The High-Performance Heart
The human heart is a high-performance powerhouse, designed to beat billions of times during a lifetime, remain disease-free and provide the spark for all human activities both conscious and unconscious.
Poor heart function isn’t always obvious — the first sign of heart disease is all too often death, even in highly trained athletes.
Surrounding the heart is an important layer of pericardial fat. This healthy fat also is a key energy source for the heart muscle and its continuous contractions, and for the local vessels bringing blood to and from the heart.
The excess accumulation of epicardial adipose tissue — called EAT — is considered an independent cardiovascular risk factor, as dangerous as high blood fats and hypertension.
Excess fat around the heart impairs its function many ways.
If you want a sense of what the fat is like surrounding the heart, take a look at your belly; better yet, measure it. In addition, pericardial fat can also be measured with an echocardiogram (along with other imaging technology such as MRI). READ MORE
Vitamin D Success Story: Prostate Cancer
My name is Mike Scott. I am 75 years old and live in Cedar Park, Texas.
I learned about vitamin D first as a biochemist. I was interested in it because when you have adequate amounts of vitamin D it increases your anti-microbial peptides (AMP), which is great for fighting disease.
I had a concern about a diagnosis for prostate cancer (G7) in 2010. I wanted to go into vigilant watching by having a PSA test done every 3 months.
In 2011, another biopsy was done and came up positive. At that point I decided to start taking much more vitamin D than was recommended at the time – 10,000 IU/day. READ MORE
For millions of years, the human body squatted rather than sat. It was the normal posture, one compatible with overall health. Squatting not only helped muscles, bones, joints and other structures function well, but helped other areas too, including the body’s circulation and intestinal function. Quite recently, humans made a bad move by sitting more and squatting less.
Perhaps the most unnatural physical position for the human body is sitting. Prolonged sitting is associated with significantly more injuries, ill health and even disease, all leading to an earlier death, compared to those who sit much less.
The average adult spends 90 percent of their leisure time sitting down. While those in the study who were physically active had less affects from sitting stress, those who were inactive and sat the most had double the risk of dying within three years.
Sitting’s Double-Edged Sword, there are two separate patterns affecting our health. One is associated with more metabolic problems. This means more body fat, higher blood pressure, blood sugar problems, even cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Various aspects of our metabolism can become impaired. The reasons include reduced muscular activity, especially of the lower extremities, with associated decreases in blood flow, and can literally deform blood vessels. READ MORE
Protein is important for building muscles and strength, and it is also important for immune, circulatory, hormonal and other activities that require protein.
Protein enhances the anabolic actions necessary in muscles following exercise, and is a vital part of recovery. Protein can help prevent muscle injury. Balancing protein intake with healthy fats and unprocessed carbohydrate foods can help improve muscle function and reduce excess body fat.
Optimal protein intake can be usually accomplished by consuming 20-40 grams of protein in each meal or substantial snack. For those performing regular strength-training sports it is 2.3-3.1 grams/kg/day, or more. READ MORE
Vitamin D and Preeclampsia in pregnant women
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-specific form of hypertension characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of excess protein in the urine. This condition accounts for about 25% of all maternal deaths. It increases the risk of birthing a premature and/or small for gestational age infant, both of which increase the likelihood of infant mortality.
There are several factors which may increase one’s risk of Preeclampsia:
2. Past of chronic hypertension
3. Chronic kidney disease
4. Multiple-child pregnancy
5. Family history of preeclampsia
7. Immune disorders
8. Calcium disorders (Vitamin D deficiency, hypocalciuria, low calcium levels)
Researchers estimate up to 82% of pregnant women are vitamin D deficient throughout the world. The effect of vitamin D deficiency on pregnancy-related conditions, such as preeclampsia, can be detrimental to both the mother and infant’s health. READ MORE
Cellular threat to kids
Kids using their cell phones, using these common and seemingly safe devices significantly raises the risk of brain cancer in children.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 31 percent of 8-10-year-olds, almost 70 percent of 11-to 14-year-olds, and 85 percent of 15- to 18-year-olds have cell phones. And, the majority of teens have owned a cell phone for five years or more.
