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Vitamin E Deficiency Symptoms You Don’t Want To Ignore

by July 26, 2019

If you’re deficient in vitamin E, there are some warning signs you really don’t want to ignore! I’ll show you what the symptoms of vitamin E deficiency are and how to recognize them.

If you’re eating a diet that’s low in fat or full of processed foods, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’re not getting enough vitamin E. This isn’t good because it plays a key role in the health of your nervous system and the structure and function of your muscles, including your heart.

Vitamin E also has incredible antioxidant capabilities that are vital from a preventative health standpoint. Antioxidants can help protect you from aging, heart disease, cancer, and much more.

Vitamin E deficiency Symptoms

First off, low levels of vitamin E can result in problems like poor coordination, numbness and tingling, weakness or muscle loss, poor circulation, and irregular heartbeat.

Look for symptoms of oxidative stress – things like fatigue, poor skin, brain fog, poor vision, and joint pain. One of vitamin E’s major jobs is as an antioxidant to protect your cell membranes from free radical damage. That’s why any symptoms of oxidative stress are a sign that you might be low in vitamin E.

Keep an eye on your vision and watch for problems. Vitamin E is critical for maintaining the light receptors in your eyes. Getting enough will help prevent and improve vision problems.

Then there’s your skin. You’ve probably heard that vitamin E is one of the key components to youthful looking skin. It’s true because it strengthens capillaries, reduces inflammation, and improves elasticity and moisture. Watch for skin becoming dry, flaky, “tired”, and aging too rapidly as signs of needing more vitamin E.

Certain cardiovascular problems can be a symptom of lacking vitamin E. Because E helps your body to form red blood cells, and also to use selenium and iron and vitamin K, a deficiency can lead to anemia, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries.

Vitamin E even helps you balance your hormones. Low levels can cause hormonal imbalances that show up as things like weight gain, premenstrual syndrome, fatigue, even allergies.

Without enough vitamin E, your immune cells can become compromised, making you more susceptible to illness and infections

How To Get Your Vitamin E

Healthy food sources for vitamin E include:

  • almonds, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds
  • avocado
  • dark leafy greens
  • salmon and trout
  • occasional treats like mango and kiwi (just keep sugar intake to a minimum)

Take a Quality E Supplement

For most of us, our diets aren’t perfect, so taking a vitamin E supplement is a good idea for most people. Just make sure your supplement contains all the vitamin E compounds listed below. As for dosage, for maintaining good health, an adult should have a daily intake of around 50 IUs.

When you take your vitamin E supplement, take it with some healthy dietary fat like coconut oil or avocado, because that will help your body to absorb a higher percentage of the vitamin E in the supplement.

Get The Full Package

Did you know that Vitamin E is made up of a family of eight compounds? Most people are unaware of this, mainly because 95% of vitamin E supplements sold to the public are marketed as being great, but contain only one of the eight compounds: alpha-tocopherol. And that’s not the kind of supplement you want to be taking.

If you want to get complete vitamin E, you need all eight compounds:

  • alpha-tocopherol
  • beta-tocopherol
  • gamma-tocopherol
  • delta-tocopherol
  • alpha-tocotrienol
  • beta-tocotrienol
  • gamma-tocotrienol
  • delta-tocotrienol

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And to learn more about vitamin E, check out my other blog and video called the “Best Vitamins for Glowing and Youthful Skin”.


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Healthiest & Unhealthiest Types Of Cooking Oils

by July 26, 2019

I’ll take you through several oils that you find in supermarkets. Some are good for you and should definitely be consumed. Meanwhile, you might be surprised by which oils you should avoid.

First Off, You Need to Consume Fat

Healthy oil is important to have in your diet. If your body is to function properly, you need to consume fat.

For most of us, when we think of fat, maybe we look down at our stomachs, or we look at our legs or under our arms. We think fat is the last thing we need more of. But fat on your body that you want to get rid of and the healthy fat you need to consume for good health are totally different things. It’s unfortunate that the same word “fat” is used for the macronutrient and to describe something on our bodies that we don’t want.

Eating Healthy Fat Will NOT Make You Fat

There is no direct correlation between eating healthy fat and having fat on your body.

