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25
APR

5 Best Supplements for Arthritis

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

There are a lot of supplements for treatment and prevention of arthritis. Many of these products can significantly help and are safe to be taken on a regular basis. Everyone is different and react differently to supplements but if you still haven’t found a good product or a good combination of products, we present you the 5 best supplements for arthritis.

Glucosamine

Likely the most popular product for arthritis, glucosamine helps with osteoarthritis pain and protects cartilage from deteriorating, while helping your joints to move better. A numbers of studies have shown that glucosamine can have an effect on moderate and severe arthritis, particularly if taken in combination with chondroitin and MSM.

Chondroitin

Studies have suggested that chondroitin supplements can help slow down osteoarthritis progression and may lower arthritis pain and inflammation. Researchers believe that it works by helping to keep cartilage healthy as well as improving joint function, resulting in less inflammation and pain.

MSM

MSM or methylsulfonylmethane is known to support connective tissue formation in the body and may possibly reduce arthritis pain. MSM acts as an analgesic by lessening nerve impulses that transmit pain. A variety of studies have suggested that supplementation of MSM may reduce pain and inflammation which can lead to a positive effect on knee osteoarthritis.

Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids seem to be good for everything, and they are! Studies have shown that omega-3 contains anti-inflammatory properties and supplementation can help in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

SAM-e

Likely not as popular as the other supplements on this list, SAM-e is an excellent choice for arthritis. S-adenosyl-L-methionine, known as SAM-e, is a chemical that occurs naturally in the body and can be helpful for osteoarthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.


 
17
APR

Thermogenics & Weight Loss: Why It Works

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Thermogenics and weight loss go together but it’s quite interesting to find out why it really works. Thermogenesis is the process of heat production in the warm-blooded animals. The role of thermogenesis is to maintain the temperature of body so that it can function optimally. The human body utilizes most of its calories in maintaining normal metabolic functions such as ingestion, digestion, and essential processes such as heart beat, respiration, brain activity and regular physical activity.

Thermogenesis can be classified in 3 different types. The first one is “exercise induced thermogenesis” in which the muscles are heated up with physical activity or exercise to function more effectively. The second one, is “non-exercise activity thermogenesis”(NEAT) which includes generating heat through shivering. The third type is the “diet induced thermogenesis” (DIT) where the production of heat occurs after eating. The last one is directly responsible for managing weight because some foods can enhance thermogenesis. These foods have high fiber content and are normally low in calories.

Good examples of thermogenic foods include spices such as red hot peppers, which contain capsaicin, a pungent flavored substance that enhances thermogenesis. Piperine is another thermogenic substance found in black pepper. It promotes thermogenesis by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system. The good-for-everything coconut oil can also promote thermogenesis as it contains great amounts of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) known to retard the accumulation of fat in the body.

Ginger and green tea can also be considered thermogenic foods. Green tea contains two important chemicals polyphenols called the catechins and caffeine, which are both known to encourage thermogenesis. Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, glucose-sensitizing, and stimulatory effects on the gastrointestinal tract and can enhance thermogenesis with a potential impact in weight management.


 
13
APR

5 Foods For Eye Health

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition at 2:30 pm | By: Jeremy Michael

We are born with only 1 pair of eyes and need to do everything we can to protect them. Every day our eyes are exposed to UV light, radiation, smoke, environmental pollutants, and many other factors like staring at computer screens that damage our eyes. Aging also puts people at greater risks for serious eye disease and other eye problems. Research has linked proper nutrition to the prevention of many common eye conditions. For instance certain nutrients such as Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Vitamin E, Zinc, Fatty Acids and Vitamin C have been found to help protect our eyes against certain eye diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts. Taking supplements are not the only way to get the proper nutrients. Eating a diet consisting of a variety of foods is the best way to supply our body’s with the proper nutrients that it needs. Below are 5 foods that are beneficial for eye health.

