Thursday, September 27, 2018

These Medicinal Mushrooms are Serious Immune Boosters

For those who prefer their medicines to come from Mother Earth, the research being done on mushrooms is very exciting. Mushrooms are nothing new. In fact Chinese medicine and other ancient cultures have used them for thousands of years. Mushrooms, which are fungi, have their own type of antibiotics to protect themselves from bacteria and have been proven effective for people. Penicillin, streptomycin and tetracycline for example are all derived from fungi. While there is still much research to be done on the 14,000 species of mushrooms identified out of the 150,00 there are estimated to be in existence, Paul Stamets, mycologist for over 30 years, as well as other experts have found tremendous health benefits from the 100 species that have been the center of most modern day research. Of those, there are several that have been found to be especially beneficial at boosting the immune system. 

Mushrooms and the Immune System
A lot of research is centered around the benefits that mushrooms provide to the human immune system. They have been found to have antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. One of the best ways to stay healthy and fight off disease is to have your own immune system strong and able to perform the job of protecting the body from antigens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, toxins, and cancer cells. Andrew Weil, M.D., founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, is one of the proponents of using mushrooms and feels research supports they can provide a boost to the immune system.

Benefits of Mushrooms

Mushrooms in our culture for a long time have gotten a bad rap by some people. Those who are wary of them have only been familiar with types that can be poisonous or think about the hallucinogenic types. Polypores seem to be the type of mushroom that provide the most benefit for the immune system and whereas there are numerous gilled mushrooms that can be poisonous, no poisonous polypores have been identified. Various polypore type mushrooms have been found to improve blood circulation, be beneficial in stabilizing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, provide support and protection for the liver and kidney, help regenerate nerves, reduce the risk of heart disease, destroy cancer cells, and even be effective in fighting off smallpox and flu viruses.

In addition to the direct support mushrooms provide for the immune system, they are also full of nutrients, antioxidants and beta-glucans. Beta glucan is a complex carbohydrate of the simple sugar glucose. It has been found to enhance and stimulate macrophages, a type of white blood cell that kills off foreign invaders, as well as T-cells, lymphocytes, and natural killer cells. Antioxidants of course protect us from damage free radicals can do to our cells.

Sometimes when the body is under extra stress, has sustained damage or other conditions that cause the immune system to react with inflammation, that defense becomes chronic leading to autoimmune diseases. These are cases in which the body has misinterpreted the need for defensive action and its normal immune system attacks and damages its own tissues. This is another instance where mushrooms are being found to be a valuable asset to the immune system. Mushrooms have a unique talent of preventing an over-reaction from the immune system while supporting immune system function. This property can help the immune system deal with problems without going overboard and damaging cells that are healthy. Another talent mushrooms have is their ability to do a great job of cleaning up in the body. Fungi love decay and eating medicinal mushrooms gives your body help in cleaning out waste, dead tissue and toxins. One of the most exciting findings to come out of research is the benefits medicinal mushrooms provide in fighting cancer and the support they give the immune system for people going through radiation and chemotherapy treatments for cancer.

Marjorie Nolan, MS, RD, a New York dietician and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, also points out that mushrooms are a good source of protein, selenium, copper, potassium, and vitamins and that they have no cholesterol and very little fat. Since mushrooms absorb what is around them, it is best to get organic mushrooms for eating and to thoroughly cook them to get rid of the small amounts of toxins they may have absorbed from air, water, or land pollution. Experts also recommend if using supplements to get one that has a combination of several mushrooms which makes it harder for body pathogens to become resistant to any one variety.

The Cream of the Crop
In the world of medicinal mushrooms there are a few that have been identified, studied and found to stand out in the benefits they deliver. Here are a few of those mushrooms and what they are being used for.

Shiitake mushrooms contain the polysaccharide lentinan that has been used in treating cancers, providing liver protection, decrease cholesterol levels, stabilize blood sugar and has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It has even been found successful in fighting off AIDS and HIV.

