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What Happens To Your Body If You Take Apple Cider Vinegar

What Happens To Your Body If You Take Apple Cider Vinegar Daily For 30 Days?

If you think that apple cider vinegar is a new health fad, it’s not. The consumption of small amounts of vinegar has actually been in practice for hundreds of years. Perhaps you’ve been told by a self-proclaimed health guru that apple cider vinegar is a magical panacea to cure all health ailments, that is simply not true. But there are some specific health conditions for which apple cider vinegar may be beneficial. We’ll review some additional myths and we’ll review some tips and how to optimize the effects of taking apple cider vinegar.

What can apple cider vinegar help you with?

1. Metabolic syndrome

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Metabolic syndrome is a serious consequence of obesity. It’s characterized by increased cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, dyslipidemia or negative changes in triglycerides and cholesterol, and glucose intolerance. There have been some studies in rats that show that consumption of apple cider vinegar may reduce risk factors for metabolic syndrome.

Another study showed that intake of a high-fat diet alters the oxidant-antioxidant balance in the body, and apple cider vinegar can be beneficial for the obesity-induced oxidative stress as a result of consuming a high-fat diet. And so, if you’re struggling with metabolic syndrome or obesity, there is research that shows that consuming apple cider vinegar may be beneficial.

2. Reduce risk of diabetes and helps weight control

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There are other studies on healthy humans that show that the consumption of vinegar, particularly on an empty stomach, may delay gastric or stomach emptying and lowers post-meal blood glucose and insulin levels. Not only does that lower your risk factors for diabetes, but the delayed gastric-emptying also helps you to feel full longer. So, you’re less likely to consume higher amounts of calories which can help you keep your weight under control.

3. Detox

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Apple cider vinegar works to detoxify your liver for better overall health and bodily function. Also, it helps to build a healthy lymphatic system that nurtures proper circulation of your lymph, and lymph is truly your body’s way of getting rid of garbage.

4. Lowers blood sugar levels

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Drinking unfiltered apple cider vinegar can help to lower blood sugar levels by as much as 4%. By its very nature, apple cider vinegar can regulate healthy blood sugar levels in the body, which is great for individuals with type-two diabetes. Apple cider vinegar can decrease triglycerides so you reduce your risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

5. Promotes bone health

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Did you know that 25% of females are diagnosed with osteoporosis every year? Apple cider vinegar can help to prevent your bones from becoming more brittle. It achieves this because it is an acid, and it is required to help breakdown minerals in the foods that you eat such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. If you’re better able to extract those minerals, you’re going to set yourself up for better bone health.

Tips for taking apple cider vinegar

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  1. Dilute it. Use one to two tablespoons per cup or pint of water. If you take it straight up, it’s too acidic and it can cause problems.
  2. Make sure to swish or spit with water after consumption. As apple cider vinegar is acidic, it can erode your dental health over time. So, make sure you either swish or spit with water after you consume it or drink it through a straw.
  3. Take on an empty stomach in the morning.
  4. Add it to foods. If you’re just simply not a fan of the taste of apple cider vinegar in water, it makes a tremendously delicious salad dressing. If you add it to olive oil in roughly equal amounts, you get the power of the acid in apple cider vinegar plus the benefits of the monosaturated fats in olive oil.

Busting myths on apple cider vinegar

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  • It does not alkalize the body. Your body has to maintain a very narrow pH in the blood and in every cell in the body. So, even though it’s an acid, it doesn’t necessarily alkalize the body.
  • It’s not a cure for any ailment, certainly not a cure for cancer, but there have been some studies that show that it may reduce your risk factors for both colon cancer and esophageal cancer.
  • It’s not safe for everyone. If you’re on medications, make sure you speak to your physician to make sure that you’re clear to consume apple cider vinegar. It can worsen certain health conditions such as bad acid reflux or stomach ulcers.

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What Cinnamon Does To Your Body If You Have Type 2 Diabetes

What Cinnamon Does To Your Body If You Have Type 2 Diabetes

If you’re one of the millions of people in the world that struggle with diabetes, or you’ve been told that you’re pre-diabetic, read on. We’ll set the record straight on what cinnamon can do for your body if you have diabetes, struggle with blood sugar control, are pre-diabetic, and what it simply cannot do.

