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Master Tip to Help Collagen

The #1 Master Tip to Help Collagen

 

Everyone wants to look and feel healthy, youthful, and vibrant. A big part of that is diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin due to the aging process, as well as the appearance of dark spots due to sun exposure. We also want our joints to be pain-free and flexible, and we want our immune system to be powerful.

The #1 Master Tip to Help Collagen

Several years ago, I had a patient in her early fifties walk into my office with two large bags of cosmeceutical and topical agents that she was applying as part of her daily routine. She was frustrated because she was spending hundreds of dollars a month and thousands of dollar a year on these anti-aging products, but not seeing the results the marketing material promised her.

“Dr. Shelton,” she asked, “Is there something else that I can do to improve the effectiveness of my skincare products?”

We sat down, and one by one, reviewed the topical ingredients of the products she was using. Some contained well-researched ingredients, but some were just a waste of her time and money.

senior woman with hand on her face

At the time, I knew the importance of a diet that was high in antioxidants like vitamin C and E, green tea, lycopene, and coenzyme Q10. These antioxidants prevent the oxidative and pro-inflammatory chemical damage of the skin, collagen fibers, elastin fibers, and reticular fibers.

For this patient however, I dove deeper into the research and what I found was surprising. There were many research articles on the importance of oral supplements to promote healthy-looking skin. It makes sense, consider I’ve always believed that health and wellbeing start from the inside out, even for the skin. Let’s go over three oral supplements that are important for healthy skin.

1. Oral Collagen

collagen pills and powder with a glass of water

Oral collagen has been shown to activate skin stem cells, improve the skin’s response to growth factors, stimulate collagen genes, neutralize free radicals, and decrease the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers.

Preliminary results are promising for both the short and long-term use of taking oral collagen supplements for wound healing and preventing the signs of aging skin. These supplements increase skin hydration, elasticity, and dermal collagen density. When dermal collagen and elastin fibers break down, we start to see the effects of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

relaxed middle age woman lying in the grass

Collagen supplementation is generally safe with no reported adverse effects. A randomized double-blind placebo control was conducted on 120 subjects who consumed either a test oral collagen supplement or a placebo for 90 days. Subjects who consumed the oral collagen had a significant increase in skin elasticity by 40% compared to those taking the placebo. In addition to the skin benefits, the consumption of the collagen product reduced joint pain by 43% and improved joint mobility by 39%.

In another study, after 12 weeks of taking an oral collagen supplement, visual assessment scores and three parameters of skin wrinkling were significantly improved compared to the placebo group. After just 12 weeks, skin elasticity, hydration, and wrinkling were significantly improved in the collagen supplement group compared to the baseline group.

2. Antioxidants

foods rich in antioxidants like salmon, nuts, and produce

You can get a range of antioxidants through a diet that’s high in fruits and vegetables, but certain antioxidants prevent the appearance of aging, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. You can supplement your diet with Vitamins C and E, CoQ10, lycopene, and green tea. Just be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and drink at least two cups of green tea every day.

3. Polypodium

Polypodium vulgare grows among thick moss

Polypodium is a herb, coming from a species of fern, that acts like an internal sunscreen when taken orally. To be clear, I’m not dismissing the importance of applying external sunscreen to protect against the damaging UVB rays of the sun, as those rays can cause dark spots along with exacerbating fine lines and wrinkles.

However, polypodium is one of the most studied herbal substances that has proven protective activity, along with green tea extract, carotenoids, and carotenes. In one study, the results showed that polypodium can be used as an agent to lessen the negative photobiological effects from UVB rays.

The use of polypodium has been reported to be beneficial in the treatment of atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, and psoriasis. It’s also useful for the prevention of polymorphic light eruption, sunburns, and squamous cell carcinoma. As I’ve already suggested to many of my patients, taking oral polypodium supplements can help with youthful, vibrant looking skin.

Collagen Refresh, supplement by Zenith Labs

At Zenith Labs, we’ve created a supplement called Collagen Refresh that contains many of these helpful ingredients. With a lemon berry flavor, it has an enjoyable taste. My wife uses it daily and has seen significant positive changes to her skin’s health.


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I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere’, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

 

 

 

The Single Best Daily Habit To Prevent A Heart Attack

The Single Best Daily Habit To Prevent A Heart Attack

Did you know that every 40 seconds in the United States someone dies of a heart attack? You likely know someone who has suffered the devastating, often deadly effects of a heart attack. A heart attack is called the silent killer because we don’t know when and where it’s going to happen.

