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How to Lose Weight with Keto: Macronutrients

Do you want to start losing weight ASAP by using the keto diet? Maybe you’ve been meaning to but haven’t gotten around to learning the basics, like macronutrients. Well, we’re here to guide you with some easy to follow instructions!

In this post we will explain the three main macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. You will also learn to calculate the amounts you need to eat for maximum results that LAST. Learn how to start as soon as tomorrow!

What are Macronutrients?

Macronutrients are the chemical compounds in our foods that provide us with most of our energy. They include protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Alcohol also provides energy, so we suggest omitting it from your diet if your goal is to lose weight. It’s important to know that even pure alcohol like vodka or Everclear still provides calories! Now, let’s talk about how to calculate these important nutrients for our diet. The following examples assume you are already overweight(have excess bodyfat to lose) and do not currently workout (In the future, I will address variations of the keto diet for other goals, such as strength training and even getting “ripped”).

Protein:

For macronutrients, let’s start with protein, since it is pretty simple to calculate. Take your current weight and multiply it by between 0.4 to 0.5 if you are male, and 0.3 to 0.4 if you are female. Go with the lower numbers if you have difficulty eating large amounts of protein, and the higher end if you are a serious carnivore. The higher numbers will also help keep you fuller.

Shredded chicken breast is high in protein.

Example1: Joshua weighs 200 lbs, so 200 x 0.4 = 80, so he should aim to eat 80 grams of protein a day.

Example2: If Joshua liked protein and could handle more, then he would do 200 x 0.5 = 100, so 100 grams of protein a day.

Now take the grams of protein you will need to eat per day, and multiply by four to figure out how many of your calories are coming from protein.

JOSHUA’s EXAMPLE RESULTS: Joshua wants to eat 100 g of protein per day, so 100 x 4 = 400. Joshua will eat 400 kcal of protein per day.

Carbohydrates:

You will want to stay between 20 and 50 grams of net carbs. Fiber and sugar alcohols are examples of carbohydrates listed on the nutritional information that are NOT counted. Net carbs are total carbs minus fiber and sugar alcohols.

To get to these super low numbers, you will have to avoid high carbohydrate foods. We all know the popular ones: bread, pasta, candy or anything with a lot of sugar. Be careful with some of the less well known ones, like most fruits and even some veggies (carrots have a lot of sugar!)

This is the new face of carbs for you – high fiber, low sugar.

Those few carbs you do eat are going to come from fibrous vegetables. Follow us for recipe ideas that already incorporate good carbs!

Again, having a calorie/macro tracking app like MyMacros is a great way of knowing if a food will fit in your diet that day. Just look it up, plug in how much of it you plan to eat, and look at the carbs. If it is too high, then you should probably avoid it!

Now, we have to work our carbohydrates into our calories. Multiply the grams of carbohydrates you will eat per day to figure out how many of your calories are coming from carbohydrates.

JOSHUA’s EXAMPLE RESULTS: Joshua wants to eat 25 g of carbohydrates per day, so 25 x 4 = 100. Joshua will eat 100 kcal of carbohydrate per day.

Fats:

The rest of your calories should come from fats. Don’t be afraid. It is awesome! You will be eating fewer calories, but likely will feel fuller than you are used to. This is great, because it won’t feel like you are dieting for the first day or two!

Fat is where its at!

To figure out how much fat you will be eating, you will need the results of all the other items we discussed above: Maintenance calories, calories from protein, and calories from carbohydrates.

Take your maintenance calories, and subtract 500 kcal. Then subtract the calories from protein. Finally, subtract the calories from carbohydrate. Now, you have the calories from fat. Divide this number by 9, and you have the number of GRAMS of fat you will need to eat per day.

