Thursday, April 26, 2018

Stressed? Eat to Avoid Bad Hair Days

Did you know that one of the leading causes of hair loss is stress? And since over 20 million Americans are reported to have chronic stress that causes health problems, that's a lot of people at risk for losing hair. Stress covers a wide area and besides the toll that stress in general takes on the body there are many stressors that can contribute to hair loss and unhealthy hair also. This would include losing a lot of weight at once, having a high fever or severe infection, undergoing major surgery, a drastic change in diet, or a thyroid disorder. Even just normal everyday stress that we all have causes our cortisol levels to rise and use up our body's supply of B vitamins and both these conditions can contribute to hair loss and bad hair days. Even if you aren't noticing abnormal hair loss from these conditions, you could notice other changes in your hair as healthy hair needs B vitamins, especially biotin, to nourish it. If you use up all your B vitamins stressing out, your hair isn't getting the nourishment it needs to promote growth, prevent breakage and get protection from drying.

Getting B Vitamins
We can replenish the body's supply of B vitamins naturally by replacing the probiotics or "friendly bacteria" in our intestines. These friendly bacteria produce the B vitamins in our bodies and taking probiotic supplements like acidophilus and bifidus can give your body a boost to keep producing these vitamins. You can also get the B vitamin biotin in foods like beans, breads, egg yolks, fish, liver, meat, dairy products, nuts, peanut butter, whole grains, and poultry. Lentils are another good source of biotin and give you the protein, iron, and zinc needed for healthy hair. Greek yogurt is a good source for another B vitamin, B5 or pantothenic acid as well as vitamin D, both good for hair and follicle health. Besides nourishing hair, B vitamins, especially B-12, helps the body relax. So making sure you are producing enough B vitamins is a win-win where your hair is concerned. They help your body by reducing stress reactions which helps out your hair and by giving it the B vitamins it needs to stay healthy.

Food For Healthy Hair
An increase in cortisol levels often leads to an increase in food cravings. These cravings most often are for sweets and carb filled foods that aren't part of a healthy diet. So not only do we end up with a bad hair days, but we also end up with extra weight gain. Then just to make matters worse, that increase in cortisol also signals an enzyme in fat cells to make more cortisol and to store belly fat. Instead of turning to those typical unhealthy forms of comfort food when stressed, try exercising and adding some of these stress reducing foods to your diet.

Protein Foods
Hair is made up of mostly protein so getting enough protein in your diet to build muscle and to have enough left over to nourish your hair is a must. Healthy proteins include lean types of meat such as white meat poultry, beans, lentils, tofu, kale, broccoli, squash, dairy and eggs. Eggs not only are a good source of protein, but also give you vitamin D, zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron for hair health. AFA bluegreen algae is another good source of protein as it has 75% usable high quality protein as well as vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids and trace minerals. Poultry like turkey is not only a good source of lean protein, but also has the amino acid tryptophan which tells the brain to release serotonin. Serotonin is one of the brain chemicals that can help you be calm, relaxed, fight off stress reactions, and even make you sleepy. Nuts such as pistachios, almonds and cashews are also high in tryptophan.

Complex Carbs
You can also get tryptophan by eating "good" carbohydrates thus raising serotonin levels. This would include legumes, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Oatmeal is a great whole grain food that is easy to fix, high in fiber so you stay full longer to resist snacking, and that boosts your serotonin level.

Healthy Fats
Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce cortisol and adrenaline when you are stressed. In addition, omega-3's are good for hair, follicles and your scalp. We can't produce this essential fatty acid on our own so we have to get if from foods such as salmon, sardines, tuna and other fatty fish, walnuts, avocado, Brussels sprouts, flaxseeds, olive oil and AFA bluegreen algae. Walnuts not only give you omega 3 fatty acids, but also biotin and vitamin E which contribute to healthy hair. Avocados in addition to giving you omega-3, are a good source of glutathione that helps keep the body from absorbing fats that cause oxidative damage, vitamin E, beta-carotene, folate, lutein, and B vitamins.

Magnesium
Magnesium is an essential ingredient for muscle relaxation, overall body calm, and has a soothing influence on mood. Leafy green vegetables like Swiss chard and spinach full of magnesium help keep cortisol levels in balance. Other food sources for magnesium include cereals and grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal and bran, peas, beans, peanuts, lentils, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, cashews, almonds, halibut, and fruits such as bananas and figs. Don't go overboard with magnesium though since once your body has absorbed enough magnesium it will get rid of the rest usually in the form of diarrhea.

Antioxidants
Berries are not only a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C that helps fight off stress, but blueberries in particular are a rich source of anthocyanin, an antioxidant that is especially beneficial. One German study reported people taking vitamin C showed lower levels of blood pressure and cortisol after being asked to perform stressful tasks. Antioxidants also help repair damage to cells from oxidation and free radicals that can be caused by stress. Vegetables and fruits with bright colors are also good sources for a variety of antioxidants.

