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Allergy Improvements Using a Probiotic and Yeast

Chronic allergy and sinus issues can be a source of headaches, literally and figuratively. Science shows a particular probiotic and yeast can help. Allergy symptoms vary widely. Sinus pressure, itchy skin, watery eyes, infections, and a runny nose are a few of the many issues that can occur. Many medications only cover up the symptoms. Symptom relief is not a fix. It’s a patch. If you are looking for answers to your allergy and sinuses issues, studies show simple interventions can help.

How Do Allergies Start?

An allergy, sinus “attack” happens when your body overreacts to certain outside “invader,” including microscopic pollen, dust, egg protein, weeds, pet dandruff, nuts, and fruit acids. This list is much longer. Contact with or ingestion of these substances triggers your body to release a response. This response becomes overkill. An over-reactive response to these substances produces chronic symptoms. A normal response is minor, and there are no physical symptoms felt.

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Allergy Studies

Studies show improvements in nasal congestion, reduction in swollen nasal passages, and eye symptoms occur with the use of a probiotic (lactobacillus acidophilus) or yeast fermentate. Studies here, here, here, and here. More exist, but we will highlight a few.

The probiotic, Lactobacillus Acidophilus (L-92), shows a 31% reduction in swelling and nostril lining redness. Under normal circumstances the lining of nostrils should be pale. This study lasted over two allergy seasons.

Ninety-six people who took yeast fermentate for twelve weeks showed a decrease in runny nose, nasal congestion, and a 43% reduction total days with nasal congestion.

Yeast fermentate improved two markers for immune response. First a reduction of a antibody called IgE. IgE is an antibody that is produces when an allergic reaction takes place. Therefore, this is a marker that should be low during a normal immune response. Second an antibody called SIgA increased during supplementation. SIgA plays the important role of lung, oral cavity, and gut protection from “invaders.”

When Do I Take a Probiotic or Yeast Fermentate?

These supplements do not act like an Advil. Take these supplements as part of your daily routine. L-92 and yeast fermentate are used to normalize your immune response by improving your immune system; essentially getting to the possible root cause of your “overkill” responses.

Let’s also preface, that each and every person is unique, so people may not feel the same effects that others may feel. If you want to supplement with L-92 and yeast fermentate, try these (here and here).

Finally, the master of the immune system is your nervous system, the electric wiring of your body.  If spinal segments obstruct nerves exiting the spine, function of the immune system will suffer. Obstruction of the nervous system is like parking a dump truck over a water hose. No water will exit the hose. Thus, normalizing spinal structure is vitally important to optimum health.

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Dark Chocolate Could Improve Eye Sight

Yes, the headline is correct. Dark chocolate is good for you. Your eyes do not deceive you. I’ve written previous articles about dark chocolate and it’s powerful antioxidant punch. Link here. This time a new study shows an improvement in eye sight. Link here.

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Dark Chocolate vs Chocolate

The dark in dark chocolate is dependent upon the amount of cocoa. The cocoa bean is processed and mixed with other ingredients to produce chocolate. The more cocoa the more beneficial to your health. When buying dark chocolate, look for 75% or above on the package. Cocoa contains flavanol which is the active compound that can improve vision. The study is comprised of healthy adults who consumed either milk or dark chocolate. An increase in visual acuity with dark chocolate consumption show a 20/12 improvement while milk chocolate consumption shows an improvement of 20/15.

Flavanols from Cocoa

Flavanols work to increase the elasticity of blood vessel and increase the amount of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator. Vasodilation increase the diameter of the blood vessels which means more blood flow. In this case more blood for the retina, a highly vascularized area. Try looking in the mirror and notice the amount of arteries you see. It’s a lot. Although this is small study, there is a large amount of evidence that shows flavanols can reduce the risk for heart disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke. Link here. Besides vasodilation, flavanols work to heal damaged blood vessels.

How Much Do I Eat?

So how much dark chocolate should you eat? Eating 2-5 servings of 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate per week should provide optimal amounts of flavanol. After all, eye sight improvement is shown after 2 hours before ingestion. You are welcome for this sweet article.

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Cilantro’s Calming Effect For The Brain

You’re at a cocktail party, and yo have nothing to add to the conversation. Try this tidbit. Cilantro and coriander come from the same plant. The plant’s name is coriandrum sativum. In the U.S., cilantro’s common name is the Spanish translation for coriander leaves. Basically, you can use a coriander seed to grow cilantro. Planted cilantro will eventually produce coriander seeds. Mid blowing right? Better yet, that isn’t the only mind-blowing fact about cilantro.

