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Drink this to Win the War on Fat

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 3:00:50 AM America/New_York

We have all heard the old wives’ tale to drink a glass of warm milk before bed if your ghosts are keeping you up at night. Whether or not this works for you, it may be doing something unexpected. What the wives didn't know at the time, was drinking milk before bed does more than make you rest easier, it actually makes your dreams come true. Well, one dream in particular, to burn body fat while you are sleeping. Now, I know this seems like another wives tale but it’s true, I’ll prove it.

According to the Huffington Post, there is a particular protein found in most dairy products, the casein protein that works the magic. This little miracle is a slow-digesting protein, which means it takes about six to seven hours to digest. If you are lucky enough to get that amount of sleep, you could drink a glass of milk and wake up a tiny bit thinner and a lot happier. The science of it all is simple. While you’re dreaming of your next vacation, your body is hard at work digesting this protein for hours, burning calories and increasing your metabolic rate. Because your metabolism is active throughout the night, when you wake in the morning your body is energetic and your hunger is kept at bay. There are other benefits to the casein protein as well.

Not only is the casein protein working your metabolism, but also it has an effect on your muscles. The protein provides amino acids to your muscles throughout the digesting time, six to seven hours, which repairs and strengthens muscles to help burn fat. The more muscles you have, the more calories are burned throughout your daily activities.

Consuming a food or drink with casein protein, such as milk or cottage cheese, can fine-tune your body’s appearance while you’re sleeping. This method has been proven effective in two cases, a Dutch study and a case at Maastricht University, according to the Huffington Post. But what if you can’t drink milk or eat dairy? That’s fine, there are other ways to achieve the same results.

Green tea or green tea extract works too. A major component in green tea is a flavonoid called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This component has major health benefits, including boosting metabolism rate and burning fat. EGCG can be consumed either by drinking green tea or green tea extract or by taking an EGCG supplement. Its effects are similar to the casein protein, because it boosts your metabolism, burns fat and decreases appetite, according to research found in an Intelligent Medicine article. A study conducted at the University of Chicago’s Tang Center for Herbal Medicine Research noticed that rats lost just over 20 percent of their body weight when injected with EGCG daily and ate 60 percent less then they did without the injections. So if your body disagrees with dairy, you can still lose weight and curb your appetite with green tea or EGCG supplements. The casein protein and EGCG flavonoids are strong weapons to fight the war on fat, but they are even stronger when you get a full-nights rest.

The amount of sleep you obtain has a significant effect on the presence of two important hormones, leptin and gherlin. Both of these hormones target your appetite and the way your body handles energy. Leptin regulates energy levels and reduces the cravings to eat, while gherlin does the opposite. A study found in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who received more sleep had higher levels of Leptin in their system and ultimately weighed less than people who slept less.

Each of these methods will work on their own, but there is strength in numbers. Let’s say you had a bowl of cottage cheese with a cup of green tea. You lay down at 8:30 PM and fell asleep at 9:00 PM every night for a month.  By doing this, you would burn more fat through the night, have more energy in the morning and less food cravings through the day than if you only did one of the methods for a month. If you arm your body with the correct weapons like a full night of rest, casein proteins from a dairy product and EGCG flavonoids from green tea, you can win the war on fat and find a slimmer, stronger you while you are sleeping.

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Metabolism Type and How to Activate it Naturally

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 3:11:33 AM America/New_York

Like people, there are metabolisms of many types. Ever notice how your friend Jane can eat all sorts of junk food and stay slim, while if you ate the same food you would gain weight, your mood would change and your stress and anxiety levels might fluctuate?  Jane says “Your metabolism is slower, that’s all.” Well that could be, but a better answer is you have a different metabolism type. According to an article found on the Dr. Oz Show website, each metabolism is affected by food, individual activity and lifestyle differently. It’s important to eat and exercise in favor of your specific metabolism type to control your weight, stress and anxiety levels.

 

The three generic metabolism types are A, B and C listed below. The metabolism type is determined by the types of food you crave, your body’s general feeling; fatigue, aches and pains, anxiety, etc. and your personality type.

 

TYPE A: Potato Chip Lover

This type of metabolism has a strong appetite and generally craves salty foods. Occasionally they may find themselves feeling anxious or fatigued. They tend to be talkative and outgoing people, all of this is because of the foods they give their metabolism.

 

TYPE B: Glazed Donut Lover

With this metabolism, the body is craving healthy carbs. Many times your body translates that into sugar cravings instead. Usually this type has a weak appetite and is dependent on caffeine to get through the day. They struggle with weight and have a sensitive and stressed-out personality, but are generally an organized person.

 

TYPE C: Anything Lover

The final type of metabolism is a mixture of A and B. Type C’s crave sweet and salty food. Their appetite fluctuates and they have a slight problem with weight control. They feel fatigue anxious and nervous and may suffer with aches and pains in their body.

