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  • High Protein Diets Re-Examined For a Smaller Waist Line

    November 18, 2012 - For the last two decades, there’s been a lot of back and forth over high protein diets, with conflicting studies and people on both sides of the issue taking it to extremes. However, Thomas Wycherley of the University of South Australia recently decided to tackle the subject again, and found t...
  • Echinacea Cold Prevention Validated - Largest Ever Clinical Study Concludes

    November 17, 2012 - For centuries an herb known as Echinacea has been touted as a preventative for colds as well as a natural treatment, providing a one-two punch to an irritating illness that affects nearly every single person at least once a year. Finally, science has gotten on board, and given credence to what our ...
  • Every Bite of Junk Food Damages Your Arteries Study Says

    November 15, 2012 - When people start talking about eating natural, healthy, whole-foods, there’s a resounding chorus among the masses: everything in moderation! A few Doritos or a drive-thru aren’t going to hurt if you don’t do it every day! However, two recent studies beg to differ. One of these w...
  • 7 Servings of Fruit and Vegetables to Maximize Happiness Study Says

    November 13, 2012 - Although everyone says to eat more fruits and vegetables, an actual quantity isn’t usually provided. How much do you have to eat to realize the most benefits? What’s too little? What could be too much? A new study on how fruits and vegetables increase one’s overall emotional wellbe...
  • Top Non-Stimulant Foods to Boost Your Energy

    November 11, 2012 - In today’s society, it always seems to be go-go-go. And even if you can find the time to exercise, mustering up the energy to do so can be difficult. If you are sensitive to, or trying avoid stimulants like coffee and energy drinks, there are some foods that you can incorporate into your diet ...
  • Common Foods Rich in Heart Healthy Omega-3s

    November 3, 2012 - As the general public becomes more and more acquainted with the notion of “healthy fats,” it can be helpful to understand exactly what those fats are for and how you can incorporate them into your diet. The most common are omega-3 fatty acids. Considered essential and not produced in th...
  • Benefits of Free-Range Chicken vs Traditional Chicken

    November 3, 2012 - Head to your local grocery store and you’ll be inundated with seven different kinds of chicken and twelve different kinds of eggs, with each claiming to be better than the next, and using terms such as “free-range,” “organic,” and “vegetarian fed.” So what ...
  • Simple Breathing Exercises to Relieve Stress

    November 2, 2012 - When stressed, one of the first things to change is your breathing pattern; the resulting fluctuation in oxygen intake is one of many factors that lead to the physical responses to stress. By changing those breathing patterns, you can drastically reduce the toll that stressful situations have on you...
  • Benefits of Omega-3 Eggs vs Traditional Eggs

    November 1, 2012 - Omega-3s, a group of essential fatty acids that help your body to function normally, are typically found in oily fish such as salmon and tuna. However, you can also get a healthy unexpected dose of omega-3s and vitamin E from eggs. Many producers have switched from conventional feed to giving egg-l...
  • The Horrible Effects of Stress on Your Body

    October 31, 2012 - At one point or another, everyone experiences stress, at least to some degree. And every time, that seemingly unavoidable emotion wreaks havoc on your body and, when experienced on a regular basis, can actually cause deterioration in health. Stress is caused by the body reacting to a situation in w...
  • Understanding How Your Immune System Works

    October 30, 2012 - Your immune system is one of the most complex systems in your body, and is responsible for how your body fends off “attacks” and how you function on a daily level. It is made up of organs and cells that fight off infections due to bacteria, parasites, fungi, and viruses, either by preven...
  • How To Increase Your Happy Hormone: Dopamine

    October 29, 2012 - Dopamine has been dubbed the “happy” hormone, and rightly so. It is the chemical in your brain that has the most drastic effect on your emotions, view of pleasure and pain, and even how your body moves and how you behave in your daily life. The lack of dopamine has been linked to everyth...
  • Carcinogen Dangers Of Grilled Food and 3 Tips To Safer Grilling

