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Achieve Your Healthiest BMI

Keeping BMI in the ranges of 20 to 24.9 leads to a longer life, a study suggests.

Maintaining a healthy body mass index, or BMI, is one of the most important ways to help you live longer, according to a new study published in the December issue of New England Journal of Medicine (1).

BMI is not a perfect measure, but it is one of the simplest for estimating body fat. It is calculated by weight in pounds divided by height in inches squared and multiplying the number by 703, or by weight in kilograms divided by height in inches squared. What’s your BMI? Find out using this free calculator provided by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, of the National Institutes of Health.

The study’s findings support an optimal BMI in the “normal weight” range of 20 to 24.9, which is generally associated with the lowest risk of death from all causes including chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. The association was strongest among participants who were younger than 50 years old.

A BMI of 25 or more was associated with the highest mortality risks. The higher the BMI, the higher the likelihood of dying from cardiovascular disease.

“The results of our analysis are most relevant to whites living in affluent countries,” write the authors who pooled and analyzed data from 19 prospective studies encompassing 1.4 million white adults ages 19 to 80.

In the United States, among non-Hispanic whites, there was an estimated 11 percent of men and 17 percent of women with a BMI of 35 or higher in 2008.

The authors restricted the study to non-Hispanic whites based on self-reported ethnic group and controlled for pre-existing conditions, alcohol consumption, barbital status, education, and physical activity. They also excluded those with a BMI of less than 15 or higher than 50.

Smokers made up 25 percent of the study participants in the lowest BMI category of 15 to 18.4 and 8 percent of those in the highest BMI category.

Getting to “normal weight” range (ideally between 20 to 24.9)

Earlier this year, Isagenix reported results from two pilot studies (a 9-day and a 28-day study) performed on the company’s Isagenix Cleansing and Fat Burning System. Both studies showed a statistically significant reduction in BMI from baseline measurements.

In the 28-day study, a total of 30 healthy individuals (ages 20 to 60) followed a calorie-restricted program consisting of Shake Days, replacing two meals with the IsaLean Shake (240 kilocalories per serving) and consuming a 400- to 600-kilocalorie meal per day, and Cleanse Days, water fasting supplemented with Cleanse for Life one day per week.

After the 28 days, the subjects had lost a statistically significant average of 6.4 pounds (3.6 percent of initial bodyweight). The average waist and hip circumference decreased by 1.9 and 1.1 inches, respectively, and were statistically different from baseline.

The second study randomized 42 healthy individuals (ages 20-60) to one of two groups. Group 1 received Cleanse for Life from a dry-powder drink mix and Group 2 received the product from a ready-to-drink liquid.

Both groups followed Shake Days and Cleanse Days similar to the 28-day study, except that they performed two consecutive Cleanse Days per week (2). Measurements were taken on the day before they started the study and then again at the end of the study.

The average weight loss of the subjects was 6.6 pounds (3.8 percent of initial bodyweight), which was also statistically significant. Waist and hip circumference decreased an average of 0.6-0.7 inches, which was statistically significant.

The two studies were funded by Isagenix and conducted at New York Chiropractic College where Mary Balliet, Ph.D., dean of the basic sciences department, was the principal investigator. The university conducted the studies according to Good Clinical Practice with Institutional Review Board approval, and had the clinical expertise to run studies for weight loss and body composition.

Why does the Cleansing and Fat Burning System work?

Cleansing and Fat Burning System (30-day supply)

Thousands of customers have also experienced fantastic results in obtaining a healthy BMI using the Cleansing and Fat Burning System, despite having been unable to lose weight through other means, including common diets.

A frequent question we receive is “Why does the Cleansing and Fat Burning System works so well for helping people achieve weight loss?”

Principally, there are three reasons:

  1. The Cleansing and Fat Burning System is a complete  nutritionally sound program that maximizes nutrition while minimizing calories. Reducing calories while maintaining optimal levels of nutrients leads to healthy weight loss.
  2. The Shake Days are based on maximizing weight loss by using the quality proteins in amounts that keep people fuller longer and with minimal calories that promote fat to be mobilized for fuel. The quantity of whey protein in the IsaLean Shake helps satisfy appetite. The whey protein, in addition, contains high levels of branched-chain amino acids that simultaneously sustain muscle while on a reduced-calorie diet. Typical calorie-restricted diets are inadequate in lean, quality proteins and nutrients causing muscle wasting.
  3. The Cleanse Days are unique. Not only are you consuming few calories and sustaining fat burning, but you are also giving your body and liver a rest from digestion, which allows your liver to detoxify and use stores of fat for energy. The limited calories on Cleanse Days also help to condition the stomach and body for eating less with less of an appetite. The natural cleansing herbs in the productCleanse for Life also support the liver and the body during weight-loss with antioxidants and by encouraging natural detoxification.