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Cilantro and Linalool

Cilantro or cilantro extract show anti-anxiety effects similar to diazapam, a common anti-anxiety drug. Link here. Linalool is an essential oil derived from coriander seeds that is believed to produce the anti-anxiety effect. Also, linalool shows hypnotic and anti-convulsant properties in human subjects. The flavonoids in coriandrum sativum are similar to diazapam in molecular structure. Furthermore, flavonoids act similar to diazapam which activates calming brain signals.

Hyperactivity and Anxiety

Parents with hyperactive kids or patients with dysautonomia are sent to our office. Hyperactive kids may have issues with keeping on task, anxiety, paying attention, or angry outbursts to name a few. I group hyperactivity and dystautonomia together. Both conditions directly correlate to what I call the automatic operating system (AOS).

I call it the AOS because it controls unconscious bodily functions like heartbeat, breathing, and sweating. Furthermore, the AOS has two separate branches which are called PARA (parasympathetic) and SYMP (sympathetic). Office visits directly increase PARA activity and decrease SYMP activity because spinal segments directly connect to both branches.  PARA is the “rest and digest” system while SYMP is the “fight or flight” system. Teeth grinding, anxiety, and angry outbursts are part of an increase of SYMP.

Normalizing spinal structures in the neck and pelvis is similar to removing blockages from plumbing. Removing a blockage provides optimal function. Finally, increases in PARA activity and decreases in SYMP equal optimal function of operating systems.

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Olive Oil Optimizes Function of Brain Cells

A number of people use olive oil for cooking and cold applications. It’s a main cog in the Mediterranean diet prescribed by many doctors. Besides its great taste, olive oil protects the brain from neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating brain disease that affects not only the individual but, family and friends.

Olive Oil’s Polyphenols and Heat

In order to benefit from olive oil, you should refrain from heating it. The temperature and length of heating time effect the healthy benefits. Take for instance, baking foods in a oven at high temperatures will significantly diminish the polyphenols. Polyphenols provide the protective effect for the brain. Links here and here.

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Brain Optimization

Alzheimer’s affects the brain by increasing taus and plaques. Taus and plaques are like blockages in plumbing. These blockages clutter the cells of your brain decreasing normal signaling and function of cells. Olive oil’s polyphenols negatively effect multiple pathways that manufacture taus and plaques. These polyphenols are like a SWAT team. They eliminate, prevent, and clean up taus and plaques. Lastly, olive oil decreases brain inflammation. Brain inflammation is believed to be a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. Links here and here.

Use and Healthy Alternatives

If you are cooking with olive oil, make sure to replenish the amount during cooking and use lower grades. Using an expensive oil to cook with doesn’t make sense from a health, economic, or taste perspective. It’s better to use higher grades for cold applications like dressings and on top of foods. Other healthy alternatives are coconut oil and butter. Both are solid at room temperature. This means that under high temperatures coconut oil and butter will not degrade and retain their health benefits.

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Vitamin D3 Supplementation Blood Vessel Effects

Vitamin D3 supplementation may have beneficial effects in treating high blood pressure. Vitamin D3 is most known for its bone restoring effects. More studies continue to show its vital role in many other conditions.

Where Do you Get Vitamin D3?

Usually vitamin D is obtained from sunlight exposure. After a few chemical reactions, your body will covet the sunlight to Vitamin D. Here are the kickers. Your location, time of day, season, skin color, and job all factor in the amount you produce. Let’s face it. It’s hard to get any sun when you’re stuck at your desk all day. Luckily you have the option to supplement with Vitamin D3. And if you have high blood pressure, then supplementation is may be for you. How can Vitamin D3 improve hypertension?

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Vitamin D3 and Nitric Oxide

Vitamin D3 helps increase the amount of nitric oxide in your blood vessels. Study link here. Nitric oxide is an important vasodilator. Essentially, nitric oxide will signal the blood vessels to relax or increase in circumference. Take a balloon for instance. At first, it’s hard to blow up. After stretching the balloon, it’s much easier to blow up the balloon. Nitric oxide is similar to the stretching effect of the balloon. The blood vessels become more pliable for easier blood flow.

Decreasing Oxidative Stress in blood Vessels

Vitamin D3 decreases oxidative and nitro-oxidative stress in blood vessels. Both increase stiffening and narrowing of blood vessels. Vary amounts of nitric oxide are needed in times of stress and relaxations. What controls the release of nitric oxide? Nerves. The electric wiring of your body. Nerves communicate to blood vessels when they are free of obstructions. With proper communication to blood vessels, blood will flow normally.

