Vitamin C and the Connection to Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

For years, I have been taking Young Living Chewable Vitamin C for a couple of reasons: 1) they taste terrific (they remind me of the Smartie candy), and 2) the nutritional benefits. Now I find out that good sources of vitamin C can help keep blood pressure (BP) down but there’s also a connection between BP and insulin resistance or Type 2 Diabetes.

Nutrition for Health

Nutrition for Health

A Dec. 2008 study published in the Nutrition Journal found that the numbers (top and bottom) in blood pressure readings were inversely associated with ascorbic acid levels (vitamin C). The study showed that women with the highest levels of ascorbic acid had a decline of about 4.6 mm Hg in systolic and just over 6 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure, compared to women with the lowest ascorbic acid levels.

The study also found that by just having high blood pressure more than doubles your risk of developing type 2 diabetes!

Furthermore, they also found that beta-blocker drugs caused type 2 diabetes. They believe the mechanisms by which beta-blockers may contribute to the development of diabetes include weight gain, attenuation of the beta-receptor-mediated release of insulin from pancreatic beta cells, and decreased blood flow through the microcirculation in skeletal-muscle tissue, leading to decreased insulin sensitivity (based on a study of more than 12,000 people aged 45 to 64 who did not have diabetes). 
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NingXia Red Take-Along Packs for Great Lunch Box Nutrition and Energy

Young Living’s NingXia Red take-along singles are perfect for lunch boxes, backpacks, and those busy on-the-go days! These convenient 1 oz. take-along packs are a terrific way to keep your nutrition and energy level up without stimulants and sugar – NingXia Red is low-glycemic!

NingXia Red Take-Along Packs

NingXia Red Take-Along Packs

I always carry extras – NingXia Red take-along singles are terrific for when you’re feeling run-down and need a pick me up… or for sharing with others – when you share the naturally delicious, nutrient-infused Ningxia Red®, you’re giving loved ones the opportunity to step up to a whole new level of health and wellness. For this reason, I like to get the box of 100 singles – it’s so cost efficient. At only slightly over a dollar per single, (wholesale) it’s a terrific way to avoid consuming junk juices and snacks. I highly recommend these!
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NingXia Red a Healthy Energy Drink for Volunteers and My Aura

Before I go into specifics about NingXia Red I want to tell you a couple of quick stories about what I have seen regarding NingXia Red.

Energy Level of Volunteers at a Large Event

The first was in the spring of 2006 when I volunteered at a three day personal development intensive workshop.

To begin with when core staff and volunteers met on the day before the event there was a notable synergy between all of us (which probably had quite a bit to do with what happened.)

Now I am somewhat a skeptic (OK a big skeptic of big claims), but I do support products I like such as Apple computers and the Toyota Prius. I like NingXia Red, a lot (it’s almost like candy to me without the junk!), but I wasn’t prepared for what happened.

The first day of the event I took a few singles to pass out amongst the staff and to put on ice for later – they were gone within 2 hours (you would have to understand how the behind the scenes works at this event to appreciate this comment (very few short breaks for the staff). The second day I took more and they too were gone within 2 hours and the third day I took close to a hundred of them and they disappeared very quickly as well. Continue reading

Inflammation – Gentle Cleanse and Essential Nutrients

Young Living’s 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse/CORE Essentials Complete kit is a nutritional program about understanding the nutritional foundations of optimal health, developing healthy daily habits and supercharging the whole process with the power of nature’s living energy, pure, therapeutic- grade essential oils, to achieve better health and wellness. Combining these principles and products virtually guarantees extraordinary results.

The Root of the Problem

Forty-two years ago Dr. Myron Brin showed that even slight nutrient deficienies cause problems such as slow brain function, insomnia, irritability and nightmares. Today we know that essential nutrient deficiency is a key contributor in the massive inflammation epidemic that lies at the root of all our major health problems. When essential nutrients run low, inflammation goes unchecked, damaging cells, tissues and eventually whole organs and systems. This condition is called chronic systemic inflammation. Research links all of the top killers, even rapid aging, to this condition. Continue reading

Vegetable vs Fish Oil – a skin cancer link?

In 2002, 50% of all cancers (approx. 1.1 million cases) in the US were skin cancers, of which 10,000 cases were fatal. Wow, that’s enough to make you want to avoid the sun like the plague! Or, is it???

What’s not taken into account or appreciated by our traditional medical doctors, and what is not recognized at all in the commercial industry, is that the foods we eat play a much greater role in the development of skin cancer than sun exposure.

Fifteen years ago an Australian study showed a 40% reduction in melanoma in those who ate fish – this was a study that paid no attention to lowering omega 6 fats.

In the early 1900’s we had very little processed vegetable oils in our diet. Today when vegetables  are processed and refined and consumed in large amounts they can cause major health problems.

Most vegetables are very high in omega-6 fats. In the last 100 years the U.S. population has gone from consuming virtually no vegetable fats to consuming more than 70 lbs per year per person. These fats come from corn oil, safflower, sunflower, sesame and other greasy cooking oils – these are virtually 100% omega-6 fats.

In 2001, the National Academy of Sciences published a comprehensive review which showed that the omega 6:3 ratio was key to preventing skin cancer development. Continue reading

Sunlight, Vitamin D, and Your Skin

OmegaGize-1It’s summertime and here in the Northeast we have peeled off the layers of winter clothing and are embracing the summer sun.  The irony of having summer and summer vacation after months of longing for better weather in the winter is the reality that “Oh, my goodness, the sun will kill us!”  We are told by The Media all of the time that the Sun is very dangerous and we should wear sunscreen at all times.

Do we really need the sun? Or, is it better to be sun screened up all of the time?

Yes.  Of course we need the sun!   Vitamin D is produced in skin exposed to sunlight, from ultraviolet B radiation.  If we use sunscreen all of the time, the benefit of Vitamin D does not get produced by the body.  Vitamin D is more bioavailable when it is produced by the body that is going to use it, it is fat-soluble and stays in the body for up to 40 days after it’s produced. Continue reading

Young Living Essential Oils Participates in V-Day SUPERLOVE Event

Well-being and good health is what Young Living Essential Oils is all about. By providing the highest quality essential oils available and through its generous efforts, and efforts of Independent Distributors, Young Living touches the lives of many…

As a celebration of women and a global movement to end violence against women and girls, V-Day transformed New Orleans’s Superdome into SUPERLOVE—a place to heal, gather, celebrate, and activate to change the story of women.

The women of Louisiana participated in special caring lounges including the Well-Being Lounge hosted by Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation. Young Living Essential Oils and several of their distributors were invited to join the more than 30,000 attendees in treating Hurricane Katrina survivors to two days of yoga, massage, aromatherapy, and nutrition education. Young Living also donated essential oils, NingXia Red®, and Thieves®Hand Purifier for volunteers and event participants.
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