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The Superfood Ginger Roasted Cauliflower (Recipe)

(cc) Michelle Cowden
(cc) Michelle Cowden

Cauliflower is one of the world’s healthiest foods and with only 26 calories per cup, this power house vegetable not only packs a nutrient punch but will also help keep your waistline slim. Cauliflower is not only low in calories but also provides you with an array of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and fiber. No wonder I was salivating when I walked by the cauliflower. My body was craving all the nutrients in this amazing vegetable. If you just allow your body to speak to you, it will tell you what it really needs in order to feel good. I’m not talking giving in to the mind’s idea of cravings but the body’s idea of cravings. You know what I’m talking about. If I listen to my mind, I would consume cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner but if I listen to my body, it tells me what I need to eat.

Since I was recovering from being sick, my body was craving Vitamin C. It wasn’t until I looked into the nutrients of cauliflower did I realize there was 86% of the daily recommended vitamin c in one cup of cauliflower! This vegetable is amazing. You can use it to make an amazing soup, substitute it for mashed potatoes or even roast it.

Want to boost your immune system even more? Pair cauliflower with ginger. Ginger is an amazing anti-inflammatory spice. A little bit goes a long way to helping you alleviate arthritis, nausea, or detox when you have the flu or cold. And so I listened to my body as it craved vitamin C and other anti-inflammatories and came up with this amazing recipe. Thanks to Wakaya, I was able to create this amazing roasted cauliflower dish.

Ginger Roasted Cauliflower

Serves 4 side dishes or 2 main dishes

1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of Wakaya Ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Put all ingredients in a baking sheet sprayed with olive oil
  3. Roast for 25-30 minutes

Enjoy!

Can Adaptogens Help Us Reduce Stress – For Good?

If there were an herb believed to help reduce stress and increase our ability to adapt to new circumstances, would you try it? Couldn’t hurt, right?

In this episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra addresses questions about adaptogens, which are plants and herbs that may be able to modulate our response to stress and any discomfort caused by changes in the environment. He examines the history of these substances and some recent studies on particular adaptogens which he has been involved in. How can these substances be used to improve our response to stress?

Dr. Mark Hyman encourages the use of adaptogenic herbs to help reduce stress and calm the mind. Such herbs might include ginseng, Rhodiola rosea, Siberian ginseng, cordyceps, ashwagandha, and others that are nontoxic, nonspecific in action, and generally healthy and high in antioxidants.

Studies on the medical viability of adaptogens to reduce stress have been somewhat sparse but nonetheless promising.The more we learn about these plants and their healing potential, the closer we may get to finding real, long-lasting relief from stress and anxiety. And wouldn’t that be a treat!

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Fun in the Sun: 4 Natural Oils to Add to Your Skin Care Regimen

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Summer just wouldn’t be summer without plenty of fun in the sun. This is the season of picnics, parades, barbeques, and beach days, when most people are wearing the least amount of clothing they’ve been in all year. Everyone knows that too much sun exposure can lead to not only sun burns, but skin damage, wrinkles, sun spots, and even cancer – but does that stop us?

There is only one way you’re going to make it through this sunny season – as well as the many summers to come – and that’s by adequately protecting and caring for your fragile skin. The most exposed areas of your body (the face, ear, neck, lips, etc) are also at the highest risk of developing skin cancer from over-exposure to ultraviolet rays. So it is particularly important to take precautionary measures to protect these areas.

These 4 naturally occurring oils, though not enough sun protection on their own, provide amazing skin benefits to bolster your skin care regimen this summer season:

1. Dilo oil: The nut of the Dilo tree, native to the island of Fiji, produces an oil known for its healing properties. Dilo oil contains calophyllic acid, which is scientifically proven to stimulate healing, reduce inflammation and promote the growth of healthy new skin cells. Wakaya Perfection (the same people who produce that amazing, natural ginger powder we’re always raving about) sell a Dilo Cream that restores and regenerates skin, contains antioxidant vitamins and is a natural sun protector.

