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10 Unexpected Things Harming Your Immune System…

You’re doing all you can to keep yourself healthy, and yet you still come down with a cold… fever or worse yet, the flu. There are things that aren’t all that immunity. So keep washing your hands, drinking all the orange juice you like, and avoiding close contact with anyone who is obviously sick, watch for these added immunity sappers.

You’re breathing polluted air: The smog in the air isn’t doing
your lungs or your immune system any good. Research has shown that dirty air causes inflammation in the body and suppresses T cells, essential in terms of your immunity.
Invest in an air purifier for your home or office so you can breath easy inside.

You’re sitting too much: If you have a desk job, you likely spend
lots of time in the chair at your desk. This can slow down your
metabolic rate, causing your body to naturally absorb immunity
boosting nutrients at a slower rate than normal. Every hour and a
half, get up and step out of doors for a five-minute break. The
movement will activate your muscles, fire up your metabolism, and
the fresh air will wake you up, make you feel more alert.

You’re using the wrong beauty products: Things like foundation,
concealer and lipstick not only sit on your skin, they are absorbed into the body all day long. Some of these products have artificial ingredients that your immune system isn’t used to breaking down, so the bad stuff can readily slip past your internal defenses. Go all-natural with as many products as you can. The fewer ingredients a product lists, the safer it is for your body and immunity.

You’re eating too much white flour: The white flour in some
baked goodies actually impairs the T cells and B cells, both key illness fighters in the body. Make sure the grains you’re eating are
primarily whole grains, as they have lots of immunity building fiber.

You don’t make sleep a priority: If your body doesn’t produce
enough melatonin naturally as you sleep, your immune system isn’t
able to make the white blood cells it uses to fight off bacteria
and keep your body in good repair. Try for seven to eight hours of
sleep each night, and make getting that a priority, not a luxury.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for expensive sleeping pills…

…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

So, what do doctors do when they can’t sleep?

Here’s the answer.

Learn how a retired M.D. Laney Chouest from New Orleans broke his 5-year addiction to Ambien, and now sleeps peacefully without medication.

Also, discover how a Licensed Psychologist, Sharon Stein McNamara, Ed.D.fromMinnesota broke her insomnia cycle.

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You’re eating too much animal protein: Too much animal protein
causes the body to naturally produce more of the IGI1 hormone, known to speed up the aging process and impact your immunity. Try to keep your intake of meat and dairy to 10% of your daily intake of calories. You might even consider cutting animal protein consumption even more, to about 5% of your daily intake, and you should see a difference.

Your diet doesn’t have enough good fat: Healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats from fish, avocados and nuts do have anti-inflammatory properties that help improve your immunity. So avoid the processed foods, limit your intake of animal protein,
but try and add foods such as salmon, sardines, almonds and kale.

You’re lonely: Lonely souls tend to be less resilient in terms of stress, which causes the immune system to struggle. If this is you, schedule some time with those you like, friends, co-workers, neighbours, members of groups of like-minded people. People who have more relationships in their lives also appear to have a greater resistance to infection.

You think you thrive on stress: People think they work well under pressure, but long term stress brings up cortisol levels, and this reduces levels of other hormones like testosterone and estrogen.

When hormones are out of balance, your immune system can’t react to threats as quickly. Learn how to stress less, or find quick ways to relax.

You’re not doing yoga as part of your workout
: This type of workout appears to have the most impact on Immunity as it stimulates the body’s circulatory, digestive, endocrine and nervous systems, and these all work together to make the immune
system stronger. There are tons of tips out there for beginners so there’s no reason not to give yoga a try.

To your good health,

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How Zinc Fights Infection

Many of you have probably tried a zinc cold lozenge in hopes of fighting off a cold, and now a new bit of research in the journal Cell Reports may explain how this essential, relatively simple mineral might work. The study, led by Daren Knoell who is a professor of pharmacy and internal medicine at Ohio Statue University uncovered just how zinc works to balance the immune systems response to infection, tapping the brakes (so to speak) to prevent out of control inflammation.

