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    The Science Behind Gratitude

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 30:18


    This really is a “thing”! Universities have entire departments with focused research on happiness and gratitude. In fact, researchers from Berkeley identified how gratitude might actually work on our minds and bodies. And Robert Emmons, perhaps the world's leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components – tune in to hear the key components and the science of gratitude.   What Is Gratitude? Robert Emmons, perhaps the world's leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components, which he describes in a Greater Good essay, “Why Gratitude Is Good.”   “First,” he writes, “it's an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we've received.”   In the second part of gratitude, he explains, “we recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. … We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you're of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”   Emmons and other researchers see the social dimension as being especially important to gratitude. “I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion,“ writes Emmons, “because it requires us to see how we've been supported and affirmed by other people.”   Because gratitude encourages us not only to appreciate gifts but to repay them (or pay them forward), the sociologist Georg Simmel called it “the moral memory of mankind.” This is how gratitude may have evolved: by strengthening bonds between members of the same species who mutually helped each other out.   This really is a ‘thing'! Universities have entire departments with focused research on happiness and gratitude. Researchers from Berkeley identified how gratitude might actually work on our minds and bodies. They provided four insights from their research suggesting what causes the psychological benefits of gratitude. Gratitude unshackles us from toxic emotions Gratitude helps even if you don't share it Gratitude's benefits take time & practice. You might not feel it right away. Gratitude has lasting effects on the brain   Breakdown of Benefits Physical• Stronger immune systems • Less bothered by aches and pains • Lower blood pressure • Exercise more and take better care of their health • Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking   Psychological• Higher levels of positive emotions • More alert, alive, and awake • More joy and pleasure • More optimism and happiness   Social• More helpful, generous, and compassionate • More forgiving • More outgoing • Feel less lonely and isolated.   The Key to Well-Being? “Building the best life does not require fealty to feelings in the name of authenticity, but rather rebelling against negative impulses and acting right even when we don't feel like it,” says Arthur C. Brooks, author of Gross National Happiness, in a column in the New York Times. In the article, from 2015, he argues that “acting grateful can actually make you grateful” and uses science to prove it.   A 2003 study compared the well-being of participants who kept a weekly list of things they were grateful for to participants who kept a list of things that irritated them or neutral things. The researchers showed that the gratitude-focused participants exhibited increased well-being and they concluded that “a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.”   Understand this…..The participants didn't begin the study any more grateful or ungrateful than anyone else, and they didn't change their lives during the study so that they'd have more to be thankful for. They just turned their outlook to one of gratitude, and they were happier for it.   How Do You Practice Gratitude? Tony Robbins' Guided Imagery – Gratitude Practice He was on a podcast with Tim Farris, and he did like a seven-minute clip, and he walks you through how to feel gratitude from a way he's learned how to do it.   Resources: Robert Emmons "Why Gratitude Is Good" Greater Good Magazine – "What Is Gratitude?" Psychology Today – "Happiness" Arthur C. Brooks article in the New York Times 2003 Study from Robert Emmons Tony Robbins Gratitude Exercise 13 Practical & Proven Ways to Be Happier How Feeling Grateful Can Change Your Life… and Your Health


    A Critically Important Nutrient You Probably Don't Think About

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 29:24

    Ready for some FREE education? So, let's talk about iodine. Iodine is essential for every function in your body including immune function, cardiovascular health, and metabolism. Of course it's instrumental for the thyroid. That's one of the big things we talk about in connection with iodine since iodine is the foundation for thyroid hormone production. So, it's super important. Do you ever think about iodine? Probably not. But you probably should! We're going to talk about iodine deficiency. We're going to talk in general about iodine; where did it come from, why it's important, and the different types or sources of iodine for your health. Tune in and get your learn on!   Iodine The fact is that iodine is utilized for just about every function in your body. Yet many people are unaware of their body's need for iodine, and that iodine deficiency has reached epidemic proportions worldwide.  History of Iodine Iodine was discovered in 1811 Iodine actually became the first modern medical treatment. It was the first time in medicine that one remedy was used to treat one disease, and that was when iodine was used to treat goiters. Iodine eventually became one of the primary antibiotics. It was used orally as an antibiotic—it was used topically as an antibiotic. Still today, we do use iodine in surgical rooms. We use it to paint over surgical wounds and things like that to make sure that they don't get infected.   Why Optimal Levels of Iodine Matters Iodine deficiency has multiple adverse effects on growth and development, and is the most common cause of preventable mental retardation in the world. Iodine deficiency disorders result from inadequate thyroid hormone production secondary to insufficient iodine. During pregnancy and early infancy, iodine deficiency can cause irreversible effects. 10 Signs & Symptoms of an Iodine Deficiency Swelling in the Neck – Swelling in the front of the neck, or a goiter, is a common symptom of an iodine deficiency. It occurs when your thyroid gland is forced to make thyroid hormones when there is a low supply of iodine in the body. Unexpected Weight Gain – Low iodine levels may slow your metabolism and encourage food to be stored as fat, rather than be burned as energy. This may lead to weight gain. Fatigue and Weakness – Low iodine levels may leave you feeling tired, sluggish and weak. This is because your body needs the mineral to make energy. Hair Loss – An iodine deficiency may prevent hair follicles from regenerating. Fortunately, getting sufficient iodine can help correct hair loss that occurs due to an iodine deficiency. Dry, Flaky Skin – Dry, flaky skin may occur with an iodine deficiency, as the mineral helps your skin cells regenerate. It also helps your body sweat and hydrates your skin cells, so an iodine deficiency can cause you to sweat less. Feeling Colder Than Usual – Iodine helps generate body heat, so low levels of it may leave you feeling colder than usual. Changes in Heart Rate – An iodine deficiency may slow your heart rate, which may leave you feeling weak, fatigued, dizzy and at risk of fainting. Trouble Learning and Remembering – An iodine deficiency at any age may cause you to struggle to learn and remember things. One possible reason for this might be an underdeveloped brain. Problems During Pregnancy – Getting enough iodine is especially important for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as they have higher needs. An iodine deficiency may cause severe side effects, especially for the baby, such as stunted growth and brain development. Heavy or Irregular Periods –  Some women with an iodine deficiency may experience heavy or irregular periods. This is because low thyroid hormone levels may interfere with hormones that are involved in regulating the menstrual cycle.   Different Kinds/Sources of Iodine   Salt The addition of iodine to the U.S. salt supply started in the 1920s in response to a government health mandate. During that time, up to 40% of the population of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region suffered from goiters and other thyroid diseases caused by extreme iodine deficiency . [Note: a goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland that results in a swelling of the neck.] Adding iodine to table salt did help with the goiter epidemic, but that was about it. Nonetheless, it became the foundation upon which the U.S. RDA, or Recommended Daily Allowance (now called the Recommended Daily Intake, or RDI) was built. Today, the RDI for iodine is 150 mcg/day for an adult and 220 mcg/day for a pregnant woman. This amount may stop goiters, but it's not enough for all the iodine needs of the body. In order to make salt white and help it last longer, most manufacturers use a bleaching process. This adds dangerous halides such as chlorine and bromide to the mix, which block the body's absorption of iodine. In addition, other chemicals are often added to the salt, including manufactured iodide, sodium solo-co-aluminate, fluoride sodium bicarbonate, anti-caking agents, and aluminum derivatives. If you are going to sprinkle salt on your food, most health experts suggest Himalayan pink salt or Celtic sea salt, which contains trace amounts of naturally-produced iodine as well as other essential minerals. Food – Some foods are… Seaweed, sea food, fish, eggs, spinach, dairy, strawberries, and cranberries. Food alone is not enough due to the depletion of nutrients in the soil, as well as an increasing toxic load, has changed the amount of essential nutrients available in the foods we eat. Potassium Iodine Tablet Potassium and sodium are often part of the picture because they act as carriers for iodine that the human body can safely absorb. Iodine in its natural state is unstable and even dangerous. Scientists discovered a while ago that combining potassium with iodine to form potassium iodide can create a more stable form, which can be absorbed by the body. The downside regarding potassium iodine for everyday use is that only about 20% of this kind of iodine can be assimilated by the body.   Alcohol-Based vs Glycerin-Based The advantage of using a liquid for iodine transport is that it becomes more bioavailable to the body.   Alcohol based, however, is not the preferred method of liquid transport for several reasons. Most alcohol used for supplements are simple ethanol or grain alcohols, the same kind that the bartender puts in your favorite martini – not appropriate for children, pets, and those with high blood pressure or recovering from alcoholism. almost all alcohols are made with genetically-modified corn acts as a drying agent Glycerin –  (also known as glycerine, glycerol, or glycerite) has many advantages – that is, if you can find the right kind. Most commercial glycerin-based products, like commercial soaps, are sourced through animal products. A better option is vegetable-based glycerin. And the best of all is organic, non-GMO glycerin that is not made from soy or corn. Retains moisture Is antiseptic – good for burn salve Won't upset blood sugar levels Provides more stable shelf life  Nascent Iodine –  is also known as atomic iodine, monatomic iodine, Atomidine, or colloidal iodine. The term “nascent” refers to iodine that has an incomplete number of electrons. This gives it an electrical charge, according to a report conducted by the non-profit Weston Price Foundation and others. Many forms of dietary iodine break down into iodide in the digestive tract. In this state, iodine-dependent organs like the thyroid and reproductive organs cannot use it. The charge of nascent iodine helps it stay intact and absorb quickly and thoroughly into the organs that need it most.   Resources: History of U.S. Iodine Fortification and Supplementation NIH Fact Sheet for Professionals Iodine Deficiency - American Thyroid Association The Great Iodine Debate - Weston Price Foundation Iodine Articles in Organixx's INSPIRED Health Library Organixx Iodine - Shop here! Supplementing With Iodine? Make Sure It's the Right Kind for You! Organixx Iodine: Learn more!

    Multi-Vitamins: Hype or Healthy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 23:42

    Does everyone need a multi-vitamin? The Standard American Diet only provides 17 of the between 73 to 90 nutrients we need on a daily basis. Whole food, plant-based diet eaters would still need to eat between 15-20 pounds, not servings, of fruits and vegetables a day to get their daily amount of nutrients. Even organically grown fruits and vegetables don't have the nutrient punch they did in the past due to our soil deficiencies. Tune in to learn how to source the best multi vitamin for you and your family!   What are the main ingredients we want to see in a daily multivitamin? Organic plant-sourced ingredients of vitamins and minerals Make sure it's a whole food supplement Well balanced in nutrients B-complex Vitamins – B1, B2, B3, B6, folics, folate, B12, biotin Vitamin C Minerals – vitamins and minerals occur naturally together in foods   About Absorption and Dosing Your body absorbs more nutrition in small doses throughout the day than it will one dose, one big dose at a time during the day. So, smaller doses, more frequent, will correct deficiencies way faster than one massive dose on a daily basis, or weekly basis.   An analogy would be just like mastering something in your life. It takes time and practice. So does your body. It takes that time and practice, and repetition, really training your body to recognize this nutrition, recognize the things going into your body, and be able to regulate it over time.   RDA – The FDA's recommended daily allowance Men: the scale is set for a man that is 5'8”, weighs 158 pounds, in his 20s to 30s. Women: the scale is set for a woman that is 5'5”, that is 120 pounds in her 20s to 35. The bar is set very low.   Nutritional Deficiency Diseases The FDA's recommended daily allowance is the ​minimal ​amount of those particular nutrients that you have to consume on a daily basis in order to avoid developing nutritional deficiency diseases. Scurvy is a Vitamin C deficiency Berry-berry is a Vitamin B deficiency Rickets is a Vitamin D deficiency Advanced Dosage Some doctors use a process clinically with his patients with chronic issues; Stabilization, Detoxification, Fortification. Go see your local naturopath and come up with a plan, if you feel like you're depleted if you feel like you're in a place where you need to get healthier. Go see somebody rather than just listen to us and assume that you can triple-dose whatever you're taking now.   What Makes an Effective and Powerful Multi-Vitamin (Bang for the Buck!) Organic Whole Food – Plant-based – sprouted Juice concentrates Diversity of nutrients   What to Avoid in Multi-Vitamins Fillers – labeled as salts Synthetic vitamins Mineral Salts – oxides, chlorides, carbonates   What's Unique about Organixx's Multi-Vita-Maxx Folic Acid Typically a synthetic version of folate, a B vitamin You can extract folate from yeast and it is called folic acid Organixx's mushroom mix is fed a fruit and vegetable mix and a yeast extracted folic acid with the rest of our B vitamins. The mushrooms consume the folic acid and convert it into folate. The mushrooms methylate them into methylated, usable forms of these nutrients. Fermentation   MTHFR Gene Considerations Those with MTHFR have genetics mutated to a point that they don't metabolize unmethylated B vitamins. Because of the process Organixx uses to feed the mushrooms these B vitamins, the mushrooms methylate the B vitamins for us. So, it's a wholly natural process, different than anyone else is doing. The mushrooms ferment and predigest the stuff for us.   And they're methylating it. And so, what comes out, what the mushrooms have themselves, and what we have in our supplement then, are methylated versions of all of these things, which those with MTHFR do very well with.   Resources: 10 Ingredients You Don't Want In Your Multivitamin Feeling Tired or Sluggish? You May Be Deficient in the “Energy” Vitamin (Methylcobalamin B12) Falling Vitamin D Levels & What to Do About This Global Health Crisis Vitamin D Deficiency: How Much Do Adults Really Need? How to Find the Best Multivitamin: 5 Facts Every Educated Consumer Needs to Know How to Get the Best Results From Your Organixx Supplements

    Can Alzheimer's and Dementia Be Prevented Naturally?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 47:21

    Ready to take your brain health to the next level? Ready to be proactive, or even reverse, the signs of brain aging? Then this episode is definitely for you! We are fortunate to have “Amazon” John Easterling, Plant Medicine Formulator, with us again this week. He dives into the plant medicine treasures he's found in the Amazon Rainforest that beautifully support healthy brain function and help you ward off brain aging.   ABOUT “AMAZON JOHN” EASTERLING Since 1976 John Easterling has been an explorer and treasure hunter in the Amazon Rainforest. It was there, after a personal health crisis, he was introduced to the traditional use of medicinal plants by the Indigenous People in Peru.   Since then his passion for plant medicine has only accelerated.   Easterling's original degree is in Environmental Studies, he founded the Amazon Herb Company in 1990 and serves on the board of the Amazon Center of Environmental Education and Research.   Amazon John's 28 years of Plant Medicine experience have been profiled on TV and Radio including “Good Morning America” and “Fox and Friends”.  His product formulations have sold over $100 million worldwide.   John has been featured in two PBS documentaries, World News Report “Amazon John and Rainforest Medicines” and Jean Michel Cousteau's “Return to the Amazon.”   Easterling believes the dramatic growth and interest in plant medicine is still in its early stages and will continue to significantly improve life experiences and healthy outcomes into the future.   Causes of Alzheimer's and Dementia Beta amyloid plaquing. “So when you get plaquing, your spark plug would foul, and you couldn't start your engine. So same thing here. You get that plaquing in there, and it just can't transmit to the next one, and you don't remember. You can't access that data where you put your keys.” Tau tangle, where you get the neurons that really just become tangled. Inflammation is a really big deal, and actually these other factors are really caused by it. It's a kind of inflammatory response from your brain to protect itself sometimes, developing this amyloid plaquing to seal off what it sees as an insult. Involvement of Candida in brain issues. Recent research showed was that people did not think before that the Candida could cross the blood brain barrier. Now they found that it actually can. It travels through your body doing that, looking for a place to reside where the biological terrain is right. If you introduce a lot of sugar and a lot of carbs into that terrain, they really love that. When these Candida cross that blood brain barrier, the brain recognizes that as an insult, and then you have this coating process. The brain will try to coat that to seal it off.   Prevention Lifestyle and diet – low sugar, more green vegetables Probiotics after a course of antibiotics – maintain a diverse colony-forming units of probiotics. Maintain healthy inflammation levels throughout the body. Exercise – improves the microcirculation to the brain. Sleep – get quality sleep each night (7-9 hours). Lower your exposure to environmental toxins.   Botanicals to Improve Brain Health Una de Gato – Cat's Claw Primarily known for its ability to stimulate the macrophage phagocytosis activity, which is our immune system. Source of epicatechins and the brain derived neurotropic. Stimulates neurogenesis – the creation of new brain cells. Camu Camu Tremendous source for a whole food vitamin C. Powerful anti-inflammatory. Increases the proper cycling of serotonin. Potent source of polyphenols, quercetin, and resveratrol. Bacopa Reduces brain amyloid levels in mice by as much as 60%. Increases cognitive function in humans. An ayurvedic plant. Cinnamon – cinnamaldehyde Able to break down tau tangles. It's anti-inflammatory. Balances sugar levels. Cacao Is anti-inflammatory. Helps increase microcirculation in the brain. Contains epicatechins, which have been shown to be very helpful for brain chemistry and to help to slow down the death of healthy brain cells Pau d'Arco Many medicinal properties include antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-parasitic. Scientists have found that Pau d'Arco has a unique, two-pronged effect on fungal infections. … In this way, it is able to kill off a variety of bacteria, fungi, and yeast, including Candida albicans. Good source of polyphenols. Anti-inflammatory. Dragon's Blood – Sangra de Grado Pure antioxidant by dry weight. Great source of proanthocyanidins. Anti-inflammatory. Helps facilitate the breakdown of plaquing in the brain. Guayusa Substitute for caffeine. Enables ‘first time' memories to be recalled. Anti-inflammatory.   Signs of Alzheimer's and Dementia People may experience: Cognitive: mental decline, difficulty thinking and understanding, confusion in the evening hours, delusion, disorientation, forgetfulness, making things up, mental confusion, difficulty concentrating, inability to create new memories, inability to do simple math, or inability to recognize common things Behavioral: aggression, agitation, difficulty with self care, irritability, meaningless repetition of own words, personality changes, restlessness, lack of restraint, or wandering and getting lost Mood: anger, apathy, general discontent, loneliness, or mood swings Psychological: depression, hallucinations, or paranoia Also common: inability to combine muscle movements, jumbled speech, or loss of appetite   Resources: Organixx's Ageless Brain - Nutrition for your brain. Camu Camu Cat's Claw, Uña De Gato (Uncaria Tomentosa) Sangre de Drago - Dragon's Blood Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor And Its Clinical Implications Bacopa monniera Extract Reduces Amyloid Levels In Psapp Mice Why Cinnamon May Hold Secrets to Alzheimer's Prevention Cacao Pau d‘Arco Proanthocyanidins Guayusa Raphael Mechoulam Alzheimer's & Dementia Resource Center Alzheimer's & Dementia Facts & Figures - Infographic Alzheimer's & Dementia Facts & Figures Tau, tangles, and Alzheimer's disease Amyloid Plaques and Neurofibrillary Tangles Candidiasis Plant polyphenols as dietary antioxidants in human health and disease Anthocyanins Epicatechin Caffeine Reverses Cognitive Impairment and Decreases Brain Amyloid-β Levels in Aged Alzheimer's Disease Mice Brain Health: 10 Tips for Keeping "Senior Moments" at Bay Lion's Mane Mushroom: Brain Protector? 6 Incredible Health Benefits of Cinnamon for Metabolism, the Brain and More!

    Getting to Know Jonathan Hunsaker

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 34:19

    We're all on a health journey. We don't travel alone in this! Join us as we learn more about our founder, Jonathan Hunsaker! He's openly sharing about his childhood and how he came to start Organixx. Jonathan shares inspiration and motivation by sharing his struggles and successes along his health journey.   Jonathan's one big takeaway for you is take it one thing at a time, and if you fall off the wagon, don't wait until January 1st to get back on it, don't wait until your birthday to get back on it, don't wait until Monday to get back on it. Just get back on it now, right? Everybody does that. It's like “Alright, well, it's Wednesday. You know what? I'm going to start my new diet on Monday.”   Well, what do we do? We eat like crap all the way through Sunday night, and then Monday morning, we decide to start our new diet. Well, Wednesday, we fall off our diet, and it's like “You know what? I'm going to try again Monday.” But then we eat like crap until Monday. And the problem is, is we think that we're going to go restrict ourselves, so we're going to start doing this thing that we're no longer—that's going to keep us from being able to enjoy all this other fun stuff, and so, we gorge.   And during this process of trying to start a new diet or a new way of eating, whatever you want to call it, we actually gain weight because we're gorging for those three days before we start a new diet. Well, consider not waiting. Consider starting today, start right now. If you're listening to a podcast, you want to make a decision to quit smoking, quit right now. Don't wait until Monday, don't wait until tomorrow.   As Jonathan tells us, “I think that if you fall off the wagon, get right back on it. Only tackle one thing at a time. And over a year, over two years, over three years, you will develop healthy habits that will stick with you for the long-run. And if you fall off, like I did, you have a strong base to get back onto and continue on that journey.”   Resources: 9 Tips for Cutting Back on Drinking 11 ways to curb your drinking: Rethinking Drinking - Alcohol & Health WebMD - Smoking Cessation Quit Smoking: I Can Quit Readers' stories of how they quit smoking Boquete, Panama Learn More about Organixx: Organixx's Supplements & Nutrition Blog Organixx's Mission Statement

    Top 6 Organic Essential Oils and their Do's & Don'ts

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 33:23

    Join us for a dive into the power of essential oils in our daily lives. The interest in essential oils is rapidly on the rise according to Google Trends. The trend line is fascinating. Why? What makes essential oils so sought after? They work! Organixx carries a line of organic and pure essential oils. Today we will share the top 3 uses of the top single essential oils in our line.   Lavender Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. We've all heard by now that lavender promotes deeper sleep, but did you know…   There's promising research for breast health too. 2014 Iranian research published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer found that lavender oil kills breast cancer cells but leaves healthy cells unharmed. It's important to note that this study was on cells in a petri dish, not on humans. The researchers concluded that: “L. angustifolia has cytotoxic and apoptotic effects in HeLa and MCF-7 cell lines, and apoptosis is proposed as the possible mechanism of action.”1 Stops the itch and burn of insect bites. Even fire ants! Put a drop of lavender oil on a bee sting, mosquito, or other bug bite to stop pain, itching, and reduce swelling. Reapply as necessary. Lavender oil works really well for this, especially if applied immediately. Use it as a flavor booster. Add a drop of high-quality lavender oil suitable for consumption to brownie batter, chocolate icing, cookie dough, dessert recipes, raw chocolate, or even salad dressings. It's absolutely delicious.   Is Lavender Oil Safe? Using diluted lavender oil topically or in aromatherapy is generally considered safe for most adults but may not be recommended for children. Applying pure lavender oil to your skin (especially open wounds) may also cause irritation, so we recommend infusing it with a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Dissolving it in water also works.   Be careful not to rub lavender oil in your eyes and mucous membranes. If this happens, wash it out immediately. Lavender oil may also cause allergic reactions in people with unusually sensitive skin, so do a spot test before using it. Simply apply a drop of lavender oil to your arm and see if any reaction occurs.   The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) also warns against using lavender oil when taking medications like barbiturates, benzodiazepines and chloral hydrate, as it may increase their sedative effects and cause extreme drowsiness and sleepiness.     Tea Tree (Melaleuca) This versatile oil possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties.   Due to its potent anti-inflammatory benefits, tea tree oil helps to relieve inflammatory skin conditions, especially eczema and psoriasis. Dilute as necessary and apply to affected area two to three times daily. Tea tree oil has long been used as a natural bug repellent by native Australian aboriginal people. Chinese research in 2016 found tea tree to be effective against the cereal weevil, Sitophilus zeamais.3 The cereal weevil is considered to be an extremely destructive pest to stored cereals all over the world. Tea tree also helps to relieve the pain, itching, and inflammation of insect bites. If it's an extra-hot day and your deodorant has failed, apply again, but this time with a drop or two of tea tree oil to help kill bacteria. Tea tree oil's potent antibacterial properties are well proven with dozens of research studies.   Is Tea Tree Oil Safe? The answer is yes, as long as it is applied topically in appropriate doses and NOT swallowed. This oil may irritate your skin, especially if used for the first time. We recommend starting with low concentrations until you figure out your tolerance. Determine if you have an allergy to tea tree oil before using it by doing a skin test — apply a small amount to your inner arm to see if any reaction such as a rash or hives occurs.   The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) recommends avoiding oxidized oil, which has been exposed to air, because it may help trigger allergies more than fresh tea tree oil.  Avoid using undiluted tea tree oil as well and use tea tree oil-infused products instead to reduce your risk of skin irritation.   Lemon The health benefits of lemon oil can be attributed to its stimulating, calming, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant and antifungal properties. *Important to note: Lemon essential oil can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Lemon oil has a balancing effect on the oil glands of the scalp. Massage a drop or two of lemon oil into your scalp before you go to bed at night. Wash it out in the morning. Done over a period of weeks, you will notice much less oily hair. It will make your pillow smell nice and fresh too! Diffuse lemon oil to help kill airborne bacteria. Research carried out by Dr. Jean Valnet (co-author of the book The Practice of Aromatherapy: A Classic Compendium of Plant Medicines and Their Healing Properties) shows that diffused lemon oil can rapidly kill off the bacteria that causes meningococcal infections, typhoid fever, staph infections, pneumonia, diphtheria, and tuberculosis. Several essential oils are haemostatic, i.e. they help to stop bleeding by speeding up the coagulation of the blood. The most useful of these is oil of Lemon, though Geranium and Rose have similar, though less powerful, effects.   Is Lemon Oil Safe? It is advisable not to use lemon oil without diluting it first, as it can irritate skin. It must be used with a carrier oil for direct application to the skin. Effective carrier oils include coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil.   There are findings showing that lemon oil may promote photosensitivity, which increases your sensitivity to the sun and may lead to sunburn and uneven darkening of the skin. We also recommend you avoid applying lemon oil and other citrus oils to your skin when outdoors, as blistering may occur.   People with sensitivities should use essential oils with caution. Reactions can vary from person to person. Some may experience skin reactions, while some may have respiratory problems. Consult your physician first before use. Pregnant women and children should also see a doctor before applying lemon oil.   Peppermint According to a review conducted by the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities. It also works as a strong antioxidant, displays anti-tumor actions in lab studies, shows anti-allergenic potential and pain-killing effects, helps to relax the gastrointestinal tract and may be chemopreventive.4   Note: Chemoprevention is the use of a medication, vitamin or supplement to stop cancer from happening. This is most often used for people who have a high risk of developing cancer. The high menthol content of peppermint makes it great for cooling off during hot flashes. At the first sign of a hot flash developing, place a drop at the back of the neck, at the base of the skull, or on the collarbones. Breathe it in. This has an instant cooling and calming effect. Peppermint oil not only relaxes skeletal muscles, it also helps to relax the muscles of the respiratory system. Inhaling the scent of peppermint helps to relieve congestion due to allergies and counteract the effects of pollen. Especially powerful when combined with lavender and lemon to ease seasonal allergies! Peppermint oil is superb for helping to relieve indigestion and heartburn. Put just one drop of peppermint oil into a glass of water and drink. It works much more quickly than peppermint tea due to the concentrated nature of peppermint oil. If it's too strong for you, just dilute it and rub it across the tummy.   Is Peppermint Oil Safe? Peppermint oil is safe in low amounts in most adults, but it can trigger side effects in people with sensitivities. It is important for the following individuals to either avoid using this essential oil or to use it carefully only with the help of a healthcare professional. Pregnant and nursing women — Peppermint oil or other similar products may have emmenagogue and abortifacient effects, so it would be wise not to use peppermint oil without your physician's approval. Infants and children 7 years old and younger — Peppermint oil must not be used undiluted because there isn't enough information regarding its safety for them. Diabetics — Using peppermint oil may raise your risk of low blood sugar levels or hypoglycemia. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia patients — Peppermint can relax the sphincter between the stomach and esophagus, and cause acid to move up to the esophagus. People with gallbladder problems — Peppermint oil may cause gallbladder inflammation; those diagnosed with gallstones should consult a physician before using peppermint oil. People taking antacids — These drugs can cause peppermint oil capsules to break down easily, increasing the risk of heartburn.   Eucalyptus The healing benefits of Eucalyptus Oil can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, and antiseptic qualities, among other valuable properties.   Eucalyptus oil is known to be a vasodilator, meaning it dilates, or opens, blood vessels. In 1994, Austrian researchers discovered that eucalyptol, a phytochemical in eucalyptus oil (also known as 1,8-cineol) improved global blood flow to the brain, after only 20 minutes of inhalation.9 A newer study released in 2016 by Korean researchers found that eucalyptol is also able to pass through the blood-brain barrier. This research also found eucalyptol's high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to be helpful in the management of chronic conditions such as respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and degenerative nerve and brain diseases. Some studies have shown that several different species of eucalyptus may help to reduce blood sugar levels in mice. Also because eucalyptus is such an excellent vasodilator, the entire body benefits from this increase in blood circulation. To help combat poor blood circulation, dilute eucalyptus oil and massage it into the legs, hands, and feet as needed. Eucalyptus oil's anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-phlegm properties work very quickly to open congested airways. Make a steam inhalation by boiling two cups of water, pour it into a large bowl, then let it cool for five minutes. Add a drop or two of eucalyptus oil. Then create a tent from a small towel draped over your head. Place your face over the bowl and carefully breathe in the vapor until you get some relief. This should only take a couple of minutes. This is great for bronchitis, head colds, chest colds, and asthma.   Is Eucalyptus Oil Safe? Essential oils like eucalyptus oil are generally safe to use, but with specific precautions. Before using it, consult a holistic doctor to see if your condition would allow you to do so, and undergo an allergen patch test to check for possible allergic reactions and lower your risk for developing side effects. In general, adults should not take eucalyptus oil orally except under a doctor's supervision, and this oil mustn't be given to children, especially those under 2 years old.   While eucalyptus oil is generally safe when applied to adult skin, refrain from applying the oil, salve or chest rub on the face or nose of baby because of its potential side effects. Lastly, pregnant and breastfeeding women should also avoid using the oil as evidence is lacking regarding its safety for these groups of women.     Frankincense – The KING of essential oils! Frankincense essential oil is distilled from the resin of the Boswellia tree that grows in many regions within northern Africa and the Middle East. Oman, Somalia, and Ethiopia are the most prominent suppliers today.   Research shows that the natural plant chemical constituents in frankincense oil stimulate the immune system.2   But it supports so much more… Frankincense is a powerful health support for respiratory problems such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, and bronchitis. It even helps when suffering from laryngitis. Diffuse it into the room where you intend to spend some time. For best results, use an ultrasonic cool mist diffuser. Never heat essential oils because heating them diminishes their therapeutic effects. Whether your skin is dry and mature or oily and blotched with blemishes, frankincense oil has wonderful balancing qualities. It helps to reduce lines and wrinkles by tightening and toning skin, accelerates the healing of blemishes, skin ulcers and wounds, and stimulates cell regeneration. For anti-aging benefits, put several drops into your favorite night time moisturizer. For acne and blemishes, apply it neat directly on the problem area, unless you have very sensitive skin, then dilute. Use frankincense oil to help calm and center the mind, to promote spiritual awareness, and to cultivate a sense of inner peace while meditating. Frankincense contains compounds known as sesquiterpenes which work directly on the limbic system of the brain, the center of memory and emotions. Frankincense is calming, grounding, and centering to the nervous system. Diffuse it into your room, or just inhale directly from the bottle at the start of your meditation.   Is Frankincense Oil Safe? Yes, frankincense oil is generally safe. Just make sure to undergo an allergen patch test before applying frankincense oil topically to see if you have any sensitivity to this oil.   For some groups of people, frankincense oil isn't recommended, since it may trigger adverse reactions. If you're pregnant or nursing, avoid using frankincense oil because it may trigger contractions, prompt menstruation and lead to a miscarriage. As for children, there is very limited information regarding the potential use of this oil for this age group, so if you're a parent or guardian, do not let them use this oil.   How to Dilute Essential Oils Although essential oils can be used neat (undiluted) in many cases, it is best (and more economical) to dilute essential oils before applying them to the body. Add a drop or two of your chosen oil to one-half to one teaspoonful of an organic carrier oil such as coconut, almond, hemp, or jojoba.   If using with children or pets, use even less essential oil because their smaller bodies cannot tolerate an adult dose. It's best to consult a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils with pets or children.    A Final Word About Quality Always choose high quality, organic essential oil that has been properly distilled so that its phytochemical content is not compromised. Look for bottles labeled 100% pure oil and beware of cheap oils that may be diluted with potentially toxic chemical ingredients.   In addition to the powerful essential oils we touched on today, Organixx carries 6 more beautiful single oils just as powerful and effective to help you maintain optimal health; Orange, Grapefruit, Oregano, Geranium Rose, Rosemary, and Clove. Resources: Organixx Essential Oils - 100% Pure, Organic, Non-GMO 1 Comparative studies of cytotoxic and apoptotic properties of different extracts and the essential oil of Lavandula angustifolia on malignant and normal cells. 2 Immunomodulatory activity of biopolymeric fraction BOS 2000 from Boswellia serrata. 3 Insecticidal Activity of Melaleuca alternifolia Essential Oil and RNA-Seq Analysis of Sitophilus zeamais Transcriptome in Response to Oil Fumigation. 4 A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of peppermint tea (Mentha piperita L.). National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy – Safety Information 12 Top Essential Oils & 60+ Uses Non-Toxic DIY Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Tummy Troubles? The Best Essential Oils for Digestive Problems What Are Essential Oils? 21 Facts About Essential Oils You May Not Know

    Understanding the Power of Proteolytic Enzymes Supplement: Enzyme 17

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 24:15

    Join Jonathan and Wade Lightheart dive deeper into understanding how enzymes are critical to your health and vitality. We really help you understand what you are looking for in an effective enzyme supplement. Tune in to understand what proteolytic means, the various enzymes needed in your digestive tract, the powerful punch of AstraZyme™, and why cultured enzymes matter.   About Wade Lightheart 3-Time Canadian All Natural Bodybuilding Champion who competed as vegetarian, former Mr. Universe Competitor, host of The Awesome Health podcast, Wade Lightheart is one of the world's premier authorities on Natural Nutrition and Training Methods. Having majored in Sports Science at the University of New Brunswick, he has authored numerous books on health, nutrition and exercise which have sold in over 80 countries. Wade also serves as an advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute. He's been in the health industry for over 25 years, coached thousands of clients, and is sought out by athletes and high-performance oriented individuals worldwide for his advice on how to optimize their health and fitness levels.   What Are Enzymes? ENZYME – noun BIOCHEMISTRY a substance produced by a living organism which acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction. There are approximately 25,000 different enzymatic functions in the body The number of enzymes that you have present in your body is directly proportion to the amount of chemical reactions that you can engage in in the body. The difference between stones, plants, and people is enzymes, the amount and the role of those enzymes. They are the most critical component to all metabolic transactions.   Enzyme Bank It's like having a bank account. In other words, your ability to write metabolic checks, to build, to repair, to heal, to digest your food, to make your hormones work, to break down the smallest chemical reactions, to make your skin nice, you name it, requires an enzymatic pathway.   What is a PROTEOLYTIC enzyme? also called protease, proteinase, or peptidase, any of a group of enzymes that break the long chainlike molecules of proteins into shorter fragments (peptides) and eventually into their components, amino acids. Proteolytic enzymes are present in bacteria, archaea, certain types of algae, some viruses, and plants; they are most abundant, however, in animals. The two major groups are the exopeptidases, which target the terminal ends of proteins, and the endopeptidases, which target sites within proteins.   What to Look for in an Enzyme Supplement Loaded up with proteolytic enzymes Make sure it covers the various pH levels of digestion; 3.0, 4.5 & 6.0 Contains amylase to break down your carbohydrates Contains alpha galactosidase, which will help break down some of the sugars that you will find in food Contains glucoamylase, another one that'll cover the different range of sugars that you might consume inadvertently Invertase, maltase, to help with hidden sugars that cause interruptions and metabolic problems and blood sugar issues Contains lipase to break down fats Contains phytase to break down plant fibers Contains hemicellulose and the cellulase, which will actually break down those difficult proteins that are actually a fibrous protein Contains lactase for people that can't digest milk (it's because they don't produce lactase) Contains AstraZyme™ to bolster all the benefits Enzymes are cultured     What is AstraZyme™ We studied Chinese medicine and found out there is a particular root, called the astragalus root, that is used in almost every single Chinese compound. When we found out why it was used, that it turns out that that particular root actually activates and accelerates, it increases the potential of the enzymatic response. So, we took that extract through this into that formulation as well and precise dosages. And that gave a 30 to 60% boost depending on the enzyme and its effectiveness.   What is a Cultured Enzyme? A cultured enzyme means this is an enzyme grown on a very specific medium that allows you to increase the potency over a normal enzyme from 100 to 1000 times. This process takes about eight weeks to get that kind of potency. So just like if you were fermenting beer or wine or something, you've got to let it work for a period of time before you get that premium spirit. It's the exact same process inside of the enzyme formula. We're fermenting and creating a specific medium and then extracted enzymes.  No chemicals are used in the extraction process. So, you just get the pure working enzymes to deliver an incredible result.   What happens if I don't have the protease in my body to break down the all the protein that I'm ingesting? Gas Bloating Skin problems Brain fog The reason? Because you're feeding bad bacteria who are producing a variety of endotoxins inside the body that are interrupting your natural activity. Resources: Learn More about Organixx Enzymes 17 Shop Organixx Enzymes 17 Proteolytic Enzymes What Is the pH of the Stomach? National Center for Health Statistics Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States Collagens: Hype or Healthy – Episode 15 Proteolytic Enzymes: What They Are & Why Your Body Needs Them to Live Why You Need Enzymes for Good Digestion & Health (+ 8 Signs You May Have an Enzyme Deficiency) Enzymes: Often Overlooked, but Critically Important  

    The Healing Power of Medicinal Mushrooms

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 16:45

    Let's strengthen and support our immune systems. This week we dive into mushrooms and their impact on our immunity and anti-aging crusade. You may be surprised at the healing and restorative benefits of mushrooms. Mushrooms are magical! We've talked about the amazing benefits of mushrooms before but today we dive deeper into the top 7 mushrooms that support our health. Listen in to learn how chaga, turkey tail, shitake, maitake, cordyceps, lion's mane, and reishi mushrooms work hard to keep us healthy and our immune systems strong.   What Mushrooms Are In 7M+? Turkey tail, chaga, shiitake, maitake, cordyceps, lion's mane, and reishi.   Chaga Chaga has been used for centuries, primarily in the East. It's known for its immune support and soothing properties. Many traditional healers have used it as a soothing tea for a powerful and natural digestive support. It's also shown the potential to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range. Chaga also has very powerful antioxidant properties that make it a powerhouse on its own.   Cordyceps Cordyceps have been shown to help regulate a healthy immune system. They're also strong inflammation fighters. Cordyceps were at one time so highly-valued that it was only allowed to be consumed by the Emperor of China, who lived 100+ years, and still fathered children into his 100s. Also known for the ability to support sexual health and athletic ability, Cordyceps have been the most sought-after nutritional mushroom in the Orient.   Lion's Mane Lion's Mane is known to support brain health, boost cognitive function, and aid against age-related memory loss. It also helps maintain mental focus and function, as well as promoting healthy digestive function through its powerful regulation of bacteria.   Turkey Tail It's considered one of the best-researched mushrooms on Earth. Its benefits are just as strong as other nutritional mushrooms, such as Reishi, Cordyceps, and Maitake. It contains powerful antioxidant nutrients and high levels of selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin B3, which are crucial for boosting and maintaining immunity. Turkey Tail is so effective, we've put it in several of our supplements.   Shiitake The benefits of Shiitake mushrooms for your immune system are some of the most well-documented for any type of nutritional mushroom. Perhaps its greatest influence is in the activity of the tiny cells responsible for protecting your immune system from inflammation. A recent four-week study showed that daily use of Shiitake mushrooms boosted the immune response in young adults. They have the potential to keep your immune cells protected from inflammation and the signs of aging. Lentinan Lentinan is a polysaccharide extracted from the fruit body of the Shiitake. So, deep within the Shiitake mushroom is Lentinan. Lab studies show that not only is Lentinan effective at supporting a healthy immune system, but it also has cholesterol-lowering properties. Maitake Lab studies show that this nutrient-rich wild mushroom is not only effective at supporting a healthy immune system. It can also help regulate blood pressure Support healthy blood sugar Fight off abnormal cell growth Maintain healthy inflammation… and much more! It's no wonder many cultures around the world use the magical maitake mushroom as a powerful healing tonic and medicinal food.   Reishi Nicknamed the “Mushroom of Immortality.” It's not hard to see why Reishi mushrooms have been used in natural health remedies for hundreds of years. It seems every year, science uncovers new uses for this wonder nutrient. It may be thanks to the complex compounds found in Reishi mushrooms that help regulate and support an aging immune system, reduce inflammation, and assist in healthy heart function.   Why Take 7M+? You're going to have a hard time going to the grocery store and picking out all these mushrooms and getting them into your diet. And not only that, but you can buy a lot of these different mushroom products individually, in their own capsule form, in a bottle, and pay $50 for each one in a bottle, or you can get all of these wrapped into one product, a blend of all of these mushrooms that work synergistically together. The reason why I think this product is so powerful and mushrooms are so powerful, our immune system, and we also talked a lot about the gut and the bacteria and the gut health, all of it supports our overall health, not only from the physical perspective, but our emotional perspective.   What Is the Aging Process? It's all of the functions and systems in our body slowing down, shutting down in a sense, going slower, slower, slower, slower, to the point where you're just not as healthy as you once were. But we're seeing through the research, we've talked about today in this podcast, in a previous podcast, that we actually can do things to keep ourselves healthier longer.   Supplements Jonathan Recommends Everyone Take Multi-Vita-Maxx Turmeric 3D 7M+   Resources: Empowering You Organically Podcast on Telomeres Organixx 7M+ Organixx Multi-Vita-Maxx Organixx Turmeric 3D Antioxidant properties of several specialty mushrooms Chaga Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in human lymphocytes as assessed by comet assay Ergosterol peroxide from Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) exhibits anti-cancer activity by down-regulation of the β-catenin pathway in colorectal cancer Cordyceps Lion's Make Chemistry, Nutrition, and Health-Promoting Properties of Hericium erinaceus (Lion's Mane) Mushroom Fruiting Bodies and Mycelia and Their Bioactive Compoundsh Gastroprotective Effects of Lion's Mane Mushroom Hericium erinaceus (Bull.:Fr.) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae) Extract against Ethanol-Induced Ulcer in Rats Turkey Tail FDA Approves Bastyr Turkey Tail Trial for Cancer Patients Medicinal Mushrooms (PDQ®) Shiitake Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. Effects of shiitake (Lentinus edodes) extract on human neutrophils and the U937 monocytic cell line. Lentinan Gordon M, Guralnik M, Kaneko Y, et al. A phase II controlled study of a combination of the immune modulator, lentinan, with didanosine (ddI) in HIV patients with CD4 cells of 200-500/mm3. Combination therapy with lentinan improves outcomes in patients with esophageal carcinoma. Reishi Ganoderma lucidum ("Lingzhi"), a Chinese medicinal mushroom: biomarker responses in a controlled human supplementation study. Randomized clinical trial of an ethanol extract of Ganoderma lucidum in men with lower urinary tract symptoms. Study of potential cardioprotective effects of Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi): results of a controlled human intervention trial. Maitake Anti-diabetic activity present in the fruit body of Grifola frondosa (Maitake). I. 11 Surprising Health Benefits of Mushrooms Chaga Mushroom Benefits: Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Chaga Reishi Mushroom Health Benefits: 11 Reasons to Love Lingzhi