 

The metabolism types listed above are summarized from Dr. Oz article Eat Right for Your Metabolism Type, more information of the metabolism types can be found at the corresponding link below, with tips on how to eat for your metabolism type. http://www.doctoroz.com/article/your-metabolism-type-diet

 

Whether your metabolism is A, B, C or neither, your metabolism can be fast or slow. What this means is that if you and Jane have the same metabolism type and eat the same foods Jane’s metabolism might convert the calories into energy and burn fat faster than your metabolism. Some people say that slow metabolisms are the reason for their excess weight, but this isn’t true. A majority of the time the excess weight exists because they aren’t eating the correct food for their metabolism type. People can increase their metabolism through a number of ways through the foods they eat and their daily lifestyles. Increasing your metabolism helps your body burn more calories, replace fat with muscle and increase your daily energy levels, which can bring your metabolism up to the speed of Jane’s. There are many ways to activate or speed up your metabolism. The more effective ways to naturally activate your metabolisms are water, lean meats, green tea, spicy foods, cardio intervals and strength training exercises.

 

Drinking more water a day is important for your diet and your metabolism. It is such a simple thing to do with countless proven benefits, but is often neglected. Water helps your metabolism because it keeps it active. By drinking eight to 12 glasses of water a day, your metabolism is constantly active even when you’re at rest. According to a Popsugar article, a study done at the University of Utah supports this claim. Along with your glass of water, eating lean meats can boost your metabolisms too.

 

Lean meats are a great way to get the calories burned. The little extra energy it takes to eat chicken and other healthy proteins can help burn calories and build muscles to burn fats. They also take longer to digest which helps you feel full longer.

 

Green tea seems to be the cure-all and end-all when it comes to weight loss. In a study published in the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition drinking about 4 glasses of green tea a day shed the pounds in a matter of weeks. Drinking green tea before bed is also a good way to burn fat while you are sleeping and decrease your morning appetite. More about this subject can be found at our article, Drink This to Win the War on Fat.

 

Turning up the heat in the kitchen will spice up your metabolism. Cayenne pepper, ginger, jalapeños, cinnamon and spicy mustard all give your metabolism the extra kick to burn fat. Some spicy mustards can boost your metabolism up to 25 percent because they increase the production of fat-burning hormones.

 

Lastly, the type of daily exercises you do can affect your metabolism greatly. Cardio interval workouts and strength training are the best for your metabolism. Cardio workouts combined with intervals of high intensity training keeps your muscles working harder through the different levels of exercise, according to a study done at Colorado State University. Between intervals make sure your body has enough time to recover so injuries don’t occur. Strength training is another way to build muscle fast which ultimately burns fat fast. It also compensates for muscle loss that comes with aging which is one of the main reasons why metabolism slows with age, according to an article from the Mayo Clinic. Building muscle is a key factor to activating your metabolism and weight loss.

 

There are many steps to boost your metabolism so you can get the body, energy levels and muscle tone it seems everyone else has except for you. The first step is figuring out your metabolism type. If you don’t figure this out, your efforts may be targeted in the wrong area. After you find your type, figure out what foods will make your metabolism happy and then give it the extra boost with these five natural ways to get your metabolism active, your body healthy, and your energy up.

 

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Eight Best Foods and Supplements to Control Type-Two Diabetes

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 3:18:20 AM America/New_York

Eat a healthy breakfast in the morning, check. Do your daily exercises, check. Test your blood sugar, check. Take your medication, check, check, check. Living with diabetes can be exhausting. Very rarely can a diabetic drop the ball. Their body depends on them to keep them as healthy and as level as possible.

Diabetes affects millions of people, 29.1 million in the United States alone, according to a Healthline article, over eight million of them are undiagnosed. Type-two diabetes is the most prevalent form of diabetes and continues to rise. While type-two diabetes can be prevented, we have listed the eight best supplements and natural ways to control your type-two diabetes.

Cinnamon

 A spoonful of cinnamon helps the sugar go down! Well actually it helps your blood sugar levels go down. If cinnamon or cinnamon extract is taken daily, your cells become sensitized to insulin. This allows cells to convert sugars into energy easier and keep your lower levels of sugars.

 Green Tea

The antioxidant EGCG found in green tea stabilizes blood sugar levels by keeping blood vessels flexible. EGCG also prevents the sharp rise in meals, especially after consuming carbohydrates.  Green tea has endless health benefits and is shown to be effective in areas were diabetics may need help, like blood sugar levels and weight loss.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

This supplement will aid in the body’s absorption of sugars while slowing down the process as well, this essentially will decrease appetite and cravings. Chia seeds are another option for an Omega-3 Fatty Acid. They have calcium, phosphorus, manganese and are great for heart health.

