The importance of magnesium in the body cannot be overstated. Magnesium is involved in energy metabolism and hundreds of biochemical reactions – ranging from assisting in calcium and potassium uptake, to boosting immunity. It is crucial for the growth of white blood cells and decreasing the level of cell damaging free radicals in the body. There are some dietary sources of magnesium, and supplementation is helpful in certain cases. [Read more…]
Herbal teas are a great way to get water in without the caffeine of green and black tea, and they usually have medicinal properties that can be utilized for your health. There are many herbal teas for digestive health, that are beneficial whether you’ve just eaten too much dinner at your favorite restaurant, or if you have digestive ailments that need support. Here is a list of some of my favorites: [Read more…]
For a lot of people, meat is a key part of their daily dinner menu that they just won’t give up. Interestingly enough, the USDA recently found that beef and pork consumption in the U.S. has decreased over the past decade. However, the U.S. is still among the countries with the highest rate of meat consumption in the world. I don’t think that meat is inherently bad at all. But with meat being such a prominent part of our diet, it is important to keep your health and well-being in mind while planning your meals. Here are a few tips for making smarter choices when eating meat. [Read more…]
For many families, whole foods have become a rare part of their normal diet. Food that has been chemically processed or that has added preservatives is generally inexpensive and easy to find. However, eating these processed foods regularly can have a serious impact on your health. Here are just four reasons to avoid processed foods – there are many more beyond these!
One of the best ways to prepare your children for a long and healthy life is to get them started early with their own healthy habits. This is best taught by example. When the entire family practices healthy habits, they’re more likely to stick with your children for life. In our household, we don’t restrict treats altogether, but we have brought Valentina up on healthy food from the start. I had to laugh when she met Anna (from Frozen) at California Adventure park last week, and when Anne asked her what her favorite chocolate was, she promptly answered “Actually, I don’t eat chocolate, I don’t really like sweets”! Here are some tips for creating healthy habits for life:
It might seem like an interesting time of year to talk about this, since holiday time is typically one of more indulgences, but I do think that it is so important for us to stay aware of the amount of sugar our kids are eating (and us too of course!). Sugar is a habit that can be tough to break. In fact, many people don’t realize just how much sugar they eat every day. It is often worse for children who tend to eat things parents are unaware of. That makes it even more important for parents to be vigilant at home. If you can tame that sweet tooth it will go so far to improving your kids’ health.
Early in the 20th century, the refinement of wheat flour became popular and for the first time in history, people in the western hemisphere, especially the United States, were eating white flour products and far fewer whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruits or other sources of dietary fiber. After only a few decades, serious medical conditions, especially cancer and heart disease, were significantly on the rise. In contrast, people in other countries that continued to eat a natural, whole foods diet, rarely experienced such serious medical problems. The bottom line: fiber is a dietary component that humans simply cannot do without. And: fiber can be found naturally without needing to eat wheat and other gluten-containing grains. So let’s look at some facts about fiber, and ask the question: do you eat enough fiber?
This past weekend I got to experience a new product that I see being a huge booster for people’s health – ranging from the chronically ill to healthy but just flat out busy, tired mums! It’s called H2 Absorb. This new supplement H2 Absorb is anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and energizing. It’s a powerful antioxidant that works wonders in the body.
New research has shown that Molecular Hydrogen – i.e. Two hydrogen atoms put together into one molecule, is a powerful antioxidant that selectively targets one of the most damaging free radicals – the hydroxyl group. Well ok great, but there are lots of anti-oxidants out there, what makes this one so special?
One of the great advantages of molecular hydrogen is that it can permeate into every part of the cell- into the mitochondria, even into the nucleus of the cell. It can cross the blood brain barrier, unlike many antioxidants. In fact, once taken in through this water-based delivery system, it is speeding all around the body through the bloodstream, flushing cells with healthy regenerative molecules within minutes.
Free radicals are an inherent part of human biochemistry, and for that matter, not all free radicals are bad – some are needed in the body. However, excess free radicals means too much oxidative stress, which can lead to higher levels of inflammation, residual metabolites such as lactic acid that hinder recovery from exercise and can cause muscle aches and weakness, and accelerated aging.
H2 Absorb couldn’t be easier to take either. It comes in small, individually packaged tablets. You simply drop one in a full bottle of water, reseal the bottle to keep the gas in, and let the tablet dissolve. Then you drink it as soon as possible thereafter. It doesn’t taste like much, you can taste a slight change in the water flavor but nothing unpleasant, it’s kinda bubbly, but wow, did I ever feel the difference within minutes of drinking it. My brain got clear and more focussed, I felt a boost in energy, and I could just feel my whole system getting a little more vibrant. Very few things would give that rapid feedback and benefit. Other colleagues of mine at the conference were reporting the same effects – one person even said her vision was noticibly clearer when she went back into the lectures.
I see this being a huge benefit to my patients, but I know that even as a healthy person, I’ll be taking one of these a couple of times a day – there’s no limit to the levels of energy and brain clarity I want to feel!
You can click here to read more about it – a box contains 60 tablets, which is a 30-day supply. I have always loved Researched Nutritionals for the high-quality supplements they create, and always on the cutting edge of research and science. They’re a company that I can always confidently stand behind.
In our current series on hormone balance, we talked first about the role of phytoestrogens in balancing hormones, then dietary factors in hormone balance. Today we look at the role of lifestyle factors in hormone balance, and the things that can be done to help support healthy hormone levels and reduce hormone-related symptoms.
Gout is a very painful condition that leads to arthritic symptoms, especially in the small bones of the feet. It is caused by the build up of uric acid in the body, which can cause sharp crystals to accumulate in the joints. Deposits of uric acid called tophi can also build up under the skin, and kidney stones can form from uric acid accumulation. The big toe is the most common joint affected, and can cause pain, redness, swelling and stiffness in the joints. Too much uric acid can come from either (1) producing too much in the body to start with; (2) not metabolizing it out of the body well enough; and/or (3) eating too many foods high in purines. Attacks can come on suddenly, and can be triggered by alcohol, foods, stress or other illnesses. Dietary strategies for gout can help reduce the severity and frequency of attacks, so the following guidelines are optimal for sufferers of gout:-