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Why Big Pharma Is Lying To You About Pain Meds

Pain Medications Kill Thousands a Year: Why Big Pharma is Lying to You

Who should be making decisions about your health? The government, Big Pharma, your healthcare provider or you? More importantly, do you feel you should have the right to make your own choices concerning your health?

What is Big Pharma?

When it comes to medical treatment, there are a lot of factors that play a role in your recovery, including pharmaceutical companies (Big Pharma). Because there is a demand for pain relief, this billion dollar industry helps regularly supply Americans with pills, form relationships with physicians in getting them to prescribe their medication and now, are a huge player in the growing drug addiction crisis.

In fact, recently The New York Times reported that Purdue Pharma knew early on that the drug they marketed, OxyContin, was widely abused, but continued to market it as less addictive, concealing that information from the public. This goes directly against their previous claims that they were “unaware of the powerful opioid growing abuse until years after it went on the market.”

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So, how is it that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is approving drugs that are often abused and/or unsafe for consumers? Below we dive into Big Pharma and their relationship with the FDA and the dangers they pose to you, the consumer. We also discuss another alternative — stem cell therapy — to treating various injuries and illnesses.

FDA and Big Pharma

What is the relationship between the FDA and Big Pharma? They, in fact, have a very symbiotic relationship. Big Pharma companies need approval from the FDA to sell the drug, while the FDA needs more drugs in circulation to help fund their organization. According to drugwatch.com, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) receives two-thirds of its budget from pharmaceutical companies — through application/user fees. So, in the end, both need each other in order to prosper.

As such, critics have found that Big Pharma uses many manipulative tactics to help sway the FDA, lawmakers and the public to approve and buy the drugs.
These tactics include:
Drugs produced via counterfeit methods—putting less effective products in circulation.
Drugs are registered with insufficient information or incorrect information.
Royalties collected through manipulation.
Ghostwriting clinical trials.
Influence multiple healthcare realms, including medical researchers, medical schools, and teaching hospitals.
Paying doctors to participate in surveys of medicines they have never prescribed before.
Pharmaceutical companies buying positive reviews of the drug’s safety and effectiveness to reputable medical journals.
Because of this, the Big Pharma industry and its corruption can hinder your health and it’s important to thoroughly research options and discuss them with your healthcare provider.

Dangers of FDA Approved Over-The-Counter Drugs

Last year, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a third of the drugs the FDA approved between 2001 and 2010 were “involved in some kind of safety event after reaching the market.”

Another danger involves speeding up the FDA’s drug approval process. In the Journal of the American Medical Association study, one of the study’s authors, Joseph Ross, discussed the concerns about accelerating the FDA process as they found that the drugs that were previously accelerated through the process were associated with higher rates of postmarket safety issues. He explained that this accelerated approval process has “the potential for compromising patient safety.”

As such, not only are some FDA drugs unsafe, one side effect of being an overprescribed nation (nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug) is overdose deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis of 2016 U.S. drug overdose data shows that America’s overdose epidemic is spreading geographically and increasing across demographic groups. Drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016 and 66% involved a prescription or illicit opioid. That’s more lives lost than the lives lost for the entirety of the Vietnam War. Additionally, prescription drugs are the third most commonly abused category of drugs, after alcohol and marijuana.

big pharmaStem Cell Therapy Is An Alternative to Pharmaceuticals

Luckily, there are other options out there besides pharmaceuticals when it comes to treating various conditions. Take stem cell therapy for instance. Using adult stem cells from the patient found throughout the body — including bone marrow, blood, muscle tissue and adipose tissue — stem cell therapy makes it possible for the body to regenerate and heal itself after an injury or illness. Think about that. The body can be used to heal itself!

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Moreover, the side effects of stem cell therapy are minimal compared to side effects from prescription drugs or surgery. Stem cell therapy is a simple, noninvasive procedure and has little or no side effects. However, it’s important to note that some patients may experience pain and irritation for a couple of hours after the procedure. These are the same minimal complications that you would experience with any other sort of noninvasive injections.

The FDA is increasing enforcement on stem cell therapy and is actively trying to stop stem cell therapy from progressing. As such, there needs to be more of a discussion about how stem cell therapy eliminates the need for prescription drugs and the part they play in healing from illness and injury. If people could heal themselves with their own cells, then there wouldn’t be as big of a need for prescription drugs. Better yet, the profits of drug companies would also decrease.

At NSI Stem Cell, we have helped almost 15,000 patients and their various ailments through stem cell therapy and hope the FDA will take the right steps in order to support safe and effective stem cell therapies.

About NSI

Our mission at NSI Stem Cell is to improve the quality and quantity of the lives of our patients by using the latest regenerative medicine technology to reverse disease and repair tissue while avoiding invasive surgical techniques and harmful medications.

What Makes NSI Stem Cell the Top Stem Cell Clinic in the World is Demonstrated in 5 Key Areas:

Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on almost 15,000 patients with incredible results.

Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

Leading scientific researchers who follow advanced scientific guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics.

Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge therapy that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked and helped them avoid surgery and side effects of other treatments.

Our mission at NSI Stem Cell is to improve the quality and quantity of the lives of our patients by using the latest regenerative medicine technology to reverse disease and repair tissue while avoiding invasive surgical techniques and harmful medications.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics and see for yourself why people travel from all over the globe for therapy you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate for their world renown stem cell therapy. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

2 Real World Steps To Boost The Immune System

2 Simple But Important Steps That Can Help Make The Immune System Healthier

Did you know that for many people with an autoimmune condition, relief can be had by following two simple but very important steps? It’s true! These fixes for the immune system hold a variety of benefits, including improved digestion, radiant complexion, boosted energy and much more. You probably already know that the immune system is a major player in helping protect your body from bad bacteria and other microscopic attackers. But did you know how significantly it impacts almost all other systems within the body? From hormones to the nervous system, the immune system has an indispensible role.

Autoimmune disorders like lupus and fibromyalgia are among the most commonly seen illnesses at the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leader in the U.S. regenerative medicine field. So they know a thing or two about restoring health to the immune system.

To understand how far-reaching the health of the immune system is for virtually all aspects of body function, it’s important to keep the following in mind:

  1. Diagnosing immune problems can be tricky. Even the most dedicated medical professionals can find it difficult to pinpoint the roots of a specific immune problem. Issues with the immune system are notorious for their variety and how they affect each individual. Chronic fatigue, severe nerve pain, motor impairment, brain fog, and other symptoms of immune disorders can be identical to those of other types of disease.

But…

  1. Boosting the health of the immune system can utterly change your health outcome. It has been shown that even a slight improvement can have a positive and dramatic affect on your appearance, feelings of well-being, and even how clearly you think.

With the 2 real world steps you’ll learn about in this article, you’re more likely to notice:

  • Clearer thinking
  • Better energy
  • And improved quality in sleep

sleepPeople who have adopted these two steps in tackling immunity issues report remarkable transformations. They have gone from sluggish to lively, from mentally unfocused to attentive and sharp, from physically weak and unfit to lean and strong.

Basics About The Immune System

At its core, the immune system is comprised of white blood cells that are spread all through the body. The two primary objectives of these cells are:

  • Addressing problems that arise within your cells.
  • Combating infections that attack the outside of cells.

Generally speaking, all healthy people have immune cells that are fully functioning and performing. However, both external and internal causes can arise that interfere with the immune system’s capacity.

In our modern world, pesticides and heavy metals are contributing to immune problems all too often.

Fortunately, there are steps that everyone can take in order to reduce exposure. A tweak or two to your grocery list and lifestyle habits hold keys to reducing the effects of environmental toxicity. You’ll begin feeling the difference almost immediately, as well as in the long run.

But the even greater issue means looking with more detail into our diets and the workings of the digestive system.

Follow These Two Steps To Optimize The Immune System and Your Health

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A well-functioning digestive tract is essential to fighting possible immune problems. Below are the two most critical steps to take:

  1. Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is a condition that is being rapidly recognized by medical professionals. It can happen when tight junctions in the digestive tract -which control what passes through the lining of the small intestine- don’t work properly. When this happens, bad bacteria and other substances can leak into the bloodstream. Some experts believe that millions of people have leaky gut syndrome, but go undiagnosed.

Based on the name of the syndrome, it may seem that leaky gut would only affect the digestive system. But, in actuality, this condition can influence a number of health problems. These include:

  • Food allergies
  • Low energy
  • Joint discomfort
  • Thyroid issues
  • The immune system

But there’s good news. You can be proactive in repairing the junctions that are allowing bacteria and toxins to leak into the bloodstream. The number one weapon available to you is a change in what you eat.

Begin by dropping these toxic foods from your eating regimen. There are types of food that are notoriously toxic to the immune system. They include:

  • Sugar and artificial sweeteners. Too much sugar wreaks havoc on the immune system, and it is quicker to do it than virtually any other consumable. Artificial sweeteners are not a healthy substitute for refined sugar, either. In fact, it has been shown that artificial sweeteners can be just as hard on the digestive tract.

sugar and artificial sweetenersYour very best defense against the unhealthy affects of sugar and sweeteners is to stop using them. That means avoiding them in foods that have them added, as well as retiring that sugar bowl. Once you begin reading nutritional labels on your food, you’ll be surprised how pervasive they are. Sugar is even used as an additive in many breads, condiments and dressings. Knock out as much as you can from your diet.

  • Processed and microwaved foods. Virtually all highly processed foods have enormous amounts of preservatives and fillers. And all of them are difficult to digest. Over time -as your body works hard to get rid of them- energy levels are eroded, the digestion cycle struggles, and the immune system is overtaxed.

Whenever you can, go fresh and organic. There are farmers’ markets and other healthier options available to replace what you find in the grocery aisles. Cooking fresh at home as often as possible instead of reaching for the pre-packaged meals in the frozen section or grabbing that sack full of fast food will pay off in how you feel and look!

  • Hydrogenated oils. Not all vegetable oils are created equal. Oils made from soybean, canola and corn oil can lead to joint and cellular inflammation. Look instead for “good fat” oils like those made from coconut, olive, or –if you don’t have a nut allergy- peanut.

When it comes to butter, select a product known as ghee or organic butter. Ghee is a class of clarified butter that is commonly used in South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Both ghee and organic butter are far more soothing to your digestive tract and terrific for the immune system.

  1. Make Your Diet Regimen Probiotic Rich

Vitamins D and C get most of the attention when the topic of immune system health comes up. And it’s well deserved. But to really care for the immune system, making probiotic-rich foods a major part of your diet regimen is every bit as important. Maybe even more so!

You might have heard probiotics called “good bacteria.” Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that have a healthy impact on health, most especially the digestive system. They aid in the digestion of nutrients, detox the colon, and balance and support the immune system.

The best probiotic foods include:

  • Fermented veggies, such as sauerkraut and kimchi. While fermented cabbage and other veggies don’t have the diversity of probiotics that other foods might have, they are abundant in organic acids. It is these acids that give foods like sauerkraut and kimchi their sourness. It turns out that these same organic acids that support the growth of good bacteria.

fermented foodsSauerkraut originated in Germany, while kimchi has its roots in Korean cuisine. But whichever type of fermented veggies appeal to you, you’ll be getting high amount of enzymes that are known for aiding digestion. This, in turn, boosts the immune system.

  • Fermented dairy, such as kefir and goat milk yogurt. Kefir and yogurt are fermented dairy cousins to one another. Both have great probiotics content, but kefir is higher in them than yogurt. In fact, “kefir” comes from the Russian language and translates to “feeling good” in English.

Goat milk yogurt, also known as “Greek yogurt,” is thicker and less tart. Whichever way your preference runs, consuming goat milk yogurt or kefir, either is a tasty and great way to promote “good bacteria” in your gut.

  • Kombucha tea is an effervescent, fermented drink. Kombucha itself is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, which gives this black tea beverage its fizzy tang.

There are several unsubstantiated claims surrounding kombucha tea and what diseases and disorders it fights, but it is primarily used to aid digestion, boost energy levels, and support the immune system.

  • Bone broth. This broth is usually made from beef bones. Frequently the bones are roasted prior to simmering. This process enhances the broth’s flavor. Bone broth is a premium source of collagen, which is the protein the body uses to form tissue. In the case of using the broth for immune health, the focus is how the collagen source helps the lining of the gastro-intestinal tract.

This makes bone broth a great ally in healing leaky gut syndrome. Upping your consumption of bone broth helps in the strengthening of the GI tract’s mucus membranes. It helps in “plugging” the tiny leaks at the intestinal junctures, and prevents undigested food particles and chemicals from seeping from the intestines into the bloodstream. It is a powerful ally for the immune system.

You Can Make A Big Difference In Promoting The Health Of Your Immune System

Even if you already have a strong digestive system, using these two steps to boost the immune system will result in health benefits. Of course, it is understood that eating every one of the foods mentioned and being able to avoid every toxin day in and day is not always realistic.

That is why taking advantage of particular, high-quality immune-supporting supplements is important as you embark on your new regimen of eating probiotic and anti-inflammatory foods. These include:

  • Echinacea. Echinacea is a group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family.
  • Elderberry. Elderberry is a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae.
  • Astragalus root. Astragalus root is in the family of beans or legumes. It has a very long history as a booster for the immune system, as well as a disease fighter.
  • Ginger root. Ginger is a flowering plant. In its root form, it has been used for centuries to aid digestion, decrease nausea, and help the immune system.
  • Ginseng. Ginseng’s role in regulating immune cells has long been established. In addition to this and other medicinal qualities, ginseng helps to control inflammation and microbial infections.
  • Vitamin D. Vitamin D facilitates normal functioning of the immune system. The very best way to absorb vitamin D is through a few minutes of daily sunshine, but getting vitamin D through a supplement form is also recommended.
  • Oregano. Already popular in many American kitchens, oregano in its oil form is also used to promote respiratory and immune system health. Among other benefits of oregano oil is its effectiveness in helping fight urinary tract infections.

echinacea and herbsThe Immune System And Digestive Tract Connection

Once you understand how interconnected the robustness of the immune system is to a healthy digestive tract, it’s easy to see that caring for your gut is one of the best things you can do for increasing your energy, fighting disease, and managing autoimmune disorders.

