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Follow the Path to a Healthy Prostate

Posted on 20th Nov 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Immune System, Food & Nutrition

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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Let Nutrition Clear Up Your Brain Fog

Posted on 18th Nov 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Vitamins & Minerals, Food & Nutrition

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

Posted on 15th Nov 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Vitamins & Minerals, Food & Nutrition

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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9 Home Remedies for Treating Ear Infections

Posted on 13th Nov 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Immune System, Children's Health

The impending arrival of late fall followed by the onset of winter usually brings with it a heightened risk of colds and influenza. For many the change in seasons can also result in a higher incidence of clogged ears and – worse yet – ear infections that can mean one really annoying, even painful condition: earaches.

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Eight Reasons to Embrace Berberine

Posted on 11th Nov 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Weight Management

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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Good Nutrition Can Help Keep Gums Healthy

Posted on 8th Nov 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Immune System, Vitamins & Minerals, Food & Nutrition

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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What You Can Do to Battle the Bloat

Posted on 6th Nov 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Food & Nutrition

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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11 Nutritional Solutions for Fending Off Anxiety

Posted on 4th Nov 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Children's Health, Food & Nutrition

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

Posted on 1st Nov 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Vision & Eye Health, Children's Health

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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Don't Let a Vitamin B12 Deficiency Keep You Down

Posted on 30th Oct 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Food & Nutrition

There are many health-related symptoms from a vitamin B12 shortage that can come on fairly quickly and ruin your day and perhaps even your week, such as unexplained tiredness, weakness, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, constipation, loss of appetite, and a host of other conditions that can range from annoying to borderline debilitating.

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Oil Pulling Is Not a Big Drag

Posted on 28th Oct 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Immune System, Children's Health

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

Posted on 25th Oct 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Children's Health

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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What Is Maca, and What Are Its Health Benefits?

Posted on 23rd Oct 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Immune System, Vitamins & Minerals, Heart & Cardiovascular Health

Like many other herbs and supplements that have become popular in recent decades, maca has its roots in health and medical practices dating back thousands of years.

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How Nutrition Can Alleviate Depression

Posted on 21st Oct 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Foods and Nutrients to Bolster Your Sex Life

Posted on 18th Oct 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Vitamins & Minerals, Food & Nutrition

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 Is Lutein, and What Does It Do?

Posted on 16th Oct 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Vision & Eye Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Food & Nutrition

Lutein is a vitamin classified as a carotenoid and apparently with anti-inflammatory characteristics. It has often been referred to as “the eye vitamin” for its ability to prevent or at least slow the progress of eye-related diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.

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12 Foods That Can Improve the Health of Your Blood

Posted on 14th Oct 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Food & Nutrition

It’s easy to take the healthy circulation of our blood for granted, even though we know we shouldn’t. In fact, poor circulation is a fairly common problem and it can be caused by several conditions to include peripheral artery disease (PAD), diabetes, obesity, smoking, and Raynaud’s disease.

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7 Health Benefits from the Pumpkin Patch

Posted on 11th Oct 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Immune System, Vision & Eye Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Food & Nutrition

Before you start cutting out that jack-o-lantern from that perfectly plump pumpkin you just bought and brought home to wow the kids, pause to think about and savor all the wonderful things that can come out of that big, orange piece of fruit you had always assumed was a vegetable.

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What Health Benefits Does Licorice Root Provide?

Posted on 9th Oct 2019 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 7th Oct 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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What Does It Mean Being Gluten-Free?

Posted on 30th Sep 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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How Do Ketones and Ketone Bodies Benefit Health?

Posted on 2nd Oct 2019 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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 Can I Do to Detoxify My Body?

Posted on 25th Sep 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 23rd Sep 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 19th Sep 2019 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 16th Sep 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 13th Sep 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 11th Sep 2019 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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 Is Polixtra, and What Is It Used For?

Posted on 9th Sep 2019 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

PoliXtra, as branded by Wonder Labs, is a dietary supplement that contains policosanol as its primary ingredient. Policosanol, a combination of alcohols, is usually extracted from Cuban sugar cane wax, although it can also be derived from wheat germ, rice bran, or beeswax.

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What Can I Do to Fight Off Fall Allergies?

Posted on 6th Sep 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 4th Sep 2019 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 23rd Aug 2019 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 21st Aug 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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 Is Shark Cartilage, and What Is It Used For?

Posted on 16th Aug 2019 12:00:00 in Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

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 Are Amino Acids, and What Purpose Do They Serve?

Posted on 16th Aug 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 6th Aug 2019 10:37:35 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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 for Sports Nutrition?

Posted on 14th Aug 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 12th Aug 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 7th Aug 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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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What Can I Take or Do for Psoriasis?

Posted on 7th Aug 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Anyone who has ever had psoriasis knows that it is a skin condition much more serious than just a few white flakes fluttering to the ground. Nor is it something that can be easily cured with just a couple visits to the dermatologist and stocking the shower with a new brand of soap and shampoo more skin-friendly.

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What Can I Take to Bolster My Immune System?

Posted on 5th Aug 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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What Benefits Can I Get from Cinnamon?

Posted on 2nd Aug 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

Many of us are familiar with, and enamored of, cinnamon as a spice. That spice is the finished product of cinnamon that we know best, and one which works well as a sweetener sprinkled on an assortment of food choices ranging from your morning oatmeal and toast to an assortment of dinner desserts (take your pick).

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What Benefits Can You Get from Aloe Vera?

Posted on 1st Aug 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

A common lament heard from sunbathers this time of year is that which accompanies the pain of sunburn, which can be excruciating and last a couple days or more. Sunburn victims rightfully seek instant relief, and chances are if you’ve ever dealt with a sunburn, you’ve reached for and used a pain-relieving agent that contains aloe vera.

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9 Natural Remedies to Prevent or Treat Back Pain

Posted on 17th Jul 2019 09:44:18 in Wellness & Well-being

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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9 Natural Remedies to Prevent or Treat Back Pain

Posted on 8th Jul 2019 11:32:53 in Wellness & Well-being

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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How Can I Naturally Lower My High Blood Pressure?

Posted on 29th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 26th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 24th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 22nd Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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What I Can I Do About Insomnia?

Posted on 19th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

One of the cruel ironies that often accompanies insomnia is that the harder you try to sleep, the lesser chance you have of actually getting to sleep. It’s a mind trick on yourself, not a welcome one at that.

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How Do I Treat My Child Who Has Juvenile Diabetes?

Posted on 17th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

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 Is Lutein, and What Is It Used For?

Posted on 15th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

Lutein also goes by the nom de guerre of “the eye vitamin,” and, as they say, if the name fits, wear it. Lutein is a carotenoid vitamin and powerful antioxidant that is used in a number of products to help prevent eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and retinitis pigmentosa.

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What Are Antioxidants and How Do They Benefit Me?

Posted on 12th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 10th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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What Is Pyruvate, and What Is It Used For?

Posted on 5th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

If you’re looking for a supplement that provides a one-two-three punch that can help you lose weight, enhance your energy for improved athletic performance (if that is your game), and adds an anti-aging dimension, look no further than pyruvate. Maybe you’ve never heard of it before; well, now you have. So keep reading.

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What Can I Do to Treat Constipation?

