How the Cardiovascular Machine Works [Infographic]

February 24 2014 | Body System Health | Circulatory System | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol

The cardiocascular system is a fined-tune machine that makes sure everything in the body is getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs. It starts with every breath. Take a deep breath, inhale and peruse our newest graphic below: 

Related Content: View 12 Key Nutrients for Heart Health and 15 Warning Signs of Heart Problems.

How the Cardiovascular System Works

As you inhale, air moves down the trachea into the bronchi, bronchioles and finally into the 600 million air sacs -- called alveoli -- in the lungs. 

Oxygen passes from the alveoli into the tiny blood cells called capillaries that cover them.

The oxygen-rich blood from the lungs is transported to the left altrium of the heart. The heart contracts moving blood into the left ventricle. The next contraction pumps the blood into the aorta. 

From the aorta, oxygen-rich blood pumps into the body's arteries, which branch into smaller arterioles, and then to the capillaries, which deliver oxygen and nutrients to the body's cells and pick up carbon dioxide and other cellular waste. 

Capillaries, venules and veins return the oxygen-depleted blood to the heart, where it collects in the right ventricle and then to the lungs. The capillaries transfer carbon dioxide and cellular waste into the alveoli where they exit the body through the bronchioles, bronchi and trachea. 

Fun Facts About The Heart

 

  • The heart beats over 100,000 times every day
  • During an average lifetime, the heart pumps nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood
  • Your heart creates enough energy every day to drive a truck 20 miles
  • It takes less than 60 seconds to pump blood to every cell in the body

 


10 Bad Habits Hurting Your Back and Ways to Prevent Back Pain [Infographic]

October 2 2013 | General | Infographic

Back pain is one of the most chronic sources of pain, especially in the lower back, which affects 4 out of 5 people that suffer from back pain. In fact more than 1 million workers experience back injuries every year. One reason is because sitting puts 40% more pressure on the spine than standing. This leads to serious back pain. Avoid this pain by stretching every 30 minutes, regular exercise.

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11 Reasons Why Dehydration is Making You Fat and Sick [Infographic]

September 19 2013 | Digestive Health | General | Infographic

If you could point to the very first thing that determined your health and wellness, it might be water. Or more specifically, drinking enough of it.

Depending on your weight and age, the amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age. Source.

With those numbers, hydration becomes critical for many of the body's functions. Trace minerals and ionic minerals can also help with dehydration.  This infographic provided by Seba Mechor, provides a great explanation about what happens when we don't drink enough water:

 

 

Fatigue

Water is the most vital sources of energy in the body. dehydration causes the enzymatic activity in the body to slow down, resulting in tiredness and fatigue.

Asthma and Allergies

When dehydrated, your body will restrict airways as a means to conserve water. In fact, the rate of histamine produced by the body increases exponentially as the body loses more water.

High Blood Pressure

The blood is normally about 92% water when the body is fully hydrated. When dehydrated, the blood becomes thicker causing resistance to blood flow, which results in elevated blood pressure.

High Cholesterol

When the body is dehydrated, it will produce more cholesterol to prevent water loss from the cells.

Skin disorders

Dehydration impairs the elimination of toxins through the skin and makes it more vulnerable to all types of skin disorders, including dermatitis and psoriasis, as well as premature wrinkling and discoloration.

Digestive Disorders

A shortage of water and alkaline minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, can lead to a number of digestive disorders, including ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux

Bladder or Kidney Problems

With a dehydrated body, the accumulation of toxins and acid waste creates an environment where bacteria thrive, resulting in the bladder and kidney to be more prone to infection, inflammation and pain.

Constipation

When short of water, the colon is one of the primary regions the body draws water from in order to provide fluids for other critical body functions. Without adequate water, wastes move through the large intestines much more slowly or sometimes not at all, resulting in constipation.

Joint Pain or Stiffness

All joints have cartilage padding which is composed mainly of water. When the body is dehydrated, cartilage is weakened and joint repair is slow resulting in pain and discomfort.

Weight Gain

When dehydrated, cells are depleted of energy. As a result people tend to eat more when, in reality, the body is thirsty.

Premature Aging

When chronically dehydrated, the body's organs, including its largest organ, the skin, begins to wrinkle and wither prematurely.


