Pasteurized Milk and Multiple Sclerosis

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Dairy is often promoted as a major source of the nutrition that we need but at the same time it is also one of the most prevalent causes of allergies in humans. Lactose intolerance is a widespread phenomenon and many people also feel that milk just does not agree with their digestive systems. The main problem with milk in terms of health and the development of illnesses and allergies is pasteurization. Since Louis Pasteur invented the method, pasteurization has been used as a means of controlling pathogens in the milk given by dairy cows, but there are many drawbacks to the process. Among many other ailments, research shows that there is a link between the pasteurization of milk and the development of multiple sclerosis. Let’s take a closer look at what pasteurization does and how it contributes to MS and other ailments in order that you may be more informed about your dietary choices.

Pasteurization is the process of heating up milk to an intense heat for a short period of time in order to rid the milk of pathogens and contaminants. While this is a good practice in terms of getting rid of bad bacteria, pasteurization also gets rid of many of the health benefits of the milk such as the minerals and nutrients like vitamin B6, B12, and C. Probably the most harmful effect of pasteurization is the destruction of the enzymes that contribute to digestion and immunity. One of these enzymes is lactase, which allows the milk to breakdown the milk sugar lactose, contributing to high rates of lactose intolerance. Because pasteurized milk is stripped of its nutrients as well as enzymes it is unable to perform one of its most vital functions—pass on the immune supporting compounds that trigger the immune response and the growth of antibodies. Thus, pasteurized milk becomes a trigger for various illnesses but especially autoimmune diseases like MS. This claim is backed up by science—researchers at Faculte de Medicine in Farnce found a high correlation between drinking pasteurized milk and the development of MS in their study entitled “Correlation between milk and dairy product consumption and multiple sclerosis prevalence: a worldwide study” which was published in 1992.
The scientific community has known about the dangers of pasteurization for years but this does not mean that the food industry will continue to anything but turn a blind eye to the research. Pasteurization is a process that is tied up just as much in politics and money as it is in milk. Still, there are ways to avoid the harms of pasteurization and its potentially damaging side effects like MS. Raw milk or unpasteurized milk is more natural and does not harm the natural enzymes or nutrients. Additionally, there is always the option to choose a non-dairy diet by sticking to soy and other milk replacements such as rice milk. You only have one body in this life so it is important that you take care of it and that means knowing the risks associated with the various processes at work in the modern food industry.

Vitamin C, E, and B. What About Vitamin D?


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You have probably heard a lot about vitamin C, vitamin E, and maybe even vitamin B. But have you heard much about vitamin D and its role in maintaining a healthy, functioning body? Vitamin D is one of the unsung heroes of mineral supplements, and it plays a crucial part in boosting your body’s immune system and strengthening its bones. Many people suffer from vitamin D deficiencies and don’t even know it, but they feel it—achy bones or frequent illnesses and infections. Let’s take a closer look at some of the health benefits of vitamin D so that you can understand its importance and make sure you are getting enough of it.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb nutrients and this in turn strengthens the immune system, circulatory system, and the bones. Thus, your body is better able to synthesize hormones and nutrients more efficiently. Vitamin D helps prevent arthritis, osteomalacia, and other muscular problems and can be used to help regulate the thyroid. Vitamin D reduces stress levels, helps release tension in the body, and contributes to a better sense of mental health.

The health benefits above are just an overview of the many ways that vitamin D supports your bodies various systems. Vitamin D is not only found in supplement form; if you want to infuse your body with more of it you should build your diet around food such as fish, eggs, and fortified milk. However, the body’s main way of synthesizing vitamin D is sun exposure, but since many doctors advise that people stay out of the sun as much as possible due to the harmful and cancer-causing ultraviolet rays, people who need vitamin D can find themselves in a bit of a pickle. This is especially true in Australia where exposure to the sun is more dangerous than in various other parts of the world due the particularly intense depletion of the ozone layer. Luckily, a vitamin D rich diet in addition to mineral supplements and cod liver oil can make up for the fact that you aren’t  getting too much sun, whether you are avoiding it  because of ozone depletion or living in a locale in which the sun doesn’t shine.

It is important to understand the function of the many vitamins and mineral that your body needs to function at an optimal level. We may not want to admit it, but many of have less than stellar diets and as a result we have all kinds of mineral deficiencies.  Many people suffer a whole life time with various ailments that could be fixed by simply boosting their intake of a specific vitamin. If you find that you are prone to illness and infections, or struggle with aches and general malaise, get your vitamin D levels checked and take charge of your health today by increasing your intake of this important nutrient.

Healing Properties of Vitamin C


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You always hear that you need vitamin C, get enough vitamin C, vitamin C is a cure-all etc. But do you really know much about it, other than the general idea that it is good for you? This vitamin is one of the most important nutrients that humans and animals need to survive. Known also as an ascorbate or ascorbic acid, vitamin C is a vital antioxidant and facilitates enzymatic reactions and collagen synthesis without which people develop scurvy and have difficulty healing wounds and preventing bleeding in capillaries. It strengthens the immune system and helps the body fight of viral and bacterial infections. Let’s take a look at the healing properties of vitamin C in more depth:

· Antioxidant: Vitamin C protects our physical bodies from the toxins and free radicals that contribute to oxidative stress. When the body lacks antioxidants, it is much more vulnerable to the development of many medical conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

· Immune System: Vitamin C strengthens our immune systems unbelievably. It helps our bodies fight of viruses and bacteria, serves as a natural antihistamine when we are bogged down with the common cold, and gives us more energy and a quicker healing turn-around.

