Here’s A Crazy Thing the Keto Diet Will Do


The ketogenic diet is all the rage right now.

Mostly because it’s great at providing people with boundless energy as well as helping them shred fat from their bodies.

That’s the core benefit everyone’s excited about.

However, it’s certainly not the only reason to try out the ketogenic diet.

Recent research shows the ketogenic diet could be one of the best for our brains. Not only in terms of helping them perform their best now… but extending their performance well into the future.

The ketogenic diet is a novel way to eat because the basic tenet is you eat fat in order to lose fat.

This all comes from the basic biology of fat and how it works to provide energy.

When a person is reliant on blood glucose for energy their body takes various forms of sugar found in the blood to use as its main energy source.

This is how a typical American diet works. Sugars come in in the form of dietary carbohydrates and then the body converts those sugars into energy.

When a person is on a ketogenic diet they’re consuming mainly fat (roughly 70-75% of their dietary calories are made up of fat) and a low amount of carbohydrates (5-10%).

By consuming mainly fat the body switches to relying on blood sugar for energy, and relies on fat instead.

Biologically speaking fat is a superior energy source as it has 225% more energy per gram than carbohydrates.

When fat is used as energy it breaks down into molecules called ketones. And ketones are generally known to be a superior source of brain fuel when compared to glucose.

And because it may help the brain work better, it may also help protect it too.

Recently researchers at the the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, have conducted experiments which they claim indicated the ketogenic diet may help stave off cognitive decline.

Two studies featuring the ketogenic diet, and both of which were performed in mice, showed the ketogenic diet had clear influences on neurovascular function, and were shown to protect sensitive brain tissue too.

Maria Cohut writes:
“The first study, whose results appear in the journal Scientific Reports, looked at the effects of a keto diet on neurovascular function, which includes sensory and motor functions, as well as circulation.

The team worked with two groups of nine mice each, all of which were aged 12-14 weeks. The animals received either a ketogenic diet or a regular diet for 16 weeks.

After this period, the scientists found that the mice that had followed the keto regimen had not only improved blood flow to the brain, but also better bacterial balance in the gut, as well as lower blood glucose (sugar), and lower body weight.

Moreover, and most importantly, the keto diet also seemed to boost the clearance of beta-amyloid protein in the brain — the “building blocks” that, in Alzheimer’s, stick together, forming toxic plaques which interfere with neuronal signaling.”

The researchers are excited about these benefits, but don’t fully understand what about the diet is influencing neuroprotection.

This Daily Habit Could Reset Your MicroBiome


The microbiome is receiving more and more attention from researchers as the scientific community at large begins to understand its significant role in our health.

If the microbiome is compromised, and bad bacteria run amuck, it can lead to any number of serious health conditions.

This is why researchers are doing all they can to learn how they can positively influence the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.

One of the most recognizable ways to increase the numbers of good bacteria in the gut is by taking probiotics.

However, taking probiotics might not be the only, or even the best way to increase the numbers of good bacteria in the gut.

New research by scientists at the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Turku in Finland show the daily habit of endurance exercise could enhance the proliferation of good bacteria in the gut.

This study builds on top of previous studies linking exercise and improved gut health. In fact, there were two studies from last year that showed exercise alone was enough to improve gut health without any need for adjustments to diet.

This time though, the researchers wanted to find out if endurance exercise was a superior form of exercise for boosting probiotics.

In a 6-week program, the researchers followed people who participated in bicycle endurance training of three sessions per week.

As Medical News Today wrote:

The researchers enrolled 17 women who were overweight in the program. The participants had been sedentary before the study but were otherwise healthy.

The intensity of the endurance training was controlled by checking the participants’ heart rate. The women did not change anything else about their lifestyle or diet throughout the study so that the effects of exercise alone would become evident.             

Using 16S rRNA sequencing, Munukka and team analyzed the composition and function of the participants’ gut microbiota.

Overall, at the end of the program, the researchers found a decrease in so-called proteobacteria — that is, gut bacteria that have the potential of causing inflammation — and an increase in beneficial bacteria called Akkermansia, which have links with a better metabolism.

Previous research has found that Akkermansia bacteria are more prevalent in people who are physically active than in people who are not. Some studies have suggested the bacteria may protect against obesity and diabetes.

“However, more studies are needed to prove that Akkermansia might mediate some of the health benefits of exercise,” says Pekkala.

In addition to that, they discovered that the protocol for endurance training and increased macrobiotic material also led to some enhanced cardiovascular biomarkers.

The participants saw their cholesterol and phospholipids fall down further into the healthy range.

This was most likely the function of the exercise, however, the decreases in inflammatory proteobacteria could have had an effect on those biomarkers, so it’s worth considering.

3 Reasons To Eat These Green Nuts


Everyone knows that nuts are a great food to include in your diet.

The reason you’d know this is because nuts have recently been the subject of many studies, many of which have shown nuts to have a positive impact on health.

Most of the time when one thinks of nuts we think of peanuts or almonds. Both of which are positively great for your health. But one of the healthiest nuts around is the pistachio.

These green nuts, while not actually a nut (they are a seed), happen to be one of the healthiest around.

They are loaded with various compounds, minerals, and nutrients which can help to make your life better and longer.

3 GREAT Reasons To Eat Pistachios Daily

1 – They’re Good For Your Heart:  Pistachios have been linked to a reduction in cholesterol; which can have a positive impact on heart health.

In several studies researchers replaced part of the calories in a person’s diet with pistachios.

Once that was done it was observed that many times a person had improvements in good cholesterol while their bad cholesterol lowered.

“One four-week study in people with high LDL cholesterol had participants consume 10% of their daily calories from pistachios.

The study showed that the diet lowered LDL cholesterol by 9%. What’s more, a diet consisting of 20% of calories from pistachios lowered LDL cholesterol by 12%

In another study, 32 young men first followed a Mediterranean diet for four weeks. Pistachios were then added to that diet in place of its monounsaturated fat content, totaling about 20% of their daily calorie intake.

After four weeks on the diet, they experienced a 23% reduction in LDL cholesterol, a 21% reduction in total cholesterol and a 14% reduction in triglycerides.”

2 – May Improve Blood Sugar:

Bad blood sugar is one of the leading causes of chronic disease in the world.

Fortunately, pistachios are one of the few foods that contain carbohydrates that can help control blood sugar.

In one study,  all it took was  2 oz. of pistachios to help control blood sugar. When these 2 oz. were added to an already carbohydrate rich diet it was observed that blood sugar went down.

This was true in roughly 25% of the subjects.

