Heal your thyroid with dandelion… and 9 other powerful tonics to try

Heal your thyroid with dandelion… and 9 other powerful tonics to try

( Natural News ) The thyroid is an important gland that is responsible for a lot of functions in the body. If it is over- or under-functioning, you might experience symptoms, such as brain fog, a slower metabolism, fatigue, and even depression. Here are some tonics and teas that you can brew up to improve thyroid health : Dandelion – Dandelions have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which help calm the autoimmune flares and balance out the immune system. To make dandelion tea, you need two teaspoons of dried dandelion root and leaves. Then, steep it with fresh lemon zest in a tea infuser for 15 to 20 minutes. Add half a teaspoon of raw honey, stir, and drink. Siberian ginseng – As an adaptogenic herb, Siberian ginseng can help the body handle stress better, like the stress caused by a thyroid problem. Additionally, it can help reduce inflammation commonly found in thyroid problems. The dried root of this herb can be brewed and paired with orange peel or zest. Siberian ginseng requires a longer cooking time, about two to three hours, to extract the herbal benefits. Chaga – Chaga provides liver and lymph cleansing benefits. It also removes toxins and nourishes the detox system, which is beneficial for a thyroid-sluggish body. It also has mind-clearing benefits which can clear away thyroid brain fog. Chaga can be mixed in a smoothie or be made into a matcha-like tea drink. Ashwagandha – This herb can help the body cope better with stress, anxiety, and other chronic health conditions. Moreover, it can help improve the production of thyroid hormone. You can take ashwagandha by mixing it with warm coconut or almond milk. Turmeric – Turmeric is a nourishing food for thyroid health because of its active ingredient, curcumin. It provides anti-inflammatory properties […]

How Brain Stimulation Can Boost Memory If Paired With Learning

How Brain Stimulation Can Boost Memory If Paired With Learning

In 47 CE, Scribonius Largus, court physician to the Roman emperor Claudius, described in his Compositiones a method for treating chronic migraines: place torpedo fish on the scalps of patients to ease their pain with electric shocks. Largus was on the right path; our brains are comprised of electrical signals that influence how brain cells communicate with each other and in turn affect cognitive processes such as memory, emotion and attention. The science of brain stimulation —altering electrical signals in the brain—has, needless to say, changed in the past 2,000 years. Today we have a handful of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) devices that deliver constant, low current to specific regions of the brain through electrodes on the scalp, for users ranging from online video-gamers to professional athletes and people with depression. Yet cognitive neuroscientists are still working to understand just how much we can influence brain signals and improve cognition with these techniques. Brain stimulation by tDCS is non-invasive and inexpensive. Some scientists think it increases the likelihood that neurons will fire, altering neural connections and potentially improving the cognitive skills associated with specific brain regions. Neural networks associated with attention control can be targeted to improve focus in people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Or people who have a hard time remembering shopping lists and phone numbers might like to target brain areas associated with short-term (also known as working) memory in order to enhance this cognitive process. However, the effects of tDCS are inconclusive across a wide body of peer-reviewed studies, particularly after a single session. In fact, some experts question whether enough electrical stimulation from the technique is passing through the scalp into the brain to alter connections between brain cells at all. Notably, the neuroscientist György Buzsáki at New York University presented research […]