Among the most frequent reasons that patients come to the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) is a struggling immune system. Regenerative medicine therapy for autoimmune disorders like lupus and multiple sclerosis is on the rise as modern medicine’s first defense in fighting and/or managing these diseases.

Regenerative medicine facilities are commonly called stem cell clinics.

There are many, now, practicing across the U.S. If you’re considering regenerative medicine as a therapy for your own health condition, keep in mind that stem cell and platelet-rich plasma therapies are legitimate medical procedures that must be administered by a licensed medical professional in the United States.

With that in mind, NSI offers tips below to help you ensure you’re working with an FDA guidelines-compliant regenerative medicine facility.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

6 Things That Cause Chronic Fatigue

Always Tired? These 6 Causes Of Fatigue Are Very Common

Does it seem to you that you’re always too tired? Fatigue and chronic tiredness are among the most common complaints physicians hear from adults, middle aged to seniors. Long before we finally go to the doctor, our first tendency is to laugh it off with a few friends on the weekends, and chalk it up to long work hours or keeping up with the kids’ schedules. Those can certainly be part of it. But is it really the whole story?

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), one of the leading regenerative medicine facilities in the United States, sees thousands of patients annually. In many cases, the first symptom they mention is chronic fatigue. Sometimes, emphasizing the importance of getting enough quality sleep is enough to help these patients get back on track as part of their therapy regimen.

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, the majority of adults know full well how important it is to get proper amounts of sleep. And many of us will make a concerted effort to change habits that interfere with it:

  • We’ll reduce stimulants like caffeine.
  • We’ll keep electronics like tablets, laptops, and phones out of the bedroom.
  • We’ll keep the bedroom dark and cool.
  • We’ll stick as much as possible to a bedtime routine that includes 8 hours of sleep.

But in many cases, sleep quality is far from the whole story. There are underlying conditions that directly affect hormone levels for both men and women and interfere with energy levels. They can even affect how well you can maintain a healthy weight. If you can’t shake your fatigue no matter what you do or how many hours of sleep you get, see if any of these 6 common reasons for chronic tiredness resonate with you.

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6 Reasons That May Be Causing Your Fatigue

  1. Thyroid Disease

As many as 20 million people in the U.S. have thyroid disease. But here’s the real kicker: at least 60% of them don’t know it! Thyroid disease is a particular risk for women and older adults.

Symptoms of a thyroid disorder include:

  • Persistent Tiredness
  • Moodiness
  • Muscle and Joint Pain
  • Weight Gain or Loss
  • Vision Problems
  • Decrease in Work Performance
  • Body Temperature Fluctuations
  • Appetite Changes

The thyroid is one of the body’s master glands. It secretes hormones that impact nearly all bodily functions to one degree or another. Among the functions the thyroid affects are:

  • Body Temperature
  • Heart Rate
  • The Production of Protein
  • Metabolism
  • Energy Levels

Common Causes of Thyroid Disease

Medical experts believe there are several basic contributors to thyroid disease. They are:

  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Food Intolerances
  • Radiation
  • Exposure to Toxins
  • Nutritional Deficiencies

6 Natural Ways to Relieve Symptoms of Thyroid Disease

If a thyroid condition is causing you chronic fatigue, here are 6 ways that may help relieve the symptoms:

  • Eliminate gluten from your diet.
  • Use glass containers instead of plastic and aluminum. Many people are sensitive to toxins and heavy metals -such as BPA (Bisphenol A)- that can be found in them.
  • Ask your doctor to check your iodine and selenium levels. If you’re low, include foods and/or supplements to boost them.
  • Do a heavy metal detox with extracts and herbs like milk thistle, turmeric, chlorella and cilantro.
  • If you have metal fillings in your teeth, consider having them replaced with non-metal composite fillings.
  • Consume adaptogen herbs. Adaptogen herbs like ginseng, holy basil, and licorice root a have normalizing effect on bodily processes and help the body adapt to stress.
  • Reduce your carbohydrate “empty calories” intake and increase your consumption of lean protein and healthy fats.
  1. A Sedentary Lifestyle

It’s very easy to fall into sedentary habits, especially in today’s office-oriented work environments. The trouble is that being sedentary creates fatigue, which tempts us to become even more sedentary whether in the office or at home.

It may not be immediately obvious, but sitting all day puts a lot of stress on the body. It can cause muscle aches, neck pain, stiff joint, back problems, and even chronic headaches. And body stress causes tiredness that can become chronic fatigue.

The body is designed for movement. When activity that isn’t at least moderate in nature doesn’t happen on a regular basis, issues with mood, sluggishness, fatigue, and weight gain usually occur.

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Some Causes of a Sedentary Life

  • A Sitting Desk Job
  • Inadequate Movement
  • Back Injuries
  • Chronic Pain
  • Habitual Home-Based Sitting
  • Low Motivation

When moderate, regular exercise becomes a habit chronic fatigue can be significantly reduced. This is because moderate or higher levels of activity can:

  • Help balance hormones in both men and women.
  • Help manage blood glucose levels.
  • Improve sleep quality.
  • Release mood-lifting endorphins
  • Boost stamina.
  • Add muscle tone.
  • Burn body fat.

Of the perks mentioned above, which is one of the biggest? Better sleep! In a 2005 study, researchers at the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina, concluded that, among the things that are within the average person’s control, nothing “elicits greater depletion of energy stores, tissue breakdown, or elevation of body temperature, respectively [than a sedentary lifestyle]. Exercise offers a potentially attractive alternative or adjuvant treatment for insomnia … Exercise could be a healthy, safe, inexpensive, and simple means of improving sleep.”

Even when tiredness tempts you to skip that brisk walk or that spin class you usually enjoy so much, it’s far better to maintain your normal exercise routine at a less vigorous level than miss it entirely. Try it next time you’re experience fatigue. You’ll find that your energy level afterward is boosted instead of made worse.

It can be difficult to feel motivated when you’re in the throes of chronic fatigue. But keep in mind that activity tends to promote desire for more activity. Take that walk around the block, even when it isn’t a “power walk.” You’ll be surprised how even a moderate pace lifts mood and restores your energy levels.

You’ll feel benefits almost immediately while laying the groundwork for the even greater pay-offs of a long-term exercise routine, including better hormonal balance and sustained energy levels. As little as 3 days a week of moderate activity for 20 minutes daily has been shown to consistently boost energy and reduce fatigue.

How to Start to Get a Move On!

Starting is easier than many people think. Fatigue busters include:

  • Investing in a standing desk, or one that adjusts to let you alternate periods of standing and sitting.
  • Replacing your desk chair with a large exercise ball. Using one engages the body’s core muscles –those of the back and abdominals- while putting minimal strain on hips and legs. Your back will naturally seek a comfortably straight position that is healthier for the spine.
  • Taking a couple of daily “walk” breaks around your workplace. A moderately brisk 15 minute walk around the office area or floor will do wonders for fatigue. When the weather is nice, take that walk outside for an added mood booster.
  • Planning regular, outdoor activity or exercises just before or after work.
  • Taking 5-minute stretch breaks per every hour of sedentary sitting at work.
  1. Chronic Depression

As many as 16 million Americans suffer from chronic depression. In fact, it’s among the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in the United States. Depression is an energy zapper. It’s no wonder, then, that fatigue is one of the most prevalent symptoms of both chronic and acute depression.

The Causes of Depression

Among the causes of depression are:

  • Stress that is elevated and/or persistent.
  • Emotional problems that go unresolved.
  • Neurological imbalances.
  • Hormonal imbalances.
  • Alcohol addiction or abuse.
  • Nutritional deficits.
  • Insufficient exposure to sunlight.
  • Environmental toxicity, especially heavy metals.
  • Food allergies.

Natural Treatment for Depression

Many people don’t realize that there are a number of ways within their power to better manage the symptoms of acute or chronic depression, including fatigue and low motivation. One of these ways is through dietary changes.

Nutrition can influence the reactions of the brain’s neurotransmitters, radically impacting energy levels and mood. Focusing on an anti-depression dietary plan can help boost “feel-good hormones,” and alleviate tiredness. A sound anti-depression diet cuts out:

  • Processed and refined food.
  • Fast food.
  • Food that has high sugar content and/or large quantities of simple carbohydrates.
  • Excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol.

It’s easy to fall into the bad habit of relying on things like the above to try to relieve fatigue and other symptoms of depression. The problem is that this model doesn’t really work. We get a sudden, fleeting spike in energy that’s followed by a crash. Reducing fatigue and improving mood is far better and more long-term when we replace unhealthy foods with those like the following:

  • Lean Protein
  • Vegetables Low in Carbs
  • Healthy Fats like Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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3 Other Natural Ways to Combat Depression

Exercise. Moderate or intense, on a treadmill or the park trail, on the basketball court or the tennis court, a yoga mat on the grass or you on the dance floor. However you get moving, one of the best ways to naturally help relieve chronic fatigue associated with depression is exercise. Make sure your chosen exercise activity is one that you genuinely enjoy. You’ll stick with it for years to come!

Relaxation techniques. There are several that are dependable and effective for combating the fatigue and mood troughs of depression. Yoga incorporates both a proven relaxation technique and proven physical benefits.

Essential oils. Use essential oils daily to boost mood and calm anxiety. Oils that are particularly helpful include:

  • Rose
  • Bergamot
  • Lavender
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Ylang Ylang
  1. Poor Quality of Sleep

Sleep is the foundation of daily rejuvenation. The majority of adults need a quality sleep cycle that lasts between seven and nine hours for good health and to relieve fatigue. If you’re among the millions of Americans struggling with poor quality sleep, learn what issues in your life are contributing to the problem. They may include:

  • Poor Diet
  • Caffeine and Other Ingested Stimulants
  • Stress
  • Staying Up Too Late
  • Overconsumption of Alcohol
  • Certain Medications or Supplements
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Trauma or Abuse
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Acute or Chronic Pain
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Struggles in Managing Family Life – infants, children, etc.

It may seem that the issues keeping you from quality sleep are insurmountable. But it’s not only crucial for your own health and well-being to find a way to eliminate those you can and manage the others. It’s important for that of your family and loved ones. The long-term benefits pay off in a significant reduction in tiredness, improved health, and happier relationships.

Get to Sleep Faster with These Natural Remedies

  • Use relaxation techniques such as journaling, reading, or meditation.
  • A warm bath with Epsom salt soothes muscle stiffness and fatigue, and eases the mind.
  • Make magnesium supplements of approximately 300-400 mg part of your daily vitamin regimen. Magnesium promotes relaxation and relieves muscle pain.
  • Take a few minutes each day to use essential oils like lavender or frankincense.
  • Don’t eat meals that are sugary or high in carbohydrates too close to bedtime. The “sugar buzz” can keep you tossing and turning for hours.
  • Keep caffeine consumption to small amounts during the morning hours only.
  • Turn off the electronics at least two hours before bedtime. Blue-light exposure has been shown to disturb melatonin levels and interfere with the mind’s natural abilities to become sleepy.

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Emotional Stress

Emotional stress saps energy levels, yet also adversely affects quality sleep. Often, emotional stress can develop into anxiety disorders or sleep-related problems. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (AADA), many “anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.”

Among the things that can cause emotional stress are:

  • Genetics
  • Brain Chemistry
  • Diet and Lifestyle Choices
  • Physical or Emotional Trauma
  • Poor Gut Health

Natural Way to Relieve Emotional Stress and Fatigue

  • Adequate Sleep
  • Moderate or Higher Exercise
  • Limit or Full Avoid Stimulants
  • Essential Oils
  • Magnesium or B Vitamin Supplements
  • Probiotics

  1. Blood Sugar Imbalance

A blood sugar imbalance is one of the most easily treated problems that contribute to fatigue. Yet many people aren’t even aware that they have an imbalance or how seriously it can impact energy levels and other health issues.

If your tiredness has become acute or chronic, there’s a good chance you may have a blood sugar imbalance. Left untreated such an imbalance can lead to type 2 diabetes, among other serious diseases.

Symptoms of a blood sugar imbalance include:

  • Fatigue
  • Food Cravings
  • Headaches
  • Mood Shifts
  • Anxiety

Primary Causes of Blood Sugar Imbalance

  • Poor Quality Diet
  • Diabetes, both Type I & II
  • Pancreatic Function
  • Parasites
  • Candida Yeast Infection

How To Naturally Manage Blood Sugar Imbalances

The most effective way to manage your blood sugar levels is to reduce (or, even better, fully eliminate) the following:

  • All sugary beverages, including soda, fruit juice, energy drinks, and coffee or tea beverages with sugar added.
  • Processed and/or packaged sugary/high-carbohydrate snacks like cookies, cake, cereal, and candies.
  • Even natural sweeteners like raw honey and maple syrup, which can still affect blood sugar levels.
  • Most nonorganic dairy products.

Eliminating Fatigue Is Largely Up To You!

In most cases, combating fatigue is within your power. Being mindful of what is causing your tiredness is the first step. Even when fatigue isn’t caused by diet or lifestyle habits, you can take control by having healthy issues that cause or contribute to your fatigue properly diagnosed.

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leading U.S. regenerative medicine facility, reports that chronic fatigue is one of the primary reasons that patients come through their doors. The good news is that most underlying causes of chronic fatigue can be eliminated or significantly reduced.

