Thursday, September 22, 2016
I’ll add another one onto that.
Time marches on for all of us, and eventually our bodies show the effects of getting older.
But the good news is you can help S L O W down the aging process and encourage better physical health as well as a more youthful appearance!
Let’s take a look at what aging really is, and how you can help turn back the biological clock.
So what exactly is aging?
In order to understand how you age, we need to peek inside your cells.
Inside the center (nucleus) of your cells, your genes sit on twisted strands of DNA called chromosomes. At the ends of your chromosomes are stretches of DNA called "telomeres."
Telomeres protect your genetic code and make it possible for your cells to divide. Cell division is needed so you can grow new skin, blood, bone and other cells.
Telomeres are like the plastic tips on your shoelaces. They prevent the ends of your chromosomes from fraying and sticking to each other, which can, in turn, mix up your genetic information and lead to cancer, other diseases or death.
But unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and that includes your telomeres.
Every time one of your cells divides, the telomeres get shorter and shorter. When they eventually get too short, the cell no longer can divide and it becomes inactive or dies.
As this process continues over time, you begin looking and feeling older and older.
Factors that speed up the aging process
Although telomeres shorten over time and nothing can be done to completely stop this, there are certain factors that can accelerate the aging process.
Number one is a poor diet--especially eating foods with trans fats, vegetable oils, sugar and refined carbs. All of these substances trigger inflammation in your cells, which promotes disease and can make you look FAR older than your years.
Stress is another major ager. Chronic stress causes the repeated release of the hormone cortisol which can harm your gut flora, weaken your immune system and damage your cells.
Environmental and household toxins cause inflammation in your cells, stress your liver and kidneys, and can put you on a path of disease and aging.
Decreased levels of hormones also play a big part. Hormones impact every major organ and system in your body, so when your hormone levels diminish, you can feel the effects from head to toe.
Fight back…and WIN!
Now that you know how aging occurs and many of the factors that can make it that much sooner that Boy Scouts will offer to help you cross the street now is the time to SLOW down that aging process!
Here are six very effective strategies than can help:
There are many ways to help de-stress: Meditation, exercise, yoga, counseling, deep breathing, prayer, and acupuncture, to name a few. Pick what feels right to you and help get rid of that stress.
Also, help your gut microbiome recover from the harmful effects of stress with a full-spectrum probiotic supplement.
Avoid common sources of household and environmental toxins like unfiltered tap water, bug sprays, weed killers, cigarette smoke, and medications as much as you can.
Start by using a filter for your tap water and avoid lawn and pest chemicals.
Buy organic produce whenever you can. Shop local farmer's markets or participate in community supported agriculture (CSA) programs.
If you smoke, please stop now.
Lastly, if you’re on any medications, talk to your doctor about alternatives, decreasing your dose or getting off them altogether.
3) Eat real foods
The best way to avoid age-accelerating trans-fats, hydrogenated oils, refined carbs and sugar overload is to eat REAL foods.
Real foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry and fish, whole grains, legumes, nuts, dairy, eggs and healthy fats.
Also, pair the right foods together for better digestion—avoid the protein and starch combination in your meals, as it’s very taxing on your system and can practically guarantee gas and heartburn.
Instead pair proteins OR starches with vegetables.
4) Get regular exercise
Regular exercise is an anti-aging MUST.
It helps your body eliminate age-accelerating toxins, it increases your heart strength, helps improve digestion, promotes better sleep, helps lower blood pressure, helps you maintain a healthy body weight and by strengthening the muscles surrounding your joints, it can decrease the symptoms of arthritis!
Pick an activity that works for you, get your doctor’s OK and get moving.
5) Consider bio-identical hormone replacement therapy
Unlike synthetic hormone replacement, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy works to help naturally reestablish the way your body sends messages to your tissues and organs to keep them healthy…and helps keep you feeling younger!
6) Supplement with Omega-3 essential fatty acids
Studies are showing that the Omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA can play a crucial role in slowing down the telomere action associated with the aging process.
