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Burn Fat and Beat Depression With Powerful Herb

rhodiola roseaWe are always looking for ways to naturally “hack” our bodies and minds. The modern world surrounds us with stressors and reasons to eat unhealthy and even further reasons to skip our workouts. Getting on track can be difficult because the situation of eating poorly and being sedentary tends to become a compounding issue. Once you start to feel down and out, the whole game becomes more enduring to tolerate.

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April 20, 2017 Source: Boston University Summary: Excess sugar -- especially the fructose in sugary drinks -- might damage your brain, new research suggests. April 20, 2017 Source: Boston University Summary: Excess sugar -- especially the fructose in sugary drinks -- might damage your brain, new research suggests.

STUDY: Soda Found To Age The Brain

In 2016, Americans had a party with 11 million tons of sugar. Yep, according to the US Department of Agriculture, that how much sugar we consumed that year via “sports drinks” and sodas.

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The Smoke Points of Cooking Oils

Many people have a long held belief that corn oil and sunflower oil are better than the saturated fats in animal products. According to this study, that isn’t true at all. Cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other chronic illnesses, according to leading scientists, who are now recommending food be fried in olive oil, coconut oil, butter or even lard.

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These Vegetables Beat Chemo

Cancer is the biggest public health burden of mankind today. It kills 7 million annually, not to mention stripping the livelihood, dignity and future health of survivors who have treated it with radiation and chemotherapy. Pharmaceutical companies don’t want alternative health to pose any impositions to their stronghold on cancer “treatment.” An insane amount of annual revenue chemotherapy and radiation produces is at stake.

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Moisturizing Creams Could Increase Skin Cancer Risk; A Better Recommendation

Body and hand lotions are some of the most used skin products on earth. Many people keep lotions at their work desk, beside their beds or in their bathrooms. The marketing pitches by these creams contend that use of the products can cause anti-aging effects as well as soften skin. But the fact is, these type of lotions really are just chemicals. Have you ever read the ingredients on a bottle? There are lots of natural solutions available in place of these.

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Help For Insomnia: Three Nutrients that Help Me Sleep Like a Rock

By Ross Silny, Guest Contributor

I’ve had my battles insomnia. I am sure many of you have had similar battles as well, particularly if you are reading this article. Much of my insomnia has been caused by a low-carb diet. When I say lower carb, I mean hovering around that 60g level.  I don’t drink a lot of caffeine.During the day, low carb focus is a great thing, but at night, not so much. When my carbs are that low, I just can’t sleep. It is almost as if my brain just keeps going and going all night.

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Childhood Antibiotics Now Linked To Crohn’s, lupus, multiple sclerosis

Antibiotics are one of the most prescribed (and abused) medications in the world. They are often incorrectly, incompetently prescribed, particularly to children, for ailments that aren’t even resolved by taking the medications. They are so heavily prescribed that superbugs have risen from a condition known as “antibiotic resistance.”

Antibiotics are often taken for granted but can do serious damage to the body. Take Levaquin, for example, it now has a black box warning on it for the damages it has caused people. And yet, it remains a commonly prescribed form of antibiotics.

The gut is what incurs the most damage from antibiotics. The gut’s good bacteria, which is the bacteria that feeds from prebiotics (indigestible carbohydrates), that’s under attack from antibiotics. The antibiotics kill off this good bacteria. The good gut bacteria contributes to our overall mental and physical health. Disruptions in gut bacteria have often been linked to depression.

Now, things are getting worse…

A new Monash University study which was published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology has found that antibiotics do indeed impede the growth and development of normal gut bacteria. And this means a worse immune system for kids. The immune system function is primarily located in the gut. Now, the study was performed on mice, but there is great confidence that the researchers at Monash got it right.

The study treated female mice with a slew of antibiotics while the mice were pregnant. Next, they treated the mice’s babies with the same antibiotic regimen during the first three weeks of their lives. Another group was tested without the antibiotics present.

When the mice grew to eight weeks old, it was (unsurprisingly) found that CD4 T cells (these are immune system cells) were overly active.

“Our intestinal bacteria are now understood to have a major role in shaping immune health and disease, but the details of this process remain poorly understood,” said John Wherry, Ph.D., deputy editor of the journal in a press release. “These new studies provide an important clue as to how the early signals from our gut bacteria shape key immune cells and how these neonatal events can shape disease potential later in life.”

CD4 T cells are the basis for responding to inflammation. When they become overactive, it can lead to lupus, Crohn’s, and other autoimmune diseases.

These findings also further enforce the concept that creating a healthy gut environment in humans could be one of the cures for many of our ailments. It certainly tells us that overuse of antibiotics is a real, defined problem in our society.

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