Healthy Habits We Should Adopt from Our Pets!

Even though our pets may not be able to talk to us, that doesn’t mean they don’t have things to teach us! Things that are good (or bad) for pets can also be good (or bad) for us – so let’s look at a few of these practices we would be wise to copy from our four-legged friends!

Forget Multitasking
Our pets don’t multitask. When we’re playing catch with them they are 100% focused on the ball. We, on the other hand, think it’s advantageous to talk on the phone, while checking our email, while watching TV. According to “newly released results of scientific studies in multitasking indicate that carrying on several duties at once may, in fact, reduce productivity, not increase it.”

Take Naps
Has your pet ever gone an entire day without taking a nap? It’s doubtful, and for good reason. states “Studies show that taking a nap is a great way to increase alertness and reaction times, improve mood, and reduce accidents.”

Walk Every Day
A daily walk is good for pets and it’s also good for us. Getting exercise daily not only helps us lose weight, but according to other benefits of regular walking include: fighting depression, lowering your risk for type 2 diabetes, keeping your mind sharp, and it keeps your bones strong.

Healthy Habits We Should Adopt from Our Pets!

Drink Water When You’re Thirsty
Have you ever seen your pet gulp down a sports drink or an energy shot while out playing? No, because these things aren’t good for pets! Likewise, neither of these things is as good for us as plain old water! Our bodies are approximately 60% water, according to Anatomy & Physiology for Nurses, so of course it would stand to reason that we’d benefit from drinking more of it when we’re exerting ourselves.

Eat Fish
Cats know what’s good for them! Fish are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to be good for your heart. Mayo Clinic recommends “fatty fish, such as salmon, herring and to a lesser extent tuna, contain the most omega-3 fatty acids and therefore the most benefit, but many types of seafood contain small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.”

From the National Institute for Play website: “Anyone who has ever tossed a Frisbee to a beloved dog knows that playfulness crosses species lines. What does this mean? For humans and other animals, play is a universal training course and language of trust. The belief that one is safe with another being or in any situation is formed over time during regular play. Trust is the basis of intimacy, cooperation, creativity, successful work, and more.”

Make Time to Groom
Our feline friends are known to take extensive time to groom and clean themselves, should we do the same? Aside from the cleanliness of it all, personal hygiene can have an effect on your work and personal life. states: “Maintaining a professional appearance gives you a confidence boost and demonstrates to your supervisors that you are serious about your job.”

Stretch Often lists a few benefits of regular stretching, including: an increase in circulation, reduction in stress and fatigue, it serves as a warm up before physical activity, and it can protect you from aches. The website also states: “Stretching regularly helps to relieve the tension within the muscles.”

Seek Out Shade
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dog lying outside tanning. Sure they like the run in the sun for periods of time, but they always take a break in whatever shade is available to them. We would be wise to do the same. Always wear sun block when heading outside and consider a hat or umbrella if you’ll be out for an extended period of time with no shade available.

Stick to a Schedule
Your pet doesn’t know the difference between a Saturday and a Wednesday, and neither does your body’s internal clock. This is why it’s beneficial to try and stick to a bit of a routine. Going to bed and waking up at the same time, even eating at the same time, can keep your body in a good rhythm, which can lead to better quality sleep.

Thanks to for this list! I found some additional references for each of the suggestions and added my own remarks. So, in conclusion, our pets can not only be good friends and companions, they can also be good examples of healthy conduct we should implement in our own lives!

What Really Helps You Lose Weight: A Few Tips from Nutrisystem

We all know the answers to the question “what really helps you lose weight?” – Diet and exercise! But what if you’re having a hard time sticking to a diet or fitting in exercise? Here are a few tips from Nutrisystem to help keep you on the right track! As I’ve been doing in the past, I used their list of suggestions and added my own commentary!

1. Focus on today.
It’s easy to get frustrated when you make bad choices, but what really helps you lose weight is to try and make better choices moving forward. You can’t un-eat those cookies or work harder in yesterday’s step class. Getting down on yourself for slip ups you’ve had won’t make it easier to reach your goals, so use those mistakes to motivate yourself to be better today!

