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3 Power Pick-Me-Up Herbs

The ideal way to identify the causes of low energy is to seek treatment from a health practitioner who will treat you in an individualized, personalized and detailed fashion. In other words, you need you to get to the root cause of the problem and treat it based upon YOUR chemistry.

Having said that, there are times when you need help and you need it now. You have a ton of work and your energy levels are just so low. Time will not permit a visit (and only now did you remember that you can order the Doc Wellness Virtual Visit HERE).

Here are 3 substances which are safe and quite effective as a natural energy tonic:

  1. Ashwagandha. This Indian herb is used in Ayurvedic medicine, where it is valued as a general tonic and adaptogen.  It is considered the “Indian Ginseng” and is excellent for improving the health of the heart, adrenals, and brain.
  2. Eleuthero. More commonly known as Siberian ginseng-eleuthero is useful for clearing feelings of exhaustion, fatigue from heavy workloads and a general lack of energy. It does not have the spiritual components of Ren Shen but is very effective for the physical aspects.
  3. Reishi. A woody mushroom, it recommended in traditional Chinese medicine for increasing immunity and strong anti-aging components. Additionally, due to its effect on the Kidney energy, it is an energy tonic that is safe and strong.

Think Twice Before Grilling Outside This Summer

You finished the steak or the hamburger and now have the unenviable task of cleaning the grill. The neighbors are gone and junior is out with his buddies so time to roll up the sleeves.

You brush and scrub until all is right with the world, or at least the grill. But is it?

Doctors from the U of MO have published a study of what can occur if a wire bristle falls off, going into your food and then is consumed. The internal damage is rather pronounced, to say the least. A person who develops swallowing issue or continual pain post-grilling should seek medical attention immediately.

Better yet, avoid the issue altogether and go with a nylon brush. It is not quite as effective but is considerably safer.

 

 

 

 

Solution to Migraines

Migraines are one of the most common and most debilitating problems, affecting some 4 million Americans per year. Other facts according to the Migraine Research Foundation include:

  • Migraines are the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with a migraine.
  • Amazingly, 12% of the population – including children – suffers from migraine.
  • 18% of American women, 6% of men, and 10% of children experience migraines.
  • Migraine is most common between the ages of 25 and 55.
  • Migraine tends to run in families. About 90% of migraine sufferers have a family history of migraine.

Per Natural Medicine, most of the problems originate from the Gall Bladder and Liver being congested. There are a number of substances that can be of great help in these cases.

At the top of the list is an herb called Feverfew.

Feverfew is an herb used to both prevent headaches and migraines as well as treat arthritis and digestive problems.

The liver and gall bladder are considered “brother and sister;” that is, there is a strong connection between the 2 organs. Feverfew helps to decongest both, thus alleviating pain in general, migraines and headaches in particular.

One note of caution: Feverfew affects the speed at which the liver breaks down certain medications. Be cautious if you are on these types of medications -diabetes medications and proton pump inhibitors.

Doc’s Thoughts: Acupuncture and herbs such as Feverfew – the ones that affect the wood element (liver and gall bladder) were effective in (I would estimate) about 80-85% of the patients I saw who had migraine issues. It would take a while to work on the prevention aspect but typically one treatment would “short-circuit” a migraine.

Why Men Should Be Eating this Fruit (Women too)

It is now that time of year for it. Fresh and tasty, it is a summer time favorite. In fact, ask yourself this question: “Have you ever once heard anyone say they do not like watermelon?”

Watermelon is not only a tasty, refreshing fruit, but it has some major health benefits. Men, in particular, should be adding it to the “Must Eat” list. Here are 3 reasons why:

  1. Watermelon is high in antioxidants. Therefore, it can elevate the immune system as well as prevent dehydration.
  2. It is a great source of Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. The former will also help elevate the immune system as well as clear any time of inflammation. Vitamin B6 will improve the quality of the blood and also is considered one of the “foods” for adrenal support
  3. Lastly – this is where men should take note – watermelon is a  good source of the carotenoid lycopene. Lycopene, along with zinc is a great substance to keep the prostate healthy.

And women will love it as newer evidence suggests that consuming lycopene can help prevent breast cancer.

Wins across the board here. Watermelon is delicious and nutritious.

Ulcerative Colitis Problems? Use This.

The Archives of Medical Research reported a recent study in which THIS substance was found to be very useful in the treatment of ulcerative colitis and the painful inflammation and sores in the colon and rectum ensue.

The substance, the one that people love?

Resveratrol.

What is it?  Resveratrol is a plant compound that acts as an antioxidant. The top food sources include grapes, some berries, peanuts and everyone’s favorite, red wine. Studies have shown that it helps lower blood pressure, protects the brain, increases insulin sensitivity (helps with fat loss) and have strong healthy aging benefits.

And as we have seen above, is associated with decreased disease activity and improved quality of life as it relates to ulcerative colitis.

Doc’s Thoughts: I am a big fan of this product. I have recommended it quite a bit and use it myself. The benefits are pronounced and consistent. The key is dosage. Typically it is higher than recommended, at least that is what I have found.

