Inflammation, inflammation, inflammation: it’s everywhere on the net and used to sell millions of dollars worth of supplements. We are proud of the anti-inflammation properties of I LOVE H2, our molecular hydrogen supplement, but are ready to admit that diet always come first as our preferred health strategy. So we were excited to read that real science rather than marketing has narrowed down our food choices to the best anti inflammation foods on the planet.
A menu against inflammation
A few common foods may help rein in the chronic inflammation that contributes to so many diseases. A new study by the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease found that the polyphenols in onions, turmeric, red grapes, green tea and acai berries may be key to fighting the swelling.
To hone in on which foods might be most helpful in halting inflammation, scientists tested 31 polyphenols and six polyphenol combinations to see how they affected T-cells in the blood.
T cells are a type of white blood cell that circulates throughout our bodies, scanning for cellular abnormalities. Through cell-signaling molecules called cytokines, they call in the troops—other cells—when they find a problem that needs help. Prior to the study, little was known about the relative potency of different polyphenols in modulating cytokine release, according to a University of Liverpool release about the research.
University of Liverpool’s Sian Richardson, a co-author of the study, said: “The results of our study suggest that (poly)phenols derived from onions, turmeric, red grapes, green tea and açai berries may help reduce the release of pro-inflammatory mediators in people at risk of chronic inflammation. Older people are more susceptible to chronic inflammation and as such they may benefit from supplementing their diets with isorhamnetin, resveratrol, curcumin and vanillic acid or with food sources that yield these bioactive molecules.”
Ian: I agree with everything this study concludes. personally, however, I use I LOVE H2 for its anti inflammatory, antioxidant, anti allergenic, anti apoptotic and cell signalling support properties. All in one effervescent tablet.
The results were published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Recent research has also suggested that vitamin D may be a part of a powerful strategy to reduce chronic inflammation and the related risk of disease.
The US National Institute of Mental Health says we now have over 40 million Americans affected by a mental or emotional condition. Then there is the other 50 million who suffer from intermittent bouts of anxiety and depression.
Wow. That’s nearly one third of the US population with mental health issues.
Scary? Damn right it is!
NIMH says just over 50% of adults with a serious mental illness get treatment .
This typically includes inpatient care (7.5 %) and outpatient therapy (40.5%), but the ‘top dog’ is prescription drugs (antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs).
Although people do achieve relief of their symptoms—side effects can be far worse than the original condition.
Think… suicidal thoughts or actions, the development of tics, liver damage, violent, aggressive or homicidal behavior and impaired immune function, to name a few.
What no-one talks about Neurotransmitters
Google how your brain works, and you’ll begin to understand why mental health conditions make a lot more sense…and you can see that there are other (safer) ways to deal with them!
Billions of cells in my brain talk to each other, exchanging information in the form of chemical messengers called neurotransmitters.
If brain cell ‘Fred’ wants to send a message to brain cell ‘Wilma’, Fred releases the proper neurotransmitter. The neurotransmitter floats across a miniscule space between the two cells (the synaptic cleft) and the receiving cell, Wilma, “catches” the message in one or more of its “catcher’s mitts” (neuroreceptors).
And it happens at the speed of light – or at last it should if everything is working to the max.
When the message is delivered, the leftover neurotransmitters need a cleanup. This happens in one of two ways:
- They are broken down by enzymes, pass through the liver and end up in your urine or feces
- They get sucked up by little “vacuums” (reuptake pumps) to be recycled.
The Big Stars of your Neurotransmitter Inner World.
Although your body has over 50 neurotransmitters, you do have an A-Team. Here are the nutrients they are made of: We’ll look at the common and less common ones and what happens if you are short on them.
Function: Regulates your appetite, mood, sensory perception and immune function.
Deficiency: Depression, eating disorders, chronic pain, sleep disorders, emotional problems, anxiety and aggression.
Food: Amino acid tryptophan, B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc and iron.
Gamma amino-butyric acid (GABA)
Function: Calming effect on your mood.
Deficiency:Anxiety, over-excitability, seizure disorders and mania.
The recipe: The amino acid glutamate, vitamin B6, manganese, biotin, lysine and taurine.
Function: Controls your arousal, movement and hormonal responses.
What deficiency can cause: Muscular and cell rigidity, tremors and Parkinson’s disease.
Food: The amino acids tyrosine or phenylalanine, vitamin B6, folic acid, iron, copper, magnesium and zinc.
Function: Controls electrical activity of your brain and is vital for memory storage.
Deficiency: Memory loss, depression, confusion and muscle incoordination.
Food: The amino acid choline, vitamins B6, B5 and B3, manganese, lysine and threonine.
Medications method of ‘helping’ neurotransmitters.
Psychiatric drugs achieve their intended effect by artificially manipulating our neurotransmitter levels.
Some antidepressants block our reuptake pumps from vacuuming up leftover serotonin. The drug forces serotonin to hang around between our brain cells, making us feel “happier.”
This can get nasty. It can eventually cause you to have too much serotonin—which can make your depression even worse!
By encouraging proper levels of neurotransmitters in your body, you could feel a whole lot better from mental health conditions!
Ways you can naturally help support your neurotransmitters…and your state of mind!
- A whole foods diet with lots of organic fresh fruits, green vegetables, grassfed meats, line caught fish, real grassfed butter, coco and olive oil, eggs. These foods that will load us up with the proper nutrients for your body to make your neurotransmitters. We ‘bring home’ our manufacturing process.