For thousands of years Reishi mushrooms have been recognized by Asian cultures to have healing properties. It contains the triterpenoid ganoderic acid that are being found useful in treating cancers such as lung cancer and leukemia. It has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, is being used to stabilize blood pressure and cholesterol levels, protects the liver, enhances blood circulation, is being used in reducing prostate related symptoms in men and stifling the growth of tumors.

Chinese and Tibetan cultures have a long history of using Cordyceps mushrooms for medicinal purposes. Today, athletes are finding benefit from this mushroom's ability to enhance strength and endurance. It has properties that help protect the liver and kidney, increase blood circulation, and stabilize cholesterol levels. It also shows promise for having antidepressant properties and has been used in treating Hepatitis B. Cordyceps also shows promise in treating cancer with its anti-tumor properties and has beta glucan and nutrients that boost the immune system.

Turkey Tail
Turkey Tail mushroom has received a lot of attention lately in the cancer treating fields. PSK and PSP, polysaccharides found in Turkey Tail, have been reported as significant compounds for fighting cancers such as breast cancer, leukemia, stomach cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, cervical cancer, and many more.

Agaricus Blazei
This is another mushroom showing great promise for cancer treatment and for supporting an immune system that can be weakened from radiation and chemotherapy. It has also been found to be useful for diabetics, stabilizing cholesterol levels, enhancing hair and skin health and amazingly enough, for treating polio. This mushroom has the most beta glucan of any of the mushrooms which make it especially potent for immune system support.

Maitake mushrooms are another source of interest for fighting cancer. It supports the immune system and tests with mice have shown it to be effective in preventing tumors from forming. It also can lower blood pressure levels, give liver support, and is beneficial in treating diabetes and obesity. It is a rich source of Vitamins B-2, C and D as well as potassium, fiber, amino acids, magnesium and niacin. 

Lion's Mane
This mushroom is being studied for benefits for age related memory function and mental clarity and stimulating nerve growth. It has been called "nature's nutrient for the neurons" due to NGF (nerve growth factor) being found in it. Lion's Mane is proving beneficial in reducing the effects of stress and producing a natural calming effect.

Combining Your Mushrooms
Since experts tend to agree that taking a combination of mushrooms rather than just one single variety seems to be the most effective for immune system support, a good way to accomplish this is by taking supplements with high quality organic mushroom ingredients. This supplement  gives you a blend of reishi, cordyceps, maitake, shiitake, Turkey Tail, and Agaricus blazei mushrooms with the added benefit of astragalus, beta glucan and AFA bluegreen algae. Another mushroom blend  giving you the powerful superfood nutrition from Earth's forests combines reishi, maitake, cordyceps, wild black trumpet, and Poria cocos mushrooms.

However you choose to get your mushrooms, with supplements, foraging for your own or buying them at your local organic market, it is time to re-evaluate how you've thought about mushrooms in the past. The exciting research that is being done today just shows what many cultures have known for ages; that mushrooms are a great natural solution to supporting the immune system and keeping us healthy.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Natural Solutions for Staying Active as You Age

Most of us would love to find a fountain of youth as a natural solution to combat aging. The good news is you can. Science is finding more evidence all the time of ways to deflect the aging process in our bodies. One of these is as simple as staying active.

Staying Active to Stay Youthful
Recent studies show evidence that Alzheimer's can actually be prevented by exercise. Regular exercise has also been found to increase life expectancy, protect against stroke and change our DNA making our muscles work more efficiently. During exercise the brain stimulates enzymes that are able to break down amyloid plaques that have been linked to Alzheimer's.

Besides staying active physically, there are studies that show that staying active mentally is important. One recent study found that staying active mentally produces lower amounts of a protein that forms beta amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's. (

Antioxidants to Support Staying Youthful
To stay youthful, forget about the passage of time. Instead, think about keeping your cells healthy. Antioxidants help keep your cells in peak condition.

Our bodies are made of over 75 trillion cells. These cells are under constant attack by unstable molecules called free radicals. Some of these free radical molecules are the result of natural processes in the body, while others come from the daily stresses of life, including air pollutants, smoking, alcohol, over-exertion, heavy exercise, and poor diets. Problems occur when an over abundance of free radicals exists and the body does not have enough naturally occurring antioxidants to combat them.