JOSHUA’s EXAMPLE RESULTS:

  • Maintenance calories: 2,000 kcal (We figured this out in our last post, here)
  • Calorie deficit: Subtract 500 kcal = 1,500 kcal
  • Protein: Subtract 400 kcal = 1,100 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: Subtract 100 kcal = 1,000 kcal
  • Fats: 1,000 kcal divided by 9 = ~112 grams of fat

For Joshua to lose 1.3 pounds every week, every day he will need to eat:

  • 112 g of fat
  • 25 g of carbohydrates
  • 100 g of protein

Finally, the secret formula! Now go ahead and calculate these numbers for your own goal. Need help? Email us or DM us on Instagram, for free!

Alcohol:

We talk about this here to show that alcohol (even liquor) contains calories. So if you choose to drink during your diet, you will need to count those calories. Beers and certain wines also have additional carbohydrates. Pure alcohol contains 7 calories per gram, so even a one ounce shot of vodka will carry at least 64 calories.

How do I calculate all these numbers?

Need help figuring out calories in foods? I like to use SELF Nutrition Data. It has gotten pretty clunky as far as ads go, but the information there is still so much more useful and accurate than other calorie sites out there.

Once you have the calories and macros, you can track them in an app like MyMacros. But you can use another app if you already have one, or heck, even paper and pencil.

Meal Frequency: How often should I eat?

Do what works for you, as long as you track the calories and macronutrients each day. Want to have just one huge meal a day? You can. Want to have two? Three? Seven? Go for it. Just make sure to spread your calories out among the number of meals you choose.

I suggest you just do what you’ve been doing, as far as number of meals goes. If you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, then just keep eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but with keto-friendly meals.

Example: You need 2,000 calories per day. You can either eat two meals of 1,000 calories each, or four meals of 500 calories each. If you don’t think you can eat 1,000 calories in a single meal, breaking your calories up into four meals might work better for you.

What now?

In the next few blogs we will cover some of the questions I’m sure you already have:

  • How do I figure out my calorie deficit?
  • What foods should I eat when starting out?
  • How often should I eat?
  • Should I go straight into ketosis, or slowly decrease carbs?
  • Do I have to work out while I diet?
  • What if I don’t want to do keto, but still want to lose weight?
  • How do I find my actual lean body mass (LBM)?
  • How to read nutrition labels
  • Keto Flu
  • Whooshes
  • Net carbs

If you still have questions feel free to email us or DM us on Instagram or Facebook. We would be happy to answer your questions for FREE, and it will help us know what other blogs to create in the future. Help us help you!

Subscribe to our blog to learn the answers to these questions! And make sure to follow us on Instagram for other great ideas. We wish you the best on your journey!

2019-04-05T13:38:54+00:00 April 5th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Lose Weight with Keto: Maintenance Calories

Do you want to start losing weight ASAP by using the keto diet? Maybe you’ve been meaning to but haven’t gotten around to learning the basics. Well, we’re here to guide you with some easy to follow instructions! Perhaps you are like many who are overwhelmed with the information (and even misinformation) about keto.

In this blog series, we will explain the keto diet, as well as how to count and track your calories for maximum results that LAST. Learn how to start as soon as tomorrow!

I did not expect such a drastic difference in 5 months!

A couple of weeks ago I posted my weight loss transformation on Instagram and promised to share more details on how to attain it for yourself. My particular journey was done with the keto diet. I lost 40 lbs in 5 months, normalized my blood pressure to the lowest it’s been since I was a teenager, and even decreased my fasting blood glucose. The best part is I feel a hundred times better! If you have decided you would like to try keto to lose weight, then I have some quick tips on how to start.

What is the keto diet?

Strictly followed, the keto diet is high fat, moderate protein, and very low carbohydrate. It isn’t just about increasing your fat, or reducing your carbohydrates. To be successful, especially long-term, you have to think about all three macronutrients as well as total calories. Let’s break them down one at a time. The following examples assume you are already overweight (have excess bodyfat to lose) and do not currently workout (In the future, I will address variations of the keto diet for other goals, such as strength training and even getting “ripped”).

