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Risk of Stroke with Nexium, Prilosec and other Heart Burn Drugs Seen in Study

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Risk of Stroke with Nexium, Prilosec, Other Heart Burn Drugs Seen in New Study

 

The findings of new research raise additional concerns about the potential side effects of Nexium, Prilosec and other heart burn drugs, suggesting that certain users of the popular medications may face an increased risk of stroke.

 

According to preliminary findings of a study presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016, researchers from the Danish Heart Foundation indicate that the overall stroke risk with Nexium, Prilosec and other proton pump inhibitors (PPI) increased 21%, especially among users of higher doses, which is a strong indicator that the drugs are likely causing the strokes.

 

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a class of heartburn medications used by millions of Americans, including blockbuster brands like Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Dexilant, AcipHex and others, many of which have over-the-counter versions available without a prescription.

 

Although most users assume the drugs carry few serious side effects, often continuing to use Nexium or other PPIs for years, without any attempt to discontinue the drugs, the medications have been linked to a number of possible health risks in recent years, including heart attacks, dementia, kidney disease and kidney failure. However, some experts suggest that the link between Nexium and strokes may be most worrying, if confirmed.

 

“At one time, PPIs were thought to be safe, without major side effects,” Dr. Thomas Sehested, the study’s lead author, said in an American Heart Association press release. “This study further questions the cardiovascular safety of these drugs.”

 

The study, which has not yet been completed or peer-reviewed, looked at the records of nearly 250,000 Danish patients, with an average age of 57, who underwent an endoscopy procedure to seek out causes of stomach problems. Nearly 9,500 of those patients suffered an ischemic stroke during the six year follow up period of the study. The researchers looked to see which of those patients were taking either Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, or Prevacid.

 

Researchers found that the overall stroke risk with Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix and Prevacid increased by 21% for patients taking the drugs. The risk increased at higher doses for some, with high doses of Prevacid increasing the risk of stroke to 30%, and high doses of Protonix carrying the most risk of stroke with a 94% increased risk.

 

The study also looked at another class of heartburn drugs, known as H2 blockers, which includes Pepcid and Zantac. However, no increased risk of stroke was seen with those other drugs.

 

The researchers said their findings should inspire doctors to be more cautious in prescribing PPIs, and suggested that they should carefully consider if a PPI prescription is necessary and for how long to keep the patient on the drugs.

 

Other Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, and Protonix Health Risks

 

Over the past year, a growing number of Nexium lawsuits, Prilosec lawsuits ,Prevacid lawsuits, Protonix lawsuits, Dexilant lawsuits and other claims have been brought against the makers of proton pump inhibitors, alleging that users and the medical community were not adequately warned about the risk of serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.

 

The litigation has emerged over the past year, after a series of independent studies suggested there is a link between Nexium and kidney risks, including acute interstitial nephritis, acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease and end-stage kidney failure. This has raised questions in recent months about whether the drugs may be overused.

 

Earlier this year, a study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine also found an increased risk of chronic kidney disease with the heartburn medications, indicating that users of Nexium, Prilosec and other PPI may be 50% more likely when compared to non-users.

 

In 2014, a study published by researchers from the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy noted that not only was overuse and abuse of heartburn drugs widespread, but many who take the drugs do so for longer than four years. The study noted that this increases the risk of any side effects associated with the drugs, but it also has a large economic impact as well.

 

Plaintiffs claim that drug makers placed their desire for profits before consumer’s safety by withholding important safety information, alleging that if warnings had been provided about the risk of acute interstitial nephritis, kidney injury, kidney disease and kidney failure, many individuals may have been able to avoid these severe and potentially life-threatening injuries.

 

Given the large number of users throughout the United States, it is expected that thousands of cases may be filed in the coming months as heartburn drug injury lawyers continue to review and file cases.

We here at Health and Wellness Associates have mentioned this many times over the past few years.  Luckily, we have helped many of you get off these drugs safely.  If you are on any of these medications and you wish help in getting off them, please call us, or write to us, and we will be happy to get back with you.

 

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One Patients RA Treatment. Did it Work?

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Sarah’s RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis )  Treatment

 

When I first saw Sarah, we discussed her diet, and I suggested there might be a genetic influence involved as she’s Scottish-Irish. Many of her family members also had autoimmune problems, including multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Her genetic background suggested she may have an intolerance of wheat and gluten.

“You said I should eliminate that out of my diet as well as processed foods and sugar. You also did a metabolic typing. I did a very thorough questionnaire about how I metabolize food, about my energy levels, and about the stress in my life.

 

Along with my blood type, I was given a very special protocol of which foods would help me heal… I did a lot of vegetable juicing, which really helped me. I juiced probably 48 ounces a day of green juice.

 

I also ate a lot of organic grass-fed beef, ostrich, bison, free-range chicken and raw dairy. You even recommended raw eggs and raw egg yolks. Because I was in Wisconsin, I found an organic farm close to me. I got most of my meat, raw milk and my eggs from there. I bought all my fresh vegetables from local farmers markets. I got to know area farmers and learn about their farming practices.

