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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Serum Potassium: Balance, Benefits, And Associated Diseases

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Most of the potassium found in our bodies (about 98%) is located within the cells. Serum potassium refers to the potassium found outside of the cells, in the liquid part of the blood. It is important to monitor and keep optimal levels of serum potassium because both high and low values have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events and mortality. Abnormal serum potassium has also been associated with elevated blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease. Read on to learn more about serum potassium and the factors that can increase or decrease serum potassium levels.

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What Doctors Won’t Tell You About Low or High Ferritin in Your Blood Test

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Ferritin stores iron and transports it to where it is required. In blood, it is an important indicator of the total iron stores. However, ferritin also participates in infections, inflammation, and malignancies. Elevated ferritin is often found in disorders with chronic inflammatory states such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Find out why it is important to keep this protein in balance, and which factors increase or decrease ferritin levels.

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All about HbA1c and 33 Reasons to Maintain Healthy HbA1c Levels (Part 1)

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HbA1c is an indicator of long-term glucose levels and has been recommended for diagnosing diabetes by the American Diabetes Association. Increased HbA1c in nondiabetics, apart from being a risk factor for diabetes, is also associated with cardiovascular disease and elevated all-cause mortality. Ideally, you would want to keep your HbA1c low, but also stable. Read on to find out why, and to learn about all the factors that can help you improve your HbA1c levels.

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12 Reasons You Should Embrace The Cold Exposure and Cold Showers

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From freezing showers to cryotherapy tanks, cold exposure is in vogue amongst health conscious people. And rightly so; simple practices that can enhance nervous system health, decrease inflammation and promote longevity are rare.

In this article, we will explore the scientific research to uncover the many benefits of getting cold. We will also touch on the best ways to approach cold exposure as, whilst we should embrace the cold, we need to be aware of its power.

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Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR)

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The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is responsible for helping cell growth and response to outside factors that test the body’s immune system response. AhRs are necessary for cell differentiation and growth in various organ systems to keep homeostasis. AhRs are important and necessary in promoting a healthy lifestyle away from disease and infection due to outside forces. Keep reading to learn more about AhRs.

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Why Avoiding Sun Will Kill You: 15 Proven Science-Based Health Benefits of Sun

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A large number of public health messages over the past century have focused on the dangers of too much sun exposure, such as aging, skin cancer and DNA damage. However, in reality, today’s science tells us that exposure to the ultraviolet radiation (UVR) in sunlight has many beneficial effects on human health.

Indeed, most people are aware of the impact of sun exposure on Vitamin D production, which is a very important factor. However, there is a host of other health benefits that have been overlooked in the debate over how much sun is necessary for optimal health. This article will dive into the science to uncover the various ways in which sun exposure, at the right times and intensities, is a vital component of good health.

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