The Cleansing and Fat Burning System is a common-sense, proven strategy for weight management and nutrition. It is also a quality system because of its effectiveness in helping thousands of people reach or maintain an optimal BMI. Ultimately, as people reach and keep their desired weight, they are leaps and bounds ahead of folks who choose not to eat healthy! A healthier BMI is an increased opportunity for a healthier future.

Sources:

1. Berrington de Gonzalez A, Hartge P, Cerhan JR et al. Body-Mass Index and Mortality among 1.46 Million White Adults. New England Journal of Medicine 2010;363:2211-9.

2. Balliet M, Burke JR, Rasmussen O, Rockway S. Nine-day weight loss program with high protein shakes supplemented with herbal beverage in dry mix powder or liquid form on fasting days leads to healthy weight loss. J FASEB April 2010 (Meeting abstract Supplement) Ib335.

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Nutritional Cleansing

What is it?  How can it help you?  Is it for real?

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Nutritional Cleansing.  The answers may just surprise you.

What exactly is Nutritional Cleansing?

In essence, Nutritional Cleansing involves nourishing the body with nutrients that assist in clearing out unwanted substances from your body.

Nutritional Cleansing is not the same as colon cleansing, which is based on using fiber or laxatives to shed gunk and foreign substances from your colon.  Instead, Nutritional Cleansing involves using nutrition to help your body perform at its best by ridding it of harmful substances, naturally.

The Isagenix Nutritional Cleansing systems use natural ingredients to assist your liver and cells in ridding the body of harmful chemicals to help you feel healthier and more energized.  Cleanse for Life® includes key ingredients to help your body naturally cleanse itself of harmful impurities on a cellular level while nourishing it with more than 27 vital nutrients, antioxidants, natural botanical extracts, teas, vitamins and minerals.  As a side benefit, performing deep cleansing can even help you lose weight.

Isn’t it just a fancy juice?

Well, it does taste great like a juice, but it’s much more than that.  Unlike some one-hit wonder juices that use a single berry as their main ingredient (goji, açai, noni, pomegranate fruits, etc.), Cleanse for Life uses a combination of ingredients and nutrients to support the body’s natural cleansing process.  When you read the ingredients, you will see that it contains a powerful combination of antioxidants, herbs, vitamins and minerals that work to help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle each new day.  Isagenix has spent years perfecting the formula in Cleanse for Life to help give you optimum performance and deliver benefits far beyond what one- and two- ingredient formulas can offer.

 

 

Why does your body need cleansing?

Every day our bodies ingest all different kinds of chemicals, toxins and impurities.  Not only that, but our bodies are also constantly giving off what are known as free radicals, or negatively charged molecules that attack your body’s cells.  These free radicals can happen as a result of environmental challenges such as pollution or even your normal metabolism and exercise.  Nutritional Cleansing helps rid your body of these toxins, while at the same time flooding your system with antioxidants — free radicals’ worst nightmare.

What other benefits can I get from Nutritional Cleansing?

Do you feel sluggish during the day?  Feel like you can’t get through the afternoon?  Do you often experience the 3 p.m. slump?  These are all areas where Nutritional Cleansing can make a difference.

Besides helping you lose weight and rid your body of toxins, Cleanse for Life can help you experience increased energy, feel more alert and focused during the day and also help improve your mental and physical performance.

Anti-Aging benefits.   Age isn’t your only enemy.  Environmental impurities and nutritional deficiency can lead to premature aging both internally and externally.  By freeing the body free radical-fighting antioxidants, Nutritional Cleansing helps to offset the effects of toxins, which can accelerate aging.

Is Nutritional Cleansing safe?

It’s important to always examine anything you put into your body.  That’s why Isagenix only added all-natural, safe ingredients to our Nutritional Cleansing systems.  Cleanse for Life contains no artificial additives, flavors or other ingredients that can mess with your metabolism.

What’s the difference between daily cleansing and deep cleansing?

Daily cleansing naturally helps protect your body from impurities you are exposed to every day — pollutants, chemicals, free radicals and so on.  This helps keep you performing at your best.

