Help your kids be their best by providing them with the nutrients needed for proper development. Learn about the 6 nutrients your kids need. As a parent, you do your best to teach your children to make healthy eating choices, but let’s be honest—kids will be kids.
Help your kids get the nutrition they need so they can live a healthy and happy life.
Real talk: Oily skin is annoying. If you have it like I do, you know the struggle. It’s my biggest skin insecurity and, sometimes, it’s the first thing I notice in a mirror.
If you’re fed up with oily skin, you could get a laser treatment or chemical peel, but medical spa remedies may not be your answer. The look of oily skin can be conquered by refocusing your skincare regimen with some simple steps.
Purify with an Oil Absorbing Cleanser
Gone are the days on one-fits-all face cleansers (Praises!). So many brands are offering face washes with oily skin formulas. These cleansers have stronger ingredients to fight oil build up in your pores. Try switching to an oily skin cleanser and give your skin time to adapt. If you’re noticing irritation, try cleansing your face with your hands instead of a washcloth, and dial back the water from hot to warm.
Balance It Out with Toner
Please, put down the astringent and lock it away in the medicine cabinet. I know oily skin can be infuriating and you think it needs to be dried up with aggressive astringents, but over-drying your skin can have unsightly side effects. Dehydrated skin will look flaky, red, even oilier than before. And, most importantly, it’s unhealthy.
To help with your shiny situation, you need a quality toner to rebalance your skin and calm down the visible oil production. Toner will restore your skin’s natural moisture and balance out your pH levels. According to an article by Ask the Scientists, when your skin is properly cleansed and balanced, your cells can absorb the treatments that follow.
Lighten Up on Creamy Moisturizers
Those of us cursed with overproducing oil glands might look at moisturizer one of two ways. One, never use it. Moisture causes oil and oil cause unflattering skin. The result: Dry, flaky, dull skin that’s screaming for its moisture back. Or two, we know our skin is dried out from extreme methods of drying up the oil, so we lather on thick, creamy moisturizer and night creams. The result: We still have oily skin and feel defeated.
Your skin needs moisture to have a healthy glow and function properly. Give it what it wants, just try lotion instead of cream. Find a lotion-based moisturizer for your oily face. Better yet, find one with SPF protection. If you like using regular sunscreen on your face instead, make sure your brand of choice is oil free.
Oil production fluctuates by hormones, mood, even the weather. Oil isn’t just a total skin villain though, it’s also your skin’s natural anti-aging mechanism. So, we don’t want to totally eradicate it from our skin.
Tips From an Oily Face:
Aside from updating my skincare regimen, I’ve discovered these tips to help keep me glowy, not oily.
• Hands Off
Picking at blemishes, pushing on blackheads, and pinching your face just makes it look angry. Your hands come in contact with a lot during the day. From keyboards to coffee cups, door handles, and strangers’ pens, there are plenty of germs and grime all over your fingers. If you’re constantly touching your face, all that dirt is transferred to your pretty pores.
• Eating Healthy Fats
Eating greasy foods and eating foods with healthy fats and oils are two distinct food groups. Your skin needs healthy oils like the Omega3 in salmon, virgin olive oil, avocado, or grapeseed oil. Try focusing on adding these to your diet to see the difference it makes.
• Pick Up Some Blotting Papers
Midday shine or sweat glisten can be aggravating. Purchase a pack of blotting papers and tuck them in your pocket, keep them in your desk at work, or slide them into your purse. Ladies, put down the powder every time you get a little shiny. Makeup can clog your pores more, causing your skin to produce more oil. So counterproductive.
Conquer Oily Complexions
Know you’re not alone in the fight against oily skin. There are plenty of tips, tricks, and products available to help fight the shiny nemeses. Celavive® can transform your oil slick complexion into something smooth and vibrant. See for yourself how this brand is going beyond what you see in skincare.
Take up the fight and face the day with a glowing complexion, less oil, and more confidence.
Are you interested in experiencing the Celavive skin care line, call us today to make arrangements for a private one on one consultation or have a group get together? East Coast Life Solutions is always ready to give you the answers to any of your skin care or supplement questions. We have a team with ledge edge research and technology that can be easily accessed anytime, anywhere.
We all have those tired moments when we could use a little extra oomph. It’s 3:00 p.m., an important project is due, and the motivation to rally through is lacking. Many people turn to coffee, energy drinks, candy bars, and other quick fixes to push them through the afternoon lull. But these “solutions” can have serious side effects: caffeine too late in the day means restlessness at night, added sugars cause a sharp rise and fall in blood sugar levels; many energy drinks have a laundry list of artificial ingredients. You may feel a boost of energy initially but will ultimately be worse off than if you hadn’t eaten that Snickers at all (no offense, Snickers lovers; I’m right there with you).
So, what’s the best way to get your fix? The most effective way to address a lack of energy is to prevent the problem in the first place. Shoot for the long term, creating consistent energy through proper nutrition. Conscious (or goal-oriented) grocery shopping/eating and utilizing supplements to make up for deficiencies will super-charge your cells. There are also several options for a quick boost that are healthier and more natural than the ones listed above. Read on to learn more about using clean nutrition for energy.