On the cellular level zinc stops the activity of a protein that plays a key role in our natural immune response to infection. It acts to keep inflammation in check, inflammation that can be damaging, even deadly.

Surprisingly, a deficiency of zinc affects almost 2 billion people the world over, and this figure includes about 40% of the elderly in the United States. The lack of this mineral can have some unpleasant consequences for vulnerable people, or at the time of an infection could be very serious according to the researchers. If you don’t have enough zinc your immune system is amplified, and not in a good way.

After looking at animal studies and human cell cultures of those with sepsis (a dangerous systemic response to infection), Knoell and his team saw that a specific protein draws zinc into key infection fighting cells, first responders in the fight against infection. Here it balances the immune response. This is the first time this pathway has been studied. In earlier work in animals, Knoell found that mice deficient in zinc developed significant inflammation in response to sepsis than did the mice fed a normal diet.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for expensive sleeping pills…

…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

So, what do doctors do when they can’t sleep?

Here’s the answer.

Learn how a retired M.D. Laney Chouest from New Orleans broke his 5-year addiction to Ambien, and now sleeps peacefully without medication.

Also, discover how a Licensed Psychologist, Sharon Stein McNamara, Ed.D.fromMinnesota broke her insomnia cycle.

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This might explain why taking zinc supplements at the beginning of a cold seems to ease your symptoms. In the future, there may be therapeutic benefit to giving zinc supplements to some patients with certain conditions. But no one is saying that if very ill patients in hospital ICS’s, where sepsis can be life threatening, would benefit from supplements of zinc. Not all patients might need them, perhaps only a portion.

The team also believes that the findings are applicable to other diseases and will continue to study this pathway, inflammation and zinc deficiency. Without enough zinc to start with, perhaps people are more likely to pick up an infection.

Most healthy adults should be getting from 8 (for women) to 11 (for men) milligrams of zinc each day. The U.S. National Institutes of Health tells us that natural sources of zinc include red meat and poultry. Other rich sources of zinc include nuts, beans, some shellfish (oysters, crab, lobster), whole grains, dairy products and fortified cereals. It’s also available as an affordable, easy to take dietary supplement.

If you’re looking for ways to help your immune system, living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best. This includes getting regular exercise (20 minutes with your heart rate up, three times a week), eating more natural sources of antioxidants (besides zinc, vitamin C, and E and beta carotene), being sure you’re getting enough sleep as fatigue increases your susceptibility to illness. Rounding out the list, manage your stress levels as cutting stress brings down levels of cortisol and helps you sleep better. Perhaps most fun of all… laugh as this brings down the levels of stress hormones and increases a type of white blood cell that fights infection.

To your good health,

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How Zinc Fights Infection

Many of you have probably tried a zinc cold lozenge in hopes of fighting off a cold, and now a new bit of research in the journal Cell Reports may explain how this essential, relatively simple mineral might work. The study, led by Daren Knoell who is a professor of pharmacy and internal medicine at Ohio Statue University uncovered just how zinc works to balance the immune systems response to infection, tapping the brakes (so to speak) to prevent out of control inflammation.

On the cellular level zinc stops the activity of a protein that plays a key role in our natural immune response to infection. It acts to keep inflammation in check, inflammation that can be damaging, even deadly.

Surprisingly, a deficiency of zinc affects almost 2 billion people the world over, and this figure includes about 40% of the elderly in the United States. The lack of this mineral can have some unpleasant consequences for vulnerable people, or at the time of an infection could be very serious according to the researchers. If you don’t have enough zinc your immune system is amplified, and not in a good way.

After looking at animal studies and human cell cultures of those with sepsis (a dangerous systemic response to infection), Knoell and his team saw that a specific protein draws zinc into key infection fighting cells, first responders in the fight against infection. Here it balances the immune response. This is the first time this pathway has been studied. In earlier work in animals, Knoell found that mice deficient in zinc developed significant inflammation in response to sepsis than did the mice fed a normal diet.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for expensive sleeping pills…

…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

So, what do doctors do when they can’t sleep?

Here’s the answer.

