Happy Valentine's Week from us at The Green House. Dr. Mercola posted an article this past weekend on the health benefits of kissing. I thought it would be appropriate to share this with all you romantics out there in preparation for the holiday of hearts.
There's probably more but's it a pretty good start...assuming you even need an excuse!
Here's the link to Dr. Mercola's original article. (click here)
Odd post I know, but this research goes to the heart of our belief in personal responsibility and prevention. An apple a day and moderate exercise are as good or better than prescription drugs in warding off our modern chronic diseases.
A recent British study found that simply eating an apple a day might help prevent heart-related disease in people over 50 to a similar degree that is attributed to daily statin use. Of course, apples have not been shown to have the same serious side effects as statins such as myopathy (a muscle disease) and diabetes (yes, statins have been shown to promote diabetes).
Another meta-study found what we probably all know to be common sense that exercise is one of the safest and most effective ways to prevent and treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, heat failure, and stroke. In addition, exercise was found to be more effective than statins and beta-blockers, diuretics, and anticoagulants and antiplatelets. The researchers went on to say that exercise is so potent in promoting good health that it should be included in drug clinical trials to ensure that the drugs do in fact produce a substantial enough benefit over lifestyle changes to overcome the potential side effects.
Farm subsidies actually work against better health and nutrition.
After helping my Dad out at the local feedstore, I became very aware that one of the biggest reasons for poor nutrition in the US is not the lack of nutrition but rather the effects of government intervention of the "free market" of food production through government subsidies. This morning I ran across an article that provides some facts on what the money for our Farm Bill is spent on. It explains why a salad costs more than a Big Mac. Click here to read the article.
On a separate note, McDonalds was caught removing an article from one of their employee blogs which explained the negative health benefits of fast food. Apparently, the comments were not friendly to their business and the blog entry was removed.
There has been a recent movement to transform the Farm Bill to a Food Bill that would align government action to our health needs rather than focusing on supporting farm profits...lot's of lobbyist push-back on this activity!
First things...sorry about not posting more often. Please leave a note if you liked (or didn't like) and article as incentive in doing a better job. Now on with the blog...
New research has found that endurance exercise in mice turns on a gene that has the effect of protecting brain cells in the hippocampus. The researchers went on to say, "The hippocampus is only one of two areas in the adult brain that can grow new nerve cells. Exercise increases the effect of BDNF in the hippocampus, where it preserves brain cells and promotes the growth of new nerves and synapses or junctions between nerve cells, thereby aiding learning and memory."
More research is needed to understand how the underlying molecular activity works but researchers are optimistic. In the meantime, it appears that exercise is not only good for your muscles but also good for the long-term health of your brain!
For more info, click here.
The question we regularly get from those that are trying to eat and live healthy is this, "If I eat a healthy diet, do I need supplements?"
It's a great question and it goes to the heart of our natural philosophy. The answer is "Ideally, Yes!" However...
We don't live in an ideal world. We eat foods that have traveled 1000s of miles and grown in depleted soils. We work inside and don't get enough fresh air (if there is any to be had) or sunshine. Our water is treated. Pollutants are everywhere. And our genes have not caught up with all the industrial changes and express themselves in the form modern diseases such heart disease, diabetes, and the many auto-immune diseases. Supplements can supplement a healthy diet by working with your body deal with issues to increase your vitality and quality of life.
The challenge we face in finding the right supplements is that, in an industry where free speech is blocked, how do you get help? That is why we came up with our slogan "Helping You Navigate the Natural Health Maze". We are doing our best to help you get the information you need to address your health goals and to find products that are tested and proven.
If you want help finding a natural solution, drop us an email and we'll be happy to help. All that we ask is that if you value our help, you shop with us. It's the only way we can keep the information free!
If you want to read more about supplementing a healthy diet, check out this article at "Mark's Daily Apple".