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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

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You’ve gone to the gym to do aerobics. You’ve done crunches and tried hours of spinning classes. You’ve done resistance exercises to build muscle to raise your metabolism.

You’ve tried the Zone diet, the South Beach diet, the Mediterranean diet, and even the Weight Watchers diet.

And you’re still ready to shout: Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Missing Key to Weight Loss

You probably know that to lose weight, especially to lose fat, you need to cut back on calories. Calories represent the energy value of foods. Now, the cells of your body get their energy from these sources: Continue reading

Brain Boosting Bacopa Monnieri – What Science Says About Bacopa

Bacopa monnieri is traditional Ayurvedic medicinal herb grown in India. It has been widely touted as a brain booster with other positive effects such as reduction of anxiety. Often called water hyssop, it is a popular plant used in aquariums.

The herb contains many active components including alkaloids and saponins (that form a soapy froth when shaken in a water solution). Most people recognize the saponins Bacosides A and B as the most significant components.

Bacopa monnieri is marketed by many supplement manufacturers which use a variety of phrases to describe its effects. Some of these marketing slogans include:

  • Optimize your brain power
  • Supports memory enhancement & learning
  • Supports memory, enhances mental performance
  • Brain & memory support
  • Mental focus
  • Support cognitive function and brain health
  • Mental alertness
  • Excellent rejuvenative for the mind
  • Benefits congnitive functions

These claims make it seem like you should start taking bacopa monnieri before your next algebra test or your final exams to make sure you get a high grade. After all, you want every advantage possible to succeed in life.

But, what do the scientific studies show about the benefits of bacopa monnieri? Are these marketing slogans simply hype that over-promise what you can really expect? Continue reading

Do You Have a Magnesium Deficiency?

Magnesium plays important roles in the body. It is needed for enzyme activity by over 300 different biological processes. All enzymes associated with ATP require Magnesium. And, you may know that adenosine triphosphate (ATP) provides energy to all cells.

Depending on just how much magnesium in the blood is considered normal, anywhere from 4.8% to 47% of all patients in hospitals are deficient in magnesium. Up to 65% of patients in intensive care are deficient, and low levels of Magnesium are associated with a higher mortality rate.

How Much Magnesium is Required?

The daily dietary allowance for magnesium set by the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine is 6 mg per kg of body mass. On average, this means about 400-420 mg per day for men and 310-320 mg per day for women.

It is estimated that between 50% and 85% of those living in the United States fail to reach these levels of magnesium intake. A major reason for this is the high consumption of refined and processed foods that are deficient in magnesium. One study, for example, showed that refining and processing wheat to white flour, rice to polished rice, and corn to starch removes from 82% to 97% of the magnesium.

What Are the Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency?

Because magnesium is used in all energy producing systems as well as other systems, the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are widespread an varied. Here are some conditions to look for: Continue reading

Diet in Addition to Alcohol Consumption May Play Important Role in Liver Problems

Nutrition is more important than we think. Not only does good nutrition help your body perform optimally, but it may also reduce the effects of an otherwise unhealthy lifestyle.

In this study of mice breed to consume large amounts of alcohol, mice were given alcohol and an artificial sugar, maltodextrin. A group given water in addition to alcohol consumed more alcohol than those given alcohol alone. Yet the mice that consumed more alcohol had less liver damage.

A new study finds that mice bred to consume high amounts of alcohol, but controlled by diet, did not necessarily develop the most severe liver injuries, suggesting that diet may pay an important role in liver injury development.
Nutrition Research News — ScienceDaily

Alcohol Consumption and Diet in Humans

alcohol photoThis study with mice reflects what is observed in human alcoholics. A study by Marsano and McClain found that “malnutrition is relatively modest in alcoholic patients without alcoholic liver disease, the rate of malnutrition is virtually 100% in patients with alcoholic hepatitis and/or alcoholic cirrhosis.”

Another study by Dr. Charles S. Lieber tells us that many alcoholics are undernourished. He cites two major reasons for this:

  • Alcoholics do not consume enough nutrients, or
  • Alcohol metabolism prevents nutrients from being digested, absorbed and used

In either case, the alcoholic is often deficient in protein and vitamins. Vitamin A deficiency contributes to liver disease and other alcohol related illnesses.

While the alcoholic’s chronic diseases such as fatty liver disease can be life threatening, with changes, they can be reversed.

Fatty Liver Disease: Natural Fatty Liver Remedies

If the fat in your liver makes up 5–10 percent of the organ’s weight, then you are diagnosed with fatty liver disease. One of the hardest-working organs in the body, the liver works tirelessly to detoxify our blood, to produce the bile needed to digest fat, to break down hormones and to store essential vitamins, minerals and iron. That is why it’s so important to take care of our livers.

For people with fatty liver disease, the handling of fat by liver cells is disturbed. Increased amounts of fat are removed from the blood and produced by liver cells, and not enough is disposed of or exported by the cells. As a result of this, fat accumulates in the liver. There is an imbalance between the uptake of fat and its oxidation and export.

In this video, Dr. Axe shares how to heal a fatty liver by removing certain foods from your diet, consuming more cleansing foods and taking care of your mental and emotional health.

Learn more about liver health here.
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