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PRO CYCLIST IRENA OSSOLA’S REJUVENATE SMOOTHIE

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HPDI’s sponsored women’s pro elite cyclist Irena Ossola is busy all summer racing, including multiple top 10 finishes at the Prairie State Cycling Series this week in the Chicago region. Irena raced in June with Team Cloud in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In May, she competed in the US Elite Pro Nationals in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Yet, Irena hasn’t been too busy to keep up her nutrition program, take HPDI foundational supplements, or make smoothies with Rejuvenate!™ superfoods. Just the opposite. Time spent competing in top-level races and traveling widely means keeping up intake of important nutrients for high performance.

This month Irena offers up a recipe for one of her favorite Rejuvenate! smoothies, and a few choice words about how she creates it.

As an elite athlete, Irena places great demands upon her body and mind that most people cannot too readily imagine. When HPDI began sponsoring her in March, it was because it was a good fit for her and us. Irena had already tried Rejuvenate! superfoods on her own finding they improved her recovery times. Rejuvenate! superfoods provide dietary nucleic acids (like RNA and DNA), which support optimal athletic performance, recovery, well-being, and health.

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Irena’s busy race schedule means greater needs for superior nutrition.

Indeed, Irena requires superior products supporting her nutritional needs as she requires super-nutrition for training and racing. In return, we get to test our advanced formulas on a working pro athlete whose performance and progress give us ideas about making our products and rejuvenation program better. And how best to incorporate our products into complete programs for athletic performance and improved results for athletes in all sports.

HPDI nutritional supplements Irena uses include: Multi Two Tabs (multivitamin), Ultimate Protector (Nrf2 activator formula), Myo-Mag (magnesium formula), Omega Plus (essential fatty acids formula), Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs, Rejuvenate Plus, and Rejuvenate! (original greens). That is, she incorporates both foundational supplements and other advanced HPDI formulas in a complete supplement program supporting her needs for optimal nutrition.

We at HPDI hope you enjoy Irena Ossola’s Rejuvenate! smoothie recipe. We encourage you to try it. Maybe you will improve your performance whether you cycle, run, swim, hike, walk, or just live life to its fullest!! Tell us how you like it!! ~

IRENA OSSOLA’S REJUVENATE SMOOTHIE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

• FROZEN FRUIT: Strawberries, Pineapple, Blueberries, and Raspberries and/or Blackberries (As Desired)

• BANANA (One Or Part) (Optional)

• COCONUT FLAKES (Dried, Unsweetened) (To Taste)

• GREENS: SPINACH AND/OR KALE Leaves (1–2 Handfulls)

• FLAX SEEDS: 1–2 Teaspoons (or 1 Scoop)

• CHIA SEEDS: 1–2 Teaspoons (or 1 Scoop)

• REJUVENATE!™ SUPERFOODS (PLUS, BERRIES & HERBS and/or Original): 1–2 Scoops

• EGG WHITE PROTEIN POWDER: 1-2 Scoops

• ALMOND MILK (UNSWEETENED) (As Desired)

• YOGURT (As Desired)

• ICE (As Desired)

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Then serve and enjoy!!

 IRENA TALKS ABOUT REJUVENATE SMOOTHIES

“As a full time athlete I train every day and sometimes multiple times a day. To keep in top form and fuel myself to sustain high energy and perform well, it is important that I maintain a healthy diet and provide my body with the proper recovery after every training session or race.

Whether or not you are an athlete in training, or using HPDI’s Rejuvenate! superfoods to feel better and fuel your body, my smoothie recipe combines the proper ingredients for your health and it tastes great!!

I mix in a combination of these ingredients (above) and adjust them to taste depending on availability of ingredients and desire for variety.

If the smoothie tastes too ‘green’ for you, then I suggest adding more banana as it will sweeten things.

If you like berries in your smoothies, yet also wish to reduce sugars, then try eliminating the banana.

I love adding protein powder to a smoothie. The protein adds a smoothness and lessens the icy texture from ice or frozen fruit. Chia seeds and flax seeds add a solid, filling consistency and they are really good for recovery.

I tend to use unsweetened almond milk (instead of milk or soy milk) because it usually has higher levels of protein and essential fats.”

IRENA’S REJUVENATE SMOOTHIE PICTURES

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Rejuvenate! superfoods are foundational elements of my nutrition program & Rejuvenate smoothies.

 

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Be creative with ingredients when you make Rejuvenate smoothies.

 

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Any blender will do. In seconds you’ll have my Rejuvenate! smoothie.

 

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Rejuvenate smoothie ready to drink!!

 

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Bearing down at Nationals Time Trial in Chattanooga, TN. I’m powered by Rejuvenate! superfoods.

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ULTIMATE PROTECTOR INGREDIENTS – GRAPE SEED EXTRACT

Dr. Hank Liers, PhDUltimate Protector contains grape seed extract and associated oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), as well as components from 29 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Each of these ingredients contain substances that may be considered to be polyphenols, antioxidants and Nrf2 activators. In this article I will explore the ingredient grape seed extract which is a component of VitaBerry®Plus from Futureceuticals.

During the last 24 years I have designed more than 20 products incorporating OPCs from whole grape and grape seed extracts. Some of these products include: Antioxidant FormulaDiabetes Support FormulaEye & Vision FormulaJoint Health FormulaChewable Kid’s Mighty-MultiHank & Brian’s Mighty Multi-vite!Mini MultiMulti TwoOPC-CPRO-CProlytRejuvenate! ProRejuvenate! Berries & Herbs, and Rejuvenate! Strawberry-Peach Protein Plus.

In 1993 I prepared an extensive review of OPCs including the sources of grape seed extract and pine bark extract. In this review article entitled Review of Scientific Research on Oligomeric Proanthcyanidins (OPC), I pointed out that grape seed extract consists of approximately 92% polyphenols, 32% monomers (flavan-3-ol), and 68% OPCs. OPCs consist of  catechins (referring to both catechins and epicatechins) that have the peculiar property of forming polymers with themselves. When the number of connected catechins is 10 or less they are called oligomers and thus the term used is “oligomeric proanthocyanidins.” When the number of connected catechins is more than 10 the term condensed tannins is generally used. The term proanthocyanidins comes about because when these materials are subjected to 10% hydrochloric acid and heated to boiling (this is what is termed the Bate-Smith test), they yield an anthocyanidin, with its intense red coloration, and a catechin.

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It has only been more recent that ORAC5.0 testing has shown that grape seed extract is one of the most powerful antioxidants known and provides excellent protection against all five of the free radical types tested for in the ORAC5.0 tests. The table shown below taken from my blog article entitled THE AMAZING HEALING POTENTIAL OF NATURAL NRF2 ACTIVATORS provides test data to support this statement.