Another study showed that all it took was 1 oz. of pistachios to drop fasting blood sugar by 10%. In this study people with type 2 diabetes were asked to eat just 0.9 ounces (25 grams) of pistachios as a snack twice a day for 12 weeks.

At the end of the study their fasting blood sugar was down 10%.

3 – They may guard against cancer: Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases known to man.

The uncontrolled growth of certain cells often leads to disfigurement or death.

Fortunately, compounds in pistachios can help to fight cancer.  This is because they are loaded with antioxidants, molecules known to fight the formation of free-radicals which are closely linked with the formation of cancer.

In fact, pistachios are shown to have a higher number of antioxidants in them than just about any other nut or seeds on the planet.

Just a few ounces of pistachios a day are more than enough to increase the body’s levels of antioxidants.

One study showed that eating pistachios twice a day enhanced levels of the antioxidants lutein and γ-tocopherol (as when  compared to those who did not eat pistachios).Best of all is how easily the body process the antioxidants. Unlike many other food-based sources of antioxidants, these kind have a higher rate of bioavailability which means they are easily absorbed during digestion.


How An Apple A Day May Keep Death Away


Apples have long been renowned for their health-boosting properties.

They’re rich in a variety of compounds that have been known to help improve health.

Recent research, however, has shown apples may be able to improve health in a variety of other ways. Most notably they’d help to keep death away by way of shielding the body from the effects of aging.

The discovery of a natural compound called fistein has been shown to protect the cells as they age.

Fistein naturally occurs in apples, strawberries, as well as some vegetables.

The way Fistein helps to protect one from aging is by helping us remove a certain kind of cell from the body that impose a major inflammatory burden.

As Medical News today writes:

One key factor in the aging process is known as “cellular senescence,” or the aging of the cell.

When a cell enters this stage, it is no longer able to divide.

When that eventually happens, the cell releases inflammatory signals that prompt the immune system to “clear out” that damaged cell.

Younger bodies can easily remove senescent cells, but as we grow older, our systems become less well equipped to do so.

This causes an accumulation of damaged cells, which gives rise to low-level inflammation and then tissue breakup.”

One of the only observed ways to prevent senescent cells from causing damage is by increasing the amount of certain molecules known as senolytics in the body.

As scientists at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN observed, senolytics have the ability to actively seek out and destroy senescent cells.

As they do this the process of aging actually slows down which could add additional life to a person.

To increase the number of senolytics in the body a number all one has to do is introduce natural compounds into the body known to enhance senolytic production.

As researchers have observed, fistein is the most powerful.

“When treating aging mice with fistein, the team saw that it reduced the levels of senescent cells in the animals, prolonging their lifespan and contributing to better health.

“These results suggest,” points out Prof. Robbins, “that we can extend the period of health, termed healthspan, even towards the end of life.”

However, he adds that this is just the first step of a much longer research journey, noting,

“[T]here are still many questions to address, including the right dosage, for example.”
The first detailed investigation of its kind

In order to introduce more fistein into the body, it’s recommended you focus on eating foods that’ll help to enhance senolytic activity.

Apples, obviously are one. So too are other fruits and vegetables.

4 Benefits Of Collard Greens


Collard greens aren’t as ubiquitous as they once were.

Which is a shame when you consider just how healthy they really are.

Collard greens are a large, fan-like leafy vegetable popular in many styles of American cuisine. They’re cruciferous, much like kale, broccoli, cauliflower and more.

If you’re hoping to improve your health and want to use food in the pursuit, then eating Collard Greens could definitely help.

4 Benefits Of Collard Greens

1 – They’re good for your heart: One of the main ways collards will improve your health is the way they affect your heart. Collard greens are rich in fiber, which has been implicated in improved heart health.

Collard greens are also rich in several vitamins like vitamin C and vitamin A  as well as iron, all of which play a big role in heart health.

2 – They can help fight depression:  As Dove med writes: “The choline in collard greens is an essential nutrient that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. Collard greens are also a great source of folate.

Folate may help treat depression by preventing an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body. Excess homocysteine disrupts the production of the feel-good hormones serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which regulate not only mood but also sleep and appetite as well.”

3 – They’re loaded with anti-cancer agents: Collard greens contain several nutrients known to help fight cancer. This is actually something that’s true of many cruciferous vegetables.

This is because they contain a compound called glucosinolates, which is a sulfur-based nutrient that has been shown to help reduce the harmful effects of free radicals. An interesting note about collard greens is for them to be activated they must be chewed and ground up to fully “come alive.”

Glucosinolates also help to fight potentially harmful inflammation which is another known risk factor for cancer.+

4 – They’re great for your gut health: The health of your gut, and the microbiome (the bacteria that live there), is inextricably linked to some very important aspects of your total health. This includes brain health, immune health, and more.

Collards are guaranteed to help improve your gut health as the high amount of fiber can relieve a multiplicity of gut conditions like IBS, constipation, fecal impaction, ulcerative colitis, and more.

Research, published in Food & Function, suggests the absence of the plant enzyme myrosinase like in cooked broccoli but also found in collard greens could help protect the health of our stomach lining by preventing bacterial overgrowth and the clinging of bacteria to our stomach wall.


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A New Health Benefit Of Bacteria


Surprisingly, beneficial bacteria are looked to as a new class of treatments new super treatments for a wide body of ailments.

Bacteria are being used to help treat conditions like IBS, Crohn’s, blood sugar issues and much more.

And now. there’s reason to believe beneficial bacteria may be able to help treat cancer.In an attempt to eliminate cancers that don’t respond to normal treatments, researchers investigated what would happen to tumors injected with bacteria.

Now, it was no ordinary bacteria the researchers used, but instead was a modified strain that would conceivably destroy cancer cells but would not harm surrounding healthy cells.

To see if this would work, researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center carried out an experiment with the intention of observing the cancer-cell damage the bacteria would produce while checking to make sure the bacteria did not produce an abundance of toxicity in the body.

The study to see how effective this treatment is was actually quite small.

As Medical News today wrote:

The trial was an open-label one, meaning that all the participants knew what treatment they were receiving. In total, the researchers worked with 24 participants recruited in 2013–2017.

All of the participants had solid cancer tumors that were resistant to therapy. Specifically, 15 individuals had sarcoma, 17 had diverse carcinoma, and two had melanoma.

The researchers administered injections of C. novyi-NT spores directly into cancerous tumors. The injections were single doses containing between 10,000 and 3 million spores of the bacterium.