2. Argan oil: Naturally harvested in Morocco since ancient times, Argan oil contains high levels of fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and vitamin E, all known to help protect and repair skin cells. Nowadays the oil is harvested largely by all-female collectives, providing a major source of income to many Moroccan women. Healthy and socially responsible!

3. Coconut oil: Similar to Argan oil, coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E. And even better, you can put it on your skin and eat it! Just be sure to get virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, as opposed to the hydrogenated variety, which is much higher in saturated oil.

4. Acai oil: You’ve probably seen this berry all over the place recently – it’s the health fad of the last few years. What you might not know is that the oil extracted from these super-berries provides for a natural, nutrient-rich skin care product high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and essential fatty acids.

What sunshine activities are you enjoying most this summer? Are you making sure to protect your skin against sun damage?

 

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Antioxidants: The Superheroes of the Food World (Plus Recipes!)

chocolateWho loves chocolate? The best thing about dark chocolate is that it’s very rich in antioxidants. You’ve probably heard a lot about antioxidants, and many of you know what they do – but I wanted to take a closer look at why they are so essential to good health.

What is an antioxidant?

It may sound more like politics than nutrition, but antioxidants are like the superheroes of the food world, rounding up and shutting down the bad guys. The bad guys are called free radicals.

So what exactly are “free radicals” and why are they the bad guys? Simply put, “free radicals” are partial, destructive molecules. Molecules are supposed to be made up of pairs of electrons, but when a molecule has been damaged as a result of pollution, poor nutrition, pesticides, infection, stress, or just plain aging, it loses one of its electrons. These incomplete molecules wreak havoc on your system. They race through your body trying to steal an electron from complete molecules in order to complete themselves. The free radicals do an enormous amount of damage on their rampage. This is called oxidation.

Antioxidants are complete molecules that fly through your system with their little red superhero capes on, donating electrons to the incomplete molecules and stopping the free radicals in their path of destruction. No matter how many electrons these antioxidants give away, the remain stable, complete molecules. Is that a cool superhero power or what?

Think of an apple slice. It turns brown when it is exposed to the air. That is naturally occurring oxidation. If you squeeze some lemon juice on the apple slices the browning process slows down. That is because lemons contain a lot of Vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. The antioxidants significantly slow down the oxidation process.

Where are antioxidants found?

Antioxidants are present in varying degrees in all fresh fruits and vegetables as well as meats, dark chocolate, whole grains, nuts, and even red wine. The more variety you eat, the greater your antioxidant levels will be. Eating a wide variety of foods including different  colors of fruits and vegetables will give you the best array of antioxidants.

Avoid dairy when eating antioxidant-rich foods; it can interfere with antioxidant effectiveness. Dairy is like kryptonite to antioxidants; it binds with them and reduces their potency. To ensure you get the full benefit of antioxidants, it is best to eat antioxidant rich foods away from any dairy. Have lemon or almond milk in your tea instead of milk, combine your fruit with a coconut kefir instead of dairy yogurt, and use a non-dairy milk in your smoothies to make sure these powerful little molecules have a clear and healing path.

Here are 3 antioxidant-loaded recipes – Enjoy!

 

Originally published on my blog, Tapp’s Tips.

Weekly Health Tip: Functional Foods – How Do You Separate the Hype from the Health?

 

 

If you’re concerned with eating healthy, you may have heard about “functional foods.” Nutritionists and marketers use this term to describe foods that go beyond the basics of supplying nutrients to the body and appear to help ward off and combat certain chronic illnesses.

In a way, these foods are misnamed–they are far more than simply functional. The New York Times calls them “foods with benefits.” While many functional foods deliver real potential health benefits, consumers need to be aware of packaged foods that use the term mostly as a marketing tool. To make smart choices, you have to distinguish the products that offer more hype than health from the foods that may really make a difference.

 Traditional healthy choices are now healthier than ever. Your whole life you’ve probably been told that you need to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to stay healthy. Now researchers believe these foods are even better for you than initially thought. Fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in color, are among the top functional foods. Fruits such as blueberries and red cherries come loaded with antioxidants called flavonoids; and carrots, spinach, kale, and sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants called carotenoids. These antioxidants play a role in reducing the risk of some types of cancer and heart disease by neutralizing free radicals, which are unstable atoms or molecules in the body that cause cell damage.

