8 things that show you have a Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D… it’s the sunshine vitamin to protect the strength inside your body. It’s the vitamin that everyone is talking about!

Do you think that you might be lacking vitamin D?

You most probably already have some knowledge about good health and nutrition and it’s a known fact that we tend to scan read articles, predicting the end and hoping for an easy answer to our problems. So, for today, let’s cut to the chase and start at the end – how can you make sure that you’re not vitamin D deficient?

  • Sensible sun exposure
  • Eat more food of naturally occurring vitamin D
  • Consider taking a supplement

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Now you know, if you are lacking vitamin D, the answer is – sensible sun, eat, drink and repeat.

That sounds simple enough but you need to know more.

Here are 8 things that show you have a Vitamin D deficiency.

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions then you could be Vitamin D deficient:

    1. Aches and pains – do you experience aches and pains in your joints? Vitamin D is shown to play a very important role in muscle performance and strong bones. Keeping muscles functioning and helping the body absorb calcium to strengthen the bones. Lack of vitamin D could be the cause of cramps, spasms and twitches.
    2. Feeling depressed – are you feeling blue and experiencing a decrease in mood? Tests have revealed that receiving vitamin D therapy can improve symptoms of depression and relieve anxiety. The National Institute of Health cites several studies where sunlight markedly improves mood.
    3. Lack of exposure to the sun – do you get time to go out into the sunshine? The Director of the Osteoporosis Centre at the hospital for joint diseases in New York City recommends 20-25mins sun exposure every day to get a good dose of vitamin D. Wearing too much sun lotion can prevent vitamin D being absorbed into the body. However, we encourage you use sun protection but try to get a balance.
    4. Over weight – are you gaining or over weight? Body fat cells absorb vitamin D quickly, removing it from the blood. When that happens, the vitamin isn’t available for the metabolic processes that use it. In order to reach a healthy blood level of vitamin D, therefore, an obese person needs to supplement with more vitamin D than a normal-weight person.
    5. Ageing – are you 50+?Vitamin D is vital for many essential bodily functions including the calcium and phosphorous absorption. There is increasing concern that many people, particularly older people, suffer from insufficient levels of vitamin D, with a 2012 study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism indicating 92.8% deficiency in its female, elderly subjects.
    6. Discomfort after you have eaten – do you suffer from digestive problems? Vitamin D receptor cells are present all along your digestive system. Cells in your mouth, oesophagus and small and large intestines rely on vitamin D to keep various bodily functions operating. Vitamin D also maintains a host of healthy physiological functions in your digestive system.
    7. Allergies – do you have a milk allergy, lactose intolerant or veganism? The prevalence of food allergies has increased dramatically over the past decade. Research has shown that a drop in vitamin D levels is connected to certain food allergies.
  • Sleep deprived – do you have restless sleep? Vitamin D is known to increase levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine helps mitigate sleep rhythm disturbances such as those related to jet lag or people that work night shifts. Sleep disturbances can lead to alterations in body mass index and behavioural disorders.

 

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble steroid hormone. According to research, it appears to protect against just about everything, from cancer and depression to heart disease and early death.

There are some concerns… an expert on vitamin D, Dr. Michael Holick, reported that at least 50% of people are at risk for vitamin D deficiency.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) currently recommends men and women get 600 IU of vitamin D a day, but recent research suggests those guidelines are too low. The IOM list 4,000 IU a day as the highest amount of vitamin D you can take to be safe. However, guidelines do change. The best course of action, if you feel you are vitamin D deficient is to consult a wellness provider.

Becoming aware of your vitamin D levels is important and will help you devise a nutrition plan that will support your overall health goals.

Where can you get a good source of Vitamin D?

  • Fatty fish – salmon, trout, mackerel and tuna
  • Canned tuna
  • Mushrooms
  • Milk (not ice cream and cheese)
  • Fortified orange juice
  • Egg yolks
  • Fortified cereals
  • Beef liver
  • Cod liver oil
  • Ultra violet lamps
  • Sensible sun exposure

 

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Overcoming the low vitamin D levels that are more likely as we age is an ideal way of obtaining overall health and wellbeing.

Regardless of the sources of vitamin D, it’s clear that it has many health benefits. When levels of vitamin D are balanced harmoniously and the body is not suffering from either low vitamin D or excess vitamin D, we are less susceptible to significant diseases.

Too much vitamin D can also adversely affect the body, so it’s important to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D. A supplement can help keep levels of vitamin D perfectly balanced between too little and too much vitamin D.

To overcome vitamin D deficiency you could use the supplement D3 Pro.

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Specially designed to boost your vitamin D levels, D3 Pro 2 and D3 5000 plays a key role in maintaining overall health and wellbeing by supplementing the body’s natural resources.

Vitamin D supplements are particularly beneficial as we age because our body cannot easily produce vitamin D naturally through diet and sunlight.

Remember… knowledge, positivity and balance can help you have a happy, healthy life.