Regenerative medicine facilities, commonly referred to as stem cell clinics, are increasingly becoming mainstream in the United States. Regenerative medicine methods are quickly outpacing conventional medical techniques due to their safe, effective, minimally invasive therapies. As with all medical professions, it’s important to make sure you are working with a legitimate, licensed stem cell clinic. Below, NSI offers tips on ensuring that your selected clinic is licensed and following FDA guidelines.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

“Reversed” Diabetes Reality Show Featuring NSI Stem Cell

The National Stem Cell Institute Teams With Noted Celebrity Of TV, Film, And Music For First Ever Reality Program About Diabetes

There is a worldwide epidemic raging, well known yet progressing largely in silence because so many people don’t take it seriously. Left untreated it can cause blindness, kidney failure, and nerve damage. Millions of its victims have had to depend on kidney dialysis or have limbs amputated. It is a factor in the acceleration of atherosclerosis, a condition that hardens and narrows the arteries and can lead to stroke, coronary heart disease, and other diseases of the large blood vessel system.

What is the name of this terrible affliction? Diabetes mellitus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this degenerative disease has reached pandemic proportions with over 422 million diagnosed cases across the globe. The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) reports that therapies for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are among the Institute’s most commonly sought-out treatments. In fact, diabetes is a primary focus of the Institute.
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5 Things That Are Changing Stroke Outlook

Stroke Can Be Debilitating And Deadly. But 5 Breakthroughs In Modern Medicine May Change Outcomes

Stroke is one of the most serious medical emergencies anyone can experience. Regardless of what type of stroke occurs, the basics of the harm are the same: stroke cuts the flow of blood to the brain. The primary reason that stroke is so potentially devastating its swift attack. In an hour or less brain damage can be severe, leading to permanent disability or death.

Happily, both the medical community and the public at large have learned much about this grim condition over the decades. Today more people are aware of the warning signs for stroke, meaning that those who suffer stroke are receiving treatment more quickly.

New tools in modern medicine may pave the way for dramatically reducing or even eliminating the lingering effects of stroke.

But, once the patient has survived those first critical hours, what then? Many strides have been made, but are there new tools in modern medicine that can even more dramatically reduce or even eliminate the lingering effects of stroke?

The answer is yes! Two exciting discoveries have been made that involve naturally occurring growth factors in the brain and body that may hold the key to even more effective emergency room treatment in the future. But that’s not all. The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leading regenerative medicine facility in the U.S., reports that a medical technique presently in wide use across the United States and the world is already being used as an auxiliary aid in improving the results of rehabilitation.

 

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3 Medical Breakthroughs In The Future Of Stroke Treatment

  1. GDF10

A stroke happens when a blood vessel either bursts or is blocked significantly enough to prevent effective blood flow. Without proper blood flow brain tissue is starved of oxygen and nutrients, and the tissue begins to die. The brain does have repair mechanisms in place for when this occurs, including something called axonal sprouting.

STROKE OUTLOOK BLOOD VESSELS

Axons are the long threadlike parts of a nerve cell that carry electrical impulses. Axonal sprouting is the process in which new axons “sprout” from the intact axons in order to re-establish functions such as muscle control. However, the natural occurrence of axonal sprouting after stroke rarely results in full recovery. And, before very recent studies, the element that triggered axonal sprouting was unknown.

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have discovered that a molecule within the brain is crucial in signaling brain tissue to generate new connections after a stroke. These freshly formed connections circumvent damaged tissue, stimulating the brain into make repairs. The findings could potentially pave the way for a new treatment that promotes cerebral restoration and recovery of function after stroke. This is big news in the fight to prevent serious long-term disability in people who have suffered a stroke. The animal model study, over the span of five years, became the first to discover that the molecule known as Growth Differentiation Factor 10 (GDF10) played such an important role in the adult brain.

Should the chemical signals that stimulate limited recovery be identified and developed, it just may be possible to increase brain tissue repair.

Our brains have only a limited ability to recover after stroke. While it is true that the majority of stroke patients now improve afterward, very few make a 100% recovery. But should the chemical signals that stimulate limited recovery be identified and developed as a treatment, it just may be possible to increase brain tissue repair.

STROKE OUTLOOK CHEMICAL SIGNALS

The study demonstrated that GDF10 is, indeed, released after a stroke in humans as well as several species of animals. And, in an earlier study, researchers were able to determine which molecules were more prevalent within the brain once the recovery phase that followed stroke had begun.

Armed with this information, the researchers in the UCLA study followed evidence that one of the listed molecules might be a signal instructing the brain to repair itself. So they began testing the molecules that increased the most within the brain after a stroke occurred. The researchers discovered that GDF10 advanced the ability of brain cells to form new connections.

They were also able to identify the signaling systems that were controlling the process. In doing so, they established that GDF10 stimulates the creation of new neural connections after stroke, enabling recovery of a patient’s capacity for controlling body movement.

Identifying all the molecules controlled by GDF10.

The researchers were able to identify every molecule type that is switched on off by GDF10 in brain cells as a reaction to stroke. They studied how the RNA of these brain cells compares to the RNA of comparable brain cells during typical brain development and standard learning, as well as the RNA in brain cells of patients with other illnesses.

STROKE OUTLOOK MOLECULES

They discovered that GDF10 controls a distinct set of molecules that advance recovery after stroke. This finding implies that the regeneration of brain tissue following a stroke is a uniquely deliberate process, not simply the reactivation of the molecules that are switched on during standard brain development.

The team also injected GDF10 into laboratory animals that had suffered strokes, then were able to map the connections within the brain that are related to bodily movements. They compared these connections to several lab animal groups: those that had experienced stroke, but were not administered GDF10; those who had healthy brains, and those that had suffered stroke but exhibited a reduced level of GDF10.

When GDF10 was delivered, connections were noticeably enhanced.

The results indicate that Growth Differentiation Factor 10 is typically accountable for the obvious but limited formation of new neural connections following a stroke. When more GDF10 was delivered, these connections were noticeably enhanced. Not only that, but the new connection formations were seen primarily in a specific type of brain circuit involved in limb control.

This all points to the exciting potential for a regenerative medicine-type treatment that will activate GDF10’s signaling systems. The development of such a treatment may very well significantly enhance post-stroke recovery.

  1. Neurotrophin 3 (NT3)

Besides GDF10 being largely related to the restoration of motor function after stroke, growth factor growth factor Neurotrophin 3 (NT3) has also been involved with the improvement of brain-to-intramuscular connectivity. The report published in the neurology journal Brain cites how researchers triggered the sprouting of fresh nerve cells by injecting NT3 intramuscularly into laboratory animals.

These results seem to point beyond neuroprotection, and open up the possibility of an exciting field of medical developments for stroke.

Like research into GDF10, the study of Neurotrophin 3 is new and only recently beginning to emerge. So far, under laboratory conditions, NT3 must be administered within twenty-four hours after the onset of a stroke. Perhaps future development will improve this window of possible treatment. But, regardless if NT3 therapy comes into practical use as a 24-hour emergency treatment or one that can be administered after the first critical hours, Neurotrophin 3 continues to show great promise in the future of regenerative medicine.

  1. Brain Repair Using Glial Cells

Another exciting potential glimpse into future stroke treatment is the possibility of creating functioning nerve cells within the brain with glial cells. Glial cells envelop neurons, providing support and insulation. Glial cells are the most plentiful types of cell in the central nervous system.

If this research bears the right fruit, using glial cells to repair areas of the brain that have suffered stroke damage may be a real breakthrough. It could mean that glial cells might simply replace the cells damaged by stroke with fresh, healthy nerve cells. Presently, the studies are still limited to lab animals. But the evidence to date points to exciting future prospects.

  1. Stem Cell Therapy

For many in the public, stem cell therapy still dredges up the controversy that was prominent several decades ago. Today, however, the practical application of this crucial element in regenerative medicine is most commonly done with adult stem cells directly harvested from the patient. And as an auxiliary therapy used in conjunction with modern post-stroke treatments, stem cells show enormous potential for upping the game in recovery for stroke patients.

The two primary sources for stem cell therapy are bone marrow and adipose tissue. Both sources are prized for their stores of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs are multi-potent stem cells. They are basis of all healing and regeneration that happen in the body after we are born. Whether muscle, bone, blood, cartilage, neuron, nerve, skin, organ, or hair, all parts of our bodies depend on stem cells to begin the processes of repairing damage, the re-growth of tissue, the reduction of inflammation, and the regeneration of organs.

When damage is detected, stem cells are “assigned” their duties.

Stem cells circulate within the body throughout life. When damage is detected, whether due to illness or injury, the stem cells are “assigned” their duties. For example, a stem cell is signaled to become a skin cell at the site of a cut. Stem cell therapies use this capability and turn it into powerful and effective treatments of many kinds.

One of the most recent clinical trials examining the use of stem cells for stroke therapy was done at Stanford University. The trial’s main focus was to examine the safety of using stem cells for stroke treatment. But improvement for patients based on several standard measures was so impressive, the auxiliary findings were deemed not just statistically significant, but clinically meaningful.

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The trial centered on eighteen patients whose average age was 61. The majority of the test subjects had suffered their strokes at least a full year prior to the trial. That is a period of time well past when continued recovery might be traditionally hoped for. It was shown that test subjects had significant recovery based on a number of measures. Recovery occurred within a month’s time, and improvement continued for several months thereafter.

The improvements were still evident at six and twelve months after the patients received the therapy. Motor function recovered dramatically, something considered unprecedented prior to the trial. Traditionally, physical recovery six months after stroke is not expected.

The preferred stem cell type for most therapies today is adipose-derived stem cells.

The majority of today’s stem cell therapies in the United States are done with adipose-derived stem cells. Adipose tissue is the fatty layer that lies just beneath the skin. It is prized for stem cell therapy because it holds the most abundant source of MSCs, even beyond the stores found in bone marrow. Adipose-stored stem cells are also exceptional in their potency. This source of MSCs is also much more easily accessed than those in bone marrow, making the harvesting of the stem cells considerably less invasive and easier on the patient. The discovery of MSCs in adipose tissue has ushered in an explosion of safe, effective therapies that can now be done on an outpatient basis.

FDA guidelines-compliant stem cell therapy is already in use for a wide variety of illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain/Injury
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
  • Joint Pain/Injury
  • Kidney Conditions
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Spinal Cord Injury

The news coming out of medical research fields implies that stem cell therapy for stroke may very well be on the horizon. Because of research and trials like the ones noted in this article, we understand that the re-growth of brain cells and the improvement of neurological functions are possible. It is surely only a matter of time before fully developed treatments based on regenerative medicine methods will be the norm in stroke therapy and recovery.

Does this mean that one day the debilitating aftereffects of stroke will be relegated to medical history? It’s beginning to seem more and more likely.

Learn More At The National Stem Cell Institute

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) is a leading regenerative medicine facility located in the United States. It is home to physicians, clinicians, and medical professionals that have undergone post-graduate training in regenerative medicine procedures and/or auxiliary practices such as nutritional counseling and functional rehabilitation that aid healing and promote health during and following PRP and stem cell therapies.

NSI’s mission is to advance patient quality of life through the most advanced developments in regenerative medicine technology, in order to reverse illness, whether physical or neurological, and heal tissues while avoiding invasive surgery and potentially risky medications.

Regenerative medicine facilities are popularly known as stem cell clinics. Regardless of what they are called, the National Stem Cell Institute strongly urges patients interested in regenerative medicine to thoroughly research clinics and medical facilities in order to ensure they are under the care of licensed medical professionals that have been trained in regenerative medical methods.

Below, NSI offers information and tips on what to look for in a licensed stem cell clinic. Those who have questions are encouraged to contact NSI.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

Is It Dementia Or Mild Cognitive Impairment?

What Is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

Particularly after we reach a certain age, we have all asked questions like these:

  • “Where did I put my car keys?”
  • “What was it I was saying?”
  • “What was that guy’s name, again?”

In spite of how distressing it may seem, a lapse of memory along these lines is generally normal. So are some changes to general mood. But, for some of us as we get older, forgetfulness and changes in our thought processes is a larger problem. It can be a sign of significant changes taking place in the brain. Between the typical terrain of “brain cramps” and the borderlands of dementia lies a mental landscape known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

DEMENTIA

MCI is marked by noticeable changes in mental status that don’t necessarily equate with dementia. It is estimated that as many as 16% to 20% of adults age sixty and older will receive a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment sooner or later.

MCI sometimes increases a person’s risk for dementia. But are the symptoms of MCI preventable? For those who are already experiencing MCI, can those symptoms be reversed? The Alzheimer’s Association says that among the most active regions of scientific study regarding the possibilities are presently in the value of physical fitness and diet, and the reducing risk through the prevention of cardiovascular factors.

But what does any of this mean, really? The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has a vested interest in this question and the study of MCI, because stem cell therapies are being actively considered for chronic memory and cognitive conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. With this in mind, NSI takes a closer look at the mysteries of MCI and what they mean to you.

The Basics Of Mild Cognitive Impairment

Simply put, MCI can happen when mental function declines in some older adults. The Mayo Clinic defines mild cognitive impairment as an intermediate phase that bridges the cognitive decline typical of aging and the onset of dementia. Unlike dementia or other chronic cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s, MCI generally doesn’t need medical treatment. Neither does it usually get in the way of daily life. Mild cognitive impairment is characterized by shifts in both memory and non-memory cognitive functions. A diagnosis for MCI typically includes the criteria below:

  • The person complains of cognitive problems.
  • There is decline or impairment in cognition in contrast to the patient’s earlier years.
  • Objective confirmation of impaired cognitive function through sources like family or close friends.
  • Functional activity is generally normal in comparison of someone with dementia.

