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Mind & Body

Doctor Reveals How CBD Oil Impacts The Body

The use of cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD oil, is becoming one of the hottest trends in the health and wellness community, for good reason. A growing number of scientific articles have been published on its potential health benefits, plus anecdotal reports from patients and doctors on its potential for improving pain, mood, and sleep.

How CBD Oil Impacts The Body

Angela Davis registered nurse

I had the opportunity to speak with someone who has experience with CBD oil. Angela Davis is a registered nurse and a representative for a company that manufactures and sells CBD oil. I’m honored that she’s taken the time to answer my questions and share her experience with CBD oil so far.

Dr. Ryan Shelton: Angela, thank you so much for your time today. I’m treasured to be with you. Just a few quick questions for the audience. Do you have any personal use with CBD oil?

Angela Davis: Yes, for sure. I started using it myself maybe about a month ago. There’s a multitude of different options out there for trying it, but I have been able to find some good relief with anxiety and help with regulating my sleep pattern. I feel pretty good with what I’ve been using so far. There’s a lot more interest in different types out there that I want to investigate using between THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and THC-free type of products. So yes, I’m doing pretty good with it so far.

Dr. Ryan Shelton: The forms that you use, are they oral drops? Are they topical creams?

Angela Davis: The company I’ve found and invested time and interest in has two different forms right now. One is a tincture that dissolves underneath your tongue and one is a topical cream.

hand holding a small glass jar of cbd oil

Dr. Ryan Shelton: I know from my own research that there are quite a few companies that market CBD oil online, so it’s important to me to always choose a company that works with high integrity, guaranteeing potency and purity. How did you choose the company that you work with?

Angela Davis: Great question. I was invited by a friend to go to a talk about CBD and kept hearing about it over and over again. I kept hearing that patients at my work were using it and the success they’d find with it.

Angela Davis: My parents suffer from some chronic arthritic and pain issues, so I really wanted to be more knowledgeable about CBD. People kept asking me my opinion on it, so I said, “I’ll just go and listen to the talk, just so I can learn what CBD is.” The more time I spent with this talk, the more I was intrigued by the companies – grassroots Mom and Pop style business that was literally selecting the exact seed that they’re using, all the way to the seal that they close it with.

Angela Davis: It is an all-organic company, and they manage every aspect from the growing process to the selling process. I found it really intriguing that they took out any middleman and you know it’s U.S. grown. It’s straight from North Carolina, and that was very intriguing to me because there are so many different products out there that you have no idea where it’s coming from or what you’re getting.

Angela Davis: A big deal for me too is that each of our products has a quality code everyone can look up to see exactly what you’re getting in your bottle or topical cream. It’s very important to me to know where it’s coming from, what’s in it, and the purity of it.

Angela Davis and Dr. Ryan Shelton talking

Dr. Ryan Shelton: So you’ve used it yourself and have recommended it to others. Are there reports that you’re hearing back from others of some benefits that you personally have not seen?

Angela Davis: Yeah, for sure. One of my family members has had a significant decrease in the need for other medications to help her sleep. She had pretty severe sleeping issues, needing up to four different medications to help her get a full night’s sleep. Never still actually getting into it or REM type sleep and feeling rested in the morning. Then she started with this company. She thought about trying it before too but was hesitant and not sure what she was getting into, so she also joined me at the meeting and learned about it. She purchased the products that night because she also was very interested or intrigued by this company and how they’re doing things. Now she is down to one or two of those medications and the CBD oil to help her sleep now.

Angela Davis: These were all over the counter things, you know. I never would suggest her to get off of a prescription medication unless she’s talking with her doctor about it. She was able to get herself down from the over the counter stuff by using CBD and is feeling much more rested, getting full REM sleep, getting back into dreaming, and things like that. Waking up much more well-rested.

Dr. Ryan Shelton: Wow. That’s fascinating.

Angela Davis: It’s pretty amazing. My father has also found some great help with sleeping. He suffered over the years from PTSD and things like that, that had a really hard time with his sleep patterns. He too was using a multitude of things to help him get some solid rest throughout the night. He would always tell a story of how he would wake up at a particular set of time throughout every night for years. Which is kind of an amazing story, waking up at the same time each hour throughout the night, but that’s been going on for as long as I can remember. The most recent time I checked with him on how he was doing with the CBD oil he says, “I don’t wake up at those times anymore.” So, it’s been a pretty significant relief for him as well.

young man using cbd oil

Dr. Ryan Shelton: Wow, so positive benefits. Do you have any concerns about its use? The research I’ve done shows it to be safe with little report of adverse effects. Is that what you’re seeing reported back to you as well?

