Cleanse Your Way to Longevity
Cleanse Days have the science behind them showing they contribute to better health.
Nutritional cleansing has always been a unique part of Isagenix. Routine Cleanse Days are truly at the heart of some of the greatest health benefits attributed to weight loss with Isagenix.
Now, recent research at Skidmore College increasingly suggests that Cleanse Days—in combination with Shake Days—could increase the chance of a healthier, longer life. They do so by improving metabolic and cardiovascular markers including insulin sensitivity and arterial health.
If there’s one takeaway from the most recent two-phase Skidmore study it’s this: Isagenix has made it easier for you to achieve a healthier lifestyle and age well.
Cleanse Days (an intermittent fasting day primarily comprised of drinking detox-promoting Cleanse for Life) and Shake Days (an example of calorie restriction by exchanging two meals a day with high-protein IsaLean Shakes) were key to this success.
Signs of Better Aging
In the initial 10-week weight-loss phase, all of the 43 men and women on Isagenix products lost weight. With that weight loss came significant drops in visceral and total body fat along with improvements in metabolism and insulin sensitivity (1).
These findings give further validation for Isagenix product use related to weight loss. Previously, another study conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago had come to similar conclusions that the Isagenix system was superior when compared to a heart-healthy diet (2,3).
In addition, in the Skidmore College study, subjects had a 10 percent improvement in arterial flexibility and blood flow suggestive of better cardiovascular health (1). It’s an excellent finding considering that, as some scientists say, “you’re only as old as your arteries.”
The Skidmore study went further. It was one of the first studies to ever measure an increase in circulating toxins as a result of an intervention combining calorie restriction and intermittent fasting. The noted increase in circulation of toxins is an essential first step in detoxifying and eliminating these harmful compounds from the body (1).
By extending the trial for a full year, the Skidmore College researchers became the first to evaluate the long-term benefits of Isagenix. It’s this type of research that most other companies only dream of and rarely decide to invest in.
As part of the second phase of the study, the Skidmore College researchers divided the original weight-loss subjects into two groups. One they allowed to continue using the Isagenix system with less stringency for a more “real life” compliance scenario. The other group was assigned a heart-healthy diet. Both groups were counseled by registered dietitians.
The final results from the study (still currently in progress) are months away. However, hints from the preliminary findings at six months shared at Isagenix Celebration by the study’s lead author Paul Arciero, Ph.D., show that, so far, results are no less impressive for Isagenix than what they were at 10 weeks. The study’s findings are to be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals in the future.
Sneak Peek at the Results
One of the key findings is that the metabolic and cardiovascular improvements observed during the weight-loss phase were either maintained or improved. Moreover, the results suggest that individuals using the Isagenix system maintained a higher metabolism deemed essential to prevent weight regain. In addition, these subjects continued to improve both their arterial flexibility and also continued to release more stored toxins from fat tissue.
As far as optimizing health long term, all the evidence suggests that Isagenix promotes weight loss, followed by long-term weight management and cardiovascular improvement. And once again, cleansing is key.
What is it about cleansing that allows for successful weight loss and maintenance, and improvement to overall health? Scientists are only beginning to understand the power of this dietary practice that does everything from activating longevity genes, to stimulating pathways in the body that increase autophagy (the body’s way of clearing out old cells to make room for new), to enhancing the activity of the energy producing centers in cells—which leads to improvements in circulation, cardiovascular health markers, cognitive health, and reduced oxidative stress (4-9).
By incorporating Cleanse Days and Shake Days on an Isagenix system there’s no need for deprivation as with many main-stream diets. Regular healthy eating patterns, even including indulgent meals and favorite comfort foods here and there, can still be followed. Cleanse Days allow for real-world living, and when performed on a regular basis will help to maintain a healthy weight and improve health to increase longevity.
Protect your skin this fall with the Rejuvity Skincare System.
When temperatures plummet so can the natural moisture in your skin. The result is dehydrated, itchy skin that’s more vulnerable to environmental stressors and at greater risk of cumulative damage.
A plan to protect healthy skin from chilly weather is conveniently available in the form of the Rejuvity® Skincare System. The system goes beyond keeping the skin hydrated by providing other seasonal safeguards like sun and pollution protection.