So if you want to jump on the bandwagon to help preserve the youth of your cells, as well as help lower cholesterol, experience fewer joint aches and improve your memory (among other things), a top-notch fish oil supplement can help ensure you get what you need.
Time marches on and we are all going to age. That is a certainty.
But as you can see from the information above, there’s so much you can do to help slow the aging process internally and keep feeling great well into your golden years!
Thursday, September 15, 2016
You might have even thought I was crazy.
After all, everyone knows that red meat is a heart attack on a plate, right? And that sugar, while not innocent, merely causes cavities and packs a few pounds on your backside?
Well, hold onto your hat because it’s now come out that the sugar industry PAID research scientists back in the 1960s to minimize the link between sugar and heart disease, and instead push saturated fat as the criminal.
The damning historical documents (that were uncovered by a researcher at UCSF and published in JAMA Internal Medicine), support the fact that Big Sugar was able to buy researchers off in order to hide the sweet stuff’s significant role in heart disease.
This falsified research has shaped our standard dietary recommendations (and medical school textbooks) toward the avoidance of saturated fat (while stressing low-fat, high-sugar foods) for the last 50 years!
And it’s devastating to think of the number of people that have suffered and died from heart disease as a result of this greed.
Here’s the truth about sugar and heart disease:
How sweet it ISN’T
Sugar can affect your cardiovascular system in these three distinct ways:
1) It raises cholesterol
The most widely used form of sugar in processed foods and soda is high fructose corn syrup. And contrary to what the cleverly designed sugar industry commercials tell you, it’s NOT the same as regular sugar, NOR is it “safe in moderation.”
Sucrose (table sugar) is made up of two natural sugar units--one glucose and one fructose.
High fructose corn syrup, on the other hand, is 100 percent fructose in a highly processed form that does NOT exist in apples, peaches or plums…plus it’s made from GMO corn to boot.
Your body processes glucose and fructose in two different ways--your liver needs to break down only 20 percent of the glucose you take in, but 100 percent of the fructose.
So inundating your body with large amounts of HFCS puts a tremendous stress on your liver.
And since your liver is responsible for regulating your body’s cholesterol levels, having a liver that is taxed from HFCS can certainly affect its cholesterol monitoring abilities.
Plus unlike glucose which your body can use for energy, HFCS turns into fatty acids, excess cholesterol, and triglycerides.
2) It raises blood pressure
Sugar is a very inflammatory substance…and when you eat a lot of it, you tax your pancreas’ insulin production capabilities. Eventually, sugar builds up in your bloodstream and stirs up inflammation in your arteries.
Your body heals the inflammation by summoning cholesterol to the area as a salve.
But when your arteries incur repetitive sugar-induced inflammation, not only is cholesterol repeatedly recruited, but those areas become "magnets" for fibrous proteins called fibrinogens, plus calcium deposits, and wastes and toxins in your blood.
And that is the perfect recipe for high blood pressure and atherosclerosis!
3) It causes leaky gut
Your intestinal wall is strong enough to move your wastes along and keep dangerous toxins "locked up" until they can be eliminated with your bowel movements.
At the same time, it also "opens its doors" just ever so slightly to allow nutrients from your foods to be absorbed into your bloodstream.
But when your gut wall becomes TOO permeable--known as leaky gut-- toxins from your foods, the environment, and disease-causing bacteria now have an "open door" to seep into your bloodstream and ignite inflammation in your arteries.
And a leading cause of a leaky gut wall is SUGAR!
Sugar feeds the harmful bacteria in your gut, which then overcome your friendly flora and eat away at the gut wall, making it too porous.
Here are three ways to help minimize sugar’s effects on your body, and help you recover from any harm it has caused you.
- Find alternatives and curb your consumption
Drink water instead of soda. Soda is THE single largest source of sugar (HFCS) consumption in the world.
Concentrate on real foods—fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, dairy, real butter, legumes, nuts, and seeds. You will stay satisfied longer and won’t be as tempted to reach for a sweet snack.
And limit your “sugar indulgences” to special occasions like a birthday or a holiday. Trust me, our heart disease epidemic is not the result of people eating pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving or a piece of birthday cake—it’s the result of a daily onslaught of sugar to the tune of 150 pounds per person per year.
