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Probiotics Benefit More Than Just Digestive Health

Posted on 17th Oct 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Eating bugs may be a way of life for castaways in survival mode or special-forces military types on extended-training exercises, but in normal everyday life it’s not for the squeamish. Or is it? The consumption of probiotics, available in food and supplement form, involves eating bugs (millions of them) in the form of bacteria that benefit our gut health, otherwise known as our digestive system.

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Vitamins and Supplements that Support a Healthy Integumentary System

Posted on 15th Oct 2017 11:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

The largest organ in the body is quite possibly one you haven’t heard of before, at least when it’s called by its correct name. That’s the integumentary system, which weighs between six and 10 pounds, covers a total surface area of about 18-20 square feet for adults, and consists of our skin, hair, nails, glands, and nerve receptors. There you have it – the integumentary system – a name for several body features that, collectively, you didn’t even know had a name, let alone that they comprised a ‘system.’

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What’s the Ketogenic Diet and What’s in It?

Posted on 11th Oct 2017 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

The ketogenic diet is a low-carb diet often compared to the Atkins diet, as both are based on a drastic reduction in carbs consumption. Per webmd.com, the main premise of the ketogenic diet is to get more calories from protein and fat, and fewer from carbs – which means cutting out sugar, soda, pastries, and white bread, for starters.

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Planting the Right Seeds for Our Best Health

Posted on 2nd Oct 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

We’ve heard it said lately that the best way to lose weight, improve our cardiovascular health, fend off viruses, etc., is not so much through physical exercise as it is by making healthy changes to our diet. You know, emphasize foods with an abundance of antioxidants, fiber, and protein, and go easy on the sweets, fat, and calories.

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Foods to Eat or Avoid to Prevent Acne

Posted on 29th Sep 2017 16:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

Acne, otherwise known as pimples, is one of the most common dermatological conditions, affecting millions of young adults worldwide – and a relative handful of older adults as well. Assumptions about a possible link between what we eat and the appearance of acne on young people’s faces, as well as other body locales such as the upper back, have long been bandied about, based on nothing much more than anecdotal hearsay.

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Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice for Good Health

Posted on 29th Sep 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

OK, truth be told, this post doesn’t offer much that involves putting sugar and good health in the same sentence, but it sounded nice in the title. When it comes to herbs and spices that can promote good health as well as add a nice touch to a three- or four-course dinner, much can be said without mention of sugar. Modern science is only now catching up to what some cultures have known for centuries, that many spices possess amazing health benefits.

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Osteoporosis Symptoms and Supporting Healthy Bone Structure

Posted on 25th Sep 2017 15:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

It’s easy to think of our bones and bone structure as nothing but hard substance, out of sight (beneath our skin, of course) and able to take care of itself, only to be tended to when we suffer a fracture or break. The truth is, our bones, to include our teeth, are living tissue in need of our constant care through ingestion of proper nutrition. Any deficiency in such care or nutrition – think calcium and vitamin D, for starters – can mean development of osteoporosis.

 

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Diet and Nutrition: From A to Z

Posted on 7th Sep 2017 11:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals

Knowing what foods to eat and which supplements to take to optimize your health can be overwhelming. Let us help break down some of that for you. Here’s an alphabetized summary of 26 healthy foods and supplements to keep/put on your list. Let this be your guide to smarter grocery shopping and better health:

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Berberine Can Help Solve Digestive Issues

Posted on 4th Sep 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

Considering the wildly mixed bag of foods we cram into our mouths – almost anything goes, from spicy to fatty to sugary to all points in between – and, in many cases, the volume of some ingestions, it’s a wonder our stomach and gastrointestinal (GI) system don’t scream, punch, or kick back at us more than it does.

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The Sirtfood Diet: Healthy Craze or Just Plain Crazy?

Posted on 1st Sep 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management

If you are looking to kickstart a weight-loss program with almost-guaranteed success right out the gate, and if you like chocolate and/or wine and/or coffee, and if you have three weeks to spare, then maybe there really is a diet program out there that might appeal to you. There really is such a diet, and it goes by the name of the Sirtfood Diet. Celebrities like singer Adele swear by it – or at least eat by it.

