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Understanding Celiac disease

May is Celiac Awareness Month in the United States. Many of us have heard of celiac disease, but with so many conditions, illnesses and diseases affecting Americans today, it’s hard to stay educated on the many points of illness or disease that attack our personal health and well-being.

It is important to understand different allergies, conditions and diseases in order to be aware of what could be affecting your body. We have provided the basics behind celiac disease for you below. Naturally, we do recommend further research. When it comes to promoting your long-term personal health and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices within your community – awareness is everything.

An Introduction to Celiac Disease

Gluten-Free-300x300Celiac disease is defined as an autoimmune disorder that prevents a person from properly absorbing and digesting foods that contain gluten. Gluten is a protein found in foods sources containing barley, rye or wheat. When a person is diagnosed with celiac disease, their body will respond to gluten based food sources by destroying something called villi, which is located in the small intestine. Villi are largely responsible for helping to absorb nutrients into the larger small intestine. Damage to villi therefore, will result in the inability to absorb essential nutrients into the bloodstream.

Common signs or symptoms associated with celiac disease can include, but are not limited to bloating, diarrhea, extreme abdominal pain, weight loss, delayed growth due to malnutrition, significant fatigue, and loss in bone density, numbness in the hands and/or feet and depression.

Most often, a health care practitioner will begin treatment for celiac disease by recommending a gluten-free diet. If you have noticed signs or symptoms that could be associated with celiac disease, it is certainly recommended that you speak with your health care practitioner. He or she will be able to conduct a series of tests in order to assess if indeed you are suffering from celiac disease, or if there are other changes that could be made to your daily nutritional regime to assist in comfortable, smooth digestion. Celiac disease is also genetic. All first and second-degree relatives should be tested for celiac disease when a family member is diagnosed.

The Gluten Free Diet:

A detailed breakdown of convenient gluten free decisions for your daily nutritional intake can be found through the Celiac Spruce Foundation.

Here is a list of four simple changes that can be introduced into your daily nutritional intake – without feeling like significant sacrifices to your regular meals!

Lean Meats and Other Sources of Protein

Protein intake is crucial to the personal health of absolutely everyone. The importance of protein increases for people on a gluten free diet. People suffering from celiac disease don’t often get enough protein. When we experience protein deficiencies we feel weak, malnourished, and fatigued. Because a person with celiac disease has difficulty with absorption of nutrients, it is important to boost protein intake to ensure your body is getting the essential nutrients it needs to function at its best. Keep in mind that complete proteins are high quality proteins. Meat, fish, eggs, and dairy are the most common sources of complete protein in people’s diets.

Meat and fish are especially important because they help make up for the lack of dairy in many celiac’s diets. Lactose intolerance and celiac disease will often coincide.

Lean meats are also high in essential nutrients like zinc, iron, and B12 all of which are especially important for you. For those following a vegetarian diet, fortunately, there are a number of gluten free foods rich in protein that are vegetarian friendly.

Eggs, dairy, gluten free tofu, and quinoa are great complete protein sources for vegetarians. Other vegetarian protein sources include nuts, black beans, lentils, and hemp protein powder.

Legumes: Complex Carbohydrates Packed with Protein

Healthy-meal-300x199When following a gluten free diet, it’s important to make sure we are still seeking out strong food sources of fiber. Fiber promotes intestinal health, works to balance cholesterol levels, and helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Grains are the top source of fiber in America. For many celiacs, cutting out grains means cutting out most of the fiber in their diet. Legumes, like beans and lentils, are incredible replacements for gluten based grains. Like grains, legumes are stocked with complex carbohydrates and fiber. In fact, legumes are stronger than grains because they’re also loaded with protein! Beans and lentils are also excellent sources of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, and antioxidants. The nutrients found in legumes are vital when it comes to combating the weak nutrient absorption that is attached to celiac disease.

These nutrients are all very important to combat a damaged small intestine and weak nutrient absorption stemming from celiac disease.

Yogurt

Yogurt is considered a healthy good item but not many actually understand why. The key to the importance of yogurt when it comes to any autoimmune disorder is probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria in your intestine that are a must for digestive health and building up your immune system. Eat just a single yogurt per day and your intestine will thank you for it.

Veggies, Veggies, Veggies

Vegetables are literally jam packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and (sometimes) even essential fatty acids. Dark, leafy vegetables are the most nutrient dense of them all. Different vegetables have different benefits so it is best to try and eat a variety of vegetables on a daily basis. Try to include vegetables with very meal (even breakfast!).

Following a gluten-free diet has become popular among people who have not been diagnosed with celiac disease for various other health benefits such as weight loss.

At the end of the day, it’s all about finding the daily health care plan that works for you, and the needs surrounding your personal health. Above all else, we recommend that you work with your family physician, to develop the health care plan that best accommodates you and your family’s needs.

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Save Lives: Clean Your Hands!

