Americans Low In Vitamin E

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didyouknow?Royal River Natural Foods, a locally-owned independent natural health store in Freeport, Maine, reports a new study that found people of all ages are low in vitamin E, and particularly those 20 to 30 years old. Vitamin E may extend life, aid the brain, and help ensure healthy reproduction.

The report is part of the January 2016, issue of “Natural Insights for Well Being®”, which Royal River Natural Foods publishes free each month to help inform the Freeport community of the latest scientific discoveries in nutrition. Also in the January issue, college students with depression saw symptoms subside after taking omega-3 fish oil capsules for three weeks and postmenopausal women who continued taking vitamin D after stopping hormone replacement therapy were 26 percent less likely to develop breast cancer compared to women who stopped taking or who had never taken vitamin D, among other important findings.

“The findings this month are important for young adults looking to start a family, for students who want to do well in school, or women who want to reduce chances of breast cancer,” said Becky Foster, supplement manager. “New findings this month include studies from scientific journals such as the ‘Journal of the Public Library of Science – One,’ the ‘Journal of Nutrition,’ and the ‘Journal of Applied Physiology,’ among others.”

“Natural Insights for Well Being®” is free, and Royal River Natural Foods invites all those who wish to gain more valuable nutrition knowledge to stop in and pick up the January issue and meet the friendly, knowledgeable staff.

About the company:
Founded in 1994, Royal River Natural Foods is a unique community, natural food store. They are committed to well-being, body and soul. Experience their outstanding customer service in a warm and welcoming environment. Royal River Natural Foods proudly features local organic food, produce, locally-raised beef, chicken, lamb, pork and seafood, healthy takeout foods, bulk foods, snacks, special dietary products, specialty wines, micro-brewed beers, gourmet food made in Maine, unique gifts, eco-friendly products and much more. Royal River Natural Foods is committed to providing local, organic and sustainably-produced foods that enrich their customers’ lives. For more information about Royal River Natural Foods, visit their website at

Do You Have Low Testosterone? Here’s How Treatment Can Help

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mansmileLow testosterone is believed to affect about 40% of men over 45 or 25% of men over the age of 30. Unfortunately, most men who have low T never get diagnosed or treated for a variety of reasons. Some men are too embarrassed to discuss their symptoms with their doctor while others assume their symptoms are just a natural part of getting older.

The truth is low testosterone is more than just a set of symptoms you need to put up with; having low T also puts you at a higher risk for heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and early mortality. Testosterone replacement therapy is a safe and effective way to not only treat the symptoms of low testosterone but improve your quality of life.

Signs You Have Low Testosterone

Many men assume low testosterone has few side effects other than low libido or erectile dysfunction (ED). The truth is ED is one of the less common symptoms of low T. Most symptoms of low hormone levels are subtle and may be easy to write off as normal aging or exhaustion from work. The following are signs you may have low T:

• Erectile dysfunction. Testosterone is required in sufficient amounts to trigger the release of nitric oxide, which in turn triggers an erection.

• Low libido. The male sex drive is largely driven by testosterone. Low testosterone levels may make you less interested in sex.

• Fatigue.
Men with low testosterone levels often feel very exhausted and depleted during the day.

• Depression and irritability. Low hormone levels can cause emotional and psychological side effects such as depression, irritability, and mood swings.

• Reduced muscle mass. If you have low T, you may feel like your strength isn’t what it used to be. You may also notice reduced muscle mass in your legs and arms.

Do not write off the symptoms of low testosterone as simple signs of aging that you need to put up with. Low testosterone can have a number of serious health consequences and it can impact your quality of life. If you suspect you have low T, it’s important to talk to a doctor to have your blood work checked.

– HealthGains is a nationwide age management and hormone optimization center headquartered in South Florida. HealthGains specializes in hormone therapy including testosterone therapy, PRP therapy, nutritional supplementation, and specialized diagnostics to help you look and feel your best.

Florida’s Youth Cigarette Smoking Rate Reaches An All-Time Low

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nosmokingNew data shows substantial progress since Tobacco Free Florida launched in 2007.