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Hair loss, like losing part of your identity

The hair on your head can be a defining part of your identity and hair loss can be difficult to come to terms with, this can affect your self-confidence and lead to depression.

For men, they sometimes feel they are losing their masculinity. For women, there is a social stigma attached to going bald. People sometimes question whether their partner will still love them. Others become socially reclusive and give up enjoyable activities like swimming and going to the gym. Hair loss can affect your sensuality and how you perceive yourself and of course there are usually emotional trials and tribulations when it happens.

Hair today, gone tomorrow? It’s a daunting thought but you can help yourself. There are different ways to redefine or reclaim your identity. Never give up on a good thing and like the advert says, “Because you’re worth it”.

MinMax-Pro could be your little bit of self-help, so read on…

Emotions to one side, let’s look at the practical side. There are many types of hair loss, finding the cause can be challenging. So instead of watching hair follicles retreat up your forehead, swooping your fringe to conceal a patch or wrapping your head in a scarf, take time to educate yourself. To get an understanding of what is happening and what help is available.

MinMax-Pro is a liquid that you can pump or use in a dropper. It is an approach to help improve the condition of Alopecia (hair loss) and it has an amazing combination of growth factors. Minoxidil has been at the core to improve blood supply (and therefore nutrients) to the root (bulb) of the hair. MinMax-Pro has minoxidil in it and it has the highest strength of topical minoxidil available at 15%, plus cutting-edge growth factors and hair density improving agents – together they form a totally unique combination to improve new hair growth and also to prevent further hair loss.

Male-pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss, affecting around half of all men by 50 years of age and there are many other forms of Alopecia (hair loss).

•Female-pattern baldness – hair usually only thins on top of the head
•Alopecia areata causes patches of baldness about the size of a large coin. They usually appear on the scalp but can occur anywhere on the body
•Alopecia totalis – no scalp hair
•Alopecia universalis – no hair on the scalp and body
•Anagen effluvium – widespread hair loss that can affect your scalp, face and body

More than 200 new genetic markers linked with male pattern baldness have been identified, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. The findings greatly increase the number of known genetic markers linked with baldness in men; a previous large study identified just eight such markers. The researchers in the new study were also able to use their set of genetic markers to predict men’s chances of severe hair loss, although the scientists noted that their results apply more to large populations of people than to any given individual.

Understanding your hair – how does your hair grow?

Hair grows all over the human skin except on the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet. Many hairs are so fine you can’t see them. A hair is made up of a protein called keratin that is produced in hair follicles in the outer layer of skin. As follicles produce new hair cells, old cells are being pushed out through the surface of the skin at the rate of about six inches a year.

The hair you can see is actually a string of dead keratin cells. The average adult head has about 100,000 to 150,000 hairs and loses up to 100 of them a day.

At any one time, about 90% of the hair on a person’s scalp is growing. Each follicle has its own life cycle that can be influenced by age, disease, and a wide variety of other factors. This life cycle is divided into three phases:
•Anagen – active hair growth that lasts between two to six years
•Catagen – transitional hair growth that lasts two to three weeks
•Telogen – resting phase that lasts about two to three months and at the end of the resting phase the hair is shed and a new hair replaces it and the growing cycle starts again

If you’re shedding hair more than normal, don’t despair. Hair loss among women and men can happen for a variety of reasons­­–it can be a natural consequence of many things.

Use the list below to see if you can identify why you may be experiencing hair loss:
•Physical stress
•Pregnancy
•Male and female – pattern baldness
•Heredity
•Female hormones
•Emotional stress
•Anemia
•Hypothydroidism
•Vitamin B deficiency
•Anabolic steroids
•Auto immune related hair loss
•Lupus
•Dramatic weight loss
•Polystic ovary syndrome
•Anti-depressants
•Blood thinners
•Overstyling hair
•Trichotillomania
•Aging

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As we travel through life collecting experiences and hopefully aging gracefully, remember this…

Gray hairs are not just gray hairs, they are wisdom highlights!

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Antiaging Nutrition Customer Health Survey Report 2016

At Antiaging Nutrition, we are always on the lookout for new ways to offer our customers the latest in antiaging medicines and longevity-based products.

However, the world of medicine is constantly changing, with new findings and more efficient healthcare solutions being uncovered and released daily.

In order to better understand how these changes affect you, our customers, we carried out a brief survey which aimed to gauge the public’s opinions and thoughts on modern medicine and healthcare techniques.

You may remember a similar questionnaire being carried out last year, with incredibly revealing results. You can read last year’s findings here. This year, we expanded our reach, surveying a total of 428 people between October and November 2015. 70.4% of participants identified as female, whilst 29.6% were male.

The feedback provided has been analysed, and the findings are presented in the report below. Within it, you’ll find insights and opinions on everything from exercise to natural remedies.

About Us

Antiaging Nutrition is part of the IAS Group, the world’s largest supplier of specialist antiaging products. The IAS Group is dedicated to helping you access the world’s latest commercially available supplements to give you and your family real choices in health and wellness. We have a reputation for quality, integrity, innovation, and excellent service, which are more important to us than profit.