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Factors In The Risks And Causes Of MCI

So, if you’ve received a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment does that mean that Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia is inevitable? Though MCI does increase the risk of developing more serious neurological conditions, that doesn’t mean you will. It’s believed that 20% to 40% of seniors diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment will progress to dementia. That means the majority of MCI patients don’t worsen beyond mild cognitive impairment. In fact, over time, MCI has been known to lessen and improve in about 20% of the cases.

Those in the know believe that a variety of actions and situations contribute to the onset of mild cognitive impairment. Understanding is still growing and discoveries are still being made, so the exact reasons these factors affect the neurological changes associated with MCI has yet to be determined. But, evidence strongly points to several particular elements. These include:

  • A person’s genetics
  • Free radical damage
  • The body’s inability to process glucose effectively
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Toxins in the environment

It is believed, too, that many of the same kinds of neurological changes that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia also invite MCI. These changes include:

  • A decrease in the cerebral flow and/or circulation of blood. This is a contributor to frequent, minute strokes so small that they are barely detectable.
  • The brain cells do not absorb glucose properly for adequate energy
  • The hippocampus shrinks. When this happens, the symptoms of mild cognitive impairment are expressed as memory and/or emotional problems, among other function involved with the hippocampus.
  • Enlargement of the brain ventricles. The ventricles of the brain are a communication network of fluid filled cavities. The gradual enlargement of the ventricles puts pressure on the brain, which may promote the symptoms of mild cognitive impairment.
  • Neuronal damage. Whether from a traumatic physical injury or due to disease, damage to the neurons can promote MCI.
  • A decrease in cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid is the clear, colorless liquid surrounding and protecting the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is comprised of the brain and the spinal cord. Cerebrospinal fluid immerses the brain and spine in nutrients. It also eliminates waste products.
  • And increase in plaque or protein deposits within the brain. The clumping of plaque and certain proteins are also associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Small strokes or other factors that affect adequate blood flow to the brain.

Additionally, the risk factors below have been linked to the development of mild cognitive impairment.

  • Aging
  • A family history of Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease and/or stroke
  • Metabolic syndromes such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Tobacco use, drug use, alcoholism
  • Mental health problems, including depression, social anxiety and isolation
  • A sedentary way of life, or insufficient physical exercise
  • An income level that limits adequate health care and/or nutrition
  • The absence of social support and strong relationships for older adults
  • Inadequate sleep and/or sleep-related problems such as sleep apnea

DEMENTIA COGNITIVE

What The Symptoms Of MCI Look Like

The telltale signs of mild cognitive impairment land midway between the typical cognitive aggravations of normal aging and those linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia. MCI symptoms include:

  • Frequent, consistent memory loss. A person who has MCI might become lost, forget names or dates, or miss appointments more frequently.
  • A change in language and speaking, such as “losing one’s train of thought” or repeating oneself often.
  • A change in thought and judgment
  • An increase in one’s concern about his/her own mental performance
  • An increase in impulsivity, impatience, and/or irritability
  • Mood changes, such as an increase in depression, anxiety, or apathy

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Conventional And Advanced Therapies For MCI

The core situations that cause mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s, and dementia are still mysterious. Presently, symptoms management is the focus of conventional medicine, but advanced medical methods such as the potential of neurological stem cell therapy are causing great excitement.

The National Stem Cell Institute cites the findings of one such study published on website of the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The study was centered on the effects of stem cells harvested from several different areas of the body, including fatty tissue known as “adipose” fat. Adipose-derived stem cells are already known for their notable performance regarding a wide array of illnesses, injuries, and chronic disorders. These stem cells can be are easily harvested from the fatty layer that lies just below the skin. Since the discovery of this potent source of stem cells, there has been an explosion in clinical research as well as the availability of stem cell therapies to the general public.

The success shown in these other areas has launched great interest in how they might be used in neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and mild cognitive impairment. Adipose-derived stem cells are exceptionally potent stem cells that have the ability to become virtually any type of tissue needed by the body in order to repair, regenerate and boost the performance of other cells; from bone to cartilage to blood to skin and muscle. This includes the impressive potential to repair brain cells, and even grow new ones.

In clinical studies of laboratory mice, the adipose-derived stem cells differentiated into cells very much like neurons and astrocytes (an astrocyte is a type of cell found in the central nervous system). The results showed an improvement in blood vessel formation. This, in turn, caused improvement in overall brain function, including cognitive and motor functions.

What does all this mean for the development of neurological stem cell therapy? It holds great potential to bring fresh, regenerative cells directly to the brain. But it is also believed that neurological stem cell therapy may one day give us the ability to grow fresh, healthy neuron cells to replace those damaged by the ravages of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, and other neurological illness and trauma.

5 Natural Ways To Practice MCI Prevention

Meanwhile, there are ways to be pro-active in helping to prevent mild cognitive impairment.

  1. Adopt an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

We’ve all heard the term “whole foods” by now. A whole food is defined as one that has undergone as little processing or refining as possible. Whole foods are also as free as possible from additives and other artificial matter.

Whole foods are high in antioxidants and healthy fats. These are known to support mental health, not just in older adults, but in younger people as well. In particular, certain elements of two established dietary regimens that promote whole food habits as well as other healthy eating routines have been combined to form what’s known as the “MIND diet.”

DEMENTIA DIET

Elements of the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH Diet (an acronym standing for “dietary approaches to stop hypertension”) comprise the MIND Diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay). The DASH element of the MIND Diet is a dietary regimen promoted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health. It’s designed to prevent and control hypertension.

The Mediterranean Diet is sometimes referred to as “the world’s healthiest diet.” Research indicates that the Mediterranean Diet improves weight loss and the control of blood sugar levels, and reduces risk of depression. It has also been linked to lowered levels of inflammation, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Experts believe the MIND Diet helps in slowing cognitive decline by increasing nutrient-dense, high-fiber, and antioxidant-rich foods into one’s eating habits. Many MIND Diet foods have been shown to aid in protecting the brain from inflammation. This makes the MIND Diet a potentially strong ally in decreasing the risks of developing mild cognitive impairment.

MIND Diet foods include:

  • Vegetables that are leafy and green (romaine lettuce, spinach, kale), cruciferous (broccoli, cauliflower), or orange and yellow (peppers, carrots, pumpkins, squash)
  • Berries of virtually any kind
  • Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, mackerel, and sardines)
  • Oils rich in healthy fats (olive oil, avocado, nuts or seed oils)
  • Lean protein (eggs, legumes, beans, pasture-raised poultry)
  • Grains that are 100% whole
  • Wine and coffee (be mindful! Moderation is key)

It can definitely be worth your while to adopt the MIND Diet for brain health. Studies show that people who ate MIND Diet foods averaged cognitive health maintenance seven and half years longer than those eating the fewest MIND foods.

  1. Exercising and Remaining Active

Are you getting tired of hearing about the benefits of exercise and healthy activity? It may seem like a drum too well beaten, but the beneficial qualities are established medical facts. Exercise promotes blood circulation. It is associated with preventing memory loss and several cognitive elements related to aging. And you don’t have to be an extreme athlete to reap the health rewards.

Simple walking remains one of the best kinds of exercise to maintain, even improve, mental health. Extra benefits happen when you consistently take it outside. But whether on the trail or the treadmill, brisk walking is connected to significant improvement in cognitive health.

Still not a lover of brisk walks? There are plenty of other healthy activity options, including swimming, bicycling, yoga, or the use of an elliptical machine. In any case, your goal should be a routine of at least three to four times weekly for thirty to sixty minutes each time. Exercise briskly enough to raise your heart rate to approximately 65% of your maximum capacity. The Mayo Clinic has guidelines to determine your maximum capacity.

  1. Taking Supplements for Cognitive Health

Consider taking recommended doses of vitamin and mineral supplements to protect your cognitive health. These include:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin D3
  • CoQ10
  • Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Copper
  • B vitamins
  • Folate
  • Vitamin E
  1. Maintain Social Support

Too often overlooked, there is no longer any doubt that strong, healthy relationships with family, friends, and community improve and maintain cognitive functions. Sometimes older people recede from these. Doing so can hasten a decline in both physical and mental health.

  • Staying socially active can include activities like:
  • Spending quality time with family
  • Joining support groups that address stress
  • Staying physically active through walking or exercising with companions
  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Reading and/or writing groups
  • Becoming a volunteer
  • Joining a religious institution
  • Adopting interesting hobbies, especially those that include friends or family
  • Playing “memory games,” particularly those that include social interaction
  1. Reduce Particular Medicines and Exposure to Toxins Whenever Possible

It has now been established that tobacco use, often in addition to taking certain medicines, increases risk of memory loss and dementia. So, please: stop using tobacco products.

If you are at risk for cognitive impairment, you will also want to speak with your health care provider about the impact of any medications you are taking. Additionally, over-the-counter meds may seem harmless, but you will want to discuss their effects on people who have MCI or are at risk of developing cognitive diseases or disorders. Check with your doctor if you are taking medications such as Benadryl, Dramamine, Advil PM, or Unison. The same goes for the generic equivalents.

Summing Up Mild Cognitive Impairment

Remember, MCI isn’t necessarily a precursor for more serious cognitive disorders. And there are ways to help in the prevention and progression of it. Generally speaking, those who have been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment can care for themselves without need for 24 hour assistance.

But if the symptoms of MCI progress or worsen, intervention may be needed in order to prevent accidents or emergencies. The only true way to monitor MCI for progression is through regular visits with your health care provider. If you or a loved one is exhibiting increased confusion, becoming lost in familiar areas, or poor judgment, these can be a sign that additional aid and/or treatment is in order.

Ensuring that a loved one with mild cognitive impairment has a structured schedule, a living space that has been safety checked, keeps lists for needed items and “to-do’s,” and receives regular reminders for upcoming events and appointments will go a long way in allowing more independent, happier living.

About The National Stem Cell Institute

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) is a leading U.S. medical facility dedicated to the safe, effective advancement of regenerative medicine methods such as stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapies. Certain neurological stem cell therapy practices are already in effect and FDA guidelines-compliant. NSI maintains constant updating on the latest advances in regenerative medicine.

As such, NSI strongly recommends that patients interested in regenerative medicine procedures thoroughly research any clinics that purport to practice legitimate stem cell therapies. Not stem cell clinics are created equal and not all are properly licensed. Below are tips on how to determine if a clinic or facility is licensed and FDA guidelines-compliant.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

A2M Therapy: A New Weapon Against Osteoarthritis?

Haven’t heard of Alpha 2 Macroglobulin (A2M)? You’re not alone. But if you or a loved one suffers from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis (RA), this naturally occurring protein found in blood plasma just might be your new best medical friend. A2M inhibits the actions of several types of proteinases. Proteinases are enzymes that break down proteins. But when it comes specifically to osteoarthritis and other kinds of arthritis, A2M therapy is attracting a lot of interest because of its ability to inhibit the action of a particular group of proteinases called Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs).

Is A2M Therapy Changing How Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis Are Treated?

So, is this new potential weapon in modern medicine’s arsenal the magic bullet arthritis sufferers have longed for? The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leading U.S. regenerative medicine facility, is watching the development of A2M in therapies for osteoarthritis and RA with great interest. How does it stack up as a possible new addition to established platelet rich plasma therapies? NSI takes a closer look.

ARTHRITISA2M Treatment Basics

Alpha 2 Macroglobulin is made in the liver, and occurs naturally in blood plasma. A2M uses specific binding sites to snare bad enzymes that destroy cartilage. Once each binding site has trapped the enzymes, both the A2M and the bound enzymes are disposed of naturally by the body. This is a function known as “suicide inhibition.”

When it comes to osteoarthritis and/or rheumatoid arthritis, medical interest in A2M focuses on how it inhibits the group of proteinases known as Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs). One type of proteinase in the MMP group degrades the collagen within cartilage. It’s believed that this is a crucial factor enabling arthritis to destroy joint cartilage.

Obviously, then, turning a naturally occurring protein that obstructs the actions of these MMPs into an effective therapy would be a boon to medical science. But, is it there yet? What do we need to understand about A2M in order to fully develop its medical potential?

Why Medical Science Is Pursuing A2M Therapy To Treat Osteoarthritis & RA

A2M is classified as a cytokine, something that is secreted by the immune system and has an effect on other cells. The existence of A2M has been known for over fifty years, but the discovery of its potential role in slowing the progression of osteoarthritis and RA is new.

A2M can be thought of as the “good guy,” and MMPs as the “bad guys” in conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. When arthritis eats away the cartilage that cushions the joints, MMPs are major players. Chronic inflammation is an “accomplice” of the MMPs when it comes to the degradation that occurs with osteoarthritis and RA. But, healthy joints generally have high levels of A2M. So when there is plenty of Alpha 2 Macroglobulin on patrol, it becomes difficult for the inflammation and cartilage breakdown that are the hallmarks of arthritis to take hold.

Slowing the progression of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Conventional medications have been invaluable allies in fighting the symptoms of osteoarthritis and RA. But the real goal of medical science is to halt or, at least, significantly slow the progression of arthritis. Even better, today’s breakthroughs in regenerative medicine can even reverse arthritic damage in some cases.

Little wonder, then, that the discovery of A2M’s possible role in preventing MMPs from doing harm has researchers excited about how A2M therapy may become part of the latest regenerative medical techniques in combating arthritis. Might it even usher in cures for rheumatoid and osteoarthritis in the future?

HEALTHYWhat Research Tells Us About A2M Therapy

Research has only begun studying the impact that A2M might have as a stand-alone therapy for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. We do know that the regenerative medicine technique of injecting platelet rich plasma (PRP) into affected areas is highly successful in slowing arthritic progression as well as repairing damage and re-growing cartilage. PRP, by its very nature, already contains A2M.

