Energy drinks or functional beverages are one of the hottest markets in the food and beverage industry. These drinks offer their customers unique benefits that often appeal to the health conscious. Some of these drinks are vastly overhyped and should be avoided. Other functional beverages are a fantastic support to one’s health and performance.
Functional beverages include sports and performance drinks, energy drinks, ready to drink teas, enhanced fruit drinks, soy beverages and vitamin waters among others. These drinks have become popular due to their appeal to consumers who are seeking unique health benefits offered by the specific drinks. Many functional beverages are promoted with benefits such as improving heart health, immunity, digestion, joint function, energy and satiety (1).
The Dangers of Commercial Energy Drinks:
The vast majority of these functional beverages contain several dangerous ingredients. These include sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, & synthetic vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. They are often times loaded up with stimulants that create an artificially induced energy rush. These energy drinks may contain certain anti-oxidants and other unique nutrients; however, the chemical residue is highly toxic.
The ideal energy drinks or functional beverage contains absolutely no chemicals, additives and preservatives. It is found within real foods and is nature’s answer to thirst. These drinks should be low in sugar or naturally fermented to provide mega-doses of high quality nutrients (2, 3, 4).
Nature’s Greatest Functional Beverages:
Nature has provided us with incredible phytonutrient chemicals within natural creation that enhance our bodies survival advantage. These nutrients allow us to adapt to stress, enhance our mental faculties and deal with environmental challenges such as excessive heat, too much sun and dehydration.
Utilizing these beverages when we are taxing our system will give us a greater advantage in our daily tasks and the demands of life. My family and I use these energy drinks regularly to help fuel our performance.
It All Begins With Good Hydration
Water is the foundation of all energy drinks and should be consumed throughout the day to support energy and health. I am a huge fan of starting the day with a mega-dose of water. I like to call it super-hydrating. During this time, I will consume up to a gallon of water before consuming my first meal of the day. This is usually over the course of 4-5 hours after waking.
To maintain the proper electrolyte balance in the body, I like to add a pinch of a natural salt (pink Himalayan or grey celtic) or drink diluted organic vegetable or chicken broth for the mineral content.
Doing this on a regular basis helps to flush out the liver, kidneys, and digestive tract and provides the water and electrolytes our cells and muscles need to move and produce energy. This process not only helps the body to detoxify more effectively but juices up all our joints and really helps us get prepared for the day.
Coconut Water and Coconut Water Kefir:
Young coconuts contain natural water within that is rich in potassium. It is isotonic with human blood and has even been used in many countries for blood transfusions. This sweet drink is fantastic for quenching thirst and recharging the body. (5)
Coconut water does contain sugar so it is better to ferment it with a coconut kefir starter. The coconut water kefir continues to have the benefits of coconut water with the addition of live enzymes, bioactive peptides, probiotics and beneficial yeasts to support digestion, energy production and immunity (6). I love these as great natural energy drinks.
Kombucha is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) that forms a zoolgleal mat. This unique beverage has been used for over 2000 years to improve health and fight against infection and chronic disease. The Ancient Chinese called Kombucha the “Immortal Health Elixer” as they revered it for its remarkable health benefits.
This drink is loaded with healthy yeasts, enzymes, electrolytes, bacteria and other microorganisms (9). There are many different flavors with unique superfoods that are added making synergistically unique functional beverages.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Drinks
ACV is a powerful tonic loaded with incredible living nutrients. The ACV should be raw, unpasteurized with the “mother” intact. The mother is the portion of the apple that is fermented and contains the source of the good bacteria and enzymes. There are many different combinations that provide unique synergistic effects with ACV as well.
The highest quality functional beverages are fermented. The natural acids that are produced, blunt the typical blood sugar response and enhance the bioavailability of the nutrient packages within each drink.
The fermentation process naturally produces high quality B vitamins and electrolytes that are necessary for optimal energy production and inflammatory control. The enzymes and beneficial microorganisms that are created break down inflammation and work to scavenge free radicals and boost nutrient absorption in the gut (10).
My favorite brand “Bragg’s” has also come out with unique beverages using apple cider vinegar along with other beneficial ingredients such as ginger, cinnamon, grape, acai berry, honey, etc. These are low in sugar and fermented which provides more organic acids and B vitamins. They are really tasty and refreshing.
Lemon and lime are great for energy as they are naturally rich in vitamin C, citrus bioflavonoids and key electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium. Most of us have experienced improved energy and mental clarity from a glass of lemon water in the morning or throughout the day and the science backs this up.
The combination of vitamin C and the bioflavonoids which are also called vitamin P, helps to enhance capillary permeability. This opens up blood vessels to increase circulation into the deep tissues of the body and enhances oxygen extraction into deep tissues that need it the most.
This enhanced tissue oxygenation helps to reduce metabolic waste, oxidative stress and DNA damage. These benefits mean better exercise recovery and reduce risk of chronic disease as well as more energy and aliveness!
Try putting lemon or lime in your water on a regular basis. While fresh squeezed is the best, you can also use an organic lemon or lime juice concentrate and get about 50% of the same benefits as using the real fresh fruit. You can also try adding some stevia to make a nice lemonade or limeade that is quite enjoyable!
Energy Charge™ is a new and revolutionary product that transforms water into a great-tasting, revitalizing energy drink. Each stick pack provides a combination of B vitamins, electrolytes, trace minerals, anti-oxidants, amino acids and specialized herbs to fuel your body’s energy production.
Building on these important nutrients, Energy Charge also features Purenergy™, a technology-driven, patent-protected ingredient that combines caffeine and pTeroPure® pterostilbene. Initial reports suggest that Purenergy’s caffeine may be absorbed more slowly and stay in your system longer than regular caffeine, which may help your energy last longer.
With just 5 g of carbohydrate per serving and zero sugars, Energy Charge simply gives your body what it needs to produce energy without any of the crap that burns out your adrenals and causes you to crash later. I personally LOVE using Energy Charge on my long days and it really helps fuel my brain and body for high performance.
Dr Jockers Recommendations:
Try out a multitude of various fermented beverages such as apple cider vinegar, kombucha and coconut water kefir and keep a journal on how you feel when you drink those particular beverages. If you feel very good and energized continue to drink that on a semi-regular or regular basis. Begin by drinking a small amount such as 2 tbsps daily. You can work up to drinking the whole bottle, but let this come naturally over a period of several weeks.
If you feel the drink makes you feel over jittery on a consistent basis or if you feel like you are itchy or have have skin breakouts (acne, hives, eczema) than discontinue using these. A big part of health is listening to the messages that your body gives you and making subtle shifts in your behaviors and patterns to align with what your body needs.
Clinically, I have found that most people thrive on these drinks, but some individuals who embrace them too quick will have major digestive symptoms such as diarrhea. This is due to the killing off of bad microbes and the rapid introduction of high amounts of healthy microbes.
Other individuals have a histamine sensitivity and are unable to tolerate some forms of fermented beverages as they are unable to metabolize histamine compounds which are naturally present in fermented foods.
If you have a histamine intolerance than you should still do well with the super hydration strategies listed above as well as the lemon or lime water and the Energy charge product so give those a shot and use what works best for your energy drinks.
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Many people are looking for strategies to cleanse their body to begin the new year. During the holidays, many become lax with their diet and exercise regimens. There is endless temptation with unhealthy options at every party, workplace, and gathering. The weather is colder, and people spend less time enjoying the outdoors and fresh air.
It is also the beginning of cold and flu season which can stress the immune system. All of these factors add up so finding ways to cleanse your body is important to get you back on track with your health goals.
Unhealthy foods, lack of exercise, and spending little time outdoors can result in weight gain, low energy, a weakened immune system, and inflammation throughout the body. One of the best ways to get your body back on track and undo the damage done with holiday indulgences is to cleanse.
This article will discuss what cleansing is, the toxins that are adversely affecting your body, and seven reasons to cleanse your body in the new year. I will also provide you with a way to access some of my most effective cleansing strategies so that you can get started right away.
What is Cleansing?
Cleansing is a way to eliminate toxins from the body. Toxins are harmful substances produced by your body or obtained from environmental or manmade sources. Examples of internal toxins are excess hormones, free radicals, bacteria and yeast. These internal toxins can accumulate in the body and cause chronic infections, allergic reactions, and other health issues.
External toxins (or xenobiotics) are toxins found in our bodies that are externally produced. External toxins include substances such as pesticides in food, chemicals in personal care products and cleaners, heavy metals, mold exposure, prescription drugs, and outgassing from new furniture, carpet, paint and cars. Environmental pollution from smoke, smog or debris and contaminated water are external toxins as well.
Certain toxins are endocrine disruptors. These are substances that can interfere with the body’s endocrine (hormone) system (1). Endocrine disruptors produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. They are found in everyday products such as plastic bottles, food cans, detergents, flame retardants, cosmetics, and pesticides.
Additionally, endocrine disruptors can mimic naturally occurring hormones in the body. For example, many toxins produced by petrochemicals are xenoestrogens because they mimic estrogens in the body. This leads to hormone imbalance and immune suppression.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to avoid environmental toxins. There are over 85,000 industrial chemicals available for use today. The Environmental Protection Agency has mandated safety testing for only a small percentage of these chemicals. While our bodies have a natural cleansing system, our bodies’ detoxification system simply cannot keep up with this toxic burden. This makes it critical to take steps to cleanse the body of these toxins.
Healthy Lifestyle Practices
There are many ways to cleanse including an anti-inflammatory diet, drinking hydrating fluids, regular exercise, intermittent fasting, juicing greens, infrared sauna, essential oils, and oil pulling. There are also numerous supplements you can use to cleanse such as glutathione, activated charcoal, and a greens powder with chlorella and spirulina.
I go through these things in much more detail in this article on the importance of cleansing and this article on preparing for a cleansing fast. Taking steps to cleanse your body is vital to good health.
7 Reasons to Cleanse Your Body
With the thousands of toxins we are exposed to daily it is imperative that we practice a ritual of cleansing our bodies. This is not only good for our skin and physique but is one of the best things for preventing disease, slowing down the aging process and improving your mood and mental clarity.
Here are the 7 major reasons to cleanse your body not just for the new year but to make it a regular part of your lifestyle!
Strengthens the Immune System
The immune system is part of your body’s natural detoxification system. It is the first line of defense against foreign invaders (such as toxins) in our bodies. However, the immune system can get overwhelmed and weakened with the deluge of internal and external toxins in our bodies.
Immunotoxicology is the study of alterations in the immune system caused by chemicals and drugs. The immune system can be negatively affected by toxins either by losing function when targeted by the toxin or when having an immune response to the toxin (2). Chemical pollutants can suppress immune processes and contribute to the development of cancer and infectious diseases (3).
Toxins also cause free radicals which damage immune cells and wipe out cytokine pathways. Cytokines aid cell to cell communication in immune responses and stimulate the movement of cells towards sites of inflammation, infection and trauma.
Long-term exposure to environmental toxins can cause chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation occurs when our bodies are repeatedly exposed to toxins and inflammatory mediators are produced throughout the body. The immune system becomes overwhelmed as the ongoing stimulus results in more cell recruitment, increased inflammation, and changes to cells.
With repeated toxin exposure, white blood cells will eventually start attacking internal organs or other necessary tissues and cells. In this way, toxins can contribute to autoimmune diseases. It is critical to strengthen the immune system by cleansing the body of toxins.
Supports Your Vital Organs
All organ systems can be targets of toxic exposure (4). Cleansing will support your vital organs before they become overburdened.
Many toxins enter the body through the skin and the respiratory system. This can lead to respiratory and skin disorders. For example, toxin exposure can cause or exacerbate asthma. Toxins that are absorbed into the skin, the body’s largest organ, cause many skin disorders such as dermatitis.
The kidneys are also affected by toxins. The kidneys are the primary defenders against harmful external toxins entering the blood stream. The constant exposure of the kidneys to toxins can result in nephrotoxicity (toxicity in the kidneys). This is the poisonous effect of both toxic chemicals and medications on renal function.
Protects the Nervous System, Heart and Reproduction
The nervous system can be depressed by many chemicals and toxins. Neurotoxins can cause many nervous system disorders, including peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, seizures, and even death. Heavy metals like aluminum and mercury are especially harmful to the brain.