Posted on 28th Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 26th Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 24th Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 21st Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 19th Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 14th Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 12th Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 9th Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 7th Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Which Natural Remedies, Supplements & Vitamins Can Treat Hemorrhoids?

Posted on 5th Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Anyone who’s ever suffered from hemorrhoids shouldn’t be among those joking about them, because in truth they are no laughing matter. Hemorrhoids can be a very annoying condition, even an aggravating one, and they often are accompanied by enough pain to make even sitting a painful chore.

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What Is Oil of Oregano, and What Is It Used For?

Posted on 3rd Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

The first thing you need to know about oil of oregano is that its many benefits pack a whole lot of ‘anti’s’ in its health-inducing arsenal. It is an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, anti-allergenic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory essential oil that is extracted from oregano leaves.

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What Benefits Can I Get from Valerian?

Posted on 31st May 2019 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 30th May 2019 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 28th May 2019 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 17th May 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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)

Posted on 15th May 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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)

Posted on 13th May 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 10th May 2019 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 8th May 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 6th May 2019 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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What Is Phosphatidyl Serine Complex, and What’s It Used For?

Posted on 3rd May 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

In many places, ‘phosphatidyl serine’ is written as one word – phosphatidylserine (fos-fuh-tie-dul-SER-een) – which would make it a real brain teaser in a spelling bee. It also happens to be the name of a nutritional supplement best known for its support in cognitive health. In other words, it is good for your brain. A mere coincidence?

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8 Superfoods to Cleanse Your Colon

Posted on 1st May 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 29th Apr 2019 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 26th Apr 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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What Are Cordyceps Mushrooms, and What Do They Do?

Posted on 24th Apr 2019 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

The thought of chowing down on a type of fungus might not appeal to you, but if we’re talking cordyceps mushrooms, know that this is a fungus that is good for you and can even enhance your health.

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7 Indicators of a Vitamin A Deficiency

Posted on 23rd Apr 2019 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Vision & Eye Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 17th Apr 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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Eyebright: What Is It and What Does It Do?

Posted on 15th Apr 2019 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

Eyebright is a plant that belongs to the Figwort family and whose above-ground parts have been used for medicinal purposes, and this has been going on for centuries. Some claims have it that eyebright has been used for medicinal purposes since the 14th century, although its first mention in print apparently is its inclusion in a 1485 German book about herbs.

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Spring Cleaning: Start with the Cobwebs in Your Head

Posted on 12th Apr 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 10th Apr 2019 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Vision & Eye Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 5th Apr 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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10 Practical Ways to Curb Your Appetite

Posted on 5th Apr 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

If you want to lose weight – and, be serious, who doesn’t? – there are two major areas you need to focus on: exercise and diet. Stay active on a consistent basis, eat right, and watch the weight drop off. That’s the idea.

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What Is Pycnogenol, and What’s It Used For?

Posted on 3rd Apr 2019 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

Tree bark ordinarily is not the first thing we think about when looking for plants and plant extracts best known for providing health benefits, but Pycnogenol® (PYC) is a different story. There’s plenty of health-inducing bite to this bark.

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How to Fend off the Allergy Season Onslaught

Posted on 29th Mar 2019 17:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Spring has sprung, and, with it, tear ducts across America are starting to gush once again. Spring allergy season has arrived, and if annual sufferers aren’t feeling the symptoms yet, they soon will be.

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6 Ways to Boost Testosterone Levels Naturally

Posted on 27th Mar 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 25th Mar 2019 15:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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How to Understand and Handle Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Posted on 18th Mar 2019 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 14th Mar 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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Lactose Intolerance: What Is It and What Are the Symptoms?

Posted on 5th Mar 2019 00:09:45 in Wellness & Well-being, Children's Health, Food & Nutrition

Many of us have been told, maybe even programmed, from an early age to embrace milk and other dairy products as great sources of health to, as one old-fashioned ad once said, give us energy to burn. Of course, what’s not to like about milk and its close cousin ice cream, the latter of which to this day is still valued as a tasty treat and popular dessert item?

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7 Signs of a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Posted on 11th Mar 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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Natural Ways to Help Clean Your Artery Walls

Posted on 8th Mar 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

Just like keeping the oil changed in your car to keep engine parts properly lubed or taking the right steps at home to make sure your drains don’t get clogged, it’s important to live a healthy life aimed at keeping your arteries cleaned. That latter point is a life-and-death proposition, not to be trifled with.

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Taking a Calm Approach to Nervous System Health

Posted on 7th Mar 2019 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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Taking a Calm Approach to Nervous System Health

Posted on 30th Nov -0001 00:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 4th Mar 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 1st Mar 2019 14:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 28th Feb 2019 14:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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10 Indications of a Vitamin C deficiency

Posted on 27th Feb 2019 16:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Anyone who has ever gotten a cold or suffered through the woes of any other viral infection – and who hasn’t? – has heard it before: You should be taking vitamin C on a regular basis to help fend off sickness. Actually, that’s pretty good advice that holds up to the science of immunity.

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Get a Caffeine-Like Energy Boost without the Caffeine

Posted on 20th Feb 2019 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 18th Feb 2019 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 15th Feb 2019 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 14th Feb 2019 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 8th Feb 2019 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Writers and Editors

Posted on 4th Feb 2019 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 1st Feb 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 30th Jan 2019 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 29th Jan 2019 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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 Best Vitamins and Supplements for CEOs

Posted on 5th Feb 2019 00:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

Chief executive officers have it made. They command the highest pay in their company or organization – for them it’s called a ‘compensation package’ – and they bask in their power, prestige and jet-setting lifestyle, right?

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Melatonin: Its Sources, Benefits and Uses

Posted on 6th Feb 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 25th Feb 2019 10:48:21 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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Feeling Stressed? 5 Healthy Ways to Unwind

Posted on 12th Feb 2019 04:29:38 in Wellness & Well-being you’re feeling stressed, it’s natural to want to order a pizza and binge watch a few episodes on Netflix. (Or whatever your version of that may be!) Of course, you don’t need us to tell you that pizza on the couch isn’t the healthiest way to deal with stress.

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

Posted on 7th Feb 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 10th Jan 2019 04:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Truck Drivers

Posted on 18th Jan 2019 04:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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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Hyaluronic Acid -- Its Sources, Benefits and Uses | Featured Product

Posted on 16th Jan 2019 12:00:00 in Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

Hyaluronic acid is a clear, gooey-like substance naturally produced by your body that is a great friend to your skin and your eyes (for starters). It is a type of carbohydrate molecule, known as a polysaccharide, which is found in high concentrations in the skin, joints, and eye fluids, its main role to keep those body parts well lubricated.

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Nurses

Posted on 11th Jan 2019 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 9th Jan 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 8th Jan 2019 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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CBD Oil: What You Need to Know About Cannabidiol

Posted on 4th Jan 2019 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

CBD is short for “cannabidiol,” a compound extracted from the cannabis plant – which in scientific terms is known as Cannabis sativa. On the street, it is better known as marijuana. Got your attention now? You can be excused if, hearing that for the first time, your immediate reaction is to raise an eyebrow (or two) and ask two key questions: “Is CBD the same thing as marijuana, and is it legal?”

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

Posted on 3rd Jan 2019 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

Berberine is one of the most versatile nutritional supplements known to man, recognized for its wide range of health benefits that include treating metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and inflammation, among other conditions.