- Drop the soda, sugars and refined carbs. These leach essential nutrients from your bodyand are seriously addictive, even causing many mental conditions. If you don’t believe it, stop eating them fopr 2 weeks a see what your bosy and mind make up to force you back onto them!
- Encourage a healthy gut with probiotic supplementation or fermented foods. The majority of your body’s serotonin is created in your gut. From there it is sent express to your brain. Gut health is crucial to brain health!
- Make sure you have enough vitamin B12. B12 supports a process in your body called methylation. Methylation is vital to the formation of many neurotransmitters, and methylation abnormality is a factor behind mental health problems.
- Get sources of Omega-3 essential fatty acids like wild caught fatty fish. Omega-3 EFAs are vital to brain health. Supplement with a purified fish oil formula if your diet is lacking in this area.
- The new kid on the block is molecular Hydrogen. How does Molecular Hydrogen fit into this picture? Let’s look in more detail.
From the 700+ scientific studies so far, one benefit claim clearly emerges: one of the main actions of H2 is to improve cell signalling; in the brain, cell signalling is done by neurotransmitters.
We certainly need the nutrients mentioned above to make neurotransmitters, but it may not be enough. We also need the body to recognise that the neurotransmitter needs to be made. It has to send the message that the nutrients need to be used for that particular purpose. This message delivery is carried via cell signalling, and with our modern lifestyle and constant sate of low to mediam level toxicity, occasionally the body needs help with maintaining optimal cell signalling. H2, it appears, can do this.
A good number of studies have now shown H2 can increase a number of neurotransmitter levels, including dopamine, epinephrine and acetylcholine. In the studies, scientists were able to conclude that increase in dopamine levels were sufficient to lead to a reduction in Parkinson’s symptoms.
In addition to molecular hydrogen’s cell signalling role, it is also anti-inflammatory. This is important to our brain as well as our body. Between the brain and the rest of the body is the blood brain barrier (BBB). This semi-permeable membrane, when functioning optimally, allows the brain’s essential nutrients and neurotransmitters into the brain, and keeps everything else out. However, in less than optimal health, the BBB can become more porous and let things into the brain that are detrimental, such as free-radicals and heavy metals. This increase in porosity can be due to inflammation.
Heavy metals and excess free-radicals in the brain may contribute to the development of neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimers. They can not only destroy the neurotransmitters. They can damage the receptors. We certainly need sufficient neurotransmitter levels, and proper functioning receptors for proper brain function. By decreasing inflammation at the BBB, molecular hydrogen can help reduce free-radical damage to the neurotransmitters and their receptors.
Molecular Hydrogen is also a selective antioxidant, so it mops up free radicals.
Therefore, in addition to its role in helping neurotransmitters and their receptors talk to each other, and keeping the bad guys out of the brain, it can also help mop up any of the bad guys that do happen to find their way into the brain.
Scientific Studies suggest that Molecular Hydrogen can:
- Help increase the levels of neurotransmitters
- Protect neurotransmitter receptors from damage
- Improve the function of the blood brain barrier
- Reduce free-radical damage in the brain.This video is a discussion between friends about the effects of molecular hydrogen on depression and brain.
For more information on how to access H2, go here.
What single biological function has been essential to every living organism’s growth, health and advancement – and is more important than any other?
It’s called cell signalling; the ability for one cell in the body to ‘talk’ to another.
Now here’s another question for you. What biological process does one in every three pharmaceutical drugs attempt to assist?
Now there’s a link between today and our lifeforms all the way back to ‘slime’.
University of British Columbia researchers have identified a common ancestral gene. This gene’s function – cell signalling – enabled the evolution of advanced life over a billion years ago.
Found in all complex organisms, including plants and animals, it ‘encodes’ for a large group of enzymes known as protein kinases that enable cells to rapidly transfer information from one cell to another.
“If the duplications and subsequent mutations of this gene during evolution didn’t happen, then life would be completely different today,” said Steven Pelech, a professor in Division of Neurology in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. “The most advanced life on our planet would probably still be bacterial slime.”
Plants, animals, mushrooms and more all exist because they are made up of eukaryotic cells that are larger and far more complex than bacteria. Within these eukaryotic cells are hundreds of organelles that perform billions of diverse functions to keep them living, just as different organs do for the human body.
The new research, published this week in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, identified the gene that gave rise to protein kinases. On a cellular scale, these highly interactive signaling proteins play a role similar to the neurons in the brain by transferring information throughout the cell by a process known as protein phosphorylation.
This ability to transmit signals from one part of the cell to another not only enabled cells to become more complex internally, but also allowed cells to come together to form systems, paving the way for the evolution of intelligent life.
Research into these enzymes is obviously very important to medicine. There are more than 400 human diseases like cancer and diabetes linked to problems with cell signaling.
Disease occurs when a cell gets misinformed or confused.
Today about one-third of all pharmaceutical drug development is targeted at protein kinases. For more than 30 years, researchers have known that most protein kinases came from a common ancestor because their genes are so similar.
“From sequencing the genomes of humans, we knew that about 500 genes for different protein kinases all had similar blueprints,” said Pelech. “Our new research revealed that the gene probably originated from bacteria for facilitating the synthesis of proteins and then mutated to acquire completely new functions.”
