Roasted Chestnuts Day

Roasted Chestnuts – a Nutritious Winter Treat

Roasted ChestnutsRoasting chestnuts on an open fire sounds like the perfect addition to your holiday season. But they're more than just a staple of a winter tradition. December 14th is Roasted Chestnuts Day, and what better way to celebrate than learning about chestnuts? (Besides eating them!) These edible nuts are from the Castanea genus species, mainly found within the northern part of the world. Rich in flavor, chestnuts are native to mountainous regions in China, Japan, Europe and North America. They are imported throughout the world mainly from China.

The Multi-Beneficial Nut for the Holidays

Chestnuts have a varied nutritional profile that goes well with most diets. Here's a closer look at their benefits:

  • They are low in fats and calories. Even more so than most other nuts, including pecans and walnuts. Yet they are also bursting with numerous minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber, and are considered a low-glycemic food. Not only are chestnuts good for digestive health, but also for blood sugar management.
  • They boost the immune system. With the high concentration of vitamin C and other antioxidants, chestnuts can help stimulate the production of white blood cells, while its antioxidant nature seeks out free-radicals to get rid of, leaving your body guarded from pathogens.
  • They improve cognitive function. Chestnuts are packed full of B vitamins, including folate, riboflavin and more, which directly affect neurological development. The potassium in chestnuts can also help promote healthy blood flow to the brain, increasing levels in concentration, memory and mood.
  • They're good for the heart. Chestnuts contain the good fats that your body, and your heart, needs to function. They help balance cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation, leading to decreased risks in heart conditions.
  • They help maintain strong bones. Chestnuts contains 22% of the trace mineral, copper. The body only needs a small amount of copper, which helps enhance bone strength and increase bone mineral density.

Making the Most Out of Chestnuts

Roasting chestnuts is a very popular activity, and it's not just because of a certain song's lyrics. But they can also be prepared a number of ways such as being candied, boiled or even pureed.

However, if you want to roast them, there's a way to do so, even if you lack the fireplace.

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, so that the chestnut can separate from its shell.
  2. Make an incision in the chestnuts. With a serrated knife, slit across the entire middle surface, but do so carefully. This incision will let the steam out from the nuts while they're being heated.
  3. Quick boil the chestnuts in a pot of water. Once the water begins boiling, remove the nuts to place on a baking pan, the cut-side facing up.
  4. Start roasting the chestnuts! Put your baking pan full of chestnuts in the oven and roast for about 15 to 20 minutes. The shell will begin to split once they are roasted. Move the pan at times to prevent them from burning.
  5. Once roasted, wrap up your chestnuts in a clean towel and squeeze slightly to crush the skins. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes. Then serve and enjoy!

Roasted ChestnutsNutrition from U.S. Doctors' Clinical® for the Rest of Your Year

Roasted chestnuts are great for the holidays, but you're probably not having them daily throughout the year. Certain products from U.S Doctors' Clinical® can get you the nutritional benefits you may be missing out on, from digestive health to improved brain performance. These include probiotic supplements such as Biotix Plus®, cognitive aids such as BrainPower Advanced, or immune-boosting supplements such as ImmuneSpur. Keep your nutritional profile at level, even after the roasted chestnut season is over!

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November Lung Cancer AwarenessBeen a while since you’ve had your last check-up? For this November, now’s the time to make an appointment and get your overall health assessed – even during your holiday rush. For Lung Cancer Awareness Month, be sure to focus on your respiratory health and start taking the preventative action needed. From spreading awareness to working on your own health routine, there’s a lot to be done for November.

The Facts behind Lung Cancer

The condition is more common than most people realize. More than 222,000 people each year are diagnosed with lung cancer. This means a new diagnosis occurs just every 2 ½ minutes, affecting 1 in 16 Americans.

