Thursday, April 19, 2018

Are You Making These Diet Mistakes?

If you're trying to lose weight and having problems getting those last few pounds off, you're not alone. The metabolism slows down as we get older which can add up to around 40 extra pounds for a great percentage of women by the time they are in their 50's just by putting on one and a half pounds a year. As we age, hormone changes, loss of muscle and stress all affect metabolism. It's not hopeless though. By adding metabolism boosting foods to the diet, supporting the digestive process and employing other healthy tips to lose weight we can get those few extra stubborn pounds off. 

Tips to Lose Weight
It only makes sense that if you are trying to lose weight, you have to reduce the number of calories you are eating. That doesn't mean going on a crash diet though or eating so few calories that you aren't getting the nutrition your body needs to stay healthy. According to Dan Benardot, PhD, RD, not eating enough for your body to function properly can slow the metabolism down even more. If you are over 40 years of age and having trouble losing that extra weight, eat meals of about 400 calories and eat to satiate hunger rather than stuffing yourself to full. Experts also agree that eating smaller meals every 3 to 4 hours can help you keep from getting hungry and avoid eating too much later. It is also important to get enough exercise to help burn off calories, but too much exercise according to registered dietician, Manuel Villacorta, can end up doing more damage than help. The proper amount of good quality sleep is also important to weight loss as not enough sleep tends to slow metabolism and affect hormones that affect weight loss. Research has shown that not enough sleep can cause people to eat as much as 500 extra calories daily. 

Metabolism Boosting Foods
You may think that if you're trying to lose weight you have to cut out all fats, but to function properly your body needs protein, carbs and fats. Not the bad saturated and transfats though. Those you can definitely cut out. But don't skip the good healthy omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that you get from foods such as nuts, fish, avocados, olives and dairy. Your brain needs these type of fats to function well, you need them to fuel the body for energy, to build body cells and hormones. These fats do have calories though so don't overeat these types of foods, just make sure you get some in every day. High fiber foods are also metabolism boosters. You can get the fiber you need plus lots of good vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals by eating whole grain foods, veggies and fruits. Studies show that eating around 25 grams of high fiber foods a day can help you burn off around 30% fat. Caffeine can also help you burn fat as it boosts your metabolism and can help burn off up to 174 calories daily. Just avoid adding in creamers, flavors and sugars that add more calories into your diet. Many people think the answer to dieting lies in eating salads, but this isn't necessarily true according to Manuel Villacorta, from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as this doesn't provide the carbs needed to control the hormones that regulate hunger. Adding some brown rice, lentils or garbanzo beans to your salad can help get some carbs in and be sure to avoid adding fatty dressing or other high calorie ingredients to your salad.

Digestion and Weight Loss
Another consideration when trying to lose weight is your digestive health. Much of the foods we eat are lacking in digestive enzymes causing us to not fully digest them. Undigested foods then build up in the intestines and appear as belly fat. Adding a good quality digestive enzyme supplement and probiotics such as acidophilus and bifidus can help support your digestion and keep food moving through the intestines. Another good enzyme supplement has the added bonus of cayenne and other ingredients that can increase metabolism, burn fat, digest a broad spectrum of substances, and clean up waste in the body.

You can take control of your weight and drop those extra pounds even if your aging metabolism is working against you. Make some diet changes, work in a reasonable amount of exercise and most of all keep eating healthy and supporting your digestive process so that your body is able to do the best job it can for you.

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http://www.webmd.com/diet/myths-vs-facts-10/slideshow-diet-myths?ecd=wnl_wlw_022815&ctr=wnl-wlw-022815_nsl-ld-stry&mb=Xenvmz6dAtHtkRjp7Is6CeHnVev1imbCfXusP2Lh3sM%3d
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20584613,00.html
http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/common-diet-mistakes-slow-metabolism



Thursday, April 12, 2018

How Do Your Supplement's Amino Acid Stack Up?