If you struggle with diabetic issues, then the fastest way of managing it is not to take a bunch of supplements of empty promises. The key is diet, proper medication, and some supplements that can be beneficial to help with blood sugar control.

It’s estimated that as many as 23% of individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes take cinnamon to help with blood sugar control. Now, does it work? Does it not work? The research is actually varied. Dozens of research studies have been done on the potential benefits of taking cinnamon and helping with blood sugar control.

What Cinnamon Does To Your Body…

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One particularly exciting study showed a significantly greater decrease in fasting blood glucose, glycosylated haemoglobin, waist circumference, and body mass index, in subjects that took cinnamon compared to another group that was taking simply a placebo. It helped with waist-to-hip ratio, blood pressure, total serum cholesterol or blood cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, and it improved elements of high density lipoprotein.

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Accumulating evidence about cinnamon supports the notion that cinnamaldehyde, which is an active component of cinnamon, exhibits significant gluco-lowering effects. But the key is, you have to take it at the right dose. You can’t be eating cinnamon, say, in banana bread or pumpkin pie. In fact, if you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic, it is not recommended that you eat banana bread or pumpkin pie anyway, but the dose of cinnamon has to be on target with what the research shows.

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Efficacy data shows that a modest decrease in fasting plasma glucose, or blood sugar, can take place if you’re taking an adequate amount of cinnamon as a supplement. After adjustment for age and sex, cinnamon use makes a difference in how the body responds to sugar.

The consumption of cinnamon is also associated with a statistically significant improvement of Haemoglobin A1C. Haemoglobin A1C levels are important because it projects how your blood sugar is over time. An improvement of Haemoglobin A1C can be significant with cinnamon intake.

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In various studies, clinicians are strongly urged to refrain from recommending just cinnamon as a sole treatment option. You need to be on a great, low-glycemic diet. You should also be on proper medication to manage your condition. Cinnamon can act as a great supplement if taken at the right dose and particularly if combined with other agents to help blood sugar control.

We’ve actually created a supplement called Blood Sugar Premier, which contains cinnamon and other agents which can help with Haemoglobin A1C levelas, blood sugar control, and weight loss.

Have you tried cinnamon supplements? Let us know if they have worked/not worked for you in the comments below. We’d love to hear about your experience!


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3 Longevity Superfoods to Help You Live a Longer Life

Do you want to live a longer, healthier, happier life? We’re going to reveal three food groups that are really important for promoting health, longevity, and anti-aging.

3 Superfoods For A Longer Life

1. Berries

different types of berries such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries etc.

All types of berries are amazing longevity superfoods, whether they be blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries etc. Those bright colors in berries are packed full of antioxidants and proanthocyanidins that can help fight the aging process. Eat at least a couple of servings of berries every single day.

2. Cruciferous vegetables

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Also known as the brassica family of vegetables, cruciferous vegetables include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choi, broccoli, mustard greens, and kale. These are superfoods, not only to help the liver to detox from the ubiquitous environmental toxins that we’re all exposed to, but they also help to keep your DNA telomeres long and to prevent the aging process.

3. Nuts and seeds

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This one may surprise you but nuts and seeds contain incredible amounts of essential fatty acids (like Omega-3 fatty acid), and are also really high in minerals. Many Americans are deficient in minerals like calcium, zinc, and magnesium, and eating at least a couple of servings of nuts or seeds each day could help you get your daily required intake. You could have walnuts, almonds or pistachios as a snack, mix flax seed in your breakfast oatmeal, or sprinkle chia seeds over yogurt.

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We’ve actually created a couple of supplements to help with longevity. The first is called Pure Greens. It is a power-packed green powder that you mix with water or juice which contains super high concentrations of berries, cruciferous vegetables, and extracts from nuts and seeds. We’ve also created an anti-aging supplement called Longevity Activator, which is a daily supplement you can take to change the pathway of your DNA and genes.

If you have any questions or comments about the anti-aging process, please get in touch with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you about the techniques and tools you use to stay young, and what you do to lead a healthy, happy life.

Want more longevity tips and tricks? Check out Dr. Shelton’s Favorite Anti-Aging Tip here!


