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Problems digesting fat? Here are 5 ways to get your gut moving Darrell Miller 5/2/19
Research links folate deficiency to a wide range of diseases Darrell Miller 4/30/19
Health benefits of inulin. Darrell Miller 3/8/19
How to Get Rid of Acne, Scars, Wrinkles and Warts with Banana Peels Darrell Miller 5/23/18
A need for bananas? Dietary potassium regulates calcification of arteries Darrell Miller 10/11/17
How to Remove Skin Tags Safely: 10 Natural Ways Darrell Miller 10/2/17
WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY AFTER EATING BANANAS WITH BLACK SPOTS Darrell Miller 9/27/17
HOW TO FIX ALL YOUR SLEEP PROBLEMS WITH THIS TWO NATURAL INGREDIENTS!! Darrell Miller 9/2/17
4 Foods to Keep High Blood Pressure in Check and Prevent Heart Disease Risk Darrell Miller 8/25/17
IN BALANCE — Magnesium: An Essential Mineral for Health Darrell Miller 8/14/17
Avocados' awesome aid in digestion (Part II) Darrell Miller 8/13/17
Top 7 Foods That Fight High Blood Pressure Naturally Darrell Miller 7/23/17
Poblano Pepper: Fights Cancer & Boosts Fat Loss Darrell Miller 6/9/17
3 Common Kombucha Myths – Debunked Darrell Miller 6/7/17
Banana Tea Recipe For BETTER SLEEP!! Darrell Miller 5/28/17
Natural Ways to Put an End to Moles, Warts, Blackheads, Skin Tags and Age Spots!! Darrell Miller 5/15/17
Fruit Often Mistaken as a Vegetable That Triggers Endorphin Rush and Targets Pain Darrell Miller 5/3/17
You need both pre- and probioticis for healthy digestion Darrell Miller 3/25/17
The simple way to reduce stress and anxiety, according to new research Darrell Miller 3/24/17
Heal Your Skin Naturally With This DIY Antifungal Cream Darrell Miller 3/22/17
What Are the Best Snacks Before Bedtime? Darrell Miller 3/21/17
how to use banana peel to lower diabetes Darrell Miller 3/20/17
How To Gain Weight | Remedies To Gain Weight Darrell Miller 3/15/17
Top 20 Foods with Electrolytes Darrell Miller 3/12/17
Look How These Foods Will Help You GET A FLAT BELLY. Include Them In Your Diet!! Darrell Miller 3/3/17
Stay healthy by eating these potassium-rich foods Darrell Miller 2/3/17
Top Foods That Prevent Osteoporosis Risk Darrell Miller 1/20/17
A year-end look at superfoods: What's good, bad and just odd Darrell Miller 1/9/17
6 Fruits That Are Even Healthier Than You Think Darrell Miller 12/28/16
Relieve the Holiday Stress with Magnesium Darrell Miller 12/25/16
Vitamin B Complex Health Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms of Vitamin B Complex Darrell Miller 11/24/16
Importance of Magnesium in the body. Darrell Miller 5/8/14
Why Is Date Sugar A Healthier Choice Than White Refined Sugar? Darrell Miller 2/7/14
The benefit of Amino Acid L-Tyrosin for our brains Darrell Miller 1/21/14
Why Take A Coenzymated B-Complex? Darrell Miller 1/10/14
Keeping your body alkalized Darrell Miller 11/10/13
Magnesium Malate Benefits Darrell Miller 1/30/13
Why Would You Want A Time Released Chromium Supplement? Darrell Miller 1/3/13
Are There Herbs And Vitamins For Pain? Darrell Miller 12/29/12
Can our health benefit from supplmenting choline? Darrell Miller 11/18/12
What are the Essential Amino Acids we must get from our Diet to Survive? Darrell Miller 8/17/11
Potassium: An Overview Darrell Miller 1/14/11
Plantain Herb Darrell Miller 10/8/09
L-Carnitine Darrell Miller 5/7/09
Potassium And Magnesium Darrell Miller 12/30/08
Lower Blood Sugar Darrell Miller 10/16/08
Fiber Darrell Miller 9/12/08
FOS Darrell Miller 8/22/08
How Important Is It To Have Proper Digestion Darrell Miller 7/9/08
B Vitamin Complex Darrell Miller 6/23/08



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GAT PMP STRAWBERRY BANANA
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Problems digesting fat? Here are 5 ways to get your gut moving
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Date: May 02, 2019 01:57 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Problems digesting fat? Here are 5 ways to get your gut moving





There are nutrients which require fatty acids for absorption. It is possible that you are struggling with absorbing fat, which can be seen in problems including light colored and stinky stools, bloating, nausea, or fatigue. Liver congestion, poor quality bile, or lacking of pancreatic enzymes may be the problem. Beet greens, collard, and chicory are a few helpful bitter foods that may stimulate your enzymes to function more properly. Foods including lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, spinach, and celery may help your hydrochloric acid in breaking down foods. Add in honey, avocados, bananas, ginger, pineapples, or kiwi to boost digestive enzymes.You can also help your body with medium chain fatty acids like coconut oil for absorption of nutrients. Finally, consider a probiotic supplement or fermented foods to help with proper breakdown and digestion.

Key Takeaways:

  • Some symptoms, such as fatigue, bloating, weight gain and nausea when encountering fatty foods, may have an inability to properly absorb fats as a root cause.
  • People with such an inability are also prone to excreting light-colored and particularly foul-smelling feces.
  • An inability to properly absorb fats can stem from liver congestion, poor quality bile, or from a lack of pancreatic enzymes.

"These symptoms may also be an indication of other nutrient deficiencies as some nutrients need fatty acids to be absorbed."

Read more: https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-03-20-problems-digesting-fat-5-ways-to-get-your-gut-moving.html

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Research links folate deficiency to a wide range of diseases
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Date: April 30, 2019 03:59 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Research links folate deficiency to a wide range of diseases





Folate is commonly known as vitamin B9 and is found in many fruits and vegetables. Being deficient in folate has been linked to many health complications. Folate deficiency has been found to be associated with incurable DNA problems, such as a lost chromosome. It is also associated with dementia, cancer, and even anemia. However, an abundance of folate in the body can prevent cancer and dementia risk. Foods containing folate include brussels sprouts, tomato juice, peas, bananas, and poultry, so it is important to eat healthy to reduce risk of deficiency.

Key Takeaways:

  • Research has shown that folate, which is vitamin B9 and also known sometimes as folic acid, can be found in green leafy vegetables and many fruits.
  • Some of the diseases that are linked to folate deficiency are age-related dementia, cancer, anemia and mental illness. It is also linked to birth defects in women.
  • Researchers have taken a look at the relationship between folate and fragile X syndrome in order to understand how it is linked to other diseases.

"This is the first study that shows folate deficiency can cause problems with DNA replication and cell division."

Read more: https://www.naturalhealth365.com/folate-deficiency-vitamins-2919.html

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Health benefits of inulin.
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Date: March 08, 2019 08:02 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Health benefits of inulin.





Fiber can improve digestion and promote a healthy gut. Inulin is a type of soluble fiber that is found in plants and contains a variety of health benefits, such as acting as a critical source of prebiotic bacteria in the digestive system. On top of this, inulin can support weight loss, help prevent bowel disorders such as IBS or colon cancer, and has the potential to control blood sugar. Side effects of inulin are incredibly rare- so be sure to fill up on inulin-rich foods, such as leeks, asparagus, wheat, or oats to get your daily fix.

Key Takeaways:

  • Inulin is a form of soluble fiber that is beneficial for weight loss, digestion, and stabilizing blood sugar levels.
  • Inulin acts as a pre-biotic in the large intestine, providing the good bacteria with food to grow.
  • Garlic, asparagus, bananas, onions, and leeks are all rich in inulin.

"Here, learn everything you need to know about inulin fiber's health benefits, where it’s found naturally in food, and how to incorporate more into your diet."

Read more: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/inulin-foods-and-benefits

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How to Get Rid of Acne, Scars, Wrinkles and Warts with Banana Peels
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Date: May 23, 2018 01:16 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: How to Get Rid of Acne, Scars, Wrinkles and Warts with Banana Peels





I have Bananas all the time and I do get some acne here and there. I can't remember having a wart anytime, but using a peel to fight the acne could be nice i suppose. Bug bites are never fun, so maybe have that ready in case I get a bite anytime. All the nutrients are why I have them ready for my daily diet, I just never got the urge to rub the peel on my skin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1j0A0bdLt4&rel=0

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A need for bananas? Dietary potassium regulates calcification of arteries
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Date: October 11, 2017 01:14 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: A need for Bananas? Dietary potassium regulates calcification of arteries





Having potassium in your diet regulates calcification of your arteries. Bananas have a lot of potassium, so people should eat plenty of those. Dietary potassium can help to prevent heart issues. Both bananas and avocados can protect against heart disease. They are both foods that are very high in potassium. This is something that the nation needs to pay attention to because a lot of deaths in this country are from heart disease. Potassium matters a lot.

Key Takeaways:

  • Potassium-rich foods, like bananas and avocados, could protect against the hardening of arteries that is linked to heart disease.
  • This finding comes from a study by University of Alabama researchers using mice as test cases.
  • The study suggest that dietary potassium supplements could help prevent heart disease in humans, a major health problem.

"Bananas and avocados -- foods that are rich in potassium -- may help protect against pathogenic vascular calcification"

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171005102712.htm

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How to Remove Skin Tags Safely: 10 Natural Ways
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Date: October 02, 2017 10:14 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: How to Remove Skin Tags Safely: 10 Natural Ways





Skin tags, also known as acrochordons amongst the medical community, are noncancerous fleshy growths and are largely a cosmetic issue. They often grow where a lot of friction and moisture occurs. Many people seek to have them removed, and you can do this safely in a number of ways, including at your doctor's office with a scalpel. Cryotherapy can also be used, as well as cauterization, where the skin tag is essentially burned off, tying a string around it to cut off blood supply, and laser removal. However, these all require a doctor's supervision. Some natural at-home remedies can be used as well, such as apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, oregano oil, iodine, garlic, vitamin E, the peel of a banana or papaya, castor oil and baking soda, and cinnamon. You can also prevent further skin tags by keeping your blood sugar at a healthy range through diet.

Key Takeaways:

  • Skin Tags, or Acrochordons are common benign skin growths that are most frequently seen in women of middle age.
  • In a doctor's office there are several options for removing Skin Tags, such as Cauterization or burning, Cryotherapy or freezing, Laser removal and even tying a string around a Skin Tag will kill it.
  • There are some natural remedies too, Organic Apple cider Vinegar with the "Mother" Tea Tree Oil, Oil of Oregano, Iodine and Garlic are just some of the ways to kill a Skin Tag.

"The best practices for how to remove skin tags at home do not involve cutting; this is dangerous and may lead to a severe infection and permanent scarring."

Read more: https://draxe.com/how-to-remove-skin-tags/

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WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY AFTER EATING BANANAS WITH BLACK SPOTS
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Date: September 27, 2017 12:14 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY AFTER EATING BananaS WITH BLACK SPOTS





Bananas are healthy. They contain a lot of potassium. The problem with them, though, is they don't keep very long after they're picked. They go bad quickly. Can you eat the ones with black spots or are they harmful? This givs info about that. Before eating a blackening Banana you should make sure it won't hurt you so this is great ifo. There are many ways to eat Bananas such as in breads or pies. You can also just eat them plain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nvhZUghNEE&rel=0

Key Takeaways:

  • Most times when a Banana starts getting those black spots on them, we start tossing them in the trash because we think they’re rotten. Contrary to what most people think, those black spots don’t mean
  • TNF is an anti-carcinogen that helps fight aberrant cells in our bodies. This substance contained in t
  • ruly ripe Bananas helps our immune system communicate better and send extra cells to damaged

"The more spots a Banana has the higher the TNF"

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HOW TO FIX ALL YOUR SLEEP PROBLEMS WITH THIS TWO NATURAL INGREDIENTS!!
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Date: September 02, 2017 05:14 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: HOW TO FIX ALL YOUR SLEEP PROBLEMS WITH THIS TWO NATURAL INGREDIENTS!!





