Vitamins/Supplements

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Whey and Casein Protein Powders

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Bio-X is one of my favourite protein powders. I worked for them when this product was developed and got to provide my feedback in the development of the taste. The quality and taste is top notch, try it! -Cabel

Whey Protein Powder

 

Whey protein is commonly marketed and ingested as a dietary supplement in replacement of other protein sources. The benefit to using a whey protein is it is a portable protein supplement that does not require refrigeration; however, this type of supplement does have a faster digestion period than other types of protein and therefore it does not act to increase metabolism the way an edible proteins source would.

 

Whey protein is the collection of globular proteins isolated from whey, which is a by-product of cheese manufactured from cow’s milk. The protein in cow’s milk is 20% whey protein and 80% casein protein (as is mentioned in the next section). There are three dominant forms of whey protein:

 

  • Whey Concentrate – which contain a low, but still noticeable level, of fat, cholesterol and carbohydrates in the form of lactose. Typically a concentrate would be 30-90% pure protein by weight.
  • Whey Isolates – which are processed to remove the fat and lactose. This type of whey is typically 90% or more pure protein by weight.
  • Whey Hydrolysates – which are whey proteins that are predigested and partially hydrolyzed for the purpose of easier metabolizing, and are typically less allergenic as compared to other types of whey protein.

 

Due to its faster and easier digestive period, whey protein is ideal for a post workout meal when the body is craving high quality protein sources that it can easily digest. It should be noted that similar symptoms to that of lactose-intolerance can be caused by ingredients found in lower quality protein powders such as lactose or artificial sweeteners in most commercial whey protein powders. The effects of these substances can be distinguished from the effects of whey alone by switching to an unsweetened whey isolate or hydrolysate. If symptoms are not eliminated by switching to a more pure form of whey protein, be sure to utilize a natural powder that is flavored with stevia.

 

Casein Protein Powder

 

Casein powder is not as well recognized as whey protein powder; however, it is a viable and important source in the maintenance and building of lean muscle tissue. One of the main benefits of using a casein powder is its high glutamine content (glutamine is mentioned in a later section). Casein contains the highest amounts of the amino acid glutamine, which can benefit bodybuilders and athletes by helping preserve muscle mass and aiding immune system function, while acting as a super important essential amino acid.

Another great benefit to a casein powder is that is has more thorough absorption; or rather, casein powder moves through the digestive tract more slowly than whey protein and thus it is more likely to be absorbed and used for the building of lean muscle tissue and other vital organ systems. This slower absorption rate also allows casein to be classified as a greater tool in boosting metabolism due to its slower digestion rate. Casein powder has an anti-catabolic factor to it, or put in other terms, due to the fact that it digests slower than whey powder the body is more likely to stay away from a hypoglycaemic state whereby an individual will not have to utilize its own lean muscle tissue for energy.

Casein protein digests slowly, making it an ideal protein to consume before bed time, or anytime throughout the day when there will be a prolonged amount of time between meals.

 


Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency - Are You Falling Victim?

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency – Are You Falling Victim?

vitamin?In the world of supplements, the multivitamin is arguably the most important aspect to maintaining a healthy dietary intake and ensuring overall health. One should always consider not just the quantity of such a vitamin they are ingesting, but rather the quality of nutrients they are putting in their body. It is not common knowledge that all multivitamins are not created equal, and chances are if you scored a great deal on a giant bottle full of pills at a local market, you also scored yourself some false hope! So what do you look for? Rather, what are some common signs that you could be falling victim too if your multivitamin is just not up to snuff?!?