 

I would buy a variety of vegetables and meats from them because I knew how they grew their food and raised their animals. I even used to meet the ostrich farmer in a parking lot across from the co-op where she used to sell her meats and buy it direct at a lower price. I also incorporated a lot of probiotics in my diet, and increased my vitamin D levels. Instead of suppressing my immune system with drugs to control my disease, I was using food to redesign my immune system and make it as strong as possible.

 

Apart from diet, the other important issue you advised me to address was the level of stress in my life. At that time, I was a teacher, new and passionate about the field. I worked very long hours, beyond what was healthy. Additionally, I dedicated several hours per week to triathlon training, and had some emotional stress in my life is well.

 

You, emphasized how stress and emotions impact immunity and now that I am studying Eastern medicine I have learned it is one of the primary causes of disease. I still question whether it was the amount of work and stress in my life which triggered the onset of my disease.

 

I cut back on the amount I was working and doing, and made more time for rest and enjoyment. You, also taught me Emotional Freedom Technique, a method of tapping along traditional energetic acupuncture meridians to help relieve emotional issues. I began incorporating EFT into my daily life, which was a simple and time-effective method to help me better deal with everyday stress and anxiety.

 

The Importance of Vitamin D

 

Vitamin D is a really important component. It stimulates 200 to 300 anti-microbial peptides that are even more powerful than antibiotics, which help improve and regulate your immune system and fight infections. Sarah, as many others with RA, noticed her symptoms were at their worst during the winter, and would often dissipate during the summer. This is what you call a giant clue that vitamin D is at work…

 

Invariably, unless you’re aggressively addressing your vitamin D level with sun exposure or supplementation, your blood levels of vitamin D will drop to dangerously low levels sometime in January, February, or March, when sun exposure is at its lowest. Optimizing your vitamin D is extremely important.

Essentially, if you’re using a supplement, you need to take whatever dosage is required to reach and maintain a therapeutic level, which can only be done by a healthcare worker that understands this.

Nourishing your gut microbiome is another important component. In addition to eating more fermented foods, it’s equally important to cut out sugar from your diet as it will feed pathogenic microbes and decimate your immune system, leaving you susceptible to autoimmune diseases of all kinds.

“I learned how to ferment my own vegetables and dairy products. I made my own kombucha, yogurt, cultured butters, milk kefir and coconut kefir. It took almost two years to get my system in balance, but right away, I noticed a difference.

In about two weeks my cravings for wheat, breads, and sugar diminished… My healthcare worker also told me that I had leaky gut and digestive proteins in my bloodstream.

 

I talked to my healthcare team, and after three months after being very strict with the diet. I felt better; I’d lost about 10 pounds. I had so much more energy and felt lighter. But when they did my analysis and showed me was — that I had completely changed — that’s when I really believed that food was medicine…

 

I was able to resume my regular activities… I was able to return to racing. That year, after following your protocol for about a year, I actually won an entire triathlon… So I went from being told I’d never run again to winning a race. Slowly, slowly the symptoms diminished. After two years of being very strict [with my diet], my symptoms went to complete remission, and they’ve stayed that way. It’s been over 10 years.

 

I still work out. Right now, I train Brazilian capoeira, which incorporates martial arts, dance, and acrobatics. I’m still able to do gymnastics. I can still do back flips at age 43. I still run occasionally. I still swim and bike. I do yoga and cross-country skiing when I’m in the north. So, I’m very active and very healthy. In fact, I feel that by you helping me, it really extended my life. I feel much younger than my age.”

 

I just want to wish Sarah the best, and her testimony we hope is helpful for others.

 

Sarah did go through more steps than she had wrote about, but

There IS Hope for RA Patients!

 

 

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Are Sleeping Problems a Warning for Alzheimer’s?

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Are Sleeping Problems a Warning for Alzheimer’s?

 

Trouble getting enough sleep may be linked to a bigger risk of Alzheimer’s disease for some people, new research suggests.

 

The results of the small study hint that people with a higher-than-normal risk of Alzheimer’s disease who had worse sleep quality, more sleep problems and daytime sleepiness had more markers for Alzheimer’s disease in their spinal fluid than those who didn’t have sleep issues.

 

The markers found by researchers included signs of the proteins amyloid and tau, and brain cell damage and inflammation, all linked to potential Alzheimer’s.

 

Amyloid is a protein that folds and forms plaques. Tau is a protein that forms tangles. Plaques and tangles are found in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s disease and are considered a hallmark of the disease.

 

“This study and others in the field suggest that sleep may be a modifiable risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease,” said senior researcher Barbara Bendlin. She’s an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

 

“This will require studies that directly test whether modifying sleep has a beneficial effect on the brain,” Bendlin said.

 

So, if you’re someone who’s always tossing and turning at night, does that mean you’re destined to a future with Alzheimer’s disease?

 

Not necessarily. Bendlin said these findings cannot prove that poor sleep causes Alzheimer’s disease. “We found an association,” she said. “But that does not mean cause and effect.”

 

It’s possible changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s could affect sleep, as opposed to the other way around, Bendlin added.

 

People with markers — signs — of Alzheimer’s in their spinal fluid aren’t necessarily predestined to develop the condition either, she said.

