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July 12, 2017

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Thru Hiking: Not for the Faint of Heart

Andrew HitchcockEach morning you look out the window and see the sun rise against the Rocky Mountains. You can hear them calling you, something about being in nature always does. But you want to do more than drive through it, or park in a crowded campsite. You want to walk and see some of the most beautiful spots in Colorado... in the U.S.. You want to immerse yourself in the pine trees and aspens for days, weeks, months. You want to set out on a thru hike.

Whether you are hiking the Colorado Trail or the Continental Divide Trail, here are a few tips to prepare you for the hike.

Be Physically Prepared

There is no easy way to put this: a thru hike is going to take a lot of stamina, strength, and vigor. If you are just starting to hike, get into good physical shape, or are looking at it from a romantic perspective you will likely not be able to fish a several hundred or thousand mile thru hike. Like any kind of athletic training, you will need to prepare your body for the trek ahead. This means training, taking day hikes, and even short (or long) backpacking excursions before you take on the full thru hike. Build muscle. Build stamina and endurance. Build up your cardiovascular health. We want you to finish and enjoy your time on the trail and this is the best way to make sure you do.

Be Mentally Prepared

This goes back to romanticizing the hike. If you think that this will be all spectacular views and personal insights (which will happen) at every turn in the trail, you’ve watched a few too many movies. Talk to people who have done the hike before you. Join forums, Facebook groups, or a local Meetup. Understanding what the hike will require of you mentally will help you prepare for the journey ahead. And when those mornings happen when you don’t want to keep going, when you think you just can’t put one foot in front of the other, all that mental preparedness will come in handy.

Be Financially Prepared

You are about to embark on a one, two, or three-month journey. You need to think about the financial obligations you are leaving behind (rent, car payment, etc.) and the money you will need on the road. You will need to resupply on food, you may want to stay in a hotel room to sleep in a bed and grab a shower, or you may need to replace broken or damaged hiking gear on the trip. These are all things to take into consideration when you start planning your thru hike. One of the many reasons people never finish their thousand-mile hike is they run out of money. Make sure you have all your bases covered before setting out.

Don’t Skimp on the Hiking Gear

This isn’t a day hike, and it will take a different kind of gear you are used to. Invest in durable light-weight gear, and ditch the cotton—you’ll thank us later.

Don’t Skip on the Hiking Shoes

Your shoes, are arguably, the most important piece of gear you will take with you on a thru hike. Why? Your feet are your transportation, and poor shoes could mean the end of your journey. Investing in a good pair of trail shoes or hiking boots will mean that you can cover all the miles in your thru hike without a second thought. Be sure to break them in before you hit the trail, sores and blisters may slow you down, or could mean the end of your journey.

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Chronic Inflammation May Lead to Fibromyalgia, and How Carbon 60™ can help

Many of us suffer from fibromyalgia (FM), or know someone who does. This chronic condition is recognized by its wide spread pain, fatigue, and cognitive fog. The combination of these things can make doing everyday things like going to the grocery store, or taking care of your family, difficult, if not impossible.  FM treatment and medications can help people move through their everyday, but often one treatment or medication is not enough to relieve all symptoms. 18 million Americans are affected by fibromyalgia, but little is known about its cause, making lost lasting treatment challenging. Current research is beginning to show evidence that this debilitating condition is caused by chronic inflammation.

Scientists are learning that low grade, chronic inflammation, is affecting all areas of our health, from heart disease to cancer, and now we can add FM to the list of conditions where inflammation plays a key role. Many of us walk through our everyday not even thinking about the things that are effecting our body’s or how that may play into our future health. Many of these factors, including the food we eat and how often we exercise, are more than how we look. They are the building blocks of a healthy body that can prevent chronic low-grade inflammation.

There are many things that cause inflammation, from being overweight, to the foods we eat. Working on one area can affect the others, causing a chain reaction to better overall health. Swapping out highly processed foods, fried foods, and sugar, for more fruits, vegetables, and nuts, can help your body begin to reduce inflammation and possibly relieve the systems of FM and other diseases.

Getting regular exercise also helps to reduce inflammation in your body. It has been shown that cardio exercise, that which elevates your heart rate, is especially good a triggering the hormones needed to reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Research is beginning to show that many of our health conditions, including those like fibromyalgia, where treatment can be intermittent and in some cases, ineffective, could be controlled with diet and exercise. Part of what makes changing your diet and exercise so effective is the promotion of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants help fight free radicals produced by our bodies, and fight inflammation. This powerful one two punch is vital when it comes to our health, and Carbon 60 Organic Sunflower Oil™ can push our health to the next level.

Carbon 60 has been shown to be a superior anti-oxidant, making it more effective than diet or exercise changes alone to help fight free radicals and reduce inflammation in the body. Adding Carbon 60 Organic Sunflower Oil™ to your lifestyle changes can help boost your health to the next level, give you more energy, and increase your endurance to get through your everyday. Don’t wait to start feeling better, buy a bottle today!

