1. Muscles need more protein than you may think

    This mainstream advice can leave you weak

    It's one of the most important parts of your diet, especially as you get older -- and new research shows how it holds the key to your strength, vitality, and overall health.

    Yet it gets almost NO attention at all!

    Docs will give you all the usual lectures about sugar, salt, and fat: "Eat this. Don't eat that. Count your calories, and don't forget to track your cholesterol."

    Yet those same doctors will never ask about how much protein is in your diet.

    They'll just assume you're getting enough, since they think everyone on a typical Western diet is getting plenty.

    Well, friend, you know what happens when you assume, right?

    The new study finds many older Americans are falling badly short on protein, which could lead to weakness and even frailty, turning your golden years into a nightmare of injury and disability.

    And that's because ALL of the mainstream's assumptions about protein have been flat-out wrong.

    The new analysis finds that the "official" guidelines for protein, written long ago, were created with much younger people in mind. Yet somehow, it was assumed they would be just fine for 97 percent of the adult population.

    As it turns out, those targets don't come close to fitting 97 percent of the population.

    And when it comes to seniors, they fit about ZERO percent of the population.

    Older people often struggle to maintain muscle mass even in the most ideal of circumstances, so they need higher levels of protein to keep strong.

    But many don't get those levels.

    The research team behind the new study didn't set specific targets. Instead, they're calling for careful research in the form of a clinical trial involving between 400 and 500 seniors.

    Sure, that's great... for them.

    For you? Not so much!

    You don't have time to wait around for these guys to get their act together and do study after study after study. You need to act NOW, or you'll risk losing your own strength, vitality, and independence.

    So, make sure you're getting plenty of protein. Along with building muscle, it can help strengthen your arteries... protect your liver... and even cut your risk of an early death.

    Just make sure it's quality protein, because getting it from bacon burgers will kill you, not help you.

    Good sources of protein include fish, poultry, and a little bit of lean red meat. But the BEST sources of protein are plants including legumes, quinoa, and nuts.

    You don't have to turn into a vegetarian, but studies show even a 3 percent boost in plant protein can cut your risk of an early death by 10 percent.

  2. Ginkgo biloba protects brain from metals

    The natural way to protect your brain

    When I got started in medicine, the idea of metals in the brain causing dementia and other conditions was laughed at by the mainstream.

    I didn't care.

    I'd seen the science. I did the work. I treated people with detoxifying therapies.

    Who's laughing now? My patients often get BETTER, while the ones on mainstream drugs only get WORSE.

    Now, the latest research backs one of the simplest, safest and most inexpensive ways to protect the brain from exposure to a dangerous metal.

    It's a form of aluminum called aluminum chloride.

    Odds are, you have at least some of this stuff building up inside your own noggin right now, which is alarming when you consider that high levels have been linked to cognitive problems up to and including Alzheimer's disease.

    But you can arm your brain against this metal with a natural therapy that already has a solid reputation as a potent brain-booster: Ginkgo biloba.

    In the study, rats were exposed to aluminum chloride. Then, some were given Ginkgo biloba extract. After three months, their brains were examined.

    The ones that didn't get the extract had exactly the kind of damage you'd expect from aluminum exposure. They had higher levels of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), a major marker of oxidative stress no doubt caused by the metal going to work on the brain.

    The mice given the extract, however, had just the opposite.

    They had LOWER levels of that oxidative stress marker, and HIGHER levels of glutathione, the powerful "mother of all antioxidants" known to protect against the damage of age as well as chronic diseases including dementia.

    This isn't surprising -- that's exactly how Ginkgo biloba works. It's a free radical scavenger, blocking the damage of oxidative stress.

    Of course, the best way to fight aluminum is to limit your exposure in the first place.

    The most common source of this specific form of aluminum -- aluminum chloride -- is in something you might be using every morning: antiperspirant.

    Along with giving you aluminum that's absorbed by your skin, antiperspirants block a basic function. Sweat isn't a nuisance; it's actually a way your body forces out toxins.

    Instead of plugging up those pores, try a natural deodorant instead.

    Other forms of aluminum are in your food, water, and even in the air, so a naturally detoxifying diet and supplements such as gingko might be worth your effort even if you don't use an antiperspirant.

    If you suspect you might have higher levels of exposure to aluminum and other metals, get tested by a holistic medical doctor.