- Encourage better digestion
Also, if you have low stomach acid, take antacids or frequently suffer from indigestion or heartburn, digestive enzyme supplementation can pinch hit where your body needs a little enzyme boost.
3. Support your friendly flora
The friendly bacteria in your system help to keep your gut wall strong and non-porous, assist with digestion and keep harmful bacteria under control.
Unfortunately, sugar destroys your friendly flora, so if you’ve been a sugarholic for a while, a full-spectrum probiotic supplement can help rebuild your supply of these helpful good guys.
PS: You may be thinking, “OK, this is great but what about saturated fats?”
Here’s what you must know:
Your body needs saturated fats for your brain, nervous system, hormones and even your heart to function properly! They are only a concern if you have WAY too many or the wrong kind.
So go ahead and have saturated fats in healthful amounts—like a 4-5 oz. piece of meat, some butter on your vegetables or scrambled eggs for breakfast.
The truly health-wrecking saturated fat is TRANS-FATS—they are what will guarantee your appointment with the cardiologist (or undertaker), and must be avoided at all times. Read food labels carefully and avoid margarine and hydrogenated oils.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
This is how she described "good health":
- Her cholesterol was under control with Lipitor
- Her blood pressure stayed right around 120/80 with Lopressor
- Nexium kept her acid reflux quiet
- Imitrex worked like a charm on her migraines
This woman is anything BUT healthy. What she has is a chemically-induced absence of symptoms.
Sadly, people like this sickly woman are rapidly increasing in number in our society today. Plus we’re not dealing with isolated health challenges anymore—at least one out of four of us has two or more chronic conditions which are never "cured" but just "managed" with multiple medications.
And that's our new definition for "health"--medicated for life and never really feeling good, but making drug companies rich beyond belief.
What's behind these health horrors?
While there are many reasons for our abysmal states of health, one of the most significant underlying factors is chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is the primary causative factor behind ALL of these health trends:
- Nearly 7 out of 10 of us are overweight or obese.
- Allergic conditions (including asthma) now rank 5th among chronic diseases.
- Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, and estimates are that by 2025, the number of Americans with diabetes will be at least 50 million.
- Arthritis and joint disease affect 53 million people in the United States--almost 1 out of 5 people.
- Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.
- Our number one and two killers—heart disease and cancer—are responsible for nearly half of all deaths.
- Nearly one-third of us have high blood pressure.
The good news is there are ways you can fight chronic inflammation and help prevent it from creating chronic disease in you.
And even if you are already affected with one or more chronic diseases, you can help mitigate their effects and even possibly reduce or eliminate the need for certain medications!
Here are four effective inflammation-fighting strategies that can help make all the difference in YOUR state of health:
1) Eat away at inflammation
These are foods that have been shown to help reduce inflammation:
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Walnuts and almonds
- Herbs and spices such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, oregano, basil and rosemary
- Leafy green vegetables
Omega-3 essential fatty acids are Nature's anti-inflammatory. These are found in abundances in fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and cod.
Unfortunately, also found in abundance in these critters are high levels of mercury, PCBs, and other toxins, especially in those caught from the Atlantic…so it's wise to avoid Atlantic varieties and eat only wild-caught Pacific or Alaskan varieties.
Also, purified, pharmaceutical-grade fish oil supplements are a great way to get the Omega-3 EFAs you need without having to worry about pollutants in grocery store fish. Just remember to talk to your doctor first if you are on blood thinners.
3) Do the avoid-dance
Just as important as getting natural sources of anti-inflammatories is avoiding these harmful inflammation-causing foods:
- Sunflower oil, corn oil, hydrogenated oils and other processed vegetable oils
- Refined carbohydrates (sugar, flour, white bread, pastries, etc.)
- Processed, packaged foods
- Fake foods (including margarine and artificial sweeteners)
- GMO foods (assume any packaged food that is non-organic has GMO ingredients in it)
- Meat and eggs from conventionally farmed animals, especially beef and chicken. Strive for organic versions of these.
