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.
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Oxytocin is your bonding and safety hormone. It’s what helps you feel connected with others and builds social trust and alliances. When you feel supported in a relationship, oxytocin is flowing. Beyond helping you feel good, research suggests that living your life in ways that promote healthy levels of oxytocin may help you live longer. Learn how to boost oxytocin to improve your health and enjoy your life more.
Your cells are constantly bathed in hormones that turn genes on and off and affect how you think, feel and behave. While we produce about 50 different hormones, only four primary hormones —dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and cortisol—control your motivation, mood, how connected you feel to people and your level of trust, safety and pain.
Understanding how can increase levels of your feel-good hormones will help you create lasting change in all areas of your life. This blog focuses on how you can boost dopamine. Future blogs will discuss your other happy chemicals.
MK4 is a specific form of vitamin K2. And while MK4 is best known for bone health, it’s an important nutrient used throughout your body. Among all the forms of vitamin K2, only MK4 has been shown to maintain strong bones; support brain, liver, and immune health; and promote healthy bone marrow and blood cell production.
A whole food, unprocessed diet that emphasizes healthy protein and fats, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes and lean meats or fish, is consistently linked to better health. These foods contain the many nutrients and micronutrients needed for the optimal functioning of our body and brain. In addition, the soluble and insoluble fiber in these diets helps support healthy gut flora, which has been linked to both mental and physical well-being. But, you may be wondering, how specifically do healthy foods work their magic? Read on for just a few fascinating examples of the power of food to function as medicine.
For many years I’ve heard and read on the internet recommendations that people should take 10,000 steps a day. It’s always been stated as an indisputable fact. When I hear people make a statement about the health effects of doing something, the doctor and scientist in me thinks, “show me the data.” I never thought it was a bad recommendation. I just wasn’t sure it was true. Where were the studies that proved it? Until recently, they weren’t any. Now three study show that the 10,000 steps rule is a myth and figured out how many steps you actually need.
The prostate gland is a walnut-sized gland in men located just behind the bladder. The prostate’s primary function is to produce seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. As men age, their risk for prostate issues increases, which can lead to difficulty peeing, erectile dysfunction, incomplete bladder emptying, and waking up during the night to have to go to the bathroom. Prostate cancer risk also increases as men age. This blog discusses the two most common prostate problems—benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer—to help men understand the warning signs and what their options are.
When it comes to skin damage, there are two major underlying causes. One is caused by decreased collagen production creating the typical lines and that comes with getting older. People who once felt young and vibrant feel uncomfortable when they see crow’s feet, elevens and drier, sagging skin staring back at them in the mirror. The other category of damage, which can contribute to acne, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis, is caused by chronic inflammation. In this situation, healthy cell turnover is disrupted, creating skin damage, redness and irritation. Fortunately, natural approaches that promote skin health can help.
Your gut contains a mind-boggling amount of microorganisms. Probiotics in human intestines number in the trillions. Its collective genome contains at least 100 times as many genes as your genome, representing a total of 500-1000 species. The link between the gut microbiome and systemic health is irrefutable.
Probiotics are healthy bacteria that are naturally part of the microbiome. While not all beneficial bacteria have the same effects, specific species, have been shown to promote healthy mood, immune system, blood sugar control, and insulin, healthy weight, cholesterol, liver function, and support healing leaky gut.