  • Blueberries are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Cataracts are thought to be due to oxidative damage that occurs in the retina and lens of the eye. Blueberries are jam-packed with anthocyanin’s a specific antioxidant that help protect against this oxidative damage. A study that was published in the British Journal of Nutrition” in 2012 showed that anthocyanin’s protect retinal cells from damage caused by both aging and light.
  • Carrots and other orange colored fruits and vegetables like apricots and sweet potatoes are rich in Beta-Carotene. Our bodies convert Beta-Carotene from carrots into Vitamin A, which is important in the fight against vision problems like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and night blindness. Beta Carotene in research has also been shown to help prevent vision loss and worsening of Age Related Macular Degeneration when taken with other antioxidants and zinc.
  • Leafy Greens like kale, spinach, and turnip greens are packed with lutein and zeaxanthin. These are the only carotenoids found in the macula and lens of the eyes. Studies show that they may have the ability to lower the risk of cataracts and Macular Degenerations.
  • Oysters – Besides being an aphrodisiac oysters are rich in Zinc. Zinc is a mineral that is essential to eye health and vision. According to the AREDS trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute, researchers discovered that taking zinc, along with other antioxidants could lower the risk of developing advanced age related macular degeneration by 25%. Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food.
  • Fish – Oily and fatty fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies and trout are rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Specifically these fish are full of DHA, which is found in high concentration in the retinas of the eyes. This suggests that it has an important role in eye health. Research has shown a correlation between deficiency in DHA and Dry Eye syndrome. One study concluded that Omega 3- Fatty acids play an important role in dry eye syndrome.

 
8
APR

The Truth about Saturated Fats (Specifically How Good Coconut Oil Is…)

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The words “Saturated Fats” may scare many people due to its “bad reputation” but did you know that not all saturated fats are actually bad for you?

In fact, some saturated fats, such as the ones found in coconut oil, are good for your health! It may be surprising to you that the naturally occurring saturated fat in coconut oil actually has health benefits but studies have shown that it can help promoting heart health and weight loss, supporting the immune system, boosting up metabolism, and maintaining proper function of the thyroid gland.

About 50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid that the body converts into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-protozoa properties.

On the other hand, it is important to remember that unsaturated fats are the ones known to cause heart disease, not the naturally occurring coconut oil saturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats in vegetable and seed oils encourage the formation of blood clots by increasing platelet stickiness, unlike that, coconut oil helps to promote normal platelet function.

For cooking purposes, coconut oil is a much healthier choice and should be used instead of butter, olive oil, vegetable oil, margarine, or any other oil. Pure virgin coconut oil contains 92% saturated fats, and only 1% Omega-6, the fat Americans get way too much of, and best of all, does not contain any cholesterol.

Additionally, anything with the words “trans fats” should be the ones to be avoided at all times as these unsaturated fats are artificially manipulated into saturated fats and have been associated with a variety of health dangers.

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7
APR

5 Foods to Help Combat Allergies

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Nutrition at 2:05 pm | By: Jeremy Michael

 

A proper diet and nutrition is the foundation for all health care. However, food can be more than a foundation; food is medicine.  Today we are going to talk about foods that can help combat seasonal allergies. Foods rich in Vitamin C, Antioxidants, and Folic acid can help to reduce the inflammation associated with seasonal allergies. Below are some super foods to add into your springtime regimen to help fight off those unwanted seasonal allergy changes. While proper diet and nutrition is important, it is also important to make sure you avoid any food allergies or sensitivities that you may have.