This past Sunday, May 5 was the World Health Organization’s national Save Lives: Clean Your Hands campaign. Given that there are hundreds of communities across the globe that still suffer from little to no access to clean water, it is not surprising that hand washing in other parts of the world is not second nature. What is surprising is that, in countries like America and Canada, hand washing is still not always second nature and is still falling behind when it comes to preventing the spread of bacteria and infection.

Woman Washing Hands in the Kitchen Sink.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand washing is the best way to prevent infection and illness. Hands come in contact with bacteria and other contaminants constantly. Regardless of where we live, in New York City or Timbuktu, we come across bacteria when using the restroom, touching common surfaces, in the kitchen, or by a simple handshake.

When we fail to wash our hands, we leave our immune systems open to a bacterial attack and pose a threat to others.

Being from a developed country, many often think, “Thank goodness that doesn’t happen where I’m from.” However, as we maneuver through our days and come in contact with thousands of people who have touched thousands of surfaces, and hundreds of foods – we’re counting on each and every one of them to have practiced safe hand washing procedures. Not only that, we’re counting on every person they’ve come in contact with.

I’m not sharing this information to turn you into a germaphobe, but simply to help educate and encourage you to spread awareness of this importance issue. Washing your hands may seem like a small thing and not crucial if you forget but it could mean the difference between you or somebody else from staying healthy or getting (sometimes dangerously) ill.

Here are some of the dangers associated with not washing your hands frequently:

Salmonella Poisoning

Salmonella can be found in uncooked eggs or raw poultry and spread to other foods through contaminated hands. Handling raw chicken, for instance and then tearing lettuce without washing in between allows the bacteria to transfer from hand to vegetables. For this reason, it is always important to thoroughly wash your hands after handling any uncooked eggs or raw poultry. Salmonella poisoning can result in extreme stomach pains, diarrhea,

nausea and vomiting. In elderly people, or those with a weakened immune system, it can be even more dangerous.

Influenza

Handwashingwordcloud-271x300Influenza (or the flu) has several debilitating signs and symptoms such as chills, fever, exhaustion, runny nose, aching muscles, dehydration and diarrhea. When left untreated, influenza could also lead to pneumonia, which is can have very severe consequences on ones personal health and well-being.  While the flu is spread through the air, germs are also transferred through hand-to-hand contact. For instance, if a person were to cough into his or her hands, decide not to wash, and then touch someone else’s hands, the germs will spread from one person to the next. This could easily be avoided through frequent hand washing – especially when someone is experiencing symptoms attached to an illness or condition has been labeled as contagious.

E. coli Poisoning

E. coli is a bacterium that is spread from contaminated stool. Sound like an unappealing way to find yourself in contact with bacteria? It is. When a person uses the washroom, and neglects proper hand washing procedures afterwards, he or she can pass along E. coli through food, surfaces, or hand-to-hand contact. Ingesting E. coli bacteria will cause severe diarrhea for approximately a week. This will also result in dehydration, which is a great cause of concern in many less fortunate countries and communities.

Fatal Bacteria

It’s not being dramatic to say that improper hand washing can actually have fatal consequences.  In certain circumstances (usually to do with health care facilities, long term care centers, or in situations that involve medical procedures) bacteria may be introduced from unwashed hands into the bloodstream, causing a severe systemic infection that could be fatal. Washing hands really does save lives.

Holistic health isn’t a complicated matter, but it does require common sense. If we’re making well-balanced, nutritional choices, exercising regularly, ensuring optimal vitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid intake – and then choosing not to practice proper hand washing procedures – then we’re still miss an important step in achieving optimal health and well-being. Take the time to wash your hands thoroughly and encourage others to do the same. Don’t be shy in encouraging health care practitioners, food handlers, the children in your life – or anyone for that matter – to wash their hands and protect not only themselves, but those around them.

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Let’s talk antioxidants

If you are one of millions of Americans struggling with low energy levels, a lack of focus, weight gain, a lowered libido or a weakened immune system – the bad news is, you’re not alone – but the good news is, there are ways to turn things around and steer yourself back towards a long, dynamic, healthy life!

Antioxidants Made Simple

Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals. Essentially, antioxidants work to protect and promote our cellular health. Many experts believe damage caused by free radicals plays a part in a number of chronic diseases, including hardening of the arteries, cancer, and arthritis. Free radicals can also interfere with your immune system. Fighting off damage with antioxidants helps keep your immune system strong and healthy, making you better able to ward off illness, conditions and disease.

Antioxidants provide enhanced healthy aging, neutralization of free radicals, increased energy levels and enhanced stamina; optimal cellular health, reduced waste and toxins within the body, detoxification of the liver, a powerful boost to the immune system, cognitive function and the delivery of vitamins and minerals to your cells.

You can reap the benefits of antioxidants simply from what you eat. Many foods are rich in antioxidants; berries (strawberries, raspberries and blueberries), spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli are a few examples. Proteins and foods rich in omega-3s are also consider antioxidants.

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Free Radicals

 We’ve mentioned free radicals, but what exactly are they? Free radicals are basically unstable molecules; their electron count is out of balance. These molecules then ‘steal’ electrons from other molecules, causing a chain reaction of free radical damage. This in turn, leads to oxidative stress, which brings on inflammation, the ‘secret cause’ of so many points of illness and disease.  Sounds technical right? It’s not, really.

