Zeal for Life! The Testimonial from another

•March 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Sometimes you don’t know how good you have it (or don’t have it) until you hear from someone else. Zeal for Life has been an amazing product for me and many others. It’s a product for people from all walks of life. Check out this video and see for yourself.

Don’t kid yourself. This product is picking up the pace and lapping a lot of competitors. Now’s a great time to jump aboard. You don’t have to believe either one of us. Please, go to the website on your own and check it out. http://zurvita.com/wellnessproducts .  You’ll be glad you did.

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Zeal For Life Challenge Weight Update..before and after

•March 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The big, bad Body Mass Index

•February 13, 2013 • 7 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I went to the doctor for my yearly physical. After the obligatory question and answer session along with a blood pressure test I received a perfunctory thumbs up and was sent on my way.  Everything was great until I received the print out which displayed my results, including my Body Mass Index.

It said 30.4%.

Holy rice cakes Batman, I’m obese!

Immediately my self-pride barrel-rolled into a fiery heap. I had worked so hard at the gym, I had been saying my prayers and taking my vitamins like any self-respecting Hulkamaniac would. But, according to the BMI I wasn’t just overweight. I was obese.

Where did I go wrong?

The Body Mass Index (BMI) was introduced early in the 19th century by a Belgian mathematician named Adolphe Jacques Quetelet. It is a calculation based on your height and weight and is used to determine how at-risk you are for obesity related illnesses. It was originally formulated in order to measure large populations of people so that governments would know how to better allocate resources. It uses the following formula:

(weight in pounds x 703) / (height in inches x height in inches) = BMI.

below 18.5 underweight

18.5-24.9 normal

25-29.9 overweight

30 and above: obese

Using the BMI formula a man who is 5’10” and weighs 180 pounds has a BMI of 25.8, which is overweight.

Needless to say, those results are ridiculous. And in defense of its creator, the BMI was never designed to be used to determine individual results. But modern medicine has determined just the opposite, which puts many people, including myself, in a constant battle.

The problem with the BMI index is this: it doesn’t measure body fat, bone density or waist size, which are all determining factors in weight. In fact, a person who has higher bone density or more muscle mass does not receive an accurate assessment of true fitness by using the BMI. A much better alternative is having your body fat measured, and there are a myriad of ways to do that. It provides a much more accurate picture of your overall health.

And of course a great place to start is with Zeal. Zeal provides you the foundation of massive vitamin infusion which provides the building blocks for overall wellness at the cellular level. I credit using Zeal along with a balanced diet and exercise as being the reason that I received such a great report. And you can too. Why are you waiting? Go to http://zurvita.com/wellnessproducts  to get started. You’ll be glad you did.

Zeal for life challenge…Hydrogenated hyperbole?

•December 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment

By now it is no secret that intentionally eating foods that contain hydrogenated oils is the dietary equivalent of standing in a lion’s den wearing a suit made of raw meat.

You’re probably not going to survive long.

Hyperbole is the intentional use of exaggeration to make a point

Prior to 1911 lard was the number one cooking fat used by the majority of americans. It contains both vitamin D and is a great source for palmitoleic acid. This essential fatty acid (EFA), research has discovered, helps to lower arterial plaque by helping to increase the good cholesterol in your blood. Ironically the incidence of heart disease was much lower than it is now.

In 1911 Proctor and Gamble introduced the first shortening made from hydrogenated vegetable oil. This changed the way that most people cooked.

A hydrogenated oil is created when a healthy oil is heated to an extremely hot temperature and then combined with a metal catalyst like nickel platinum or aluminum. Once this is done the oil can be stored at room temperature as a solid. It is also devoid vitamin D, EFA’s, PSA’s and ABC’s.

It is no wonder that the history of Proctor and Gamble is steeped in basic chemistry. It was formed by William Proctor (candle maker) and James Gamble (soap maker) in 1837. They supplied candles and soap to the US Army during the civil war. The fact that they were a candle maker and a soap maker is very important from a chemistry standpoint because there is little difference between oils, fats and waxes. The only difference between oil and a wax is their melting point.  As technology changed it was a very natural progression for P&G to go into a product they could easily and understandably assimilate for mass production.

Healthy cell walls allow nutrients in and simultaneously allow waste material to flow out. The cell walls are composed of essential fatty acids. Once cellular walls have been compromised by the presence of hydrogenated oils they’re useless. Waste doesn’t leave nor do nutrients enter, thus throwing off your body’s ability to be able to function properly. Heart disease and unregulated cell growth are but two vital examples of toxic imbalance that can be created by consuming foods rich in hydrogenated oils.

What foods contain hydrogenated oils? Most fast foods, processed foods and restaurant foods contain hydrogenated oils. And don’t think that organic food is absent of this dietary menace. Read the labels just to make sure.

Hyperbole?  When it comes down to hydrogenated oils I think not!  Stay away from this poison at all cost! Supply your body with a steady dosage of healthy essential fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6. A great place to start is http://zurvita.com/wellnessproducts. Don’t waste any more time. Do your body a favor and start today.

See you at the top!

Zeal for Life Challenge….OMG Omega 3’s!

•December 15, 2012 • 3 Comments

You see them everywhere. You hear about them too. So just what is the big deal
about Omega-3 fatty Acids?

To get a clearer understanding about what this wonderful compound is, we are going to have to go deep-sea diving for just a few moments. So strap on that mouthpiece, adjust those goggles and make sure your oxygen levels are in good shape.
Let’s go diving!

