Choose the Right Grade of Olive Oil for A Healthier Lifestyle
Increase Your Polyphenol Intake with Extra Virgin Olive Oils
What are polyphenols and why should we include Extra Virgin Olive Oils into our diets?
• Polyphenols are micronutrients found in plant-based foods, including some Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOOs). • Scientific research has linked these micronutrients in EVOOs with numerous health benefits, including combatting neurogenerative diseases and even cancer. • It’s a much better alternative to using food supplements or medicinal avenues.
But the question remains; why use Extra Virgin Olive Oils specifically?
There are various grades of Olive Oil available on the market, and each has different benefits. We’ve done some research and prepared a list of the grades (and their benefits) for your convenience.
Natural Olive Oils
1. High Phenolic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• The highest grade of Olive Oil • Produced from early harvest olives • Has no sensory defects • High quality and almost no processing • Not filtered • Very high in natural antioxidants and polyphenols
2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• Very high grade of Olive Oil • The highest grade of Olive Oil • Produced from the fresh juice of an olive • Has no sensory defects • High quality and minimal processing • Natural antioxidants, rich in Vitamin E and polyphenols
3. Virgin Olive Oil
• Naturally obtained • Lower quality than Extra Virgin Olive Oil • Slight defects
4. Lampante Olive Oil
• Naturally obtained • Unfit for human consumption • High in defects • Intended for refinement or technical use
Refined Olive Oils
1. Refined Olive Oil
• Refining process removes most of the natural antioxidants • Contains trans fats
2. Olive Oil
• Blend of refined and natural Olive Oils • Low in natural antioxidants • High levels of trans fats
1. Crude Olive-Pomace
• Intended for refining or technical use • Not fit for human consumption
2. Refined Olive-Pomace
• Obtained from crude olive-pomace • Fit for human consumption
3. Olive-Pomace Oil
• Combination of Refined Olive-Pomace and Virgin Olive Oils • Fit for human consumption
Dimitrios Mourlas is a person devoted to innovative Natural Products that boost health and promote longevity. Founder of G-TEAM and creator of HYPERELEON High Phenolic Olive Oil (https://www.hypereleon.com).
It’s not always easy, but you should try to put weekly sex in your relationship. Granted, there’s probably little harm in doing it more often if you’re feeling randy, but weekly sex appears to be the sweet spot. That’s the conclusion of a Canadian study published in November 2015 which found that weekly sex helped couples keep an intimate connection. That’s easier said than done for some couples, given stress, schedules, biological challenges and the general process of getting older, but it’s something you can certainly do with commitment and a little strategy. Let’s talk about weekly sex – both why it’s important and how to make it a regular (and erotic!) part of your life.
Why Weekly Sex is Important
Having sex once a week appears to have the most benefit to a relationship. That’s the finding of the study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, which is based on 3 previous studies with more than 30,000 participants. The primary focus of this most recent study was to evaluate how sexual frequency affected well-being. As you’d expect, the researchers found that sex is good and that more sex is better. The latter point had a catch, however – sex once a week appeared to have the greatest effect on intimacy between partners. Beyond that, and the positive effects of weekly sex started trailing off. For their methodology, the researchers analyzed the results of three studies – the first of which being a survey conducted every two years between 1989 and 2012.
Sex once a week appeared to have the greatest effect on intimacy between partners. Beyond that, and the positive effects of weekly sex started trailing off.
These focused on responses from over 25,000 adults between 18 and 89. Among other things, the volunteers answered questions about sexual frequency (from none to 4+ times a week) and their perceptions of happiness. In the second study, researchers surveyed 335 people online. Most of these subjects were heterosexual. For the third study, the researchers analyzed the findings of yet another survey – this one a 14 year questionnaire of married heterosexual American couples. Several patterns emerged from this compiled research. Sexually active couples were happier than folks who didn’t do it, but only to a point. The boosts to well-being from regular sexual activity levelled off at once a week. There was no harm in having sex more often than that – it just didn’t translate to greater well-being as a whole. The researchers found no differences in the findings based on gender, age or length of relationship. It’s worth considering the research does not prove that sexual frequency affects happiness. The study was not designed for that. Nor was any link found between weekly sex and well-being for single people.
More conclusively though, the researchers found the average couple had sex once a week. This suggests it’s the average because it’s the ‘natural sweet spot’ that couples are doing subconsciously to maintain their connection. It also lends weight to obvious assumption that couples are happier when the sex is good. Men are more likely to get happiness from the physical aspects of sex, say observers of the study in the medical community, while women are more likely to enjoy the emotional pleasure of intimacy. Still, you’ve got to wonder why the benefits of regular sex seem to trail off after once every seven days. The answer may lie in the brain’s pleasure center. Eat an ice cream, for example, and you’ll love the first one. Have another, and your enjoyment starts to wear off.