  • Cruciferous Vegetables – Not only do cruciferous vegetables like Kale and Broccoli aid in the detoxification pathway, but research from the University of California School of Medicine found that cruciferous vegetables can play a key role in preventing allergy symptoms and asthma. Researchers found, Sulforaphane, a chemical in broccoli, triggers an increase of antioxidant enzymes in the human airway that offers protection against the numerous free radicals that we inhale every day in our polluted air. Not to mention foods like broccoli and kale are also high in Vitamin C a natural antihistamine.
  • Apples – In addition to Vitamin C apples also contain high amounts of quercetin. Apples supply roughly 4 milligrams of quercetin for every 100 grams. Quercetin is one of the most important alternative remedies when it comes to allergies because of its ability to stabilize mast cells, which release histamine. When it comes to purchasing your apples, make sure they are organic, as apples are the #1 Food on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen.
  • Onions and Garlic like apples are full of quercetin. Quercetin, as mentioned above works similar to many of the prescription drugs on the market today by acting like an anti-histamine. Onions contain roughly 100 milligrams of quercetin per 3-1/2 ounces. Onions and garlic also help to regulate and boost our immune system, which helps to fight off those pesky allergies.
  • Citrus Fruits – Fruits like oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes contain large doses of Vitamin C. One large orange contains roughly 100mg of Vitamin C. On top of being packed with Vitamin C lemons and other citrus fruits also contain high levels of antioxidants.
  • Fresh Fish – Fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, anchovies & sardines are high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Omega 3 Fatty Acids help combat the inflammation associated with seasonal allergies. A German study that was published in the journal of Allergy, found that peoples whose diets were rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to suffer allergy symptoms.

 
3
APR

Don’t Let Allergies Slow You Down! Find Relief with Homeopathic Medicines

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Homeopathy at 9:57 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Spring has officially arrived, and so has the dreaded allergy season! Few problems affect more people in the United States than allergies. In 2012, 17.6 million adults and 6.6 million children reported having hay fever symptoms in the past 12 months.1-2 Yet, the drawbacks of usual approaches to allergy symptoms tend to leave these sufferers dissatisfied. Antihistamines can make people drowsy. Decongestants can have rebound effects. Corticosteroids may affect growth in children and should not be used long-term. Allergy shots require years of expensive doctor visits and often don’t work well despite the investment of time and money. Many American allergy sufferers think there are only two choices when they are hit with nasal congestion, watery eyes, sneezing and wheezing—take an over-the-counter or prescription medication that bears warnings about side effects, or simply suffer.

Fortunately, homeopathic medicines, such as Sabadil® and Sinusalia®, offer a reliable, low-cost third choice when properly matched with an individual’s symptoms.

Sabadil Tablets and Children’s Sabadil® Pellets work naturally with your body to temporarily relieve hay fever and other upper respiratory allergy symptoms including itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy throat and nose.* These quick-dissolving tablets and pellets are recommended for everyone ages 2 and up.

Sinusalia Tablets and Pellets temporarily relieve nasal congestion, sinus pain and headache due to the common cold or allergies. These quick-dissolving tablets and pellets are recommended for everyone ages 6 and up.

Both medicines are ideal choices for appropriately-aged children, seniors taking other medications, and busy adults who need to remain alert. They do not cause drowsiness or interact with other medications. They’re also non-habit forming, and there’s no risk of overdose. Sabadil and Sinusalia work best when taken at the first sign of allergies to help nip those symptoms in the bud.

 

1Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, table 3 & 4.

http://www.aaaai.org/about-the-aaaai/newsroom/allergy-statistics.aspx

2Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, table 2.

http://www.aaaai.org/about-the-aaaai/newsroom/allergy-statistics.aspx

*These “Uses” have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

 

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24
MAR

4 Allergy Formulas for Spring

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Homeopathy,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

Usually around this time of year the sun is starting to shine, the flowers are beginning to bloom and allergy season is just mere weeks away. Don’t let fear of allergies and allergy season ruin the beautiful spring and summer weather. There are many alternative and natural ingredients to help relieve you of and prevent your allergy symptoms.  But don’t just try one ingredient, check out LuckyVitamin for many top rated and recommended allergy formulas to help keep the sniffling, sneezing,, watery and red itchy eyes away.  Below is a look into some of our top selling products.