Think of free radicals as cat burglars breaking into your home, eating your food, tossing your belongings around and leaving with your most prized possession: your health. Now imagine them doing this on a daily basis. You might consider this a good time to protect your assets!

The tricky part is that it’s actually impossible to get away from free radicals and the havoc they wreak on our bodies. Free radicals arise from sources both inside and outside our bodies. Oxidants that develop from processes within our bodies form as a result of normal respiration, metabolism, and inflammation. Free radicals also arrive through environmental factors such as pollutionsunlightstrenuous exerciseX-rayssmoking and alcohol. Our antioxidant systems are not perfect, so as we age, cell parts damaged by oxidation accumulate.

Antioxidants are the protein molecules that defend the body, and in turn, attack free radicals. Antioxidants sacrifice their own electrons in order to neutralize free radicals. This battle will often neutralize most antioxidants, rendering them ineffective, which is why it’s important to continually replenish your body’s antioxidant power!

Here’s another example for you. Have you ever noticed the way the flesh of an apple will turn brown when you leave it to sit in the open air? This metamorphosis is the direct result of free radical damage. Now imagine the damage free radicals are doing to your holistic health! If you apply lemon juice to the flesh of that very same apple, this deterioration will not occur. The antioxidants in the lemon juice protect the apple, and protect any potential damage. In fact, if applied, antioxidants will protect the whole orchard. Or, put more simply, antioxidants will work to protect your health – on every level.

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Astaxanthin as an  Antioxidant Powerhouse

Astaxanthin is an antioxidant from the carotenoid family. You can spot astaxanthin as it brings out vibrant colors in natural food sources like apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, salmon, krill, algae, crab, lobster and so many more.

Infamous in its ability to help reduce inflammation within the body, Astaxanthin addresses one of the major concerns behind many physical conditions, illnesses and diseases. By reducing inflammation you will be improving your cellular, cardiovascular and joint health.

Astaxanthin is also very important when it comes to promoting cellular health and protecting it from free radical damage. Considering our bodies are comprised of trillions of cells, it’s easy to wrap your mind around the importance of cellular health on a holistic level.

What’s incredible about Krill Oil as opposed to leading fish oil brands is that it contains astaxanthin. This means that on top of the numerous health benefits associated with choosing a superior omega-3 supplement, you are getting 54x more antioxidant power than leading fish oil brands – in every daily serving. That’s protecting and promoting optimal health from the ground up.

The benefits behind choosing a superior omega-3 supplement for optimal omega-3 intake are boundless. The benefits behind boosting your bodies’ antioxidant power are also extensive.

With Krill Oil, it’s really a win/win.

Citations

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/antioxidant1.htm

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/antioxidants.html

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/antioxidants-your-immune-system-super-foods-optimal-health

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antioxidant

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzy-cohen-rph/astaxanthin_b_2750910.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astaxanthin

 

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Cancer Awareness Month

April is coming to a close and with it, Cancer Awareness Month. With cancer gripping the lives of millions of individuals and their family members, chances are that you’re aware of the debilitating impact it has on personal health and well-being nationally. Currently, America ranks seventh highest in the world for diagnosed Cancer citizens. In 2012, nearly 600,000 Americans died because of cancer and/or cancer related complications, amounting to nearly 1,500 people a day. There isn’t an American today that doesn’t know somebody who has been directly affected by the disease. While most of us are well aware of the hold cancer has on the country, many of us are not fully aware of what exactly ‘cancer’ is.

Let’s investigate.

What is cancer?

According to the dictionary, cancer can be characterized as:
a malignant and invasive growth or tumor, especially one originating in epithelium, tending to recur after excision and to metastasize to other sites. Cancer is also defined as any disease characterized by such growths.

Essentially, cancer is actually a group of diseases that are characterized by

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the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. When the spread of these abnormal cells goes uncontrolled, it can result in a long list of devastating physical consequences, one of which is death.

Cancer can be caused by both external and internal factors. Some of these factors may include, but are not limited to; tobacco, infectious organisms, radiation, chemicals and genetic mutations, hormones or immune conditions. All of these factors (and many more) may act together, or in sequence to promote the growth of abn


What can we do?
ormal cells. Often, up to ten years or longer pass between the affectation from internal and external sources, and diagnosis. The extensive span of time between affectation and diagnosis is frequently reported as one of the major influences as to whether or not a person is able to successfully pull through treatment. Treatment for cancer can include; surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy (ie: a specific location or area of the body) and biological therapy.

There is no one preventative measure or point of action that we can take to guarantee ourselves immunity from cancer. Every day, new reports leave us with a vague road map as to the preventative steps we can take. Eat more broccoli, drink coffee, don’t drink coffee, choose organic, etc. The truth is, we don’t have the answers yet. That’s not to say some of our country’s greatest researchers aren’t working around the clock to find preventative options, less invasive treatments, easier means of diagnosis and a cure.