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Natural Ways to Lower High Blood Pressure

Posted on 30th Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health

It’s an old story but one that bears repeating if you want to grow old: high blood pressure, or hypertension, has been called the “silent killer” because its symptoms are rarely noticeable. However, that is not to say that hypertension is a death sentence. A variety of medications effective in lowering blood pressure (BP) are available. Better yet, there are natural alternatives that have proved useful in reducing BP to healthier levels.

 

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Nutrition That Works Well Before a Workout

Posted on 29th Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

A great dietary plan isn’t just about what you eat, it’s also about when you eat. We all know the drill about not eating too late into the evening, as a full stomach can disrupt sleep patterns and throw our metabolism out of kilter. Then there’s the issue of timing our meals or snacks to optimize our workouts, whether it consists of cardio, weights, a combination of both, or Plan D.

 

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Foods That Are Good for Fighting Inflammation

Posted on 25th Aug 2017 16:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Immune System

Inflammation on or inside our bodies is like almost anything else – too much of anything can be bad for us. Don’t be confused by that, especially if you’re thinking that any bodily inflammation is bad. It’s not; inflammation is usually our body’s healthy and immediate response to many types of unforeseen injuries and other afflictions that hit us.

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Foods High in Protein Belong High on Your List

Posted on 16th Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

Foods and blender concoctions packed with proteins were once thought to belong solely to the domain of bodybuilders and elite athletes. Not anymore/ All the rest of us are quickly finding out that foods high in protein can work wonders for the overall health of the common man and woman, as well. Food marketers and stores have caught on, and now the rest of us can go grocery shopping looking for and finding protein-packed consumables suitable for almost everyone.

 

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Three Key Components of Omega-3 Fish Oils

Posted on 1st Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

If you’re looking for a “go-to” food worthy of being included in your weekly diet plan, you could do a lot worse than to make fatty fish – think salmon, mackerel and tuna – a part of your regular fare at the lunch or dinner table. In fact, consider it a requisite. A deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in such fish, is a leading preventable cause of death in the United States, per nutraceuticalbusinessreview.com.

 

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Healthy Energy Snacks to Revive Your Day

Posted on 7th Jul 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

It happens to all of us at one time or another during the day, sometimes even more than once. Maybe it’s late morning with lunch more than an hour away. Or it’s mid-afternoon and the bluesy blahs are settling in, the needle on our energy gauge about to hit zero. These are the times we need a healthy snack to restore our zip, but the question then becomes, what? What’s a healthy, energy-boosting snack that will lift us up and carry us through to the next bell?

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Foods That Are Potent Disease Fighters

Posted on 3rd Jul 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

Poor diets and the cheap, low-quality (but tempting) foods that comprise them are often the source of diseases that befall us. Processed foods; foods coated with pesticides; foods loaded with sugar; foods packed with fat; foods high in calorie count and low in nutritional value – all these and more are often the culprit for what ails us. It only seems appropriate that if foods are the “bad guys” when it comes to sickness and disease, that we should turn to “good guy” foods to bail us out of disease prison.

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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Posted on 29th Jun 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

Trying to lose weight is like trying to grip a wet and slippery bar of soap – the harder you squeeze, the faster it gets away from you. A lot of weight-loss plans or diets fail because of the instant-gratification conundrum: we want to lose X number of pounds now, even when we know in our heads that any viable plan or diet requires planning, patience and perseverance, yet many of us still won’t see immediate results and will abandon it faster than a New Year’s Resolution.

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What is AMPK and What Does It Do?

Posted on 27th Jun 2017 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

When it comes to inducing healthy and effective weight loss, there are a lot of theories and gimmicks floating around. AMPK is no theory or gimmick, however. It’s the real deal. Short for adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase, AMPK is an important enzyme that, when activated, is effective at cranking up our metabolism and burning fat.

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Adjusting Your Diet for the Summer Heat

Posted on 26th Jun 2017 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

Summer is officially here, although warming temperatures beat the official start of summer to the punch in much of the country. The heat is here. If you haven’t done it already, it’s time to tweak your diets and menus to accommodate the heat and your body’s need for regular hydration to counter increased fluid loss through sweating. On top of that, most weight-conscious people see summertime as the right time to drop excess pounds, something to keep in mind when picking out what foods to eat.

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Heavy Metals Are Showing Up in Our Food Supply

Posted on 21st Jun 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Heavy metal might be music to the ears of some people, but in terms of human health it can mean bad news when too much of it shows up in our diets. Heavy metals are naturally occurring elements with a high atomic weight and a density five times or more that of water, per the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their presence in our food supply often surpass safe limits, and human exposure to them can greatly harm our health.

