Chemical Mayhem

Mainstream household products often contain powerful hormone disruptors. Is your health at risk?

I have a riddle for you:  What do nonstick pans, corn, plastic kids’ toys, and lipstick tubes all have in common?  Each could be hiding something called endocrine disruptors–potentially toxic chemicals that can interfere with your body’s endocrine system.

How do they interfere?  Any way you can imagine!  These chemicals can increase or decrease, block, or imitate certain hormones; even change how these hormones work in your body, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Endocrine disruptors can harm the body’s neurological, immune, reproductive, and developmental systems, according to the NIEHS. These chemicals have been linked to a wide range of health issues, including fertility problems, low sex drive, kidney disease, and birth defects.

There are 12 chemical compounds you can avoid to limit your exposure–the Environmental Working Group calls these “The Dirty Dozen” of endocrine disruptors.

  1. Bisphenol A
    1. It is a chemical that mimics estrogen and is used to make plastics in resins.
    2. You can find it inside the lining of canned goods, most thermal paper used for receipts, and polycarbonate plastics marked with recycling label No. 7.
  2. Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCS)
    1. These are chemicals added to nonstick cookware, clothing, upholstery, tents, and more for their water repellent ability and resisting stains. One compound, perfluorooctanoic acid, is completely nonbiodegradable and has been linked to kidney disease, low sperm count, thyroid disease, and other illnesses.
    2. You can find them in water-resistant clothing, furniture, and some nonstick pans.
  3. Atrazine
    1. It is an herbacide used on corn crops that has been linked to the feminization of male frogs.
    2. You find it in corn products and drinking water.
  4. Arsenic
    1. It is a toxic chemical that disrupts with the hormones cortisol and insulin; linked to skin, bladder, and lung cancer.
    2. You find it in drinking water and processed foods.
  5. Phthalates
    1. These are plastic-softening chemicals that have been linked to premature death of testicular cells. The National Toxicology Program warns that one type of phthalate may damage human development, while another type is likely to be a human carcinogen.
    2. You can find phthalates in plastic food containers, plastic toys, and some personal care products.
  6. Fire Retardants
    1. These are chemicals that are used to make products less flammable, known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). Some can imitate thyroid hormones.
    2. You find them in some foam furniture, house dust, and carpet padding.
  7. Lead
    1. Lead is a heavy metal that is linked to decreased levels of sex hormones, lowered IQ, hearing loss, miscarriages, and premature birth.
    2. You can find lead in older paints and pipes and drinking water.
  8. Organophosphate Pesticides
    1. They are pesticides toxic to the nervous systems of insects and have also been linked to decreased testosterone and altered thyroid hormones in humans.
    2. You can find these pesticides in most conventionally farmed produce.
  9. Mercury
    1. Mercury is a toxic metal that can build up in the fetal brain and interfere with development; it also binds to hormones that regulate menstruation.
    2. You can find mercury in some fish, such as shark, king mackerel, swordfish, and tuna.
  10. Dioxin
    1. This is a chemical formed during manufacturing that has the potential to disrupt sex hormones; if you are exposed early in life,dioxin can also decrease sperm quality and quantity.
    2. You may find it hiding in animal products including meat, fish, milk, and eggs.
  11. Perchlorate
    1. This is a chemical used in rocket fuel that becomes airborne and can interfere with thyroid hormones.
    2. You can find it in drinking water, produce, and milk.
  12. Glycol Ethers
    1. These are solvents that the European Union says can damage fertility; studies have also shown that workers who are exposed have lower sperm counts.
    2. You can find them in paints, cleaning products, and cosmetics.

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A League on the Go

AdvoCare is proud to be the Official Sports Nutritional Partner of Major League Soccer.

Thousands of fans see AdvoCare along the sidelines of every MLS game in America and Canada.  We’re excited to sponsor the most watched sport in the world (the US may love football, but the rest of the world loves soccer) as We Build Champions across the nation.

MLS FACTS

  • A professional soccer player may run 8.5 miles in one game.
  • Players from more than 60 countries are represented in MLS.
  • 22 MLS players participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
  • Two expansion clubs started playing in 2015, New York City FC & Orlando City FC
  • Two additional clubs begin play in 2017, Atlanta & Los Angeles FC

*Rehydrate is the Official Sports Drink of Major League Soccer

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Eat Calm & Carry On

Choosing the right foods can fight inflammation–and keep your body feeling its best.