Holding a phone to your ear appears innocent enough, but there’s the health concern regarding long-term exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic fields that are emitted by them.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently classified the devices as possible cancer-causing agents, adding them to a list that also includes lead, DDT, engine exhaust and chloroform. The highest risk of brain tumors is found among those who use cell phones most frequently.
The WHO cited a 40 percent increased risk for glioma, which is a malignant brain tumor, for “heavy cell phone users” who averaged 30 minutes per day over a 10-year period.
Kids are on the phone about an hour a day talking, and 90 minutes texting (averaging 118 messages a day!). READ MORE
High dose vitamin D reduces depression in adolescent girls
A study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements found high dose vitamin D is associated with decreased depression among teenage girls. By the age of 16 years, girls are much more likely become depressed than boys. There are a variety of factors that may contribute to one’s risk of depression, including physical health, life events, genetic predisposition, environmental factors and biochemical imbalances.
Common symptoms of depression:
2. Feelings of sadness
3. Social withdrawal
4. Changes in sleep or appetite
5. Difficulty focusing
6. Low energy
8. Frequent crying
9. Feelings of worthlessness
10. Suicidal thoughts
Vitamin D receptors have been found in many parts of the brain linked to depression. Vitamin D helps regulate serotonin and dopamine. These are neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of well being and sleep quality.
Researchers conducted a clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of high-dose vitamin D supplementation on treating depression and aggression among adolescent girls between 13 and 16 years of age. A total of 988 girls were included in the study. The results indicate that vitamin D supplements at a dose of 50,000 IU once a week for 9 weeks can improve depression scores in adolescent girls. READ MORE
Low maternal vitamin D and adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes in children
Researchers examined the role of maternal vitamin D status on cognitive and behavioral development in children aged 6 months to 9 years old.
Pregnant women from Avon in southwestern England were recruited for this study.
Researchers included a total of 7,065 mother and infant pairs in this study.
Researchers evaluated outcomes such as motor development, communication, social skills, behavior, cognition and reading ability.
A total of 21.6% of the women had their vitamin D levels measured during the first trimester, 11.8% in the second trimester and 62.3% in the third trimester.
Average vitamin D level in the first trimester was 21.9 ng/ml, 23.7 ng/ml in the second trimester and 26.1 ng/ml in the third trimester.
Vitamin D levels above 20 ng/ml were associated with scores indicating better fine and gross motor skills at 30 months (p=0.008 and p=0.01, respectively) and social development at 42 months (p=0.02) when compared with lower levels.
After adjusting for fatty fish intake, there was a significant association between maternal vitamin D status and gross motor development at 18 months
The researchers concluded that maternal vitamin D status in pregnancy was associated with a number of adverse neurocognitive developmental variables in early childhood. READ MORE
Healthy Snacks & Travel Foods
Health-promoting snacks help you control blood-sugar levels, improve metabolism, help regulate stress, lower LDL cholesterol, burn more body fat, and increase energy levels without weight gain. Snacking can keep hunger away, and reduce cravings for sugar and other junk food.
Skipping meals, in particular breakfast, may be one of the worst habits. Instead, eat five or six smaller meals that add up to the same amount of food that you would eat during your regular routine. It can trigger thermogenesis—or heat production—an important post-meal metabolic boost that helps you burn fat.
Travel Food: Smart Snacks
One of the common problems with travel is finding nourishing food. The simple remedy for this is to bring your own.
Snacking smart and snacking frequently can help maintain great brain function. You’ll avoid the ravenous appetite in the evening, and won’t overeat at dinner, or snack on junk food later in the evening. READ MORE
Vitamin D may increase fertility in women
Female infertility is a condition which affects approximately 10% of women in the United States.
The female reproductive system is heavily dependent on a few crucial hormones that regulate the ovarian cycle and ovulation. One key hormone in the process of ovulation is anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH). When women reach sexual maturity, AMH regulates the response of the immature eggs in the ovaries to follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), making it a key player in the ovulation cycle.
FSH is a regulatory hormone instrumental to the reproductive cycle of females. As menstruation begins, FSH levels increase and signal the ovarian follicles to begin egg maturation.
vitamin D is known to regulate the levels of AMH and other reproductive tract functions in vitro.
Researchers hypothesize that vitamin D levels may be correlated with AMH in women during ovulation. READ MORE
Overfat American men
Does your waist measure more than half your height?
