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Tips on Increasing Your Nitric Oxide

Heart Beats 100,000 times per day

Women exercising for Cardiovascular healthNow you have even more reasons to spend your quality time working out at the gym.  Not only will you be able to achieve that fit looking body so many people desire, you will also do your health some good by producing more Nitric Oxide.  According to new research, it seems that exercise helps in the production of Nitric Oxide.  Why do you want to produce Nitric Oxide?

What Is Nitric Oxide (NO)?

Nitric oxide (NO) is a molecule that is produced by healthy arteries, in particular, endothelial cells. Endothelial cells are the cells that line the interior of our arteries.  For years scientist were baffled by the mechanism which allowed arteries to relax.  In 1998 three scientists discovered that nitric oxide is what the body used to relax blood Nitric Oxide is good for the heartvessels.  They received a Nobel prize in medicine for their important discovery.  Not only did they find that the body uses Nitric Oxide to relax blood vessels they also discovered that the body used this molecule in the immune system, nerve signaling, dilation of blood vessels and muscle growth.  I hope you are now seeing the importance of this amazing molecule!


If you want to learn more about the scientist and their amazing find just Google, (Robert F. Furchgott, Louis J. Ignarro, and Ferid Murad.


Nitric Oxide Benefits


As alluded to earlier, nitric oxide does much more than just produce relaxed arteries. It is used by the body and plays an important role in our immune system. Scientists have also discovered that nitric oxide has other beneficial roles in inflammation, the nervous system, and the programming of cell death known as apoptosis.

Viagra and Nitric Oxide

Nitric Oxide is good for our heartSince the discovery of nitric oxide scientists, there have been found many commercial uses for increasing the production of this molecule. Many people do not realize that Viagra was produced for improving cardiovascular health.  Initially, researchers thought the drug was a failure and were ready to recall the medication from participates in their trial study. When they started asking for the drugs back from the research group the participates were reluctant to comply. They soon learned the benefit the drug was having on the study group and let’s just say the rest is history.


While Viagra was unable to work as a cardiovascular aid it did improve circulation by affecting small arteries in producing nitric oxide. We now know that there are natural supplements that you can take to increase nitric oxide production in the body. It also seems that exercise is an activity that can increase nitric oxide production as well. Maybe that is why so many bodybuilders and muscle and fitness forms are talking about nitric oxide supplements.

Exercise Increases Nitric Oxide

Exercise and heart healthTwo studies have shown that exercise can increase nitric oxide production.(Nitric Oxide Studies)  After 30 minutes of exercise, nitrates were measured using a gas chromatography.  The results showed that just 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise increased nitric oxide urinary excretion.  From this study, the researchers concluded that physical exercise plays a part in the increase of nitric oxide production.


What I truly find amazing about natural supplements that assist the body in producing nitric oxide is that many doctors already know about these supplements. However, they a are unable to prescribe these supplements to support cardiovascular health. Any deviation from the medical norm, beneficial or not, can be a source of great trial and tribulation for any medical doctor who attempts to go against the powers that be.

If you’re looking for a natural supplement that can benefit your cardiovascular system check out our list of nitric oxide producing products. They have been specifically designed to give the body what it needs to encourage nitric oxide production.

Nitric Oxide Studies

Bode-Böger SM, Böger RH, Schröder EP, Frölich JC. Exercise increases systemic nitric oxide production in men. J Cardiovasc Risk. 1994 Aug;1(2):173-8. PubMed PMID: 7606631

Tschakovsky ME, Joyner MJ. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2008 Feb;33(1):151-61. doi: 10.1139/H07-148. Review. PMID: 18347667



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Does All Disease Begin in the Gut?

Microbiome and gut flora

Healthy MicrobiomeBeing involved in naturopathic medicine, all diseases began in the gut, is a statement I have have heard that for many years. I was not sure if I truly believed that was true.  Now, new scientific research is showing the accuracy of that statement and how our diet plays a major role in our health.

The health of our body including our brains health is proving to be connected with the intestinal organisms that live within our body. It’s interesting to note that there are more organisms living on us and on us than there are of our own cells.