Vitamin C

Diabetics tend to have lower levels of vitamin C in their body, so it is a good idea to equalize their levels by consuming more vitamin C than normal. This vitamin also stops sugar attachment to lipid proteins, which has caused some diabetic complications in patients. Berries, citrus fruits, peppers, tomatoes and some dark-green leafy vegetables are a good source of vitamin C.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

A small study conducted in 2007 with type-two diabetes patients showed that those who took two tablespoons of ACV before bed lowered their sugar levels in the morning up to six percent. ACV can be diluted with water and consumed as a drink. The same vinegar has been shown to trim belly fat, revitalize damaged hair and skin and reduce cholesterol.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a good substitute for vegetable oil and also has another effect on the body. It contains Omega 9 and Omega 3, these maintain good blood flow through the body. Oil does not contain carbohydrates so it keeps from raising blood glucose levels as well.

Green Vegetables

Mama always said to eat your greens and boy was she right. There are many benefits to doing so, but in the diabetic area greens can increase insulin sensitivity and help regulate blood sugar levels. Among a huge list of qualified greens you will find best results in lettuce, cabbage, spinach, green beans, artichokes and asparagus.

Red Apples

A study conducted in Finland found diabetic men who ate foods high in quercetin has 20 percent less diabetic deaths as well as fewer heart complications. Red apples, red grapes, tomatoes, onions, green vegetables and berries are a good source of quercetin.

Each of these natural ways help control side-effects from diabetes and blood glucose levels. They will affect each individual differently, so it’s recommended to try out each method and see what works best for you. Adding these foods and supplements to your diabetes checklist may not be something you want to do, but will have a significant impact in the long run and also improve your daily quality of life, which may be worth it. These natural foods and supplements have a number of health benefits for diabetics, but are also important to consume for those living without diabetes. These methods could prevent diabetes from developing in the future for you and could take you off the pre-diabetes list if you are already on it. It is simple, you are what you eat. The better you eat, the better your health will be, so start making the right decisions now.

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Three Recipes to Cleanse the Liver

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 5:18:01 AM America/New_York

The new trend is detox. Detox smoothies, detox water, detox baths, anything to detox your body of unwanted things. Heck, if you’re not a fan of technology, they have a technology detox, too. The name of the game these days is to be healthier. Even if your a health God, there is always a way to be healthier. Detox drinks and recipes started with natural foods that function with your body’s organs to improve daily tasks.

Homemade recipes litter the internet waiting to help improve your health. You can start by detoxifying your entire body or if you are having trouble with a single organ, start there. There are recipes for food, drink and other practices for every part of your body and likely your lifestyle. We want to share a way to cleanse your liver. Your liver is responsible for producing the chemicals your body needs to function, it also is a detoxes the body naturally, according to Medicine Net. So if your liver is full of toxins, it would have a pretty hard time doing it’s job getting rid of toxins. Your liver is also extremely important to the body because it helps store vitamins and chemicals the body uses. So it’s important to take care of it.

When you cleanse your body you are getting rid of chemicals, toxins, waste and anything else that may be hurting your body instead of helping. These things get there because of everyday life. Maybe you have a dirty liver because last week you ate something bad or you haven’t been living the healthiest, who knows, things just happen and it’s important to take care of our body to keep it working well.

 When the liver goes through a cleanse like many healthy habits, it will cause you to feel energized. It may also decrease belly fat, which is always a plus. The reason why this might happen is because belly fat is the storehouse of toxins the liver and gut expelled, and is not used by the body. Liver cleanses will also help prevent gallstones and cleanse your bowels, according to an article found on Health Shortcut. 

 Some common foods that cleanse the liver are beets, turmeric, ginger, lemons, apples, avocado, oranges, parsley, cabbage, spinach, cucumber, carrots, green tea and grapefruit. Three recipes are listed below which combine some of these foods for a deep liver cleanse. Each recipe has specific directions on how often too consume the food for the best results.

 

Turmeric Tea: Found at livestrong.com

Ingredients:

1/8 tsp. turmeric powder

1 cup milk or water

Honey or sugar

Directions:

1: Place 1 cup of milk or water into a small pot, use low heat to slowly bring it to the point just before boiling. Milk creates a richer tasting tea, but it contains more calories than water.

2: Add 1/8 tsp. of turmeric powder to the hot liquid and stir. Sweeten it as you like with honey or sugar. Keep in mind more sweeter adds calories.

3: Drink two to three cups of Turmeric Tea every day, having at least one cup before bed. The liver is more active at night and the tea will compliment the liver’s nightly activity.

Citrus Green Tea Juice: Found at healthshortcut.com

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of green tea, cooled

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 blended banana

 

Directions:

1: Boil 1/2 a cup of water and add green tea bag. Set aside to cool or refrigerate.

2: Blend banana in blender and add juice from half a lemon. After green tea cooled add to blended mixture and mix together.

3: Drink two times a week or more.

