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Which Coffee Is Good For You?

Here’s a bit of fascinating news for coffee drinkers. We love it for the taste, and the feelings of being more alert we get. New research has found that, surprisingly, coffee can also be good for the heart. Who would have thought it? We all know there are addictive properties to the caffeine in coffee, but the jump-start it gives our bodies makes that easy to ignore. Not many who drink coffee on a daily (hourly?) basis realize there may in fact be health benefits to that macchiato, cappuccino, flat white, long black, latte, espresso you enjoy.

There has been research over the years showing both positive, and negative, effects on the body after drinking coffee. This might be explained by the lack of consistency in the coffee we’re all drinking. There are different roasts, species and varieties of coffee beans and all of them have different amounts of caffeine and other components. There’s also the impact of adding sugar, sugar syrups, cream or milk as well as the sizes of the cups that become a part of the equation.

Of late there’s been a lot of change in the debate over if coffee is good or bad for you. A Harvard School of Public Health study has found no link between coffee and mortality. Even if you drink up to six cups a day, there’s no higher risk of death from any cause. This fits into the research picture that seems to be emerging over the past few years.

Coffee is one of the complex flavor profiles there is; it has double the flavor range of many wines. The chemical structure of coffee actually provides you more flavors, and it’s loaded with caffeine, which wakes you up and has you ready to go. Experts do warn about drinking too much, an 8-ounce (225ml w/ 100mg of caffeine) cup was used in the Harvard study, not the 16-ounce (450ml w/ 330mg of caffeine) one you get in a large coffee at a coffee shop.

Coffee has also been shown to have no impact on the many forms of arterial cardiovascular disease, arrhythmia or heart insufficiency. There’s even an association between coffee drinking and a reduction in the incidence of both diabetes and liver disease. There may be protection for Parkinson’s disease and benefits to mental health due to the social interaction of getting and drinking the beverage. Unlike alcohol that leaves people lethargic, coffee switches us on.

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Other studies have found some beneficial substances in coffee, most recently in Greek style coffee. Research appearing in the Vascular Medicine Journal found that the coffee intake of elderly subjects on the Greek island of Ikaria was associated with a drop in one risk factor for heart disease. Greek coffee is brewed in a stovetop pot (briki) and is rather strong, with lots of heavy foam and can be brewed along with sugar to increase the sweetness. It’s served with a glass of water.

This type of coffee has been found to have high amounts of some important anti-inflammatory compounds. Brewed coffee has the most caffeine at 135mg per 8 ounces, while filtered coffee has 112mg of caffeine and percolated just 74mg of caffeine for the same 8 ounce serving. Seemingly how your coffee is brewed impacts the substances in the cup.

The good news on coffee goes further than that. The drink has been identified as one that’s a natural source of antioxidants, those helpful little substances that stop molecules from oxidizing and producing dangerous free radicals. There is also research to support women who drink two (or more) cups of coffee a day being less apt to have symptoms of depression than those who don’t drink this much coffee.

So, there’s a lot to learn. Enjoy your coffee, but as in all things, use moderation. It should not be your primary source of fluids.

To your good health,

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Does Genes Control Your Health?

Just because an illness runs in your family does not mean you are doomed to be a patient yourself. Genes don’t control your destiny. Lifestyle choices can make a big impact on keeping your body healthy according to the experts. While there’s no doubt that some genes lead to disease, for most of us a healthy lifestyle will beat out any risk you inherit says cardiologist Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD who is chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Here’s how lifestyle changes can bring down your risk of disease…

For colon cancer, almost 25% of colon cancers happen in those who have some family history of disease, but in the rest of those who get the disease (the majority at 75%), genetics don’t appear to matter but lifestyle more likely plays a role. Doctors will advise you that you can dramatically lower colon cancer risk by eating little red/processed meat, exercising, keeping your weight in the healthy range, and drinking alcohol in moderation or not at all.

Beyond colon cancer, there are other forms of disease that are also influenced by the lifestyle choices we make each day. One good example is lung cancer where 80% to 90% of such cancers are brought on by smoking. Men who smoke are 23 times more likely to have lung cancer than nonsmoking men; women are 13 times more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer than nonsmoking women. The longer you smoke and the more you smoke matter in terms of risk.

