Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Stress? Not This Year!

Stress is probably one of the most underestimated holiday "companions" we may ever encounter. While the Holiday Season is meant to be a time of love, warmth and cheerfulness, it usually turns out to be the most stressful time of the year. And although we celebrate every year, the Holiday Season seems to always take us by surprise year after year


Since holiday stress is predictable and avoidable, why, after all the preparations are finished and the first dinner guests appear at the door, some of us feel little joy and are about to collapse from plain exhaustion?

What is stress? 

Stress is the body's natural response to intense situations that require some kind of action on the part of the individual. Some stress is considered to be good. Experts say that it can actually improve our immune system. Bad stress, however, weakens the body's immune response and may cause a range of health problems such as sleep disorder, weight gain, heart problems, impaired digestion. An untreated, prolonged or chronic stress may even have deadly consequences.

Is there anything that we can do to avoid stress before the Holidays?

Keeping an eye on your budget, mailing Christmas cards and buying gifts early, buying online, preparing a Christmas dinner menu in advance, hiring catering service, delegating tasks to family members, etc., are some of the strategies worth embracing if we want to avoid unnecessary stress. But even if we do, we may still worry that the gifts might not be delivered on time or that someone forgets what we asked them to do.

The very fact that we still have to oversee all the preparations of the festive dinner makes the "delegating business" just as stressful as doing everything oneself. No matter what we do, stress and anxiety seem unavoidable as there always is a chance that things will go wrong. The vision of impending catastrophe is almost comical and yet, not funny at all.

So, if the Holiday stress seems unavoidable, why not give yourself a gift of relaxation? Schedule an early afternoon visit to a spa and pamper yourself. Take a bath after a long day of Christmas shopping. Light some scented candles and listen to a quiet, relaxing music. Have a cup of hot chocolate or some calming herbal infusion. Go to bed early. Relax and don't let the stress ruin your Holidays.

We function much better when we are relaxed. Our memory improves and we are in a much better mood.

Plan ahead, but remember that things do not have to be perfect. Holidays are about joy and not about perfection. Maybe it is time to simplify the way you celebrate Holidays and enjoy it more instead.

~ Merry Christmas ~

Dominique Allmon

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*This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Also of interest: How to Avoid Holiday Stress

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

What Is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is an edible oil that has been extracted from the flesh of mature fruits of the coconut palm or the Cocos nucifera.


Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years by cultures living in the tropics. People of these cultures traditionally demonstrated incredible levels of good health and fitness, particularly if they followed their traditional diet that was normally rich in tropical fruits and coconut oil. Their health often deteriorated when they started adding unhealthy Western foods to their diet.

Understanding Fats

There is a widely spread misconception about fat. The idea that fat, especially the saturated fat, was bad for you originated in the 1960s-70s. There was a faulty research that pointed out that fat was the main culprit in the heart disease. This idea gave birth to low-fat diet and a marketing craze of low-fat, no-fat "food" products. In 1977 low-fat diet was recommended to the American society by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee. This recommendation caused more harm than good. There was not only no decrease in heart disease, Americans were getting sicker and fatter than ever before. Only recently, after evaluation of the empirical data "powers-to-be" came to realization that we need fat in our diet and that saturated fat is not necessarily evil.

We need fats in our diet! Fats helps us absorb the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Fats are necessary for the proper neurological function and other processes within the body. They provide insulation to our body and the internal organs and are stored as a valuable energy reserve. So, instead of vilifying fat, we should eat the right fats.

Fats are composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. (Some phospholipids may also contain nitrogen and phosphorus atoms.) The number of hydrogen molecules is what determines saturation of fats. When each carbon atom has its maximum number of hydrogen atoms attached to it, we call that fat a saturated fat. In other words, a saturated fat is a fat that is filled to its capacity with hydrogen atoms. Saturated fats are usually of animal origin - like lard and butter. They are solid and rather unstable at room temperature.

Plant-derived fats are unsaturated fats. They are either monounsaturated - like the oleic fatty acid in olive oil; or polyunsaturated - like linoleic fatty acid found in corn, soybean, peanut, cottonseed or safflower oil.

Although plant-derived, coconut oil belongs to the group of saturated fats. It is a source of medium- and short-chain fatty acids. It does not oxidize when exposed to oxygen; it liquefies in room temperature; it has a high burning point.

Natural coconut oil consists of more than 90% saturated fat, but it also contains some unsaturated fat that includes mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids:
  • Most saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are medium chain triglycerides: lauric acid, capric acid, myristic acid and palmitic acid.
  • Linoleic acid (a polyunsaturated fatty acid)
  • Oleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid)
  • Plyphenols such as phenolic acid which is responsible for the aroma and taste of the coconut oil.
Coconut oil also contains vitamins E and K, choline and iron. 

The biochemistry of fats is rather complicated, but not very difficult to understand. If you are interested in biochemistry and want to learn more about fats, please click here.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

