Rhodiola (R. rosea) is an adaptogen, an herb that helps protect cells from oxidative damage caused by environmental and chemical stressors. Because adaptogens grow under harsh climate conditions and must protect themselves against such environmental extremes, they’re very strong plants. Rhodiola, for instance, grows at altitudes 10,000 feet ( 3 km) above sea level, where the oxygen concentration is low and temperatures are cold.
Lots of patients ask me about probiotics. They know what antibiotics are, but they don’t really know what probiotics are for, when they should be used, and who needs them. It’s time to clear up the confusion.
The terms “antioxidants” and “free radicals” have become pretty common in recent years. Loosely defined, a free radical is a molecule that can bind to and damage a part of the body. Free radical or “oxidative” damage is what makes us age. Free radicals have also been shown to be responsible for the onset of many diseases including the two biggest killers of Americans—heart disease and cancer.
There are things we can do each day to improve our health and create a more “disease resilient” version of ourselves. While a person may have a genetic predisposition for a disease, research shows us that a healthy lifestyle, diet and optimistic thoughts can turn off disease causing genes while turning on disease preventing genes. The opposite is also true. Our genes are not our destiny.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential component of mitochondria—the energy-producing unit in every cell in your body. CoQ10 is involved in the manufacture of ATP, which the body uses to make energy. CoQ10’s role is similar to that of a spark plug in a car engine—without that initial spark, the human body cannot function.
The term “leaky gut” has been used by holistic practitioners for several decades. This term is controversial with many conventional medical doctors as leaky gut is not something routinely taught to physicians in medical school. If you ask your doctor information about leaky gut, chances are she will not know what you’re referring to.
There is a long list of plants that exert beneficial effects on liver function. However, the most impressive research has been done on extracts of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) concentrated for silymarin. These flavonoid compounds exert tremendous effect on protecting the liver from damage as well as enhancing detoxification processes.
Turmeric is a spice with antibacterial properties that can be used to cleanse and nourish the skin. It contains a substance called curcumin that has antioxidant and antimicrobial benefits. For example, turmeric promotes wound healing by reducing inflammation and oxidation. Better healing can reduce scarring.
Over the last 100 years, thousands of chemicals have been created by companies and discarded into our water supply, air and even into our home environments. With many of these chemicals, we still have almost no idea how they affect us. However, we do know that many have negative health consequences. Each and every person has toxic chemicals in their bodies. There is no way to completely avoid it. However, we can try to minimize the long-term effects from exposure.
While the concepts of internal cleansing and detoxifying the body have been around for quite some time, there is renewed interest for many reasons. Chief among these reasons is the growing awareness that toxic chemicals impair the way that we think and feel as well as pose serious health concerns.
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