Longevity News /longevitynews Longevity News - Longevity News Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:57:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 10 Foods your liver loves you to consume /longevitynews/2017-04-02-7-foods-your-liver-loves-you-to-consume.html Sun, 02 Apr 2017 16:38:33 +0000 Certain foods  help maintain a healthy liver. This article will introduce you to seven of the most important foods that keep the liver clean and healthy. Poor lifestyle and dietary habits negatively impact the liver. Adopting healthy lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, lower alcohol intake and less exposure to toxins may help promote liver health. Avoiding foods that are high in fat, sugar and preservatives do your liver a huge favor.

The liver’s vital role in filtering harmful toxins and converting food to energy renders it susceptible to a host of adverse health conditions. In fact, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that liver disease accounts for about 38,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

Some of the most common liver conditions include cirrhosis, hepatitis and liver cancer as well as fatty liver disease, alcoholic liver disease and medication toxicity. Symptoms of possible liver disease include yellow skin and eyes, dark-colored urine and itchy skin. Flu-like symptoms and tenderness on the upper right side of the abdomen may also raise red flags on your liver health.

Canadian holistic nutritionist Hermeet Suri stressed that an unhealthy liver could lead to a plethora of diseases such as obesity and cardiovascular disease. He also noted that the liver plays an important role in promoting the body’s overall health. “Although the immune system protects our body from many dangers, it is the liver that protects the immune system from becoming overloaded,” Suri said.

Top 10 liver-friendly foods you need to know

  1. Dark, leafy vegetables – Dark leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, and collard greens are packed with antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamin C, and carotenoids that are essential in maintaining a healthy liver. These vegetables are capable of neutralizing metals, pesticides and chemicals that may be present in the food, which in turn provides protection to the liver, Suri said.
  2. Broccoli – Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts help inhibit fat uptake and increase lipid output. According to Suri, these vegetables help increase the levels of glucosinolate — an organic compound responsible for creating digestive enzymes.
  3. Blueberries – While most fruits and berries are healthy for the liver, blueberries contain the highest amounts of flavonoids and anthocyanins, both of which are touted as powerful anti-inflammatory compounds.
  4. Garlic – Garlic contains antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties that are essential for liver health. This spice is known to curb inflammation, and activate enzymes that eliminate toxins. Garlic is also packed with allicin and selenium. These two compounds help cleanse the liver, Suri noted.
  5. Pineapple – Pineapple contains anti-inflammatory digestive enzymes that expedite food metabolism. The fruit is high in magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B1, and potassium.
  6. Turmeric – Turmeric is rich in curcuminoids. These beneficial compounds help relieve inflammation and boost kidney, liver, and bile production to improve digestion. The spice is also known to promote fat metabolism and is touted as a natural form of liver detox.
  7. Green tea – Green tea is best known for its antioxidant properties. It also helps prevent fat accumulation in the body. Green tea is packed with catechins, which help improve liver functions.
  8. Citrus fruitsCitrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit contain high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. Grapefruit helps the liver eliminate carcinogens and toxins from the body, while lemons facilitate digestion.
  9. Avocados – According to Suri, eating avocados can help the body to generate an essential antioxidant called glutathione. This is an important antioxidant that helps the liver filter out potentially harmful materials.
  10. Walnuts – Walnuts contain high levels of glutathione, and are packed with omega-3 fatty acids that assist the liver in its cleansing process.





82% of households are now purchasing organic items /longevitynews/2017-04-01-82-of-households-are-now-purchasing-organic-items.html Sat, 01 Apr 2017 16:21:02 +0000 If you were buying organic food ten years ago, more than one acquaintance probably rolled their eyes at you and said you were being taken advantage of by a savvy marketing ploy. Over time, however, attitudes have started to shift as more people become aware of the impact that fruit and vegetables grown with pesticides can have on your health as well as the environment. Now, many of those same skeptics who once gave you a hard time about your choices are stocking their own pantries with organic food.

According to a Nielsen survey, the vast majority of American households – 82.3 percent, to be exact – had organic items in their refrigerators and pantries in 2016. This marks a 3.4 percent rise over 2015’s figures.

