18 Surprising Reasons You Should Increase Dopamine (and 45 ways to increase dopamine)

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Without dopamine, we wouldn’t be able to feel driven and motivated. Dopamine is also very important for our emotional responses, movement, pain, and the brain’s reward center. Many people seek out artificial sources of dopamine, which can lead to addiction. Read this post to learn about dopamine and ways to increase or decrease it.

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Dr. Gundry: Lectins are the Root Cause of Inflammation and Disease

In this podcast interview, Dr. Gundry exposes the dangerous truth behind lectins and how they relate to inflammation, autoimmune diseases, and obesity. Most importantly, he shares his vast experience and research on why lectins are so harmful to the body, and how to reverse the damages they cause.

Anyone who reads SelfHacked knows I am very ‘anti-lectin’ for people with autoimmune/inflammatory issues. Dr. Gundry, originally a very famous heart surgeon, discovered how dangerous lectins are and altered his career to help people reverse autoimmune disease through his matrix diet. He has completed the only human study related to lectins and is now the most knowledgeable on the subject. His second book “the Plant Paradox” is coming out on April 25th, 2017.

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Basics of Genetics and How Your SNPs Affect Your Health

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In this SelfDecode community webinar by our geneticist, Dr. Brendan Swan, PhD, we covered topics such as the definitions of genes, SNPs, gene expression, and phenotypes; and whether the SNPs really increase or decrease gene function. Further, we discussed how all of this connects with health problems that you are trying to resolve.

The webinar was followed by a live Q&A.

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Top 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Kombucha (with Ingredients and Side Effects)

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Kombucha is one of my favorite fermented drinks. It gives me energy because of the lactic acid levels. In addition, it contains beneficial yeasts and bacteria, and several other beneficial substances. Read this post to learn more about the science-backed health benefits of kombucha.

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Copper Part 2: Negative Effects of Copper Deficiency and Blood Tests for Copper Levels

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Copper deficiency is quite rare as most people get enough from the diet. However, it might be worth investigating in certain cases, such as hypothyroidism, anemia, poor immune function, and hair loss. Read this post to learn more about harmful effects of copper deficiency, ways to test for copper levels, and diseases related to abnormal copper metabolism.

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How to Increase or Decrease Red Blood Cells

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The primary function of red blood cell is to transport oxygen to all parts of the body. Inflammation and nutrient deficiencies can reduce red blood cell numbers or their ability to effectively deliver oxygen, which can contribute to hypoxia.

In this post, you will learn ways to increase or decrease your red blood cell count.

If you would like to know the optimal range for your lab tests, download our lab test reference guide here.

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Copper Part 1: The Good and Bad of Copper, and Ways to Increase or Decrease Your Copper Absorption

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Copper is an important trace mineral. We need it for normal growth, bone strength, immune function, and cardiovascular health. However, too much of it can be toxic. Read this post to learn more about the health benefits of copper, harmful effects of copper overload, and ways to change your copper absorption.

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Genetics of Insomnia – 21 Genes and SNPs to Pay Attention to If You Have Insomnia

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Your sleep problems may be caused both by lifestyle (e.g. eating habits, circadian rhythm entrainment, light exposure, and weight gain) and genetics. If you struggle with significant sleep issues, it is important to understand how your genetics may play a role so that you can use this information to your advantage.

Sometimes what appear like insomnia, low quality sleep, or other forms of sleep problems might just be because you live incompatibly with your genetic makeup. As a result, you might never wake up feeling rested, your stress response may be constantly overactivated, or you might really struggle to lose weight for no apparent reasons. Your genetic makeup plays a large role in determining the best chronobiology and lifestyle for you. Read this post to learn more about this.

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All About Histamine: The Good and The Bad

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Histamine is widely known as a substance that contributes to allergies, asthma, eczema, and coughs.

In addition, histamine is also a neurotransmitter with very important roles both in the brain and in the gut. Read this post to learn more about histamine.

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19 Reasons Why High Homocysteine is Bad, and Natural Ways to Decrease It

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High homocysteine is linked to many health problems including heart disease, stroke, autoimmune disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disease.

This post describes:

  • How homocysteine levels can affect your health
  • How homocysteine can be toxic and inflammatory
  • Lab tests for homocysteine levels, with optimal ranges
  • Factors that influence homocysteine levels, including diet, lifestyle, and ways to support the methylation pathways given the relevant genetic information (i.e. MTHFR mutation)
  • How you can optimize your homocysteine levels to improve your performance and wellbeing.

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All About Iron Part 1 – Metabolism, Lab Tests, Iron Deficiency Anemias and Iron Overload

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Iron is an essential mineral that plays many important roles in the body. One of its main roles is to transport oxygen in the hemoglobin of red blood cells to tissues for energy production. While low amounts of iron can lead to poor health, too much can cause severe health problems.

This post covers:

  • Iron Metabolism and Homeostasis
  • Iron Lab Tests
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia – Stages, Different Types, and Genetic Causes
  • Iron Overload

Download SelfHacked lab test guide with optimal ranges here.

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