- Conventionally grown produce with high pesticide residues. Try to buy organic as much as you can.
The beneficial bacteria in your gut house 70 percent of your immune system, so that should give you a clue as to how important they are.
Unfortunately, our gut bacteria populations have been under assault from things like antibiotics (from both pills we take and conventionally farmed animals we eat), refined carbohydrates, soda, smoking, lacking sleep, medication residue, and stress.
In addition, our exaggerated fears of bacteria and our efforts to wipe them out of our existence has created immune systems which have not been conditioned or developed to function as they were designed to.
Instead what we’re seeing are over-sensitive immune systems that launch an out and out inflammatory attack against harmless microbes or tissues, and this is coming out as our skyrocketing rates of autoimmune diseases and allergies.
So now more than ever, it’s crucial to help support your gut bacteria and immune system with a full-spectrum, multi-strain probiotic formula.
It’s never too late!
No matter what your state of health is, you can be helped by counteracting inflammation in your body with safe, natural measures.
Don't procrastinate. Do it now.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Eating disorders present a unique challenge because they are not solely a physical OR psychological condition but BOTH—specifically, a behavioral (psychological) issue that involves eating (a physical event) and the hefty price (both physical and mental) of the resulting severe nutritional deficiencies.
In anorexia, Nervosa's cycle of self-starvation, the person’s body is repeatedly denied the nutrients it needs to function and is forced to slow down all of its processes to conserve energy.
This can result in:
- Abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure, indicating that the heart muscle is changing. This also presents a risk for heart failure and death.
- Reduction of bone density (osteoporosis).
- Muscle loss and weakness.
- Severe dehydration, which can trigger kidney failure.
- Fatigue and low energy.
- Dry hair and skin; hair loss.
- Electrolyte imbalances that can lead to irregular heartbeats, heart failure, and death.
- Gastric (stomach) rupture during periods of bingeing.
- Inflammation and rupture of the esophagus from frequent vomiting.
- Tooth decay from stomach acids released during frequent vomiting.
- Irregular bowel movements and chronic constipation.
- Peptic ulcers and pancreatitis.
Eating disorders are not as rare as you may think. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 million women and 10 million men in the US suffer from an eating disorder at some time in their life.
Despite their prevalence and serious health consequences, very little funding is awarded for their research as compared to other brain/psychological conditions like Alzheimer’s or schizophrenia.
And get this—the CDC doesn’t even have disease entries for anorexia or bulimia on its website!
But eating disorders are REAL conditions—not a fad, phase or lifestyle choice but a true illness for which people that are suffering need help.
And one of the places to look for help is in the area of certain nutritional deficiencies!
Here are three deficiencies that are recognized as triggers or contributing factors to eating disorders:
The zinc link
During the 1980s the idea began to emerge that certain nutritional deficiencies could play a part in the development of eating disorders when it was noted that the symptoms of zinc deficiency and anorexia were virtually identical:
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Impotence in males
- Skin lesions
Vitamin B6 helps create serotonin from the amino acid tryptophan. Serotonin is the body’s feel-good neurotransmitter that is linked with happiness. When our serotonin levels drop (as they can with B6 deficiency), so do our feelings of self-esteem.
This can create a dangerous cycle, especially in body-conscious young girls. As their self-esteem drops, girls tend to see themselves as “fat” (regardless of how slender they may be) and diet vigorously, which in turn even further depletes B6 and serotonin. Eventually, their serotonin-starved brain can become obsessed by thoughts they can’t turn off or behaviors (dieting) they can’t stop—creating a pathway to an eating disorder.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids
Omega-3 essential fatty acids are crucial to proper brain function, hormone production and neurotransmitter production (including serotonin).
Unfortunately, many people with eating disorders see all fats as fattening and something that must be avoided, thereby further worsening the challenges their brain has to deal with (including anxiety and depression) as well as making themselves susceptible to hormone imbalances and low serotonin levels.
Hope and healing from eating disorders
First and foremost, dealing with an eating disorder requires treatment with a skilled psychotherapist that is experienced with these conditions. Inpatient hospitalization may also be necessary depending on the severity of the condition.
