There is no doubt that
a healthy lifestyle improves the length of life as well as the quality
of life. The earlier in life we begin implementing a program of
health and wellness the better off we will be; but no matter what age
we are today, we can all help ourselves to a healthier, happier
to a healthy lifestyle is making healthy choices. We must learn
about the benefits of nutrition and exercise, and the damage caused by
unhealthy habits like tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption.
Understanding the key components of healthy living will help you make
those good choices.
healthy lifestyle begins with the basics of proper nutrition. A
healthy diet is one that is low in fat and high in fiber, with an
emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and whole
grains. Foods should be low in sodium content, with no chemical
additives or refined sugars. Since water is also an essential
nutrient, we should drink plenty of fresh clean, filtered water every
day. The water, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, and
proteins from our daily food intake are the building-blocks of life.
Choosing foods that are fresh, pure, and of the highest quality
ensures a healthy body. “You are what you eat” is an
absolutely true statement.
key to a healthy lifestyle is physical fitness. A program of
regular exercise is absolutely vital to good health. Exercise
improves respiratory and cardiovascular function; we breathe more and
pump more blood when we are exercising. Actually, the entire
body benefits from regular exercise. Exercise not only improves
the delivery of more oxygen and nutrients throughout the entire body,
but also enhances the excretion of carbon dioxide and waste products
from the body. As a result, regular exercise increases our
strength, stamina, and our energy. We not only feel better but
are healthier, too.
healthy lifestyle is one that is full of enjoyable healthy activities.
Walks in nature, hobbies, music, or gardening are good examples. Not
only can leisure activities be fun, they can reduce stress as well.
Meditation and yoga are great stress-reducers, too, and help to
balance and center the mind. Plenty of restful sleep refreshes
and replenishes the body and mind as well.
As we choose to add more of
the healthful foods and activities into our lives, we should also
guard ourselves against the unhealthy ones. For example, we
should avoid exposure to environmental pollutants, toxins, tobacco
smoke, and artificial chemicals and food additives. Eliminating
our exposure to toxins helps to keep our bodies clean and functioning
at their peak.
Build a Wellness Program
Dietary supplements can also
help with healthy living. They help to “fill in the gaps” of what
your food may not be providing and insure maximum health. We recommend
to build a wellness program of dietary supplementation beginning with
core nutritionals. Core nutritionals provide critical
nutrients that are difficult to acquire in meaningful quantities in
our food. They include:
|High quality vitamins, minerals, and
trace elements, typically in dosages considerably
higher than the US RDA (United States Recommended Daily
|Antioxidants protect the body from
damaging free radicals (molecules that react in harmful
ways) by neutralizing them. Free radicals are linked to
|Essential Fatty Acids are the
“good fats” that we don’t get in our diet such as
fish oils and oils from certain seeds. They are called
essential because the body cannot manufacture them and so
we must get them from our diet or in supplement form.|
|Fiber (both soluble and insoluble)
has many well known benefits. Unless you eat 5 or 6
servings a day of fruits and vegetables, you must
supplement fiber in order to reap its benefits. |
Throughout our numerous
wellness centers, you may notice we always recommend a wellness plan
consisting of these core nutritionals in addition to other health
specific supplements. They truly are the foundation of a good
Wellness Plan for Healthy Living
|Regular exercise and weight control|
|Well balanced diet: low fat, high fiber,
with added soy protein|
|Avoid smoking, especially if taking the
pill, and moderate alcohol intake|
Pharmacist’s Supplemental Recommendations:
Vitamins, Minerals, and Trace Elements
all are important but magnesium, calcium, vitamins A, C, E, B-complex, and trace minerals are crucial since it is difficult to get all you need in your diet
vitamins A & E, coenzyme Q10, PCO’s (grape seed extract), selenium, l-glutathione
Essential Fatty Acids
all omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (borage, flax, and fish oils)
Herbs and Phytonutrients
ginkgo biloba, carotenoids, bioflavonoids, garlic, and super green foods
soluble and insoluble
Pharmacist's Product Recommendations for Healthy Living
These products are recommended by licensed
pharmacists who have specialized in natural medicines and dietary supplements.
For maximum benefit from these recommendations, be sure to read the Wellness
Essentials Performance Formula
MultiVitamin and Mineral
Daily intake of a high-quality complete vitamin and mineral supplement guarantees us all the optimal nutrients that may be lacking in our foods. Vitamins and minerals are part of the necessary building-blocks for the body. Without them, degenerative conditions and illness may develop that undermine our good health. As part of a healthy lifestyle, a daily dose of optimal nutrients helps to ensure that we have plenty of energy and a vital life. Essentials Performance Formula provides maximal levels of the most critical nutrients necessary for vibrant health.
Super Greens Plus
Blend of Green Foods, Probiotics, & Herbals
This superior blend of phytonutrients, super green foods, and herbs is perfect for adding to a well designed vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, and fatty acid supplement program to insure the utmost in nutritional value. Some of the many ingredients include:
- Wheat, Barley, Alfalfa, Spirulina, Chlorella, and Wheat Sprout - excellent source of trace minerals, enzymes, and fiber
- Super Foods - including freeze-dried powders of broccoli, cauliflower, soya, beet, spinach, and dunaliella salina (algae)
- Herbals - including green tea, milk thistle, and ginkgo biloba
- Antioxidants - pine bark and grape seed extracts; two well known high potency free-radical scavengers
- Probiotics and FOS - dairy free cultures of acidophilus, bifidus, and thermophilus with fructooligosaccharides (FOS) added for gastrointestinal support of nutrient absorption
Complete Essential Fatty Acid Formula
Essential fatty acids are “good fats” that are absolutely necessary for the reproduction of cells. We also need them as part of the many natural biochemical processes of the body. They are called “essential” because each cell in our body needs a supply of them each and every day. They are also called “essential” because they must be taken in from our diets or in supplement form. As part of a healthy lifestyle, supplementing daily with essential fatty acids helps to keep our bodies functioning at their peak. This formula combines the beneficial omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are most important to our health.
(with Vitamins C & E)
Antioxidants help protect the body from the ravages of free radicals. Free radicals damage our DNA, cell membranes, and our immune system. They are a major factor in aging, as well as degenerative diseases of the body and brain. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers which neutralize the destructive effects of these free radicals. Daily intake of antioxidant supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle protects us from the damages of these harmful free radicals. AntiOxidant Essentials is a combination of several well known antioxidants designed to give added protection against free radical damage.
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