Sugar and Junk Food’s Effect on Your Brain

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Regular consumption of junk food and sugar has essentially the same effect on your brain as cocaine. They create the same craving and reward in the brain as addictive drugs and has been linked to depression, memory problems, learning disabilities, overeating and obesity. Many processed food companies use ingredients that contain high amounts of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), salt, monosodium glutamate (MSG), bad fats and oils, artificial flavors and colorings, and various chemical preservatives.  It is these ingredients, formulated in the right combinations that does the same…

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The Most Important Supplement You Should Be Taking

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If you are not currently taking vitamin D supplements, you are likely running low in this very important vitamin which is making you susceptible to some of the most common diseases that kill Americans every year. Vitamin D Facts Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine” vitamin, is a fat-soluble hormone required for the absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorous. It regulates immunity, helps protects against muscle and bone weakness, regulates heartbeat, and is necessary for normal blood clotting and thyroid function.  It also…

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How to Stop Your Brain From Shrinking

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Consuming the healthy omega-3 fats EPA and DHA are one of many important dietary strategies to reduce nerve cell loss, brain shrinkage and the memory and cognitive impairments associated with aging, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study that examined the brains of individuals who ate fish one to four times a week found they were able to preserve their brain volume, thinking abilities and memory skills over time.  This dramatically reduced their risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Another study found that a diet lacking…

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Your Genes Are Not Your Destiny

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Conventional belief has been that genes control their own expression.  That is, whether the genes keep the body healthy or whether the genes directly cause certain diseases. In the most recent field of gene study called epigenetics, researchers are finding that having “bad genes” does not necessarily mean you are doomed to suffer some inevitable fate like cancer.  Genes are merely blueprints that are activated and controlled by their environment. Their environmental is affected by diet and nutrition, toxic exposures, thoughts and emotions, and other…

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The Salt Controversy: Too Much or Too Little Can Be a Problem

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Salt intake has been one of the most controversial health topics for many years.  There have been many reports that consuming too much salt can raise blood pressure and increase a person’s risk for heart disease and stroke.  Is this really true?  On the contrary, can consuming too little salt cause health problems?  In this article, we will help clear the air on this essential nutrient. Salt is an essential nutrient that maintains and regulates blood pressure, carries nutrients into and out of your cells,…

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Doing This Doubles Your Risk of Memory Loss and Cognitive Decline

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The number of people experiencing loss of memory and impaired thought processing (cognition) is at an all time high. Loss of cognition and early stage dementia are both precursors to the devastating disease known as Alzheimer’s.   Recent research has shown overeating may double the risk of memory loss and mild cognitive impairment. The study found the higher the amount of calories consumed each day, the higher the risk of cognitive impairment.  Researchers found that eating more than 2,000 calories a day DOUBLES THE RISK…

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Why It Is Vital To Take Vitamin D From September To April

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Vitamin D is normally produced in the skin from sun exposure.  Adequate Vitamin D levels can only be attained in the summer if you get enough sun exposure without sunscreen prior to getting a sunburn.   Most people become Vitamin D deficient in winter (September-April) because of very little sun exposure and the sun is too low in the sky to produce Vitamin D.     Vitamin D deficiency increases your risk for numerous diseases.  There is strong evidence that Vitamin D supplementation can help…

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Are You Eating Enough of This Bacteria That Keeps You Healthy?

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There is a type of bacteria called probiotics that is emerging as one of the most important things you can consume on a regular basis to improve your health and prevent many diseases.  Probiotics are live microorganisms that have been shown to be beneficial to many aspects of health.  These “good” bacteria naturally occur in fermented foods, such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, pickled vegetables, and many others. There are several ways in which probiotics can improve your health: They attach and line the walls of…

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Inflammation: The Underlying Cause of Virtually All Disease

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The reason most people develop a disease is because the foods they eat are inflammatory.  Experts call this Systemic Inflammation.  This is different than acute, local inflammation from an injury such as a sprained ankle.  Systemic Inflammation is a chronic, low-grade inflammatory reaction throughout the entire body to certain foods we eat.  Sugar, flour, trans-fats (partially hydrogenated oils), vegetable and seed oils, and meat and eggs from grain-fed animals cause the release of excessively high amounts of inflammatory chemicals that cause tissue destruction, DNA damage…

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Low Vitamin D May Contribute to Asthma

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According to a recent study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, not getting enough vitamin D may lead to asthma or make asthma symptoms worse in those who already have asthma.  One of the findings showed that people with low vitamin D performed worse on breathing tests. Researchers found the lower the vitamin D levels, the worse their breathing performance. The study also showed that low vitamin D levels were associated with increased production of an inflammatory protein in the blood,…

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