Have you discovered the host of health benefits in lemon tea? Do you drink it every day? If so, you are making an excellent choice; lemon tea cleanses your body from within while it refreshes you with vibrant energy.
Consuming enough omega-3 health fat is key to your good health. One excellent source is wild Alaska salmon or sockeye salmon, but another less well known option is krill oil. This supplement is extracted from tiny shrimp-like crustaceans that are found in the pristine waters of Antarctica. Krill oil is actually almost 48 times more potent than fish oil.
Many foods are medical marvels.
While big pharmaceutical companies would rather you take 50 pills a day of their dangerous drugs, you can get many of the same results by switching up your diet.
And one of the most potent foods out there is the pomegranate.
What is it about pomegranates that’s made them one of them most favored, and most valuable foods in history.
While ancient civilizations had no way of knowing this, pomegranates contain a substance known as punicalagins which is a very powerful antioxidant. It’s so powerful that it’s even been found to decrease blood pressure, reverse symptoms of atherosclerosis, and help relieve pressure on the heart.
In fact, the antioxidant power inside of pomegranate has been shown to be the top of all the antioxidant superstar fruits and beverages.
It’s that powerful.
It also has been shown to a great amount of good at helping to fight multiple forms of cancer
Dr Mercola reports:
Pomegranate’s antioxidant activity is known to inhibit cell proliferation and invasion, and promote apoptosis (cell death) in various cancer cells. In one study, pomegranate extract was found to inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells by inducing cell death
At least one study in humans has yielded promising results, however. In men with prostate cancer, those who drank pomegranate juice significantly lengthened the time it took for their PSA levels to double (from about 15 months to 54 months) Men whose PSA levels double in a short time are at an increased risk of death from prostate cancer, so the results suggest that pomegranate had a powerfully protective effect.
And the University of Maryland Medical Center stated something similar. “In test tubes, pomegranate extracts made from juice, rind, and oil slow down the reproduction of cancer cells and may hasten their death. Some extracts also help reduce blood supply to tumors, starving them and making them smaller. Most studies have focused on breast and prostate cancer cells. In one other study, pomegranate juice extract given to mice slowed down the growth of lung tumors.”
Not to mention the pomegranate fruit also can help out with sexual health.
As erectile dysfunction is caused by low levels of NO (nitric oxide) production, pomegranate juice is believed to help give men more enjoyable, and longer lasting erections.
Pomegranate juice has been shown to help protect NO in the body. The theory is owing to that ability, men might be able to sustain longer lasting erections with the intake of pomegranate juice.
A study in 2007 noted, “Subjects were more likely to have improved [erectile dysfunction] scores when pomegranate juice was consumed … Although overall statistical significance was not achieved, this pilot study suggests the possibility that larger cohorts and longer treatment periods may achieve statistical significance.”
Not to shabby for a red fruit thats been prized by cultures for thousands of years.
Other benefits associated with pomegranate include health weight management. Pomegranate is high in fiber and low in sugar, so intake of pomegranate can help with weight management issues.
It’s also believed to help keep skin clear. The antioxidants in pomegranate can work to protect sensitive skin cells.
Promotes the health of joints too. The antioxidants contained within the juice can help to reduce inflammation which might lead to the protection if cartilage in sensitive joints.
Now keep one thing in mind.
Even if you manage to consume a good amount of pomegranate, you can still harm your body with some of the other food you eat.
There’s one food you’re probably eating right now that does serious damage to your health.
You need to see what it is.
Over the course of human history, human beings have undergone physiological changes that have produced many new genetic expressions.
For instance the dark skin of blacks, and others, can be attributed to the increased production of melanin in people groups who live close to the equator.
Likewise it’s known that Nepalese sherpas have a greater lung capacity, as well as the increased ability to extract more oxygen out of the air than those who live at lower elevation.
And while these mutations generally serve a purpose (helping people adapt to their environment) there are some mutations that actually hurt your health.
One of those mutations is known as the MTHFR mutation.
MTHFR is a gene that regulates the methylation cycle.
The methylation cycle is in charge of many of the bodies fundamental processes.
For instance, vitamin B12 is ingested in the body and is then methylated into a final “end-form” that is used for energy, cognition, brain activity, and more.
When the MTHFR gene is mutated then the body is then unable to perform the process of converting vitamin b12 into its usable “end form.”
This can leads to some serious health deficiencies.
To get a basic explanation of the methylation cycle, Dr. Wiggy Saunders shows how the inability to methylate folic acid can have serious health consequences.
The MTHFR gene produces an enzyme which is known as MTHFR enzyme (what a coincidence).
