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  • Winter is here...are your fluids?


    Dehydration (the loss of too much fluid from your body) does not occur just during hot summer days. It is very easy to become dehydrated during the winter months.  Factors such as cold dry air, wind chill, inadequate fluid intake, sweating, and even shivering all contribute to dehydration.


    Dehydration in winter is more common than in the summer; due to the fact that we are not as active, so we don’t find water as appealing as we do in hot weather.


    Remember that tea, coffee or soda containing caffeine, alcohol, certain vegetables (i.e. asparagus and parsley) will act as a diuretic by flushing water out of your system and contribute to dehydration. If you don’t need to use the bathroom for several hours it’s a sure sign you are running low on liquid. At the onset of thirst, an individual will already be 3% dehydrated, so don’t wait until you’re thirsty.


    Chronic dehydration can affect many parts of the body. Joints can become stiff and sore, skin becomes more wrinkled and thin, kidneys have trouble cleaning the blood and can even lead to constipation. Considering the fact that we tend to overeat during the holidays, dehydration and reduced bowel function becomes a significant threat to the colon as well as the overall health of the body.


    Physical and mental stamina can drop by 25 percent when the body is dehydrated by only 2 to 3 percent. Simple breathing can reduce bodily moisture in any season; the greater the physical exertion, the more moisture breathing takes from the body (think shoveling snow). In the cold, dehydration will occur even faster as the body converts stored energy to allow the body to stay warm. Regular metabolism uses up to 2 liters (approx. 8 glasses) of bodily fluid per day, and that number doubles in cold weather. Heaters also dry the air we breathe; the dry air acts as a sponge, which pulls the moisture from your lungs and skin.


    Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to dehydration. In fact, dehydration is a common reason for hospitalization for people over the age of 65. Some signs of dehydration include dry mouth, headaches, confusion, fatigue, muscle weakness, dry skin, sunken eyes, and of course thirst. In children, they become cranky, irritable and by the time they ask for a drink they are already 3% dehydrated. Since the body is 70 percent water, hydration is extremely important for proper functioning at the cellular level.


    Dr. Price’s Electrolyte Mix (Super Hydration Formula) for the winter months is as important or more important than summer hydration because it allows the body to hold onto the water stronger than the outside forces can pull it out. Maintaining hydration will also keep you looking and feeling great!


  • Vitamin C - Immune Support Formula



    The immune system is a collection of organs, cells and tissues that work together to protect your body from disease caused mostly by bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.


    Dr. Prices Vitamin C Immune Support Formula is designed to strengthen and support many factors of your complex immune system:


    Vitamin A- is the defensive line of the immune system. Vitamin A keeps viruses, infections and other germs from getting into our bodies.


    Vitamin C-  takes the offensive line against germs. Vitamin C boosts the immune system by boosting the cells that are responsible for killing germs in the body.


    Vitamin D- triggers and arms the body's cells that seek out and destroy any invading bacteria and viruses (T cells).


    Folic Acid- is essential for the production and maintenance of our cells especially, during rapid periods of growth.  Each of us is a collection of about 13 trillion cells, if our cells get sick we get sick. White blood cells do not live long so they are always in a rapid period of growth.


    Zinc- helps to boost the immune system by helping to manufacture infection-fighting white bloods cells. Zinc reduces the symptoms of colds and flu when given within 24 hours of the first signs of these illnesses. Zinc also lowers our chances of getting fevers, coughs and lowers the build up of mucus.


    Vitamin E- helps white blood cells multiply and mature to fight off infections and diseases.


    Vitamin B6- increases the white blood cell count in the body.


    Chromium- can enhance the ability of white blood cells to respond to infection.


    BCAA’s- (Branch Chain Amino Acids) are the building blocks necessary for the body to manufacture more complex proteins necessary for the cells of the immune system to have a rapid and complete response.