    How To Use Water To Heal Anxiety, Depression, and Sadness

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 48:22

    71 percent of the planet's covered by ocean. It holds the most life, the most diversity, and it's the source of life. Join us this week as we talk to Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols and explore Blue Mind. In this episode, he shares the cognitive, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual benefits of how being near, in, or on water can change your brain state and be a powerful wellness tool.   About Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols Wallace “J.” Nichols, called “Keeper of the Sea” by GQ Magazine and “a visionary” by Outside Magazine, featured in Time, PBS, and many other media outlets He is an entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, voracious idea explorer, New York Times best-selling author, international speaker, loving Dad, and strategic advisor and collaborator. He created the phenomenon Blue Mind, a powerful new universal story of water and a movement of global proportions.   Blue Mind Health Documentary Blue Mind Health is the amazing free documentary series created to share how you can get energized, create more joy in your life and revitalize your health with Blue Mind. You can watch it here at http://organixx18.mybluemind.hop.clickbank.net/?pid=215&tid=podcast-20190522   What is Blue Mind? Mildly-meditative, kind of relaxed state we move into when we're near, in, on, or under water, or when we're thinking about those things. There's science backing up how water shifts our mental state, our emotional state, how it calms us and centers us, how it connects us to each other in the best possible ways, and even boosts creativity.   Maintaining the Blue Mind State Prioritize your water time. Prioritize your down time. Understand what your body needs to restore May be sleep May be a long soaking bath May be a mindful shower May be a float spa – a sensory deprivation tank May be a weekend retreat to the lake, ocean, river, or mountains   What is Red Mind? Our normal base state in modern society; you're wired, you're dialed in, you're over-connected, you're striving towards goals. While necessary if it's all you have you will burn out. It affects our sleep, it affects our performance, it affects our relationships, it affects our physical wellbeing, and our emotional wellbeing.   What is Grey Mind? When you've hit burn out stage by living only in Red Mind constantly. It's just the burnt out, indifferent, numbed-out, disconnected, don't care much about anything anymore state, mildly depressed, or even severely depressed. And we've all been there, too, where you're just spent. And that may last an afternoon, it may last days, weeks, months, and even years. It's the chronic social and psychological stress that just eats you up, that never goes away.   Relieving the Grey Mind State Exercise Diet Supplements Social interactions Experiencing the beauty of nature, being out, being in awe and wonder, out on the water, out on the mountain, and moving your body outside.   J's 3 Big Takeaways Emotional health is the basis of sustainability. Have a health value equation – when we UNDERvalue anything or anyone bad things happen. Idea of common knowledge – something moves from private knowledge, or shared knowledge, into the realm of common knowledge, that we all know.   Ocean Health Impacts Human Health 71 percent of the planet's covered by ocean. It holds the most life, the most diversity, and it's the source of life. Various aspects of the problems, whether it's overfishing, or plastic pollution, warming oceans Ecologically, it's obviously very important. An educational perspective, whether it's metaphors, ocean metaphors, or just learning about the ocean science, there's just educational component. The oceans are a big source of emotional health in humans. That stress that water removes, that affects every single cell in our body, every single thing we do, our creativity, our relationships, our wellness, everything, how we interact with everybody, and how we interact with everything is affected by that stress reduction   RESOURCES: Blue Mind - The Documentary HASHTAG: Find More on Social Media Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols Website BOOK: Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do BOOK: Blue Mind: How Water Makes You Happier, More Connected and Better at What You Do Quality of Life with Flotation Therapy for a Person Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, Atypical Autism, PTSD, Anxiety and Depression Benefits of nature: what we are learning about why people respond to nature. See The Wild (Travel Options) Evaluation of the Effect of Preoperative Natural Water Fountain Melody on Teenagers' Behavior- Preliminary Study Climatotherapy at the Dead Sea: an effective treatment modality for atopic dermatitis with significant positive impact on quality of life. The impact of blue space on human health and well-being - Salutogenetic health effects of inland surface waters: a review. More green space is linked to less stress in deprived communities: Evidence from salivary cortisol patterns Natural Scene Statistics Account for the Representation of Scene Categories in Human Visual Cortex Efficacy of Warm Showers on Labor Pain and Birth Experiences During the First Labor Stage Favorite green, waterside and urban environments, restorative experiences and perceived health in Finland. What You Need to Know About Magnesium for Depression and Anxiety Learning to Manage Stress with Amy Mercree

    Essential Nutrients for Fighting Viruses

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 43:56

    Take a proactive approach to supporting your immunity naturally. Learn about the three powerhouses in our new Immunity 3 blend; camu camu, zinc, and elderberry.   Immunity Refresher The immune system has complex ways of fighting viruses, but viruses have complex ways of fooling the immune system and invading cells. That is why we need our immune systems ready for whatever floats our way!   Things to remember: Nutrition may be the most vital component in maintaining — or gaining — a healthy immune system. It makes all the difference in the way your body fights off germs, but just as importantly, plays an important role in more minute functions like helping tissues repair and rebuild themselves and how your body reclaims flagging energy. To keep your immune system functioning at its best, some of the most effective strategies include avoiding sugar, sleeping well, minimizing stress and including fiber and probiotics in your meal regimens Not just vitamins and minerals, but proteins like collagen and free radical-fighting antioxidants can be introduced to your body through the foods you eat, and play vital roles in helping to keep your body functioning at its best. As the Chicago Tribune observes: “Collagen and its amino acids are essential to healing because they build tissues such as skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, blood vessels, bones and more. Antioxidants remove the harmful free radicals from the bloodstream that can impair the immune system, and vitamins and minerals play specialized roles in healing.” Chronic stress can make you more susceptible to colds and the flu, as well as more serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes and other diseases. By practicing stress-reducing activities like yoga, meditation and laughter, you can keep your body from going into chronic stress mode. INGREDIENTS in Immunity3 Organic Camu Camu Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a berry native to the Amazon rainforest. That sounds remote, but this so-called superfood has long been used to improve health and has become increasingly popular. Camu camu's purported health benefits include reducing the risk of chronic diseases thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Similar to tart cranberries, the camu camu berry is too acidic for most people to enjoy its natural state. It's generally processed as an ingredient in blended juices or freeze-dried into a powder that can be taken as a supplement, added to smoothies, or blended into other foods.   Camu Camu is High in Vitamin C Nutritionally, camu camu is one of the most concentrated natural food sources of vitamin C. Camu camu is rich in vitamin C, a vitamin that acts as a powerful antioxidant in your body and is vital for the health of your skin and immune system. The fruit's pulp provides about 2,400 to 3,000 grams (or 2,400,000 milligrams) per 3.5-ounce or so serving. For context, the recommended dietary intake (RDI) for vitamin C is 60 milligrams a day. Because of its high vitamin C content, camu camu is also rich in antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties.   Not JUST Vitamin C Beyond vitamin C, camu camu provides smaller amounts of potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and copper. Like most colorful berries, camu camu is a good source of polyphenols. Camu camu also has antimicrobial properties, and researchers have identified compounds in the fruit that have strong antimicrobial benefits.   Supports Gut Health The dense punch of nutrients from camu can also support gut health and block free radicals and other pathogens from entering the body, according to studies, thus providing protection against bacterial infections, viruses and other issues. Remember your immunity is built in the gut! Additionally, a 2018 animal study even found that camu may help prevent obesity by positively altering the gut microbiota (highly tied to immune function) and by increasing energy expenditure. Several studies found that camu could leadto lowered fat accumulation and blunted metabolic inflammation, leading to improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity.   Improves Liver Health As a powerful cocktail of antioxidants and phytochemicals, camu camu benefits the liver in several ways. The high vitamin C content is especially central to its ability to improve liver health. Research in 2010 showed that animals given camu camu powder showed significant signs of liver injury suppression. Specifically, an active compound called 1-methylmalate was isolated from Myrciaria dubia This study concluded that the 1-methylmalate in camu is one of the reasons why it can aid liver health.   Enhances Mood Camu camu berries' high levels of vitamin C may help your brain to produce more serotonin, which will enhance your mood — which explains why it may act as a potential remedy for depression. In fact, research suggests people who have a deficiency in vitamin C often feel more depressed and lackadaisical. Vitamin C is an important cofactor required for the conversion of tryptophan to 5-hydroxytryptophan in serotonin production. It's therefore possible that vitamin C from camu camu benefits patients with depression that is associated with low levels of serotonin. For example, in one study conducted at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital, it was shown that many of the patients who had decreased levels of vitamin C reported signs of sluggishness and depression. When given doses of vitamin C, they all responded with rapid and clinically significant improvement in mood. There is some concern that camu camu can interfere with some chemotherapy medications—you should always let your doctor know about the supplements you are taking, but especially so if you are receiving chemo, for example.   Zinc Your immune system is your first line of defense against all disease, especially infectious disease, and there are many different ways to boost your immune system and improve its function. One nutrient that plays a very important role in your immune system's ability to ward off viral infections is zinc. Zinc is also a nutrient that plays many vital roles in your body. BUT…Because your body doesn't naturally produce zinc, you must obtain it through food or supplements. zinc is the second-most-abundant trace mineral in your body — after iron — and is present in every cell it's critical for the development and function of immune cells fundamental to skin health, DNA synthesis and protein production body growth and development relies on zinc because of its role in cell growth and division Zinc is also needed for your senses of taste and smell. Because one of the enzymes crucial for proper taste and smell is dependent on this nutrient, a zinc deficiency can reduce your ability to taste or smell Zinc lozenges were found to shorten the duration of common cold episodes by up to 40 percent in a study published in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal. Those at risk of zinc deficiency include: People with gastrointestinal diseases like Crohn's disease Vegetarians and vegans Pregnant and breastfeeding women Older infants who are exclusively breastfed People with sickle cell anemia People who are malnourished, including those with anorexia or bulimia People with chronic kidney disease Those who abuse alcohol   Elderberry Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world. Traditionally, Native Americans used it to treat infections, while the ancient Egyptians used it to improve their complexions and heal burns. It's still gathered and used in folk medicine across many parts of Europe. Elderberry refers to several varieties of the Sambucustree, which has clusters of white flowers and black or blue-black berries. The most common variety is Sambucus nigra, also known as European elderberry or black elderberry. Today, elderberry is most often taken as a supplement to treat cold and flu symptoms.   Health Benefits of Elderberry There are many reported benefits of elderberries. Not only are they nutritious, but they may also fight cold and flu symptoms, support heart health and fight inflammation and infections, among other benefits. May improve cold and flu symptoms One study of 60 people with influenza found that those who took 15 ml of elderberry syrup four times per day showed symptom improvement in two to four days, while the control group took seven to eight days to improve. Another study of 64 people found that taking 175-mg elderberry extract lozenges for two days resulted in significant improvement in flu symptoms, including fever, headache, muscle aches and nasal congestion, after just 24 hours. Furthermore, a study of 312 air travelers taking capsules containing 300 mg of elderberry extract three times per day found that those who got sick experienced a shorter duration of illness and less severe symptoms. High In Antioxidants Antioxidants are natural components of foods, including some vitamins, phenolic acids and flavonoids, that are able to remove these reactive molecules. Research suggests that diets high in antioxidants may help prevent chronic disease Anthocyanins found in the berries have 3.5 times the antioxidant power of vitamin E Studies have shown elderberry juice may reduce the level of fat in the blood and decrease cholesterol. A study found that elderberry flowers inhibit the enzyme α-glucosidase, which may help lower blood sugar levels. Also, research on diabetic rats given elderberry showed improved blood sugar control Fights harmful bacteria:Elderberry has been found to inhibit the growth of bacteria like Helicobacter pylori and may improve symptoms of sinusitis and bronchitis May support the immune system: In rats, elderberry polyphenols were found to support immune defense by increasing the number of white blood cells Resources: Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Immune System Top Tips to Boost Your Immunity Keep seasonal sickness at bay with these foods that boost immunity 11 things that can weaken your immune system Antimicrobial constituents of peel and seeds of camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) Antimicrobial constituents of peel and seeds of camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia). Treatment with camu camu ( Myrciaria dubia) prevents obesity by altering the gut microbiota and increasing energy expenditure in diet-induced obese mice Effects of diet supplementation with Camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia HBK McVaugh) fruit in a rat model of diet-induced obesity 1-methylmalate from camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) suppressed D-galactosamine-induced liver injury in rats Vitamin C rapidly improves emotional state of acutely hospitalized patients, study suggests Relationship Between Depression and Vitamin C Status: A Study on Rural Patients From Western Uttar Pradesh in India Zinc Is Key for COVID-19 Treatment and Prevention Zinc – NIH Fact Sheet Zn2+ Inhibits Coronavirus and Arterivirus RNA Polymerase Activity In Vitro and Zinc Ionophores Block the Replication of These Viruses in Cell Culture COVID-19: Poor outcomes in patients with zinc deficiency Iron and Zinc Nutrition in the Economically-Developed World: A Review Zinc in Human Health: Effect of Zinc on Immune Cells Zinc and its importance for human health: An integrative review A Randomized, Placebo Controlled Trial of Oral Zinc for Chemotherapy-Related Taste and Smell Disorders Zinc Lozenges May Shorten the Duration of Colds: A Systematic Review Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms in Air-Travellers: A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial A Review of the Antiviral Properties of Black Elder (Sambucus nigra L.) Products Phenolics in Human Health Antioxidants and prevention of chronic disease Edible Flowers: A Rich Source of Phytochemicals with Antioxidant and Hypoglycemic Properties Advanced research on the antioxidant and health benefit of elderberry (Sambucus nigra) in food – a review Edible Flowers: A Rich Source of Phytochemicals with Antioxidant and Hypoglycemic Properties A systematic review on the sambuci fructus effect and efficacy profiles Flavonoid intake and risk of CVD: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies The Traditional Plant Treatment, Sambucus nigra (elder), Exhibits Insulin-Like and Insulin-Releasing Actions In Vitro A Review of the Antiviral Properties of Black Elder (Sambucus nigra L.) Products Evaluation of the immune defense in diabetes mellitus using an experimental model Organixx's Immunity 3: The Ultimate 3-in-1 Immune Support Supplement Is Elderberry Good for Colds & Flu? Here's What the Science Says Top 5 Herbs That Help Support a Healthy Immune System How the Immune System Works (+ 8 Ways to Give It a Boost!)

    Collagen for Your Skin: Hype or Healthy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 57:58

    The search term collagen has increased 40% already just in this year alone! So, is all the hype trendy or true? We've done the research and that's the question we answer this week!   Did you know that your body naturally produces collagen every day? We dig into why supplementation is even a consideration.   Did you know there are several different types of collagen? We've tracked them all down and explain the part each type plays in our body.   Is collagen all about less sagging skin? Actually, no it isn't! Tune in to hear about the ways collagen benefits our health. We guarantee some will surprise you.   Tune in for more no-nonsense information on what collagens are, how they may benefit your health, and what you need to look for when it comes to the products and foods, you're consuming.   Did you know that your body naturally produces collagen every day? We dig into why supplementation is even a consideration.   Did you know there are several different types of collagen? We've tracked them all down and explain the part each type plays in our body.   Is collagen all about less sagging skin? Actually, no it isn't! Tune in to hear about the ways collagen benefits our health. We guarantee some will surprise you.   Tune in for more no-nonsense information on what collagens are, how they may benefit your health, and what you need to look for when it comes to the products and foods, you're consuming.   What is collagen? Dictionary result for collagen /ˈkäləjən/ noun the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues, widely used in purified form for cosmetic surgical treatments. “vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen” Different collagen molecules make up about ⅓ of the total protein in a human body Found in bone, skin, muscles, and tendons The substance that connects cells and gives skin elasticity as well as strength   Collagen and Aging Your body naturally produces collagen every day. After the age of 25, we break down more collagen than we make. Collagen supplements are an easy way to add more collagen to your diet. Collagen has been shown to reduce wrinkles, keep joints strong and flexible, support strong bones, and increase skin hydration.   Why is collagen so good for you? Collagen is vital for maintaining the structure and integrity of your entire body.   #1 – Strong Cartilage and Muscles Cartilage is a type of connective tissue that is made up of collagen When you lack collagen, joint instability, stiffness, and pain can result. Likewise, muscles need cartilage to adhere themselves to the ends of bones. This is why muscle aches are one of the most common complaints of individuals with low collagen levels.   #2 – Healthy Teeth. Collagen is needed to keep teeth in place in the gums. Loose teeth, toothache, sensitive teeth, and even tooth loss can result from a lack of collagen overall.   #3 – Thick Hair Collagen plays an important part in hair growth since it fills in the spaces around each hair follicle. One way to tell if you are collagen deficient is to notice the quality and state of your hair. Dull, thin hair is a sign of low collagen levels. Collagen also helps fight free radicals that can damage hair. #4 – Smooth Skin Wrinkling and cellulite are other unfortunate results of low collagen in the body. Not enough collagen means skin begins to lose elasticity and sag, causing those pesky wrinkles as we age. Cellulite is another telltale sign of low collagen. #5 – Good Gut Health. Collagen helps heal the gut because of its ability to “seal the gut.” Leaky gut has been linked to autoimmune conditions and neurological conditions like autism. Types of Collagens There are over two dozen kinds of collagen, although roughly 85% of the collagen in the body is made up of Type I, II, or III (or a combination of these three types). Type I collagen is the most prevalent type of collagen. It is the substance that makes up the skin, tendons, and bones as well as the structural framework of the organs. It should be your go-to for hair, skin, and nail health, especially for recouping lost collagen stores that occurs naturally as we age. It is also a “well-rounded generalist,” in that it is a good type for supporting overall health. Type I is also found in the digestive tract, which makes it (along with Type II) great for gut healing and repair.   Type II collagen is the structural component of cartilage in the body. Because of this, it is great for the joints and to rebuild cartilage in ligaments, tendons, skin, and bones. Type II collagen contains a variety of specific amino acids that are particularly helpful for the body. The first one, again, is glycine, which is beneficial for brain health and metabolism. The second one is proline, which helps clean artery walls. Type II may also be good for the respiratory system, detoxification pathways, and more because it contains arginine, another amino acid that is vital for nitric oxide production. [Note: Nitric oxide is produced in the body and is beneficial for supporting blood flow and lowering blood pressure.] For the most part, Type II collagen is where you want to turn for joint health and possibly even for arthritis support.   Type III collagen is typically found where ever Type 1 collagen can be found as well as some other unique places. It is housed in what are called reticular fibers, the substances that make up connective tissue. It is also found in the muscles, bone marrow, blood vessels, and reproductive organs such as the uterus. Type III collagen is also crucial for the healthy functioning of the cardiovascular system. Low Type III collagen has been linked to ruptured blood vessels and can be life-threatening.   Type IV collagen helps to strengthen endothelial cells that form the tissue protecting organs as well as muscles and fatty tissue. Endothelial cells also line the majority of the surfaces along the digestive tract and respiratory organs.   Type V collagen helps create the surface of cells while Type X helps with bone formation. There are at least a dozen others, all doing their job to keep your body lubricated, moving, and functioning at its best.   How to Help Your Body Create Collagen Naturally Eat a diet and live a lifestyle that promotes the healthy synthesizing of your own natural healing and repair mechanisms Avoid UV radiation exposure Do not smoke cigarettes Reduce/Manage stress levels   What To Look For In A Collagen Supplement Look for multiple types of collagens Clean sourced and organic Bio-Availability – what is the delivery system – fermented, sprouted Whole food and not synthetic ingredients Contains Vitamin C – Without adequate amounts of dietary vitamin C, the body can't actually form or store collagen Be sure the manufacturer does consistent batch testing for heavy metals Watch out for Natural Flavoring   Ingredient List for Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens, Multi-Collagen Blend: Hydrolyzed Grass Fed Pasture-Raised Bovine Collagen Peptides, Bovine Bone Broth Hydrolyzed Protein, Chicken Bone Broth Collagen Concentrate, Clean Marine® Wild Caught Hydrolyzed Fish Collagen Peptides, Eggshell Membrane Collagen, Acerola Cherry (natural source of Vitamin C), Camu Camu (natural source of Vitamin C), Silica from Organic Horsetail, Zinc Gluconate, Fulvic Acid, and Pyroxidine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6).     Natural Flavors – Buyer Beware Important to note, a governmental or independent agency does not approve or oversee the safety of the food flavors. Resources: Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens All Collagen articles and recipes Collagen 101: What It Is and Why Your Body Needs It The Benefits of Collagen for Healthy Skin & Joints (+ 5 Ways to Make More of It) 12 Amazing Benefits of Collagen for Health (and Beauty) Understanding Collagen: The 3 Main Types of Collagen & Their Unique Health Benefits 5 Ways Collagen Can Help Soothe the Gut The Collagen-Boosting Benefits of Zinc Hair Loss or Thinning? Studies Show Collagen Can Help Vitamin C and Collagen: What's the Connection? Collagen: A Natural Solution for Joint Pain? How Collagen Improves Skin Health and Firmness Food Babe - Vani Hari The “Natural” vs. “Natural Flavors” Conflict in Food Labeling: A Regulatory Viewpoint. A randomized, double-blind, multicenter, controlled clinical trial of chicken type II collagen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis Effect of Orally Administered Collagen Peptides from Bovine Bone on Skin Aging in Chronologically Aged Mice An Overview of the Beneficial Effects of Hydrolysed Collagen as a Nutraceutical on Skin Properties: Scientific Background and Clinical Studies Dietary Supplementation with Specific Collagen Peptides Has a Body Mass Index-Dependent Beneficial Effect on Cellulite Morphology 24-Week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain

    Achieving Optimum Health by Healing Your Gut and Microbiome

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 44:08

    We are excited to bring you a fascinating interview about our microbiome with Pedram Shojai from Well.org this week! Tune in to understand how our microbiome is the ecosystem of our lives. You'll learn how your gut health affects your immunity and mental health. And the new fascinating discoveries being made about the bacteria in our tissues and organs and how they support healthy function. You don't want to miss Pedram's tips for ensuring you tend a happy healthy microbiome. It all starts in 3…2…1! Dr. Pedram Shojai is a man with many titles. He is the founder of Well.Org, the NYT Best Selling author of The Urban Monk, Rise and Shine, and The Art of Stopping Time. He's the producer and director of the movies “Vitality,” “Origins.” And “Prosperity.” In his spare time, he's also a Taoist Abbot, a doctor of Oriental medicine, a Kung Fu world traveler, a fierce global green warrior, an avid backpacker, a devout alchemist, a Qi Gong Master, and an old school Jedi bio-hacker working to preserve our natural world and wake us up to our full potential. The Ecosystem of Life – Your Microbiome Science has now shown is that we are much more intimately connected with all the life on the planet than we ever knew through the bacteria, viruses, protozoa, nematodes, even parasites that live inside our body. There's RNA and DNA that we can now analyze on these bugs and understand how they support many human functions. These functions are actually attributed to these bacteria that are co-existing with us. The word is symbiosis. All of this life in and around us is part of what makes us human and without it, we collapse, and we fall ill. If you don't have proper gut health and you're not supporting the life inside of you, there are entire systems that are collapsing that are leading to inflammation and chronic disease. Where It All Begins The first inoculation of our microbiome is as we come through the birth canal. 30% of mom's breast milk are these oligosaccharides that get secreted by mom. They are indigestible by baby. They're specifically designed to feed the bacteria in the baby's gut. Now fast forward here, you need to eat the fiber, vegetables, phytonutrients, and all these things that these bacteria eat, not for you but for the bacteria. If we put them first and understand how to feed them, they take care of us and in turn we get less illness, less chronic disease, we have more energy, things work. Every Tissue, Every Organ In The Body Has Bacteria Associated With It Researchers found that women with tumors in their breasts had a different mix of bacteria living in the tissue compared with women who did not have tumors. The research team discovered for the first time that healthy breast tissue contains more of the bacterial species Methyl bacterium. It is blowing the doors open on everything we know about medicine and this is just the beginning. The Microbiome and Your Immunity About 70% or so of our immune system is around our guts, it's called the gut associated lymphatic tissue. The bacteria are acting as the sentinels between the outside world and the inside world and telling the immune system that everything is good. You can't heal if your immune system is constantly battling and that all starts in the gut and that all has to do with how the microbiome is informing the immune system to either attack or to relax and it will do so based on what is in there. What Lifestyles Are Destroying Our Microbiome and Causing Leaky Gut? Standard American Diet Not enough prebiotics to feed the good bacteria. Food allergies like gluten and dairy. Why Leaky Gut Matters Once you start creating inflammation and tears in the lining of the gut, there are food particles that will sneak through and the immune system says, “Hey, you're not supposed to be on this side.” It will start to create antibodies to those food particles as foreign invaders. This is how food allergies are created. Creates systemic inflammation throughout the body. How to Improve Your Microbiome Work with a Functional Medicine Doctor. Analysis of your microbiome. You look at how we need to eat and ‘who' we need to feed. Include indigestible fiber in your daily diet. You consume a variety of fermented foods and prebiotic foods with every single meal and you adjust for feeding the bacteria that help you thrive. Reduce sugar in your diet. By bringing down the bacteria, specifically like the yeast and bad bacteria that thrive on sugars in particular, you'll start to notice a difference very quickly. Increase fiber intake. Benefits of a Healthy Microbiome Brain fog dissipates. Anxiety and depression reduced. Energy levels increase. Excess weight is released. What Role Do Parasites Play in Gut Health? We're finding that there's certain parasites that help bring down your blood sugar. Certain parasites will help you offset certain disease processes. The research in new and ongoing in this area. Resources: Interconnected Docuseries Well.org Viome - At Home Gut Microbiome Testing Metabolome Symbiosis Cleveland Clinic Researchers Find Link Between Bacterial Imbalances and Breast Cancer What prebiotic foods should people eat? 11 Probiotic Foods That Are Super Healthy Gut-associated lymphoid tissue Intestinal permeability Candidiasis The Institute for Functional Medicine The Hygiene Hypothesis Probiotics Benefits for Women: 7 Reasons You Need Probiotics & What to Look For L. Plantarum Probiotic: 5 Benefits for Managing Weight, Cholesterol & Metabolic Disorders 3 Reasons Why People Over 60 Need Probiotics

    The Magic of Medicinal Mushrooms

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 16:45

    Let's strengthen and support our immune systems. This week we dive into mushrooms and their impact on our immunity and anti-aging crusade. You may be surprised at the healing and restorative benefits of mushrooms. Mushrooms are magical! We've talked about the amazing benefits of mushrooms before but today we dive deeper into the top 7 mushrooms that support our health. Listen in to learn how chaga, turkey tail, shitake, maitake, cordyceps, lion's mane, and reishi mushrooms work hard to keep us healthy and our immune systems strong.   What Mushrooms Are In 7M+? Turkey tail, chaga, shiitake, maitake, cordyceps, lion's mane, and reishi.   Chaga Chaga has been used for centuries, primarily in the East. It's known for its immune support and soothing properties. Many traditional healers have used it as a soothing tea for a powerful and natural digestive support. It's also shown the potential to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range. Chaga also has very powerful antioxidant properties that make it a powerhouse on its own.   Cordyceps Cordyceps have been shown to help regulate a healthy immune system. They're also strong inflammation fighters. Cordyceps were at one time so highly-valued that it was only allowed to be consumed by the Emperor of China, who lived 100+ years, and still fathered children into his 100s. Also known for the ability to support sexual health and athletic ability, Cordyceps have been the most sought-after nutritional mushroom in the Orient.   Lion's Mane Lion's Mane is known to support brain health, boost cognitive function, and aid against age-related memory loss. It also helps maintain mental focus and function, as well as promoting healthy digestive function through its powerful regulation of bacteria.   Turkey Tail It's considered one of the best-researched mushrooms on Earth. Its benefits are just as strong as other nutritional mushrooms, such as Reishi, Cordyceps, and Maitake. It contains powerful antioxidant nutrients and high levels of selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin B3, which are crucial for boosting and maintaining immunity. Turkey Tail is so effective, we've put it in several of our supplements.   Shiitake The benefits of Shiitake mushrooms for your immune system are some of the most well-documented for any type of nutritional mushroom. Perhaps its greatest influence is in the activity of the tiny cells responsible for protecting your immune system from inflammation. A recent four-week study showed that daily use of Shiitake mushrooms boosted the immune response in young adults. They have the potential to keep your immune cells protected from inflammation and the signs of aging. Lentinan Lentinan is a polysaccharide extracted from the fruit body of the Shiitake. So, deep within the Shiitake mushroom is Lentinan. Lab studies show that not only is Lentinan effective at supporting a healthy immune system, but it also has cholesterol-lowering properties. Maitake Lab studies show that this nutrient-rich wild mushroom is not only effective at supporting a healthy immune system. It can also help regulate blood pressure Support healthy blood sugar Fight off abnormal cell growth Maintain healthy inflammation… and much more! It's no wonder many cultures around the world use the magical maitake mushroom as a powerful healing tonic and medicinal food.   Reishi Nicknamed the “Mushroom of Immortality.” It's not hard to see why Reishi mushrooms have been used in natural health remedies for hundreds of years. It seems every year, science uncovers new uses for this wonder nutrient. It may be thanks to the complex compounds found in Reishi mushrooms that help regulate and support an aging immune system, reduce inflammation, and assist in healthy heart function.   Why Take 7M+? You're going to have a hard time going to the grocery store and picking out all these mushrooms and getting them into your diet. And not only that, but you can buy a lot of these different mushroom products individually, in their own capsule form, in a bottle, and pay $50 for each one in a bottle, or you can get all of these wrapped into one product, a blend of all of these mushrooms that work synergistically together. The reason why I think this product is so powerful and mushrooms are so powerful, our immune system, and we also talked a lot about the gut and the bacteria and the gut health, all of it supports our overall health, not only from the physical perspective, but our emotional perspective.   What Is the Aging Process? It's all of the functions and systems in our body slowing down, shutting down in a sense, going slower, slower, slower, slower, to the point where you're just not as healthy as you once were. But we're seeing through the research, we've talked about today in this podcast, in a previous podcast, that we actually can do things to keep ourselves healthier longer.   Supplements Jonathan Recommends Everyone Take Multi-Vita-Maxx Turmeric 3D 7M+   Resources: Empowering You Organically Podcast on Telomeres Organixx 7M+ Organixx Multi-Vita-Maxx Organixx Turmeric 3D Antioxidant properties of several specialty mushrooms Chaga Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in human lymphocytes as assessed by comet assay Ergosterol peroxide from Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) exhibits anti-cancer activity by down-regulation of the β-catenin pathway in colorectal cancer Cordyceps Lion's Make Chemistry, Nutrition, and Health-Promoting Properties of Hericium erinaceus (Lion's Mane) Mushroom Fruiting Bodies and Mycelia and Their Bioactive Compoundsh Gastroprotective Effects of Lion's Mane Mushroom Hericium erinaceus (Bull.:Fr.) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae) Extract against Ethanol-Induced Ulcer in Rats Turkey Tail FDA Approves Bastyr Turkey Tail Trial for Cancer Patients Medicinal Mushrooms (PDQ®) Shiitake Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. Effects of shiitake (Lentinus edodes) extract on human neutrophils and the U937 monocytic cell line. Lentinan Gordon M, Guralnik M, Kaneko Y, et al. A phase II controlled study of a combination of the immune modulator, lentinan, with didanosine (ddI) in HIV patients with CD4 cells of 200-500/mm3. Combination therapy with lentinan improves outcomes in patients with esophageal carcinoma. Reishi Ganoderma lucidum ("Lingzhi"), a Chinese medicinal mushroom: biomarker responses in a controlled human supplementation study. Randomized clinical trial of an ethanol extract of Ganoderma lucidum in men with lower urinary tract symptoms. Study of potential cardioprotective effects of Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi): results of a controlled human intervention trial. Maitake Anti-diabetic activity present in the fruit body of Grifola frondosa (Maitake). I. 11 Surprising Health Benefits of Mushrooms Chaga Mushroom Benefits: Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Chaga Reishi Mushroom Health Benefits: 11 Reasons to Love Lingzhi

    Amazon John Easterling Shares His Secrets for Optimal Brain Health

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 47:39

    We're talking brain health this week! And we have a treat for you! “Amazon” John Easterling, Plant Medicine Formulator joins us in the studio to share his story. Tune in to learn how he found a passion in plant medicine. We also dig into brain health and the causes of Alzheimer's and dementia.    ABOUT “AMAZON JOHN” EASTERLING Since 1976 John Easterling has been an explorer and treasure hunter in the Amazon Rainforest. It was there, after a personal health crisis, he was introduced to the traditional use of medicinal plants by the Indigenous People in Peru.   Since then, his passion for plant medicine has only accelerated.   Easterling's original degree is in Environmental Studies, he founded the Amazon Herb Company in 1990 and serves on the board of the Amazon Center of Environmental Education and Research.   Amazon John's 28 years of Plant Medicine experience have been profiled on TV and Radio including “Good Morning America” and “Fox and Friends”.  His product formulations have sold over $100 million worldwide.   John has been featured in two PBS documentaries, World News Report “Amazon John and Rainforest Medicines” and Jean Michel Cousteau's “Return to the Amazon.”   Easterling believes the dramatic growth and interest in plant medicine is still in its early stages and will continue to significantly improve life experiences and healthy outcomes into the future.   Evolution of a Treasure Hunter Traveled to Ecuador and down into Peru, with a passion for finding lost cities of gold, essentially a treasure hunter. Was making his living with some of that material, and then some artifacts. Next, into Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina with gemstones, and took that on as treasure. Then later going up the river in the Amazon rainforest, he was trading in blowguns and carved monkey bones, and a variety of tribal artifacts and became ill. This is where his passion for plant medicine was ignited. The natives brewed a special tea from local plants. This not only improved his illness but he actually felt better than ever before in his life. This is where the Amazon Herb Company was born and has helped people improve their health with plant medicine for 30 years. How Amazon John Came to Focus on Brain Health Through research of diseases with Doctors he found eight major areas where everyone is affected, and almost every specific challenge falls within these categories: Immune System Primary Digestion Secondary Digestion (Metabolism) Energy Circulation Calming & Stress Related Issues Hormonal Balancing Inflammatory Issues (pain, sewelling) Blood Sugar Balancing The issues with Alzheimer's and dementia, when you look at the statistics, as I've really gotten into more recently, it is really shocking. It is startling. I was surprised at a lot of the data that I saw. The incidence of death from heart disease in the last 15 years has actually declined by about 11%. The deaths due to Alzheimer's have increased 123%.   Alzheiners and Dementia by the Numbers “The issues with Alzheimer's and dementia, when you look at the statistics, as I've really gotten into more recently, it is really shocking. It is startling. I was surprised at a lot of the data that I saw.” People over 65, one in 10 have Alzheimer's dementia. Deaths of people over 65 years old, one out of three of those deaths will be due to Alzheimer's. Actually, more people are dying of Alzheimer's than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. And the cost is 270 billion dollars now. It's expected to go to 1.4 trillion over the next few years. The Center of Disease Control said that this could break the entire health system.   Signs of Alzheimer's and Dementia People may experience: Cognitive: mental decline, difficulty thinking and understanding, confusion in the evening hours, delusion, disorientation, forgetfulness, making things up, mental confusion, difficulty concentrating, inability to create new memories, inability to do simple math, or inability to recognize common things Behavioral: aggression, agitation, difficulty with self care, irritability, meaningless repetition of own words, personality changes, restlessness, lack of restraint, or wandering and getting lost Mood: anger, apathy, general discontent, loneliness, or mood swings Psychological: depression, hallucinations, or paranoia Also common: inability to combine muscle movements, jumbled speech, or loss of appetite   Causes of Alzheimer's and Dementia Beta amyloid plaquing. “So when you get plaquing, your spark plug would foul, and you couldn't start your engine. So same thing here. You get that plaquing in there, and it just can't transmit to the next one, and you don't remember. You can't access that data where you put your keys.” Tau tangle, where you get the neurons that really just become tangled. Inflammation is a really big deal, and actually these other factors are really caused by it. It's a kind of inflammatory response from your brain to protect itself sometimes, developing this amyloid plaquing to seal off what it sees as an insult. Involvement of Candida in brain issues. Recent research showed was that people did not think before that the Candida could cross the blood brain barrier. Now they found that it actually can. It travels through your body doing that, looking for a place to reside where the biological terrain is right. If you introduce a lot of sugar and a lot of carbs into that terrain, they really love that. When these Candida cross that blood brain barrier, the brain recognizes that as an insult, and then you have this coating process. The brain will try to coat that to seal it off. Prevention Lifestyle and diet – low sugar, more green vegetables Probiotics after a course of antibiotics – maintain a diverse colony-forming units of probiotics. Maintain healthy inflammation levels throughout the body. Exercise – improves the microcirculation to the brain. Sleep – get quality sleep each night (7-9 hours). Lower your exposure to environmental toxins.   Brain Health – Supplementation and Diet Polyphenols – Many of the health benefits associated with polyphenols may be related to their role as antioxidants. Antioxidants are known for their ability to combat cell damage. Anthocyanins – Powerful antioxidants – the red/blue/violet phytonutrients responsible for the vibrant pigmentation of many berries and vegetables. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor – several botanicals that help stimulate; una de gato, cat's claw Cacao – can slow down the process of brain cells dying. Cinnamon – cinnamaldehyde, has been shown to slow down, to break down amyloid plaquing, and help dissolve the tau tangles.   Resources: Organixx's Ageless Brain - Nutrition for your brain. Whole World Botanicals Vibrational Energy Medicine The Moche-Chimú Transition Chimu Civilization Alzheimer's & Dementia Resource Center Alzheimer's & Dementia: Facts & Figures - infographics Alzheimer's & Dementia: Facts and Figures - article Tau, tangles, and Alzheimer's disease Amyloid Plaques and Neurofibrillary Tangles Candidiasis Plant polyphenols as dietary antioxidants in human health and disease Anthocyanins Sangre de Drago - Dragon's Blood Brain-derived neurotrophic factor and its clinical implications Epicatechin Why Cinnamon May Hold Secrets to Alzheimer's Prevention Organixx's Ageless Brain - Nutrition for your brain. Bacopa: This Little-Known Indian Herb Supports Brain Health and More! Brain Health: 10 Tips for Keeping "Senior Moments" at Bay  

    Multi-Vitamins: Hype or Help? – Episode 151

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 23:42

    Does everyone need a multi-vitamin? The Standard American Diet only provides 17 of the between 73 to 90 nutrients we need on a daily basis. Whole food, plant-based diet eaters would still need to eat between 15-20 pounds, not servings, of fruits and vegetables a day to get their daily amount of nutrients. Even organically grown fruits and vegetables don't have the nutrient punch they did in the past due to our soil deficiencies. Tune in to learn how to source the best multi vitamin for you and your family!   What are the main ingredients we want to see in a daily multivitamin? Organic plant-sourced ingredients of vitamins and minerals Make sure it's a whole food supplement Well balanced in nutrients B-complex Vitamins – B1, B2, B3, B6, folics, folate, B12, biotin Vitamin C Minerals – vitamins and minerals occur naturally together in foods   About Absorption and Dosing Your body absorbs more nutrition in small doses throughout the day than it will one dose, one big dose at a time during the day. So, smaller doses, more frequent, will correct deficiencies way faster than one massive dose on a daily basis, or weekly basis.   An analogy would be just like mastering something in your life. It takes time and practice. So does your body. It takes that time and practice, and repetition, really training your body to recognize this nutrition, recognize the things going into your body, and be able to regulate it over time.   RDA – The FDA's recommended daily allowance Men: the scale is set for a man that is 5'8”, weighs 158 pounds, in his 20s to 30s. Women: the scale is set for a woman that is 5'5”, that is 120 pounds in her 20s to 35. The bar is set very low.   Nutritional Deficiency Diseases The FDA's recommended daily allowance is the ​minimal ​amount of those particular nutrients that you have to consume on a daily basis in order to avoid developing nutritional deficiency diseases. Scurvy is a Vitamin C deficiency Berry-berry is a Vitamin B deficiency Rickets is a Vitamin D deficiency Advanced Dosage Some doctors use a process clinically with his patients with chronic issues; Stabilization, Detoxification, Fortification. Go see your local naturopath and come up with a plan, if you feel like you're depleted if you feel like you're in a place where you need to get healthier. Go see somebody rather than just listen to us and assume that you can triple-dose whatever you're taking now.   What Makes an Effective and Powerful Multi-Vitamin (Bang for the Buck!) Organic Whole Food – Plant-based – sprouted Juice concentrates Diversity of nutrients   What to Avoid in Multi-Vitamins Fillers – labeled as salts Synthetic vitamins Mineral Salts – oxides, chlorides, carbonates   What's Unique about Organixx's Multi-Vita-Maxx Folic Acid Typically a synthetic version of folate, a B vitamin You can extract folate from yeast and it is called folic acid Organixx's mushroom mix is fed a fruit and vegetable mix and a yeast extracted folic acid with the rest of our B vitamins. The mushrooms consume the folic acid and convert it into folate. The mushrooms methylate them into methylated, usable forms of these nutrients. Fermentation   MTHFR Gene Considerations Those with MTHFR have genetics mutated to a point that they don't metabolize unmethylated B vitamins. Because of the process Organixx uses to feed the mushrooms these B vitamins, the mushrooms methylate the B vitamins for us. So, it's a wholly natural process, different than anyone else is doing. The mushrooms ferment and predigest the stuff for us.   And they're methylating it. And so, what comes out, what the mushrooms have themselves, and what we have in our supplement then, are methylated versions of all of these things, which those with MTHFR do very well with.   Resources: 10 Ingredients You Don't Want In Your Multivitamin Feeling Tired or Sluggish? You May Be Deficient in the “Energy” Vitamin (Methylcobalamin B12) Falling Vitamin D Levels & What to Do About This Global Health Crisis Vitamin D Deficiency: How Much Do Adults Really Need? How to Find the Best Multivitamin: 5 Facts Every Educated Consumer Needs to Know How to Get the Best Results From Your Organixx Supplements SHOP Organixx Multi-Vita-Maxx

    Top 10 Amazing Health Benefits of Iodine

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 20:58

    This week we dive into one of our top ten lists, the 10 important health benefits of iodine. This critically important nutrient is used by the thyroid gland to make thyroid hormones that control many functions in the body including growth and development. Because your body does not produce iodine, it needs to be supplied in the diet. When iodine intake is poor, the body cannot produce enough thyroid hormones. Tune in to learn more…   Iodine The fact is that iodine is utilized for just about every function in your body. Yet many people are unaware of their body's need for iodine, and that iodine deficiency has reached epidemic proportions worldwide. 10 Important Health Benefits of Iodine Here are 10 reasons why maintaining sufficient iodine levels is an absolute MUST for your health: #10. Iodine Helps Stabilize Your Mood It is well known that low iodine levels can have an impact on the brain, as mentioned above. More recent research has also linked iodine deficiency to depression and anxiety. A 2004 study conducted by German researchers and published in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC524961/ ] found a link between “alterations of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and mild cases of depression and anxiety.” TSH is produced by the pituitary gland to signal the thyroid to produce more thyroid hormones. Fluctuations in TSH are often an indication that the thyroid is not getting enough iodine to do its job [ https://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid/how-your-thyroid-works ].   #9. Iodine Maintains Strong Teeth and Bones Iodine assists in the production of strong teeth and bones by being a key player in calcium absorption. In fact, the connection between low iodine, low calcium absorption, and hypothyroidism has been known by researchers for at least the last hundred years https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/542133?redirect=true One of the functions of the thyroid is the production of calcitonin, a hormone which helps balance blood calcium levels. This mechanism not only leads to maintain strong bones; it also plays a role in healthy functioning of the nervous system, heart and muscles. #8. Iodine Helps Prevents Hair Loss Besides protecting the skin and eyes from UV radiation, adequate levels of iodine can give your skin and hair a healthy glow. This is because iodine is involved in cellular rejuvenation [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3686082/ ]. Healthy iodine levels also prevent hair loss because of the nutrients supplied to the thyroid gland [ https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/vitamin-deficiencies-are-a-lot-more-obvious-than-you-might-think/news-story/13bdd6f148d12b29b3d3cc53f9910766 ]. Iodine in combination with other essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, and zinc can be a powerful internal tonic for thinning hair. #7. Iodine Ensures Reproductive Health Did you know that Japanese women have the lowest rates of breast cancer in the world? A 2003 report published in the journal Breast Cancer Research postulated that this could be a direct result of eating iodine- and selenium-rich seaweed, which is a staple in the Japanese diet [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC314438/ ]. Iodine is fuel for reproductive glands as well as the thyroid. Studies suggest that getting enough iodine can help prevent fibrocystic breast disease, preeclampsia, ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts, vaginitis, polycystic ovary syndrome, and even breast cancer. Enough iodine in the body is also one aspect of a healthy pregnancy [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28260263 ]. #6. Iodine Is a Powerful Antioxidant According to some experts, iodine may be as powerful in this regard as vitamin C! [https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/93/11/4381/2627273 ] It can help reduce free radical damage that may lead to gene mutation and disease. It is a great boon for the immune system as it helps clean the blood of harmful pathogens. A 2013 meta-analysis [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3752513/] published by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in the journal Thyroid found that iodine is “an antioxidant as well as an antiproliferative and differentiation agent” which can help clear up free radical damage in many organs of the body. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. #5. Iodine Is a Natural Antiseptic Maybe you remember that brownish-red solution your mom used to apply when you had a cut? For everything from cleaning wounds to purifying water, iodine is a sterilizing substance that can kill unhealthy organisms, bacteria and viruses. A 2015 Iranian study found that a low-concentration iodine antiseptic used after oral surgery helped instigate first-stage wound healing in the surgery area, leading to faster recovery and less chance of infection [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25249172 ]. #4. Iodine Protects You From Radiation It is a natural protectant from UV radiation for the eyes, according to a 2004 Austrian study [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14676959 ]. Iodine supplementation can also be used to help individuals suffering from long-term radiation exposure. The effects of too much radiation can happen because of accidents, medical devices, and the radiation emitted by TSA scanners at airports. A 2008 study [ https://www.rrjournal.org/doi/abs/10.1667/RR0944.1 ] published in Radiation Research discovered that “terahertz radiation” like that found in airport x-ray scanners is linked to genetic mutation. Adequate amounts of iodine in the body is a must for anyone who travels a lot. #3. Iodine Protects the Body From Toxins Fluoride, chlorine, and bromine are dangerous chemicals found in everything from new car interiors to tap water. They can also severely hinder thyroid function. Maintaining healthy iodine levels can block these “halide” chemicals from accumulating [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8909694 ]. Iodine can also protect against xenoestrogens – “chemical mimics” – that can lead to reproductive conditions like ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5051569/]. Some experts, such as author and natural health advocate Dr. Mark Sircus [https://drsircus.com/detox/iodine-and-detoxification/#_edn1 ], point to the possibility that iodine may also help with mercury detoxification. #2. Iodine Helps Your Brain Stay Sharp Iodine deficiency has been linked to cognitive decline in countless studies and is one of the “world's most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause[s] of brain damage,” according to the World Health Organization [https://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/idd/en/ ]. Iodine deficiency during pregnancy has been linked to autism in a recent University of Arizona study [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16845157 ]. Furthermore, a 2013 Australian investigation published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience found that iodine supplementation improved the perceptual reasoning of slightly deficient children considerably [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3607807/ ]. #1. Iodine Is Necessary for Metabolism and Thyroid Function Metabolism is the act of converting food into substances your body can use. It helps the body break down food into nutrients via the thyroid gland and other mechanisms. Iodine is the literal “fuel” for the thyroid. Triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) are the main hormones that the thyroid produces. For these hormones to be created, they need iodine. Good thyroid health also helps your body keep a steady heart rate, regulate temperature, improve digestion, and maintain a healthy weight.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK28/    Nascent Iodine –  is also known as atomic iodine, monatomic iodine, Atomidine, or colloidal iodine. The term “nascent” refers to iodine that has an incomplete number of electrons. This gives it an electrical charge, according to a report conducted by the non-profit Weston Price Foundation and others. Many forms of dietary iodine break down into iodide in the digestive tract. In this state, iodine-dependent organs like the thyroid and reproductive organs cannot use it. The charge of nascent iodine helps it stay intact and absorb quickly and thoroughly into the organs that need it most.   Resources: Shop Organixx Iodine History of U.S. Iodine Fortification and Supplementation NIH Fact Sheet for Professionals Iodine Deficiency - American Thyroid Association The Great Iodine Debate - Weston Price Foundation Learn more about Organixx Nascent Iodine What You Need to Know About Iodine & Iodine Deficiency Symptoms What Is Povidone Iodine and How Is It Different From Nascent Iodine? Are You Eating Enough of These Foods With Iodine? Iodine Articles in Organixx's INSPIRED Health Library