 Vitamins A, C, and E in many of these fruits and vegetables also act as antioxidants. Tomatoes, especially those made into processed tomato products like sauce or ketchup, have the added bonus of lycopene, a type of antioxidant that has been shown to bolster prostate health. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, have been linked to lowering cancer risk, and garlic and onions have demonstrated detoxicating effects on the body. Whole grains seem to offer protection against coronary disease.

 Fish, another functional food, also wards off heart disease and lowers blood pressure. Salmon, sardines, and tuna deliver high doses of Omega-3, also known as the “good” fat. The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish have hypotensive properties due to their stimulation of hormone-like compounds called “prostaglandins” which regulate the balance of salt retention and water excretion. This hypotensive effect is especially pronounced in individuals with hypertension, atherosclerosis, and hypercholesterolemia. Omega-3 fatty acids also reduce inflammation in the body that can damage blood vessels. When it comes to eating sea creatures, however, there is a catch. Many contain high levels of mercury and other contaminants, so follow the American Heart Association’s recommendation and try to eat fish at least two times a week, but don’t go overboard. For alternative sources of Omega-3, try beans, walnuts, and flax seed.

 Some “treats” pack an unexpected health punch. While you might expect fish, fruit, and veggies to be extra healthy, it may come as a welcome surprise to find that some “indulgences” are considered functional foods as well. Yogurt, red wine, and coffee have all been found to contain ingredients that appear to give the body a boost.

 Yogurts are creamy, versatile treats jam-packed with health benefits. It’s a great source of calcium, which is known to prevent osteoporosis and promote bone health. Yogurts also contain probiotics – the “good bacteria” we all need in our bodies to maintain our immune and digestive health. Probiotic foods can also help in the treatment of urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, and diarrhea.

 When it comes to red wine, you may now think of enjoying a glass at night as a way of helping your heart. Red wine is rich in flavonoids, as well as resveratrol, an antioxidant that some researchers believe offers protection from diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Resveratrol comes from the grape skins, and since red wine ferments longer with its skins than white wine, it has more of this palliative ingredient. Too much alcohol can be harmful to your health, so don’t overdo it. Try keeping your red wine consumption to a glass with dinner. For those who don’t drink at all, grapes and grape juice may offer similar benefits. Pomegranate juice, with its deep red color, is another alternative, offering more antioxidants than many other types of juice.

 Doctors have long warned about the risks of consuming too much caffeine, but recent studies have shown that drinking modest amounts of coffee may actually help fight cancer, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. Note that drip coffees are thought to be healthier than unfiltered coffee drinks like lattes because the paper captures elements in the coffee that may raise cholesterol levels.

 The antioxidants in black tea also promote better health, and green tea is highly regarded as a major functional food. Green tea contains high levels of catechins, which are potent antioxidants shown to help lower cholesterol by blocking its absorption from the gastrointestinal tract as well as promoting its fecal elimination.

 Functional foods with “health” added.   You’ll also find the term “functional foods” applied to products that have ingredients added to them to increase their healthful potential. While marketers use this as a selling point, some of these products can have genuine benefits. Buttery spreads with added Omega-3 may promote better heart health than unfortified butter. Orange juice fortified with calcium may help fortify bones and fight osteoporosis, and the vitamin C naturally found in oranges may inhibit cancer. But don’t always believe the hype. Do your own research on packaged foods that tout better heart health or claim to fight cancer, and weigh the nutritional value against their unprocessed counterparts.  The actual orange fruit, for example, is still going to provide more nutritional value than most fortified orange juices, which are much higher in sugar and do not contain fiber to slow down absorption.

 Overall, functional foods that are unprocessed and unpackaged have more potential to improve your well-being. Also take a closer look at the labels on those “health”-added products to make sure you know what ingredients you’re actually eating and how much the product contains. Keep up with the latest studies and consumer reports to know which foods will truly help your body function at its best.

