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Labels…What Are They Good For?

Are you puzzled when you look at the labels on your vitamins, or medicine for that matter and wonder why some say “Take with food”, others say “Take on empty stomach” and still others say “Don’t drink alcohol with this medication”? The answer has everything to do with solubility, or the ability of the body to absorb the material in the pill. For our purposes (vitamins and supplements), there are two groups of substances, water-soluble and fat-soluble.

SOLUBILITY?

Water-soluble vitamins, which include all of the B and C vitamins, are easily absorbed into the body. If you consume more of a water-soluble vitamin than you need, the excess will be excreted, not stored. This means the risk of an overdose is low, but you have to constantly replenish your stock. This is why it is possible to get Vitamin B12 shots from basically anywhere, because the worst that happens if you don’t need all of the nutrients is your urine turns a fun color for the rest of the day.

Fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A and D, on the other hand require bile acids to help absorb them. These are longer lasting, and don’t end up being absorbed until your small intestines. They are stored primarily in your liver and other fatty tissues, and in some cases stay in the body for weeks or longer.  There is a significantly higher risk of overdose with these vitamins in excess because a toxic level can build up over time without you realizing it. Don’t worry, a well-balanced diet will not lead to toxicity, but excessive vitamin supplementation might.

Why is this the case?

Why do some vitamins just pass through the body and others linger? Well the short answer is because that is how your body evolved to cope during the hundreds of thousands of years when humans just barely had enough nutrients to survive. The B and C vitamins feed our energy and circulatory systems. They give you a boost of speed, or help protect your heart (no vitamin C did not prevent prehistoric colds, and it won’t prevent yours). These nutrients are fairly plentiful out in the big wild world, and so our bodies are used to not needing to store them.

On the other hand, vitamins A and D are related to long term needs such as your vision and bones. They are harder to find in the wild, and as such our bodies have become very efficient at extracting these nutrients wherever they can be found, and storing them for as long as possible.

I know I know, you are waiting for me to address the last question….”Don’t drink alcohol with this medication”…the short answer is: that is nonsense. Of course you can drink while taking that medication. In fact you can literally drink while taking any medication. The problem comes the next day(s) when your body is trying to recover. Because the warning that you ignored, was just a simple way of telling you that the medicine you are taking is hard on your liver. So give your liver a break and don’t drink when your pill bottle says not to.

What About Freedom?

Our anti-arthritis supplement, Freedom is composed of water soluble herbs, but we still suggest you take each dose around a meal. We do this not because of the absorption potential of our ingredients; but because some, like cayenne can upset an empty stomach. We believe in minimizing the risk of discomfort – especially in a supplement meant to end joint pain. 

Do you want to end your joint pain? If you have arthritis, Freedom might be the answer for you. In the last two years, over 20 clinical trials the ingredients in Freedom have consistently reduced pain, and make it easier to move for people with arthritis (RA and OA). 

We’re confident you’ll love our supplements, so confident we offer a ‘Keep It’ money back guarantee. If the product doesn’t perform for you, we’re not gonna play games with you. If you don’t like it, you can keep it! Notify our team, and we’ll get you a refund right there on the spot – no return necessary.

Its Time for Indian Takeout

If you are at all like me (which lets be honest you probably are because you are 1. reading | 2. a human | 3. breathing | 4. amazingly good looking | 5. really good at being awesome), then you enjoy Indian food. I know I know, I said I was going to be posting about ways to help fight inflammation, and I will – stick with me.

Turmeric

So back to Indian food – one of the key ingredients in about 93% of all Indian food (and American mustard) is Turmeric. It is a yellow spice that comes from the Curcuma longa, root (whatever that means), and has been used in Indian and Middle Eastern dishes at least as long as people have bothered to keep track. Turmeric has also been used as a herbal remedy for almost as long.

I like to imagine the first use of turmeric for medicine went something like this:

THE ‘OFficial’ first use of turmeric for medicine

Damnit Akshat!!! How many times have I told you that running through the garden ruins food! You know I have been working hard to make sure there is enough of the Curcuma for your sister’s wedding later this year, and now you went and sprained your ankle. Here – just chew on one of these roots for a while and get out of my way. Of course it will help – mother always knows best (well it will at least help me get you out of my garden)

The next day

Akshat – I thought you said your ankle was sprained – how are you able to walk so well? And how is there not more swelling? And where did the root go that I gave you to chew on – I need that for dinner tonight.