Sleep or Die: 4 Reasons Why You Should Get More Sleep [Infographic]

September 4 2013 | General | Infographic

Trouble sleeping? If so, that could have some serious health risks. The lack of sleep causes your brain to slow or shut down completely. Creative thinking, judgement and visuals, memory and learning, math and logic -- they all suffer under bad sleep.

See also: Supplements for sleep and relaxation here.

When it comes to the health of your body, a lack of sleep can lead to weight gain and increase in appetite and hunger for salty, fatty foods. Check out this graphic from Your Local Security on some of the dangers of sleep:

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7 Common Signs of Nutrient Deficiency [Infographic]

July 29 2013 | General | Nutrition

Food alone may not provide sufficient micronutrients for preventing deficiency.

This study from the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition analyzed 70 athlete diets. Every single diet was deficient in at least three nutrients. Some diets were missing up to fifteen nutrients! Another study they performed showed that people following one of four popular diet plans (including Atkins, South Beach, and the DASH diet) were also very likely to be micronutrient deficient, particularly in six key micronutrients:

  • Vitamin B7 
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Chromium 
  • Iodine 
  • Molybdenum

The United States Department of Agriculture says the majority of Americans are deficient in many of the same nutrients and are not meeting the required daily amount of things like vitamin E, folate, calcium and magnesium. 

 

So how do you know if you're defiecient? First of all, if you're not eating A LOT of fruits and vegetables, especially greens, then you are probably deficient in many of these areas. There are also many different symptoms that could tell you you are dificient in some critical nutrient. 

7 Common Signs of Nutrient Deficiency

 

 

 

1. Poor Night Vision

Vitamin A, known as retinol, is essential for promoting good vision and overall eye helth. It also helps to maintain healthy skin and soft tissues throughout the body.

 

2. Cracks at the Corners of the Mouth

This is more likely to occur for those following vegan and vegetarian diets because it's harder to get sufficient zinc, iron and B12

 

3. Sores or Discoloration of the Mouth and Tongue

Water-soluble B-vitamins are essential for the health of the mouth and tongue. Unfortunately, the body doesn't store them, so wehave to constantly replenish them to maintain health. 

4. Weak, Spotted or Ridged Nails

These are common signs of a deficiency in zinc, an important trace mineral needed for the proper function of the immune system. Zinc also serves an important role in cell division and growth. 

5. Poor Blood Clotting

Essential for normal blood clotting, vitamin K also plays a vital role in bone mineralization and cell growth. Lack of vitamin K can result in bruising, frequent nosebleeds and brittle bones. 

6. Weak Muscles and Bones

In advanced cases it's called rickets (for children) or osteomalacia (for adults), but it boils down to a defiency in vitamin D, an essential nutrient for growth, health and maintenance of the structural system. 

7. Frequent Cramps in the lower legs or 'Restless Leg'

Magnesium, calcium and potassium support proper muscle development and growth. Lack of these important nutrients can cause persistent discomfort in the feet, calves and back of the leg.

***If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make sure to talk to a doctor for medical advice and advice on supplementation. 


8 Natural Metabolism Boosters [Infographic]

April 26 2013 | Infographic | Weight Management

There are many ways to increase your metabolism. For most people it starts with the right diet and exercise. An efficient metabolism also requires the smooth running of many complex body processes that rely on sufficient antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C and the B vitamins, and sometimes supplements are required to correct any deficiencies. There are also a variety of herbs and spices that can boost your metabolism. Here are eight of them:

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Herbs that Boost Your Metabolism

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Tumeric

That spice that's in almost every curry -- that's turmeric. It has been reported to increase metabolism by increasing bile production within the body, as well as lowering blood sugar levels. Be careful with curry, though. Curries are full of creams and fats that do anything but increase your metabolism. Further Turmeric (or Curcumin) benefits are that it can help detoxify your blood and support a healthy inflammation response. Turmeric or Curcumin should be taken with peperine or black pepper to help with bioavailability. 

