2014 is around the corner and everyone is gearing up with New Year’s Resolutions in hand! Did you know that the top five most popular resolutions begin with losing weight and ends with improving health overall? If you are among the 47% of people who have made one or both of these resolutions for 2014, then you need to read this important information to help you get started right.
One of the first and easiest things everyone can do is to start putting into your body the elements which support it, giving it the nutrients needed by every functioning system to work properly and efficiently. This is easy because once you understand what your body needs and where to get it, all you have to do is consume it. So let’s start with a quick rundown of what your body needs to help lose some of that extra weight, and incidentally will help to improve how your body feels.
Cardiovascular health is a big topic because we depend on a healthy heart to pump blood efficiently through our bodies to deliver all the nutrients that our bones, tissue and organs need to do their jobs every day. Our heart is the most important muscle we have, so how do we support it? First, we need to help it maintain a regular rhythm while we go about our business during the day. It needs to handle the stress of exercise as well as take advantage of rest periods without literally skipping a beat. By supporting the heart, we can actually support the rest of the body simultaneously and promote weight loss and overall health. There are several herbs and enzymes available for consumption that provide support for the heart, but may also enhance weight loss and support overall cellular function.
- Flaxseed is a popular herb containing 3 important nutrients to support not just heart health, but digestive and immune health also. Alpha linolenic acid, the omega 3 fatty acid in flax, tops the list, which helps to prevent hardening of arteries and improve blood flow which contributes to a regular heartbeat. It also helps to reduce LDL (bad) levels in cholesterol, which contributes to the development of conditions such as diabetes, obesity, metabolic disease and heart disease. Lignan comes in next that has estrogen and antioxidant values to boost the immune system and may even help reduce the intensity of hot flashes for women experiencing menopause. Fiber is next with the benefits of improved digestion and colon health. It also helps to lower cholesterol levels as well as blood sugar levels which can be connected to metabolic conditions inhibiting effective weight loss.¹
Pea protein is a vegetarian form of protein which is high in lysine; a primary element aiding the form of carnitine, which helps to convert fatty acids into energy. Because protein takes more energy to digest, it helps to burn more calories while supporting healthy muscle recovery from those hard workouts you may be enduring. Additionally, it helps our bodies absorb calcium, helps to form collagen which supports our bones, cartilage, skin and tendons, helps support our immune system, provides iron, helps regulate blood sugar, boosts antioxidant levels and helps to reduce inflammation by inhibiting excessive nitric oxide which can damage cells². In other words, pea protein is an easily digestible powerhouse of supportive health for our bodies starting with helping that important muscle, the heart. An increased level of protein intake has also been associated with increased ease of weight loss, so food for thought.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is an amino acid that is formed in our bodies naturally, but is extremely important to maintaining good health and energy. First, it’s a powerful antioxidant that helps to turn glucose (sugar) into energy rather than allowing our bodies to convert it over to fat. By doing this, it contributes to the managing of diabetes and other metabolic conditions by helping to lower blood sugar levels³. Incidentally, the energy it helps to provide is a great boost for those days when we may need that extra energetic push.
Pomegranate extract contains punicalagin and vitamin C, both powerful antioxidants that help reduce free radicals and oxidative stress in the body. It also has vitamin K, supporting bone health and vitamin B5, which helps to metabolize protein, fats and carbohydrates. Pomegranate helps support the heart by providing potassium which helps to maintain cell function and helps it maintain a healthy beat. It also happens to help regenerate cells, help improve blood pressure, help remove plaque from arteries while boosting digestion, improving appetite and energy. This extract is a must-have if you are serious about losing weight and improving health.
Spirulina, blue-green algae rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants is a bonafide superfood acting as a natural multivitamin giving the body not just nutrients but additional important benefits as well. First, it provides immune support by increasing the production of infection-fighting proteins while reducing inflammation simultaneously. It also boosts the growth of L. acidophilus (probiotic) which helps to regulate and maintain healthy digestion⁴. It has also been suggested that it may inhibit the release of histamines which contribute to allergic reactions that so many people experience. If you’re serious about regaining control of your weight and health, this is one bullet you want in your arsenal.
Ashwaghanda is a fantastic antioxidant that promotes the growth of normal nerve cells and helps to heal damaged ones. This in turn, promotes healthy brain function which is extremely important to heart health. More importantly, it helps reduce cortisol levels (stress hormones) and reduces lipid perioxidation⁵ which are both vital in combating stress in daily living. The ability to handle stress effectively makes those unhealthy eating habits related to reactions to high stress situations less likely to continue, therefore giving us an incredible advantage to tackling and succeeding in that resolution to lose weight and live healthy.
- Blueberry, bilberry, noni fruit and green tea extracts have been shown to provide many health benefits from promoting health sugar metabolism, inflammation modulation and promote healthy cellular function through their natural antioxidant activity.
These herbs provide some of the most vital elements that contribute to not just heart health, but overall health. There are many more that provide additional support but then this article would take all of 2014 to read. Suffice it to say, learning about what your heart and essentially your whole body needs is the key to effectively losing weight and ultimately living in the best health your body can stand. Naturally, eating the right kind of foods that provide these nutrients is the best option, but in the world we live in today, it’s extremely difficult to maintain consistency in our diets while maintaining the hectic schedules we insist on keeping. By supporting your body with supplements such as Cur-OST® HU Ultimate that contain these nutritive herbs and antioxidants, you will be able to gradually see your body react in a more healthy and productive way.
One last thought that needs to be remembered: while we all want to have that perfect image that is shown so frequently in the magazines or in movies, our bodies are all different and will not conform to what our minds may insist they look like. If we are realistic to what our body looks like at its’ healthiest, then we will be extremely pleased when we achieve that goal. Ladies, even if we end up a size 12 and are 5’9” tall, if we consistently keep it in shape with gentle exercise and provide the fuel it needs, our body will reward us with a figure we can be satisfied with while we feel really good at the same time.
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Molly Schell Nouvelle Research, Inc. www.nouvelleresearch.com