 

“We found relationships between sleep and levels of proteins related to Alzheimer’s disease, but the proteins that we were measuring haven’t yet been shown to predict future dementia when measured in cognitively healthy people,” Bendlin said.

 

 

The study included 101 people and their average age was 63. At the time of testing, all of the study volunteers had normal thinking and memory skills. But they were considered at risk for Alzheimer’s either because they had a parent with the disease or they carried a gene that increases the risk for Alzheimer’s called apolipoprotein E, or APOE.

 

The study volunteers gave a sample of spinal fluid to be tested for markers of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

They also answered questions to judge the quality of their sleep. Examples included: “During the past four weeks, how often did you get the amount of sleep you needed?” Or “Did you get enough sleep to feel rested upon waking in the morning?” Bendlin said.

 

Although a strong association between sleep problems and Alzheimer’s markers was seen in most people, not everyone with sleep difficulty had these markers in their spinal fluid, Bendlin said.

 

For example, there was no association seen between people who had sleep apnea and markers for Alzheimer’s in their spinal fluid.

 

Other factors — such as the use of drugs to aid sleep, education, depression and weight — didn’t change the association between poor sleep and markers for Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers found.

 

One thing that could have thrown the findings off is that the participants reported their own sleep problems. It’s possible that people misreported their sleep issues or didn’t remember them correctly, the researchers said.

 

One specialist said that the association between sleep and amyloid has been seen in mice, but its effect on people isn’t clear.

 

“There is a positive feedback loop involving sleep and amyloid,” said Dr. Sam Gandy, director of the Center for Cognitive Health at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

 

In mice, the worse the sleep, the more amyloid builds up. The more amyloid builds up, the worse the sleep, he said.

 

It’s not known if this occurs in the same way in humans, Gandy said.

 

“Since our ability to slow progression of Alzheimer’s is still quite limited, this is an important area for research so that we might be able to exploit sleep regulation therapeutically,” he said.

 

Bendlin said it’s important to identify modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s because delaying Alzheimer’s disease in people by as little as five years could reduce the number of cases in the next 30 years by nearly 6 million and save $367 billion in health care costs.

 

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Home Brewing Kombucha

Home Brewing Kombucha

Home Brewing Kombucha

 

What is all the hype about this funky tea known as Kombucha? Kombucha most likely started in China and spread to Russian over 100 years ago. It is often called mushroom tea because if the scoby that forms on the top, resembling a mushroom. Scoby is actually an acronym for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.

 

Kombucha contains multiple species of yeast and bacteria along with the organic acids, active enzymes, amino acids, and vitamin C. According to the American Cancer Society “Kombucha tea has been promoted as a cure-all for a wide range of conditions including baldness, insomnia, intestinal disorders, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, and cancer. Supporters say that Kombucha tea can boost the immune system and reverse the aging process.” I will caution you however that there is little scientific evidence to support such strong claims.

 

For us Kombucha is fun to make, and is highly recommended among many of my holistic friends. It is naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, which is helpful for digestive health. I think it smells a little strong, but is actually pleasant tasting.

 

Instructions for Making Kombucha Tea

Ingredients

 

  • 14 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 tea bags
  • 1 cupstarter tea or vinegar
  • kombucha culture

 

Directions

 

  1. Combine hot water (14 cups for 1 gallon) and sugar (1 cup) in the glass jar you intend on using to brew the tea. Stir until the sugar dissolves. The water should be hot enough to steep the tea but does not have to be boiling.

 

  1. Place the tea or tea bags in the sugar water to steep. Use 8 tea bags for a gallon of tea. I prefer the flavor of green tea, but you can also use black tea. Try to find an organic tea. If you use loose tea leaves use 4 tbsp for a gallon of tea.

 

  1. Cool the mixture to room temperature. The tea may be left in the liquid as it cools. Once cooled remove the tea bags.

 

  1. Add starter tea from a previous batch to the liquid. If you do not have starter tea, distilled white vinegar may be substituted. If using vinegar use 2 cups for a gallon of tea.

 

  1. Add an active kombucha scoby (culture).

 

  1. Cover the jar with a towel or coffee filter and secure with a rubber band. Ants can smell sweet tea a mile away.

 

  1. Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed at 68-85°F, out of direct sunlight, for 7-30 days, or to taste. The longer the kombucha ferments, the less sweet and more vinegary it will taste.

 

Keep the scoby and about 1 cup of the liquid from the bottom of the jar to use as starter tea for the next batch. You will have the “mother scoby” that you added and a new “baby scoby” that will have formed on the top. You can reuse your mother scoby, and gift your baby.

 

The finished kombucha can be flavored, or enjoyed plain. Keep sealed with an airtight lid at room temp for an additional 7 days with added fruit if you like a fizzy drink like soda.  Otherwise store in the fridge to stop the fermentation process.  These little bottles of “hippy tea” have been popping up all over grocery stores for about $3 a bottle, but you can make it at home for about $1 a gallon. I’m not sure that it’s a cure-all, but at worst you have a delightful and affordable probiotic.