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper helps support body fat by increasing oxygen consumption. Cayenne pepper may also support blood pressure, blood circulation, and digestion. Capsicum is a natural stimulant without the threatening side effects (palpitations, hyper-activity or rise in blood pressure) like most other stimulating agents. Cayenne's primary chemical ingredients include capsaicin, capsanthin, beta carotene, flavonoids, and vitamin C. Cayenne Pepper is a very high source of Vitamins A and C, has the complete B complexes, and is very rich in organic calcium and potassium.

Cinnamon

It is known as an "insulin mimicker" meaning it minimizes the amount of insulin your body produces after a meal by transporting sugar molecules into cells within the body.Cinnamon also may slow down the emptying of the stomach after a large meal, leaving you to fill fuller and less likely to snack. Now, cinnamon rolls don't count. Cinnamon is also an ingredient in our new product, Sweet FX.

Kelp

Kelp is a natural thyroid stimulant, which may support metabolism. Kelp, as well as other seaweeds, raise metabolism in two ways: they affect the thyroid gland and they increase basal metabolic rate (the speed at which your body burns calories while at rest). Iodine, an important component of kelp, has a direct effect on basal metabolic rate. Kelp is believed to stimulate a thyroid hormone which is responsible for boosting metabolism. By returning the iodine levels to normal, it can help alleviate low-grade hypothyroidism. Kelp contains large amounts of potassium, and naturally varying amounts of trace minerals, which may be useful in maintaining proper glandular function and metabolism. Some medications for high blood pressure can increase potassium levels in the blood. Taking Kelp along with some medications for high blood pressure might cause too much potassium in the blood.

Ginger

Studies by ICMR(Indian Council of Medical Research) show ginger supported the digestion process by absorbing the necessary nutrients into the system and regulated the metabolism cycle. The gingerol is the majorly active component in ginger. Such active components in ginger activate the muscular activity in the digestive track and stimulate the chemical reactions in the digestive system. Ginger is an important ingredient used in the traditional Ayurvedic medicines to support the metabolism and digestive system. Researchers have found that ginger may help settle the stomach during times of occasional nausea, motion sickness and morning sickness.

 

Yerba Mate

A stimulant similar to caffeine, this herb can also increase blood pressure. Yerba Mate is also is a good source of antioxidants. It also contains many nutrients like potassium, chromium, iron, niacin and magnesium. Yerba Mate suppresses your appetite and increases energy levels, therefore stimulating the ability to burn unwanted calories faster. Yerba Mate contains a content named mateine, which increase metabolism and energy. It also help you to get rid of allergy symptoms, act as a gentle diuretic and colon cleanse, nutritionally speed up the healing process and decrease stress. Yerba mate can be used in as a tea drink. It is also found in a supplement pill or energy drink. Those who are on blood pressure medication or are sensitive to stimulants should avoid Yerba Mate.

Green Tea

Green tea is a thermogenic agent, which means, that you may burn more calories. Green Tea is also a stimulant which contains powerful antioxidant, as well as, caffeine. The antioxidants found in green tea also aids in energy production. It can also be found in capsules for those who do not wish to make tea. The chemical in green tea, or Green Tea extract, known as EGCG (or epigallocatechin gallate) is known to speed up your metabolism, among many other benefits.

Bitter Orange

Bitter Orange which is an extract of Seville oranges is a stimulant and works on receptors in fat tissues.


8 Nutritional Supplements to Support a Healthy Intestinal System [Infographic]

March 26 2013 | Cleansing/Detox | Digestive Health | Enzymes | Infographic | Intestinal System

The health of your intestinal system may also represent the health of your entire body. Every nutrient first has to be digested and passed through the intestines before it can make it to the other organs. The stomach and intestines are often the first line of defense for your immune system, too.

Nature's Sunshine has plenty of supplements for the intestines. But to make things a bit more clear, we put this graphic together below to help you understand 8 of them and how they could help your intestinal health:

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8 Nutritional Supplements that Support a Healthy Intestinal System

 

Nature’s Three

 

  • Nature's Three provides insoluble and soluble fiber from psyllium, oat and apple. Both kinds of fiber are critical to a properly functioning intestinal system. 
  • Encourages regular bowel movements
  • Helps maintain cholesterol levels already in the normal range

 

LBSII

 

  • LBSII Herbal blend supports the intestinal system, promoting optimal bowel function and clearing the bowels of toxic waste. 
  • Contains cascara sagrada, buckthorn, licorice, capsicum, ginger, Oregon grape, turkey rhubarb, couch grass and red clover

 

Cascara Sagrada

 

  • This “sacred bark” has been used by cultures the world over as a nutritional support for waste elimination. Cascara Sagrada acts as an herbal laxative, influences intestinal contraction and supports a clean colon. 