Rainbow Slaw with Sweet Tahini Dressing: Found at healthyhappylife.com

Ingredients: Rainbow Slaw

3 cups shredded or grated red cabbage

1 cup grated carrots (about 1 large carrot)

3/4 cup grated cucumber with skin

1/2 cup sweet onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup grated sweet onion

1 1/4 cups finely chopped flat-leaf parsley with stems

1/2 cup shelled organic hemp seeds

optional: chopped walnuts, pecans, rasins or dried cranberries

 Ingredients: Sweet Tahini Dressing

 2 tbsp tahini

 2 tbsp grade B maple syrup

 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

 1 small lemon, juiced

 1/2 tsp garlic powder

 salt and pepper to taste

 Note: Store dressing well, aim for a thin pourable dressing. If the dressing is dried up or chalky add oil.

 Directions:

 1: Toss all the grated and chopped vegetables into large bowl. Stir.

 2: For the dressing, combine all the ingredients and whisk until creamy.

 3: Add dressing to slaw and eat right away.

 4: Top with avocado or nuts.

 There are many recipes out there to detox your body of chemicals and unwanted substances. It is an important practice to participate in. Doing a detox once a week will improve the way your body feels and could highly improve your quality of life.

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Healthy Diet vs. Dietary Supplements

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 5:22:57 AM America/New_York

You eat clean, you exercise daily, but are you reaching the recommend daily intake of vitamins and minerals? What if, all your hard work isn’t enough to do that? Well it might not be, but not because your hard work isn’t counting for anything, it’s just sometimes our bodies need a little extra push. So does that mean you should be taking dietary supplements daily, too? According to the Mayo Clinic, it is important to get your primary nutrition from your diet. In other words, you can’t trade in your green smoothie for cheese fries if you are taking dietary supplements. While dietary supplements offer the nutrition you may be lacking from your diet, they can’t replicate all the benefits of getting those vitamins and minerals from a whole food source. If you aren’t eating the greatest, the expense of supplements might be worth the investment, but we recommend changing your diet first to give your body the nutrients it needs.

 According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, supplements are quite a bit different from medications. Instead, they are generally vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, enzymes, botanicals, concentrates, extracts, etc. They can be found at local grocery stores or smaller private companies such as Green Organic Supplements. The majority of adults in the United States take one or more dietary supplements daily. Generally, supplements consist of dietary ingredients placed in a tablet, capsule, liquid, powder and more, for nutritional value. Some are taken to ensure you meet your daily intake of vitamins and minerals and others can be taken to reduce the risk of certain diseases. This all sounds wonderful, so why can’t you eat the cheese fries and just take your supplements?

 Well it’s not quite as simple, it’s actually complex, because whole foods are complex. They offer a variety of micronutrients which work together to give the body multiple beneficial properties, while supplements generally only offer one. Remember, one is better than none. Let’s say you go to the doctor and they say you’re in good health, but you could use more vitamin B in your diet. You could add a vitamin B supplement to your routine and you would be in good shape. But, if the doctor says you’re low in multiple vitamins and minerals, we would suggest changing your diet first and if you still need a little extra push, add some supplements.

 Phytochemicals are also present in whole foods, which fight against cancer, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure according to the Mayo Clinic. These are not present in supplements, so it is important to remember supplements are not a substitute for a good diet.

 Many supplements can be found in natural and organic variations. The term “natural” doesn’t always mean it is safe, so it is important to do your research and look for supplements that are crafted without fillers and in safe environments. Remember, living healthy and meeting suggested daily vitamin intakes are challenging and expensive. Many of us think we are being healthy, but actually come up shy of recommended servings. Many times people aren’t eating enough of the right foods or doing the exercises their bodies need them to do. That’s why companies like Green Organic Supplements offer a solution with safe and natural dietary supplements that are made personally for you, order by order. At this company, they focus on supplements that use the essential vitamins and minerals from whole foods. This is the perfect solution to help you reach your daily intake goals and/or other medical conditions you may be struggling with.

 Supplements will also be beneficial for:

- Woman who may become pregnant (400 micrograms folic acid)

- Woman who are pregnant (prenatal vitamin including iron)

- Adults age 50+ (vitamin B-12)

- Adults age 65+ living alone (800 IU of vitamin D)

- People who don’t eat well

- People who consume less than 1,600 calories a day

- Vegans and vegetarians

- People who don't eat a variety of foods

- People who don’t eat fish 2 to 3 times a week (Fish oil)

- Woman who experience heavy bleeding during menstrual cycle

- People with medical conditions that affect your body’s nutrient absorption

- People with food allergies/intolerances

- People who have had surgery on digestive tract

 

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"Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know." Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2015. <https://ods.od.nih.gov/HealthInformation/DS_WhatYouNeedToKnow.aspx>.

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Most Effective Supplements and Lifestyle for Good Heart Health

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 5:34:09 AM America/New_York

One in every four deaths that occur in the United States are due to cardiovascular disease, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That means over 600,000 people die of a heart-related disease a year. Heart attacks occur in 735,000 people each year, killing over 370,000 Americans and over 200,000 of them are people who have already had heart attacks previously.

Those numbers alone are over a million reasons why you should take care of your heart. If it’s not for your kids or your family, take care of your heart to bring those numbers down. Cardiovascular health is vital to a healthy life and that’s why we are giving you the best lifestyle and supplements to improve your cardiovascular health.

