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March 2008 Newsletter
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It's finally here - The new Better Health Better Life Weight Loss Plan by Dr. Steelman!

Thoughts from Dr. Steelman





Why Should You Care about Magnesium?

More and more studies are pointing to how important it is to have magnesium in one’s diet. Magnesium helps maintain proper functioning of the heart (absolutely critical as a matter of fact), muscles and nervous system, it helps absorb calcium and potassium, and is necessary for proper protein synthesis and carbohydrate metabolism in the body.

Just recently, a study done by Dr. Tsai, from the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY found that a magnesium-enriched diet appears to reduce the risk of symptomatic gallstone disease along with preventing a number of other chronic ailments. This is just one of many studies showing how critical magnesium is to the human body for proper functioning and prevention of diseases.

However, a recent Gallup poll found that four out of five Americans (that is a whopping 80%!) are not consuming enough magnesium from diet alone. And the problem may even more than what these numbers indicate because it does not account for those who take medications, many of which are known to deplete the body of magnesium as well.

 The Gallup poll also found that even if vitamin and mineral supplements are being counted in with the diet intake of magnesium, only a third of Americans are consuming the Recommended Dietary Allowance (310-420 mg/day). Most of the respondents were not even aware of the daily requirements for magnesium.

"It's clear that most people aren't aware of the important role that magnesium plays in the body. If people are concerned about their magnesium levels, they should make sure to discuss medications and health conditions with their doctor when evaluating their diet and magnesium supplement options," said Barbara Levine, R.D., PhD., Associate Professor of Nutrition in Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University-New York Presbyterian Hospital.

To enrich your diet of magnesium, you can eat more of these foods: 100% bran cereals, oatmeal, potatoes, soy beans, milk, avocados, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, cooked spinach, and sesame seeds. But unless you are actively including the above foods in your daily routine, chances are that you are still in need of high quality supplementation, such as our Active 8 in order to meet the Recommended Daily Allowance.  Something you may want to think about if you are interested in living a longer, more healthful life!

And remember, you’re always worth it!!!

This Month's Question for the Doctor:

Question: Do any of the new diet supplements have diuretic properties? Is there anything besides the increase of water intake that would increase trips to restroom when there is not any caffeine intake either?

Answer from Dr. Steelman: None of them have significant diuretic activity. In men with prostate problems, some of the ingredients in supplement #1 might increase the frequency by putting more pressure on the urinary sphincter muscle. Dietary changes may cause diuresis (water loss). Markedly decreasing the amount of carb or sodium intake will cause a temporary diuresis, this accounts for a lot of the weight loss in the first few days on a program. Also, increasing water intake will increase the outflow. 

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Did you know that STRESS can cause you to have a magnesium deficiency? When undergoing stressful situations, one of the actions of stress hormones is to take magnesium out of muscle cells and replace it with calcium. But magnesium does not necessarily re-enter the muscle cells once the stress is over. Our very own Active 8 contains a pharmaceutical grade of magnesium and potassium and help replace this most valuable nutrient that your body needs.

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Note: Active 8 or any supplement should be used under the guidance of your personal physician.

The Active 8 diet plan has worked for me when everything else failed.  I lost 22 pounds in 6 weeks and have continually lost on a weekly basis.  It’s easy to follow, and there are so many food choices that it is easy to stay on track. The support system that is in place is awesome and Dr. Steelman is always quick to answer any questions you many have about the plan.  I use the diet plan in conjunction with Active 8 and B Active and have never felt better.  I have more stamina and energy then I have had in a long time.  Accountability is key in a weight loss program and the weekly calls are something I look forward to.  I am on the road to a brand new me thanks to the Active 8 diet plan. -D. Guidry, OKC

diet humor





A Touch o' Humor to Brighten Your Day


recipe of the month
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Pistachio Mallow Salad

Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 10 min
Makes: 12 servings

1 16-oz container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (3.4 oz) pkg instant pistachio pudding mix
6 drops green food coloring (optional)
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1 20-oz. can crushed pineapple, undrained
1/2 cup chopped pistachios or walnuts

1. Combine in a large bowl the whipped topping, pudding mix, and food coloring (if desired).
in the marshmallows and pineapple.
3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Just before serving, sprinkle with nuts. Recipe will have even less calories if you use the light or fat-free whipped topping and sugar-free pudding mix. Perfect St. Patrick's Day touch if you put it in a green bowl!

Nutrient information: 1 serving. Calories 155; Total fat 6.2g; Carbohydrates 25 g, Protein  3 g, Sodium 40 mg, Cholesterol 0.8 g per serving.
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