2. Use your Meal Plan.
Though this email was from Nutrisystem, and they are specifically talking about using their meal plan, I’m not advocating any particular company or meal plan system. However, it is important to have a plan when it comes to your eating habits and to stick with it. Whether that means writing down everything you eat or pre-portioning your foods, do what works for you.

3. Get support.
Having support makes any challenge easier, try lifting a couch, is it easier with one person or four? Whether that means support from friends and family, or joining a support group, or even using an online forum to get and give support to others in your situation, you’ll be much more successful if you have a strong support system to help you through the ups and downs.

What Really Helps You Lose Weight: A Few Tips from Nutrisystem

4. Make it worthwhile.
Losing weight should be reward enough, but sometimes we need something else to keep us going when maybe we can’t SEE the changes that are happening at first. Nutrisystem suggests giving yourself (non-food) rewards when reaching certain weight loss goals as a way to keep yourself motivated. Just don’t give in and splurge early!

5. Avoid temptation.
One of the hardest things about trying to lose weight is seeing everyone else eating the things you want to have! For me, my big weakness is soda! So when I go out to eat with some girlfriends, I sometimes ask them to order my drink for me (water) so I don’t give in at the last second and get what I know I’ll regret later!

6. Invigorate your workout.
Switching up your routine is a good way to keep it interesting. Try out a new class at the gym, or run a new route around your neighborhood. Little things like that can make a big difference in keeping your workouts fun.

7. Take time for yourself.
We are all incredibly busy, but it’s very important to have a little “me” time, at least once a day (ideally) – even if that means 10 minutes of quiet before getting the kids up in the morning, or a few minutes of stretching and reflection before going to bed. Use this time to think about what you’ve accomplished so far and what you hope to accomplish going forward.

New K9 & Kitty Calmer For Cats and Dogs

Liquid Health, Inc., manufacturer of the Liquid Health brand of liquid vitamin supplements launches an all new dog calmer and cat calmer product developed to target a wide variety of animals for health-conscious consumers.

Murrieta, CA (PRWEB) May 30, 2012

Liquid Health, Inc. has recently added to their liquid pet line of supplements to include a new formulation which is designed to help pets to be calm. Liquid Health has done a lot of market research and trend analysis enabling the company to predict new up and coming trends for the health supplement market.

“The demand for liquid alternatives of popular pet products has increased dramatically in 2012,” said Brett Peterson Director of Business Development. He went on to add, “Ingredients included in our new cat and dog calmer called “K9 & Kitty Calmer” have shown great promise in the area of calming pets. Through comprehensive research we have discovered a lot of products that simply don’t fill the needs of the market. That is why we created the K9 & Kitty Calmer drops for your cat and dog.”

New K9 & Kitty Calmer For Cats and Dogs

The Liquid Health K9 & Kitty Calmer Drops includes:

A Proprietary Blend including: (250 mg)
L-Theanine, GABA, Valerian Root, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Passion Flower, Hops, Lithothamnion sp., Ashwagandha Root and Leaf extract, Maitake fruit body extract

Thiamine HcL – 50 mg

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) – 10 mg

Inactive Ingredients – Beef Liver Powder, Citric Acid, Organic Beef Flavor, Potassium Sorbate, Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin USP, Xanthan Gum

Liquid Health’s cat calmer can dog calmer drops have been formulated with the end user in mind. It was formulated to reach customers looking to calm and relax their animals. Finally, a dog and cat calmer that really works!

-Reduce Stress
-Great for Travel
-Helps Noise Sensitivity

Liquid Health offers each formulation manufactured in a cGMP facility in Southern California. For additional information on the launch of the K9 & Kitty Calmer Drops, contact Liquid Health, or visit K9 & Kitty Calmer Drops.

Full product information here:

About Liquid Health, Inc.

