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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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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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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long life

The 5 Commandments Of Eating Healthy To Live A Long Life

If you’re feeling inundated, overwhelmed, and confused about the best dietary nutritional program that you should eat to reduce your risk factors for chronic health conditions – you’re not alone. There’s tons of information online and tens of thousands of scientific research articles to examine just this topic.

Fortunately, there are a few common trends that come up over and over again, and the medical scientific community (for the most part) are behind these recommendations because they consistently show that they’re successful in reducing risk factors for chronic health conditions and promote optimal health and wellness. For the sake of this post, we’ll call them the Five Commandments of Healthy Eating.

I’ve made some other posts about foods to avoid. And if you haven’t seen them, I encourage you to check them out. And again, the scientific community is, for the most part, agreed upon these, like avoiding or limiting trans fats, avoiding or eliminating fried foods and fast foods, avoiding or eliminating refined sugars, and avoiding any kind of food allergy or food sensitivity that you may have. Some research articles show that Americans may have as many as one to three food sensitivities or food allergies in as many as 25 to 33% of Americans.

The five commandments of healthy eating

1. Increase fruit and vegetable intakes

various fresh fruits and vegetables laid out on a table

Research has shown that as few as 10 to 15% of Americans are consuming adequate recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. Fruits contain important macronutrients and micronutrients, complex carbohydrates, protein, essential fatty acids, and fiber.

Fiber is an important macronutrient that is severely under-consumed by Americans. It’s recommended that you take in roughly 40 to 50 grams of fiber a day. Fiber is only found in the vegetable/fruit kingdom where we get those insoluble fibers, which research consistently has shown may reduce risk factors for the development of certain kinds of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Plus fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, polyphenols, and proanthocyanidins, that are important for every cellular function in the body. It is recommended to have nine servings of five colors each and every day.

2. Get sufficient essential fatty acids

different omega 3-and essential fatty-rich foods such as salmon, eggs, nuts and seeds

A report in 2010 showed that most Americans were not getting adequate amounts of essential fatty acids. The recommended intake is one gram per day (of both EPA and DHA), and even higher amounts if you have a pre-existing medical condition such as cardiovascular disease, or if you’re pregnant or lactating. Essential fatty acids can be found in seafood, nuts seeds, avocados, olives, and olive oil.

 

3. Plan meal schedules

a breakfast table with salad, fresh juice, eggs, fruits, croissants, and a cup of coffee“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”. Most individuals are backward to that. They have a scant breakfast or they skip breakfast altogether. They have a modest lunch, and they have a huge dinner. This can be detrimental for blood sugar control and cardiovascular disease. Make sure to get most of your calories in the morning, have a modest lunch, and fewer calories for dinner.

4. Include cruciferous vegetables

top down view of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sproutsCruciferous vegetables are high in indoles, sulforaphane, DIM, and kaempferol. Each of these components have been independently studied to reduce risk factors for the development of certain types of cancer. We also know that cruciferous vegetables are very helpful for both phase one and phase two detoxification pathways in the liver. We’re all carrying chemicals so we could do with a little help in detoxification. Include cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, and chard in your diet.

5. Eat organic

woman carrying a large wooden crate of fresh organic vegetablesIf possible, wherever possible, eat organic. They contain higher amounts of essential vitamins and minerals than non-organic produce. In addition, non-organic produce has been shown to contain a higher level of pesticide, herbicide, and fungicides. There are 12 foods that are particularly high in these chemicals: strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, and potatoes. If eating organic is too expensive, try to just eat organic for these 12 foods at least so as to avoid the consumption of these chemicals. Plus, organic foods inherently contain higher amounts of essential probiotics, the healthy bacteria for our gut, for our brain, for our immune system.

So, there you have it – the five commandments to healthy eating! Let us know what rules you abide by for a healthier life and your experiences with these five commandments.


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Top 7 Liquids You Can Drink While Intermittent Fasting

Top 7 Liquids You Can Drink While Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is currently one of the world’s most popular health and fitness trends. People are using is to lose weight, improve their health, and simplify their lifestyles. Many studies have shown that it can have powerful effects on your body and brain, possibly even helping you live longer.

Top 7 Liquids You Can Drink While Intermittent Fasting

What is Intermittent Fasting?

intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting doesn’t specify which foods you should eat, but when you should eat instead. It’s not a diet in the conventional sense, but more accurately described as an eating pattern. Common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16-hour fasts or fasting for 24 hours twice a week, and lots of patients in my own practice have followed these methods.