Food for Thought
With food, timing is everything. It’s important to have a steady eating schedule. Eating snacks high in protein and complex carbs between meals can keep the energy steadily flowing. Foods like cottage cheese, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, or a protein bar can provide a controlled amount of energy. Such foods will satisfy your hunger for longer periods of time than quick-digesting sugars or other simple carbs. Protein bars, or even powdered protein, are also good substitutes when you’re unable to eat on your normal schedule. They are both portable and don’t need to be refrigerated. Make sure to stay hydrated, too, as any amount of dehydration can leave you feeling light-headed or fatigued (and continually debating that trip to the vending machine).
When shopping for groceries, sometimes all it takes is reading the label to know whether a food item will contribute or detract from your long-term nutritional goals. I know when I shop mindlessly (aka, if it looks good I buy it), it inevitably leads to some poor purchasing decisions and, worse, I often completely omit an important food group or nutrient. Planning ahead not only saves time but could also save you money, by committing you to just the items on your list. Luckily, there are many ways to keep track of your shopping list; I use Google Keep, but there are plenty of great apps available.
Supplements: An Essential Foundation
Of course, it isn’t always easy to get all of your nutrition from food alone. For example, if you wanted to get the American Heart Association’s recommended amount of omega-3 fatty acids, you’d have to eat two servings of fish per week. This might not seem like a big deal to a seafood fanatic but, if fishy flavors aren’t your thing, it’s just not realistic to fit in those fatty acids. That’s where supplements come in. For omega-3s, you could try BiOmega™, an ultra-pure fish oil supplement that offers both omega-3 fatty acids and a dose of vitamin D.*
Another benefit to supplements is they can go above and beyond when it comes to full-body health, especially at the cellular level. CoQuinone® 30, one of USANA’s high-quality nutritional products, contains coenzyme Q10, which is key to the production of natural energy (ATP) in cells. It’s a cleaner, more sustainable option for energy on a cellular level. It has also been shown to support a strong and healthy cardiovascular system and contributes to overall antioxidant protection.* Nothing can completely substitute a balanced diet, but you can certainly enhance your nutrition—and energy levels—with the right supplements.
If you’re like me and don’t have time to manage all of your supplements, it’s worth checking out the HealthPak™ from USANA. It’s a 28-day supply of core nutritionals, separated into individual AM/PM packs. It definitely beats trying to keep track of four, five, or more individual supplements multiple times a day. If you want a more custom solution, check out the MyHealthPak™. It’s similar to the regular HealthPak, except you get to build your own daily supply of nutritionals by selecting which supplements to include—and how many. My favorite part is you can choose which supplements go in the AM and PM packs, making once-a-day supplements easier to incorporate.
We all know, even with the best preparations, life has a way of throwing a wrench in things. Maybe you wake up late and don’t have time to make your high-fat, high-protein avocado toast. Perhaps work or life stresses are draining you, preventing you from eating when you’d like. Whatever the issue, sometimes we just need a quick pick-me-up. Whole fruit is a great, clean energy source that’s perfect for these situations. They have carbs, fiber, and the good kind of sugar that will give you a more sustained energy boost—unlike that Snickers bar we had earlier. So wolf down an apple or orange (or, my favorite, grapefruit) and get to it! Even if you need to go on a fast food run, a lot of restaurants offer fruit or vegetables as a side in place of those deliciously devilish fries.
If you do cave and go for that Snickers bar, it’s not the end of the world. Moderation is both fine and healthy (even those maybe-not-quite-so-evil simple carbohydrates I keep hounding on). Just make sure these little fixes don’t become long-term habits. In reality, the more you focus on getting the proper nutrients at the proper times, the less likely you’ll feel the need to turn to that late-afternoon chocolate bar.
Here at East Coast Life Solutions, we know that food and energy are synonymous with good health. Please feel free to shop for any of the above-mentioned supplements on our site, which will be delivered to your door.
Your Instagram feed is bursting with sunbathers, pool parties, and warm hiking trails. Snapping plenty of summertime selfies is great until you’re too self-conscious to post anything because your skin looks like a juicy tomato instead of a radiant glow.
Radiant and Protected Is the Ultimate Skin Goal
As you enjoy summer days, your skin can suffer from too much sun exposure. Skin damage appears as discoloration, a change in texture, and even blisters or dark blemishes. Our skin protects us, but it’s a fragile barrier we need to nourish.
Although a sun-kissed glow makes skipping makeup a breeze, it doesn’t mean you should get lax with your skincare routine. Soak in these four summer skincare tips to keep you glowing and help you maintain your beautiful selfie skin.
The Good, The Bad, and The Sunshine Vitamin
Sunshine can feel invigorating and brighten your mood thanks to the powerful vitamins in its rays. Vitamin D enriches our bodies with so much goodness there’s a reason it’s called the sunshine vitamin.
That being said, your skin can easily get burned, flushed, and irritated from the dangerous side effects of the sun. Going on a date, or giving a presentation at work, with your face peeling or flaking is sure to make anyone self-conscious. There’s even an increased risk of skin problems, and possibly skin diseases, if your skin is exposed to too much sun over the years.
