Omega-3… Yep, you are herring me correctly (Fab Five Part 3)

Omega-3 is an Essential Fatty Acid and it’s essential because the body can’t make it, so it needs to be consumed in our diet.  Normally the drug industry and the supplement industry are like oil and water, but the research behind the benefits of Omega-3 is so overwhelming, they actually made an Omega-3 drug called Lovaza!  Sales from that drug are over a Billion dollars a year... yep, I said the “B” word.

This email will be a little different.  Since Omega-3 fats have so many benefits, I’ll touch on what they do, and then just give you a big list of benefits with a load of resources.

Omega-3 fats are found in the cell membranes (housing) of every cell in your body.  Deficiencies will result in the cells becoming less flexible (compromising cell functioning and overall health) and less permeable (impacting release of waste products).

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Here are the big three... Ready?... INFLAMMATION, INFLAMMATION, INFLAMMATION... ok, I guess that’s just one.  Don’t get me...

CoQ10 – Ubiquitous Ubiquinol and Ubiquinone… say that 3 times fast!

Just one of the two amazing jobs this supplement does is enough to land it on the Fab Five list.
First, let’s talk about energy... on a cellular level. Your computer runs on electricity, your car runs on gas and your cells (therefore your body) run on ATP. Much like the other fuel sources, ATP needs to be processed and is consumed. But instead of one power plant producing enough electricity to power millions of computers, your body is equipped with a power plant in each cell to produce ATP. Yep, we have trillions of little power plants using the calories we eat to produce the ATP we need.

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There are a number of processes the body uses to produce ATP, but the main one by far is called the Krebs Cycle and CoQ10 is required. The Krebs Cycle is an amazingly elegant and complex system that creates about 30 units of ATP from just 1 glucose molecule. If CoQ10 is not...

Fab Five, Part 1

*** This article is from an email I sent to our customers a little while back, so Brock is just fine now.***   My youngest son hit his head this morning hard enough to send us to the emergency room. Sitting in the waiting room right now seems like the perfect place to start this email, since I’m surrounded by sick people.   Everyday I’m asked for recommendations, so I thought it might be helpful to write about a group of supplements that everyone should consider and why... we’ll call it the “Fab Five”. I’ll just cover 1 supplement every few days and keep it short. I’m not going to go into too much depth, so just email me if you have any questions.   Probiotics - a few trillion of our closest friends These are the friendly bacteria that have been getting so much attention in yogurt commercials recently. Now I know digestion is not a very sexy topic, but it’s important... more important than most people know. Many Nutritionists and Naturopaths call the gut “Mom”, since it’s job is to take care of us. Others say that 70% of our...

9 of the Best Brain Supplements

So now that you’re training your brain, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising, are there any brain supplements to consider to go along with your balanced diet? YEP DHA Since the brain is about 60% fat, this is probably the most important brain supplement you can take. We have already covered this, if you missed it... here’s a link. Article: Are You a Fat Head?   Vitamin D A Japanese study on 527 municipal employees aged 21 to 67 found that during the fall and winter, those who had vitamin D levels in the highest quartile, were 49 percent less likely to have depression. Another study by USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University looked at 318 people with an average age of 73 over 4 years. Participants who were deficient in Vitamin D were twice as like to have dementia, Alzheimer’s, and stroke.  

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Vitamin B-12 An...

Exercise – No Pain No Brain

Now that I started writing this, I know why I never seemed to get around to it. At 40 years old, I’m sitting here in the worst physical shape of my life... ugh. I haven’t worked out on a regular basis for over 4 years and with 3 young boys and a business, excuses are never in short supply.   When I was a powerlifter, my motivation was my desire to make the World team. I’d pick a contest date, make an 8-12 week plan and then train. I didn’t make a decision to go or not go to the gym each day, after I picked a contest, I never gave myself the option again.   A link to this article will be posted on our Facebook page and I’d love to see some comments about how you stay motivated to exercise... OR if you’re like me right now, then what’s the problem?   "Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness." - Edward Smith-Stanley (1752-1834) — English statesman, three times Prime Minister of the United Kingdom  
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Sleep Fitness

The goal of this article is to challenge the way you think about your sleep.  We all know that we feel like crap if we don’t get enough, and we feel better after a good nights sleep.  Other than that, sleep is very mysterious.  Science has been looking at sleep from every angle and asking every question, including why we need to sleep at all.  The first big clue to the importance of sleep is found just by observing how fiercely our bodies demand it.  When we’re low on water, we get thirsty, and when we’re very low on water, we get very thirsty.  The same is true when we get hungry or when we get tired.  We can all condition ourselves to get by on less, but the big question is whether or not our bodies learn to function optimally on less too.  
Let sleeping dogs lie
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Better understanding the benefits of sleep and how it works will help us determine how we think about our...

