The Important Link Between Immunity and Digestion
What do food intolerances, allergies, asthma, celiac disease, cancer, IBS, hayfever, behavioral issues, and many other increasingly similar conditions all have in common?
They are all symptoms of immune system dysfunction. Not many people realize this but approximately 70% of our immune system lives in the gut, which is why probiotics - 'good' bacteria - has become such an important word these days, and need to be replaced after taking a course of antibiotics.
Many people develop food intolerances or are diagnosed with celiac disease after suffering from viruses or similar immune dysfunction. This is because the good flora in the gut, which is so important for healthy digestion, has often been affected by the illness or even the medication for treating it. Read more
3 Superfoods to Boost your Skins Natural Glow
It's no secret that certain food will help your skin glow from the inside out. Here are three superfoods that will boost any dull dermis.
Fish and Wine; Lead study author Maricel B. Hughes of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research explains, "The antioxidants in wine and the omega-3 fatty acids in certain fish may help combat the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation." The two essential fatty acids that you want are Omega 3 and 6.
Omega 6 has the most beneficial effects on the skin & hair. Omega 3 reduces the body's production of inflammatory agents that can damage the skin. Read more
Laughter can Keep the Weight Off
Your energy is contagious and as you know, so is laughter. The great news is they both have wonderful health benefits.
The International Journal of Obesity suggests that giggling for just 15 minutes a day burns enough calories to shed up to 5lbs of fat over a year and a big belly laugh uses about the same energy as walking more than half a mile. Laughing works many different muscles and makes the heart beat faster.
Researchers measured the number of calories an adult spent watching different TV programs, including comedy & nature shows. Bouts of laughter when watching the funny film used up to 20% more energy than at rest. Read more
Did You Know???
- The Benefits of Eating Fruits and Vegetables:
Apples: move toxins out of your body
Blueberries: lower inflammation
Blackberries: boost heart health
Grapefruit: staves off cancer
Lemon: detoxifies your liver
Oranges: fight infection
Pear: relieves constipation (pears are full of fiber); boosts liver and bladder health
Raspberries: lower breast cancer risk
Strawberries: ward off Alzheimer's disease, allergies and high cholesterol and enhance sleep
Beets: detox the liver and purify the blood
Broccoli: boosts immunity
Carrots: stave off the signs of aging and cancer, and aid digestion and eye health
Celery: helps lower blood pressure
Fennel: soothes digestive distress
Kale: boosts bone density and detoxifies
Romaine lettuce: lowers blood pressure
Spinach: increases mental functioning
Wheatgrass: eases eczema, ulcers, anemia, arthritis and high blood pressure
- Detecting Blood Vessel Blockages
There is a safer way to detect blood vessel blockages, reports Sunil V. Rao, MD. In conventional catheterization, a thin plastic tube is inserted through the groin and advanced to the heart to detect blood vessel blockages and to insert stents to hold vessels open.
New method: Now most patients can have the tube inserted through the wrist instead of the groin-resulting in a better-than-70% reduction in bleeding risk. ..faster recovery time...and less pain.
- Nutrients currently used to treat a variety of health problems by practitioners speak to the enduring nutritional roots of modern medicine.
- Folic acid to prevent neural tube birth defects during pregnancy and aid red blood cell development during
- Vitamin B6 to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
- Vitamin K shots to prevent a bleeding disorder that afflicts some newborns
- Magnesium to prevent or treat eclampsia of pregnancy, acute onset heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmias
Acute Asthma Attacks:
- Vitamin BI (thiamin) to treat or prevent symptoms of chronic alcoholism
- Vitamin B12 shots to treat
- Vitamin A to prevent childhood blindness, as supported by the World Health Organization
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) to lower cholesterol levels
- Vitamin D and calcium to treat osteoporosis