The Single Best Daily Habit To Prevent A Heart Attack

What is a heart attack?

man having a heart attack, clutching his chestA heart attack begins with inflammation, which can be caused by chemicals that your body produces, environmental toxins you’re exposed to every day, or damage from high blood pressure. Inflammation causes damage to the interior lining of blood vessels, specifically your arteries.

That inflammation begins to attract white blood cells and platelets which thicken the arteries over time. A heart attack is a silent killer because a small clot of that thickening can unknowingly break off, travel down the bloodstream, and cut off blood supply to the heart.

We have to get inflammation under control, and I want to share with you my favourite habit for preventing heart attacks.

The Best Daily Habit to Prevent a Heart Attack

woman holding a plastic red heart in her handsMy son Maxwell loves riding his bike every day, and that’s an example of my recommended habit for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. I recommend exercise and therapeutic movement for 75 to 150 minutes every week. If you can bump that up to 200 to 300 minutes per week, you would be doing yourself an even bigger favor and greatly reducing your risk of coronary artery disease.

My favourite kind of exercise to recommend is the exercise you will enjoy each and every day. Maxwell riding his bike is the perfect example because it’s an activity he enjoys. It’s a form of play for him and he doesn’t even realize he’s decreasing his future risk factors. Maxwell is just playing, moving, having fun, smiling, and gaining the benefits of exercise.

heart-healthy diet with fruits and vegetablesThere are other contributing factors that can cause a heart attack and it’s important to get them under control.

To reduce risk factors, quit smoking, get your weight within a normal BMI, limit your alcohol intake, get plenty of sleep, reduce stress, and eat a balanced diet. Be sure to limit saturated and trans fats, and get healthy fats instead, like omega-3, 7, and 9. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, aiming for nine servings of five colors every day.

Remember though, the best strategy to reduce your risk factors for heart attack and coronary artery disease is engaging in exercise. Moderate movement like walking, biking, or cycling will reduce your risk factors for cardiovascular disease.


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The #1 Master Tip To Reduce Stress (WORKS FAST!)

The #1 Master Tip To Reduce Stress (WORKS FAST!)

In our busy lives, we’re bound to feel stressed at some point. But chronic stress has negative effects on your health, which is why it’s important to learn to manage it! Learn the number on master tip on how to relieve and reduce stress.

Stress vs. Stressors

stressed man with his head down on his messy office desk

There is a difference between stressors and stress. Stressors are events that happen in life, chemicals that we’re exposed to, or foods we eat, that cause an emotional and physiological response called “stress”. When it comes to stress, the physiological and emotional response is triggered by the nervous system. Hormones can also contribute to stress.

We know that stress is related to all kinds of chronic diseases. That’s why we need to try and get a hold of it and take care of it.

The Master Tip To Reduce Stress

woman doing breathing exercises at her desk in the office

Now that we know the nervous system plays an important role in stress, we can try to find ways to help us manage it. There’s actually a powerful tool to grab a hold of stress by the horns and eliminate it completely if we wanted to. The cool thing about this tip is it’s something that you do thousands of times a day — breathing. Breathing can help you reduce stress.

Why is breathing so important? The nervous system has two branches in general:

  • Musculoskeletal system: this helps us move
  • Autonomic nervous system: this takes care of the unconscious processes, such as breathing and heart rate and perspiration, and basically everything that occurs from here all the way down to the pelvis.
image of a nerve cell

Now the autonomic nervous system has two branches as well: sympathetic and parasympathetic. The sympathetic nervous system controls the fight or flight response. It gets us revved up, and we feel stressed out when it is tuned in and motivated. The parasympathetic system is the calming branch of the nervous system, and it’s controlled majorly by something called the “vagus nerve”. With breathing techniques, you can actually consciously control the vagus nerve and mediate things like respiration rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones.

smiling woman at the beach with her eyes close and arms stretched upwards

A study done at the Juilliard School of Music found that individuals who performed deep breathing exercises could actually grab hold of that vagus tone and stimulate parasympathetic nervous responses and diminish the sympathetic nervous system. By diminishing the sympathetic system, it also reduces the fight or flight response, emotional withdrawal, stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

The study at the Juilliard School of Music showed that students engaged in deep breathing exercises before their performance actually performed better. They had better coping skills and were better able to problem solve compared to those musicians who did not engage in the deep breathing exercises.