Angela Davis: Yes. Just coming from the medical field and being a nurse, I always am doing research on it. I’m reading a lot about it and the more I read about CBD and the benefits it has for such a wide multitude of problems, the more I’m impressed with it. But I worry that there aren’t enough clinical trials out there. We don’t have the solid background research on what it’s doing with actual human patients. There’s plenty of research out there on this beautiful plant and what it actually can do for your body. We know what it does and how it helps get yourself back to homeostasis, but the clinical trials just aren’t there and that’s the piece that always worries me a little bit. I want some proof in the pudding. I want to see it on paper. But no, I have not had any personal negative feedback from it, so far.

Angela Davis: I think something that people are a little bit concerned about or question is, why didn’t it work instantly? Whereas, some people do feel they have some pretty immediate relief from it, especially the topical creams with the Menthol in it for achy muscles and sore joints.

Angela Davis: Everyone’s completely different with CBD oil and how it’s going to affect them and how long it’s going to take. It’s kind of based on how it makes you feel. Do you need a stronger milligram dose? Do you need to take it twice a day instead of once a day? Some people don’t get a full effect until after a month of using it consistently. I think that’s probably a challenge for most people, figuring out how much they need and how long until it fully takes effect.

Dr. Ryan Shelton and Angela Davis talking

Dr. Ryan Shelton: In the beginning of the interview, I described it as a hot and trending topic. Are you seeing more and more people interested in CBD oil?

Angela Davis: Yes, for sure. When I first started researching more about it, it was this huge explosion of people asking about it over a really short period of time. I had nurses talking to me about it and had four or five patients that week talking to me about it. One that really sticks out in my mind, I was just amazed by. I was reading over a patient’s medications, reviewing it with her and CBD oil was on there. I just asked her, “How are you doing with the CBD? I’m curious about it. I’ve been hearing so much.”

Angela Davis: She was a chronic pain patient and a recovering addict. She had been the poster child for addiction, and she had chronic pain. She started with pain pills, then she got into stronger medications because the narcotics didn’t work any longer. But she luckily now is a survivor and works in an Addict Recovery Center with other addicts, which is amazing. She said she still had her pain even though she got through the addiction, until she found CBD oil. She says it saved her life. Her pain is significantly less and she knows she will never relapse and go back to some type of pain medication because she finally found something natural that could take care of her pain.

Dr. Ryan Shelton: Fascinating.

Angela Davis: It is, for sure.

Dr. Ryan Shelton: Angela, I thank you so much for your time today. I value the fact that you spent some time and opened your schedule so that you can inform us about your experience with CBD oil. Thank you so much!

Angela Davis: You’re very welcome.


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Your Bottled Water Could Be Harming Your Health

WARNING! Your Bottled Water Could Be Harming Your Health

When you were a kid, you probably drank your water straight from the tap or even from the garden hose if you were playing outside. Times have changed though and huge corporations worldwide are promising better living through the chemistry of bottled water.

Now, don’t get it wrong – if bottled water is your only source of hydration, drink it. Hydration is so important! Small choices in life though, like your source of water, can have big effects. Keep reading to learn about the potential hazards of drinking bottled water.

WARNING! Your Bottled Water Could Be Harming Your Health

The truth about bottled water

a flat of bottled waterIt’s estimated that one million bottles of water are purchased every minute. That’s 20,000 per second! Approximately 25% of bottled water is sourced from, you guessed it, tap. Companies filter and process the water but it’s still originally sourced from tap.

Four potential hazards of drinking bottled water

There are four potential hazards of drinking bottled water daily, and they all relate to each other. One hazard is microplastics, another is the disruption of the endocrine system, and then two specific microplastics, bisphenol and phthalate.

1. Microplastics

close up of plastic water bottle up in a hot car93% of bottled water contains microplastics, as heat and age increase the leaching of microplastics like bisphenols and phthalates into the water. For example, we don’t think of water as having an expiration date but leaving a bottle of water in a hot car is a problem. The longer water is in contact with the plastic bottle, the more plastic that leaches out.

Bacteria can also be a problem if the bottles are reused. One study found that more germs can be grown after just one week of reusing a plastic water bottle than on a toilet seat!

Along with these potential health problems, you can’t dismiss the impact bottled water has on the environment. Less than 50% of plastic water bottles are collected for recycling and nearly 80% end up in landfills.