Light That Spark
OK, so we’ve established that weekly sex is important for your well-being and that of your partner. Weekly sex – once every seven days – seems to be the magic place to maintain intimacy and make passion the trill it’s meant to be. That can be difficult with years on a relationship. So how do you keep that spark lit and keep things intimate months, years and decades with the same partner? Try this: Make Your Relationship Your Top Priority – In the end, it’s your relationships that matter. So make them your top priority – set aside at least three times a week together when you can cuddle, go on a date, share a hobby or intimate meal together. Do anything you can do that puts you alone together. Have a ‘Couple Ritual’ – A ‘Couples Ritual’ is a habit with your partner unique to the two of you. It could be simple or something on a bigger scale. That could be brushing your teeth together, kissing before going to work/coming home, an inside joke or a language you speak together. The point is to do something you can share with your partner. Think About Sex – Get in the habit of thinking about sex each week. There will be times throughout your life when you have greater interest in sex than others. We’re suggesting you make it consistent – learn what puts you in the mood and initiate sex each week. Try Provestra or HerSolution Pills if you need to revive your libido. Flirt – You may find those sexy glances and lust-filled texts came easier while you were dating, but it’s important to flirt after you’re married too. Put a little passion into it to keep things fresh. Work At It – Relationships can be hard work. So don’t let things get stale; try new things, like these new sex positions (you’ll love them!). Talk about your likes and dislikes. Put work into your relationship – and, of course, aim for weekly sex.
Make it Easier
We offer two forms of female enhancement products here at Natural Health Source. One is a gel and the other is a women’s libido supplement. They’re both based on natural formulations and are made to make sex both comfortable and rewarding. A female enhancement gel is a topical application. Applied to the genitalia, it’s designed to reduce dryness, so you’re instantly in the mood. Natural Health Source customers like these because they’re based on natural ingredients, and can be more gentle than drugstore lubricants in this highly sensitive area. A female libido supplement is the opposite – it’s designed for long-term sexual enjoyment. This is a natural libido pill, with sexual nutrients that build up in the female reproductive system. You’ll typically wait 1-3 months to enjoy the benefits, but you’re in for a very enjoyable ride when they do. The benefits of a female libido pill include more sexual desire, easier climaxes and the ability to have spontaneous passion whenever you like. You may want to opt for Provestra, which has black cohosh root, if menopause symptoms are giving you trouble. Consider using a female enhancement gel like HerSolution Gel for comfort and/or a women’s libido supplement like HerSolution Pills (or Provestra) for ongoing passion and long-term fulfillment. They’re both designed to make sex more enjoyable, and may help put weekly sex back in your bedroom and rekindle that spark to bring you closer together.
This month is Hunger Action Month. For more on that, check out my blog post from last week. It tells all about my experience working for Second Harvest Food Bank and provides links to getting involved in your community’s fight against hunger. In recognition of this month, I will be sharing my favorite tips and tricks […]
The health community is littered with fads and well-intentioned but often-harmful gimmicks like kombucha and the paleo diet. Curiously, though, there may be truth to leaky gut syndrome – a collection of digestive symptoms including gas and bloating, cramps and food sensitivities. Wait a second. Doesn’t that sound like Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Well here’s the thing: your gut has a powerful, albeit mysterious effect on your well-being and quality of life. It’s so powerful in fact that it’s been called ‘your surrogate brain’ by Dr. Steven Lamm of The View. It’s the biggest organ of your immune system – and it’s clouded in too many unknowns to address leaky gut effectively. We know it exists. But we don’t know enough leaky gut syndrome for diagnosis or a cure at this time.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut syndrome is a collection of symptoms linked to bad digestion. Our current understanding suggests it’s caused by intestinal permeability. That’s when tight junctions in your gut, which filter the molecules that pass through the small intestine don’t work properly. Molecules can pass from your intestine into you bloodstream when this happens. Hence the name, ‘leaky gut syndrome’. This is a similar issue faced by people with Crohn’s and Celiac disease. But we don’t know what causes leaky gut or the ailments linked to it. Nor do we know if someone without Crohn’s or Celiac disease would get leaky gut syndrome in the first place – or when leaky gut syndrome would affect someone without certain types of drugs, radiation therapy or food allergies. Leaky gut syndrome symptoms are not unique either. They’re shared with other gut-related ailments like IBS. Tests for leaky gut often fail to identify the cause of the problem, which can leave patients with leaky gut symptoms without a diagnosis or treatment. And yet your concerns about leaky gut syndrome may be credible – especially if you have a history of Crohn’s or Celiac disease.