Ortho Molecular D-Hist and D-Hist Jr:  One of my personal favorites and go to formulas for allergy season is this product. The D-Hist formulas include Quercetin, Bromelain, stinging nettles leaf and N-Acetyl Cysteine to promote optimal support for nasal and sinus passageways.  This professional grade supplement combines the best herbs and supplements for comprehensive support for seasonal challenges and best of all won’t cause drowsiness. It is best taken before allergy season starts to help prevent symptoms but also works well if symptoms have already developed.

Boiron Sabadil combines the most commonly used homeopathic medicine to treat seasonal allergies into one formula.  This formula is meant to help relieve runny nose, spasmodic cough, burning eyes, sneezing, discharges and other symptoms associated with allergies. Sabadil is an FDA regulated homeopathic medicine.  Homeopathic medicines are non-drowsy, safe and effective alternative to common standard medications.

Vital Nutrients Aller-C – This combination supplement combines Quercetin, Vitamin C, and other Bioflavonoids into one effective formula. One of the main ingredients in this formula Hesperidin a flavanone glycoside found commonly in citrus, known to help relieve allergy symptoms.  Another ingredient in this formula is Vitamin C. Vitamin C has antihistamine properties and some research suggests it might help reduce allergy symptoms.

Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Allergy – This Gaia herbs formula contains organic and Non-GMO ingredients. An herbal blend of ingredients to promote a healthy inflammatory response as well as promote respiratory health.  This product combines Turmeric along with other herbal extracts to help fight off symptoms of allergies.  One of the main ingredients in this product is Quercetin, which is well known for its ability to decrease the histamine response, the main chemical in the body responsible for allergies.  Quercetin and other allergy fighting supplements are best taken before allergy season starts to help keep your body from over reacting to the allergens.


 
17
MAR

7 Signs of a Nutritional Deficiency

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Nails – White spots on nails indicate a mineral deficiency. The appearance of ridges, specifically, could indicate a lack of zinc.

Mouth – When your tongue is pale in color you could need more iron. A painful or burnt tongue could be your body’s way of telling you that you need more B vitamins, specifically B2 and B3.

Eyes – Dark circles are sometimes an indicator of needing more than just sleep. See a food allergy specialist to check for intolerances and foods you may need to steer clear of. Some other vitamins you could need are vitamin D for nearsightedness and vitamin A for poor night vision.

Hair – Suffering from hair loss? Try taking a Biotin supplement. Dry hair and dandruff are also signs you need some more vitamin A and omega-3s.

Skin – Irritations and skin problems are usually signs that there are issues going on inside the body. Alleviate dry skin with vitamins A and E. If you suffer from acne during “that time of the month”, try a B6 supplement.

Joint Pain – It can be very defeating when you no longer can perform day-to-day activities due to joint pain. Try magnesium for cramping and twitching. Vitamin B1 and B6 are very useful swelling and twitching. Try a B12 supplement to combat joint numbness.

Brain Fog – Do you have trouble focusing? Are you feeling tired or rundown all the time? You might be experiencing the phenomenon known as “brain fog”. Fortunately, there are some vitamins that can help stave off its effects. A complex of B vitamins can help a body’s response to stress. Vitamin C and zinc have been shown to improve mood disorders and anxiety.

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4
MAR

4 Ancient Grains for Exceptional Health

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods at 11:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Have you heard of Ancient grains? High in fiber and rich in mineral content, these tasty whole grain options are one of the hottest health food trends and can be an excellent addition to your diet. On top of offering a higher amount of nutrients and protein than other grains, ancient grains are delicious in taste and can be added to a variety of meals. So, we present you 4 ancient grains for exceptional health.