 

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Szechuan Bison Stir Fry

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Szechuan Bison Stir Fry

 

Ingredients:

MEAT & MARINADE

 

  • 1.5 lb. Bison flank or sirloin
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons Mirin, sweet rice wine for cooking
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil

 

VEGETABLES

 

  • 3 celery stalks, julienned into thin, long strips
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 3 inch green onions sliced thinly, on a diagonal, into 1/2 pieces

 

SZECHUAN SAUCE

 

Mix together:

 

  • 1 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoons Chinese 5-spice powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1” ginger root (fresh), grated or very finely minced
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoons Rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Hoisin sauce
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced

 

Instructions:

  1. Slice bison, across the grain, into 1/4 inch thick strips and place in a large plastic bag.

 

  1. Add mirin and soy sauce and massage into the meat. Add cornstarch, seal the bag and toss/massage to coat the meat.

 

  1. Let meat marinate for about 10 minutes.

 

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside.

 

  1. Slice vegetables and set aside.

 

  1. Add sesame oil to wok or large sauté pan and heat over medium-high heat.

 

  1. Add bison to hot pan, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan – you’ll probably want to do at least 2 batches – and sauté about 2-3 minutes. Remove bison to a plate and cook remaining batches.

 

  1. Add sliced vegetables to the hot pan and cook about 1-3 minutes (depending on how tender you want them), stirring often.

 

  1. Pour in Szechuan sauce and cook about a minute, until slightly thickened.

 

  1. Add cooked bison and turn to coat in the sauce.

 

  1. Serve over jasmine rice.

 

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Healthy Crab Cakes

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Ingredients

 

Pizza:

1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets

1/4 cup grated Parmesan

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 large egg

2 cups freshly grated mozzarella

1/4 cup Spicy Pizza Sauce, recipe follows

Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Salad:

4 cups baby greens

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Parmesan shavings, for topping

 

Spicy Pizza Sauce:

1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup chicken broth

Three 15-ounce cans crushed tomatoes

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

 

Directions:

For the pizza: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

 

Pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor to a fine snowy powder (you should have about 2 1/2 cups). Transfer the processed cauliflower to a microwave-safe bowl and cover. Microwave until soft, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a clean, dry kitchen towel and allow to cool.

 

When cool enough to handle, wrap the cauliflower in the towel and wring out as much moisture as possible, transferring to a second towel if necessary. In a large bowl, stir together the cauliflower, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt, egg and 1 cup of the mozzarella until well combined. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and press into a 10-inch round. Bake until golden, 10 to 15 minutes.

 

Remove the crust from the oven and top with the Spicy Pizza Sauce and remaining 1 cup mozzarella. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, 10 minutes more. Garnish with fresh basil leaves just before serving.

 

For the salad: Meanwhile, add the greens to a large bowl. Whisk together the olive oil, baslsamic and salt and pepper to taste in a measuring cup. Pour over the greens and toss. Top with Parmesan shavings.

 

Spicy Pizza Sauce:

Heat a pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add a tablespoon or so of olive oil, throw in the garlic and chopped onions and give them a stir. Cook until the onions are soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, whisking to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Cook until the liquid reduces by half. Add the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine. Add the brown sugar, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste and stir. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool, then puree the sauce.

 

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Weight Loss Supplements are a Scam!

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Most weight loss supplements are a scam! Let us reveals the ones that actually work!

 

Since this is a long topic and I don’t want to bore you to tears, today let’s review everything out there claiming to help you boost your metabolism with natural metabolism boosters and I’ll tell you the real truth about where to spend and not spend your money. If you get sick of reading, just see the ingredient and read the “verdict”!

 

Many Claims Regarding Natural Metabolism Boosters That Are Not True!

 

Magic diet pill! Melt your fat away! We’ll show you how to decrease body fat and increase lean body mass with no muscle and fitness or dietary changing efforts !  Step right up and buy the scam! Unexplained weight gain will just melt away! DO NOT FALL FOR WHAT SOUNDS SCAMMY- it is, it is! Weight loss is the #1 supplement scam but now, due to this article on the real, effective natural metabolism boosters, you will not be scammed every again, OK?? Save this for shopping.

 

Messages like these on weight-loss products taunt consumers looking for a quick and easy way to shed pounds. But these products don’t live up to their claims.

Even worse, they can cause serious harm, say, federal regulators, who have found dozens of products being touted as dietary supplements but that actually contain hidden prescription drugs or compounds that have not been adequately studied in humans.

The FDA warns these products are not legal dietary supplements. They are actually very powerful drugs masquerading as “all-natural” or “herbal” supplements, and they carry significant risks to unsuspecting consumers. The FDA has found weight-loss products tainted with the prescription drug ingredient sibutramine.

This ingredient was in an FDA-approved drug called Meridia, which was removed from the market in October 2010 because it caused heart problems and strokes. FDA has also found other prescription drug ingredients that have been removed from the market or never approved at all.

Other weight-loss products marketed as supplements have been found to contain dangerous concoctions of hidden ingredients including seizure medications, blood pressure medications, and other drugs not approved in the U.S.

Many of these tainted products are imported and sold through the Internet, but some can also be found on store shelves. The FDA has made it a priority to seek out these dangerous products, stop them from being imported, and take legal action against firms that manufacture and distribute them.