Learn how a retired M.D. Laney Chouest from New Orleans broke his 5-year addiction to Ambien, and now sleeps peacefully without medication.

Also, discover how a Licensed Psychologist, Sharon Stein McNamara, Ed.D.fromMinnesota broke her insomnia cycle.

Click through today to discover the 7 mistakes that are killing your sleep, and how overcome them…
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How Zinc Fights Infection Continued…

This might explain why taking zinc supplements at the beginning of a cold seems to ease your symptoms. In the future, there may be therapeutic benefit to giving zinc supplements to some patients with certain conditions. But no one is saying that if very ill patients in hospital ICS’s, where sepsis can be life threatening, would benefit from supplements of zinc. Not all patients might need them, perhaps only a portion.

The team also believes that the findings are applicable to other diseases and will continue to study this pathway, inflammation and zinc deficiency. Without enough zinc to start with, perhaps people are more likely to pick up an infection.

Most healthy adults should be getting from 8 (for women) to 11 (for men) milligrams of zinc each day. The U.S. National Institutes of Health tells us that natural sources of zinc include red meat and poultry. Other rich sources of zinc include nuts, beans, some shellfish (oysters, crab, lobster), whole grains, dairy products and fortified cereals. It’s also available as an affordable, easy to take dietary supplement.

If you’re looking for ways to help your immune system, living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best. This includes getting regular exercise (20 minutes with your heart rate up, three times a week), eating more natural sources of antioxidants (besides zinc, vitamin C, and E and beta carotene), being sure you’re getting enough sleep as fatigue increases your susceptibility to illness. Rounding out the list, manage your stress levels as cutting stress brings down levels of cortisol and helps you sleep better. Perhaps most fun of all… laugh as this brings down the levels of stress hormones and increases a type of white blood cell that fights infection.

To your good health,

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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.

To your good health,

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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.

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14 Food Combos To Improve Your Life, Part 2

Here’s the second half of our list of food combinations that are readily available, tasty and a whole lot better for you than eating either of the two foods by themselves. Here are the final seven…

1. Yogurt + Bran Cereal = Improved Digestion

A cup of yogurt is full of good bacteria that work even better when paired with the prebiotics in 3/4of a cup of wheat brain. Prebiotics are the nourishment for the probiotics, helping them thrive even better in the digestive system, so they can do the work they need. Watch for yogurt brands that have the words “live and active cultures” on the label.

2. Apricots + Almonds = Plaque-Free Arteries

This combo helps keep bad LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, the process that takes place whenever LDL reacts with free radicals. Oxidized LDL is harmful as it encourages the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Research finds that the natural phytochemicals in almonds cut LDL oxidation when paired with antioxidant vitamins C and E, both in apricots.

3. Yogurt + Blueberries = Strong Body

Research shows that blueberries help keep you focused during your workout, while yogurt’s protein helps heal the little tears in muscles that happen as part of exercise. The carbs in both yogurt and fruit replenish your muscles with glycogen, a stored type of energy; and the protein in yogurt serves to stimulate a hormone that brings those energizing carbs into your muscles. Your body is most efficient at absorbing these nutrients when eating in the first 15 minutes after your exercise.

4. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil + Tomatoes = Disease Defense

Tomatoes have four major carotenoids plus three potent antioxidants that can help fight both cancer and heart disease. You’ll absorb more of the protective nutrients if you eat them with the extra virgin olive oil that’s loaded with monounsaturated fats and slows digestion so you can take in more of them. Add some olive oil to your next marinara sauce and see what happens.

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5. Oatmeal + Strawberries = Strong Heart

Oats have two key phytochemicals shown to work synergistically with vitamin C to cut the harmful effects of LDL (bad) cholesterol and help prevent plaque buildup that can cause heart attacks. A half-cup of sliced strawberries with your bowl of oatmeal in the morning is a healthy, tasty start to your day

6. Cinnamon + Whole Grain Toast = More Energy, Faster Weight Loss

Sprinkling on the cinnamon can help keep your blood sugar at a healthy level and this keeps your energy level stable and hunger at bay. Cinnamon was found to show the rate that the stomach empties after meals. Use whole grain bread and a teaspoon of fresh cinnamon.