Many toxins target the reproductive system. These toxins can cause a variety of adverse effects, including pregnancy loss, early or delayed puberty, infertility, fetal death, menstrual irregularities and more.
The cardiovascular and hematologic systems are also adversely affected by toxins. Toxins act on the myocardial cells or the autonomic nervous system to affect heart rate, blood pressure, or cardiac contractility. Some toxins, such as lead, arsenic, and vinyl chloride have been implicated in the development of cardiovascular disease. Benzene can cause bone marrow changes leading to anemia and leukemia.
Most, if not all, organs in the body are adversely affected by toxins. Cleansing is vital to support the body’s vital organs.
Supports Brain Health & Reduces Cravings
Cleansing can help eliminate unhealthy cravings. When you consume the Standard American Diet (SAD), the toxins in these foods can cause unhealthy cravings for more toxic food. Toxins in food include additives, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners. Today’s food manufacturers make processed foods that are extremely salty and sweet with questionable ingredients that may be leading to food addictions and unhealthy cravings. Once these toxins are removed from the body through cleansing strategies, these unhealthy cravings can be eliminated.
Exposure to toxins can also cause brain toxicity. When the brain absorbs toxins such as solvents, chemicals, and heavy metals, the brain’s function is impaired. This can cause symptoms such as memory loss, inability to focus, depression, fatigue, seizures and more.
Over 200 chemicals are known to cause clinical neurotoxic effects in adults (5). Children are especially vulnerable to these chemicals. Exposure to chemicals at low doses during early fetal development can cause brain injury to the fetus. In fact, researchers have identified 11 chemicals connected to neurodevelopmental disorders in children (6). These disorders include autism, ADHD, and dyslexia. Eliminating these chemicals from the body through cleansing will support healthy brain chemistry.
Another shocking fact to consider is that toxins can accumulate in women who then pass them onto their children in the womb. If you are planning on having children, this is absolutely critical.
Slows the Effects of Aging
Toxins accelerate the effects of aging. A class of toxins called gerontogens may put you at an increased risk for accelerated aging (7). Gerontogens are environmental toxins found in things like cigarette smoke, ultraviolet (UV) rays, arsenic, benzene, and chemotherapy.
Aging occurs when healthy cells become damaged and lose their ability to divide. As cells start dividing more slowly, they also occur more DNA damage. These damaged cells accumulate in the body and cause inflammation. Toxins can damage DNA structures and healthy cells.
Even the pollution in our air can accelerate aging. A 2016 study found that toxic fumes in the air cause premature aging by accelerating wrinkles and age spots and worsening skin conditions such as eczema and hives (8). The skin is often a good predictor of what is going on within the body as well. To slow the effects of aging, it is important to avoid toxic exposure from substances like cigarette smoke and pollution when possible and to cleanse the body periodically to lessen its toxic load.
Helps You Lose Weight and Feel Great
Toxins can interfere with your metabolism and cause weight gain (9). Exposure to toxins, including endocrine disrupting compounds, promote weight gain by affecting metabolism, the ability to balance blood sugar, hormones, and brain function.
Scientists refer to these toxins as “environmental obesogens” (10). Most obesogens are endocrine disruptors. One of the hormones damaged by toxins is leptin. Leptin is the hormone that tells the brain to burn fat for energy.
There are several mechanisms by which toxins cause weight gain. They can affect the number of fat cells, the size of fat cells, and the hormones that affect appetite, satiety, cravings, and metabolism. Scientist have shown that at least fifteen to twenty chemicals cause weight gain, mostly from developmental exposure (10). Chemical pesticides in food and water have been linked to increased body mass index (BMI) in children.
Improves Insulin Resistance
Another way toxins cause weight gain is by contributing to fat storage. Many environmental toxins and toxins found in food are stored in body fat rather than eliminated. With toxic overload, your body gains more fat cells to store the excess toxins.
Toxins can also contribute to weight gain by causing insulin resistance. Scientists have found a strong correlation between insulin resistance and environmental toxins (11). Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows cells to absorb glucose so that it can be used for energy.
Insulin resistance is the decreased ability of the body to respond to the effects of insulin. As a result, the body produces additional amounts of insulin which increases inflammatory processes within the body. Over time, surges of insulin can cause chronic health complications including obesity.
Strengthens Your Liver
Detoxification naturally occurs in the liver, our largest internal organ. The liver is the primary organ for detoxification and has the most concentrated amount of detoxification enzymes. The liver is designed to transform toxic substances into compounds that our kidneys can remove from the body.
As you are exposed to more toxins, the liver’s ability to detoxify can be weakened. When the liver’s ability to detoxify is weakened, toxins become stored in our tissues and cells rather than eliminated. It is vital to use cleansing strategies to strengthen the liver.
Restores Antioxidant Levels
Cleansing is an excellent way to restore antioxidant levels in the body. Antioxidants are compounds that prevent or delay cellular damage. They are found naturally in many foods such as fruits, vegetables, coffee, and chocolate. Antioxidants provide numerous health benefits including supporting heart, prostate and eye health, protecting the skin, and boosting the immune system.
Antioxidants are critical for neutralizing and removing free radicals from the body. Free radicals are caused by toxins and can damage cells in the body. Antioxidants help control oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress causes inflammation which is the precursor for most chronic diseases.
Of the body’s antioxidants, glutathione seems to be one of the most important. As toxicity rises in the body, it is critical to support glutathione levels as much as possible. Toxins can deplete antioxidants from your body. Cleansing is a fantastic way to restore antioxidant levels in the body.
Cleansing is one of the best strategies you can use to optimize your health. During the holidays, many people indulge in unhealthy foods, exercise less, and spend little time outdoors. These unhealthy practices can result in weight gain, less energy, a weakened immune system, and inflammation. The new year is a great time to cleanse the body of accumulated toxins.
There are many reasons you should cleanse in the new year. Cleansing will strengthen the immune system and restore antioxidant levels. It can improve healing and reduce pain levels. Cleansing will also support your vital organs, including the liver.
Cleansing slows the effects of aging and helps rid the body of excess weight. It will help you eliminate unhealthy cravings and support a healthy brain chemistry.
Perhaps the best reason to cleanse is that you will feel great afterwards! You can experience improved energy, mental clarity, more restful sleep, and better digestion. Everyone should cleanse their bodies regularly to experience these health benefits. For more info on how to do a cleanse read this article and also be sure to check out our Cancer Cleanse program which teaches a cleansing lifestyle.
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It is vital that we look to for ways to improve indoor air quality. A total of 10,000 liters of air enters your lungs every day, with the potential of breathing in harmful toxins being a very imminent threat to your health. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) found that exposure to air pollution and particulate material was ranked as one of the top 10 risk factors for disease globally (1).
We tend to deem that air pollution is prominent in our outdoor environment due to high levels of chemicals produced in the environment by external factors such as cars and factories. Although, these factors do indeed produce a copious amount of chemicals, the environment that poses the biggest risk to you is undeniably your personal indoor environment. Finding ways to improve indoor air quality can be one of the biggest things you do for your health.
Toxic Chemicals in Our Home
Toxic chemicals can be in abundance in your home, without you even being aware. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) affirmed this by stating that indoor air is 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air (2). Thus, discovering that indoor air is for the vast majority of people to be the unhealthiest air they breathe in during their day.
Chemicals are all around, surrounding you in the most inconspicuous of household items from your everyday laundry detergent to chemicals used on your furniture in the extensive manufacturing process. In recent years, a strong link between indoor air pollution and health related ailments has developed, therefore forming an undertaking to educate people on the impact indoor air pollution can have on your overall health.
Air Quality and Health
Indoor air quality has become a recent focus for many in the health profession, as research has shown a significant correlation to indoor air quality and certain health conditions such as respiratory, cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases. Air pollutants have several factors that impact their severity on your health including their size, shape, and the amount of time you are exposed to the pollutant (3).
Particulate matter can be a mixture of particles that can unfavorably affect somebody’s health, with the size of the particulate matter being the biggest determinant of causing possible health-related problems. To control particulate matter in your home, utilizing an effective HVAC filter for chemical odors and VOC removal can also help to remove not only particles from your indoor air but also bacteria from the environment. Particulate removal can aid drastically in improving your indoor air quality and helping to improve your overall health.
Health Effects of Indoor Air Pollution
Indoor air pollutants can impact your health and lead to negative health effects that can lead to severe symptoms and even disease. Air pollutants can affect certain areas of the body such as the respiratory system, immune system, skin and mucus membranes, cardiovascular system, liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal (4).
The potential impact that indoor air pollution can have is cause for concern for many people. Keeping an eye out on possible symptoms stemming from indoor air pollution can help you to have a better understanding of when indoor air pollution is effecting your health. The symptoms to look out for include:
Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Whatever is in your home’s air ends up in your body so finding ways to make it as clean as possible is the first step in shielding your health. Contaminant and toxins can be in the most unsuspecting places in your home, according to German chemist Michael Braungart he found that nearly everything we use, from our furniture to our cleaners, releases small particles or gases that are harmful to be ingesting on a regular basis (5).
Carpets, upholstery, wood products, and cleaning products can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your environment. You may be wondering how you can protect not only yourself but your home from these potentially dangerous chemicals. The steps below are to help you in the pursuit of improving your indoor air quality in your home.
Using Non-Toxic Cleaning Ingredients in Your House
Cleaning products can be a big contributor to indoor air pollution in your personal environment. To think that you are actually trying to help minimize dirt and pollutants in your home by cleaning. And then unknowingly contributing more pollutants in your environment, making your mission counterproductive.
Recent studies have connected cleaning sprays with asthma development, making the concern of cleaning supplies in your environment a possible fear. Most cleaning products contain terpene, hydrocarbons, terpene alcohols, and other related unsaturated compounds.
Natural Cleaning Products
These chemicals, specifically terpenes, can react with ozone to form a variation of secondary pollutants including formaldehyde and ultrafine particles (6). The pollutants that are then released into your air can be compromising the quality of the air in your home.
For many of us we have our go-to products that we always use during our cleaning process, but looking at the ingredients listed on your products can help you make better decisions when purchasing cleaning supplies in the future. I recommend switching to non-toxic, natural cleaning products to help you drastically increase the quality of the air in your personal environment, and help to minimize the potential release of added pollutants in your home.
Substitute Your Air Freshener for Essential Oils
Another major air pollutant that pollutes your home’s air quality can be air fresheners. Air fresheners, like other cleaning sprays, contain similar chemicals and thus have the same chemical reactions, producing secondary pollutants in the air of your home. These pollutants can have potentially serious health impacts including sensory irritation, respiratory symptoms, dysfunction of the lungs, and cause damage to the central nervous system (7).
Air fresheners over the past years has been deemed a source of various volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in indoor environments which can be the leading source of these health impacts produced by air freshening products. So, how can you get rid of the odors that are stuck in your home without the use of air fresheners?
An ideal substitute in lieu of toxic air fresheners can be using essential oils in your home. Essential oils are natural organic compounds that are extracted from plants and contain a vast amount of healing properties. Using essential oils to freshen your personal environment rather than air fresheners will help you to avoid polluting your home’s air with harmful chemicals and airborne irritants.
Maintaining proper hygiene helps in the mitigation of bacteria and germs that collect on surfaces of your personal environment. Home hygiene isn’t necessarily the act of cleaning but more so a practice that should be implemented in your everyday routine. Without home hygiene, bacteria and viruses can begin to populate your indoor air and lead to the development of infectious diseases.
Recent studies have suggested that a promotion of improved hygiene in the home could have a significant impact in reducing infectious diseases (8). Wiping down surfaces can help in the effort to minimize bacteria and viruses in your home, as well as making sure you yourself are taking proper hygiene steps such as washing your hands frequently. By practicing good environmental hygiene practices and working towards eliminating bacteria and viruses at home you can help improve the overall air quality and your health long-term.
For a great natural all-purpose cleaner, try combining the following: 1/2 Cup vinegar, 5 cups of water, 5 drops each of wild orange, clove, lemon, tea tree, and rosemary. This can be used to naturally clean non-porous surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen.
