How to Improve Your Sleep and Stress Levels with Prebiotics

31 Mar

 

Prebiotics are nutrients that the probiotics (good bacteria) in your gut microbiome require for best health.

The bacteria in the gut help the body to digest and metabolize the food we eat and numerous research studies demonstrate that these bacteria are vital to our overall health and well-being. These bacteria also activate hundreds of genes and the immune system.

Prebiotics are the nutrients that allow the friendly bacteria in the gut to multiply and these probiotics are most commonly found in fiber-rich foods.

The friendly bacteria thrive on the indigestible fiber and inulin is one of these types of water-soluble fiber that is most commonly found in foods such as asparagus, onions, leeks and garlic as they help to nourish the friendly bacteria in the gut.

How Prebiotics Can Support Sleep

Researchers have now found that taking a dietary probiotic can have a positive effect on rapid-eye movement (REM) and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep cycles, all of which can positively affect sleep quality.

The researchers studied the effects of gut health and prebiotics and how it benefits REM sleep of certain animal test subjects. They were given a diet rich in prebiotics, starting from the age of 3 weeks old.

Previous studies into this noticed that the results suggested daily stress can alter the gut microbiome in a manner that also affects the sleep-wake cycle. The goal of their research was to determine if taking a prebiotic may help to improve sleep quality when placed under stress.

For four weeks, the test subjects were fed a manufactured diet containing prebiotic fiber or a control diet. After this time, the researchers analysed excrement and found that eating prebiotics had an increase in beneficial gut bacteria, compared with the control group.

When the friendly bacteria metabolize the prebiotic fiber, they don’t just grow and multiply, they also excrete a metabolite that’s known to be beneficial for brain health. The test subjects eating a diet rich in prebiotics were also found to spend more time in restful and restorative NREM sleep than those on the control diet.

Scientists therefore concluded that with the right nutrition and sufficient NREM sleep, it’s possible to impact brain development and function, to improve sleep problems. Taking a prebiotic in early life could greatly improve your sleep quality, along with promoting optimal brain and psychological health.

Stress levels were also found to improve due to increased REM sleep. Prior research has also shown that people who have more REM sleep after a significant trauma are less likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Why Prebiotics Are Important

Fiber rich foods are important prebiotics for friendly bacteria but in many foods they are often accompanied by sugar and carbohydrates, causing the unfriendly bacteria to grow and multiply. Processed foods and refined carbohydrates can affect the gut microbiome, especially if you don’t have enough beneficial bacteria to stay healthy.

The test group involved in the study didn’t experience any stress disruption in their gut microbiome as the control group of test subjects did and they even returned to a normal sleep pattern more quickly than the control group too.

This study therefore highlights the importance of prebiotics on gut health and its role with inflammation, obesity, depression, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

All prebiotics are fiber but not all fiber has a prebiotic effect on the friendly bacteria. To be classed as a prebiotic, fiber must resist gastric acidity, resist any absorption in the upper gastrointestinal tract, be fermented by intestinal flora and stimulate the activity or growth of beneficial bacteria.

Add More Healthy Prebiotics Into Your Life

Raw whole foods containing fiber are the most healthy and beneficial prebiotics to include in your diet. Some of these foods include:

  • Asparagus
  • Beetroot
  • Chickpeas
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Green peas
  • Leeks
  • Lentils
  • Onions
  • Pomegranate
  • Pistachio Nuts
  • Seaweed

However, it’s not always possible to get enough prebiotic fiber from foods alone, especially if you want them to nourish your good bacteria. For this reason it’s worth including a healthy prebiotic supplement into your daily routine to increase beneficial gut bacteria.

Robert Redfern

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Using Your Cell Phone Increases Your Risk of Anxiety and Depression

8 May

 

Using your cell phone can be as addictive and destructive to your psychological well-being as opioid medication. This is according to a new survey from San Francisco State University.

One hundred and thirty-five students at SF State University participated in the new survey. All of the students were given surveys and asked questions regarding their cell phone habits and overall sense of psychological well-being.

The alarming findings show that the longer a person uses his/her cellphone, the higher he/she will experience mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

Cell phone addicts are more prone to loneliness, the researchers claim. They may also have much less experience reading body cues further away from a computer screen.

 

The surveys also confirm how much multitasking happens on college campuses. Relatively few respondents claimed they did their homework or listened to a lecture without having a screen nearby.

Psychology teachers state that smartphone addiction works in a similar way to opioid medications. Gradually, over time, the neural pathways in the cell phone addict’s brain become “re-wired” and a dependency is formed.

The study’s co-author also pointed out how harmful multitasking can be for a person’s academic performance and interpersonal relations.

The authors of the study suggest that while students may feel they are accomplishing things while multitasking, the brain can’t run to its optimum unless it concentrates solely on one task at a time.

Simple Social Media Solutions For Better Focus

 

Researchers suggest that shutting off push notifications on your phone can reduce the impact of the stress responses. Encouraging students to schedule a few moments every day to check their social media and emails is highly recommended.

For the rest of the day, it is suggested that students practice focusing on one task at a time, without getting distracted by social media alerts.

Students who feel addicted to cell phones are recommended to increase the amount of social interaction they have with friends and family. When meeting people in public, it’s suggested to turn off your cell phone as this leads to higher quality of conversation and better bonding experiences.

The Health Risks Of Cell Phone Use

 

Increased anxiety and depression are just some of the negative side effects of regular cell phone use. There are also very real health side effects however.

Cell phone use has been heavily linked to cancer, according to a recent government study. Cell phones emit a non-ionizing radiation, known as radiowaves – a type of electromagnetic radiation. This means they are considered “possibly carcinogenic”  and a 2B Carcinogen to humans by the World Health Organisation.

Medical literature also suggests that using a cell phone during your teenage years can result in a 4-5 times higher risk of brain cancer diagnosis.