    October 28, 2012 - Despite often being one of the lowest-fat means of cooking your favorite meats and vegetables, grilling foods can potentially introduce carcinogens into your diet. Carcinogens are considered any chemical that can potentially cause cancer in humans, and includes asbestos and formaldehyde, as well as ...
  • Incredible Benefits of Omega-3 Essential Fats (EPA, DHA, DPA and ALA)

    October 28, 2012 - Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fats, as the human body needs them in order to function normally and are not naturally produced by the body. They are often referred to as the “healthy” fats. They consist of four different types: ALA, EPA, DPA, and DHA, and humans obtain the...
  • 4 Tips To Relieve Stress Quickly and Effectively

    October 24, 2012 - No emotion does more damage to your body than stress. It suppresses your immune system, contributes to heart disease, and leads to an overall sense of dissatisfaction with one’s life. So how do you combat this deadly, yet incredibly common, feeling? Take a Time Out. If your stress is caused b...
  • The Powerful Health Benefits of Turmeric

    October 21, 2012 - One of the most beneficial foods in the world is likely hiding in your spice cabinet or is the star in your favorite curry: turmeric. A relative of ginger, turmeric has been used in both culinary and medicinal avenues for centuries, and it’s known to be a treatment for a variety of health issu...
  • Effective Natural Hay Fever Remedies - Easy and Inexpensive!

    October 12, 2012 - Anyone that suffers from seasonal allergies often looks forward to fall as the time where allergy medications can be taken “as needed” rather than every day, and they can finally enjoy the great outdoors without suffering through sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. However, experts are pred...
  • How Fermented Foods Help You Achieve Optimal Health

    October 10, 2012 - As luck would have it, the beneficial bacteria that your body needs is incredibly easy to kill off; however, harmful bacteria is often resistant to a plethora of treatments. Everything from stress to caving in to your sugar addiction can disrupt the natural balance of beneficial microbes in your bod...
  • 5 Simple Tips To Protect Yourself from the Cold and Flu

    October 8, 2012 - At that first sign of the sniffles from someone close to you, whether by a family member, friend, or the person behind you in line at the store, trying to think of any possible way to avoid getting sick becomes many people’s first priority. The following are 5 simple tips to protect yourself f...
  • Tips to Reduce Belly Fat - Take Advantage of these Simple Strategies!

    October 7, 2012 - Out of all of the places that the human body accumulates fat, the area over the abdomen is perhaps the most dangerous. Excess belly fat can increase one’s chances of developing a variety of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, alzheimer’s disease and...
  • 5 Reasons You Should Do a Liver Cleanse - The Benefits are Amazing!

    October 2, 2012 - Cleanses are all the rage today, from purifying your body during or after a sickness to improving the look and feel of your skin. Out of all of the different types of cleanses out there today, those involving the liver provide some of the most impressive benefits. Here are the Top Five Reasons you ...
  • 5 Foods To Avoid When You Are Sick - Get Healthy Faster!

    October 1, 2012 - Fall is officially here, and it marks the start of cooler weather, football season, and changing leaves. And this is also the time of year when bugs seem to be passed around among coworkers, friends, families, and strangers at the grocery store. So what can you do? In short: eat better and Avoid Th...
  • 3 Simple Steps to Breaking a Sugar Addiction

    September 30, 2012 - Back in 2010, the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found that sugar causes the human brain to release endorphins, creating a similar effect as opiates. And when studied further, researchers found that the response to, and subsequent withdrawal from, sugar is nearly identical to the response to and with...
  • Home Remedies for Stretch Marks - Easy and Soothing!

    September 27, 2012 - The bane of many women’s existence, it’s estimated that 90% develop stretch marks during pregnancy, and the vast majority of women develop them at some point in life even if they don’t become pregnant. Stretch marks are caused by the skin stretching past its point of elasticity, wh...
  • Vitamin C Can Lower Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

    September 25, 2012 - Researchers based at the world-renowned John Hopkins University School of Medicine recently completed a study that showed a link between increasing vitamin C supplementation with lowering blood pressure, publishing these findings in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. For a long time now, m...
  • Lack of B12 Can Result in Lack of Energy

