3 Quick and Easy Ways to Build Better Health
Has your doctor ever laid out a health plan for you that sounded like a trip to a Marine boot camp? We doctors mean well, but we sometimes set awfully tough goals for our patients.
I learned early in my practice that helping my patients improve their health in small steps usually yields better results. I’ve seen so many of my patients turn their health around by taking one easy step at a time.
That’s why three recent studies caught my eye. Each one outlines a simple action that may deliver big health benefits. Take this one, for example…
Researchers measured volunteer’s urine levels of two chemicals – BPA and DEHP – commonly used in food packaging. They took daily samples while people ate their normal diets. Then they had the volunteers make one tiny change for just 3 days.
Within 3 days, the subjects’ levels of BPA dropped by two-thirds. And their levels of DEHP were 53 – 56% lower.1
This is a big deal, because BPA – bisphenol A – mimics the hormone estrogen. It’s been linked to abnormal uterine growth and other reproductive issues in women.
DEHP, on the other hand, has more effect on men. Both animal and human studies show it causes male reproductive problems – including lower testosterone levels.2
So how did the volunteers in this study get such dramatic results in just 3 days? It was easy. They stopped eating fruits and vegetables packaged in cans or plastic wrap. Instead, they ate produce that wasn’t pre-packaged.
Our second step is equally easy. And it may be a quick fix for blood sugar problems.
Researchers compared two groups of animals on a high-fat diet. This type of diet typically results in abnormally high blood sugar.
But the scientists gave one group of animals twice the amount of an amino acid – leucine – than they normally ate.
After 8 weeks, the leucine group processed glucose – blood sugar – better and were more sensitive to insulin than the 2nd group.3
Leucine hasn’t been proven on blood sugar in humans yet, but boosting your intake is easy. Body builders have used leucine supplements safely for many years. You’ll also find plenty of leucine in eggs, chicken, tuna, cod and game, such as elk.
Our 3rd secret has already been shown to support heart health. But new research suggests it may promote better bone and muscle health, too.
I’m referring to resveratrol. Found in red wine, most scientists believe resveratrol is behind “the French Paradox.” That is, the fact that the French have relatively low rates of heart trouble, in spite of high-risk habits.
Researchers recently fed resveratrol to a group of animals in a simulated low-gravity situation. Normally, this would result in bone and muscle loss due to lack of exercise. But these animals didn’t lose muscle or bone.4
For humans, this may mean that resveratrol could support healthier levels of bone and muscle when someone is sick or injured and can’t get a normal amount of exercise. And less wasting would mean a faster, easier recovery.
Again, these findings haven’t been confirmed in human studies yet. But with resveratrol’s proven health benefits, I don’t see a downside. It’s inexpensive, safe and could help boost muscle and bone health when you need it most.
This study used amounts you can’t get from a glass or two of red wine… so taking a resveratrol supplement is probably your best bet.
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals
1 Rudel, R.A., et al. “Food Packaging and Bisphenol A and Bis(2-Ethyhexyl) Phthalate Exposure: Findings from a Dietary Intervention,” Environ Health Perspect. March 30, 2011;119:914-920.
2 Fiore, K., “Bisphenol A Mimics Estrogen, Phthalates Target Testosterone,” MedPage Today. February 05, 2009.
3 Macotela, Y., et al, “Dietary Leucine – An Environmental Modifier of Insulin Resistance Acting on Multiple Levels of Metabolism,” PLoS ONE. June 22, 2011;6(6):e21187.
4 Momken, I., et al, “Resveratrol prevents the wasting disorders of mechanical unloading by acting as a physical exercise mimetic in the rat,” FASEB Journal. June 29, 2011; doi: 10.1096/fj.10-177295. [Published online before print].