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GOOD NEWS on the salt front Americans are choosing less-salty foods, according to a 2017 survey. Average salt intake was reduced by about 400 milligrams (mg) a day from the year 2000 to 2014. Researchers surveyed more than 172,000 households. They found that individual intake dropped from more than 2,300 mg per day to less than 2,000. Lead researcher Jennifer Poti, PhD, of the University of North Carolina, noted that the salt content has been reduced in many packaged foods, but she cautioned that more needs to be done. “Our findings suggest that US households are getting less sodium from the grocery store than they did 15 years ago, yet sodium levels in packaged foods are still too high,” she said. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day and sets an ideal limit of 1,500 mg for most adults. SOURCE “Americans Buying Less Salt-Laden Foods,” https://MedlinePlus.gov, 6/5/17
DID YOU KNOW? Consuming excess salt may cause your body to conserve water, reducing the amount you drink. That, in turn, may increase your hunger, according to recent studies in The Journal of Clinical Investigation. So be sure to stay hydrated. SOURCE “Do Salty Diets Trigger Hunger?” Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, 7/17
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AROMATHERAPY boosts memory Simply smelling rosemary essential oil may help your memory. Researchers gave memory tests to two groups of volunteers. One group spent time in a room where four drops of the oil had been diffused. The other group spent that time in an unscented room. Those in the rosemary group had 15 percent higher scores on the tests. SOURCE “A Whiff of the Herb Rosemary Can Boost Prospective Memory,” Mind, Mood & Memory, Massachusetts General Hospital, 6/17
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Acupuncture EASES PAIN in cancer patients Acupuncture treatments provided relief from joint pain in patients taking breast-cancer medications. The researchers hope this news will enable some patients to continue with their meds longer. “If something so simple as acupuncture can improve these symptoms and the patients’ quality of life, we will have more women becoming compliant in taking their medication, and one would expect improved outcomes,” said Lauren Cassell, MD, chief of breast surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. More than 200 postmenopausal women with early stage breast cancer participated in the study. All were taking drugs known as aromatase inhibitors. The drugs (such as Arimidex, Femara, and Aromasin) are used to treat women with estrogen-sensitive breast tumors. Side effects often cause the women to miss treatments or abandon the medications. Patients underwent either true acupuncture or fake treatments twice weekly for six weeks, then once a week for an additional six weeks. Those in the true acupuncture group reported much lower pain scores than those in the sham group. SOURCE “Acupuncture May Ease Pain Tied to Breast Cancer Care” by Robert Preidt, https://MedlinePlus.gov, 12/7/17
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Coping with Fatigue A LITTLE LIFESTYLE HYGIENE CAN GO A LONG WAY TO BOOST ENERGY. FEELING RUNDOWN? YOU’RE NOT ALONE. BRITAIN’S ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS ESTIMATES THAT 20 PERCENT OF PEOPLE, ON ANY GIVEN DAY, ARE DEALING WITH FATIGUE THAT GOES BEYOND THE USUAL TIREDNESS. FOR 10 PERCENT OF PEOPLE, THAT FATIGUE IS PROLONGED. IT’S MORE LIKELY TO STRIKE WOMEN, AND IT’S MORE COMMON IN PEOPLE WHO ARE MIDDLE-AGED. The good news is that in most cases, fatigue is not an indication of a serious illness. If it persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, it’s important to check in with your healthcare practitioner, because it can be caused by conditions including under- or overactive thyroid, diabetes, chronic infections, cancer, depression, heart disease, sleep disorders, and iron deficiency. But if it’s run-of-the-mill fatigue that’s dragging you down, you can address it easily. Read on for some simple lifestyle changes and natural pick-me-ups that will help keep your energy level up throughout the day.
Get some sleep!
Exhaustion can be attributed to something as simple as not getting enough sleep, or not getting enough restful sleep. Skimming off the top the eight hours (some need more, some less) your body requires will make you sleepy, crabby, and unfocused. Short your sleep for several days in a row and you may
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experience brain fog, difficulty concentrating, mild depression, and an inability to make decisions. Try to establish some ground rules for sleeping: Go to bed and get up at the same time each day, skip naps, avoid alcohol and caffeine before bedtime, be sure your bedroom is conducive to sleep, and follow a relaxation routine before you get into bed. Try soaking in a warm bath or taking a warm shower, listening to quiet music, or doing some gentle stretches.
Get some exercise! While it may seem counterintuitive that physical activity will make you less tired rather than more, a study at the University of Georgia found that healthy people who are sedentary and experience frequent fatigue can reduce their tiredness by 65 percent and boost their energy by 20 percent through regular low-intensity exercise. That would translate to a 20-minute leisurely walk three times a week, the researchers said. In addition to walking, yoga is especially effective for increasing energy.