Home Air Purifier
Air pollutants can be released from an abundance of surfaces and items in your home. In today’s homes, ventilation is very limited to help with lower cost utilities but with little ventilation leads to a trapping of pollutants in your home. These pollutants can significantly impact your health and cause health related illnesses such as allergies, asthma, and respiratory diseases. Several allergists advocate air purifiers to their patients to help reduce health symptoms and increase the quality of air in the personal environment.
Dr. Daryl R. Altman, an allergist at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center in Queens, said purifiers are part of the mission against allergens like dust and pollen that affect your indoor air quality (9). Other doctors, also recommend air purifiers to help with the elimination of airborne allergens and pollutants, such as Dr. Nicolas Busaba, an ear, nose, and throat doctor at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (10). Dr. Busaba recommends an air purifier with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to capture particles in the air.
EnviroKlenz Air Filtration System
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Toxins and chemicals in your indoor environment have the potential to be quite hazardous to your health. Implementing these methods to improve your personal environments indoor air quality can help you in the pursuit to aid in the betterment of your overall health.
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Everybody needs more energy these days. Whether you’ve got a high-stress lifestyle or you just value being in a high-energy state, people are always looking for ways to boost themselves up to have a deeper experience of life. While there are countless ways of going about this, I am going to share 5 ways to use lemon to improve energy levels.
Lemons are blood sugar friendly and extremely cost effective. If you are someone who struggles with energy ups and downs, this may be an important strategy to implement into your life.
Balances Blood Sugar
The citric acid found in citrus fruits like lemons and limes can actually blunt the glycemic response of a meal, possibly by influencing the rate of gastric emptying (1).
Balancing your blood sugar is extremely important if you wish to obtain consistent energy levels. Rapidly fluctuating blood sugar can become highly inflammatory, contribute to hormone imbalances, and make your behaviors very food oriented.
When your behaviors are food oriented, then you are primarily utilizing the primal structures of your brain. This can lead to being in a chronically stressed state that constantly drains your energy levels.
The combination of Vitamin C and citrus bioflavonoids in lemons and limes actually improves something called capillary permeability (2). Capillaries are the tiny blood vessels in different tissues around the body that allow fresh oxygen to diffuse out of the blood and into the cells.
Improving oxygenation of your cells is extremely powerful for improving energy levels.
Places of your body with tons of capillaries like your hands, feet, and brain can benefit from this improved blood flow.
This combination of nutrients may also protect from cardiovascular diseases by improving cholesterol profiles and decreasing accumulation of plaque in the arteries (3).
If you follow a standard American diet, are under high amounts of stress, or do not consume very many fruits & vegetables, you are likely to be deficient in potassium. Potassium is a vital mineral that helps to optimize the nervous system, build strong bones, and support cardiovascular health (4).
Potassium also helps to ensure the health of the kidneys by balancing itself with calcium to maintain a healthy mineral balance. This may be helpful for combatting kidney stones.
Symptoms of a potassium deficiency include adrenal fatigue, hypertension, muscle cramping, and kidney stones.
As many people experience these symptoms, I always look for ways to increase potassium intake. Using lemon juice can be helpful or sprinkling lemon juice over other potassium-rich foods for better absorption.
My favorite potassium-rich foods include avocados, swiss chard, broccoli, and bok choy.
Consuming lemon juice can aid digestion in a number of ways. Drinking lemon water on a regular basis actually helps to flush out the liver and gallbladder, improving your bile production. Bile is what your body uses to effectively digest fats, making lemon juice an excellent companion on a ketogenic diet.
Additionally, lemon juice contains a naturally occurring acid called citric acid which may be able to assist digestion by directly pre-metabolising foods before you consume them while also supporting your own production of stomach acid. This is similar to the effect of consuming apple cider vinegar before a meal.
5 Ways To Get More Lemon Juice
Let’s be honest, lemons are sour and aren’t sought out for consumption on their own. There are some great and tasty ways to use lemons or lemon juice in everyday preparations, however. These are 5 ways that I personally use lemons every day to improve my own energy levels.
Morning Super Hydration
Every morning, upon waking, it is a powerful healing strategy to super hydrate. This means drinking plenty of water with healthy salts. Adding lemon juice takes this strategy a step further.
Upon waking, you should be consuming 16-32 ounces of water immediately. Next, I typically recommend trying to consume almost half a gallon of water before even consuming your first meal for the day. Be sure to separate drinking and eating by at least 30 minutes and up to an hour to ensure effective digestion.
Performing this strategy with the addition of lemon juice helps to provide vitmains and minerals, flush out the liver, kidneys, and bladder, get the bowels moving, and balance the body’s pH levels.
Use Before Meals
Adding a shot of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to a small amount of water and drinking 10-15 minutes before a meal can be a great way to improve digestion.
Doing this on a regular basis helps to improve stomach acid production. At the same time, this will improve bile release from the gallbladder which will improve fat digestion.
If you have recently converted to a high-fat, low-carb diet then I would definitely recommend this strategy.
Sprinkle Over Meats & Vegetables
Sprinkling lemon juice over your food before consuming is a great strategy to boost digestion and relieve stress on the digestive tract.
The citric acid in lemons actually helps to pre-metabolize your meal before you even put it in your body. This means meats and veggies enter your body already being partially digested and your body doesn’t have to spend as much energy breaking them down itself.
The more you assist the body in functions like this, the more energy you free up for anything else you want to do.
Use In Recipes
In addition to drinking lemon juice or sprinkling it over your foods, we actually have various recipes here on my website that incorporate this underappreciated superfood directly into the recipes. Some of my personal favorites are:
These are a delicious, ketogenic friendly cookie recipe using only a few ingredients and are super simple to make. These are basically like coconut shortbread cookies with a delicious lemon cream glaze on the top. Definitely one of the most nutritious cookies you will ever eat!
To fill your entrée needs at dinner, this lime seared salmon is a powerful triple threat of health compounds. First, you’ve got wild-caught, Alaskan salmon, which is one of the absolute best meats you can possibly eat. It is loaded with healthy Omega-3 fats and one fo nature’s most powerful antioxidants, astaxanthin.
On top of that, you’ve got tons of coconut-derived healthy fats and of course, lime juice to provide the benefits mentioned above and help you extract EVEN MORE nutrition from an already super nutritious meal.
If you are looking for a hydrating, anti-inflammatory lemonade recipe with a kick, give this one a try. This recipe features some of the world’s most anti-inflammatory superfoods like ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon.
Alternatively, you could put these ingredients through a juicer (minus the cinnamon) for a fresh and extra-potent blend.
Either way, the anti-inflammatory and hydrating benefits of this lemonade are sure to be a powerful energy booster.
Finally, a great and lesser thought of way to incorporate lemons into your life is by using an essential oil. Lemon essential oil can be diffused, applied topically, added to water, and incorporated into your favorite recipes.
It is important to source from a company that provides high-quality essential oils that are safe for consumption, most simply do not fit the strict criteria for purity that allow for this. Some of the top brands I have personally come across are DoTerra and Numa.
Lemons and limes can be a great inexpensive energy booster by improving circulation, aiding digestion, and providing valuable nutrients. By incorporating more of this underestimated superfruit into your diet, you are doing your body a tremendous favor and you will start to feel the benefits.
Fresh Squeezed Lemons/Limes
Bottled Juices (No Sugar Added)
Freshly Juiced (Including Peel if Organic)
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Lyme disease is an illness that is transmitted by a bite of a tick infected with a germ known as “borrelia”. (1) While there are many different strains of this bacterium, it’s Borrelia burgdoferi that classically causes Lyme disease. This article will go over many details about Lyme disease and natural strategies to overcome lyme disease.
There are many Borrelia strains that can be found in different regions across the world, and the different type of bacterium that you are exposed to will inform the type of illness that you begin to suffer from. This is why a typical case of Lyme disease in America might not be the same as a typical case in England. It’s also why ticks carried by migratory birds can promote different types of Lyme-based illnesses. (2)
Lyme disease took its name from the town in America where it was first found. Since 1975 – when it first emerged, millions of cases have been reported in the USA, while other areas across the world often experience fewer instances. By now, ticks transmit Lyme disease in half of all US counties, making them a significant concern for anyone. (3)
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease can be one of the trickiest diseases to diagnose and cure. Part of the reason for this is that the symptoms associated with Lyme disease can also relate to a range of other diseases too. Some of the more common symptoms of Lyme disease might include: (4)
Flu-like symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, or congestion;
Headaches and migraines;
Periods of extreme fatigue;
Large circular rashes and other rashes;
Reddening around the earlobes;
Joint pain and swelling;
Notably, while most people consider a rash to be the most obvious sign of Lyme disease, the truth is that the rash is only found within 30% of patients. (5) That’s part of what makes this particular disease so difficult for doctors to pinpoint. Other symptoms that are associated with Lyme disease can also expand beyond the norm, including things like:
Inflammation around the walls of the chest, ribs, and intercostal muscles (otherwise known as Costochondritis);
Shortness of breath;
Issues with Coinfections
While ticks are certainly responsible for transmitting cases of Lyme disease, it’s important to remember that they’re capable of far more than simply spreading a single infection. Just like human beings, ticks can host a range of different diseases and bacteria in their systems, which can be transmitted to us through a single bite. Around 60% of ticks are predicted to carry disease pathogens besides Lyme disease. (6)
As Zoonotic creatures, ticks are ideal for transmitting infections, bacteria, and microbes from one place to another. Zoonotic creatures are capable of moving pathogens from human hosts, to animals, and the other way around.
As such, a tick can transmit a range of diseases taken from the blood of everything from rats to squirrels, into a person with a single bite. Every bite transfers protozoans, fungi, viruses, and bacteria, and while being infected with Lyme can be enough of a problem, it’s also possible to become infected with multiple diseases at the same time – leading to complications within the biology of the body.
Types of Coinfections
The unfortunate truth is that co-infections may be far more common than we think. A published survey that links to over 3,000 patients with chronic Lyme disease discovered that more than half were infected with coinfections, with 30% of all individuals reporting symptoms of more than two coinfections alongside the presence of Lyme. (7) While there are dozens of potential pathogens that can be transmitted by tick bites, the most common co-infections generally include:
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Perhaps one of the factors that make coinfections in Lyme disease so dangerous, is the fact that doctors often disregard them. On top of that, many of the standard tests that are used to find Lyme disease and additional infections are simply not effective at pinpointing all the issues that might be present within the human body. The truth is that Lyme disease is a highly complex clinical diagnosis, and lab testing represents only a single tool in the diagnosis tool box.
Standard Testing is Not Sufficient
The fluctuating symptoms and signs involved with Lyme disease are highly vague, and often found in a host of other conditions – making diagnosis particularly difficult. If you don’t have the characteristic rash for Lyme disease – as most people will not, then your doctor will be forced to ask a series of questions to help them better understand what your condition may be. If you’ve been in areas where Lyme disease is common, then they may progress to conduct a physical exam.
The traditional testing methods for diagnosing Lyme disease generally use a two-tiered approach which includes an ELISA test, and a western blot test. The ELISA test, or Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test, can be used to identify antibodies for the B. Burgdorferi pathogen. (8)
Unfortunately, this test frequently returns false-positive results, which means that it cannot be the sole basis for any diagnosis. Only if an ELISA test is positive will a Western Blot test be conducted, used to detect antibodies for the various proteins of B. burgdoferi. (9)
Fortunately, more testing solutions are emerging that may be more effective at pinpointing Lyme disease and coinfections. For instance, IGeneX is more accurate than the standard two-tiered method. They have a variety of testing kits available for Lyme disease and the associated tick-borne diseases that can be transmitted alongside.
These testing kits include both indirect and direct testing solutions. While indirect tests examine the response of the patient’s immune system to the presence of B. burgdoferi, direct tests look for B. burgdoferi antigens and nucleic acids.
DNA Connexions also offers a more effective method of testing, using a Lyme panel. This panel tests for the presence of four different genes frequently found in Borrelia burgdoferi, and 8 of the most common Lyme disease coinfections. Positive testing for the coinfections associated with Lyme disease frequently implicates the presence of the primary disease too.
Importantly, as DNA Connexions points out on their website, a negative result from their Lyme panel doesn’t necessarily indicate the lack of an infection, but instead indicates the absence of any detectable tick borne or Lyme-based co-infections. In some cases, the timing of antibiotic courses and the patients’ ability to fight the disease will determine the detectability of the DNA spirochetes.
