What Your Skin Color Says About Your Health

What Your Skin Color Says About Your HealthYour skin may be the first sign that you have a serious health issue – one that may need immediate medical intervention. Unfortunately, many people dismiss skin changes as temporary, albeit annoying, cosmetic blemishes.

Here’s a truth worth remembering; your skin provides a window into your current state of health. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring changes in color that may be warning signs of a potentially life-threatening condition.

In fact, here are three skin colors that may reveal hidden health issues.

Blue-Gray Skin. If your skin turns blueish-gray, it may be indicative of a mild-to-severe problem. Most often, you’re likely to see this tone change in your lips or under your nails, although it can occur other places as well.

For instance, if your body has low levels of hemoglobin, anemia can occur. This change may be reflected in skin discolorations. Fortunately, your medical healthcare provider can order a simple blood test to rule out anemia, and this condition is easily managed.

However, blueish-gray skin may also be a warning sign for circulation issues. It could indicate that your heart is having a difficult time pumping blood. That’s why it is crucial to contact your physician as soon as possible to diagnose the cause of skin discoloration.

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5 Causes of Seizures in the Elderly

5 Causes of Seizures in the ElderlyThe first time you see someone have a seizure, it can be a frightening experience. It can also be unpredictable. In fact, symptoms of an impending seizure may be unrecognizable for someone experiencing a seizure for the first time.

Here are just a few of the warning signs:

  • Feeling odd, fuzzy, or confused
  • Headaches
  • Unusual tastes or smells
  • Jerky movements
  • Losing control of urine or bowels

For individuals in their senior years – age 65 or older – the likelihood of seizures increase. There are a variety of reasons why people experience seizures as they age. Here are five of them.

Head Trauma – Because older individuals are more prone to falls, they often suffer from loss of consciousness or head injuries as a result. Injuries to the head should be monitored closely after an accident. In fact, elderly people are three times more likely to suffer from seizures after a traumatic injury.

Alcohol – Alcohol abuse is common among elderly populations. Unfortunately, it is often under-recognized. Older individuals who abuse alcohol are three times more likely to experience seizures than other healthy adults their age.

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Why The MAP is Your Road Map to Optimal Wellness

Why The MAP is Your Road Map to Optimal WellnessIf you’re new to the concept of the Matrix Assessment Profile – also known as The MAP – you may have concerns about how it works or how it benefits your health. In fact, we get a lot of questions. We’re happy to answer them for you here.

Here’s the background. The Matrix Assessment Profile was originally developed by NASA bio-engineers in order to eliminate low-grade health issues for astronauts in space. At Optimal Wellness Labs, we’ve taken that technology and used it to develop action plans to treat chronic health conditions for people all over the world.

This is not an event. It is a process. The MAP is a personalized 12-week road map to wellness based on the results of an individual’s biochemistry.

With 50 million cells in your body responsible for 6 trillion chemical reactions per second, it only stands to reason that your chronic conditions won’t disappear overnight. Prescriptions may ease your symptoms, but they don’t correct the underlying conditions.

Because everything in our bodies work in cycles, we work with these cycles to detox your body and to manage and eliminate your chronic conditions. The end result? The need for prescription medications is eliminated forever.

The MAP is an in-home test that uses urine and saliva samples to find the root cause of your chronic conditions. Here are examples health issues we list on our website. You may have other chronic conditions that you’d like to treat.

  • Chronic pain
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Acid Reflux/Indigestion
  • Inflammation / Arthritis / Achy Joints
  • Allergies
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Insomnia / Sleep Disorders
  • Memory Loss
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Lack of energy
  • Seizures
  • Weight Control
  • Parkinson’s
  • Cancer
  • Cholesterol
  • ADD / ADHD
  • Lack of focus / Lack of Concentration
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gallstones / Kidney Stones

Here’s how it works.

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Super Foods That Make You Feel Great

Super Foods That Make You Feel GreatIt’s no surprise that eating too much junk food can sabotage your health. Conversely, there are certain foods you can work into your diet that will have a significant and positive impact on the quality of your life.

If you’ve been making unhealthy food choices, it may be time to rethink your approach to food. Here’s how you can make a positive and lasting change in your health.

Consider your refrigerator and food pantry a pharmacy that can both cure and prevent chronic health conditions. Pack it full of nutritious foods that enhance your physical and mental well-being.

If you choose the right combination of foods, you can crush many chronic health conditions.

We’re here to make your food choices easy. Simply choose two or more foods in each category and work them into your weekly diet. It won’t take long to feel the difference.

Feel-Good Food

Who doesn’t want to feel happy? However, with so many stressors in our lives, it’s easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed.

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How Eating Sugar and Drinking Sugar Affects Your Oral Health

How Eating Sugar and Drinking Sugar Affects Your Oral HealthSugar. It’s a substantial part of the American diet. Drinks have sugar. Foods have sugar. In fact, if that isn’t enough, many of us add sugar to our coffee, tea, and cereal. However, do you know how your oral health is affected when you drink or eat sugar?

Of course, there is the obvious risk of tooth decay, but what you don’t know about sugar may exacerbate its effects. At the end of the day, however, sugar is not good for you in any form.

Here are three ways that sugar affects your oral health.

1. Liquid sugar hides between your teeth. When you drink sugar, you are essentially giving it a place to hide. It will flow between your teeth and hide in places that are difficult to remove with simple brushing. That’s why it is important to floss or use a water-based flosser to remove these hidden sugars.