This was an informational video about solutions for sleep problems. It is recommended that adults get 6-8 hours of sleep a night, but many people have sleep difficulties. Medications are often prescribed, but the video does not recommend using those, as they can be addictive. The video explained what happens to our brains and bodies during different phases of sleep. At the end of the video, there was a provided recipe (all-natural) that you can try for your sleep issues.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8nqiUjLYY0&rel=0

Key Takeaways:

  • Sleep remedies are usually addictive and cause dependence. Sleep without these remedies is usually impossible,
  • Humans have two sleep phases. The physical and dormant phases.
  • Cinnamon and Banana potion will help you sleep better without causing dependance.

"Lack of magnesium in the body can cause insomnia and lack of required amount of potassium can remove the ability to sleep consistently throughout the night."

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4 Foods to Keep High Blood Pressure in Check and Prevent Heart Disease Risk
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Date: August 25, 2017 04:14 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: 4 Foods to Keep High Blood Pressure in Check and Prevent Heart Disease Risk





High blood pressure is not something to take lightly. It can lead to stroke and heart problems if it is prolonged. There is medicine you can take but there is also a dietary way to help lower it. This talks about four foods you can eat to help you get there. Changing your diet is often a good way to control your health since putting good things into your body will help you to get good out of it.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pregnant women with hypertension are two times as likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those that did not have hypertension during pregnancy
  • Preventing hypertension through physical activity, diet and regular health checks is key
  • Several foods can help prevent hypertension, such as lemon, garlic, banana, and celery

"This study highlights the need for long-term follow-up of women with a history of hypertension during pregnancy to provide early management of risk factors for cardiovascular disease"

Read more: http://www.ndtv.com/food/4-foods-to-keep-high-blood-pressure-in-check-and-prevent-heart-disease-risk-1739973

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IN BALANCE — Magnesium: An Essential Mineral for Health
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Date: August 14, 2017 12:14 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: IN BALANCE — Magnesium: An Essential Mineral for Health





Magnesium is an important element. It is found in the body. It's important that you have a good balance of it. The body works best when all of the elements are balanced properly since they do different things. Magnesium can be bought and taken in supplement form for those who don't feel they have enough, but too much can also be a bad thing so be careful not to overdo it. You can always talk to a doctor first to see if you even need to be taking it.

Key Takeaways:

  • An extremely hard-working mineral, magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical functions of the human body.
  • Early signs that the body is depleted of its magnesium stores include, irregular heartbeat, muscle contractions and cramps and loss of energy.
  • Foods that boost magnesium levels include, chard, pumpkin seeds, avocados, black beans and bananas.

"Americans are at risk of magnesium deficiency and it has been estimated that nearly half of the population is deficient."

Read more: https://bayviewcompass.com/in-balance-magnesium-an-essential-mineral-for-health/

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Avocados' awesome aid in digestion (Part II)
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Date: August 13, 2017 11:14 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Avocados' awesome aid in digestion (Part II)





Thanks to its highly nutritious properties and the myriad of health benefits it provides, avocado is known as a superfood. Avocados have anti-inflammatory properties, pack in even more potassium than a banana, assist in digestion, and are filled with anti-oxidants. On top of all this, avocados also improve eye health and strengthen bones. The many vitamins and minerals found in avocados provide a number of beauty benefits as well, as they contribute to healthier skin. Avocados are excellent foods for weight loss as well due to their healthful properties and also because avocados are energy and metabolism boosters. These are only just a few examples of why the avocado is valued as a superfood and a staple of healthy eating.

Read more: Avocados' awesome aid in digestion (Part II)

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Top 7 Foods That Fight High Blood Pressure Naturally
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Date: July 23, 2017 05:14 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Top 7 Foods That Fight High Blood Pressure Naturally





High blood pressure can be dangerous. Hypertension is when it gets really high and that's a real concern for many. This gives examples of foods which can help fight it, though, so there's hope. High blood pressure can be caused by stress. Many people have it for this reason. It would e easy enough to add these foods to your diet even if you can't do much about your stressers. All you have to do is find recipes you like which contain the ingredients, but watch your salt intake since that is counterproductive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yBxbacWL0s&rel=0

Key Takeaways:

  • Some of the common risk factors for high blood pressure include excessive red meat intake, excessive alcohol use, smoking, sedentariness, and living a high stress lifestyle.
  • Unfortunately, although hypertension is common and dangerous, it can be hard to detect, as its symptoms are not highly visible or recognizable
  • There are many foods we can eat to help keep our blood pressure under control, such as Bananas, pumpkin and watermelon seeds, garlic, onions, yogurt, and potatoes

"For millions of people, blood pressure can reach dangerously high levels."

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Poblano Pepper: Fights Cancer & Boosts Fat Loss
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Date: June 09, 2017 09:14 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Poblano Pepper: Fights Cancer & Boosts Fat Loss





Food can play an important part in overall good health. The poblano pepper is fantastic tasting, a little hotter than a banana pepper but not as hot as a jalapeno pepper, and it's also filled with nutrients. Poblano peppers contain capsaicin, which is an antioxidant. Poblano peppers are also a good source of the vitamin B2. Capsacisin and B2 have properties that work to fight cancer. Capsaicin can also increase metabolism, which may lead to weight loss.

Key Takeaways:

  • The poblano pepper's spiciness is somewhere between the jalapeno and the banana pepper.
  • The poblano pepper not only tastes good but also has many health benefits.
  • The poblano pepper helps with weight loss, has antioxidants, boosts immunity, helps with pain and inflammation, and keeps your eyes healthy.

"Cultivars of peppers like the poblano also seem to have anticancer properties against oral cancer."

Read more: https://draxe.com/poblano-pepper/

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3 Common Kombucha Myths – Debunked
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Date: June 07, 2017 07:14 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: 3 Common Kombucha Myths – Debunked





Kombucha is a food, it is not a medicine. It is a fermented mixture of tea, sugar, water, and occasionally a flavoring, such as pomegranate, is added near the end of fermentation. That being said, one should approach Kombucha in much the same way as one approaches carrots or bananas – how much would you like. Carrots, by the way, provide Vitamin-A, carotene, and anti-oxidants, while bananas provide potassium, manganese, and small amounts of Vitamin-B6 and Niacin. And they are not considered medicine. The hesitancy of some folks to try Kombucha may stem from viewing the fermentation process itself as the culture of yeast and bacteria can be less than pretty to view. Like brewing beers, ales, and lambics, the bacteria & yeast simply converts the raw ingredients Kombucha.

Read more: 3 Common Kombucha Myths – Debunked

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Banana Tea Recipe For BETTER SLEEP!!
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Date: May 28, 2017 12:14 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Banana Tea Recipe For BETTER SLEEP!!





A warning video in absolutely awful English followed by a robotic voice telling me Dr Oz approves of this Banana tea recipe.There is this terrible still image on the screen that zooms in and out and changes colors throughout the video. The recipe is then shown on the screen in scrolling text followed by the voice saying that this recipe can be used as an alternative to sleeping pills. Then the voice tells me to subscribe to the channel (which I absolutely will not be doing) so I don't miss any future videos. It also tells me to share the video to social media.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw9dRGqFymI&rel=0

Key Takeaways:

  • World renowned doctor, Dr. Oz, is an advocate of the insomnia-eradicating powers of Banana tea.
  • To make the tea, use a whole and unpeeled Banana, with the ends cut off.
  • Simply boil Banana in 33 ounces of water, let water cool, filter it, and then add some natural sweetener, like honey, or cinnamon, if you wish.

"Banana tea is an ideal drink for better sleep, it is quick and easy, tastes amazingly and is really effective."

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Natural Ways to Put an End to Moles, Warts, Blackheads, Skin Tags and Age Spots!!
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Date: May 15, 2017 04:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Natural Ways to Put an End to Moles, Warts, Blackheads, Skin Tags and Age Spots!!





Skin issues can make you feel less than beautiful. They can also be annoying because of how they feel. Moles and skin tags can catch on things like your clothing and that can hurt or just feel strange. This talks about how you can naturally end these as well as mentioning blackheads, warts and age spots which are also unpleasant to have. No one lies these so ways to end them are always in high demand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF359BLP_r0&rel=0

Key Takeaways:

  • Castor oil and baking soda paste is effective for removing moles, warts and skin tag.
  • Age spots may be treated and removed by using lemon juice, onions or apple cider vinegar.
  • rub Pure raw honey or Banana peel every day to remove your warts.

"At some point of life, we all can have certain skin issues, like moles, skin tags, clogged pores or skin breakouts. They are all caused by some hormonal imbalance or changes in your lifestyle. Undoubtedly, there are numerous different skin and beauty care products which are intended to solve these issues and make your skin clear and glowing. However, only a few of them are really effective."

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Fruit Often Mistaken as a Vegetable That Triggers Endorphin Rush and Targets Pain
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Date: May 03, 2017 08:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Fruit Often Mistaken as a Vegetable That Triggers Endorphin Rush and Targets Pain





A self professed health nut writes in her blog about peppers, which she states are actually fruits that are mistakenly called vegetables. She describes the various types of peppers, such as bell, banana, and chili. Chili peppers are spicy, with the Mexican habaneros being the hottest. She states the hotness comes from capsaicin. She saids capsaicin can be helpful in reducing pain and even fighting breast cancer. The writer goes on to write how to grow both bell and chili peppers.

Key Takeaways:

  • There are a lot of different types of peppers, from sweet to really hot.
  • You can eat sweet and mild-tasting bell peppers raw for a snack, grill, put in casseroles and fix many different ways.
  • Red and Yellow peppers have higher carotenoid content than green peppers.

"There are many different types of peppers, from sweet to flaming hot, making more than one variety useful in a single dish, adding complexity to the flavors."

Read more: http://www.healthnutnews.com/fruit-often-mistaken-vegetable-triggers-endorphin-rush-targets-pain/

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You need both pre- and probioticis for healthy digestion
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Date: March 25, 2017 04:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: You need both pre- and probioticis for healthy digestion





Most people have probably heard of pre- and probiotics, but are unaware of the positive effects both can have on their digestive health. Probiotics can be defined as "good" bacteria that lives in your gut, while prebiotics "feed" the probiotics. Consuming foods so that you get a balance of these pre- and probiotics can help keep irritable bowel syndrome at bay and easy allergies and lactose intolerance. Examples of foods that deliver probiotics include yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut, while bananas, leeks, and garlic fall under prebiotic foods. Incorporating some of each into your diet can help your stomach and digestive system feel and function at its best.

Key Takeaways:

  • Probiotics help maintaining the good baceteria in your bowels which in turn boosts your immune system.
  • Consuming prebiotic foods such as bananas, onions, and garlic, helps maintain the probiotics you need.
  • It is also advisable to consume probiotic foods such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut.

"Eating probiotic foods also helps to manage irritable bowel syndrome, allergies and lactose intolerance."

Read more: http://www.wzzm13.com/life/wellness/healthy-you/you-need-both-pre-and-probioticis-for-healthy-digestion/422370520

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The simple way to reduce stress and anxiety, according to new research
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Date: March 24, 2017 08:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: The simple way to reduce stress and anxiety, according to new research





Here's another reason for eating more fruits and vegetables- it may help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. This may be especially true in women. A new study examining the diets of Australians aged 45 and over found that eating 3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables a day resulted in decreased stress levels of 12 percent and those that ate 5-7 servings experienced a 14 percent decrease. Read on for more details into this study.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you ingest 10 servings of fruits/vegetables daily it can reduce your anxiety levels. Recommended serving per day is at least 5.
  • Interestingly enough, it is noted this is more effective for women instead of men.
  • This still needs further investigation to be conclusive. Consuming raw state is most effective. It is said the potassium, specifically in bananas, supports your nervous system and brain.