2. Endocrine disruptors

mother drinking water with her sonThe different microplastics in bottled water are endocrine disruptors. They can potentially increase risk factors for obesity, diabetes, prostate problems, thyroid problems, neurodevelopmental, neuroendocrine systems, and male and female reproduction.

In 2009, US fertility rates hit an all-time low of 102 children per 1000 women, and one study showed a 60% to 200% more likely chance of IVF failure in women with high BPA levels.

3. Bisphenols

BPA in a plastic water bottleYou’ve probably heard of BPA before, a specific type of bisphenol. BPA was developed in 1891 and in 2008, world production of BPA hit 5.2 million metric tons. It’s a polycarbonate in water bottles that help to harden plastic and is now detected in 40% of all streams and rivers. It’s found in 90% of all U.S. residents, and the average daily intake greatly exceeds the recommended level of 50 micrograms per kilogram per day.

There are multiple potential problems with bisphenols. BPA binds to estrogen receptors. It’s been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. It causes progesterone deficiency in females. It causes testosterone deficiency in males. It binds to thyroid receptors, hindering the thyroid’s function in the body. It blocks insulin receptor sites, increasing risk of insulin insensitivity and diabetes. It increases high blood pressure, and of course, it’s an oxidative stress on the body.

Bisphenols are used to harden the plastic of water bottles, but they’re also found unsuspecting items like the store receipts you get, and they’re absorbed through the skin. Fat intake also increases the absorption of BPA, so if you’re drinking bottled water and eating fatty fast food, you’re increasing your potential absorption of BPA.

One study showed that each tenfold increase in urinary BPA is associated with an increased BMI, increased weight circumference, and an increase in skinfold thickness. The most troubling thing in this study? The highest amounts of urinary BPA were found in children and teens.

4. Phthalates

woman giving a thumbs down to plastic water bottlePhthalates provide flexibility to plastic but it’s not chemically bound to plastic, which means it can be easily released into the environment. It is rapidly cleared by the body in about 24 hours, but can still cause problems in those 24 hours. It can decrease testosterone, increase risk of breast cancer, and increase risk of obesity and insulin resistance.

There’s an interesting book called Slow Death by Rubber Duck, which is worth a read. This book showed that in two days of avoiding all plastics and then reintroducing them to the system, levels went from 64 nanograms in urinary excretion to over 1,400 nanograms.

woman holding a glass of clean water in two handsHydration is very important, so drink up even if plastic water bottles are your only water source. Just remember there are other options! You can drink water out of glass or stainless steel. Stay dedicated to your health and never doubt that a small group of people can influence the world.


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The Truth On What Kombucha Does To Your Body (DOCTOR RESPONDS!)

The Truth On What Kombucha Does To Your Body (DOCTOR RESPONDS!)

Want a better, clearer understanding of what the probiotic drink, kombucha? We’ll delve into how it can benefit your body and if it’s more fiction and fantasy than “superfood”.

Kombucha and Its Benefits

jar of kombucha with scoby inside next to a glass filled with kombucha

Kombucha (also known as “mushroom tea”) is ultimately a fermented drink made from typically green or black tea; although other herbs are used as well. It’s fermented with bacteria and a fungus.

There are two potential benefits of kombucha. Firstly, just the aspect of it being brewed and fermented from green and black tea means you have the benefits of the polyphenols of green and black tea. These have been associated with weight loss, blood sugar control, and cholesterol control. It helps to reduce risks for certain types of cancer, and also promotes immune heath.

The catechins and epicatechins in green and black tea are helpful for the liver detoxification processes, and of course we know it’s high in antioxidants.

kombucha in jars with a plate of scoby next to it

Secondly, the fermentation process of kombucha means that it’s high in probiotics, organic acids, and glucosamine. It helps with digestive health, immune health, and helps with mood and brain health. The organic acids found in kombucha can help the liver to detoxify, and glucosamine can help with joint and skin health. In addition to all the benefits of probiotics, they are also antibacterial to enteropathogenic bacteria.

One study has shown that it may be helpful for fighting against E. coli, shigella, salmonella, and the yeast, candida. Obviously, don’t rely on drinking on kombucha if you have an active, aggressive infection of E. coli, shigella, salmonella, or candida, but it can mitigate and help reduce infection against those enteropathic bacteria.

person lifting a scoby out of a jar of kombucha

Another study also showed that kombucha fermented and derived from oak leaves decreases oxidative stress by improving the parameters of highly pro-inflammatory cytokines, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor alpha. If we can decrease those pro-inflammatory cytokines, we’re doing the body a great benefit.