    Mindfulness and Meditation: How to Be More Present in Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 39:40

    As you might already know, mindfulness is a way to be in the present and only the present. You focus on what you are doing or thinking at this moment, without worrying about the future or dwelling on the past. Mindfulness can be used for so many things, from helping you to lose weight, to re-gaining your focus on important work projects. It is really important for your mental and emotional health, as well as your physical health. One specific method of being more mindful is through meditation. The two things combine to allow you to be a happier, more fulfilled and more balanced person. Here are some things to know about mindfulness meditation.   What is Mindfulness Meditation? First of all, it can help to learn a little more about what mindfulness meditation is and how it can help you. The following information is going to give you more insight into what meditating in a mindful way means and of course the different ways it can help you.   You now know that mindfulness is a way of being, thinking, and living in the moment. If you are eating a meal, you are focused only on what you are eating, including the textures, flavors, and sensations. You aren't watching TV or thinking about your budget meeting. You only focus on your meal. This practice can also be used with meditation. Mindfulness is not easy to pick up right away, especially during a busy day when your negative thoughts and stressful situations creep up in your mind constantly. This is why you should start by also practicing meditation.   How to Start Meditating Instead of trying to stress yourself out with both mindfulness and meditation at the same time, start slow. Just start with basic meditating. Find yourself a quiet space where you can really focus on the meditation. This can be anywhere from your bedroom at night before bed to even the shower or when you are going for a walk. If you can do it at home where you can sit comfortably with your eyes closed, that can be helpful.   Start your meditation by focusing on your breathing and only thinking about the breathing. Focus on taking in each breath and letting it out. Think about your lungs, and not about your next meal or all the appointments you have next week. This simple act will help you to retrain your mind to think about just one thing, which is the essence of both meditation and mindfulness.   Using Mindfulness With Meditation Now that you have a good introduction to meditation, you can start using mindfulness. Once you get used to sitting quietly and trying to clear your mind of all those nagging thoughts and only think about your breathing, you can then start with the practice of mindfulness. This is when you are only concerned with the present moment. Once you have the breathing practice down, choose just one thought to focus on. Only one thing happening in this current moment. This is a good introduction into how mindfulness meditation works.   The Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation Before discussing more tips on mindfulness meditation, it helps to know why you should start this practice. There are actually many advantages to mindfulness meditation, from lowering your stress to helping with your mind's focus, memory, and concentration. Mindfulness meditation can also help your physical health, which is something many people are not fully aware of. Take a look at some of these benefits of mindfulness meditation.   Stress Reduction One of the top reasons people like mindfulness meditation is because it helps reduce their stress. When you start meditating and living in the present with mindfulness, you learn how to think about things differently. It isn't going to magically get rid of all those stressful situations and people in your life, but it helps you to deal with them better. You develop a healthy coping mechanism where you understand and appreciate things for what they are, and stop dwelling on how much worse they could be. It truly is remarkable how helpful this is for your overall stress and anxiety.   Improved Memory If you struggle with memory issues, this might be more to do with how much you are trying to keep track of in your mind. Memory issues are often linked to negative thoughts and overthinking. When you start the bad habit of overthinking, it tends to lead to over-analyzing things as well. This is only going to make everything more stressful and frustrating for you. If you can start mindfulness meditation, you will notice that you are focusing on one thing at a time, so your memory starts to improve as well.   Better Focus and Concentration Other cognitive functions can also be improved with meditation, including your focus and concentration. Once again, you are changing the way you think about things, developing positive attitudes like acceptance, appreciation and gratitude, patience, and nonjudgment. This in turn allows you to focus on one thing at a time, whatever is happening in the present, instead of trying to think about too many things at a time. With proper mindfulness and meditation, you are learning how to adapt to everything around you, let go of the negative emotions, and appreciate all of the positivity in your life. It is very fulfilling and improves your overall focus in the long run. This can help with work, school, and anything else you are trying to achieve.   Lower Blood Pressure As far as physical benefits, the first is lowering your blood pressure. This comes from a lot of the mental and emotional benefits, therefore lowering your blood pressure. Things like stress, anxiety, and lack of focus can overwhelm your mind, and actually have a negative effect on your body. When you start meditating and using mindfulness in your daily life, you will feel less stressed and overwhelmed, which can then cause your blood pressure to get a rest.   Weight Loss Don't forget about the benefits for eating and weight loss! Mindfulness isn't just done in a meditation session, but throughout the day. By living more in the present, you can also focus on what is good for your body, starting with mindful eating.   This is when you really think about your food choices and indulge in each meal, instead of being distracted and just grabbing any snack without thinking twice about it. Through mindful eating, you learn to notice the signs of actual hunger and not boredom or feeding your emotions. Over time, you will notice that it changes your eating habits and ultimately leads to weight loss.   Future Success Finally, all of these benefits can help you future. You become more successful by being less stressed and more focused on the task at hand. You stop trying to multi-task and become a unitasker, which really does wonders for you. All of these things you learn through mindfulness meditation are going to help you in the future.   How to Start Doing Mindfulness Meditation You have already have a brief introduction into what mindfulness meditation is and how it works, but let's go a little deeper into the practice. You will also learn some helpful method, tips, and tricks that can help you if you are new to meditation.   Where to Meditate As mentioned briefly in the previous section, you need to start by choosing the right place for your meditation. Schedule a time of the day when nobody else is home or when you have few distractions. Wait until the kids are at school or asleep, your significant other is otherwise engaged, and let the dogs outside for a bit. Every little distraction, from a knock on the door to a cell phone ringing is going to break you out of the meditation.   You only need about 15-20 minutes to start with. For now, try to choose a place in the house where you can sit quietly and close your eyes. Eventually, meditation can be anywhere you find it relaxing, from driving to work to going for a walk or hike. However, right now you want to practice with your eyes closed, so choose your bedroom, living room, or even on your patio if it is quiet and peaceful enough.   Sit in your location with your eyes close and in a relaxing position. It should be a position where you will not be fidgeting or moving around constantly. Keep your back straight and hands relaxed.   What to Focus On Once you have gotten into the right position, you can start with your mindfulness meditation. Traditional meditation calls for clearing your mind completely, so that is a good first step. Focus on your breathing first to clear your mind of all distractions, stressful situations, plans, and schedules. Put your to-do list away and watch your negative feelings and thoughts float away.   Once you are only thinking about your breathing, your mind is clear, and you can start the mindfulness portion.   This is when you are focusing on just one thing, one thought, one scenario. You are being mindful about the present, so it can be as simple as thinking about the act of meditation or a scent you smell in the air. What you focus on is not as important as the act of meditation to relax your body and mind.   Find a Singular Object It can also help to focus on a single object with your eyes opened or closed. If you want to close your eyes, get an object that is simple to hold in your hand. This can be anything that is small and easy to feel in your hands. You will close your eyes and hold this object, touching its details and curves, focusing on the sensations, shape, and size, and not on any other thoughts that try to creep in. You can also choose a visual object, such as focusing on a painting on the wall or placing an object right in front of you. Look at the colors, textures, and design of that object. What you are doing is training your mind to release all other thoughts and focus on one singular thing.   Be Patient Remember to always be patient. Both mindfulness and meditation will take practice and is not something you are going to pick up right away. People need time to get used to clearing their minds and having a singular focus. You have lived all these years trying to multi-task, do everything at once, think about every little thing that could go wrong, making plans and schedules and to-do lists. It takes time just to relax and be in the moment, so make sure you are patient with yourself.   Incorporate Essential Oils With Meditation As a final note, we want to discuss using essential oils in combination with meditation. This can be really helpful, especially for beginners. You are not only going to focus on the scents to help with mindfulness, but certain scents can actually help you relax even further.   Good Essential Oils to Use You can use any oils you want, but there are some that are good for relaxing and calming the mind. Here is a list of some essential oils to try out, and the reasons why they are so helpful.   Lavender One of the best and most relaxing essential oil scents to start with is lavender. Lavender is perfect for stress relief, lowering anxiety, and helping your mind and body to fully relax. You will feel calm with a scent that isn't too strong or overbearing.   Lemon You can also try lemon, which is especially good when you are doing the mindfulness meditation in the morning or when you want to be a little more alert. This is a fresh scent that also helps with improving your mood, reducing allergies, and improving your respiratory system.   Peppermint Peppermint is a bit of a stronger scent, but you can dilute it even more or put a little less into your oil diffuser. Peppermint is good for oral health, respiratory support, and better focus and concentration. Like lemon, it is also a great mood lifter.   Rose Rose is a light floral scent that will calm and relax your mind, while also helping your body to relax. This is good for beginners, and can easily be mixed with some of the other scents.   Resources: Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now The Art of Effective Listening Organixx Article: Moving Meditation: A Meditation Practice for Those Who Just Can't Slow Down Organixx Article: 13 Powerful Proven Health Benefits of Meditation Organixx Article: 5 Reasons Behind Emotional Eating (& Tips on How to Eat Mindfully)

    Is Magnesium Your Health MVP?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 26:55

    Antioxidants may get all the headlines, but magnesium may just be your health MVP. Learn more about the benefits of this mineral. Did you know that Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body?   According to the National Institute of Health… Magnesium is a nutrient that the body needs to stay healthy. Magnesium is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA.   Let's dive a bit deeper into just how important Magnesium is to our health… It acts as a cofactor for more than 300 enzymes, regulating a number of fundamental functions such as muscle contraction, neuromuscular conduction, glycemic control, myocardial contraction, and blood pressure. Magnesium also plays a vital role in energy production, active transmembrane transport for other ions (ATP), synthesis of nuclear materials, and bone development. Important to note – magnesium deficiency has been associated with a wide range of diseases.   Magnesium and Nutrition According to the United States Food and Nutrition Board, recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 420 mg for adult males and 320 mg for adult females, respectively. Approximately 10% of the daily magnesium requirement is derived from water. Green vegetables, nuts, seeds, and unprocessed cereals are rich sources of magnesium. Also, some magnesium is available in fruits, fish, meat, and milk products. The majority of the population in the Western countries consume less than the recommended amount of magnesium, contributed by the consumption of processed foods, demineralized water, and agricultural practices using soil deficient in magnesium for growing food. Many studies have demonstrated beneficial effects of magnesium supplementation.   Chronic Diseases Associated with Magnesium Deficiency type 2 diabetes & metabolic syndrome Studies suggest that about 48% of people with type 2 diabetes have low levels of magnesium in their blood. This can impair insulin's ability to keep blood sugar levels under control One study which followed more than 4,000 people for 20 years found that those with the highest magnesium intake were 47% less likely to develop diabetes. hypertension Magnesium helps lower blood pressure in people with elevated levels but does not seem to have the same effect in those with normal levels. cardiovascular disease (e.g., stroke, atherosclerotic vascular disease, sudden cardiac death) osteoporosis migraine headache asthma colon cancer Alzheimer's disease attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)   Other Areas of Health Where Magnesium Helps   May boost exercise performance Magnesium helps move blood sugar into your muscles and dispose of lactate, which can build up during exercise and cause fatigue Studies have shown that supplementing with it can boost exercise performance for athletes, the elderly and people with chronic disease In a study, athletes who supplemented with magnesium for four weeks had faster running, cycling and swimming times during a triathlon. They also experienced reductions in insulin and stress hormone levels Magnesium supplements have been shown to enhance exercise performance in several studies, but research results are mixed.   Magnesium Fights Depression Magnesium plays a critical role in brain function and mood, and low levels are linked to an increased risk of depression One analysis in over 8,800 people found that people under the age of 65 with the lowest magnesium intake had a 22% greater risk of depression. Some experts believe the low magnesium content of modern food may cause many cases of depression and mental illness; however, others emphasize the need for more research in this area. Nonetheless, supplementing with this mineral may help reduce symptoms of depression — and in some cases, the results can be dramatic. In a randomized controlled trial in depressed older adults, 450 mg of magnesium daily improved mood as effectively as an antidepressant drug.   Anti-Inflammatory Benefits Low magnesium intake is linked to chronic inflammation (elevated C-reactive protein), which is one of the drivers of aging, obesity and chronic disease. Magnesium supplements can reduce CRP and other markers of inflammation in older adults, overweight people and those with prediabetes. In the same way, high-magnesium foods — such as fatty fish and dark chocolate — can reduce inflammation.   Magnesium Improves PMS Symptoms Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is one of the most common disorders among women of childbearing age. Its symptoms include water retention, abdominal cramps, tiredness and irritability. Interestingly, magnesium has been shown to improve mood, reduce water retention and other symptoms in women with PMS   Magnesium Is Safe and Widely Available Magnesium is absolutely essential for good health. The recommended daily intake is 400–420 mg per day for men and 310–320 mg per day for women.   You can get it from both food and supplements.   Food Sources The following foods are good to excellent sources of magnesium: Pumpkin seeds: 46% of the RDI in a quarter cup (16 grams) Spinach, boiled: 39% of the RDI in a cup (180 grams) Swiss chard, boiled: 38% of the RDI in a cup (175 grams) Dark chocolate (70–85% cocoa): 33% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams) Black beans: 30% of the RDI in a cup (172 grams) Quinoa, cooked: 33% of the RDI the in a cup (185 grams) Halibut: 27% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams) Almonds: 25% of the RDI in a quarter cup (24 grams) Cashews: 25% of the RDI in a quarter cup (30 grams) Mackerel: 19% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams) Avocado: 15% of the RDI in one medium avocado (200 grams) Salmon: 9% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams)   Supplements If you have a medical condition, check with your doctor before taking magnesium supplements.   Though these are generally well-tolerated, they may not be safe for people who take certain diuretics, heart medications or antibiotics.   Organixx's Magnesium 7:   MAGNESIUM CHELATE This form of magnesium is especially important for muscle building, recovery, and health. [17]   MAGNESIUM CITRATE Helps with the effects of obesity. In fact, one study found that this form helped arterial stiffness in healthy overweight individuals.   MAGNESIUM BISGLYCINATE Often used to treat symptoms of excess stomach acid, such as stomach upset, heartburn, and acid indigestion.   MAGNESIUM MALATE Some believe this to be the most bioavailable form of magnesium. It's found naturally in fruits, giving them a “tart taste.”   Magnesium Malate can help with migraines, chronic pain, and depression.   MAGNESIUM ASPARTATE This form helps the connection between your brain and muscles, your cardiac rhythms, and the overall acid-alkaline balance in your body. It also can support an elevated mood.   It is absolutely essential in the metabolism of macronutrients, as well as the utilization of other minerals, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E.   MAGNESIUM TAURATE This is the form of magnesium best for your heart.   One study noted: “The complex magnesium taurate may thus have considerable potential as a vascular-protective nutritional supplement.”   MAGNESIUM OROTATE While also helpful for the heart, magnesium orotate is believed to be the best form for metabolic improvements.   This makes it a favorite for athletes seeking enhanced recovery, energy and performance.   Resources: Organixx Magnesium 7 - Complete Full-Spectrum Daily Magnesium Supplement Magnesium and Human Health: Perspectives and Research Directions Volume 2018 | Article ID 9041694 Bertinato, C. Wu Xiao, W. M. Ratnayake et al., “Lower serum magnesium concentration is associated with diabetes, insulin resistance, and obesity in South Asian and white Canadian women but not men,” Food & Nutrition Research, vol. 59, no. 1, article 25974, 2015. Grober, J. Schmidt, and K. Kisters, “Magnesium in prevention and therapy,” Nutrients, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 8199–8226, 2015. H. F. de Baaij, J. G. J. Hoenderop, and R. J. M. Bindels, “Magnesium in man: implications for health and disease,” Physiological Reviews, vol. 95, no. 1, pp. 1–46, 2015. Reported Dietary Intake, Disparity between the Reported Consumption and the Level Needed for Adequacy and Food Sources of Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Vitamin D in the Spanish Population: Findings from the ANIBES Study Suboptimal magnesium status in the United States: are the health consequences underestimated? Magnesium in Prevention and Therapy Effect of oral magnesium supplementation on physical performance in healthy elderly women involved in a weekly exercise program: a randomized controlled trial Oral magnesium therapy, exercise heart rate, exercise tolerance, and myocardial function in coronary artery disease patients The effect of acute magnesium loading on the maximal exercise performance of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients Magnesium enhances exercise performance via increasing glucose availability in the blood, muscle, and brain during exercise Magnesium in depression Magnesium intake and depression in adults Rapid recovery from major depression using magnesium treatment Efficacy and safety of oral magnesium supplementation in the treatment of depression in the elderly with type 2 diabetes: a randomized, equivalent trial Oral magnesium supplementation reduces ambulatory blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension Effects of magnesium supplementation in hypertensive patients: assessment by office, home, and ambulatory blood pressures A pilot study on the effects of magnesium supplementation with high and low habitual dietary magnesium intake on resting and recovery from aerobic and resistance exercise and systolic blood pressure The effect of lowering blood pressure by magnesium supplementation in diabetic hypertensive adults with low serum magnesium levels: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial Nutrition by Food Search: Magnesium - Fact Sheet for Health Professionals Chelated Magnesium Effects of magnesium citrate, magnesium oxide and magnesium sulfate supplementation on arterial stiffness in healthy overweight individuals: a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial Magnesium Glycinate A pilot study of magnesium aspartate hydrochloride (Magnesiocard®) as a mood stabilizer for rapid cycling bipolar affective disorder patients Complementary vascular-protective actions of magnesium and taurine: a rationale for magnesium taurate Metabolic supplementation with orotic acid and magnesium orotate Magnesium enhances exercise performance via increasing glucose availability in the blood, muscle, and brain during exercise Effect of oral magnesium supplementation on physical performance in healthy elderly women involved in a weekly exercise program: a randomized controlled trial 7 Serious Health Issues Linked to Magnesium Deficiency (+ How to Tell If You're Magnesium Deficient) What You Need to Know About Magnesium for Depression and Anxiety Magnesium for Better Sleep: Does it Help & What Type Do You Need?

    Enzymes 101: The Micro Miracles You're Missing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 30:24

    Join Jonathan and Wade Lightheart today as he helps us understand enzymes. What they do, why they're considered micro miracles, and how your health depends on them. Plus, Wade helps us understand what we want to look for in a supplement. You don't want to miss this one!   About Wade Lightheart 3-Time Canadian All Natural Bodybuilding Champion who competed as vegetarian, former Mr. Universe Competitor, host of The Awesome Health podcast, Wade Lightheart is one of the world's premier authorities on Natural Nutrition and Training Methods. Having majored in Sports Science at the University of New Brunswick, he has authored numerous books on health, nutrition and exercise which have sold in over 80 countries. Wade also serves as an advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute. He's been in the health industry for over 25 years, coached thousands of clients, and is sought out by athletes and high-performance oriented individuals worldwide for his advice on how to optimize their health and fitness levels.   What Are Enzymes? ENZYME – noun BIOCHEMISTRY a substance produced by a living organism which acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction. There are approximately 25,000 different enzymatic functions in the body The number of enzymes that you have present in your body is directly proportion to the amount of chemical reactions that you can engage in in the body. The difference between stones, plants, and people is enzymes, the amount and the role of those enzymes. They are the most critical component to all metabolic transactions.   Enzyme Bank It's like having a bank account. In other words, your ability to write metabolic checks, to build, to repair, to heal, to digest your food, to make your hormones work, to break down the smallest chemical reactions, to make your skin nice, you name it, requires an enzymatic pathway.   Our Current Food Supply is Lacking In today's world, we've radically compromised the amount of enzymes that we're getting from our food, the quality of those enzymes, and we've added a host of agents that actually interrupt our body's natural enzymatic mechanisms and that is having consequences across the globe that are extremely dire.   Pottenger & His Cats Francis Pottenger, Jr, MD, has given the cat world one of the best books available in the study of carnivore's nutrition. From 1932 to 1942, Dr. Francis Marion Pottenger Jr. conducted a group of experiments to determine the effects of heat-processed food on cats. Cats fed an all-raw diet were healthy while cats fed the cooked meat diet developed various health problems. At the time of Pottenger's studies the heat labile amino acid taurine had not yet been identified as essential for cats. This work shows that the deficiencies Pottenger identified in cats correspond with those of a taurine deficiency and are the direct result of the lack of taurine in the feline diet. The physiological effects of a cooked diet described by Pottenger in his papers were compared with data from recent studies on taurine deficiency in the feline diet. Results. Pottenger's main observations of near and far sightedness, cardiac lesions, increased stillbirth, low birthweight, poor kitten survival, and developmental abnormalities each correspond to published descriptions of taurine deficiency in cats with multiple references for each described condition. Taurine deficiency is a strong explanation for the symptoms observed by Pottenger in his cat studies. Pottenger's own conclusion that there was an ‘as yet unidentified, heat-labile protein factor' is realized in taurine.   4 Major Types of Enzymes There are four major categories of enzymes and then there are derivatives of each, Proteases which break down protein, lipase which breaks down fats, amylase which breaks down carbohydrates, and cellulase which breaks down fiber in plants.   What happens if I don't have the protease in my body to break down the all the protein that I'm ingesting? Gas Bloating Skin problems Brain fog The reason? Because you're feeding bad bacteria who are producing a variety of endotoxins inside the body that are interrupting your natural activity.   Disturbing Statistics from Wade's Research In America today, 12% of the emergency hospital visits are related to gastrointestinal related illnesses. People going to the hospital in an ambulance because they're not breaking down their food.   A third of the population is suffering from digestive illness on any given day. And about 25% of the population is on prescription meds for this. And the correlation between digestive disease and depression and challenges for brain function, because most of your neurotransmitters are built off amino acids that got to be broken down and transported from the gut to your brain is directly correlated with the lack of enzymes.   What to look for in an enzyme supplement? Make sure it's at least half full of proteolytic enzymes and you want at least three proteases. The 3.0 the 4.5 and the 6.0 which relate to the spectrum within the pH band. You want to make sure it has up in that that range of like 70-80,000 HUT (One FCC HUT unit of proteolytic (protease) activity is defined as that amount of enzyme that produces, in one minute under the specified conditions, a hydrolysate whose absorbance at 275nm is the same as that of a solution containing 1.10 g per mL of tyrosine in 0.006N hydrochloric acid. Contains cultured enzymes. Broad spectrum. Contains AstraZymeÒ   Resources: Organixx Enzyme17 Pottenger's Cats - Research National Center for Health Statistics Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States Collagens: Hype or Healthy – Episode 15 Enzymes 201: P3E (now called Enzyme17) The NEW Powerful Proteolytic Enzyme Understanding the Power of Proteolytic Enzymes Proteolytic Enzymes: What They Are & Why Your Body Needs Them to Live  

    Preventing Alzheimer's and Dementia with John Easterling

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 47:28

    Ready to take your brain health to the next level? Ready to be proactive, or even reverse, the signs of brain aging? Then this episode is definitely for you! We are fortunate to have “Amazon” John Easterling, Plant Medicine Formulator, with us again this week. He dives into the plant medicine treasures he's found in the Amazon Rainforest that beautifully support healthy brain function and help you ward off brain aging.   ABOUT “AMAZON JOHN” EASTERLING Since 1976 John Easterling has been an explorer and treasure hunter in the Amazon Rainforest. It was there, after a personal health crisis, he was introduced to the traditional use of medicinal plants by the Indigenous People in Peru. Since then his passion for plant medicine has only accelerated. Easterling's original degree is in Environmental Studies, he founded the Amazon Herb Company in 1990 and serves on the board of the Amazon Center of Environmental Education and Research. Amazon John's 28 years of Plant Medicine experience have been profiled on TV and Radio including “Good Morning America” and “Fox and Friends”.  His product formulations have sold over $100 million worldwide. John has been featured in two PBS documentaries, World News Report “Amazon John and Rainforest Medicines” and Jean Michel Cousteau's “Return to the Amazon.” Easterling believes the dramatic growth and interest in plant medicine is still in its early stages and will continue to significantly improve life experiences and healthy outcomes into the future.   Causes of Alzheimer's and Dementia Beta amyloid plaquing. “So when you get plaquing, your spark plug would foul, and you couldn't start your engine. So same thing here. You get that plaquing in there, and it just can't transmit to the next one, and you don't remember. You can't access that data where you put your keys.” Tau tangle, where you get the neurons that really just become tangled. Inflammation is a really big deal, and actually these other factors are really caused by it. It's a kind of inflammatory response from your brain to protect itself sometimes, developing this amyloid plaquing to seal off what it sees as an insult. Involvement of Candida in brain issues. Recent research showed was that people did not think before that the Candida could cross the blood brain barrier. Now they found that it actually can. It travels through your body doing that, looking for a place to reside where the biological terrain is right. If you introduce a lot of sugar and a lot of carbs into that terrain, they really love that. When these Candida cross that blood brain barrier, the brain recognizes that as an insult, and then you have this coating process. The brain will try to coat that to seal it off.   Prevention Lifestyle and diet – low sugar, more green vegetables Probiotics after a course of antibiotics – maintain a diverse colony-forming units of probiotics. Maintain healthy inflammation levels throughout the body. Exercise – improves the microcirculation to the brain. Sleep – get quality sleep each night (7-9 hours). Lower your exposure to environmental toxins.   Botanicals to Improve Brain Health Una de Gato – Cat's Claw Primarily known for its ability to stimulate the macrophage phagocytosis activity, which is our immune system. Source of epicatechins and the brain derived neurotropic. Stimulates neurogenesis – the creation of new brain cells. Camu Camu Tremendous source for a whole food vitamin C. Powerful anti-inflammatory. Increases the proper cycling of serotonin. Potent source of polyphenols, quercetin, and resveratrol. Bacopa Reduces brain amyloid levels in mice by as much as 60%. Increases cognitive function in humans. An ayurvedic plant. Cinnamon – cinnamaldehyde Able to break down tau tangles. It's anti-inflammatory. Balances sugar levels. Cacao Is anti-inflammatory. Helps increase microcirculation in the brain. Contains epicatechins, which have been shown to be very helpful for brain chemistry and to help to slow down the death of healthy brain cells Pau d'Arco Many medicinal properties include antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-parasitic. Scientists have found that Pau d'Arco has a unique, two-pronged effect on fungal infections. … In this way, it is able to kill off a variety of bacteria, fungi, and yeast, including Candida albicans. Good source of polyphenols. Anti-inflammatory. Dragon's Blood – Sangra de Grado Pure antioxidant by dry weight. Great source of proanthocyanidins. Anti-inflammatory. Helps facilitate the breakdown of plaquing in the brain. Guayusa Substitute for caffeine. Enables ‘first time' memories to be recalled. Anti-inflammatory.   Signs of Alzheimer's and Dementia People may experience: Cognitive: mental decline, difficulty thinking and understanding, confusion in the evening hours, delusion, disorientation, forgetfulness, making things up, mental confusion, difficulty concentrating, inability to create new memories, inability to do simple math, or inability to recognize common things Behavioral: aggression, agitation, difficulty with self care, irritability, meaningless repetition of own words, personality changes, restlessness, lack of restraint, or wandering and getting lost Mood: anger, apathy, general discontent, loneliness, or mood swings Psychological: depression, hallucinations, or paranoia Also common: inability to combine muscle movements, jumbled speech, or loss of appetite   Resources: Organixx's Ageless Brain - Nutrition for your brain. Camu Camu Cat's Claw, Uña De Gato (Uncaria Tomentosa) Sangre de Drago - Dragon's Blood Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor And Its Clinical Implications Bacopa monniera Extract Reduces Amyloid Levels In Psapp Mice Why Cinnamon May Hold Secrets to Alzheimer's Prevention Cacao Pau d‘Arco Proanthocyanidins Guayusa Raphael Mechoulam Alzheimer's & Dementia Resource Center Alzheimer's & Dementia Facts & Figures - PDF Alzheimer's & Dementia Facts & Figures - website Tau, tangles, and Alzheimer's disease Amyloid Plaques and Neurofibrillary Tangles Candidiasis Plant polyphenols as dietary antioxidants in human health and disease Anthocyanins Epicatechin Caffeine Reverses Cognitive Impairment and Decreases Brain Amyloid-β Levels in Aged Alzheimer's Disease Mice Brain Health: 10 Tips for Keeping "Senior Moments" at Bay Lion's Mane Mushroom: Brain Protector? 6 Incredible Health Benefits of Cinnamon for Metabolism, the Brain and More!

    Want to Slow Down Aging? Meet Your Telomeres

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 18:53

    In this week's episode we're talking about a very important subject, and that is aging! Telomeres have a direct impact on not only our appearance as we age but our overall longevity. Join us as we specifically discuss telomeres; understanding what telomeres are, understanding some of the different things we can do to keep them lengthened and healthy.   Understanding the Importance of Telomeres Understanding the impact telomeres have on our aging will help us understand the positive health benefits of mushrooms. The telomere is the “tail” of each chromosome in your cells. These tiny little segments of your DNA are critical for healthy, youthful living. Think of them as the plastic tips of shoelaces that keep them together. Telomeres work the same way. They prevent chromosomes from fraying or tangling with one another. When that happens, it can cause genetic information to get all mixed up or destroyed leading to health problems. Worst of all, damage to your telomeres can speed up your aging. One study of 60 to 75-year-old people showed those with short Telomeres had a 300% higher death rate from heart-related problems. They also had an 800% higher death rate from infectious diseases. Why? Because each time a cell divides, its telomeres become shorter. As our telomeres wear down, so do we. That's when we develop problems with hearing or age-related memory loss — things most of us consider natural parts of aging. Can We Slow This Down? Yes! As it turns out, age really is just a number. You see, there's a big difference between your biological age and your chronological age. And it's your biological age that matters most. Why? It all comes back to those pesky telomeres. They're a primary reason some people age at different speeds than others. Or why some people always seem to be “coming down with something” and others have an impenetrable immune system. While we can't stop our telomeres from getting shorter, we can S-L-O-W the process down if we're smart about it… 3 Ways to Increase the Length of Your Telomeres Boost Micro-Nutrients – Vitamins A, D, C, and E have all been proven to slow down your telomeres. And data from one study (586 women, ages 35-74) showed those with a strong nutrient base had 5.1% longer telomeres than those who did not. Reduce Inflammation – European study showed that those who had low levels of inflammation were able to maintain their telomeres at a ‘youthful' level. Their telomeres matched those of a person who was 60 even when they were 80 years old Anti-Oxidants – Studies show that your telomeres are extremely sensitive to oxidative stress. Not only that, but too much oxidation in your cells could hurt how your telomeres are meant to function. That's why keeping powerful antioxidants like Nutritional Mushrooms in your diet is so crucial for healthy aging. Antioxidants combat the free radicals that may cause cell damage or cell death. Gene Expression/Epigenetics Epigenetics is the study of how we can affect our gene expression based off of lifestyle choices, whether that's food, how much sun exposure you're getting, the kind of toxins that are in your life, the working out that you do. We can slow down the aging process if we understand aging, we understand telomeres, we understand the different things that we can do to keep them longer will ultimately slow down the aging. 7M+ 7M+ contains seven main ingredients: Turkey Tail, Chaga, Shiitake, Maitake, Cordyceps, Lion's Mane, and Reishi, Powerful anti-aging, longevity, immune support 7 of nature's most beneficial organic mushrooms Fermented to maximize bioavailability No artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors Free of GMOs, yeast, soy protein, sodium, or starch ONE-Year 100% Satisfaction, Money-Back Guarantee   RESOURCES: Telomere Telomeres shorten during ageing of human fibroblasts Structure and function of telomeres Telomeres and The Natural Lifespan Limit in Humans Oxidative stress shortens telomeres Gene Expression Epigenetics Organixx 7M+ Telomeres and Aging: How Perceived Stress Impacts Your Health Top 6 Ways to Reverse Aging Naturally (Without Surgery) The 5 Most Beneficial Anti-Aging Foods

    Turmeric and Black Pepper: The Best Way to Take Turmeric?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 14:44

    You've likely heard about the many health benefits of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) and its compound curcumin. But did you know that it can be difficult to “unlock” the nutrients in turmeric so your body can actually take full advantage of them? Tune in to today's episode to unlock the magic of turmeric!   Turmeric and Black Pepper: The Best Way to Take Turmeric? You've likely heard about the many health benefits of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) and its compound curcumin. But did you know that it can be difficult to “unlock” the nutrients in turmeric so your body can actually take full advantage of them? One popular way to make the compounds in turmeric more bioavailable (absorbable and usable to the body) is to pair it with another popular cooking spice: black pepper [1]. But what if there was a better way than combining turmeric and black pepper? A way to boost turmeric's bioavailability, allowing it to more safely and effectively support the natural healing process?   The Healing Power of Turmeric Turmeric is a staple remedy from the traditional medicine systems of the Far East that has gained widespread popularity throughout the West in recent years as a “super” spice. Turmeric's many health-supportive properties are attributed to curcumin, a key component of turmeric that's associated with longevity. Curcumin is documented in the scientific literature as offering powerful support for the cardiovascular, neurological, metabolic, immune, and cellular systems. It's also the part of turmeric that gives this root spice its rich, golden yellow color. But the truth of the matter is that humans have a difficult time getting all the health benefits from turmeric when consuming the spice all by itself. Research shows that only a very small portion of it is assimilated into the body when eaten in isolation. This is why many natural health experts suggest consuming turmeric along with black pepper (Piper nigrum). Black pepper contains a unique “bio-enhancer” compound known as piperine that significantly boosts turmeric's bioavailability – by as much as 2,000 percent, in fact. This is the reason why many turmeric and curcumin supplement products on the market today contain either black pepper or piperine.   The Problem: Black Pepper Isn't Good for Everyone This pairing approach of turmeric and black pepper comes with limitations, however, as too much black pepper can actually be detrimental to health – especially in people with gastrointestinal issues.Research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that consuming black pepper in excess can damage the mucosal lining of the gut, potentially causing bleeding or other injuries. Consuming high amounts of black pepper, this same study found, is akin to taking the painkiller drug aspirin [2]. In other words, aspirin represents a similar threat to the gut lining in terms of its tendency to cause serious erosions and ulcers in the intestinal tract [3]. This isn't to say that black pepper is inherently dangerous, and there's no need to toss out the pepper shaker just yet. After all, the amounts of black pepper required to induce such harm are far greater than what the average person consumes in their food on a daily basis. There's also evidence to show that taking curcumin along with just piperine, black pepper's primary alkaloid, is typically safe and causes “no adverse effects [4].” Even so, there's always the possibility that someone might react negatively to this combination – especially when taking very high doses of turmeric or curcumin for therapeutic purposes. For this reason, science set out to determine whether or not it was possible to retain turmeric's full bioavailability without the need for black pepper, piperine, or any other additive. And the good news is, it is possible.   Fermentation Increases the Power of Turmeric BETTER Than Black Pepper As it turns out, by fermenting turmeric its active constituents can be drawn out and made more potent in a way similar to, and potentially even greater than, black pepper. Here's another reason why fermented turmeric may be superior to turmeric and black pepper. Besides possibly upsetting a person's digestive system, black pepper is known to interfere with a process known as glucuronidation that's necessary for eliminating toxins from the body [5]. Put simply, too much black pepper can cause a buildup of xenoestrogens (harmful chemicals found in plastic and other everyday products) and other toxins that would otherwise be quickly eliminated from the body [6]. With simple fermentation, however, there's little-to-no risk of these types of complications. That's because there's nothing like black pepper getting in the way to block the body's important detoxification pathways. It's rather like eating fresh turmeric, which still contains all of the volatile (essential) oils that help to deliver the herb's active compounds throughout the body. Fermentation may even go a step beyond this by further optimizing turmeric's absorption potential. Research conducted on rat models found that fermented turmeric is, indeed, the best form of turmeric because it contains the most antioxidant power. Compared to ground turmeric in powder and probiotic forms, fermented turmeric led to substantially higher plasma antioxidant concentrations in test subjects [7]. In terms of how it affects the liver, fermented turmeric was shown in a paper out of South Korea to be powerfully hepatoprotective, meaning it shields the liver from damage. Not only that, but fermented turmeric was also shown to help improve the liver's functional detoxification potential [8] – as opposed to black pepper-potentiated turmeric that can inhibit natural detoxification. Fermented turmeric also contains more curcumin (the beneficial compound) than unfermented turmeric, by volume. In addition to improving both its antioxidant and antimicrobial capacity, fermenting turmeric draws out an impressive 11% more curcumin compared to what's found in raw turmeric. Fermentation also makes turmeric 3.1 times more effective at scavenging oxidizing free radicals from the body [9]. Another area where fermented turmeric has a leg up on both unfermented turmeric and turmeric combined with black pepper is in the area of inflammation. Research published by The Korean Society for Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology found that fermented turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, possessing the ability to inhibit pro-inflammatory cytokines much more effectively than any other known form of turmeric. Fermented turmeric was further shown in this same study to protect against acute anaphylactic, or allergic, reactions [10]. From an antimicrobial perspective, fermented turmeric shows incredible potential against a wide variety of pathogenic bacteria, including drug-resistant “superbugs.” Research out of the Middle East found that fermented turmeric provides broad-spectrum protection against harmful bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), Streptococcus agalactiae, Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), Entreococcus faecalis, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Klebsiella pneumonia, and Pseudomonas aeruginosae [11]. Research out of China found that fermented curcumin can be a powerful weapon against high cholesterol, also known as hyperlipidemia. While unfermented curcumin showed minimal-to-no benefits during the evaluation, its fermented counterpart significantly reduced serum lipid levels in test models [12].   Fermented Turmeric Increased Fat Loss in Animal Test Subjects Fermented turmeric also shows promise in fighting another undesirable form of fat: the obesity kind. Research out of South Korea found that consumption of fermented turmeric can alter the expression of certain genes involved with lipid accumulation, effectively preventing them from communicating to the body that it's time to pack on extra pounds [13]. Related research published a year later, also out of South Korea, reiterated these findings while building upon them. Obese rats fed a high-fat diet not only didn't gain more weight when also consuming fermented turmeric, but they further lost weight as a result of consuming the herb as part of their daily eating routines [14].   Preventing Impairment of Learning and Memory Research has shown there are brain benefits associated with fermented turmeric as well. Among the findings fleshed out in a paper published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine was evidence suggesting that fermented turmeric has the potential to mitigate memory impairment while supporting optimized learning and memory ability in mice [15]. While more research needs to be done, the evidence so far seems clear… fermentation is the key to “unlocking” the incredible healing potential of turmeric, while avoiding the potential side effects of combining turmeric and black pepper.   DEEP DIVE RESOURCES          Turmeric 3D by Organixx ParActin®: A Potent Form of Andrographis Paniculata for Pain Support & More – Episode 87 The BIG 3 Anti-Inflammatories – Episode 88 [1] Recent developments in delivery, bioavailability, absorption and metabolism of curcumin: the golden pigment from golden spice. [2] Effect of red pepper and black pepper on the stomach. [3] The Effects of Aspirin and Acetaminophen on the Stomach in Healthy Volunteers [4] Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. [5] Turmeric, Hold the Black Pepper Please! [6] Glucuronidation [7] Study on enhanced absorption of phenolic compounds of Lactobacillus‐fermented turmeric (Curcuma longa Linn.) beverages in rats [8] The effectiveness of fermented turmeric powder in subjects with elevated alanine transaminase levels: a randomised controlled study [9] Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Effects of Fermented Tumeric (Curcuma longa L.) [10] Antiinflammatory and Antiallergic Activity of Fermented Turmeric by Lactobacillus [11] Influence of solid state fermentation by Trichoderma spp. on solubility, phenolic content, antioxidant, and antimicrobial activities of commercial turmeric. [12] Study of the property of lipids reducing of curcumin on hyperlipidemia mice after fermented by Monascus purureus. [13] Evaluation of the Anti-obesity Activity of Platycodon grandiflorum Root and Curcuma longa Root Fermented with Aspergillus oryzae [14] Anti-obesity effect of extract from fermented Curcuma longa L. through regulation of adipogenesis and lipolysis pathway in high-fat diet-induced obese rats. [15] The protective effect of fermented Curcuma longa L. on memory dysfunction in oxidative stress-induced C6 gliomal cells, proinflammatory-activated BV2 microglial cells, and scopolamine-induced amnesia model in mice

