How to Improve Your Bone Strength

The problem is, almost everyone is deficient. One study found 89% of people tested were low in vitamin D. “people with low vitamin D showed signs of premature bone aging in a way they had never seen before”

Everyone knows our ancestors didn’t wear sunscreen. And of course they weren’t afraid of going out in the sun. In fact, they saw it as a source of life.

But did you know it was making them stronger? Right down to their bones…

A study published in the Lancet found that in today’s world, we’re losing bone density faster than we should – even when they adjust for increased life expectancy.1

Weakening bone density correlates perfectly with our transition from being outside most of the time to being indoors and out of the sun.

Worse, mainstream health advice is to run for cover from the sun. The $5 billion-dollar-a-year sunscreen industry couldn’t be happier about spreading the word.

Now that we’re indoors most of the time, and slathering on chemical sunscreens when we’re outside, we don’t get enough sun, and our bones are suffering.

What’s the connection between bone health and the sun?

Vitamin D. Your skin produces it when it’s exposed to the sun’s rays. The vitamin D you make this way helps you live better by keeping your bones younger… and free from fractures.

Scientists from the University of California Berkeley recently looked at vitamin D and bone aging using some brand new technology.

I’m not talking about a DEXA scan. Instead, they used an innovative X-ray scan that records bone structure on a nano-scale. It gives a three-dimensional view deep inside your bones. It’s called “synchrotron radiation-based microcomputed tomography.”

It’s powerful. The researchers scanned the bones of 30 people. Half of them had normal vitamin D levels. The other half were deficient. The scan revealed that people with low vitamin D showed signs of premature bone aging in a way they had never seen before2

They discovered that when you’re low in vitamin D, your bones start to form tiny micro-cracks all over the surface. They’re like tiny fractures. And they indicate aging bones that are more likely to become osteoporotic, or even snap.

You can’t see or feel micro-cracks. You’d have no idea you’re getting them. But a vitamin D deficiency can increase your risk of developing these micro-cracks by more than 30%.

That’s just one more piece of evidence that vitamin D is critical for bone strength.

The problem is, almost everyone is deficient. One study of 1,600 people found 89% were low in vitamin D.3

It’s a good idea to have your doctor check your levels with a simple, inexpensive blood test. A level of 20 ng/ml is considered “sufficient.” But that’s because doctors are looking at an average of what most people have, which is already insufficient.

The best source of vitamin D is the sun. A good rule of thumb is to get out there when your shadow is shorter than you are. Typically that’s between 10 am and 2 pm. That’s when the sun is highest and rays are strongest so you can get some good exposure over a short time. As little as 10 minutes in the midday sun can give you 10,000 IU of vitamin D.

And don’t worry about “overdosing.” Your skin will automatically stop converting sunshine to vitamin D when you’ve made enough for the day.

You can also get vitamin D from food. This is a good strategy during the winter months. Good sources include salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, pastured eggs, and grass-fed beef and cod liver oil.

If you’ve been tested and you’re not sure you’re getting enough vitamin D from the sun and your food, you can also take vitamin D supplements.

Your body absorbs the D3 form better than D2 so you have more available, but here’s something new about D3 you may not have heard. A new study shows that D3 is also bioactive, not just bioavailable. So it’s not only absorbed better, but D3 actually keeps your body’s overall vitamin D at high levels for optimal health.4 Other forms don’t do this.

Here’s something you’ll want to remember as well. For every 400 IU of vitamin D3 per day you take, you can expect your blood levels to improve by only 1ng/ml. Remember that supplementation isn’t instantaneous. It may take six months to get your vitamin D up.