New data, released by the Florida Department of Health (Department), shows that fewer youth in Florida are smoking cigarettes than ever before. In 2014, only 4.3 percent of Florida’s youth, ages 11 to 17, are current cigarette smokers.

There are 59 percent fewer youth cigarette smokers in the state than before the Tobacco Free Florida program launched in 2007. This represents a decrease from 10.6 percent in 2006 to 4.3 percent in 2014.

“Tobacco Free Florida is a nationally renowned program that has set the bar for how other states can reduce cigarette use among young people,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “The state’s steady and significant reduction in youth smoking is saving lives and money, and creating a healthier, tobacco free generation.”

The new data from the 2014 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS) found that:

* 7.5 percent of high school students reported current cigarette use, meaning they smoked a cigarette at least once during the past 30 days, a 51.6 percent decrease compared to 2006

* Florida’s 2014 cigarette smoking rate among high school students was lower than the national average of 12.7 percent in 2013, the most recent equivalent national survey

* 2.3 percent of middle school students reported current cigarette use, meaning they smoked a cigarette at least once during the past 30 days, a 65.2 percent decrease compared to 2006

* Florida’s 2014 cigarette smoking rate among middle school students was similar to the national average of 2.9 percent in 2013, the most recent equivalent national survey

In 2006, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment requiring 15 percent of the state’s tobacco settlement fund be used for a comprehensive tobacco education and use prevention program. In 2007, the funding was used to launch Tobacco Free Florida, which is managed by the Department. Tobacco Free Florida’s efforts are supported by community interventions at the county level and a statewide media campaign driven by powerful advertisements that demonstrate the dangers and real-life consequences of tobacco use, encouraging more and more youth to never begin.


The Department’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to use one of the state’s three ways to quit. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida and the state’s free quit resources, visit or follow the campaign on Facebook at or on Twitter at

The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. During 2014, the Department is recognizing 125 years of public health in Florida with educational opportunities and events. Please visit for more information.

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Keeping Your Children And Family Health High And Costs Low

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By James Helliwell

familytvFast food restaurants, burgers, and video games are taking precedence over home cooked meals, vegetables, and outdoor play time for kids of all ages. Instead of playing cricket and chasing after runaway footballs, kids are glued to video games and munching on junk food. With a rise in obesity comes a rise in children’s diabetes as well as other health issues. This also has a financial impact with freedom and free charge activities of playing out, playing sport in the park and building rope swings being replaced by the expensive screens and great value healthy lunches being replaced with the local expensive fast food joint. Our little children are experiencing an epidemic that never should have occurred. So, in what ways can we encourage our children to keep active and eat the leafy greens and engage in the activities that they need to grow strong and healthy?

Here are a few great ideas for both you and your children to try!

Encourage Outdoor Activities:

The more you’re outside, enjoying the fresh air and drinking in the warm rays of the sun, the better chance both you and your children have at staying healthy. Worldwide we are losing this natural connection to the outdoors and nature Keeping active and staying in motion not only keeps the extra pounds off you and your children’s frames, but it also helps to keep your system running the way it should.

Encourage your children to play at least one to two hours a day outside. If at all possible, go outside with them, throw the ball around, build a fort, or let them help you wash your car. Any outdoor activities done together as a family will not only make it fun, but will keep all of you active.

You could also enroll your children in extracurricular activities, such as sports like hockey, cricket, football, or even golf. There is no shortage in fun and active sports, so finding something your children like and enjoy should be easy.

Healthy Eating is Cost Effective:

Whether or not you realise it, children follow the large footsteps of mum and dad. When you eat healthy, your children eat healthy, so make sure to load their dinner plates, as well as yours, with lots of veggies, good meats like lamb chops or mincemeat, and healthy sides. Make their breakfasts as filling and nutritious as possible, like porridge or granola If you pack your children’s lunches for school, fill their boxes with a healthy sandwich and a piece of fruit. Keeping your children interested on healthy food is a great way to make sure they are getting what they need and help keep your costs lower and healthy home mad food is always much better value.

