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Whether you’re seeking the ideal weight management complement or a delicious nutritional alternative, we’ve got the perfect four-day giveaway for you!

From now until Friday, February 20, you can enter the TLS® Instagram Your Shake giveaway for an opportunity to receive a free box of TLS® Whey Protein Shakes (in Vanilla flavor)! One lucky contestant will even have their recipe highlighted in the next edition of the “Shaking and Baking with TLS®” recipe guide!

To qualify, follow these four simple steps:

1)            Follow @TLSWeightLoss on Instagram

2)            Upload a photo of your TLS Shake

3)            Write your TLS Shake recipe in the caption

4)            Use hashtag #MyTLSShake

One winner will be announced each day at 4:00 PM EDT on the TLS® Instagram account through Friday, February 20, 2014! Winners are selected based on number of post likes, creativity of photo as well as the uniqueness of recipe. Each contestant can only enter once. Contest is open worldwide to adults 18 and older.

If you have any questions regarding the “Instagram Your Shake” giveaway, feel free to leave your message in the comments below!

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on 2/17/15


Heart disease is the top health risk for both men and women and the ailments associated such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even heart attacks are becoming more prevalent every day.  Most people assume that heart disease is something that they do not need to pay special attention to until they are much older, but the American Heart Association now recommends that heart disease prevention starts by the age of 20.  If you have high cholesterol or if you’re a high risk candidate for heart disease and heart attack, you’ve likely had conversations with your healthcare provider regarding the lifestyle changes necessary to improve your health and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Smoking, drinking, eating an unhealthy diet and living a sedentary lifestyle are all the common factors that help contribute to heart disease.  By reducing emotional stress, moderating alcohol use and quitting smoking you can immediately begin reducing your likelihood of developing heart disease. Obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease,so increasing physical activity and eating right are also essential to its prevention. Increasing physical activity is also something that you can begin immediately that will help you to improve your health.  It is not necessary to jump into a full blown exercise routine, even increasing activity by an hour a week can reduce the chances for developing heart disease. Changing eating habits can be hard, but once you know which foods to eat you’ll be on your way towards a heart-healthy diet.controlling portion sizes, choosing low fat protein sources and increasing fruit, vegetable and whole grain intake are important step to reduce build up of plaque and other heart disease related issues.

For some people making the suggested lifestyle changes above are enough to lower cholesterol and improve overall cardiovascular health.  Unfortunately, for many of us we need added support in our battle against heart disease. In addition to a change in habits and lifestyle, supplements can also be very beneficial and is a vital component to heart health.  It has been shown that levels of key protective nutrients decline as we get older.  Because of this, one of the best things we can do for our cardiovascular system is to introduce supplementation into our daily routine.  There are a few key ingredients that play a vital role in preventing heart disease related conditions.
 
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids – found in fish oil – provide significant reductions in triglyceride levels and increase good HDL cholesterol. Omega 3 fatty acids are considered “essential,” meaning they are not made in the body and must be acquired through the foods we eat.  Two crucial omegas 3’s – EPA and DHA – are known to slow the growth rate of plaque, maintain normal blood flow and lower blood pressure thus promoting overall cardiovascular health with 1 – 4 grams of daily use.

Niacin
Also known as vitamin B-3 or nicotinic acid, niacin has been shown to significantly improve HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol).  Well accepted as treatment for high cholesterol, niacin is one of the most powerful ingredients for heart health and has the ability to increase HDL by 15-30% whilereducing triglycerides by as much as 50% when taking just 500 mg daily.

Red Yeast Rice
Red yeast rice supplements come from the rice that is fermented with Monascus purpureus yeast. This extracts has been shown to lower bad LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels which helps to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of heart attack. In fact, red yeast rice contains a substance – monacolin K – that is similar to the active ingredient in cholesterol lowering drugs such as lovastatin.

Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is produced by the body and is necessary for basic cell functioning.  The role of CoQ10 in the heart is similar to the role of a spark plug in a car engine. Just as a car can’t function without that initial spark, the heart can’t function without CoQ10. People found to have any sort of heart disease are known to have low levels of CoQ10. With as little as 50 mg daily, Coenzyme Q10 is known to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure and improves oxygen supply to the heart thus making sure your heart stays healthy. 

The good news is that we can start our improving our heart health today.  Make eating healthy and being active part of your daily routine.  A daily routine of supplementation is also going to reduce risk factors or help with the treatment of heart disease related conditions once they are identified.  But, one thing to keep in mind when starting a supplement routine is: check with your doctor before using supplements, as some may interact with other prescription medications you currently take. The best thing about improving or maintaining cardiovascular health is that small changescan be made daily instead of several big changes at once.  Small changes can add up to big results, take a walk instead of having a cigarette, try a green salad instead of fries, drink water instead of soda or simply skip salt. Small and basic steps can have dramatic effects.  