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Firefighters

Posted on 2nd Jan 2019 06:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 28th Dec 2018 08:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 26th Dec 2018 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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CoEnzyme Q10: Secret Supplement for Bypass Surgery Recovery?

Posted on 6th Feb 2019 08:03:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 21st Jan 2019 07:56:22 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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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7 Creative Ways to Remember to Take Your Vitamins!

Posted on 7th Jan 2019 07:43:36 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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5 Major Muscle Groups of the Body and Their Function

Posted on 24th Dec 2018 06:30:33 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 21st Dec 2018 07:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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Valerian/Valerin Calms the Nerves, Helps You Sleep

Posted on 13th Dec 2018 08:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Cayenne Pepper | Reap the Benefits for Your Health

Posted on 14th Dec 2018 08:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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Fish Oil | Reap the Benefits for Your Health

Posted on 17th Dec 2018 06:00:00 in Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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Could Heartburn Relief Affect Your Body's B12 Absorption?

Posted on 10th Dec 2018 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 5th Dec 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 4th Dec 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 3rd Dec 2018 04:00:00 in Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 18th Dec 2018 04:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 19th Dec 2018 04:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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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What Causes Stiff Joints and What Can You Do About It?

Posted on 28th Nov 2018 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Stiff and/or painful joints are not an inevitable part of life, but when they do occur, it’s often the result of aging. That’s what years of wear and tear can do on your body, taking their toll on your joints as well as on your muscles and bones with age being the most common factor, albeit not the only one.

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Complications of Diabetes for Your Health

Posted on 27th Nov 2018 06:17:31 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 26th Nov 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 21st Nov 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 16th Nov 2018 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 14th Nov 2018 12:00:00 in Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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Nothing Could Be Sadder Than an Unhealthy Bladder

Posted on 12th Nov 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 9th Nov 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 13th Nov 2018 04:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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What You Need to Know about Diabetes

Posted on 19th Nov 2018 03:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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What Is MTHFR Mutation and What Does It Mean?

Posted on 5th Nov 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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Got Brain Fog? Here's How to 'Lift' It

Posted on 2nd Nov 2018 07:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Many of us have on occasion been hit with brain fog, a temporary condition in which we have trouble concentrating or remembering things, perhaps even feeling a sense of haziness that tells us we aren’t hitting on all cognitive cylinders. Our minds feel clouded. Staying focused suddenly becomes a challenge, and processing information becomes a chore.

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What Does Homeopathic Really Mean?

Posted on 8th Nov 2018 06:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 7th Nov 2018 08:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

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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U.S. Government Ramps Up War Against Opioid Addiction

Posted on 26th Oct 2018 14:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Announcements & News

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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How to Make Halloween as Healthy as Can Be

Posted on 29th Oct 2018 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

Whether you call it Halloween, Harvest Fest, Trunk or Treat, or whatever, October 31 – this coming Wednesday – is one of those times of the year where kids (and, yes, plenty of adults, too) can load up on all the candy and other sweets they want without being subjected to the usual guilt trip.

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Tea for Two, but Are Alleged Health Benefits True?

Posted on 24th Oct 2018 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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The Best Supplements for Healthy Hair

Posted on 27th Oct 2018 07:29:46 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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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Can I Take My Vitamins & Supplements with Prescription Medications?

Posted on 17th Oct 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 16th Oct 2018 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 15th Oct 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being 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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Pumpkin Seeds Can Sprout Health Benefits for You

Posted on 18th Oct 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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, 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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Flaxseeds Can Sprout Health Benefits for You

Posted on 12th Oct 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 11th Oct 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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How Your Body is Affected by Blood Sugar Levels

Posted on 18th Oct 2018 05:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

Your blood sugar level is a funny thing, and we don’t mean in a laughing sort of way. If it’s off just a tad from the norm, whether a mite high or a bit low, it’s not exactly a win-win situation. More like a lose-lose. Each deviation of blood sugar level from what’s optimum, up or down, comes with its own set of issues regarding body function.

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What Everyone Should Know About Breast Cancer

Posted on 4th Oct 2018 07:33:12 in Wellness & Well-being, Announcements & News

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?

Posted on 3rd Oct 2018 07:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

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 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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4 Stress-Relieving Supplements You Need ASAP!

Posted on 5th Oct 2018 08:24:20 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 25th Sep 2018 10:18:23 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Never a Bad Time for Healthy Aging Strategies

Posted on 28th Sep 2018 08:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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Ginseng: Its Sources, Benefits and Uses

Posted on 26th Sep 2018 08:00:00 in Weight Management, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Distinguishing one herb-based supplement from another can be tricky without a scorecard, although there are some herbs that need little explanation – except what you might see in the occasional nutritional blog, such as here – and it is in this category that ginseng distinguishes itself from most of the other herbs.

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Your Dog May Benefit From Supplements Too

Posted on 1st Oct 2018 07:15:35 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Watch Your Mouth! 6 Vitamins for Oral Health

Posted on 20th Sep 2018 07:09:39 in Wellness & Well-being

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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6 Reasons Why You Need Eucalyptus Oil In Your Life!

Posted on 6th Sep 2018 07:01:11 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Pain Awareness Month is 12 Months a Year for Some

Posted on 14th Sep 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 12th Sep 2018 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Vision & Eye Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 11th Sep 2018 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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Getting a Handle on Cholesterol

Posted on 17th Sep 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 19th Sep 2018 06:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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'Y' is for Yeast Infection: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

Posted on 7th Sep 2018 00:35:02 in Wellness & Well-being

About three-quarters of all women suffer through at least one yeast infection – a fungal infection of the genitals – in their lifetime, and about half of those are afflicted more than once.

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St. John's Wort -- Its Sources, Benefits and Uses | Featured Product

Posted on 10th Sep 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

The first thing most people want to know when they hear about St. John’s wort is what it does and how it can presumably benefit our health. We’ll get to that. Next question about St. John’s wort: Where did it get its name?

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

Posted on 5th Sep 2018 08:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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What Does 'Standardized' Mean on Ingredient Labels?

Posted on 27th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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Going for the Gusto with Gut Health

Posted on 28th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 24th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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Menopause Signs & Side Effects, and Help from Nutrition

Posted on 23rd Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

Menopause is one subject that gives pause to women and their health-care providers when it comes to discussing women’s health. For middle-aged women – as well as a few younger and some older – it is the nearly inevitable condition that awaits when a woman’s ovaries quit releasing eggs and menstruation comes to a gradual halt.

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

Posted on 20th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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)

Posted on 17th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 16th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 15th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 14th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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Recognizing and Ridding Toxins from the Home

Posted on 13th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Announcements & News

When we think of “detoxification” or hear it mentioned, we think first of our bodies and what we must do to eliminate toxins and other unwanted waste lingering inside of us. And when we talk about detoxifying our bodies, the conversation typically zeroes in on our liver, which is our body’s most important cleansing organ.

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Meet Chlorella: Another Superfood to Embrace

Posted on 10th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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How Electrolytes Keep Your Body Functioning As Needed

Posted on 8th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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There's Plenty to Like about Lycopene

Posted on 7th Aug 2018 06:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

If you like tomatoes, then chances are you like lycopene, whether or not you even know what lycopene is. Well, glad you asked. Lycopene is a red pigment that can be found in assorted red fruits and vegetables. That includes tomatoes, which, as strange as it may seem, have been classified as both a fruit and vegetable.

