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  • Your Yeast Problem Could Mean a Weight Problem

    It’s common knowledge that a diet that consistently includes plenty of sugar, sweets and the wrong kind of carbs can make losing weight next to impossible. This is true even if you are an exercise or workout fanatic, and that’s where the mystery deepens, leaving you wondering “Why can’t I lose weight just from burning all those calories?” The answer might be that you have a yeast problem, and this tale of woe is as much for the guys as it is for the gals.

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  • 6 Essential Skin-Care Tips for Mask-Wearing

    With the COVID-19 pandemic now stretching beyond six months in the United States, Americans have become accustomed to wearing face coverings – mostly masks designed for health-care workers – to help protect themselves and others from the spread of the infectious disease. And for many, wearing the masks/coverings in itself can be physically uncomfortable, especially when it comes to our skin. Yet, whether it is in the workplace, the grocery, the gym, or even when walking downtown, it is almost ubiquitous that you are obligated, or mandated, to wear a mask.

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  • 5 Natural Remedies for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

    Autumn is the favorite of the four seasons for many people, as summer gradually relinquishes its hot grip on us, the leaves turn and release their beautiful colors, and festive thoughts start turning toward a holiday season highlighted by Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s a time of year that can sharpen our senses, although it can be a seasonal time of distress and sadness for those adversely affected when days grow shorter because of shrinking daylight hours, with darkness eventually arriving before dinnertime.

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  • 10 Ways to Help Prevent or Treat Flu

    We are about to enter unfamiliar territory in terms of viral-induced illnesses, with the Covid-19 pandemic still keeping much of America hunkered down in mask-wearing, social-distancing mode in tandem with another year of ‘regular’ seasonal flu about to hit. For many people, seasonal flu can be relatively mild, but for those with certain underlying conditions that leave them more vulnerable, seasonal flu can be a legitimate health hazard, even leading to death.

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  • What are the Health Effects of Chlorogenic Acid in Coffee?

    If you are a dedicated coffee drinker (like yours truly), you were probably thrilled the first time you heard coffee might be good for you.

    One reason? Antioxidant polyphenols abundant in coffee – chlorogenic acids (CGA) have many rumored (and some well-studied) health benefits. 

    Is your curiosity piqued? 

    In this post, I'll zoom into this delightful topic and take a look at the whys and the whats of CGA – grab a cup and let's dive in.

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  • 10 Natural Remedies to Help Treat Bronchitis

    The arrival of autumn, complete with the changing colors of the leaves and a distinct chill in the air, often is accompanied – for many of us – by the arrival of a scratchy throat that can develop into a cough and, ultimately, bronchitis, a condition that involves inflammation of the bronchial tubes. In short, you’re looking at a lot of “hacking” and discomfort that can mean lost work days or time missing school (even if remotely), separate from what’s going on with Covid-19.

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  • Fasting Done Right Can Expedite Weight Loss

    Fasting is not about starving yourself; it is about exercising strict control over your eating habits for brief periods, and preferably with a health-care provider’s guidance. We’re not talking about a religious-oriented fast, either, but one in which you are in total control of what and when you eat, which can sometimes mean being ‘on’ some days and ‘off’ on others.

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  • Have No Fear, Stinging Nettle Is Here

    As a form of herbal medicine, stinging nettle is a plant with a seemingly odd character. This weed-like plant grows in various parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and parts of Asia. In its natural form, physical contact between stinging nettle and your skin will do just that – sting. Trichomes, or plant hairs, on its leaves do this as a defense mechanism, and the stinging sensation can last up to 12 or more hours.

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  • 6 Natural Remedies for Killing Parasites

    Parasitic infections are no fun, and while they are primarily known for being commonplace in developing countries in Asia and Africa, they still occur to a lesser extent in industrialized countries such as the United States. They are more likely to occur in rural or developing areas, in individuals returning from international travel, and in those people with weakened immune systems.

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  • 8 Great Ways to Negate Nausea

    We all know the dreadful, uncomfortable sensation of nausea. It is a feeling like no other, yet it is one we are built to experience and handle. Nausea is the uncomfortable feeling that typically precedes vomiting, something your body does as a defense mechanism against unwanted bacteria.

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  • 5 Health-Boosting Ingredients for Your Pets

    When it comes to the well-being of four-legged household companions, most pet owners tend to take their pet’s health as seriously as their own. That is because just like us, pets are vulnerable to arthritis, cognitive degeneration, and other health defects, especially as they age. So like us, dogs and cats can also potentially benefit from consuming enough of the right nutrients and other ingredients to keep them thriving over time.

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  • Seed Yourself to a Healthy Diet

    Seeds are good. Naturally, as the beginnings of plant life, many types of seeds are packed with vital nutrients that contribute to the organic processes that sustain life. As explained at health.harvard.edu, seeds are good sources of healthy fats, fiber, plant-based proteins, and a wide variety of other helpful nutrients. Given this variety of good nutrients, seeds provide a variety of potential natural health benefits.

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  • 7 Health Benefits Linked to Berberine

    Berberine is a natural chemical, a plant extract, known for its wide array of health benefits, making it one of the most popular and multifaceted nutritional supplements on the planet. As described at pharmaca.com, berberine is an “alkaloid found in many plants, most notably in goldenseal, barberry [and others]. These plants have a long history of use for several health conditions.” Berberine is commonly found in supplement form, and its vivid yellow color makes it easily recognizable.

     

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  • 10 Natural Boosters for Your Workout (and Recovery)

    If you are exercising (or “working out”) on a regular basis, you should know that your diet and nutrition are extremely important. When it comes to goal-oriented processes such as weight loss or muscle growth, you can easily argue that nutrition is as important as working out (if not moreso). Your nutrition affects your progress in your workouts, how much load and intensity you can handle, how you feel during your workouts, and how you recover.

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  • How to Beat Cravings While Losing Weight

    There’s more to losing weight than planning a diet and necessary lifestyle changes, and then hunkering down with discipline and willpower to enact your grand scheme. It is also about following through while avoiding traps and obstacles along the way that can trip you up and send you back to square one. One of those trip-ups is a craving, such as reaching for that pint of your favorite multi-flavored ice cream or just good old-fashioned pigging out on beer and burgers smothered in condiments.

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  • The 6 MVPs (Most Valuable Products) for Immune Health

    Your immune system is the primary mechanism by which your body defends against harmful bacteria and viruses that might invade it. This is a crucial, but sometimes taken-for-granted, system that is constantly working in your body. As we all know, the common cold, the seasonal flu, and a myriad other foreign agents can sap your energy, and expose you to very uncomfortable symptoms, or worse.

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  • How Homeopathy Can Work For You, By You

    Sometime in the past you have probably heard the ancient proverb, “Physician, heal thyself,” which some sources claim was spoken by the ancient “Father of Medicine” Hippocrates, although it is found attributed to Jesus Christ in Luke 4:23 of the Bible. Well, sparing ourselves a deep dive into researching the true meaning of the phrase in its original context, you might be happy to know that you don’t have to be a physician to heal yourself – if you are to believe the tenets of the homeopathic practice of medicine.

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  • How to De-Bug the Superbugs Threatening Your Health

    Superbugs are not our superheroes. They are our enemy, and a formidable one at that. So formidable, in fact, that it’s getting to where no matter what type of antibiotic weaponry doctors throw at these superbugs, the more ineffective those antibiotics become. And that’s a problem when it comes to dealing with those infectious little critters, and our health is at stake.

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  • 6 Home Remedies to Relieve Migraines

    Migraine headaches are one of the most common, persistent ailments found in people, considering that about 12 percent of Americans suffer from these nasty ailments typically much more severe than “typical” headaches. Their occurrence is considered a distinct neurological disease. A migraine typically occurs as a throbbing headache centered in one side of the head, but it can sometimes occur in both sides of the head simultaneously.

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  • Mental Health Issues: Self-Help Guide to Feeling Better

    Mental health issues are very prevalent in our society today. Per the NIMH, nearly 1 in 5 US adults are living with one mental health condition or the other. This represents a considerable burden on various grounds as mental health issues, if unchecked, can have far-ranging, debilitating effects on the individual and his environment. Lack of productivity, deteriorating relationships with others, a drop in the overall health of the body are just some of the potential adverse effects of mental health issues. Indeed, the prognostic picture for mental health issues can be bleak.

     However, this does not have to be the case. While living with mental illness can color one's experience, in many cases, the individual yet retains the ability to have a say in choosing the colors-so to speak. Selecting the bright and vibrant or succumbing to the dark and gloomy is, in many cases, within the individual will. Below, this article will go on to discuss some ways individuals can reclaim themselves and go on to enjoy a positive and vibrant life despite mental health issues.

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  • 5 Home Remedies for Relieving Asthma

    Asthma is a condition in which your lungs are often swollen or inflamed. In turn, your airways become extra sensitive to certain triggers' such as cold, dry air or smoke. When inhaled, these triggers can cause swelling in your airways, which manifests as an asthma flare-up that impedes airflow and makes breathing difficult. Asthma severity varies; It can be mild, or potentially lethal.

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  • 7 Means to Combat Adrenal Fatigue

    Stress is a common experience when encountering difficult life circumstances, but continuous, prolonged stress can wear you down. If you experience chronic stress, while simultaneously experiencing difficulties such as a weakened immune system, sleep disturbance, or depression, you might be experiencing adrenal fatigue.

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  • Activated Charcoal Can Remove Toxins, Poisons

    The first thing to know about activated charcoal is that it’s not the same stuff you stack in your backyard grill, douse in lighter fluid, and then stick a lit match or lighter to in preparation for cooking your favorite meat, fish, or veggies. Activated charcoal is free of the toxins and chemicals in regular charcoal, and it is made from natural sources with the intent to be used for medicinal purposes.

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  • Home Remedies Aimed at Children’s Health

    There’s nothing quite like a sick kid on the home front to turn a day topsy-turvy for parents, especially if it’s a weekday and both Mom and Dad have jobs. Juggling family life and work is tough enough as it is. Keeping up with kids’ health and dealing with all the little nagging things that go with it is a 24/7/365 proposition, and it’s one that seems to hit overdrive during the winter months.

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  • How to Make Sure Your Diet Has Sufficient Protein

    Of the three macronutrients (two of them being carbohydrates & fats), the one most commonly touted for its health benefits is protein. Protein is an absolutely essential nutrient for your body’s overall function. You might know protein as something that builds muscle, but it actually serves many different critical functions. Because it is so essential, it is necessary to make sure that you consume a proper amount of protein on a regular basis.

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  • 10 Home Remedies for Gallbladder Disease and Pain

    Ask anyone to name as many organs in their body as they can, and it’s not likely that the gallbladder will make it to the top of many, if any, people’s list. Assuming it makes it onto the list at all. But for anyone who has experienced the intense pain of gallbladder disease or gallstones, it’s likely they will never forget what the gallbladder is or what it does.

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  • Blueberries Are Small but Offer Big Health Benefits

    When it comes to consuming foods good for your health, a good place to start are fruits and vegetables. That’s a broad category of healthy consumables, so let’s narrow it down somewhat and choose a fruit that is readily available in grocery stores, relatively inexpensive, easily added to many courses ranging from a bowl of cereal to a salad, and can be eaten in almost unrestrained abundance without fear of a bellyache. We’re talking about blueberries, of course.

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  • 10 Natural Remedies for Treating Hepatitis C

    One of the most disturbing aspects of the disease hepatitis C is that many people carrying the infection don’t know they have it . . . until it attacks their liver. That can result in a debilitating condition for the patient because the liver is key to regulating your body’s digestive system and flushing toxins from the body. If left untreated, hepatitis C can eventually lead to death.

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  • 8 B’s to Help You Be as Healthy as Can Be

    It’s never easy devising a health plan tailored to your particular needs and which accounts for all the variables involved in being, or making, yourself as healthy as you can be. There are loads of health-related information out there to sort through. That’s even before you consult with your physician for assistance in creating a health plan that meets your individual needs and is ‘do-able’ within your budget and time constraints.

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  • Add Some Spice to Your Healthy Life

    When it comes to eating, herbs and spices can make things remove the plain or even drab, and add a touch of fascinating. It turns out they can also keep you healthier. If you don’t usually cook, then you might not think much about herbs and spices. Therefore, it might come as a surprise that simple, dried plant matter could be just as beneficial to your body and its systems as they are to your taste buds.

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  • 8 Supplements That Meet the Needs of Older Men

    If you are a man over the age of 50, it is natural for certain changes to take place as a result of the aging process. Physiologically, your body is not the same as it was when you were younger. Wisdom and worldly knowledge are commonly accrued traits of an older male, but so are other not-so-positive traits, typically within the physical aspect of things such as strength and endurance, but sometimes within the mental aspect as well.

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  • Foods and Supplements to Boost Lung Health, Prevent COPD

    The lungs are a critical part of your body’s organ system. They are the mechanisms by which you consume your body’s most basic and necessary product, oxygen, and the lungs are constantly working to accomplish this task. Simultaneously, they require and are supported by a variety of vitamins and nutrients that allow them to work properly and efficiently, or “smoothly.”

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  • How ACP Supports the Respiratory System

    There’s nothing like a clear airway, a breath of fresh air, and a healthy set of lungs, because anything less potentially constitutes a severe health problem and ultimately the end of life. Your respiratory system is a matter of life and death without a lot of gray area in between. Think of it this way: if you go four minutes or more without oxygen, such as when you are underwater without an artificial breathing apparatus, your brain cells start dying, leading to brain damage and, eventually death.

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  • 8 Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

    Spring is in the air. So is a lot of pollen as well as other allergens that, for many people, produce the familiar and oh-so-annoying seasonal allergy symptoms of itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and the occasional nasal drip typically accompanied by scratchy cough. Perhaps some congestion and skin reactions as well.

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  • Can a Detox Diet Work for Weight Loss?

    Detoxification is a process many people use to expel unwanted toxins from their bodies, following a regimen that closely resembles what others might call a “cleansing.” In short, detox diets typically involve drinking plenty of water and eating some fruits and vegetables, in effect drastically cutting calories for a short period of time to enhance their body’s health and maybe – as a bonus – drop a few pounds in the process.

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  • What Works for Those Pesky Leg Cramps?

    There are few things worse than a leg cramp that suddenly comes on to disrupt your night’s sleep. Also known as ‘nocturnal leg cramps’ or even ‘charley horses’ in more layman’s terms, these are involuntary spasms in the leg muscles – usually the calves – that can be painful. It can feel like that part of your leg is being twisted or contorted in such a way that you might feel like a pretzel, even if you don’t look like one.

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  • How to Keep Your Hormones in Balance

    In order to keep your hormones healthy and in balance, it helps to know what they are and what purposes they serve in keeping your body at or near peak efficiency. You’ve probably heard the expression along the lines of “hormones being out of whack” to explain a person’s behavior at any given time, and the truth is that hormones out of balance can put a person in some sort of flux or funk. It can happen to men as well as women, and there is nothing funny about it even if some folks joke about it.

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  • Pain Treatments and Remedies in Lieu of Opioids

    The opioid crisis that has plagued America in recent years has spread like wildfire, and it remains a national emergency that won’t be easily snuffed out. Between 1999 and 2016, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200,000 people in the U.S. died from overdoses linked to the use of prescription opioids. The death rate in 2016 was five times higher than it had been in 1999.

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  • Preventive Health Care Requires Personal Accountability

    When the topic is preventive healthcare, the conversation typically steers toward what measures healthcare providers – such as physicians, hospitals, etc. – can do to help us stay healthy and avoid illness, injury, or infirmity. Notice, though, that each of those three words beings with an ‘I,’ which is appropriate. Ask yourself: “What can I do?” Preventive healthcare is as much your duty as it is a doctor’s or hospital’s. Make this your new motto: “I am also responsible for my own health.”

     

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  • Collagen’s Benefits Are More than Skin Deep

    Products containing collagen have long been highly sought out in the beauty aisle of stores. That’s for collagen’s ability to help maintain beautiful hair, enhance the appearance and elasticity of skin, and support strong, beautiful nails. But collagen’s powers when it comes to amplifying how good you look also extends to how you feel inside, and that covers a whole lot of territory inside your body as well as outside.

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  • Vitamin D and Its Immune System Support Role

    Aggressive flu viruses and their effects on the general population have been on the minds of many people this year. Knowing that, it’s interesting to learn that scientists have identified vitamin D as one of the most important vitamins when it comes to immune system health. There’s an irony there: vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” although when you happen to be in the throes of being sick with the flu, sunshine and lollipops are the among the last things that come to mind.