Yet the most surprising thing about these statistics? As many as 65% of those diagnoses are among people who have either dropped their smoking habits, or have never even smoked at all! For those permanent non-smokers, 10%-15% make up the number, showing that while smoking is a major factor for developing, it is by no means the only one. Second-hand smoke, pollution, and even genetics can determine whether one will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime.

Having Your Check-Ups

Checking in with your physicianLung Cancer Awareness Month is about not letting yourself become another statistic. You can become proactive in your lung health by taking advantage of lung cancer screenings that are available from your physician. Not to mention a regular check-up will help assess your overall health, including what you can do to improve your respiratory health. If diagnosed early however, treatment options will be more readily available than if the cancer was in more advanced stages. There’s no downside to making that early appointment – and should be one of the first steps in making progress for your lung health this month, if you haven’t already.

Spread the Knowledge

Lung Cancer Awareness is unfortunately a condition that still doesn’t make much social impact in the public sphere compared to other forms of cancer – despite its widespread affliction. Even combining the mortality rate of those with colorectal, breast and prostate cancer, lung cancer still takes the lead, claiming around 155,870 lives each year. The research is also lacking, with just 6% of federal government dollars spent on lung cancer research and development.

That’s why small actions like informing your social media, talking with your physician, or arranging healthcare events in your community regarding lung cancer, can make such a difference. It’s also good to lead by example, and get yourself started on a healthcare routine that benefits your lungs, such as deep breathing exercises, carefully filtering the air in your home, and taking supplements for your lungs. Lung Support Formula by U.S. Doctors’ Clinical® is one such supplement, clinically proven, and containing a blend of herbal ingredients that make a positive impact on lung health.

For Lung Cancer Awareness Month, it’s time to get serious about your lung health, then you can start breathing easy into the holidays and beyond.

Don't Get Spooked by Bone and Joint Health Management

Don't Get Spooked by Bone and Joint Health Management

Don't Get Spooked by Bone and Joint Health Management

For this month of October, there's more to put on the calendar than trick-or-treating. From October 12 – 20, Bone and Joint Health Action Week is taking place. This global event focuses on spreading awareness for bone and joint disorders, and the ways of prevention to keep such conditions from showing up or worsening. From suggested activities to check-up reminders, you can make the most of this month by keeping your joints first in priority so that you can have a healthier Halloween!

Learning the Facts

Currently, around 54 percent of American adults are affected by musculoskeletal conditions. These conditions are the most common cause of long-term discomfort and physical disability, leading to a decrease in both quality of life and productivity. Both treatments and lost wages for such conditions, when not diagnosed in time, were estimated at $874 billion between 2009 and 2011.

Letting the health of your bones and joints fall to the wayside can extract heavy costs to your daily life, both physically and financially. There are 5 special days during Bone and Joint Health Action Week that you should take note of – in-between your spooky, scary decorating.


October 12, also known as World Arthritis Day, emphasizes the need for early diagnosis and getting your routine health check-ups on time. With increasing life expectancy, the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions is only expected to grow as well. Catch the aches early and talk to your doctor for any preventative action or possible treatment.

Staying Fit

World Spine Day is on October 16, and if you're used to a stiff back, this day is especially important. Poor posture and lack of exercise can lead to joints feeling more uncomfortable and less flexible. With physical movement, the muscles between your joints become stronger, leading to better mobility and relief. For the day, take the initiative by going for a walk outside, or spending a half-hour in the gym.

Keep Yourself Prepared

October 17 is World Trauma Day, which details about protecting a life in critical situations. Whether at the home or in the workplace, accidents can occur, which can affect the musculoskeletal system. A knowledge of what to do in an emergency situation, and when to contact a health professional, are all skills people must learn to not only offset further injuries to themselves, but also to others in order to prevent further trauma. Prepare a first-aid kit, keep your emergency numbers ready, and create a plan for those unexpected situations.