They reached their conclusions after studying 100,000 households in every state except Hawaii and Alaska. The biggest jump was seen in North Dakota, where 14.2 percent more households are buying organic than a year ago, while Rhode Island noted a rise of 12.3 percent. Other states to note big jumps included Wyoming, which is up 10.8 percent, and South Dakota, which noted a 10 percent rise.

While sales figures for the American organic market from 2016 are not yet available, the total amount of organic food sales noted in 2015 was $43.3 billion, which was 11 percent higher than 2014, according to a press release from the Organic Trade Association. This far outperformed the overall food market during the year, which only grew by 3 percent. The fresh beverage subcategory was the fastest growing, noting a 33.5 percent rise, while dairy noted an increase of more than 10 percent.

The rise is even more dramatic when long-term figures are considered. For example, spending on organic food has jumped by 72 percent since 2008. (RELATED: Follow more news on organics at Organics.news.)

Farmers can’t keep up with demand

Farmers are struggling to meet the growing demand for organic food as they scramble to earn organic certification for their fields, a process that can take upward of three years. Experts have referred to the situation as a “gold rush mentality.” Right now, more farmers in the country than ever before have earned organic certification, signifying that their crops do not contain chemical fertilizers or pesticides. While organic crops have risen by 11 percent over the last two years to cover in excess of 4 million acres of American farmland, it is still not enough to meet the demand. In fact, our country imports organically-grown grain to feed the cows that produce organic milk because not enough is grown domestically. This has led some people to grow their own fruits and vegetables for peace of mind.

A new plan for classifying organic products was recently approved by the USDA, and it is expected to inspire more farmers to get on board. Even though organic food can command a much higher price tag, the process of transitioning places it out of reach for many farmers.

Farmers must discontinue the use of fertilizer and chemical pesticides for three years, and during that period, they often lose a lot of money. Under the new plan, farmers undergoing the transition could label their products as “transitional,” which would enable them to charge a slightly higher price for their goods and recoup some of the expenses associated with the process.

Consumers are making their preference clear. As people become increasingly health-conscious, more and more farmers can see the future of the agriculture industry, and conventionally grown produce is not part of it. The health risks of food grown with pesticides are downright scary, and people are no longer willing to spend money on these foods or put them in their bodies.

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Fish oil found to significantly improve children’s ability to read… shows power of nutrition to boost brain performance /longevitynews/2017-03-31-fish-oil-found-to-significantly-improve-childrens-ability-to-read.html Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:40:34 +0000 Fish oil supplementation may improve reading and comprehension performance in children, according to a recent Swedish study. To assess this, researchers at the University of Gothenberg examined 154 children who were either given the omega-3 fatty acid supplement Equazen or a placebo pill. Children in the Equazen group showed a 64 percent improvement in overall comprehension compared with the placebo group, the study revealed. Data also showed that children who took the fish oil supplement were five times faster in decoding jumbled up words than those who took the placebo pill.

However, researchers found that the effects were replicated when the placebo group were given Equazen. “We were a bit surprised to see this level of effect in mainstream children. This has not been shown before. As a scientist, you always want a second study to confirm your findings, but these are very promising results,” said study lead researcher Dr Mats Johnson.

“It shows that Equazen is having a great effect on reading scores for mainstream children. A child who is a poor reader is likely to show behavioral problems and an inability to focus on learning tasks two years later. Similarly, children who show early signs of behavioral problems are more likely to develop reading problems,” said public health nutritionist Dr. Emma Derbyshire.

Fish oil boosts school performance in children

The recent findings coincide with various studies that previously examined the efficacy of  fish oil supplements in improving the overall school performance in children.

Fish oil supplementation was associated with higher subject scores among students  who took their annual standard assessment test, a  2007 study revealed. Research data showed that 92 percent of students met the required standard for English, a significant increase from a pre-estimated rate of only 68 percent. The study also showed that 92 percent of children met the national standards in maths, up from a pre-estimated passing rate of 78 percent. Marked improvements in concentration and behavior were also observed in children, researchers said.

