How 5-HTP Power Supports Relaxation and Mood Support

December 11 2012 | Sleep

5-HTP Power is formulated to regulate appetite, mood and sleep and to help the body adapt to stress. Here we break 5-HTP Power down into its components to provide you with a complete overview of how 5-HTP Power can support your nervous system.

5-HTP Power contains: 

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)

You know that feeling of satiety, contentment and restfulness that you feel after your Thanksgiving meal? It’s primarily attributed to tryptophan, an essential amino acid found in turkey that plays a role in the nervous system promoting restfulness, relaxation and sleep.

5-HTP is a byproduct of the metabolism of tryptophan and a precursor to serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that helps regulate appetite, mood and sleep. 5-Hydroxytryptophan is converted into serotonin in the body, which may help elevate mood, assist in controlling hunger and promote restful sleep. 

Eleuthero, Suma and Ashwaganda

Eleuthero, ashwaganda and suma are all considered adaptogenic herbs, meaning they help balance and normalize the body’s reaction to stress.

  • Eleuthero is often referred to as Siberian ginseng, though it is only related to ginseng by virtue of its common stress-management properties.
  • Suma is a shrubby vine native to the Amazonian rainforests and other tropical regions of Latin America. They call it “para todo” there, which means for everything.
  • Ashwaganda has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years as an adaptogen helpful for coping with feelings of anxiety.

Vitamin B6 and Zinc

Vitamin B6 is essential for the metabolism of 5-HTP, and also helps excrete excess 5-HTP from the body. Zinc complements the effects of 5-HTP.

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13 Tips For Healthy Aging

December 11 2012 | Brain Health | Exercise | Family Health | General | Nutrition | Sleep

The fountain of youth … a magical elixir that prevents aging, illness and death. 

It sounds great, but for those of us with a more realistic outlook on life, we can do simple things right now to feel good and to help give our bodies their best shot at longevity.

Here are 13 of them:

 

13 Ways to Age Healthy

 

1. Stay active. Keep moving. Walk, work in the garden, play tennis or golf. Do anything that sounds fun if you can. Not all of us will be skydiving on our 80th birthday, but regular activity keeps the circulatory and respiratory systems in better shape, burns calories, warms us up, and helps lower the risk of debilitating diseases. And it’s good stress therapy.

2. Use your brain every day. Do mental math, crossword puzzles, jumbles, etc. Keep those neurons firing and active to help preserve healthy neural pathways. Also eat brain foods and brain supplements known to support brain health and function.  

3. Antioxidants. Fight cellular damage to your skin, eyes and circulatory system by getting plenty of antioxidants in your diet. These nutrients have extra electrons that neutralize dangerous free radicals caused by sunlight, pollution, radiation and other things in our environment. Choose colorful fruits and vegetables, including leafy greens like spinach, purple and red fruits, orange and yellow veggies, tomatoes, dark chocolate and more. Or drink your antioxidants in a potent beverage like Thai-Go® or in a supplement like Super Orac.

4. Put things on your calendar. Look forward to a concert, a family gathering, lunch with friends, etc. Australian researchers found that elderly people who are more social live longer compared to those with fewer friends.

5. Drink plenty of water. Proper hydration keeps blood and waste moving and helps the kidneys flush toxins and waste out of the body.

6. Take a nap! Naps may help combat stress in the body. One study of 24,000 people found that those who take a nap regularly are 1/3 less likely to die from heart disease than those who don’t get regular naps. 

7. Go fishing. At the dinner table that is. Fish provides important essential fatty acids, including omega 3s and 6s, that are often lacking in our diets. These EFAs support circulation, heart health, brain health, blood pressure and more.

8. Eat less. Cutting back on calorie consumption by 20–25% is enough to increase your lifespan markedly. Instead of filling your stomach, fill your time with learning, moving and socializing.

9. Get a little nutty. Adding uncooked nuts and seeds to your diet adds important trace minerals like selenium and the essential amino acid tryptophan. The former helps quench free radicals and eliminate heavy metals, and the latter helps with both mood and sleep.

10. Pray. A 12-year study of adults over 65 shows that people who attend religious services more than once a week had stronger immune systems that those who did not attend services. They were also less likely to die. Worshipping together creates strong social bonds between friends, which may boost health.

