7 Proven Ways to Keep Your Brain Young

Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5.3 million Americans. It’s the leading cause of dementia and the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.  And it’s growing at an alarming rate.  Already 13% of people over 65 have been diagnosed with the disease.  An astounding 43% of those over the age of 85 are victims.[i] Continue reading

Heavy Metal Poisoning

 Did You Know……your daily jogging routine could cause a host of unpleasant side effects?      Are you an avid, or even occasional jogger?  Do you jog beside main roads?  If so, you’re putting yourself at risk for an abundance of nasty conditions, such as… Continue reading

Fermented Foods

My education about cultured and fermented foods was for many years the same as everybody else.  I heard the commercials touting the benefits of eating yogurt and heard about the need for acidophilus.  It wasn’t until I started exploring the idea of fermenting foods that I really understood how beneficial they can be.  Growing up I can remember my mother slicing up cabbage and packing it in a huge crock Continue reading

The Lifestyle Villains that Trigger Headaches

To many headache sufferers, headaches seem an inevitable part of life. In fact, you can take preventive measures to reduce your pain or completely escape it. But first you have to recognize what is bringing on those debilitating aches.

A Self-induced Problem

Millions of headaches strike Americans each and every year. As a matter of fact, hundreds of thousands of headaches pound inside the heads of people daily. Most of these episodes are completely preventable and are caused by the choices each headache sufferer makes. Yes, I am saying that we create, cause and trigger our own headaches. And because of that simple truth, you can stop doing what you are doing and prevent your headaches from ever coming back. That’s a fact.

Serious biological conditions that cause headaches, such as meningitis and tumors for example, are rare. Only about 12 percent of all headaches are caused by them, and those are confined to a very small proportion of people with those diseases. Headaches caused by physical trauma, such as a fall or impact, are not typical and also not thought of and treated in the general way other organic headaches are. So, if we remove serious disease and physical trauma from the headache equation, then we are left with 80 percent of headaches being self-induced.

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Why the Fuss Over Resveratrol?

There is a substance floating about in red wine called “resveratrol.” As time has passed, the collective book of health news has revealed amazing result after amazing result. You can thank resveratrol for the health advice of a glass a day being good for you. Well, it’s at it again and you are going to love this one.

A new study shows that taking resveratrol might be as good as entering some big calorie-restricting diet. It found that when obese men take a relatively small dose of resveratrol in purified form every day for a month, their metabolisms change for the better. Just like an intense diet.

Granted, the effects weren’t huge, but there were a lot of them; and combined they point to improved metabolic health. That is a first in medical science.

Researchers gave 11 obese but otherwise healthy men a supplement containing 150 milligrams of 99% pure resveratrol for 30 days. Meanwhile, they measured the amount of energy the men expended and the amount of fat they were storing and burning.

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Raise a Glass to “Successful Aging”

In doctors’ health advice, they often go back and forth on what to say about alcohol. Drinking in moderation has long been a subject of medical studies, as there are many health benefits associated with responsible drinking. But alcohol, which has toxic elements, is considered unhealthy by many as well — generally when used more often than “in moderation.” A new study weighs in on this issue with an interesting finding about how alcohol could lead to “successful aging.”

The information is gleaned from the long-standing Nurses’ Health Study. Among 13,894 women, investigators examined alcohol use assessed at midlife in relation to “successful aging.” This is defined as surviving to be 70 years old, not having a major chronic disease (such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, or diabetes), and having no major cognitive impairment, physical impairment, or mental health problems.

Only 11% of the women met these criteria — a testament to how difficult it is to achieve successful aging.

The results indicate that moderate drinkers were more likely to exhibit successful aging. This was particularly true for those who drank wine regularly (in moderation). This is not surprising, as red wine is considered the healthiest alcoholic choice, as it is filled with heart-healthy natural compounds. Continue reading

Natural Remedies for Alcohol Withdrawal

Some people are prone to become alcoholics at the first drink. For others, it takes time to become dependent upon alcohol. Either way, the only way to become dependent upon alcohol is to drink. There is no other way.

Alcohol Withdrawal Remedies

Nobody ever plans to get hooked on alcohol…and remember alcohol is alcohol…beer, wine, whiskey… it’s all the same…. Binge drinking is the most severe sign of alcoholism. People may use the excuse of it being Super Bowl, or a wedding, or Christmas, or whatever, but it’s still binge drinking. Black outs are more common during this time. A black out (loss of memory of events during drinking) is proof positive that the person has crossed over from casual drinking into full-blown alcoholism. Continue reading

Natural Anti aging Foods from around the World

From exotic juices to cans of cocktail peanuts, more and more edibles in the supermarket are being dubbed “anti aging” by some marketer or media pundit. The real deal about munchies that keep you youthful? They come from the earth, not a vacuum pack.