Make sure you’re using a moisturizer in your summer skincare regimen with at least a 15 SPF to keep your skin moisturized and protected each day. The skin on your lips is ultra-sensitive to the sunshine, so pick up a chapstick or lip balm made with UV protection to keep them kissable. If you use a product with a higher SPF, you won’t need to reapply it as often.
Get Shady to Save Your Skin
I have very fair skin that freckles rather than tans. Just 15 minutes outside with my skin unprotected, and I get sunburned. If you forgot to apply sunscreen before heading out the door, there are several hideouts for your skin if you’re caught outside without UV protection.
Keep your skin glowing while still enjoying the fresh air.
Keep a wide brim hat or baseball cap in your trunk
Your skin can keep its summer glow if you’re careful about how long it’s in the sunshine.
Hello Hydration, Goodbye Lackluster Skin
No one wants to look like a dry piece of coral at the beach. While you’re out enjoying the long summer days, remember to keep hydrated . Your skin loses moisture more quickly when there’s a heat wave. If your skin loses moisture, it’s bound to look older and lackluster.
It can become so dried out and flaky you may want to hide behind oversized sunglasses and a scarf all day.
Drinking plenty of water is easier than you think. Pack plenty of H2O to take to with you on summer activities. Throw a few water bottles in your beach bag or pack a small cooler the next time you spend the afternoon soaking in sun rays. By staying hydrated, you’ll have more energy to enjoy the day—and look good doing it.
Get Summer Strong
Summer is the perfect time to change your daily workout scenery. Go for a jog around the neighborhood, bike to the park, or hit up your local tennis or basketball court. I love going to my local water aerobics class to exercise outside. Your skin will probably sweat a little more in the higher temperatures. I always joke with my friends that I “sparkle” May through July. But if you’re drinking extra water as a part of your new, outside summer skincare routine, you’ll likely keep your supple summer glow.
Rub in your SPF, drop some lemon in your water bottle, grab your tennis racket, and take on this summer with simple skincare tips to keep you glowing. By taking care of your skin, your body will shine with vitamin D and you’ll rock this summer with stellar confidence.
Snap all those selfies! Show off your summer skincare tips for glowing skin in the comments or send us a pic via USANA social.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Our dad’s or that special hunk in our lives are so important to us and just being conscious of the health risks men face as they get older can make a difference.
I personally can’t wait to be a dad, mainly to drop some corny dad jokes.
Knee slappers such as:
“Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? Great food, no atmosphere.”
Or “I’ll call you later. Don’t call me later, call me Dad.”
And the classic, “Dad, did you get a haircut? No I got them all cut.”
So during this Men’s Health Month, here are a few tips to keep in mind to support a healthy, rugged, manly body and lifestyle.
Taking a visit to the doctor’s office or hospital usually isn’t considered a one way trip to fun town, but when it comes to checkups and exams, it can be extremely vital to your health.
As a man in his younger years, I don’t visit the doctor that often. I even try to avoid them most of the time. People of my ilk think we are invincible and don’t need to waste our time at the fancy doctor’s office. But I am not invincible (probably), and I know that when I get older and eventually have a wife and kids to take care of, going to the doctor for tests and examinations is absolutely crucial.
Starting around the age range of 40–50, it is considered very important for men to get tested. Specifically for things like high blood pressure, cholesterol, colon cancer, prostate cancer, glaucoma, and skin cancer. I know what goes in (literally) to some of these exams, and it sounds scary, to be honest. But having the peace of mind of good health makes it all worth it.
And maybe, if you’re good, the doctor will give you a sucker when it’s all over.
Kicking the Habit
We all know that smoking and heavy drinking are never ever good for us. The consequences of those actions can catch up to us real fast as we get older.
Quitting smoking can be one of the hardest things to do, but the health benefits of doing so are quite impactful on the overall health of your body.
Your blood pressure, heart rate, risk of heart disease and stroke all have the possibility to be positively impacted when you quit smoking.
It’s always a good idea to drink in moderation. Having one to two drinks like red wine every so often is thought to even have some positive health benefits. But it’s important to remember — especially in social settings — to not drink excessively. The consequences of doing so could be detrimental to your health and your morning the next day.
Do You Even Lift, Bro?
Getting sufficient exercise is a necessary step in staying healthy. But throwing around huge weight becomes more difficult and could be harder on your body as you progress with age.
One key thing to remember when you work out, is to focus on getting the technique. A perfect technique helps prevent pulling muscles and damaging joints. There are many articles and YouTube videos to help teach you the safest and most effective ways to do an exercise.
Another area for aging men to focus on while working out is doing isolation exercises. These are lifts that prioritize one area— like bicep or hamstring curls. Isolation exercises can help with your technique and aren’t as strenuous as bigger lifts, so you can do more reps.
Lastly, change it up! Doing anything from using weights one week and resistance training the next, or something as small as changing your grip, stance, or rep scheme — can be enough to help prevent injuries and increase muscle growth and activity.