Interestingly, we have observed that the natural plant substances with the highest ORAC5.0 values appear to be among the most effective Nrf2 activators. For example, see the table below. In particular, note that Curcumin (98%), Grape Seed Extract, Green Tea Extract, and Reservatrol which are commonly used for their excellent Nrf2 activator effects are the most powerful in-vitro antioxidants . Please note that Ultimate Protector is over 50% more powerful as an antioxidant than the best single plant ingredient.

TABLE 2: ORAC5.0™ COMPARATIVE RESULTS

Ingredient Peroxyl Radical Hydroxyl Radical Peroxy-nitrite Radical Super-
oxide Radical
Singlet O2 Radical Total ORAC5.0
Curcumin 98% 5,750 8,920 906 597 66,290 82,500
Bilberry 25% 7,000 25,000 1,000 16,000 5,000 54,000
Cocoa 10,000 28,000 1,000 11,000 2,000 52,000
Grape Seed Extract 17,000 47,000 1,000 25,000 4,000 94,000
Green Tea Extract 11,000 41,000 2,000 56,000 3,000 113,000
Coffee Berry Extract 5,000 29,000 1,000 1,000 2,000 38,000
Mangosteen 4,000 8,000 1,000 18,000 4,000 35,000
Pine Bark 7,000 23,000 1,000 17,000 2,000 50,000
Resveratrol 12,000 50,000 1,000 8,000 22,000 93,000
ULTIMATE PROTECTOR 6,300 5,900 2,500 106,000 52,000 173,000
Results are expressed in micro mole TE/g
From ORAC DATABASE (INCLUDING ORAC5.0 TEST RESULTS)

 

Below we provide information from several research articles that highlight some of the potential health effects of grape seed extract.

 

Procyanidins from Wild Grape (Vitis amurensis) Seeds Regulate ARE-Mediated Enzyme Expression via Nrf2 Coupled with p38 and PI3K/Akt Pathway in HepG2 Cells

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3269721/

Abstract

Procyanidins, polymers of flavan-3-ol units, have been reported to exhibit many beneficial health effects such as antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic effects. In this study, we investigated the cancer chemopreventive properties of procyanidins from wild grape (Vitis amurensis) seeds in particular their roles in inducing phase II detoxifying/antioxidant enzymes as well as in modulating the upstream kinases. Ethanolic extract of V. amurensis seeds was fractionated with a series of organic solvents and finally separated into six fractions, F1–F6. Chemical properties of the procyanidins were analyzed by vanillin assay, BuOH-HCl test, and depolymerization with phloroglucinol followed by LC/MS analysis. The F5 had the highest procyanidin content among all the fractions and strongly induced the reporter activity of antioxidant response element as well as the protein expression of nuclear factor E2-related factor (Nrf2) in HepG2 human hepatocarcinoma cells. The procyanidin-rich F5 also strongly induced the expression of the phase II detoxifying and antioxidant enzymes such as NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase1 and hemeoxygenase1. Phosphorylations of the upstream kinases such as MAPKs and PI3K/Akt were significantly increased by treatment with procyanidin fraction. In addition, the procyanidin-mediated Nrf2 expression was partly attenuated by PI3K inhibitor LY294002, and almost completely by p38 inhibitor SB202190, but neither by JNK inhibitor SP600125 nor by MEK1/2 inhibitor U0126. Taken together, the procyanidins from wild grape seeds could be used as a potential natural chemopreventive agent through Nrf2/ARE-mediated phase II detoxifying/antioxidant enzymes induction via p38 and PI3K/Akt pathway.

Keywords: wild grape seed, Vitis amurensis, procyanidin, chemoprevention, MAPKs, Nrf2, phase II detoxifying enzyme, antioxidant enzyme

 

Grape seed extract induces apoptotic death of human prostate carcinoma DU145 cells via caspases activation accompanied by dissipation of mitochondrial membrane potential and cytochrome c release.

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12419835

Carcinogenesis. 2002 Nov;23(11):1869-76, Agarwal C1, Singh RPAgarwal R.

Abstract

Grape seed extract (GSE), rich in the bioflavonoids commonly known as procyanidins, is one of the most commonly consumed dietary supplements in the United States because of its several health benefits. Epidemiological studies show that many prostate cancer (PCA) patients use herbal extracts as dietary supplements in addition to their prescription drugs. Accordingly, in recent years, we have focused our attention on assessing the efficacy of GSE against PCA. Our studies showed that GSE inhibits growth and induces apoptotic death of human PCA cells in culture and in nude mice. Here, we performed detailed studies to define the molecular mechanism of GSE-induced apoptosis in advanced human PCA DU145 cells. GSE treatment of cells at various doses (50-200 micro g/ml) for 12-72 h resulted in a moderate to strong apoptotic death in a dose- and time-dependent manner. In the studies assessing the apoptotic-signaling pathway induced by GSE, we observed an increase in cleaved fragments of caspases 3, 7 and 9 as well as PARP in GSE-treated cells after 48 and 72 h of treatment. Pre-treatment of cells with general caspases inhibitor, z-Val-Ala-Asp(OMe)-FMK or caspase 3-like proteases inhibitor [z-Asp(OMe)-Glu(OMe)-Val-Asp(OMe)-FMK], almost completely (approximately 90%) inhibited the GSE-induced apoptotic cell death. In a later case, GSE-induced caspase-3 activity was completely inhibited. Selective caspase 9 inhibitor [z-Leu-Glu(OMe)-His-Asp(OMe)-FMK] showed only partial inhibition of GSE-induced apoptosis whereas GSE-induced protease activity of caspase 9 was completely inhibited. Upstream of caspase cascade, GSE showed disappearance of mitochondrial membrane potential and an increase in cytochrome c release in cytosol. Together, these results suggest that GSE possibly causes mitochondrial damage leading to cytochrome c release in cytosol and activation of caspases resulting in PARP cleavage and execution of apoptotic death of human PCA DU145 cells. Furthermore, GSE-caused caspase 3-mediated apoptosis also involves other pathway(s) including caspase 9 activation.

 

Differential effect of grape seed extract against human non-small-cell lung cancer cells: the role of reactive oxygen species and apoptosis induction.

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23682782

Abstract

The present study examines grape seed extract (GSE) efficacy against a series of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines that differ in their Kras and p53 status to establish GSE potential as a cytotoxic agent against a wide range of lung cancer cells. GSE suppressed growth and induced apoptotic death in NSCLC cells irrespective of their k-Ras status, with more sensitivity toward H460 and H322 (wt k-Ras) than A549 and H1299 cells (mutated k-Ras). Mechanistic studies in A549 and H460 cells, selected, based on comparative efficacy of GSE at higher and lower doses, respectively, showed that apoptotic death involves cytochrome c release associated caspases 9 and 3 activation, and poly (ADP-ribosyl) polymerase cleavage, strong phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and JNK1/2, downregulation of cell survival proteins, and upregulated proapoptotic Bak expression. Importantly, GSE treatment caused a strong superoxide radical-associated oxidative stress, significantly decreased intracellular reduced glutathione levels, suggesting, for the first time, the involvement of GSE-caused oxidative stress in its apoptotic inducing activity in these cells. Because GSE is a widely-consumed dietary agent with no known untoward effects, our results support future studies to establish GSE efficacy and usefulness against NSCLC control.