Our brightest minds in science, medicine and technology are doing everything they can to help us lead long, healthy, dynamic lives. While we wait for more lights to turn on in the dark recesses of the disease, we to, must do everything we can to do our part in promoting holistic health and well being, both within our communities, and our day to day lives.

Researchers estimate up to one-third of the most common cancers can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, being more physically active and making wise nutritional choices. Studies show that maintaining a healthy weight throughout life can prevent more than 100,000 incidences of cancer.

Eating less red meat and more whole grains and vegetables, which are rich in fiber and a lot of antioxidants, can help maintain a healthy weight.

Avoiding tobacco smoke and sunburns could also help reduce cancer rates, she says.

Avoid tobacco, in every way and shape possible. Exposure to tobacco, whether directly or indirectly (ie: second hand smoke) puts you on a direct collision course with Cancer. Don’t smoke. Don’t chew tobacco. Avoid second hand smoke as much as possible. If you are an active smoker, please, for your own health, and the lives of the people who love you; quit now. Avoiding tobacco is one of the most important health decisions you can make.

Omega-3’s are amazing when it comes to promoting overall personal health and well being. One of the incredible health benefits associated with optimal omega-3 intake, omega-3’s ability to reduce inflammation in the body (inflammation is a pre-cursor to cancer).

We recommend you speak with your health care practitioner regarding other measures you can take to promote your own personal health and well being. Creating a customized health care plan with your family physician will provide the tools you need to lead a long, healthy, happy life. We also recommend that you spread awareness within your family and community – awareness is can lead to healthier changes and, hopefully,

We also recommend talking about healthier living. While there is a lot of information about cancer, it is still important to continue to spread awareness. Positive information on healthy living could be the game changer in someone’s life that helps them avoid getting cancer in the future.

Citations

http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/fighting-since-1938/?region=on

http://www.cancer.org/aboutus/whoweare/cancer-awareness-calendar

http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-031941.pdf

http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20110123/us-has-7th-highest-cancer-rate-in-the-world

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/spotcancerearly/naedi/AboutNAEDI/Researchevaluationandmonitoring/naedi_cam/

http://www.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=527

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World Autism Day

Three weeks ago was the sixth annual Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2013. Though millions of Americans have heard the word ‘autism’, very few have an actual grasp on what autism actually is, or how it affects individuals and their families.

What is autism?

The official name of autism is actually ‘autism spectrum disorders’. This is because doctors include autism in a group of problems that affects children, such as Asperger syndrome. Autism spectrum disorders happen when a child’s brain develops differently and has difficulty making sense of their surroundings. Each day, our brains interpret the things we see, smell, hear, taste, touch, and experience. When a person’s brain has trouble interpreting these things, it can be difficult to talk, listen, understand, play, and learn.

Autism, kid looking far away without interesting

Presently, there isn’t a specific medical test that can diagnose autism. Specially trained psychologists, pediatricians, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and physicians develop and administer autism specific behavioral evaluations.

Parents are often the first to notice when their child is showing unusual or strange behavioral patterns such as failing to respond to his or her name, doing things in repetitive ways or not making eye contact. Because parents know their children deeply and instinctually, it is recommended that they follow their instincts and seek the advice and attention of a healthcare professional. It is also recommended that children are seen frequently up until the age of three to monitor developmental milestones.

Sometimes an autism disorder is diagnosed later in life because of learning, social or emotional difficulties. Diagnosis for adolescents and adults will often come as a relief to those struggling, and the families who support and love them. Understanding the source of personal difficulties will shed light on positive treatments and create opportunity for an improved quality of life.
While autism has a strong genetic basis, a lot of research is still ahead of us in order to completely understand the complexity of the disorder(s). Today, approximately 20 out of every 1,000 Americans are diagnosed with autism. The number of people diagnosed with autism has been increasing since the 1980s, partly due to changes in diagnostic practice and government-subsidized financial incentives for named diagnoses. Whether or not there are actually more people with autism than there was 30 years ago, is a question that remains unresolved.

A healthy lifestyle for quality of life

It is certainly recommended that people dealing with autism spectrum disorders, and their families, work closely with their health care teams to develop a customized health care plan that promotes a dynamic, healthy, quality life.

Doctors and Nurse

Naturally, leading a healthy lifestyle is crucial to holistic health for all Americans. For those coping with complex disorders such as autism, it is important to promote optimal health. Implementing healthy nutritional choices can be difficult as people with autism will often have strong reactions to food of specific flavors, colors, textures, and so forth. Exercise is also essential, as autism can encourage seclusion, and therefore a sedentary lifestyle.
It is also important to stay on top of vitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid intake. Omega-3’s for instance, are incredible when it comes to promoting cognitive function, feelings of personal well-being and self value and memory capabilities. There have also been various claims made regarding the positive impact omega-3’s can have on individuals with autism. We have provided a few examples regarding clinical research and studies that address the relationship between omega-3’s and autism.