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  • Calcium and Its Immune System Support Role

    Even as winter gives way to spring and temperatures start to climb, cold and flu season continues to linger, putting our immune systems to the test. Count calcium among the assorted vitamins and minerals that each play a role in supporting our immune system, as calcium appears to have a part in activating the immune system’s cells, per National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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  • Oils and Foods that Help Control Body Inflammation

    In recent years, it has become popular for public health advocates and consumers alike to take precautions against inflammation. But what exactly is inflammation? According to webmd.com, inflammation is when your body’s white blood cells work to protect the body from infection in the form of viruses and bacteria. So it turns out that inflammation is actually supposed to be a good thing!

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  • Eight Natural Treatments for Shingles

    If you’ve ever had chicken pox, the bad news is that the same virus that gave you those uncomfortable symptoms such as red spots, blisters, fever, and headache as a youngster is still lurking in your body, poised to possibly rear its ugly head sometime later in life in the form of painful shingles. The good news is that shingles are treatable, and some of those treatments are home remedies that can bring you relief and assist you in getting healed.

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  • 9 Simple Tips for Preventing or Relieving Strep Throat

    The name itself, strep throat, sounds ominous and it suggests pain and suffering, which pretty much sums it up. It’s a bacterial infection that renders your throat sore and scratchy, and at times it can seem like there’s no end in sight. That’s because strep throat can last days or weeks. Alleviating the symptoms and making strep throat disappear within a reasonable amount of time usually requires antibiotic medications, available only through a doctor’s prescription.

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  • How Zinc Speeds Recovery from Colds

    Summertime is here – officially in about two weeks – the time of year when we’re supposed to be care-free when it comes to catching. After all, the occurrence of colds is usually confined to the late fall, winter and early-spring months. As some of us know all too well from experience, though, colds, and even flu, can also hit in June, July, August and September. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep virus-fighting zinc lozenges handy year-round, just in case.

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  • How to Treat Infections in Lieu of Antibiotic Drugs

    Doctors have been prescribing antibiotics for patients dating back to the first half of the 20th century; the goal to help hasten a complete recovery for those afflicted with potentially fatal diseases and other serious illnesses. Antibiotics were once hailed as wonder drugs, and they are still regarded that way by anyone who has ever bounced back from a miserably persistent cough or a stubborn skin infection that won’t go away on their own.

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  • 12 Ways to Boost Your Testosterone Naturally

    One of man’s biggest fears – and this includes women as well, to some extent – is low testosterone. It is a hormone that has been called the “holy grail of male hormones,” and it’s no wonder why. Testosterone not only gives men their sense of vitality, it fuels their sex drive, without which quality of life can become one big question mark – a question mark that becomes more prominent as a man ages and testosterone levels drop.

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  • 8 Reasons to Like Bees and Love Their Honey

    Bees can be a real pest when it comes to invading your backyard barbecue, but they sure do their good deed in providing the goods for people to enhance their health – and they are downright sweet about it. Bee-produced honey has been used for centuries as both a food and a medicine, and it serves its purpose quite well in both regards.

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  • Melatonin Is a Sleep Aid, and Has Other Benefits Too

    Tens of millions of Americans have trouble sleeping, which can lead to such problems as loss of energy, reduced productivity during waking hours and heightened risk of diseases including hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes. Your ability to sleep depends in large part on melatonin, a naturally produced hormone that lets your body know when it’s time to hit the hay. And if you have sleep issues, you might need melatonin in supplement form to help you get to sleep at night.

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  • What Are Polyphenols, and What Purpose Do They Serve?

    Polyphenols are naturally occurring chemical compounds sourced from plants, providing plants their color and working to protect their host plants from assorted dangers. Those protections also transfer to you when you eat foods with polyphenols. Knowing where to find polyphenols isn’t the issue as such foods are very plentiful, but the willingness to eat those foods and benefit from them is up to you.

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  • Saw Palmetto Can Be a Boon to Men's Health

    Many of the herbs and other supplements used and popularized in America have their roots in medical practices dating back thousands of years in places thousands of miles away. Then there’s saw palmetto, which is one herbal remedy found and grown right here in the United States.

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  • What Is Homeopathy, and How Does It Work?

    For someone not familiar with homeopathy, one way to describe it is that it is an alternative form of medical treatment that adheres to the proverbial “hair of the dog that bit you.” That’s the old expression for one possible way of dealing with a hangover, such as what millions of people will likely experience on January 1 following New Year’s Eve celebrations typified by the imbibing of excessive amounts of alcoholic libations.

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  • What Roles Do Electrolytes Play in Our Health?

    Anyone who works out a lot and knows all about perspiring (or sweating), often profusely, also know that it’s important to be attentive about replenishing their fluids because staying hydrated is crucial in guarding your health. It’s not just the fluids that need to be replaced but also electrolytes, which are chemicals with an electrical charge that conduct electricity when dissolved in water, and they are needed for a variety of bodily functions.

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  • What Is Guarana, and How Can It Benefit Your Health?

    Guarana is a tiny berry packed with the potent power needed to provide a variety of health benefits – yet one more example of how big things can come in small packages. Amazonian tribes have embraced the use of guarana for centuries for its health benefits, among them its properties as an astringent and stimulant that help maintain your body’s proper nutritional levels during days of fasting.

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  • 7 Health Benefits of Reishi Mushrooms

    There are hundreds of varieties of mushrooms in the world, and a select few of them are known to have significant health benefits, if used properly and, presumably, under the guidance of a health-care professional. One of the ‘star’ players in the field of mushrooms with health benefits is the reishi mushroom, which has been used for many centuries, predominantly in Asian countries and primarily for their effectiveness in staving off infections.

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  • How to Detect and Deal with an Iron Deficiency

    As one of your body’s essential nutrients/minerals, iron plays a key role in carrying oxygen throughout your body so as to keep you properly energized and able to perform the dozens of not hundreds of tasks you perform daily. An iron deficiency can be signaled by a variety of symptoms that can afflict you, any of which can be mistaken for something else unless you have it examined and diagnosed by your physician. In America at least, there really is no excuse for being shirt of iron, even though many people somehow aren’t getting enough of it.

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  • Follow the Path to a Healthy Prostate

    Most men have heard about their prostate’s existence, most likely in a discussion with their doctor. Face it, though, most probably don’t really know what it is or what role it plays in their health. But they need to know. By the time a man is about 25 years old, his prostate has started to grow, possibly leading to one or more of several health issues that could require medical attention. Relatively few men over the age of 70 are immune from a prostate problem of one sort or another that is almost inevitable the older a man gets.

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  • 8 Home Remedies to Relieve the Agony of Hives

    If you’ve ever suffered from a case of poison ivy, or know someone who has, you should have a pretty good idea of what’s involved for anybody who gets hit with hives. When it happens, an onslaught of hives typically causes your face and neck to break out in reddish or skin-colored welts. It eventually spreads to other parts of your body, with the unsightly hives leaving you alarmingly annoyed from the amount of itching.

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  • Let Nutrition Clear Up Your Brain Fog

    If you ever encounter a time when your mental powers suddenly seem to go on hiatus, leaving you unable to fully concentrate, at a loss for just using the right words when in conversation, or lacking the ability to think through problems that ordinarily are a snap for you, don’t assume the worst. Don’t think you automatically are suffering from some form of dementia. The solution might be as close as your kitchen.

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  • Eat Your Way to Healthier Skin

    You are what you eat, or so we’ve been told countless times, but there is plenty of truth in that statement when it comes to deciding what to put into your mouth relevant to having healthy-looking skin. This might be hard to picture, but the skin on your body encompasses your body’s largest organ, and as such it is exposed to much potential damage from things like sunlight and air pollution. The right food and nutrients can help with that.

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  • 10 Health Benefits of Turmeric

    If you’ve ever eaten in an Indian restaurant, which typically offers among the tastiest of buffet lines, you have likely partaken of a botanical known for conveying numerous potential health benefits that have been observed for thousands of years. The key ingredient in Indian fare is turmeric, which is a member of the ginger family and has been a staple in Ayurvedic medicine dating back centuries.

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  • Healthy Chicken Vegetable Noodle Soup

    You don't have to struggle this winter to find a healthy option for you and your family for dinner. This delicious soup is full of essential vitamins and minerals to get you on a fresh start for the new year. An ideal soup for a cold day or for providing you with another source of fluids during the winter cold and flu season. Try it with your favorite noodle shape to make it fun and mix it up.

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  • Eight Reasons to Embrace Berberine

    You’ve probably heard the age-old hypothetical about how if you were marooned on a remote island and could take only one thing with you, what would it be? In a similar vein, if you wanted to stock only one nutritional supplement in your cupboard, which one would you choose? There are many worthy options out there, but it would be difficult to choose a supplement better than berberine, which can provide health benefits across a wide spectrum.

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  • What You Can Do to Battle the Bloat

    A good meal is something to savor and enjoy, especially on holidays such as Thanksgiving. But filling up at the table often comes at a price. And that cost is often that bloated feeling. That’s when you’ve filled your stomach with a hearty meal before you finally push away from the table wondering just how ‘fat’ you’ve gotten and how hard it will be to even stand up. You’re not busted; you’re bloated, and you feel like busting at the belt!

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  • Good Nutrition Can Help Keep Gums Healthy

    Two trips a year to the dentist is what health care professionals have recommended for decades, the idea being to keep your teeth strong, healthy, clean, and secure in your mouth. But that’s just the half of it. There’s also the matter of taking care of your gums. If you don’t have healthy gums, you risk health problems that can turn serious, starting with the loss of your teeth no longer properly anchored in your gums.

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  • 11 Nutritional Solutions for Fending Off Anxiety

    If you’ve ever had a problem with anxiety, whether for a short term or of a more chronic nature, it might be some consolation to know that you are not alone. Anxiety is also often cited as a common accompaniment to the holidays, between preparing big meals, picking out and buying the ‘perfect’ gifts, and hosting a mob of houseguests in and around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Even thinking about it can stir some anxious thoughts.

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  • 8 Promising Home-Based Solutions for Watery Eyes

    We depend on the tears flowing from our tear ducts to keep our eyes properly lubricated and to assist us in cleansing away dust and foreign articles before they can get into our eyes. Our tears also work with our immune system in guarding against infections. But like anything good, too much of a good thing in terms of tear production can leave us with a condition of excess tears known as “watery eyes,” also known in medical terms as “epiphora.”

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  • Oil Pulling Is Not a Big Drag

    Proper oral hygiene usually entails the traditional practices of brushing and flossing, with the idea being to brush after each meal (or at least twice a day) and flossing once a day, typically at night before bedtime. The goal is to clean your teeth and gums of food bits and other toxins and bacteria that can lead to cavities and gum diseases like gingivitis.

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  • 8 Best Practices for Dental Hygiene

    October was National Dental Hygiene Month, but if you’ve been in the habit of having your teeth checked and cleaned twice a year (as recommended), you should know by now that dental hygiene is an every-month proposition. Keeping your teeth healthy involves a lifetime of care, and it involves more than just brushing your teeth once a day (if even that).

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  • How Nutrition Can Alleviate Depression

    Anyone who suffers from depression that has been diagnosed as such by a healthcare professional knows that it’s not just something you can just eat your way out of. But eating a healthy diet as part of an overall treatment plan can alleviate your symptoms and improve your mood beyond just a temporary reprieve.

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  • Wonder Labs Creates a New Way To Save

    Wonder Labs is excited to announce our first ever essential vitamins bundle deals. We wanted to provide not only a solid starting point for our customers to get invested in their health through content and vitamins and supplements, but now through providing special curated collections focused on your overall health.

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  • Foods and Nutrients to Bolster Your Sex Life

    Ponce de Leon searched for the fountain of youth and Indiana Jones sought the holy grail, but most folks would be content just to search (and, hopefully, find) a better sex life. And that begins with a healthy sex drive, which in turn starts with feeling physically and emotionally healthy. To get to that point, we need to be fueling our bodies properly, and that means consuming the right foods and nutrients.

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  • What Health Benefits Does Licorice Root Provide?

    Licorice root has been used for years as a sweetener in beverages and some candies – although some licorice candy gets its flavor from anise oil, which mimics the taste of licorice root. The plant’s main use for centuries has been as a medicinal agent, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. It has also shown promise in soothing gastrointestinal issues linked to food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn.

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  • What Can I Do about Dry Mouth?

    Dry mouth, also referred to as xerostomia or hyposalivation, occurs when your saliva-producing glands aren’t functioning properly. It’s usually a symptom linked to a diagnosable condition or certain medications, with symptoms of its own that includes, well, no surprise, dryness in your mouth, difficulty in swallowing, cracked lips, bad breath, loss of your ability to taste foods, a raw tongue, excessive thirst, and dried-out nasal passages.

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  • How Do Ketones and Ketone Bodies Benefit Health?

    Most of us who have participated in endurance sports such as running or biking have heard about how the consumption of carbohydrates hours before an event can provide an extra dose of energy during the event. While burning carbs can produce the glucose that fuels our bodies, it might surprise you to know there is an alternative source of energy for the body, and it involves burning body fats and the use of compounds known as ketones and ketone bodies.

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  • What Does It Mean Being Gluten-Free?

    The bombardment of advertising and other messages proclaiming and touting the arrival of “gluten-free” products onto store shelves has seemingly cooled off in the last year or two. Take that as a sign that “gluten-free” has become a routine part of our lives, although the availability of gluten-free products is not routine for one group of people – those who are afflicted with celiac disease, a disease of the immune system estimated to affect about 3 million Americans.

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  • What Can I Do to Detoxify My Body?

    In a sense, your body is like your house, your car, your garage, or your desk. Over time, any of those things get cluttered, and then it comes time to focus on picking up, cleaning up, and tossing stuff in order to get yourself back to a clean state. Just like your entire house and yard has to go through spring cleaning – and fall cleaning can’t hurt, either – your body is always in need of a cleansing of its own, or what we like to call “detoxification.”

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  • What Is Inositol, and What Does it Do?

    Inositol is a carbohydrate molecule – sometimes referred to as “vitamin B8,” although it is not really a vitamin – that can be found in a variety of forms. All have a commonality in that each form of inositol comprises a chemical structure similar to glucose, which is the main type of sugar found in your blood.

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  • What Is Pau D'Arco, and What Are Its Benefits?

    If you look long and hard enough, and have an affinity for what trees can offer other than providing shade in a forest or fallen leaves in the fall, you might be interested to know that there are types of tree bark that can provide a variety of health benefits for people. One of those trees is the pau d’arco tree, a large, evergreen tropical tree native to Central and South America with extracts from its bark long used in herbal medicine for the treatment of an assortment of medical conditions.

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  • How Can Alfalfa Leaves Benefit my Health?

    Alfalfa is good for animals and it can also contribute to the healthy well-being of humans. For centuries, alfalfa, is a plant that has been cultivated as a source of feed for livestock because of its exceptional provision of nutrients, minerals and proteins, setting it apart from other feed sources. Its versatility also has made alfalfa a long-time staple as a medicinal herb for people, with its seeds and leaves available in supplement form, although its seeds can also be sprouted and eaten as alfalfa sprouts.

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  • How Can I Best Take Care of My Skin?

    Your skin (on your face) is usually the first thing a person will notice when they see you. That in itself is incentive to take care of it. An even greater incentive is knowing that your skin taken as a whole comprises the largest organ of your body. You know how important it is to take special care of your other major organs, such as your heart and your liver; now it’s time to get really serious about your skin.

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  • What Can I Do to Get Rid of Belly Fat?

    Big bellies long have been a source of light-hearted humor, a means to fill roles as Santa Claus at Christmastime, and a source of pride for sumo wrestlers, but for most of us it’s not a goal to aspire to. We now know from health science that excessive fat in the abdominal area has been associated with diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Shedding a good portion of your oversized belly is a good idea if you want to live a long, healthy life.

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  • What Can I Do to Fight Off Fall Allergies?

    Dealing with seasonal allergies once a year for several weeks at a time can put a big damper for a good chunk of your life with the usual symptoms of rhinitis, such as itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; and runny nose. Spring is the season most often associated with seasonal allergies, but double trouble comes in the form of fall allergies as well. And experts have pointed to 2019 as a good bet to be a particularly bad year for fall allergies.

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  • What Is Royal Jelly, and What Does It Do?

    Other than buzzing folks at backyard barbecues, bees are best known for their production of honey, which serves many useful and delectable purposes at the breakfast, lunch, or dinner table. But that’s not all. Bees also give us royal jelly, a nutritional supplement adept at providing a wide variety of health benefits across the spectrum.

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  • What Benefits Can I Get from Magnesium?

    There should be plenty of magnesium to go around for everybody, considering that it is one of the 10 most abundant elements in the earth’s crust and is the fourth-most-prevalent mineral in the human body. Yet many people suffer from a magnesium deficiency, even if they aren’t aware of it at first. Magnesium also happens to be one of seven essential macro minerals in your body.

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  • What Benefits Can I Get from St. John's Wort?