As your 75 trillion cells are constantly attacked by free radicals, the result is aging.
Free radicals can react with your cells' DNA and RNA, the blueprints by which your cells duplicate themselves causing heart disease, chronic pain, and other ailments related to aging.

A good way to supplement your body with antioxidants is with blue green algae. Blue green algae contains a wide range of antioxidants in the form of specific trace minerals, amino acids, vitamins and especially pigments – an impressive variety of carotenes along with potent green and blue pigments. Replicated studies have shown the potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of phycocyanin which is found in blue green algae. (Bruno, Edible Microalgae)

This supplement gives you wheat sprouts, bluegreen algae and red beta algae combined to supply the body with antioxidant nutrition and combat the destructive effects of free radicals.

Bluegreen algae contains a vast array of micronutrients that your body uses for physical well being and to support physical health.

The saying you are only as old as you feel can certainly apply. Staying active both physically and mentally and giving your body antioxidant support, can help you combat the aging process and many of the health concerns that accompany it. Try out these natural solutions and start your own fountain of youth flowing.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

5 Simple Ways to Eat Healthy

We all know we should eat healthy, but we also all have times when we are rushed or have too much to do to stop and eat a healthy meal. Some people more than others exist on a diet of fast food, junk food, processed meals, high sugar, trans fat and simple carb filled meals. At some point though they will pay for this type of eating as an unhealthy diet can cause an inflammatory state in the body and lead to many diseases including heart disease and diabetes. Food is our body's fuel that gives us the energy and nutrients to keep the body in good working order, looking good and feeling good. The type of fuel you put into the body makes all the difference. Just like your car can't run on water, an unhealthy diet won't keep your body running smoothly and efficiently. Even if you are really pressed for time and don't eat healthy most of the time, it's never too late to make some changes and there are things you can do to reap the benefits of eating healthy.

With TV shows, the internet, and magazines full of articles about healthy eating, you probably already know the types of foods to be eating to eat healthy. Your diet should include whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats. Let's look at some easy ways that even the busiest people can add more of the right types of foods into their diets to eat healthy.

1. Get More Nutrition from What You Eat
One consideration besides the types of foods you are eating is how you are digesting those foods. If your digestive system isn't performing its job then the body isn't getting the benefits of whatever you are eating. Your digestive system is responsible for breaking food down into small enough particles that it can go from the intestines to the bloodstream and be carried to other organs and parts of the body to fuel them. Our bodies have various digestive enzymes that play a major role in breaking food down. Lipase breaks down fat molecules and helps the body store fat. A shortage of lipase can compromise the circulation and contribute to high blood pressure and high cholesterol and degrade the immune system. Protease breaks down proteins to produce amino acids which are vital to growth and overall health. Cellulase breaks down cellulose which is found in fruits and vegetables we eat. Amylase breaks down starch molecules and has been found to relieve mental fatigue and helps in maintaining a healthy mind and body. Then to break down sugars you need maltase and sucrose, and for dairy products the enzyme lactase helps with its digestion.

If you are eating lots of processed or refined foods, sugary foods, or heavily cooked foods, then your enzymes may be suffering. These along with environmental toxins and chlorinated water can all kill off the digestive enzymes we need for good digestion. To replenish these enzymes from our foods, we can eat lots of raw or lightly cooked vegetables and fruits and chew them completely. The easy way for those on the go to do this is to cut up raw fruits and veggies ahead of time and keep a supply of them already in small bags or containers in the fridge to grab as you head out the door. Another solution is to take a high quality enzyme supplement. Adding food enzyme supplements to the diet can help in completing the metabolization of fat, proteins and carbs when taken with food and when taken between meals they are absorbed into the blood and can help clean out residual food particles. They can also help with controlling acid reflux, heartburn, cramping, gas and bloating, and reduce inflammation in joints and muscles. Since there are various individual factors that influence the speed and efficiency of your digestive system, enzyme biochemist Devin Houston, Ph.D. advises starting with one capsule at mealtime to see the effects it has on you and trying out different amounts according to how much you have eaten. For example, a large meal may require a couple of capsules before and a couple more after the meal. You don't have to worry about experimenting with digestive enzyme supplements as most are safe enough and your body will use what it needs and discard the rest through waste material. If you have any concerns about taking them safely with any medications you are on then of course you should consult your healthcare provider.

