Drowning in a World of Deceit!

I find it most unsettling as I gain visibility to the vast array of perceptions of reality, of what is truth, and just how far opposite the beliefs of my friends and family. Many are very firm in their convictions. Doesn’t this make you stop to think? What really is fueling this? How did we get here? How do we start working together instead of so much fighting, destruction, and killing?

I know that my friends and family have love in their hearts and the right intentions, yet such opposing beliefs. There is really only one choice regardless of all these positions: Light or darkness; Truth or deceit; Life or death.

Perhaps if we focus on Jesus and love as Jesus commanded. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind! This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbors as yourself.”

I ask God daily to show me the truth, remove any veil that is preventing me from seeing the truth. In the bible many times people behaved in ways and the bible says that they were veiled from the truth. Ask God to unveil the truth and make things clear. Pray for discernment. God hears our prayers. Even if you think you are RIGHT, ask God to show you. When we draw closer to the Lord, he draws nearer to us.

Remember that the bible tells us that even our hearts are deceitful and beyond cure, that they are desperately wicked. Think about that for a moment too.

If we all just act and speak in love to one another – we CAN change the world. Each one of us to take accountability for ourselves and trust that the Lord is the only one righteous and the only one to judge. Pray for the Lord’s will and healing for our leaders, our nation, and our world. Then feel the peace that will overflow – His peace – and watch in anticipation for what our God will do!

This photo represents that we are all drowning in a sea of deceit, darkness, evil, death, and destruction BUT we know the way to the light. Jesus says “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life”

Finding Purpose in the Psalms

Am I the only one that has gone through a large portion of my life and not realized the purpose in the provision of the psalms in the bible?  Of course I have one or two psalms that I learned as a child that are special to me.   For example, Psalm 23 which is so comforting and it is also one that I still have memorized to this day.   I silently review it in my head on nights when I just can not sleep, though those nights are few.

I found that when I would make an effort to dig into more chapters to see what God has for me there, I would open my bible to the psalms and I would just get stuck every time!  I sometimes would try to put myself into the particular psalm but I just didn’t fit and it didn’t resonate with me.  I needed to resolve this issue, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to do that.  No one has ever talked with me about the psalms…..perhaps no one has talked to you about the psalms either??

I decided to search the internet for opinions on how to delve into the psalms. I asked friends and colleagues.  I precisely remember one friend telling me that she wouldn’t know what to do without the psalms.  Yet when I reached out to her, I really didn’t get any useful advice to help me along.  I did learn that initially it is not optimal to try to put yourself in the position of the psalmist.  First, it is better to try to understand who wrote the psalm and why, what was going on in their world at the time, what particular event may have caused them to put their thoughts down.  Then I ordered a book from Nancy Guthrie called “The Wisdom of God – Seeing Jesus in the Psalms & Wisdom Books”  It was so helpful.  After just a few chapters, I had a feeling that I have been missing out of the benefit and purpose of the psalms all my life.  And then just today I felt like I wanted to, no I needed to, read a psalm.  It was just a feeling that I had that things all around me seem to be in a state of chaos.   All that is going on around us in the world.  Politically, Religiously, Economically, Socially, and so on.  

Let me share with you just a few things that I learned from my study that make the entire book make sense to me now. In a nutshell, God inspired men to write the entire bible. God provided Psalms to us from a man’s (human) perspective. This book is different than many books you will find in the Old Testament. A large portion of the psalms are written by King David and some also by King Solomon and then a few others. King Solomon ask one thing of God which was to have the wisdom of God, which he was provisioned. So we need to realize that we are reading some of the writings of the wisest man that ever lived and also a man after God’s own heart. All as inspired by God! That’s pretty powerful, I would say!

Now there are different types of psalms, some of praise, laments (complaints, confession, protests of innocence), thanksgiving, remembrance, songs of trust and royal kinship. When the psalmist is going through trials and tribulations, he writes out how he is feeling. There is no one that shows their honest feelings like the psalmists do. This can be an example to us, that we too can pour out our struggles and our deepest and honest emotions before God. But it doesn’t stop there, read on…

When we read the psalms, God’s Word can actually change our outlook, change our feelings. I believe that this is one of the purposes God had in giving us the psalms. As we read, they are impressed upon our minds as the psalmist negative thoughts and feelings always lead to positive thoughts and feelings. “Doubt leads to trust; anger toward God turns to admiration for God; sadness gives way to joy”.   And we know that God does intend to change the way we feel through his inspired word. God intends not only to instruct us but to change us through changing our feelings. The power of God’s word renews our hearts and our minds and our thoughts, when we get into his Word!  How amazing is that?!?