Liquid Health, Inc. has been manufacturing liquid vitamins since 1991. Liquid Health is an industry leader in wholesale vitamin manufacturing. Clients from around the globe come to Liquid Health as the trusted brand of liquid nutritional supplements. You can find Liquid Health branded products in health food stores near you. Visit

Source: Liquid Health, Inc.

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Summer Foods to Avoid (Especially if You’re Looking to Lose Weight)

I got this list emailed to me from, so I’m going to use their list, but add my own comments to each item!

High-Fat Meats on the Barbecue – as soon as the weather starts warming up we want to spend as much time outside as possible, and rightfully so, but we don’t have to let it ruin our diets. Chicken, pork and lean beef are better options when grilling out.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game – who doesn’t love a good hotdog? While they may not be super high in calories or fat there is one thing they are VERY high in and that’s sodium! High intakes of sodium can lead to water retention which can lead to weight gain.

Mayonnaise-Based Salads – Mayonnaise is not your friend if you’re looking to lose weight, especially if you’re not using the light or fat-free versions.

Frozen Concoctions – those brightly colored drinks with the umbrellas may be yummy, but there’s a reason they are so sweet. They are incredibly high in sugar.

Satisfying Thirst Quenchers – when it’s hot outside we inevitably drink more to help us stay cool and hydrated. The problem is, the calories in most of our go-to summer drinks (sweet tea, lemonade, juice, etc.) quickly add up, making it hard to reach your goals if you are looking to lose weight.

Summer Foods to Avoid (Especially if You’re Looking to Lose Weight)

Refreshing Frozen Treats – Ice Cream is a summer staple, and on its own may not be too bad, but when you start adding in toppings and sauces and huge serving sizes you start entering dangerous territory for your waistline.

Frighteningly Fattening Fair Food – It seems most things at the fair are fried, which is never helpful in your weight loss efforts. Try to avoid anything fried (even though a deep-fried Twinkie sounds amazing) and if you have to give in, consider sharing with your group to cut down on the calories you’re getting.

Salad Toppers – Salads can be really good for you, but like the ice cream it’s the toppings that can be trouble. Bacon, croutons, cheese and dressings add unnecessary calories to a perfectly healthy meal.

Mindless Munching on Snacks – You know the scene, you’re sitting on the porch talking with friends or family and snacking on whatever is in front of you (be it chips, cookies, etc.) next thing you know you’ve eaten a few hundred calories worth of essentially nothing. If you must have food out while visiting, try and choose healthier options like a veggie tray.

Finger-Licking Fried Chicken – Again with the fried food, but we do love it. Better ways to eat chicken if you’re looking to lose weight is skinless and soaked in a marinade or try using a rub or other spices and grilled.

Thanks to I know a few foods I’ll be avoiding this summer! As with anything, if you don’t want to cut something out completely try and have it in moderation and make substitutions in other areas to balance out your caloric intake.

Fat Soluble vs. Water Soluble Vitamins

Do you know the difference between fat soluble and water soluble vitamins? Do you know which vitamins are fat soluble and which are water soluble? Does it matter if a vitamin is fat or water soluble? These are all questions I’ll address in this post.

I’ll start first with the definition of soluble, since I wasn’t entirely sure what it meant before writing this. defines soluble as “that can be dissolved, especially easily dissolved” – so applying that to vitamins I would take that to mean that fat soluble vitamins are easily dissolved in fat and water soluble vitamins are easily dissolved in water.

According to Colorado State University website, fat soluble vitamins “dissolve in fat before they are absorbed in the blood stream to carry out their functions.” Since these vitamins are easily stored in the body, one generally doesn’t need to do lots of additional supplementation if you eat a well-balanced diet. By contrast, water soluble vitamins are removed from your body through your urine and not stored, so these vitamins need to be restocked regularly.