Just because you see a supplement product on a store shelf does NOT mean it is safe or effective. Although the benefits of some dietary supplements have been documented, the claims of others may be unproven. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Note that famous T.V. doctors have been known to stretch the truth. Well, here is a real review from a real weight loss expert and former T.V. doctor-ME!  And I’ll tell you everything that’s out there and give you a thumbs up or down on whether or not it might be useful.

And/or dangerous. And I’ll tell you WHY. Note  that every single thing mentioned below is contraindicated (not recommended meaning don’t take it) if you are pregnant or nursing. I won’t keep repeating that. Also, it goes without saying that if you are trying to get pregnant, avoid “taking anything.”

6 Ingredients Which Claim to ‘Burn Fat’ – Considered Stimulants

 

  1. Caffeine

 

Description/Primary Functions

Natural stimulant and therefore a natural metabolism booster that’s found in coffee and caffeinated teas and can help burn fat by boosting basal metabolic rate, or BMR.

Several studies have found that a dose of caffeine increased subjects’ energy expenditures by 5 percent or more, helping their bodies burn calories and fat. Caffeine stimulates metabolism and mobilizes body fat for use as energy.

It can also enhance the effects of other fat-burning compounds like green tea and citrus Aurantium.

Note that caffeine in coffee, tea, colas, energy drinks are largely ineffective and it takes a higher of a dose of encapsulated caffeine to have a “good”effect equivalent of 2-3 cups of coffee.

Contraindications/Precautions

Caffeine is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a caffeine-containing product.

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

For this to amp up your metabolism you need more than one cup of coffee as noted above. BUT if you give up all other sources of coffee and it doesn’t give you palpitations then it’s OK. I’m not really crazy about it for weight loss as a single ingredient because it usually causes the jitters and not a lot of metabolic boosts unless combined with other ingredients but I’ll give it an “it’s OK”-just don’t expect miracles. At least in reasonable doses, it might jack up your blood pressure.

  1. Guarana

 

Description/Primary Functions

Guarana is a climbing plant in the maple family native to the Amazon basin and especially common in Brazil. Guarana is best known for its fruit, which is about the size of a coffee

bean. As a dietary supplement, guarana is an effective stimulant. Its seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee beans.

 

There’s some evidence that guarana – when used along with other supplements – may promote weight loss. It’s uncertain if the guarana specifically was responsible. Because

caffeine is a stimulant that has been shown to improve mood and aid weight loss, guarana may very well also have these effects.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

Guarana is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a guarana-containing product. Guarana is not recommended for those with a seizure disorder, cardiovascular disease,

liver failure, or with kidney failure. It is advised to avoid products with excessive levels of caffeine, which can cause side effects, such as increased heart rate and blood pressure.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Another one that will work but don’t combine it with caffeine or it WILL jack up your blood pressure. Another one I’m not crazy about but again, in reasonable doses, it’s OK. Can be combined with decaf green tea-DECAF! Then it gets the definitive two thumbs up!

  1. Citrus Aurantium/Synephrine/Bitter Orange

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Also known as bitter orange, this substance contains several alkaloids that stimulate the body’s beta-3 receptors to boost metabolism and increase fat burning. It also promotes

the release of epinephrine and nor-epinephrine, which enhances mental energy and focus. After ephedra was taken off the market in 2004, bitter orange, a herb similar to

ephedra, has been marketed as a weight loss aid.

 

Proponents claim that bitter orange can stimulate the fat-burning process. Bitter orange may raise blood pressure, increase heart rate or cause abnormal heart rhythms. (This just means you need to get a pure product with  the correct dose-then unless you have a heart condition, you needn’t worry).

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Bitter orange is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a bitter orange-containing product.

It should not be taken by those with a cardiovascular condition (such as heart disease or high blood pressure or diabetes). Bitter orange should not be combined with caffeine or any natural substances containing caffeine (such as caffeinated green tea and high doses of yerba mate).

It should also be avoided by anyone taking medications (such as MAO inhibitors) or herbs/supplements that increase heart rate. Some people consider this to be like one of the best  energy supplements but it shouldn’t be used for energy, please.

It is a supplement and likely the most potent of all  the supplements to speed up metabolism so you WILL have a burst of energy but again, be careful you don’t “overuse this” OK? (I don’t want you needing help with adrenal fatigue after you have lost your weight!)

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

You just read that it increases two substances-epinephrine and nor-epinephrine and that this increases mental focus. Well, as with ephedra, which is not on the list because other than the black market, it isn’t sold this will also increase cortisol levels if you do not use “the right product” meaning a gentle, controlled dose such as what we have.

So this gets the most efficacy rating as a combo pharmaceutical grade product which contains other things, making what we carry and I cannot vouch for other things you buy, safe and effective. I’m going to give this thumbs up because I am hoping you won’t buy a “crazy concoction” of this somewhere else!

  1. Green Coffee Bean Extract

 

Description/Primary Functions

The beans found in the berries of coffee trees contain high levels of chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acid works in two ways. First, it reduces the absorption of blood sugar (glucose) by the intestine. Then it inhibits an enzyme in the liver so that less glucose is released into the bloodstream.