Eating Smart

Bone and joint health is for all ages, which is why October 19 is World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day. However, such health advice isn't only meant for children. Bones need nourishment to continue to stay strong and dense, whole also combating against obesity. With joint-nourishing foods such as fish, fruits and vegetables, and even spices such as turmeric, you can give your joints the nutrients they need while controlling your weight. Your bone and joint support management doesn't end once you reach adulthood!

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For World Osteoporosis Day on October 20, not only does this day highlight the condition of this bone disorder, but in its prevention. From diagnosis, to living a healthy, balanced life, taking careful support can keep your body moving.

At U.S. Doctor's Clinical®, our doctor-recommended supplements help give you that support for all aspects of health – including bone and joint health. Arthro-7® is a clinically-proven formula that helps support the comfort of your joints, with positive results seen in as little as 2 weeks. Its unique blend of the AR7® Joint Complex, (collagen, MSM, bromelain and more) along with vitamin C, keeps the joints nourished for better mobility overall. For bone-specific support, OsteoNourish® is available, complete with active levels of vitamin D and magnesium, helping maintain healthy levels of calcium within your bones to keep them strong. With little worry for fragility and a nutritional support network for flexible joints, getting optimal bone and joint support is possible at any age.

While you plan your Halloween scares, keep the real scares to your health at bay. Stock up on treats for your bones and joints, and keep your health maintained during the spooky season.

The Clinically-Proven Brain Nourishing Supplement

The Clinically-Proven Brain Nourishing Supplement - BrainPower Advanced

The Clinically-Proven Brain Nourishing Supplement

You rely on that old noggin of yours for every part of your day, including memorization, task performance, and problem-solving. Yet when it comes to staying fit, your brain isn’t always given the best consideration. You need to keep it healthy so that your level of brainpower can stay on top of things, and one example of great health care is giving it the nutrients your mind craves.

BrainPower Advanced is a unique formula that is blended with powerful vitamins and natural herbal ingredients that nourishes cognitive health. Containing 15-brain boosting nutrients, BrainPower Advanced has also been used in a 12-week, double-blind clinical study. With noticeable improvements for symptoms such as weak memory, daytime drowsiness, and disrupted concentration, this premier supplement certainly has something to offer for your mental workout.

Brain Boosting Natural Ingredients - BrainPower Advanced

A Natural Solution

BrainPower Advanced hosts a proprietary blend that supports a healthy memory and promotes optimal circulation within the brain. Along with mental stimulation and other cognitive challenges to keep your brain sharp, these are just some of the ingredients that provides you a natural alternative to letting your mental health fall.

Green tea: Not only is it good as a warming tea, but it’s great for your brain. Green tea helps increase connectivity between your brain neurons, which may decrease with age. The result is an improvement in both cognitive function and memory.

Cola nut: This fruit native to Africa contains caffeine, an uplifting compound that helps provide relief from daily fatigue, low moods, and mental stress.

L-glutamine: Oxidation can damage your cells, including your brain cells. As an antioxidant, L-glutamine is an amino acid that removes harmful substances from your body such as ammonia, while providing the beneficial glutamic acid, which is used by the brain cells as fuel.

Vitamin B6: Neurotransmitters are the highways connecting all around your brain, carrying their signals to the nerve cells while also helping release substances such as serotonin and norepinephrine, lifting your mood.

Vinpocetine: From the Periwinkle plant, this compound promotes a healthy circulation through the brain. You need oxygen to keep your brain functioning optimally and properly. Improved circulation can also help maintain your mental sharpness and your memory, even into old age.

A Boost to Your Brain System

Sharpen up your mental prowess with a premier blend of natural ingredients that help enhance your brain function. BrainPower Advanced is a premier supplement that supports your brain’s most vital functions. With an all-natural nourishing formula, your brain can stay up-to-date.