The human body requires a certain amount of an amino acid mix in order to sustain life and to perform all its metabolic functions. Without these amino acids, nutrients such as water, fat, carbs, proteins, minerals and vitamins are not able to be stored or delivered around the body to its various cells, cells are not able to communicate or get the energy they need, enzymatic chemical reactions can't occur, mood, concentration and sleep can be affected, skin and hair health is affected, and the amount of oxygen and circulation in the body are negatively impacted, as well as many other functions being impaired. There are over 500 identified amino acids that exist, but there are only 22 that are needed to build proteins that are essential for life to exist. These are categorized as either an "essential" or "non-essential" amino acid. An essential amino acid is not one that is more necessary or important than a non-essential amino acid, but is one that the body cannot produce on its own and therefore has to come from foods we eat. The essential amino acids that humans need are:
  • phenylalanine
  • valine
  • threonine
  • tryptophan
  • isoleucine
  • methionine
  • leucine
  • lysine
  • histidine
A lack of one or more amino acid can come from not eating the right foods which can be a problem for vegetarians or vegans in particular or people who can't eat solid foods, or can be the result of digestive issues, certain chronic illnesses, or just from the way foods are processed or cooked that destroy the amino acids in it. The right balance of amino acids our bodies need is also important and can be affected by infections, having a deficiency of vitamins C or B, overtraining or engaging in vigorous exercise or by using certain medications or drugs.

Getting Your Amino Acids
The best way of course to get these vital amino acids and especially the essential amino acids in the diet is by eating the right whole foods. Since amino acids build protein, any foods with protein have amino acids. This includes meat, poultry, fish, dairy, grains, nuts and legumes. Foods with the highest amounts of certain amino acids include grass fed beef, dairy, wild caught seafood, sea vegetables, spirulina, AFA bluegreen algae, brewers yeast and some vegetables such as cabbage, beets, beans, and spinach. But if getting amino acids is not possible from foods alone, a supplement for amino acids is another solution. There have been numerous research studies done showing that amino acid supplements can be beneficial. A 2007 study in Menopause reported post-menopausal women using an amino acid supplement for three months showed a loss in abdominal fat. Another study from June 2010 in Muscle & Nerve reported using a supplement with the amino acid leucine kept muscles that were not being used from breaking down in rats. And a study from February 2009 in the Journal of Nutrition Science and Vitaminology reported the use of an amino acid supplement with isoleucine, valine, and leucine increased the ability for more strenuous exercise and a higher efficiency of oxygen supply to the body. You should check with your healthcare provider before taking an amino acid supplement however as getting too much protein can put a strain on the kidneys and your provider can help you decide if this is a safe route for you. Some of the benefits that have been found from taking an amino acid supplement include:
  • People who have a lot of physical demands such as athletes show increased stamina and performance. 
  • The amino acids arginine and methionine combine to create creatine which is important for skin health, needed to produce energy for cells, and regenerate tissues and cells. After the age of 40 our cells do not renew as fast as when we were younger taking up to 40 days to regenerate instead of the 28 days they once did. Creatine helps boost the cells that produce collagen and elastin keeping skin healthy and youthful looking. Arginine also is important for circulation, immune system health, reducing cholesterol levels, supplying oxygen to the body, promoting growth of hair and can help burn off fat.
  • Recovery time from surgery or physical trauma is reduced. 
  • The amino acid carnitine helps move fatty acids to be used as fuel for the body which exercise can then burn off thus reducing weight gain and the amount of fat our bodies tend to store as we get older. 
  • The amino acid glutamine is important in balancing acid, making protein, preventing breakdown of muscle tissue, providing energy for mitochondria, supports brain functions such as focus and memory, helping the small intestines in absorbing nutrients, speeding recovery time from stress and disease, and supporting kidneys and even though the body can make it, this slows down as we get older. If the body doesn't have enough glutamine it takes protein from muscles to create it thus damaging the muscles. 
  • Support for those with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, adrenal fatigue, liver disease, HIV or Aids, and other similar conditions. 
  • The amino acid taurine helps balance electrolytes, supports the immune system, and aids with the health of the cardiovascular system, reduces cholesterol levels, regulates blood pressure levels, reduces thickening of arteries, and insulin sensitivity. People with high levels of taurine have been found to have reduced risks of heart disease. 
  • The amino acid methionine helps in detoxifying lead and copper in blood, reduces risk of heart attack, reduces risk of oxidation from polyunsaturated fatty acids, and protects the liver.
  • The amino acid phenylalanine, has been shown to elevate mood and decrease appetite.
  • The amino acid tyrosine is a precursor to thyroxin, which is a hormone associated with reducing symptoms of depression and can help in treating eating disorders by elevating mood and decreasing cravings.