Role of oxidative stress in cytotoxicity of grape seed extract in human bladder cancer cells.

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23831192

Food Chem Toxicol. 2013 Nov;61:187-95. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2013.06.039. Epub 2013 Jul 3. Raina K1, Tyagi AKumar DAgarwal RAgarwal C.

Abstract

In present study, we evaluated grape seed extract (GSE) efficacy against bladder cancer and associated mechanism in two different bladder cancercell lines T24 and HTB9. A significant inhibitory effect of GSE on cancer cell viability was observed, which was due to apoptotic cell death. Cell death events were preceded by vacuolar appearance in cytoplasm, which under electron microscopy was confirmed as swollen mitochondrial organelle and autophagosomes. Through detailed in vitro studies, we established that GSE generated oxidative stress that initiated an apoptotic response as indicated by the reversal of GSE-mediated apoptosis when the cells were pre-treated with antioxidants prior to GSE. However, parallel to a strong apoptotic cell death event, GSE also caused a pro-survival autophagic event as evidenced by tracking the dynamics of LC3-II within the cells. Since the pro-death apoptotic response was stronger than the pro-survival autophagy induction within the cells, cell eventually succumbed to cellular death after GSE exposure. Together, the findings in the present study are both novel and highly significant in establishing, for the first time, that GSE-mediated oxidative stress causes a strong programmed cell death in human bladder cancer cells, suggesting and advocating the effectiveness of this non-toxic agent against this deadly malignancy.

Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Target identification of grape seed extract in colorectal cancer using drug affinity responsive target stability (DARTS) technique: role of endoplasmic reticulum stress response proteins.

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24724981

Abstract

Various natural agents, including grape seed extract (GSE), have shown considerable chemopreventive and anti-cancer efficacy against different cancers in pre-clinical studies; however, their specific protein targets are largely unknown and thus, their clinical usefulness is marred by limited scientific evidences about their direct cellular targets. Accordingly, herein, employing, for the first time, the recently developed drug affinity responsive target stability (DARTS) technique, we aimed to profile the potential protein targets of GSE in human colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. Unlike other methods, which can cause chemical alteration of the drug components to allow for detection, this approach relies on the fact that a drug bound protein may become less susceptible to proteolysis and hence the enriched proteins can be detected by Mass Spectroscopy methods. Our results, utilizing the DARTS technique followed by examination of the spectral output by LC/MS and the MASCOT data, revealed that GSE targets endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response proteins resulting in overall down regulation of proteins involved in translation and that GSE also causes oxidative protein modifications, specifically on methionine amino acids residues on its protein targets. Corroborating these findings, mechanistic studies revealed that GSE indeed caused ER stress and strongly inhibited PI3k-Akt-mTOR pathway for its biological effects in CRC cells. Furthermore, bioenergetics studies indicated that GSE also interferes with glycolysis and mitochondrial metabolism in CRC cells. Together, the present study identifying GSE molecular targets in CRC cells, combined with its efficacy in vast pre-clinical CRC models, further supports its usefulness for CRC prevention and treatment.

 

Polyphenolics in grape seeds-biochemistry and functionality.

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14977436

J Med Food. 2003 Winter;6(4):291-9.

Abstract

Grape seeds are waste products of the winery and grape juice industry. These seeds contain lipid, protein, carbohydrates, and 5-8% polyphenols depending on the variety. Polyphenols in grape seeds are mainly flavonoids, including gallic acid, the monomeric flavan-3-ols catechin, epicatechin, gallocatechin, epigallocatechin, and epicatechin 3-O-gallate, and procyanidin dimers, trimers, and more highly polymerized procyanidins. Grape seed extract is known as a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from premature aging, disease, and decay. Grape seeds contains mainly phenols such as proanthocyanidins (oligomeric proanthocyanidins). Scientific studies have shown that the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins is 20 times greater than vitamin E and 50 times greater than vitamin C. Extensive research suggests that grape seed extract is beneficial in many areas of health because of its antioxidant effect to bond with collagen, promoting youthful skin, cell health, elasticity, and flexibility. Other studies have shown that proanthocyanidins help to protect the body from sun damage, to improve vision, to improve flexibility in joints, arteries, and body tissues such as the heart, and to improve blood circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries, and veins. The most abundant phenolic compounds isolated from grapeseed are catechins, epicatechin, procyanidin, and some dimers and trimers.

 

Anti-tumor-promoting activity of a polyphenolic fraction isolated from grape seeds in the mouse skin two-stage initiation-promotion protocol and identification of procyanidin B5-3′-gallate as the most effective antioxidant constituent.

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10469619

Abstract

Procyanidins present in grape seeds are known to exert anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and anti-allergic activities, prevent skin aging, scavenge oxygen free radicals and inhibit UV radiation-induced peroxidation activity. Since most of these events are associated with the tumor promotion stage of carcinogenesis, these studies suggest that grape seed polyphenols and the procyanidins present therein could be anticarcinogenic and/or anti-tumor-promoting agents. Therefore, we assessed the anti-tumor-promoting effect of a polyphenolic fraction isolated from grape seeds (GSP) employing the 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-initiated and 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate (TPA)-promoted SENCAR mouse skin two-stage carcinogenesis protocol as a model system. Following tumor initiation with DMBA, topical application of GSP at doses of 0.5 and 1.5 mg/mouse/application to the dorsal initiated mouse skin resulted in a highly significant inhibition of TPA tumor promotion. The observed anti-tumor-promoting effects of GSP were dose dependent and were evident in terms of a reduction in tumor incidence (35 and 60% inhibition), tumor multiplicity (61 and 83% inhibition) and tumor volume (67 and 87% inhibition) at both 0.5 and 1.5 mg GSP, respectively. Based on these results, we directed our efforts to separate and identify the individual polyphenols present in GSP and assess their antioxidant activity in terms of inhibition of epidermal lipid peroxidation. Employing HPLC followed by comparison with authentic standards for retention times in HPLC profiles, physiochemical properties and spectral analysis, nine individual polyphenols were identified as catechin, epicatechin, procyanidins B1-B5 and C1 and procyanidin B5-3′-gallate. Five of these individual polyphenols with evident structural differences, namely catechin, procyanidin B2, procyanidin B5, procyanidin C1 and procyanidin B5-3′-gallate, were assessed for antioxidant activity. All of them significantly inhibited epidermal lipid peroxidation, albeit to different levels. A structure-activity relationship study showed that with an increase in the degree of polymerization in polyphenol structure, the inhibitory potential towards lipid peroxidation increased. In addition, the position of linkage between inter-flavan units also influences lipid peroxidation activity; procyanidin isomers with a 4-6 linkage showed stronger inhibitory activity than isomers with a 4-8 linkage. A sharp increase in the inhibition of epidermal lipid peroxidation was also evident when a gallate group was linked at the 3′-hydroxy position of a procyanidin dimer. Procyanidin B5-3′-gallate showed the most potent antioxidant activity with an IC(50) of 20 microM in an epidermal lipid peroxidation assay. Taken together, for the first time these results show that grape seed polyphenols possess high anti-tumor-promoting activity due to the strong antioxidant effect of procyanidins present therein. In summary, grape seed polyphenols in general, and procyanidin B5-3′-gallate in particular, should be studied in more detail to be developed as cancer chemopreventive and/or anticarcinogenic agents.

