Loss of Reproductive Organs and the Surrogacy Contract

Reimbursement for the Loss of Reproductive Organs is a fairly new concept and one that I honestly disagree with however it doesn’t matter what I think in this case…it matters if it’s a deal breaker to the Surrogate or Intended Parent when it comes to contract issues.

When a surrogate agrees to enter into a contract with Intended Parents it usually written SOMEWHERE in the contract that she, the surrogate, is aware of the complications of child birth. This can be worded in many different ways but what this section is really saying to women is that you know that there are risks to pregnancy and birth. The risk of an ectopic pregnancy, risk of miscarriage, risk of infections, risk of c-sections, risk of high blood pressure, risk of gestational diabetes, risk of hysterectomy, and yes, even the risk of death. This list is as long as my arm but I think my point is very clear. Being a surrogate mother is risky! (which is why you need health and life insurance!)

To ask for a set amount in case there is a loss of reproductive organs has been seen in quite a few of the newer contracts. I have noticed anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000 depending on what reproductive organ is lost. In the case of an ectopic pregnancy an ovary might be damaged or lost and with a hysterectomy the uterus and other parts of the reproductive system are removed. Each of these situations are usually needed in emergency circumstances. Even in the case of a miscarriage with a D&C the uterine lining can be damaged and a condition called Ashermans syndrome can occur and make the surrogate mother unable to carry for anyone, including herself.

Most of these organ threatening situations are rare but they do happen. Many agencies and clinics will ask the woman wanting to be a surrogate if she feels satisfied with her family as it stands at that moment. Would she regret it if she couldn’t add to her own family in the future? If so, is that a risk she is willing to take? And lets be honest, no amount of money is going to placate a woman for her loss of fertility. Even $25,000 isn’t going to scratch the surface of replacing her ability to become pregnant and carry her own child. (How well her very own Intended Parents will know this!)

How to Do the Marseille Turn

The Marseille Turn is a beautiful 360 soccer turn trick, unique to the game of soccer, which involves the player spinning 360 degrees on the field while trying to avoid an opponent and retaining control of the ball.

The trick is sometimes referred to as the Zidane Spin or the 360 turn. The trick was popularized by Diego Maradona and perfected by Zinadine Zidane, although it has been used by many other soccer players including Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Laudrup, Franck Ribry, Lionel Messi, and Ronaldinho.

The Marseille Turn is the most effective when the opposing player is approaching head on first or from the side of the trick performers master foot.

Before starting to practice this move, you will either need another player or a box on the ground to simulate another player. This will help you visualize the trick easier, than trying to practice against thin air.

Step 1: Push the ball in front of you, about one step in front of you.

Step 2: Try to lure your opponent to go after the ball.

Step 3: When the ball is just outside your opponent’s reach, you stop it by putting your left foot on the ball.

Step 4: Pull the ball backward and turn your body 90 degrees to the right simultaneously.

Step 5: You should receive the ball with your right foot and your back to your opponent. Place your right foot on the ball and continue your rotation to the right.

Step 6: Place you right foot over the ball and slide it past your opponent.

Male Enhancement Exercises & Supplements

Natural male enlargement can be an embarrassing subject, for this reason most men find it difficult to consult their doctors in regards to the size of their penis. The benefit to this is that there are lots of procedures of male enhancement that are safe and efficient, and the best part is you do not need a prescription. The frightening part is that even though there are various safe and effective procedures, there are also procedures that are thought to be of very little benefit and may only damage the penis.

How are you able to tell the safe procedures from the dangerous ones? We are all different, you need to get educated on the different types of natural enhancement and select the procedure that is best fitted to what you are looking for.

Enhancement supplements

The most conventional way of achieving male enhancement is through the help of enhancement supplements or pills. These enhancers typically harbor a specific formula specifically created to increase blood flow into the penis. Some supplements will also heighten the levels of testosterone in the body resulting in an increased sex drive. Most pills are taken one to two times a day and have been known to increase penis size from five to twenty%. Pills combined with penile exercise can increase the rate of growth quite drastically. Ginko biloba, tribulus terrestris, and L-arginine are a few of the important ingredients that these supplements should contain in order to be effective. It's never a bad idea to ask the advice of your physician before taking any supplement just to be on the safe side.

Natural Enhancement Exercises

To see quick results in a short period of time you must partner the supplements with penile exercises. There is no need for any equipment or devices to perform these exercises. If performed correctly they are very safe and effective when accompanied by enlargement pills. Similar to supplementation, the exercises increase the flow of blood to the penis resulting in longer, larger, harder erections. It can be very difficult and quite problematic to find a good exercise program. Make sure to check out many different programs and read a lot of reviews before you adopt the one that is right for you. For extreme results most of the exercise regiments only require about five to ten minutes of exercise each day but they must be done routinely.

Male Enhancement Equipment

Many male enhancement equipment comes with a sort of intimidation, but seems to be very effective in regards to male enlargement. Larger flaccid size has been known to be the result with the use of many different stretching devices, not to mention the bonus of increased girth that comes along with it. The downside is these devices must be worn from 3 to 10 hours at a time to achieve optimal results. Appropriate use of this type of equipment must be executed as it is very easy to overstretch or damage the penis.

For many of us an satisfying sex life is a requirement. Get the most out of your sexual experiences simply by secretly increasing the size and performance of your penis. We all make an effort to take care of our bodies, the penalis no exception.

Cricket Score Is An Essential Information For Any Cricket Fan

A lazy Sunday at home and a cricket match between your home team and their biggest rivals, spells out the perfect way to spend a day for any cricket fan. Watching an enticing cricket match on television and seeing the possible exit of the game change with every ball and every strike of the bat is one of most preferred activities of any cricket enthusiast. The nail biting finish provides an immune sense of relief and the emotions are varied accordingly to the final cricket score. A win registered by the favorite team can find people celebrating out on the streets while a loss can infuriate the fans to a great extent. In many countries such as India, the game has attained the position of a religion while the players have become Gods.

The cricket fans get emotionally involved with the game and it is not just an event where two teams are fighting it out on the field to get the winning score, the war is much more personal when you are an involved fan. The cricket score is therefore, a crucible aspect of any game and the fans can go to any extent to follow the scores and the progress of the match. Often on days when there is an important match being played out you can notice a drastic fall in attendance of schools, colleges and even offices. The true fan would not like to miss out on the regular update of the cricket score and it tries to remain in front of the television set when the game is one.

The cricket score can still be followed at regular intervals even if you do not have a direct access to a television set. In the good old days the radio was a good way to keep yourself updated about the latest happenings and game scores and even now people opt for the radio in case they can not have access to a television. The advent of internet has further eased out the situation as more and more websites are being dedicated to the game of cricket. Now the fan can keep himself updated even through the live scores posted on these websites. All one needs to do is log on to the website, register and get instant access to the live match scores being played anywhere across the globe.