Lifestyle Strategies to Begin Healing
One very important thing to note about Lyme disease, is that once it is diagnosed, it’s not enough to simply kill off the Lyme bacteria. A successful approach to treatment must focus on treating the entire body as a whole. Unfortunately, once Lyme is diagnosed it is commonly addressed with a course of antibiotic treatments – despite the fact that not everyone responds well to these medications.
Additionally, the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious disease has found that the sooner treatment begins following infection, the more complete the recovery will be. (10) Because Lyme disease can be so difficult to diagnose, this can mean that many of the people who are eventually given antibiotics might not respond positively to them.
The fact is that antibiotics only treat a small amount of Lyme disease – the part surrounding the actual infection. However, they aren’t enough to tackle the full conditions and symptoms that can result. At the same time, antibiotics can begin to weaken the immune system over time by changing the bacteria in the gut, potentially making the spread of pathogens worse in some people. Ideally, the healing process should focus not only on killing the Lyme, but also:
1. Making Dietary Changes for Immune Function
One of the best ways to overcome Lyme problems is to boost your immune system. Your body can begin to overcome Lyme disease for good only when you begin to control the changes that it has made to your body.
Most experts recommend removing inflammatory foods like grains, and sugar from your diet, while ensuring that you consume more anti-inflammatory foods like seeds, vegetables, raw cultured dairy and organic meat. (11)
2. Taking Supplements for Cellular Function
Once you’ve addressed the dietary issues that could be preventing proper healing from taking place, the next step is to improve the function and protection of your cellular mechanisms. The bacteria “Borrelia burgdoferi”, along with various other parasites and viruses, can damage your defenses and weaken healthy cells. Therefore, to heal fully, you will need to restore cellular health with the right nutrients, such as:
Vitamin D: Vitamin D is excellent for boosting your immune system and reducing inflammation. The amount you need to take will depend on your personal circumstances, but it’s worth noting that many people are already vitamin D deficient, so it’s best to check if you are before you begin supplementing. We use our Vitamin D3/K2 for best absorption.
CoQ10: CoQ10 is ideal at protecting your nervous system and brain from inflammation and degradation, while reducing symptoms of joint pain. This supplement is frequently used by patients who experience ongoing autoimmune and fatigue-based disorders. (12) We use our Brain Supercharge for this.
B-Complex: B Vitamins are great at supporting a range of cellular and metabolic functions, and can also help to fight infections while improving cellular health. Vitamin B-6 is considered to be essential for Lyme patients. (13) I see many people very deficient in B6 and our B Strong has pre-activated B6
Magnesium:Magnesium is an extremely powerful electrolyte that plays a significant role in the human body, from supporting the signaling of nerves, to reducing aches in muscles. It can be a great way to boost your internal system after a Lyme attack. We use our Brain CalmMagnesium which crosses the blood brain barrier and protects the brain.
Omega-3 Fatty acids: These acids are highly anti-inflammatory and perfect for supporting cognitive and neurological functions that can be damaged during a Lyme infection.
3. Get Plenty of Rest
While this isn’t exactly an uncommon solution for individuals who suffer from a disease or illness, it’s still an important part of the recovery process. Chronic stress, whether it’s emotional or physical has been proven to weaken the immune system and increase your risk of becoming sick.
Stress can trigger inflammation and lead to various hormonal imbalances, while additionally disturbing typical digestive functions. If you want to heal, you need to make sure that you address stress and get as much rest as possible.
4. Reduce Exposure to Mold and Parasites
Finally, according to research conducted in the Department of Microbiology-Immunology, environmental triggers like infectious pathogens, parasites, and mold can all play a significant role in the development of autoimmune diseases. (14) As such, reducing your exposure to dangerous substances such as these can ensure that you don’t place additional stress on your immune system.
You can also learn from the top 33 Lyme disease experts in the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit. This is the go to for more information on healing Lyme disease naturally. You can listen into this online summit for free and get special pricing if you want to own the program plus bonuses. Check it out here
Preventing Lyme Disease
Preventing Lyme disease is no easy task, but the first thing to be aware of is that you can take steps to avoid tick bites wherever possible. (15) If you are never bitten by a tick, then your risk of Lyme and other coinfections is significantly reduced.
One of the best ways to avoid being bitten by a tick, is to stay away from areas where they are most common. If you research your local areas to determine where tick infestations are more frequent around you, then you can avoid walking in those areas whenever possible. Similarly, try to avoid forests, meadows, and wooded areas where ticks are likely to thrive. If you love nature and you can’t bear to stay away from it, then you’ll need to check your body for ticks on a daily basis thoroughly, after you have been in high grasses or wooden areas.
Other important steps to follow when avoiding tips include:
1. Wearing the Right Clothing
Whenever you’re outdoors, it’s a good idea to wear light-colored clothing, as this will make ticks easier to spot. Additionally, a tighter weave will mean that it’s harder for these creatures to penetrate through your clothing into your skin.
2. Defending your Skin
As effective as a tight weave can be when it comes to preventing ticks from burrowing their way into your skin, it’s also effective to tuck your pants into socks to make sure that no skin is exposed as you are walking through grassy or wooded areas. At the same time, you can tuck your shirt into your pants to prevent further entry.
3. Shower Whenever you come Inside
While ticks can live through a shower, or even a washing machine cycle, showering directly after you’ve been involved in outdoor activities should mean that it’s easier to remove the ticks from your body when you find them. Make sure that you have an angled mirror available in your bathroom so that you can conduct a thorough check, and don’t forget to check your scalp and under hair too.
4. Use your Clothes Dryer
As soon as you come home from a trip into nature, it’s important to place your clothes into a dryer and turn it on the highest heat setting available. Ten minutes should be enough to kill any of the ticks that are nestled into dry clothing.
5. Check Yourself and Your Pets Regularly
One of the best ways to avoid Lyme disease is to make sure that you find and remove ticks as quickly as possible. The less time a tick has access to your skin, the less chance of infection you face. This is what makes checking for ticks so vital – particularly when you’ve visited the areas in which they thrive.
Diligence is essential to protecting yourself from tick bites and Lyme disease, as well as the co-infections that come with them. If you can prevent a tick bite from ever happening, then you won’t have to worry about the symptoms, testing or healing process involved in Lyme recovery. However, if you do suffer from Lyme disease, then hopefully this article will help with some guidance you need to battle through the infection successfully.
Lyme disease is an illness transmitted by the bite of a tick which has been infected with Borrelia burgdoferi. However, it’s important to note that ticks can also carry additional infections besides Lyme disease which can prompt coinfections.
Coinfections have been found within more than half of all people who suffer from Lyme disease, and 30% of those studied also report experiencing more than two coinfections at a time.
The symptoms of Lyme disease are highly varied, and can often be connected to a range of other diseases, which is part of what makes Lyme so difficult to diagnose and treat. Additionally, when Lyme disease is suspected, the common process for testing is not always effective at finding the signs of Lyme.
The best way to test is often with more effective Lyme panel solutions such as IGeneX or DNA Connexions.
When Lyme disease is diagnosed, it’s important to recognize that the healing process requires more than a focus on simply killing the Lyme. In order to make a full recovery, infected individuals must be able to make lifestyle changes that will prompt cellular repair, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and limit the chances of chronic Lyme.
Like any disease, Lyme is difficult to prevent, but there are steps that can be taken to reduce your chances of being infected through a tick bite. From wearing the right clothes, to avoiding areas where ticks lurk, diligence can assist you in reducing your chances of a Lyme infection.
This article is written by Dr Jay Davidson who is an expert in genetic analysis, lyme disease and heavy metal detoxification. You can check out Dr Davidson’s website for more information here You can also get access to his Lyme Disease summit event here
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Bad breath or halitosis is better referred to as any unpleasant odor that emanates from the mouth. It affects greater than 50% of the population and is common in all ages (9, 22). Aggravated by a variety of contributing factors, bad breath can be chronic in some individuals.
Although embarrassing, bad breath can be a sign of a more serious health disturbance. Fortunately, clueing into your health can help you detect the cause of halitosis and allow you to treat it naturally with the 8 strategies that follow in this article.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Volatile sulfur compounds are the primary cause for this unpleasant mouth odor (9). Specifically, hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan and dimethyl sulfide are responsible for synthesizing odor producing bacteria in the oral cavity and can be toxic to tissue (10).
The odor may last for several hours but may persist continuously in some individuals depending on their habits and health. Here are a number of factors involved in the causation of bad breath.
1) Morning Breath:
Almost everyone experiences bad morning breath to some degree. “Morning halitosis” is present because our mouth is dry during the sleeping hours and bacteria levels increase along with the debris they produce. This leads to the classic morning breath.
This is much worse with individuals experiencing a respiratory tract or sinus infection. If you are sleeping in a dry or hot environment it will worsen your dehydration and morning breath as well (22).
The more hydrated one is, the less morning breath they will experience. A cool environment and breathing from the nose while sleeping as opposed to mouth breathing will also reduce morning breath.
Odor is produced from bacteria as a byproduct of the food you eat. Glucose, salivary agents like proteins and mucins, peptides found in milk, eggs and soybeans, as well as any lingering food debris feeds the bacteria (9).
Foods like onions, garlic, and cruciferous vegetables also contribute to bad breath. These foods contain sulfur which when degraded by chewing and the release of enzymes in the saliva leave behind remnants of sulfurous compounds in the oral cavity.
Bacteria and sulfur compounds are commonly left behind on the tongue and in gum pockets of people whom avoid the practice of flossing and tongue scraping (22).
3) H. Pylori Infections:
Bad breath may be the least of your concern if it is a result of Helicobactor pylori (H. pylori) infection. H. pylori are commonly associated with cancer of the gastrointestinal tract and stomach ulcers but they can also infect the oral cavity. The colonization of these pathogenic bacteria are associated with increased risk of inflammation of the oral cavity, periodontal disease and halitosis.
One research group conducted a study that showed almost 16% of individuals with gum disease expressed H. pylori infections in their mouths (21). Patients with the infection were also found to be carriers of other virulent bacteria like P. intermedia that cause bad breath and disease.
Individuals who suffer from chronic constipation are also believed to deal with bad breath regularly. Researchers in Denmark found that approximately 25% of people who have chronic bad breath yet have good oral health struggle with constipation (20).
Food that becomes stagnant in the gut provides a feeding ground for bacteria to overgrow. The increased activity of bacterial fermentation in the gut leads to gas, bloating, inflammation, weakened immunity, and increases the susceptibility of harmful bacteria and their toxins to migrate throughout the body.
5) Microbial Overgrowth:
SIBO: Systemic inflammation originates from gut problems not only causes bad breath but is a serious health problem. SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth) is a condition where bacteria overpopulate the small intestines. Playing hosts to such a high overgrowth of bacteria results in elevated levels of the gases they produce throughout the body which triggers inflammatory symptoms.
Candida: Of the numerous microorganisms that break down volatile sulfur compounds and are involved in halitosis, Candida is most frequently to blame. This yeast is generally found in the oral cavity. Food and bacteria that create a white coating on the tongue feeds the presence of Candida and therefore its ability to breakdown sulfur compounds and create mouth odor. (23)
Parasites: Parasitic infection of the gastrointestinal tract is a common cause of bad breath in children but can affect any age group. The presence of parasites creates gut dysfunction, alters pH and gut flora, inhibits the absorption of proper nutrients, and increases toxicity of which bad breath may be a symptom. Left untreated, a parasitic infection can lead to serious health disturbances.
6) Poor Oral Hygiene:
More than 500 species of bacteria exist in the oral cavity of which most contribute to bad odor. Poor oral hygiene is a general cause of most reported conditions of halitosis. The primary sites of which these bacteria reside are the tongue and near the gums around teeth. (9)
As bacteria accumulate, plaque forms increasing the likelihood for cavities, gingivitis and other inflammatory diseases that contribute to mouth odor.
Commercial Breath Fresheners
What products have you used in the past to hide that embarrassing mouth odor? Mouthwashes, mints, gums, freshener sprays, and breath strips are marketed as appealing ways to freshen breath by killing bad breath germs instantly. But do they work?
