Pillar 4  

Supplementation / Movement / Hydration

Proper nutrition, regular movement, and staying hydrated are all key components contributing to one's cellular, physical, and mental energy.

Supplementation

Micro-nutrients are essential dietary elements required in varying quantities to regulate physiological functions of cells and organs. Vitamins, minerals, and trace elements are of essential importance. A lack of micro-nutrients is often a contributing factor for susceptibility to infection, disease, and aging faster.

Food consumed today actually contains fewer and fewer nutrients, and more non-nutrients (compounds that are not good for you). Even if you eat organic and clean, wise supplementation of nutrients can be quite beneficial because the soil foods are grown in lack in mineral and nutrient value compared to 60-80 years ago. If one eats conventionally grown, processed, fast or restaurant food, you are most DEFINITELY nutrient DEFICIENT. In addition, with all the stress people are under these days, nutrients get depleted from the body. The only way to combat these issues is with 'wise' supplementation.

How does one know what supplements to take? The supplement industry is massive, with a high percentage of poor quality products. It's been proven that many supplements don't even contain all the ingredients they list on the packaging, WHICH IS WHY ONE HAS TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THE COMPANY AND THE PRODUCTS THEY PRODUCE before purchasing. The integrity of the company or owners, the raw materials sourced, whether they are free of pesticides, and how the products are produced, makes all the difference in the world. For example, does the company use cold-extracted methods versus heat?

Bottom line, it pays to know something about what you are purchasing, otherwise you could be throwing money down the drain, or worse, doing harm to your health.

Over the last 38 years, since walking away from the standard America diet and my sugar addiction, I have researched and used many different companies and their products. The company I endorse, represent, and use personally, is LifePlus. The company and their products meet my high criteria: from the raw materials used, being free of pesticides and heavy metals, to using cold-pressed methods

versus heat. They include PhytoZyme® in their formulas, which increases bio-availability.

When trying to decide what supplements to take,
I suggest starting with what I will call, the Basic Core:

1. Daily Biobasics - a very comprehensive multiple vitamin-mineral product, with phytonutrient concentrates from 35 fruits and vegetables, 17 herbs, numerous antioxidants, plus prebiotics and probiotics, as well as, 27% of the recommended USDA Daily Value (DV) of fiber.

It provides an entire range of other important antioxidants, such as alpha lipoic acid, lutein, lycopene, and glutathione. In addition, it contains five members of the cruciferous family; broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cauliflower. And the list goes on. Daily BioBasics is an all-in-one convenient, nutrient-rich, highly bioavailable product. To view all the nutrients, click on the Product Fact Sheet link below!

NOTE ABOUT FIBER - people should be consuming minimum 30-35 grams of fiber per day. The average is only 8-12, setting people up for diverticulitis and colon cancer. In Africa, they consume an average of 70-80 grams, and rarely have colon problems.

2. Proanthenols - we introduced this product in Pillar 2. LifePlus Proanthenols® 100 is "Real OPCsTM", (also known as oligomeric proanthocyanidins, a group of bioflavonoids and polyphenols), extracted from grape seeds and pine bark. It provides superior antioxidant protection that is 50 times more powerful than vitamin E and 20 times more powerful than vitamin C. Proanthenols helps all other antioxidants (including vitamins C and E) work better! Real OPCs protect your cells against free radical attack and support the collagen structure of all the organs in your body. It also supports blood flood and oxygen delivery.

**Instead of purchasing separately, there are a couple bundle options allowing one to save – then add additional desired products . Plus, one can set up an autoship (ASAP) for additional savings:

3. Omega 3 - Omega 3 fatty acids are needed for healthy cell membranes. These are good fats that the body doesn't make, and are essential because of it. They come from food and supplementation. The standard American diet is very high in omega 6, and low in omega 3. The ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 should be 1 to 1 and not more than 3 to 1. Unfortunately, most people are too high in omega 6, sometimes as much as 20 to 1. This creates inflammation in the body.

In addition, omega-3 DHA is a major structural component of the retina of the eye, as well as for optimal brain function. As stated, omega 3's are essential!