But will isolating A2M and turning it into a therapy apart from PRP treatments prove to be a bonafide cure for osteoarthritis and RA?

Certainly there is scientific evidence that indicates A2M is a key component in halting the progression of osteoarthritis on the molecular level. A2M grabs and stymies the three main chemicals leading to joint and cartilage damage. When A2M entraps these harmful chemicals, our bodies can swiftly remove them.

Current studies are showing how A2M helps block the disintegration of cartilage. In one animal study, researchers injected a concentrate of A2M into test subjects that did not have adequate amounts of A2M already circulating in the blood. When the concentrate was injected around the arthritic joints of the animals, the result was a decrease in arthritis progression.

And an important study conducted by Brown University, collaborating with the National Institutes of Health, showed that while natural concentrations of A2M in joints are inadequate for long-term, effective joint protection, an injection of A2M concentrate protected cartilage by halting progression of osteoarthritis.

Clinically developed concentrations of A2M have also been shown to shield joints

These studies and others indicate that not every joint responds to A2M therapy. However, a test is available that identifies which joints are likely to respond to A2M treatments. The test, called fibronectin-aggrecan G3 complex test (FAC), specifically recognizes a significant level of a particular protein. This is proving to be a highly accurate diagnostic tool for the testing of arthritis.

Clinically developed concentrations of A2M have also been shown to shield joints from a protein complex that makes joints to achy. These studies also indicate that A2M therapy not only relieves osteoarthritis pain, but it hinders or outright prevents joint height degradation, promotes tissue growth, and supports overall joint restoration.

What All This Means About Repairing Arthritic Damage & Relieving Pain

All in all, the studies point to therapeutic injections of A2M concentrate inhibiting the disintegration of cartilage and shutting down the caustic, inflammatory proteins that collect in arthritic joints. And early practical clinical application indicates that early intervention may actually minimize or prevent osteoarthritis that develops due to joint injury.

We know that platelet rich plasma therapy, which naturally contains A2M along with multiple other regenerative and anti-inflammatory components, is exceptional in the treatment of muscle, ligament, tendon, and bone injuries. PRP therapy is already in use in conjunction with adipose (fat)-derived adult stem cell therapy to reduce scar tissue associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

regenerative medicine

Will A2M therapy be a natural extension of today’s regenerative medicine?

These regenerative techniques have already been practiced in the United States for many years for the restoration of healthy tissue, the reversal of arthritic damage, and the reduction of inflammation and pain. Sports doctors and professional athletes –including notable pros like tennis champion Rafael Nadal and Masters winner Tiger Woods- have known about PRP therapy for years, and have used it to prevent surgery and return more quickly to competition.

ATHLETEFor the average American suffering from osteoarthritis or AR, adipose (fat)-derived adult stem cell and PRP therapies have helped patients return to improved daily activities and a healthier, happier life. The National Stem Cell Institute reports an increase in patients being advised by physicians to seek out PRP and stem cell therapies as a viable, minimally-invasive alternative to surgery.

So, Is A2M Part Of Our Regenerative Medicine Future?

The science behind regenerative medicine has been with us for almost 80 years now, and the application of this medical method has been practiced in the U.S. for about 50. But it wasn’t until the discovery of easily accessed adipose-derived adult stem cells and the development of platelet rich plasma therapy that its use became widely available and affordable to the general public.

Much still needs to be firmly established about A2M’s potential role in treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis before leading clinics like NSI will choose to develop pure or near-pure A2M concentrate as a therapy and add it to their list of safe, well-established therapy lines. Meanwhile, the National Stem Cell Institute continues to watch with keen interest to see if research and clinical trials continue to build on the present evidence.

More research is needed, but the potential is exciting

BLOOD PLASMA

For the time being, NSI advises caution regarding early claims by ethically dubious facilities that offer concentrated A2M therapy injections. NSI does agree with present research that has established A2M’s crucial role in maintaining healthy joints. But, until sufficient A2M studies and trials have been performed, PRP and stem cell therapies are proving to be the most advanced methods for the significant slowing of osteoarthritis and RA progression as well as repairing the damage, restoring function, and relieving pain.

This is because PRP and stem cell therapies have already been shown to raise A2M levels in joints, reduce arthritis pain, slow arthritis progression, and to be exceptionally safe and effective procedures for a wide variety of injuries, illnesses, and chronic conditions, including:

  • Arthritis or Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament Tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Bulging or Herniated Discs
  • Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Sacroiliac Conditions
  • Sciatica and/or Sciatic Nerve Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck, Lower Back, Shoulder, or Knee Pain
  • Instability or Balance Issues
  • Stiffness, Flexibility, or Range of Motion Problems

Regenerative methods are already changing the way the medical community practices medicine. Today, we know that the human body holds innate potential for generating its own cure for an ever-growing list of injuries, aliments, and chronic disorders. Will A2M prove to be the key to yet others like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and more?

Time will tell, and the NSI is watching with great interest.

About The National Stem Cell Institute

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) is a leading regenerative medicine facility located in the United States. It is home to physicians, clinicians, and medical professionals that have undergone post-graduate training in regenerative medicine procedures and/or auxiliary practices such as nutritional counseling and functional rehabilitation that aid healing and promote health during and following PRP and stem cell therapies.

This integrative approach to regenerative medicine means that every team member focuses on seamless, safe, and effective patient care. The health and comfort of patients is NSI’s first priority.

NSI’s mission is to advance patient quality of life through the most advanced developments in regenerative medicine technology, in order to reverse illness, whether physical or neurological, and heal tissues while avoiding invasive surgery and potentially risky medications.

Regenerative medicine facilities are popularly known as stem cell clinics. Regardless of what they are called, the National Stem Cell Institute strongly urges patients interested in regenerative medicine to thoroughly research clinics and medical facilities in order to ensure they are under the care of licensed medical professionals that have been trained in regenerative medical methods.

Below, NSI offers information and tips on what to look for in a licensed stem cell clinic. Those who have questions are encouraged to contact NSI.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

Facts About Kidney Failure And Disease

More than 661,000 Americans have kidney failure. When these critical organs are healthy and working, they are essential in helping the entire body keep clean, strong, well-fueled and running properly. That’s why kidney failure (also known as renal disease) is such a high health risk. Renal disease prevents impurities from being cleansed from the body. Waste accumulates and wreaks havoc.

Have You Or A Loved One Experienced Kidney Failure? This Information Can Help.

familyThe kidneys’ chief purpose is to help detoxify the body

We’re all born with two kidneys. Each is approximately fist-sized. The kidneys sit beside the spine, one to the left and the other to the right, near the waist and just beneath the ribs. The kidneys’ chief purpose is to help detoxify the body by filtering out the waste products it produces.

Kidneys’ role in health goes beyond filtering waste

These can include a variety of waste products such as excess fluids, leftover particulates in the digestive track, and surplus sodium and electrolytes, to name a few. But they also play a function in helping control blood pressure, removing drugs and other toxins, regulating hormones, and even in maintaining healthy, strong bones.

Little wonder, then, that kidney failure is never taken lightly in the medical field. The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), one of the leading regenerative medical clinics in the United States, has seen many cases of renal disease. Waste products and the build-up of fluids, nausea, difficulty in thinking clearly, and fluctuating levels in blood pressure are all telltale signs of kidney failure.

The basic causes of kidney failure include:

  • A sudden, serious drop in blood flow to the kidneys
  • Heavy blood loss, an injury, or a bad infection known as sepsis that reduces blood flow to the kidneys
  • Insufficient fluid intake (dehydration)

But all of these can be the result of any number of illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions. In the U.S. today, diabetes and hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure) are frequently the main culprits behind kidney failure. However, these two are by no means the only promoters of renal disease. An unhealthy diet or high levels of inflammation within the body have also been connected to kidney failure.

So, what steps can you take to be pro-active in lowering your odds of kidney failure? You can begin with these:

  • Eat whole foods that have ample electrolytes, like potassium and calcium
  • As much as possible, prevent exposure to certain toxins and chemicals such as heavy metals and industrial chemicals
  • Maintain a healthy weight

A More In-Depth Look At Kidney Failure

Kidney failure happens when the kidneys don’t function well enough to keep someone living. Common markers of this are:

  • A loss of the ability of the kidneys to excrete waste
  • The inability to concentrate urine
  • The loss of the ability to conserve electrolytes
  • The inability to maintain fluid balance

To date, no treatment has been discovered that permanently stops progressive renal disease. But advanced medical trials using methods like stem cell therapy have made headway in management techniques that are showing early promise for improved quality of life. Meanwhile, there are several self-management techniques that those who suffer from kidney failure can adopt to keep as healthy as possible.

In addition to stem cell therapy trials, there are several types of conventional treatment employed to help slow the progression of kidney failure and relieve the symptoms. These include medical techniques that:

  • Clean the blood (hemodialysis)
  • Help prevent dehydration
  • Help prevent fluid retention
  • Remove waste from the digestive tract (peritoneal dialysis)

Ultimately, at this time, replacing the diseased kidney with one from a healthy donor is the only thing that stops the progression of renal disease. But the news isn’t all dire. Many patients diagnosed with kidney failure continue with a healthy quality of life for years without the need for dialysis or transplant.

Neither of those options is necessary unless the diseased kidney causes infections, uncontrollable high blood pressure, or become cancerous. And continuing trials and research into regenerative therapy methods, such as those using the patient’s own adult stem cells, are paving the way for advanced treatments that appear to be just over the medical horizon.

Kidney failure is a serious medical condition

But make no mistake. Kidney failure is a serious medical condition. It takes a holistic medical approach to slow the progression and make optimal improvements to the patient’s quality of life. And it requires the person living with renal disease to be fully involved and pro-active. In addition to medical interventions, nutritional counseling is essential in helping those with kidney disease get plenty of crucial nutrients, while functional rehabilitation can help them learn healthy lifestyle habits that keep them active and enhance daily life.

Be On The Lookout For These Symptoms Of Kidney Failure

Sometimes, it can be difficult for a person to recognize the symptoms of kidney failure. If you’re concerned that you or a loved one may be prone to renal disease, keep the following signs in mind:

  • Tenderness or a throbbing pain in the area of the kidney, below the rib cage or in the back or abdomen
  • A change in your pattern of urinating: more than usual, less than usual, or not urinating at all
  • Seeing blood in your urine, or changes in the color of your urine
  • Retaining fluids that cause swelling in the legs, ankles or feet
  • Your face and eyes appear puffy and swollen
  • Indigestion, nausea, loss of appetite, or vomiting
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Cognitive impairment (confusion, anxiety, or “brain fog” for example) and mood changes

However, once again, keep in mind that a diagnosis of kidney failure –though very serious- does not necessarily mean you will need to undergo dialysis the rest of your life or that you are at risk of imminent death. Overall health, age, and the number of risk factors present all play a very important role in slowing the progression. Today, it is more possible than ever to live an active and fulfilling life with proper management of renal disease.

Risk Factors And Causes

Risk factors in renal disease include:

  • Diabetes
  • Anemia
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease or failure
  • Any form of kidney damage or disease, including kidney stones
  • Sepsis, an infection that causes a slow-down of blood circulation

While a diagnosis of chronic renal disease does not always lead to a diagnosis of kidney failure, if not taken seriously and treated promptly, it can contribute to kidney failure.

Electrolytes also play a crucial role in the health of your kidneys. An unhealthy diet can cause electrolyte imbalances, a deficiency in nutrients, elevated levels of inflammation, and fluctuations in blood pressure. There is also a very strong connection between unhealthy weight gain and kidney failure.

how to prevent kidney failure

As we age, the risk of renal disease increases

For many people with a history of prostate disease, liver damage, or liver disease, the risk of kidney failure can be a concern. This is because these types of diseaseaffect how well the body can rid itself of waste, and process toxins, drugs, hormones and chemicals.

Any time someone experiences a trauma or injury to the kidneys that results in rapid blood loss, the possibility of kidney failure arises. Likewise low immune function that is caused by illnesses, particularly those that are viral in origin, can give rise to renal disease. Elevated levels of emotional stress, frequently occurring infections, or frequent fatigue are also factors in lowering your immunity.

The Connection Between Kidney Failure, Surgery, And Medication

Today, especially since the development of regenerative therapy methods such as stem cell or platelet rich plasma therapies, undergoing surgery is consider a last resort rather than a first one. This is because, while some surgeries remain necessary, one of the risks of surgery is the onset of kidney failure.

Likewise, medications can lead to kidney disease. The over-use of antibiotics and pain medications can increase risk, and drugs such as ACE inhibitors should be closely monitored. Talk to your doctor. Any time you can safely and effectively get by with less dosage, it’s usually a good thing.

What You Can Do To Naturally Treat & Help Prevent Kidney Failure, Damage Or Disease

  1. Adopt a Kidney Friendly Diet

Renal disease affects the body’s ability to process protein, water, salt, potassium, and phosphorous. A diet that takes kidney health into consideration is important in the management of kidney disease. For those with kidney failure, a kidney friendly diet is an essential part of working toward the best possible outcome.

There is now strong evidence that suggests poor nutrition increases kidney disease and patient mortality, even after therapy for kidney disease is initiated. This is because poor diet puts stress on weakened or damaged kidneys. Poor nutrition can also contribute to a variety of health issues that can accompany kidney failure. These include anemia, fluctuations in cholesterol levels, heart damage and bone metabolism dysfunction.

KIDNEY 2 - HEALTHY DIET

It’s important for patients to be pro-active in their health

That’s why it’s just as important for patients to be pro-active in their health nutritionally as medically. Nutritional counseling is an excellent start for examining how you eat today and how to make your eating habits work in your favor to maintain optimal nutrient levels and a healthy weight.