Improving your cardiovascular health isn’t something that will change with one healthy meal. It will change with making healthy choices a pattern and priority for the rest of your life. According to the American Heart Association, the best way to change your lifestyle in favor of your heart health is simple. The American Heart Association suggests; using as many calories as you take in, eating a variety of nutritious foods, eating less of nutrient-poor foods, refrain from smoking tobacco and avoid secondhand smoke.

It’s important to use as many calories as you take in during the day because it will help maintain your weight and keep the extra pounds off. First it is important to determine how many calories you should be eating based on your height, age and lifestyle. Then keep a food and calorie log of your daily meal intake. If you’re at a healthy weight and would not like to gain weight, don’t increase your daily calorie intake. The important part is to do enough exercise to burn the calories consumed during the day. An easy way to do this is to increase the intensity of your daily exercises or aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week.

Nutrient-rich foods have the best vitamins and minerals for your body. It’s important to eat food from all the food groups to make sure your body has all the nutrients it needs. The more colors in your meal, the better. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish, nuts and legumes and non-tropical vegetable oils.

Junk foods are an easy way to reach calorie intake, but they severely lack nutrients and are loaded with saturated fats. It is important to steer clear of these types of foods and reach calorie goals by eating the suggested foods above. Like junk food, smoking does nothing for your health, but worsen it. The American Heart Association lists a more detailed guide of recommend foods and serving sizes on their website.

After adjusting your lifestyle and becoming more heart conscious you can aid your heart health with some specific supplements including magnesium, fish oil omega 3 fatty acid, coenzyme Q-10, garlic, red yeast rice extract, niacin, vitamin D and Natto K.

According to Green Med. Info Research Empowered, magnesium deficiency is the root to diabetes and many heart disease and problems. Often times, low magnesium goes undetected by doctors unless they are specifically looking for it. Taking a magnesium supplement would have a high impact on heart health, muscle pains, neurological disorders, vision spells, skin and bladder infections, extreme thirst and hunger, abnormal heart rhythms, fatigue, weakness in bones and more. This is a good supplement to take and can help improve day to day living.

Omega 3 fatty acids decrease the risk of abnormal heart rhythms, decrease triglyceride levels and lower blood pressure. Fish oil is a commonly consumed dietary supplement that has many additional health benefits.

The other heart healthy supplements include benefits such as lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, raising good cholesterol, lowering chance of diabetes and obesity risk, decreases chance of heart attacks, decreases risk of stroke, decreases risk of hardening arteries, reduces blood clots and improving blood viscosity.

It is easy to find an excuse not to take care of your body, it might be because you’re tired or you had a long day or maybe it’s too expensive. Here, we offer you an inexpensive and easy way to care for your heart so you can be around for your family and teach them to take care of themselves too. As a recap, remember eat healthier, burn as many calories as you take in and choose some supplements to supercharge your heart health.

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About the Author

Julio Yacub is the president of Green Organic Supplements, Inc. Green Organics Supplements has become one of the renowned producers of supplements with the best ingredients, the right extract potencies, and ingredient in perfect synergy. Green Organic supplements has become synonymous of excellence with a philosophy of care in mind, founded on quality and control, something very difficult to achieve and practice.

 

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The Importance of Vitamin D and why we are lacking it.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 5:37:02 AM America/New_York

Vitamin D deficiency is fairly common in the United States. Even if you eat foods that are rich in vitamin D, generally they don’t have enough of the vitamin to benefit your health.  Let’s start at the beginning, vitamin D isn’t the same type of vitamin as A or B, it acts quite differently. It’s a specific type of steroid hormone. Naturally, our bodies obtain vitamin D from the sun. It’s always important to get at least 20 minutes of sun exposure a day, but too much is risky. 

 

Vitamin D deficiency threatens all types of people of all skin types and ages. This deficiency is so common that chances are you are most likely lacking vitamin D. Some signs that you may be vitamin D deficient are often feeling sad, being 50 years old or older, having naturally darker skin, being overweight, having higher muscle mass, achey bones, frequent head sweats and gut trouble.

 

Serotonin is a hormone that effects mood levels. It has a direct relationship to light, for example, when you are in bright light, the serotonin in your body increases feeding your brain with the hormone and positively effecting your mood. When you are in dim light, it decreases. So naturally, being in the sun and getting vitamin D helps control mood levels and keep you positive.

With age comes more health problems. So it’s important to take care of your body. When you hit your fifties, your skin slows in response to soaking up vitamin D from the sun. An easy fix for this is to take vitamin D supplements.

African Americans or other people who have naturally darker skin are ten times more likely to have vitamin D deficiency than someone with pale skin. Having darker skin, acts as a natural sunblock from UV rays, so naturally it’s harder to absorb the vitamin you need.