There are other health risks associated with WiFi and cell phone use. This includes mitochondrial damage to DNA cells, especially sperm. Male sperm that were exposed to cell phone radiation were found to die three times faster than those not exposed to the radiation. This is bad news for men looking to conceive a child with their partner.

Extended cell phone use can also affect your thyroid health. In a one-of-a-kind study published in the Oman Medical Journal, researchers found that students with moderate and heavy cell phone use experienced significant alteration to their thyroid stimulating hormones.

Higher than normal TSH levels and low average T4 levels were observed. It was found that the thyroid hormone levels can alter brain function. Researchers note that based on these results, electromagnetic fields emitted by mobile phones may cause some detrimental effects on the functioning of the thyroid.

Quantogram Provides A Simple, Safe Protective Solution

 

For all of these reasons, it’s recommended to protect yourself against the harmful effects of EMF and WiFi radiation.  EMF is emitted from cell phones on a regular basis and without some form of protection, you are leaving yourself at risk of their effects on your health.

This is where taking protection into your own hands is absolutely essential. You can take actions to avoid excessive cell phone use but these only provide limited protection.

What is Quantogram technology?

Quantogram technology provides complete protection, against a variety of harmful side effects.

Quantogram technology influences subatomic particles of matter. It is what the Universe is made up of…instilled into one simple and easy to use technology.

Created by using mathematical equations embedded into holograms, Quantogram Technology influences the subatomic particles of matter.

Every equation is calculated for a specific situation. The equation is then embedded into the hologram, where it is then placed next to or onto the appropriate matter (for example a cell phone) to create change.

Quantogram Technology is capable of influencing and creating change within, for the benefit of your health. It can also reduce the effects of WiFi radiation that may cause harmful consequences within the body.

Quantogram Technology can make WiFi radiation safer, reducing any harmful health effects in the process. Rather than blocking the signals, it allows WiFi radiation to be made safe, so you can continue to use your cell phone device.

Taking precautionary measures is recommended. Regular breaks from your cell phone or wireless device is a good idea for both your mental and physical well-being.

For best results, you need to start protecting yourself and your loved ones’ long-term mental, emotional and physical health…today. Quantogram technology can play an essential protective role in this process.

 

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Robert Redfern

Acupuncture Can Reduce Risk of Gout and Kidney Damage

27 Mar

 

Acupuncture can reduce the risk of gout and kidney damage according to a study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Researchers from Beijing University began to look into the effects of acupuncture therapy on specific areas. They did this on serum uric acid and xanthine oxidase levels in a test subject model of gout and hyperuricemia.

The 90 day experiment studied 50 test subjects and divided them into five groups: Blank, Model, Shu-acupoint, Yuan-acupoint and Mu-acupoint groups.

Groups receiving the three courses of acupuncture treatment took a course involving a total of 10 interventions, each lasting for 15 minutes. There was a pause for 10 days between the courses.

Researchers measured the serum uric acid and alkaline phosphate levels using an automatic biochemical analysand, while evaluating xanthine oxidase with the use of immuno-fluorescence (a technique used for light microscopy).

The Study’s Results

Results show that the serum uric acid and xanthine oxidase levels in the model group were much higher and the renal index greatly improved in comparison to the blank group.

The three treatment groups also had lower serum uric acid and xanthine oxidase levels, along with improved renal index in comparison to the model group.

When comparing the three treatment groups, researchers found that the Mu-acupoint group showed the highest decreases in serum uric acid and xanthine oxidase levels, followed by the Yuan-acupoint group.

No significant difference was found in the kidney index among the three treatment groups. While no significant change in alkaline phosphate levels were found among all the groups.

Researchers concluded that the acupuncture treatments can greatly decrease serum uric acid and xanthine oxidase levelspotentially this means it can reduce renal damage.

Why Is High Uric Acid In The Blood Dangerous?

When an excess of uric acid is produced in the blood, it is transported into the kidneys, where most of it is filtered out into the urine.

Gout is the most painful and common side effect of having high uric acid levels in the blood. This can lead to a variety of conditions including metabolic acidosis, gout and kidney stones. Metabolic acidosis develops when the excess uric acid is present and can not be properly excreted.

Common symptoms of this include rapid breathing, confusion and lethargy. It can even result in shock and death. Kidney stones can also form when uric acid crystallizes in the kidney. Once stored there, it can form different sized stones.

These stones are then trapped in the ureter when a person tries to urinate, causing severe pain. Other side effects of hyperuricemia include diabetes, lead poisoning, leukemia, kidney disease, renal failure and even toxemia in pregnancy.

What Causes Hyperuricemia?

A high uric acid level occurs when the kidneys do not remove uric acid in the body properly. Hyperuricemia is primarily caused by eating a high sugar carbohydrate diet and can be made worse from water retention drugs, excessive alcohol consumption, immune suppressing drugs, hypothyroidism, obesity, psoriasis, and particularly, niacin or Vitamin B3 deficiency. Other influences include consuming too many purine rich foods.

Acupuncture is found effective for the treatment of acute gout attacks. An important acupuncture technique was found particularly helpful in the reduction of pain and inflammation. In findings published in research entitled Clinical Observation on Treatment of Acute Gout With Acupuncture, the surround-acupuncture technique significantly boosted treatment efficacy for acute gout attack relief. The study demonstrates that acupuncture, especially the surround-needling technique, improves blood circulation and reduces inflammation.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles, acupuncture was found effective for the alleviation of dampness and heat during acute gout attacks. While seemingly archaic and mysterious, the terms dampness and heat have direct correlates in current biomedical semantics. Dampness refers to swelling and edema associated with gout, including uric acid crystal buildup in tissues. Heat is a broad term often referring to inflammation. The Latin terms defining the key components of inflammation (rubor, dolor, calor, tumor) date back to writings from Roman civilization and refer to redness, pain, heat, and swelling. In many ways, the terms dampness and heat are the ancient Chinese correlates of the Latin terminology for inflammation.

