Depression is a complex issue, with a multitude of physical and emotional causes. If you experience depression, however, or someone close to you does, you may want to consider whether dehydration could be a contributing factor. Dehydration is dangerous not just to your physical health, but also to your emotional well-being.
If you’re throwing a backyard party this summer, you know your guests will be excited about a red, ripe watermelon. But after the melon is cut and served, don’t thrown away those seeds! In an earlier article, we highlighted 10 healthy benefits of watermelon seeds, which are surprisingly packed with nutrients. But there are more – in fact, here are 10 more health benefits of watermelon seeds.
Bananas are the most popular fruit in the United States. The banana is technically a berry. Unlike many other fruits, bananas are easy to peel and eat. Its fans range from toddlers to professional athletes. Aside from its good taste and convenience, the banana promotes good health.
In our last article, we cited 50 health advantages associated with using coconut oil. Even beyond those, coconut oil is believed to protect from breast. colon and other cancers; prevent premature aging; and protect against liver disease. It also kills the bacteria that causes pneumonia, as well as the bacteria implicated in earache, throat infection, food poisoning, urinary tract infections, meningitis, gonorrhea, ringworm, and diaper rash.
The Huffington Post recently invited readers to submit their most vexing health questions to be answered by the site’s team of doctors. Here are some of the questions most often asked:
Over the past few years there has been a huge upsurge of interest in coconut oil and its numerous benefits. Now health enthusiasts are turning their attention to the next big thing, coconut water. So is coconut water a magic potion? Decide for yourself.
Most Americans only encounter beans sprouts at a Chinese restaurant, but more and more people are learning about sprouting at home. A variety of organic beans and seeds can be sprouted, and mung beans are particularly popular. Sprouted mung beans are actually tiny mung bean plants. The taste is nutty and crisp, and they are a nutritional powerhouse.
In the world of health and nutrition, the power of antioxidants cannot be underestimated.
Antioxidants have the power to stop a multitude of ailments, most notably, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease, chronic infections, cancer, autoimmune disease, diabetes, autism, kidney problems, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, liver disease and more.
In theory, all antioxidants are beneficial to your health.
But in reality, there’s one antioxidant that reigns supreme over all others.
It’s called glutathione.
Now the interesting thing about glutathione is the body makes it on its own. And though this is true, most people in the U.S. are woefully deficient in glutathione.
The reason being is over the years humans have been subjected to more and more environmental stresses. Things like toxins, chemicals, radiation, etc. have put so much strain on the body it becomes unable to produce, nor reuse glutathione to help regulate health.
Glutathione is unique as it can be recycled in the body. When there’s not enough glutathione being produced, then the body doesn’t have enough to recycle, and health defects begin to occur.
Dr. Mark Hyman describes Glutathione’s function in the following way:
Glutathione is critical for one simple reason: It recycles antioxidants. You see, dealing with free radicals is like handing off a hot potato. They get passed around from vitamin C to vitamin E to lipoic acid and then finally to glutathione which cools off the free radicals and recycles other antioxidants. After this happens, the body can “reduce” or regenerate another protective glutathione molecule and we are back in business.
However, problems occur when we are overwhelmed with too much oxidative stress or too many toxins. Then the glutathione becomes depleted and we can no longer protect ourselves against free radicals, infections, or cancer and we can’t get rid of toxins. This leads to further sickness and soon we are in the downward spiral of chronic illness.
The main cause of the reduced production of glutathione comes from a missing gene format known as GSTM1 function. Without this gene, the body won’t be able to recycle glutathione, and the health crisis emerges.
So what can be done about a GSTM1 gene malfunction and reduced glutathione?
A few simple fixes can help with waning glutathione levels.
1. You can eat foods with more sulfur. Sulfur is one of the primary components of glutathione’s makeup. Eating foods like onions, garlic, as well as cruciferous vegetables can help increase glutathione in the body easily.
2. Exercise. Moderate to intense exercise can also help with glutathione levels. This will help with detoxification in the body and boost immune defense which helps increase glutathione.
3. Take supplements. As glutathione helps to share the load with other antioxidants, the more antioxidants you bring into your body, the less strain on glutathione levels. Try to supplement with Alpha lipoic acid, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Selenium, Vitamin B-5 (P-5-P) Vitamin B-12 (methylcobalamin) Vitamin C, Vitamin E.
4. Try Milk Thistle. Milk thistle supports liver health which in turns help with detoxification which can help support glutathione levels.
One of the most important steps to take to boost glutathione levels is to work to promote immune health.
If you can keep your immune system healthy, it means you’re able to keep glutathione up, which spells increased health overall.
The British medical journal The Lancet, found the highest glutathione levels in healthy young people, lower levels in healthy elderly, lower still in sick elderly and the lowest of all in the hospitalized elderly.
One of the best ways to increase immune health is with ionic silver.
Just a little bit can go a long way.
Coffee is the world’s most popular legal drug.
Actually that should read caffeine is the world’s most popular drug, but coffee is the favorited carrier of this drug.
The good news is coffee has tremendous benefits to the health of those who drink it.
Coffee is loaded with antioxidants.
If you didn’t already know antioxidants work agains dangerous free-radicals. And the amount of damage caused by free radicals is overwhelming. It’s been proven that free-radicals are responsible for some of the damaging degenerative diseases and conditions as well as contributing to the development of many kinds of cancer.
Fortunately antioxidants work to fight free-radicals and can can stop the development of many of these disease right in their tracks.
In particular the amount of antioxidant power contained in coffee is enormous.
Coffee starts off as a fruit, and like most fruits , is loaded with antioxidants.
Fortunately the process in which coffee is prepared does not stop coffee from posessing intense antioxidant power.
So why is coffee so special? World renowned physician Dr. Mercola writes.
The natural blend of polyphenol antioxidants (including chlorogenic acids), bioflavonoids, vitamins and minerals in coffee beans all work together to help neutralize the harsher effects of the caffeine2. There are literally thousands of different natural chemical compounds in your brew, and science now suggests the synergy between them can pack a nice nutritional punch.
But in particular is what that nutritional punch can do for you.
Specifically coffee can reduce the risk you develop certain kinds of cancer.
Dr. Wiggy Saunders notes:
- A 2011 a study of over 50,000 men found that men who drank 6 cups of coffee a day had a 60 percent lower chance of lethal prostate cancer than those who drank none.
- Japanese scientists were able to show people who drank coffee almost daily had a 50% smaller chance of developing HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma). This form of liver cancer was much more common in those who never drank coffee.
- And another study published by the International Journal of Cancer made clear indications that coffee consumption could help to lower colon cancer risk among women.
And that’s not all coffee can do.
:: It can also help increase your metabolism so you lose weight faster.
:: It can help to double your glucose absorption which helps to stabilize blood sugar.
:: It can help with the the growth of certain gut bacteria.
:: It can reduce the risk of suicide.
:: It can help you perform better in workouts.
And much, much more.
There are some caveats to be made about coffee though.
The biggest being if you suffer from conditions like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome you should avoid coffee use. What happens when you consume coffee is it causes the release of non-epinephrine along with adrenaline.
The over-use of these hormones will eventually contribute to adrenal fatigue which can then disrupt your hormone levels and cause other conditions.
What happens then is your body depends on a constant jolt from caffeine to get the energy you need, and that’s a dangerous dependence.
Now as mentioned above, coffee helps with the growth of natural gut flora.
BUT, it’s not the best at helping fight the parasites that live in your gut already.
Didn’t know you have parasites in your gut?