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COPD Prevention and Care

Friday, February 20th, 2015
COPD vitamins and supplements

Prevent lung damage and slow down the progression of COPD with vitamins and supplements.

COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a preventable spectrum of lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Difficulty breathing, wheezing, respiratory infections, excessive mucus, low oxygen levels, and chronic coughing are the hallmarks of the disease. COPD is almost always caused by cigarette smoking, which currently accounts for 80-90% of all cases. Patients with COPD experience a decline in lung function over time, often have other conditions that go along with COPD (such as cardiovascular disease and depression), and are at an increased risk for disability and premature death. COPD is incurable, progressive, and debilitating. It is now the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting over 30 million Americans last year.
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Reversing Insulin Resistance

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Vitamins for Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance can be reversed by treating the underlying causes. Don't ignore the hard truth about insulin resistance.

When Your Doctor Says “You’re Insulin Resistant”

Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use food for energy. Sugars and starches are broken down in the intestines and are converted into glucose. Insulin carries glucose into cells so that it can be used for energy. If your body is producing more insulin to keep up with the glucose demands of the body, your blood sugar levels may appear fine, but your insulin levels will be high. This indicates that you are insulin resistant.
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Tips for Recovering from Pneumonia

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Pneumonia Recovery

Don't Suffer Through Pneumonia Recovery

If you’ve recently had pneumonia, then you are all too familiar with the aftereffects. Pneumonia is a serious condition that can take a month after the infection has cleared to get yourself back to good health. Use these tips to take care of yourself and speed your healing process.
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Rev Up Your Health Resolutions for 2013

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

Cheers to the New Year and to your Health!

From time to time we like to share with you articles on getting healthy, new research, or other interesting topics that could help you to achieve greater health and happiness. We hope that you enjoy this article by Chris Kilham, published January 02, 2013 for FoxNews.com. Enjoy!

It’s tough love time. Most people will make New Year resolutions, and very few will keep them. Why? Because they make the so-called resolution, but don’t initiate new behaviors to see those resolutions through.

If you really want to make changes in your health for this New Year, you can do it. Here are some tips for getting real.
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Are Women Receiving Equal Treatment for Heart Disease?

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Are Women Receiving Equal Treatment for Heart Disease?

Women are far more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than anything else.

How many lives could be saved if women were taken seriously by their physicians and educated about the overwhelming number of women killed by cardiovascular disease each year? “Cardiovascular disease” includes heart disease, hypertension and stroke. It kills over half a million women each year, which equals more women than the next seven causes of death combined, according to the American Heart Association.

However, women seem to be unaware of the threat, and so are many physicians, despite staggering statistics. In a National Heart Association survey, only about 1/3 of women correctly identified heart disease as a leading cause of death. Cardiologist and Director of the Mayo Clinic Women’s Heart Clinic, Sharonne Hayes, MD said that “only 8% of women saw it as their biggest health threat.”
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Leading Health Risks for Women

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Heart Disease (25.1% of US adult female deaths 2007)

The newest studies and statistics reveal that women over the age of 40 have a staggering 32% chance of developing coronary artery disease. While most cases of heart disease are diagnosed in older women (usually in their 70’s), younger women are actually considered to be more at risk of having a fatal heart attack because they are less likely to seek treatment or recognize symptoms.

Malignant Neoplasms [Cancer] (22.1% of US adult female deaths 2007)

Lung cancer is the leading type of cancer to cause death of women in the United States. Cigarette smoking is considered to be the cause of most cases. Smoking also causes cancers of the esophagus, larynx (voice box), mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach, uterine cervix, and acute myeloid leukemia, according to the CDC.

Breast cancer is the second form of cancer responsible for the most deaths of women in the US. Mammograms can help to detect breast cancer early enough for treatment to be most effective.

Colorectal [Colon] cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. Screening tests can help to catch this form of cancer early enough to remove precancerous polyps before they turn into cancer.

Cerebrovascular Disease [Stroke] (6.7% of US adult female deaths 2007)

Men are more likely than women to have strokes in their early years, but women have a higher fatality rate with strokes than men. Women’s stroke risk generally becomes significant around age 45 and then increases steadily until it matches that of men’s risk by age 65. Regular exercise and healthy diet can reduce your stroke risk by as much as 80%.

Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (5.5% of US adult female deaths 2007)

“Chronic lower respiratory disease” refers to several respiratory illnesses that occur in the lower lungs. This includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and chronic obstructed pulmonary disease (COPD). Over 80% of these cases were caused by smoking, either directly or from being exposed to secondhand smoke, which contains more dangerous chemicals than the smoke that is inhaled by the smoker.

Alzheimer’s Disease (4.3% of US adult female deaths 2007)

In 2011, the Alzheimer’s Association’s “2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report showed that 3.4 million out of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. It is unknown why more women than men suffer from Alzheimer’s, but studies have shown differences in presentation, development, and symptoms of the disease based on gender. Hormone replacement therapy for women has shown an increased risk for developing dementia, and low levels of thyrotropin, a thyroid hormone, has been associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s in women. Women suffering from depression are twice as likely to develop the disease and women unable to perform routine tasks without assistance are 3.5 times more likely to develop the disease.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Heart-Disease-Number-1-Cause-of-Death-in-Women-262789.shtml
http://www.cdc.gov/women/lcod/07_females_by_race.pdf
http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/whusa11/hstat/hshi/pages/207lcd.html
http://www.everydayhealth.com/alzheimers/alzheimers-and-gender.aspx
Cancer Trends Progress Report – 2009/2010 Update, National Cancer Institute, NIH, DHHS, Bethesda, MD, April 2010, http://progressreport.cancer.gov

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Why Do I Need Vitamin C?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Vitamin C does a lot more than help you to get over or avoid the common cold and flu. It is a potent antioxidant that is critical in helping your body to carry out many of its normal processes. Since vitamin C can only be consumed through diet or vitamins and supplements, it is necessary to consider what you could be doing to your body by failing to get enough.

Vitamin C is responsible for the function and repair of your bones, lungs, circulatory system, joints, immune system, and more. The recommended daily allowance by the government is just enough to keep a perfectly healthy person from developing a deficiency disease, such as scurvy. If you are exposed to any type of pollutant, allergen, chemical, or food additive then your daily requirement to stay healthy increases. Even stress and exercise produce free radicals that lead to oxidative stress, greatly increasing the need for vitamin C.

Free radicals are responsible for creating infection. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, protects cells, proteins and lipids from free radical damage. It also improves the function and life span of immune cells. This helps the body to defend itself from almost every infectious disease. It also has a dramatic effect on existing infections. An article in Life Extension Magazine reported that “studies of vitamin C supplementation in military personnel and other subjects living in close quarters have shown that pneumonia occurred a remarkable 80-100% less often in subjects taking vitamin C than in those who did not supplement with the vitamin”.

Vitamin C is also responsible for the production of collagen and elastin, which are the major components of connective tissues all over your body. All of your bones, joints, blood vessels and organs are constantly experiencing cell death and renewal. They are in constant need of collagen and elastin to repair themselves. Without enough, we experience unhealthy aging, cancers, high cholesterol, degraded neurotransmitters, improper hormone production, and a long list of inflammatory, degenerative, and infectious diseases.

Vitamin C is needed to properly produce cells, absorb calcium and iron, and prevent diseases such as cataracts, cancer, and heart disease. It also is necessary to regulate blood clotting, which prevents clotting and bleeding disorders.

Ascorbic acid is needed for dental health as well. Your gums are generally the first place that you will notice a difference if you’re not getting enough vitamin C. They are made up almost entirely of connective tissue that is stressed every time you bite down or clench your teeth. You may notice your gums most dramatically turning red, swelling, receding, or bleeding around the teeth that touch first when you gently close your jaw. This is because the gums experience the most stress in these areas. Gums that are inflamed or weak due to a lack of vitamin C are susceptible to gum disease. Gum disease starts as plaque, which recent studies have shown cannot form if proper levels of vitamin C are maintained. Even sailors in the 18th century knew that if their gums started bleeding that they were in danger of scurvy. This is still why many doctors use the health of your gums to determine if you’re on your way to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, lung dysfunction, high blood pressure, stroke, and many other health problems.