From there this mother took what ‘cured’ her son of swelling and began selling it in the market as a cure for stupid and or injured man children. And the age of humans using turmeric to fight inflammation began

But How Does It Work

So turmeric has an active ingredient curcumin (no not the spice cumin that you are using right now in your taco recipe – although similarly tasty), and this ingredient has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Clinical studies have found curcumin, when taken multiple times a day, in doses ranging from 400mg to 600mg per dose, offers protection against certain cancers, reduces the symptoms of osteoarthritis (there is limited research suggesting it also helps rheumatoid arthritis, but more is needed), fights the inflammation causing IBS (inflammatory bowl syndrome) and help stabilize blood sugar. There is also anecdotal evidence that curcumin protects neurons from the protein buildup which causes Alzheimer’s (research into this is ongoing in mice, but initial results are positive).

Great – but does it do more harm than good?

So the short answer is no – Turmeric is extremely safe for the majority of people. If you have a family (or personal) history of liver disease then you should probable avoid turmeric just to be safe though. Also, there is insufficient research into the safety of turmeric with pregnant women, so might as well err on the side of avoiding it so long as you are toting around that spare human.

I have been taking turmeric for about six years now, and have noticed a little heartburn if I take more than the recommended dose, but that could be a vestige of years of taking pain medications weakening my stomach lining.

Tomorrow I’ll talk about another awesome extract that I am a huge fan of — Green Tea — until then – you all stay classy, and don’t forget to bring your full selves to life.

Sources – no i didn’t just make all this up 🙂

American Cancer Society – cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/turmeric

Consumerlab. consumerlab.com/tnp.asp?chunkiid=21874

Natural Health, Natural Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-Care for Optimum Health, by Andrew Weil.

Natural Database – naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/Search.aspx?cs=NONMP&s=ND&pt=100&id=662&fs=ND&searchid=37594816

If you are looking for a supplement that uses turmeric in the scientifically verified dose, with enough in a single bottle to let you take it at the clinical dose for a full month, check out my supplement Freedom over at Indiegogo.

Next time I’ll talk about green tea – or as I like to call it – the only good tea

Why The F*** Is My Hangover So Bad

I wasn’t always healthy…in fact if you compared my diet to my fiance’s you would say I was unhealthy. However I am much more conscious about what goes into my body, and how what goes in my body makes me feel. All that to say…back in his day Tim could really drink…and when I say really, I mean his record is 1.5 liters (that is 2 standard size bottles) of 12 year old scotch in 3 hours, followed by a walking tour (yes I remember the tour) of downtown DC, and more drinking. And no….before you ask, my hangover the next day wasn’t that bad. I was dehydrated, but otherwise my hangover was relatively minor.

What is my secret? How did I do this, and how can you replicate it? Well 1. ‘Don’t try this at home’, and 2. It is really easy to replicate. Just take care of your liver. It is really that easy. Nothing in your body likes multi-tasking (that is why it is hard for you to change direction really fast while running), so don’t make your liver do more than one thing at once.

Great – But What Even Does My Liver Do?

So we all know, or at least those of us who took health class once, that our livers process toxins, and clean out our systems (tangent – your detox diet is not going to be better for you than taking care of your liver). Well our livers also have an anti-inflammatory skill:

“In addition to serving as an arena for a number of immune-mediated pathologic processes, the normal liver has continual direct involvement in adaptive (specific) immunobiology. Major facets of this involvement consist of (1) deletion of activated T cells that originate from inflammatory reactions at any site in the body (emphasis added)…”

– Parker, G. A., & Picut, C. A. (2005). Liver Immunobiology. Toxicologic Pathology, 33(1), 52–62.

What does that mean? Well great question – among other things, it means your liver helps flush out cells your body activated to fight inflammation. If that seems like a crazy thing for your body to do, remember, too much of a good thing is nearly always bad. Studies since 2002 have explored the role of these activated T cells in people with rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune diseases, and found that in those who had the worst symptoms, the T cell count was either too high, or too low. Too high of a count, and those T cells attacked healthy cells, creating more inflammation, while too low of a count and – you guessed it – inflammation could run rampant.

Researchers have found that a healthy liver is really good at regulating the amount of T cells in the body, and as such keeping the liver healthy is a critical part of ensuring the inevitable inflammation associated with aging doesn’t run rampant.   

The Even Shorter EXPLANATION

I know I know…this post was supposed to be about how to drink all night, and still be productive the next day. Here’s the short answer. Drink at least 10 times as much water as you drink in liquor, or liquor equivalent (1.5oz liquor = 1 beer = 1 glass wine), eat some kind of fatty food (avocado, eggs, pizza…etc) at least an hour before you start drinking, and don’t have ANY sugar from at least three hours prior to drinking until after you wake up the next day.

In my last post I talked about water and fat soluble compounds, and for the purposes of our anti-hangover miracle cure we need to talk about where things are processed in the body and what exactly is your hangover. In the case of alcohol, it processed in the liver, and a hangover is just a combination of your body still processing alcohol and being dehydrated.