Calorie Requirements

This one will vary a lot from person to person, because we all weigh different amounts, have varying levels of bodyfat, and exert unique levels of activity. The term MAINTENANCE CALORIES refers to the amount of calories to stay at your current weight. This accounts for the amount of food you currently eat, as well as the amount of physical activity you exert. I bring this term up because the best way to find out how many calories you need to eat to LOSE weight, is to figure out how many calories you are eating to STAY at your current weight. Once you figure out maintenance calories, you just slice 500 calories from that number and you should begin losing 1.3 lbs per week (that’s over 5 pounds in a month)!

A crucial piece of equipment for your transformation, a body weight scale. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Most scales today are pretty accurate and a $20 one will do just fine.

Excited? Well, yea! We just need to figure out your maintenance calories. There are equations we could post for you to work through, but in the end it’s going to come down to trial and error. Here’s what you do:

  1. Weigh yourself in the morning, in underwear, after using the restroom, and before eating or drinking anything for the day.
  2. Begin tracking your daily calories. I use MyMacros+, a great app I can use on my phone to track all my meals by ingredients. But you can use another app if you already have one, or heck, even paper and pencil. What matters is that your track how many calories you eat each day. Need help figuring out calories in foods? I like to use SELF Nutrition Data. It has gotten pretty clunky as far as ads go, but the information there is still so much more useful and accurate than other calorie sites out there.
  3. Keep eating the same amount of calories for a week. Eat the same amounts and types of foods you normally eat. What matters is that you track it all (calories and macronutrients. There are three macronutrients: Fat, Carbohydrates, and Protein.)
  4. A week later, weigh yourself in the morning AGAIN, in underwear, after using the restroom, and before eating or drinking anything for the day.
  5. If you stayed the same weight, consider this your maintenance calories. Congratulations!
  6. If you dropped weight, track for another week. If you lose weight again, you are already eating below maintenance, so just use this number for your weight loss goal. We can use the number you are losing per week to find out how to lose more. We will cover this in another blog.
  7. If you gained weight, drop your daily calories by 500 and track for another week. Then refer to steps 5, 6, and 7 again until you either find your maintenance calories or begin losing weight.

Example1: Joshua weighs himself on Sunday and he is 200 lbs. He counts his calories every day and figures out he eats between 1,900 calories and 2,100 calories most days, for an average of 2,000 calories. Next Sunday, he weighs himself again and he is still 200 lbs. His maintenance calories are 2,000 kcal per day. Good job figuring that out, Joshua!

Example2: Joshua weighs himself on Sunday and he is 200 lbs. He counts his calories every day and figures out he eats between 1,600 calories and 1,800 calories most days, for an average of 1,700 calories. Next Sunday, he weighs himself again and he is now 199.25 lbs. He tracks for another week, hitting about 1,700 kcal per day again. The next Sunday, he is 198.5 lbs. Great! Joshua is consistently losing weight at 1,700 kcal per day, so he should keep eating that much to keep losing weight.

Example3: Joshua weighs himself on Sunday and he is 200 lbs. He counts his calories every day and figures out he eats between 2,200 calories and 2,400 calories most days, for an average of 2,300 calories. Next Sunday, he weighs himself again and he is now 200.75 lbs. He tracks for another week, hitting about 2,300 kcal per day again. The next Sunday, he is 201.5 lbs. Joshua should start eating 500 kcal less per day. In this example, he eats 1,800 kcal per day for the following week. Next Sunday he weighs 201lbs. Next Sunday he is at 200.5 lbs. At this point Joshua is losing weight, but at a slow rate. Follow us for future blog posts on how he can adjust this to lose weight faster if he wanted to!

I know this part sounds like it might take a long time, but it is crucial to your long-term success. Besides, most people will figure it out by their first week. I’m sure you know plenty of people (and you may be one of them) that lost a few pounds but gained them right back. Using this method, you are figuring out a piece of information that will benefit you for years to come. Getting this number right can also be the difference between feeling just a little hungry when and feeling like you are starving once you do start losing weight. Take the time to do it right, and you will thank yourself in the end.

