Four “Thieves” that Are Stealing Nutrients from Your Body

Your natural health requires a constant intake of essential nutrients. It’s no health secret that eating nutrient-rich, fresh foods is a vital way to stay healthy.

Did you know that nutrients can just disappear? Certain things can either strip food of its nutritional value or deplete your body’s supply of any number of essential vitamins and minerals. This information is important when you are shelling out money for supplements to boost your nutrient levels, or if you have made significant dietary changes in order to get the most out of your food.

It’s difficult to generalize and give an overall list of the things that cause you to lose nutrients. This is because many different factors will deplete certain minerals and specific vitamins, Continue reading

The Acid That Battles Diabetes Side Effects

About one in five patients with diabetes suffers from diabetic neuropathy — so it is very common. It’s the result of nerve damage by compromised small blood vessels surrounding the nerve. It occurs most frequently in diabetic patients with prolonged high blood sugar levels.

Patients with diabetic neuropathy may experience these symptoms: stabbing pains; burning sensation, especially in the evening; muscle twitching; impaired speech; difficulty swallowing; muscle weakness; dizziness; blurred vision; drooping eyelid; chronic diarrhea; reduced sensation anywhere in the body; and, most commonly, numbness and tingling sensation in the extremities.

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Yoga Boosts Stress-busting Hormone, Reduces Pain: York U Study

TORONTO-A new study by York University researchers finds that practicing yoga reduces the physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain in women with fibromyalgia.

The study is the first to look at the effects of yoga on cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia. The condition, which predominantly affects women, is characterized by chronic pain and fatigue; common symptoms include muscle stiffness, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal discomfort, anxiety and depression.

Previous research has found that women with fibromyalgia have lower-than-average cortisol levels, which contribute to pain, fatigue and stress sensitivity.  Continue reading

Multivitamin Doesn’t Affect Colon Cancer

Taking multivitamins does not appear to be beneficial to patients during and after post-surgical chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer, U.S. researchers find.

The study, published online ahead of print issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, finds multivitamin use did not appear to have any beneficial effect on patients’ outcomes but did not have a detrimental effect.

First author Dr. Kimmie Ng, a gastrointestinal oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, says despite conflicting evidence on the efficacy of multivitamins to reduce cancer risk and death, studies suggest approximately 30 percent of Americans take multivitamins — but among cancer survivors, between 26 percent and 77 percent report using multivitamins.

“With such a high proportion of cancer patients utilizing multivitamin supplements in the belief that it will help them fight their cancer, we felt it was important to really examine the data to see what impact multivitamins had on cancer recurrence and survival,” Ng says in a statement.

The researchers asked 1,038 patients to complete a survey. Nearly half responded they used multivitamins during chemotherapy. Of the 810 cancer-free patients who completed the survey six months after chemotherapy, more than half reported multivitamin use.