Pyridoxal 5 Phosphate for Good Nutritional Support

B6 or Pyridoxine is essential for the metabolism of protein as it helps to convert glycogen into glucose which can be used by your muscles for energy.
Pyridoxal-5-phosphate, the liver metabolized form of B6, is an important co-factor in the regulation of 26 aminotransferases, enzymes that regulate the proper pathways for our neuroendocrine system. If you are deficient in B6, you may form kidney stones when you eat sugars such as fructose or galactose. Women need higher doses of B6 than men because we lose more B6 in our urine. Women taking birth control pills to control menopausal excess bleeding
can become depleted of B6, which results in disturbances in the metabolism of tryptophan. This can cause depression, anxiety, decreased sex drive and impaired glucose tolerance. B6 is important in lowering homocysteine levels in blood. Pyridoxal-5-phosphate, the liver metabolized form of B6, is the active component. You’ll find Pyridoxal-5-phosphate in our store.

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How to Prevent Gallstones in Menopause

By Treacy Colbert, Women’s Health Access

Gallstones (rock-like deposits inside the gallbladder) occur in one out of five women by the age of 60, twice as often as they affect men. Women with gallstones gave rise to the unkind diagnostic cliché, “female, fat, and forty.” Here are hints on avoiding the unwelcome category.

How Things Work
The gallbladder is a collection pouch that accumulates green bile fluid as it drains from the liver. The purpose of bile is to help with digestion, particularly of fats. Cholesterol and bilirubin (a byproduct from the breakdown of red blood cells) are also found in bile.

When cholesterol or bilirubin particles begin to cluster, gallstones start to form. In most cases, they do not cause problems. However, when they become caught in the gallbladder outlet, symptoms including pain, belching, gas, nausea, and decreased appetite can occur. While not a pretty image, think of your gallbladder as a pond, say Larrian Gillespie, M.D., author of The Menopause Diet, and  You’re Not Crazy, It’s Your Hormones.” When the ratio of progesterone to estradiol changes in women, the gallbladder becomes sluggish and doesn’t drain bile as well,” she says. “The bile stagnates and looks like green algae.”

Diagnosis
An x-ray will usually not detect gallstones, but they can be seen on ultrasound or CT scan. If gallstones e found and your symptoms correspond to this condition,you may also have blood tests to rule out liver or pancreas involvement.

Complications
Pain from gallstones occurs when the muscle walls of the gallbladder contract to help empty bile into the intestines. When the muscle contracts against a gallstone, or if a gallstone blocks the bile from draining, a strong, deep ache can occur. If the bile duct is blocked, bile can build up and serious infection in the gallbladder, liver, or pancreas can occur.

Gallbladder Surgery
When gallstones form to the point where pain is persistent, surgical removal is the best treatment option, says William S. Richardson, M.D., chief of laparoscopic surgery at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. “Unlike heartburn or gastric reflux where weight loss, over-the-counter preparations, or a change of diet may help, with gallstones pain continues in at least 30 percent of cases. Other therapies are not nearly as effective as removal of the gallbladder.”

The surgery is done through a laparoscopic incision in the navel, where the fluid and stones are removed, followed by the gallbladder itself. Patients rarely spend even one night in the hospital, says Dr. Richardson. The recovery period lasts from one to two weeks.

Prevention
Better yet, stay out of the operating room with these preventive steps.

Start with one tablespoon of unsalted butter a day. If you have avoided butter or fat in general, this may sound surprising. But we’re talking about one tablespoon a day, eaten in one serving.

“That contains 10 grams of saturated fat and causes complete emptying of the gallbladder,” says Dr. Gillespie, noting that two studies support this strategy. “The tablespoon of butter can’t be poly or monounsaturated fat, and has to be eaten all at once.” Doling out a third of a tablespoon three times a day won’t achieve he same gallstone prevention step by putting the butter on a generous serving of vegetables.

Second, be aware of changes in your estradiol, advises Dr. Gillespie. Low-dose estradiol therapy can be part of maintaining a healthy gallbladder, among other important health objectives. The studies showing an association between hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and an increase in gallbladder disease reflect the use of synthetic hormone preparations, in particular the synthetic progestin, Provera®, she says. If you choose hormone replacement therapy, select a natural preparation, one that is identical to the hormone your body produces.

While Dr. Richardson points out that losing weight won’t remedy a gallstone problem, keeping your weight in a healthy range may decrease the likelihood of developing the problem. Incidences of gallstones are higher in women who have higher body fat ratios. And, if you’re trying to lose weight, take it slowly and sensibly. Sudden and extreme weight loss can also trigger gallbladder problems.


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Nurses World Magazine Review Total Nutrition Cooking

John R. Wilson, PhD (published in Nurses World Magazine, April 2007)

Larrian Gillespie is nothing if not forthright. She recommends “Nutrition Queens,” i.e., eating nutrition-dense foods included in the USDA Food Pyramid of 2005, and thirty minutes of “exhilarating exercise” each day. Then everyone (most of us, some of us) can say goodbye to heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cancer. (I don’t wonder at the book’s disclaimers: This book “is sold with the understanding that the author and its publishers are not engaged in rendering professional services. … If a reader requires personal assistance or advice, a competent professional should be consulted.”)

That said, I am so glad that Gillespie wrote this book.