If you are still reading, you are past the hardest part!

So now you have either found your maintenance calories, or are already losing weight. Save this number, since we will need it to calculate your macronutrients.

JOSHUA’s EXAMPLE RESULTS: Joshua’s maintenance calories are 2,000 kcal per day.

Wait, I thought this was supposed to be easier?

Congratulations on sticking with this. If you are still wondering why you should go through the trouble of calculating all these numbers instead of just reaching for the nearest keto recipe and eating that until you are full… Well, to be honest, that approach works for a lot of people. And that is great! But, some benefits to doing it the calculated way include:

  • Being in control of how fast you lose the weight
  • Avoiding getting “stuck” and unable to lose more weight (or if you do get stuck, knowing how to get “unstuck”)
  • Being able to safely get off keto or modifying your diet to enjoy foods you miss after you reach your goal, and NOT GAIN THE WEIGHT BACK

Again, this method is not for everyone, but we highly encourage it because it provides so many benefits. If you want to just wing it and eat keto foods, but not track, you will still benefit from following us for recipe ideas!

Simple but delicious! A sample meal during the keto diet.

What else?

Write down your maintenance calories once you figure them out. Go ahead and type it into your “Notes” app to have handy. You will need this info to calculate your macronutrients next week!

Remember, this is the first blog in this series, so if you still have questions feel free to email us or DM us on Instagram or Facebook. We would be happy to answer your questions for FREE, and it will help us know what other blogs to create in the future. Help us help you!

In the next few blogs we will cover some of the questions I’m sure you already have:

  • What are “macros”?
  • How do I figure out my calorie deficit?
  • What foods should I eat when starting out?
  • How often should I eat?
  • Should I go straight into ketosis, or slowly decrease carbs?
  • Do I have to work out while I diet?
  • What if I don’t want to do keto, but still want to lose weight?
  • How do I find my actual lean body mass (LBM)?
  • How to read nutrition labels
  • Keto Flu
  • Whooshes
  • Net carbs

Subscribe to our blog to learn the answers to these questions! And make sure to follow us on Instagram for other great ideas. We wish you the best on your journey!

2019-03-22T20:39:58+00:00 March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

All natural energy supplement, Matcha Tea

What do you think of when you hear the phrase ”all natural energy supplement”? Individuals who normally drink green tea are also the same people who generally throw away high amounts of the following valuable things:

*Minerals

*Antioxidants

*Natural energy

How does matcha tea help with all natural energy?

Most people think that something like this really isn’t possible. However, when you brew a cup of green tea, the water will only extract a small fraction of these specific nutrients.  This leaves most of them remaining trapped within the actual tea leaves. Now, this does not mean that you need to start eating the actual tea leaves themselves. Rather, consider instead making matcha tea a part of your normal diet. This is something that will allow you to receive a very powerful mix of amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. If you did not take the route of adding matcha to your diet, you would instead need to drink approximately ten brewed cups of green tea in order to get the right amount of nutrients that you would need.

all natural energy

Matcha tea also contains many different benefits as well, which include the following:

*This substance helps the human body purge and completely cleanse itself of any unnatural elements thanks to chlorophyll, which acts as a powerful detox agent that can eliminate both chemicals and heavy metals from the body.

*Matcha tea helps to provide a significant boost of energy that can last for an entire day. It was previously thought that this was caused by caffeine contained in tea, though this was later disproven. 

*Every sip allows the drinker to ingest a major dose of antioxidants, which can help to prevent many different diseases, as well as delay any major effects involving aging. The latest research has also found that matcha tea contains higher amounts of antioxidants than the most traditional “super foods” do, which makes this substance even better.