The most recent research confirms what was known for ages: Coconut oil is good for you! The many health benefits include:
  • Mental health and cognition - Research shows that medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil can significantly improve cognitive function in humans and animals. Studies demonstrated that both, people and aging dogs consuming MCTs performed better on cognitive tests that those who did not. Moreover, MCTs produce ketones which are used by the body as an insulin-independent energy source. The most recent research suggests that Alzheimer's patients may not be unable to properly utilize insulin in their brains. The brain needs insulin in order to use glucose, but when brain cells lack glucose, they die. This may lead to brain damage and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's. Since ketones deliver energy necessary to support healthy function and structure of brain cells they may play important role in treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease. More research needs to be conducted, but there is hope for those who suffer from this incurable disease.
  • Digestion - Coconut oil may help improve digestion and digestive disorders. The medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil are easier to digest that the long chain fatty acids in other oils. This means that the digestion of coconut oil puts less strain on liver and pancreas since the digestion of MCFAs does not require bile or pancreatic enzymes. Coconut oil can help alleviate symptoms of Crohn's disease, pancreatitis, ulcerative colitis and stomach ulcers. It speeds digestion and can prevent constipation. Coconut oil also has the unique ability to kill or expel parasites of the digestive tract including worms such as tapeworms and protozoa such as girardia. Coconut oil also helps keep H. pylori bacteria in check.
  • Weight loss - Coconut oil can help you lose weight. It works on many levels: it helps improve digestion and heal the digestive tract, prevent constipation, increase metabolic rate, prevent food cravings, and improve the thyroid function. 
  • Heart health - For many researchers coconut oil is quite puzzling as far as heart health is concerned. Coconut oil contains both, heart-friendly myristic fatty acid and the lauric fatty acid that is generally considered to be detrimental to cardiovascular health. However, the combination of these fatty acids in coconut oil tends to improve the cholesterol profile since it increases the HDL (good cholesterol) thus improving the HDL/LDL (good versus bad cholesterol) ratio in blood. The HDL/LDL ratio is regarded as an accurate indicator of the heart disease.
  • Immune system - Anti-microbial properties of coconut oil have been well known for centuries to people living in tropical cultures. Research confirms that coconut oil has the ability to improve immune function. Among others, coconut oil contains lauric acid which is converted by the body to monolaurin. Monolaurin is a natural component in breast milk. research shows that monolaurin has the capacity to kill yeast, viruses and gram positive bacteria such as Streptococcus, Staphylococcus or Listeria.
  • Candida - Capric acid, caprilic acid, caproic acid, lauric acid and myristic acid - fatty acids present in coconut oil are very useful in healing and preventing candida. They are well known for their antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. Regular use of coconut oil helps not only heal systemic candidiasis, but also to prevent recurrent infection.
  • Dental care - Coconut oil is often used to prevent tooth decay. Applied topically, coconut oil heals swollen and inflamed gums. Many people use coconut oil instead of toothpaste, others perform a simple daily ritual known as oil pulling wherein a spoonful of coconut oil is swished between the teeth for 15 minutes or so. Coconut oil with its anti-microbial properties acts as a unique mouth cleanser. It not only removes bacteria and plaque, it brightens the teeth, heals oral infections and prevents bad breath.
  • Vision - A study conducted by Vallikannan Baskaran, from the Central Food Technological Research Institute in India, demonstrated that consumption of coconut oil promotes the bio-availability of lutein which is necessary for maintaining eye health in aging adults. 
  • Skin health - Coconut oil helps to heal skin infections, allergic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and wounds. Its antibacterial properties make it a perfect ointment for infected wounds. It stops infections of the wound and the putrefaction of adjacent skin tissues.
  • Skincare - Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer and emollient. It may help to reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin. Since the virgin coconut oil is free from any additives, it is a perfect solution for delicate or sensitive skin.
  • Haircare - Coconut oil is a wonderful conditioner for hair and scalp. Traditionally it has been used to ensure a healthy hair growth and to prevent scalp infections and dandruff. 

Buying Coconut Oil

Buying coconut oil might not be as easy as it seems. The recent coconut oil "craze" brought tons of coconut oil on the market. There is not a single supermarket or a health food store that would not carry coconut oil today. But like with everything, not all products are created equal and there is a difference not only in price, but also in the quality. Remember to always buy certified organic, cold pressed, hexane-free product.


By Dominique Allmon

      

*This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

How to Get Rid of Wrinkles?


Wrinkles are a subtle hint that you’ve been around the block and have the scars to prove it. That might sound harsh, but consider the popularity of skin care products and facial moisturizers and it’s evident that consumers want to get rid of wrinkles, and prevent them when possible.

That’s easier said than done. Wrinkles form when repetitive facial movements like squinting combine with the lost collagen production that occurs with age. Sun damage can also cause wrinkles, and while that’s not a bad thing, wrinkles are a tell-tale sign of age and can make you look, well, older.

How can you get rid of wrinkles? Sometimes you can’t. But you can minimize the appearance of wrinkles and texture of the skin, with good skin care and healthy habits. Better yet, you can prevent wrinkles from forming in the first place with a little self-awareness, and the tips you’ll find in this article. 

9 Things to Remember
  • Sleep On Your Back – Sleep lines are wrinkles that form while you sleep that remain on your face during the day. Sleep on your side and you’re prone to wrinkles on your cheeks and chin. Sleep on your face and you’re vulnerable to wrinkles above your eyebrows. Your best bet? Sleep on your back.
  • Eat Oily Fish – The benefits of the fatty acid omega-3 don’t just apply to your mental health, they also extend to your skin. Cold-water, oily fish like salmon and herring keep skin plump and can prevent wrinkles from forming. Also try mackerel or sardines.
  • Don’t Squint – When you squint, you strain your facial muscles, which can form wrinkles over time. Get reading glasses if needed, and invest in a good pair of sun glasses to prevent sun damage and prevent further squinting.
  • Use Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA) – These are natural fruit acids available in topical form that shed dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, especially around the eyes. In high concentrations, AHAs might stimulate collagen production.
  • Switch Coffee for Cocoa – Chocolate lovers rejoice! A 2006 study links cocoa to two flavenols, epicatchin and catechin, that protect skin from the sun, improve circulation and leave skin looking vibrant and smooth. Just be sure to choose dark chocolate, for its higher levels of flavenols and to avoid those extra calories.
  • Be Gentle to Your Face – Hot water zaps the natural facial oils that prevent wrinkles, and the same goes for over-washing. Of course you should wash your face, but don’t over do it. Use a facial cleanser instead of soap. Sprinkle water, don’t rub it on, and never use a body soap or moisturizer on your face.
  • Use a Topical Vitamin C – One of the more potent antioxidants, vitamin C can increase production of collagen and protect the face from UVA and UVB ray damage from the sun, reduce inflammation and improve pigmentation. Of the various forms of topical vitamin C, L-ascorbic acid appears to work best.
  • Eat Soy – Soy may protect against and reduce damage from the sun, improve the skin’s structure and keep skin taut. There is a controversy, however. Soy is believed to be a goitrogene, i.e. a substance that may interfere with your thyroid function. Use products made of fermented soy. Asian women who consume high amounts of fermented soy products, seem not to have any thyroid problems.
  • Protect from Direct Sun – Avoid the sun between 10AM and 4PM when possible, and wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 when you can’t.

Finally, remember the basics of good skin care, as they’ll further compliment your goal to get rid of wrinkles. Don’t smoke, and moisturize often. Be vigilant, and guard your skin. With time and a little luck you’ll rid of wrinkles, and look younger for it.

