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Sencha Tea: Japan’s Most Popular Tea Variety

Posted by on Jul 28, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Sencha Tea: Japan’s Most Popular Tea Variety

You may think that matcha green tea is the most popular and widespread type of tea found in Japan, but it actually isn’t — that title belongs to sencha. Comprising over 80 percent of tea consumption in Japan,1 sencha is a high-quality tea that anyone visiting this oriental country must sample. But what is it and what health benefits can be attributed to it? What Is Sencha Tea? Harvested from small-leaf Camellia sinesis bushes, Japanese sencha is a steamed, high-quality green tea variety. Do not confuse it with matcha — while matcha is...

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The Dark Side of the Global Tea Industry

Posted by on Jul 28, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Dark Side of the Global Tea Industry

By Dr. Mercola Aside from pure water, drinking high quality tea can be a healthy beverage option. Many teas contain polyphenol antioxidants recognized for their disease prevention and antiaging properties. For example, research1,2 has shown long-term tea intake can improve your blood pressure. One systematic review of 25 randomized controlled trials found those who regularly drank either green or black tea for 12 weeks had an average of 2.6 mm Hg lower systolic blood pressure and 2.2 mm Hg lower diastolic pressure compared to those who did...

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Cold Temperature Can Increase Brown Adipose Tissue in Offspring

Posted by on Jul 28, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Cold Temperature Can Increase Brown Adipose Tissue in Offspring

By Dr. Mercola Sometimes the simplest strategies can have a tremendous impact on your health and wellness. For example, exposure to extreme temperatures may serve as a catalyst to improve your health and also the health of your unborn children. In previous interviews with Rhonda Patrick, Ph.D., we discuss the importance of mitochondrial function and how exposure to extreme temperatures can improve your mitochondrial health. Estimates suggest you may have from 15 to 50 quadrillion mitochondria throughout your body. When they are not working...

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How to Treat Tinnitus

Posted by on Jul 26, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How to Treat Tinnitus

By Dr. Mercola Tinnitus, a chronic ringing in your ears,1 affects an estimated 1 in 10 adults.2 The sounds are caused when cells are damaged inside the cochlea, your inner ear, and the malfunctioning cells end up sending signals to your brain even in the absence of audible sound. Your brain translates these signals into what has been described as ringing, buzzing, hissing, clicking, chirping, screeching, static, roaring, pulsing, whooshing and/or whistling sounds. The pitch can be either high or low, and may intermittently change. The volume...

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Olive Oil: The Salad Superstar

Posted by on Jul 26, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Olive Oil: The Salad Superstar

The humble olive is not just a dietary staple in the Mediterranean region — it also enjoys the reputation of being a healthy oil in the United States. It is valued not only for its flavor, but also for its range of wellness benefits. Learn more about this plant-based oil, its uses (why you should drizzle it cold on salads, not cook with it), health value and how to distinguish good olive oil from bad ones. What Is Olive Oil? Olive oil is pressed from fresh olives and is made mainly in the Mediterranean, mostly in Italy, Spain and Greece. It...

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Time in Nature Provides a Host of Health Benefits

Posted by on Jul 26, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Time in Nature Provides a Host of Health Benefits

By Dr. Mercola There’s a reason why being outdoors in nature feels so good — it’s great for your health on multiple levels. A massive study involving data from more than 140 studies and 290 million people revealed that exposure to greenspace, defined as open, undeveloped land with natural vegetation, led to significant reductions in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number), salivary cortisol (a physiological marker of stress) and heart rate, along with significant decreases in Type 2 diabetes and mortality from all causes and those...

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How Did Plastic Straws Take Over the World?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How Did Plastic Straws Take Over the World?

By Dr. Mercola In the U.S., nearly 500 million plastic straws are used every day,1 many of which end up polluting the environment. While the number may seem extreme, you likely have not taken notice of the straws you use. Nearly every time you order a drink at a restaurant, there’s a good chance you’ll receive a straw to go along with it. Unfortunately, while this may seem innocuous, Australian scientists estimate as many as 8.3 billion plastic straws are polluting beaches around the world.2 Eight million tons of plastic flow into...