So if you are looking for a great way to help cleanse your body and stay healthy, matcha tea may be just what you’re looking for! And guess what?j In case you didn’t already notice, it’s one of the ingredients in Lumaxon.

2017-03-03T23:09:30+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Categories: All-Natural, Energy, Focus|Tags: |0 Comments

Alzheimer’s: A Teacher’s Farewell into Forgetfulness

Talking about the devastating effects of a disease is not typically something anyone enjoys doing, especially when that disease affects someone you care about.

Eight years ago, in my first year of pharmacy school I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful woman. No, it wasn’t my future wife. As part of one of our classes, we visited patients at a long term care facility (LTCF) for an entire semester. For legal reasons, I can’t tell you her real name, but let’s just call her Bonnie for the purposes of this story. Bonnie was a gentle, charismatic lady with a passion for art and teaching. She was in a LTCF because she was beginning to forget things. Important things. When her family deemed she could no longer safely live on her own, they admitted her. It was a nice place that met all basic needs and then some, but it is nowhere anyone would CHOOSE to live.

Bonnie was an amazing artist. She would show me shelves of art books and loads of pencils and paints. She showed off her works from her early 20’s. Amazing watercolor paintings that looked like photographs caught my attention. I was blown away. She was also an art teacher. One day, during one of our visits, she offered to teach me how to draw. A simple task that artists use to improve their drawing skills is to try and draw an outline of an object without looking away from it. So, if there was a parrot on a perch, I would keep my eyes on the parrot, and without ever looking at my paper, draw the outline of the parrot. As a moderately proficient artist now, I can tell you that although this is no easy feat at first, a seasoned artist can make quick work of such a simple exercise. And even though Bonnie was a better artist in her 20’s than I am even now, when she tried to demonstrate this exercise all she could muster was an exaggeratedly misshapen outline. It wasn’t just a bad day. She simply couldn’t unlock those skills anymore. Or worse yet, they were lost forever. It’s not clear exactly how memory loss in Alzheimer’s occurs, but it is known that a decline in acetylcholine, acetylcholine-producing neurons, as well as acetylcholine-RECEIVING neurons are impacted. Acetylcholine is the chemical that sends signals from brain cell to brain cell when we form and retrieve memories. Without it, we couldn’t remember people’s names or where we put our keys. For Bonnie, it would take her several minutes to remember my name the first half of the semester. By the end of the semester, she would vaguely remember me and still politely smile, but I knew she couldn’t remember my name for more than a few minutes at a time. And I was alright with that. I enjoyed simply being in the moment with Bonnie, because that is all she could do. I often look back at this time in my life when I lose myself in future worries or past failures. She reminds me to stop looking forward or backward, and to just appreciate the present.

Bonnie taught me more than that though. Learning more about how memory works during school led me to realize the importance of healthy acetylcholine levels in the brain. When we are young, we don’t notice many problems, but many of you in just your LATE TWENTIES already know the struggles of a memory that seems to worsen year after year. The brain can’t make enough acetylcholine if it doesn’t have the building blocks to make it. In this case, the major building block is choline. Finding a good supplement for this isn’t hard, but be aware that products containing citicoline are especially good at crossing into the brain, so you know that what you are taking is actually making it to where it needs to go. Cognizin™ is a great brand of citicoline, and is one of the ingredients in my flagship memory and attention supplement, Lumaxon™. I’m not saying I created Lumaxon™ because of Bonnie, although I would not have hesitated to have her take it if I had it back then. I created it because even now, in my late twenties, I feel the effects of chronically working hard. I work constantly and need something for my mental energy, focus, and memory. The ingredients in Lumaxon™ are all the perfect amounts to combat fatigue and occasional memory loss. If you want to learn more, visit www.farmacisthealing.com.

Going to visit Bonnie was more and more rewarding each time, but it also grew more difficult. Towards the end, she declined faster and starting becoming more anxious. Again, I wish I could have given her Lumaxon™ back then, as L-theanine and taurine are also core ingredients, both of which help ease anxiety. However, I had nothing to offer her except my company and reassurance that it didn’t matter if she knew the names of her children, because she at least still remembered that she loved them.