 

Intestinal Soothe and Build

 

  • Intestinal Soothe and Build are made up of herbs that soothe and balance the bowel. 
  • Maintains the proper balance of microflora for optimal function. 
  • Also helps relieve occasional bloating pressure, soother the mucous membranes lining the intestinal tract, relaxes the bowl and encourages the removal of toxins. 
  • Contains slippery elm bark, chamomile flowers, plantain leaves, rose hips fruit, bugleweed aerial parts and marshmallow root. 

 

Aloe Vera Liquid:

 

  • Aloe Vera Liquid nourishes the digestive and intestinal systems
  • Soothes internal tissues of the digestive and intestinal tracts
  • Contain vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients
  • Supports intestinal health

 

CleanStart/Tiao He Cleanse

 

  • Cleansing products (such as CleanStart and Tiao He Cleanse) help rid your body of common colon toxins that affect your overall health and supports natural waste elimination to provide a sense of energy and well-being.

 

Food Enzymes

 

  • Food Enzymes break down toxins and undigested food to keep your intestinal tract healthy.  
  • One capsule digests: 30 g Protein, 30 g Carbohydrates, 20 g Fat

 

Probiotic Eleven

 

  • Probiotic Eleven is a unique combination of healthful friendly  bacteria to help maintain and replenish intestinal supply.  
  • Each capsule contains 6 billion microorganisms. 

 

Anti-Gas TCM

 

  • Anti-Gas TCM is a highly concentrated blend of 15 Chinese herbs that support the digestive and detoxifying functions of the body, including the urinary system.  

 

 


 


Three of the Best Poo InfoGraphics on the Web

March 5 2013 | Digestive Health | Infographic | Intestinal System

Since it is intestinal health month, we decided to graphically bring you health information concerning probably the most important part of the whole intestinal system: Poo.

Poo really is no laughing matter. Much can be learned about your intestinal health, and your overall health for that matter, by the state of your feces.

Everything from the shape, size, smell, color, could indicate disease, poor diet, or something else. Even the color and smell of your urine can give you a hint about your overall health.

I looked around the Web for some of the best graphics to help you understand your own digestive health a little bit better. And since the average human will produce 9,000 pounds of poo over their lifetimes, this should help everyone:

To see supplements for the intestinal system, go here.

Know Your Poop

 

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What Your Poop And Pee Are Telling Your Body

 

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13 Super Brain Foods You Can Find in the Grocery Store [Infographic]

February 15 2013 | Brain Health | Infographic

A fast-paced world requires us to stay mentally sharp.  But the average American diet is doing all it can to keep our brain synapses from firing on all cylinders.  

While life demands more and more from your brain, the food you eat may be giving you a lot of calories without the nutrients you need to meet those demands.

Fortunately, it isn’t hard to find the nutrient-dense foods your brain is craving. So, next time you’re at the grocery store, pass up the processed, sugary items for some of these brain-healthy (and delicious) alternatives:

In general, you want foods that provide 4 things:

  • Omega-3s 
  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammation
  • Blood circulation
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Why Omega-3s for the Brain

Your brain is mostly composed of fat, and it needs fatty acids to process information and for brain cells to communicate.  Omega-3 fatty acids – particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – play an essential role in allowing brain cells to transmit signals properly. Lack of DHA can cause brain signals to become garbled and difficult to read. The harder it is for your brain cells to talk to one another, the harder it is for you to control mood, concentrate, and remember things. 

Research also suggests that DHA can actually help you feel happier by prompting your body to release serotonin, the chemical the body uses to boost mood and relieve depression. 

Why Antioxidants for the Brain?

Eating foods rich in antioxidants helps control the buildup of free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and halt the damaging effects they have on the body. Berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, goji berries, and many others are a great source of antioxidants, as are a variety of nuts and seeds.