woman doing breathing exercises by a pond

In another study, scientists showed that by just practicing breathing techniques for 10 minutes a day, they could change their physiological response for up to 24 hours. This could positively affect heart rate, asthma, abdominal pain, proinflammatory cytokines produced in the body, blood pressure, anxiety, and mental focus. So, scheduling time out to practice deep breathing exercises 10 minutes a day could change how your body responds for the next 24 hours.

image of neurons with electrical charge

Emotions are not solely a phenomenon within the brain, they’re also composed of physiological responses. They include autonomic and behavioral responses. Respiration or breathing has a unique relationship to emotion, with the primary role of respiration concerning metabolism and homeostasis, but breathing is the one inlet that you have. When you take control of your breathing and the vagus nerve, you can change entire nervous system pathways and hormonal pathways within your body.

The respiratory control system is not just reflexive, it’s smart. It learns and it has memory.

The respiratory system listens to and carefully remembers how previous stimuli affect breathing. Respiratory memory is laid down by adjusting synaptic connections in the brain, so when you take time to breathe, you’re changing the plasticity of your brain. You’re changing how you’re brain works, your neurological pathways, and the hormonal pathways in your body.

Deep Breathing Technique 8-1-4

There are many deep breathing techniques out there. The eight, one and four, technique is one that you can try by yourself:

people lying on yoga mats in a gym practicing breathing exercises
  1. Make sure that you’re in a quiet place. You can still do it in a chaotic place, but make sure that you’re either sitting or lying down.
  2. Put your hand on your abdomen. Use this to make sure that you ’re using all the muscles of breathing and respiration, and making sure that you get a full belly breath.
  3. Inhale for eight seconds. Making sure you’re pushing out that belly, rising the chest for all eight seconds.
  4. Pause for a second.
  5. Then, exhale for four seconds.
Meditation in a Bottle by zenith labs

So, that’s the eight, one and four breathing technique. There are many other breathing techniques but it can change not only how you live today, but how you live in the future.

We’ve also worked with some researchers to develop a stress supplement. It’s called “Meditation in a Bottle”. It contains beautiful, wonderful herbs and amino acids to help relieve stress. And when combined with the breathing techniques it’s a powerful one to try.

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Stress is a killer and you can control it with something as simple as breath.

Thanks so much, I’m Dr. Ryan Shelton.

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Doctor Reveals His #1 Master Tip To Deal With Anxiety

Doctor Reveals His #1 Master Tip To Deal With Anxiety

Millions of people suffer from stress and anxiety, so we’re going to talk about a simple and effective strategy for improving anxiety. First, I’d like to share two different stories.

The first story happened to me a few years ago in San Diego. I was walking back to my office on lunch break and I passed a guy who was obviously homeless. He reached out his hand and asked, “Sir, do you have any money to spare?”

I honestly didn’t. I had no cash, just debit and credit cards. However, he was an engaging fellow so I talked to him for about ten minutes. The entire time, I kept gazing down at his feet.

He had no shoes, no socks, and his feet were in bad shape. They were cracked, discolored, and on the verge of infection. I continued to talk to him, learning his story and how he had fallen on hard times. I looked down at my own feet. I had shoes and I knew I was only a couple blocks away from my office.

Homeless man asleep on a park bench

“You know what,” I said to him, “I don’t have any money, but I want you to take my shoes. I’ll walk back to my office, it’s fine.” I gave him my shoes and pleaded with him to seek care for his feet because I didn’t want him to lose them.

The point of this story is that there’s a difference between stress, which is a human experience, and stressors. Stressors can certainly cause stress, but it’s more about our reaction to those stressors.

For example, this homeless guy had his wits about him. He had fallen on hard times, but he was still quite positive. His feet weren’t causing him stress, but they were causing me stress because I’m a doctor and I wanted him to be well. He wasn’t anxious though, so you can see there’s a difference between stress from human experience and the stressors that cause anxiety.

Doctor Reveals His #1 Master Tip To Deal With Anxiety
How Anxiety Affects You Physically and Emotionally

silhouette of a stressed out male sitting on a bench

Stressors can be in our environment or our social systems, and the anxiety from stress can be problematic both physically and emotionally. Physically, anxiety can cause sweating, palpitations, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, or muscle tension. Emotionally, anxiety can cause worry, fear, irritability, apprehension, or sleep disturbance.

