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NEWSLETTER for OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2003

Welcome to our fourth and final edition for this year. Thank you for the positive feedback that we are getting on the newsletters. It warms my heart to hear that some of the readers are keeping them on record and are using them as a source of reference and referral. Our topic of discussion for this edition will be Hypoglycaemia. Our next topic in the first 2004 edition will be Thyroid related problems.

This past year has certainly flown by; it seems like only yesterday that we bought the company, yet 18 months have passed. It has been a challenging time, but life has offered us a lot of opportunities for growth and development and for that we are grateful.

We approach one of the busiest times of the year as we come to the end of the year. Last year we were open throughout the year but this year we have decided to close our doors mid-December and re-open the 2nd week of 2004. We want to thank our cliental for their loyal support this past year and also to wish you a blessed Xmas and New Year.

Future Training Dates:
We go through a lot of effort to set up training days, with invitations, gifts etc. with very few positive responses; therefore training will be offered on request only. It can be arranged at the venue of your choice. If any of our clients would like to take up this offer, please feel free to call us and we can set up the dates and times.

Product Promotions:
Lifeforce, in conjunction with the Diabetics Association and the ADD Support Groups, will be holding morning promotions as follows:

Lifeforce Glucose Tolerance Factor Plus (GTF) & Diabetics Association / Support Group
One Life Health Supermarket, Rooihuidskraal, Pretoria. Saturday, 25th October 2003

2004 Product Promotions:
Cardio Arterial Guard Promotions with assistance from the South African Heart Association will be offered in the coming year, we will back up these promotions with CPR demonstrations and video's of how to save lives.

NB!!! NOTICE:
The first Saturday in November and December and last Saturday in November is available to do products promotions at venues by request.

NEW PRODUCTS THAT HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS
LIFEFORCE CARDIO ARTERIAL GUARD CAPSULES
Cardio-Arterial Guard was developed as a tool to improve your lifestyle and the health of your heart. It contains special nutrients to help promote and then maintain a healthy heart and circulation system.

Cardio-Arterial Guard can be used to aid the following conditions:

  • Arterio Sclerosis
  • Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure

A nutritional supplement with Herbal components, amino acids & anti-oxidants:

  • Cardio-Arterial Guard is a multi-functional cardiovascular formula.
  • It enhances the performance of the heart and blood vessels with a precise, combination of synergistic factors.
  • The Flavonoid compounds support normal blood pressure and serum.
  • It prevents cholesterol deposits in the arterial wall and improves heart contractions.
  • Co-Enzyme 10 provides critical support for cardiovascular bioenergetics and myocardial functions.
  • Taurine modulates the activity of cyclic AMP and calcium in the heart.
  • L-Carnitine enhances oxygen utilization, myocardium energy and normal heart contractions.
  • L-Arginine improves coronary circulation and lowers cholesterol.

Indications:
Prevention of Cardio Vascular Diseases, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Arteriosclerosis,
Irregular heart rhythms.

ONTO OUR TOPIC FOR THIS NEWSLETTER:

LOW BLOOD SUGAR / HYPOGLYCAEMIA

WHAT IS LOW BLOOD SUGAR / HYPOGLYCAEMIA?
Many people who complain of unexplained tiredness tend to have a lower than normal level of sugar in the bloodstream. Glucose is the most important nutrient for the brain, and in order for our brains to work effectively, we need a steady supply. Low blood sugar - also known as Hypoglycaemia - causes tiredness, because without sugar, the body cannot generate energy. Any imbalance in the supply of glucose to the brain results in a range of symptoms including depression. Low blood sugar can occur even in those who have long-term energy stores in the form of glycogen or body fat, but who, for some reason, cannot convert these stores into sugar for use as energy. It is a bit like having a blockage in the fuel line to the engine of a car. The tank may be full, but the car still won't start. There are a number of possible causes of low blood sugar.

CAUSES
It is normal for blood sugar to become depleted if you miss a meal, or if you have expended a lot of energy without additional food intake. Some people have an inborn tendency to this type of problem. Most types of low blood sugar can be avoided by eating the right kind of food and by keeping to regular mealtimes.

INSULIN AND LOW BLOOD SUGAR
Insulin helps turn sugar into energy. Some people do not make enough insulin, other produce too much. Those who do not make enough have to have either insulin injections or tablets to assist in the production of insulin.