"New study that suggests eating more fruit and veggies may help ease depression, stress and anxiety."

Read more: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-eating/news/a27849/simple-way-to-reduce-stress-new-research/

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Heal Your Skin Naturally With This DIY Antifungal Cream
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Date: March 22, 2017 01:44 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Heal Your Skin Naturally With This DIY Antifungal Cream





How can a woman reduce stress? Females can reduce stress by as much 23% simply by eating 5 to 7 portions of fruit and vegatables a day compared to someone who only eats 0 to 1 portions a day. Foods high in potassium, such as bananas or tomatoes can help you achieve this. Studies recently conducted in Australia has concluded this. More research is needed to verify the results that have been recorded so far, but it is start on showing the connection of eating healthy and reducing stress.

Key Takeaways:

  • OTC antifungal medication has numerous ingredients most of us have never heard of. Is it really safe to apply it to our skin?
  • Homemade antifungal creams are easy to create and safe to use.
  • Homemade antifungal cream is a simple mix of almond, olive, and coconut oils, beeswax, shea butter, and melaleuca and wild orange essential oils.

"If you have ever needed an antifungal medication, it was probably due to an area of your skin showing signs of redness, inflammation and swelling."

Read more: http://www.thealternativedaily.com/diy-antifungal-cream/

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What Are the Best Snacks Before Bedtime?
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Date: March 21, 2017 04:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What Are the Best Snacks Before Bedtime?





Studies show that certain foods are the best snacks to eat close to bedtime. These include high fiber foods such as oatmeal and fruits. Low fat dairy products are also good. Crackers and cheese, sliced vegetables and cottage cheese are also good choices. One must remember that a great deal of calories are consumed by snacking so one must be careful. Maybe it's not really hunger but thirst one is feeling. It is a good practice to drink plenty of water and eat more often during the day so you won't feel like you're starving.

Key Takeaways:

  • A snack close to bed time should be healthy and not more than 200 to 300 calories.
  • Be aware that feeling hungry too close to bedtime might just be a sign that you didn't eat enough throughout the day.
  • Don't mistake thirst for hunger. Instead of a snack try drinking a glass of water or a low fat milk.

"A banana, apple or other fresh fruit, a small portion of low-fat cottage cheese or plain yogurt with sliced fruit, or oatmeal or some other high-fiber cereal with skim milk were frequent suggestions made by experts interviewed for this article."

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/well/eat/what-are-the-best-snacks-before-bedtime.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

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how to use banana peel to lower diabetes
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Date: March 20, 2017 11:14 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: how to use Banana peel to lower diabetes





You can use a Banana peel to lower diabetes. People from the United States usually throw the Banana peel away. The flesh of the Banana is very good for you. You can actually blend it into a smoothie. Banana peels are very edible and will provide you with many benefits for your body.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i8g8KCdIR8

Key Takeaways:

  • You can eat Banana peels.
  • Ripe Banana peel is sweet.
  • Fiber is good for digestion.

"Heat breaks down the skin's fiber and loosens up that tough texture, making the peel easierto chew and digest."

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How To Gain Weight | Remedies To Gain Weight
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Date: March 15, 2017 11:14 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: How To Gain Weight | Remedies To Gain Weight





The video briefly mentions the dangers of being underweight and then talks about home remedies for gaining weight. Specifically, detailed instructions and demonstrations are given for the creation of two weight gain aids. Then it explains the reasons mangoes work well for this task and suggests mango shakes, but does not demonstrate. Then it advises one to eat Bananas at breakfast along with warm milk with sugar. The video then does several more recipe demos, interrupted only by a suggestion to eat raisins.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zgIdfa9C7U

Key Takeaways:

  • It is very important to take proper steps to increase your weight. Proper diet and exercise help you to gain weight.
  • Here is a delicious drink to gain weight, for this we need, Milk, pista, cashew nuts, walnuts and a Banana.
  • Eat 1 to 2 ripe Bananas for breakfast and then consume a glass of warm milk with sugar, by doing this you can gain weight

"It is very important to take proper steps to increase your weight, proper diet and exercise help you to gain weight."

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Top 20 Foods with Electrolytes
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Date: March 12, 2017 06:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Top 20 Foods with Electrolytes





electrolytes are minerals that are essential for our body. Since our body does not automatically produce these minerals, ww are required to intake them. We can find these minerals in certain foods such as Bananas, yogurt, peanut butter or almond butter, spinach, coconut water, milk, swiss cheese, soy milk, nuts amongst others. the electrolytes are important in order to maintain our body balanced as far as our muscles and nerve's functions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Electrolytes are chemical compounds that form ions in body fluids. They are important for maintaining a healthy balance in the muscle and nerve functions.
  • We should include foods with electrolytes in our daily meals because they carry electrical charges across the body.
  • Electrolytes are essential minerals. In other words, our body cannot produce them on its own, and thus, they must be supplied externally

"Electrolytes are essential minerals that are necessary for proper cellular function in the human body. We should include foods with electrolytes in our daily meals."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=//www.foods4betterhealth.com/top-20-foods-with-electrolytes-31836&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGmU0N2NhMzY3ZTc4ODMzY2U6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEz91RzIg50idMlYLO-DH0Ri6xrlA

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Look How These Foods Will Help You GET A FLAT BELLY. Include Them In Your Diet!!
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Date: March 03, 2017 10:19 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Look How These Foods Will Help You GET A FLAT BELLY. Include Them In Your Diet!!





There are foods that will help you get a flat belly if you include them in your diet. It is possible to not maintain a flat stomach if you exercise regularly. Even dieting may not give you the results you want. Fruit of the forest is where you want to start. The fruits of the forest are great for losing weight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wty_QON58Qo

Key Takeaways:

  • Some diets don't help people reduce belly weight because they are not personalized for that person.
  • One food that helps a person reduce belly fat is Bananas.
  • Another food that helps this process is cucumbers.

"Sometimes it is not enough just to make diets we find on the internet, since they are not personalized, so they lack the food to do it."

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Stay healthy by eating these potassium-rich foods
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Date: February 03, 2017 12:59 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Stay healthy by eating these potassium-rich foods





Potassium is important for the maintenance of health and you need a certain amount of it in your body. You can take a supplement but it's always better to try to get what you need from your diet. This tells you different foods you should be eating which all contain a good amount of potassium.

Key Takeaways:

  • The vast majority of Americans don't get enough potassium in their diet
  • Potassium is vital for proper muscle, heart, and metabolic function, and may even reduce your risk of stroke
  • You can get more potassium in your diet by eating more avocado, spinach, sweet potato, Banana, coconut water, and yogurt

"Simply put, potassium is a vital nutrient that most of us aren’t getting enough of for ideal health."



Reference:

//www.naturalnews.com/2017-01-28-stay-healthy-by-eating-these-potassium-rich-foods.html

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Top Foods That Prevent Osteoporosis Risk
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Date: January 20, 2017 12:59 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Top Foods That Prevent Osteoporosis Risk





Getting more calcium, vitamin D, and other nutrients into your diet can help decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis. The best source of these nutrients is the food you eat. Seafood, yogurt, beans, almonds, milk, Bananas, and even cabbage all contain important nutrients that can help protect you against bone loss.

Key Takeaways:

  • Osteoporosis is the loss of bone tissue or density and tends to get worse as people age
  • A good diet high in calcium is the best way to avoid or reverse osteoporosis
  • A few good foods for avoiding osteoporosis are fish, yogurt, milk, eggs, cabbage, Bananas, beans and almonds.

"The bones tend to become more porous as people age, but some people are at a risk of bone porosity at an earlier age and this leads to osteoporosis."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=//www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2017/top-foods-that-prevent-osteoporosis-risk-109823.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGmU0N2NhMzY3ZTc4ODMzY2U6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNG0jw4VzbX6YMsQHbMNRHg5h9DwQw

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A year-end look at superfoods: What's good, bad and just odd
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Date: January 09, 2017 07:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: A year-end look at superfoods: What's good, bad and just odd





When it comes to nutrient dense foods in general there are some that stand out more than others. A lot of these foods are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients in general. Some of these include chlorophyll, activated charcoal, maple water, almond butter, Banana flour, bowls, fermented dairy beverages, turmeric, and sparkling water.

Key Takeaways:

  • When it comes to Almond butter it is a diet containing nut that can contribute to lessening the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
  • Banana flour is a gluten free flour that is an excellent prebiotic that actually promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut which boosts immunity.
  • Bone broth is essential to muscle as well as ligament function as well as repair, with the collagen being shown to reduce inflammation in general as well.

"Chlorophyll is an excellent liver detoxifier that promotes energy, mental clarity, and weight loss."



Reference:

//www.naturalnews.com/2016-12-28-a-year-end-look-at-superfoods-whats-good-bad-and-just-odd.html

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6 Fruits That Are Even Healthier Than You Think
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Date: December 28, 2016 02:59 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: 6 Fruits That Are Even Healthier Than You Think





While apples and oranges are the usual go-to fruits for healthy eating, the wider variety of healthy fruits should not be ignored. Don't forget that avocados and black berries are choc full of vitamins! Vitamin C is plentiful across those and many other fruits: papyas, grapes, kiwis, and dragon fruits. The latter is also a good source of calcium, and some of these fruits can aid sleep or offer relief from cramps.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you typically go straight for the apples and Bananas and never stray from your norm, you’ll want to take a look at this list of the top six fruits that are even healthier than you think.
  • If you’re feeling hungry, this fiber-rich fruit offers a filling snack without a ton of calories — there are only 67 calories in one small fruit.
  • Consuming kiwi in place of other salty treats throughout your day can offer you a tasty and nutritious bite that can really boost your health.

"They are also rich in fiber and antioxidants, and this together makes the papaya an effective fighter of cholesterol build-up in the arteries, which again works to prevent heart disease."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=//www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/fruits-that-are-healthier-than-you-think.html/%3Fa%3Dviewall&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGmU0N2NhMzY3ZTc4ODMzY2U6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHBq5nY8Q2h61BIIJIDuy8MvEi0vA

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Relieve the Holiday Stress with Magnesium
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Date: December 25, 2016 05:14 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: Relieve the Holiday Stress with Magnesium

The holiday season is meant for having quality time with friends and family, going on an adventure, taking time off work and so on. However, it can also be very stressful given the many guests to entertain, tight budget to stick to, preparing family meals, the shopping craze and so much more. It is important to gain control in this period of the year since too much stress can lead to depression alongside other physical and psychological issues. Fortunately, we have magnesium, the original chill pill, to get you back into the holiday cheer.

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a huge role in cell functioning and relaxation. It has been used in hospitals to treat a myriad of complications including anxiety, irritability, muscle cramps and headaches. Magnesium accounts for over 250 enzyme reactions in our bodies and regulates the secretion of stress hormones. It is basically the fuel that your body runs on and hence its deficiency will lead to undesirable symptoms like brain fog, anxiety, aggression and fatigue among others. Modern farming and lifestyle changes have led to rather low levels of magnesium in our bodies as compared to decades ago. Magnesium will particularly be used up in greater quantities by your body during periods of extreme stress like this holiday season. This will usually translate in poor stress management, thus the more reason you should take some magnesium.

Some of the magnesium-rich foods include parsley, avocado, Bananas, kelp, leafy greens like spinach, soy beans, brown rice, cashews and almond. In addition to providing this crucial mineral these foods also pack other nutritional benefits. Alternatively, you can also take a magnesium supplement like magnesium citrate and magnesium oxide to help rid some of that holiday stress. Lastly, taking baths in Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is also a great stress reliever plus it works wonders in treating colds, detoxifying the body, relieving back pain and sore muscles.


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Vitamin B Complex Health Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms of Vitamin B Complex
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Date: November 24, 2016 02:59 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Vitamin B Complex Health Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms of Vitamin B Complex





Everyone knows that it's bad to have a deficiency in just about anything, and that especially includes vitamins. if your nutrition is off, that affects your entire body, and you're in for a really bad time -- but how do you know what you're deficient in and what that vitamin does for you? "Vitamin B Complex Health Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms of Vitamin B Complex" explores the symptoms of Vitamin B deficiency and the benefits of the vitamin itself.