Now, this is the caveat with kombucha. Some people just simply love it so much that they drink too much — and that can be dangerous. It is recommended to limit your intake of kombucha to about 12 ounces per day, and the reason is that it is high in organic acids. In people predisposed with pre-existing conditions to lactic acidosis or liver toxicity, you can cause problems if you drink too much.

homemade fermented raw kombucha tea with lemons and ginger presented around it on a wooden table

If you are home-brewing the kombucha, you need to take extra care. Unless you’re creating a kombucha with the scoby from and within really highly, strictly sterile environments, you can start to grow certain types of fungus and bacteria that are not beneficial and are in fact, harmful for your body. For this reason, it is recommended to buy commercial kombucha because they the products are carefully tested to make sure that the probiotics contained in the kombucha are helpful rather than harmful ones.

Probiotic T-50 supplement by zenith labs

Now, if you’ve tried kombucha and you’re not a fan, or you’re intimidated by even trying kombucha, you can get the same benefits by drink a cup or two of green or black tea every day to get the beneficial aspects of polyphenols. We’ve actually created a really high potent probiotic supplement called Probiotic T-50. It contains 50 billion organisms, with eight different strains of probiotics. Give it a try and let us know what you think!


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Why You Feel Fatigued Everyday (And How To Overcome It)

Why You Feel Fatigued Everyday (And How To Overcome It)

If you are frustrated and at your wits end in dealing with chronic or recurring fatigue, learn how to discover the contributing factors to fatigue and address them effectively. Chronic fatigue is debilitating because it also affects how you feel, and can affect your relationships with others. We know that fatigue not only drains your body of energy and pep and zep, but it can have systemic effects as well. It can cause headache, joint pain, loss of concentration. It can cause low-grade fever, abdominal pain, and immune disfunction. So, understanding what’s causing your fatigue is essential.

Possible Reasons For Fatigue

fatigued woman with head on her desk beside her laptop, phone, documents and cup of coffee

If you’re feeling chronic fatigue, some important items or aspects of your lifestyle to address would be improving sleep, correcting any nutrient deficiencies, identifying and removing any food allergies, addressing chronic depression or anxiety, and treating chronic viral illness or yeast illness.

fatigued couple with cups of coffee on a morning

Of course, there can be pre-existing medical conditions which contribute to fatigue, such as blood sugar dysregulation and diabetes, which need to be addressed. It takes corrected nutrition deficiencies (particularly trace minerals like magnesium and zinc), essential fatty acids, improving nutrient status through a supplement called L-Carnitine and CoQ10, and some level of low intensity exercise. If you exercise too much, it’s just going to drain your energy more so activities like walking, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, are examples of great low intensity exercises to try.

Using adaptogenic herbs like Schizandra, Eleutherococcus, and Ginseng, are also great because they give you the power boost you need.

meditation in a bottle supplement by zenith labs

We’ve created a couple of supplements to help with fatigue. One supplement called Sleep Wave helps with sleep. A good night’s rest is essential to having sufficient energy levels the next day. The other supplement, Meditation in a Bottle, contains some really great adaptogenic herbs and helps with energy levels. If you have trouble with fatigue, you may want to check out these supplements and let us know how they’ve helped. We’d love to hear what’s worked for improving your energy levels!

Looking for natural ways to boost your energy? Find out which 3 adaptogens will give you all day energy here.


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Sirtuin and how it effects the aging process

Sirtuin and How it Effects the Aging Process

You’ve probably heard this advice your entire life: you have to live each day to the fullest. Treat each day as a special day and as if it were your last because life goes by fast.

Since the beginning of civilization, humans have looked for the Fountain of Youth in an effort to slow down the aging process. In the United States alone, the antiaging industry takes in over $50 billion a year.

Sirtuin How it Effects the Aging Process

woman's face through the aging processAs the Human Genome Project came to a close a couple of decades ago, scientists discovered an important enzyme called sirtuin, which helps slow down the aging process when it’s activated. There are multiple theories and mechanisms of aging, but sirtuin is a key enzyme in the aging process.

Sirtuin is a highly conserved enzyme, meaning that it’s followed evolution and been found in plants, ants, worms, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, and humans.