  1. Lack of Exercise Recovery – chances are if you are feeding your body ample proteins and whole grain carbohydrates, resting enough, and leading an active lifestyle, you should be leading a pain free lifestyle, right? If you are low in certain vitamins or minerals it is much harder for your body to absorb and use nutrients necessary to perform protein synthesis and promote muscle recovery.
  2. Fatigue – being low in Vitamin B12 as well as iron deficiency can cause an individual to feel drowsy and limits the body’s ability to utilize red blood cell hemoglobin that is necessary for oxygen transport around the body. This can leave an individual in a very groggy and poor state.
  3. Dehydration – drinking tons of water, but can’t stay hydrated? It should be noted that the body will pump out an equal amount of water to the amount it ingests; however, what should be regulated is the body’s ability to hold onto water and retain blood volume in order to perform exercise. Sometimes it may be necessary to involve the use of a balanced electrolyte supplement to help restore and maximize the ability of the body to perform and limit the amount of muscle cramping and dry mouth that goes along with dehydration. Muscles require water to perform, and without it they tense up and become immobile!
  4. Hunger – constantly eating and feeling like you are a bottomless pit is only appropriate after major bouts of physical exercise. If these are common signs and symptoms for yourself throughout the entire course of a day, or week, or even month then you need to consider what it is your body is actually “craving”. If you feel the need for salt, then your body may be low in sodium and requires a balanced electrolyte to help mediate hunger and leave the body feeling normal. To the same degree, the body will crave other vitamins and minerals that will ensure overall health.
  5. Low Immune System – getting sick often? Chances are the handful of vitamins you are ingesting each morning have a terrible bioavailability rate (rate of absorption) and are simply getting destroyed by your body as opposed to absorbed by it.

At the end of the day, the body is designed to maintain and reach a certain level of homeostasis. This means that as a whole, the body wants to get back to a certain point where it feels comfortable and ready to perform. Without consideration of proper dietary vitamin and mineral intake the body cannot perform. Use a vitamin and mineral supplement that is well-balanced, carefully packaged to reduce overexposure, and that has a high rate of absorption to ensure that your body is ACTUALLY going to use it!

 

 

Name Major Function(s) Recommended Dose (Male/Female) Dietary Source(s)
Vitamin A Promote vision, growth, prevent skin dryness, overall immune function 900 micrograms/700 micrograms Liver, spinach, greens, cantaloupe, apricots
Vitamin C Connective tissue synthesis, hormone synthesis, neurotransmitter synthesis 70-90 milligrams Citrus, strawberries, broccoli, greens
Vitamin D Absorption of calcium and phosphorous, maintenance of blood calcium 5-15 micrograms Fish oils, sardines, salmon, fortified cereals
Vitamin E Prevention of breakdown of vitamin A and unsaturated fats 15 milligrams or 22 IU Plant oil, some fruit, some greens, nuts, seeds
Vitamin K Activating blood clotting factors, and proteins involved in bone metabolism 120 micrograms/90 micrograms Greens, liver, some plant oil
Biotin (B7) Coenzyme of glucose production, fat synthesis 30 micrograms Cheese, egg yolk, cauliflower, peanut butter, liver
Choline Neurotransmitter synthesis, phospholipid synthesis 425-550 milligrams Wide variety of foods
Cobalamin (B12) Coenzyme of folate metabolism, nerve function 2.4 micrograms Animal foods, organ meats, oysters, clams, fortified breakfast cereals
Folate (B9) Coenzyme involved in DNA synthesis 400 micrograms Green leafy vegetables, organ meats, sprouts, sesame seeds
Niacin (B3) Coenzyme of energy metabolism, fat synthesis, fat breakdown 14-16 milligrams Mushrooms, tuna, salmon, chicken, beef, liver, peanuts, enriched grains
Pantothenic Acid (B5) Coenzyme of energy metabolism, fat synthesis, fat breakdown 5 milligrams Mushrooms, liver, broccoli, eggs
Pyridoxine (B6) Coenzyme of protein metabolism, neurotransmitter synthesis, haemoglobin synthesis 1.3-1.7 milligrams Animal protein, spinach, broccoli, bananas, salmon, sesame seeds
Riboflavin (B2) Coenzyme of carbohydrate metabolism 1.1-1.3 milligrams Mushrooms, spinach, liver, enriched grains
Thiamin (B1) Coenzyme of carbohydrate metabolism, nerve function 1.1-1.2 milligrams Sesame seeds, pork, enrich grains, dired beans, peas

 

 

 

 