Microbiome and gut healthOur health is being dictated by what is going on inside our gut. More importantly, scientists are now telling us that the health of our brain is being influenced by our intestinal health. This should give us great cause for concern with regard to our diet and what we are putting into our mouth.

Advocates of GMO foods like to tell us that there is no proof of genetically modified foods damaging any cells within the human body. That may be true however there is proof that genetically modified organisms can damage the healthy intestinal organisms living inside of us. That is why I am not interested in purchasing anything that is genetically modified.

Scientist call organisms within our intestines the microbiome. Research is now showing that this plays a pivotal part in our health, regarding detoxification, vitamin production, inflammation, neurotransmitters within the body, and whether you feel full or feel hungry. All of these factors can figure into chronic health issues like dementia, ADHD, cancer, asthma, allergies, and other chronic health concerns.

Brain Health and Cardio CocktailWhat was very interesting to me is to learn that the microbiome can also affect your mood, your perceptions of the world, thoughts of clarity and even your libido. Researchers are now suggesting that a dysfunctional intestinal gut may be the foundation of chronic headaches, inability to concentrate, anxiety, and an overall negative outlook on life.

If you think about it, the microbiome seems to be affecting just about everything in our health. Our physical and emotional health may all be determined by the state of our intestinal well-being. To find out if this is true or not the National Institute of Mental Health allocated over $1 million to research the relationship between gut flora and our health.

Given the microbiome’s potential person-specific physiological roles, recent studies suggest that it may serve as a good predictor for disease risk (Griffin et al., 2015xDoes our gut microbiome predict cardiovascular risk? A review of the evidence from metabolomics. Griffin, J.L., Wang, X., and Stanley, E. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2015;

Our Gut Microbiome: The Evolving Inner Self: Cell

Microbiome and gut floraSo does all disease begin in the gut? I really can’t say for sure but I do know that I’m going to give more attention to my emotional and physical health and the foods that I put into my body.

My goal is to consume only non-GMO foods and to buy organic food items as much as possible. I’m also going to be looking at supplementing my health with probiotics and prebiotic’s that support my intestinal health.

Similarly, studies have suggested a role of the gut microbiota in the risk of developing neuropsychiatric illnesses like schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and even chronic fatigue syndrome. Researchers have suggested that in genetically susceptible people, altered microbes in the gut may disrupt the blood-brain barrier, leading to the production of antibodies that adversely affect normal brain development.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Microbiome

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Lifting Can Make You A Loser

Weight Training after 60

Eat Healthy for good healthLooking to lose some weight and dieting just isn’t working for you.  As we age it seems to become more difficult to lose those excess pounds.  New research is showing that individuals 60 years of age and older might want to begin adding weight training to their weight loss program.   Researchers at the Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina stated that if you want to slim down you need to preserve muscle mass.  Their study enrolled 249 overweight or obese adults in their 60s as part of the 18-month research program. The individuals were divided into three separate groups

One group followed a calorie-restricted diet alone and no exercise, while the second group adhered to strictly a limited diet and a cardio exercise program that involved walking. The 3rd group was given a diet regimen plus weight training program.  The researchers checked information on the volunteers’ body composition at 6 months and 18 months.

The data collected was assessed through dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. The individuals’ physical capabilities were examined, which was measured by a 400-meter walking test and knee extensor strength examination.

Women exercising for Cardiovascular healthThe findings revealed that participants in the diet plus weight training group shed more, weight than those that adhered to either a restricted diet regimen plus walking or limited diet regimen alone. Similarly, those who participated in the weight training group showed a much less muscle mass loss compared with the other groups.

“[This] isn’t terribly surprising, given that resistance training is a well established stimulus for muscle growth. What was surprising, however, is that diet [plus] aerobic training was not able to attenuate lean mass loss compared with diet alone. [Another] surprise finding was that diet [plus] exercise resulted in nearly twice as much fat mass loss than diet alone. Although this may have been due to enhanced compliance in the diet [plus] exercise groups, I think it sends an important pragmatic message that the diet [plus] exercise combination is most effective at maximizing fat — and thereby total weight — loss in a community-based setting,” lead author Kristen Beavers states in a Med Page Today report.