At the end of the semester, I told myself that I would continue seeing Bonnie throughout the next four years of my pharmacy school career, even though it wasn’t required. I never made it to a single extra visit. Granted, I was always swamped with school work and studying, but I’m not 100% sure I would have gone even if I had the chance. The pain of seeing someone decline like that, all the way to the end… It’s not that I didn’t care, I just didn’t have the fortitude at the time. After all, she was not just a patient to me. At that point, she was a person. She was a friend. She was my art teacher.

2017-03-03T23:09:30+00:00 November 12th, 2015|Categories: All-Natural, Articles, Cognitive Performance, Memory|0 Comments

Natural Energy at Its Finest…& A Tasty Recipe Video!

Every day green tea drinkers throw away high amounts of valuable minerals, antioxidants, and natural energy. How is this possible? When you brew a cup of green tea, the water only extracts a fraction of these nutrients and the majority remains trapped in the tea leaves. This doesn’t mean that you should start eating tea leaves for a nutritional boost, simply add matcha tea to your diet to receive a powerful mix of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. In fact, to get the nutrients that can be found in one serving of matcha, you would have to drink, at the very least, ten cups of brewed green tea.

natural energy

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Some of the benefits of matcha tea include:

*It helps the body safely purge and then cleanse itself of harmful elements because it contains an abundance of chlorophyll, a powerful detoxifier that helps eliminate heavy metals and chemicals from the body.

*It provides a boost of energy that lasts throughout the day. Previously, researchers thought that this was caused by the caffeine that this tea contains but, it was found that this energy boost was a result of the natural properties that are found in matcha. What does this mean for the average consumer? Matcha can help you easily handle the daily stresses of everyday life, whether that be taking care of the kids or preparing a project that’s due the next day.

*Every sip that you take delivers a mega dose of antioxidants, the naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent chronic diseases and delay the effects of aging. In fact, the latest antioxidant research has found that matcha contains exponentially more of these helpful chemical compounds than other super foods.

Matcha tea is packed with antioxidants, which makes your body better equipped to fight off disease and infections. Simply put, if you are passionate about achieving and maintaining optimal health, you can not go wrong with matcha.

We appreciate you stopping by to read about how helpful just one of many ingredients in Lumaxon is for your focus, energy, and memory enhancement. But why not try it for yourself today? We are currently running a summer special so take advantage now!

2017-03-03T23:09:30+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Have you ever heard of matcha tea?

Well it’s definitely time that you have. It is well known as one of many ingredients in a natural energy supplement. This tea was used by Japanese monks over a thousand years ago to help them meditate. Matcha would help the monks remain calm, but alert, during long hours of sitting. Fast forward to the modern age and science has recently confirmed what the monks already knew; matcha promotes a state of well-being and relaxation.

The relaxation benefits that matcha provides are a result of this tea containing an abundance of L-theanine, a powerful amino acid. L-theanine can be found in all teas but matcha contains up to five times more of this amino acid than green and black teas.

In addition, L-theanine may help with learning and memory while simultaneously inhibiting the side effects of caffeine. In other words, matcha tea promotes clarity of the mind and helps tea drinkers concentrate without causing a state of nervous energy that usually happens after drinking coffee. Additional benefits of matcha tea include, but are not limited to:*Contains the powerful antioxidant EGCG which has powerful cancer-fighting properties* Boosts the metabolism and helps to burn calories* Rich in vitamins, fiber, and chlorophyll* Enhances the mood* Contains selenium, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, and chromium*Lowers blood sugar and cholesterol.

natural energy supplement

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As you can see, drinking matcha tea is a simple and easy way to add nutrients to the everyday diet. It is also virtually calorie free and, therefore, an excellent addition to an effective weight loss program. In fact, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking this super powered tea may increase thermogenesis (a process that helps the body burn calories naturally) from the normal 8-10% daily energy expenditure to at least a 35% daily expenditure. Using this tea for weight loss purposes offers a safe alternative to the questionable pharmaceuticals that are known to cause harmful side effects.