Bluegreen Algae for Superior Amino Acid Supplementation
Instead of an isolated amino acid supplement, another option is to eat whole food AFA bluegreen algae supplements. Microalgae is high in these usable proteins, providing 50 to 70 percent usable protein. This is a higher percent than any plant or animal source can provide. It has all the amino acids our bodies need, including being a rich source of phenylalanine, an amino acid that crosses the blood-brain barrier faster than any other amino acid. AFA bluegreen algae has the amino acids that are the building blocks of healthy nerve cells and neurotransmitters needed for proper brain function. It also provides a perfect ratio of essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, helps maintain normal, healthy blood chemistry that feeds the brain, and provides an ideal balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, complex sugars, and fiber. Whether you take the form of AFA bluegreen algae with the cell wall removed that allows its nutrients to easily pass through the blood brain barrier or the basic form of AFA bluegreen algae loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, trace minerals, antioxidants and all the essential amino acids similar to the proportions found in human breast milk, AFA bluegreen algae stacks up as a superior way to get the amino acids all life needs to function.

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Sources:
http://www.aminoacid-studies.com/areas-of-use/anti-aging.html
http://www.livestrong.com/article/259161-what-are-the-benefits-of-amino-acid-supplements/
http://www.naturalnews.com/026593_amino_acids_supplement_supplements.html#
http://www.naturalhealth365.com/food_news/amino_acids.html
Jeffrey Bruno,PhD., Edible Microalgae
Jeffrey Bruno,PhD., Eat Light & Feel Bright

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sick and Tired? Take Heart with Energize and These Simple Strategies

If you're feeling sick and tired a lot of the time it could be connected to your heart. After all the heart is the organ that works the hardest for us pumping blood throughout the body. An unhealthy heart having to work even harder than normal uses up a lot of our energy. When it comes to heart health, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that heart disease is still considered the leading cause of deaths in this country. The good news is that with all the research done on heart health, experts have identified ways to contribute to a healthy heart which means a reduced chance of heart attack or stroke for you. One of those ways is to eat a diet full of heart healthy foods.

The Effect of Heart Healthy Foods
According to Arthur Agatston, MD, a cardiologist and the author of The South Beach Wake-Up Call, countries that don't eat processed foods like we do in this country don't have heart disease in the amounts that we do. A research study in Circulation reported a 35% reduction in the risk of heart attack or stroke death for people eating diets of heart healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and fish. Even those that already had heart disease showed a 28% risk reduction in having a second heart attack or stroke by eating foods for a healthy heart. Walter Willett, MD, Harvard School of Public Health chair of nutrition, maintains that eating heart healthy foods can do more for heart health than medications for heart disease as the medications only reduce the risk by 25 to 30 percent and a healthy heart diet can reduce the risk by 70%. One paper in the British Medical Journal advised that eating a diet with fish, garlic, almonds, wine, dark chocolate, fruits and vegetables would be a much preferable alternative to heart medications.

Heart Healthy Foods to Include
Of course, changing your diet to include heart healthy foods and energize your body doesn't mean you can continue to eat processed, artery clogging fatty foods and just add some healthier foods on top of that. It means a change in diet with what and how you eat. Get rid of processed, junk and fast foods as well as refined sugar and especially refined carb foods to really stay with a healthy heart diet. Then add a variety of the following into your diet.