Whether you are a father of human children —or like me — the father of furry animal children, I hope you have a great Father’s Day!
Fellas, it’s 2018. In 2018, we care about our skin and how we look. It’s cool to moisturize and tone and use a sheet mask. It’s time for us to grow up and glow up.
I’ve always been interested in skincare but always thought it was too much of a chore and I was young, so I didn’t need to worry about my skin yet. Well guess what, I got older and now my skin doesn’t have that youthful, baby glow it used to. So what better time to start caring for my skin than around the manliest holiday of them all, Father’s Day?
The biggest disconnect between men and skincare is the lack of understanding of the different skincare terms and the staggering number of products you can use.
“What is combination skin?” “What is a toner?” “What are T-zones?” “Can I use a sheet mask over my beard?”
Let this blog be your Mr. Miyagi, your Phil Jackson, your Bill Belichick, your coach in this manly-man’s intro to skincare. We will go over the basics that will help us all make the most informed choice for our new skincare regi-MAN.
Get the Skinny on Your Skin type
Okay, you’ve decided to get your man pants on and try out this whole men’s skincare thing.
When starting your new skincare regi-MAN, finding your skin type is essential. Your skin is complex and delicate, so using cleansers and creams that are meant for the opposite of your skin type can yield negative results.
Using the wrong kinds of products can lead to signaling in your skin to produce more oil, when you already have an excess of oil in your skin, or to decrease oil production in your drier skin.
But before you figure out your skin type, let’s take a quick dip into the fountain of knowledge to learn about what the different skin types actually are.
First, there’s dry skin. That tight, flaky jerk that makes your skin feel uncomfortable and can be quite aggravating. If you’ve ever experienced dry skin, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Dry skin comes from many different factors, including genetics, dehydration, the weather, and lifestyle.
Next up is oily skin. And just like dry skin, this one is pretty self-explanatory. Excess oil in your t-zones (the area from your forehead down the middle of your face to your chin, it looks like a T, trust me) can clog your pores leading to breakouts. There is good news for those with oily skin though, the moisture can be a natural deterrent to those horrific wrinkles everyone is so worried about.
To most people it seems pretty obvious what combination skin is, but I had no idea until recently. Combination skin is the combination of drier skin on your cheeks and oilier skin in your T-zones (there’s that word again).
Sensitive skin is reserved for those who have a negative reaction to a lot of different chemicals and products they use on their skin. It’s important to find products and ingredients that work for your skin, look for anything free of parabens, fragrances, or detergents. A good way to test your skin’s reaction to a product is to do a “patch test” where you place a small amount on a less visible part of your body, like your neck or forearm, then wait and see how your skin responds.
Okay. So we’ve gone over the skin types, now let’s figure out which one we are. Determining your skin type can be as easy as a click of the mouse. There are tons of quizzes online that you can take to help figure out your skin type. Or you can do it the old fashioned way like your grand mammy and pappy used to do.
Start by cleansing your skin with any face wash you can buy at the store and wait an hour after drying to see how your skin takes. If you skin starts to feel tight and dry, then you most likely have dry skin. If your cheeks are dry but your T-zones are moist, then you have combination skin. And moisture all around is oily skin.
For those of you dying to know, my skin would be considered combination.
Tone Up on Your Knowledge of Skincare Products
You’ve finally figured out what skin type you are. You’re almost there! Now you just need to figure out what all the different kinds of skincare products do.
Moisturizers do exactly what you would expect them to. They hydrate and moisturize your skin while increasing its water content and reducing water loss.
Cleansers are designed to clean your skin and remove and oil, dirt, or any other nasty gubbins you don’t want on your skin. Cleansers can unclog pores and fight against acne, while leaving your skin with that fresh, immaculate feeling.
Toners work similarly to cleansers in that they are designed to cleanse and purify your skin, but they also help maintain proper moisture levels, and balance the pH levels in your skin. Toner is also applied differently than a cleanser, where a cleanser is applied all over your face then washed off, toners are typically applied around your face using a cotton ball and not rinsed off.
Creams vs. Lotions
Ah, the age old question of, what’s the difference between a cream and a lotion? While both moisturize to keep your skin at its optimal softness and smoothability, they are formulated differently and affect certain skin types differently. The difference in lotions and creams comes from their viscosity levels. Lotions are more common and thinner and work best with oily or combination skin, while creams tend to be thicker and oiler, making them perfect for dry and sensitive skin.
Serums are light moisturizers that are designed to deliver higher concentrations of active ingredients. Serums are used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the skin, along with combating discoloration, large pores, and loss of elasticity. Serums are typically the priciest types of skincare products, but they are also some of the most effective and scientifically-advanced.
While they may be terrifying and make for great Instagram story content, sheet masks are a huge trend taking the world by storm. Sheet masks are cotton sheets saturated in moisturizers or serums designed to boost hydration and provide lift to your skin to give you more youthful-looking, radiant complexion.
And for those bearded-bros such as myself, we can still use sheet masks, but just need to cut the mask where our beard hair is and only apply to the parts of our face not covered in man-Brillo.