Key Takeaways:

  • Some of the benefits of vitamin B complex supplements include increased energy, improved or more stable moods, healthier skin, hair and eyes. The vitamins are important for proper nervous system and immune system function.
  • The vitamins from the B complex are useful in the treatment of diabetes because they reduce the cholesterol and blood fat and they should be administered at all times. A person who has diabetes generally loses a large quantity of vitamins of the B complex when going to the bathroom to urinate.
  • Many of the nutrients in B-complex vitamins are present in the same food source. They are abundant in liver and yeast, notably in nutritional yeast. Other natural food sources of vitamin B include Bananas, potatoes, chili peppers, lentils, turkey, tuna, and tempeh.

"The vitamins from the B complex are useful in the treatment of diabetes because they reduce the cholesterol and blood fat and they should be administered at all times."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=//infloria.com/vitamin-b-complex-health-benefits-deficiency-symptoms-of-vitamin-b-complex/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjVkYjY3ZDViNDdiNGM3ZTc6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHK4dLWA9AHQYzQgBIPom1KGaWPRg

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Importance of Magnesium in the body.
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Date: May 08, 2014 08:48 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Importance of Magnesium in the body.

magnesium foodsImportance of magnesium

Magnesium is an important element that is essential for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. Its functions is to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, regulates blood glucose levels and aids the production of energy and protein, helps bones remain strong, supports a healthy immune system and lastly, keeps the heart beat steady.

Cause of lack in magnesium

Lack of magnesium causes many diseases. Substantial magnesium deficiencies have led to deaths caused by coronary diseases, diabetes, cancer and strokes. On the other hand mild magnesium deficiency causes nervousness, mental depression, increased sensitivity to noise, confusion, insomnia, twitching and trembling and apprehension.

Sources of magnesium are from foods we eat

  • Dark green, leafy vegetables
  • Fruits or vegetables e.g. Bananas, dried apricots avocados
  • Whole grains e.g. brown rice, millet
  • Nuts e.g. almonds and cashews
  • Peas and beans
  • Soy products e.g. soy flour

Symptoms indicating lack of magnesium are: sleepiness, muscle weakness and hyperexcitablity.

Magnesium works in the brain miraculously as remarked by many scientists through researches. Magnesium L-Threonate has the capability to cross into the brain and boost magnesium levels. Magnesium L-Threonate boosts magnesium levels in the brain in that, it maintains a state of healthy sustained action. Through maintaining this healthy homeostasis, mental demands in the brain can respond well and perform cognitive responsibilities with less stress and fatigue.

The blood-brain barrier is a diffusion barrier, which impedes influx of most compounds from blood to brain. It is composed of high-density cells that prevent passage of substances from the blood stream, but in a more action than the endothelial cells in the capillaries do in other parts of the body. Due the reasons, why most magnesium supplements do not cross blood barrier magnesium Threonte was introduced. Threonate is a vitamin C metabolite that acts as a carrier to help magnesium to penetrate into the brain.

Sources

  1. https://www.naturalhealthadvisory.com/daily/cognitive-decline-and-memory-issues/the-best-magnesium-supplement-for-reversing-memory-loss-in-alzheimers/
  2. //blog.lef.orh/2012/01/brain-helath-magnesium-theonate.html
  3. //www.healthindeed.com/magnesium-l-threonate/

 

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Why Is Date Sugar A Healthier Choice Than White Refined Sugar?
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Date: February 07, 2014 04:50 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Why Is Date Sugar A Healthier Choice Than White Refined Sugar?

Date sugar

date plantDate sugar is a magnificent sugar substitute that is healthy for children and it tastes extraordinary. Date sugar is not transformed or refined and it is stacked with strand, vitamins, and minerals. Date sugar is a light tan, really shade and has an exceptionally glorious taste.

How date sugar is made

Date sugar is a common sugar made by grinding up dates. It is exceptionally solid for you and tastes exceptional.

• 1 mug of refined prepared sugar could be swapped by 2/3 mug of date sugar, to 1 mug of sugar depending on the taste you are going for.

Health profits of dates and date sugar

1. Date sugar is packed with vitamins and minerals

Date sugar is stacked with vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, and selenium; where white sugar does not. What a heavenly thing to have the capacity to make solid muffins, healthy treats, flapjacks, waffles, bread and solid sweets with a sugar substitute like date sugar that has vitamins and minerals it.

2. Dates make you feel full longer

Date sugar is packed with filament, protein and carbs, which make you, feel full any longer. This can help to check craving and help anticipate weight gain.

3. Assistance with circulation

Date sugar is stacked with potassium and really has more potassium for every serving size than Bananas do. Potassium has numerous health profits including helping to anticipate issues in children, as they develop greater.

4. Date sugar is low in calories

Date sugar is low in calories at 288 calories for a 1/2 of container of date sugar; contrasted with white refined sugar, which has 387 calories for every 1/2 mug.

Refined white sugar is to a substantial degree to be faulted for a few manifestations of diabetes, whose exploited people confront the risk of blindness and different genuine weaknesses, also coronary illness, stroke, schizophrenia, alcoholism, and conceivably a few kinds of growth

The extraordinary indictment against refined white sugar is its high dissolvability in the figure. It hurries through the stomach divider without being processed, animates abundance discharge of insulin by the pancreas to encourage its entry through unit layers of the tissues, where it is utilized as fuel and reasons metabolic irregularity, which allows microscopic organisms, infections, and savage germ

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The benefit of Amino Acid L-Tyrosin for our brains
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Date: January 21, 2014 09:47 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: The benefit of Amino Acid L-Tyrosin for our brains

L-Tyrosine

L-Tyrosine is a nonessential amino acid because it can be made from phenylalanine, the another amino acid by our body. But from some researchers the body cannot make tyrosine from phenylalanine if stressed. In otherhand, L-Tyrosine is definitely present in many kinds of foods, such as milk, meats, eggs, nuts, cheese, Bananas, beans and some seafood like fish.

Benefits of L-Tyrosine

By using this food stuff can increased the amount of L-Tyrosine in our body. And Also L-Tyrosine can we get from some suplement. L-Tyrosine has benefits for our brains. L-Tyrosine need for creating the neurotransmitters such as dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine. It can called stress hormone. This compounds that transmit chemical signals in our brains. The neurotransmitters that was produced by L-Tyrosine have effect significant for your mood, memory, concentration, focus and alertness. The neurotransmitter dopamine can affects the incentive mechanism in our brain which indicates it involved in feeling of happiness. Dopamine is also helps we keep motivated and handle problem that can make streesed. But too much stress can make our dopamine level decreased. It can make our brain less active and weak. The neurotransmitter epinephrine ability to increases our energy, heart rate and breathing. It because epinephrine produces oxygen with rich blood that travels to our brain. Moreover the neurotransmitter epinephrine can boosting our memory, enhance cognitive performance, polishing our senses and reducing pain level of sensitivity. And the third compound of neurotransmitters is norepinephrine. It can helps increase our concentrate and to develop new memories. Norepinephrine is also travels through our blood and can stimulate our brains. The effect of our body does not produce enough neurotransmitters, we will become depressed, fatigued, confused and also develop memory loss. So if you want to enhance your memories and don’t let your body has less L-tyrosine to products stressed hormone that you need. Food supplements have shown good results in improving the amount L-tyrosine in our body.

Reference:

  1. //www.bodybuilding.com/fun/md1.htm

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Why Take A Coenzymated B-Complex?
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Date: January 10, 2014 05:09 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Why Take A Coenzymated B-Complex?

Why Take A Coenzymated B-Complex?

vitamin b complexVitamin B can normally be found in fruits and vegetables, people can get Vitamin B complex from eating green leafy vegetables, eggs, citrus fruits, nuts, kidney beans, Bananas as well as chicken.

However, not everyone has the time to have a balance meal.

Vitamin B deficiency

When the body suffers from Vitamin B deficiency a person can suffer depression symptoms like anxiety and constant fatigue. It can also lead to other health problems like heart diseases and premenstrual syndrome as well as skin problems.

There are some individuals who are taking in B vitamins, but some are not able to make use of it due to problems with the way it is processed by the body.

Coenzymated B-Complex

Because of this Coenzymated B-Complex was developed. If a person’s body is unable to convert the B vitamins into usable form, then there is a need to use a coenzymate product of B vitamins.

Coenzymated sublingual B vitamins can be purchased singly or as a complex, not all forms of Vitamin B are in the coenzymate form, some are in their pure form from vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 including Folate.

While this form of supplement provides a lot of benefits for the body, this is harder to find than other B vitamins, there are only a few websites who is selling coenzyme products.

Before taking in any vitamin supplements

There is a need to consult a doctor. While it is undeniable that Vitamin B supplements are beneficial for the body, there are also potential side effects.

B vitamin supplements need to be taken according to doctor’s prescription in order to avoid skin problems and increase in sugar blood levels.

Who should take B vitamin supplements?

Coenzymated B-Complex should be taken by people who are suffering from anemia, loss of appetite, people who are experiencing frequent abdominal pain, hair loss and those who have eczema.

There is a need to ask a doctor with regards to the kind of B vitamin supplement that should be taken; vitamins should be taken only if recommended by doctors.

Overdose of vitamins can lead to kidney problems, and for this reason people have to avoid self-medication.

References:

  1. //altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/B-Complex.htm

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Keeping your body alkalized
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Date: November 10, 2013 09:46 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Keeping your body alkalized

alkalineAbout is Alkaline

Keeping Your Body Alkalized is a term used commonly to refer to maintaining acid-alkaline balance. With the right PH balance, your body will always be in good health. In order to enjoy optimum health, your body needs to have an equal amount of both acidic elements and basic (alkaline) elements.

What Are the Benefits of Alkaline?

There is the mostly asked question- Can You Fight Disease by Keeping Your Body Alkalized? The answer is yes. Basically, PH has its main impact on the body enzymes. Enzymes can only function properly if the level of PH is right, otherwise, the body will be too weak to protect itself from diseases. In some worst scenarios, if the enzyme activity cannot take place anymore, a condition called acute acidosis, then one may be faced by a critical medical condition. If not handled immediately, the situation might lead to death.

Having excess of either can bring devastating impacts. For example, if your body has large volumes of acidity, then you might suffer from serious fatigue, arthritis or eczema. For you to eliminate such a condition, you need to consider one of the following diet tips or lifestyles to alleviate your overall health and maintain your body alkalized.

  • Eat diets rich in alkaline foods — fruits such as Bananas, grapes, and apples boost on alkaline nutrients hence lowering acidic levels in your body.
  • Increase vegetable consumption — basically, most vegetables are alkaline foods. You should include peppers, mushrooms and onions in your diet.
  • Reduce intake of acid forming foods — most food stuffs are composed of acidifying elements such as proteins, sugars and cereals. Other common acidifying stimulants that should be avoided include tobacco, coffee and alcohol. All these lead to acidification of the body compounds.
  • Drink - an average of 1.5 liters of alkaline water. It will help in flushing out all the toxic components in your body as well as neutralizing acidity in the blood to keep it alkaline.
  • Exercises — such as aerobic activities are alkaline inducing. Ensure that you go for walks, jogging and other exercises to keep your body healthy.

Reference: 

  1. www.goarticle.com

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Magnesium Malate Benefits
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Date: January 30, 2013 12:54 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Magnesium Malate Benefits

The compound Magnesium Malate was discovered by combining malic acid with magnesium. Malic acid is a naturally occurring element that aids in the generation of energy during aerobic as well as anaerobic activities while, magnesium is the fifth most abundant mineral found in the human body, which is vital for the health of the kidneys, bones and heart.