The researchers also found that daily omega-3 supplementation lead to significant improvements in reading comprehension among younger students. Data showed that seven and eight-year-old pupils started with an average reading of nine months above their age, but finished with an average reading of 18 moths above their age at three months following fish oil supplementation.

The Durnham County Council in the U.K.  also examined more than 3,000 grade 11 pupils and found that those who took Omega-3 and Omega-6 capsules had average scores that were 17.7 points higher than those in the control group.

Fish oil improves cognitive function in babies

Data from a placebo-controlled study showed that fish oil supplementation during pregnancy helped improve visual acuity in babies. High fish intake was also associated with having significantly smarter infants, another study demonstrated. However, elevated levels of hair mercury seemed to dampen the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids, researchers said.

Fish oils are packed with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which was shown to promote learning and visual acuity in infants. An analysis of 109 infants  and their mothers demonstrated that higher cord blood levels of DHA resulted in better visual acuity, cognitive function, and motor development in babies during their first year. The results stress on the importance of increased essential fatty acid intake during the third trimester to promote photoreceptor development and synaptogenesis in the brain. (RELATED: Visit Brain.news for more coverage of nutrition for the brain.)

In a related study, children and women with high DHA levels in their blood cells exhibited above average scores in an intelligence test regardless of their fish oil intake. The results published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that long-term fatty acid intake may show greater efficacy in boosting cognitive performance than supplementation alone.







10 easy ways to detox heavy metals from your body /longevitynews/2017-03-27-10-easy-ways-to-detox-heavy-metals-from-your-body.html Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:27:17 +0000 Full detox, cleanses, and juicing all help rid the body of heavy metals and other toxins. However, certain detox methods are linked to various discomforts such as sore throat, constipation, and body aches. These symptoms may also include nausea, skin rashes, and flu-like conditions.

In this article, we will give you tips on how to effectively detoxify – without resorting to juicing and cleanses. While there are no remedies more effective than proper diet and exercise, other treatments such as chelation, dry brushing, and alternative medicine may prove just as efficient.

  1. Diet – This is a no-brainer. Eating a healthy, balanced diet promotes overall health and helps keep diseases such as cancer and heart disease at bay. A diet high in fiber helps detoxify the colon and bowels and may stave off colorectal cancer. Supplementing your body with the right nutrients help eradicate toxins and metals that are otherwise detrimental to your health.
  2. Physical activity – Another no-brainer, exercise induces sweating that effectively flushes out unwanted toxins from the body. Working out is also beneficial for the body’s circulation and may facilitate faster detox.
  3. Sauna/Steam – Sweating is a good way to rid the body of unwanted toxins. Going to saunas and steam rooms open the skin’s pores, thereby excreting the toxins out of the body. This also helps relieve respiratory symptoms such as colds and bronchitis.
  4. Dry brushing – As the name suggests, this involves rubbing the entire body with a dry brush. This method helps eliminate dead skin and improve circulation.
  5. Massage – Massages help remove minute toxins and promote surface level circulation.
  6. Acupuncture – This alternative medicine staple helps regulate and increase energy flow in the body. The treatment may help expedite detox my promoting blood circulation in certain areas that are hard to reach such as the lower back.
  7. Deep breathing – Deep breathing helps the body get additional oxygen and eliminate extra carbon dioxide from the lungs. It is a well known fact that oxygen fuels the cells. You take in more fuel and the body runs more efficiently.
  8. Sleep – Sleep helps the body eliminate unwanted toxins and resets organs back to square one. Adequate sleep helps the brain get rid of neurotoxins, so getting eight hours of sleep a night is truly essential for the body.
  9. Avoiding high toxin zones – Air and water quality play a key role in the body’s chemical components. People inadvertently inhale or ingest toxins and metals by way of air and water pollution. Identifying high toxin zones and avoiding them may do your body a huge favor.
  10. Chelation – Big word. Chelation is a fast and effective way to rid the body of hazardous chemicals. This practice involves detoxification through an intravenous solution. However, naturopathic chelation treatment may prove just as effective as IV treatment in removing toxins.

Superfoods as natural chelation treatment

Superfoods such as citrus fruits and dark, green vegetables may help you achieve your detox goals without resorting to intravenous therapy.