In addition, filling the gaps with any nutrient deficiencies is a MUST!
Step one is to concentrate on nutritious real foods and avoid nutrient-poor refined carbohydrates and sugars as much as possible. Also, drinking adequate water is crucial to combat dehydration.
Step two is to seek out helpful supplements:
A full-spectrum multi-vitamin and mineral formula can provide healthful doses of zinc and vitamin B6, and serve as a “safety cushion” of other vital nutrients while the person recovering from the eating disorder is attempting to improve their eating habits.
Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil supplements are crucial since our food supply is severely lacking these fats that are essential to brain function. Omega-3 EFAs are also a natural anti-inflammatory which can help counteract a GI tract that may be inflamed due to frequent vomiting.
Probiotics can help ease chronic constipation as well as support a healthier intestinal environment and improved nutrient absorption.
A complete amino acid formula can help restore needed protein to the brain, heart and muscles, especially if the person recovering is a vegetarian or vegan. Also, vitamin B12 is a must to help restore energy and mental clarity for vegans and vegetarians since their diets are lacking in food (animal) sources of this nutrient.
By addressing both the psychological and physical/nutritional aspects of eating disorders, the level of success of the recovery process can be enhanced dramatically…eventually restoring better health and lifelong healthful eating patterns.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Because they’ve found their niche--in processed and junk foods!
But alas, the truth is starting to trickle out about these lab monsters, proving once again that it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.
Here’s the scoop:
Better ingredients, better junk food
Currently, the most widely-produced GMO crops in the US are corn, soy, and wheat.
But it’s not likely that you will see GMO ears of corn in the produce section of your local grocery store. Instead, GMO corn is primarily used to make high fructose corn syrup—which is in virtually every processed food on the planet, and especially in soda.
GMO corn and wheat are used in snack chips and crackers.
Plus GMO corn and soy are used to make corn oil and soybean oil—the two most common types of oils used in processed foods.
Keep in mind there are no labeling requirements for GMO ingredients—so for instance what you’ll see on a bag of Fritos® is merely “corn, corn oil and salt.”
On a bottle of Heinz® Ketchup the label will show only: Tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, spice, onion powder and natural flavoring.
GMO—Getting Massively Obese?
It remains largely unknown what the long-term health effects of GMO crops will be.
Since GMOs are created by splicing DNA between unrelated species, crossing entire kingdoms of organisms (plant and animal, including viruses and bacteria--yuck), who knows what the foreign proteins from these lab creations will do to our bodies in the long run?
Personally, I’d feel safer eating an old shoe.
But one thing studies are showing is that GMO crops contribute to weight gain, over and above that which would be expected from eating a lot of processed and junk food.
In one study examining the potential health effects of GMOs, researchers from Norway observed two groups of rats--one group was given food made with GMO corn and the other was given food made with conventional corn.
Over the course of 90 days, the rats eating the GMO corn diet grew fatter and consumed more food than the rats on the non-GMO diet.
They also observed that rats got fatter when they ate fish that had been raised on GMO corn--so there's a chain reaction effect!
They also tried the experiment on salmon and saw similar results--fish eating GMO corn grew faster and ate more than fish eating non-GMO corn.
Plus the salmon eating the GMO corn had a reduced ability to digest proteins and experienced immune system changes that didn't occur in the non-GMO-fed fish.
Now, I know people are not rats and fish, but look around you—last I checked, our obesity rate is going up, not down, plus autoimmune diseases and food sensitivities are exploding.
I don’t think that’s a coincidence.
Minimize your exposure!
Here’s how you can help minimize your exposure to GMO dangers:
To make sure any fresh produce you buy is not GMO, look at the codes on the little stickers:
- 4-digit code: Traditionally grown (non-GMO) produce
- 5-digit code: Look at the first number:
- If it starts with a 9, it's organic (like the picture above shows)
- If it starts with an 8, it's a GMO
Unless a packaged food is 100 percent organic, you should assume it has GMO ingredients.
The answer here is easy—stick to real foods and avoid the packaged stuff as much as possible.
