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Collagen and leaky gut

Since collagen is the most abundant protein in our body, it provides structure to skin, muscles, bone and connective tissue. But it lessens in abundance as we age decreasing by 1% per year after the age of 20. The body’s ability to produce collagen starts decreasing at 2% per year after age 30. We know that collagen is used to help with wrinkle control, sagging skin, brittle nails and hair as well as joint problems, but did you know it also can help with leaky gut?

One of the results of collagen depletion as we age is leaky guy syndrome. This is where the lining of the gut weakens and allows food toxins to seep into the bloodstream where the body treats them as foreigners and attacks them. This causes inflammation, food intolerance, skin rashes and auto immune issues. Collagen supplements have been used to improve the condition of the stomach lining by tightening and firming the digestive tract.

Foods that can help with collagen production are proline amino acids found in egg whites, meat, cheese, fermented soy and cabbage. Vitamin C can also help support collagen as well as vitamin A. So can blackberries, blueberries, cherries and raspberries because of their high anthocyanidin levels. Keeping your copper levels up such as found in 4 Easy Hydration, a liquid concentrate you can add to your water: ( www.EasyMenopauseSolutions.com ) can also help keep collagen levels boosted.

excerpted from: Collagen by Corinna Kaufman, Whole Foods Magazine Oct. 2017

 

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45 million women going through menopause

So many women suffering with menopause. That’s why I wrote my book Aaargh! Menopause. I still deal with post-menopause symptoms which have been mostly eliminated through various supplements, but many of my friends who are at that age are complaining about hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, loss of interest in sex, joint pain and more. They just ask me… when does this stop?

Although the symptoms may lessen the effects of losing your estrogen and progesterone levels change our shape. I still deal with a fatter waist, shrinking spine so the skin rolls up around my middle because it has no place to go! And most women have arthritis to look forward to. Not a pretty picture!

There are lots of things you can do diet wise to clean up your act and stave off the inevitable demise of the body. One supplement I found is to shore up the telomeres which affect your DNA strands from shortening. Supposedly when then get real short you die. Cell Metrix is a synergistic herbal supplement to stimulate your cells, including stem cells at the molecular level. And it must have an ingredient that affects my serotonin because I call it my happy pill. When I take it I get more energy and can’t keep a frown on. I buy it through www.longlifenews.com

The other magic potion I take is 4 Easy Menopause. It seems it includes the NCC Factor (which I understand means naturally complete complex) that according to the website has inherent in the velvet antler ingredient, all components needed for hormone balancing, joint support, immune support, etc. Sort of a one-size fits all component. It also has milk calcium and an EFA complex from green lipped mussels.  Must work because my knees are better and I can still ski and ride my bike and my hot flashes (yup still got them 20 years after menopause) are hardly noticeable. Do your own research and check out their website www.EasyMenopauseSolutions.com

If you have any other recommendations I’d appreciate comments to this blog. We like to share anything that helps women (and the men who have to deal with menopausal women) during the post-fertility stage of their life.

-don’t forget if you want to read my book Aaargh! Menopause you can download it free at http://menopausebook.gr8.com

ED and a natural alternative to stimulating drugs

Dating back many centuries in Asia, men have used velvet antler to fight ED (erectile dysfunction). In that part of the world it is a considered a natural alternative to Viagra. Along with similar pharmaceuticals, Viagra may just solve impotence problems by causing the vasodilation of blood vessels connected to proper erectile function. The hormone-supporting constituents of velvet deer antler have the ability to stimulate the contractile muscle protein called myosin. By activating this protein you generate muscle stamina and improved nerve transmission, both of which help to restore a more normal sexual function in men and women.

Each part of the antler contains different hormone-supporting compounds with a variety of properties.. Since many velvet antler manufacturers only use the lower calcified portions of the antler (cheaper to purchase) we recommend using the deer velvet from New Zealand for maximum effectiveness since the whole antler is used containing more of the cartilaginous tissue. New Zealand velvet antler processed in this whole form appears to provide the widest selection of chemical compounds associated with the benefits claimed through research for both men and women .

