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Nutrition and Lifestyle

When Vitamins and Supplements are Worth the Investment

We’ve all seen media claims that supplements can be a “waste of money” while other reports illustrate the dangers of “natural products”. So how valid are these claims? It’s all in the fine print. A catchy fear-inducing headline is sure to make waves, but it’s time to break down the science – and the actual text – of this information. When are supplements actually not worth it, and when can they actually make a difference in your health? What outcomes are we looking for? The first thing you need to ask yourself is “What am I looking to achieve?” There

The Mighty Molecule: The Role of PEA in the Endocannabinoid System

Definitions PEA (N-palmitoylethanolamide): An endogenous fatty acid amide synthesized and metabolized by cells that binds to cell receptors. It influences a multitude of physiological functions and has potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Endocannabinoid System: A lipid communication network that has critical physiological functions and serves a vital purpose for our health and well-being through signaling processes, homeostasis and hormone regulation. Lipids and the ECS In 1929, scientists George Oswald Burr and his wife, Mildred Burr, discovered that omega 6 fatty acids were essential for health. This kicked off science’s interest into lipids, and by the 1960s a new age of lipid

Seasonal Allergies and Your Gut: What’s The Connection?

Over the last few years, the science has emerged to prove that there is actually a close relationship between the respiratory, immune and gastrointestinal systems. We now know that a disruption to your biome (those trillions of microorganisms that live in your intestinal tract) can trigger an oversensitivity to allergens in your immune system, which could ultimately make your allergies flare up even more as a result. So, how do we support our gut? One acceptable method is to eat lots of healthy foods that are rich in fibre, as well as fermented products, such as kombucha. Of course, in

Is the intake of grapefruit juice linked to increased breast cancer risk?

The human body relies heavily on enzymes to perform all sorts of functions such as: the breakdown of various foods so that the nutrients can be absorbed, accelerating various chemical reactions which otherwise would be too slow for the requirements of the body, and generating energy quickly and efficiently among others. Then there is a whole series of enzymes whose job is to detoxify chemicals, either foreign (toxins) or ones produced by the body itself including hormones like estrogen. One such large group of enzymes is called the cytochrome P450 (CYP) family which breaks down different chemicals and thus reduces

Medicinal Mushrooms: Moving to the Mainstream

Edible and medicinal mushrooms have been used in Asian cultures for thousands of years as a tonic for both prevention and acute treatment of diseases, but recently they have gained interest in the West, as mainstream medicine discovers the multiple and incremental immune pathways that these fungi effect. Their potential use in cases of chronic immune dysfunction is making these mushrooms the latest research trend in immune support and prevention. As both a food source and medicinal substance, mushrooms can be a rich source of amino acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates and other functional compounds. Numerous studies have reported

Optimizing Physical Performance: The Science of Nutrient Supplementation

There are many different supplements marketed as performance enhancers in the world of sports nutrition. With athletes trying to find an edge, and opportunistic companies selling the latest fad ingredients, it is very difficult to discern what natural substances are supported by sound scientific evidence and which ones are the flavor of the month. The reality is that many of these “natural” products have little or no evidence supporting their effectiveness or safety. At worst, they may be adulterated with dangerous and banned substances. Despite the pit falls in the world of sports nutrition, good evidence is emerging to show

How to Increase Your Tolerance for Stress

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could deal with stress in a very calm and controlled manner? This wouldn’t be the same as repressing your anger or hiding the fact that you’re upset. This would be the ability to tolerate stress in a way that your heart rate doesn’t increase, you don’t have to feel the need to raise your voice, and you don’t feel angry or frustrated inside. Did you know that stress actually causes certain hormones to be released in your body that prevent you from thinking clearly in moments of stress? When you increase your tolerance for

Skin Care – What Ingredients Your Food Must Have

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It makes sense that what you put into your body shows itself in your skin. Nature gives us everything we need to nourish and support our bodies. Of course, it’s up to you to ensure that you eat a well-balanced diet that contains all the nutrients your body and skin need to be healthy. Here are the ingredients your food must-have for optimal skin health. Phytoceramides Phytoceramides are molecular substances that exist in natural plants, such as wheat and rice. These are so potent for ski rejuvenation that many premium skin

Health Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are among the most popular edible mushrooms in the world. To cooks, they are known for their delicious taste, versatility in recipes and satisfying meaty texture. However, shiitake mushrooms have an abundance of other health benefits that can be derived from ingesting the mushroom itself or a supplement that contains one of its extracts, active hexose correlated compound(AHCC). So, even if you dislike the flavor of mushrooms in general, you can still reap the benefits of this potent fungus. Here are some of the health benefits of shiitake mushrooms. Better Functioning Immune System Your immune system is responsible

How to Improve Your Sleep Quality

When it comes to improving sleep quality, you have a lot of control. There are many things you can do to improve your sleep quality. These things can help, especially if you’re a person who suffers from insomnia, wakes up often during the night, or has other sleep issues. Depending on the underlying causes of your sleep disorder, one or more of the following tips might prove to be a permanent solution for you. Keep a Routine Those who go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time every morning often don’t even have

Elements & Supplements For Cellular Rejuvenation and Anti Aging – Guide

As you age, your cells age with you. It’s this cellular aging that results in the sagging, wrinkles and spots that we associate with old age. The problem is, cells can age faster than your chronological years. The adverse effects of a poor diet, smoking, lack of exercise, or alcohol abuse can ravage the body, leaving cells to age much faster than they should. Thankfully, it’s now possible to enhance and improve the look and feel of your skin with specific elements and supplements. The key is knowing which ones work best. Here is a guide to the most beneficial

Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes: Burning Less Fat Might Help… No, Really!

Simply put… Despite the clinical focus on increasing fatty acid oxidation to clear surplus fat stores in obese and diabetic individuals, new research suggests that increasing fatty acid metabolism does more harm than good. This article provides insight into the complex balance of glucose and fatty acid metabolism, and why blocking fatty acid metabolism may be a more appropriate therapeutic option for obese and type 2 diabetic patients. The link between obesity and diabetes is unquestionable, so the global rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) rates is no surprise. A 2014 report from Statistics Canada suggests that more

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