News flash! Our bodies are made up of cells. Along with that cellular structure comes an advanced and highly efficient transportation system. Think of it like a distribution center where every time your body needs something, the logistics office (your brain) sends a message to shipping and receiving (the nucleus) and the package (genetic code) is loaded up and shipped out.

Okay, it’s not that simple, but you get the idea.

In order for that transportation system to work properly it is vital that all roadways are free of debris. The more debris on the road the less efficient the transportation system is. Translated the debris keeping your roadways clogged is cholesterol (fat), calcium and other substances.

So, how do things like cholesterol and calcium get into your arterial walls anyway.

Let’s dive deeper.

Lipoproteins are amazing molecules in the body that help transport lipids (fats) and proteins around the body in the blood. Blood travels through the arteries. In your blood are high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and low-density lipoproteins (LDL). The more HDL you have is good as it absorbs more cholesterol from your blood, while LDL doesn’t absorb as much. Thus why HDL is considered “good cholesterol” and LDL is considered “bad cholesterol”.

Now, let’s start swimming back towards the surface.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could find something to lower the cholesterol content of your blood? We have that substance, and it’s called Omega-3 fatty acids. And because they are NOT naturally produced by the body they must be obtained from your diet.

You want more? Symptoms of Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency are fatigue, heart problems, depression, mood swings and poor circulation.

Do what I did and get on the Omega-3 bandwagon. Go to http://zurvita.com/wellnessproducts. There are over 50 mg of it here. It’s a great place to start. Trust me, I can already tell the difference. I have a ton more energy than I did before and, I know, it’s because of better blood flow.

Join the challenge today. You’ll be so much better for it.

See you at the top!

Zeal for Life Challenge….Read the label!

•December 11, 2012 • 1 Comment

Before I buy anything that I’m going to eat I voraciously read the nutritional contents on the packaging. And with the advent of cell phones I now take pictures of the back of food labels in case the manufacturer has decided to write using Greek SAT words. When I get home I break out my Greek SAT words decoder ring and all is made well.
I was not always this way though.

nutrition label
Before I committed to staying on the road to wellness I used to indulge in a wonderfully wicked baked fruit-like pie that belonged to a beloved institution of chemically created confections that has recently been forced to shut its doors. Yeah, I used to treat myself to the gooey goodness at least once per week until I read on the label that one of those pies contained over 450 calories.
Ay, Dios Mio!
Ever since that day I have turned into the guy standing in the aisle reading the back of the packaging trying to decipher just how much poison is in the food that they’re trying to sell me on that day.
Once I became fluent in nutrition factese my trips to the grocery store became exercises in comic relief. Why? Because food makers have to, by law, explain all the different ways they’re trying to kill you on the back of their products. I’d rather they just resort to the ubiquitous skull and cross-bones, but that wouldn’t do much for their profit margins I suppose.
Sometimes reading the nutrition labels is more boring than trying to read through an insurance policy. But this is your life, so I’d recommend that you too learn what to look out for. It’s not too difficult. Sites like http://www.fda.gov/food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/NFLPM/ucm274593.htm make deciphering the code as easy as pie, oops, I mean cake.
Once you understand what you’re reading, the rest is easy.
Here are my simple rules:
1. Stay away from products that have more than 3 ingredients that you can’t pronounce. If you can’t process them, odds are that your body can’t either.
2. If the first ingredient is High Fructose Corn Syrup, sugar, beet sugar, or any kind of sweetener, place product back on shelf and slowly exit the aisle. This doesn’t apply if you’re actually looking for sugar.
3. If the size of the print requires you to have to use a magnifying glass to read it, most likely the manufacturer doesn’t want you to know something.
Why not keep it simple? That’s what I do, and you should too. Try http://zurvita.com/wellnessproducts .  to join in the journey. It’s a great first step. You owe it to yourself. Start today.
See you at the top!

Zeal for life challenge……D3 is not a rap group

•December 7, 2012 • 1 Comment

“Here comes the sun, it’s alright.”

The Beatles

Here’s how one of my recent conversations about supplements went:

Them: Are you taking vitamin D?

Me: Yes.

Them: Good. How about D3?

Me: D3 (followed by a blank stare)?

Them: Yes, D3.

Me: (sheepishly) I’ve never heard of them before.

Them: Them?

Me: Yeah. Isn’t that the name of a rap group?

…………………………………laughter ensued for 5 minutes.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I didn’t know what vitamin D3 is. I do now, but well, not before. I have to admit, it was very funny seeing another grown adult barreled over with laughter at my expense. After an hour of therapy it didn’t even bother me anymore.

Well, not a lot.

The first thing you need to know about vitamin D3 is that it’s NOT a vitamin. Calling it a vitamin is like calling the space shuttle a mode of transportation. It’s so much more than that.

Because the body can produce this (by exposure to the ultraviolet light from sunlight and certain foods) it’s actually considered a hormone and not a vitamin. The benefit of D3 (not the rap group but the hormone) is an enhanced synthesizing of minerals in your body, stronger bones and better immune function. It has also been shown to be a great defense against depression.

Studies and modern science have shown this form of Vitamin D to be more effective in humans than other forms of vitamin D. So, for all of you gym rats, me being one, sometimes it’s good to get outside for a jog or a walk. Unless you have a sun allergy, make sure you get plenty of sunlight. Your skin and the rest of your body will love you for it.

Here’s a great place to start if you don’t feel like you’re getting a sufficient amount of D3. Go to http://zurvita.com/wellnessproducts. All of the work has already been done for you.

See you at the top!

 
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