5 neurotoxins found in your favorite foods

5 neurotoxins found in your favorite foods

( Natural News ) Nowadays, people have become so busy that they don’t even have time to prepare fresh food. Many have become dependent on processed and fast foods because of their convenience. However, many of these foods contain additives that are still allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration even though they are known neurotoxins. Neurotoxins are naturally occurring or artificially produced substances that have damaging effects on the nervous system. Overall, there are more than 1,000 chemicals that have been identified as neurotoxins. Although most of these are derived from external sources like food, there are also some that are produced by the body. Exposure to these neurotoxins can lead to cognitive and behavioral problems as well as disorders like autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Most consumers trust that these harmful substances won’t be found in food. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Lots of foods available on the market contain neurotoxic additives to improve flavor and make people want them more. Some of the most common neurotoxins that you can find in processed foods include the following: Aspartame This artificial sweetener is commonly found in diet sodas and other “sugar-free” foods. It is composed of aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol, which are also known to inflict damage on the brain. Aspartame intake can cause various side effects, which include migraines, dizziness, anxiety, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, and fibromyalgia. Moreover, a previous study has also shown that soft drinks that contain this neurotoxin increase the risk of depression. GLYPHOSATE testing is now being applied to all Health Ranger Store branded products. Our in-house lab uses LC-MS-MS (triple quad mass spec). See the full lab science tour video and announcement here . Shop for ultra-clean, lab-tested superfoods, personal care products and more at the Health Ranger Store […]

Improve Your Focus and Productivity With These Brain-Enhancing Nootropic Coffees

Improve Your Focus and Productivity With These Brain-Enhancing Nootropic Coffees

Back in the day, before there was a Starbucks on every corner and a cappuccino machine in every gas station, the only choice facing coffee drinkers was whether to add cream and/or sugar. But today, retail coffee is a $36 billion industry featuring everything from Japanese pour-over to decaf Foldger’s Crystals. So if want to stand out in this ultra-competitive marketplace, you’d better have an interesting angle. And since Nootropic coffees claim to make you smarter, it’s safe to say they have the “interesting” part covered. If you’re not already familiar with the term, nootropics, also known as “smart drugs,” are chemicals that, when ingested, bolster memory and enhance cognition. While not everyone agrees that these substances are beneficial, advocates claim they provide a noticeable mental boost. And since millions of people are already drinking coffee for a similar caffeine boost, adding nootropics isn’t that big of a leap. So, if you find yourself intrigued by the idea of brain-boosting coffee, checkout the following four nootropic coffee brands for yourself. Why We Picked It: Kimera Koffee consists of organic Dominican coffee beans that have been combined with a variety of amino acids and nootropics. Once brewed, the final product is described as “nutty and sweet.” More importantly, this “robust” and complex” drink will supposedly “turbocharge your brain,” increasing both energy and cognitive function. Why We Picked It: Perhaps you’ve already heard of Bulletproof Coffee because of its extensive list of celebrity evangelists including Jimmy Fallon and Ed Sheeran. In order to improve cognitive function, the coffee is mixed with grass-fed butter (no, seriously) as well as Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil. Not only does this medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil contain brain-boosting fat that “keeps your brain on full blast,” but it will also help produce fat-burning ketone energy to keep […]