    This formula will help boost your immune system but there are other factors you can use to make it even more effective:


    *  A healthy diet

    *  Staying hydrated

    *  Getting plenty of rest

    *  Taking a good multiple vitamin mineral supplement

    *  Exercise.


    To help with a few of those areas try:


    *Dr. Price’s Electrolyte Mix (Super Hydration Formula) to keep hydrated.


    *Dr. Price’s Daily Power Vites (Daily Health Support Formula) to have a good foundation of vitamins and minerals.


    *Dr. Price’s 8 Hour Sleep (Rest and Sleep Support Formula) to get the most out of your sleep.


  • CoQ10 Antioxidant: Anti-aging and Anti-stress



    CoQ10, a vitamin-like nutrient, is naturally produced in the body and is a key element in energy production and antioxidant protection. Yet, most people have insufficient amounts of CoQ10.


    Low levels of B-vitamins and trace minerals needed for creating CoQ10 are one cause of low levels. Another cause is increased demand for CoQ10 to neutralize environmental toxins and free radicals generated during vigorous physical activity.


    Finally, levels of CoQ10 naturally fall as one ages and this may contribute to several chronic degenerative conditions.


    Heart Health 
    According to New York cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, M.D., a failing heart is an "energy-starved heart." Examination of heart muscle samples taken from patients with congestive heart failure revealed extremely low levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy-rich currency of cellular metabolism.


    Supplementation with CoQ10, a key factor in the production of ATP, in patients with end stage heart failure is vital.


    Other maladies of the heart that may benefit from CoQ10 supplementation are angina (heart cramp), arrhythmia (irregular beat), high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy (damaged heart muscle), mitral valve prolapse, preventricular contractions (PVC), and recovery from heart surgery. Doctors who practice complementary medicine often include CoQ10 supplementation to increase energy to the heart, along with standard medical therapy.


    Supplementing with CoQ10 
    Although foods such as broccoli, dark leafy greens, nuts, fish, shellfish, pork, chicken and beef, are good sources of CoQ10, it has been estimated they deliver only about 2 to 5 mg of CoQ10 daily, not enough to sustain adequate blood levels of CoQ10.




  • Antioxidants & Free Radicals


    Free radicals are organic molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases. These molecules are very unstable, therefore they look to bond with other molecules, destroying their health and further continuing the damaging process. Antioxidants, present in many foods, are molecules that prevent free radicals from harming healthy tissue.


    As we age the body makes less and less Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 is a substance that’s found naturally in the body and helps convert food into energy. CoQ10 is found in almost every cell in the body, and it is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants fight damaging particles in the body known as free radicals. Antioxidants, such as CoQ10, can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause. Some researchers believe that CoQ10 may help with heart-related conditions, because it can improve energy production in cells, prevent blood clot formation, and act as an antioxidant.


  • Vitamins and Minerals Help Maintain Your Health


    Vitamins are organic substances (made by plants and animals), minerals are inorganic elements that come from the earth; soil and water and are absorbed by plants.  People absorb vitamins and minerals from the food they eat.  Vitamins and minerals are nutrients that your body needs to grow and develop normally.


    Vitamins and minerals, play a unique role in maintaining your health.  For example Vitamin D helps your body absorb the amount of calcium (a mineral) it needs to form strong bones.  A deficiency in vitamin D can result in softening of the bones caused by the body's inability to absorb the mineral calcium.  The body cannot produce calcium; therefore, it must be absorbed through food or supplements.  Other minerals like chromium, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, and zinc are called trace minerals because you only need very small amounts of them each day.


    Supplements must be absorbed by the body and used in order for them to be beneficial.  As you age, your digestive system can become weaker which makes it tougher to digest and absorb supplements.  Our powders are not only made with the highest quality of ingredients but are formulated to be water soluble.  For this reason, when they are mixed with water, their "Bio Availability" is far more superior.  This results in a much easier digestive process and a far greater absorption.


