Heart Health: Part III – regeneration, genetics and supplements

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Wear and tear, cell regeneration and impact on heart health Most people pretty much accept the inevitable decline in heart health as they age, believing that the heart (just as the rest of the body) wears out with time.  It is almost expected that your heart, as you get older, will start changing for the worse – the cardiac muscle is expected to thicken (and weaken at the same time), arteries – to stiffen and overall cell regeneration process – to slow down.  The implied lack of exercise at an older age makes these processes accelerate even further. This grim picture, however, doesn’t have to be your reality. It is true that myocardium cells may not possess the same remarkable […]

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The Essential Guide to Vitamins and Minerals – Part III (Magnesium and Calcium)

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This installment of the series starts the discussion on minerals with calcium and magnesium. While you have probably heard a lot about calcium from commercials promoting dairy products, magnesium doesn’t get discussed a lot – yet, it participates in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in your body. Find out what these two minerals are important for, what happens when you are deficient and how to ensure adequate intake.

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The Essential Guide to Vitamins and Minerals – Part II (Vitamin C and the B Family)

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(… Continued from Part I) VITAMIN C Benefits of Vitamin C Just like vitamin E, Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid, or ascorbate) is also an anti-oxidant and, thus, protects from free radical damage.  Free radicals accelerate aging and are believed to cause, among other things, cancer, arthritis and heart disease.  In addition to that, vitamin C also triggers the production of intracellular glutathione – a master antioxidant in your body that has many beneficial effects, including pathogen deactivation Vitamin C also aids in growth and repair of tissues (it forms a protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels), helps in healing wounds and is required for a range of essential metabolic reactions. One of the most commonly known function […]

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Nourishing good bacteria to improve health

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From early age we are taught to kill bacteria – antibiotics, anti-bacterial soaps, sanitizing wipes, washing hands 50 times a day… Modern nutrition and medical practices exacerbate the problem even more, making us “too clean” sometimes. As a result, we create and promote perfect conditions for many debilitating diseases. The fix, however, may be quite simple – and may have a profound effect on how you feel, look, think and function…

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How to build muscle – the right way (Part II – supplements)

(Continued from Part I – Rest, Recovery and Nutrition) Bodybuilding supplements for muscle growth You may be impatient to get to the exercise part, but exercise by itself would do little if you don’t address other pillars of building muscle.  We talked about the importance of nutrition and recovery in Part I.  We will discuss exercise last, in Part III, where we will cover the science behind muscle growth, common misconceptions in bodybuilding and sample protocols.  But for now let’s talk about a few important supplements. We’ve already discussed protein supplementation in Part I.  Can you build muscle without protein powder, simply consuming whole protein sources?  Probably – but it’s going to be extremely hard to do when you consider […]

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