Magnesium is essential for muscle health and recovery

Magnesium is essential for muscle health and recovery

( Natural News ) Intense exercise imposes a lot of strain on your muscles. To restore those important tissues to their healthiest state at a faster pace, an article in Sports Injury Clinic suggests increasing your intake of magnesium through food, drinks, and supplements. Magnesium plays a significant role in maintaining general muscular health. It speeds up the recovery of sore muscles. It is also vital for muscle relaxation. Its benefits are not just limited to the muscles. Magnesium possesses significant anti-inflammatory activity so that it can prevent the onset of inflammatory diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.e It improves the body’s ability to absorb calcium into the bones, ensuring the strength of the skeleton. The nerves that crisscross the entire body also use up magnesium at a constant rate. Rigorous physical exercise can deplete magnesium levels in the body — a severe magnesium deficiency results in muscles that are perpetually locked in a contracted position. This unpleasant state could prolong bouts of distressful pain and even cause severe injuries. Furthermore, calcium levels in the blood will rise because of the lower absorption rates. This weakens bones, cause osteoporosis for women, and contribute to the onset of heart problems. (Related: The surprising link between magnesium and brain health .) The signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency Most Westerners are suffering from mild cases of magnesium deficiency. This is attributed to the “modern” methods used to grown foods, as well as the industrial techniques used in food processing. GLYPHOSATE testing is now being applied to all Health Ranger Store branded products. Our in-house lab uses LC-MS-MS (triple quad mass spec). See the full lab science tour video and announcement here . Shop for ultra-clean, lab-tested superfoods, personal care products and more at the Health Ranger Store , the world’s […]

How to stay healthy while traveling

How to stay healthy while traveling

( Natural News ) The U.S. Travel Association reported that in 2015, at least 1.7 billion people traveled for leisure, while about 459 million flew for business. However, while air travel is one of the most convenient modes of transport, it’s also that poses the most harm to your health . How to prevent health problems linked to frequent travel When you’re always traveling by aircraft, you’re constantly exposed to re-circulated toxic air fumes within airplane cabins. Other common health problems linked to frequent air travel are impaired sleep and difficulty finding fresh, organic food, especially across the U.S. where highly-processed junk food is king. NaturalHealth365’s Talk Hour’s host Jonathan Landsman and Dr. John Ayo, a naturopathic doctor and author, discuss some of the best ways to maintain your physical and mental health while traveling. Follow the tips below to prevent issues like jet lag and sleep problems. Jet lag, muscle stiffness, and travel stress Before you board your plane, active during the pre-flight section of your trip. Ayo advised that as soon are you find the gate for departure, you can minimize your travel stress and prevent muscle stiffness by walking briskly from one end of the terminal to the other. Use your backpacks and carry on bags as makeshift weights. If you don’t mind getting some stares from the other passengers, do some mini-curls while you’re brisk walking : Stand up straight and keep your shoulders back. Carry a bag in each hand. Keep your upper arms still, then curl your arms up towards your chest. Squeeze your biceps as you curl your arms. Slowly lower your arms back to the starting position. Start with three sets of as many reps as you can until you need to board the plane. GLYPHOSATE testing is now being applied […]

Natural Remedies to help Boost Energy and Vitality

Natural Remedies to help Boost Energy and Vitality

With worklives and a lack of sleep making many people tired, there are a number of natural remedies which can help boost energy and vitality. Many people who try wheatgrass juice feel a burst of clean energy. With increasingly busy lives, many people typically find themselves feeling tired and drained. This down to hectic work lives as well as personal lives which play a part. Usually if one becomes fatigued, they reach for a cup of coffee. It does provide an energy boost and increase productivity. The sugar and caffeine provide the immediate pick-up, however, it wears off soon after and will leave you feeling even more drained. There are ways though to boost energy and vitality and that is with natural remedies. They provide the same benefits as caffeine, but they do not wear off meaning you will feel energised for longer. Here are a few natural remedies to try which reduces the effects of fatigue and guarantees you to feel full of energy. Wheatgrass Juice A glass of wheatgrass juice provides many health benefits that you previously would not have thought of. It comes from the wheatgrass which is a common cereal grain. While it may not look very appealing, it is extremely good for you. The liquid nutrient boasts a plethora of vitamins that are essential to keeping you healthy. It is also one of the best natural remedies to combat fatigue in its liquid form. Filled with chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and enzymes, wheatgrass juice packs a nutritional punch when consumed. Usually, consuming the grass is avoided, juicing it is a great way to get all the nutrients to benefit you. Many people who try wheatgrass juice feel a burst of clean energy. This is because wheatgrass juice is an effective way of delivering oxygen into […]