Eat right! What and when you eat plays an important role in maintaining energy levels. Start your day with a low-sugar, low-fat breakfast, and then eat regular meals throughout the day. Go heavy on fruits and vegetables, avoid processed sugar, and be sure there’s enough iron in your diet. Good sources of iron include fortified cereals, meat, poultry, seafood, beans, and seeds. What you drink matters, too. Skip the sugary juices and sodas and drink plenty of water. Dehydration ups your level of tiredness and decreases your concentration and alertness.
Stress is a big factor in fatigue, and who doesn’t have stress? Take a walk, take several deep breaths, take a yoga class, take a break for a cup of herbal tea—whatever works to relax you should bring more energy as well. If simple adjustments aren’t doing the trick, you may need to consider other changes, like switching jobs or seeing a therapist.
Boost up! Consider supplementing your diet with adaptogen herbs and medicinal mushrooms to pick up your mood and your energy level. HERBS: Ashwagandha counters stress and mental fatigue, reduces cortisol, decreases anxiety, and helps restore restful sleep. Maca is known for boosting vitality, overall energy levels, and strength. Panax ginseng supports physical, mental, and emotional equilibrium. Rhodiola rosea decreases symptoms of mild depression and increases stamina and cognition. Schisandra improves vitality, strength, and stamina. Astragalus helps protect the body against stress. One study showed this traditional Chinese herb helped fatigue levels of patients post stroke. MUSHROOMS: Cordyceps, a medicinal mushroom, can increase your capacity to exercise; some athletes use it to enhance their performance. Reishi protects the body from oxidative damage at the cellular level, helping you stay alert and energized. It also lowers stress and improves sleep. Lion’s mane protects and repairs the nervous system and is used to boost memory and concentration.
Beat fatigue! Whether it’s through a few small tweaks to your daily routines or a sweeping revamp of your habits, there is plenty you can do to address common forms of fatigue that are not caused by serious physical or psychological problems. Take a close look at how you sleep, eat, and move through your day, address the areas that may be causing exhaustion, and you will likely bring new vitality to your life. TFL
SELECTED SOURCES “9 Ways to Get Your Energy Back” by Peter Jaret, www.WebMD.com, 4/1/14 n “Effects of the Traditional Chinese Herb Astragalus membranaceus in Patients with Poststroke Fatigue . . .” by C.H. Liu et al., J Ethnopharmacol, 12/24/16 n “Evaluation of Anti-fatigue Property of the Extruded Product of Cereal Grains Mixed with Cordyceps . . .” by L. Zhong et al., J Int Soc Sports Nutr, 6/16 n “Fatigue,” www.MedlinePlus.gov n “Tiredness,” Royal College of Psychiatry, www. RCPsych.ac.uk, 9/15 n “Trend Alert: Adaptogens” by Dawn Jackson Blatner, www.HuffingtonPost.com, 8/23/17
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Coconut oil, for pan 2K c plain or vanilla almond- or coconutbased milk, divided 3 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder K c pure maple syrup 1 tsp pure vanilla extract K tsp ground cinnamon N tsp freshly grated nutmeg 6 c (1-inch cubed) stale bread (about 1 lb) 1 c vegan dark chocolate chips 3 large, ripe bananas, sliced K-in thick
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Generously grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan with coconut oil. 2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together K cup of the milk and the cornstarch until no lumps remain. Add remaining 2 cups of the milk and the maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk to mix thoroughly. Fold in stale bread cubes. 3. Set aside bread and allow it to soak up milk mixture, at least 15 minutes. The bread is ready when every cube of bread is saturated and there’s a little bit of extra liquid in bowl. The mixture should be mushy and somewhat wet. 4. Fold in chocolate chips and bananas, mashing bananas slightly (go ahead and use your hands for this part; it’s fun!). Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan, patting top until even and smooth. 5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is puffed, slightly browned, and feels firm. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving. Kitchen Note: Try using an ice-cream scoop to scoop the pudding from the pan and serve as pretty mounds. Impatient types can make bread stale a little quicker by cutting it into cubes, spreading them on baking sheets, and letting them dry in a 300° oven for 30 minutes, until cubes are firm and rather dry. For more patient types: Don’t bother with the oven step and let that bread sit out on the counter for a few hours. Per serving: 329 Calories, 7 g Protein, 58 g Carbohydrates, 6 g Fiber, 10 g Total fat (5 g sat), 250 mg Sodium, HH Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Calcium, Phosphorus, H Vitamin B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B6, E, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc
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1. Pour milk and hazelnuts into a small saucepan and heat gently until milk reaches simmering point. Remove from heat, cover, and let cool. 2. Transfer nut and milk mixture to a food processor and blend until as smooth as possible. This will take a good minute or two. 3. Put nut purée in a small bowl and fold in remaining ingredients—at first it will seem like there isn’t enough liquid, but it will get there. 4. Store mixture in a sterilized jar in a cool place for up to 1 week. Spread will thicken on cooling. *Potassium carbonate is a food additive used in some cocoa powders to balance their acidity in a technique called “dutching” or “alkali treatment.” This chemical process can slash its levels of heart-healthy polyphenols by more than 80 percent. This is done by even the most upscale brands, and has been used by chocolatiers for 180 years, so it might be worth avoiding buying cocoa with the words “potassium carbonate” on the ingredients label. Kitchen Note: The stuff of childhood dreams, this healthier, homespun version is so packed full of polyphenol-rich dark cocoa powder and roasted hazelnuts there is no room left for added sugar or oil. It might have 70 percent fewer calories than the ready-made stuff, but you’d never know by its taste and texture. Enjoy this spread as a treat with a big bowl of fresh fruit. If you fancy a glossier look to your spread, adding 1 teaspoon of coconut or almond oil will do the trick. It will add only a small number of extra calories per serving. Per serving (2 tablespoons): 70 Calories, 3 g Protein, 11 g Carbohydrates, 4 g Fiber, 6 g Total fat (1 g sat), 28 mg Sodium, H Magnesium, Phosphorus
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Our best heart-tonic remedies easily cross the foodsupplement divide. Hawthorn Berries, Leaf & Flower: Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) earned its reputation for heart health over thousands of years of traditional use alongside impressive modern clinical studies. It offers not one but many beneficial actions for the heart and blood vessels. Hawthorn decreases oxidative damage and inflammation, normalizes and reduces blood pressure, modestly reduces cholesterol, dilates blood vessels, improves oxygen utilization, strengthens the structure and function of the heart, reduces blood stickiness (also known as platelet aggregation), protects against injury and helps with healing from cardiovascular events, improves heart rhythm, reduces chest pain and angina, strengthens the heart in congestive heart failure, and helps maintain smooth blood vessel lining. Herbalists also use hawthorn flowers to open the heart’s emotions and heal from grief and a broken heart (it blends well with rose blossoms, holy basil, lemon balm, and/or motherwort). Double-check for herb-drug interactions. Notably, it may increase the hypotensive effects of ACE-inhibitor blood pressure medications like lisinopril. Besides that, hawthorn is very safe
and well tolerated but takes steady doses for a month or longer for the effects to kick in. Consider it a long-term addition to your routine if you have heart disease or fear a family history of it. Solid extracts, standardized capsules, and formulas that combine all three parts are your best bets for potency. Hibiscus Tea: This cranberry-like sour tea comes from the flower calyx of Hibiscus sabdariffa; it’s popularly consumed in Mexico and the Caribbean as “rosa de jamaica” and roselle and is frequently added to fruity and zinger commercial tea blends. Several human studies have shown that hibiscus is one of our most effective yet safe herbal options for hypertension. It rivals popular hypertension medications captopril, lisinopril, and hydrochlorothiazide with good tolerability and without potassium loss in human studies. Hibiscus also reduces bad cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar. The dose is much higher than your typical cup of tea. Aim for 10 to 20 grams of dried hibiscus per day (spread out over one liter or several cups of tea), steeped for 30 minutes. Though safe and food-like, it may alter and speed the clearance of some medications. Fruit acids in hibiscus tea can be corrosive to tooth enamel over time, so consider brushing your teeth or at least rinsing after you sip. Feel free
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to blend hibiscus with rooibos, another red-hued tea that has performed well in cardiovascular health studies, as well as hawthorn. Garlic: Even though the “stinking rose” does not drop cholesterol and blood pressure numbers dramatically, it’s still a worthy daily heart tonic. It has various beneficial actions for the heart and blood vessels. Alongside modest cholesterol and blood pressure reduction, garlic helps make the blood less sticky and thick (reduced platelet aggregation, atherosclerosis, inflammation, and fibrin). This is a blood thinner and should not be combined with blood-thinning medications. Use it in food (chop and let sit 10 minutes) or pills. If you find garlic odor offensive or get digestive upset, try aged garlic extract. Other heart remedies include omega-3 fatty acids (especially from fish oil and cold water fatty fish), high-polyphenol cacao, turmeric, and food doses of rosemary. Whether you take them as supplements or eat them regularly, they’re easy to include in your heart-healthy daily routine. TFL Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), is a registered clinical herbalist and freelance health journalist nestled in the pine forests of New Hampshire. She is the author of the book Body into Balance. Learn about herbs, distance consults, online classes, and more at www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.