Buy the best natural skincare products you can afford! When you turn 50 something no one will remember that you used to wear expensive shoes at 25, but everybody will be able to see that you invested in the health and beauty of your skin. This is one investment that really pays!

Article courtesy of Natural Health Source



*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Guess What Came to Dinner

Or How to Treat Parasitic Infections

Now, this is a subject nobody really wants to talk about. The fact is, however, that 90% humans all over the world will have a problem with intestinal parasites during their lifetime. This news is quite shocking and people in North America or Europe usually associate parasitic infestation with poor, under-developed countries. They couldn't be more wrong. The rate of parasite-related illnesses in North American is skyrocketing.

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies parasites to be one of the six most dangerous diseases that infect humans. Parasites outrank cancer as the number one global killer and account for many digestive disorders from which people all over the world suffer.

On the menu?

How do you know that you have parasites?

There are many symptoms of parasitic infections and not all of them concentrate in the digestive tract. Some symptoms may be unclear and can be confused with symptoms of other diseases and patients are often misdiagnosed unless a parasitology test have been performed at a lab. 

Symptoms of parasitic infestation may include:
  • diarrhea
  • gas or bloating
  • bad breath
  • nausea or vomiting
  • stomach pain or tenderness
  • chronic fatigue or weakness
  • anemia and malnutrition despite proper diet
  • weight loss
  • weight gain
  • abdominal swelling
  • chronic sinusitis
  • skin infections and acne
  • passing a worm in your stool
Intestinal infestation is caused either by protozoa or by helminths. Protozoa such as Giardia lamblia are single-celled organisms that can multiply within the body. The word "helminth" comes from the Greek word for worm. Helminths are multicellular organisms that, when mature, can be seen with the naked eye. The most common types of helminths are tapeworms and roundworms. Helminths often find their way into a body of a human host through house pets, contaminated food or water, through soil, mosquito bites, and even through a sexual intercourse. Poorly washed vegetables eaten raw may also contain eggs of parasites.

Black Walnut

For ages herbalist all over the world used herbal preparations to help their patients get rid of intestinal parasites. Herbs such as garlic, black walnut or wormwood are quite effective in removing parasites from the body. In addition, increased hygiene and care at meal preparation are necessary during the treatment. The amount of time needed in order to accomplish complete removal of parasites from the body depends on the severity of parasitic infestation. It is suggested that patients should absolve a 6-week protocol since 6 weeks is generally the life cycle of a harmful organism. The protocol should be repeated at least once after three months or so.

Proper hygiene

Look for the best herbal products on the market or visit the GHC for more information about the Harmful Parasite Cleanse

By Dominique Allmon

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*This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Garcinia Cambogia - Miracle Weight Loss Pill or Hype?

Garcinia cambogia extract is a popular weight-loss supplement that is being used for weight management by many people all over the world.


Endorsed by doctors, celebrities, studio hosts and every day people, Garcinia Cambogia has been called the "miracle of weight loss". This tiny pumpkin shaped fruit from Southeast Asia has taken our nation by storm since it was first seen on the Dr. Oz show in late 2012. Garcinia Cambogia, also known as Malabar tamarind, Pazham Puzhi, Gambooge, and Bitter Kola, has been used in meals and traditional medicinal practices for generations in some cultures. The reduction in body fat and amazing transformation stories from around the globe cannot be denied.

The Science

The main reason that Garcinia Cambogia is so effective in healing and weight loss is because it is an excellent source of the isomer Hydroxycitric acid (HCA). Studies done on rats show that oral ingestion of Hydroxycitric acid appear to inhibit the enzyme Citric acid lysase, which is necessary in the synthesis of fatty acids, and this in turn reduces food intake and thus body weight. The main thing to know is that it takes time and patience to burn fat and reduce obesity with Hydroxycitric acid - it is no miracle pill.

The Dosage - The recommended dosage of Garcinia Cambogia (and the bioactive HCA) is about 500mg taken thirty to sixty minutes before a meal. This can be taken two to three times a day, and most people take it once before breakfast and once before lunch. Most Garcinia Cambogia supplements on the market contain about 60% Hydroxycitric acid by weight in its salt form.  

Prevention of Weight Gain - HCA works well to prevent overeating and weight gain. Scientists noted in a study done on rats that the Hydroxycitric acid (in the same amounts found in Garcinia Cambodia pills) successfully inhibited serotonin re-uptake into rat corticol by twenty percent (at 300uM concentration), though no sort of prevention was noted at about 1000uM (1mM) of Hydroxycitric acid. Thus HCA's effect of suppressing appetite is believed to be directly related to the prevention of serotonin, though the full effects of the trial didn't appear until forty-five days in.

Study on Weight Loss - A study done on humans who had a BMI between 27.5 and 39 (most of them obese) gave half the group 100mg of Garcinia Cambogia (combined with 400mg Inulin and 200mg white kidney bean extract) before each three meals a day for a time of twelve weeks. The other half of the group was given a placebo for the same amount of time. At the end of the study the supplement and diet group lost 4% body weight while the placebo and diet group did not. Dropouts were also higher in the placebo group than the supplement one.  

Other Benefits - If 500mg of HCA is ingested along with 2g/kg of carbohydrate right after exercising, humans show a small increase in the rate of glycogen resynthesis. Oral ingestion of Garcinia Cambogia leaves was able to improve urine output (in the range of 17-39% aqueous or 36-72% ethanolic). Ingestion of the supplement was also able to successfully normalize an increase in serum levels of creatinine and urea, which is believed to help with kidney impairment. The polyphenolic component and iron content of the seeds are thought to slightly increase testosterone and also the red blood cell count.

What Doctors Say

While Dr. Oz is the largest proponent of Garcinia Cambogia, he is not the only celebrity who has seen the amazing benefits of this "miracle" supplement. It has been reported that Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez have all lost significant amount of body fat with Garcinia Cambogia alone. In fact, there are many clinical studies that report it will help to flush out your system and melt away fat without any negative side effects. In short, the "miracle of weight loss" has been reported to do the following:
  • Increase metabolism, boosting weight loss efforts.
  • Stop fat production so you can burn fat more quickly.
  • Reduce cholesterol and belly fat within 28 days.
  • Take inches off your waistlines without diet or exercise.
As with everything, you have to try it first to see whether it is working for you. Everybody is different. And remember, no matter what you do, you can either support your weight loss with minor changes in your daily routine or you can sabotage it with behaviors that are detrimental to your health. The choice is yours.