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Omega-3 Fights Alzheimer’s by Increasing Blood Flow

Posted on 16th Jun 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, have been shown to reduce or even eliminate blood vessel blockage by remove existing deposits and preventing new deposits from forming. Essentially, by thus improving blood flow within our bodies, omega-3 can bolster our overall health in several areas, to include possibly reducing the chances of our developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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What’s the Difference Between Probiotics and Prebiotics?

Posted on 14th Jun 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Probiotics and prebiotics sound a lot alike but they are not the same, and yet they can serve a complementary function in helping to keep us healthy. Got that? Or, better yet, gut that? Both probiotics and prebiotics are involved in maintaining good gut health, oftentimes combining forces on behalf of our gastrointestinal system by making sure there is a healthy balance of good bacteria to bad bacteria – preferably more of the former.

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Is There a Connection Between Nutrition and Depression?

Posted on 12th Jun 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

What we think or feel can be determined by what we eat. Nutrition has been shown to be a key factor related to our thought processes and emotions. This is especially true as it relates to mental disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder (ICD).

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What Are the Best Ways to Boost Metabolism?

Posted on 1st Jun 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

What little most of us know about the human body’s metabolism – without the help of a scientific manual – is that a fast metabolism is more conducive to losing weight than a slow metabolism is. That’s good to know for those of us looking to shed a few (or more than a few) pounds. The question is, how can we boost our metabolism without risk to our health, and perhaps even enhance our health in the process?

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How Bone Health Is Related to Nutrition

Posted on 1st Jun 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

It’s tempting to think of our bones as strong and nearly indestructible, but they need love, too, as well as plenty of good nutrition. Think of it this way, when we feed ourselves, we also are feeding our bones, and it takes more than just calcium to keep them healthy and structurally sound. And, no, our bones are not as strong as we might like to think. Anyone who has suffered a fracture knows that all too well.

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What’s Driving Obesity Rates for U.S. Women?

Posted on 31st May 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

Two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The obesity rate among women in their 40s and 50s has risen to 42 percent compared to 38 percent among middle-aged men. Across all adult age groups, in terms of obesity rate, women are at 38 percent compared to 34 percent of men – the obesity rate for women is on the rise, while it has plateaued for men.

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What Do Minerals Do in the Human Body?

Posted on 30th May 2017 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Minerals are inorganic materials found in rocks and soils, and our bodies wouldn’t be able to survive without them. Of the more than 100 known minerals in existence, at least 18 of them are essential to our good health. Seven of them are classified essential minerals, also known as “macro-minerals”: calcium, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, sodium and chloride.

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Why Cinnamon Is Good for Diabetics

Posted on 26th May 2017 15:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

Something sweet to eat ordinarily is a no-no for diabetics, but cinnamon can be a delicious exception to the rule. Sprinkled onto your morning cup of joe or bowl of oatmeal, cinnamon adds a nice sugary, sugar-less freshness. It’s not only a great sugar substitute for what you eat or drink, cinnamon also may alleviate symptoms of diabetes, to include lowering elevated blood-sugar levels while still if long-sought sweet pop of flavor.

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How Does Nutrition Affect Mental Health?

Posted on 23rd May 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

In times of stress, sadness or anxiety, many of us will grab the first thing edible that looks good, and we eat it, giving ourselves a brief respite from what troubles us. “Comfort food” we call it, although it has no long-term benefit. Over time, though, our nutritional habits – what we eat – can affect our brain health, for better or for worse. This is what’s known as the “food-mood connection,” as familydoctor.org puts it.

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Seven Essential Minerals for the Human Body

Posted on 19th May 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vision & Eye Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

We humans and our bodies have a nifty reciprocal arrangement. We, of course, need our bodies to do the things we want and need to do in our lives, such as getting around, performing our jobs and skipping rope, just for starters. In turn our bodies need for us to take care of them by feeding them with nutrients that they are unable to produce for themselves. Those nutrients include the inorganic substances found in foods, known as minerals.

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Nutritional Needs for Older Adult Women

Posted on 17th May 2017 01:10:08 in Food & Nutrition, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

The life expectancy of American women continues to rise because of factors such as better health care and nutrition, as well as self-awareness as women find out for themselves what they can do to enhance both. Women increasingly are living into their 80s and 90s, some even past the century mark. That presents new challenges, as older adults are often at greater risk of nutritional deficiencies, per The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Can Skin Problems Be Related to Poor Nutrition?