Eating lots of healthy fat – instead of bad carbohydrates like bread, pasta, candy, soda, cookies, waffles, pancakes, pretzels and potatoes – will actually help you lose weight.

Healthiest Cooking Oils

  • Olive oil
    • Perhaps the most commonly known and used of the oils.
    • Use this flavorful oil for salad dressing. A popular one is a mixture of oil and vinegar. It’s a very simple dressing, but has many health benefits.
    • Drizzle olive oil on steamed veggies.
    • Use it in cooking, like a light sauté, or when baking.
    • Olive oil has a low smoke point, so it’s not a good choice for frying. If you overheat olive oil in a frying pan, it will turn brown and then black, and you shouldn’t consume it like that.
  • Coconut oil
    • Coconut oil has high levels of medium chain fatty acids, which are very good for energy production and are harder for your body to convert into storage fat.
    • Great for frying. Unlike olive oil, coconut oil has a high smoke point.
    • Good for your skin. You can use it on sores, rashes, skin conditions, even diaper rash.
    • Use coconut oil as a conditioner and as a toothpaste. The term “oil pulling” for oral health involves putting a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth, letting it melt, swishing it around, and spitting it out. This pulls the toxins from the oral cavity.
  • Avocado oil
    • Helps promote healthy cholesterol levels.
    • Also has a high smoke point, so it’s good for higher temperature cooking like stir frying, sautéing, or searing.
  • Walnut oil
    • Contains a lot of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
    • Eat it plain or use it for cooking or for flavoring.
    • With its nutty flavor, it’s a good oil to use in baking or for desserts.
  • Palm oil – specifically red palm oil
    • Contains high levels of antioxidants and vitamins. Just be sure you use red palm oil, not white. White palm oil has been processed and stripped of a lot of its nutritional value.
    • Palm oil is high in saturated fat, which is good for your overall health. The association between saturated fat and heart disease is false. There are many health benefits to saturated fat.
    • Palm oil has a good flavor and can be used for flavoring in dishes like soups and sauces.
    • Use it as a moisturizer. The dense nutrient contents are good for your skin.
    • The high level of carotenes in palm oil make it quite good as a sunblock – equal to approximately SPF 15 – without the nasty chemicals.
  • Grapeseed oil
    • Very good for higher temperature cooking.
    • Has a mild flavor to it.
    • Good for dressings.
    • Grape seeds and grape seed extract have many health benefits. They help to develop healthy bones and to reduce swelling. They’re good for brain health, oral health, and regulating blood sugar. Of course, the oil isn’t exactly the same as grapeseed extract, but some good health benefits transfer into the oil.

Unhealthiest Cooking Oils

  • Canola oil
    • Canola oil has been falsely promoted as a healthy oil. First, it contains harmful trans fats. Second, it’s extracted from rapeseeds using a toxic solvent. Third, most of those seeds are genetically modified.
  • Soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil
    • Basically, avoid any hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. While these oils might appear healthy because they’re made from vegetables, they contain trans fats.
    • Why are trans fats bad? During the hydrogenation process, in order to increase shelf life, a hydrogen molecule is jammed into the molecular structure of these oils. This changes the shape of the natural molecular structure. Trans fats increase heart disease risk because they become “stuck” in your vascular system and plug things up.

So, there you have it. Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up some healthy oils and ditch the nasty, unhealthy ones. 


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Seven Simple Ways to Boost Your Immune System

by July 24, 2019

Seven Simple Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Whether you’re the one who always get’s “the bug” or not, these seven simple tips will help you naturally boost your immune system.

1) Stay hydrated

It’s important, while also easy and inexpensive. How much water you should drink? It depends on your size, your activity level, the climate you’re in, and other variables. A good starting point is to drink about eight 8-ounce glasses per day. Of course, that can vary person to person.

More important than tracking the ounces of water you drink is being aware of the signs of dehydration. If you feel thirsty or your urine is dark yellow, you need to hydrate. Don’t try to hydrate with beverages like coffee or juice. Consume clean water – and electrolytes when necessary.

2) Balance your electrolytes

Staying hydrated requires not only consuming enough clean water, but also maintaining the right balance of electrolytes in your body. Electrolytes are minerals that dissolve in your body fluids and are electrically charged compounds. The most common electrolytes are sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphate. These electrolytes have many functions, but one of them is to help keep you hydrated.