Name Major Function(s) Recommended Dose (Male/Female) Dietary Source(s)
Calcium Bone and tooth structure, blood clotting, nerve impulse transmission, muscle contractions 1000 – 1300 milligrams Canned fish, leafy vegetables, tofu
Chloride Negative ion of extracellular fluid, acid production in stomach, nerve impulse transmission, water balance 2300 milligrams Some vegetables, table salt
Chromium Enhances insulin action 25-35 micrograms Egg yolk, whole grain, pork, nuts, mushrooms, beef
Copper Iron metabolism, antioxidant enzymes, protein metabolism, hormone synthesis 900 micrograms Liver, cocoa, beans, nuts, whole grains
Iodide Components of thyroid hormones 150 micrograms Iodized salt, salt water fish, dairy product
Iron Components of haemoglobin, immune function, cognitive development 8 milligrams/18 milligrams Meats, seafood, broccoli, peas
Fluoride Increase resistance of tooth enamel and dental caries 3.8 milligrams/3.1 milligrams Toothpaste, tea, seaweed
Magnesium Bone formation, enzyme function, nerve and heart function 400 milligrams/300 milligrams Greens, nuts, legumes
Manganese Cofactor of some enzymes, carbohydrate metabolism, some antioxidant systems 1.8-2.3 micrograms Nuts, oats, beans, tea
Molybdenum Actions of some enzymes 45 micrograms Beans, grains, nuts
Phosphorous Major ion of intracellular fluid, bone and tooth strength, various metabolic compounds, acid/base balance 700 – 1250 milligrams Fish, meats
Potassium Positive ion of intracellular fluid, nerve impulse transmission, water balance 4700 milligrams Spinach, squash, bananas, meat, legumes, whole grains
Selenium Antioxidant systems 55 micrograms Meats, eggs, fish, seafood, whole grains
Sodium Positive ion of extracellular fluid, aids nerve impulse, water balance 12-1300 milligrams Table salt, condiments, sauces, soup broth
Sulfur Part of vitamins and amino acids, drug detoxification, acid/base balance n/a Protein foods
Zinc Nearly 200 enzyme function, growth, immunity, alcohol metabolism, reproduction, antioxidant development 11 milligrams/8 milligrams Seafood, meats, greens, whole grains

 


Essential Amino Acids

Essential Amino Acids

ToychainEssential amino acids and proper nutrition go hand-in-hand with one another. Amino acids are those organic compounds that contain an amino group as well as carboxylic acid group which forms a protein. Proteins actually are comprised from various proportions of over twenty amino acids, all of which consist of around sixteen percent nitrogen and this is what separates these acids from various other basic nutrients like fatty acids and sugars.

Amino acids are very essential components of every human beings body frame as they are crucial elements of protein and help to supply the proper structure for all living organisms. The significance of these amino acids just cannot be underestimated as it is considered that protein makes up the second largest element of a human beings body weight followed only by water. Proteins formed from all these acids are essential components that affect various facets of the human body. Also, enzymes and hormones are made up of body proteins and are also made from the same building blocks, thus making vital in regulatory body functions. Genetic information, or genes, carried in chromosomes also have structure based on amino acids and proteins, and this is what gives life from parent to child. Therefore, it can be considered that essential amino acids and nutrition are interdependent.

In actuality, it should be noted that these acids are strings of aminos joined together similar to a chain. Each and every protein is made up of a specific group of aminos and are placed in particular arrangement. Each protein generated is made to meet a specific requirement by the human body and this cannot be changed by another protein. Every protein that is made from these acids is unique and is formed when an individual eats food that contains dietary protein, this is then broken down into acidic form and then it is used by the body to make essential proteins as they are required.

The human body actually has around twenty eight individual amino acids that come together to make up hundreds of types of proteins. Also there are few amino acids that are not produced in the body and should be taken in through foods that we eat. These amino acids are as follows: isoleune, hitidine, methionine, lysine, valine, phenylalanine, theonine, leucine and tryptophan.

Protein from either a vegetable or animal source work essentially the same. The amino acids are broken down into their basic structure and then eventually combined as they are required by the body to form bones, muscle, blood and organs.

Protein from an animal source is, however, much more complete and provides all 9 essential amino acids that are required for optimal human health. Eating a healthy and well balanced menu as required may involve the use of certain supplements to ensure exercise recovery and performance.