If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again
Just like every person on earth has their own unique fingerprint, everyone also has unique skin and reactions to certain skincare products. So if you are taking my advice and starting your new skincare regi-MAN, don’t be discouraged if the first moisturizer you try doesn’t work or you don’t react well to a specific cleanser. It takes time to find the perfect products for you, so don’t give up!
Once you find those products that are in perfect harmony with your skin, I promise you will be thanking me for making you glow like the star that you are!
East Coast Life Solutions would like to wish all the father’s out there a very Happy Father’s Day.
Summertime is full of weekend brunches, poolside-selfies, and new, brightly packaged skincare products. It can be difficult to know what skincare myths to believe and which products to buy into. Your skincare offer more than a bright floral packaging, or ads with tanned models though.
Check out these trending summer skincare products that really do live up to the glow.
Get a Little Misty
Once upon a time when I rocked jelly sandals, I thought those little battery-powered, handheld fan/spray bottles were fantastic during the summer. Thankfully, I put away my personal water-fans and discovered there’s an adult-worthy product for that. Face mists contain ingredients like rose, hibiscus, citrus extracts, and probiotics that refresh your skin.
Face mists spritz your complexion with:
There are even different mists formulated for your specific skin type. These mists give your face that extra perk-up when the heat has you dragging.
A Girl On the Glow
Celavive just introduced a new Hydrating + Lifting Sheet Mask and I’m obsessed. Sheet masks are easy-to-use beauty treatments that have been a popular staple in Korean beauty regimens for years. With hydrating and lifting properties, sheet masking is becoming a wonderful way to cool off during the summer and get your glow back.
Summary Sheet Mask Hacks:
Stay cool: Pop the packaged mask into the fridge a few minutes before applying for a cool pick-me-up.
Customize: Snip, trim, or tear areas of the mask to better fit your skin so there’s no excess fabric bulges, air spots, or mask-covered lips or eyes. Smooth your mask so it touches every part of that pretty face.
Set a timer: Only 20 minutes max. Leaving sheet masks on longer can actually counteract the effects and remove all the moisture in your skin.
Get steamy: Sheet mask in the bathtub and your skin will really soak it all in.
Facial Massage: Massage all that extra essence into your skin. Even squeeze out what’s left in the package.
Keep channeling Eastern skincare techniques by calming puffiness with a Jade roller. Jade rollers were first used by empresses and members of the elite in China for centuries. If the royals use it, you know I’m testing it out. Maybe your friends will be green with envy over your lack of redness and under-eye circles.
Talk about ancient glamour. Jade is the perfect shade of minty green and it’s cool to the touch. Roll the larger roller along your cheeks, jaw, and forehead. The smaller stone works best near your lips and under eyes. You can even use a jade roller to massage in any oils or serums you use in your skincare regimen.
Bare it All
Summer fashion season is full of shorts, crop tops, and bare shoulders. But, if your skin gets dried and bumpy during the cold winter like mine does, you’re probably hesitant about showing off your bare shoulders and knees.
Body scrubs are my skin savers right now. These scrubs exfoliate your skin and leave it feeling soft and hydrated. With lovely scents, naturals oils, and great exfoliating properties use a body scrub once a week to keep your summer skin sun-kissed and smooth. There are plenty of brands that use coconut oil, aloe vera, and coffee to keep their scrubs more nature-friendly.
Summertime or not, if your skin is well taken care of and you’re focusing on keeping it healthy, your glow will light up the room. Trying new products and finding some fresh favorites is plenty of fun. Remember though, no amount of product or beauty treatment can cover up the unique, flaw-some quirks that make you beautifully you.
“Celavive is absolutely devine, my face always feels nourished, soft and moisturized never dry. I have many compliments on how beautiful my skin is!” – Linda Holmes
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Likening hormones to cars shows these complex molecules as simply vehicles. And that’s exactly what they are. Hormones are constantly driving through your internal highways to transport messages and signals between your body systems and organs.
For example, when you’ve eaten a meal, the hormone insulin enters the highway from the pancreas. Then it races through the bloodstream to collect glucose and deliver it to your cells for energy.
Let’s broaden this driving metaphor. If hormones are various vehicles, then the glands that produce them are like car manufacturers. These manufacturers are all a part of the larger controlling body—your endocrine system.
The endocrine system employs vehicle (or hormone) manufacturers throughout the body: the pancreas, thyroid, adrenal, ovaries, and testes to name a few. Let’s take a closer look at the major hormones associated with each of these important glands. Within each section, you’ll also pick up tips for maintaining healthy hormone activity.
The Pancreas: Insulin
The pancreas is responsible for secreting insulin, the hormone that regulates blood glucose, or sugar. Insulin speeds the uptake of blood sugar by the body’s cells. So after a meal, as your blood sugar levels rise, so do your insulin levels. The insulin acts as a messenger, shuttling these units of energy from the blood to the cells for use.
Health issues can arise from insufficient insulin levels or insulin resistance. If levels are low, or the body’s cells are ineffective at interacting with insulin, blood sugar levels will rise. Elevated levels of blood sugar is called hyperglycemia. If these conditions exist for extended periods of time, symptoms of prediabetes may arise, and type 2 diabetes can eventually develop.