The websites are not only one of the easiest ways to keep track of the cricket score even while you are at work, but they can also provide many other cricket related information to the fan. Be it the photo gallery of your favorite player or the most recent statistics of any player or a charged up discussion on a forum, you can find it all on an online website dedicated to cricket. Also, the mobile service providers have tie ups with these websites and in case you do not have access to the computer, a simple sms that you send to the website will ensure that you get the live, updated score on your mobile handset. So, if it is cricket scores that you want, then there are many ways to get the data.

Outsourcing – Pros And Cons

Stripped of its technical terms, outsourcing is basically the practice of one company to contract another company to provide the services that could have been performed by their own staff. There are many reasons why companies now are on the bandwagon of having some of their services done by others. (It had been an old practice, really.) These outsourced services passed on to other companies are usually call center services, e-mail services, and payroll. These particular jobs are part of the outsourcing trend practiced by many companies these days.

Reasons

One of the main reasons why companies are into outsourcing is diminished company resources, both in financial terms and in manpower costs. When a company expands (which can be sudden), the growth can start to eat up on the companies resources.

Financially, the company might not be able to match the growth with the needed infusion of money to sustain the expansion. This holds true with their human resources as well.

With the growth, manpower might be sucked up with the new growth and diminish the company’s productivity in its core areas. The service-providing companies can do the work for less costs (thus not over-stretching most of the company’s resources), and has the manpower to do it.

Other Reasons

Efficiency sometimes suffers once there is a sudden expansion that cannot be absorbed by the company’s present staff setup and other resources. If, for instance, there is a huge demand for huge number of their products, other departments might not be up to it.

The purchasing department might need so many men to do the buying of raw materials, for instance. Outsourcing the purchasing department is a good move and costs less.

Other reasons could be that overhead costs might be disastrous to the company’s budget and current plans. Or, perhaps an offshoot to its growth is impossible to meet. If the company had grown to such an extent that it needs a bigger office, outsourcing the functions of the projected new additional staff is cheaper. (Transfer of the whole office to someplace bigger is definitely expensive in time, effort and money values.)

Companies are also bound to experience production demands that come and go in cycles within a year. Outsourcing additional resources during times of so much demand can ease up the company’s problems.

The good part of the deal is that the contracted periods of having these extra jobs outsourced can follow the cyclical production demands. (A toy company’s production department might need more manpower in the middle months of the year to produce the goods needed for, say, Christmas or some holidays.)

Cons

On the other hand, this new business model of parceling some important work aspects of a company to another had sparked a mini-controversy which had not been thoroughly resolved even until now. Definitely, there are those who are not fully convinced of the viability of such an arrangement.

The biggest argument against this deal is actually focused on the relationship of the company and its clients. In short, it may invite dissatisfaction from client side. Reasons could range from lower quality of work output, unnecessary dilution of company-client trade secrets, etc.

Control

Control is also put to the test. Some aspects of the company are in danger of spinning out of the company’s control since the outsourced company conducts the decisions that would have been better handled by the parent company.

Some clients are not fully convinced that the outsourced company can function as efficiently as the original contracted company. If they do (most companies can, in practice), clients feel it might be better to deal with the new company rather than their old supplier or contracted business partner.

Riding on this threat is the mounting danger of delayed communications that causes delayed implementation. Without proper management and apportioning of responsibilities, there is tendency that confusion might set in.

Outsourcing had also allowed a political issue to float around – social responsibility. It is said that with more and more companies allocating jobs to foreign countries, the people of the parent company will have reduced opportunities. While this debate and questions are still up in the air, more and more companies are outsourcing some of their work. Offhand, companies and their managers think the current trend is the result of the current situation in commerce and trade all over the world. At the moment, outsourcing looks like it will stay for a while.

What Darts And Dart Boards Are Best?

What Darts should I buy? What Dart Boards are best? Are tungsten Darts better than brass Darts?

These are questions that we are constantly being asked so to assist all the new Darts Players, I have compiled this information. It is meant to provide you with some basic knowledge and advice and we hope that it serves this purpose.

What Dart Board Should I buy? This is probably the most frequently asked question and certainly one of the easiest to answer. There are basically three types of Dart Boards. The kids dart board that we have all played on at some stage, the sisal bristle Dart Board and the electronic Dart Board.

The kids dart boards are generally made of compressed paper, banded with wire and serve the purpose of entertaining kids for a short while. They have a very short life span and within weeks, look tattered or fall apart.

The Sisal Bristle Dart Boards are more expensive but essential for anybody that intends to play often. The board is manufactured from the leaves of the Sisal Cactus, they are tightly bound and will retain their shape, appearance and functionality for a very long term. The major manufacturer is Nodor and we highly recommend their Nodor Supawire and Nodor Supabull II. Advanced players may consider a Nodor Champions Choice, designed with half size doubles, trebles and a mini bull.

The electronic Dart Boards are very popular in America and England but not as popular in Australia. Many of the boards are virtually kids toys, however there are some good, high quality electronic Boards available. These boards require the use of Soft Tip Darts.

Are Tungsten Darts better than Brass Darts?

There are a number of materials that Darts are manufactured from., the main 3 being Brass, Tungsten and Nickel Silver.

Brass Darts are probably the most common and are relatively inexpensive. Prices vary from a few dollars to around $35 and are the best option when you buy your first set of Darts, or are learning to play Darts. They are an inexpensive way of trying different weights and styles, without investing too much money.

Nickel Silver Darts are basically the same as brass Darts, they around the same price range and are generally marginally higher in quality. Like brass Darts, they are suited for use at home or by the occasional Dart Player.

Tungsten Darts are used by the serious Darts Players. These darts are generally high quality and come in a large variety of weights and styles. The tungsten component is generally describes as being 80%, 85% etc. with the higher tungsten value, being the most expensive. Prices start from as little as $15 and go to upwards of $200, depending upon your needs.

What weight Dart is best?

The weight of your Darts is a personal preference. As a general rule, most people would generally throw a weight of 19-24gms. There are of course people that particularly like a heavy weight, such as the Titan Heaviesand others prefer a light weight such as Featherlites.

New Darters should try a few different weights, focusing on 19-24gms for their first set.

Where do I buy Darts from?

The best place to buy Darts is from a reputable dealer that can provide good quality equipment, good prices and after sales service. We recommend the Dart Shop, Australias best online Darts Retailer.

Mexican Dentists Pros and Cons

When an American citizen has a toothache and can’t afford traditional dentists, crossing the border is one option. Our neighboring country of Mexico offers less costly prescription drugs and other medical services including dentistry. Many U.S. residents would not be able to afford certain types of health care without this less expensive option. But is it a good idea? There are pros and cons to leaving the country for dental work.