If so, you may be part of the global overfat pandemic, recently found to be even more prevalent in developed countries where up to 90 percent of adult males.
The problem is particularly pervasive in the English-speaking countries of the United States and New Zealand, but also in Iceland and even Greece where people are generally thought to be healthy.
The term overfat refers to the presence of excess body fat that can impair health, and may include even normal-weight non-obese individuals. Excess body fat, especially abdominal fat, is associated with increased risk of chronic diseases, increased morbidity and mortality, and reduced quality of life. READ MORE
Many people have the misconception that gluten-free products are a healthier choice than those made from wheat.
A study found that people on a gluten-free diet had levels of arsenic and mercury higher than the control group because of gluten-free products made from rice, which has higher toxic elements.
Grain-based gluten-free products are highly processed, higher total carbs, and have high glycemic indexes compared to wheat products. Many contain added sugar and other unhealthy ingredients.
wheat and some other cereal grains differ from rice in that they contain gluten, a protein difficult for many to digest, causes autoimmune, allergic and other issues. For those who have celiac disease it is imperative they not eat wheat. READ MORE
1. Alzheimer’s and other similar brain disorders can be prevented and even reversed
2. The most common conditions that can reduce cognitive function include:
carbohydrate intolerance (insulin resistance)
All three are interrelated, and usually appear along with excess body fat.
3. It happens that eliminating junk food and eating only healthy food can result in a healthy brain, and reduce risk factors
Over-the-counter and prescription drugs, such as those used for pain, insomnia and others
Moderate alcohol can create these problems. Younger individuals who consume higher amounts of alcohol are at high risk for cognitive impairment later in life. READ MORE
Glucose & Frustose
Glucose and fructose stand out as the main contributors to ill health and the global overfat pandemic. These sugars are the two most commonly added to junk food and drinks such as soda.
Glucose has direct and powerful effect on insulin, which converts 40-50 percent of consumed sugar into stored fat and encourages body fat to be redeposited in the abdomen.
Fructose can affect health in different ways compared to glucose, in addition harm the liver and worsen cardiac health by raising triglycerides.
These sugars are consumed at very high levels globally as they are added to most packaged and junk foods. READ MORE
What is the proper amount of time to be in the sun
An “erythema dose” is used by doctors to define the amount of ultraviolet radiation, from the sun or ultraviolet lamp. A minimal erythema dose is defined by a pinkness of the skin about 1-6 hours after sun exposure, going away within 24 hours. One minimal erythema dose is equivalent to roughly 10,000 – 25,000 IU of supplemental vitamin D.
We do not advocate sun exposure that leads to burning and increased risk of skin cancer. You should go out and get a minimal erythema dose daily in order to raise your natural vitamin D level, produce nitric oxide and prevent disease. READ MORE
Omega-3 Call to Action
Omega-3 deficiency is a fast-evolving global health concern. It can lead to a higher risk of chronic disease, particularly heart disease, cognitive decline, and other health problems.
Two very important omega-3 fatty acids are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid); individual levels vary across the globe, with most countries and regions having levels that are considered low to very low (such as the USA in the image below).
Hundreds of studies suggest that omega-3 may provide benefit for a wide range of diseases, including asthma, depression, ADHD, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. Higher omega-3s have been associated with improved cognitive function, lower risk of dementia, longer life, and a reduced relative risk for death from any cause. READ MORE
Benefits of Bay Leaves, Miracle Fruit and Yogurt For Your Health
Are Bay Leaves Good for You
Bay leaves are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and vitamin C, the minerals iron, manganese, copper and calcium, all antioxidants with free-radical scavenging abilities, positively impacting your eyesight, bones and blood.
Tips to Control Stress and Hypertension
Summary of Tips to control stress
Build up your resistance to stress or you develop strategies for countering stress. Good sleep, good food, regular exercise, and steady exposure to nature are all prerequisites for healthy relationships to stress. READ MORE
There is a review that establishes vitamin D deficiency risk factors, prevalence and treatment for individuals worldwide. The recent study conducted by The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association reported an astoundingly high figure of vitamin D prevalence worldwide. Approximately 1 billion individuals worldwide, nearly 15% of the world’s population, are vitamin D deficient. READ MORE