  • Amminger et al. (2007) reported that omega-3 fatty acids reduced hyperactivity and stereotypy (in 13 5-17 year olds with ASDs and severe tantrums, aggression or self injurious behavior using 840mg EPA and 700mg DHA for 8 weeks)
  • Bell et al (2004) reported improvements in overall health, cognition, sleep patterns, social interactions and eye contact (in 18 children with autism given 372-744mg EPA and 116-332mg DHA for 6 months)
  • Johnson and Hollander (2003) reported the elimination of anxiety about everyday events (in one 10 year old given 540mg EPA for 4 weeks)

Autism spectrum disorders are extremely complex, and can’t be summed up in a single article. For those people reading this who are not directly affected by the disorders, we encourage awareness. Take some time to learn more about autism, as you never know when someone with autism could come and light up your life.

Citations

http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/world-autism-awareness-day

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/autism/#.UXbkibXvswB

http://kidshealth.org/kid/health_problems/brain/autism.html

http://researchautism.net/autism_treatments_therapies_intervention.ikml?print&ra=60&infolevel=4

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National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is national Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The disease is named after the doctor James Parkinson, who was able to first diagnose the disease in 1817 (the disease at the time named ‘Shaky Palsy’). For this reason, awareness campaigns take place on the birthday, April 11, of Dr. Parkinson. Because this disease closely affects the lives of very close family friends of mine, spreading awareness and supporting research for Parkinson’s disease has long been something I hold close to my heart.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects your movement. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, the symptoms of Parkinson’s appear.

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As time passes, a person diagnosed with Parkinson’s can gradually be affected by a continual decline in brain-muscle communication to the point of complete dependency, regarding mobility. Depression, sexual difficulties, incontinence, and a breakdown in cognitive function can also occur. Common symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease are not limited to, but can include; tremors, slowness and stiffness in the muscles, difficulty initiating mobility, impaired balance, a shuffling or uncertain gait, fatigue, stooped posture, sleep disturbances, difficulty with handwriting, slowed or slurred speech and constipation. Because Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, symptoms will almost always worsen over time.

Today, over one million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease. While it often occurs in later life, it has also been known to affect younger people. Men face almost twice the risk of developing the condition.

Here’s the scary part: nobody knows what causes Parkinson’s disease. There are currently no laboratory tests that can confirm the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. In order to arrive at a diagnosis, the physician takes a family and health history from the person, and performs a thorough physical and neurological examination, observing the person’s movements and muscle function.  The physician will also rule out other disorders that can cause similar symptoms. Early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is important so that appropriate treatment can begin.

It’s true that there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease. However, with early diagnosis and an effective plan of treatment, the symptoms of the disease can often be controlled or lessened. Treatment varies significantly on a person to person basis and may include:

  • Medication therapies—A number of drugs can help control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The decision behind which drugs and dosages to use, combined with risks associated with side effects of certain drugs – must be carefully supervised by your health care physician.
  • Rehabilitative therapy—Physical, occupational and speech therapists can assess the person’s abilities and needs, and provide exercises to help maintain the highest possible range of motion, muscle tone, balance and flexibility, and ability to communicate effectively.
  • Lifestyle alterations—Exercise helps maintain muscle tone and strength. Diet and nutrition are also important in providing your body the strength it needs to achieve optimal muscle strength.
  • Support groups and counseling are available to help the person and family members deal with the social and emotional impact of Parkinson’s disease.

We do encourage you to contact your community Parkinson awareness centre and get involved, whether it be through volunteer work, or financial support towards research. A great place to start is by visiting: http://www.parkinson.org/ to educate yourself further on the seriousness of the disease, and how best you can support the community.

Krill Oil in Support

Krill Oil has been clinically proven to reduce inflammation within the body, an important factor when it comes to promoting mobility and relief from the pain associated with inflammation in the body.

Krill Oil works to promote cognitive function, another important factor as cognitive function can be jeopardized as Parksinson’s slowly takes a firmer grip on the body.

Krill Oil also promotes personal feelings of well-being. Losing control of ones autonomy and mobility can cause significant feelings of frustration, anxiety and depression. Optimal omega-3 intake on a daily basis will provide relief from some of the debilitating symptoms associated with depression. Krill Oil could also provide relief from some of the symptoms of stress and depression for friends and family members of someone diagnosed.

Obviously, when it comes to a disease as debilitating and serious as Parkinson’s, we recommend above all, cooperation and full participation with your health care team. We also encourage readers to learn more about Parkinson’s disease. Make yourself aware, get involved, and make a difference.

It takes people, on all levels, to work towards change, and find a cure.

Citations

http://www.caringnews.com/pub.59/issue.731/

http://www.parkinsonclinicalguidelines.ca/home

http://www.parkinson.ca/site/c.kgLNIWODKpF/b.5842619/k.C7EB/Welcome/apps/s/custom.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinson’s_disease

http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2010/jul2010_Halt-the-Stealth-Threat-of-Parkinsons-Disease_01.htm

http://www.parkinson.org/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/parkinsons-disease/DS00295

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Getting the most out of your Krill Oil supplements

The information on the benefits surrounding Krill Oil, and Krill Oil supplementation is extensive. We’ve also provided a lot of added information on this site as well – because when it comes to supplementation and your daily health care regime, it’s important to be as informed as possible.