Healthy Fats – Eating fatty cold-water fish like wild caught salmon, sardines, mackerel and halibut that have omega-3 fatty acids, which is a type of polyunsaturated fat, can help reduce plaque in arteries, lower trigycerides, raise HDL cholesterol levels, decrease the risk of irregular heart beat and reduce inflammation that leads to clots that can cause heart attacks. The American Heart Association suggests eating fish at least two times a week. You can get omega-3 also from other food sources such as AFA bluegreen algae, flaxseed, chia seeds, dark green leafy vegetables and olive oil. Chia seeds are also high in fiber which can help lower cholesterol. In the healthy fats category, you also find monounsaturated fats that help in reducing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and reducing the risk of heart disease. Foods in this category include avocados, peanut butter, nuts, olives and oils such as olive oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, and canola oil. Avocados are also high in potassium and antioxidants making them an even more powerful heart healthy food.

Fiber – Besides chia seeds, oatmeal and other whole grain foods are high in fiber. Registered dietician and co-director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, Lauren Graf explains that foods with soluble fiber like oatmeal work in the intestines to absorb cholesterol so that it doesn't get into the bloodstream. Potatoes are not only a good source for fiber, but are also loaded with potassium that can help keep blood pressure levels down. Fried potatoes just like other fried foods are not recommended for a healthy heart diet, but there are lots of other ways to fix potatoes.

Antioxidants – Berries like blueberries and strawberries are a good source of antioxidants which studies have shown can reduce heart attack risk. Flavonoids, a type of antioxidant in berries, work to lower blood pressure and open up blood vessels. Dark chocolate that contains a minimum of 60% cocoa has polyphenols which are a type of flavonoid found to reduce blood clots, inflammation, have a positive effect on the flexibility of blood vessels, and help stabilize blood pressure. Harvard cardiologist Norman Hollenberg, MD, discovered the drinking of lots of cocoa as being the secret to a lack of hypertension in the Kuna Indians by Panama. One study showed women eating lots of oranges and grapefruits which are also high in flavonoids had a 19% less chance of having stroke from a blood clot. If you are on statin medication, then grapefruit can interfere with the effectiveness of those type drugs and should be avoided. Oranges also have potassium and pectin which is a soluble fiber. The citrus pectin has also been reported to block a protein that can result in heart tissue scarring and lead to congestive heart failure. Lycopene is another antioxidant known as a carotenoid that can help enlarge blood vessels, reduce cholesterol levels and reduce heart attack risks. It is found in abundance in tomatoes which incidentally are also high in potassium. Green tea contains catechins, another type of antioxidant. Many studies on benefits of green tea show a reduction in the risk of heart disease and stroke by at least 20% by regularly drinking it. 

Low-fat Protein - Plant-based proteins are a way to get the proteins your body needs without the unhealthy fats. Legumes like beans, lentils and peas all fall into this category. One study reported a 22% reduction in the risk of heart disease for people eating legumes a minimum of four times weekly. Another study done over a 25 year period reported people eating legumes showed an 82% reduced rate of heart disease related deaths. Legumes also are high in fiber, folate, magnesium and potassium.

Whole Food Supplement Option
I know it is sometimes hard with the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and in our society to never drive through a fast food place or get a fast and easy pre-packaged processed food meal. You may have to start out slowly making changes to a more healthy heart diet and work your way up according to what your current diet looks like. If you pretty much live on fast food and eating on the go, then start by picking one day of the week that you will commit to eating only fresh veggies, fruits, fish and some of the other heart healthy foods listed. Then go from there and build up to more and more days, meals and snacks that will support your heart health and energize you. Another option for getting in some of the good nutrition we've talked about here while making diet changes is a whole foods supplement with AFA bluegreen algae and antioxidants. This supplement gives you 100 mg. of ubiquinol, the active and bioavailable form of Coenzyme Q10 delivered in a blend of organic flaxseed oil, olive biophenols (Hidrox®), organic reishi and oyster mushrooms as well as the powerhouse nutritional value of AFA bluegreen algae. CoQ10 is a vital antioxidant for your cells to function properly and produce the energy they need. Besides physical energy we need to keep going, every biological process our body performs takes energy and this coenzyme is required for 95% of our cellular energy production. Among the ingredients you see in this antioxidant supplement, you'll find oyster mushrooms that are rich in beta glucans, B vitamins, protein, minerals, polysaccharides and ergothioeine which is a powerful antioxidant. Studies on these mushrooms have shown they have properties that are positively beneficial to the cardiovascular system and circulatory system. Reishi mushrooms also have high levels of beta glucans and polysaccharides as well as 130 identified triterpenoid compounds making it rich in proteins, enzymes, minerals, and complex polysaccharides. Research is also finding these mushrooms to have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, cholesterol, circulation, cellular damage, and inflammation. 

