Live in the Now http://www.liveinthenow.com Health. Freedom. Knowledge Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:10:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 What Ginger Can Do to Protect Your Brain http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/an-old-spice-is-showing-new-promise-in-the-fight-against-alzheimers-disease http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/an-old-spice-is-showing-new-promise-in-the-fight-against-alzheimers-disease#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:34:13 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=32440 Ginger-spiceHidden within your kitchen cabinets is a spice that could be beneficial for the incurable malady of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Research published in the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology suggests the ginger spice may be an effective supplement for AD because its properties help fight the illness in multiple ways. When you factor in its nontoxic nature, you get an agent that could prove valuable in preventing or delaying the development of this feared disorder that plagues so many.

Modern pharmaceuticals prescribed for AD are neurotoxic and are “the equivalent of declaring chemical warfare on the brain,” says Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMediaInfo.com. Fortunately, science is discovering the therapeutic benefits of natural alternatives such as turmeric and coconut oil along with ginger.

Ginger Prevented Cognitive Impairment in Animals

In the recent study, scientists found that supplements of 6-shogaol, a compound in ginger, helped prevent cognitive impairment in animals. The compound hindered the breakdown of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter needed for memory, sustained attention and other brain functions.

Ginger appears to have no toxic effects when consumed in the recommended doses for medicinal and dietary purposes, the authors said. “In experimental trials, ginger at a dose as high as 2 g daily has been shown to be well tolerated by both experimental animals and humans with occasional reports of mild gastrointestinal complaints,” they add.

Prior Research

Previous research shows ginger improves memory as well as contains antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties that curtail the neurodegeneration characteristic of AD. In addition, a recent study discovered the spice prevented behavioral symptoms typical of the disorder.

Cook With Ginger

The zesty flavor of ginger is delightful any time of year but perhaps it is especially welcome in the fall, when nothing is more appetizing than a steaming bowls of soup. Here is a great recipe for pumpkin bisque provided by Rene Ficek, registered dietitian and lead nutrition expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.

Ginger Pumpkin Bisque

  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 3/4 cup shallots
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons ginger root, grated
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium, canned
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 15 ounces pumpkin, canned
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon dried ground thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves, ground
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a dutch oven or large pot, heat the walnut oil. Add the shallots, onion, and ginger.
  2. Cook until tender. Stir in the flour.
  3. Carefully add the chicken broth and cider. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.
  4. Stir in the pumpkin, maple syrup, bay leaves, dried thyme, cinnamon, pepper, and cloves. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and discard bay leaves. Pour mixture into a blender and blend until a smooth consistency is reached.
  6. Pour pureed soup back into the pot and stir in the Greek yogurt and vanilla until it is thoroughly combined.
  7. Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and fresh thyme on top if desired.

Nutrients Per Serving (Makes 8 Servings)

Calories: 160
Fat: 4.0 g
Saturated Fat: 1.0 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 g
Sodium: 60 mg
Carbohydrates: 7 g
Fiber: 2.4 g
Sugar: 14.2 g


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.


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The Vicious Cycle That Causes Sugar to Harden Your Arteries http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/resveratrol-prevents-blood-sugar-surges-to-that-damage-arteries http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/resveratrol-prevents-blood-sugar-surges-to-that-damage-arteries#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:06:10 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=25305 Our arteries are lined with a delicate, single-cell layer of tissue called the endothelium, which is essential to maintaining proper blood pressure and volume, and acts as a barrier to protect against metabolic byproducts floating in circulation.

The endothelium is very sensitive to excess levels of glucose in the bloodstream and can become damaged and tear when sugar crystals remain in circulation for extended periods, such as occurs after a meal high in sugars and refined carbohydrates. When the endothelium is breached, micro cracks occur that accumulate foamy plaque leading to future coronary artery disease.

How Resveratrol Formulation Can Reduce Heart Health Risks From Plaques

Scientists found that blood sugar spikes caused the endothelium to become permeable, allowing oxidized LDL cholesterol, calcium and other circulating materials to become lodged inside the arterial wall. The study team determined that resveratrol stopped endothelial leaking and helped maintain proper vascular structure even under stressful conditions experienced with high blood sugar levels. Further, the researchers detailed the precise mechanism exerted by the compound to maintain the structural integrity of the arterial wall.

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The team concluded that resveratrol helped prevent the most common type of arterial damage caused by poor diet and advanced aging. Advanced glycation end products (AGE’s) are formed when blood sugars and protein become bound to form useless structures that can adhere to and damage our arteries. Resveratrol (nutritionists recommend 400 mg of a standardized formulation per day) was shown to halt this damage and provide a critical nutritional intervention to prevent complications and maintain cardiovascular health in both diabetics and healthy individuals.

Allopathic practitioners and the pharmaceutical giants enjoy promoting natural compounds including resveratrol as worthless, akin to snake oil, and frequently attempt to convince the public that they are wasting their money by using these supplements. Naturally, right? The big medical concerns make huge profits by selling a host of prescription drugs that account for more than 100,000 deaths every year, even when taken as prescribed. Meanwhile, not a single death has been recorded from using resveratrol, and the health benefits are profoundly significant, as continues to be repeatedly documented in peer-reviewed scientific studies. Most recently, Researchers from China have published the results of a study in the journal, Genes and Nutrition, showing how resveratrol protects against common damage to the arteries that leads to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular dysfunction.