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*This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

8 Great Uses For Oregano Oil

According to Greek myth, oregano was a beloved and cherished herb of the goddess Aphrodite. She grew it in plentiful amounts in her garden on Mount Olympus. Given this history, it’s no surprise that oregano has been studied intensely and its benefits for human health are well known. It’s potency is due to the active compound in oregano — carvacrol.


Oregano oil is a potent concentration of the herb and can be applied in various ways - directly on the skin or internally. Here are 8 of the many powerful ways oregano oil can benefit the body.

1. Cold Sores - Cold sores are typically caused by the herpes simplex type 1 virus. Although carvacrol isn’t a cure for herpes or cold sores, it has been shown to have some activity against the microbes that cause flare ups. A recent study suggests that carvacrol can kill up to 90% of herpes simplex type 1 viruses within an hour. 

2. Food Poisoning - Undercooked food is a haven for the toxic organisms that can really do a number on your system. Some research has found that these organisms may be inhibited by the active chemical compound in oregano oil. 

3. Muscle Discomfort - Oregano itself is tremendously soothing and research shows that oregano oil may be helpful for reducing discomfort in joints, muscles, and bones. Best of all, it doesn’t work like opioids and doesn’t have addictive tendencies. 

4. Promoting Intestinal Balance - Keeping a proper balance of bacteria in your intestines is crucial for supporting good health. A healthy colony of intestinal flora is necessary for proper digestion and it defends against sickness. Good bacteria also supports the immune system and may be helpful for balancing mood. Carvacrol promotes gut health by creating an appropriate balance of good bacteria vs. bad bacteria. 

5. Bone and Joint Discomfort - Redness from irritation is one of the main contributors to arthritis, a painful condition that targets one or more joints throughout the body. Science is moving swiftly to discover how oregano affects arthritis but preliminary studies suggest that carvacrol may hold some promise for easing the discomfort associated with arthritis. 

6. Harmful Organisms - If you travel to underdeveloped areas of the world, you may be exposed to organisms that can wreak havoc on your health. Avoiding the water may not be enough to completely protect you either. Even harmful organisms in your natural environment carry a high infection risk, especially if the body is already in poor health. Research has shown that carvacrol may be able to fight some of these invaders. Bring your oregano oil while traveling! 

7. Yeast Infections - Carvacrol is to fungus what Raid is to cockroaches.  Research shows that plants containing this compound are effective in fighting candida. 

8. Liver Toxicity - Toxins exist in our water, food, and even the air we breathe. The ever-present barrage of toxins in our environment is extraordinary, and the burden it places on our liver is equally mind boggling. Carvacrol may help detox the liver, our primary detoxifying organ. Using this herb during a regular detox regimen may be helpful for boosting the detoxifying process. 

There’s a few options for oregano oil on the market, Global Healing Center offers a really nice organic blend of oregano oil. Have you tried it? What are your experiences? Leave a comment and let us know.

By Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM



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*This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Health Benefits of Lithium Orotate

The first time I heard about lithium orotate was five or six years ago in South Africa. I had a friend who suffered from severe mood swings and depression and suggested that she should try this nutritional supplement that was already popular in South Africa. She declined and delivered herself into a psychiatric care. I have never heard from her again.


It is not my intention to judge anyone, but to this day I do not understand why would my friend opt for heavy psychotropic drugs instead of trying to balance brain chemistry naturally.

There are many natural supplements that can help improve mood and prevent depression. One such versatile supplement is lithium orothate that was first formulated by the famous German orthomolecular scientist and physician, Dr. Hans Nieper. 

What Is Lithium Orotate?

An alkali metal related to sodium and potassium, lithium has been traditionally used within allopathic medicine to treat mental imbalances such as anxiety and depression. However, there are many side effects to taking this strong mineral, as the body poorly absorbs the standard forms of lithium carbonate. That is, until lithium orotate was discovered.

Lithium orotate offers superior bio-utilization for the human body, allowing the mineral to penetrate the mitochondria, glia and lysosomes that exist within the intracellular structures of our cells. The mineral stabilizes these lysosomal membranes, slowing the enzymatic reaction that leads to many of the negative side effects of other forms of lithium salts. 

Most people are unaware that lithium is not a drug, but is a naturally occurring mineral from the earth. Just like calcium and potassium, lithium is something that every human body requires for mental and physical health.

Many people are familiar with the pharmaceutical forms of lithium (lithium carbonate and lithium citrate), these aforementioned chemical extracts used to treat mania and depression. 

Lithium orotate is very different than the other forms of the mineral. Whereas pharmaceutical drug forms of lithium require high doses to penetrate our cells, lithium orotate is only needed in extremely small serving size, considering the fact that a massive amount of the mineral penetrates the cell (approximately 97%). The other great news is that unlike its pharmaceutical counterparts, lithium orotate is non-toxic, safe, has little to no side effects, and works on 70% to 80% of people who use it.

Health Benefits of Lithium Orotate
  • Brain Protection - Studies show that the mineral lithium can actually rejuvenate and build the grey matter nerve cells in the brain by up to three percent.
  • Anti-Aging Effects - Small amounts of lithium orotate have been shown to offer anti-aging effects to the brain
  • Neuroprotection From Environmental Toxins - Lithium has been shown to protect the system from numerous toxins, particularly in the grey matter of the brain.
Other lithium benefits include:
  • Lyme Disease
  • Low white blood cell counts
  • Juvenile convulsive disease
  • Alcoholism and liver disorders
  • Pain associated with migraine and cluster headaches
  • Hyperthyroidism and other thyroid diseases: Studies show that lithium may aid in the even distribution of iodine.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as a general stress reducer.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and aggression: Studies show that individuals taking Lithium experienced lowered levels of rage and anger, as well as improved memory.
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • In the reduction of myopia (nearsightedness) and glaucoma: Dr. Hans Nieper found that glaucoma patients could benefit from the dehydrating effect of lithium on the eye, offering patients vision improvement and a lowering of intraocular pressure.
  • Bipolar disorder: Orotates may lessen effects of manic or depressive episodes. Lithium has been shown to serve as an effective mood balancer in 70-80 percent of bipolar patients.
  • Depression: the therapeutic serving of lithium orotate is 150 mg/day. This is compared to 900-1800 mg of the prescription forms. In this range of lithium orotate, there are no adverse side effects and no need for monitoring blood serum measurements.