    September 23, 2012 - In a culture that relies heavily on caffeine to get the day started, or even to make it through that afternoon slump, many people choose to keep dosing themselves rather than attempting to get to the root of their lack of energy. Recently, researchers have found that nearly 40% of Americans don&rsqu...
  • 5 Lifestyle Changes to Lower Risk of Hypertension

    September 23, 2012 - It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, the leading risk for cardiovascular disease. This increase in risk is due to the damage high blood pressure does to the arteries, causing a breakdown in the function of the heart and, subsequently, the re...
  • Surprising Health Benefits of Coconut Oil on Weight, Hair, and Skin

    September 11, 2012 - The unique type of fat present in virgin coconut oil may have some surprising health benefits according to recent studies. Although high in saturated fat which, for the last several decades, has been vilified by the nutritional community, it is now believed that coconut oil’s specific type of ...
  • Vitamin B3 May Be the Cure for Superbug and Staph Infections

    September 10, 2012 - Although the development of antibiotics is often lauded as one of the most important discoveries and inventions of all time, their overuse has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that are becoming harder and harder to kill. While pharmacists are attempting to tackle this issue b...
  • Chocolate Can Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally

    September 4, 2012 - The market for blood pressure reduction, from specific foods to medications, has made for an incredibly profitable business. However, according to recent studies, dark chocolate can actually reduce blood pressure naturally when eaten moderately. A prominent researcher out of Melbourne recently stat...
  • 7 Ingredients You Don’t Want to See on Your Nutrition Label

    September 1, 2012 - Despite the current push to educate consumers on how to read and understand nutrition labels, they can be difficult to understand, especially when it comes to the list of ingredients. This primer is meant to help you pinpoint seven ingredients that you should always avoid. So, if after a quick glanc...
  • Using Your Hands to Help Predict Disease Risks

    August 31, 2012 - Believe it or not, your hands can give a glimpse to the earliest signs of some of the most dangerous known diseases. Take a look at your pointers and palms for a glimpse into your current and future health. Prolonged reddening of the palms other than during pregnancy can actually indicate the earli...
  • 5 Times You Should not Pick the Fat Free Option

    August 15, 2012 - In the last decade, putting “low fat” or “fat free” on the label has become a major selling point for a variety of packaged products. However, not only are healthy fats not bad for you, the sugar and chemicals added to these low fat or fat free products to replace the flavor...
  • Ten Important Health Benefits of Cucumbers

    August 14, 2012 - One of the most popular and readily available vegetables in the world, cucumber (when organic) is referred to as a super food by the world’s top nutritionists. Here are 10 ways that this mildly flavored, incredibly versatile veggie can help you and your health. 1. Skin Care - A slice of cucum...
  • Twenty Incredible Benefits of Bananas

    August 13, 2012 - Bananas, one of the cheapest types of produce available in the US, are known for being high in fiber and potassium, and outside of nutrition, have several other uses and benefits: 1. Increases serotonin levels, helping you overcome mild depression. 2. One banana a day can decrease muscle cramping....
  • Ten Secrets to a Healthy Heart

    August 11, 2012 - At this point, you likely know the basics of keeping your heart, and the rest of your body, healthy. Eat well, exercise often, and stick to limited drinking as a vice while avoiding cigarettes all together. In addition to all of this, there are dozens of other ways you can keep your ticker running s...
  • Five Common Food Frauds You Need to Know!

    August 9, 2012 - In a perfect world, you’d be able to trust the labels on your food; however, this often isn’t the case, especially with certain products. Everything from milk to extra virgin olive oil can be mislabeled, according to new research published in the April Journal of Food Science. Here are f...
  • Top 5 Exercises to Lose Stubborn Belly Fat

    August 8, 2012 - Recently, the American Council on Exercise conducted a study at San Diego State University on how to tackle the issue of belly fat. Often at the top of the list when dieters are asked what area of their body they want to work on, getting rid of belly fat has long been an elusive task: after all, you...
  • Top 20 Home Remedies Using Lemons

    August 7, 2012 - There is one thing in your grocery store that has more uses than any other single item: lemons. From treating various health conditions to keeping your home smelling fresh and clean, the list of what these babies can do is pretty impressive. Here’s our top 20:1. Relieve nausea with hot lemon w...