    St. John’s wort is viewed in much of the United States as nothing more than a weed, but in much of the rest of the world it is known as so much more. It’s a wild, yellow flower, an herb actually, named after St. John the Baptist that has been used for centuries for medical purposes, most notably for treating depression.

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  • What Are Amino Acids, and What Purpose Do They Serve?

    Amino acids play many critical roles in your body, but they are best known for being what many health experts refer to as “the building blocks of proteins.” Additionally, amino acids, packaged by Wonder Labs in supplemental form as amino acid complex, play a key role in the synthesis of hormones and neurotransmitters. Their use for potentially enhancing mood or boosting performance among athletes likewise make them very versatile.

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  • What Is Shark Cartilage, and What Is It Used For?

    Talking about sharks is not an easy conversation for swimmers who like to dip more than a toe into the ocean. Better you encounter a dead shark than a live one, and to know the benefits that go with a dead shark beyond its meat being a seafood delicacy at high-end restaurants. Shark cartilage, a strong, elastic tissue that provides structural support much like a bone does, is also used in the treatment of conditions such as arthritis, psoriasis, healing of wounds and damage to the eye caused by diabetes.

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  • What Can I Take for Sports Nutrition?

    Athletes, perhaps more than any other group of people, are committed to and enthused about – some even obsessed – with learning all they can about nutrition and discovering that winning edge. The field of nutrition in the sports world has become cutting edge, with athletes – mostly those at the professional level – constantly in search of whatever nutrition will help them in their never-ending quest to be bigger, faster, stronger.

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  • What Can I Take and Do for My Thyroid Health?

    Your thyroid might not be a pain in the neck, but it is a butterfly-shaped gland that can be found at the base of your neck. Hormones produced and stored by your thyroid primarily function to regulate your growth, repair, body temperature, and metabolism. These thyroid hormones can affect nearly every cell in your body, so, yes, you need to be aware you have such a gland and that it is to be treated with TLC (thyroid loving care).

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  • What Can I Take and Do for My Liver Health?

    Your liver plays several important roles in your body, enough so that maybe it’s time to show your liver some love. You can start by eating the right foods, avoiding toxins, and limiting your alcohol intake. All that is so your liver can properly perform its primary missions of removing toxins and medications from your body, while also breaking down (metabolizing) the food you consume.

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  • Going Vegan? Make Sure You Know About These 6 Vitamins & Supplements

    Whether it’s a lifestyle or a one-month experiment, more people than ever before are going vegan. Food Revolution Network shares these global statistics as evidence:

    • Self-identifying vegans have increased by 600% over the last three years in the U.S.
    • GrubHub users chose “vegan food” 19% more in the first half of 2017 than in the first half of 2016.
    •  "Nestlé, the largest food company in the world, predicts that plant-based foods will continue to grow and … this trend is here to stay.’”

    If you’re making the decision to go vegan in 2019, make sure you pay special attention to these six vitamins and supplements for vegans that can be more difficult to get adequate amounts from a plant foods diet.

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  • What Can I Take to Bolster My Immune System?

    You can thank your lucky stars that your body came complete with an immune system. Without an immune system, think of the havoc that would be wreaked in your life fighting off microorganisms that can inflict infectious diseases. That’s not to count the likes of flu viruses and cold bugs frequently pestering you, knocking on your door trying to get in, even when you can’t see or feel them. Without an immune system, we would be left defenseless against any invading germ imaginable.

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  • How Can I Naturally Lower My High Blood Pressure?

    High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, has a third name, a nickname, familiar to anyone who has the disease or has heard of it – it’s also known as the “silent killer.” That’s because high blood pressure, left untreated and unmonitored, can put a person at heightened risk of a heart, stroke, or even death – even when he or she can’t feel anything wrong with their body. High blood pressure can run silent, and it can kill.

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  • What Benefits Can I Get from Hyaluronic Acid?

    Your body could not survive long without being properly lubricated, and we don’t mean with engine oil. The key ingredient in that regard is what’s known as hyaluronic acid, which is a clear, syrupy type substance that is naturally produced by the body, most of which can be found in your skin, your body’s connective tissue, and eyes.

     

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  • What Is Bromelain, and What Is It Used For?

    If you want to find bromelain in its raw form, you can start by looking for pineapples. Bromelain is a compound that is an enzyme mixture found in pineapples, and it is available over the counter (OTC) in nutritional supplement form. Bromelain is useful for treating such health conditions as sinus problems, inflammation, and issues involving your digestive system.

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  • How Does Berberine Benefit Diabetics?

    Berberine, a bioactive compound sourced from a small variety of plants, has demonstrated itself capable in clinical trials of providing several key health benefits to your body. One of the most significant of those is lowering elevated blood sugar. That’s especially meaningful for someone afflicted with type 2 diabetes, a reversible form of the disease characterized by raised blood sugar levels, a condition that berberine has proved itself adept at solving.

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  • How Do I Treat My Child Who Has Juvenile Diabetes?

    What we generally know and refer to as juvenile diabetes is actually Type 1 diabetes, a chronic condition that for diabetics typically shows up in childhood. It involves the pancreas’s inability to produce insulin, or at least sufficient insulin for your body. And that’s a problem because insulin is a hormone needed by your body to allow sugar, or glucose, to enter your cells so as to produce energy.

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  • What Are Antioxidants and How Do They Benefit Me?

    Whether you know it or not, and whether you like it or not, your body is always at war, even if you don’t feel it. At any given time and in a variety of places, there is a skirmish going on here, a battle there. Above all else, sometimes agents within your body are engaged in full-blown war – such as “good” bacteria vs. “bad” bacteria, or, for the sake of this conversation, antioxidants vs. free radicals.

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  • What Can I Do to Prevent or Treat Diarrhea?

    Dealing with the sudden arrival of a nasty case of diarrhea is never fun. It’s almost always unexpected, and it is usually a shock to you as well as to your digestive system. The first thing you are wondering when it happens is what caused it, and what can I do about it? The onslaught of diarrhea demands instant relief from symptoms that include loose/watery stools, abdominal cramps and/or pain, dehydration, fever, bloating and nausea.

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  • 9 Natural Remedies to Prevent or Treat Back Pain

    Anyone who has suffered from low-back pain, and many of us have, knows how vulnerable a painful back can make us feel. Even getting in or out of bed can be a painful, delicate process, and a ready reminder that treating your back with TLC is a high priority that sticks with you for a lifetime. Yes, school-aged kids suffer from back problems, too – this cautionary tale isn’t just for over exuberant Dad or Aunt Millie.

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  • What Is Bilberry, and How Can It Benefit Our Health?

    Bilberry is a plant that grows on bushes and is native to many regions, to include parts of North America as well as areas in Europe and Asia. Since the Middle Ages, its berries – the fruit itself – as well as its leaves have been used to treat a variety of health conditions, most notably in dealing with eye and sight issues.

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  • What Can I Do to Treat Constipation?

    Constipation is a condition that many of you are, unfortunately, familiar with. Maybe it helps to know that you have plenty of company. It is reported that about 20 percent of Americans have been affected by constipation, with women more likely to become constipated, a condition typically accompanied by abdominal bloating and discomfort, even pain, when passing stools.

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  • What Can I Give My Dog for Pain Relief?

    Feeling pain is never fun, and it can hurt even more when it’s your dog suffering from pain, especially when you don’t know what’s causing the pain. Anyone who has ever owned a furry, four-legged pet knows well the urgency to find relief for your canine loved one when he or she is in pain.

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  • 8 Benefits You Can Get from Vitamin B-12

    Your body craves (and loves) vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin. That’s because it can deliver health benefits in a variety of ways all across the spectrum. It can help if you need a boost in red blood cells, or if you are concerned about your bone health and eventual osteoporosis, or if you need a kick to restore your emotional bounce and get you out of a nagging rainy-day funk.

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  • What Natural Remedies Can Treat/Prevent Dental Issues?

    Dental problems are like baseball umpires – you don’t think about them until they start causing you a problem, whether it be a toothache or that pitch you swore was outside but gets called strike three. Problems can range from a relatively simple (even if excruciating) toothache to the need for a root canal that hits you as hard in the wallet as it does in discomfort.

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  • What Remedies and Measures Can Alleviate Snoring?

    Snoring is not good for anyone. It’s not good for anyone who sleeps in the same room or in close proximity to someone who snores, and nothing good comes of it for the person who does snore. Snorers are often the butt of jokes, but it’s no laughing matter for anyone within earshot who is losing sleep or having their own sleep affected because they are the ones registering on the Richter scale even if they are not aware of it while they are doing it.

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  • 8 Home Remedies for Treating Yeast Infections

    A yeast infection, which is rather common and typically found in a person’s genital area, is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or infection. What it is, is a prevalent type of fungal infection, one that 75 percent of women will experience once in their lifetime, and which men can also confront. The most common cause is a fungus known as candida albicans, although it can be treated relatively easily, to include various home remedies available over the counter.

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  • What Is Bee Propolis, and How Can It Benefit Me?

    We detest bees at backyard barbecues or for buzzing around the flower garden, but we love them for the honey they produce. That’s not all they are good for, either. There are several bee-manufactured compounds drawing rave notices in the world of nutritional supplements; one of those is a waxy substance known as “bee propolis.” It is a potent health balm sometimes referred to as “bee glue,” which has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years.

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  • What Benefits Can I Get from Turmeric?

    Turmeric, the spice, is what gives curry powder its yellow tint; turmeric extract, the nutritional supplement, is what gives consumers health benefit options conveniently available in one capsule. Turmeric is a plant related to ginger that is grown in India, other parts of Asia, and Central America, and its many benefits emanate primarily from its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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  • What Is Perimenopause and How Do I Deal with It?

    Before a woman becomes post-menopausal, she reaches menopause and experiences typical menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Before menopause there is perimenopause, which you don’t often hear about in regards to women’s health, but it is there and it gives a woman a preview of what it’s like dealing with menopause. Perimenopause is a transitional period that typically begins when a woman is in her 40s, although it has been known to start in her late 30s or even earlier.

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  • What Benefits Can I Get from Valerian?

    Going through life with sleep problems can be brutal. Whether it’s trouble falling asleep at night, tossing and turning, or waking up every couple hours, making it through the next day on a lack of sleep can be a chore. It can be more about surviving than thriving whether at work or at play. In which case your next new best friend might be valerian, an herb that is native to Asia and Europe but can also be found in North America.

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  • What Is Rutin, and How Can It Benefit Me?

    How many times have we been told that a healthy diet should contain plenty of fruits and vegetables, and in a variety of bright colors? There’s something to be said about the benefits afforded by those assorted fruits and veggies, and color is key. The pigments that give those foods their colors themselves provide of health benefits, taking the form of such compounds as rutin.

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  • What Benefits Can I Get from Berberine?

    Berberine is a compound derived from a Chinese herb, offering a variety of health and a track record in traditional medical practices dating back thousands of years. In recent years, the effects of berberine have caused it to re-emerged as one of the newest ‘it’ supplements, its many reported benefits ranging from lowering cholesterol and blood pressure to supporting cognitive and digestive health.

     

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  • What Is Black Cohosh, and What’s It Used For?

    The name sounds like something a gum-smacking waitress might slop down in front of you at a greasy-spoon eatery, but the fact is that black cohosh for centuries has been viewed and used as an herb with an assortment of purported healing properties. Most notable among those is its apparent ability to relieve the uncomfortable if not outright painful symptoms of menopause for women.

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  • Added Dietary Sugar: Sweet Substitutes (Part II)

    We recently blogged in this space about how sugar can be Public Enemy No. 1 for people who aren’t careful with their diets and consume an excess amount of added sugar (sugar in addition to already comes in their regular diet). Americans as a whole have been eating way too much sugar for too long, and the consequences are showing up in unwanted health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, mental health issues, and even acne problems.

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  • Added Dietary Sugar: Health Risks (Part I)

    Sometimes being told what you should be eating in place of what you want to be eating is news you don’t want to hear, and this might be one of those occasions. For those who have a serious sweet tooth and think little of adding sugar to a food item such at any meal, the bad news is this – sugar might be Public Enemy No. 1 – more so even than fat – when it comes to a healthy diet and a healthy you.

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  • What Is L-Citrulline, and What’s It Used For?

    Here’s another reason to consume watermelon with plenty of gusto – other than tasty relief on a hot day – it is a food known for its abundance of the amino acid L-citrulline, which does many things well. One of those is to boost the body’s production of nitric oxide, which works to enhance blood flow by helping your arteries to relax and function more efficiently.

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  • Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions for a Vitamin K Deficiency

    Vitamin K doesn’t get a lot of attention in the high-profile world of vitamins and minerals, but it plays a crucial role in our health, and parents of newborns are especially cognizant of this. The most important thing vitamin K does is to produce the proteins that assist the blood in clotting, thus reducing the chances of excessive bleeding both internally and externally.

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  • 10 Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss

    Hair loss isn’t just an inevitable event for most of us; it can be a life changer. For many of us, hair is a security blanket and something we like to take care of and make look good, whether male or female. What we have on top of our head is a prominent part of what we present in public, and that makes it a part of the source of our self-esteem, if not vanity.

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  • 8 Superfoods to Cleanse Your Colon

    Now that spring cleaning time is here, consider taking a scrub brush to what’s inside you as well as what’s around you. Today’s subject is your colon, also known as your large intestine (or large bowel). This is the locale where the food you have consumed, and which has been digested in your small intestine, is further broken down by bacteria (to include the healthy removal of moisture) in preparation for leaving your body.

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  • What Is Tribulus Terrestris, and How Does It Work?

    Spoken three times quickly in succession, ‘tribulus terrestris’ can be a real tongue twister. You also want to be careful holding this fruit-producing plant in your hands because it is covered with spines, which explains why it’s also sometimes referred to as the ‘puncture vine.’ Beyond all that, however, the fruit, leaf, and root of tribulus terrestris has various health-inducing and medicinal properties that make it a plant worth embracing – at least in the figurative sense.

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  • 9 Health Benefits That Honey Can Provide

    The enjoyment of consuming honey begins with the premise that it’s best not to picture how it is produced. Simply, bees collect the sugar-rich nectar from assorted flowers; once they get back to their beehives, they repeatedly eat, digest, and regurgitate the nectar. Eventually, they produce the end product we know as honey – a thickish liquid that is food for bees, with a smell, color, and taste contingent on the varieties of flowers being “tapped.”

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  • 7 Indicators of a Vitamin A Deficiency

    When folks go shopping for vitamins that provide the most healthy bang for their bucks, they usually don’t begin with A like they do with the alphabet. That is, vitamin A isn’t regarded as one of your ‘it’ supplements these days. But it should be. Getting enough vitamin A into your body is essential for your good health; otherwise, you risk developing problems with your vision, immune system, reproduction, and even skin health, among other assorted health issues.

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  • Eight Ways to Support Your Liver's Health

    Your body has an assortment of major organs, the most prominent of which are your brain and heart, and who’s going to debate that? But all of our organs require TLC, and there’s no overstating the important role that your liver plays within your body. It performs a multitude of key tasks, to include breaking down toxins so that they can be properly expelled from your bodies, as well as producing proteins, cholesterol, and bile as well as storing minerals, vitamins, and carbohydrates.

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  • Spring Cleaning: Start with the Cobwebs in Your Head

    So it’s April and as good a time as any to clean out your closets and garage, and maybe start working on that landscaping, right? Spring cleaning time is here, and it’s also as good a time as any to clean out some, if not all, of those cobwebs inside your head. Whether your brain has been cluttered with tax prep or you are a student prepping to cram for final exams, or a senior lifer aspiring to improve memory functions, many of you can always use some cognitive cleanliness and fine tuning.

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  • 5 Symptoms of a Vitamin E Deficiency

    Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is classified as essential. Because it is a fat-soluble vitamin, E requires a provision of fat from the food we eat in order to be properly absorbed. That’s one more reason to no longer fear knowingly including at least some fat in our diet, a concept we’ve had hammered into our heads in recent decades, only to now know that fat is not our true enemy—sugar now wears that crown.

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  • How to Relieve Sinus Congestion, Even During Allergy Season

    Mention ‘sinus congestion’ or ‘stuffed-up nose” to someone, and odds are they picture biting cold in the dead of winter, while trying to ‘honk’ the contents inside their frozen nostrils into a folded handkerchief held between hands bundled in mittens, each breath visible in the frosty air. But sinus congestion can rear its annoying symptoms almost any time of year, and certainly during spring allergy season, when a mere runny nose can become a congested one fairly quickly.

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  • 6 Ways to Boost Testosterone Levels Naturally

    As men age, they think more and more about testosterone, and why not? Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, but as men get older, their body produces less and less of it. It’s no wonder men come to be preoccupied with the subject, as testosterone is a key to athleti8c performance – even if it’s just lifting light weights in the gym – as well as sexual performance in the bedroom.

