Meet Total Health Sciences:

In 2010 Paul Hendrix had just turned 40. His lack of exercise since high school was evidenced by the nearly 40 lbs of excess weight he carried and his overall lack of good health. Just one year earlier his mother had passed away from diabetic complications. After see her attend endless doctor visits, that only led to the over use of prescriptions medications, watching her suffer with diabetes and eventually her passing, he realized there had to be a better way.

That better way was birthed. Paul and his wife Patti founded Total Health Sciences. The mission of Total Health Sciences is to create an environment that fosters a healthy lifestyle for all.

Total Health Sciences offers many avenues in which to Create a Healthy Lifestyle for YOU!

In 2015 Patti started a blog, Total Health Sciences, A Scientific Approach to Healthy Living. Patti’s blog covers a wide variety of topics about wellness and healthy living. With hundreds of articles available this blog is an excellent resource to help YOU create a healthy lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle is an active lifestyle. Total Health Sciences coordinates events throughout the year to help YOU to be active and healthy. The Total Health Sciences Annual race series offers 5K races designed to support the local community while giving YOU the opportunity to get out and exercise. Other active events that THS produces include sand volleyball tournaments, trail runs, and mountain climbing events. In addition to active, exercise filled events, Total Health Sciences also produces health fairs, seminars and workshops for all age groups that support the Mission Statement to create an environment that fosters a healthy lifestyle for all.

Shortly after founding, Paul and Patti felt the need to add a product partner into the mix. However, this was not an easy task. It took 3 years and thousands of dollars to determine that all supplement companies are not the same. In 2013 Total Health Sciences proudly chose the #1 Natural Nutrition Company in America, Shaklee. Shaklee’s commitment to its product purity, potency, and performance outweighs every other comparable product in the marketplace.

Total Health Sciences offers nutritional coaching to meet your every need. We help you avoid poor nutritional choices that are readily available and aggressively advertised. Total Health Sciences offers the best, most comprehensive nutritional system in the world to its clients.

From Our Blog

Our Health and the Presidential Election

our-health-and-the-presidential-electionAs September draws to a close I am reminded that in one and a half months we will have the privilege, as American citizens, to cast our vote for the next president of the United States.

What does our next president have to do with health you ask? The way I see it, a lot. For example, regardless of whether you’re a democrat or republican, we need to educate ourselves on the topics that each candidate stands for and the same goes for our health. Education is the key to living a happy and healthy life. Knowing what to eat, when to eat and how food affects our bodies is one way we can educate ourselves to the benefits of pure vs processed and whole vs packaged.

The second way that the up and coming election relates to our health comes in the form of leadership. As we submit our ballots and trust our vote for the next leader of our nation, I realize that our families are trusting us to take care of ourselves and our bodies. Our spouses, our children and even our parents are looking to us to be the leader and be the example of good health choices. Smoking, drinking too much and even reckless habits teach our loved ones that we are not concerned with our health outcomes. If they follow that destructive lead our there is a good chance that future will not be the healthy and happy one we desire because they will be the ones taking care of us!

The third way that the election reminds me of our health is in the freedom we have to make choices. Yes, that does include the bad choices. But think of how many options we have to do certain exercises, how many food choices there are, our choice of supplements to fill in the gaps and of course the choice to make our health a priority in the name of the next generation’s future.

The fourth and final way that this election is indeed much like our health is the competition. Let’s face it, as we age, gravity works against us, our digestion slows down, our hormones change and we just don’t operate like we used too. Time is no longer on our side and it’s bad against good constantly! Good cholesterol vs bad cholesterol, high fat vs low fat, too much this and too little that. It is a lot to take in when our vitality is competing with the clock. It’s enough to create enormous amounts of stress and anxiety and we know that is not good for our health. Many pundits have discussed the mental stress that the election is causing people across the nation and just like our health, we need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves. Finding someone to talk to about our concerns, our fears and our future is the best thing a person can do in regards to the anxiety the up and coming election may be causing.

There will always be something that causes stress, there will always be options to make healthy choices or unhealthy choices. The good news is that there are tremendous opportunities to take the initiative and educate ourselves on health so that we can lead the next generation into a state of well-being and fitness that surpasses even our own.

 

 

Go Green with Exercise

Young man on treadmill jogging in front photograph of forest

I love getting on the treadmill or the elliptical in the gym and going hard for a good 45 minutes. What I really love is when the machines are designed to give you outdoor trails to follow on a screen, as you run in place. Some of the virtual running trails that I have been on include the shores of New Zealand, the hills of Santa Fe and the beaches of Australia. While studies show that our tech-riddled world is increasingly detaching us from nature, and that exercising in natural areas improves one’s sense of well-being, sometimes an indoor gym with a beautiful trail on the screen in front of you to follow is as close as you can get to the great outdoors.