Over time, some impurities may not get detoxified and cleared out through your body’s natural processes.  These impurities bury themselves in your cells and tissues, normally staying there and slowing down your metabolism over time.  Deep cleansing gives your digestion a rest while also allowing the liver to detoxify thanks to cleansing nutrients.  These nutrients get down deep into your system, ridding contaminants that have collected within your body over time, thus helping your eliminatory systems function effectively.  Deep cleansing also creates the accompanying benefit of stimulating weight loss.

How often should I use Nutritional Cleansing?

For everyday cleansing, drink Cleanse for Life two times daily.  For deep cleansing, use four times daily as part of the Isagenix Cleansing and Fat Burning System.

I’ve heard of Nutritional Cleansing, but what makes Cleanse for Life different?

Other cleansing products or systems claim only to cleanse part of the body, like the colon, kidneys or liver.  Cleanse for Life works for your whole body.  Also, Cleanse for Life works with your body on a cellular level, rather than just flushing out your digestive system like some diuretic products or programs out there.  And, unlike other products on the market that may deplete the body of vital nutrients, Cleanse for Life actually nourishes the body as it cleanses.

Plus, the new, state-of-the-art Isagenix manufacturing and extraction techniques just made Cleanse for Life Natural Rich Berry powder even more powerful!  The potency of each rare, no-compromise ingredient has increased by up to 2- to 3-times its original potency level because of the improved manufacturing and extraction process that pulls all of the phytochemical properties from the botanicals at the cellular level.

Isagenix Founder and Master Formulator John Anderson also added two new ingredients to the Cleanse for Life Natural Rich Berry powdered formula –Turmeric and Burdock Root– to enhance your cleansing results naturally.

For even more about Cleanse For Life®, visit CleansedforLife.com

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The 4 Essential Nutrients

…that could be missing from your diet 

Sluggish around 3 pm?  Wishing you could rekindle that child-like energy that makes everyday life feel like a cinch?

You could be missing the four essential nutrients to unlock that vibrant energy.

Many times, that tired feeling we get as we trudge through the day is our body’s way of saying “I need more nourishment!”  Even though you may be fitting in all of your calories, that doesn’t mean your body is getting the essential nutrients it needs to function at its utmost.

Here are four essential vitamins you need every day to kick that sluggish feeling to the curb:

LONG-CHAIN OMEGA-3 FATTY  ACIDS.  According to a recent study by the British Journal of Nutrition, you should be consuming at least 250 mg of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA daily to protect your heart and keep it functioning optimally.  To get 250 mg of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids every day, you’d have to eat a serving of tuna or cod that’s the size of a deck of cards!

 

 Easily and conveniently get your intake with IsaOmega Supreme®.

You’ll be flooding your body with 2,000 mg of healthy fish oil daily (1,200 mg long-chain, 600 mg EPA and 480 mg DHA), a great way to boost your heart health.  Another plus?  Did you know that fish oil can help you lose weight and might even help you keep it off?

2. VITAMIN D.  Our bodies create Vitamin D thanks to the sun, but most of us neglect getting enough of the “sunshine vitamin” because we’re stuck indoors too much, are carrying extra weight or simply live in a place where certain times of the year yield less of the direct rays than in others.  To solve the issue, adding a daily supplement with at least 2,000 IU of Vitamin D.  By taking your daily dose of Vitamin D, you’ll be helping to protect your body from the effects of aging and helping to ward off brittle, weak bones, too.

Ageless Actives offers 1,000 IU of Vitamin D along with a synergistic blend of other nutrients such as CoQ10 and Resveratrol to support heart health as well.  Essentials for Women™ and Essentials for Men™ multivitamins offer another 1,000 IU of Vitamin D.  Together, they provide the daily dose of 2,000 IU for your body.  Here’s a little more about why you need Vitamin D.

 

3. VITAMIN C.  We all know that the key to a healthy immune system is plenty of Vitamin C, but how often do you grab that orange and how much do you really need?  Researchers stated in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that people need to maintain an ongoing and constant vitamin C intake to sustain tissue concentration.  That means your Vitamin C intake goes even beyond keeping the sniffles at bay!

Thanks to C-Lyte®, you get 520 mg of Vitamin C, the equivalent of drinking more than five cups of orange juice! With three different types of Vitamin C included such as mineral ascorbates (to buffer acidity), your stomach will thank you for providing such a gentle formula.  Learn more about the importance of Vitamin C.

