The Conclusion of A Daughter’s Journey to Help Save her Mother’s Life: Results – 106 drop in LDL Cholesterol

November 1, 2012 – The results are finally in  . . . Cecile dropped an amazing 106 points in her LDL cholesterol in 3 months taking Nutrim®.  She took the challenge and followed through and had success.  This journey has sparked something inside for Cecile that is motivating her to make additional healthy lifestyle changes that not only affect her cholesterol levels and heart health but, also  her health in general.  Watch the video as Cecile reveals the following:

  • Amazing Before and After Cholesterol Test Scores from the Home Access Test kit and Her Latest Doctor’s Visit
  • Improved Lifestyle Changes Promoting her Overall Health-Quit Smoking!
  • Ways Cecile Used Nutrim®

As we now wrap up the beginning of Cecile’s journey to lower her cholesterol naturally by using Nutrim® – 100% natural oat β-Glucan super food, you can’t help but wonder what’s next . . .

I’m not just talking about my mother, because in this last video, she spells it out pretty clear that she intends on taking Nutrim® whether I am employed with the manufacturer or not.

But honestly, what IS next?  You may be reading this, holding your recent high cholesterol test scores, thinking this very same thought.  And I’m here to relay a message: “There is really no excuse.”

The words below are taken from an editorial article published in our company publication, Inside Nutrition (Winter 2012),  by one of our company’s executives, John Hunter:

We want to lose weight but only if we can do it by eating whatever we want whenever we want it.  We’re eating whatever we want whenever we want it.  We’re addicted to sugar, salt, and fat.  Our attitudes are similar to a child who stomps his feet and says, ‘I don’t wanna drink my milk.’ Yet, secretly, we hate the way we look, we hate the way we feel and we’re terrified of getting old . . . heart disease, cancer, and, (possibly the worse of all), dementia.

Despite all of this time, most of us keep telling ourselves that there is time. ‘Everything will be alright if I start next week, next month, next year, after my daughter graduates, after I get that raise . . .’

 Sorry, pal, time has run out.

 With what we know today about food, life-style and nutrition, there is absolutely NO REASON, (and yes, he’s shouting), for any of us to continue doing what we’ve been doing to ourselves. Good nutrition, knowledge of what will keep you healthy, and prevention are more easily attained today than at any point in our history.  We’re idiots if we don’t take advantage of [these] opportunities.  

Do you remember what I talked about in our very first blog together introducing our Nutrim® Video Series with Cecile? The clock’s ticking, so don’t let time run out like it did for my father because honestly, “There IS no excuse.”

cholesterol results chart

Cecile's Cholesterol Test Results Indicate 106 Drop in LDL "Bad" Cholesterol

Weeks 6: Lowering Cholesterol Naturally using Nutrim: Quick & Easy Results – Home Cholesterol Test Kit

October 15, 2012 – One of the most-asked questions I receive when speaking to new Nutrim customers over the phone is . . . “how long must I use Nutrim before I can see results in my cholesterol levels?”  My response to them is this  . . . “Although individual results may vary, most of our customers report seeing results within the first 4-6 weeks.”  So why should these recommendations be any different for my mom?  I know many of you who have been following her journey are very anxious to see if she’s been successful in lowering her cholesterol naturally.

We provided my mom with a Home Access Cholesterol Test kit.  The user provides a blood sample, fills out some personal information, mails the sample to the company in a pre-paid envelope, and within 7-10 business days accesses the results online or over the phone.

What Cecile Likes about the Home Cholesterol Test Kit:

  • Did not have issues with taking the blood sample-just a simple finger stick.
  • Really Simple to Use with Prepaid Postage
  • Convenient and Quick Method to access Results while taking Nutrim

The next stop, our last in this Nutrim Journey Series . . . Cecile’s Results!

Read Cecile’s Journey from the beginning here.

Weeks 3 & 4: Lowering Cholesterol Naturally using Nutrim: Moving Forward towards Healthy Lifestyle Changes

October 3, 2012 – My mom continues to have a great momentum with her Nutrim regimen.  She continues to experience peak energy levels regardless of small pitfalls like not making enough effort to increase her water in-take. Cecile continues to become creative in the kitchen with Nutrim as she introduces more of the oat beta glucan powder into her cooking.  Find out other ways my mom tried Nutrim this week by watching below!