 

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SUMMARY

Grape Seed Extract (GSE) is an exciting natural ingredient full of important polyphenols, antioxidants and Nrf2 activators that help to make Ultimate Protector such an outstanding nutritional supplement. This ingredient has been used extensively in nutritional supplement formulations for almost 25 years now. Continued research shows an amazing list of health benefits for this substance including its ability to function as a powerful stimulator of Nrf2 activity. It truly belongs in the Ultimate Protector™ formula.

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IN THE KITCHEN WITH DR. HANK LIERS

Dr. Hank Liers, PhD in the kitchen hpdiI love spending time in the kitchen coming up with new recipes that optimize nutrition and taste good. One of my favorite ways of getting excellent nutrition into myself and my family is through the preparation of exotic egg dishes. Although I enjoy eggs by themselves, I much prefer to prepare combinations of eggs with vegetables.

Whenever possible I use vegetables grown in my garden with the use of rock dust, worm castings, compost, and special fertilizers. Please see my blog post entitled “Gardening for Super Health” to learn more about my gardening methods!

Recently I prepared an exotic egg dish and shared it with Bob, our webmaster. Bob also loves to prepare and consume high-quality foods and commented that he would surely go to any restaurant that would prepare a dish such as this. He suggested that our blog readers would enjoy it as well. So here it is!!

HANK’S EXOTIC EGG DISH

INGREDIENTS

1) Organic greens from the garden including red kale, lacinato kale, cabbage leaves, broccoli leaves, beet greens, and parsley.

2) Onion (organic)

3) Yellow zucchini (organic)

4) Tomato (organic)

5) egg plant (organic)

6) Green peppers (organic)

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Delicious, fresh organic ingredients in the kitchen from the chef’s own garden!

7) Spinach (organic)

8) 7 organically grown eggs (from local farmer ideally)

9) 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil

10) 1 tablespoon of organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

11) Spices including garlic, black pepper, turmeric powder, and sea salt

12) Optional – turkey bacon, shiitake mushrooms, butter.

HOW TO PROCESS IN THE KITCHEN

1) Begin by cutting items 1–6 into bite size pieces

2) Put coconut oil into a 10–12″ skillet (I prefer salad master cookware) and heat with low-medium setting.

3) Add the cut vegetables and cook until partially done (not too much!) and add the spices in amounts that please your taste buds.

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Ahh! The smell of all of this organic goodness cooking might attract the neighbors!

4) Then add a good amount of spinach on top (I use 1/2 bag of Trader Joe’s spinach) (about 3 ounces).

5) Now crack open the eggs and add them on top of the spinach. Put the skillet top on and increase the heat just a bit.

6) When the egg albumin begins to turn white, use a spatchler to break up all of the egg yolks and thoroughly mix them into the vegetables.

7) Put the cover back on and continue to cook – mixing occasionally until the consistency is firm, but not overdone.

8) Remove from heat and sprinkle the olive oil on top and gently blend into the dish.

SERVE AND EAT!!!

Hank's Delicious Egg-Citement! kitchen

Serve and enjoy! Be sure to invite your webmaster if you have one!

REJUVENATE RECIPES

As you might guess, I am a big consumer of our Rejuvenate! products and equally creative in the kitchen when looking for new ways to enjoy them.  Here are a few of my recent concoctions using Rejuvenate! superfoods.

1) PEACHES WITH REJUVENATE! BERRIES & HERBS AND KNUDSEN ‘Just Aronia’ and ‘Just Concord Grape’ Juices

I recently picked several hundred organic peaches from my super productive peach tree. I took a few peaches (2–4) and sliced them into a bowl. I then sprinkled 2 scoops of Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs on top of the peaches. I added about an ounce or two of Knudsen’s ‘Just Aronia’ and ‘Just Concord’ juices and mixed everything with a spoon. You could use any of the other Knudsen Just Fruit juices (cranberry, pomegranate, blueberry, tart cherry, etc.) Then I enjoyed this tasty, highly nutritious treat!! :=))

2) REJUVENATE! BLEND WITH MIXED JUICES

This week I put about 1 oz each of ‘Just Aronia’ and ‘Just Concord’ grape juice in a quart jar along with 1 oz of Santa Cruz Organic Lemon juice. To this I added 2 scoops of Original Rejuvenate!, 2 scoops of Rejuvenate Plus, and 1 scoop of Berries and Herbs. I added enough water from my water ionizer to fill the jar, put on the cap and shook vigorously. This was a good portion of my food intake for the afternoon and evening.

3) REJUVENATE! DRINK FOR MY GRANDSON

In a one-half-quart jar, I add 2 oz of organic unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop of Rejuvenate Plus, 1 scoop of Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs, the contents of a PRO-C capsule, the contents of a Multi Two (multivitamin) capsule, a little chipped ice, and enough ionized water to fill the jar. I cap the jar and shake it vigorously. My 6-year-old grandson Olin happily drinks this super-nutritious concoction with a straw! He drinks about three of these drinks daily – lucky guy!!!

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My grandson Olin raises his glass to cold Rejuvenate! drinks in summer.

 

 

 

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DEATH BY ONE (OR TWO) THOUSAND CUTS

Fred Liers PhD avoidance toxins thousand cutsI’m not too much of an alarmist. Or a sensationalist.

But lately I’ve been thinking about how to build optimal health. I’ve written and edited a series of articles about Rejuvenation, including the topics of detoxification and avoidance of toxins. I’ve  also blogged on liver and kidney detoxification, intestinal cleansing, and juicing for health.

I agree with individuals (nutritionists, herbalists, and others) who say, “the strongest defense is a good offense.” Meaning that when you start implementing many healthy practices, they tend to build health in ways that mere avoidance cannot. For example, when you combine regular juicing with a great diet, exercise, nutritional supplements, and a powerfully positive outlook.

However, today I’m thinking about avoidance. About defense. About how difficult it can be for many people to avoid the very things in their environments that undermine health.

Knowing what things to avoid is a matter of education. But it’s also about vigilance, establishing healthy routines, and developing a mental filter that emphasizes “natural” thereby supporting a systematic system of avoidance that centers on natural living.

Toxins are everywhere avoidance

Preventing exposures to toxins is one key to optimal health.

