Antioxidants for Health

Antioxidants for HealthAntioxidants are molecules that inhibit the chemical reactions of other molecules that produce free radicals which often leads to chain reactions that may damage cell health.

This chemical reaction known as oxidation can be damaging to your body’s natural and complex systems, and are linked to a number of human diseases and degenerative disorders (as well as aging).

Because of their proactive role in preventing the degeneration and damage of the cells in our bodies, antioxidants are an important dietary supplement – and may be a powerful weapon against diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke. They are also effective against certain conditions causing chronic pain and soreness!

So-called “super foods” such as blueberries, beans, and cranberries are naturally high in antioxidants; however, it’s important to have a full complement of antioxidants to achieve their fullest effect. Proper supplements are one way of ensuring that your body is receiving the maximum benefit from these important molecules.

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Avoid These Common Drinks If You Have High Blood Pressure

Avoid These Common Drinks If You Have High Blood Pressure

According to the American Heart Association, 1 out of every 3 adults in the United States has been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Furthermore, the AHA also notes that hypertension “was listed as a primary or contributing cause of death in about 348,102 of the more than 2.4 million U.S. deaths in 2009.”

These numbers are high, and more than likely, high blood pressure affects you or someone you know. It’s a serious health condition, but it’s one that can often be alleviated naturally.

If you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension – or pre-hypertension – perhaps you’ve taken steps to lower your blood pressure by exercising, losing weight, and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Or, if you’re taking medication to treat the problem, you may worry that you’ll have to take that medication for the rest of your life just to keep your numbers down.

Ironically, even if you’ve made several positive changes to lower your blood pressure, you may be consuming drinks that cause your blood pressure to rise. The simple solution is to avoid them or – at least – minimize your consumption of them. Here are three drinks you’ll want to avoid if you are battling high blood pressure.

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New Considerations for Managing those Relentless Chronic Symptoms

New Considerations for Managing those Relentless Chronic SymptomsIf you suffer from a chronic, unresolved symptom and are taking prescription medication prescribed to you by your doctor, chances are you might be experiencing some temporary relief. But don’t assume that the cause of the symptom itself has been identified and eliminated. The reality is that medications only temporarily mask the symptoms but rarely address the reason that the symptoms exist in the first place. This is how the pharmaceutical industry continues to keep you on its drugs.

The key to eliminating the symptom is to identify the cause and remove it. So while your doctor may be telling you the truth about your condition –such as chronic pain, diabetes, acid reflux, inflammation, high blood pressure, weight control, etc.– he or she may not have gone far enough below the surface in their evaluation of you to identify the source – the root cause – of the symptoms themselves.

It’s not your doctor’s fault

Conventional medicine only trains doctors to identify a disease once it’s already developed and then render a diagnosis, not to seek the actual cause of the symptoms. The result is that doctors frequently ‘miss the mark’ because they are either looking at the wrong things or are looking at the things they are trained to look at in the wrong way. So, unless your doctor takes the initiative to explore the relationship of your symptoms—any symptoms—to disease or aging, he or she is limited to what they have been taught. And the way they have been taught is to do X procedure or administer X drug when you complain of X symptom. It’s really not his or her fault. That’s just what they’ve been taught.

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Sea Salt vs. Table Salt

Sea Salt vs. Table SaltShould you use sea salt or table salt? This has been the subject of debate for years. While it’s often a matter of personal preference, we recommend sea salt. Here’s why.

Sodium Levels: Sea Salt vs. Table Salt

Regardless of the choice you make, sea salt and table salt are comprised of the minerals sodium and chloride. However, if you look beyond this similarity, there are some distinct differences between the two.

With all the harsh warnings regarding consuming too much salt, you may think that sodium is bad for you. This is simply not true. Too much sodium is bad for you.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most Americans ingest twice as much their daily recommended sodium requirement. Adults need 1,500 mg. per day to maintain good health. Canned goods and restaurant foods are the big sodium culprits, adding unhealthy levels of sodium to our diets.

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Do You Have a Nitric Oxide Deficiency?

Do You Have a Nitric Oxide Deficiency?
Ever heard of nitric oxide? It’s a gas that is produced in every tissue and every organ of your body. It’s essential for living a long and healthy life.

Unfortunately, many of us are deficient in nitric oxide (NO) but don’t know it because the signs are also symptomatic of other chronic issues.

If you’ve never heard of NO, read on. What you don’t know can be detrimental to your health.

The Importance of Nitric Oxide

Nitric oxide is an important molecule. In fact, it is one of the components that will determine how long you are going to live. NO is linked to heart health as well as sexual health.

Nitric oxide is made by the endothelium, the lining of the blood vessels. It’s sensitive to the physical and chemical conditions inside the blood vessels and reacts accordingly.

When the endothelium senses heart healthy conditions – such as physical activity and low cholesterol – it releases more nitric oxide. This is good for your health. Here’s why.

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5 Tips for Dealing with Barometric Pressure Headaches

5 Tips for Dealing with Barometric Pressure HeadachesIf you’ve ever experienced headaches when the weather changes, chances are the barometric pressure is to blame. When barometric pressure and humidity drops simultaneously, conditions are particularly ripe for a barometric pressure headache.

Barometric pressure, according to Environmental Monitor, “is the weight of the overlying air pressing down on the earth. It is also known as air pressure. Low barometric pressure means the overlying air is rising, whereas high pressure means the overlying air is sinking.”