Buy organic whenever you can
Organic foods by definition do not contain GMO ingredients, so if you want snack chips, cereals or other packaged foods, at least opt for organic brands.
Also try to buy as much organic meat, milk and produce as possible—to not only minimize your exposure to GMOs but also hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and herbicides.
If you're on a tight budget and can't afford to go 100 percent organic, here is a good rule of thumb: If you are going to be eating the entire food, skin included (like with grapes, peppers or lettuce), strive to buy organic. If you will be peeling the food (such as with bananas, avocado or oranges) conventional is probably OK.
Also, check out local farmer’s markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs in your area.
Help your gut bacteria recover
Unless you’ve been diligent about eating 100 percent organic food, chances are excellent your gut bacteria may have already taken a harmful hit from GMOs because of the glyphosate (Roundup®) that they are sprayed with destroys your friendly flora.
In addition to a healthy diet of real foods, supplementation with a top-quality probiotic can help your gut bacteria bounce back and provide their sickness and disease-fighting protection.
Remember YOU alone are responsible for your health--not biotech companies and food companies.
Don't offer yourself up as a guinea pig, jeopardizing your health while you help to grow their bottom lines.
When it comes to real health, natural is always best.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
When the average person hears the words “digestive problems” visions of gas, heartburn and belching come to mind.
But sometimes digestive issues don’t manifest themselves as digestive symptoms! Instead, they can come out as something totally different that you would never associate to your GI tract.
Here are 10 sneaky signs of digestive problems that you should start paying attention to:
1- Bad breath
Believe it or not, the same bacteria that causes ulcers (Helicobacter pylori) can cause bad breath.
About half of all Americans carry H. pylori. While they won’t all develop ulcers, they stand at least a 1 in 10 chance of it causing bad breath.
In addition, intestinal dysbiosis (having an imbalance of gut flora that favors harmful bacteria) can also come out as halitosis.
2- The 2pm lull after lunch
Nothing the human body does demands more energy than digestion.
So if yours isn’t going along so well, that can sap your energy and leave you needing toothpicks to keep your eyelids open after eating.
3- Body odor
Your body expels toxins through urination, bowel movements, exhaling, sneezing and sweating.
One of the biggest source of inner toxin buildup is inadequately digested food, so if your digestion is not what it should be, that can be coming out through your skin when you sweat and causing some serious BO.
4- Dry skin and hair
Your skin and hair need a variety of nutrients including biotin, vitamins D, B6, C and E, zinc and omega-3 essential fatty acids.
So the presence of dry skin or hair can suggest either an unhealthy diet or inadequate absorption of nutrients—a consequence of poor digestion.
5- Acne and other skin problems
When your intestinal wall is unhealthy and too porous (leaky gut), harmful bacteria, poorly digested food molecules and other wastes can get into circulation and stir up inflammation anywhere in your body.
When your skin is affected by this inflammation, it can prompt acne and other skin problems like hives and rashes.
6- Body aches and pains (including arthritis)
These too are tied to a leaky gut wall—the inflammation caused by toxins in your bloodstream can lead to body aches and pains.
7- Food sensitivities
When your digestion is not efficient, inadequately digested food particles can bully their way into your bloodstream, aggravate your immune system, and trigger the development of food sensitivities.
Low serotonin levels have been linked to migraines.
Most people don’t realize this, but the beneficial bacteria in your gut produce 80 percent of your body's serotonin.
So if your intestinal flora balance is not as healthy as it should be, this could mean your body is low in serotonin which in turn could be contributing to your migraine attacks.
Just like migraines, depression can also be the result of low serotonin levels. So if your gut isn’t cranking out enough, it may be affecting your state of mind.
In addition, inadequate nutrient absorption can be a cause--many people who suffer from depression are deficient in B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and omega-3 essential fatty acids (especially DHA).
Gastrointestinal blood loss (such as from an ulcer) is one of the most common causes of iron deficiency. In addition, insufficient stomach acid can lead to poor digestion and nutrient absorption, thus reducing iron levels.
