Magnesium deficiency triggers many chronic disease symptoms

While magnesium is the second most abundant mineral in the cells of the human body, it also represents the second most common deficiency.  With only about 1 percent of magnesium stored in the blood, a deficiency in this essential nutrient can be difficult to detect through the usual lab tests.

Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical processes throughout the body, but one of its most important tasks is producing energy. In that capacity, it becomes indispensible in all cellular processes. Understanding the danger signs of a magnesium deficiency can rid you of bothersome, mysterious symptoms while lowering your risk of serious health issues.

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Overcoming Adrenal Dysfunction

Fatigue is a common complaint for many people. But did you know that one of the most common causes of fatigue is adrenal dysfunction?

Your adrenal glands—which sit atop your kidneys—release cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine in response to stress. They also release other hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), pregnenolone and progesterone as well as aldosterone, which works with the kidneys to balance sodium and potassium in the body.

Given its prominent role in so many hormone and neurotransmitter functions, it’s little wonder that adrenal dysfunction can wreak havoc with your health.

Your Adrenals at Work

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Low Iron Linked with Muscle Health, Sleep Disorders, Mood, Stroke Risk, and Mitochondria

Do you have iron deficiency and not know it? Fatigue, weakness, and cold intolerance are common symptoms of low iron. Standard blood tests may not reflect early iron deficiency. There is, however, a special lab test that tells you how good your iron stores are even before extensive changes occur. This lab test is called serum ferritin. Serum ferritin levels reflect the actual amount of iron stores in the body. A depletion of iron stores indicates a functional deficiency and early iron deficiency, which can cause a variety of health disorders. There is more to low serum ferritin and iron deficiency than meets the eye.

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency

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Dog Tired? Top 7 Foods for Fantastic Energy

Are you tired all the time? Feel like you just cannot put one foot in front of the other? You are far from alone.

Every day people ask how they can just get a little more pep in their step. Whether it’s an energy food, an energy supplement or some form of exercise they can do to beat the fatigue, energy seems to be the one thing everyone wants a little bit more of.

This is not just a personal crisis, it’s darn near a national emergency. We are all burned out, overextended, under-rested and overstimulated. In short, we are just plain, flat-out tired.

And it is affecting everyone. It’s not just the sick that are tired. The busy mom, the stressed-out dad, the busy executive and the average teenager. Across this country, people are falling asleep in their Wheaties®…which may be part of the problem.

In this article, I’m going to help you help you ease your fatigue and regain energy with seven delicious, energy-boosting foods that will skyrocket your stamina and help you take on the world.

You Truly Are What You Eat

Let’s face it: Food is fuel. Every single organ and cell in your body needs the food you take in to give it the nutrients it needs to function. But—and this is the key—not all fuel is created equal.

Your body thrives on nutrients and macronutrients from healthy proteins, fats and carbohydrates. However, if you fill the tank with sugars, trans fats and allergens, the body (just like a car) may run, but not effectively nor efficiently. In time, it will break down.

Fortunately, the opposite is also true. If you feed your body what it needs, it can do miraculous things. It can ease depression, protect against diabetes and heart disease and even fend off memory loss or even Alzheimer’s disease. And energy? Forget about it! The right food is truly the secret to great, long-lasting energy.

If you want to perform like a high-tech, well-oiled machine, then you have to fuel your body like one. You wouldn’t stick any old gas into the tank of a Ferrari racecar, would you? Of course not! Nor should you fuel your body with chips and doughnuts.

Fuel yourself with rich, nutrient-dense, whole food that keeps your blood sugars level, gives you sustained energy all day long, feeds your cells the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals they need to function optimally and nourish yourself with the healthy protein and fat you need for growth, performance, health and, of course, energy.

The following seven foods can help you boost—and more importantly sustain—your energy day in and day out. Remember, at the end of the day, food is your number one fuel. Choose wisely.