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Farmed Salmon Contaminated With Toxic Flame Retardants

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Farmed Salmon Contaminated With Toxic Flame Retardants

By Dr. Mercola Fish are an important part of the ecosystem and the human diet. Unfortunately, overfishing has depleted many fish stocks, and the proposed solution — fish farming — is creating far more problems than it solves. Not only are fish farms polluting the aquatic environment and spreading disease to wild fish, farmed fish are also an inferior food source, in part by providing fewer healthy nutrients; and in part by containing more toxins, which readily accumulate in fat. Farmed Salmon = Most Toxic Food in the World Salmon is perhaps...

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Air Pollution Triggers Millions of Cases of Diabetes Each Year

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Air Pollution Triggers Millions of Cases of Diabetes Each Year

By Dr. Mercola Air pollution has been named the “largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today” by a collaboration of more than 40 researchers looking at data from 130 countries.1 The problem is insidious and travels without respect for borders. Air pollution created in Asia affects people living on the California coast. Fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) is the most studied type of air pollution and refers to dust, dirt, soot, smoke or other particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. These...

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This Evil Corporation Bullies Scientists to Cover Up Toxicity

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on This Evil Corporation Bullies Scientists to Cover Up Toxicity

By Dr. Mercola Thousands of people across the U.S. have now filed lawsuits alleging that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, which contains the active ingredient glyphosate, caused them to develop cancer. A cluster of more than 400 lawsuits from farmers, landscapers and others claiming Roundup caused Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a blood cell cancer, were consolidated before a federal judge, and Monsanto tried to get the cases dismissed. The judge, however, recently ruled they will be allowed to proceed,1 and the first case — that of DeWayne “Lee” Johnson,...

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Ben & Jerry’s Sued for Misleading Customers

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Ben & Jerry’s Sued for Misleading Customers

By Dr. Mercola Ben & Jerry’s, loved by so many because of its environmentally friendly image, is being sued by Organic Consumers Association (OCA), which alleges its do-good reputation and marketing campaigns are all “smoke and mirrors.”1 In the lawsuit against Ben & Jerry’s and their parent company, Unilever, filed in July 2018, OCA takes issue with statements that the ice cream is made using milk from “happy cows” raised in “Caring Dairies.”2 They promote their Caring Dairy program...

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The US Campaign Against Breastfeeding

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The US Campaign Against Breastfeeding

By Dr. Mercola What’s the optimal food for your newborn baby? Common sense would tell you that a mother’s breast milk is as optimal as infant nutrition could possibly get, yet that fact — indisputable as it may seem — is something that makers of infant formula have spent decades’ trying to sweep under the carpet.1 Following the development of manufactured infant formula, mothers were told breastfeeding was unnecessary. Formula offered greater freedom for busy moms, and the promotion of the obnoxious idea that breastfeeding...

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The Importance of Healthy Bacteria in Nitric Oxide Production

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Importance of Healthy Bacteria in Nitric Oxide Production

By Dr. Mercola Nitric oxide (NO) is a soluble gas stored in the endothelium lining your blood vessels. NO has many exceptional health benefits, but there’s a great deal of confusion about how it’s produced in your body. While your body does produce NO naturally inside your endothelial cells from the amino acid L-arginine, the most significant source is actually dietary nitrates, found in fresh vegetables, which gut bacteria then convert into nitrite and then to NO, bypassing the classical L-arginine pathway.1 Research also...

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What Are the Health Benefits of Yams?

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on What Are the Health Benefits of Yams?

By Dr. Mercola Yams are one of the most delicious vegetables you can eat, but you may not be aware that, as a root vegetable that’s been around for eons, they also have a long history of use as an alternative medicine. Modern researchers are examining possible health benefits of wild yams that include relief from muscle cramps, rheumatoid arthritis and symptoms of menopause and diabetes prevention. Over centuries, yams have gleaned a few other names, including China root, rheumatism root or colic root, which makes sense according to the...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Pesticides, Saffron and Sugar

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Pesticides, Saffron and Sugar

1 Research suggests humans are able to derive energy from sunlight through consumption of which plant substance? Plant alkaloids Bee Royal Jelly Tannins Chlorophyll Research shows humans are able to derive energy from sunlight through consumption of plant chlorophyll, found in dark green vegetables, algae such as chlorella and cyanobacteria such as spirulina. Learn more. 2 DNA testing has revealed many drug-resistant urinary tract infections are caused by consuming which of the following foods, contaminated with drug-resistant E.coli?...

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