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Sweet, Sweet Sleep. How to Achieve It: Part 2

May 25, 2018
Dr. Corinne Weaver

Last week I discussed how we are depriving ourselves of sleep and how it can affect our health. I gave some helpful breathing tips to help ease the mind.  If you would like to read that article as well it can be found here.

Today, I want to share some sleep-enhancing foods, juices, essential oils, and best sleep positions.

Foods

There are some foods which encourage and promote a deeper sleep more so than others. Eating protein-rich foods that are rich in the amino acid tryptophan can be of benefit to those seeking to improve their sleep. This amino acid helps to encourage the sleep-producing hormone melatonin, and so is a great way to help yourself achieve better rest. Chicken, turkey, nuts, and seeds are all good choices of foods with tryptophan and combining them with jasmine rice and other whole grains, kale, chickpeas, or potatoes, helps the body get the most benefit from tryptophan.

Walnuts, specifically, are a good source of tryptophan. University of Texas researchers found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin, which may help you fall asleep faster...





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10 Breakthrough Health Techs Emerging from Israel

May 25, 2018
Nicky Blackburn

“From cellular biology to space technology, we were presented with the best startups in Israel’s life-science industry.” -- Ami Appelbaum

(Israel) – If there’s one conference every year that is guaranteed to highlight fascinating new health innovations, it’s Israel’s MIXiii-Biomed, held last week in Tel Aviv.

This annual three-day life-science and biomed conference has been running for 17 years and attracts around 6,000 healthcare professionals, investors, engineers and scientists, including more than 1,000 attendees from over 45 countries, who come to learn about the newest developments in biotech, digital health and medical devices emerging from Israel.

The event at the David InterContinental Hotel featured an exhibition sponsored by the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) showcasing 45 startups developing healthcare products in anything from medical devices to nanotech, biomed and drug-delivery systems.

For the second year in a row, 10 of the companies taking part in this exhibition were invited to enter the IIA’s Biomed Startup of the Year competition...





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Nanoparticles Derived from Tea Leaves Destroy Lung Cancer Cells: "Quantum Dots" Have Great Potential

May 25, 2018
News Staff

“We would like to set up a ‘quantum dot factory’ which will allow us to explore more fully the ways in which they can be used." -- Dr. Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu

(Wales) -- Nanoparticles derived from tea leaves inhibit the growth of lung cancer cells, destroying up to 80% of them, new research by a joint Swansea University and Indian team has shown. 

The team made the discovery while they were testing out a new method of producing a type of nanoparticle called quantum dots. These are tiny particles which measure less than 10 nanometers. A human hair is 40,000 nanometers thick. 

Although nanoparticles are already used in healthcare, quantum dots have only recently attracted researchers' attention. Already they are showing promise for use in different applications, from computers and solar cells to tumor imaging and treating cancer. 

Quantum dots can be made chemically, but this is complicated and expensive and has toxic side effects. The Swansea-led research team were therefore exploring a non-toxic plant-based alternative method of producing the dots, using tea leaf extract.

Tea leaves contain a wide variety of compounds, including polyphenols, amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants...





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Deadly Dehydration: Be Sure to Hydrate the Right Way This Summer

May 24, 2018
News Staff

Dehydration can occur in virtually every physical activity scenario. It doesn't have to be hot. You don't have to have visible perspiration. You can become dehydrated in the water, at a pool or lake, or skiing on a winter day.

Proper hydration is one of the most important aspects of healthy physical activity. Drinking the right amount of fluids before, during and after physical activity is vital to providing your body the fluids it needs to perform properly. Sports dietitians assist athletes by developing individualized hydration plans that enhance performance in training and competition while minimizing risks for dehydration, over-hydration and heat illness and injury.

Hydration Goal

The overall goal is to minimize dehydration without over-drinking. Adequate hydration varies among individuals. Practical ways to monitor hydration are:

Urine color. The color of the first morning's urine void after awaking is an overall indicator of hydration status. Straw or lemonade colored urine is a sign of appropriate hydration. Dark colored urine, the color of apple juice, indicates dehydration. Bright urine often is produced soon after consuming vitamin supplements.

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5 Supplements That Help Fight Diabetes

May 24, 2018
Lynn Allison

“Some supplements stand out as offering the best evidence and the best safety record with glycemic control." -- Dr. Jennifer Stagg

Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and 31 percent of them use complimentary or alternative medicines, including supplements to manage their condition.

Experts say that in many cases, supplements can help manage type 2 diabetes, the insulin-resistant form of the disease which is the most common in the United Sates...





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Cannabis: It Matters How Young You Start

May 24, 2018
News Staff

The odds of developing any drug abuse symptoms by age 28 were non-significant if cannabis use had its onset at ages 15 to 17, but were significant and almost doubled each year if onset was before age 15.

(Canada) – What a difference a year or two can make: If you started smoking marijuana at the start of your teens, your risk of having a drug abuse problem by age 28 is 68 per cent, but if you started smoking between 15 and 17 your risk drops to 44 per cent, according to a new study by Université de Montréal researchers.

All the more reason, they say, to educate kids early, in primary school, about the risks of starting pot smoking, especially now that the potency is much greater than it was in decades past and that public acceptance is being spurred by legalization in jurisdictions such as Canada.

"The odds of developing any drug abuse symptoms by age 28 were reduced by 31 per cent for each year of delayed onset of cannabis use in adolescence," the researchers at UdeM's Department of Psychology, School of Psychoeducation and the CHU Saint-Justine Hospital Research Centre found.

Their study was published April 22 in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry...





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What's Not to Love About Lovage? The Plant That Helps UTI's and So Much More

May 23, 2018
Dr. Josh Axe

You can find it fresh or dried at some grocery and health stores as well as online.

[Food is Medicine] You may not have heard of lovage. It’s a lesser-known plant, but it actually has many culinary as well as medicinal uses. What is the flavor of lovage? It’s often described as being similar to celery. What is the herb lovage used for? In the kitchen, it’s a memorable addition to all kinds of dishes from soups to stews to meat main courses. In fact, it’s even been referred to as “the most intriguing and versatile of herbs” and it has a long history of culinary use in Europe going all the way back to the Roman Empire. (1) (Photo Credit: Dr. Josah Axe/ Food is Medicine)

What are some of the most well-known medicinal lovage benefits? It’s especially well-known for its use in reducing the inflammation and pain associated with urinary tract infections...





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