  • Signs of an Electrolyte Imbalance


    Electrolytes really come into play during intense workouts, hot weather and athletic competition. When you sweat, your body releases electrolytes. During longer workouts, the electrolyte loss can be severe, causing reduced neuromuscular functioning. Often the first signal of a serious electrolyte imbalance is a headache or dizziness.


  • Dehydration and electrolytes

    The Importance of Hydrating Properly


    If the body has a lack of water it cannot easily dump toxins out of the liver, as it cannot do the process necessary to breakdown and eliminate the toxins. This lack of hydration can cause fatigue and irritability. The joints need a perfect balance of electrolytes and minerals to work properly. Lack of water causes an imbalance and a loss of electrolytes and minerals that should flow through the joints; this can cause inflammation, pain and arthritis. Cells in the skin need water and lack of it can cause dry skin, especially in the winter.


    Electrolytes and Minerals:  Exercise and Sweating


    Your body sweats to regulate its temperature.  You sweat when the body is warm and needs to cool off.  You sweat everyday and in all kinds of weather.  You even sweat sitting still.


    When you sweat you lose salt (sodium).  How do you know when to replace that salt?  If there is no visible sign of perspiration, adding salt is not necessary.  However, if you are exercising, sitting in a sauna, or performing even moderate physical activity, you will need to supplement your diet with salt, and drink water.


    Potassium is used to help regulate salt.  If you don’t have enough salt, the body must discard potassium to prevent an imbalance. Other electrolytes like calcium and magnesium in proper balance allow the cells and muscles to function properly when exerted.


    How Much and When? 


    So, how do you know how much to take when?  Simple.  Follow this formula:  (S)weat = (S)alt.   Take salt when you sweat (and drink water).  Take potassium to help regulate the salt and calcium and magnesium to allow for proper muscle function.


    What are the symptoms of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance?


    • Fatigue

    • Muscle weakness

    • Muscle spasms

    • Sluggishness

    • Headaches

    • Constipation/poor digestion

    • Dry skin

    • Dry mouth



  • Dr. Price's Sleep Tip


    Sleep is the time when the body fixes needed neurological and physical maintenance on itself. Sleep comes in the absence of “all important tasks.” If sleep is your task, you may be watching yourself to see if you are sleeping and then become frustrated and angry or worried that you are NOT sleeping. What it seems to boil down to, is that people have attention on the duty or task of going to sleep and staying asleep. Most people take this task very seriously and will do everything possible to accomplish it. As someone fails to accomplish their task, frustration, anger, disappointment and worry can set in. All these cause adrenaline to dump into the system. Adrenaline is the ANTI sleep hormone! Here are the solutions I have found that seem to help solve this issue:


    1. Dr. Price’s Sleep Vites is of course at the top of the list as they were specially formulated to assist the body in doing it’s job and helping you to achieve yours much easier!


    2. Make sure your body is well fed. Hunger causes adrenaline and as mentioned above, adrenaline doesn’t help get you to sleep.


    3. Do your best to cut off taking any “stimulant based” food or drink 6 hours before your normal bedtime (caffeine, chocolate, sugar, energy drinks, etc.)


    4. It is important to NOT approach sleep as a job or as a task. This will cause you to check to see if you are sleeping and/or cause stress and frustration if the task or job is not accomplished. This stress and/or frustration will cause adrenaline to dump into the system and adrenaline is the anti-sleep agent.


    5. When you are ready to sleep, merely take some Dr. Price’s Sleep Vites, get into a comfortable position and enjoy being comfortable. Now, JUST REST. If you are just enjoying being comfortable and RESTING, sleep will come. You won’t be wondering if you are asleep, rather you will be enjoying being comfortable and resting.


    6. If getting to sleep isn't your issue but staying asleep is, usually that is because your body needs something. Use the bathroom, get a drink of water, get a snack and then return to bed, get into your comfortable position and continue resting. Remember, sleep is a natural function of the body and it will occur. Resisting it or worrying about it usually doesn't help too much. Take some of the pressure off. Get comfortable and REST!


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