2. The Pay-off From Probiotics
Keeping a good supply of healthy probiotics, the friendly bacteria that live in your intestines, in your system is another simple way to get the most out of the food you eat. Probiotics are important in digestion and produce many of the vitamins your body needs like B12, B6 and K2 and help your body absorb minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium. They also fight off unfriendly bacteria that can make us sick, help clear waste out of the body and they are able to digest the insoluble fiber that we can't digest. Probiotics have also been found to boost mood through their interaction with the central nervous system.

There are foods that you can get probiotics from, in fact many products today are adding probiotics in them. What you have to be careful of in these cases though is to make sure you are getting live active cultures in these foods and know what types of probiotics are included. Your intestines have over 3000 types of friendly bacteria and various ones have different roles to play. Some good food sources of probiotics are yogurt and kefir, with kefir having more strains than you find generally in yogurt. These bacteria are heat sensitive so dairy products being kept cold helps them survive and thrive. Milk also has a complex carbohydrate that helps feed the bacteria. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, sour pickles, and miso are other good food source for probiotics. Mary Ellen Sanders, PhD, executive director of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics warns though that making these fermented foods yourself or finding a source that is labeled as raw fermented is the only way to insure the bacteria in them are live. Processing of fermented foods will kill the live cultures as does exposing them to high heat.

A simple way to get your probiotics is with high quality supplements especially of acidophilus and bifidus. When looking at supplements look for a minimum of a billion colony forming units or CFUs on the label, ones that contain Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, check expiration dates and for best results store them in a cool location. A good probiotic supplement will also contain a prebiotic which feeds the probiotic in the form of an insoluble fiber. If you see ingredients listed on the label such as inulin, FOS, GOS, or polydextrose then that product has prebiotics. You can also get prebiotics by eating foods such as asparagus, artichokes, wheat, oats, soybeans, bananas, onions and garlic.

3. Changing What and How Much You Eat
At some point as you become more aware of the benefits of eating healthy, you are going to have to make some changes to your diet and possibly the amount you eat. If you consume more calories regularly than you burn off each day you will eventually gain weight. Even if you are able to eat as much as you want of whatever you want now because you have a metabolism that is able to handle it, at some point this will probably catch up with you. As we age our metabolisms slow down and what goes in will have to balance with how much the body uses up and burns off. There are easy ways to start changing some of your eating habits now without having to measure and weigh and count every calorie that goes into your mouth. First take a look at your dishes. How big is the plate you use or the bowl? You might try using the smaller plates or bowls in your set to avoid overfilling your plate with food. I know that I am less likely to go back for seconds when I am watching my weight, so that's not a problem, and using a smaller plate helps me to eat enough to be full, but not eat past being full. Also fixing your plate from foods in the kitchen and then going to the dining room to eat instead of bringing the food all out to eat "family style" removes the temptation to fill your plate up again. Don't worry about having leftovers. If it is something that will keep and be good for another meal then you've just saved yourself some time and found another way to eat healthy the next day at work instead of running out for a burger.

You may need to do some research or ask your healthcare provider for help figuring how many calories a day you need to eat for optimal health. It will vary according to age, sex, and how much exercise you get or how active a person you are. Some people may need to initially measure or weight portions to learn how much of certain foods translate into a certain amount of calories, but start paying attention to what that amount looks like. Then find something familiar to you to compare it to and it will make it much easier in the future to get the right amounts. For example, if you are eating a chicken breast and you see that the right size for you would fit in the palm of your hand, then next time you go for chicken, you'll know to get a size about the palm of your hand.