Some of the positive aspects include:

Less costly: If a person doesn’t have a hefty bank account balance or insurance coverage, American dental work can be out of their price range. A crown, which may cost up to $4,000 in the states may cost less than $1,000 across the border. That’s a huge savings!

Same day service: Mexican clinics are usually able to see patients right away. The labs are quicker to make crowns and other items than our country’s labs. In the United States, the wait for a porcelain crown may be a couple of weeks, but Mexican crowns may be ready by the next day.

Vacation at the same time: Many oral health care practices in our sister country are located close to the beach. What better place to wait for your appointment time to arrive? Some patients are combining a waterfront vacation at the same time as accomplishing their oral health care goals. With all the money saved on the less expensive services, why not?

Technology and training has improved: Initially, the dental and medical communities across borders were substantially inferior to the rigid standards set in the states. This has been changing over time and the foreign countries’ practices have greatly improved, especially in major cities.

Some of the negative aspects include:

Drug Traffic Criminals: Unfortunately, drug trafficking has reached an all time high which has caused more crime to occur. Some innocent by-standers have been caught in the crossfire of these unsavory criminal activities.

Not all practitioners are well qualified: A citizen needs to thoroughly check out their prospective dental health care workers. This is true in all countries, but the U.S. has stricter regulatory practices that promote a broader range of safety standards and well as trained, high quality practitioners.

Far away if anything goes wrong: The unfortunate side of traveling to a far-away locale to have any type of medical service performed is the fact that it IS far away. Should something go wrong while you’re outside your home nation, your own docs are unavailable. If something goes wrong after you’re back home, it’s a long way to travel to have the problem remedied. An ill-fitting crown or botched root canal can become a serious issue that will need to be tended to by a local doctor. Trying to save money can sometimes cost a lot more in the long run.

Are dentists in Tijuana or Chihuahua a good idea? This is an individual decision every person must make for themselves. Weighing the pros and cons as well as talking to friends and relatives who’ve traveled for health care would be a wise idea.

Tips To Take Care of Your Yorkie

Yorkies feature silky, long coats, and this small breed of dogs is quite popular dog lovers. At first, they were raised in England to help textile factories get rid of rats. Since then, these dogs have become great companion dogs and common people have started to raise them. Their real name is Yorkshire Terrier but they are called yorkies with love. These dogs are really energetic. Moreover, they require exercise, grooming and companionship to stay happy and healthy just like other dogs. Here are a few tips for you to take good care of your yorkie.

Bathe your yorkie

Bathing your yorkie is a good idea to keep them clean and odorless. Generally, you should bathe them at least once per month. Bathing them more often may cause dryness and irritation. You can use shampoo and conditioners for keeping their hair clean and strong.

Give it a haircut

Make it part of your routine to trim their hair on a regular basis. If not groomed properly, their hair can get matted and tangled. When brushed or washed, they will not lose too many hair. Also, keep in mind that your yorkie will not shed its coat unlike other dogs. You can trim their hair on your own or you can hire a professional.

Brush its Coat

Yorkies have long coats that get tangled quickly if you do not brush them repeatedly. You can keep their coat length short for their convenience. However, keep in mind that short coats need to be brushed more frequently. Do not brush too hard and use a leave-in conditioner for moisturizing the hair after each episode of brushing.

Make Topknots

The hair of your yorkie will grow fast and hang over their eyes. To keep the hair from getting into its eyes, you can either make a topknot or keep the hair really short. Aside from this, you can use a comb to remove the knots from the hair and then secure the hair with a band.

Trim the nails

Just like other dogs, your yorkie will continue to grow its nails with the passage of time. To avoid overgrowth, you can trim its nails once every 2 months. If you find your dog biting its nails, it's time to trim their nails. Overgrown nails cause pain and discomfort.

Choose nutritious food

Your yorkie will not eat a good deal of food, especially if it's an adult. You can feed your dog only once a day or leave the food portion in their house for the entire day. Make sure your dog has access to fresh, clean water throughout the day. You can buy a small bowl so that your dog can drink water easily.

Yorkies do not need a special type of food and can eat commercial dog food available in the market. Remember: it's not a good idea to overfeed your yorkie or it may run into health problems.

So, these are a few tips for you to keep your yorkie health through its life. Good luck with taking care of your puppy.

Preventing Breast Cancer – How to Reduce Your Risk

An ad in my local newspaper read, “You Can’t Prevent Breast Cancer.” Reading this, I was upset when I thought about the thoughts of the women who read the ad: that they can only hope for the best. Preventing breast cancer has been made out to be a long shot, it seems.

This message is reinforced in subtle ways repeatedly in our medically dependent society. In grocery stores, PSA’s printed on shopping bags and at checkouts say “Early Detection: Your Best Protection.” A grocery store would be one of the best places to say, “Great Food Choices Available in the Produce Section, Scientifically Supported Real Prevention.”

Please understand that preventing breast cancer is not 100% possible. But you can reduce your risk, and the biggest achievable piece of that reduction is in your choices of foods.

The other good news: eating to reduce breast cancer risk is also really good prevention for heart disease (the leading killer of women), and similarly reduces the risk of prostate cancer (men), and other cancers. This is another great example of the holistic medicine approach, using one natural approach to health (in this case a cancer prevention diet) that benefits multiple outcomes at the same time.

A few things you can do to prevent breast cancer are:

1) Keep a sufficient daily intake of a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruits

2) Keep your body weight normal and stay active throughout your life

3) Carefully choose the fats and oils you eat

4) Choose whole grains instead of refined sugars and flours

5) Avoid environmental toxins (including alcohol and charred meats)

6) Breast feed your baby

7) Supplement your diet with antioxidants like green tea

Monthly self breast exams and mammograms are also important. I say this because detecting breast cancer early means that as a result, you have ample time to start treating it.

One of the things I love about studying the healing properties of foods, whole foods specifically, is their multi-potent qualities. A single whole food rarely can be found which protects against only one disease, or promotes health in only one area.

And so it is with Rainbow Chard: we know because of its high levels of natural carotenoids (Vitamin A) that it contributes strongly to reduction in breast cancer risk. Rainbow Chard is a spectacular source of Vitamin A (as natural mixed carotenoids), providing over 5000 IU per ½ cup cooked serving. It is also a very generous source of vitamin K for strong bones (4 times your daily requirement in that ½ cup!), and provides a good dose of vitamin C and magnesium. That vitamin A protects the respiratory system, improves skin health, and along with other antioxidants protects the heart. Vitamin C serves of course as a very important antioxidant and is critical for wound healing and repair of the connective tissues that keep our bodies intact.

I am specifically emphasizing Rainbow Chard in this article for the very reason that it displays that splash of several bright colors. The research on phytonutrients is in its infancy, so we probably do not fully appreciate the disease preventing (including preventing breast cancer) value of all those natural pigments in Chard which show up as red, purple, and yellow stems in the middle of those deep green leaves. What we do know, especially from the research of Dr. David Heber (What Color is Your Diet?) is that purposely eating a rainbow of colors every day as fresh produce prevents many diseases, from cancers to heart disease and more.