Posted on 18th May 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

One popular axiom of nutrition is that we are what we eat. That might not be truer than in how our food choices can determine the health and condition of our skin. What we include in our diets and therefore put into our mouths can play a direct role in maintaining healthy skin and steering us clear of problems such as dry skin, acne, wrinkles, sun damage, psoriasis and rosacea, among other conditions.

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What’s the Difference Between Vitamins and Supplements?

Posted on 16th May 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

“Vitamins” and “supplements” often are used interchangeably in everyday speech when it comes to discussing health and dietary concerns, but the truth is they are not one and the same. The line between vitamins and supplements sometimes gets blurred; both are ingestibles involved in regulating or improving our overall health. It’s important to know, though, the difference between the two to ensure that you use them properly without going to excess.

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Nutritional Needs for Older Adult Males

Posted on 15th May 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

Aging is the process through which we journey to supposedly reach the “golden years.” But joining the ranks of the elderly can be anything but golden if we don’t pay strict attention to our diets and make sure our nutritional needs are properly met.

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15 Foods That Are Good for Diabetics

Posted on 24th Apr 2017 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

Many myths exist about what sorts of food are “safe” for diabetics to eat and which ones they should stay away from at all costs. Such care and concern are understandable. People with diabetes are almost twice as likely to develop heart disease as nondiabetics, and they run a greater risk of someday developing mental health conditions. In this regard, it has long been assumed that diabetics must avoid sugar at all costs, but that isn’t necessarily true.

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Cinnamon May Be Sweet Way to Regulate Blood Sugar

Posted on 24th Mar 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

Diabetics and prediabetics know that a key to managing their long-term health is managing their blood-sugar level. That usually entails discriminant consumption of sweets daily, among other healthful considerations such as exercise and medication. It is with some irony that one food item known for its sweet taste as a confection could be beneficial to people with high levels of blood sugar.

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12 Steps to 'March' Through National Nutrition Month

Posted on 9th Mar 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

Every now and then it makes sense to push back from the dinner table and take a good, hard look at what you are eating. Is what you are putting into your mouth nutritious, and is it conducive to long-term good health? Just think of the benefits if we took such an inventory once a year; like, say, in March, and did something about it.

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Runs Through March 1

Posted on 28th Feb 2017 09:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

Information about eating disorders. How to deal with eating disorder. What causes eating disorders. How to help someone with an eating disorder. There are several myths and assumptions about eating disorders that have consumed health experts for years, and a few questions remain unanswered. For example, what is the root cause of eating disorders – there are several such illnesses – and how can eating disorders be treated if not cured?

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How To Control Blood Sugar Naturally

Posted on 13th Feb 2017 16:46:33 in Food & Nutrition

The National Institute of Health, the World Health Organization and others believe that people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes often lack adequate levels of many vitamins and minerals and that is a consequence of poor eating habits. Supplementation can correct some of these deficiencies and help restore normal blood sugar levels. They also complement a healthy diet and exercise. 7 supplements that have shown promising results for maintaining proper blood sugar levels: Berberine, chromium, resveratrol, alpha-lipoic acid, vitamin D, magnesium and silymarin milk thistle.

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12 Foods to Help Keep You Hydrated

Posted on 7th Feb 2017 15:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

We all want to be healthy and stay that way, manage our weight properly and keep our bodies operating with tiptop efficiency. In order to do that, we must stay hydrated. That means drinking plenty of water every day. How many times have we heard it: we should be sipping through at least eight glasses of water daily, no matter how tedious it can seem at times.

 

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To Bee or Not to Bee: Make Raw Honey a Healthy Choice

Posted on 31st Jan 2017 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

Having trouble sleeping at night? Looking for another source of energy for the big race? Allergies got you down? That nagging cough won't go away? On and on that list goes, and as you might have guessed, there is one substance out there that can tackle all those issues, and more, even if it takes its sweet time getting the work done.

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Ignorance of Folic Acid Is an Act of Folly

Posted on 4th Jan 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

Quick! A show of hands for everyone who knows what folic acid is and what role(s) it plays in our health. Anyone?