3) Manage your stress

It’s too easy to get stuck in fight-or-flight mode, a physiological state that relates to your hormones and your nervous system. Your body can become stuck in a stress cycle that just won’t stop – constant worry, not sleeping, problems, financial pressures, relationship worries. Shutting it all off can be a major challenge. (Hint: Do not do it with booze or drugs.) But you need to find some way to manage the situation because stress like that will lower your immune function and overall health.

A great way to manage stress is a stay away from negative people. That’s really where all the bad stress originates. People who are always telling you bad news, the negative people, the complainers, those who tell you that you can’t, those who think you’ll never make it, and so on. Just stay away from those people. That includes getting them off your social media.

I’m not saying you should live an unexciting life in a completely safe environment with no challenges, no danger, and no possibility of failure. Of course you need some degree of all those things if you hope to maintain your health. In fact, having a low-stress life is not only unhealthy, it’s probably super boring. I’d be willing to bet that most sick people are sick partly because they don’t have enough to do, as opposed to having too much to do. So don’t contract, don’t back away from life.

4) Exercise

It’s also one of the best ways to manage stress. Most people don’t move enough. Exercise, even just going for a walk, can help to break the stress cycle and get your immune system back on track.

5) Vitamin D

Vitamin D is vital for boosting immune function. Assuming that you exercise outside and not on a treadmill, you’ll get vitamin D from sun exposure. Otherwise, use a top quality supplement.


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6) Sleep

The most refreshing way to boost your immune system is to get at least seven hours of quality sleep each night. Sleep is when your body heals and regenerates. When you sleep, your body produces illness fighting antibodies and proteins.

When you’re sleep-deprived, your immune system is weakened.

Most adults need about seven hours of quality sleep per night. Children need more, sometimes up to 10 hours or so.

7) Practice good hygiene

Simply washing your hands is the single most effective way to reduce the spread of germs, which will assist your immune system. But… you’ve got to do it right. Did you know that 95 percent of people in a hand-washing study did not wash their hands long enough to effectively kill germs after using the bathroom? Yuck, right? So, when you wash your hands, do it for at least 20 seconds, in warm running water, with mild soap. Don’t use antibacterial soap. In fact, that stuff may cause more harm than good in the long run. Use disposable towels to dry your hands or an air dryer.

There you have it. Your ability to fight disease has everything to do with how you live your life.

The good news is… you are in control!

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Hypothyroidism vs. Hyperthyroidism: What’s The Difference?

by July 19, 2019

Hypothyroidism vs. Hyperthyroidism

I’ll give you some ways to naturally improve your thyroid function. Why is that incredibly important? First, thyroid problems are very, very common. Second, your thyroid gland produces critical hormones that regulate your metabolism, breathing, heart rate, nervous system, body weight, muscle strength, body temperature, cholesterol levels, and, for a woman, menstrual cycle.

Your thyroid gland is located at the front of your neck. It has two lobes – one on each side of the midline of your throat. This gland controls other cells, tissues, and organs through its production and release of two hormones: T3 and T4. You might think of your thyroid as a hub of communication because it’s not only controlling other cells, it’s regulating other hormones.

When your thyroid is not functioning properly, the consequences can be devastating. For a doctor, getting to the root of a malfunctioning thyroid involves examining many different pieces and factors. I won’t break things down that far in a short blog. Instead, I’ll give you some simple things you can do to create an environment for proper thyroid function.

There are two main types of thyroid dysfunction: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

What Is Hypothyroidism?

Hypo means under or beneath. Therefore, hypothyroidism is when your thyroid produces too little hormone. You may experience symptoms like depression, dry skin, fatigue, and cold sensitivity. This condition is especially prevalent amongst women over 50, although plenty of men have it as well. The autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. It involves your body attacking your thyroid gland and damaging it – so it doesn’t produce enough hormone.