Your heart and cardiovascular system are too important to your health and your life to neglect. You can reduce the risks of heart disease and death from heart attack and stroke by being proactive now about changing your diet. Look over the list of heart healthy foods and start adding these into your diet and taking out the processed, refined, bad fat foods you eat now. You'll live a longer, healthier life, feel better and be better energized to do all the things you want to do.

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Sources:
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20720182,00.html
http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/prevent-heart-attacks-best-foods-heart-health

Thursday, April 5, 2018

What Causes Allergy in Spring and How to Avoid Feeling Muddled

When spring springs forth, do you enjoy the beautiful flowers or do you wonder, "What causes allergy?" because you are so tired of all the sneezing, runny eyes, runny nose ...?

If those symptoms match what happens to you every spring, then you suffer from seasonal allergies, what is commonly called "hay fever." If you have hay fever, you are not alone. Did you know that 35 million Americans get hay fever every spring? That's a lot of runny noses and muddled brains. Luckily, you don't have to spend this spring in misery. In this article we offer three simple natural solutions that address the causes of allergy.

What Causes Allergy in Your Body During the Spring?
What causes allergy during the spring is pollen--those tiny grains that plants like trees and grasses release by the trillions. For many people, pollen isn't a big deal, but for people with hay fever, pollen causes a major immune overreaction. If you have hay fever, when pollen enters your nasal passages or lungs, your body mistakenly believes that the pollen is a foreign invader (normally bacteria and viruses) and goes on the attack. Your body releases antibodies to attack the pollen, and in the process, chemicals called histamines are released into the bloodstream. Histamines are responsible for hay fever symptoms, such as runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and other symptoms of allergies.

Digestively, something else happens to your body when you suffer from allergies. Specifically, when you have an allergic reaction, your body releases an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). Research indicates that the levels of the good bacteria that live in your gut, called probiotics, can affect how much IgE your body produces, and how severe your allergy symptoms.

3 Natural Solutions That Address the Causes of Allergy
Now that you know what happens inside your body that causes all those miserable allergy symptoms, let's take a look at some natural solutions that actually address the causes of allergy.

Natural Solution #1: Eat Well
Research indicates that what you eat can really affect how badly hay fever will affect you. For instance, eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables can support your body's immune response so that it doesn't go overboard in response to pollen. Fresh fruits and vitamins provide plenty of vitamins (such as C and D) and antioxidants to help your body distinguish the real foreign invaders (bacteria and viruses) from pollen. In addition, drinking clear soups can help thin mucous and clear nasal passages. While we can't detail a full menu plan in an article of this length, just know that if you skip the "gut bombs" and eat fresh and healthy meals, your body will thank you. In turn, you will feel less muddled by hay fever symptoms!

Natural Solution #2: Take Acidophilus and Enzymes
Studies show that having a healthy population of acidophilus in your small intestine can reduce the amount of IgE that your body produces in response to pollen. Participants who took extra acidophilus during spring allergy season showed lower levels of IgE in blood tests. In addition, taking supplemental enzymes between meals can support your body's immune response. It turns out that your body uses the extra enzymes to englobe and remove pollen grains from your system, reducing the amount of overreaction from your body's native immune system.

Natural Solution #3: Add Antioxidants and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Medical and dietary experts indicate that foods high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids may help ease inflammation that are the result of hay fever. Both of these nutrients can be found in colored fruits, leafy greens, AFA blue-green algae, deep water fish, and nuts and seeds. Again, all of these foods are found in a healthy diet plan. If you are "on the run" and don't have time to cook and eat healthy, try taking AFA blue-green algae or this supplement that adds antioxidants to your diet in capsule form. Both can support your body's immune system and general health.

