More Natural Health Questions Answered

From joint pain to appetite suppressants, our Facebook friends had a ton of great natural health questions for alternative health expert Bryce Wylde.

What's the best natural supplement for joint pain and stiffness? I'm over 50 and want more flexibility in my knees.

To manage pain, there's a natural topical pain relief solution. LivRelief Pain Relief Cream uses the breakthrough technology delivra™, delivering medication directly through the skin to the source of pain. Instead of popping pills, which can lead to troubling side effects like stomach and heart problems, pain sufferers can apply strong, effective and safe pain relief directly where it hurts.

The active ingredient? Rutin! It's a naturally occurring bioflavanoid found in barley and brightly coloured orange fruits. I used this myself on a 235 km eco challenge run through the rain forest of Costa Rica to raise awareness for the Mindful Charity. And, it works!

To rebuild the cartilage, and reduce pain from joint inflammation, natural eggshell membrane provides up to 5 times better results than other natural health products including Glucosamine, with even better results than prescription products. The product to look for is called "fast joint care plus."

If you had to pick one supplement everyone should include in their daily diet, which one would it be?

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA).

ALA is made naturally in the body and may protect against cell damage in a variety of conditions including (but not limited to) diabetes, nerve pain or damage, glaucoma, kidney disease, pancreatic cancer, skin aging, and wound healing. Food sources rich in alpha lipoic acid include spinach, broccoli, and yeast, but you won't get enough from your diet to provide a significant advantage. Alpha lipoic acid is known as the "universal oxidant" since it is water and fat soluble and used throughout the body in nearly every cell.

I like an R+ 'isomer' (which is the chemical structure) and in a slow, time released format (or SR). So, R+ Alpha Lipoic Acid SR is best.

Is there a safe and natural appetite suppressant you would recommend?

I don't like the idea of suppressing anything. But, one of the driving forces underscoring the obesity epidemic is our brains' uncanny ability to seek out and detect micronutrients in the food we eat. We're overweight not so much because we can't stop eating as much as our brains don't want us to stop eating until our body gets the ideal amount of nutrients. When the brain detects refined carbohydrate (an immediately available source of high calorie, low nutrient food), it will instruct the body: "Unless you're going for a run right now, store that for a rainy day and when the stomach has made room, consume more in order to achieve the nutrient status we need."

Responsibility for monitoring calorie input, energy, and nutrient levels falls to the brain. And, since the brain is the smart organ, it won't stop commanding an eat signal until it is sure the body is satisfied for micronutrients.

Self control also has a lot to do with your brain's dopamine levels. You may find it impossible, no matter what you try, to ignore the command to eat more even when you're sure you should be satiated. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in producing the feelings associated with pleasure. When large amounts of dopamine are present in your brain, you feel good and may even experience a little "high." The natural tendency when experiencing a state of "feel-good" is to seek out more of it and work to sustain it. And so begins the cycle driving us to sustain our feelings of pleasure through the intake of food.

Paradoxically, it appears that the same motivating force that keeps us alive, left unmonitored, can also lead to our own undoing, through obesity and its related illnesses.

In a December 2008 study in the journal "Nutrition & Metabolism," J. Reinholz and colleagues suggest your brain uses dopamine to tell your body when to stop eating. Low dopamine levels may also play a role in overeating for people with a genetic predisposition to low dopamine levels.

What are natural ways to increase your dopamine?

Try L-Theanine. Supplementing with theanine increases dopamine.

Eat a diet consisting of low calorie, high nutrient food 90 percent of the time, including fava beans which can significantly increase your dopamine levels.

Aim to eat 30 percent less calories overall. Japanese centenarians (those that live to 100 and older) practice "Hara hachi bu," or eating until they feel they are 80 percent full.

If you've tried L-Theanine, Tyrosine, DL Phenylalanine, and Sam-e are also all precursors to dopamine. (The conversion process is as phollows: Phenylalanine to Tyrosine to L-Dopa to Dopamine to Norepinephrine to Epinephrine)

Pu-Erh and green tea contains high amounts of theanine, which help make more dopamine.

Mucuna pruriens, also known as "velvet bean." An 800 mg dose will contain as much as 120 mg of L-DOPA!

Consider taking Horehound, which together have powerful dopamine effects.

Always first consult with your healthcare provider before starting a supplement and do not take these if you are on medication for Parkinson's.


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