Please make sure that you credit Antiaging Nutrition (http://www.antiaging-nutrition.com)  if you are publishing any material contained within this report. Links can be followed or nofollowed, depending on your individual site policy.

Antiaging Medicine

When Should You Start Investing in Antiaging Medicine?

Age to start antiaging

Over a third of our participants were aged 26-35, with the 36-45 age bracket being the second most popular.

This is a younger demographic than 2014’s survey, in which almost a quarter of participants were older, aged 56-65.

The years between the ages 26 and 45 represent a major transition for the majority of people, and as we transform from youth to adulthood, many of us begin to focus more on our health and develop mature attitudes towards our wellbeing. This is also when age-related health issues begin to surface, as our bodies begin to show signs of everyday wear and tear.

Keeping Healthcare Costs Low

Much like those who responded to last year’s survey, over 40% of our participants spent under £20 on vitamins and supplements per month.

However, unlike last year, it seems that these participants were less inclined to spend large amounts on healthcare. Whilst just over a third (33.2%) of the people questioned spent between £21 and £50, only 7% said they spent over £100 per month, with the number of positive responses continuing to decrease beyond that amount.

Purchasing Supplements

Although their overall spend is seemingly lower, this hasn’t stopped the rate at which people purchase non-prescribed vitamins and supplements. Whilst 68 (16.2%) of our participants stated that they purchased non-prescribed supplements daily, over a quarter of people said they purchased them once a month.

Each of our products comes packaged with enough supplements to provide users with adequate usage, and as such, monthly purchases are to be expected.

Store-Bought Is Better

Buying Supplements Online

Exactly 75% of our participants said they preferred to purchase their supplements in store rather than online. When asked their reasons for this, however, a number of participants stated that they simply purchased whichever was cheapest at the time, confirming that price was as much a determining factor in the shopping process as health benefits.

Using Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine

Just as we found in our previous survey, the feedback on the use of alternative medicine was incredibly positive. The majority of participants (70.1%) said they would consider using natural and nutritional remedies as opposed to over-the-counter medicines. In fact, only an incredibly small number (6.4%) said they would not.

Healthy Living

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

When asked which activities they deemed most important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, over half the participants said ‘exercise’, overtaking last year’s most important activity, ‘getting your five a day’, in the sense of eating enough fruit and veg.

This year, just over a quarter of participants said that ‘getting your five a day’ was the most important task.

The increased focus on exercise, along with a healthy diet, is further emphasised later in the survey, where just over 40% of the participants said that they exercised daily and 37% said weekly.

The activities people focus on mirrored last year’s survey, with calorie counting ranking lowest, alongside skincare.

Your Exercise Regime

Exercise Survey

Despite showcasing a keen interest in exercise, our survey revealed that over half of our participants don’t actually visit the gym, with just 21.2% doing so more than once a week.

Instead, home exercise was a much more popular choice, with over 38% saying they exercise at home daily, compared to the 14% who said they exercise at the gym on a daily basis.

Given the choice, over half (55%) of our participants said they would prefer to exercise at home.

18.7% said would prefer to exercise outside, and under a quarter of participants (only 23.9%) said they would prefer to exercise at the gym.

Health Concerns

Like many other aspects of our survey, 2015’s primary health concerns mirrored 2014’s.

Chief concerns included cancer, with 27.1% being very concerned by this, and heart disease, with 25.4% showing concern about this. Arthritis was once again third on the list.

This year we also uncovered that people are least concerned about hair loss (30.8% said they were ‘not at all concerned’) and pancreatic disease (27.8%).

Here at Antiaging Nutrition, we take a keen interest in your health-related worries and concerns. The data will help us tailor the content we create and deliver the best possible products to meet your needs.

Retirement

Working Age

This year’s survey also set out to find out about your plans and aspirations for the future. As we grow older, it’s important that we keep active and try to live a healthy lifestyle.

Our survey found that over a third of respondents expect to work until they are 60-65, yet a small percentage (4.3%) expect to work beyond their 80s.

However, when it came to making plans for retirement, our audience was split almost 50/50. Given that the most popular age ranges in this survey were fairly young, this makes perfect sense.

Hobbies and Sports

People were seemingly unsure as to whether they would continue to exercise during their retirement. When asked whether they planned on taking up any sports when they retired, 33.8% said no, although over 37% said maybe.

But, quite positively, the large majority (65.9%) said they would take up hobbies during their retirement, which is a great way to keep active and ensure you stay fit well into old age.

Key Takeaways

The following conclusions can be drawn from the survey data – and be sure to check out the 2016 Health Survey Infographic for a handy roundup of the facts gathered.

People tend to purchase natural supplements once a month, although the majority spend under £50 each month.

People prefer to purchase medicine and nutrients instore, although lower prices could persuade them to shop online.

Most people would consider trying alternative, natural remedies.

Exercise and eating enough fruit and veg are considered key components of healthy living.

The majority of people prefer to exercise at home, at least once a week.

Cancer remains the primary health concern of people aged 25-46 for the second year in a row.