SELECTED SOURCES “Effect of Crataegus Usage in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention . . .” by J. Wang et al., Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 2013 n “Effect of Hibiscus sabdariffa on Blood Pressure and Electrolyte Profile of Mild to Moderate Hypertensive Nigerians . . .” by D.C. Nwachukwu et al., Niger J. Clin Pract, 11/12/15 n “Effects of Aqueous Extract of Hibiscus sabdariffa on the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System of Nigerians with Mild to Moderate Essential Hypertension . . .” by D.C. Nwachukwu et al., Indian J Pharmacol, 9/10/15 n “Hibiscus sabdariffa L. in the Treatment of Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia” by A.L. Hopkins et al., Fitoterapia, 3/13
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Containing vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, niacin, and phosphorus, sorghum is a nutritious source of energy, comprised of 10 percent protein and almost 75 percent complex carbohydrates. It’s also rich in dietary fiber, which aids digestive health. Sorghum is a great source of phytochemicals and antioxidants. Researchers believe it has the potential to reduce the risk of certain cancers. Sorghum contains certain extracts that have strong antiproliferative activity against human colon cancer cells. Researchers in Spain found that components in sorghum “have potential as therapeutic agents in the treatments of human melanoma.” Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discovered that grain sorghum lipids lowered cholesterol levels and intestinal bowel inflammation in experimental studies. Preliminary research shows sorghum might be used as a food ingredient or dietary supplement in managing cholesterol levels.
Use 1 cup of whole grain sorghum to 3 cups of water or broth. Bring to a boil and cook about 40 to 55 minutes until tender. Drain any excess cooking liquid, and serve like you would rice. Sorghum is a grain to get creative with. You can even pop it like popcorn! Pop the grains in a heavybottom saucepan over medium-high heat with the lid on. Oil is not necessary but a little can be added for additional flavor. After popping, season with dried herbs. When chilled, sorghum transforms into a tasty salad ingredient. In its flour form, sorghum is used to replace wheat flour in gluten-free baked goods. Store both sorghum flour and sorghum grains in a cool, dark place in airtight containers. If the flour will not be used within a few months, keep it in the fridge or freezer. A hearty grain, sorghum withstands the freezer and can be reheated without losing its wonderful texture and flavor.
SELECTED SOURCES “10 Reasons to Try Sorghum”; “Cooking Tips”; www.SimplySorghum.com, 2017 n “Health Benefits of Sorghum,” www.WholeGrainsCouncil.org, 2017 n “UNL Research: Grain Sorghum Lipids Can Lower Cholesterol, Intestinal Inflammation,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln, www.ianrnews.unl.edu, 8/29/13 n “Why You Should Cook Up a Batch of This ‘New’ Ancient Grain” by Ellie Krieger, www. WashingtonPost.com. 5/18/17
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Garlic v. Disease There are hundreds of studies documenting garlic’s power at fighting atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), high cholesterol, coronary disease, and hypertension. Studies show that the more garlic middle-aged people consume, the lower their risk for gastric and colon cancers. Eating just a half to one clove of garlic daily (or about 900 milligrams [mg] of aged garlic extract) has the power to reduce total cholesterol by 8 to 9 percent. More than a dozen studies published in The Journal of Nutrition support the idea that aged garlic extract (AGE) may help prevent the progression of cardiovascular disease. One small study showed that patients with metabolic syndrome—a cluster of risk factors including high blood pressure and abdominal fat that sets people up for serious diseases—who took 2,400 mg of aged garlic extract daily experienced an 80 percent slowing of total plaque accumulation in arteries. New research indicates that AGE may also help combat the loss of brain function associated with aging by increasing cognitive functioning, such as memory. Consult a doctor before taking AGE if you have thyroid or ulcer problems. Garlic may make birth control pills less effective. Medications that slow blood clotting (such as warfarin, aspirin, and ibuprofen) also interact with garlic. TFL SELECTED SOURCES “Aged Garlic Extract Reduces Blood Pressure in Hypertensives: A Dose-Response Trial” by K. Ried et al., Eur J Clin Nutr, 1/13 n “Aged Garlic Extract Reduces Low Attenuation Plaque in Coronary Arteries of Patients with Metabolic Syndrome in a Prospective Randomized Double-Blind Study” by S. Matsumoto et al., 2/16; “Aged Garlic Extract Suppresses the Development of Atherosclerosis . . .” by N. Morihara et al., 2/16; “Garlic and Heart Disease” by R. Varshney and M.J. Budoff, 2016, J Nutr n “Aged Garlic Extract Suppresses Inflammation . . .” by N. Morihara et al., Mol Nutr Food Res, 10/17 n “Aged Garlic Has More Potent Antiglycation and Antioxidant Properties Compared to Fresh Garlic Extract in Vitro” by A. Elosta et al., Scientific Reports, 1/4/17 n “Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract Shown to Reduce Arterial Plaque Buildup and Other Cardiovascular Risk Factors,” Wakunaga of America, 10/1/16 n “Neuroprotective Effects of Aged Garlic Extract on Cognitive Dysfunction and Neuroinflammation . . .” by N. Nillert et al., Nutrients, 1/3/17 n “New Study Shows Aged Garlic Extract Can Reduce Dangerous Plaque Buildup in Arteries,” www.ScienceDaily.com, 1/21/16 n “Unique Vascular Protective Properties of Natural Products: Supplements or Future Main-line Drugs with Significant Anti-atherosclerotic Potential?” by M. Slevin et al., Vascular Cell, 4/12