Fall is a good time to look for chard in your local markets, because like many greens it grows well as a cool weather crop. So it may be that your local farmers are bringing it to market now, and that would be the best to get, a bunch that didn’t have to travel far to your table. But even in a large supermarket, this delicious a nutritious vegetable is a great choice; enjoy it now and commit to a healthier you with a rainbow of vegetable and fruit colors on your plate.

Rainbow Chard with Sundried Tomatoes (thanks to my wife Gail for this one)

First clean the large leaves by immersing in a sink-full of clean cold water, this gets any dirt or sand out of the curly leaves better than rinsing. Then cut off just the very bottom inch of the tough stem with a knife. Fold the leaf longways (like a paper airplane) and lay flat on a cutting board to cut slices across the leaf and the stem. The large pieces of stem below the leaf can be cut as well into short segments similar to celery. Definitely use these stem pieces, but they have to be cooked longer. Take a large flat bottom pan on the stove, heat 3 tbsp olive oil in the bottom, then sauté only the stem pieces with a clove of crushed garlic about 5 minutes. Then add 1/3 cup chopped sundried tomatoes and stir until hot. Place all the leaves in the pot, stir for one minute or until they start to wilt, then turn the heat down and cover the pot with a lid for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, and stir again to make sure it is ready to serve. Do not overcook, as it may become bitter. This makes a delicious side dish especially for a pasta or fish meal.

In Honor Of National Diabetes Month-2 Silver Bullets For Sugar Balance

IN HONOR OF “NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH”

CRAVING TOO MUCH SUGAR?

2 SILVER BULLETS FOR SUGAR BALANCE NOW!

Did you know that the average American consumes more than 120 pounds of sugar per year, which is approximately 45 teaspoons per day?

Did you know that recent statistics have shown that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese and that thirty percent of American children are obese?

According to the latest research out of the University of Missouri, one in four Americans are struggling with diabetes with the majority of them as type 2. In addition, millions of us are in a state of insulin resistance, or pre-diabetes, that could progress into diabetes.

Do you remember hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Now imagine how you feel when you skip breakfast. Your body begins to run low on energy, and your fuel supply, like the engine in your car, begins to slow down thereby causing you to run on fumes. So, by mid morning, you grab a high-calorie food item like a muffin or donut to relieve your hunger.What happens next? This high calorie, sugary snack causes insulin to be releasedout of the pancreas into the bloodstream, while the body is trying to adapt to the surge in blood glucose from the snack just eaten.

When this pattern is repeated throughout the day, blood sugar levels show sharp spikes-both highs and lows. Over time, the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas wear outleading to high levels of blood glucose which is called diabetes.Normal fasting blood sugar should be less than 100mg/dl.

Diabetes can cause many serious health issues and is associated with obesity, heart disease, and increased mortality.It is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States.A preventative approach would be to make sure that blood glucose levels are stable throughout the day. Our brain needs a continuous level of blood sugar to avoid anxiety caused by blood sugar fluctuations.

Are you at risk for diabetes?

·Do you have a family history of diabetes?

·Are you overweight?

·Do you have high blood pressure?

·Are your cholesterol levels abnormal?

·Are you over 45?

·Do you have a history of gestational diabetes?

A new meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials involved more than 33,000 people showed that drug treatment of type 2 diabetes is not only ineffective, it’s dangerous as well.These medications poison the enzymes in our body and disrupt the normal biochemical pathways. In general, a drug therapy protocol should treat the underlying cause of the illness that the drug is being prescribed for. Treatment with glucose-lowering drugs actually showed the potential to increase your risk of death from heart-related and all other causes.These medications should be used as a last resort, after diet and lifestyle modifications have been explored.

Keep in mind that the medical community that runs the major research and treatment protocols for diabetes does not look favorably on chiropractic and nutritional supplementation.The American Diabetes Association does NOT recommend vitamin or mineral supplementation-in fact they recommend against it.However, it’s okay to have a daily alcoholic beverage.Therefore, be aware that you may need help to better discern the advice you are receiving from the many sources.

So, what are the keys in diabetes prevention?

There are real action steps every American can do to support their health and well-being focusing on lifestyle choices daily that include diet and exercise.

First line treatments in blood sugar balance include lifestyle modifications with weight loss as one of the primary goals.Dietary modifications are paramount, asit has been suggested that a person 30% or more overweight for over 30 years will develop diabetes.

Increasing fiber, (guar, pectin, oats, psyllium, bran, fruits, vegetables and beans) and watching the glycemic index of foods (foods which don’t create a quick glucose-insulin response) is essential in managing blood sugar levels.

A regimen high in whole grains, beans, legumes, vegetables and whole fruits (whole fruits are much lower on the glycemic index than juices) will keep the blood sugar even without fluctuation.

Avoid refined, processed foods, as they have “hidden” sources of fructose in them. Fructoseshould be eliminated from your diet with a total daily intake of below 25 grams.

Increase complex carbohydrates and fiber, and balance with enough high protein foods. Most refined foods contain high levels of high fructose corn syrup, which lack vital nutrients and cause wide blood sugar fluctuations.

Two servings of beans per day may help control blood sugar levels (soak beans in several drops of iodine) to alleviate gas-producing effects.

Moderate amounts of lean meat, fish and unsaturated fats are helpful.

Small, frequent meals eaten throughout the course of the day will alleviate adrenal and pancreas stress by maintaining blood glucose levels.

A vegetarian diet may be helpful. Onions and garlic have blood-sugar lowering effects.(Murray, M., N.D. Natural Alternatives to Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs, William Morrow and company, Inc NY, 1994, p.179).

Follow an elimination/rotationdiet to detect food allergies or sensitivities.

Diets eliminating an entire food category, like “Atkins”, will likely be ineffective in the long term.

Diets that severely restrict calories provide too little nutrition and are not metabolically healthy. (below 1200 calories)

Being around overweight people regularly makes it more difficult to lose weight. (ie. Similar to a smoker trying to quit smoking and being with smokers socially)

Supplementation may include:

+ Vitamin D

+ Cinnamon

+ Fish Oil

+ Co-Q-10

+ Chromium

+ Biotin

+ Magnesium Citrate (commonly deficient in diabetes)

+Iodine (commonly deficient in diabetes)

+ Alpha Lipoic Acid

+ Niacin

+ Vitamin E, C, B’s

+ Phosphatidylcholine

+ Bromelain

+Quercetin

+ Zinc

+ Adrenal and pancreas support

+ HCL and pancreatic enzymes

+ Calcium and magnesium

+Vanadium

+Folic Acid

+Cinnamon Bark

Herbal products may include:

+ Fenugreek

+ Guar gum

+ Milk Thistle

+ Gymnema

+ Bitter Melon

+ Apple pectin, Beet powder and Oat Fiber

Exercise:

Studies have shown that exercise (with a goal of at least 150 min/week) resulting in weight loss reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes. Moderate exercise is suggested to increase cell sensitivity to insulin. The same studies found lifestyle changesto be superior to Metformin.Regular exercise can result in a loss of fatfrom the abdominal section of your body and reduce the inflammatory cells that cause insulin resistance and diabetes.Be mindful of your exercise routine and don’t overdo it when you are a beginner.Some important keys to consider with exercise include:Frequency, Intensity and Length of time.A comprehensive workout plan should include cardio-vascular training, core exercises, strength training and flexibility/ stretching.