Cruciferous, leafy vegetables are high in alpha lipoic acid (ALA), a natural antioxidant that captures free radicals. ALA also binds with metallic compounds such as mercury and arsenic, effectively eliminating them from the body’s circulation. Spinach, kale, and broccoli contain high levels of ALA.

Citrus fruits such as lemon, lime, and grapefruit all contain high levels of pectin in their rinds. When ingested, pectin becomes an effective detox compound capable of excreting heavy metal deposits in the body.

Fermented foods contain vast amounts of probiotics that help promote detoxification. Sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and many other fermented foods help eliminate heavy metals from the body.

Chlorella is a type of green algae that when taken in powder or tablet form expedites the body’s detoxification process. Taking chlorella with cilantro, another highly-effective chelating agent, further boosts this effect.

Learn more about dietary toxins (and how to eliminate them) by reading TOXINS.news.






Living in the country found to reduce the risk of death by 16% compared to city life /longevitynews/2017-03-25-living-in-the-country-found-to-reduce-the-risk-of-death-by-16-compared-to-city-life.html Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:08:05 +0000 Living in the countryside, where trees and open spaces can be easily accessed, may help reduce the risk of certain diseases and premature death than being city-bound, according to a recent review. Researchers at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) analyzed data from more than 200 academic studies on the beneficial effects of increased access to green space.

The analysis, commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe, showed that people who lived in verdant regions had a death rate 16 percent lower than people living in urban areas. Researchers also found that living close to open fields and trees may reduce the risk of obesity and depression. Pregnant women who lived in areas with more trees and vegetation bore children with much healthier sizes, researchers noted. Increased opportunity for physical activity and less exposure to air pollution may explain the positive results of open, green spaces on human health, researchers added. The results of the analysis support previous findings that living in highly-industrialized urban areas could result in adverse health conditions. (RELATED: Learn more about off-grid living at OffGrid.news)

“The evidence is strong and growing that people and communities can only thrive when they have access to nature.  We all need nature in our lives, it gives us freedom and helps us live healthily; yet deprived communities are routinely cut off from nature in their surroundings and it is suffocating for their well-being,” said Friends of the Earth Europe campaigner Robbie Blake.

IEEP director Patrick ten Brink lauded the cities of Oslo in Norway and Victoria-Gasteiz in Spain for their initiatives that aim to increase access to green spaces. “We should be inspired by this and work together so that all Europeans have nature within 300 metres of their homes in the next 10 years,” ten Brink said.

Studies: More trees, open spaces mean better health

Health experts have long established a notion that living in areas that provide access to open green spaces provide significant health benefits. A study by Harvard University researchers revealed that people residing in urban jungles had a 12 percent higher mortality rate compared with those who live in areas with access to green spaces. Data on 110,000 women also showed that those who live in urbanized areas had increased odds of developing cancer and respiratory conditions. On the other hand, those who lived in the greenest areas had a 13 percent lower rate of cancer-related death, and a 34 percent lower rate of respiratory disease-related mortality.

Another study published in the journal Science revealed that patients recovering from gallbladder surgery who had bedside windows overlooking leafy trees had healed faster than those who did not have access to bedside windows. The researchers also found that patients who had access to bedside windows required fewer pain medications and had fewer post-surgical complications than those who only saw a brick wall.

Data from the Ontario Health Study also showed that a higher density of trees in a city block resulted in improved health perception among participant. This effect was comparable to perceiving certain positive situations such as an increase in annual personal income of $10,000, moving to an area with $10,000 higher median income or being seven years younger.

Researchers also found that having 11 more trees in a neighborhood resulted in reduced cardio-metabolic conditions. This was comparable to a raise in annual personal income of $20,000 and moving to a more affluent area with $20,000 higher median income or being 1.4 years younger. The findings were published in the journal Nature.

Another analysis published in BMC Public Health showed that walking or running in natural green spaces resulted in reduced anger, fatigue and depression as well as improved attention levels compared with doing so in a synthetic environment.