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The #1 Master Tip to Help with Weight Loss

The #1 Master Tip to Help with Weight Loss

 

Want to know the number one tip to help with weight loss? It’s actually really quite simple – eat breakfast.

Master Tip to Help with Weight Loss

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Multiple studies across the world have shown that eating breakfast, particularly a breakfast high in protein and fat that provides calories in the morning hours, can help with substantial long-term weight loss. Conversely, people who skip breakfast have been shown to be more likely to gain weight over time. And the reason for this is quite simple: If you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to eat more later in the day. You’re also more likely to have a larger dinner, which is directly associated with weight gain.

Eating calories at breakfast might seem counter-intuitive to weight loss, but studies have shown this to be effective. When you eat breakfast, it affects the hormones ghrelin and adiponectin that help you lose weight.

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So, the number one master tip to help with weight loss is: Don’t skip breakfast. Eat breakfast every morning, and in fact, let breakfast be the largest meal of your day. You can have light lunches, and then make dinner your smallest meal of the day.

 

 

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3 Reasons You Can't Lose Weight

3 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

Losing weight and maintaining healthy weight may be two of the most difficult health challenges that you face in your entire life. If you feel and believe that you’re making all of the correct dietary choices to lose weight and you’re still struggling losing weight, we’ll share with you three tips on how to change that.

Tip #1: Watch your meal frequency and timing, and always eat breakfast

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You may be on a severely restricted calorie intake diet, yet you’re still struggling to lose weight. Research shows that meal frequency and timing is just as important as the amount of calories that you’re intaking every day. One study showed people who ate small, frequent meals, five meals (or more) a day were able to better maintain weight loss compared to individuals who were eating three or less meals a day with the same amount of calories.

The individuals who were eating small, frequent meals lost more weight and they were able to maintain that weight loss.

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In addition, most people miss out on the most important meal of the day — breakfast. Many studies have shown that eating a proper breakfast can actually encourage weight loss. Breakfast should be the largest meal, lunch should be in moderation, and dinner should be the smallest meal of the day. Most individuals do just the opposite — they skip breakfast, maybe eat lunch, and then just pound it on at dinnertime. If you’re guilty of this, it’s time to change up your habits and eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.

Tip #2: Exercise

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At some point, you’ve probably been told that you can achieve your weight loss goals through diet alone. That’s simply not true. You have to move! Quite a few studies have shown that screen time is negatively associated with your goals to achieve weight loss and maintain that weight loss. The more you’re on your TV, computer, tablets, and phones, the less that active you are. Start limiting your screen time to the best of your ability.

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The best kind of exercise is whatever exercise you will do on a consistent basis. It could be as simple as walking. The most important thing is that you move. The studies are pretty clear that cross-training type of exercises that combine cardiovascular training with weight resistance exercise are probably the best to promote weight loss. If you can engage in cross-training exercise, do it!

Tip #3: Make sure your hormones are in balance

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The third tip is making sure that your endocrine system or your hormones are in balance. So many people have dysregulated hormones and that sets the stage for making it more difficult for you to lose weight. The old adage was that hormones decline because we age and gain weight. What research shows is that we age and gain weight because our hormones become dysregulated and imbalanced and decline over time.

For females primarily, we’re talking about estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid. For males, it’s mostly testosterone and thyroid.

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We also have to consider the dramatic increase of “endocrine disruptors”. These are environmental toxins that dysregulate our hormones. Environmental toxins such as BPA, atroscine, dioxins, phthalates, perchlorates, pesticides, and heavy metals can affect your hormone levels. Getting your environmental toxic exposure under control will better regulate the hormones. If those hormones are not in balance, it will be so much more difficult for you to lose weight.

So there you have it! Three tips to help you on your weight loss journey. We’ve also developed a supplement called Trim 14 that helps to curb appetite and boost metabolism that you can use in conjunction with developing healthy habits. Let us know what has worked well for you in terms of reaching and achieving your weight loss goals, we’d love to hear from you!


Find out the three key nutrients that help your body burn fats, and a superfoods smoothie that can help you lose weight fast!

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Does Raspberry Ketone For Weight Loss Work? (DOCTOR THOUGHTS!)

