Measuring Anti-Oxidents

Did you ever wonder if your vitamins or supplements are working?  Do you know what your level of anti-oxidents are in your body?

Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as “free radical scavengers” and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals.  Health problems such as heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, cancer etc are all contributed by oxidative damage. Indeed, a recent study conducted by researchers from London found that 5 servings of fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of stroke by 25 percent. Antioxidants may also enhance immune defense and therefore lower the risk of cancer and infection.

Well there is actually a way to determine whether or not your vitamins are working for you and determine your level of anti-oxident protection, best of all it is not invasive.  It is a newly developed machine called a biophotonic scanner by a company called Pharmanex.  This company is well known for their state of the art products all geared to help lessen the effects of aging inside and outside the body.

This incredible Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner has transformed the way we look at our health, and has created a business opportunity like no other in the world.

What is the Scanner? It’s a revolutionary tool developed by Pharmanex to measure the carotenoid antioxidant levels in your skin-and prove the effectiveness of your supplements in improving your overall antioxidant health.

What does the Scanner do? Place the palm of your hand in front of the Scanner’s safe, low-energy blue light laser, and you will obtain an immediate reading of the carotenoid antioxidant levels in your skin-your Skin Carotenoid Score.

Why should I be scanned? By measuring the stable level of carotenoid antioxidants in your skin and generating your Skin Carotenoid Score, the Scanner provides a more accurate and reliable biomarker of your overall antioxidant health status than other methods of measuring antioxidants. Getting your Skin Carotenoid Score makes you aware of the antioxidant levels in your body-and gives you the push you need to improve your overall antioxidant health.

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Get your Skin Carotenoid Score measured with the Scanner, take LifePak® or g3™ for 60 days, and get your Score measured again. You will have proof that Pharmanex® supplements can improve your antioxidant levels and your overall antioxidant health. In fact, Pharmanex guarantees that your Skin Carotenoid Score will increase as you take LifePak® or g3™ regularly as directed.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women

We all know that women go through their life changes, menopause, at some point. Menopause begins as something called peri-menopause. Peri-menopause is the start of these changes in womens bodies. They may begin with extra heavy flow during that time of the month, an extra long period or they may miss their periods all together for months at a time. A simple blood test can determine if these symptoms are in fact the start of menopause. During peri-menopause, many things may occur throughout a womens body that may seem strange and even annoying. Such as hot flashes, lack of interest in sex, sleepiness, weight gain and mood swings just to name a few. Many women look to hormone replacement drugs for help in dealing with these natural bodily occurrences. Before beginning any type of “drug” therapy one should consider risk factors associated with those drugs. There is an alternative skin patch for hormone replacement that has fewer side effects then other commonly prescribed medications. The skin patch has a lower risk of blood clotting then taking a more traditional hormone replacement pill. If you are high risk for cardiovascular problems, then do yourself a favor and ask about the skin patch for hormone replacement therapy.

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Coffee is healthy!

I hardly believed this when I read the article on coffee actually being good for you. Having been on a variety of diets throughout my life, each and every one mention staying clear of coffee and other caffeine products. Now people are talking about coffee actually benefiting your health!

The idea is that coffee helps to eliminate the risk of every developing type 2 diabetes. Having 1 to 3 cups per day can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by single digits. Having 6 cups per day or more, has proven, according to a study, reduced men’s risk of type 2 diabetes by 54% and womens risk by 34%. Hard to believe.

Studies have also shown that:

  • People who drink coffee on a regular basis are up to 80% less likely to develop Parkinsons disease.
  • People who drink 2 cups per day or more can reduce their risk of colon cancer by 25%
  • People who drink at least 2 cups per day reduce their risk of liver cirrhosis by 80%
  • People who drink at least 2 cups per day avoid getting gall stones by 50%
  • People who smoke or are heavy drinkers lower their chance of heart disease and liver damage as compared to those that do not.
  • Coffee drinkers may lower the risk of developing asthma

Coffee has shown to be able to lift your mood, get rid of a headache and prevent cavities (I guess that depends on how much sugar you take).

What effect does coffee on your skin?

Coffee and caffeine are finding their way into skin lotions and creams because of antioxidant properties and tightening and firming qualities. Caffeine applied to the skin operates in three ways – as an antioxidant, a diuretic and a vasoconstrictor.

For years, caffeine has been used in products sold to reduce cellulite. The caffeine supposedly dehydrates fat cells by somehow energizing them which in turn causes the sodium/potassium component of the cells to be eliminated, so the skin on buttocks and thighs becomes smoother.

Caffeine’s vaso-constricting characteristic also makes it a favorite ingredient in eye creams for reducing puffiness and dark circles as well as tightening skin around the eyes. This I have to say I have seen with my own eyes. I found a product that contains caffeine, and has reduced puffiness and dark circles under my eyes. The caffeine combined with a variety of other botanicals, minerals, and of course rich with vitamin C has made it very effective in taking care of this problem. Of course, nothing eliminates cellulite or troubled skin around the eyes completely. The best you can hope for is noticeable improvement, perhaps only for a few hours.

With the explosion in coffee based skin products, it now is seen in body scrubs, face creams and fragrances. A number of products even smell like coffee and contain ground coffee intended as an exfoliate. Some purveyors have even gone so far as to suggest that the absorption of caffeine through the skin will give you the sort of alertness you can expect from drinking coffee. I have a tough time swallowing that one! Coffee has a slower absorption rate then if you were to drink a cup of coffee. Drinking coffee actually puts it directly into your body, whereas the skin absorption rate is much slower and less effective

Being a latte drinker, my question is what about the stained teeth? It may prevent cavities but it increases staining. As far as having a headache, I know that if I do not have coffee one day I will get a headache, I tough it was caffeine withdrawal, so maybe thats why the headaches disappears? As for mood enhancer, isn’t that what caffeine does, gives you more energy. But when the caffeine wears off we need more coffee to get rid of the headache, and not feel lethargic anymore. I guess I would not mind having stained teeth if I can avoid parkinsons disease, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, gall stones or colon cancer!

What do you think?

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Lower Cholesterol with Tomatoes

Did you know you could lower bad cholesterol just by eating tomatoes? I didn’t, and it was really surprising when I found it out. It has to do with the Lycopene (it gives them their color) found in tomatoes. A study found that women with high blood lycopene levels had a reduction in heart disease. During a study to find out more about this, scientist gave half their subjects ketchup and the remaining tomato juice. At the end of the study the tomato people’s cholesterol had dropped by an average of 6%. Pretty cool Cool. I thought they were just yummy, nice to know they are actually healthy.

So, I would think if you are trying to lower your cholesterol start trying tomatoes. There are so many different ways you consume them, it won’t hurt to try. You can eat tomatoes; canned, juiced (v-8), bottled (ketchup), fresh (tomato sandwiches…yummy!!!). I could eat tomatoes for days, seriously, like it’s an apple. They are delicious and healthy for you, give them a try, see if they make a difference in your health.

I am just hoping they don’t come out with a new study showing too many aren’t good for you, like they’ll make you turn red from the lycopeneBig Grin.

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