Cell signalling has another ally which is most unlike any pharmaceutical drug. Molecular hydrogen is the subject of 700 scientific studies, over a 150+ range of disease conditions, and as well as been identified as a potential selective antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic, it has also been studies for its ability to assist cell signalling.
Why should we care? We have our cupboard full of pills and potions. Why should we try molecular hydrogen?
The secret lies in its nature. H2 – molecular hydrogen is the smallest molecule in the universe, made up of two of the smallest atoms in the universe. This gives it unique properties that place it in a class of its own. Firstly, its size means the once in the body it has the ability to pass through nay part of the body, including bone, muscle, even into the mitochondria within a single cell. Secondly, it is a simple molecule. What it does – it’s shouldn’t do. Pharma giants are shaking their heads in disbelief at the results users are claiming – results normally reserved for expensive and complex formulated drugs. In truth, at this stage of research, no-one knows why it has so many therapeutic effects, but the results are certainly obvious in the studies.
Want to learn more? Check this slide show prepared by Erica Whisson, Alkaway’s inhouse naturopath.
And.. if you’d like to try molecular hydrogen for yourself, here’s two ways.
The UltraStream I LOVE H2
There’s a lovely lady out there somewhere whom we’ve known for years now.
Her name is Merrilyn and she has Rheumatoid Arthritis. She has sought relief through alkalizing, and has experienced some relief over the years.
But RA is a cruel ailment. It hurts, it degenerates and it seem to seldom if ever leave. So when we saw this report on the effects of molecular hydrogen on rheumatoid arthritis I felt compelled to publish it.
From the report:
Especially in the early stage, H2 showed significant therapeutic potential, which also seemed to assist diagnosis and treatment decisions of RA. The possible expectations regarding the potential benefits of H2 by reducing the oxidative stress, resulting from inflammatory factors, are raised and discussed here. To learn more about the many benefits revealed in over 400 scientific studies, download our report here.
I spent some time with John Biethan, our man in the US today on blab.im talking about Green Smoothies.
I’m a bit left-of-centre about Alkaline Green Smoothies as you will see.
For years now I’ve had a piece of ‘knowledge in my head that has made me prey to all sorts of woo woo cures.
It’s the idea that our telomeres in our DNA ‘shorten’ as we get older, and that this is the reason for ageing and decline. The ‘woo-woo’ cures were always using some new ‘technology’ or ‘technique’ either from Russia or Tibet that claimed to use quantum physics to restore telomere health. Of course it’s a complete load of BS but I always looked at the adverts because fixed in my mind was a picture of my trillions of little telomeres randomly dropping bits off their strings.
So today’s news is very good news to me. The big news is that there is a reason that bits drop off them and that reason is something I personally can address. You see, news from a team of experts from Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing and Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo is that INFLAMMATION is the cause of telomere destruction.
Why is that making me happy?
Because molecular hydrogen – the same H2 that our UltraStream adds to its pure water oputput, and according to published scientific studies, it’s a super efficient inflammation fighter. We are getting some great reports from users already (see our testimonials page).
In tablet form it’s classified as a sports supplement and Steve, our inhouse trainer swears by it. he plays two games of soccer each weekend and at age 45, he says he was never able to achieve this so easily.
There are some many books, studies and reports on the problem of inflammation. It’s already been linked as a precursor to many of our 5 star diseases – the ones that keep the Big Pharma industry so happy. It’s acknowledged as the big cause that no-one really takes much notice of, but just think; if the scientists are right, then H2 is the fabled ‘elixir of youth’.
We talk a lot about the antioxidant capability of molecular hydrogen on this page.
Not only is it unique in selectively targeting the ‘baddie’ free radicals and leaving the ‘goodies’ alone, it also supports our natural antioxidant, glutathione. However.. I remind myself and anyone else interested in living longer that glutathione, our internal super-antioxidant needs one special mineral to be produced by our body. This mineral is selenium. and here’s where you get it.
That’s why I use molecular hydrogen every day. It powers up my glutathione ability, but I also make sure I’m eating selenium-rich foods.
Click each heading for more info…
|#1: Brazil Nuts||1917µg (2739% DV) per 100 grams||536.8µg (767% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Brazil Nuts|
|#2: Liver (Lambs)||116.1µg (166% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||98.7µg (141% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Liver|
|#3: Seafood (Oysters)||154µg (220% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||130.9µg (187% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oysters|
|#4: Fish (Tuna)||108.2µg (155% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||92.0µg (131% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Fish|
|#5: Wheat Germ||79.2µg (113% DV) per 100 grams||91.1µg (130% DV) per cup (115 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Wheat Germ|
|#6: Sunflower Seeds||79.3µg (113% DV) per 100 grams||22.2µg (32% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sunflower Seeds|
|#7: Bacon||65.1µg (93% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||5.9µg (8% DV) per rasher (9 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Bacon|
|#8: Chia Seeds||55.2µg (79% DV) per 100 grams||15.5µg (22% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Chia Seeds|
|#9: Oat Bran||45.2µg (65% DV) per 100 grams||42.5µg (61% DV) per cup (94 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oat Bran|
|#10: Sesame Seeds||34.4µg (49% DV) per 100 grams||9.6µg (14% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sesame Seeds|
(With thanks to http://www.healthaliciousness.com/)
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim
If your immune system falters and begins to identify some of your own tissues as being harmful or unnecessary, it will work to attack and eliminate these tissues through an inflammatory response that can cause pain and discomfort in many forms – this is how autoimmune illness develops.