Fat Soluble vs. Water Soluble Vitamins

Fat soluble vitamins are: A, D, E and K. The water soluble vitamins are: all of the B vitamins and vitamin C. Food sources for fat soluble vitamins include: leafy green vegetables, sweet potatoes, and carrots (for Vitamin A); whole grain products, nuts, and egg yolks (for Vitamin E); Dark green leafy vegetables (for Vitamin K) and lots of products are fortified with Vitamin D, such as milk and margarine. Food sources for water soluble vitamins include: citrus fruits, strawberries, dark green vegetables and potatoes (for Vitamin C); additionally, a wide assortment of foods contain B-complex vitamins, such as: meat, eggs, milk, and cereal grains.

The Colorado State University website states: “In the United States, toxic or excess levels of vitamin A are of more concern than deficiencies.” This is a reason it’s good to know the difference between fat and water soluble vitamins is so you can be aware of your intake of these different vitamins. That way you can be careful not to get excessive amounts of fat soluble vitamins, since these are actually stored in your body. I’m certainly not saying you shouldn’t take a multivitamin, just be aware of the foods your eating in combination with the vitamins you’re taking to make sure you’re not overdoing it.

Your Kids and Children’s Vitamins

I know it seems like the easiest way to make sure our kids are getting enough of the vitamins and minerals they need is to give them a multivitamin each day, but is that really the best option? Kids and vitamins may be a touchy subject, but according to “Ideally, kids should get their vitamins from a balanced, healthy diet” and “Healthy kids get their best start from what you put in your grocery cart.” These statements don’t just have to be “nice thoughts” or “ideal situations” – they can be a reality. suggests serving your child a variety of foods to give them the best chance of having their daily vitamin and mineral needs met. Fresh fruits and vegetables are, without a doubt, the best option when looking for foods that are high in vitamins. They also suggest the best way to give your kids more vitamins is not by giving them more food, but through giving them more varieties of food.

There are situations where kids and vitamins are a necessary combination. If your child has a chronic medical condition (like asthma, for instance), is particularly active, is a vegetarian, or drinks a lot of soda (carbonated beverages can filter vitamins from a child’s body) giving your child a multivitamin may be a good choice for you. Even if you think your child is eating a well-balanced diet and you still want to give him/her a multivitamin, there are some things to keep in mind. It is possible for your kids to overdose on certain vitamins. Additionally, fat-soluble vitamins (particularly vitamins A, D, E and K) can be particularly harmful to a child if too much is taken.

Your Kids and Children's Vitamins

Kids and Vitamins (5 tips from
1.) Put vitamins away, well out of reach of children, so your child doesn’t treat them like candy.
2.) Try not to battle over foods with your kids or use desserts as a bribe to “clean your plate.” Instead, try giving a chewable vitamin as a “treat” at the end of a meal. Fat-soluble vitamins can only be absorbed with food.
3.) If your child is taking any medication, be sure to ask your child’s doctor about any drug interactions with certain vitamins or minerals. Then the supplement won’t boost or lower the medication dose.
4.) Try a chewable vitamin if your child won’t take a pill or liquid supplement.
5.) Consider waiting until a child is 4 years old to start giving a multivitamin supplement unless your child’s doctor suggests otherwise.

In the end you need to make your own decision about your kids and vitamins. If you think your child doesn’t eat enough variety (or even quantity, in some cases) to get enough vitamins, by all means give them a multivitamin. If you feel comfortable with what they are getting from diet alone, that’s good too, you need to do what you think is best for your child’s health. If you aren’t sure, always ask your child’s pediatrician for advice.

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Best Products to Lose Weight

As a follow up to my last article about shedding unwanted weight before summer, I thought I’d tackle a problem I’m sure we almost all face when trying to lose weight. I’m talking about the dreaded plateau! Nothing is more frustrating than working hard, losing weight, eating right, losing weight, working hard & eating right and then…NOTHING. Maybe you see no change in your weight for a couple of weeks, despite not having changed your routine. I’ve been there and sometimes I’ve given up and other times I persisted, but with a little help. In this article I’m going to discuss some of the best products to lose weight if you need a little assistance.

