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February 2009

Why Twice As Many Women As Men Get Depression?

Cleaning out my inbox I came across an email from the Mayo Clinic and I thought the subject matter would be of interest to the PEERtrainer community. The subject of the article in the email was "why do twice as many women as men experience depression"?

The basic answer to the question made sense- hormones, biology, work stress, maybe abuse as a child. It also seemed a little clinical and didn't really go into how to not be depressed. The conflicts modern women face have been talked about since Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth.

What are your thoughts on this subject- how have you overcome various levels of depression?

Good Organic Prenatal Vitamins and Multivitamins

There is a good discussion over in the PEERtrainer community about Organic Multivitamins and one company in particular, New Chapter Vitamins, kept coming up in the conversation. 

Some people questioned why one would need an organic multivitamin, but it does make sense for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to take the organic version. New Chapter makes a prenatal vitamin called "Perfect Prenatal", which seems to be a bestseller on Amazon in their category. Sometimes it makes sense to see where consumers are voting with their dollars. We did a search for other "organic prenatal" vitamins and New Chapter was the only company that popped up.

This is the product description from the company. It is a big list but from everything we have read and seen it is a good approach:

"Product Description Perfect Prenatal- Nourishing Fulfillment for You and Your Baby. Nature's organic probiotic whole-food prenatal vitamin. Promotes physical stamina and emotional well-being while nurturing mother and baby. Safe and sound potency without retinol. Endorsed by New Chapter's Council of Midwives We at New Chapter provide you an organic probiotic alternative to isolated or USP vitamins and minerals. All of our vitamins and minerals are cultured in organic soy using nature's most prized and studied probiotics, featuring Lactobacilli acidophilus, bifidus, rhamnosus, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. 

New Chapter's Probiotic Nutrients deliver biotransformed vitamins and minerals in their finest cultured form, much in the same way as miso, kefir, temphe, and yogurt. Your New Chapter nutrients: Are easy to digest, even on an empty stomach-they're cultured whole food! Deliver essential nutrients in their safest and most active form within the infinite complexity of whole food. Provide an energizing and protective array of phytonutrients and ferment metabolites, including cultured soy isoflavones, beta glucans, bacteriocins, SOD, glutathione, lipoic acid, and enzymes. 

Perfect Prenatal delivers 23 different easily digested, energizing and protective probiotic vitamins and minerals as well as 13 stress-balancing and free-radical scavenging herbs cultured for maximum effectiveness. Herbs like lavender and lemon balm have been revered for their soothing properties while other antioxidative herbs like peppermint, clove and rose hips provide key health benefits that support and sustain."

Dr. Fuhrman Interview: Why Do We Get Hungry?

This is the second segment in our call and it goes into the simple question "why do we get hungry" and goes into the idea of "toxic hunger" where many of the common foods we eat create symptoms similar to withdrawal from drugs and alcohol.

When we start digesting our food, we start to go through this process and sometimes the only way to feel better is to eat more of the same foods.

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Introduction To Dr. Joel Fuhrman: Why People Fail At Diets

PEERtrainer recently did a 90 minute call with Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and it gave us and our community a chance to ask a series of over 20 questions. We have split out the call into separate questions and answers.

This is the first part of the call and it gives Dr. Fuhrman a chance to explain in detail his approach to diet and nutrition:

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Why You Need To Own A Vita-Mix And Not Any Other Blender Or Jucier

We recently did a live call with Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and he was explaining the importance of micronutrients in fruits and vegetables. Very convincing stuff. But what people don't know is that many of the really good nutrients in food are trapped inside the cell walls of plants. And chewing only "bursts" a small percentage of this stuff.

Dr. Fuhrman mentioned that he uses a Vita-Mix in his own house. We did some research on the internet, because this is an expensive product. You can buy a new on directly from Vitamix for $450, or you can get one for $346 from Amazon.

Find The Lowest Price Vitamix On Amazon

What We Learned- The Vita-Mix Is The Best Product On The Market With A Rock Solid Reputation

The basic value proposition is that the Vita-Mix is an insanely powerful machine, and it is able to burst open the cell walls in a way that neither chewing or regular blending or juicing can. They even did a study last year where the University of Toronto used an electron microscope to analyze the difference between chewed and blended plants and plants processed through the Vita-Mix.

You Don't Want To Buy A Traditional Juicer

The Vita-Mix machine is in a category by itself when it comes to juicing. Traditional juicers simply rip out some of the best stuff. This is from a quote on the Vita-Mix website:

"The Vita-Mix doesn't throw out the most nutritious part of fruits and vegetables. My knowledge of the healing nutrients and fibers contained in the pulp of fruits and vegetables would never allow me to use any juicer that discards this precious pulp."

John Heinerman, Ph. D.
Author of "Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Juices"

The Bottom Line

At PEERtrainer we seek to identify the most proven ways to improve your fitness and health and help you lose weight. Everything we advocate is based in fundamentals. We have become advocates of the incredible importance of fruits and vegetables over the years, and now we are advocating this particular product. Find The Lowest Price Vitamix On Amazon