Simple Ways to Save Your Vision

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Simple Ways to Save Your Vision

It’s all too easy to neglect your eye health – as long as we’re seeing well enough, why the cause for concern? This January serves as a good reminder to start paying attention to those peepers. Over 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma, and that number is projected to grow even higher – around 4.2 million people by the year 2030, as stated by the National Eye Institute. Glaucoma, a preventable disease, robs people of their sight with little to no warning. Symptoms are minimal, and as much as 40% of vision can be lost until it’s too late.

If you want to keep your sight, the keyword here is prevention. Here are just a few tips to keep your vision in check.

Schedule that Eye Appointment

Visit your optometrist annually. It’s important to have a medical professional perform a comprehensive eye exam on you, and target any underlying problems that might be present. This is one of the best steps to finding any hints of glaucoma. They can prescribe you prescription glass or contact lenses if necessary. You may also see an ophthalmologist, who performs eye exams, but can perform additional services such surgical eye care and certain surgical procedures. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the exam, as well as any beneficial advice they have to help you better preserve your sight. 

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Eat Right

The root of good health starts with a good diet, and the eyes are no exception. Certain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamin E and C can help minimize vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Be sure to have these foods on your plate for lunch, which contain a high number of such nutrients.

  •          Green, leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, etc.)
  •          Salmon and tuna
  •          Oysters and pork
  •          Citrus fruit juices
  •          Eggs, nuts, and beans

Look Away from the Screen

As technology has advanced, so has our time browsing through our smartphones. Both at work and at home, our eyes are glued to the screen, and this can have a straining effect on them, leading to blurry vision, dry eyes, as well as neck and shoulder pain. Be sure to take breaks from your screen-watching, and wear computer eyeglasses if you have them. If you need to use the computer for long hours, follow the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes of staring at the screen, look away at something 20 feet away, and do so for 20 seconds. A small break every now and then can relieve your eyes.

Practice Good Eyecare Habits

Do you forget your sunglasses when hitting the beach? Or take a smoking break every now and then? It’s time to take your eye care seriously. Smoking can damage your optic nerves, making you more likely to develop cataracts. Without shades, your eyes are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which too much exposure can boost your chances of macular degeneration. If you’re into sports, don’t put your protective eye and head gear away. Contact sports, in particular, can pose a threat to your eyes, so taking precaution measures is vital. To practice more good habits, taking a high-quality supplement like Ocu-Max can better boost your eye’s overall care.

Ocu-Max; Packed with Antioxidants for Eye Health

For healthy vision, Ocu-Max is a supplement that supports efforts to better take care of your sight. It contains an innovative blend of carotenoids, vitamins, and minerals, and most notably lutein and zeaxanthin, which are eye-specific ingredients that help protect the macula in the eye. Along with anti-inflammatory nutrient eyebright, and antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E, Ocu-Max is a supportive network that helps keep your eye sight clear. U.S. Doctors’ Clinical® continually develops formulas for the betterment of comprehensive health, and Ocu-Max is no exception. It’s the start of a new year; so protect your eyes from oxidative damage to see for even more years to come.

5 Ways to Keep Your Healthy New Year's Resolution

5 Ways to Keep Your Healthy New Year's Resolution - Arthro-7 Sport

A new year, a new you! At least, that’s what our resolutions are all about – changing or improving yourself for the year ahead. It’s all too easy to set up a goal for ourselves, yet the problem is sticking to it until completion. This doesn’t mean change is impossible however, and there are ways you can get yourself in gear to finally tick off that checklist of resolutions for your health.

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A Case of Willpower

Exerting self-control, whether to stop an addiction or to practice a healthy habit, is like a muscle; the more we use it, the stronger it gets. If you’re trying to quit smoking, or determined to do that morning walk every day, practicing these habits can become ingrained, affecting other aspects of your life. Simply put, when you practice self-discipline, your goals become easier to complete because of said practice before-hand. For example, if you want to strengthen your joints, start doing specific exercises for them instead of sitting at home, or take a healthy joint supplement, such as Arthro-7® Sport instead of skipping out – and keep at it until it becomes natural.