Cecile’s Nutrim Benefits this Week:

While watching my mom go through her Nutrim challenge, I too have been striving to make small lifestyle changes to better adapt to the healthier culture of my company, FutureCeuticals.  I purchased a 32 oz., Green, Tritan- BPA-free water bottle. In the mornings, I fill it all the way to top keeping in my personal, daily goal of drinking at least 1-32 oz. bottle of water Monday through Friday.  If I succeed, it calculates to 160 oz. of water per week.  Why is it so much easier for me to adapt a change like drinking more water during the workday?  For the last couple of videos, we have heard my mom discuss her lack of success in drinking water.
Have you ever been faced with the challenge of needing to drink more water?  If you’ve succeeded, how did you do it?

My mom also mentioned mixing Nutrim with Farina along with adding a few tablespoons of sugar to create flavor.  In my opinion, adding the sugar could be counter-effective to lowering cholesterol naturally while taking Nutrim.  So I decided to ask my co-worker Joe (our local BioMedical Health expert), what my could mom could do to the Nutrim + Farina that can add some flavor without tipping the heart health scales.

Here is what Joe says regarding add-flavor dependency:

We all need to break free from our heavy dependence on sweet taste to offer enjoyment from food. This means cutting down on all sweeteners.  I like raw, unrefined honey and      maple syrup as good alternatives to adding refined sugar because they can offer some other benefits. Even evaporated cane juice crystals, brown sugar or turbinado sugar can be ok since they are not as refined. Stevia can also be used in combo with these other sweeteners to boost sweetness and cut out some sugar.

One main point and goal could be to start using less and less to get our palettes to readjust to the subtle flavors food offers. It has almost become a competition between companies to add salt, fat and sugar to food in order to make food taste good. The whole process happened slowly overtime, but now we depend on the sweet taste too much.  It ends up masking the other, subtle flavors in food. Slowly decreasing the addition of salt, fat, and sugar will help you readjust your palette, so that you won’t even miss as much to get the same enjoyment.

Got a question for Joe?  Call Customer Service at (800) 862-0438  Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m to speak with him!

Week 2: Lowering Cholesterol Naturally using Nutrim-My Mom Cut Out Her Sleeping Pill

September 6, 2012 – My mom’s overall experience with Nutrim is shaping up as she perks up with LOTS of energy after experiencing a minor pitfall during week 1.  She is shifting out of her comfort zone of just mixing the Nutrim powder in liquid by testing out other quick and easy ways to get her daily 2 scoops. Find out the other ways my mom tried Nutrim this week by watching below!

Cecile’s Nutrim Benefits this Week:


It’s only week 2 and She’s shouting Nutrim from the Rooftops!

I was completely shocked when week 2 came.  My mom insisted on knowing ways she could recommend Nutrim to friends, co-workers, and family members.  She didn’t need a low cholesterol test score to help her move forward in full-force sharing her recent positive experiences with our product, Nutrim.  Nevertheless, improved cholesterol test results are sometimes the necessary motivator for people to share their story, but not with my mom.  The increase in energy, regularities of her bowel movements, and lack of after-taste is what keeps her moving forward with this product.  She also continuously mentions how “champion race horses eat oats too”!

My Mother Believes Water is Connected to Weight Loss

In addition to lowering her cholesterol naturally, a small struggle she has been facing stems from being able to cut down (and cut-out caffeine) in an effort to up the water in her diet.  As a teenager, I found it hard to reconcile myself with “mother knows best”!  But lately, it’s been hard to ignore my mother as she continues to go on about the importance water and its benefits–transports nutrients throughout our body.  These constant reminders  from her make me realize that drinking diet soda does not equal weight loss.  Just some food (or drink) for thought!  Since starting Nutrim, my mom has been trading in the cans of Diet Coke for a water bottle and Nutrim2Go tablets.

Nutrim Surprises Her by its Versatility

In the video, my mom talks about several ways she has personally tried Nutrim.  She has mixed it in juice, coffee creamer, yogurt, and eggs.  As mentioned in her first week, she dove into using a heart-healthier version of butter.  Nutrim was originally developed by the USDA as a fat-replacer so adding it to butter makes sense.  My personal goal in support of my Mother’s Nutrim journey is to try and encourage her to substitute Nutrim for ingredients like flour, sour cream, butter, and mayonnaise.  I believe that the more times she fits Nutrim into her day; the more successful her next cholesterol test will be.

