Scientists Discover Gut Bacteria That Eat Brain Chemicals

Scientists Discover Gut Bacteria That Eat Brain Chemicals

24th August 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Beneficial gut bacteria are the latest darlings of neurological health as researchers continue to uncover new and fascinating roles they play in our level of happiness, serenity and emotional well-being. Incredibly, a lack of specific types of gut bacteria (or excess of harmful microbes) are associated with autism, irritable bowel and chronic fatigue syndrome, along with a range of mood disorders — including anxiety, depression and poor response to stress. These microorganisms are so powerful that if they become imbalanced in the gut, it can mean the difference between living a joyful life or one where we can barely drag ourselves out of bed.

On top of that, cutting edge research just released by Northeastern University in Boston discovered a species of gut bacteria that “eat” brain chemicals — in this case gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. What has scientists excited about the finding is the results of the study add to a growing body of evidence that show gut bacteria profoundly effect our brain and mental health.

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How Does the Alkaline Diet Affect Gut Health?

How Does the Alkaline Diet Affect Gut Health?

15th August 2016

By Dr. Edward Group

Guest writer for Wake Up World

The alkaline diet is a popular diet aimed at managing acidity levels within the body. The alkaline diet claims you can consume certain foods to adjust your body’s acidity, or pH levels, to improve your health.[1]

The pH scale runs from 0 (acidic) to 14 (basic or alkaline); 7 is neutral.[2] The body uses nutrients and electrolytes to maintain balance, which exists within a narrow pH range. It requires a slightly alkaline environment between 7.35 and 7.45, usually around 7.4.[3]

The human body is a complex collection of systems, organs, and fluids that work together to sustain life. While some systems seem more important than others, each one has a very specific purpose. When the various bits and pieces work together in harmony we call it homeostasis. If just one system is out of balance, homeostasis is disrupted and health and wellness can suffer. Although your body’s pH is important, it is one of many components that contribute to homeostasis.

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Eating Raw Garlic Twice a Week Reduces Cancer Risk by 44 Percent

Eating Raw Garlic Twice a Week Reduces Cancer Risk by 44 Percent

14th August 2016

By Marco Torres

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Eating raw garlic twice a week reduces your cancer risk by 44%, without any side effects whatsoever. That’s a statistic the cancer industry cannot claim

The reason so many people die after conventional cancer treatment is that, beside indiscriminately damaging healthy cells, chemotherapy also triggers them to secrete a protein that actually sustains tumour growth and encourages resistance to further treatment. It is only because of forces that have carefully conspired to thwart meaningful advances in ‘alternative’ cancer research and treatment over the past century that chemotherapy is even still practiced. (What reality do we in live when cut, poison and burn are considered the only acceptable ways to treat cancer?)

The Power of Garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) is a member of the onion family Alliaceae. Garlic has been used throughout history for both its culinary and medicinal properties. Garlic’s distinctive characteristics arise from sulfur, which constitutes almost 1% of its dry weight. Although garlic does not typically serve as a major source of essential nutrients, it may contribute to several dietary factors with potential health benefits, including the presence of oligosaccharides, arginine-rich proteins and, depending on soil and growing conditions, selenium and flavonoids.

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Cinnamon Enhances Memory, Improves Learning Ability and Reverses Parkinson’s Disease

Cinnamon Enhances Memory, Improves Learning Ability and Reverses Parkinson’s Disease

10th August 2016

By Karen Foster

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Eating one of the tastiest household spices may also improve learning ability, memory and even reverse Parkinson’s Disease according to new study results published online in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.

Cinnamon is one of the most potent antioxidants in the world and regular consumption can also lower blood sugar, help digestion, ease arthritis, lower blood pressure and ward off Alzheimer’s Disease.

If you are to maximize the medicinal value of cinnamon it must also be non-irradiated and pure ceylon cinnamon, which will be labeled as such.

Which Type of Cinnamon is Best?

Although related, cinnamon and cassia are not obtained from the same plant. They should be treated as separate foods, both from a nutritional and a health standpoint.

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Edible Mushrooms: Nature’s Most Researched Anti-Cancer Agent

Edible Mushrooms: Nature’s Most Researched Anti-Cancer Agent

5th August 2016

By Sayer Ji

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

The power of medicinal mushrooms to heal, including actively combating cancer, is supported by a solid body of human clinical research. How is it that they possess such immense therapeutic activity? And why have they been ignored by the conventional medical system?

Over the course of the past few years, we have uncovered a remarkable body of research on the medicinal properties of mushrooms. Some of these studies we have reported on in greater depth in previous writings, focusing on how they: treat HPV infectionboost immune functionproduce vegan vitamin D3lower PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels in men, and boost brain function.

These examples, while impressive, are only the tip of the iceberg. At GreenMedInfo.com, we have identified over 200 conditions that may benefit from them, as well as over 100 different beneficial effects they can induce through the modulation of various physiological systems and pathways within the body, e.g. immunomodulatory, anti-proliferative, anti-inflammatory. (You can search through the primary literature we have gathered on the topic on the Medicinal Mushroom research portal.)

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The Top 20 GMO Foods and Ingredients to Avoid – and Why

The Top 20 GMO Foods and Ingredients to Avoid – and Why

31st July 2016

By Dr. Edward Group

Guest writer for Wake Up World

In the very short time since GMO foods were first introduced, they have tainted ecosystems, created financial strains for farmers, and introduced unnatural elements into the local, national, and global food supply.