Malic acid and magnesium together offers several health related benefits. It helps to control numerous essential biological functions in the body such as the formation of nerves and muscle. It is naturally found in Bananas, yogurt, fish, artichokes, almonds, grains, black beans, cashews and other nuts.

Health Benefits Of Magnesium Malate:

The malic acid present in magnesium malate attaches itself to the aluminum content of the body and helps to eliminate it. This allows the growth and detoxification of healthy nerve cells. Magnesium malate also assists in loosening stools due to its laxative properties so; it is used to treat constipation effectively. Physicians or technicians also use it as a cleansing agent prior to a bowel surgery or colonoscopy. This vital compound is known to relax muscles therefore; it is often utilized to treat uterine cramping, headaches and several other general muscle discomforts.

As per medical research, people who do not receive adequate magnesium through their diet usually stand the risk of kidney stone formation however; they can prevent this condition by consuming magnesium malate. This important compound also aids to synthesize adenosine triphosphate or ATP - a nucleotide that aids to store energy in the tissues of muscles and converts it into cellular energy source. This energy generating properties are useful in treating chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Magnesium malate also encourages the production of saliva, which in turn controls oral bacteria. Moreover, due to its antiseptic properties, it is also used in mouthwash and toothpaste.

Studies have found that 70% or more of the American population is deficient in magnesium, magnesium malate taken daily is a good way for anybody to get more dietary magnesium. Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzyme processes in the body, if you are deficient in magnesium, these enzyme processes that maintain the body will fail and your health can decline. Consider taking magnesium in the form of magnesium malate. Have you had your magnesium today?

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Why Would You Want A Time Released Chromium Supplement?
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Date: January 03, 2013 04:34 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Why Would You Want A Time Released Chromium Supplement?

Chromium is an important trace mineral for carbohydrates and fats processing by the human body. With the recent eating habits of refined foods, it's generally naturally deficient to many people. It's recommended to consume at least 50 micrograms of it each day. Similarly, the eating habits of today expose majority of people to diabetes. Chromium plays a major role in helping the body cells respond to insulin.

In addition, a sufficient level of the mineral availability to the body leads to lower insulin necessity. On the other hand, its deficiency in the body has been associated with diabetes. It helps prevent diabetes by aiding insulin in glucose metabolism as well as preventing insulin resistance for victims already using insulin shots. It's generally low in the blood but it plays a major role of enhancing insulin efficiency thereby helps control blood sugar levels.

Food Sources:

You can get chromium from foods like broccoli, green beans, grape juice, potatoes, Bananas, beef, orange juice and apples. There are also supplements that come in various forms and strengths. For instance, there are chromium picolinate, chromium chloride, chromium polynicotinate, chromium GTF and many others. These supplements differ in their absorption rates but have been proven in several studies to lower blood sugar as well as cholesterol. Some supplements are also safe to take alongside other medications. However, such a decision should always be taken with the consent of a medical doctor.

Victims of type 2 diabetes have usually been found to have low levels of chromium in their bodies. Due to this reason, supplements have greatly assisted such individuals tackle diabetes. Similarly, women suffering from gestational diabetes have had their blood sugar levels drop after using chromium picolinate. The dosage to use varies but many doctors prescribe 1000 mcg every day for victims already suffering from diabetes. Vitamin C has been found to hinder the uptake of chromium. It's, therefore, essential to watch out what you are consuming if you will be taking the supplements.

Sustained release chromium will help keep blood levels high with this important mineral and help one manage their blood sugar better.

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Are There Herbs And Vitamins For Pain?
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Date: December 29, 2012 10:17 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Are There Herbs And Vitamins For Pain?

Everyone at one point or the other suffers some pain which could be of different kinds. We usually go for prescription drugs or at times, over-the-counter pain relievers. These drugs, however, have many side effects and do cause numerous health damages if used for a long period of time. Thus, it is much better to turn to natural pain relievers, such as herbs and vitamins.

Most herbs and vitamins for pain are used as food; therefore, do not have any side effects. This is however not the case in painkillers which are made from synthetic hormones, chemicals, and so on.

Herbal pain relievers.

Turmeric: Turmeric is popularly used in Southeast India for cooking. Turmeric has curcumin, a very powerful ingredient which aid to fight against chronic inflammatory ailments. Thus, turmeric is usually employed with some other herbs to relieve pain.

Ginger Root: Ginger root is a commonly used herbal remedy since it contains warming properties and helps to enhance blood circulation. It is essential in treating arthritis associated pains, backache and menstrual cramps. It's also used to treat sore throat. It is both analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

Valerian Root: This is used for chronic pain relief and as a skeletal relaxant. It may be used also for the treatment of trauma, cramps, shingles, headaches, insomnia, neuralgia, and stress. It possesses antispasmodic properties and is also a sedative.

Arnica: This is a homeopathic pain reliever and is believed to be particularly essential in the treatment of bruising and soft tissue injuries. It helps to alleviate overall sprains and muscle pain. It may be applied externally as a preventive measure to avoid injury prior to racing or exercising. Thus, it is seen to be applied topically and care must be taken so as not to apply it on a broken or open skin.

Vitamins for Pain Relief

Vitamin D: This is a unique vitamin since its main source is being exposed to UV light. A deficiency in this nutrient is widespread and a popular cause of chronic pains. As a matter of fact, a vitamin D deficiency significantly raises the risk of common women's pains. In a study, vitamin D deficiency was shown to raise risk of chronic pain, particularly in women, by over 50%. Aside from sunlight, other sources of vitamin D are mushrooms, shellfish, fatty fish and fortified orange juice.

Vitamin E: This is a potent antioxidant which protects nerves and joints from damages which may cause pain. In a recent research, it was discovered that vitamin E supplements lower nerve pain. Vitamin E-rich diets are walnuts, peanuts, wheat germ, corn and kiwi.

B complex Vitamins: These include many water-soluble vitamins, such as riboflavin, thiamine and folic acid. In a chronic pain animal model, it was discovered that high amounts of B-complex vitamins reduced pain significantly. B-complex vitamin supplements can be found in a number of supplement stores. Dietary sources are vegetables, whole grains, fortified cereals and fruits.

Vitamin C: This is an antioxidant just like vitamin E and protects nerve cells from damage. A scientist known as Paul E. Zollinger discovered that vitamin C supplements helped in reducing pain in wrist fractured patients. Foods rich in Vitamin C are broccoli, Bananas, mangoes and oranges.

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Can our health benefit from supplmenting choline?
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Date: November 18, 2012 11:01 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Can our health benefit from supplmenting choline?

Discovery

Choline, discovered in 1864 by the German chemist, Adolph Strecker, is an essential nutrient, usually grouped under the vitamin B family. While the human body does synthesize small amounts of choline, dietary consumption is a must in order to maintain a healthy body. Deficiency of choline can lead to a number of serious health issues including neurological problems, insomnia, accumulation of fat in the liver, damage to the kidneys and also cardiovascular disease. There are a range of important functions that choline performs in the body.

Some of the key health benefits of choline are:

Maintenance of brain health: The neurotransmitter or the messenger molecule, acetylcholine, that transmits signals from the brain to the muscles and various organs in the body such as the liver, heart, lungs etc, is synthesized using choline. Thus, it plays a very important role in memory and muscle control. Research also suggests that choline has a calming effect on the brain and helps reduce panic and anxiety attacks.

Maintenance of cell membranes: The integrity and flexibility of cell membranes depends on the presence of satisfactory amounts of choline thus making it a prerequisite for appropriate cell metabolism.

Maintenance of Liver health: Choline is responsible for preventing the accumulation of cholesterol and fat deposits in the liver hence preventing hepatosteatosis, a condition more commonly known as fatty liver.

Anti inflammatory benefits: Studies have revealed that inflammatory markers such as Interleukin-6, C-reactive protein, Homocysteine, etc., which are associated with various illnesses such as Diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, Cardiovascular disease, Osteoporosis and also various cancers, show reduced levels if adequate amounts of choline are consumed in the diet. 

Food Sources

Apart from those stated above there are many more health benefits of choline and hence it is very important to consume foods that are rich in this nutrient. In addition to seafood and meat, foods that have high choline content include, Dairy and poultry products like Skim milk and Egg yolk, peanut butter; Vegetables such as Cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, Asparagus, Green beans and Fruits like Bananas and Oranges. Soybeans, due to their high lecithin content, are also a fantastic source of choline. Seeds like flax seed, sesame seeds and grains like corn, barley and oats are also rich in choline content.

Maintenance of adequate levels of choline is imperative in order to maintain optimal health. It is therefore very important to have periodic health checkups so that any deficiencies are identified and addressed as soon as possible.

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What are the Essential Amino Acids we must get from our Diet to Survive?
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Date: August 17, 2011 12:13 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What are the Essential Amino Acids we must get from our Diet to Survive?

Amino acids or the building blocks of protein are very important in overall functioning of the body. Proteins, to mention, are responsible for the build up of most of our body parts specifically our muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs, tissues, glands, nails and hair. Moreover, the repair and preservation of those parts still rely on proteins. Amino acids can be of two different forms which are the non-essential and essential. On this selection, we will be focusing more on the latter.

Essential amino acids are those which cannot be produced by the body therefore it has to be supplied through our diet. This category of amino acids includes tryptophan, lysine, methionine, valine, leucine, isoleucine, threonine and phenylalanine.

Tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin and melatonin, can be acquired from peanuts, meat, turkey, fish, milk, dried dates, cottage cheese, Banana, oats and chocolates. A deficiency of this can bring up serious neurological problems, depression, anxiety and sleeping difficulties.

Another essential amino acid is methionine. The production of sulfur and other compound needed for a healthy growth and metabolism depends on the presence of this amino acid. Fish, whole grains and dairy are its sources.

Lysine, which is effective in the treatment and prevention of herpes, is present in soybeans, green beans, lentils, spinach and amaranth. Low levels of lysine can also compromise the levels of niacin and this leads to pellagra.

Tissue healing, muscle metabolism and keeping the equilibrium of nitrogen levels in our body are the functions of valine. It has proven to be efficient in the treatment of liver and gallbladder disorders. Deficiencies that results from drug addiction are can also be reversed by this amino acid. Its sources are peanuts, soy proteins, dietary products, grains, meat and mushrooms.

Leucine can be obtained from chicken, fish, cottage cheese, lentils, peanuts and sesame seeds. It functions in muscle protein build up and is the main medium in tissue building process. Inability to acquire such makes a person prone to protein wasting since leucine, together with valine and isoleucine, serves as energy and protein reservoirs.

In boosting energy levels, blood sugar regulation, muscle build - up and repair as well as hemoglobin development, isoleucine has shown its relevance. Its dietary sources are fish, poultry, beef, dairy, eggs, lentils, seeds, soy, almonds and wheat. Isoleucine deficiencies may result into neurological disturbances such as confusion, depression, irritability, fatigue, headache and dizziness.

Threonine is significant in synthesis of antibodies. Beans, nuts, seeds, dairy, poultry, eggs and beef are rich in threonine. A low level of this amino acid causes disorders of the skin and weakness.

Adrenaline and noradrenalin which are stimulates the central and peripheral nervous system requires phenylalanine to perform their function. Phenylalanine can be acquired from peanuts, seeds, almonds, lima beans and dairy. Liver damage, weakness, skin lesions, lethargy and slowed growth are results of its deficiencies.

In summary, our body needs networks of essential amino acids for its proper functioning. Eating healthy foods and living a healthy lifestyle is the secret towards maintaining your optimum general health.

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Potassium: An Overview
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Date: January 14, 2011 03:49 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Potassium: An Overview

Potassium is what is known as an electrolyte: it is a substance that can conduct electricity and is an essential substance in this respect with regard to almost all organs and structures within your body. Your heart function depends on specific electrical impulses that contract the muscles in a very specific fashion.

Potassium and sodium together are largely responsible for these electrical impulses, and much the same holds true for all of the muscular contractions within your body that control skeletal movements, digestion and breathing. That is how important potassium is - without it there would be no mammalian life.