Two of the people who received the maximum doses of 3 million spores developed severe sepsis and gas gangrene, so the researchers determined that the maximum tolerated dosage is 1 million C. novyi-NT spores

Of 22 people who met the criteria for evaluation, 21 scored as “stable” on the RECIST assessment, meaning that the disease was neither increasing not decreasing in severity.

In these people, tumors shrank by more than 10 percent after their experimental injection. When taking into account both tumors that had been injected with C. novyi-NT and those that had not been injected with the bacterium, the stable disease rate, according to RECIST, was 86 percent.The reason this bacteria works so well at killing cancer cells is that it can survive in oxygen-depleted environments, which is an environment that some kinds of cancers thrive in.

This is also why this bacteria can wreak havoc on cancer cells and not harm surrounding cells – as it only survives in oxygen-depleted environments too.

This is why the researchers published their findings in the International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference and said that they saw clinically meaningful activity and has clear therapeutic options for the future.

A “No-Pill” Treatment For Pain


When the average American experiences pain, their first response is to take some kind of pill to modulate the pain.

Pain relievers like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and even more powerful painkillers like Opiates are the standard fare.

But, they not the best choice.

Researchers recently discovered that mindfulness could actually help to reduce pain.

In the past few years, mindfulness has become an area of great interest. It’s been associated with stress-reduction, anti-anxiety, and even longer life.

And this new study seems to indicate mindfulness can shut off the brain’s default pain programming.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) actually demonstrated mindfulness is more effective than many of the standard pain-relief treatments.

Researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC and led Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D. theorized mindfulness causes the brain to produce analgesic effects, which helps to neutralize felt pain.

Zeidan commented, “Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment…We now know that some people are more mindful than others, and those people seemingly feel less pain,” he adds.

In order to reach this conclusion, the team took 76 people who were healthy but had never meditated or practiced mindfulness before.

Zeidan’s team then subjected the participants to a kind of painful heat stimulation along with non-painful stimulation. They observed what happened to the participants by monitoring brain activity with MRIs.

What they discovered was as follows.

“…higher trait mindfulness correlated with greater deactivation of the posterior cingulate cortex. People thus predisposed to mindfulness also experienced less pain.
Conversely, in those who said they had felt more pain, this brain region was more active.

“Default mode deactivates whenever you are performing any kind of task, such as reading or writing,” explains Zeidan.

“Default mode network is reactivated whenever the individual stops performing a task and reverts to self-related thoughts, feelings, and emotions,” he continues.

“The results from our study,” Zeidan says, “showed that mindful individuals are seemingly less caught up in the experience of pain, which was associated with lower pain reports.”

“Now,” he adds, “we have some new ammunition to target this brain region in the development of effective pain therapies.”

“Importantly, this work shows that we should consider one’s level of mindfulness when calculating why and how one feels less or more pain.”

Zeidan hopes that the findings will help bring relief to those living with chronic pain. “Based on our earlier research,” he says, “we know we can increase mindfulness through relatively short periods of mindfulness meditation training, so this may prove to be an effective way to provide pain relief for the millions of people suffering from chronic pain.”

These are the Healthiest Nuts


For a few decades, people assumed nuts were bad because they contained fat.

The theory was since fat was bad for the heart, nuts couldn’t possibly be good for you.

However, recent research has revealed certain kinds of fats, especially the ones found in many nuts, are actually food for us.

And not only are the fats in these nuts good for us, the truth is many of the other nutrients found in nuts can help elevate health.

Right now you’re about to discover what exactly the best nuts for health truly are.

These 4 Nuts Are Great For Your Health

1 – Peanuts: While peanuts are technically not a nut, they’re a legume, they are commonly thought of as a nut which is why they’re going to make it on this list.

Peanuts are loaded with a wide variety of health-boosting nutrients.

Eating peanuts is an excellent way for people to boost the amount of protein in their diet. Peanuts are widely available and provide several essential nutrients.

These include antioxidants (which are shown to help fight cancer, polyphenols, flavonoids, and essential amino acids (which help build cells and muscles).

Another reason peanuts are so good for you is that they’re balanced well when it comes to fat and protein. Plus, the fats in peanuts are the healthy kind; which includes monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. While they do contain some saturated fats (the typically unhealthy kind) they are on the lower end.

The (USDA) lists peanuts nutrition statics as follows.

protein: 25.80 g
fat: 49.24 g
carbohydrate: 16.13 g
fiber: 8.50 g
sugar: 4.72 g
calcium: 92 milligrams (mg)
iron: 4.58 mg
magnesium: 168 mg
phosphorous: 376 mg
potassium: 705 mg

2 – Walnuts: Walnuts are one of the few nuts that contain one of the healthiest fats known to mankind: Omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3s are typically found in fish oil and are associated with improved heart and brain health. These poly-unsaturated acids are great for helping to form the fatty material of the brain and are not believed to be harmful to our cholesterol levels.

And while they’re higher in calories than most other nuts (because of their higher fat content) walnuts are also high in several polyphenols and flavonoids which have known antioxidant activity.

The USDA list 100g of walnuts as containing:

protein: 15.23 g
fat: 65.21 g
carbohydrate: 13.71 g
fiber: 6.7 g
sugar: 2.61 g
calcium: 98 mg
iron: 2.91 mg
magnesium: 158 mg
phosphorous: 346 mg
potassium: 441 mg

3 – Pistachios: Pistachios are one of the more expensive nuts on the grocery-store shelves. But, that high price rewards the consumer because pistachios are loaded with healthy fats and a variety of other nutrients.

Medical News Today writes: “A study published in Nutrition Today noted that eating pistachios has a beneficial effect on blood pressure and endothelial function, which may lead to a reduced risk of heart-related health issues.

Healthful monounsaturated fatty acids and PUFAs make up most of the fat content in pistachios.

While pistachios offer fewer minerals than some other nuts, they contain a substantial 1,025 mg of potassium per 100 g.”

The USDA list 100g of pistachios as containing:

protein: 20.16 g
fat: 45.32 g
carbohydrate: 27.17 g
fiber: 10.60 g
sugar: 7.66 g
calcium: 105 mg
iron: 3.92 mg
magnesium: 121 mg
phosphorous: 490 mg

4 – Almonds: Almonds are one of the most popular nuts in America. And for good reason. This adaptable nut can be transformed into milk, yogurt, cheese, and more.

But the reason it’s so healthy is that it contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that are good for the heart. They’re also high in protein which can help to promote muscle growth and lean body mass.

The blend of protein and fat helps to make people full when they eat a couple handfuls, which can help curb appetite and prevent people from overeating.