The majority of people aged 25-46 have yet to make plans for retirement.

Whilst people are unsure about taking up sporting activities when they retire, the majority plan to develop new hobbies.

For more information on antiaging medicine and healthy living, be sure to read our blog.

Contact Details

For more information on the findings of this study, or to hear more about natural healthcare and antiaging medicines, please contact the Antiaging Nutrition team via:

IAS Group, PO Box 19, Sark, GY9 0SB, Great Britain

Call: +44 (0) 208 123 2106 Fax: +44 (0) 208 181 6106

Email: support@antiaging-nutrition.com

Results: The 2016 Health Survey [Infographic]

The results of our 2016 Health Survey are in and we’ve looked at some of your biggest concerns and healthy (or not so healthy) habits.

Our research helped us uncover your approach to exercise, your biggest health-related concerns and your hopes for retirement.

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Reduce Anxiety With These Top 10 Tips

Most of us know what it takes to have a healthy body: eating well, getting the right nourishment, and exercise are the best combination for your body’s wellbeing. But mental wellbeing is still a bit of a taboo. Anxiety can be crippling, even in the healthiest body. Let’s look at what it is and our top tips for reducing it.

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety can come in many forms. Whether you’re apprehensive about an upcoming event or struggling to cope with the day’s events, anxiety can make you feel like you’re stuck in quicksand. But the anticipation and predictions of these events can often be much worse that the reality.

Anxiety displays both physical and emotional symptoms. These include an increased heart rate, lack of concentration, irritable demeanour, and sleeping problems.

Anxiety and stress are your body’s reaction to perceived dangers. Understandably, this can cause you to feel on edge. We’ve compiled our top 10 tips to help you reduce your anxiety.

Top Ten Tips to Reduce Anxiety

There are a whole range of options available to manage your symptoms. These top 10 tips should help you reduce your daily anxiety and get you feeling more like yourself again.

1.    Take Deep Breaths

Deep breathing is an effective relaxation technique. It helps loosen up your muscles and gives you a sense of calm. Simply sitting in a chair that supports your head, lying on the floor or bed, and concentrating on your breathing can work wonders.

Focus on each individual breath. It can be tempting to take short, sharp gasps but you should try to breathe in and out slowly. Concentrate on the rhythm and the rise and fall of your chest. This will distract your mind and help you calm down.

2.    Acknowledge That You’re Anxious

Unless you personally suffer from anxiety, it can be hard to understand the condition, what is causing it, and how to help. Having someone who knows about your condition is invaluable. Let people help you by acknowledging how you’re feeling. That way they can talk you through your panic attacks and be there to look after you once they subside. It’s equally important to have someone who can spot the warning signs.

Everyone needs a good support network in place. Remember: suffering from anxiety doesn’t make you weak; it just makes you human.

3.    Realize That Your Brain Is Playing Tricks on You

Panic attacks cause an awful amount of distress. When you suffer from anxiety, a panic attack can make it feel as though you’re having a heart attack. Remind yourself that you are not in any danger and that the feeling will pass. It can help to sit down, place your head between your legs and take deep breaths.

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4.    Question Your Thought Processes

When you feel anxious, your thought processes may be rather erratic and your decision-making skills may be affected. Ask yourself, “Are these worries and scenarios realistic?” This will help you to rationalize your thoughts.

One example is worrying about completing a task because you fear you will fail at it. In reality, you won’t know until you try, and even if you do fail, you will no doubt learn something from the experience. Remember, things are seldom as bad as you may think.

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5.    Calm Yourself With Visualizations

Visualizations can be an extremely effective way of easing your anxiety. Picturing yourself on a sunny beach or in one of your favourite places can help relax you. Imagine your thoughts floating away and focus your attention on that special place. This will help you to concentrate on your breathing and enable you to calm down.

Meditation apps like Headspace are readily available and are ideal for when you notice your anxiety symptoms coming on.

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6.    Establish What Is Making You Anxious

By pinpointing what is making you anxious you can learn to notice the triggers and identify the scenarios that you are struggling to cope with. Then put steps in place to avoid feeling that way again. If you can’t help but encounter whatever is making you anxious, try to get to the core of why it triggers your symptoms.

Confiding in a friend, family member or colleague gives you the support network you need and will make it easier to tackle the situation head-on.

By being proactive about your anxiety and its triggers, you are taking control of the situation. Move away from that internal monologue telling you that you can’t do or cope with certain things. Instead, use positive self-talk. Tell yourself positive coping statements like “My anxiety feels bad, but I can cope with it.”

7.    Focus On The Positives

It may sound strange, but focussing on the positives in your life can have a wonderful effect when you’re struggling with anxiety. Akin to depression, anxiety can make you feel like you’re being dragged down.

By taking a moment to mentally or physically list the positives in your life, you’re not only taking your mind off how you’re feeling but you also give yourself something to smile about. Smiling releases endorphins that can help to reduce stress levels. So it’s a win-win situation.