A sample size of 80 patients with acute gout was treated and evaluated in this study. The patients were diagnosed with acute gout between May of 2014 and May of 2015. Patients were randomly divided into an acupuncture group and a medication group, with 40 patients in each group. There were 36 male patients and 4 female patients in the acupuncture treatment group. The youngest patient was 22 years old, the oldest was 62 years old. The average age was 43.1 years. For the medication control group, there were 36 male patients and 4 female patients. The youngest patient was 21 years old and the oldest was 62 years of age. The average age was 45 years. There were no significant statistical differences in terms of gender and age relevant to patient outcome measures. Before the treatment sessions, patients in both groups were asked to avoid food that may affect the results, including protein rich, high fat, and spicy foods. Patients were also advised to take more vegetable protein, fruits, and to drink more water.

For the medication group, patients received 75 mg of indomethacin enteric-coated tablets after each meal. Tablets were orally administered twice per day, 10 days in total. In the same study, the treatment group underwent acupuncture. Acupoints for all patients in the treatment group included the following:

  • SP6 (Sanyinjiao)
  • TB6 (Zhigou)
  • ST36 (Zusanli)
  • ST44 (Neiting)
  • SP9 (Yinlingquan)
  • ST43 (Xiangu)
  • Ashi points

Additional secondary acupuncture points were added based on differential diagnostics. For gout in the elbow, the following acupoints were added:

  • LI4 (Hegu)
  • LI11 (Quchi)

For gout in the knee joints, the following acupoints were added:

  • GB34 (Yanglingquan)
  • SP10 (Xuehai)
  • EX-LE5 (Xiyan)

For gout in the big toe joint, the following acupoint was added:

  • LV3 (Taichong)

For gout in the wrist, the following acupoints were added:

  • TB5 (Waiguan)
  • TB4 (Yangchi)
  • LI4 (Hegu)

Upon disinfection, all acupoints (with the exception of Ashi points) were needled perpendicularly. Ashi points were applied with the surround-needling technique, with several needles inserted obliquely directed toward one central point. After insertion, needles were rotated, lifted, and thrust rapidly to acquire a deqi sensation. The needle retention time was 30 minutes per acupuncture session, during which the acupuncture needles were manipulated every 10 minutes. Acupuncture therapy was conducted one time per day for 10 days. After treatment completion, the treatment efficacy for each patient was categorized into 1 of 4 tiers:

  • Recovery: Complete absence of gout and the accompanying symptoms. Patients can do physical work without joint movement reduction.
  • Significantly effective: Absence of most symptoms. Patients can do some physical work with slight joint movement reduction.
  • Effective: Absence of most symptoms. Patient can do physical work with some joint movement reduction.
  • Not effective: No improvement.

The acupuncture treatment group had a total treatment efficacy rate of 92.5%. The medication control group obtained an 82.5% total treatment effective rate. The results demonstrate that consistent and frequent acupuncture yields significant positive patient outcomes for patients with acute gout. The research includes a TCM view of gout. Acute gout is characterized by sudden attacks of redness, tenderness, heat, and swelling of joints. Patients usually present with a red tongue with a greasy coating, bitter taste in the mouth, dry stools, and dark urine. The pulse tends to be slippery, wiry, and rapid. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, acute gout falls under the Shi Re Bi class of disorders. According to TCM principles, acute gout is the accumulation of stasis and heat or phlegm-dampness in the joints. The treatment principle is to dredge the meridians to remove excess dampness and heat. Listen to the podcast on Gout

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For the treatment of acute gout, it is noted that the surround-needling technique plays an important role. In this technique, several needles are inserted toward one single point to provide strong stimulation and a pronounced deqi sensation. Surround-needling activates local blood circulation, softens hardness and masses, and clears heat and dampness. The research indicates that three acupoints are important for dredging the meridians and reinforcing the spleen qi to resolve dampness: ST36, SP9, ST43. The conclusion of the investigation is that acupuncture produces significant improvements in patient outcomes. The research includes the following summary, “The acupuncture treatment protocol outperformed the conventional medication by a significant margin. The results of this investigation indicates that acupuncture is safe and effective for the treatment of acute gout.” [3]

References
1. Li GS, Clinical Observation on Treatment of Acute Gout with Acupuncture. China Prescription Drug [J]. 2016(1):106-107.

2. Chen LX, Schumacher HR (October 2008). “Gout: an evidence-based review”. J Clin Rheumatol. 14 (5 Suppl): S55–62.

3. Li GS, China Prescription Drug. 2016(1):106-107.

 

Robert Refern and Health CMi

Vitamin C Found to Be Cytotoxic to Cancer

22 Mar

 

Vitamin C is cytotoxic to cancer cells when it is administered in high doses, according to research. It also has a high number of heart and cardiovascular benefits.

At high intravenous doses, Vitamin C produces a pro-oxidant effect that generates hydrogen peroxide. It is the hydrogen peroxide that kills the cancer cells. For Vitamin C to effectively kill cancer cells, there needs to be a very high concentration of Vitamin C in your blood.

Previously, the only way to get extreme levels of Vitamin C into the body was by intravenous (IV) injection. Taking regular Vitamin C pills, liquid or foods have an upper limit of bio availability. This is due to the absorption speed and the amount that the digestive system can handle without causing irritation and diarrhea.

Thankfully, there is now a more convenient option to achieve better absorption. With Liposomal Vitamin C you can achieve higher blood levels than most oral Vitamin C. Liposomes act as a vehicle, therefore bypassing the previous supplementation limits of regular Vitamin C.

Easy on the stomach, a Liposomal supplement doesn’t contain any harsh acidity that regular high-dose supplements exhibit.