Gotu Kola is one of the most useful plant remedies found in Ayurvedic medicine

Gotu Kola is one of the most useful plant remedies found in Ayurvedic medicine

( Natural News ) Traditional schools of medicine, such as Ayurveda and Unani, make use of plants to combat various health problems. One commonly used plant in these schools of medicine is the Gotu Kola ( Centella asiatica ). A study, published in Herbal Medicine: Open Access , reviewed available literature regarding the uses of Gotu Kola in treating different health conditions . These literature contained results from experimental and clinical investigations. Gotu Kola, also called “ the herb of longevity ,” is derived from a psychoactive plant commonly found in the warm regions of Asia, Australia, America, and India. Psychoactive substances target the brain and nervous system , resulting to an altered mental state. This psychoactive property is the reason why Gotu Kola is traditionally used for enhancing memory, longevity and cognition. In addition to these, Gotu Kola has also been used to treat skin conditions, including leprosy, lupus, varicose ulcers, eczema, psoriasis. These traditional uses of Gotu Kola were substantiated using experimental studies and clinical investigations, which were then reviewed in this study. Medicinal applications of Gotu Kola , which have been proven to be effective, include the following: Repairs brain damage Studies have shown that Gotu Kola can be used to facilitate and speed up the repair of nerves and brain cells in brain-damaged individuals. Brain damage can be classified as either acquired or traumatic . Injuries that fall under acquired brain include those that were caused by internal factors, such as lack of oxygen and exposure to tumors. Meanwhile, traumatic brain injuries are brought about by external factors like impact and inertial forces. Both types of damages can be repaired with Gotu Kola. GLYPHOSATE testing is now being applied to all Health Ranger Store branded products. Our in-house lab uses LC-MS-MS (triple quad mass spec). […]

Stop throwing away one of the best parts of your Kale

Stop throwing away one of the best parts of your Kale

( Natural News ) Many health experts consider kale, a dark leafy green vegetable in the cabbage family, as a superfood, given its impressive vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant profile. As a natural source of potassium, it helps fight heart disease. With its iron properties, it assists with healthy muscle function and the transfer of oxygen between cells. Its Vitamin K content improves bone and brain health, and the fiber that it contains assists in digestion. Vitamin A present in kale can contribute to healthy hair and skin. Some scientists claim that kale reduces the risk of cancer. Kale is also full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce inflammation in the body. It also has been associated with mood elevation in one study. Kale is also good source of vitamin C and magnesium. For this reason, many heath-oriented consumers often add kale to salads, wraps, soups smoothies, casseroles, and other dishes. Some kale enthusiasts even eat the green vegetable in its raw form. (RELATED: Read more about superfoods at NaturanNewsIngredients.com .) You’re sold, right? With that in mind, and despite kale’s ability to strengthen the body’s natural defenses against disease, some people may be inadvertently throwing away one of the best parts, namely the equally nutrition-rich thick stems, As the MindBodyGreen website explains, many recipes call for de-stemming kale before it is consumed. But there are some techniques available to the home chef that make using kale stems easier, so they are ready to eat along with kale leaves. “Just like massaging those kale leaves makes them more palatable (and tasty!) by releasing some of the bitterness and breaking down the tough-to-eat fiber, a few kitchen hacks will have you devouring those stems instead of trashing them,” the website advises. GLYPHOSATE testing is now being applied to all Health […]

Clinical trial finds ashwagandha to be effective in managing weight in chronically stressed people

Clinical trial finds ashwagandha to be effective in managing weight in chronically stressed people