The USDA says 100g of almonds contains 579 calories and has the following nutritional profile:

protein: 21.15 g
fat: 49.93 g
carbohydrate: 21.55 g
fiber: 12.50 g
sugar: 4.35 g
calcium: 269 mg
iron: 3.71 mg
magnesium: 270 mg
phosphorous: 481 mg
potassium: 733 mg
vitamin E: 25.63 mg

4 Surprising Health Benefits Of Pumpkin


As hard to believe as it is… the stores are now overflowing with festive fall decor.

It’s barely September, but fall is in the air.

With fall comes an increased interest in a perennial fall gourd. The Pumpkin.

Pumpkin is much more than a festive decoration for Jack O Lanterns and the like, it’s actually a wonderful food with a myriad of health benefits.

So without further ado.

4 Surprising Benefits of Pumpkin

1 – Can help improve heart health: If you want a healthy ticker, then pumpkin can certainly help.
The reason why is pumpkin is high in fiber, potassium as well as vitamin C, all of which are known for their heart-protecting benefits.

There are a number of studies that show how a diet low in potassium may eventually lead to compromised heart function.

By increasing potassium, you can keep the heart functioning at full-tilt.

2 – May prevent cancer: Pumpkin in your diet could be a secret weapon in the fight against cancer.

Why? Because it’s rich in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is the flavonoid that gives pumpkin it’s rich, orange color (the same flavonoid found in carrots). And while it’s certainly helpful for eyesight, beta-carotene is also a powerful cancer-fighting antioxidant.

Beta-carotene has been observed to help lower the risk of one of the most common forms of cancer, prostate cancer.

Here’s the synopsis of a study on beta-carotene and how it helps prevent cancer.

“We found a statistically significant inverse association between higher plasma lycopene [a type of beta-carotene] concentrations and lower risk of prostate cancer, which was restricted to older participants and those without a family history of prostate cancer.”

3 – Can protect eyesight: Since you just learned that pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene, it’s important you realize beta-carotene really can help improve eyesight.

“A cross-sectional study of older African-American women showed that eating 3 or more fruit servings per day was associated with a decreased risk of age-related macular degeneration. It also led to a slower progression of the disease.”

4 – Helps fight Type II Diabetes: Type II diabetes is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in America.

Type II diabetes is an issue that results from mismanagement of blood sugar via diet. Including pumpkin in your diet may help to level out blood sugar which can help keep Type 2 diabetes at bay.


It’s believed that there are compounds in both the seeds and the pulp of pumpkin that help to increase the absorption of glucose into the tissues and intestines. This can leads to balancing out glucose levels in the liver which helps to improve blood sugar.

This Painkiller Is Supposed To Be Good For Your Heart – Research Proves Otherwise


Over the past few years, the medical community has espoused the notion certain painkillers, specifically NSAIDs like Advil, are good for you heart.

This is why there’s a standing recommendation for people with potential risks for cardiovascular disease to take an Advil a day to help mitigate the chance of a heart attack,

Now researchers are saying this might not be the best idea, as there’s now an association between NSAIDs and the risk of developing some kinds of heart disease.

A recently published study shows that one NSAID, in particular, could possibly lead to some severe cardiovascular complications.

The drug is called diclofenac.

Danish researchers at the Aarhus University Hospital were the ones who made this discovery after investigating what happens to the heart of those who frequently take this common painkiller “which some rank as ‘the most widely used […] NSAID in the world.’”

According to their studies, the risk of developing some kind of cardiovascular issue was 50% higher for those who took diclofenac.

Analyzing the combined results of 252 individual studies featuring 6.3 million Danish people over a period of 20 years in 1996–2016. On average, the participants were aged 46–56.

A synopsis of their study reads:

During the study period, the researchers examined the cardiovascular risks of taking up diclofenac and compared them with the risks of starting paracetamol, ibuprofen, or naproxen.

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After accounting for potentially confounding factors, the researchers found that within 30 days of taking up diclofenac, the rate of major cardiovascular problems — such as arrhythmia, ischemic stroke, heart failure, and heart attack — was much higher compared with other NSAIDs.

Specifically, the risk of such adverse cardiovascular events was 50 percent higher among those who started taking diclofenac, compared with those who did not take it. Compared with taking paracetamol or ibuprofen, taking diclofenac raised cardiovascular risk by 20 percent.

Additionally, write the authors, “Diclofenac initiation […] increased the risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding […] by approximately 4.5-fold compared with no initiation [and] 2.5-fold compared with initiation of ibuprofen or paracetamol.”

What’s even scarier is if a person who took diclofenac had a high risk of heart attack at the start of their course of diclofenac, then the higher their chance of developing heart issues in the future.

This led the researchers to comment “Diclofenac poses a cardiovascular health risk compared with non-use, paracetamol use, and use of other traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,” explain the authors.

It should be noted this study was only observational, so the researchers couldn’t absolutely conclude diclofenac was what caused the heart issues.

“Treatment of pain and inflammation with NSAIDs,” explain the authors, “may be worthwhile for some patients to improve quality of life despite potential side effects…considering its cardiovascular and gastrointestinal risks, however, there is little justification to initiate diclofenac treatment before other traditional NSAIDs.”

Taking These Supplements Could Be Disastrous


Nutritional supplements are a billion dollar industry.

And while supplement companies aren’t legally allowed to make health claims about what their supplements can do, there isn’t a lot of FDA oversight on what goes in supplements… or how they might hard you.

This is what researchers are warning about.

In a recently released publication, researchers are warning there’s a potential danger in several popular dietary supplements being sold today.

These supplements contain an ingredient which could harm you, or if you’re an athlete competing at a high level, get you suspended from your sport.

Researchers have identified that many dietary supplements, especially those geared towards weight loss and increasing workout performance may contain higenamine, a beta-2 agonist that that has been shown to be toxic to the heart.

The ingredient is not supposed to be in supplements. And WADA (the World Doping Agency) tests for it frequently, but it is being discovered in commonly available supplements.

This is a problem not only because it can harm you…

But because many of the manufacturers don’t list it in their ingredient list.

Researchers at NSF International in Ann Arbor, MI have uncovered these toxic ingredients pop up on all kinds of supplements.

This is what inspired John Travis, a senior researcher at NSF International, to warn people about dietary supplements after publishing their findings in the journal Clinical Toxicology.
“We’re urging competitive and amateur athletes, as well as general consumers, to think twice before consuming a product that contains higenamine,” he said after releasing his research.