Precaution

Do not attempt to self-medicate a mental imbalance with lithium orotate. Speak with your health care provider for more information. Pregnant and nursing women should not take any type of lithium supplement. 

Also, lithium should not be taken by those with renal or cardiovascular diseases, severe dehydration or exhaustion, sodium depletion, or in individuals using any form of diuretics or ACE inhibitors.

By Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

Information about lithium orotate courtesy of the Global Healing Center

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*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

How to Break Sugar Addiction

Sugar consumption is on the rise all over the world. This fact has horrendous implications since the metabolic syndrome, obesity, Type 2 diabetes in adults, and alarmingly early onset of Type 2 diabetes in children, are only few consequences of sugar consumption.


Scientists have demonstrated that refined sugar is a highly addictive substance. One study found that the extremely sweet taste can surpass the cocaine reward even in people who are addicted to heavy drugs. In another study scientists demonstrated that quitting sugar can be as difficult for some people as quitting nicotine or alcohol.

Are you addicted to sugar?

Addicts seldom admit that they have a problem and often find justification for their behavior.
  • Do you always eat dessert? 
  • Do you always have to have something sweet in your house?
  • Do you make excuses to take just one more piece of that delicious cake?
  • Do you struggle to say no when you are offered something sweet? 
  • Do you have sugar "attacks" where you feel you must have something sweet or you will not make it? 

If you eat sweets on regular basis try to give them up for a day or two and see what happens. If you develop headaches and mood swings the chances are that you are addicted.

A few years ago one of my favorite nutritionists, Patrick Holford, devised clever nutritional strategies for people who wished to quit their addictions. 


Quitting any kind of addiction is not an easy process. The withdrawal symptoms are often unbearable and can make it difficult for anyone to give up the stuff he or she is addicted to - be it nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, heavy drugs or even sugar. While drugs or alcohol are considered harmful to our health, sugar addiction is often trivialized, neglected or not even recognized as such. Worse, many people do not even know that sugar is harmful to health. Many do not know that they are addicted.

What is sugar?

Sugar is the generalized term used for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food to sweeten and improve the taste. They are composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Together with starches and fiber, sugars belong to the class of carbohydrates that are necessary to provide energy and regulate protein and fat metabolism, among others.

All sugars are either monosaccharides (simple sugars) or disaccharides. Simple sugars are easily and quickly digested and utilized by the human body, but there is a difference in the way liver processes glucose and fructose. (This is a vast subject that requires another article.) Disaccharides such as sucrose or the common white table sugar, on the other hand, require enzymes in order to be converted into simple sugars that are then utilized by the body.

Sucrose, which is composed of the monosaccharides fructose and glucose, is found in sugar beets, sugar cane, sorghum, maple syrup, molasses, and pineapple. It is composed of one molecule of fructose and one molecule of glucose and can be metabolized in a healthy body.

Sucrose is used extensively to sweeten food and beverages, but even people who do not add sugar to their diet may be consuming large amounts of so called "hidden" sugar that is added by the food industry into ever growing amount of foods. Salad dressings, mayonnaise, ketchup, peanut butter, baby formula, bread, sausage, luncheon meat, etc. all have sugar added to them.

Addiction to sugar begins very early in life and is constantly reinforced by millions of dollars spent on advertising all over the world by the food industry. Average person living in America consumes more than one hundred fifty pound of sugar per year! It is estimated that only thirty pounds come from sugar that people are consciously adding to their food. The remaining amount comes from industrially produced foods and drinks.

Why should you quit sugar:
  • Sugar can make you fat! Sweets and foods with added sugar deliver incredible amount of empty calories and no fiber or nutrients to keep you nourished and satiated. As soon as you had your sweet fix you normally crave for more. You not only eat more calories than you can burn, but sugar promotes belly fat that once there is probably the most difficult to lose.
  • Excess sugar consumption has the same toxic effect on liver as does alcohol. In fact, increased sugar consumption had the same detrimental effect on health as the consumption of alcohol and could be responsible for hypertension, myocardial infarction, insulin resistance, obesity, malnutrition, liver disease, and pancreatitis.
  • Sugar suppresses the release of  the human growth hormone or HGH. Consumption of sugar, especially within two hours after workout, causes hypothalamus to release the inhibitory hormone somatostatin. Somatostatin from the hypothalamus inhibits the pituitary gland’s secretion of the HGH and the thyroid stimulating hormone. 
  • Sugar disrupts the immune system. In the 1970s the Noble Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling discovered that the vitamin C increases the body's ability to fight infections. He also found that sugar inhibits this ability. In order to be able to fight bacteria and viruses, our white blood cells must accumulate vitamin C at the 50-fold concentration all the time. Vitamin C is constantly being moved through the cell membranes into the white blood cells all over your body. Dr. Pauling discovered that glucose, which has similar chemical structure as the vitamin C, can replace vitamin C concentration in the white cells. In fact, when blood sugar rises to 120 after a consumption of cakes, candies or sodas, the ability of white cells to fight infections decreases by about 75%! Moreover, it can take up to six hours to restore optimal levels of vitamin C in the white blood after consumption of sugar.
  • Sugar can increase risk of cancer. Researchers have found that sugar in the intestine triggers the formation of a hormone called GIP. GIP is controlled by a protein called β-catenin that depends entirely on sugar levels in the body. This in turn, increases insulin released by the pancreas. Researchers found that there is a strong correlation between β-catenin and the cell's susceptibility to cancer formation. Moreover, research also shows that high sugar consumption lowers the survival chance of breast cancer and colon cancer patients.
  • Sugar can damage your heart and shorten your life. In 2013 the Journal of American Heart Association has published a study confirming that sugar affects pumping mechanism of the heart and can potentially increase the risk of heart failure. Researchers found that a glucose metabolite called glucose 6-phosphate (G6P) that is derived from sugar and from starch was responsible for the changes in the muscle protein of the heart. These changes could eventually lead to heart failure. 
  • Sugar contributes to premature aging. When sugar enters your system it has the tendency to bind to fats and protein molecules in your body. This process is know as glycation. It results in the production of advanced glycation end products known as AGEs. These molecules cause damage to connective tissues and are responsible for chronic inflammation. But AGEs are not only responsible for processes that are "hidden" deep inside our bodies. They also are the cause or visible aging. Collagen and elastin are the proteins in skin that are responsible for the health and youthful appearance. These proteins are also most susceptible to the glycation process. 