I discovered in my study that many of the psalms follow a certain pattern and are categorized as a “lament”.   They go somewhat like this pattern:

  1. Crying out and addressing God as the psalmist turns for help
  2. The Complaint expressed with human feelings and emotions
  3. Trusting in God to keep his promises to us to protect, to sustain, to love us, to draw near to us
  4. Request for God’s deliverance or reason for God to act
  5. Assurance that God will hear the request and deliver (this is based on faith from all that the psalmist already knows and has experienced of God)
  6. Praise in the confidence and hope that God does and will deliver

This pattern takes us from our own feelings of despair, to fully vetting our complaint, to trusting in God for help, then as we remember who our God is as the Creator and Sustainer of all things, all powerful, all knowing, and that he lavishes his love on us, then our hearts turn to praise, and hope, and worship, and thanksgiving!   We can learn from this example.  

Regardless of where you are in the spectrum of alignment or misalignment in the happenings of the world today, I think this psalm will help to change your feelings. That you will know that we can trust in God to hear us and deliver us!

Psalm 3 “A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!”
“Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.””
“But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.”
“I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain.”
“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.”
“I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.”
“Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.”
“From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”

Then there are also psalms of trust and praise. This is what I was seeking today:

Psalm 37 “Of David.

Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;”
“for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.”
“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:”
“He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.”
“For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.”
“A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.”
“But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.”
“The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;”
“but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.”
“The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.”
“But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.”
“Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;”
“for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.”
“The blameless spend their days under the LORD’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever.”
“In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.”
“But the wicked will perish: Though the LORD’s enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.”
“The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;”
“those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be destroyed.”
“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;”
“though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”
“They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.”
“Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.”
“For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish.”
“The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.”
“The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.”
“The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.”
“The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death;”
“but the LORD will not leave them in the power of the wicked or let them be condemned when brought to trial.”
“Hope in the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.”
“I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,”
“but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.”
“Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.”
“But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future for the wicked.”
“The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.”
“The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.”

My goal is to start seeking the psalms whenever I feel that I need God to help me change the way I am feeling. I highly recommend reading the book I mentioned above from Nancy Guthrie. She provides so much more details and knowledge about Psalms.  I trust that with a little bit of understanding, you also will reach into God’s Word and into the Psalms for a renewal and refreshing reminder of who our God is and how much he loves you and wants to come along side you and sustain you.  God Bless You!

Harissa Sweet Potatoes with Dukkah

INGREDIENTS 

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For the Potatoes

2/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp. harissa paste

2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar, divided

3 1/4 lb. medium sweet potatoes, peeled

Kosher salt

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Whisk 2/3 cup oil, 2/3 cup harissa, and 1 Tbsp. vinegar in a large bowl to combine. Slice sweet potatoes crosswise on a mandoline 1/8″ thick. Add to bowl with harissa mixture and toss to coat; season with salt.
  2. Arrange sweet potatoes so they are standing upright in concentric circles in a 2-qt. baking dish, packing tightly, and roast, brushing any accumulated harissa oil in dish onto sweet potatoes every 10–15 minutes, until soft and starting to brown on top, about 1 hour.

For the Dukkah

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2 tsp. sesame seeds

1 tsp. fennel seeds

Meanwhile, toss pistachios, sesame seeds, and fennel seeds on a small rimmed baking sheet. Toast alongside sweet potatoes until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to spice mill or mortar and pestle and coarsely grind. Set dukkah aside. (Note: Dukkah can be made 3 days ahead. Store in airtight at room temperature.)

To Finish

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Whisk remaining 2 Tbsp. oil, 2 Tbsp. harissa, and 1 Tbsp. vinegar in a small bowl. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and brush with oil mixture. Sprinkle with reserved dukkah.

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Delicious Fresh Peach Salsa with Shrimp Tacos!