7. Garlic + Onion = Head To Toe Protection

Both these veggies have many organosulfur compounds, chemicals in the plant that help the heart, keep arteries flexible and free of plaque. Eating these together means you are covering your nutrient bases and upping your chance of getting the most healthful compounds in a single serving. Cooking these two together makes a great tasting base for soups, sauces or sauté with broccoli with olive oil for a tasty side dish.

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14 Food Combos To Improve Your Life, Part 1

Isn’t it great when two good things combine to create something even better? This is exactly the case with the food combos we’re sharing with you here. All seven are readily available, tasty combos you can add to your diet right away.

1. Green Tea + Lemon = Healthy Heart

Green tea is good for the heart due to catechins, a powerful antioxidant that’s naturally abundant in green tea. When researchers added lemon juice to the tea, the availability of those beneficial catechins skyrocketed, from 20% to 80%.

2. Broccoli + Tomatoes = Cancer Fighting

Cancer fighters on their own, research finds that eating these two veggies together might be even better. Eating tomato and broccoli at the same time was more effective at slowing down the growth of malignant prostate tumors than eating either veggie alone. Try a pizza topped with broccoli or sprinkle florets over a plate of pasta and sauce.

3. Red Bell Peppers + Black Beans = Better Immunity

You absorb more immune boosting plant iron from the beans when you add in a few red bell peppers. The iron in beans exists in a form known as non-heme iron that’s harder for your body to take in, but adding a dose of vitamin C (like in red peppers) convers the iron into a type that’s easier for the body to absorb. Add some red bell peppers to your next batch of chili.

4. Eggs + Mango = Firmer Skin

To keep your skin looking firm, try eating a combination of eggs and mango, as the eggs are naturally rich in two amino acids essential to the formation of skin plumping collagen. Foods that have lots of vitamin C, such as mango, work with these acids to help boost the production of collagen. This restores lost stores in the body and can really improve the look of your skin. Try an omelet with fresh chunks of mango for breakfast.

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5. Green Tea + Black Pepper = Smaller Waistline

A cup of green tea with dinner, and a half-teaspoon of black pepper shaken over your meal and you’ll boost the absorption of EGCG (an antioxidant in green tea tied to burning calories) by 130%. What’s more, those who drink green tea with a meal say they feel fuller and are less apt to go for a second helping than those drinking water.

6. Radicchio + Kale = Stronger Skeleton

You’ll take in even more of kale’s calcium by combining it with some radicchio. The colorful veggie is a major source of inulin, a carb that naturally enhances calcium absorption in the digestive tract. Try these two tasty greens in your next salad.

7. Avocado + Green Salad = Complexion Protection

You’ll absorb more of the good for your skin plant compounds (carotenoids) from a salad by adding a bit of avocado, full of healthy monounsaturated fats. This combo helps you absorb up to 15 times more carotenoids than if you didn’t eat your salad with avocado. It seems that carotenoids need some fat to be best taken in by the body, so add a half of an avocado into your next salad to reap double benefits.

That’s all for part 1, watch for part 2 coming soon.

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Is Your Child’s Cereal Bowl Full Of Risks?

As a parent, you walk the line between nutrition and taste when it comes to the cereal your children eat to start the day. We often have (justified) concerns about too much sugar in the cereals our children eat, but too many vitamins isn’t anything you’ve heard about, until now. The troubling suggestion comes from a recent report published by the Environmental Working Group, EWG for short, that says our children appear to be taking in too much vitamin A, zinc and/or niacin from some brands of breakfast cereal due in part to antiquated labeling.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the United States is responsible for the “daily value” percentages on the labels; the total amounts are based on recommendations for healthy adults (not children) and have not been changed since 1968. As a comparison the IOM (Institute of Medicine) updates the daily value recommendations every year based on the current thinking in nutritional research.

The IOM guidelines for youngsters are as follows – children from 4 to 8 should get under 0.9 mg of vitamin A, 15 mg of niacin, 12 mg of zinc a day.