Why pickle juice is better than every sports drink on the market /longevitynews/2017-03-19-why-pickle-juice-is-better-than-every-sports-drink-on-the-market.html Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:31:23 +0000 Pickles are a great snack on the side of sandwiches or directly on a great burger whether they be veggie or beef, but have you ever looked into the benefits of the very juice they swim in? Pickle juice can have many advantageous effects on the body.

Many athletes will drink pickle juice before and after working out because of the high electrolyte content due to sodium. It helps relieve muscle cramps and fatigue. It is also being used in many emergency rooms around the country to aid those with cardiac difficulties as it will help balance sodium levels. Pickle juice can become effective at relieving muscle cramps in less than a minute and a half, not only because of the sodium but how quickly it can be absorbed by the body. The absorption is helped along by the calcium chloride and vinegar.

The body needs sodium to maintain healthy fluid levels in and around the cells. As we sweat, as with athletics and heavy workouts, we lose that sodium along with the necessary electrolyte potassium. Dehydration can cause many severe issues, especially in those who sweat heavily through exercise or working under the hot sun regularly. By ingesting pickle juice, the necessary nutrients are returned to the body quickly, restoring a healthy pH balance and maintaining the body’s natural chemistry.

While not officially proven, there has been substantial evidence to suggest that drinking an ounce or two of pickle juice at night before bed can also help alleviate restless leg syndrome. RLS affects between five and 15 percent of the general population, with nearly 3 million people looking for relief yearly. This is not to discount the nearly 15 million people that suffer from nightly leg cramps, commonly called a “charley horse.” By increasing your sodium and potassium levels, these can also be a thing of the past.

It has also been found that drinking pickle juice can help relieve indigestion, heartburn, and upset stomach. Because of these effects, it is widely used to overcome hangovers after a night of over-indulging in alcohol. The electrolytes that pickle juice has is just an added bonus. A “pickleback” is a shot of pickle juice used as a chaser for liquor and is becoming more common in bars everywhere as people learn that it can not only help after the fact, but also keep electrolytes in balance while drinking.

Because of the high acidic content due to the vinegar in pickle juice, the body is able to absorb it easier than many solid foods and vitamins. The bonus to this is the fact that pickle juice is high in vitamin C, calcium, as well as the aforementioned electrolytes. Pickle juice is an excellent way to boost the immune system and overall health.

While many people swear by drinking pickle juice by itself, there are those that cannot tolerate the taste. The good news is that there are other ways to get it into your system while avoiding the vinegar flavor. It can be diluted in water, added to your favorite workout shake, and added to foods that you would normally eat with pickle slices. My personal favorite is making “pickle pops” by freezing leftover pickle juice into ice trays and adding toothpicks. They are a great treat after being outside on a hot summer day.

The best pickle juice will always be the most natural that you can find, so my recommendation is looking for a nearby farmer’s market or even better yet, making some yourself and enjoying fresh pickles and the benefits that come with them!








Want to live longer? Eat spicy food /longevitynews/2017-03-12-want-to-live-longer-eat-spicy-food.html Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:32:53 +0000 Many people enjoy spicy foods for a variety of reasons: the flavor, the heat, the rush. But if you’ve got a penchant for hot peppers and all things spicy, it seems that you could be reeling in quite the health benefits along with that punch of heat. Earlier this year, research on the benefits of hot pepper consumption found that spicy peppers could boost longevity and reduce mortality risks. It may not feel like it when your mouth is on fire, but it seems that spicy foods can actually help you live longer.

While peppers and spices have been considered to be beneficial for the prevention and treatment of diseases for thousands of years, not much research has been done. Only one other study — pioneered by Chinese researchers and published in 2015 — has specifically examined the relationship between chili pepper consumption and mortality. This most recent study out of Vermont supports the previous findings.

