Digestion, Foods, Immune System

The Secret to Weight Loss and Perfect Health Lies in Your Gut, Part 2

IMG_4516.JPGIn Part 1 of this article, we looked at 3 different studies done which had the same conclusion: Your gut microbes have a huge influence on your health and weight.

Our microbiome begins to build up from birth, and increases as we are exposed to more things like breast milk, food, water, animals, soil and other people, to the point where we are basically a vessel for microbes. In numbers, we are something like 10 percent human and 90% microbe.

Most of these microbiobes live in our colon, where they help break down fiber, process calories, and protect against infection, being a hub and foundation for our immune system.

As evidenced by many studies, including the ones in part 1 of this article, scientists are just now starting to see the undeniable, major connection between our microbe population and our overall health.

In the case of the experiment by microbiologist Zhao mentioned in part 1, the study was expanded even further. Zhao brought in a 385 lb man who was inflamed, diabetic, had high bad cholesterol and high blood sugar. When analyzing this man’s microbes, it was found that 35% of them belonged to the species “Enterobacter cloacae”. He put the man on the same diet he was on, and not only did the man lose 113 pounds in 23 weeks, but the Enterobacter clocae numbers went down, as did the endotoxin and inflammation markers.

Zhao then introduced Enterobacter into mice. Astonishingly, they developed endotoxemia, diabetes and became obese – but only when eating a high fat diet. Different mice introduced to bifidobacteria or kept microbe free, remained lean on the same high fat diet.

The implication of Zhao’s findings as well as the other research out there is that there is a huge area of knowledge to be explored on radical medical treatment via microbe manipulation and treatment.

In the meantime, what kinds of foods should we eat to promote healthy microbes?

Ideally, foods containing high amounts of oligosaccharides – prebiotic fibers that allow the bacteria in our gut to feed and thrive, producing byproducts that are essential for our bodies such as vitamin K and B vitamins. The food list: plant foods, especially raw plant foods where possible – fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. Potatoes, bananas, yams, apples and oranges – these all provide healthy servings of good starches and prebiotics that will help your micro flora thrive.

On the other hand, refined and fatty processed foods will change your gut permeability and alter your entire microbial system, turning it against you by leaking toxic byproducts into your bloodstream.

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Digestion, Foods, Immune System

The Secret to Weight Loss and Perfect Health Lies in Your Gut, Part 1

IMG_4515.JPGMetabolic Syndrome has become an epidemic in North America. It is characterized by a wide variety of dysfunctions which include obesity, chronic, low grade inflammation, high blood sugar and high blood pressure, low good cholesterol and a “beer belly”. Eventually, these symptoms if ignored will lead to bigger, full blown problems such as heart disease, diabetes, cancers and even dementia.

Now, scientists are starting to consider the possibility that chronic inflammation may not just be a symptom – but a cause of metabolic syndrome, and that this may all be connected to how healthy your gut is.

Consider these three experiments detailed here:

1) Diabetes specialist, Dr. Paresh Dandona measured the body’s response to a fast food breakfast from McDonalds. He discovered that “within literally” minutes, levels of a C-reactor protein which is an indicator of systemic inflammation had shot up greatly, and went on to last for hours. Dr. Dandona then went on to test different foods on subjects over the next decade.

In 2007, he had a break through when he discovered that while sugar water caused inflammation, orange juice (which contains a lot of natural sugar) did not. In a subsequent study, when subjects drank a glass of fresh squeezed OJ along with their fast food breakfast, the juice seemed to protect their metabolism, and the subjects did not show either elevated blood sugar or inflammation.

Perhaps, Dandona’s key finding was on a substance called endotoxin. Endotoxin comes from our gut microbes, and as long as it stays in our gut, it does not cause harm, but in our bloodstream it wreaks havoc and causes inflammation. Dandona’s research showed that foods full of fat and refined carbohydrates pushed endotoxin into the bloodstream, whereas orange juice stopped the process immediately.

2) Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis raised mice in plastic bubbles without any microbes 10 years ago. They found that these mice were able to gorge on food without growing obese or developing metabolic syndrome. However, when the mice were given a dose of endotoxin, the mice became obese and developed diabetes. However, similarly to Dandona’s experiments, when the scientists added oligosaccharides (soluble plant fibers) from things like bananas and garlic into the mice diets, the process again reversed and there was no inflammation or diabetes.