Omega-3’s are powerhouses when it comes to promoting heart health, reduced joint inflammation, relief from symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome, a significant lift to feelings of personal well-being and self-esteem, a boost to your energy levels, encouraging eye health, and to much more in terms of long term health care benefits. Literally thousands of hours have gone into research and clinical studies, all to confirm the fact that optimal omega-3 intake = optimal health. Period.

What makes Krill Oil such a strong contender when it comes down to deciding where to start in omega-3 intake, is that on top of a nearly 100% concentration of pure omega-3’s, krill oil is virtually free of the contaminants and pollutants that plague so much of our marine life and leading brand fish oil supplements.

Krill Oil is also rich in axtaxanthin. Astaxanthin is an incredible antioxidant that works to fight for cellular health, and reduce inflammation in the body (which is the cause for many illnesses and conditions that attack our personal health). Because of the presence of astaxanthin, Krill Oil has literally 54X the antioxidant benefits than other leading fish oil brands.

Krill Oil is also stored in phospholipid form. Phospholipids are natural fats already found in the body, which means our bodies don’t have to work too hard to break down the essential fatty acids in omega-3’s, which in turn means that we are able to digest them faster – and experience the benefits quicker as well.

Okay, so it’s pretty obvious. When it comes to omega-3’s and making sure you’re getting the crème de la crème – Krill Oil is the way to go.

Two questions we hear frequently are:

When should I be taking Krill Oil?

How many Mg of Krill Oil Should I be taking daily?

So, in the spirit of making sure you are as informed as possible, here are the answers.

When to take Krill Oil

It is best to take your Krill Oil in the morning.

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There are several reasons behind this. Krill Oil reduces joint inflammation, provides a boost to your energy, relief from symptoms associated with PMS and encourages feelings of personal and well-being for those who find themselves feeling a little emotionally under the weather – it’s best to take your supplement first thing in the morning so that it gets straight to work at providing relief and promoting optimal health throughout your day.

We are more likely to follow a schedule in the morning. Get up, brush your teeth, eat breakfast (you ARE eating breakfast right?!), take any pharmaceuticals your doctor may be prescribing (including birth control), and while you’re at it, include your nutraceutical supplements into this same regime without having to break your stride.

How many MG of Krill Oil should I take?

The answer to this question really depends on a slew of information that is customized to your personal health. Weight, age, height, gender and any or all health conditions come into play when determining the amount of Krill Oil supplementation that will get you to where you want to be in terms of personal health goals.

First and foremost, we recommend that you speak with your health care practitioner regarding Krill Oil, and any supplementation that you are adding to your daily health care regime. In fact, you should really be speaking with your family doctor about any changes whatsoever in your activity levels, dietary intake and pharmaceutical or nutraceutical products.

On the whole, 500mg of Krill Oil a day will help you maintain health. If you are a healthy person on the whole, you may consider this enough, but it’s not really pushing you into the upper echelon of optimal health. 1,000mg of Krill Oil taken daily will help you not only stay healthy, but reach new heights in terms of long term health and wellness goals.

If you are experiencing significant concern regarding your cholesterol levels or joint health, your doctor may even recommend dosages up to 2,000mg a day.

Viva Labs provides 1250mg of Krill Oil per serving to ensure you are able to achieve optimal personal health on a daily basis! We want you to look and feel your best, and we hope that you do!

Citations

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/daily-dose-omega-3

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3/

http://www.healthcentral.com/heart-disease/c/1435/20777/omega3/

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Tips for attaining optimal joint health

Optimal omega-3 intake is connected to the promotion of cardiovascular health, joint health, cognitive function, memory capabilities, eye health, boosts in energy levels.

The easiest way to ensure you are receiving optimal omega-3 intake (and in turn, the optimal health benefits associated with omega-3’s), is through daily supplementation. Viva Labs Krill Oil happens to be one of the most superior omega-3 supplements available on the market today, because  it doesn’t contain the high levels of contaminants that some leading fish oil brands have (due to over polluted global waters), and has 54X more antioxidant power.

Specifically, I want to address the power of a superior product like Krill Oil, in addressing joint health. Research has shown omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation. Reduced inflammation can lower the risk of diseases associated with chronic pain, such as arthritis.

People suffering from fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis have reported significantly reduced joint pain and stiffness. Some have even claimed that regular use of omega-3’s allowed them to reduce their intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Several clinical studies have proven a significant relief of symptoms associated with joint pain, after patients took higher doses of omega-3’s for extended periods of time. A summary of clinical studies has been published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

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Another critical observation was made by a Danish doctor working on the Faeroe Islands and in Greenland. Upon X-raying patients with rheumatoid arthritis, he found an incredible decrease in their inflammation.  The patients’ joints were found perfectly normal, or nearly perfectly normal, even within patients that had suffered with the condition for ten years or more. (Interestingly, rheumatoid arthritis rarely occurs in Japan, probably due to the high intake of fish and thereby omega-3 fatty acids in the Japanese diet.) Because Krill Oil is a superior omega-3 supplement, joint health and mobility, is within your reach.