Research demonstrates hot pepper benefits for longevity

A team of scientists from the Larner School of Medicine at the University of Vermont found that regular consumption of hot red chili peppers reduced mortality risks by up to 13 percent. Most of this benefit was attributed to a reduction of heart disease- and stroke-related deaths. Their research was published in the journal PLoS ONE. (RELATED: Read more news about longevity at Longevity.news)

The researchers used the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) III to collect data from over 16,000 Americans who were followed for up to 23 years. Medical student Mustafa Chopan and Professor of Medicine Benjamin Littenberg, M.D. worked together to examine the baseline traits of the participants according to their level of hot red chili pepper consumption. In general, they found that the most frequent consumers of hot peppers tended to be “younger, male, white, Mexican-American, married, and to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and consume more vegetables and meats . . . had lower HDL-cholesterol, lower income, and less education,” when compared to those who didn’t eat hot red chili peppers.

Data from a median follow-up of 18.9 years was also analyzed, and the researchers were able to observe the number of deaths as well as the specific causes of death. Overall, they found that consuming hot red chilies reduced mortality risks by up to 13 percent — mostly by way of heart disease or stroke. The team stated, “Although the mechanism by which peppers could delay mortality is far from certain, Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channels, which are primary receptors for pungent agents such as capsaicin (the principal component in chili peppers), may in part be responsible for the observed relationship.”

Capsaicin is thought to be the primary culprit behind the health benefits of hot peppers, and is believed to play a role in cellular and molecular mechanisms that help prevent obesity and regulate blood flow, among other things like altering the bacteria populations of the gut.

Health benefits of capsaicin

Research continues to demonstrate that capsaicin — which is a compound found in peppers that makes them spicy — has a wide variety of health benefits. Capsaicin is even used topically to help relieve pain. Creams made from the compound are often used to help treat arthritis, sore muscles and even nerve pain. The structure of capsaicin allows it to excite pain-sensitive nerve endings. As Dr. Daniel Zagst explains, as you are feeling a burning sensation, “the excited neurons release a neurotransmitter called Substance P that transmits the feeling of pain to the brain.” Capsaicin works as a natural pain reliever by depleting Substance P, and consequently decreasing the number of pain signals that are being sent to the brain.

Studies have also shown that consuming capsaicin raises your body temperature temporarily. This increase in temperature may also correlate with a bodily shift from carbohydrate oxidation to fat oxidation, which may explain why consuming cayenne pepper appears to help regulate blood sugar levels. Consuming capsaicin also helps promote feelings of fullness and satiety, which can help reduce total calorie consumption and fat intake.

Beyond that, capsaicin is thought to be able to help fight off or even prevent cancer, heart disease and likely, much more.






Loneliness: One in eight people have no close friends /longevitynews/2017-03-05-loneliness-one-in-eight-people-have-no-close-friends.html Mon, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 If you often feel lonely, you might take some comfort from the fact that you are not as alone as you might think. A new study out of England shows that one out of every eight adults do not have a close friend. This represents 13 percent of the population, which is a rise from the 10 percent who said the same in 2014 and 2015.

In addition, the study of more than 5,000 people found that 45 percent of British adults said they feel lonely sometimes and nearly 18 percent feel lonely all the time or often. Adding to the misery, 17 percent of participants said they never or rarely felt loved.

Those without close friends were 2.5 times more likely to report feeling depressed or hopeless “all the time” or “often” compared with those who have four or more close friends. Surprisingly, young people were the age group most likely to report feelings of loneliness, with 65 percent of those aged 16 to 24 reporting feeling lonely sometimes versus just 32 percent of those older than 65 saying the same. Social media could be responsible for some of this effect, with many young people spending too much time collecting casual “friends” on sites like Facebook and not enough time nurturing real-life connections.

Loneliness can hurt you physically as well as mentally

Social relationships are a vital part of emotional well-being and even play a role in physical health. Even though it can be difficult to find time to build and nurture relationships with others in our increasingly busy lives, there is much to be gained by making such an effort.

In fact, researchers have found that being chronically lonely can raise a person’s chances of premature death as much as 14 percent, making it just as potentially lethal as being overweight. Some of the health consequences of being lonely include poor decision making, alcoholism, drug abuse, higher levels of stress, stroke, cardiovascular disease, depression, suicide, and alterations in brain function.

Loneliness can have the unfortunate effect of compounding itself. It can make people feel insecure or have a poor image of themselves, which in turn leads to even deeper isolation. Loneliness can also be a sign that someone is dealing with social phobia, social anxiety, or general low self-esteem.