These commercialized products may help you reduce bad breath temporarily but they also consist of toxic ingredients. The alcohols used in astringent mouthwashes kill beneficial bacteria along with the bad and can increase mouth dehydration. When used daily the alcohol in mouthwashes can dissolve fillings in the mouth leading to an increased risk of mercury exposure.
Here is list of some of the most common breath freshening products on the market, the ingredients they contain and the health risks they are associated with: (1, 2, 3, 4)
Breath Strips: Artificial sweeteners, food dye, thickening agents like locust bean gum and xanthan gum, as well as additives including polysorbate 80, carrageenan, copper gluconate and propylene glycol
Mints: Sugar, corn syrup, gum Arabic and gelatin
Breath Sprays: SD Alcohol 38B, artificial flavoring and sweeteners, food dye and glycerin
Chewing Gums: Artificial sweeteners, softeners like vegetable oil or glycerin, synthetic food coloring and gum additives
Ingredients in these products have been classified as possibly carcinogenic and have been linked to birth defects, wreak havoc on the immune system, cause gastrointestinal complications, increase risk for heart disease and cancer, and trigger allergies amongst a variety of other devastating health problems (5, 6).
For an inexpensive, natural and effective mouthwash I recommend Oral Essentials which you can find here
Natural Strategies To Improve Bad Breath
1) Oil Pulling:
Two methods known as “Graha gandusha” and “kavala graha” have traditionally been used to practice the method of oil pulling as a type of Ayurvedic detox. Oil pulling supports oral health by preventing gingivitis and tooth decay, bleeding gums, freshens bad breath and can heal a sore throat by removing bacteria. Compared to mouthwashes in study, oil pulling has been found to reduce plaque and bacteria that cause gingivitis. (11)
Coconut oil is especially effective at reducing microbial overgrowth and relieving inflammation because of the high fatty acid content it contains. Both lauric acid and monolaurin are effective agents to combat infectious growth that contributes to bad breath (12). Using coconut oil, sunflower oil or even sesame oil, swish 1 tablespoon oil around your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spit out. (13)
2) Good Hydration:
Maintaining optimal hydration is key for preventing against fowl mouth odor. Water helps flush food debris and bacteria from the mouth and is required for salivary production (15).
As the saying goes, drink at least 8 glasses of purified water daily to help remove toxic, odor causing substances from your mouth and body. Hydrate immediately upon the first 30 minutes of waking up with 2 glasses of water when your body is most dehydrated and in need of removing toxins from the gastrointestinal tract.
3) Fermented Foods and Drinks:
Foods containing probiotics significantly improve oral health by inhibiting bacterial overgrowth. Consuming these foods aids in decreasing the acidity of the mouth preventing the ability for bacteria to thrive between teeth, on the tongue and beneath the gum line. Probiotics prevent plaque buildup and dental decay that exacerbates conditions leading to bad breath. (14)
Fermented foods and drinks include grass-fed dairy products like kefir, yogurt and amasi, pickled vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi, and Kombucha.
4) Chlorophyll and Chlorophyll Rich Foods:
Foods that contain the pigment chlorophyll are not only superfoods but they help eliminate odor. Foods like parsley, dill, basil and mint are excellent deodorizers and also contain phytonutrients that help neutralize salivary pH. They are also loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C and minerals which can help decrease inflammation.
Studies show that chlorophyll exhibits strong anti-bacterial properties protecting the mouth from allowing microbes that cause periodontal disease from developing. The antioxidants contained in chlorophyll oxygenate tissue creating an environment unfavorable to anaerobic bacteria (16).
For these same reasons breath freshening dog treats contain common chlorophyll rich foods such as parsley and mint. Try combing these herbs with other chlorophyll foods like salads and sip on beverages containing the natural deodorizer such as mate tea.
5) Raw Foods:
Raw apple, spinach, parsley and mint were some of the most effective foods found in study to act as a breath deodorizer against garlic breath (19). The polyphenols in raw foods and the active enzymes they contain are believed to improve mouth acidity and reduce volatile compounds that give rise to bad breath.
Chewing on the rind of lemon or other citrus fruits will release citric acid to promote salivary production. Uncooked vegetables and fruits are also high in fiber to help cleanse toxins from your digestive tract. Choose local and organic produce when possible.
6) Peppermint Essential Oil:
The pungent odor of peppermint oil can instantly improve bad breath. It has been traditionally used in alternative medicine to treat complications relating to the digestive tract such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Alleviating these problems and improving digestion limits inflammation in the body, inhibits microbial overgrowth and improves conditions of the oral cavity
Peppermint oil contains phenolic compounds and essential oils menthol and menthone that act directly on reducing volatile sulphur compounds. When used in an herbal mouthwash mixture peppermint oil significantly improved mouth odor (17). Grind fresh peppermint leaves and add to your water for an invigorating drink throughout the day or brew your favorite peppermint tea for its oral care benefits. (18)
7) Freshening Herbs:
Both fennel seeds and cloves have antiseptic qualities that can help control bad breath. The pungent aroma of these two herbs freshens breath and also have carminative properties to dispel gas, bloating, and other symptoms of indigestion.
In India, fennel seeds are often included with a combination of dried spices to aid digestion and improve breath following a meal. Chewing fennel seeds or drinking tea steeped in fennel seeds helps regulate the pH of saliva in the mouth by reducing acidity and consequently inhibiting bacteria overgrowth. You too can munch on a ½ teaspoon of fennel seeds to reduce bacteria that cause halitosis after eating or anytime your breath needs freshening.
Utilize the antioxidant properties in cloves for their anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects by preparing a mouthwash. Steep ¼ tsp of fresh cloves in 1 cup of warm water and gargle and rinse with this mouthwash following brushing. The oils contained in clove will suppress the growth of pathogenic bacteria and can be used daily with no adverse health effects. (24)
8) Oral Care:
Practicing good oral hygiene involves more than brushing morning and night. A few useful tips on maintaining proper oral care and reducing the occurrence of bad breath follow: (7, 8)
Brushing: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is reachable to all areas of your mouth. Brush at least twice a day, upon waking up and before bed. The physical act of brushing alone will disturb bacteria that latch onto teeth and gums. When possible, brush teeth immediately following the consumption of foods known to contribute to mouth odor.
Toothbrush Replacement: The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that you replace any toothbrush that has frayed bristles and always no later than every 4 months.
Floss: Bacteria exists between your teeth that cause tooth erosion that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Floss after brushing to remove particles and plaque that can develop on the tooth and under the gum line.
Tongue Scraping: Tongue scraping allows you to effectively remove odor causing dead cells, bacteria, fungus and volatile sulfur compounds. Residue on the tongue is associated with 50% of halitosis cases that originate from problems in the mouth. While extending your tongue, scrape your tongue from back to front. Be sure to rinse your mouth to remove any debris that resides on the tongue’s surface.
Visit the Dentist: Receiving regular dentist checkups not only helps keep your mouth clean but your dentist can provide insight into areas in your mouth that you may be neglecting.
Eat Right: Choosing high quality snacks like walnuts, celery, carrots, apples and antimicrobial spices like cinnamon can quickly remedy nasty odors in your mouth. When eaten raw, these crunchy foods help clean teeth and even contain fibers that stimulate salivary production to fight bad breath.
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Unwinding in a soothing bath can help you put stressors aside and concentrate on your own body’s healing properties at the end of a long day. Slip into a warm bath to boost your immunity and ail whatever health struggle you may be challenged with. Engulfing yourself into a bath may be just what your body demands for an effective and healthier treatment than reaching for pain relievers, cortisone creams and other drugs with hazardous ingredients.
Enjoy these 10 healing bath recipes with your latest must read and a cup of tea or escape away in a dim lit room with only the glow of a candle and the soft sound of spa relaxation music.
1. Essential Oils Detox Bath:
Essential oils have been traditionally used for medicinal and spiritual health purposes. Choose essential oils based on your needs and their specific health promoting properties. Adding essential oils to a bath can help: (2, 3)
Aid in digestion
Stimulate respiratory pathways
Common aromatherapy essential oils like lavender, frankincense and chamomile are especially therapeutic and enhance healing pathways. Add frankincense to your bath to help reduce anxiety and stabilize mood swings. Or soak in lavender or chamomile before bed to aid in a better night’s rest.
Recipe: Add only 100% pure essential oils to your baths that have no added synthetic ingredients. Consider the following essential oil bath combinations when the need arises.
Epsom salts are an inexpensive purchase you can make in bulk for greater savings. These traditionally used salts are rich in pure magnesium and sulfates. These minerals are absorbed across the skin and take up circulation into the body’s blood stream for powerful detoxification effects (7).
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath removes toxins from the body and restores a healthy balance of the minerals magnesium and sulfates. These compounds are vital for supporting healing processes and stimulate nerve and muscle function, increase circulating oxygen and decrease inflammation in the skin, internal tissues and joints. (1)
Recipe: Use the recommended guidelines for submersing yourself in an Epsom bath for at least 40 minutes regularly. Maximize detoxification by soaking in filtered water free of environmental contaminants and avoiding the use of any soaping agents which inhibit mineral absorption.
Children under 60 lbs: Add ½ cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 60-100 lbs: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 100-150 lbs: Add 1½ cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 150-200 lbs: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath
*For each additional 50lbs – Add in an additional ½ cup of salts.
3. Baking Soda Detox Bath:
The baking soda you store in your fridge and pantry isn’t only great at absorbing nasty odors. Baking soda is a cheap and readily available ingredient that you can find anywhere to detoxify the body. Baking soda provides your skin natural itch relief while at the same time neutralizing water contaminants like chlorine. Even with complicated and conventional psoriasis treatments today, healing medical baths such as baking soda baths remain one of the first lines of treatment for the condition (8).
Baking soda provides an invigorating and cleansing feel to the skin due to its natural exfoliant properties. Removing dead skin cells and impurities from the skin’s surface improves the body’s own healing properties to regenerate new and healthy skin cells while also stimulating the underlying lymphatic system.
Recipe: For a natural sunburn remedy, mix ½ cup of baking soda into a warm bath for a gentle itch relief to your skin. You may also consider adding 3 tbl to a warm foot soak when you don’t have the ability to take a bath.
Another option for a detoxifying baking soda bath is to combine it with apple cider vinegar for a bubbly bath fizz to relieve tension. Simply soak in a tub with an added:
1 cup baking soda (aluminum free)
1 cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup Epsom salts
4. Seaweed Detox Bath:
A French researcher of the 1900s, Rene Quinton, found in study that sea water and human plasma are significantly alike in their composition of proteins, mineral salts and other structures. A seaweed bath allows you to reap the benefits from the infusion of minerals across the skin’s barrier and then up into circulation to organs and tissue. (13)
Therapeutic benefits of seaweed detox baths are shown to: (14, 15)
Boosts lymphatic system
Removes toxic waste
Enhances lymph fluid drainage
Improves inflammatory skin conditions like acne
Treats stiff joints and muscle aches
Promote fat metabolism
Recipe: Two options for seaweed baths are below:
*If you live near an ocean:
Gather fresh seaweed from ocean (not what has already washed onto shore).
Fill up warm bath and add seaweed.
Rub seaweed over body to stimulate circulation and increase detoxification.
Typically, when the gel coating from the seaweed dissolves and the seaweed has shriveled, your optimal detoxification period has elapsed (approximately 45 minutes).
*Unable to access fresh seaweed:
Add ½ cup seaweed flakes into a nylon stocking or cheese cloth and seal tightly. You can also add ¼ cup dried seaweed powder directly to warm tub.
Soak for at least 30 minutes.
5. Bentonite Clay Detox Bath:
Bentonite clay is an excellent agent to draw toxins towards the skin’s surface for removal. This clay is rich in minerals formed from evaporated sea water mixed with volcanic ash. These clays are used in mud spas to remove toxins from the skin and promote circulation as a type of rheumatoid arthritis treatment (4).
Since history was first recorded, healing clays like bentonite have been used to treat skin infections due to the infinity for clay to bind with microbes. Bentonite clay has anti-bacterial components that destroy broad-spectrum human pathogens that weak our immune system. It is also used to reduce swelling from insect bites and stimulate healing (6). (5)
Recipe: Before adding the suggested amount of clay directly to your bath, mix the clay (without metal) into a small amount of water to dissolve the clumps and form a paste. Gently massage the paste all over your body and allow to dry while the bath tub fills. Soak in the tub for at least 40 minutes and use a cloth to wash away any residue on the skin.
