Thursday, October 27, 2016

Holiday Stress and Emergency Kit

Do the holidays seem more stressful than joyful sometimes? For most of us, the holidays are a busy time characterized by extra activities, over-eating and travel. To keep the holidays joyful, we've put together a Holiday Stress and Emergency Pack that you can keep handy. Its contents will keep everyone feeling healthy and well.

Japanese Ume Plum Tar: For stomach upset, diarrhea or nausea. This can be found in your local health food store or online. A tiny amount of Ume Plum Tar will almost immediately improve the state of your digestive system and alleviate feelings of nausea.

Ginger: For nausea. Ginger in tincture form can be found in your local health food store. If nauseous or motion sick, take 2 to 4 drops orally or in tea to alleviate symptoms.

Vitamin C: For supporting the immune system. Vitamin C can be found in your local grocery or health food store in tablet, chewable or powder form. Take as directed.

Digestive Enzymes: For improving digestion and metabolism, and relieving symptoms of upset stomach as a result of over eating. Taking 2 to 4 enzymes with each meal supports the body in dealing with after-meal drowsiness and indigestion. Taking up to 5 enzymes between meals cleans the blood and increases the metabolism. Note: if you have ulcers, sprinkle the enzymes on food and do not take enzymes between meals.

Probiotics: For supporting the immune system, preventing the onset of colds and flus, and improving digestion. Did you know that acidophilus is Nature's antibiotic? If you feel you are about to catch a cold or flu, take 6 to 8 acidophilus with spring water, then take 2 every 2 hours thereafter. You can also increase fermented foods in your diet to get more of these good bacteria working for your digestive system and immune system.

Rescue Remedy: For acute stress. This wonderful Bach flower remedy can be found at your local health food store. Take 4 drops orally or put 4 drops in spring water and sip on it all day. Rescue Remedy relieves acute stress of all types - mental, emotional and physical. This is a handy remedy to keep with you at all times.

Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils: For headaches. Essential oils of lavender or peppermint work great to relieve headache pain. You can use lavender oil for aromatherapy and inhale the scent, rub on pressure points inside your wrists and under your nose, or rub it on your temples. It also has the added benefits of anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and is great for cleaning dirty surfaces that might have germs. You can also get lavender tea to help in relaxing. Peppermint oil can be applied on the temple, behind ears, or on feet to help with headache pain.

AFA Blue Green Algae: For a steady source nutrients to fuel the body for energy and immune support. While sugar and caffeine provide temporary sources of energy, neither are permanent and both can cause you to "crash."  AFA blue green algae, scientifically proven to support your immune system, provides the whole food nutrition the body needs for a steady source of high energy and mental clarity to help make the holiday season more enjoyable.

Antioxidants: For detoxifying the body. Stress and over eating are 2 of the major contributors of toxins to our body, which cause us to feel tired and unwell. Antioxidants can help rid the body of these toxins and help repair the damage to cells caused by free radicals. The best food sources for antioxidants are brightly colored fruits and vegetables. If you don't get enough of these in your diet, you can also supplement it with wholefood nutrition such as found in this supplement  with a variety of sprouted foods or this one that contains the antioxidant ubiquinol (a form of CoEnzyme Q10 the body can easily use).

Make this your best holiday season ever by being prepared to combat the stress and discomforts of travel, family, and large holiday meals. Having some of these quick fix support tips can help keep you feeling your best to enjoy all the fun that comes with the holidays.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Getting Fit While Avoiding the "No Pain, No Gain" Syndrome

Exercise is definitely a good way to get fit, but there is a difference between getting fit and over doing it. If you adhere to the "No Pain, No Gain" philosophy, you just may be overtraining. This can mean you are putting too much stress on your muscles, tendons and joints. Every time you exercise you break down muscle tissue. Your body responds by generating a response to inflammation to repair the damage caused. Continuing to produce this type of damage without time for the body to heal can throw your body into a constant inflammatory state. Usually after overtraining or over exercising, we back off on our exercise and give the muscles a rest, but there are also other solutions that can help your body recover when you overdo it.