Week 1: My Mother’s Journey to Lower Cholesterol Naturally with Nutrim

August 23, 2012 – Hello again!  Last week, I unveiled our very close and personal Nutrim Video Series by introducing you to my mother, Cecile.  She has graciously allowed us to record and publish her personal journey towards lowering her cholesterol naturally and achieving healthy weight loss and maintenance.

Pluses about her Nutrim experience so far are:

  • Transforming her butter into a healthier version using Nutrim (The grand-kids refer to it as Grandma’s “special butter”!)
  • No longer feels compelled to buy energy drinks to get through her work day.
  • More Energy, Feeling Better, NO AFTER-TASTE!! (“The greatest thing about this product!”)

Moving Toward a Healthy Lifestyle with Nutrim

I’ve probably watched this video at least 3 or 4 times since its original recording. What if you were watching my Nutrim journey?  How would one suggest I fit Nutrim into a schedule consisting of balancing a 40 hours/week job, online graduate work, a 6 year old participating in soccer, softball, and dance (all in the same fall season), managing a house, and maintaining a (sane) relationship with my husband.

Scheduling the Second Scoop

Like any new user, my mom spent much of her first week just making sure she got used to adding Nutrim into her schedule. Mixing the powder into her morning juice before work was easy enough.  But, 75% of my mother’s workday revolves around sitting in the car traveling back and forth to meetings.  What’s to stop her from grabbing a double cheeseburger at the drive-thru?

Nutrim Can Go Anywhere My Mom Goes

When I initially found out that on Wednesday of her first week my mom had a problem fitting in the second scoop, it made sense to recommend the Nutrim2go chewable tablets.  In the convenient chewable, tablet form Nutrim2Go can be taken anywhere-so my mom will never miss her second serving of oat beta glucan.  So now, during the workday, with her water bottle in tow, she chews 2 tablets every couple of hours eventually taking 8 tablets (One Serving of Nutrim = 1 Scoop of Powder OR 8 Nutrim2Go Tablets) becoming a sensible and doable plan for my mom.

A Daughter’s Journey to Help Save her Mother’s Life

August 10, 2012 – July 2008 was unlike any summer month I had ever experienced. After agonizing for almost four long weeks, I was being rushed into emergency surgery from the Hospital’s ER with the diagnosis of an aggravated hernia. I didn’t realize it at the time, but recovering in a hospital was the least of my worries.

My mother, sister, and boyfriend had all been to visit me in the ICU, but there was one visitor missing.  Hours passed before I discovered who my next ICU visitor was . . . the Kankakee County Coroner’s office??? My hospital room was the last number dialed on my father’s cell phone, which emergency workers fished from a car wreck boiling down the last memories of my father to a voice heard over a 2 minute phone call.  He was calling to say that he was driving down to see me and visit his grandchildren. That phone call would be the last time I would speak to my father – EVER.

The Daily Journal reported “the driver [being] southbound on I-57 near the Bradley-Bourbonnais interchange at 12:09 p.m. when the vehicle crossed the median strip, crossed the northbound lanes, ran through a fence and hit a crane” (“Two Killed…” 2008).

Later, it was revealed that what took the life of my father was not the accident itself, but what transpired seconds before the accident took place.  Charles J., 57, suffered a heart attack that caused him to lose control of his vehicle (Byrns 2008).   Yes, a HEART ATTACK!  The coroner’s prognosis completely blind-sided our family. And yes, we knew for years that our father was not a true picture of health.  However, there was never any indication of heart disease, other than knowing that his father had died of a heart attack at the golden age of 50. My father’s primary cause of death, as indicated on his death certificate, was Atherosclerosis.  I learned that you could develop this condition due to: elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, high blood pressure, and cigarette smoking.

Last month marked, the 4th “angel-versary”, of my father’s horrific passing from Coronary Heart Disease.  When I landed a job working at FutureCeuticals Direct in 2011, and found out that they were on the brink of expanding the distribution of their heart-health product, Nutrim, which helps lower cholesterol naturally; I knew this had to be a sign from above.  With one parent gone, I only have one left—my mother.  This weekly video series will document a Nutrim–beginner’s journey–starring my mother, Cecile.

To listen to Cecile’s story, watch below.

Video Highlights:
Name:  Cecile
Gender: Female  Age: 58
Marital Status:  Widowed (4 years)
Occupation:  Nurse, (30 years)
Youngest of 5 siblings (1 male, 4 females)
Cholesterol Total: 265; LDL:183; HDL: 61
Gained 22 lbs over past year; weighs 220.

