Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Aging -vs- Growing Old ... how to come out WAY ahead!

The distinction between aging and growing old is instrumental in knowing how to ultimately nourish the body to provide bio-fighters in the combat against aging.

Growing old implies a decelerated lifestyle pace and enjoying the rewards achieved from a lifetime of labor and achievements.

In contrast, aging suggest tired images of wrinkled skin, brittle joints, and medicine cabinets filled with odd salves and dozens of obscure prescription bottles.

It is your cells, though, that ultimately determine who ages and who grows old.

Growing old gracefully is dependent upon how properly or scantily you nourish the ten trillion cells that make up your body. Healthy cells are constantly under attack by free radicals–molecularly unpaired cells that hunt the body in search of stable cells. Free radicals rob them of their missing components.

The more this occurs throughout the body, the more rapidly it ages.

Now, taking into account that it is environmentally impossible to avoid all contact with the toxins that cause free radicals, the only realistic option is to safeguard your healthy cells. Committing to a healthy lifestyle is the first step, and can be accomplished by eating healthier foods, exercising regularly, and avoiding stressful situations.

The next step is to nourish and protect your cells. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to consume foods and supplements that contain cellfriendly compounds.

Today’s adult is busier than ever, and this can make it difficult to constantly prepare fresh, unprocessed meals consequently the Nutritional Sciences and it’s stunning breakthroughs have made it possible to enjoy life while safeguarding and building cellular integrity.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants work at the cellular level to neutralize oxidation-free radicals throughout the body. They include vitamins A, E, and C, Selenium, Zinc, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Lycopene, Lutein, and CoQ10.

Although antioxidants are relatively similar in how they function, each of these free radical fighters plays a unique role within the body.

OPCs (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins)

OPCs are high-powered polyphenol antioxidants that belong to the flavonoid family.

Grape Seed Extract, Pine Bark Extracts (Pycnogenol® and Enzogenol®), Bilberry, Gingko Biloba, Resveratrol, and others all fall into this category. Research continues to suggest that OPCs work in much the same the manner that traditional antioxidants do, though their ability to eradicate free radicals is much greater and more versatile. For instance, OPCs have a unique structure that allows them to easily cross the blood/brain barrier to support healthy neural tissues.

Mushroom Extracts

Throughout history, advanced civilizations have relied on organic mushroom extracts to promote wellness.

Though it is universally known that mushrooms such as Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi and others are rich in 1,3 Beta-glucans–soluble fiber compounds that help support both innate and adaptive immunity researchers have recently found that the active compounds in some mushrooms have been shown to stimulate the production of microphages, T cells, and other natural killer cells. These biological warriors serve at the front line when it comes to responding to attack.

These bio-fighters are of immeasurable value to the immune system, and are drastically lacking in today’s average diet.

Herbs

Herbs such as Astragalus, Olive Leaf, Rhodiola, Echinacea, Panax Ginseng and Ashwagandha have been used for centuries to help support healthy cells and a strong, responsive immune system. Many have also been shown to exhibit natural synergistic effects when used in combination with one another. Today, they remain one of the most popular ways to naturally support good health and general well-being.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Since the Nuclear Power Plant explosion, Japanese officials give iodine to "protect against radiation". Does potassium iodide really block radiation?

After the accidental reactor explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Japanese officials are providing it's citizens iodine to "protect against radiation".

Many are wondering: Does potassium iodide really protect against radiation?

It's a bit of a yes and no answer. In most cases, according to the CDC, potassium iodide is great for protecting people against radioactive iodine (which is one of the types of radiation released in the Japanese nuclear reactor explosion), however it only protects the thyroid gland. So what about the rest of the body?

This is the breakdown…. After a radiological event, radioactive iodine is commonly released into the atmosphere. It can enter the body by being breathed into the lungs, or being ingested through contaminated food or water. The CDC calls these methods “internal contamination.” The thyroid gland could be easily damaged by the chemical, as it readily absorbs iodine, but the potassium iodide blocks the radioactive iodine from being taken into the gland.

However, potassium iodine can’t protect against radioactive agents, such as cesium, which was also released in the Japanese reactor explosion. It can’t prevent an agent from entering the body and damaging other portions, such as the lungs if ingested via breathing. It can’t reverse the damage caused by radioactive iodine once it has been done to the thyroid.

In actual fact, what Japan is doing with their implementation of a distribution of potassium iodide is protection against radioactive iodine only. It is useful against thyroid damage, not from extreme effects of the radiation fallout.

On a side note, if a person has a hyperthyroid, frequently they are given radioactive iodine to take to "Potassium Iodidell" the thyroid gland. Due to this process the patient takes a thyroid supplement for the rest of his or her life.

As a supplement the CDC still has a series of recommendations about the use of Potassium Iodide:

After a radiologic or nuclear event, local public health or emergency management officials will tell the public if Potassium Iodide or other protective actions are needed. For example, public health officials may advise you to remain in your home, school, or place of work (this is known as “shelter-in-place”) or to evacuate. You may also be told not to eat some foods and not to drink some beverages until a safe supply can be brought in from outside the affected area. Following the instructions given to you by these authorities can lower the amount of radioactive iodine that enters your body and lower the risk of serious injury to your thyroid gland.

The FDA has approved two different forms of Potassium Iodide—tablets and liquid—that people can take by mouth after a nuclear radiation emergency. Tablets come in two strengths, 130 milligram (mg) and 65 mg. The tablets are scored so they may be cut into smaller pieces for lower doses. Each milliliter (mL) of the oral liquid solution contains 65 mg of Potassium Iodide.

According to the FDA, the following doses are appropriate to take after internal contamination with (or likely internal contamination with) radioactive iodine:

· Adults should take 130 mg (one 130 mg tablet OR two 65 mg tablets OR two mL of solution).

· Women who are breastfeeding should take the adult dose of 130 mg.

· Children between 3 and 18 years of age should take 65 mg (one 65 mg tablet OR 1 mL of solution). Children who are adult size (greater than or equal to 150 pounds) should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.

· Infants and children between 1 month and 3 years of age should take 32 mg (½ of a 65 mg tablet OR ½ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing infants and children.

· Newborns from birth to 1 month of age should be given 16 mg (¼ of a 65 mg tablet or ¼ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing newborn infants.


The protective effects of a dose of Potassium Iodide is only about 24 hours. Potassium Iodide is available without a prescription, and can be found as a health supplement on-line and in health stores.



Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Laughter Diet

Dieters looking for another edge might want to consider exercising their sense of humor — scientists have found that a good laugh is a calorie burner not to be ignored.

It may not be as good for reducing the waistline as going to the gym or resisting that ice-cream sundae, but American researchers have found that 10-15 minutes of genuine giggling can burn off the number of calories found in a medium square of chocolate.

The findings on the weight-loss possibilities of the uniquely human experience of laughter were presented at the close of the annual European Congress on Obesity on Saturday.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, recruited 45 pairs of friends, shut them in a room decorated like a cheap hotel — scientifically known as a metabolic chamber — played them comedy clips on a TV screen and measured how many calories burned when they laughed.

The researchers separately tested seven pairs of male friends, 17 pairs of female friends and 21 mixed couples.

"We didn't tell them that the goal of the study was to measure laughter, because then they might have forced it. And forced laughter is regulated by a totally different part of the brain. We wanted it to be genuine laughter," said the lead researcher, Maciej Buchowski, director of bionutrition at Vanderbilt.

The original story is from CNN.

Time to get out those Tim Conway DVDs - And Will Ferrel! - And the Marx Brothers! - And Jim Carrey!