Just a few key ingredients for the Peach Salsa

Oh my!  What a wonderful way to enjoy fresh peaches while they are in season!  We are blessed with an abundance of delicious fresh peaches.  As I was taking inventory of my freezer and my garden, this idea came to mind.  I do what I normally do and I search the internet for options that are “in the direction of” what I am envisioning and what I have on hand.  Then I tweak, combine, and change up the recipes to make my own masterpiece.  This one was a huge success. 

I was able to incorporate a few of my favorite things in this combo! Included from our garden were the jalapeño and Padron peppers, cilantro and fresh greens, and of course the fabulous peaches! Then Pink Argentine Shrimp which is the absolute only shrimp we buy! It tastes fabulous!

Ingredients

Yummy Peach Salsa

For the Peach Salsa:

  • 6 peaches, peeled pitted and diced (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 medium sized red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-2 limes, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the Shrimp:

Lightly Breaded Spicy Shrimp
  • 12-16 ounces peeled and de-veined shrimp, tails removed (about 30 small shrimp)
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (or you can even add a little harissa, turmeric, etc. for an additional kick and health benefits too)!
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Olive oil for frying – just enough to cover the bottom of a large skillet

      Additional

  • Corn tortillas
  • lettuce, shredded
  • Goat cheese
  • Cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix peach salsa ingredients and set aside until ready to use.
  2. Rinse the shrimp with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.  Mix the flour, salt, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne, and black pepper together in a bowl.   In a second dish, place the beaten eggs. Then, have a 3rd surface prepared to temporarily place the coated shrimp prior to placing them in the hot skillet.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan) over medium high heat.
  4. Dredge the shrimp in the flour (shake excess), then the egg wash, then BACK into the flour and coat well. Gently shake the excess off and place on the clean tray. Repeat with remaining shrimp until all are coated with the flour.
  5. Cook shrimp in 2-3 batches.   The shrimp take roughly 1½ to 2 minutes per side.
  6. To assemble: On each taco shell, 3 shrimp, peach salsa, sprinkle a little shredded lettuce and top with the goat cheese.  Garnish with cilantro.   Serve with fresh lime wedges to squeeze over the top.

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How Turmeric is used to Fight Inflamation and Disease

We do often share our wellness efforts which is a lot about nourishing our bodies with dense nutrition. In a world where marketers have fooled most people into eating crap foods that tickle their tastebuds but do very little to nourish their bodies. Often time doing more damage then good!

Today I focus on just one powerful ingredient that is incorporated into many available, affordable, and effective solutions. We use a variety of methods to keep us in optimal health. God knows his plans for us, we know. But perhaps his plan is for us to live full and healthy lives through the amazing nutrition that he has provided for us. So check out how we incorporate turneric into our wellness arsenal!

Turmeric, officially known as Curcuma longa, is a flowering plant that belongs to the ginger family. It is native to Southeast Asia and India and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s a staple of Indian cuisine, the main ingredient in curries, used to give color to cheese, mustard, chicken broth, and also substituted as a cheaper alternative to saffron in saffron dishes such as saffron rice.

Curcumin, a polyphenolic compound that acts as the main biologically active compound of the turmeric, combats inflammation by blocking the NF-kB molecule. This molecule travels to cells throughout the body and addresses genes associated with inflammation. The NF-kB is believed to play a major role in the development of chronic diseases. Curcumin is fat soluble. It is recommended to take turmeric supplements with healthy fats to increase absorption.

Turmeric supplements with curcumin are also routinely used for the relief of itching from chronic kidney disease, and they have shown promise in reducing blood cholesterol levels as well. Studies have shown turmeric improves the functioning of the endothelium (the lining of the blood vessels). Endothelium issues can cause problems with the regulation of blood pressure and blood clotting, and they are a major contributor to the development of cardiovascular disease. One study found the active ingredient in turmeric was as effective as physical activity in enhancing endothelial health.

We love cooking with turmeric because of it’s amazing core health benefits as indicated below. We also incorporate several items into our health regimen because we appreciate a variety of foods and let’s face it, we just can not incorporate turmeric into every dish! So here are several ways to increase turmeric into your lifestyle. Depending on your other health goals, you can select which products to incorporate from this beautiful long list of amazing scientifically formulated (yet all natural) solutions!