Now this enzyme works with the folate class of vitamins. These are the same vitamins recommended for pregnant mothers as they’re incredibly necessary for the formation of children in the womb.
In a perfect world, MTHFR enzymes will works with folate and breaks down 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. When there’s a corruption in the MTHFR gene 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate does not get broken down.
This is a problem because your body needs for 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to be broken down. That’s because 5-methyltetrahydrofolate is necessary to convert an amino acid called homocysteine into yet another essential amino acid called methionine.
Too much homocysteine in your body can cause some serious problems. In fact, it’s believed to be one of the biggest contributing factors to heart disease, as well as some other serious health conditions.
However, when homocysteine is broken down into methionine, the body is then free to make use of antioxidants, help to fashion amino acids into usable proteins, as well as working with the liver to process fats.
Ultimately methionine works to reduce inflammation, help relieve depression, and works to convert the hormone estradiol (E2), into estriol (E3).
Once in the liver, methionine undergoes another transformation and is turned into SAM-e (s-adenosylmethionine).
SAM-e being an end product of methionine is known to give the immune system a much needed boost, as well as being anti-inflammatory, and helps to break down serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin for higher brain function.
The way this gene mutation is passed on is through reproduction.
The parents pass down the mutation, and the child can inherit either a single copy, or double copies of two different MTHFR gene malfunctions.
Unfortunately there’s nothing that can be done to prevent passing down this relatively common genetic mutation.
MTHFR mutations can have some seriously negative health effects.
It can increase the risk of certain cancers (breast cancer and prostate cancer being the most common).
Likewise MTHFR mutations can lead to congenital defects, miscarriages, migraines, depression, irregularities of the heart, an increase in homocysteine (which can lead to cardiovascular disease) and more.
MTHFR mutations have even been known to produce Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s and a variety of other disease affecting cognition.
The good news when it comes to MTHFR is you can supplement to reverse the ill effects of the genetic mutation.
What you read above covers just one of the aspects of MTHFR mutation.
Essentially what happens when the methylation cycle is what’s disrupted is many of the essential nutrients your body needs are never fully formed. Though your body received the right nutrients originally (a variety of common vitamins), it never got to break them down and turn them into their end forms.
Fortunately many of these end-form nutrients are available at health food stores and from integrative physicians.
With a simple DNA test, you can find out and if you suffer from an MTHFR mutation.
Keep in mind that even if you do manage to “fix” a MTHFR mutation, you can still harm your body based on the food you eat.
One common food has been proven to cause heart disease in many of those who eat it.
Whether you were aware of this or not, sitting down is one of the most dangerous activities in the world.
No, this is not a sensationalist article written to strike fear in the hearts of millions.
Instead it’s a public health advisory for anyone who spends more than a few days during the day sitting down.
And what’s even more startling is that even regular exercise might not be able to reverse the damage done by sitting.
Heres what Reuters had to say.
‘Based on nearly 3,900 men and women over age 60 in Stockholm, the study adds to evidence suggesting that just sitting around may be actively harmful, researchers say.
‘We have known for 60 years that physical activity is important for the heart,’ said lead author Elin Ekblom-Bak… But until recently the research has mainly focused on exercise and has “forgotten” about the background activity that we do during daily life…
Whether someone exercises vigorously or not, it still usually only takes up a small fraction of the day. That leaves the rest of the time for either sitting still or engaging in non-exercise activities, like home repairs, lawn care and gardening, car maintenance, hunting or fishing.”
This means that if you spend mot of your time in a chair, then you’re at a higher risk of certain kind of health conditions, one of those being cardiovascular disease.
The reason this happens is because when you sit down, the motion of blood flowing through the body is greatly restricted.
This means that the muscles in your heart aren’t activated, and your heart doesn’t operate nearly at the top of its ability… essentially creating a weaker heart.
That’s why exercise to make up for your time sitting doesn’t always work.
Dr. Mercola writes:
‘The key to lifelong health is more than just traditional gym exercise, three to five times a week. The answer is to rediscover a lifestyle of constant, natural low-intensity non-exercise movement that uses the gravity vector throughout the day.’
For those who work in a typical office environment this prognosis might seem bleak. After all, how can you manage to do your job if you can’t sit?
Take a look at the following video to get an idea of workouts you can do while remaining seated.
Also consider standing up every 15 minutes, go for a walk if you can, and consider opting for a stand up desk.
And while you’re at it, it always helps to have a heart healthy diet in place.
Half the battle of reducing the damage sitting produces is to make sure your heart is able to work without trouble.
Often times your diet has hidden dangers in it as well.