½ cup bentonite clay
½ cup Epsom salts
6. Apple Cider Vinegar Bath:
Apple cider vinegar is a versatile remedy to ail almost any health concern. It is rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish the skin such as vitamin C and B-complex vitamins. Its natural acidity has an alkalizing effect on the skin which helps balance pH, act as an antimicrobial agent and can aid against skin conditions like dry skin, psoriasis and eczema (16).
Adding apple cider vinegar to baths has benefits to treat inflammatory conditions such as gout, tendonitis, and arthritis. It can benefit athletic aches due to physical exertion and also act as a body odor neutralizer replenishing a healthy balance of bacteria that colonize the skin (17).
Recipe: This bath recipe is simple and quick. Submerse in a bath for 30 minutes containing only 1 or 2 cups of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar baths are beneficial to take 1-2 times each week.
7. Magnetic Clay Detox Bath:
Magnetic clay baths are stated to have comparable effects to chelation therapy which removes heavy metals from the body including mercury, lead, arsenic and aluminum. Magnetic clay has a natural affinity for pulling metals and toxins from the body and may even work faster than chelation therapy. (6)
These types of spa therapies were first recognized for their benefits by the Greeks and increased in use during the Roman Empire for their healing powers (19). Distributers of magnetic clay promote its ability to improve digestive disturbances, treat allergies, kill parasitic growth, improve cognitive function and relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety (18).
Recipe: Receive optimal benefits from magnetic clay baths by enjoying them once a week for health prevention. Begin by adding 2 cups of clay to your detox bath and increasing with use to a maximum of 4 cups. Sensitive individuals may need to use ¼ cup magnetic clay and take baths no more than every 3 weeks. (6)
As with any clay, dissolve the clay first in a small amount of warm water. Add clay into a bowl and stir in ¾ cup warm water to whisk and smooth lumps.
8. Ginger Bath:
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory herb that promotes detoxification and increases circulation for the removal of toxins through pores. Ginger has been used for centuries to naturally enhance health. It contains pungent volatile and non-volatile compounds that had traditionally used to prevent cancer, treat arthritis, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes and other degenerative disorders. (10)
Consider soaking in a ginger bath to help with the following: (10, 11)
Ease achy menstrual cramps
Provide headache relief
Relieve gas and bloating
Reduce cold and flu symptoms
Improve inflammatory conditions such as rheumatism
Boost total body detoxification pathways
Recipe: This bath is only suggested as an evening activity. The combination of ingredients will sooth your mind and body increasing your ability to relax and optimize sleep. Soaking in a ginger bath may cause fatigue directly to follow but you can rest assured that you will wake up feeling rejuvenated.
Into a warm bath add 3 tbl fresh ground organic ginger or ginger powder. Soak for a minimum of 15 minutes but no longer than 30 minutes.
9. Hydrogen Peroxide Detox Bath:
This detox bath is perfect around cold and flu season. This astringent draws toxins from the body and acts as a powerful antiviral agent. Hydrogen peroxide baths are useful for soothing agitated skin and can sooth body aches and pains.
The use of hydrogen peroxide has been shown especially beneficial to women with recurrent bacterial vaginosis (9). Typically treated with antibiotics, hydrogen peroxide restores normal bacteria flora to these afflicted individuals and offers a low cost, effective therapy with no adverse side effects.
Recipe: Fill the tub with warn water. Stir in:
2 cups 3% hydrogen peroxide
1 tbl dried ginger powder
Soak for 30 minutes or as long as desired.
10. Sea Salt Detox Bath:
Sea salt baths are beneficial for soothing skin irritation, battling fatigue and physical exhaustion and increasing magnesium levels in the body. These effects boost over all detoxification and health processes. Sea salts have been shown in study to improve skin hydration thus relieving skin roughness and reducing inflammation (7).
Dead Sea salt treatments have been noted throughout Biblical history for their healing properties. Today, Dead Sea salt treatments are an effective treatment for psoriasis and various rheumatologic diseases like knee osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (12).
Recipe: Dissolve the following ingredients together in a separate container and set aside while the bathtub fills with 1/3 apple cider vinegar:
¼ cup sea salt
¼ cup baking soda
¼ cup Epsom salt
10 drops essential oils if desired
Once the tub is filled, add salt mixture along with oils. Soak in the tub for 20 to 30 minutes making sure to stay well hydrated welling resting. Although generally safe, Dead Sea salt baths can lead to scaly, rough skin characteristic of solar UV radiation and should be used less frequently than other sea salt varieties (12). You can find Minera Dead Sea Salts here
Tips for Your Next Detox Bath:
Stay hydrated to avoid dizziness, nausea and fatigue during and following detox bath. Drink plenty of purified water and/or herbal teas while bathing.
Always test for skin allergies before submersing into a detox bath.
Avoid submersing open wounds in detox baths to avoid further irritation.
Try to relax for 2 hours following a detox bath to promote muscle relaxation and avoid joint stiffness than can occur with physical activity.
The hotter the water, the great the detoxification pathways are stimulated as the pores are opened.
Generally, concentrations of detoxifying bath agents can be multiplied but this also increases the detoxification processes. Begin taking detox baths with recommended concentrations and adjust measurements accordingly.
Always add essential oils just be entering bath to reap their aromatherapy effects. These volatile compounds evaporate quickly when added to hot water without an oil.
Submerge as much as your body as possible in the healing bath to aid in optimal detoxification. If needed, bend knees out of water so that abdomen and feet are submerged.
Some of these bath ingredients will not dissolve down drains. Use a drain guard to prevent materials like clay from clogging drains and clean up tub with a cloth following use.
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Our society today has had extraordinary technological breakthroughs that have simplified and improved many areas of our life. Unfortunately, this technology has also left a mist of toxicity that is effecting all life on Earth. Human health in the 21st century and beyond will be based around our ability to limit exposure, adapt to the environmental stressors, detoxify and heal.
We have over a hundred thousand industrial chemicals in our immediate environment that we are being exposed to daily. Researchers have now found through various studies that the average individual living today has at least 700 known toxins in their body. These toxins can be found in every major area of the body including the blood, skin, fat tissue, vital organs and even in the brain (1, 2, 3, 4).
These toxins affect our hormones, our complexion, our energy and our mood and mental function. The purpose of this article is help you understand how toxins are classified and what systems are critical to the detoxification process. Additionally, I review 7 supplements to detoxify your body that I use regularly myself and with clients to help them adapt to the toxic stressors of our modern society.
Here are the most common symptoms associated with a build-up of toxins in the body.
2 Major Classifications of Toxins:
When it comes to toxins, some of them are produced within our body, while other are produced outside of our body and make their way into our body through ingestion. While we will never completely eliminate these toxins, our job is to the best we can to reduce our exposure.
Exotoxins: These are the toxins that most of use immediately think about. They are chemicals or hazardous substances that come from outside of our body and make their way in.
This would include the toxins from the air we breathe, the household cleaning agents we are using, personal hygiene products, food and drinks we are consuming, lawn care products, car exhaust and much more. In addition, we are dealing with environmental radiation and electromagnetic stressors from our portable devices and cell towers.
Endotoxins: These are substances that are produced within our body that are potentially hazardous to our system. This would include toxins produced by our gut bacteria, molecules formed by incomplete liver conjugation and ammonia which can rise due to inadequate kidney filtration.
The exposure to many of these chemicals is normal and actually considered a hormetic stressor that improves our bodies ability to handle and adapt to stress. However, when we get an overabundance of these molecules, our system becomes overwhelmed and unable to adapt.
5 Regions of Detoxification:
Toxins can and do affect every system and organ of the body. However, there are 5 major areas we look at when it comes to effective detoxification. Each of these areas must be working well in order to effectively eliminate the various toxins we are exposed too.
We have trillions of cells within the body and they each contain anti-oxidant systems that help to protect the intracellular organelles. When the cells are unable to detoxify, they end up accumulating excessive toxins and oxidative stress that damages the mitochondria and DNA. Overtime, this process creates DNA mutations that can lead to chronic diseases such as cancer and autoimmunity.
As impurities are able to get into the blood stream they provide a consistent stream of flow into the various cells, tissues and organs including the brain. Additionally, these toxins can damage the red blood cells and reduce the body’s ability to bring oxygen and nutrients to the cells. Overtime, toxic blood leads to cardiovascular and neurological challenges.
The liver is the primary organ that deactivates toxins. This process transforms toxins debris into a form that allows it to be removed by the body. As the level of toxic burden grows, the liver gets more sluggish and overwhelmed and unable to neutralize hazardous chemicals in our blood stream.
Bowel motility is an essential component to healthy toxic elimination. We should be moving our bowels at least 1-2 times per day and our food wastes should be getting out of our system within a 24 hour period.
This means that if we consume a meal at 12pm on Wednesday, than we should have eliminated all the waste from that meal by 12pm on Thursday at the latest. If the bowel material is able to sit in our intestines, it becomes a breeding ground for bad bacteria, yeast and parasites.
This leads to a fermentation and purification process that allows for enormous amounts of endotoxins to be released throughout the blood stream. This massive release of toxic compounds can overwhelm the liver and slow down all the body’s ability to detoxify all together.
The kidneys are critical to filtering and removing toxins through the urinary system. Additionally, it takes urea out of the body and when it is functioning poorly it can lead to elevated ammonia, which is extremely toxic to the brain. Poorly functioning kidneys are also major contributors to blood pressure problems and cardiovascular disease.
Best Supplements For Detoxification:
There are many lifestyle interventions to help enhance our detoxification pathways, including healthy diet, intermittent fasting, exercise, super hydration, juicing vegetables, cleansing foods, infrared sauna, deep breathing and more.
I have written extensively about all of these cleansing strategies in the past, but this article is meant to focus on some of my favorite detoxifying supplements. This is NOT meant to be an exhaustive list, just some of the top things I use to help my clients detoxify their body.
I have also created an online program called the Cancer Cleanse that details all the best natural cleansing strategies. Pick up the free Cancer Cleanse E-guide here so you can learn more about the best cleansing foods and once you add your email, you will also get my free video training series on effective cleansing and healing lifestyle strategies delivered in a series of emails over 2 weeks.
Glutathione (GSH) is a very special anti-oxidant compound that provides the greatest anti-oxidant protection within the body (5). Every cell in the body produces glutathione. Many longevity scientists believe that the level of glutathione in our cells is predicative of how long we will live (6,7, 8).
Glutathione has been labeled the “master anti-oxidant” due to its essential role in maintaining all other essential anti-oxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E in their active forms.
Glutathione is critical to cellular detoxification as it acts like the cell’s security guard, protecting the delicate genetic material from free radical stress. It is estimated that every cell within the body must face 10,000 strikes by free radicals each day. Glutathione is the key player in disarming these free radicals and cleaning up any mess they make before lasting damage occurs.
Recommended Glutathione Supplementation
Glutathione is rapidly broken down in our digestive tract, so supplementing is tricky. Research has shown that three forms have a direct impact on glutathione levels. All three of these work great, so experiment and see what works best for you.
1. N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
This supplement is a precursor to the major anti-oxidant glutathione. Research has indicated that it is very effective for upregulating glutathione levels and reducing oxidative stress in the body.
Recommended Dosage: 400-1200 mg daily with or without food in 2-3 dosages throughout the day.
2. Liposomal Glutathione
This is a great form to supplement with as it is glutathione combined with liposomes. The liposomes help to get the glutathione through the digestive tract and into the cells. Be sure to avoid the use of soy lecithin with this and opt for a sunflower lecithin instead.
Recommended Dosage: 200-500 mg taken 1-2 times daily away from food
3. Acetylated Glutathione
This form of glutathione is very similar to liposomal glutathione in that it passes through the gut and passes diffusively into the cells of the body. The acetylated bone is then cleaved by enzymes within the cells without requiring any energy expenditure.