Ask your doctor about supplementing with vitamin C. If you have stomach or digestive issues, you can take a buffered form of vitamin C that is non-acidic, like sodium ascorbate vitamin C powder.

Sources:
http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2006/oct2006_report_vitaminc_01.htm
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/gum_disease.htm

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About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Becoming a nonsmoker can be a triumph for your health. Smoking is linked to cancer, heart disease, stroke, many lung diseases, and osteoporosis. Being a smoker can significantly shorten your life. Not only does it cause many health problems, but it can make physical activity arduous or impossible. Deciding to take charge of your life and conquer addiction is a brave decision to make and can give you the power, mentally and physically, to live a longer and happier life.

It can be motivating to see how your body recovers as you get used to being a nonsmoker. Within only twenty minutes, your body begins to benefit. After fifteen years, your body could be repaired completely, putting you in the same risk categories as someone who has never smoked. Use this list of health benefits as a constant reminder of what you are doing for your body by quitting smoking.

After 20 minutes of not smoking, your pulse rate, blood pressure, and body temperature returns to normal.

After 8 hours, your blood oxygen level returns to normal and you will notice that your thinking is clearer and your circulation is improving. Carbon monoxide levels are returned to normal helping you to feel more awake.

After 24 hours of not smoking, your chances of having a heart attack are already significantly decreased.

When you haven’t smoked for 48 hours, your damaged nerves start to repair themselves. You may notice that your sense of smell and taste is returning at this point.

After 2 weeks and continuing throughout the first year of being a nonsmoker, your circulation will dramatically improve. Your lung function will increase by almost 50%, making physical activity easier and more alluring. Allergies, congestion, and immunity difficulties are alleviated or significantly improved. The cilia in the lungs, which has been paralyzed by the harmful chemicals they’ve been exposed to, will come back to life and start to clear your lungs of built up mucus and tar.

After 1 year, your lungs will have begun to heal. Overall energy and ability to maintain metabolism has returned. Your risk of heart disease is now half that of what it was a year ago.

After 5 years, your body will still be recovering from being a smoker. Your risk of lung cancer is now cut in half. Your chances of having a stroke will now start declining over the next 10 years until it reaches half of what it would be if you had never smoked. Your risk of cancer of the esophagus, throat, mouth, bladder, kidney, colon, pancreas, and cervix is greatly reduced.

From 10 to 15 years of being a nonsmoker, precancerous cells produced by smoking can be replaced with healthy cells. The risk of death due to smoking related cancers and diseases is reduced to that of a non-smoker.

You can escalate your rate of recovery by taking a daily multivitamin, getting some exercise, and adding plenty of fiber and vitamin C into your daily diet. You can purchase discount vitamins online to reduce the cost of your recovery. The best vitamin C for repairing lung tissues, fighting off cancerous cells, and cleansing your body of harmful chemicals and free radicals is a high quality, buffered vitamin C powder. Taking care of your body in this way can greatly increase your chances of avoiding disease and a shortened life.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with discount vitamins and the best vitamin C since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality, low-cost wholesale vitamins today!

Part 2: The Weather Asthma Connection

Friday, September 24th, 2010

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the connection between the weather and lung related conditions. Now that you’re aware of the risks, you can adjust your vitamins and supplements routine to help prevent asthma attacks, lung collapse, sleep apnea and allergy attacks around the time of a storm. Work with your health care professional to be sure that you know what to do in case of an emergency. Always talk with your doctor before starting a new vitamins and supplements routine.

Studies show that vitamin C intake helps to protect the lungs, especially when it is combined with magnesium. In the case of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive disease in which the airways of the lungs are narrowed and damaged, lung deterioration is dramatically slowed in individuals that have a high daily intake of vitamin C. COPD, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema are all caused by breathing in noxious particles, which can come from air pollution or cigarette smoke. Almost 90% of cases of these conditions are caused by smoking cigarettes. If you smoke, you should be aware that almost all smokers will develop fatal COPD, which gets progressively worse over time. Many smokers’ lives are claimed by heart disease, cancer, or diabetes before they develop COPD.

