Disease Prevention

Disease Prevention

The VAP or Vertical Auto Profile test provides a more sensitive marker for heart disease, identifying more than 90% of people at risk for cardiovascular disease, compared to 40% for routine cholesterol screenings. While the standard screening reports four components of blood cholesterol, The VAP includes 20.

Prevent Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Cognitive Decline

Dementia is defined as the loss of mental functioning such as thinking, memory, and reasoning that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. Dementia isn’t a disease in itself, but a group of symptoms caused by various conditions. Alzheimer’s disease causes 50% to 60% of all dementias. The following may decrease the likelihood of either condition:

Exercise-The Brain

There’s growing evidence that staying mentally active lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Regularly reading newspapers, books, and magazines, playing cards, and other games, working crossword puzzles, going to museums, and engaging in other social activities that require cognitive effort, may reduce risk.

Lower Homocysteine Levels.

Homocysteine is a harmful amino acid that naturally occurs in all humans, irritating the lining of the blood vessels causing them to become scarred, hardened, and narrowed. The inflammation in turn makes the heart work harder which can lead to heart disease.

In addition to cardiovascular disease, elevated homocysteine increases the risk of vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, even depression. Vitamin B-12 and folic acid may lower homocysteine levels. Vitamin B-12 however, is poorly absorbed and should be taken in a sublingual (under the tongue), injection, or transdermal form for optimum absorption.

Eat a Mediterranean diet.

While a daily diet of fresh, preservative-free foods promotes optimal health, a particular eating style has been shown to be highly beneficial in disease prevention, the Mediterranean diet. Comprised of fruits and vegetables, high-fiber foods, fish, omega-3 rich oils, and eating less red meat and dairy, while health and diet fads go in and out in a dizzying turnstile of popular trends, this eating style has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body.

The Mayo Clinic online site writes about this increasingly popular diet, “Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. In fact, a recent analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of overall and cardiovascular mortality, a reduced incidence of cancer and cancer mortality, and a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. ”

Take Turmeric to Aid Cancer Prevention

Take the Golden Spice

While there are as many forms of cancer as there are causes, this golden spice, research has shown, may be an effective tool in the fight against many forms of cancer.

A deep yellow-orange spice, turmeric contains a powerful active ingredient, a flavonoid called curcumin. Scientists discovered that the molecules of curcumin insert themselves into cell membranes and make the membranes more stable and orderly in a way that increases cells’ resistance to infection by disease-causing microbes.

Turmeric has a distinctive woody, earthy flavor that can be added to a number of recipes, although capsules are readily available at most health food/supplement stores.

Maintain a Healthy Gut

Add Probiotics.

Maintaining a healthy gut is essential to promoting overall good health, far more than most people realize. Probiotics are live microorganisms similar to the beneficial kind found in the human gut, also called “friendly bacteria” or “good bacteria,” probiotics are now often added to foods although they naturally occur in certain yogurts and fermented dairy drinks. They’re also available in supplement form with varying strains and strengths of the beneficial bacteria.

Probiotics are often used to treat a variety of gastrointestinal diseases including irritable bowel, lactose intolerance, traveler’s diarrhea, and antibiotic-induced diarrhea. Scientists believe the good bacteria replace the bad in the intestinal tract. Another theory is that probiotics keep the intestinal tract acidic so the bad bacteria can’t survive. Increasing probiotics boost the number of healthy bacteria, boosts immunity, and promote a healthy digestive system.

Increase Vitamin D & Get Happy

Few supplements are gaining more attention today than vitamin D due to its wide role in a number of critical processes in the body.

Boost Vitamin D

Vitamin D, or the sunshine vitamin, has been making health headline news not only because most American’s are deficient due to the increased use of sunscreen, but because of vitamin D’s influence across a wide spectrum of functions in the body. According to the Vitamin D Council, this vitamin (actually a hormone) has been shown to have a positive effect on bone health, immunity, cancer prevention, and inflammation.

Vitamin D3 is made in large quantities when sunlight strikes bare skin. The Vitamin D Council website notes that Vitamin D deficiency is linked to at least 17 variations of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more.

Happiness invariable plays a role in an individual’s health. A study published in 2008 in The American Journal of Health Promotion reported that people who report high happiness and life satisfaction are more likely a few years later to report good health.

“Everything else being equal, if you are happy and satisfied with your life now, you are more likely to be healthy in the future. Importantly, our results are independent of several factors that impact on health, such as smoking, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and age,” said lead author Mohammad Siahpush, Ph.D.

While eating fresh foods, exercise, and other common-sense behaviors help maintain health, there are many other less-known but equally important tips, all of which emphasize two critical disease prevention factors, reducing inflammation in the body and elevating attitude.

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