 

With less glucose available, the body burns more fat stored in adipose tissues as a source of energy rather than glucose. There is caffeine in all Green Coffee Extracts in varying amounts unless decaffeinated.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Green coffee bean extract is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a green coffee bean extract containing product.

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

Appears that enough chlorogenic acid does cause some degree of fat burning. If you take this, don’t use other caffeine containing products OR use a decaf version.

  1. Raspberry Ketones

 

Description/Primary Functions

Research has shown that these aromatic compounds found in raspberries have potential fat-blasting effects. Raspberry ketones are said to increase the production of two hormones: norepinephrine, which raises body temperature, and adiponectin, which regulates metabolism.

In turn, this supposedly causes stored fat to get broken up more effectively, which makes it easier for your body to burn fat as fuel.

Contraindications/Precautions

Raspberry ketones are contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a raspberry ketone containing product. Raspberry ketones may lower blood sugar levels, so, those taking drugs for diabetes should be monitored closely by their physician.

Raspberry ketones may also cause an increase in inflammation, heart palpitations and shakiness. Raspberry ketones may also interact with medicines, such as those that regulate heart rate and cholesterol, and hormones.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Incredibly mixed results depends on the quality of the product so if you are going to try this do a LOT of reading. I am not too crazy about the part where it makes you shaky (that always implies epinephrine and hence cortisol which I just warned you about).

I REALLY don’t like the idea of you taking something which will INCREASE inflammation when I go crazy on this blog teaching you how to lower it. I am therefore going to give it a personal NOPE!

  1. CLA

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid often marketed as a weight loss aid. It is found naturally in dairy products and in beef. Proponents claim that CLA can reduce fat while building muscle, as well as keep cholesterol in check. Reports suggest that CLA is a special conjugated omega-6 fatty acid that has been shown to possibly reduce body fat and preserve lean body mass. It’s also been shown to possibly speed up the body‘s fat metabolism and help metabolize existing fat deposits as well as increase the proportion of lean muscle to fat in the body.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

CLA is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a CLA containing product.

There are indications that CLA can worsen diabetes and therefore should be avoided. It may also increase the possibility of diabetes for those with metabolic syndrome.

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

Big NOPE! Does not work at all!

Other Non-Stimulants Which Claim to be Natural Metabolism Boosters

 

  1. L-Carnitine

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Acetyl-l-Carnitine, derived from an amino acid, is found in nearly all cells of the body. A- L-Carnitine supplementation may improve the utilization of fat as an energy source.

 

Therefore, l-carnitine can be beneficial in the treatment of a variety of conditions associated with impaired fat utilization and energy production. It’s been shown to help maintain and help to gain energy, increase muscle mass, in conjunction with a weight training program.

 

Researchers and all Anti-aging doctors prefer to use acetyl-L-carnitine in research studies because it is better absorbed from the small intestine than L-carnitine. (Also note that L-carnitine MIGHT be related to colon cancer whereas acetyl-l-carnitine is not).

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

L-Carnitine is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a carnitine-containing product. Rare side effects include muscle weakness in uremic (renal failure)

patients and seizures in those with seizure disorders.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

This is a great, healthy supplement! I use for bringing down glucose, triglycerides, increasing brain protection, Neural transmission speed, and overall brain health  but it doesn’t directly increase metabolism.The way it does help you lose weight is by helping increase muscle mass and therefore increase your metabolic rate.

So, as much as I LOVE this supplement for the brain and energy and more it would be misleading of me if I told you this was a natural metabolism booster like the other things I will give a true thumbs up to. No thumbs up or down here.

  1. Garcinia Cambogia/HCA

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

HCA is actually a salt derived from the rind of dried fruit, in particular, the Southeast Asian plants brindal berry and Garcinia cambogia. Research backs the effectiveness of HCA at reducing fat absorption, increasing fat metabolism, inhibiting appetite, and lowering LDL cholesterol.

 

It has also been suggested that HCA inhibits the citrate lyase enzyme which is known to be an important catalyst in the metabolic process of converting excess carbohydrates into fat. Once this process is inhibited by HCA, the body’s natural reaction is to increase carbohydrate oxidation which can result in sizeable weight loss.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

HCA is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of an HCA-containing product. Garcinia/HCA is possibly safe for most people when used for 12 weeks or less. Long-term safety is unknown. It can cause nausea, digestive tract discomfort, and headache. Puts a hard strain on kidneys, so not suitable for diabetic, cardiac patients, High blood pressure medication, Lasix or hydrocholorthyrazine (hctz).

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Sort of mixed. It truly depends on the amount of HCA % and even then it’s slightly mixed. It is my feeling that the GI side effects are from products which are not pharmaceutical grade and contain contaminants.

It doesn’t amp you up but remember long term safety is “unknown” so I’ll give this an OK, if you want to try it, try it for a SHORT period of time and give your body a break from it- recall you have a list of 10 ingredients so rotate them.

 

  1. Coleus Forskohlii

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Forskolin is the active ingredient in forskohlii and is a chemical found in the roots of the plant Plectranthus barbatus (Coleus forskohlii). This plant has been used since ancient times to treat heart disorders such as high blood pressure and chest pain (angina), as well as respiratory disorders such as asthma.