GMOs pose a danger to all of us and the evidence is irrefutable. Environmentally, they have created superweeds that destroy farmland, and they have eliminated some organisms from ecosystems, leading to new superbugs to fill the void. Much talk also centers around the health considerations. Unfortunately, researchers who attempt to test the alleged safety of these GMOs – and have found them decidedly unsafe! – get shouted down by the rank-and-file industry yes men who are intent on protecting the empire. Despite this, the research has shown a dramatically higher risk of health problems from eating GMOs and research shown that toxic DNA from these plants may survive digestion. It’s even been found in the blood of pregnant women and their fetuses! [1]

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The Metabolic Model of Cancer: How Nutrition and Diet Influences Cancer

The Metabolic Model of Cancer: How Nutrition and Diet Influences Cancer

29th July 2016

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Is it possible that chromosomal damage is simply a marker for cancer and not the actual cause of the disease? Compelling evidence suggests this is the case, and in the featured lecture, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gary Fettke reviews some of this evidence.

Having battled cancer himself, Fettke came to realize the influence of nutrition on cancer, and the importance of eating a diet high in healthy fats and low in net carbohydrates (total carbs minus fiber, i.e. non-fiber carbs). Fettke is not the only one promoting the metabolic model of cancer.

Earlier this year I interviewed Travis Christofferson, author of a phenomenal book on this topic, called “Tripping Over the Truth: The Return of the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Illuminates a New and Hopeful Path to a Cure“.

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Tasty Recipe: Grain Free, Nut Free, Gluten Free Seed Crackers

Tasty Recipe: Grain Free, Nut Free, Gluten Free Seed Crackers

25th July 2016

By Elisha McFarland N.D.

Guest writer for Wake Up World

It may be hard to believe that foods so tiny can offer up a host of nutritional and healing benefits, but that’s just what these seeds do. Nutritionally they offer a health trifecta –healthy fats, protein and fiber.

Made from chia, sunflower, sesame, pumpkin and flax seeds, this grain-free, nut-free, gluten-free seed cracker recipe is a simple way to incorporate the health benefits of seeds into a tasty, versatile everyday snack.

Aside from being a great source of vitamins and minerals, there are numerous studies on the health benefits of adding seeds to your daily diet; benefits that include protecting your body against arthritis, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stress.

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Why Thyroid Health Is Completely Dependent on Selenium

Why Thyroid Health Is Completely Dependent on Selenium

22nd July 2016

By Dr. Edward Group

Guest writer for Wake Up World

The thyroid is essential to some of the body’s most critical processes, including the development of the nervous and skeletal systems.[1] For the thyroid to function normally, it must receive the right nutrition, and that means getting enough selenium. Selenium is an essential mineral[2] and being deficient can lead to serious health problems such as Keshan disease[3], myxoedematous cretinism[4], Graves’ disease[5], and even thyroid destruction.[6]

Although the body requires selenium, it does not produce selenium and you must get it through your diet. For most people, this isn’t a problem since many common foods are a good source of selenium. Additionally, selenium is available as a nutritional supplement.

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10 Detox Water Recipes to Try at Home

10 Detox Water Recipes to Try at Home

14th July 2016

By Dr. Edward Group

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Detox water has become a wildly popular diet craze. Many hail it as a miracle diet and think it can support weight loss. Could this be a revolutionary new way to drop pounds and trim the physique, or is it just another fad diet? Let’s start by understanding what detox water is.

What Is Detox Water?

Detox water is basically water (I recommend distilled water) infused with fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs. Sometimes called infused water, many people use it as part of a body detox strategy.

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Why a High-Fat Diet is Best When it Comes to Health and Longevity

Why a High-Fat Diet is Best When it Comes to Health and Longevity

6th July 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

I remember as a teenager in the 80s how low-fat diets were all the rage in the United States. Suddenly, a slew of ‘healthy’ convenience foods were lining the supermarket aisles — from cookies to snacks and everything in-between. Low-fat cooking was championed and labels suggested reduced-fat products were the holy grail of health — guaranteeing a life free of disease and excess weight. And so it went. People jumped on the low-fat bandwagon and never looked back — that is, until waistlines expanded and general health took a nose dive. After years of low-fat living, people were fatter and more disease ridden than ever before. So what happened?

Besides substituting refined sugar for fat in processed foods — and people consuming more of these foods in general — researchers were stumped as to why low-fat diets were such a dismal failure on the health and obesity front. Observing the traditional French diet — a way of eating notoriously high in fat — and the exceptional health enjoyed by French people in general, the mystery slowly began to unravel. Eventually, acceptance of the notion that low-fat diets promote health was abandoned and the opposite was embraced: high-fat diets are not only healthy, but encourage longevity to boot.

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Jackfruit: Can This Nutritional Powerhouse Prevent Widespread Famine?

Jackfruit: Can This Nutritional Powerhouse Prevent Widespread Famine?

3rd July 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Unlike the United States — where self-sufficiency and food security is persecuted — the government of Venezuela is pushing its population to grow urban gardens and raise chickens in response to severe food shortages. Venezuelan president Maduro himself produces everything his family eats with the help of 60 laying hens. While not considered a famine yet, the shortages are acute enough that malnutrition is a serious concern, especially in the case of children.

Venezuela is a prime location for both traditional and micro-farming due to broad areas of fertile land and appropriate growing climate. Even so, food shortages are still an increasingly unpleasant reality since the sheer quantity of edibles needed to feed the population outstrips the supply. Not to mention rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall are already impacting global food production, as warned by the World Bank and United Nations. In the near future, lack of food security will be a very real threat for a great many countries. What’s happening in Venezuela is only the beginning.

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