The good news about these natural solutions is that they not only support your body so that you don't get so muddled during allergy season, but these solutions are also good for heart health and overall immune health. That's a pretty good return for a few natural solutions that are simple to integrate into your life, right?

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sleep Like a Baby Again so Sleep Deprivation Doesn't Getcha!

Lack of sleep not only leaves you dragging and grumpy the next day, but can affect your attention, concentration, memory, problem solving and other cognitive functions. Even worse, statistics show that not getting enough sleep can be dangerous in various ways. First, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are around 100,000 car accidents attributed to fatigue yearly in the United States. Then consider all the injuries and accidents at work that are also a result of lack of sleep. And finally there is the danger to your health as sleep disorders and chronic lack of sleep can increase your risk for heart disease or attack, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and other medical conditions. Add to all this that not getting enough sleep can affect your weight and contribute to obesity. One study reported that those getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night compared to those getting 7 to 9 hours were 30% more likely to be obese. Other research has reported findings that according to sleep specialist Dr. Allison Siebern explain how not enough sleep creates an increase in peptides that stimulate hunger and lead to cravings for unhealthy type fatty and carb filled foods. Lack of sleep can also trigger the release of cortisol, a stress hormone, which affects skin health. With all these possible threats, you can see how important it is to get a good night's sleep. We all need a little help getting to sleep sometimes, but if you chronically lose sleep it is especially important to find ways to get good quality sleep. If you find that your sleep problems are becoming chronic, you may have a condition that will need to be addressed. For example, depression, acid reflux, asthma, and arthritis can all have insomnia as a symptom. If you have had sleep problems for a month or more, it may be time to consult your healthcare provider. For those whose sleep problems are not that severe, here are some tips to try that can help with falling asleep, staying asleep and improving your quality of sleep.

  • Melatonin is a hormone responsible for regulation of the circadian rhythm that is responsible for the cycle of sleeping and waking the body goes through. When we sleep, the absence of light triggers the body's production of melatonin. Lowering lights several hours before going to bed and using a low watt light to read if you read before bedtime can help produce melatonin to bring on drowsiness. Avoid using devices with light right before bed too like the TV or computer and turn digital clocks or other devices with lights away from you when going to bed. If you get up during the night to go to the bathroom, have a nightlight to guide you so you don't have to turn on overhead bright lights. 

  • Michael Breus, PhD., author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor's 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health, suggests developing a routine in the evening hours to wind down before bed. Find relaxing activities and save more stimulating tasks that require movement and thinking for daytime. 

  • Choose a bedtime and a wake-up time and stick to them even on the weekends. Establishing a routine for when to go to sleep and when to wake up helps the body and the brain get used to this cycle and adhere to it. 

  • Some people find taking an extract of Valerian useful for reducing anxiety and helping relax them for sleep. There is research to support this type of herbal tincture as useful in improving the quality of sleep and research that doesn't support those claims. It may be worth a try to see if this is something that works for you or not. The same is true for German chamomile made into a tea, Roman chamomile in tincture form and kava kava. It is a good idea to check with your healthcare provider however to see if these are safe for your individual conditions. 

  • Tryptophan aids in producing serotonin which studies from the 1960's and 1970's showed have a part in being able to go to sleep. Tryptophan can be found in food sources such as turkey, nuts like pistachios, almonds and cashews, beans, eggs, bananas, honey, milk and foods high in good carbohydrates like grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. 

  • According to Michael Breus, PhD., the stimulation from caffeine can be present for as long as 8 hours so avoiding caffeine that long before bedtime can help with being able to fall asleep quickly. Caffeine affects the quality of sleep you get too so drink your coffee early in the day and lay off once afternoon arrives. That also applies to other caffeinated foods, drinks and medications that may have caffeine. 