3) A Chinese microbiologist, Liping Zhao heard of the Washington University trials and decided to do his own research on himself, combining traditional Chinese medicine with modern microbiology. He changed his diet to whole grains (which are rich in prebiotic fibers which promote healthy gut bacteria) and started regularly consuming two traditional Chinese foods also thought to promote healthy micro flora – bitter melon and Chinese yam. The results? Zhao lost 44 lbs, lowered bad cholesterol levels and normalized his blood pressure. Sampling his microbes throughout the process, Zhao found that a bacteria called “Faecalibacterium prausnitzii” had increased in his gut. This bacteria and it’s relatives are absent in people with inflammatory diseases.

Click here for part 2 of this article.

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False Advertising Alert: Food Labeled “No High Fructose Corn Syrup” May Have It Anyway

IMG_4535.JPGThere is a rather deceptive name change going on in the corn industry, and consumers are being kept in the dark. According to the Corn Refiner’s Association, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is sold primarily in 2 different formulations – 42% fructose (HFCS-42 or 55% fructose (HFCS-55) with the remainder made up of higher sugars and glucose.

Whereas the very sweet 55% fructose formula is primarily used in carbonate soft drinks, the less sweet HFCS-42 is used in baked goods, fruit flavored beverages and other processed foods that run the gamut from spaghetti sauces to yogurt.

Now it seems there is a third HFCS product – HFCS-90 (90% fructose) that is used in “light” and natural foods where not much sweetener is needed. The kicker? Foods that use this ingredient do not have to use “High Fructose Corn Syrup” on their label – they are permitted to simply state it as “fructose” or “fructose syrup” – both of which sound sneakily healthy.

High fructose corn syrup is a seemingly innocuous ingredient that has become a cheap replacement for natural sugar over the last several decades, and is now found in a vast majority of food in a regular grocery store. In those same few decades, several other things have also grown in number – the rates of serious metabolic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. There have been numerous studies showing the negative consequences of HFCS on human health, and it is not difficult to draw the correlating lines to see that this ingredient may not be as harmless as it seems.

So which companies are deceiving you with its labels? General Mills, for one. Their Vanilla Chex cereal states on the front of it box that it has “no high fructose corn syrup”. Yet, turn it over and look at the ingredient list and you will see the newest HFCS on the block, labeled simply as “fructose”.

So the next time you are at the grocery store and you’re looking for healthier options, you should not believe everything you see on the front of the box. And if you REALLY want to play it safe and healthy, fresh, made-from-scratch meals can’t be beat.

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Natural Remedies, Prevention

Saffron: Healthy Alternative Treatment for Depression

Klearchos Kapoutsis, Saffron of Santorini, Flickr, CCBYSaffron is a spice derived from the crocus flower (Crocus sativus) originally from Southeast Asia. Well-known as the most expensive spice in the world, saffron comes from the delicate stigma of the flower. Its cost comes from the fact that it must be gathered by hand, and it takes 75,000 flowers to produce just a single pound of the spice.

So saffron is pricey, but it just may be the cheapest treatment you ever get.

Because saffron may be an effective alternative treatment for depression.

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The Most Dangerous Toxin In Your Life – You Will be Surprised When You Discover What It Is.

We are bombarded by environmental toxins every day and our bodies have to work hard to deal with these health invaders. But the most dangerous toxin of all is not from the outside, but from the inside: stress.

Science is continuing to prove over time that the way we think and feel emotionally has a tremendous impact on our physical health – perhaps even more so than outside factors like drugs and nutrients. The placebo effect in the Spontaneous Remission Project is a clear example of this.

Because it is all “in our heads”, stress isn’t often given enough respect as a cause for disease. After all, you can’t measure stress, at least not yet. But, this dangerous toxin has some devastating long term effects on the human body.

Stress and Your Gut Health
People who suffer from debilitating gut conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Colitis tend to find that when they are emotionally stressed, their symptoms flare up. This is no coincidence: stress slows down bowel function, which can lead to constipation and overgrowth of bad bacteria. It can also create leaky gut, which over the long term can cause inflammation and autoimmune disease.

Stress and Your Brain
When stress hormones are high, your brain can get damaged – specifically, your hippocampus, which is where your memory resides. Adrenal burnout can also happen with chronic stress, because your brain, in an effort to protect itself, will turn off your adrenals.