My favorite: Pure Resveratrol – 2000mg – Strongest, Most Effective Blend on Amazon – 90 Capsules – Order

 

Soda and Kidney Damage

This post is not sponsored by Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew or _______ (feel free to insert your favorite soda). In fact, they will hate it.

You have undoubtedly read a number of studies as to why it is a good idea to limit the amount of soda consumed. Here is another. A recent study from Japan noted that soda drinkers had an increased risk of kidney disease.

In the study at a Japanese university, 12K employees had various tests performed, including urine test for the presence of protein. The reason is that protein in the urine is considered an early sign that kidney damage is present. The good news is that this is reversible.

The results noted that 11% of those who stated they consumed 2 or more sodas (soft drinks) daily had the highest levels of protein in their urine. Those who consumed no soda or rarely drank it had dramatically less incidences.

It should be noted that besides kidney problems, protein in the urine is an early warning sign of stroke and heart disease.

An earlier study concluded that those who consumed 2 colas per day, be it regular or diet, had 2x the normal risk of kidney disease.

There was no correlation between kidney disease and other carbonated drinks such as Perrier-like substances.

 

Spicy Your Life and Lower Your BP

 

Problem with high blood pressure? If you are wanting to lower your BP the natural and safe way, add some spice to your food.

The key ingredient in spicy foods is called Capsaicin and this is the substance that helps to lower blood pressure.

Research has shown that eating spicy foods on a regular basis will help flood your system with capsaicin. This, in turn,  helps relax blood vessels by improving the production of a natural substance called nitric oxide or NO. NO is a molecule which is designed to help protect blood vessels against inflammation. It is used for improving endurance via endurance athletes such as runners or triathletes and used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction* as well.

Find your nearest Thai or Indian restaurant or section of the supermarket and add some spice to your life and say goodbye to high blood pressure.

 

*Additional uses include the following:

  • Pain, general or specific.
  • Nervous system problems including shingles, neuralgia
  • Cluster headaches and migraines
  • Joint problems including arthritis
  • Skin conditions including rashes, psoriasis

Pregnancy and Why You Need to Avoid this Common Substance

Are you pregnant? Looking to raise the healthiest baby possible? Here is something you may wish to consider.

Pregnant women who have a diet that is high in fructose may be laying the foundation for high blood pressure and obesity relating to their babies, later on in life. This is the conclusion drawn from researchers at the University of Texas, Medical Branch, Galveston.

High-fructose foods include banana, blackberry, cherry, fig, kiwi, mandarin, mango, star fruit, rockmelon, grapefruit, pineapple and raspberries. Very high fructose foods include blueberries, lychee, tomato concentrate, dried fruits, tinned berries in syrup, grape, persimmon, pickled onion, pomegranate, tinned dark plum, apple, and pear.

Some evidence suggests fructose may disrupt liver function as well as the elevation of triglycerides in men, increasing the risk of heart disease.

Bottom line: Keep the fruit to a minimum and avoid high fructose corn syrup (and its “new” names) altogether.

5-6 Meals Per Day? Think Again.

It seems like an idea gets started and without much proof, gets repeated.

And repeated.

And repeated.

The “eat 5-6 small meals per day which will stimulate the metabolism” is one such myth. There have been a number of  studies recently published that compared people eating  5-6 small meals throughout the day versus people eating the identical number of calories but in the typical three-meals-per-day approach. These studies show that there is zero increase in metabolism or fat loss by consuming 5-6 smaller meals during the day.

In addition, there are some studies that show that in obese people who follow this 5-6 meal a day plan gain more fat  and experience overall worse health.

Finally, eating this frequently puts a strain on the pancreas which can lead to diabetes.

 

Do Appetite Suppressants Work?

“This is the product that will accelerate your metabolism. 

Get your metabolism jacked by using this!”

 

Have you seen ads like this?

When you choose a formula or a product to help you burn fat and lose weight, do not worry so much about “spiking” the metabolism. It is just hype.

Current (and past) research shows that products that are heavily loaded with stimulants do not work. They have very little effect on fat loss whatsoever.

In addition, the journal Appetite says they could very well do exactly the opposite.

Researchers gave test subjects a stimulant supplement or a placebo, and then allowed them to eat whatever they wanted.

However. . . . here is where it gets interesting. . . .each subject in fact, had a placebo.

Those who thought they had taken a genuine appetite stimulant ate more!

Doc’s Thoughts: I have been saying for years now that there are very few substances on the market that work and these must be used according to the person’s chemistry. The one size fits all is nonsense.

In addition, many of these stimulants will weaken the adrenals and negatively affect the heart in the process.

The only way to determine which substances – the healthy ones such as cinnamon, chromium or CLA etc., –  should be used, when they should be used and by whom is to have a program personalized for the individual.

I am an expert at this. (Call for an appointment or order online if you are serious about fat loss. Only if you are serious.)

Take action and get a personalized program. Avoid the late night or “health” magazine ads for quick fixes, particularly appetite suppressants. They never work.

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