Studies out of Ohio State University found that loneliness can even disrupt your immune system and spur some of the same problems that can be caused by chronic stress. In the first study, participants with higher loneliness scores had lower immune function and higher levels of depression, fatigue, and pain. In the second study, lonelier people were found to have significantly higher levels of inflammation markers. The researchers also pointed out that it’s important to keep in mind that the opposite is also true; people who feel strong social connections tend to have more positive outcomes.

Loneliness has also been linked to dementia, but with one important distinction: it was people’s feeling of loneliness and not objective measurements like living alone or a lack of social connections that raised their risk of dementia. In other words, it was feeling alone that made people 64 percent more likely to develop dementia, not actually being alone.

Forming social connections can be difficult once your school years are behind you, particularly if you are living in a new area or work from home. The best way to combat loneliness is by being more active in your community. You could meet people through volunteer work, sign up for a healthy cooking class, join a hiking or cycling club, or start going to the gym. All of these approaches will give your well-being a double boost by providing social connections while fostering a healthier lifestyle.

Follow more news about mental health and the mind at Mind.news.

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Medical fraud – The suppressed truth about heart disease /longevitynews/2017-02-22-medical-fraud-the-suppressed-truth-about-heart-disease.html Mon, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 As we know, heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined.  But an optometrist who has invented a ground-breaking test for early diagnosis maintains that this devastating disease has been preventable (and CURABLE) for over five decades.

In fact, according to Sydney Bush, DOpt., Ph.D., the situation represents nothing less than a criminal medical conspiracy to perpetuate heart disease – with corrupt medical authorities colluding with the pharmaceutical industry to suppress lifesaving information.

Discover how common sense and good science can REVERSE heart disease and improve the quality of our lives.  On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Professor Bush discuss the use of high-dose nutrients to dissolve arterial blockages and blood clots – and the simple eye test that can help with early diagnosis.  Find out how to prevent and treat heart disease naturally – without the use of toxic medications and risky surgical procedures.

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Heart news: CardioRetinometry monitors cardiac health through the eyes

CardioRetinometry is the science of reversing heart disease as measured via time lapse photographs of retinal arteries.  The technique uses time-lapse, ultra-high magnification photography to show plaque in retinal arteries – which perfectly mirror coronary arteries. Therefore, Professor Bush maintains that reversing arterial disease in the eyes can also treat it in the heart and brain.

Professor Bush discovered the science of CardioRetinometry – and the use of high-dose vitamins to dissolve arterial plaque – while exploring ways to prevent and treat problems with contact lenses.  After his patients experienced not only a more comfortable contact lens-wearing experience – but life-extending arterial plaque reduction as well, he became aware of the true importance of his discovery.

Professor Bush says, ‘millions of strokes, heart attacks and operations could be avoided with early detection and lifestyle changes.’

Find out how to protect your heart and avoid premature death.  Join us for the next NaturalNews Talk Hour and share this news with your family and friends.

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A low-cost, safe alternative to X-ray radiation and toxic pharmaceutical drugs

In the 1960s, cardiologists began using angiography – the process of injecting dye into blood vessels, then viewing an X-ray fluoroscope to find arterial blockages. Around 2 million of these procedures are performed every year in the US – to the tune of $2,000 per test.

Professor Bush advises CardioRetinometry as a cheaper, more precise alternative – and one that lacks the health risks associated with X-rays. Experts report that that X-rays, which cause exposure to cancer-causing gamma radiation, are responsible for too many (avoidable) cancer cases – every year.

And, unlike the highly magnified and precise images seen with CardioRetinometry, X-rays don’t show the age or color of cholesterol – which is represented only as shadows.

Bottom line: When given the right information, we CAN reduce the risk of dying from a heart attack by 98 percent, while extending lifespan by up to 50 percent.  And, that’s great news!

