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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Anyone else concerned about the depletion of our soils and the resulting ‘nutrition-poor’ foods available to us?

If you look this up on search engines you will get results supporting this and results calling it a myth, however, for me what really got my attention was this Scientific American article recently citing that crops grown decades ago were richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today. Read the article HERE.

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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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Vitamins and Minerals Sourced From Organic Whole Vegetables

Whole Blend Shakes provide 21 vitamins and minerals sourced from non-GMO, organic whole vegetables.

  • Vegetable extract blend: Made with broccoli, spinach, kale, pumpkin, sweet potato, sunflower seeds, chlorella, maitake mushroom, and shiitake mushroom, this blend delivers vitamins and minerals in their naturally occurring forms and provides vitamin diversity, also known as vitamers.
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Clean, Responsible Protein

Protein is an essential component of balanced nutrition, no matter what your wellness goals are. Whole Blend Shakes are packed with 24 grams of nourishing dairy protein, including undenatured whey protein from grass-fed cows.

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Natural Sweetness

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  • Molasses powder: A product of drying pure molasses from the sugar cane plant that includes natural minerals and a more complex flavor.
  • Honey powder: A natural source of sugar that provides the perfect hint of sweetness.
  • Stevia leaf extract: A South American herb that is naturally sweeter than sugar and provides no calories.

Dietary Fiber for Digestive Wellness

Fiber is an important component of any healthful diet, and many people aren’t getting the recommended daily amount. To help close the gap, Whole Blend Shake supplies 8 grams of dietary fiber from plant-based sources.

  • Chia seed powder: An extract from the seed of the chia plant that supplies insoluble fiber.
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A Perfect Blend of Good Fats

Getting the right kinds of fats is an important part of good nutrition. Whole Blend Shakes provide 6 grams of good fats to round out the nutrition in this superfood meal.

  • Sunflower oil: Pressed from sunflower seeds, sunflower oil is a rich source of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
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Deliciously Flavored, Naturally

  • Natural flavors: The term “natural flavors” is a regulated term used to define flavorings created using only components found in nature. They are generally made of essential oils, essences, or extracts; fruit juices; and spices.
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  • Lactobacillus acidophilusA beneficial bacteria belonging to the genus Lactobacillus that resides in the gastrointestinal tract and is commonly found in dairy products like yogurt.

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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!

Brain Boost & Renewal

Cleanse for Life

CytoActives Complex (CoQ10)

Complete Essentials With IsaGenesis

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Greens

Isagenix Joint Support

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.

Enjoy the New Mom Bundle

For a limited time, new moms can take advantage of the New Mom Bundle, which is filled with products that can help during the transition to the journey of motherhood. It focuses on providing convenient nutrition through the IsaLean® Shakes and Bars, proper hydration with the help of AMPED™ Hydrate, as well as general support for your immune and digestive system through Immune Shake Booster and IsaBiome™ Daily Digestive Health System. Or alternatively, you can purchase precisely the items you would like to get started with a la carte! It simple!

Nutritional Support for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women

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Isagenix Hydrate

You lose tons of fluids, nutrients, and electrolytes throughout your day. Add physical activity to the mix, and your body can really be at a deficit. The advanced electrolytes in AMPED™ Hydrate are the perfect solution for daily hydration.*

• 10-15 calories and 0 g sugar per serving.
• Electrolytes to replenish what’s lost during physical activity.*
• Vitamins and minerals including zinc, antioxidant vitamin C, and vitamin B complex.
• Superfruit blend including coconut water powder, mango, banana, and ginger root.
• Four thirst-quenching flavors: Lemon Lime, Orange, Blue Raspberry, and Coconut.
• Ages 4 and up.

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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

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

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.

What’s the Freedom we are all Really Striving for?

What is the freedom we are all seeking right now on this day where we should be celebrating our freedom??

Freedom from sin….now that is the freedom we all should be fighting for because ultimately it is the only freedom that matters, for it is eternal!

… But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive
God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ. … Galatians 3:22

“For sin pays its wage — death; but God’s free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:23‬ ‭

Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Romans 8:34

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

So you will be saved, if you honestly say, “Jesus is Lord,” and if you believe with all your heart that God raised him from death. Romans 10:9

I can and do honestly say that Jesus is my Lord. Because he lives!. He is the one and only living God! That’s what I am celebrating! I am free from the penalty of my past sins and my future sins! (Though I desired to sin no more of course)!

And he walks with me and he talks with me each and every day! I just remembered this childhood song…. In The Garden. How sweet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwXd3WzjKy8

Reversing premature aging? Really?