While the scientists specifically detailed how the natural compound helps prevent complications in diabetics—such as times when fasting and post-meal blood glucose can spike from three to five times normal—many health-conscious individuals can benefit from this information to protect them from the arterial deterioration frequently associated with cardiovascular disease and increased heart attack risk.

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22983702
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0047792
http://www.wellnessresources.com/health/articles/resveratrol_protects_against_blood_sugar_damage_to_arteries/



John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and diet, health and nutrition researcher and author with a passion for understanding weight loss challenges and encouraging health modification through natural diet, lifestyle and targeted supplementation. John’s passion is to research and write about the cutting edge alternative health technologies that affect our lives.
Discover the latest alternative health news concerning diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and weight loss at My Optimal Health Resource


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The 5 Most Toxic Products in Your Bathroom http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/the-5-most-toxic-products-in-your-bathroom http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/the-5-most-toxic-products-in-your-bathroom#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:20:25 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=32816 500x281xtoxic-skincare.jpg.pagespeed.ic.oVPQe5yqa6
In today’s modern society, we use far more everyday personal care and cleaning products than at any point in history. While many of these products are presented as beneficial in the short term, some of them contain chemicals that carry long term risks of disease, especially cancer. With so many different types of products available, it’s hard to know everything to avoid, but here is a list of five very common products that may be putting you at risk.

1. Deodorant

Deodorants or antiperspirants have generated a lot of buzz lately, with attention being paid to a potential association between the aluminum they contain and cancer, particularly breast cancer. Research is ongoing into this relationship, but some studies have suggested that the aluminum (or perhaps another inactive ingredient) may increase the risk of a host of diseases, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, kidney disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease. So while more research is needed to clarify these potential associations, it may be wise to protect yourself by choosing aluminum-free deodorant, particularly if you are already at risk for any of these conditions for other reasons.

2. Makeup

Millions of people use makeup every day worldwide, but long-term exposure to cadmium, a heavy metal present in many different types of makeup, may increase a person’s risk of cancer. Recent research has suggested that cadmium may cause cancer cells, and breast cancer cells in particular, to become more aggressive and spread faster. When cells are repeatedly exposed to cadmium they tend to display higher levels of SDF-1, which is a protein that has been linked to tumors and cancer progression. As with deodorants, avoiding makeup that contains cadmium represents a harmless way to protect yourself against unnecessary exposure.

3. Moisturizer

Many types of moisturizers (and similarly-designed products such as soap, hair spray, and nail polish) contain dangerous chemicals called phthalates, which may increase the risk of a number of diseases with prolonged exposure. In particular, when phthalates are absorbed through the skin over a long period of time, they may increase the risk of developing diabetes, among other conditions. The body of evidence supporting this elevated risk has become far too great to ignore, but choosing organically manufactured products offers an easy way to avoid these chemicals.

4. Air Freshener

Air fresheners are often highly toxic and have been shown to aggravate respiratory problems, such as asthma.  Although some air fresheners may be labeled “natural” or “pure,” they typically contain the aforementioned phthalates. Aside from the already cited link to diabetes, these chemicals have been associated with hormonal abnormalities, as well as reproductive problems and birth defects. Rather than risk exposure to the dangerous chemicals in air fresheners, choose a natural solution such as cinnamon, cloves, and other spices, or essential oils.

5. Cleaning Products

With so many different types of cleaning products on the market, and so many different chemicals existing at varying levels in these products, it’s very hard to predict what long-term effect they could have on the body.  Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are particularly troubling in these products and can lead to a number of health issues, including a variety of cancers, and may negatively affect the development of children’s nervous systems and cognitive functioning. Luckily, organic multi-purpose cleaners are available, so get rid of the chemicals and turn to a safer solution.

Still think some of these chemicals are no big deal? Check out this video from Mind Body Green, featuring the Environmental Working Group’s Heather White. Some of her statistics on how exposure to seemingly innocuous chemicals in personal care products affect us will blow your mind.

Things to Consider

As you can tell from reading this article, the synthetic products that we use to make our everyday lives more comfortable and enjoyable may come at terrifying costs.  Rather than continue to subject yourself and your loved ones to these risks, spend a little extra time to make safer choices.  Avoid coming into contact with products that contain phthalates, cadmium, EDCs, aluminum, and other dangerous chemicals.  Natural, organic options are available for almost every type of product, and although they might be a bit harder to find or slightly more costly, protecting yourself from deadly diseases is well worth the effort.


Derek is a technical writer and editor with 10 years of experience in the health care field, having first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Delaware. He is a contributing author on a number of textbooks in the medical field, ran a nuclear cardiology licensing course, and has written a variety of other pieces from online training courses to medical software manuals. Derek pursues his personal interest in health and wellness by playing multiple sports and running marathons. An insatiable traveler, he spent 16 months working and living abroad while traveling through South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.