Sulbutiamine (Arcalion) Benefits + Dosage, Reviews, Side Effects

Sulbutiamine (Arcalion) Benefits + Dosage, Reviews, Side Effects

Sulbutiamine is a fat-soluble derivative of thiamine . It is considered a nootropic and antioxidant and is used in France to reduce fatigue . It also stimulates gut activity, improves muscle weakness, boosts memory, and protects the brain. Keep on reading to learn more about the health benefits of sulbutiamine, dosage, and possible side effects. Japanese scientists developed sulbutiamine in the 60s while exploring treatments for thiamine deficiency. Some brand names for this compound are Enerion and Arcalion [ R ]. Sulbutiamine is synthetically produced and is made by binding 2 vitamin B1 molecules together . Sulbutiamine is more fat soluble than thiamine, allowing it to pass to the brain easier (cross the blood-brain barrier) [ R ]. Sulbutiamine increases thiamine in the brain more than other forms of thiamine [ R , R ]. Increases thiamine (and thiamine derivative) levels more than thiamine itself [ R ] Increases dopamine (D1) and glutamate activity in decision-making regions of the brain (such as the prefrontal cortex) [ R , R ] Increases energy use in the brain (by increasing thiamine triphosphate) [ R ] 1) Sulbutiamine Boosts Energy In a study of 1,772 patients (non-randomised) with infections and chronic fatigue, sulbutiamine (200mg twice a day) for two weeks (along with anti-infective treatment) helped with low energy. Fifty-two percent of the patients felt a significant boost in mood and energy [ R ]. 326 patients with chronic fatigue (post-infection) were treated with sulbutiamine and a placebo (DB-RCT). Some individuals felt an energy boost from sulbutiamine, but the results were not significant [ R ]. Sulbutiamine boosted energy in 341 patients (observational study) with chronic fatigue diagnosed as asthenia (measured with a 44% decrease in their Fatigue Intensity Scores) [ R ]. Additionally, sulbutiamine treatment (400 mg daily for 1 month) greatly […]

The Nonalcoholic Beverage Market is Projected to Grow

The Nonalcoholic Beverage Market is Projected to Grow

According to data published by Allied Market Research, the non-alcoholic drinks market size is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.4% to reach $2,090 billion by 2022. The research attributes the projections to ongoing advancements in the nonalcoholic drinks market with innovative efforts have further enhanced their demand. The report also indicates that recent innovations, which embed functional benefits and natural or organic ingredients in manufacturing of drinks is anticipated to enable the market to reach to a wider segment of audiences. Market segments such as energy drinks, sport drinks, and hot drinks are expected to witness good growth in the near future. Koios Beverage Corp. (CSE: KBEV), The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO), SodaStream International Ltd. (NASDAQ: SODA), PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP), Cott Corporation (NYSE: COT ) Health and wellness have significantly posed positive impact on the food and beverages industry in recent years. Increase in awareness of various health problems associated with alcohol has shifted the consumer preference from alcoholic drinks towards healthy, often organic nonalcoholic drinks. According to Future Market Insights, “Functional beverages are non-alcoholic drinks that keeps one’s body hydrated and provide overall nutritional well-being. These are fortified drinks that prevent or help address health issues across all age groups… Energy drinks is the largest segment in functional beverages followed by sports drinks and nutraceutical drinks… North America is the largest market for functional beverages as it contains innovative varieties of drinks that are customized for all age groups and strata.” Koios Beverage Corp. (CSE: KBEV) listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, earlier in the week the company announced that, “Koios Beverage Corp. (CSE: KBEV)…is pleased to announce that further to its news release on April 13, 2018, the Company’s common shares will resume trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”) under the symbol […]

3 Foods That Will Instantly Improve Your Mood (Not In The Stress-Eating Kind Of Way)

3 Foods That Will Instantly Improve Your Mood (Not In The Stress-Eating Kind Of Way)

Anchovy toast Experts call the stomach your "second brain" for a reason: There’s a little world of neurons hanging out in there, ready to fire off feel-good messages straight to your head. Get them going with eat-the-rainbow meals designed to energize, calm, or boost your mood. MARCUS NILSSON This salad will prep you for anything. It’s teeming with wild shrimp (low in cals, big in protein and iron to get you pumped), crunchy apples (for an all-natural sugar rush), and spicy peppers (loaded with capsaicins, compounds that stimulate the release of endorphins—the same chemicals that create a runner’s high!). MARCUS NILSSON There are mind-blowing numbers of avo toast on insta. But if you’re after mind-sharpening, crown that crusty bread with anchovies. Yep, anchovies. These savory swimmers (boasting umami-rich flavor) are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which can fuel your mind and enhance a positive mood. Top it off with multihued carrots—the more colors, the greater the range of vitamins—to get your fill of memory-improving flavonoids. MARCUS NILSSON Brownies. The word alone conjures good moods. Chocolate itself decreases cortisol levels, but this batch eclipses the classic. One: it’s baked with sweet potatoes, which contain muscle-relaxing potassium and fiber, so you feel full faster. Two: Black beans are high in magnesium, which regulates the nervous system to help tame anxiety. This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of Women’s Health. For more great ideas, pick up a copy on newsstands now!