Stress and Hormones:

Decreasing stress, thereby lessening strain on the adrenal glands will result in better overall health and contribute to keeping the body’s insulin levels in check.DHEA is one of our adrenalhormones which help to regulate our blood sugar and an effective weight management tool. Type 2 Diabetes may also occur from a faulty leptin signaling and insulin resistance. Leptin is produced in your fat cells and is a hormone that regulates appetite and body weight. It signals our brain regarding when to start and stop eating and how much to eat. It’s greatly responsible for whether or not one becomes insulin resistant.Therefore, it is vital to have one’s hormones evaluated by an integrative medical professional.

Other lifestyle/diet changes to consider:

You can eat sweets occasionally, as a treat,without feeling guilty, however, moderation is the key. Consider swapping a high carbohydrate-containing food in your meal for something with fewer carbohydrates and eat the remaining carbohydrates as a sweet. For example, if you were going to include a potato, rice or pasta with your meal and a slice of bread, consider not eating that and instead enjoy a cupcake, or the like.

Artificial Sweeteners:

Be aware that many products made with artificial sweeteners, as baked goods and artificially sweetened puddings, etc still contain calories and carbohydrates that can affect your blood sugar level. Sugar alcohols still contain calories, so check product labels for words as: “isomalt,” “mannitol,” “sorbitol,” and “xylitol.” In general, eating foods that are chemically created may not be the best choice. Items containing saccharin, aspartame and sucralose (splenda) have been shown to cause various adverse reactions.

Two natural sweeteners, Stevia (Truvia, Pure Via) which is a plant found in South America and agave nectar (Wholesome Sweeteners, Madhava) offer other options for sweetening your food. However, you will need to experiment with the sugar-to-sweetener ratio, which is different for each product, until you like the taste. Since agave nectar isn’t calorie or carbohydrate-free, it shouldn’t be considered for weight management, however, it does have a lower glycemic index than does sugar, so it won’t affect your glucose level as much.

Eating healthfully and regular exercise are vital parts of the solution to control obesity, heart disease and diabetes.The results have a magical effect on resetting one’s metabolic clock thereby shifting the pattern of storing fat to a pattern of burning fat.

Stopping smoking, moderating alcohol intake and proper sleeping habits will help to alleviate blood chemistry surges, which in turn will promote a thriving, well-balanced body.

Therefore, by correcting the underlying causes of poor lifestyle choices which include a diet of whole, living foods, supplementation, exercise, and hormonal balance, one can effectively manage their blood sugar.

Caught in a Stress Storm?

Imagine you’re on your way to meet friends at a bar. You’re late and stuck behind a slow-moving van when the entire street lurches into darkness. Suddenly that man crossing the street in front of you looks like a potential robber. The cars around you seem to be hemming you in. Everyone and everything appears dangerous. You’ve gone from slightly stressed to completely strung-out in an instant.

When you finally get to the bar, your friends are deep in conversation about blackouts, crime and their plans to leave the country. What should have been a light-hearted, fun-filled evening has turned into one riddled with anxiety.

It’s as though a cloud of dark heaviness is hanging above us right now. Most of us are unaware of the extent to which worrying issues are affecting us. But if a high level of stress continues over a long period, paralyzing feelings of being overwhelmed can set in.Many of us could be in the heart of what is termed as a ‘stress storm’. Have you ever been in the situation where, because of stress, you couldn’t remember the name of one of your own family members? Perhaps you’re stuck in a depression, or maybe you’ve accomplished something great but the next morning you don’t want to get out of bed because you’re so down.

These are indications that you are caught in a stress storm – a place filled with fear and confusion, where you’re no longer thinking rationally. If this sounds familiar, read on to understand better what’s happening to you – and how to get to grips with it.

Why are we so Stressed?

In the USA we have a set of stressors to contend with – high crime rates, rising costs of food and gas, and an economic situation in which retrenchments are increasingly common. These compound everyday stressors such as work, family conflicts and financial pressures. We don’t let our bodies or minds relax, and develop distorted perceptions about ourselves – for example, we may think we’re accepted only if we’re performing well.

When people are taxed on so many levels, their resilience rapidly erodes. Most people can deal with one stressful area in their lives – even two – but few people can function optimally when every area of their life is affected by instability and stress.

Stress Poisoning

Our bodies are built to handle stress in short, sharp bursts, but when there is no let-up, stress can in fact be toxic for our bodies. When we’re stressed, our adrenal glands pump out cortisol. This ‘stress hormone’ is preparing our muscles for the fight-or-flight response triggered when our lives are in danger. All energy is diverted from other functions, such as digestion, giving our bodies a burst of energy to ensure we can fight or flee if necessary. Modern stressors, however, such as traffic jams, don’t come and go quite as fast as, say, an attacking buffalo. Consequently, the cortisol and adrenaline that our stressors produce never leave our bodies – our lives are constantly turned to a high-alert setting.

On a physical level – which is where symptoms are easiest to detect and treat – stress may show up as migraines, headaches, muscle aches and pains, skin breakouts (acne, psoriasis, eczema) and stomach problems (including irritable bowel syndrome and constipation). Emotionally, we become more prone to outbursts of temper, mood swings and negativity. Mentally, we feel less able to cope. Our outlook becomes distorted and it becomes very difficult to keep our perspective. Highly stressed people become ‘reactive’. This means they react more to everything in their lives, from the lack of milk in the fridge to the geyser bursting. We become so overwhelmed that we literally get ‘beside ourselves’.

Living on Autopilot

Jane, 27, a fashion planner, knows this feeling all too well. While working in a high-pressure corporate fashion job reporting to a demanding boss, she was being pushed to work longer hours and perform tasks she didn’t feel prepared for.

‘As the pressure built up over about five months, I began feeling increasingly anxious. My short-term memory started to let me down and I would forget things I was meant to do. For example, I’d walk into a room and then go blank, forgetting why I was there. I felt confused all the time and began talking more slowly and slurred my words. I lost a lot of weight and at the height of my stress my right arm would get very tense and feel taut. It’s a scary place to be. It can feel as though you don’t know yourself – as though you’re having a mental meltdown.’