To keep your blood sugar levels in check and maintain your cells’ sensitivity to insulin, incorporate the following into your lifestyle:
Know your blood sugar levels. Visit your physician and ask to have your HbA1c, or hemoglobin A1c levels checked. This measure provides a historical view of your blood sugar levels.
Diversify your diet. Modern diets can fill up with empty calories, sugar, and fat. Switch up your diet by incorporating more complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. This type of energy will provide a slower rise in blood sugar, providing more stable, sustainable energy. Simple sugars provide a quick spike in energy, followed by an inevitable crash. Where possible, weed out simple sugars from your diet.
Get regular exercise. The American Heart Association suggests 150 minutes of moderate activity and two strength-training workouts per week. Even modest weight loss can stabilize blood-sugar levels.
If you smoke, quit. Smoking is a risk factor for insulin resistance, and diabetes.
Sleep more. Fewer hours of sleep is also a risk factor for insulin resistance and diabetes.
Sleep better by creating an environment that promotes restful sleep. You can accomplish this in a number of ways. Remove tech devices like phones, TVs, and iPads from your bedroom. Dim your bedroom lights an hour before bedtime to help you wind down. Play light, instrumental music to help your mind relax. If you share your living space with others, a white noise or sound machine can help cover up noise from elsewhere in the house. This is especially important if you can’t sleep more. This way, the hours you do get will be more restful.
The Thyroid: Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4)
The thyroid is a gland situated near the base of the neck that is responsible for making and releasing thyroid hormones into the blood. The most prominent of which are Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). These hormones play an important role in your metabolism, normal heart and digestive function, mood and bone maintenance, and a baby’s brain and nervous system development during pregnancy.
In fact, T3 and T4 work to regulate metabolism and heart rate. Regulated levels of these hormones are important for good health. For example, if T3 and T4 levels are too low, digestion may be impeded and constipation could be an issue. Additionally, low levels could cause a slow heart rate, resulting in circulation issues.
On the other hand, if levels of T3 and T4 climb too high, the opposite conditions may present health issues. Overly active metabolism could result in unhealthy weight loss. Increase in heart rate could cause issues with body temperature regulation, anxiety, and more.
Iodine can support the normal production of T3 and T4 by the thyroid. To avoid deficiency and associated thyroid complications, consider the following:
Check whether or not the salt you used is in iodized form. If not, replace it with iodized salt. This is an easy way to ensure you will regularly ingest small amounts of iodine.
If you have or suspect thyroid issues, consult with your physician for appropriate testing, and, if needed, a nutritionist can formulate the best diet plan for you.
The Adrenal Glands: Adrenaline & Cortisol
The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys and play important regulatory roles in several body functions, including stress response, immunity, and metabolism. These functions are regulated by the release of adrenaline and cortisol—among others—from the adrenal glands.
During the stress response, also known as the fight or flight response, both adrenaline and cortisol play important roles. In simplest terms, when you feel threatened, your nervous system kicks into high gear to help you deal with the threat.
Adrenaline is the hormone that helps you prepare to either fight the threat, or flee from it. As adrenaline rushes into your systems, your heart rate speeds up. This ensures your brain and muscles are primed for dealing with the threat. Additionally, more adrenaline increases the level of sugar in your blood. This provides your body with enough energy to use quickly while either fighting or fleeing from the stressor.
During the stressful moment, cortisol helps the body convert stored energy into readily usable energy in the form of sugar (glucose). So while its initial presence is helpful, it has an expiration date. If cortisol levels remain high, it can lead to undesirable outcomes, like overeating, weight gain, and anxiety.
The way you respond to stress is partly determined by genetics. And since you can’t change your biology or plan for all of life’s everyday stressors, you should consider the things you can control:
Switch from coping to management strategies. This often means planning your time, prioritizing tasks, and anticipating events that may be more stressful than others.
Incorporate breathing exercises throughout your day. Make this a habit in stress-free moments, and it will be readily available for you during stressful times. Breathing deeply and exhaling fully can help slow your heart rate and bring you into the present moment.
Foster and lean on a support network. Healthy relationships can support your mental and emotional well-being when life gets tough.
The Ovaries & Testes: Estrogen & Testosterone
The ovaries are the primary female reproductive organ. They are responsible for secreting the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Both play a role in menstruation and a healthy reproductive system overall.
Estrogen represents an entire class of hormones, including estradiol (E2), the primary female sex hormone. Fluctuations in estrogen levels are what guide menstruation. Estrogen levels suddenly peak during the menstruation cycle, causing the ovaries to release an egg. Once this occurs, estrogen levels drop again.
The testes are the male equivalent to ovaries. They are a sex organ in the male reproductive system responsible for the secretion of testosterone. This hormone is known as an androgen. It’s responsible for the development of male physical sex characteristics. The influence of testosterone is most recognizably exhibited during puberty: lower voice, increased body hair, general growth, and muscle development.
Testosterone also plays a vital role in healthy sperm production. Maintaining healthy, well-regulated levels of testosterone promises fertility.