It’s hot in here? My back hurts. I feel bloated. My skin is red and itchy! They may be common, but these symptoms aren’t normal–and it doesn’t have to be a sign that you’re growing older. There’s an underlying reason why you’re experiencing these symptoms.

Acute inflammation is the body’s natural way of fighting invasive pathogens–it ebbs and flows, which is a good thing, but prolonged inflammation, which manifests itself as acne, allergies, weight gain, digestive issues, joint pain, depression, and neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases–means your immune system might be stuck in overdrive.

Relief starts in the gut, which is designed to fight viruses and bacteria in food before they can infect the body. The best way to cool inflammation on a cellular level is to eat a diet of anti-inflammatory foods, according to registered dietician Kathryn Bloxsom.  Here are her powerful tricks to help you–and your immune system–be calm, healthy, and happy.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3s found in fatty fish and nuts are anti-inflammatory. Foods with a high concentration of plant-based omega-3s also have tons of antioxidant phytonutrients and polyphenols that are beneficial for easing inflammation. Eat salmon, mackerel, tuna, walnuts, and extra-virgin olive oil.

Fiber

“Fiber is one of the bes and most well studied anti-inflammatory foods,” says Bloxsom.  High-fiber foods such as beans, whole grains, seeds, and fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C and E, along with papain (a protein-digesting enzyme), beta-carotene, and manganese, are ideal. Eat kelp, papaya, blueberries, sweet potato, pumpkin, cantaloupe, apricots, carrots, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.

Herbs

“Herbs and spices are also potent antioxidants.  Many of them have been used for their anti-inflammatory benefits for centuries around the world, and science is starting to back up what folklore has long known,” says Bloxsom.  Turmeric is believed to be as effective as hydrocortisone in fighting inflammation. Eat basil, mint, cilantro, turmeric, ginger, curry, raw garlic, and chili peppers.

Other Food to Enjoy

Outside of these categories, green tea contains flavonoids that are naturally anti-inflammatory and can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.  You can’t go wrong with broccoli–its phytonutrients help to rid the body of potentially carcinogenic compounds that may lower cholesterol, boost immune function, and fight cancer.  Just don’t be breading and frying them!

Foods to Avoid

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet won’t do much good if you are also eating pro-inflammatory foods, and one of the biggest culprits is he refined sugar found in many processed foods.  Also, dishes high in trans fats amp up bad cholesterol (LDL), inflame arteries, and welcome harmful free radicals into the body. Avoid saturated fats, refined sugars, pasta, potatoes, bread, cream, butter, polyunsaturated vegetable oils (safflower, soybean, corn, and sunflower), preserved dried fruit, milk, and red meat.

AdvoCare’s Herbal Cleanse System

  • Supports improved digestion and thorough internal cleansing
  • Helps prepare the body for optimal nutrient absorption
  • Supports healthy weight management
The AdvoCare Herbal Cleanse system can help rid your body of waste and prepare the body for optimal nutrient absorption with its unique blend of herbal ingredients.* Using a systematic approach, this 10-day system guides you through the daily steps for thorough internal cleansing and improved digestion.*

Each Herbal Cleanse box includes these two key products: ProBiotic Restore™ capsules and Herbal Cleanse tablets. For the complete system, combine use of these two products with AdvoCare® Fiber (also sold separately) for the duration of the 10 days.

Although not specifically designed for weight management, some people who use Herbal Cleanse for the first time may experience a reduction in pounds and/or inches when they pair the system with a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise.*

DIRECTIONS

For ages 18 and older.
Follow the instructions included on the insert in each Herbal Cleanse system to carefully consume the products in the correct order each day.

For more details and step-by-step daily instructions, follow the 24-Day Challenge™ Daily Guide and/or Virtual Coach. Both of these resources can be found at Lori McCall’s AdvoCare Website
HELPFUL TIPS FOR THE HERBAL CLEANSE:
HERBAL CLEANSE SHOULD ONLY BE USED ONCE EVERY 90 DAYS.