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'V' is for Valerian: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

Posted on 2nd Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

Valerian, a dietary supplement that is sold retail by Wonder Labs as Valerin, is an herb known mostly for its properties as a mild sedative and sleep aid used by many people dealing with nervous tension and insomnia issues.

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Fats and Oils that Combat Inflammation

Posted on 27th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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Keeping Hydrated More Important Than You May Think

Posted on 6th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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Vitamins & Supplements for Breastfeeding Moms

Posted on 1st Aug 2018 08:02:03 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Month? This week we’re celebrating moms and moms-to-be around the globe with a comprehensive guide to the best vitamins and supplements for breastfeeding mothers.

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The 5 Supplements That Should Be In Every Traveler’s Bag

Posted on 23rd Jul 2018 12:48:04 in Wellness & Well-being, Vitamins & Minerals

You’ve dreamed. You’ve saved. You’ve planned. You’ve packed. Your vacation’s finally here… but have you thought of everything? Nothing can ruin a trip quite like illness or exhaustion. That’s why we’ve put together this list of five supplements that should be in every traveler’s carry-on! Never leave home without these.

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The Best Vitamins & Supplements for Men

Posted on 19th Jul 2018 08:44:53 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 18th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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, 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

Posted on 17th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 16th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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Replace Back Pain with Lack of Pain

Posted on 3rd Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 12th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 11th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 10th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 9th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 6th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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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A Look at Omega-3 Sources Other Than Fatty Fish

Posted on 5th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Not everyone is a fan of fatty fish or any other kind of seafood, for that matter, but we all can benefit, especially heart health-wise, by sticking to a diet that includes ample omega-3s. The question then becomes: how can we get a good supply of omega-3s without eating fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, or sardines?

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

Posted on 4th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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Boswellia Can Assist in Weight Loss

Posted on 13th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

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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Ashwagandha as an Adaptogen Gets All A's

Posted on 2nd Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 22nd Jun 2018 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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Looking to Lutein for Vision and Eye Health

Posted on 21st Jun 2018 08:30:00 in Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

Lutein? The eyes have it, but if they don’t have enough of it, our vision, as well as our eye health, can suffer.

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Citrus Fruits a Boon to Our Immunity

Posted on 18th Jun 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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How Ginger Provides Nutritional Support for Your Body

Posted on 14th Jun 2018 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 15th Jun 2018 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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Improve Your Prospects for a Good Night's Sleep

Posted on 19th Jun 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Vitamins, Minerals, Adaptogens and Herbs, Oh My!

Posted on 13th Jun 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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An Apple a Day Is Still Sound Advice

Posted on 11th Jun 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 12th Jun 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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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Keep Your Digestive System Healthy with Papaya and Pineapple

Posted on 6th Jun 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Vitamins & Minerals, Food & Nutrition

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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Licorice Root: One of the Sweetest Adaptogens Around

Posted on 2nd Jun 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 28th May 2018 08:28:15 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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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Keeping Grapes Handy Is a Healthy Strategy

Posted on 30th May 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 29th May 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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'O' Is for Organic: Health, Nutrition and Supplements A to Z

Posted on 4th Jun 2018 11:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

Buying organic was once a grocery shopping choice left to a few, forward-thinking folks with a hankering for healthy food and a willingness to go against the grain. They skipped past traditional grocery stores and went straight to little-known health-food outlets to buy their food, getting a healthy head start on the rest of us.

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These Fruits Provide a Berry, Berry Good Fruit Punch

Posted on 5th Jun 2018 06:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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How Collagen Can Improve Your Health and Appearance

Posted on 24th May 2018 08:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Most of us have a good idea of what collagen is and what its expected best-known use is – smoothing out the wrinkles on our face. But research suggests there’s more to collagen than just taking years off our facial appearance.

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What Is Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) and What's It For?

Posted on 11th May 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Over the last couple of months, we have been featuring in this space a series on the various B-complex vitamins. Now we come to what might be the most complex of the B vitamins when you consider all the significant roles it plays in maintaining and, as needed, improving our health.

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'N' Is for N-Acetyl Cysteine: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

Posted on 10th May 2018 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

When it comes to damage control inside the human body, particularly with cells and tissue (like that found in the lungs), few nutrients or minerals can act with the healing power and relief that N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) brings to the table, or to the lungs, or to the liver, or to . . . well you get the idea.

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

Posted on 9th May 2018 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 8th May 2018 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 7th May 2018 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 4th May 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 3rd May 2018 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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)

Posted on 2nd May 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 24th Apr 2018 15:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

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

Posted on 23rd Apr 2018 16:00:00 in Weight Management, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 17th Apr 2018 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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'K' is for Kosher: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

Posted on 13th Apr 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

Eating “kosher” isn’t just a religious practice for Orthodox Jews, it also is practiced by many non-Jews looking to eat healthier and maybe even lose a few pounds along the way, as it involves a carefully prescribed means of choosing healthy foods and properly preparing them for consumption.

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Benefits of Yoga to Your Brain and Mental Health

Posted on 5th Apr 2018 07:15:05 in Wellness & Well-being

There's no denying that yoga is a fantastic way to get fit. Many people will be considering taking the practice up to improve their physical health. However, did you know that it's fantastic for your mental health too? Here are some of the ways it can help you stay healthy mentally, and bring in a calming new outlook on life this year for you.

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

Posted on 9th Apr 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Fast Relief for Working on Your Feet All Day

Posted on 11th Apr 2018 07:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Clear Up Acne with Some Rest & Relaxation?

Posted on 3rd Apr 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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How Vitamins May Help With Alcohol Dependence

Posted on 16th Apr 2018 07:24:54 in Wellness & Well-being

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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6 Things Everyone's Asking About Multivitamins

Posted on 10th Apr 2018 07:00:51 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

In recent years, multivitamins have surged in popularity, making their way into the daily routines of many health conscious consumers. As an increasing number of people become interested in the potential benefits of a daily multivitamin, many people have questions. Today, we’d like to take a moment to answer some of those top questions about multivitamins.

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Get Better Sleep and Enjoy a Healthier Life

Posted on 28th Mar 2018 09:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Fast Icy Relief for Runners, Hikers, and Bikers

Posted on 27th Mar 2018 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

In the aftermath of a hard workout, such as one associated with running, biking, or even a jaunty hike through the woods and over hills, pain isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Most likely, this is the presence of what is known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), a condition in which muscle pain develops a day or two after exercise, if not sooner.

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

Posted on 23rd Mar 2018 16:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 20th Mar 2018 08:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 19th Mar 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 14th Mar 2018 06:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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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Chronic Kidney Disease [Infographic]

Posted on 8th Mar 2018 06:21:17 in Wellness & Well-being

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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What is Naturopathy and How Is It Used?

Posted on 13th Mar 2018 08:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Curcumin's Anti-Alzheimers Reputation Gets a Boost

Posted on 1st Mar 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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 Holistic Medicine?

Posted on 9th Mar 2018 06:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 2nd Mar 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Homeopathic Remedies Offer Abundance of Benefits

Posted on 12th Mar 2018 06:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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 Homeopathy and How Is It Different?

Posted on 27th Feb 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 22nd Feb 2018 16:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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?