We’re not the only ones who are saying that. Take a look at what the longest-lived people in the world are eating (if you know us, this list will look familiar, but with a few twists). Then, put their favorites on your own table.

Costa Rica: Beans for Breakfast
Residents of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula are four times more likely than most North Americans to live past age 90. One reason may be dishes like gallo pinto, a tasty mix of black beans  Continue reading

Beer and Wine May Ruin Appetite

SYDNEY – Wine, developed as a substitute for water not fit for drinking, could have an unhealthy effect on your appetite.

“However, alcohol is a drug that is abused and the repercussion of alcohol abuse over a long time can seriously affect most of the major organs of the body,” says Anna Kokavec, psychologist at the La Trobe University.

Kokavec and colleague Simon Crowe, a professor, are finding out exactly how alcohol affects the body by focusing on the links between alcohol consumption and appetite.

Alcoholics often seek treatment in a highly malnourished condition, “an issue that can lead to health problems like Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (condition that can lead to forms of amnesia and hallucinations),” says Kokavec.

This malnourishment was often attributed to the ‘poor dietary habits’ of alcoholics, but now Kokavec has uncovered another reason to explain malnourishment in heavy drinkers and the results speak for themselves, according to a La Trobe release.

“We confirmed that certain biochemical processes associated with appetite regulation do change when alcohol was consumed,” says Kokavec.

“The research provides enough evidence to question whether malnutrition and poor dietary behavior of alcoholics is the fault of the individual or whether it’s the consequences of alcohol and the role it plays in suppressing appetite,” says Kokavec.

Here’s Why Wine is Good for Health

DAVIS – In new study, a researcher has reviewed the health benefits linked with light to moderate consumption of wine.

Author Clare M. Hasler, from the University of California-Davis, provides a historical perspective of the health benefits of alcohol consumption.

She revealed that the first noticeable bump in red wine sales came as a result of the French paradox in the early 1990s.

Hasler also covers recent studies on the link between alcohol consumption and health benefits.

She says that wine has the potential to protect against cardiovascular disease, and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

It can also improvement of cognitive function, and has also been linked with increased bone mineral density.

“Although there is no consensus on whether red wine is more beneficial, it is my opinion that the high concentration of antioxidant polyphenolics in red and the potential anti-inflammatory properties of resveratrol support the choice of red wine as the alcoholic beverage of choice in moderation,” said Hasler.

The study has been published in Food Technology magazine.

White Wines ‘Bad for the Teeth’

White Wines ‘Bad for the Teeth’

Enjoying a glass of white wine on a frequent basis can damage the teeth, something many wine makers and tasters will know first-hand, experts say.

Pale plonk packs an acidic punch that erodes enamel far more than red wine, Nutrition Research reports.

It is not the wine’s vintage, origin or alcohol that are key but its pH and duration of contact with the teeth.

Eating cheese at the same time could counter the effects, because it is rich in calcium, the German authors say.

It is the calcium in teeth that the wine attacks.

If you’re going to have a glass of wine do so with your meal and leave a break of at least 30 minutes afterwards before you brush your teeth and go to bed.

In the lab, adult teeth soaked in white wine for a day had a loss of both calcium and another mineral called phosphorus to depths of up to 60 micrometers in the enamel surface, which the researchers say is significant.

Riesling wines tended to have the greatest impact, having the lowest pH.

A “kinder” tooth choice would be a rich red like a Rioja or a Pinot noir, the Johannes Gutenberg University team found.

Even if people brush their teeth after a night of drinking, over the years repeated exposure could take its toll, say Brita Willershausen and her colleagues.

Indeed, excessive brushing might make matters worse and lead to further loss of enamel.

But they said: “The tradition of enjoying different cheeses for dessert, or in combination with drinking wine, might have a beneficial effect on preventing dental erosion since cheeses contain calcium in a high concentration.”

This helps neutralize and boost the remineralizing power of saliva to halt the acid attack.

But eating strawberries while supping on your vino or mixing sparkling whites with acid fruit juice to make a bucks fizz may spell trouble because this only adds to the acid attack.

Professor Damien Walmsley, of the British Dental Association, said: “The ability of acidic foods and drinks to erode tooth enamel is well understood, and white wine is recognized as being more erosive than red.

“But it’s the way you consume it that’s all important. If you’re going to have a glass of wine do so with your meal and leave a break of at least 30 minutes afterwards before you brush your teeth and go to bed.

“Consuming wine alongside food, rather than on its own, means the saliva you produce as you chew helps to neutralize its acidity and limits its erosive potential.

“And leaving time before brushing teeth gives the enamel a chance to recover from the acid attack and makes it less susceptible to being brushed away.”