And while there are examples of patients who never smoked getting lung cancer, and a fortunate few who smoke and never get this disease, these are exceptions and not the rule. Odds are smoking will bring lung cancer into your life and the lives of your family and friends.

When it comes to heart disease, there are over 100 different genes that might play a small part in your risk according to researcher Lloyd-Jones, but the biggest factor is how you live and the choices you make. Based on his analysis of data from the Framingham Heart Study, that followed three generations of families, he found that…

” Family history accounted for 17% of heart disease risk

” Poor lifestyle choices, such as no exercise, account for 83% of heart disease risk

Clearly a heart healthy lifestyle can keep your heart going strong. What’s more, those who carry a gene strongly linked to heart disease can cut their risk down to normal by eating a diet that’s loaded with fruits and veggies according to research. If you have the gene but eat poorly, you’ll have double the normal risk of having a dangerous heart attack.

In terms of diabetes, the disease is impacted by a combination of lifestyle and genetics, with from 30% to as much as 70% of risk shaped by the genes you inherit. With the U.S. in the grips of an obesity epidemic that’s fueled by too much high calorie food and an inactive lifestyle, type 2 diabetes is on the rise.

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What’s more, exercise and controlling your weight can bring down your risk of diabetes. In an ongoing trial, researchers are looking at an intensive lifestyle intervention program that encompasses exercise, low calorie, nutritious food choices and loosing weight. The participants in the program have seen big improvements in their A1C levels. Blood pressure and cholesterol numbers also improved dramatically.

The good news is that the earlier you start making good lifestyle choices, the better. Researcher Lloyd-Jones and his team just finished a study on heart disease that examined lifestyle factors in those who were 25 years old. Checking in with the subjects 20 years later, the team saw that those who stuck with a healthy lifestyle into middle age were far less likely to have risk factors like high cholesterol or poor blood sugar control.

It’s never too late to start living healthy. Even in your 60s and 70s, making lifestyle changes brings dramatic reductions in risks of disease. Exercising and sticking to a healthy diet helps older people bring down their risk of heart disease and bone less. If you have heart disease, following these smart lifestyle choices can bring down the risk of future heart attacks by as much as 45%. These choices also cut the risk of cancer nearly in half.

To your good health,

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They Have So Many Health Benefits!

They’re delicious… and nutritious… full of crunchy goodness; and where once they were considered too high calorie to be eaten regularly, people are taking a second look at nuts. This is likely the result of two new studies that have drawn attention to the benefits of nuts for control of blood sugar. Aside from this benefit, nuts have been associated with weight control and improving heart health. One study from 2013 found that eating nuts might even help you live longer.

The good news is that nuts are not linked to weight gain according to a team from Purdue University, which runs counter to lots of conventional diet wisdom out there. Yes, nuts do have lots of calories (one ounce has from 160 to 200 calories) as you’ve seen; they’re also loaded with other good for you nutrients. So if you eat them in moderation, watching your serving size, you can reap the benefits without taking in lots of extra calories.

In terms of diabetes, work appearing in Diabetes Care found that eating pistachios daily helps those at risk of developing diabetes
maintain control
over their blood sugar. Another study in PLOS One saw that tree nuts (including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans) might help with blood sugar control in those who already have type 2 diabetes. Nuts have also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, and this brings down the risk of diabetes.

If you’re wondering why so much of the research in the area is funded by the nut industry, the answer is simple. There’s too little government funding for this type of work, as is the case for many areas of research. The nut industry understands the health benefits of their product and is working hard to get the word out. Even though they give grants to researchers, the teams work independently and the studies are peer reviewed before they can appear in a journal.

Modern medicine has known for some time now that nuts are good
for the heart
. And the ability of the nut to bring down cholesterol is also well understood. The protein naturally in nuts helps to keep blood sugar stable, and the fiber helps with controlling your weight by helping you feel full after you eat. Of course the crunch value may also contribute to that feeling of being satisfied after eating a serving of nuts.