Other Health Benefits:

There are various other ways that this vitamin can benefit your health. Here are just a few…

Supports Anti-Aging

If you want smooth, soft and firm skin then taking Vitamin C can support your anti-aging routine. It can boost collagen production within the body. Your bone health, joints, hair, skin and nails all directly relate to how well you are able to produce collagen.

Collagen supports skin elasticity, promoting good skin health and prevention of wrinkles. One study found that Vitamin C increases collagen production 8-fold!

 

Boost Your Immunity

Vitamin C levels are strongly linked with immune function. Mega doses (very high doses) also help boost the body’s immune system, fighting chronic conditions and infectious diseases.

 

Reduces Inflammation

Taking Vitamin C has been shown to reduce inflammation. It acts as a powerful antioxidant in every system of the human body. Several human diseases are inflammatory in their nature.

A number of chronic diseases have inflammatory components. This includes atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer, diabetes mellitus and obesity. The vitamin also contains antioxidant benefits that can help to reduce inflammation.

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May help to promote healing, maintaining healthy bone, cartilage, and connective tissues. Needed by the body to protect against stress and injury.

Robert Redfern

Six Daily Habits To Start Protecting Your Brain Health

19 Mar

Your brain health and mental function plays a crucial role in your general health and wellness. Mental illness and cognitive decline are some of the most common factors associated with aging – but they do not have to be an inevitability.

Protecting your brain health is easy when you follow a naturally healthy lifestyle. At its foundation, building positive daily habits that strengthen your brain health can only benefit you in the long term. Here are some of the best…

 

1. Get Your Omega 3’s To Protect Brain Function

Anyone looking to preserve and maintain good mental function should consider adding Omega 3’s into their diet. Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) derived from fish oil have neuro-protective benefits as they are found in abundance within the cell membranes of brain cells. They also play an important role in preserving cell membrane health and facilitating communication between brain cells.

Studies also show that when animals are fed diets without Omega-3 fatty acids, the DHA in their brains decrease, as they tend to experience deficits in learning and memory. Older adults with lower levels of DHA in their blood have also been associated with smaller brain size – a sign of accelerated brain aging.

Many people don’t get enough EPA and DHA in their diet and while the body can make these from another omega-3 called alpha linolenic acid (ALA) it’s important to supplement.

Vegetarian sources of ALA include walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds. However, humans can’t efficiently convert ALA to EPA and DHA – estimates report that less than 10% of the ALA amount you consume is converted to EPA or DHA. Taking a fish oil (or flaxseed) supplement may therefore help to benefit your brain health if you don’t eat much fish in general.

2. Meditate Daily For Good Emotional Health

There are countless studies suggesting that meditation can boost your brain health. One review study suggests that the benefits are as powerful as antidepressants for treating depression.

Meditation is an active form of brain training that can help you to increase your awareness. It helps to reduce social anxiety,  boost the self-control regions of the brain and is very effective at helping people to recover from various types of addiction.

Meditation may also lead to volume changes within the brain. A study at Harvard found that mindfulness meditation changes the structure of the brain. Eight weeks of mindfulness based stress reduction techniques (MBSR) was found to increase cortical thickness in the hippocampus – the area governing learning and memory.

Meditation was also found to decrease brain cell volume in the amygdala – areas responsible for fear, anxiety and stress. This indicates that meditation doesn’t just change the brain – it changes subjective perception and feelings too.

3. Stay Hydrated

Your brain is made up of about 75% water. It consists of around 100 billion neurons, with anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 synapses for each neuron. The brain consists of at least 60% fat. Being hydrated affects your mental function. Dehydration can impair short-term memory function and long-term memory recall.

For good brain health, it’s essential that you are drinking enough water each day. For best results, you should be drinking at least 6-8 glasses of filtered water daily to keep your body and brain in best health.

4. Take Lithium

Lithium has a calming and mood stabilizing effect on the brain. It’s often used to treat depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Lithium acts on the central nervous system to strengthen nerve cell connections in the brain regions – regulating moods, thoughts and behaviour.

Studies show that Lithium can significantly reduce suicide risk and may prevent manic and depressive episodes. Lithium is a healthy alternative to anti-depressants. Lithium Orotate is an organic “carrier” transporting natural lithium where it needs to be delivered – reaching the blood cells of the brain.

When Organic Lithium is combined with Orotate it’s reported to be much more effective than the chemical form of inorganic lithium – and it has NO reported side effects.

5. Remember To Socialize

Socializing has many important benefits for brain health. As more of us are becoming more connected online via social media, we are disconnecting from real communication. More of us are living alone and becoming more isolated than ever.

Yet interacting with others can boost your sense of well being and even decrease feelings of depression. Research shows that building social connections is one of the best ways to improve your moods. Along with better mental health, socializing can also lower your risk of dementia.

People who connect with others are shown to perform better on memory tests and with cognitive skills. In the long-term, people who have active social lives also tend to be less likely to develop dementia.

If you’re lonely, why not call a friend and go for a coffee or a walk in the park? Anything that gets you socializing a little every day can benefit your mental health in the long run.

6. Take Curcumin

Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that shows great potential as a natural antidepressant. Studies show it is as effective for treating depression as Prozac, that inhibits serotonin re-uptake. It’s believed that Curcumin works by increasing two neurotransmitters: serotonin and dopamine, both linked to depression.

Curcumin can also impact depression by reducing brain inflammation. Along with compelling evidence that depression is a disease caused by chronic inflammation, it all supports the notion that Curcumin is a powerful addition to support good brain health. You can read more about Curcumin’s amazing brain benefits here.

Robert Redfern

Do Eggs Cause Prostrate Cancer?

5 Mar

he studies follow on from other studies that linked an increase in prostate conditions to consumption of meats, milk and cheese.

Important Points From The Studies

Much has been studied on the impact of diet on prostate cancer, including whether certain foods increase or decrease the overall risk, rate of progression, level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and more. One food that has been highlighted in these analyses are eggs, so a question that has risen is, can eggs increase prostate cancer risk?