1. Farro

Farro is a healthy whole grain often used in soups and salads in Italy. Loaded with nutrients, a single cup of faro has about eight grams of cholesterol-lowering fiber, that’s four times as much as white rich and even more than brown rice, which provides around 5 grams. Additionally, farro contains minerals such as magnesium and zinc, as well as cyanogenic glucosides, a type of carb that may boost the immune system. The best of it: farro’s complex carbs break down slowly, keeping your energy level stable.

2. Spelt Berries

Spelt is a type of wheat containing a rich source of nutrients. Scientifically known as triticum speltum, spelt can be consumed in whole form known as spelt berries, hulled form or even in the form of spelt flour. This ancient grain was a staple for the ancient civilizations like Greece and Rome. Spelt is highly health beneficial as it may help reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, and protects the body against cardiovascular risk factors. Spelt contains rich amount of fiber, which can help reduce LDL cholesterol levels.

3. Barley

Barley may be the most popular of the ancient grains and its list of health benefits is likely the reason for its great success. Studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that barley may help control blood sugar and lower glucose levels. Moreover, the European Journal of Nutrition reports that barely can be helpful to reduce blood pressure as well as slowing digestion which may help weight control.

4. Kamut

Kamut is an excellent alternative to traditional wheat as the protein content is significantly higher and it also has a high amount of selenium. Known as an ancient cereal grain, kamut has strong antioxidant properties, which may help protect the immune system. It is also a great ingredient for baking due to its natural sweetness.


 
20
FEB

What’s New? Qunol

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Coenzyme Q10 is one of the most important nutrients to maintain good health and Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a top-quality brand of CoQ10 supplements: Qunol.

Qunol offers the original coenzyme Q10 supplement that is proven to be both 100% water and fat soluble. In fact, studies show that Qunol Ultra CoQ10 is 300% more absorbent than regular CoQ10, helping you achieve the recommended CoQ10 blood concentration in just weeks, not months like other regular CoQ10 products. Seven separate peer-reviewed and published clinical studies have shown the proprietary patented technology in Qunol gives it the highest absorption of all CoQ10 supplements.

Qunol is made with the highest quality all-natural coenzyme Q10 instead of the synthetic versions like many competing brands, which guarantees the best absorption and highest bio-availability. The solubilized CoQ10 in Qunol is the choice of many physicians, pharmacists, nutritionists and health care practitioners. Qunol CoQ10 supplements support heart health, boost cellular energy and play an important role as a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals. Research has shown that supplementing with CoQ10 is essential to restoring optimum CoQ10 levels in people who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs that have been shown to deplete coenzyme Q10 levels in the body. Our bodies produce this vitamin-like nutrient naturally but this process slows with age and optimal levels are further reduced by cholesterol lowering statin drugs.

Additionally, save even more when you shop Qunol supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code ‘FEB15NEW15′ at checkout for an additional 15% on all products of this new brand. Offer expires 2/28/15.


 
4
FEB

The Truth about Triclosan

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Many people don’t really know what it is and some other people never even heard about it. We are talking about triclosan, a substance that has been all over the headlines as a potential dangerous ingredient used in personal care products.

Triclosan is a chlorinated phenolic bactericide which is added to products to fight bacteria, molds and yeasts and to prevent odor. This antibacterial additive is found in multiple personal hygiene products including toothpastes, soaps, deodorants, body-washes as well as children’s toys, footwear, cooking tools, and furniture.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) triclosan is not known to be hazardous to humans. In addition, the FDA states that there is not sufficient safety evidence to recommend changing consumer use of products that contain triclosan at this time.

However, researchers have found intriguing and quite disturbing results from products which contain triclosan as it may bring some very serious side effects. Studies have definitively shown that triclosan does cause problems with the production of several hormones, including thyroid hormone, estrogen and testosterone. Some experts believe that there could be an increased risk of breast cancer when using triclosan, labeling this ingredient as a probable carcinogen.