Your genetics determine the specific tissue or groups of tissues (organs) that your immune system decides to attack.
But just because you have a genetic predisposition for an autoimmune illness does not mean that you are guaranteed to experience it sometime during your life, or that you cannot recover from it.
Genetic predispositions are largely triggered, maintained, and kept under control by environmental factors, namely, your diet, lifestyle, and how much stress you experience.
Ultimately, the development of autoimmune illness requires that your immune system begins to identify some of your own cells as being harmful, and that control mechanisms that are in place to prevent such “glitches” no longer do what they are supposed to in preventing such occurrences.
Several theories that attempt to explain why and how these glitches occur. Rather than get into biochemical jargon that will not do much, if anything, to help you get better, we can explain these glitches in the following way:
Over time, as your cells suffer lack of rest, lack of optimal nourishment, accumulation of waste products, and direct insult by excessive amounts of free radicals and toxins, your cells gradually become less efficient at eliminating waste products and exogenous toxins (toxins that are produced outside of your body).
Eventually, waste products and toxins may incorporate themselves into your cell membranes, and if this happens, your immune system may identify such cells as being old and damaged. At that point, your immune system will work to attack and eliminate such cells from your body.
How does your immune system go about attacking and eliminating such cells? By producing antibodies, attaching said antibodies to the cell membranes of cells that have been identified as old and damaged, and then sending other components of your immune system to destroy these antibody-tagged cells. Your immune system destroys such cells using a process of inflammation, which is why autoimmune illness is often accompanied by discomfort.
If your genetic predisposition is such that the majority of cells that are tagged to be destroyed are clustered around your thyroid gland, your health challenges may be attributed to a diagnosis of Graves’ disease. If your abnormal-looking cells are in the fatty, insulating sheath (myelin) that surrounds your nervous system, you may exhibit symptoms of multiple sclerosis. If your genetically weak tissues are those that line your joints, destruction of old and damaged cells in and around your joints may be diagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis.
Ultimately, the underlying inflammatory process that accompanies autoimmune disease is the same for all of the following names that we have created for different groups of symptoms:
Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) involves inflammation in the brain that typically occurs a few days or weeks after a vaccination or a viral infection.
Addison’s disease involves dysfunction of the outer portion of the adrenal gland.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that involves inflammation of the spine and pelvic joints.
Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) is a condition that affects the blood-clotting process, causing blood clots to form in veins and/or arteries.
Aplastic anemia is a condition whereby the bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells. It is often caused by an autoimmune attack on the bone marrow.
Autoimmune hepatitis involves inflammation of the liver.
Celiac disease is characterized by chronic inflammation of the first third or half of the small intestine, and is caused by exposure to a type of dietary protein called gluten, found in abundance in grains like wheat, oats, barley, and rye.
Crohn’s disease involves chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract.
Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 is characterized by low or non-existent production of insulin by the pancreas.
Goodpasture’s syndrome involves destruction of kidney tissue and bleeding in the lungs.
Graves’ disease is a form of hyperthyroidism.
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) involves inflammation of the peripheral nervous system, and is also called acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, acute idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis, acute idiopathic polyneuritis and Landry’s ascending paralysis.
Hashimoto’s disease is a form of hypothyroidism.
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is characterized by a low platelet count, resulting in easy bleeding.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune condition that can involve inflammation in the following areas: skin, joints, heart, lungs, kidneys, and nervous system.
Multiple sclerosis involves nerve dysfunction due to demyelination of the central nervous system.
Myasthenia gravis involves intermittent weakness and fatigue due to a problem with communication at the junction of nerves and muscles.
Optic neuritis involves inflammation of the nerves that supply your eyes which can cause partial or complete loss of vision.
Pemphigus is characterized by the formation of blisters and raw sores on mucous membranes and skin.
Pernicious Anemia is a form of anemia (inadequate red blood supply/function) that is caused by a problem with absorbing vitamin B12, which is needed to form healthy red blood cells.
Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by joint pain and inflammation.
Sjögren’s syndrome involves destruction of glands that produce saliva and tears.
Takayasu’s arteritis is characterized by inflammation that narrows the lumen of arteries.
Temporal arteritis is characterized by inflammation in medium to large-sized arteries, mostly commonly in the head. It is sometimes called giant cell arteritis, and can lead to significant vision loss.
Warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia is characterized by destruction of red blood cells by IgM antibodies.
Wegener’s granulomatosis involves inflammation of blood vessels, typically affecting the kidneys and lungs.
Diagnoses that are not universally accepted as being autoimmune in nature, but for all practical purposes belong in the same category of health conditions, include:
Alopecia is characterized by hair loss. Loss of random patches is called alopecia areata, while full body loss of hair is called alopecia universalis.
Endometriosis is characterized by endometrial tissue (tissue found in the uterus) being deposited outside of the uterus, causing pain and sometimes infertility.
Interstitial cystitis is a urinary bladder disease that is characterized by one or more of the following symptoms: intense, intermittent pelvic pain, frequent urination, a sense of urgency to urinate, pain with urination, and pain with sexual intercourse.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that is characterized by patches of rapidly-dividing cells that produce itchy, scaly, and inflamed lesions.
Sarcoidosis is characterized by granuloma formation in the lungs and sometimes throughout the body.
Schizophrenia is characterized by impairments in the perception or expression of reality, often leading to social and occupational dysfunction.