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  • 10 Signs of a Vitamin D Deficiency

    Your body doesn’t produce vitamin D on its own, but it needs plenty of it in order to function properly. Although that sounds a bit ominous and introduces a sense of urgency, the good news is that vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin.” Something to smile about, right? Sunlight is a rich source of vitamin D, so if you want to do your body some good, make it a point to get outside on a sunny day and soak up some of the rays, enjoying life as you enhance your health!

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  • You shouldn’t feel too bad if you have ever suffered, or are suffering, from a bout of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). You have plenty of company. Well, let’s rephrase that: then again, feeling bad goes with the SAD territory, and it might even seem unavoidable. Feeling bad, depressed, or just plain down in the dumps for an extended period of time every year is a very real thing for many people, and there’s nothing amusing or uplifting about it.

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  • Gymnema Sylvestre: What Is It and What Does It Do?

    Much of what we see and know about regarding nutritional herbs and supplements dates back hundreds, even thousands, of years, which is proof that our ancestors – regardless your ethnicity – knew what they were doing way back when. Gymnema sylvestre, a wood-climbing shrub native to Indian, Africa, and Australia is among those plants whose robust medicinal properties have stood the tests of time.

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  • 7 Signs of a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    For years now, health-conscious people have practically flocked to their local grocery store or pharmacy to load up on vitamin B12, and they have done so for good reason. Of all the “members: of the B complex family of vitamins, and there are lots of them, B12 might be the most important. Simply put, without a sufficient supply of B12 in your body, you would not be able to function properly.

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  • Taking a Calm Approach to Nervous System Health

    Your nervous system deserves your full attention and utmost self-care at all times. You could call it a 24/7 proposition as making sure you have a proper night’s sleep every night is crucial to the proper care of your nervous system. Maintaining your nervous system’s strength is paramount because it is the most important and yet complex system in your body, responsible for proper response to all internal and external stimuli related to various actions and emotions.

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  • Klamath Blue Green Algae: What Is It and What Does It Do?

    If you ever get a hankering to go searching for type of superfood that you haven’t tried before, get your adventurous spirit in gear. How about a dip in Upper Klamath Lake in southern Oregon? There, you might be able to get your hands on some of the world-renowned Klamath blue green algae, a nutritional food that contains no less than a dozen vitamins, more than 20 minerals, and an assortment of high-quality protein as well as a variety of essential amino acids.

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  • Treat Your Dog Right with Biotin

    A dog is man’s best friend, so it’s only natural that man return the favor by supplying their favorite dog or pup with biotin, a vitamin commonly associated with skin care and hair care products for people. Biotin also works well for the canines, so, if you have a dog (or two or more), consider buying biotin as a food additive as it can also provide your loyal pet(s) with a healthy skin and coat to make their lives that much better.

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  • Bromelain: What Is It and What Does It Do?

    Many of us have grown up believing that anything that’s good for what ails us isn’t going to taste very good, and were it not medicinal, we wouldn’t be touching it with a 10-foot pole. There are exceptions to the rule. One of them is that sweet, juicy fruit known as pineapple, which contains a protein-digesting enzyme known as bromelain. Once extracted from the pineapple, bromelain has the potential to clear things up healthwise in a variety of ways.

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  • Mani/Pedi Trauma? Meet the Top Two Supplements for Healthy Nails!

    Ah, that first pedicure! Quite the dramatic before/after, right? And the second one… still lookin’ good! Three… Four… Five… Six…

    At a certain point, you may notice the “law of diminishing returns” coming into effect. That is to say, with each manicure or pedicure, the improvements are fewer. The time at the salon becomes more about maintaining a look. And, meanwhile, your natural nails and cuticles become dry and brittle.

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  • Water Soluble v. Fat Soluble Vitamins: What's the Difference?

    When the doctor says, “Make sure to get your vitamins,” did you know that statement isn’t nearly as generic as it sounds? In fact, there are precisely thirteen vitamins that everybody needs. Not twelve. Not fourteen. Thirteen. Having a primary or secondary deficiency in any of these thirteen vitamins could, over time, lead to serious health consequences.

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  • Get a Caffeine-Like Energy Boost without the Caffeine

    Millions of people do it every day, in many cases as soon as they get up in the morning. They fire up the coffee pot, to get that first hot, steaming cup of joe, sipping from it and waiting (not long) for that first kick in the pants they need to get a move-on. Not everyone is a coffee fan, though. Perhaps they don’t like the taste or they aren’t comfortable with what the caffeine kick does to their body, such as getting the heart to race or even get ‘jumpy.’

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  • How to Head Off Migraine Headaches at the Pass

    If you’re not sure if you’ve ever had a migraine headache, you probably haven’t. If you did, you surely would have remembered the experience. A real-life nightmare accompanied by symptoms that typically include some or all of the following: throbbing pain (usually on one side of the head), sensitivity to light or sound, blurred vision or visual changes known as an ‘aura,’ nausea, and vomiting.

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  • Fenugreek: What Is It and What Does It Do?

    We start with a quick quiz: What do nursing mothers with lactation difficulties, grown men experiencing the effects of low testosterone, diabetics looking to reduce their blood sugar levels, and anyone who eats too much and has trouble controlling their appetite have in common? All could benefit from taking nutritional supplements containing fenugreek.

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  • GTF Chromium: What Is It and What Does It Do?

    Chromium is a mineral that is essential for your body’s nutritional needs, yet it is a hard metal that, in its natural state, is difficult for your body to absorb. Hmmm. That sounds like it could be a problem, even a contradiction of human biology, except such minerals can be chelated, or bound, to another compound to enhance its absorption capability. Such is the case with GTF chromium.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Farmers

    There are a number of professions about which you could say that the work is never done, but when it comes to farmers, that’s really true. That’s even the case in this era of advanced agricultural technology, in which computers and high tech can now be found yards away from acres adorned with wheat or corn or a couple barns full of cattle, or all of that.

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  • Alpha Lipoic Acid: What Is It and What Does It Do?

    Alpha lipoic acid is also known as lipoic acid and thioctic acid, but whatever you choose to call it, it remains a compound found in almost every cell in your body – providing protection to those cells. Its primary role is to support your body’s normal functions by converting glucose – aka blood sugar – into the energy needed to drive those bodily functions.

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  • Resveratrol -- Its Sources, Benefits and Uses | Featured Product

    We all know all too well that drinking and driving don’t mix, that there’s not much good to be gained by drinking too much alcohol. Drinking a moderate amount of red wine, though, can apparently be a boon to our health, starting with how it seems able to protect brain function and lower blood pressure – and that isn’t all.

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  • Melatonin: Its Sources, Benefits and Uses

    Falling asleep as quickly as possible is the goal of everyone when their head hits the pillow at night, although that is often easier said than done. Sometimes we need extra help dozing off when we want to be dozing off – late at night, usually – preferably without need of a prescription. Melatonin in over-the-counter supplement form can help us get to sleep in certain circumstances, in addition to other benefits it can provide.

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  • CoEnzyme Q10: Secret Supplement for Bypass Surgery Recovery?

    “CoQ10” may sound like a droid in Star Wars, but it’s actually a naturally occurring substance in the human body. Also known as “CoEnzyme Q10,” this substance plays a critical role in several body functions, including heart health.

    Unfortunately, research suggests that some people may have reduced levels of this substance, reports the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. This substance decreases as you age, and it is believed that many diseases, including some genetic disorders, are associated with low levels of CoQ10.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Writers and Editors

    Writing for many people is a hobby, something they can do at night at home after work or on weekends in between other activities and the kids or grandkids. For hundreds of thousands if not millions, though, writing (as well as editing) is a fulltime endeavor, whether they be employed in a writing/editing position for a company or organization, or working on their own as a freelancer or independent contractor, sometimes at the home office, other times in a local coffee shop, perhaps writing a magazine article, a poem, or a book.

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  • Collinsonia Root: What Is It and What Does It Do?

    Many vitamins and minerals offered on the market as nutritional supplements are used to replenish the body when there are specific deficiencies affecting our body’s proper function. These include the likes of B-complex vitamins, iron, magnesium, and zinc – all of which the body needs on a daily basis. Then there are herbal supplements ideal for filling in “the gaps” areas of your health that might need an extra boost outside what a “mainstream” vitamin or mineral can readily provide.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Construction Workers

    Construction workers are the guys and gals in hard hats grinding away whenever they’re on the clock. Between them they perform a wide variety of get-your-hands-dirty functions. These range from cleaning and preparing construction sites to digging trenches and backfilling holes to operating heavy equipment, concrete mixers, and jackhammers, at times carrying out dangerous tasks on narrow steel beams dozens of stories above the ground.

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  • Magnesium: Its Sources, Benefits and Uses

    Properly fueling your body with the right vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients involves more than an indiscriminate cramming of favorite foods into your mouth. Yet some of us do just that, believing our body is wired to sort out everything on its own, automatically undoing the dietary mistakes we make and making sure the right minerals go to the right places in the correct amounts. It helps to know what the essential minerals are that our body needs to survive, and that starts with identifying the “major minerals,” such as magnesium.

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  • The EPI Journey of Lexi the German Shepherd

    This blog post highlights the experience of a WonderLabs customer and her puppy's journey through some of the challenges and up's and down's of identifying and treating exocrine pancreatic insufficiency in her German Shepherd, Lexi. Linda has been gracious enough to share with us her story, including test results after using our PetFactor product with Lexi.

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  • Bee Pollen for Anti-Aging and Energy Boosting?!

    Pollen is typically something you try to avoid, right? Scratchy throat, stuffy nose, dry eyes. No thanks. When it comes to bee pollen, however, the tables turn. This is one type of pollen you may actually want in your body!

    While bee pollen doesn’t get all the buzz that “big name” supplements like Vitamin B receive, this product is humming along just beneath the radar. Discover some of the incredible potential benefits of bee pollen and other bee-derived ingredients below…

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Truck Drivers

    The life of a big rig truck driver (18-wheelers) is not one conducive to good health. It is, in fact, a profession more conducive to bad health, or at least developing it over time. The challenge is even greater this time of year, when about half the country is wrapped in wintry conditions, and cold and flu season is in a heightened state. Plus truck drivers live life fast – fast trucks, fast food, and fast sleep wherever you can catch a wink before resuming the long haul.

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  • Going Vegan? Make Sure You Know About These 6 Vitamins & Supplements

    Whether it’s a lifestyle or a one-month experiment, more people than ever before are going vegan. Food Revolution Network shares these global statistics as evidence:

    • Self-identifying vegans have increased by 600% over the last three years in the U.S.
    • GrubHub users chose “vegan food” 19% more in the first half of 2017 than in the first half of 2016.
    • "Nestlé, the largest food company in the world, predicts that plant-based foods will continue to grow and … this trend is ‘here to stay.’”

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Nurses

    If you think of nurses as mere sidekicks to physicians, then it’s time to be introduced to the real world. Nurses do much more than just take vitals, empty out bedpans, and offer a bedside manner that is empathetic and encouraging. Their responsibilities run the gamut from rendering decisions related to acute treatment to providing school inoculations to studying and utilizing data relative to a patient’s biological, physical, and behavioral needs.

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  • It's Not Too Late to Catch or Prevent the Flu

    January is here, meaning it’s way too late to be giving Christmas gifts even belatedly or ringing in the New Year, but dealing with the flu? Welcome to the height of the flu season, which kicked off in October but is still out there looking for new victims. The trick is to do what you can to avoid any flu virus that might have your name on it. As they say, let’s be careful out there.

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  • Folate/Folic Acid -- Its Sources, Benefits and Uses | Featured Product

    If you are one of the many who confuse the terms folate and folic acid, you are forgiven. That’s because you haven’t done anything wrong. Essentially, they are one and the same – sort of. Folate, otherwise known as vitamin B9, is one of many essential vitamins, and it is naturally occurring, found in many types of foods. Folic acid is the synthetic version of folate/B9, used to fortify foods and also a key ingredient in nutritional supplements.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Soldiers

    The military lives and breathes on maxims and mottos, and one of them often heard around posts and bases is “being fit to fight with what we have.” As you might have guessed, the biggest piece when it comes to being fit is physical fitness. Whether you are in the army, marines, air force, or navy, a big chunk of your time involves staying in tiptop shape to handle the rigors of your various tasks and missions.

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  • 7 Creative Ways to Remember to Take Your Vitamins!

    We believe in vitamins and supplements. We buy them. We open the packages and line up the bottles in medicine cabinets and kitchen pantries. And then we forget to take them. It’s not that we don’t want to take our vitamins and supplements, it’s just that life somehow gets in the way. In the medical world, doctors call this “medication nonadherence,” and it’s an issue that’s challenged patients and health providers for decades.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Firefighters

    Being a firefighter is about more than sliding down a pole, holding onto a firetruck while racing to the scene of a fire, manning a high-pressure hose, rapidly climbing ladders, running up flights of stairs, breaking down doors and other obstacles with an axe, and dodging incredibly hot flames while rescuing trapped people. A lot more, which helps explain that living the life of a firefighter 24/7 is a risk-filled challenge not for the faint of heart.

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  • 5 Vitamins That Could Be Affecting Your Oral Health

    Dental hygiene is extremely important to maintain, however, with many foods containing a high sugar content as well as being highly acidic this can have a huge impact on our teeth. Although the damage to your teeth may sometimes be hereditary, a number of professionals, from a London dentist to your local clinic, are available to help you combat the problems you could be experiencing. However, what if we told you a way that you could prevent the problem? Here we are going to give you some top tips for vitamins that could be affecting your oral health.

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  • Kosher-Certified Supplements: What, Why & How!

    You take vitamins and supplements because you want to be the healthiest version of yourself, right? So, why settle for just any supplement when you can take kosher-certified supplements? At Wonder Labs, we believe in providing your family with the highest quality products possible, which is one reason why we offer a wide array of kosher-certified vitamins and supplements.

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  • How A Lack Of Vitamins & Minerals Can Lead To Hair Loss

    When it comes to how we eat and drink, very few of us are keeping up the balanced diets we’re regularly encouraged to adopt. For this reason, nutritional deficiencies are on the rise and while these can cause a number of different health issues, one of the most common side effects is hair loss. While the world is adapting to this growing issue with new treatments, from a hair transplant in Turkey to hair growth supplements, understanding just why you might be losing your hair and whether this is due to a vitamin or mineral deficiency is crucial to finding the right solution.

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  • Echinacea -- Its Sources, Benefits and Uses | Featured Product

    Winter has officially arrived, and with it comes the usual slew of colds and the even more dreaded flu. Chances are the nasty colds are already here in full force, leaving sufferers with two main thoughts when it comes to their current condition: How can I shorten the duration of this cold, and what can I do going forward to thwart my next cold? For years, the most obvious solution to at least the second part of that conundrum was vitamin C, but on closer examination and contemplation, an even-better cold preventative might be echinacea.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Teachers

    Being a teacher is a noble profession, but it is one that comes with potential for stress (and anxiety), long days and some nights and weekends on your feet, and, for elementary school teachers especially, a lot of time on the move with hustle and bustle. The job often requires teachers to stand for hours at a time, which can be brutal on the back and feet. Teachers must be able to handle pressure (of students, administrators, and parents), maintain a sharp mind, and have the energy and endurance to survive the long haul.

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  • 5 Major Muscle Groups of the Body and Their Function

    There are more than 600 muscles in the human body. Muscles are considered the only tissue in the body that has the ability to contract and move the other body parts. About 40% of your body weight is made up of muscle tissues.  Basically, these muscles are used for locomotion, first and foremost, but also for achieving complex and impressive moves. Because of their usage and movement, exercise programs that involve the martial arts can be very beneficial for individuals looking to stay fit and improve muscle tone and coordination.

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  • Cinnamon | Reap the Benefits for Your Health

    To anyone who has a sweet tooth and has longed for a ‘miracle’ food that is not only sweet and tasty but also healthful and beneficial (and low on calories) need dream no longer. There is such a consumable – cinnamon – that in fact has been around for thousands of years and which provides a plethora of potential health benefits that sound almost too good to be true. But it is true.

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  • 5 Reasons For Some Vitamins, Herbs and Minerals Before Hitting the Gym

    I bet many people would walk right away from exercising if they were told that exercising leaves some of their tissues broken or injured. Hard as that may be to swallow, it’s the frank way to explain the internal technicalities that make exercises beneficial. Talking about misconceptions, hypes and exaggerations, health and fitness comes only second to love and relationships.

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  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: What's Going On?

    One of man’s (and woman’s) greatest fears is hair loss – that is, loss of the hair that starts out growing atop your head. Theories abound as to what causes hair loss, ranging from excessive wearing of ballcaps or ponytails to driving convertibles with the top down to too many shampoos, but more likely it’s a combination of factors based more in science than myths. No, experts say, frequent brushing or towel-drying of your hair won’t turn you bald overnight.