Astragalus – Super Herb

Astragalus – Super Herb

Astragalus – Super HerbAstragalus (considered a “super herb”) was found originally in Asia. This is a Chinese herb named as huang qi, and the name is translated as “yellow leader”, because of its yellow root. The Astragalus “super herb” is one of a member of a huge genus of about 2,100 types of different herbs and plants, and is a member of the legume family. It is also commonly referred as goat’s thorn, milk vetch, and locoweed. This Astragalus “super herb” is known as one of the most effective and helpful Chinese healing antidotes. Most of these olden remedies are usually produced from the roots of various plants.

The customary Chinese medicinal practice is boiling the roots of plants in water thus removing all the impurities. It is then often combined along with various other herbs and roots like maitake mushroom and ginseng. Astragalus Herb will also be found in many forms like extracts, supplements and teas.

 

 

Astragalus is usually used in the treatment of the following diseases and situations:

  • Night Sweats
  • Intestinal Maladies
  • Heart Disease
  • Improve Immune System
  • High Blood Pressure

Before using Astragalus one needs to be cautious as there has been limited factual studies and research done on Astragalus. Thus, it would be advised to consult a medical expert before opting for any kind of supplement, vitamin or medicinal regimen based on this particular supplement. Individuals who may be using specific medications which affect the immune system, should compulsorily consult their doctor before making use of the herb or its supplement derivative.

Recent studies shows that Astragalus “super herb” if used in a proper manner is helpful to your health and it improves and strengthens the immune system. Astragalus is also used to cure fatigue, blood circulation, stress, various infections and much more. Recent studies have also suggested Astragalus might lessen the negative effects of chemotherapy and radiation and treatments.

Astragalus has been used for over 2,000 years in conventional Chinese remedy as a diuretic as well as an immune stimulant. It is usually used to treat nephritis and diabetes. In North America it is generally used to strengthen the immune function following the cancer-chemotherapy treatments. Studies have also shown that huang qi or Astragalus encourages bone marrow to generate more phagocytes, the cells that devastate the bacteria and viruses. These actions are actually attributed to Astragalus active constituents – “glycans” which stimulate the action of polysaccharides, as well as the phagocytes which improve immune function. Saponins, which encourage the increase in generating lymphocytes are also made more plentiful. Few even believe that this super herb has the potential to cure HIV infection.  But this requires a further study to be done. Thus, Astragalus, of which originates from Chinese medicine, is helpful for the treatment of various diseases and disorders – but should only be used with proper medical clearance from a doctor of physician.


The Three Most Misunderstood Herbs

The Three Most Misunderstood Herbs

echinaceaEven though herbs have been around since the beginning of time, many are still unknown or misunderstood. Over the past 20 years, a tremendous amount of education has been provided to the public about herbs in natural and supplement form but along with factual data being provided there has been some misinformation. As a result, some people remain uncertain about many popular herbs being used to promote health and wellness today. For that reason, the following represents a few examples of the most misunderstood herbs, focusing on the benefits provided.

Before reviewing the list, it should be noted that the importance of certain individuals seeing a doctor or health professional in the process of conducting research, prior to trying any new herbs. As an example, someone with heart or liver disease, as well as pregnant or nursing women should always get the nod of approval from a conventional, holistic, or homeopathic doctor before taking anything new.

Although the majority of natural substances are completely safe and effective, there are some that should be taken with care. After all, some herbs can have negative interactions with other herbs and even prescription medications. In addition, there are herbs that cause unpleasant side effects or could be potentially dangerous when certain types of illnesses exist.

Echinacea

This flower is also known as the Purple Coneflower. A well-known fact is that in the mid-1800s, this particular herb was involved in one of the world’s greatest movements for herbal medicine. Today, Echinacea is still widely used yet its true benefits are somewhat clouded. Initially, this and other similar herbs were used in Native American medicine, followed by being adopted into Indian and Chinese medicine as well.