Posted on 20th Feb 2018 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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Sources of Polyphenols Are Abundant

Posted on 16th Feb 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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Meet Your Skin's New Best Friend: Hyaluronic Acid

Posted on 18th Feb 2018 06:42:36 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

“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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'D' is for Detox: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

Posted on 15th Feb 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

About every 3,000 miles or so, we get the oil changed for our car or SUV, the idea being to keep our vehicles running clean and smoothly. We do what the instruction manual tells us to do, or we risk car problems. Our bodies beg for the same sort of treatment. This entails getting rid of routine waste as well as harmful toxins, and for that there has to be a will and a way.

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Drinking More Tea Is a Healthy Alternative

Posted on 14th Feb 2018 10:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 12th Feb 2018 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 7th Feb 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 6th Feb 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 5th Feb 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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 Definitive Guide to the Building Blocks of Nutrition

Posted on 2nd Feb 2018 16:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Over the years in this space, we have covered hundreds of topics related to nutrition and health, touching on many of the supplements and vitamins that address specific areas of what makes our bodies work and what we can do to optimize our health and keep our minds and bodies fine-tuned.

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

Posted on 1st Feb 2018 10:30:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 31st Jan 2018 10:30:00 in Weight Management, Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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, 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

Posted on 30th Jan 2018 10:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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Enzymes Break Down and Process Food During Digestion

Posted on 29th Jan 2018 11:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

The more we know about how our bodies really work, the more amazing these wondrous human mechanisms make themselves out to be. Take digestion, for instance. There’s more to it than sticking food in our mouths, chewing it and then letting it fuel our bodies before what’s left over departs our bodies as waste.

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support Hearing

Posted on 24th Jan 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 23rd Jan 2018 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 19th Jan 2018 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 16th Jan 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Turmeric’s Many Benefits Number in the Dozens

Posted on 10th Jan 2018 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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Berberine Runs the Gamut on Health Benefits

Posted on 7th Jan 2018 14:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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 Bladder

Posted on 5th Jan 2018 16:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Even though the urinary bladder, a muscular sac located in the pelvis, doesn’t actually do a lot in its primary role as a reservoir for urine, it has a way of grabbing our attention when it needs to be emptied or has been invaded by inflammation or an infection. It’s called pain, or at the very least discomfort.

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Three Solutions to Three Common Health Questions, Part I

Posted on 4th Jan 2017 17:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

As we start a new year, let’s take inventory of some common health-related questions that often pop up over the course of 12 months. Here is our first edition of “Three Solutions to Three Common Health Questions.”

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Kidneys

Posted on 3rd Jan 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support Brain Health

Posted on 8th Jan 2018 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Heart

Posted on 10th Jan 2018 16:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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8 New Year's Resolutions for a Healthy 2018

Posted on 30th Dec 2017 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

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 Intestinal Health

Posted on 25th Dec 2017 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support Prostate Health

Posted on 27th Dec 2017 15:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

For something so small and hidden inside a male’s body, about the size of a walnut and tucked below the bladder and in front of the rectum, the prostate gland sure packs a big wallop. It is part of the male reproductive system and surrounds a portion of the urethra, which is the tube inside the penis that transports urine away form the bladder, per

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Give Yourself the Gift of an Energy-Enhanced Holiday Season

Posted on 21st Dec 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support Gallbladder Health

Posted on 29th Dec 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Give Yourself the Gift of a Weight-loss Holiday Season

Posted on 15th Dec 2017 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

Or, you can at least make it a weight-neutral holiday season if actual weight loss seems too much of a holiday spirit-killing burden. First, though, put down that plate of steaming hot-out-of-the-oven pecan pie smothered in whipped cream and let’s talk about this.

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

Posted on 12th Dec 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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 to Support the Lungs

Posted on 6th Dec 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 5th Dec 2017 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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 Hearing-protective devices could have been worn, and in some cases dietary habits over time could have made a difference.

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Male Reproductive System

Posted on 7th Dec 2017 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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Beetroot Getting Attention for Ability to Lower Blood Pressure

Posted on 4th Dec 2017 11:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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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Vitamin B12: 4 Surprising Truths That Will Change How You Look at Health

Posted on 28th Nov 2017 10:54:05 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

You’ve definitely heard of vitamin B12. And you may even know that Vitamin B12 is neither made by plants or animals, but comes from microorganisms in the soil! Today on the WonderLabs Blog, we’re excited to share with you four surprising truths about Vitamin B12 that most people have never heard.

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Don't Let a Protein Deficiency Get You Down

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

We need our protein. It is essential to our well-being because it is the building block of our muscles, skin, hormones, and enzymes, while also playing a key role in our body’s tissues. A protein deficiency can be the forerunner of numerous health issues, and not consuming enough protein in our diets can cause subtle, unwanted changes in our bodies over time.

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Liver

Posted on 3rd Dec 2017 15:30:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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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Make Thanksgiving Dinner a Nutritious Feast

Posted on 22nd Nov 2017 17:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Wellness & Well-being

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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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Urinary System

Posted on 2nd Dec 2017 09:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 1st Dec 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Endocrine System

Posted on 15th Nov 2017 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 14th Nov 2017 10:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 10th Nov 2017 13:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 8th Nov 2017 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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

Posted on 6th Nov 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

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 Skeletal System

Posted on 3rd Nov 2017 15:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Just a few days removed from Halloween and the annual parade of costumes, many of which were scary, we have an image in our heads as to what a skeleton looks like – a human-shaped structure of bones that appears sinister and able to do some damage.

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support a Healthy Nervous System

Posted on 2nd Nov 2017 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Our nervous system is always on the job, 24/7, 365 days a year (or 366 days in a leap year). Every breath we take, every time our heart beats, every time a thought enters our head, our nervous system is hard at work and playing a role. It’s no wonder we can’t afford for our nervous system to ever take a day (or an hour or a minute) off, and with that goes the responsibility to keep our nervous system properly fueled. It needs TLC and a steady supply of healthy nutrients as well.

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements for a Healthy Lymphatic System

Posted on 1st Nov 2017 10:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

This might come as a surprise to most people, but our bodies have more than one circulatory system. There’s the more-familiar one that transports blood to all body organs and parts that need it. Then there’s the less-familiar version that acts as our body’s drainage system, supporting our immune system by guarding against illness and disease-causing inflammation. That’s the lymphatic system, which also piggybacks a network of veins, arteries, and capillaries to carry out its job.

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Growing Opioids Problem Now a National Public Health Emergency

Posted on 31st Oct 2017 11:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

On Thursday, October 26, President Donald Trump declared the growing opioid epidemic a national public health emergency, stating that day that “We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic.” This might take a while. The opioid crisis, which involves highly addictive narcotics used to manage pain, has been growing steadily for more than 20 years, with about 90 Americans dying daily from opioid overdoses, per a June 2017 Washington Post report, as cited at

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support a Healthy Muscular System

Posted on 30th Oct 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Be careful what you skimp on when you start a new diet or decide to reshape your current one. Cutting back on carbohydrates, protein and/or fats – whether purposely or unwittingly – can weaken your body’s performance and diminish your ability to burn unwanted fat. Cutting back on calories can also mean shortchanging the supply of vitamins and minerals needed by your muscles to function with efficiency.

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What Are the Types of Headaches and How Can They Be Headed Off?

