Drinking Tea is Linked to Lower Risk of Heart Disease

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An examination of data from a number of independent studies of tea consumption which was published in the journal Advances in Nutrition found that tea is rich in flavonoids, relative to other foods and beverages typical in the U.S. diet. Tea consumers, on average have a flavonoid intake 20 times greater than non-tea drinkers. Flavonoids are known to benefit heart health as they act to moderate enzymes involved in oxidative and inflammatory stress and improve endothelial function (The endothelium is a thin membrane that lines the inside of the heart and blood vessels. Endothelial cells release substances that control vascular relaxation and contraction as well as enzymes that control blood clotting, immune function, and platelet (a colorless substance in the blood) adhesion).

Note: The amount of flavonoids may be overestimated in certain ready to drink products according to researches. But also, certain products may underestimate the amount of flavonoids in tea that was steeped for longer periods of time.

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Make a Habit of taking Fish Oil to Reduce CVD & All-Cause Mortality Rates

A study published on March 4, 2020 in the BMJ Medical Journal indicated habitual fish oil supplementation may significantly reduce the risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality, and mortality from CVD incident events.

Habitual use of fish oil seems to be associated with a lower risk of all cause and CBD mortality and to provide a marginal benefit against CVD events amoung the genertal population the researches concluded. Why? The protective association of fish oil use against CVD events was somewhat stronger in those with prevalent hypertension.

Also studies have reported that fish oil can reduce thrombosis. (Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot, known as a thrombus, within a blood vessel. It prevents blood from flowing normally through the circulatory system).

I myself take a teaspoon of Carlson Wild Norwegian Cod Liver Oil Lemon every morning.

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The Mediterranean Diet Could Benefit the Elderly

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Researches have analyzed the gut microbiome of 612 people aged 65 to 79, before and after 12 months of either eating their usual diet or a Mediterranean diet which is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, olive oil, and fish. It’s also low in red meat and saturated fats. The elderly who participated were either frail, on the verge of being frail, or not frail at the beginning of the study.

Sticking to the Mediterranean diet for 12 months was associated with positive changes to the gut microbiome. It showed an increase in abundance of the types of bacteria that asociated with several indicators of reduced frailty, such as walking speed and hand grip strength, and improved brain function, such as memory, and also it reduced the production of potentially harmful inflammatory chemicals.

Source: Nutraceuticals World April 2020 edition.

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How America Fares With Their Health

Source: Nutraceuticals World Magazine September 2020 edition

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the US affecting over 40 Million adults (19% of the population) according to the National Alliance on Menntal Health. Around 7% of children aged 3-17 also experience issues with anxiety each year. This was measured before COVID-19.

Mortality rate of people ages 25-34 have risen more than 20% since 2008 because of suicdes and drug overdoes according to a 2019 report published by the Stanford Center of Poverty and Inequality.

By some estimates 40% of Americans are obese.

While some of these things can be changed by diet, we must also focus on the mental and spiritual aspects as people are made up of more than just flesh and blood.

The Physical Aspect:

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that half of all grains consumed should be whole grains. Enough intake of whole grains has been linked with reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

Immunity: While adaptive immunity is mainly formed through exposure to pathogens and vaccines, natural immunity as a first line of defense, is made up of physical barriers that block the entry of pathogens in the body, immune cells mainly which depend upon specific nutrients, and more. 95% of the adult U.S. population had less than what was needed in vitamin D intake, and 84% vitamin E. Vitamin A 45% and vitamin C 46%, and zinc 15%.

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The Mental Aspect:

A new study completed by the University of Buffalo named “Compound found in red wine opens the door for new treatments for depression and anxiety. The study concluded that resveratrol shows anti-stress effects in the body by blocking the enzyme phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4 for short). It is an enzyme that influences the stress hormone corticosterone. Corticosterone when excessive has been shown to lead to the development of depression and other disorders.

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The Spiritual Aspect:

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When a person ignores their spirit, both the physical and mental aspects that make up the trinity of a person are also affected. All three aspects must be given attention to, to fully understand and live a whole life. It is like a three-legged stool that you sit on. If you saw off one of the legs, it becomes imbalanced. It’s the same with your life.

The Bible tells us in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.” When we recognize that we need God in our lives and His love (God is love), we turn from our sins and ask Him into our lives as Lord and savior. The Bible says He will come into our lives and live inside of us through The Holy Spirit. When we live according to His ways rather than our own ways, our lives totally change for the better. Not only do we have eternal salvation, we actually get on God’s side of things. Believe me, being on God’s side and knowing that God is for you and not against you brings great benefits in your daily life. It changes your relationship with God, and with others. He changes how you speak, and how you care. Your whole life becomes a new creation. While this change happens instantly in the spirit, it develops over time in our life as we continue to live and surrender our ways for His.

Suggested video: How to Know God

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Immune Shine (TM) for Immune Support-Trying it soon!

Gaia Herbs Immune Shine for Immune Support

I’m really impressed with this products ingredients and the benefits of each. Immune Shine (TM) by Gaia Herbs.

First of all I like that it is USDA Organic.

Since there have been plenty of studies and websites of each ingredient, I’ll give a link to each one, so you can read the great benefits of each.