It’s important to note that stress is not the only cause of anxiety. Some may have neurotransmitter imbalances, hormone imbalances, or reactive hypoglycemia. Anxiety can also be exacerbated by caffeine or food allergies.

The Difference Deep Breathing Can Make

air traffic controller waving a plane in

Now for the second story. Several years ago, I had a patient who was a gentleman in his mid-50s with a very stressful job as an air traffic controller. He came in for an appointment with me and was on medication for both high blood pressure and anxiety.

During his appointment, he asked, “Dr. Shelton, is there anything else I can do to manage my stress and to help defeat the anxiety that I feel each and every day? Because it’s affecting my entire life.”

We sat down, reviewed his medical history, and made some changes to his diet and lifestyle. I also recommended a couple of botanical nutritional supplements to help with his blood pressure and anxiety.

The main thing I taught my patient that day though was deep breathing. I told him he only needed to engage in deep breathing exercises a few minutes every day to help with his stress, anxiety, and blood pressure.

man taking a deep breath of fresh air outside

He immediately replied that he didn’t have the time to do deep breathing or meditation, but I convinced him to do it for just a couple of minutes a day. I taught him a breathing technique that would use all three breathing muscle groups: the diaphragm which pushes out the belly, the intercostal muscles that expand the chest, and the scalenes which pull the chest up to the neck.

While there are many different deep breathing strategies, I taught him a simple one. Breathe in through the nose for eight seconds, breathe out through the mouth for eight seconds, and then repeat that process for as many minutes as you can.

The patient thanked me and it was about a year before he made another appointment. He came in beaming and was a different man entirely. He told, “Doc, I didn’t think I had the time for deep breathing exercises but I started with just a couple minutes a day and I loved it. It made such a difference in my stress and anxiety levels!”

At this point, he had progressed to 15 minutes of deep breathing a day. He was able to cut his dose of anti-anxiety medication in half and come off his blood pressure medication completely. A simple deep breathing technique, a few diet and lifestyle changes, and botanical nutritional supplements made a profound difference in his life.

Why Deep Breathing Exercises Have a Profound Effect on Anxiety

young couple enjoying the sunset together

The nervous system is broken into two branches. One is the musculoskeletal which moves muscles and joints, and the other is the autonomic which is essentially responsible for all the automatic things your body does. The autonomic is involved in heart rate, breathing, digestion, the gastrointestinal tract, the genitourinary tract, and reproduction and sex.

The autonomic nervous system is broken down again into two branches. The first branch is the sympathetic, which is the fight or flight feeling you experience when stressed or fearful of danger. The second branch is the parasympathetic, which is quite relaxing.

The captain, so to speak, of the parasympathetic nervous system is the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve controls basically everything from the neck down, like heart rate, respiration rate, and digestion. The wonderful thing about deep breathing exercises is that you can use them to change how the vagus nerve speaks to the rest of the body and change how respiration relaxes you.

Studies on Deep Breathing  

musicians playing on stage

Let’s take a look at two studies on the positive effects of deep breathing. The first study was done on a group of musicians from the Julliard School of Music, where there was a study group and a control group. The study group was instructed to engage in deep breathing exercises for 10 to 15 minutes a day and the control group was vaguely told to ‘relax.’

Scientists found that the study group had better vagal tone, sleep, preservation of safety, performance, coping skills, and focus. They experienced less anxiety just through deep breathing.

Emotions are not solely a phenomenon within the brain but are composed of body responses as well. These can include autonomic and behavioral responses such as changes in heart rate, blood pressure, skin conductance, and respiration. Among these physiological responses, respiration has a unique relationship to emotion. While the primary role of respiration concerns metabolism and homeostasis, emotions such as disgust, anger, and happiness also influence respiratory activities.

While respiratory change that accompanies emotions can occur unconsciously, respiration can also be voluntarily altered associating with an activation of part of the brain called the motor cortex. There may be no physiological expression for the association of the three areas of the brain that regulate respiration: the brainstem, the limbic system, and the cerebral cortex. The brainstem works to maintain homeostasis, the limbic system is responsible for emotional processing, and the cerebral cortex controls intention. If you’re able to grab hold of that vagus nerve, you can change how the brain functions and responds to stress.

three people meditating at sunset

The second study was done on Zen meditation practitioners. The scientists asked the study group to continue their practice, and then had a control group as well. The study group was asked to focus on deep breathing exercises with all three muscle groups: the diaphragm, intercostals, and scalenes. They engaged in deep breathing exercises for 20 minutes a day.