4. Look For Healthier Eating Solutions
With a little thought and creativity, you can change the more unhealthy foods you are eating into foods that allow you to eat healthy. You might also find ways to substitute a healthier option. My big weakness as a comfort food is potato chips, but I find that substituting air popped popcorn gives me the crunch, convenience and salt I'm craving without all the trans fats and preservatives of chips. Crunchy veggies and fruits like carrots and apples can sometimes be good for stress eating as there is lots of chewing and crunching. Start becoming aware of what you are eating and when you are eating it. Do you seek comfort foods when emotional, eat junk food when stressed or snack out of boredom? Becoming aware of these eating patterns can be the first step to changing them.

For many people in the U.S., more than half the calories they should be getting a day are coming from sugars and solid fats. Really start paying attention to what is in the food you are eating and make a conscious choice to take away one thing at a time that is sugar-filled, a simple carbohydrate which breaks down into sugar or an unhealthy fat like saturated, trans, or solid. A good example is soda. I know several people who once they became aware of the number of calories in a soda drink chose to wean themselves off by substituting iced tea or water. It didn't take long to really see a difference in their weight. When I cook or bake, I take a good look at any recipe for salt, flour, sugar and oils or fats called for. Then I make substitutions for those ingredients with healthier options. This doesn't always work for every recipe, but I find it works most of the time to substitute a natural sweetener for sugar or a healthier type of oil instead of butter or shortening. There are lots of recipes available from the internet that will allow you to enjoy your favorite types of food and still eat healthy. Just spend a little time doing some research. If you really don't have the time to cook, many health food stores today have healthy options for take-out. Consider that alternative before doing a drive-thru or restaurant delivery.

5. Whole Food Supplements
Even if you do eat healthy on a regular basis, you may not be getting the optimal benefits of eating healthy because so many of our food sources that are available to us these days are lacking in vital nutrients. This is when whole food supplements can be a tremendous help in picking up the slack and providing us with nutrition we are missing from our foods alone. AFA or aphanizomenon flos aquae bluegreen algae has the exact ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that humans need, has all 20 amino acids, provides a complete source of protein in an amino acid profile nearly identical to human breast milk, has 75% usable high quality protein compared to the 18% red meat delivers, provides the mental activator PEA (phenylethylamine), gives you powerful antioxidants, such as chlorophyll, superoxide dismutase, glutathione, and phycocyanin which protect cells from oxidative damage, help with cellular repair, replace lipids in the membranes that have been damaged and act as cleansers or scavengers for free radicals, offers dozens of essential vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, and has an ideal balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, complex sugars, and fiber. This supplement  comes in small tablets, capsules or powdered forms, so whichever is your preference you can get all this wholefood nutrition anytime, anywhere. Even easier are these conveniently packaged capsules  of two types of AFA bluegreen algae, acidophilus, bifidus and a digestive enzyme that are easy to take with you on the go or when traveling.

I know change can be hard, but your health is too important to not start making some changes now. Learning how to eat healthy doesn't have to be an agonizing experience. Just start observing your eating habits and see where you can substitute foods, make ingredient changes in foods, read labels so you know what you are getting and avoid unhealthy ingredients and learn how to judge how much food you can eat for a healthy amount of calories. If all that sounds too much, do what you can now and pick even just one simple goal towards healthy eating and make use of our wholefood supplements to help you get the nutrition you are missing. As you start to see all the benefits of eating healthy, your motivation to make more changes will improve and you'll be on your way to a healthier, longer, more enjoyable life.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Joint Health: Don't Let Your Joints Become Squeaky Wheels

It only makes sense that healthy joints equal a more active and enjoyable life so taking good care of your joints is an important part of your healthcare. It also makes sense that exercising your joints will help keep them moving and active. But did you know that according to health expert Jason Theodosakis, M.D, there are foods you can add to your diet to support joint health? And when talking about joint health, consider this doesn't just mean the point where the two bones come together. It also includes cartilage, the tissue between the joint bones, tendons, the tissue that connects muscles to bones, ligaments, the tissue that connects bones to other bones, and synovium, the lubricant fluid that protects from bones rubbing each other. To keep your joints working for you and keeping you active and mobile, just doing the right type exercise and making sure you are eating foods that help keep joints strong can make a big difference.