5 Simple Ways To Boost Our Intelligence

5 Simple Ways To Boost Our Intelligence

by Sabrina Stierwalt, PhD: Popular media is full of suggestions on how to improve our brain health and cognition. But can we really boost our intelligence? The ‘selfish brain’ theory of evolution describes our brains as taking the energy it needs, typically in the form of glucose, before doling out what remains to the rest of the body. In other words, the brain selfishly prioritizes its own needs which are comparably high. A recent study from the University of Cambridge put this theory to the test by challenging elite rowers to perform a memory task and a physical rowing task, first separately and then at the same time. Performance in both the memory-related and the physical tasks decreased when the students attempted to accomplish them simultaneously, but their rowing suffered far more than their ability to recall words for the memory task. On average, the participants showed a 30% greater drop in their physical strength than in their cognitive abilities , suggesting the brain does in fact take what it needs first when resources become scarce. Although the selfish brain theory has been proposed as a possible origin for physical issues like obesity, it may also push back against the idea that we are stuck with an innate level of intelligence. If we can count on our brains to demand our body’s limited resources, can we also count on them to continue to improve even once we’re done growing in adulthood? A common brain myth is that we only use 10% of our brain . I have certainly heard this statistic and a study from only a few years ago showed that as many as 65% of Americans believe it to be true. However, neurologists at the Mayo Clinic note that throughout the course of the day, we use […]

10 Most Powerful Herbs and Spices To Add To Your Diet

10 Most Powerful Herbs and Spices To Add To Your Diet

Herbs and spices have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal properties and healing powers. Chinese medicine relies heavily on natural ingredients for health and vitality—with good reason. Herbs and spices are commonly used to add flavor to food, but many people don’t realize that adding these tiny touches of flavor also boosts the nutritional value of your favorite dishes. Certain herbs and spices have been researched and proven effective in their inflammation-reducing, cancer-preventing, immune-boosting, and anti-aging properties. These ten little powerhouses of healthy goodness may already be sitting in your pantry or your fridge, so start spicing up your food for better health! 1. Turmeric Turmeric contains a powerful compound called curcumin, which has incredible anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive properties, according to studies. It has shown positive results in improving symptoms of several types of chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, and autoimmune diseases. (1) Curcumin is so effective that it is even sold as capsules for supplementation. Thousands of studies were conducted to determine the health benefits of curcumin with the same results— curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. It reduces oxidative stress and fights cancer. (2) 2. Oregano Oregano is a popular herb used in Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. In the US, it is primarily used as pizza seasoning in its dried form. Oregano is full of important nutrients , including vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Even though it’s packed with vitamins, oregano’s potency can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Oregano possesses two antimicrobial phytochemicals called carvacrol and thymol . Oregano essential oil has been researched extensively for its antimicrobial effects and is proven effective against many kinds of bacteria, including E. coli , S. aureus , […]

From the Health Ranger Store: The 10 most powerful plant-based foods on the planet

From the Health Ranger Store: The 10 most powerful plant-based foods on the planet