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  • If You're Anemic, Here's What You Can Do About It

    At this time of year, with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, to include all the shopping, partying, and traveling, it’s easy to find yourself tired, worn down, and ready for a horizontal perch on the sofa. Maybe you feel blasé, devoid of energy, not sure how you’re going to be able to make it – and this is during restful moments, away from the hubbub. Worse yet, this seriously rundown feeling isn’t going away, and you don’t know what’s up.

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  • Fish Oil | Reap the Benefits for Your Health

    The first thing you need to know about fish oil is that it is one of the most frequently consumed dietary supplements, and it contains an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, which can boost your health in many ways. All you must do is give fish oil a chance, whether it be eating some of the many types of fish that contain fish oil (such as lake trout, sardines, salmon, oysters, various types of tuna, swordfish, anchovies, and herring, among others) or adding it as a daily supplement to your diet. Then watch it go to work inside your body.

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  • Cayenne Pepper | Reap the Benefits for Your Health

    What’s there not to love about cayenne? It’s a pepper that adds a splendid kick to almost any meal (even breakfast, in some cases) and which doubles in its other world as a therapeutic compound with thousands of years of practical use and dozens of uses ranging from treating heartburn and delirium to going head to head with sore throat and hemorrhoids. Not to mention (but we are, anyway) it can also do a number in helping to cleanse the body as a detoxifying agent.

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  • Valerian/Valerin Calms the Nerves, Helps You Sleep

    Although scientific studies examining the herb valerian’s sedative powers is relatively limited, compared to other supplement products, consider this: it has been used for centuries for treating insomniacs – people who have trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep. The proof is in how it has been used for centuries by various cultures as a reliable therapeutic agent for an assortment of issues related to sleep, stress, and anxiety.

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    Previously in this space, we discussed vitamin B12 and the important roles it plays on multiple levels in supporting our health. A deficiency of B12 can lead to all sorts of problems, starting on a basic level with tiredness, weakness, constipation and anemia, while a long-term deficiency can ultimately lead to nerve damage and dementia, even gait disturbance, among other life-changing conditions to be avoided.

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  • Make Vitamin B12 a Dedicated Focus of Your Daily Diet

    If you follow a healthy, well-rounded diet that includes meat, fish, yogurt and raw milk, you probably don’t have much to worry about when it comes to having sufficient vitamin B12 in your system. Without a steady supply of B12, though, you could be dealing with debilitating symptoms such as chronic fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, shortness of breath, mood changes, poor memory, and even poor dental health.

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  • Your Body Could Use an Occasional Detoxification

    Count the number of times you’ve heard the expression “You are what you eat.” OK, so you can’t. Too many. While the saying has a lot of truth to it, good or bad for your sake (depending on how you structure your diet – assuming there IS structure to it), there’s more that goes into this subject, and by that we mean what goes into your body. Your body is a magnet and receptacle for many things, not just what you eat, and therein lies the danger – the bodily accumulation of toxins through various environmental factors.

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  • Vitamins & Supplements That Can Offset Rx Side Effects

    Most likely you’ve sat through oodles of those television commercials and infomercials touting one prescription drug or another that can relieve sufferers of some highly annoying (or worse) condition, whether it be high cholesterol, an overactive bladder, or erectile dysfunction, among others. Don’t you love it when the announcer then gives you a rapid-fire list of possible side effects that, cumulatively, sound less desirable than the condition being treated.

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  • Complications of Diabetes for Your Health

    Each year, 1.5 million Americans of all ages are diagnosed with diabetes. This disorder of the metabolism is diagnosed in three different types: type 1 diabetes, in which most people diagnosed with this are born with it, type 2 diabetes, which develops through a number of external factors, and gestational diabetes, which is diagnosed in pregnant women. A woman diagnosed with gestational diabetes has a greater chance for later development of type 1 or 2 diabetes, and her child could have a higher risk of diabetes as well.

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  • What Is an Ulcer and What Can You Do About It?

    There’s nothing like the sight of sticky mucus to make us grimace or get grossed out, but when it comes to the health of our stomach – and our overall health at that – sticky mucus is a good thing. When our stomach is healthy, it is coated in a layer of that stuff, but when an unwanted toxin eats away at it, possibly resulting in a painful and sometimes bloody open sores, you likely have what’s known as an ulcer. Some are tiny and others over an inch long, but once we get them, the immediate goal becomes getting rid of them.

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  • What Urine Can Tell You About Your Health

    There’s a lot you can learn about yourself every time you go to the bathroom to urinate. The color and even the smell of your pee can be a window to your health, giving you instant feedback – even an early warning – on what might be going on inside of you and which you need to know for your own good. All without having to make an appointment and then going to see your doctor.

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  • What You Need to Know about Diabetes

    About one in 10 Americans have diabetes, which works out to more than 30 million people. More than 80 million other U.S. adults are at the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and that’s sobering news when you realize that this disease – which is closely aligned with blood glucose levels in your body – can lead to blindness, nerve damage, and kidney disease, among other health issues.

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  • Time to Gear Up for Cold & Flu Season: Part I

    Now that November is in full swing, and the leaves are dead and gone, and the chill is permeating the air, our thoughts turn to holiday season dinners, buying gifts for others, and, unfortunately, dreading the arrival of cold and flu season – unless you are already in the throes of one or the other, and don’t feel like doing anything but curling up in bed and trying to get some shuteye.

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  • Gingko -- Its Sources, Benefits and Uses | Featured Product

    Ginkgo has a sterling reputation as a plant-based supplement that can help people think, literally. It’s best known for its potential to enhance memory and clear up brain fog, and it has even shown some positive benefits for Alzheimer’s patients who otherwise see a steady decline of their cognitive abilities. It gets better, though, as ginkgo has also shown health benefits in numerous other areas as well, mainly in regard to improved blood flow and how that plays out well in so many aspects of your health.

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  • Iodine -- Its Sources, Benefits and Uses | Featured Product

    Most of the various vitamins, minerals, and elements that you need to survive and thrive are naturally manufactured by your body. Then there are some substances vital to your well-being that you need to provide for yourself, either through your diet or supplements. One of those is iodine, an essential trace element. You don’t need a lot but what your body does need is vital, especially in regard to your thyroid gland.

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  • Nothing Could Be Sadder Than an Unhealthy Bladder

    Your bladder is one of the major organs in your body, and it probably is not one you think about very often. But more than likely when you do think about it, it’s about the only thing you have on your mind; suddenly you are rushing around looking to find a rest room for the purpose of putting a stop to that “loud” alarm going off inside of you. Urinating is a highly personal affair, and when the time comes for it to be relieved, you want to be ready.

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  • What Are All These Other Ingredients in My Supplements?

    When buying nutritional supplements, it’s good to know exactly what each is best suited for in terms of health benefits and/or safeguards, and what dietary ingredients they contain. Like anything else, though, supplements have their share of the “fine print” as well, and, like reading a contract or the directions to a new gizmo you are putting together, it helps to have at least some understanding of the “other ingredients” contained in a supplement.

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  • What Does Homeopathic Really Mean?

    Surveys in recent years have shown that roughly 5 million adults and a million children each year have used homeopathic medical treatment. That might seem like a large number, until you realize that many more millions of Americans have either never heard of homeopathic me3dicine, or if they have, they don’t really know what it is. Perhaps it’s time that more people found out about it, because many of its practitioners swear by it.

     

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  • Let Creatine Create Enhanced Performance for You

    Even for those of you who do it all the time, exercise and intense competition can sometimes become a drag on the body, right? Those are the times to be thinking about a little “pick-me-up” that might help you run a bit faster, jump a little higher, do an extra set of lifts, or extend that endurance a little bit farther. Enhancing your athletic or workout performance safely and legally should be atop your list of priorities, and creatine can help on all counts.

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  • What Is MTHFR Mutation and What Does It Mean?

    Health, nutrition, and supplementation together cover a myriad of topics, and there are times that such discussions have the look and feel of a science fiction novel. Such as when the subject turns to gene mutation, in this case MTHFR mutation, a gene variation that can affect how successful your body is in metabolizing folate and folic acid, both of which are forms of vitamin B9 that play key roles in many key bodily functions.

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  • The Best Supplements for Healthy Hair

    Dry hair. Brittle hair. Thinning hair. Going, going, gone hair.

    When it comes to hair, most men take the wash-it-and-forget-it approach. However, your hair is very much “alive” and responsive to your diet and the chemicals and detergents it comes into contact with. From damaging shampoos to chlorinated pools, your hair can be exposed to a lot of harsh chemicals that result in… well… rather lackluster locks.

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  • U.S. Government Ramps Up War Against Opioid Addiction

    In what has become a rare act of bipartisanship in government, President Donald Trump has signed an anti-opioid abuse legislative package aimed at reducing opioid-related addiction and deaths across America. Trump had declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency in 2017, a proclamation which set the wheels in motion to empower the government to respond more quickly to the crisis.

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  • Do Pain-Relieving Gels Really Work??

    These days, many consumers are becoming more aware of how the medications they take can adversely affect their health. Conventional wisdom says, “Swollen knee? Achy back? Pop a couple ibuprofens.” But is that really the best thing for your body?

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  • Tea for Two, but Are Alleged Health Benefits True?

    Let’s cut to the chase by answering the question posed in the title of this article. Yes, the alleged health benefits are true, or at least appear to be true, but such a declaration comes with several caveats. One qualifier is that not all teas sold on the market are real teas – those being ones derived from the Camellia sinensis plant. Plus, actual testing of tea’s beneficial potencies has been limited to animals and not humans, so we can’t quite say ‘yeah’ with 100 percent confidence.

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  • What's In TripleTrim Weight Loss Formula?

    We all know that diet and exercise are essential for weight loss and healthy weight maintenance, right? But sometimes diet and exercise alone just isn’t enough. You can only starve yourself so much… or spend so much time on the treadmill, right?! When you feel like you’ve hit your limit – but still aren’t getting the results you want – what do you do? Meet TripleTrim+, a specially designed weight loss formula that brings a three-pronged approach to weight loss with Garcinia Cambogia, Green Coffee Bean and Razberi-K™. Let’s take a closer look…

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  • If We Made Supplements Out of Almonds

    When it comes to a nutritious, energy-packed snack, it’s hard to do better than the almond. When you snack on a handful of raw almonds (just say, “No,” to the salted and honey-glazed varieties!), you aren’t just getting an energy boost; you’re also fueling your body with much-needed vitamins and minerals.

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  • Pumpkin Seeds Can Sprout Health Benefits for You

    With Halloween just a couple weeks away, what better way to conclude this three-part series on nutritional seed supplements by carving out some time to talk about pumpkin seeds? One good thing to know about pumpkin seeds right off the bat is that they are alkaline-forming, per care2.com, which means consumption of them can go a long way toward balancing out your body’s pH levels in a world full of acidic foods. Think, for example, gooey or hard candy that will make its ways into millions of kids’ trick-or-treating bags.

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  • Can I Take My Vitamins & Supplements with Prescription Medications?

    The ample availability and accessibility of nutritional and herbal supplements has changed our world and improved our access to better health in recent decades. These products are readily available over-the-counter across America. Their ease of use have made them indispensable to tens of millions of U.S. households, eagerly used by adults, young and old, to complement what you eat at mealtime and to help plug any gaps in proper nutrition.

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  • Dandelion Root -- Its Sources, Benefits and Uses

    To some homeowners, a dandelion is nothing more than an annoying weed that so rudely populates his or her yard for a brief spell once a year. Others a bit more romantic at heart are enraptured by the bright yellow hue of the budding plant. But what many members of both of these demographics might not know is that dandelion root has long been a staple of the herbal remedy market, known for its properties of stimulating the appetite, promoting digestion, and acting as a laxative.

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  • Play It Smart When It Comes to Brain Food

    https://www.wonderlabs.com/blog/how-does-nutrition-affect-mental-healthAsk anybody if they are all in for eating their way to a healthier brain and a boost in mental acuity. No doubt a lot of hands would be raised in affirmation. Of course, you would then have to explain to them that this doesn’t mean just pigging out indiscriminately on your smorgasbord of favorites. It actually calls for being selective in what you eat and, in most cases, in the right quantities.

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  • Flaxseeds Can Sprout Health Benefits for You

    In this second of three blogs in our impromptu good-things-come-in-small-packages series of nutritional seeds, we turn our gaze to flaxseeds, which have been around for a long time – as in 6,ooo years long! These small seeds – which can be found in brown, tan, or gold-colored varieties, are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids known as alpha-linolenic acids (ALA) and can fight the good fight for good health on several fronts, such as blood sugar, heart disease, digestion, skin complexion, cholesterol, and hormones.

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  • Chia Seeds Can Sprout Health Benefits for You

    When planting a garden, such as the one in your backyard, it is imperative that you have the right seeds in hand to make it possible to plant, nurture, and harvest a nice assortment of vegetables for the family dinner table. Ditto for your body and an assortment of nutritional seeds. As small as they are, such seeds can be indispensable for your health; it’s just a matter of knowing which ones can do what, and then being sure to include them as part of your daily dietary regimen.

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  • Infographic: Essential Vitamin Benefits and Other Things to Know

    There are 13 essential vitamins all-in-all. Do you know what they are? Do you know if they are water soluble or fat soluble? What's the difference? Do you know how much you need as compared to your spouse? What about the best natural source of getting the vitamins in your food diet? Or, what about signs you should look for in the event you think you might have a deficiency in one of these essential vitamins? Well, it's all right here in this infographic created by the folks over at medalerthelp.org.

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  • Milk Thistle - Its Sources, Benefits and Uses | Featured Product

    Ask a half-dozen people their favorite health attribute linked to milk thistle, and you will likely hear six different answers. That points to the versatility of this flowering plant (reddish-purplish flowers) found mostly in Mediterranean countries and which belongs to the same plant family as the daisy. Scientifically known as silybmum marianum, milk thistle actually goes by an assortment of names that also include Mary thistle, holy thistle, and Scotch thistle.

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  • Multiply the Health Benefits of Vitamin B-12 and Omega-3

    Consider this the nutritional supplement version of combining two favorites – peanut butter and chocolate – into one, and producing a whole that apparently is better than the sum of its parts. While this isn’t about Reese’s peanut butter cups, it is about the beneficial effects you can get from supplementing with vitamin B12 and omega-3 fish oils at the same time.

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  • 4 Stress-Relieving Supplements You Need ASAP!

    Stress may be caused by a variety of factors outside of your control: work, school, finances, relationships, etc. But our chemical makeup may exacerbate an emotional and psychological response to those events. If you’re feeling stressed out, take a couple of minutes to learn about these four supplements, which are known to help manage stress!

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  • What Everyone Should Know About Breast Cancer

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime, it's important to educate on who is at risk of this vicious disease. Not only are women susceptible to breast cancer, but men can also be diagnosed as well. Thanks to increased awareness, medical advances, and early detection methods - the survival rate of people who are diagnosed has increased largely.

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  • What Are Amino Acids and Why Are They Needed?

    Amino acids are the organic compounds that come together to form proteins, the building blocks of life. Knowing that, it should be no surprise that your body needs a daily intake of amino acids. That’s because your body doesn’t store any surplus amino acids that you have consumed, per organicfacts.net. It’s sort of like buying minutes for your phone on a monthly basis – use them or lose them, or at least that’s the way it used to be. You get the idea.

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  • If We Made Supplements Out of Pistachios

    Let’s just say we’d cover a lot of the basics. Pistachios are rich in many critical nutrients that provide the body with energy and reduce inflammation. Rich in nutrients, pistachios are also rich in history. So, if we tried to break down the pistachio into its individual components, what would we find? The chemical picture might look something like this…

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  • Your Dog May Benefit From Supplements Too

    If you’re a regular reader on the Wonder Labs Blog, then you are probably a firm believer in the importance of vitamins and supplements for the human body. But, there’s a good chance you’ve never thought about supplements for man’s best friend! 

    Of course, our furry friends have complex circulatory, digestive, and nerve systems just like we do. And while there isn’t as much research interest in supplements for dogs, we do know that pets can benefit from a wide variety of supplements. In the past, we’ve written about how dogs can benefit from several herbs and supplements, including: alfalfa, chromium, vitamin E, milk thistle, and others.

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  • Never a Bad Time for Healthy Aging Strategies

    September is Healthy Aging Month, and even though the month is drawing to a close, there’s never a bad time to be thinking about healthy aging and what you’re going to do about it in the coming years. That’s regardless how old you are right now. They say it’s never too late to start a new hobby or learn a new skill; flip that philosophy, and you can say it’s never too early in life to be thinking about and preparing for your future health, especially once the gray hairs start popping up.