“Beyond the doping risk for athletes,” he adds, “some of these products contain extremely high doses of a stimulant with unknown safety and potential cardiovascular risks when consumed.”

“What we’ve learned from the study is that there is often no way for a consumer to know how much higenamine is actually in the product they are taking.”

The other problem is just how pervasive this problem really is.

Travis and his team took a sampling of 24 supplements, both of which fell into the weight loss or pre-workout category, that had higenamine in the ingredients.

They noticed that while it was listed, there was a wide variance in how much actually popped up on the label.

According to them, the supplements tested were:

The 24 products tested in the study were: Adrenal Pump, Apidren, Beta-Stim, Burn-HC, Defcon1 Second Strike, Diablo, DyNO, Gnar Pump, Higenamine, High Definition, HyperMax, iBurn2, Liporidex Max, Liporidex PLUS, LipoRUSH DS2, N.O. Vate, OxyShred, Prostun-Advanced Thermogenic, Pyroxamine, Razor8, Ritual, Stim Shot, ThermoVate, and Uplift.

As Medical news wrote:

Worryingly, of all the supplements that the researchers looked at, only five products mentioned an exact quantity of higenamine. However, when the supplements were tested, Travis and his colleagues found that the listed quantities were incorrect.

Actual quantities of higenamine across the range of products included anything from trace amounts to 62 milligrams per serving. However, based on the label instructions, users may actually take up to 110 milligrams of the substance per day, which may harm their health in unpredictable ways.

“Some plants, such as ephedra, contain stimulants. If you take too much of the stimulants found in ephedra, it can have life-threatening consequences,” explains study co-author Dr. Pieter Cohen.

“Similarly,” he adds, “higenamine is a stimulant found in plants. When it comes to higenamine, we don’t yet know for certain what effect high dosages will have in the human body, but a series of preliminary studies suggest that it might have profound effects on the heart and other organs.”

So how bad are these ingredients?

Well, The New England Journal of Medicine said that in 2015 alone at least 23,005 visits to the emergency room in the U.S. alone were related directly to supplements.

The frightening thing is this ingredient is legal…

So be careful with what you take, for your health’s sake.

4 Easy Ways To Crush Food Cravings


Food cravings are often times responsible for many people’s diet failures.

Food cravings for a variety of reasons.

And while trying to explain them can be helpful to understanding how they contribute to the failure to lose weight… more effective is giving people tools to overcoming food cravings.

For this reason, we’re going to show you 6 easy ways to crush food cravings so you can lose weight fast.

4 Easy Ways To Crush Food Cravings

1. Chew Gum:

One of the easiest ways to get over food cravings is simply by chewing on a piece of gum.

Many times you can trick your body into thinking it’s eaten by chewing on gum, as the physical act of chewing sugar-free gum tricks the brain into believing its full.

In 2015, researchers discovered chewing gum has the power to curb appetite and suppress cravings, which can lead to weight loss.

Chewing calorie-free gum is a wonderful alternative to high-calorie foods which often lead to weight loss.

2 – Drink Water:

Many times hunger is really thirst in disguise. Thus, many people eat when they should really be drinking water and this leads to weight gain.

Multiple studies indicate if a person feels hungry, and decides to drink water as opposed to indulging in food, the cravings subside.

For instance, in 2014, researchers conducted a study to see what would happen to overweight individuals who drank water when they felt hungry as opposed to snacking on food.

Over the course of the day, the subjects drank an extra 1.5 liters of water a day. At the conclusion of the study, the subjects who drank the 1.5 liters of water, ended up with a lower body-fat percentage as well as reported reduced cravings compared to subjects who did not drink 1.5 extra liters of water a day.

Subsequent studies have confirmed these findings.

3- Participate in Exercise:

Not only will exercise increase a person’s metabolic pathway, which can lead to weight gain, but physical exercise also reduces appetite.

In 2015, researchers compared the hunger of overweight individuals who would either sit on a couch for 15 minutes… or walk briskly for 15 minutes.

At the conclusion of each exercise, the overweight individuals reported they were much hungrier when they sat as opposed to when they walked.

The theory is the increase in exercise helps dampen the production of insulin, which balances the body’s hormone hunger (ghrelin) in response.

4 – Eat More Protein:

Jon Johnsons writes:

Increasing the amount of protein in the diet may reduce the number of cravings and keep the body satisfied for longer after eating.

Many people find that eating more protein helps to keep hunger pangs and cravings to a minimum.

Protein may help the body to feel more satisfied for longer.

According to findings published in the research journal Obesity, overweight males who increased their dietary protein intake to represent at least 25 percent of their total calorie intake reported a significant reduction in food cravings.

Protein may be especially helpful at breakfast. Research published in Nutrition Journal studied the effects of eating breakfast on cravings in teenage females who were overweight or obese and who usually skipped breakfast.

They found that eating breakfast resulted in fewer cravings for sweet or savory foods. Those who ate breakfast with a high protein content had fewer cravings for savory foods.

The authors considered the protein content to be high when the meal contained 35 grams of protein from certain sources.

Lose A Little Of This And Watch Your Health Improve


When it comes to losing weight to improve health, most people have the wrong idea about just how much weight you need to lose to become healthier.

The truth is, losing just a little bit of weight can work wonders.

A new study shows that a 5-10% weight loss is more than enough to see some serious health benefits.

For a person who’s 200 lbs and needs to be 160 to be optimally healthy, this equates to losing as little as 10 lbs.

Here’s what the research found.

How Losing Small Amounts Of Weight Can Affect Your Health Big Time

It’s estimated that nearly 160 million Americans are overweight,.

That’s close to 1 in 2 people weighing more than they should, which could lead to some serious health problems.

To see just how effective weight loss is for improving health researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center took a look at data compiled on 7,670 adults, all of whom had logged personal health info as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Some of the info provided by the participants in this survey included; a participants’ cardiometabolic health, their weight, waist size, blood sugar levels, as well as cholesterol l levels.

Pouring over the data they were able to conclude that any participant who achieved weight loss of just 5–10 percent significantly decreased their chances of developing metabolic syndrome. The team said they were 22% less likely to develop metabolic syndrome.

And if a person lost more than 20% of their weight, they were 53% less likely to have metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a disease state that has known associations with several life-ending conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Researchers said this proves that anything you can do to lose weight, even if it’s just a small amount, is ultimately good for the body. “If you’re overweight or obese, even losing just a little is better than none. But the rewards appear to be greater for those who manage to lose more.”