Exercise for Joints
A big problem when it comes to joint health is being overweight. Joints carrying around too much weight are at an increased risk of being damaged and developing arthritis. A regular program of exercise can help keep your weight down and not put this type of stress on your joints. There are studies that propose aerobic type exercise that increase the heart rate to be good for reducing swelling in joints. If you are not healthy enough for this type of exercise or have joint conditions already that prevent it, then you can go with a lower impact type aerobics like step aerobics or some type of other exercise that still gets your joints moving like possibly walking, swimming, or bike riding. The main thing is to get up and move. If you have a job that requires a lot of sitting, take breaks to get up and move around. The less you move in the day the more at risk you are to have stiff and painful joint problems. Your exercise program should also include exercises that build strong muscles and ligaments like some type of weight training. These help support the joints and protect them.

Besides exercise, you can help protect your joints and strengthen them by maintaining good posture when sitting or standing and distribute weight equally on both sides so that you aren't putting too much stress on the joints on any one side of your body. Be sure to always protect your joints during activities that have the risk of injury by using pads, braces, guards or a helmet. When exercising your joints, make sure you are doing exercises correctly as you can cause damage by not doing them the way they are intended. If you are not sure what exercise will be good for you or how to do specific exercises, seek out a professional for advice. Some exercises may not work for you due to other health conditions you have, so check with your healthcare provider to make sure the exercise program you plan to embark on is one that is within your limits. Even if you are doing the correct exercises for you in the correct way, exercise can take a toll on joints. This algae joint support supplement provides the enzymes bromelain, papain, protease, lipase, and serratiopeptidase that can help provide cellular nutrition for the body to be able to recover more quickly from the stress of exercise.

Diet for Healthy Joints
Diet too is another way to control weight so as not to overburden joints. Consider that every pound of weight you gain causes your knees to be under four times the amount of stress. That's a lot to expect of your knees if you add on a lot of extra pounds. That means eating a diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, whole grains and lean proteins just like you would for a weight loss diet or any other kind of healthy diet plan. The fruits and vegetables are an especially important part as they provide you with antioxidants to fight off free radicals that can be damaging to joints. Make sure for joint health that you are particularly including the antioxidants vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium. Good food sources for vitamin A include dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, mangoes, butternut squash, and asparagus. For vitamin C make sure you are eating foods such as grapefruit, papaya, oranges, mangoes, berries, broccoli, red peppers and asparagus. Vitamin E can be added to the diet by eating foods such as avocados, whole grain bread and cereal, peanut butter and seeds such as sunflower. And selenium can be found in salmon, Brazil nuts, oatmeal and brown rice. If your lifestyle just doesn't support your getting all the antioxidant providing foods you need, a wholefood supplement may be called for. This algae antioxidant supplement can help provide those missing antioxidants from your diet.

Omega-3 fatty acids are another component of a joint health diet as these can help with swelling and joint pain especially for people with arthritis. Research studies have reported that supplementation with omega-3 has led to participants being able to use less NSAID's to control their joint pain. Fatty fish such as salmon, herring, sardines and tuna are good sources of omega-3 as are green veggies, nuts, seeds, and AFA bluegreen algae. Olive oil will not only give you another way to get omega-3 fatty acids, but the University of Catania in Italy has reported findings in animal studies that using extra virgin olive oil helped produce more lubricin which is a protein in the synovial fluid that lubricates joints.

Don't forget adding in foods that will build strong bones and muscles since these help support the joints. That means calcium from foods such as milk, yogurt, broccoli, kale, and figs and the vitamin D to help the body absorb the calcium. Muscles also need protein to stay strong. Stick with lean sources of protein such as chicken, lean meat, beans, legumes, soy products and low-fat dairy. Kefir and yogurt not only give you calcium and protein, but also provided probiotics that help with the digestive system. One study done with kefir reported the bacteria L. casei was found to help reduce inflammation and stiff joints in participants.

