Monday, May 25, 2015

3 Strategies for Bolstering Your Immune System

Strategy 1: REDUCE THE WORKLOAD

 Free radicals like reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS, RNS) are molecules missing an electron, making them highly unstable and capable of destructive interactions with lipids, DNA, and proteins. (2). At normal to low levels, ROS and RNS are necessary for the immune system – they are released by innate immune cell macrophages to destroy invading pathogens, and they act as innate system messengers, warning of incoming invaders.

Strategy 2: BUILD A STRONGER ARMY

 

  1. Over 70% of the body’s immune cells are produced in the gut, meaning the majority of our immune system is housed in the gut.
  2. There are 10 times more microbes (bacteria) in the intestines than there are cells in the body – this essentially means we are more microbe than human! (9).
It is now understood by many doctors and scientists that the microbiome is actually an organ all its own, believing that large changes to its composition may be as damaging as changing the structure of another bodily organ. 

Strategy 3: CONTROL INFLAMMATION

 The adrenal glands are perhaps one of the most important regulatory glands in our bodies, yet they are one of the most overlooked and overworked. The adrenals produce cortisol (aka the stress hormone). Evolutionarily, cortisol temporarily inhibited the immune system so all bodily energies could be directed towards the fight or flight response. This makes a lot of sense, I mean, who wants to be worrying about sneezing while fleeing from a large animal?!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

What's the Difference Between Dutch Process and Natural Cocoa Powder?

There's a kitchen stereotype that bakers are meticulous and measure everything to the gram. They follow directions to the letter, all while savory cooks are throwing food into pots Swedish Chef style.
Sometimes I wish I baked like that, but truth be told I often freestyle and substitute. Take, for instance, cocoa powder, which comes in two main varieties, natural and Dutch process. Can you substitute one for the other or are you better off sticking to the road more traveled?
The answer: it depends on what you're baking, but no matter what, the two varieties don't taste the same.

So What is Cocoa Powder Exactly?

 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dementia 'linked' to common over-the-counter drugs




A study has linked commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia.
All of the types of medication in question are drugs that have an "anticholinergic" effect.
Experts say people should not panic or stop taking their medicines.
In the US study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, higher doses and prolonged use were linked to higher dementia risk in elderly people.
The researchers only looked at older people and found the increased risk appeared when people took drugs every day for three years or more.
Side-effects All medicines can have side-effects and anticholinergic-type drugs that block a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine are no exception.

  

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