You can get a good supply of potassium from Bananas, fish and meat and also from dairy products. However, deficiencies are possible such as in times of illness, particularly of diarrhea and vomiting, and there are also malabsorption conditions such as Crohn's disease, all of which demand a potassium supplement in order to maintain a proper balance between potassium and other electrolytes.

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Plantain Herb
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Date: October 08, 2009 01:20 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Plantain Herb

Plantain is one of the most commonly used plants found throughout the world. The herb is generally used for cooking and is lower in sugar content than general Bananas. Plantain was known for its medicinal properties from England to the New World. Its popularity continues to grow to this day. The seeds of this herb are related to psyllium seeds. They are often used for the same purposes.

The outer layer of the seeds of plantain contain mucilage. This is a product that swells up when moist. These seeds are responsible for helping to lower cholesterol. However, plantain is most known for its gastric benefits. This herb is responsible for both neutralizing stomach acids and normalizing stomach secretions. Fresh plantain juice has been used to treat mild stomach ulcers. This herb helps to absorb toxins from the bowels and promotes normal bowel function. Plantain is a bulk laxative and increases in mass when it is mixed with water. Research has determined the value of plantain as a mild laxative. The intestinal transit time was decreased in those subjects who were tested.

Along with intestinal use, plantain can help with bladder infections and kidney problems. It can also help with bed-wetting in children. This herb is great as an expectorant. Plantain ingested in tea-form clears the head and ears of congestion. The tea is also helpful in treating chronic lung problems in children.

Plantain is known for its ability to neutralize poisons in the body. Those patients who had poison ivy were treated topically with crushed plantain leaves. Itching was eliminated and the condition was prevented from spreading in those who were treated. Additionally, the leaves were able to stop hemorrhaging when they were applied to the bleeding surface. The astringent properties that are found in this herb are helpful in stopping bleeding and promoting the healing of wounds.

Plantain works as an anti-inflammatory to help with problems like edema and hemorrhoids. Other conditions that plantain has been included for include nerve problems, fevers, burns, eye pain, and jaundice.

The leaves and seeds of the plantain plant are used to provide alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antivenomous, astringent, blood purifier, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, febrifuge, mucilant, parasiticide, gentle purgative, and vulnerary properties. The primary nutrients found in this herb are calcium, potassium, sulfur, trace minerals, and vitamins C, K, and T. Primarily, plantain is extremely beneficial in treating bed-wetting, snake bites, cystitis, diarrhea, intestinal problems, kidney problems, chronic lung disorders, neuralgia, blood poisoning, poison ivy, sores, ulcers, urinary incontinence, and wounds.

Additionally, this herb is very helpful in dealing with insect bites, bronchitis, burns, high cholesterol, colitis, coughs, cuts, dysentery, edema, epilepsy, sore eyes, fevers, gas, external hemorrhages, hemorrhoids, infections, jaundice, leucorrhea, excessive menstruation, respiratory problems, primary tuberculosis, skin conditions, and stings. In order to obtain the best results when supplementing with this, or any herb, it is important to consult your health care provider before beginning any regimen while on prescription medication. For more information on the many beneficial effects provided by plantain, please feel free to consult a representative from your local health food store with questions.

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L-Carnitine
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Date: May 07, 2009 05:45 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: L-Carnitine

L-carnitine is amino acid essential for the metabolism of fats into a form of energy necessary for extended aerobic activity. Originally discovered in Russia, and Germany a year later, the structural formulation of carnitine, as it is correctly known, was determined in 1927, although it is physiological and biochemical activity was not understood until the 1960s.

The amino acid is biosynthesized in the liver and kidneys from lysine and methionine. The vitamins niacin, B6, C and iron are essential for this reaction to take place. However, the supply of L-carnitine has to be supplemented by the diet, good sources being dairy products, red meat, nuts and seeds, pulses and fruits such as apricots, Bananas and avocado. Most of the L-carnitine supply of the body is stored within the muscle tissue. However, it is not unusual for conditions to arise making it difficult for the body to obtain all the carnitine required.

L-carnitine enables fatty acids to be transported into the mitochondria, where cell metabolism occurs. The biochemistry is discussed below, although in simple terms the amino acid allows body fats, in the form of triglycerides, to be made more readily available for the generation of energy required for extended exertion. In this way, body fats can be used for energy and the supplies of glycogen stored by the liver can be retained for emergency use.

By providing the energy for endurance and stamina in this way, carnitine makes use of an otherwise unavailable energy source, and has the added benefit of reducing body fat stores and reducing strain on the heart.

Although there is generally a plentiful supply of L-carnitine available in a healthy diet, supplementation can ensure that a deficiency does not occur. Supplements are available in the form of L-carnitine or its acetylated derivative, acetyl L-carnitine.

In order for fatty acids to be used in the production of energy, their long-chain acetyl groups have to get inside the mitochondria where they are oxidized to the acetate to be used for the production of energy via the Citric Acid or Krebs cycle.

In order for the biochemistry to take place, fatty acids must be rendered suitable for binding to the carnitine molecule. The chemical grouping with a good affinity for L-carnitine is the acetyl or acetyl group, available in the molecule acetyl coenzyme A (CoA). The free fatty acid, therefore, is attached to coenzyme-A by means of a thioester bond, catalyzed by means of the enzyme fatty acetyl-CoA synthetase. The reaction is then completed by means of in organic pyrophosphatase.

In this way, the fatty acid in the form of an acetyL-carnitine derivative can be transported through the mitochondrial wall. This transportation takes place by means of several steps. These are:

1. As explained, the acetyl-CoA is attached to L-carnitine by means of the enzyme carnitine acetyltransferase I. This enzyme is conveniently located on the outer mitochondrial membrane.

2. The enzyme carnitine-acetylcarnitine translocase helps the acetyL-carnitine through the membrane.

3. Another enzyme, carnitine acetyltransferase II, located on the inner mitochondrial membrane, converts the acetyL-carnitine to acetyl-CoA, liberating the carnitine which returns to the muscle mass.

L-carnitine is the only known substance that allows fatty acids to cross the mitochondrial membrane, and therefore deficiencies must be avoided.

Another way in which carnitine is used in energy production is in the Krebs cycle itself. Part of this cycle involves the conversion of guanine diphosphate to the higher energy form guanine triphosphate. In this way energy can be stored in much the same way as it is in the conversion of ADP to ATP. Succinyl CoA is involved in this conversion, and one of the by-products of it is a corresponding succinate, that is then converted to a fumarate by the action of L-carnitine fumarate. Carnitine, therefore, has two parts to play in the production of long-term energy from the fatty acids contained in body fats.

Since the fatty acid triglycerides contained in body fats are a major source of energy in the heart and skeletal muscles, it is easy to understand how L-carnitine is believed to lead to the increased energy levels required for stamina and staying power. A major reason for its effect on longer-term or extended energy requirements is that in enabling stored body fats to be used for immediate and longer-term energy requirements, L-carnitine allows emergency glycogen stores to be retained for use once immediate fatty acid supplies or those of carnitine have been depleted, and so allows the energy supply to be extended even farther. Research has also suggested that the amino acid can possibly be used to treat liver and kidney disease, diabetes and chronic fatigue syndrome.

As with many supplements, the question is often asked how does L-carnitine work in practice as opposed to the claims made for it by the supplement providers? Recent research indicates mixed results, but sufficient to justify its use. It is generally accepted that a supplement is necessary when there is a deficiency, but once that deficiency has been corrected further intake is unnecessary. However, it is also believed that during long and extended periods of exercise a carnitine deficiency does occur as L-carnitine is used up, and the supplement is necessary to ensure sufficient energy supply throughout the period of exercise.

There has also been a case reported in the Journal of Clinical Neurology (Negoro, Tsuda, Kato & Morimatsu, 1995) where a deficiency, caused by anorexia nervosa damaging the liver to the extent that it was unable to synthesize L-carnitine, was remedied by means of an oral supplement. Studies on endurance athletes have been mixed, ranging from no effect to L-carnitine being found to promote weight loss.

Carnitine has no unknown harmful side effects, and has been studied for medical applications other than as an energy supplement. For example it possesses extensive antioxidant properties, and can be used as a supplement against oxidative stress and the prevention of the lipid peroxidation that is a precursor to atherosclerosis.

Its use in osteoporosis and reducing bone mass is also being studied. The concentration of L-carnitine diminishes with age, and affects fatty acid metabolism in a number of tissues. Bones are particularly affected since they require continuous reconstruction. Without detailing the biochemistry involved in this, administration of carnitine helps to reduce the speed by which this occurs. Trials are so far been carried out only on animals.

In studies on both healthy volunteers and patients with type II diabetes, L-carnitine was found to improve storage of glucose in both groups, although its oxidation increased only in the group with diabetes. Other studies carried out include improving the function of neurotransmitters in the brains of elderly patients and in the treatment of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and other neurological disorders.

In conclusion then, although the jury is out on the use of L-carnitine is an energy-giving or weight-loss supplement, it appears to be effective where the body's stores of carnitine could be depleted such as with long-term exercise, natural deficiencies or deficiencies caused through age. It is also under study in the treatment of various medical conditions. On balance, it would appear that the prospective benefits of L-carnitine render it worthy of use.

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Potassium And Magnesium
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Date: December 30, 2008 01:08 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Potassium And Magnesium

Potassium and magnesium are the two most common minerals found within the cells of your body. They each have specific individual functions within your body, and together help to maintain the correct balance of electrolytes and the proper functioning of smooth and striated muscles. That includes allowing muscles to relax properly rather than to cramp.

Before discussing this, let's have a look at the major individual properties of these two metallic minerals with respect to the body's biochemistry.

Magnesium is needed to ensure the proper functioning of the sodium/potassium pump. This is a complex topic, and we shan't dwell on it at length here, although the basics are that it is responsible for the movement of ions into and out of cells. Sodium and potassium ions are moved in opposite directions across the cell plasma membrane, three sodium ions being pumped out for every two potassium ions pumped into the cell.

This is of particular importance to nervous cells responsible for transmitting impulses in response to specific stimuli. In the event of a magnesium deficiency, this pumping action is impaired and the sodium/potassium balance within and without the body cells are imbalanced. This in turn impairs the response of nerve cells to stimuli. Both magnesium and potassium can be depleted through the use of diuretics, in which case a magnesium supplement can redress the imbalance.

There are several consequences of such an electrolytic imbalance, some having potentially serious consequences. Many can cause death if left untreated, although the symptoms usually allow appropriate medical treatment prior to the condition becoming fatal, such treatment frequently involving administration of magnesium and potassium. Among these are:

Calcium overload in certain heart cells that reduces the effective use of oxygen and ATP and causes overactive contraction of the heart muscle.

Spasms in coronary blood vessels.

Over-activity of the striated muscle fibers, leading to cramps in the calf and thigh muscles, for example.

Cramp and pain in the smooth muscles of hollow organs such as the bladder or uterus that can also cause premature labor.

Several heart problems caused by an increase in energy consumption and a calcium overload and potassium deficiency that leads to cardiac ischemia and arrhythmia that continue to create a serious medical condition and hazard to life. Potassium, that can stop the heart if given in excess, can be just as harmful if present in too small a concentration.

The whole situation creates a self-perpetuating cycle that can be broken by a magnesium and potassium supplement that restores the correct gradient of potassium and magnesium across the cell membrane, improves the function of the sodium/potassium pump and reduces the excess cellular calcium by replacing it with magnesium.

This only works if both potassium and magnesium are taken together: just either alone is no good. It also takes time for the effect to occur, so the supplement is not suitable for emergency use. A regular supply can prevent the condition occurring.

There are many other properties that magnesium and potassium possess with regard to the body's biochemistry such as the effect of magnesium in activating certain enzymes. However, in discussing relaxation, both of these essential minerals have a significant part to play.