It’s estimated that 30% of Americans are obese and 60% of Americans are overweight. That population represents a target for some companies to go after and influence. Weight loss is a physical process, but weight loss is also an emotional process. You get entangled in a web of badly wanting to lose weight — and you’ll do anything, spend any amount of money to lose weight. We’re here to tell you if one supplement, raspberry ketones, is (or isn’t) effective for weight loss.

What You Need To Know About Raspberry Ketones

Several years ago, some research that was published and then propagated by Dr. Oz on television promised that raspberry ketones were a miracle cure for weight loss. But is that really true?

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What the science shows is that lipolysis (or fat breakdown) might be more susceptible because of norepinephrine (a hormone). It may also increase a hormone called adiponectin which helps with weight loss, and blood sugar regulation. Studies performed on the test tube fat cells of mice at 100 times the recommended daily dose of raspberry ketones showed that it improved lipolysis through the fat cells being more susceptible to norepinephrin. It also improved adiponectin levels which helps with weight loss and blood sugar control.

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However, not a single human study has shown benefits for raspberry ketones when taken on its own. There has been one study that showed that a combination of raspberry ketone and a supplement containing ingredients like synephrin, caffeine, or ginseng, did improve weight loss. After six to eight weeks of taking that combined supplement, people saw improved weight loss by 7.8% of fat mass, compared to the placebo or the control group at 2.8%.

Taking raspberry ketones has also shown to increase adiponectin output by 7.88%. But to put things in perspective, exercise alone can increase adiponectin by 260% in just one week.

So, there is something about raspberry ketones that may be effective, but just not when it’s taken on its own. In addition, to get the amount of ketones from raspberries at an adequate dose, you would have to eat 90 pounds of raspberries — and no one’s going to eat 90 pounds of raspberries a day!

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If you’re looking to take raspberry ketones, do so combined with other agents that have been shown effective through science and research to help encourage weight loss.

We’ve created an effective weight loss supplement called Trim 14, which includes raspberry ketones and other agents that have been shown to encourage weight loss in humans. Check it out and we would love to hear what you think of it in the comments below!

Looking for ways to shed some pounds? Check out this #1 master tip to help with weight loss — it’s simple, effective, and you can start right away!


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The #1 Master Tip to Help Restoring a Normal Gut Flora

The #1 Master Tip to Help Restoring a Normal Gut Flora

If you feel inundated with information and advertisements about which probiotic is the best for you, you’re not alone. If you struggle with keeping up with that information or if you’re still confused about how to best improve the normal, healthy gut bacteria, then read on!

The Master Tip to Restoring Normal Gut Flora

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Apart from simply avoiding things that kill the healthy bacteria in our bodies (like antibiotics), we can also promote healthy gut flora by eating fermented foods. Fermented foods are evident in many different cultures over the world, and they come in all different forms. We’ll be highlighting nine of the most important fermented foods that will give you more strains of probiotics than taking a supplement. They’re also more likely to stay in your gut and help with digestion, mood disorders, and your immune system.

9 Most Important Fermented Foods

1. Kefir

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Kefir is a fermented dairy product made from cow, goat or sheep milk. It’s basically a drinkable yogurt! It’s much higher in probiotics than yogurt, and it also contains high levels of Vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, Biotin, folate, enzymes, and of course hundreds of strains of probiotics.

2. Kombucha

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Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, and it contains a colony of bacteria and yeast that’s responsible for initiating the fermentation process. Due to the fermentation process, you receive hundreds of strains of healthy probiotics. Kombucha also has trace amounts of alcohol, but not enough to get you intoxicated or feel any difference.

 

3. Sauerkraut

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Sauerkraut is one of the oldest traditional foods. It has very long roots stemming from German, Russian and Chines cuisines. Sauerkraut, which means “sour cabbage”, is made from fermented greens, red cabbage, or green cabbage. It is high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, B vitamins, as well as manganese and magnesium. Store-bought sauerkraut is decent, but making your homemade sauerkraut is more powerful than store-bought sauerkraut.

4. Pickles

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Like sauerkraut, store-bought pickles are not nearly as effective as pickles that you make yourself. Fermented pickles contain a ton of vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants and gut-friendly probiotic bacteria. There are tons of homemade pickle recipes online that you can try for yourself.

