January 21, 2017

Vitamin Supplements That Aid In Quitting Smoking

The nutritional needs of smokers and non-smokers are different. People who smoke often have deficiencies in numerous nutrients including zinc, calcium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin E, beta-carotene, lycopene and essential fatty acids in the omega-3 and omega-6 families, depleting the body of essential vitamins and minerals, leaving smokers more vulnerable to disease.

There are many possible causes for this depletion, including free radicals – carcinogenic or cancer-causing agents – in cigarette smoke that destroy natural antioxidants. However, for some nutrients the most important single cause might be poor diet rather than smoking itself (smokers have, on average, a less well-balanced diet than non-smokers).

To quit smoking there is a high need for protective antioxidant vitamins to neutralize free radicals. The main antioxidant vitamins are vitamin C and vitamin E (works best with selenium). Phytochemicals such as bioflavonoids and carotenoids (eg. beta-carotene) are especially rich in antioxidants.

Vitamin C

Smokers need several times more vitamin C than non-smokers because the effectiveness of that vitamin is decreased by nicotine. Vitamin C is important for preventing uncomfortable bleeding of your gums, but more importantly for maintaining proper blood plasma levels.

Vitamin C is also known to react against the contaminants in tobacco smoke: as an antioxidant against free radicals, as a chelator of lead and as an inhibitor of nitrosamine formation from nitrogen dioxides.

  • 300 mg of vitamin C to nourish your cells fully.

Vitamin E

Studies show that blood plasma levels of vitamin E decrease and disappear more rapidly in smokers than non-smokers. Because low levels of vitamin E do not provide sufficient protection against free radicals, this may be one of the reasons why smoking might cause cancer, according to researchers. Since vitamin E is believed to prohibit fat from depositing on artery walls, smoking may also cause hardening of the arteries.

  • 100 IU vitamin E to reduce your risk of heart disease.

Selenium

Selenium is a mineral, not an antioxidant nutrient. However, it is a component of antioxidant enzymes.  Plant foods like rice and wheat are the major dietary sources of selenium in most countries, but the amount of selenium in soil, which varies by region, determines the amount of selenium in the foods grown in that soil.

  • 100 cmg selenium, a partner in the fight against damaging free radicals, also supports the antioxidant effect of vitamin E.

Phytochemicals: Bioflavonoids and Carotenoids

Phytochemicals are naturally occurring substances in plants that help them fight disease, a kind of immune system for the plant world. When you ingest plant-based foods, you are taking in these powerful nutrients that are able to neutralize cancer-causing agents.  Diets that make good use of a wide array of fruits and vegetables help to ensure you get a high phytochemical intake.

Smokers need a diet rich in phytochemicals, such as carotenoids and bioflavonoids. These can be obtained by daily servings of yellow, red, orange and deep green vegetables and by eating green, orange, yellow or red fruits. Corn, pumpkin, spinach, carrots, red peppers, tomatoes, oranges, strawberries, cantaloupe, mangoes and papaya make good food choices. These foods also contain fiber, which is important to colon health.

Lycopene is the major carotenoid found in tomato products, while beta-carotene is found in carrots and other orange or red fruits and vegetables.

Quit smoking by Flickr StephenMitchell

Ignite Your Healthy Life

Smokers have different reasons for lighting up, but they all have one thing in common: smoking not only damages one’s health, it also contributes to the overall depletion of nutrients that your body needs to function properly.

The first piece of advice for smokers is, of course, to stop smoking. A regimen of diet or supplementation can make up for the adverse consequences of smoking. If you smoke, you need to eat even healthier than a non-smoker just to get the same nutrients. To help your body’s use of nutrients, drink green tea, eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and take vitamin C and vitamin E supplements – with selenium. …And of course, look into quitting!

 

You Can’t Avoid It – But You Can Purge It

They’re in the air we breathe…the water we drink…and the food we eat.

They are toxins. Sadly, there’s really no way to avoid exposure to these silent, deadly health threats.

Even the Clean Air Act is just an act…

On a clear, sunny day with beautiful puffy white clouds, the mild breeze out of the northeast gently brushing against your skin carries dangerous inhalants from vehicle exhaust (particularly diesel), factories, and plenty of other toxic gases – which can kill if enough is inhaled for extended periods of time.

This silent health threat serves to damage us two-fold:

  • For one, we’re breathing in airborne toxins that were never meant to inhale.
  • Secondly, they deplete the oxygen in the air that we need to breathe.

Ironically, our bodies use oxygen to get rid of toxins by…you guessed it…oxygenating them.

These airborne poisons bring on restlessness, dizziness, lethargy and nausea. They shred our skin, shed our hair and affect our ability to focus, which is no surprise considering they suck the oxygen out of our blood.

Is staying inside better?

Home Sweet Work

Most of us spend the majority of our time at home, work, school or some other in-door facility.

Whew! So, we’re safe from the deceptive “Fresh Air Scare” outside, right?

You guessed it! Wrong!

Here is what you may find inside…

  • Molds
  • Mildew (scrubbing it from your shower wall is like freeing a violent prisoner, which becomes airborne and assaults you)
  • Lead paint fumes (this admittedly archaic threat has been sponged from most of our dwellings, but it is, unfortunately, still a gross reality in some places)
  • Pet dander (eww)
  • Smoke

So what?

This possibly means billions of microorganisms are flowing in and out of your body at any given time, in any given place. Many of them stick around because they like you and would like nothing better than to see you die so that they may live and move on to the next sucker. As your body decomposes, they mercilessly head back into the air. Ah…the cruel circle of life!

There’s nothing you can do to stop it, though you may have been fooled into thinking there is.