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on 2/16/15


Valentines Day is right around the corner. Whether you’ve planned a hot date with your man or a night out on the town with your girls, chances are your night includes dinner.

Most restaurants have huge menus, so deciding on a healthy dish is often overwhelming. Use the below guide as a reference for ordering TLS-friendly.

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on 2/11/15



By: Dr. Deedra Mason

We have under estimated the importance of such a small step! 

This is why Probiotics are part on my "Basic 5" for wellness. 

What you should know: Healthy gut bugs improve physical AND mental wellbeing,

Did you know you have three pounds of bacteria in your gut? Or over 300 different species? They all have a job, and that is to keep you healthy. 

You need to "weed & feed" your gut. It's all about terrain: The "issue is the tissue".

Probiotic bacteria have many more functions than digestion. They trigger immune system reactions throughout the body, including activating T-cells.

Why would you take a probiotic?

If you have had exposure to antibiotics, you may want to consider a probiotic supplement. 

If you suffer from chronic colds or your immune system needs a boost. Even if the thing that gets you down is allergies.

If you are a breastfeeding mom, numerous studies support the benefits of supplementing baby’s milk or formula with probiotics to enhance their response to allergens, and reduce risk of eczema and even asthma.

Probiotics may treat or prevent ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and other gut inflammations that occur from a lack of sufficient probiotics.

Many food allergy patients, including celiac patients, benefit from adding probiotics.

Patients that eat poorly or have a diet of mostly low fiber, processed foods may have an "overgrowth" of pathogenic bacteria to overwhelm the good guys and diminish colon function.

Remember: your gut is a battlefield! Defend yourself today!

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on 2/11/15


Our bodies are battlegrounds against infection and diseases. Normal body functions such as breathing or physical activity and other lifestyle habits such as smoking produce harmful molecules called free radicals that attack healthy cells.  Oxidative stress occurs when the production of free radicals is beyond the protective capability of the antioxidant defenses. Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals, oxidizing them so they cannot do damage to the body. This is done by preventing the scavenging of free radicals so they do not cause oxidation of the cells in the body.

While many people are very aware of antioxidants and the story of how they help to fight free radicals and oxidative stress, many of these same people do not understand the story behind the differentiation of antioxidants.  The major misconception behind antioxidants is that they are all the same and that each variation is “just another antioxidant”.  Luckily for all of us, nothing could be further from the truth and all antioxidants are not created equal. 

The major error that people make when evaluating antioxidants is combining them into one big category.  The correct way to evaluate antioxidants and which are right for you is to look at them the same way you view vitamins.  We all know that vitamin A, various b vitamins and vitamin C all do very different things.  This is the same concept and level of understanding that needs to be utilized when evaluating which antioxidant is necessary for you.  The key to determining which antioxidant is right for you is to remember there is no antioxidant that does everything and focus on your specific area of need. 

There are many antioxidants available but here is a breakdown of some examples to further illustrate the point.

Pycnogenol®- Derived from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, Pycnogenol is the most clinically researched and potent bioflavonoid.  This natural combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids has been shown to enhance the effects of other antioxidants, stimulate the production of antioxidant enzymes inside cells, boost the immune system, and support cardiovascular health.

Astaxanthin- A carotenoid that is found primarily in salmon, crab, krill and lobsters.  Astaxanthin is often referred to as the anti-aging antioxidant because of its
many unique properties.  It has been shown to increase strength and stamina while reducing recovery time, reduce eye strain and fatigue, support overall cardiovascular health, and improve skin quality.

Vitamin C– A vitamin and antioxidant that is found naturally in fresh fruits and vegetables.  Vitamin C is one of the world’s most recognizable nutrients as a result of its widespread use.  It is known to reduce inflammation, improve mood, provide resistance to infections and protect the skin from UV damage.

Lutein– A carotenoid that is found primarily in fresh fruit and vegetables.  Lutein has the capability to improve the hydration and elasticity of skin, plays and important role in eye health as we get older, and has been shown treat and prevent macular degeneration.

Coenzyme Q10- Belongs to a family of substances called ubiquinones and is found in every cell in the body.  CoQ10 is essential to activating enzymes and is involved in mitochondrial energy production (ATP).  It has been found to maintain brain health, support the immune system and promote cardiovascular health.
The role of antioxidants is to neutralize free radicals from doing damage to your body. However, it is important to remember that one size does not fit all and no single antioxidant will do everything.  Because of this, each antioxidant has a defined role and “specializes” in a specific area of health.  Everything from cardiovascular and eye health all the way to immunity and the effects of aging can be addressed with the incorporation of the right antioxidants into your daily routine.
 

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on 2/2/15