Wonderful watermelon is another example of Hippocrates’ teaching of food as medicine

Many, many foods in their whole and natural state serve as medicine for a healthy body.

Wonderful watermelon is another example of Hippocrates’ teaching of food as medicine.

Wonderful watermelon, as its name indicates, is mostly water—92 percent.

But that juicy fruit is soaked with nutrients such as vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as amino acids, antioxidants, potassium and lycopene.

Those nutrients are present in all parts of the watermelon, including seeds and rind.

Scientists have taken special notice that watermelon has one of the highest levels of lycopene of all produce.

Lycopene is a naturally occurring phytonutrient that reacts with the human body to trigger healthy reactions.

Lycopene is linked with heart health, bone health and prostate cancer protection.

It is also a powerful antioxidant thought to have substantial anti-inflammatory properties, according to researchers at the University of Texas in Austin.

Watermelon contains choline, which also helps control inflammation.

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Probiotics: Eight facts you should know

Probiotic consumption has increased dramatically during the past ten years—both by supplementing and by consuming specialty foods.

Despite the growing popularity, though, a recent survey by nutrition company Healthspan found that there is still a great deal of confusion about them.

If you’re a novice when it comes to probiotics—or even if you’ve been taking probiotic supplements for years—here are eight facts you should consider:

 

1. Probiotics (also known as beneficial bacteria) affect every part of the body

Most people think of probiotics as an important nutrient for gut health—which they are—but you may be interested to learn they are also critical for the health of every part of the body.

The collection of bacteria living in and on our body has been dubbed the ‘microbiome.’ This microbiome consists of about 100 trillion bacterial cells, the highest concentration of which is in the gut.

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Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA): do you know what it is?

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA): do you know what it is?

CLA is one of the two essential and very potent fatty acids that help the body increase metabolic rates, boost the immune system, keep cholesterol levels in check, regulate fat and is shown to exert various important physiological functions in the body.

Health properties contained in conjugated linoleic acid perform vital  anti-carcinogenic, anti-obese, anti-diabetic and anti-hypertensive functions.

Recent studies have shown that adequate consumption of CLA protects against various cancers, including breast, colon, lung, skin and stomach cancer.

So now the question of Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA): do you know what it is?—is briefly answered. You know that it is essential for healthy bodies.

The next question to be answered is how do you get it?

Conjugated linoleic acid cannot be made in the human body. Therefore, humans must consume it.

The best sources are from beef and dairy. Some much lesser vegetable  sources include safflower and sunflower oils, mushrooms and pomegranates.

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Bullet point health briefs: super-agers, sleep, hot peppers and blue corn

What do super-agers, sleep, hot peppers and blue corn have in common?

Recent  scientific studies are discovering new information on how they all have a lot to do with our health and well-being.

*Super-agers are the lucky seniors who retain their memory, mental sharpness, and thinking skills for much longer than their peers.

A team at Northwestern University compared brain scans on 24 super-agers—whom they classified as people over 80 who scored as highly in memory tests as those 15 to 30 years longer—with 12 cognitively average counterparts.

Over a period of 18 months, the researchers looked for changes in thickness in the participants’ cortex, the outer layer of the brain responsible for thinking, memory and decision-making.

They found that while all the seniors lost brain volume, the super-agers retained twice as much as their peers. Further research will focus on genetic, social, environmental and dietary factors that contribute to the super-agers’ thicker cortices.

*Sleep is sweet, but improving the quality of your sleep is even sweeter.

Quality sleep can make you feel as good as winning the lottery, British researchers found.

The researchers analyzed the slumber patterns of 30,500 people over the course of four years and found that those who made positive changes in their sleep habits were significantly happier and healthier.

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Pussyfooting around the true causes of modern lifestyle diseases

Pussyfooting around the true causes of modern lifestyle diseases is getting more and more difficult for mainstream media to ignore.

For instance, in Charleston, West Virginia the opioid epidemic has caused so many deaths that the state’s burial fund for needy families is nearly depleted.

The state’s Department of Human Services has conducted 1,508 burials so far this year.

West Virginia has the highest rate of fatal prescription drug overdoses in the nation.

In 2015 the state’s prescription drug overdose was nearly three times the national average. These figures are from The Week (3/17/17).

Typically, it’s going to be a young person not financially in a great position, according to Robert Kimes of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.

“Pussyfooting around the true causes of modern lifestyle diseases is because the media is largely supported by Big Pharma,” says Donald Light of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

“In refusing to fix the holocaust (of prescription drug overload), U.S. and European pharmaceutical companies, the federal government, medical journals, hospitals and doctors are intent on hiding it.”

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Zinc level dramatically affects cardiac health, according to new study

A new study shows the relationship between the total amount of zinc in the body and cardiac function.

This study builds on existing research demonstrating zinc’s importance in helping regulate essential metabolic functions.