I decided to go to Dr. Oz for some recommendations for the best products to lose weight, since weight loss is something he talks about a lot on his show. The first thing I found on his website was an article talking about using green coffee beans to help burn fat. The article was written by Lindsey Duncan, a registered dietician, who is suspicious of products claiming to help with “easy” or “fast” weight loss. He goes on to talk about the results the green coffee bean had in a recent study that was published in the Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity journal. The study included 16 adults who took the green coffee bean over a 12 week period of time. At the end of the study, the group lost an average of 17 pounds each! There were also no reported side effects, which is always reassuring. Duncan goes on to explain how green coffee beans actually work, and it has nothing to do with caffeine if you believe it! Chlorogenic acid is the key ingredient in the green coffee bean, and what it does it inhibit the release of glucose in the body. It also believed to boost a person’s metabolism which can help reduce weight gain. Duncan recommends finding capsules that are 400 mg of pure green coffee bean (try to avoid fillers or binders) and to take two pills 2-3 times a day, before your meals.

Best Products to Lose Weight

Dr. Oz was quoted in an article in First for Women magazine as saying African Mango is a “miracle in your medicine cabinet that can help you lose 10 pounds.” The African Mango has been used in Camaroon for centuries for many various medicinal purposes, and it’s only recently been considered one of the best products to lose weight. A study that was published in the Lipids in Health and Disease journal reported “subjects who took 150mg of this African mango seed extract twice a day showed “significant improvements” in their body weight, body fat, and waist circumference, as well as a slew of numbers that indicate better heart health, including plasma total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, blood glucose, C-reactive protein, adiponectin, and leptin levels.” Additionally, there doesn’t appear to be any negative side effects to using African Mango.

Lastly I’ll talk about Raspberry Ketones, which Dr. Oz called the “#1 miracle in a bottle to burn your fat”. In other words, it is a fabulous product to lose weight. The way this product works is it helps to regulate adiponectin, which is a hormone that helps to regulate your body’s metabolism. When someone takes Raspberry Ketones, their body starts to secrete more adiponectin and higher levels of this hormone are linked to lower levels of fat on your body. Raspberry Ketones also helps your body burn fat quicker by breaking up the fat in each of your cells into smaller pieces, which allows your body to get rid of it easier. The recommended dosage for this product is 100 mg/day. Again, this product has no reported side effects, which makes it one of the best products to lose weight that’s out there today.

Of course, I don’t believe there’s any kind of magic pill or supplement you can take that will make you healthy! Sure, it might help you lose a little weight, but if you aren’t eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, that weight will just come back (and sometimes even more then you originally lost!) So, while I talk about these things that are supposed to help someone lose weight, I think we all know it’s smart to combine these things with a healthy diet and exercise routine for the best results.

Need to Shed the Weight Before Swimsuit Season?

With summer just a short time away, there are lots of people who are looking for ways to shed the weight they want to lose before getting in a swimsuit. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t also interested in this topic, so let the research begin! There are the 2 very obvious answers when it comes to losing weight: diet and exercise.

In 2008 the US Department of Health and Human Services released its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The first chapter of this document states: “Being physically active is one of the most important steps that Americans of all ages can take to improve their health.” Obviously being healthy is something we should all aspire for and luckily, being able to shed the weight is usually a byproduct of being more physically active.

Here are the key guidelines for adults (paraphrased) from Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans:
1.) All adults should avoid inactivity.
2.) Adults should do at least 150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity physical activity.
3.) For more extensive health benefits, adults should increase their activity to 300 minutes/week.
4.) Muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups should be done on 2 or more days/week.

Need to Shed the Weight Before Swimsuit Season

In addition to being more physically active, another component that will help you shed the weight you need to, is to eat a healthier diet. I recently started writing down what I eat every day. Not necessarily to count calories (though I usually tally it up at the end of the day), but I just wanted to be more aware of what I eat a lot of (carbs/fruit) and what I need to eat more of (protein/veggies), so I could make adjustments where needed.