Stress and Your Immune System
Stress plays a big role in how well your immune system runs – it has the power to shut your immunity down altogether. Along with this comes immunity related symptoms such as slow would healing, reactivation of old infections, and increasing your risk of more infections.

Stress and Your Metabolism
Not only is stress a toxin in itself, it actually impairs your body’s ability to detox the other toxins you’re constantly being bombarded with. It also hampers your ability to break down fats, yet increases your cravings for high fat, high sugar foods, leading to even more toxic waste.

Stress and Gene Expression
Your body produces chemicals when you’re under stress that have the capability to turn genes on or off. These genes determine many major things in your body, such as how fast you age, how much fat you store, and whether or not you will get a serious illness like cancer.

Monitor your stress levels and take steps to have more relaxation and peace in your life, and you may just see your health improve.

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Aging, Fitness, Heart Health

1 Thing You Do Every Day that Causes Heart Disease – Can You Guess What It Is?

15069963_sWhether 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.

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Cancer, Diabetes, Natural Cures

Is This Herb More Powerful than Turmeric?

11547428_sTurmeric is one of the alternative health world’s favorite herbal remedies.

It’s great for combatting inflammation, has been showing to help with cardiac health, and has even been shown to help the brain operate at full capacity.

And that’s just a handful of its uses.

Now if you think Turmeric’s great, then wait until you find out about Neem.

Neem comes from Southeast Asia.

Neem is a tree, and according to the Ayurveda guide, it is known as a plant that “ keeps all diseases at bay” and as a “reliever of disease.

It’s been used by ancient societies for thousands of years, and is now being incorporated into the world of modern medicine by mainstream experts in medicine.

So what’s so great about Neem?

First you should know that almost all of the plant is good for therapeutic use. The roots, the bark, the leaves, gum, fruit, seeds, kernels, and even the oil of the seed have a wide range of uses.

Neem oil has been shown to have wonderful topical uses for conditions like dandruff, acne, and eczema.

It’s known to:

  • Relieve dry skin
  • Fights the bacteria that cause acne (propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) and staphylococcus epidermidis)
  • Soothes itchy skin
  • Can be used to condition the hair and scalp
  • Fights Psoriasis
  • Promotes the growth of hair
  • Helps to heal dry patchy skin that results from Eczema

And more.

Neem oil is a healthy, and preferred alternative to many of the chemicals people use to treat the conditions just listed.

So what else is it good for?

While Neem could benefit from quite a few more  in-depth studies, it’s been traditionally used to help out with the following:

  • Enhances and stimulates the immune system
  • Helps to improve the liver’s detoxifying abilities
  • Has been used to treat ulcers
  • Works with the liver to detoxify your blood
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Increase the respiratory systems function
  • Can Improve digestive response
  • It’s been used to treat malaria
  • Has been used in the treatment of diabetes

Part of the reason Neem is so effective is because of the many unique properties this special plant possesses.

According to Disover Neem it’s

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-septic
  • Anti-diabetic
  • Anti-fungal
  • Blood-purifying
  • Spermicidal

It’s quite a comprehensive list, but it even has a load of scientific backing to help substantiate the claims.

Here’s a link from the National Library of Medicine to back up those claims.

The truth is the applications of Neem seem to be endless.

It’s used in toothpastes, as a form of birth control, and is even being used in the treatment of  “AIDS, cancer, malaria, diabetes, hepatitis, duodenal ulcers, kidney disorders, fungal infections, yeast infections, STDs, all kinds of skin disorders, periodontal disease, mononucleosis, blood disorders, heart diseases, nerve disorders, allergies… and the list goes on.”

The bottom line is anything with that many properties packed into one tiny little plant has got to be good for you.

And as one of the leading Scientific Medical Journals noted, it has no known adverse reactions (and that’s thousands of years of use being tested to confirm) so it’s certainly one of the best things you can add to your diet.

If you plan on getting Neem, one of the first things you need to do before using it is heal your gut.

If your gut isn’t “fixed” then you won’t be able to absorb Neem for all it’s worth.

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Warning: This New Cancer Cure May Gross You Out

IMG_4483.JPGWhat will they discover next? A team of researchers from the University of Exeter in the UK has released a new study claiming that smelling farts may prevent cancer.