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF LOW BLOOD SUGAR

C Periodic problems with moods, depression or irritability. Low sugar supply to the brain can commonly produce changes leading to depression or irritability.

C Food cravings, especially sweet and /or starchy foods when blood sugar is low is natural for the body to demand foods that release sugar quickly into the bloodstream. Cravings for chocolates, biscuits and other sugary foods are common features of low blood sugar.

Medical Diagnostic Symptoms of Hypoglycaemia

Adrenergic symptoms:
Pallor, sweating, tremor, palpitations and gnawing 'hunger' pain in the epigastrium.

Neurogenic symptoms:
Light-headedness, poor concentration, dysarthria (difficult, poorly articulated speech), in coordination, diplopia (double vision), peri-oral tingling or even epilepsy, transient pareses (slight or partial paralysis), and ultimately coma.
In older people it presents as failing mental function.

YOUR CHECKLIST FOR HYPOGLYCAEMIA AND TREATMENT

  • If Hypoglycaemia is suspected measure your blood sugar; if below 3mmol/l have something containing glucose/honey/sugar to eat as a snack or a drink. This can be fruit juice or tea with honey.
  • Re-check your blood sugar in 15 minutes to ensure that it has risen above 3mmol/l.
  • If you are Hypoglycaemic and confused, aggressive or going comatose your relatives or workmates must give you an oral injection of glycogen/glucose/honey under the tongue (1mgm - the contents of 1 vial) using a clean, unused syringe.
  • You should respond within 10 minutes. If not, urgent hospitalisation is called for, as intravenous glucose must be given.
  • If you respond to glycogen/honey/sugar, then eat a snack immediately as all your muscle and liver stores of glucose will have been exhausted and must be replenished.
  • NB: Whoever may be called upon to give you glycogen should be allowed to practise giving oral injections (squirting the liquid slowly under the tongue) so that they get used to this method of doing it.
  • If you have required glycogen, you need to see your diabetes physician. You must also replace the used vial immediately.

SUSTAINING BLOOD SUGAR
Eating the right diet is essential in overcoming low blood sugar. People who have a tendency to the problem should eat little and often to ensure that the blood sugar level never gets the opportunity to drop into the danger zone - ideally, allowing no more than three to four hours without eating. The diet should be based on foods that release sugar slowly into the bloodstream.

MEASURING SUGAR RELEASE
The rate at which foods release sugar into the bloodstream is quantified using a measure called the glycaemic index. Foods that are digested rapidly have a moderate or high glycaemic index (more than 50). Sugary and some starchy foods tend to have a high glycaemic index, whereas proteins and vegetables have a low glycaemic index. The ratings of a range of common foods according to the glycaemic index are displayed in the tables of Glycaemic index foods.

HOW TO COMBAT LOW BLOOD SUGAR
I. Base your diet around foods of low glycaemic index. This means eating mostly fruit and vegetables, whole grains, beans, pulses, and some meat and fish.
II. Avoid foods of high glycaemic index because of their tendency to induce low blood sugar some time after their ingestion.
III. If you eat high glycaemic index foods, combine them with foods of lower glycaemic index. A baked potato, for instance, could be eaten with cottage cheese, tuna or chicken and salad and vegetables.
IV. Do not skip meals. Eat three meals a day with healthy snacks, such as fruit, in between if necessary.
EMERGENCY ACTIONS FOR LOW BLOOD SUGAR

If the person can swallow:
1. Give the person something containing sugar/honey/glucose. (Do not use sugar-fee or diet soda or sugar substitutes because these do not contain sugar)
2. Let the person sit quietly or lie down.
3. Phone or have someone phone an emergency contact person, (Doctor or Emergency Services 10177 on cell 112) if the person is not feeling better within 10 minutes after eating or drinking something containing sugar.

If the person becomes unresponsive:
1. Phone Doctor or Emergency Services 10177 / Cell: 112
2. Do not give this person anything to eat or to drink
3. Do CPR as required

VERY HIGH GLYCAEMIC INDEX FOODS (OVER 100)
Cornflakes
Glucose
Maltose
Puffed rice
White bread

HIGH GLYCAEMIC INDEX FOODS (80 - 100)
Bananas
Brown rice
Carrots
Corn
Corn chips
Mangoes
Muesli
Oat bran
Parsnips
Potatoes
Raisins
Rye crackers
White rice
Wholegrain bread

Foods that have a high glycaemic index are generally those that are high in refined carbohydrates and sugar.