Cold, dry air, wintry winds, and indoor heating can deplete skin’s moisture making hydration help more important than at any other time of the year. Rejuvity’s Moisturizing Day Cream with SPF 15 and Renewing Night Cream contain an advanced peptide-based solution that makes up the Renewal Hydrase Complex™ to supply non-greasy, balanced moisturization.
Because 80 percent of UVA rays still penetrate clouds and age your skin (even if they don’t include the UVB rays that burn you), sun safety remains a key part of protecting skin no matter the season. Many sunscreens use chemicals that don’t block out most UVA “aging” rays, but Moisturizing Day Cream with SPF 15 uses natural minerals that act to block out all UVA rays.
Fall and winter are also seasons where pollution including smog, particulates, and carbon monoxide are on the rise. A good cleanser can help neutralize the free radical burden these impurities cause when tucked deep inside pores, along with excess oil. Rejuvity’s Purifying Cleanser and Hydrating Toner get at the surface and within pores without the use of alcohol, which can irritate and overly dry the skin.
In the coming cold months in North America, most of us will think to cover up. But there’s a part of your face that will remain exposed at all times—your eyes. The skin area around the eyes is most vulnerable and most sensitive to cumulative wear and tear. The Rejuvity Age-Defying Eye Cream doesn’t merely sit on top of the skin to give the impression of reduced puffiness, but is quickly absorbed to hydrate the skin and provide needed relief from dry air.
Another layer of seasonal skin protection is provided by Essential Youth Serum when used daily after cleansing and when skin’s primed for nourishment. The serum works at the cellular level, using Renewal C2C Complex™ (containing superior-quality Swiss-variety Crocus bulb), to encourage cell-to-cell communication within skin tissue to boost skin’s turnover, health, and appearance.
More can be learned about the science behind the Rejuvity skincare line that was featured in our quarterly newsletter put together last fall. But the short of it is simply that there’s no need to let your skin suffer from another spell of dry, polluted air when Isagenix has the season’s skincare solution.
October is National Osteoporosis Month – Take Control of Your Health
Since October is National Osteoporosis Month, Isagenix is adamant about sharing the importance of protecting your bones’ health.
Did you know that two out of five people in the U.S. don’t meet their daily recommendation for calcium intake? But getting enough every day is critical. Why? Because calcium is considered an essential mineral, meaning our bodies do not produce it.
That’s a scary thought—especially if you’ve been missing your calcium intake for the past few years. Without that, how can your bones continue building and rebuilding to remain strong and healthy?
As you age, loss of bone strength and bone mass can lead to an increased risk of bone fractures—especially if you are or have been active throughout your life.
Start taking control of your bone health now with Ageless Joint Support™ and Ageless Pain Relief Cream. These two Isagenix products go hand in hand to not only improve your cartilage health—which in turn leads to better bone health—but also offers pain relief as your muscles and joints recover.
Ageless Essentials Daily Pak for men and women is another way to specifically target your bones. These supplements provide almost a full day’s worth of calcium while also supplying vitamins D and K, which are essential for calcium absorption and bone formation.
“I’ve used the Ageless Joint and Pain Relief System for about two weeks now and I’ve noticed an improvement. I’ve started riding my stationary bike for 10 minutes and walk on the treadmill for 10. In the last two weeks I’m up to riding my stationary bike for 30 minutes. I think this has really allowed me to start to exercise.” – Jim R.
Make the most of National Osteoporosis Month with the Joint and Pain Relief System. Ask me how you can get started.
Does Water Affect Your Weight
by Stew Smith
This week a young man asked me, “Does water affect weight?”
Most people do not drink enough water in a day PERIOD. The Mayo Clinic states, “Water is your body’s principal chemical component, making up, on average, 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly 3 quarts (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 quarts (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. Total beverages mean water and other drinks as well.
As with most things in health / nutrition and exercise, there is always some study that disproves another study.
Many doctors agree that eight ounces of water – eight times a day (2 quarts) has no scientific backing. This is true! Water intake does not and probably should not have a universal standard as water intake depends on the individual / environment / activity level, etc…
The explanation of this question has a few levels of details, so it is broken up in the following sections:
Daily Weight Gain – By drinking more water per day, you will have a series of weight gains throughout the day as a quart (32 oz) of water weighs two pounds. So, as I write this article and sip from my 32 oz glass, I will gain two lbs in the next 90 minutes. Now, I will likely be interrupted by Mother Nature and lose 1-2 lbs from the previous 32 oz glass of water I drank after my early workout. The easy answer is yes – drinking water does affect weight significantly enough to be seen on a scale immediately. Usually, in a 24 hour period, you will cycle through this process of gaining water weight and losing water weight and have either a net loss or stable weight for the day.
