Flu brain is a thing. And this season especially, everyone’s trying to avoid it. And no, you aren’t imagining it. People really are throwing you side-eye when you cough, sneeze or sniffle in public. Nobody wants the flu.
You likely know the symptoms all too well. But did you ever wonder what havoc these viruses play inside of the body, particularly the brain? Since the flu in 2018 is behaving more aggressively than it has in recent years, this information is more important than ever. And plus, it’s just really cool info.
When it comes to colds and the flu, the cause of infection is often unknown. Was it little Susie? Or the doorknob at work? What comes next though, is all too familiar. The coughing, the sore throat, brain fog, crankiness, fatigue, stuffy nose, and aches. This is known collectively as sickness behavior. Cold and flu symptoms are often grouped together but the two can have some distinct differences.
Both the cold and flu viruses induce fatigue/weakness, a stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat pain and coughing, but the flu virus is characterized by an accompanying fever, headache, exhaustion and general body aches and pains.
As you lay there, unable to function or move properly, as haziness takes over your brain, you may be wondering, “What is happening inside of my head?” This is what I like to call “flu brain.”
To understand the effects a virus has on your brain, AKA flu brain, you must first understand the very basic response the immune system sets off when it senses a pathogen. The body’s response to being infiltrated by any kind of foreign substance causes the immune system to become activated. The immune system is the defense mechanism to prevent an infection or pathogen from getting out of control and causing serious damage to the body.
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It’s likely that you’ve heard about the detrimental effects of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels and chronic stress can affect every physiological system in your body. It can make you tired, anxious and irritable; lead to weight gain, bone loss, high blood pressure, insomnia and digestive issues; and contribute to diabetes and heart disease risk.
Cortisol is also known as the aging hormone. When cortisol gets too high, it puts you into a “fight-or-flight” mode, which stimulates your sympathetic nervous system and adrenal glands. Your body isn’t meant to be in this emergency stress mode constantly but, unfortunately, this is how many people spend the majority of their days. Chronic stress will ultimately burn out your adrenal glands, stress your digestive tract, cause you to gain weight around your tummy and age you more rapidly.
Getting a handle on your stress levels is essential to looking and feeling healthy, as well as aging gracefully. Luckily, there are a handful of herbal remedies, lifestyle hacks and functional techniques for balancing cortisol and alleviating stress and anxiety naturally.
Magnesium is a mineral that is essential for good health and vitality. It is considered the ‘anti-stress’ nutrient as it helps to calm and support the nervous system making it beneficial for people with anxiety and trouble sleeping. Magnesium deficiencies are associated with fatigue, weakness, twitching and muscle cramps, and a predisposition to anxiety and insomnia.
Magnesium occurs abundantly in whole foods and the best dietary sources include: legumes, seeds (flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds), nuts (cashews, peanuts, almonds), whole grains (oats, millet, quinoa), avocados, sea vegetables, and green leafy vegetables such as spinach. Since up to 70% of the population is deficient in magnesium, I suggest a supplement, like Natural Calm. The recommended dosage is 300-400 mg of elemental magnesium daily.
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What you eat every day matters. Habits add up—and the bad ones take their toll. So if you want a quick way to ramp up your energy, de-stress your mind, and lighten the toxic load on your body, trying a gentle, food-based detox can make a big difference in how you look and feel. We’re not talking extreme dieting here, either. Consider it another powerful tool in your arsenal for reducing stress on your body.
“Think of implementing a detoxing diet as one of the most critical ways to de-stress your body and mind,” says Adam Perlman, M.D., integrative medicine expert and Chief Medical Officer of meQuilibrium. “I not only recommend this approach to my patients—I do it myself, regularly. It’s amazing how different you can feel when you change a few key habits.”
The basic premise of a detox diet is this: By removing irritants, allergens, preservatives, added sugars, and other problem foods, you can help restore balance to and de-stress the digestive tract.
For naturopathic physican and nutrition expert Dr. Brooke Kalanick, detoxing your diet isn’t just healthier—it can change everything. “Food is one of the biggest influences on your life,” she says. “It drives your hormones, your brain chemicals, your metabolism, and affects your energy and your mood.”
What do you get?
“Digestion almost always dramatically improves, bloating goes down, and many people experience better energy, and some report clearer skin and better sleep, too,” says Kalanick. “What’s most empowering is learning that you don’t need the foods you previously thought you couldn’t live without.”