    If you're in the San Diego area, I can run those tests right here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  3. Magnesium cuts bone risk

    This ONE mineral can slash your risk of broken bones If you watch any sports at all, you know the big stars often get way too much credit -- because it's often the players who get no attention at all that do most of the work. And some of those guys quietly do more for the team than any of...
  4. Hearing loss can be stopped naturally

    How to reverse hearing loss The world's a noisy place these days. Turn on the TV, and you'll find people yelling at each other. Turn off the TV and head outside, more yelling. Sometimes, you wish you could just turn down the volume of everything. Be careful what you wish for, my friend, because there's a good chance that could...
  5. Vitamin D helps DNA to stay young

    It's an old cliché, but there's a certain truth to it: Spring really is a time of youth and renewal. And fortunately, you don't have to be young to celebrate this youthful new season. Even if you've seen a few more springs than you care to admit, you have the golden opportunity right now to turn back the clock and...
  6. Tea prevents cognitive decline

    Cut your risk of cognitive decline by up to 86 percent! Make no mistake about it: If there were a drug that could cut the risk of cognitive decline in HALF, it would be the top story on the nightly news. But there IS something that can do the trick, and it's getting no media play at all. It's simple...
  7. Volunteering can make you years younger

    This happy hobby will slow aging This might be the most rewarding way yet to beat Father Time, slow aging, and add years to your life. It's not a drug. It's not a supplement. It's not even a trendy diet. It's a simple step nearly anyone can take that won't cost you anything other than a few minutes of your...
  8. Fish oil can limit pollution damage

    Fight pollution... with FISH! There are plenty of things within your control when it comes to your health. You can control what you eat. You can control how much movement you get. You can control your nutrition, from both diet and supplements. But it could all go out the window because of the things you CAN'T control... especially if what's...
  9. Omega-3 fatty acids boost longevity

    Cut your death risk for 50 cents Ladies, there's a simple, safe, and inexpensive way to boost your health -- one you've heard me mention before. But now, it's backed by science in a big way. And if you get started on this all-natural treatment yourself -- RIGHT NOW -- you could cut your risk of DEATH from ANY cause...
  10. Longevity improves with fresh produce

    Eat your way to a longer life The drug industry has sunk BILLIONS into research on a "fountain of youth" medication that can slow aging, beat disease, and cheat death. They shouldn't have bothered. The answer is in your home right now -- in the bottom drawer of your fridge, where you keep the fresh vegetables! New research finds fresh...
  11. Fasting can improve heart health

    The FAST way to good health We've turned a new page on the calendar, and spring is less than three weeks off -- which means it's time to get ready for the big spring cleaning. I'm not talking about your home... although, let's face it, that's probably overdue for one too. I'm referring, of course, to your body. It's time...
  12. Astaxanthin can protect skin from wrinkles

    Fight wrinkles… from the inside! It's highway robbery! You drop a small pile of cash on a cream that can supposedly smooth your skin, stop the wrinkles, and eliminate the visible signs of aging. And after weeks -- even MONTHS -- of dutifully rubbing it in, you've got nothing to show for it. There's no other way to put it...
  13. Frailty linked to taking 5 meds or more

    Multiple meds mean maximum risks You're not going to let age slow you down. You've got plans, and now you've finally got the time to see them through. Maybe you want to travel... maybe you're taking up new hobbies... or maybe you just want to kick back and do whatever strikes your fancy for a change. But there's one thing...
  14. Boost longevity with simple movement

    How to take EIGHT YEARS off your age! Time isn't exactly a friend to most of us. Some days, we feel every second of our age... and then some. If only we had a magical remote control. Instead of changing the channel, we could change the years. Wouldn't that be great? Well, it turns out you DO have that remote...
  15. Zinc repairs DNA damage

    Zinc can give your DNA the power it needs to fix itself, restoring the damage caused by age.
  16. Boost carotenoids by eating more fruits and vegetables

    Carotenoids are essential to fighting the diseases of aging, but as you get older your levels fall. Here’s a way to turn it around quickly.
  17. Glutathione can slow the aging process

    Glutathione is known as the “master antioxidant,” and new research shows why: It can SLOW aging inside your cells!
  18. CoQ10 can wipe away wrinkles

    CoQ10, a nutrient essential to the heart, can also help your skin by smoothing over wrinkles.
  19. Fiber-rich diet prevents death and disease

    Fiber is about more than bowel movements – it can also help fight or prevent nearly all the diseases seniors fear most.
  20. Mediterranean diet can slow aging

    Mediterranean diet can slow the aging process, helping to fight disease and maybe even adding years to your life.

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