Lumaxon is happy to have matcha tea as one of its many key ingredients. Try it for yourself today. We are currently having a summer sale so there is no better time!

2017-03-03T23:09:30+00:00 July 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Why Do We Love B Vitamins?

We have all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Good health and nutrition go hand in hand and can help prevent and treat a variety of different conditions. In other words, it is essential that our bodies receive adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals to ensure that they remain in peak working condition. That also brings up the question “what vitamins give you energy?”.

B vitamins are among the list of vitamins that give you energy and are important to incorporate into our diet everyday. In fact, your body needs a regular supply of B1, B6, and B12 vitamins and getting the recommended amounts of the important group is an integral part of preventative care. The benefits of this family of vitamins are plentiful and include metabolism support as well as the production of essential substances like red blood cells and neurotransmitters.

what vitamins give you energy

Vitamin B-1

Also known as thiamin, Vitamin B-1 helps your body convert food into energy. Your nerves need it to function at their best and the brain utilizes this vitamin to metabolize glucose. Our bodies are unable to make this vitamin but it can be found in whole grain cereals, pork chops, roasted ham, brown rice, peas, lentils, and black, navy, lima, pinto, and kidney beans.

Vitamin B-6

This B vitamin, also known as pyridoxine, activates the enzymes that are responsible for producing energy, red blood cells, white blood cells, and neurotransmitters. In fact, an adequate amount of this vitamin in your system can help to keep your heart healthy because it removes the amino acid homo-cysteine from your blood. On the other hand, a lack of this versatile vitamin can lead to nerve damage and without it, your brain would not be able to synthesize dopamine, serotonin, or norepinephrine. This vitamin can be found in salmon, tuna, poultry, potatoes, beef, spinach, fortified breakfast cereals, and bananas.

Vitamin B-12

The body needs this vitamin, also known as cyanocobalamin, as an essential component because it plays a key role in the peripheral and central nervous systems. It helps aid in the production of DNA, neurotransmitters, and hemoglobin. Similarly to B-6, it also helps to lower the levels of homo-cysteine in the body, albeit in a different way. B-12 converts this amino acid into SAMe, or S-adenosylmethionine; a compound that is integral to the synthesis of vitamins and hemoglobin. In addition, SAMe is used to treat depression, osteoarthritis, and may help alleviate the pain associated with fibromyalgia. This vitamin can be found in animal based foods like yogurt, cheese, milk, beef, chicken, and fish. It can also be found in enriched breakfast cereals.

If you are having trouble staying energized and focused, you may need more B vitamins in your diet. Lumaxon, a proprietary blend of similar ingredients, contains the B-vitamins needed to help you maintain a good mood, increased focus, and all day energy so that you can handle the daily stresses of your life without missing a beat.

2017-03-03T23:09:31+00:00 May 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Some History on Gingko Biloba, The Maidenhair Tree

If you are new to the concept of a ”natural energy supplement”, one that we can proudly speak of is gingko biloba. Also known as the maidenhair tree, gingko biloba is one of the oldest species of trees on the entire planet. It’s so old that, it is considered to be a living fossil; it has managed to survive even the most devastating extinction events. These trees can live to be over a thousand years and are capable of growing well over 100 feet. In fact, there are gingko biloba trees in China that are reputed to be almost 3,000 years old.

Gingko trees are quite unique and are said to contain therapeutic properties as well as huge amounts of terpenoids and flavonoids. These antioxidants provide protection against oxidative cell damage that is caused by harmful free radicals. Because of these helpful properties, gingko supplements have become very popular, especially in the East, and are among the best selling herbal medications on the market. The extract of this tree (GBE) is created from its dried leaves and is available in capsules, tablets, and liquid extracts. In addition, the leaves are also used to make a tea.