The best diet for you depends on the state of your kidney health. Generally speaking, you should load your diet with foods that are nutrient-dense and high in antioxidants and certain types of electrolytes. Even for those who don’t have renal disease but are still prone to kidney stones or renal risk factors, adhering to a diet that cleanses the kidneys is great.

Foods that aid the cleansing of the kidneys include:

  1. Cranberries
  2. Blueberries
  3. Celery
  4. Burdock root
  5. Green leafy veggies
  6. Beets
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Avocado
  10. Bananas
  11. Citrus fruits

    KIDNEY 3 - PROACTIVE

  12. Stay Hydrated

It is just as important to stay hydrated as it is to adopt a kidney friendly diet. Dehydration can put you at risk for kidney problems. This is particularly crucial to pay attention to if you:

  • Vigorously exercise or engage in high-energy activities
  • Live where the climate is hot
  • Drink tea, coffee, or other caffeinated beverages (caffeine is a diuretic)
  • You are prone to sweating more than average
  1. Watch Your Potassium, Sodium, and Phosphorus

Whole foods that help you manage your potassium intake include:

  • Apples
  • Cabbage
  • Green beans
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Avoid high-sodium foods such as:
  • Pre-packaged food
  • Frozen meals
  • Soup that is canned
  • Fried food
  • “Fast” food
  • Meats and cheeses that are processed

Limit your consumption of phosphorus by decreasing foods like the following:

  • Dairy products
  • Legumes or beans
  • Nuts (peanuts in particular)

KIDNEY 2 - HEALTHY DIET

Watch Your Dependency on OTC Medications

All too often, overuse of OTC’s is passed over by people as a problem. But they can contribute to your risk of developing kidney failure when abused. So limit them as much as possible. OTC meds that can promote renal disease if overused include:

  • Tylenol
  • Advil
  • Motrin IB
  1. Quit Smoking and Avoid Alcohol

Yes, no doubt you’ve heard this many times. Kicking the habit of tobacco use and anything above moderate alcohol consumption (1 to 2 alcohol units daily) opens up a world of medical risks, not the least of these being kidney failure.

Use Herbs and Supplements to Prevent Renal Disease

First, a word of caution on this topic. If you have already been diagnosed with kidney failure, it is very important that you consult with your medical provider before trying herbs or supplements. This is because many of them are metabolized differently after the onset of renal failure and may worsen your condition.

But if you have not yet developed kidney failure, want to prevent adding to kidney damage, and your doctor give you the green light, the following herbs and supplements may be helpful.

  • Magnesium aids in the prevention of forming kidney stones
  • Vitamins B6 and E help to reduce urine levels of a crystal-forming mineral known as calcium-oxalate
  • Cranberry extract also helps in the reduction of urinary calcium levels
  • Aloe vera, too, is helpful in reducing the formation of urinary crystals

There are also two types of essential oils that have been linked to the reduction of kidney stones. These are citrus and helichrysum oils. They are believed to support the detoxification of the kidneys and liver. To use an essential citrus oil like lemon, lime, wild orange or grapefruit, add two drops in a glass of water two times a day. Helichrysum oil can be used as a topical treatment by rubbing some across the lower abdomen two times a day.

Never Go It Alone When It Comes To Kidney Failure And Disease!

Renal disease and kidney failure are potentially life-threatening. Never try to self-medicate or treat kidney disease without the expertise of a medical professional. Do not mistake the information in this article as a means to replace your relationship with a trusted physician.

Much is being done with regenerative medicine techniques

Today, many in the medical community think of therapy for kidney failure or disease as a multi-faceted approach. Much is being done with regenerative medicine techniques, along with sound conventional methodology and healthy lifestyle changes, to advance the potential of stem cell therapy as a future treatment for renal disease.

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) is actively pursuing the development of stem cell application regarding kidney failure and disease. Following FDA guidelines on stem cell therapies, NSI has already helped patients with varying degrees and stages of kidney disease improve their quality of life. So optimism is high. However, certain criteria must be met in order to know if a patient is a good candidate for stem cell therapy regarding renal disease.

It is also critical that people interested in the potential of stem cell therapy for their condition carefully research regenerative medicine clinics that claim to offer these therapies. Below are tips for ensuring that you are working with a legitimate, licensed stem cell clinic.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

10 Foods To Increase Libido In Men And Women

Studies tell us that 32% of women suffer from loss of libido, while 15% of men report lack of sexual desire. But that’s not to say that sexual dysfunction and low testosterone isn’t something that both sexes struggle with as we reach middle age and older.

While lack of libido is more frequent as we enter our 30’s, it can happen to both men and women at any age. Drops in testosterone in men and women alike can often be at the root. But it can occur due to many other reasons, as well. These include:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Prescription medications
  • Unhealthy weight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Drug or alcohol abuse

So, if you’ve been struggling with low or no sex drive, you can see that you’re not alone. And it’s no wonder that the market is awash with medications and pseudo-medications that claim to boost libido.

But not all the news about low libido is so dire or so sketchy. According to the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), the number of patients stepping up to address their own lack of sexual desire is increasing as the stigma surrounding poor libido fades. As news grows about authentically effective regenerative medicine techniques the help in reclaiming more youthful energy and sexual desire, NSI is seeing an influx of people coming forward for help.

 

Sexual dysfunction is among the most common regenerative therapies sought

The need is great. Sexual dysfunction and anti-aging are among the most common regenerative therapies sought out at NSI by patients. So an understanding of the underlying causes of low libido is more important than ever. Even more important is knowing how nutrition and lifestyle can enhance –or tank- sexual desire for either sex at any age.

Today, we know so much more about the physical and emotional workings of the libido. Advanced medical techniques like regenerative medicine now make it possible to get to the cellular core of the problem, while modern natural remedies backed by sound science provide “read deal” aids to help people be pro-active right at home through nutritional and lifestyle changes.

There are real-world ways to boost your libido through simple, thoughtful lifestyle adjustments. And you’ll find that they don’t just help you find that zest for sex that you once had. This article focuses on two specific areas: what to eat and what not to eat. You may be surprised to learn what types of food act as safe, natural aphrodisiacs and which ones have just the opposite effect.

All without resorting to radical surgeries or potentially harmful drugs. Are you ready to boost your energy, improve your sex drive, and lead a happier, healthier overall life? Then read on.

The Basics Of Libido

While the sex drive is as old as humanity, the word “libido” is only about 100 years old. Many people think the legendary psychoanalyst Sigmund Feud invented the word but, in truth, he only popularized it. In any case, libido is defined as one’s overall sexual drive or desire for sexual activity. Low libido affects both men and women, and has similar root causes in both sexes, as well as some gender-specific ones, too.

Libido in Men

It is not at all abnormal for men to experience a gradual decrease in libido as they age. For most, sexual desire continues in one degree or another into their sixties or seventies. However, if a man’s age isn’t the reason behind his decrease in libido, several other factors may be involved including:

  • Depression
  • Too much stress
  • Side effects of medication
  • A decrease in male sex hormones like testosterone
  • Sleep apnea

When low testosterone is the culprit, a medical condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED) may occur. ED is when a man cannot achieve or maintain an erection. It is a common misconception that low testosterone, ED, and low libido are always related to each other. But the problem is far more complex than that. One does not necessarily follow the other, or even occur at the same time. In fact, men who have difficulty getting or keeping erections typically have perfectly normal or even high sex drives.

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Libido in Women

As complex as men’s sex drive is, women’s sexuality is even more multifaceted and complicated. This is why, prior to the developments of regenerative medicine, medications and other interventions for low male libido have been more successful than those for women.

As with men, low women’s libido can be caused by many factors, including:

  • The state of her relationship with her sexual partner
  • Socio-cultural influences such as media images of sexuality
  • Job or domestic stress
  • Medical conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis and thyroid problems
  • Female levels of testosterone that are too low

It comes as a surprise to some people that women have the hormone testosterone. But it is as essential in women as it is in men, even though female levels are lower. As with men, testosterone in women is essential for bone strength and the development of lean muscle mass and strength. The hormone is also a factor in women’s overall sense of well-being and energy. And, again as with men, testosterone is crucial in regulating the female libido.

Testosterone levels in women crest sometime after they reach their mid twenties. A steady decrease occurs thereafter as they approach menopause. After menopause, female testosterone levels fall significantly. That means the female sex drive can dip significantly, too. But other physiological factors can affect women’s libido prior to menopause. Birth control pills and other types of hormonal pregnancy prevention frequently have the effect of depressing female sex drive.

The Two Primary Chemicals That Influence Sexual Desire

Increasing the libido depends on two key biological chemicals that can alter sex drive levels, whether for male or female. they are dopamine and prolactin. Medical experts believe that an increase in desire is influenced by dopamine, while prolactin decreases libido. Medications can interfere with these natural chemicals, increasing prolactin or inhibiting dopamine release. Whether the medication triggers an increase in prolactin or a decrease in dopamine, the effect can be a reduction in sexual desire. Medication may cause additional sexual side effects, as well.

For men, an increase in prolactin is associated with numerous indicators of poor sexual and/or psychological health. Increased prolactin levels are also linked to a greater body mass index (BMI), higher blood glucose levels, and a reduction in physical activity. Too much prolactin seems to induce overall feelings of being unhealthy.

Other factors also influence libido in both women and men. They include:

  • Relationship issues
  • Depression
  • Prescription medications
  • Alcohol and/or drug abuse
  • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes
  • Obesity

Obesity continues to be an increasing factor in libido for men and women alike. A Duke University study has shown that obesity can raise the likelihood of sexual problems by as much as 25 times. Obese males often experience erectile dysfunction. And while obesity doesn’t appear to cause clinically diagnosed female sexual dysfunction in women, it has been shown to have an impact on women’s energy levels and sexual self-perception, which can both affect libido.

The good news is that clinical studies have proven that even a small percentage of weight loss can boost sexual desire and reduce sexual dysfunction in both men and women.

The Connection Between Diet & Sexual Health

There are ways to increase libido by changing your diet. But it’s not just a matter of adding foods and supplements that aid sexual health. It’s also a matter of avoiding or at least significantly reducing food types that can drag down desire.

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Foods that can Help Libido

  • Natural Aphrodisiacs

Fruits such as figs, bananas and avocados act as natural aphrodisiacs. They are packed with vitamins and minerals that promote blood flow. The increase in blood circulation includes the genitals, which can naturally boost libido.

  • Foods with Vitamin C

Vitamin C is known for improving blood circulation, as well. To optimize this benefit, it’s crucial to eat foods that are loaded with C every day. Vitamin C has been particularly linked to women’s sexual health. Excellent choices for daily consumption include broccoli, oranges, red peppers and guava.

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  • Iron-rich foods

Low levels of the mineral iron are known to have a negative effect on several elements of healthy sexual reaction, especially for women. Dark leafy vegetables like spinach or kale are iron-rich, as is beef that comes from grass fed cattle.

  • Foods Rich in Collagen

Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues. As we age, production of collagen production declines. This doesn’t just cause the skin of our faces to lose firmness. It can also make it more difficult for men to maintain an erection, and can degrade the firmness of vaginal walls in women. Bone broth and vitamin C are both great natural collagen boosters. You can also purchase a collagen supplement powder.

  • Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and yams are packed with potassium and vitamin A. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure, which can help reduce erectile dysfunction in men.

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  • Watermelon

Skip the Viagra, guys, and opt instead for delicious watermelon. Research has shown that watermelon may have the same affect on men as the popular but potentially risky drug. This because the juicy fruit has phytonutrients like lycopene, beta-carotene and citrulline. All of these help relax blood vessels. So watermelon can be a help the libido without adding the negative side effects associated with ED drugs.

  • Spice it up with Nutmeg and Clove

Spices like nutmeg and clove are packed with antioxidants. These are terrific for your health in general as well as for your libido. Research shows that nutmeg and clove extracts enhance the sexual behavior male laboratory animals. You get the added benefit of fighting bad breath, with clove.

  • Dark Chocolate

Research has shown time and time again that eating chocolate stimulates the release of phenylethylamine and serotonin. This release can lead to an aphrodisiac effect as well as lift one’s mood. The key to healthy chocolate consumption is moderation and choosing low sugar, high quality dark options.

  • Brazil Nuts & Almonds

Almonds and brazil nuts are selenium-rich. Selenium aids healthy testosterone levels. Almonds also have zinc, vitamin E, and healthy fats linked to improving sexual health and reproduction.

  • Water

We all know that staying hydrated is important while exercising. But did you know that dehydration can have a negative effect on libido, for both women and men? Drinking plenty of water helps reduce fatigue and headaches. In women, staying hydrated can go a long way in preventing vaginal dryness.

Now Let’s Talk About Foods to Avoid

  • Trans Fats and Fried Food

Foods that are heavy on the grease or full of trans fatty acids do not make things better in the bedroom by any estimation. Trans fats have been known to increase abnormal sperm production in men, and interfere with gestation in women.

  • Processed Food

Food that have been processed contain a cocktail of chemical, many of which may have a negative effect on libido and sexual performance for both sexes.

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  • Poor Quality Protein

Not all protein is healthy. The meat that comes from livestock that is factory-farmed is infamous for containing artificially added hormones and antibiotics. Both of these elements are strongly linked to hormonal imbalances in both women and men.

  • Food that is High in Sodium

High levels of sodium is known to contribute to high blood pressure which, in turn, can cause restriction of blood flow. Including to the genitalia. All the more reason to avoid processed and/or canned foods, which are usually loaded with sodium.

  • Conventional Dairy

Know your dairy before consuming it. All too often, milk, cheese and other dairy produced from cow’s milk have synthetic hormones. These can negatively affect the body’s own levels of estrogen and testosterone.