If you’re a hypothyroid, here are key things you need:

  • Iodine is especially important for making thyroid hormone. Not too little, not too much… about 150 micrograms per day. Some good food sources of iodine include kelp and other seaweed, shrimp, cod, tuna, and egg yolks. Personally, I don’t eat tuna because it’s a fish that tends to have high mercury levels, but it is a good source of iodine.
  • Selenium helps to convert the inactive form of thyroid hormone (T4) to the biologically active form (T3). Some good sources of selenium include shrimp, wild-caught salmon, sardines, scallops, lamb, chicken, beef, turkey, eggs, Brazil nuts, and sunflower seeds.
  • Zinc also assists in the conversion of T4 to T3. Without enough zinc or selenium, you’ll have symptoms resembling hypothyroidism, even if your thyroid is okay. Good sources of zinc include shellfish, mollusks, meat, legumes, and nuts.
  • Another key nutrient that you need to make thyroid hormone is the amino acid tyrosine. You can get tyrosine from eating almonds, wild-caught salmon, chicken, avocados, bananas, eggs, and pumpkin seeds. Watch out if you’re vegan, because on average vegans consume less tyrosine than vegetarians or meat-eaters.
  • A strong association has been discovered between low vitamin D levels and people who are hypothyroid. For most people who don’t live or work in the sun, that means supplementing with about 5,000 IU of vitamin D each day. For more on vitamin D, check out my other videos and blogs.

What Is Hyperthyroidism?

Hyper means excessive or extreme. So, for someone with a hyperthyroid, too much thyroid hormone is being released. As a result, the body runs really fast and works too hard, almost like an overheating engine. Symptoms can include weight and hair loss, anxiety, sweating, and a unique symptom, which is bulging eyes.

One cause of hyperthyroidism is the autoimmune disease, Graves’ disease. It causes your body to attack your thyroid gland. But in this case it causes it to make more hormone than you need.

If you have a hyperthyroid problem, here are things to eat and do that will naturally help over activity.

  • Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables, especially broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. They contain a natural thyroid blocker.
  • Some herbs can decrease excessive thyroid secretion and thus lessen symptoms. These include motherwort, bugle weed, and lemon balm.
  • Support your overall thyroid health by supplementing with vitamin C and B complex, exercising regularly, and minimizing your exposure to pesticides and heavy metals.
  • Avoid high iodine foods.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your thyroid, but it’s a good and important start. If you found this information useful, please share it with others. For more specific information on vitamins and minerals and how they interact with your body, check out the rest of my website and blogs.


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Broccoli Nutrition & How It Can Transform Your Health

by July 17, 2019

Your mom was right about eating your broccoli. If you don’t already eat broccoli regularly (yet), know that this is one vegetable that can totally transform your health.

Broccoli Nutrition  

Broccoli is a wonderful source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and fiber. It’s also loaded with potassium, selenium, folate, and vitamin A. Even better, broccoli is a great source of antioxidants, which are key for slowing the aging process. On top of all that, broccoli contains compounds that can help reduce inflammation and its has fiber helps with digestion.

Now for the even more astonishing stuff…

Broccoli & Hormone Balance 

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables contain a phytochemical called indole-3-carbinol (I3C) which helps to maintain a healthy ratio of good and bad estrogen. Remember, estrogen encompasses a group of hormones and their metabolites – metabolites being the substances that are either required for estrogen metabolism or are created from estrogen metabolism. In order for the female reproductive system to be healthy, these must function in a proper ratio, because this metabolism can result in good estrogen or the more dominant types of estrogen that can be bad for your health if they circulate in excess. For example, many types of breast cancer tumors depend on the dominant estrogen in order to grow.

So, back to broccoli… When I3C is digested, it creates another compound called diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM helps to balance hormones, specifically estrogen and testosterone. So, together I3C and DIM create hormonal balance by increasing the activity of enzymes that convert the dominant bad estrogen to the good kind.

I3C and DIM also metabolize xenoestrogens, which are harmful chemicals that mimic estrogen. Xenoestrogens often come from manmade materials, such as plastics or other synthetic compounds, although they also come from certain plants.

All that from broccoli!

But Wait, There’s More!

Broccoli isn’t done yet. It contains another vital chemical, sulforaphane. Studies have shown that sulforaphane slows aging and fights cancer. It assists in detoxification by initiating an enzyme in the liver, allowing toxins to be efficiently removed by your body.

Always Choose Organic Broccoli

Organic broccoli is an absolute must. The USDA testing program found that 70% of domestic, conventional broccoli samples – meaning non-organic and grown in the USA – contain the pesticide Imidacloprid. This chemical concoction is commonly used on broccoli because of its neurotoxic effect on insects, and so you don’t want to be eating that compound. Sadly, bees suffer from that neurotoxic effect.