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As someone who tried every product out there to combat acne-prone skin prior to encountering Ayurveda, I’m delighted to share one of my favorite Ayurvedic skin care recipes. It’s made from wonderful ingredients that are just as good for you when applied to your skin as they are when cooked and eaten. This is a great skin care treatment if you’re looking to prevent acne and keep your skin looking and feeling youthful and fresh. All four ingredients in this DIY facemask (masoor dal, sandalwood powder, turmeric, and saffron) are stars in promoting healthy skin. The time I spend making and applying my facemask is a special self-care home spa time—and is much less expensive than going to a professional spa! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Sandalwood powder. This pleasantly scented powder is cooling and soothing, making it a go-to herb for bleeding and burning conditions in the body. Blood-purifying, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and intellect-promoting, sandalwood is also believed to promote happiness (ahladana in Sanskrit). No wonder it’s one of the most popular Ayurvedic beauty herbs. Turmeric. Turmeric improves the complexion, tone, and texture of your skin. It’s also an antiallergenic, antimicrobial, antioxidant herb that builds immunity, especially when consumed internally as part of many healing Ayurvedic recipes. Turmeric, like sandalwood, is a terrific blood purifier. Turmeric’s beautifying quality is so famous among Indians that brides dedicate an entire ritual to applying turmeric-based skincare recipes onto their skin the day before their wedding. Saffron. A wonderful rejuvenating herb, saffron helps heal headaches when applied externally with ghee and consumed internally in warm milk. It’s used in a great variety of cosmetics. Masoor dal (optional). This is a superstar reddish-orange lentil that you can buy at any Indian store and many natural food stores. It’s highly beneficial for fevers when cooked and consumed as food, and Ayurveda believes it’s also a great blood purifier when used internally and externally. TFL Ananta Ripa Ajmera is an Ayurveda practitioner and yoga instructor who studied with Acharya Shunya, an eminent traditional Vedic teacher whose lineage stems back to ancient India. She has taught Ayurveda and yoga at Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, California Probation Departments, ABC News, and leading business conferences. Her writing has been popular on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and Huffington Post.
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Ideally, you should apply this mask in the morning, on an empty stomach. You can use it daily if you wish, but note that turmeric may leave a slight yellow stain on the skin; the stain will fade in a day.
1 c masoor dal 2 tsp turmeric powder 10–20 strands saffron 1 tsp sandalwood powder 1. Place the masoor dal, turmeric, saffron, and sandalwood powder in a blender. Blend until the mixture becomes a fine powder, 1 to 3 minutes. 2. Place a spoonful of the powder in a small bowl and mix it with a bit of water to create a paste. Spread the paste onto your face and keep it there for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it dries up and tightens your facial muscles. 3. Rinse the facemask off with cool water, ideally in the shower.
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MOVEMENT + MOOD EXERCISE MAY BE THE CHEAPEST, HEALTHIEST, AND MOST EFFECTIVE MENTAL-HEALTH TOOL HUMANS HAVE
AMONG ALL THE THINGS PEOPLE DO TO TRY TO RAISE THEIR SPIRITS, SOME WORK BETTER THAN OTHERS. THE ONES THAT WORK BEST ARE THOSE THAT SATISFY A DEEP INNER DRIVE. WE ALL KNOW THEM BECAUSE THEY BRING US IMMEDIATE PLEASURE, PROMOTE A SENSE OF WELL-BEING, AND KEEP US COMING BACK FOR MORE: GOOD FOOD, THE COMPANY OF FRIENDS, THE JOY OF MUSIC, AND A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP ARE A FEW EXAMPLES. ANOTHER SOURCE OF PLEASURE CAPABLE OF ELEVATING MOOD—ONE TOO OFTEN OVERLOOKED—IS EXERCISE. People who exercise regularly already know how physical movement dispels the blues, though those who don’t may not believe it. The reason people get hooked on exercise is that it makes them feel good. Natural brain chemicals called endorphins, which are released by physical exercise, create a strong feeling of well-being, and even the simple act of going outdoors can help refresh the mind. Numerous studies over recent decades have
made clear that regular exercise can elevate mood and help fight depression, including serious, clinical depression. One study found that exercise was generally comparable to the use of antidepressants for treating people with major depressive disorder. The link between exercise and mood is profound, and the benefits have been shown to be both immediate and long-lasting, even in cases of longterm depression and anxiety. Exercise also can be
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valuable in preventing or alleviating a number of illnesses, including high blood pressure and diabetes, adding to its benefits.