Fasting has naturally been a practice throughout human evolution. Ancient hunters and gatherers didn’t have supermarkets, refrigerators, or food available year-round, so sometimes they simply didn’t have anything to eat. As a result, humans evolved to be able to function without food for extended periods.

In fact, fasting from time to time is more natural for our biological process than eating every three or four hours throughout the day. Fasting is also done for religious reasons, often practiced by those following Islam, Christian, Jewish, or Buddhist faiths.

7 Liquids You Can Drink While Intermittent Fasting

While fasting, it’s important to take in enough fluids for your body. There are seven different fluids you can use to support the benefits that intermittent fasting brings you.

1. Water

young woman drinking glass of water

The first and most obvious fluid to consume while fasting is water. Wondering how much water you should drink each day? Here’s a simple formula to use: Take your body weight in pounds, divide that number by two, and that’s how many ounces of pure water you should drink every day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, your minimum goal would be 75 ounces.

2. Green Tea

glass mug of green tea outside

Green tea is known for supplying powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols, catechins, and epicatechins. It does contain some caffeine, but those antioxidants are important for brain health and liver detoxification. As a bonus for some, studies have shown green tea may aid in weight loss.

3. Kombucha

two glasses of kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented drink made tea, typically green or black tea. Kombucha contains the same powerful antioxidants as green tea, but since it is fermented, it also contains probiotics. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that are necessary for good gut health.

4. Detox Tea

looking down at a mug of detox tea

There are many brands of detox tea here in the United States, such a Yogi Tea or Traditional Medicinals. Detox teas contain herbal agents that help your body get rid of built-up toxins, so it’s recommended to have at least two or three cups of detox tea while you’re fasting intermittently.

5. Green Drink

glass of green drink with green fruits and vegetables

A green drink contains extracts from herbs, mushrooms, fruits, and veggies. A good green drink combines all kinds of nutrients in one beverage, so consuming one every day while fasting can be very helpful.

6. Vegetable Juice

beet juice with carrots

Though it’s not part of a strict fast, vegetable juice is a good beverage to consider during intermittent fasting. A vegetable juice made from root vegetables, like carrots and beets, is a powerful tool during a weight loss program like intermittent fasting.

7. Epsom Salt

epsom salts in a wooden dish

The last liquid to consider contains Epsom salt. You could consume Epsom salt diluted in water but it usually acts as quite a laxative in most people. Instead, take a hot Epsom salt bath. Simply fill the tub with hot water, add about a cup of Epsom salt, and then soak in it. Epsom salt baths have been used for centuries to help with aches, pains, muscle and joint relief, and detoxifying the liver.

bottle of pure greens superfoods supplement

These seven fluids are important to include during intermittent fasting. To help you out, Zenith Labs has created a green drink called Pure Greens. It contains 57 superfoods in one delicious beverage. It’s so tasty that even my two young sons drink it, calling it their ‘special juice.’


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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 Single Best Daily Habit To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

The Single Best Daily Habit To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

If you are one of the millions of people on this planet that struggle with insulin insensitivity, high blood sugar levels, Type 2 diabetes and its negative health consequences, this article is a must-read. There’s one important daily habit you can implement to take back control of your blood sugar levels, slow the progression of the Type 2 diabetes, and even reverse it.

The Single Best Daily Habit To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

There’s no big secret and you would be hard-pressed to find a doctor or nutritionist to offer counter-advice. The single best daily habit to reverse Type 2 diabetes is to limit (or eliminate) bad fats, sugars, and refined carbohydrates.  These can include:

  • Trans fatsRed no sign over a pyramid made of sugar cubes
  • Saturated fats
  • Partially hydrogenated oils
  • Sugars
  • Sweets
  • Desserts
  • Sugary cereals
  • Most baked goods
  • Sodas
  • Fruit juices

Fresh produce on a scale and bowl of rice to show better eating habitsLimiting these bad fats and sugars from your daily diet can make a tremendously positive impact on your blood sugar levels. It sounds like a challenge to limit these types of foods from your diet, but you have more control than you think you do. Others may tell you that failure is inevitable, stating, “No, no, dietary changes are too difficult.” However, the secret is focusing on the word ‘habit.’ It’s one thing to know that certain food choices are devastating to your blood sugar levels and the progression of Type 2 diabetes, but if you don’t make good choices a habit, then that knowledge does you little good. You can change the trajectory of your life and take control of your Type 2 diabetes today. You’ve made one healthy choice by reading this article, and now it’s time make another and another and another. You can achieve the health you want, but yes, it takes some grit. It takes perseverance, goal setting, and creating better habits. Here are five key aspects of creating good habits you can use to your advantage.