Alternative Solutions for Joint Support
Turmeric which contains the antioxidant curcumin has been found in research to be as effective at relieving joint pain and inflammation as 800 mg of ibuprofen. Glucosamine supplements have also been found effective in keeping cartilage healthy and supporting joint health. Healthy joints naturally have glucosamine and chondroitin in the cartilage. This glucosamine algae supplement also gives you chondroitin, and UC-II® undenatured collagen to nourish joints and their supporting tissues. Another supplement option that has been found in research to be effective with controlling joint pain and inflammation is orange peel extract. This is due to the nobiletin which is a bioflavonoid found in it. To get some of this from real oranges be sure to leave the white layer on the orange when peeling it or use the whole orange with the peel on to grind up in a smoothie type drink.

No one wants to be stuck sitting on the sidelines, especially when it comes to enjoying life. Taking care of your joints will help insure that you stay active, mobile and able to keep on going.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Youthify Your Body and Mind at Any Age

You've heard the old saying "you're only as old as you feel" and if you think about it this is true when it comes to body and mind aging. I know people that appear old even though they may not be that old in years and then I know people who are up in their 80's and 90's that I would guess were younger. What age you are isn't as important in the grand scheme of things as how healthy you are and how much you are able to enjoy life. If aging means you are not mobile, full of aches and pains or disease, your mind and cognitive abilities are suffering, and you just don't look or feel your best then no wonder it is something we dread. But if aging means we are able to retire and spend more time with family, traveling, enjoying hobbies we've never had time for before and being mentally alert, disease-free and able to get around well, then that's a whole different story and one that gives us something to look forward to. No matter what age you are now, there are things you can do to "youthify" your body and mind now to help you slide into your senior years with a healthy body and mind.

Antioxidant Foods For Your Body
Our over 75 trillion cells are essential components to health and longevity. These cells however are constantly under attack by damaging, unstable molecules called free radicals. Free radicals are molecules in cells that are weakened to the point that they lose an electron. This weakness is caused by things such as toxins in the body, exposure to UV rays, chlorinated water, pollution, and overcooked, fried and processed foods. These free radicals go around the body taking electrons from other molecules and creating more free radicals. The damage they do to the body, including cells, enzymes, and DNA, can lead to pain, inflammation, chronic diseases and aging. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals before they cause cell damage by replacing the missing electron. Adding more antioxidant foods to your diet can help give you the antioxidant power to combat free radical damage. Bright colorful vegetables and fruits are one of the best sources for antioxidants. Carrots are full of beta carotene, tomatoes are full of lycopene, both of which help protect skin from damage and repair damaged cells. Studies show that pomegranates not only help protect skin, but according to Dr. Oz the juice is reported to also help lower high cholesterol and blood pressure levels, reduce the chances of atherosclerosis setting in and may even lower chances of Alzheimer's. Berries are another good source of antioxidants and they also help the body produce collagen which helps you maintain youthful looking skin. The goji berry is a superfood giving you more vitamin C than oranges and carotenoids for antioxidant power. According to anti-aging expert and author, Nicholas Perricone, MD, it also has iron, 18 amino acids, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, B vitamins and vitamin E, and triggers human growth hormone to be released in the body which means better sleep, a memory boost and improved immune system. Green tea is very high in catechin polyphenols that give you a big antioxidant punch. It also has EGCG that may help in preventing heart muscle damage and according to Amy Yee, PhD, a professor of biochemistry at Tufts University, studies show it may help reduce the risks of some types of cancer. There have also been studies such as one from Japan published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that indicate drinking a cup daily can help keep cognitive abilities functioning well as you age.

Dietary Changes
When starting on a healthy aging diet, besides getting in antioxidants, one of the best foods to add is those with omega-3 fatty acids. Nicholas Perricone, MD, author of 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity, lists the benefits of omega-3 as helping with mood stabilization, keeping bones strong, reducing inflammation, helping to keep skin youthful looking, and it aids the body's enzymes in removing stored fat to use as energy. Wild salmon, nuts like walnuts, seeds such as chia, and AFA bluegreen algae are some of the best food sources for omega-3. Another way to get not only the omega-3's and omega-6's in the right balance, but also lots of antioxidants and other vital nutrients is with this program of  convenient packets of whole food supplements with superfoods from the water, Earth and forests. From the forests come organically grown mushrooms from wild spores, from the Earth comes sprouts and grasses with phytonutrients, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, folate, and fiber with the antioxidants in a form the body can easily absorb, and from the water dulse, kelp, fucoidan, Ecklonia cava, bladderwrack, Dunaliella salina, spirulina, chlorella and AFA bluegreen algae for a wide array of rich minerals and phytonutrients including over 60 micronutrients and 130 triterpenoids.

