Glutathione, the antiaging secret

Have you ever heard of glutathione (pronounced; gloota-thigh-own)? Neither has almost anyone else. Many researchers say it’s probably the most important substance we require to stay healthy. Many go as far to say it’s the secret to prevent aging. So where’s Oprah, and the rest of the media? A quick search of the term “glutathione” on PubMed.gov reveals 94,117 scholarly articles, reviews and abstracts.

Present in every cell of our body, glutathione levels just might be one of the best biochemical markers there is; the higher your glutathione levels are the healthier you will be. Glutathione deficiency is found in almost all patients with extreme illnesses, e.g., cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, liver disease, diabetes and more. In fact, researchers are concluding glutathione deficiency may play a role in patients with schizophrenia. In cerebrospinal fluid of drug-free schizophrenic patients, a significant decrease in the level of total glutathione was observed as compared to controls. EJN

Glutathione’s importance to a properly functioning immune system has been shown in many studies. According to Dr. Gustavo Bounous, “The limiting factor for the proper activity and multiplication of our lymphocytes (white blood cells) is the availability of glutathione”.

Every day our bodies are exposed to stress, pollution, infection, drugs (illicit or licit) and alcohol, poor diet, infections and injury, which drain our bodies of glutathione; this depletion leaves our bodies susceptible to high levels of oxidative stress, which leads to aging, disease and eventual death. I predict that concern about glutathione levels will eventually be on par with other preventative health issues.

Get your doctor to listen

Do you have an appointment with your Dr. coming up? Well, whether it’s for a new condition or for a follow-up to a previously treated condition, you want to make sure your doctor listens to what your saying. You also want to make sure you’re expressing yourself properly. Being a paramedic for over 10 years, and having just finished my RN degree, I’ve seen first hand how important communication is in treating patients.

Doctors can be very busy, and in some cases not very understanding. Patients, on the other hand, can be understandably nervous, emotional and unprepared in communicating whats truly going on. Consumer Reports gives a few tips to ensure your doctor listens and understands you.

Get to the point:
Tell the doctor about your chief complaint (main problem) first, and don’t confuse the issue with unnecessary information.

Focus on one issue at a time:
Doctors schedule appointments long enough to deal with one issue at a time. If you have more than one problem to discuss you should ask your doctor if he has time to discuss it. If he doesn’t schedule another appointment.

Use clear, descriptive language:
Be prepared to describe to your doctor how long you’ve had the problem, how often it occurs, how long it lasts, and how severe it is. Be very specific.

Don’t embellish:
Don’t be the “boy who cried wolf”. Doctors can spot somebody over-acting and superlatives from a mile away.

Speak up:
Nothing gets doctors’ attention more quickly than a direct statement such as, “I feel like I’m not getting my point across to you, doc.” Most of them would rather hear what you’re thinking than have you leave the office angry or frustrated.

Its’ how you think

“You are a living magnet. What you attract into your life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts.”
- Brian Tracy

Calorie disclosure labels at restaraunts don’t change eating habits.

Many cities and counties around the country have imposed regulations that require restaurants to post the calories of all their meals. Big brother’s reason for the legislation? Once consumers saw the ramifications, i.e., number of calories, of their dietary choices, they would opt for a healthier one. However, not surprisingly, the evidence is indicating that mandatory labeling is having no effect on consumer choices.

There is a great concern among many of the people who study calorie labeling that the policy has moved way beyond the science and that it would be beneficial to slow down,” said George Loewenstein, a behavioral economist at Carnegie Mellon University who studies calorie labeling. In a recent editorial in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, he asked: “Given the lack of evidence that calorie posting reduces calorie intake, why is the enthusiasm for the policy so pervasive?”

“In New York, the first big city to adopt menu labeling, NYU researchers studied the eating choices of low-income fast-food diners, focusing on those who saw the labels. “Even those who indicated that the calorie information influenced their food choices did not actually purchase fewer calories,” the study says.”

The Washington Post

If human beings always based decisions on whether something they were doing was unhealthy, we wouldn’t have so many doing drugs, becoming obese or smoking. The fact is, most people disregard obvious information, even if it’s unhealthy, when it’s in-congruent with what they want.

6 Ways to Force Fitness into your Life

When it comes to being healthy, there’s no question that exercise is the key to staying fit. Eating healthy is important, but if it’s not complemented by a fitness routine, then the body has no way to gain the muscle and flexibility it needs to stay healthy. But working exercise into your daily routine can be difficult. Here are 6 ways to force fitness into your life. 

1. Exercise with a Partner

One of the best ways to stay motivated is to have someone who will hold you accountable. If you know a friend is waiting for you to arrive so you can go for a run or a walk, you’ll be much more motivated to get ready and go. It also means that you have a firm time for exercise, so you can’t say, “Oh, I’ll go later.” You know you won’t!

2. Pick Something That Motivates You

Decide why you want to work out, and focus on that. Maybe it’s to feel more energetic, healthier, or just to walk up the stairs without breathing heavily. Whatever it is, keep that image in your mind as you exercise. When you don’t want to do it, remember why it is you’re exercising. Maybe you see your grandma who can barely walk, and you’re determined to be in shape when you are her age. Whatever it is, keep that focus.

3. Keep Variety in Your Routine

One surefire way to lose your motivation is to let your exercise routine stagnate. If you do the same thing every day, you’ll get bored, and so will your muscles. If you’re finding yourself dreading your exercise, pick something new. Find a local yoga studio or adult karate class. Attend a Zumba class or swim laps. Just by doing something new, you’ll be re-energized. 

4. Get Your Fitness Certificate

One way to really motivate yourself is to earn any number of fitness certificates. This could be a certificate to become a personal trainer or fitness trainer. If you’re looking for a new career, this is a great way to motivate yourself to stay in shape (After all, who would want a flabby personal trainer?) and make some money at the same time.

5. Create a Reward System

Stay motivated by rewarding yourself for exercising. This could be something like letting yourself buy something you’ve been wanting if you exercise for a specific number of days in a row. If you’re trying to lose weight, avoid rewards that involve food. 

6. Don’t Pressure Yourself

One thing to avoid is putting too much pressure on yourself. Even if all you can do is go for a 20-minute walk during your lunch hour, that’s still something, so give yourself credit.
A lot of times, exercise is all about your state of mind. Follow these tips, and you will be successful. What is it that helps you force fitness into your life?

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