    How to Do Detox Effectively

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 30:05

    Your body is designed to remove toxins and waste on its own. But do you know how to support it? Tune in this week to learn how! We all have a Natural Detox Response. When we activate this response in our bodies, we increase our ability to protect your immune system naturally, and clear out the everyday toxins that find their way into your food, the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the surfaces you touch.   Natural Detox Response When we activate this response in our bodies we: Increase our ability to protect your immune system naturally clear out the everyday toxins that find their way into your food, the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the surfaces you touch Your body is designed to remove toxins and waste on its own. And while your organs are there to keep you alive, each and every one of them plays its own role in keeping you healthy. There are 4 organs more than any others that work together to create your personal detox machine working inside of you right now…   Your Liver acts like a filter in blocking out toxic substances in foods and drinks from passing into your bloodstream… Your Kidneys are working around the clock to then filter that blood and flush out those toxins when you use the bathroom. Your Colon puts in overtime taking care of the larger toxins and breaking them down with healthy bacteria before they can do you any harm… And Your Lungs play their part in filtering out the toxins that enter your body from breathing. As you can see, the human body was designed as a fully equipped detox machine.   How To Support Your ‘Detox Machine' You must take steps to support your body's Natural Detox Response System and I'm about to show you how right now… Once you begin to support your body's natural detox abilities, you'll notice that your body's “normal state” tends to shift toward health instead of inching toward illness. So what is it that your body needs to trigger your Natural Detox Response?   DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #1 – Matcha   Matcha tea is the “it” health beverage of the moment, but this amazing superfood is more than just a “fad” trend. The history of matcha for health goes back to the Tang Dynasty in China, which ruled between the 7th – 10th centuries. Over time, the matcha tea made its way to Japan, where it began to be incorporated into special tea ceremonies. And today, countless scientific studies show us just how powerful this little nutrient is. First, it boosts chlorophyll levels. Chlorophyll can help improve liver function, which also boosts your body's ability to flush out toxins. So, it's no surprise that it's been shown to help with the excretion of heavy metals, dioxins, and other persistent chemicals, And the second part of the magic of matcha is big energy without the crash. Unlike the caffeine that comes from coffee beans, the caffeine in Matcha is released slowly into your system along with L-theanine, giving you a steady supply of energy so your body's natural detox system can function at its highest levels.   Other Benefits of Matcha: Protection against free radicals. You've heard about the antioxidant power of green tea, right? Well, matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea! And 20 times more than a serving of blueberries. Antioxidants are key to disease prevention and are one of the best ways to boost your health. Cancer prevention. Catechins, which are potent cancer-fighters counteracting the effect of pollutants, chemicals, UV rays, and radiation, are a unique set of antioxidants found only in matcha. According to the National Cancer Institute, green tea is one of the most powerful cancer-fighters. Calm alertness. Matcha tea is rich in the amino acid L-Theanine, which is what left those Zen monks (and me) feeling calm, yet alert and focused. While it is a component of all green and black teas, matcha contains roughly five times the amount of L-theanine. Linked to increased concentration, learning ability and even physical endurance, L-Theanine gives you a boost without the caffeine jitters. (6) As someone who absolutely cannot handle the caffeine in coffee, matcha is my go to pick-me-up. If your clients or patients struggle with caffeine jitters, a cup of matcha might be a better choice. Anti-aging properties. A common drink in Okinawa, Japan, one of the few Blue Zones, where people live the longest, healthiest lives, matcha is said to reduce inflammation and oxidation, contributing to anti-aging. Fat-burning properties. One study found that matcha tea increased thermogenesis, the body's rate of burning calories, by about 4 times the normal rate. Another study showed that drinking matcha before exercise resulting in 25% more fat burning. Improving heart health. Green tea has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, and lower incidence of heart disease and stroke in regular drinkers. (9) A recent Chinese study found that hypertension risk is lowered by up to 65 percent in regular green tea drinkers. Imagine the potential improvements to heart health in drinkers of the much more concentrated form of green tea that matcha is!   DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #2 – Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Don't confuse this plant for a weed like most people do. It's a part of the artichoke family, a superfood known for its incredible support of the liver – your body's central detoxifier. In Germany, Milk Thistle is still prescribed today by doctors to treat alcoholic cirrhosis, hepatitis, jaundice, and any inflammation or poisoning of the liver.   Supports: Liver, Digestive Organs, and Lungs   DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #3 – Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus) Used for more than 2,000 years to stimulate appetite, support bile secretion, support liver health, this superfood is known for its support of your digestive system. Blessed thistle (Cnicus benedictus), not to be confused with milk thistle (Silybum marianum), was once used to treat the bubonic plague. It's still used today for natural digestive comfort and can even be applied to the skin to support wound healing.   Supports: Liver, Colon and Digestive System   DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #4 – Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Licorice root is used to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In cases of food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn, licorice root extract can speed the repair of stomach lining and restore balance. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid. Licorice is recommended to treat respiratory problems. Taking licorice as an oral supplement can help the body produce healthy mucus. Increasing phlegm production may seem counterintuitive to a healthy bronchial system. However, the opposite is true. The production of clean, healthy phlegm keeps the respiratory system functioning without old, sticky mucus clogging it.   Supports: Digestive System, Colon, Lungs   DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #5 – Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale) You may be most familiar with dandelion as a stubborn weed that never seems to leave your lawn or garden. However, in traditional herbal medicine practices, dandelion are revered for their wide array of medicinal properties. For centuries, they've been used to treat a myriad of physical ailments, including cancer, acne, liver disease and digestive disorders. From root to flower, dandelion are highly nutritious plants, loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Dandelion greens can be eaten cooked or raw and serve as an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. They also contain vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins. What's more, dandelion greens provide a substantial amount of several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. The root of the dandelion is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, which is a type of soluble fiber found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of a healthy bacterial flora in your intestinal tract. Dandelion are a rich source of beta-carotene and polyphenolic compounds, both of which are known to have strong antioxidant capabilities that can prevent aging and certain diseases. Animal studies have shown that dandelion protect liver tissue from toxic substances and oxidative stress. Some research indicates that dandelion may have antimicrobial and antiviral properties, which could support your body's ability to fight infection. Several test-tube studies found that dandelion extract significantly reduced the ability of viruses to replicate.   Supports: Colon, Liver, Digestive System   DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #6 – Marshmallow Leaves (Althaea officinalis) Used by the ancient Greeks to remedy bruises and bleeding, and as a mild laxative. Europeans in medieval times used it for indigestion and diarrhea. And today it's still prescribed by doctors as a way to naturally soothe and support the intestines. Marshmallow leaves also have mild anti-infective and immune-supporting properties. That makes it perfect for gastroenteritis, peptic and duodenal ulcers, colitis, and enteritis.   Supports: Colon, Digestive System   Introducing: Organixx's NEW Organic Daily Detox Organic Daily Detox was designed specifically to boost your levels of these nutrients and feed your natural detox machine exactly what it needs to properly detox over the long run. The result? Better energy… Better sleep… Better ability to fight illness… And of course, a robust immune system you can depend on. Because Organixx is dedicated to the highest quality natural ingredients, a crystalized formula just made more sense. But there are other benefits as well. The first is potency. Most other detox “teas” just aren't made with enough quality ingredients to make any real difference to your health. They're watered down versions and are too weak to really do anything for you. The 2nd is freedom! With a traditional tea bag, you're forced to drink it as it is, with water. You're essential “bagged in” as I like to say and when your options are limited, you get bored quickly. But our specially formulated detox mix is perfect to be stirred into any of your other favorite drinks. It's made to mix easily so it's a perfect health boost in smoothies, juices or water. And because of the unique manufacturing process, any unneeded “filler” Liquids or compounds are extracted before it's turned into a crystalized format. It also makes Organic Daily Detox easier to drink. Simply take 1 or two scoops and drop it into hot or cold water. It mixes nearly instantly! Resources: Milk Thistle Benefits: 15 Ways This Super Herb Can Improve Your Health https://organixx.com/milk-thistle-benefits/?gl=60b8d78b8ebf583b0a3c207d Detox Your Liver Naturally! (+ 7 Tips for a Healthy Liver) https://organixx.com/liver-detox/?gl=60b8d78b8ebf58f1103c207f 11 Signs Your Body Is Screaming for a Detox https://www.foodmatters.com/article/the-importance-of-detoxifying-your-body Detoxification Pathways in the Liver http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-011-9749-6_2 Chlorophyll and Chlorophyllin http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/chlorophyll-chlorophyllin Determination of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14518774 Tea and Cancer Prevention https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/tea-fact-sheet Effect of Green Tea Phytochemicals on Mood and Cognition. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28056735 Body weight loss, reduced urge for palatable food and increased release of GLP-1 through daily supplementation with green-plant membranes for three months in overweight women. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24993695 Green tea intake lowers fasting serum total and LDL cholesterol in adults: a meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21715508 Phytochemical Characterization of Low Molecular Weight Constituents from Marshmallow Roots (Althaea officinalis) and Inhibiting Effects of the Aqueous Extract on Human Hyaluronidase-1 https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jnatprod.6b00670# Infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria: a review of the global challenge. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19766888 Identification of medicinal plants of Urmia for treatment of gastrointestinal disorders https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0102695X14000477?via%3Dihub Aqueous extracts and polysaccharides from Marshmallow roots (Althea officinalis L.): Cellular internalisation and stimulation of cell physiology of human epithelial cells in vitro https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378874109006102?via%3Dihub Determination of Antioxidant Activity of Marshmallow Flower (Althaea officinalis L.) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1081/AL-120039431 Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress as a major cause of age-related diseases and cancer. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19149749 Flavonoids--food sources and health benefits. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25272572 Dietary, circulating beta-carotene and risk of all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis from prospective studies https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4886629/ Effect of vitamin C on inflammation and metabolic markers in hypertensive and/or diabetic obese adults: a randomized controlled trial https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4492638/ Vitamin C and Heart Health: A Review Based on Findings from Epidemiologic Studies https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5000725/ Natural forms of vitamin E: metabolism, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities and the role in disease prevention and therapy https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4120831/ Carotenoids, inflammation, and oxidative stress--implications of cellular signaling pathways and relation to chronic disease prevention. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25134454 Flavonoids, Inflammation and Immune System https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5084045/ Effect of silymarin plus vitamin E in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. A randomized clinical pilot study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26367736 Randomized controlled trial of silymarin treatment in patients with cirrhosis of the liver. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2671116/ Hepatoprotective effect of silymarin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24672644 Effectiveness of inulin intake on indicators of chronic constipation; a meta-analysis of controlled randomized clinical trials. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25208775 Characterisation of antimicrobial extracts from dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) using LC-SPE-NMR. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25644491 Isolation and Identification of Compounds from Bioactive Extracts of Taraxacum officinale Weber ex F. H. Wigg. (Dandelion) as a Potential Source of Antibacterial Agents. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29507587 Inhibitory effect of aqueous Dandelion extract on HIV-1 replication and reverse transcriptase activity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22078030 Taraxacum mongolicum extract exhibits a protective effect on hepatocytes and an antiviral effect against hepatitis B virus in animal and human cells. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24481875 Leaves Antimicrobial Activity of Glycyrrhiza glabra L. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3870067/ An Extract of Glycyrrhiza glabra (GutGard) Alleviates Symptoms of Functional Dyspepsia: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3123991/ Antiviral Activity of Glycyrrhizin against Hepatitis C Virus In Vitro https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3715454/ 4 HUGE Matcha Green Tea Powder Benefits for Weight Loss, Detox & More! https://organixx.com/matcha-green-tea-powder/?gl=60b8d72e8ebf58f1103c207e Marshmallow: A Surprising Ingredient for Detox, the Gut, Respiratory Health & More https://organixx.com/marshmallow-plant-benefits/?gl=60b8d73a8ebf58f0103c207d

    Collagen for Weightloss? Here's What the Science Says

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 22:38

    You may have heard about collagen's ability to help with skin firmness, joint and gut health, and stronger hair, nails, and teeth... but what about collagen for weight loss? Is that among its many purported benefits? Indeed, studies have shown a link between collagen supplementation and weight loss – and the mechanisms for this connection may surprise you. Most of Us Are Deficient in Collagen Poor diet, stress, lack of sleep... all of these factors play a part in a little-known epidemic of low collagen in adult bodies. woman with upset stomach Approximately 60 to 70 million Americans are affected by some kind of digestive disease, resulting in close to 50 million outpatient visits each year because of GI tract-related issues [1]. At the same time, most people on the planet succumb to the “normal” loss of muscle mass loss as they age: up to 40% [2] less by the time they reach age 40! Of course, there are many reasons for these shocking statistics. One thing they have in common, however, is that collagen plays a major role in both GI and connective tissue health. The fact is that a person simply couldn't survive, let alone sit up straight, without collagen. It is a protein, and one of the most abundant found in your body. It's what makes up the interior lining of the gut as well as forms connective tissue. Collagen is a central ingredient for hair formation and its glue-like consistency forms the intricate tissues of the skin at all levels. As we age, we lose it, which is what causes our skin to wrinkle. The Connection Between Collagen and Weight Loss So, what does all this have to do with collagen for weight loss? Good question! Here are the three main ways that collagen can contribute to a slimmer, more toned figure: #1 – Collagen helps the gut. Collagen helps with the breakdown of fats and proteins in the gut. The amino acid glycine within collagen also helps maintain the proper pH in the stomach and stimulates gastric juices. Collagen types I and III are literally the raw materials for the connective tissue in the digestive system and there is increasing evidence that collagen supplementation can help repair the intestines and even heal Leaky Gut (aka intestinal permeability). A 2003 Greek study found that people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome had lower serum collagen levels than those who did not have this connection [3]. A healthy GI tract means more nutrient absorption and less “waste around your waist” as well as less gas and bloat. That's good news for your health in general, as well as your waistline. #2 – Collagen helps build muscle mass. In fact, collagen IS the “stuff” that makes up connective tissues and muscles in the body! It's a fact that getting the right amount of collagen your body needs can turn “flabby weight” into muscle, as long as you couple your supplementation with a healthy diet and strength training. A 2016 report [4] in the International Journal of Medical Sciences found that collagen peptide supplementation helped to curb obesity in menopausal women by preventing muscle mass loss. According to the researchers, “collagen supplementation can complete its anti-obesity activity with minor side effects in menopausal women.” #3 – Collagen speeds metabolism. In the same vein, collagen helps to gently give metabolism a little “kick in the pants” along the way. And here is something that you may not have known: muscle mass has a direct effect on metabolism. This change may be subtle but over time, can be significant. For example, the University of Maryland [5] researchers analyzed a group of men age 50-65 during an 18-week strength training regime. During the time, the men gained about 2.8 pounds of fat-free mass. At the same time, their metabolic rate increased by a little over 250 calories a day. And if all this doesn't convince you, check this out. One study found that just 12 weeks of consistent collagen supplementation reduced fat mass in participants by up to 10 pounds [6]! Build Muscle, Lose Fat the Natural Way Does this mean that you can simply power down a collagen shake every day and never have to work out again? No way! The fact is that nothing replaces a quality, well- balanced diet, and a healthy lifestyle. This includes plenty of movement, stress management,7 self-care, and detoxification. But collagen supplementation can be an easy and powerful tool to add to your health and fitness toolbox. It's an amazing substance that every cell in your body simply cannot live without. With enough of it, your body can thrive. What's more, getting the best collagen supplement can help you LOOK and FEEL younger, stronger, and possibly even thinner in the process! RESOURCES [1] Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/digestive-diseases [2] Strength and muscle mass loss with aging process. Age and strength loss https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3940510/ [3] Serum laminin and collagen IV in inflammatory bowel disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14600124 [4] Amelioration of estrogen deficiency-induced obesity by collagen hydrolysate https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5118756/ [5] Strength training increases resting metabolic rate and norepinephrine levels in healthy 50- to 65-yr-old men. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8175496 [6] Collagen peptide supplementation in combination with resistance training improves body composition and increases muscle strength in elderly sarcopenic men: a randomised controlled trial https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4594048/

    Why Your Digestive System Needs Prebiotics

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 13:37

    Experts and other medical specialists provide evidence showing that prebiotics and probiotics are partners in improving our digestive health. Although probiotics and prebiotics both promote better digestive health, there are some differences between the two like how they work and their specific role in the digestive system. Tune in to learn more…   Our digestive system is responsible for breaking down nutrients from food consumed for growth, cell repair, and energy. Since digestive health is very important, individuals must take note of the ways on how to keep their digestive system as healthy as always. Experts and other medical specialist provide evidence showing that prebiotics and probiotics are partners in improving our digestive health. Although probiotics and prebiotics both promote better digestive health, there are some differences between the two like how they work and their specific role in the digestive system.   LET US TALK ABOUT PREBIOTICS. Prebiotics are a special type of carbohydrates found in foods and supplements. These naturally feed the good bacteria inside your gut like Bifidobacterium and lactobacilli. Its main role is to feed the good bacteria in your gut and avoid feeding the bad bacteria such as the pathogens. Good bacteria inside your gut plays a very vital role in the improvement of your immune system and keeping the overall digestive system healthy.   Prebiotics are resistant to acids, body enzymes and heat. They are not destroyed or absorbed the moment they travel into your digestive system. Once they reached the colon intact, they will feed the good bacteria which makes them grow and multiply. We already know that vegetables and fruits are rich in Prebiotics. Here is a list of foods with prebiotics: Banana Peas Beans Cherries Oats Raw onions Garlic Leeks Fresh herbs Eggplant Asparagus Kiwi   BENEFITS OF PREBIOTICS We tend to ignore prebiotics and we focus on probiotics as the most effective agent in promoting digestive health. If you opt to have a higher intake of prebiotics you can reap the benefits which include:   IMPROVEMENT OF DIGESTION Prebiotics help in the stimulation of the growth of the good bacteria in your gut. Since this Prebiotics act as food for the probiotics, they help balance all the harmful toxins and bacteria living your digestive tract. Prebiotics also make it possible for you to have great digestion. Studies show that higher intake of prebiotics increases the probiotic organisms such as lactobacillus and bifidobacteria   ENHANCES IMMUNE SYSTEM FUNCTION Dietary consumption of prebiotics help improves the immune system. Prebiotics also improves the stool quality as well as reduces the risk of many infections and gastroenteritis. Prebiotics boost immunity because they enhance the ability of digestive system to absorb all the important nutrients from the food we eat. Another help of prebiotic is its ability to lower the pH level in the gut.   LOWER INFLAMMATION Inflammation is one of the main causes of disease such as heart disease. Luckily, prebiotics can lower the inflammation. It is also believed that prebiotics contributes to the improvement of our metabolism. This also helps the body for better absorption of nutrients entering your body.   REDUCE RISK OF HEART DISEASE Eating foods that are high in prebiotics can help your body reduce glycation which is the primary cause of trigger inflammation. This also lowers your body's insulin resistance.   HERE ARE OTHER BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF PREBIOTICS INTO OUR BODIES.  better gut health the lower stress response higher immune system lower risk of weight gain and obesity better hormonal balance healthy cholesterol level Recent studies also show the significant effect of prebiotics on the human's digestive system. Eating foods that are rich in prebiotics can help you have better health results especially in your digestive system.   HEALTH COACH TIP Please note many with SIBO cannot handle a prebiotic and do better consuming them in food form.   DEEPER DIVE RESOURCES  Bacterial metabolism and health-related effects of galacto-oligosaccharides and other prebiotics  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18215222/ Innate lymphoid cells regulate intestinal epithelial cell glycosylation  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25214634/ Foxp3(+) T cells regulate immunoglobulin a selection and facilitate diversification of bacterial species responsible for immune homeostasis  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25017466/ Recent Development of Prebiotic Research—Statement from an Expert Workshop  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5748826/ Developments in understanding and applying prebiotics in research and practice—an ISAPP conference paper  https://sfamjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jam.14424 

    Anti-Aging & Longevity Secrets

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 44:51

    This week we have a special guest, Brian Vaszily, from TheArtOfAnti-Aging.com. Listen in as Brian shares a very positive message – in terms of your physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing, your middle-years and beyond truly are meant to be your “best years.” And he provides people a wide range of research and solutions, along with a healthy dose of inspiration, to help ensure you start living your best years now. About TheArtofAntiAging.com Founder Brian Vaszily Brian Vaszily (Vay-Zlee) is a popular and outspoken advocate, author, and researcher who opposes the widespread perception that getting older is a disease that should be shunned, and who instead supports the truth that your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond can and should be the best years of your life. Brian is the founder and host at TheArtofAnti-Aging.com, where he’s already amassed a following of over 50,000 supporters for his mission, and where, in his own words…   “We’re changing the very definition of ‘anti-aging’ to mean you’re against all the lies commonly associated with getting older, such as that hitting your 40s and beyond means you’re doomed to become increasingly undesirable, incapable, invisible, and past your best years.”   Instead, so many people have embraced TheArtofAntiAging.com because Brian shares a very positive message – in terms of your physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing, your middle-years and beyond truly are meant to be your “best years.”   And he provides people a wide range of research and solutions, along with a healthy dose of inspiration, to help ensure you start living your best years now.   Aging Myths Dismiss the notion that getting older is a disease! These aging myths are so widespread and so unchallenged that they’re largely accepted as fact, just like all those ugly and demeaning myths about women once were in our culture. Getting older means becoming increasingly undesirable Getting older means becoming increasingly incapable. Getting older means increased pain and suffering. Getting older means becoming increasingly invisible.   Changes to Make What you put in your ‘being’? Whatever you feed yourself you become. Diet – less sugar and refined flours and more organic vegetables. Media – control what you allow into your mind. People – let go of toxic relationships and focus on positive relationships. Toxins – switch to clean and natural personal care and household products. Movement – increase your activity level throughout the day.   Where to start? Become aware and educate yourself. Don’t try to do everything at once. Pick an area and work on it. Avoid overwhelm by making this a lifestyle and not a quick fix. Consider a detox to help jump start the process.   The Art of Aging Truth #1: Youth-Obsession and the Aging Bias are Real, and Dangerous We live in a youth-obsessed culture that shoves people — especially women — between a rock and a hard place, setting impossible expectations on the one hand while pushing you to accept some extremely destructive myths about getting older on the other. This creates a seriously twisted bias against getting older, where the gold standard of life is portrayed as somewhere in the 20s, while hitting your 40s and beyond is portrayed as a downward spiral into increasing insignificance, ugliness, and misery.   Truth #2: The Lies Actually Cause You to Look and Feel Significantly Older Ironically and disturbingly, these ugly aging myths are actually causing people to look and feel 7 to 15 older than they should, and to die 10 to 20 years earlier than they should, as you’re about to see.   Deeper Dive Resources Anti-Aging Articles in Organixx’s INSPIRED Health Library https://organixx.com/?s=anti-aging# Organixx’s 7M+ https://shop.organixx.com/collections/anti-aging/products/7m-plus Organixx’s Anti-Aging Line https://shop.organixx.com/#anti-aging  25 Powerful & Little-Known Anti-Aging and Longevity Tips and Tricks https://www.theartofantiaging.com/?orid=23&opid=1&sid=Podcast The Top 25 Products In Your Home That Cause Aging & Disease https://www.theartofantiaging.com/?orid=23&opid=1&sid=Podcast The Art Of Anti-Aging Summit https://www.theartofantiaging.com/?orid=23&opid=1&sid=Podcast

    The Benefits of Maca Root for Hormonal Health & Vitality

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 19:35

    Tune in to learn about all the benefits of this adaptogen; Maca! More than two centuries ago, Peruvians discovered that a tuberous vegetable growing high in the Andes mountain range had some noticeable benefits for their health and endurance. Men going into battle or performing other physical feats would take maca because they observed that it gave them stamina, strength, and virility. Meanwhile, women who consumed maca had better reproductive health, energy, and focus. Loads of benefits in this root!   What Is Maca? Growing at an elevation of 12-14,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains of Peru, maca grows in extreme weather conditions. Thriving in a habitat of intense sunlight, cold temperatures, and strong winds, this tuberous plant is a part of the brassica family. Just like cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage, maca is a cruciferous vegetable. Nutrients Found in Maca Maca contains plenty of healthy fatty acids, the most abundant being linoleic, oleic, and palmitic acids. Maca contains vitamins A, C, B2, B6, and niacin, as well as minerals – zinc, iron, iodine, copper, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Nine amino acids are considered essential for optimal health, and maca contains seven of them [1]. Maca is also a rich source of plant sterols, which are part of what makes it so beneficial for hormonal health. Plant sterols are (chemically speaking) structurally similar to the body’s own hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Maca Is an Adaptogen So how exactly does it work? Maca is an adaptogen, meaning that it works to strengthen, balance, and help the body respond to internal and external changes and stressors. It regulates the production of hormones to maintain healthy organ function. Maca feeds the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands, known as the Master Glands (more on that later). Maca’s plant sterols appear to stimulate changes in the action of the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands. Maca also seems to exert an influence on the ovaries, pineal gland, and thyroid. How Maca Can Aid Fluctuating Hormones Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is one of the most common complaints among women of reproductive age. When out of balance, estrogen – the hormone responsible for regulating the reproductive system – can cause a wide range of symptoms and annoyances for women (and their men!). Mood swings, water retention, fatigue, food cravings, irritability, headaches, irregular menstrual periods, painful cramping… all can be attributable to estrogen imbalance. Maca can help ease the rapid rise and fall of hormones in menstruating women due to its adaptogenic properties. Also, by improving the connection between the brain and the pituitary gland, maca’s ability to help balance levels of circulating hormones is further enhanced. Most PMS sufferers taking maca report a marked improvement in symptoms during their first menstrual period after commencement of maca. Other times when maca may be of benefit to women is after coming off birth control pills, and after having a baby and breastfeeding has ceased. At such times, endocrine system function can be depleted, and maca’s adaptogenic properties mean it can help the body right itself again. Maca can also ease many of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. For those harried by hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and lack of energy, maca can provide some much-needed relief. Maca does not appear to mimic estrogen in the body but it can help to increase the body’s production of estrogen if levels are too low. That’s the beauty of an adaptogenic herb: it adapts to what the body needs. In a 2006 clinical trial, 34 early-postmenopausal women were given a supplement containing either maca or a placebo twice per day for four months. Those receiving the maca had increased levels of estrogen, suppressed levels of FSH, T3 thyroid hormone, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and cortisol (the hormone secreted in response to stress). Body mass index also decreased. Iron levels increased, however, as did bone density markers, and maca relieved many of the symptoms of menopausal discomfort such as hot flashes and night sweats [2]. Another small 2014 clinical study found that maca reduced blood pressure and depression in postmenopausal women [3]. Can Maca Can Also Benefit Men? Maca can also be helpful for male health. Recent studies have indicated that maca may assist male health by helping to increase sperm count and motility, increasing sexual desire, protecting the prostate and reducing the incidence of benign prostatic hyperplasia, reducing stress and depression, boosting energy levels, and easing mild erectile dysfunction [1, 4]. 8 Additional Health Benefits of Maca #1. Boosts Energy and Endurance A 2009 study of male cyclists found that maca supplementation did indeed improve cycling time performance, as well as sexual desire (a perk for many) [5]. #2. Hypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal (HPA) Gland Nourishment HPA glands are called the “Master Glands” because they regulate other glands (you may also hear it termed the “HPA Axis”). When HPA is well nourished, other glands of the body benefit as well. When under stress, the adrenal gland takes a big hit, especially if the stress moves from acute (short-lasting stress) to chronic (long-lasting stress). Maca feeds all three glands by supporting the body’s production of hormones, either increasing or decreasing levels according to the need. As a result, maca may help prevent or repair adrenal exhaustion and all of the unhealthy follow-on effects this has on the body and mind. #3. Libido Booster Maca has been used traditionally by Peruvians to boost virility and libido. Science has not yet determined how maca does this, but it has been called “Nature’s Viagra” for good reason. Some health experts believe maca’s effects on libido may be caused by its long-chain fatty acids known as macaenes and macamides, which are unique and have not been found in any other plant. A 2008 clinical study followed women suffering from sexual dysfunction caused by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression. The study found that three grams of maca per day gave significant improvement in libido for the women taking it [6]. #4. Cardiovascular Health Maca’s phytosterols – campesteroland beta-sitosterol, act to interfere with the absorption of LDL cholesterol (the so-called “bad” cholesterol), making maca beneficial for the cardiovascular system [7]. Phytosterols have also been studied for their anti-inflammatory effects, which assist in balancing the immune system, and, as an added bonus, help to protect the body from abnormal cell growth. #5. Anti-Cancer A 2015 study found that phytosterols interfere with many different pathways in the carcinogenesis (cancer beginning) process [8]. In addition, an animal study found that beta-sitosterol decreased levels of circulating estrogen and inhibited the growth of estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer tumors [9]. #6. Boosts Immunity The phytosterols in maca stimulate the immune system and increased levels of interleukin-2 and natural killer cells [7] which the body needs to fight abnormal cell growth. #7. Liver Support Being a cruciferous vegetable, maca contains glucosinolates which, when chewed and digested, change into health-promoting chemicals that help protect against cancer. Sulfur-containing glucosinolates form bonds that help the body’s enzymes do their work better. Both sulfur and plant sterols are required in the production of a master antioxidant called glutathione which boosts liver function and helps the liver with detoxification [10]. #8. Healthy Bones Maca’s vitamins and minerals can help to build strong, healthy bones. A 2006 clinical trial found that maca increased bone density markers for the early-postmenopausal women taking it [2]. How to Take Maca Look for organic maca powder grown in Peru. Maca can be added to juices, oatmeal, inside sandwiches, sprinkled on salads, and added to raw food recipes. Just keep in mind that it is best not to heat maca powder to high temperatures which might diminish some of its nutrients. If you use it in recipes, add it after cooking, just before serving. A gentle approach is generally the best way to begin taking maca. Recommendations are to start with a small dose of 1 teaspoon per day. If that is well tolerated, gradually increase the dose to 1 tablespoon, or more. If you haven’t noticed any improvement, remember one trial had women taking 3 grams per day. It can take two or three weeks before you may notice the full benefits of maca. It is also recommended to only take maca daily for a few months and then take a break from it for a month or so before resuming consumption again. Some health experts recommend avoiding maca under the following conditions. Please consult with your own healthcare provider if: you are between the ages of 15 and 35, have a good, mainly plant-based diet, and don’t have mood swings, fluid retention, or any of the symptoms of PMS you have an allergy to iodine you have Hashimoto’s disease or hyperthyroid condition If hormonal fluctuations are creating havoc in your life, consult your natural health practitioner to see if maca might be right for you.     RESOURCES Organixx’s E-Plexx https://shop.organixx.com/collections/all-products/products/e-plexx?gl=5d88ed1102e26b6546380837   16 Signs & Symptoms of Menopause Every Woman Needs to Know (& What to Do About Them!) https://organixx.com/signs-symptoms-menopause/   Healthy Maca Cacao Pie https://organixx.com/maca-cacao-pie-recipe/ [1] Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology of Lepidium Meyenii (Maca), a Plant from the Peruvian Highlands [2] Hormone-Balancing Effect of Pre-Gelatinized Organic Maca (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon): (III) Clinical Responses of Early-postmenopausal Women to Maca in Double Blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Crossover Configuration, Outpatient Study [3] Maca Reduces Blood Pressure and Depression, in a Pilot Study in Postmenopausal Women [4] Lepidium Meyenii (Maca) Improved Semen Parameters in Adult Men [5] A Pilot Investigation into the Effect of Maca Supplementation on Physical Activity and Sexual Desire in Sportsmen [6] A Double-blind, Randomized, Pilot Dose-finding Study of Maca Root (L. Meyenii) for the Management of SSRI-induced Sexual Dysfunction [7] Plant Sterols as Anticancer Nutrients: Evidence for Their Role in Breast [8] Beta-Sitosterol: A Promising but Orphan Nutraceutical to Fight Against [9] Beta-Sitosterol, Beta-Sitosterol Glucoside, and a Mixture of Beta-Sitosterol and Beta-Sitosterol Glucoside Modulate the Growth of Estrogen- Responsive Breast Cancer Cells In Vitro and in Ovariectomized Athymic Mice [10] Beta-sitosterol Modulates Antioxidant Enzyme Response in Raw 264.7 Macrophages Subscribe to Empowering You Organically  Never miss an episode!    APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS

    How Telomeres Help Slow Down Aging

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 18:53

    In this week’s episode we’re talking about a very important subject, and that is aging! Telomeres have a direct impact on not only our appearance as we age but our overall longevity. Join us as we specifically discuss telomeres; understanding what telomeres are, understanding some of the different things we can do to keep them lengthened and healthy.     Understanding the Importance of Telomeres  Understanding the impact telomeres have on our aging will help us understand the positive health benefits of mushrooms.  The telomere is the "tail" of each chromosome in your cells. These tiny little segments of your DNA are critical for healthy, youthful living.    Think of them as the plastic tips of shoelaces that keep them together. Telomeres work the same way.    They prevent chromosomes from fraying or tangling with one another. When that happens, it can cause genetic information to get all mixed up or destroyed leading to health problems. Worst of all, damage to your telomeres can speed up your aging.    One study of 60 to 75-year-old people showed those with short Telomeres had a 300% higher death rate from heart-related problems. They also had an 800% higher death rate from infectious diseases.    Why? Because each time a cell divides, its telomeres become shorter.    As our telomeres wear down, so do we. That’s when we develop problems with hearing or age-related memory loss — things most of us consider natural parts of aging.      Can We Slow This Down?  Yes! As it turns out, age really is just a number.  You see, there’s a big difference between your biological age and your chronological age. And it’s your biological age that matters most.  Why? It all comes back to those pesky telomeres. They’re a primary reason some people age at different speeds than others. Or why some people always seem to be “coming down with something” and others have an impenetrable immune system.  While we can’t stop our telomeres from getting shorter, we can S-L-O-W the process down if we’re smart about it...    3 Ways to Increase the Length of Your Telomeres  Boost Micro-Nutrients - Vitamins A, D, C, and E have all been proven to slow down your telomeres. And data from one study (586 women, ages 35-74) showed those with a strong nutrient base had 5.1% longer telomeres than those who did not.  Reduce Inflammation - European study showed that those who had low levels of inflammation were able to maintain their telomeres at a ‘youthful’ level. Their telomeres matched those of a person who was 60 even when they were 80 years old  Anti-Oxidants - Studies show that your telomeres are extremely sensitive to oxidative stress. Not only that, but too much oxidation in your cells could hurt how your telomeres are meant to function. That’s why keeping powerful antioxidants like Nutritional Mushrooms in your diet is so crucial for healthy aging. Antioxidants combat the free radicals that may cause cell damage or cell death.    Gene Expression/Epigenetics  Epigenetics is the study of how we can affect our gene expression based off of lifestyle choices, whether that’s food, how much sun exposure you’re getting, the kind of toxins that are in your life, the working out that you do.  We can slow down the aging process if we understand aging, we understand telomeres, we understand the different things that we can do to keep them longer will ultimately slow down the aging.    7M+  7M+ contains seven main ingredients: Turkey Tail, Chaga, Shiitake, Maitake, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, and Reishi,   Powerful anti-aging, longevity, immune support  7 of nature’s most beneficial organic mushrooms  Fermented to maximize bioavailability  No artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors  Free of GMOs, yeast, soy protein, sodium, or starch  ONE-Year 100% Satisfaction, Money-Back Guarantee      Deeper Dive Resources    Telomere  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telomere    Telomeres shorten during ageing of human fibroblasts  https://www.nature.com/articles/345458a0    Structure and function of telomeres  https://www.nature.com/articles/350569a0    Telomeres and The Natural Lifespan Limit in Humans  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5425118/    Oxidative stress shortens telomeres  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0968000402021102    Gene Expression  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_expression    Epigenetics  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epigenetics           

    The Role of the Autonomic Nervous System In Health and Disease

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 58:46


    Did you know that the nervous system is intimately connected with our immune system and our endocrine system? Any stressor that we introduce into the system, the body doesn’t really tell the difference. It reacts the same way to whatever stressor we’re talking about. That obviously affects the nervous system immediately, but that will have a knock-off effect on the immune function and the gut, and also, the endocrine, the hormonal function. When you’re thinking about hormonal imbalances, this has the obvious potential to just throw everything off. Tune in today and let Dr. Eva Detko educate us on how we can manage our autonomic nervous system for better health.   * * *    * * * About Dr. Eva Detko   Dr Eva Detko is a natural healthcare practitioner, author, and speaker. She has studied natural medicine and the human mind for over 20 years.   Dr Eva successfully recovered from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, and reversed Hashimoto's thyroiditis. She now helps others recover their health.   Dr Eva has an extensive knowledge and experience in the field of human physiology, biochemistry, nutritional sciences, and bioenergetics. She also uses a wide range of mind-transforming modalities, including: Havening Techniques®, BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®, psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, NLP, and applied psychoneuroimmunology.  Working with Dr. Eva “I just want to be able to work with a wide range of people, not just on the chronic illness side, from the physical point of view, because I do that also, but actually have that more rounded, complete approach and address the emotional factors as well. And the more tools I have, the more I’m able to tackle, and whatever people throw at me, I have some tool in my toolbox to be able to help them and direct them, and help them get through whatever they’re experiencing, get them through to the other side and teach them enough for them to be able to do their own work as well, because that’s how I like to work.”   Dr. Eva’s Journey My trauma started already in-utero, because my mom, when she was three months pregnant with me, had a trauma herself, and what happened was her sister died, her younger sister died as a result of a vaccine injury. This was obviously extremely traumatic for the entire family, but what that did to my mom, she wasn’t coping with that trauma particularly well. She just didn’t have the right tools. And she went into this complete state of shock. She was in such distress that her pregnancy became toxic. And as a result of that, obviously, it had a knock-on effect on myself and on my sibling. And I was the one who survived, but my baby brother or sister, in fact, we will never know, because when she came to give birth, the baby was decomposed to the point where they were not even able to tell. The birth was extremely traumatic, because she was so sick that she nearly died. In fact, there was a bit of a debate whether to focus on saving her or whether to focus on saving me. At some point, they were not sure whether they were able to save us both. As a result of this, I was actually quite a weak child. I would get a lot of infections. And I was also emotionally quite weak. So, I was bullied at school. And I also suffered sexual abuse when I was young as well. When I got sick, it was no longer an option. I knew there was just so much there that there was no way that I was going to recover, if I had any doubt with all of this, and I needed to dissect it. Tools Hypnotherapy Neurolinguistic programming Havening techniques It’s literally a psychosensory technique, so it’s about stimulating receptors on the skin to, like I said before, remodel the neurology. Brain working recursive therapy Mindfulness Meditation   Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)  Autonomic nervous system is part of the nervous system that supplies our internal organs. the blood vessels, stomach, in fact, the whole of the digestive system, kidneys, bladder, genital, and so on. And we used to describe the autonomic nervous system as the system that is just the fight or flight, the sympathetic, and then there is this parasympathetic relaxation response. As a result of the work of Stephen Porges and the polyvagal theory, we understand there are two branches of the ANS the sympathetic branch, which is the fight and flight response, the stress response the parasympathetic branch, which is basically synonymous with the vagus nerve However, the vagus nerve is not just one thing. If you activate your vagus nerve, that means you obviously are more relaxed, and your gut works better, and everything works better. But the vagus nerve has actually two branches as well. We’ve got the ventral vagus complex, which we know and refer to as the vagus nerve. We also have the other side of the vagus nerve, which is also the parasympathetic nervous system response, which is the freeze response. The nervous system is intimately connected with our immune system and our endocrine system. Any stressor that we introduce into the system, the body doesn’t really tell the difference. It reacts the same way to whatever stressor we’re talking about. That obviously affects the nervous system immediately, but that will have a knock-on effect on the immune function and the gut, and also, the endocrine, the hormonal function. When you’re thinking about the hormonal imbalances, that obviously just throws everything off. As humans, we’re supposed to operate in a relaxed state 90 percent of our days. What actually tends to happen for a lot of people is the other way around, 90 percent of the time, they will operate in the stress response, in that sympathetic nervous system Because most people live in this what we call a sympathetic dominant state, they burn this system out. Back in the 90s, the ACEs study, when they looked at the relationship between early exposure to stress and chronic illness later in life, we have correlation with just about every illness that we can think of.   Polyvagal Theory The ventral vagus complex is the relaxation, it’s the relax, heal, detoxify response. We don’t heal unless that is activated. We do not heal in sympathetic or freeze mode. We can only heal, the body can only heal if we activate the rest, digest, detoxify, and heal response, which is basically the vagus nerve. What Stephen Porges actually talks about is he actually named the ventral vagus complex, so the vagus nerve as we know it, he called it the social nervous system. If we have healthy vagus function, we can read other people’s expressions and we get it right. When we have poor vagal function, we will completely misinterpret the cues from other people. When that vagus nerve function is compromised, we just lose that ability to really tell what is what in our social connections. We actually also have difficulty self-regulating.   How can a parent understand if they’re giving their child enough nurturing without crossing the line of giving too much? You will screw your kids up. You will. You cannot possibly, no matter how wonderful a parent you are, how self-aware, how aware of your kids’ needs and everything else you are, you cannot satisfy those needs 24/7, constantly, constantly, constantly. There will be moments where the kid will just feel like they’re just not getting enough nurturing. Look a little bit more into the different stages of child development. You have your infancy stage, you’ve got your toddler stage, you’ve got your preschooler and so on, and then school stage. And at all of those stages, the needs of the child are different, and they will be learning different things. The first stage, the infancy stage, you cannot give them enough. You can’t give them too much in terms of cuddles and kisses. One of the things that I would recommend, John Bradshaw wrote a number of books. The book Homecoming explains actually, in a very simple way, the different stages of child development. Be aware of the personality type of your child. So, personality styles are really strategies, and a lot of it is as a result of what we experienced in childhood, but there will be certain tendencies already from the word “Go.” Perhaps you can then help them with some of the things that maybe still need to be developed but don’t come so naturally to them.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Dr. Eva Detko’s Website https://www.dr-eva.com/   Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child by John Bradshaw https://amzn.to/2zroBcj   Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9635069   Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Lifelong Consequences of Trauma https://www.aap.org/en-us/documents/ttb_aces_consequences.pdf   Havening Techniques https://www.havening.org/about-havening/faqs   Brain working recursive therapy https://www.topsante.co.uk/womens-health/bwrt-brain-working-recursive-therapy/3036/   Psychoanalysis https://www.simplypsychology.org/psychoanalysis.html   Hypnotherapy https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapy-types/hypnotherapy   Mindfulness https://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/   NLP https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/neuro-linguistic-programming   Applied Psychoneuroimmunology https://www.apa.org/monitor/dec01/anewtake.html   Stephen Porges https://www.stephenporges.com/


