Vi Shape Shake Update

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I’ve been on this since February 1. I drink a shake for breakfast and for supper. I’m taking a Vi supplement,  too.  I eat a healthy (LCHF) lunch. I exercise 2 times a week, but I need to do that at least 3-5 times a week. 

Results in 11 days?

▪ 3.2 lbs lost
▪ blood pressure low even with reducing my meds
▪ daytime blood sugar levels are in the normal range. 3 of the last 5 readings were the lowest yet
▪ waist size now 36
▪ my family and friends notice the change

This is working. I can help you make it work for you.  If you’re local, be on the lookout for an upcoming tasting party I’ll be hosting. If you want to make your new start today, order your shake and other healthy supplements, energy drink,  etc here: 

http://jimmyjohnsonfw.bodybyvi.com

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12 Amazing Exercise Benefits That Aren’t About Weight Loss

The good news for you is that the benefits of exercise go beyond the calorie burn:

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1. Relieves Stress & Anxiety
Exercise releases norepinephrine, which can regulate and reduce your stress response. It can also improve overall mood and alleviate depression through endorphins that provide feelings of euphoria. Yoga and Pilates also focus on proper breathing, which can be a coping mechanism for short- and long-term stress.

2. Improves Learning & Memory. Working out stimulates new neural growth patterns in the brain. Exercise causes the brain to release chemicals that may prevent the breakdown of the hippocampus, which is thought to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Improves Self-Esteem & Body Image.
“You never regret a workout” is a popular motivational saying, and it’s quite true! The endorphin boost and sense of accomplishment attained post-workout improves self-worth. A combination of our physical gains (Think: more pronounced muscles, less body fat) and improved mood helps us feel better about ourselves.

4. Strengthens the Heart
Our cardiovascular system contains one of the most important muscles in the body, the heart. Just like the other muscles in the body, exercise improves the heart’s overall function and efficacy. When the cardiovascular system works efficiently, it provides more oxygen, nutrients and energy to your body throughout the day. If you’re feeling low in the middle of the workday, take a brief walk to get the heart pumping and blood flowing to boost your energy and performance. According to the CDC, aerobic activity can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, increase “good” cholesterol (HDL), decrease triglycerides and lower blood pressure.

5. Builds Stronger Bones
Our bones thin as we age, putting us at greater risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures that can reduce our quality of life. Weight-bearing (high- or low-impact) and muscle-strengthening exercises build and strengthen the bones as well as the muscles that surround them. Nonimpact exercises like yoga or tai chi can improve balance, posture and flexibility, which may reduce exercise-related injuries.

6. Promotes Quality Zzz’s
Exercise has been shown to reset the circadian rhythm. After a workout, the body’s internal temperature returns to baseline and signals the brain that it’s time for sleep. Try to give yourself at least an hour or two to wind down post-exercise, otherwise those endorphins can keep you going!

7. Provides a Bonding Experience with Loved Ones. With everyone buried in technology these days, it’s nice to have a reason to get out and enjoy the real world with friends and family. Take a class, walk your dogs, play a sport or go for a jog with your workout partner. Having a network of friends also helps keep you on track. It’s much easier to come up with excuses when you only have yourself to rely on.

8. Improves Mood
Exercising outdoors can help ensure adequate production of vitamin D. This vitamin has been linked to cognitive function, and inadequate levels have been linked to mood swings. Catching a few rays while exercising (with sun protection) may actually lessen depressive symptoms.

9. Increases Metabolism
Working out can burn calories, but did you know it can also help burn them while you’re sleeping? Muscle cells require more energy (calories) in comparison to fat cells at every point throughout the day. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you’ll burn. As we age, we lose muscle mass and become less efficient at protein metabolism. This is why strength training is so important for older adults.

10. Improves Digestion
Exercise can relieve constipation and help those with digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. It can also decrease the risk for colon cancer and ulcers. Stress is another contributor to digestive issues, which can be reduced with regular exercise.

11. Reduces Disease Risk
Exercise can actually help prevent diseases like prevent Type 2 diabetes, stroke, metabolic syndrome and even some forms of cancer. Because exercise burns energy (or calories), it makes the body more efficient at using glucose (a type of sugar) and clearing it from the blood. If you already have diabetes or prediabetes, exercise can help regulate blood sugar levels. It’s just another benefit of taking a stroll after dinner!

12. Decreases Appetite
For many, exercise can be an appetite suppressant. While this may be a physical result for some, it can also be mental. After torching all those calories in the workout, exercise may actually encourage smarter food choices.

Read the rest here:  http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/12-amazing-exercise-benefits/

Live Better with Daily Health Post 10 Warning Signs That Your Body Is Lacking Water

Thirst may be annoying at times, but it should never go ignored. Water actually makes up over two-thirds of the healthy human body.  It lubricates the joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins, and keeps the skin healthy.

That’s why you should always make sure to drink water throughout the day and before and after meals.

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Many people don’t realize how much water they lose everyday and end up chronically dehydrated.

Diabetics, burn victims and athletes are at a higher risk of dehydration than the average person.

Here’s a list of warning signs of dehydration that you should pay attention to:

1. Heart Palpitations

When the normal water content of your body is reduced, it upsets the balance of minerals (salts and sugar) in your body, which affects the way it functions .

Heart palpitations typically occur when there is low potassium and low sugar levels in the blood. This can cause from premature contractions of the heart’s upper chambers (atria) or the lower chambers (ventricules).

Low magnesium (through excessive sweating or diarrhea) may also lead to abnormal heart rhythm.

2. Bad Breath

Saliva protects your teeth from decay, disease and cavities by forming a protective barrier around them and helping clear food particles on and between your teeth.

When you become dehydrated, you do not produce as much saliva. The reduced cleaning action of the saliva allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.

Dry mouth also makes you more likely to develop rapid tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease.

3. Food Cravings

“When you’re dehydrated, it can be difficult for some nutrients and organs like the liver which use water to release some glycogens and other components of your energy stores, so you can actually get cravings for food,” says John Higgins, MD, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, and chief of cardiology at Lyndon B. Johnson.

“While you can crave anything from chocolate to a salty snack, cravings for sweets are more common because your body may be experiencing difficulty with glycogen production,” he says.

Instead of junk food, reach for water-dense foods, try fruits like watermelon, kiwi and peaches. You may also find that vegetables like cucumber and tomatoes also satisfy your craving.

4. Painful Joints and Muscles

Read the rest here:  http://dailyhealthpost.com/warning-signs-of-water-dehydration/

Progress Report 2/10/2016

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Since Dec. 28, 2015, I’ve lost 16.6 lbs.  In the past 3 years, I’ve lost 27.6 lbs.

Since February 5, 2016, I’ve lost 2.6 lbs.  I’ve been doing the Vi Shape Shake and in 5 days, I lost 2.6 lbs.!  I weighed in this morning:  198.4!

My combination of a low carb/high (good) fat dietary change coupled with the Vi Shape Shake, this is working.

I am feeling better.  My blood sugars are lowering.  My blood pressure is the lowest I’ve seen. I’ve been cutting back on my medication as a result.

If you’re wanting a new you, contact me. Keep reading this blog  (thank you!).  You can order the Vi Shape Shake and other nutritious products at http://jimmyjohnsonfw.bodybyvi.com.

Coming soon:  the Challenge party.  I want you to be there!

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