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  • Want a Non-Habit Forming, Homeopathic Pain Reliever? Try Valerin!

    The U.S. is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic with over 130 people dying each day from opioid-related drug overdoses. As opioids dominate the headlines, many consumers are becoming extra cautious about what drugs they allow inside their medicine cabinets.

    At Wonder Labs, we aim to help consumers find healthy, natural, and safe alternatives. Valerin® is an all-natural relaxant for muscle cramps and pain that we developed decades ago. Still our top selling product, Valerin has been embraced by hundreds of thousands of customers as a wonderful and highly effective non-addictive pain reliever.

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  • Watch Your Mouth! 6 Vitamins for Oral Health

    If you’re like most people, when you notice bad breath, you might reach for the toothbrush or a bottle of mouthwash. While nothing can replace regular dental care (brushing, flossing, etc.), more and more people are finding that they can improve oral health – and that includes bad breath! – through the use of vitamins.

    That’s right, certain vitamins and minerals can be just as important as toothpaste and regular dental cleanings when it comes to your oral health. Let’s take a closer look at the ones you need to know about…

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  • Berberine -- Its Sources, Benefits and Uses | Featured Product

    You’ve probably been asked at least once that if you were to end up on a deserted island and could only take one thing with you (short of a boat or helicopter), what would it be? Well, let’s take a variation of that question – one that is much less daunting – and it goes like this: If you could pick only one nutritional supplement to take with you to that deserted island, and assuming an endless supply, what would it be, and why? We can think of several, but one great choice would be berberine.

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  • Still Taking the Fight to Alzheimers Disease

    September is World’s Alzheimer’s Month, and now that September has arrived, this is as good a time as any to pick up this fight where we left off – seeking solutions that will someday, hopefully, lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease (as well as all forms of dementia). Until then, medical science stays in hot pursuit of finding healthy ways to fend off Alzheimer’s as long as we can and to slow down its progression as much as possible.

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  • Getting a Handle on Cholesterol

    For most of our lives we have been taught to think of cholesterol as a bad thing, an enemy to our long-term health and happiness. Too much cholesterol in our bodies, we are told, makes us a walking time bomb, and we don’t even feel it. Well, yes, too high a level of cholesterol in your body can be hazardous to your health, specifically, your heart health, but let’s take a deeper dive on the subject and see exactly what we are dealing with, and perhaps take some of the “fear” out of this touchy subject.

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  • Pain Awareness Month is 12 Months a Year for Some

    For those of us who grow weary after a day or two of rain, the age-old plea of “Rain, rain, go away” almost always comes true within a matter of, well, another day or two. But for those who suffer with chronic pain, it’s going to take a lot more than chants of “Pain, pain, go away” to make that come true. And if you’ve ever told someone in pain that you feel their pain, well, that really isn’t true either.

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  • What's It Like Having 30 Billion Good Bacteria?

    In the words of Carolyn, a Wonder Labs probiotic customer, “I didn't know there was help for that sluggish achy feeling […]” You know the feeling, right? Countless people can identify with feeling tired and living with chronic digestive problems. Now, an increasing number of people are turning to probiotics for healthy digestion, immune system support and other related disorders. Many people, like Carolyn, are discovering how 30 billion good bacteria – in the form of a probiotic/prebiotic blend – can improve energy levels and digestive health!

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  • 'Z' is for Zinc Deficiency: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    Now we come to the end of the first round in our A to Z series, which brings us to one of the more interesting topics when it comes to health and supplementation. Nowadays, when we think of zinc, one of the minerals essential to our bodies, we think of those lozenges we are advised to start taking when we feel a cold coming on, with zinc ranking right up there with vitamin C when it comes to dealing with colds.

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  • L-Carnitine -- Its Sources, Benefits and Uses | Featured Product

    There are myriad weight-loss products on the market – there has been for decades – and choosing the right one(s) can be an exasperating chore. Fretting over such a choice would be OK if it meant losing a few pounds in the process, but that’s not going to happen. So let’s help you cut through the smoke and offer a suggestion worth a look – L-carnitine.

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  • 6 Reasons Why You Need Eucalyptus Oil In Your Life!

    Are essential oils becoming a bigger trend every single day? Yes. Does that diminish their significance? No way! There’s a lot of hype – and with that, a lot of skeptics – when it comes to essential oils. Today, let’s bring the conversation into focus by looking on just one: eucalyptus essential oil. Here are a few of the ways eucalyptus oil can improve your health and home…

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  • How EDTA Helps Remove Heavy Metals and Other Toxins from Your Body

    Even if you’ve never wanted to be in a heavy metal band, let alone ever entertained the thought or bothered listening to the stuff, chances are that you have some heavy metal inside of you, whether you like it or not. Small amounts of heavy-metal toxins are pervasive in our society, and we ingest or breathe in some of it quite often, presumably without our ever knowing it, at least not most of the time.

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  • Depression Statistics in America [Infographic]

    Depression is a serious problem in the United States and details about the impact depression has on our overall health continue to be researched and published. Far too frequently those experiencing depression and the other challenges associated with it feel as though they are living in darkness, separated from the rest of society, which usually further influences deeper or extended periods of these feelings.

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  • Going for the Gusto with Gut Health

    When it comes to your overall health, all roads lead to and through your stomach. That’s where your gut is, and it is in your gut where trillions of bacteria reside. That’s nothing to be afraid of. In fact, there are what is known as good bacteria and there are bad bacteria, and a core philosophy of staying in good health is making sure the former outnumber the latter.

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  • What Does 'Standardized' Mean on Ingredient Labels?

    When it comes to buying food and other groceries, it’s good to know what you are buying and what it’s for in regard to your health and nutrition. That includes nutritional supplements. It’s also nice to know if what you are planning to buy is the real thing and if it meets a quality standard that assures us we are getting what we think we are getting. That’s where standardization of product comes in, and that’s why product labeling is so important.

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  • Saw Palmetto -- Sources, Benefits and Uses | Featured Product

    Saw palmetto is a nutritional supplement extracted from the ripe purple berries of the saw palmetto tree (or plant), which is native to the West Indies and can also be found in the warmer climes of the southeastern United States, mostly along the coast from South Carolina to Florida. Also known by such terms as “American swarf palm tree,” “cabbage palm,” and the exotic-sounding “baies du palmier scie,” it is known for its purported role in enhancing male health, particularly in the prostate.

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  • 'X' Is for Xerostomia: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    With Xerostomia, X marks the spot, and that spot happens to be inside your mouth. Xerostomia is the scientific/medical term for dry mouth, a condition that has several causes and involves the salivary glands in our mouths not producing sufficient amounts of saliva. The result is a parched, or dry, sensation inside the mouth, occasionally accompanied by other symptoms such as a rough tongue, mouth sores, and/or cracked lips.

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  • Learn How to Take the Fall (Allergies)

    You made it through spring and survived spring’s seasonal allergies, and now you have (supposedly) enjoyed a nice summer that is winding down. It’s mid-August, with many kids heading back to school (or already there in some states), temperatures at night starting to cool somewhat, and much of America ready for fall, foliage, and football – which means good times are ahead and we can breathe in the crisp, autumn air without a worry in the world.

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  • How to Fight Adrenal Fatigue Naturally

    How many times have you felt fatigued days or even weeks on end, making you wonder what might be wrong with you, if anything? Could it be an oncoming bout of flu that is taking its sweet time in lowering the boom on you? Or maybe it’s a vitamin deficiency that can be easily solved with a quick tweak of the diet or a vitamin shot? Another thought is that it might be an immune system left tuckered out after fighting off a chronic infection such as bronchitis or pneumonia

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  • 'W' is for Weight Management: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    So, your goal in life right now is for weight loss, but you’re not having a whole lot of success keeping it off? Maybe it’s time for a paradigm shift in your mindset, or a shift to making weight management your goal. Think of the latter as a more reasoned way to not only lose the weight but to keep it off, and keep it off for the long haul.

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  • The Best Sources and Benefits of Potassium

    Potassium is the third-most plentiful mineral in your body, and that’s a really good thing because it’s a mineral that provides numerous healthy benefits for your body. Not only is potassium an electrolyte, one of about a half-dozen that are essential to our well-being, it also serves a multitude of core function that include regulating your body’s balance of fluids while also controlling the heart’s electrical activity, preserving bone mineral intensity, and decreasing the unwanted formation of kidney stones.

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  • Meet Chlorella: Another Superfood to Embrace

    Periodically in this space we write about various “superfoods,” ones that pack a wallop nutritionally and can tackle an assortment of health-related issues, making us feel better inside and out. Most of the time when we discuss such superfoods, we talk about stuff that is above ground or at least in the ground when it gets harvested. Today, we’re going to stick our heads in the water, and below the surface we see a type of freshwater algae known as chlorella. Yeah, it’s worthy of “super food” status as well.

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  • Flavonoids: What Are They - Where Are They From - What Do They Do?

    For years we have been reminded by well-meaning folks to be sure to eat our fruits and veggies, and there is a good health-related, scientific reason for this. Fruits and vegetables are the most abundant food source of flavonoids, which are responsible for the vivid colors of fruits and vegetables and, even more importantly, are characterized by their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune system-bolstering properties.

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  • How Electrolytes Keep Your Body Functioning As Needed

    We all know what it feels like to get an electrical shock, like when we experience a buildup of static electricity and then touch something made of metal (shocking us in more ways than one). Not a pleasant experience, although electrical charges are not alien to our normal function as human beings. Many of your body’s processes depend on a small electric current to operate, and substances known as electrolytes provide this charge while interacting with each other as well as cells in our tissues, nerves, and muscles.

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  • Keeping Hydrated More Important Than You May Think

    Summer is in full bloom, meaning it’s about as hot as it’s going to get this year, and many of us are outdoors a lot, perspiring more than usual. Some of us are more active now than in any other season. Even if we are not, we are probably outside more than we are otherwise accustomed to, and water is leaving our bodies quicker than normal. So, what does all this mean? For one thing, it means we need to stay especially alert when it comes to staying hydrated. As in keeping our bodies properly fed in terms of H2O.

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  • Fats and Oils that Combat Inflammation

    Inflammation in our bodies can be a good thing, or it can be a bad thing. It all depends on what the source is and what part of the body is being affected. Inflammation occurs when your immune system is activated and initiates a healing process, whether it be because of an infection, an injury, or even as a reaction to a food allergy.

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  • Should You Give Your Children Vitamins?

    When was the last time you picked a food item off the shelf at the grocery store and tried to read the Ingredients List? Really read the Ingredients List? As if you were trying to fully digest the information so you could explain it to someone else?

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  • 1 in 8 Women Will Get Breast Cancer. These Supplements May Help

    Approximately one in eight women in the U.S. “will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime,” reports breastcancer.org. Aside from lung cancer, breast cancer death rates are higher than any other cancer for women in the U.S. While many women with a family history are aware of their risk (and get screened), it’s important to point out that approximately 85% of cases occur in women with no family history.

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  • The Best Vitamins & Supplements for Men

    Okay men, raise your hands. Frequently you're known for not going to the doctor on a regular basis and putting off health issues until the last minute. Does that describe you? Yet, many men are usually focused on being fit and staying active during their younger years. Where does the switch happen and why? Regardless of those reasons, it's time to reverse those stereotypes and perspectives and get men of all ages interested in and focused on keeping themselves as healthy as they can for as long as they can.

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  • July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

    Arthritis is commonly regarded, rightfully, as an aging-adult’s disease, but the news becomes more sobering and even shocking with the realization that kids, too, also get arthritis. Per curearthritis.org, nearly 300,000 children 18 and under in America are afflicted with some form of arthritis. With July being Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, what better time to hammer home the message that many children have painful, even stiff joints, which is why they and their parents, once there is a diagnosis, seek effective treatments and medications.

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  • 'U' is for Urinary Health: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    Few things are worse for men, women, or children than having to go to the bathroom – in this case, No. 1 – only to get over or on the toilet and nothing comes out, except maybe a few drips or at least a very weak stream at best. Even worse is when attempts at urination are accompanied by pain or some other annoying or more worrisome symptoms that could be a sign of a larger health issue.

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  • Cordyceps Mushrooms a Natural Energy Booster

    Elite athletes, especially those competing in endurance sports such as biking, swimming, and running, seem to like cordyceps mushrooms for the powers they can bestow upon them in terms of improving respiratory health, increasing oxygen uptake, and boosting energy. There’s a lot to like there when your task is to cover a whole lot of yards or miles and your goal is to get to the finish line before anyone else does.

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  • Boswellia Can Assist in Weight Loss

    Traditional medicine practitioners of ancient times, dating back 3,000 or more years, were really on to something. Their reliance on powerful herbs to successfully treat many of the maladies of their day was nothing short of ingenious, ahead of its time. Take boswellia, for instance. This herb, taken from the Boswellia serrata tree as a gummy resin, has been used to treat numerous medical conditions for centuries, and when it comes to weight loss and this century, it’s nothing short of a revelation.

     

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  • 'T' is for Turmeric: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    Suppose you are about to be stranded on a small island out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – even if it’s totally inconceivable you’d actually get advance notice for that sort of thing – and you can take only one nutritional supplement with you. What would it be? Well, depending on your personal preferences and particular state of health, there are, arguably, several right answers. But the best answer? Let’s start (and end) with turmeric.

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  • Forskolin Is All in for Benefiting Our Health

    For anyone who is overweight, afflicted with high blood pressure and looking to build muscle mass while also alleviating their symptoms of asthma, the herbal supplement forskolin might be just what the doctor ordered. Or at least it’s worth a discussion with your physician or other health-care professional, mindful of forskolin’s purported wide range of health benefits.

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  • Boron Can Be a Boon for Men's and Women's Health

    Boron is a trace mineral naturally found in some foods, and it is an “equal opportunity” micronutrient at that – that is, it has some properties especially unique to women’s health and yet is also embraced by athletic men for how it can boost bone density and testosterone, making it helpful for male athletes such as power lifters and bodybuilders looking to develop muscle mass.

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  • Vitamin D Is Your Sunshine in a Bottle

    Vitamin D is an essential vitamin for bone growth and bone health, among its other functions, but it is not something naturally produced by our bodies in significant quantity. There are few foods with significant amounts of Vitamin D in them to give us as much as our body needs and uses. Our body will produce some vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun and it absorbs the ultraviolet B radiation, which is why it gets the nickname of "sunshine vitamin", but still not enough in quantity. So we generally need to rely on supplements to get enough vitamin D.

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  • 'S' is for Sweeteners: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    Many of us, and hopefully most (if not all) of us, are learning more and more each year about what to put in our mouths and what to leave just where it is. One of the hardest parts about all this, though, is knowing what to do about sugars and sweeteners. Everyone has a dietary weak point (or soft spot – take your pick), and for many of us that starts and ends with sweets. That ranges from taking your pick from among desserts on the buffet people to your preference for what to add to your next cup of coffee.

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  • Life is Healthier with a Cherry (or Cherries) on Top

    Life isn’t always a bowl of cherries, as most of us well know, but a bowl of cherries is, well, a bowl of cherries. They enhance our health, no question. Cherries are a fruit that can provide us many health benefits, thanks to a potent makeup that includes plenty of fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds, making the small, red fruits one of the healthiest foods around, even when topping a thick, delicious calories-laden milkshake.

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  • Replace Back Pain with Lack of Pain

    All of us experience physical pain of some sort at various times in our lives. There’s headache pain. Neck pain. Foot pain of various types. Pain in our knees. Pain in our wrists or hands. Pain in our fingers. Arthritis pain in general. Tennis elbow. Shin splints, Bruised shins. Occasional pain in our stomachs. Even pain in our butts, whether speaking figuratively or in a literal sense.

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  • Ashwagandha as an Adaptogen Gets All A's

    Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng and winter cherry, is a powerful herb that has been used for a very long time for various medicinal purposes. That’s “a very long time” on the order of 3-5,000 years, with ashwagandha a popular compound among practitioners of ancient Ayurvedic medicine – a practice of natural health with roots in India – cognizant of the herb’s rejuvenating and restorative benefits.

     

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  • 'R' is for Resveratrol: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    It’s not by the skin of your teeth that resveratrol possesses the power to provide a variety of health benefits. It’s more like the skin of your grapes. Red grapes, that is. For it is from the skin of grapes, among other sources, that resveratrol is produced – a polyphenol that is believed to act like an antioxidant, protecting our body from the kind of damage that can make us susceptible to serious problems, such as heart disease.

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  • Improve Your Prospects for a Good Night's Sleep

    There’s never a bad time to talk about sleep. When you’re sleeping well, you look forward to it and can enjoy telling others what works for you. If things aren’t going so well in the snooze department, talking it out with your doctor or another sleep expert can be the right remedy to make things well once your head hits the pillow – whether it’s my pillow or yours.