4. MSM - I would guess most people never consider taking MSM because they don't know what it is, but its definitely on my list. MSM Plus represents a highly bioavailable source of sulfur, a mineral element critical to the normal function and structure of the body. MSM make cells more permeable, and is needed for the manufacture of many protein rich in sulfur- containing amino acids, including collagen (the primary protein of connective tissue, skin, hair, bones, and teeth), and insulin. Sulfur is also a component of bile acids, and therefore contributes to fat digestion and absorption.

I believe that no matter what your age and your current health condition, you can reverse or at least improve and move forward. I shared this video on the Why LifePlus page, but let me share it again as an 'encouragement' to you. I asked Sally and Holly to record a quick video and tell their stories - what they struggled with, what they did, and where their health is today. No more hand pain. Thirty year old constipation problem gone. Knee surgery avoided. Body pain gone. Eye sight improved, and more. Enjoy their stories, and learn which products contributed to their successes.

I want to invite you to join me in my telegram room, David Cooley Elevated Nutrition. In the room you can read and see for yourself, the many life-changing testimonials posted weekly. Come and see the excitement of lives being changed!

Movement

This is no-brainer, yet often we need a little push or a big kick in the butt, to be active and adopt a regular routine to move the body. Intentional movement is a life-producing, youthful-sustaining activity, with huge returns.

When you sleep at night the body rejuvenates itself, and as a result, creates waste that needs to be ‘moved’ out of the body. One of the key waste removal components of the body is your lymphatic system. You have more lymphatic fluid than you have blood. You have a heart that pumps and circulates the blood, but the pump that moves the lymphatic fluid is YOU moving your body!

Before breakfast I like to get at least 30 minutes of movement. I do 10 minutes on the Marodyne*, 5-10 minutes of stretching exercises, walk for 10-15 minutes, then rebound for 6-7 minutes. Its a great way to wake the body up, move blood, and support lymphatic drainage. It sure beats sitting on your butt, drinking a morning cup of coffee by a long shot!

Think of exercise as a 'use it or lose it' aspect of life, because that’s exactly what it is!
In order to stay toned up, energized, move blood, increase oxygen levels to the brain and cellular structures, it takes movement.

Daily exercise supports brain function, heart, internal organs, bone density, and the list goes on – YOU MUST MOVE YOUR BODY ON A REGULAR BASIS. We are simply not meant to sit in one place for hours. Sitting for more than 6 hours of your waking day is more predictive of poor health and serious disease. If you sit a lot during the day, don't sit more than 2 hours without getting up and moving around. Take breaks and walk for 10 minutes, 2-3 times per day, it will do wonders for you. Remember, use it or lose it! If you did nothing more than walk a mile five days a week, that’s over 250 miles per year! Take two 20 minute walks, 6 days a week, and that's over 600 miles per year!

Why walking burns more calories and fat than weightlifting - Click on Image to View Video:

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* If you are wondering what a Marodyne is,
let me direct you to another page:

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Hydration

Your body depends on water to survive. Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.

Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. Staying hydrated can help support physical performance, prevent headaches, and constipation. It’s used to maintain temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints.

Your brain is strongly influenced by your hydration status. Studies show that even mild dehydration can impair many aspects of brain function. Ever had brain fog?

Drinking fresh, filtered water can create satiety and boost your metabolic rate.

A good goal for most people is to drink 6 to 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. A formula that’s been around forever: take your body weight, divide it by two and drink that many ounces of water per day. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Its just common sense. If you live in hot climate and you are especially active you may need more.

Eating fruits and veggies also contributes to hydration.

Sodas and coffee are anti-hydration.

I Share this Video Not to Motivate, But as Another Step to Shift Your Mindset

And remember: “All illness comes from a lack of energetic life!”
A depletion of energy is caused by stress as we stated in Pillar 1. It’s also caused by a body burdened down with toxicity, as stated in Pillar 2. Lack of proper nutrients, will put a strain of stress on the body, because it doesn’t have all the necessary raw materials needed to repair, heal, and produce enough energy. Add to the mix lack of proper hydration, exercise, poor gut health, and an acidic internal environment, and what do we get? What we don’t want!

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