The findings are presented at the annual Obesity Week meeting and published in the journal Obesity.

More interesting results for seniors in their 60s

Weight Training SeniorThe research team observed that individuals in the weightlifting team lost a total amount of 17 extra pounds after 18 months, compared with only 16 pounds in the diet plus walking group and 10 pounds in the diet-only group. The health and wellness specialists have additionally found that the muscular tissue loss was most evident in the diet plan plus walking team compared with individuals in the diet-only or diet plan plus weight training groups.

The muscular tissue mass loss was 20 percent in the diet plan and walking group compared with just 16 percent in the diet-only group and only 10 percent muscle loss in the diet plus weightlifting group. These findings indicate that weight loss is connected to exercise and dieting.  The best results appear to be the group that incorporated weightlifting.

Weight Training after 60

For Seniors, the results emphasize the value of protecting muscle mass while attempting to lose weight. If you are approaching are in your 60’s is time to hit the weights.  I only wish they would have included a group that dieted, practiced cardio and weight training.  I would have been happy to have volunteered.

This 77-year-old grandma can lift more than you

More Anti-Aging Tips to Practice

healthy girl exercisingOne of the best ways on how to prevent and slow the aging process is by being happy. This can be done by filling your life with love and joy. A good habit is to practice stress relieving activities since stress contributes to speeding up the aging process. A happy person automatically has a happy body.

Whiten your teeth to take some serious years off of your age. Years of drinking coffee and wine and smoking can do a serious number of the appearance of our teeth. Shave off some years by having your teeth professionally whitened. The difference it makes will astound you.

Have your hormone levels checked regularly.  You will want to have your doctor run standardized tests to be sure that your levels are where they should be. Taking hormone replacement or supplements may be the fix to the way that you have been feeling if you have been feeling bad.

Age Spots from glycation

Keep your friendships alive, and the aging process will be one of enjoyment. By working at these friendships, you are providing yourself with fuel, which gives you energy and provides you with love. Remember, that you are never too old to begin new friendships. Your new friend could be sitting at the next table to you in the coffee shop.

As we have found, there are many useful things you can do to reduce the effects of aging. Combined with a positive attitude, these tips can help you to not only prolong your life, look younger and feel better, but to increase the number of advancing years in which you will remain free of disability.

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Do You Have Diabetes? Signs and Symptoms

Diabetes in Infants

Diabetes SignNo doubt you are familiar with the term diabetes. This disease is becoming common in the United States. According to the US centers for disease control and prevention, it is alarmingly on the rise. The CDC reports that one in 4 people have the disease and do not realize their health condition.

Many may not believe that diabetes is a serious illness and that can create serious health problems.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Some of the complications associated with diabetes include stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, amputations and an early death. In order to combat this disease is very important that we become familiar with the signs and symptoms of diabetes.

Treating type 2 diabetes includes making healthy food choices, losing weight if you’re overweight, getting regular exercise, and taking medications if necessary. You should also see your doctor regularly, test your blood sugar levels daily, keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control, and quit smoking.  Read more…

Diabetes Infants

Diabetes in InfantsWe usually don’t think of diabetes as a problem for infants, however, infants can have the disease. High sugar in the blood or low sugar in the blood can be indications of an infant with diabetes. What do the parents need to be aware of regarding infant diabetes?

When adults have diabetes they do not feel well. Low blood sugar can make one cranky and irritable. Babies are no different. Look for signs of trembling being cranky, pale blue lips or pale fingers. Diabetes creates dehydration in the body so another sign might be a child who is thirsty all the time with increased urination.

Of course, you want to check with your medical professional to find out if you are suspicious of your infant having diabetes. Another telltale sign can be as sweet smell of the urine.