Take it One Step at A Time

However, making too big or too many resolutions at once can easily overwhelm you. Taking small steps toward your goal is, again, all part of the process. Say you want to cut sugar from your diet – you can start by restricting your desserts, or how many candy bars you munch on in a day. Then move onto cutting sugar out of your breakfast, and then your dinner. These small steps can snowball gradually and make real results for you.

Break Your Routine

We’re used to the norm of our daily lives, and there’s comfort in the expected. But if you really want a change, you need to break your routine. If you’re used to sitting on the couch after work, change that routine to start going for walks during that time. Or if you go out to eat for lunch, change that by having a healthy-made snack or sandwich. The brain is stimulated by different changes, and it can certainly put a little more fun in your day.

Have a Glass of OJ

Seems oddly specific? There’s a reason; self-restraint has been shown to reduce your blood glucose levels, as reported by the Florida State University. The brain needs glucose to keep up your energy, which you get from food and drinks. Citrus beverages in particular can give you a boost, so if you feel your willpower wearing thin, a glass of orange juice might just help.

Write It Down

Those who write down their goals and resolutions on paper are more likely to achieve them than others. It gives you a place to set your goals, as well as keep track of them more easily. To make it even easier, write down the progress of what you’ve achieved during your goal. Making this list of goals and your progress can also be shared with family and friends – telling others has been shown to also help further your accomplishments.

Keep Up Your Resolution with Healthy Habits

It all comes down to small changes in your lifestyle; taking a multivitamin each day, such as U.S. Doctors’ Clinical®’s vegetarian multivitamin softgel, can be complemented to your lifestyle for added support. Practicing self-control, tracking down your progress, and starting your changes gradually can lead to success. U.S. Doctors’ Clinical® is all about helping you make these healthy changes for overall improved health, and with high-quality supplements, you can get closer to fulfilling your healthy resolution than before.

Understanding the Importance of the Thyroid

Tips to Understand the Thyroid

Experts Say a Startling Number of Americans Deal with Thyroid Concerns

As a hormone regulator of the body, the thyroid gland is connected to all sorts of important body functions for daily living. Muscle strength, body temperature, cholesterol levels, heart rate, and others hinge on the health of the thyroid gland to continue working properly. Yet, according to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), more than 20 million people in the United States experience thyroid concerns, with nearly 60% unaware of these issues. However, with small changes to your lifestyle, you can maintain your thyroid gland and keep it in top shape.

Understanding Thyroid Importance

As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid affects nearly every organ within the human body. Its glands store, produce, and release hormones into the bloodstream, assisting in a multitude of functions, including the rate you burn your calories, helping build proteins and storing energy as necessary fat, and assisting in the regulation of metabolism. If the thyroid gland is not at top performance, this can have adverse effects on your metabolic rate.

The thyroid gland needs to be in good balance for optimal overall health. When the thyroid is underactive or going through hypothyroidism, it no longer produces enough thyroid hormones for the body. This can result in slower metabolism, which can affect weight management, induce fatigue, and hinder healthy digestion. On the opposite spectrum, hyperthyroidism means an overactive thyroid that over-produces more hormones than is needed by the body. The fast metabolic rate can also affect weight management, as well as certain nervous system issues, daily moods, and sleep.  

However, there are certain vital nutrients that are important for the thyroid gland. Knowing which key nutrients you need can help you maintain your normal body functions and overall balance of your health for proper metabolism and weight management.

Keep an Eye Out for Iodine

One of the most important nutrients for thyroid health is iodine, a trace element that makes up the building blocks for thyroid functioning. Iodine helps produce the hormones for your body, supporting all tissue. A report back in 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, indicated how middle-aged women in the United States have the lowest levels of iodine in their system.