I think most of us grew up learning about healthy eating from the food pyramid. In 2011 the USDA changed from the pyramid to a “healthy plate” to help teach children and families about portions and eating balanced meals. The plate is divided into 4 sections: veggies, grains, fruits, proteins. Veggies and grains have larger sections, and then there’s a little side of dairy. I believe if we all strive to balance our meals in this manner, we would have no trouble being able to shed the weight we’re desperate to lose.

It seems to me everyone has their own opinion as to the perfect balance of these two things to lose the most weight. Some people say “it’s 80% diet and 20% exercise” – other people say “when I work out consistently I don’t have to watch what I eat and I still shed the weight” – just remember whatever “magical” formula works for one person, may not for you. Everyone’s body is different and responds in different ways, so don’t get frustrated if working out or diet alone does not make the pounds melt off. I, for one, know I need to do both (with a heavy emphasis on diet) if I want to lose any significant amount of weight, while my husband can think about working out and lose 5 lbs (frustrating, huh?)

Try and remember that it’s not a competition (unless you’re actually IN a weight loss competition!) Work hard, stay consistent and think positive. Be more active, eat healthier and if you make good choices you’ll be rewarded in the long run!

New Raspberry Ketone Supplement

Liquid Health, Inc. Launches New Raspberry Ketone Formulation to Help Burn Fat without the need for pills

Liquid Health, Inc., manufacturer of quality liquid nutritional supplements unveils new Raspberry Ketone formula developed to target different segments of health-conscious consumers. This new formula of Raspberry Ketones as found in clinical studies and as featured on Dr. Oz.

Murrieta, CA April 4, 2012

Liquid Health, Inc. maker of the Liquid Health branded nutritional supplement line of products, has launched a new raspberry ketone diet liquid to help burn fat in an easy to consume liquid solution.

On February 6, 2012, Dr. Oz revealed in front of millions of people what he called the “miracle in a bottle to burn your fat”–raspberry keytones. Dr. Oz suggested this was his number one solution, no matter what the body type or where the fat seems to collect.

Raspberry Ketone Supplement

Red Raspberry Ketones are being touted as a “weight loss miracle” and have recently been featured on the Dr. Oz show. The Dr. Oz Show highlighted some of the research that has been done on the new ingredient. It was recommended to help support weight loss and to help target a hormone in the body that can aid in metabolism and the storage in fat cells.

Clinical research conducted in 2004 showed that when mice were fed a diet that was high in fat. The mice’s diet was then supplemented with raspberry ketones. The results were astounding, the mice’s fat was melted, the resting metabolic rate of the mice was increased, and all of this with no other change in the diet. In contrast, a control group of mice that did not have raspberry ketones supplemented did not produce the same results. Additional research has shown that raspberry ketones help to regulate the hormone Adiponectin. Adiponectin is a hormone that helps the body to boost its metabolism and tell it when to stop storing fat. It can help to trick the body into thinking that it is thin. Raspberry Ketones also seem to help with the breakdown of fat (lipolysis) and the process of turning fat into energy (thermogenesis). The research also shows that there are no side effects from taking raspberry ketones.

Raspberry Ketones have been on the FDA GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list since 1965. The Raspberry Ketones are the part of the raspberry that are responsible for the smell and taste of the raspberry. Raspberry Ketones as a weight loss tool haven’t taken off until featured on the Dr. Oz show.

3 main ways to stay healthy

There are three main staples which anyone should follow no matter which diet program or health supplement you decide to follow or take.

1) Hydration – always keep in mind that nothing replaces water, not soda pop, not coffee, or fruit juices.

2) Food – no matter which weight loss supplement you choose, choosing to be active in eating a diet full of vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, beans, brown rice, and fresh meats will far outweigh any supplement available. Eating good things will always be better than eating bad things and then taking a supplement.

3) Rest and Sleep – knowing the fact that the body restores, replenishes, and repairs itself the best while in deep sleep and relaxation is always something we shouldn’t forget or take lightly.
About the Company:

Liquid Health, Inc is a manufacturer of liquid vitamin supplements. Raspberry Ketones by Liquid Health is manufactured in a certified-cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) facility, using only premium/qualified ingredients, analyzed, tested, and made in the U.S.A.