8.    Aim For A Goal

A task, no matter how small, can help give you a second train of thought to distract you from the tightness in your chest. Everyday tasks like washing pots or ironing can help to relax your mind. Even better, once you’ve finished the task you will feel a sense of achievement, helping to make you feel more positive.

But it’s important not to put too much pressure on yourself. Only do what you feel you can physically cope with and take it from there. Anxiety doesn’t come with an instruction manual, so just take it at your own pace.

9.    Take Time To Relax

Whether you set time aside for taking a nice warm bath, reading your favourite book or catching up on your TV shows, it’s important to put time aside to relax. This will give your mind and body the chance to calm down.

A good night’s sleep can make the world of difference. Research shows that if you get less than five hours sleep a night it has the same effect on the brain as being drunk.[1]

Getting a restful sleep may be easier said than done so you may want to use some herbal or holistic tablets to help relax you enough to be able to drift off into a natural slumber. When you are fully rested you will see everything in a whole new light.

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10.De-Clutter Your Mind

If you’re struggling to unwind after a stressful day or event, making a list of everything that you feel anxious about can help declutter your mind.

Writing it down can be rather cathartic. Next, mark the things that you can control and those that you can’t. This will help to give you a fresh perspective on the situation. You can then put steps in place to do something about the issues that you do have control of. Yoga and meditation can also help to reduce your anxiety and put you in a more relaxed state.

Reduce Your Anxiety Today

Antiaging Nutrition provides a whole host of products designed to help you feel more like yourself again. Shop online today and discover how easy it is to manage your stress and anxiety.

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For more information on dealing with an anxiety disorder, please talk to a medical professional.

[1] http://news.nationalpost.com/news/five-hours-sleep-a-night-has-same-effect-on-brain-as-being-drunk-says-oxford-professor

Why You Should Be Taking Better Care of Your Eyes

Your eyes play an important role in your overall health. Therefore, it’s vital that you look after them. Your vision will naturally deteriorate over time, so you need to safeguard it now.

Here, we will take a look at the main reasons why you need to take better care of your eyes and some ways to help maintain their health.

Eye Health

Your vision really does matter, so don’t take it for granted. Sight is the sense that most people fear losing, yet most of us don’t know how to look after our eyes. More than 2.9 million Americans are legally blind and nearly 4.2 million are visually impaired.[1][2]

Eye Diseases

If you neglect your eyes, you run the risk of developing the following conditions:

Cataracts

Cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans aged 40 and over. By the age of 75, almost half of all Americans have cataracts.[3]

Can-C Eye Drops help to slow down the deterioration of aging eyes. The cost-effective drops provide relief for those suffering with cataracts and dry eye syndrome. Find out more about Can-C Eye Drops.

Designed to naturally support the Can-C Eye Drops and increase their effectiveness, the Can-C Plus capsules help the main ingredient NAC to break down and slow down or reverse the growth of senile cataracts. Discover more about Can-C Plus capsules.

Glaucoma

2.7 million Americans aged 40 and over are affected by glaucoma.[4] Glaucoma is caused by a build-up of pressure in the eye, which then affects vision.

The four main types of glaucoma are:

Chronic open-angle glaucoma

The most common type of glaucoma, which develops slowly over a long time period

Primary angle-closure glaucoma

This rare type of glaucoma generally occurs slowly but can develop at a rapid rate, causing a painful build-up of pressure in and around the eye.

Secondary glaucoma

This mainly occurs as a result of an existing eye injury or condition.

Developed glaucoma

Also known as congenital glaucoma, this rare but serious type of glaucoma occurs mostly in children.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Recent research shows that nearly 2.1 million Americans aged 50 and over have late AMD. At this stage, the disease can lead to severe visual impairment.[5]

Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy affects nearly 7.7 million Americans aged 40 and over and studies show that it’s on the increase.[6] In fact, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, with 27% of them (8.1 million) unaware that they have the disease.[7]

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It’s also worth noting that whilst you can’t avoid hereditary conditions, you can take measures to manage them early on. Talk to your family about their eye history and determine if anyone has been diagnosed with a hereditary disease or condition.

Let’s take a look at ways you can help maintain healthy eyes.

Eat for Good Vision

A diet rich in fruit and vegetables, and particularly leafy greens like spinach and kale, can help keep your eyes healthy. Research has also shown that there are direct eye-health benefits from eating oily fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna and halibut.

Read our post on simple ways to boost your immune system for more information on superfoods.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight or obese increases your chance of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to loss of vision through diabetic eye disease and glaucoma. For advice on how to achieve a healthy weight, seek the advice of a medical professional.

ACF228 capsules help to restore the body to a natural biological balance. The easy-to-take supplement includes an ingredient called L-carnosine. This helps promote skin, eye and vascular health by hindering glycation, a non-enzymatic reaction between reducing sugars, such as glucose, and proteins, lipids or nucleic acids. What’s more, it also includes resveratrol, a natural component which helps to reduce cholesterol levels and aids weight loss.