Iodine is usually highly present in iodized salt, as well as certain dairy products, seafood, and meat. However, a Harris Poll survey reported that Americans get around 70% of their sale from processed foods which don’t contain iodine. Supplementation can help correct this thyroid imbalance, particularly in certain multivitamins that contain iodine, or a thyroid health-specific supplement. As the body cannot make iodine on its own, getting iodine from outside sources, diet or supplementation, is important.

Seeking Out Selenium

There are still other nutrients vital to thyroid care. Selenium is a mineral that contains enzymes to protect the thyroid gland when it undergoes stress. Selenium also helps regulate hormone synthesis, playing a hand in the conversion process of the Thyroxine (T4) compound into its more active compound, Triiodothyronine (T3). The proteins and enzymes that selenium produces are then utilized to regulate metabolism, as well as help keep the balance between thyroid hormones in important organs such as the heart, the kidneys, and the brain.

Selenium deficiency may cause fatigue and certain cognitive concerns.  Without enough selenium, T3 will not be as readily available for the body to utilize. Implementing a diet with selenium-rich foods however, which include tuna, mushrooms, soybeans, and beef, can help with low levels of the nutrient, including an appropriate supplement.

The Additional Nutrient Defenders

Antioxidants and B vitamins help regulate oxidative stress, an especially useful defense for the thyroid gland to keep working at maximum efficiency. Vitamin B12 is a B vitamin with strong links to thyroid functionality, helping with the production of T4. Previous studies have stated that as many as 40% of individuals with hypothyroidism are deficient in Vitamin B12, along with an additional 58% reporting improvements in energy when taking B12 supplements. Additional vitamins, including Vitamin A, C, and E, are just as vital, as they relieve any oxidative stress within the thyroid gland, thus inhibiting the damage of important tissue cells.

A Healthy and Balanced Thyroid

Keeping tabs on your nutritional profile can have benefits for all aspects of your health. As the thyroid gland is dependent on the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals you obtain, changing your diet is a great way to become proactive. The key to optimal health is balance; a balance of nutrients, exercise, and overall healthy life choices to keep your organs working at maximum efficiency. Acquiring dietary supplements, such as multivitamins with a long portfolio of important nutrients including B vitamins and minerals, or a supplement aimed specifically at thyroid health, can also be a great addition to any health regimen.

Understanding the Healthy Habits of Happy Feet

Top tips for healthy feet

Don’t Tiptoe Around the Issues: Understanding Foot Health

With most Americans traveling over 75,000 miles on their feet before they reach age 50, it’s crucial to note just how dependent you are on them. Helping us get from place to place (literally), the health of your feet is often put aside for other concerns. If you’re experiencing constant foot pain, don’t treat it as a minor problem. Certain changes, like discomfort, can be signals to another underlying health problem. Just as with frequent migraines or other aches in your body, the health state of your feet deserves just as much attention and management. Keep a close eye on some of these common signs for feet concerns and what they could indicate, as well as some suggestions on how to support overall foot health.

Understanding the Signs

Circulatory concerns with your feet are one of the most common and yet overlooked issues. When you get actual cold feet, along with white or blue skin discoloration, and swelling that lasts for more than two days, these are signs of poor circulation throughout the body. Causes can be traced to multiple factors, usually associated with unhealthy lifestyle choices. Lack of exercise, a poor diet, and nutritional deficiencies are just some possible causes, which in turn can affect other vital organs in the body, including the heart and lungs. The reduced blood flow greatly diminishes the amount of oxygen traveling throughout the body, causing the narrowing of the arteries, and leading to constricted blood vessels in the hands and feet.

When it comes to foot health, proactive solutions are in order. Wearing supportive shoes for your feet are essential and can greatly diminish any discomfort. Practicing proper foot hygiene can also provide relief, such as keeping a lookout for any calluses or bunions before it hampers your health. A change in lifestyle choices might also be needed; increasing daily exercise, eating a more balanced diet, or taking additional nutrients.