AVOIDANCE IS PREVENTION

One might well ask why avoidance is so necessary. It’s probably the least enjoyable and most difficult aspect of creating optimal health. It’s not even fun to talk or write about. Because who wants to spend their time thinking about things to avoid?

It’s obvious that avoiding toxic pesticides is desirable. But it’s not so much fun asking your neighbor not to spray 2,4-D on her lawn. Or finding out which ingredients in snacks at your child’s school or camp are genetically modified (GMO). Yet, these are often very essential things.

NOT UNLIKE YOUR CAR

Another way to view avoidance is to take the analogy of your body as a automobile. You routinely spend time taking care of it, changing the oil and other fluids, rotating the tires, etc. You never wait until the oil is degraded, the tires go bald, or the timing belt is about to break before taking the actions necessary to keep your vehicle in good operational order.

But then you find yourself facing bad roads, potholes, extreme temperatures, bad weather, and other challenges. Some challenges are expected and that’s part of the reason you take good care of it. The conditions of the road are rarely under your control even if you can select your route. But that doesn’t mean you drive recklessly or pretend real dangers don’t exist. They do. And once your car lies stuck in a ditch, it’s much harder to get it out than simply preventing it from going there in the first place.

Keeping your car out of the ditch is the essence of avoidance. Because just preventing your vehicle from getting stuck in a ditch gives you far more options for taking evasive actions. Most of which will help keep your vehicle operational.

Avoidance of toxins is prevention. It’s taking care to ensure your “vehicle” (i.e., body) is kept as clean and pure as possible in a toxic world. It’s defensive driving at its finest.

 DEATH BY A THOUSAND TOXINS?

The title of my article may sound extreme. But what’s more extreme is the actual situation we face in our toxin-laden, industrial civilization. The truth is that there are toxins prevalent in our air, water, soil, homes, and in foods that make it nearly impossible not to have a significant level of exposure and contamination.

The toxins I’m talking about include everything from pesticides and GMOs to heavy metals, VOCs, plastics and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, halogens like fluoride and chlorine, as well as toxin-laden household and personal products.

There are many reasons why we face toxic exposures not just daily, but continuously. And that’s the problem. Each toxin we face may be mildly harmful, dangerous, or even deadly by itself (especially in large quantities or when a person is acutely exposed).

But when the effects of these toxins are considered together, they act synergistically in ways that can be complex and not always easily measured by studies that focus solely upon one of them.

That’s a problem with traditional toxicity studies. A particular chemical may exhibit moderately toxic effects, but when combined with one or more other toxins may result in a “cocktail” that is many times more toxic than (would ever be guessed by looking at the data for) any one of them. Moreover, when toxins combine in such mixtures, they interact in unexpected and unpredictable ways. Mixtures can exhibit exceptionally adverse effects.

Furthermore, toxic substances affect different individuals in different ways (depending on things like biochemical individuality, genetic predisposition, previous exposures, and even blood type).

For example, it is now known that contaminants (e.g., endocrine disrupting chemicals) interact with genes in ways that traditional scientific analytical methods used to assess toxicity did not acknowledge. These interactions can occur even at extremely low levels.

While toxins harm everyone, unborn children as especially at risk. That is, exposures in the womb can set in motion health conditions that will play out over the course of a lifetime.

One thing is certain: our bodies are under assault. In fact, studies show the blood of the average person (including babies) contains hundreds of synthetic chemicals, including hormone disruptors like bisphenol A (BPA).

The effects of exposure to the many toxins prevalent in our homes and offices, as well as in the air, water, and soil are not always cumulative effects resulting in death, as they are overall reductions health, vitality, and wellness.

Adverse effects may include weakened immunity, toxicity in the body, reduced capacity to detoxify, allergic responses, nutrient deficiencies (e.g., due to increased requirements for nutrition), and other health-harming effects.

SELF RESPONSIBILITY – BECAUSE NO ONE WILL DO IT FOR YOU

One of the foundational elements in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program is “self responsibility.” That is, if you really want to become healthy, then you must take it upon yourself do whatever it takes to become healthy. That means focusing on what creates health. And that almost always means “natural.”

Self-responsibility doesn’t mean you don’t learn from others (of course, you will!!), but it means self-reliance in the sense of discovering the truth about what works best for you. Again, that will almost always mean “natural.”

TOXINS, TOXINS EVERYWHERE

Just one US state has passed anything resembling comprehensive legislation regarding toxic chemicals, for example. That law is California’s Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act). It covers about 800 chemicals and substances known to the state to cause certain types of harm (cancer, reproductive health issues, etc). There are plenty of things it doesn’t cover (like GMOs). Other states and the Federal government should follow the lead of California, and go even further with the intent to protect consumer health.

The failure of the federal government to go beyond banning or reducing “acceptable” levels of specific substances (think asbestos or leaded gasoline) to pass comprehensive legislation with respect to toxics underscores the reason taking responsibility for your health is the only choice when it comes to protecting yourself and your family from the onslaught of environmental poisons we face every day.

For the most part, governments and corporations are simply not looking out for your health. Things are changing for the better (in many instances), but there is a long way to go.

For example, experts guess that there are approximately 50,000–80,000 unregulated chemicals in the United States. Many have been in use for decades with no safety testing. In recent years, there has been increased discussion about comprehensive testing for toxicity, yet only about 300 have been tested. And just a handful restricted for use as a result of testing. It has been noted that higher standards in Canada and Europe show about 10–30% of US chemicals require a stricter level of control. That adds up to at least 5,000–10,000 chemicals requiring restrictions (or bans) on their use.

…AND WEAK LAWS FAIL TO PROTECT US

A major problem is that US Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) has little power to regulate toxic chemicals. Most of the chemicals that were already in use at the time were considered “safe.” Under that law, a chemical must be proven to be harmful in order to restrict its use instead of needing to be proven safe. Essentially, if there is no requirement for testing, then chemicals cannot be proven unsafe. Certainly, chemicals once presumed “safe” should be tested, and their use restricted if testing shows them to be unsafe.

Lawmakers agree TSCA is ripe for reform and negotiations are ongoing in the US Senate and House of Representatives. A major problem is that attempts to enact stringent “safe chemical” laws face strong opposition from the chemical industry both at federal and state levels. This results in compromise bills that appear to improve safety, but in many ways are weakened to such a degree as to render them ineffective for the purposes of significantly protecting health.

Environmental advocates point to the difficulties in revising US chemicals policy at the federal and state levels as indicative of competing interests hindering the process of developing and enacting comprehensive chemicals policy reform. At the state level, environmental groups see revisions to the California Green Chemistry Initiative (CGCI) as eliminating and weakening important provisions that would make the law effective for regulating toxic substances.

Avoidance of toxins would be easier if our laws did not permit a wide range of toxic chemicals to be used without proper regulation.

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Genetically modified foods (GMOs) (soybeans above) are the most heavily sprayed of food crops.