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Get Your Antioxidants by Drinking Rooibos Tea

Kim Duess Rooibos Tea has the highest plant antioxidants in the world!  Antioxidants help slow the aging process and boost the immune system. A great way to start off your day is to brew a pot of Rooibos tea and let it brew all day.  It will just keep getting stronger in antioxidants as it steeps.

Nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems may also be helped by drinking Rooibos.

If caffeine is a concern, no worries with this tea!  It is caffeine free and contains almost no oxalic acid, making it a good drink for people with kidney stones.  Most teas interfere with iron absorpotion, but rooibos does not.

According to Dr. Russel Blaylock (The Blaylock Wellness Report),  drinking at least 2 cups of strong rooibos tea a day would go a long way in not only protecting our liver, but many other parts of our body including our brain.  He says other recent studies have shown that it protects against radiation injury to cells and tissues, prevents mutations that can lead to cancer, enhances liver detox and prevents aging damage to the brain.

Packed with nutritional punch AND is yummy! :)   Great way to start the day!

To your health,

Kim Duess

 

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Meet the New Supreme in Antioxidants: Coffee Berries

If you’re seeking for an antioxidant that out-ranks white tea, blueberries, pomegranates and even raspberries then now is the perfect time to welcome coffee berries into your life.  

Say hello to a new antioxidant that uses the entire fruit of the coffee plant.

According to research studies coffee berries have been noted as one of the best and most powerful antioxidants to recently step out into the limelight.  We are talking about the first and only all-natural anti-aging skin care brand to deliver "cosmeceutical" results.  

Now that I have your attention here’s a little CoffeeBerry History 101:  Coffee berries are the fruit from the Coffea arabica plant and the seeds are the coffee beans.  The fruit of the coffee plant are cherry-like in appearance and highly perishable.

Questions & Answers:

Q:  Why are coffee berries believed to be exceptionally rich in antioxidants?

A:  Coffee berries grow at high altitudes near the earth’s equator where the sun’s oxidizing rays are strongest.

Q:  Who do we have to thank for this incredible discovery?

A:  Coffee cherry handlers in the worlds tropical coffee growing regions.

Despite the sun drenched area these handlers have hands that are unusually smooth and youthful. Considering these findings scientists were led to examine the components of the whole coffee berry and bring into fruition a product that delivers superior anti-aging skin care benefits. 

The Benefits:  Soaking up oxidizing radicals in your skin can help minimize damage to the collagen.

  • Prevention of wrinkles and other sun damage
  • Smoother texture of your skin
  • Visible reduction in fine lines
  • Dramatic reduction and evening of irregular skin tones
  • Enhanced skin moisture
  • Firm, tighter and brighter skin

CoffeeBerry extract is available under the proprietary name CoffeeBerry®.  The extract is the most potent form of natural antioxidants of any fruit, vegetable or tea.  

CoffeeBerry is also available in a powder and as an extract.  It can be taken as a dietary supplement or added to products like smoothies or health bars.  When consumed the product can neutralize toxic free radicals throughout your body.

P.S. Live forever young!

 

 

I’ll Take My ZXT/BP with a Shot of MonaVie Please…

In a search to find information on the beneficial ingredients in ZiXiuTang Bee Pollen (ZXT/BP), I never thought I would find this information.

Knowing firsthand, the benefits to drinking MonaVie, ZXT/BP users may be pleased to learn the following information proves that using MonaVie along with ZXT/BP may positively enhance your results.

Acai Berry Vs. Wolfberry | eHow.com

Contributor By an eHow Contributing Writer

The acai berry is a wild Brazilian palmberry fruit about the size of a grape. The wolfberry, also called the goji berry, produces small bright orange to red colored berries. Both the acai berry and the wolfberry are used for many medicinal purposes and praised for their health benefits.

Significance
1. The acai berry has been touted as one of the most nourishing natural foods. The Chinese revere the wolfberry as a natural treasure for its nutrient-dense properties.

Considerations
2. The acai berry is a primary ingredient in many supplements, juices and candies. It can damage quickly and is best used freeze-dried. Wolfberry is available as a juice and as an ingredient in energy bars. Wolfberry supplements are also available.