 

  1. Lees B, Molleson T, Arnett T, Stevenson J. “Differences in proximal femur bone density over two centuries.” Lancet. 1993;341(8846):673-5.
  2.  Busse B, Bale HA, Zimmermann EA, et al. “Vitamin D Deficiency Induces Early Signs of Aging in Human Bone, Increasing the Risk of Fracture.” Science Translational Medicine. July 2013: Vol. 5, Issue 193, p. 193ra88
    DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3006286
  3. Schilling S. “Epidemic vitamin d deficiency among patients in an elderly care rehabilitation facility.” Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2012 Jan;109(3):33-8.
  4. Yin K, Agrawal D. “Vitamin D and inflammatory diseases.” J Inflamm Res. 2014;7:69-87.

Progesterone for WOMEN – and the dangers of synthetic estrogen

Millions of women are still getting estrogen HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). If a women has ever been to a doctor for help with menopause, they know about this.

A new study shows a connection between synthetic estrogen in HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and asthma. Women on HRT have a 54% higher risk. 1

That’s bad news on its own, but when you consider that lung function is your number one risk factor for death, it’s tragic.

HRT “therapy” isn’t therapy. What they’re giving you isn’t a real hormone, and it does nothing to help you with the real problems of menopause.

For most women, too much estrogen is the problem. Not too little.

Remember, you get extra estrogen from your food and your environment. Only looking at estrogen gives you only half the picture.

If you’re a woman, the missing link is progesterone, the “other” female hormone.

When menopause starts, progesterone falls to almost zero. Estrogen, on the other hand, only falls about 40 percent.

Progesterone maintains the healthy features you may not want to give up like:

  • Using fat better
  • Elevating your mood
  • Keeping your blood sugar normal
  • Boosting your sex drive
  • Protecting against some cancers
  • Bone building 2

In clinical trials, natural progesterone proved effective against bone loss. 3 Natural progesterone also proved to help reduce menopause symptoms without adding to breast cancer risks like prescription drugs do. 4

Research shows that natural progesterone replacement in aging females helps to improve insulin sensitivity, thereby reducing the risk of diabetes. 5

A high-quality Progesterone cream like the ones from West Coast is often the best way to do it. The natural progesterone in the cream gets into your bloodstream and gently lifts your levels.

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Progesterone works alongside estrogen and can help relieve PMS, may help protect from benign growths and may help prevent blood clots. Symptoms of low progesterone in women who aren’t pregnant include: headaches or migraines, mood changes, including anxiety or depression, and irregularity in menstrual cycle.

Without progesterone, estrogen may become the dominant hormone. This can cause symptoms including:  weight gain, decreased sex drive, mood swings, depression, PMS, irregular menstrual cycle, heavy bleeding, breast tenderness, fibrocystic breasts, fibroids, and gallbladder problems.

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Testosterone is important for a strong libido, regulating and burning fat, maintaining a good muscle mass, increased energy, good bone density, regulating blood sugar, regulating blood pressure and preventing depression.

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HGH levels are extremely high in our youth keeping us energetic and healthy. By age 60, HGH levels have decreased 80% from the levels at age 20.*  

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Having enough HGH in your body could mean:
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- More muscle and denser bone
- Fewer wrinkles
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- Clearer vision

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1. Reuters. “Estrogen Pills May Increase Risk of Asthma.” Feb 10, 2010. MSNBC.
2. “Progesterone: Frequently Asked Questions,” Association of Women for the Advancement of Research and Education. (www.project-aware.org) 4/21/2006.
3. Lee JR. “Is natural progesterone the missing link in osteoporosis prevention and treatment?” Med Hypothese 1991; 35(4): 316-18.
4. Campagnoli C, et al. “Progestins and progesterone in hormone replacement therapy and the risk of breast cancer.” J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol 2005; 96(2): 95-108.
5. Moorthy K, et al. “Effect of estradiol and progesterone treatment on carbohydrate metabolizing enzymes in tissues of aging female rats.” Biogerontology 2004; 5(4): 249-59.

Progesterone for MEN – it Promotes Testosterone production and more…

Progesterone is for MEN Too!

Progesterone is typically known as a hormone that deals heavily with women’s menstrual cycles and plays a large role in conception and pregnancy.  However, progesterone in men actually has several important functions that help men’s bodies develop while preventing negative effects from excessive amounts of estrogen.