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Cheers! This Study Offers One No-Guilt Pass to Skip the Gym and Enjoy a Glass of Wine http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/cheers-this-study-offers-you-a-no-guilt-pass-to-skip-the-gym-and-enjoy-a-glass-of-wine http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/cheers-this-study-offers-you-a-no-guilt-pass-to-skip-the-gym-and-enjoy-a-glass-of-wine#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:32:15 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=32819 red wine

If you’ve ever been tempted to skip the gym in the name of a much-needed glass of red wine then this study is after your heart – literally.

A study published in the Journal of Physiology suggests that the resveratrol compounds contained in a single glass of red wine may be as beneficial for long-term heart health as a one-hour sweat session at the gym.

Researchers from the University of Alberta found that resveratrol not only mimicked the positive effects of exercise, it increased general endurance and enhanced exercise performance.

To conduct the study, researchers randomly assigned male rats to either a control chow diet or a test chow diet that included resveratrol, the health-boosting compound found in red wine, grapes and some nuts. The subjects were then placed on a progressive 12-week treadmill regimen and monitored.

Researchers found that the subjects on the test resveratrol diet experienced improved resting left ventricular ejection (blood flow) by 10% and increased exercise performance by 21%. The test group also demonstrated improved muscle function by increasing the force of isometric muscle contraction.

The study authors noted that “These functional changes were accompanied by increased cardiac fatty acid oxidation and favorable changes in cardiac gene expression and signal transduction pathways that optimized the utilization of fatty acids.”

In addition to its ability to mimic the benefits of exercise, resveratrol has also been studied for its ability to mimic the physiological influences of calorie restriction, a practice that has been linked to array of health perks, including enhanced cellular protection, improved muscle function and increased energy.

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Are you Worried About Your Cholesterol? http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/are-you-worried-about-your-cholesterol http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/are-you-worried-about-your-cholesterol#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:30:05 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=32546 clogged arteryIf you listen to your doctor, you’ll be told that you need to be on a cholesterol-lowering statin drug — most likely for the rest of your life. And unfortunately, many people never question this bad advice.

But if you’re reading this, I’d bet you’re interested in a safer, more natural solution.
Americans spend over $20 billion each year on statin drugs such as Vytorin®, Lipitor® and Crestor®,[1] which are prescribed under the guise of decreasing your risk for heart trouble by “improving” cholesterol ratios.

But are statins as safe and effective as we’ve been led to believe? The answer to this question may shock you.

Please keep reading, and I’ll explain why the conventional strategy for lowering cholesterol is deeply flawed.

Plus, I’ll let you in on a secret that the drug companies don’t want you to know about. New research is showing that there is a safe, effective and all natural solution out there that can balance your cholesterol levels in just 30 days.

Statins Are a Miracle Drug…For Big Pharma

Since they hit pharmacy shelves in 1987, statins have become Big Pharma’s best-selling drugs of all time. Pharmaceutical companies spend billions each year marketing these medications, hoping to sign up as many poor souls as possible for a lifetime of pill popping.

And their efforts have paid off. By some estimates, 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 are on a statin drug, and recent prescribing guideline changes mean that millions more healthy people could soon be taking these pills.[2] Yet emerging research is showing that statins are not the wonder drugs they were once thought to be.

The Deadly Truth About Statin Drugs

Don’t get duped. Statins may make your “numbers” look good, but as a recent review published in the BMJ suggests, they do little to decrease your overall cardiovascular risk.

According to lead author John Abramson of Harvard Medical School, the data shows that statins don’t reduce your risk of being hospitalized for a heart problem or even of dying from a heart-related event over a 10-year period.[4]

And any benefits these drugs might provide is far eclipsed by the long, scary list of side effects. Fatigue, muscle soreness, headaches, dizziness, nausea and memory problems are common, and if you’re particularly unlucky, you might end up with permanent nerve damage, liver problems or diabetes.

As reported by USA Today, statins have killed and injured more people than the government has acknowledged.[3]

A New, Natural Solution for Balanced Cholesterol

Back in the 80s when statins made their debut, many experts truly believed they were the answer to America’s growing heart health problem.

Now, we know better. Scientists now understand that cholesterol balance is only one factor in long-term heart health, and the results of using statins to artificially block the body’s natural production of cholesterol can be utterly disastrous.

Today, experts are excited about a new natural ingredient called Bergamonte®. In fact, it’s so unique and cutting-edge, that it’s one of the few natural ingredients that has received a United States Patent. (Patent # 20110223271)

Bergamonte has yielded stunning cardiovascular benefits in gold-standard clinical research.[5,6,7] It can actually improve your cholesterol ratios — in as little as 30 days with no side effects!

Is Big Pharma Working to Ban This Natural Option?

Rumor has it that because the results of the scientific research on the cholesterol lowering effects of Bergamonte are so incredible, Big Pharma is working to get this natural ingredient banned from the market. Their argument is that it “works like a drug,” but the truth is, it’s simply a natural gift that works the way Mother Nature intended it to!

So I encourage you to keep reading and to check out the summary of the research on Bergamonte I’ve provided below. And if you like what you see, you may want to take action now before the drug companies conspire with the FDA to make this natural solution hard to get ahold of.