Why Blood Circulation for the Brain?

While only making up two percent of total body weight, the brain consumes 20 percent of the oxygen your body takes it. Your brain needs oxygen, and your blood is what delivers it. Having a healthy blood flow means that oxygen and nutrients can keep the brain going at full power.  Foods like goji berries naturally promote circulation. 

Why Anti-Inflammatory Foods?

Various factors contribute to the gradual decline of mental acuity as we age. Recent studies suggest  that inflammation, high blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, obesity, arterial inelasticity and a condition known as metabolic syndrome are all risk factors and can lead to a decline in brain health.

13 Super Brain Foods:

Fish: Salmon, anchovies, mackerel, tuna

Awash with nutrients, coldwater fish like salmon are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in strengthening synapses in your brain, strengthening brain function and memory. One concern that many have about consuming fish are the levels of mercury that accumulate through the food chain and residing in salmon. To avoid contaminates, experts recommend eating wild salmon. Wild Salmon is also an excellent source of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), two potent omega-3 fatty acids that douse inflammation. Sardines, anchovies, and mackerel are also packed with brain-healthy omega-3s, but have lower levels of mercury that may be found in other fish. They’re easy to find canned in grocery stores and you can easily make them an ingredient in snacks and meals. 

Turmeric

This Asian spice Turmeric is commonly found in pre-mixed curry powder and contains a powerful, non-toxic compound called curcumin. Studies found that turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects are on a par with many potent drugs yet has none of their side effects. Although we don’t recommend substituting anything in place of a doctor’s advice. 

In studies, Turmeric upregulates LDL receptor activity. 

Mushrooms: 

For thousands of years, the Chinese have revered mushrooms, specifically Shiitake, Cordyceps, and Reishi, for their immune-boosting properties. Mushrooms may reduce platelet aggregation, increase blood flow, and supports lower cholesterol levels. See also: Why Mushrooms Might be the Ultimate SuperFood.

Avocado

Many consider avocadoes to be the food of the gods. This nutrient-packed fruit (yes, it’s technically a fruit) is high in monosaturated fat, which helps lower cholesterol and improve blood flow. Since the brain uses 20% of all oxygen the body consumes, it’s vital to have healthy blood flow to carry oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Avocados are a good source for omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E, which functions as an antioxidant and promotes healthy brain activity. 

Go Nuts!

Researchers have linked tree nuts to a decreased risk of many diseases. Now there’s evidence that they also improve cognition. Most have high concentrations of vitamin E, B vitamins, antioxidants, magnesium, minerals and Omega-3s. All support the nervous system.  

The walnut’s shape resembles a brain, so why shouldn’t it be a brain food? It is! Rich in both omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, walnuts offer a variety of benefits for brain health.  Since omega-3 fatty acids are typically found in meats, walnuts provide a great non-meat alternative. They can help you concentrate and protect your brain against the effects of aging. Walnuts have also been shown to improve mood by influencing the brain’s serotonin levels. For those who suffer from depression, insomnia, or related issues, walnuts may be a helpful food to munch on.

Almonds may help save your memory. In studies on laboratory mice, the rodents rendered temporarily amnesiac were more apt to remember their way around a maze 24 hours later if they first consumed an almond paste. The evidence suggests that almonds slow the decline in cognitive abilities linked to Alzheimer's disease. Investigators attribute the memory effects to the presence of the essential amino acid phenylalanine and L-carnitine, believed to boost neurotransmitters essential to memory.

Brazil nuts can spare the obese the vascular damage associated with adiposity. An excess of fat tissue stimulates low-grade inflammation and oxidative stress, both of which can lead to cardiovascular disease.

With high levels of unsaturated fatty acids and bioactive substances that combat inflammation--selenium, phenolic compounds, folate, magnesium among them--Brazil nuts improved microcirculation, lowered cholesterol levels, and normalized blood lipid profiles without causing weight gain in 17 obese female adolescents.

Green Tea

China’s favorite drink has been shown to provide many benefits for memory and spatial learning, and may impact cellular mechanisms in the brain. The organic chemical, EGCG (epigallocatechin-3 gallate) that is also found in green tea extract, is a key property of green tea and is a known antioxidant. EGCG is also found to boost the production of neural progenitor cells, which like stems cells can adapt, or differentiate, into various type of cells. In laboratory studies, EGCG enhances learning and memory by improving object and spatial memory. 