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In a Harvard study, investigators evaluated the diets of 1,294 men who had early stage prostate cancer. The two-year study included men who had participated in the Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavor. The authors discovered that while red meat, fish, total poultry, and skinless poultry were not associated with the recurrence or progression of prostate cancer, egg intake was. When compared with men who rarely ate eggs at all, those who consumed eggs daily had a twofold increase in the risk of prostate cancer progression.

Related: Do Eggs, Dairy, Red Meat, and Poultry Increase Prostate Cancer Risk?

The reason for this increased risk was postulated to be the choline in eggs, which is present in significant amounts (although cholesterol also has been suggested). In fact, eggs are the richest source of choline. Previous research has shown that this water-soluble, vitamin-like nutrient has been associated with a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. Therefore, it could be extrapolated that the choline in eggs may increase the chances of both getting the disease and spreading it.

But the dangers of consuming eggs if you have prostate cancer doesn’t end there. Other research has shown that choline also significantly increases the risk of dying of prostate cancer; a “70% increased risk of lethal prostate cancer” to be exact. Another study quoted an even higher percentage: 81 percent higher risk of deadly prostate cancer among men who ate 2.5 or more eggs weekly.

Choline and Cancer

The association between choline and cancer exists on several levels. One is the research showing that eggs, milk, and meat—all of which contain choline–have been linked to advanced prostate cancer. Another factor is that dietary choline is transformed into trimethylamine (TMAO) in the gut. The Harvard investigators suggested that the trimethylamine produced from high levels of dietary choline intake “may increase inflammation, and this may promote progression of prostate cancer to lethal disease.”

Further evidence pointing to the role of choline in prostate cancer was seen in a Cleveland Clinic study in which participants were fed hard-boiled eggs. This resulted in a significant rise in TMAO, and the researchers also noted a link between TMAO levels and heart attack, stroke, and death, even in individuals with low-risk levels of cholesterol.

Therefore, it appears that consuming eggs may increase risk even if cholesterol is not an issue, and the reason seems to be the presence of choline.

References

  • Gregor M. Eggs, choline and cancer. NutritionFacts.org. 2013 October 14 Richman EL et al. Egg, red meat, and poultry intake and risk of lethal prostate cancer in the prostate-specific antigen-era: incidence and survival. Cancer Prevention Research (Phila) 2011; 4(12): 2110-21
  • Richman EL et al. Intakes of meat, fish, poultry and eggs and risk of prostate cancer progression. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2010; 91(3): 712-21
  • Richman EL et al. Choline intake and risk of lethal prostate cancer: incidence and survival. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2012; 96(4): 855-63
  • Tang WHW et al. Intestinal microbial metabolism of phosphatidylcholine and cardiovascular risk. NEJM 2013 Apr 25; 368(17): 1575-84

Robert Redfern

Healthy Babies?

23 Feb

 

New information has come out over the past week on creating healthy babies. It is not easy finding out simple steps could have prevented birth problems. The study published recently showed that Cerebral Palsy can be prevented by the mother simply supplementing with Magnesium.

Magnesium deficiency is very common and the fact is, this mineral is critical for many things around the body and especially babies in the womb.

 

Magnesium

Magnesium is the fourth most critical mineral in your body and is involved with over 600 biochemical actions (if you have enough). As well as being essential for creating a healthy baby, it is also essential throughout all of your life and especially for seniors (like me) to support:

  • Healthy Brain
  • Healthy Heart
  • Healthy Cells (mitochondria)
  • Healthy Ageing
  • Healthy Sleep
  • Healthy Stress Levels
  • Healthy Muscles
  • Healthy Stroke Prevention
  • Healthy Anti-Fungal Properties

Even if you eat a fresh healthy organic food diet, it is likely you will be unable to get all of your magnesium requirements, whether you are planning a healthy baby or planning a healthy old age.

You have to supplement and there is no better way than to use Magnesium Oil around the body.

Healthy Babies

Unfortunately, you need high levels of certain minerals such as magnesium, iodine and selenium in the first few weeks as well as all the way through the pregnancy.

It is therefore important that all women of childbearing age supplement all of the critical minerals and eat a healthy diet in case they become pregnant by mistake.

By the time they realize they are pregnant, they will have missed critical development of the eyes, brain and organs. I believe that it is the cause of gene dysfunctions according to the many studies I have read over the years.

Healthy Mummies

It is well established that most problems in pregnancy are caused by a shortage of specific nutrients in the diet of the mother. This is further complicated by mothers eating processed (junk) foods. You will also see in the news this last week that for every 10% of processed food content in your diet, your risk of serious diseases such as cancer increases by 10%. If it is bad for mothers, what is it doing to babies in the womb?

Endometriosis and Blocked Fallopian Tubes

Also, in the news this week are articles about the epidemic of Endometriosis and Blocked Fallopian Tubes. Of course, the medical ‘experts’ said they have no idea what is causing these problems and the resulting infertility. It is typical of the medical system and the good news is that when the plan is followed in my fertility eBook Endometriosis and Blocked Fallopian Tubes clears up. (See 7 myths about Endometriosis)

What Can I Do To Achieve a Healthy Pregnancy and Baby?

It may seem obvious but both you and your partner need to get super healthy. The sperm count of men in western countries has dropped by over 30% in the past 25 years and this is an indication of a processed food diet and lack of nutrition. Additionally, the use of WI-FI and mobile phones has been shown in some studies to inhibit sperm strength and so a Quanto Gram device will provide protection for both you and your baby (I cringe when I see expectant mothers resting a mobile phone or laptop on their ‘bump’ or toddlers playing with unprotected mobile phones or tablets).