Signs and Symptoms of Overtraining
How do you know if you are overtraining? If you are engaging in a lot of exercise or training you can push your muscles past their limit so that they will need to rest in order for the body to repair them. You'll feel the fatigue and it can splash over into other areas of your life and not just your workout performance. You may notice that you are going slower, feel tired and are not performing up to par. You may also be irritable, have sore muscles, feel faint, experience sleeping problems, be depressed, be especially bothered by even small pains and you may find that your resting pulse is higher than it normally is. You may also find that you lose interest in your training or exercise program. All of these signs and symptoms are indications that you are overtraining.

Nutrition for Overtraining
Many of these symptoms of overtraining can be helped by making sure you are getting enough calories. If you are physically exerting your body more than normal, then you need more calories for energy replacement and your muscles need more vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It is recommended that those who engage in heavy exercise on a regular basis or intense training programs have a diet that includes 15% protein, 25% fat, and 60% carbohydrates. Getting the right vitamins through diet is also an important consideration. For example, you need B vitamins for breaking down those fats, carbs and proteins and the body uses them fast enough that they need to be constantly replaced.

One of the more serious problems with overtraining is the inflammatory response that is activated. Inflammation is the body's response to foreign invaders, irritation or injury. This is good when it is needed, but too much can cause the body to become confused and attack itself damaging its own tissues. Too much heavy exercise can contribute to free radicals that damage the body, including cells, enzymes, and DNA, causing negative effects such as pain, inflammation, and chronic diseases. Antioxidants attack free radicals and get them out of your body, relieving pain, inflammation, and chronic symptoms in the process. The best source for antioxidants is brightly colored fruits and vegetables, so make sure you are getting plenty of these. Other dietary considerations to help recovery from overtraining include:

- Protein – and the amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and other nutrients it has is necessary for muscle building and needed to repair damage done to muscles. Eating good lean protein foods just before or after a heavy exercise period can help the body recover faster. Fish, chicken, and lean red meats give you the most complete protein. Vegetarians need to know how to combine different sources of proteins to make sure they get all the essential amino acids they need. For example, have grains along with legumes or dairy products.

- Complex carbohydrates - such as from whole grain breads and cereals, rice and pasta, fruits and vegetables are needed for extra energy. Yes, too many carbs can cause you to gain weight, but you don't have to worry about that if you are doing heavy exercise that is burning it off. Running 15 miles burns off about 1500 calories, so the more heavy training you do, the more carbs you need to fuel your muscles.

- Healthy fats – such as monounsaturated fats found in avocados, nuts, olives and oils such as olive oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, and canola oil are the type to add to your diet to help it recover from overtraining. Saturated and trans fats add to the inflammatory state in the body as well as contribute to problems with your arteries and should be avoided.

- Hydrate – Sweat from heavy exercise causes fluid loss. During exercise have water to drink and be sure to drink right after cooling down from an exercise period to replace the fluids you've lost.

Resting for Overtraining
Rest is another important component for recovery from overtraining. Your body needs time to heal damage done to muscles, tendons and ligaments from heavy exercise and from free radical damage. Allowing them the time to heal properly will make muscles stronger, whereas not taking the time to let them heal can lead to further damage. Not only can symptoms of overtraining come about through not taking breaks in between heavy exercise periods, but also through repetitive exercise. Doing the same routines over and over again creates an imbalance in muscle strength.

Supplements for Support
There are whole food nutritional supplements that can also help give your body the support it needs due to inflammation caused by heavy exercise. This supplement works especially well when taken before workouts to provide a whole food source for maximum energy from its combination of AFA bluegreen algae, wheatgrass juice, cordyceps mushrooms, bee pollen, turmeric, noni, and green tea. Another supplement with nutrition for those engaging in heavy exercise combines plant-based proteolytic enzymes--bromelain, papain, protease, lipase, and serratiopeptidase, together with organic AFA bluegreen algae. And this supplement has the nutrition of vegetable-based glucosamine, chondroitin, UC-II® undenatured collagen, and organic AFA bluegreen algae that has been found useful in helping support healthy, flexible, and strong joints and its supporting cartilage.