Steps to a healthier GI tract
Now that you can see that issues with your digestive system can cause problems that go WAY beyond just stomach aches or constipation, it’s increasingly important to make sure all 30 feet of your GI tract is in tip-top shape and working the way it’s supposed to!
Here are some tried and true measures to pamper your food path:
Eat real food! If you don’t know what an ingredient is on a food package, neither does your body. So your poor GI tract has to deal with the mess until it passes the chemicals, preservatives and heaven-knows-what-else on to your liver and kidneys to detox out of you.
Take a daily probiotic supplement. The fact is, very few people get enough natural sources of probiotics like fermented foods, so just about everybody can benefit from a daily dose of friendly gut bacteria. Probiotics are especially helpful with gas, constipation, leaky gut and harmful bacteria overgrowth.
Supplement with digestives enzymes if necessary. As we age, our ability to produce enzymes diminishes. Plus if you use acid reducers, you’re shutting some of yours right down, and may be paying the price with heartburn and poor nutrient absorption.
Make its job easier with simpler meals. Both proteins and starches are very concentrated foods, so eating both at the same meal is enormously taxing on your body. Combine proteins OR starches with lots of veggies for an easier digestive process.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Well, you would be wrong.
Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered that your brain is directly connected to your immune system by lymphatic vessels that were previously thought not to exist.
This stunning discovery actually means medical school textbooks need to be rewritten…but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Shedding new light on neurological conditions
Up until now, the immune system component in neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS), autism and Alzheimer’s has been a bit of a mystery.
For example, people with MS suffer impairments in their mobility and coordination because their immune system eats away at the protective covering of their nerves, but it was never clear exactly how this happened.
Well, now we know there’s a rather distinct pathway between the two!
Alzheimer's is characterized by the accumulation of large protein chunks in the brain. It’s entirely possible that those chunks may be accumulating because they're not being properly “washed away” by these newly-discovered lymphatic vessels.
And in autism, a condition that has exploded from 1 in 10,000 in 1983 to currently 1 in 45 children, it’s time to acknowledge what is affecting our kids’ immune systems and see how it may be triggering this heartbreaking condition.
The more these lymphatic channels are studied, the more hope there will be for people suffering from these and other neurological conditions.
Its resume is growing
A healthy immune system clearly does SO much more than merely protect you against colds, viruses, flu and infections.
A strong immune system also protects you against diseases like cancer.
A sharp immune system recognizes that things like cat dander, ragweed, and shellfish aren’t harmful invaders that should cause you sneezing, congestion and make you swell up.
A smart, properly functioning immune system knows better than to attack your body with various autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s, psoriasis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis .
And now it sure looks like an intelligent immune system can even reduce your chances of developing a devastating neurological condition!
They’re under attack!
Unfortunately, our immune systems are constantly under attack from various stressors:
Physical stressors like viruses, harmful bacteria, parasites or fungi, as well as medications and alcohol.
Emotional/mental stressors include stress from jobs, relationships, and life-changing events.
Environmental stressors are the largest, most uncontrollable category of stressors. They include things like:
- Air and water pollution
- Chemicals and toxins in food and the environment
- Heavy metal exposure from water, vaccines, amalgam fillings, wood stains and pipes
- Vehicle exhaust
- “Off-gassing” from chemicals on hardware stores shelves
Now more than ever before, it’s essential to take care of your increasingly important immune system!
In addition to having a healthy diet of real foods and avoiding the above immune system stressors as much as possible, nutritional supplementation can go a long way in supporting strong, sharp immune function.
- Multi-strain probiotic formula. Since 70 percent of your immune system resides in your intestinal tract, having a strong, healthy flora balance is crucial to support proper immune function.
- Vitamin B12. B12 is essential for the formation of the white blood cells that comprise your immune system. It’s also a very common deficiency, so supplementation helps ensure you have enough of this crucial nutrient.
- Vitamin D. Although is best known for building strong bones, vitamin D also helps to prevent excessive, inflammatory immune responses, such as those that are seen in autoimmune conditions and allergic reactions.
Treat your immune system like the precious gold that it is. You couldn’t do anything more important for your health and life.