    Best Essential Oils for Digestive Problems

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 28:56

    If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your digestive system except when you’re experiencing a tummy ache or other issues such as gas, constipation, and diarrhea. In this episode, we’ll delve into ways to keep your digestion humming along including using essential oils for digestion when things aren’t running smoothly.  Tummy Troubles? The Best Essential Oils for Digestive Problems  If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your digestive system except when you’re experiencing a tummy ache or other issues such as gas, constipation, and diarrhea. In this article, we’ll delve into ways to keep your digestion humming along including using essential oils for digestion when things aren’t running smoothly.  Why a Healthy Digestive System Matters  Did you know that not only is your digestive tract important for breaking down food for nourishment, it also plays an important role in immunity, brain health, and cognition!  The Link Between Digestive Health and the Brain  There is an increasing number of scientific studies that have identified a direct link between digestive health and the brain and emotions. Studies consistently show that gut health (or lack thereof) can have an enormous effect on mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and even autism [1-4].  Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine (460-370 BC) believed that all disease processes began in the gut. Although the digestive system is often thought to comprise only the stomach and intestines, it is actually much more inclusive than that. In order to function at optimally, the digestive system requires peak performance from the stomach and intestines, as well as the liver, kidneys, and gallbladder.  7 Ways to Improve Gut Health  There are many steps we can take to better care for our digestion. These include:  eating lots of fresh, organic, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables  focusing on the consumption of nutrient-dense foods  taking probiotics and/or enzymes  reducing stress (which has an enormous impact on the gut)  getting better sleep  exercising  using essential oils  Millions of American Suffer from Gut Issues  When the digestive tract is compromised, it can make you feel over-tired, suffer from lowered immunity, gain weight, and experience gastrointestinal discomfort.  Sometimes you experience stomach pain or cramping, as well as belching, gas, and bad breath. At other times you may feel bloated, nauseous, or have other issues.  In the United States alone, the National Institutes of Health advise that 60 to 70 million people are affected by digestive diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) [5].  The Problem with Over-the-Counter Medications  For years, people have relied upon over-the-counter medications for digestive complaints. These products often contain bismuth subsalicylate, which comes from the aspirin family and has anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and acid-reducing action.  The potential problem with these sorts of medications is that they are only recommended for use for a couple of days. This means people who have problems that last longer than that (e.g., IBS, chronic heartburn, or acid reflux from GERD) aren’t supposed to use these products for more than two days.  It’s also not advisable for children to take them, nor anyone with the flu, because bismuth subsalicylate is contraindicated on the label for anyone with the flu, a virus, or chickenpox. Taking this medication increases the risk for the development of Reye’s syndrome, a potentially life-threatening illness.  Are Essential Oils for Digestion a Good Alternative?  Certain essential oils and blends can greatly benefit digestive health due to their anti-inflammatory, calming, anti-spasmodic, and cell-protective benefits.  For example, Organixx Digest Essential Oil Blend was specifically designed to provide relief for a wide range of digestive issues. The four oils in Digest Blend work together in a beautiful synergy and all are backed by research indicating their method of action.  The next time digestive distress strikes try the ready-made Digest Blend or use any or all of the following four essential oils for digestion and create your own blend. The simplest recipe is just to use equal parts of each or try different ratios and see what works best for you.  4 Key Essential Oils for Digestive Problems  1. Ginger Essential Oil  A 2014 meta-analysis [6] of medical studies investigated the efficacy of ginger for early pregnancy nausea and vomiting. Researchers found that at least four days of taking ginger was associated with a five-fold likelihood of improvement in morning sickness symptoms.  A small 2016 study [7] with post-surgical patients found that inhalation of ginger essential oil significantly decreased nausea and vomiting during the first six hours after inhalation of ginger. Ginger has also been found to be beneficial for travel/motion sickness. A small 1988 double-blind randomized placebo trial [8] found ginger to be helpful for vomiting, nausea, cold sweats, and vertigo for Danish naval cadets not accustomed to sailing on heavy seas.  Another small 2013 clinical trial [9] of 13 volunteers with a history of motion sickness found that pre-treating with ginger reduced nausea, quieted stomach activity, and prolonged the period between attacks of nausea. A 2005 study [10] investigated how ginger actually works on the digestive tract. Researchers found that ginger helped relieve intestinal spasms, and also had direct effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, which is active during the digestive process. They found that ginger assisted with hyperactive states of the gut as is found with diarrhea and colic.  A 2015 animal study [11] found that ginger essential oil inhibited the formation of gastric ulcers by 85%. Ginger also increased antioxidant enzymes and reduced the erosion, hemorrhaging, and necrosis (untimely cell death) of cells of the stomach wall, thus providing a protective effect. Ginger may also be beneficial in cases of ulcerative colitis, a painful inflammatory condition that can cause rectal bleeding, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramping.  A 2018 animal study [12] found that 6-gingerol, an ingredient in ginger, increased important antioxidants and inhibited the inflammatory pathways that contribute to this disease.  2. Peppermint Essential Oil  Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is well known for the assistance it can provide for our tummies. If you have over-indulged in your favorite food, are feeling nauseous with a virus, or suffer with more chronic problems of the digestive tract, peppermint can be incredibly soothing.  It is a beautifully cooling aromatic oil that is also:  • anti-inflammatory  • anti-spasmodic  • analgesic (pain relieving)  There are many studies that reflect the benefits of peppermint oil for the digestive system. For instance, a 2007 study [13] found a 50% reduction in the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in 75% of patients who tried peppermint oil for their symptoms.  Indeed, a 2019 review [14] of a dozen randomized trials including over 800 patients using peppermint oil for IBS symptoms found that peppermint oil was safe and effective.  2013 research [15] found that both peppermint and spearmint reduced the intensity and frequency of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.  An older 2008 study [16] investigated the use of peppermint for dyspepsia (pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen, also known as indigestion). Researchers found that peppermint oil was safe and effective for dyspepsia, and also for reducing the abdominal pain, flatulence, and diarrhea for those with IBS.  Studies have found that peppermint oil is good for children, too. In a 2014 review [17] of 14 clinical trials involving nearly 2,000 children, peppermint oil was found to reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of abdominal pain. [Caution: only use essential oil with children under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner.]  3. Lemon Essential Oil  Lemon (Citrus limon) has an uplifting fresh citrus aroma. Lemons have a long history of use by traditional Ayurvedic doctors as an aid for many ailments, including digestion. Modern research is starting to catch up, and it shows that lemon oil relieves nausea and vomiting and is:  • anti-inflammatory  • antimicrobial  • anti-parasitic  • anti-fungal  A 2014 clinical trial [18] found that inhaling lemon oil significantly relieved nausea and vomiting in 100 pregnant women. A 2020 study [19] investigated the phytochemicals in lemons with regard to their potential therapeutic benefits.  Researchers found that lemons had anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, and anti-cancer benefits. All of these properties combined have benefits for overall digestive health.  A difficult-to-eradicate yeast known as Candida albicans can cause major trouble for the digestive tract. When C. albicans invades the digestive tract, it can cause oral thrush (a burning sensation in the gut after eating certain foods), recurring genital and urinary tract infections, even ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.  Candida overgrowth is especially rampant among immunocompromised people, the elderly, those on broad-spectrum antibiotics, overstressed people with a high intake of sugar, carbs, and alcohol, and individuals hospitalized in intensive care units.  A 2019 study [20] found that lemon oil (among other essential oils tested) had strong anti-Candida activity against several lines of Candida species.  4. Fennel Essential Oil  Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) has a long history of use as a medicine and especially for digestive difficulties. Studies [14] indicate fennel is:  • antioxidative  • anti-inflammatory  • anti-ulcer  • anti-viral  • anti-spasmodic  • antimicrobial  • DNA protective  • has blood-sugar-lowering and cholesterol-lowering properties  A 2018 animal study [22] found that administering fennel oil significantly improved antioxidative status, reduced inflammation, and reduced blood sugar levels in rats with dyslipidemia (an abnormal amount of fats such as triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood).  A 2011 study [23] investigated the effects of the phytochemicals in fennel on rats with gastric ulcers. Researchers found fennel to have significant anti-ulcer activity and may help to prevent ulcers.  3 Ways to Use Digest Essential Oil Blend for Digestive Problems  #1. Apply a few drops of Organixx Digest blend across the abdomen and/or low back, massaging it in gently but thoroughly. To improve absorption, place a warm compress across the belly and/or low back after applying Digest. Dilute first with an organic carrier oil such as almond, coconut, hemp, or avocado oil. Try using 3-5 drops of Digest per teaspoon of carrier oil.  #2. Place a couple drops of Digest blend into your palms, rub them together, and tent hands over your nose and mouth, being cautious to avoid eyes. Breathe the oils in deeply for a few moments, holding the essential oil vapor in your lungs for 5-10 seconds (or for as long as you can). This helps get the essential oils into your lungs and bloodstream and working quickly to relieve digestive difficulties.  #3. If you are suffering from nausea or motion sickness, using Digest blend on an acupressure point known as “Heavenly Appearance” (aka SI 17) can be quite beneficial. To locate this acupressure point, place a fingertip on the outside of the face, just below the earlobe in the indentation between the earlobe and the upper tip of the jawbone (on both sides of the face). Place a drop or two of Digest on your fingertips and gently massage this point. It can be tender, so go gently.  Considerations When Using Essential Oils for Digestive Problems  While the four essential oils in Organixx Digest Blend are all derived from plants that are also foods/spices, essential oils are highly concentrated and should only be ingested under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider. For any persistent pain or digestive difficulties, be sure to consult your doctor.  Essential oils should not be used as replacements for medicine but to support overall health.  Never apply essential oils anywhere near eyes, the inside of the ears, or to other sensitive regions of the body. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children should always seek their doctor’s advice prior to using essential oils.  Be aware that essential oil products vary greatly between makers in purity, strength, and quality. Only purchase pure, organic essential oils from companies you trust.    RESOURCES  Organixx’s Daily Detoxx  https://shop.organixx.com/products/organic-daily-detox?gl=5ebaaf588ebf585f704f8dca    Organixx’s USDA Certified Organic Essential Oils  https://shop.organixx.com/?gl=5d88ecbd02e26bdc48380837#essential-oils  EPISODE: Enzymes 101: The Mirco Miracles You're Missing  https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/enzymes-101-the-mirco-miracles-missing/    EPISODE: Enzymes 201: P3E The NEW Powerful Proteolytic Enzyme  https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/enzymes-201-p3e-the-new-powerful-proteolytic-enzyme/    EPISODE: TeriAnn’s Health Journey  https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast-episode-24/    EPISODE: Top Essential Oils Do’s and Don’ts  https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-essential-oils-dos-and-donts/    16 Uses & Benefits for Ginger Essential Oil (+ Application Tips)  https://organixx.com/ginger-essential-oil-uses/    [1] Can Microbiology Affect Psychiatry? A Link Between Gut Microbiota and Psychiatric Disorders.  [2] Melancholic Microbes: a Link Between Gut Microbiota and Depression?  [3] Meta-analysis of Alcohol Induced Gut Dysbiosis and the Resulting Behavioral Impact  [4] The Possible Role of the Microbiota-Gut-Brain-Axis in Autism Spectrum Disorder  [5] Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States  [6] Effects of Ginger for Nausea and Vomiting in Early Pregnancy: a Meta-analysis  [7] Effectiveness of Ginger Essential Oil on Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting in Abdominal Surgery Patients  [8] Ginger Root Against Seasickness. A Controlled Trial on the Open Sea  [9] Effects of Ginger on Motion Sickness and Gastric Slow-wave Dysrhythmias Induced by Circular Vection  [10] Pharmacological Basis for the Medicinal Use of Ginger in Gastrointestinal Disorders  [11] Gastroprotective Activity of Essential Oils from Turmeric and Ginger  [12] Protective Mechanisms of 6-gingerol in Dextran Sulfate Sodium-induced Chronic Ulcerative Colitis in Mice  [13] Peppermint Oil (Mintoil) in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: a Prospective Double Blind Placebo-controlled Randomized Trial  [14] The Impact of Peppermint Oil on the Irritable Bowel Syndrome: a Meta-analysis of the Pooled Clinical Data  [15] Antiemetic Activity of Volatile Oil from Mentha Spicata and Mentha × Piperita in Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting  [16] Herbal Remedies for Dyspepsia: Peppermint Seems Effective  [17] Herbal Medicines for Gastrointestinal Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review  [18] The Effect of Lemon Inhalation Aromatherapy on Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy: A Double-Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial  [19] Citrus limon (Lemon) Phenomenon-A Review of the Chemistry, Pharmacological Properties, Applications in the Modern Pharmaceutical, Food, and Cosmetics Industries, and Biotechnological Studies  [20] In Vitro and In Vivo Anti-Candida spp. Activity of Plant-Derived Products  [21] Foeniculum vulgare Mill: A Review of Its Botany, Phytochemistry, Pharmacology, Contemporary Application, and Toxicology  [22] Health Benefits of Fennel, Rosemary Volatile Oils and their Nano-Forms in Dyslipidemic Rat Model  [23] Role of Phenolic Compounds in Peptic Ulcer: an Overview     

    The Science of Gratitude

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 30:18

    Gratitude. It’s just not something to shine a light on in November each year. We’ve dug up some fascinating research on the positive benefits having an attitude of gratitude will make on your health and well-being. Tune in to hear the research and tips on starting your own daily gratitude practice.  This really is a “thing”! Universities have entire departments with focused research on happiness and gratitude. In fact, researchers from Berkeley identified how gratitude might actually work on our minds and bodies. And Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components - tune in to hear the key components and the science of gratitude.    What Is Gratitude?   Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components, which he describes in a Greater Good essay, “Why Gratitude Is Good.”   “First,” he writes, “it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.”   In the second part of gratitude, he explains, “we recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. … We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”   Emmons and other researchers see the social dimension as being especially important to gratitude. “I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion,“ writes Emmons, “because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”  Because gratitude encourages us not only to appreciate gifts but to repay them (or pay them forward), the sociologist Georg Simmel called it “the moral memory of mankind.” This is how gratitude may have evolved: by strengthening bonds between members of the same species who mutually helped each other out.    This really is a ‘thing’!   Universities have entire departments with focused research on happiness and gratitude. Researchers from Berkeley identified how gratitude might actually work on our minds and bodies. They provided four insights from their research suggesting what causes the psychological benefits of gratitude.  Gratitude unshackles us from toxic emotions  Gratitude helps even if you don’t share it  Gratitude’s benefits take time & practice. You might not feel it right away.  Gratitude has lasting effects on the brain     Breakdown of Benefits  Physical  • Stronger immune systems  • Less bothered by aches and pains  • Lower blood pressure  • Exercise more and take better care of their health  • Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking    Psychological  • Higher levels of positive emotions  • More alert, alive, and awake  • More joy and pleasure  • More optimism and happiness    Social  • More helpful, generous, and compassionate  • More forgiving  • More outgoing  • Feel less lonely and isolated.    The Key to Well-Being?  “Building the best life does not require fealty to feelings in the name of authenticity, but rather rebelling against negative impulses and acting right even when we don’t feel like it,” says Arthur C. Brooks, author of Gross National Happiness, in a column in the New York Times. In the article, from 2015, he argues that “acting grateful can actually make you grateful” and uses science to prove it.  A 2003 study compared the well-being of participants who kept a weekly list of things they were grateful for to participants who kept a list of things that irritated them or neutral things. The researchers showed that the gratitude-focused participants exhibited increased well-being and they concluded that “a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.”  Understand this…..The participants didn’t begin the study any more grateful or ungrateful than anyone else, and they didn’t change their lives during the study so that they’d have more to be thankful for. They just turned their outlook to one of gratitude, and they were happier for it.   How Do You Practice Gratitude?  Tony Robbins’ Guided Imagery – Gratitude Practice  He was on a podcast with Tim Farris, and he did like a seven-minute clip, and he walks you through how to feel gratitude from a way he's learned how to do it.      * * *    Deeper Dive Resources    Robert Emmons "Why Gratitude Is Good"  https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good    Greater Good Magazine – "What Is Gratitude?"  https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/gratitude/definition    Psychology Today – "Happiness"  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/happiness    Arthur C. Brooks article in the New York Times  https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/opinion/sunday/choose-to-be-grateful-it-will-make-you-happier.html    2003 Study from Robert Emmons  https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/images/application_uploads/Emmons-CountingBlessings.pdf    Tony Robbins Gratitude Exercise  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-1mxzHlEKI   

    Essential Nutrients for Fighting Viruses

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 43:56

    Take a proactive approach to supporting your immunity naturally. Learn about the three powerhouses in our new Immunity 3 blend; camu camu, zinc, and elderberry. Immunity Refresher The immune system has complex ways of fighting viruses, but viruses have complex ways of fooling the immune system and invading cells. That is why we need our immune systems ready for whatever floats our way! Things to remember: Nutrition may be the most vital component in maintaining — or gaining — a healthy immune system. It makes all the difference in the way your body fights off germs, but just as importantly, plays an important role in more minute functions like helping tissues repair and rebuild themselves and how your body reclaims flagging energy. To keep your immune system functioning at its best, some of the most effective strategies include avoiding sugar, sleeping well, minimizing stress and including fiber and probiotics in your meal regimens Not just vitamins and minerals, but proteins like collagen and free radical-fighting antioxidants can be introduced to your body through the foods you eat, and play vital roles in helping to keep your body functioning at its best. As the Chicago Tribune observes: “Collagen and its amino acids are essential to healing because they build tissues such as skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, blood vessels, bones and more. Antioxidants remove the harmful free radicals from the bloodstream that can impair the immune system, and vitamins and minerals play specialized roles in healing.” Chronic stress can make you more susceptible to colds and the flu, as well as more serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes and other diseases. By practicing stress-reducing activities like yoga, meditation and laughter, you can keep your body from going into chronic stress mode. INGREDIENTS in Immunity3 Organic Camu Camu Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a berry native to the Amazon rainforest. That sounds remote, but this so-called superfood has long been used to improve health and has become increasingly popular. Camu camu's purported health benefits include reducing the risk of chronic diseases thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Similar to tart cranberries, the camu camu berry is too acidic for most people to enjoy its natural state. It's generally processed as an ingredient in blended juices or freeze-dried into a powder that can be taken as a supplement, added to smoothies, or blended into other foods. Camu Camu is High in Vitamin C Nutritionally, camu camu is one of the most concentrated natural food sources of vitamin C. Camu camu is rich in vitamin C, a vitamin that acts as a powerful antioxidant in your body and is vital for the health of your skin and immune system. The fruit’s pulp provides about 2,400 to 3,000 grams (or 2,400,000 milligrams) per 3.5-ounce or so serving. For context, the recommended dietary intake (RDI) for vitamin C is 60 milligrams a day. Because of its high vitamin C content, camu camu is also rich in antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties.   Not JUST Vitamin C Beyond vitamin C, camu camu provides smaller amounts of potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and copper. Like most colorful berries, camu camu is a good source of polyphenols. Camu camu also has antimicrobial properties, and researchers have identified compounds in the fruit that have strong antimicrobial benefits.   Supports Gut Health The dense punch of nutrients from camu can also support gut health and block free radicals and other pathogens from entering the body, according to studies, thus providing protection against bacterial infections, viruses and other issues. Remember your immunity is built in the gut! Additionally, a 2018 animal study even found that camu may help prevent obesity by positively altering the gut microbiota (highly tied to immune function) and by increasing energy expenditure. Several studies found that camu could leadto lowered fat accumulation and blunted metabolic inflammation, leading to improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. Improves Liver Health As a powerful cocktail of antioxidants and phytochemicals, camu camu benefits the liver in several ways. The high vitamin C content is especially central to its ability to improve liver health. Research in 2010 showed that animals given camu camu powder showed significant signs of liver injury suppression. Specifically, an active compound called 1-methylmalate was isolated from Myrciaria dubia This study concluded that the 1-methylmalate in camu is one of the reasons why it can aid liver health. Enhances Mood Camu camu berries’ high levels of vitamin C may help your brain to produce more serotonin, which will enhance your mood — which explains why it may act as a potential remedy for depression. In fact, research suggests people who have a deficiency in vitamin C often feel more depressed and lackadaisical. Vitamin C is an important cofactor required for the conversion of tryptophan to 5-hydroxytryptophan in serotonin production. It’s therefore possible that vitamin C from camu camu benefits patients with depression that is associated with low levels of serotonin. For example, in one study conducted at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital, it was shown that many of the patients who had decreased levels of vitamin C reported signs of sluggishness and depression. When given doses of vitamin C, they all responded with rapid and clinically significant improvement in mood. There is some concern that camu camu can interfere with some chemotherapy medications—you should always let your doctor know about the supplements you are taking, but especially so if you are receiving chemo, for example. Zinc Your immune system is your first line of defense against all disease, especially infectious disease, and there are many different ways to boost your immune system and improve its function. One nutrient that plays a very important role in your immune system's ability to ward off viral infections is zinc. Zinc is also a nutrient that plays many vital roles in your body. BUT…Because your body doesn’t naturally produce zinc, you must obtain it through food or supplements. zinc is the second-most-abundant trace mineral in your body — after iron — and is present in every cell it’s critical for the development and function of immune cells fundamental to skin health, DNA synthesis and protein production body growth and development relies on zinc because of its role in cell growth and division Zinc is also needed for your senses of taste and smell. Because one of the enzymes crucial for proper taste and smell is dependent on this nutrient, a zinc deficiency can reduce your ability to taste or smell Zinc lozenges were found to shorten the duration of common cold episodes by up to 40 percent in a study published in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal. Those at risk of zinc deficiency include: People with gastrointestinal diseases like Crohn’s disease Vegetarians and vegans Pregnant and breastfeeding women Older infants who are exclusively breastfed People with sickle cell anemia People who are malnourished, including those with anorexia or bulimia People with chronic kidney disease Those who abuse alcohol Elderberry Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world. Traditionally, Native Americans used it to treat infections, while the ancient Egyptians used it to improve their complexions and heal burns. It’s still gathered and used in folk medicine across many parts of Europe. Elderberry refers to several varieties of the Sambucustree, which has clusters of white flowers and black or blue-black berries. The most common variety is Sambucus nigra, also known as European elderberry or black elderberry. Today, elderberry is most often taken as a supplement to treat cold and flu symptoms. Health Benefits of Elderberry There are many reported benefits of elderberries. Not only are they nutritious, but they may also fight cold and flu symptoms, support heart health and fight inflammation and infections, among other benefits. May improve cold and flu symptoms One study of 60 people with influenza found that those who took 15 ml of elderberry syrup four times per day showed symptom improvement in two to four days, while the control group took seven to eight days to improve. Another study of 64 people found that taking 175-mg elderberry extract lozenges for two days resulted in significant improvement in flu symptoms, including fever, headache, muscle aches and nasal congestion, after just 24 hours. Furthermore, a study of 312 air travelers taking capsules containing 300 mg of elderberry extract three times per day found that those who got sick experienced a shorter duration of illness and less severe symptoms. High In Antioxidants Antioxidants are natural components of foods, including some vitamins, phenolic acids and flavonoids, that are able to remove these reactive molecules. Research suggests that diets high in antioxidants may help prevent chronic disease Anthocyanins found in the berries have 3.5 times the antioxidant power of vitamin E Studies have shown elderberry juice may reduce the level of fat in the blood and decrease cholesterol. A study found that elderberry flowers inhibit the enzyme α-glucosidase, which may help lower blood sugar levels. Also, research on diabetic rats given elderberry showed improved blood sugar control Fights harmful bacteria:Elderberry has been found to inhibit the growth of bacteria like Helicobacter pylori and may improve symptoms of sinusitis and bronchitis May support the immune system: In rats, elderberry polyphenols were found to support immune defense by increasing the number of white blood cells   RESOURCES   Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Immune System https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/06/22/immune-system.aspx   Top Tips to Boost Your Immunity https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/02/01/boost-immune-system.aspx   Keep seasonal sickness at bay with these foods that boost immunity https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-foods-that-boost-immunity-20171207-story.html   11 things that can weaken your immune system https://www.rediff.com/getahead/slide-show/slide-show-1-health-11-things-that-weaken-immune-system/20110104.htm#1   Antimicrobial constituents of peel and seeds of camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28475419/   Antimicrobial constituents of peel and seeds of camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=antibacterial+activity+camu+camu   Treatment with camu camu ( Myrciaria dubia) prevents obesity by altering the gut microbiota and increasing energy expenditure in diet-induced obese mice https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30064988/   Effects of diet supplementation with Camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia HBK McVaugh) fruit in a rat model of diet-induced obesity https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23460435/   1-methylmalate from camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) suppressed D-galactosamine-induced liver injury in rats https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20208347/   Vitamin C rapidly improves emotional state of acutely hospitalized patients, study suggests https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100923125123.htm   Relationship Between Depression and Vitamin C Status: A Study on Rural Patients From Western Uttar Pradesh in India http://www.ijss-sn.com/uploads/2/0/1/5/20153321/ijss-08.pdf   Zinc Is Key for COVID-19 Treatment and Prevention https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/10/26/zinc-for-covid.aspx   Zinc – NIH Fact Sheet https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-Consumer/   Zn2+ Inhibits Coronavirus and Arterivirus RNA Polymerase Activity In Vitro and Zinc Ionophores Block the Replication of These Viruses in Cell Culture https://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1001176   COVID-19: Poor outcomes in patients with zinc deficiency https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7482607/   Iron and Zinc Nutrition in the Economically-Developed World: A Review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3775249/   Zinc in Human Health: Effect of Zinc on Immune Cells https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2277319/   Zinc and its importance for human health: An integrative review https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23914218/   A Randomized, Placebo Controlled Trial of Oral Zinc for Chemotherapy-Related Taste and Smell Disorders https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4042409/   Zinc Lozenges May Shorten the Duration of Colds: A Systematic Review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136969/   Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15080016/   Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms in Air-Travellers: A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4848651/   A Review of the Antiviral Properties of Black Elder (Sambucus nigra L.) Products https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28198157/   Phenolics in Human Health http://www.ijcea.org/papers/416-N0002.pdf   Antioxidants and prevention of chronic disease https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15462130/   Edible Flowers: A Rich Source of Phytochemicals with Antioxidant and Hypoglycemic Properties https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26270801/   Advanced research on the antioxidant and health benefit of elderberry (Sambucus nigra) in food – a review https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756464614002400   Edible Flowers: A Rich Source of Phytochemicals with Antioxidant and Hypoglycemic Properties https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26270801/   A systematic review on the sambuci fructus effect and efficacy profiles https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ptr.2729   Flavonoid intake and risk of CVD: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23953879/ The Traditional Plant Treatment, Sambucus nigra (elder), Exhibits Insulin-Like and Insulin-Releasing Actions In Vitro https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/130/1/15/4686073   A Review of the Antiviral Properties of Black Elder (Sambucus nigra L.) Products https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28198157/   Evaluation of the immune defense in diabetes mellitus using an experimental model https://www.rombio.eu/rbl1vol16/17%20Badescu.pdf      

    Our Top 3 Anti-Inflammatories

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 17:51

    Let’s talk synergy…. the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.  At Organixx we believe in maximizing the strength of our blended supplements by sourcing high quality and clean ingredients. And then we take it to the next level by asking the question…” What ingredients can we blend to produce a combined benefit greater than the sum of their separate benefits?” Tune in to find out the outcome!  Frankincense  Frankincense is the resinous extract from the trees of the genus boswellia, have been used for centuries in cultural ceremonies, as a cosmetic agent, as a traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, especially inflammatory diseases, which we just talked about, including asthma, arthritis, cerebral edema, chronic pain syndrome, chronic bowel diseases, cancer, and some other illnesses.  Boswellic acids are the active compounds of frankincense.  Some studies have shown that the use of frankincense can also improve the learning, enhance the memory in animals and human beings.    Two ways that you can get frankincense  Essential oil  Ingesting    Myrrh  Myrrh is a reddish-brown dried sap from a thorny tree.  Commiphora myrrha is the actual name for it, but it's native to Northeastern Africa and Southwest Asia.    Myrrh has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine.  Scientists are now testing the oil's potential uses, including for pain, infection, and even skin sores.  Myrrh also can help combat pain and swelling, and it's also a very powerful antioxidant, which combats oxidative damage, which we know can be really bad for our health.    Oxidative damage from free radicals contributes to aging and even some diseases.    Turmeric  Turmeric is believed to be one of the most effective nutritional supplements in existence.    Many high-quality studies have shown that it has major benefits for your body and for your brain.    Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color and has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.  Recently, scientists started to back up what Indians have known for a long time.  It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects.  It's a very strong antioxidant.  It is very, very, very powerful when it comes to brain health, when it comes to combatting disease.    Turmeric, in its raw form, it's not very bioavailable, again, which means it's hard for your body to absorb it and really to get the curcumin, which is the real active compound out of turmeric that's the big benefit, and I mean we're talking single digit percentage of curcumin that you absorb out of turmeric.  If you're looking at using turmeric on a daily basis, I think that you can use piperine if your body reacts well to it.    Piperine changes the enzymes in your stomach, which is what helps make it more bioavailable for the turmeric.  That same thing happens if you're on prescription medication.  So, I always warn people, if you're taking prescription meds, kind of stay away from the turmeric supplements that have piperine in them, or black pepper, because it can increase or decrease the efficacy of that prescription med, which also increases and decreases the efficacy of the side effects of it.  When you ferment it, that releases those enzymes so that when you ingest it into your body, now all of the enzymes that your body needs to break down that turmeric and absorb that curcumin is right there in your gut.    It can also support brain health.    It's been proven to improve brain function and lower risk of brain diseases.    It can lower your risk of heart disease.    Putting Them Together  They have a synergistic effect, having all three of these ingredients together.  So strong and so powerful, we actually created a supplement called Magi-Complexx.  What we found out is actually combining all three of these together, that synergistic effect is phenomenal.    Magi-Complexx    Comes in two forms: capsule and essential oil.    * * *    Deeper Dive Resources    Organixx Article on Frankincense  https://organixx.com/frankincense-tree/    Organixx Article on Myrrh  https://organixx.com/health-benefits-of-myrrh/     Organixx Articles on Turmeric  https://organixx.com/?s=turmeric    EYO Podcasts on Turmeric  https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/a-superhero-herb-for-body-brain-ksm-66-ashwagandha/  https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/paractin-potent-form-of-andrographis-paniculata-for-pain-support/ 

    Why OrganiGreens Is the Best Greens Powder on the Market

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 33:02

    Here at Organixx we don’t believe in sitting on our laurels! That’s why we have reformulated one of our most popular products, OrganiGreens. We share some things to look out for when shopping for your greens powder and dive into each ingredient, so you understand what’s in our USDA Organic OrganiGreens! Getting all the nutrients and antioxidants your body needs on a daily basis isn’t easy – but it is vital to your health. Green drinks offer a quick and tasty alternative to juicing because they’re packed with superfoods that promote your body’s natural detoxing process, help enhance your immune system, aid in smooth digestion, and boost energy.   We wanted to answer the questions… Why did you change formulation for OrganiGreens?  What’s the difference between this and the previous version?   We are always looking to refine our formulas to make them better and even more nutritious. While our previous formula was excellent, we were able to reduce the number of overall ingredients substantially in this new formula while still retaining the same nutrient density. This actually makes OrganiGreens accessible to a broader range of people who may have been allergic to a particular ingredient in the old formula.     The other significant change is that we are now only offering PURE (unsweetened). This way, people may add their own sweetener of choice. A few options we like include organic stevia, monk fruit, local raw honey, and Lakanto… and, of course, no sweetener at all is always a good option.    Unlike many supplements on the market, Organixx supplements (including OrganiGreens) contain NO preservatives or fillers.   OrganiGreens is dried to below a certain moisture percentage which keeps the product intact. We do recommend keeping the package tightly closed between uses and storing in a cool, dry place.   OrganiGreens contains only plant-based products and is both vegetarian and vegan.  At Organixx we strive to source the highest-quality ingredients available, including USDA Organic whenever possible. For all of our products, each of the individual ingredients that are certified organic are specified on the label.    In the case of OrganiGreens, all of the individual ingredients except for the probiotic & enzyme blend are certified organic and the product carries the USDA Organic certification. This indicates the total product is at least 95% organic.      INGREDIEINTS Organic Alfalfa Grass Juice   Alfalfa (aka Lucerne) is a member of the legume family that has a long history as a traditional herbal medicine. It has a high content of bioactive plant compounds including saponins, flavonoids, phytoestrogens, coumarins, alkaloids, amino acids, phytosterols, vitamins, digestive enzymes, and terpenes.      Organic Wheat Grass Juice  Wheatgrass is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that fight free radicals to prevent cell damage and reduce oxidative stress. It also contains valuable chlorophyll, a green pigment associated with many health benefits including increasing levels of glutathione, the “master antioxidant.”      Organic Sprouted Chia  With their name translating as “strength” in the Mayan language, these tiny seeds were prized by ancient warriors for providing strength, energy, and stamina. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and high in dietary fiber, protein, and minerals, including calcium, copper, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.     Organic Sprouted Purple Corn Maize  Brimming with fiber and vital nutrients, purple maize is a natural source of antioxidants, phytonutrients, and flavonoids. It’s also high in anthocyanin, a potent antioxidant that’s been studied extensively for its ability to stimulate tissue regeneration, encourage blood flow, and support healthy levels of inflammation in the body.      Organic Turkey Tail Mushroom  Turkey tail mushroom contains an abundance of antioxidants and polysaccharides along with high levels of selenium and vitamins D and B3, which are crucial for maintaining immunity. Turkey tail is also an excellent prebiotic for the microbiome, helping to replenish the gut with probiotics (beneficial gut flora).      Organic Reishi Mushroom  Nicknamed "The Mushroom of Immortality", reishi has been used for over 2000 years in Asia for relaxing and fortifying both mind and body. In addition to supporting the immune system, other observed benefits include aiding the body in eliminating toxins more efficiently, countering free radicals that contribute to aging, and increasing the liver’s metabolic efficiency.     Organic Shiitake Mushroom  Shiitake has been cultivated and used in China for millennia to ward off the common cold, boost energy, and enhance wellness. Not only is shiitake one of the world’s most popular culinary mushrooms, its potent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and immune-supporting properties are well documented by modern science.     Organic Spinach  Popeye’s favorite leafy green vegetable is a rich source of vitamins and minerals including folate, niacin, vitamin A, B6, C, and K, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, and zinc. It’s also packed with eye-protective beta-carotene, lutein, and xanthene.     Organic Carrot  Originally medicine and not food, carrots have been used in folk medicine potions and remedies for the stomach, bladder, jaundice, the easing of menstrual symptoms, and even cancer. They’re one of the richest natural sources of vitamin A and beta-carotene, an essential nutrient for eye health, immune function, and much more.     Organic Red Bell Pepper  Bell peppers contain a wealth of nutrients and are an excellent source of vitamin C and A (in the form of carotenoids) and B6. They’re a good source of a number of other B vitamins (B2, B3, folate, and pantothenic acid) as well as vitamin E, potassium, molybdenum, and fiber.      Organic Lemon  High in vitamin C, lemon contains potent phytonutrients and antioxidants that support a healthy immune system and respiratory function. Research supports that consuming fruits and veggies high in vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer.     Organic Kale  The ultimate green superfood, kale is a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and has several times the recommended daily amount of vitamins A, K, and C, plus a healthy dose of protein. Kale is also a powerful detoxifier that supports heart health, is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial.    Organic Ginger  Ginger is a potent aromatic herb and a good natural source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. It’s long been used in Asia to treat stomachache, diarrhea, and nausea, and in Ayurvedic medicine to break down toxins, strengthen immunity, and cleanse the lymphatic system.    Organic Wild Leaf Lettuce    While extremely low in calories, leaf lettuce is a storehouse of many phytonutrients that possess health promoting and disease prevention properties. These include vitamins A, K, and C, as well as beta-carotene, B-complex vitamins, folate, and iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium – minerals essential for body metabolism.    Subscribe to Empowering You Organically 
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    Amazing Benefits of Maca Root for Vitality

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 19:38

    Tune in to learn about all the benefits of this adaptogen; Maca! More than two centuries ago, Peruvians discovered that a tuberous vegetable growing high in the Andes mountain range had some noticeable benefits for their health and endurance. Men going into battle or performing other physical feats would take maca because they observed that it gave them stamina, strength, and virility. Meanwhile, women who consumed maca had better reproductive health, energy, and focus. Loads of benefits in this root! What Is Maca? Growing at an elevation of 12-14,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains of Peru, maca grows in extreme weather conditions. Thriving in a habitat of intense sunlight, cold temperatures, and strong winds, this tuberous plant is a part of the brassica family. Just like cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage, maca is a cruciferous vegetable. Nutrients Found in Maca Maca contains plenty of healthy fatty acids, the most abundant being linoleic, oleic, and palmitic acids. Maca contains vitamins A, C, B2, B6, and niacin, as well as minerals – zinc, iron, iodine, copper, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Nine amino acids are considered essential for optimal health, and maca contains seven of them [1]. Maca is also a rich source of plant sterols, which are part of what makes it so beneficial for hormonal health. Plant sterols are (chemically speaking) structurally similar to the body’s own hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Maca Is an Adaptogen So how exactly does it work? Maca is an adaptogen, meaning that it works to strengthen, balance, and help the body respond to internal and external changes and stressors. It regulates the production of hormones to maintain healthy organ function. Maca feeds the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands, known as the Master Glands (more on that later). Maca’s plant sterols appear to stimulate changes in the action of the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands. Maca also seems to exert an influence on the ovaries, pineal gland, and thyroid. How Maca Can Aid Fluctuating Hormones Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is one of the most common complaints among women of reproductive age. When out of balance, estrogen – the hormone responsible for regulating the reproductive system – can cause a wide range of symptoms and annoyances for women (and their men!). Mood swings, water retention, fatigue, food cravings, irritability, headaches, irregular menstrual periods, painful cramping… all can be attributable to estrogen imbalance. Maca can help ease the rapid rise and fall of hormones in menstruating women due to its adaptogenic properties. Also, by improving the connection between the brain and the pituitary gland, maca’s ability to help balance levels of circulating hormones is further enhanced. Most PMS sufferers taking maca report a marked improvement in symptoms during their first menstrual period after commencement of maca. Other times when maca may be of benefit to women is after coming off birth control pills, and after having a baby and breastfeeding has ceased. At such times, endocrine system function can be depleted, and maca’s adaptogenic properties mean it can help the body right itself again. Maca can also ease many of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. For those harried by hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and lack of energy, maca can provide some much-needed relief. Maca does not appear to mimic estrogen in the body but it can help to increase the body’s production of estrogen if levels are too low. That’s the beauty of an adaptogenic herb: it adapts to what the body needs. In a 2006 clinical trial, 34 early-postmenopausal women were given a supplement containing either maca or a placebo twice per day for four months. Those receiving the maca had increased levels of estrogen, suppressed levels of FSH, T3 thyroid hormone, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and cortisol (the hormone secreted in response to stress). Body mass index also decreased. Iron levels increased, however, as did bone density markers, and maca relieved many of the symptoms of menopausal discomfort such as hot flashes and night sweats [2]. Another small 2014 clinical study found that maca reduced blood pressure and depression in postmenopausal women [3]. Can Maca Can Also Benefit Men? Maca can also be helpful for male health. Recent studies have indicated that maca may assist male health by helping to increase sperm count and motility, increasing sexual desire, protecting the prostate and reducing the incidence of benign prostatic hyperplasia, reducing stress and depression, boosting energy levels, and easing mild erectile dysfunction [1, 4]. 8 Additional Health Benefits of Maca #1. Boosts Energy and Endurance A 2009 study of male cyclists found that maca supplementation did indeed improve cycling time performance, as well as sexual desire (a perk for many) [5]. #2. Hypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal (HPA) Gland Nourishment HPA glands are called the “Master Glands” because they regulate other glands (you may also hear it termed the “HPA Axis”). When HPA is well nourished, other glands of the body benefit as well. When under stress, the adrenal gland takes a big hit, especially if the stress moves from acute (short-lasting stress) to chronic (long-lasting stress). Maca feeds all three glands by supporting the body’s production of hormones, either increasing or decreasing levels according to the need. As a result, maca may help prevent or repair adrenal exhaustion and all of the unhealthy follow-on effects this has on the body and mind. #3. Libido Booster Maca has been used traditionally by Peruvians to boost virility and libido. Science has not yet determined how maca does this, but it has been called “Nature’s Viagra” for good reason. Some health experts believe maca’s effects on libido may be caused by its long-chain fatty acids known as macaenes and macamides, which are unique and have not been found in any other plant. A 2008 clinical study followed women suffering from sexual dysfunction caused by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression. The study found that three grams of maca per day gave significant improvement in libido for the women taking it [6]. #4. Cardiovascular Health Maca’s phytosterols – campesteroland beta-sitosterol, act to interfere with the absorption of LDL cholesterol (the so-called “bad” cholesterol), making maca beneficial for the cardiovascular system [7]. Phytosterols have also been studied for their anti-inflammatory effects, which assist in balancing the immune system, and, as an added bonus, help to protect the body from abnormal cell growth. #5. Anti-Cancer A 2015 study found that phytosterols interfere with many different pathways in the carcinogenesis (cancer beginning) process [8]. In addition, an animal study found that beta-sitosterol decreased levels of circulating estrogen and inhibited the growth of estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer tumors [9]. #6. Boosts Immunity The phytosterols in maca stimulate the immune system and increased levels of interleukin-2 and natural killer cells [7] which the body needs to fight abnormal cell growth. #7. Liver Support Being a cruciferous vegetable, maca contains glucosinolates which, when chewed and digested, change into health-promoting chemicals that help protect against cancer. Sulfur-containing glucosinolates form bonds that help the body’s enzymes do their work better. Both sulfur and plant sterols are required in the production of a master antioxidant called glutathione which boosts liver function and helps the liver with detoxification [10]. #8. Healthy Bones Maca’s vitamins and minerals can help to build strong, healthy bones. A 2006 clinical trial found that maca increased bone density markers for the early-postmenopausal women taking it [2]. How to Take Maca Look for organic maca powder grown in Peru. Maca can be added to juices, oatmeal, inside sandwiches, sprinkled on salads, and added to raw food recipes. Just keep in mind that it is best not to heat maca powder to high temperatures which might diminish some of its nutrients. If you use it in recipes, add it after cooking, just before serving. A gentle approach is generally the best way to begin taking maca. Recommendations are to start with a small dose of 1 teaspoon per day. If that is well tolerated, gradually increase the dose to 1 tablespoon, or more. If you haven’t noticed any improvement, remember one trial had women taking 3 grams per day. It can take two or three weeks before you may notice the full benefits of maca. It is also recommended to only take maca daily for a few months and then take a break from it for a month or so before resuming consumption again. Some health experts recommend avoiding maca under the following conditions. Please consult with your own healthcare provider if: you are between the ages of 15 and 35, have a good, mainly plant-based diet, and don’t have mood swings, fluid retention, or any of the symptoms of PMS you have an allergy to iodine you have Hashimoto’s disease or hyperthyroid condition If hormonal fluctuations are creating havoc in your life, consult your natural health practitioner to see if maca might be right for you.     RESOURCES Organixx’s E-Plexx https://shop.organixx.com/collections/all-products/products/e-plexx?gl=5d88ed1102e26b6546380837   16 Signs & Symptoms of Menopause Every Woman Needs to Know (& What to Do About Them!) https://organixx.com/signs-symptoms-menopause/   Healthy Maca Cacao Pie https://organixx.com/maca-cacao-pie-recipe/ [1] Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology of Lepidium Meyenii (Maca), a Plant from the Peruvian Highlands [2] Hormone-Balancing Effect of Pre-Gelatinized Organic Maca (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon): (III) Clinical Responses of Early-postmenopausal Women to Maca in Double Blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Crossover Configuration, Outpatient Study [3] Maca Reduces Blood Pressure and Depression, in a Pilot Study in Postmenopausal Women [4] Lepidium Meyenii (Maca) Improved Semen Parameters in Adult Men [5] A Pilot Investigation into the Effect of Maca Supplementation on Physical Activity and Sexual Desire in Sportsmen [6] A Double-blind, Randomized, Pilot Dose-finding Study of Maca Root (L. Meyenii) for the Management of SSRI-induced Sexual Dysfunction [7] Plant Sterols as Anticancer Nutrients: Evidence for Their Role in Breast [8] Beta-Sitosterol: A Promising but Orphan Nutraceutical to Fight Against [9] Beta-Sitosterol, Beta-Sitosterol Glucoside, and a Mixture of Beta-Sitosterol and Beta-Sitosterol Glucoside Modulate the Growth of Estrogen- Responsive Breast Cancer Cells In Vitro and in Ovariectomized Athymic Mice [10] Beta-sitosterol Modulates Antioxidant Enzyme Response in Raw 264.7 Macrophages

    How to Support and Love Your Liver

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 29:25

    “Like a city’s infrastructure, the liver has hundreds of different functions and is a connected with every part of the body.  At every moment of the day, this vital organ is involved in manufacturing, processing, and supplying vast amounts of nutrients for the 60 to 100 trillion inhabitants (cells) of the body. Each cell is, in itself, a microscopic city of immense complexity that generates billions of biochemical reactions per second. To sustain the incredibly diverse activities of all the cells of the body without disruption, the liver must supply them with a constant and uninterrupted stream of nutrients, enzymes, and hormones. With its intricate labyrinth of veins, ducts, and specialized cells, the liver needs to be completely unobstructed in order to maintain a problem-free production line and frictionless distribution system throughout the body.”  ~ Andreas Moritz ~ a Medical Intuitive and practitioner of Ayurveda, Iridology, Shiatsu and Vibrational Medicine. Author of The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder Flush, Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation, Lifting the Veil of Duality and It's Time to Come Alive.   The liver is our largest cleansing organ in our body. It must deal with all digestive functions in the body and much more.   Your liver is your best friend; treat it with mindfulness and kindness by eating clean food of the highest quality to lessen the amount of work it has to perform to keep you alive and healthy. When you eat the SAD (Standard American Diet) full of fried foods, meat, sodas, endless cups of coffee, dairy, unhealthy, hydrogenated fats, highly- acidic foods, white flour, and sugar, you damage the liver, clog the bile ducts responsible for the digestion of fats, and create liver and gallbladder stones.   Remember, when the liver works overtime all the time, its ability to filter out toxins becomes compromised. The stones start forming, clogging out both organs and eventually suppressing the immunity of the entire body.   Cleansing the liver is highly recommended for anyone who is trying to balance their hormones. Detox is vital because our bodies are loaded with chemicals, excess estrogens, and other toxins.   There are two critical steps you can take to maximize your liver’s ability to remove toxins.    These are: Decreasing toxic load Supporting the liver through dietary and lifestyle improvements 
   Recommendations to reduce toxic load: Eat an organic whole foods diet 
 Eat antibiotic and hormone-free meats, fish, and dairy 
 Use a whole-house water filtration system 
 Use a high-quality air purifier in the home or office, and open windows as often as possibl
 Avoid alcohol, caffeine, smoking, and illegal drugs 
 Avoid plastics - particularly plastic wrap and plastic-lined cans 
 Swap out chemical household cleaners, soaps, and antibacterial products for all-natural brands 
 Use chemical-free beauty and skincare products - choose those without toxic preservatives and additives such as parabens and artificial fragrances   Support the liver through diet and lifestyle to promote optimal functioning: 
 Decrease intake of refined carbohydrates to help heal fatty liver 
 Eat liver-supportive foods such as beets, citrus, avocados, and cruciferous vegetables 
 Consume high-quality protein such as eggs, fish, organ meats and gelatin found in bone broth - the amino acids found in these foods support phase 2 of liver detoxification Support the emptying of the GI tract by eating plenty of fiber 
 Break a sweat - this should be done regularly, through exercise, saunas, and steam rooms 
 Manage stress to decrease cortisol overproduction 
 Use herbs that support the liver - these include chlorophyll, cilantro, turmeric, dandelion root, burdock root, milk thistle, and artichoke extract Take supplements that support liver function, including the B complex of vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, and E, along with N-acetyl cysteine, which is a precursor to glutathione (the master antioxidant).   Support glutathione production Glutathione is one of the most potent antioxidants in the body. It protects the liver from damage and it plays a crucial role in preventing a host of conditions linked to inflammation.   Ways to increase glutathione production include: 
 Gentle exercises, like tai chi or restorative yoga 
 Taking stress down a few notches with calming practices like meditation, mindfulness exercises, or grounding 
 Include sulfur-rich foods in the diet that support and stimulate glutathione production, such as garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables 
 Consume foods high in vitamin C and E, like oranges, berries, grapefruit, tomatoes, peppers, sunflower seeds, almonds, and avocado 
 Include selenium-rich foods, like brazil nuts, sardines, beef, and liver 
 Eat bitter-tasting dark leafy greens, like arugula, chicory, mustard greens, Swiss chard and collard greens 
   Get your sweat on One of the best ways to encourage detoxification is through the skin. Sweating is a way to help purge heavy metals and larger toxin molecules from the body. Sauna - infrared saunas, in particular, can help break a sweat in a healthy way Steam Room Exercise
   Address overexposure to environmental toxins
 The poly-chlorinated and brominated chemicals, like PCBs and flame-retardants, are harmful to the liver. These are present in drinking water and many foods. Other environmental toxins such as BPA and other plastic softeners like phthalates can artificially increase estrogen levels. Avoid plastics including water bottles and food packaging, BPA-coated receipts, and plastic flip flops Consider installing a high-quality home water filtration system, or start by purchasing a drinking water filter Use only natural cleaning products and personal care products 
 Eat organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, and sustainably caught wild fish 
  