11. Sprinkle on the seasonings. Shakespeare was right. Rosemary is for remembrance. Cooking with herbs like rosemary, sage and turmeric can help improve mood and memory.

12. Watch your waistline. Being overweight puts you at risk for heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and other unwelcome conditions. Stay active and eat smart to keep your weight in check and disease at bay.

13. Invest in a healthy future. Get a physical once a year, and stay on top of your recommended health screenings.

 

Sources: WebMD

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/food_coach&id=8909209


 


8 Body Hacks to Live a Longer, Healthier Life [Infographic]

November 28 2012 | Brain Health | Exercise | General | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Infographic | Nutrition | Respiratory Health | Sleep

Note: This article is being reproduced for its educational value only. It is not intended to promote a particular manufacturer or brand of dietary supplement.

The human body is a biological miracle, and can respond quickly to basic rules like diet and exercise.

Jason Statham, English actor and former diver, said,

"Your body's like a piece of dynamite. You can tap it with a pencil all day, but you'll never make it explode. You hit it once with a hammer, bang! Get serious, do 40 hard minutes, not an hour and a half of nonsense."

This graphic (below), which was created from information at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, outlines 5 areas to focus on to live a longer, healthier life. It mostly focuses on what may be a plague of our time: Chronic Inflammation, which is often the cause of things like heart disease, obesity, and cancer. 

Inflammation is caused by a number of factors, including a poor diet, high insulin levels, stress, lack of sleep and consistent physical activity. The graphic also goes into areas other than diet and exercise, such as intellectual, emotional and mental health. Don't ignore that part of a holistic health plan. Mental health can greatly help your overall health, including chronic stress, fatigue and well being. 

In addition to this graphic, Dr. Melina Jampolis in this interview talks extensively on the Mediterranean Diet and how it can support inflammation.  


Health Tips for Healthy & Longer Life (Infographic)

[Via: Geeky Stuffs]

 

 


5 Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

September 7 2012 | Sleep

Complications of insomnia

Americans get 20% less sleep today than they did 100 years ago. More stress? Probably. Less physical activity? Perhaps.

In any case, some type of insomnia will affect one in three of us. And women, you’re up to twice as likely to experience sleeplessness as men.

But don’t take this news lying down (staring at the ceiling). Here are 5 tips to do your part to make every night a restful night.

Time

Allow yourself some time to wind down each evening. Bustling around, trying to get a few more things done before you retire is counter-productive to good sleep. Even social networking before bed can stimulate the brain, making it hard to truly relax when your head hits the pillow.

Environment

Some people can sleep anywhere. Most of us can’t. Creating a sleep-friendly environment might include controlling the amount of light in your bedroom, your room temperature and the amount of noise reaching your ears. Consider black-out curtains, earplugs, turning on a fan, listening to mellow music, a bark collar for the dog and other changes that might make your sleep room a better place for real rest.

Create a Routine

Doing the same thing every night can help train your body that it’s time for sleep. Drink a glass of warm milk, brush your teeth, read for 10 minutes, then listen to relaxing music. Whatever your routine should be, stick with it for at least two weeks and see if sleep is less elusive. Note: Exercising too close to bedtime can stimulate the mind, making sleep much more difficult for some people.

Get comfortable

Don’t underestimate the importance of a good mattress and/or pillow. Before you buy a new mattress, do some research. Talk to friends, check out blogs and ask about doing a 30-day test-run to see if you like it. Nowadays you can choose from air, gel, water, and good old springs and foam. People are quite different and so are mattresses!

Supplements

Herbs and supplements for sleep can play an important role in getting proper rest. 

  • Valerian root has been used for over a thousand years to help people sleep. It helps relax the central nervous system, promotes feelings of calm and can help decrease anxiety or stress. And unlike some sleep aids, it does NOT leave you feeling groggy.
  • Hops flowers have nervine properties and promote restful sleep.
  • Passionflower can help relax tense muscles and soothe frayed nerves.
  • Lavender is the most popular essential oil for relaxation and encouraging sleep. Diffuse lavender in your bedroom or spray a mist of it onto sheets and pillows before bed. 
  • Melatonin is a hormone naturally present in the brain. It can help restore the body’s natural sleep rhythm and may help you feel more alert and rested when you awake. Our bodies make less melatonin as we age. NOTE: don’t use melatonin during the day; not for pregnant women.

 


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