One Foot in Front of the Other Getting moving, especially if you’ve been inactive for a time, may take resolve, but the potential for improving your mood and brightening your outlook makes it well worth the effort. Don’t make the mistake of thinking of exercise as a chore, or that being active means a five-mile run every morning at 6. Vigorous activities like running or sports are not necessary, and in fact as little as 20 to 30 minutes a day of easy movement
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can improve your health and shake off the mental cobwebs. Consult first with your healthcare practitioner and then start by doing a little more walking each day, if possible in a quiet park where the air is clean and there are no vehicles to dodge. Or try a gentle bike ride, or walking upstairs when possible instead of using the elevator. Don’t tire yourself out, or even try to break a sweat at first. Go slowly and discover the pleasure of gently working the long muscles of the legs and breathing more deeply. Increase your level of exertion in comfortable stages. The mental relief that comes from moving the body works to dispel depression, and the benefits increase over time. Above all, remember that it is the pleasure of physical activity that raises the spirits. Start slowly and rediscover the joy that physical exercise can bring. TFL SELECTED SOURCES “25 Studies Confirm: Exercise Prevents Depression,” www.PsychologyToday.com, 10/29/13 n “The Exercise Effect” by Kirsten Weir, American Psychological Association, 12/11 n “For Depression, Prescribing Exercise Before Medication” by Olga Khazan, www.TheAtlantic. com, 3/24/14 n “Physical Activity and the Prevention of Depression” by G. Mammen and G. Faulkner, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 11/13 n “Depression and Anxiety: Exercise Eases Symptoms” by Mayo Clinic Staff, www.MayoClinic.org
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SNOOZE CONTROL MELATONIN FOR INSOMNIA AND OTHER HEALTH CONCERNS INSOMNIA: THIS PROBLEM OF TOO LITTLE SLEEP OFTEN TRACES BACK TO TOO MUCH OF SOMETHING ELSE— NAMELY STRESS, ANXIETY, CAFFEINE, SCREEN TIME, OR DISCOMFORT FROM A MEDICAL PROBLEM. DEPRESSION, WORK SHIFT ISSUES, AND TRAVEL ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE 5.5 MILLION DOCTOR VISITS MADE EACH YEAR THAT ARE RELATED TO INSOMNIA.
For some people, insomnia presents as trouble falling asleep; others have trouble staying asleep, and yet others may wake up too early—but it all comes down to not enough restorative sleep. This leaves insomniacs feeling tired, irritable, and unfocused during the day.
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The hormone melatonin plays an important role in regulating the body’s clock. As the sun sets, the pea-sized pineal gland (named after its pine cone shape), located in the deepest recesses of the brain, begins to pump out the hormone melatonin. Melatonin levels remain high for the following eight to ten hours. But when sunlight hits the retinas—even through the eyelids—melatonin production is suppressed. The rise and fall of this amazing hormone figure prominently in the body’s circadian rhythm, which regulates our sleep/wake cycle. People with insomnia tend to have lower levels of melatonin, as do shift workers and frequent fliers. Taking supplemental melatonin (particularly in the time-release form) at least an hour or so before the desired bedtime may help many people who have trouble falling asleep. The dosage of 1 milligram (mg) of melatonin is a standard recommendation, although even as little as
Good Food Sources of Melatonin Nuts
More Relief for Restless Nights Long before melatonin was discovered to be a sleep aid, herbs were the treatment of choice for restless nights. The primary herbal sleep aids were (and continue to be) • Valerian • Chamomile • Lemon balm • Passionflower • Skullcap
Melatonin—while known best for smoothing out sleep troubles— can have some additional benefits. Research shows some positive effects of melatonin for migraine prevention (at nightly doses of 3 mg), better sleep duration in children with ADHD, and for those with periodontal disease. TFL Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH, has been a health journalist for more than two decades. She is the author of Life After Baby: Rediscovering and Reclaiming Your Healthy Pizzazz (Basic Health Publications, 2012).