    Enzymes 201: The Power of Proteolytic Enzymes

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 24:15

    Join Jonathan and Wade Lightheart dive deeper into understanding how enzymes are critical to your health and vitality. We really help you understand what you are looking for in an effective enzyme supplement. Tune in to understand what proteolytic means, the various enzymes needed in your digestive tract, the powerful punch of AstraZyme™, and why cultured enzymes matter.    About Wade Lightheart 3-Time Canadian All Natural Bodybuilding Champion who competed as vegetarian, former Mr. Universe Competitor, host of The Awesome Health podcast, Wade Lightheart is one of the world’s premier authorities on Natural Nutrition and Training Methods. Having majored in Sports Science at the University of New Brunswick, he has authored numerous books on health, nutrition and exercise which have sold in over 80 countries. Wade also serves as an advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute. He’s been in the health industry for over 25 years, coached thousands of clients, and is sought out by athletes and high-performance oriented individuals worldwide for his advice on how to optimize their health and fitness levels.   What Are Enzymes? ENZYME - noun BIOCHEMISTRY a substance produced by a living organism which acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction. There are approximately 25,000 different enzymatic functions in the body The number of enzymes that you have present in your body is directly proportion to the amount of chemical reactions that you can engage in in the body. The difference between stones, plants, and people is enzymes, the amount and the role of those enzymes. They are the most critical component to all metabolic transactions. Enzyme Bank It's like having a bank account. In other words, your ability to write metabolic checks, to build, to repair, to heal, to digest your food, to make your hormones work, to break down the smallest chemical reactions, to make your skin nice, you name it, requires an enzymatic pathway. What is a PROTEOLYTIC enzyme? also called protease, proteinase, or peptidase, any of a group of enzymes that break the long chainlike molecules of proteins into shorter fragments (peptides) and eventually into their components, amino acids. Proteolytic enzymes are present in bacteria, archaea, certain types of algae, some viruses, and plants; they are most abundant, however, in animals. The two major groups are the exopeptidases, which target the terminal ends of proteins, and the endopeptidases, which target sites within proteins. What to Look for in an Enzyme Supplement Loaded up with proteolytic enzymes Make sure it covers the various pH levels of digestion; 3.0, 4.5 & 6.0 Contains amylase to break down your carbohydrates Contains alpha galactosidase, which will help break down some of the sugars that you will find in food Contains glucoamylase, another one that'll cover the different range of sugars that you might consume inadvertently Invertase, maltase, to help with hidden sugars that cause interruptions and metabolic problems and blood sugar issues Contains lipase to break down fats Contains phytase to break down plant fibers Contains hemicellulose and the cellulase, which will actually break down those difficult proteins that are actually a fibrous protein Contains lactase for people that can't digest milk (it's because they don't produce lactase) Contains AstraZyme™ to bolster all the benefits Enzymes are cultured What is AstraZyme™ We studied Chinese medicine and found out there is a particular root, called the astragalus root, that is used in almost every single Chinese compound. When we found out why it was used, that it turns out that that particular root actually activates and accelerates, it increases the potential of the enzymatic response. So, we took that extract through this into that formulation as well and precise dosages. And that gave a 30 to 60% boost depending on the enzyme and its effectiveness. What is a Cultured Enzyme? A cultured enzyme means this is an enzyme grown on a very specific medium that allows you to increase the potency over a normal enzyme from 100 to 1000 times. This process takes about eight weeks to get that kind of potency. So just like if you were fermenting beer or wine or something, you've got to let it work for a period of time before you get that premium spirit. It's the exact same process inside of the enzyme formula. We’re fermenting and creating a specific medium and then extracted enzymes.  No chemicals are used in the extraction process. So, you just get the pure working enzymes to deliver an incredible result.   What happens if I don't have the protease in my body to break down the all the protein that I'm ingesting? Gas Bloating Skin problems Brain fog The reason? Because you're feeding bad bacteria who are producing a variety of endotoxins inside the body that are interrupting your natural activity.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources Organixx Enzymes 17 https://organixx.com/p3e?gl=5e29babe02e26bdb05020909 Proteolytic Enzymes https://www.britannica.com/science/proteolytic-enzyme What Is the pH of the Stomach? https://www.thoughtco.com/ph-of-the-stomach-608195 National Center for Health Statistics https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/digestive-diseases.htm Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/digestive-diseases Collagens: Hype or Healthy – Episode 15 https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/collagens-hype-or-healthy-episode-15/?gl=5d37204c02e26bc012183af2   Subscribe to Empowering You Organically  Never miss an episode!    APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS  

    Is Magnesium Your Health MVP?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 26:51

    Did you know that Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body?   According to the National Institute of Health… Magnesium is a nutrient that the body needs to stay healthy. Magnesium is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA.   Let’s dive a bit deeper into just how important Magnesium is to our health... It acts as a cofactor for more than 300 enzymes, regulating a number of fundamental functions such as muscle contraction, neuromuscular conduction, glycemic control, myocardial contraction, and blood pressure. Magnesium also plays a vital role in energy production, active transmembrane transport for other ions (ATP), synthesis of nuclear materials, and bone development. Important to note - magnesium deficiency has been associated with a wide range of diseases.   Magnesium and Nutrition According to the United States Food and Nutrition Board, recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 420 mg for adult males and 320 mg for adult females, respectively. Approximately 10% of the daily magnesium requirement is derived from water. Green vegetables, nuts, seeds, and unprocessed cereals are rich sources of magnesium. Also, some magnesium is available in fruits, fish, meat, and milk products. The majority of the population in the Western countries consume less than the recommended amount of magnesium, contributed by the consumption of processed foods, demineralized water, and agricultural practices using soil deficient in magnesium for growing food. Many studies have demonstrated beneficial effects of magnesium supplementation.   Chronic Diseases Associated with Magnesium Deficiency type 2 diabetes & metabolic syndrome Studies suggest that about 48% of people with type 2 diabetes have low levels of magnesium in their blood. This can impair insulin’s ability to keep blood sugar levels under control One study which followed more than 4,000 people for 20 years found that those with the highest magnesium intake were 47% less likely to develop diabetes.   hypertension Magnesium helps lower blood pressure in people with elevated levels but does not seem to have the same effect in those with normal levels.   cardiovascular disease (e.g., stroke, atherosclerotic vascular disease, sudden cardiac death) osteoporosis migraine headache asthma colon cancer Alzheimer's disease attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)   Other Areas of Health Where Magnesium Helps   May boost exercise performance Magnesium helps move blood sugar into your muscles and dispose of lactate, which can build up during exercise and cause fatigue Studies have shown that supplementing with it can boost exercise performance for athletes, the elderly and people with chronic disease In a study, athletes who supplemented with magnesium for four weeks had faster running, cycling and swimming times during a triathlon. They also experienced reductions in insulin and stress hormone levels Magnesium supplements have been shown to enhance exercise performance in several studies, but research results are mixed.   Magnesium Fights Depression Magnesium plays a critical role in brain function and mood, and low levels are linked to an increased risk of depression One analysis in over 8,800 people found that people under the age of 65 with the lowest magnesium intake had a 22% greater risk of depression. Some experts believe the low magnesium content of modern food may cause many cases of depression and mental illness; however, others emphasize the need for more research in this area. Nonetheless, supplementing with this mineral may help reduce symptoms of depression — and in some cases, the results can be dramatic. In a randomized controlled trial in depressed older adults, 450 mg of magnesium daily improved mood as effectively as an antidepressant drug.   Anti-Inflammatory Benefits Low magnesium intake is linked to chronic inflammation (elevated C-reactive protein), which is one of the drivers of aging, obesity and chronic disease. Magnesium supplements can reduce CRP and other markers of inflammation in older adults, overweight people and those with prediabetes. In the same way, high-magnesium foods — such as fatty fish and dark chocolate — can reduce inflammation.   Magnesium Improves PMS Symptoms Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is one of the most common disorders among women of childbearing age. Its symptoms include water retention, abdominal cramps, tiredness and irritability. Interestingly, magnesium has been shown to improve mood, reduce water retention and other symptoms in women with PMS     Magnesium Is Safe and Widely Available Magnesium is absolutely essential for good health. The recommended daily intake is 400–420 mg per day for men and 310–320 mg per day for women.   You can get it from both food and supplements.   Food Sources The following foods are good to excellent sources of magnesium:   Pumpkin seeds: 46% of the RDI in a quarter cup (16 grams) Spinach, boiled: 39% of the RDI in a cup (180 grams) Swiss chard, boiled: 38% of the RDI in a cup (175 grams) Dark chocolate (70–85% cocoa): 33% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams) Black beans: 30% of the RDI in a cup (172 grams) Quinoa, cooked: 33% of the RDI the in a cup (185 grams) Halibut: 27% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams) Almonds: 25% of the RDI in a quarter cup (24 grams) Cashews: 25% of the RDI in a quarter cup (30 grams) Mackerel: 19% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams) Avocado: 15% of the RDI in one medium avocado (200 grams) Salmon: 9% of the RDI in 3.5 ounces (100 grams)   Supplements If you have a medical condition, check with your doctor before taking magnesium supplements.   Though these are generally well-tolerated, they may not be safe for people who take certain diuretics, heart medications or antibiotics.   Organixx’s Magnesium 7:   MAGNESIUM CHELATE This form of magnesium is especially important for muscle building, recovery, and health. [17]   MAGNESIUM CITRATE Helps with the effects of obesity. In fact, one study found that this form helped arterial stiffness in healthy overweight individuals.   MAGNESIUM BISGLYCINATE Often used to treat symptoms of excess stomach acid, such as stomach upset, heartburn, and acid indigestion.   MAGNESIUM MALATE Some believe this to be the most bioavailable form of magnesium. It’s found naturally in fruits, giving them a “tart taste.”   Magnesium Malate can help with migraines, chronic pain, and depression.   MAGNESIUM ASPARTATE This form helps the connection between your brain and muscles, your cardiac rhythms, and the overall acid-alkaline balance in your body. It also can support an elevated mood.   It is absolutely essential in the metabolism of macronutrients, as well as the utilization of other minerals, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E.   MAGNESIUM TAURATE This is the form of magnesium best for your heart.   One study noted: “The complex magnesium taurate may thus have considerable potential as a vascular-protective nutritional supplement.”   MAGNESIUM OROTATE While also helpful for the heart, magnesium orotate is believed to be the best form for metabolic improvements.   This makes it a favorite for athletes seeking enhanced recovery, energy and performance.       RESOURCES   Magnesium and Human Health: Perspectives and Research Directions Volume 2018 |Article ID 9041694 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/9041694   Bertinato, C. Wu Xiao, W. M. Ratnayake et al., “Lower serum magnesium concentration is associated with diabetes, insulin resistance, and obesity in South Asian and white Canadian women but not men,” Food & Nutrition Research, vol. 59, no. 1, article 25974, 2015. https://foodandnutritionresearch.net/index.php/fnr/article/view/819   Grober, J. Schmidt, and K. Kisters, “Magnesium in prevention and therapy,” Nutrients, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 8199–8226, 2015. https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/7/9/5388   H. F. de Baaij, J. G. J. Hoenderop, and R. J. M. Bindels, “Magnesium in man: implications for health and disease,” Physiological Reviews, vol. 95, no. 1, pp. 1–46, 2015. https://journals.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/physrev.00012.2014   Reported Dietary Intake, Disparity between the Reported Consumption and the Level Needed for Adequacy and Food Sources of Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Vitamin D in the Spanish Population: Findings from the ANIBES Study https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/2/168   Suboptimal magnesium status in the United States: are the health consequences underestimated? https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22364157/   Magnesium in Prevention and Therapy https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26404370/   Effect of oral magnesium supplementation on physical performance in healthy elderly women involved in a weekly exercise program: a randomized controlled trial https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25008857/   Oral magnesium therapy, exercise heart rate, exercise tolerance, and myocardial function in coronary artery disease patients https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16825271/   The effect of acute magnesium loading on the maximal exercise performance of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22760901/   Magnesium enhances exercise performance via increasing glucose availability in the blood, muscle, and brain during exercise https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24465574/   Magnesium in depression https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23950577/   Magnesium intake and depression in adults https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25748766/   Rapid recovery from major depression using magnesium treatment https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16542786/   Efficacy and safety of oral magnesium supplementation in the treatment of depression in the elderly with type 2 diabetes: a randomized, equivalent trial https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19271419/   Oral magnesium supplementation reduces ambulatory blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19617879/   Effects of magnesium supplementation in hypertensive patients: assessment by office, home, and ambulatory blood pressures https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9719052/   A pilot study on the effects of magnesium supplementation with high and low habitual dietary magnesium intake on resting and recovery from aerobic and resistance exercise and systolic blood pressure https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24149738/   The effect of lowering blood pressure by magnesium supplementation in diabetic hypertensive adults with low serum magnesium levels: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19020533/   Nutrition by Food Search:  https://nutritiondata.self.com/tools/nutrient-search   Magnesium - Fact Sheet for Health Professionals https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/   Chelated Magnesium https://www.drugs.com/mtm/chelated-magnesium.html     Effects of magnesium citrate, magnesium oxide and magnesium sulfate supplementation on arterial stiffness in healthy overweight individuals: a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial https://trialsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13063-019-3414-4   Magnesium Glycinate https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-152090/magnesium-glycinate-oral/details     A pilot study of magnesium aspartate hydrochloride (Magnesiocard®) as a mood stabilizer for rapid cycling bipolar affective disorder patients https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/0278584690900993   Complementary vascular-protective actions of magnesium and taurine: a rationale for magnesium taurate https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8692051/   Metabolic supplementation with orotic acid and magnesium orotate https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9794088/   Magnesium enhances exercise performance via increasing glucose availability in the blood, muscle, and brain during exercise https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24465574/   Effect of oral magnesium supplementation on physical performance in healthy elderly women involved in a weekly exercise program: a randomized controlled trial https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25008857/    

    A Critically Important Nutrient You Probably Don’t Think About

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 29:24

    Ready for some FREE education? So, let's talk about iodine. Iodine is essential for every function in your body including immune function, cardiovascular health, and metabolism. Of course, it's instrumental for the thyroid. That's one of the big things we talk about in connection with iodine since iodine is the foundation for thyroid hormone production. So, it's super important. Do you ever think about iodine? Probably not. But you probably should!  We're going to talk about iodine deficiency. We're going to talk in general about iodine; where did it come from, why it’s important, and the different types or sources of iodine for your health. Tune in and get your learn on! Iodine The fact is that iodine is utilized for just about every function in your body. Yet many people are unaware of their body’s need for iodine, and that iodine deficiency has reached epidemic proportions worldwide.  History of Iodine Iodine was discovered in 1811 Iodine actually became the first modern medical treatment. It was the first time in medicine that one remedy was used to treat one disease, and that was when iodine was used to treat goiters. Iodine eventually became one of the primary antibiotics. It was used orally as an antibiotic—it was used topically as an antibiotic. Still today, we do use iodine in surgical rooms. We use it to paint over surgical wounds and things like that to make sure that they don’t get infected.   Why Optimal Levels of Iodine Matters Iodine deficiency has multiple adverse effects on growth and development, and is the most common cause of preventable mental retardation in the world. Iodine deficiency disorders result from inadequate thyroid hormone production secondary to insufficient iodine. During pregnancy and early infancy, iodine deficiency can cause irreversible effects. 10 Signs & Symptoms of an Iodine Deficiency Swelling in the Neck - Swelling in the front of the neck, or a goiter, is a common symptom of an iodine deficiency. It occurs when your thyroid gland is forced to make thyroid hormones when there is a low supply of iodine in the body. Unexpected Weight Gain – Low iodine levels may slow your metabolism and encourage food to be stored as fat, rather than be burned as energy. This may lead to weight gain. Fatigue and Weakness – Low iodine levels may leave you feeling tired, sluggish and weak. This is because your body needs the mineral to make energy. Hair Loss – An iodine deficiency may prevent hair follicles from regenerating. Fortunately, getting sufficient iodine can help correct hair loss that occurs due to an iodine deficiency. Dry, Flaky Skin – Dry, flaky skin may occur with an iodine deficiency, as the mineral helps your skin cells regenerate. It also helps your body sweat and hydrates your skin cells, so an iodine deficiency can cause you to sweat less. Feeling Colder Than Usual – Iodine helps generate body heat, so low levels of it may leave you feeling colder than usual. Changes in Heart Rate - An iodine deficiency may slow your heart rate, which may leave you feeling weak, fatigued, dizzy and at risk of fainting. Trouble Learning and Remembering – An iodine deficiency at any age may cause you to struggle to learn and remember things. One possible reason for this might be an underdeveloped brain. Problems During Pregnancy – Getting enough iodine is especially important for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as they have higher needs. An iodine deficiency may cause severe side effects, especially for the baby, such as stunted growth and brain development. Heavy or Irregular Periods –  Some women with an iodine deficiency may experience heavy or irregular periods. This is because low thyroid hormone levels may interfere with hormones that are involved in regulating the menstrual cycle.   Different Kinds/Sources of Iodine   Salt The addition of iodine to the U.S. salt supply started in the 1920s in response to a government health mandate. During that time, up to 40% of the population of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region suffered from goiters and other thyroid diseases caused by extreme iodine deficiency . [Note: a goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland that results in a swelling of the neck.] Adding iodine to table salt did help with the goiter epidemic, but that was about it. Nonetheless, it became the foundation upon which the U.S. RDA, or Recommended Daily Allowance (now called the Recommended Daily Intake, or RDI) was built. Today, the RDI for iodine is 150 mcg/day for an adult and 220 mcg/day for a pregnant woman. This amount may stop goiters, but it’s not enough for all the iodine needs of the body. In order to make salt white and help it last longer, most manufacturers use a bleaching process. This adds dangerous halides such as chlorine and bromide to the mix, which block the body’s absorption of iodine. In addition, other chemicals are often added to the salt, including manufactured iodide, sodium solo-co-aluminate, fluoride sodium bicarbonate, anti-caking agents, and aluminum derivatives. If you are going to sprinkle salt on your food, most health experts suggest Himalayan pink salt or Celtic sea salt, which contains trace amounts of naturally-produced iodine as well as other essential minerals. Food - Some foods are… Seaweed, sea food, fish, eggs, spinach, dairy, strawberries, and cranberries. Food alone is not enough due to the depletion of nutrients in the soil, as well as an increasing toxic load, has changed the amount of essential nutrients available in the foods we eat. Potassium Iodine Tablet Potassium and sodium are often part of the picture because they act as carriers for iodine that the human body can safely absorb. Iodine in its natural state is unstable and even dangerous. Scientists discovered a while ago that combining potassium with iodine to form potassium iodide can create a more stable form, which can be absorbed by the body. The downside regarding potassium iodine for everyday use is that only about 20% of this kind of iodine can be assimilated by the body.   Alcohol-Based vs Glycerin-Based The advantage of using a liquid for iodine transport is that it becomes more bioavailable to the body.   Alcohol based, however, is not the preferred method of liquid transport for several reasons. Most alcohol used for supplements are simple ethanol or grain alcohols, the same kind that the bartender puts in your favorite martini – not appropriate for children, pets, and those with high blood pressure or recovering from alcoholism. almost all alcohols are made with genetically-modified corn acts as a drying agent Glycerin -  (also known as glycerine, glycerol, or glycerite) has many advantages – that is, if you can find the right kind. Most commercial glycerin-based products, like commercial soaps, are sourced through animal products. A better option is vegetable-based glycerin. And the best of all is organic, non-GMO glycerin that is not made from soy or corn. Retains moisture Is antiseptic – good for burn salve Won’t upset blood sugar levels Provides more stable shelf life  Nascent Iodine -  is also known as atomic iodine, monatomic iodine, Atomidine, or colloidal iodine. The term “nascent” refers to iodine that has an incomplete number of electrons. This gives it an electrical charge, according to a report conducted by the non-profit Weston Price Foundation and others. Many forms of dietary iodine break down into iodide in the digestive tract. In this state, iodine-dependent organs like the thyroid and reproductive organs cannot use it. The charge of nascent iodine helps it stay intact and absorb quickly and thoroughly into the organs that need it most.     Deeper Dive Resources   History of U.S. Iodine Fortification and Supplementation https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3509517/   NIH Fact Sheet for Professionals https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iodine-HealthProfessional/   Iodine Deficiency - American Thyroid Association https://www.thyroid.org/iodine-deficiency/   The Great Iodine Debate - Weston Price Foundation https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/modern-diseases/the-great-iodine-debate/   Iodine Articles in Organixx’s INSPIRED Health Library https://organixx.com/?s=Iodine&selector=art   Organixx Iodine https://shop.organixx.com/products/iodine     Subscribe to Empowering You Organically Never miss an episode!

    This Anti-Aging Serum Breaks All the Rules

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 43:25

    When Should You Start Using Anti-Aging Skin Care Products? The wealth of products available these days to target visible signs of aging such as fine lines, crow’s feet, dark under-eye circles and dull skin are a gift and a curse. The options are so extensive that it can actually feel quite overwhelming figuring out a skin care regimen that works best. So when and where does one begin?   Experts agree that skin starts to age around 20 years old and recommend that you start the road to prevention early. “I recommend my patients to start incorporating anti-aging skin care products in their 20s and 30s, when our skin slowly starts to lose collagen,” says Y. Claire Chang, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City.   Face Serum Benefits for All Ages Just like it’s never too soon to start being physically active or eating mindfully, this fundamental aspect of life also applies to skin care. Using serums loaded with incredibly important ingredients before you start seeing signs of aging and environmental assault means you'll be on track for getting (and keeping) the beautiful skin you want now and in the long term.   Keep in mind that just like your body never "gets used" to eating nutrient-dense foods, nor does your skin get used to great ingredients. Your skin craves and needs generous amounts of beneficial ingredients like antioxidants, skin-replenishing, and skin-restoring ingredients because each group helps skin be healthy and stay young-looking. Using them now does not mean they won’t work "when you really need them"; rather, they will be working for you every day of your life.   Of course, these ingredients also work after signs of aging appear, but without question, sooner is better than later!     Roots of The Aging Concept Referring to Greek mythology, the quest for immortality is embodied in the story of Eos, the immortal goddess of dawn. She falls madly in love with Tithon, a mortal human. Not supporting the idea of seeing him die, she claims for him eternity. Zeus agrees, but poor Eos realizes her mistake too late, as what she wanted for Tithon was not eternity but eternal youth. She will therefore be condemned to see him eternally grow old. This myth of ancient Greece refers directly to the current perception of aging: accept the temporary nature of life, while differing as long as possible the appearance of the signs of aging.   Today, in industrialized countries, this quest seems strongly motivated by the fear of social exclusion. Indeed, a study conducted on a cohort of 1,713 American women, over 50 years old and mostly of Caucasian type, highlights a great psychological suffering based both on the image that these women have of themselves but also on the degrading image that the rest of society sends back to them.   More than 50% of these women reported the perception of physical changes that occur during aging, notably sagging skin and wrinkles. Their cognitive adaptations to the physical experience of aging and the psychological experience of body image altered in parallel. This point is extremely important because it shows how much women correlate the initiation of their aging-related psychological malaise with the appearance of visible signs revealing their age.    Let’s get scientific for a minute…   With age, our tissues lose their function and capacity to regenerate after being damaged. A study published today in Cell by scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico of the Center for Genomic Regulation (CNAG-CRG) explains how dermal fibroblasts age.   The main conclusion drawn is that these fibroblasts lose their cell identity, as if they had "forgotten" what they are, and consequently their activity is altered, thus affecting tissue. The study reveals the cellular and molecular pathways affected by aging and proposes that they could be manipulated to delay or even reverse the skin aging process.   The skin is the most exposed organ of the body, and it functions as a barrier against external aggressions. It frequently experiences the direct effects of environmental exposure, including UV radiation and air pollution. Alterations in skin structure and physiology occur as natural consequences of aging and contribute to diminished skin health. These damages can be aggravated by external factors and, combined with lifestyle, result in significant biological alterations, characteristic of premature aging.   A fibroblast is a type of cell that is responsible for making the extracellular matrix and collagen.   Fibroblasts are large, flat, elongated (spindle-shaped) cells possessing processes extending out from the ends of the cell body. ... Fibroblasts produce tropocollagen, which is the forerunner of collagen, and ground substance, an amorphous gel-like matrix that fills the spaces between cells and fibres in connective tissue.   Together, this extracellular matrix and collagen form the structural framework of tissues in animals and plays an important role in tissue repair. Fibroblasts are the main connective tissue cells present in the body.   Dermal fibroblasts create long fibrous bands of connective tissue which anchor the skin to the fascia of the body. Therefore, without dermal fibroblasts, the largest and heaviest organ would not tightly adhere to body's frame.     Why the Science Lesson? Organixx Skin has released REVERSE our anti-aging serum! When we were experimenting with formulations and ingredients, we did our science homework. We wanted to provide you with a clean, healthy, and effective product that helps turn back the hands of time.   The synergy of the fresh, clean, and pure ingredients in REVERSE address the root cause of skin aging in the 21st century – the inside factors like diminished collagen production and aging dermal cells - as well as the outside factors like UV damage and environmental factors.   Let’s dive into each ingredient…   Croda Juvinity™  Visibly reduces the signs of aging on the face and décolleté. Smoothes wrinkles, restructures and densifies the dermis. Juvinity™ delays cell senescence. It limits oxidative stress and telomere shortening to ensure optimal metabolism and replication rate as a young cell. Protects the cells from oxidative damage and ensures optimal mitochondrial activity. Reactivates the synthesis of major dermal constituents, preserves the cytoskeleton functionality and prolongs cell lifespan by maintaining telomere length.     ARGAN STEM CELLS Referred to as “liquid gold”, argan oil is fast-absorbing and known for increasing cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Argan oil is also rich in phenols and carotenes, antioxidants that protect the skin from aging free-radical damage.   Argan stem cells are well known for their anti-aging properties. They are regenerative and work to strengthen skin's elasticity.  Argan stem cells also penetrate the skin at a deeper level, so are able to help fight the signs of aging.   Argan stem cells are the only proven stem cells with the ability to penetrate the skin's dermis, meaning they can help protect and revitalize human dermal stem cells!     RASPBERRY SEED OIL Raspberry seed oil is rich in EFAs (essential fatty acids), primarily linoleic and linolenic acids. It contains very high levels of tocopherols (Vitamin E), which act as antioxidants, and carotenoids (Vitamin A).       Because of its composition, raspberry seed oil possesses superior anti-inflammatory qualities which makes it a nice addition to face, lip and sunscreen products.    Absorbs UV rays (Oomah et al., 2000) although its efficacy as a sunscreen has not yet been confirmed. Anti-inflammatory due to high content of alpha linolenic acid (the highest in any fruit seed oil) and phytosterols, therefore helpful for eczema and psoriasis. Very high in Vitamin E – an antioxidant. Antioxidants in skin care are important to prevent oxidative damage, which can lead to premature skin aging and skin cancer. Very high levels of phytosterols that can help reduce trans-epidermal water loss, thereby helping to keep skin moisturized. Phytosterols also help to repair skin damaged by environmental factors including sun damage. It’s a great source of alpha linolenic acid – an essential fatty acid that has regenerative and anti-aging skin benefits. Red raspberry seed oil also has a low comedogenic rating of 0-1, meaning it’s not likely to clog pores.   CRANBERRY SEED OIL Cranberry Seed Oil, cold pressed from the seed of the super fruit, is unique among the fixed oils because it contains a very high essential fatty acid profile, along with a good mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E) content, high phytosterols, and a 1:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acids which gives it excellent anti-oxidant activity and skin nurturing benefits.   Cranberry Seed Oil contains one of the highest antioxidants and phytosterols content of any of the vegetable / fruit oils, making it an excellent addition to your natural sun protection products where it will help to prevent photo damage.   Anti-oxidants that are consumed can reach the skin but, with free radical damage being the heaviest assault on the skin, and the cause of almost all of the signs of aging and unhealthy skin, it is beneficial to apply them topically where their protection can go to work immediately.   Antioxidant Protection Skin Conditioning and Restructuring Vitamins A, C, E, and K Enhanced Cellular Function Aids in the Skin's Absorption, and Utilization, of Essential Fatty Acids Cranberry seed oil has the perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, meaning it will absorb into your skin very well. Exceptional Skin Moisturizer Skin Tightening Activity Natural brightener. If your face is looking a little on the dull side, use this oil for a natural glow.   TREMELLA MUSHROOM Tremella fuciformis is one of the great superfood mushrooms and longevity tonic herbs in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It’s use dates back as far as 200 A.D. when it was including in one of the earliest TCM classics- the materia medica by "Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing”, the father of Chinese medicine. In ancient times, like many of the other revered medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi and Cordyceps sinensis, Tremella was only reserved for royalty, ruling family members or for rich people who could afford this highly valued superfood.   For centuries, Chinese women have been consuming Tremella in its whole mushroom form and as a mushroom extract to make their skin more moist, soft and pliable. Its recognized as one of the best tonic herbs to help maintain the health of the skin as the body ages.   Tremella mushroom belongs to the jelly fungus family and has many different names. In Chinese, it's called silver ear mushroom (pinyin: yín ěr), white wood-ear mushroom (pinyin: yín ěr), and in Japanese, it's called shiro kikurage which translates to “white tree jellyfish”. It's also commonly known as “snow fungus” and the “beauty mushroom”.   Dermatologist Dendy Engelman, the director of dermatologic surgery at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, says the fungus acts similar to that of hydration powerhouse hyaluronic acid by pulling moisture to the skin. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, so finding an all-natural match for its hydrating power is pretty major. And snow mushroom has an extra edge. "The particles are smaller than hyaluronic acid so it penetrates the skin more easily," says Engelman.   Tremella mushroom has many restorative benefits but it's most famous for its beauty and skin enhancing properties:   Nourishes Skin Naturally Moisturizes When applied topically, Tremella generates a natural hydration film on the skin that can help relieve dryness, support overall skin health by balancing optimal hydration and enabling the skin to develop elasticity and appear more supple and full.  Improves Elasticity Tremella’s ability to absorb into the deeper layers of the skin works to enhance skin elasticity and helps plump & smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Even better, Tremella also has an incredible ability to break down free radicals - which prevents fine lines and wrinkles from forming in the first place!  Slows Skin Aging Brightens Complexion Deeply Hydrates Inside and Out Boasts High Concentration of Vitamin D This mushroom also happens to be high in Vitamin D. When eaten, Tremella mushroom is the highest food source of the Vitamin D precursor, pro-vitamin D. When topically applied, Vitamin D has also shown impressive skin healing abilities. It helps cell growth, wound healing, and maintaining the barrier function of the skin. Basically, it’s like nature’s Band-Aid.  And now for a less-fun fact?Between the ages of 20-70, the skin’s natural ability to create Vitamin D decreases by 75%. This is why it's essential to support your skin with extra, high quality sources of Vitamin D such as Tremella.  The nutritional profile for Tremella includes: ∙ Protein and amino acids ∙ Enzymes ∙ Vitamins ∙ Minerals ∙ Polysaccharides ∙ Beta-Glucans ∙ Flavonoids ∙ Carotenoids ∙ Beta-Glucans ∙ Phenols and polyphenols ∙ Alkaloids ∙ Organic acids In addition to being a potent immune stimulant, one of nature’s richest sources of vitamin D and containing high levels of antioxidants, Tremella is brimming with medicinal properties, as you can see!   Celery Seed Extract The essential oil of celery seed is derived from the celery plant, scientifically known as Apium graveolens from the Umbelliferae plant family. Celery is not just a vegetable used for salads and stir-fries, but it is a revered herb to the Chinese as early as in the 5th century and is even widely used in the Indian Ayurvedic medicinal area.   Not only that, celery was held in high and sacred regard during the Greek era. In fact, it was believed that celery was used in the tomb of the famous Pharaoh Tutankhamun and mentioned in the works of the great and famous Roman encyclopaedist, Aulus Cornelius Celsus!   All these examples mentioned attest to the high medicinal value of celery and the essential oil derived from its plant, so let’s find out more about what celery seed essential oil can do to benefit our SKIN! Containing vitamins A, C, and K, celery extract is an antioxidant-rich ingredient that can help repel free radicals, ward off photoaging, and ensure continual cell turnover. Antioxidants are true powerhouses, both in skincare and in our diets – so suffice to say, we’re thrilled to introduce this potent ingredient in REVERSE!     Linseed Extract You've probably already heard of linseed oil which is often used in manufacturing paints and varnishes as well as inks for printing purposes. These days, it's being utilized in a lot of various products.   Did you know that the linseed extract which is expressed from the oil-rich seeds of the flax flower is also highly employed in the production of cosmetics and skincare items? This is because it's also been proven valuable for enhancing the skin's appearance and health.   Protects the cells from oxidative damage and ensures optimal mitochondrial activity. Linseed extract is extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein and zinc, which gives it strong anti-aging capabilities to reduce wrinkles and increase firmness. Three of the skin-altering conditions you can avoid if protected with linseed extract topically include; Inflammation, Aging, and Allergies     ROSE GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL A rose geranium is a type of geranium plant with leaves that smell strongly like roses. This species of geranium is native to certain parts of Africa.   It’s also called rose-scented geranium, sweet-scented geranium, or old-fashioned rose geranium. The plant has velvety, plush leaves and flowers that bloom pale pink or almost white.   A 2017 review of studies demonstrated that antioxidant properties in rose geranium oil may help reduce the signs of aging. The anti-inflammatory properties of rose geranium oil have been demonstrated in animal studies. In fact, one 2013 study showed rose geranium oil had a strong impact on reducing swelling in mice paws and ears. It suggested that rose geranium oil could be the basis of new anti-inflammatory drugs that may have less harmful side effects than current medications. Rose geranium oil has strong antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. The food service industry even uses rose geranium oil as a natural preservative in some food products. In one 2017 review of studies, rose geranium was shown to reduce bacterial, fungi, and viruses that cause skin disease and infections.     RESOURCES   NEW! Organixx Skin’s – REVERSE Anti-Aging Serum https://shop.organixx.com/products/reverse-antiaging-serum?gl=5f19d0428ebf584f6d7b23c6   Organixx Skin’s – RESTORE Vitamin C Serum https://shop.organixx.com/products/restore-vitamin-c-serum?gl=5f19cf988ebf58b96e7b23c6   Organixx Skin’s – RENEW Eye Crème https://shop.organixx.com/products/renew-eye-cream?gl=5f19cf5e8ebf58f1677b23c7   Face Serum: Why You Should Use One https://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skincare-advice/anti-aging-wrinkles/why-you-should-consider-using-a-serum.html   Age-related evolutions of the dermis: Clinical signs, fibroblast and extracellular matrix dynamics https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047637418300435   Body image, aging, and identity in women over 50: The Gender and Body Image (GABI) study https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08952841.2015.1065140   Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermal_fibroblast   Human Dermal Fibroblasts (HDF) https://www.cellapplications.com/human-dermal-fibroblasts-hdf   The hallmarks of fibroblast aging. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24686308   The effect of aging in primary human dermal fibroblasts https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0219165   Skin ages when the main cells in the dermis lose their identity and function https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181108134147.htm   Understanding Dermal Stem Cells  https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/05d2/9b270ff706b3421eb5eaa12f154d0d882635.pdf   Activation of Mesenchymal Progenitor Cells to Correct Signs of Skin Aging http://tst.pg2.at/abstracts/data/full_papers/full_paper_19.pdf   School of Natural Skincare International https://www.schoolofnaturalskincare.com/6-reasons-to-use-raspberry-seed-oil-in-your-natural-skincare-products/   Characteristics of raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) seed oil https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814699002605   Cranberry Seed Oil – Unrefined http://www.ingredientstodiefor.com/item/Cranberry_Seed_Oil_Unrefined/1164   INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT ON CRANBERRY SEED OIL https://jordansamuelskin.com/blogs/news/ingredient-spotlight-on-cranberry-seed-oil   Antioxidant properties of cold-pressed black caraway, carrot, cranberry, and hemp seed oils https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814604005412   Cranberry seed oil extract and compositions containing components thereof – Patent https://patents.google.com/patent/US6641847B1/en   Ancient Beauty Secrets of Tremella Mushroom (For Flawless Skin) https://teelixir.com/blogs/news/ancient-beauty-secrets-tremella-mushroom   Medicinal Value of the Genus Tremella Pers. (Heterobasidiomycetes) (Review) http://www.dl.begellhouse.com/journals/708ae68d64b17c52,580b7b864183d53b,567a96af6caf987e.html   Mushroom Cosmetics: The Present and Future https://www.mdpi.com/2079-9284/3/3/22   Skin Wound Healing Promoting Effect of Polysaccharides Extracts from Tremella fuciformis and Auricularia auricula on the ex-vivo Porcine Skin Wound Healing Model https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/a84a/e79d2e3124440e80a7070c7770475485cb06.pdf   Effect of polysaccharides from Tremella fuciformis on UV-induced photoaging https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S175646461500554X   Pelargonium graveolens (Rose Geranium) – A Novel Therapeutic Agent for Antibacterial, Antioxidant, Antifungal and Diabetics https://www.acanceresearch.com/cancer-research/pelargonium-graveolens-rose-geranium--a-novel-therapeutic-agent-for-antibacterial-antioxidant-antifungal-and-diabetics.php?aid=18420   Rose geranium essential oil as a source of new and safe anti-inflammatory drugs https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3793238/   Rose Geranium Essential Oil as a Source of New and Safe Anti-Inflammatory Drugs https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24103319/       Subscribe to Empowering You Organically 
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    10 Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 71:51

    What is self-care exactly? It’s not just a trip to the spa! Learn how to slow down and really connect with yourself is a healthy way and tap into your inner healing. We share a list of 10 Ways To Implement Self-Care Daily on this episode. We also discuss the myths we all tell ourselves to avoid self-care. Drop the guilt and learn what other myths keep you from providing yourself the self-care you need. What is Self-Care? self-care /ˌselfˈker/ noun: self-care; noun: selfcare 1. the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health 2. the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others. What Self-Care Is Not Knowing what self-care is not might be even more important. It is not something that we force ourselves to do, or something we don’t enjoy doing. Self-care is “something that refuels us, rather than takes from us.” Why Self-Care Matters Stress is a toxin to your body. Science has now proven “chronic stress may also cause disease, either because of changes in your body or the overeating, smoking and other bad habits people use to cope with stress. Job strain — high demands coupled with low decision-making latitude — is associated with increased risk of coronary disease, for example”. Chronic stress adds to the Cortisol overload in your body as well. If your Cortisol levels are off the charts it’s difficult release excess weight. Plus, elevated Cortisol levels have negative effects on your other hormones swimming around inside making it hard to get proper rest or even relax. Remember that self-care is not optional, it's essential. Bust Your Myths Around Self-Care You feel guilty taking time for you. – This one is huge for people, especially women. You cannot serve from an empty well. If you don’t fill the well there is nothing to give, which of course leads to more stress and guilt. You don’t have time. – This is an overused line, isn’t it? I tell people ‘there’s no such thing as Time, it is a figment of your imagination.’ While not necessarily true in the literal sense, it does hold truth. We are the Master of our time not the other way around. You don’t know how. – Ok, now this one should be a huge red flag if you tell yourself this. Why? Because it is a strong indicator that you aren’t in touch with You. You’ve lost sight of your deepest wants, needs and desires. It’s time to get reacquainted with You. Start digging deep to uncover You again. Fear of doing something you truly love. Allowing other people’s thoughts and feelings and criticisms to affect us, and to affect the decisions that we make in life. 10 Ways To Implement Self-Care Daily Create a “no” list, with things you know you don’t like, or you no longer want to do. Examples might include: Not checking emails at night, not attending gatherings you don’t like, not answering your phone during lunch/dinner. Promote a nutritious, healthy diet. Get enough sleep. Adults usually need 7-8 hours of sleep each night. In contrast to what many people think, exercise is as good for our emotional health as it is for our physical health. It increases serotonin levels, leading to improved mood and energy. In line with the self-care conditions, what’s important is that you choose a form of exercise that you like Follow-up with medical care. It is not unusual to put off checkups or visits to the doctor. Use relaxation exercises and/or practice meditation. You can do these exercises at any time of the day. Spend enough time with your loved ones. Do at least one relaxing activity every day, whether it’s taking a walk or spending 30 minutes unwinding. Do at least one pleasurable activity every day; from going to the cinema, to cooking or meeting with friends. Look for opportunities to laugh! Other Ideas to Spark Inspiration…. Take time to identify the activities and actions that make you feel good. Find somewhere quiet and meditate as needed. Reread one of your favorite books. Avoid triggers. Watch shows that are funny or comforting. Take time to yourself, away from others. Get a full night's sleep regularly. Check in with yourself. Put on fresh, comfortable clothing. Light a candle and fill your home with your favorite scent. Take a hot bath. Visit your favorite spot in the city you live in. Don't feel guilty turning down invitations or canceling plans. Take a day off of work if you need to. Write down a list of things you are thankful for. Remind yourself that this too shall pass. Read inspiring quotes. Spend time outside. Listen to your favorite band or song on repeat. Ask for help if you need it. Do not force yourself to do anything you don't want to do. Eat a balanced diet, but treat yourself to your favorite guilty pleasure. Write down what you're thinking and feeling. Breathe in and out. Unplug from social media. Listen to a calming playlist. Pet an animal. Do yoga. Turn off your phone for a day. Splurge a little. Schedule an appointment with a therapist. Watch your favorite movie or TV show from childhood. Take a nap. Do something that inspires and motivates you. Make future plans for a trip or event you're excited about. Spend time with a close friend or family member. Deeper Dive Resources American Psychological Association study abstract: Self-compassion, affect, and health promoting behaviors: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2014-38834-001 Krantz, D.S. & McCeney, M.K. (2002). “Effects of psychological and social factors on organic disease: A critical assessment of research on coronary heart disease.” Annual Review of Psychology, 53 , 341-369. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11752489 Central effects of stress hormones in health and disease: understanding the protective and damaging effects of stress and stress mediators. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2474765/  Unihertz Atom, The Smallest 4G Rugged Smartphone in The World https://amzn.to/2WQFnc8 MeetUp.com https://www.meetup.com/

