What does it mean? Why would you want gluten free? Why would you give up the tasty bread, pasta, etc.
Here is an article on Gluten Intollerance
Here is a video by the Real Food Channel talking about Gluten Free Diet
After many years of not drinking coffee as I felt it wasn’t good for me. I found some new evidence that it actually is good for you. And this isn’t something coming by scientists doing research paid for by the drug companies, but by known nutritionists.
Here is an article by Dr. Mercola explaining some interesting information.
And one by Dr. Axe
Worth looking into.
Opioids are drugs that were created to work on the nervous system to relieve pain. They were designed for short term use. Continued use of only a few weeks can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop.
In the late 1990s, the pharmaceutical companies who created these drugs reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to prescription opioid pain relievers, and the medical doctors began to prescribe them at greater rates.
This assurance led to widespread use and misuse of these medications. It has now become clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive.
Read the full article on Opioid Crisis
When nerves are healthy, sensory nerves (such as those in your fingers and toes) communicate well to the environment and receive messages clearly. There is no tingling, no numbness, no burning, and no pain in the feet, hands or anywhere else.
Healthy motor nerves communicate to the muscles so that they move on demand. They relay the commands sent to the muscles from the brain. There is no unsteadiness, or being unbalanced, no dropped foot. There is no muscle weakness.
When a nerve is healthy, it has a myelin sheath surrounding it. This covering protects the nerve and just like a wire with a protective coating, it will not short circuit or create any uncomfortable feelings such as tingling, burning or pain.
What does the body need to build healthy nerves?
The body needs specific nutrients (vitamins) that will nourish the nerves and create health in each individual nerve. This, of course, will build a healthy nervous system. It helps to supplement these B vitamins as it is difficult to get enough of these vitamins in food, especially if your nervous system health is fading.
B1 (thiamine) Besides being important for energy production, cardiovascular function, brain function, eye health and proper functioning of the muscles and all body cells, It is necessary for nerve function.
B1 is used in the development of myelin sheaths: Myelin sheaths are the protective covering of the nerves. Deficiency of vitamin B1 results in weakening of the sheaths. Adequate intake of vitamin B1 ensures the development of myelin sheaths and aids nerve functioning. It is also required for regulating the transmission of particular types of nerve signals along the brain and the spinal cord.
Thiamine also contributes to optimal cognitive activity, normal brain functioning, and learning capacity.
Vitamin B1 even acts as an antioxidant, helping to guard the body against the destructive effects of free radicals.
Vitamin B1 Deficiency
A vitamin B1 deficiency can happen due to numerous reasons, such as poor diet, abusing alcohol, or liver and kidney problems. Eating large quantities of sweets, sodas, and processed foods can also create a higher risk of deficiency.
A deficiency may result in muscle weakness, fatigue, muscle cramps, and stiffness. A vitamin B1 deficiency can also negatively affect heart function and cause the heart muscles to weaken.
Using alcohol results in lower vitamin B1as it uses up B1 and lowers the amount of B1 that can be absorbed by the body. It blocks the B1 absorption but also damages the lining of the small intestine which will disrupt normal absorption of all ingredients.
Vitamin B1 deficiency results in digestive problems
A thiamine deficiency can negatively affect the nervous system resulting in tingling, numbness, irritability, poor memory retention, and depression.
B12 – Vitamin B12’s primary use by the body is aiding in the production of red blood cells, and in helping to maintain the health of the central nervous system. It keeps nerve cells healthy and protects against deterioration of the nerves.
It is critical for maintaining this myelin sheath around nerves. Nerves are encased in a fatty sheath composed of a protein called myelin which shields nerve fibers from each other.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency
A deficiency of vitamin B12 can contribute to a wide range of problems. Extended periods of deficiency can eventually result in degeneration of nerves as the body needs it to build the myelin sheath. Those who suffer from a vitamin B12 deficiency can have tingling sensations numbness, and burning feelings, weakness in the legs and problems walking.
General symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can include tiredness, weakness, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, flatulence, reduction in appetite, and menstrual problems. This can be reversed when the deficiency is remedied.
Other B vitamins:
B2, B6 and B9: B1 (thiamine) is dependent on the other B vitamins. Absorption of B1 into the body requires adequate supplies of vitamin B6, B12 and B9 (folic acid). A deficiency in vitamin B12 can increase loss of B1 in the urine, and vitamin B6 also appears to help regulate distribution of thiamine throughout the body.
B9 (folic acid): Is necessary to activate the absorption of the B12. It also improves circulation, which is particularly important point for diabetics as they tend to be deficient in folic Acid and also tend to have impaired circulation. Folic acid is also helpful in restoring healthy nerves for anyone, diabetic or not.
B2: The body utilizes vitamin B2 to keep tissue healthy and to help accelerate healing of injuries. B2 protects the nervous system.
Vitamin D: One of the functions of Vitamin D is the regulation of nervous system development and function.
All these vitamins nourish the nerves and calm the nerve endings.
What type of B1 & B12 should you use:
You need to both the Benfotiamine (B1) and Methyl B12. The result is that the blood stream levels of vitamin B1 and vitamin B12 can be greatly increased, providing the nutritional support needed by the body to rapidly and far more effectively nourish the nerves.
You might have heard of the new type of vitamin B1 being produced, called Benfotiamine. It is a fat-soluble version of vitamin B1. What does this mean? It means this form of vitamin B1 can be taken orally in large dosages and it will not flush out of the body the way ordinary thiamine (vitamin B1) does. This is due to the fact that this type of B1 will be delivered into the blood stream where it can travel to the cells and be used. It doesn’t just flush from the body.
Methylcobalamine (called Methyl B12). This is the form of vitamin B12 that can be directly utilized by the body. When regular B12 (called cynocobalamine) is taken, the body has to convert it into the Methyl B12 in the gut. Often a person can have a hard time converting B12 especially as they get older. Methyl B12 already comes in this useable form. So, when you take this type of B12, your body uses it.
B12 from food is absorbed in the intestines and needs a secretion from the stomach called gastric intrinsic factor in order to be effectively absorbed. If you are deficient in gastric intrinsic factor you will absorb much less vitamin B12, and therefore can become deficient.
Both Benfotiamine and Methyl B12 have been shown to be non-toxic and without any side effects even in very high dosages, so it can be taken as a supplement.
Taken together with the three other B (B2, B6, B9), and Vitamin D3 in the exact proportion that work together will produce the best results.
There is a formula that will give you this type of Nerve Support to build healthy nerves. It contains all these vitamins in the right amounts so they work together.
You can find out about it here
Yes, unless you teeth become demineralized due to a faulty diet, you most likely won’t have any bacteria in your mouth and if you do, they won’t be attacking your teeth and gums.
But what do you use when you have a problem with bacteria.
Read: Gum Disease
Read: Read about Dental Health includes the right diet.
Sorbitol (a form of sugar) travels to certain parts of the body where it builds up. These parts of the body are:
– the lens of the eye where it forms a white milky film called cataracts and
– the sciatic nerve (the big nerve that runs down your leg) where it can cause nerve damage (nerve pain).
Evidence indicates that taking 2,000 mg a day of vitamin C may reduce the production of sorbitol and help strip sorbitol out of the body.
Most of the vitamin C sold in the US is ascorbic acid by itself, a whole food or food based Vitamin C is what is needed.
You can read more about Vitamin C
How did “antibiotics” so freely dispensed come about?
Well, Alexander Fleming, Scottish physician, biologist, pharmacologist and botanist returned from holiday on September 3, 1928, he looked at his petri dishes containing colonies of Staphylococcus, bacteria that cause boils, sore throats and abscesses He found something unusual on one dish. It was dotted with colonies, save for one area where some mold was growing. The zone immediately around the mold (later identified as a rare strain of Penicillium notatum) was clear, the mold had secreted something that inhibited bacterial growth. He found it was capable of killing a wide range of harmful bacteria. And thus, Penicillan was created. It was not till 1941 that it was developed enough to be used on a human.