Results That Will WOW Any Doctor

Bergamonte is a patented extract of bergamot orange that has been shown in gold-standard clinical research to promote optimal heart health and cholesterol ratios by:

  • Increasing HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Promoting normal LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
  • Optimizing total cholesterol
  • Supporting healthy triglyceride levels
  • Balancing blood sugar

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers found that a daily dose of 500 mg of Bergamonte produced these benefits within just 30 days and with absolutely no side effects:

  • Raised HDL cholesterol by over 22%
  • Lowered LDL cholesterol by 24%
  • Lowered total cholesterol by almost 21%
  • Lowered triglycerides by almost 30%
  • Improved blood sugar levels by almost 19%[5]

Why Lowering Blood Sugar Levels Is Critical

The fact that Bergamonte can improve blood sugar levels by almost 19% should not be overlooked. Healthy blood sugar is critical for keeping inflammatory markers down, preserving arterial health and preventing unhealthy weight gain — all of which contribute to overall cardiovascular wellness.

And, the results were even more remarkable with higher doses. As you’ll see in the chart to the right, participants who took 1,000 mg of Bergamonte per day experienced even more profound cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar balancing effects.

A recent Italian study conducted over a 120-day test period echoed these results and also showed dramatically improved indicators of liver health and reduced levels of inflammatory markers. This study also showed a reduction of small dense LDL (VLDL), which can damage the arteries by building up on artery walls.

In all my years in the natural health world, I’ve never seen anything so promising for natural cholesterol support!

Produced in Southern Italy, bergamot juice has long been recognized as a cardiovascular tonic by the local population there. And now, there is solid scientific research showing that bergamot juice is rich in compounds that provide powerful multifaceted support for sustained heart health.

The Bergamonte Supplement I Recommend

I’ve never been as excited about a natural cholesterol balancer as I am about Bergamonte. However, as I was looking at the different options out there, I was disappointed by the lack of affordable, high-quality Bergamonte supplements out there.

That’s why worked with the Scientific Advisory Board at my nutritional supplement company, Stop Aging Now, to develop a new Bergamonte supplement called Cholesterol360™. We have a nearly 20-year track record of producing cutting-edge premium grade dietary supplements, and I’m excited to add Cholesterol360 to our offerings.

In addition to Bergamonte, Cholesterol360 contains potent, standardized extracts of green tea and grape seed, which provide additional cardiovascular benefits by:

  • Keeping blood vessels healthy
  • Preventing cholesterol oxidation
  • Promoting a healthy inflammatory response
  • Protecting against free radical damage[8,9]

Of course, nothing beats diet and exercise when it comes to evening out cholesterol, but this unique blend of Bergamonte, green tea and grape seed can give you a major advantage when it comes to ensuring a healthy cardiovascular system.
I invite you to do your own research to see what other options are out there, but here’s why I think you’ll find no other product quite like Cholesterol360:

  • Each small capsule features a potent 500 mg dose of Bergamonte® citrus extract — the very same dose that produced stunning cholesterol-balancing results in the research.
  • Cholesterol360 is enhanced with 25 mg of standardized green tea extract which provides crucial antioxidant polyphenols that have been shown to protect against cholesterol oxidation and promote a healthy inflammatory response.[8]
  • Cholesterol360 contains 25 mg of standardized grape seed extract, which is rich in antioxidants called OPCs that have been shown to promote healthy blood vessels and overall cardiovascular wellness.[9]
  • Like all Stop Aging Now products, Cholesterol360 is made in the USA in an FDA inspected facility to meet or exceed stringent USP standards for quality, purity and potency.
  • Cholesterol360 ships to you for free, is tax-free and comes with an amazing 365-day “any reason” guarantee. If it doesn’t improve your numbers, you can get every penny back. This way you risk nothing!

For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get Cholesterol360 for as low as $24.95 a bottle — with free shipping. I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal.

Click here to take advantage of this special offer.

Scientific References:

1. IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics: “The Use of Medicines in the United States: Review of 2011.”
2. N Engl J Med. 2014; DOI:10.1056/NEJMoa1315665.
3. http://time.com/120958/who-really-needs-to-take-a-statin/
4. http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2001-08-20-statin.htm
5. “The Use of Bergamot-derived Polyphenol Fraction in Cardiometabolic Risk Prevention and its Possible Mechanisms of Action.” Cardiac Health and Polyphenols. 2014;84: 1085-1103.
6. Int J Cardiol. Dec 2013;170(2):140-5.
7. Fitoterapia. 2011;82: 309-316.
8. Cardiovascular & Haematological Disorders-Drug Targets. 2007;7.2: 135-144.
9. Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis. 2003;523: 87-97.


Josh CornJoshua Corn -Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.


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Can a Banana a Day Keep Stroke at Bay? http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/can-a-banana-a-day-keep-stroke-at-bay http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/can-a-banana-a-day-keep-stroke-at-bay#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:18:34 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=32586 Human head with paper banana - symbol Freedom and creativity - dPreliminary research suggests eating potassium-rich foods like bananas and potatoes may reduce the risk of stroke and early death in older women. While the study didn’t provide proof that potassium alone rather than an overall healthy diet was responsible, the findings were strong enough that coauthor Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller advises postmenopausal women to eat more foods with a high content of this mineral.

