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Reduce Your Risk of Getting Heart Disease, Diabetes and Cancer by Getting More Fiber in Your Diet

Mar 11th 2020

Reduce Your Risk of Getting Heart Disease, Diabetes and Cancer by Getting More Fiber in Your Diet

You can significantly reduce your risk of getting many of the chronic diseases that plague our times by including more dietary fiber in your diet. These diseases include coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, and breast cancer.  An enormous new study in the prestigious medical journal, Lancet, showed a 15-30 percent reduction in cardiovascular-disease and all-cause mortality in people who got the most fiber versus those who got the least.  Those study participants who ate the most fiber, versus those that ate the least, reduced their risk of stroke by 22 percent, their risk of type 2 diabetes or colorectal cancer by 16 percent, and their risk of death from coronary heart disease by 30 percent Interestingly, fiber was also found to be a better way to control spikes in blood sugar after eating than eating a low-glycemic diet.  And although a low-glycemic diet also reduced the risk of gettin…

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Beyond Health’s Dietary Fiber Formula

Mar 8th 2020

Beyond Health’s Dietary Fiber Formula

Over the past weeks, we’ve told you why you’ve got to have adequate fiber if you want to achieve and maintain optimal health. Fiber is sorely lacking in the American diet, and even if you eat an exemplary diet it’s easy to fall short of the 40-100 grams per day recommended for a healthy colon.  To help fill the gap, we offer Beyond Health’s Dietary Fiber Formula , one of the most advanced combinations of health-promoting fibers on the market today. These fibers help propel the stool through the intestines by softening it and adding bulk, but that’s just the beginning. These same fibers are fermented by friendly colonic bacteria (probiotics) to create food for themselves AND food for the important cells lining the intestines. Thus, healthy probiotic populations are encouraged to thrive, and intestinal linings are strengthened and renewed. IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO TAKE PROBIOTICS BY THEMSELVES!  You must have fiber to feed these friendly bacteria or they w…

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Fiber, Weight Loss and Metabolic Syndrome

Mar 2nd 2020

Fiber, Weight Loss and Metabolic Syndrome

Life is hard enough without making losing weight more difficult than it needs to be.  Some helpful scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School proved that you don’t need to restrict calories or saturated fat to lose weight as long as you’re getting adequate dietary fiber! These scientists found 240 pre-diabetic patients and assigned them to one of two groups. The first group followed a weight-loss diet that restricted calories and saturated fat. The second group was simply asked to get at least 30 grams of fiber daily from a high-fiber diet, including plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Neither group was asked to change their exercise habits. At the end of one year, both groups had lost the same amount of weight.  In addition, both groups had had similar drops in cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and inflammation.  In other words, both groups reduced their risk factors similarly for diabetes…

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Averting Diverticulitis

Feb 26th 2020

Averting Diverticulitis

By the age of 45, one-third of all Americans have a potentially hazardous condition called diverticulosis in their colons. Half of Americans aged 60-80 develop this condition and almost everyone over the age of 90. In diverticulosis, the wall of the colon balloons out forming a pouch, or a pocket called a diverticulum (plural diverticula).  Diverticula range in size from a pea to a thimble. By themselves, diverticula aren’t a problem, but up to 25% of the time they progress to diverticulitis, a very painful and even potentially life-threatening situation.  Diverticulitis occurs when fecal matter and pathogenic bacteria get stuck in the diverticula leading to infection and inflammation.  It causes severe pain, fever, cramping, muscle spasms, bloating and nausea. Although it’s rare, sometimes the pressure inflamed diverticula exert on the colon wall cause perforation of the bowel, a life-threatening situation as bowel contents spill out infecting the whole abdo…

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Constipation: Let’s Get Things Moving!

Feb 23rd 2020

Constipation: Let’s Get Things Moving!

Would you believe there was a time when human beings didn’t get constipated?  That’s what Dr. Denis Burkitt found in the 1970s when he studied healthy Africans eating traditional high-fiber diets. Nor did they get conditions associated with constipation like diverticulitis, gallstones, hemorrhoids, polyps, colon cancer, diabetes, obesity, varicose veins, high cholesterol, blood clots, and other cardiovascular issues.    While these Africans got 40-100 grams of fiber daily, the average American gets about 15. Could this explain why so many of us are constipated?  Absolutely! Fiber deficiency is a major factor in our constipation epidemic!  Transit time is the time it takes for food to go from mouth to anus and out. An ideal transit time is 12-18 hours.  Faster isn’t good because time is needed to absorb nutrients from food.  But most people have the opposite problem: a sluggish bowel. This means toxic wastes don’t get eliminated fast eno…

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Getting More Fiber into Your Diet

