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6 Ways Your Liver Is Important for More Than Just Drinking

liver health for more than drinking alcoholWhat Many Don't Know What Amazing Things Their Liver Does

We all know our liver plays a big role  in those nights out on town.  One too many drinks and many wish they could supercharge their liver for the dreaded hangover.  Well, the good news is you can, but we'll get to that later in this blog.  What most people don't know is how vital the health of your liver is to the rest of your body, arguably just as important as your heart and brain.
  1. Keeping You Energized Carbs are key to energy.  Once they are broken down in your gastrointestinal tract into glucose, and then straight to your liver.  The liver maintains healthy levels and regulates, as well as storing excess glucose.
  2. Immunity As an organ of the immune system, the liver helps the function of Kupffer cells. Kupffer cells play an important role of capturing and digesting parasites, bacteria, worn-out blood cells, and parasites.
  3. A Vitamin Store For Your Body Just like glycogen storage for energy, your liver stores many of the bodies essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B12, A, D, E, K, iron and copper.
  4. Aid Digestion Through the production of bile the liver plays an active role in digestion. Bile helps to aid absorption of fat and fat-soluble vitamins, and also flush out unwanted substances.
  5. Metabolism Support Hepatocytes of the liver have many of the metabolic jobs that support cells throughout the body. The liver is responsible for metabolizing lipids, proteins and carbohydrates into biologically useful materials for the body.
  6. Detoxification Hub The liver essentially acts as a monitor and remover of toxic substances in the body including waste products, hormones, drugs, pharmaceuticals and other toxins.  Yes, this is the part that plays a big role in alcohol detox too.
Now onto how you can supercharge your liver.  As you can see from the importance of your liver, this is far more beneficial than to just your next night out.  There are particular ingredients almost like superfoods for your liver.  We won't go into detail other than listing them, as we've written on each individually in which you can click the links.  Drum-roll, the three of the most powerful ones are... Prickly Pear, Milk Thistle and Japanese Raisin. References:
June 27, 2014


Posted in Health, Recovery Patch, side effects

Are There Zaca Patch Side Effects?

Zaca Patch Side Effects - GRAS Approved IngredientsThe ingredients infused on the Zaca topical patches are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).  GRAS is a United States of America Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements.        
October 22, 2013


Posted in hangover cures, Hangovers, Health, Travel

How Much Does a Hangover Really Cost You When Traveling?

Fotolia_34221650_XS Not only can a hangover effect a day of planned fun, what most people forget is how it can effect your pocket book. Whether taking a trip to Denver for a skiing winter vacation, going to Miami to soak up some sun or having a business convention in Las Vegas, on both business and pleasure trips you typically want to let loose a bit.  And that may mean a few nights out longer than expected.  But how much are those nights out costing us? We decided to do some investigation and research to find out what a hangover really costs us when we're traveling.  In terms of a day's worth of pleasure or business, we want to measure how much money we wasted by missing out on a day worth of things we were supposed to do because of suffering a hangover.  Of course the severity of your hangover is a big factor, however, a typically one can drastically effect a full days productivity, and so that's an assumption we made. The main cost we factored in the infographic was the average cost of a hotel broken down daily, added with the average cost of a domestic flight in the US (which is $378.62).  The more nigths you stay lowers your cost as the flight expense is spread out between more nights.  You'll also find some overlooked expenses that may occur on your trip as well. We picked some the of the top destinations for Americans in this infographic and a few international.  Keep in mind, your travel costs could vary plus or minus based on where you live and fly from as these are just averages, and the columns show what the cost is to lose out on just ONE day. The costs that the research shows is very revealing of the true cost of a hangover. cost of a hangover when traveling    
October 02, 2013

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Posted in gmo, Health, Monsanto Protection Act, News, non-gmo

How the Monsanto Protection Act was Crushed

Fotolia_55628520_XSDespite the overwhelming public support for GMO labeling legislation, the Monsanto Protection Act threatened to let biotechnology and agribusiness giants like Dow Chemical and Monsanto to continue to enjoy immunity from lawsuits regarding GMOs. Fortunately, the act didn't survive-- but what crushed the Monsanto Protection Act? The act itself originally slipped through quietly because it was attached to another piece of legislation. In the beginning of this September, House Republicans released a continuing resolution that included an extension of the act. If it had passed, it would have allowed GMOs to be freely cultivated and sold despite their potential risks to public health, the environment, and adjacent farms that grew non-GMO crops. That means that even if evidence is found inextricably linking GMOs to chronic health problems, or environmental or economic damages, the USDA would be forced to allow them to continue to be planted, sold, and used. If that sounds scary, it should. Fortunately, the measure met with enough opposition that it was axed from the Senate spending bill. Opponents of the act, like Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, led online petitions to give a voice to the members of the public that similarly opposed the bill. While initial attempts to kill the Monsanto Protection Act were unsuccessful, legislators have chosen to ensure that it will finally expire at the end of the month. Arguments against the act indicate that there is evidence that the transgenic proteins in GMOs have been found in human blood cells (including the cells of pregnant women and their fetuses), and they may be responsible for allergies, organ damage, and other health problems. Other arguments implicate GMO crops in things like bee die-offs and the growth of "superweeds." Therefore, they feel that GMOs should not be given carte blanche to be grown and sold. Arguments in favor of GMOs claim that there is not enough evidence that GMOs cause harm, and legislation limiting their use is "antiscience." Regardless of whether GMOs are harmful, it's never good to give someone immunity from the law. Hopefully, this push to limit Monsanto's immunity will herald success for things like GMO labeling legislation, and increased research into the long-term harm to humans and the environment from transgenic proteins.  