The enzyme is highly conserved because it plays a key role in deciding which pathway your DNA and genes are expressed through.

a strand of DNA As a biological catalyst, enzymes accelerate chemical reactions and sirtuin acts as a guardian of genome repair mechanisms. Sirtuin regulates metabolism, transcription of genes, and stress resistance, and it also decreases mating factors, maintains telomeres, and stimulates autophagy. Autophagy acts as a mechanism of repair and maintenance by degrading intracellular proteins, organelles, and membranes. You can think of it like taking out the trash and recycling.

samples of telomere length lossRemember how there are two pathways that genes can be expressed? One pathway is growth and reproduction, where a cell replicates and produces other cells. The other pathway is protection and maintenance. Sirtuin pushes the genetic expression towards protection and maintenance. Sirtuin also maintains telomeres, which caps the ends of DNA. This is important because as telomeres shorten, the aging process accelerates.

With the expression or activation of sirtuin, there’s a 30% increase in lifespan, but with deletion of the gene or enzyme, there’s a 50% decrease in lifespan. Science has also shown that restricting calories can lengthen your lifespan, and sirtuin mimics caloric restriction.

Sirtuin can trick your genes into thinking they’re getting fewer calories even when you’re not. This special enzyme is involved in glucose metabolism, fat mobilization, lipid metabolism, vascular tone, resistance to neurodegeneration, circadian rhythms, and the aging process.

Longevity Activator supplement by Zenith LabsThere are several natural substances you can take to promote the activity of sirtuin, including resveratrol, piceatannol, pterostilbene, fiseten, and melatonin. On the other hand, there are several things to avoid because they inhibit sirtuin, including increased caloric intake, increased weight, high blood sugar, and smoking. If you want to slow down the aging process, you’ve got to do everything you can to activate sirtuin in your system.

Zenith Labs has created a supplement called Longevity Activator, which contains several ingredients to help promote the activity of sirtuin. If you want to learn more about antiaging in particular, visit a website called Digital Ageing Atlas which covers all the influences and consequences of aging.


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The Single Best Daily Habit To Prevent Obesity

The Single Best Daily Habit To Prevent Obesity

If you’re struggling with an increased BMI (body mass index), elevated waist circumference, increased skinfold thickness, or if you’re overweight or obese, then read on. There’s one simple daily habit to incorporate into your life to help prevent weight gain. Dozens of studies have shown how effective this one habit is.

Daily Habit To Help with Obesity

Don’t overlook a healthy diet and regular exercise

three people walking down a dirt trail Now, that’s not to overlook how important daily movement and therapeutic exercise is to the prevention of weight gain. Simply walking for 20 minutes a day, three to five times a week is highly recommended. If you’re able to incorporate more vigorous exercise in your routine, that’s even better.

You can’t overlook how important a healthy diet is either. Try replacing the bad fats in your diet with healthy fats like omega-3s, -7s, -9s, and eating more fruits and vegetables. In order to get enough micronutrients and macronutrients, it’s recommended that you eat nine servings of fresh produce in five colors every day.

One simple tip to prevent weight gain

skillet of eggs and other healthy breakfast foodsHowever, there’s one simple tip that dozens of studies have shown will help prevent weight gain: don’t skip breakfast! Let’s take a look at six of the most impressive studies.

  1. The first study was done with 272 individuals over the age of 60, comparing those who ate breakfast to those who skipped breakfast. The individuals who skipped breakfast were 44% more likely to have obesity affect their lives.

    It’s already clear how important eating a good breakfast is. The gold standard is to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.

  2. two women enjoying conversation over breakfast mealsThe second study showed that obesity was 1.5 times higher in individuals who did not consistently eat breakfast.
  3. A third study showed that individuals who skipped breakfast had lower energy levels, but individuals who did eat breakfast could engage in more physical activity throughout the day.
  4. In a study done with adolescents, skipping breakfast was associated with a worse lipid profile. These individuals had worse cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome.

    Clearly eating breakfast is important for weight management in both the young and old!

  5. The fifth study showed that breakfast significantly contributed to the daily micronutrient intake by providing an average of 24% more dietary fiber, 32% more iron, 30% more calcium, 32% more folic acid, and 37% more of a B vitamin called riboflavin.
  6. The last study showed that habitual breakfast skippers are at an increased risk for the development of cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, and high blood pressure. This study was conducted in India, and the consistent breakfast skippers were more overweight and more obese.

Trim-14 supplement by Zenith LabsDozens more studies that show the importance of eating breakfast daily. It’s a simple habit you can incorporate in your life, starting now! Remember, simple changes can affect the trajectory of your entire life moving forward. Incorporating breakfast in your daily routine is important for maintaining a healthy weight, and will reduce risk factors like cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and more.

