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Don’t wait until someone you know gets sick for you to take a proactive role in your health. Take steps now to prevent disease and help you live a long and healthy life. By Scott LeCates
don’t have anything to wear to school.” “I need that report by lunch.” “I need to be at practice by 5.” “What’s for dinner?” “My tummy hurts.” Sound familiar? With multiple roles in the family, constant scrutiny and pressure in their professional lives and the unfair (and unhealthy) physical appearance expectations created by media and society, it’s no wonder so many women place their needs and health on the back burner of life’s grind. And, they don’t generally think about it until someone they know or they themselves become sick. Unlike men, women will undergo many more dramatic physiological changes during their lives. changes in hormones affect everything from skin’s appearance and elasticity to bone and cardiovascular health. Although women see and are most likely to respond to the superficial effects of decreased hormones due to aging, they often forget the internal effects. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States and osteoporosis affects millions. The good news is, there are effective preventative measures women can take
to reduce their risk for these diseases, but they have to make their needs and health a top priority. Max Muscle Sports Nutrition is here to help along the way.
It’s inevitable that a woman will go through menopause at some point in her life, typically some time between the early 40s and mid 50s. During this period the decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone can cause a variety of noticeable symptoms. These include hot flashes, frequent bladder infections, vaginal dryness, which can lead to painful intercourse; trouble sleeping, mood changes, loss of muscle tissue and increased abdominal fat. But two common underlying health problems are bone loss and heart disease. According to the National Institute on Aging, “estrogen helps control bone loss, so losing estrogen around the time of menopause causes women to begin to lose more bone than is replaced. In time, bones can become weak and break easily (a condition called osteoporosis).” Also, changes in estrogen and thyroid hormones can lead to
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worth it to change the oil and filters in your car it is more than worth it to maintain a healthy you, don’t you think? Women’s Health America, an organization dedicated to educating women about health care options, recommends the following alternative treatments: to reduce hot flashes and night sweats, supplement with Black cohosh (15 to 30 mg) three times per day and Vitamin e (400 to 800 IU) and calcium (1,500 mg) daily. To reduce mood changes, consider Holy Basil. Long regarded as the most sacred herb in Ayurvedic medicine, this herb can optimize physical and emotional stress levels by decreasing the stress hormone cortisol. At Max Muscle Sports Nutrition, look for products like Max Nutraceutical’s Max Mood Holy Basil, Black cohosh, Vitamin e, Women 45+, and chewable calcium or Liquid calcium Magnesium Zinc complex.
Eight million women have osteoporosis (as compared to 2 million men), and another 27 million women have low bone mass putting them at increased risk.
an increase in cholesterol and blood pressure. So, it appears menopause is a catalyst for serious health issues as women age. But, there is hope. Thankfully, there are many ways to help reduce the symptoms of menopause and decrease the risks for osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. One is Hormone Replacement Therapy, used to balance hormones and reduce menopausal symptoms. Only a doctor can tell you if this is a good option for you as there are health risks associated with this treatment. If this is not a route you wish to take, here are some other suggestions that have been proven effective: don’t smoke, eat a healthy diet low in fat, high in fiber, whole-grain foods, and vitamins and minerals; get enough
calcium and vitamin D in your diet, learn what your healthy weight is and try to stay there (a Max Muscle certified Sports Nutritionist can help you with this), do weight-bearing exercises at least five days a week for healthy bones and be physically active for your general health. Other things to remember include taking medicine to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, if your doctor prescribes it for you. Use a water-based vaginal lubricant (not petroleum jelly) to help with vaginal discomfort. Get regular pelvic and breast exams, pap tests and mammograms. You should also be checked for colon and rectal cancer, as well as skin cancer. It can be overwhelming to get these tests and checks done regularly, but if it is
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), 8 million women have osteoporosis (as compared to 2 million men), and another 27 million women have low bone mass putting them at increased risk. These figures suggest that 55 percent of all American women, 50 years of age or older, are threatened by this condition. Osteoporosis, as mentioned earlier, leads to bone fragility and increased susceptibility of fractures, especially hip, spine and wrist. To compound this issue, hip fractures later in life tend to be very difficult to overcome and are often permanently debilitating. Most people are unaware that bones are made of a living tissue that is continuously breaking down and rebuilding. Understanding and supporting this process is critical to preventing bone complications later in life. Much like muscle tissue, to keep bone tissue strong you must work the tissue. To do that, you should perform a weight-bearing exercise daily. The simple rule here is just do some activity that results in moving your body weight such as a 30-minute walk. However, lifting weights has even greater benefits on bone health. Keep in mind that cycling and swimming, though great for your heart, are not necessarily a weight-bearing exercises. As a living tissue, bone needs nutrients otherwise it will not
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properly heal and recover from daily breakdown. Most people know about the importance of calcium for bone health but overlook the additional compounds of which bone is comprised. A unique supplement designed to deliver an abundance of what the body needs for bone recovery and health is microcrystalline hydroxyapatite. This is a complex that contains all the natural nutritional residues found in bone, such as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, mineral complex, collagen, bone amino acids, glycosaminoglycons and a broad trace mineral complex that provides the natural bone ratios. Instead of supplementing with six different products for bone health, consider adding Max Nutraceutical’s Maximum Bone Formula, which contains this unique supplement plus vitamins c, D and K, Boron, Novasoy and bioflavonoids for an all-encompassing, cutting-edge bone support formula.