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Quit Smoking

Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States.[8]

Recent research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related degeneration and cataracts, which can lead to a complete lack of vision. Smoking is also a direct cause of Type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.[9]

Wear Sunglasses

Sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory; they also protect your eyes from the sun’s natural UV rays. UV protected sunglasses block out 99 to 100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation, so make sure to have them close to hand.

Use Safety Eyewear

Practice workplace eye safety. Safety goggles are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics. If you have to wear protective eyewear on a day-to-day basis, don’t become negligent. The same goes for when you participate in sports and DIY activities.

Research suggests that 2.4 million eye injuries occur every year in the United States.[10] Protective eyewear can prevent 90% of eye injuries.[11] It only takes one time not wearing the glasses for an accident to happen. Don’t put yourself and your vision at unnecessary risk.

Give Your Eyes a Rest

If you spend a large proportion of your day staring at a computer or focussing on one thing, you are putting your eyes under considerable strain. Simply put, your eyes get fatigued.

A simple way to rectify this is to use the 20-20-20 method: every 20 minutes, look about 20 feet away from the screen or object for 20 seconds. This will help to reduce eye strain.

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Have Your Eyes Examined Regularly

The best thing to do if you’re concerned about your eyesight is to seek the advice of an eye-care specialist and have a comprehensive eye exam. It is recommended that most people have their eyes tested every two years. However, in some circumstances it is better to go more often.

A sight test can help detect early signs of eye disease like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough. Sight tests can also help identify health concerns like diabetes and high blood pressure.

They can also tell you if you are suffering from a refractive error. These include:

Myopia – Commonly known as near-sightedness

Hyperopia – You may know this as far-sightedness

Astigmatism – A combination of the above two refractive errors which causes blurry vision

Care for Your Eyes

Antiaging Nutrition stocks a wide range of products designed to take better care of your eyes. Shop online and discover how easy it is to safeguard your vision.

Discover more about how to maintain healthy eyes in our interview with Russian bop-physicist Dr Mark Babizhayev. For more information on maintaining your health, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.

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[4] https://www.nei.nih.gov/eyedata/glaucoma

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Shedding Light on Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex and incurable neurological condition which affects over 2.3 million people worldwide.

A long-term (chronic) disease, MS affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing a variety of unpleasant symptoms that affect balance, vision, and muscle movement.

There are a number of environmental factors that are thought to increase the risk of MS, including cigarette smoking and a vitamin D deficiency.

With the distinct link between vitamin D deficiency and increased risk of MS, it is important to do all you can to focus on improving your quality of life and do all you can to take measures to manage risk factors.

Symptoms

MS can cause a variety of symptoms, which affect each person differently. The most common symptoms include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Blurred vision
  • Blindness
  • Mobility and balance problems
  • Muscle weakness and spasticity

It is unlikely that all of the above symptoms will be experienced by any one individual, and most people with MS only suffer from a few of these symptoms.

Types of Multiple Sclerosis

There are three types of MS, each with varying periods of flare-ups and remission:

  • Relapsing remitting MS – This involves a flare-up of symptoms, known as relapses, which can last from a few days to a few months. This is followed by periods of remission where symptoms are mild or disappear completely.
  • Secondary progressive MS – This type of MS usually develops around 15 years after somebody experiences relapsing remitting MS. Symptoms gradually worsen over time. Relapses still occur but a full recovery from symptoms doesn’t occur with this type of MS.
  • Primary progressive MS – This is the least common form of MS. Primary progressive MS involves symptoms getting worse over time and there being no periods of remission.

Causes

MS is widely known as an autoimmune condition, where the immune system attacks healthy body tissue.

In the case of MS, the immune system attacks the myelin which covers the body’s nerves, causing multiple sections of the brain and spinal cord to become damaged and affected by hardening (sclerosis). This activity disrupts the nerve signals passing through these areas, causing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Managing Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an incurable condition, but there are a number of treatment options available which can help manage the condition.

Some treatment options include:

  • Steroids
  • Physiotherapy
  • Antidepressant medication
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Disease-modifying medicines
  • Complementary therapies

Risk Factors and Multiple Sclerosis

Many experts believe that a combination of risk factors can lead to the development of the condition, including:

  • Low sunlight and vitamin D
  • Genetic factors
  • Smoking
  • Viral infection

Low Sunlight and Vitamin D

Some studies have shown a link between lower levels of vitamin D and multiple sclerosis.

Research conducted on the condition around the world has shown an increased likelihood of MS developing in countries further away from the equator.

Those living further from the equator are exposed to less sunlight and therefore their body produces less vitamin D, which could possibly increase the likelihood of developing MS.

Lifestyle Choices and Multiple Sclerosis

With a lack of vitamin D thought to increase the risk of developing MS, research suggests have suggested that supplements may reduce the risk of the condition.

Quality of Life and Vitamin D

When it comes to improving quality of life, there are a number of vitamin D-based products available from Antiaging nutrition, including vitamin D3 5000 IU which can help maintain a healthy lifestyle and may reduce the risk of MS.