1. Learning

Close up of the words Diabetes Type 2The first key to creating good habits is learning what your personal obstacles are. Your obstacles could be lust, aversion, ill will, sloth, restlessness, worry, or doubt.

Whatever they are, understanding your personality and challenges will allow you to overcome your obstacles.

2. Connectedness

Female family members stacking hands and being connectedStaying connected with your contacts will help you create healthy habits. Let everyone in your social circle know about your commitment to healthier choices so they can encourage you. Your friends and family members are your biggest fans, so if you involve them on your road to better health, you can turn better choices into a habit.

3. Mindfulness

Doctor's stethoscope and a pile of legumes shaped as a heartBeing mindful means being aware of yourself and your surroundings, being open to new experiences, and taking on challenges with purpose. A new challenge can be as simple as changing your shopping pattern at the grocer or market – try shopping on the perimeter of the store where the fresh produce and healthy proteins are. Avoid the aisles of the store as much as possible. Now, there are exceptions to that.

Nuts, seeds, and legumes are in the aisles, but doing your best to shop on the outside of the grocery store has an important impact on your shopping pattern. You’ll have healthier foods available in your cupboards every day.

4. Giving and Gratitude

Adult daughter giving her mother a gerber daisy and saying thank youMaintaining an attitude of giving and gratitude changes everything and has reciprocal rewarding effects. When you give generously and are of service to others, you’re more likely to be positive all around. When you’re feeling positive, it’s much easier to turn good choices into habits.

5. Planning

Blood Sugar Premier by Zenith LabsThe fifth key to creating good habits is planning. Setting a date and knowing when you want to make these changes increases your willpower. Try marking different goals and changes on your calendar so you can see them every day. Believe that you stick to these dates and changes to improve your health.

Here at Zenith Labs, we’ve formulated a highly researched supplement called Blood Sugar Premier. This supplement, paired with dietary changes and physical activity, can make a positive impact on your blood sugar levels.

The greatest wealth is health and the best time to start is now. Remember, making dietary changes in your life can slow down the progression of Type 2 diabetes – or even reverse it!


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!  

 

 

 

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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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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glasses vision

Lutein For Improving Vision

 

Do you struggle with poor vision? Have you noticed your vision failing you? Are objects (either from a distance or very close up) becoming increasingly blurry in the bright of day or the darkness of night? If so, then you need to know about the two powerful antioxidants found in common foods that may help your vision health: Lutein and Zeaxanthin.

Science has shown that both lutein and zeaxanthin bio-accumulates in the eye, particularly in the retina. This is where images of objects hit and the ophthalmic nerve submits those signals to the occipital region of the brain where we become conscious of what we’re seeing. This is why these two antioxidants are particularly important for vision health.

Where to find lutein and zeaxanthin

Although lutein and zeaxanthin are responsible for bright colors of many fruits and vegetables, they’re actually found in greatest amounts in dark, leafy, green vegetables. Interestingly, the chlorophyll in dark, leafy, green vegetables masks the color of lutein and zeaxanthin pigments so the vegetables appear green in color.

close up of kale leavesKale is one of the best sources of lutein, with about 115 micrograms per gram of kale. By comparison, a carrot may only have 5.1 micrograms of lutein per gram. Key sources of these two powerful antioxidants include:

  • Kale
  • Egg yolks
  • Parsley
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Paprika
  • Orange juice
  • Honeydew
  • Melon
  • Kiwis
  • Red peppers
  • Squash
  • Grapes

How to include lutein and zeaxanthin in your daily diet

a high lutein and zeaxanthin breakfast of poached eggs with steamed kale The great thing is that you can include most of these as breakfast. Egg yolks are extremely high in lutein and zeaxanthin. You can have a couple of poached eggs on a bed of lightly steamed kale, with diced red peppers and a sprinkling of paprika powder. As a side, have some honeydew melon and kiwis to start your day powerfully. It’s not too hard to start every day with breakfast foods that help improve your vision health!

 

vision-20 supplement by zenith labsHint: Fats actually improve the absorption of lutein and zeaxanthin so including fats into your diet may help the bioavailability of lutein and zeaxanthin. Adding some butter or coconut oil with your cooked greens or fresh salads is a great idea.

The team at Zenith Labs have created a supplement called Vision 20, which aims to improve vision health. Your diet should always come first, but supplements such as Vision 20 can give you a real boost. Check it out and let us know what you think!


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