What About Weight Loss? – Here is where I came up with the saying – “Want to Lose weight? – Just Add Water!” Adding more water to your diet will help you lose weight a few ways. ONE – hunger suppressant – you will not be as hungry when drinking water through the day as your stomach will constantly have something flowing through it. TWO – when your body realizes it is getting enough water, it will allow you to release retained waters from your cells through digestion.
I had a client who lost 20 pounds in one week after adding JUST water to his diet. He was so bloated, his rings did not fit him, stomach was large, and socks would indent his lower legs when he removed them. Have you ever felt bloated, hands and feet puffy, belly extended – well this is your body holding onto water. This could also be a symptom of a variety of medical issues so alerting your doctor is never a bad idea when bloated for long periods of time with no relief. But it is also easily removed by adding water if you are just bloated due to dehydration or high sodium diet.
Replacement of water lost – Humans sweat, digest, and breathe. All three are processes that help our bodies to expel water. These fluids should be replaced and depending on your activity level and environment, your replacement maybe significantly different that someone with a different lifestyle. Regardless, everyone needs water. The amazing thing about the human body is that it is capable of pulling water out of every piece of food we eat. So by eating, you can actually survive and have enough water in your body to excrete toxins, sweat (some), and breathe. You can also lose significant weight through sweating (like wrestlers cutting weight). This is not healthy as you are also losing vital electrolytes that is not replaced will negatively affect performance and could cause death. However, what performance fitness experts agree on is that additional water will help us perform better by staving off dehydration, overheating, and even heat stroke. A common formula is to take 1/2 to 2/3 of your bodyweight in pounds and replace that many ounces of water in a 24 hour period. For instance, I am 200lbs so I typically get 100 oz of water a day – especially after exercise.
Too much water – How much is too much? I tackled this one a few years ago when a water drinking contest on the radio actually caused someone to die from water intoxication. That person had downed nearly two gallons within a short period of time (less than 2 hours). This caused her body to shut down causing kidney failure as well as electrolyte imbalances that affect all organ function. Many endurance athletes have died from the same issues, however they sweat profusely and re-hydrated with ONLY water and had the same electrolyte imbalances that caused death. When drinking water after sweating profusely, you should consider foods or supplements with electrolytes (sodium, potassium, etc) so that does not happen.
Whey Protein Concentrate: A Brief Summary
By Dr. Michael Colgan
On average, high quality milk is 27 percent protein, 37 percent lactose (milk sugar), and 30 percent fat. The remaining 6 percent is calcium, other minerals, and ash.
Thus, what is called “4 percent milk” or “whole milk” is a high fat food, because the percentage determination includes the water, and milk is mainly water. Its label is largely a commercial fiction. It is not a prime food, especially when trying to increase muscle or to reduce body fat.
What is called “2 percent milk” still contains more fat and more lactose than protein. It is not a prime food either.
Skim milk has near zero fat but still contains a high amount of lactose. Skim milk powder, which some people use in cooking and as a low-fat protein source, is the worst of milk, because more than half of it is lactose.
Up to 30 percent of adults have varying degrees of allergic responses to lactose, because lactase, its digesting enzyme in the gut, declines rapidly during childhood. Humans and their pets are the only adult animals that drink milk.
There at least 14 different proteins in milk split into two groups, caseins and wheys.
Casein represents about 80 percent of milk protein. Casein has poor results in producing lean mass in athletes, and in hospital studies of muscle loss.*
Whey represents about 20 percent of milk protein. Whey has superior results to any other protein, including eggs, meats, fish, soy, nut, pea, rice, and other plant proteins, in producing lean mass in athletes, and muscle in hospital studies. Recent genomic research attributes much of the benefit of whey protein concentrate to two unique proteins, beta-lactoglobulin (60percent of whey protein), and alpha-lactalbumin (25 percent), that together regulate the activity of more than 200 human genes.