People who are overweight or have more muscle mass are also at a higher risk for vitamin D deficiency. This is because vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. This also translates into people with more muscle mass and higher body weights. So taking an additional vitamin D supplement will help get the extra nutrients for your diet.

Achey bones, fatigue and head sweating are all common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. Sweating heads can be found in newborn babies who don’t have enough vitamin D.  If this happens in your child or baby, be sure to talk to a doctor as soon as possible.

Lastly, because vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, your body struggles with the absorption of fats. Vitamin D deficiency has shown a direct relationship with gut conditions like Crohn’s, celiac and non-celiac, gluten sensitivity and inflammatory bowel disease.

Our bodies need high levels of vitamin D to function correctly. It’s important to aim for higher amounts of vitamin D in the body, than the average amount because vitamin D deficiency is still a recent discussion in the medical world. If you aim for higher amounts of vitamin D, you will be working towards the goal that doctors are recently discovering is the healthiest amount.

The ways to obtain vitamin D is through the sun, vitamin D rich foods and dietary supplements. Some of the most common foods with vitamin D are cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, raw milk, chocolate milk, eggs, caviar, mushrooms, deli ham, sushi, tofu, swiss and ricotta cheese, soy milk, salami, sausage, oysters, orange juice, oatmeal and shrimp. But, because many of these foods don’t contain enough vitamin D to be therapeutic it’s important to take vitamin D supplements also.

 Among helping any of the symptoms above, vitamin D also fights cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, infections, DNA repair and metabolic processes. Just remember, vitamin D deficiency is fairly new territory for the medical field, doctors nationwide are adjusting their thoughts about vitamin D and realizing the importance of it in our diet to keep us healthy. So remember, include a vitamin D supplement in your daily routine and you'll experience the world through a different light.

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Julio Yacub is the president of Green Organic Supplements, Inc. Green Organics Supplements has become one of the renowned producers of supplements with the best ingredients, the right extract potencies, and ingredient in perfect synergy. Green Organic supplements has become synonymous of excellence with a philosophy of care in mind, founded on quality and control, something very difficult to achieve and practice.

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Do you suffer from fatigue, insomnia, problems losing weight, and skin issues? Do you feel drained of energy for no explainable reason? These symptoms can all be attributed to an unhealthy liver.

Your liver performs over 500 functions daily, yet it's often one of the most ignored organs in the human body. Just this year Loyola University Health System researchers found that more people have liver cancer than previously thought.

With the average American lifestyle being full of harmful toxins, the liver has trouble removing them. Many of today's common health problems are a result of the posions forced to remain inside your organs -- including the brain and blood -- because the liver can't do its job. The results can be disastrous, leaving you with one health problem on top of another.

Cleansing your liver should be a vital part of your health regimen if you want to reclaim your health, vitality, and energy. Doing so will clear up many common ailments, decrease your risks of getting liver cancer, and improve your liver's ability to function.

The good news is you don't have to go to the doctor and spend hundreds of dollars for a pill that only masks the problems caused by your toxic liver. You can perform your own simple liver cleanse at home using any of the following home remedies.

 1. Dandelion Tea

A tea made from the dandelion roots, taken 3-4 times daily cleanses the liver, colon, and gallbladder with its diuretic properties while also neutralizing heavy metals.

2. Green Tea

Don't underestimate the power of green tea. Not only will it protect your liver from damage, but its strong antioxidant properties have been shown to promote proper liver function and eliminate the accumulation of fat in the liver. Drink a cup daily, using fresh organic leaves.

 3. Olive Oil and Citrus Juice

A mixture made from one tablespoon of organic olive oil and the juice of half a lemon combined with the juice of two grapefruits is an easy, inexpensive remedy that flushes the liver, colon, and gallbladder.

4. Epsom Salt and Grapefruit Juice

Four tablespoons of Epsom salt combined with three cups of grapefruit juice is another powerful cleanser. Divide the mixture and take four times daily.

5. Cayenne and Lemon

A mixture of three ounces of lemon juice, 24 ounces of warm water, 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and a teaspoon of honey taken in the morning before breakfast is an instant liver cleanser.

6. Barley Water

Barley water purifies and removes toxins from the liver and blood. Boil one cup of barley in three liters of water for three hours and drink it throughout the day.

7. An Avocado A Day

Here's your excuse to indulge in delicious guacamole. Research shows that eating one - two avocados weekly for just a one month period can repair liver damage.

8. A Teaspoon of Turmeric Daily

Turmeric regenerates damaged liver cells, protects against toxic damage, and helps in the overall maintenance of a healthy liver and gallbladder. Circumin, which is found in turmeric, prevents the development of cirrhosis. Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder (or two teaspoons of fresh, grated turmeric) with warm water twice daily is recommended. Add black pepper for better absorption.

9. Consume Garlic Daily

Garlic is a potent antioxidant that activates detoxification. Consume the cloves raw to flush the liver and protect it from damage. The World Health Organization recommends 2 - 5 grams daily.