Exercise is a good thing, but like many other good things, you can have too much. If you are in heavy training for a particular sport or event, make sure your training program includes the nutrition you need and the time to rest overworked muscles.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Can Whole Food Supplements Reduce Your Food Budget?

Nutrition experts agree that the best way to get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs for good health and to function properly is from unprocessed whole foods of the highest quality. In fact your body absorbs more of the nutrition it needs directly from whole foods. We all know that even those of us that try to eat healthy find it hard to always get all the vitamins and minerals we need. Most Americans don't eat enough fresh vegetables and fruits, eat too many pre-packaged and processed foods and it is reported that 25% eat at fast food restaurants daily. That makes us a country of people eating lots, but not getting the proper whole foods nutrition.

Why Take Supplements
If you are not one of the fast food/fast meal crowd and mostly eat a diet of raw fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, raw dairy and avoid sugars and processed or fast foods you still may not get all the nutritional value you should be from foods. This could be due to food sources coming from nutrient poor soil, farming methods that use pesticides and chemical fertilizers or even cooking methods that deplete nutrients from foods. Research has reported that the mineral content of our soils had 85% less nutrients in 1992 than 100 years earlier. Organic farming methods add nutrients back into soil which is a good reason to buy organic products. But these healthy types of food are usually also higher in price. Many of us just can't afford to shop for all our food at organic health food type stores. We may prioritize which items we will definitely buy organic and then have to settle for less nutritious selections on other items. Finding locally grown organic farmer's markets to buy from is another option for some, but it takes more planning and time to shop this way which many find hard to fit into their already chaotic schedules.

Even if you are committed to eating a totally healthy complete diet there are conditions that exist that can affect the nutrition your body is getting from the foods you eat and may have you turning to supplementation. For example, taking NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) pain relievers (including aspirin and ibuprofen), antibiotics or antacids affects the probiotics in your intestines which can affect the absorption of nutrients. If you have an inflammation or chronic pain, your body needs many more nutrients than a person without these conditions. And whether we like it or not, there is no way to escape the environmental toxins we are exposed to daily. These toxins not only can destroy probiotics that help with healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients but cause us to need specific nutrients to help detoxify the liver. The more of these types of toxins you are exposed to, the more nutritional help your body needs. These type of toxins can range from smog to cleaning products to household cleansers to plastics and paint in your home.

When any of these conditions exist, people often turn to taking vitamin supplements.

Getting Good Vitamin Supplements
If you are looking to supplement your diet for any of the above reasons, make sure you are getting high-quality whole food nutrition supplements. Many of the off the shelf vitamins don't have some of the minerals that are essential for good health. Read the label of any vitamin supplement you are considering. Does it include enough potassium, magnesium, calcium and other minerals to really make a difference in your nutrition? Look to see if it is a synthetic vitamin or one from whole food nutrition. Synthetic vitamins are not readily absorbed by the body, so even if it looks like there are adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals listed on the label, your body won't be getting the benefits. According to Josepha M. Mercola, DO, multi-vitamins without additives, synthetic nutrients and that give you more than the RDA and RDI guidelines that include essentials minerals can help fill in some of the nutritional gaps in diet.

Whole Food Supplements
Whole food supplements are made from real food sources rather than from synthetic isolates. This means the body will absorb them more readily and be able to utilize the benefits from them. Taking whole food supplements can help you get the most nutrition out of the food you eat, help stretch your food budget, and provide the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids and proteins you need to stay healthy. For example, taking digestive enzymes helps you absorb more nutrients from the food you eat. Then probiotics like acidophilus and bifidus help your body process and digest the foods you eat and keep them moving through the digestive system. The AFA bluegreen algae we recommend comes from a unique eco-system in southern Oregon, fed by pure lake and mountain spring waters and is nourished by the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil found there. Nutritionally it includes:

  • all 20 amino acids, providing a complete source of protein in an amino acid profile nearly identical to human breast milk
  • essential fatty acids, including Omega-3 and Omega-6 in the right balance 
  • phenylethylamine (PEA), the mental energy activator 
  • powerful antioxidants, such as chlorophyll, superoxide dismutase, glutathione, and phycocyanin
  • dozens of essential vitamins (including B12), minerals, and trace elements
  • an ideal balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, complex sugars, and fiber.