Energy Food #1: An Apple a Day

Apples are one of the best energy enhancers around. While they are best known as a great source of the anti-inflammatory compound quercetin, apples are also a great source of boron, which is key for energy. In fact, one study found that college students who took 3 mg of boron stopped falling asleep in class!

Aim for at least one apple a day.

Energy Food #2: Potent Pomegranate

Pomegranates may be all the rage here in the United States, but this funny little fruit has been used medicinally in the Middle East, Iran, India, Egypt and Greece for thousands of years.

High in antioxidants (especially polyphenols) and ellagic acid, pomegranates have been found to help repair free-radical damage. Specifically, research indicates that pomegranates may play a role in preventing and treating cancer and heart disease.

On the energy front, pomegranates’ high nutrient profile gives your cells the fuel they need for optimal speed and stamina. And speaking of stamina, the pomegranate has been coined “Nature’s Viagra®” due to its positive effect on erectile dysfunction. No wonder it has long been associated with love, sensuality and, yes, energy.

Enjoy one 4- to 8-ounce glass of unsweetened pomegranate juice per day.

Energy Food #3: Pile on the Peppers

I’m not talking about any old peppers…I mean hot peppers. Hot peppers like cayenne, habaneros and jalapenos contain capsaicin, a nutrient that is known to boost metabolism and energy.

Capsaicin is a vasodilator, meaning it helps to dilate and relax your blood vessels, which in turn increases circulation. It also increases body temperature, suppresses body fat accumulation and promotes energy metabolism.

Dice up a couple of hot peppers and add to your favorite chicken or beef dish a couple of times a week.

Energy Food #4: Quirky Quinoa

Hot on the heels of the gluten-free craze, a funny little grain called quinoa has emerged. This ancient grain isn’t even a grain at all. It’s a seed, and it has the highest protein content of any “cereal” grain around. Plus, quinoa is loaded with both fiber and iron.

And quinoa is gluten-free to boot. Let me tell you why this is key.

Gluten is one of the top three food allergens in this country. Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats. If you are allergic to gluten (i.e. celiac disease) or have a gluten sensitivity, eating these types of grains can make you bloated and tired. By eating gluten-free, you can regain your energy (and lose the belly bloat).

Quinoa is such an energy powerhouse that legend says the Incan armies would march for days on end fueled by nothing more than “war balls,” which were made up of quinoa and fat. While you may not make war balls for the office potluck, quinoa is sure to help you battle through even your toughest day.

Aim for ½ cup to one cup of quinoa three to four times a day.

Energy Food #5: Get Nutty

If you are looking for a quick energy boost, reach for raw, unsalted nuts and/or nut butters. Nuts are a great source of healthy fat, protein and fiber. The protein and fat keep you full and your blood sugar stable, while the minerals boost energy and stamina.

My favorite nuts are almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts, as well as their butters. Just be sure to avoid the overly salted versions.

Aim for one ounce of nuts (or nut butters) a day.

Energy Food #6: Sassy Sardines

It may sound “canny,” but sardines may be pretty close to the perfect energy food. These salty little suckers are a quick, easy, first-class source of both protein and omega-3 fats, both of which are critical for energy and metabolism.

Look for sardines packed in sardine oil or olive oil. Avoid those with soybean or cottonseed oils. Enjoy with crackers, on top of a salad or straight out of the can.

Aim for one can of sardines a couple of times a week.

Energy Food #7: Head This Whey

High-quality whey protein powder is one of the most readily absorbed protein sources around. Plus, whey contains all of the amino acids your body needs in ideal balance. This translates to sustained energy.

Just be careful when choosing a whey protein powder, as many are just milkshakes in disguise. Look for a product that comes from grass-fed cows, is pesticide-free and doesn’t contain artificial flavors or sweeteners. If it also contains added nutrients, all the better.

Aim for one scoop whey protein powder a day.