Scleroderma is characterized by excessive deposits of collagen throughout the body.
Ulcerative colitis is characterized by inflammation in the bowel, typically in the distal section of the large bowel and rectum.
Vitiligo is characterized by gradual loss of pigmentation in patches across the face and/or body.
All of these conditions may be caused, in part, by cells in the problematic regions becoming old, damaged, and congested enough to be tagged by your immune system as being ready for destruction and removal.
But there is another major mechanism by which all autoimmune illnesses can develop and worsen. Whenever any unnecessary, harmful, or unidentifiable substances enter your bloodstream, they get noticed by your immune system. In an effort to preserve your health, your immune system produces antibodies that seek out and attach themselves to these unwanted substances; these substances are generally referred to as antigens.
Once your antibodies attach themselves to antigens, antigen-antibody complexes are formed. Your immune system will work to eliminate these antigen-antibody complexes from your body so that the foreign antigens cannot harm your cells. But if enough of these complexes are formed, your immune system may not be able to eliminate them as quickly as they are formed. This can lead to some of these complexes getting deposited into different tissues, where they can cause inflammation and damage. Typically, the sites at which these complexes get deposited are determined by your genetic predisposition.
Causes of Antigen-Antibody Complex
Formation and Ensuing Inflammation
Perhaps the most common cause of excessive formation of antigen-antibody complexes is having an unhealthy digestive tract.
From your mouth to your anus, your digestive tract is one long tube that is meant to extract nutrients out of your food and allow these nutrients to slip through into your bloodstream so that they can nourish your cells. While your digestive tract is designed for proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, it is also designed to protect your blood and inner cells against undesirable substances that can become antigens that lead to antigen-antibody complex formation in your blood.
If you abuse your digestive tract long enough with poor dietary and lifestyle choices, it can begin to lose its ability to prevent harmful substances from entering your blood. The lining of your digestive tract can begin to break down, and the population of microorganisms that line your digestive tract can shift from being predominately health-promoting and protective bacteria to largely microorganisms that can break down your digestive tract lining, such as yeast, bad bacteria, and even parasites.
This state – where your digestive tract lining loses its ability to keep harmful substances out of your blood – is often called “leaky gut syndrome.”
Leaky gut syndrome can cause incompletely digested food to enter your bloodstream. And the most problematic incompletely digested food group in autoimmune illness is protein.
Your body expects to receive amino acids – the smaller constituents of protein – into its blood supply, not bigger molecules of protein (several amino acids linked to one another). So when incompletely digested protein enters your blood supply through an unhealthy digestive tract lining, your immune system identifies these molecules as being foreign and potentially harmful. Your immune system will quickly move to create antibodies that can attach onto chains of incompletely digested protein, forming antigen-antibody complexes. And you know what happens next. While your immune system will do its best to eliminate these complexes from your body, if enough of them form because you continue to have a dysfunctional digestive tract and you continue to eat large amounts of protein, some of these complexes will get caught up in various tissues in your body, leading to inflammation and pain.
Incompletely digested protein is not the sole group of substances that can contribute to autoimmune illness in this fashion. Any substances that your body cannot use for nourishment can potentially trigger the production of antigen-antibody complexes and ensuing inflammation. This is why it is important to be aware of common household and environmental toxins, and to do your best to decrease your exposure to them.
For example, great care should be taken to avoid unnecessary exposure to conventional cosmetic products. Lipstick, lip balm, and other products that are typically used around large pores have a relatively easy pathway to your blood supply. It is a well established fact that women suffer from autoimmune illness at a significantly higher rate than men; I have come to believe that this is, in part, due to the widespread use of cosmetics among women – this is a connection that has not been established in the medical literature, it is a personal hypothesis based on my own clinical experiences.
At this point, I hope that it is clear that autoimmune illness, no matter which specific one you are concerned about, is not a local problem in your body; it is a systemic problem that has multiple causes and should be addressed as such.
Put another way, if you want to maximize your chances of experiencing a full recovery and being free of autoimmune illness for the long-term, you must take care of every aspect of your health on a daily basis.
Ian: We have a lovely lady client. Merilyn has RA and has used our products for many years, claiming some relief.. but it’s a nasty ailment and often gets worse rather than better. We are VERY hopeful of feedback from people with inflammation-related disease with our hydrogen products. That’s not a claim: it’s a hope!
We’ve been going on for years about phthalates, the chemical mixed in with vinyl to make it soft and pliable. We noted previously what it was doing to men; now a new study finds that they are not too terrific for women either.
(From Treehugger’s Michael Graham Richard (@Michael_GR)
Phthalates strike again
We’ve been covering the impact of phthalates for years . They are chemicals that can be found in many soft, bendy plastics that are used in all kinds of household products (shower curtains, PVC flooring, etc, and they also end up in some processed food). Part of the problem is that phthalates additives are not well bound to plastics, so they are continuously released into the air or food or liquid. That’s why bendy, soft plastic tends to age badly and harden, becoming more brittle over time.
As if these chemicals weren’t worrying enough already for other reasons, a new study shows that phthalates might be having an impact on the libido of women by disrupting hormone signalling (they are already known to affect sexual function in men through other hormonal interactions). To figure this out, researchers tested the urine of 360 pregnant women in their 20s and 30s to determine what concentration of phthalates was present in their bodies, and then asked them about their sex drive.