Cardio Exercise Reduces Chronic Inflammation and Improves Health



We know we should be exercising more for better health—not just weight loss or to fit into our swimsuits for a few months out of the year. But what health benefits does cardiovascular exercise really provide? If huffing and puffing your way to better health sounds like too much work, keep reading to see why you should start.

Inflammation is the leading factor in many of the chronic diseases that are the top killers in the United States. Though there are many factors that go into the risk factors of getting any disease, leading a sedentary lifestyle can increase chronic inflammation, and increase the risk for health risks like heart disease and diabetes. Exercises like running, cycling, and swimming, can help fight inflammation, and thus reduce the risk for many diseases that are driven by inflammation.

Another driving factor in chronic inflammation in our bodies is being overweight. Excess fat causes our hormone levels to change and can lead to and increase chronic inflammation. Participating in cardio activity can help facilitate weight loss. Losing fat will help keep chronic inflammation in check and lower the risk of getting a chronic or life-threatening disease.

Beyond reducing chronic inflammation, engaging in cardio activity will help you improve your endurance, making it easier to keep up with the kids, friends, work, and doing the never ending honey-do list around the house. By increasing our cardio-fitness we will be less tired and able to do more throughout the day without needing those pesky naps.

In addition to doing more, becoming a regular runner, cycler, or swimmer, will improve mood and mental health. In fact, it has been shown that both running and weight lifting had improved the mood of moderately to severely depressed women. This doesn’t mean you can throw away your doctor prescribed medicines just yet, but it does mean that incorporating regular physical or cardiovascular activity can help improve your overall mental health.

 

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Build Muscle for Better Health, Strength and Energy

Body Building for strength, health and energyWeight lifting can be intimidating, especially if you haven’t done it before, but it can also be the most rewarding in terms of health and weight loss. Building muscle, while working on cardio, and sustaining a healthy diet, will bring the most benefits to people looking to become healthier. According to WebMD, strength training can “slow the muscle loss the comes with age, build the strength of your muscles and connective tissues, increase bone density, cut your risk of injury, and help ease arthritis pain.” More than that, building muscle can improve balance, improve blood sugar control, improve sleep and mental health, according to the CDC.

 

Now that you’re sold on why you should start heading to the weight room of your gym, here are some tips to get your started.

Accept the Hard Part

Starting anything new is hard. There are going to be days that you will be sore, tired, and self-doubt will plague you like a storm. Push through it, and don’t make any decisions as to whether you feel strength training is the right path for you in the first few weeks. Look for the little wins every time you go in. Could you do more reps? Did you have to increase the weight? The more you go, and the more muscle you build, the easier it will get. You just have to give it time.

Start Small to Go Big

You’ll set yourself up for failure or injury if you try to lift weights you aren’t ready for. Start by learning proper lifting techniques for each machine or free weight you are using to prevent injury. Start at a lower weight to make sure you are doing it correctly before moving up onto heavier weights. If you push yourself to where you think you should be, either in weight or reps, it will only end with you hurt and turning your back on the weight room forever. When in doubt, ask an expert and listen to your body.

Set Weight Lifting Goals

People who set goals, that is, realistic, specific, achievable goals, are more likely to achieve them. As you step into the weight room decide what your goal is. To start your goal could be weight lifting three times a week, or maybe even once a week. It could be weight limits you want to achieve, or anything else that might fit into your fitness plan. Whatever it is, keep track of it, bust it, and make your next goal.

Training Won’t Compensate for a Bad Diet

If your diet still consists of nothing but junk food, you’re not going to see the results you want. It’s good to remember that becoming healthy isn’t just about hitting the gym a few times a week or only eating salads. It’s about changing a lifestyle into something that is sustainable and healthy. If you try to make changes that require you to only eat kale, but you hate kale, it will never stick. Find a whole foods diet that works for you, to fuel your new muscle building activates.

Rest Your Body and Muscles

Giving your muscles and body time to recover from exercise will give you better results than trying to head to the gym seven days a week. Overwork can also increase the risk of injury and halted progress. Training schedules will differ by person, especially if you are just starting an exercise and weight lifting regime. Listen to your body, but don’t let the couch become your downfall. Try weight lifting every other day, three times a week, or twice a week, and do cardio exercises on the days you aren’t lifting.

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June 14, 2017

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Inflammation's Effect on Osteoarthritis and Free Radical Formation

Getting older is never easy as we begin to experience health problems. Perhaps there is no bigger sign than aching joints, making it hard to get around and keep up with the grand kids or participate in other fun activates. Though joint pain could mean nothing it could also be a sign of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting 27 million Americans, and even more worldwide.  Everyone is susceptible to osteoarthritis, as it’s the slow break down of the cartilage between our joints. This break down can tear off pieces of cartilage causing them to float around the joint, and it can cause the joint to rub against the bone, as the disease progresses. In some cases it can even cause growths, called spurs, to develop, which can cause even more pain.

All of this leads to inflammation in the joint, even in the initial stages of the disease. This inflammation prevents our bodies from healing, preventing, or stopping further damage. This is the circular effect of osteoarthritis, as the inflammation feeds the progression of the disease making it worse over time. This inflammation can lead to free radical formation, which in turn, leads to oxidative stress. This domino effect can begin to spread throughout the rest of your body, especially in the other joints that are already inflamed. As the inflammation and oxidative stress continues, it begins to break down DNA molecules, making us susceptible to more damaging effects of arthritis, and other diseases.