Compared to the control group, scientists found there were dramatic changes in heart rate, incidents of asthmas, abdominal pain, pro-inflammatory cytokines, blood pressure, anxiety, and mental focus.

young woman relaxing outside

Just 20 minutes of deep breathing a day caused these significant improvements in physiological function. The respiratory system listens and carefully remembers how previous stimuli affects breathing. For example, repeated slow breathing sessions trigger a respiratory memory to strengthen the ability of respiratory motor neurons to trigger the contraction of breathing muscles, even when you’re not thinking about it. This type of respiratory plasticity is known as long-term facilitation

If you can commit to a few minutes of deep breathing exercises every day and increase the length over time, you’ll see a difference in your stress, anxiety, and other physiological effects that stress can cause. Never doubt that small changes, like deep breathing exercises, can have a profound effect on your health.

Meditation in a Bottle supplement by Zenith Labs

Zenith Labs created a supplement called Meditation in a Bottle. It contains several botanical adaptogens that help with stress hormones such as cortisol. Meditation in a Bottle can help with adrenal health, along with reducing the amount of stress and anxiety you feel.


Dr. Ryan Shelton of Zenith LabsIf 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.

I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere’, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

 

 

 

The Truth About The “Longevity Gene” (DOCTOR THOUGHTS!)

You don’t want to die sooner than you have to. If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering how to live a longer, happier, healthier life. A life in which you’re able to see your kids, even grandkids, graduate high school, graduate college, get married and create beautiful wonderful families of their own which you can engage in and enjoy for the rest of your life. Sometimes you make small choices, and you do not understand how it can change the entire trajectory of your life moving forward. Today, let’s talk about longevity genes.

an elderly couple at the beach jumping with arms and legs stretched out

There are many theories about aging, but what research has shown is that there are three important parts of the DNA which control aging and longevity. Most of our DNA codes for proteins, but these three enzymes change how the DNA responds to our environment in terms of longevity and aging. They don’t control or create new proteins. They tell the rest of our genes and the rest of our DNA, what to do.

There are two pathways when it comes to every cell in the body: growth and reproduction, or protection and maintenance. Growth and reproduction means that cells are replicating again and again to create new cells. With protection and maintenance, the cells are not replicating, reproducing, nor growing. They’re just maintaining the status quo. The three enzymes we’re going to talk about are responsible for which pathway a cell takes, and thus whether it ages or stays young.

The 3 Enzymes That Help Longevity

1. Telomerase

graphic of hedges sculpted in shape of DNA telomeres

Every time a cell divides, the ends of the DNA (telomeres) shorten a little bit. The shorter telomeres become, the more likely that cell is to age. Telomerase is an enzyme which helps to keep those telomeres long. Studies have shown that over-expression of telomerase can increase lifespan by 30%, and under-expression can decrease lifespan by 50%.

Every cell in your body has a limit of about 50 to 60 divisions before the telomeres become too short.

If we’re able to keep the telomeres long through encouraging greater activity of telomerase, then we are able to keep our cells (and thus, ourselves) young.

2. Sirtuin

Sirtuin is the determinant gene that decides if your cells are going to go down the path of growth and reproduction or protection and maintenance. If we are able to regulate/increase sirtuin enzymes, we can push our cells towards protection and maintenance, anti-aging and longevity.

3. TOR

TOR is known to push our entire DNA into growth and reproduction. If we can decrease the activity of the TOR enzyme, we can slow the aging process.

How Can We Influence These 3 Longevity Enzymes?

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Researchers have shown that a number of natural compounds, botanical agents, can increase telomerase, increase sirtuin, and decrease TOR.

Substances like resveratrol, Terminalia, Astragalus, purslane, Ashwagandha, ginseng, astatine, Cordyceps, pterostilbene etc. can all help. We’ve actually developed an important powerful supplement called Longevity Activator, where we include these agents, plus others, that can influence these three genetic genes so that we encourage protection and maintenance, and discourage growth and reproduction.

Want more secrets to living longer? Learn about 3 longevity superfoods that could actually help you add on years!


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I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere‘, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

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.


dr ryan shelton of zenith labsIf 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.

I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere’, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

 

 

 

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.


Dr. Ryan Shelton of zenith labs

If you liked this video/article and found it useful, 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.

I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere’, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

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