Krill Oil is also very rich in a powerhouse antioxidant known as astaxanthin. Astaxanthin also works to promote cellular health and reduce inflammation throughout the body. Because of astaxanthins’ anti-inflammatory properties and its strong presence in Krill Oil – Krill Oil actually provides 54X the antioxidant power than leading fish oil brands. A product that’s 54X more effective in reducing inflammation is probably a product you want to consider when trying to achieve optimal joint health.

Extra tips on how to improve your joint health and mobility

Colorful fruits and vegetables are high in nutrients and antioxidants – which will also work to promote reduced inflammation throughout the body.

If you are experiencing significant joint pain, regular hot baths using Espom salts could also be effective in providing pain relief. Known scientifically as hydrated magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt is rich in both magnesium and sulfate. While both magnesium and sulfate can be poorly absorbed through the stomach, multiple studies have shown increased magnesium levels from soaking in a bath enriched with Epsom salt. Magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed through the skin. Sulfates play an important role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. They stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are thought to help detoxify the body of medicines and environmental contaminants. Try pouring yourself a mildly hot bath, and adding a generous (approximately two cups or more) of Epsom salt to the hot water. For optimal relief from joint pain and inflammation, try to soak for a minimum of twenty minutes, though feel free to stay in the bath longer if you can withstand the heat.

Physiotherapy is another viable option for optimizing joint mobility and health.

At this juncture, it is important to mention that we strongly recommend you speak with your health care practitioner regarding both; joint pain, and any changes in your daily regime you would care to implement. Your family doctor will be able to assess with you, your health care goals, and how nutrition, exercise, medications, supplementation and rest, can play into achieving optimal health.

Please feel free to contact our customer care team should you have any further questions regarding the benefits surrounding Krill Oil, and how it could work to help you achieve your health care goals. We want you to be up and at ‘em! And we want you to feel great!

Citations

http://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/library_article/825/Omega_3_Fatty_Acids_and_Joint_Health.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/320386-omega-3-and-joint-health/

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcidsandHealth-HealthProfessional/

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/how-fish-oil-helps-your-joints.htm

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Can you take krill oil and fish oil together?

Fish oil is known to be a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Everyone knows omega-3 consumption – either from fresh fish as part of a balanced diet or as supplements – is a strong protector of heart health. They’re great for lowering bad cholesterol and improving brain function. Omega-3s support your body’s regulation of blood pressure to keep your circulatory system healthy. Omega-3s have been shown to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels within a relatively short period of beginning daily consumption. Fish oil is easily accessible. Most grocery stores and pharmacies have a wide variety of products to select from.

How do you know if you are purchasing the highest quality supplements? Fish oil pills made from farm-raised fish have a lower concentration of the nutrients necessary for your body. Some products have been recalled over the years due to PCB’s and mercury contamination from impure sources. Fish oil supplements are often a “buyer beware” situation. Merchandise on sale can be tempting but do you really know where the fish was sourced from and what you are getting? A careful read of the label can show you your supplement choice may be subpar. The longer it sits on the shelf or is exposed to light, heat or air – the less effective your supplement becomes. It’s enough to make you wonder, are you swallowing huge pills that make you have fish burps for no good reason? Yuk!

Eat your Vitamins

There’s really no need to be taking krill oil and fish oil together.

Fish oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids but krill oil is the superior source of omega-3s. The National Library of Medicine–National Institute for Health recommends adults consume between 1 and 4 grams per day of omega-3 fatty acids depending on body weight. Viva Labs’s Krill Oil has 300mg of omega-3 fatty acids in every serving.

Not only is krill oil a superb source of omega-3s, it is also rich in astaxanthin – a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in the body that are believed to contribute to the development of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases as well as overall cell degradation and inflammation. Astaxanthin works this wonder of neutralizing free radicals at the cellular level by contributing electrons to unpaired electrons or by abstracting an unpaired electron.

The astaxanthin found in krill is derived from their primary food source of algae, which is what creates their reddish-color. Because it is rich in astaxanthin, Viva Labs’s Krill Oil has 54X the antioxidant capacity of any fish oil product on the market! The Alternative Medicine Review found that regular, daily doses of astaxanthin as low as 1mg over the course of four weeks led to noticeably increased blood levels of the antioxidant. Our Krill Oil contains 1.6mg of astaxanthin per serving.

The phospholipid structure of krill oil means it is easily absorbed by the body because it is already structured in long chain form. This is unlike fish oil, which your body must then convert into the long chains to be absorbed and utilized by your cells. This easy absorption by the trillions of cells in the human body increases the effectiveness of free radical termination by this powerful antioxidant.

