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Soybean Oil: Healthy or Not?

Soybean oil is found in a great percentage of the processed foods we eat. There is mixed evidence as to whether it's healthy or not. Research was done because of its rise in product use to see if it's healthy or not.

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Taurine and Longevity

Sometimes called the "forgotten longevity supplement", taurine is one of the most important amino acids for good cardiovascular and overall health.

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Can Epithalamin Extend Life?

Clinical studies in Russia have shown that a chemical created in the epithalamus of the brain has the ability to reverse aging in people with cardiovascular disease and may extend life by increasing the number of telomeres on the ends of our chromosomes.

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Stem Cell Therapies, are they ready?

Stem cell therapies are the promise of a 21st century medicine. Clinics are springing up everywhere. What are stem cell therapies and are they right for you?

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Latest Info on vitamin C

Vitamins are crucial to the health of human beings. We get most of our vitamins from our diet with a couple of exceptions, vitamin B3 and vitamin D. Vitamin C, however, is a unique case, where during our evolution, right up to Lemurs, primates synthesized their own vitamin C. Most other animal species still do but some vertebrate fish, great apes, some bats, guinea pigs and humans no longer have that ability. So where did it go and what does it mean for the diet of humans?

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Sirt1 - The Longevity Gene

From as long as we have recorded history there has been an attempt to live forever, either here on Earth, or in a better place. Egyptians mummified their important dead so they could live on in the afterlife. Vikings believed we would live on in Valhalla, and Judeo-Christians believe in a more spiritual existence in Heaven. But before taking a step into the great unknown most of us still in our mortal bodies hope for a long and healthy life. The search for immortality is written into our history with people like Ponce de Leon looking for the fountain of youth. Today that search continues but with modern science we are now looking into our own genes for the answer.

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Teas for better heart health

One of the amazing things you can do for your health, and particularly your heart health is to drink the right teas. If you’re like me you get bored drinking the same old tea day after day, or maybe you have never been a tea drinker. Part of my recovery from heart disease was learning to drink the teas that would have the greatest impact on my health. There are so many kinds of tea, each with their own health benefits

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World's Best Probiotics

Probiotics, helpful bacteria that live in our digestive systems, have recently been shown to be helpful in overcoming disease. At the very least, a healthy biome in your digestive tract means that the bacteria aid in efficient digestion, getting every last nutrient the food has to offer. When the term probiotics comes up people either think of taking a pill, or eating yogurt. I am going to talk to you about a much better way to get probiotics. Not only is it better I think you’ll enjoy it immensely. Probiotic bacteria naturally come from eating fermented food. Yogurt is a fermented food, but then so are things like brine pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh and kombucha. I didn’t list one of the top fermented foods, natto, because it’s just plain nasty. I can stomach a lot of things but not natto, fermented soy beans.

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Longevity and NAD+

NAD+ levels in our cells are indicators of how long we might live healthy lives. Increasing it, at least in mice, has significantly extended their lifespan, and caused a reversal to some of their aging. NAD+ (Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is a coenzyme found in all living cells.  As we age, levels of NAD+ decreases causing a resultant lack of energy and motivation. This is because one of the roles NAD+ serves is to move the energy from the foods we eat into basic cell functions. Even more important, another role is to turn off (down-regulate) genes that speed up the degenerative process. Part of this degenerative cycle entered into with decreased NAD+ involves the depletion of our mitochondrial DNA resulting in senescence and death.

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Turmeric, Nature's Miracle

Tumeric, or Curcuma longa, is a plant that has been used as a spice in places like India since time immemorial. Clay pots found near the Indian city of New Delhi were found to contain traces of turmeric dating back from around 2500 BCE, or nearly 4,000 years. The plant itself grows about 3 feet tall and has a rhizome, or underground stem that looks something like ginger, until you cut into it. Compared to ginger’s white flesh, turmeric is pumpkin-orange. The robes of Buddhist monks are often dyed their distinctive color with turmeric.

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Water Your body

For as long as I can remember I’ve heard people involved with health tell me that I need to drink a lot of water. In fact, the guideline, one which I never met, was to drink 8 glasses a day of water. I also heard that this water should come from pure water and not from water contained in combination with other ingredients like tea or fruit juice. Apparently, most of this was just mumbo jumbo. You need water for health but the amount you need and where it comes from can vary. We have to replace the water we use or lose every day through sweat, normal skin evaporation we many never even see or notice, sneezing, crying, and obviously through the process of getting rid of our waste products. Not replacing this water means you become dehydrated. What you probably didn’t know is that not all water provides the same amount of hydration and health benefits.

