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Blueberries and Your Health; Powerful Foods for Brain and Body

You are what you eat!  This slogan has been around for decades, if not centuries, and stands to be true in all aspects of our mental and physical health.  The fact is that you are in control of your health, believe it or not, and the food you choose to eat can either assist in your vitality or work against it, contributing to more disease and pain.  Blueberries are one of many fruits that pack a powerful punch when it comes to your health.  The little purple gems are packed full of vital nutrients and phytochemicals that can truly change your well being and health.  Blueberries are just one of many fruits that possess these research supported powers, impacting overall health, sugar metabolism, mental well being, and even digestive health.  Let’s pour some into a bowl and look at why I LOVE this fruit! (more…)

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Alzheimer’s Disease; Diet and the Impact of MCT Oils and Ketones

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, with an increase in death rates climbing over 145% in the past 10 years.  Over 5.8 million Americans of all ages suffer from Alzhemier’s and 1 in 3 seniorswill die from Alzheimer’s or similar cognitive related illness, which is a higher death rate than breast and prostate cancer combined.  These statistics are provided by the Alzheimer’s Association and are quite startling to say the least.  It is a slowly progressive condition with the average individual over the age of 60 surviving 4-8 years, while some progress for 20 or more years.  We have come a long way in understanding Alzheimer’s, but still have a long way to go in the world of research.  While treatment options are limited, with most being used in the hope of slowing progression, the use of the diet, specifically medium-chain triglycerides and ketones appear to be very promising, not just in slowing progressing, but potentially reversal. Could our food choices in the past and now contribute to Alzheimer’s and therefore open a door for recovery? (more…)

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Obesity and Cancer Risk Connection

Are you overweight or even obese?  Even by just a ‘smidge’ by your standards?  Has your body mass index or BMI seen better days?  Is your doctor, spouse, or other loved one expressing concern?  How about you? How do you feel about yourself, your energy, or your abilities?  Why is your weight such a concern, you may ask?  The reality is that your weight is a risk factor for many diseases, but cancer is close to the top. Obesity and being overweight in general, increases your risk of cancer, of any organ system.  This is a well-known fact.  Obesity is a killer on many levels, but very closely linked to many different types of cancer.  Let’s look at why! (more…)

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Passion, Sexual Intimacy, and Health

Intimacy is something that most of us have experienced at some point in time in our life, but as we age, this intimacy becomes less frequent.  One obvious reason is a decline in interest as we age, or maybe that our bodies just are not capable on some level.  This intimacy may be sexual related but also extends to other aspects of our lives.  While there are many reasons for that reduced intimacy or passion, are these reasons reflective of our overall health?  Meaning, is the decrease in our sexual relations or overall level of passion a sign of poor health and more importantly, could the opposite be true, in that a sign of good health is a higher level of sexual relations and passion? (more…)

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Steps to Acquiring Youthful Health and Longevity

Ah, the good old days, when we were younger, able to do more, stronger, higher energy, and quicker recoveries from injuries.  Then, age sets in and our bodies begin to change.  Our energy levels drop, daily pain becomes a routine, our skin wrinkles and looses elasticity, our hair grays or maybe even falls out, our vision and hearing become impaired, our memories and thought patterns change. For most of us, as we age, one of the most valuable assets we have is our health and often, we are desiring what we used to have maybe five, ten, or even 20 years before.  Can we re-acquire our youthful health and increase our longevity? Is it possible to turn back the clock?  Well, I’m in that over 50 group, so this is a desire that I have as well.  Let’s see what science and experience tells us. (more…)

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Inflammation, Your Health, and Bacterial Microbiomes

Your health.  It is one commodity that seems to get scarcer and more limited as time passes by, but is there a connection with the many bacterial microbiomes in your body?  Aches, pains, general discomfort and reduced range of motion.  Reduced heart function, circulation, and impaired blood sugar regulation.  Increased body weight and reduced stamina or ability to do what we once could.  Impaired mental, cognitive function, depression and cancer.  All clinical problems associated with a reduced state of health and potentially an unbalanced microbiome.  Health is something that most perceive as being limited due to our aging process and also something that cannot be bought, replaced or achieved.  Is this the way you feel, about your own health?  Are you truly limited or is this just an illusion?  Let’s look deeper at the many bacterial microbiomes in our body and see if there is an connection and something that can be done to further push us towards our goals of health. (more…)

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Alzheimer’s Disease; Prevention or Cure?

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most feared conditions associated with aging in people, likely next to cancer and ranked above cardiovascular disease.  Alzheimer’s disease is often a very progressive dementia condition associated with aging that leaves many helpless, not only as the patient but the caregiver.  In today’s society, we often ban together to find cures for various health conditions that threaten our health, especially as we age, but all too often the cures that we expect to see, just never manifest.  Like many other health conditions, Alzheimer’s disease is complex and there are many facets to the disease process, often developing over time, not overnight.  Despite the millions if not billions of dollars spent on Alzheimer’s research, there is no cure in sight, but this research has shed some lights on lifestyle factors that could be potent means of prevention.  Should we pay more attention to what has been revealed to us, regarding Alzheimer’s prevention, rather than holding our breath waiting on that cure? (more…)

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Osteoporosis and Curcumin Therapy Benefits

Over 55% of all adults over the age of 50 suffer with osteoporosis or low bone density.  That is over 44 million people living with an increased risk of bone fracture and overall bone weakness on a daily basis.  Osteoporosis is a systemic bone condition which can also reduce the average life expectancy, more in men than in women, creating an increased state of frailty and susceptibility to injury.  Current therapy options offer hope and benefits for many, but what about herbs, specifically curcumin?  Could curcumin impact the progression of osteoporosis? Are there benefits to adding curcumin or turmeric to your daily regimen? (more…)

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Stress; Impact on Health and Disease

Stress is something that we all encounter daily in our lives, yet, may not realize the true health implications.  This stress response is the reason why we adapt and hopefully overcome new challenges, whether if that is a new task at work, a new exercise routine, or environmental changes.  It is what hopefully makes us stronger, more resilient. Those stressors create a stress response in our body, which then we hopefully adapt to over time.  The question is how much stress is our body supposed to handle, and how does chronic stress exposure impact our health and disease occurrence? (more…)

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Rebuilding, Re-Energizing, and Supporting the Immune Response with Cordyceps

Is it possible to raise energy levels and increase endurance in the body?  We could all use a ‘pick-me-up’ every now and again, considering the busy and highly stressful lives that we live.  But, can you counter those negative effects that we inflict upon ourselves every day?  Is Cordyceps a possible solution to aid many people with energy and health? In 1993, at the Chinese National Games, a group of 9 women athletes shattered 9 world records. This stunned the officials and allegations were made regarding doping or illegal drug use.  However, these women were not using illegal drugs, supplements, or medications.  They were using  Cordyceps as part of their daily routine.  This time proven herb, treasured in Chinese cultures for centuries, demonstrates tremendous benefits to the body, including energy and improvements in overall health.  Let’s dig a little deeper into the possibilities! (more…)

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