 

For dieting, this ingredient works to increase cyclic AMP, which is purported to help the body mobilize body fat for use as energy. Patented for promoting lean body mass, the active ingredient is known as forskolin. Some clinical studies show this ingredient helps reduce body fat and increase lean muscle mass.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Forskohlii is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a forskohlii containing product. Because of lack of long-term safety studies, pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid forskohlii supplements. There is some concern that forskolin might interfere with treatment for diseases of the heart and blood vessels and could worsen them.

 

Forskolin might significantly lower blood pressure. Use forskolin with caution if you have a heart problem. Forskolin might increase bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using forskolin at least 2  weeks before a scheduled surgery. Medications for high blood pressure ,interact with forskolin. Medications that increase blood flow to the heart (Nitrates) interact with forskolin.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Conflicting studies when used on its own but when combined with garcinia Cambogia it appears to work. Just be careful of the “health issues.”

  1. Chromium

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Chromium is a metal. It is called an “essential trace element” because very small amounts of chromium are necessary for human health. Chromium is needed for normal sugar and fat metabolism. It improves the efficiency of insulin.

 

When chromium levels are low, insulin can’t perform well. This can set the stage for diabetes mellitus, obesity, and heart disease.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Chromium is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a chromium containing product.

 

Those with a history of hypoglycemia should exercise caution in the use of chromium supplements, as well as those with liver and kidney disease. Insulin interacts with chromium and might decrease blood sugar.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

It does NOT speed up metabolism. I don’t want to trash this / same as the acetyl-l-carnitine because it is quite useful. Be careful of chromium picolinate as it is linked to possibly causing cancer.

However, chromium nicotinate should be classified as a great natural appetite suppressant and 600-800 mg 2x a day (don’t go higher) is quite effective.

So no thumbs will be up or down here either.

  1. Fucoxanthin

 

Fucoxanthin is a type of antioxidant carotenoid found naturally in edible brown seaweed such as wakame and hijiki which are used widely in Asian cuisine. Wakame is the seaweed used in miso soup which is a great healthy soup. Preliminary research in animals suggests it may target abdominal fat. Fucoxanthin also doesn’t appear to be a stimulant like ephedra, bitter orange or caffeine. Japanese researchers have found that fucoxanthin (isolated from wakame) promotes the loss of abdominal fat in obese mice and rats.

 

Although it’s not fully understood how fucoxanthin works, it appears to target a protein called UCP1 that increases the rate at which abdominal fat is burned. Abdominal fat, also called white adipose tissue, is the kind of fat that surrounds our organs and is linked to heart disease and diabetes.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Fucoxanthin is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a fucoxnthin containing product. Seaweed is rich in iodine and excessive consumption may result in iodine poisoning. High levels of iodine can interfere with the function of the thyroid gland.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

As a single ingredient, there isn’t evidence that it works. However, it does indeed appear to enhance the “burn” of a well done bitter orange product such as our metabogen.

  1. Capsaicin

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Capsaicin, a natural compound in chili peppers, is said to promote weight loss. Proponents claim that the compound can boost metabolism, and cause a shift in substrate oxidation from carbohydrate to fat oxidation.

 

A recent study has suggested that the ingestion of capsaicinoids can increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation through the activation of brown adipose tissue. It is also reported that capsaicin leads to a decrease in appetite as well as a decrease in food intake.

 

Another study found that capsaicin may help decrease ghrelin (a hormone involved in promoting hunger). It is considered to be one of the supplements to boost metabolism if ingested and one of the substances for muscle soreness relief if applied on the outside. It’s actually one of the decent natural fibromyalgia treatment modalities.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Capsaicin is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a capsaicin-containing product. Although capsaicin is generally considered safe, it may cause some side-effects (such as stomach irritation and aggravation of ulcers and heartburn. In addition, capsaicin supplements may interact with certain medications (including aspirin and blood-thinning

drugs).

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

It does increase metabolic rate a bit and the ghrelin studies are intriguing.

I would be very careful about supplements and get it naturally instead of spicy foods so you don’t get a “capsule dump”.

Note that all spicy foods, even the wasabi you get eating sushi speeds up your metabolism to some extent. This gets an O.K. from me if you are careful about the source.

Plus, spicy foods all boost your immune system nicely! So this is good for your health!

  1. Green Tea Extract

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Studies show that substances in green tea may offer several weight-loss-promoting effects, such as speeding up metabolism and suppressing appetite.

 

Green tea extract contains a catechin known as EGCG, which may slow carb absorption and increase fat burning by improving the function of insulin. When combined with caffeine, EGCG has shown to elevate metabolism beyond that of caffeine alone.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Green tea is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a green tea containing product. While green tea is likely safe for most adults, drinking more than three  cups a day may lead to caffeine-related side effects. These side effects can include headaches, nervousness, sleep problems, and irregular heartbeat, especially in women.

 

The caffeine in green tea may also aggravate some health conditions, including anxiety, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

WORKS! Would always use decaf supplements and make sure they are a pharmaceutical grade or else you don’t get enough active EGCG. A bonus is that studies show this helps short term memory loss.