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Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is nothing short of amazing. If you don’t have any on your shelf, or the coconut oil you have is like 10 years old, go immediately and buy some fresh coconut oil, organic if you can. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let me tell you why I think it’s God’s gift to the Earth.

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Fasting for Health

Fasting, or the purposeful restriction of food intake, has been practiced for millenia both for religious reason as well as health reasons. People who fast for religious reasons do so either as a means to achieve a different religious consciousness, or as a means of atonement, as Catholics do during Lent. But for our purposes, there is evidence that fasting has a multitude of health benefits, whether practiced as a short term, mild fast, or as a long-term strategy of calorie restriction. On the far end of the spectrum is extreme calorie restriction and the jury is still out on whether this extreme measure will provide greater longevity.

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Diagram of Telomeres located on the ends of chromosomes

How Telomeres Affect Your Lifespan

There are many things that can help us live longer. There is no single fountain of youth. In fact, I once heard it said, “If we learn to drive better won’t that help us live longer?” The answer yes. A better diet, a healthy amount of exercise, low risk activities, better behaviors, all lower your overall risk of dying. There was a knee jerk reaction to want to end that last sentence with the word prematurely, but I had to stop myself. Prematurely means that there is a prescribed time to die. Well, to the best of my knowledge, anyone born before 1896 is probably dead now. That’s by no means a guarantee, but there are a lot of people out there tracking this sort of thing. As far as life’s prescribed limit this is based largely on two factors, your genetic makeup, and where you’ve lived most of your life.

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The Truth About Salt

Salt, or technically, sodium chloride has become the great bugaboos for anyone with a blood pressure or heart problem of any sort. Recommendation number one for anyone with a heart condition is usually, "get rid of all the salt in your diet." Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, made the statement in the Journal of the American Medical Association that reducing salt consumption will save hundreds of thousands of lives, and warning that 90 percent of Americans eat too much of it. What you don't know is that this 55 year old "truth" is actually based on now-debunked science and has been perpetuated ever since, despite the fact that there has never been a clinical study that can link salt intake with an increase in hypertension, heart disease or death of any kind

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Happiness as Medicine

Achieving health and longevity often requires us to view our body in mechanical terms I often use cars as examples to overcome the overwhelming complexity of that which I like to call ME. This article is going to discuss an often overlooked topic in health, happiness.

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The NAC Miracle

N-acetyl cysteine, according to Wikipedia, “ is a medication used to treat paracetamol (acetaminophen) overdose and to loosen thick mucus such as in cystic fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is available by intravenous, by mouth, or inhaled as a mist.” But it is really so much more than that. This amazing amino acid derivative is a slightly modified version of the sulfur-containing amino acid L- cysteine.

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What You Need to Know About Dietary Fiber

Dietary fiber might be one of the most overlooked, but important, part of our diet. It is absolutely essential for a healthy digestive system.There are two kinds of dietary fiber you should know about, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber will dissolve in water and in your gut is turned into a type of gel that is fermented and used by the beneficial bacteria living in our gut. It slows digestion of food and helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar. You will often see soluble fiber called a prebiotic for this very reason. The other kind of fiber, insoluble, is basically roughage, helping food move smoothly through the digestive tract.

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Quercetin

The more you get into managing your own health the more you realize it's not unlike managing the health of a modern car. It's complicated. There are all kinds of fluids, additives, things that should be taking care of and it can be a bit overwhelming. I am not here to give advice but instead to tell you what I'm doing in my own life, like all those YouTube videos on how to change the oil in your car by watching someone else do it. I'm a human guinea pig, and what's more I want to share with you my reasons for doing what I do, or for taking the supplements I take.

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Happy Memorial Day

On this special day we remember those who gave their lives for our country. We honor these fighting men and women best by continuing to build a country they would be proud to have served. This is a call to action. Simply, BE HEALTHY.

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Pomegranates

I ate pomegranates as a kid as one of those deserts that turned out to be a lot of work, left me with red fingers, and was pretty tart. I had not eaten many pomegranates in my life. But, when I took charge of my own health after having a minor heart attack, I researched what I could do to fix years of living on the American diet. The answer came quickly, pomegranate juice. I thought, drinking the juice has to be less work and if done right, should not leave me with red fingers. So I started drinking 8 ounces of pomegranate juice a day.

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