To legally call a product whey protein concentrate it can have anywhere from 29 percent to 89 percent whey protein. At the bottom end of that scale (29 to 49 percent protein), you can work out that the other 50 to 70 percent is almost all fat and lactose. You will see a lot of this cheap whey for sale in bulk stores and discount markets. Leave it on the shelf. The new shirt you buy with the money saved will not look good on a pumpkin.
Near the top end of the whey scale (70 to 89 percent protein), only 10 to 25 percent of the mix is fat and lactose. That’s where you want your whey to be.**
Whey protein concentrate is further extracted to become whey protein isolate (90 to 95 percent protein). The higher price of whey isolate, however, is money wasted. Both high-end concentrate and isolate are fast proteins, that is, they are very rapidly absorbed compared to casein or meat or fish proteins. But, until the advent of recent molecular genetics, we could not understand why whey isolate (90 to 95 percent protein) and high end whey concentrate (70 to 89 percent protein) produced identical results in increased free amino acid pools in the body, increased muscle protein formation, and reduction of fat deposition. Now we know that, after most of the fat and lactose is removed, the structure of the proteins is more important than the last few percent of extraction in expressing the genes that build muscle and inhibit adiposity. The structure of the proteins depends on the quality of the milk.
Quality, Quality, Quality!
Half the dry weight of your body is protein, over one hundred thousand different proteins, each of which is precisely determined by gene expression. The quality of your proteins determines both the quality and the quantity of their effects on the genome. Quality of the proteins in milk depends on the nutrition of the cows and the method of protein extraction.
Nutrition of the Cows
Cows are ruminants, continuous grazers. They have a rumen, a miraculous fermentation tank in their gut designed by tens of millions of years of evolution to digest grass and humus (grass that has died and broken down to become a stable mat for the growing grass). The rumen is designed precisely to ferment grass. In order to work properly it has to stay at a good level of fermentation continuously. Unlike the human gut, which operates intermittently by acid, the rumen is acid neutral, and requires constant grazing and a constant level of fermentation to remain healthy and support high quality protein production.
Over the last 50 years, the economics of commercial farming in the US has progressively eliminated most pasture feeding. To make a living, most farmers have to keep their cows in feedlots most of the time, and feed them on cheap hay, corn, barley, soybeans and fat. These feeds are much cheaper than pasture, but require an acidic gut to digest them. The feedlot cows are also fed only intermittently. So most dairy farming places a large intermittent and acid load on a rumen and liver that were not designed for it. Some places, notably New Zealand, still pasture feed most of their cows.***
The diet and confinement of US cows has produced most of the problems that now beset American milk production. Feedlot cows rarely go four months without infection, requiring constant dosing with antibiotics. Feedlot cows produce milk so poorly that production has to be stimulated with hormones. Feedlot cows last an average of only four years before liver and other problems from acidic food get them switched out and turned into beef. No surprise that feedlot cows produce inferior milk.
To give you a quick perspective on how bad it has become, in March 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published new access to pasture rules for the best-of-the-best, organic cows producing high-quality organic milk. The new rules state that organic cows have to be out on pasture for not less than 120 days per year, and have to receive at least 30 percent of their feed by pasturing during the grazing season. At least they recognize the right way to raise cows. But what a minimal standard! And that’s for the-best-of-the-best, so you can imagine what’s happening to the rest of the cows (85 percent). I hope I have convinced you to buy whey protein extracted from the milk of grazed animals for your health’s sake.
Extraction of the Whey
Whey is extracted from milk by numerous methods. Most common use acids or salts, and heat. All these strategies denature the whey. Denaturing involves numerous breakdowns in the protein, but here I will mention only two of the main faults.
First, we now know from gene expression studies that undenatured whey contains many bioactive compounds including antibodies and enzymes that have multiple beneficial effects in humans. When the whey is denatured, these bioactive compounds are destroyed.
Second, undenatured whey contains numerous di-peptides (amino acid pairs) and tri-peptides (amino acid triples). These are keys that fit specific genetic locks in the body to turn on protein functions. If the whey is denatured, the keys are broken down into single amino acids and no longer work.
It’s true that the milk industry didn’t know of these problems until recent science uncovered them. But it is expensive to change your technology, and its not happening in this economy. Undenatured whey protein is extracted by cold-membrane filtration. It costs more, but it’s the only whey to go.