If you are looking to supplement your diet with whole foods nutrition to stretch your food budget or any of the other reasons mentioned here, just be sure you are getting a high quality, complete nutrition supplement. Stay away from synthetics as they are usually a waste of money. And when you're on a tight food budget you certainly don't need to be throwing money away. If you can't get all the nutrition you need from eating whole foods, supplements can definitely help as long as you know you stick to getting the "good stuff".

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

How to Slim Down with Chocolate, Really!

Are you looking for how to slim down? Well, did you know that one of your healthy food options for how to slim down is with chocolate? Yes, really, I said chocolate! There are actually studies showing that eating chocolate can help in weight loss. Now when we're talking about chocolate for how to slim down, we're talking about real, dark chocolate and preferably organic with 65% cacao or more. Chocolate bars with corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, soy and other additives do not qualify as healthy food options. So be picky about the chocolate you buy. We also are not advocating an all chocolate, all the time diet of course. You have to also consider the calories in the chocolate you select, so you do want to eat it in moderation.

Antioxidant Power
Polyphenols are compounds we get from eating plant based foods such as fruits, vegetables, teas, and cocoa. They have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties and can help protect cells from oxidative damage from free radicals. One type of polyphenol is flavonoids. Flavonoids are the type of polyphenols that we most often get in our diets from the healthy food options we eat. Chocolate has a type of antioxidant called catechins which is one type of flavonoid. This type of antioxidant can help increase metabolism, provide extra energy and reduce cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone that among other things leads to belly fat.

Dark chocolate is also a good source for magnesium. Magnesium can help you get a good night's sleep thus stabilizing metabolism and hormone levels such as cortisol. If you are not getting enough good quality sleep, your cortisol levels may increase and so does your belly fat.

Chocolate – More Than Just For Weight Loss
Eating chocolate has also been found to have other health benefits besides weight loss. It can support healthy blood circulation, stabilize blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, lower the risk of heart disease, protect skin cells from damage from the sun, help maintain blood sugar levels, and improve mood. Unsweetened dark chocolate has the amino acid tryptophan which helps with mood boosting and chocolate can give an extra boost to brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. This leaves us able to concentrate better and maintain calmness. PEA, which is short for phenylethylamine, is a naturally occurring substance in the human body that is linked to energy, mood, and attention. It is a vital part of your brain function and is responsible for feelings of pleasure as well as mental acuity. Chocolate and AFA bluegreen algae are both good sources of PEA. That's a lot of benefit from eating something that also feeds your sweet tooth.

Another Option for How to Slim Down
If you're just not a chocolate lover (although I personally can't imagine such a thing), or if you're just looking for another healthy food option to give you the same benefits as chocolate, here's something that may interest you. This supplement regimen provides a lot of the same benefits that dark chocolate does. One box gives you a month's supply of supplements in convenient packets to take with you anywhere. The capsules inside give you a variety of supplements with whole food ingredients known to promote mental clarity and concentration, combat the stress of cellular oxidation, provide cellular nutrition, support increased energy, and support your body's inflammatory response. These benefits are partly due to the bluegreen algae contained in them and partly due to other ingredients such as a combination of medicinal mushrooms, turmeric, wheat grass juice, Ginkgo biloba, plant-based proteolytic enzymes, noni, and green tea. And all this superfood nutrition leads to help with how to slim down.