Women who want to increase their potassium have many foods from which to choose. Fruit sources include bananas, strawberries, cantaloupes, citrus fruits, tomatoes, prunes and apricots, especially the dried ones. Vegetable sources are broccoli, peas, white beans and potatoes. Potassium is also found in yogurt, nuts and certain kinds of fish, such as tuna and halibut.

Potassium Foods Cut Stroke Risk as Much as 27 Percent

In the study to be published in the journal Stroke, researchers tracked more than 90,000 postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 to 79 for a period of 11 years to tabulate their potassium consumption and monitor their stroke incidence. The participants consumed an average of 2,611 milligrams (mg) of the mineral in their food per day, which is considerably below the 4,700 mg per day recommendation of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.

The results showed that women with the highest potassium consumption had a 12 percent lower risk of general stroke and a 16 percent reduced risk of ischemic stroke, the type caused by a blocked blood vessel in the brain. In the group of women who did not have high blood pressure, those who ate the most potassium-rich foods cut their risk of all stroke by 21 percent and ischemic stroke by 27 percent compared to women who ate the least of these foods. In addition, women who consumed the most potassium had a 10 percent lower likelihood of death than those who ate the least.

“Our findings give women another reason to eat their fruits and vegetables,” notes Wassertheil-Smoller. “They’re good sources of potassium, and potassium not only lowers postmenopausal women’s risk of stroke, but also of death.”

How Is Potassium Protective Against Stroke?

“Potassium may play a role in improving blood vessel function in our brains. This could allow better oxygenation of our brain tissue and prevent tissue death that occurs from lack of oxygen to the brain,” says lead author Arjun Seth. Since potassium is a component of many healthy foods, he also speculated that the reduced stroke risk might stem from the overall consumption of a healthier diet.

Stroke is the fourth highest cause of death in the U.S., causing 130,000 fatalities per year, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disorder is also a leading cause of long-term disability.

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Sources:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-09/aha-pfc082914.php

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/older-women-can-reduce-stroke-risk-with-potassium-rich-diets-study-shows/2014/09/04/2e322928-346b-11e4-9e92-0899b306bbea_story.html

http://consumer.healthday.com/vitamins-and-nutrition-information-27/food-and-nutrition-news-316/study-links-potassium-to-fewer-strokes-in-older-women-691401.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2744318/Bananas-cut-stroke-risk-women-menopause-Foods-high-potassium-reduce-chance-quarter.html

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/09/04/eating-potassium-rich-food-may-lower-stroke-risk/


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.


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The Great Acid Reflux Lie http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/the-great-acid-reflux-lie http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/the-great-acid-reflux-lie#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:42:34 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=32569 reflux1Did you know that, according to the FDA, the acid-blocking drugs millions of people take day-in and day-out for years to “manage” their reflux symptoms are really only safe to take for 2 weeks? Yet this is a far cry from how these drugs are typically prescribed. They’re given out regularly with never-ending refills, and many people take these dangerous drugs continually for years on end.

While acid-blocking medications account for a huge portion of the pharmaceutical industry’s profits and are effective at reducing stomach acid secretion by up to 99%, there is a gaping and very dangerous hole in the logic behind these drugs.

Let me explain…

The Surprising Truth About Acid Reflux

Common sense tells us that acid is in our stomachs for a reason. It’s essential for digestion, nutrient absorption, immune health and a wide range of other basic bodily functions. Moreover, it’s a proven fact that acid production declines sharply with age, while acid reflux, and its more serious ramification, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), become increasingly common with age.

So if acid reflux and GERD are more often associated with declining acid production, how can completely shutting off acid production improve the situation? It can’t!

The fact is, the majority of people who suffer from acid reflux actually have too little stomach acid. Yet this is entirely contrary to what most people—even most doctors—believe.

It’s the GREAT LIE perpetuated by Big Pharma to sell billions of dollars worth of addictive, dangerous, and sometimes even deadly acid reflux drugs each year.

End Your Heartburn AND Improve Your Health With My Tried and True Natural Reflux Solution

The good news is that you don’t have to rely on these dangerous drugs just to get a little relief from the painful heartburn that makes you miserable and keeps you up at night.

Drawing on my 15+ years of medical training and clinical experience as a physician, and utilizing a wide range of in-depth scientific research conducted by other leading experts in the field, I’ve created a simple, easy-to-read guide that will end your acid reflux issues — permanently.

It’s called The Drug-Free Acid Reflux Solution, and as I mentioned above, it has nearly a 100% success rate. And, for a limited time, you can get it for only $19.95. I priced my plan this low because I want as many people as possible to benefit from it — including YOU!

The detailed program I outline in this 74 page report is a safer, more effective, more holistic approach to healing acid reflux. And it will give you all the tools you need to relieve your pain and discomfort, and live a happier, healthier life in the process WITHOUT relying on dangerous and expensive drugs.

