminding myself that bike rides and hikes are supposed to be “enjoyable” and good for me.  I also attempt to eat heart healthy foods and to eschew saturated fats whenever possible, though this can sometimes prove difficult as I have a torrid love affair with cheeseburgers.

Lately I’ve been hearing (and reading) a lot about the nutritional supplement coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10.  Numerous studies have shown that CoQ10 may be able to strengthen the heart muscle and enhance the immune system as well as provide the body with extra energy.  Additionally, new research suggests that CoQ10 therapy can help some effects of Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, and possibly help to protect against dopamine depletion as well.

So now I’m adding another supplement to my regime of multivitamins, exercising and eating (relatively) well.  I feel stronger already.

Now.  Where did I put my bicycle?

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Would you like to learn more about the heart health benefits of CoQ10?  Click here.  And be sure to purchase Solanova’s highly absorbable Q-Gel® CoQ10 today for enhanced energy, endurance and immune system strength among many other benefits.

Reference: http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/38358“Combination therapy with coenzyme Q10 and creatine produces additive neuroprotective effects in models of Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases,” Yang L, Calingasan NY, et al, J Neurochem, 2009 June; 109(5): 1427-39. (Address: Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York 10021, USA).

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