While this is a native plant of the United States, its name is actually a Greek derivative from the word “echinos”, which translates to sea urchin. After its initial discovery, this herb was used to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries to include sore throats, colds, and even snake bites. Realizing the degree of benefits, new research revealed a total of nine species of this plant, each offering medicinal properties. The three used most often are listed below with E. purpurea being the most common.

o E. purpurea
o E. pallida
o E. amgustifolia

St. John’s Wort

Another herb used today that is often misunderstood is St. John’s Wort. Most people have heard the name yet have no idea of just how well the herbs works or the long list of health issues it can be used for. Now, there are two specific warnings associated with St. John’s Wort to include the potential to have a bad interaction with certain prescribed medications such as blood thinners, oral contraceptives, and antidepressants. In this case, these drug’s metabolism speeds up, which means the level of effectiveness for prescription medication is compromised as it flushes out of the body prematurely.

St. John’s Wort comes from the Latin name Hypericum perforatum, which is a reference to small oil glands located in the plant’s leaves. The red colored resin at the base of the flowers is extracted and made into a tincture after being infused into oil. Interestingly, along with St. John’s Wort being sold commercially, it also grows wild in many areas of the United States where it can be seen along highways, the edge of sidewalks, and abandoned lots within metropolitan cities. However, there are actually some states that consider this herb as a weed opposed to a vital and natural treatment.

Some of the primary benefits of this herb include the following:

o Repairs nerve and tissue damage
o Reduces inflammation and pain
o Lessens symptoms of depression and anxiety

Magnolia Bark

Although this substance is tree bark, it is often categorized as being an herb. The Magnolia Bark is misunderstood because most people have never heard of it or have no clue to its health benefits. Even so, this herb has been used for hundreds of years as a key ingredient in many medicinal concoctions although in its given place of origin, it is called Houpu or Chinese Magnolia. While documentation can only date back so far, this particular plant has a 95-mllion-year history, something proven by researchers and scientists that have found genus and related fossils.

The powerful healing properties of Magnolia Bark come from two specific compounds to include Honokiol and Magnolol. Following are some of the primary things this herb benefits, whether in its natural state or as a high quality supplement.

o Allergies
o Alzheimer’s disease
o Arthritis and Gout
o Chronic Cough
o Cold and Flu
o Fever
o Gas and Bloating
o Immune System
o Menstrual Cramps
o Oral Health
o Weight Loss

Summary

The list of misunderstood herbs is actually quite extensive but the three examples provided show why it is so important to thoroughly research benefits. Although many people know that these and other herbs promote good health and wellness, they do not realize the full extent of benefits provided. Today, more and more people are turning away from conventional medicine and turning to natural remedies with excellent results.


Glutamine and Recovery

Exercise is one of the most beautiful things we can do for our bodies. It helps us relax through ideal hormone release, it aids in bettering our body composition, as well as it leads us into positive and healthy lifestyle patterns that enable us to live a more fulfilled lifestyle! What most people fail to take into account is the sometimes negative effect that exercise can have on our bodies when done in abundance without proper nutritional support. As I always say, there are two things that need to happen every time we eat: replacement and recovery. It’s no secret that there are tons of things we can do for our bodies to aid in the recovery of exercise, but one sometimes overlooked aspect is the supplementation of the amino acid Glutamine.

Glutamine is one of the abundant amino acids found in our blood, and also in our intracellular amino acid pool, thus making it the most commonly found amino acid in your muscle tissues. After training or exercising the concentration of glutamine in the tissue falls down dramatically (approximately 50%) and this can remain at low level as the exercise recovery process goes on. This drop in the level of glutamine has shown negative effects on recovery, and can also contribute to reduced strength and stamina while your body recovers from your workouts.

Glutamine works by lessening the inflammation in muscle tissues, and thus protecting the cells from the damage caused while training, while supporting your immune system by sustaining a healthy and fit gastrointestinal tract. Lack of glutamine in the muscles and blood may lead the body to experience a low level of nitrogen transfer. Nitrogen in the muscular system of the body contributes to anabolic growth in muscles; therefore it is vital to make sure that glutamine levels in the body remain in proper proportion to carry nitrogen all over the body.