Feb 17th 2020

Getting More Fiber into Your Diet

We’ve been telling you how important it is to get 40-100 grams of dietary fiber in your diet daily to support a healthy gut population of good bacteria (probiotics), which in turn probably does more to ensure the health of your whole body than any other single factor. And we’ve told you that at least 95 percent of the US population doesn’t get enough fiber, and challenged you to calculate how much fiber you get on a daily basis. Odds are you came up short.  We did when we took the Fiber Challenge ourselves!  It takes a lot of consciousness to include 40-100 grams of fiber in a day’s diet! We’ve found a few simple ways to include more fiber that we’d like to share with you. But first, don’t start bombarding your intestines with a huge quantity of fiber all at once! This could lead to constipation and bad flatulence. Instead, measure your average fiber intake and add more gradually, a maximum of 5 grams a day, interspersed throughout the day, un…

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Take the Fiber Challenge

Feb 12th 2020

Take the Fiber Challenge

If you’re reading this, you probably care about your health and try to eat a good diet. But more than 95 percent of the US population isn’t getting enough of this often neglected nutrient: fiber, and that very likely includes you! The indigestible portion of plant foods, fiber goes far beyond improving digestion and elimination. Fiber is responsible for creating a healthy environment in your gut so that healthy bacteria (probiotics) can flourish and pathogenic bacteria and other bad guys like yeasts and parasites are held in check.  The conglomeration of good and bad bugs in your gut is called your microbiome. Without enough fiber, you get a sick microbiome; without a healthy microbiome, you get a sick body. It’s that simple. Without adequate fiber all types of disease thrive, including constipation, diverticulitis, gallstones, hemorrhoids, polyps, cancer, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, varicose veins, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, depression and…

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The Dire Consequences of Fiber Deficiency

Feb 9th 2020

The Dire Consequences of Fiber Deficiency

How much thought do you give to dietary fiber? If you’re like most of us, it’s not a priority—but it should be! Dietary fiber is one of the most important determinants of your health! Almost everyone today does not get enough fiber in their diet. Our lack of fiber awareness has created a health crisis. Lack of fiber is a major contributor to our epidemic of chronic disease and can be a significant factor in causing diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity, depression and other mental illness, allergies, autoimmune syndromes, and infections.   Why is fiber so important? Dietary fiber, plant material that can’t be digested, is essential to our health because it nourishes the healthy flora in our guts known as the microbiome and helps to maintain the health of our gut tissue. Your health is completely dependent on the health of your gut flora. Healthy flora helps to digest our food and enhance the absorption of nutrients. They produce certain essential vitam…

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The Real Cause of Osteoporosis: Acidosis

Feb 3rd 2020

The Real Cause of Osteoporosis: Acidosis

Osteoporosis [is the price we pay for] chronic metabolic acidosis, which robs us of our mineral reserves and impairs efforts to rebuild the bone matrix. – Susan E. Brown, PhD, CCN, and Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CNN Both men and women are concerned about their bones.  Unfortunately, this well-founded concern (more than half the US population over fifty is affected by osteoporosis and low bone density) has led too many people to focus solely on loading up on calcium with or without vitamin D. We’ve written before about the need for a full “team” of nutrients to build bone. Our Bone Mineral Formula contains such a team—19 different nutrients interacting synergistically. But diet plays an even more central role in preventing osteoporosis, specifically when it comes to acid-alkaline balance. Bones aren’t just scaffolding; they’re also storage depots for minerals. Our survival depends on maintaining a certain range of pH (a measure of acid-alkaline balanc…

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Acidosis, the Neglected “Silent Killer”

Jan 29th 2020

Acidosis, the Neglected “Silent Killer”

Most of us know about “silent killers,” like high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and certain cancers that we can have for years without being aware of it.  But while conventional medicine has expensive tests for (and drugs to treat) these silent killers, a more fundamental silent killer, acidosis, is largely ignored.  What is acidosis?  It’s simply having too much acid in the trillions of body cells that make up our bodies. Most of our population in the US suffer from one degree or another of acidosis, usually unwittingly. And it’s killing us! pH is a measure along a continuum that runs from highly acidic to highly alkaline. The pH of our body fluids, especially the fluids in and around our cells, needs to be slightly alkaline in order for cells to function normally. Acidosis causes cells to malfunction, resulting in a host of other diseases and dysfunctions, including high blood pressure, insulin resistance and cancer. What other problems are a…

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The Most Important Medical Test You Can Do is Easy, Non-Invasive and Inexpensive!

Jan 26th 2020

The Most Important Medical Test You Can Do is Easy, Non-Invasive and Inexpensive!

