A Whole Health Life

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We Are What We Eat – Talk by Dr. Smoots

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 | Comments Off on We Are What We Eat – Talk by Dr. Smoots

We Are What We Eat – Talk by Dr. Smoots

This month as part of the annual Food Day event in Everett, WA, I’m giving a talk about nutrition at the Everett Public Library. Specifically, I’ll be speaking about the epigenetics of nutrition. Don’t let that unfamiliar word scare you away. Epigenetics is an exciting new field that looks at how our lifestyles and the environment we live in directly affect which of our genes get expressed. It turns out that fatty fish, greens and nuts turn on health-promoting genes. And refined, processed foods and certain food additives activate bad genes that can damage our health. We now have a much better understanding of how this works based on research results...

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Are You Surviving or Thriving in Today’s Toxic World?

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 | Comments Off on Are You Surviving or Thriving in Today’s Toxic World?

Are You Surviving or Thriving in Today’s Toxic World?

Join me at the free online Detox Summit in August. It’s touted to provide everything you ever wanted to know about detoxification. I’m signed up to attend. How about you? Environmental toxins can be found in what you eat, drink, breathe, feel and think. You may not be aware of toxins, but if you want to be healthy, being educated on the latest in toxins is a must! Chronic conditions, like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity, may be associated with environmental toxins in your body.   The pearls of wisdom from expert speakers at The Detox Summit are essential to your health. Join us online for free from August 4-11.   This Detox Summit will...

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Turmeric Reduces Post-Exercise Soreness

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 | Comments Off on Turmeric Reduces Post-Exercise Soreness

Turmeric Reduces Post-Exercise Soreness

Anyone who exercises has experienced the painfully sore muscles that can occur a day or two after the workout. Wouldn’t be nice if there was something you could do to keep this from happening? Well, it turns out there is, or just might be… In fact, you probably already have the key ingredient in your spice cabinet. It’s the popular spice turmeric, a prime ingredient in curry powder and Indian curries. This spice has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. ConsumerLab reported the results of a small study involving curcumin, the active substance present in turmeric. The research found that taking curcumin before and after intense exercise...

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Your Feelings Count When It Comes to Affairs of the Heart

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 | Comments Off on Your Feelings Count When It Comes to Affairs of the Heart

Your Feelings Count When It Comes to Affairs of the Heart

You have probably heard of the main risk factors for heart disease: smoking, diabetes, family history and high blood pressure and cholesterol. Many people may not be as aware that emotions can also play a role in whether or not we succumb to a heart attack. A growing body of evidence suggests that chronic anger, anxiety and depression can be deadly to those with coronary artery disease. Heart patients who frequently blow-up or suffer from depression increase their chances of having a heart attack. In one study loneliness led to a death rate of 50 percent, compared to a rate of 17 percent in those who got the social support they needed. These findings are not confined to...

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Don’t Take this News Sitting Down

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Don’t Take this News Sitting Down

Don’t Take this News Sitting Down

More and more evidence shows that sitting too much has health risks. Recent studies have shown that the longer you sit in a typical day, the higher your risk of chronic disease and the shorter your lifespan. Even people who exercise an hour a day but then sit the rest of their day have an increased risk compared to those who stay more active throughout their day. That’s why I noted with interest the latest study to come out on this topic. The results were announced in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research and were presented at their annual meeting last month. Sitting a cause of pre-cancerous colon polyps Basically, researchers found that...

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Methyl Cycle a Source of Chronic Illness

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 | Comments Off on Methyl Cycle a Source of Chronic Illness

Methyl Cycle a Source of Chronic Illness

I attended a conference earlier this month on methylation and nutrigenomics. The term nutrigenomics means the use of diet and supplements to treat genetically induced or inherited problems. Methylation is a growing field that I will explain in more detail below. What is methylation? It’s a chemical reaction that occurs in every cell of your body. During methylation, a methyl group consisting of one carbon and three hydrogen atoms is added to a molecule. Methyl groups are chemically inactive, so adding them to a protein changes the function of the protein. Enzymes are proteins that control chemical reactions in the body. They can become more or less active when...

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