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.

However, histamine also has many other important roles. For example, as a neurotransmitter, histamine helps us:

  • stay awake and alert
  • increases motivation and the desire for novelty and exploration
  • increases sex drive
  • decreases appetite

This post explores the good and bad of histamine.

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H. pylori Infection 101: H. pylori Facts and Associated Diseases (Part 1)

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It is estimated that more than half of the population is a host for Helicobacter pylori.  While most will show no symptoms, in others this bacterium can lead to chronic stomach inflammation and ulcers. H. pylori infection also exacerbates a number of autoimmune and inflammation-related diseases but may confer protection in other conditions.  Read on to find out when and why H. pylori infection should be treated.

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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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What it Means If You Have High or Low Bilirubin: Surprising Facts About This Blood Result

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Bilirubin is a yellow compound generated from destroyed hemoglobin. Its yellow color is responsible for yellow skin in jaundice, and the yellow hue of urine and feces. Bilirubin also has some very beneficial antioxidant properties. Read this post to learn more about its effects on the body and how to manipulate bilirubin levels to your advantage.

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Top 17 Negative Health Effects of Environmental Pollution (#4 will surprise you)

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To live in the 21st century is to live in a toxic world. Rapid urbanization and the increased burning of fossil fuels over the past century has made people more susceptible than ever to harmful chemicals in the air, soil, and water including carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and endocrine disrupting chemicals.

These pollutants increase the risk of many chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and lung disease, making it a significant global health problem.

Conditions linked to everyday chemicals—used in cosmetics, plastics and common household items like sofas—lead to $340 billion in treatment and lost productivity costs annually in the U.S. (R).

Controlled studies show that when you pump in volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide in the air to levels that are within the range of normal and found in office environments (the worst 25% of offices), many important parameters of cognition go down dramatically (R).

The magnitude of effects from breathing cleaner air are greater than any nootropic you may be taking. Cognitive scores were 101% better when there was lower volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide levels (R).

Read more to learn about the detrimental effects of pollution and environmental toxins on human health.

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Everything You Need to Know about the C-reactive Protein (CRP)

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CRP plays an important role in infections. However, this protein is also a marker of low-grade inflammation and a predictor of your cardiovascular disease risk. Find out how this protein links stress, emotional and socioeconomic cues to physiological ones, and how to keep your CRP levels at bay.

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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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The Science of Detoxification and How It Relates to Your Health

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The human body has an amazingly efficient detoxification system, mostly located in the liver. In healthy people, these detoxification processes are in balance, and most of the time function well. However, some diseases, vitamin deficiency, exposure to tobacco smoke, alcohol, and some drugs can upset the balance between detoxification enzymes. Find out which nutrients can help you restore that balance, and how you can help your body detoxify.

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Malic acid

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Malic acid is a weak carboxylic acid. It is an important intermediate in many biochemical cycles and is also involved in energy production. Supplementation of malic acid has been reported to reduce the symptoms of persistent fatigue and arthritis-like pains as well as aid in exercise recovery.

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Glucose

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Glucose is a type of sugar, in the blood flow is known as serum glucose or blood sugar, and is necessary for energy production and correct functioning of the human body. Read more below to know what are the pros and cons of having higher or lower levels of serum glucose.

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