The Breast cancer Fund recently reported an estimated 3 million women have breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common nonskin cancer among women in the world and the rates of occurrence have increased half a percent each year since 1987. The American cancer Society (AcS) has identified possible risk factors but notes that some women may have multiple risks but may never be stricken with this disease. Typical identifiable risk factors include: genetic predisposition to gene changes (also known as gene mutations), family history, being overweight or obese, lack of physical activity, early age menstruation (before 12), and/or late menopause (after 55). The last two are thought to be risk factors due to the longer exposure to estrogen and progesterone during a woman’s life. Although it would be irresponsible to suggest there are any absolute prevention applications, there are some actions that reduce the risk notably. The AcS recommends maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding excessive weight gain, limiting consumption of alcohol, having regular OB/GYN examinations and engaging in 45 to 60 minutes of physical activity 5 or more days per week. The Women’s Health Initiative found that as little as 2.5 hours of brisk walking per week reduced a
woman’s breast cancer risk by 18 percent. Saving the best news for last, a very interesting study released by Beckman Research Institute of city of Hope suggests some promise in actual prevention through supplementation. In cells, a protein called aromatase produces estrogen, and in breast cancer patients, some tumors have abnormally high levels of aromatase. This study found that the compound procyanidin B dimer prevents the aromatase activity pathway from being complete. This compound when administered orally reduced tumor size within 6 weeks with a dose of 700 mg per day. This study suggests a possible useful compound in the prevention/ treatment of estrogen-dependent breast tumors, which make up an estimated 60 to 75 percent of total breast cancer tumors. So where do you find this compound? It’s found in abundance in red wine and grape seed extract. Adding a supplement such as Max Nutraceutical’s Grape Seed extract is highly recommended. This particular product is rich in proanthocyanidins and is definitely worth the investment, especially if a woman has one or more of the identifiable risk factors.
A Healthy Heart
There are no absolutes in the world of health, but minimizing risk through prevention is the best way to hedge your bets for a healthier, longer life.
ingredients plus B Vitamins and heart healthy omega fats for superior cardiovascular maintenance. These products can go a long way to unclog those arteries, but don’t forget the importance of getting your lipid levels checked and reviewed by your physician. Supplements are not meant to replace prescription lipid-lowering medicines, so please follow your physician’s instructions. To read more about what you can do to prevent heart disease visit www. womenshealth.gov/hearttruth. There are no absolutes in the world of health, but minimizing risk through prevention is the best way to hedge your bets for a healthier, longer life. The team at MMSN has been committed to that philosophy for more than 16 years and continues to bring healthy, safe and proven products to you. We hope some of this information was valuable to you or a loved one and please feel free to visit your local MMSN store and their certified Nutrition Specialist for more healthful information.
a deficiency in coQ10. A deficiency of coQ10 (which often occurs with prescription medication) will result in severe aches and pains. Policosanol is a mixture of nine aliphatic alcohols formulated to maintain healthy levels of both LDL and HDL cholesterol levels. coQ10, Niacin, Garlic and Grape Seed extract are also highly effective ingredients in not only supporting healthy cholesterol levels but protecting against damage caused by toxins. By combining these unique ingredients, a woman can greatly increase her cardiovascular health. Try Max Nutraceutical’s Healthy Heart cholesterol complex and Max Nutraceutical’s cardio Support, which combine all these
As previously stated, heart disease is the number one killer of women in America. A recent National Health Institute report shows women are at more risk for heart and cardiovascular disease then men. Seven in 100 women ages 25 to 44 have some type of heart disease and 11 in 100 women have hypertension. These figures rise to 26 in 100 and 51 in 100 respectively after the age of 65. Realizing women have a 50/50 chance of contracting one of these illnesses in their lifetime, and possibly both, it would seem most women would do everything possible to avoid these issues. However, most women are unaware that simple preventative measures earlier in life can pay huge dividends later in life. Much like an IRA of Health, there are now a number of investment choices to further improve current and future heart and cardiovascular health. Policosanol is fast becoming a natural alternative to prescription medication for cholesterol support. One of the most positive aspects of this ingredient is it does not cause
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