This can be combined with any of the supplements mentioned above as approved natural metabolism boosters.

  1. Yerba Mate

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Like green tea, this ingredient contains polyphenols and catechins, which may increase energy expenditure and aid in the loss of body at by stimulating the body to use fat for energy. Yerba mate is known as an adaptogenic herb in South America and Europe.

 

It contains polyphenols and catechins, which may increase energy expenditure and aid in the loss of body fat by stimulating the body to use fat for energy.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Yerba mate is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a yerba mate containing product.

 

Some studies indicate that people who drink large amounts of yerba mate over prolonged periods may be at increased risk of some types of cancer, such as cancer of the mouth, esophagus, and lungs. Smoking in combination with yerba mate seems to greatly increase the cancer risk.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Also works-similar to green tea extract. Note that calories burned are not that significant with this so my thumbs up here is with a warning to not use it if you are a smoker-stop now-and not long term.

But since it is about the same as green tea extract and that is healthy with no side effects, I’d prefer that you use THAT one, to be honest. Thumbs up with caveats.

  1. 7-Keto DHEA

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

7-keto-DHEA is a by-product of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a chemical that is formed in the body.

 

DHEA is a hormone produced by glands near the kidneys. But unlike DHEA, 7-keto-DHEA is not converted to steroid hormones such as androgen and estrogen. Taking 7-keto-DHEA by mouth or applying it to the skin does not increase the level of steroid hormones in the blood.

 

7-keto-DHEA speeds up the metabolism and heat production to promote weight loss. This is accomplished through the activation of three thermogenic enzymes.

 

In keeping with the biological definition of thermogenesis, the three enzymes activation drive energy-producing substrates in a direction of less efficient ATP production relative to heat production.

 

The enzymes also promote the utilization of fat stores for energy and heat production. This is the basis for 7-Keto’s ability to enhance thermogenesis and, through that mechanism, accelerate the utilization of fat stores.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

7-Keto DHEA is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of 7-Keto containing product.

Women may also experience abnormal menses, insomnia, and hot flashes but this is generally with regular DHEA and not the keto version.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

WORKS! Can be used with decaf green tea. And OK, you can also throw in the other combo products linked above and if you have questions just ASK me and I’ll give you the best combo for YOU. This one alone causes no health issues.

So, there you have it-your guide for metabolic boosters! Remember lifting weights gives you a 5-6 hour boost and anything aerobic gives you a 2-3 hour boost post workout. This and believe it or not, very cold water consumption will raise you up metabolically as much as the mild single-ingredient boosters.

 

Please share with family and loved ones.

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Is It Safe to Exercise Barefoot at the Gym?

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Expert Answers: Is it Safe to Exercise Barefoot at the Gym?

 

Sure — if it’s done correctly. Here are some tips.

 

Barefoot exercising can be both safe and beneficial — if it’s done correctly and if you start slowly, says Maryland-based physical therapist and trainer Kevin McGuinness, DPT, CSCS.

 

Jumping into barefoot training increases your chance of developing an injury, McGuinness says. He advises reducing the volume and intensity of your workouts to 25 percent of your normal routine in the first week going barefoot. Then slowly build up.

 

Next, consider your activity. Going barefoot when performing strength moves like deadlifts and overhead presses can increase foot and toe strength. It also improves proprioception, which boosts overall fitness performance and delivers neurological benefits.

 

If you’re performing plyometric exercises or training outdoors, however, it’s safer to have something on your feet.

 

Some gyms require footwear, so check club rules before unlacing your shoes. To replicate the barefoot-training effect, you can opt for minimalist sneakers or nonslip grip socks.

 

Once you head for the locker room, bathroom, or sauna, make sure to slip on sandals to protect your feet from germs.

 

As always contact us for your personal health care concerns and needs.

 

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Turmeric Latte Recipe

 

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Turmeric Latte Recipe

 

This creamy, rich latte is packed with anti-inflammatory and thyroid-supporting nutrients.

 

More than just adding a beautiful yellow to this latte, turmeric is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory agents we know. It also has been shown to counter the proliferative effect of estrogen on cancer cells. The cashews are rich in vitamins B6, E, and K and minerals copper, zinc, and selenium, which support the thyroid.

 

That’s why I recommend this turmeric latte. It’s creamy and rich, and full of savory flavors. Because of the cashews and coconut oil, this latte will help keep you full longer and stabilize blood sugar, preventing you from wanting to snack excessively. The boldness of the turmeric mixed with cinnamon and a pinch of clove is totally scrumptious.

 

TURMERIC LATTE

4 tbs. raw cashews

4 tbs. shredded unsweetened coconut

1 cup water

1 tsp. coconut oil

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. turmeric

Pinch of clove

Pinch of coarse sea salt

Blend the cashews, shredded coconut, and water till creamy. Strain through a nut-milk bag and discard the pulp (you now have cashew milk). Put the liquid back in the blender with the rest of the ingredients and give it a quick whiz. Transfer to a pot on the stove, bring to a boil (or heat gently until warm to the touch), remove from heat, and serve warm with a dusting of cinnamon.

 

NOTE: You may also like to try using coconut milk in place of the cashew milk.

 

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