The study determined that when oxidative stress occurs, it is likely due to a shortage of zinc.

The shortage can be determined by examining the heart muscle.

Oxidative stress occurs when more free radicals are generated in cells than can be intercepted by antioxidants such as vitamin E.

It has already been proven that a severe lack of zinc is also associated with increased cellular stress. However, such an extreme shortage is very rare.

Short-term and latent shortages of zinc occur much more frequently. So far, research is sparse on whether this is also linked to oxidative stress.

Due to its high metabolic activity, the researchers have focused on studying the heart muscle.

A particularly high number of free radicals occurs here relative to the amount of tissue mass. Furthermore, the heart muscle also has a lower antioxidative capacity than other tissues.

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Testosterone is the man’s hormone: what it is and why it’s important

Testosterone is the man’s hormone: what it is and why is it important:

Testosterone is produced by cholesterol and is a precursor hormone that relies on fat to form.

It is an androgen produced in the bodies of males, and has many functions besides its well-known sexual and reproduction tasks.

Testosterone supports healthy bone density, oxygen-carrying capacity, builds muscles, mobilizes fat for energy and enhances memory.

Testosterone in the male/female union can also affect the size of the male offspring’s penis!

The higher the level of testosterone in a man’s body the less it is prone to muscular fatigue when doing workouts or physical work.

Testosterone has an inverse relationship between testosterone levels and cardiac risk. The higher the levels, the lower the risk of heart disease, as testosterone has a dilating effect on coronary arteries which supply the heart with blood.

The optimal level of testosterone in the male body is 800 ng (nanograms)/dl/deciliter in blood (which will require a doctor and lab to determine).

That’s the basic introduction to what testosterone is, why it’s the man’s hormone, and why it’s important.

Now on to some other details–including what you can do to preserve your testosterone level.

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Thyroid disease is on the rise, but reasons are fiercely debated

Thyroid disease is on the rise, but reasons are fiercely debated.

Experts just cannot agree on the whys and the numbers, but acknowledge that the condition is still poorly understood.

Some sources say that 13 million Americans suffer from the disease. Others say that the number is more like 27 million, with 13 million undiagnosed.

Further complicating the issue, the medical community cannot agree on the normal reference range for the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test, concluding that as many as 60 million people could actually be outside the TSH range (as of 2012).

According to the American Cancer Society, about 56,460 new cases of thyroid cancer was diagnosed in 2012—over 43,000 w0men and 13,250 men—twice the rate of 1990.

Five years later the experts agree that the majority of people with thyroid disease have underlying autoimmune diseases such as Graves disease causing the condition.

It is also agreed that autoimmune diseases are on the rise and so is thyroid cancer. But the whys and wherefores are still apparently a mystery.

So today thyroid diseases are on the rise, but reasons are fiercely debated.

Still.

Some experts contend that radiation-spewing nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima, modern war weapons, pollution and pesticides are the cause.

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Important nutrients are deficient in many modern women

Modern lifestyles, as well as food production and processing methods almost guarantee that important nutrients are deficient in many modern women.

These deficiencies can result in a host of symptoms ranging from irritability and lethargy all the way to serious health problems and even death.

Males and females of all ages share a need for the numerous vitamins, minerals and other nutrients required for optimal health.

But like men, as described in a previous post, women have special needs for particular nutrients, and are more likely to be deficient.

A few nutrients deficient in women have recently been identified in the age of the Standard American Diet, which is sadly lacking in essentials necessary for optimal health.

VITAMIN D is one of those nutrients.

Every time your muscles move they use vitamin D. The ‘sunshine vitamin’ supports the immune system, helps the body absorb calcium, helps reduce inflammation and performs countless other functions.

Many articles have been written about vitamin D on this blogsite.

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The predicted life expectancy in the U.S. is the lowest among developed nations. Why?

According to a recently released high profile study conducted jointly by Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO), the current and predicted life expectancy in the U.S. is the lowest among developed nations.

Why?

Researchers looked at lifespans in 35 industrialized countries and found that American lifespans appear to be slowly lowering, as lifespans in many other countries are rising.

Lead researcher Majid Ezzati said “the U.S. is very unequal to an extent the whole national performance is affected. It is the only rich country without universal health care.”

Researchers concluded that at present average female life expectancy is highest in France (88.6), Japan (88.4), Spain (88.1) and Switzerland (87.7).

South Korea is the home of the longest living men, followed by Australia, Switzerland, Canada and the Netherlands.

Not mentioned in the study, but interesting, nevertheless, several years back Korea alone escaped the bird flu epidemic that affected Asia. At the time they insisted that their daily intake of their traditional fermented food kimchi  protected their immune systems against the raging flu.

Perhaps there is something to their claim. Kimchi as a health food has swept around the world to the wise and open-minded, countries and individuals adapting and creating their own tasty and health-protecting version of fermented kimchi.

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