How Do You Know You Need It?
Doing a gentle detox every few months is a great way to clean up and clear out. Ask yourself the following:
This whole-foods approach to detoxing is designed to de-stress your body, support digestion, and keep you feeling lighter and sharper. Try it for at least a week. You may never go back.
Foods to avoid. Gluten, dairy, soy, caffeine, alcohol, added sugars, and factory farmed meat. It’s not that any one of these foods in moderation is inherently “bad” (though it depends on who you ask). Suffice it to say that for the purposes of detox, removing these common digestive irritants can be an eye-opening experience. “Taking out the junk, even for a week, can have remarkable effects,” says Kalanick. “For some, it’ll take six weeks or so for their systems to calm down.”
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Due to decades of professional and media misinformation, the typical American believes they should avoid the midday sun and need to use sunscreen before, and several times during, sun exposure. Unfortunately, this is a prescription for minimizing vitamin D levels and all its widely appreciated benefits. The purpose of this article is to provide you with some practical guidelines on how to use natural sun exposure to optimize your vitamin D benefits.
The first few days, you should limit your exposure to the sun to allow your body’s melanocyte cells to rev up the ability to produce protective pigmentation that not only gives you a tan, but also serves to help protect you against overexposure to the sun.
If you are a fairly light skinned individual that tends to burn, you will want to limit your initial exposure to a few minutes, especially if it is in the middle of summer.
The more tanned your skin will get, and/or the more tanned you want to become, the longer you can stay in the sun. If it is early or late in the season and/or you are a dark skinned individual, you could likely safely have 30 minutes on your initial exposure. If you are deeply pigmented and your immediate ancestors are from Africa, India or the Middle East, it is possible you may not even have to worry about the timing of your exposure.
Always err on the side of caution however, and let it be your primary goal to never get sun burned.
You can use a moisturizing, safe, NON-SPF cream to moisturize your skin, or use something as simple as organic coconut oil to moisturize your skin as this will also benefit you metabolically. Remember if the moisturizer you use has an SPF value, it will block UVB rays and will not allow your body to produce any vitamin D. The rest of the day, you can spend in the shade, wear clothes, and, if you still want to be in the open sun, use a non-toxic lotion with SPF15 for uncovered skin. Just be sure to be on the safe side of burning!
Read the full article: Maximizing Your Vitamin D from Safe Sun Exposure
Detoxing one’s body is fast becoming a new trend in the world of fitness. While the word is shrouded with multiple ambiguities, those who have incorporated detox drinks as an important component in their fitness routine can’t stop talking about its natural health benefits.
So what does detoxification really mean and why is it important? As the name suggests, detoxing aims to help the body rid itself of toxins. The human body has many natural pathways to allow detoxification through liver, sweat, urine, faeces and more. But fast urbanization and exposure to pollutants, heavy metals, preservatives and pesticides has taken the average toxin consumption by human beings to an all-time high. These toxins get stored in tissues and cells of our bodies and manifest in harmful metabolical, reproductive and mental health effects. In serious cases, these toxins can also lead to cancerous consequences. By detoxing your body you help the vital organs cleanse themselves of the toxins, and enable the liver to function appropriately in excreting them.
Detox drinks are fast gaining recognition in the fitness world for preventing toxic overload and major health problems. Toxic intake which is not excreted properly may can cause bloating, gas, headaches, constipation, headaches, fatigues, nausea, skin problems, bad breath and bring your energy levels really down. Many Ayurvedic herbs, antioxidant rich fruits or vegetables full of fibre can be added to water or tea to make a perfect detox drink, which can naturally aid weight loss, improve liver functioning, and benefit your skin.
1. Help in weight loss
One of the best aspects of detox drinks is that it helps you lose weight naturally. Detox drinks offer a major boost to your metabolism, thus aiding weight loss. Some of the fruit based detox drinks that can help in weight loss are as follows:
Raspberries: Experts claim that the ketones in raspberries prevent weight gain to a great extent. Raspberries are also rich in Vitamin B and C which are good for skin as well.
Apple Cider Vinegar: The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar also increases your metabolism and speeds up weight loss. Its enzymes also aid in digestion.
Lemon: A lemon water detox can also help you shed those extra kilos, due to its richness in pectin fibre. This fibre helps you to feel full for a longer period of time.