Abnormal blood flow can factor in migraines and headaches. Therefore, people who suffer from migraines and headaches often have a throbbing or “achey”sensation in various areas of the head or behind eyes. This happens because an obstruction exists on the nerve causing abnormal blood flow to those areas. Once the obstructions removed, blood will flow normally in blood vessels. This is similar to a water hose. If you step on the hose, the flow of water will stop. Removal of the obstruction will cause the water to flow freely from the hose.

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Sulphoraphane Makes Broccoli Sprouts A Super Food

Since everyone seems infatuated with the word detoxify. I present to you cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts contain an antioxidant called sulphoraphane. However, the largest concentration is found in broccoli sprouts. This antioxidant negatively effects many different diseases.

Sulphoraphane’s Effect

Sulphoraphane lowers the oxidation rate of the cell. Therefore, it’s similar to anti-wrinkle cream… if anti-wrinkle cream worked. Studies show that it can prevent certain cancers. Additionally, it can slow the growth of tumor cells. This is especially relevant for cancer patients. Link is here.

Sulphoraphane can detoxify compounds that come into the body. With China’s dense population, come higher amounts of pollutants in the air. Study participants drank a sulphoraphane rich beverage to see if pollutant by-products were lowered in the body. As a result, some pollutants were lowered by drinking the beverage. It’s similar to the detoxifying, apple cider vinegar-based concoctions, but broccoli sprouts, I assume, seem more palatable. Link to study here.

Also, sulphoraphane helps the liver regulate glucose. Consequently, this is an important finding for diabetic patients. Link to study here. I believe it’s noteworthy that it can improve glucose control and pollutant detoxification. Both improvements have direct involvement with the liver, a vital organ for optimal health.

Get Me Sulphoraphane Now

Eat your vegetables, right? Adding cruciferous vegetables, specifically broccoli sprouts to your diet will keep your body at optimal function. You can find broccoli sprouts at specialty grocery stores, or you can grow them! Find out how, here.

After carefully washing them, eat broccoli sprouts raw. Heating them can reduce the amounts of healthy compounds. Add broccoli sprouts to salads or on top of a protein for garnish. Finally, there are no known side effects of broccoli sprouts.  Any one can eat them! Cheers!

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Energy Optimization with CoQ10?

CoQ10 is an antioxidant that is vital in the function of optimal cellular function. It’s so important that our bodies actually make it. Without normal amounts, your cells may not produce optimal amounts of energy (ATP). It’s like a car without gas. CoQ10 is also used in normal signaling of cells in gene expression. Important right?

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CoQ10 Vital Organs and Aging

Unfortunately, as you age the levels of CoQ10 decrease. Also, a large portion of the country takes cholesterol lowering statins. Taking statins could lower levels as well. This is not good. The heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys contain the highest levels. Thus, waning levels affect the vital organs significantly.

Studies show CoQ10 supplementation is effective against heart disorders. After one year of supplementation, congestive heart failure patients went to the hospital less. Significant declines in pulmonary edema, cardiac asthma, and arrhythmia did occur. Besides heart function improvements, studies positive results for fatigue, physical performance, and decreased levels of muscle injuries and stress. The evidence for the latter improves is less robust. Studies here and here.

Where Do You Find CoQ10?

CoQ10 can be found in a supplement form, or you can get if from organ meats! Delicious… Trace levels can be found in olive oil and pistachios. So unless you eat a lot of organ meats, supplementation could be beneficial.

There are no known serious side effects of CoQ10 supplementation. As always, consult your physician whenever taking supplements since they can render medications less effective.

If you want to enhance the process of energy production in cells, then consider supplementation. Spinal structure enhancement is important in the function of muscles, tissues, and organs as well.

Take a 100 watt light bulb. If obstructions exist between the outlet and the bulb, the bulb may work at 70%. The same principle extends to spinal nerves (electric wiring of the body) and Structural Shifts of the spine. Structural Correction chiropractic, directs spinal segments to a normal alignment removing obstructions from spinal nerves.

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A Baby’s Bacterial Health Starts Before Birth

The health of your infant is greatly dependent upon two things; the position of your baby in-utero and the ability to breast feed. Normal positioning for delivery is head down with the left side of head facing outward (towards belly button). This positioning greatly increases the chances for a safe vaginal birth for the mother and infant.

Baby Positions and Your Pelvis

Let me preface that labor complications do happen. There is no 100% perfect labor or delivery. Also there are times when surgery is necessary for the safety of the baby and mother. With that said, what does in-utero positioning have to do with the baby’s health?