Acai Berry Benefits
3. Benefits of the acai berry include weight loss, increased energy, help with digestion, better concentration, stronger immune system, healthier skin, a more youthful appearance, detoxification, heart health, and improved circulation.

Wolfberry Benefits
4. The wolfberry contains many essential macro-nutrients, protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. Benefits include lower ph levels in the body, improved colon health, enhanced mineral absorption, stronger immune system, stabilization of blood glucose, longevity, muscle strength, vision health, and antioxidant properties. It has also been used as an aphrodisiac.

Taste
5. With its nutty taste, the wolfberry is used in foods and beverages. The acai berry tastes like a vibrant mixture of berries with a touch of chocolate. It is frequently used in juices.

Acai Berry vs Wolfberry
6. Both the acai berry and the wolfberry are functional foods with antioxidant benefits. The acai berry works well in beverages, while the wolfberry is better used in foods, yogurts and smoothies. The acai berry has exceptional properties and health benefits, but the wolfberry is a superior antioxidant-rich, nutrient-dense, and versatile berry.

Elra. “Goji Berries. Plant I wish to grow in my own garden.” Elrasgarden.blogspot.com. 27, July 2009. http://elrasgarden.blogspot.com/2009/07/goji-berries-plant-i-wish-to-grow-in-my.html

MonaVie. “Products.” MonaVie: The Turners 2009. http://theturners.mymonavie.com/product/juice.html

Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants

 It’s the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent disease — yet you’ve probably never heard of it. It’s the secret to prevent aging, cancer,heart diseasedementia, and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. There are more than 89,000 medical articles about it — but your doctor doesn’t know how address the epidemic deficiency of this critical life-giving molecule …

What is it? I’m talking about the mother of all antioxidants, the master detoxifier and maestro of the immune system: GLUTATHIONE (pronounced "gloota-thigh-own").

The good news is that your body produces its own glutathione. The bad news is that poor dietpollutiontoxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections, and radiation all deplete your glutathione.

This leaves you susceptible to unrestrained cell disintegration from oxidative stress, free radicals, infections, and cancer.  And your liver gets overloaded and damaged, making it unable to do its job of detoxification.

In treating chronically ill patients with Functional Medicine for more than 10 years, I have discovered that glutathione deficiency is found in nearly all very ill patients. These include people with chronic fatigue syndrome, heart diseasecancer, chronic infections, autoimmune diseasediabetesautismAlzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, arthritisasthma, kidney problems, liver disease, and more. 

At first I thought that this was just a coincidental finding, but over the years I have come to realize that our ability to produce and maintain a high level of glutathione is critical to recovery from nearly all chronic illness — and to preventing disease and maintaining optimal health and performance.  The authors of those 76,000 medical articles on glutathione I mentioned earlier have found the same thing!

So in today’s blog I want to explain what glutathione is, why it’s important, and give you 9 tips that will help you optimize your glutathione levels, improve your detoxification system, and protect help yourself from chronic illness.

What is Glutathione?

Glutathione is a very simple molecule that is produced naturally all the time in your body.  It is a combination of three simple building blocks of protein or amino acids — cysteine, glycine, and glutamine. 

The secret of its power is the sulfur (SH) chemical groups it contains.  Sulfur is a sticky, smelly molecule.  It acts like fly paper and all the bad things in the body stick onto it, including free radicals and toxins like mercury and other heavy metals.

Normally glutathione is recycled in the body — except when the toxic load becomes too great.  And that explains why we are in such trouble …

In my practice, I test the genes involved in glutathione metabolism. These are the genes involved in producing enzymes that allow the body to create and recycle glutathione in the body. These genes have many names, such as GSTM1, GSTP1, and more.  

These genes impaired in some people for a variety of important reasons. We humans evolved in a time before the 80,000 toxic industrial chemicals found in our environment today were introduced into our world, before electromagnetic radiation was everywhere, and before we polluted our skies, lakes, rivers, oceans, and teeth with mercury and lead.