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Here Are 12 Core Benefits Of This Daily Turmeric Supplement

1

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory that helps maintain healthy inflammation responses. Studies have indicated that it may be as effective as ibuprofen and Aspirin in terms of reducing inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions.

2

SUPPORTS HEALTHY JOINTS
Beneficial in promoting overall joint health and mobility.

3

PROMOTES HEART HEALTH
Its properties support the overall health of the cardiovascular system.

4

ENCOURAGES HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

5

BOOSTS STRESS TOLERANCE
As an adaptogen, it helps counteract the adverse effects of everyday stress on the body.

6

SUPPORTS WEIGHT LOSS
Curcumin can positively influence weight management in overweight people.

7

PROMOTES RADIANT SKIN
By providing proper nourishment, it helps your body produce more radiant and healthy-looking skin.

8

OPTIMIZES VITALITY
Its powerful antioxidant properties support against free radicals in the body.

9

SUPPORTS BRAIN HEALTH
Helps maintain healthy cognitive function and working memory.

10

SUPPORTS HEALTHY METABOLISM
Aids in maintaining normal blood sugar levels.

11

IMPROVES MOOD
Curcumin helps to reduces symptoms of mild mood changes.

12

SOOTHES DIGESTION
Reduces symptoms of bloating and gas related to occasional indigestion.

Nutrition for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Moms

There’s never a better time to start improving your eating habits than when you are planning a pregnancy, are already pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Good nutrition is important for your baby, and it’s best for both mom and dad to have a healthy, nutritious diet before deciding to start a family. The choices you make and what you eat every day you are pregnant profoundly influence positive fetal and maternal outcomes.

This Isn’t the Time for Weight Loss

This is not the time to diet or cleanse your body. Most pregnant and lactating women need, on average, an additional 300 calories each day to support the growth of the baby and ensure healthy milk production (1). But, not all calories are created equal. To consume and absorb the amount of nutrients required for pregnancy, it’s important to eat as many nutrient-dense foods as possible such as leafy green vegetables, fiber-rich foods, whole grains, and lean protein. All the nourishment your developing baby needs comes from your body, either through the food you eat or the supplements you take. You and your growing family need nutrient-packed food, not just empty calories like those found in fast or fried food, soft drinks, and candy.

It’s also important for a woman to discuss and monitor her weight and nutritional needs with her midwife or doctor throughout the pregnancy. Good nutrition is directly linked to a higher chance of a normal birth weight, an improvement in fetal brain development, and a reduction in the risk of many birth defects (2). Important steps to a healthy pregnancy and postpartum experience include eating a balanced diet, gaining the right amount of weight, enjoying regular physical activity, taking a vitamin and mineral supplement, and avoiding alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and other harmful substances.

Good Nutrition Is Essential

For busy moms and families, Isagenix has convenient, easy-to-use solutions that may help simplify your life. The safe, high-quality, nutritional products are infused with essential vitamins, botanicals, and other natural ingredients that may benefit busy moms. Isagenix conforms to Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and the specific rules and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (3). With your healthcare practitioner’s consideration and approval, you may use many Isagenix products while pregnant or breastfeeding.

After pregnancy, and once you have weaned your baby, new moms may benefit from using Isagenix products to release unwanted baby weight and regain energy. Don’t pressure yourself into snapping back to your prepregnancy body too quickly. It’s possible to regain your old muscle tone, or even develop tone you never had before, no matter how old you are, but it takes time (4). A complete Isagenix System, plus a healthy diet including proteins, fruits, and vegetables, will help once you are ready to release that extra baby weight and increase your energy.

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I recommended starting with the (1) IsaLean Shake, (2) IsaLean Bars as they are so convenient to grab on the go, perhaps some (3) Snacks of your choice to bridge between meals etc., and (4) Hydrate to keep well hydrate to support you during breastfeeding. Any or all of these would be beneficial, so determine what would best fit into your lifestyle and budget to get started! Make sure to select “sign up and save” for 25% off retail pricing.

Dietary Supplements for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women

It’s always recommended to consult with your doctor about your dietary supplement use while pregnant and breastfeeding — this includes Isagenix products. While dietary supplements can provide fast and easy nutritional support, it’s always best to make sure they’re appropriate for both mother and baby during this important stage.