“The evidence to date suggests that a 5 to 10 percent weight loss for those with excess weight is beneficial to one’s health. A higher level could potentially lead to lower cardiometabolic risk,” he adds.

Sadly, the study showed that most people who needed to lost weight generally didn’t.

According to their findings 62% of people who needed to lose weight, couldn’t, no matter how hard they tried.

This is what led them to say “Since weight loss is so difficult, a 5 to 10 percent weight loss for those with excess weight should be the target. This should be done gradually through following a [healthful] lifestyle with guidance from experts, such as your primary care provider.”

“Future research…should continue exploring effective strategies to help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy weight which includes individual strategies and social support.”

5 Weird But Healthy Things You Can Do With Coffee


Coffee is many things to many people.

For some, it’s the only thing that makes a morning before 6am tolerable.

For others, it’s beverage they enjoy to taste… the subtle nuances in flavor bordering how they would approach wine, and fine cheese.

And for others, it is the fuel that keeps them going when they’re required to push forward through work and school.

What you might be surprised to know is coffee offers a few additional health benefits other than just giving a quick “pick me up.”

5 Weird But Healthy Things You Can Do With Coffee

1 – You Can Exfoliate With It:

If you want to get bright, glowing skin, a dose of coffee on the face can help. Coffee grounds can be used as an exfoliant. This means you can scrub the coarse grounds on your face and they will remove stuck on skin off of your face.

This can help add a bright, youthful glow to subdued skin.

Since it’s slightly acid, the coffee grounds won’t just help to remove dead skin cells, they’ll also help to dissolve built up layers of oil and grease, which are known to give the skin a dull, flat appearance.

2 – May Reduce Cellulite:

Cellulite is a bane to many men and women.

Cellulite is a persistent subcutaneous fat causing dimpling of the skin, especially on women’s hips and thighs.

It’s quite hard to get rid of too.

Studies show that coffee, rich in caffeine, may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Studies show that products with caffeine and a few other ingredients found in coffee can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite significantly.

There are also reports that using it as a topical exfoliant helps to smooth skin and stimulate blood flow.

3 – Great In Foot Baths:

If you want clean feet, really clean feet that is, coffee may help.

Many people use coffee in foot baths to help clean their feet while also smoothing and softening the tough skin of the foot.

The abrasive quality of the grounds can be used to remove dead skin cells and it’s believed that caffeine will increase blood flow in the feet which can help relax the tissue.

If you want to make a foot bath from coffee do the following:

Make 1-2 pots of coffee.

Mix the the coffee as well as the grounds into a foot basin.
Give the coffee some time to cool, but make sure it’s still warm when you use it.
Place your feet in the coffee, and use take the grounds and scrub away dead skin cells with them.

4: Improve Hair and Scalp Health:

Coffee place in the hair and on the scalp is actually a great way to improve the health of both.
According to Medical News today.

The scalp and hair are naturally acidic. Scientists measure the acidity of a substance using the pH scale.

The lower the pH value, the more acidic a substance is. A pH value of under 7.0 is considered acidic, while a pH above 7.0 is basic, or alkaline. Hair fibers have a pH of 3.67, while the scalp has a pH of 5.5.

Using hair products that have a higher pH value than the hair may result in dullness, frizziness, and damage.

Coffee is naturally acidic. The American Dental Association gives a pH value of 5.11 to the medium roast of a major brand.

Applying coffee to the hair can be a great way to help rebalance the pH levels of the hair and scalp.

Try rinsing the hair with cold, brewed coffee or rubbing coffee grounds into the scalp. This can also help to scrub away dead skin cells from the scalp.

This is really just a handful of alternative uses for coffee that can actually improve your health.

Best of all?

You don’t need to use expensive coffee for this to work, the cheap stuff will do just fine.

These Foods Will Enhance Your Sex Life


Far too often, when people begin to have problems with their sexual function, they turn to drugs to help relieve the injunction on their sex life.

The truth is drugs aren’t always the answer.

Simple changes in the diet can produce serious improvements in your sex life.

In every aisle of the grocery store are foods that can harm and improve your sex life.

And as you’re about to see, all the recommended advice by physicians to clean up your diet can help make knocking boots a lot better than you ever expected.

3 Ways Food Can Boost Your Sex Life

Foods aren’t like drugs.

They don’t necessarily work on the body in one way to help improve your sex life.

So instead of focusing on particular foods, you’ll see we’re focusing on different areas of sexual function and show you how foods will improve those areas of your sex life.

1 – Get In the Mood With These Foods:

One of the things the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations knew was foods had a way of increasing sexual desire.

As we mature, our bodies sometimes need more of particular nutrients to function at optimal levels.

Some of the best ways to enhance desire are by introducing more zinc into the body.

For men, zinc is one of the premier sexual minerals. It’s tied directly to the production of the powerful sex hormone testosterone, and also is essential for cell metabolism (energy), stamina.

Multiple studies show the introduction of extra zinc into the diet can help to boost sexual desire. There have been several studies supporting the claim zinc is related to increased sexual desire.

A few examples of this would include:

  • Seeds like sunflower and pine nuts
  • Shellfish like oysters and lobster or crab
  • Red meat
  • Cage Free eggs
  • Grass-fed dairy
  • Whole grains

2 – Send Extra Blood To Sex Organs With These Foods:

You cannot achieve high levels of sexual satisfaction without blood.

Blood flow is essential for male erections as well as female genital engorgement.

If your body has any restrictions on blood flow it can hamper a person’s ability to carry out sexual activity.

One of the best ways to increase blood flow is to increase the levels of nitric oxide in the bloodstream.

This is exactly what Viagra does and what made it the popular sex-drug it is now.

The way nitric oxide helps to increase blood flow is by expanding and dilating blood vessels. This helps men to maintain erections so they can complete physical activity.

When it comes to foods that help increase blood flow by providing nitrates (the nutrient that helps form nitric oxide) there is no better food than beets. writes: “Beets are naturally high in nitrates, which get converted to nitrites by bacteria in your mouth when you eat them. Your stomach converts them to nitric oxide, and this helps to dilate blood vessels and blood flow. Beetroot has the highest level of nitrates among vegetables.”

In addition to beets, foods that’ll increase nitric oxide include radishes, celery, carrots, lettuce, and turnip tops.

3 – Eat Foods That Boost Heart Health:

A healthy heart is a must for sexual function.

Doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman.

Eating foods that help boost heart health will ensure you can go the distance with your partner.

Not to mention, eliminating foods that are harmful to the heart is also a surefire way to help boost heart health too.

