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EYE Health from Scott Siewert

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How  Astaxanthin  Combats
Degenerative Disease

Written by: R. Scott Siewert, Health-Wellness, Director

Through my writing on our website I guess you have all have well established my strong support of vitamin supplements. I recently came across one that I never had heard about. Celebrity physician Dr. Oz touted a compound vital to preserving visual clearness in maturing individuals. He called it “The #1 Supplement you’ve never heard of that you should be taking.” The name of it is ASTAXANTHIN used for popular eye health.

While the naturally occurring astaxanthin may have finally attained mainstream, recognition for its crucial role in protecting aging eyes, scientist are discovering it possesses a broad spectrum, of properties that combat a multitude of diseases of the aging. It has long been shown to protect aging eyes from cataracts and glaucoma. More recent scientific finding indicates astaxanthin as an intervention for numerous forms of degenerative disease. These include cardiovascular disease, cancer, age related immune dysfunction, stomach and eye conditions, and skin damage.

Astaxanthin is safe in a wide range of doses. As little as 4-6 mg per day of astaxanthin has been shown to be effective support for eye health. Between 6-18mg for metabolic syndrome. As much as 40mg per day with no side effects. And web MD almost all the reviews for taking this supplement for general health & wellness, were rated four and five star satisfactory. 


Adult Weight Body Mass Index Statistics

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2011 Adult Weight Status: Key Findings

By Lucas County Health Department & National Center for Health Statistics
R. Scott Siewert H
ealth & Wellness, Director

In 2011 health assessment identified that 71% of Lucas County adults were overweight or obese on Body Mass Index (BMI).

In 2010 30% of Ohio and 28% of U.S. adults were obese.

Over one-third (35%) of Lucas County adults were obese and the remaining 36% were overweight by the BMI. This puts them at an elevated risk for diseases and health problems. Person who are obese have medical cost that are $1,429 higher than those who are normal weight.

Lucas County adults gave the following reasons for not exercising:
No Time 26%
Weather 23%
Cannot afford a gym membership 8%
Do not know what activity t
o do 6%
Safety concerns 5%
Doctors advise against 3%
Other reasons 13%

The CDC recommends that adults participate in moderate exercise for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes every week or vigorous exercise for at least 1 hour and 15 minutes every week.

Lucas County adults ate
at the following places 3 or more times in a typical week:   
Restaurant - healthy Choices 8%
Restaurant - unhealthy choices 5%
Fast Food - healthy choice 3%
Fast food - unhealthy choice 11%

The numbers don’t lie and neither do the rising health care cost. Only you can prevent these statistics from rising.


Diet Sodas Linked to Obesity

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Diet Sodas Linked to Increase Obesity & Diabetes

Written By: R. Scott Siewert
Director of Health & Wellness

I wrote about this topic almost a year ago but I thought it was worth repeating because of the importance of the misconception about diet beverages.
Obesity risk increases for every can of diet soda consumed per day, says researchers, and artificial sweeteners may contribute to the growing rate if diabetes. Although intended to help consumers keep a sleek physique, diet sodas actually help weight gain according to a new study.
The research stemmed from a long term study tracking the health of nearly 500 men and women for an average of 9.5 years. In comparing the weight of study participants who drank regular soda to those who drank diet soda, those drinking diet soda saw their waistlines expand 70% faster than participant drinking regular soda. Other data showed those drinking two or more cans of diet soda per day had a 500% greater increase in their waist circumference, indicating significant weight gain.
The lead researcher, Helen P. Hazuda, PHD, chief of the Division of Clinical epidemiology in the school of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, concluded that “promotion of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised.”

Did You Know?

About 90% of heart attacks occur early in the morning and it can be minimized if one drinks a glass or two of water (NOT alcohol or beer) before retiring at night. I knew water is important but I never knew about the special times to drink it.
Drinking water at the correct time maximizes its effectiveness on the human body
2 glasses of water after waking up – helps to activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath = helps to lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack


Staying Healthy

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                                             Stay Healthy
                   3 Things You Never Knew About DIABETES

1.    Pre-Diabetes doesn’t always lead to full blown diabetes. Also known as impaired glucose tolerance, pre-Diabetes simply means that the amount of sugar that is in your blood is higher than it should be but not high enough to qualify as type 2 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, making three lifestyles changes – losing weight, watching your diet, and exercising can increase your chances of preventing or delaying type 2 by up to 58%.

2.    There’s more to eating right than cutting your sweets. All carbohydrates whether starchy or sweet quickly turn into glucose in your bloodstream. A bagel, for example, can hike blood sugar as much as a doughnut. The more processed and refined the food, the more quickly the conversion occurs.

3.    Exercise is just as crucial as diet. Here is where insulin comes in. This hormone helps to transport glucose from the blood into your body cells, which burns the sugar for energy. When you exercise and lose weight, your body is better able to employ its supply of insulin (or decrease insulin resistance), making it easier to control blood sugar levels.

Written By: R. Scott Siewert, Director Health & Wellness


Your Body Says Eating Healthy is Easy

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What to Eat for What Body Part
By R. Scott Siewert, Health & Wellness Director

GOD made it easy for us, long before modern science could confirm what we see provides great clues as to what foods help what part of our body. Our vision provides us the clues to GOD’s PHARMACY.

Sliced carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye…and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow and function of the eyes.
A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.
Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.
A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums, and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three dozen neurons – transmitters for brain functions.
Kidney Beans
Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look like the human kidney.
Celery, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your die, the body pulls it from your bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
Sweet Potatoes
The Sweet Potato looks like the pancreas and actually balances the glycemic index of diabetics.
                                    WHO SAID HEALTHY EATING WAS HARD

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