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Quatro Action Joint Flex with UC-II®

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We’ve already mastered the bone health formula, so when thinking of line extensions, it was a given that we’d consider something for your joints. Having strong bones will only get you so far if you have stiff joints and a limited range of motion. This is why we sought out UC-II, an undenatured type II form of collagen. With clinical studies to back it, UC-II provides improved joint flexibility and function, as well as a better range of motion. Add that, and Black Pepper extract for absorption, to our Calcium and Vitamin D formula, and you’ve now got yourself the perfect ingredients for an active lifestyle.

UC-II
UC-II, an undenatured type II form of collagen, provides a greater range of motion, while supporting Joint Flexibility & function.
BioPerine
BioPerine, a black pepper extract, significantly enhances the bioavailability of Calcium & Vitamin D through increased absorption.
Aquamin
Aquamin, from mineralized red algae, provides bone strength, reduces pain & stiffness, and promotes overall wellbeing.
Benefit 1
Promotes greater range of motion, so you can continue enjoying your favorite activities.
Benefit 2
Supports Joint Flexibility & Function.
Benefit 3
Reduces pain & stiffness during and after activities, so that you can remain active longer.

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Health Tips for Women*
Exercise

Women often put others before them, only remembering they didn't eat after juggling work, kids, a husband or significant other, and household chores, among the millions of tasks we set out to accomplish in a day.

Here at D-Cal, we honor the women in our lives by reminding them—it’s okay to put yourself first. It’s okay to celebrate the wonder that is you! If you don’t take care of yourself and your health, you won’t be able to take care of those around you.  So you won’t have to hang up your Superwoman cape, we’ve compiled a list of things to keep you healthy and glorious. Here’s to the real Superheroes!  

 Health Precautions

See your doctor every year. We all remember it fondly… that awkward passage into womanhood that included a visit to the gynecologist.  Do we love it? No, of course not. But, is it necessary? Absolutely. If you are 21 or older, you should see your gyno at least once a year to get a Pap test done to check for cervical cancer, and if you are over the age of 30, you should be getting an HPV test as well. You should also be reassessed for Sexually Transmitted Diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. It is important not to skip this visit, as your Doctor can monitor any changes that could potentially become life threatening! Take birth control. Birth control not only assists in doing its namesake, but studies show it can lower the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer as well as regulate your cycle. Get an annual mammogram. Some Doctors recommend yearly mammograms for women over the age of 40. Other Doctors say over 50. Does breast cancer run in your family? If so, starting this testing earlier may help detect breast cancer sooner. It’s better to be cautious! Consider genetic testing. Doctors can now screen people with a family history of chronic diseases, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer to assess their risk — and then consider preventive measures. Talk to your doctor about genetic testing. This can ease your mind from worry, or give you the tools necessary to make your health care decisions. See your dentist. Yes, pearly whites will make you feel attractive and confident. However, dental hygiene is more than just a pretty smile! Gum disease has been linked to a greater risk of heart disease and diabetes. So, brush `em, floss `em, and get `em to the dentist!  

Nutrition

Stop dieting. You do not need to deprive yourself in order to be healthy. If you get a mix of healthy fats, fiber, smart carbs, and lean proteins, there is no reason why you can’t indulge every once in a while. You can drink your wine, have your cake, and eat it too! The key is moderation. Studies show that if you deprive yourself, you are more likely to binge later on.  Taste the Rainbow. Foods with bright, rich colors are more than just nice to look at. They’re also packed with powerful compounds, like flavonoids and carotenoids that lower inflammation by binding the damaging free radicals in your body. Eat nine fistfuls of colorful fruits and vegetables each day and you’ll reap their benefits without having to give up other foods. Don’t Skip Breakfast. An early start on eating keeps your metabolism more active throughout the day. If you skip breakfast, you are more likely to feel tired and consume more sugar in the afternoon. In taking fiber in the morning can help to control that midday crash. Try eating oatmeal mixed with some fruit, or a handful of nuts. Eat Lunch before 3 p.m. Studies show that women who eat lunch late lose about 25 percent less weight than those who eat earlier in the day. Drink Green Tea. Not only does green tea deliver a boost of alertness from its caffeine, it is also packed with heart-boosting and cancer-stopping polyphenols that black tea doesn’t offer.  