A short list of some of the best foods for boosting heart health include:

  • Grass-fed meats
  • Fatty fish
  • Cage Free eggs
  • Avocadoes
  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Whole grains (no gluten)

Eat these foods and your sex life may be far better than you’d ever imagined.

4 Reasons To Eat “Nature’s Broom”


Never heard of “nature’s broom?”

That’s OK, “nature’s broom” is a nickname for one of the healthiest vegetables you could ever eat.

And as you’ll see, the nickname is entirely fitting when you see how well this well-known vegetable can help cleanse you of damaging, disease-causing particulate.

Nature’s Broom = Broccoli

“Nature’s broom” is broccoli.

While it’s not the most popular vegetable for young children to eat, broccoli happens to be one of the healthiest foods you could ever enjoy.

Take a look at 4 of the primary reasons to eat broccoli and try to find a reason that you shouldn’t eat it in the next day (relax, there are ways to make it taste better).

1 -Broccoli is high in anti-inflammatories: Chronic inflammation is believed to be the culprit in the development of many diseases of civilization (including cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Alzheimers, Arthritis and more).

Thus, anything you can do to reduce inflammation will help increase the chances you avoid developing these diseases.

The presence of a compound called sulforaphane is likely the top way it fights inflammation. Sulforaphane is an antioxidant and can help neutralize harmful free radicals that form during chronic inflammation

Plus, broccoli is also high in Omega-3 fatty acids (for a vegetable that is) which is another powerful anti-inflammatory.

2 -Broccoli helps protect the heart: Broccoli is loaded with heart-healthy fiber. Not only does this fiber help to free the bowels of obstruction, several studies indicate fiber is necessary for good heart health.

These studies indicate a high-fiber diet can help to relieve high blood pressure and lower cholesterol, both of which are hallmarks for coronary disease.

3 – It may help you look younger: Most people don’t think of broccoli as an agent to bringing a youthful glow to your skin… but it may do just that.

As Medical News Today writes:

The antioxidant vitamin C, when eaten in its natural form (in fresh produce as opposed to supplements) can help to fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution, reduce wrinkles, and improve overall skin texture.

Many people automatically think of citrus fruit when they think of vitamin C, but did you know that broccoli provides 81 milligrams in just one cup? That is more than what you need in an entire day.

Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the main support system for the skin.

Vitamin A and vitamin E are also crucial for healthy looking skin, both of which broccoli provides.

4 – Broccoli may build stronger bones: Broccoli posses a unique and incredibly important vitamin called vitamin K.

Vitamin K is extremely important in the formation and maintenance of bones. Without vitamin K, calcium is not drawn into the bone which can cause them to become brittle and break.

Broccoli happens to be one of the highest known sources of vitamin K in the world.

1 cup of broccoli has 92 micrograms of vitamin K, which is more than 100% of what you need in the day. Plus, it also has well over 43 mg of calcium.

How Too Much Sleep Could Damage Your Body


Everyone knows too little sleep is bad for your body.

If you’re getting less than 7-8 hours your body never has time to properly recover from the day.

This is why too little sleep is said to be one of the worst things you could do for your body.

But new research indicates that too much sleep might also be bad for you too.


Well as researchers noted after compiling pooled data from 3 million people oversleeping could negatively affect multiple systems in the body.

All of which may lead to an early death.

Scientists at Keele University in the United Kingdom published their research in the Journal of the American Heart Association showing there was a “’J-shaped’ relationship between duration of sleep and deaths.”

The same “J-shaped relationship” they discovered for oversleepers and early death has been seen in one of the leading killers in the Western world.

Cardiovascular disease.

This led them to say that advisements for sleeping over the 7-8 hour mark might “be associated with a moderate degree of harm” when compared to getting less than the normal 7-8 hours of sleep.

Medical News Today wrote:

The J-shaped relationship showed that the size of the risk rose in line with greater duration of sleep. Sleeping for 9 hours, for example, carried a 14 percent higher risk of death, while 10-hour sleeps carried a 30 percent higher risk.

The results also showed that poor-quality sleep was linked to a 44 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease.

“Our study,” says lead study author Dr. Chun Shing Kwok, a clinical lecturer in cardiology at Keele University, “has an important public health impact in that it shows that excessive sleep is a marker of elevated cardiovascular risk.”

The researchers say though a link clearly exists, they’re not sure exactly why sleeping more could damage your heart.

As they concluded

Too much sleep may be linked to cardiovascular diseases because of existing conditions that increase fatigue. These include persistent inflammatory conditions and anemia.

Scientists also tie low physical activity, depression, unemployment, and low socioeconomic status to longer sleep. These may contribute to, but they could also mask, the link between longer sleep duration and cardiovascular disease and risk of death.

Especially given that most of the science and guidelines on heart disease don’t have much to say about oversleep.

Even though prior studies centering on cardiovascular disease and heart health are out there, none of those studies observed a relationship between the increase in cardiovascular disease for every additional hour after 8 hours slept.

Nor have those previous studies delved into the risk related to sleep quality.

Ultimately they believe more research needs to be performed on this association.

Especially because the more a person sleeps, the worse the problem gets.

The Weirdest Way To Improve Your Gut


Over the past 10 years or so, Americans have begun to realize how important gut health is to total health.

It all started when research on probiotics was first released.

Researchers discovered the human gut was filled with all different kinds of bacteria. Some of the bacteria were bad… and some were good.

The good bacteria, called probiotics, helped to positively influence gut health which has a wide and far-reaching effect on many systems inside the human body.

When physicians and nutritionists first discovered this and started telling people to eat bacteria, the general population responded with disgust.

Just as they are now as physicians and nutritionists are telling people to eat the dried up carcasses of insects for better gut health.

A recent study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found ingesting crickets was an incredible way to boost natural levels of probiotics already present in the gut.

The research was led by Valerie Stull, who only took interest in inects as food after taking a trop to Central America. As she said “I was on a trip with my parents in Central America and we were served fried ants,” she recounts. “I remember being so grossed out initially, but when I put the ant in my mouth, I was really surprised because it tasted like food — and it was good!” she adds.

To find out if crickets (or insects) were good for probiotic health Stull and her team asked 20 people ranging 18-48 in age to try two different diets over the course of 4 weeks.

For the first 2 weeks one group had a regular (control) diet for breakfast..

The second group, had a cricket breakfast diet for the first 2 weeks.

At the conclusion of the 2 weeks both groups ate the control diet for 2 weeks.

Once those 2 weeks were over the first group ate the cricket breakfast for 2 weeks and the second group ate the cricket breakfast.