A Change in Diet Plans

Inflammation is a common issue linked with nutritional deficiencies. The current American diet may encourage inflammation however, due to high amounts of sugar, trans fat, and refined grains. This can lead to joint discomfort in the feet, and other parts of the body if diet is not considered carefully. Understanding the important nutrients for your lifestyle can greatly improve your overall health.

Omega-3s are common in fish products such as salmon, as well as fish oil supplements. Omega3s can help combat inflammation, and may be beneficial for other health concerns such as cardiovascular and immune support. There is also support that omega-3’s can help support balanced blood sugar levels.

It’s also useful to cut back on the sodium. When you consume too much salt, such as from processed foods, this can cause swelling, especially around the legs and feet area. This excessive intake of salt can make your body hold onto fluid and increase your thirst sensation, resulting in fluid building up in certain cavities of the body.

Vitamin B12 deficiency can be connected to circulation issues, as this vitamin assists in the production of red blood cells, as well as maintains the functioning of the nervous system. Signs of vitamin B12 deficiency include tingling in the feet, which taking certain supplements containing the nutrient can help resolve.

Take Care of Your Supportive Feet

Taking action for your feet is as important as caring for the rest of your body. Keeping careful note of signs; including numbness, swelling, and discoloration, can signal you on possible underlying concerns, including some that may be more serious. Along with daily exercise and proper dieting goals, your feet will thank you as you take that next step towards better, healthier habits.

Get the Facts on Healthy Liver Function

Unlock Your Brain’s True Power With these Brain Food Ingredients

Liver function is more important than one may initially think. As a key player in the digestive system, all that you eat, including foods, beverages, and medicine, pass through this organ. However, it can be easy to neglect liver health. Knowing nutrients are important to keep this organ in working order can help keep your overall health in top shape. Your liver is located just underneath the right side of your ribcage, and provides several essential functions for your body to continually perform everyday activities.

An Organ Hard at Work

Your liver is a nutrient powerhouse. Its role in filtering through whatever food or medication you consume is critical for your health. Harmful toxins such as bilirubin and ammonia are removed from the blood, while other metabolic tasks include processing nutrients absorbed by the intestines during digestion, converting such nutrients into forms that can be utilized by the body. The liver is also a place for storing specific nutrients, including vitamin A, iron, copper, and other assorted minerals. Sugar, however, is the main compound that liver stores, as it plays a role in regulating the amount of sugar, or blood glucose that gets released into your bloodstream. Glucose provides a quick energy boost to the system. A steady release of glucose also prevents your body from experience low blood sugar levels, which can bring its own set of problems like fatigue, hunger, and sleep difficulty.

Blood Regulation Duties

Blood composition is also one of the liver’s responsibilities. It makes sure to regulate not only sugar, but protein and fat. As protein is broken down from carbohydrates into amino acids within the intestines, it is then transported to the liver. These excess amino acids are then released into the body and sent to the muscles.

The liver also produces other necessary compounds, including cholesterol, important proteins like albumin (used for muscle tissue repair), and makes a liquid called bile, a compound which helps break down the fat from your food. The chemicals released from liver are additionally necessary for blood clotting.

Opting for a Natural-Filled Diet

However, to keep your liver going, it’s important to keep track of healthy habits and routine. Food for the liver all range around getting a steady amount of protein from plant-based sources. Such food items include beans, legumes, and lentils, with a restriction on animal-based protein. When it comes to meat, it’s best to keep that part of the dish minimal. Focus on reducing fat from your diet, especially trans-fat, and keep devoting your hunger to natural foods.

Other food items can also improve liver health. Garlic can help the liver activate their enzymes to better filter out toxins. Lemon also cleanses out toxins as well as aids the digestive system. Beverages like green tea is full of catechins that improve liver function, while and grapefruit juice is high in both vitamin C and antioxidants to better protect your cells. Lastly, turmeric, a spice that not only digests fat, but also stimulates the production of bile, can naturally detox the liver for better functionality.