Her recipes are reasons to live! How about an appetizer of smoky cilantro and lime shrimp, or some “cranky crab” soup with spinach? Care to try the Portobello mushroom, tomato and basil sandwich or a tarragon chicken, raisin and almond sandwich on fresh, warm sourdough bread? Then there’s the tuna-curry pasta with cashews, scallops with peppered bacon and shallots, and butternut squash and cinnamon brown sugar, not to mention the apricot-honey and mustard pork tenderloin (Oh, my God!). If it’s desserts you crave, then try the almond-chocolate pudding, the coconut custard baked in acorn squash or Auntie Em’s comforting rice pudding.

What’s particularly refreshing is that this book doesn’t assert an umbrella diet for everyone. It does suggest that the relationship between diet and health is complex, that nutritional needs vary, and that dietary discretion, regular exercise, stress management and abstention from tobacco can prolong good health.

Who needs heaven? All I need is a copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Total Nutrition Cooking and maybe a pinch of restraint.

reprinted with Permission, Nurses World Magazine


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How to Avoid Common Weightloss Diet Traps

Don’t let these traps throw you off your diet

You’re eating right, even doing some exercise and still the scale won’t budge. You may have fallen into a weight loss trap. See if you can identify which of these sneaky deceptive practices may be sabotaging your weight loss success:

  • Failure to Consider Counting Calories

Even though a low carb diet is more concerned about carbs than calories, you still cannot consume mass quantities of food and expect to lose weight. So calculate both your carbs and calories when journaling your diet, and realize that just eliminating 500 calories a day ( which is easy if you cut out 250 as calories and add 250 calories of exercise a day) can result in a consistent 1-2 pound weight loss per week.

  • Failing to Understand Deceitful Food Labeling

This one is REALLY sneaky, as manufacturers do NOT make a product ONE SERVING size, but rather sneak several servings into their package. Just look at a candy bar. It says a king size bar has only 170 calories, but it’s for ONE THIRD of that bar, not the entire thing. So…read the servings per package amount FIRST. It could save you a world of calories/carb hurt!

  • Eating in Front of the TV

Doing anything that distracts you from focusing on the food you are eating has been shown to result in at least 300 MORE calories per meal than if you ate in silence. This goes for talking on the phone or reading a magazine. So dedicate your meal time to just that – your food and watch your calories/carb consumption stabilize.

  • Eating Only Three Meals a Day

I know this may sound counterintuitive, but people who eat smaller meals more frequently during the day, keep their metabolism stoked and burn more calories. It also prevents you from overating to compensate for feeling “starved”, so consider adding 2 snacks a day of high fiber or high protein foods and watch your weight start to disappear.

  • Denying Food Cravings

Debbie Reynolds once said that “sex is like air…you don’t miss it until you’re not getting any!” Well, the same can be said about denying food cravings. If you’ve been dreaming of foods such as cake, pasta, bread etc but force yourself to eat salads, you could simply end up filling the unmet need with too many calories from other foods. So eat a SMALL portion of whatever you feel you are being deprived of on your new diet plan, and watch how easily the craving disappears.

  • Cooking and Cleaning Alone

I know this may sound strange, but studies show that when you cook or clean up alone, you sample food and are tempted to nibble on leftovers, which can add “ghost” calories/carbs to any meal. So let your family participate in the process so you don’t overeat.

  • Ordering an Entree at a Restaurant

Entrees have been supersized and can add a whopping load of calories/carbs to your diet plan, so always order appetizer dishes instead when eating out.

  • New Diets are Exciting

Let’s face it. When you start a new diet, the change is exciting, but after a week or so, it’s easy to tire of the routine, so you have to change your mindset and look at this as a lifestyle change and not expect every day to offer a glamorous change in your body. It WILL happen, but only over time and with consistency in your goals.

  • Rapid Weightloss is All Fat

Yeah right. Well, that is what many diet plans would like you to think when they offer an induction plan. In reality, all that is lost is a lot of water and even some muscle, so skip the induction phases and just start on the slower, controlled weight change that comes with moderate changes in your diet. Remember, exercise is important to keep your muscles toned and to serve as the furnace for burning more sugar as you work.


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Top 14 Super Foods For Weight Loss

Fill up on these great superfoods and watch the weight drop

If you’re looking for the best way to supercharge your low carb diet, focus on these TOP 14 SUPERFOODS as recommended by Dr. Steven Pratt’s book, Super Foods Rx and my books. It’s easy and delicious to include these superfoods in your weight loss diet plan:

  • TURKEY
  • Turkey has 30% fewer calories and 50% less fat than beef. Similar
    benefits are seen with skinless chicken breast

  • TOMATOES
  • Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C and helps to naturally produce carnitine, an amino acid that helps you burn fat.You can also consider watermelon, pink grapefruit, Japanese persimmons, red-fleshed papaya and strawberry guava, which helps to lower insulin. Gazpacho is a great way to use tomatoes and get all the benefits.

  • BLUEBERRIES
  • These little packages are phytonutrient powerhouses. Consider raspberries,
    cherries, purple grapes
    (I freeze them and pop one in my mouth for a mini grapecicle). Blueberry muffins will be a favorite of your family.

  • SPINACH
  • Another fiber superfood that also contains iron for those with low ferritin levels. Options include kale, collards, Swiss chard, turnip greens,
    bok choy and romaine lettuce.

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