Levels of sex hormones fluctuate over the lifecycle. As you age, the secretion of these hormones will undoubtedly decline. Supplementation with synthetic hormones is a regular course of action for individuals with certain medical conditions. This decision is made under the close guidance of a healthcare professional.
While some research has shown some foods may promote or suppress these hormone levels, other research has proven the opposite. In the absence of hard, widely accepted evidence, follow the guidelines for a healthy, balanced diet, regular exercise, and high-quality nutritional supplement regimen. This well-rounded approach will provide you with the overall nutrition you need for good health—and support for healthy hormone activity. Keeping these messenger vehicles running smoothly is key to living your best life.
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A powerful combination of comprehensive nutrition—plus advanced formulas for healthy aging—will help you live well, every day.
It’s easy to get the micronutrients you need morning and night with USANA HealthPak. The 28-day supply of core supplements in convenient daily packets delivers advanced nutrition when and where you want it.*
This expertly formulated combination provides a comprehensive nutritional foundation for your cells. Plus, the innovative formulas made with USANA InCelligence Technology® give you powerful support for looking and feeling good today and aging healthfully in the future.*
Each packet contains the following:
Two Vita-Antioxidant tablets
Two Core Minerals tablets
One MagneCal D tablet
One CellSentials Booster
Made with the highest quality, bioavailable nutrients, HealthPak delivers the total health support your body needs to help you keep up with your busy lifestyle.*
One of the most important aspects of achieving vibrant health is maintaining consistent, optimal levels of nutrients in your body. But when you’re on the go, a balanced diet and good lifestyle habits are often the first thing to suffer.*
In a world of fast food and pre-packaged meals, an advanced nutritional supplement can help fill the gaps. And by taking those supplements twice a day, you can help ensure your cells are nourished all day, every day. With convenient AM and PM packets of supplements, HealthPak makes it easy for you to get the right nutrition your cells need to thrive.*
Great overall health starts from a foundation of great nutrition. The CellSentials have you covered with a broad range of vitamins and minerals, from A-to-Z. And the added phytonutrients, InCelligence Complex, and other vital nutrients make Vita-Antioxidant and Core Minerals the cornerstone of any daily supplement routine.*
Magnesium, calcium, and vitamin D are three nutrients you may not get enough of. If you limit your dairy intake or don’t eat many leafy greens, it is likely you can benefit from a supplement that delivers more. HealthPak includes one tablet of MagneCal D in each packet to deliver added support for your cellular health, strong bones, muscle function, and energy metabolism.*
With HealthPak, you get even more.
The CellSentials and MagneCal D provide you with the basic nutrition you need if you lead a generally healthy lifestyle. But the effects of stress and poor diet—plus growing levels of pollution, chemicals, and toxins in the modern world—may increase your body’s demands for active cellular defense. That’s because all of those things cause oxidative challenges that can increasingly overwhelm your body’s natural defenses.*
The result? You may start feeling older than your years, as your cells and DNA suffer increasing damage from free radicals.*
Your cells and DNA can use a boost of targeted nutrients to help keep them healthy and restore normal, youthful function. The InCelligence Complex in Vita-Antioxidant contains some of these aging fighters at levels you would get in a generally healthy diet. But the CellSentials Booster, available only in the HealthPak, delivers a concentrated dose of powerful cell-defending ingredients.*
YOUR CELLULAR SUPER PROTECTOR–THE CELLSENTIALS BOOSTER
The CellSentials Booster is a unique supplement formulated entirely with USANA InCelligence Technology. This means all of the ingredients were carefully selected because they can influence distinct cell signalingpathways that help fight the cellular aging effects of the modern world.*
It includes four cell activating ingredients:
Olivol® Olive-Fruit Extract
Get the benefits of the Mediterranean diet with USANA’s patented Olivol. The extract contains phenolic compounds (a type of antioxidants) from olive fruit and by-products of olive-oil production that aren’t found anywhere else in nature. The CellSentials Booster combined with the InCelligence Complex delivers a total of 50 mg of Olivol’s powerful cellular protection per day.*
Pterostilbene is a premium ingredient that is chemically similar to resveratrol but with significantly higher activity in the body. Each CellSentials Booster tablet contains 50 mg of pterostilbene from the heartwood and bark of Indian Kino, a large tree that commonly grows in India and Sri Lanka.*
Pterostilbene belongs to a group of phytonutrients known as stilbenoids. Plants make stilbenoids in response to stresses to protect themselves. The natural extract contains several polyphenolic compounds (a type of antioxidants). And, because of its concentrated activity, pterostilbene is a superior modulator of the cell signaling pathways targeted by the CellSentials Booster.*
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid is a medium-chain fatty acid naturally made in the body by breaking down linoleic acid. It‘s considered one of the most effective antioxidants. Not only is it a precursor to glutathione, it also helps regenerate other antioxidants. Plus, it’s water- and fat-soluble, which means it works in all cells and tissues throughout the body.*
Most foods are very low in alpha lipoic acid, so supplementing is the best way to increase levels in the body. The CellSentials Booster contains more than twice the amount of alpha lipoic acid as the InCelligence Complex to give you a total of 250 mg per day.