  • Sugar

Research has generally established that processed sugar adversely affects sex hormones. Specifically, studies point to disturbing affects on levels of testosterone. In males, consumption of sugar has been shown to decrease blood levels of testosterone by as much as 25%. While it may be tempting for men to think they’re in the clear if they aren’t diabetic, research tells us otherwise. Even the healthiest of men show decreased testosterone levels hours after consuming glucose.

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  • Alcohol

It may seem that alcohol enhances libido, but in fact excessive use of alcohol does just the opposite. It can also affect arousal and sensitivity in both men and women. If you enjoy alcohol before romance, limit your consumption to one drink. That’s right: just one. Choosing a glass of red wine is your best option. Red wines like cabernet sauvignon are rich in antioxidants. They can also help widen blood vessels, which can increase blood flow to key arousal areas. But remember, when it comes to alcohol -especially in the case of your libido- there really can be too much of a good thing.

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When Advanced Intervention Is Needed

Regardless of whether the person struggling with low libido is a woman or a man, there are cases in which more than sound nutrition and proper exercise will be needed. Prior to the advancements of regenerative medicine, there had been some success in treating erectile dysfunction in men.

This was usually done with drugs, while more drastic alternatives like surgically implanting penile pumps were done for men who didn’t respond well to drug therapy. But drugs lose efficacy or simply don’t work for many. And, whether drug therapy or surgical intervention was used, neither necessarily increased male libido.

For women the sheer complexity of the female sex drive had stumped the medical community for decades, when it came to successful drug intervention. Today, however, advances made through regenerative medicine techniques are changing all that.

Regenerative methods like adult stem cell therapy have made impressive strides in the field of sexually-related medicine.

Regenerative methods like adult stem cell therapy, in which a patient’s own stem cells are stimulated into action, have made impressive strides in the field of sexually-related medicine. This line of therapy works within the patient to naturally stimulate hormone levels to boost libido, repair any damage from injury or disease that may be causing sexual dysfunction, and significantly improve one’s overall energy and sense of well-being. Stem cell therapy has been shown to successfully improve libido in both men and women, regardless of the underlying causes of suppressed desire or dysfunction.

This is possible because today’s regenerative medicine techniques work on a cellular level to directly address the reasons for the symptoms of sexual dysfunction and low libido. It is well established after decades of study, as well as practical daily clinical application, that using the patient’s own stem cells in therapy holds no risk of rejection and is a safe, effective method for both men and women.

It is, however, crucial to remember that stem cell therapy –like any medical procedure- must be practiced by a licensed medical provider. The best facilities will use adipose-derived stem cells (stem cells derived from a small sample of the patient’s fat). Those practicing the most advanced techniques will provide therapy as an outpatient procedure that requires little or no post-recovery.

Legitimate, licensed stem cell facilities will strictly follow FDA guidelines and only experienced medical professionals will perform the procedure. And they will be fully integrated facilities that encompass not just regenerative medicine techniques, but take a whole-body approach through nutritional counseling and functional rehabilitation tailored to as each patient’s individual health needs.

Unlike ten years ago, today low libido and sexual dysfunction is far less likely to be something men and women must just “learn to live with.” Between better nutritional awareness, understanding the importance of adequate physical exercise, and the direction of modern medicine poor libido due to aging, disease, or injury is swiftly receding into history!

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

Today’s Top Anti Aging Techniques

Today’s Top Ways To Make Anti Aging A Natural Part Of Your Life!

It happens to us all. It’s a natural process. We all get older and our bodies go through changes. We can’t stop the clock from ticking, but we can do something about the pre-mature aging that occurs both externally and internally. We can actually work toward anti aging, pushing back against the complex biological functions that hasten aging, such as a process known as glycation (where sugar molecules bond with protein or lipid molecules without the regulatory effects of enzymes) and the hyper oxidation of cells.

That’s right. Today’s anti aging techniques work on a cellular level and offer results like never before seen in history. From foods, to herbs, to supplements, and beyond to the most advanced anti aging techniques coming out of regenerative medicine, anti aging in the 21st century is keeping us healthier, more energetic, sexier, and younger looking. And all without the need for invasive plastic surgery. We may not yet be able to stop the clock of aging but we are, right here and now, slowing its progress.

A war on aging that is taking place on several fronts

So, how is this being done? It’s a war on aging that is taking place on several fronts, not the least of these being the latest advances in adult stem cell therapy. The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) reports that anti aging therapies are among the most popular regenerative medicine methods requested. But stem cell therapy is just one piece of a comprehensive plan that takes a holistic approach to anti aging.

In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at the primary elements that comprise today’s multi-level approach to anti aging.

The Fundamentals Of Aging And Anti Aging

Many things are behind the speeding up of the aging process. But chief among them is excess sugar, elevated levels of stress, and toxicity that is, essentially, everywhere. Have you ever noticed how some people look 20 years older than they should while others look 20 years younger? Which would you prefer to be?

This explores what to do to support anti aging and how to be on the lookout for the factors that cause premature aging, inwardly as well as out. In some cases, it’s just a matter of eating right. In others, it’s a matter of putting your own cells to work for you. In all cases, you’ll be amazed how much of what’s behind anti aging is in your control.

Foods That Promote Anti Aging

Want to slow down your personal aging process? One of the best places to start is you’re eating habits. Certain nutrients are essential to have on a daily basis to act as your anti aging allies. These include antioxidants, healthy fats, minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are naturally occurring chemicals that help protect plants from germs, fungi, insects, and other threats. Fruits and vegetables have phytonutrients, as do some other plant-based food like whole grains.

Chief among these important nutritional elements are antioxidants. According to Lauri Wright, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., assistant professor at the University of South Florida, “Antioxidants are compounds found in food that stop or delay damage to the cells.”

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Antioxidants help prevent or even stop cell damage

Antioxidants are naturally occurring compounds within foods like veggies, fruit, even coffee, wine, and chocolate. They’re called antioxidants because they help to prevent or even stop cell damage caused by molecules known as free radicals, or oxidants. Hence, they’re called antioxidants. And antioxidants are an important element in anti aging.

Foods that are rich in antioxidants include:Antioxidant rich teas

Many teas are packed with this anti aging compound. Among them are green, white, oolong, rooibos, and black teas. The antioxidants in teas are known as polyphenols, and they are mighty indeed as protectors against free radical damage.

  1. Wild caught fish

Fish is an anti aging food on a couple of levels. It has anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats that help tap the brakes on the aging process. But fish that are wild, not farm raised, are particularly rich in anti aging omega-3 fats as well antioxidants. Among the richest are:

  • Wild Alaskan salmon
  • Lake trout
  • Herring
  • Albacore tuna
  • Halibut
  • River trout
  • Catfish
  • Cod
  • Snapper
  1. Green leafy vegetables

It’s important to find a way to add green leafy veggies to your anti aging diet daily. There are plenty to choose from, but particularly rich in antioxidants are:

  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Beet greens
  • Spinach
  • Spirulina

They all provide nutrients crucial in supporting the health of your bones and eyes. They even help in the prevention of cancer. But spirulina -which is a flowing, bright green sea vegetable- is especially rich in anti aging compounds like polythenols.

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  1. Berries

Berries of almost any kind are chalk full of antioxidants called anthocyanins. These help anti aging by maintaining muscle. And it’s believed now that berries are also cancer fighters.

  1. Herbs

No matter your food preferences, you’re bound to find at least a few herbs that make your meals more interesting. And many herbs are natural allies in anti aging. Two particularly good ones are turmeric and garlic. Both have anti-oxidants and purifying nutrients fight aging.

Beware Of These Foods That Help Age You Faster

  1. Refined sugar

Yes, tasty though it is, refined sugar is still a nutritional nightmare. Refined sugar is a major player in a process known as glycation, which damages cells and wrinkles the skin. It is the number 1 food that spurs premature aging.

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  1. Unsprouted grains

Grains that are not allowed to sprout before being used in food products have quite a different effect than whole grains. Unsprouted grains commonly promote the body’s inflammatory response and, like refined sugar, can support glycation.

  1. Trans fats and hydrogenated oils

Trans fats raise LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels and lower HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Like refined sugar, trans fats and hydrogenated oils may make your taste buds swoon, but they can also make you weak with heart disease. These unhealthy fats encourage cellular inflammation, one of the culprits that are involved in premature aging, heart problems, and several kinds of cancer.

  1. Alcohol

It is true that red wine, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, has a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. And a glass of red wine from time to time has been shown to have anti aging benefits. But there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing” when it comes to red wine, and alcohol in general.

After all, most of us don’t really have “just a little wine from time to time.” It doesn’t take much more than that to turn a potentially good thing into just the opposite. Alcohol promotes cellular inflammation and accelerates the aging process.

  1. Artificial sweetener/other artificial additives

The amount of chemicals that are in artificial sweeteners and other artificial additives are too numerous to list here. But the majority of them have this in common: they can accelerate aging. Every time you add an artificial sweetener to your tea or coffee, you are doing just the opposite of promoting anti aging.

Add These Five Anti Aging Supplements To Your Diet

1 Omega-3 fats

Using a fish oil supplement daily is a great way to promote anti aging. EPA and DHA in omega-3 deliver a powerful one-two punch to inflammation and age-related cell damage. 1000 mg a day should do the trick.

2 Green super-food powders

Don’t much like fruit or green leafy veggies? A green super-food powder can get you the best anti aging benefits from both food groups. Green super-food powders are made from fruits and dark green veggies, and contain an abundance of anti aging minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

They are also chalk full of Vitamins K, C, E and B vitamin, and crucial fatty acids. Minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids? That’s an anti aging trifecta!

3 Resveratrol

There’s our old friend resveratrol, again. Only, this time, it’s in supplement form, a much healthier way to get it. A daily dose between 250-500 mg a day does nicely as an anti aging supplement.

4 Adaptogen

Adaptogens are natural substances that help the body adapt to stress. They exert a normalizing effect upon our bodily processes. Adaptogens are best ingested in herb or herb supplement forms. These include:

  • Ginseng
  • Ashwagandha
  • Rhodiola
  • Holy Basil

Among the ways that adaptogens work as anti aging agents is by lowering cortisol levels and reducing the damaging effects that stress has on the body. The recommended daily dose is 500 to 1000 mg a day.

5 Co-enzyme Q10

Also known as CoQ10, this is a potent antioxidant that supports healthy heart function. The body’s cells need CoQ10 in order to produce energy, an essential element in any anti aging regimen. Use 50 mg twice a day.

Healthy Lifestyle Habits That Promote Anti Aging

  1. Sleep

Too long overlooked as an absolute for overall health, adequate and quality sleep has finally been recognized for its value in both longevity and anti aging. In fact, taking your sleep seriously is one of the best ways to from both looking and feeling old beyond your years.

Everyone’s sleep needs vary. But, on average, most people require no less than eight hours of quality sleep. Making sure your room is cool and dark will go a long way in making sure it happens.

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  1. Exercise

To make exercise part of your anti aging regimen doesn’t mean you have to work out like a pro athlete, if you don’t want to. Moderate exercise will get you noticeable anti aging qualities, both inside and out.

Physical activity promotes youthfulness. It keeps joints lubricated and supple, helps the body detoxify, keeps the heart and blood vessels healthy, and improves lean muscle mass. And there’s another, vital anti aging quality that exercise promotes: resistance to injury.

These Oils Are “Essential” To Anti-Aging

By now you’ve probably heard a lot about essential oils. These oils derived from herbs and other plant life are anti aging powerhouses. Packed with antioxidants, essential oils also have natural compounds that balance hormones and reduce cellular damage.

Essential oils that are particular good for anti aging include:

  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Sandalwood

Mixing two drops of any of these with water once a day works great for anti aging.

Science, Naturally!

One of the greatest advances in medical science today is the development of regenerative medicine. From injuries to illnesses to chronic conditions, regenerative medicine techniques like adult stem cell procedures is revolutionizing the way medicine is practiced. It turns out that regenerative medicine methods are also highly valued for their anti aging abilities.

There is much more to aging than wrinkles, loose skin, and age spots. Aging is cell deep. It happens because the body becomes increasingly damaged as the years go by. Life itself is to blame: normal wear and tear, exposure to unhealthy environments, and genetics are just a few of the reasons for aging.

Before the development of regenerative medicine techniques, there was little science could do

As we age, our cells don’t regenerate as quickly or as abundantly as when we’re young. So the signs of aging appear. Before the development of regenerative medicine techniques, there was little science could do. Of course, there is cosmetic surgery to help delay the outward appearance of aging. But plastic surgery and chemical peels can do nothing about the fundamental causes of aging.

Regenerative medicine, however, uses the body’s own healing and rejuvenation abilities through stem cell and/or platelet rich plasma therapy. Stem cell and related therapies have been shown to not just improve the outward effects of aging, but to help slow down or, in some cases, even reverse the aging process.

Stem cells act as anti aging agents

The stem cell is a unique element in our bodies that can repair damaged organs, tissues, and cells. Stem cells act as anti aging agents at the cellular level; from the inside out. Stem cell therapy is one of the most focused-on discoveries of modern medicine.

Anti aging stem cell therapy significantly improves organ and cell strength. That’s why those who have the therapy are more than simply younger looking. They feel stronger and healthier, too. Regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity, stem cell therapy is a successful procedure for virtually anyone.

It is, however, important to go with a legitimate, licensed stem cell clinic. Stem cell therapy using adipose (fat derived) adult stem cells is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that is done in a matter of a few hours. But like all medical procedures, stem cell therapy should be taken seriously and performed only by professional physicians.

