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      The stats tell it all: The number one cause of death in the United States is heart disease. That’s right, more than any other disease – even cancer (a close second) – heart disease is the most likely to kill you. The United States is currently facing a “diabesity” epidemic, or a substantial increase in the prevalence of metabolic syndrome leading to diabetes and obesity, all serious risk factors for heart disease.

      According to the American Heart Association, every 34 seconds someone in the US dies of a heart attack. By the time you finish reading this paragraph, another person will have lost their life. Sadly, many people do not even know they have heart disease until they experience a heart attack. These facts alone make Heart Health a critical topic to understand.

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      The gut-brain connection occurs in two directions—from the brain to the gut, and from the gut to the brain. When a person has a “gut feeling,” or an emotional upset causes a stomachache or loss of appetite, they experience examples of the first, most familiar direction. When the gut is out of balance, inflammation results leading to a condition commonly known as leaky gut. A leaky gut will allow undigested food particles and toxins to enter into the bloodstream. Some may cross into the brain, setting the stage for diseases like Alzheimers and dementia. Recognizing the underlying contributing factors that created the gut imbalance in the first place is the first step to achieving optimal brain function .

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Omega-3 Supplements Reduce Cigarette Cravings

Filed in Omega-3 & Fish Oil, Smoking | Posted by Brenda Watson on 01/14/2015


Cigarette smoking causes almost half a million deaths each year in the United States alone. One in every five deaths in this country are attributed to smoking. Smokers are more likely to develop heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer than are nonsmokers. And smoking is responsible for one-third of cancer deaths in the United States. With all these scary statistics, it’s a wonder so many people still smoke. But the truth is smoking is highly addictive. It is a physical and mental addiction that takes hold and, for many, feels almost impossible to shake.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, researchers discovered that omega-3 supplementation helps reduce craving for cigarettes and also reduces the number of cigarettes smoked per day. The study involved 48 smokers aged 18–45 who smoked at least ten cigarettes daily for an average of eleven years. They were divided into two groups: one group received an omega-3 supplement containing 2710 mg EPA and 2040 mg DHA daily for one month, and the other group received a placebo.

“The substances and medications used currently to help people reduce and quit smoking are not very effective and cause adverse effects that are not easy to cope with,” noted Sharon Rabinovitz Shenkar, PhD. “The findings of this study indicated that omega-3, an inexpensive and easily available dietary supplement with almost no side effects, reduces smoking significantly.”

After thirty days, the smokers taking the omega-3 supplementation were smoking two less cigarettes per day without having been asked to change their smoking habits at all. They also had a decrease in nicotine cravings. Thirty days after the supplementation had been discontinued cigarette cravings increased slightly but were still lower than the initial amount before supplementation, suggesting that omega-3s exert an effect long after they are stopped.

Long-Term Study Identifies Factors that Reduce Risk of Dementia

Filed in Dementia, Diabetes, Exercise, General, Heart Disease, Smoking | Posted by Brenda Watson on 01/03/2013


There are five main crucial factors for living a disease-free life: regular exercise, non-smoking, low body weight, healthy diet, and low alcohol intake, according to a recent 35-year study in Wales that was published in the Public Library of Science ONE journal. People who maintained four or five of these behaviors had a 60 percent decreased risk of dementia and cognitive decline and a 70 percent decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke compared to people who maintained none of these behaviors.

“The size of reduction in the instance of disease owing to these simple healthy steps has really amazed us and is of enormous importance in an aging population,” said Peter Elwood, MD. “What the research shows is that following a healthy lifestyle confers surprisingly large benefits to health—healthy behaviors have a far more beneficial effect than any medical treatment or preventative procedure.”

Less than one percent of the Wales population follows all five recommended behaviors, illustrating the importance for this message to be understood and implemented. As Wales is a Western country, following the Western lifestyle, my guess is that the United States follows a similar pattern.

The study followed over 2,200 men aged 45–59 over 35 years. “The results of this study overwhelmingly support the notion that adopting a healthy lifestyle reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease and dementia. These findings will hopefully go a long way in encouraging people to carefully consider their lifestyle and how it will impact on their health in later years,” said Christopher Allen, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, a co-sponsor of the study.

If you have not yet implemented four or five healthy behaviors found in this study, I encourage you to do so. You will live a healthier, more vibrant life by reducing your risk for disease.

Smoking and Brain Damage

Filed in Cleansing, General, Preventable Issues, Smoking, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/06/2009


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Summary:
In this video blog I discuss how smoking can lead to brain damage. The National Brain Research Center has found that a chemical in tobacco called NNK provokes an exaggerated response from microglial cells in the brain. What is NNK? How does this create brain damage? Tune and in find out…

Full Script:
Need one more reason to quite those nasty cigarettes? As if lung cancer wasn’t bad enough, how about brain damage?

The National Brain Research Center recently released it’s findings that a chemical in tobacco known as NNK provokes an exaggerated response from the brain’s immune cells called microglia. What does this mean?

Well normally these microglia cells act as the destroyers for unhealthy or damaged brain cells. But when provoked by this NNK chemical in tobacco smoke these immune cells start to attack your healthy brain cells. This, over time, can lead to significant damage within the brain tissue.

I don’t know about you, but at this point in my life I’m trying to do everything possible to keep all those brain cells healthy. Unfortunately smoking is one of the most addictive habits you could have.

If you need help quitting smoking, Renew Life can help. My product called Smoker’s Cleanse has had great success. This product is a combination of three formulas. The first will help cleanse the lungs and body from the toxicity of smoking. The second is a tasty chewable tablet designed with ingredients that have an effect on the brain in reducing the cravings for cigarettes. And the third formulation is to reduce the symptoms associated with quitting, such as irritability and insomnia. Many people have used this formula to not only help cleanse their body from the effects of smoking but to help ease the difficulty associated with quitting.

I hope, for your brain’s sake, it helps you too!