Seeds: Flax, Chia, hemp, sesame

These small seeds provide big benefits for both the body and the brain. An even more potent source of omega-3 fatty acids than walnuts, and also a source of B vitamins, eating flaxseeds can be a great way to give your brain cells what they need for improved cognitive function and memory. Flaxseed is also a source of manganese, which acts as a powerful antioxidant.  It’s best to grind flaxseed before eating it, since the body has difficulty absorbing the seed’s nutrients when left in its natural state. 

Chia seeds are a super-food that the ancient Mayans and Aztecs heavily relied upon. These seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and contain more antioxidants than blueberries. Add chia seeds to your diet for improved concentration, memory, mood, and protection against degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. 

Sesame and hemp seeds contain plant sterols that help modulate the immune system and bring down an overreaction. 

Quinoa

Quinoa is an all-around good grain. It makes up a complete protein, containing all nine of the essential amino acids. Quinoa is also an excellent source of iron, which is needed to produce energy for the brain’s neurons. It is also rich in riboflavin (or vitamin B2), which is another important energy source. Since the brain consumes such a large amount of the body’s energy, it’s important to eat the right foods to supply it. Riboflavin also functions as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

Cruciferous Vegetables: Broccoli, Kale, Spinach, Collard Greens, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, and cabbage

Kids may not consider this the world’s best-tasting food, but broccoli has become highly regarded for being a great source of nutrients. One thing that it’s rich in is Vitamin K, which has been shown to prevent arterial calcification in the brain, which may be linked to Alzheimer’s. Vitamin K also plays a role in creating important fats that the brain needs to perform properly. Other good sources for Vitamin K are kale, spinach, collard greens, and brussels sprouts. Broccoli also contains sulforaphane that helps the body get rid of potentially carcinogenic compounds. In studies, broccoli, red cabbage and sulforaphane have been shown to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.  

Sweet Potato

A good complex carbohydrate, it’s also a good source of beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin B6 and C as well as dietary fiber. Combined, these are powerful antioxidants that support inflammation in the body.

Berries: Blackberries, Blueberries, Goji Berries, StrawBerries, Cranberries -- there is no bad berry

Adding berries to your diet can help your brain better process information stay mentally sharp. Loaded up with polyphenols and antioxidants, berries can help reduce inflammation in brain cells, making it easier for them to talk to each other. Polyphenols found in blackberries also help reduce accumulation of toxins in the brain. 

Some evidence suggests blueberries, strawberries and cranberries can improve metabolic syndrome through lessoning inflammation. 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil is a great source of monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to slow brain aging. Virgin olive oil is Mediterranean’s secret to longevity. Its rich supply of polyphenols protects the heart and blood vessels from inflammation. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil are also turned into anti-inflammatory agents by the body that can lower occurrences of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Water

Don’t forget this important nutrient. Water makes up 85% of brain weight. A study in Neurology found that dehydration decreases brain volume, and rehydration increases cerebral volume significantly. 

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Brainy Beverage: Study Reveals How Green Tea Boosts Brain Cell Production to Aid Memory http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120905083852.htm
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Time to go nuts: Nuts may extend brain and body power http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-04/lifestyle/sns-201204031830--tms--premhnstr--k-i20120404apr04_1_brazil-nuts-acids-vitamin
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Why Mushrooms Might Be The Ultimate Superfood  http://www.naturessunshine.com/blog/post/mushrooms.aspx

 

 

 

 

 


15 Surprising Facts About the Human Brain [Infographic]

February 5 2013 | Brain Health | Infographic | Nervous System

Did you know your brain has 100,000 miles worth of blood vessels, enough to circle the Earth four times? Did you know there are 100 billion neurons? Did you know 20% of the oxygen you inhale is used by the brain?

Science is still trying to unlock all the mysteries of the human brain, which is much more than a fascinating organ and a remarkable computing device. Check out OnlineSchools.org graphic revealing 15 surprising facts about the most important organ of the body:


15 Things You Didn't Know About the Brain

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