Below, the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) offers tips on how to make sure you’re going to a licensed, FDA guidelines-compliant stem cell facility.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

10 Ways To Stretch Away Hip Pain

10 Ways You Can Stretch Your Way To Hip Pain Relief

These days, almost everyone knows how important proper exercise for hip pain is for staying active throughout life. But how much do you know about the muscles known as hip flexors? If your answer is, “not much,” you’re not alone.

Hip flexors are situated deep inside the body’s abdominal area. And even though they are most commonly associated with activities like sprinting or kicking, if not for these critical muscles we wouldn’t even be able to sit down. They are also a very important factor in the simple act of bending at waist level.

But hip flexors do more that make it possible for us to sit and bend. They are among the strongest muscles in our body, and are integral for good core support. They also contribute to knee strength. Little wonder, then, that ignoring the hip flexors when exercising can lead to hip pain or add to chronic hip pain that is already being suffered.

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The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) commonly sees patients with chronic hip pain related to hip flexors. For these, medical intervention such as stem cell hip therapy is frequently needed. However, more often than not, hip pain and injury can be relieved through proper stretches and exercising. With that in mind let’s examine the connection between hip pain and poor flexor function, and some sound stretching and exercise techniques that can help you avoid injury and, maybe, a trip to the clinic!

The Connection Between Hip Pain And Flexor Function

Specifically, the hip flexors are a group of muscles that extend from the abdomen into the upper thighs. They are among the muscles that allow the knees to lift. They’re also essential for the proper alignment of the pelvis and thighs. This group of muscles is also collectively known as the iliopsoas (inner hip muscles). But “hip flexors” is a lot easier to say, isn’t it?

Regardless of the term you prefer, without them, you wouldn’t be able to kick, run, sprint, or so much as sit down. Understanding this helps in understanding how the health of flexors affect hip pain.

How Hip Flexors Can Become Injured

Hip flexor strains occur because one or more of the flexor muscles are over extended or tear. For athletes, hip pain due to flexor injury usually occurs from sudden movement like a sprint, a kick, or a quick change in direction. But, in day-to-day life, most hip pain related to the hip flexors occurs because we just get into a hurry.

But we aren’t just talking hip pain, here. According to Jon Hyman, MD, who was quoted in an article in Runner’s World, “Your hips anchor your pelvis, so any dysfunction in your hips has a significant domino effect and impacts your lower back, legs, knees, ankles, and feet.”

Several factors can cause flexor strain that leads to acute or chronic hip pain. These include:

  • Weak muscles
  • Improper warm-ups prior to a workout
  • Stiff muscles
  • Overtraining
  • Trauma or falls

How To Treat A Hip Flexor Injury

Chances are, the reason you’ve found this article is because you’re already experiencing hip pain due to a hip flexor injury. But you may not have realized that’s the reason. If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s very likely your hip pain is due to a strain or tear in one or more of the flexor muscles:

  • A mild pain or pulling sensation in the front of the hip
  • Cramping and/or sharp pain in the front of the hip
  • Pain that makes it hard to walk without limping
  • Severe pain, spasms, bruising and swelling along the areas of the hip flexors

Whenever in doubt, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor. But if you’ve been experiencing hip pain in the flexor region, following the steps outlined below while waiting for your appointment can help relieve it:

  • Rest in a position that eases the hip pain
  • Stop activities that cause pain
  • Use an ice pack covered in a clean cloth to apply cold therapy to the affected region area for 20 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for a few days
  • If the hip pain isn’t severe, using the exercises you’ll learn later in this article to stretch and strengthen the flexors will help

Never, however, take a chance when pain is severe or bulging occurs. Seeking out proper medical care is your best option. Today, surgery should be considered a last resort rather than the first option. Platelet rich plasma and/or stem cell hip therapy for pain or injury is regularly preferred by many doctors who specialize in sports medicine, because of the rapid healing compared to surgery and the minimally invasive nature of these therapies.

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Reduce Your Risk of Hip Flexor Injury

But how do you really know if an injury to a flexor muscle is the reason for your hip pain? Generally speaking, hip flexor pain is located in the upper groin. This is the area where the thigh and the pelvis meet.

A flexor injury of any kind can usually be prevented by strengthening the muscles and increasing their flexibility. And caring for the flexor muscles can have a healthy cascading effect on the musculature of your lower body in general. When core muscles like the flexors are not kept healthy and supple, the inflexibility can lead to increased stiffness and hip pain.

What is the number one thing you can do to keep flexible? Stay active. Sitting too much shortens the muscles in the flexor group. One of the most frequent causes of hip pain is a sudden burst of activity after sitting all day.

Has this ever happened to you? You “pull something” when you reach quickly to keep a cup from falling off the counter top, or because you have to hurry through the airport to get to your flight on time. The pain catches you by surprise because “you didn’t do anything particularly strenuous.” But to flexor muscles that are shortened, weak, and stiff from lack of activity, that sudden burst of movement certainly is a strain.

This is why it is important to maintain strength and flexibility in the hip flexors. Even if you’ve been sedentary a long while, you can find ways to increase activity and prevent hip pain. The key is to begin moderately and add activity as you flexibility improves. And proper stretching is always a great place to start.

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4 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Did

  1. Improved Athletic Performance

Sports medicine experts say that weak hip flexor muscles are a contributing factor in slow running times. They also contribute to improper form, and can be connected to a number of lower-leg injuries. Weak, stiff flexor muscles force the body to compensate for the lack of strength and flexibility in other ways. This works for awhile. But, sooner or later, muscle imbalances and injury are sure to happen.

One of the best ways to correct the situation and avoid leg and hip pain related to weak flexor muscles is to perform strengthening exercises three or four days a week.

  1. Improved Resistance to Injury and Wider Range of Motion

When the flexor muscles are healthy and strong, risk of injury and hip pain is significantly reduced. This is because the muscles in this vital group are integral to the body’s core stability. Whether you’re an athlete preparing for an event or an older person who wants to stay pain-free and mobile, flexor muscles are essential for even the simplest functions of everyday life.

Overly tight muscles of the hip joint affect range of motion and can contribute significantly to hip pain. Keeping them loose and flexible can make the difference between an enjoyable walk with the family and having to stay behind, gobbling pain medication.

Happily, simple steps like massage and stretching can get you back in the game. Flexibility can be improved by massaging bands of muscle that are located on the outside of your upper thigh. The same should be done for the hip adductors, which are the muscles of the inner thigh, as well as the hamstrings, which are the large, long muscles than run down the back of your thighs.

You can use foam rollers or a small ball to massage these areas. Favorite ball sizes can be as small as a golf ball or something a little larger, like a tennis ball. Don’t be overly aggressive with the massage. Apply pressure moderately and roll the ball or roller up and down, as well as at different angles along the flexor muscles of the thighs. With areas of sensitivity, be gentle according to what the muscle will tolerate. Combining massage with the stretches outlined in the article will go a long way in helping you prevent leg injury and hip pain.

  1. Take Longer Walks, Stand More Often, Improve Your Balance

Have you begun to worry about walking more than several feet, even to the point where you must be careful walking to your car? It could be that your hip flexors are too weak to provide enough stabilization to help with good balance. Weak flexors can even contribute to poor posture. And all of this can lead to acute or chronic hip pain.

Weak flexor muscles add to problems with hip joints and recurrent misalignments of the lumbar area. These all have a cascading effect that can lead to difficulties in standing or walking for longer durations. Your gait may become stiff, limited, and lumbering.

But all of these can be improved simply by moving more. Increasing activity incrementally as you strengthen the hip flexors will begin a virtuous cycle of health that can result in less hip pain, more flexibility, improved range of motion, increased energy, a desire to be more active, healthy weight loss, and more.

  1. Improved Back Support

Your hips are designed to help move you forward. They stabilize you as you land your steps, plant your feet after a jump, and more. When hip flexors are tight, stiff or shortened due to inactivity, the likely result can be lower back and hip pain. Healthy, supple, strong flexor muscles add critical support to the back, helping to ensure you can stay active and pain-free your whole life long.

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The 10 Best Exercises For Stretching And Strengthening The Flexor Muscles

Many people don’t learn how to keep the flexor muscles in good shape until after they’ve sustained an injury. But you don’t (and shouldn’t!) wait to be injured before practicing these 10 great exercises for stretching and strengthening your flexor muscles. This ounce of prevention just might keep you out of physical therapy and free of severe hip pain. But the pay-off goes beyond that. They’ll help make your everyday activities easier to do, and may even get you moving more for a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Make it a habit to use these exercises as a part of a weekly routine. If you’re someone who is particularly susceptible to hip pain, you can even do them daily to dramatically lower your risk of re-injury.

If you presently have hip pain due to injury, you’ll want to consult with a medical professional before beginning these exercises. In these circumstances, NSI always recommends a healing plan that includes medical intervention such as platelet rich plasma or stem cell hip therapy, physical rehabilitation, and nutritional counseling. Your medical professional will be able to tell you when the resting phase of healing is over, what you can do to improve during the resting phase, and when you can begin these exercises.

  1. Front Hip Flexor Stretch

With your left knee placed on the ground, keep your right knee at a ninety-degree angle from the ground and your right foot firmly planted. Rest both hands on the right thigh. Begin leaning your hips forward. This creates a good stretch in the front of the hip. Hold the stretch for five seconds, repeating five times. Switch the positions of your legs and do the same for the other side.

  1. Quad Stretch and Hip Strengthener

With your back on the floor, position yourself with knees bent and your feet flat. Position your feet so they are reasonably close to the buttocks. Gently but firmly raise your hips toward the ceiling, squeezing the buttock muscles together and keeping your abdominal muscles tight. Hold the position for three to five seconds.

This stretch is particularly good for the quadriceps, the long muscles that run along the outside of your thighs, as well as an excellent hip strengthener. Ease your back down to the floor again. Repeat the stretch ten more times.

  1. Seated Butterfly Stretch

Take a sitting position on the floor. Make sure your back is straightened, your shoulders comfortably down, with your abs ready to engage. Bending your knees to the sides, begin by pressing the soles of your feet together. Now pull your heels as much as you can toward you. Keep your knees relaxed, and allow the muscles of your thighs to press down toward the floor.

Don’t force your thighs downward with your hands. The thigh and core muscles should be doing the work. Breathe deeply and hold for 10-20 seconds.

  1. Supine Hip Flexor Stretch

With your back on the floor, lift the left knee toward you until you can reach behind the left thigh with your hands. With gentle pressure, draw the leg toward you to increase the stretch. Keep your breaths deep and relaxed.

Hold the stretch for three to five seconds, then release. Switch to the right leg and repeat. Do five repetitions per side.

  1. Reverse Lunge Exercise

For this exercise, if you find that using a chair for support is needed you may do so. Beginning with your right foot and standing upright with feet shoulder-width apart, take one step backward and dip down into a lunge position. When you come back up, you should push through the left heel to return to a standing position. Each lunge should immediately and fluidly follow the previous one. Do twelve reps and switch legs. Three sets of twelve repetitions are recommended for both sides.

The focus of this exercise is a strong core, so keep your upper body as upright as you can.

  1. Advanced Reverse Lunge with Knee Drive

This exercise builds on the basic reverse lunge. You may choose to use the basic reverse lunge to warm you up for the advanced lunge. While performing the same movements outlined in #5, push through more deeply with your heel, driving the opposite knee up until it is parallel to the floor.

Return to standing, then repeat.

  1. Seated Hip Flexion

Use a good, stiff chair or a bench for this exercise. Sit on the chair, being mindful to use good posture, raise the right knee toward the chest. Ensure that your thigh doesn’t roll inward or outward. Hold the position, then slowly lower the knee.

When you first begin this exercise, you may find that you can only lift a little. This is normal. As you perform this exercise over time, and your hip flexors grow stronger and more supple, you’ll find yourself lifting a little higher.

Three sets of twelve repetitions per side are recommended.

  1. High Knees

Stand on the left leg and raise the right knee as high as possible. Switch legs and repeat. The exercise should be done as if it was a slow march while standing in place. Do this high-knee, slow march for thirty seconds. Rest a second or two, then repeat. Three reps are recommended.

  1. Advanced High Knees Run

This exercise builds on the basic high knees march outlined in #8. But rather than moving in a slow in-place march, you should alternate the legs swiftly in a high-knee running in place motion.

Each rep should be done for thirty to sixty seconds. Five reps are recommended.

  1. Single-Leg Knee Lift

Stand on the right leg and lift your left knee so that your left thigh parallels the floor. Hold this position for ten seconds, keeping your abs engaged and tight. This exercise helps strengthen the flexor muscles that aid balance.

You’ll find that focusing on a specific spot a few feet in front of you will help keep your balance during the single knee lift. Your balance will improve the more you do this exercise. Three sets of ten repetitions are recommended.

What To Do When Hip Pain Is Ongoing And Chronic

These stretches and exercises have the potential to do a world of good when recovering from hip pain and to prevent repeat injuries. But some cases, hip pain can become chronic and require medical intervention.

For many years now, professionals in sports medicine have been turning to platelet rich plasma and/or stem cell therapies to heal athletes’ chronic hip pain. It is quickly surpassing surgery as the first option for an ever-growing list of injuries and illnesses, including chronic problems involving the hips and joints.

This is because these two therapies, classified as regenerative medicine procedures, have an established history of healing, repairing, and regenerating damaged muscle, tendon, and ligament tissues rapidly without surgical intervention.

These therapies help athletes return to the field more quickly because the procedures are far less invasive, healing time is faster, and physical rehabilitation afterward can be safely and effectively accelerated. These same basic principles of regenerative medicine apply, and are available, to the average citizen as well.

As with any medical procedure, however, it is important to ensure these therapies are performed by legitimate medical professionals trained in regenerative medicine practices. Below are recommendations from the National Stem Cell Institute on how to ensure you are working with a licensed, FDA guidelines-compliant regenerative medicine clinic.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

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