MODERATE GLYCAEMIC INDEX FOODS (50 - 80)
Kidney beans (canned)
Lactose
Oranges
Peas
Potato Crisps
Pumpernickel bread
Sucrose
White and whole-wheat pasta

LOW GLYCAEMIC INDEX FOODS (30 - 50)
Apples
Barley
Chick Peas
Kidney beans (dried)
Lentils
Milk
Peaches
Pears
Wholegrain rye bread
Yoghurt

VERY LOW GLYCAEMIC INDEX FOODS (UNDER 30)
Butter Fructose Peanuts
Cheese Grapefruits Plums
Eggs Green vegetables Seafood
Fish Meat Soya beans

NUTRIENTS FOR ENERGY
The primary ingredients that the body uses to generate energy are glucose (sugar) and oxygen. However, the mechanisms that enable the body to convert sugar and oxygen into energy also require a variety of vitamins and minerals. For example, the red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen around the body depend on certain nutrients for their manufacture. Yet more nutrients are essential for the proper functioning of the muscles.

NUTRIENT
Vitamin B1, B2 and B3 ROLE
Essential for the reactions that convert food into energy. They are also known to compensate for the effects of stress. SOURCES
Unrefined whole grains (brown rice, wholemeal bread etc). Liver, green leafy vegetables, fish, poultry, eggs, red meat, nuts, beans, pulses.
Vitamin B5 / Calcium Pantothenic Acid Necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and fat. Also needed for red blood cell production. Eggs, saltwater fish, pork, beef, milk, wholemeal bread, fresh vegetables.
Folic Acid & Vitamin B 12 Necessary for the production of red blood cells. Involved in protein metabolism Beef, lamb, pork, chicken, green leafy vegetables, wholemeal bread, bran.
Iron Essential for red blood formation. Necessary for energy production Meat, poultry, eggs, green leafy vegetables, wholemeal bread
Chromium
Important in glucose metabolism and for maintaining blood sugar stability Brewer's yeast, whole grains, meat, cheese
Calcium Needed for transmission of nerve signals and proper muscle function in the body Milk and milk products, salmon, sardines, seeds, green leafy vegetables, seafood
Magnesium Involved in transmission of nerve signals and necessary for proper muscle function Dairy products, meat, fish, green leafy vegetables. Seeds
Potassium
Necessary for nerve transmission and muscle function Fresh fruit (especially bananas) and vegetables.

All of the above are found in GTF Plus discussed at the end of this section!!!

FOODS FOR ENERGY
There are four main categories of foods that are important for sustained energy release. This may be because of the quality of energy giving "fuel" they provide and/or because they contain nutrients that play vital roles in the processes that support energy production and activity in the body.

FRESH FRUIT
Fruit provides a ready supply of carbohydrate for conversion into energy in the body.

  • Rich in the mineral potassium, important for proper nerve and muscle function.
  • High in water, which has an essential role to play in almost all body processes.
  • Easily digested - so it does not sap the body of energy.
  • Generally releases sugar quite slowly into the bloodstream, helping to maintain blood sugar
    stability.

FRESH VEGETABLES
Some - mainly root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and parsnips - provide a ready supply of carbohydrate for immediate conversion into energy in the body. Others - the green leafy vegetables - are rich in calcium and magnesium and play an important role in nerve and muscle functions.

  • Rich in the mineral potassium, which has an important role in nerve and muscle function.
  • High in water, which is essential for almost all body processes.
  • Easily digested - so they do not sap the body of energy.
  • Generally releases sugar quite slowly into the bloodstream, helping to maintain blood sugar stability.
  • Some (mainly the green leafy vegetables) are rich in iron and folic acid, both essential for
    health blood cell formation.

WHOLEGRAIN STARCHES
These provide a ready supply of carbohydrate for conversion into energy in the body.

  • Generally release sugar quite slowly into the bloodstream, helping to maintain blood sugar
    stability.
  • Rich in Vitamin B that play a role in the reactions that convert food into energy.
  • Rich in chromium, essential for sugar metabolism and blood sugar stability.
  • Rich in iron and folic acid, both essential for healthy red blood cell formation.

BEANS AND PULSES
These contain high proportions of carbohydrate for conversion into energy in the body.