5. Miso

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Miso is created by fermenting soy beans, barley or brown rice with Koji, a type of fungus. It’s a traditional Japanese ingredient recipe in Miso soup. It tastes great and it’s high in healthy probiotic bacteria.

6. Tempeh

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Tempeh is another beneficial fermented food made with soy beans. When it sets for a day or two, soy bean becomes dense and cake-like, and it contains both probiotics and a healthy hefty dose of protein too. Tempeh is similar to Tofu, but fermented and not as spongy or grainy tasting. It’s quite tasty actually, try it and let us know what you think!

7. Nato

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Nato is a popular food in Japan containing fermented soy beans. It’s sometimes eaten for breakfast in Japan, and commonly combined with soy sauce. It contains high amounts of healthy probiotics.

8. Kimchi

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Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean dish that’s made from vegetables including cabbage, plus some healthy spices for your gut like, ginger, and garlic, pepper, and other seasonings. It’s often added to Korean recipes like rice bowls, ramen, or Bibimbap.

9. Yogurt

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This is probably one of the most easily accessible probiotic foods you can find! Yogurt is a fermented dairy product made mostly from cows’ milk, although it can also be made from sheep and goats’ milk. It’s recommended when buying yogurt to look for three things. First, that it comes from goat or sheep milk if you have trouble digesting cow milk. Second, it’s made from the milk of animals that have been grass-fed. Third, make sure that it’s organic.

How to boost your healthy gut bacteria

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Eating fermented foods can boost your healthy gut bacteria in ways that taking a probiotic supplement simply cannot. However, if you’re looking for a more convenient way of getting your probiotic dose, we’ve created a probiotic supplement called Probiotic T50, which is one of the most powerful probiotic supplements out there. It contains 50 billion organisms, which is almost 10 times as much as most grocery store probiotics. On top of that, it contains 11 strains, whilst most probiotic supplements that you take only contain one, two, maybe three or four strains.

If you incorporated fermented foods into your diet, and take the Probiotic T50 supplement, you can change the dynamic of these important organisms that live in your gut and improve your overall wellbeing.

If you’ve tried probiotic supplements and/or fermented foods, let us know which you prefer and how it’s worked out for you. We would love to hear what’s worked/not worked for you, or just to hear about your favourite fermented food! Let us know in the comments below.

Ever heard about prebiotics? Learn about the difference between prebiotics and probiotics here.


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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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What Positive Benefit Could Drinking Lemon Water Daily Have

What Positive Benefit Could Drinking Lemon Water Daily Have (DOCTOR RESPONDS!)

Fads come and go — that is the definition of a fad. In medieval times, it was about putting leeches on your body to suck out bad blood and poisons. Recent health fads include taking placenta pills, doing oxygen injections, hot pants that women and men wear to reduce fat in certain areas, daily juicing, apple cider vinegar, e-cigarettes, and of course fad diet, upon fat diet, upon fad diet.

With so many health fads inundating the internet nowadays, it’s hard to know which to follow and which to ignore. One that has its merits according to science, is drinking lemon juice daily.

Benefits of drinking lemon water

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There’s no science supporting the claim that e-cigarettes are better than regular cigarettes. Nor that oxygen injections work, that placenta pills boost your immune system, or that hot pants can systematically target certain areas to help you lose weight. There’s no science showing colonics, juicing, or apple cider vinegar are helpful. However, in our research, drinking lemon water every day may have some benefit. Here are some benefits of drinking lemon water:

  1. High in vitamin C. We know that lemons are high in vitamin C, which is a boost for immune health.
  2. Detox and helps digestion. We know that taking lemon water can help with detoxification of the liver and digestive health.
  3. Anti-inflammatory. We also know that it can be anti-inflammatory, and help with inflammatory issues like joint pain. Lemons are also high in antioxidants and may in fact help with kidney stones.
  4. Hydration. Drinking water improves hydration, but some people simply don’t like the taste of water. So adding lemon into your water can help with the flavour and hydration.