10. Ginger

Ginger promotes normal liver function and protects against liver problems. Ginger tea can be taken daily to keep the liver clean and to maintain liver health. Simply add one teaspoon of ginger to warm water or tea.

11. Chicory Root

Chicory root helps maintain a healthy liver, and is used in the treatment of liver disease, jaundice, and gallstones. Drank as a tea, it'll also cleanse the colon. To make the tea, simmer dried chicory roots for at least a half hour and drink daily. The dried root can also be boiled and eaten as a vegetable.

12. Burdock Root

Burdock root purifies the blood, detoxifies the liver and digestive system. Use two peeled, chopped burdock roots simmered 12 cups of warm water and drink daily.

13. Licorice Root

Licorice root protects and strengthens the liver, neutralizes harmful chemicals often present in the liver. A tea is made with one cup of dry, chopped licorice root boiled in two cups of water.

14. Milk Thistle

Milk thistle detoxifies and protects from liver from damage. It's one of the most common treatments of liver problems such. The typical dosing is 500 milligrams of milk thistle daily in supplement form, or add two droppers of milk thistle extract to eight ounces of boiling water.

Don't forget the importance of maintaining the health of your liver, in addition to cleansing. To do this, include plenty of raw, cruciferous greens into your diet and consume citrus fruits regularly.

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This Simple One-Day Diet Will Cleanse Your Body and Help You Lose Weight

Friday, February 9, 2018 2:16:25 AM America/New_York

Excessive bloating, extra weight that just won't go away, headaches, fatigue, sluggish digestion, and stomach discomfort. These are all common signs of a body in need of a detoxification.

If extra weight has you stressed, then chances are, you'll benefit from detoxing. Also if you're about to begin dieting, then the best way to start off is by using the following daily detoxification rituals to help jump start the weight loss process and improve your body's functionality so that it can respond properly to your new diet and allow you the results you're hoping for.

A full inner body cleanse is the best way for you to achieve quick weight loss as it'll remove toxins and waste build-up from your body. On top of that, cleansing will also provide a positive boost to your entire health.

Let's go over the most powerful, yet simple remedies that will help you shed weight, detoxify your body, improve your health, and revitalize your energy -- all at home and in a single day.

Start by drinking warm citrus and cayenne juice first thing in the morning

This warm juice will stimulate the digestive tract and trigger the detoxification process that'll help you shed some quick weight since cayenne helps burn fat.

Since lemon has powerful detoxification properties -- including flushing the liver of toxins so it can work properly -- you'll be jump starting your way to better health one sip at a time.

Add two tablespoons of lemon juice to a glass of warm water along with a pinch of both black and cayenne pepper to boost your metabolism, and a half a teaspoon of sea salt, for its laxative effect.

Cayenne and black pepper both help burn fat, so include both if you can. Cayenne should be eaten three times daily, so if you aren't drinking the mixture throughout the day, include cayenne in your meals instead.

Drink the mixture throughout the day, and aim for light, healthy, and nutritious meals the rest of the day.

Try Dandelion for its Cleansing Effects

The dandelion plant has powerful weight loss and cleansing properties that shouldn't be overlooked it you're taking on any detoxification regimen. The roots and leaves can be made into a tea or the leafy greens can be eaten alone. The numerous benefits of consuming dandelion include reduced water retention.

If you're making dandelion tea, go the extra mile and add peppermint. Studies show that just the smell alone will help decrease your appetite. The weight loss, digestive soothing, appetite-reducing, and toxin-removal properties also make peppermint totally worthy of adding to your detox.

Since the liver plays the role of cleansing toxins from your body, any good detoxification diet should include some focus on cleansing the liver.

Milk thistle is another extremely powerful liver cleanser that can be added to your diet. It can even improve liver damage when used regularly.

Hibiscus Tea to Keep the Fat Away

Have a cup of hibiscus tea to boost your weight loss results and provide your liver with extra protection at the same time. Research shows it may prevent fatty liver (non-alcholoic version) as well as improve fatty liver problems. Research has also suggested that hibiscus extract may have the ability to inhibit obesity, so consuming it on a regular basis can help keep the weight off.

When mid-morning hunger strikes, have a green smoothie

Try to stick with fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, whole grains for the carbs you'll need to replenish your energy, beans, and lean proteins such as turkey breast, chicken, or wild salmon.If using fats, stick with healthy ones such as olive oil, coconut oil or fish oil.

You can also include carrots and beets to help increase liver function. To keep from over-indulging, have a green smoothie using plenty of healthy, leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, and wheatgrass for extra health and detoxification benefits. You can also include broccoli and cabbage to flush carcinogens from your liver and help keep you full.

Include Apples for A Clean Digestive System

When build up and toxins are cleansed from your digestive system, weight loss is often the first effect one notices. Eat an apple in place of a midnight snack. Not only will an apple help keep down those sugar cravings while you detox, but the pectin in apples will help flush toxins from your digestive system.