-excerpted from the book Aaargh! Menopause available as a free download at http://menopausebook.gr8.com

Menopausal reduction of hormones and resulting symptoms.

Going through menopause for some women can be a breeze. But, for the rest of us when our hormone levels are dropping, we can get symptoms. A deficiency of one hormone can trigger a relative excess of another and result in common imbalances such as:

Estrogen dominance or low progesterone can result in mood swings, migraines, fat gain in hips and thighs. Low estrogen or fluctuations of estrogen
t can trigger hot flashes, night sweats, palpitations, foggy thinking, memory lapse & vaginal dryness. Low testosterone or DHEA may lead to decreases in bone or muscle mass, metabolism, energy, strength, stamina, exercise tolerance & libido.

High cortisol (produced by the adrenals as a reaction to stressors which could include hormone imbalance) results in insomnia, anxiety, sugar cravings, feeling tired but wired and  increased belly fat, whereas low cortisol causes chronic fatigue, low energy, food and sugar cravings, poor exercise tolerance or recovery & low immune reserves.

Changes in estrogen and progesterone levels can impact neurotransmitter levels. For instance, a drop in estrogen can result in a drop in serotonin which is you feel good neurotransmitter resulting in more depression or feeling of anxiety.  Changes in estrogen levels can also lead to thyroid symptoms like slowed metabolism and always feeling cold. In fact, many women experiencing menopause will be diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

A simple saliva test can determine your levels and a good naturopath can suggest supplements that may alleviate those conditions. You can also take velvet antler which is the tonic used in Asia for menopause that helps correct hormone imbalances. See the website www.4EasyMenopause.com

Helpers to reduce bone loss

Bone loss in menopausal and post-menopausal women is a great concern. We have been told to take calcium, but what kind… the controversy still rages. The big question is whatever kind of calcium you take, will it get absorbed? To do this you need co-factors like vitamin K-2. Without this form of vitamin K calcium cannot be properly metabolized and could cause cardiovascular problems.  An NIH study confirmed that calcium only (1000 mg/day) showed an increase in heart disease death, primarily in men. Magnesium is also needed because it  helps protect your bone health, according to MayoClinic.com. About half of the magnesium in the body is found in the bones. As the magnesium level decreases in bone, bone crystals become large, brittle and more likely to fracture. The Linus Pauling Institute notes that inadequate magnesium levels in blood serum result in low serum calcium levels; impaired hormone action; and interference with the effects of vitamin D, which can increase bone loss. Several studies suggest that magnesium supplementation may improve bone mineral density

 

Vitamin D is also necessary, in the D3 form helps regulate the minerals calcium and phosphorus in the body, promoting the absorption of calcium and helping prevent bone loss. Vitamin E tocotrienols are effective for bone resorption and inhibit osteoclast formation (large multinucleate cells that tear down bone). Some tests have shown that flaxseed oil as a fat source increases bone density because of the Alpha Linolenic Acid in the oil which also inhibits the activity of the osteoclasts and supports the osteoblasts (build bone). Fermented soy isoflavones also increase bone density by providing weak estrogenic effects on the bone since bone health is directly associated with lowering hormone levels.

 

The anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin can also help as high levels of C-Reactive Protein (a marker of inflammation) may be related to bone loss.  Collagen is a binding site for bone-health minerals and is critical to increasing bone mass. Nutrients that help in collagen production include vitamin C, D3 and those that block the anti-collagen amino acid such as vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid.  Another needed supplement is silica which keeps the bone-building process running smoothly bringing more calcium to the bone, allowing less to leach away from the bones and keeping the whole system balanced.

 

With this information you may be able to formulate a good program of supplements to avoid bone loss. For more information go to www.wh0lefoodsmagazine.com and search for the article “Women’s Health Update” by Kaylynn Chiarello-Ebner

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