  • Consume a well-balanced, healthy diet while taking Herbal Cleanse
  • Follow a diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid fried, heavy foods and junk food
  • Do not take thermogenics (MNS® color packets, ThermoPlus® or AdvoCare Slim®) when using Herbal Cleanse

*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.

 

Finding Your Level of Fitness-Shedding Pounds

What can start as a way of losing weight may turn into a complete lifestyle change.

My turning point came to when I was looking at photos of myself and noticing how round my face was getting, along with my stomach!  It was the biggest I had ever been in my life, including pregnancy, and I was very depressed about it.

I began working out, stopped drinking, eating healthier, and drinking more water. I reached a weight loss plateau, so a friend of mine introduced me to AdvoCare’s 24-day-challenge.  I lost 8 pounds and 11 inches during those 24 days, and I looked great! I dropped a whole dress size! I continued to lose weight (approximately a pound a week) after the challenge by staying on the products and continuing my fitness routine.  Once I had bunion surgery, I had to stop cardio for a while, but continued weight lifting.  I maintained my weight during that time, and that was during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

I’m now on my 2nd challenge, day 9, and I’m feeling and looking marvelous!  I just want to share AdvoCare with the whole world!

Right now I work full time for Costco Wholesale, but am wanting to go to part time by August.  My husband travels a lot, and I want to be able to spend more time with him, plus see my grown children more, because they don’t live with us anymore. I know AdvoCare can help me get there.

I am passionate about a healthy lifestyle, because I believe health is more important than anything else! I know that AdvoCare is the answer for me to live better, and be with my family more. I like my job at Costco, but I don’t love it. I love being active, and that’s where my passion lies.

Whether it’s running, hiking, weight lifting, dancing, or walking my dogs, I believe that exercise can be fun and a way to inspire others.

I’ve only been on AdvoCare since August 2015, but I want to help you achieve your goals and do things with your life that you never thought possible.  I want to help you transform your life!

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Finding Your Level of Fitness

  1. Stay consistent with your AdvoCare products, nutrition, and workouts. It will help you reach and maintain your health goals.
  2. Break your long-term goals into shorter ones and learn to listen to your body. It’s important to take it day-by-day.
  3. Love the body you are in and be the best version of YOU. Don’t compare your AdvoCare results with someone else’s.
  4. If you’re trying to find motivation to train, just put on your shoes! That will give you the mental push you need to get up and go.

 

AdvoCare Core Nutrition System

No matter what your age, you want to feel and perform your best. You can be a Baby Boomer, busy professional, gym rat, or weekend warrior, Advocare Core provides a comprehensive nutrition system to support your on-the-go lifestyle and help you achieve peak vitality. (this statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)

CorePlex

provides a balance of essential nutrients at the proper levels to assure optimal absorption

Calcium Plus

is a great source of calcium, an essential part of maintaining the strength and health of your bones and teeth.

OmegaPlex

is a safe and easy way to get the omega-3 fatty acids that may be missing in your diet.

JointProMotion

helps lubricate and protect the joints.

BioTune

promotes internal balance and healthy aging.

Cardio Q

combines CoQ10, Vitamin D, and Lycopene to promote healthy aging and cardiovascular support.

 

 

I Hate Winter

I am not a cold weather person at all, really!  I feel like I should make like a bear and hibernate!  I know I live in Texas, and winter is really not that bad here, but I have never liked the cold.

It was 80 degrees in Plano, TX the day after Christmas and 11 tornadoes were confirmed that day, with at least 26 people dying in them.  Growing up in this area, I cannot remember when we had a tornado in December.l

What makes matters worse is that a cold front blew in right after the tornadoes, and torrential rains.  Weather like this makes it hard to clean up after such devastation.  Tornadoes usually happen in the Spring, when the temperatures are much warmer.

I am blessed that the tornadoes missed my area, but really am praying for those who lost loved ones, homes, and pets.  I don’t think anyone deserves this, and I am praying for them.

The weather has stayed cold here since that dreadful day, but no ice or snow.  For that, I am grateful.  I am suffering from a cold right now, but am about to use some AdvoCare products to strengthen my immune system:  Immunoguard and Citriczinc.  I always get a cold in January!

I hope you have a blessed day!

Add It Up-Are Cheap Fillers in Your Kitchen?