Some of the research on Raspberry Ketones:

Chie Morimotoa, Yurie Satohb, 1, Mariko Harab, Shintaro Inoueb, c, 1, Takahiro Tsujitae, Hiromichi Okudad a Department of Medical Biochemistry, Ehime University School of Medicine, Shigenobu-cho, Onsen-gun, Ehime 791-0295, Japan b Basic Research Laboratory, Kanebo, Ltd., 5-3-28 Kotobuki-cho, Odawara 250-0002, Japan c Kampo and Healthcare Research Laboratories, Kanebo, Ltd., 3-1 Kanebo-machi, Takaoka 933-0856, Japan
d Department of Environmental and Symbiotic Sciences, Prefectural University of Kumamoto, Tsukide, Kumamoto-city, Kumamoto 862-8502, Japan e Central Research Laboratory, Ehime University School of Medicine, Shigenobu-cho, Onsen-gun, Ehime 791-0295, Japan
Received 24 August 2004. Accepted 21 December 2004. Available online 25 February 2005.


Naoaki Haradaa, Kenji Okajimaa, Noriko Narimatsua, Hiroki Kuriharab, Naomi Nakagatac
a Department of Translational Medical Science Research, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kawasumi 1, Mizuho-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya 467-8601, Japan
b Department of Physiological Chemistry and Metabolism, University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan c Division of Reproductive Engineering, Center for Animal Resources and Development, Kumamoto University, Japan Received 10 September 2007. Revised 21 December 2007. Accepted 12 January 2008. Available online 5 March 2008.

Top Ten New Years Resolutions 2012

Top Ten New Years Resolutions

People are awesome. We for the most part have good intentions but are distractable and prone to procrastination. This is why I’m writing a follow up article in April as a reminder to those who made New Years commitments and as an invitation for the late bloomers who didn’t to get going . Recent polls done by several large companies found the following as top 10 resolutions for 2012.

1 Spend more time with family
2 Find time for Fitness
3 Quit smoking
4 Enjoy life More
5 Lose Weight
6 Quit Drinking
7 Get out of debt
8 Learn something new
9 Volunteer/Help Others
10 Get Organized

How different would the world or our personal lives be if we were successful with these goals. Each of these resolutions are transformational activities that can lead a person to a higher state of energy, fulfillment, and joy. In physics the term “entropy” is defined as the tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to evolve toward a state of inert uniformity. A physical body that is uncared for is subject to entropy and will also reduce to a lower state of weakened muscles, flabbiness, and limited will power. By making and keeping resolutions we combat entropy and enjoy a life of purpose and organization. So, I invite you who are reading this to decide today to pick up or resume the challenge of your resolutions and in NIKE’s slogan “Just Do It!”, you will not have regrets. On the other hand, If there is something you are doing that is harmful to your health or mental well being I offer these two words recently shared by a wise man: “Stop It!”.

Top Ten New Years Resolutions

Having healthy energy levels are the key to so much of our joy and happiness in this life. If we think about the times we have made poor choices, fallen short of expectations, treated others unkindly, or fudged on our goals it was likely in a state of weakness and reduced energy. When we are on top of the world we are much less likely to snap.

This is why proper sleep, exercise, and nutrition are so important. It is more than just a desire to look good. When someone actually feels good on the inside their whole personage radiates and they make better choices. Rather than taking from the world around them a person who feels good is in position to give. This is why we work so hard at Liquid Health to create high quality products that can help transform energy levels and bring vitality back into ones life. With this said, I’m excited to announce 2 new products that Liquid health will be releasing in 2012, African Mango XD drops, and Raspberry ketones. These much talked about natural products have demonstrated an effective ability to reduce appetite, reduce calorie intake, promote fat break down, increase metabolism, and improve body composition. These are truly 2 of the most exciting products we have developed and I’m sure they can be of use to anyone who has set goals this year to lose weight and improve their health. So get out there and do it, and let Liquid Health’s wide variety of products help you to succeed.