  • Exercise is definitely on the list of healthy living tasks, but doing exercise too close to bedtime can interfere with being able to get to sleep. Staying active and exercising earlier in the day can help you get to sleep at night, just make sure you avoid stimulating an adrenaline rush before beginning to prepare your body for sleep and stop 3 or 4 hours before bedtime. If you need to do some type of movement before bedtime, try yoga, tai chi, or qigong. 

  • Eating rich, spicy and high fat or protein rich foods or just eating a lot before bedtime can also interfere with your quality of sleep by causing your digestive system to work harder. This can also mean sleep being disrupted by needing to get up to use the bathroom throughout the night. If you need a light snack before bed, go with complex carbs and dairy and stop all foods an hour before going to bed. Cereal and milk or cheese and crackers both make good before bed snack. Drinking before bedtime can also interrupt sleep with trips to the bathroom. If this is a problem for you, cut off all liquids two hours before bedtime. 

  • Bifidus is one the friendly forms of bacteria that live in your large intestine. This form of bacteria not only helps you with digestion, but also produces the calming and soothing B-vitamins that can help you relax and wind down at night. Taking 2-4 capsules of bifidus before getting ready for bed can help with digestive symptoms and lead to more restful sleep.

  • Bromelain is an enzyme that occurs naturally in pineapple. Enzymes make it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients it needs to function properly and help your body break down foods more quickly and efficiently, so your body doesn't have to work quite as hard to process your food. When you are feeling burned out, stressed or finding it hard to sleep due to digestive issues, it is especially helpful to help your body save energy. You'll find bromelain as well as the enzymes papain, protease, lipase, and serratiopeptidase, together with AFA bluegreen algae, in this enzyme and algae supplement.

  • Many people think drinking alcohol helps them get to sleep and that can be true. The problem is that effect doesn't last through the entire night. Drinking alcohol before bed can actually cause you to wake up more in the night, bring on nightmares, cause a headache, cause night sweats and cause you to not get as good quality of sleep. Drinking warm milk or chamomile tea on the other hand help with sleep. If you do drink alcohol in the evening, also drink a glass of water for each alcoholic beverage you consume. This can help dilute the effects. 

  • If you have reasons that you do have to skimp on sleep for a period of time you may need to work on getting the best nutrition you can to stay focused and alert during the day. This supplement was created for those with a demanding, high-stakes lifestyle, where heightened focus and mental clarity is a critical factor and uses the wholefood nutrition of organic wild bluegreen algae, eleuthero, Ginkgo biloba, Lion's Mane, bee pollen, wheatgrass juice, and noni for nutritional support.

The best way to stay healthy in mind, spirit and body is to get the proper amount of good quality sleep each night. When you can't do that or have trouble falling to sleep, give some of these sleep tips a try and see which ones help you find a way to increase the amount and the quality of sleep you need.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Need a Brain Boost? Try Nerve Growth Factor

The brain is the control center of the body, a key part of the nervous system, and needs to be in good health to keep everything running smoothly. If your brain needs a boost, it may be you need a boost of NGF or nerve growth factor. Nerve growth factor is a protein that is produced by the NGF gene and the neurons or nerve cells need it to grow and to flourish. The brain has between 80 and 120 billion nerve cells. The nerve cells that are responsible for the transmission of pain, touch and temperature are especially dependent on this protein and without it can die. Nerve growth factor also aids in producing neurons in the central and peripheral nervous systems, repairing damaged nerves, and can prevent nervous system based diseases and conditions such as multiple sclerosis. When we don't have enough nerve growth factor or the blood brain barrier prevents the brain from getting enough to make new neurons, we need to find ways to get more than what the body naturally produces. 