Supplementation of glutamine is important in the maintenance of all these key factors in regards to the ideal function of the body during exercise. The maintenance of the body’s musculature can be stripped off by extreme workouts as the body requires using glutamine for various other functions like supporting your immune system and also in aiding cellular recovery. Introducing glutamine supplements in the body after physical training or workouts enables to refill the stores of this essential amino acid, making sure that next training session is not at all compromised by any recovery process, and your body is able to transfer the nitrogen efficiently.

Glutamine is not recognized as an essential amino acid, which means it is naturally produced in the body instead of having to be completely supplied through dietary intake. However, it should be noted that additional supplementary intake of glutamine is necessary in many cases during ill health as well as post-surgery and post-workout, as it known to aid during the recovery time for any patient or athlete. Glutamine supplements are thus widely researched, as well as have many supporting documents that show evidence to its positive effect on helping your body to recover.

These glutamine supplements comes in both capsule as well as powder form, and in both cases it is the perfect way to supply the body with a required amount of amino acid in the body during times of recovery. Glutamine is also highly recommended during weight loss and cutting cycles in the lead up to fitness competitions due to the high need for fast and effective recovery. Glutamine is preferably taken two to three times a day (the morning, post-workout, and night time) with the finest dose of around 5 grams mostly in powdered form.


Understanding Detoxification

Detoxification involves harmful toxins being flushed from the body. Interestingly, historians possess documented proof that detox in one form or another was used dating back to ancient Egypt and Greece civilizations. Although many new ingredients and processes are currently used to achieve much the same results, there are some professionals that use older methods.

A natural detox provides an array of health benefits but only if done correctly. For this reason, it would be essential for a person to choose the right in-home product or visit a high-end spa or clinic. That way, there would be a level of confidence in the detox process cleaning out harmful gunk that builds within the body. The detox process might sound invasive or even embarrassing but in reality, it can be done comfortably and privately.

Recognizing the Need for Detoxification

Before choosing any type of cleansing, it would help to know the signs of an impending problem. With age, different systems in the body accumulate toxins that can have devastating effects on the body. These harmful toxins actually build up in tissue, blood, cells, and organs although the biggest problem area is the colon where a sludge type substance accumulates.

While living a clean and healthy lifestyle is certainly beneficial, unfortunately everyone faces a problem of toxin buildup because of food choices, air breathed, environmental conditions, drinking water, and various lifestyle choices such as drinking alcohol, smoking, prescription medications, and much more. Unless the body is thoroughly cleansed, these toxins will continue building, eventually leading to significant health problems.

Some of the symptoms commonly associated with toxins in the body have been provided below:

  • Weight Gain
  • Bloating
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Diarrhea and/or Constipation
  • Skin Conditions
  • Poor Stamina
  • Lack of Concentration
  • Low Blood Sugar

If someone notices the development of one or more of these symptoms, appropriate action should be taken. The human body is amazing and capable of taking care of itself for the most part but as toxin levels build, it is no longer able to do all the work. At this point, the body gives off signs as a way of screaming out for help. In addition to living with unpleasant symptoms, these dangerous toxins could develop into bona fide illnesses unless eliminated.

As an example, the buildup of toxins has been shown to play a major role in the development of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, among others. In fact, experts have been able to prove that toxic waste can have such a horrific effect on the body that unless cleansed, a person would be at risk for developing several types of cancer. All of these reasons combined show the true value of detoxification.

Eating for Success

Regardless if choosing an in-home product or having the detox process performed by a professional, proper diet is critical to success. By choosing the right foods, an overload of toxins could be prevented and an existing problem of buildup eliminated. The goal is to choose foods that do not contain preservatives, flavorings, or artificial colors. Some of the best foods for overall health include:

  • Green and Herbal Teas
  • Mineral or Purified Water
  • Fresh Organic Fruits and Vegetables
  • Organic Meat, Poultry, and Dairy Products
  • Unrefined Oil
  • Whole Grains
  • Foods High in Fiber

Just as there are good foods for keeping the body clean there are also foods that should be avoided such as:

  • Refined Sugars
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol

Conclusion

At no time should a person feel nervous or self-conscious about having the body cleansed. The value of detoxification is so great that it is a real shame more people do not go through cleansing. There are many excellent detox products available on the market for someone who prefers the comfort and privacy of home but also spas and clinics where true professionals work with people on an individual basis in helping them achieve health and wellness. It may be necessary for you to start using a certain detox product, and with the aid of a trainer or nutritionist, they can help lead you in the right direction.