That is why most people survived with the basic version of the genetic detoxification software encoded in our DNA, which is mediocre at ridding the body of toxins.  At the time humans evolved we just didn’t need more. Who knew we would be poisoning ourselves and eating a processed, nutrient-depleted diet thousands of years later?

Because most of us didn’t require additional detoxification software, almost of half of the population now has a limited capacity to get rid of toxins. These people are missing GSTM1 function — one of the most important genes needed in the process of creating and recycling glutathione in the body. 

Nearly all my very sick patients are missing this function. The one-third of our population that suffers from chronic disease is missing this essential gene. That includes me. Twenty years ago I became mercury poisoned and suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome due to this very problem. My GSTM1 function was inadequate and I didn’t produce enough glutathione as a result. Eventually, my body broke down and I became extremely ill …

This is the same problem I see in so many of my patients. They are missing this critical gene and they descend into disease as a result. Let me explain how this happens …

The Importance of Glutathione in Protecting Against Chronic Illness

Glutathione is critical for one simple reason: It recycles antioxidants. You see, dealing with free radicals is like handing off a hot potato.  They get passed around from vitamin C to vitamin E to lipoic acid and then finally to glutathione which cools off the free radicals and recycles other antioxidants.  After this happens, the body can "reduce" or regenerate another protective glutathione molecule, and we are back in business.

However, problems occur when we are overwhelmed with too much oxidative stress or too many toxins.  Then the glutathione becomes depleted, and we can no longer protect ourselves against free radicals, infections, or cancer and we can’t get rid of toxins. This leads to further sickness, and soon we are in the downward spiral of chronic illness.

But that’s not all. Glutathione is also critical in helping your immune system do its job of fighting infections and preventing cancer.  That’s why studies show that it can help in the treatment of AIDS.(i)

Glutathione is also the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system.  All the toxins stick onto glutathione, which then carries them into the bile and the stool — and out of your body.

And lastly, it also helps us reach peak mental and physical function. Research has shown that raised glutathione levels decrease muscle damage, reduce recovery time, increase strength and endurance, and shift metabolism from fat production to muscle development.

If you are sick or old or are just not in peak shape, you likely have glutathione deficiency.  

In fact, the top British medical journal, the Lancet, found the highest glutathione levels in healthy young people, lower levels in healthy elderly, lower still in sick elderly, and the lowest of all in the hospitalized elderly. (ii)

Keeping yourself healthy, boosting your performance, preventing disease and aging well depends on keeping your glutathione levels high. I’ll say it again … Glutathione is so important because it is responsible for keeping so many of the keys to UltraWellness optimized. 

It is critical for immune function and controlling inflammation.  It is the master detoxifier and the body’s main antioxidant, protecting our cells and making our energy metabolism run well. 

And the good news is that you can do many things to increase this natural and critical molecule in your body. You can eat glutathione-boosting foods. You can exercise. And You can take glutathione-boosting supplements. Let’s review more specifics about each.

9 Tips to Optmize your Glutathione leves.

These 9 tips will help you improve your glutathione levels, improve your health, optimize your performance, and live a long, healthy life.

Eat Foods that Support Glutathione Production

  1. Consume sulfur-rich foods. The main ones in the diet are garlic, onions, and the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, etc.). 
  2. Try bioactive whey protein. This is great source of cysteine and the amino acid building blocks for glutathione synthesis.  As you know, I am not a big fan of dairy. But this is an exception — with a few warnings.  The whey protein MUST be bioactive and made from non-denatured proteins (“denaturing” refers to the breakdown of the normal protein structure).  Choose non-pasteurized and non-industrially produced milk that contains no pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics.  Immunocal is a prescription bioactive non-denatured whey protein that is even listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference.

Exercise for Your Way to More Glutathione

  1. Exercise boosts your glutathione levels and thereby helps boost your immune system, improve detoxification, and enhance your body’s own antioxidant defenses.  Start slow and build up to 30 minutes a day of vigorous aerobic exercise like walking or jogging, or play various sports.  Strength training for 20 minutes 3 times a week is also helpful.