The result? The women with the highest level of phthalates were 2.5x more likely to have low libido than those with the smallest concentration. This was considered statistically significant, and hopefully with more research we can determine exactly what is going on. In the meantime:
[Dr Emily Barrett, of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, in New York] recommends that women trying to get pregnant should avoid processed and fast food as the more processing that food goes through the more chance it has to come into contact with the chemicals.
This is because phthalates are endocrine disruptors, and they affect testosterone and, it now seems, estrogen.
This might be another argument in favor of organic food, as these chemicals are sometimes used in pesticides. Even better if there’s no packaging!
Ian: For me it’s just another HUGE reason to institute and maintain my own antitoxin program, including greens, and molecular hydrogen with lots of pure UltraStream water to move those accumulating toxins on and out!
Erica is our inhouse naturopath here at AlkaWay. She keeps us all healthy and educated. Here’s her ‘take’ on spring detox. Worth a read!
Spring, an ideal time to detox
By: Erica Whisson (B Nat, B Com)
During winter we naturally tend to eat heavier and more warming foods. They are the foods we need to stay healthy, especially those in colder climes. We have evolved to do this. During our evolution (especially the ice age) and other times of food scarcity such strategies increased our chances of survival through a long cold winter.
However, when it gets to spring our need for warming foods decreases. By the end of September many of us are feeling a little sluggish, and not at all like the vibrantly alive active person we want to be come summer.
This makes early spring an ideal time to detox and kick start the body’s metabolism.
Any healthy detox programme looks at making long term lifestyle changes, and not just a couple of weeks of “being good”; however often those couple of weeks of being good are a great motivator to a healthier lifestyle.
In terms of a detox diet, it can be as simple as: If it comes in a packet or a tin, you don’t eat it.
The layout of most supermarkets makes this easy. If it’s around the edges then it is probably OK, if it is in the aisles, it probably isn’t. This means you eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables (seasonal of course), nuts and seeds as you want. One mistake many people make when detoxifying, is to not eat sufficient protein.
Protein is essential for (among other things) the liver to function, for the body to heal, for immune system and brain function. The ideal amount of protein per day is not something that can easily be ascertained and there is no magic amount. For many people about 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight is sufficient. However if you get a lot of exercise – especially strength training – then requirements are higher. If you are carrying extra weight, then basing protein amount on lean muscle mass or ideal weight is often a better indication.
The choice of protein is also something that gives rise to contention. For every positive of a protein source there are negatives, so it is important to find the ideal protein for the individual.
Most non animal sources of protein are deficient in at least one essential amino acid, so protein combining is essential.
Legumes are a great source of protein, but for those with a history of, or predisposition to thyroid issues, they can exacerbate any problems.
Soy is one of the most genetically modified and highly sprayed crops cultivated, so foods like tofu, unless organic, are often not a good choice for a detox protein. You’re trying to lose toxins, not add them!
Red meat is high in saturated fats, and though saturated fats (in moderation) are not as unhealthy as we have been led to believe, red meat, even if organic is usually not the ideal protein when detoxifying. It just makes the digestive system have to work harder.
Seafood would be ideal in terms of amino acid balance and nutrients, as well as being easy on the digestive system, if our waters weren’t so polluted, so only eating smaller fish, the ones at the bottom of the food chain that haven’t accumulated as many toxins is a better choice.
For most people a protein supplement is not required and you should be able to get sufficient protein from the diet. However, if you are exercising and losing muscle, or recovering from exercise more slowly than normal then supplementation can be indicated.
Another group that may benefit from protein supplementation are those who are eating more than they should, or constantly feel hungry. Protein is more filling and leaves you satiated for longer than carbohydrates. So a protein shake between meals is ideal. For these people rice and pea proteins are usually a better option than whey protein. This is because whey protein has been found to increase the hormone Insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF1) which has been found to impede weight loss in people who are not getting sufficient exercise. (Milk – The promoter of chronic Western diseases Bodo C. Melnik *Medical Hypotheses Volume 72, Issue 6, June 2009, Pages 631–639)
As simple as it sounds, one of the most important parts of a detox is to drink sufficient good quality purified water. There is no point in trying to remove toxins from the body if, with every mouthful of water, you are retoxifying.
Adequately purified water that also has an increased amount of molecular hydrogen can certainly aid in a detox regime. Reducing the amount of chlorine, chloramines, fluoride, heavy metals and organic pesticides from water before drinking it is an obvious choice.
Hydrogen Rich Water
Increasing the intake of Molecular Hydrogen is not so straight forward. Hydrogen is, after all, the most abundant molecule in the universe. Molecular Hydrogen, consumed through drinking hydrogen rich water has been found to be an antioxidant, specific for the hydroxyl radical and peroxynitrite – 2 very active, though thankfully short lived free radicals that the body has no other defence against. Excess levels of these free radicals can damage virtually all types of macromolecules: carbohydrates, nucleic acids, lipids and amino acids; are implicated in neurological autoimmune diseases and cannot be eliminated by an enzymatic reaction but require antioxidants.
Drinking Hydrogen rich Water can help to minimise the effects of these free radicals.
Molecular Hydrogen also increases the levels of some of the most important antioxidant enzymes the body produces, such as superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase and catalase. These enzymes help keep the levels of free radicals in check and help prevent oxidative stress and the health conditions associated with it, such as heart disease, organ damage, age related memory decline, cancers and chronic fatigue. In addition these enzymes are an integral part of the body’s natural detoxification processes. They are essential to modify toxins into a form the body can easily eliminate.