Maitake Mushrooms: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/maitake-mushroom

Chaga Mushrooms: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/chaga-mushroom

Elderberry: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/elderberry

Ginger: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger

I just ordered the product today 9/14/2020 and 3.5 oz jar is a 48 day supply, so that should give me plenty of time to see if I feel any type of difference taking this product. I may feel or see nothing, as I’m not bothering with blood tests and the like, so this will not be by far any scientific study by any means, but it will be interesting to try it out.

I will update this blog post as I consume the product.

Update: 9/18/2020. I received Immune Shine (TM) today and took my first teaspoon full (it’s in powder form) mixed in Pomegranate juice and Ningxia red (My morning drink). It’s a bit difficult to get it all mixed in and some of it will go to the bottom as you drink it, so in the end, I have to add either a little more juice or water to get it all out of the glass. It has a slight taste to it, which tastes neither bad nor good to me. I plan on trying it in a smoothie sometime next week.

More updates to come as I continue to try out the product.

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What is the Best Diet When Pregnant?

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What is the Best Diet When Pregnant? There was a clinical trial published in PLOS Medicine that found that women who followed a Mediterranean type diet during pregnancy, including a portion daily of tree nuts (1/2 being walnuts) and extra virgin olive oil, had a 35% lower risk of gestational diabetes and on average gained 2.75 pounds less, compared to women who received standard prenatal care.

What does a Mediterranean consist of? The general guidelines of the diet recommend that people eat:

  • a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains
  • healthful fats, such as nuts, seeds, and olive oil
  • moderate amounts of dairy and fish
  • very little white meat and red meat
  • few eggs
  • red wine in moderation

This diet has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular death in adults according to the PREDIMED study.

What type of nuts are beneficial?

15 grams walnuts

7.5 grams almonds

7.5 grams hazelnuts.

Also the Mediterranean diet has additional health benefits such as improved brain function.

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Cities Where People Live The Longest

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It’s always interesting to know the best cities (and the worst) where people are living longer (or not). A lot has to do with fresh produce that’s easily available, and pollution. Also in this account, is people who are doing well not only physically but also mentally and financially. Here they are:

Best Longevity

  1. San Jose, CA
  2. Oakland, CA
  3. San Diego, CA
  4. Honolulu, Hi
  5. Sioux Falls, SD
  6. Burlington, VT
  7. San Francisco, CA
  8. Aurora, CO
  9. Bridgeport, CT
  10. Anaheim, CA

Worst Longevity

91. Lubbock, TX

92. Baton Rouge, LA

93. Richmond, VA

94. Memphis, TN

95. Philadelphia, PA

96. LIttle Rock, AR

97. Oklahoma City, OK

98. Tulsa, OK

99. Indianapolis, IN

100. Detroit, MI

Source: Men’s Health July-August 2020

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Yummy Smoothie Ideas

I love a good fruit/veggie smoothie. I don’t actually drink enough of them because I run out of idea’s on how to make them. Here are 8 Low Calorie Smoothie ideas from Eat This, Not That. Enjoy!

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Prostate Health Eating Mushrooms

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) cuases symptoms related to urination, and according to research ssuggests that BPH affects about one in two men.

Overall dietary improvements and weight loss, the well known natural ingredients saw palmetto and lycopene continue to be popular for targeting or preventing BPH symptoms.

However, a long term cohort study published last year by the International Journal of Cancer publication showed an association between mushroom consumption and a decrease of prostate cancer, in men 50 years and older who ate mostly meat and dairy products with little fruit or vegetables in their daily diet. While each participant of the study didn’t list the exact type of mushrooms consumed, the area shiitake, oyster mushrooms, maitake, and white button mushrooms are commonly consumed in the study areas.

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Help Keep Your Brain Healthy

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Who thought there was a way to help keep your brain healthy? It’s amazing how we are learning different things we never knew, say 20 years ago?

Okay, without further delay, here they are:

*Exercise. Think of inactivity as a disease. When you get enough exercise a day, it causes your blood to pump faster, thus giving your brain more oxygen.

  • Drink water instead of eating. Many times we mistake being thirsty for being hungry. Being dehydrated affects the thinking ability of the brain. 2% dehydration has a measurable impact on memory and also the speed at which it processes.
  • Analytical meditation: Visualize your problem in a bubble so it becomes separate from you.
  • Eat and drink things that are good for your blood sugar. Sugar in excess can be toxic, causing neurons to die and possibly causing cognitive decline. Best things to eat: Fresh vegetables, Whole berries, Fish, and other seafood (but not fried). Healthy fats, such as avocados, and whole eggs and extra virgin olive oil, plus certain nuts and seeds, (Such as walnuts and cashews.
  • Drink Ningxia Red or other drinks that fortify the body.
  • Drink tea regularly. The positive contribution of tea drinking to the brain structure suggests a protective effect on age-related decline in brain organization.
  • Be Social. Time with friends is stimulating your mind with thoughts that you might not have ever come up with. Also, research shows that people who are social are better protected against cognitive declines such as Alzheimer’s.
  • Find a purpose for your life. A life filled with purpose stimulates the brain.
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