Almost all lung complications, including asthma, lung collapse, allergy attacks, and the conditions listed above are caused by inflammation. Inflammation can be the root source for many diseases. If it is controlled, many life-threatening events can be avoided. When your body senses an intruder, a germ, a chemical, an injury, or an invader, it immediately produces extra arachidonic acid. This is the cause of many inflammation related diseases when the body’s health is compromised and is unable to effectively process the extra arachidonic acid. Chronic inflammation leads to scarring and tissue damage in the lungs, both of which are often irreversible.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that breaks down arachidonic acid and turns it into a harmless substance that the body can process. Vitamin C is known as one of the most powerful anti inflammatory substances known to man. It helps improve lung function and decrease damage in several ways.

First, it clears out free radicals and chemicals that trigger an inflammatory response in the body. It also acts as an anti-histamine and blocks histamine receptors, greatly reducing the frequency and severity of allergic reactions that can lead to inflammation of the lungs. Supplementing with vitamin C daily can improve lung function by reducing the sensitivity of the lungs to allergens and chemicals. Inflammation is kept down, arachidonic acid is controlled, and scarring is minimized. The body also needs vitamin C to produce collagen and elastin, which are needed to repair tiny tears and damage caused by lung diseases. Without enough vitamin C, the body uses cholesterol to patch up tiny tears. This produces a hard, inflexible patch that can rupture and cause diseases to progress more quickly.

Studies show that while vitamin C is very helpful, it can also be irritating to inflamed tissues because of its high acid content. This is why further studies have shown that using a buffered vitamin C powder produces better results. It is recommended that you use the best vitamin C in a buffered powder form to control inflammation and reduce the severity of asthma and other lung problems. You can purchase discount vitamins online to reduce the cost of long-term supplementation.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with discount vitamins and the best vitamin C since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality, low-cost wholesale vitamins today!

Part 2: What is causing my Arteries to Harden?

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

We’ve learned from “Part 1” of the series “What is causing my Arteries to Harden?” that inflammation is the most common culprit of causing atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. There are a lot of processes that have to take place for the arteries to harden. Understanding those processes and how to slow them down can help you lead a longer and healthier life, despite having hardened arteries.

We’ve discussed how diabetes and high cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis, so now we will look at some other factors to consider. Some people have inherited a predisposition that can lead them to suffer from this disease, even at an early age. The direct link is not known, but it is suspected to be related to the gene that can cause hereditary high cholesterol.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is caused when the heart pumps blood too forcefully around the body. This puts too much pressure on arteries and can cause damage to them. Vessels that are not elastic enough to withstand the pressure can dilate and balloon out. This is called an aneurysm. If an aneurysm bursts, it is usually a fatal event. Hardened arteries can’t handle the extra pressure that is put on them by hypertension. Hypertension causes inflammation, which leads to tearing, immune system over-activity, and atherosclerosis.

High blood pressure can be caused by many things, but essentially it is caused by the central nervous system over-reacting to oxidative stress. Basically, your brain recognizes chemicals and free radicals in your body and it’s trying to get rid of them by increasing the flow of blood. Humans don’t make their own vitamin C to clear out free radicals and combat oxidative stress, so we have to get it in our diets. It can be difficult to get enough vitamin C through diet alone, especially if you have high blood pressure, because it is in such high demand. Taking vitamins and supplements to reduce oxidative stress also helps to lower your blood pressure and protect you from further hardening of the arteries.

Now we need to talk about smoking. Smoking cigarettes puts you into the highest risk category for developing atherosclerosis, even higher than genetic factors alone. This is because smoking aggravates, accelerates, and worsens high blood pressure and high cholesterol. When you smoke, you immediately deplete any stores of vitamin C that you once had. As we’ve learned, vitamin C is essential for forming collagen and elastin so that your body doesn’t want to increase cholesterol and then use it for repairing arteries. Smoking creates a cascade of free radicals that your body can only handle by increasing your blood pressure.

Talk with your doctor about utilizing discount vitamins or wholesale supplements to help you control the things that are contributing to your atherosclerosis. Treating your body with natural vitamins and supplements can help you to lead a longer and healthier life.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people maintain good health with wholesale vitamins and supplements. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best discount vitamins and wholesale supplements since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality, low-cost discount supplements today!