Not sure what foods to include in your diet? Here are some Go To’s to help boost your metabolism and leave you satisfied!

Avocados: Avocados are not only considered a healthy fat, but they are loaded with potassium, which can lower blood pressure. Just one half of an avocado gets you more potassium than you’ll get from a medium sized banana—less sugar too! Spinach: spinach is packed with the mineral magnesium. 7 out of 10 women don’t get enough magnesium, which can cause migraines and make you feel fatigued. Just one cup of spinach provides 40 percent of your daily value, can help prevent the above, and reduces stress levels. Oranges: The magic nutrient here is vitamin C. Not only does Vitamin C help boost the immune system, it can help manage stress levels. Almonds: almonds are bursting with B vitamins and vitamin E, an antioxidant that bolsters the immune system. Walnuts & pistachios: these nuts have been found to lower blood pressure. Skim Milk: Milk has been proven to reduce muscle spasms and soothe tension. It can also reduce irritability, anxiety and mood swings—all PMS symptoms, with just a glass a day. Chocolate: Are we recommending chocolate as a part of a nutritionally balanced diet? Yes, yes we are! Rejoice! A new study has found that eating chocolate daily may lower your risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke.

 

Let’s get Physical.

Exercise has a host of health benefits and can lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and other conditions. Even better, it can improve your mood. One study found that for depressed people, exercise was as effective as antidepressant medication. Exercise also promotes good self-image, which is really important to a woman’s mental health. Do more than cardio. Women need a mix of cardio and resistance or weight-bearing exercise at least three to five times a week to help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Breathe away more fat. Oxygen helps fuel your fat burn, so the more efficiently you breathe, the better your workout results. The trick: breathe in and out through both your mouth and nose. Get yourself a Mantra. Whatever you tell yourself to get through a grueling workout, don’t stop. An innovative European study found that motivational self-talk can significantly help reduce the rate of perceived exertion (how loud your muscles are screaming) so you can go further for longer. Stay true to you. If you are a morning person, working out in the a.m. is likely best, but if you’re a night person, exercise after work. Don’t try to become one or the other if it’s not natural to you. You’re more likely to stick to it if you like the time of day and the whole experience.  

Relax & Unwind.

Stop Stressing. Stress can have significant health consequences, from depression to anxiety. Even worse, over time, stress can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity. What can you do to stop stressing? Meditate. For at least 10 minutes a day, try this exercise to clear your head: Find a balanced position sitting cross-legged or on a chair. • Breathe calmly and naturally. Concentrate on the passage of air through your nostrils. • When you’re clearly aware of your breath, imagine what makes you most happy. • Bask in the mindful awareness of your bliss. Get out. 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight exposure each day can supply your daily need for vitamin D. Vitamin D may ward off diabetes, heart attacks, heart failure, high blood pressure, heart disease, and maybe even the common cold. But don’t overdo it— too much sun exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer. Wear sunscreen whenever you are leaving the house to help prevent this! Get more sleep. Not getting enough sleep puts you at greater risk of psychological problems and heart disease. At least seven hours of sleep a night not only helps you live longer, but also lowers your stress, sharpens your memory, and reduces cravings for not-so-good-for-you foods (aka sugar!). Set a bedtime and stick to it.   We hope you take the time today, and every day, to honor yourself, all of your amazing accomplishments, and be the healthiest you you can be. Cheers to Women! 
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article/information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Controlling Blood Pressure with These Key Minerals
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Nearly 31 percent of adults in the world suffer from hypertension. Hypertension or high blood pressure is the number one preventable cause of premature death. Most people are familiar with the common risk factors that lead to high blood pressure, such as stress, excess salt, being overweight, and excess alcohol to name some. But, most people are not aware that a lack of calcium and other key minerals is also a risk factor for high blood pressure. Keep reading to learn more about the vital minerals you must incorporate into your healthy diet to control your blood pressure.