Visit Your Doctor Regularly:

Make sure your little ones visit their pediatrician regularly to ensure that they’re not only growing properly, but that they receive the help, shots, and nutritional advice they need. An excellent pediatrician will not only help to give you tips and advice on healthy living for your children, but a good doctor and an excellent insurance will help to keep your children as healthy as possible. By covering your children with a high quality health insurance, you can rest easy knowing that your children will and can be seen by the best Doctors around. Finding a quality health insurance will help cover most of your doctor visits and medical expenses. If your child has diabetes, having insurance will help to cover the costs that come with the disease.

Make sure you have the right health insurance:

familywalkIn some countries people have access to medical services that are free (or cheap) at point of access. However, even people going between European Economic Area countries and who hold an EHIC card are only entitled to the service a national of that country gets – so it doesn’t replace insurance. In most countries, such as the US, an adequate level of health insurance in crucial, otherwise you could end up with very large bills or even not be able to be treated. There are even stories of people being turned away from some countries for not being insured.

Travelling abroad to live will usually mean making sure that you have international health insurance to keep you covered for unexpected medical treatment or illness. For an idea of how much costs can vary for the uninsured, this recent infographic shows the often very high costs of operations worldwide. So make sure you are covered as this is a cost you never want to incur it great for your peace of mind to know your family and children are covered.

Fact Or Myth: Sleep Apnea Linked To Low Testosterone Levels In Men?

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By Dr. Michael Layton (DDS)

mansmileIs there a link between sleep apnea and low testosterone levels in men? recently posted the connection between the two in their 13 Surprising Facts About Testosterone. How valid is this? Let’s examine the facts and nothing but the facts to determine the implications of sleep apnea on testosterone.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Lawrence Epstein, M.D. of Harvard Medical School and the editor of Harvard Health Publications special health report defines sleep apnea as “a collapse of the upper airway during sleep that is due to the size of the airway and the changes that happen when you fall asleep. The airway is a flexible tube where air passes through the mouth or nose. When you fall asleep the tissue surrounding the breathing tube narrows a little bit. When it closes halfway thats when you start to get an obstruction to airflow which causes very turbulent airflow, resulting in the tissues to vibrate and thats snoring. When the airway completely closes off thats apnea.”

The closing off the airway triggers the brain of the individual to wake up, sleep apnea sufferers can have their sleep interrupted from 25 to 50 times per hour. Sleep apnea is chronic condition affecting 858,900 Canadians who are 18 years and older. Statistics for people who suffer from this sleep disorder reported being diagnosed with the more serious obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This more severe form affects 26 percent of Canadians or 1 in four adults. These statistics can be found at the Public Health Agency of Canada from the 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey provisioned through Stats Canada.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

mansleepingatdeskSleep apnea is more common in males than in females.

Symptoms are as follows:

● interruption of sleep

● shortness of breath

● loud snoring

● waking up with a dry or sore throat

● headaches

● constant reawakening

● decreased interest in sex

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs commonly in people who suffer from obesity, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes, if left untreated it will only exacerbate these preconditions. Extreme fatigue that results from waking up multiple times in a night leads to depression, driving accidents and workplace hazards. When your mother told you to go to bed early when you were a child she may have known a thing or 2 unbeknownst to her about natural health. A good night’s sleep can not be underestimated for your overall health.

What Is Testosterone?

Testosterone is produced in the testes it is the secondary sex characteristic responsible for the reproductive development of the male gender. This male sex hormone is commonly associated with sexual desire and the production of sperm. The three main types of testosterone classification are as follows:

1. Free Testosterone. Total testosterone the purest form found in the human body with no proteins attached to it. This testosterone makes up 2 to 3 percent of total testosterone levels in the human body. Free testosterone is really important for bodybuilders and athletes in sports.

2. SHBG-bound Testosterone. SHBG is bound with the sex hormone globulin. It can not be used to build muscles or change a persons mood. SHBG makes up 40 to 50 percent of our total testosterone levels.

3. Albumin bound Testosterone. Albumin is a protein found in the liver that helps stabilize extracellular fluid in the body. Just like SHBG Albumin is biologically inactive.