So if you're looking for how to slim down with healthy food options, consider these superfood packets and some high quality dark organic chocolate to kick start your body into fighting off that unwanted belly fat while maintaining optimal health. Slimming down makes you look better, feel better about yourself, feel better in general, and has tons of other health benefits. A healthy diet, the right diet supplementation and exercise can head you in the right direction for losing weight in a healthy and stress-free way.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Build Your Best Body Naturally

We all know to build the best body we can, we need to exercise and eat healthy. While exercise is a good thing, it can also be demanding and exhausting on a body. Exercise puts stress on muscles, tendons and joints and breaks down muscle tissue. Too much exercise can cause your body to generate a response to inflammation to repair damage and cause you to feel fatigue. If you are a weekend warrior, amateur or professional athlete, or just engage in strenuous exercise, your body needs specific nutrition before and after workouts to prepare and to recover. The best way to eat healthy and help your body get the most from exercise and training is by eating whole foods. Here are some of the best body foods to add to your diet if you are engaging in strenuous exercise.

Eat Healthy Before Exercise
Your body uses food to fuel itself and make energy. Good nutrition is essential to have the energy levels to engage in sustained workouts and training. The best body foods for exercise are those that will keep blood sugar levels stable, keep a steady stream of energy available rather than foods that give you a quick energy burst and then fizzle out and that build strong muscles, bones and connective tissues.

Fruits and Veggies
Vegetables and fruits are a must for vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Raw fruits and vegetables have the most nutrition as cooking causes food to lose nutrients and enzymes. Sprouted foods such as clover, broccoli, alfalfa and radish sprouts are easy for the body to digest and are packed with protein, enzymes and antioxidant power. Cherries and cherry juice are very high in antioxidant properties and are one of the best fruits not only before workouts but for recovery after. Research on runners drinking tart cherry juice two times a day every day had a decrease in muscle pain after long distance running. Bananas are another good fruit for before workouts and for recovery after workouts. They are a rich source of potassium and vitamin B6 and help keep blood sugar levels low. Sweet potatoes, also high in antioxidant value, give athletes potassium, iron, manganese and copper necessary for strong muscles and helps keep blood pressure levels low.

Complex Carbs and Fiber
For the best body you can have for exercising, lean proteins, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates are also necessary fuel sources. That means eating grains high in soluble fiber like oatmeal which also has lots of protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and maintains a steady supply of fuel for energy. Chia seeds are also loaded with antioxidants and are very high in fiber. Adding Chia seeds into your diet also provides protein, calcium, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids without adding a lot of calories to your meals. Kale is not only high in fiber, but also rich in carotenoids and flavonoid antioxidants and has been reported to regulate inflammation in the body.

Protein and Healthy Fats
Protein, amino acids, and omega-3 fatty acids are all crucial in muscle building as well as for repairing damage done to muscles through exercise. Salmon is an excellent choice to add to the diet as it not only is a rich source of protein but also is high in omega-3 fatty acids, is a heart healthy food, has selenium and vitamins B6 and B12. Whey protein isolate is another great source of protein for athletes as it has all the needed essential amino acids and the body digests and absorbs it quickly. This powdered protein based shake mix not only has the protein power of pure organic whey, but also wild bluegreen algae, sprouts and protein digesting enzymes for a quick and easy way to get 22 grams of protein in each serving at home or on the go.

Best Body Foods After Exercise
After your body goes through a strenuous workout, it can be left depleted of fluids and electrolytes, fatigued and with muscle tissue and red blood cells broken down. Eating healthy within the first 30 minutes after a workout is important for helping your body recover from exercise and keeping it in shape for future exercise. After working out is the time to eat protein to repair damage to muscle tissue, re-hydrate for several hours after intense workout to replace the fluids and electrolytes you have sweated out, boost your immune system to deal with needed repairs to the body and eat carbohydrates to restore glycogen and glucose levels.

Bananas are good for before workouts, but also after workouts as they help restore electrolytes and have vitamin B6 with anti-inflammatory properties. Cherries are another fruit that is a good choice for before and after workouts. Its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants make it a good recovery food after heavy exercise. Pumpkin and squash seeds give you iron, fiber, healthy fats and protein that can help replace red blood cells that take oxygen to muscle tissue and help prevent fatigue. Brazil nuts are a good source of protein, healthy fats, B vitamins, selenium and magnesium that support immune system function and help repair bones and the connective tissues. Eating protein and carbohydrates together allows muscles to repair faster and restores glycogen levels which makes milk a great food for after working out as it is a good source of both and helps restore electrolytes. Yogurt and fish are other good protein food choices for after workout. Some experts recommend eating small amounts of carbs every half hour for up to 3 hours after working out to bring glycogen and glucose levels back up. Beets are another good after workout food as they have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits and carbohydrates to help keep energy levels up.