SELECTED SOURCES “Dietary Sources and Bioactivities of Melatonin” by X. Meng et al., Nutrients, 4/7/17 n “Insomnia: Pharmacologic Therapy” by E. Matheson and B.L. Hainer, Am Fam Physician, 7/17 n “Melatonin: A Review of Its Potential Functions and Effects on Dental Diseases” by M. Permuy et al., Int J Mol Sci, 2017 n “PURLs: Consider Melatonin for Migraine Prevention” by C. Lyon and S. Langner, J Fam Pract, 2017 n “Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy of Drugs for Treating Behavioural Insomnia in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder” by S. Anand et al., Paediatr Drugs, 2017
0.5 mg helps convince the body that it’s time to hit the hay. Several studies have successfully used higher dosages of 2 to 3 mg to help get sleep schedules back in sync. There are some reports of morning drowsiness with melatonin use. Side effects with melatonin are infrequent, although people with epilepsy should not take this hormone because of concerns that melatonin may increase seizures; those taking medicines that slow blood-clotting like warfarin should not use melatonin because it could increase the risk of bleeding. www.tas teforl i fe.com
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SMART SUPPLEMENTS B Y V I C T O R I A D O L B Y T O E W S A N D TA S T E F O R L I F E S TA F F
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TO FUNCTION PROPERLY, OUR BODIES NEED AN ABUNDANCE OF MINERALS, KNOWN AS ESSENTIAL MINERALS. THESE MINERALS FALL INTO TWO CATEGORIES: MAJOR, OR “MACROMINERALS,” AND TRACE, OR “MICROMINERALS.” The major minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, are needed in gram amounts daily. Trace minerals are needed in only milligram (mg)—or even microgram (mcg)—amounts each day. Even though we need them in smaller amounts, trace minerals are just as important as their major counterparts. Microminerals include iron, zinc, iodine, selenium, copper, manganese, fluoride, chromium, and molybdenum, and our bodies use them for energy metabolism, wound healing, bone formation, and blood sugar regulation. We’ll discuss some of them here.
Be on the Lookout for Deficiencies Iron helps produce energy and carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Early symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia (more common in women than men) include fatigue, headaches, and lethargy. Iron also plays a role in immunity. Optimal iron intake bolsters resistance to colds, infections, and disease. Although inadequate
iron intake is a common concern, too much iron may also be associated with health problems, such as stomach and intestinal cramps, nausea, and constipation. Zinc helps grow, build, and repair muscle tissue. It also plays a role in energy production. It is important to obtain an adequate amount of this mineral to avoid decreases in cardiorespiratory function, muscle strength, and endurance. Zinc also boosts immunity, helping to reduce the duration of colds. Iodine deficiencies can lead to poor thyroid function, causing fatigue, muscle pain, weight gain, constipation, cold intolerance, and infertility. “Iodine deficiency may be a significant factor in increasing breast cancer risk,” according to Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, health author and director of the Practitioners Alliance Network. “Research has shown that women with breast cancer have lower iodine levels.” Chromium enhances the action of insulin, a hormone critical for metabolizing carbohydrates, fat, and proteins in the body. Need-
ed for energy, chromium keeps blood sugar levels stable and can benefit people with diabetes and hypoglycemia. Chromium is also important for proper brain function and can help expectant moms maintain healthy blood sugar levels. This mineral is found in many foods, but only in tiny amounts. The best source of chromium is brewer’s yeast. Much of the chromium content in foods may be lost in processing. The typical American diet of sugary, processed foods can result in a loss of chromium through the urine. Insufficient chromium can cause fatigue, glucose intolerance, and anxiety. Supplemental chromium is usually in the form of chromium picolinate, which may also promote fat loss and increase lean muscle tissue. TFL SELECTED SOURCES “Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet,” Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/ chromium n “Iron Deficiency in Sports—Definition, Influence on Performance and Therapy” by G. Clenin et al., Swiss Med Wkly, 10/29/15 n “Micronutrient Information Center,” Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, http://lip.oregonstate.edu n “Minerals,” Medline Plus, National Institutes of Health, www.nlm.nih.gov n Personal communication: Jacob Teitelbaum, 7/17
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1 P ERI ZAPPER Flaxseeds and/or Flaxseed Oil Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil contain both omega3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Flax contains the parent oil or biochemical precursor of the fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which transform into hormonelike prostaglandins. Because flax helps to balance estrogen, it is a great remedy for perimenopausal symptoms, especially skin conditions, depression, and fatigue. It also fights cancer (especially breast cancer), lowers cholesterol levels, and makes insulin more effective. Flax discourages the body from storing fat, enhances the immune system, and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. When using flaxseeds, make sure they are ground to release the nutrients. You can grind fresh flaxseeds in a coffee grinder kept especially for spices and sprinkle them on salads or cereals, or mix them into muffins. You can also buy flaxseeds that have been pre-ground, often available as flaxseed meal. If you have thyroid conditions, you may wish to toast the flaxseeds yourself in an oven at 250°F for 10 to 15 minutes. This process deactivates and decomposes the cyanogenic glycosides while also maintaining the omega-3 properties. Cyanogenic glycosides metabolize into the chemical thiocyanate, which over time has the potential to suppress the thyroid’s ability to take up sufficient iodine. Flaxseed oil has a nutty flavor. People who don’t care for this taste or for the consistency of the oil can swallow it quickly and wash it down with tea or some other drink. Because heat, light, and oxygen quickly cause the oil to become rancid, it should be purchased only in a black, opaque bottle, which should be refrigerated after being opened. Obviously, it should not be used in cooking or baking, although it can be poured on hot food. Take one or two tablespoons daily, as a salad dressing or drizzled over any side dish.