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Are Your Genetics Keeping You Fat? (1 tip to change fast)

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All kinds of nuts are healthy, similar in protein content, fiber and fat. Even though nuts are about 80% fat, it’s good fat, the unsaturated kind. Some types of nuts, almonds for instance, are the best sources of vitamin E, cashews are a good source of magnesium and pistachios are full of the phytonutrients key to healthy eyes while also supplying plenty of magnesium, folate and vitamin E. Nuts even contain arginine, an amino acid that’s needed to create nitric oxide, a substances the body uses to relax blood vessels.

Your best bet is to eat a variety of nuts to get the most well rounded set of nutrients in their natural state. You get all the benefits and won’t be as likely to get bored with one taste.

One to (possibly for someone very active) two ounces a day is a smart limit to set. How many nuts that is depends on the nut in question, for almonds it’s 25, pistachios it’s 40; but only 17 macadamia nuts. Going unsalted is the best bet, but if this is too bland, you can try a sprinkle of cinnamon and broil, or add some rosemary and garlic to taste. You might want to add nuts to a salad or stir fry dish, rather than enjoying them atop a sundae. The good news is that any kind of nut can take the place of other, less healthy snacks. Just pay attention to how many you eat, perhaps give yourself the serving size and put the rest away, so you can’t overeat without thinking.

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Bad News For The Instant Noodles Lovers

They’re affordable, tasty and easy to make… but eating lots of instant noodles can also bring some serious consequences to your health. In fact, a new study appearing in The Journal of Nutrition finds that eating lots of instant noodles may up the risk of a condition known as cardiometabolic syndrome that can lead to stroke, heart disease or diabetes.

Asian populations eat lots of instant noodles, so a Baylor University team relied on diet information taken from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey IV (2007-2009) on 11,000 subjects ranging in age from 19 to 64 years old. The subjects reported what they ate, and the team then categorized the diet as either traditional or fast food focused. Traditional dietary pattern (TP) included lots of fish, rice, veggies, fruit and potatoes – while the fast food pattern (MP) had lots of meat, soda, fried and convenient foods… including those instant noodles so familiar to struggling college students everywhere.

It’s no surprise that the fast food eating pattern was linked to higher obesity rates and higher levels of cholesterol, just as the traditional dietary pattern was linked to normal blood pressure and a lower chance of being obese. Neither diet demonstrated a clear link to a risk of having cardiometabolic syndrome.

Here’s the thing… when the team looked at the data on instant noodle consumption they saw that eating the noodles at least two times a week was linked to a 68% higher incidence of metabolic syndrome for women, even after accounting for sodium intake, estrogen use and waist circumference. Eating these noodles one time a week brought at 26% higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome. The relationship held for leaner women who said they did more exercise, though it was not found in men.

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Researchers explain the increased risk as the result of all the calories, refined carbs, saturated fat and sodium in those instant noodles. Women may be especially susceptible to the negative effects due to hormones that impact a woman disproportionately, or metabolic differences. Another concern is the chemical BPA that’s in the styrofoam container used to package those instant noodles, a substance known to mess with the way hormones (particularly estrogen) send messages in the body.

There are limitations to the work. One being that the numbers from the nutrition survey didn’t account for serving size, only the number of times a given food was eaten. Still, the team is hoping that people become more aware of their food choices, and that some packaged foods may be just as bad for the body as fast food.

Also of note, the research has brought out feelings of wounded pride, stubborn resistance, even nationalism in South Koreans, who, it turns out, eat more instant noodles than anyone. They refuse to give up their noodles, and are trying to keep the dish healthy by adding veggies, taking supplements, using less seasoning and avoiding the soup. Others wonder if facilities in junk food loving America are capable of producing unbiased research on nutrition.

So as you consider buying instant noodles, at least recognize that this is not a healthy choice. You are purchasing a processed food, a food with unhealthy additives. If you just can’t break the instant noodle habit, consider not eating them every single day, and control the portion size. You might try making home cooked pasta – not as fast or affordable as the instant variety, but the time and effort are certainly worth it when you think about the nutrient value of the end product – the meal you are using to fuel your body.