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A Diet Rich in Fiber Keeps Things Moving

Posted on 26th Dec 2016 03:54:31 in Food & Nutrition

When choosing what you are going to eat every day, and how and when you are going to eat it, think of your digestive system as a sort of assembly line. You want to be sure that your eating choices and habits will keep that assembly line humming right along, and that what comes out the other end—yes, we are talking about bowel movements—is what you want to have coming out. If there are any glitches or hang-ups along the way, that's when things can get dicey for you, and uncomfortable.

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Pros Outweigh the Cons When It Comes to Protein

Posted on 16th Dec 2016 17:00:21 in Food & Nutrition

Proteins are good, that much we know without much instruction needed. It's even a word that rolls nicely off the tongue—"PRO-teen." It has such a great sound of positivity to it. As it should.

We hear about protein and see it mentioned a lot in advertising across all media, and many of us, especially those of us who work out a lot (pumping iron, anyone?), associate it with those delightful-looking shakes we see hard-bodied guys and gals pouring down the hatch. The stuff practically sells itself. As it should.

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Gluten-free Is More than Just a Trendy Term

Posted on 13th Dec 2016 16:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

At first for the unwitting among us, it sounded like a fad cooked up to con masses of people into spending billions of dollars on a whole new category of food—gluten-free food that would be healthier and safer than anything else on the market. Healthier, that is, for anyone with celiac disease, whatever the heck that is, right? Well, yeah, except this has turned out to be no fad, and it addresses a disease with symptoms triggered when eating food with gluten in it.

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What Are The Benefits Of Wheatgrass Powder

Posted on 7th Oct 2016 14:15:56 in Food & Nutrition

For decades, it has been drilled into our heads that fruits and vegetables are key components of our daily diets, that we should never leave home without them, that they are indispensable to our health, happiness and ability to fight off viruses and diseases.

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Add Wheatgrass to List of 'Super Foods' Worth Checking Out

Posted on 7th Dec 2016 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

For decades, it has been drilled into our heads that fruits and vegetables are key components of our daily diets, that we should never leave home without them, that they are indispensable to our health, happiness and ability to fight off viruses and diseases.

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Eating Nuts for Our Health Not a Nutty Idea

Posted on 30th Nov 2016 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

The holiday season is here in full throttle, putting us smack-dab into the festive time of year when we find ourselves eating more food than usual—some of it even good for us!

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Blueberries Could Help Stave Off Dementia

Posted on 8th Nov 2016 09:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

If the thought of someday developing dementia has you concerned, now is as good a time as any to add blueberries to your grocery list—if you haven’t already. Recent research has shown that regular snacking on blueberries, beginning in middle age or earlier, could prevent dementia from developing as you get older. This is what scientists reported in March 2016 at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), held in San Diego.

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How B12 Could Help Your Furriest Family Member

Posted on 13th Oct 2016 16:47:21 in Food & Nutrition

Is your pet the most optimistic member of your family, too? Why wouldn't he be? We care for their every need, much like our own children. We give them shelter, sustenance and affection. In return, they gift us with their own special brand of unconditional love.

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How Does Your Diet Stack Up Against Recommended Guidelines?

Posted on 16th Feb 2016 08:30:00 in Food & Nutrition

No matter how many blogs, magazine articles and books you read about maintaining a healthy diet, it can take a lot of discipline to get all of your required vitamins and minerals on a day-to-day basis. Add to that the challenge of our hectic lifestyles, it’s no wonder many of us grab meals at a drive-through window.

That challenge is reflected in a study that showed that 87 percent of Americans aren’t eating the 2 to 3 servings of vegetables recommended by the federal government on a daily basis.  And that fast food? According to one study by Do Something, one out of every four Americans is eating fast food every day. 

Some of the nutrients your diet most likely are missing include calcium, magnesium, fiber, Vitamin D, iron, folic acid, Vitamin A and potassium.

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Something Special About Fish Omega-3's

Posted on 28th Aug 2015 06:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

Any time you can keep a straight face while working 'whale blubber' into the discussion, you know you might be on to something. And anyone who has ever reaped health benefits from the omega-3's present in fish oil realizes they might be on to something when it comes to choosing effective nutritional supplements off the shelf.

According to webmd.com, fish oil supplements are typically made from an assortment of fish types, including mackerel, herring, tuna, halibut, salmon, cod liver and, yes, whale blubber with some seal blubber thrown in. Don't take that to mean that taking a modest dose of fish oil a day means running a risk of excessively expanding that mass just above your beltline. This isn't about blubber, no sirrreee, but about ingesting what some health experts claim can be helpful to our well-being.