“Health products” – Keep Your Armpits Dry and Hydrate Your Thirsty Skin

Toxic Chemicals in deodorant by Flickr In A Gorilla Custome

The toxic chemicals in health and beauty products have been known to contain engine degreasers. So, you have to watch the labels carefully.

What’s that, you say? You use antioxidant scrubs, lotions, even eye and face creams. So you are okay?

Sorry.

Many of the products we use everyday ring the dinner bell for toxin carrying free radicals – and you find them in the darndest places.

See, the FDA doesn’t have the high standards you do regarding you or your family. So, a product can claim antioxidant goodness no matter what other garbage they pack into it. It boils down to whatever the manufacturers can get away with to satisfy the government and turn a big profit in the process.

You really should thank the FDA. If not for them, these companies would produce even more toxic junk because it is cheap to use and they can charge a lot at the market. Why do you think organic products are so much more expensive? Because the ingredients they use are not so easy to cultivate. That’s why.

So, if you use typical, store-bought anti-aging face cream, body/hand lotions, shampoos and conditioners, then you are hosting a classic toxin party. Hors d’oeuvre?

Even deodorant is a culprit. Some of the chemicals in that stuff have been linked to early onset Alzheimer’s.

You already have to worry about sickness and disease from herbicides, pesticides and antibiotic residue, which is just a fancy-shmancy phrase for antibodies found in the meat, eggs and the milk we consume. Antibiotic residue has been called a “global health hazard” and a “threat to direct toxicity in humans.” Why exacerbate the threat by using toxic chemical sweeteners and slathering yourself with a list of chemicals that takes up half the label of your lotion?

Nasty, huh?

Need A Drink?

A nice bottle of cool refreshing Evian® will flush the toxic creepiness away.

Maybe not.

See, the bottled water that’s supposed to be purified, filtered and osmosis-ized sits on shelves for who knows how long. That water can turn bad yet remain sparkling clear. Drinking tap water would be better for you, perish the thought…

Most of the plastic bottles the water comes in are made with BPA (Bisphenol A). If you know all about BPA, then you might want to skip ahead.

This stuff is an endocrine disrupter, which is another fancy term that basically means BPA can mimic your hormones and cause cancerous tumors, deformities, learning disabilities (for developing fetuses), birth defects, abnormal cell growth, abnormal brain development, sexual develop-what? Sounds like a science fiction horror flick. Had enough? Well, just know there’s a few more.

Don’t drink bottled water? Good for you! However, BPA is also used to line cans to protect us from botchullism and rears its ugly head in the many plastic containers we use to store leftovers to transport food from place to place.

Author’s note: never heat food in the microwave without removing it from the plastic container. It stirs that stuff up like gangbusters. It’s like taking a vial of toxic chemicals and mixing it with your lunch. Bad, BAD!

Where Else Is It Found?

“Just one word: plastics.” (2 points if you got the movie reference there!) Here’s a short list of other everyday-products where BPA lives (2.8 million tons of this garbage is produced annually around the globe):

BPA Free Baby Bottles by Flickr tiffanywashko

  • Food processor bowls
  • Baby bottles – yes, baby bottles
  • Plastic food ware
  • Dental sealants (resins) and appliances
  • Teflon coating – yes, some manufacturers are still carelessly using it
  • Small kitchen appliances

Save yourself and your family! Store food and fresh water in glass containers or check for BPA-free plastics.

Now, in just a moment, you’ll discover how to purge this stuff and get healthy pronto!

Just Eat It

Sadly, even our foods can trick us. Pesticides on fruits and veggies, mercury in fishes, toxic chemicals and foreign hormones in our meats plus a laundry list of additives and preservatives are in our meals.

Please don’t say you never eat processed foods. Always check for pesticide-free, organically grown produce and only buy meat from cage-free, grass fed, day-spa treated and pampered animals.

Really?

You know you’re fibbing!

But, the good news is there are certain foods and combinations of foods that provide fast, safe, and best of all natural opportunities to flush these toxins out of your body. When they creep back in, you just flush ‘em out again. This is your chance (and the only real way) to fight back and reclaim your body and your good health.

The Only Way To Remain Poison-Free In A Toxic World

We have seen that toxins are all around us and they love to infest your body, carrying health-threatening free radicals with them.

But, don’t fret just yet!

Here are a few things you can do to immediately begin flushing toxins from your precious body.

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BrainSustain

Dr. Perlmutter’s BrainSustain, as recommended by Dr. Scott Saunders as an Alzheimer’s Disease Supplement

Nutritional Support for Enhancing Brain Function, Maintaining Memory, and Protecting the Brain

BrainSustain was developed by David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, Board-Certified Neurologist and internationally recognized leader in nutritional neurology. This product is the result of over 30 years of research in the clinical neurosciences. Ingredients used in this formula have been evaluated in extensive clinical studies and have been shown to enhance brain function, maintain memory, and protect the brain from the effects of free radicals.

BrainSustain‘s unique formula enhances brain performance and promotes brain health by improving the energy production of brain mitochondria. It facilitates neural communication, and provides superior antioxidant action that reduces the production and damaging effects of excess free radicals in the brain. This antioxidant action is vital because excess free radicals are associated with brain inflammation – a marker and common thread among such neurodegenerative disorders as poor memory, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and others.

Taking BrainSustain is an easy, daily good health habit. Our powder formulas mix with fruit juice or smoothies to become a refreshing and profoundly beneficial beverage – providing the highest level of brain performance enhancing nutrients and powerful brain protection to ensure long term optimal brain performance throughout your life. BrainSustain’s key ingredients have been extensively studied for efficacy at some of the world’s most well respected medical institutions.

BrainSustain is a key part of a complete program to ensure optimal brain function. A healthy diet, physical exercise and mental activity all contribute to achieving and maintaining peak mental performance.

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