Other foods to include on your healthy aging diet are those that are high in water content. This would include foods such as melons, cucumbers, apples and peaches. These types of foods, as well as drinking plenty of fluids, help reduce wrinkles and keep the body hydrated. Avocados are another good food for helping skin stay youthful looking as they add to hydration, have oils that make skin tough and have the good monounsaturated fats that help fight off inflammation. Also make sure you include foods with the youthful skin supporting minerals zinc, copper and selenium in your healthy aging diet as well as soybean products such as soymilk, tofu, and edamame that according to Paula Simpson, BASc, RNCP, can help with slowing the aging process.

In addition to what you eat, consider how much you eat. Some of the oldest people in the world live in Okinawa, Japan and studies of their eating habits show they eat only until they are about 80 % full according to Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones. Research from St. Louis University supports this with their findings that people eating less calories showed lower amounts of T3 which is a hormone known to slow down metabolism and suspected to play a role in aging.

Deal With Stress
Stress can take a toll on body and mind and is something we all have to deal with in our fast-paced lives. Studies show stress triggers adrenaline and cortisol which increase blood pressure and heart rate and negatively impact physical and mental health. Herbert Benson, MD, director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine in Boston, attributes between 60 and 90 percent of visits to the doctor as being related to conditions such as depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, high blood pressure and heart attacks that are all results of stress. In his book, The Relaxation Response, he recommends a type of meditation that uses a mantra for even just 10 minutes a day to help relieve stress. Yoga is another way to help with stress relief and involves a type of breathing that can help strengthen awareness of the body and mind connection. Yoga breathing has been reported to help with getting more oxygen to cells, removing toxins from the body, increasing skin's glow, and reducing the risk of illness. The poses used in yoga have been found to exercise your body inside and outside and have positive benefits especially for digestive, reproductive and immune systems.

Don't wait for old age to hit and find yourself struggling through it. Start using some of these diet and lifestyle change tips now and prepare yourself for it. We can't stop the clock from moving forward or stop ourselves from aging, but we can do our best to make our senior years enjoyable by staying healthy and promoting anti-aging techniques now.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Art of a Smoothie Bowl

Source: New Earth newsletter, 8/7/18

Since the 1930s smoothies have been a staple health food. They have even enjoyed several upgrades with the addition of vitamins and supplements. Smoothie have now finally evolved in the form of the smoothie bowl.

The smoothie bowl has become an internet sensation since exploding on the scene in 2016. This thicker and edible version of the smoothie offers a whole new set of options to spice up the traditional health drink.

Making a Smoothie Bowl
If you haven't tried one of these delicious bowls yet, then you are in for a treat. The main difference between a smoothie and smoothie bowl is the base. The base of a smoothie bowl is thicker and creamier than your traditional smoothie. To accomplish this consistency add a little more frozen fruit or veggies than your traditional smoothie.

After you blend up your base, pour it into a bowl and decorate the top of your creamy mixture with your favorite healthy toppings. You can add ingredients such as granola, chia seeds, nuts, and fruit slices. You can also garnish your concoctions with coconut butter and even collagen powder. You are only limited by your imagination and your calorie counter.

To get you started, here's one of the favorites at New Earth. Blend one cup of frozen pineapple, one cup of frozen mango, one handful of spinach, 3/4 tsp of this powdered algae blend, and coconut water. Start with a small amount of coconut water and add until you reach your desired consistency. Keep in mind; you want to be able to eat it with a spoon. Once you have reached your desired consistency pour it in a bowl and top with your favorite fruits and nuts.

Make It a Wild One
If you are looking for the perfect addition to your smoothie bowl, then you should consider this powdered form of wild algae to provide a dense nutrient boost to your next smoothie bowl creation.

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