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Black Currant Seed Oil
Black currant seed oil is a potent source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid that converts into hormonelike prostaglandins, which have a variety of functions, including stimulating
fat burn. I believe GLA is a miracle ingredient, especially for cramping, irritability, headaches, and water retention. While there are several oils that contain GLA, I recommend black currant seed oil because it provides the most balanced form of omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) and omega-6 essential fatty acids. To relieve breast tenderness, mood changes, anxiety, irritability, headaches, and water retention, take two capsules (180 milligrams) of black currant seed oil twice daily after food.
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M ’n’ M (Magnesium and Multivitamins)
A combo of magnesium and certain vitamins may be necessary to get your hormonal systems back in balance. M ’n’ M is a marvelous supplement mix for the mind as well as the body, helping to smooth out mood swings and combat fibromyalgia, panic attacks, insomnia, anxiety, tissue dryness, and water retention. Involved in more than 350 biochemical processes of the body, magnesium is notoriously deficient in most women in the perimenopausal stage of life. It works with vitamin B6 and zinc to alleviate a broad spectrum of perimenopause symptoms. MAGNESIUM: 400 to 1,000 milligrams throughout the day. VITAMIN B COMPLEX: should include 50 to 100 milligrams of activated vitamin B6, with at least 800 micrograms of methylated folate and at least 1,000 micrograms of methylated B12 taken once daily. VITAMIN C: 1,000 milligrams three times a day VITAMIN E: 400 to 1,200 international units daily When you feel that your hormones are back in better balance, you may be able to cut back to 1,000 milligrams a day of vitamin C and to 400 international units daily of vitamin E.
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If M ’n’ M doesn’t completely clear up your symptoms, try a zinc supplement of 15 to 50 milligrams a day. This mineral is a must if you are vegetarian, as zinc is usually found in animal products. Zinc helps to lower estrogen and increase progesterone levels, build strong bones, and keep your immune system in tip-top shape to ward off viruses. It will also balance your copcontinued on page 63
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Perimenopausal symptoms are frequently caused by a low progesterone level. Taking an artificial progesterone (progestin) can intensify your symptoms and also make your body feel that something is not quite right. Natural progesterone is the same molecule as that in your body. Used as a nonprescription skin cream, it rebuilds your body’s progesterone level, restores hormonal balance, and helps relieve a wide array of symptoms, including decreased sex drive, depression, abnormal blood sugar levels, fatigue, fuzzy thinking, irritability, thyroid dysfunction, water retention, bone loss, fat gain, and low adrenal function.
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The Right Moves
Exercise positively influences the sex hormones and supports the adrenals, reducing cortisol levels. Get up and move at least five days a week. You can opt for half an hour of vigorous activity or try the shorter, but more intense, high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIT). Or both! Either form will lower insulin resistance, reduce stress, balance hormones, and improve glucose tolerance, which, in turn, balances blood sugar.
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Stress, while an essential survival response, can cause cortisol levels to go haywire, digestion to slow, depression and anxiety to set in, the brain to shrink, and a “menopot”—the belly fat that often appears during perimenopause—to develop. Lowering stress levels will also help to offset the aging process, which is accelerated by excess cortisol. Top-notch stress relievers include brisk walking, deep breathing, and meditation.
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Adrenal recovery is very important during perimenopause. The adrenals are the backup
system for the reproductive organs and are designed to make up for the declining hormone output. In order to perform this function, the adrenals need a full supply of vitamins, minerals, and adaptogens for optimized health.
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Liver and Bile Support
Support your liver so that it can produce enough quality bile, which is necessary to break down fats and transport excess hormones out of the body. Inadequate bile leads to poor estrogen metabolism, hypothyroidism, fatigue, indigestion, constipation, and weight gain. This will in turn provoke perimenopause-related symptoms. To support the liver and produce quality bile, consider supplementing your morning smoothie with beet powder or taking bile salts (100 to 200 milligrams per meal) as well as adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of non-GMO soy or sunflower lecithin granules to soups or salads.
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Natural Estrogen Therapy
You don’t have to take horse estrogen and artificial progesterone (progestin), subjecting yourself to a risk of breast cancer and to weird bodily feelings. Instead, you can take the natural hormone estriol, specially prepared for your needs as indicated by saliva tests of your hormone levels. With your healthcare practitioner’s help, you can determine the proper dose for your body’s needs. Taking phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) also can moderate your estrogen levels and ease your symptoms. I recommend both foods and supplements of pomegranate seed oil, maca, curcumin, and a Thai vine called Pueraria mirifica. Please follow recommendations on the labels for the various seeds, tinctures, oils, and pills. TFL Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS Dr. Gittleman (www.AnnLouise. com) is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 books including Fat Flush Plan and The Fast Track Detox Diet. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, 20/20, The View, PBS, and CNN.
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