That being said, if you do have the option to exercise outdoors, you should definitely take advantage to get fit in nature! Some experts call this “Green Exercise”. Here are a few ways to make the most of what’s left of the good weather,……..

Biking. Many cities have paths and lanes specifically for bikes—this makes it safer to exercise or commute with pedal power.

Running. Lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement. Lakes and parks are great scenic spots for a run or a jog. Increase the benefit to yourself and the environment by walking, running, or jogging there instead of driving.

Walking. Take a walk to see the sunrise or sunset at a local park. Walk to the corner store instead of driving. Do a lap around the neighborhood. When exercise outdoors is incorporated into daily routines, all sorts of great things happen. You meet your neighbors. You get some sunshine (which increases your vitamin D). You see the beauty of your neighborhood in greater detail.

Hiking. Find nature trails in your area and hike to a waterfall or other scenic areas.

Still not convinced? Here are 7 reasons to get your body moving outdoors….

  1. Decreased Stress – Studies have shown that it contributes to decreased tension, confusion, and anger. Even looking at green space can decrease the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenalin.
  2. Sunlight – Exposure to natural sunlight combined with physical activity is thought to increase serotonin levels in our bodies, which can improve feelings of well-being and happiness. Serotonin is a mood-enhancing chemical, and a deficiency has been linked to depression, anxiety, fatigue, and impaired cognitive function.
  3. Less Behavioral Problems – Richard Louv coined the term “nature-deficit disorder.” He believes human beings spend less time in nature, which contributes to increased behavioral problems, especially among children.
  4. Mental Focus – The environment constantly changes when we exercise outdoors; weather, temperature, and terrain are all factors out of our control. Our minds require a great deal of mental focus to adjust to these subtle changes. As a result, we receive a temporary break from daily stressors, which can improve our ability to focus on day-to-day tasks.
  5. Better Recovery – Spending too much time indoors (even exercising) can become tiring. Outdoor workouts and activities are a great supplement and do not need to be strenuous. Low intensity exercises such as walking can be a powerful tool for recovery from intense, structured gym workouts. They increase blood flow to trained muscles and help deliver oxygen and nutrients.
  6. Muscles – Outdoor sports and activity utilize different muscle groups than structured indoor workouts. For example, trail running and hiking are more difficult than exercising on a treadmill. The uneven terrain requires more lateral movements and the activation of stabilizer muscles throughout our ankles, knees, and core.
  7. Change of Scenery – Challenging yourself to a new activity such as a new trail run or mountain bike route, or paddleboarding for the first time can be exciting and rewarding.

If these 7 reasons don’t get you fired up to go green with your exercise, I don’t know what will! Just remember….any exercise you decide to partake in outdoors should be preceded with sunscreen and efficient hydration.

Cold and Flu Season

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Even though it may not feel much like Fall in your neck of the woods, cold and flu season is underway and vaccine stations are popping up in pharmacies all over the place. The CDC already reports one death from influenza this year and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) medical director William Schaffner, MD, makes note that every flu season is a unique experience. And while strains are tracked all year long to prepare the best vaccine for the upcoming season, influenza remains unpredictable.

Last year saw the highest-ever rate of flu-related hospitalization documented among seniors and with mutated strains leaving the vaccine less than 50% effective.

So what is different, when it comes to the flu this year? For one thing, there is a new flu vaccine. Flu strains are tracked all year long in order to prepare for the coming season and the CDC reports that there is a greater probability that this year’s flu vaccines will protect against the circulating strains more effectively than previous years.

Another thing to know about the new flu vaccine is that it will only be available in an injectable form. The nasal flu spray that was available last year was apparently not effective enough so it is not being offered for flu prevention this year.

Of course, the choice to get the flu vaccine is what most doctors recommend, especially when reports show that flu causes millions of cases of illness, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands of deaths each year.

But what if you and your family don’t want the flu shot? Are there other ways to prevent the flu from wrecking havoc on you and those you care about?

The answer is a resounding YES!

  1. Wash your hands ALL THE TIME.
  2. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  3. Stay home if you’re sick.
  4. Take an antiviral if your doctor recommends it for an oncoming virus.
  5. Eat healthy food.
  6. Exercise
  7. Get plenty of sleep.
  8. Drink lots of fluids.
  9. Take a multivitamin.

It goes without saying, anyone can get the flu from someone else. So our team at Total Health Sciences recommends the Defend and Resist Complex which helps your body respond to environmental challenges by giving your immune system what it needs to stay strong and fight those nasty viruses that come your way during cold and flu season.

Scientists and medical communities have also identified interferon as being crucial to healthy immune function. Immune support at the cellular level is also extremely important here at Total Health Sciences so we recommend our NutriFeron Supplement which provides a proprietary blend of four plant extracts and is designed to naturally increase levels of interferon and provide immune support.

While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses can be detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and March, although activity can last as late as May. Suffice it to say, now is as good a time as any to get started on prevention and protection from viruses.