New Way to Determine if Your Health is at Risk

I read  Dr. Mercola’s articles sometimes, and I was interested in seeing what he had to say about America’s growing obesity problem.  Most doctor’s determine your risk by using BMI (Body Mass Index).  Dr. Mercola states that BMI could be inaccurate; a BMI of 25 to 30 is considered overweight, and anything over 30 is considered obese.  Your BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. The problem is, this method fails to differentiate between muscle and fat tissue. It also doesn’t take into account the actual distribution of body fat on your physical frame.

According to The Telegraph in May 2013, the danger of visceral fat (deep fat) is related to the release of proteins and hormones that can cause inflammation, which in turn can damage arteries and enter your liver, and affect how your body breaks down sugars and fats. Two tests that give you a far better idea of your body composition and health risk are your waist-to-hip ratio and your height-to-waist ratio.

I have attached a link to a video on how to determine this ratio:  Waist to Hip Ratio

Your waist-to-hip ratio has the added benefit of giving you a better idea of the actual distribution of fat on your body. Having an apple shaped body is indicative of carrying more harmful visceral fat, which is associated with an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes. Carrying more fat around your hips and buttocks, on the other hand, is associated with lower health risks as this subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin) is not nearly as harmful as the fat around your internal organs.

To determine your waist-to-hip ratio, get a tape measure and record your waist and hip circumference. Then divide your waist circumference by your hip circumference. For a more thorough demonstration, please see the video above.

Waist to Hip Ratio Men Women
Ideal 0.8 0.7
Low Risk <0.95 <0.8
Moderate Risk 0.96 to 0.99 0.81 to 0.84
High Risk >1.0 >0.85

AdvoCare’s 24-Day Challenge is the best way to help you combat weight issues; it is NOT a diet, but a lifestyle change.  I would love to help you get your health back!  Please visit My AdvoCare Website and use the Product Navigator to determine what products would best suite your optimal results.

Please pray for those in my state of Texas who have suffered loss from Hurricane Harvey.  I live north of Dallas, so no danger for me, but there are others who have lost everything.

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Side Effects of Antidepressants

Are you being treated for moderate or severe depression by a doctor?  Your physician probably prescribed for you some sort of antidepressants.  Here are some common side effects of antidepressants:

  • nausea
  • increased appetite or weight gain
  • loss of sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, and decreased orgasm
  • fatigue and drowsiness
  • insomnia
  • dry mouth
  • blurred vision
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • agitation
  • irritability
  • anxiety

If you are experiencing any of these side effects and are sick of it, there are some healthier alternatives.  Study after study has shown that exercise has shown to promote mental health and reduces symptoms of depression.  Regular exercise has the same effects on the mind as some medications, like Setraline.  Other things that can help with depression are eating a healthy diet, support optimal brain functioning with essential fats, like AdvoCare’s OmegaPlex, which has high quality Omega 3’s, and get plenty of sunshine!  One study found that people with the lowest levels of vitamin D were 11 times more prone to be depressed than those who had normal levels. Vitamin D deficiency is actually more the norm than the exception, and has previously been implicated in both psychiatric and neurological disorders.

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The Redwines’ Story-Building a Dream Team

All it took for Milton Redwine was to try his first Spark.  He heard about AdvoCare at the gym while he and Chelsea were working out.  He was excited about the opportunity, but Chelsea was hesitant. She said AdvoCare sounded great, but they couldn’t afford Spark.

Both Milton and Chelsea worked nights and weekends to pay the bills and support their three-year-old daughter.  Their mentor suggested they share the products with others and earn enough money to pay for their own products.  Eighteen days and three mixers(small group meetings) later, they earned enough to purchase two 24-Day Challenges and began the Challenge right away. Together they lost 35 pounds in the first 60 days with the help of AdvoCare products and lifestyle changes.

The Redwines quickly saw a vision to earn extra money, but saw more than that after attending meetings and business trainings.  They set up three-way conference calls and began hosting one to three mixers per week, both for newcomers and alongside Advisors on their team, to promote their AdvoCare brand.  They also met regularly with their mentors to set a business strategy, which they still do today.

By eliminating distractions, prioritizing personal growth and always focusing on helping newcomers find the right products for their lifestyle, the couple continues to grow heir eam and have been able to leave heir full-time jobs.  They now have two little girls to keep them busy, and Chelsea and Milton are taking in every moment as it comes.

 

 

Over the Counter Pain Medications

My husband just had some lab work done last week, and we found out that he had high protein counts in his urine and his liver enzymes were high.  He hardly ever drinks, so we know that alcohol was not a factor in his liver damage.  He takes Advil at night, and we discovered that that could have an effect on the liver.  Here are some other side effects on over the counter pain medications:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
    • Nausea
    • Rash
    • Liver Damage
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Advil, Aleve, and Motrin)
    • Stomach upset
    • Heartburn
    • Nausea
    • Stomach Ulcers
    • Kidney Damage
    • Allergic Reaction
    • Liver Damage
    • Increased Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

No one younger than 20 should take aspirin.  It has been linked to Reye Syndrome, a very serious illness. It causes swelling in the liver and brain.

Some safe alternatives to over the counter pain medications are:

  • Ginger is an anti-inflammatory.
  • Tumeric is an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce the risk of cancer.
  • Capsaicin is derived from chili peppers and is a topical remedy that reduces nerve, muscle and joint pain.
  • Valerian root helps relieve insomnia, tension, irritability, stress, and anxiety.
  • Magnesium can help curb the pain of migraines, muscle spasms and fibromyalgia.
  • Cat’s Claw is known for containing an anti-inflammatory agent that aids in blocking the production of the hormone prostaglandin, which contributes to inflammation and pain within the body.
  • Boswellia contains active components like resin that reduce inflammation and pain.
  • White willow bark is the original aspirin.
  • Essential oils such as chamomile, lavender, and sage help relax muscles and calm the mind.

I am an Advisor with AdvoCare, and an advocate for wellness.  Our country consumes 70% of prescription medications in the world, and we only count for approximately 5% of the world.  We have a serious prescription epidemic and it needs to stop!