· Hypertension: Vitamin C can also help lower your blood pressure and this will help you to avoid the perils of hypertension and heart disease

· Healthy blood vessels: Vitamin C contributes to healthy blood vessels because it ensures that they dilate properly. This prevents high cholesterol, congestive heart failure, and angina pectoris, a condition that causes frequent and sever chest pains.

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that facilitates a variety of the most important functions in our body: our immune system and our cardiovascular system. Many people today lack adequate amounts of vitamin C in their systems, and this is especially true if you smoke, drink a lot of alcohol, are taking antibiotics, or even the birth control pill. Eating foods high in vitamin C, such as green vegetables and citrus fruits, is one way to provide your body with this important nutrient, but many people’s diets are still lacking vitamin C resources. One way to combat this is by taking vitamin C supplements. This is especially important during cold and flu season because vitamin C can help you ward of the germs that are flying at you from everywhere when everyone starts getting sick. These will help you to keep your vitamin C levels high and your physical body and overall sense of well-being vital and healthy.

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Vitamin D Can Do So Much For Your Health

Our bodies require many vitamins and minerals in order to function properly and sustain the various metabolic processes that keep up healthy and fit. One vitamin that is especially important for our physiology is Vitamin D, and there are many health benefits associated with the intake of Vitamin D. Vitamin D supports the following processes in our bodies:

· Provides calcium that contributes to the development of healthy bones and prevents medical conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis.

· Facilitates the absorption of nutrients that the body needs to build up its immune system.

· Regulates blood pressure, reduces muscle spasms, reduces the chances of respiratory infections, facilitates insulin secretion, helps fight and ward off depression, helps skin appear younger, smoother, and healthier among various other effects.

As you can see, vitamin D is a vital nutrient that plays a major role in keeping our physical body functioning at its highest possible level. Many problems, ranging from frequent common colds to depression, can be mitigated by taking vitamin D supplements. Exposure to sunlight is also an excellent way of getting vitamin D in your system: exposing yourself to sunlight makes it possible for your skin cells to synthesize vitamin D by way of the healthy ultra-violet B rays. Since we are well aware of the dangers of overexposure to sunlight, especially in ozone depleted areas, taking vitamin D as a supplement can be a good way to boost your vitamin D intake if you are one of those people who tries to avoid too much sun exposure, but bear in mind that natural synthesis of vitamin D via sunlight is the most effective and potent form of vitamin D.

The health benefits of vitamin D go beyond preventative measures: vitamin D can also be used to treat various medical conditions. Increased vitamin D intake is recommended during the treatment of the following medical problems:

· Fibromyalgia

· Hypothyroidism

· Cancer

· Diabetes

· Osteoporosis

If you are suffering from one of these conditions, or are just looking for a way to boost your vitamin D intake, eating vitamin D fortified foods such as fish, milk, fresh fruits, vegetables and eggs will provide your physical body with good sources of vitamin D.

The health benefits of vitamin D are seemingly endless; it plays an important role in both preventing your body from “dysfunctioning” and keeping it functioning. Whether you integrate it into your diet, take supplements, or spend more time bathing in sunlight, make it a priority to get more vitamin D into your body, and reap the health and wellness benefits.

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Health Benefits of Vitamin B6 for Smokers and People With ADHD


Vitamin B6 boosts the Immune system for non smokers

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Have you recently quit smoking and are looking for a way to boost your immune system? Do you or someone you love suffer from ADHD and are looking for some more natural relief that doesn’t come straight from the pharmaceutical assembly line? If you answer yes to either of these questions (and maybe even both) then it is worth investigating vitamin B6 as a nutritional supplement. Whether you have just quit smoking or recently been diagnosed with ADHD, let’s look at the ways vitamin B6 can help you improve your quality of life.

Vitamin B6 and smoking: If you have just quit smoking, you are likely looking to mitigate the harm it has done to your body. Vitamin B6 is an excellent supplement to take if you are interested in boosting your immunity, as smoking wreaks havoc on the immune system since it must work overtime to fight all of the extra toxins tobacco smoke deposits into your body. Vitamin B6 is a pyridoxine that is a critical nutrient for a strong immune system. It also helps protect you against hormonal imbalances, can prevent heart disease, and deters pregnancy problems.

However, if you have recently quit smoking then you may be most excited to hear that vitamin B6 can help reduce your risk of developing lung cancer. According to a study conducted at The International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, “vitamin B6 and methionine are strongly associated with reducing lung cancer risk in people who never smoked, people who quit, and current smokers” says researcher Dr. Paul Brennan. Vitamin B6 sounds like a pretty good health deal if you are trying to get your body back on track after you just quit smoking.

Vitamin B6 and ADHD: If you or someone you know has ADD, then vitamin B6 is also worth a try. Vitamin B6 is often referred to as an anti-stress vitamin and it is vital in enhancing your immune system and getting your body through stressful situations. Problems like depression, anxiety, short-term memory loss, the inability to concentrate, and irritability are often the result of a vitamin B6 deficiency. Vitamin B6 is key to healthy brain development and functioning and synthesizes serotonin. In terms of ADHD, vitamin B6, particularly in combination with magnesium, has been shown to relieve symptoms because it balances the brain processes mentioned before. While it is always important to seek professional medical treatment when diagnosed ADHD, taking vitamin B6 supplements won’t hurt-they will actually help you.

Vitamin B6 is an excellent nutrition supplement because it keeps two of your most important bodily functions, the immune system and neural system, healthy and high-functioning. If you have just quit smoking or struggle to keep your ADHD under control, vitamin B6 can play an important role in helping bring your body back into balance.

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