Posted on 27th Oct 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

All headaches share two things in common: to varying degrees they are painful, and in almost all instances they are tremendously effective in disrupting your day. Occasionally, headaches can you unable to get any work done or to enjoy the finer things in life.

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support Healthy Digestion

Posted on 26th Oct 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

We are happiest with our stomach and entire digestion system when we aren’t thinking about them. We aren’t thinking about our stomach or digestive tract because, normally, we feel fine down there, content to shovel food and drink down the hatch with no bloating, no tummy ache, no nausea, no sharp pains, no peptic ulcers, no bowel issues (that we know of), no heartburn, no diarrhea, and no constipation to give us pause. A healthy digestive system? Priceless.

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What Is Allergic Asthma, and What Can You Do About It?

Posted on 24th Oct 2017 15:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

About 25 million Americans have asthma, and allergic asthma – which is triggered by allergens – is the most common type, per It is estimated that 50 percent of all adult asthmatics have the allergy-induced type, while 90 percent of child sufferers are linked to allergic asthma.

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Heartburn, Acid Reflux, and GERD: Tale of the Tape

Posted on 19th Oct 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Acid indigestion. It is a sensation many of us are familiar with. Its main symptom features a burning feeling, often accompanied by pressure or pain, as recently consumed food comes back up the throat and into the mouth, leaving a taste that is acidic or at least bitter. The question is, is it just a “simple” case of heartburn or something more involved, such as acid reflux or, worse yet, gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known as GERD?

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The Cinnamon Choice: Cassia vs. Ceylon

Posted on 18th Oct 2017 15:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

The status of cinnamon as a possible “superfood” is debatable, as is its potential for having a healing effect on diabetes, but one thing that really can’t be argued – cinnamon is not only a sweet, great-tasting spice that works well sprinkled on an assortment of food and drinks, it also is nice to have around in terms of contributing to good health in other ways.


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How to Keep from Getting/Spreading the Flu

Posted on 18th Oct 2017 10:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

From year to year, we’re never sure how bad that year’s strain of flu will be or even if the latest version of a vaccine will be sufficiently effective. One thing we can count on, though: some form of influenza will hit our shores, and it will be largely up to us to protect ourselves from getting the flu. It is also our duty to take measures to keep it from spreading to others if we are unlucky enough for the flu to catch us (vs. our catching it).


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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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It’s Dental Hygiene Month: How Are Your Teeth and Gums?

Posted on 12th Oct 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

If you are properly brushing your teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day, and if you are regularly flossing – preferably daily – you have established a good foundation for caring for your teeth and gums. Even then, your work is never done if you want to avoid gum disease, prevent tooth decay and cavities, keep your gums healthy and strong, and keep all your teeth in place.

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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, 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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What Is Ketosis and What Does It Do for Us?

Posted on 9th Oct 2017 16:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

When our body goes into a state of ketosis, it’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s something many of us choose to bring on ourselves to lose weight. The word ‘ketosis’ might sound like some sort of disease. It isn’t. It is a normal metabolic process in which our body, when short on glucose, instead starts burning stored fats for needed energy. It is a condition that people can initiate by starting a ketogenic diet that is low on carbohydrates and seeks to burn unwanted fat.

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DPA: Docosapentaenoic Acid: The 'New' Omega-3 Fatty Acid

Posted on 5th Oct 2017 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

Omega-3 fatty acids, usually found in fish oils, comprise one of the best go-to nutritional supplements when it comes to restoring, maintaining, or even improving our health. Name any well-known health condition that can be aided by particular types of diets, then put together a list of foods and supplements deemed highly suitable for such diets, and, finally, be amazed by how often omega-3’s appear on those lists.

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Looking Out for Our Liver and Its Health

Posted on 3rd Oct 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Ask anyone to name the body’s major organs, and the first few answers are easy: the heart, the brain, the kidneys, and the lungs come quickly to mind. A bit further down the list, and often not mentioned, is the liver. It might be the most underappreciated and even neglected major organ of our bodies, but the liver deserves more respect. It just may be the hardest-working organ in our bodies; if not, it ranks near the top, and may be the most versatile organ in our bodies.

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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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How to Ramp Up to Fend Off Leg Cramps

Posted on 28th Sep 2017 16:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Leg cramps can be a real pain. They can crop up at any time during the day, turning a leisurely stroll through the park or a walk from the den to the fridge into exercise of agonizing futility, sending a scared sufferer to the floor wincing and wailing in pain. It’s a similar deal during the night, when an otherwise sound sleeper suddenly wakes up in bed, startled, grabbing his or her calf and wondering where this real-life nightmare just came from.

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Berberine: A Worthy Foe for Inflammation-Related Diseases

Posted on 28th Sep 2017 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

A little inflammation, even a moderate amount, is a good thing. It is one of our body’s means of healing itself. When we suffer an injury or contract an illness, our immune system goes to work, sending millions of white blood cells via a heightened blood flow to the location where it is immediately needed. Inflammation results.

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Making Moves Toward Healthy Joints

Posted on 27th Sep 2017 15:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

In our never-ending quest to stay healthy (or get healthier), to lose weight, to get stronger, to become faster, to improve our endurance or to just overall enhance our appearance, it’s easy to get lost in the big picture and take for granted our body’s mechanisms and the parts that play a supporting role. Our joints, for instance. Be honest: how often do you think about your wrists, your hips, your knees, or your ankles – until you injure one of them and suddenly find yourself pretty much out of commission?


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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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Alternative Treatments for Anxiety and Depression

Posted on 22nd Sep 2017 14:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

In some ways, anxiety and depression are like most any other illness or disorder – there are traditional ways of treating them that includes the option of conventional medicine, i.e. prescription drugs.


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What Are the Herbs that Help with Memory?

Posted on 19th Sep 2017 15:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Forgetfulness is a part of life for most of us. Forgot where you put the keys? Can’t find your wallet or purse? You arrived home last night, turned on the dome light inside your car while in the driveway, and then you forgot to turn it off when you went inside the house. It happens to all of us. But there is a difference between routine forgetfulness and actual memory loss – a significant difference, in fact.


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Vitamins and Supplements That Support Healthy Cholesterol

Posted on 18th Sep 2017 16:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

More than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease every year, making it the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. That works out to one in four deaths each year being related to heart disease, with cholesterol often a key factor. The most common type of heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is coronary artery disease, which can lead to heart attack.


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How to Manage Chronic Pain Conditions Such as Fibromyalgia and CRPS

Posted on 15th Sep 2017 15:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

The next time you are in pain and tell someone about it, don’t be surprised if they try to brush it off by saying, “Oh, it’s only in your head.” Actually, they’re right; whatever the root cause of the pain is and wherever it is located, pain signals get transmitted to your brain, which is in your head. Chronic pain, though, is nothing to be brushed off or treated lightly. It can be a significant life changer, whereby managing the pain beyond medical procedures and medications can help bolster quality of life for sufferers.

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Get Arthritis Relief More Naturally

Posted on 14th Sep 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Arthritis can be a debilitating disease difficult to describe if you’ve never had it, but the numbers paint a picture that isn’t pretty. Arthritis is rated the No. 1 cause of disability in America, with about 50 percent of adults 65 and older reporting a doctor’s diagnosis of arthritis, per


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Can You Pass This Immune System Pop-Quiz?