This feeling is not uncommon. Stressed people often describe themselves as being on autopilot – as though they’re participating in the show of their own life, but not starring. They’re overwhelmed and often feel clumsy, awkward and off-centre. They may forget names of people or even the names of simple, everyday objects. This is due to the prolonged periods of cortisol production, but also, because we’re trying to remember too many things.

High levels of stress can affect our relationships too. Some people, like Jane, are too tired to go out and socialize, and often feel they’re a burden on other people. ‘Friends tried to help,’ remembers Jane. ‘I’d lost a lot of weight so they could see I was in distress but they didn’t really know how to help other than telling me to chill out’.

Others may drink more to be more sociable or in an attempt to forget, so the glass of wine suddenly turns into a bottle of wine. According to research women could be more prone to developing stress-related addictions (such as cocaine addiction) than men. The good news, though, is that stress is our body’s way of telling us to do something. But what?

The suggestions below are a good start. Don’t knock them for sounding obvious – at least not till you’ve actually tried them.

Stress Busters

Gain Perspective

Understand that there are certain things in your life that you have control over and others that you don’t. If, for example, you are concerned about the political situation, vote. If you’re concerned about crime, join or start a neighborhood-watch program. Be proactive about things you can influence and let go of those you can’t.

Breathe

At work, if you find yourself getting stressed or anxious, go somewhere quiet and concentrate on your breathing. Imagine your breathing is like waves breaking on a beach. Maintain a regular rhythm. Imagine you are breathing all the way down to your toes when you breathe in, and all the way back up again as you breathe out.

Eat Well

Don’t hand your power over to food and drink. That fatty hamburger isn’t going to release your stress. Rather ask, ‘What will this drink or food do to my body over the long term?’ Cut down on sugar. Sugar gives you a temporary lift followed by a downer. If you’re craving something sweet, try eating fruit or a handful of nuts. Drink lots of water. Stress tends to dehydrate the body. Keeping your body hydrated will lessen stress symptoms such as fatigue and headaches.

Exercise More

One of the most effective ways of dealing with stress is to exercise. Try to do some form of exercise at least three times a week for 30 to 60 minutes.

Develop a Positive Internal Dialogue

This is a powerful way to help ourselves when we’re stressed. We tend to feel anxious about things we have no control over (the future, other people), and most of what we fear never happens. Remain in the moment. If you start to stress about tomorrow, remind yourself that you can only live today – tomorrow does not yet exist.

Talk to a Professional

Jane consulted a psychologist, who helped her see that getting through her stress storm meant removing herself from her stressful job. ‘I took three months off, stayed home and just slept, watched TV and did nothing.’ She saw her psychologist for a few months and gradually became her old self again, but this time with the tools to recognize and avoid another stress storm.

How Much Force Can Our Bones Handle Before They Break

You have known all along that your bones are the strongest part of your body. As they are assigned to give your body a structure, to hold your posture up and to protect your internal organs, your bones have to maintain their strength at all times. Of course, you cannot prevent external and unexpected circumstances from damaging your bones. But as much as you can, you can prevent it from happening.

Probably one of the best ways which you can protect your bones is to know just how much force they are capable of handling before they reach their breaking point. Your bones are really strong. In fact sometimes they are even considered as stronger than steel. But in principle, if you divide your bones by cubic inch sizes each can handle the weight of any object equivalent to 19,000 lbs or approximately 8,626 kilos.

However, considering force requires a different understanding. As most experts say, your bones can handle weight in various ways depending on the force with which they are delivered. The more force you apply to a bone, the easier it is to break it.

In some studies, it was found out that bones can handle about 3,300 Newton of force if thrown into a rib and up to 4,000 Newton if released onto the femur. The ribs can take a smaller amount of force because they are relatively thinner than the femur.

But these are only estimates of the force that can subject you to a fracture. It does not mean that these calculations are the least amount of force that your bones can handle. In fact, they are simply estimates in between because it still depends on the density and strength of your bones. Of course, your bones can handle less than 3,300 Newton of force if they are weaker and with lesser density. Therefore, you have to check first the strength of your bones to prevent overexertion and possible fractures.

It is great to know the estimates of how much force your bones can handle before they reach their breaking point. It is suggested that you consult with your doctor or osteopath first to ensure that your bones are in healthy condition. They may be able to prescribe exercises to maintain bone strength or alert you to possible future conditions that may present problems. Your trusted osteopath is the right person you should talk regarding all bone problems.

Striking The Superb Figure Of The Morgan Horse

Justin Morgan was a teacher, composer, businessman, and horseman who acquired a small rough-coated bay colt of relatively unknown lineage who was born in 1789 and named him Figure. He was a rather unremarkable horse that nobody wanted because he was too small, yet he became the foundation of an entire breed of horses recognized for quality and dependability.

The ancestry of the colt name Figure who founded the Morgan breed is unknown, but is thought to be of Dutch, Thoroughbred, or Arabian breeding. History’s best guess is that his sire was True Briton, who was respected for his excellence and who sired quality horses. His unnamed dam was described as being of the “Wild-air breed” with her sire being a son of Church’s Wildair by Wildair (Delancey’s) out of a mare named Wildair.

There is quite an in-depth history and many stories about this particular little horse, including a Disney movie in 1972 “Justin Morgan Had a Horse” that was based on a book of the same name. Figure’s ability to out walk, out trot, outrun, and out pull other horses was legendary. For example, it is said that he pulled a log that no draft horse could budge, and that he outran the most winning racehorse central Vermont had ever known. From these anecdotes came the Morgan Horse owners’ claim that “this horse can do anything”, and apparently the breed does. Whatever equine discipline you can think of, the Morgan Horse will be found to be a part of it and likely excelling in it. Even when harness racing was popular in the1800’s, the world’s fastest trotting stallion was Ethan Allen 50, Justin Morgan’s great-grandson.

After Justin Morgan’s death, Figure was passed on to new owners and in the tradition of the times, he became known by his former owner’s name, Justin Morgan. He spent his life working on farms, hauling freight, and as a parade mount at militia trainings. Over a period of 30 years, the little horse remained sound in limb, stamina and sight, throughout a lifetime of two ordinary horses. He also had showy, ground-covering gaits with speed to spare at any one of them and was an extremely gentle horse around children.

Justin Morgan’s most valuable asset was the prepotency of his genes. No matter what type of mare he was bred to, draft or light racing horse, his offspring inherited his image, his abilities and his distinguishing characteristics. And not only his offspring inherited the traits, but the prepotency also went through several generations. Today, every registered Morgan Horse traces back to Justin Morgan through his most famous sons Woodbury, Bulrush, and Sherman. Sadly, the little Justin Morgan died in 1821 from an untreated kick received from another horse, so his true longevity was never realized.