Imagine Being Acid Reflux-Free for the Rest of Your Life

My goal in writing The Drug-Free Acid Reflux Solution is simple: I want to help you to overcome acid reflux — quickly, safely and permanently.

Like many of my patients, there’s a good chance you will be acid reflux-free within a week or less. In fact, I’ve seen patients who have suffered for decades turn their symptoms around within a matter of days. More importantly, you’ll set the stage for optimal digestive and overall wellness, so you can enjoy a lifetime of vibrant health.

You see, the best part is that as their acid reflux is resolved, my patients typically see other digestive problems vanish as well. In addition, many patients experience:

  • Better sleep
  • A stronger immune system
  • More energy
  • Weight loss

This is exactly the opposite of what happens when you rely on drugs to mask the symptoms.

A Better Alternative to Big Pharma’s Dangerous Drugs

That’s why I wrote The Drug-Free Acid Reflux Solution. The truth is, it’s easy to get your acid reflux under control—and keep it under control—by taking some simple steps to restore your overall digestive health, combined with reasonable diet changes and a few key dietary supplements that are scientifically proven to be effective. And my 30-day program will teach you exactly what to do!

Here’s an overview of what you’ll learn:

  • The truth about what causes acid reflux and why it’s often a sign of a bigger problem – Page 3
  • The 7 major risk factors that contribute to acid reflux, and how to eliminate them – Page 11
  • How to identify “trigger foods” and hidden food sensitivities – Page 57
  • The shocking dangers of acid-blocking drugs, and why they don’t really fix anything – Page 33
  • How to set the conditions for weight loss, healthy immunity and optimal wellness for life – Page 41
  • How to end acid reflux permanently and safely so you can be heartburn free for life – Page 67

All The Tools You Need to Heal Your Acid RefluxI spent years developing the The Drug-Free Acid Reflux Solution. It distills all of my clinical experience into a simple, effective action plan packed with all the tools you need to heal your acid reflux and take control of your health. I’m so confident it will work for you, that I offer an unbeatable 365-day “any reason” money back guarantee. Combine this with the very low special price of $19.95, and you truly have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

With the The Drug-Free Acid Reflux Solution you’ll get:

  • My 4-step approach to healing acid reflux naturally in as little as one week – Page 43
  • A thorough explanation of the science behind the supplements I’ve used to treat reflux in thousands of patients – Pages 42-55
  • A detailed week-by-week guide to how and when to take supplements and herbs over the course of the program – Pages 67-71
  • Guidelines on what to eat to support your healing using the Reflux Recovery Diet (RRD) I’ve developed – Pages 57-62
  • Lists of what foods to buy at the grocery store and what foods to steer clear of – Pages 61-62
  • Specific instructions for weaning yourself off acid-blocking drugs with no rebound symptoms – Page 72

PLUS: As a bonus, you’ll get The Reflux Recovery Diet Cookbook, which includes a 7-day meal-plan and over 40 delicious Reflux Recovery Diet friendly recipes!

AND: If you order today, you’ll also receive lifetime free access to personalized, one-on-one support from Registered Dietitians who I have personally trained to guide you through the program.

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Dr. Passero completed four years of post-graduate medical education at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Dr. Passero has trained with some of the nation’s leading doctors in the field of natural medicine. In his practice, Dr. Passero focuses on restoring harmony to both the body and mind using advanced protocols that incorporate herbal therapy, homeopathy, vitamin therapy and nutritional programs. Through education and guidance patients are able to unlock the natural healing power contained within each one of us. For more information, visit his website, Green Healing Wellness, or follow him on Facebook.


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The 10 Best Nutrients For Skin Health http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/the-10-best-nutrients-for-skin-health http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/the-10-best-nutrients-for-skin-health#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=16024 skin health nutrientsWith the chilly days of fall upon us and winter around the corner, it’s important to ensure adequate availability of the nutrients that best protect skin from the inside out. After all, dewey, youthful skin is often the result of both a healthy daily diet and a well-thoughtout skin regimen.

Here are the top 10 skin protecting nutrients you should focus on:

1. Lycopene: Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that has natural UV ray protecting properties. A diet rich in lycopene gives your skin a little added protection against the sun’s harmful rays. Lycopene can be found in watermelon, tomatoes, pink grapefruit and papaya.

2. Astaxanthin: Astaxanthin is the pink-hued compound found in foods such as shrimp and krill. It is one of the only carotenoid compounds that is not converted to retinol in the body, therefore, 100% of its antioxidant strengths are reserved for fighting free radicals. With prolonged use, studies have shown astaxanthin is incredible for restoring elasticity of the skin and supporting overall skin heath. In fact, one study indicated that astaxanthin may visibly improve the appearance of skin by correcting dry skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots if taken consistently for 6-8 weeks. One of our trusted partners, Stop Aging Now, has a great product called PurZanthin that uses 100% all natural astaxanthin from non-shellfish sources. But whichever brand you choose, just make sure it’s 100% all natural, as there are synthetic astaxanthin formulas on the market that are not nearly as effective.

3. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is excellent for skin both internally and topically. Its antioxidant properties protect your skin from harmful free radicals while encouraging the production of collagen. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 500 to 1,000 milligrams of dietary or supplemental vitamin C per day is sufficient. While dietary vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, Brussels sprouts, red peppers and other foods, topical vitamin C is growing in popularity. It’s important to use a brand that you trust so that the nutrient concentrations aren’t compromised. Two products we trust are John Masters Organics Vitamin C Serum and Eminence Organics Couperose-C Serum.

4. Vitamin A: Vitamin A, or its precursor, beta-carotene, can be found in carrots or spinach and ensures the proper maintenance, repair and turn over of skin and tissue cells. If you’re deficient in vitamin A, you may notice a dry or flaky complexion because your skin is not repairing itself fast enough. Topical vitamin A in the form of retinol has been known to dramatically improve the appearance of skin. However, be sure to check with your dermatologist before considering a topical treatment, as it is not recommended universally.

5. Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3s are associated with reduced inflammation and are known to increase the radiance of one’s complexion by locking in hydration. Good omega-3 sources include walnuts, flax seeds and fatty fish, such as salmon. Higher amounts of omega-3s can be obtained from a high quality, molecularly distilled fish oil supplement.


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6. Vitamin E: Vitamin E is known to counter the harmful effects of UV exposure and provide superior antioxidant protection. Experts indicate that natural Vitamin E at about 400 mg per day has been noted to reduce photodamage and wrinkles and to improve skin texture. Topical vitamin E has been known to balance complexion and reduce the appearance of “sun spots.” Two brands to consider are Now Foods E-Oil and Jason Pure Beauty Oil, Vitamin E Oil 32,000 I.U., 1 oz.

7. Biotin: Biotin is a B vitamin that is largely responsible for providing the basis for radiant skin and hair. Experts often recommend anywhere from 1,000-5,000 mcg per day which usually requires a supplement. Food sources for biotin include peanuts, Swiss chard and tuna.

8. Vitamin K: Topical vitamin K cream has been identified as one of the best (and only) treatments available for effectively reducing under-eye circles. We’ve found one, Naturopathica Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum, that we are really comfortable endorsing, as it is a 100% organic brand that uses high quality ingredients.

9. Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid has the remarkable ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, therefore, is a great nutrient for maintaining your skin’s hydration. Additionally, it acts as a bonding agent of sorts, keeping your skin cells from separating (i.e. wrinkling).

10. Alpha Lipoic Acid: This potent antioxidant is one of the only nutrients that is both water-soluble and fat-soluble. This means it can protect your skin’s cells from free radical damage both on the inside and on the surface. Topical treatments are growing in popularity but one of the best, organic brands we’ve found is Passport to Organics’ Face Lift – Total 360 Regeneration Cream with Alpha Lipoic Acid. (This formula also contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and a few other skin supporting nutrients.)

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Is This the Most Underestimated Liver Cleansing Herb of All Time? http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/this-super-herb-protects-both-liver-and-brain http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/this-super-herb-protects-both-liver-and-brain#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:00:28 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=9149 milk thistleThe liver and brain are two metabolically active organs that are under constant attack from disease promoting free radicals. Elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels combined with blood glucose abnormalities and obesity cause damage to the cellular matrix of the liver and brain that worsen with time.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects an estimated 20 to 40% of adults in Western society and dementia can touch nearly half of those reaching their 85th birthday. Silymarin is the active compound found naturally in milk thistle that is shown to provide a significant degree of protection against NAFLD and abnormal brain aging.

Silymarin Shown to Prevent and Reverse Liver Damage

The liver is called upon to perform more than 300 critical metabolic functions within our body. One of those functions is the formation of cholesterol and essential lipids that are required for cellular synthesis and repair. A diet high in processed carbohydrates and synthetic hydrogenated fats can result in excess blood triglycerides that become lodged in the hepatic cells and NAFLD can develop.

NAFLD is a chronic disease that is characterized by inflammation of the organ that releases a flurry of free radicals and liver enzymes. Left unchecked, NAFLD can progress to cirrhosis, carcinoma and death. The result of research published in the journal Hepatitis Monthly demonstrates the effectiveness of treatment with silymarin for the treatment of NAFLD. Researchers noted a significant decline in liver enzyme markers that indicate reversal of the disease, and no serious side effects were reported as a result of the natural treatment.

Silymarin Found to Protect Nerves, Slow Brain Aging Process

Silymarin is one of a small number of compounds able to cross the blood-brain barrier and affect neural function and chemical neurotransmitters. Long known for its ability to detoxify the liver, silymarin also exerts a powerful protective edge against nerve damage and brain preservation. Information from the journal Neurochemistry International shows that the nutrient is able to protect delicate glial cells in the brain against free radical damage that occurs as a result of low grade bacterial infection common in overweight and obese individuals.

Silymarin Inhibits Plaque Formation

One of the key indicators of Alzheimer’s disease are the protein amyloid plaques that form and prevent electrical and chemical signaling between neurons. It is known that plaque exists as a normal byproduct of metabolic activity in the brain and is not properly cleared in those exhibiting symptoms of dementia. The result of a study published in the journal Molecular Gerontology demonstrates that silymarin helps the brain to naturally clear amyloid plaque before it becomes tangled and restricts normal cellular communication.