Free radical damage is caused by molecules on the hunt for electrons. These molecules steal electrons from other molecules to try to balance themselves out. As they take electrons, it creates more unbalanced molecules that are also on the hunt, and begin stealing electrons from those around it. This cascading effect leads to oxidative stress and inflammation in our bodies, DNA damage, and a lowered ability to fight off diseases and prevent chronic conditions. We can keep free radicals in check by adding anti-oxidants to our diet.

Current research shows that keeping damaging inflammation in check can help prevent further joint deterioration in people with osteoarthritis. Though we may take drugs such as ibuprofen to prevent inflammation, for free radical formation we turn should to anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants help fight free radicals by giving up extra electrons, which stops free radical formation in its tracks. 

A research study on the superior anti-oxidant, Carbon 60, in rabbits has shown that Carbon 60 can help reduce inflammation and prevent further joint damage. This is promising for people with arthritis, as it could mean in the future we will be able to stop damaging inflammation caused by arthritis in its tracks.

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Breast Cancer Risk, Drinking, and Exercise

Picture Courtesy Funk Dooby on FlickrA stunning new report was release last week claiming that just one alcoholic drink a day for women increases the risk of breast cancer by 5% in pre-menopausal women and 9% in post-menopausal women. Of course the situation is not so black and white. There are a variety of things that contribute to breast cancer risk. Current research shows that one of the huge contributors to breast cancer and cancer risk is harmful chronic inflammation.

It is already known that drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can cause inflammation in the body. Much or the research on alcohol inflammation focuses on the liver and pancreas, but there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that alcohol is a contributor to chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can cause a verity of health issues, from heart disease, stroke, to cancer

As more research is done we are beginning to see the connection between inflammation and cancer, and how it can create an environment that promotes the growth and spread of cancer cells. Specifically, alcohol consumption does influence breast cancer, one of the most common types of cancer for women. So, the conclusion that even one drink can raise the risk of developing breast cancer can be scary for many.

There are things you can do to help reduce your risk for getting breast cancer―but there is no surefire way to prevent it entirely. As more research is done and we become more knowledgeable we may be able to prevent it. Until then, here are some tips to help keep you healthy, and hopefully, cancer free.

Exercise Can Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk
In the same study that linked one drink a day to an increased risk of break cancer also linked women who participated in vigorous exercise with a lower cancer risk. A 17% lower risk for pre-menopausal women and a 10% lower risk for post-menopausal women. Even walking or gardening came out to a 13% lower risk for women.

Maintain a Healthy Weight to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk
Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing breast cancer. This was especially true for those who carried weight or gained weight after menopause.

A Healthy Diet Can Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk
Foods high in fat and sugar can increase inflammation in the body and can contribute to cancer risk. Try eating more fruits and vegetables and lean proteins like chicken and fish. The main thing with diet is to understand it is a lifetime change, and you should like what you eat. Skip the fad diets and find one that you love and can maintain for life.

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May 24, 2017

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Time to get Your Shoes on, it's Marathon Season

You’ve been running, you’ve created a routine, and now you’re ready for something more challenging than a 5k. You’ve set your sights on a marathon. Training to run 26.2 miles will be hard, and some days you may want to give up. But, crossing the finish line after crossing the finish line will be an extraordinary experience you will never forget.

We’ve compiled a list of helpful tips for novice marathoners to help get them ready for the big day.

Don’t Skimp on the Shoes

You may have gotten a few cheap pairs while you were building your endurance, but now is the time to invest in a nice pair of shoes. Going to a store that specializes in running shoes means you can get expert advice on which shoes would be best for your running style. More importantly it means you will have a sturdy pair of shoes that will carry you all 26.2 miles.

Build Your Mileage

Before you begin training for your marathon you should be able to comfortably run 20 to 30 miles three to five times per week. This is the base level of fitness you should be at to comfortably train and run a marathon. If you want to take on the challenge anyway, you can look up some great guides for novice trainers. There is also a variety of helpful guides explaining each workout and why you do it to improve your marathon training.

To build your mileage and endurance you will need to increase your distance by 10% every week. If that’s too much or doesn’t feel hard enough, then you can adjust accordingly.

Don’t Skip the Long Run

This is the important one. The one that will get your body acclimated to running long distances. This is a once a week run during your training period where you work up to running about 20 miles. Experts recommend not running a full 26.2 miles because of the risk of injury before race day. Be sure you feel comfortable running about 20 miles before heading to the starting line.

Don’t Skip the Hills

Hill training is a great way to build muscle and endurance. Along with your other training, running up and down hills will give you an edge over people who don’t. We know hills are intimidating, but trust us, it will be worth it.

Stop at the Aid Stations

You may not need to come to a complete stop, but at least slow down to pick up some water or sports drink. Your body won’t be able to stay hydrated while running long marathon distances. Try to consume six to eight ounces of water every three miles or so.

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