Morgan Horses were used as cavalry mounts and artillery horses. They were sensible under fire; could march tirelessly all day; could maintain their condition on unpredictable rations; and were loyal to their riders. The only survivor in the Battle of Little Big Horn was Keogh’s Morgan-bred horse, Comanche. The First Vermont Cavalry was mounted entirely on Morgan Horses but of their more than 1200 horses, only 200 survived the war and in 1894, the first volume of the American Morgan Horse Register was published by Colonel Joseph Battell.

The American Morgan Horse Farm was established in Weybridge, Vermont in 1907, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the breeding and preservation of the Morgan horse. But it was not until 1909 that the Morgan Horse Club (MHC) was formed at the Vermont State Fair. In 1921, the MHC presented the Justin Morgan statue to the U.S. Morgan Horse Farm on the 100th anniversary of the death of Justin Morgan, and it is still exhibited there today.

The Morgan Horse ranges from 14.1 to 15.2 hands high with some individuals that are taller or shorter. They come in wide variety of colors, from bay, brown and black to silver dapple, roan, palomino, buckskin, dun, grulla, cremello, perlino, smoky cream, gray, flaxen, sabino, splashed white, and others.

The head is expressive with a broad forehead, large prominent eyes and a straight or slightly dished short face. The ears are short and shapely, set rather wide apart and carried alertly with mares having slightly longer ears. The throatlatch is deeper than other breeds. The neck is slightly arched with the top line of the neck being considerably longer than the bottom line and the stallion has more of a crest. The body of the Morgan Horse is compact with a short back and high-set tail that is carried gracefully and straight. The feet are in proportion to the size of the horse.

The Morgan Horse is distinctive for its stamina and vigor, personality and eagerness and strong natural way of moving. The Morgan walk is rapid, flat-footed, and has a four-beat elastic cadence with the accent on flexion in the pastern while the trot of the Morgan is a two-beat, diagonal gait that is animated, elastic, square and collected with the rear action in balance with the front action. The overall impression is a unique combination of draft-like substance, Arabian-like heads with a Saddlebred-like elegance.

The Morgan Horse is considered to be the oldest of all American breeds and was strong enough to contribute greatly to almost every other American light horse breed while retaining its own identity across two centuries. The American Saddlebred, the Quarter Horse, the English Hackney, the American Standardbred, and the Tennessee Walking Horse, among others, all owe much to the Morgan Horses in their own ancestry.

In Honor Of National Diabetes Month-2 Silver Bullets For Sugar Balance

IN HONOR OF “NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH”

CRAVING TOO MUCH SUGAR?

2 SILVER BULLETS FOR SUGAR BALANCE NOW!

Did you know that the average American consumes more than 120 pounds of sugar per year, which is approximately 45 teaspoons per day?

Did you know that recent statistics have shown that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese and that thirty percent of American children are obese?

According to the latest research out of the University of Missouri, one in four Americans are struggling with diabetes with the majority of them as type 2. In addition, millions of us are in a state of insulin resistance, or pre-diabetes, that could progress into diabetes.

Do you remember hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Now imagine how you feel when you skip breakfast. Your body begins to run low on energy, and your fuel supply, like the engine in your car, begins to slow down thereby causing you to run on fumes. So, by mid morning, you grab a high-calorie food item like a muffin or donut to relieve your hunger.What happens next? This high calorie, sugary snack causes insulin to be releasedout of the pancreas into the bloodstream, while the body is trying to adapt to the surge in blood glucose from the snack just eaten.

When this pattern is repeated throughout the day, blood sugar levels show sharp spikes-both highs and lows. Over time, the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas wear outleading to high levels of blood glucose which is called diabetes.Normal fasting blood sugar should be less than 100mg/dl.

Diabetes can cause many serious health issues and is associated with obesity, heart disease, and increased mortality.It is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States.A preventative approach would be to make sure that blood glucose levels are stable throughout the day. Our brain needs a continuous level of blood sugar to avoid anxiety caused by blood sugar fluctuations.

Are you at risk for diabetes?

·Do you have a family history of diabetes?

·Are you overweight?

·Do you have high blood pressure?

·Are your cholesterol levels abnormal?

·Are you over 45?

·Do you have a history of gestational diabetes?

A new meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials involved more than 33,000 people showed that drug treatment of type 2 diabetes is not only ineffective, it’s dangerous as well.These medications poison the enzymes in our body and disrupt the normal biochemical pathways. In general, a drug therapy protocol should treat the underlying cause of the illness that the drug is being prescribed for. Treatment with glucose-lowering drugs actually showed the potential to increase your risk of death from heart-related and all other causes.These medications should be used as a last resort, after diet and lifestyle modifications have been explored.

Keep in mind that the medical community that runs the major research and treatment protocols for diabetes does not look favorably on chiropractic and nutritional supplementation.The American Diabetes Association does NOT recommend vitamin or mineral supplementation-in fact they recommend against it.However, it’s okay to have a daily alcoholic beverage.Therefore, be aware that you may need help to better discern the advice you are receiving from the many sources.

So, what are the keys in diabetes prevention?

There are real action steps every American can do to support their health and well-being focusing on lifestyle choices daily that include diet and exercise.

First line treatments in blood sugar balance include lifestyle modifications with weight loss as one of the primary goals.Dietary modifications are paramount, asit has been suggested that a person 30% or more overweight for over 30 years will develop diabetes.

Increasing fiber, (guar, pectin, oats, psyllium, bran, fruits, vegetables and beans) and watching the glycemic index of foods (foods which don’t create a quick glucose-insulin response) is essential in managing blood sugar levels.

A regimen high in whole grains, beans, legumes, vegetables and whole fruits (whole fruits are much lower on the glycemic index than juices) will keep the blood sugar even without fluctuation.

Avoid refined, processed foods, as they have “hidden” sources of fructose in them. Fructoseshould be eliminated from your diet with a total daily intake of below 25 grams.

Increase complex carbohydrates and fiber, and balance with enough high protein foods. Most refined foods contain high levels of high fructose corn syrup, which lack vital nutrients and cause wide blood sugar fluctuations.

Two servings of beans per day may help control blood sugar levels (soak beans in several drops of iodine) to alleviate gas-producing effects.

Moderate amounts of lean meat, fish and unsaturated fats are helpful.

Small, frequent meals eaten throughout the course of the day will alleviate adrenal and pancreas stress by maintaining blood glucose levels.

A vegetarian diet may be helpful. Onions and garlic have blood-sugar lowering effects.(Murray, M., N.D. Natural Alternatives to Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs, William Morrow and company, Inc NY, 1994, p.179).

Follow an elimination/rotationdiet to detect food allergies or sensitivities.

Diets eliminating an entire food category, like “Atkins”, will likely be ineffective in the long term.

