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
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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.
Australian men are more likely than Australian women to get sick from serious health problems. Their mortality rate is also much higher. Men die in greater numbers than women from almost every non-sex-specific health problem. Overall, for every two women who die, three men die.
This figure holds true among children too. In deaths due to accidents or drowning, boys account for two out of three deaths.
Male deaths outnumber female deaths in every age group apart from the over-65 years, and only because so many men die before reaching retirement. Compared to women, men visit the doctor less frequently, have shorter visits and only attend when their illness is in its later stages. High-risk groups
Australia ranks high in life expectancy rates. Only three other countries – Iceland, Japan and Hong Kong – have higher life expectancy rates for men. However, Australian men don’t live as long as Australian women. On average, Australian men can expect to live 79 years, compared to women who can expect to live 84 years. Certain male population groups in Australia have a lower life expectancy than 79 years, including: Australian Aborigine and Torres Strait Islander men Migrant men Men who live in rural and remote areas of Australia Socially disadvantaged men Men with disabilities Men who are in prison Non-heterosexual men, including gay, bisexual and transgender males Intersex people. Top 10 causes of premature death in men
According to data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2016, the leading causes of death for Australian men include, in order from first to last:
Ischaemic heart disease
Trachea and lung cancer
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Chronic lower respiratory diseases
Colon and rectum cancer
Blood and lymph cancer, including leukaemia
Some deaths are more likely for men than women
Some causes of death are related to sex (or gender). For example, a man cannot die during childbirth, because only women have babies. Similarly, a woman cannot die from prostate cancer, because only men have a prostate gland.
However, according to 2016 data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, men outnumber women in many causes of non-sex-related deaths. For example:
Suicide – 75 per cent of deaths are male
Trachea and lung cancers – 60 per cent of deaths are male
Blood and lymph cancers (including leukaemia) – 58 per cent of deaths are male
Ischaemic heart disease – 57 per cent of deaths are male
Colon and rectum cancers – 55 per cent of deaths are male.
A range of theories
It is clear that women are healthier than men, but why? Some of the theories that attempt to explain the health differences between the sexes include: In Australia, more money is spent on the healthcare needs of women and children than is spent on the healthcare needs of men. The healthcare system reflects this bias. For example, the waiting room of most medical clinics has women’s magazines and children’s toys. This subtly suggests that men aren’t as welcome. Men are more likely than are women to work full-time. Office hours for most medical clinics coincide with typical work hours, so men in full-time employment find it difficult to make an appointment. (Of course, this is also true for women who work full-time.) Men, particularly older men, typically prefer to see a male doctor for intimate or embarrassing issues. However, the family doctor may be female. Men are traditionally encouraged to do the high-risk jobs that are stressful, dangerous and deadly such as mining, logging and construction. Men are encouraged by our culture to be tough and independent. Some men could believe that visiting doctors or complaining of feeling ill are threats to their masculinity. ‘Macho’ men
Men in Western societies such as Australia are less inclined than women to take an active role in maintaining their health. They are also less likely to seek professional help for problems, particularly those of an emotional nature. Some of the social and cultural reasons for this include: The Western definition of masculinity includes strength and silence. Men may feel that it is a sign of weakness or ‘femininity’ to seek help. Males, particularly teenagers, tend to act as if they are invulnerable. This can lead to destructive behaviours such as drug or alcohol binges, or reckless driving. Women are more likely to have regular contact with doctors because of reproductive issues such as menstrual periods, contraception and pregnancy. Men don’t have a similar reason that requires them to regularly see a doctor. Socioeconomic status
The ‘macho’ theory proposes that men may start looking after themselves if they stopped behaving like tough guys. However, some researchers believe that blaming cultural constructs of masculinity is a way of passing the buck. Bad health may be the fault of the social environment in which the men live. It has been well documented around the world that poverty breeds disease. The importance of employment
Many researchers have demonstrated the direct link between employment status and men’s health. Issues include: A man’s self-esteem is closely linked to his role as breadwinner. Unlike women, men aren’t as strongly encouraged to find self-worth in the roles of parent and homemaker. Unemployment puts great financial and emotional strain on a family. The man, as breadwinner, may feel burdened with guilt and shame. Men without trades who go from one unskilled job to another are more likely to feel devastated by periods of unemployment. Men who feel in control of their lives are more likely to look after their health. Men who are unemployed often feel helpless. Male depression
One out of every six Australian men suffers from depression at any given time. Statistics include: Teenagers and the elderly are particularly at risk. Male depression is associated with an increased risk of health disorders such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Men are likely to resort to destructive behaviours in an attempt to deal with depression. Depressed men are twice as likely as depressed women to abuse alcohol and drugs. Men often try to manage their symptoms of depression by using alcohol and other drugs, which make the symptoms worse. Depression is a known high-risk factor for suicide. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, men of all ages suicide at a higher rate than women. Where to get help Your GP (doctor) Men’s health clinic Australian Men’s Shed Association Tel. 1300 550 009