Start with Potassium

Normal potassium levels are essential for muscle function, which is critical for relaxing the walls of the blood vessels and help with normal blood pressure levels. Potassium helps lower blood pressure. Foods such as apricots, lima beans, and sweet potatoes are rich in potassium. Increasing potassium intake is often recommended in healthy adults with blood pressure above 120/80. However, those with kidney disease or any condition that affects how the body handles potassium should seek medical guidance before incorporating a potassium supplement into their diet. Always check you’re getting the right amount of potassium, as too much or too little potassium can lead to irregular heart rhythms that can be dangerous. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of potassium is 4.7 grams per day, for men and women ages 52 and older.

Add Magnesium

We need magnesium for so many things, including helping our blood vessels relax, improve our energy levels, and even help in bone development. Similar to potassium, magnesium is lost through our urine due to diuretic use. Unfortunately, most healthy adults don’t get enough magnesium through their diets alone. Beyond regulating blood pressure, magnesium also helps control blood sugar, and muscle and nerve function. Foods such as leafy green vegetables, legumes, and unrefined grains are rich in potassium, which is why it’s essential to incorporate them into our diets. Keep in mind that too much magnesium may cause diarrhea. The RDA of magnesium is 450 milligrams (mg) per day for men ages 50 and older, and 320 mg/day for women ages 50 and older.

Complete with Calcium

Last, but not least, there’s a strong link between healthy calcium levels and controlled blood pressure. Besides being the cornerstone of bone health, calcium has many extended benefits, and lowering blood pressure is one of them. When combined with magnesium, calcium plays a critical role when it comes to regulating the constriction and dilatation of blood vessels. Research suggests calcium can help control high blood pressure, as it has been shown in several clinical trials that indicate increased calcium intake is linked to lower blood pressure and lower risk of hypertension. Previous studies have noted a reduction in systolic blood pressure as well as diastolic blood pressure per 100 mg of calcium consumed daily. However, most people are not getting enough calcium from their diets, and calcium is one of the vital minerals we need that our body doesn’t produce naturally, which is why supplementing is so important. Foods such as dairy, fish, and leafy greens are all rich in calcium, but they’re often not enough to meet our body’s demands. The RDA of calcium is between 1,000 and 1,200 mg/day for men ages 51 and older, and 1,200 mg/day for women ages 51 and older.

Foods that Contain These Key Minerals

The easiest and fastest way to ramp up your mineral intake is by making sure you incorporate mineral-rich foods into your daily diet. To get started, these are some of the foods you should look into. Potassium-rich Foods:
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  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe
  • Apricot
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Prunes
Magnesium-rich Foods:
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  • Dark chocolate
  • Spinach
  • Almond
  • Avocado
  • Nuts
  • Legumes
Calcium-rich Foods:
  • Yogurt
  • Figs
  • Chia seeds
  • Sardines
  • Cheese
  • Sesame
  • Tofu

Can These Minerals Alone Control My Blood Pressure?

No. Calcium supplements are entirely safe, and they don’t have an adverse interaction with most commonly prescribed blood pressure medication. However, in some cases, they may interfere with thiazide diuretics and calcium channel blockers. Supplementing with potassium, magnesium, and calcium will help keep your blood pressure controlled. You still have to consult with a doctor, especially if you’re taking medication to treat hypertension. In the end, you want to make sure you follow a balanced diet that incorporates these minerals. When needed, turn to high-quality supplements to meet your recommended daily intake to make sure your levels stay balanced.
Tips on Keeping the Whole Family Healthy
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In this day and age, it’s easy to get caught up in work, Television, and Social Media.­ Unfortunately, the more time we spend focused on these things, the more focus we lose on what’s most important—family. We get caught up in the hustle and bustle, and before you know it, the year has passed and you’re struggling to remember what it is your kids are up to or into. With that being said, we know it’s a struggle to balance work and family life. We’re here to help you gain that balance, and focus a bit more on yourself, and most importantly, your family.  