Posted on 13th Sep 2017 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Our immune system is a thing of wondrous beauty, albeit unseen beauty. It is a complex yet well-ordered system consisting of many millions of cells, neatly organized into sets and subsets, passing information among one another while gathering like “clouds of bees swarming around a hive,” as puts it.

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Heartburn: How’d I Get It and How Do I Get Rid of It?

Posted on 12th Sep 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Heartburn is a condition that often leaves a bad taste in our mouths, and we don’t mean just in the figurative sense. It occurs most often after you’ve just consumed a large meal, especially one that goes heavy on fatty and greasy foods. As puts it, foods high in fat sit around in the belly longer, triggering our stomach to produce more acid, which in turn irritates our digestive system.

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Brain Supplements for Back-to-School Support

Posted on 11th Sep 2017 10:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

In a perfect world, parents get their school kids out of bed at the right time, make sure they are practicing the right hygiene, and feed them the right kind of breakfast to make/keep them healthy, alert, ready, and in the right frame of mind for the rigors of another school day. In an imperfect world, though, where most of us reside, additional help is needed. To the rescue come nutritional supplements, many of which can boost a student’s alertness, focus, and/or retention, among other mental faculties.

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Don't Get Tripped Up by Fall Allergies This Season

Posted on 8th Sep 2017 16:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

If it’s not bad enough that we get spring allergies, now we have entered the annual hot zone when fall allergies rear their ugly heads, often disguised as weed pollens. It’s all in the pollen, mostly, per what health experts say, and it is the type of pollens, mainly, that differentiates spring allergies from fall allergies.


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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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Why Expectant Moms Should Take Prenatal Vitamins

Posted on 1st Sep 2017 16:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

A common realization among pregnant women – and perhaps also women planning to get pregnant – is that there are two mouths to feed, and that’s even before you start counting other human beings living in the same household.


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Vitamins A, D, E and K: The Fat-Soluble Vitamins

Posted on 31st Aug 2017 10:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

There are two types of vitamins: water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins, and they differ from one another. Whereas the water-soluble types of vitamins dissolve in water when ingested, fat-soluble vitamins – which are most plentiful in foods high in fats – are absorbed into our bloodstream when eaten with fat and are eventually stored in our bodies, primarily in the liver.


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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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There’s Nothing Silly about Psyllium

Posted on 24th Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

There are all kinds of supplements and other nutritional aids on the market, readily available to any of us looking to bolster or improve our overall health or to assist us in a particular area of need. And some of those needs are more urgent and unpredictable than others. Constipation or diarrhea come quickly to mind – and to “fruition” at the most inopportune times.

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Never Underestimate Potassium’s Powerful Benefits

Posted on 22nd Aug 2017 15:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

A banana a day might not actually keep the doctor forever away – neither can an apple a day, for that matter, not really – but the potassium that ingesting bananas brings us goes a long way toward keeping us sound of body and mind. It’s not just the bananas, either; as recently illustrated in another blog that appeared here; potassium has many sources and it’s up to us to keep ourselves sufficiently supplied.

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What is Herbalism and How Does It Work?

Posted on 18th Aug 2017 15:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

If you have ever been prescribed and taken a pharmaceutical drug, it is likely you have at least brushed up against herbalism, also known as phytotherapy. Many, if not most, prescription drugs are derived from plants with medicinal properties, otherwise known as “herbs.”

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What is Potassium and What Are Its Best Sources?

Posted on 17th Aug 2017 13:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Potassium is one of the most abundant minerals in our body – says it is the third most abundant, in fact. For those who have purposed to go looking for a supplemental source to help with, say, their cardiovascular health, the direction in which they are most often pointed are bananas. Bananas and lowering high blood pressure, for instance, go hand in hand, although potassium is readily available through many other sources, and its health benefits extend well beyond just the heart.

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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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Belly Fat, Part II: Eat It Away

Posted on 15th Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

Previously in this space we published a blog touching on some key points specific to belly fat. Included in the discussion was a summary of what belly fat is, its potential perils to our health, and several the underlying factors that contribute to it. Knowing those factors gives you a head start on what you can do to avoid belly fat or trim away what already is there.


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Live Longer: Trim Away That Belly Fat

Posted on 11th Aug 2017 17:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

With summer winding down, those of us who vowed to use the nicer weather to eat better and work out more to shed that “beer gut” and reveal that six-pack are running out of time to accomplish that mission – if we haven’t already succeeded. This isn’t just about looking better and buffer in a bathing suit, though. It’s also about our longevity – trimming the belly isn’t just about beach-time vanity, it’s also about our long-term health.

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What Is Biotin and What Is It Good For?

Posted on 8th Aug 2017 17:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

The name sounds like some sort of scary, weaponized biochemical compound, but in truth biotin is nothing more than a sweet and innocent water-soluble B vitamin. Its main task is to take the food we eat and transform it into energy. And that’s a good thing; something to enhance our health. Not only is biotin vital for the health of our skin, nails and hair, it also is important to have around for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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The Oceans Are Filled with Resources for Health

Posted on 7th Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

There is plenty of truth to the old saying about “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” Our oceans are made up of saltwater, which we all (should) know isn’t potable, unless your fun idea of quenching your thirst is chugging down the salty stuff without regard to sanity or health. Yet there still is plenty to love about what our oceans offer in terms of nutrients and healthy foods that can benefit us in numerous ways.

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Supplements for Men with Low Testosterone

Posted on 9th Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Low testosterone in men is most closely associated with diminished sexual performance in the bedroom. That’s the first thing that gets talked about when the subject of low-T counts comes up, just as we discussed in a recent article about testosterone that appeared on this website. Other low-T symptoms can include muscle mass atrophy, fatigue, weight gain, changes in sleep habits, depression and hair loss.


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Low Testosterone in Men Impacts More Than the Bedroom

Posted on 3rd Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Men sometimes joke among one another on the topic of testosterone, but deep down it’s no laughing matter when a drop in the hormone is accompanied by a drop in sexual performance. The human body produces testosterone, for men mainly in their testicles, and it plays a key role in shaping a man’s appearance and sexual development, per It also assists in building muscle and bone mass.


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Here Are 6 Natural Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

Posted on 2nd Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

More than 100 million Americans, or nearly one in three, have high cholesterol. Cholesterol readings higher than 200 mg/dL are generally considered excessive, bringing with it an increased chance of clogged arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Numerous prescription medicines are on the market – and there likely are more coming through the pharmaceutical pipeline – aimed at lowering cholesterol.

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Adaptogens: What Are They and What Do They Do?

Posted on 1st Aug 2017 16:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Whether you live life in the fast lane or operate in a slow cooker – or perhaps equal amounts of each – you likely are exposed to and at times rendered ineffective by waves of stress inducements. Chances are that fatigue (physical and mental) also accompanies your stress. Those are the times when you can certainly use a lift and some relief. Adaptogens are standing by to come to your rescue.


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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


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Salmon Oil’s Benefits Not Just Another Fish Story

Posted on 31st Jul 2017 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

When it comes to reaping the benefits afforded us by the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, salmon earns a well-deserved spot on the conversation. One way of taking advantage of salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids is by buying, grilling and eating salmon; a healthy alternative is salmon oil that is offered in the form of a popular nutritional supplement.