Vitamin D provides a host of benefits, including strengthening the immune system to help fight disease and maintaining strong and healthy bones.

Multiple sclerosis is an incurable condition, but with a host of environmental factors thought to be associated with an increased risk of developing the disease, lifestyle changes can be made which could help reduce the risk of developing this condition.

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about the array of products available which contain vitamin D, contact Antiaging Nutrition today.

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Multiple Sclerosis Society

NHS Choices – Multiple sclerosis

Boost Your Brain Power with Peptide Bioregulators

Our brains are utterly incredible – and that’s an understatement. The most powerful object in the known universe is in your head. It’s as mysterious as it is familiar, driving our thoughts and actions, both conscious and automatic. It’s one of the hardest organs to take care of, too, even before you consider mental health. The brain is just like any other part of your body: it can get worn out and tired. Because it’s essentially in charge of your whole body, a tired brain has a knock-on effect on your whole being. Even the fittest and healthiest among us can succumb to mental fatigue, and this can get worse with age. So how do you keep the brain running at peak performance throughout your life?

Be Generally Healthy

A healthy, powerful brain should be part of a healthy, powerful body. Staying in good general health is important for obvious reasons, but the benefits to the brain are often understated compared to the physical benefits. Exercise and diet play a key role in your brain’s health and potential output. Good blood flow and carbohydrates supply the brain with the fuel it needs to work at its best. A lack of water can impair memory and focus and cause headaches, so hydration should be a top priority. One of the most overlooked areas for a healthy, happy brain is sleep. Studies have shown that sleep-starved individuals can be a greater risk on the road than those driving under the influence of alcohol. Lack of sleep severely impacts brain function: memory, reaction time, concentration and problem solving. Modern life makes it easy to burn the candle at both ends, but sleep is too important to dismiss. A powerful brain needs its rest.

Boost with Peptide Bioregulators

Modern computers take advantage of overclocking: pushing hardware past its known limits to achieve more power than it was designed to do, bringing a whole new level of performance. So is it possible to overclock the brain with a pill, like in the movie Limitless? Not yet, and maybe that’s a good thing! But you can help hold off the effects of aging on the brain with peptides, boosting your brain’s ability to repair and regenerate. Peptides are naturally occurring chemicals made up of amino acids. Almost every process in your body is dictated by peptides, making them an essential nutrient. Part of the aging process involves the slowing of the bioregulators responsible for absorbing these peptides. This can impact your organ function and repair process. That can be hard to swallow when it comes to the health of your brain. Our Cerluten® CNS Peptide gives the central nervous system, including the brain, exactly what it needs to repair. So while it’s not exactly a function-boosting super pill, it provides a boost to those essential nutrients responsible for its condition.

Are “Smart Drugs” Ever Going to Exist?

It’s a tough one to call, especially without a solid context for what being smart means. Any future drugs might have the same stigma attached to them as steroids and performance-enhancing drugs do in athletics. They may not work in the desired way at all, because compared to every other organ and system in our bodies, the brain is fiendishly complex. The heart, as elegant and brilliant as it is, is a simple pump. Even our complex network of blood vessels can be interpreted simply as piping. Because they’re simple and serve a single purpose, we can develop drugs to control how they work. We could potentially enhance one specific capability of the brain, but the brain serves so many purposes that enhancing one area may rob another of function. Think of it in terms of a body builder that only strengthens their upper body and always skips leg day. For instance, a drug to enhance focus could impact memory or emotion. There could be trade-offs that render the brain exhausted. There’s a long way to go before we can say we have a brain-wide enhancement drug – but research continues.

Modern Opinions towards Aging

Old age is an inevitability we all must face. Depending on culture, old age is painted in several ways. To some, aging means feebleness, frailty, and being past your prime. To others, it’s a symbol of wisdom, a reason for respect. Sometimes it’s both. So how do people feel about aging today? Is age discrimination still a thing in 2016? And what does it mean to “grow old gracefully”?

How Do We Define Aging, and What Causes It?

The truth is, nobody really knows what triggers physical aging. Aging isn’t just a matter of time. Genetic and environmental factors have a big impact on how we physically age.

There’s so much more to aging than how long you’ve been alive for. It’s the accumulation of all the changes in a human body over time: physical, psychological, and social.

You might have heard people say something along the lines of “they’re sixty, but a young sixty” about a particular person, either because someone is young at heart or because they look younger than they are.

The rate of change is different for everyone. Long-term biological processes don’t have much regard for the way we structure our calendars. Mental health can remain unaffected while physical health deteriorates. Personal changes and losses can affect your integration into wider society. It’s a complex web of factors.

What we do know is that physical aging happens because our cells change as we get older. Senescence (the technical term for biological aging) is a complex process in advanced organisms like us humans. After decades of research and testing, we’re still no closer to discovering the triggers, but there is plenty of evidence supporting ways to counteract the effects of aging.

Attitudes towards Aging

Everyone has their own personal attitude towards aging. Some are anxious about becoming unable to do things they used to do. There are health concerns – and of course the looming prospect of death.

