Alpha-lipoic acid also known as lipoic acid (LA) is a powerful antioxidant. It is both fat- and water soluble which means it can deliver it's antioxidant effect to any cell or tissue in the body. Lipoic acid has been documented to help with the following conditions:
- reduce aging
- decrease oxidative stress
- improve memory
- Ulcerative colitis
- prevent cataracts
- myocardial protection
- erectile dysfunction
Alpha-lipoic acid has no defined toxic level.
The following are a list of nutritional and herbal supplements that help optimize aerobic and anaerobic exercise performance.
- Carnitine enhances aerobic processes and helps spare glycogen depletion which delays the onset of fatigue.
- Rhodiola is an herb noted for it's stimulant, antistress and adaptogenic properties. Very beneficial for endurance athletes.
- Cordyceps is an herb known for it's ability to increase energy and endurance and combats fatigue, enhances fat metabolism and spares muscle glycogen during progloned activity.
The following symptoms are indicators for hypoglycemia:
- craving for sweets
- irritability if meals are missed
- dependency on coffee for energy
- becoming light headed if meals are missed
- eating to relieve fatigue
- feeling shaky, jittery, or tremulous
- feeling agitated and nervous
- become upset easily
- poor memory, forgetfulness
- blurred vision
Reactive hypoglycemia is an early stage of insulin resistance which can then lead to diabetes.
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10 Tips for Cutting Your Cravings:
- Balance your blood sugar.
- Don't drink your calories.
- Eat a nutritious protein breakfast.
- Have small, frequent, fiber-rich meals throughout the day.
- Avoid eating within 3 hours of bedtime.
- Manage your stress.
- Find out if hidden food allergies are triggering your cravings.
- Get moving.
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep.
- Supplement with nutrients like Omega-3's, Vitamin D3
Why not start early with your New Year's resolution.
Info provided by: The Blood Sugar Solution, Mark Hyman, MD
Raw honey has been proven to have numerous health benefits. They include the following:
- inhibits growth of 'sick' bacteria & fungi
- increases blood concentrations of vitamin C
- supports the immune system
- inhibits tumor growth & metastasis
- decreases inflammation
- contains prebiotics (oligosaccharides)
- alleviates seasonal allergies
- lowers cholesterol
- improves performance, heart frequency & blood glucose in athletes
- prevents and soothes gastrointestinal disorders (peptic ulcer & gastritis)
Did you know the following illnesses can be linked to low Vitamin D3 levels:
- Heart disease
- Mental Illness
- Auto-Immune disease (Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and MS)
- Rickets and osteomalacia
- Muscle weakness and poor neuromuscular co-ordination
- High Blood pressure
- Chronic pain
- Poor Immunity and susceptibility to infections
- Hyperparathyroidism which creates osteoporosis, kidney stones, depression, aches and pains, chronic fatigue, muscle weakness and digestive imbalances.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and is also known as our happy hormone. When this hormone is low you may experience the following symptoms:
- loss of pleasure in hobbies & interests
- overwhelmed with ideas to manage
- feelings of inner rage
- feelings of paranoia
- feeling sad or down for no reason
- not enjoying life
- lack of artistic appreciation
- depressed in overcast weather
- losing enjoyment for favorite foods
- losing interest in friendships and relationships
- difficulty falling into a deep restful sleep
Did you know that the following symptoms can be related to a magnesium deficiency:
- Muscle Spasms
- Panic attacks
- Mitral valve prolapse
- Irregular heartbeat
- Chronic pain
- Low blood sugar
Magnesium rich foods include: almonds, bananas, blackberries, broccoli, dates, green beans, kasha, kidney beans, millet, navy beans, shrimp, soybeans, tuna, and watermelon. Supplementing with magnesium glycinate is another way to get your daily dose and can be purchased in a pill or powder form.
CLA also known as conjugated linoleic acid, is lacking in the majority of our diets today. We do not make CLA in our bodies, we can obtain it from grass-fed beef and dairy products. However, you need to make sure that it is grass-fed beef because most cattle today are not grazing out in pastures. Studies found that by 1990s the CLA content in U.S. milk was less than 1 percent. In Australia the cattle still graze out in pastures and they found the CLA content to be a gigantic 400 percent!