 

4. Calcium.  A study published in the Journal of American Dietetic Association reported thatU.S. adults aren’t getting the adequate amount of calcium needed to maintain strong bone health.  Whether we’re trying to cut down on our fat intake, we’re lactose intolerant, or we just aren’t big milk drinkers, most of us aren’t getting the amount of calcium we need on a daily basis to keep our bones strong.  To make sure you’re getting what you need (1,000 to 1,300 mg daily), supplementation is necessary.

The Essentials for Women multivitamin offers 900 mg daily, while the Essentials for Men multivitamin provides 800 mg daily, a great supplement to your regular IsaLean® Shake, leafy greens, fortified cereal, and low-fat milk.

Wondering how you can fit in all of these supplements AND save money? We have a simple solution that will save you nearly $30 off wholesale pricing of each individual supplement while also providing a convenient way to take them! 

The Isagenix Ageless Essentials™ Daily Pack for Men and Ageless Essentials Daily Pack for Women features two small daily packets that contain just the right amount of these vitamins and minerals along with blends of antioxidants, botanicals and other key nutrients. The best part? Isagenix Master Formulator and Founder John Anderson says pairing this dynamic vitamin pack with the 30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System and all of the Isagenix products actually improves the nutritional benefits and is “essential” to your Nutritional Cleansing and Replenishing lifestyle!

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Dark Chocolate May Boost Vision & Brain Function

New research has given you more reason to reach into your box of dark chocolates — powering vision and brain performance as early as two-and-one-half hours after eating them!

If the taste and the cardiovascular benefits weren’t temptation enough, a new study published in Physiology & Behavior shows consumption of antioxidants in dark chocolate, called cocoa flavanols (CF), improves visual and cognitive function in young adults.

Eating dark chocolate can improve visual and brain function, a study suggests.

Researchers from the Universityof Readingtested the effects of cocoa on memory and reaction time. “The results of the current study demonstrate for the first time that performance on tests of visual system function in healthy young adults can be improved by the acute consumption of CF”, they reported.

This new study adds to the mountain of data supporting chocolate as a cornerstone in health-minded dietary indulgence. The researchers randomized 30 participants into two groups. One group received 35 grams of dark chocolate during the first week; the other received a white chocolate placebo. The authors switched the intervention that the subjects received during the second week and they administered the same cognitive and ocular exams.

The researchers reported that the results of this randomized, single-blinded, crossover design demonstrated “for the first time performance on tests of visual system function in healthy young adults can be improved by the acute consumption of CF.”

It is likely, the authors deemed, that the “flavonoids are able to influence the function of retinal neurons.” In other words, the potent plant compounds concentrated in cocoa may increase blood flow, particularly to the eye. This increase in blood flow, they suggest, supplies the conductive elements of the brain with the nutrients necessary to optimize function.

Although the study was conducted in young people, the authors suggest that the benefits of cocoa may be more dramatic in elderly persons. The improvements in visual function were primarily observed as contrast sensitivity (CS)—the subjects’ ability to distinguish figures from their backgrounds. Older adults, the authors suggest, “experience a considerable decline in CS,” which may be mitigated by the increased blood flow to the retina and visual cortex observed in groups receiving the cocoa flavanols.

Dark chocolate can also support your brain and body’s defenses against oxidative stress.

Whether you gain improved nerve function, more blood flow, additional antioxidant protection or simply the sheer delight of a piece of chocolate melting on your tongue, dark chocolate is sure to have a benefit for everyone.

Just make sure to choose the right kind—one that is created through minimal heat processing and delivers a high antioxidant value to provide your body with maximum antioxidant benefit.

Reference: Field DT et al. Consumption of cocoa flavanols results in an acute improvement in visual and cognitive functions. Physiology & Behavior 103 (3-4): 255-60. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2011.02.013

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Risky Chemicals You are Exposed to Everyday

Every day we’re continually exposed to toxins in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the items we touch. Learning more about these potentially harmful chemicals can be critical for making decisions to protect long-term health. As with any subject, toxins are best understood through a little history.

Toxins—or xenobiotics—have always been part of the natural environment. Many of them are made by plants, bacteria, and animals as defenses to keep predators at bay. The greater the abundance of toxins in a species, the more likely they will survive. This natural arms race has produced millions of different kinds of toxins including venoms and poisons.