Speed Your Metabolism with Cloves

Include cloves in one of your meals -- for example, alongside wild salmon for lunch -- to speed your metabolism and burn even more calories.

If you need help keeping your appetite from raging out of control during your detox, include cinnamon and ginger into your diet. Both can be added to a cup of boiling water and drank as a tea, or you can toss a pinch of each into one of the detox teas listed above. Cinnamon and ginger will reduce your appetite and keep cravings at bay. Even after your day of detox, you should incorporate cinnamon into your daily diet to keep fat from being stored, and for its high nutritional profile.

Don't forget to stay hydrated. Most detox regimens suggest two to four liters of water daily.

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Why Vitamin D is The Master Supplement

Friday, February 9, 2018 2:19:21 AM America/New_York

It's the Vitamin that experts say is the most important of all. It can regulate your hormone levels, control your blood pressure, prevent cancer and heart disease, and even ease symptoms of depression. Sometimes a deficiency in this vitamin is precisely the cause depression in the first place, for some.

That's right. Getting enough Vitamin D does far more for your body than just build your bones. While it is crucial for proper bone health, Vitamin D can also alleviate inflammation, will help you maintain a healthy colon, prostate, metabolism, thyroid, adrenal glands, and breasts. Adequate Vitamin D intake is vital for proper brain development and your sleep will also improve as you continue to consume the proper amounts of Vitamin D on a regular basis. We guarantee taking your Vitamin D will prove to be worth it after you read the benefits it has to offer.

Enhances and Strengthens Your Immune System

Many doctors say that Vitamin D is one of the best ways to enhance your immune system, keeping you from being hit with many common illnesses like the flu and colds. It also helps increase natural antibiotics within the body, so if you are struck with the dreadful cold or flu, proper Vitamin D intake will help arm your body with what it needs most fight it off quickly.

Gives You Hormonal Harmony

Hormonal imbalances are a common cause for the many health complications, including mood problems and Vitamin D is a pro-hormone responsible for hormonal balance. Since proper Vitamin D intake affects monoamines such as serotonin and dopamine levels, meaning one major benefit of this can be improvements in your mood.

Helps Improve Mental Health and Relieve Depression Symptoms

While the research into the link between depression and Vitamin D is still very new, it seems to have shown that for some cases, Vitamin D intake (or increased intake) can help ease the symptoms one suffers from when they're depressed. While not all cases of depression can be chalked up to being the result of a Vitamin D deficient person, it's definitely worthy of acknowledgement.

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder can often be chalked up to a Vitamin D deficiency in many people since a major cause of Seasonal Depression is insufficient exposure to sunlight. So getting enough direct sunlight daily (10 - 15 minutes is typically recommended for most people) and making sure your Vitamin D intake is correct can make all the difference in the world when you're struggling through these cold months.

Lowers Your Risk of Diabetes:

Diabetes is a sure sign of a deficiency in Vitamin D and some research has hinted that younger people with higher levels of Vitamin D seemed less likely to develop type II diabetes later in life. There has also been some evidence that Vitamin D can help improve the problems and symptoms associated with having type II diabetes.

So how much Vitamin D Do You Need in Order to

It's been said by many healthcare professionals that most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, but it's important to know for certain and to know what your vitamin D levels actually are. This is done through a blood test performed by your doctor. However, experts say the typical recommended amount of Vitamin D storage levels should be around should be around 50 and below 30 is considered a Vitamin D deficiency. Those with certain diseases and health problems such as metabolic disorders, kidney, liver, and gastrointestinal problems are likely to be at risk of being deficient in Vitamin D.

As your doctor will probably tell you, the best source of Vitamin D you can get is from the sun. It's much easier, quicker, and cheaper supplementing, which normally doesn't include your required amount. 10 - 15 minutes of direct sunlight is recommended. According to Dr. Oz 15, minutes of sunlight will deliver 10,000 units of Vitamin D to your body.

Cod liver oil, wild salmon, and sardines are other excellent sources of Vitamin D as are trout, caviar, egg yolks, and portabello mushrooms.

Keep in mind that the type of Vitamin D supplement you take is important too. Healthcare experts recommend taking Vitamin D3 and the typical recommended amount for most adults is 2,000 - 5,000 IU. Severe deficiencies or additional health problems may require additional amounts, so it's important to find your proper amount with the help of a trusted doctor or professional.

You'll also want to make sure you take your daily Vitamin D along with a source of healthy, monosaturated fat for actual absorption. These healthy fats include coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil, to name a few.

So if you're going to be lazy about any of your necessary vitamin supplements, don't let Vitamin D be the one you put on the back burner. Now, go soak up some sun.

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About the Author

Julio Yacub is the president of Green Organic Supplements, Inc. Green Organics Supplements has become one of the renowned producers of supplements with the best ingredients, the right extract potencies, and ingredient in perfect synergy. Green Organic supplements has become synonymous of excellence with a philosophy of care in mind, founded on quality and control, something very difficult to achieve and practice.

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