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  • Citrus Fruits a Boon to Our Immunity

    A big part of maintaining good health is having a strong defense system, and the one we have inside our bodies is nothing to be trifled with. Still, we are under attack pretty much 24/7 from a variety of potentially harmful agents such as viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens that can make our life miserable if they break through our defense and land a proverbial punch.

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  • 'Q' Is for Quercetin: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    In one of our recent blogs, we reviewed the many health benefits that an apple a day – or even just a few a week, depending on your tastes – can provide us. In so doing, we learned about quercetin, found in the skin of an apple. Quercetin is what’s known as a flavonoid, a plant pigment that has been determined to be a powerful antioxidant and often the key component in the red and orange pigmentation found in various fruits and vegetables.

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  • How Ginger Provides Nutritional Support for Your Body

    Many of us grew up being force-fed, or to put it kindly, spoon-fed, when Mom was trying to heal us from a cold or fever or upset stomach or indeterminate pain somewhere that needed her attention in order for the whimpering to stop. In those days, the worst a remedy tasted, the more effective it was in treating the illness or infirmity. That didn’t make it any easier going down the hatch. Then came ginger.

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  • Vitamins, Minerals, Adaptogens and Herbs, Oh My!

    Over the years and several times on a weekly basis, we aim to fill your cup, mug, or bowl with a wealth of knowledge about health, nutrition, and supplements. There is a lot to cover, and research and trends are always broaching new subjects to be looked at. Over time we delve into hundreds of vitamins, minerals, herbs, adaptogens, nutrients, etc. and how they all relate to our general health and bodily functions. It all can be a bit overwhelming.

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  • 'P' Is for Probiotic/Prebiotic: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    It has long been said, mostly in jest, that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Let’s expand on that a bit, and get real about it. The way to a man’s or a woman’s heart, immune system, skin, brain – whatever bodily system or organ you wish to name – is through the stomach. That’s because of the vital role our gut bacteria play in affecting our overall health, and this is where probiotics and prebiotics go to work on our behalf.

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  • An Apple a Day Is Still Sound Advice

    Apples are still the apple of many eyes, but let’s be real – apples don’t have the same pizzazz or panache of some of the more flamboyant fruits that are trending nowadays. Some of those more fascinatingly fashionable fruits that have nudged apples out of the dietary spotlight include blueberries, strawberries, papaya, avocados (yes, they’re fruits), and guavas.

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  • Keep Your Digestive System Healthy with Papaya and Pineapple

    Trends are an ongoing thing in health and nutrition. One recent trend is the growing belief that our gut and digestive health play a central role in determining our overall health. How our gut goes, so goes the rest of our body. Think of your gut and digestive system as the core of your health processes, sort of like nuclear power plants with their nuclear cores.

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  • These Fruits Provide a Berry, Berry Good Fruit Punch

    Subsisting on a diet of nothing but berries might seem a realllll stretch, and it is, as it’s doubtful that any nutritionist or other health expert would ever recommend it. But a closer look at the variety of berries and their benefits afforded us – not to mention what all the other fruits and vegetables of the world can do for us – tells us that there is a lot of good to come from a steady consumption of berries, even if just as a supplement to our main courses.

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  • Licorice Root: One of the Sweetest Adaptogens Around

    There are times that being a health-food nut is like being a kid in a candy store, and that’s all good (at times). Take licorice root, for instance. Also known as “sweet root,” licorice root has often been used over the years as a sweetener for some candies and beverages. Better yet, it has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years as one of many adaptogens – herbs, or healing plants, that are a staple of natural medicine for their ability to balance, restore, and protect the body.

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  • 5 Supplements You Need TODAY for Dry Scalp!

    If your itchy dry scalp is still lingering, it’s time to take action and do something about it. There are many factors, in addition to cold air, that can cause dry scalp, including stress, certain shampoos and hair products, and dietary deficiencies.

    In addition to switching up hair products, many people are turning to vitamins and supplements for dry scalp! Here are a few of the best vitamins for dry scalp.

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  • Keeping Grapes Handy Is a Healthy Strategy

    The Grapes of Wrath was a literary classic, but that’s not important in this context. What is important are the grapes of health, those small berries that come in an assortment of colors – including red, green (“white” grapes are actually green), black, yellow, pink, blue (Concord grapes) and purple – and which provide a wide variety of health benefits.

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  • Common Plants with Uncommon Health Benefits

    Look closely enough and chances are you will see plants growing outside or near your home that have the sort of health benefits typically available at the local pharmacy or in the vitamins section of your local grocery store. Many plants are medicinal in nature, and many of those are growing right under your nose, maybe even in your backyard or in some wooded area a couple of blocks away.

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  • 5 Things To Do for Better Bone Health (Osteoporosis Awareness Month)

    May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. If you’re like most people, bone health isn’t high on your priorities list. After all, as long as your posture is good and you aren’t suffering fractures from minor falls, you’re fine… right?

    Unfortunately, more adults are susceptible to injury resulting from osteoporosis than you might expect.

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  • Keep an Eye on Your Eyes! May Is Healthy Vision Month

    If you have a vision problem… would you know it? That’s one of the questions the National Eye Institute is putting before the public this May for Healthy Vision Month. According to the National Eye Institute, “More than 23 million Americans age 18 and older have never had an eye exam.” 

    Why?

    They don’t think they have an eye problem. It makes sense. If you feel like you see well – or “good enough” – why get your eyes checked? If nothing noticeable has changed, why schedule an extra appointment?

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  • What is Vitamin B7 (Biotin) and What's It Good For?

    As we continue onto the next rung of the ladder in our intermittent series on B-complex vitamins, we now come to vitamin B7, otherwise known as biotin. This is a water-soluble vitamin that, among other things, acts as a catalyst for a variety of metabolic reactions programmed to extract energy in our bodies. Because vitamin B7 is water soluble, it is in constant need of replenishment, and that’s up to us.

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  • Men, Muscles and Minerals - Optimizing Your Workout

    Going it alone without nutritional supplementation can be difficult for any man committed to a hard and/or heavy workout regimen – regardless of age, workout goals, or type of workout regimen. Many adolescent males and those in their 20s and some even into their 30 are virile, strong, and teeming with energy. Beyond that, though, things start to decline in terms of energy and muscle mass, among other factors.

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  • Boswellia's Benefits for Overall Health

    Many of today’s most reliable and effective compounds, herbs, and supplements have a promising future thanks to a history that dates back thousands of years to ancient medical practices. Boswellia, which is sourced from the gum resin of the Boswellia serrata tree (found in the dry, hilly areas of India), is one of those time-tested compounds that has been commonly used over the centuries in Ayurvedic medical practices. It is known especially for its anti-inflammatory properties.

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  • 'M' Is for Mushrooms: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    Mushrooms are fascinating plants, not just because of the myriad health benefits they provide as a “superfood” of sorts, but for the “starring” roles they have played in children’s literature (i.e., “Alice in Wonderland”) and in the expanded minds of hipsters from the psychedelic ‘60s and ‘70s drawn to “magic mushrooms” and their hallucinogenic properties from a substance known as psilocybin.

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  • What is Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) and What's It For?

    Vitamin B6, with pyridoxine as its main ingredient, is a water-soluble vitamin known to be helpful in treating an assortment of health-related problems. These range from issues of the heart to those of the skin as well as those related to depression and the nervous system. Even then, that doesn’t account for all the good that B6 can do for us, or for that matter all the complications we could face if we don’t have enough of it in our bodies.

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  • Fruit for Your Health (Not Just an Apple a Day)

    An apple a day may (or may not) keep the doctor away, but the odds go up in your favor if you eat an assortment of healthy fruits daily. Start with a variety of berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, bilberries, and blackberries. Better yet, there are many fruit-based nutritional supplements worth getting your hands on, and that means not having to find berry bushes to pick from (although that can be fun, too.)

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  • May Is Healthy Vision Month - Make Vision a Focus!

    Many Americans see the doctor every year for a physical. Lots of us also schedule regular visits to the dentist to get our teeth cleaned. But what about our eyes? The fact is, more than 23 million American adults have never had an eye exam.

    Every Healthy Vision Month, the National Eye Institute (NEI) shares tips and resources to encourage people to take care of their vision — and inspire health professionals to help make eye health a priority.

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  • 'L' is for Laxatives: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    If you are constipated or have experienced it recently, maybe you can find small consolation in the fact that millions of Americans suffer from constipation. The shared misery of constipation includes dealing with typical symptoms such as straining while having a bowel movement, hard stools (accompanied by back or abdominal pain and bloating), a feeling of obstruction (or incomplete evacuation) and fewer than three bowel movements per week, per webmd.com.

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  • The Woman's Workout - Making the Most of Your Gym Time

    Women who work out regularly, as well as those who plan to get to that point soon, pretty much know what they need in hand before they head to the gym. For starters—proper apparel suitable for lots of sweating to go with all that stretching, twisting, lifting, and/or cardio, as well as a multi-function watch as well as a towel (if one not provided). More importantly, though, there is the matter of proper nutritional supplementation to help fuel the body as well as to aid in bodily recovery and repair.

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  • What Is Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) and What's It Good For?

    Sometimes the best way to describe a vitamin or other supplement is by explaining what happens when you don’t have enough of it in your body. All vitamins and supplements tout a variety of benefits, but what sets vitamin B5 apart from most other vitamins is how a B5 deficiency can produce a relatively uncommon and positively irritating symptom known as “burning foot” syndrome.

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  • How Vitamins May Help With Alcohol Dependence

    April is Alcohol Awareness Month, making this week the perfect time to talk about a little known relationship: the relationship between vitamins and alcohol.  It will come as news to no one that excessive drinking can have a negative impact on health. Excessive alcohol use is associated with a range of health problems, including:

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  • Whatever Happened to Vitamins B4, B8, B10, and B11?

    Anyone who’s even half-serious about taking vitamins, to include knowing what’s in the multivitamin they (presumably) take daily, should be familiar with the “big three” of the Vitamin B complex family – vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), and B3 (niacin). Together, they comprise a powerful trio of nutrients covering a wide range of health benefits, ranging from addressing digestive issues (vitamin B1) to boosting energy (Vitamin B2) to bolstering brain function (Vitamin B3).

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  • Fast Relief for Working on Your Feet All Day

    If you have a job that keeps you on your feet much of the workday, you probably have an insider’s knowledge of discomfort in your feet – oh, heck, let’s just cut out the niceties and call it what it is – foot pain! Such pain can be any one (or more) of more than a dozen common foot problems, any of which can make being a school teacher, a dentist, a hair stylist, or a sales associate in a clothing store always on the lookout for the next foot remedy, or at least a nice foot massage.

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  • 'J' Is for Jet Lag: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    For those of us who fly the friendly skies, whether as a frequent or occasional flyer, there are times the skies aren’t so friendly. Such as when we cross two or three – or more – time zones and find ourselves in a brain fog once we reach our destination. If lost luggage, delayed or canceled flights, and pockets of turbulence aren’t bad enough, then there’s the problem of trying to sleep (or stay awake) at the appropriate times after we touch down on that long-distance, out-of-town excursion.

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  • Clear Up Acne with Some Rest & Relaxation?

    A word to the wise for anyone suffering with acne, especially teens trying to come to grips with (although best left untouched) those unsightly zits, pimples, and blackheads: Take it easy. Relax. Chill. Don’t sweat it. Do those things, and you might help clear up a lot of that acne yourself, without help of medications or topical applications such as creams or lotions.

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  • 'I' Is for Iodine: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    For many of us, especially those of us over the age of, say, 40, when we think of iodine, we remember getting scrapes and bruises as a kid, after which Mom would dab on iodine as an antiseptic. The idea was to keep us from getting an infection, so the healing process could begin unencumbered. But there’s so much more to iodine and the benefits it can provide – so much more.

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  • The Benefits of Vitamin B3 (Niacin) and Where to Get It

    There are many supplements on the market that can do one or maybe even a couple of things well in benefiting our health. Then there are some that can apparently accomplish many things well. One of the latter is vitamin B3, also known as niacin, which is often recommended by personal physicians as an over-the-counter remedy when advising patients with high cholesterol and at risk eventually for heart disease.

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  • Get Better Sleep and Enjoy a Healthier Life

    Our society has undergone a drastic change in the last several decades when it comes to sleep. It has become a 24/7, sometimes-chaotic jumble of life, relationships, careers, activities, and attempts at rest and relaxation. Days blend into one another and, for many, work has become such a predominant part of who we are that working late or haphazard hours has become commonplace. In such an environment, sleep is now seen as a necessary nuisance instead of the solid, regularly-scheduled, eight-hour reprieve it once was.

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  • These Vitamins May Reduce Risk of Colorectal Cancer

    This March, in honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we need to talk about a subject many adults would prefer to avoid. While you might not want to face it, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. among cancers that affect both men and women. Sadly, more than 50,000 Americans die from colorectal cancer each year. Many cases could be prevented through regular screening.

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  • 'H' is for Hormone Support: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    Hormones don’t ride bikes around the insides of our bodies delivering envelopes that carry messages from sender to receiver, but they are messengers that do something even more important. They help keep us alive by carrying chemical messages as part of the endocrine system, traveling via the bloodstream, their destination tissues and organs while serving a role of regulating most of our body’s major systems.

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  • Glucosamine: What Is It? What's It For? How Do I Get It?

    Many runners are familiar with it, as are some walkers (at least those who walk far and fast for exercise) and serious weight lifters (lots of strenuous bending at the elbows and knees), as well as anyone else who has had to deal with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. We can add to the list aging folks who simply have creaky joints.

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  • The Benefits of Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) and Where to Get It

    Vitamin B1, also known as thiamin, is considered an essential nutrient for our bodies because tissues need B1 to function properly. It is a water-soluble nutrient, and it plays a key role in helping our body turn consumed food into energy – that is, it metabolizes it, thus working to fuel our engine . . . to keep us running on down the road, so to speak.

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  • 'G' is for Gluten-free: Nutrition, Health and Supplements A to Z

    We can add gluten to the list of things “we didn’t know we were supposed to be afraid of,” thanks in part to media and marketing messages that have hammered home a clear-cut message: gluten is not good for us or our health. We see this on food packaging, cereal boxes, and TV commercials, warning us to steer clear of this protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale.

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  • What is Naturopathy and How Is It Used?

    In recent days in this space we have discussed non-traditional medical practices, starting with homeopathy, then moving on to holistic medicine, and now we come around to naturopathy. This isn’t exactly coming full circle; it’s more just some zigzagging around in different directions, although there are similarities among these three types of practices.

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  • Homeopathic Remedies Offer Abundance of Benefits

    We recently discussed homeopathy and the basics behind how this alternative medical treatment works. We learned about how it eschews the use of prescription medicines and traditional American medical practices to help patients deal with a variety of health issues using various natural compounds and herbs, many of them quite practical when used.

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  • What Is Holistic Medicine?

    Just as the name implies, holistic medicine pretty much covers all the bases when it comes to a treatment system. There is traditional medicine with its various tweaks around the world, and there are a number of alternative modes of medical practice, and then there is holistic medicine. A holistic practitioner typically will use all types of health care, from conventional to alternative in treating a patient.

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  • Chronic Kidney Disease [Infographic]

    March 8 is World Kidney Day and this infographic from the World Kidney Day organization provides a wealth of information about chronic kidney disease and how it can be a silent killer. World Kidney Day is a joint effort between the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations.

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  • 'F' is for  Foot Care: Health, Nutrition and Supplements A to Z

    It’s easy to take our feet for granted, or even to forget about them entirely. Most of the time we have them covered up in socks and shoes, and we can’t see them. The only time we really focus on them is when toweling off after a shower or when it’s time to trim our toenails – or when we trip, stumble, or fall and either stub a toe or sprain an ankle. Our feet are like football referees or baseball umpires – we don’t notice them until something goes wrong (for us or for our team).

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  • Curcumin's Anti-Alzheimers Reputation Gets a Boost

    Curcumin’s reputation as a superfood continues to gain momentum among health researchers. The latest evidence bolsters the status of turmeric’s key ingredient as a possible deterrent to loss of cognitive ability in the elderly and others suffering from some form of dementia, namely Alzheimer’s disease.

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  • What Is Homeopathy and How Is It Different?

    Just like there is more than one way to skin a cat or cook a quiche, there is more than one way to practice medicine and treat patients. In fact, the world is full of alternative medicines, some of them dating back thousands of years. One of those “other” spheres of medical practice is homeopathy, which has long been practiced throughout Europe and has in recent decades showed its head in America.