Growing a human being inside your body is a very special and sacred time, yet if you are crunched for time and are hungry, it may be tempting to raid the pantry or grab some fast food. Having your favorite nutritious alternatives on hand, like fresh fruits and vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, an IsaLean Shake, or other Isagenix products can make this time a little easier.

References

National Institute of Health, Dept. of Healthy and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Bethesda, MD. 2016. http://www.nlm.nih.gov

Division of Birth Defects and Development Disabilities, NCBDDD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Atlanta, GA. 2015

Crawford L, and Senyak S. The New Mom Body Survey: 700 Women Tell It Like It Is. BabyCenter, LLC. San Francisco, CA. 2014

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What is Intermittent Fasting

More Than a Diet: How Intermittent Fasting Could Be the Key

It’s easy to dismiss new diet trends that come and go. Intermittent fasting, though, is not your typical fad diet – it’s far from it.

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is simply the practice of alternating between periods of eating and fasting. What’s more, this dietary practice has been the subject of scientific investigation for close to a century. Researchers recently evaluated the scientific evidence and determined that short-term periods of intermittent fasting done on a weekly basis is just as effective as standard diets. Intermittent fasting has been shown to be more effective than standard calorie restriction due to its flexibility. This makes intermittent fasting a sustainable lifestyle choice to support long-term health.

Intermittent Fasting With Isagenix

The science behind intermittent fasting was incorporated into the development of many Isagenix Systems as well as specific products. Isagenix makes intermittent fasting easier and more accessible through nutritional tools designed to support the fasting process. Cleanse for Life® provides the body with nutritional support while also supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes,† whereas products like Isagenix Snacks™, Whey Thins™, and IsaDelight® chocolates provide additional nutritional support to satisfy cravings and boost energy.

Here are three tips for success when intermittent fasting with Isagenix:

1. Use the Tools

You don’t have to be hangry. Take advantage of approved nutritional support like Whey Thins, IsaDelight chocolates, e+™, Isagenix Coffee, Ionix® Supreme, and Isagenix Snacks. However, it is always important to be conscious of calorie intake and only use what’s necessary for you personally – the goal is to consume as few calories as you possibly can. By having your regularly spaced servings of Cleanse for Life and other nutritional support, you are providing your body with a steady source of nutrition while also keeping calories at a healthy level.

2. Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

Abstaining from normal meals and foods can be tough if you haven’t prepared for it mentally and physically. Isagenix recommends completing at least two Shake Days prior to a Cleanse Day, but for some, up to two weeks of Shake Days may be necessary to prepare for a successful Cleanse Day experience. Use these days to incorporate the nutrient-dense shakes and other nutritious foods – this will help prepare you to start reducing your calorie intake. Better yet, gradually cutting back on excess calories ahead of time will make it easier to complete both successful Shake Days and Cleanse Days in the future.

3. Hydrate

Hydration is extremely important on Cleanse Days. Stay hydrated by drinking adequate water throughout the day. You may also support hydration on Cleanse Days with other calorie-free beverages like plain, unsweetened coffee, and herbal teas or beverages like Cleanse for Life, Ionix Supreme, or AMPED™ Hydrate if needed.

Not drinking enough water, especially on a Cleanse Day, can be a concern for many people. However, as with anything, it’s also possible to get too much of a good thing. By paying attention to your body’s cues, you can be confident that you’re making the best choice for your health. Some general guidelines you can follow from the Institute of Medicine is to consume between 2.7 liters (11 cups) and 3.7 liters (16 cups) of total water to meet the hydration needs of most healthy adults.

Down to a Science

Dr. Paul Arciero, Ph.D., is an accomplished exercise scientist who has researched intermittent fasting in partnership with Isagenix. He found that combining a balanced diet that incorporates Isagenix products, keeping consistent protein intake throughout the day, and intermittent fasting can help achieve long-term health loss goals, in addition to supporting markers of heart health and reducing oxidative stress.

Dr. Arciero performed a study consisting of two phases. The first was a 12-week weight loss phase and the second was a 52-week weight maintenance phase. For the first phase, all the study subjects followed the Isagenix regimen, and during the second phase, the group was split with one group continuing to use Isagenix while the other switched to a heart-healthy diet.

Dr. Arciero acknowledges that heart-healthy diets have proven benefits, but he has found that dietary strategies including intermittent fasting and consistent protein intake throughout the day are particularly effective.