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Mushrooms Nothing to Get Mushy About

Posted on 21st Aug 2015 06:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

When it comes to the psychedelic world of 'mind expansion,' 'cosmic consciousness' and all that sort of stuff, certain mushrooms have long been a go-to choice among free spirits in search of hallucinogenic substances.

'Magic mushrooms,' as they are known, have their share of devoted consumers, whose main goal in life obviously isn't good nutrition. Don't lose heart about mushrooms, though. When it comes to healthy eating and health benefits, many species of mushrooms are available (and safe), with the choices in grocery stores and supermarkets now plentiful if you are willing to shop around some.

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Sweets Are Not Taboo For Diabetics

Posted on 10th Aug 2015 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

A long-held belief about diabetes is that anyone who has any form of the disease should avoid sweets at all costs and in every circumstance; it's bad for them and would increase the already-elevated levels of glucose floating around in the bloodstream. More recent research, however, says that sweets eaten in moderation are okay, as long as the diabetic person carefully follows a healthy, well-balanced diet that consists of several carbohydrates (fruits, veggies, beans, etc.), protein (poultry, fish, dairy products and some meats) and a limited amount of fat. It should also be low in cholesterol, salt and added sugar, according to familydoctor.org.

Take heed, though, diabetes sufferers: this is not license for you to chase a healthy, low-cal and leafy lunch salad with a triple-scoop sundae smothered in hot fudge and a box full of melt-in-your-mouth glazed donuts hot from Krispy Kreme. It does, however, crack open a door behind which diabetics for years have punished themselves with a self-imposed sweets moratorium without an end in sight.

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Bone Broth Tagged as Trending Health Drink

Posted on 9th Aug 2015 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

It has long been known as something good for what ails you, something to sip or slowly spoon from a bowl whether you are nursing a nasty cold, battling back from a bout with energy-sapping stomach flu or just in need of something to calm the nerves without creating bodily chaos when trying to crawl out of bed the next morning.

We're speaking, of course, about that age-old elixir, broth, which it seems has been around since the beginning of time, our moms using it as part of their TLC to get our juices reflowing in the right direction. Various forms of broth, also known as stock, bouillon or consommé, actually have been around for hundreds of years, a form of which – bone broth – has emerged in the last year as the newest "re-innovation," reportedly even rivaling the likes of Starbucks as being on the cutting edge of honest-to-goodness hip.

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Folic Acid a Must for Women Thinking Pregnancy

Posted on 29th Jul 2015 18:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

A woman has a lot to think about when planning a pregnancy and having a baby. There's the usual stuff such as career considerations and taking time off from work, crossing alcohol off the grocery list, window shopping cribs, buying new clothes to accommodate her own gradual growth of girth, and picking out boy's and girl's names to have at the ready to discuss with her husband.

All of that is the easy stuff that can be handled sometime today, tomorrow or next week, but there is one item on the to-do list that she cannot do without, and it calls for immediate action. If she isn't already doing so, it's time to supplement her regular eating plan with a daily dose of folic acid. It is something that moms-to-be can't afford to be without.

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Citrus Fruits Take a Public Relations Hit

Posted on 26th Jul 2015 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the produce section at the grocery store, word comes of a potential link between citrus fruit and malignant melanoma of the skin, as reported in late June 2015 by various media.

This isn't exactly shark-in-the-water stuff that begs closing down the beaches (or the produce section), but it is something to be concerned about until, and if, we ever get the all-clear signal.

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Popularity of Chia Seeds Continues to Sprout

Posted on 27th Jul 2015 06:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

Chia seeds are a relatively new nutritional craze, or so you thought. What many folks might not know is that these edible seeds, which come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, found in abundance in southern Mexico, have been around for several thousand years, dating back to the ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures. The small black and white seeds were consumed for their energy-boosting qualities, which makes sense when you realize that these little buggers contain healthy doses of omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium.

Clearly, chia seeds epitomize the notion that good things come in small packages. According to NutritionData.com, a one-ounce serving (137 calories, 72 from fat) provides a full 42 percent of the recommended daily value (RDV) of dietary fiber as well as 18 percent of the RDV for calcium. High-fiber diets have been shown to not only decrease pressure and inflammation in the colon while promoting regularity for a healthy digestive tract, it also could aid in weight loss by helping you to feel full longer.