It is probably much easier to enumerate reasons for quitting sugar than to quit this sweet addiction. Like many people I have a very sweet tooth and cannot imagine a festive dinner menu without dessert, but I also know too well that sugar is not good for me. It is enough for me to look into a mirror the next day after I satisfied my sugar cravings the night before. The skin looks inflamed and the joints feel stiff. I know that if I continued eating sweets for another day or two things would get even worse. So I quit for a week or two only to get tempted again.

Young people can recover from the sugar binge much faster and may not even gain weight, but with age the damage done by sugar becomes more obvious and almost irreversible. So, how do we quit sugar cravings?


Sugar craving exist on two levels:
  • physiological, where it manifests itself as an addiction to sugar, the chemical substance that affect entire body chemistry
  • emotional, where it manifests itself either as craving for comfort and happiness, or as a reward for a particular type of behavior.

To successfully quit sugar we must understand and address both, the physiological and the emotional  dependence on sugar.

If you are addicted to sugar you must understand that there is no one-fits-all solution to addiction. Every human being is unique and will power and self-motivation are not always enough. However, everyone can implement a few simple steps that would gradually re-set the addicted brain and re-program body chemistry.

The Break-Sugar-Addiction Program

The plan involves two aspects of our physiology: brain chemistry and blood sugar balance. Deficiency in certain neurotransmitters, especially serotonin, often leads to sugar craving. Fluctuation in blood sugar leads to cravings and energy crashes.
  • The very first step to recovery from sugar addiction is a gradual change of diet. Begin your personal program by conscious reduction of sweets and desserts you consume. Sweets and desserts are the obvious, identifiable sugar sources. This would mean that you have to remove sugar and sweet foods from your pantry and change your shopping habits. Stay clear of cookies, candy, cakes and ice cream, and less sugar to your coffee and tea. Going a cold turkey does not work for everybody so you may need to replace your desserts with sweet fruit that at least has vitamins and minerals, and has a form of sugar that can be digested by the body. Try to replace fast food with high quality protein and add fresh vegetable to your menu. At the same time you should supplement your diet with high quality multivitamin and mineral formula. Vitamins and minerals will help you nourish your body and may help reduce  cravings. In addition you should take a high quality Omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics to restore flora in the intestines.
  • Removal of sugar from the diet may cause mood swings, low energy, or headaches. To balance the brain chemistry supplement with L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP. These two supplements will help the brain to produce the mood enhancing serotonin. To support blood sugar balance take a chromium supplement. Also, add sugar-balancing cinnamon to your diet.
  • To control sugar cravings supplement with the amino acid L-glutamine. The suggested dose is 500mg 3-4 times a day, best taken on empty stomach about 30 minutes before a meal or when you feel your blood sugar is very low and you feel like having something sweet. The sugar craving vanishes within minutes and you do not even feel jittery or stressed. 

Many nutritionist suggest that we should consume foods that have low glycemic load, or the GL. The GL tells us how a particular food will affect the blood sugar balance. Foods with high GL will cause sugar spikes and cravings. Foods with low GL convert slowly into glucose and encourage body to burn fat. A low glycemic diet will keep you nourished and satiated and will not only help you break your sugar addiction, but also lose weight.

Depending on your current situation you may need to consult a certified health practitioner who will help you break the sugar addiction. A certified nutritionist will help you create a healthy nutrition plan. He or she will also help you clear candida that may also be the cause of your sugar cravings.

If your craving for sugar is mostly emotional you will need to address the underlying emotional issues. Yoga, relaxation and meditation in combination with supplemental magnesium, L-tryptophan and 5-HTP may help a lot, but you may have to see a therapist to understand why your emotional problems are causing addiction. And if you reward yourself with a large piece of cake, you should probably change your strategy. Try a large bowl of fresh strawberries the next time you feel that you need a reward.

By Dominique Allmon

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P.S. Many people who wish to break the sugar addiction resort to artificial sweeteners to satisfy their love and craving for the sweet taste. The only artificial sweetener that I would take is stevia. Stevia is made from the leaves of South American plant Stevia rebaudiana. Studies demonstrated that stevia may actually lower blood sugar levels and improve the function of insulin.



*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure a disease.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Health Benefits of Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the healthiest foods available to us all year round. More and more researchers publish study results that are quite amazing. Short of a nutritional miracle this tiny dark berries can help reverse effects of premature aging and improve debilitating conditions.


Blueberry is a native North American perennial flowering plant from the genus Vaccinium that also includes cranberries, lingonberries and bilberries. The plant produces indigo-colored berries and is mostly cultivated in North America and Europe, but also grows successfully in other parts of the world.

Blueberries are very high in vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, copper and dietary fiber. They contain anthocyanins, flavonols, and other phytonutrients that include resveratrol and pterostilbene.  Studies demonstrated that all these phytonutirents act as antioxidants that protect the whole body from oxidative stress. These nutrients protect the DNA and act as anti-inflammatory agents that help reduce inflammation in the body.

Cognitive Health 

The latest research suggests that compounds in blueberries may help slow down age-related damage to the brain cells, reverse age-related memory loss and improve overall cognitive health. Test subjects who consumed blueberries had improved memory, learning skills, cognition, reasoning, verbal comprehension and numerical skills. 

Blueberries may help slow down cognitive decline in aging adults and prevent against Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Researchers discovered that compounds in blueberries significantly increase production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine deficiency is associated with bad mood, depression and Parkinson's disease. Increased consumption of blueberries may help ward off the onset of Parkinson's disease, improve mood and alleviate depression in dopamine deficient individuals.

Cardiovascular Health 

Blueberries protect blood vessels from oxidative stress and help balance cholesterol. People who ate 1-2 cups of blueberries daily for a period of 1-3 months had increased levels of HDL (the good cholesterol) and reduced levels of LDL or the blood vessels clogging and damaging bad cholesterol. Blueberry extract was shown to lower blood pressure. People who eat blueberries on regular basis have much lower chance of developing hypertension. Research shows that blueberries help lower blood pressure in two ways: On the one hand they help blood vessels to relax reducing the resistance to blood flow; on the other, blueberries (the extract, to be precise) inhibits the protein that the body uses to keep blood pressure elevated.