Additionally, a new study has linked triclosan to liver damage as researchers believe that exposure to the ingredient was associated with liver fibrosis and cancer. It just adds more to its bad reputation as past research has linked it to heart issues and allergies in children. Even large companies such as Procter and Gamble and Avon are removing triclosan from their products. With so many great natural products available, you have no reason to take a chance with products which contain triclosan.


 
29
JAN

Vitamin K2 Provides Hope for Parkinson’s Patients

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Vitamin K2 deficiency is on the rise and linked to many age-related health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). This common neurodegenerative disorder adversely affects the central nervous system, targeting the part of the brain associated with critical functions such as vision, hearing and movement.

Though there may not be a definitive cause for PD many believe it is most likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. However, some PD cases are being attributed to mutations of specific genes, which have a negative impact on protein function. One such gene is PINK1, which functions as the powerhouse of the cell (mitochondria) and plays a crucial role in the process of neuron differentiation.

A recent study in Science revealed an exciting discovery that vitamin K2 alleviates the negative effects of the Parkinson’s-specific PINK1 mutations in fruit flies.  Flies are used most in genetic and biological studies because their inner workings and cellular activities closely reflect what occurs within our very own cells. Amazingly, PINK1-deficient flies fed vitamin K2 exhibited significantly improved flight, energy levels and survival rates compared with flies that were not supplemented with the vitamin.

Furthermore, the research revealed that vitamin K2 could transport electrons, a vital step in energy production. Overall the results from this study show a significant leap in our scientific understanding of the potential of vitamin K2, and were a welcome development for those suffering from, not only Parkinson’s, but from a variety of other diseases and disorders.

Innerzyme offers one of the highest potency formulas of Vitamin K2, MK-7 on the market. Each vegetarian capsule – derived from non-GMO soybeans – is loaded with 300mcg of Vitamin K2, MK-7 as menaquinone-7. Research indicates Vitamin K2, MK-7 may have a positive impact on cardiovascular, bone and soft tissue health. For a limited time, you can save 15% off Innerzyme products with promo code “JAN15NEW15” at checkout. Hurry, offer expires 2/1/15!

 

 


 
2
JAN

5 Cleaning Agents to Keep Out of Your Home

Filed Under: Environment,Health Concerns & Ailments,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Did you know that a good number of household cleaners contain toxic ingredients that can be harmful to you and your family? Many conventional products use powerful toxic ingredients which are carcinogens and endocrine disrupters. Natural cleaning products can clean as effectively as their petrochemical counterparts without polluting your home as well as the environment. So, next time you shop cleaning products, check all ingredients on the labels and make sure they do not include any of these 5 cleaning agents to keep away from your home.

1.Ammonia: found in bathroom cleaners, polish products for sinks and jewelry, as well as in glass cleaners, ammonia is a powerful irritant that can develop serious health issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. Ammonia is also known to cause irritation to eyes and mucous membranes, breathing difficulty, wheezing, chest pains, pulmonary edema, and skin burns. High exposure can lead to blindness, lung damage, heart attack or death.

2. Phthalates: air fresheners, dish soap, toilet paper, and other fragranced cleaners may contain this dangerous ingredient. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present because, by law, companies do not have to disclose what’s in their scents. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps or other personal care products.

3. Phenols: found in toilet bowl cleaners, disinfectants, and other household products, phenols are toxic to respiratory and circulatory systems. This chemical is still used in the United States but because of the threat posed to the environment by nonyl phenols, the European Union has banned this harmful ingredient from all cleaning products manufactured or used in the EU.

4. 2-Butoxyethanol: commonly found in window, kitchen, carpet, and multipurpose cleaners, 2-butoxyethanol/ ethylene glycol butyl ether can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and may cause blood disorders, as well as liver and kidney damage. May also cause reproductive damage with long-term exposure.

5. Chlorine: widely used in toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, and even in tap water, the health risks from chlorine can be serious. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant at an acute level and is listed as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.


