Healthy Inflammation

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Jack Challem, The Nutrition Reporter™

Most of us know what inflammation feels like – the swelling, tenderness, and redness that comes with an injury or chronic aches and pains. But in recent years, doctors have started to recognize another type of inflammation, one that’s ever-present,...



Posted 01/01/70
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Heather Pratt, MNT, BCHN

Discover how this inflammation-fighting spice can bring you a wealth of health

We live in an inflammatory world, and I’m not talking about the political climate. I’m talking about real inflammation—inflammation driven by processed foods, sugar, refined carbohydrates, pollution, chronic stress, excessive alcohol consumption, and chemicals used to grow our food. Together these factors prompt our bodies to release a steady stream of inflammatory molecules, resulting in a significant number of people being chronically inflamed… and chronically diseased. Chronic inflammation is a root cause of nearly every modern-day disease, from Alzheimer’s and heart disease to arthritis and diabetes.[1] Excessive inflammation has even been linked to premature aging.[2] The one-two punch comes when...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Lindsay Wilson

Fatigue, lethargy, anxiety, mood changes, difficulty concentrating, depression, negativism, cognitive decline and memory loss, learning and behavior problems in children, tingling and numbness in the hands and feet, and problems conceiving… What do these symptoms have in common? Any one of them could be a sign of low levels of vitamin B12. And while some of these symptoms may be easy to ignore or write off as a “normal” part of life, they could be your body’s way of telling you to pay attention before things get out of hand. Anomaly Vitamin B12 is necessary for a laundry list of...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Jack Challem, The Nutrition Reporter™

To B or not to B: Don’t Underestimate the Importance of B Vitamins for Your Health

William Shakespeare wasn’t thinking about vitamins, but he could have been when he penned the line, “To B or not to B: that is the question.” Shakespearean puns aside, the B-complex vitamins play diverse roles in human health. They are essential for life and in making and regulating our genes, producing energy, regulating blood sugar, enhancing our moods and cognitive abilities, and maintaining cardiovascular fitness. They’ve been known since the 1940s as anti-stress vitamins, because they bolster our resistance to the physical and mental consequences of chronic stress. If you’re already taking a high-potency B-complex or multivitamin supplement, you may...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Heather Pratt, MNT, BCHN

Foods Worth Remembering: How diet can protect against Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is perhaps one of the most dreaded diseases of our time. It is the most common type of dementia and is characterized by the deterioration and death of brain cells, leading to memory loss and cognitive decline. The disease progresses until basic bodily functions are lost, followed by eventual death. As anyone who has watched a loved one succumb to the disease will attest, it is a painful and frightening disease. As baby boomers progress toward old age the rates of Alzheimer’s are expected to rise significantly, and because researchers don’t know exactly what causes the disease, there...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Lindsay Wilson

Maintain Your Brain: Take a multifaceted approach to protect your brain from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. These words have never rung more true than when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease. One of the most debilitating degenerative diseases of our time, Alzheimer’s robs a person of his or her mind, destroying brain cells and leading to extreme memory loss and behavior problems. As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and it is predicted that healthcare costs for the disease will exceed one trillion dollars by 2050.[1]  However, researchers calculate that delaying Alzheimer's disease onset by one or two years could significantly decrease the disease burden by 2050 by...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Jen Allbritton, CN

Specific Dietary Recommendations for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic musculo-skeletal pain, fatigue, impaired deep sleep, headaches, confusion, irritable bowel, and nervous symptoms like depression or anxiety.  Many symptoms of this disease mimic those of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and arthritis.  Approximately 70% of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia meet all the criteria for CFS.  It is now estimated that up to 10 million Americans, usually women, suffer from fibromyalgia.  There is no known cause for this condition.  However, there is a strong connection to liver and gastrointestinal impairment, leaky gut syndrome, and nutrient deficiencies.  Although this disease is labeled untreatable and incurable, the best therapy...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Lindsay Wilson

Rev Up Your Heart’s Energy with: An antioxidant supplement for cardiovascular health and much more

“CoQ10 can slash deaths among people suffering from heart failure in half!” That is certainly a bold statement, but just the latest of many research findings proving CoQ10’s (coenzyme Q10) powerful influence on cardiovascular health. The vitamin-like nutrient is also being studied as a potential treatment for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other types of neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disorders.[i][ii][iii][iv][v][vi] So what about that study? The double blind, placebo-controlled studyfollowed 420 patients with severe heart failure in nine countries. The patients were randomized to either daily CoQ10 or placebo and followed for two years. The patients taking CoQ10experienced half the...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Stephanie Briggs

Bromelain is an extract from the stem or fruit of the pineapple plant, Ananas comosus, that contains any of several protein-digesting enzymes plus several other active components. Bromelain is known for its anti-inflammatory, mucolytic, and analgesic properties. Uses Inflammation: Bromelain reduces swelling and pain caused by injuries to the musculoskeletal system, and it speeds healing from bruises. Given before surgery, bromelain can reduce the number of days required for inflammation and pain to disappear. Digestive aid: Bromelain is helpful as a digestive aid when there is pancreatic insufficiency. In research animals, it has also been shown to heal gastric ulcers....

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