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Breech positioning of the baby is due to abnormal shifts of the mother’s pelvic structures. Similar to normal blood pressure and eyesight, there is a normal spinal structure and alignment. Abnormal pelvic bone shifts are similar to abnormal car alignment. As a result, car performance decreases and the tires will wear unevenly. The pelvic bones have rope like attachments (ligaments) to the uterus and cervix. If ligaments are abnormally pulled by pelvic bone shifts, the result is decreased room for the baby. Also, the uterus and cervix  decrease in function. As a result, these complications can increase the chances of c-section.

Normalizing Pelvic Structure

If spinal structures are corrected or directed to a more normal position, the baby can move freely and the uterus and cervix will increase in function. A normal functioning uterus is essential to normal contractions and thinning of the cervix for passage of the baby through the vagina. Consequently, vaginal exposure increases beneficial bacteria for a healthy immune system.

Beneficial Bacteria Exposure

C-section babies miss out on the beneficial bacterial exposure through the vagina. Studies show that babies delivered by c-section show an abnormal level or imbalance of stomach bacteria. Furthermore a bacterial imbalance can increase the chances for allergies and asthma. Also, an imbalanced stomach bacteria slows the development of a strong immune system. Stomach bacteria and the immune system share a close relationship.

Structural Analysis of Spine and Pelvis

In conclusion, expecting mothers should find a structural chiropractor to analyze your spine and pelvis for abnormal shifts of spinal structure. Due to the dynamic changes of the spine and pelvis, structural analysis needs to be done by the start of the third trimester.

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Sleep Improved by Reducing Blue Light

There are a myriad of reasons why people don’t get enough sleep. However; there are steps you can take to improve sleep, like reducing nightly water intake and turning down your thermometer. Another step to consider is wearing blue light blocking glasses.

Blue Light and Sleep Cycle

 

Your circadian rhythm is a 24 hour cycle that is affected by sunlight and temperature. Normally you get sleepy at night because your body naturally drops in temperature and blue light exposure is reduced. Reduced light exposure means increased levels of naturally occurring melatonin. Melatonin makes you sleepy.
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If blue light from the sun reduces melatonin levels, you don’t want any blue light exposure after sunset. Since the invention of Netflix and Chill, internet access to iPhones and iPads, and Game of Thrones, blue light exposure from electronics is ample. When using electronics at night, you disrupt many physiological processes including decreasing melatonin levels.

Blue Light Blocking and Sleep

 

In a recent study, participants wore blue blocking glasses 3 hours before bedtime for two weeks. Results showed a 58% increase in night time melatonin levels. Also per sleep questionnaire, participants slept better, fell asleep faster, and increased sleep time for 24 minutes. How many times have you hit the 5 min. snooze button?
You should be thinking to yourself, “Where do I find these special glasses?” Well the color of the lenses are the most important. The lenses should have a amber tint to them. Amber does the best job of blocking blue light. Links to glasses here and here. Now you’ll be able to enjoy Jon Snow heroics without feeling groggy the next day.

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Saunas

Saunas and Avoiding Fatal Cardiac Death

Saunas aren’t commonplace for people in warmer regions of the world. That’s because, in places like Birmingham, Alabama, you can walk outside and feel sauna like effects. Colder regions of the world, especially in Europe, use saunas more often. Fortunately for those users, sauna bathing may have remarkable health effects.

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Saunas by the Numbers

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine, sauna bathing reduces fatal cardiac events and all cause mortality. The study was quite large using 2,315 men ages 42-60 from eastern Finland. The study shows a 23% and 48% reduction of fatal cardiac heart disease (CHD) by using the sauna 2-3 times and 4-7 times per week respectively. Compared to men going 1 time per week, there is a 27% and 24% decrease risk for fatal cardiovascular death (FCD) and all cause mortality (ACM) respectively for 2-3 sauna sessions. Furthermore, 4 sauna sessions or more decreased the risk of FCD and ACM by a 2 fold average. Those are impressive numbers considering you sit in a room for 20 minutes.

Why Do Saunas Help?

Scientists aren’t sure why sauna sessions reduce the risk of cardiac and all cause mortality. Most believe that sauna sessions increase blood vessel function. Previous studies show positive effects with many vascular and heart functions.

Finnish saunas use dry heat to make you sweat. It’s like using a heater. Wet saunas use water and heat to create humidity to heat your body. Thus, you may not get the same beneficial effects using a wet sauna.

In conclusion, more investigation is needed involving sauna bathing and vascular function.

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