Before and After Exercise Supplements
Your body needs the whole food nutrition we've talked about so far if it is going to be engaging in strenuous workouts and exercise. But we also know that busy schedules sometimes make this difficult. This is when whole food supplements can be a good solution. This supplement program was designed especially for high-performance athletes and those with active lifestyles and has convenient packets of supplements included for before workout and after workout. With whole food ingredients such as wild organic AFA bluegreen algae, wheatgrass juice, green tea, noni, edible mushrooms, glucosamine, chondroitin and plant-based proteolytic enzymes, these supplements give you the antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrition, joint support, and all the omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins, minerals and nutrition the body needs to support it before strenuous exercise and after. No reason to skip the nutrition you need just because you are on the run.

If you are going to be engaging in intense training or workouts or just have an extra busy and physically demanding lifestyle, give your body the nutrition it needs to build your best body naturally and support it through the extra physical demands you are putting on it. Just by being aware of the special nutritional support your body needs under these conditions and adding certain foods before working out and after, you can stay strong and active and make sure you will be in good shape to enjoy future workouts

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Boost Your Stem Cells with Nutrition to Boost Your Youth!

While research on different types of stem cells continues, it has been around long enough for us to know certain things about how stem cells can benefit us. In case you haven't been in the loop on stem cell literature and are still wondering "what are stem cells?", here's a simple, basic answer. There are basically two types of stem cells called "adult stem cells" and "embryonic stem cells". Stem cells are unique in that they are not assigned a specific function like most body cells are. Once the body identifies a particular type of cell that needs replacing, it can signal a stem cell to become that type of cell. This is especially beneficial for replacing and regenerating cells that have been damaged. Embryonic stem cells are those that come from a developing embryo and are controversial for several reasons when it comes to their use. These are the cells that divide repeatedly forming all the various types of body cells needed for an embryo to develop and grow. Adult stem cells are found in adults and children naturally throughout the body's tissues and organs. The term adult simply refers to stem cells not associated with an embryo. Once a baby is born, the stem cells found in his or her bone marrow and umbilical cord are considered adult stem cells.

Adult Stem Cells vs Embryonic Stem Cells
Most of the controversy surrounding stem cell research has revolved around the use of embryonic stem cells. Early research based on extracting stem cells from embryos was desirable because those stem cells were easily located and they are able to easily change into other types of cells. Not all adult stem cells can do that and they are harder to locate in the body. Adult stem cells are best at changing into the type of cell it is found in to aid in the repair of that particular organ or tissue. More recent advances however have learned how to use adult stem cells in a way that allows them to develop the ability to change into other types of cells. Further advances in research have also identified the benefits of adult stem cells from bone marrow and from the blood in the umbilical cord. In addition, newer research has reported the importance of the number of stem cells circulating in the body. The more stem cells you have circulating throughout the body, the more health benefits you receive. Scientists have discovered correlations between conditions such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, muscular dystrophy, kidney failure and other serious chronic diseases and the number of stem cells circulating in the bloodstream. Adult stem cells also have the advantage of being naturally found in your own body which makes it less likely for your immune system to identify them as foreign invaders and attack them or reject them. Therapies using adult stem cells have been used successfully to treat diabetes, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis, and leukemia.

With all this newer research showing the advantages that are available from adult stem cells, many people believe they can avoid the controversy around embryonic stem cells and stay with therapies that only involve the use of adult stem cells. Following this plan, it becomes obvious that supporting and increasing the number of adult stem cells in the body is a must. This is especially true because as we age not only do we need more help in repairing damaged cells, we have less stem cells available to us. There are some ways research has shown that we can use to support the strength and number of our own naturally occurring adult stem cells.