The Essential Steps:

Lifestyle changes

  1. Avoid processed foods, fast foods and sugar.
  2. Avoid starchy carbs such as pastry, rice, potatoes, pasta, cookies, breads, breakfast cereals, crackers and related products.
  3. Add sea salt or rock salt to your foods for additional minerals.
  4. Replace your starchy carbs with healthy alternatives such as quinoa and other options.
  5. Consume at least 5 portions of nuts, seeds or beans each day.
  6. Boost your consumption of vegetables to 5 to 10 servings per day.
  7. Consume 3 to 5 portions of dark-skinned, low-sugar fruits per day.
  8. ONLY eat wild caught, oily fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, sardines or black cod/sable fish, which are all high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  9. Choose paleo grass-fed meat options.
  10. Drinking plenty of water is a must: drink 6 to 8 250ml/8fl oz glasses per day and add a pinch of bicarbonate of soda.
  11. Foods high in omega-3 are essential for health; include krill oil, olive oil and hemp oil in your diet.
  12. Walking every day is essential for both of you to improve circulation and cell health.

REMEMBER

All human health problems are caused by incorrect foods, lack of nutrients and not walking enough. Start today to correct these and move towards Good Health and a Healthy Baby.

Robert Redfern

Seaweed: The Optimal Food

22 Feb

Nutrient-rich seaweed detoxifies the body as no other food can. Eating seaweed daily provides unique protection against the rising level of environmental pollution. The preparation of seaweed is easy, as it goes well added to stews, soups and cooked beans in daily meals. The cleansing effect from a daily portion of seaweed is ongoing and works better than just doing a detox program now and then.

All seaweed protects against environmental toxins, but most effective of all is brown seaweed such as kombu, wakame, arame and sea spaghetti. Brown seaweed contains sodium alginate, which binds heavy metals and even radioactive substances, and removes them from the body. A seaweed product called agar (agar agar) also contains indigestible sodium alginate, which binds the toxins in the digestive tract and takes them out through rectal elimination.

The liver detox mechanism must have minerals such as zinc and magnesium to form the enzymes needed to remove toxins. However, many people now have a mineral deficiency that limits the production of detox enzymes. In many farming areas, the soil has become so depleted of minerals that the food produced there has only a fraction of the full mineral content of earlier times. Seaweed is the ideal food to fill this mineral gap as it has a much higher concentration of minerals and trace elements than land vegetables.

Small amounts of seaweed are enough. It only takes a few cm (a couple of inches) of dried seaweed to meet the body’s daily needs, since the seaweed swells to a much greater size when soaked. Kombu and wakame go well with beans, lentils and chickpeas, which you can cook in a big pot to last several days with cold storage. Work out how much seaweed you want to eat over the days the pot of beans lasts and add that amount. A further benefit of cooking pulses with kombu is that it makes them more digestible and less gas forming.  Wakame helps too. The cooking time for wakame is short, which makes it just right for soups. A small portion of wakame is enough. Sea spaghetti is the easiest of all. It is tasty soaked and mixed raw in a salad.

Japan is the main seaweed exporter and many consumers are uneasy about a possible radioactive contamination from the meltdown at Fukushima. However, top-quality seaweed from the Atlantic is available in natural food stores in Europe and North America. Australians can buy seaweed from Tasmania. This gives the added benefit of shorter transport to consumers with less fuel burned and less pollution as a result.

Those dealing with a thyroid disorder such as an overly active function or Hashimoto should start slowly with seaweed, especially kombu. Because it is rich in iodine, kombu can trigger an unpleasant reaction when the thyroid is unstable. With such a medical condition, it is better to begin with small amounts of wakame, arame and sea spaghetti, which are brown seaweeds with a moderate amount of iodine. In any case, most people need the iodine in seaweed, because iodine deficiency is common. The thyroid is the body’s pacemaker and it takes iodine to keep it functioning properly to support health, including strong detox ability.

Steven Acuff

 

Why Magnesium Is Essential

20 Feb

Magnesium is an important mineral that plays an essential role in supporting hundreds of bodily processes including those that control how the muscles and nerves work.

From keeping your bones strong, to a healthy heart and regular blood sugar levels, this mineral is vital for your ultimate health and wellbeing. Here are just some of the main reasons why….

 

Fights Inflammation

The immune system’s reaction to potential harm is to create inflammation in a bid to fight off any viruses in the body and heal wounds. It’s when you have inflammation all of the time that this can create health problems leading to arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. Magnesium can play an essential role in preventing this from happening.

 

Strong Bones

The minerals plays an essential role when building new bone cells in the body. Research suggests it can also protect against broken bones, bone loss, bone disease and osteoporosis. Studies also show that women with osteoporosis usually have lower magnesium levels than those without the condition.

 

Protects The Heart

Magnesium can relax the blood vessel walls, keeping your blood pressure down. By helping your heart pump blood, right levels of this mineral can lower the chances of irregular heartbeat, heart attack and heart disease. It also boosts HDL or “good” cholesterol levels in the body.

 

Prevents Migraines

Many health experts believe that magnesium can block or lower pain chemicals from being released in the brain. This prevents blood vessels from tightening but it also means that you’re more likely to get migraines if you’re not getting enough. Ensuring you take a Magnesium supplement can help to keep headaches away.

 

Reduces Risk of Diabetes

Insulin keeps blood sugar levels steady. Magnesium can help to ensure this hormone is working right. In one study, people with the most magnesium in their diet were found to be less likely to get the diabetes, compared with those getting the least.

 

Reduces Risk of Cerebral Palsy in Pre-Term Babies

In one recent study published in the journal Implementation Science, it was shown that when Magnesium sulfate was given to pregnant mothers in pre-term labor, it can reduce the risk of cerebral palsy (CP) in the infant. [1] Researchers think the mineral has neuro-protective benefits.

 

Good Sources of This Mineral

There are many good food sources of Magnesium including dark leafy greens (around 150 milligrams), almonds or cashews (give about 80 milligrams of magnesium).