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Several recent papers have discussed whether the health benefits of sun exposure are due to vitamin D production or other factors. This question has been raised since randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of vitamin D do not always support the findings from observational studies that report reduced risk of disease for those with higher vitamin D levels. This issue was famously proposed by Philippe Autier and colleagues in a 2014 paper, in which he suggested that “reverse causality”, i.e., the disease state could cause low vitamin D levels, could explain the findings from observational studies.
“The discrepancy between observational and intervention studies suggests that low 25(OH)D is a marker of ill health. Inflammatory processes involved in disease occurrence and clinical course would reduce 25(OH)D, which would explain why low vitamin D status is reported in a wide range of disorders.”
In my opinion, there is little evidence to support that hypothesis. In fact, John Cannell, Michael Holick and I reviewed papers reporting changes in biomarkers of inflammation in vitamin D RCTs. We found that for those studies where the baseline vitamin D level was >20 ng/mL (50 nmol/L), there was only a 26% chance that a beneficial effect would be found. However, if the baseline level was <20 ng/mL, there was a 50% chance. Thus, the discrepancies between observational studies and RCTs may simply be due to the fact that many vitamin D RCTs have been poorly designed, conducted and analyzed.
Additional evidence that “reverse causality” does not explain the discrepancy between observational studies related to vitamin D and RCTs was provided on January 17, 2017. An observational study of children who developed respiratory tract infections in Norway found inflammatory markers did not predict 25(OH)D status. Despite increased inflammation, vitamin D levels did not change during illness and after recovery.
Read the full article: “Health Benefits of Sun Exposure: Vitamin D and Beyond“
A new position statement on the prevention, treatment, and management of diabetic neuropathy has been released by a team of endocrinologists and neurologists in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association. This serves as an update to the last statement released by the ADA in 2005.
The statement contains recommendations for physicians on the overall prevention of diabetic neuropathy, highlighting prevention as a key component because of the lack of treatment to reverse this condition. Other types of diabetic neuropathies are discussed and proposes guidelines on their management and treatment. Lead author of the statement, Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD, stated, “Our goal was to update the document so that it not only had the most up-to-date evidence, but also was easy to understand and relevant for primary care physicians.” The statement also intended to clarify the various forms of diabetic neuropathy that exist and present a more objective and easy-to-follow recommendation method.
A classification system describes the 3 main types of diabetic neuropathies: diffuse neuropathy, mononeuropathy, and radiculopathy or polyradiculopathy. Recommendations for overall prevention of diabetic neuropathy include the following:
Regarding pain management, the researchers recommend the following:
Read the full article: “ADA: Updated Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment Guidelines Available“
Growing older is unavoidable. It’s a reality that each and every one of us will one day have to face as part of the collective human condition. And yet, nobody can escape the aging process entirely. The good news is that we can avoid some of the worst effects by simply making the right lifestyle choices. Wherever you currently fall on the age spectrum, there are immense benefits to be had from properly maintaining your body. Even if you’re just now starting down the path to better health. Just like your car requires regular maintenance in the form of routine oil changes, new tires, fresh coolant, and a thorough washing and detailing…so is regular body detoxification a necessity for optimal health.
The human body is much like a car’s engine in that it tends to get “gunked up” from constant exposure to toxins. Cleaning chemicals, environmental pollution, pharmaceutical drugs, processed foods – all these and more place a constant burden on the body’s natural cleansing systems. While these systems are designed to capture and flush as many toxins out of the body as possible, they can (and do) become overwhelmed by the immense, constant toxic onslaught of our modern world. This is why supplemental body detoxification is so important. In order to jump start your body’s flushing capacity to ensure that any and all toxic stragglers are removed as quickly and thoroughly as possible, it’s absolutely vital that you follow certain protocols on a routine basis.
Detoxification is about a whole lot more than just a superficial notion of feeling “clean” as part of some trendy dieting fad. It’s about protecting your body against the very real and damaging effects of toxic buildup. For instance, did you know that peer-reviewed science continues to show that harboring toxins inside your body can trigger a wide array of health conditions – including everything from chronic fatigue and muscle and joint pain to brain disease and cancer?
Read the full article: “Why Body Detoxification is Essential for Vibrant Health”
Listen to Dr. Tom Roselle, DC as he discusses health resolutions, goals and commitments for 2017, including correct application and how to set yourself up for success in 2017! Also discussed on the show, heart arrhythmias. Heart arrhythmias occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate your heartbeats don’t work properly, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.
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