To your good health,

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Prediabetes Ups Cancer Risk By 15%

Cancer is a terrible, life altering, vicious disease, one you’d like to avoid if you can. Now there’s a new meta-analysis including 16 research studies (with nearly 900,000 subjects) that finds prediabetes may up the risk of being diagnosed with cancer by a startling 15%. Prior to this study the link between cancer risk and prediabetes was controversial; to address this the team conducted a rigorous meta analysis using studies from Asia, the US, Europe and even Africa.

The current work appears in Diabetologia and finds that no matter which definition of prediabetes used, – impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose or a combination of the two – there was no difference in terms of cancer risk. Even after adjusting for BMI, having prediabetes was still associated with a higher risk of cancer.

Prediabetes is a condition, most often without symptoms, where your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not considered high enough to fall into the diabetic range. Without intervention this will most likely become type 2 diabetes in under ten years. What’s more, long-term damage to your heart and circulatory system that comes as the result of diabetes may have already begun.

What puts you at risk for prediabetes?

-Being overweight.

-Being inactive.

-Getting older, especially after 45.

-Having had gestational diabetes when pregnant.

-Having a baby over 9 pounds.

-Having polycystic ovary syndrome.

-A family (parent or sibling) history.

-Being of African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Islander descent.

-Not getting enough sleep (under 6 hours) or too much (over 9 hours) sleep on a regular basis.

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In the current meta analysis, prediabetes was significantly linked with higher risks of cancer of the stomach or colorectum, liver, pancreas, breast and endometrium. The condition is not linked to cancers of the prostate, ovary, kidney or bladder. One reason for the link between prediabetes and some cancers may be the result of chronic hyperglycemia and related conditions that might act as carcinogens. Another theory is that the higher insulin resistance of prediabetes may lead to increased secretion of insulin and this can let cancer cells grow and divide.

Also of interest is the finding of the meta analysis on the medication Metformin, the most widely described treatment for type 2 diabetes, may also have some protective anticancer properties. This drug helps to achieve almost a 30% reduction in the lifetime cancer risk for diabetes patients. No one knows if this would also be true for prediabetes until more long-term larger studies of high-risk subjects are conducted.

Considering the prevalence of prediabetes, the study findings suggest that doctors and others start working with the prediabetic population… helping them eat better (more fruits and veggies, high fiber, whole grains), exercise more, and keep an eye on their weight. The positive in a prediabetes diagnosis is that it can be the wake up call a patient needs to turn things around and take real, lasting steps to improve health. Prediabetes does not have to turn into type 2 diabetes; you can turn things around. But you must act now.

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Main Diseases Link To Gum Problems

You may not realize just how closely the condition of your mouth is linked with your overall state of health according to a good deal of recent research. Turns out, a healthy mouth doesn’t just look great and feel great, it’s good for you too. Not caring for your teeth and gums can open the door to all kinds of health issues.

Here’s what we know.

Type 2 diabetes and gum disease

Type 2 diabetics have a higher incidence of periodontitis (gum disease). The connection was reaffirmed in July 2008 by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. They examined 9,296 subjects who were diabetes free, measuring the amount of periodontal bacteria they had over a 20-year span of time. Those who had higher levels of periodontal disease also had a twofold chance of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during the study, compared to those with no gum disease or low levels of bacteria in their mouths.

There are some interesting theories about why this might be. One suggests that when infections in the mouth get bad enough, they bring low-grade inflammation all through the body, and this causes all kinds of trouble for your sugar processing abilities. It may be that some inflammatory molecules attach to insulin receptors and keep the body’s cells from using the insulin as it should to get glucose inside the cell.

Another theory to explain the link between gum disease and diabetes involves damage to the pancreas. This is an example of a localized infection that’s capable of impacting a systemic organ that is tied to the pathophysiology of diabetes.

Gum infections and preterm birth, low birth weight

Gum infections during pregnancy are just one of many things that are the result of all those fluctuating hormones. Often patients put aside their own oral care during pregnancy… an easy thing to do with all the appointments and pressing things on your mind. This is a mistake. Experts think that inflammation in the mouth may trigger an increase in a compound known as prostaglandin that might induce early labor.