Pumpkin seeds, pecans peanuts, flax and sunflower seeds are all rich in magnesium and a good way to get heart-healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants into your diet. Avocado is a great source of magnesium, containing 44 milligrams.

Legumes are another good choice of magnesium; half a cup of black beans has 60 milligrams and kidney beans have 35 milligrams. Choose Chickpeas, lentils and white beans as they are high in fiber, protein, iron and zinc.

 

Are You Getting Enough?

Many people simply aren’t getting enough Magnesium from their diet alone. At low levels, a deficiency can contribute to a myriad of health issues including high blood pressure, migraines and Type 2 Diabetes.

One of the best ways to get Magnesium into your body is transdermally via the skin (see recommended examples below), where it can reach directly into the bloodstream for faster cellular absorption – getting this essential mineral to where it is needed most.

Older adults, alcoholics and people with Type 2 Diabetes or digestive problems are more likely to be lacking in magnesium, either because their bodies are getting too much or they simply aren’t getting enough.

On average, an adult woman needs around 310 milligrams a day, 320 milligrams after the age of 30. Pregnant women also need an extra 40 milligrams.

Adult men under 31 need 400 milligrams and if they’re older, 420 milligrams. Children are recommended to have between 30 to 410 milligrams, depending on their age and gender. It’s recommended to talk with your pediatrician to discuss your child’s needs.

Robert Redfern

Stay Healthy With These 7 Immunity Boosting Recipes

6 Feb

Are you completely determined not to catch another cold this season? Me too! Don’t worry, I won’t advise you to eat garlic by the fistful, nor to drink gross onion tea. (Although you can do that, too.)

The recipes below are actually tasty things you’d want to eat anyway, but with additional benefits that help boost your immunity. Who would have thought you could get away with eating popsicles in the middle of winter? And for health purposes nonetheless! Scroll down for seven immunity boosting recipes you’ll want to try right away:

The flavors of garlic and mushrooms pair perfectly, but it’s not just that. Along with bone broth, they support of the immune system during the cold winter months.

Cream of Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Soup (dairy-free)
Serves 6
Ingredients
  1. 2 heads garlic
  2. 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  3. 1 large leek, white and light green parts, finely chopped
  4. 2 1/2 pounds mushrooms (such as shiitake, maitake, chanterelles, etc.), roughly chopped
  5. 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  6. 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth, preferably homemade
  7. 1/3 cup raw cashews
  8. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  10. 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
  11. black pepper
  12. coconut oil
  13. olive oil, for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Slice the tops off the garlic heads to expose the cloves. Drizzle on the melted coconut oil. Top the garlic with a small piece of unbleached parchment paper, then wrap the heads in aluminum foil. Add the garlic to a small baking dish and bake in the oven until soft and caramelized, about 45-55 minutes (exact time will depend on size).
  2. Remove the garlic from the oven, and allow to cool. Squeeze or scoop out the cloves into a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat a large pot or Dutch oven on medium heat. Melt about 1 tablespoon coconut oil and add the leek, with a pinch of sea salt. Cook, stirring often, until soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the mushrooms and thyme and sauté, stirring often, until soft and cooked, about 10-15 minutes, depending on size. Reserve about 1 cup of the mushrooms for garnish (chop them finely if coarse).
  5. Add the rest of the mushrooms, garlic, broth, cashews, lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper, to taste, in 2 batches, in a high speed blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 1 minute.
  6. Transfer back to the pot and bring to a low boil. Turn off the heat and mix in parsley.
  7. Serve immediately topped with the reserved mushrooms and a drizzle of olive oil.
Notes
  1. I usually roast more than 2 heads of garlic, since roasted garlic makes a great appetizer – spread it on toast with a little olive oil, sea salt, and chopped parsley!
By Nathalie @ Vanille Verte
Start the day with this sparkling parfait and you’ll reap the benefits of its superfood ingredients! Dragonfruit is rich in vitamins and minerals, while lime and baobab boost the immune system (and the taste!).

INGREDIENTS

serves two

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat groats (soaked and rinsed)
  • 1 small zucchini, peeled and frozen
  • 1 cup frozen nut milk cubes
  • 2 tbsp lime juice

METHOD

Freeze plant milk in one ice cube tray, preferably a tray with smaller boxes so you don’t break your blender. I allow the cubes to melt a bit before putting them in the blender. Add in the pitaya and zucchini, both also a bit thawed, baobab, lime juice and only 1/4 cup of the buckwheat groats. Blend until smoothie, layer with plant yogurt and fruit and remaining buckwheat groats, and serve topped with granola and twists of lime!! Enjoy!
Green Smoothie Gourmet
Packed with citrus and pomegranate, this fruit salad is a healthy and tasty dose of vitamin C. Not to mentioned it’s drizzled with honey!

Pomegranate Citrus Winter Fruit Salad

Prep

Total

Author Lindsey Rose Johnson

Yield 4 -6

Ingredients

  • 2 large ruby red grapefruit, peeled and segmented
  • 2-3 navel oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 2-3 medium pears, any variety, cored and sliced
  • 2 ripe persimmons, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 small bunch fresh mint, cut into thin ribbons, or torn into pieces

Instructions

  1. Place the citrus fruit, pears, and persimmons into a serving bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice over the top and set aside.
  2. Cut the pomegranate in half horizontally. Working over a bowl set in the bottom of the kitchen sink, hold the pomegranate in your hand, cut-side down. Hit the back of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon. The seeds will fall from the membranes into the bowl. Fill the bowl with cool water. Any of the leftover membranes will rise to the top and can easily be separated from the seeds. Drain and sprinkle over the top of the other fruit.
  3. Sprinkle the fresh mint over the top and serve immediately.

If eating colorful popsicles to prevent a cold sounds like a dream come true, this is the recipe for you! Take all the ingredients you normally use for tea (ginger, turmeric, honey, lemon), pair with apple juice and freeze to perfection.