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We All Scream for Ice Cream

Posted on 23rd Jul 2015 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

We are a nation that loves our ice cream. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, more than 10 percent of all the milk U.S. dairy farmers are producing goes into making ice cream, in turn making ice cream beri, beri good for business. In some ways, ice cream can be beneficial to our health, as long as we eat it in moderation – hint, a big bowl filled to the brim with scooped ice cream, whether it be plain vanilla or one of Ben and Jerry's creatively-named concoctions, goes well beyond moderation.

Here's the good nutritional news for ice cream lovers: A Sharecare editors' blog posted at blog.doctoroz.com says that women who consumed a daily helping of full-fat dairy products, to include ice cream, gained less weight than those who didn't (source: the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). The blog also references a Harvard study, as reported in a publication titled Human Reproduction, that women eating full-fat ice cream at least twice a week were 38 percent less likely to have ovulation-related infertility.

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Milk Choices Require Discerning Shoppers

Posted on 14th Jul 2015 00:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

Choosing which kind of milk to buy can be as tricky as buying a car for the first time. You go into the store (or onto the lot) thinking you know exactly what you want, until you see all the choices and start having second (and third and fourth) thoughts.

This isn't like the old days where milk was milk, from the cow and pasteurized, and it magically appeared in bottles left on your front porch by the truck-driving, uniformed milkman. Those were the days; today, it's just a daze, trying to pick the right milk fit for you and your particular health or diet considerations.

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Before Gorging on Hot Dogs, Consider Their Content

Posted on 10th Jul 2015 00:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

One of the biggest sporting events of the year took place over the Fourth of July weekend, and a new champion was crowned, ending the eight-year reign of a legendary competitor who many consider to be the sport's greatest hot dogger of all time.

No, this isn't about Serena Williams at Wimbledon or Jordan Spieth capturing yet another major golf championship. We're talking about Joey Chestnut, whose eight-year streak of winning the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York came to an end at the hands – and mouth and stomach – of Matthew "Megatoad" Stonie, who crammed in and gulped down 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, two more than Chestnut was able to inhale.

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Cinnamon May Be a Flavorful Boon to Your Health

Posted on 7th Jul 2015 00:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

Count cinnamon among those rare consumables that defy the adage that says for anything to be good for you, it has to taste awful, or at best not very good. Cinnamon is one of those spices that for thousands of years has been identified and embraced as beneficial to our bodies in many ways. Plus, it adds a nice touch when sprinkled on coffee or lattes, toast and donuts, a combination which for many of us, including, we assume, some police officers, constitutes a breakfast of champions.

Chinese botanical textbooks, according to foodfacts.mercola.com, have made mention of cinnamon dating back more than 4,700 years, and its biblical references are numerous as well. Found on the branches of wild trees growing in areas such as the Caribbean, South America and Southeast Asia, cinnamon's bark is not only good for our bite (mostly in powdered form), it serves a multitude of medicinal purposes as well. In medieval times among physicians, those benefits included providing relief for coughs, arthritis and sore throats.

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Picking Berries Is Choosing Wisely

Posted on 3rd Jul 2015 00:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

In recent weeks in this space we've made mention of summertime fun at the beach, on the golf course or at some other familiar playground. Let's not limit ourselves, however; there are different types of things we can do to get the most out of the hazy, lazy days of summer. Like picking (and eating) berries, for instance.

Who among us at some point hasn't come across patches of raspberries, strawberries or blackberries, and then gone and retrieved a basket for picking and collecting them? Maybe we can't resist the impulse and gobble them down right away, or we take them home to be served later that day as a vanilla yogurt-covered dessert, or perhaps they get baked in a pie by Mom or Grandma to be served at the dinner table.

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Staying Focused Means Concentrating on What You Eat

Posted on 1st Jul 2015 00:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

It's mid-morning on a Monday, a fresh new work week, and already you're having trouble focusing. You’ve been at your desk about two hours, and you're slaving away on your computer. A half-dozen distractions are pulling at you, however, and none have anything to do with work productivity.

Your work email inbox is filling up, you're dying to check the notifications on your Facebook page, it's been 15 minutes since you let that personal phone call go to voicemail, that restless night of so-called sleep has drained your gas tank, the boss just dropped by to tell you she has moved up the weekly status meeting by 30 minutes and your stomach is growling. All things considered, your concentration level is kaput and your mind is in disarray.