 


Controlling High Blood Pressure With Herbs

In 2010, a study was performed to gather statistics on the number of people in Canada with high blood pressure. Of the 65,000 people interviewed around the country, 17% of people age 12 and above had been given a firm diagnosis. Compared to earlier reports, the numbers showed this condition was increasing steadily. Of these people, approximately 65% were obese whereas 15% were not.

The study also indicated that the greatest risk was seen in women who lived with a higher level of stress but what made this so disturbing is that blood pressure problems were seen in much younger age groups than ever before. Although many Canadians have learned to control this disease, there are many more that live with a ticking time bomb.

Formally known as hypertension, this condition places a huge financial strain on the country’s healthcare system in the tune of billions of dollars. Even worse, it creates a huge risk for heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and congestive heart failure. Blood pressure problems can be treated but of course, prevention is always best. Therefore, when someone is diagnosed with pre-hypertension in which numbers are high but not yet to a dangerous level, it would be essential to make healthy lifestyle choices and see a doctor.

Choosing Alternative Medicine

As mentioned above, hypertension is a condition that needs to be taken seriously. Now, staying healthy would prevent pre-hypertension but if someone has this precursor or actually develops hypertension, the goal is make choices that would achieve overall health and wellness. Without lowering and controlling pressure, an individual is playing a dangerous game of roulette.

We want to point out that for more serious cases, it would be advised for the person to see a qualified medical doctor. However, for many people with a mild to moderate problem the numbers can be lowered by using alternative medicine. For this, there are several possibilities but one in particular that has proven beneficial is herbs in natural or supplement form.

Prior to using herbs to bring blood pressure down, it would be imperative to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Following are some of the recommended changes:

  • Well-Balanced and Nutritional Meals
  • Adequate Sleep
  • Daily Exercise
  • Reduced Stress
  • Positive Attitude

A common misconception is that stress is the only reason for this problem. While this is one contributing factor, there are a number of things that can trigger an increase in blood pressure. For instance, certain hormonal disorders, a lack of daily exercise, arteriosclerosis, poor eating habits, and even liver dysfunction are risks.

Today, more and more people are turning away from conventional medicine and running to natural remedies. Because of this, the use of herbs has become increasingly popular. It is important to know that while most natural herbs or herbal supplements are healthy, some can have negative interactions with other herbs or prescription medication or even produce unwanted side effects so it is suggested to speak to a conventional, holistic, or homeopathic doctor before using herbs for this condition.

People at Greatest Risk

A problem with increased blood pressure is something that both men and women face. However, after age 45 men are at greater risk than women are but after age 65, women are at higher risk. It is worth mentioning that this condition is most prevalent among African Americans and unfortunately, it begins at a much younger age than one would see with other ethnic groups.

Safest and Most Effective Herbs

The list of natural herbs and herbal supplements that help with this condition is extensive so listed below are only some of what is considered to be the safest, and most effective.

  • Garlic – The great thing about garlic is that it is readily available, affordable, and it works great for treating blood pressure that is too high
  • Hawthorne – Of all herbs, this is one of the favorites because it works so well but also it yields fast results
  • Linden – This herb reduces viscosity for better blood flow, thereby alleviating high pressure
  • Mistletoe – Improves function of the circulatory system
  • Oliver Tree – This is one of the more surprising herbs but when used as essential oil, it ranks as one of the best treatment options
  • Valerian – This is the last herb we wanted to recommend for treating high blood pressure. Unlike other herbs, Valerian lowers levels of anxiety and stress that are known to be risk factors.

Bone Health, Calcium and Exercise

Bones are the basic structural element of one’s body and thus maintaining them is also very important for good health as well as survival. Similar to various other healthy habits that one follows, maintaining ones bones properly has many tangent benefits. Exercise perhaps is the greatest boon to our bones. Not only the bones, but due to exercise your cardiovascular, digestive and muscular health also gets boosted. And calcium is one such element that plays a vital role in bone health. Thus bone health/calcium and exercise all go hand-in-hand, because bone health requires both calcium as well as exercise.