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3 Ways you’re Sabotaging Your Health with Poor Nutrition

3 Ways you’re Sabotaging Your Health with Poor NutritionLet’s face it. Many of us are easily tempted by fast food fixes and impulse purchases from vending machines.

Although an occasional taste of junk food won’t hurt your health, if you indulge several times a week, consider changing your eating habits. You may not realize just how much you’re sabotaging your well-being.

Other than gaining weight – and the health issues associated with those extra pounds – there are other serious concerns you should consider before reaching for your next guilty pleasure.

Here are three chronic health conditions that are fueled by unhealthy food choices.

1. Depression. If you eat a lot of foods that are high in sugar or refined grains, you’re likely to experience higher levels of depression than people who do not indulge in these foods. That high glycemic index is to blame.

In fact, a team of researchers working in cooperation with Columbia University professor James E. Gangwisch, Ph.D., studied the effects of a high-glycemic diet on mood.

The result? Sugars that were added to foods had a strong correlation with depression.

Total sugars or total carbohydrates seemed to have no effect.

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The Diverticulitis Diet

The Diverticulitis DietIf you’ve ever been afflicted with an attack of diverticulitis, you know how uncomfortable it can be: diarrhea, nausea, chills, and cramps are the tell-tale signs that something is definitely out of order. However, diverticulitis may be mistaken for the flu, and that’s why many of us end up in the emergency room before getting a definitive diagnosis.

Diverticulitis occurs in the pockets of the large intestine when feces become trapped. The result? Bacterial growth develops, and the large intestine becomes infected or inflamed. When left untreated, this condition can perforate the intestine.


Although diverticulitis can cause lifelong issues, the good news is that with proper nutrition during your recovery period, you can make the attacks more bearable.

The Diverticulitis Diet

Although the diverticulitis diet may not prevent this condition – or treat it – it will give you a chance to give your digestive system a reprieve.

According to the Mayo Clinic, individuals with mild to moderate diverticulitis should see their medical health practitioner to get a prescription for antibiotics and follow a restricted diet (listed below.)

When you have a diverticulitis attack, Mayo Clinic suggests that you follow this diet for a few days:

  • Broth
  • Fruit juices without pulp
  • Ice pops without bits of fruit or fruit pulp
  • Gelatin
  • Water
  • Tea or coffee without cream

You may also find it helpful to chew on ice chips during this time. Within two or three days, your doctor will suggest that you add low fiber foods to your diet. The key to a quicker recovery time is to give your digestive system a break.

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Dangers of Dehydration

Dangers of Dehydration

Muscle cramps. Headache. Thirst.

If you feel these symptoms during or after basking in the sun or working in the summer heat, chances are you’re suffering from mild to moderate dehydration.

Dehydration occurs when your body is low on fluids. If you spend a lot of time outdoors without drinking water or other hydrating liquids, you may become dehydrated. If you’re into extreme workouts, you could sweat yourself into a dehydrated state. Furthermore, individuals who live in high altitudes are also more prone to dehydration.

There’s more.

Dehydration can also occur if you generally do not eat well. Your body consists of 60 percent water so if your diet is lacking in foods that provide the proper hydration, your health will decline because of it.

Dehydration can also lead to digestion issues because your body needs to be fully hydrated to secrete the proper amount of digestive juices. Otherwise, you may suffer from uncomfortable symptoms such as bloating, gas, nausea, and nausea, just to name a few.

How can I tell if I’m dehydrated?

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How to Boost Your Brain Power Naturally

How to Boost Your Brain Power NaturallyWe know that consuming a healthy diet is good for weight management and for preventing a variety of chronic health issues. However, what you eat is also integral to boosting your brain power.

Here are three ways you can supplement your diet – naturally – to ramp up your memory, alertness, and cognition.

Think B. Vitamin B-6 and B-12 are paramount to maintaining brain health. If you’re like most of us, you may have noticed changes in your memory as you’ve gotten older. Healthy doses of B vitamins will help create the internal environment in your body to improve overall memory functions.

You can find these essential B vitamins in the following foods:

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Peanuts
  • Asparagus
  • Corn
  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Beef liver

Add antioxidants for learning, remembering, and using knowledge. If you want to improve your overall cognitive functioning, foods rich in antioxidants will give you optimal brain power.

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3 Ways to Prevent Gallstones Naturally

GallstonesGallstones develop because cholesterol and pigments in bile sometimes form hard particles. Cholesterol stones and pigment stones[/caption]Approximately 20 million individuals in the United States have gallstones. When substances – such as cholesterol, calcium carbonate, or calcium bilirubinate – harden in the bile duct or gallbladder, lumps called “stones” are formed.

There are two common types of gallstones.

  • Pigment Gallstones – These stones are less common among the population at large and more common in individuals who have liver disease, blood disease, or infections in the bile tubes.
  • Cholesterol Gallstones – These stones are more commonly diagnosed. In fact, approximately 75% of individuals who are diagnosed with gallstones have stones that are caused by excessive cholesterol in the bile.

It’s quite possible that you may have gallstones without being aware of it. In fact, most people are unaware that they have this condition. If, however, the gallbladder becomes inflamed, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Pain in the right shoulder
  • Pain below the ribs (right side of body)
  • You may awaken in the middle of the night with pain
  • Pain may become continuous and last for hours
  • Difficulty breathing

Once you’ve reached the stage of a gallbladder attack, the only intervention is medical intervention. However, there are steps you can take to lessen the chance that your body will form gallstones. Here are three ways to prevent gallstones naturally.

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