This theory hasn’t been confirmed by research, but a 2001 project found that women who were pregnant and developed gum disease between weeks 21 and 24 were four to seven times more likely to deliver before week 37. That’s impressive evidence. There’s even the suggestion that extremely poor gum health can lead to low birth weight. Two other studies in 2007 of Turkish and Brazilian women supported the ideal of a link between gum problems and both preterm birth, lower birth weight.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

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Gum disease and the heart

Oral health and heart disease have also been recognized as being connected, the two are very often found together in a patient. Still there’s no research bringing us evidence of a direct causal relationship. One of the difficulties lies in the fact that there are any number of risk factors that can also put you at risk for gum disease and heart problems. In 2005, an NIH funded study of 1,056 randomly selected subjects with no history of heart attacks/stroke who were evaluated for periodontal bacteria levels showed there was an independent relationship between heart disease and gum disease.

Why might this be? Small amounts of bacteria get into your bloodstream as you chew. This gives infectious bacteria a chance to lodge themselves inside a blood vessel, potentially leading to a dangerous blockage. Adding weight to this thinking is that when experts have examined atherosclerotic blood vessels they’ve found fragments of periodontal bacteria.

A study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 also established that aggressive treatment of gum disease cuts the risk of atherosclerosis in just six months. That’s astonishing, and one more reason why taking care of your dental health is so very important.

Gum disease and pneumonia

There’s even been a link established between bad oral health and pneumonia, though the work centers on high-risk populations, like the elderly. A 2008 study of this exact population found that the number of subjects diagnosed with pneumonia was 3.9 times higher in those with periodontal infection than in those who did not have it. The lungs are close to the mouth, and there is a lot of bacteria in there.

Bacteria from a mouth that’s not healthy can get aspirated into the lungs, causing problems with existing COPD or bringing on pneumonia. There are several CDC studies that have found better oral health can lead to a drop in respiratory infections of this kind.

Gum disease and cancer of the pancreas

Based on a 2007 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that surveyed over 50,000 American men about their health, the link between pancreatic cancer and periodontal disease was striking. No matter what their smoking status, having a history of periodontal disease was linked to a higher risk of pancreatic cancer. This could be due to the systemic inflammation, or carcinogenic compounds produced in an infected mouth.

Now you see why it’s so important to take care of your teeth and gums. So make (and keep) that next cleaning appointment and you’ll be glad you did.

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Why You Should Always Listen To Your Gut…

Examining the bacteria of the digestive tract may one day be a way your doctor diagnoses a disease earlier and more accurately than is possible today. Turns out people with some diseases seem to have a very different mix of bacteria in their intestines compared to healthier people. The relatively new area of microbiome research examines if certain bacteria might cause a disease, or if disease might breed particular types of organisms… it may even be a different of relationship altogether. One thing science does know is that for every body cell, there are an estimated 10 microbial cells – an impressive number that suggests these tiny organisms do have an impact on our health.

Today science is uncovering links between your natural bacterial makeup and the presence of diseases all through the body, not just of the digestive tract. Some of the associations between gut bacteria and illness include conditions like colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diabetes and even obesity. We also know that some bacteria can strengthen the immune system. Others provoke the inflammation that’s a feature of autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and many others.

One recent study finds that those who had untreated rheumatoid arthritis also had more of a certain kind of inflammatory bacteria in their intestines, less of a beneficial bacteria than healthy subjects. What’s more, science has also found a connection between the bacteria that live in your intestines and mental conditions like depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADD, autism and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as others. Part of the reason for this is that intestinal bacteria have the ability to create small molecules (metabolites) that are able to reach the brain and impact the way it works.

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As the numbers of conditions that may be linked to the microorganisms in your digestive tract keeps growing, the natural question is – can you change your digestive bacteria and cure a disease? A long-term dietary change (healthier and varied foods) could reshape the balance of organisms in your digestive tract to create a healthier profile. This would help with better immune function, less inflammation and potentially bring you to a state of overall better health.

