The Sweet Language of Life – How Our Cells Communicate

Glyconutrients for Vibrant HealthMost people are aware of scientific research that has established diet as an important component of good health and more of the general public are paying attention to nutritional intervention.

Glyconutrients, a class of nutrients that appear necessary for maintaining health, have gotten a lot of attention in the scientific community in recent years. Information concerning glyconutrients, glycobiology, and glycoproteins fills volumes of textbooks and thousands of medical research articles.  To date there are over 40,000 publications on the research of glycobiology and the study of these important glyconutrients.

However, the public’s knowledge of glyconutrients and their importance to maintaining health is limited.

The human body is incredibly dynamic; every day, it is maintaining, protecting and regulating its 60 trillion cells.  It replaces 150 to 500 billion cells daily.  Central to the body’s health is the cell’s ability to maintain its function properly.  Cells must also be nourished, protected and supported.

Glyconutrients are monosaccharides or carbohydrates that are vital for the correct structure and function of cells in our bodies.  As the name monosaccharides indicates they are sugars.

When most people think of sugar, they think of that sweet white granulated stuff that many people put on their breakfast cereal or in their morning coffee. Diabetics think of sugar as something to avoid because it will raise their blood sugar.  Glyconutrients are not that kind of sugar.

Science has found that glyconutrients are important for cell to cell communication and the proper functioning of our immune system.

Proper cell to cell communication is necessary for our body to function properly.  For instance our digestive system needs to know which food components to absorb into the blood stream and which to ignore.  Without proper cell to cell communication our immune system wouldn’t know which cells to attack and destroy and which cells to protect.  Continue reading The Sweet Language of Life – How Our Cells Communicate

Helpful Tips To Prevent Allergies

Woman with allergiesAllergy refers to an exaggerated reaction of the immune system in response to bodily contact to specific foreign substances. Most substances that cause allergies are harmless and have no effect on people who are not allergic. The word allergy is also used to describe many abnormal responses which have no connection with medicine.

The medical use of the word is to mean particular hypersensitiveness, which may be mild or severe. The more common symptoms of hypersensitivity are asthma, urticaria and hay fever.

There are several well recognized types of allergy:

  1. Atopy   –  allergy involving inherited tendencies
  2. Bacteria Allergy 
  3. Food Allergy
  4. Fungus Allergy
  5. Drug Allergy
  6. Contact Allergy
  7. Serum Sickness
  8. Physical Allergy

Allergic symptoms can be brought about by inhalation, ingestion, infection, injection, contact and by physical agents like light, heat or cold.The allergic reaction is considered to be an antigen-antibody reaction. Substances that often cause reactions are:  Continue reading Helpful Tips To Prevent Allergies

The Hidden Dangers of Yogurt

light yogurtYogurt is healthy for us right? 

Most of us have come to believe so.  Yogurt has become so synonymous with healthy food and dieting that when we see somebody eating it we automatically assume that they’re on some kind of diet or health routine – and most likely they are.

Many of these people would be surprised to learn that the yogurt they’re eating is probably not healthy for them, especially if it’s processed yogurt.

In recent years yogurt makers have had great success in making their product more attractive to the mainstream market by packaging it in convenient containers, and adding flavoring, coloring, preservatives and other “unnatural” additives.

Some people indulge their sweet tooth by enjoying frozen yogurt as an ice cream substitute thinking that it’s healthier and lower calorie than ice cream.

It seems like frozen yogurt “parlors” have popped up everywhere.  There, yogurt is available in a flavorful soft-serve consistency, and customers can add toppings like candy sprinkles and M&M’s.  Many do, figuring they’ve saved a lot of calories by eating yogurt instead of ice cream.

The truth is that many of the top brands of yogurt are unhealthier for us than eating a bowl of ice cream.  Continue reading The Hidden Dangers of Yogurt

Probiotics & Their Use As A Dietary Supplement

Probiotic foods for vibrant healthMany people are unfamiliar with probiotics, however there are studies to show that these supplements may be valuable in the treatment of various health conditions. Probiotics are dietary supplements that contain feasible beneficial bacteria. Certain kinds of yogurt, for instance, contain probiotics in therapeutic quantities. This simply means that some foods have an adequate amount of this supplement to be useful and is measured in quantities where it cannot be overindulged.

Probiotics are thought to assist the body’s digestive system and are sometimes recommended by medical professionals. More frequently, on the other hand, probiotics are advised by nutritionists as part of a healthy, well balanced diet program. Some theories actually can be found that suggest these dietary supplements may help to strengthen the immune system. Whilst there is no recorded evidence to claim that probiotics can swap damaged parts of the body’s digestive tracts, there’s proof that it could form temporary associations that might help to produce the same functions while the damaged areas have additional time to recover. By enabling the body with additional recovery time, probiotics may offer both valuable and temporary assistance.

