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Vitaminfix Celebrates National Diabetes Month!

Diabetes affects nearly 26 million people in the United States, while 79 million Americans suffer from prediabetes (a condition that increases type 2 diabetes risk).  November is National Diabetes Month and if you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from this condition or are concerned about your risk, here are a few things you can do. Understanding Diabetes This disease is caused by an underproduction or improper use of insulin in the body. This important hormone is used to convert food into energy needed for overall health and proper function of all body systems. The cause of this disease is still being researched but it has been shown that a combination of genetics and environment are factors. There are two types of diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) but Type 2 affects 95% of all people diagnosed cases. Symptoms often go undiagnosed, but early detection can significantly reduce your risk of experiencing complications including an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, nervous system disease, and other health conditions. Assess Your Diabetes Risk If someone in your family as had diabetes, you may have a higher of developing type 2 diabetes. Take this simple Type 2 Diabetes risk test to find out if you are at an increased risk. Only your doctor can tell you if you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, but this can help you find out if you need to speak with your doctor for additional testing. How old are you? Less Read More »

3 Mind Body Exercises for Mental Health
Posted By on November 10th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 61

A strong mind body connection can help condition your mental and physical responses to decrease your likelihood of developing depression. Diabetics often suffer from complications associated with this disease that can lead to mood problems. But by doing mind body exercises, you can reduce your risk of losing touch with your good mood. While regular exercise has been shown to boost the production of brain chemicals that regulate mood, there are specific workouts that help build the mind body connection to offer additional benefits. Keep the blues away by adding these three exercises to your daily fitness regimen. Mind Body Exercise #1 Yoga This ancient practice burns tons of calories, reduces mental and physical stress and improves overall flexibility and mobility. The combination of movements, breathing, stretching, and mediation can lead to a variety of positive effects on both body and mind. This practice can also help reduce everyday stress that can lead to mood problems over time. Mind Body Exercise #2 Tai Chi This mind body exercise is a great way to improve mental functions such as concentration, by increasing the flow of what the Chinese call ”chi.” Chi, or life energy is something that when in balance, can offer a variety of health benefits including cardiovascular health, stress reduction and so much more. This graceful low-impact workout has been used for centurions to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and mood disturbances while also improving self-esteem. Add it to your mind body fitness regimen to gain all the benefits. Read More »

Low-Glycemic Menu That Supports Blood Sugar Levels
Posted By on November 10th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 61
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Low-Glycemic foods can help keep blood sugar levels stable for diabetics, but they also support weight loss goals. Great for those who suffer from diabetes or just for a low-calorie meal plan, this daily low-glycemic menu includes a full day of recipes to help keep you on track to achieving your weight management goals, or maintaining your diabetic needs. Low-Glycemic Breakfast: Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes These are easy to make and the whole family will love them. The blueberries add natural sweetness and an antioxidant boost that supports your seasonal immunity. Ingredients 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour 2 tsps baking powder 1 egg 1 cup milk, plus more if necessary 1/2 tsp salt 1 Tbsp honey 1/2 cup blueberries  Directions 1. Sift together flour and baking powder, set aside. Beat together the egg, milk, salt and artificial sweetener in a bowl. Stir in flour until just moistened, add blueberries, and stir to incorporate. 2. Preheat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, and spray with cooking spray. Pour approximately 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan for each pancake. Cook until bubbly, about 1 1/2 minutes. Turn, and continue cooking until golden brown. Low-Glycemic Lunch: Split Pea Soup Add this with a slice of crusty bread made extra crunchy in a hot pan coated with coconut oil, and you’ve got a meal that’s warm and satisfying. Save the left overs for an afternoon snack. Ingredients 1 cup chopped red onion 1 tsp coconut oil 1 pound dried split peas 1 pinch Read More »

Product Feature: Nature’s Bounty Diabetes Support Pack
Diabetes Support Pack

Nature’s Bounty Diabetes Support Pack contains a blend of vitamins, minerals, herbs, essential fatty acids and other nutrients in a once-a-day pack to support diabetic health.  This unique formula was developed to offer nutrient support for diabetics, or those who may suffer from prediabetes with a blend of nutrients that support blood sugar levels, increase insulin sensitivity, and promote good health. Ingredients in Nature’s Bounty Diabetes Support Pack include: Multi-Vitamin with Lutein Getting the right amounts of nutrients, in balanced amounts to support all your health and nutritional needs is an important part of managing diabetes. The Diabetes Support Pack includes a multi-vitamin to help bridge nutritional gaps and includes lutein, along with vitamin A and E to support good vision. Maintaining healthy eyesight can be a concern to those with this disease, and lutein has been shown to offer protection from high-energy light waves and ultraviolet rays from the sun. Studies have shown that high levels of lutein may be associated with better vision, especially during times of dim light, or glare. Alpha Lipoic Acid This antioxidant is naturally produced in the body, and is found in every cell. It aids in the metabolism of glucose, and is involved in converting sugars into energy in the body. Since free radicals can cause a harmful chemical reaction in the body that damage healthy cells, this antioxidant works to neutralize these compounds to offer specific benefits to diabetics. Shown in clinical studies to also help lower blood sugar levels and reduce Read More »

Top 5 Nutrients for Good Vision
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healthy eyes vision

