Too much weight gain, too little exercise, bad eating habits, etc. account for the preponderance of cases of diabetes in Western countries.

Most authorities argue that diabetes is largely lifestyle related. Too much weight gain, too little exercise, bad eating habits, etc. account for the preponderance of cases of diabetes in Western countries. Overall, the American diet is mineral-poor. We as a nation are not fond of green leafy vegetables or of whole grains and, as a result, a majority of all Americans consume, for example, inadequate amounts of magnesium. Supplementation with magnesium in a recent trial with overweight subjects for four weeks supported the hypothesis that dietary magnesium plays a beneficial role in the regulation of insulin and glucose homeostasis.1 Two other minerals of special importance for fending off diabetes are chromium and manganese.

Let’s be candid shall we? During any holiday—especially Thanksgiving—people have a lot of food put in front of them. Many times over, it is way too much food for even the best of metabolisms to handle without putting on a few. So wouldn’t it be amazing if you could still enjoy the holidays and yet never gain a pound? Of course it would, so read on.

With gluten-free products readily available in most stores, you might think that the understanding of Celiac Disease would be at an all-time high. However, there is still a little known side to this autoimmune disease, called Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH).

For most celiacs, the symptoms of the disease are digestive, for example: bloating, upset stomach, and vomiting. However people can also experience sudden or unexpected weight loss, hair loss, depression, tiredness, and anemia. With these symptoms, your doctor might carry out a diagnostic test for Celiac Disease and you will get a definitive yes or no answer as to whether Celiac Disease is the cause of your symptoms. However, there is more to Celiac Disease than digestive symptoms, one which I have personal experience.

Staying well and maintaining a healthy immune system can sometimes be challenging. These challenges can be even more significant during the holiday season, for three distinct reasons. The first is that immune response does not tend to be as effective during the colder months of fall and winter compared to warmer months.1 Secondly, chronic stress can cause almost all measures of immune system function to drop across the board2— and who doesn’t have increased stress during the holidays? The third reason is that poor diet can compromise immune response3— and poor diet is also not unusual during the holidays. In fact, the intake of fruit and vegetables drops by about 12 percent in the winter months,4 and this is exacerbated around holiday times during which overeating patterns are well established and are commonly seen to involve protein foods, starchy foods and sugary desserts.5 And speaking of sugary desserts, research in which blood drawn from normal human subjects after they consumed glucose, fructose, sucrose, honey, or orange juice demonstrated a weakened immune response (significantly reduced capacity of certain white blood cells to battle bacteria).6 Of course the last thing you want is to get sick during the holidays, yet upper respiratory tract infections (e.g., colds, flu, etc.) occur more frequently during the cold winter months.7

The U.S. government spends about 1/5th of its budget on defense. In the same way, your body “spends” a lot of its resources to protect you from outside invaders — using your military-like immune system.

Yes, you can think of your immune system as a kind of military organization. And its mission is to protect you from outside invaders called antigens. Antigens include not only infections, but can include any protein that looks foreign to your immune system, including toxins, allergens, and even (and especially!) incompletely digested food.

Your immune system does not believe in the Geneva convention, and it will kill outside invaders by any means possible, including chemical warfare (antibodies and cytokines), tank divisions (made up of whole armies of white blood cells), and more. This makes your immune system very complex — and very effective. But it remains so only as long as it has the resources needed to fight, and as long as it’s not constantly getting overwhelmed.

In this article, I discuss the 8 key factors that can sabotage your immune system — and 9 tips that can help keep your system strong.

diabetes and inflammationIt’s not a new discovery that diabetes and inflammation coexist. What is new is the realization that most victims of inflammatory disorders are so busy dealing with their pain, compromised mobility and diluted quality of life they don’t consider checking their blood sugar levels with their health provider, especially their A1c—the average of your blood sugar over a three-month period, which is a best indicator of life-style so appropriate modifications can be made.

A new study by esteemed researchers in Sweden identified how to reduce inflammation while also reducing blood sugar because more and more the two disorders are connected, those discoveries and more follow.

Obesity and overweight are at the core of a tremendous health crisis in the United States today with one-third of Americans being obese and another third overweight. This crisis is particularly concerning for children and young adults as this often leads the way to life-long challenges with weight and poor health. In addition to the toll taken on our health and longevity, the financial concerns of this weighty crisis are devastating and are only getting worse.

Halloween time begins the “sugar season.” There are treats everywhere, so stay centered and follow the guidelines that are best for you and your health.

The use of refined and processed sugars in foods and the effects of excessive sugar in the diet on health and weight is important for all women who want to remain trim and vital. Of course, the wise use of sugar is crucial for everyone, children especially. As mothers and support guides for our youth, keeping sugary foods in check is a valuable lesson to learn. Paying attention to the foods that constitute “real food” and “treats” is an important guide for kids to learn as early as possible. Real foods are fresher and most natural, while treats are more typically processed and sugary foods, such as baked goods, sodas, candy, chips, and more.

Research on the efficacy of garlic and aged garlic extract in eliminating yeast infections has focused in recent years on the potential therapeutic actions of their components, which in team fashion are strengthened in acting as remedies and providing health benefits.

Candida, the Infective Fungus
Candida albicans (C. albicans) is the most prevalent fungal pathogen in humans, causing various forms of infection, called Candidiasis that range from superficial infections of organ linings to life-threatening systemic diseases, especially in immuno-compromised patients with AIDS, cancer or organ transplantation, indicating that the mammalian immune system is a primary barrier to infectious agents.

The U.S. today is a country that is home to the highest amount of over-fat people, with close to 74 percent of the population fitting into the category of overweight or obese.1 What is even more startling than the above stat, is that over 86 percent of Americans are estimated to become obese by 2030.2

Even though men and women seem to experience the same degree of obesity, women seem to be more affected by the excess fat as is shown by the fact that more women, than men, try to rid themselves of the extra pounds by following diets more frequently. In fact, one-third of women are on diets at any given time, compared to approximately one in four men. Regardless of the reasons why more women seem to throw themselves into the world of dieting, the real question is; why are so many women expanding in volume to begin with?

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