Your brain contains a mind-blowing number of nerves—about 1,200 cubic centimeters of nerves, which is only a bit larger than a quart of milk (946 cubic centimeters). In an instant, your miraculous brain can be moving your arms and legs, thinking about what you’ll have for dinner, remembering a conversation you had yesterday or a memory from elementary school, figuring out a problem, talking to a friend, and feeling love, hope, and joy. Doing those jobs for you are four primary chemicals: dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and acetylcholine. Learn which nutrients increase these important neurohormones to promote healthy focus, memory, energy, mood, and recall.
The FDA regulates the manufacturing of supplements, but not the quality of the ingredients or formulas. This leaves consumers vulnerable to either outright fraud or to inferior products. Answer the following questions so you can know if you’re getting your money’s worth.
Like osteoporosis, AD primarily affects people as they age. About 95% of all AD cases are in people 65 years old and older. Fortunately, research shows that you can control many of the risk factors. When you do, you decrease your chances of getting AD. Learn how you can decrease your risk.
MK4 and MK7 are two forms of vitamin K2 commonly found in dietary supplements. Both are naturally occurring, and both have health benefits. But which one is better? When should you take one instead of the other? This article answers these questions so you can make the best possible decision for your health.
Not getting enough sleep is associated with a 63% increased risk for hip osteoporosis and a 28% increased risk for osteoporosis in your spine. And since not getting enough sleep decreases your balance, coordination, and reaction time, it also increases your risk for falls and fractures. Researchers have uncovered an important link to understanding how poor sleep damages bones. Fortunately, there are some practical steps you can take to mitigate the damage and improve your sleep.
Fructose is a sugar naturally found in fruit. When consumed in whole foods, the amount of fructose is relatively small and fiber in the food slows down how quickly the fructose is absorbed into the body and bloodstream. But in the last several decades, fructose has become a ubiquitous, inexpensive sugar used to sweeten packaged foods. A new study links fructose consumption and Alzheimer’s disease.
Someone in the US dies from heart disease about every 37 seconds, making it the number one killer of adults. Unfortunately, women are often at a disadvantage compared to men when it comes to getting the proper evaluation and treatment. One challenge is that the unique symptoms experienced by women aren’t recognized as heart-related. Women also tend to wait longer than men to get medical attention.
But that’s only part of the story. Even when women report their symptoms to their healthcare provider, more than half the time their concerns are dismissed as not related to their heart. As a result, women are less likely than men to get a proper workup. Knowing the symptoms, insisting your concerns are taken seriously, and getting a cardiac evaluation can save your life.
The amount of oral vitamin C someone can tolerate depends on the person and their health. Studies indicate that when someone gets an infection, their ability to absorb vitamin C increases. This is because the body uses up a lot more vitamin C when it’s under stress and is an example of how your physiology adapts to meet your body’s needs. This phenomenon of increased vitamin C absorption is often called “to bowel tolerance.” It’s a technique I shared with many of my patients. This blog teaches you how you can use it to improve your health too.
Vitamin C is one of the body’s most important antioxidants. You need it to create collagen and for healthy bones, joints, skin, blood sugar regulation, and immunity. Vitamin C also supports cardiovascular, kidney, and liver health. But too many people aren’t getting enough. It’s fourth on the list of top micronutrient deficiencies in the United States. Learn how vitamin C helps and how much to take.
Despite the fact that calcium is required for healthy bones, most Americans aren’t getting enough for their diet. One reason is that most people are surprised that what they think are great sources of calcium really aren’t or should be avoided because of their health risks. To help you increase how much calcium you’re getting in your diet, make sure to eat of variety of the following foods each week.
One of the saddest things I can think of would be to look back on my life and lament the person I could have been. That level of unfathomable regret is something I hope none of us ever experience. Most people do the hokey pokey with their health. They commit for a while and then go back to old ways and old habits. As they get older, they become more and more out of shape, more tired, and heavier. And they get sick. Learn how to leverage your brain’s natural tendencies to create life-changing habits.
Your brain is made up of about 60% fat, and the composition of that fat impacts how healthy your brain is and how well it works. The standard American diet is high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3 fats. Improving the amount of omega-3 fats people get promotes a healthier central nervous system, better cognition, executive function, mood, and even healthier tear production.
For overall health, we need a balance of omega-3s and omega-6s. Unfortunately, most people eat too much omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3s. In fact, the typical Western diet contains up to 30 times more omega-6 fat than omega-3 fat. The health benefits from these fats come primarily from EPA and DHA, but most people aren’t getting enough. Learn how much you should get and the best sources.
Beyond bone health and vitamin D’s effects on calcium and phosphorous, some surprising benefits of Vitamin D include supporting healthy muscle mass and strength, balance, a strong immune system, skin health, brain health, cellular health, intestinal health, lung health, heart health, and neurological health. Vitamin D is an incredibly popular dietary supplement, and many people know they should take it. But how much should you take and does genetics play a role?
Vitamin D does a whole lot more than support healthy bones. Vitamin D supports brain health, muscle size and strength, heart health, mood, pancreas health and insulin balance. This blog discusses six surprising benefits of vitamin D and six more reasons to make sure you get enough of this powerful nutrient.