Blood Sugar

Blueberries are classified as low-GI fruits. GI or the Glycemic Index is a method of measuring the impact of food on our blood glucose levels. Foods with lower GI release glucose more slowly and steadily and do not cause glucose spikes. This is important for people who struggle with metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and obesity. In addition, fiber in blueberries helps to further balance blood sugar and improve health of those patients who were diagnosed with blood sugar problems. 

Cancer 

Various studies demonstrated that blueberry extract may prevent uncontrolled cell reproduction that could lead to formation of tumors. The extract also prevented formation of pre-cancerous lesions. Cancers such as that of the colon or the cervix begin as pre-cancerous lesions and turn into malignant tumors. Blueberry extract greatly reduced formation of such abnormal tissues.

Blueberry extract also prevented angiogenesis or the formation of new blood vessels that feed the tumors. Cancer has the ability to spread to adjacent or distant organs. Tumor cells can penetrate the blood (and lymphatic) vessels and spread throughout the body. For the metastatic spread of cancer a network of blood (and lymphatic) vessels is important. The formation of new blood vessels is called angiogenesis. (The formation of new lymph vessels is called lymphangiogenesis.) Blueberry extract curtails this growth of blood vessels and increases survival rate in cancer patients. It also has the ability to inhibit enzyme responsible for the proliferation of cancer cells. And last but not least, the extract triggers apoptosis or cancer cells' death.

Vision

Antioxidants in blueberries help protect the retina from oxidative damage. They also protect the retina from damage caused by the sun. Anthocyanosides in blueberries provide protection against such disorders as the age-related macular degeneration, myopia, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, extreme dryness and retinal infections. People who consume blueberries on regular basis report improved night vision. 

Urinary Tract

Just like cranberries, blueberries contain compounds that prevent E. coli bacteria from adhering to the walls of the bladder. According to latest research this helps ward off the urinary tract infections.

Weight Management

As I mentioned before, blueberries have a very low glycemic index and help balance blood sugar. This helps people with weight problems to reduce cravings. Blueberries help lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels, and improve fasting glucose and insulin sensitivity. Moreover, polyphenols and catechins found in blueberries help activate fat-burning genes in abdominal fat cells. And last but not least, fiber in blueberries helps improve digestion and elimination. All these factors combined with active lifestyle, exercise and sensible calorie intake may contribute to a desired weight loss. 

Conclusion

There is hardly any system in the body that is not positively affected by the consumption of blueberries. Adding one or two cups of blueberries to your daily diet can help your reverse premature aging and protect you from many diseases.

Blueberries are rather inexpensive and are easily accessible throughout the year. When buying fresh blueberries make sure that you are buying pesticide-free organically grown berries. They are darker and richer in antioxidants. Fresh and frozen blueberries can be used to make smoothies or desserts. Dried blueberries can be added to cereals or trail mixes. 

Standardized blueberry extract sold in capsules has one advantage over the fresh fruit. It provides the most reliable means of delivering the vital flavonoid components to your body. Capsules can be taken as a means of prevention in addition to regular consumption of fresh fruit.

By Dominique Allmon


For inspiring blueberry recipes visit my raw food blog Passionately Raw!

*This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

   

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Supplement Pyramid - And the Winner Is...

First of all I wish to thank the Life Extension for their support on social networks. Hundreds of people were able to read my review of Dr. Smith's book "The Supplement Pyramid." As I mentioned before, a free copy of this book would be given out to one lucky reader of my blog post.
"Your article was definitely something I needed to read today. I have been under enormous pressures lately and I feel the stress I am experiencing daily have hurt my health and simply eating well no longer can cut it. I do realize I need to include supplementation in my diet. I used to take a handful of supplements years ago. I remember how much better I felt and now that I am getting older I need them all the more. Stress can really take a toll on one's health. I appreciate you taking the time to write such a great article. Thank you so much. This would definitely be a book that I would love to read and refer to often." - Liza Juliette DeCamp, artist from Nashville, Tennessee

Liza Juliette DeCamp from Tennessee - winner of the free Supplement Pyramid copy

To my great amazement only two readers commented on my blog and the winner was chosen at random. The free copy of "The Health Pyramid" goes to Liza. She not only took time to read the article and leave a comment, she realized that good diet may not be enough if she wanted to stay healthy.


As we age we need to develop new strategies to maintain our energy levels and prevent ailments. Supplementation with high quality vitamins and minerals is necessary as many nutrients are simply missing from our food. 

Moreover, our genetic predisposition and lifestyle often make supplementation with specific nutrients necessary if we want to avoid disease and prevent premature aging.

Latest scientific research shows that certain ailments and health conditions can be alleviated with supplementation but many people, including medical doctors, do not know that.

Dr. Smith has written a very important book. It not only explains the necessity of supplementation, it gives the readers the tools to assess his or her own health demands. I consider this book to be one of the most important health books ever written. It should be kept for reference in every household especially if there is a family history of degenerative disease, obesity or cancer.

By Dominique Allmon

You can purchase this book online at amazon.com or visit Life Extension
Please, also visit The Supplement Pyramid website to learn more.

P.S.  I am still waiting for a photograph of Liza. As soon as I receive one you will be able to meet this remarkable woman.

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.



Disclaimer: I discovered Life Extension years ago and use many of their products. Last month I decided to join Life Extension Blogger Program because I am convinced that more people should learn about their research and the products they are offering. From time to time, as a participant of the blogger program, I will receive products and write about them on my blog. I am not an employee of Life Extension and do not receive any remuneration for my writing.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Supplement Pyramid And A Book Give-Away!

...Vitamins and minerals have much more potential than simply eliminating nutrient-deficiency disease. When dosed appropriately, they can make the difference between surviving and thriving. - Michael A. Smith, M.D. in his new book "The Supplement Pyramid" on page 56.


Dear Readers,

Last month the Life Extension sent me a copy of "The Supplement Pyramid" book through their Life Extension Blogger Program, hoping that I might write a review. I also received additional copy that will be given away, free of charge, to a random reader of this blog. To participate in the draw you have to leave a comment and share this post on social media. The decision will be made on May 23rd. One lucky reader will receive the book by mail.