Being Careful in Consumption

The cells within the liver are prone to damage when you consume alcohol. Too much, and this can lead to swelling or scarring within the organ tissue. U.S. guidelines on alcohol drinking recommends no more than two drinks a day for men and one for women. Certain medications can also have an adverse effect on your liver. When taking too much, drugs for cholesterol or painkillers can also create damage.

An Important Supplement to Know

Blood flow and the liver are integral to each other. Milk thistle, one of the most effective nutrients for liver health, contains an active ingredient called silymarin within its makeup. Studies have shown that milk thistle extracts may provide important benefits, including normalizing the bloodstream by supporting balanced glucose levels and promoting healthy cholesterol, as well as helping the liver fight off free-radicals and viruses. Milk thistle may also help protect the liver by stabilizing the cell membrane and promoting protein synthesis.

Treat the Liver Well

The importance of exercise and weight management are just some of the healthy habits you can adopt for the liver, but also to aid your overall health. Complete the routine with a nutrition-filled diet and your liver can get all the stronger for it. Proper nutrition can give your liver the edge it needs to keep functioning, all while helping to keeping blood regulation at a normal rate.

Unlock Your Brain’s True Power with these Everyday Ingredients!

Unlock Your Brain’s True Power With these Brain Food Ingredients

What comes to mind when you think of brain food? While daily nutrition fuels your body, there are certain foods, known as “brain foods,” that can help support healthy cognitive function. Brain foods come in all shapes, sizes, and in different food categories. They can be utilized as the main part of your meals or snacks throughout the day, or be taken in supplement form, all while giving you the same brain boosting nourishment. Let’s take a look at some of the foods and ingredients that are known to be powerful foods for your brain.

The Prevalence of Omegas

One of the most popular and potent ingredients for brain health support is the essential fatty acids found in omega-3s. The two specific omega-3s most commonly found in foods and supplements are Eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, or EPA and DHA. Foods containing these omega-3s include healthy fish like salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna. Low levels of DHA have been associated with certain brain concerns, so filling your body’s needs with these omega-3s from your daily diet and supplementation can help your brain and memory stay sharp.  Fish oil supplements have also become a popular way to get the necessary omega-3s if seafood is not part of your regular diet.

Great Tasting Brain Food, Who Knew?

Brain foods are anything but boring, and can make any snack double as a way to help aid a sharper memory. Antioxidants are a key part of cellular health, and fighting free radicals is important to cognitive function (Grodstein 2003). Certain fruits and veggies such as blueberries (antioxidants), tomatoes (lycopene), broccoli (vitamin K), and pumpkin seeds (zinc) have all been touted as healthy brain food snacks due to their rich nutritional content.

Another prominent brain enriching snacks are certain types of nuts. At the top of the list for nutty brain health snacks are walnuts. They contain a dose of the omega-3 DHA mentioned above. DHA has been shown to protect brain health, improve cognitive performance in adults, and help slow down age-related cognitive concerns. Other brain friendly nuts include almonds and hazelnuts due to their high vitamin E content, which is a necessary vitamin you need that helps in many areas of daily health but in particular has been associated to help stave off age-related cognitive concerns.

One Last Supplement to Know

Blood flow is important to a healthy brain. For thousands of years the leaves from the Ginkgo Biloba have been used in Chinese medicine. In modern times however, ginkgo has become a popular supplement to support brain health and memory. It has been connected to greater overall blood flow and is also used as an antioxidant. Some studies have connected it to a sharper and quicker memory (WebMD). It has also been said to help slow down age-related cognitive concerns.

Treating the Brain like the Muscle it is

The brain needs exercise just like any other muscle in the body, and the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. That’s why puzzles and games that make you think and remember are always helpful. However, just as your body needs proper nutrition and support, so does your brain. Knowing that you can promote a healthy mind and sharp memory with certain brain foods and supplements can give you a leg up on any concerns and provide you with the mental boost you have been looking for.