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Eating Bananas Isn't Just Monkey Business

Posted on 23rd Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

As the old saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. The same could be said of at least one other such wonder fruit: bananas. A banana a day provides its tasty share of health benefits in helping our bodies ward off illnesses and other pesky annoyances, meaning bananas deserve a spot alongside apples in the fruit hall of fame.

Bananas can be as good as gold whether your main concern is controlling blood pressure, finding a yummy late-night snack to help make you sleepy or devising a sensible dietary regimen to help you lose weight. And that's just for starters.

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The Right Foods Can Put Us in the Right Mood

Posted on 14th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

In laymen's terms we call it comfort food, those delectable edibles that can turn a sad day into a glad day by providing us a respite, even a brief one, when things otherwise aren't going our way. Chocolate, for instance. Who in a moment of stress or anxiety hasn't craved a big bowl of chocolate ice cream or a sinful piece of chocolate cake with the frosting dripping off your fork? Even a chocolate bar will do in a pinch.

Good thinking! Actually, a plain chocolate bar, especially one made from dark chocolate, isn't such a bad idea for a needed mood swing. Science, and good taste, are on our side. According to Woman'sDay, a recent Swiss study found that a 1.4-ounce piece of dark chocolate can lower the levels of cortisol and catecholamines – stress hormones – in our body. That reduces feelings of anxiety, giving us a chance to bounce back from going a couple of rounds with an angry boss or whoever.

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Eating Fish a Healthy Choice ... Most of the Time

Posted on 10th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Food & Nutrition

All fish are not created equal, and some are healthier to eat than others. That's something to keep in mind when contemplating cuisine consisting of water dwellers.

Many Americans weaned on traditional staples such as red meat and poultry (i.e., chicken) are now looking at fish as a dietary alternative presumably lighter on calories and leaning to good cardiovascular health. Eating and enjoying seafood can be an acquired taste for many, but one they got hooked on fish, fish enthusiasts are as eager to whip up a tasty fish-centered recipe at home as to dine out for the convenience of gobbling down a plate of mustard-broiled salmon or grilled trout almandine.

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Let Spinach Put Some Pop(eye) in Your Diet

Posted on 1st Jun 2015 17:05:59 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

Those of us of a certain age don’t have fond memories of as kids coerced into eating spinach, especially when it meant staring at that icky, yucky green stuff passed off as hot lunch in schools decades ago. All that started to change, though, once we were exposed to its positive attributes via the superhuman exploits of a squinty-eyed, canned-spinach-guzzling cartoon sailor man by the name of Popeye.

Now that we reside in the ultra-health-conscious 21st century, spinach in its various cooked or raw states not only has become edible to us overgrown kids, it has emerged as a dietary superstar. This is in a world where terms such as iron; vitamins K, A, C and D2; folic acid, manganese and magnesium – all found in spinach – ring familiar to health-savvy parents, health care professionals and nutritionists alike.

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Don't Let Constipation Ruin Your Trip

Posted on 1st Jun 2015 16:59:33 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

Finally, you're headed out the door on that long-awaited vacation to a bucket-list destination. Plane tickets, wallet/purse, keys and phone in hand? Check. Rental car and hotel/cabana reservations? Check. Clothes, toiletries and phone charger are packed; mail delivery is on hold; several house lights are left on; and the security system is armed. Miraculously, everyone else is set and ready to go, too.

All is going well until you get a day or two into the trip and it dawns on you that you haven't, to put it delicately, been to the bathroom outside of No. 1 for a long time. You feel bloated, perhaps cramping around the waistline, generally feeling out of sorts. You realize you have constipation, and chances are you aren't alone.

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Blandness as a Breakfast of Champions

Posted on 27th May 2015 16:00:51 in Food & Nutrition, Children's Health

Ask the kids what kind of cereal they want from the grocery store, and their answers will include almost every concoction of sugar-coated morsels imaginable.

The last thing you want to do when shopping is make the wrong choice(s), although there is one right choice that is a healthier alternative, even if the young ’uns won’t see it that way at first. Think about reaching across the cereal aisle and buying one of those big canisters of oatmeal, the kind where you can pour bowl after bowl each morning without fretting over the amount of sugar and corn syrup being pumped into their growing bodies.

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