( Natural News ) Chronic stress is associated with many health problems, including weight gain and obesity. Researchers in India suggest people who are chronically stressed to consider taking ashwagandha ( Withania somnifera ) to prevent weight gain and obesity . Ashwagandha is a common adaptogen and is known for reducing stress and anxiety. The researchers aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the root extract of ashwagandha in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. For the study, they recruited 52 individuals under chronic stress and gave them either 300 milligrams (mg) of ashwagandha or placebo twice every day for eight weeks. The researchers used the Perceived Stress Scale and Food Cravings Questionnaire , as well as the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire , and Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire . They also measured the serum cortisol, body weight, and body mass index (BMI) of the participants. The measurements were done at the beginning of the study, the fourth week, and the eighth week. The results of the study, which were published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine , revealed that chronically stressed individuals who took ashwagandha root extract exhibited reductions in psychological and physiological markers of stress. The ashwagandha treatment also improved their mental well-being and reduced serum cortisol levels. In addition, ashwagandha root extract reduced the participants’ food cravings and improved their eating behaviors. Those who received the ashwagandha treatment experienced reductions in body weight and BMI. The ashwagandha treatment was also found to be safe and tolerable. GLYPHOSATE testing is now being applied to all Health Ranger Store branded products. Our in-house lab uses LC-MS-MS (triple quad mass spec). See the full lab science tour video and announcement here . Shop for ultra-clean, lab-tested superfoods, personal care products and more at the Health Ranger Store , the […]

Natural antidepressant: Coconut husk fiber shows potential as a mood enhancer

Natural antidepressant: Coconut husk fiber shows potential as a mood enhancer

( Natural News ) The coconut isn’t just a delicious fruit — it’s also a versatile and nutritious one, at that. One of its health benefits, in particular, is its natural anti-depressant properties found in its husk. A study published in the Journal of Natural Medicines has suggested that the extract of coconut husk fiber can be used for treating depression . The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Federal University of Ceará in Brazil, aimed to determine the effects of coconut husk fiber extract on depression, its antioxidant activity in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and striatum, and on the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in mice. The researchers gave mice with distilled water or 50, 100, or 200 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) of coconut husk fiber extract, or with 400 mg/kg of vitamin E for a week. One hour after the last treatment, the mice underwent various behavioral tests: open field test, forced swimming test, and tail suspension test. Right after these tests, the researchers examined the mice’ neurochemical compositions. The results revealed that administering 100 mg/kg of coconut husk fiber extract reduced the immobility time of the mice in the forced swimming test and tail suspension test, showing an antidepressant-like effect. The 100 mg/kg of coconut husk fiber extract also increased the levels of BDNF in the hippocampus of the mice. All doses of coconut husk fiber extract reduced nitrite levels in all brain areas studied. In addition, the administration of coconut husk fiber extract reduced malondialdehyde levels in all doses and brain areas studied, except the dose of 50 mg/kg coconut husk fiber extract in the hippocampus. GLYPHOSATE testing is now being applied to all Health Ranger Store branded products. Our in-house lab uses LC-MS-MS (triple quad mass spec). See the full lab […]

Human-level intelligence to be matched by AI by the year 2029

Human-level intelligence to be matched by AI by the year 2029

( Natural News ) Some Natural News readers may be familiar with the 1970 movie Colossus: The Forbin Projec t starring Eric Braeden, before he became a soap-opera star, about a sentient supercomputer [spoiler alert] that takes over the world. This kind of dire forecast is no longer found just in the realm of science fiction, however. Billionaire Elon Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX boss and PayPal co-founder, warned in 2014 that rapidly, artificial intelligence (AI) could destroy human life as smarter and more intuitive robots reign supreme. He has also, subsequently, claimed that when AI outpaces people, humans will disturbingly be reduced to the intelligence level comparable to a house cat in comparison. Back in 2015, Health Ranger Mike Adams, the founder of Natural News , warned that once AI technology develops into highly evolved, self-aware systems, the human race has a big time Terminator problem. “Follow this along for just 4-5 generations and you get machines with demigod-level cognitive capabilities, and it won’t take but a microsecond for such a machine to conclude that humans are a threat to its own existence,” Adams wrote . At the recent SXSW Conference in Austin, Tex., Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, 69, made a bold prediction about artificial intelligence “singularity,” the Express of London reported. Given the potential ramifications, you might want to save the date. By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence. That leads to computers having human intelligence, our putting them inside our brains, connecting them to the cloud, expanding who we are. Today, that’s not just a future scenario. It’s here, in part, and it’s going to accelerate. Unlike the events in the Forbin Project , Kurzweil insists that the likelihood of AI overlords enslaving humans is an unrealistic scenario. The futurist, author, and inventor added […]