It is now 76 years later, do we use anything other than mold, which is a type of fungus actually, and ….. well, the basis of the “modern” day antibiotics is still mold.
Now, even the CDC is telling people to look for fungus when the body is not getting well through standard medical treatment.
So, do you take these chemical antibiotics/mold or do you find something natural. There is a host of things you could be taking.
See: What is an Antibiotic with a list of natural antibiotics.
Hi, my name is Chris. Let me tell you about this website.
I was concerned with the amount of degenerative diseases and other illnesses that occur due to nutritional deficiencies caused by faulty diet, and toxins in the environment such as drugs. Thus www.mcvitamins.com was created in 1999.
Education is the best tool to getting healthy and maintaining that health. Understanding how the body works, what it needs to survive well and what to do naturally when it gets sick is valuable.
Learning these things is sometimes difficult due to the way that a lot of scientific papers and journals are written. They have their own language and unless you understand that language you have difficulty learning, if you can understand it at all.
Thus, I strive to write easily understood articles about health.
I also find that people would like to take natural remedies and not rely on drugs, but don’t know how to do this or what to do. Thus, the site also educates on what natural remedies to take.
I knew remedies that worked when the website was started and what to take to keep healthy. But, I then started researching different products.
As an example, in 2006, I found a workable remedy for nerve damage (neuropathy). I was particularly interested in this problem as people are given strong drugs (pain killers, anti-depressants and anticonvulsant) none of which are healthy as they cause nutritional deficiencies and are not all that workable. It only attempts to cover up the symptoms and does nothing to build health.
This product was the first on the market (2004) and for 11 years I’ve seen so many people relieved by giving the body what it needs to build healthy nerves. This product has since been followed by copycats and other opinions on what to do for this problem. However, I still promote this same product because this one works and it follows the science of what is needed by the nerves to be healthy.
This is only one example. I disagree with taking drugs as it only manages disease but doesn’t build health. I believe that if you build health, disease tends to fade away.
Thus, McVitamins.com continually researches information and nutritional solutions to help the individual to build health.
McVitamins.com now has suggested products that can be ordered through this site, and links to other sites where you can order.
Recommended products not only fit the criteria of handling the deficiencies the nutritional supplements were meant to handle, but has been researched and found to produce good results.
We do want to hear from you. We’re interested in what you have to say? What you like about our site, or what you don’t like. What other topics would interest you, or anything at all. We’d also like to hear any of your successes.
“We need to shift our focus from treating disease to generating health..” Hippocrates (AMA”The Father of Medicine” 460 BC – 380 BC)
Chris & the McVitamins.com Staff
Chris Daino is the Founder of McVitamins.com – How to Survive in Spite of a Fast Food Lifestyle
About the Author – Chris Daino was trained at C.U.N.Y, Brooklyn College in pre-med and later in the study of Nutrition.
Knowing what the situation is regarding your health puts you on the road to building health. But now there seems to be so much more you can do.
Do you have tired Adrenals?
Is this the real reason you have problems sleeping?
We do have some good articles that got through the steps on what you can do to help – immediate help, what to eat, and what supplements you can take to support your adrenals and build adrenal health.
Here are the articles Adrenal Exhaustion
Do you want to take something to help you exhausted adrenals
Are you adrenals so exhausted that you need Advanced help
There is a formula for that too.
Having trouble sleeping Try the Sleep Aide for Adrenals
Adrenals are a problem in this society, but there are ways to create health.
For the cardiovascular system to function, the heart muscle must be strong and the blood vessels must be clear, unobstructed, and sufficiently dilated and pliable to adequately transport the blood.
What do you for Health Health? What can you do after a heart attack?
Read Heart Health