( Natural News ) The majority of people are living in a food desert, with very little unpolluted and nourishing food on the horizon. Sure, there is the odd oasis where you can pick up some fresh, organic, and nutrient dense food, but for many people these spots are far and few in between. Fortunately, organic food delivery services, food growing systems , and online shopping has allowed people to access food they normally would never get (or even see), which has dramatically changed the landscape for those wanting to live a true healthy lifestyle anchored in nutrition. Now, if you want to accelerate your well-being by flooding your body with some of the most powerful foods on the planet, this is an excellent list to start with that will help shape your health goals in a fraction of the time it takes most people. As someone who used many of these foods to create my one-in-a-million health story , I’m well aware of how well they work when sourced appropriately. Now, let’s dig in and see how ten of the most powerful foods on the planet can change your life, for good! Chlorella A single-celled green algae, chlorella has quickly become one of the most powerful foods that have been cultivated on the planet. It’s rich in highly digestible protein (58 percent of weight), chlorophyll, iron, zinc, vitamin A, C, E, and K, beta carotene, lutein, polysaccharides, and essential fatty acids including gamma linolenic acid (GLA). It also contains the entire vitamin B-complex, is one of the few whole food sources of vitamin D, and contains magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and potassium. Sponsored solution from CWC Labs: This heavy metals test kit allows you to test almost anything for 20+ heavy metals and nutritive minerals, including lead, mercury, arsenic, […]

Brain-gut connection determines how we respond to stressful situations… junk food makes for a junk mind

Brain-gut connection determines how we respond to stressful situations… junk food makes for a junk mind

( Natural News ) “You are what you eat” might be an overused phrase, but there’s quite a bit of truth to it, particularly when it comes to your brain. According to a paper published in the journal Physiology , the signals from your gut to your brain have a strong influence on your behaviors and emotions, especially during threatening events . Your gut and brain constantly communicate with one another through your vagus nerve. This nerve makes its way throughout your chest and abdomen, controlling and monitoring not only your digestion but also your hormone levels, immune function, heart rate and blood pressure. This nerve forms part of a protective system that can help you make decisions by compelling you to slow down and evaluate a particular situation before proceeding or even avoid it entirely. It essentially connects your brain with your gastrointestinal tract, which covers a big surface area and is laden with sensors. To put it in perspective, the GI tract is more than 100 times bigger than your skin’s total surface, and it sends more signals up to your brain than any other of your organs. As you can imagine, this makes your gut tremendously powerful. A poor diet can throw off the protective signals that come from the vagus nerve that encourage you to be cautious. This can change your behavior and your mood. As a matter of fact, the connection is so strong that recent studies have found that traumatic brain injuries can damage an individual’s gut in addition to their brain. Moreover, it appears to be a two-way street, with gut irregularities impacting brain inflammation following traumatic brain injuries . Support our mission and protect your health: Organic Seeds of Life combines Red Raspberry Seed Power, Black Cumin Seed Power and Red […]

14 Natural Ways to Improve Your Memory

14 Natural Ways to Improve Your Memory

Everyone has moments of forgetfulness from time to time, especially when life gets busy. While this can be a completely normal occurrence, having a poor memory can be frustrating. Genetics plays a role in memory loss, especially in serious neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. However, research has shown that diet and lifestyle have a major impact on memory too. Here are 14 evidence-based ways to improve your memory naturally. Eating too much added sugar has been linked to many health issues and chronic diseases, including cognitive decline. Research has shown that a sugar-laden diet can lead to poor memory and reduced brain volume, particularly in the area of the brain that stores short-term memory ( 1 , 2 ). For example, one study of more than 4,000 people found that those with a higher intake of sugary beverages like soda had lower total brain volumes and poorer memories on average compared to people who consumed less sugar ( 2 ). Cutting back on sugar not only helps your memory but also improves your overall health. Research has shown that people who regularly consume lots of added sugar may have poorer memories and lower brain volumes than those who consume less sugar. Fish oil is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These fats are important for overall health and have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation, relieve stress and anxiety, and slow mental decline ( 3 , 4 ). Many studies have shown that consuming fish and fish oil supplements may improve memory, especially in older people. One study of 36 older adults with mild cognitive impairment found that short-term and working memory scores improved significantly after they took concentrated fish oil supplements for 12 months ( 5 […]