  • Generally release sugar slowly into the bloodstream, helping to maintain blood sugar
    stability.

THE ENERGY SAPPERS
While some foods have a positive effect on general levels of energy and vitality in the body, there are undoubtedly some that have quite the opposite effect. Some foods are renowned for their energy-sapping ability, the main culprits being coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks, sugar and alcohol.

CAFFEINE
Caffeine in the diet comes from a variety of sources including coffee, tea and some soft drinks. Chocolate also contains caffeine-like substances that have a similar effect on the body. While caffeine can certainly improve energy levels in the short term, the boost in normally followed by a period of increased fatigue. Often, caffeinated soft drinks, coffee and tea drinkers find they become dependent on a certain level of consumption to maintain their energy levels. Excess caffeine consumption can lead to problems such as palpitations, anxiety and insomnia.

SUGARY FOODS AND DRINKS
The consumption of high-sugar foods and drinks, such as confectionery, biscuits, cakes and soft drinks, usually spell disaster for energy levels. These foods cause rapid rises in blood sugar which can cause the body to over compensate, leading to problems with low blood sugar (Hypoglycaemia) and low levels of physical and mental energy later on. In the long term, sugar may deplete the body of nutrients that have an important part to play in the generation of energy in the body. Reduce your cravings for sugary snacks by ensuring you eat regular meals, thereby avoiding low blood sugar. If you need a snack, choose a low sugar alternative.

ALCOHOL
Alcohol can contribute to lethargy even when intoxication has worn off. Alcohol releases sugar rapidly into the bloodstream and may therefore also lead to problems with low blood sugar later. Many alcoholic beverages contain substances called congeners that contribute to hangovers and also deplete the body energy. Try some of the alternative drinks suggested in the Table given below. Or, if you don't want to cut out alcohol altogether, try diluting wine with water or adding extra non-alcoholic mixers to spirits.

ENERGY CONSERVING ALTERNATIVES
No caffeine, no alcohol drinks

  • Herb and fruit teas
  • Fruit juices
  • Spring water
  • Sparkling herb drinks Low-sugar snacks
  • Fresh fruit
  • Wholemeal crackers
  • Rice cakes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Raw vegetables

Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar
C Fluctuating energy levels with fatigue being worst on waking and in the afternoon. Energy can be low in the morning despite adequate sleep because the blood sugar level tends to fall overnight. Low blood sugar can occur in the middle or late afternoon because the body can often over-compensate for the increase in blood sugar after lunch, leading to low blood sugar some hours later.

C Weakness, light-headedness or irritability if a meal is skipped or delayed failing to provide the body with adequate fuel on a regular basis will tend to cause the blood sugar level to drop. Weakness, light-headedness and irritability are symptoms indicative of a brain and body starved of their essential fuel source.

PRODUCTS THAT CAN ASSIST IN REGULATING YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

LIFEFORCE GLUCOSE TOLERANCE FACTOR PLUS (GTF)
GTF, which is chromium, supported in a base of comprehensive multi-vitamin, multi-mineral and amino acids, with antioxidant protection, provided by Taurine, N-acetyl-cysteine and Glutamine is used as a healing tool in Hypoglycaemia, Diabetes, and other health problems, such as cancer and heart diseases.

THE FACTS:
The discovery of the role of GTF chromium in health is proving to be one of major importance.

  • Research strongly suggests that GTF chromium is a protective factor against two of the three leading causes of death: heart disease and diabetes.
  • Studies also show that GTF chromium helps control appetite, Hypoglycaemia and protein-uptake.
  • GTF chromium also counteracts a host of problems wrongly blamed on the aging process, but actually due to an extended GTF chromium shortage.

ANOTHER PRODUCT THAT CAN ASSIST IN THE REGULATION OF BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS:
Gymnema has a history of balancing blood sugar level and the herb's active ingredient has a similar molecular structure to glucose. It has the ability to fool your taste bud receptors and reduce the taste of sugary food. Gymnema assists with insulin release and inhibits the absorption of sugar molecules in the intestines during digestion.

One of the greatest recognised truths is that ensuring optimum nutrition for your mind and body not only improves mood, but can also gives you energy and motivation to make positive changes in your life.

"Passion for life does not wear out, it fades with a lack of use" So go out there embrace and love yourself, while learning to be kind and loving towards not only yourself but also to others, especially those close to you.

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