(THESE ARE) A FEW OF THE MOST TOXIC THINGS

Toxins to which we are routinely exposure abound and surround us daily. (That sounds alarmist, and perhaps it is!!). It almost seems like a conspiracy (and perhaps that’s true, too!).

What I mean is that when one looks around and examines the toxins to which we are exposed routinely, it begins to appear that we are being poisoned intentionally. I don’t mean to suggest that someone decided we all needed a certain amount of poison daily (not unlike King Mithridates intentionally exposing himself to poisons in order to immunize himself from them in A.E. Houseman’s poem “A Shropshire Lad”).

Instead, it appears that high-level decisions made in the past (and some in the recent past) based on then-current knowledge (or no knowledge) have not been reviewed in the wake of newer, more current knowledge. That is shameful, harmful, and unnecessary. We thereby are exposed to toxic substances known to cause harm and in mixtures magnifying adverse effects in unexpected ways.

Here is a partial list of toxic substances to which routinely we are exposed:

• GMO foods and seeds (e.g., soybeans, corn, canola)

• Pesticides

• Herbicides (including RoundUp and 2,4-D)

• Fluoride (toxin halogen)

• Chorine (another toxic halogen)

• Bromine (halogen used in brominated flame retardants and certain foods)

Pthalates (plastic softeners used in vinyl, cosmetics, and thousands of other applications)

Plastics (endocrine disruptors) (especially avoid consuming foods or liquids from plastic or plastic-lined containers)

• Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame / Nutrasweet, Splenda / Sucralose, Saccharin)

• Brominated Vegetable Oils (BVO)

• Household Chemicals (containing too many toxins to list individually)

• Lawn and Garden Chemicals

• Fracking Chemicals (typically not required to be disclosed)

• Food Additives (including artificial colorings, flavoring, and preservatives)

• Toxic Foods. A list of toxic “foods” may differ depending on individuals’ sensitivities, but for many people these are commonly toxic: wheat and/or wheat gluten, high fructose corn syrup, soy foods, etc. There are a few recent instances where harmful “foods” or ingredients have been banned (think partially hydrogenated oils), typically years after scientific studies indicated their toxicity.

• Endocrine Disruptors: A major health hazard is consuming foods or liquids from plastic or plastic-lined containers. Everyone knows about the dangers of bisphenol A, but that is just one of many of ingredients in plastics and resins exhibiting hormone mimicking effects in the body. In fact, endocrine disruptors are everywhere in our environment.

We are routinely exposed to endocrine disruptors not only because of the ubiquity of plastics, but also because many other substances (pesticides, heavy metals, phthalates, perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) (e.g., in non-stick cookware) disrupt endocrine function. This is just one of 800-pound gorillas sitting in the room. Science has shown the dangers of endocrine disruptors, but minimal efforts have been implemented to act upon this knowledge.

Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, et al. is a tour de force examination of the scientific studies proving the adverse effects of endocrine disruptors. Lindsey Berkson’s Hormone Deception offers practical steps you can take to protect yourself from them endocrine disruptors.

• Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs). As the world becomes ever more wired, studies are conclusively showing the adverse health effects of electromagnetic fields on human health. This topic is large enough to be subject of a future blog article.

However, there are things you can do to reduce EMF exposure, including: limiting mobile-phone use and talk time, using a speaker phone or headset for extended conversations, keeping routers and hotspots far away from users, disconnecting networks when not in use, keeping bedrooms free from electronic devices (e.g., at night), and avoiding use of devices while they download large amounts of data.

You can test the field strength of computers, laptops, “smart meters,” and wireless devices using a TriField Meter (or similar). Many different types of devices exist for homes, offices, and mobile devices that are designed to counteract the adverse effects of EMFs. Consider trying one to reduce the adverse effects of EMFs.

TOTAL TOXIC LOAD

I re-emphasize that by themselves, any one of these substances may only be mildly toxic. But when you add them up and consider their combined effects (which better reflects the reality of the environments in which most people live), they are a major force adversely affecting health. They contribute to a lack of optimal well-being, dis-ease, reduced quality of life, shortened lifespan, and earlier than necessary decline (e.g., disability, dis-ease, dementia, death).

The lack of consideration regarding the total toxic load to which the average person is exposed from unregulated chemicals and GMOs to toxins in air, water, and soil is one of the travesties of our time. Future generations will probably look at the 20th- and early 21st-century as a dark age filled with ignorance with respect to the widespread use and distribution of substances harming health.

PRACTICAL STEPS FOR AVOIDANCE

There are several important steps you can take to avoid exposures to common toxins, and thereby reduce the total load on your body and detoxification organs.

• Consume Clean Foods and Water. This means eating 100% organic (or whenever possible), avoiding GMO foods, and usually shopping at natural foods stores or growing your own foods. It also means limiting processed foods, which are usually nutrient-depleted and filled with preservatives, additives, and fillers.

My list (above) includes many items you should avoid, but artificial sweeteners are absolutely to be avoided at all costs. This means no diet sodas containing aspartame and other artificial sweeteners (as if I needed to repeat this information). Stevia and certain sugar alcohols (polyols) like erythritol are healthier alternatives, if you must use a sweetener.

Water should always be filtered. Use an undersink, countertop, or whole-house filter or filtration system to remove/reduce chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, industrial contaminants, and other chemicals found in tap water.

Avoid plastic containers and cookware. Use glass, ceramic, stainless steel, or wood. Never use non-stick cookware. Avoid aluminum cookware.

• Clean Green. This means throwing out toxic household chemicals, including toxic cleansers and degreasers, tub and tile cleansers, glass cleaner, laundry detergents and fabric softeners (and chlorine bleach), kitchen and bathroom chemicals, etc. Replace these chemicals with natural substances baking soda, borax, vinegar, and lemon juice. In many instances, you can replace commercial products with natural products found in natural foods stores.

Read labels carefully. If you cannot pronounce an ingredient, it probably isn’t very natural and is most likely something to avoid.

• Take Care of your Body. Avoid toxic commercial personal care products. This includes most commercial soaps, shampoos and conditioners, toothpastes, deodorants, etc. Replace with non-t0xic equivalents found in natural foods stores or available online.

For example, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps offers personal care products that are much better than conventional commercial products. Uncle Harry’s Natural Products makes non-fluoridated toothpaste, organic toothpowders, and other natural products.

Use a shower-head filter, faucet filter, or whole-house filter to remove chlorine and other chemicals from shower and bath water.

• Home, Garden, and Garage. Throw out your pesticides and herbicides. Use natural alternatives like cedar oil (e.g., Red Texas Cedar), boric acid, diatomaceous earth, vinegar, or cayenne pepper (fresh, powder, or tincture). Weed by hand or use a weeder. Avoid gasoline fumes from mowers or leaf blowers. Instead use electric-powered tools and appliances.

Store paints, solvents, and automotive chemicals in minimal quantities and (as far as possible) away from where people and pets are likely to be exposed.