As part of a detox regime increasing molecular hydrogen, and through this increasing the body’s natural antioxidant defences, allows more of the bodies resources to be used for healing, and eliminating toxins.
More on Detox Supplements
As part of a spring detox a supplement to help improve digestive function, support the liver and assist the body in eliminating toxins from the digestive tract through increasing peristaltic action and eliminating parasites can be invaluable in increasing vitality and overcoming that sluggish feeling. Ingredients to look for include the herbs wormwood, black walnut, pumpkin seed, milk thistle, olive leaf, pau d’arco, gentian, barberry, garlic, thyme and cloves. (Such supplements should be used short term only).
Garlic, thyme and cloves are all anti-microbial, thus can be beneficial in eliminating harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. Wormwood, black walnut, pau d’arco are used as anti-parasitic herbs which also increase the action of the large intestine and have a laxative effect. A laxative can be an important part of any detox as sluggish bowel motions gives more time for faeces to ferment in the bowel which increases the toxic load on the body. Some fermentation is essential for good bacteria, but too much can be detrimental.
St Mary’s thistle, pumpkin seed, garlic and barberry may help to improve liver function and improve the levels of liver enzymes thus improving the ability of the liver to eliminate functions. St Mary Thistle, also known as Milk Thistle, is a well researched herb for improving overall liver health, and potentially helping restore liver cell function after damage.
Gentian is used to stimulate digestion, specifically the release of gastric acid and digestive enzymes. This increase in function can help to increase nutrient absorption, and overall action of the digestive tract.
So… to kick start your vitality a spring detox is strongly recommended.
For most people eating only fresh foods and drinking only water and herbal teas, and taking a short course of a supplement that can stimulate the body’s natural detoxification systems is sufficient. To optimise efforts, the water should be hydrogen rich and purified, the foods should be seasonal, local and organic, the supplement should support all the systems of elimination. If done properly a detox should not have side effects. If you do have the frequent side effects of headache, nausea and fatigue then you are probably detoxing too quickly and intensely. In this instance slow down everything you are doing, simply starting with drinking the best water is usually the best approach.
Of course, anyone with an existing health condition should consult a health professional before beginning any detox regime.
Answers to a couple of frequently asked detox questions
Is a detox is a waste of time and money if the body does this anyway?
Some people will attest that the body will naturally eliminate toxins and that a liver function test will identify any need to do anything to improve liver function. However, very rarely does the liver suddenly become damaged. Like every health condition, it takes time to develop. Thus it is often beneficial to give the liver some support a few times a year, depending on your lifestyle, to prevent major health conditions.
Should children detox?
In an ideal world, no. Children have not had the years of accumulating toxins and thus detoxing is not required. However, many of us live in a polluted world and our foods have higher levels of toxins than the body can cope with. For children with a less than ideal diet, and living in polluted areas a gentle detox may be indicated. For most children, eliminating all fluids other than water and mild herbal teas such as chamomile, and increasing fruit and vegetables (ideally organic) and ensuring sufficient good quality protein is sufficient. For children with conditions which may be associated with toxicity (such as some skin conditions, allergies, or fatigue) then a more complete approach may be required and a visit to a naturopath is strongly recommended.
What are good herbal teas to assist in a detox?
Good quality chamomile is a gentle and effective detox herb. Loose leaf chamomile, with the petals still attached will generally work better than teabags as the herb in the teabags has been processed a lot more and some of the therapeutic value is diminished. Another good herb is dandelion root (the leaf is a diuretic) which can stimulate the liver. For a combination of herbs try yellow dock, burdock, nettle and maybe a little ginger.
Garlic has antimicrobial, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
J Tradit Complement Med. 2012 Jul-Sep; 2(3): 192–201.
Recent Research Progress on Garlic (大蒜 dà suàn) as a Potential Anticarcinogenic Agent Against Major Digestive Cancers
Rajasekaran Raghu, Kuan-Hung Lu, and Lee-Yan Sheen*
Wormwood, as the name suggests has traditionally been used to eliminate parasites such as worms from the digestive tract. It does this by increasing the rate and strength of the contractions of the intestines causing parasites to dislodge from intestinal walls. This also has the effect of increasing removal of wastes from the intestine.
Black walnut is used to eliminate parasites, including worms and also as a laxative. (http://www.ndhealthfacts.org/wiki/Juglans_nigra)
Pumpkin seeds have been found to have antioxidant actions, and also to improve liver enzyme function thus improving the ability of the liver to eliminate toxins. (In Vitro antioxidative activity of pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo) protein isolate and its In Vivo effect on alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase in acetaminophen-induced liver injury in low protein fed rats. C. Z. Nkosi, A. R. Opoku and S. E. Terblanche Phytotherapy Research Volume 20, Issue 9, pages 780–783, September 2006)
(Advances in the Use of Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Janice Post-White, Integr Cancer Ther June 2007 vol. 6 no. 2 104-109)
Postprandial oxidative stress is increased after a phytonutrient-poor food but not after a kilojoule-matched phytonutrient-rich food
Research indicates that energy-dense foods increase inflammation and oxidative activity, thereby contributing to the development of vascular disease.
However, it is not clear whether the high kilojoule load alone, irrespective of the nutritional content of the ingested food, produces the postprandial oxidative and inflammatory activity.