No, I’m not reverse aging, but I do believe that I am reversing the ravages of premature aging with Isagenix’s all-natural dietary supplement based on Nobel Prize winning science.

Why would you not try it? It’s not a magic bullet, its’ not a quick fix but just like your body slowly got to where it is today, with IsaGenesis, over time, you can have a positive impact of your life. I have no plans to stop!

Check out below 10 plant-based ingredients to help maintain your youth*, and then consider purchasing IsaGenesis®, or better yet, get your daily vitamins along with it in Complete Essentials Daily Packs with IsaGenesis®.

*Isagenix products have not been evaluated by the FDA. Isagenix products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

IsaGenesis®: 10 Plant-Based Ingredients to Help Maintain Your Youth

For those wishing to maintain their youthful energy and vitality, IsaGenesis® represents a cocktail of selected botanicals and nutrients that reinforce the body’s own defenses against oxidative stress and underlying free radicals that can accelerate the process of aging.

Telomeres, the protective DNA sequences at the end of each chromosome, are essential to maintain genome stability within cells. Telomere length is considered a hallmark of biological aging. Normal cell division leads to gradual shortening of protective telomeres over time and is a process associated with normal aging. Lifestyle factors such as poor diet, stress, and exposure to environmental toxins are also linked to premature telomere shortening as well as other negative consequences for health (1-5).

Years of scientific study have identified nutritional strategies that are associated with benefits for healthy aging. Consistent with this research, a growing body of scientific literature suggests that antioxidant-rich plant foods and botanical ingredients can help to support telomeres and defend against the harmful effects of oxidative stress known to accelerate the cellular aging process (6).

  1. Milk Thistle – Milk thistle contains compounds including silymarin with demonstrated liver-protective and antioxidant effects (6-8). 1. Ashwagandha – This popular herb has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine known for its antioxidant and neuroprotective effects (9, 10).
  2. Horny Goat Weed – There’s evidence indicating that horny goat weed has antioxidant properties. It also supports healthy aging through different mechanisms, including support for immune and endocrine systems and benefits for metabolism and organ function (11-16).
  3. Grape Seed Extract – Grape seed extract has a high concentration of polyphenolic flavonoids which have been shown to improve parameters related to heart health and platelet reactivity (17-21).
  4. Turmeric – The curry spice contains curcumin and other curcuminoids which have demonstrated neuroprotective and immunoenhancing effects. It has also been shown to stimulate antioxidant defenses in the body (22, 23).
  5. Giant knotweed (a source of resveratrol) – Giant knotweed, as a natural source of resveratrol (also found in red wine), provides potent antioxidant and immune system support and has been linked with benefits for healthy aging (24-26).
  6. Pomegranate – This fruit has significant antioxidant activity due to its high polyphenol content. It has been demonstrated to support heart, metabolism, and detoxification systems (27-29).
  7. White, Green, and Black Tea – Various types of tea leaves contain biologically active compounds associated with many health benefits, including support for cognitive function and blood flow (30-33).
  8. Asian Ginseng – Shown to help improve glucose metabolism and circulation as well as moderate the immune response through its antioxidant properties (34, 35).
  9. Bilberry – Shown to support cognitive function and memory and protect the brain from oxidative stress (36-41).

Additionally, the inclusion of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and B12 (a mix of methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin) helps combat oxidative stress. Vitamin C plays a role in developing and maintaining a healthy antioxidant status (42, 43). Adequate vitamin B12 status is essential to maintain normal blood homocysteine levels. Elevated blood homocysteine is a known risk factor for oxidative stress (44, 45).

IsaGenesis Clinical Trial

Catalase is a protective enzyme naturally produced by cells that is key to defending against cellular damage caused by harmful, free-radical generating peroxides. Catalase neutralizes these harmful compounds to prevent damage within cells. Supporting the body’s defense against oxidative stress helps maintain normal telomere function and mitigates many of the factors that contribute to premature telomere shortening (1-5).

In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, IsaGenesis significantly increased levels of catalase in healthy adults after 12 weeks of daily use (6). Forty-three healthy, nonsmoking men and women ages 25-45 participated in a clinical trial which was conducted at a major university. The participants were randomly assigned to receive four capsules per day of either IsaGenesis or a placebo.

The participants provided blood samples before starting the trial, at four weeks, and after 12 weeks. Overall, the researchers observed a 15 percent increase in catalase levels in those participants who supplemented with IsaGenesis, compared to participants who received a placebo.

The clinical trial demonstrates that IsaGenesis not only includes botanicals and antioxidant nutrients to support the body’s defense against oxidative stress, but their combination is also shown to stimulate the body’s own powerful antioxidant defenses.

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