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Laugh yourself Well, It is Time to Distress

We have all heard that laughter is the best medicine. Well, here is some scientific evidence to prove it. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, individuals who watched comedy had better “arterial compliance.” Translated into English that means the amount of blood that passes through the arteries is increased. Therefore the 75 trillion cells that make up your body get more oxygen, more nutrients and are overall better fueled when you laugh, all the while helping lower your blood pressure at the same time.

In another study, the long lasting benefits of a little comedy added to life was further documented, “Arterial compliance was improved for a full 24 hours after subjects watched a funny movie,” per researcher Jun Sugawara.

So, it seems a laugh a day can help keep the doctor away. It is time to kick back and laugh, rent a movie and de-stress and be well. I strongly believe that stress is a hugely under-appreciated killer, contributing to accelerated aging and premature death. If you have not evaluated your stress levels, it is time to do so.

Let’s Follow the Aussies Lead -It’s All About Iodine

Hopefully one day soon, the USA will care enough to protect its citizens, as much as the Australians do theirs. As of October 2009, Australia replaces all regular salt with iodized salt when making bread products as an Australian governmental mandate. A ruling made with a single pure intent, to help address an iodine deficiency that has been noticed among sections of the country’s 22 million inhabitants.

With increased levels of fluoride in drinking water and tooth paste, bromide in bread and several beverages, and perchlorate from many environmental contaminants all that compete with iodine for absorption in the body, it is essential to “crank-up” your iodine levels. Unfortunately eating iodized bread in the USA is not the standard. Actively seeking iodine sources to augment your dietary and body stores is a must. The Japanese eat a lot of seaweed, that is one source that many Westernized countries miss out on when it comes to their daily vegetable intake.

Enhanced DNA Integrity and Longevity

We have all heard that an apple a day may help keep the doctor away…

Well the latest research reports that a multivitamin may be an even better investment for those serious about improving their health and wellness as they pursue greater longevity.

A recent study showed that multivitamins may help you live longer by preventing parts of the DNA from shortening. In short, short DNA is not a good thing. Or put another way, longer DNA all things being equal can help a person have a longer life.

It is not just length that counts, it is the quality and placement of the length. Specifically telomeres, or the end portion of chromosomes, protect chromosomes from damage. Because telomeres shorten slightly when cells divide, researchers have long proposed that preventing this shortening could protect new cells and thus reduce the effects of aging.

So, the answer is simple.

Keep eating your organic, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables, get plenty of rest and lower your stress…

And add a high quality multivitamin daily, to help maintain your DNA’s integrity and it will also help make up for some of the nutritional deficits that occur in most of our diets.

Be well and live life proactively, it certainly beats the other option.

Vitamin D shown to help Prevent Diabetes

Some 60 million North Americans have metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes) according to the Centers for Disease Control, which means that they are just a step or two away from becoming full fledge diabetics. The statistics are against all of us when it comes to blood sugar control, yet there is a simple solution to help reduce the risk.

Once again vitamin D comes to the rescue, according to the latest research reported in the journal, ‘Diabetes Care’. The findings are powerful… inadequate vitamin D blood levels increases the risk of metabolic syndrome by 52 percent!

So how much risk are you at?

The most recent study showed that 69 percent of all people were below their deficiency threshold of 50 for the specific blood test called 25-OH vitamin D.

The bottom line is that daily vitamin D supplements are needed by the vast majority of North Americans, so start supplementing now. Getting tested for vitamin D in your blood also helps increase your awareness and motivates you to supplement your diet.

Need even more motivation…?

Well besides helping to protect against pre-diabetes, vitamin D also helps protect the heart, control risk of autoimmune disease, it possesses cancer protective properties and has been shown to help with longevity.

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