At Zenith Labs, we have developed a supplement call Trim-14. When you pair this supplement with good habits like eating breakfast daily and getting in healthy movement, it can help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight.


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Top 3 Causes of Baldness and how to regrow hair Fast Naturally

Top 3 Causes of Baldness and How To Regrow Hair Fast Naturally

You’re angry, you’re depressed, you’re discouraged, you’re embarrassed. If you suffer from hair loss, learn about the top three contributors to hair loss and what you can do about it to restore a healthy head of hair.

The Top Three Contributors To Hair Loss

1. 5alpha-reductase enzyme

graphic of hair follicles and hair

The first contributor is an enzyme called 5alpha-reductase. 5alpha-reductase changes testosterone, a hormone present in both men and women, to DHT or dihydrotestosterone. This is a more potent form of testosterone that causes the follicles that grow hair to atrophy or get smaller and eventually die.

You need to get the 5alpha-reductase enzyme under control if you want to stop hair loss. There are medications and natural supplements that can help you do that. Two natural supplements that we can recommend are saw palmetto and pygeum.

2. Stress

stressed out man in a corporate office

The second contributor to hair loss is stress. In fact, there’s a condition called “telogen effluvium”, which refers to a condition where you lose hair because you’re stressed. Sometimes it’s only temporary, sometimes it lasts three to six months, sometimes it lasts years. Getting stress under control is very important.

3. Circulation

back of a man's head with little hair and him holding a hairbrush

Last but not least is circulation. Circulation to the scalp is controlled by the level of inflammation in your body. Eating pro-inflammatory foods and having pro-inflammatory agents in your body is a problem. Controlling your diet can help reduce the amount of pro-inflammatory agents in your body and help with hair loss issues.

hair revital x supplement by zenith labs

We’ve actually created an oral supplement to help improve 5alpha-reductase overactivity, stress, and circulation and inflammation. It’s called Hair Revital X, which you can use with a topical spray that targets hair follicles specifically. Using this combination everyday can make changes in how you look and feel.

Not sure why you’re losing hair? Learn about the main causes of thinning hair. Have you tried any other hair loss solutions? Did they work for you? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear about your experience!


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Soft erections and what to do about them

Soft Erections and What to Do about Them

 

If you or a loved one struggles with soft erections, also known as erectile dysfunction, this article covers a lot of knowledge on this sensitive topic. The best approach to human health is treating it from the inside out, changing static patterns that contribute to poor health, and removing obstacles to promote health and wellness.

Soft Erections Master Tip!

blue Viagra pill on a red heartYou may recall back in 1998, the makers of Viagra hired a famous politician, Bob Dole, to raise awareness of this extremely common problem for men. Most men were not comfortable talking about erectile dysfunction with their partners or physicians, and so step one was raising the awareness of how common the problem is.

The next step is coming up with solutions, which means researching and understanding the contributing factors to erectile dysfunction. Years ago, a large compounding pharmacy based out of San Diego, California, formulated and manufactured several medications to help the issue. Most phosphodiesterase inhibitors, such as Sildenafil, Tadalafil, Vardenafil, have now become generic. Becoming generic has dramatically dropped the price of these drugs and made them more accessible.

man frustrated and alone in bedIf a man struggles with soft erections because of low testosterone, the solution may be as simple as applying a topical cream as a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. However, there are often other contributing factors such as stress, high blood sugar, or cardiovascular disease.

Pharmacies manufactured many of tablets, called sublinguals, to combat these factors but sometimes even that wasn’t enough. Next came intracavernosal injections, which came in small doses of medicated injections directly into the penis. They’re known as Bimix, Trimix and Quadmix, and are quite effective.

However, simple lifestyle changes can make a difference in erectile dysfunction, or at least help medications work more effectively. Making the right changes may allow you to reduce the dose of your medication or eliminate the need for medication altogether!

man's hands breaking a cigarette to quit smokingThe first two changes that will make a difference in erectile dysfunction are quitting smoking and limiting your alcohol intake. Sure, alcohol can lower inhibitions and make you feel like a superhero but excess alcohol intake can contribute to erectile dysfunction and make medication less effective.