This study investigated the hypothesis that ingestion of a high-fat, high-sugar, phytonutrient-reduced food (ice cream) would increase oxidative and inflammatory activity greater than a kilojoule-equivalent meal of a phytonutrient-rich whole food (avocado).
The individual contributions of the fat/protein and sugar components of the ice cream meal to postprandial inflammation and oxidative stress were also quantified.
Using a randomized, crossover design, 11 healthy participants ingested 4 test meals:
- Ice cream,
- The fat/protein component in ice cream,
- and the sugar equivalent component in ice cream.
Plasma glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, and inflammatory and oxidative stress markers were measured at baseline and 1, 2, and 4 hours (t1, t2, t4) after ingestion. Lipid peroxidation was increased at 2 hours after eating fat/protein (t0-t2, P < .05) and sugar (t1-t2, P < .05; t1-t4, P < .05). Antioxidant capacity was decreased at 4 hours after eating ice cream (t0-t4, P < .01) and sugar (t0-t4, P < .01). Ingestion of a kilojoule-equivalent avocado meal did not produce any changes in either inflammatory or oxidative stress markers. These data indicate that the ingestion of a phytonutrient-poor food and its individual fat/protein or sugar components increase plasma oxidative activity. This is not observed after ingestion of a kilojoule-equivalent phytonutrient-rich food.
Why Our Water Filtration Process is Better
Water filters are everywhere. They range in cost from under twenty dollars to hundreds and even thousands of dollars for an under-sink, electrically powered reverse osmosis system (like our own UltRo System).
So what makes our energy-saving Ultrastream mechanical filtration system a truly outstanding choice for American families?
The UltraStream filtration system comes in a good-looking case — white or black and brushed metal — and can be used on a countertop, or it can be installed under your sink for in-line service through a water filter tap. It’s compact and well designed, with an easy to change filter stack and a compact footprint.
The Ultrastream filtration system creates the best alkaline water you’ll find, both in terms of effectiveness and taste, but that’s not all it does. It will also add molecxular hydrogen and antioxidant negative ions, while it removes harmful toxins. For example, the Ultrastream will remove excess fluoride from water, lowering the concentration by up to 70 percent. It also filters harmful organic particles, pesticides and pharmaceuticals and removes heavy metals and chemicals like chlorine, chloramines and trihalomethanes, too.
Developed Over More Than a Decade
It took us over a decade of research and testing to hunt down the filtration layers needed to purify ordinary tap water through a process of extreme filtration, and then transform it into a health-enhancing drink accessible every day. The UltraStream system creates water with enhanced hydrogen supplementation that is also ionized to act as an antioxidant.
Fully Researched and Tested
At AlkaWay, we — unlike many of our competitors — are willing to put our money where our mouth is. We commissioned Griffith University to perform independent testing to analyze our filtered water under conditions reflecting the full one-year life span of the filter – not just the filter in as-new condition.
What did they find?
The UltraStream continues to perform up to spec for 12 months and up to 3,000 liters of water. The UltraStream system continues to increase the hydrogen concentration in the water 10,000 times and deliver oxidation / reduction potential, or ORP, of -350 millivolts up to an entire one year life of the filter. It also keeps the water’s pH in a healthy, alkaline range of 8 to 10.
Taken together, this means that the Ultrastream alkaline water ioniser outperforms more energy intensive systems that are offered at many times the cost. You can use it on your countertop or, with an inexpensive installation kit, under your sink. Once you’ve researched the benefits of alkaline water and ionized hydrogen water and looked into the alternatives that are currently on the market, you’ll agree that the UltraStream system offers an amazing value and that no health conscious household should be without it.
Our water filters were designed in Australia, tested in the US, and are manufactured in California, so you know that you can trust the quality and consistency of our products.
In this short video Ian shares his 15 years’ experience of ORP – the measure used by most sellers to ‘prove’ their water is an antioxidant.
I follow an industry news site on supplements. Today they talked about the blatant lies told by many supplement vendors. Here’s a comment left on the article.
“…sellers of dietary supplements are ruthless when it comes to marketing their products – they will tell the customer what he wants to hear, not the truth, necessarily.
A popular supplement with anti-oxidant qualities is Chaga, which is based on a medicinal fungus. Chaga became a hype, due to health-gurus like David Wolfe. Many supplement sellers are now piggybacking on this hype.
The health claims made for Chaga are in general simply idiotic and based on copy-pasting poorly understood or purely invented numbers and statements from the internet, without ever looking into sources. This includes the anti-oxidant claims, which are in general based on alleged research from TUFTS University (US). However, this university never researched Chaga, according to their own statement, but the anti-oxidant claims based on this alleged research are found everywhere. SOD value: xxxx units!!!! (SOD is destroyed in the stomach, so it’s useless to consume it orally, but this is a side note…) And it’s impossible to fight this misinformation. Because of human nature.
People prefer beautiful lies, every time.”
Here at AlkaWay we are beset with a problem of the opposite kind. We have discovered that Molecular hydrogen is a different sort of antioxidant than any other in that it ‘discriminates’ between beneficial free radicals and nasty ones like the dreaded Hydroxyl ion. The dominant (marketing) paradigm says that all free radicals are bad, but this is far from the truth. Many free radicals are in our bodies to support us as natural ‘janitors’ cleaning up (through oxidation) junk DNA and other detritis. But.. how do we tell people that an inert gas can do this better than any other heavily promoted antioxidant?