Why the Orient Has Been Using Japanese Raisin With Alcohol For A Millennium

Even before coffee and other types of medications to counter the hangover were discovered, the relief from hangover remained a big mystery in the Orient. Some people in the past were wondering why most of the people from the Orient don’t suffer from serious hangovers after taking tons of alcohol. This secret lies behind the Hovenia Dulcis or the Japanese raisin tree. So what are the health benefits that you can obtain from a Japanese raisin tree and how can it treat hangovers from too much drinking?

As of today, Japanese raisin is still unpopular. Despite the health benefits that it offers, only a few people know about its existence. Based on the research done by a lot of scientists, it helps reduce the timeframe of hangover on a drunken person. The natural chemical known as Ampelopsin or Dihydromyricetin (DHM) found in Hovenia Dulcis is the main reason. This compound is known to have antihepatotoxic properties, which is said to protect the liver from damage. It means that aside from reducing the hangover, it can also protect your liver from damage caused by alcohol. If you are always drinking alcohol, whether it is moderate or hard, Japanese raisin can significantly reduce the stress or damage caused by alcoholic drinks in your liver.

Though DHM is the main ingredient found in the Japanese raisin, it also contains a second chemical known as Quercetin. Based on preliminary research, it has antiviral and anti inflammation properties. It is also known as an effective bronchodilator that will help reduce the release of histamine in the body and all the other allergic chemicals on your body. It is also known as a good treatment for eczema and Fibromyalgia. It means that taking Hovenia Dulcis can also help relieve a lot of body ailments like eczema, asthma and more.

Since it has anti-inflammatory effects, some people say that it can relieve high fever. It also shows success as an antispasmodic remedy for gastrointestinal problems. It also helps in the treatment for different kinds of digestive diseases and conditions. It calms the stomach intestines and the bladder, and it helps reduce swelling and flush out all the toxins from your body.

As you can see the Japanese raisin tree is more than just your typical raisin. It has been used as a Chinese medicine for hundreds of years, and the health benefits of this type of raisin was only found out recently. This factual information led to the development of different products with Japanese raisin ingredient. You can now find this type of raisin as whole fruit, extract, juice and supplements as well. You can now enjoy the benefits offered by this Japanese raisin without the need to go to the Orient.

Dr Oz discusses the benefits of Prickly Pear Cactus (Nopal cactus)

Dr Oz talks about how Prickly Pear has tons of fiber beneficial to your health and how researchers are showing it may be effective to treat diabetes.  Nopal cactus is the technical name of prickly pear.  
August 06, 2013


Posted in Health, lycopene, lycopene benefits

Lycopene Benefits

Lycopene is a carotenoid with strong antioxidant properties that is responsible for giving foods their red pigment. You can find Lycopene in tomatoes, watermelon, ruby red grapefruits and red cabbage – but also asparagus, parsley, carrots and chicken. Here are a few reasons why you should make sure you add Lycopene into your daily diet…
  1. Protects from heart disease: Lycopene stops LDL cholesterol from being oxidized by free radicals and deposited into plaques in the arteries. Furthermore, this carotenoid ensures regular functioning of blood vessels.  
  2. Treat infertility: Lycopene has been known to boost sperm concentration in men.
  3. May slow cancer growth: While Lycopene does not act alone, preliminary studies suggestthat it can slow the growth of tumors and even kill prostate cancer cells.
  4. Protection from the sun: Lycopene, in addition to other carotenoids like beta-carotene and vitamin C, may help reduce sunburn and protect the skin. Researchers found that subjects who consumed tomato paste had 33% more protection from sunburn. It won’t beat sunscreen with UV protection, but it’s a good natural way to protect the skin nevertheless.
  5. Stroke prevention: One study found that participants with the highest amounts of Lycopene in their blood were 55% less likely to have a stroke than people with the lowest amounts of Lycopene in their blood.
Countless other benefits are being examined in studies. It’s not realistic to presume that Lycopene is a magic bullet for curing prostate cancer or preventing heart disease. But what we do know is that Lycopene has too many ties to good outcomes to be ignored! Cooking foods containing Lycopene can improve bioavailability, but supplements ensure you are getting enough of this nutrient in your diet. Read More: Prickly Pear Benefits Milk Thistle Benefits