Diets that severely restrict calories provide too little nutrition and are not metabolically healthy. (below 1200 calories)

Being around overweight people regularly makes it more difficult to lose weight. (ie. Similar to a smoker trying to quit smoking and being with smokers socially)

Supplementation may include:

+ Vitamin D

+ Cinnamon

+ Fish Oil

+ Co-Q-10

+ Chromium

+ Biotin

+ Magnesium Citrate (commonly deficient in diabetes)

+Iodine (commonly deficient in diabetes)

+ Alpha Lipoic Acid

+ Niacin

+ Vitamin E, C, B’s

+ Phosphatidylcholine

+ Bromelain

+Quercetin

+ Zinc

+ Adrenal and pancreas support

+ HCL and pancreatic enzymes

+ Calcium and magnesium

+Vanadium

+Folic Acid

+Cinnamon Bark

Herbal products may include:

+ Fenugreek

+ Guar gum

+ Milk Thistle

+ Gymnema

+ Bitter Melon

+ Apple pectin, Beet powder and Oat Fiber

Exercise:

Studies have shown that exercise (with a goal of at least 150 min/week) resulting in weight loss reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes. Moderate exercise is suggested to increase cell sensitivity to insulin. The same studies found lifestyle changesto be superior to Metformin.Regular exercise can result in a loss of fatfrom the abdominal section of your body and reduce the inflammatory cells that cause insulin resistance and diabetes.Be mindful of your exercise routine and don’t overdo it when you are a beginner.Some important keys to consider with exercise include:Frequency, Intensity and Length of time.A comprehensive workout plan should include cardio-vascular training, core exercises, strength training and flexibility/ stretching.

Stress and Hormones:

Decreasing stress, thereby lessening strain on the adrenal glands will result in better overall health and contribute to keeping the body’s insulin levels in check.DHEA is one of our adrenalhormones which help to regulate our blood sugar and an effective weight management tool. Type 2 Diabetes may also occur from a faulty leptin signaling and insulin resistance. Leptin is produced in your fat cells and is a hormone that regulates appetite and body weight. It signals our brain regarding when to start and stop eating and how much to eat. It’s greatly responsible for whether or not one becomes insulin resistant.Therefore, it is vital to have one’s hormones evaluated by an integrative medical professional.

Other lifestyle/diet changes to consider:

You can eat sweets occasionally, as a treat,without feeling guilty, however, moderation is the key. Consider swapping a high carbohydrate-containing food in your meal for something with fewer carbohydrates and eat the remaining carbohydrates as a sweet. For example, if you were going to include a potato, rice or pasta with your meal and a slice of bread, consider not eating that and instead enjoy a cupcake, or the like.

Artificial Sweeteners:

Be aware that many products made with artificial sweeteners, as baked goods and artificially sweetened puddings, etc still contain calories and carbohydrates that can affect your blood sugar level. Sugar alcohols still contain calories, so check product labels for words as: “isomalt,” “mannitol,” “sorbitol,” and “xylitol.” In general, eating foods that are chemically created may not be the best choice. Items containing saccharin, aspartame and sucralose (splenda) have been shown to cause various adverse reactions.

Two natural sweeteners, Stevia (Truvia, Pure Via) which is a plant found in South America and agave nectar (Wholesome Sweeteners, Madhava) offer other options for sweetening your food. However, you will need to experiment with the sugar-to-sweetener ratio, which is different for each product, until you like the taste. Since agave nectar isn’t calorie or carbohydrate-free, it shouldn’t be considered for weight management, however, it does have a lower glycemic index than does sugar, so it won’t affect your glucose level as much.

Eating healthfully and regular exercise are vital parts of the solution to control obesity, heart disease and diabetes.The results have a magical effect on resetting one’s metabolic clock thereby shifting the pattern of storing fat to a pattern of burning fat.

Stopping smoking, moderating alcohol intake and proper sleeping habits will help to alleviate blood chemistry surges, which in turn will promote a thriving, well-balanced body.

Therefore, by correcting the underlying causes of poor lifestyle choices which include a diet of whole, living foods, supplementation, exercise, and hormonal balance, one can effectively manage their blood sugar.

Nutrition for Expecting Women and Breastfeeding Mothers

Most women usually think twice about using food supplements when they are expecting a child. Women really have to take all the crucial precautions before taking any medication during this very important part of their lives.

GNLD International (Golden Neo-Life Diamite) is a global organisation delivering organic wholefood nutrition supplements to health conscious individuals since 1958 and GNLD nutritional products are highly recommended for use by pregnant women and those who are currently breastfeeding.

Support for all Women

GNLD offers a whole line of premium quality supplements to provide nutrient support for expecting women as well as moms who are nursing. These nutritionals can help moms supplement the key nutrients that are necessary by mother and child. Pregnant women need a lot of nutritional support, even after giving birth. Mothers should replenish their supply of nutrients for their little one’s sake.

Pro Vitality Pack

The GNLD Pro Vitality Pack is one of several multi-nutritional products from GNLD. Each pack contains the very same wholesome nutrients you can get from an often recommended dose of fresh fruits and vegetables, essentially coming from the carotenoid complex content. A consistent balanced fruit and veggie diet helps improve mom’s blood circulation and reduces the chances of birth defects. Each pack contains a carotenoid complex, one Tre-en-en, and one Salmon Oil Plus. In other words; Pro Vitality pack contains fundamental nutrients that promotes ideal prenatal development.

Zinc (Chelated)

Every parent doesn’t want their newborns to develop any birth defects, which makes zinc an important mineral in mommy’s diet. This GNLD mineral product also includes chelated amino acids to make it easier to absorb. Not only does it prevent birth defects in newborns, zinc also improves the overall immune health of a child. Making it an important factor.

GNLD Formula IV Plus

Another suggested nutritional pack from the line of GNLD products is Formula IV Plus. This recommended product offers all the essential vitamins, minerals, and folic acid that mums (and everyone else) need. Moms who need that extra burst of energy to beat down stress can get it from this vitamin power pack.

Cal-Mag + Vitamin D (Chelated)

This is one of the GNLD products that is often recommended for pregnant mums. Women need sound bones and teeth since they are more susceptible to osteoporosis than men. This crucial vitamin and mineral supplement supplies the essential amounts of both calcium and magnesium. Note that sufficient amounts of magnesium helps with uterine contraction pain during the time when women are about to give birth.

GNLD Nourishake Protein –

Mothers need to have the proper amount of protein in their diet. It essentially helps in the production of muscles, tendons, hormones, ligaments, hair, brain tissue, and nerves. It also helps sustain one’s energy. Nourishake Protein Drink comes in three sweet flavours.

Precautions

Even though these products are food based and safe, we advise for pregnant mums to seek medical advice from their doctor before taking vitamin supplements. This is especially true for those who plan to take food supplements while on prescribed medications.

Other GNLD products commended for pregnant mothers include Vitamin C (Threshold controlled), Vitamin E Complex, Feminine Herbal Complex, and Garlic Allium Complex.