Progesterone has two major effects in men: it promotes testosterone production in your body, and also acts as a counter to estrogen.  It may even prevent many of the harmful effects that estrogen can have on the body.

Progesterone and Testosterone

Progesterone is an important hormone itself, providing many of the same benefits as testosterone.  Its effects are so similar that it can be counted as somewhat of a secondary male sex hormone, acting as a sort of pseudo-testosterone.  Just like testosterone, the levels of progesterone in your body increase alongside sexual activity, and cycles in your body that reduce your testosterone levels also reduce your progesterone levels.

Additionally, progesterone is the most powerful hormone that prevents production of an enzyme that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  DHT is a potential cause of conditions such as male pattern baldness and prostate cancer.  Also, by preventing the conversion to begin with, progesterone helps your body retain its testosterone levels, helping to prevent loss of testosterone.

Progesterone and Estrogen in Men

Progesterone also acts to inhibit many of the negative effects that estrogen can have on the male body.  Estrogen comes in many different forms, and the weaker forms are much safer to have in your body than the most powerful kinds – progesterone can regulate the way your cells metabolize, which may even prevent your body from converting the weaker forms of estrogen into the more dangerous kinds.

Progesterone works with testosterone to prevent estrogen dominance, a condition that commonly occurs as men age and testosterone levels naturally decrease.  Some of the symptoms of estrogen dominance include, but are not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Excessive fat, especially in the abdomen
  • Fatigue
  • Gynecomastia – the development of breasts in men
  • Hair loss
  • Heart disease and chest pain
  • Increased urination frequency
  • Prostate enlarging or inflammation
  • Reduced libido

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DHEA is the most abundant hormone in the body. It's naturally occurring and has broad-spectrum effects, playing an important role in every system, organ and tissue in the body learn more.

Testosterone is important for a strong libido, regulating and burning fat, maintaining a good muscle mass, increased energy, good bone density, regulating blood sugar, regulating blood pressure and preventing depression.

Youth Enhancement crème for Men is a specific formula of DHEA with homeopathic ingredients & herbal extracts that can help boost testosterone production naturally, and is designed specifically for men.
Progesterone has two major effects in men: it promotes testosterone production, and also acts as a counter to estrogen.  As men age, their levels of the enzyme aromatase increase, thereby depleting free testosterone and increasing estrogen levels.

Progesterone in small amounts can prevent the aromatase increase. So, aging men can benefit from small amounts of Progesterone Crème from West Coast (approx. ¼ of what women use)

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Made with Maca, a Peruvian plant grown in the Andes mountains. It is a cruciferous vegetable, meaning that it is related to broccoli, cabbage, and kale.  It is highly nutritious and can also help with:
- Increasing libido
- Reducing erectile dysfunction
- Boosting energy and endurance
- Increasing fertility

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HGH levels are extremely high in our youth keeping us energetic and healthy. By age 60, HGH levels have decreased 80% from the levels at age 20.*  

West Coast HG Formula crème combines homeopathics and high potency herbal extracts in an Exclusive Liposomal Delivery System

Having enough HGH in your body could mean:
- Enhanced performance
- Increased Energy
- More muscle and denser bone
- Fewer wrinkles
- Better immune function and mood
- Clearer vision

Important for both men and women learn more

Dizziness, Fatigue, Vision Issues and that “Pins and Needles” feeling…

“Pins and Needles” (or the feeling of numbness) throughout the body when you haven’t compressed any part of your body, can indicate a B12 issue

B12 Deficient?

B12 deficiency is a silent epidemic with serious consequences to your health.  Of all vitamin deficiencies, vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the most dangerous.