Feeding Your Nerve Growth Factor
Vitamins E and B can help with nerve regeneration and production of nerve growth factor can be aided by supplementation with certain foods and supplements. Almonds and other nuts, green leafy vegetables like spinach, seeds, olives, asparagus, and eggs are all good food sources for vitamin E and vitamin B comes in foods like beans, breads, egg yolks, fish, liver, meat, dairy products, nuts, peanut butter, whole grains, poultry, beets, papaya, oranges, and lentils. Lion's Mane mushroom, also known as Hericum erinaceus, has substances such as erinacines that stimulate production of nerve growth factor and that will pass through the blood brain barrier. Research on Lion's Mane has shown it can help not only protect the nervous system and keep it healthy, but also can boost cognitive processes. An easy way to get Lion's Mane into your diet is with this algae and Lion's Mane supplement. Not only do you get the brain boosting power of Lion's Mane mushrooms, but also lots of antioxidant nutrition from noni and wheatgrass juice, bee pollen reported to have a high amino acid content useful for stimulating memory and concentration, and Gingko biloba which has been used for a long time to promote increased memory and mental concentration by increasing circulation and providing increased oxygenation of brain cells, as well as AFA bluegreen algae to feed the brain with essential fatty acids and other needed nutrients for a healthy brain.

You may never have heard of nerve growth factor before, but your brain and nervous system know all about it and how important it is to your health, brain functions and nervous system. Now that you are up to speed on how this important protein helps you, make sure you get enough when your brain needs a boost.

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Sources:
http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene/NGF
http://www.foursigmafoods.com/lions-mane-nutrients-for-your-nerves 
http://nervehealthsupport.com/nerve-growth-factor/



Thursday, March 22, 2018

Minding Your PEAs and Qs for Excellent Health

Especially your PEAs, which in this case stands for phenylethylamine, are important to mind for your mind. PEA is a naturally occurring substance in the human body that is linked to energy, mood, feelings of well-being, and attention. PEA comes from the amino acid phenylalanine and is a vital part of your brain function and responsible for feelings of pleasure as well as mental acuity. Not getting enough PEA can make it difficult to learn new things, make quick decisions, form new memories, stick to a diet, find pleasure in life, be in a good mood, regulate neurons, and reduce stress. One of the functions of PEA is how it acts as a neurotransmitter for the nervous system. Research shows that PEA triggers hormones like dopamine and norepinephrine which are connected to the fight or flight response, elevate heart rate, sex drive and pleasurable feelings. Your body can and does make its own PEA, from the amino acid phenylalanine, but it often doesn't make enough to keep up with the demand and we need to get more from outside sources. Eating foods or supplements with PEA can have positive effects on mood, decrease appetite, improve concentration, and according to a 1996 study in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry Clinical Neuroscience, can help with depression.

Minding Your PEAs With AFA Bluegreen Algae
Cheddar cheese, AFA bluegreen algae and chocolate are all food sources for PEA. Bluegreen algae has 20 different amino acids of which phenylalanine is one. Amino acids found in AFA are the building blocks of healthy nerve cells and neurotransmitters vital for proper brain function. Phenylethylamine, or PEA, comes from the deep blue pigment in algae and has been shown to elevate the mood, decrease appetite, act as a natural mental energy activator and help biomodulate emotions and mood swings. AFA also has the nutrients to help out your brain by increasing production of tryptophan, endorphins, and serotonin. It has the lipopolysaccharides and C-phycocyanin from the blue pigment in blue green algae that stimulate your natural stem cell activity, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and stimulate macrophages which support your immune system function, is loaded with antioxidants in its trace minerals, vitamins, and pigments. So not only does your brain benefit from the nutrition in AFA, but the rest of the body benefits too.

The type of bluegreen alage that is the heart of the algae with the cell wall removed is especially conducive for enhancing activity in the brain. Since the brain is the most nutrient-demanding organ in the body, bluegreen algae provides whole food nutrition to help feed it. Besides the amino acids found in bluegreen algae that feed and enhance brain activity, it also provides essential omega-3 fatty acids, and helps maintain normal, healthy blood chemistry of the blood that feeds the brain.

That's a lot of nutritional value in a simple capsule or tablet. Give your brain a helping hand and ask yourself if you are minding your PEAs and getting enough.

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Sources:
http://www.earthclinic.com/supplements/phenethylamine.html
http://www.livestrong.com/article/306361-phenylethylamine-for-weight-loss/
http://www.slideshare.net/gal15sporty/benefits-of-using-phenylethylamine-pea-powder