    Immunity 3 - Essential Nutrients for Fighting Viruses

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 43:56

    Join us this week as we talk about a proactive approach to supporting our immunity naturally. Learn about the three powerhouses in our new Immunity 3 blend; camu camu, zinc, and elderberry. Immunity Refresher The immune system has complex ways of fighting viruses, but viruses have complex ways of fooling the immune system and invading cells. That is why we need our immune systems ready for whatever floats our way! Things to remember: Nutrition may be the most vital component in maintaining — or gaining — a healthy immune system. It makes all the difference in the way your body fights off germs, but just as importantly, plays an important role in more minute functions like helping tissues repair and rebuild themselves and how your body reclaims flagging energy. To keep your immune system functioning at its best, some of the most effective strategies include avoiding sugar, sleeping well, minimizing stress and including fiber and probiotics in your meal regimens Not just vitamins and minerals, but proteins like collagen and free radical-fighting antioxidants can be introduced to your body through the foods you eat, and play vital roles in helping to keep your body functioning at its best. As the Chicago Tribune observes: “Collagen and its amino acids are essential to healing because they build tissues such as skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, blood vessels, bones and more. Antioxidants remove the harmful free radicals from the bloodstream that can impair the immune system, and vitamins and minerals play specialized roles in healing.” Chronic stress can make you more susceptible to colds and the flu, as well as more serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes and other diseases. By practicing stress-reducing activities like yoga, meditation and laughter, you can keep your body from going into chronic stress mode. INGREDIENTS in Immunity3 Organic Camu Camu Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a berry native to the Amazon rainforest. That sounds remote, but this so-called superfood has long been used to improve health and has become increasingly popular. Camu camu's purported health benefits include reducing the risk of chronic diseases thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Similar to tart cranberries, the camu camu berry is too acidic for most people to enjoy its natural state. It's generally processed as an ingredient in blended juices or freeze-dried into a powder that can be taken as a supplement, added to smoothies, or blended into other foods. Camu Camu is High in Vitamin C Nutritionally, camu camu is one of the most concentrated natural food sources of vitamin C. Camu camu is rich in vitamin C, a vitamin that acts as a powerful antioxidant in your body and is vital for the health of your skin and immune system. The fruit’s pulp provides about 2,400 to 3,000 grams (or 2,400,000 milligrams) per 3.5-ounce or so serving. For context, the recommended dietary intake (RDI) for vitamin C is 60 milligrams a day. Because of its high vitamin C content, camu camu is also rich in antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties.   Not JUST Vitamin C Beyond vitamin C, camu camu provides smaller amounts of potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and copper. Like most colorful berries, camu camu is a good source of polyphenols. Camu camu also has antimicrobial properties, and researchers have identified compounds in the fruit that have strong antimicrobial benefits.   Supports Gut Health The dense punch of nutrients from camu can also support gut health and block free radicals and other pathogens from entering the body, according to studies, thus providing protection against bacterial infections, viruses and other issues. Remember your immunity is built in the gut! Additionally, a 2018 animal study even found that camu may help prevent obesity by positively altering the gut microbiota (highly tied to immune function) and by increasing energy expenditure. Several studies found that camu could leadto lowered fat accumulation and blunted metabolic inflammation, leading to improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. Improves Liver Health As a powerful cocktail of antioxidants and phytochemicals, camu camu benefits the liver in several ways. The high vitamin C content is especially central to its ability to improve liver health. Research in 2010 showed that animals given camu camu powder showed significant signs of liver injury suppression. Specifically, an active compound called 1-methylmalate was isolated from Myrciaria dubia This study concluded that the 1-methylmalate in camu is one of the reasons why it can aid liver health. Enhances Mood Camu camu berries’ high levels of vitamin C may help your brain to produce more serotonin, which will enhance your mood — which explains why it may act as a potential remedy for depression. In fact, research suggests people who have a deficiency in vitamin C often feel more depressed and lackadaisical. Vitamin C is an important cofactor required for the conversion of tryptophan to 5-hydroxytryptophan in serotonin production. It’s therefore possible that vitamin C from camu camu benefits patients with depression that is associated with low levels of serotonin. For example, in one study conducted at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital, it was shown that many of the patients who had decreased levels of vitamin C reported signs of sluggishness and depression. When given doses of vitamin C, they all responded with rapid and clinically significant improvement in mood. There is some concern that camu camu can interfere with some chemotherapy medications—you should always let your doctor know about the supplements you are taking, but especially so if you are receiving chemo, for example. Zinc Your immune system is your first line of defense against all disease, especially infectious disease, and there are many different ways to boost your immune system and improve its function. One nutrient that plays a very important role in your immune system's ability to ward off viral infections is zinc. Zinc is also a nutrient that plays many vital roles in your body. BUT…Because your body doesn’t naturally produce zinc, you must obtain it through food or supplements. zinc is the second-most-abundant trace mineral in your body — after iron — and is present in every cell it’s critical for the development and function of immune cells fundamental to skin health, DNA synthesis and protein production body growth and development relies on zinc because of its role in cell growth and division Zinc is also needed for your senses of taste and smell. Because one of the enzymes crucial for proper taste and smell is dependent on this nutrient, a zinc deficiency can reduce your ability to taste or smell Zinc lozenges were found to shorten the duration of common cold episodes by up to 40 percent in a study published in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal. Those at risk of zinc deficiency include: People with gastrointestinal diseases like Crohn’s disease Vegetarians and vegans Pregnant and breastfeeding women Older infants who are exclusively breastfed People with sickle cell anemia People who are malnourished, including those with anorexia or bulimia People with chronic kidney disease Those who abuse alcohol Elderberry Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world. Traditionally, Native Americans used it to treat infections, while the ancient Egyptians used it to improve their complexions and heal burns. It’s still gathered and used in folk medicine across many parts of Europe. Elderberry refers to several varieties of the Sambucustree, which has clusters of white flowers and black or blue-black berries. The most common variety is Sambucus nigra, also known as European elderberry or black elderberry. Today, elderberry is most often taken as a supplement to treat cold and flu symptoms. Health Benefits of Elderberry There are many reported benefits of elderberries. Not only are they nutritious, but they may also fight cold and flu symptoms, support heart health and fight inflammation and infections, among other benefits. May improve cold and flu symptoms One study of 60 people with influenza found that those who took 15 ml of elderberry syrup four times per day showed symptom improvement in two to four days, while the control group took seven to eight days to improve. Another study of 64 people found that taking 175-mg elderberry extract lozenges for two days resulted in significant improvement in flu symptoms, including fever, headache, muscle aches and nasal congestion, after just 24 hours. Furthermore, a study of 312 air travelers taking capsules containing 300 mg of elderberry extract three times per day found that those who got sick experienced a shorter duration of illness and less severe symptoms. High In Antioxidants Antioxidants are natural components of foods, including some vitamins, phenolic acids and flavonoids, that are able to remove these reactive molecules. Research suggests that diets high in antioxidants may help prevent chronic disease Anthocyanins found in the berries have 3.5 times the antioxidant power of vitamin E Studies have shown elderberry juice may reduce the level of fat in the blood and decrease cholesterol. A study found that elderberry flowers inhibit the enzyme α-glucosidase, which may help lower blood sugar levels. Also, research on diabetic rats given elderberry showed improved blood sugar control Fights harmful bacteria:Elderberry has been found to inhibit the growth of bacteria like Helicobacter pylori and may improve symptoms of sinusitis and bronchitis May support the immune system: In rats, elderberry polyphenols were found to support immune defense by increasing the number of white blood cells   RESOURCES   Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Immune System https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/06/22/immune-system.aspx   Top Tips to Boost Your Immunity https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/02/01/boost-immune-system.aspx   Keep seasonal sickness at bay with these foods that boost immunity https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-foods-that-boost-immunity-20171207-story.html   11 things that can weaken your immune system https://www.rediff.com/getahead/slide-show/slide-show-1-health-11-things-that-weaken-immune-system/20110104.htm#1   Antimicrobial constituents of peel and seeds of camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28475419/   Antimicrobial constituents of peel and seeds of camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=antibacterial+activity+camu+camu   Treatment with camu camu ( Myrciaria dubia) prevents obesity by altering the gut microbiota and increasing energy expenditure in diet-induced obese mice https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30064988/   Effects of diet supplementation with Camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia HBK McVaugh) fruit in a rat model of diet-induced obesity https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23460435/   1-methylmalate from camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) suppressed D-galactosamine-induced liver injury in rats https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20208347/   Vitamin C rapidly improves emotional state of acutely hospitalized patients, study suggests https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100923125123.htm   Relationship Between Depression and Vitamin C Status: A Study on Rural Patients From Western Uttar Pradesh in India http://www.ijss-sn.com/uploads/2/0/1/5/20153321/ijss-08.pdf   Zinc Is Key for COVID-19 Treatment and Prevention https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/10/26/zinc-for-covid.aspx   Zinc – NIH Fact Sheet https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-Consumer/   Zn2+ Inhibits Coronavirus and Arterivirus RNA Polymerase Activity In Vitro and Zinc Ionophores Block the Replication of These Viruses in Cell Culture https://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1001176   COVID-19: Poor outcomes in patients with zinc deficiency https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7482607/   Iron and Zinc Nutrition in the Economically-Developed World: A Review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3775249/   Zinc in Human Health: Effect of Zinc on Immune Cells https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2277319/   Zinc and its importance for human health: An integrative review https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23914218/   A Randomized, Placebo Controlled Trial of Oral Zinc for Chemotherapy-Related Taste and Smell Disorders https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4042409/   Zinc Lozenges May Shorten the Duration of Colds: A Systematic Review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136969/   Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15080016/   Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms in Air-Travellers: A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4848651/   A Review of the Antiviral Properties of Black Elder (Sambucus nigra L.) Products https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28198157/   Phenolics in Human Health http://www.ijcea.org/papers/416-N0002.pdf   Antioxidants and prevention of chronic disease https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15462130/   Edible Flowers: A Rich Source of Phytochemicals with Antioxidant and Hypoglycemic Properties https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26270801/   Advanced research on the antioxidant and health benefit of elderberry (Sambucus nigra) in food – a review https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756464614002400   Edible Flowers: A Rich Source of Phytochemicals with Antioxidant and Hypoglycemic Properties https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26270801/   A systematic review on the sambuci fructus effect and efficacy profiles https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ptr.2729   Flavonoid intake and risk of CVD: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23953879/   The Traditional Plant Treatment, Sambucus nigra (elder), Exhibits Insulin-Like and Insulin-Releasing Actions In Vitro https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/130/1/15/4686073   A Review of the Antiviral Properties of Black Elder (Sambucus nigra L.) Products https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28198157/   Evaluation of the immune defense in diabetes mellitus using an experimental model https://www.rombio.eu/rbl1vol16/17%20Badescu.pdf      

    Collagens: Hype or Healthy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 57:58

    The search term collagen has increased 40% already just in this year alone! So, is all the hype trendy or true? We’ve done the research and that’s the question we answer this week!    Did you know that your body naturally produces collagen every day? We dig into why supplementation is even a consideration.    Did you know there are several different types of collagen? We’ve tracked them all down and explain the part each type plays in our body.    Is collagen all about less sagging skin? Actually, no it isn’t! Tune in to hear about the ways collagen benefits our health. We guarantee some will surprise you.    Tune in for more no-nonsense information on what collagens are, how they may benefit your health, and what you need to look for when it comes to the products and foods, you're consuming.   What is collagen?    Dictionary result for collagen  /ˈkäləjən/  noun  the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues, widely used in purified form for cosmetic surgical treatments.  "vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen"  Different collagen molecules make up about ⅓ of the total protein in a human body  Found in bone, skin, muscles, and tendons  The substance that connects cells and gives skin elasticity as well as strength    Collagen and Aging  Your body naturally produces collagen every day.   After the age of 25, we break down more collagen than we make.  Collagen supplements are an easy way to add more collagen to your diet.  Collagen has been shown to reduce wrinkles, keep joints strong and flexible, support strong bones, and increase skin hydration.    Why is collagen so good for you?  Collagen is vital for maintaining the structure and integrity of your entire body.    #1 – Strong Cartilage and Muscles   Cartilage is a type of connective tissue that is made up of collagen When you lack collagen, joint instability, stiffness, and pain can result. Likewise, muscles need cartilage to adhere themselves to the ends of bones. This is why muscle aches are one of the most common complaints of individuals with low collagen levels.    #2 – Healthy Teeth.   Collagen is needed to keep teeth in place in the gums. Loose teeth, toothache, sensitive teeth, and even tooth loss can result from a lack of collagen overall.    #3 – Thick Hair   Collagen plays an important part in hair growth since it fills in the spaces around each hair follicle. One way to tell if you are collagen deficient is to notice the quality and state of your hair. Dull, thin hair is a sign of low collagen levels. Collagen also helps fight free radicals that can damage hair.    #4 – Smooth Skin   Wrinkling and cellulite are other unfortunate results of low collagen in the body. Not enough collagen means skin begins to lose elasticity and sag, causing those pesky wrinkles as we age. Cellulite is another telltale sign of low collagen.    #5 – Good Gut Health.  Collagen helps heal the gut because of its ability to “seal the gut.” Leaky gut has been linked to autoimmune conditions and neurological conditions like autism.    Types of Collagens  There are over two dozen kinds of collagen, although roughly 85% of the collagen in the body is made up of Type I, II, or III (or a combination of these three types).  Type I collagen is the most prevalent type of collagen. It is the substance that makes up the skin, tendons, and bones as well as the structural framework of the organs. It should be your go-to for hair, skin, and nail health, especially for recouping lost collagen stores that occurs naturally as we age. It is also a “well-rounded generalist,” in that it is a good type for supporting overall health. Type I is also found in the digestive tract, which makes it (along with Type II) great for gut healing and repair.    Type II collagen is the structural component of cartilage in the body. Because of this, it is great for the joints and to rebuild cartilage in ligaments, tendons, skin, and bones. Type II collagen contains a variety of specific amino acids that are particularly helpful for the body. The first one, again, is glycine, which is beneficial for brain health and metabolism. The second one is proline, which helps clean artery walls. Type II may also be good for the respiratory system, detoxification pathways, and more because it contains arginine, another amino acid that is vital for nitric oxide production. [Note: Nitric oxide is produced in the body and is beneficial for supporting blood flow and lowering blood pressure.] For the most part, Type II collagen is where you want to turn for joint health and possibly even for arthritis support.     Type III collagen is typically found where ever Type 1 collagen can be found as well as some other unique places. It is housed in what are called reticular fibers, the substances that make up connective tissue. It is also found in the muscles, bone marrow, blood vessels, and reproductive organs such as the uterus. Type III collagen is also crucial for the healthy functioning of the cardiovascular system. Low Type III collagen has been linked to ruptured blood vessels and can be life-threatening.    Type IV collagen helps to strengthen endothelial cells that form the tissue protecting organs as well as muscles and fatty tissue. Endothelial cells also line the majority of the surfaces along the digestive tract and respiratory organs.    Type V collagen helps create the surface of cells while Type X helps with bone formation. There are at least a dozen others, all doing their job to keep your body lubricated, moving, and functioning at its best.    How to Help Your Body Create Collagen Naturally  Eat a diet and live a lifestyle that promotes the healthy synthesizing of your own natural healing and repair mechanisms  Avoid UV radiation exposure  Do not smoke cigarettes  Reduce/Manage stress levels    What To Look For In A Collagen Supplement  Look for multiple types of collagens  Clean sourced and organic  Bio-Availability - what is the delivery system - fermented, sprouted  Whole food and not synthetic ingredients  Contains Vitamin C - Without adequate amounts of dietary vitamin C, the body can’t actually form or store collagen  Be sure the manufacturer does consistent batch testing for heavy metals  Watch out for Natural Flavoring    Ingredient List for Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens, Multi-Collagen Blend:  Hydrolyzed  Grass Fed Pasture-Raised Bovine Collagen Peptides,   Bovine Bone Broth Hydrolyzed Protein,   Chicken Bone Broth Collagen Concentrate,   Clean Marine® Wild Caught Hydrolyzed Fish Collagen Peptides,  Eggshell Membrane Collagen,   Acerola Cherry (natural source of Vitamin C),   Camu Camu (natural source of Vitamin C),   Silica from Organic Horsetail,   Zinc Gluconate,   Fulvic Acid,   and Pyroxidine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6).                      Natural Flavors - Buyer Beware  Important to note, a governmental or independent agency does not approve or oversee the safety of the food flavors.      Deeper Dive Resources    INSPIRED Library:  All Collagen articles and recipes: https://organixx.com/?s=collagen&selector=art  https://organixx.com/what-is-collagen/  https://organixx.com/benefits-of-collagen/  https://organixx.com/collagen-benefits/  https://organixx.com/types-of-collagen/  https://organixx.com/collagen-gut-health/  https://organixx.com/benefits-of-zinc-collagen/  https://organixx.com/collagen-for-hair/  https://organixx.com/vitamin-c-collagen/  https://organixx.com/collagen-for-joints/  https://organixx.com/collagen-skin-health/    Food Babe - Vani Hari  https://foodbabe.com/the-differences-between-artificial-flavors-natural-flavors-organic-flavors-and-other-added-flavors/    The “Natural” vs. “Natural Flavors” Conflict in Food Labeling: A Regulatory Viewpoint.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29140655      Studies:    A randomized, double-blind, multicenter, controlled clinical trial of chicken type II collagen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.- To assess the efficacy and safety of chicken type II collagen (CCII) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared with methotrexate (MTX).   CONCLUSION: CCII is effective in the treatment of RA. CCII is well tolerated, and the incidence of adverse events of CCII is lower than that of MTX.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18576295      Effect of Orally Administered Collagen Peptides from Bovine Bone on Skin Aging in Chronologically Aged Mice - In summary, the present study demonstrated oral administration of collagen peptides from bovine bone could improve the laxity of chronologically aged skin by increasing skin collagen content and ratio of type I to type III collagen, but it had no effect on moisture retention of skin.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5707681/      An Overview of the Beneficial Effects of Hydrolysed Collagen as a Nutraceutical on Skin Properties: Scientific Background and Clinical Studies - Skin, the main barrier to the external environment, is subject to deterioration caused by dermatological disorders, environmental conditions and the intrinsic ageing process. This damage to both structure and function may be accelerated by smoking, alcohol consumption and chronic sun exposure (extrinsic components). All these factors may lead to the formation of wrinkles, the appearance of brown spots and skin thickening. One effective strategy to managing the skin ageing process is adopting a healthy nutritional approach to life, maintaining a balanced diet and a good supply of food supplements. This can restore the homeostasis of macro and micronutrients and support the physiology of cells and tissues in the skin. Hydrolysed collagen, an increasingly popular nutraceutical, is composed of low molecular weight small peptides, which are easily digestible, absorbed and distributed in the human body. Numerous clinical trials have now been performed showing the efficacy and benefits of collagen peptides on skin properties, such as hydration, elasticity and reduction of wrinkles. As a result, hydrolysed collagen can be considered an important weapon in the everyday fight against skin ageing.  https://benthamopen.com/ABSTRACT/TONUTRAJ-8-29      Dietary Supplementation with Specific Collagen Peptides Has a Body Mass Index-Dependent Beneficial Effect on Cellulite Morphology - The results obtained in this study demonstrated that an oral supplementation with specific BCP over a period of 6 months led to a clear improvement of the skin appearance in women suffering from moderate cellulite. In addition, the data showed the marked potential of BCP to improve the skin morphology of cellulite-affected areas, providing new evidence of BCP's beneficial effects and postulating a new therapy strategy for cellulite treatment.  https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/jmf.2015.0022      24-Week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain. - The results of this study have implications for the use of collagen hydrolysate to support joint health and possibly reduce the risk of joint deterioration in a high-risk group.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18416885         

    What's Nature's Most Versatile Healing Plant?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 48:24

    In this episode, we talk with John Malanca about Nature's most healing plant! We tackle topics like, what is cannabis, how it used medically, the difference between THC and CBD, and much more! Fact: Most cancer patients do not die from cancer, but malnutrition.  John’s Introduction into Medical Cannabis  In 2011, father-in-law was battling stage 4 lung cancer, couldn’t eat, and was on oxygen 24/7.  Doctor gave him two weeks to live.  Started using a coconut oil capsule infused with raw and heated cannabis.  Within 24 hours he was eating, by day 8 he was walking around the house.  At the 3 month mark, switched to a full extract cannabis oil - administering a minute amount in the evening.  Within 6 months he was walking, driving, and Hospice fired him as a patient!  By the 9th month he had the first scan to show, “No evidence of recurrent disease."  After 17 lung and brain scans showing no evidence of recurrent disease! He is still healthy and happy today - 8 years later!    United Patients Group  Founded by John and Corrine Malanca to fill the information void surrounding medical cannabis.  Don't sell products - strictly education and information.  Teach local, state, international governments, as well as local, state and international medical institutions about medical cannabis.  All courses are CME approved continuing medical education.    What is cannabis?  Cannabis (/ˈkænəbɪs/) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae.   Also known as Hemp if less than .03% THC in the composition of the plant  Three species may be recognized:   Cannabis Sativa – formulations that include more uplifting, “day time” feelings  Cannabis Indica - formulations that include more sedative and relaxing effects, including pain reduction   Cannabis Ruderalis - (not discussed in the interview) naturally low concentrations of THC occurring, more research is being done on this variation of the species   Cannabis Hybrid - formulations that are mixes of Sativa and Indica based plants made from crossbreeding    There are currently 483 known compounds in the plant.  The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Although this is the main psychoactive components of the plant, it is also one of the main cannabinoids needed and used in medical treatments when Cannabis is on the protocol.   Contains at least 113 cannabinoids     Two Known Subtypes of Cannabinoid Receptors  First discovered in the 1980s. Located throughout the body. Part of the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory, and more that have since been researched. These receptors are all over our body, head to toe.  The CB1 receptor is expressed mainly in the brain (central nervous system or "CNS"), but also in the lungs, liver and kidneys.   These receptors are thought to be one of the most widely expressed Gαi protein-coupled receptors in the brain  The CB2 receptor is expressed mainly in the immune system and in hematopoietic cells.  These receptors are mainly expressed on T cells of the immune system, on macrophages and B cells, and in hematopoietic cells.   They also have a function in keratinocytes.   They are also expressed on peripheral nerve terminals. These receptors play a role in antinociception, or the relief of pain.    What are Cannabinoids?  A cannabinoid is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain.   113 cannabinoids have been isolated from the Cannabis plant.  Research shows the effect of cannabinoids might be modulated by aromatic compounds produced by the cannabis plant, called terpenes as well as by the other cannabinoids.  This interaction would lead to the entourage effect.    Medical Uses  Medical cannabis (or medical marijuana) refers to the use of cannabis and its constituent cannabinoids, as well as terpenes, to treat disease or improve symptoms relief.   reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy  improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS or cancer  treat chronic pain and muscle spasms (MS and other nerve related pain)  lessens tremors in Parkinson’s Disease  control seizures  reduce pain of cluster headaches in minutes  cannabinoids are under preliminary research for their potential to affect stroke  THC has been shown to kill cancer cells  CBD has been shown to stop cancer cells and prevent the spread  Many more!    Delivery Systems - Ways to Consume Medical Cannabis  Sublingual absorption  Topical  Vaporization  Suppositories  Transdermal patches  Edibles      Interesting Statistics    This statistic presents the percentage of U.S. adults who would recommend medical cannabis to their friends as of January 2017. It was found that 62 percent of respondents aged between 18 and 34 years were likely to recommend cannabis.      This statistic displays the annual number of daily doses of prescribed drugs per physician in U.S. states with and without medical cannabis law, as of 2016. According to the data, physicians in states without medical cannabis laws prescribed about 95,672 daily doses of medication annually. Compared to that, the number was significantly lower in states which had a medical cannabis law.      This graph shows the number of legal medical marijuana patients by U.S. state, per 1,000 state residents, as of May 17, 2018. The state of Colorado had the highest rate of legal medical marijuana patients per 1,000 state residents with 15.86 patients    Region: United States  Survey time period: as of May 17, 2018  Supplementary notes...  No data available for: North Dakota, Ohio, West Virginia.   * Arkansas has started issuing medical marijuana registry ID cards, but marijuana is not yet available in the state.   ** California had 5,848 registered patients in Fiscal Year 2017/2018, but registration is voluntary and most patients are not registered. We made an estimate using the per capita number of patients in Arizona because of geographical proximity. The Marijuana Policy Project's (MPP) Feb. 2018 estimate for California, 1,256,550, used Maine's per capita number of patients.   *** In presenting the number of medical marijuana registration cards printed, Maine's medical marijuana program website states, "This number is not an accurate reflection of the number of patients as it contains all certifications printed, including misprints, reissue of lost certifications and other anomalies."   **** Washington listed 32,123 recognition cards created as of May 16, 2018, but registration isn't required to be a medical marijuana patient except for patients under 18. As a result, we created an estimate based on the per capita patient numbers in Oregon.            Deeper Dive Resources    John Malanca:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-malanca-7807956b  https://unitedpatientsgroup.com/about-cancer-and-medical-cannabis/    United Patients Group:  https://unitedpatientsgroup.com/  https://www.facebook.com/UnitedPatientsGroup/      Cannabis:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis    Indica vs Sativa:  https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/sativa-indica-and-hybrid-differences-between-cannabis-types    Ruderalis:  https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/what-is-cannabis-ruderalis    Cannabinoids:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid    Entourage Effect:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entourage_effect    Side by Side Image of Cannabis and Lyrica:  https://unitedpatientsgroup.com/blog/2014/06/30/fibromyalgia-big-pharma-vs-medical-cannabis    Laws By State:  https://unitedpatientsgroup.com/Medical-Marijuana-Laws-By-State    Studies in 2018:  Cannabis Is Safe and Effective at Treating Pain in the Elderly  CBD Protects Against the Damaging Effects of Iron in Aging Brain Diseases  A Case for Balanced THC and CBD in Colorectal Cancer Prevention  CBD Protects Against Endometrial Cancer by Activating TRPV1 Receptors  THC Enhances the Pain-Relieving Effects of Opioids in Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Study  THC Boosts the Efficacy of a Traditional Neuropathic Pain Medication  CBD Blocks Toxin’s Ability to Promote Schizophrenia-like Symptoms  Cannabis Protects Against Alcohol’s Damaging Effects on the Stomach  A Balanced Cannabis Approach May Treat Spasticity in ALS  Cannabis Smoke Improves Working Memory in Underperformers  The Entourage Effect in Rodent-Model Breast Cancer  A Deeper Understanding of Cannabis’s Anti-Nausea Effects  A Shift in Cannabis & Schizophrenia Theory  Clinical Trial Finds Benefits of CBD in Autism  A Novel Target for Low-Dose CBD Is Identified  CBD Treats Brain Changes Caused by Regular Cannabis Use  Transdermal CBD for the Treatment of Non-Opioid Addictions  Plant-Derived Cannabinoids Improve the Efficacy of Cancer Treatment  CBD’s Fast-Acting, Long-Lasting Antidepressant Effects in Rodents  Cannabis-Based Pharmaceutical Improves Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis    

    Enzymes 101: The Mirco Miracles You're Missing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2021 30:24

    Join Jonathan and Wade Lightheart today as he helps us understand enzymes. What they do, why they’re considered micro miracles, and how your health depends on them. Plus, Wade helps us understand what we want to look for in a supplement. You don’t want to miss this one! About Wade Lightheart 3-Time Canadian All Natural Bodybuilding Champion who competed as vegetarian, former Mr. Universe Competitor, host of The Awesome Health podcast, Wade Lightheart is one of the world’s premier authorities on Natural Nutrition and Training Methods. Having majored in Sports Science at the University of New Brunswick, he has authored numerous books on health, nutrition and exercise which have sold in over 80 countries. Wade also serves as an advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute. He’s been in the health industry for over 25 years, coached thousands of clients, and is sought out by athletes and high-performance oriented individuals worldwide for his advice on how to optimize their health and fitness levels.   What Are Enzymes? ENZYME - noun BIOCHEMISTRY a substance produced by a living organism which acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction. There are approximately 25,000 different enzymatic functions in the body The number of enzymes that you have present in your body is directly proportion to the amount of chemical reactions that you can engage in in the body. The difference between stones, plants, and people is enzymes, the amount and the role of those enzymes. They are the most critical component to all metabolic transactions.   Enzyme Bank It's like having a bank account. In other words, your ability to write metabolic checks, to build, to repair, to heal, to digest your food, to make your hormones work, to break down the smallest chemical reactions, to make your skin nice, you name it, requires an enzymatic pathway.   Our Current Food Supply is Lacking In today's world, we've radically compromised the amount of enzymes that we're getting from our food, the quality of those enzymes, and we've added a host of agents that actually interrupt our body's natural enzymatic mechanisms and that is having consequences across the globe that are extremely dire.   Pottenger & His Cats Francis Pottenger, Jr, MD, has given the cat world one of the best books available in the study of carnivore's nutrition. From 1932 to 1942, Dr. Francis Marion Pottenger Jr. conducted a group of experiments to determine the effects of heat-processed food on cats. Cats fed an all-raw diet were healthy while cats fed the cooked meat diet developed various health problems. At the time of Pottenger’s studies the heat labile amino acid taurine had not yet been identified as essential for cats. This work shows that the deficiencies Pottenger identified in cats correspond with those of a taurine deficiency and are the direct result of the lack of taurine in the feline diet. The physiological effects of a cooked diet described by Pottenger in his papers were compared with data from recent studies on taurine deficiency in the feline diet. Results. Pottenger’s main observations of near and far sightedness, cardiac lesions, increased stillbirth, low birthweight, poor kitten survival, and developmental abnormalities each correspond to published descriptions of taurine deficiency in cats with multiple references for each described condition. Taurine deficiency is a strong explanation for the symptoms observed by Pottenger in his cat studies. Pottenger’s own conclusion that there was an ‘as yet unidentified, heat-labile protein factor’ is realized in taurine.   4 Major Types of Enzymes There are four major categories of enzymes and then there are derivatives of each, Proteases which break down protein, lipase which breaks down fats, amylase which breaks down carbohydrates, and cellulase which breaks down fiber in plants.   What happens if I don't have the protease in my body to break down the all the protein that I'm ingesting? Gas Bloating Skin problems Brain fog The reason? Because you're feeding bad bacteria who are producing a variety of endotoxins inside the body that are interrupting your natural activity.   Disturbing Statistics from Wade’s Research In America today, 12% of the emergency hospital visits are related to gastrointestinal related illnesses. People going to the hospital in an ambulance because they're not breaking down their food.   A third of the population is suffering from digestive illness on any given day. And about 25% of the population is on prescription meds for this. And the correlation between digestive disease and depression and challenges for brain function, because most of your neurotransmitters are built off amino acids that got to be broken down and transported from the gut to your brain is directly correlated with the lack of enzymes.   What to look for in an enzyme supplement? Make sure it's at least half full of proteolytic enzymes and you want at least three proteases. The 3.0 the 4.5 and the 6.0 which relate to the spectrum within the pH band. You want to make sure it has up in that that range of like 70-80,000 HUT (One FCC HUT unit of proteolytic (protease) activity is defined as that amount of enzyme that produces, in one minute under the specified conditions, a hydrolysate whose absorbance at 275nm is the same as that of a solution containing 1.10 g per mL of tyrosine in 0.006N hydrochloric acid. Contains cultured enzymes. Broad spectrum. Contains AstraZyme   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources  Organixx P3E Enzymes https://organixx.com/p3e?gl=5e29babe02e26bdb05020909 Pottenger’s Cats - Research https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6d5a/ae7b70dbbad5b25f8fa99e8d33c630366082.pdf National Center for Health Statistics https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/digestive-diseases.htm Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/digestive-diseases Collagens: Hype or Healthy – Episode 15 https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/collagens-hype-or-healthy-episode-15/?gl=5d37204c02e26bc012183af2 Enzymes 201: P3E The NEW Powerful Proteolytic Enzyme https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/enzymes-201-p3e-the-new-powerful-proteolytic-enzyme/  

    Detox Effectively Post Holiday Hoopla

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2020 30:01

    Your body is designed to remove toxins and waste on its own. But do you know how to support it? Tune in this week to learn how! We all have a Natural Detox Response. When we activate this response in our bodies, we increase our ability to protect our immune system naturally and clear out the everyday toxins that find their way into our food, the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the surfaces you touch. Natural Detox Response When we activate this response in our bodies we: Increase our ability to protect your immune system naturally clear out the everyday toxins that find their way into your food, the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the surfaces you touch   Your body is designed to remove toxins and waste on its own.   And while your organs are there to keep you alive, each and every one of them plays its own role in keeping you healthy.   There are 4 organs more than any others that work together to create your personal detox machine working inside of you right now…   Your Liver acts like a filter in blocking out toxic substances in foods and drinks from passing into your bloodstream…   Your Kidneys are working around the clock to then filter that blood and flush out those toxins when you use the bathroom.   Your Colon puts in overtime taking care of the larger toxins and breaking them down with healthy bacteria before they can do you any harm…   And Your Lungs play their part in filtering out the toxins that enter your body from breathing.   As you can see, the human body was designed as a fully equipped detox machine.   How To Support Your ‘Detox Machine’ You must take steps to support your body’s Natural Detox Response System and I’m about to show you how right now...   Once you begin to support your body’s natural detox abilities, you’ll notice that your body’s “normal state” tends to shift toward health instead of inching toward illness.   So what is it that your body needs to trigger your Natural Detox Response?   DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #1 - Matcha   Matcha tea is the “it” health beverage of the moment, but this amazing superfood is more than just a “fad” trend.   The history of matcha for health goes back to the Tang Dynasty in China, which ruled between the 7th – 10th centuries. Over time, the matcha tea made its way to Japan, where it began to be incorporated into special tea ceremonies.   And today, countless scientific studies show us just how powerful this little nutrient is.   First, it boosts chlorophyll levels. Chlorophyll can help improve liver function, which also boosts your body’s ability to flush out toxins. So, it’s no surprise that it’s been shown to help with the excretion of heavy metals, dioxins, and other persistent chemicals,   And the second part of the magic of matcha is big energy without the crash.   Unlike the caffeine that comes from coffee beans, the caffeine in Matcha is released slowly into your system along with L-theanine, giving you a steady supply of energy so your body’s natural detox system can function at its highest levels.   Other Benefits of Matcha: Protection against free radicals. You’ve heard about the antioxidant power of green tea, right? Well, matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea! And 20 times more than a serving of blueberries. Antioxidants are key to disease prevention and are one of the best ways to boost your health. Cancer prevention. Catechins, which are potent cancer-fighters counteracting the effect of pollutants, chemicals, UV rays, and radiation, are a unique set of antioxidants found only in matcha. According to the National Cancer Institute, green tea is one of the most powerful cancer-fighters. Calm alertness. Matcha tea is rich in the amino acid L-Theanine, which is what left those Zen monks (and me) feeling calm, yet alert and focused. While it is a component of all green and black teas, matcha contains roughly five times the amount of L-theanine. Linked to increased concentration, learning ability and even physical endurance, L-Theanine gives you a boost without the caffeine jitters. (6) As someone who absolutely cannot handle the caffeine in coffee, matcha is my go to pick-me-up. If your clients or patients struggle with caffeine jitters, a cup of matcha might be a better choice. Anti-aging properties. A common drink in Okinawa, Japan, one of the few Blue Zones, where people live the longest, healthiest lives, matcha is said to reduce inflammation and oxidation, contributing to anti-aging. Fat-burning properties. One study found that matcha tea increased thermogenesis, the body’s rate of burning calories, by about 4 times the normal rate. Another study showed that drinking matcha before exercise resulting in 25% more fat burning. Improving heart health. Green tea has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, and lower incidence of heart disease and stroke in regular drinkers. (9) A recent Chinese study found that hypertension risk is lowered by up to 65 percent in regular green tea drinkers. Imagine the potential improvements to heart health in drinkers of the much more concentrated form of green tea that matcha is!       DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #2 - Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Don’t confuse this plant for a weed like most people do. It’s a part of the artichoke family, a superfood known for its incredible support of the liver - your body’s central detoxifier.   In Germany, Milk Thistle is still prescribed today by doctors to treat alcoholic cirrhosis, hepatitis, jaundice, and any inflammation or poisoning of the liver.   Supports: Liver, Digestive Organs, and Lungs       DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #3 - Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus) Used for more than 2,000 years to stimulate appetite, support bile secretion, support liver health, this superfood is known for its support of your digestive system.   Blessed thistle (Cnicus benedictus), not to be confused with milk thistle (Silybum marianum), was once used to treat the bubonic plague.   It’s still used today for natural digestive comfort and can even be applied to the skin to support wound healing.   Supports: Liver, Colon and Digestive System       DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #4 - Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Licorice root is used to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In cases of food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn, licorice root extract can speed the repair of stomach lining and restore balance. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid.   Licorice is recommended to treat respiratory problems. Taking licorice as an oral supplement can help the body produce healthy mucus. Increasing phlegm production may seem counterintuitive to a healthy bronchial system. However, the opposite is true. The production of clean, healthy phlegm keeps the respiratory system functioning without old, sticky mucus clogging it.     Supports: Digestive System, Colon, Lungs     DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #5 - Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale) You may be most familiar with dandelion as a stubborn weed that never seems to leave your lawn or garden. However, in traditional herbal medicine practices, dandelion are revered for their wide array of medicinal properties. For centuries, they’ve been used to treat a myriad of physical ailments, including cancer, acne, liver disease and digestive disorders.   From root to flower, dandelion are highly nutritious plants, loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Dandelion greens can be eaten cooked or raw and serve as an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. They also contain vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins. What’s more, dandelion greens provide a substantial amount of several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.   The root of the dandelion is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, which is a type of soluble fiber found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of a healthy bacterial flora in your intestinal tract.   Dandelion are a rich source of beta-carotene and polyphenolic compounds, both of which are known to have strong antioxidant capabilities that can prevent aging and certain diseases.   Animal studies have shown that dandelion protect liver tissue from toxic substances and oxidative stress.   Some research indicates that dandelion may have antimicrobial and antiviral properties, which could support your body’s ability to fight infection.   Several test-tube studies found that dandelion extract significantly reduced the ability of viruses to replicate.     Supports: Colon, Liver, Digestive System       DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #6 - Marshmallow Leaves (Althaea officinalis) Used by the ancient Greeks to remedy bruises and bleeding, and as a mild laxative. Europeans in medieval times used it for indigestion and diarrhea. And today it’s still prescribed by doctors as a way to naturally soothe and support the intestines.   Marshmallow leaves also have mild anti-infective and immune-supporting properties. That makes it perfect for gastroenteritis, peptic and duodenal ulcers, colitis, and enteritis.   Supports: Colon, Digestive System         Introducing: Organixx’s NEW Organic Daily Detox   Organic Daily Detox was designed specifically to boost your levels of these nutrients and feed your natural detox machine exactly what it needs to properly detox over the long run.   The result?   Better energy...   Better sleep...   Better ability to fight illness...   And of course, a robust immune system you can depend on.   Because Organixx is dedicated to the highest quality natural ingredients, a crystalized formula just made more sense.   But there are other benefits as well. The first is potency. Most other detox “teas” just aren’t made with enough quality ingredients to make any real difference to your health.   They’re watered down versions and are too weak to really do anything for you.   The 2nd is freedom!   With a traditional tea bag, you’re forced to drink it as it is, with water.   You’re essential “bagged in” as I like to say and when your options are limited, you get bored quickly. But our specially formulated detox mix is perfect to be stirred into any of your other favorite drinks.   It’s made to mix easily so it’s a perfect health boost in smoothies, juices or water. And because of the unique manufacturing process, any unneeded “filler” Liquids or compounds are extracted before it’s turned into a crystalized format.   It also makes Organic Daily Detox easier to drink. Simply take 1 or two scoops and drop it into hot or cold water. It mixes nearly instantly!       RESOURCES   Milk Thistle Benefits: 15 Ways This Super Herb Can Improve Your Health https://organixx.com/milk-thistle-benefits/   Detox Your Liver Naturally! (+ 7 Tips for a Healthy Liver) https://organixx.com/liver-detox/   11 Signs Your Body Is Screaming for a Detox https://www.foodmatters.com/article/the-importance-of-detoxifying-your-body   Detoxification Pathways in the Liver http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-011-9749-6_2   Chlorophyll and Chlorophyllin http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/chlorophyll-chlorophyllin   Determination of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14518774   Tea and Cancer Prevention https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/tea-fact-sheet   Effect of Green Tea Phytochemicals on Mood and Cognition. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28056735   Body weight loss, reduced urge for palatable food and increased release of GLP-1 through daily supplementation with green-plant membranes for three months in overweight women. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24993695   Green tea intake lowers fasting serum total and LDL cholesterol in adults: a meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21715508   Phytochemical Characterization of Low Molecular Weight Constituents from Marshmallow Roots (Althaea officinalis) and Inhibiting Effects of the Aqueous Extract on Human Hyaluronidase-1 https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jnatprod.6b00670#   Infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria: a review of the global challenge. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19766888   Identification of medicinal plants of Urmia for treatment of gastrointestinal disorders https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0102695X14000477?via%3Dihub   Aqueous extracts and polysaccharides from Marshmallow roots (Althea officinalis L.): Cellular internalisation and stimulation of cell physiology of human epithelial cells in vitro https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378874109006102?via%3Dihub   Determination of Antioxidant Activity of Marshmallow Flower (Althaea officinalis L.) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1081/AL-120039431   Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress as a major cause of age-related diseases and cancer. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19149749   Flavonoids--food sources and health benefits. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25272572   Dietary, circulating beta-carotene and risk of all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis from prospective studies https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4886629/   Effect of vitamin C on inflammation and metabolic markers in hypertensive and/or diabetic obese adults: a randomized controlled trial https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4492638/   Vitamin C and Heart Health: A Review Based on Findings from Epidemiologic Studies https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5000725/   Natural forms of vitamin E: metabolism, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities and the role in disease prevention and therapy https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4120831/   Carotenoids, inflammation, and oxidative stress--implications of cellular signaling pathways and relation to chronic disease prevention. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25134454   Flavonoids, Inflammation and Immune System https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5084045/   Effect of silymarin plus vitamin E in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. A randomized clinical pilot study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26367736   Randomized controlled trial of silymarin treatment in patients with cirrhosis of the liver. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2671116/   Hepatoprotective effect of silymarin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24672644   Effectiveness of inulin intake on indicators of chronic constipation; a meta-analysis of controlled randomized clinical trials. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25208775     Characterisation of antimicrobial extracts from dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) using LC-SPE-NMR. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25644491   Isolation and Identification of Compounds from Bioactive Extracts of Taraxacum officinale Weber ex F. H. Wigg. (Dandelion) as a Potential Source of Antibacterial Agents. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29507587   Inhibitory effect of aqueous Dandelion extract on HIV-1 replication and reverse transcriptase activity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22078030   Taraxacum mongolicum extract exhibits a protective effect on hepatocytes and an antiviral effect against hepatitis B virus in animal and human cells. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24481875   Leaves Antimicrobial Activity of Glycyrrhiza glabra L. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3870067/   An Extract of Glycyrrhiza glabra (GutGard) Alleviates Symptoms of Functional Dyspepsia: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3123991/   Antiviral Activity of Glycyrrhizin against Hepatitis C Virus In Vitro https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3715454/       Subscribe to Empowering You Organically 
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    A Superhero Herb for Body & Brain: KSM-66 Ashwagandha