Place spa/pool water filters on garden hoses. A good spa/pool water filter will remove chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, and industrial contaminants from the water you use in your yard, garden, and for pets. It will help preserve the quality of your soil. I purchase PreFresh spa/pool filters by the case and these work nicely for all purposes. (Note: If you already have a whole house filter, you may not require additional filters attached to garden hoses. But it won’t hurt, either.)

• Think ‘Natural.’ While I’ve discussed foods, household cleaners, and personal products, I haven’t covered every conceivable instance where toxic exposure require avoidance. The key is to “think natural” and to apply a “natural” mindset toward every type of product, appliance, chemical, or item you purchase, use, or store. Ask questions like “Is this something potentially toxic?” and “Is it the most natural?”

Thinking “naturally” and applying a mental “filter” that emphasizes natural (e.g., versus untested, unregulated, synthetic chemicals) among the best means to help you to maintain the most natural lifestyle possible, and systematically avoid toxins. In fact, consciously “thinking natural” can help you more than almost any type of education (especially because most of us will never take a toxicology course) in keeping your life as natural as it can be.

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Avoid toxins in commercial household products by choosing natural alternatives.

AVOIDANCE WORKS

Avoidance works extremely well when properly implemented. Today there are so many toxins in our environment that just avoiding toxic foods, household products, lawn and garden chemicals, and personal care products can mean significantly greater health for you and your loved ones.

Simply substituting natural foods and natural substances (e.g., simple, non-toxic cleaners like baking soda and vinegar) can means big differences in how you (and your loved ones) feel, look, perform, and live.

Avoidance is just one part of the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. The Rejuvenation Program is comprised of a series of practices, protocols, supplements, and health-building elements that together are designed to help create and support optimal health, healing, and well-being.

I hope you find this information useful and applicable. Avoiding and removing toxic substances from your life is one of several important foundational practices upon which stronger health can be created and maintained.

 SOURCES & RESOURCES

Preventing Toxicity: Rejuvenation Program, Part Two

HPDI Rejuvenation Program

Chemical & Environmental Toxicity Syndrome (supplement schedule)

Foundational Supplements

Rejuvenate!™ Superfoods

Ultimate Protector (Nrf2 formula)

Dr. Hank Liers Original Formulas

HPDI Main Site

BOOKS & WEBSITES

Our Stolen Future

Our Stolen Future: Revisited 15 Years Later (video)

Hormone Deception

Home Safe Home

DIY Natural Household Cleaners

Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors (EWG)

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REJUVENATION PROGRAM PART TEN: YOGA

Fred Liers PhD yoga rejuvenation program part tenThe HPDI Rejuvenation Program provides practices, protocols, and recommendations proven effective over nearly three decades. It is a complete program to rejuvenate, regenerate, and boost vitality to body, mind, and spirit. It is especially helpful for those who want to restore health.

The program emphasizes establishing basic nutrition, foundational supplement formulas, and high-RNA Rejuvenate!™ superfoods and other sources of dietary nucleic acids. The program rests on six elements: 1) Attitude/Commitment, 2) Detoxification, 3) Preventing Toxicity, 4) Health Building Nutrition, 5) Building Powerful Immunity, and 6) Supporting Protocols.

The six foundational elements remain powerful individually, but act synergistically when combined to support optimal health. The results are greatly improved capabilities for your body to heal, regenerate, rejuvenate, and restore its vitality.

In Part Nine of the Rejuvenation Program, we discussed Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is an important supporting protocol in the Master Rejuvenation Program.

SUPPORTING PROTOCOLS FOR REJUVENATION

In this article, we present another supporting protocol in our Rejuvenation Program: the Yoga Program. The Yoga Program is an important protocol within our Rejuvenation Program that builds strength, increases flexibility, and enhances movement of blood, lymph, and energy throughout the body. It has been said that where there is stasis of blood, lymph, and energy there is illness. In this regard yoga joins our other supporting protocols that enhance cellular health throughout the body. In addition, yoga works to significantly reduce stress and enhance overall well being.

THE YOGA PROGRAM

Yoga refers to physical and mental disciplines and meditative practices that developed within the spiritual and philosophical traditions of ancient India. The topic of yoga is large and complex due to its relationships with these traditions. However, modern yoga derives from these traditional practices. Yoga in the West primarily is associated with “Hatha” yoga, including its asanas (poses) and pranayama (regulation of breath) both historically practiced by Hindu yogis to prepare for meditation.

There are many different styles or schools of yoga available for individuals interested in practicing it. Some are more vigorous than others. In addition, most yoga studios offer a variety of classes that can include gentle or restorative yoga, and levels from beginner to advanced.

While often viewed as solely as a form of physical exercise that can offer improved flexibility and useful for stress reduction, yoga actually provides many more benefits for body, mind, and spirit. In this sense, it can be seen as a holistic practice that integrates many aspects of being.

From the perspective of physical rejuvenation, benefits include increased circulation of blood and lymph, greater oxygenation of tissues, facilitation of detoxification processes, improved physical alignment and flexibility, reduction in stress chemicals, improved digestion and/or elimination, and support for cleansing of tissues and organs.

A FEW BENEFITS OF YOGA

– Stimulates Detoxification Processes
– Improved Lymph Flow (Supports Detoxification)
– Massage of Internal Organs (Supports Detoxification)
– Increased Respiratory Rate
– Improved Cardiovascular Function
– Better Gastrointestinal and Elimination Function
– Stronger Immunity
– Improved Sleep
– Reduced Blood Pressure
– Lower Pulse Rate
– Increased Energy Levels
– Better Posture and Alignment
– Higher Pain Tolerance
– Greater Strength
– Improved Balance
– Stress Reduction
– Improved Mood
– Promotes Relaxation
– Greater Mind-Body-Spirit Connection
– Ideal Adjunct to Meditative Practices

This list of benefits is partial, meaning that benefits a person can gain not only include most of these benefits, but also many others depending on individual needs and how a practice is customized to meet them. In addition, many long-term practitioners of yoga find that the benefits continue to accrue over time. For example, physical conditions, mental or emotional states, and even spiritual connectedness can be significantly improved through regular practice.

As a practitioner of yoga for over a decade, I can personally attest to the capacity of yoga for supporting a lifestyle that promotes health, harmony, peace, acceptance, non-attachment, healing, and rejuvenation. I have gained nearly every benefit in the list above and many more. I have also noticed a greater opening to hidden dimensions of life, as well as increased overall contentment under all circumstances.

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YOGA FOR REJUVENATION

Yoga is an ideal activity for rejuvenation, regeneration, and restoration. Beyond the benefits of regular practice by itself, yoga also is an excellent adjunct to both other forms of exercise (e.g., walking, hiking, biking, running, swimming, weight-bearing exercise, group sports, tai chi, etc.). This is not only because few types of exercise improve flexibility and range of motion to the same degree as yoga, but also because it adds additional dimensions (improved functional capacity, relaxation, & meditative elements) that complement other forms of exercise.