The act of living itself also comes to us at a cost. Toxins are produced within the human body from simply being alive day to day. Toxins may, at times, be used to battle foreign bacteria or viruses. These can cause harm as they work to protect the body, but after their job is done, they are detoxified through biochemical processes.

The Dangers of Toxic Build Up
In our modern environment, pollution and food processing has increased our toxic load considerably. Humans have added thousands of new chemicals that pollute our air and water. These toxins can often end up in our foods, not just in plants, but concentrated in the animals that we eat. Food is also laden with chemicals in form of pesticides, processing agents and artificial ingredients.

Continual flow of pollutants into water sources increases our risk of exposure to toxins.  As our bodies are endlessly exposed to toxins, the toxins can overwhelm the body’s natural detoxification defenses. A slow accumulation of toxins in our bodies may eventually disturb our natural processes.

It only adds to our toxic load when—in an age where portion sizes have grown out of proportion—we eat a lot more food than ever before. Most of the foods available are designed, not to support us nutritionally, but to appeal to the power of our taste buds. Our busy schedules have also made processed foods all the more convenient, adding to the waistline-expanding potential of sedentary lifestyles, and putting further burden on our bodies.

Pesticides – What’s Hiding on Your Produce?
A farmer’s biggest enemy is anything that will harm his crops before it’s time to harvest. That’s why guarding against pests and insects is so important in the agricultural industry. But, unfortunately for consumers, the cheapest and easiest way to deal with pests is often by using chemical sprays known as pesticides. These chemicals are sprayed on fields of produce to keep bugs and other pests away, and plants absorb some of those chemicals during the growing process. While that leads to better growing results for the farmer, it may lead to adverse effects for you. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are “acceptable” levels of pesticides found in the food you buy at the grocery store.

But the produce section isn’t the only place you’ll find pesticides. When farmers spray their fields, some of the pesticides make it into rivers and streams thanks to run-off, or seep into the ground and make it to the water table. While most municipalities test their drinking water periodically, if you’re on a well system, there’s no way to know what levels of pesticides you’re getting in your water without getting it tested.

What’s the Body to Do?
The human body has had to adapt over the generations to removing varying toxic loads. Our bodies come equipped with powerful protections in forms of detoxification or cleansing systems. They are found throughout the body: in the stomach, the intestine, the liver and the kidneys.

The liver is a primary detoxification organ, metabolizing thousands of different chemicals we’re exposed to daily. Much of what we eat must pass through our livers. As the liver breaks nutrients down, it also metabolizes toxic substances. In most cases, these toxins are cleared from the blood, then eliminated through bile or urine. At other times, they can become stored in fat.

In addition, each individual cell contains its own inherent protections from the daily stresses of simply living. These include powerful detoxification and antioxidant enzymes, which help maintain cellular integrity so that the cell may function appropriately.

Nutritional Cleansing Assists the Liver, a Primary Detoxifier.
Our ancestors found ways to enhance many of the body’s internal detoxification and cleansing systems. These nutritional cleansing methods, which have been around for thousands of years, are only now beginning to be understood. A common practice was the use of fasting along with herbal teas or special botanicals. The reduced food intake would allow the body to purify itself through rest and renewal. Botanicals such as aloe gel, licorice root and ashwaghanda root contain bioactives that encourage detoxification within the liver and in the individual cells.

Age-old traditions of nutritional cleansing have now been combined with modern technologies. Isagenix is a company that has achieved this task with Cleanse for Life®, a drink specialized to support the liver, the immune system and cellular health with vitamins, herbal teas and other botanical ingredients. The ingredients were chosen to help protect the body from daily pollutants and promote their detoxification.
It’s almost impossible to know what’s getting into your body and the health effects. It’s equally impossible to try and shield yourself from all the toxins and impurities that exist in today’s world. That’s why regular cleansing with the Isagenix Cleanse for Life system is so essential.

As a dietary supplement, Cleanse for Life can be taken daily for nourishment to help deal with daily toxic load and stresses. Alternatively, when taken as guided in the Cleansing and Fat Burning System—a program rich in nutrition and low in calories—one can reap benefits of “deep cleansing” and a sound approach to weight management.

By giving your body the essential nutrients it needs to clean your system naturally, Cleanse for Life isn’t a diuretic or laxative like other cleansing products. Instead, it helps flush out unwanted toxins naturally, cleansing your body on the cellular level and giving you the energy you need to get through your day. Discover health and wellness you never knew was possible with Cleanse for Life.

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