Wholefood Supplements from the Wild
If you need help getting all the nutrition to combat stress and that your hair needs to be healthy, this supplement program can help. It includes two packets to take each day. One that gives you the omega-3's, protein, vitamins and minerals from AFA bluegreen algae, digestive enzymes to help you get the most nutrition from the foods you eat and probiotics to help in production of B vitamins and another packet that has the antioxidant nutrition of sprouts, minerals and phytonutrients of various algaes and the immune support of medicinal mushrooms.

Getting the right nutrition to help get your stress under control will have the added benefit of giving you shiny, healthy hair. It's a great two-for-one deal. Two benefits all from just making a few dietary changes.

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Sources:
http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/emotional-health/13-healthy-foods-reduce-stress-and-depression
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http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/eat-to-beat-stress-10-foods-that-reduce-anxiety

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Recovering? Speed Your Healing Time

Exercise and staying active is definitely part of living a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes we overdo it and need time for recovering from sore or damaged muscles. Overdoing can also lead to oxidative stress when the body's balance of oxidants and antioxidants gets out of whack. By eating the right foods though you can speed up your recovery time and get back to your active lifestyle.

Protein for Faster Healing
To stay healthy, muscles and tissues need lean protein and eating protein at every meal can help with injury repair. Our bodies need protein to build muscle, maintain muscle integrity and strength, balance fluids, support enzyme functions, aid with nerve and muscle contraction, and for healthy hair and skin. An added bonus of eating protein is you burn more calories digesting protein than other foods like carbs. Proteins fall into the categories of either complete proteins or incomplete proteins. The complete proteins have all the amino acids needed to build more proteins. Incomplete proteins only have some of these amino acids. Complete proteins usually are found in animal food sources, whereas plant sources usually fall into the incomplete category. Good lean sources of protein include chicken, turkey, salmon, tuna, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, tofu, nuts, beans and AFA bluegreen algae which has 75% usable high quality protein.

Antioxidant Power for Recovery

Stress on the body is one of the causes of an overproduction of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are molecules in cells that are weakened to the point that they lose an electron. They then go around taking electrons from other molecules and creating more free radicals. Free radical damage can cause oxidative stress in the body much like oxidation of iron causes rust. The result is damage to cells, enzymes, and DNA, which can cause pain, inflammation, chronic diseases and can slow down recovery time in healing. Antioxidants move through the body reducing free radicals and helping the body fight off damage they cause and the cellular oxidation that can occur. They also support the growth and health of your natural adult stem cells that give the body a way to repair damage since stem cells can become other types of cells and go where they are needed. Fruits and vegetables are good food sources for antioxidants and in general the brighter the color, the more antioxidants it contains. Eating a variety of fruits and veggies gives your body the vitamins and minerals needed to repair muscle damage from overdoing it without adding a lot of calories to your diet. Foods that score the highest in antioxidants according to the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) system the National Institute on Aging in the National Institutes of Health have developed include cocoa powder, acai, turmeric, black raspberries, pecans, chokeberry, ginger root, elderberries, blueberries, and cranberries. Other berries, green tea, tomatoes, leafy green veggies, papaya, and Bell pepper are some other foods high in antioxidants. After exercise, eating a protein and antioxidant snack can help speed up recovery time for any damage done to muscles and muscle cells. If your active lifestyle makes it hard for you to get all the antioxidants you need from foods, this wholefoods antioxidant and algae supplement  might help you out. It has carnosine which is an antioxidant amino acid naturally present in the human body that may delay the natural aging of cells and extend the lifespan of adult stem cells and wild blueberry, green tea and AFA bluegreen alage.

Boost Immunity to Speed Healing Time
When injury occurs to tissues they are cut off from the oxygen and blood they need which results in killing off cells. The first step in the healing process is inflammation. The body sends its macrophages, leukocytes, phagocytes and other chemicals to the area that is injured to clean up the damaged or dead cells and replace them with new cells. Inflammation presents itself as pain, swelling and redness which although are uncomfortable, are necessary in the healing process. Damage from free radicals and stress of cellular oxidation can also lead to inflammation. Having a healthy immune system can help reduce the time you have to deal with the pain of inflammation. Eating foods rich in enzymes, such as bromelain, papain, protease, lipase, and serratiopeptidase can help boost immune system function, reduce inflammation, support healthy joints and fight off cellular oxidation. You can find all these plus AFA bluegreen algae in this enzyme algae supplement. Other foods that can help keep your immune system working well for you include yogurt with the probiotics that fight off bad bacteria that can cause aches and pains, antioxidant foods to reduce free radicals, alliums which are foods such as leeks, onions and garlic, and many varieties of mushrooms such as shiitake and reishi. Since you also need healthy joints to keep up an active lifestyle that includes exercise, this glucosamine and algae supplement  may be one that you'll find useful to keep going. Healthy joints naturally have glucosamine and chondroitin in the cartilage that exists between the joint bones. Eating vegetables rich in sulfur such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onion, radishes, garlic and Brussels sprouts can help the body make glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin which can cut down on joint pain.

You can keep your active lifestyle going and keep up with your sports and exercise routines. Just give your body the nutrition it needs to repair the damage exercise and overdoing it can cause. If you do overdo or overtrain, give your body some time off to heal, but eating the right types of foods can help your recovery time and get you back up and moving faster.

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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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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#
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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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