Stunning Discoveries Regarding Iron, Obesity, Candida & Thyroid

The information contained in this groundbreaking article applies to at least 75 percent of people who are struggling to lose weight.  It is a major factor contributing to the fatigue associated with being overweight and having symptoms of hypothyroid.  It involves new discoveries regarding iron metabolism and explains why even if you eat plenty of iron you may still have rather dramatic iron deficiency issues, which handicap your metabolism and thyroid function.  (more…)

Are You Getting Enough Iron?

(Health Secrets Newsletter) Do you often feel run down, tired, lethargic, dizzy, depressed, or low in energy? You may be short on iron and not getting enough from your diet. This is particularly true for women, since they do not traditionally choose foods that are naturally high in iron. Although the official statistics say only one woman in five of reproductive age is short on iron, many more have a sub-clinical deficiency that impacts their daily life and health. This group includes the reproductive as well as older women.
Why is it important to get enough iron? Iron is required for several key functions in the body including:
  • Oxygen transport in the blood and muscles.
  • Releasing of energy from cells
  • Red blood cell production
  • Immune system health (more…)

Five Supplements for Phase Two Nutrition

(Health Secrets Newsletter) There is no getting around it: a best quality, plant sourced multivitamin like Daily Balance is the first step for anyone making the decision to take charge of his or her health. Multivitamins like Daily Balance provide a broad spectrum of minerals in quantified amounts as well as cofactors that aid absorption and help alkalinize the body. Daily Balance provides a solid nutritional foundation on which to build. It’s an easy one-decision beginning. But once that decision is made, discovering what to do next to take your revitalization to another level is not nearly so clear. (more…)

Linking Thyroid Problems, Anemia, Fatigue, and Loss of Cognitive Ability

The loss of cognitive function as one grows older along with the loss of efficient thyroid function is a common occurrence.  This means that optimizing thyroid function is one key factor that will contribute to better mental and cognitive skills.  New science is now revealing that the condition of your red blood cells is an early predictor of thyroid function, a point that is worth taking a few minutes to understand. (more…)

7 Reasons Kale Is the New Beef

Like the saying goes, the only constant is change. We may resist it all we want, but Time and its inevitable evolution of everything in its path is unaffected by our attempts to stop it. The resulting trajectory of humanity’s nascent ascent appears to be positioning itself to sweep us into progressive new times, especially where our food choices are concerned, as nearly 7 billion people are now standing on the little scraps of land that we share with some 55 billion rather large animals raised for food each year. (As another famous saying goes: This town ain’t big enough for the both of us.) So, beef (and all factory-farmed meat) may be going from rib-eye to relic as we transition to a greener world… literally—as in leafy, green vegetables.

Environmentalists cite meat production as one of the biggest contributors to global warming, and the  USDA ‘s  new food pyramid  suggests the healthiest choice is making vegetables and fruit the biggest part of every meal by reducing consumption of animal proteins. Kale  is far more nutritious than other leafy greens, but these seven reasons why it is such an important futurefood may just surprise you.

1. Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation is the number one cause of arthritis, heart disease and a number of autoimmune diseases, and is triggered by the consumption of animal products. Kale is an incredibly effective anti-inflammatory food, potentially preventing and even reversing these illnesses.

2. Iron: Despite the myth that vegetarians are anemic, the number of non-vegetarians with iron-deficiencies is on the rise. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef.

3. Calcium: Dairy and beef both contain calcium, but the U.S. still has some of the highest rates of bone loss and osteoporosis in the world. Kale contains more calcium per calorie than milk (90 grams per serving) and is also better absorbed by the body than dairy.

4. Fiber: Like protein, fiber is a macronutrient, which means we need it every day. But many Americans don’t eat nearly enough and the deficiency is linked to heart disease, digestive disorders and cancer. Protein-rich foods, like meat, contain little to no fiber. One serving of kale not only contains 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber, but it also provides 2 grams of protein.

5. Omega fatty acids: Essential Omega fats play an important role in our health, unlike the saturated fats in meat. A serving of kale contains 121 mg of omega-3 fatty acids and 92.4 mg of omega-6 fatty acids.

6. Immunity: Super-bugs and bacteria are a serious risk to our health. Many of these come as a result of factory farm meat, eggs and dairy products. Kale is an incredibly rich source of immune-boosting carotenoid and flavanoid antioxidants including vitamins A and C.

7. Sustainable: Kale grows to maturity in 55 to 60 days versus a cow raised for beef for an average of 18-24 months. Kale can grow in most climates and is relatively easy and low impact to grow at home or on a farm. To raise one pound of beef requires 16 pounds of grain, 11 times as much fossil fuel and more than 2,400 gallons of water.

Article first appeared on organic authority website.



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Reduced vitamin D levels associated with anemia in children

Reduced vitamin D levels associated with anemia in childrenA presentation on May 1, 2011 at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies held in Denver revealed the finding of pediatricians from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center of an association between childhood anemia and decreased vitamin D levels.  Anemia is diagnosed by measuring hemoglobin in the blood, which, when reduced, indicates an insufficient amount of oxygen-carrying red blood cells.  (more…)

Unneeded hospital blood tests giving heart attack victims life-threatening anemia

It feels like a horrific tale about barbaric medical practices from ancient history: people with a life threatening heart condition are subjected to bloodletting until they become anemic. But this is no joke and it is happening right now. According to new research, hospitals are routinely subjecting heart attack patients to many excessive routine blood tests. These already seriously ill people are becoming sicker — and may even die as a result.

How to Naturally Avoid and Correct Anemia

There are actually three different types of nutritional anemia: iron, B-12, and folate.

Anemia is a blood condition in which the number and/or size of the red blood cells is reduced. Because red blood cells move oxygen from your lungs to the tissues, it’s easy to see how any decrease in their size or amount limits how much oxygen is transported.

It’s that lack of oxygen transport that can result in the most common symptoms of anemia including weakness, tiredness, poor concentration(“brain fog”), pale skin, mild depression, and an increased risk of infection.

Fortunately, anemia can usually be corrected through proper diet and/or supplementation.

Correcting Iron-deficiency Anemia (more…)

Association Between Iron Deficiency Anemia and Ischemic Stroke

Ischemia and infarction constitute 85-90 percent of strokes in western countries, with 10-15 percent being caused by intracranial hemorrhages. The morbidity and mortality from cerebrovascular diseases has actually decreased in recent years, due mostly to better recognition and treatment of underlying factors such as hypertension and cardiac diseases that increase the risk of stroke. More recently migraines have been found to increase the risk of ischemic stroke. (more…)