Take Glutathione Supporting Supplements

One would think it would be easy just to take glutathione as a pill, but the body digests protein — so you wouldn’t get the benefits if you did it this way. However, the production and recycling of glutathione in the body requires many different nutrients, and you CAN take these. Here are the main supplements that need to be taken consistently to boost glutathione.  Besides taking a multivitamin and fish oil, supporting my glutathione levels with these supplements is the most important thing I do every day for my personal health.

  1. N-acetyl-cysteine. This has been used for years to help treat asthma and lung disease and to treat people with life-threatening liver failure from Tylenol overdose. In fact, I first learned about it in medical school while working in the emergency room.  It is even given to prevent kidney damage from dyes used during x-ray studies. 
     
  2. Alpha lipoic acid. This is a close second to glutathione in importance in our cells and is involved in energy productionblood sugar controlbrain health, and detoxification.  The body usually makes it, but given all the stresses we are under, we often become depleted. 
  3. Methylation nutrients (folate and vitamins B6 and B12). These are perhaps the most critical to keep the body producing glutathione.  Methylation and the production and recycling of glutathione are the two most important biochemical functions in your body.  Take folate (especially in the active form of 5 methyltetrahydrofolate), B6 (in active form of P5P), and B12 (in the active form of methylcobalamin).   
  4. Selenium. This important mineral helps the body recycle and produce more glutathione.  
  5. A family of antioxidants including vitamins C and E (in the form of mixed tocopherols), work together to recycle glutathione. 
  6. Milk thistle (silymarin) has long been used in liver disease and helps boost glutathione levels.

So use these 9 tips, and see how they work to help you optimzie your glutathione levels. When you do, you will take one more step to lifelong vibrant health.

Now I’d like to hear from you…

Had you ever heard of this important nutrient before?

Have you tried any of the advice in this article?

What effects have you noticed on your health?

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below.

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, M.D.

References

(i) De Rosa SC, Zaretsky MD, Dubs JG, Roederer M, Anderson M, Green A, Mitra D, Watanabe N, Nakamura H, Tjioe I, Deresinski SC, Moore WA, Ela SW, Parks D, Herzenberg LA, Herzenberg LA. N-acetylcysteine replenishes glutathione in HIV infection. Eur J Clin Invest. 2000 Oct;30(10):915-29

 

Organic is Healthier





Would you buy a conventional apple grown in dead soil, sprayed up to 16 times with 30 different chemical poisons orr would you buy an organic apple grown in nutrient-rich soil, not sprayed and with higher levels of nutrients?

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has just published a report on organic food, which claims that there are no significant benefits to be gained from eating organic, but is also strange because the conclusion they reach contradicts research findings within their own report.

The researchers say that “the differences between organic and non-organic food are not ‘important’. In the comparison, the FSA found there are higher levels of beneficial nutrients in organic compared to non-organic foods with the following nutrients:

 

– Protein 12.7%

– Beta-carotene 53.6%

– Flavonoids 38.4%

– Copper 8.3%

– Magnesium 7.1%

– Phosphorous 6%

– Potassium 2.5%

– Sodium 8.7%

– Sulphur 10.5%

– Zinc 11.3%

– Phenolic compounds 13.2%

The study also found higher levels of beneficial polyunsaturated fatty acids in organic meat and dairy products (between 2.1% – 27.8% higher) compared to non-organic meat and dairy.In addition, they found the following about organic foods:

  * levels of antioxidants and vitamins were shown to be higher in organic food.

   * levels of mycotoxins, glycoalkaloids, Cadmium and Nickel were shown to be lower in organic food

   * levels of fatty acids, such as CLA and omega 3 were between 10 – 60% higher in organic milk and  dairy products

   * levels of Vitamin C were up to 90% higher in leafy vegetables and fruits.

 Many people who buy organic food because they think it will make them healthier and have a much more  understanding of the range of benefits that organic farming and food deliver.

In 2006, the European Commission said there is a link between certain cancers, male infertility and nervous system disorders and exposure to pesticides

In the addition to that,buying organic food also promotes a healthy environment. Organic farms have on average 30% more species and 50% more wildlife like birds, butterflies and bees. Compassion in World Farming say “organic farming has the potential for the highest animal welfare standard




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