Individuals who are particularly sensitive to atmospheric pressure changes may experience headaches that are in sync with weather fluctuations. However, there’s no reason to suffer every time the weather changes. There are steps you can take to avoid or lessen your discomfort.

Here are five tips for alleviating the pain.

Take an anti-inflammatory. An all-natural alternative to ibuprofen is Bio-Allay. Bio-Allay can be purchased directly from the Biotics Research website or from other health supplement stores or websites.

Use a humidifier or ionizer. If you live in a dry area, try using a humidifier or ionizer. Lie down in a closed area for best results. Some people claim that taking a walk by the river is also comforting.

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7 Signs You May Have Leaky Gut

7 Signs You May Have Leaky GutLeaky gut is a condition that affects the lining of the intestines and can contribute to a variety of chronic health challenges.

According to Optimal Wellness Labs Co-founder Dr. Richard DiCenso, leaky gut occurs when “the incompletely digested food leaks back into the system through the enlarged pores in the small intestine. The immune system does not recognize it as a potential food source and so it produces a temporary allergic reaction to the food particle, not to the food itself.”
Here are seven signs that may point to a leaky gut.

  1. Intolerance to certain foods. Often, when someone has leaky gut, certain types of foods will cause an “allergic” reaction. Fizzy drinks, vinegar, and dairy products are among some of the foods you should avoid if you have this disorder.
  2. Mood/mind disorders. Individuals with anxiety, depression, ADD, or ADHD may attribute their conditions to leaky gut. Because all neurological processes have a direct correlation to brain activity, many sufferers of leaky gut find that they may experience inconsistent mood or concentration issues.
  3. Digestive issues. Bloating, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, or gas are signs of a leaky gut.
  4. Chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. A diet rich in nutrients has shown a reversal in symptoms in some patients. Supplementation is often necessary to amend the issues.
  5. Seasonal allergies. Because your respiratory and digestive tracks are immune barriers, each one affects the other. If you fix your leaky gut, you’ll find that your seasonal allergies may subside.
  6. Autoimmune disease. Autoimmune disease may be triggered when undigested food particles leaks into our system. Leaky gut puts our immune system in a “high alert” status, essentially causing a little chaos in our system.
  7. Skin problems. Individuals with skin issues such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema may have leaky gut to blame. Any type of skin rash is your body’s way of eliminating toxins in the body.

It’s important to note that your chronic conditions, such as leaky gut, don’t occur in isolation. That’s why it’s important to know what’s going on inside your body so you can address all of your chronic issues.

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5 Hormones That Are Critical to Good Health

5 Hormones That Are Critical to Good HealthThere are approximately 150 hormones in the human body. However, most of us can name only a few of them.

Many people jokingly refer to an adolescent’s emerging sexuality as “hormones” or a menopausal woman’s hot flashes as “hormones.” However, hormones are responsible for a lot more: a child’s growth, a woman’s reproduction, and – as they cease to function properly – hormones are related to the ageing process.

In essence, hormones perform critical life functions throughout our lives.

When hormones are not functioning at optimal levels, your body will not function at optimal levels. These naturally occurring chemicals in the body have a major effect on a variety of life processes. They are critical to good health.

Here are five essential hormones that you’ll want to keep in check.

Cortisol

If you’ve heard of the “fight or flight” response, you’re well aware of the function that cortisol plays in our lives. Cortisol is released when we experience stress. If you have low glucose levels, your body will release cortisol to increase blood sugar.

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Biological Age vs. Chronological Age

Biological Age vs. Chronological AgeHow old are you?

Most likely, when asked this question, you respond with your chronological age – the number of years you’ve been alive since birth.

However, what’s most important when speaking of your health is your biological age – the physical condition of your body. Your biological age is measured by the rate at which your cells are aging, as well as other physiological changes.

For instance, have you ever seen someone who looked much older – or younger — than his or her age? This is a good example of how biological age can manifest differently in people.

This means that people born in the same year vary considerably in biological age, depending on the factors listed below.

  • Gender
  • Build/body type
  • Body fat
  • Cholesterol level
  • Blood pressure
  • Smoker/Non-smoker
  • Physical activity level
  • Stress level
  • Medical conditions
  • Medications
  • Eating/drinking habits
  • Overall mental health/psychological factors

It’s important to know your number because the higher your biological age, the worse your health may be. Here’s why.

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5 Lyme Disease Myths Debunked

5 Lyme Disease Myths DebunkedEach year, approximately 300,000 people in the United States are affected by Lyme disease. With spring approaching later this month, many of us will take advantage of the warmer weather and venture outside.

While most of us will never develop Lyme disease, many others will worry – unnecessarily – about contracting it.

Here are five Lyme disease myths – debunked – that will help you rest a little easier when enjoying the great outdoors.

MYTH: You can contract Lyme disease anywhere in the United States.

FALSE.

Approximately 96 percent of Lyme disease cases originate in these 13 states:

• Connecticut
• Delaware
• Maine
• Maryland
• Massachusetts
• Minnesota
• New Hampshire
• New Jersey
• New York
• Pennsylvania
• Vermont
• Virginia
• Wisconsin

If you live in a state other than one of the states listed above, your chances of contracting Lyme disease are very low.

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