 
22
DEC

7 Health Benefits from Biotin/Vitamin B7

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Biotin or B7 is a vitamin needed by every living cell of your body. Eggs, cheese, mushrooms, tuna, sardines, berries, leafy vegetables, peanuts and are good food sources of biotin. Getting enough biotin can provide multiple health benefits. Just to mention a few, here are 7 health benefits from biotin/B7:

1. Promotes beautiful skin: getting the sufficient amount of biotin may help promote glowing, wrinkle-free skin. Biotin is used in several skin care products like massage oils and creams. Lack of biotin may cause several skin problems including rashes, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and acne.

2. Keeps your hair healthy: biotin supports hair growth and strengthening as a variety of hair products, shampoos and conditioners have biotin as a key ingredient in them. It works wonders for problems like dry, brittle hair and hair fall.

3. Promotes healthy nails:  the cosmetic industry has used biotin in a variety of products for nails. In fact, many supplements are labeled “hair, skin and nails” and contain significant amounts of biotin in their formulas.

4.  Weight loss helper: studies have shown that biotin is essential to sustain proper rates of metabolism. With high biotin levels, your body is able to breakdown food at a faster rate increasing your metabolism, thereby helping in weight loss.

5. May prevent diabetes: Biotin plays a role in enhancing the secretion of insulin, a protein that regulates blood sugar levels. Multiple studies have suggested that biotin may play an important role in preventing and treating diabetes.

6. Improve digestion: biotin’s main function is carrying out metabolic processes of the body. When you eat, several reactions rely on biotin to properly breakdown the food, including breakdown of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. If your body has sufficient levels of biotin, the food will instantly be processed.

7. May Prevent Heart Disease: research suggests that biotin helps in reducing certain risk factors leading to heart disease. Regular biotin supplementation may reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and total cholesterol, as well as reducing the risk of, heart attack atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.


 
17
DEC

Chicken Noodle Soup Rx:

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

With cold and flu season quickly approaching I wanted to breakdown one of the most commonly prescribed remedies to help get you back on your feet. No, I am not talking about antibiotics, cough syrups, decongestants, Tylenol or any type of prescription or over the counter drug. I am talking about chicken noodle soup. Moms and grand moms everywhere have long prescribed this hearty broth to help combat colds and flues. How is it though that a soup can make you feel better?  Lets breakdown a typical recipe and discuss how each ingredient plays a key role in making you feel better.

Normally when we sit down to eat soup it is boiling hot. Not only do the ingredients of the soup help make you feel better but also the temperature. This burning hot soup actually causes a change in our body temperature. We feel warm inside, maybe even start to sweat a little. This increase in body temperature helps us to fight off the infection.  It causes our blood vessels to dilate improving blood flow, which contains our natural defenders. Hot soup can actually help to clear that awful congestion you might be suffering from. A study looking at mucus velocity showed that hot chicken soup, either through aroma or taste was superior in increasing mucosal flow vs. hot or cold water. Besides the temperature the broth of this is also very hydrating for when you most need it.

Allium Sativum and Allium Cepa more commonly known as garlic and onion are two key ingredients found in almost every chicken noodle soup. Besides offering remarkable flavor profiles these vegetables actually have numerous health benefits. Both garlic and onion are anti-viral and anti-microbial, which means they help fight against unwanted pathogens. Onion is also considered a diaphoretic herb, which means it is causes the body to heat up and thus sweat. These are not the only ingredients in your soup that have health benefits though.

Herbs like Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) and Petroselinum crispum parsley are also common added ingredients in chicken noodle soup. Thyme is another one of those herbs that are antimicrobial. Another added benefit of adding thyme to your chicken noodle soup is that it is a relaxing expectorant. Relaxing expectorants are used to help break up mucus so you can get rid of the unwanted congestion.  Parsley is rich in vitamins C & A which both play a key role in supporting your immune system. This cold and flue season don’t forget that food is medicine. Try out some different chicken noodle soup recipes using a combination of different ingredients.


 
 
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