Family History: 
Mother died at age 57 – suffered from chronic hypertension– issues with cholesterol unknown.
Father at age 79 – died of massive heart attack with no prior heart conditions known.
1 Brother; age: 65- 2 yrs ago suffered a 5 bypass coronary; 90% occluded due to high cholesterol.
1 Sister; age: 62 currently suffering from chronic hypertension on-going for the past 20 years and has a history of high cholesterol.

 Cecile’s Personal Goals while taking Nutrim: lower cholesterol naturally, lose weight, gain energy, avoid side effects and be able to live a long life without taking prescription meds.

Citation:
“Two Killed in Interstate 57 Crash.” E-Editions. Daily Journal, 1 Aug. 2008. Web. 25 July 2012. <http://daily-journal.com/archives/dj/display.php?id=424991>.
Byrns, Bill. “Grassy Medians Meant to Contain Accidents Have a Fatal Flaw.” E-Editions. Daily Journal, 6 Sept. 2008. Web. 25 July 2012. <http://daily-journal.com/archives/dj/display.php?id=424991>.

What is the Difference Between Good and Bad Cholesterol?

Good vs. Bad

Every good story has to have a good guy and a bad guy.  We like nice distinct lines so we know how to label things in our minds.  When dealing with the body and health it is not always that easy to cut a line between good and bad.  You can run into problems like “too much of a good thing” or exceptions to the good vs. bad rule.  There’s gray area when it comes to health, and cholesterol often rests within that gray area.

Understanding Cholesterol

Lets first look at this issue by exploring what is cholesterol.  Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is produced by the body for a number of different functions in the body. It is used to make hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and cortisol. We need cholesterol for the production of vitamin D in the body. We also use cholesterol to help bring stability to the cell wall’s that surround each cell in our body.

LDL and HDL

Cholesterol is transported on carriers, the main two we call LDL and HDL.  LDL carries cholesterol from the liver to the various cells of the body.  HDL carries choelsterol from the cell to the liver so it can be processed and excreted.  You may be beginning to see how both LDL and HDL are beneficial, but also why there can be a problem if there is too little HDL and too much LDL.

LDL Builds Up

If cholesterol continues to move toward the cells, carried by LDL, without enough HDL to carry it back, it is thought to be able to build up in the cells of the body.  This becomes important for heart disease because a build-up of cholesterol in the blood vessels that feed the heart can cause problems.  This build-up can cause the vessel to become blocked.  This can lead to decreased flow of blood to the heart, resulting in chest pain, heart attack, even death.

How to Control Choleterol

It is therefore important to keep LDL levels under control by consuming a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber.  Consume good fats that come from nuts, seeds, fish, and olives, which can raise HDL levels.  Also avoid hydrogenated oils, which contain trans fats, because they can lower HDL levels.  Also make sure you get plenty of good exercise, since it can be helpful with your LDL levels.

Balance is the key to good health.  LDL is not bad for us, but because of our  lifestlyes, heavy meat consumption, and consumption of the wrong fats we are far out of balance.  As long as your HDL levels are healthy enough to keep up with your LDL levels, you can continue to lead a healthy life.  Taking control while it’s still early can help to avoid major problems down the road.  The best way to treat heart problems is prevention, so learning about LDL and HDL cholesterol levels before they become too unbalanced is a step in the right direction.

Study- Nutrim increased HDL, decreased LDL, decreased fasting blood glucose, and significantly reduced body weight and BMI.

Nutrim Offers Hope

One pill that does it all.  Isn’t that what most Americans are looking for?  How about a powder that does a lot?  One research study showed that Nutrim powder might be as good as it gets without any crazy side effects.

The Plan

The study was carried out in 38 middle aged, overweight males with high cholesterol and normal blood pressure.  The men were split into two groups which ate two diffent diets for 8 weeks.  The first group followed the American Heart Association (AHA) step II diet with low amounts of saturated fats and cholesterol and exercise.  The second group was given this diet with the addition of Nutrim oat bran.

Nutrim and Cholesterol

The Nutrim group increased their HDL on average 10 points(27.8%), lowered their LDL 47(27.3%), and lowered their total cholesterol about 48 points.  The other group also saw improvements in LDL and total cholesterol, but the decrease was not as great as with Nutrim.  The other group did not see an increase in their HDL like the Nutrim group did.