Recommended Dosage: 200-500 mg taken 1-2 times daily away from food
My personal favorite form is the S-Acetylated form due its superior absorption and perishability compared to NAC and Liposomal glutathione. This is why I created Super Glutathione, which is an advanced form of S-Acetylated glutathione
Alpha Lipoic Acid:
This is a very unique and powerful anti-oxidant that has both water and fat soluble properties. This characteristic means that it can be go in and out of major organs such as the brain, liver and nerves.
Lipoic acid helps to upregulate glutathione levels indirectly by regenerating other anti-oxidants such as vitamin C, E and CoQ10. Lipoic acid protects the mitochondria, the energy producing factories of cells, from oxidative stress and toxicity like nothing else (9).
There is tremendous research evidence indicating that ALA maintains insulin sensitivity, optimizes blood sugar levels and strengthens blood vessels (10, 11). Additionally, it improves adrenal output, strengthens the gut lining and protects against leaky gut syndrome and helps the liver to detoxify effectively.
ALA also helps to reduce inflammation and balance the tone of the immune system in such a way that it reduces autoimmune activity (12, 13). The versatility of alpha lipoic acid makes it stand out as one of my absolute favorite supplements to help protect the mitochondria and support cellular and liver detoxification.
The R form of alpha lipoic acid is far superior than the S form.
Recommended Dosage: Take 400 – 800 mg of R-alpha lipoic acid daily 1-2 times daily with or without food
This compound is one of the most powerful liver detoxifying agents. The active compound within milk thistle is called silymarin. Research has demonstrated that milk thistle supplementation helps to boost 2 major intracellular anti-oxidants, glutathione and superoxide dismutase (14).
One study indicated that silymarin increased glutathione levels in the intestinal and liver cells by 50% (15). This can help protect the intestines from damage leading to leaky gut, ulcers and colitis.
Milk thistle also helps protect the liver, thyroid and immune system from radiation stress. Gamma radiation is a serious risk factor for the development of thyroid problems and various cancers. Milk thistle is one of the best defenses against the damage that radiation produces (16).
Recommended Dosage: Take 500 – 1000 mg daily in 1-2 dosages with or without food
Selenium is a trace mineral that acts as an anti-oxidant that plays a key role in detoxification and immune regulation. There are strong links between selenium deficiencies and the development of auto-immune conditions, especially those effecting the thyroid gland (17, 18).
Selenium also has a strong binding affinity for mercury and other heavy metals. This magnetic like effect sucks these heavy metals out of the blood stream and creates a new substance such as a Hg (mercury)-Se compound that gets flushed out of the body.
This is a powerful way to remove mercury from the body before it has the opportunity to embed itself in fatty tissue and vital organs and cause health problems (19, 20).
Recommended Dosage: I recommend doing 200-400 mcg of L-selenomethionine daily with or without food for heavy metal detoxification, immune improvements and thyroid health.
Chlorella and Spirulina:
These single celled algae are potent sources of chlorophyll and trace minerals (21). Chlorophyll is the plant based compound that allows these organisms to produce energy from photosynthesis or from the sun’s photons.
Chlorophyll also helps to purify the blood by binding to toxins and improving the body’s ability to bring oxygen to cells (22). By improving oxygen delivery to cells, it upregulates the intracellular energy production and anti-oxidant systems.
Additionally, these algae are a great source of magnesium and zinc, which are a key part of the bodies detoxification system.
In the case of chlorella, it contains the phytonutrient sporopollenin, which is able to bind neurotoxic debris extremely well (23). This includes heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead and biotoxins like mold, lyme, tetanus and tuberculosis toxins.
Best Dosage: 2 – 4 grams taken in multiple dosages in either capsules, tablets or dried powder with or without food.
Activated charcoal is a unique compound that acts like a sponge, gobbling up toxic debris and expelling it from our system through the stool. A sponge absorbs toxins, but the toxins can be released by a simple squeeze. Charcoal on the other hand, “adsorbs” rather than “absorbs,” material, meaning that it is able to grab and hold onto substances at a molecular level so they are unable to escape.
Activated charcoal can take in outside materials weighing over 100 times its own weight (24). This is unheard of with any other natural substance although bentonite clay is close behind. This is why charcoal is used to pull toxic oil spills from the oceans and lakes and why it is commonly used in emergency rooms for individuals who overdose on drugs. It is literally lifesaving in both of these circumstances!
Research studies have shown that activated charcoal decreases the toxic load on the body by over 60% with daily use (25). This is due to its ability to bind and grab up chlorine, pesticides and herbicides, bacteria, viruses, yeast, parasites, toxic chemicals and endotoxic metabolites.
Recommended Dosage: For best results take 500-1000 mg daily on an empty stomach away from food or other supplements. I recommend at night before bed.
You can take up to 2 grams – 3x daily if you are doing a stronger cleanse. If you experience constipation while using, try adding in more magnesium, water and possibly fiber. If constipation persists, back down your dosage. I use Bulletproof Upgraded coconut charcoal here
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently surveyed 73,000 children and found one in 10 has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is a 22% increase since 2003. Approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011 (1).
Boys (13.2%) were more likely than girls (5.6%) to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD. The average age of ADHD diagnosis was 7 years of age, but children reported by their parents as having more severe ADHD were diagnosed earlier. Prevalence of ADHD diagnosis varied substantially by state, from a low of 5.6% in Nevada to a high of 18.7% in Kentucky.
ADHD and Delayed Development:
Studies using brain imaging have shown that children with ADHD have a delayed brain maturation by about 3 years (2). The delay is most pronounced in brain regions involved in thinking, attention, focus and planning.
Some of the most significant maturation delays are in the outermost layer of the brain, the cortex and in particular the frontal lobe of the cortex (3, 4). The corpus colosum, which is key for proper communications between the 2 hemispheres of the brain is also shown to have an abnormal growth pattern in children with ADHD, sensory processing disorders and dyslexia (5, 6, 7).
Neurotransmitter Regulation and ADHD
Molecular genetic studies have identified several genes that may mediate susceptibility to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A consensus of the literature suggests that when there is a dysfunction in the “brain reward cascade,” especially in the dopamine system, causing a low or hypo-dopaminergic trait, the brain may require dopamine for individuals to avoid unpleasant feelings (8, 9).
This high-risk genetic trait leads to multiple drug-seeking behaviors, because the drugs activate release of dopamine, which can diminish abnormal cravings. Moreover, this genetic trait is due in part to a form of a gene (DRD2 A1 allele) that prevents the expression of the normal laying down of dopamine receptors in brain reward sites (10, 11, 12).
Other studies have shown issues with the ability of the enzyme dopamine beta hydroxylase which catalyzes dopamine into norepinephrine and the norepinephrine transporter enzyme which is involved in the reuptake of norepinphrine into the synaptic terminals (13, 14).
Additional research has looked at dysfunctions in the serotonin and GABA pathways and the relationship to ADHD (15, 16). Serotonin and GABA are both necessary for calming the brain and inhibiting distracting stimuli. It is obvious from this research that genetic polymorphysisms and developmental challenges with neurotransmitter function are critical factors in ADHD.
ADHD and Birthing Medications:
Children who were exposed to anesthesic medications in their first 2 years of life are at a significantly greater risk of developing ADHD (17, 18). One study showed that children exposed to anesthesia in the first 3 years of life had twice the risk of developing ADHD than children who had not been exposed (19).
This is one of the complications of mothers choosing anesthetic medications and epidurals during their birth process. Additionally, the medications such as pitocin (oxytocin) used for birth inductions are also linked with higher rates of ADHD (20)
ADHD and Stimulant Medication:
Individuals with ADHD are most often prescribed stimulant medications such as ritalin, dexedrine and adderall. These medications increase dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the brain. These neurotransmitters are critical for goal setting, concentration and focus (21, 22).
Common side effects include restlessness, dizziness, insomnia, headache, dryness of the mouth, gastrointestinal complaints and weight loss (23). Ritalin and Adderall are classified as “Schedule II” drugs (along with cocaine) by the Drug Enforcement Agency to indicate drugs with a high potential for abuse (24).
ADHD and the Microbiome:
There has been a tremendous amount of research linking the gut microbiome and neurological health. Research has indicated that low levels of healthy lactobacillus and bifidobacterium are linked with increased brain exciteability and neurological inflammation (25).
A 2013 study evaluated 742,939 children and demonstrated that those children with ADHD had a dramatic increased prevalence of constipation almost threefold higher than those without ADHD. Fecal incontinence was sixfold higher in the ADHD group, and visits to the doctor because of bowel issues was also dramatically increased in kids with ADHD.
Gut motility is a critical factor in the development and maintenance of a healthy microbiome. Children with ADHD most often have slow motility and a proliferation of microbes that secrete neurotoxic compounds such as lipopolysaccharides (LPS) (26).
Additives and Chemical Perservatives:
ADHD is commonly seen associated with an inflammatory based diet and toxic food additives, dyes and preservatives. These food industry based chemicals are mild-moderately neurotoxic. They also have a strong synergistic affect when combined with sugars such as fructose. (27, 28)
A recent Lancet study concluded that food dyes along with the preservative sodium benzoate (found in many soft drinks, fruit juices, & salad dressings) cause many children to become significantly more hyperactive and distractible. This study also found that food additives and dyes can do as much damage to children’s brains as lead in gasoline (29).
Gluten Sensitivity and ADHD:
Gluten is the common protein molecule found in wheat, barley, rye, kamut and spelt. Gluten is a sticky storage protein that binds to the small intestinal wall where it often causes digestive and immune system disorders.
There is extensive research about gluten sensitivity and disorders in every part of the neurological system. Gluten is a significant trigger in neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD (30, 31). If you have one of these issues it is critical to go 100% gluten-free.
An anti-inflammatory nutrition plan that is low in carbohydrate and rich in healthy fats and anti-oxidants is critical to preventing and treating ADHD. The brain is primarily water, fat and cholesterol. These are all key building blocks for promoting healthy brain function and rebuilding a damaged brain.
The proper nutrition plan to beat ADHD is rich in phytonutrient dense vegetables, healthy fat and clean protein sources. Healthy fat sources such as coconut, avocados, olive oil & sprouted nuts and seeds must take a central role in the diet to promote healthy brain function.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids for ADHD:
There are many key nutrients that enhance the functioning of individuals with ADHD. Omega 3 fatty acids are perhaps the most effective nutrient in enhancing concentration and focus in ADHD individuals (32). Omega 3 fatty acids and in particular the long chain variety EPA and DHA are critical for stabilizing blood sugar, improving neurogenesis and neurotransmitter production (33, 34).
One study found that children with ADHD had significantly lower omega 3 fatty acid content than did normal controls and the most behaviorally challenged children had the lowest levels of omega 3 in their blood and tissue (35).
Key Nutrients for ADHD:
All of these trace minerals and B vitamins are necessary for proper neurotransmitter function. As explained above, ADHD and other learning disorders are related to neurotransmitter dysfunctions. Therefore, utilizing researched based nutrients to support neurotransmitter function seems appropriate and delivers proven results.
Magnesium: Studies have shown that magnesium supplementation benefits children with ADHD. One study showed that 50 children with ADHD and other behavioral issues had significant improvement with 6 months of 200 mg magnesium supplementation (36)
Vitamin B6: Has been studied along with magnesium to reduce hyperexciteability, aggressiveness and behavioral problems in school aged children (37, 38). Magnesium and B6 play a role in the development of all major neurotransmitters so it is no wonder they have such profound influence.
Folate: Individuals with an MTHFR gene polymorphism are more likely to be deficient in folate and are at greater risk for the development of ADHD (39). These individuals in particular need extra methyl-folate. Individuals supplementing with L-methyl-folate have shown significant improvement in ADHD symptoms (40).
Choline: This is a key precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and it helps to regulate memory, focus and muscle control. Individuals with ADHD may have choline transporter defects (41) and can benefit greatly from extra choline intake (42).
Zinc: This is a key cofactor for dopamine synthesis which is key for healthy mood and concentration in ADHD. Low zinc status depresses serotonin and melatonin production which can affect behavior and sleep. Many people suffering with ADHD have low zinc status and supplementing with 30mg daily has shown to be significant for individuals with ADHD (43).
L-Carnitine: Plays a critical role in fatty acid metabolism and mitochondrial health. Has been shown to reduce hyperactivity and improve social behavior in people with ADHD (44).