For a true energy boost, combine several of these energy foods in one fatigue-busting apple pie smoothie. In a blender, mix 8 ounces water, one scoop whey protein powder, one apple (chopped), 2 teaspoons cinnamon and one tablespoon pecan butter (or one ounce chopped pecans). Blend well and enjoy!

 

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10 Symptoms of Thyroid Problems Your Doctor May Miss

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About 12% of Americans develop thyroid disease, and of those who get it 60% will never know they have it. [1] That’s a problem. The thyroid regulates hormone balance and contributes to weight, mood, and mental stability. If ignored, a thyroid imbalance can develop into serious medical conditions. Awareness is key, so to help, here are 10 symptoms of thyroid problems that are often missed.

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Why Everyone Should Switch to Pink Himalayan Salt Immediately

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Have you heard about the amazing Himalayan crystal salt that comes directly from the Himalayan Mountains? It is packed with some pretty amazing benefits and is an amazing new staple to add to your pantry. It is an absolutely wonderful alternative to table salt, and soon I’ll explain why.Image credit: Jun Seita

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10 Reasons Why You Need Vitamin B12

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Mussels and other shellfish are a great natural source of vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that keeps the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. It is involved in the metabolism of every cell in the human body, and is necessary for DNA synthesis and regulation, as well as fatty acid synthesis and energy production. The benefits of vitamin B12 start in the womb, are vital during infancy, and protect you from disease throughout your life.

Not getting enough B12 causes tiredness, weakness, changes in elimination, loss of appetite, and weight loss—all symptoms of megaloblastic anemia, a condition characterized by very large red blood cells. It comes on slowly, especially when compared to that of other types of anemia, so can be hard to diagnose in its early stages. (more…)

Iodine Deficiency — An Old Epidemic is Back

The issue of iodine deficiency will be growing in importance over the coming decade. This is occurring for a number of reasons:

  1. Iodine deficiency with goiter has historically been widespread in the U.S. (especially in the Great Lakes region). This is why iodine was added to salt.
  2. Until recently, a lot of our iodine intake was from wheat (~ 25%).
  3. Unfortunately, flour mills have switched from adding iodine to using bromides instead. Bromides in flour was banned in the U.K. in 1990, and in Canada in 1994, as being toxic, but the FDA still allows its use in the U.S.
  4. As iodine and bromine (and fluorides) are all related chemically (called halides), they can act as competitive inhibitors to each other.
  5. Because of this, we are seeing iodine deficiencies from both decreased intake, and from bromine and fluorine making the iodine you do have less effective.
  6. Iodine intakes (estimated by urine output) dropped by ~ 50% from 1971 to 2001 (see article in Salt Institute).
  7. The current RDA for iodine is ~ 150 mcg/day. Much of this comes from iodine added to salt. Unfortunately, most of the salt used in food processing does not have iodine, and people are using less salt at home (the stuff that is iodized) because of the misguided medical advice (except in those with heart failure) to avoid salt. People who eat more salt live longer.
  8. An additional problem is that the addition of large amounts of unfermented soy (e.g., soy milk, soy cheese, soy protein added to food) inactivates an enzyme called “thyroid peroxidase” and can cause “hypothyroidism.” This is less of a problem with fermented soy products like tempeh and tofu. (more…)

How Inflammation Affects Every Aspect of Your Health

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Dr. David M. Marquis, DC, DACBN

Inflammation controls our lives. Have you or a loved one dealt with pain, obesity, ADD/ADHD, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, or cancer?

If you answered yes to any of these disorders you are dealing with inflammation.

Sadly, most of us are suffering from one or more of these disorders but have no idea how to eliminate inflammation. Most doctors are utilizing pharmaceuticals in lieu of getting to the root cause.

It often seems extremely foreign to most people when they realize the majority of inflammatory diseases start in the gut with an autoimmune reaction which progresses into systemic inflammation. To truly be effective at managing or hopefully overcome a disease it needs to be addressed on all levels. Taking a look at where this process starts is the key.

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