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Too Much Antioxidant Supplementation Might Be Having The Opposite Desired Effect

The products of oxidation are necessary for the function of our mitochondria in appropriate amounts – it is only when there is an excess that they cause damage through oxidative stress. Findings from a new study in the Journal of Cell Aging suggests that too much usage of commonly used antioxidant supplements, such a N-acetyl cysteine (aka “NAC”), might be having the opposite desired effect on our metabolism.

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Calorie Counting and Weight Management: A Null Relationship (Part 2)

Previously, we discussed the importance of moving an individual’s paradigm away from calorie quantity and toward calorie quality in the battle for better body-composition. Re-educating individuals about the metabolic differences between protein, fat, and carbohydrates, in regards to body composition will give them confidence to abandon the old theory of calorie-counting and embrace current literature, which gives preference to the type of calorie consumed.

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Calorie Counting and Weight Management: A Null Relationship (Part 1)

Grounding weight loss strategy solely based on calorie counting seems to be an old idea resistant to change for many, despite new literature proving the idea to be both unscientific and ineffective. Sadly, the most obese individuals are often those who staunchly hold onto the idea of calorie counting. Despite the frustration and failure calorie-counting produces, the idea of consuming more calories while attempting to lose weight is a fearful idea. How many times have we witnessed the trend revealing that the most obese individuals are consuming the fewest calories and meals?

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Zinc – The Essential Nutrient Part 2

A hallmark of zinc deficiency is reduced senses of taste and smell. However, this may be akin to scurvy and rickets, in that it is a very advanced sign of severe and longstanding deficiency. There may be other, milder systemic effects that indicate insufficiency long before such a striking and worrisome sign develops. Zinc insufficiency may manifest in the skin, hair and nails, as dermatitis, acne, hair thinning and loss, white spots on the nails, and slow wound healing.

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The Pre-Workout Supplements That Work (Other Than Caffeine)

Often, when people think of supplements to increase their focus, energy, or performance, what usually comes to mind is a pre-workout product that stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and usually has high doses of caffeine. There is nothing wrong with a little caffeine, but numerous pre-workout supplements on the market contain as much caffeine as five cups of coffee! Pre-workout supplements have never been more popular. They provide increased energy and endurance for one’s workout

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Zinc – The Essential Nutrient #1

Micronutrients have nearly instantaneous associations with particular roles: there’s calcium and phosphorus for bone health; vitamin C for immune function; vitamin E for reproductive health and fertility; and iron and B12 for healthy blood and energy levels. But what about zinc? Zinc is often included in over-the-counter cold remedies, but the immune system is only one mechanism that requires adequate zinc for optimal function. Zinc is the most abundant intracellular trace element in the body, and at least 300 zinc-dependent enzymes have been identified. Among them is copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant enzyme that protects against peroxidation of cellular lipids.

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The Second Brain – The Gut-Brain Axis

The English language is full of phrases that suggest a connection between the head and the stomach—or, more precisely, between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract. And certainly, it doesn’t require a medical degree to understand that there does seem to be a link between what goes on in our head and what goes in our gut, and vice-versa. When we’re nervous, scared, worried, or otherwise upset, we tend to lose our appetite and may even feel a little nauseated.

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Is Your Cookware Safe?

As our lifestyles become increasingly toxic, holistic practitioners are recognizing chemical and heavy metal toxicities as a key participant in the pathology of various chronic health conditions. In an attempt to clean up our environment and facilitate detoxification, we become aware of the need for clean air, water, food and a relatively chemical-free home environment. Toxic cookware is not always a topic broached with individuals, but considering the frequency with which individuals use cookware, it looks like it may be a pertinent part of the evaluation.

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Pre-Workout Supplements: The Good and Bad

One of the most important things to consider when evaluating your options is that many popular pre-workout supplements are loaded with stimulants. There is nothing wrong with a little caffeine, but most of the pre-workout products on the market contain as much caffeine as five cups of coffee. In addition, many also contain food dyes and artificial sweeteners, with most powders being sweetened with sucralose. While food manufacturing companies and global health authorities have deemed sucralose safe for consumption, most health care providers know that this is not the case.

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