Here are some tips on how to keep your whole family healthy, and happy!

 

Easy Nutrition

  • Meal Prep.Your weekly routine will go a lot more swimmingly if you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to make for dinner tonight. Plan ahead for healthy, nutritious meals (think eat the rainbow)
  • Do it as a team.Involve your kids in the weekly menu selection, and allow them to help you prepare one meal a week. This makes them feel included and accountable for what your family is eating.
  • Learn about the food you eat.Encourage eating healthy fresh foods every day and explain how foods can have a positive or negative effect on our bodies. You can teach them to read labels, look for healthy ingredients, or explain the benefits of each veggie you’re chopping up. By teaching your kids, you’ll also learn (or re-learn) important things about the foods we eat.
  • Don’t buy the sweets!If they aren’t in your house, the kids won’t miss them. Replace processed sweets with sweet fruits and homemade whip cream.
  • Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand.This will help you and your kids from feeling “hangry.” Try almonds or other healthy nuts!
  • Drink lots of Water.Swap soda for water, low-fat milk, or juice (but limit juice to 4 to 8 ounces a day, since it contains natural sugars and lots of calories). Encourage water as the go-to drink for everyone in your home.
  • Serve food in small portions.Let your children ask for more if they are hungry
  • Bake, broil or grill your food.
 

Keep it Moving

  • Exercise together 20 minutes a day.This should be a minimum. Go for walks early mornings before school, or after dinner, or teach your kids a yoga routine to energize them in the morning or unwind before bed.
  • Make it fun. Program your children from an early age to think of exercise as fun and engaging, instead of a chore. Make up games to play outside, play a game of soccer, or have a dance party
  • Challenge each other.Who can do the most crunches or push-ups? Who will win the race?
  • When you can, ditch the car and walk to the store. Take the stairs.
 

Family Time

  •  Limit Screen Time. Shut off the TV (or computer, or video game console, or tablet) after a max of two hours a day—this goes for you too! This frees up time for more physical activity and can contribute to kids' weight loss.
  • Eat Dinner together. Use this time to discuss your day, feelings, ideas for the weekend or family announcements. Kids will get used to this routine and look forward to the time they can sit and be with their family
  • Go on family dates. Plan ahead mini stay-cations, movie dates, or a trip to the zoo. This keeps the whole family excited and gives you something to look forward to! Mark the calendar with your kids for added excitement, countdowns, and so that they’ll development a sense of time.
 

Schedule & Organize

  • Develop routines.This will help the entire family stay on track and give everyone a sense of comfort. You’ll know what time dinner is, when to do homework, and when to go to sleep.
  • Organize. Keeping things organized will also help de-clutter your mind and help keep to your routines. Lay out your kid’s clothes for the week ahead of time. Show them where the healthy snacks are kept. Show them where to put their favorite toys. This will help free up time from cleaning, leaving more time for family!

Lead by Example

  • Be a Role Model.Inspire your kids by setting a good example. Show them how to be active and healthy-- don’t just tell them! Eat healthy snacks with them, and drink your water. Your kid will hop on board!
  • Cheer them on.Encourage them, praise them, showthem how to improve. Don’t do their homework because it’s easy for you. Show them how to learn.
  • Communicate.Show them how the work through their emotions by openly communicating to them about yours.
The key to these tips is togetherness. Live, Learn, and grow together. This will show your kids what a healthy family environment is, and set them up for a lifetime of health and happiness!   Sources: https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-healthy-children-and-families/ https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307339,00.html? https://www.kabritausa.com/blog/4-tips-encourage-healthy-habits-whole-family/fhttps://www.verywellfamily.com/lifestyle-changes-to-make-today-1257028https://www.huffpost.com/entry/habits-of-healthy-families_n_5751d497e4b0c3752dcd8f97https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/healthy-habits-family/
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