Serine: Phosphatidylserine (PS) has been shown to increase dopamine levels. Research has shown that taking PS with omega 3 fatty acids improved ADHD scores significantly more than when taking just one of these alone. The researchers found it especially useful in the population of hyperactive-impulsive, emotionally and behaviorally-dysregulated individuals.
L-Glutamine: This is the precurser for the neurotransmitters glutamate and GABA. Glutamate is excitatory while GABA is inhibitory and calming. Disruption in the glutamate, GABA balance may be present in individuals with ADHD (45). Additionally, L-glutamine helps improve gut integrity and reduces microbial related inflammation in the body that can effect brain function and induce ADHD.
Vitamin D3: Vitamin D3 plays an enormous role in the development and function of the brain. There is a strong association between low prenatal vitamin D levels in the mother and ADHD development in children (46). Individuals with ADHD are often found to have low vitamin D levels as well (47).
Glutathione and ADHD:
Individuals suffering with ADHD are under high levels of oxidative stress in their brain. Our main protective shield is the master anti-oxidant glutathione. Poor blood sugar control and high environmental toxin exposure are known to deplete glutathione levels and impair mitochondrial function (48).
A key pathway that maintains cellular glutathione levels and the ability of the cell to adapt to stress is called Keap1-Nrf2. When this pathway breaks down it causes increased levels of oxidative stress within the cell that leads to the glutathione depletion and mitochondrial dysfunction (49). Improving glutathione status in ADHD individuals improves hyperactivity and focus.
Chiropractic and ADHD:
Healthy movement patterns produce proprioception (movement information) which is a critical essential for healthy brain enhancing and neurodevelopmental patterns. Boosting proprioceptive input through good posture and spinal function is critical for healthy brain development.
Regular chiropractic care along with spinal hygiene exercises are essential lifestyle factors for healthy neurological function. This article explains the benefits and reviews specific case studies involving chiropractic care for children with ADHD and sensory learning disorders (50).
Healthy Movement Patterns:
Children, teenagers, & adults with ADHD symptoms do very well with a regular exercise program that incorporates core stability and functional balance training. Many hyperactive kids are naturally drawn to activities such as rebounding and jumping on a trampoline as well as balance sports such as skating, surfing and snowboarding.
All of these dynamic balance based activities powerfully enhance proprioceptive input into the brain. Regular movement and daily exercise are also extremely beneficial for people with ADHD (51).
12 Tips to Beat ADHD Naturally:
Here are the best action steps to get started with on your journey to beat ADHD and other learning problems naturally. You should always consult with your physician before stopping or changing medications or taking on new health strategies.
Additionally, you should be working with a functional health practitioner to help guide you through these strategies. This is not an exhaustive list and there are other natural therapeutic strategies that I and functional health practitioners will utilize to help individuals with ADHD and other learning disorders.
1. Prioritize Sleep: You must focus on getting good sleep on a regular basis. If you are sleeping in late in the morning, try getting up early and allowing yourself to get real tired early the following evening and going to sleep around 9-10pm and waking around 6-7am.
Use this as your regular schedule getting 8-9 hours of high quality sleep each night. If you are having trouble sleeping follow the strategies I discuss in these articles here
2.Clean Up Your Diet: Follow an Anti-inflammatory nutrition plan as discussed. You can find specific shopping plans here and many great recipes on DrJockers.com
3.Get Outside on a Regular Basis: It is so important to get outside in nature. Go to a park everyday and take a long walk and do lots of deep breathing. Nature is its own healer and if you find ways to get out in nature, you will see huge improvements in focus, concentration, learning and mood.
4. Exercise Daily: Bike, walk, run, lift weights, dance, yoga, etc. Find something or multiple things you love that challenge your body and are enjoyable.
5. Supplement With Omega 3’s: Omega 3 fatty acids may be the most important supplement for individuals with ADHD and learning disorders. Try to eat foods like grass-fed meat, grass-fed butter, wild-caught fish and spirulina which are all rich in high quality omega 3’s.
It is also advisable to supplement with 2-5 grams daily of EPA/DHA along with 200 mg of GLA. Clinically, I use ProEFA or Cod Liver Oil to boost up omega 3’s.
6.Breath Deeply: Take time to practice deep diaphragmatic breathing on a regular basis.
7.Chiropractic Care: Find a great chiropractor in your area for a complete spine and nervous system evaluation and follow the recommended treatment protocols.
8. Eliminate Food Sensitivities: Identify any major food sensitivities through either a lab test here or biofeedback test here and come off of these for 90 days.
9.Include Magnesium & B Vitamin Rich Foods: Magnesium helps to improve blood sugar signaling patterns and protects the blood-brain barrier. The best magnesium and B vitamin rich foods include dark green leafy veggies, grass-fed dairy, raw cacao and pumpkin seeds. I also recommend using our Brain Calm Magnesium for ADHD children and adults.
10. Optimize Vitamin D: Boost your vitamin D3 levels by getting more whole body sun exposure and/or using a high quality supplement. I recommend a D3 with vitamin K2. Aim to get 5,000-10,000 IU daily for adults and 2,000 to 5,000 IU daily for children. I use the Thorne D3/K2 dropper to titer the dosage for kids.
11. Improve Your Gut Motility: Improving bowel movement frequency and consistency is a key detoxification concept. Consuming an anti-inflammatory diet with good fiber sources such as chia seed and flax seed, using bone broths, fermented foods and probiotics will improve bowel motility. Restore harmony to your gut through diet and proper supplementation.
12.Use an Advanced Brain Support Pack: Thisis designed to get you the key nutrients that are we have already discussed that are necessary for optimal brain function and cognitive processing. These nutrients help the brain to produce the right amount of neurotransmitters and other neurochemicals to enhance focus, memory and concentration naturally. You can find our Children’s Brain support pack here
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently surveyed 73,000 children and found one in 10 has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).This is a 22% increase since 2003. Research has shown that toxic and deficient lifestyle patterns are the chief contributing factor for this disorder.Natural lifestyle solutions can prevent and reverse ADHD.
Many researchers consider chronic ADHD symptoms a sign of mild-moderate brain damage.When regions of the brain are chronically inflamed it signals the primitive regions of the brain to be on overdrive.This inhibits frontal lobe function which is the region responsible for concentration and emotional stability.The primitive regions on overdrive include the reticular activating system and limbic system.When this primitive brain is imbalanced it leads to poor concentration and emotional outbursts.
ADHD is commonly caused by an inflammatory based diet and toxic food additives.These food additive chemicals are mild-moderately neurotoxic.They also have a strong synergistic affect when combined with sugars such as fructose.A recent Lancet study concluded that food dyes along with the preservative sodium benzoate (found in many soft drinks, fruit juices, & salad dressings) cause many children to become significantly more hyperactive and distractible.This study also found that food additives and dyes can do as much damage to children’s brains as lead in gasoline.
Digestive problems can also dramatically affect brain function and development.A common factor with ADHD is a weak intestinal system and food allergies.Often times a Candida infection is present and producing brain damaging toxic metabolites.It is wise to address the gut and allow it to heal by avoiding allergens and supplementing with high quality Probiotics.
The most common food allergens to avoid include all pasteurized dairy products and gluten containing grains such as wheat, barley, rye, oats, kamut, & spelt.Soy products, some nuts, eggs, and heavy proteins are often not tolerated well.Other allergens include those of the nightshade family such as eggplant, tomatoes, & potatoes.
An anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle are critical for full recovery from this condition.Anti-inflammatory foods help to modulate the immune system and give it a more accurate pair of eyes so as to not over-inflame when stimulated.To effectively de-inflame it is key to completely avoiding man-made foods, sugars, and food allergens as listed above.The long chain omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are critical for brain function.
Healthy movement patterns produce proprioception (movement information) which is a critical essential for healthy brain enhancing and neurodevelopmental patterns.Boosting proprioceptive input through good posture and spinal function is critical for healthy brain development.Regular chiropractic care along with spinal hygiene exercises are essential lifestyle factors for healthy neurological function.
Children, teenagers, & adults with ADHD symptoms do very well with a regular exercise program that incorporates core stability and functional balance training. Many hyperactive kids are naturally drawn to activities such as rebounding and jumping on a trampoline as well as balance sports such as skating, surfing and snowboarding.All of these dynamic balance based activities powerfully enhance proprioceptive input into the brain.
Other critical nutrients that are key for brain function include Vitamin D, Folic acid, Pyridoxine (B6), Vitamin B12, Zinc, CoQ10, and trace minerals.Vitamin D levels should be between 60-100 ng/ml.Boost Vitamin D naturally with 20-60 minutes of healthy sunlight everyday or 5,000-50,000 IU of emulsified vitamin D3 daily to get the levels where they should be.A raw, whole-food multi-vitamin that supplies ample amounts of folic acid (400 mcg), B6 (4mg), B12(100 mcg), Zinc (15 mg), trace minerals, & CoQ10 (500 mcg) should be consumed daily.
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http://www.naturalnews.com/032275_ADHD_natural_remedies.htmlThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently surveyed 73,000 children and found one in 10 has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is a 22% increase since 2003. Research has shown that toxic and deficient lifestyle patterns are the chief contributing factor for this disorder. Natural lifestyle solutions can prevent and reverse ADHD.
Many researchers consider chronic ADHD symptoms a sign of mild-moderate brain damage. When regions of the brain are chronically inflamed it signals the primitive regions of the brain to be on overdrive. This inhibits frontal lobe function which is the region responsible for concentration and emotional stability. The primitive regions on overdrive include the reticular activating system and limbic system. When this primitive brain is imbalanced it leads to poor concentration and emotional outbursts.
ADHD is commonly caused by an inflammatory based diet and toxic food additives. These food additive chemicals are mild-moderately neurotoxic. They also have a strong synergistic affect when combined with sugars such as fructose. A recent Lancet study concluded that food dyes along with the preservative sodium benzoate (found in many soft drinks, fruit juices, & salad dressings) cause many children to become significantly more hyperactive and distractible. This study also found that food additives and dyes can do as much damage to children’s brains as lead in gasoline.
Digestive problems can also dramatically affect brain function and development. A common factor with ADHD is a weak intestinal system and food allergies. Often times a Candida infection is present and producing brain damaging toxic metabolites. It is wise to address the gut and allow it to heal by avoiding allergens and supplementing with high quality Probiotics.
The most common food allergens to avoid include all pasteurized dairy products and gluten containing grains such as wheat, barley, rye, oats, kamut, & spelt. Soy products, some nuts, eggs, and heavy proteins are often not tolerated well. Other allergens include those of the nightshade family such as eggplant, tomatoes, & potatoes.
An anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle are critical for full recovery from this condition. Anti-inflammatory foods help to modulate the immune system and give it a more accurate pair of eyes so as to not over-inflame when stimulated. To effectively de-inflame it is key to completely avoiding man-made foods, sugars, and food allergens as listed above. The long chain omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are critical for brain function.
Healthy movement patterns produce proprioception (movement information) which is a critical essential for healthy brain enhancing and neurodevelopmental patterns. Boosting proprioceptive input through good posture and spinal function is critical for healthy brain development. Regular chiropractic care along with spinal hygiene exercises are essential lifestyle factors for healthy neurological function.
Children, teenagers, & adults with ADHD symptoms do very well with a regular exercise program that incorporates core stability and functional balance training. Many hyperactive kids are naturally drawn to activities such as rebounding and jumping on a trampoline as well as balance sports such as skating, surfing and snowboarding. All of these dynamic balance based activities powerfully enhance proprioceptive input into the brain.
Other critical nutrients that are key for brain function include Vitamin D, Folic acid, Pyridoxine (B6), Vitamin B12, Zinc, CoQ10, and trace minerals. Vitamin D levels should be between 60-100 ng/ml. Boost Vitamin D naturally with 20-60 minutes of healthy sunlight everyday or 5,000-50,000 IU of emulsified vitamin D3 daily to get the levels where they should be. A raw, whole-food multi-vitamin that supplies ample amounts of folic acid (400 mcg), B6 (4mg), B12(100 mcg), Zinc (15 mg), trace minerals, & CoQ10 (500 mcg) should be consumed daily.