Go up any aisle in the grocery store, and you will see rows of shelves packed with processed foods that are loaded with chemical additives. These additives extend the shelf life of the food and make cheaply processed food taste better.

Reading an ingredient label is like reading a 2nd language!  Some ingredients sound sketchy, like ascorbic acid, but it’s just a form of Vitamin C. Others, however, have been linked to many health problems, such as cancer, tumors, and hormonal issues.

I have included a list of the worst ingredients, according to the Environmental Working Group.

  1. Nitrites & Nitrates-found in jerky and preserved meats, which is linked to stomach cancer; choose nitrate-free jerky instead.
  2. Potassium Bromate-found in breads and crackers, and is linked to tumors; choose natural, preservative-free breads and snacks.
  3. Propyl Paraben-found in bath and body products, which disrupt the endocrine system and acts as a weak, synthetic estrogen; could cause decreased sperm counts; look for paraben-free foods and bath products.
  4. Butylated Hydroxytoluene(BHT)-it’s a food preservative, and may cause lung tumors; check ingredient labels and choose natural and organic foods.
  5. Butylated Hydroxyanisole(BHA)-found in potato chips and preserved meats, and could cause tumors; shop for all-natural snacks and chips containing only ingredients you recognize.
  6. Propyl Gallate-found in products with edible fats, such as sausage and could cause tumors; look for natural meats containing only ingredients you recognize.
  7. Theobromne-found in bread, cereal, and sports drinks; the possible reproductive and developmental effects of theobromine were never satisfactorily explained to the FDA; buy natural cereals without additives.
  8. Diacetyl-found as butter flavoring in microwavable popcorn and in yogurt, cheese, and maple flavoring; it’s associated with bronchiolitis obliterans, and irreversible respiratory illness; choose natural popcorn, organic cheese and yogurt, and pure maple syrup.
  9. Phosphate Food Additives-found in packaged baked goods, preserved meats, and other heavily processed foods, this ingredient is linked to heart disease and high blood pressure and is especially dangerous to people with kidney disease; shop for organic products whenever possible.
  10. Aluminum-found in many processed foods, aluminum has been linked to developmental problems in pregnant animals and may be associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders; always read the list of ingredients on your food!

Doc Talk

Q:  Why  nutritional supplements?

A:  Consuming a balanced diet is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, but most of the time you still don’t get the daily recommended dietary allowances needed to support your body’s needs.

Q:  I have not taken supplements before. What suggestions do you have for someone as a starting point?

A:  Take into the account of your individual needs and goals. The majority of folks take supplements to support general health, wellness, and promote healthy aging. The recommendations for these folks are CorePlex, OmegaPlex, Calcium Plus, Amplify A.T., and ProBiotic Restore ULTRA. Always consult your physician regarding what products are appropriate for you.

Q:  I have lost 20 pounds, but have reached a plateau; how do I break it?

A:  To be successful, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, reduce stress, get a good night’s sleep, and take the appropriate supplements. You can either exercise more without changing your calorie intake or consume less calories and exercise the same. Either option should work.

Q:  Why are non-nutritive sweeteners used in AdvoCare products?

A:  Our society consumes way too much sugar; non-nutritive sweeteners allow AdvoCare to produce great-tasting products without the excess sugar. Don’t worry, though, because AdvoCare doesn’t use any ingredient deemed to be unsafe or harmful based on sound scientific evidence.

Q:  Do AdvoCare products meet the needs of certain dietary restrictions?

A:  The products aren’t formulated to meet the strict requirements of highly specialized diets such as allergen free, kosher, halal, vegan, or vegetarian. Individual who have celiac disease and are gluten-intolerant are advised to consult their doctor regarding AdvoCare products suitable to them.

Q:  What are the product guidelines for children, or women who are expecting or nursing?

A:  You can look in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the AdvoCare website. The guidelines listed there are only suggestions and are not intended to replace he advice of your physician.

Q:  Are all SYS skincare products safe for all skin types?

A:  Yes; these products are designed for everyone. If you have underlying skin conditions, please consult your dermatologist before using.

Q:  Where can I find more information on products and their applications?

A:  Product Pages and FAQs in the Science section are found on the AdvoCare website homepage http://www.advocare.com.

 

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