Death and the fear of death seem to be common themes at all ages when talking about aging, with the attitude to death changing from absolute fear to near-acceptance.

Attitudes about growing older tend to change with age. Strangely, it seems the older we get, the calmer we feel about dying. Younger people, especially when first realizing their own mortality, can feel some really strong negative emotions about death.

Some people take a more easy-going, “whatever will be, will be” attitude, as long as they have their health. Not wanting to become a burden to family and friends is a key trend too.

In the great conversation of age and the human condition, isolation` and loneliness tend to pop up less among the young. That feeling of being surrounded with family and friends and having people to rely on can sadly fade away as we get older.

Age Discrimination

Sometimes called ageism, the stereotyping and discrimination of people based on their age has played important roles culturally, societally, and politically.

It applies to all ages. Young people are subjected to prejudice and stereotypes just as the elderly can be. But when we’re talking about age discrimination, we’re usually referring to older members of society.

Attitudes to the elderly vary by culture and subculture, by status, and by personal values. It does feel, however, as though there has been a renaissance era of appreciation for older people, particularly in the West: terms like “silver fox” and “cougar” break the conceived notion that getting older means you’re no longer desirable or sexy. Aging and elderly celebrities have given a sense of empowerment in the media. Even advertising in the last decade has become more inclusive and age-representative.

But this kind of progress isn’t universal and there are still so many stereotypes about older people that usually center on how they look. We age and our bodies change; the sentiments on this topic range from light-hearted, self-deprecating jokes to body confidence and bullying.

That’s right – you’re never too old to be bullied.

Getting Old Gracefully

How is it achieved? Many believe it’s a state of mind: not allowing yourself to change because of how old you are. There’s the idea that plastic surgery and attempts to reverse the aging process are somewhat against the natural way, which is true to some extent.

There are less intrusive ways to fend off the effects of aging. Our extensive range of antiaging products are available to do just that – to give your body the best chance of staying in good shape for as long as possible.

For a healthy mind, staying physically active is just as important as being mentally active. Memory supplements can also help keep your mind energized and alert.

Remember: you’re only as old as you feel.

 

Six Surprising Facts About Aging

Aging is a process, an unavoidable one, and by 2050 around 22% of the world’s population will be over 60. Too often these days, people focus on the negatives but there are a number of surprising facts that go with getting older.

Regardless of the amount of candles on the cake,  Here are six surprising facts about growing older (and wiser).

Older and happier

Studies have found that we are least happy during middle age and by the time we pass 65, and particularly into our 80s, we can expect to be happier. Experts think that this is down to our emotional and social instincts being stronger through experience, which also helps us to deal with conflicts more effectively.

On top of this, as many as 90% of workers over the age of 50 are satisfied with their job – significantly higher than other age ranges and thought to be due to the fact we’ve usually climbed the corporate ladder by this point.

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You get smarter

Like the experience that allows us to be happier emotionally, our working years have given us a wealth of knowledge that actually allows older people to work on a par with younger colleagues.

Through challenging the brain you can fight against any of the negative stereotypes associated with memory. In fact, researchers have found that the longer you’re a student the better equipped you are to fight diseases like dementia.

Working can help you live longer

As we saw, having an active brain can mean you get smarter and become happier the older you get. Another study also suggested that having a job over retirement age can be a positive too.

Of course, you don’t need to be burning the midnight oils over complex spreadsheets but even those who work part-time can see the benefits. It is rewarding and stimulating to continue being useful the older you get.

Migraines are less frequent

Some of us struggle with headaches and migraines more than others, but by the time you pass 50 then this problem should subside. This head pains, as well as things like nausea and vomiting become less prominent with age.

Fizzy drinks prematurely age you

It has long been known that soda isn’t good for you. Phosphate is a big issue within the makeup of the drink, but there are a number of illnesses linked to these beverages. These include premature aging with problems like brittle bones, paralysis and even pancreatic cancer through damaging the skin, muscles, heart and kidneys. According to Gerald Weissmann from the FASEB:

“Soda is the caffeine delivery vehicle of choice for millions of people worldwide, but comes with phosphorous as a passenger. This research suggests that our phosphorous balance influences the ageing process, so don’t tip it.”

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Your ears get bigger

It has long been known that noses and ears continue to grow throughout your life. Due to the sagging with age due to a loss of elasticity mixed with gravity, the older you get the larger they become.

Earlobes are the most obvious and many suggest that it is due to the fact there is no bone but just cartilage in that part. Perhaps it’s unsurprising then that “lobe jobs” continue to grow in popularity.

Bonus: Food helps

Researchers have found that up to the age of 75, genetics accounts for just a quarter of the longevity equation. This means that having a healthy lifestyle and eating right makes the biggest difference. Things like antioxidant-rich blueberries, nuts and yoghurt along with moderate amounts of wine and chocolate can all help the anti-aging stakes.

Once you get to a certain age, there are ailments and well-being products that can relieve pain or help the aging process. Take a look at our high quality, specially designed anti-aging products now.