Let’s start this off by saying that if there was a time to invest in your health and wellbeing, then this would be it. That’s because we’re learning that survival rates are higher in healthier individuals with stronger immune systems. Although we don’t know every detail pertaining to COVID-19, we do have vast information and research on how to optimize our immune system in general. Let’s look at some factors to consider when discussing immune health.
To keep the answer simple, adaptogens are made up of a variety of botanicals, herbs, and mushrooms that support your body’s stress response. In other words, it helps your body “adapt” in response to stress. These stressors could range from physical to emotional. Adaptogens are known to be non-specific meaning they help the body respond to any external stressors that would cause your body to be out of balance.
Fat loss ultimately comes down to food quality and quantity. Add in environmental factors, hormones, and exercise and you have yourself the foundational pillars of fat loss and fat gain. With that being said, how you approach fat loss should be personalized and based on what works for you. No matter what approach you take, there are a couple of universal tips to follow that can be applied to your fat loss game plan. Here are a couple of rules to follow to get you started on your weight loss journey.
There is an observed link between physical activity and the protection of cognitive function as we age, but few high quality, long-term, randomized or prospective studies exist. The objective of this study was to determine whether greater cardiovascular fitness in midlife is associated with a decreased risk of dementia in women followed for 44 years.
We know the importance of lutein and zeaxanthin (L and Z) for the eyes in protecting against macular degeneration. More recently, studies have shown a connection between L and Z and brain health. L and Z accumulate in human brain tissue and account for more than two-thirds of the total carotenoid in the brain.
The lifetime prevalence of migraines in Canada is estimated to be 24% in women and 9% in men (CADTH, 2017). Migraines can be debilitating causing cognitive dysfunction, neck pain, depression and anxiety. Migraines are caused by inflammation of the nervous system.
In 2016 Statistics Canada reported that 7% of Canadians 12 and older (~2.1 million people) were diagnosed with diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes (DM2) is primarily attributed to poor diet, obesity and aging. Diabetes may lead to nerve damage, amputations, blindness, heart disease and strokes.
If we think about our health like a retirement fund, we can see that the sooner we begin to make deposits, the quicker the benefits add up and the greater the contributions, the “healthier” the withdrawals later in life.
Protein clumping is a hallmark of diabetes and many neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. If our cells cannot remove these protein clumps, the cells’ ability to generate energy is reduced. A new study has shed light on the internal quality control system that may be responsible for the removal of protein clumps.
Up until now, vitamin D2 and D3 were assumed to have the same nutritional value. This landmark study out of the University of Surrey, U.K. looked at both types of vitamin D—D2 (plant source) and D3 (animal source) and their effectiveness in raising levels of vitamin D in our body.