Here is our Top 7 list of the most interesting articles about health from around the Web, with an emphasis on immune health.
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1. "Glutathione: the mother of all antioxidants" by Dr. Mark Hyman. Published by Huffington Post.
This first article about health covers the basics of the topic of glutathione and most known ways to keep glutathione at optimal levels. In a way, it is a very short overview of some of the information we discuss in depth on our web-site. Read the full text here.
2. "Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system". Published by Science Daily.
This article discusses recent research showing that prolonged fasting regenerates immune system not only by getting rid of glucose and fat, but also by breaking down a significant portion of old white blood cells which triggers the formation of new immune cells protecting against immune system damage. Fasting is a tradition in many cultures and may not be entirely without merit after all. Read the full text here.
3. "Green vegetable consumption stimulates immune system signaling to support optimal health" by John Phillip. Published by Natural News.
This article by a certified nutritionist presents research indicating that green vegetables, from leafy greens to cruciferous, create a chemical signal that is important in the process of full activation of the immune system. This newly identified benefit is in addition to the already known ability of cruciferous vegetables to stimulate the activity of glutathione enzymes. The phrase "Eat your greens" has just got to a whole new levels of importance. Read the full text here.
4. "Chiropractic boosts immunity" by Dr. David Jockers. Published by Natural News.
Our #4 on the list of articles about health is a research based explanation of how the nervous system is connected to the organs of the immune system, and that the misalignments of the spine directly affect these organs and thus the immune system itself defining an individual's response to disease. Read the full text here.
5. "Gut flora and your healthy immune system" by Mark Sisson of Mark's Daily Apple.
Our immune health starts with a healthy gut and has a strong "work relationship" with trillions of friendly bacteria populating the GI tract. Immune health is affected not only by keeping harmful bacteria and viruses at bay, but also by enabling proper nutrient absorption that feeds the glutathione system among other things. Read the full text here.
6. "Vegetarianism and nutrient deficiencies" by Christopher Masterjohn. Published by the Weston A. Price Foundation.
This article is a very good informational source for those considering vegetarian or vegan lifestyle as it explains what vitamin and mineral deficiencies to look out for when planning your meals. Many of these nutrients are important glutathione cofactors and their deficiencies adversely affect GSH production, thus impairing antioxidant, detoxification and immune health defenses. Read the full text here.
7. "Living with phytic acid" by Ramiel Nagel. Published by the Weston A. Price Foundation.
This health article raises awareness about the natural presence of high levels of phytic acid in grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Phytic acid prevents the absorption of minerals leading to their deficiencies and, consequently, to disease. This information may be of special interest for those on a raw food diet. The article also explains how to properly prepare these foods to reduce the intake of phytic acid. Read the full text here.
This list of articles about health will most definitely evolve as the time goes by, and more material will be added. It may grow to Top 10 or even Top 15 as more research into the fascinating topic of immune health and functional nutrition comes out.