Silymarin from milk thistle is shown to be a powerful nutrient that assists multiple biological pathways in the liver and brain to maintain optimal organ function. Milk thistle is available as an inexpensive nutritional supplement. Nutritional experts recommend 250 to 450 mg per day to provide optimal effectiveness. Take advantage of natural silymarin to boost liver detoxification, prevent NAFLD and prevent the damage from free radicals on the delicate brain matrix.

References:

http://hepatmon.com/view/?id=343

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20868716

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20833521

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21071836


John Phillip is a diet, health and nutrition researcher and writer with a passion for understanding weight loss challenges and encouraging health modification through natural diet, lifestyle and targeted supplementation. John’s passion is to research and write about the cutting edge alternative health technologies that affect our lives.

Discover the latest alternative health news concerning diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and weight loss at My Optimal Health Resource.

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8 Daily Habits That Can Improve and Protect Your Brain Health http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/8-daily-habits-that-can-improve-and-protect-your-brain-health http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/8-daily-habits-that-can-improve-and-protect-your-brain-health#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:14:22 +0000 http://www.liveinthenow.com/?p=32530 brain-game

Much attention is paid to maintaining a healthy body, but people often overlook the importance of good brain health. But when considering that your brain controls virtually every single aspect of your life and your thoughts, what could be more important? A healthy brain leads to a richer, happier, and more fulfilling life. With these great benefits in mind, here are eight tips to help you achieve better brain health, and a better life.

1. Know Which Foods to Eat, and Which to Avoid

There are a number of ways that you can support your brain through the foods that you consume, not to mention the foods you avoid. In particular, fat is important to brain health, as the brain is composed of approximately 60 percent fat. However, not all fats are the same. While you want to avoid “trans fats,” you should consume high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in foods such as fish, and poly and monounsaturated fats that are common in vegetables, nuts, and oils.

Fruits and vegetables are also vital to achieving the proper amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all of which aid the brain.  Avoiding excess fats and sugars, and other unhealthy items, will help to keep you more focused and energetic.

Looking for more details? Be sure to check out the latest research here:  The Best and Worst Foods for Your Brain

2. Get More Sleep

In addition to a number of other benefits, getting a good night of sleep helps to keep your brain healthy and fresh. Lack of sleep has been identified as a contributor to cognitive decline as people age, so proper sleep can help to keep your brain healthy for the duration of your life. Our brains remain active as we sleep, including working on the formation of memories, so realize that time spent sleeping is far from wasted.

3. Manage Your Stress and Get Some Exercise

Too much stress can wear down the brain, making it tired and less effective. On the other hand, exercise is proven to improve brain function, not only by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the brain, but by stimulating the production of important neurological chemicals. Maintaining a balance of regular exercise with stress-reduction techniques is a powerful recipe for not only protecting your brain, but enriching it.

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4. Eliminate Vices and Bad Habits

The foods and substances that we introduce into our bodies all have profound impacts on brain health. Items such as alcohol, nicotine, excessive caffeine, and all types of drugs, have the potential to disrupt brain blood flow and processing, and may negatively impact our cognitive abilities as a result. If you want to promote better brain health, cutting down on or eliminating some of these items can make a positive difference.

5. Protect Your Brain

Unlike other parts of the body, you simply cannot function without your brain.  With that reality in mind, take extra precautions to protect your brain from injury and damage. Never hesitate to wear a protective helmet, whether riding a motorcycle or bicycle, or playing an impact sport. It only takes one unfortunate accident to seriously damage your brain, so take the necessary precautions to keep it protected.

6. Embrace New Activities, Learning and Stimulation

Just like your muscles, your brain needs exercise to function most effectively. Strive to learn new skills, subjects, and hobbies to improve your brain’s health, and take on exciting challenges to stimulate creativity. Reading is another powerful tool to keep your brain focused.  All of these activities may help to promote not only short-term, but lifelong brain health, keeping you mentally sharp as you age.  On the other hand, limit activities that do not engage the brain, such as watching too much television or spending too much time on a device or computer.

7. Become More Social and Supportive

Social isolation has been associated with a number of neurological and psychological disorders and problems, so interact with people socially. Social interaction likewise helps to challenge and stimulate the brain, keeping it engaged and attentive. Similarly, reach out to family and friends who may be in need of social or cognitive support. Helping to keep each other mentally active and engaged is beneficial to everyone involved.

8. Set and Obtain Goals

Last, but not least, it is important to challenge your brain by setting realistic goals and striving to obtain them.  This practice helps to stimulate and positively reward the brain, improving brain function in the process.  Meanwhile, working towards goals helps to keep our brains focused and active throughout our lifetime.


Derek is a technical writer and editor with 10 years of experience in the health care field, having first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Delaware. He is a contributing author on a number of textbooks in the medical field, ran a nuclear cardiology licensing course, and has written a variety of other pieces from online training courses to medical software manuals. Derek pursues his personal interest in health and wellness by playing multiple sports and running marathons. An insatiable traveler, he spent 16 months working and living abroad while traveling through South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.


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