Other signs and symptoms that you want to be aware of include excessive sleepiness and hunger as well as any sores that are slow to heal. Another symptom that could be an indication of diabetes in your infant is a dark rash on the back of your baby’s neck. Again if you suspect your child has diabetes be sure and check with your healthcare professional.
Children with Diabetes.

Some children can also develop the disease and displays signs of this disease. Despite eating all the time they may not be able to gain weight and they seem to have an appetite that is never satisfied. Professionals say that weight loss is the number 1 sign of diabetes in children.

Other symptoms that you want to be aware of include moodiness, fatigue, vision problems, irritability, tingling in the hands and feet. Girls may tend to have chronic yeast infections. Be on the lookout for uncharacteristic behaviors in your children. Being tired and irritable may be the beginning signs of diabetes.

Adults Diabetes

Some adults may be susceptible to juvenile diabetes commonly called type I. Another form of diabetes is type II and usually occurs later on in life. The symptoms of both types of diabetes are similar. Here’s a list of some of the symptoms to look out for.

Track for DiabetesUnexplained weight loss can be a sign or symptom of diabetes. Usually we think of weight loss as a positive sign for health, however, it can be an indication of the diabetes disease. Some of the infants being thirsty and frequent urination is another sign that needs to be investigated. Being thirsty, frequent urination, tingling in the hands and feet are all signs and symptoms of diabetes.

If you suspect that you or someone you love has this disease be sure to check with your medical professional find out what steps you can take to combat the illness. While diabetes can have serious consequences and it is on the rise it does not have to win the battle for your health.

We know of many adults who have diabetes that experienced positive results by using Cardio Cocktail and improving their dietary habits. See our Cardio Cocktail testimonials page for more information.

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Does Sex Make You Live Longer?

Romeo and Juilette

For some varieties of insects, sex significantly reduces their life.  Aren’t you glad you’re not a bug?  What about for humans, does sex reduce our lifespan or is it healthy?

When we think of sexual activity most people think of prolonging life rather than shortening life.  For humans, sexual activity seems to be beneficial, for example, studies show that sex can be protective against breast cancer.

What about for heart health?  What if someone has already had a cardiovascular event, should they be active or would it be better to refrain?  Is sexual activity healthy or can it lead to an early grave?


Type of Sex

Sex Madness WikipediaBeing what many people would call promiscuous in sex can contribute to many health problems. Despite the best efforts of scientists, HIV is still a major concern along with other illnesses like the human papillomavirus which has been associated with cervical, anal and vaginal cancers.

Despite this risk, many people still engage in this type of risky behavior. Modern medicine has come along way in extending the life of individuals who have contracted HIV and the use of contraception in many countries has reduced the risk somewhat.  However, using a contraceptive is no guarantee of not contracting a sexually transmitted disease.

Heart Disease and Sexual Activity

Most researchers will readily tell you that being active is part of reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease. Sexual activity is part of being active. One study consisting of 536 participants analyzed their sexual activity and compared it to their cardiovascular health. Couples who had sex more than once a week had a 56% lower incident of cardiovascular events compared to couples who had sex once a week or less.

For example, one study found that men who had sex twice a week or more were less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who had sex once a month or less. Research like this typically focuses on men because more men have heart disease. But we generally apply the same reasoning to women, too.

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Romeo and Juilette

There has been some concern that sexual activity might trigger a cardiovascular event. However, researchers found that a small percentage of individuals reported an incident associated with sexual activity.

Another study looked at individuals who had experienced a heart attack. Those who engaged in sexual activity one month after a heart attack at a 2.1% mortality rate. The mortality rate for those who were inactive regarding sexual activity after a heart attack was 4.1%.

According to a new scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association, it is probably safe to have sex if your cardiovascular disease has stabilized. “Sexual activity is a major quality of life issue for men and women with cardiovascular disease and their partners,” said Glenn N. Levine, M.D., lead author of the statement and a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.Cardiovascular events — such as heart attacks or chest pain caused by heart disease — rarely occur during sexual activity, b

Sex and Heart Disease

Sexual activity that does not involve risky behavior appears to be good for your cardiovascular system according to this research.

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