In fact, reports from the USDA show B12 deficiency may be more widespread than thought, with at least 40% of the population being severely deficient in Vitamin B12. Did you know your ability to absorb vitamin B12 gradually decreases with age? As troubling as it sounds, it can get worse…

Combine advancing age with certain prescription medications (i.e. for heartburn) and a lack of meat in your diet (especially true for vegetarians or vegans) and you could find yourself sorely lacking vitamin B12.So how do you know if you’re deficient?

The following symptoms are signals and should be brought to your doctor’s IMMEDIATE attention…

1. Dizziness
Frequent bouts of dizziness or vertigo often signal B12 stores are low. For instance, you may experience a feeling of wobbles when you get up too fast from a sitting position. You may also feel dangerously dizzy walking up or down stairs.

2. Forgetfulness
Sure, we all get those occasional “brain farts.” However, chronic forgetfulness may indicate a deeper medical issue. Many patients suffering B12 deficiency often jump to the conclusion they have early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s, especially in their senior years.

3. Unexplained Fatigue
Ever had a good night’s sleep followed by a day of yawning and dragging your feet? If that constant fatigue continues for days and weeks, it may be the result of B12 deficiency.

Researchers from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found those who felt zapped of energy even though they get plenty of zzzzz’s may be struggling with low B12 levels. It’s due to a lack of red blood cell production… one of B12’s responsibilities… meaning oxygen transport to your organs is lacking, causing extreme fatigue.

4. Vision Issues
No, there isn’t something in your eye causing the spotting, blurred and double vision.

Low B12 stores can lead to vision changes and actually damage vision. Causing even retinal damage if blood vessels in the eye become blocked. That means you may experience light sensitivity, blurred or double vision, tracers or shadows, which all result from damage to the optic nerve.
Luckily, B12 supplementation can help improve your vision.

5. Pins and Needles
It’s common to experience pins and needles if you sit cross-legged for far too long. However, pins and needles (or the feeling of numbness) throughout the body when you haven’t compressed any part of your body, can indicate a B12 issue.

Numbness or the feeling of electric shock waves can be the result of nerve damage in B12 deficient patients. All leading back to poor red blood cell production from a lack of B12.

When you notice persistent health issues like these, you may want to consider a quality B12 supplement.

Unfortunately, most B12 supplements you find on the market suffer from one major flaw…They’re not absorbable.

When the vitamins can’t be absorbed, your body is unable to assimilate them and you never get the anticipated nutrition. That’s why it’s best to use a liposomal crème from West Coast to deliver the Vit B12 directly through the skin.

A Natural Thyroid Booster that Also
Relieves MIGRAINES

It’s a magic little mineral called magnesium. Here’s why it’s so important for your thyroid…

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck. It produces hormones that drive the metabolic rate of every cell in your body.

Magnesium helps you make more of the T4 hormone in the thyroid. Without it, many of the enzymes that make thyroid hormone could not function at all.

This important nutrient also helps convert the inactive T4 hormone into the active T3 form. This is critical because the metabolism of your cells is boosted by T3, not inactive T4.

Magnesium also helps avoid migraines. Studies show that migraine sufferers have low blood levels of this mineral.

Other research shows that taking 500 mg of magnesium for just 12 weeks can vastly improve the frequency and severity of migraines.1

To boost your magnesium levels, start with your food. Add green leafy veggies, tree nuts, yogurt, berries, halibut, avocado, bananas, and raisins to your diet.

Some people have trouble absorbing magnesium from pills. If you eat a high fiber diet, for example, your body doesn’t absorb as much magnesium. Also, taking diuretics, antibiotics, or proton pump inhibitors for acid reflux all interfere with magnesium absorption.

For best results, use a transdermal skin crème like our all natural Magnesium Crème from West Coast that will deliver the Magnesium through the skin.

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REFERENCES:

(1) Ali Tarighat Esfanjani, Reza Mahdavi, Mehrangiz Ebrahimi Mameghani, et al. “The effects of magnesium, L-carnitine, and concurrent magnesium-L-carnitine supplementation in migraine prophylaxis.” Biol Trace Elem Res. 2012;150(1-3):42-8.