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 28:19

    Ashwagandha is an important herb used in the ancient Indian system of medicine known as Ayurveda to promote general health and well-being. In Ayurvedic practice, ashwagandha is classified as a Rasayana, which means an herb or preparation that rejuvenates, extends life, and promotes a youthful state of physical and mental health. Listen in to discover more about ashwagandha’s incredible health benefits in general and a special potent “superhero” form known as KSM-66 ashwagandha. What Does Ashwagandha Do? Ashwagandha’s superpower is that it is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are non-toxic therapies that normalize our bodily functions – both physical and mental – that are thrown out of balance when we are exposed to chronic, uncontrolled stress. They do so by correcting imbalances in the neuroendocrine and immune systems [2]. In short, adaptogens enhance our ability to cope with stress. There are more than 35 natural compounds in ashwagandha including alkaloids, steroidal lactones, saponins, and with anolides. These compounds have been shown to have anti-stress activity in multiple laboratory models of chronic stress and in some human studies as well [1-5]. Additionally, ashwagandha extracts as well as specific bioactive compounds present in this plant – primarily in the roots – have been shown to help: counter pain and joint swelling associated with arthritis • boost various components of the immune system • protect the brain and nervous system • slow down or even kill abnormal cells • enhance both male and female sexual desire and function What Is KSM-66 Ashwagandha? KSM-66 Ashwagandha is a high-concentration ashwagandha root extract manufactured and sold by Ixoreal Biomed, located in Hyderabad, India [6]. Ashwagandha KSM-66 is made solely from ashwagandha roots, which contain its main bioactive ingredients, without using any other parts that are considered to be less effective. A unique feature of KSM-66 ashwagandha is that it’s standardized to a withanolide content of at least 5 percent. Withanolides are a group of around 300 naturally occurring steroid compounds, some of which are naturally present in ashwagandha. One example is Withaferin A, an anti-inflammatory compound that has also been shown to stop tumors from growing their own blood vessels, slowing down their growth, and perhaps even shrinking them. Last but not least, KSM-66 ashwagandha is produced by a unique extraction process, based on the principles of “green chemistry,” without using alcohol or any synthetic solvents. Let’s take a closer look now at some of KSM-66 ashwagandha’s benefits for health. What Too Much Cortisol Does to the Body Any stressful event in our lives causes our adrenal glands to produce cortisol, a steroid hormone that acts to control blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, lower inflammation levels, influence memory formation, and manage salt and water balance [7]. The more stressed we are and the longer we’re stressed, the more our adrenals respond by releasing cortisol into our bloodstream. Too much cortisol in the blood over a prolonged period of time can lead to: rapid weight gain high blood pressure osteoporosis muscle weakness mood swings anxiety, depression, or irritability increased thirst and frequency of urination [7] Ongoing high cortisol levels can also eventually cause a lack of sex drive in men. In women, periods typically become irregular, less frequent, or may even stop altogether (amenorrhea). How Can Ashwagandha Help Us Cope With Stress? To answer this question, a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial was conducted to assess the safety and efficacy of KSM-66 ashwagandha (which, as mentioned above, is a high-concentration, full-spectrum ashwagandha root extract) in 64 adults [5]. After 60 days of treatment, the study authors observed a “substantial reduction” in four separate measures of stress in the study participants. KSM-66 ashwagandha also reduced levels of the hormone cortisol in the blood. By lowering cortisol, ashwagandha tones down the body’s response to stressful situations, in effect “calming us down.” No serious adverse events were reported [5] and the study researchers concluded that: “High-concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha root extract safely and effectively improves an individual’s resistance towards stress and thereby improves self-assessed quality of life.” Similarly, in another randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 60 stressed but otherwise healthy adults were randomly assigned to take either a placebo or an ashwagandha root extract once daily for 2 months [8]. At the end of the study, participants given ashwagandha showed a significant reduction in their stress, anxiety, and depression scores. Once again, ashwagandha consumption was associated with a greater reduction in the levels of cortisol in the blood, when compared with placebo [8]. The Connection Between Stress and Obesity Chronic stress has been associated with many illnesses, including obesity. In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, ashwagandha consumption was seen to lead to significant reductions in emotional and uncontrolled food cravings while also lowering cortisol, body weight, and body mass index (BMI) in 52 subjects subjected to chronic stress [9]. Indeed, laboratory experiments in mice have shown that one of the main active ingredients in ashwagandha known as Withaferin A can protect against obesity caused by a high-fat diet by reducing inflammation in the liver, oxidative stress, and insulin resistance [10]. These and other findings make it clear that ashwagandha is a powerful tool in our battle against ongoing stress, likely by regulating various specific aspects of our hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. This is an interactive neuroendocrine system that plays a key role in maintaining our body’s internal equilibrium, along with orchestrating our body’s response to stress. Ashwagandha Benefits for Joint Pain Ashwagandha is a key ingredient in many Ayurvedic formulations prescribed for joint-related conditions such as osteoarthritis. Indeed, many research studies show that ashwagandha and its bioactive ingredients help to manage and reduce inflammation levels. For instance, in a double-blind, placebo-controlled cross-over clinical trial published in 1991, 42 patients with osteoarthritis were randomized to receive a formula containing ashwagandha, frankincense, turmeric, and zinc – or placebo – for three months [11]. Clinical efficacy was evaluated every 15 days in terms of severity of pain, morning stiffness, Ritchie articular index (a weighted score of tenderness and swelling in 53 joint groups, each scored on a 0-3 scale), joint score, disability score, and grip strength. Throughout the study, the herbal formula was seen to significantly reduce the severity of joint pain and disability. No significant adverse effects were reported. In another study, 86 patients with joint pain were given 5 grams of ashwagandha powder twice a day for three weeks with lukewarm water or milk [12]. Then these patients took another Ayurvedic preparation known as Sidh Makardhwaj – a formulation used in rheumatoid arthritis and neurological disorders – daily for the next four weeks. Treatment with ashwagandha and Sidh Makardhwaj for seven weeks led to significantly improved scores of joint swelling, tenderness, and pain, indicating that this combination treatment is likely to be beneficial in rheumatoid arthritis. Indeed, in laboratory experiments, an ashwagandha root extract was seen to reduce inflammation in knee cartilage taken from chronic osteoarthritis patients [13]. Ashwagandha for Boosting Endurance, Muscle Strength, and Recovery Ashwagandha has long had the reputation of being able to enhance cardiovascular endurance and physical performance. As stated earlier, consuming this herb is said to impart the strength and stamina of a horse [1]. In a prospective, double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled study, KSM-66 ashwagandha was shown to significantly boost cardiorespiratory endurance and improve self-reported quality of life (QOL) in 50 healthy male and female athletic adults [14]. In another randomized, prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, 57 young men with little previous experience in resistance training were randomized into treatment and placebo groups [15]. Participants in the treatment group consumed 300 mg of ashwagandha root extract twice daily, while those in the control group took starch placebos instead. Multiple measurements – including muscle strength, muscle size, body composition, testosterone levels, and muscle recovery – were made before the start of the study. Both groups then went through resistance training for 8 weeks and the measurements were repeated when they were done. Promisingly, the group of men taking ashwagandha root extract had significantly greater increases in muscle strength and arm muscle size relative to the placebo group. They also showed significantly less exercise-induced muscle damage, higher testosterone levels, and a greater reduction in body fat percentage. In other words, ashwagandha supplementation is associated with significant increases in muscle mass, strength, and recovery after exercise. In another randomized, double-blind strength and conditioning study known as the STAR trial, 500 mg of an extract of ashwagandha roots and leaves was consumed by recreationally active young men for 12 weeks [16]. Body composition, muscular strength, power, and endurance, cycling time trial, and blood chemistry were measured before and after the study. Consuming the ashwagandha extract was seen to improve upper and lower body strength and improve distribution of body mass in these men, once again without causing any serious adverse effects. Ashwagandha as an Immune System Enhancer Ashwagandha enhances immune function. In a small study, ashwagandha root extract was seen to activate multiple types of immune cells in the participants [17]. Similarly, a tea fortified with five herbs including ashwagandha was seen to activate so-called “natural killer” (NK) cells in not just one, but two independent double-blind intervention studies conducted in India on healthy volunteers [18]. NK cell activity is an important aspect of our body’s early immune response to infections. Interestingly, in other situations, ashwagandha extracts have also been shown to suppress specific components of the immune system. For example, one of the characteristic features of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the continuous production of pro-inflammatory compounds known as cytokines in joint cavities, triggering inflammation and cartilage destruction. In laboratory experiments in rats, a root extract of ashwagandha was seen to suppress production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and reduce oxidative stress [19]. The Brain-Boosting Benefits of Ashwagandha Numerous laboratory studies show that ashwagandha – traditionally used in Ayurveda to boost intellect and memory – can slow, stop, and reverse damage to brain cells and may even help to reconstruct brain cell networks. For instance, ashwagandha extracts have been shown to promote nerve cell growth in culture [20]. Withanolide A, withanoside IV, and withanoside VI were identified as the bioactive compounds responsible. Ashwagandha extracts as well as specific bioactive compounds (e.g., withanolide A) have also been shown to protect nerve cells in culture against damage caused by various toxic agents [21]. Amazingly, the administration of withanoside IV for 21 days led to recovery in a rat model of spinal cord damage [20]. It is well known that toxic free radicals damage brain cells and contribute to both normal aging and aging-related health conditions. In a 2015 study, both ashwagandha extracts and a bioactive compound known as withanone were seen to protect nerve cells from oxidative damage [22]. Not surprisingly, ashwagandha has long been used in Ayurveda to enhance memory and improve mental faculties. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study, 50 adults suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) – who are considered to be at a greater risk of developing dementia later in life – were treated with either 300 mg of KSM-66 ashwagandha twice daily or placebo for 8 weeks [23]. After 8 weeks, the ashwagandha KSM-66 group showed significant improvements in both their immediate or short-term as well as general memory, relative to the placebo group. The ashwagandha group also showed significant improvements in executive function, sustained attention, and information-processing abilities. Can Ashwagandha Even Help Protect Against Abnormal Cell Growth? Ashwagandha and other species of Withania are well known in folk medicine traditions for their anti-cancer properties and their extracts have been shown to be toxic for multiple types of cancer cells in laboratory experiments [24]. They appear to act by slowing down or even stopping cancer cell growth by inducing programmed cell death or “apoptosis.” As stated earlier, Withaferin A, an anti-inflammatory withanolide, has been shown to act as an anti-angiogenic. In other words, it can help stop tumors from growing their own blood vessels, slowing down their growth, or perhaps even shrinking them. As reported in the journal Biochemical Pharmacology in August 2019, growing evidence suggests that Withaferin A is very effective against cancer [25]. For instance, low response rate and recurrence are common issues in lung cancer. Withaferin A has been shown to exhibit potent toxicity against several lung cancer cell lines in laboratory experiments. Not only that, the combination of Withaferin A and chemotherapeutic drugs were shown to have additive effects on lung cancer cell survival [26]. Withaferin A has also been shown to be toxic for breast cancer and cervical cancer (HeLa) cells in laboratory experiments [27,28]. Similarly, other bioactive compounds in ashwagandha have also been shown to be toxic for cancer cells in laboratory experiments [29]. KSM-66 Ashwagandha’s Impact on Libido and Infertility Ashwagandha root extract has been shown to enhance sexual desire and function in both men and women. For instance, ashwagandha has been described in Ayurvedic medicine as an aphrodisiac that can be used to treat male sexual dysfunction and infertility. In a pilot study conducted to evaluate the effects of ashwagandha in patients with a low sperm count (known as oligospermia), a total of 46 male patients were randomized either to treatment with KSM-66 Ashwagandha or placebo for 90 days [30]. At the end of the study, participants given KSM-66 ashwagandha showed a 167% increase in sperm count, a 53% increase in semen volume, and a 57% increase in sperm motility relative to baseline. In comparison, only minimal changes were seen in the placebo group. Further, a greater improvement in hormone levels was seen with KSM-66 ashwagandha. In other words, ashwagandha is likely to be very effective in treating oligospermia, which is a leading cause of male infertility. Similarly, a meta-analysis showed that ashwagandha significantly improved sperm concentration and sperm motility even in men with normal sperm parameters, without any adverse effects [31]. Ashwagandha has also been shown to enhance sexual function in women. At the Trupti Hospital and Santati Fertility Center located near Mumbai in India, 50 women were randomized to either ashwagandha treatment or placebo (300 mg twice daily) for 8 weeks [32]. In this study, ashwagandha supplementation was shown to lead to significantly higher scores in multiple markers of sexual desire and function. But Is Ashwagandha Safe? Ashwagandha root powder has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and it is believed to be completely safe and free of any toxicity. Extracts of ashwagandha made using alcohol and water will likely contain higher doses of its natural ingredients, relative to raw powder. So far animal studies with such extracts have shown no evidence of toxicity, even at relatively high doses [33]. However, it is always advisable to take an herbal supplement only after consulting your healthcare provider, especially if you have any ongoing health conditions or if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Organixx Turmeric 3D Contains KSM-66 Ashwagandha The Organixx Turmeric 3D formula has always contained ashwagandha extract. As part of our commitment to seeking out the cleanest and most effective supplement ingredients, we upgraded to KSM-66 Ashwagandha in 2019 – the most clinically studied ashwagandha on the market. KSM-66 is a full-spectrum extract produced using a unique proprietary extraction process, based on “Green Chemistry” principles, without using alcohol or any other chemical solvent.   Deeper Dive Resources [1] An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda. [2] Scientific basis for the use of Indian ayurvedic medicinal plants in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders: ashwagandha. [3] Scientific Basis for the Therapeutic Use of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): A Review. [4] Anti‐stress activity of sitoindosides VII and VIII, new acylsterylglucosides from Withania somnifera. [5] A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults. [6] KSM-66 Ashwagandha Documentary [7] Society for Endocrinology: You and Your Hormones – Cortisol. [8] An investigation into the stress-relieving and pharmacological actions of an ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. [9] Body Weight Management in Adults Under Chronic Stress Through Treatment With Ashwagandha Root Extract: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. [10] Withaferin A Protects Against High-Fat Diet-Induced Obesity Via Attenuation of Oxidative Stress, Inflammation, and Insulin Resistance. [11] Treatment of osteoarthritis with a herbomineral formulation: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study. [12] Efficacy & safety evaluation of Ayurvedic treatment (Ashwagandha powder & Sidh Makardhwaj) in rheumatoid arthritis patients: a pilot prospective study. [13] The relationship between chondroprotective and antiinflammatory effects of Withania somnifera root and glucosamine sulphate on human osteoarthritic cartilage in vitro. [14] Efficacy of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera [L.] Dunal) in improving cardiorespiratory endurance in healthy athletic adults. [15] Examining the effect of Withania somnifera supplementation on muscle strength and recovery: a randomized controlled trial. [16] Effects of an Aqueous Extract of Withania somnifera on Strength Training Adaptations and Recovery: The STAR Trial. [17] In vivo effects of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract on the activation of lymphocytes. [18] In vivo enhancement of natural killer cell activity through tea fortified with Ayurvedic herbs. [19] In vivo, Extract from Withania somnifera Root Ameliorates Arthritis via Regulation of Key Immune Mediators of Inflammation in Experimental Model of Arthritis. [20] Effects of Ashwagandha (roots of Withania somnifera) on neurodegenerative diseases. [21] Neuritic regeneration and synaptic reconstruction induced by withanolide A. [22] Combinations of Ashwagandha leaf extracts protect brain-derived cells against oxidative stress and induce differentiation. [23] Efficacy and Safety of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal) Root Extract in Improving Memory and Cognitive Functions. [24] Medicinal Plants from Near East for Cancer Therapy. [25] Withaferin A: From ayurvedic folk medicine to preclinical anti-cancer drug. [26] Identification of Withaferin A as a Potential Candidate for Anti-Cancer Therapy in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. [27] Withaferin A inhibits expression of ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related kinase and enhances sensitivity of human breast cancer cells to cisplatin. [28] Subcritical water extraction of withanosides and withanolides from ashwagandha (Withania somnifera L) and their biological activities. [29] Cytotoxic Withanolides from the Roots of Indian Ginseng (Withania somnifera). [30] Clinical Evaluation of the Spermatogenic Activity of the Root Extract of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) in Oligospermic Males: A Pilot Study. [31] Withania somnifera (Indian ginseng) in male infertility: An evidence-based systematic review and meta-analysis. [32] Efficacy and Safety of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Root Extract in Improving Sexual Function in Women: A Pilot Study. [33] Safety assessment of Withania somnifera extract standardized for Withaferin A: Acute and sub-acute toxicity study.

    Suffering from Back Pain? Leading Expert Shares Her Secrets to Being Pain-Free

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2020 27:33

    Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability, preventing many people from engaging in work as well as other everyday activities. Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives. Emily Lark is one of those statistics, but she’s been able to get pain free, naturally. Tune in and find out how to ease YOUR back pain naturally! About Emily Emily Lark is a speaker, author, studio owner, and creator of the internationally bestselling program Back to Life.  After living most of her life with debilitating back pain, Emily created a method to naturally heal back pain that has now helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world.  Back to Life is so simple that anyone can do it from home in just minutes a day and it has quickly become the #1 healthy back DVD program in the world.   Back Pain Statistics Back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in one year—that’s two work days for every full-time worker in the country. Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives     Emily’s one thing that most people are doing wrong when it comes to chronic pain. “I think one of the key things that people are missing when it comes to chronic pain, I think the biggest thing that people are missing is the strength-building, too, because if we can strengthen the muscles to support our skeletal system, then they don’t start feeling that pain, the joints have more life to them.”   The worst back pain advice that many doctors are still giving. Most of us, when we injure ourselves, when we’re in pain, we think that what we need to do is just kind of rest. But now, we’re really starting to find that movement is actually the fastest route to healing in most cases.   Emily’s Top 3 Stretches to Stop Back Pain. Neck and shoulders Doorway stretch, where you go into a doorway with your elbows on the side like goalposts, you lean the chest forward, and you hold for just 30 seconds. Then, you can work your elbows up a little bit, you can work them down.  But you want to feel that stretch in the front of the chest.  I try to tell people to remember to do it just three times a day.  Get up for 30 seconds and stretch that out.  Your core (your abdominal muscles, specifically the ones in the lower abdomen region) All you do is sit up really tall, and then you just lift one knee up and pull the belly in. And you lower it down and lift the other one up.  That’s going to activate those lower abdominal muscles.  You can do a marching movement; you can lift and hold.  Your spine Try to move the spine in all six directions at least once a day. And so, that would be a forward bend, a back bend, side bend to the right, side bend to the left, and then a twist, and a twist.    Stretching Tips You want to ease into it, because if you try to push too hard into a stretch, your body actually gives the opposite reaction of tensing up the muscles. Start in a stretch where you feel that edge, but you’re not feeling any pain, you’re not feeling horrible amounts of tension. And then using the breath, breathing in and out through the nose, actually has a very calming effect on the nervous system and it actually, if you think of your breath kind of communicating directly with your muscles, that will help the muscles start to release.  Rather than pushing them into it, try to breathe into those muscles. You always want to hold a stretch for at least 30 seconds. That’s kind of like the magic timeframe, where if you hold for 30 seconds, that’s where you’re going to get the most bang for your buck.  Anything less than 30 seconds, they’ve shown you don’t actually really increase your flexibility.    Don’t Forget to Warm Up If you haven’t moved at all yet in the morning, absolutely, you can go into some gentle morning stretches, but don’t push the body if it’s the first thing you’re doing. If you’ve been moving around throughout your day, your body is kind of warmed up, and then you can go into it a little bit more.    What back pain is really telling us. “I think the worst thing that we can do is just try to medicate and numb the pain out. Because clearly, if we’re in pain, our body’s trying to tell us something.” ~Emily  People often think that it’s our strong muscles that are the ones that are the tight ones. It’s actually the opposite that’s true.  The weaker the muscles are, the tighter they get.    Simple daily tips to help with back pain like how to stand, sit and sleep. Stacking your posture When you’re standing, always try to stand with your feet lined up with your hip bones, with your toes straight forward. Standing with the feet straight forward, and then slightly lifting your arches, you’ll feel the ankles stop rolling together, and the knees stop knocking together.  From there, we kind of work our way up to the low belly. I always advise people, as much as we can remember, try to draw the low belly in.  We want the shoulders to draw back right over the hips rather than forward. Then, we want to draw the ears back right over the shoulders. And a great test for this, to see if you’re standing up as tall as you could be, is to go stand with your back against a wall and try to see if you can get your shoulder blades to touch the wall, the back of your head to touch the wall at the same time, and then here’s the kicker, see if you can get your low ribs to touch the wall at the same time.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   INSPIRED Library Articles on Back Pain https://organixx.com/?s=BACK+PAIN   Organixx – Clean Sourced Collagens https://shop.organixx.com/a/secure/checkout/QDxYPYGKBx7qmdyvdnGm?ch-tn-box=third-box&gl=5d88ec8202e26bb740380841   Organixx – Turmeric 3D https://shop.organixx.com/a/secure/checkout/OobbS9ROAoETfnAGmGDF?ch-tn-box=first-box&gl=5d8908c502e26b5f0c38083c   Emily’s Website https://www.emilylark.com/about-emily   Emily’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EmilyLarkOfficial/   Back to Life Program https://www.healthybacksystem.com/organixx   Back Pain Statistics https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/What-is-Chiropractic/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics    

    Why Boosting Your Immune System During a Pandemic Can Kill You…Do This Instead!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020 36:05

    Coronavirus is still with us this Fall and Winter. Tune in to find out from Jonathan and TeriAnn why BOOSTING your immune system right now may not be the way to go. We help you understand your immune system; innate and adaptive, cytokine storms, and the role of beta-glucans, or a β-glucans for short, play in SUPPORTING your immunity. Which leads you into the magic of mushrooms. Here’s a hint…they aren’t just for anti-aging! “Boosting” your Immune System may be the worst thing you can do during a pandemic… The single best thing you can do for your health and the health of your loved ones is to take steps towards supporting the health of your immune system. And I chose the word “support” carefully because new research is now showing that... Immune SUPPORT is better than an immune BOOST during a pandemic! Let’s Look at The Immune System The immune system protects the body from possibly harmful substances by recognizing and responding to antigens. Antigens are substances (usually proteins) on the surface of cells, viruses, fungi, or bacteria. Nonliving substances such as toxins, chemicals, drugs, and foreign particles (such as a splinter) can also be antigens. The immune system recognizes and destroys, or tries to destroy, substances that contain antigens. Your body's cells have proteins that are antigens. These include a group of antigens called HLA antigens. Your immune system learns to see these antigens as normal and usually does not react against them. Important Distinctions of Your Immune System Innate Immune System The innate immune system is made of defenses against infection that can be activated immediately once a pathogen attacks. The innate immune system is essentially made up of barriers that aim to keep viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other foreign particles out of your body or limit their ability to spread and move throughout the body. The innate immune system includes: Physical Barriers such as skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, the nasopharynx, cilia, eyelashes and other body hair. Defense Mechanisms such as secretions, mucous, bile, gastric acid, saliva, tears, and sweat. General Immune Responses such as inflammation, complement, and non-specific cellular responses. The inflammatory response actively brings immune cells to the site of an infection by increasing blood flow to the area. Complement is an immune response that marks pathogens for destruction and makes holes in the cell membrane of the pathogen. The innate immune system is always general, or nonspecific, meaning anything that is identified as foreign or non-self is a target for the innate immune response. The innate immune system is activated by the presence of antigens and their chemical properties.   The Adaptive Immune System: Precision and a long memory If the body’s first line of defense – the innate immune system – is unsuccessful in destroying the pathogens, after about four to seven days the specific adaptive immune response sets in. This means that the adaptive defense takes longer, but it targets the pathogen more accurately. Another advantage: It can remember the aggressor and acts specifically against certain antigens. If there is new contact with an antigen that is already known, the defense response can then be quicker. This way the defense responses of the adaptive immune system are more efficient and faster than those of the innate defense, if the antigen is already known. The adaptive immune system can remember the antigens because it produces memory cells. This is also the reason why there are some illnesses you can only get once in your life, because afterwards your body becomes “immune.” While after first contact with the pathogen it takes several days for the immune system to respond, a second infection often has no consequences, or at least the symptoms are weaker. The adaptive immune system has several parts that react in different ways, depending on the place in the body where the pathogen is. Antibodies are made available for germs outside the cells (in the blood and in body fluids). To eliminate pathogens that are inside the tissue, a cell-mediated immune response is necessary. These parts of the adaptive defense include: T lymphocytes B lymphocytes antibodies as soluble proteins in the blood cytokines in the blood and tissue as hormone-like messenger substance Cytokines Cytokines form a group of proteins that participate in cell signaling, intercellular communication and in many cellular and immunological functions. They are prominently involved in inflammatory responses and defense against viral infections. If the other parts act like soldiers protecting you, then cytokines are like Navy Seals, sent in for only the toughest missions.  These cytokines are small molecules in the body that are released by certain cells to help coordinate the battle against infection. So, you might be thinking “Great! How do I get more of these hard-working cytokines into my system?” And that makes sense. If they’re the best of the best for fighting illness, then you’d want more of them, right? Well, it’s not so simple and now some doctors have recently made a startling discovery… As it turns out, “boosting” cytokines during a pandemic like this might cause what some doctors call a “cytokine storm.” And this cytokine storm might be the explanation of why some people rapidly decline in a pandemic, while others are able to stay healthy. Scientifically speaking, a “cytokine storm” is when, in some cases, the body's own immune system actually overreacts to an infection.  And that’s when problems can start. While cytokines are generally a good thing for your immune system… Too many of them at once might actually cause an overreaction.  This “overreaction” could cause more damage to the body’s own cells than to the invading disease cells it's trying to fight off. Your Cellular Immunity Defense System There is one thing that almost every single medical doctor does agree on when it comes to diseases… A compromised immune system is the single biggest risk factor anyone can have. You might be wondering… How do I build the foundation of my immune system without overloading it? Fortunately, there is something you can do, and it has to do with what doctors and medical researchers call... your Cellular Immunity Defense System Cellular immunity protects the body through: T-cell mediated immunity or T-cell immunity: activating antigen-specific cytotoxic T cells that are able to induce apoptosis in body cells displaying epitopes of foreign antigen on their surface, such as virus-infected cells, cells with intracellular bacteria, and cancer cells displaying tumor antigens; Macrophage and natural killer cell action: enabling the destruction of pathogens via recognition and secretion of cytotoxic granules (for natural killer cells and phagocytosis (for macrophages); and Stimulating cells to secrete a variety of cytokines that influence the function of other cells involved in adaptive immune responses and innate immune responses. Cell-mediated immunity is directed primarily at microbes that survive in phagocytes and microbes that infect non-phagocytic cells. It is most effective in removing virus-infected cells, but also participates in defending against fungi, protozoans, cancers, and intracellular bacteria. It also plays a major role in transplant rejection THIS LITTLE-KNOWN NUTRIENT - Activates Your Cellular Immunity Defense System It’s called a beta-glucan, or a β-glucan for short. Outside of freshman chemistry class, you may never have heard of a beta-glucan.  But these β-glucans attach themselves to white blood cells and stimulate them to seek and destroy bacteria and viruses.   Your body already has natural bacteria killing cells called B cells and T cells, and dozens of research studies show that once β-glucans are in your system, they activate and strengthen these killer cells.   It’s like sending every little immunity soldier into battle with a rocket launcher packed with an unlimited supply of bacteria-seeking missiles.  And that’s not all they do…  Remember those little immunity defenders called cytokines?  We know that overloading the system with them can cause a “cytokine storm,” but striking the right balance of them can really fortify your immune system.  Well, that’s part of the magic of β-glucans...  β-glucans are what trigger natural and healthy cytokine production and those little cytokines are what spring to action in an immune response.    So, the more β-glucan you have in your body, the stronger your immune system.  AND what’s more, β-glucans naturally regulate your cytokine production, so they won’t “overload” and cause a dangerous cytokine storm.  So, you might be asking, how do I make sure my β-glucans are strong and that my system has enough of them to fight off infectious bacteria?  Well, there is one superfood that contains extremely high amounts of β-glucan.    The #1 Superfood That Fortifies Your Cellular Immunity Defense System: NUTRITIONAL MUSHROOMS - The Cutting Edge of Natural Immune System Research Just by using nutritional mushrooms regularly, researchers say you can increase your levels of β-glucans more than any other nutrient on earth. It’s like having a never-ending supply of reinforcements to send into the war against infectious diseases. Researchers have found that nutritional mushrooms contain 0.53 grams of β-glucans per 100 grams of mushrooms, which makes them far and away the most β-glucan-rich food you can find on the planet.   3 Mushrooms That Act Like “Turbo Shots” To Your Immune System  SHITAKE In a 2011 study, 52 healthy adults, aged 21 to 41, took home a 4-week supply of shiitake mushrooms. They were told to eat one 4-ounce serving of the mushroom every day.  Then after the 4 weeks were completed, they returned for some simple blood work.  Their results showed a decrease in inflammatory proteins which the researchers thought was a pretty good benefit in itself…  But then they looked a little harder at the data and saw that each patient's B cells, T cells, and natural bacteria-killing cells had all increased.  When they finally figured out what triggered this response, it was no surprise that it was all connected back to the β-glucans that came from the shiitake mushrooms they had been eating.  "If you eat a shiitake mushroom every day, you could see changes in their immune system that are beneficial," said Food Science and Human Nutrition Professor Sue Percival, who was the leader of the study.    She also said that those β-glucans were not only able to "Enhance the immune system,”  ... but “also reduce the inflammation that the immune system produces." And the benefits of shiitake don’t just stop there, because these mushrooms flood your system with other nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin D, selenium, niacin, and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids.   Plus, the enzymes packed into shiitake also make it easier for your body to absorb almost any nutrient.   Which means if you’re already taking a vitamin C or D supplement for your immune system, shiitake will actually make those supplements work better!  REISHI Known as the Mushrooms of Immortality, reishi mushrooms are packed with polysaccharides, antioxidant properties, and those crucial β-glucans that can help with immune function. As early as 206 BC there are writings about reishi mushrooms being used to help people live longer. Today’s researchers now know that they were living longer simply because their bodies were better equipped to fight off disease. Simply put, they had super strong Cellular Immunity Defense Systems.Again, it’s thanks to the high content of those powerful β-glucans! In fact, reishi mushrooms have been shown to have as much as 5.8% levels of β-glucans, higher than any other mushroom strain on earth.   MAITAKE Remember those important cytokines?  Well, we know it’s important to strike the right balance of them in your system…  So that you have enough of them to help your immune system fight off bacteria...  But not too many to cause a dangerous “cytokine storm”.  It turns out that maitake mushrooms may just be the secret to striking this delicate balance.  A 3-week study of a group of healthy young women taking Maitake mushrooms resulted in the benefits you might expect.  Similar to reishi and shiitake, they all saw improvements in their immune systems thanks to the increase in β-glucans…  But the study with maitake gave researchers some really exciting results with those cytokines  It turns out that maitake was able to trigger both stimulatory (IL-2) and suppressive (IL-10) cytokines.   That means they were able to increase the cytokines, but not past a certain level so they got out of control. But here’s where things really start to get interesting…  Maitake is not the only mushroom researchers have studied for the immune response…  While it was by far the strongest in supporting the immune defense reaction…  There was one way they were able to trigger an even bigger response…  They combined it with shiitake!  And it was that combination that was stronger than any other. MUSHROOM POTENCY CAN BE INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY WHEN THEY ARE USED TOGETHER!  Just look what happened when the research team from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, and Integria Healthcare started mixing mushrooms together…  They started with nine varieties of whole mushroom extracts.  They tried them each individually with some pretty good results…  But then they tried mixing a few of them together, and as you’d expect, the results dramatically increased.  And when their work was done do you know which 3 of the 9 mushrooms worked best for the immune system?  You guess it - the magical trio of reishi, shiitake, and maitake.  When these 3 were combined, the lead researcher told the media that they came together to create and immune system “super-force.”  “What we found that was surprising was that the (combination) gave three to four times the impact that what we would expect,” Associate Professor Joe Tiralongo said. 7M+ by Organixx  7M+ is a breakthrough proprietary formula that ensures you’re getting the most powerful combination of those 3 crucial mushrooms packed with those β-glucans at a level no other mushroom supplement can offer. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of 7M+ give you what you need to help support your immune system like nothing else on the market.  And… It turns out there’s so much more that mushrooms can do for our bodies than just immune support.   That’s why Organixx added 4 other nutritional mushrooms into this formula…. CHAGA Chaga has been used for centuries primarily in the East. It's known for its immune support and soothing properties. Many traditional healers have used it as a soothing tea for a powerful and natural digestive support. It's also shown the potential to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range. Chaga also has very powerful antioxidant properties that make it a powerhouse on its own. CORDYCEPS Cordyceps mushrooms have been shown to help regulate a healthy immune system. Cordyceps were at one time so highly valued that they were only allowed to be consumed by the Emperor of China (who lived to 100+ years old and still fathered children into his 100s). Also known for the ability to support sexual health and athletic ability, cordyceps have been the most sought after nutritional mushroom in the Orient. LION'S MANE One of the more interesting mushrooms coming from the ancient east. Lion's mane is known to support brain health, support cognitive function, and aid against age-related memory loss. It also helps maintain mental focus and function, as well as promoting healthy digestive function through its powerful regulation of bacteria. TURKEY TAIL Turkey tail is considered one of the best-researched mushrooms on earth. Its benefits are just as strong as other nutritional mushrooms such as reishi, cordyceps and maitake. It contains powerful antioxidant nutrients and high levels of selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin B3, which are crucial for boosting and maintaining immunity. Fermentation INCREASES the Power of Nutritional Mushrooms Most other mushroom supplements don’t take this into consideration. They simply get a basic mushroom formula and bottle it up. That strategy does work a little better than just eating whole mushrooms… But fermentation takes it to a whole other level of potency and that’s exactly what the team at Organixx has done with 7M+ and their proprietary fermentation process. Fermentation is simply the process of breaking something down so that the highest amount of nutrients can be extracted. Research found that fermented mushrooms are, indeed, the best way to increase the levels of those powerful β-glucans. Fermentation also extracts all the healthy and beneficial other nutrients that are packed into mushrooms. This means that those nutrients can get into your system better because they’re more bioavailable. The Ingredients in 7M+ Are Certified Organic – Why That Matters to YOU! Once a nutrient like mushrooms are harvested, they are then dried and concentrated down to a very potent dose. This sounds like a good thing because you’ll get a higher dose of the nutrients, as we discussed already… But if those mushrooms were not grown organically, that means pesticides and poisons were used on them. And when they are concentrated down, you’re not only getting high amounts of nutrients…. but HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF POISONS too! Why 7M+ for You and Your Family 7M+ is specifically formulated to give you everything you need to help support immunity and feel younger and healthier. This year, with the entire globe dealing with a health epidemic, maintaining your immune system might be something that makes all the difference. With 7M+, you get seven of the world’s finest beneficial mushrooms, jam-packed with β-glucans – nature’s powerful sickness-fighting ingredient. With the immune-supporting power of 7M+ working throughout your entire body, you can help increase your and your family’s odds of staying well even during times like this. Only two capsules a day provide you with a completely safe, 100% natural, and amazingly effective formula to support immunity… and help you live a longer and healthier life! RESOURCES 7M+ by Organixx https://shop.organixx.com/a/secure/checkout/PS9gd0VOOLThuCn8OMXV?ch-tn-box=third-box&gl=5d88ec0f02e26b5443380841 Empowering You Organically Episode 47: The Magic of Mushrooms https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/the-magic-of-mushrooms-episode-47/ Cytokines https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/cytokines Cytokine storm: An overreaction of the body's immune system https://www.newscientist.com/term/cytokine-storm/#ixzz6KBGrH9ZF Cytokine Storms May Be Fueling Some COVID Deaths https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200417/cytokine-storms-may-be-fueling-some-covid-deaths NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/797584 Into the Eye of the Cytokine Storm https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3294426/ COVID-19: consider cytokine storm syndromes and immunosuppression https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30628-0/fulltext The innate and adaptive immune systems https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279396/ Cellular Immunity https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/cellular-immunity The immune system review https://www.khanacademy.org/science/high-school-biology/hs-human-body-systems/hs-the-immune-system/a/hs-the-immune-system-review Cell-Mediated Immunity https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/cell-mediated-immunity Cell-mediated immunity https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell-mediated_immunity Types of immune responses: Innate and adaptive, humoral vs. cell-mediated https://www.khanacademy.org/science/high-school-biology/hs-human-body-systems/hs-the-immune-system/v/types-of-immune-responses-innate-and-adaptive-humoral-vs-cell-mediated Edible Mushrooms: Improving Human Health and Promoting Quality Life https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4320875/ Determination of Glucan Contents in the Fruiting Bodies and Mycelia of Lentinula edodes Cultivars https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4206800/ Beta-glucans in edible mushrooms https://www.researchgate.net/publication/263256678_Beta-glucans_in_edible_mushrooms Shaping the Innate Immune Response by Dietary Glucans: Any Role in the Control of Cancer? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7016572/ Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25866155 Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92757/ Immune-enhancing effects of Maitake (Grifola frondosa) and Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) extracts https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4202470/ Immune-modulating Effects of Maitake Mushroom Extract https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2009-12/immune-modulating-effects-maitake-mushroom-extract Synergistic immuno-modulatory activity in human macrophages of a medicinal mushroom formulation consisting of Reishi, Shiitake and Maitake https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/authors?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0224740 Researchers prove mushrooms are magic for your immune system https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2019/11/08/mushroom-medicines-health-benefits/  

    Top 10 Ways To Become More Grateful From The Leading Expert on Gratitude and Happiness

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2020 29:54

    Gratitude undeniably improves our well-being. Science proves it! Tune in this week for 10 ways to become more grateful. There are some interesting suggestions here - you don’t want to miss it! The Expert on Gratitude Robert Emmons, who has a PhD and is the leading scientific expert on gratitude, shares a lot of really good information. He is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California – Davis and the founding Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology.  He has authored many books around gratitude and happiness and emotions and positivity, and this is his top 10 list for becoming more grateful.    Top 10 List for Becoming More Grateful Keep a gratitude journal. Establish a daily practice in which you remind yourself of the gifts, grace, benefits, and good things you enjoy. Setting aside time on a daily basis to recall moments of gratitude, associated with ordinary events, your personal attributes, or valued people in your life, give you the potential to interweave a sustainable life theme of gratefulness.  Remember the bad. To be grateful in your current state, it is helpful to remember the hard times that you once experienced. When you remember how difficult life used to be and how far you have come, you set up an explicit contrast in your mind, and this contrast is fertile ground for gratefulness.  Ask yourself three questions. Utilize the meditation technique known as Naikan, which involves reflecting on three questions: “What have I received from __?”, “What have I given to __?”, and “What troubles and difficulty have I caused?” Learn prayers of gratitude. In many spiritual traditions, prayers of gratitude are considered to be the most powerful form of prayer, because through these prayers, people recognize the ultimate source of all they are and all they will ever be. Come to your senses. Through our senses, the ability to touch, see, smell, taste, and hear, we gain an appreciation of what it means to be human and of what an incredible miracle it is to be alive. Seen through the lens of gratitude, the human body is not only a miraculous construction, but also a gift.  Use visual reminders. Because the two primary obstacles to gratefulness are forgetfulness and the lack of mindful awareness, visual reminders can serve as cues to trigger thoughts of gratitude. Oftentimes, the best visual reminders are other people. Make a vow to practice gratitude. Research shows that making an oath to perform a behavior increases the likelihood that the action will be executed. Watch your language. Grateful people have a particular linguistic style that uses the language of gifts, givers, blessings, bless, fortune, fortunate, and abundance. In gratitude, you should not focus on how inherently good you are, but rather on the inherently good things that others have done on your behalf. Go through the motions. If you go through grateful motions, the emotion of gratitude should be triggered. Grateful motions include smiling, saying thank you, and writing letters of gratitude.  Think outside the box. If you want to make the most out of opportunities to flex your gratitude muscles, you must creatively look for new situations and circumstances in which to feel grateful.   Homework from Jonathan: Exercising Your Gratitude Muscle According to UCLA's Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, having an attitude of gratitude changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps the gray matter functioning, and makes us healthier and happier. When you feel happiness, the central nervous system is affected. You are more peaceful, less reactive, and less resistant. Now that's a really cool way of taking care of your well-being as you go through not just the holiday season but the rest of your life.   Joan Moran, from UCLA Recreation’s FITWELL program, wrote an opinion piece in 2013 for the Huffington Post where she discussed positive benefits of an attitude of gratitude.   We want to help you exercise your Gratitude Muscle this holiday season! So, we’re sharing her timeless tips with you today. And challenging YOU to incorporate this into a daily practice this holiday season….and beyond!   The following questions (and their honest answers) will help you grow your attitude of gratitude during the holidays:   Ask who in your life — past and present — has given you inspiration, motivation, love, support, and guidance. These people can be family, friends, teachers, mentors, or work colleagues. You carry these people around like angels on your shoulders because they are always giving you energy. Take a moment to acknowledge them and give thanks that that they are in your life. You can follow up with a note or phone call of thanks to let them know that they matter to you. Ask what skills, talents, personal characteristics, values, beliefs, and education opportunities you utilize every day and are you grateful for. The one stable gift that I am grateful for is my ability to teach. This is the gift I cannot live without because it leads to other fabulous learning and knowing experiences as well as different skill sets. You will recognize your greatest talents and gifts by reflecting on the values and beliefs that you live by and personal characteristics that you have developed. Ask yourself what gift keeps on giving for you. What gifts will change your life mightily?   Ask where you have been in your life that has deeply affected you emotionally, intellectually, physically or spiritually. In what ways have experiences outside your normal daily activities positively influenced your life? It is likely you have experienced some travel during your life. The places you visited, the people you met, perhaps from other cultures have broadened your life, influenced your view of the world and affected your sense of self within your community. Take time during the holidays and reflect on how these powerful experiences have shaped who you are today.   Ask how you normally express your gratitude. Do you express gratitude daily? And if you are not taking the time to do so, why not? It is easy to forget to say thank you because our lives are so busy and filled with "to-dos" and "musts." Make it a habit at least twice a day to find a quiet place to pause and say thank you for your gifts. Reach out to friends by phone or email to say thank you to them for being in your life because they cherish you and give you support and love. Acknowledge and be grateful for your loving community.   Ask what negative situation could be a positive in your life. Why should you be grateful for the negative things that happen to you in life? Life isn't perfect. Bad stuff happens. But inside every negative experience is a positive experience waiting to happen. Eliminating the negative self-talk, you put yourself through develops stronger mental health habits. It allows you to become more accepting of everything that happens in life — the good, the bad, and the ugly. And the process of removing negativity creates the opportunity for growth and transformation.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources Episode 59: Do This “One Thing” Every Day to Improve Your Emotional, Mental, and Physical Well Being https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/improve-your-emotional-mental-and-physical-well-being-episode-59/   Robert Emmons https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/profile/robert_emmons   The Science of Gratitude by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/GGSC-JTF_White_Paper-Gratitude-FINAL.pdf   Pause, reflect and give thanks: the power of gratitude during the holidays http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/gratitude-249167   UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center http://marc.ucla.edu/   Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/images/application_uploads/Emmons-CountingBlessings.pdf   Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/what_we_do/major_initiatives/expanding_gratitude   Naikan Method https://www.naikan.eu/english/naikan-why.html   Does gratitude writing improve the mental health of psychotherapy clients? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10503307.2016.1169332?scroll=top&needAccess=true&journalCode=tpsr20   Neural correlates of gratitude https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01491/full   What Does a Grateful Brain Look Like? https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/what_does_a_grateful_brain_look_like     Subscribe to Empowering You Organically  Never miss an episode!    APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS    

    Angie Corogin: Mindfulness for All

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2020 32:20


    Angie Corogin is back this week to help us unlock the power of Mindfulness. Angie shares the difference between Formal and Informal Mindfulness, gives us practical exercises to use, and shares a story that will resonate deeply with all of us! Relaxation here you come… Angie Corogin  Angie is a heartful yoga and mindfulness (MBSR) instructor, yoga studio owner, mindset coach, and certified integrative wellness consultant. She supports communities, corporations, and individuals to integrate functional wellness practices into their modern lives. Angie is committed to an earth-conscious lifestyle, from what she eats & drinks to all of the things that she consumes and is inspired to share this way of life with others. Angie has earned degrees in Environmental Education (B.S.) and Intervention Services (M.Ed).   Definition of Mindfulness  Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.” JKZ   It is holding our attention to whatever is rising. Being here.  HumanBEING not humanDOING. This can be hard at first, boring, restless, thinking we aren’t doing it right.    We sense the world through, hearing, tasting, touching, seeing.  That is our only way to know anything at all. Our senses inform our thoughts.  And this is our perception, from where we form opinions and then make decisions and hold positions.  Its a completely a personal experience but one that we can often collectively understand and benefit from sharing our experience with others.      Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).  The timelines of stress research and mindfulness research start to merge in 1979.  Jon Kabat-Zinn recruited chronically ill patients not responding well to traditional treatments to participate in his newly formed eight-week stress-reduction program, which we now call Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). This program includes mindful meditation, mindful eating, walking, and mindful movement (aka gentle yoga).   Substantial research has mounted demonstrating how mindfulness-based interventions improve mental and physical health—comparably so to other psychological interventions  Our body is a partner to each moment. Here in the west, we spend a lot of time disconnecting from our body.  Body shaming, and in fact spending a whole lot of time up here, in the mind, thinking.   And so again, mindfulness - paying attention for the sake of paying attention. We can start to recognize our habitual patterns. Knowing our patterns can really change things.   You can do this practice long, short, in a car, while washing dishes, having a cup of tea, eating a meal, walking, in the shower. Mindfulness can be invited into each and every moment. It’s a practice, not a performance.  We just keep coming back to each moment.  Giving each moment incredible value, importance and attention.   Simple right, not so easy. A very important aspect of mindfulness is bringing an attitude of kindness to our own self. Right, what’s that?  Yes, being kind to ourselves is a thing.   S.T.O.P  The STOP acronym is one of the most well-known and cherished brief mindfulness practices to use during the day. It’s super simple:  S – Stop  T – Take a breath  O – Observe what’s going on  P – Proceed  This can be done any time during the day when you remember. You become aware of what’s going on around you or inside of you, you ground yourself with some conscious breaths, and then you proceed with more clarity and from a place of choice.  Here are three wonderful ways to practice STOP in more depth: The ABCs of STOP—or practicing STOP for Awareness, Beauty, and Compassion:  STOP — A: STOP for awareness  Using the STOP practice to become fully aware of the present moment: What is going on in the body? The mind? The emotional field? Or asking yourself: What is out of my awareness right now? It can be as simple as noticing your brain is foggy after being on a conference call for two hours (and that you need a stretch break) or that you have been thinking about the upcoming teacher meeting all morning. Simply stop and take a breath.  STOP — B: STOP for beauty  Pause for a moment and notice something beautiful in your surroundings. It can literally be to “stop and smell the roses.” Use all of your senses to find something and then take it in for a breath or two. If that feels too big of a stretch you can ask yourself: “Ok, I know this is a stressful moment right now, but if there was something beautiful about it, what would it be?” Maybe then we notice the flowers on the table, which blend into the background when we are busy. Or the beautiful braids of the woman in front of us in the (long!) check out line at the grocery store.  Compassion is a natural, caring response to suffering, big and small, in ourselves and in others.  STOP — C: STOP for compassion  In a moment of stress or pain, practice STOP to open your heart to kindness and compassion. Compassion is a natural, caring response to suffering, big and small, in ourselves and in others. Sometimes the tug of compassion calls us to stop, at other times we need to stop and really take something in, so we can open the doors of the heart and invite compassion in. Maybe we are a little impatient with our child complaining at length about something that happened at recess. Maybe the adult brain doesn’t see it as hurtful but stopping and truly listening might allow us to connect with the truth of her hurt and allow our heart to melt a little.    Breath Focus Practice  Take a moment and find something to let your eyes rest on.  Soften your gaze but looking. You might like to rest your hands….  And when it is comfortable begin to let your eye lids lower, any amount or all of the way closed. Feel yourself sitting, standing, know what you can about being right here.  Only this moment matters right now. What can be known?  Begin to look at the inside of the eyes.  Look with awareness. Look to know, to see what’s there.   Move your attention to your breath. You might even feel this ability to look inward at the breath. From any perspective that you can you know the breath. From the nose, the nostrils, the throat, the chest, or ribs moving or belly.  You might sense warmth and then cool as your breath enters and leaves.   And then gently open your eyes again. And continue to look with this awareness.       Deeper Dive Resources    Angie’s Website  http://www.angiecorogin.com/  Angie’s Newsletter  https://angiecorogin.com/mbsr-course    Angie’s MBSR Course – Next One Starting November 23, 2020  https://angie-corogin-wellness.thinkific.com/courses/mbsr-winter  Angie on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/movementality/  https://www.facebook.com/angiecorogin/    Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Anxiety and Depression  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5679245/    A meta-analysis of Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs) show that MBIs are effective in reducing acute symptoms of depression but not anxiety  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25865879/    The acceptability and potential benefits of mindfulness-based interventions in improving psychological well-being for adults with advanced cancer: A systematic review  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29389483/    The Effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on Depression, Cognition, and Immunity in Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Pilot Feasibility Study  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7429186/    What Works in Mindfulness Interventions for Medically Unexplained Symptoms? A Systematic Review  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7373253/    The ABCs of STOP: Three Short Mindful Breaks for Your Day  https://www.mindful.org/abcs-stop-three-short-mindful-breaks-day/    Organixx on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/OrganixxSupplements    Organixx on Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/organixxliving/    Subscribe to Empowering You Organically 
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