Saturday, June 6, 2015

4 Diet Mistakes that Age You

By Dr. Mercola

Mistake #1: You avoid all animal protein

Vitamin B12, which is essential for energy, is found only in foods that are derived from animals. This nutrient helps regulate your metabolism, and it is an important part of maintaining a healthy brain and nervous system. Fatigue is a classic sign of B12 deficiency.

Mistake #2: You’re not getting enough manganese and copper

Manganese and copper prevent joint pain, and are both essential for maintaining joint cartilage and flexibility. In many cases, getting enough of these nutrients reverses joint deterioration and eliminates joint pain.

Mistake #3: You avoid healthy fats

Omega-3 fats are part of your brain’s building blocks. If you’re not getting enough in your diet, the architecture of your brain becomes weak, and brain function, including memory, deteriorates.

Mistake #4: You favor packaged foods over whole

Most processed foods do not have enough potassium, which can result in high blood pressure. Eating better can correct the problem.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

8 Herbs That Kill Internal Parasites Naturally

 from http://eatlocalgrown.com

 

 

1. Garlic

Garlic is anti-bad-stuff. Viruses, fungi, bacteria, parasites, cancer, and vampires all hate garlic. It's an absolutely amazing herb and the best in the business at killing bad stuff. It even chelates heavy metals (removes them from the body). Garlic is also a very powerful deterrent for blood sucking parasites like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.

2. Black Walnut-Nuts & Hull

The nuts and green hulls of black walnut (Juglans nigra) are loved by herbalists for their ability to cleanse the blood and the intestines. Black walnut hull is used to cure fungal infections. The juice from the green hulls are used to kill parasites. Only green hulls should be used. 

3. Wormwood

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a perennial herb with tiny yellow-green flowers. Leaves and flowers are used to treat stomach problems and wormwood is a powerful remedy for intestinal worms. Wormwood should be avoided by women who or nursing. Wormwood has strong antimicrobial properties and is used for other infections as well.

4. Cloves

Clove essential oil is used to dissolve eggs found in the intestines that have been left behind by worms. It's believed to be the only herb that actually does destroy almost all parasite eggs. When used in conjunction with black walnut and wormwood, the trio break the parasite's life-cycles. Clove is also antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Clove oil has powerful broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties
 

5. Thyme

Thyme is one of the best herbs for stimulating the thymus, a major gland of the immune system. Thyme helps stimulate the body's natural defenses and works very well with echinacea to boost the ability of our immune system. Oil of thyme can eliminate growth of many parasites, and it kills them in the intestinal tract.

6. Oil of Oregano

Oil of oregano is infused with extremely high levels of free-radical-crushing antioxidants, and it is antiparasitic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. It is a powerful, indiscriminate killer that can reset the microbial environment in the intestines. Many studies show the effectiveness of oil of oregano with everything from parasitical infections to cancer.

7. Chinese Goldthread

Goldthread (Coptis chinensis) has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat all types of infections, including bacterial, parasitic, yeast, and protozoan. It contains a substance called berberine, which is responsible for the broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties. 

8. Diatomaceous Earth

Food grade diatomaceous earth absorbs methyl mercury, E. coli, endotoxins, viruses, organophosphate pesticide residues, and drug residues. Its positive effects include killing intestinal parasites, balancing the intestinal flora, killing viruses, and absorbing toxins. It's great for intestinal cleanses. The only side effect known is its ability to irritate the lungs if inhaled; it is a very fine powder.

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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Friday, January 9, 2015

Squats: The Absolutely Incredible Secret to Staying in Shape

 In the last year or two there have been several innovations, movements, and techniques popularized for incorporating more movement into the average day. Sitting for long periods of time (as you probably do in your office chair) can slow your metabolism and even increase risk of certain diseases.
Little tricks like getting up every hour and walking around, or having walking meetings, standing desks, and even treadmill desks have become increasingly more popular. However, there is one exercise that many people, even regular gym rats, neglect to do and it will gives you the most bang for your buck.

I’m talking about squats.

Squats are absolutely incredible. They build full body strength as you use your core to stabilize and keep everything aligned. The glutes and hamstrings are very large muscles so buy utilizing them you tend to burn a lot of fat. Squats invigorate your nervous system and help your stress response since the squat is a naturally defensive position. They can even help your digestion and the regularity of your bowel movements. This is essentially the swiss army knife of exercise.
Here are some easy ways you can incorporate squats throughout your day to build strength, increase health and energy, and improve performance.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Best Curcumin Supplement?

 from http://www.healthyfellow.com

In previous columns I’ve reported on the myriad of health benefits associated with turmeric extracts. Turmeric is probably best known as a component of curry, the traditional spice mix. However, among scientists, turmeric has been at the center of a love-hate relationship. In animal and in vitro studies, curcuminoids, antioxidant chemicals found in turmeric, have yielded very encouraging results in conditions ranging from autoimmune disease to dementia. Conversely, human trials have been far less consistent. Poor bioavailability is suspected as the primary culprit for the mixed findings in the human studies.


When recommending a curcumin supplement to clients, family and friends, I opt for an extract by the name of Meriva. The product is manufactured by Indena, an Italian phytopharmaceutical giant. Meriva is reasonably priced and well researched. What’s more, Indena has a long history of improving the absorption and activity of plant based ingredients by utilizing “phytosomes”. In essence, phytosomes chemically bind phospholipids (emulsifying components found in lecithin) with water soluble substances such as curcuminoids, green tea and resveratrol. The resulting combination increases the retention and uptake of otherwise poorly absorbed extracts.
To date, nine peer-reviewed studies have been published on Meriva. The results have been nothing short of impressive. First and foremost, Meriva has been shown to increase the systemic availability of curcuminoids “29-fold higher” when compared to uncomplexed curcumin. But, even more important, is the therapeutic effect Meriva supplementation has in human volunteers. A typical, daily dose of 1,000 mg of Meriva has been documented as improving various eye conditions (anterior uveitis, chronic chorioretinopathy and diabetic microangiopathy) and osteoarthritis. In addition, two well designed animal studies indicate that Meriva may present a powerful adjunct “medication” in the treatment of breast and colorectal cancer.

Supplementing with a curcumin phytosome supplement is beneficial on a number of fronts. It allows users to take a lower dosage, thereby reducing the risk of gastrointestinal upset – the most common side effect of high dose curcumin therapy. Also, there is an obvious advantage to only taking two capsules per day as opposed to several or more. The use of Meriva can likewise reduce expense. A one month supply costs approximately $15 when purchased online. This makes it more affordable (and safer) than many popular medications and supplements used for similar purposes. This is not to say that Meriva is the only effective curcumin extract on the market. Other supplements, such as BCM-95, may turn out to be as or more effective. However, for the time being, I find the research supporting Meriva to be at the head of the pack.