Risk Factors for Leaky Gut
It’s a mystery why people get leaky gut syndrome. With that being said, there are clues as to why it happens. While it’s not certain, you may be more likely to get leaky gut symptoms if you have:
Food Sensitivities – People with food sensitivities may be more likely to get leaky gut. That’s because your immune system is deluged with toxins in the blood stream every day. While most folks can fight them off, food sensitivities appear to force the body to mass-produce antibodies to counter them, particularly foods with antigens like wheat and dairy. This may strain the intestines, and make permeability an issue. Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Hungarian researchers found that people with IBS and Colitis appear to have higher risk of permeability in the colon. Crohn’s patients may be at even higher risk – one study found that the relatives of people with this uncomfortable ailment had 10-20% greater chance of leaky gut. That suggests leaky gut syndrome may be influenced by your genes. Autoimmune Disease – A 2011 article published in the journal Physiologic Reviews found that a protein called zonulin may increase risk of intestinal permeability. That risk went up significantly in patients with an autoimmune disease. Further research suggests gluten may trigger this process even in people not genetically prone to it. Thyroid Problems – You may be at higher risk of leaky gut syndrome if you have thyroid issue like Hashimoto’s disease. Also called ‘chronic thyroiditis’, this can lead to hypothyroidism, impaired metabolism, fatigue, depression, weight gain and a variety of related symptoms. Malabsorption – Leaky gut may lead to nutritional deficiencies from vitamin B12, magnesium and a variety of enzymes that help with digestion. You’ll want to speak with your doctor in this scenario – which you should be doing regardless, if you have gut problems. Your doctor may suggest probiotics and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, if they don’t trigger your leaky gut symptoms. Inflammatory Skin Conditions – There’s an interesting connection between skin and your gut. That connection may include acne and psoriasis, if you’re prone to leaky gut syndrome. While many doctors prescribe creams to address skin disorders, it may be worth speaking to a health practitioner willing to explore the mind-gut axis with you, and if healing your gut may also help your skin. Mood Problems and Risk of Autism – A study published in the journal Neuro Endocrinology Letters links leaky gut to several neuro cognitive disorders. For example, the inflammatory response of intestinal permeability appears to trigger pro-inflammatory cytokines. That in turn may lead to chemicals that cause depression.
What If I Think I Have Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut syndrome means you have digestive symptoms that need diagnosis. Don’t think for a second you’re being hypochondriacal about it – leaky gut syndrome is a real, albeit misunderstood ailment of the digestive system. Given the latter’s influence on health and well-being, digestive problems go far beyond a troubled tummy, discomfort and trips to the bathroom. If you have ongoing digestion problems, be they bloating, cramps, food sensitivities or something else, you need to speak with your doctor. That may not cure your gut problems, but it’s certainly a good place to start.
It’s also worth considering that some doctors can’t – or won’t – look into what’s causing your discomfort, and will instead look to just relieve your symptoms with digestive medications, like proton pump inhibitors. Not all doctors are willing to explore leaky gut syndrome with you, out of time constraints and the fact that, well, we really don’t know much about leaky gut at this time, other than we know it exists. You may want to consider speaking with a specialist. A gastroenterologist may be of interest if this is a route you want to explore. We offer Intensive Colon Cleanse by Digestive Science here at Natural Health Source. You may find that helps your digestion, although we don’t claim it can cure leaky gut syndrome, IBS, acid reflux, or any other digestive problem. While it may help, your gut is a mysterious place that is second only to your brain for the influence it holds on your body function and health. Speak with your doctor or, better yet, a gastroenterologist, if you think you’ve got leaky gut syndrome. Have an open mind too – we’re still learning about the gut, and how to keep it happy with each passing year.
Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and substitute healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats for unhealthy saturated fats and trans fats.
What is the best diet for longevity?
A heart-healthy diet is one that includes:
Fruits and vegetables.
Low-fat dairy products like yogurt and cheese.
Lots of fish.
Nuts and beans.
Non-tropical vegetable oils (olive, corn, peanut, and safflower oils)
Does diet affect life expectancy?
A study found that those eating one serving of fruits and vegetables a day died 19 months sooner than those eating five servings a day, a direct correlation between plant-based diets and lifespan. Just reducing the amount of meat one eats can increase lifespan.
What is the best exercise for longevity?
The Best Exercise Routine For Longevity
Walk fast for an hour every day. This doesn’t need to happen all at once. …
Do cardiovascular exercise for 2.5–5 hours per week. Running, cycling, or swimming are all great options, but the type of exercise you choose isn’t important. …
Use weight-training or weight-free exercises to strengthen all muscles.