What’s more, understanding more about the microbiome (your own unique collection of microbes) that you took in part from your mother at birth, and have determined in part by your lifestyle could lead to advances in treatments for many conditions. Currently, doctors do some of this when they perform fecal transplants on those who have hard to treat c. difficult infections, using healthy feces to help the sick person return to a more healthy balance of bacteria. This is one example of how critical bacteria can be to overall health.

It may be that one day; analysis of your Individual microbiome will be as accessible and easy as routine blood work is today. Customized probiotics could be given that would impact the microbes that are causing the trouble, so a patient would be given a specific organism to help prevent diabetes or becoming obese.

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The Difference Between Weight Loss And Fat Loss

When it comes to looking better, feeling better, what you’re truly after is not weight loss, but rather fat lass. Stop eating and you’ll lose weight, both muscle and fat, which isn’t really what you’re after. What makes weight loss successful is to preserve as much muscle as you can (maybe gain a bit) while losing all the body fat you can.

This is why the body fat percentage is a better indicator of weight loss success than the bathroom scale. What’s worse, the number on the scale can play tricks on your resolve… encouraging you to give in when you are actually making solid progress in terms of body composition.

Muscle is super important to helping you lose the most amount of fat possible. Inside our muscles are fat burning engines known as mitochondria that are responsible for the production of energy. It’s here that fat is metabolized – there’s even a positive correlation between the number of mitochondria you have and the amount of muscle in your body. The more you have, the more fat you can burn.

So how do you get more mitochondria? Offer the body a reason to make more of them by doing high intensity exercise, HIIT (high intensity interval training) or strength training are excellent choices. By naturally creating a demand for energy over and above what your body can produce, you’re forcing the body to create new mitochondria to be ready for the next time your muscles need that extra energy.

Because muscle is active tissue, needing constant energy to maintain, it will burn fat all through the day.

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Focusing on fat loss is a smart way to think about achieving your weight management goals. Try not to get caught up in a number on a device… think instead about how you feel, how you look and how your clothing fits. Before and after pictures are another excellent, unbiased way to judge your progress. Bear in mind that not all progress is able to be measured – you may feel more confident and this is a huge leap in terms of progress toward you long term goal. If you must be obsessed with a number, look to the percentage of body fat you now carry as a great measure of your success and achievement.

Strange as it sounds, the best thing you can do to keep
from sabotaging your weight loss goals is to eat enough calories
. Too few calories causes muscle loss and once you do this, losing the fat is that much harder. This is why so many diets fail.

This is why it’s so important to take in enough calories for your body size and how active you are, making certain they are nutrient dense (from fruits, veggies, meat, eggs, dairy, legumes, tubers, and whole grains). Key the number of calories you get per day on the 10 to 12 times your body weight figure, starting high and dropping the number as needed.

You’ll also want to keep up with the strength or HIIT training, giving your muscles a reason to stay strong. Without constant stimulation your body will naturally shed the unneeded muscle and that’s not what you’re after.

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7 Simple Signs Of Health Troubles

Turns out, you don’t need tarot cards or a crystal ball to predict the future… you can do this for yourself by relying on the observations of your own five senses. You might be surprised to learn that many health problems often begin with a physical change you might not think is anything to be concerned about, something so subtle you might not notice it at first. Yet these changes can be warning signs you’ll want to heed.

One of the most surprising links between the senses and chronic disease comes in the form of hearing loss. Hearing loss is more likely in those who have diabetes. The higher than normal blood sugar may also do some damage to the blood vessels in the ears themselves. If you notice a decline in hearing, have a full hearing evaluation, as well as a physical and blood work, to see where you stand.

Vision changes can be an early signal of cognitive decline. The veins in your eyes are very much the same as the ones in your brain, so larger veins in your eyes could indicate a decline in the health of your brain years before any signs appear. Your eye doctor will be able to examine you for this.

If your sense of smell is slipping, this has been shown to be a potential early sign of Alzheimer’s disease according to the latest studies in the area. The changes that come in smell may appear much sooner than those that happen I the rest of the brain. If you’ve noticed a decline earlier than age 70, talk with your doctor.

Bad breath is a well-known (and despised) sign of gum disease, but this unfortunate problem can also be linked to erectile
Brush and floss daily and make sure you have regular dental exams and cleanings every year. If it persist despite your good dental care, talk with your doctor to look for other causes.