Krill oil also has the advantage over fish oil by reducing the reflux which causes those nasty “fish burps” you’ve heard those who take fish oil supplements frequently complain about. In addition, Viva Labs’s Krill Oil capliques are considerably smaller than the average fish oil pill. Now that’s easy to swallow!

Viva Labs’s Krill Oil is obtained from the crystal clear waters of Antarctica, processed on-site through Viva Labs’s unique proprietary extraction technique. Krill are lower on the food chain than fatty fish sources and are essentially free of dangerous PCBs and mercury. There is no danger of Krill Oil turning rancid while being shipped to the manufacturing plant because it is processed where it is harvested. We ship Krill Oil directly to you from the manufacturer so what you get is a nutrient-rich supplement you don’t have to be worried is contaminated by toxins, heavy metals or other pollutants commonly found in fish sources. Just two mighty little pills a day provides you with a potent source of omega-3s and a powerhouse antioxidant not found in fish oil sources. By taking Krill Oil you are fighting heart disease, high blood pressure, lowering your bad cholesterol levels and promoting your neurological health. Viva Labs is a point of supply you can trust to be free of toxins, PCBs and other pollutants in your journey toward holistic well-being right down to the cellular level. Why take krill oil and fish oil together when Krill Oil is a product created to the highest of standards?

Rest assured, Krill Oil alone will provide you with your optimal omega-3 intake with the bonus power of astaxanthin.

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Krill Oil – Behind The Curtain

We’ve talked extensively on this blog about the incredible health benefits associated with using regular krill oil supplementation. Krill oil really is the next leader in providing optimal omega-3 intake. Even Dr. Oz has been raving about its powerful impact! In fact, it’s hard to open a magazine, listen to the radio, or turn on the television without somebody bringing up the incredible power krill oil can have on turning ones life around.

Taking krill oil daily will work to promote; cardiovascular health, joint health, cognitive function, feelings of personal health and well being, memory capabilities, relief from pain associated with premenstrual syndrome, a boost to energy levels, eye health, and oh, so much more.

What makes Viva Labs Krill Oil so powerful in comparison to other omega-3 supplements on the market is that it brings optimal concentrations of omega-3’s, phospholipids, and astaxanthin to the table. Other leading fish oil brands can’t provide these benefits all in one package, which is why our krill oil stands apart as a superior omega-3 supplement.

Now, the question is…how do they do it? How do we ‘make’ krill oil’?

Let’s explore!

How we make krill oil

Krill is a shrimp-like deep-water crustacean that thrives in oceanic communities across the globe. Krill represent the bottom of our food chain and are literally the most abundant biomass on earth. There are close to 85 different species of krill. The krill used to manufacture Viva Labs’s Krill Oil are called Euphausia superba. This species of krill is found deep in the waters of Antarctica. This species is highly concentrated in the three components mentioned earlier; phospholipids, omega-3, and astaxanthin. Phospholipids, astaxanthin and omega-3’s occur naturally in this specific species of krill.

We have found that one of the most important factors behind manufacturing a superior omega-3 supplement lies in harvesting the krill correctly and carefully. We work closely with companies that specialize specifically in krill harvest. Japanese and Russian fishery companies have been harvesting krill for over thirty years because of the nutritional value they bring. These companies use a technique in which the krill are frozen immediately upon harvest. This helps the krill remain their nutritional value. Because krill hibernate in the winter, they’re highest nutritional value will be at the end of an Antarctic summer. The right choice of the harvesting season is of significant importance.

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Viva Labs uses a cold-vacuum extraction process that protects and maintains the omega-3’s, axtaxanthin and phospholipids to ensure none of the powerful benefits, are lost in extraction. Our extraction process allows us to extract the oil from the krill without losing any of the nutritional value that they so abundantly provide. Nothing is added to our krill oil, and you can feel confident in the fact that your omega-3 supplement has optimal concentrations in naturally occurring nutrients like phospholipids, omega-3’s and astaxanthin.

How to take krill oil

To achieve the optimal health benefits associated with krill oil, daily supplementation is recommended. Because krill oil comes in phospholipid form, you don’t have to worry about the embarrassing and uncomfortable ‘fish burps’ that accompany leading fish oil brands. Viva Labs Krill Oil capliques come at a concentration of 1250mg of omega-3’s. Most health care practitioners will recommend a daily dosage of at least 1,000 mg of omega-3’s, and at Viva Labs, we are proud to once again – go above and beyond.

Because krill oil is known to have powerful effects in providing an energy boost, improving cognitive function, and lifting ones feelings of personal well-being and self-esteem, we recommend taking krill oil first thing in the morning to ensure you are enjoying the optimal health benefits from the start of the day on.  This is likely when you are taking other supplements, vitamins, minerals or medications, making it easier to remember to get in your optimal omega-3 intake.

As always, with any changes in your personal health care regime, we recommend you seeking out the advice, and approval of your health care practitioner. Your family doctor will be able to help you assess the needs surrounding your personal health goals, and how best to achieve them. Specifically, women that are pregnant, or persons with seafood of shellfish allergies, should avoid any marine based omega-3 supplements, until speaking with their family doctor.

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