When the publication of this book was announced I couldn't wait to lay my hands on it since nutritional supplements play a great role in my personal anti-aging program. I take the best nutritional supplements on the market but sometimes wonder if I am taking enough or if the ones I am taking are right for me. This book turned out to be incredibly helpful in optimizing my personal longevity routine and now I have the honor to review it for you on my blog.

In radiant health - Dominique Allmon


~ The Supplement Pyramid ~

Here comes a book that perfectly suits my anti-aging philosophy: "The Supplement Pyramid" by Michael A. Smith, M.D. Just like Dr. Smith, I believe that supplementation is vital if you want to stay fit and healthy until old age.
 
This is a very important book and I believe that each household should own one. Dr. Smith not only clarifies the need for nutritional supplements, but also explains what supplements to take if we want to prevent premature aging and degenerative disease. His comprehensive supplement pyramid system will help the reader to assess his or her personal nutritional needs and choose the right supplements.

Supplementation is what it is - a supplementation - and should not replace good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, however, may not be enough for most of us because of all the changes that took place in our environment. The quality of soil, for instance, dramatically changed over the last 50 or 60 years. The depleted soil produces crops with diminished nutritional value. Moreover, we are exposed to hundreds of environmental toxins and many of us suffer from chronic stress. Our bodies have great difficulty coping with the burden and need help.

High quality supplements are indispensable! They can help us nourish our bodies, reverse premature aging and prevent disease, and Dr. Smith teaches us how to choose supplements that will do the job.

"After all there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all supplement regimen." - Michael A. Smith, M.D. in his book "The Supplement Pyramid" on page 27.

The concept of pyramid is not a new one. Most people are familiar with nutritional pyramid that was created to optimize daily nutrition. In the same way the Supplement Pyramid is a guide to optimally personalized supplementation regimen. It consists of three levels:
  • Foundation Level - includes four nutritional building blocks that everyone must take: high quality multivitamin and mineral formula, Omega-3 essential fatty acids, CoQ10, and probiotics. All these supplements are essential to life and are necessary for survival.
  • Personalization Level - includes all the supplements that an individual has to take in order to manage an existing disease or prevent diseases that he is susceptible to because of his own or his family medical history. Supplements in this level differ from person to person since everyone has a different medical history and a different genetic makeup.
  • Optimization Level - includes all the supplements that can be taken to optimize health and slow down aging. They include herbs, additional antioxidants, amino acids and other nutrients that may help us stay healthier and live longer.

The Personalization Level is probably the most revolutionary aspect of this book. It helps the reader assess his or her own individual nutritional needs.

To find out what supplements one should take, Dr. Smith provided readers with specific tools:
  • Personal and Family Medical Inventories
  • 17 Medical Quizzes
  • Laboratory Testing

All these tools combined give a reader a very clear picture about his or her own health challenges and the necessity of specified supplementation.

If you have health issues or if there is a disease history in your family you will be amazed how incredibly important it is to assess your predisposition to ailments and diseases. As you fill out the inventories, answer all the quizzes and evaluate the results, you receive a clear picture of your own physical and mental condition. At this stage you also learn what supplements to take in order to prevent particular disease you may susceptible to. But your Personalization Level does not end here. Dr. Smith provides you with a list of specialized blood tests that help you find our what exactly is going on in your body.

A standard blood panel may give you a general idea about your health but will not tell you much about inflammation in your body, your hormone levels or your sensitivity to different foods.

Once you evaluated results from medical inventories, medical quizzes and specialized laboratory tests, you will be able to create your own personalized supplement regimen. Dr. Smith suggests that readers re-take the quizzes and blood tests after six to twelve months of supplementing with specific nutritional supplements as the supplements usually help alleviate many conditions and may no  longer be necessary.

If you want to live a long and healthy life you should take your supplementation regimen into the next level. Dr. Smith calls it the Optimization Level. It is an anti-aging level, par excellence. It includes nutrients that will help you:
  • reverse your biological clock
  • preserve cellular energy production
  • prevent glycation processes in your body
  • reduce inflammation
  • reduce oxidative stress
  • restore hormone levels

Dr. Smith calls the supplements in this level of your personal pyramid "the icing on the cake." They should be taken after you have established your Foundation and Personalization Levels.

Most authors will tell you what to take when you want to prevent a disease. Dr. Smith, however, tells you what to take if you or a loved one already has a disease.  Chapter 7 of his book is dedicated to specific diseases. There you will find examples of supplement pyramids that were designed to alleviate symptoms and improve health of those who suffer. Certain nutrients may indeed speed up the healing process and should be taken is suggested doses.

To help the readers establish their personal supplemental routine Dr. Smith added case examples including his own. I find this is very helpful as it shows the reader how to choose the right supplement when there is more than one that a person could take.

Once you have designed your personalized supplement pyramid and are ready to invest money in your health, you probably wonder how to find a high quality, unadulterated supplement that really works?

Here again, Dr. Smith is quite unique. He explains what to look for when you are buying supplements and how to distinguish good supplements from the inferior ones. He devotes the whole chapter of his book to this subject and believe me, you will be so much wiser after you read it. And that's not all! Dr. Smith provides you with a list of trusted supplement companies. This information is invaluable as it will save you time and money and protect you from scams.

At the end of the book in the Appendix B you will find description and suggested doses of all the nutrients that were mentioned in this book. This information will help you decide whether a particular nutrient is right for your condition.

Conclusion

Most people have no idea that they can improve their health and alleviate many conditions with high quality nutritional supplements. "The Supplement Pyramid" empowers readers to take control of their own health and provides them with a tool that allows a very individual approach to health and nutrition. In my opinion, this important book should be kept for reference in each household.

By Dominique Allmon

You can purchase this book online at amazon.com or visit Life Extension

To learn more about personalized supplementation, please visit The Supplement Pyramid website .


Disclaimer: I discovered Life Extension years ago and use many of their products. Last month I decided to join Life Extension Blogger Program because I am convinced that more people should learn about their research and the products they are offering. From time to time, as a participant of the blogger program, I will receive products and write about them on my blog. I am not an employee of Life Extension and do not receive any remuneration for my writing.

*This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Dominique Allmon©2014

      
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