There are a couple of myths about lemon water alkalizing the body — that’s just not true.

glass of water with lemon inside on a wooden board with other lemons around and a grater

Keeping homeostasis in the body means needing keep a very narrow PH in the blood and cells. So taking in lemon water does basically nothing to alkalize the body. It has no effect in treating cancer and no effect in increasing IQ levels. No study has shown that drinking lemon water improves the outcomes of a weight loss regimen either. Now, drinking water can attribute to these effects, but the addition of lemon to the water has no proportional positive effect.

Tips for drinking lemon water

Now, a couple of keys about drinking lemon water:

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  • Drink your lemon water warm.
  • It’s best to do it on an empty stomach, say first thing in the morning or before meals. It’s not as effective if you take it with a meal, or after a meal.
  • Make sure that you rinse your mouth with pure water after consuming the lemon water. Lemons are acidic and over time with chronic use they can start to break down the enamel of the teeth. So doing a simple rinse with pure water after consuming lemon water is an important step to maintaining dental health.

Do you practice drinking lemon water daily? Has it worked for you? I would love to hear your feedback and how lemon water has or has not helped you. Leave your comments below!


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My Honest Thoughts On The Keto Diet

My Honest Thoughts On The Keto Diet

 

Now, we all know that dietary fads come and go and they have for many years. The keto diet (also known as the ketogenic diet) was actually developed almost 100 years ago in the 1920s, specifically for pediatric patients struggling with epilepsy or seizures. It was found to be remarkably effective when patients follow the diet strictly.

What is the Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, high-protein, very low-carb diet. The fat to carb protein ratio is typically between 2:1 to 5:1. The caloric intake of fat is typically between 80 and 90%. Carb intake is limited to about 50 grams a day, which is a very low amount.

Fun Fact: The keto diet has been used to help conditions like diabetes, cancer, and schizophrenia.

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The keto diet is used for weight loss. It’s used to change body composition, specifically visceral adipose fat around your belly. A ketogenic diet changes the microbes or the bacteria that grow in your gut in a positive manner that helps with weight loss and brain health. Research done on elite athletes showed that being on a ketogenic diet changed their body composition. It changes your metabolism entirely, and it also changes how your brain, heart, and muscles receive nutrients.

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But this diet needs to be short-term, because a high-fat, high-protein diet that’s very low in carbs means that you’re missing out on some important micronutrients. Original researchers knew that a diet like this, long-term, may not be sustainable. In fact, they recommended patients be on this diet for only six months up to maybe two years. There are adverse effects with long-term use of ketogenic diet such as liver problems, gall stones, and vitamin deficiencies.

Honest Thoughts & Recommendations On The Keto Diet

A keto diet can certainly be effective for specific conditions. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, change your body composition, or help other conditions, the keto diet could be helpful. But it can only be used short-term. There are some things you can do to improve the effectiveness of it:

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  1. Add MCT or Medium Chain Triglycerides into your diet. Studies have shown that adding MCT with a keto diet can help you lose weight and change your body composition. It can also help diabetic, cancer, and schizophrenic patients. It’s typically derived from coconuts. You can take MCT oil or an MCT supplement to help boost the effects of the keto or ketogenic diet.
  2. If you plan on being on a keto diet for more than six month, take a multivitamin. This will provide you some of those micronutrients and vitamins (Vitamin B, A, K, D, zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium) that are typically deficient in a ketogenic diet and what your body needs to metabolize most optimally and most effectively.
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For a more sustainable option, you could consider a paleo diet. A paleo diet includes the high protein and healthy fats, but it also includes some of those carbs with a low glycemic index and that will provide you with the micronutrients that you need to sustain the diet. The paleo diet is a combination of the keto diet with the addition of some healthy, low glycemic carbs that would preclude you from needing to take extra supplements to provide you with the essential micronutrients and vitamins your body needs.

Ultimately, the keto diet has a place for specific conditions, for example with elite athletes. I think it has an important place, short-term. But something closer to a paleo diet seems to be more sustainable, long-term, without the adverse side effects that can eventually occur with a keto diet.

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Dr. Ryan Shelton

If you liked this video/article, do share it with your friends and loved ones. Subscribe to the Youtube channel for weekly tips on new tools and techniques to improve your health and well-being.

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