Specifically, hydrogen sulfite gas, a compound produced during digestion and normally found in human flatulence and rotten eggs, may have benefits in preventing the cell damage that causes certain diseases like cancer.

The study, which was published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications Journal, found that although hydrogen sulfite is harmful in large doses, the exposure of smaller amounts to cells may prevent mitochondrial damage.

The way it works is that cells move to generate small quantities of hydrogen sulfite when stressed by disease. This protects the mitochondria, which basically are acting generators for the energy output of cells. When mitochondrial damage is prevented, the chances of preventing certain diseases are greatly increased.

To tap in and expand on this natural occurrence, scientists in the study ended up making a compound called AP39 that slowly delivers very small amounts of this gas, targeting the mitochondria. In an official statement, Professor Matt Whiteman said,

Our results indicate that if stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive.

Although this research is preliminary and was limited to cell exposure lab (instead of actual humans smelling the gas), the researchers are optimistic about the huge positive implications this could have in the prevention of some common diseases like heart disease, cancer and stroke.

So the next time you’re exposed to the smell of flatulence or rotten eggs, just think – it could be making you healthier.

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This Common Osteoporosis Drug Also a Cure for Cancer?

IMG_4424.JPGResearchers from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia have discovered that calcium binding Biphosphonates commonly used for osteoporosis treatment for over 40 years could be the next big breakthrough in the cure for breast cancer.

Already used in the prevention bone destruction in late stage cancer patients, the drug has now been proven to destroy cancer cells outside the skeleton before it spreads. The way it works is it seeps out of veins and attaches itself to the calcifications in the breast tissue. Your “macrophages” (immune cells) then consume the drug filled clumps and clears out the mutated cells with it.

Researcher Dr. Tri Phan, said,

What was really surprising was that the drug not only got into the cancer, but bound to small areas in the cancer.

Dr. Phan further added,

I clearly remember the moment we first saw macrophages behaving like little Pacmen and gobbling up the drug. It was astonishing.

This video shows a macrophage devouring the Calcium-Biphosphonate complex.

A recent clinical trial of over 3000 patients with breast cancer found that these drugs were able to increase the survival rates particularly of post menopausal women by up to 25%. The results proved that the drug gives an edge to patients, and in many cases also prevented cancer from spreading.

This is good news for many patients waiting for a cure. Although more research needs to be done on the safety and efficacy of using this drug as a cancer cure, what is already known is that it is generally well tolerated and gives a survival advantage for some patients with specific cancers, especially if taken early during the disease.

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50+ Health Conditions, Diet

New Essential Fatty Acid Discovered (Not Omega-3 or Omega-6)

IMG_4425.JPGIt is fairly common knowledge that our bodies need Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) to function properly. Now, scientists have discovered a new category of EFAs, a type of Omega-7 fats called palmitoleic acid, that may be the solution to the wide range of common diseases sweeping our society.

This newly discovered, monounsaturated Omega-7 fatty acid is so important that Harvard Medical School has applied for a patent on it.

Palmitoleic acid is reported to be a powerful defense against metabolic syndrome, which encompasses diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers and other serious illnesses. They function in the body as molecules that signal and facilitate communication between fat and muscle tissue.

Because of this, they are classified as a unique “lipokine” – which is a hormone-like molecule that connects body tissues to promote optimal energy storage and utilization.

Just a miniscule amount of Omega-7 will have a profound effect on your body’s response to fat storage, utilization and energy intake. These three processes are imbalanced in metabolic syndrome. Omega-7 also stops the production of new fat molecules, particularly the kind that damage tissue and increase risk of cardiovascular disease.

Omega-7’s therapeutic effects are remarkably similar to those of common drugs used by people with symptoms of metabolic disease, like Lipitor, Actos, etc, but does so powerfully and cheaply, with no safety concerns.

Additionally, studies show that Omega-7 can not only lower inflammation by up to a whopping 73%, thus reducing cardiovascular risk, but it also lowers resistance to glucose and insulin, helping your body optimize blood sugar levels using its own naturally produced insulin.

It is ironic then that natural food sources of omega-7 palmitoleic acid also contain high levels of palmitic acid, which is a thick palm oil that raises risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular disasters. This can counteract the benefits of omega-7. So if you use an omega-7 supplement, it is important to make sure the palmitic acid content is less than 1%.

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