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  • 'E' Is for Electrolytes: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    As athletes – which many of us are in one respect or another, knock on wood – we learned in the early going the importance of staying hydrated, i.e. drinking plenty of water, which is especially important when performing activities that leave us soaked in sweat. Then came the realization that hydrating with just water might not be enough. Now, we’ve been told – and perhaps reluctantly we concur, we also need to stay replenished with electrolytes.

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  • Should I Drink More Green Tea or Matcha?

    As Kermit the Frog is so fond of saying, It’s not easy being green. But Kermie probably has never sipped from a nice, piping-hot cup of green tea. It not only tastes great and is less filling but also full of healthy properties that make it a great benefit to our health in numerous ways. Some experts – human ones, in fact – have gone as far as to describe green tea as the healthiest thing to drink, period.

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  • Meet Your Skin's New Best Friend: Hyaluronic Acid

    “Acid” might sound like a strange companion for healthy skin, but in the case of hyaluronic acid (HA), few things are better for dry, aging skin. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that’s highly concentrated in your body’s eyes and joints. It’s produced in both the human body and animals. (In fact, the hyaluronic acid taken in supplement form is often derived from a rooster’s comb!)

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  • Sources of Polyphenols Are Abundant

    It has often been said that “What you don’t know won’t hurt you,” but we found it smarter, safer, and healthier to take the approach that “What you do know can help you.” That’s the case with polyphenols, about which we have been learning much more in the last decade or two, and that is polyphenols can help us, healthwise for sure, and in a variety of ways.

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  • 4 Reasons Why Sublingual Vitamins Are So Beneficial

    From injections to patches to pills and more, there are many ways to get vitamins into your system. But when it comes to ease, cost, and a few other factors, it’s hard to beat sublingual delivery. Sublingual, which means beneath the tongue, is a popular way to take several vitamins and supplements – primarily Vitamin B12 and melatonin. When taking a sublingual tablet, you simply place the tablet beneath the tongue, where it dissolves and enters the bloodstream directly.

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  • Drinking More Tea Is a Healthy Alternative

    The choices people make in life often help define them. Paper or plastic? Winter Olympics or Summer Olympics? For guys, Ginger or Mary Ann? Then there’s coffee or tea? Regarding the latter, a handful of drinkers swear by both, but in most cases it’s one or the other, and, in terms of health, neither really is a bad choice (unless you abuse them). Most coffees have more caffeine than most teas do, but teas do a bang-up job when it comes to providing health benefits.

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  • Can You Guess the 4 Critical Nutrients the American Diet Lacks?

    Do you know what “SAD” stands for? If you guessed, “seasonal affective disorder,” you get a point. But today we’re looking at a different SAD… The Standard American Diet. SAD is far too common here in the U.S. where “three out of four Americans don’t eat a single piece of fruit in a given day, and nearly nine out of ten don’t reach the minimum recommended daily intake of vegetables”.

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  • 'C' is for Colon Care: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

    Although you can’t see your colon, and hopefully you never will have to see it, be assured that it is working on your behalf pretty much 24 hours a day. Also known as the large intestine, the colon is about five or six feet in length and performs double duty inside your body. On the one hand, it is a powerful storage mechanism as well as a waste disposal site. It stores the waste from digested material (from food) until it’s time to be excreted.

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  • The Power of Polyphenols

    Polyphenols are plant-based compounds that occur naturally and can be found in an assortment of fruits and vegetables, as well as in some cereals and beverages. Per National Institutes of Health (NIH), fruits such as grapes, apples, and cherries (and count in blueberries as well) contain up to 200-300 milligrams of polyphenols per 100 grams of fresh weight.

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  • 12 Pre-Workout Supplements for a Performance Boost

    Regardless what kind of physical workout you are planning to do tonight, tomorrow, or next Tuesday, chances are you could use a little boost to help get you going – or to keep your motor running at optimal performance. Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of rest at night are key to great workouts, but oftentimes you need more, and this is where nutritional supplements can help full in the dietary gaps. We all have them, even if we think we don’t.

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  • 'B' is For Bee Products: Health and Nutrition Glossary A-to-Z

    Bees can be chubby, hovering annoyances at backyard barbecues or Sunday afternoon picnics. Sometimes they can even be a real pain, as in “Be careful where you stick that stinger.” But there’s a good side to the bee story as well. You might even call these fuzzy, brown or black and yellow bugs health nuts in a roundabout way/ That’s in the sense that a variety of their by-products are known to provide health benefits for humans. Remember that next time you suffer or, better yet, ward off a bee sting.

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  • 'A' Is For Antihistamines: Health and Nutrition Glossary A-to-Z

    February is here; before you know it, it will be March. That means spring isn’t far off. For many of us, that means another season of spring allergies, or hay fever, lurks. It soon will be time to say hello to itchy eyes, runny noses, sneezing, and occasional fatigue (probably related to poor sleep), although it usually takes several weeks before our immune system gets naturally recalibrated and we can say good-bye on the back end to all that icky stuff.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Glands

    Our body’s glands, small in stature but large in function, comprise the endocrine system. Their chief role is to produce and secrete chemical substances known as hormones that regulate our cells’ and organs’ activities. In a sense, the endocrine system acts as our body’s thermostat, as described by emedicinehealth.com, similar to how wall-mounted thermostats in the home control room temperature.

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  • Benefits of Probiotics Outside of the Gut or Digestion

    This how it usually goes with probiotics – make mention of these living microorganisms and the conversation goes straight to how probiotics benefit digestive and gut health. You know the drill: probiotics consist of “good bacteria” that are consumed via fermented foods or supplements and act to restore or strengthen the natural balance of gut bacteria. This aids in proper digestion and helps ward off diseases (such as inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis) and even diarrhea, which can often be a side effect of antibiotic use.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support Hearing

    It’s amazing – perhaps “disappointing” or “shocking” might be a better word – the abuse many people inflict on their ears, and hearing, all for the sake of enhancing a listening experience. Such as putting on headphones or inserting earbuds and cranking up the music to skull-splitting proportions. Fact is, our ears – and, along with that, our hearing – need love, too, a fact that goes beyond just turning down the volume of your favorite heavy-metal band or hip-hop artist.

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  • Losing Sleep and Losing Our Health

    You snooze, you lose, right? Actually, yes, and in a good way. At least it’s a good thing if you are trying to lose weight, or at least shed some of that beer belly. Research has shown that getting sufficient sleep – usually targeted at eight hours, give or take an hour – is a key factor in maintaining or even improving our health, which includes keeping off or shedding the pounds in many cases.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support Stomach Health

    Considering the amount, as well as the types, of food we put into our mouths over the course of a week, it’s almost shocking that many of us go months or even years without suffering from stomach ailments. Our stomachs are a great repository of all things good and bad that we consume, which means that some of the best work we can do on behalf of our health is finding the right supplements and vitamins to stick into our stomachs to support our health.

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  • Turmeric Reviews: Media Accounts Paint a Positive Picture

    Considering its many and varied health benefits, it’s no wonder that turmeric has generated ample media interest in recent years. As a nutritional supplement, it has even been labeled an apparent “superfood” (the Washington Post and Fox News) as well as an alleged “cure” for cancer in at least one instance (The Daily Mail). The “superfood” description, especially, is a tag that carries a lot of weight in a competitive world where herbs, vitamins, and supplements slug it out for market share.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Heart

    Looking out for and taking care of our health can be a complex chore with a multitude of factors, body parts, and organs to think about. However, it’s not too difficult to know where a good starting point is when it comes to health considerations – the heart. For the average person, the heart beats more than 85,000 times a day, pushing out blood through miles and miles of arteries, veins, and capillaries, supplying our body with what it needs to survive and, presumably, thrive.

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  • Turmeric’s Many Benefits Number in the Dozens

    If you’re looking for a nutritional supplement that is the Baskin Robbins of the health food industry – you know, 98 flavors and all that stuff – you might consider turmeric, with its key ingredient curcumin. Turmeric/curcumin might just be the Jack or Jill of all trades among supplements because of the many ways it can contribute to our good health, from top to bottom and from side to side with our bodies.

     

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support Brain Health

    There are two main areas of concern when it comes to the desire to boost our brainpower. One is about making us smarter (or at least more alert) on the job or when taking tests or exams. On the other end of life’s timeline, it’s yearning to maintain cognitive function as we age, being ever mindful that even the slightest signs of forgetfulness or absent-mindedness could mean the dreaded onset of dementia.

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  • Berberine Runs the Gamut on Health Benefits

    One of the most fascinating things about nutrition and health is the number of times that something old – something really old, even – is found to have new human health applications, or at least relatively new when it comes to medical and nutritional science in America. Case in point: berberine, a plant-based compound that has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medical practice dating back more than 1,000 years.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Kidneys

    Our kidneys – we are born with two of them – play several key roles in helping us to maintain a healthy body. Not the least of these important functions is ridding our bodies of toxins and waste matter; they even play a role in regulating blood pressure. The kidneys are bean-shaped – you know, like the popular, backyard kidney-shaped swimming pools – and found near the posterior side of the abdomen.

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  • 8 New Year's Resolutions for a Healthy 2018

    So, you’re sick and tired of making New Year’s resolutions year after year, only to break them long before January gives way to February? Or, maybe you’re just sick and tired, period, and in need of some easy-to-reach pick-me-ups that will leave you feeling fit, strong, and healthy for 2018. Here are eight resolution suggestions to grab onto and make a go of once you finish ringing in the New Year. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018!

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support Gallbladder Health

    The gallbladder is one of those body organs we don’t think about much, if at all, until it starts acting up, and then the pain can become unbearable. What is the gallbladder? It is a small pouch, or sac, situated just beneath the liver, which is its partner of sorts. The liver manufactures bile – an acidic-like substance that is stored in the gallbladder and then released into the small intestine to help in the digestion of fats.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support Intestinal Health

    Choosing and eating the right foods is vital to the health of all parts of our bodies. In order to properly utilize what we ingest, we depend heavily on the inner workings of our intestines to help us properly digest and distribute the nutrients. Let’s not forget, though, that our intestines themselves deserve plenty of TLC as well; we need to take care of the part of us that plays such a key role in taking care of so many other things.

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  • Give Yourself the Gift of an Energy-Enhanced Holiday Season

    Even with Christmas almost here, New Year’s Eve is still another week or so away, meaning it’s time for holiday revelers (and carolers?) to get a second wind as the parties and celebrations continue, with football-watching parties about to hit high gear. After weeks of shopping, wrapping, driving, packing and whatever else, chances are your tank is about to hit empty. Perhaps it’s time for another jolt of energy, more wind for the sails, right? Riiiiiight.

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  • Give Yourself the Gift of an Anxiety/Stress-free Holiday Season

    Have a holly jolly Christmas, it’s the best time of the year. Or not. Christmas and the holiday season should be one of joyful celebration for untold millions... and it is. Another reality, though, is that anxiety, stress, and depression are as much a traditional part of the holidays for some people as decorated trees, poinsettias, and 24/7 Christmas music are for others.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Male Reproductive System

    This is the desire of every adult male who wishes to engage in sexual activity: that he always be at the peak of his sexual prowess without worry of lost stamina, erectile dysfunction, reduced libido, or any other condition that might lead to diminished performance in the bedroom. The good news for men is that they need not leave their sexual reproductive system to chance, that they can do something about it through good nutrition buoyed by the right vitamins and supplements.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Lungs

    Every time we take a breath, which amounts to about six million times a year, our lungs are involved. Their most important function is to extract oxygen from the environment and transfer it to our bloodstream. No wonder the lungs are high on our list of health priorities, and why we should take care to keep them clean and healthy.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support Ears and Hearing

    More than 350 million people around the world suffer from moderate to severe hearing loss. The sources of such loss include loud noises, infectious diseases, aging, and the use of certain drugs. Not surprisingly, it has been estimated that about 50 percent of these hearing-loss cases were avoidable, per articles.mercola.com. Hearing-protective devices could have been worn, and in some cases dietary habits over time could have made a difference.

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  • Beetroot Getting Attention for Ability to Lower Blood Pressure

    Maintaining healthy blood pressure (BP) or lowering BP that is already elevated is a task that can be targeted by a variety of fruits and vegetables. One of the veggies earning a solid reputation in that regard is beetroot. Numerous studies are now showing that beetroot, like several other plant foods, appears to lower the risk of numerous conditions to include heart disease and obesity.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Liver

    The liver is our largest and heaviest (weighing in at three pounds) internal organ, as one might expect considering the vital functions it performs on our behalf. Its central role is to process whatever we consume – whether it be food or drink – either metabolizing it for our body to use or eliminating it as waste. Also, the liver stores vitamins and works 24/7 to help detoxify our body.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Urinary System

    Many of us take for granted the routineness of going to the bathroom simply to urinate. Most often we’re at home, at the office or in school and when we get the urge, we get up and go and don’t think much of it. After all, it’s nature calling. It’s a different story, though, for anyone with a urinary system problem – such as a urinary tract infection (UTI), which usually is accompanied by pain as well as other symptoms that tell us something is wrong.

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  • Examining the Myths and Misconceptions of Alzheimer’s Disease

    Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior, per the Alzheimer’s Association. It is a progressive disease that worsens over time, eventually advancing to the point where it interferes with daily activities, such as when it comes to swallowing food or getting lost while driving on a familiar route, such as from work to home.

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  • What Vitamins Should Weightlifters Take for Gains?

    If you’re looking to build muscle, you’ve probably found no shortage of protein powder and creatine resources. But it can be a little more difficult to find the best vitamin and mineral supplements for weightlifting. Of course, having the right supplements is essential for building muscle, turning food into useful energy, and protecting your overall health.

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  • Make Thanksgiving Dinner a Nutritious Feast

    Regardless where or with whom you plan on consuming that great annual feast known as Thanksgiving dinner, surely you would like to savor your meal and enjoy your company without busting your pants or blowing up any healthy diet you’ve just started. Well, there might be a way to have your turkey and eat it, too (along with all the fixings) without stuffing your body with a week’s worth of calories in two hours or less.

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  • Do You Get Leisure Sickness? This Can Help

    Twinkling lights, gifts under the tree, delicious food with friends and family… the holidays have a lot to offer…

    …including an increased risk of getting sick. Dutch psychologists Ad Vingerhoets and Maaike van Huijgevoort have even given it a name: “leisure sickness.”

    Could shifting out of our daily routine actually cause illness? While the theory hasn’t been proven, some patients surveyed by the Dutch duo self-identified with this pattern. When you think about it, there is something to the theory. After all, preparing for time off from work frequently means working extra hard in advance.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Endocrine System

    When it comes to ownership of an endocrine system, humans have plenty of company. Also referred to as the hormone system, the endocrine system is found in all mammals as well as birds, fish and a variety of other types of living organisms, per epa.gov. It is a system that, in general terms, is made up of glands found throughout the body, gland-produced hormones sent into the bloodstream or into the fluid that around cells, and receptors distributed among organs and tissues, and “programmed” to respond to hormones.

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  • These Fungi (In Every Grocery Store) Can Boost Your Immune System

    Maybe “fungus” isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of your health. However, many fungi available in your local grocery store have been found to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and help the body fight off viral infections.

    It’s time to rethink mushrooms! Check out these four immune system-boosting mushrooms (including at least one you’ve heard of and maybe even incorporated into your own cooking: the shiitake mushroom).

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  • Berberine: A Supplement for Diabetes as Good as a Drug?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared diabetes an American epidemic, with more than 25 million Americans afflicted with diabetes. Another 80 million are classified prediabetic, per the American Diabetes Association. The numbers get even bigger when you put a dollar sign in front of them: As of 2012, $245 billion a year was being spent on diabetes in the U.S., including $176 billion in direct medical costs and the rest -- $69 billion – in lost productivity.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support Healthy Skin

    Taking proper care of our skin is not necessarily just an act of vanity for beauty’s sake; it’s also a health issue – a serious one if we let it get out of hand. There’s the matter of accelerated aging of the skin if we eat too much food that is processed or low in nutrition, as well as other harmful factors such as stress and toxins. There’s also the specter of inflammation, cell damage, etc. as it relates to conditions and diseases of the skin ranging from cellulitis to shingles.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Respiratory System

    Breathing is a way of life, something we do every few seconds, 24/7, whether we are awake or asleep, whether we are at rest with our feet kicked up or hard at work working out or involved in a strenuous activity that raises our heart rate and forces us to breathe harder and faster. This is our respiratory system at work, and like any other system or organ in our body, it needs to be properly fed with nutrients, and that can include vitamins and supplements.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Fight Endometriosis

    One in about every 10 women are affected by endometriosis, a disease that involves a woman’s reproductive system. It’s a condition in which endometrium-type tissue that normally grows in the uterus’s inner mucous membrane, somehow ends up outside the uterus and grows in other areas of the body, such as the ovaries, abdomen, and bowel.

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  • The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support a Healthy Nervous System

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