How the Buteyko Breathing Method Can Improve Your Health and Fitness

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The Buteyko Breathing Method is a powerful approach for reversing health problems associated with improper breathing, the most common of which are overbreathing and mouthbreathing, including poor sleep and sleep apnea

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Chamomile Proven to Fight Anxiety and Clinical Depression

Recent clinical and laboratory research has determined that chamomile is not only relaxing, but it can significantly decrease anxiety and even fight depression.

The most recent study, from the UK’s University of Nottingham Medical School, found that chamomile significantly relaxed blood vessels and smooth muscle fibers. This effect was indicated specifically with Continue reading

Vitamin E May Alleviate Symptoms of Liver Disease Brought on by Obesity

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  • Vitamin E may help relieve the majority of symptoms associated with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a common obesity-related fatty liver disease
  • With no known treatment – and often no symptoms until serious damage has    occurred – Continue reading

Cognitive Decline Linked to Periodontal Disease

A groundbreaking study from the United Kingdom has connected gingivitis and oral health to cognitive decline. The study’s findings are backed up by a multitude of research supporting the mechanisms. Continue reading

How One Drink Could Protect Your Eyesight

The association between vision and diabetes is not too well-known, but it’s definitely one to be aware of. Diabetes is a disease primarily caused by insulin resistance, of course, but along with blood sugar problems, diabetes can also affect the retinas of the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy, as the condition is called, is the most common reason for blindness in American adults. Continue reading

Cupuaçu: Better than Chocolate?

How to Boost Heart Health and Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with This Exotic Superfruit

If you’re a connoisseur of all things heart-healthy, then you’ve probably already heard about the heart-protecting benefits of cacao, the unprocessed beans used to make dark chocolate.  A recent study found that Continue reading

Every Single Junk Food Meal Can Hurt Your Body

A new study has found that eating even a single junk food meal damages your arteries. Once again, we find that saturated fat is a formidable enemy to our overall health. And, once again, we find that sticking to a Mediterranean diet is the best health option.

Junk food meals are, by definition, high in saturated fat, which is detrimental to many of the body’s processes, especially the cardiovascular system. Meanwhile, Continue reading

Decrease Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Today

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…You can slash your risk of Alzheimer’s by almost half with a very simple shift in your diet?

If you’re concerned about your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, it’s time to pass on the muffins. You’ll also want to curb consumption of cake, bread, pasta, and other high carbohydrate foods.

That’s because in a news release on October 16, Mayo Clinic announced that senior citizens who consumed high carbohydrate diets Continue reading

For Better Muscles: Eat Spinach, Skip the Mouthwash

Mitochondria, tiny cell structures that power our muscles, can develop leaks that hurt muscle performance. Research shows, however, that substances found in spinach can stop these leaks and make mitochondria mightier. But to get the full effect, you may have to ditch your mouthwash. Strong mouthwashes kill off the oral bacteria that enable the body to put spinach’s Continue reading

The Little-Known Secrets of Vitamin C

Here I present a multi-part look at one of the most well- known nutrients in the world: vitamin C. But do you know where it came from? Do you know (other than oranges) where to get it in food? Do you know what it does? Read on. Continue reading

Report Shows Risk of Blindness halved over last Decade

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most frequent cause of blindness in the Western World. A report from the University of Copenhagen and Glostrup Hospital in Denmark published today shows the number of new cases of blindness and severe visual loss in Denmark has been halved during the last ten years. Continue reading

Emergency Medicine Physicians Develop Device to Stop Lethal Bleeding in Soldiers

Two emergency medicine physicians with wartime experience have developed a weapon against one rapidly lethal war injury. Continue reading

Aging Healthier, Not Just Longer

The picture shows two 9-month-old mice from the study. The one on the right received the drug to eliminate senescent cells (from the NYT, 2 November, 2011, taken by Jan van Deursen). Continue reading

A Supplement for Your Blood Vessels

Lipoic acid, also known as alpha-lipoic acid or thioctic acid, was originally identified as a vitamin more than 50 years ago. It is a naturally occurring chemical made in small amounts by plants, animals and humans. It is also a natural solution for improving the health of your blood vessels. This is the first of two articles explaining how it works.

Though the information is limited, foods rich in lipoic acid include kidney, heart, liver, spinach, tomatoes, peas, and Brussels sprouts. Lipoic acid in dietary supplements varies from 100 to 600 milligrams. In Germany, lipoic acid is available by prescription for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. Low blood levels of lipoic acid are found in patients with diabetes, atherosclerosis, and liver cirrhosis.

Lipoic acid has many functions in your body: Continue reading

Riboflavin and Feverfew Target Migraines

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

Mitochondria, the powerhouse inside the cell, generate high-energy chemicals. In between migraine attacks, this important function is much reduced. Riboflavin has been shown to be beneficial in the prevention of migraine attacks to help affect this specific action. Here are three clinical studies worth taking a look at:

1. Fifty-five migraine patients received either 400 mg of riboflavin or placebo for three months. Riboflavin treatment was much better than placebo treatment in reducing the frequency of attacks and the number of headache days (59% in riboflavin vs. 15% in placebo).

2. Twenty-six migraine patients  Continue reading