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.
One surprising skill probiotics excel at is manufacturing nutrients, which they then release for us to absorb and use for our own needs. It’s like having a little dietary supplement factory in your gut producing vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, healthy fats and other nutrients. This helps explain many of the probiotic health benefits researchers have discovered. It’s a true symbiotic relationship, where you give them a home and, in turn, they help you survive. Learn which probiotic species produce different nutrients and how they support optimal health.
Your gut is one of the most densely populated ecosystems on the planet. Probiotics—our friendly bacteria—play an important role in keeping your gut healthy and supporting a healthy immune system. The assortment of all the microorganisms that dwell on and inside our body is collectively known as the human microbiome. The research into our microbiome has exploded over the last couple of decades and has revolutionized the approach to health. One undisputed area that the microbiome affects is our immune system. Microbiome research shows the important role probiotics play in supporting a healthy immune response.
Over the next two decades, 20% of all Americans will be over 65 years old. That’s 72 million people, and the majority of those folks will live well into their 90s. Chronic diseases increase with age, including heart disease, depression, osteoporosis, and cancer. But one of the scariest declines of all to contemplate is losing your mind. Forgetting names, faces, your loved ones, or even how to cook and take care of your basic needs. Fortunately, nutrients have been shown in clinical trials to promote the brain, including significantly improving memory and mood.
The popularity of dietary supplements has increased every year in America since the 1970s and today generates nearly $40 billion in annual sales. There’s no denying that supplements are mainstream, but research has shown that not all companies produce safe products. Learn how to safely choose and consume the highest quality supplements, how to correctly read labels, what dosages are optimal, and how to keep in mind which nutrients might be potentially toxic.
Collagen destruction is your visible sign of aging. As we age, our skin gradually loses elasticity and fullness. More wrinkles start to appear when you look in the mirror, skin becomes drier and thinner. Joints may start to creak, crackle, twinge and ache. Destructions of collagen is an underlying cause of all of this. And if you look in the mirror and see more wrinkles, you should assume that what’s happening on the outside is also happening on the inside. The amount of collagen in the skin declines in post-menopausal women at the same time as bone mineral density declines. Learn how menopause destroys collagen and what you can do about it.