Exercise to Boost Your Stem Cells
One of the more recent discoveries is that you can boost the stem cells in your muscles through exercise. This is good news as we age and are prone to losing muscle mass. Marni Boppart, professor of kinesiology and community health, recognizes that exercise is not always a viable option for some due to disabilities and restricted activity, so more research is needed to discover how these stem cells can be used to prevent and restore muscle loss. For those that can engage in exercise, that is the best way to help with age related muscle loss and boost those related stem cells. In addition, exercise helps increase your HGH (human growth hormone) that is important to health and fitness. Another related benefit of exercise is that it has been shown to decrease the age related process that causes our telomeres to become shorter. Telomeres are found at the end of each chromosome and the older we get the shorter they become resulting in health problems and shorter life span. The effect exercise has on the telomeres can actually lead to a longer life.

Nourishment for Your Stem Cells
There are also several things you can do to nourish your stem cells and improve your body's ability to repair itself. Getting amino acids, such as glutamine, GABA, isoleucine, phenylalanine, arginine, taurine, methionine, valine, lysine, glycine, cysteine, leucine, alanine, and histidine into your diet is important. Glycine, glutamate and cysteine are needed to produce glutathione. Studies are showing that increasing glutathione levels is another way to slow down the process of telomere shortening. This is especially good news for those unable to engage in high intensity exercise programs. Good sources of amino acids are fruits, vegetables, unsaturated oils, and whole grains, and the amino acids needed to produce glutathione in particular are found in whey protein, animal foods, AFA bluegreen algae, and eggs.

Another way to nourish your adult stem cells is through supplementation. Supplementation as a way of supporting adult stem cells has been supported by research such as a study in the Journal of Translational Medicine that reported findings of a nutritional supplement stimulating stem cells. In vitro laboratory studies have shown ingredients found in this stem cell support supplement able to provide nutrition for adult stem cells which they need to be able to reproduce and as having the antioxidant capacity that is known to protect existing stem cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. The amino acids and other superfood nutrition of organic AFA bluegreen algae combined with natural antioxidants such as wild blueberry, green tea, and carnosine provide the powerful nutrition boost behind this supplement.

While research is continuing on stem cells and stem cell therapies and there is still a lot to learn, there are several things research has uncovered as to how stem cells can help slow down or reverse some of the age related damage our bodies go through. This is a promising field of research for health and as new research and therapies are revealed there is a lot of hope for dealing with chronic health conditions. We have learned a lot though about how important our adult stem cells are especially as we age. Start taking care of your own natural stem cells and they'll help you achieve a longer, healthier life.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Not All Calories Are Equal

If you've ever been on a diet then you know that calorie counting is often a part of the process. If you counted every calorie but still didn't lose as much weight as you wanted, it might be because not all calories are equal.

Studies show that calories from fat produce the most weight and fat gain, and calories from excess carbohydrates run a close second. The reason is that the body doesn't need to burn any calories to use fat. When you eat fat, it gets stored as fat right away. As they say, a bite of ice cream is "a second on the lips, an eternity on the hips."

Excess carbohydrates also present a problem. When you eat more carbohydrates than your body can easily digest, it converts those carbs to fat for easy storage. Calories from fiber and protein are less likely to be stored as fat since the body simply eliminates any fiber or protein it can't digest. Plus, the body burns calories as it digests fiber and protein.

So the next time you're counting calories and thinking about substituting ice cream for an equal calorie low fat dessert, think again. Fat calories become fat in your body. Reach for something healthy instead. One of my favorite healthy snacks is this delicious algae and sprouts snack bar. I can also fill up on extra fat burning protein by making a smoothie with this whey protein and algae powder that has 22 grams of pure organic whey protein from rBGH-free cattle and is GMO free, plus has the antioxidant power of sprouts and protein-digesting enzymes. AFA bluegreen algae itself is one of the lowest-calorie, highest energy whole foods your body can use. This type of algae has been found to increase metabolism, boost energy, and cleanse cells.

Getting the most nutrition for the calories is important when losing weight. So make sure you are getting lots of low cal veggies and fruits, lean proteins, only the healthy fats your body can use, fiber to help you fill fuller longer, eat your algae, and you can lose the extra pounds without sacrificing your health.

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