It comes in a small roll of litmus paper that you keep in your bathroom. Just tear off a piece and pass it through your first urine each morning before eating or drinking anything. Then compare the color of the wet litmus paper to the accompanying chart to find your magic number! This number measures the acidity/alkalinity (also called pH) of your urine, which is a good indicator of the acidity/alkalinity inside your cells. The number 7 indicates neutral (neither acid nor alkaline); the numbers less than 7 indicate increasing levels of acidity; the numbers above 7, increasing levels of alkalinity.  If you’re familiar with Beyond Health, you know that we believe that all the many diseases are really only one disease called MALFUNCTIONING CELLS.  If we can keep our cells healthy, it’s impossible to get sick! So knowing the condition of our cells is invaluable information, and this simple test allows you to get a glimpse inside your cells to s…

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What to Watch Out For in Choosing a Fish Oil Supplement

Jan 20th 2020

What to Watch Out For in Choosing a Fish Oil Supplement

Millions of Americans take fish oil supplements for their numerous benefits, including cardiovascular health benefits, improved mental clarity, increased energy, healthier circulation, and much more. Why does fish oil work so many miracles?  Because Omega-3 deficiency is widespread; perhaps as many as 90% of our population is deficient.  And because Omega-3s have important roles in our bodies. Deficiency and toxicity are the two causes of disease, and if we’re deficient in Omega-3s, it’s impossible to be healthy. Omega-3s are essential for building healthy cell membranes.  If they’re not available when needed, the body uses other fats, like saturated fat and transfat, to make these membranes.  This means our cell membranes will be improperly constructed; they won’t let in nutrients they’re supposed to admit, or release metabolic wastes that are polluting the insides of our cells. Omega-3s are also anti-inflammatory, and it’s critical to have a good rat…

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Live Longer and Better with Fish Oil

Jan 15th 2020

Live Longer and Better with Fish Oil

Fish oil can help you live a long life and, even better, a long and HEALTHY life.  Based on their analysis of 23 different studies involving more than a million participants, Chinese researchers recently concluded that Omega-3 fatty acids (such as are found in fish oil) reduced the risk of all-cause mortality by 7% for every 200 mg per day consumed.  But what is a long life worth if it’s not healthy?  The good news is that fish oil increases longevity because it makes us healthier.  Not only has fish oil been shown to help prevent all kinds of disease including cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders like diabetes, neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disease, kidney and pancreas disorders, periodontal disease and cancer, it helps keep our telomeres long! What are telomeres?  Telomeres are caps at the ends of chromosomes found in each cell. Like the tips on the ends of shoestrings, they keep DNA strands toget…

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Serotonin, Fish Oil and Your Brain

Jan 12th 2020

Serotonin, Fish Oil and Your Brain

A few years back, Spanish researchers followed more than 12,000 European university graduates and their diets for 6-1/2 years.  The researchers found that diets rich in trans fats increased the risk of depression by 50%. On the other hand, those whose diets were high in fish oil had a low risk of depression. Fish oil is a rich source of fatty acids called Omega-3s, specifically EPA and DHA (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid). Omega-3 deficiency has been linked with a diminished ability to cope with stress and with increases in anxiety, depression, hostility and aggression. In a study on medical students, EPA/DHA lowered anxiety 20%.  In the US, we consume much more trans fat than Europeans do, and it’s been estimated that up to 90% of us are deficient in Omega-3s.  Could that explain why so many Americans are in a bad mood? A recent paper by eminent nutrition researcher Bruce Ames, PhD , Professor Emeri…

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New plant-derived burgers taste great, but are they good for us?

Nov 3rd 2019

New plant-derived burgers taste great, but are they good for us?

New kinds of burgers made from plants, with the look, taste, smell and “mouth-feel” of real meat, are showing up in mainstream restaurants and grocery stores. They reportedly pass taste tests, even among die-hard carnivores, but are they healthy? Current levels of meat consumption are unhealthy as well as environmentally unsustainable. An international commission of leading scientists assembled by the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, concluded that, “The current global food system is unsustainable and requires an agricultural revolution …” if we hope to feed all ten billion people projected to inhabit the earth by 2050.  According to the Commission, cutting back on red meat production is an essential part of this revolution.  A major consumer of land and water, and a major producer of greenhouse gas emissions, red meat, they say, should be limited to half an ounce per person per day, and other animal proteins should be reduced in our diets as well. Ente…

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Get Excess Sugar Out of Your Life

Oct 20th 2019

Get Excess Sugar Out of Your Life

The Sugar Season will soon be upon us!  Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pies, sugary Christmas treats and holiday cookies and cakes in between, until New Year’s Eve, when we all resolve to eat healthier next year! But Americans overindulge on sugar all year long. According to nutrition experts at Tufts University , we each average 30 teaspoons of added sugar (sugar not naturally found in foods) daily—over 100 pounds of sugar per person per year!  So what’s the harm in adding a little sweetness to our lives?  Well, a little is fine—2 pieces of fresh fruit a day and even occasional treats made with honey and other natural sweeteners.  But the huge quantities of refined white sugar, and high fructose corn syrup in processed foods, that have become a normal part of the American diet are a major cause of disability and disease. Numerous studies link excess sugar consumption with arthritis, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts…

