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Why Everyone Over 45 Should Know about BDNF

BDNF. A 4-letter acronym for one of the most important genes in the human body. BDNF stands for brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Harvard psychiatrist John Ratey describes brain-derived neurotrophic factor as a compound that is like “miracle-grow for your brain”. And like a plant, if you want your brain to remain healthy and function at maximum capacity, then you’d be wise to do all you can to increase the release of BDNF inside your brain. BDNF is a series of chemical agents that help your brain operate at its highest capacity. The way it influences your brain’s power is by affecting a series of genes already present in your brain to promote the growth of new brain cells and to help...

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This Common Spice Is Great For Improving Insulin Sensitivity

As many of you know, one of the main reasons patients come to me now is because they’re looking for safe, natural options to help to improve their blood sugar. People are getting the message. Doing all you can to keep your blood sugar under control is one of the surest paths to living a life full of energy and free of disease. They’re also tired of their doctors telling them to try conventional treatments whose side effects require intense legal disclaimers… And they want something that doesn’t just improve their blood sugar, they’d like for it to boost other areas of health too. Well I’m happy to report I have several options here that allow my patients to have their cake and...

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Turmeric’s Great, But Don’t Take It Until You See This

Everyone's talking about turmeric. The doctors on television are talking about it, the health blogs are talking about it, the people in the health food stores are talking about it...heck, even the President is talking about it.  Wait, that's not true - the President is not talking about turmeric.  I'm glad people are focusing on turmeric, though; it shows there's a conscious shift happening where people are looking for safer (and proven) alternatives to using pharmaceuticals alone.  However, while everyone seems to love turmeric, there's something people who are most excited about turmeric often don't mention.  It's not that they're doing this on purpose...most people just don't understand the importance of making this distinction while discussing turmeric.   Turmeric by itself is wonderful,...

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Good Plants

In this article I’d like to take a second to talk about plant-based foods. In particular, I’d like to talk about a specific form of plant-based nutrient that come from plant-base known as “phytonutrients.” As many of my younger patients know, phytonutrient is the name of one of the marvel superheroes from the new Marvel Avengers movie.   Ok, that was a bad joke. Forgive me, I’m tired with a toddler who doesn’t sleep through the night.  Anyways, I’ve referenced phytonutrients plenty before, but I don’t think many people understand what they are.   That’s not really surprising. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by everything you’re supposed to know about good health. Especially when it comes to healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.  You...

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The 3 Top Benefits Associated With Drinking Turmeric Tea

  I’d be willing to bet the W in Wiggy most of you reading this knew that drinking turmeric tea was one of the best ways to get the maximum benefit from turmeric. One of the main issues with getting the most out of turmeric is curcumin, the compound in turmeric that helps boost health, is not extremely bio-available in the raw form.Meaning your body has a hard time absorbing it.Turmeric tea is great because it helps break down raw turmeric which helps make curcumin a little easier to absorb. This is also why turmeric supplements exist. Turmeric supplements help to extract curcumin from turmeric so you get a high-strength concentration of this compound in a small capsule. When it comes to turmeric...

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