Good vision is important, especially as we age. So, whether you’re a diabetic or simply want to take good care of your healthy eyesight over time, adding a variety of healthy foods to your diet can help. But there are specific nutrients that have been clinically shown to promote healthy eyesight and good vision more than others. Add these top 5 eye heath nutrients to your daily diet or supplement regimen to boost your vision. 1. Vitamin A This vitamin is used in the body to support retinal function within the eyes. This is the part of the eye that reacts to light, and without enough vitamin A in your diet, you may suffer from night blindness. Prolonged deficiency of this important nutrient can result in corneal ulcers, scarring, and even vision loss. Aim to get between 2,3000 – 3,000 IU of vitamin A every day. Foods that include this nutrient include fresh orange and yellow fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, yellow bell peppers, cantaloupe, and other foods. 2. Vitamin C A vitamin known for it’s antioxidant capacity, vitamin C has recently been studied at the National Eye Instutue and has been shown to support healthy eyesight, and vision. It was determined that people with age-related macular degeneration may lower their risk of this irreversible vision loss with a combination of nutrients, including vitamin C. Aim to get between 75 – 90 milligrams of this nutrient every day. Foods that are a good source of vitamin C include Read More »

3 Sugar-Free Desert Recipes
sugar free brownies

Sugar-free foods can help keep blood sugar levels in balance to support the specific dietary needs of diabetics. There are tons of options when it comes to sugar substitutes, but if you are looking for a few fab sugar-free recipes, you’ve come to the right place! Here are some delicious, and easy-to-make recipes that support diabetic nutritional needs, while also satisfying that sweet tooth. 1. Sugar-Free Apple Pie A seasonal favorite, this classic warms the spirit and makes for a sweet treat any time of day. Make this sugar-free pie to please the whole family. Ingredients: 2 (9 inch) pie shell 3 Tbsps cornstarch 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon 1 (12 fluid ounce) can unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed 6 cups sliced green apples Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. In a small bowl whisk together cornstarch, cinnamon, and 1/3 cup of the apple juice concentrate. Set aside. 3. In a large saucepan simmer apples with remaining apple juice concentrate until apples are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in cornstarch mixture and continue to simmer until thickened. Remove from heat. 4. Spoon apple mixture into pastry-lined pie plate. Cover with top crust. Seal and flute edges. Cut steam vents in top. 5. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. 2. Sugar-Free Brownies MMMmmm chocolate. Who doesn’t love a rich, decedent brownie? These gooey brownies are sugar-free and satisfy your sweet tooth without the sugar. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter 1/4 Read More »

5 Dental Health Fix Picks for Diabetics
Posted By on November 10th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 61
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Dental health can be a concern for those who suffer from diabetes. Since diabetics are at a higher risk than other people for periodontal disease and infections of the gums, complications of the disease can also lead to painful teeth problems, and even tooth loss. People who have this disease may also suffer from nerve, heart, skin, and vision problems. Dry mouth is also a common symptom of diabetic dental problems along with soreness ulcers, infections, and tooth decay. Try using a combination of these dental health products to keep your mouth clean, happy and healthy. 1. Jason Natural Sea Fresh Toothpaste An anti-cavity toothpaste that also strengthens teeth and freshens breath without harsh abrasives or chemicals, this tooth gel contains blue green algae that naturally provides calcium, proteins and antioxidants that support your dental health. Formulated with spearmint and parsley extracts, along with fluoride to prevent bad breath and tooth decay. This unique formula also includes soothing aloe vera gel to calm irritation of the gums. When used along with mouthwash twice a day, Jason Natural Sea Fresh Anti-Cavity Toothpaste may improve your overall dental health for a radiant smile. 2. Nature’s Answer PerioWash Alcohol-Free Mouthwash This mouth rinse cleanses teeth and gums for fresh breath, and periodontal health. Formulated with a blend of soothing herbs, along with folic acid, oregano, cinnamon, clove, and the powerful antioxidant CoQ10 to promote gum health. When used as a part of your oral health program this natural mouthwash offers lasting, effective results with Read More »

4 Hydrating, Healthy Skin Tips
Posted By on November 10th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 61
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Hydrated skin can be challenging to maintain during the colder months of the year, but it can be especially difficult if you suffer from diabetes. There are a variety of ways you can retain that essential skin moisture you need to stay touchable, and comfortable during these chilly months. Here are a few tips to help keep your skin soft, and supple this Fall season: 1. Eat for Hydration Foods that add water to your diet nourish your skin from the inside out. While staying hydrated means that you’ll need to drink the recommended 8-10 8oz glasses of water a day, you can also increase your water intake by consuming water-dense foods like watermelon, apples, tomatoes, pineapple, strawberries, cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers and other fruits and veggies. Since these foods typically contain 80% water or higher, they can help restore skin’s moisture. Diabetic dry skin is often caused by blood sugar spikes. Here is a delicious smoothie recipe that helps keep blood sugar levels steady, and contains ingredients that help nourish dry skin. Ingredients: 1 ripe banana 1/3 cup of blueberries 1/3  cup of strawberries 1/2 cup of kale leaves (stalks removed) 1/4 of a cup of almond milk 1 Tbsp of ground flax seed 1 Tbsp of hemp powder 1 Tbsp of chia seeds 1 Tbsp of acai powder 1 Tsp of cinnamon Directions: Place all the ingredients in a blender, and then blend until you reach the desired consistency. Depending how you like your smoothie you can add water Read More »