When the EWG analyzed the nutrition labels of over 1,500 breakfast cereals they saw that 114 (just about 7%) of them have a large amount of the recommended daily value of all three of these nutrients in each serving. As every parent knows, most kids eat more than the standard serving of 3/4 cup in one sitting. Assuming a child took in about 2.5 servings they’d meet or exceed the daily limit the IOM suggests for these nutrients. No other foods needed, no daily vitamin required.

Included on the list that included 23 “excessively fortified cereals” are bran flakes, raisin bran and wheat flakes – and while you might not expect a child to make any of these choices, cereal is still the number one source of a typical child’s nutritional intake for a day. What’s more two brands, Kellogg’s Krave and Cocoa Krispies appeal to children with a label done in a cartoon style.

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Of course the established thinking is that fortification of cereals and other foods has proven to be a successful way of helping people get the vital nutrients they need. And while getting the right amounts is key, too much of a good thing may actually be very bad for everyone, including children. The FDA does have a clear regulatory policy in place to be sure that the fortification of cereals and all foods is safe, but that might not be much help.

Another recent study discovered that 45% of children are getting too much zinc, 13% are getting too much vitamin A and 8% are getting too much niacin. If the child is taking a multivitamin, the numbers go up alarmingly, 72% of those children taking a multivitamin are actually overdosing on of vitamin A, 28% are taking in too much niacin, and as many as 84% are getting way too much zinc.

When you think overdosing on vitamins or minerals, you typically think of someone taking too many supplements, not eating too much of a particular, readily available and heavily marketed, food. The short-term consequences of excessive intake can bring on gastrointestinal issues, while the long-term effects of too much vitamin A include damage to liver and skeleton. Overdosing on zinc can bring problems to the immune system, while too much niacin is actually toxic to the liver.

As a parent, you need to pick up your child’s favorite cereal and take a good long look at the nutrition facts and fortification levels. Cut back the intake if you have a concern, or your child is showing a sympto9m of excessive intake. The EWG suggests a parent use caution when feeding their children anything with over 25% of the adult daily value of any nutrient and monitor the intake of all foods to be sure they aren’t getting an excessive amount of any nutrient. This is especially important if you are also giving your child multivitamins.

To your good health,

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10 Unexpected Things Leading To Poor Immunity

You’re doing all you can to keep yourself healthy, and yet you still come down with a cold… fever or worse yet, the flu. There are things that aren’t all that obvious that might be impacting your immunity. So keep washing your hands, drinking all the orange juice you like, and avoiding close contact with anyone who is obviously sick, watch for these added immunity sappers.

You’re breathing polluted air: The smog in the air isn’t doing your lungs or your immune system any good. Research has shown that dirty air causes inflammation in the body and suppresses T cells, essential in terms of your immunity. Invest in an air purifier for your home or office so you can breath easy inside.

You’re sitting too much: If you have a desk job, you likely spend lots of time in the chair at your desk. This can slow down your metabolic rate, causing your body to naturally absorb immunity boosting nutrients at a slower rate than normal. Every hour and a half, get up and step out of doors for a five-minute break. The movement will activate your muscles, fire up your metabolism, and the fresh air will wake you up, make you feel more alert.

You’re using the wrong beauty products: Things like foundation, concealer and lipstick not only sit on your skin, they are absorbed into the body all day long. Some of these products have artificial ingredients that your immune system isn’t used to breaking down, so the bad stuff can readily slip past your internal defenses. Go all-natural with as many products as you can. The fewer ingredients a product lists, the safer it is for your body and immunity.

You’re eating too much white flour: The white flour in some baked goodies actually impairs the T cells and B cells, both key illness fighters in the body. Make sure the grains you’re eating are primarily whole grains, as they have lots of immunity building fiber.

You don’t make sleep a priority: If your body doesn’t produce enough melatonin naturally as you sleep, your immune system isn’t able to make the white blood cells it uses to fight off bacteria and keep your body in good repair. Try for seven to eight hours of sleep each night, and make getting that a priority, not a luxury.