Are You a Fat Head?

Yes, you’re a fat head... and that’s a great thing, because 60% of our brains are made of fat.  We can all agree that Omega-3’s are amazing, but since we’re focusing on the brain in this series, then we'll just talk about DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid).  DHA accounts for about 30% of the structural fats in your gray matter and 97% of the total omega-3’s in the brain.   Studies on DHA have exploded and it’s been found to be good for us from 9 months before the cradle, and all the way to the grave.  I’m not joking, DHA is critical for the developing brain of a fetus through infancy. There have have been very positive studies done on children, young adults, middle aged, and the elderly... did I leave anyone out?  It’s also been shown that people suffering from conditions like Alzheimer's, ADHD, and Depression generally have very low levels of DHA.   It’s important to note the studies that looked at Alzheimers have mixed results, but a study that tested age related cognitive decline was very positive... suggesting maybe we should pay attention to this sooner than...

Can Playing a Free Computer Game Actually Make You Smarter?

I’ve seen a lot of advertisements lately, both on the net and TV, for brain training products like Lumosity.  Nintendo DS also has a very popular game called Brain Age.  All told, brain training is a billion dollar a year industry, but does it work?   In 2009, BBC Labs UK designed an experiment to answer that question.  Led by Dr. Adrian Owen, a British neuroscientist, they created a number of games that were representative of those on the commercial market and tested them on over 13,000 participants.  Each participant was placed into 1 of 3 groups; the reasoning game group (games involve planning, problem-solving and analysis), the non-reasoning game group (games involve short-term memory, attention to detail, maths and interpreting visual information), and the control group (asked to just use the internet to find the answers to simple questions, like when did Henry the VIII die).  Each group was asked to play for 10 minutes 3 days each week for 6 weeks.   After 6 weeks, what did they find?  They found that the participants got better at the games but they didn’t get any smarter.  Using 4...

Ibuprofen May be Providing Dangerous Pain Relief

Millions of people across the world rely on Ibuprofen and similar pain relieving medications everyday. These drugs are used to deal with a sore back, an aching knee, or even after a rough night on the town. Ibuprofen falls under the family of non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) that work by blocking the hormones known as prostaglandins. Blocking the prostaglandins makes the NSAID effective at treating inflammation but it also has the  potentially adverse effect of removing a protective barrier in the stomach lining. This lining requires the presence of prostaglandins to be effective and without it the person becomes susceptible to gastrointestinal problems, gastric bleeding, and ulcers. Recent news reports claim that these complications are responsible for the deaths of 2,500 people annually in the United Kingdom alone. Other complications from Ibuprofen use include increasing the stress to the kidneys and may causing fluid retention.  Fluid retention has negative consequences for people with high blood pressure and those at risk for cardiovascular incidents/stroke. Yet another source of complication can arise from the blocking of prostaglandins for females who are pregnant or are trying to become...

Red Yeast Rice Extract and Cholesterol

Some patients cannot take traditional statin medications to lower their cholesterol. This is because many people suffer from statin induced muscle pains. For these patients, new research from two Philidelphia area cardiologists reveals that over the counter dietary supplements may be and alternative. These supplements are readily available at health food stores and pharmacies. The study was the first double-blind placebo- controlled trial to test the use of red yeast rice in patients who have a history of statin induced muscle pain and weakness. Half of the patients were given a 600 mg capsule of red yeast rice twice a day for six months and the other half of the participants were given the placebo. The patients who were given the red yeast rice capsules also participated in meetings every week for the first three months to learn about heart healthy nutrition, exercise and stress management. The study found that people receiving the red yeast rice had a more significant drop in LDL, low density lipoprotein, cholesterol than those who received the placebo. The total cholesterol of those taking the red yeast rice also improved more than...