Exercise Aerobically. Regular aerobic exercise - such as walking, jogging, dancing, tennis, bike riding, swimming - lowers blood
pressure, fats in the blood and pulse rate while improving blood glucose, alertness, self-image, absorption of nutrients, and life span.1 Aerobic exercise "activates" the nutrients in Factor Ten: Femtrac and elevates basal metabolism to burn stored fat more quickly.
Attitude. The mind is a potent determinant of the quality and quantity
of a life. Social networking, and the extent of an individual's friends and relationships, is a major predictor of life span.2
Eat foods as close to their natural state as possible. There are over 2,800 FDA-approved additives with another 10,000 additives being "incidental" to the agriculture and food processing industry.3
Avoid foods cured with nitrite preservatives such as luncheon meat, bacon, corned beef or smoked or cured meats.
Eat a wide variety of foods. Individuals who eat a varied diet have a better nutrient intake than those whose diet remains staid.4
Eat fish on a consistent basis. Individuals who eat at least two ounces of fish per week
cut their heart disease risk in half.5
Balance the Diet. The diet should be balanced with the correct ratio of protein to fats to carbohydrates. Daily calories should be comprised of about 20% protein, 20 to 25% fat, and 55 to 60% carbohydrate, preferably complex carbohydrate.
Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps
the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.
Water also helps to prevent sagging skin because cells are buoyed by water, which plumps the skin and leaves it clear, healthy and resilient.6
A multivitamin/mineral/herbal capsule such as Factor One: Bio-Immunizer, to boost natural immunity, destroy free radicals, and facilitate the body's ability to bring oxygen to the muscles.7
Maintain ideal body fat composition. The quantity of weight has no bearing on health, per se.8 With proper diet and exercise, heavier muscle mass begins replacing lighter fatty tissue and the patient begins to look and feel better as body composition improves. Ideal body fat percentage range for women, regardless of age, is between 19 and 26 percent.
Avoid Diet Scams. Most heavily advertised diet programs are either low-carbohydrate, high protein, or drug dependent programs that "trick" the body into losing water weight quickly.9 The results are temporary and often dangerous. The patient must understand she is trying to lose excess stored body fat, not lean muscle tissue and water.
Behavior Modification. There is a strong relationship
between hours of TV watched and incidence of obesity.10 TV viewing burns almost no calories, puts the viewer into a trance-like state of mind, and encourages frequent trips to the refrigerator.
The typical American eats no breakfast, a small lunch, and a huge dinner, which is conducive to fat storage and poor health. Individuals who eat several small meals a day rather than one large meal at dinner are less
likely to have weight problems.11
Nutrition Modification. The majority of each meal should consist of carbohydrates such as whole grains, pasta, legumes, fruits and vegetables. A low fat, high carbohydrate diet will produce quicker and more long-lasting weight loss.12
Increase Fiber Consumption. Fiber is the
"wonder nutrient" in weight control by providing oral and intestinal satiety without calories.13 It binds fats, cholesterol and harmful metals and prevents them from being absorbed. Consider supplementing the diet with Factor Eight: Natura Cleanse, a natural intestinal toxicity cleanser and cholesterol reducer, which promotes proper digestion.
Maintenance of Stable Weight. It is important for the patient to lose excess body fat and maintain a stable weight at a more desirable level (for more information see Healthy Weight).
A 1992 study of 11,703 Harvard graduates found that the lowest death rate was among those who maintained a stable weight, defined as plus or minus 2.2 pounds. Those who repeatedly gained or lost more than 10 pounds had
higher death rates from all causes except cancer.14
Reduce Caffeine Consumption. The intake of caffeine directly influences the prevalence and severity of PMS.15 Caffeine intake, which includes coffee, tea, and cola, is also a risk factor in fibrocystic breast disease.16
Reduce sugar consumption. Sugar causes a loss of magnesium from the body, which is definitely related to PMS.17 Sugar also, stimulates the production of greater amounts of insulin, which promotes fluid retention.
Reduce alcohol consumption. Alcohol promotes nutritional deficiencies and lowers blood sugar. Two-thirds of the alcoholic women studied could relate their drinking bouts to PMS symptoms
during their menstrual cycle.18
Avoid Chocolate. Chocolate contains the compound Phenylethylamine, which causes the blood vessels in the head to enlarge, and places pressure on the surrounding brain tissue, resulting in possible headaches and migraines.19
Take an herbal relaxant, such as Factor Six: Sommaserene, to alleviate anxiety, nervous tension, and irritability.
With adherence to the recommendations and suggestions set forth above, there is no reason to assume that menopause signals the end of an active, healthy life.
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- Kromhout, D, et al., New England J. of Medicine, vol 312, p. 1205, May 9, 1985
- Robertson, DS, The Snowbird Diet, Warner Books, 1988
- Factor One: Oxi-Immunizer, Research Report, Titan Publishing, New York, NY, 1998
- Williams, E, et al., Biomarkers, p. 53-58, 1992
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- Frankel, TL, et al., British J. of Nutrition, vol 39, p. 227, 1978
- Belfer, ML, et al., Archives of General Psychiatry, vol 25, p. 540, 1971
- Cornwell, N, et al., Int. J. of Sports Medicine, vol 7, p. 307, 1986