This week’s guest: Sydney Bush, DOpt., Ph.D., creator of CardioRetinometry and an expert in natural medicine

Discover the safest way to REVERSE heart disease and extend the quality of your life – Sun. Feb. 26

Professor Sydney Bush, an optometrist, educator, lecturer, and leading expert on high-dose nutrients to reverse heart disease, founded the science of CardioRetinometry in 1998, and the Institute of CardioRetinometry in 2006. The head of faculty of optometry and CardioRetinometry at Cosmopolitan University, Professor Bush is the author of Mass Murder Medicine and 700 Vitamin Secrets.

A past senior research scientist at North Chicago Veterans Medical Center, Professor Bush received his Diploma in Ophthalmic Optics at the Institute of Optical Science in London.

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Yale researchers add “reduction of hearing loss” to the many benefits of NAC supplements /longevitynews/2017-02-21-yale-researchers-add-reduction-of-hearing-loss-to-the-many-benefits-of-nac-supplements.html Mon, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The average human body contains approximately 30 trillion cells. These cells are like miniature living organisms; their inner parts carry out vital functions that determine the cell’s destiny. If the cell is overwhelmed by reactive oxygen species, then it may weaken and experience apoptosis.

Beyond the cell membrane or skin of the cell is a gel-like substance called cytoplasm. Inside the cytoplasm is a brain, or nucleus. One of the most important parts inside the cytoplasm is an energy production center called the mitochondria. The mitochondria produce ATP energy, the fuel for all of life’s activities.

The goal of every person should be to maximize the efficiency and performance of their mitochondria. Natural antioxidants feed the mitochondria exactly what it needs and protect it for efficient ATP energy production. NAC supplements play a large role in maximizing mitochondrial energy production. NAC stands for N-acetyl-cysteine. It’s a strong antioxidant that protects cells from reactive oxygen species that are the result of inefficient and diseased mitochondria.

Researchers repair hearing using NAC supplements

Yale researchers observed a new benefit of NAC supplements. N-acetyl-cysteine improves the function of cells in the cochlea, reducing hearing loss. The cochlear cells lie in the inner ear structures and are responsible for converting sound waves to neural messages within the brain. Scientists Alla Ivanova and Joseph Santos-Sacchi led the research by developing a mouse model that corresponds with similar structures in human ears. They found that hearing loss was initiated after the mitochondria of the cochlear cells lose a small protein called Fus1. Reactive oxygen species, coming from malnourished and inefficient mitochondria, ultimately break down crucial proteins in the cochlear cells.

Now knowing the mechanism of the breakdown, the researchers applied NAC supplementation to the diseased mitochondria. The powerful antioxidant was able to neutralize the harmful reactive oxygen species, protect the breakdown of Fus1 protein, and therefore prevent hearing loss. (RELATED: For more information on preventative health care, visit Prevention.News)

NAC supplements are therapeutic for addictive behaviors, bipolar, and compulsive behaviors

Studies show that NAC supplements improve cellular functions in the brain as well. As a precursor to amino acid cysteine, NAC supplements help the body produce glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that prevents oxidative damage to cells. According to Ohio researchers Randy and Lori Sansone, cysteine can modulate the reward-reinforcement pathway of neural cells to calm psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, compulsive and impulsive behaviors. NAC supplements could be provided as a cheap, non-invasive therapy for psychiatric conditions. Oxidative stress and inflammation causes reduced neuronal growth proteins and increases apoptosis, which can lead to mood disorders. An NAC supplement could help the neuron cells regenerate by restoring the efficiency of the mitochondria of the brain cells.

NAC supplements already come in handy in hospitals as an antidote for Tylenol poisoning. They also protect people from the flu. In one study, seniors taking NAC supplements didn’t get the flu even when their blood tests came back positive for the flu virus. NAC supplements can help women with polycystic ovary syndrome, too. In one study, women taking NAC supplements improved regular monthly ovulation cycles, leading to better fertility outcomes. Research also shows that NAC improves breathing for people who struggle with pulmonary fibrosis or COPD.

Many health problems come down to problems with the cells and ATP energy production of the mitochondria. Increasing cysteine and glutathione production within the body is a powerful therapy for self-healing. Now the science shows that a simple NAC supplement could prevent hearing loss. Follow more news about the scientific benefits of nutritional supplements at SupplementsReport.com.