Gingko Biloba was utilized from the beginning of human history in China and the trees were cultivated both for traditional medicinal uses (like its ability to relieve asthma symptoms and for its cognitive benefits) as well as for consumption. Based on information from the Institute for Natural Products Research, gingko biloba has a number of other benefits that include:

1. Increases sexual energy
2. Prevents bed wetting
3. Soothes bladder irritation
4. Alleviates the symptoms of gonorrhea
5. Treatment of intestinal worms

In addition, there is evidence that indicates that individuals suffering from dementia may also benefit from utilizing this supplement. Some of these benefits include:

1. Improves the memory
2. Promotes clear thinking
3. Promotes better social behavior

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Researchers believe that gingko is able to provide these benefits because it protects the brain from neuronal damage as well as promotes good blood circulation to this essential organ.

There is also proof that gingko can help reduce the symptoms of anxiety. In fact, in a study published by the Journal of Psychiatric Research, it was found that people with generalized anxiety disorder experienced more anxiety relief when taking gingko versus those who took the placebo.

Do you suffer from anxiety or memory loss? Do you think that you may be in need of a gingko biloba supplement? Luxamon is a natural energy supplement that contains a proprietary blend of helpful substances, like gingko biloba, citicoline, B vitamins, and more, in order to promote wellness and health within the human body. This mix of essential vitamins and minerals will help you maintain a good mood, increase your focus, and will provide you with all day energy so that you can handle the daily stresses of your life and live your life the way that it was meant to be lived.

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Have you ever wondered what is in a focus supplement? Have you ever heard of citicoline? It is the generic name for synthetic CDP-choline (cytidine diphosphate choline), which happens to be an organic molecule that is produced within the body and that is found in all living cells. It allows for the synthesis of phospholipids that are integral components of our cell membranes; these include phoshphatidylserine, phoshpatidlycholine, and phoshpatidyl-ethanolamine. Because our cell membranes are continuously being destroyed by the body, these phospholipids have to synthesize continuously to make sure that our cells function like they are supposed to.

Often called a ‘brain nutrient,’ citicoline is known to increase the levels of several essential neurotransmitters in the body. These include noradrenaline, acetylcholine, and dopamine. This molecule helps to maintain the integrity of our cell membranes and also helps to increase our production of energy in the frontal cortex.

What is Citicoline?

In other words, citicoline helps to enhance concentration and provides a continuous supply of choline to the neurons in the human body. This molecule also helps to improve both memory recall and storage as it is synthesized into acetylcholine; which happens to be one of the major transmitters that is involved with memory.

Because many foods contain low to no amounts of CDP-choline, our diets are not typically a good source of this molecule. In fact, the best sources are brains and liver; two foods that are not in the typical American diet. To make up for this shortage, CDP-choline can be created from dietary choline that is found in eggs, beef, and other similar foods.

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Benefits of Citicoline

1. Citicoline plays a variety of essential roles in the brain
2. Helps to maintain cell integrity
3. Increases the synthesis of neurotransmitters which enhances cell signaling
4. Increase brain metabolism and blood flow
5. Helps to reduce oxidative stress and promote a normal inflammatory response

Studies show that citicoline plays a big part in the support of normal brain function and structure; which may hold benefits for the cognitive function in aging. In fact, studies have shown that when supplemental citicoline was given to certain groups of elderly people, the subjects showed an improvement in attention, memory, reaction time, and more.

Do you suffer from memory loss or reduced brain function? Do you need a citicoline supplement? Luxamon is a focus and energy supplement that contains a proprietary blend of helpful substances, like citicoline, B vitamins, and more, in order to promote wellness and health within the human body. This mix of essential vitamins and minerals will help you maintain a good mood, increase your focus, and will provide you with all day energy so that you can handle the daily stresses of your life without missing a beat.

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