It has been mentioned that a magnesium and calcium deficiency causes spasms and cramps in the smooth and striated muscles, and the corollary is also true. Magnesium and potassium can be used to relieve such cramps, and relax muscle tissue. Hence, because it can relax excited smooth bronchial muscle tissue, magnesium can be used to relieve asthma attacks. The intravenous administration of magnesium is, in fact, an accepted and proven clinical treatment for acute asthma attacks.

In the same way, magnesium has been used to treat muscle spasms and cramps. Again, it is not an immediate treatment for emergency use, but can be used over a period of days to treat athletes with a history of muscle spasms. Such spasm frequently occur after prolonged periods of exercise, when magnesium and potassium, among other electrolytes, can be lost through a combination of sweating and urination.

However, this is not the only means by which magnesium is lost from your body cells, and probably not even the main one. Less obvious, but likely of more importance, is the transfer of magnesium from the plasma into the red blood cells (erythrocytes). The amount by which this occurs is directly proportional to the more anaerobic the exercise, hence the need by athletes and weightlifters for more magnesium. It can be rapidly lost through exercise with insufficient oxygen, and cause their muscles to cramp up.

Magnesium deficiency is common in Americans, although factors such as high calcium intake, alcohol intake, diuretics, and kidney and liver disease are more responsible for this than a dietary deficiency. Potassium is readily available in Bananas, brown rice, potatoes, tomatoes and oranges and dietary deficiencies are not common although supplements are readily available.

Magnesium is also known to play an important part in the secretion and use of insulin by the body. Supplementation with magnesium can help diabetics to make best use of insulin, become more tolerant to glucose and improve the fluidity of the membrane of red blood cells. The mineral; also has a small but definite effect in lowering blood pressure. Other uses for magnesium supplements include congenital heart failure, where higher magnesium contents lead to greater life expectancy and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) where magnesium supplements can significantly increase energy levels.

Other uses to which your body puts potassium other than to allow proper muscle contraction and relaxation and to maintain the balance of electrolytes in the body, includes the function of brain and nerve neurons. This, however, is academic since should your potassium levels drop by 50%, death would result.

Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium are essential in maintaining the proper workings of your body cells, although the most visible effect of magnesium and potassium is their relaxation properties on the body, put to specific use by sportsmen and women, particularly those involved in the more anaerobic sports.

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Lower Blood Sugar
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Date: October 16, 2008 01:54 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Lower Blood Sugar



Many people struggle to control their weight. However, while they are going on and off various diets, they fail to realize that they are also struggling to control blood sugar. Actually, the cause of blood-sugar problems may be weight problems, as being overweight and having blood sugar problems tend to go hand in hand. Too many blood sugar swings during the day tend to increase hunger jags, snacking, and overeating. When you overeat, you’re much more likely to add on the pounds, setting the stage for obesity, pre-diabetes, and full blown diabetes.

Sadly, both pre-diabetes and overweight have become modern epidemics that are out of control, with two of every three Americans being overweight and over 100 million people having some signs of pre-diabetes. Both of these illnesses are nutritional disorders that result from eating too many unhealthful foods. However, there is good news: you can reverse pre-diabetes and control your weight.

One can self-diagnose pre-diabetes by looking for the most visible symptom: being chubby or fat around the waist. Other clues are cravings sweets and starchy foods, not being hungry at breakfast, and feeling tired or mentally fuzzy after lunch. Many physicians diagnose pre-diabetes when a patient’s fasting blood sugar falls between 100 and 124 mg/dl. There are several dietary factors that significantly increase the risk of overweight. Some of these being: too many calories, too many refined carbs, especially sugars, and too many unhealthful oils.

The average woman needs about 1,600 calories and the typical man needs about 2,000 calories daily, but the average American now consumes 3,900 calories each day, making it difficult to burn off all these calories and causing the accumulation of body fat. Because most excess calories take form of refined carbs and sugars, which are digested rapidly, rapid or extreme spikes in blood sugar levels, elevated insulin levels, and bouts of hunger result, which stimulate low blood sugar. Trans fats, which are found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, interfere with the body’s processing of fats and often lead to weight gain. Most of these problematic calories are found in fast foods, microwave foods, and other types of convenience foods, which are all best if they are avoided.

Even though pre-diabetes can be scary, it’s actually an opportunity to improve your eating habits and regain your health. To improve your health you can emphasize quality protein, emphasize high-fiber vegetables and fruits, include grapefruit in your diet, use more vinegar, and add some cinnamon. Since protein stabilizes and safely lowers blood sugar levels, be sure to start each day with some protein with breakfast and eat a little protein with each meal.

Most veggies and fruits are rich in fiber, which helps to lower blood sugar, so opt for salads and steamed broccoli while avoiding crutons, potatoes, Bananas, and pears. Despite the calories, eating fresh grapefruit can help in weight reduction. The acetic acid in vinegar can also help to improve blood sugar and insulin levels, reduce appetite, and help with weight loss. Adding cinnamon has also been shown to reduce blood sugar levels. There are also several supplements that have exceptional value in improving insulin function or lowering blood sugar levels. These include lipoic acid, chromium, silymarin, omega-3 fish oils, vitamin D, and Pycnogenol.

You can also enhance the benefits of diet and supplements by increasing your physical activity as it helps build muscle and burn blood sugar and fat. Tackling pre-diabetes can not only reduce your long-term risk for health problems, such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease, but also can allow you to quickly gain more energy and feel less post-meal fatigue.



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Fiber
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Date: September 12, 2008 09:43 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Fiber

The ileocecal valve, which is made up of sphincter muscles that close the ileum, prevents toxins and other materials that are released by the appendix from entering into the small intestine. Additionally, the ileocecal valve helps to keep digested material in the small intestine until all of the nutrients have been absorbed. When the food residue is ready for elimination, the small intestine mixes bile, mucus, and other excretions with the food residue and releases it systematically through the ileocecal valve into the large intestine. This process prevents an overload of material in the intestine for the body to eliminate.

When the toxic material of the colon is able to enter back into the intestine, where it becomes rapidly reabsorbed, ileocecal valve syndrome occurs, which can lead to infection and disease. Symptoms of ileocecal valve syndrome include constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, irregular bowel movements, lower right bowel tenderness, acne, immune weakness, migraines, and duodenal ulcers.

To avoid ileocecal valve syndrome one should eat a diet that is high in fiber and includes whole grains. These whole grains should be soaked and cooked in order to avoid irritating the valve. Foods that cause constipation such as diary products, meat, and Bananas should be avoided. Raisins, figs, and stewed prunes should be eaten for breakfast. More fresh fruits and vegetables should be added to the diet. Softer raw vegetables such as leaf lettuce, spinach, avocados, sprouts, and tomatoes should be used first.

Additionally, one should reduce the amount of meat that they eat and take a fiber supplement in order to avoid constipation. Fasting on juices two or three days a week will help to speed the healing process of the digestive tracts. Grains that are thermos-cooked are healing on the digestive tract and rich in enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and protein. The slow cooking process protects the body from destruction of vital enzymes. Milet, buckwheat, and basmati brown rice can also be eaten for breakfast, as they are easy for the body to digest and extremely nourishing. Raw vegetables and fruits, steamed vegetables, yams, and avocados are all also extremely helpful in healing the digestive tract, so they are recommended.

Nutritional supplements that can assist with ileocecal valve syndrome include antioxidants, vitamin A, B-complex, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, calcium, magnesium, essential fatty acids, blue-green algae, acidophilus, and plant digestive enzymes. Also, aloe vera juice, cat’s claw, grape seed extract, pau d’arco, licorice, goldenseal, slippery elm, and comfrey are great herbal aids for helping for ileocecal valve syndrome.

Colon health is a lot more important than most people realize, as the digestive process is directly related to the health of the body, immune system function, and overall longevity. When any disease occurs, the colon should be the first thing looked to for treatment. By understanding what it means to have a healthy colon, adding fiber, nutritional supplements, herbal aids, and a change in diet, one can promote overall colon health. Eating habits should be changed slowly and unhealthy, nutrition robbing foods should be eliminated from the diet and replaced with whole grain foods, fruits, and vegetables.

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FOS
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Date: August 22, 2008 05:50 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: FOS

Fructooligosaccharides, which shall henceforth be referred to as FOS for obvious reasons, are sugars with chemical linkages known as osidic covalent bonds that resist enzymic hydrolysisis, and so are broken down by neither the salivary nor the digestive enzymes. In other words, they are indigestible.

However, before discussing the biochemistry further, let's have a look at what they can be used for. Your body depends upon certain bacteria for its health. These are essential to help break down and digest certain foods, and also to provide a resistance to disease and infection. FOS is what is known as a prebiotic, which used to feed these friendly bacteria. Just like any other living organism, bacteria require nourishment and while they get plenty of food from our own diet, especially from the fiber content, they find FOS particularly appetizing.

Because fructooligosaccharides cannot be digested, it passes unchanged into the colon, where these bacteria live. As they break down the FOS and live on it, they multiply, and create an environment in your lower intestine that is hostile to many harmful bacteria such as Clostridia and E. coli. However, it is not only these harmful bacteria that cause problems with your digestion since there many other agents that can interfere with the smooth functioning of your gastrointestinal tract.

People all over the world are continually suffering from both minor and very serious digestive problems, ranging from heartburn and upset stomachs to severe diarrhea, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome and even bowel cancers. There is a multitude of reasons for that such as the effects of aging, poor diet and bacteria from contaminated food. Organic foodstuffs do not last long in many warm countries, and while spices can be used to hide the taste, they are not always successful in killing off the bacteria.

Your health depends on a healthy digestive system, and when that is wrong then you will feel ill. If your digestive system is running below par, then you will not feel good, and could suffer from a wide range of symptoms, including tiredness, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, fevers and depression. The health of your intestinal tract in particular is often neglected, and most people need to do something to give it a boost and improve its, and their, overall health.

That is what FOS can do. And it can do more than just feed friendly bacteria: it can help you maintain regular bowel movements, maintain healthy blood sugar levels, maintain a healthy immune system, break down hormones and rebuild them again (it is useful for the relief of the symptoms of PMS) and to keep down the cholesterol and fatty acid levels in your blood. It is used to feed beneficial bacteria, not to replace them, and if you are on a probiotic supplement, you can take FOS along with it.

Fructooligosaccharides are also used as artificial sweeteners, and alternative names for them oligofructan and oligofructose. There are two classes of FOS, the first of which is produced commercially by the chemical or enzymic degradation of inulin, a polymer of D-fructose linkages terminated with D-glucose. This is produced commercially predominantly in Belgium and Holland, and it also occurs naturally in chicory and Jerusalem artichoke, and in lesser amounts in Bananas, garlic, tomatoes and onions. The second class of FOS is produced mainly in Japan. This is produced by a process known as the transfructosylation of a B-fructosidase from saccharose or aspergillus niger, a black mould found on onions and grapes. This is basically the same as the first class, although the chemical bonds are in different places.

While they resist breakdown by enzymes, they are fermented in the colon by anaerobic bacteria, bacteria that work in the absence of oxygen. Because they are fairly soluble, they can be added to dairy products such as yoghurt and used to feed the bacteria contained in the yoghurt. In fact many supplements containing acidophilus bacteria are fortified with FOS: you drink the bacteria along with its food.

Although FOS is only now assuming increasingly popularity in the West, it has been used as a dietary supplement in Japan for many years. Some of the specific health benefits that FOS coveys by promoting the health of essential bacteria, are:

Calcium and Magnesium Absorption

There have been several studies that have concluded that FOS and inulin improve the absorption of calcium in the intestine of both animals and humans. The fermentation of the FOS by bacteria reduces the pH of the gut, which increases the solubility of these minerals and hence extracts more of them from food. The increased solubility also helps them to be more easily absorbed through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream. FOS can therefore help to maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis.

Strengthened Immune System

By taking a supplement of FOS, you can increase the density of friendly bacteria in your gut fivefold in a matter of weeks. This crowds out harmful bacteria, and so the level of toxins in your body is reduced. Your immune system is allowed to work properly to fight of infection and disease without having to work hard on keeping down the harmful bacteria in your gut.