Dr. Michael Colgan is a world-renowned research scientist, leading expert in the inhibition of aging, and a member of the Isagenix Science Advisory Board. Dr. Colgan has provided nutrition, training and anti-aging programs to more than 11,000 athletes, including many Olympians. He is director of his eponymous Colgan Institute, a consulting, educational and research facility concerned with the effects of nutrition and exercise on athletic performance, along with prevention of chronic degenerative disease, and prevention of degeneration of the brain.
Nourish your skin with Rejuvity for a healthy summer glow.
Longer days and warmer temperatures are a welcome change after one of the coldest winters on record. While it’s a change you’re probably looking forward to, your skin may not feel the same way.
For one, summer in most places means sun, and unless you plan on staying indoors or covering every inch of skin, you need to protect yourself from UV rays. Warmer temperatures also mean increased sweating, which can lead to overproduction of oil and blemishes. Others many experience dry, scaly skin from the summer heat. To offset this, you need a skincare plan that will help you avoid the potential summer skin downfalls.
By following these four summer skincare tips, you can achieve healthy, glowing skin all summer long:
1. Protect with SPF. As one of the main causes of wrinkles, exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can wreak havoc on your skin any time of the year. Even on cloudy days your skin can be exposed to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays (1). That’s why it’s best to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily.
The Rejuvity Moisturizing Day Cream with SPF 15 provides superior sun protection with zinc oxide and titanium oxide that act as physical barriers by preventing the absorption of both UVA and UVB rays. You won’t find that with chemical sunscreens on the market that provide no real protection from the sun’s “aging” UVA rays. In addition to daily facial application, be sure to practice safe sun protection by applying Isa SunGuard every two hours when outside or after swimming, especially when around sand and water as they reflect the sun’s rays (2).
2. Moisturize right. Your moisturizing routine during the winter may not be best for your skin during the summer months. For one, areas of your skin may be excessively dry while other areas (likely the “T-Zone” comprised of the forehead, nose, and chin) are prone to excess oil production and sweating. For this reason, it may be best to moisturize at night only in the areas that are dry. Try Rejuvity’s Renewing Night Cream, which nourishes your skin with soothing jojoba and communication-boosting peptides (3).
Additionally, it’s important to use a cleanser that will not strip the skin of its natural oils and lead to dryness. Rejuvity’s Purifying Cleanser doesn’t have harsh chemicals (such as sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS) or fragrances that can lead to dry, scaly skin. Instead, it contains natural surfactant properties of maple to breakdown oils and impurities and separates them from the skin without interfering with your skin’s natural moisture barrier.
3. Remove excess oil. While some natural oil is important for maintaining skin health, warmer temperatures can cause the skin to produce excess oil that clogs pores and causes breakouts. Although the initial instinct may be to up the amount of times you wash your face, lathering your face with cleanser too frequently can actually exacerbate the problem by stimulating oil glands. Instead, stick with washing your face with a gentle cleanser like the Rejuvtiy Purifying Cleanser twice daily.
Another tip for minimizing blemishes and breakouts is to use a toner after cleansing. A toner free of alcohol like the Rejuvity Hydrating Toner can help rid the skin of any left over makeup, oil, or impurities without irritating the skin.
Finally, exfoliating with a gentle, yet effective scrub should be done about twice per week. Be sure not to over-exfoliate, though, which can do more harm than good and actually damage skin. Using non-irritating Rejuvity Bamboo Exfoliating Polish with oat kernels, sugar cane, and bilberry polishes your skin and provides antioxidants (4).
4. Balance skin with nourishing ingredients. Similar to your body, skin needs proper nutrition to function and look its best. After cleansing is the perfect time to nourish the skin with ingredients that support healthy cell function. Rejuvity’s Essential Youth Serum encourages skin cell division and turnover so you can achieve that summer glow—one that doesn’t come from baking in the sun or slathering on tanners filled with harmful chemicals.
It’s especially important to nourish the skin around your eyes because it’s much thinner than other areas of skin and doesn’t contain oil glands to keep it moisturized (1). Because the skin around the eyes is vulnerable and delicate, its needs are different than the skin on the rest of your face. For this reason, the Rejuvity Age-Defying Eye Cream contains gentle, fast-absorbing, and hydrating ingredient sources including watermelon, apple, and lentil.
Customize how you use the seven products in the Rejuvity skincare line to support your skin’s needs throughout the whole year. With Rejuvity, you can get the youthful summer glow the healthy way.