The cricket breakfast consisted of muffins or shakes made with 25 grams of powdered crickets.

At the conclusion of the 6 week study the researchers took blood and fecal samples as well as collecting information about the participants’ gastrointestinal health during the entire study. .

Using a three-point analysis they asked them how their guts felt at the start of the study, after the first 2-week switch the very end of the study.

They analyzed the samples and searched for relevant biomarkers such as blood sugars, markers indicating liver health, signs of inflammation, and changes in the gut microbiota.

Medical news today writes.

They found no significant changes to the health of the participants’ gastrointestinal health, and no modifications to bacterial gut populations.

There was no evidence of changes to the participants’ levels of gut inflammation either, and the volunteers reported no side effects due to their respective diets. However, the researchers did observe two notable changes following the integration of crickets into the participants’ diets.

First, they saw that levels of a metabolic enzyme tied to better gut health had increased to some extent. Then, they noticed that levels a blood protein linked to inflammation — TNF-alpha — had decreased.

Higher levels of TNF-alpha, the researchers add, are often seen in depression and even cancer.

Moreover, Stull and colleagues observed a certain increase in the populations of good gut bacteria, such as Bifidobacterium animalis.

Stull says that part of the reason a switch to crickets and other insects would be ideal for gut health is because they contain a type of fiber that’s unavailable in fruits and vegetables.

This fiber, known as chitin, helps feed probiotics which can help restore a dead gut… or enhance an already healthy gut.

Don’t Want Heart Disease? Fixing This Belly Issue Could Help


Chances are you’re aware that everything in your body is connected.

What goes on in your arteries can affect your brain. What you absorb through your skin can affect organs like the kidney and the liver.

And a recently released drug that helps to heal your guy may help prevent heart disease.

Heart disease is a leading killer in Western society.

And while there are a host of issues that ultimately lead to the development of cardiovascular disease, one of the ones most people aren’t aware of has to do with healing the gut.

Your gut is loaded with bacteria whose primary role is to help assimilate food into useable parts which multiple organs use for total health.

Problem is, if your gut and the bacteria living in there aren’t healthy they can release some nasty chemicals into your bloodstream. And the presence of those bacteria can have pronounced negative effects on your heart.

An Unhealthy Gut turns These Nutrients Into Toxic Chemicals

A team of researchers from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio conducted a recent study to see just how a dangerous chemical released into the body effects heart health.

The chemical, which is called atrimethylamine N-oxide or TMAO is the byproduct of the breakdown of essential nutrients like choline, lecithin, and carnitine.

These nutrients are found in high-fat dairy products, egg yolk, liver, and red meat.

The problem with this chemical is it shouldn’t be there in the first place.

An overabundance of bad bacteria in the gut are the generators of this chemical.

And when they start releasing excessive amounts of TMAO it ends to increase platelet reactivity, or how “sticky” platelets are, and thrombosis, or clotting potential.

Which can affect heart health negatively.

The team wished to see how they could counteract and even control the emission of TMAO.

Using mice subjects, the researchers introduced a choline analog into the mice’s bodies to see how TMAO was emitted. This analog is structurally similar to choline, which as you remember is the nutrient that makes the emit TMAO in the first place.

When the bacteria ingest the analog, something amazing happened.

Instead of emitting high-levels of TMAO as would normally happen in choline consumption… the analog blocked the bacteria from making TMAO in the first place.

This led to significantly reduced circulating TMAO levels.

Just one dose of this analog drove down TMAO levels for 3 days. It also lowered platelet responsiveness and excessive clot formation following arterial injury.

All of which correspond to superior heart protection.

The researchers are hopeful they could create a drug people can take to reduce TMAO emissions.

While the hope is admirable… there is a better solution.

Get rid of the bad bacteria.

Do this and TMAO won’t be there in the first place.

The process is actually quite simple.

Supplement with a probiotic, and eat primarily non-processed foods without additives and consume foods rich in prebiotics and you can alter your gut bacteria in a positive way.

See? Simple and no drugs required.

This Common Household Item Could Stunt Brain Growth


All over your home…

In every store you visit…

In every nook and cranny of the rainforest, the sea, and even deep in the Earth…

Is a man-made invention that is wreaking havoc on the world and our health.


While plastic is seen as one of the most useful inventions ever created (and it is), it’s also one of the most problematic.

It doesn’t degrade quickly, it is choking mother nature… and we are only now discovering it could produce catastrophic results in human bodies.

A recent study conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows in great detail the danger of modern-day plastics.

The researchers wanted to test just how dangerous plastics were, so they decided to test how one of the most common chemicals used in plastics affect our health.

Chemicals known as phthalates have long been suspected to negatively modulate human health as they are believed to have a negative effect on hormone function.

Referred to as “endocrine disruptors,” phthalates may produce unwanted changes in human function. In 2006, NTP found that DEHP may pose a risk to human development, especially critically ill male infants.

The problem with phthalates is they’re usually found in products made for children, which is especially troubling as a child’s physical development is easily influenced by even the tiniest disturbances.

To see if phthalates could damage a person the researchers conducted studies on rats.

As Tim Newman writes:

They fed rates a cookie laced with phthalates at quantities that mimicked those found in humans, based on data from pregnant women.
The animals were divided into three experimental groups: a control group that received no phthalates, a low-dose group, and a high-dose group.

The rats received a cookie daily during pregnancy and for 10 days while lactating.

When the offspring of the phthalate-fed rats were born, their brains were investigated. The team, led by Prof. Janice Juraska, found a significant lack of both neurons and synapses in the rats’ medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). This was the case for both of the phthalate groups when compared with the control rats.

The mPFC is involved in many high-level cognitive functions, including memory, decision-making, error detection, conflict monitoring, and cognitive flexibility.

It has also been implicated in conditions including autism, depression, and schizophrenia. The authors write:

Once the rats had reached adulthood, their cognitive flexibility was tested using an attentional set-shifting task. As expected, the scientists found measurable deficits.

The debate over phthalates and their impact on the human population will, no doubt, continue on. Because these chemicals are so incredibly prevalent in our environment, it is essential that we understand exactly what influence they have on our bodies.

The scientists looked at that data and concluded that if what was happening to the rats also took place in human brain tissue it would be of great concern.

In the past few decades, it’s become quite obvious something is going on with our health.

Incidences of autism are on the rise.

Behavioral disorders continue to increase.

The frequency of mental health disorders is spiking.

Could it be because of all the plastic?

Studies like this certainly lend credence to the claim that plastics might be ba