Dave Rigby, Nutritionist, member ASN

What is an Adaptogen?

Adaptogen; Ayurvedic; Ashwagandha. Do these words mean anything to you? Until recently I hadn’t even heard of these words, let alone knew what they meant, so I decided to do a little research. Ashwagandha is a plant, the root and berries of which are used for medicinal purposes. Ashwagandha is one of many medicinal herbs that fall under the category of Ayurvedic Medicine, which is commonly practiced in India and is considered an alternative or supplementary form of medicine. Ashwagandha is also considered an Adaptogen, which is a “metabolic regulator which increases the ability of an organism to adapt to environmental factors” (from Wikipedia.)

Ashwagandha, also known as winter cherry or Indian Ginseng, has been used for arthritis, stress, trouble sleeping (insomnia), tumors, tuberculosis, asthma, a skin condition marked by white patchiness (leukoderma), bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, menstrual problems, hiccups, and chronic liver disease, among other things, according to Ashwagandha has also been thought to be helpful as an anti-inflammatory, as well as possibly improve one’s thinking ability and preventing the effects of aging.

What is an Adaptogen

According to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website, lab studies have shown that Ashwagandha may be helpful in combating some cancers. They say that Ashwagandha was shown to reduce “the level of an important antioxidant in tumor cells, which may enhance the ability of radiation therapy to kill those cells.” In addition, they claim that studies found Ashwagandha “kills some cancer cells and enhances some immune cells possibly by damaging the cancer cells’ ability to generate the energy it needs to reproduce.” While more testing is needed in this area, the studies done on animals and in labs definitely show promise.

The Sanskrit meaning of the word Ayurveda can be translated to be “science or wisdom of life.” Ayurveda has been practiced for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Ananada Chopra, in the book Medicine Across Cultures: History and Practice of Medicine in Non-Western Culture, talks about the 20 qualities that serve as a framework for diagnosis, therapy and dietetics within the world of Ayurvedic Medicine. He says “the principle is to treat with opposite qualities.” These qualities are:

Heavy / Light
Cold / Hot
Unctuous / Dry
Dull / Sharp
Stable / Mobile
Soft / Hard
Non-Slimy / Slimy
Smooth / Coarse
Minute / Gross
Viscous / Liquid

On the website, Edward C. Wallace, N.D., D.C., says “An adaptogenic substance is one that demonstrates a nonspecific enhancement of the body’s ability to resist a stressor.” Don’t think you have stress in your life? According to “Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.” These stress related ailments may include: weight gain, headaches, increased blood pressure, chest pains, and insomnia, among other things. We may not even realize we’re under stress, attributing our symptoms to illness, but here are a few common effects of stress (as found on the website):

Common effects of stress…

… On your body
Muscle tension or pain
Chest pain
Change in sex drive
Stomach upset
Sleep problems

… On your mood
Lack of motivation or focus
Irritability or anger
Sadness or depression

… On your behavior
Overeating or under eating
Angry outbursts
Drug or alcohol abuse
Tobacco use
Social withdrawal

Since stressors are all around us every day, wouldn’t it be nice to have a little help in resisting them? Enter a group of adaptogenic herbs, known for their ability to help the body regulate and deal with stress. says “the original definition Adaptogens are non-specific remedies that increase resistance to a broad spectrum of harmful factors “stressors” of different physical, chemical and biological natures” – Ashwagandha is one of these Adaptogens. A few other common Adaptogens include: Siberian ginseng, Suma, Licorice root, and Rhodiola rosea. In addition to using Adaptogens to help deal with stress, you can also start a number of other things to decrease the stress your body is feeling. Yoga, regular exercise, and meditation are just a few simple things that can help you manage any stress related symptoms you may be suffering from.

Even if you think you aren’t stressed, pay close attention to what your body is trying to tell you. Sometimes seemingly simple symptoms can end up causing more major problems. As always if you are concerned about symptoms you are suffering from, consult your physician before starting or adding any supplements to your routine.