During the second phase of the study looking at weight maintenance, all the participants consumed about 1,900 calories, but the Isagenix group consumed approximately 20-25 grams of protein at each meal and followed the Isagenix protocol for intermittent fasting once every two weeks or once a month.

At the end of the 12-month period, the results for the two groups was somewhat surprising and vastly different. The participants who continued to follow the Isagenix System outperformed the heart-healthy group in markers such as reduced body weight, oxidative stress, and arterial stiffness. Participants following the heart-healthy diet regained much of the weight they lost during the first phase of the study, along with seeing a decline in other markers that were improved in phase one.

More Than Weight Loss

While weight loss may be the most compelling argument for intermittent fasting, an increasing number of studies have also highlighted its benefits for better overall health and well-being.

So, are you ready to better your health? Let Isagenix help you incorporate intermittent fasting into your routine.

​​†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Essential Vitamins and Vitamer Diversity

Vitamins take on many forms in natural, whole foods like fruits and vegetables. Different forms of a vitamin, known as vitamers (pronounced vīt-ə-mərs), deliver greater nutrient diversity. Check this out to learn more about the benefits of vitamers!

What Are Vitamers?

July 9th, 2020|

While you might think of a vitamin like vitamin C as a single molecule, every vitamin is actually a family of related molecules that share a common function in the body. The members of a vitamin family are called vitamers (pronounced vīt-ə-mərs).

Vitamins and Vitamers

There are 14 essential vitamins that your body needs to function as it should — vitamins A, C, D, E, and K; the B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12); and choline (1). Each vitamin consists of several related forms known as vitamers. Some vitamins have only a few vitamers, while other vitamins have many. Every vitamer in a vitamin family has the same core functions but also has its own unique features and benefits.

Vitamers within a vitamin family can differ from each other in a variety of ways. Some forms of a vitamin might be more bioavailable than others or might follow slightly different pathways during metabolism, leading to subtly different health benefits.

For example, nicotinic acid and nicotinamide are two vitamers of vitamin B3. Both forms of vitamin B3 have the same essential functions in the body: helping to release energy from food, acting as a coenzyme in cellular metabolism, serving as an antioxidant, and contributing to the normal process of copying and maintaining DNA in cells (2).

Although they both share the same core functions of vitamin B3, these two vitamers also have subtly different properties. Nicotinic acid offers unique benefits for heart health but also has the potential to cause an uncomfortable niacin flush reaction in sensitive people. Nicotinamide, on the other hand, doesn’t cause a niacin flush reaction (2).

Vitamers in Natural Foods

Natural foods provide vitamins as a diverse array of vitamers. A varied diet that includes many different fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins delivers nutrients in their naturally occurring forms, including the full spectrum of vitamers. Getting a greater diversity of vitamers helps ensure you receive the benefits of the different forms of each vitamin.

When vitamins are added to foods, they are generally added as only a single, purified vitamer. While this approach has its own benefits, it can substantially reduce the diversity of nutrients in a typical diet.

For instance, vitamin E is commonly added to foods as vitamin E acetate (alpha-tocopherol acetate). This vitamer of vitamin E is very stable and effective at protecting foods from rancidity. While most fortified foods supply only one form of vitamin E, there are at least eight naturally occurring vitamers of vitamin E divided into two main groups — tocopherols and tocotrienols (3).

These naturally occurring vitamers offer a variety of benefits. Alpha-tocopherol is the most active form of vitamin E in the body, while the tocotrienols offer the most potent antioxidant benefits. All eight naturally occurring vitamers of vitamin E can be found in various plant-based foods (3).

In nature, vitamins exist as families of related vitamers. Each vitamer in a vitamin family shares the same essential functions in the body but also has unique properties of its own. The variety of vitamers that occur naturally in fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods provide a diverse array of nutritional benefits.

References

  1. Institute of Medicine. 2006. Dietary Reference Intakes: The Essential Guide to Nutrient Requirements. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11537.
  2. Institute of Medicine (US) Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes and its Panel on Folate, Other B Vitamins, and Choline. Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1998.
  3. Institute of Medicine (US) Panel on Dietary Antioxidants and Related Compounds. Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and Carotenoids. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2000.