Testosterone governs the following factors:

● Skin-Hair growth, balding, sebum production

● Brain-Libido, mood

● Liver-Synthesis of serum proteins

● Male Sexual Growth-penile growth, spermatogenesis, prostate growth and function

● Muscle development-increase in strength and size

● Kidney-stimulation of erythropoietin production

● Bone marrow- stimulation of stem cells

● Bone-accelerated linear growth

manphoneTestosterone affects your level of focus, bone density and last but not least the size of your muscles. Most people associate testosterone with bodybuilders and aggression in athletes especially football players, boxers and MMA fighters. Most of the testosterone in the human body gets bound by the sex hormone binding agent globulin that grabs the testerone preventing its over release, there is another protein amylin also grabs the testerone for when its slowly needed as required. The globulin protein increases as men age leading to decreased levels of testosterone.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone

● erectile disfunction

● lack of sex drive

● lack of focus and ambition

● obesity

● decreased muscle mass

● bone density decrease

● abnormal male breast tissue

● low sperm count

● loss of body hair

● mild anemia

● decreased energy and depression

Low levels of testosterone in men can lead to an increased risk of chronic conditions like diabetes or hypertension or even death in some cases.

Linking Sleep Apnea and Low Testosterone

doctorAny physician out there will acknowledge there is a direct link between aging and a decrease in testosterone levels and higher incidences of sleep apnea. Testosterone deficiency or hypogonadism is prevalent among obese people. If noticed during this article there are many common symptoms related to men who have low levels of testosterone and people who have sleep apnea. All evidence points to a definite correlation for men who have sleep apnea and decreased levels of the male hormone testosterone.

Medical doctors recommend getting blood work done if your energy levels are low or getting a polysomnogram for possible sleep apnea. Low levels of testosterone are linked to low levels of insulin production making people susceptible to Type II Diabetes. Obesity is a common denominator in people who have diabetes. Individuals who are diabetic are at an increased risk for sleep apnea. Medical studies have drawn too many parallels between sleep apnea and low testosterone levels in men for this issue to be ignored.

If you are a male who is experiencing any of the symptoms outlined you many want to consult with your physician on your next checkup.

– Dr. Michael Layton (DDS) is a South Surrey Dentist, based in British Columbia. He has been in the dental industry for the last decade and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington. He takes pride in providing a positive and caring dental solutions for people of every walk of life. You can follow him on Google+.

Health Threats caused By Low Hygiene

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By Silvia Marks

washhandsThere are a number of health threats, which can be caused by low hygiene. So keeping your body clean by regularly washing your hands, face and body, can protect you from the bacteria, microbes and allergens, waiting to penetrate in it, causing threats for your health. Regular and good washing of your fingernails, fingertips and face with soap and other cleaning products, will eliminate any possible infection. Also keeping your home disinfected and well sanitized, will make sure the bacteria and the source of diseases and contaminations, will be prevented.

There are a large number of diseases everybody can capture as a results of a bad hygiene. Some of them are:

* acne

* allergies and asthma

* progressive dementia

* athlete’s foot

* arthritis

* colds and influenzas

* diabetes

* measles

* pneumonia

* worms

Bacteria grows under the skin of the people, who have acne. Scratching and rubbing with dirty hands can cause more problems, bringing more microbes to the already infected area. Many of the microbes under our fingernails contain staphylococcus and eggs of different worms, which can infect us and cause allergies and asthma. Facial cleaning and overall hygiene ends this allergic reaction immediately.

The only reason for progressive dementia is the not good functioning of the immune system. The Athlete’s foot is caused by fungus, transmitted with our fingernails from feet to other skin areas, infecting them with it. Infectious and rheumatoid arthritis are inflicted again by microbes, which can be stopped by proper hygiene. Colds and influenzas are not so often caught when sneezing and coughing, as they are when we touch our nose frequently in the day. Cold germs and bacteria live better in the nose, because it has the environment they prefer and they easily enter the body through the nasal canal. Diabetics are threatened by the repeated infections. Cleaning their hands and body with soap, disinfects it and prevents the circle to continue.

femalewashingfaceMeasles can be quite dangerous for adults and not so much for children. Constant scratching and touching the infected areas in your body help spreading the bacteria. The disease can be controlled with thorough and often cleaning of your hands and fingernails with soap. Though it won’t heal it, this will stop it of getting worse. Pneumonia is another dangerous illness, which left unresolved leads to sure death. It is triggered after or together with other respiratory illnesses. This shows that preventing and curing colds and influenzas, you can protect yourself from this silent killer. Again this can be done with perfect hygiene.