Well, there you have it. The health benefits of broccoli in a nutshell. I’ll bet you didn’t realize there were so many and how potent broccoli really is as a superfood. So make your mom proud by including organic broccoli as a regular part of your plate.


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4 Nutrients That Are Essential For Healthy Blood Pressure

by July 15, 2019

Almost 30% of Americans deal with high blood pressure. It’s very common. And it’s a very serious condition with very real consequences. Worse still, of that 30% of the population with high blood pressure, only about half have it under control.

High Blood Pressure vs Hypertension

Just so you know, high blood pressure is sometimes referred to as hypertension. The two terms basically mean the same thing. Don’t think they’re separate conditions.

Danger Increases As Age Increases

People of just about any age can have high blood pressure. But the stats for people over the age of 50 are alarming. Over half of adults aged 55 to 64, and 70% of people aged 65 to 74, have high blood pressure.

This is a huge concern because high blood pressure can cause massive damage to your heart, brain, and kidneys. It’s a major factor in heart disease and strokes: two of the biggest causes of death.

Why Do So Many People Have High Blood Pressure? 

Well, first, there are no warning symptoms from high blood pressure. You may have it now and not know it. This is why you should check it regularly.

Second, nutrition. The typical American diet is essentially tailor made for causing high blood pressure. Changing what you eat and drink can help you control high blood pressure.

So, here are four key dietary nutrients for controlling blood pressure…

1) Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Both EPA and DHA

  • They lower inflammation in the arteries, improve blood cholesterol levels, and decrease triglycerides.
  • EPA and DHA are found only in cold water fatty fish, like salmon, anchovies, sardines, mackerel, herring, and lake trout.
  • If you aren’t eating those fish regularly – like at least two or three times per week – then it’s vital that you supplement with between 1,000 and 2,000 milligrams of EPA and DHA every day.
  • For more information about how to choose a fish oil supplement, watch my video called “Fish Oil Benefits and Why You Should Be Consuming It”.


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2) CoQ10

  • CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant. That means it fights oxidative stress, which is a main driver of heart disease.
  • It supplies your cells and your heart with the massive amount of energy they need to function.
  • CoQ10 helps your vascular endothelium to function properly (the cells lining your blood vessels). It helps them to relax, allowing unrestricted blood flow, which lowers pressure.
  • If you use prescription blood pressure medications or cholesterol lowering statins, you really must supplement with CoQ10. Those drugs are known to deplete your body of CoQ10.
  • Good food sources of CoQ10 include organ meats, poultry, fatty fish, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, sesame seeds, pistachios, strawberries, and oranges (although they’re higher in sugar).


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3) Magnesium

  • This mineral is critical for regulating hundreds of things that need to happen in your body, yet most people don’t get enough of it. Some estimates claim 80% of people are magnesium deficient.
  • For blood pressure, magnesium helps blood vessels relax.
  • It’s important for muscle and nerve function.
  • Good sources of magnesium include dark leafy greens, almonds, avocado, pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, flax, and chia. You’ll also get some magnesium from fatty fish.
  • In addition to eating magnesium-rich foods, most people should take a magnesium supplement of up to 500 milligrams daily.
  • My product called Natural Calm – a lemon flavored powder that you can mix into hot or cold water – is great to drink in the evenings to help your body relax before bed. Not only can it help you sleep well, it will handle any magnesium deficiency that you may have. Better sleep and more magnesium will support improved blood pressure.


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4) Potassium

  • Potassium relaxes blood vessel walls and helps conduct electrical signals in your heart.
  • It counteracts high levels of sodium, which are really common in processed food.
  • Be wary of medications that deplete potassium levels e.g. antibiotics, antacids, corticosteroids, and diuretics.
  • Eat plenty of potassium-rich foods every day: avocado, sweet potato, beets, broccoli, spinach, peas, cucumber, and Brussels sprouts.

So, there you have it. Start the journey now to avoid high blood pressure or to get your high blood pressure down and keep it down. Remember the big four nutrients: Omega-3s, CoQ10, magnesium, and potassium. They play a gigantic role in the support of your blood pressure.

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