There is nearly twice as much quercetin in the CellSentials Booster as is found in the InCelligence Complex. That’s because it’s a highly effective signaling compound. This plant flavonoid is found in many fruits and vegetables, including onions, grapes, and apples.*
Quercetin has been linked to many health benefits. It also interacts with other nutrients to maximize activity. The CellSentials Booster and the InCelligence Complex are both made with quercetin dihydrate, which has the best bioavailability. When taken together, you get a total of 180 mg of quercetin per day.*
FEEL HEALTHIER, LONGER WITH ADVANCED CELLULAR PROTECTION
You can actively help reset your cells to their normal, youthful state and protect against premature aging with the exclusive CellSentials Booster. It does this by targeting a broad network of cell-signaling pathways.*
Its four powerful nutrients build on the protection and renewal activity targeted by the InCelligence Complex in the CellSentials:*
Sparking mitochondrial renewal. It targets the cell-signaling pathway that initiates mitophagy, which breaks down and removes damaged mitochondria (the part of your cell that produces energy) left behind after the production of cellular energy. This helps preserve cellular efficiency for optimum cellular-energy production.*
Stimulating cells’ production of their own antioxidants, such as glutathione and superoxide dismutase. Endogenous antioxidants (those made in your body) are a powerful defense mechanism against oxidative damage, which can protect the health and longevity of cellular function.*
The ingredients in the CellSentials Booster have demonstrated effects on additional signaling pathways. And with the advanced levels of active ingredients, in addition to those in the InCelligence Complex, you could experience significantly greater benefit.*
The CellSentials Booster targets a cell signaling pathway that supports a normal, healthy response to stress. It also helps keep some cell signaling pathways clear. This is important so that molecular messages are sent and received to maintain healthy, normal cellular function.*
Perhaps the most important pathway influenced by the CellSentials Booster is one associated with regulating the cell’s lifecycle.*
In very simple terms, cells maintain something called homeostasis, which basically means they maintain a balanced, steady state. They are constantly monitoring the environment and responding or reacting to maintain that balance. As proteins are made, other proteins are degraded. When one cell dies, another cell is made. It’s a very complex process that is tightly regulated by the body.*
The goal is to maintain this normal, steady balance. When you’re young and healthy, it’s normal for your cells to maintain this balance. As you age, preserving this function is vital, so when healthy cells divide into new cells, those new cells are healthy.*
There is a transcription factor (a protein that binds to DNA to start or stop a cellular function) that acts like a cellular monitor. It oversees the cell lifecycle. Its job is regulating the normal expression of genes and other messenger molecules that affect many important healthy cellular processes. However, with age this transcription factor can lose its ability to function optimally.*
The CellSentials Booster targets the pathway for this cell-monitoring function to help ensure it stays healthy. So your cells, genes, and DNA will keep acting youthful and remain normal.*
Using InCelligence Technology to affect the signaling pathways mentioned above (and likely many others still to be revealed) can help redefine some of the declines normally associated with aging. The CellSentials Booster helps your body adapt to stress and protect long-term healthy cellular function. That’s how it offers benefits to many aspects of your health, including the following*:
Brain and Nerve Health
There’s no need to think twice about the importance of protecting your brain health! Protecting your brain cells, especially as you age, is important for memory, behavior, mood, and mental sharpness. The ingredients in the CellSentials Booster have been shown to protect normal brain and nerve function. *
Supporting healthy blood flow and mitochondrial health with the CellSentials Booster is also important for delivering blood, nutrients, and cellular energy to your brain to help power cognitive function. Maintaining healthy nerves is essential for sending and receiving messages from the brain throughout the body.*
Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health
Give your heart the love it deserves. The CellSentials Booster is full of ingredients that have repeatedly been shown to support healthy, normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels—as long as they’re already in the healthy range.*
Healthy circulation, or blood flow, is also an important aspect of cardiovascular health. Oxidative stress can decrease the bioavailability of nitric oxide in vessels. Nitric oxide is produced by the endothelium—cells that line your blood vessels. When it is released, nitric oxide tells the blood vessels to relax, so that blood can flow through easily. The ingredients in the CellSentials Booster help protect endothelial cells from oxidative damage.*
Maintaining healthy blood glucose is also important for protecting the long-term health of your nerves and blood vessels. And you can help keep it level with the CellSentials Booster. A number of the ingredients in this powerful supplement have been shown to help maintain healthy blood glucose levels, already in the normal range.*
Be beautiful inside and out. Your outer appearance is influenced by your environment, the products you use on your skin, and the nutrition you put in your body. The CellSentials in HealthPak provide the essential nutrients you need to support the health of your skin cells. And the cellular antioxidants produced within your body can also help defend your skin cells from the damaging effects of the sun from within.*
Finding out what type of skin you have is the first step to caring for it. Luckily, all you need to do to discover your skin’s personality is answer a few simple questions. Take a quick look at this questionnaire to figure out what your skin needs. After all, you’re unique, and your skin is too. Which Celavive Regimen Is Best for Your Skin?