Most people has caught worms at least once in their life. It is not easy to get infected, especially in the childhood years. The eggs of worms can penetrate our bodies when touching different people and things through our mouth, nose and eyes. The worms take away the energy of the infected person, taking away the nutrients and interfering the body tissue. The best way to protect ourselves from worm infection is washing off their eggs and don’t letting them penetrate our bodies.

There are a number of other diseases and infections, which can be stopped, before it becomes too late. Regular cleaning of our hands, fingernails, face and the whole body, using plain soap can prevent most health threats and worsening of some illnesses. In this list are AIDS, varicella, dandruff, circulatory problems, hormonal dis-balance, many skin problems and many others. Regular cleaning and washing of our hands and fingernails, which are the most carrier of the bacteria, microbes and sources of infections, makes sure we stay protected from many health threats. These simple measures we keep daily can save us from very dangerous health attacks. Low hygiene is the main reason for plenty of health problems and can lead to serious body damaging. Keeping your body clean ensures you a long life and a healthy body.

– This article is written on behalf of SparklingCarpets

Physical Education Requirement At 4-Year Universities At All-Time Low

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From Your Health Journal…..”As I mentioned yesterday, when someone sends me a worthy press release, I will publish it (or parts of it) here. I did receive one today about physical education requirements dropping at colleges and universities. Almost every U.S. college student was required to take physical education and exercise requirements in the 1920s; today, that number is at an all-time low of 39 percent. With obesity on the rise, and young adults showing risk factors for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers, weaker bones, and other health concerns, this is alarming. Students at colleges do need some form of physical activity in their busy schedules. The median physical education budget for schools in the United States is only $764 per school year in K-12 and 61 percent of physical education teachers report an annual budget of less than $1,000. Yet, obesity will cost the United States $344 billion in medical-related expenses by 2018, about 21 percent of the nation’s health-care spending. Please visit the link provided below to read the complete press release.”

From the article…..

Even as policy makers and health experts point to an increased need for exercise, more than half of four-year colleges and universities in the United States have dropped physical education requirements compared to historic levels.

Almost every U.S. college student was required to take physical education and exercise requirements in the 1920s; today, that number is at an all-time low of 39 percent, according to a new study.

Oregon State University researcher Brad Cardinal, lead author of the study, examined data from 354 randomly selected four-year universities and colleges going back to 1920, a peak year with 97 percent of students required to take physical education. The results are in the current issue of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

“We see more and more evidence about the benefit of physical activity, not just to our bodies, but to our minds, yet educational institutions are not embracing their own research,” Cardinal said. “It is alarming to see four-year institutions following the path that K-12 schools have already gone down, eliminating exercise as part of the curriculum even as obesity rates climb.”

More than 34 percent of adolescents and teens ages 12-19 are overweight and more than 17 percent are obese. These rates have roughly doubled since 1980, according to the 2012 Shape of the Nation Report.

Cardinal, who is a professor of exercise and sport science at OSU and a national expert on the benefits of physical activity, said research shows that exercise not only improves human health, but it also improves cognitive performance.

“Brain scans have shown that physical activity improves the area of the brain involved with high-level decision making,” he said. “In addition, we know employers often are concerned about employee health, in part because physically active employees attend work more and tend to perform better.”

Cardinal’s own university, Oregon State University, still requires physical education courses. He said requiring physical education sets the tone for students to understand that being active and healthy is as important as reading, writing and math. Cardinal believes even requiring just one or two exercise courses can at least jump-start a student into thinking about a healthy lifestyle as part of their overall college experience and later life.

“There is a remarkable disconnect in that we fund research as a nation showing that physical activity is absolutely critical to academic and life success, but we aren’t applying that knowledge to our own students,” he said.

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