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WARNING: The truth about Moles, Warts and Skintags…

There are so many “scare” stories that it’s sometimes hard to know what to believe. Which is why this is so timely…

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Your own reflection can tell you a lot about what’s going on inside your body. Those who look older than their age, with 3 to 4 visible signs of aging, have a higher chance of heart issues later on according to research. If you’re concerned by looking older, ask your doctor to check for any other heart disease risk factions and remember that you can change your risk by the choices you make going forward.

Your hairline can give clues to thyroid issues, and while thyroid issues affect many hormones in the body, one of the most visible is the hormone that is linked to hair growth. You might see your hair getting dry or coarse before it begins to fall out, you might also notice thinning of your eyebrows. Talk with your doctor about your concerns and have blood work done to check for thyroid hormones.

Smooth, spot free fingernails are a sign of good health. If yours have redness underneath this could be an early sign of lupus. You may also notice swelling and puffiness at the base of your nails or a rash on the backs of your hands and fingers.

If you have concerns about these, or any symptoms you are experiencing, talk to your own doctor. An honest discussion and careful evaluation by a trained professional will reassure you, and perhaps set you on the path to better health by making healthy choices about what you eat, and how active you are. Early intervention is also incredibly beneficial, often keeping you healthier, longer than you might be otherwise.

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Detox Health Emergency, The Bad and The Good…

Detoxing is much in the news. The benefits to vitality, weight loss and aging are spouted by celebrities and “gurus”, while at the same time research continues to point out the dangers of environmental toxins that are nearly unavoidable these days. Being rid of toxins seems like a smart choice as they are blamed for conditions like autoimmunity, autism, cancer, diabetes and dementia, even heart failure. Yet detox has some dangers (dehydration, blood sugar issues, deficiencies of potassium or sodium, diarrhea) you need to understand as well.

Think of it this way. If you dumped the contents of every drawer in your kitchen onto the floor, it would make a huge mess that would be hard to clean up. That’s what rapid detox does to the body – not a good thing. This is why to be safe, slow, careful, multi-step detox that focuses on long-term goals is best.

It seems that many bodies aren’t equipped to handle the sudden release of toxins from where they’ve been stored. This sets you up for doing harm; your natural detoxing systems are overloaded, they can’t keep up with the amount of substances that have appeared – heavy metals, pesticides and more – in the bloodstream and digestive tract. Anything in the GI tract that gets metabolized back into the body can then do harm to key organs.

There are safe, effective ways to be rid of pollutants, and keep them from re-accumulating in the body. Spring, summer and the fall are all excellent times to begin a gentle detox program. The reason these seasons are good choices is because there are an abundance of fresh veggies and fruits, and warmer weather and longer days keep us naturally more active, and sweating, which is a key part of natural detoxing.

If you begin a detox program, understand that you’re making a serious, long-term commitment. The first step will likely be to adopt a diet that is full of anti-inflammatory and alkalizing foods. These include green veggies, herbs, cruciferous, sulfur rich veggies (broccoli, cabbage, kale) as well as low sugar fruits, sprouted legumes and sea veggies. You’ll want to avoid processed foods, sugars, excess salt and trans fats, artificial ingredients of all types as well as factory farmed meats and nonorganic produce. You must limit (or eliminate) red meat, dairy and gluten.

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The next phase involves supplementation with natural therapeutic ingredients (one being modified citrus pectin) that work to clean the circulation and GI tract. When used with diet for one to three weeks these substances help to remove toxins from the blood and GI tract, and get the system ready for deeper cleansing at the organ and tissue level. Targeted nutrients and herbs do the work here.

Safe detoxing is a natural, multi step process that helps keep you from experiencing the detox symptoms, while also giving you energy and antioxidant protection.

It’s also important to remember that detox calls for movement, in order to move those accumulated toxins out of the body. Being active is important because it promotes circulation and helps to keep the lymphatic system clear – you sweat out the toxins. Regular workouts are a way to ensure cells keep getting the nutrients they need while removing waste they don’t.

To your good health,