Lowering your stress can reduce cortisol levels and can boost testosterone levels. Simple deep breathing exercises for 10-15 minutes every day can improve the neurological function of your vagus nerve, which controls basically everything from the neck down – including the penis.

fruits and nuts rich in antioxidantsOf course, a healthy diet is always recommended. Aim for a diet rich in antioxidants, which means nine servings of five colors each and every day.

Vasodilators, a medication to open your blood vessels, can be effective for solving erectile dysfunction but it’s certainly not a cure. A few interesting studies based on imaging of penile blood flow have shown that any reduced blood flow is an independent risk factor. Reduced blood flow can be an indicator of diabetes and the development of cardiovascular disease, so it’s not just a problem of the penis. It’s an early indicator that the rest of your body is going to suffer.

Barbarian-XL supplement by Zenith LabsIf you have low testosterone levels, discovering why is important. Perhaps you’re stressed and have high cortisol levels, or perhaps you’re overweight and have high estrogen levels. Plastics, like phthalates and BPA, and sleep deprivation can decrease testosterone levels by 10 to 20%.

If you want to reverse the effects of erectile dysfunction, then quit smoking, limit alcohol intake, get stress under control, eat a diet high in antioxidants, take a vasodilator, and get your testosterone levels within normal limits.

At Zenith Labs, we’ve created a herbal supplement called Barbarian XL which boosts testosterone levels and improves erectile dysfunction. It’s well-researched and contains a trademarked ingredient specifically for improving testosterone levels.


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What Happens To Your Body If You Drink Green Tea Daily For 30 Days

What Happens To Your Body If You Drink Green Tea Daily For 30 Days

Green tea has been consumed as a beverage and used as medicine for thousands of years. Orally, green tea is used to improve cognitive performance and mental alertness. It’s also used to treat stomach disorders, vomiting, diarrhea and headaches. It’s used for depression, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, all sorts of colitis, weight loss, osteoporosis, and several different types of cancer. It’s an antiviral for human papilloma virus and warts, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, both high and low blood pressure, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, dental cavities, kidney stones, and skin damage.

It is rather amazing how something so simple and basic can be easily implemented as part of your daily routine to create positive benefits for your health and wellbeing.

What Does Green Tea Contain?

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The applicable parts of green tea are found in the leaf bud, leaf, and stem. Green tea is different than black tea or oolong because it’s not fermented (black tea is fully fermented and oolong is partially fermented). Green tea is produced by steaming fresh tea leaves at high temperatures. This process inactivates certain oxidizing enzymes, freeing the polyphenols and the flavonoids. Flavonoids include EGCG, EGC, ECG and EC (also referred to as catechins).

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EGCG makes up about 50-60% of green tea catechins. The flavonoids in green tea include kaempferol, quercetin and others. Green tea also contains vital estrogens including beta-sitostero, lignum precursors, as well as xanthines. Green tea also contains about 2 to 4% caffeine or 80 to 100 milligrams per cup. Another constituent of green tea is an important amino acid called L-Phenylalanine.

What Can Green Tea Help With?

Let’s talk about some of the specific conditions that green tea has been studied for.

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1. Arthritis. The catechins in green tea might help reduce inflammation and protect against cartilage damage.

2. Cancer. Studies have shown that the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory catechins and polyphenols can be protective against the development of certain types of cancers. It’s not a treatment, but it helps to reduce risk factors.

3. Anticoagulant. There’s some evidence that green tea is suppressive for thromboxane and the development of a platelet aggregation. This is helpful for reducing risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

4. Anti-inflammation. The catechins in green tea might have some pretty substantial anti-inflammatory activity, in fact, green tea is used as a laboratory standard for Cox-1 Inhibition, which is anti-inflammatory.

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5. Improve good cholesterol. Green tea helps to reduce low density lipoproteins and low density cholesterol, and may improve and increase good cholesterol HDL.

6. Protection against oxidative damage. In human research, green tea and it’s catechins have been shown to protect against the oxidative damage, especially those caused by exercise and smoking. We know that the polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins are antiviral. They have the potential to inhibit the human papilloma virus and the virus that causes warts.

7. Reduces blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that drinking green tea reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure. Some clinical research also suggests that taking green tea extract reduces blood pressure in patients with or without high blood pressure.

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8. Improves cognitive health. Green tea contains 2 to 4% caffeine or roughly 80 to 100 milligrams per cup. Possible mechanisms for helping with memory lapses and cognitive decline and cognitive health include adenosine receptor blockade and phosphodiesterase inhibition.

9. Anti-aging. Some evidence suggests that oral and topical application of products containing green tea may improve skin elasticity, hydration, and skin roughness.