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GI-Pro, the right probiotic for a healthy digestive system.

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In addition to helping in digestion and improving the immune system, probiotics are likewise considered to help prevent constipation, decrease the incidence of insomnia and could help to lessen stress-related ailments.  Continue reading Probiotics & Their Use As A Dietary Supplement

Get Fat! Omega-3 Fatty Acids That Is.

Omega-3 SupplementsWhen the words oils and fats are mentioned, health-conscious individuals tend to run for cover. What they fail to realize is that there are good fats and bad fats.  Complete avoidance of intake of oils and fats would actually be detrimental – rather than beneficial – to their health.

The Truth about Fish Oil

Essential fatty acids must always be part of our daily diet – without them, we take one step closer to our deaths.  Essential fatty acids are divided into two families: omega-6 EFAs and omega-3 EFAS.

Although there are only very slight differences to distinguish the two groups of essential fatty acids from each other, studies have revealed that too much intake of omega-6 EFAs can lead to inflammation, blood clotting and tumor growth.  The good news, however, is that the opposite is true for omega-3 EFAs.  Omega-6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils while omega-3 EFAs can be found in fish oils among other foods. 

Omega-6 vs. Omega-3

Physicians and scientists believe that the imbalanced intake of omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs is the cause behind increasing cases of various health problems.

As mentioned earlier on, omega-6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils.  This includes but is not limited to corn oil and soy oil, both of which contain high amounts of linoleic acid.  Omega-3 EFAs on the other hand can be found also in marine plankton and walnut and flaxseed oils.  It should be significant to take note that fatty fish and fish oils contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), fatty acids that have been observed to provide many benefits to the human body.  In the early 1970’s, a study on Greenland Eskimos have revealed that one of the major reasons why they rarely suffer from heart problems is because of their high-fat diet (mainly composed of fish).  Continue reading Get Fat! Omega-3 Fatty Acids That Is.

Your Body the Car

Person checking oil in carTypically, most people maintain their cars far better than their own bodies.  This is puzzling considering the comparative value of our cars vs. our health.  We will never have more than one body whereas we will probably own several cars in our lifetime.  When our body breaks down, we can’t replace it with a new one.

 People want reliable performance from their vehicles while at the same time wishing to avoid unexpected and costly breakdowns.  They take them for regular service and periodic inspections so that vehicle systems like steering, braking, and cooling are working properly.

They monitor and maintain important fluids like oil and gasoline. If they want high performance from their cars they use high performance, high octane fuel.  With most people it is also a matter of personal pride to keep their vehicles looking good.

But what about taking care of our body’s health?  Sadly, we don’t use the same standard of care when it comes to our own health.  Just like a car our bodies require care, maintenance, and fuel to function properly.  It’s essential that we maintain our body if we want it to last a long time without periodic or serious break downs.

In the same manner that vehicle systems must be maintained, our body’s systems; circulatory system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, etc. have to be maintained.

A Five Point Maintenance Program for Our Body  Continue reading Your Body the Car

Antioxidants – Are You Rusting?

Rusted up tin manThe Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz rusted up due to oxidation.  We’re suffering much worse damage due to oxidative stress, and it’ll take more than an oil can to fix it!

Oxygen is essential for life, but it can create damaging by-products during normal cellular metabolism.  These by-products are called free radicals

Although the process of oxidation is necessary, it leaves behind free radicals, oxidized molecules that are missing electrons.  These molecules are unstable and agitated.  They remain unstable until they capture new electrons to replace the missing ones.  They roam throughout our bodies stealing electrons from our cells, even our most vital ones like  electron-rich DNA.

When free radicals pull electrons out of our DNA it can no longer function properly.  DNA stores our genetic information and controls the reproduction of all new cells, including the cells of our organs, heart, brain and other tissues which are critical to our health.  Continue reading Antioxidants – Are You Rusting?

Immune Systems and Broken Levees

NOLA Levee BreakThe Levee lay there un-noticed by most of the citizens until it was overwhelmed and the City of New Orleans flooded during Hurricane Katrina.  To all outward appearances the barrier looked fine and continued day after day to do the job of holding the water out.  But all that changed when so much stress was put on it that it failed.

 Similarly, our immune systems are designed to provide our bodies with protection just like the levees were designed to protect New Orleans.  Our immune system is an amazing protection mechanism designed to defend us against millions of bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins and parasites.  It faces stresses everyday: Cuts can allow all sorts of bacteria and viruses to enter our body; Germs floating in the air are inhaled; Each day we eat hundreds of germs; Various kinds of human ailments can cause allergies.  Continue reading Immune Systems and Broken Levees