Promotes Regularity

Apart from being a food for bacteria, since it is not digestible FOS is also a soluble fiber that draws water into your colon, and so promotes easy transport of feces by the peristaltic pumping action of the intestinal muscles. It also absorbs excess water in the chyme and feces and so helps to prevent diarrhea. Furthermore, improving the health of the friendly bacteria also improves your digestive health that also promotes regularity.

Increased Energy

The fermentation of FOS by bacteria produces gases and acids. These acids help the body to produce energy, and although not a massive energy boost, when allied to the improved digestion it is significant.

All of these benefits and more suggest that FOS is highly recommended in the event of sporadic and chronic gastrointestinal problems. It is a natural substance that does not have a direct influence on your body's biochemistry, but promotes the health and reproduction of those bacteria that do have a significant influence on intestinal health. Add that to the added benefits discussed above, and FOS is one of these supplements that could almost be called essential.

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How Important Is It To Have Proper Digestion
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Date: July 09, 2008 11:46 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: How Important Is It To Have Proper Digestion

The part played by food in the health of your body is to furnish it with the nutrients needed for the biochemistry that keeps you alive. The digestive process breaks the food that you eat down into a form that can be absorbed by your bloodstream, and from there to your liver which is your body’s chemical plant. That is where most of the biochemical reactions of your body take place, such as the manufacture of bile needed to break down fats during digestion.

Most people do not take this into account when eating, and in today’s hectic world nourishment is the last thing on their minds, yet the one aspect of their lives that can provide them with the energy to carry on as they do. They eat to get rid of the feeling of hunger, and any old thing will do: a burger or a pizza, but rarely an orange or some cheese on wholegrain bread.

Poor eating habits lead to poor digestion, which in turn leads to poor extraction of the nutrients from what we do eat, and therefore malnutrition. Yes, malnutrition! It is possible to suffer from that even though you fill your belly every day. It’s not the filling that matters, it’s what does the filling and how well it is digested. Proper digestion is very important to every living creature on this planet. The first step in ensuring that have a proper digestion function is to assess the quality of the food that you eat:

a) What nutrients does your food contain, and

b) Have you sufficient of the proper enzymes needed to break it down so that these nutrients can be extracted?

Nourishing meals are just as easy to find and eat as junk foods, and it is just as easy to a breakfast containing a high protein and fat content as it is to eat a chocolate biscuit. A hard boiled egg with whole meal toast and yoghurt isn’t difficult to prepare for breakfast, and some tuna, or cheese and whole meal crackers make a nutritious lunch. These foods are easier to digest than the greasy high-fat foods that most people eat at lunchtime.

Proper digestion requires relaxation, and eating when stressed or in a hurry creates the wrong pH conditions in your stomach, with hydrochloric acid production being suppressed and the production enzymes by the liver inhibited. Enzymes are essential to your health, and are types of protein that enable most biochemical reactions to take place. Without the proper production of enzymes, your food will pass through your body largely unchanged, and this indigestion can not only give you stomach pains but also weaken you because the nutritional value of your food is not being realized.

You should take the time to eat, and not try to eat on the job: that is why so many high fliers end up with ulcers. Take time to chew, and mix your food with saliva which itself contains the enzymes amylase and lysozyme. Amylase breaks down starch into sugars, while lysozyme inhibits the growth of oral bacteria. The digestive system therefore begins in the mouth when you chew your food. The breakdown of food into smaller particles also produces more surface area from which the nutrients can be absorbed.

Enzymes are very important to proper digestion, and your diet should include enzyme-rich food such as tropical fruits (pineapple and Bananas), honey, and many vegetables. Yoghurt and lacto-fermented foods are also rich in enzymes, and many cooked foods also contain enzymes. An enzyme supplement can also be taken to top-up what you eat, and make up for any enzyme deficiency in your diet. Processed foods are fairly empty of good nutritional value, particularly enzymes, which is why so many people are so overweight: their food is a nutritional desert and their body keeps craving for food that leads to eating binges.

For your food to be properly digested your stomach acid has to be at a certain pH. If you drink too much liquid when eating then the acid will be diluted, and you will not properly digest your food. A glass of water is fine but two or three pints of beer, or a gallon of fruit juice, will dilute the hydrochloric acid concentration in your stomach, and it will not be able to break down your food. Consequently, your digestive system loses much of the nutritional content of what you eat. Restrict heavy drinking of liquid to about two hours before and two hours after eating each meal for maximum efficiency. Many people find that they have to take not only vitamin and mineral supplements to replace those which are lost through inefficient digestion, but also other supplements such as enzymes and extra proteins.

When food is processed or cooked, the process destroys enzymes. Since the body stores only a limited supply of enzymes, eating well cooked or highly processed foods continuously, places great strains on the enzyme reserves, and ultimately the metabolic enzyme reserves have to be used in order to digest your food. This diverts them from their proper purpose, and many of the functions of your body are disrupted.

For example, your lose energy and your immune systems begins to weaken, making you feel tired and more susceptible to illness and disease. You should therefore try to eat foods rich in enzymes, or use an enzyme supplement. Natural raw foods are an excellent addition to your diet, and salads and fruit should be regular components of your meals. Obviously you must eat some cooked foods, but that does not mean that you should avoid eating fresh raw fruits and vegetables altogether. That is a recipe for a dietary disaster.

Enzymes are extremely important components of your digestive system, as is dietary fiber. In fact if you eat a diet containing dietary fiber, some raw fruit and vegetables, and protein, either cooked or uncooked, you will be giving your digestive system a boost. If you are unable to maintain that, then enzyme supplementation, together with general multi-vitamin and mineral supplement daily, should help you to maintain a healthy digestive system. However, fiber is essential since without it you will become constipated, especially if you consume a lot of pulpy foods that mainly consist of water.

It is extremely important that you have proper digestion of the food that you eat, and that your body makes the best use of the nutrients that it contains. To achieve this, you have to maintain the correct pH of stomach acid, and eat foods with the nutritional content required by the human body. This means not overcooking a balanced diet containing protein, fiber, enzymes and other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals (plant-based chemicals).

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B Vitamin Complex
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Date: June 23, 2008 03:19 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: B Vitamin Complex

The vitamin B supplement you take is a mixture of nutrients that, although they share the same vitamin letter, are in fact distinctly different chemical entities. The reason that they share the same reference letter of the alphabet is that they are all essential water soluble vitamins (Vitamin C being the only other), they frequently work in synergy with each other and they often come from common sources and have similar properties in the body. They were therefore at one time believed to be just the one chemical entity.

They are essential in that they must form part of our diet because our bodies cannot manufacture these substances from others, and although most share common biochemical and health functions, there is no health function that requires all of them, and none of them can be totally replaced by another.

The B-Vitamin complex that you take can consist of as many as eight different B vitamins, each of which is essential for a healthy body and at one time it was believed that this mixture was only one single vitamin. That is why they are collectively known as vitamin B and were subsequently allocated numbers: it was only later that the individual components were discovered.

These eight are vitamin B-1 (thiamine), vitamin B-2 (riboflavin), vitamin B-3 (niacin), vitamin B-5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B-12 (cobalamins), biotin and folic acid (folate). They are found in yeast, liver, tuna, Bananas and rice among other sources, and, as with all vitamins, without them life would not be possible. Not all vitamins are found in each of these food sources, and vitamin B-12, for example, is available in nutritional quantities only from animal sources.

Knowing what they are is all very well, but what does your body do with the B vitamin supplement that you take? Before considering that, the reason that a regular supply is important is because of their water solubility. This is a useful property for a vitamin to possess, because it means that they can easily be transported by the body fluids to the tissues where they are needed. The downside, however, is that they are consequently also easily flushed from the body, and your body cannot store any of the B vitamins.

You therefore must have a regular dietary source that can be augmented through supplementation. This is particularly desirable in alcoholics, those on diets to lose weight and vegans who are advised to take a regular vitamin B-12 supplement.

A lack of vitamin B will make you feel tired and lack energy because they play a big part in your body’s metabolism of blood glucose into energy. They also help to maintain a healthy immune system, keep your nervous system in tip-top condition and maintain good healthy skin, hair and muscles. The B complex is also very important in maintaining healthy blood and liver, and each and every component of the mixture has a specific part to play, both on individually and by interaction with others in the B complex.

Rather than examining what your body does with the supplement as a whole, let’s have a look at each component, and what your body does with that. Taking them one at a time, thiamine (B1) helps you to burn carbohydrates to generate energy. It is highly water soluble and must be taken daily. In the form of thiamine pyrophosphate it plays a key part in the metabolism of carbohydrates to energy, and also in the metabolism of certain amino acids. If you rely heavily on a high carbohydrate diet, you will need a good regular supplement of thiamine to be able to convert them to energy.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) also plays a part in fat and carbohydrate metabolism and the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the molecule of energy. It plays a significant part in the health of your skin and a deficiency is associated with mouth ulcers, cracked lips, flaky skin and bloodshot watery eyes. It also activates vitamin B6 and folic acid, one of the cases where the B vitamins work together synergistically.

Vitamin B3, or niacin, is well known to women as a component of some shampoos, and helps to promote health hair. However, this vitamin also takes part in the process of energy creation within your body, and helps to maintain a good muscle tone within the digestive tract. It is also used as a supplement for the treatment of diseases related to high levels of LDL cholesterol and is useful for the treatment of atherosclerosis.

Pantothenic acid is also found as a component of shampoos, so no prizes for guessing one of its functions. Vitamin B-5 plays a significant part in the energy-producing Krebs Cycle, or Citric Acid Cycle, that is used by every cell in your body to generate energy just where it is needed. It is also needed to synthesize acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter needed for good brain function and it helps to reduce stress. Pantothenic acid is also closely involved in the production of cholesterol in your liver: cholesterol is not all bad, and is needed by your body to produce some of the steroid hormones and also vitamin D.

Amino acids are the small units that are used to biosynthesize proteins and ultimately the genes and DNA that determine who you are. The major factor involved in processing these amino acids is Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), one of the lesser known of the vitamin B complex. It synthesizes and breaks up different amino acids to produce a variety of other compounds, such as the hormones serotonin, melatonin and dopamine.

Deficiencies in these hormones can be very serious, Parkinson’s disease believed to be connected with a dopamine deficiency for example, and other disorders include kidney stones, anemia and many skin complaints. Although deficiency of vitamin B6 is rare, it can occur in alcoholics and those with chronic kidney problems. It is believed that many diets are deficient, however, and a good vitamin B supplement would ensure that this did not occur.

Vitamin B-12 is one where deficiency can occur, particularly in alcoholics and vegans. It is available in sufficient quantities only from meat sources, and a supplement is indicated in anyone with a low meat intake in their diet. It is used by your body for the replication of DNA and to allow the normal activity of your body cells. It also helps to control homocysteine levels in conjunction with vitamin B6 and folic acid: homocysteine is a high-risk amino acid associated with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, heart attacks and strokes.

The seventh, biotin (sometimes referred to as vitamin B7) also takes part in the metabolism of energy, but deficiencies have not been known, and the final known member of the B vitamin complex is folic acid. This is essential for cell growth and the synthesis of RNA and DNA in the body. RNA (Ribonucleic acid) is responsible for the synthesis of proteins in your body, and the well known Deoxy-ribonucleic acid (DNA) holds the genetic information of your body. Folic acid is therefore essential in the growing fetus, and any other cellular system that rapidly regenerates such as blood cells and the various cells of the immune system.

Without folic acid your body would be more susceptible to bacterial and viral attack, and less able to protect you from foreign invaders into your body tissues. Although deficiency is not common, folic acid is present in fresh food only and degrades when stored at room temperature and when cooked. A supplement is therefore advisable during pregnancy to help to prevent neural tube defects.

It is evident that the Vitamin B complex plays many parts in the chemistry of your body, and that a supplement can be of benefit in assuring that there are no deficiencies. A good B complex can be found at your local or internet health food store.



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