10. Immune health. It helps to stimulate the immune system. There’s some evidence from clinical research that taking green tea formulations reduces the risk of developing cold or flu like symptoms.

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11. Weight loss. Green tea is commonly used for weight loss. Evidence from clinical trials are mixed, although some studies do show that weight loss, with specific products, can occur from taking green tea.

At Zenith Labs, we’ve actually created a supplement called Pure Greens, which contains high amounts of green tea plus dozens of other superfood extracts that make it a powerful antioxidant. Try it out and let us know how you feel!


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Can Hearing Be Restored Naturally (DOCTOR RESPONDS!)

Can you hear me? I said, can you hear me? If you’re one of the millions of people that suffer from diminished hearing, decreased hearing, Tinnitus, swishing, ringing, or buzzing in your ears, you need to read on!

Types of Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss is a big deal. It’s estimated that 48 million Americans suffer from diminished hearing or Tinnitus. In fact, after the age of 60, about a third of Americans suffer from diminished hearing. It affects quality of life, relationships, and even compensation from work.

There are two different types of hearing loss. The first type is conductive, which is associated with the middle ear where your eardrum and tiny little bones are that help conduct sound. The other (and most common type) is sensorineurial. This affects the inner ear, or cochlea, which has hair cells that vibrate when sounds come into the ear. Those hair cells can get damaged by different reasons such as oxidation or inflammation.

Fun Fact: 44% of carpenters and 48% of plumbers suffer hearing loss in their 50s.

There are also certain risk factors for hearing loss: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certainly age, genetics, loud noises, and certain prescription medications. In particular, antibiotics, ED medications, aspirin, and drugs or medications that treat hypertension.

How To Restore Hearing Loss

Luckily, there are things that we can do about it. There are natural ways of helping to prevent hearing loss and restore hearing.

1. Melatonin and sleep

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Studies have shown that long sleep duration and a sleep hormone called Melatonin can help improve hearing. Melatonin is a powerful hormone that protects the hair cells of the Cochlea to prevent the advancement of hearing loss.

2. Hormones

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We know that hormones play a part in hearing ability. Low testosterone increases the rate of hearing loss, whilst estrogen seems to be protective. That’s one of the reasons why hearing loss is more prevalent in males than females. In fact, a drug called Tamoxifen which inhibits estrogen potentiates Cochlea damage or damage to those hair cells.

DHEA, which is an adrenal hormone, is protective for cochlea damage. You can get DHEA over the counter and take it as a supplement. Aldosterone is another hormone that can help reduce hearing loss. Go to the doctor’s for a check to ensure your hormone levels are all well-balanced.

3. Diet

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Make sure that your diet is anti-inflammatory. Avoid foods like saturated fats, high salt foods, high sugar foods, high glycemic foods, and alcohol. There’s been a study that shows that consuming cold foods contributes to hearing loss. Try to reduce your intake of processed meats and dairy products.

You want to make sure that your diet is high in nutrients like iron, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, other carotenes, folic acid, vitamin C, and magnesium. Individuals in one study showed that if their levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids such as Omega 3, 7, and 9 were high, they were less likely to experience hearing loss.

Fun Fact: An herbal extract from the Pacific islands called “Noni” is also protective for hearing loss.

Oxidation, inflammation are killers to those hair cells in the Cochlea. Eat foods such as pumpkin seeds and foods high in lycopene like tomatoes, watermelon, carrots, mango, squash. Other great foods to include in your diet are those that are high in zinc, like spinach, kale, cashews and mushrooms. Additionally, foods that are high in biotin such as berries, bananas, peanuts, beans, legumes, and green shard are also chock full of benefits.

4. Foods high in proanthocyanins

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Green and black teas have been shown to be protective against cochlea hair cell damage. Any foods that are high in proanthocyanins are great for helping reduce hearing loss. So, start eating more berries, cherries, and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. These have all been shown to be protective against the oxidative stress that accompanies hearing loss. Black pepper and tumeric are also herbs that have been studied.

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We’ve actually created a supplement called Hearing Times Three that has been remarkably beneficial and effective at preventing hearing loss and, in many cases, restoring hearing loss. It has high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, B 12, zinc, CoQ10, and Acetylcysteine or NAC. It has herbs like astragalus, ginkgo, chrysanthemum, resveratrol, and Gouda Cola. All of these in studies have been shown to help hearing loss and Tinnitus, or that sensation that something is buzzing or rushing in your ears.


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