In fact, yoga might be considered one the most complete or “total” types of practices because it can offer both effective physical exercise and elements of relaxation that promote connection between body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

For purposes of rejuvenation, yoga also offers unique benefits, especially when combined with other elements and supporting protocols in our Rejuvenation Program. Here are benefits of yoga  specifically relating to rejuvenation (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual):

Circulation of Blood. Blood circulation brings life-sustaining oxygen and nutrients to cells. Just as importantly, it removes wastes/toxins and prevents stasis. This helps to move toxins to elimination channels and to counteract and prevent blockages or accumulation of toxins. Improved circulation itself is rejuvenating to the body.

Movement of Lymph. Whereas the heart can circulate blood, the lymphatic system has no central pump. The body must move for lymph to flow properly. Lymph is part of the circulatory system, removes toxins, and serves as a medium between the blood and cells. It is also an integral part of the immune system. Lymph can be moved by the practice of deep breathing (e.g., via pranayama or yogic breathing), but the combination of physical movement with breathing found in yoga is an ideal way to move it.

Organ Massage. Yoga effectively provides a massage to organs in the body, including the organs of detoxification (e.g., liver, gallbladder, kidneys, bladder, etc.). This serves to support optimal organ function, and therefore support and maintain their detoxification functions.

Better Alignment. Our bodies (especially our skeletal structures) are subject not only to the forces of gravity, but also to misalignments resulting from poor posture, work habits, sedentary living, insufficient movement, overuse  or misuse, or activities that actively or passively lead to misalignment. Yoga tends to realign our body structures naturally through stretching and poses that bring these structures into balance.

During a time when many individuals spend extended periods in front of a computer screen (and/or behind a driver’s wheel) holding less than natural positions, yoga is an effective means to realign the body and to help reestablish the natural posture that is necessary to maintain good health.

Gastrointestinal Function. Yoga is known to improve digestion and intestinal function and therefore can support better nutrition. The proper processing and assimilation of nutrients is critical for processes of energy production, detoxification (by supporting energy production and providing nutrients required by detoxification organs), and rejuvenation.

Improved Elimination. Properly functioning elimination channels are critical to detoxification and rejuvenation. The movements involved in yoga support and facilitate elimination of wastes that carry toxins from the body. As toxins are mobilized, captured/sequestered, and then removed, body functions improve, resulting is rejuvenation and healing. When elimination functions are compromised, toxins can accumulate to adversely affect health.

Improved Metabolism. Proper and balanced metabolism is critical for detoxification and rejuvenation. When metabolism is compromised, the body may not effectively remove toxins or may develop problems related to gastrointestinal or elimination functions. Yoga improves metabolism and helps it to remain in balance.

Greater Energy. Yoga promotes improved levels of energy and better flow of energy in the body. As noted, energy is required for processes of detoxification, but also for assimilation of nutrients, and overall body function. With greater energy comes greater functional capacity and often an improved attitude and outlook.

Stress Reduction & Positive Mood. Numerous studies indicate yoga helps reduce stress and improves outlook. This partly relates to the fact that yoga, like other forms of aerobic exercise, reduces stress chemicals, and naturally produces endorphins and other substances that reduce pain and boost mood. However, other benefits like greater energy, better alignment, and improved elimination not only contribute to stress reduction and positive mood, but also create a more balanced mental and emotional state less prone to stress. The cumulative benefits prevent the body-mind from overreacting to external stressors, thereby preserving a balanced state of mind.

Mind-Body-Spirit Connection. This perhaps is the most important benefit of yoga. Few other forms of exercise provide a connection between the body, mind, and spirit. Breath is typically matched with movement in ways that bring calm, peace, and integration. In addition, many forms of yoga end with the practice of “shivasana” (either lying down or sitting) for the purpose of relaxation. This practice is intended to unite body, mind, and spirit.

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YOGA IS A POWERFUL SUPPORTING PROTOCOL

Whether you are young, middle-aged or older, practicing yoga brings many benefits, including supporting rejuvenation. It fact, yoga may surprise you with what it provides in terms of creating overall health and well being. Few exercises are as rejuvenating, tonifying, and relaxing for the entire body.

Certain of my friends feel invigorated from a power yoga class while others gain relief from restorative yoga classes. There is a yoga style to suit every need. Typically, a home practice may be supplemented with classes at a studio, and vice versa.

It’s easy to see how yoga can become a way of life. However,  practicing just once or twice per week will bring noticeable positive changes into your life. We include the practice of yoga as one of our supporting protocols because we know how powerful it can be as modality for improving and maintaining health. Over the years we have been extremely fortunate to experience and witness for ourselves the rejuvenating effects yoga confers on everyone who practices it.

SUPPORTING PROTOCOLS ARE NECESSARY FOR SUCCESSFUL REJUVENATION

Supporting protocols are a major part of HPDI’s Rejuvenation Program. These protocols work together powerfully with the other foundational elements of the Rejuvenation Program to create health. Indeed, they often work directly to detoxify, prevent toxicity, boost immune function, leverage the benefits of a solid nutrition program, and build vitality.

You may not always be able to follow all supporting protocols in our Rejuvenation Program, yet the more you can do, the better. Because each supporting protocol supports the body in a different way, the cumulative effect is to create favorable conditions in the body that support, build, and maintain great health, naturally.

When you combine the supporting protocols with the other primary elements in the Rejuvenation Program, the results speaks for themselves: rejuvenation, regeneration, healing, and health. We hope you benefit from our recommendations.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

REJUVENATION PROGRAM SERIES

Rejuvenation Program Part Nine: Acupuncture. Supporting Protocols Part Four – Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Rejuvenation Program Part Eight: Massage. Supporting Protocols Part Three – The Massage Program.

Rejuvenation Program Part Seven. Supporting Protocols Part Two – The Magnesium Chloride Program

Rejuvenation Program Part Six. Supporting Protocols Part One (garlic, hydrotherapy, and sauna therapy programs).

Rejuvenation Program Part Five. Beyond foundational supplements. Seven enhancement supplements that supercharge your health. CoenzymeQ10 and/or Ubiquinol, Myo-Mag, Hepa Plus, Nascent Iodine, Echinacea, Immune-Assist™.

Rejuvenation Program Part Four. The role of foundational supplements (multivitamin, Vitamin C / antioxidant formula, Rejuvenate!™ superfoods) for health.

Rejuvenation Program Part Three. Health building nutrition and the role of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA, nucleosides, and nucleotides).

Rejuvenation Program Part Two. Foundational elements in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program: 1) Attitude/Commitment, 2) Detoxification, 3) Preventing Toxicity, 4) Health Building Nutrition, 5) Building Powerful Immunity, and 6) Supporting Protocols.

Rejuvenation Program Part One. Introducing the HPDI Master Rejuvenation Program and its foundational elements. The importance of Attitude/Commitment.