Nutrim and Glucose

Fasting glucose also dropped 6 points in the Nutrim group where there was a slight increase in fasting glucose in the other group.   Both groups had significant weight loss, but the Nutrim lost more weight (13lbs compared to 8lbs in the other group.)

Tolerance of Nutrim

Even though the Nutrim was in a higher dose than normal it was well tolerated.  This study utilized Nutrim in bread, which had significantly better flavor and texture compared to the wheat bread in the other group as rated by the participants.

What Do My Cholesterol Numbers Mean?

So you came back from the doctors office with a page full of numbers and you are trying to make some sense of them.  I am going to try to give a simple breakdown of the main components of the number on a cholesterol blood test.  Hopefully, by the end of this post you’re a little closer to understanding what all of those numbers mean.

Total Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a substance that has many beneficial functions in the body.  When too much is consumed or produced by the body and not enough is removed you can end up with excessive amounts.  Cholesterol can build up in the arteries and cut off blood supply to the heart and other areas of the body.  Having healthy cholesterol levels has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. 

LDL Cholesterol

LDL (low density lipoprotein) is a combination of fat (lipid) and protein. LDL is a carrier for fat and cholesterol. It takes fat and cholesterol from the liver and transports it through the bloodstream. It eventually drops of the fat and cholesterol off at the cells to be utilized. High levels of LDL cholesterol are a major risk factor for coronary heart disease.  The LDL cholesterol number is the main therapeutic target for intervention.  All of the other numbers on your blood test determine what approach the doctor will take in lowering LDL cholesterol.

HDL Cholesterol

HDL runs opposite LDL and carries fat and cholesterol from the cells, through the bloodstream, and to the liver to be metabolized or excreted. Low levels of HDL in the blood are an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease.  High levels of HDL protect the heart by carrying away cholesterol that could build up in the walls of the arteries. 

Triglycerides

Triglyceride is a term that describes a common way fat is found in the body. Triglycerides are three fat molecules attached to another molecule called glycerol. Generally, when the term triglycerides is used in your doctor’s office it refers to the amount of fat found in the blood. There is an association between high triglyceride levels and coronary heart disease.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/HB00016

http://www.americanheart.org/downloadable/heart/110141046508901%20CholLevls.pdf

Meet the Fats: Polyunsaturated Fat

Not All Fat is Bad!

One of the “good fats” is polyunsaturated fat.  This fat can be used a more health-conscious substitute for saturated fats.  It’s suggested that up to 10% of your caloric intake consists of polyunsaturated fats.  Research shows that a diet including moderation of polyunsaturated fats actually proves to be lower in LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol.

Too Much of a Good Thing is a Bad Thing

Polyunsaturated fats come from liquid fats.  If you’re careful, this fat can be considered “healthy.”  It can actually lower total and LDL cholesterol to help improve heart health.  However, if you include too much, this type of fat can make an unhealthy impact on your good cholesterol.  By reducing your HDL cholesterol beyond a healthy point, polyunsaturated fats can actually defeat the purpose of maintaing low LDL.

In addition to the issue with lowering HDL, polyunsaturated fats are still a form of fat, which means they carry some of the health threats that come with all forms of fat.  This is another reason it should only be the supply for a small portion of your caloric intake.  Any healthy diet calls for fat-control, so remember that there is such thing as “too much of a good thing.”

Out With the Bad, In With the Good

One of the major benefits of polysaturated fat is that it can be used as a substitute for saturated fats.  Rather than using the solids which are heavy in saturated fat, it is suggested that polysaturated fats are used.  This is why is it better to prepare a lean cut of meat marinaded with olive oil than to fry a a full-fat cut without oil.

It’s Natural!

Polyunsaturated fats are usually naturally-occuring.  They can be found in whole grain products, walnuts, olives, avocados, soy beans, as well as most kinds of fish.  Part of the reason health experts recommend fish oil pills to heart patients is because they serve as a reliable source of polyunsaturated fats called Omega-3 fatty acids and other good fats that help fight high cholesterol and heart disease.  These good fats can also be found in sunflower seeds and oil, olive oil and safflower oil.

An Essential to Heart Health

The National Institute of Health did research into the helpful qualities of polyunsaturated fats.  The main subject of the research was Omega-3 fatty acid, a polyunsaturated fat found in fish and certain plant seeds and oils.  The organization concluded that these were not only helpful, but in most cases necessary to a healthful approach to dietary needs.  However, the Institute also found that high doses over the recommended amount showed a decrease in overall health.