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You’re eating too much animal protein: Too much animal protein causes the body to naturally produce more of the IGI1 hormone, known to speed up the aging process and impact your immunity. Try to keep your intake of meat and dairy to 10% of your daily intake of calories. You might even consider cutting animal protein consumption even more, to about 5% of your daily intake, and you should see a difference.


Your diet doesn’t have enough good fat
: Healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats from fish, avocados and nuts do have anti-inflammatory properties that help improve your immunity. So avoid the processed foods, limit your intake of animal protein, but try and add foods such as salmon, sardines, almonds and kale.

You’re lonely: Lonely souls tend to be less resilient in terms of stress, which causes the immune system to struggle. If this is you, schedule some time with those you like, friends, co-workers, neighbors, members of groups of like-minded people. People who have more relationships in their lives also appear to have a greater resistance to infection.

You think you thrive on stress: People think they work well under pressure, but long term stress brings up cortisol levels, and this reduces levels of other hormones like testosterone and estrogen. When hormones are out of balance, your immune system can’t react to threats as quickly. Lean how to stress less, or find quick ways to relax.

You’re not doing yoga as part of your workout: This type of workout appears to have the most impact on Immunity as it stimulates the body’s circulatory, digestive, endocrine and nervous systems, and these all work together to make the immune system stronger. There are tons of tips out there for beginners so there’s no reason not to give yoga a try.

To your good health,

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10 Signs You Have A Mineral Deficiency

Iron is a mineral that our bodies need, a part of all cells and a factor in many different body processes. Iron deficiency is the most common of the nutrient problems and the leading reason for anemia in the U.S.

Being measurably down in an essential nutrient like iron is not a good state for your body to be in… so we’re bringing you some telltale signs to watch for, in yourself or someone you care about. Some surprising recent stats from the CDC finds about 9% of women have a deficiency of iron, but that number is higher for women who are active.

1. Fatigue: The body can’t make hemoglobin without iron, and it’s the hemoglobin in red blood cells that carries oxygen, the essential for all cells to function. When there aren’t enough healthy blood cells in the body you will feel it in exhaustion.

2. Trouble Focusing: If you don’t have enough iron in the body, neurotransmitter synthesis may be affected, and this brings lower than normal functioning. So if your performance is slipping at work or at school, this could be the reason.

3. Apathy: If you’re finding you feel apathetic to anything and everything, this is another byproduct of changed neurotransmitter synthesis. The apathy covers all areas of life, family, work, even favorite hobbies or TV programs.

4. Breathlessness
: Without enough iron in the blood the body becomes oxygen starved, and this contributes to the feeling of having difficulty catching your breath. It can happen anywhere, during a workout or just walking about, doing everyday things.

5. Very Pale Skin: This isn’t a good thing, a washed out look can be brought on by reduced blood flow and a lower number of red blood cells. Despite what movies might show, this is not a healthy, thriving look for anyone, of any age.

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6. Workout Struggles: If you’re having trouble doing the same number of reps (and you’re not slacking off on workouts) you could before, it might be a sign of low iron levels. This can cause your endurance to drop so says a Cornell study.

7. Sore Muscles: You feel the burn from your workout longer than what’s normal for you. Not enough iron in the body deprives muscles of their ability to recover the way they should. This leads to those aches.

8. Brittle Nails: If your nails are thin and frail, this is a sign your body is starved for iron. A concave (spoon shaped) depression in the nail can also be a tipoff to trouble.

9. Lots of Infections
: If you get sick a lot, especially from respiratory conditions, iron deficiency could be the reason for this.

10. Pink/Red Urine: When you eat beets and pee reddish urine that can be a sign of an iron deficiency caused by increased intestinal absorption of some pigments. This happens in 10%-14% of people, with the number being far higher in those with an iron deficiency.

If you have questions, or concerns, talk with your own healthcare team, work to improve what you are putting into your body. Get more meat, poultry, fish or iron rich foods and take any supplements your doctor may prescribe.

To your good health,