Apple-Ginger-Turmeric Immunity Boosting Popsicles

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 popsicles
Author: Brewing Happiness
These immunity boosting popsicles are packed with apples, lemon, ginger, turmeric, and honey, making a delicious and healing sweet treat!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups apple juice no sugar added
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger root, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric root, chopped

Instructions

  1. Peel or cut off the skin of your ginger and turmeric, then chop into small pieces.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend on high until smooth and probably frothy.
  3. Pour the juice into popsicle molds.
  4. Freeze overnight.
  5. EAT (lick?) UP!

This  bowl of this noodle soup works miracles on your mood and health! Refuel with ginger, garlic, and vitamin-packed bok choy.

Serves 1

Garlic Ginger Zucchini Noodle Bowl with Salmon and Bok Choy

10 min Prep Time

20 min Cook Time

30 min Total Time

Ingredients

  • 1 medium zucchini, peeled, Blade C, noodles trimmed
  • 3-4 oz salmon, skinless
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 bunch baby bok choy, ends trimmed
  • 1 small clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  1. Cook your salmon anyway you prefer – grill it, saute it, poach it, steam it, bake it. While cooking, follow the remaining steps.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the garlic and ginger, cooking for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the bok choy, season with salt and pepper and cook for 3-5 minutes or until mostly wilted. Add in vegetable broth and soy sauce and stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add in zucchini noodles, and let cook uncovered for about 3-5 minutes or until liquid boils for 1 minute and zucchini noodles soften and are cooked. Right before the noodles are done, mix in half of the scallions.
  4. Pour the noodle mixture into a large bowl. Top with the piece of salmon. Garnish with remaining scallions.

Notes

Per serving (1 out of 1) – Calories: 376, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Carbs: 25g, Fiber: 8g, Sugars: 12g, Protein: 46g, Sodium: 1969mg by Inspiralized

You’d expect a sugar and fat bomb from baked pears… but this recipe begs to differ! Topped with honey, lemon and ginger, it makes a great treat for when you feel you’re coming down with a cold.

Easy Baked Pear Recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings:people
Author: Start Eating Organic

Ingredients

  • 2 pears firm, halved, peeled & cored
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp dried ginger
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 8 tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit.

  2. Mix the lemon juice, ginger & honey in a small bowl.

  3. Place the pears in a small baking dish, cut side up. Put the water in the bottom of the dish.

  4. Spoon the mixture over the pears. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and pop it in the oven.

  5. Bake until soft & enjoy warm or cold.

    Baobab is an antioxidant that’s high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and fiber. Mixed here with turmeric, ginger powder and mango, it makes for a great immune-boosting snack.

    These Mango Baobab Energy balls are made with two wonderfully healthy ingredients. The first is my favorite superfood, Baobab.  It is comes from the pulp of fruit, grown in Africa and is usually sold as a powder form in health food stores. Baobab is high in Vitamin C and is a great anti-oxidant. It has a high fiber content making a get prebiotic, helping in healthy gut bacteria growth promotion. I find this a great addition to my energy balls to not only provide a healthy addition of Vitamin C, but also good fiber content, source of calcium and magnesium.

    Mango Baobab Energy Balls {Raw, GF, Vegan}
     By Meghna
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Servings
    balls
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    1. Soak the dates and dried mango in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain but reserve the water.
    2. In a food processor blitz the almonds, oats and chia seeds till it becomes a rough powder. Set aside.
    3. Blend the soaked dates and mango along with the coconut oil, till it forms a rough paste. Add the almond-oats powdered mixture along with the Baobab powder, turmeric, ginger, black pepper and Protein powder and process in the food processor till it is well combined.
    4. If it seems dry, then slowly add the reserved water from soaking the dates & mango. Add a tablespoon at a time as you do not want to make it too sticky. It is ready when the mix comes together, it has a shine and its sticks together when pinched. It should be neither too wet or too dry. If it has become too sticky then add more oats.
    5. Roll into small balls and dip in desiccated coconut till well coated. Store in the refrigerator or eat immediately.
      From Hello Glow

How Serrapeptase Can Help To Heal Your GallBladder Stones

5 Feb

 

Gallstones can be incredibly painful for sufferers. They often develop when there’s an imbalance in the substances that form bile within the gallbladder. The main function of the gallbladder organ is to store bile, which helps the body break down fat from the intestine.

As an example, cholesterol gallstones can develop if there’s too much cholesterol found in the bile. They can also form if the gallbladder doesn’t empty effectively.

There are various health problems associated with gallstones and some of them include inflammation, biliary colic and dysfunctional issues.

Gallstones are a problem that occurs mostly in women than men. Symptoms include pain in the right abdomen after a meal and pain beneath the shoulder blade that radiates up to the upper back.

In addition, one may also experience heartburn, indigestion, chest pain, excessive gas and bloating. Many of these symptoms are similar to those resembling a heart condition and therefore requires proper diagnosis by a doctor.

Find Relief From Gall Bladder Stones With Serrapeptase

Serrapeptase can help to relieve inflammation in the body which is associated with gallbladder stones. The inflammation that contributes to this health condition can be safely and effectively dissolved by using Serrapeptase on a consistent basis.

Serrapeptase naturally breaks down and then dissolves the inflammation that has built up to cause the gallstones to occur. Once the gallstones are removed, natural pain relief is achieved and the person can start to feel back to their normal self.

By taking Serrapeptase alongside a muscle relaxant, it’s possible to prevent muscle spasms and relax the smooth muscle within the urinary tract, making the gallstones easier to pass.

A good probiotic formula can support digestive health making it easier to receive the nutrients necessary for supporting the healing process. While taking a multivitamin formula can provide the nutrients needed to ensure the body is working to its optimum best.

Robert Redfern