When it comes to bone health, calcium and exercise, both weight-training and aerobic exercises help a lot to develop and improve the health of bones by offering concussion. Concussion creates periosteal bone activation – meaning, the microscopic compromise to the bone construction causes bone matrix to “mineralize,” building the bones much stronger.

Now this bone mineral consists of calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, calcium fluoride, magnesium, phosphate and calcium chloride. A proper balance of all theses minerals in bone will help for both strength, as well as for the correct amount of suppleness in the body.  However, if this balance gets upset due to poor diet or inadequate dietary minerals the bones tend to become spongy or brittle, or even the body may get prone to diseases like rickets, curved or bents. Lack of dietary minerals will leave simply the collagen to support your body and even the muscles may pull your bones out of the shape. The body framework just cannot stand without dietary minerals.

If the food you eat does not have sufficient calcium and minerals, the body borrows this calcium from the bones, which is not a good sign. Sufficient intake of calcium prevents this, and thus will make your bones healthy. Dietary minerals, particularly calcium are found in range of food stuff that one should be eating daily. Mostly green leafy vegetables, dairy products, beans, peas, and salmon are a few good sources of calcium. Not only vegetables but fruits like orange also provides calcium as well as vitamin C. Different supplements also provide required calcium to the body however it must not be the only source for the minerals. Vitamin D as well goes hand in hand when it comes to calcium absorption in the bones. Therefore supplements and foods that contain vitamin D are always a good choice.

Along with the proper diet, good exercise regime like aerobics and strength training can give an excellent bone structure. So not only diet but proper exercise is very important when it comes to bone health and in turn overall health and fitness. Thus bone health/calcium and exercise is very important for proper functioning of the entire body structure. Balance is the key, and leading a balanced lifestyle with good food, good exercise and positive energy is enough to ensure that one’s body will perform at an optimal level for years to come!


Have you or someone you know suffered the effects of Anaemia?

Anaemia can be classified as a blood disorder that is created when the blood in the body lacks sufficient red blood cell necessary to transport oxygen to body tissue. If there is a deficiency in such cells, it can be assumed that there is also a deficient amount of haemoglobin that in turn means the body does not receive an adequate amount of iron.

Anaemia is usually detected by a Complete Blood Cell Count (CBC). There are also different types of anaemia, while the causes for each one can be very different. It can be classified in an array of ways depending on the morphology of the red blood cells and is typically found in individuals whose RBC count is below normal. Symptoms of anaemia can be as follows:

  • Restlessness, fatigue and energy loss
  • Unusual fast heart rhythm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache during exercise
  • Lack of concentration

 

So What’s Going to Help?

Many individuals believe that anaemia is mainly caused due to a deficiency in iron in the blood; however, anaemia is shortage in the haemoglobin of the erythrocytes (red blood cells) deteriorating the capacity of the blood to transfer oxygen to the cells and remove carbon dioxide. The following are ways in which anaemia can be dealt with:

Eat More Raw Vegetables – cooked vegetables lack folic acid, and because most folic acid in the vegetables is lost while cooking at high heat it is important to leave them uncooked. Folic acid is also very essential for women who are pregnant, and can be taken in supplement form.

Moderate Exercise – exercise helps boost the blood circulation as well as oxygen levels in the blood, thus it is important for persons with nourishment deficiency as it helps to promote carbon dioxide recycling from the bloodstream and provide proper cell nutrition.

Vitamin C – Iron and various other metals like copper and zinc are required for the production of erythrocytes and increasing oxygen in the blood. They are important metals for people suffering from anaemia. Vitamin C can help with the absorption of these nutrients through the gastrointestinal tract.

Iron Rich Foods – eating iron rich foods will help to increase red blood cell production and replace old cells that have been broken down. As well as strengthening the bodies immunity systems.

Reducing Junk Food Intake – poor quality food choices contain high amounts of sugar and saturated fats that cause cholesterol to build up in the blood stream. This can cause interference of normal functioning of the entire circulatory system.