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The Serious Consequences of Dehydration

Oct 6th 2019

The Serious Consequences of Dehydration

About 75% of the American population is chronically dehydrated, and it’s seriously undermining their health.  Even the remaining 25% could benefit from drinking more water than they do. The problem is easily fixed—just drink more water—but most people don’t realize that waiting to get thirsty isn’t enough to ward off mild dehydration, nor do they realize what’s at stake.    Even mild dehydration stresses every system in your body and can lead to fatigue, feeling groggy, irritability, loss of focus, impaired memory, headaches, muscle cramps/weakness, pain, poor digestion, nausea, constipation, increased allergy reactions and asthma symptoms, bad breath, sugar cravings and false hunger, dry skin, increased heart rate and higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Dehydration lowers metabolism, thwarting weight loss; good hydration helps weight loss by making the conversion of stored fat into energy more efficiently.  Dehydration can make any pai…

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The Campaign to Discredit Vitamin E

Sep 22nd 2019

The Campaign to Discredit Vitamin E

Vitamin E is critical for good health. It prevents life-threatening blood clots. It’s also the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant, essential to maintaining every cell in your body and especially important to your heart and brain. One study found that having low levels of vitamin E was the major and most reliable predictor of all the heart disease risk factors they evaluated.  Specifically, low levels of E predicted a fatal heart attack 62% of the time, while high cholesterol and high blood pressure, two other heart disease risk factors, predicted a fatal heart attack only 29% and 25% of the time. Yet, despite a low prevalence of overt vitamin E deficiency disease, the vast majority of Americans have suboptimal vitamin E levels—even when supplementing. Shockingly, more than 90% of Americans don’t consume enough dietary vitamin E  to meet the government’s estimated average requirements .  What’s worse, the government recommends only 15 milli…

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DNA, RNA and Aging

Sep 8th 2019

DNA, RNA and Aging

Want to age slower and live longer? Back in 1976, Dr. Benjamin S. Frank, a medical doctor and PhD molecular biologist, published a best-selling book, Dr. Frank’s No-Aging Diet.  This book proposed a revolutionary way of looking at aging. Dr. Frank was a miracle worker.  It was reported that he could take anyone over the age of fifty and, in 3-4 weeks, have them looking 10-15 years younger, with much more energy, endurance, and aerobic capacity.  Over twenty years of meticulous research and record-keeping, Dr. Frank documented achieving many health building and rejuvenating effects in his patients, including significant increases in energy and oxygenation, enhanced immunity and cognitive performance, improved capacity to tolerate low and high temperatures, smoother skin and thicker hair. Although his intent was to build general health rather than to treat specific diseases, his approach improved acne, ALS, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, emphysema, glaucoma and po…

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Millennials: Not as Healthy as They Think

Aug 18th 2019

Millennials: Not as Healthy as They Think

If you’re between the ages of 23 and 38, you’re one of the nearly 73 million people in the US classified as “millennial.”  And chances are you think, like 83% of millennials, that you’re in excellent health. Think again! A 2019 report from Blue Cross Blue Shield indicates trouble is brewing beneath the surface. It found that millennials had far worse health than the previous Gen Xers (born between 1965 and 1980). In fact, millennials are experiencing an unprecedented decline in their health when they reach their late 20s—sharply declining at age 27. This is alarming and unprecedented! The report showed that from 2014 to 2017 millennials, in just three years, experienced double-digit increases of eight of the top ten medical conditions. Millennials had 21% more cardiovascular problems, 18% more major depression, 37% more hyperactivity, 19% more diabetes, 15% more endocrine problems, 11% more “tobacco use disorder” and 11% more disease overall. Mill…

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Vaping: More Risks Than Benefits

Aug 4th 2019

Vaping: More Risks Than Benefits

According to the American Lung Association , cigarettes kill almost half a million Americans every year, making it the leading cause of preventable deaths in the US. Cigarettes contain over 7,000 chemicals, many of them harmful, and are a significant health hazard not only to those who smoke but for anyone forced to breathe second-hand smoke. So when vaping was introduced a little over a decade ago, promising to provide equal satisfaction at a considerably reduced health risk, it sparked considerable interest. Vaping employs a battery-powered electronic cigarette or e-cigarette.  Some look like traditional cigarettes, while other popular devices look like pens, phones, USB sticks, and even tubes of lipstick. They have a cartridge, or “pod,” filled with liquid, typically containing nicotine, flavors and other chemicals. When you activate a heating element that turns this liquid into an inhalable vapor, you can puff on the e-cigarette. Inhaling this vapor…

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