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Magnesium, Manganese and Methylcobalamin for Your Health

Posted on 28th Jul 2017 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Hundreds of nutritional supplements are available in the marketplace; sometimes it’s nearly impossible to figure out what’s best for whatever health benefit(s) you seek. To cut down on any confusion, we’re here to present a partial solution that's easy to remember. When in doubt, go with these three M’s – magnesium, manganese and methylcobalamin. Each can do many things to preserve or benefit your health.


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Opioids and Alternatives

Posted on 27th Jul 2017 13:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

The use of opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine have long been prescribed by doctors for the treatment of a variety of chronic pain conditions. Their use, per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has long been considered an acceptable part of medical practice, although the use of opioids has become controversial.


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Vitamin D with Probiotics Helps Populate Friendly Bacteria

Posted on 26th Jul 2017 15:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Vitamin D often has been referred to as the “sunshine vitamin.” Why? Because its chief natural source is sunshine. If you have a vitamin D deficiency, some added exposure to the sun’s rays can be helpful – as long as it’s not overdone, as in overcooked with a painfully pink sunburn to show for it.


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What Do Minerals Do for the Human Body?

Posted on 24th Jul 2017 11:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Without minerals, our cells wouldn’t be able to function properly, and without properly functioning cells, we would be in a world of hurt. Minerals are inorganic substances that naturally occur in water, rocks and soils, and work their way into plants and animals. Rocks and soils are not on our recommended daily consumption list, but we can get what we need by eating plant-based food and the meat from animals who likewise eat plants, as well as from water, per


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Berberine Has the Goods to Beat Diabetes

Posted on 19th Jul 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Count berberine among the few compounds with antibacterial properties that offer an effective alternative to antibiotic medicines that are losing ground in the ongoing battle against “superbugs.” It gets even better, though. Berberine’s other pharmacological effects includes blood glucose-lowering capabilities that make it useful in helping to treat diabetics.


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Oregano Oil: The Right Tonic for Many Health-Related Issues

Posted on 18th Jul 2017 11:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Most essential oils are known for their usefulness in benefitting human health across several fronts, with some of the more versatile oils able to cover a whole lot of ground. Take, for instance, oil of oregano – which many people do. Oregano oil has established a reputation as not only an antioxidant, antibiotic and antibacterial, but also an antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory.


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Cod Liver Oil: A Teaspoon a Day Does Wonders

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 11:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

Many of us grew up seeing depictions of young children being force fed teaspoons brimming with cod liver oil, the kids’ faces squinched up as they dreaded the taste. Just hearing the name – “cod liver oil” – often elicited classic yukky faces among kids. Which seems ironic, considering the many health benefits that have been attributed to cod liver oil over the years. Maybe it doesn’t taste great, but this stuff really works.

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“Superbug” Not Responding to Normal Antibiotics

Posted on 14th Jul 2017 14:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

They are antibiotic-resistant microorganisms described as “nightmare bacteria” or “superbugs.” Resistant? Nightmare? Superbug? None of it sounds good when it comes to American public health. And it isn’t. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about two million people a year in America suffer serious infections with bacteria that turn out to be resistant to antibiotics designed to treat them, and 23,000 of those so afflicted end up dying.

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Essential Oils Gaining Popularity, Credibility in Health Care

Posted on 12th Jul 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

We keep our cars, trucks and SUVs running smoothly and efficiently with proper use of motor oil, presumably to include getting the oil changed at prescribed mileage intervals (or else!). Smart use of oils is a human thing to do as well. Americans increasingly are turning to oils - frequently referred to as 'essential oils' – to protect and improve our health in numerous ways; all to keep our bodies and minds running smoothly and efficiently.

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What’s in My Energy Drink?

Posted on 29th Jun 2017 16:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Anyone who grabs one of those energy drinks that typically come in a can pretty much knows what they are getting out of it – an hours-long jolt of energy, improved athletic performance and enhanced mental acuity. What you get out of it is not the question, though; it’s what goes into these energy drinks that remain somewhat of a mystery with some drink manufacturers, not to say the risk of possible side effects tied into the ingredients involved.

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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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10 Major Benefits of Cinnamon in Our Diet

Posted on 28th Jun 2017 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

It doesn’t take a lot of arm twisting to get most folks to eagerly reach for the cinnamon and sprinkle some on their food, or coffee or whatever. All you have to do is put it in front of them, at arm’s length, and cinnamon’s alluringly sweet taste and aroma take over. As a confection, cinnamon has few peers.

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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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Healthy Sweetener Options and Sugar

Posted on 22nd Jun 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

It doesn’t take a sweet tooth to know there are many artificial or alternative sweeteners that promise zero calories and maybe even weight loss. Also referred to as non-nutritive sweeteners – that’s right, they offer little or nothing in the way of nutrition – these substitute sweeteners carry a hopeful and carefully cultivated message of alleged health, yet in many cases they can cause unwanted symptoms ranging from headaches to weight gain to cardiovascular disease.

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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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What Is Coral Calcium and What Are Its Health Benefits?

Posted on 19th Jun 2017 10:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Our bodies need a regular and abundant influx of calcium in order to survive – it is vital for our bones and teeth, for one thing – and one of the best sources of calcium is coral calcium, also known as calcium carbonate. This is a compound found in limestone deposits that at one time were part of coral reefs and now are fossilized coral. Okinawa is recognized as the world’s best source of coral calcium, although it also is relatively plentiful in parts of Brazil.

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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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How Can Nutrition Help Women Through Menopause?

Posted on 15th Jun 2017 12:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Most women, even those in their 20s or 30s, have heard of menopause and have a general idea of what it entails; they’ve heard the “horror” stories. Still, when menopausal symptoms appear in their mid-40s to early 50s, they might not have a clue at first what is happening, or why. Perhaps their periods start changing, or they’re not sleeping well at night, or they experience “hot flashes” and notice some weight gain around the middle. All this, even though they haven’t changed their lifestyle or dietary habits. It can be scary.

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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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How Zinc Speeds Recovery from Colds

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 12:00:00 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

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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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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What Is Metabolism in the Human Body?

Posted on 25th May 2017 17:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

‘Metabolism’ is one of those health-related words we often hear in discussions focused on diet, weight and exercise; but do we really know what it means? Metabolism typically is talked about in simplistic terms, as if it’s some sort of biomechanical device that runs our body like an engine powers a car, when all we need to do is fuel it three times a day so we can enjoy the ride. However, there’s more to metabolism than just something to keep revved up if we want to drop the pounds.

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What Are the Health Benefits of Ginger?

Posted on 24th May 2017 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

The fact that the herb ginger can provide a variety of health benefits surely puts a smile on most people’s faces. In addition to being healthy for us in so many ways, ginger also is a tasty favorite when added to food and beverages. In terms of our health, ginger for centuries has earned a sterling reputation for its ability to relieve digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and stomach ache. And that’s just for starters.

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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 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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What Maternal Health Issues Do Women Face?

Posted on 11th May 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Healthcare in America is often touted as the best in the world (at least Americans think so), and in terms of technological innovation it might be true. But when it comes to maternal care and health, the United States, in some respects, lags behind other nations. Birth-giving moms are having a tougher go at it, comparatively speaking, in areas such as maternal mortality rates, lack of prenatal care and inadequate postpartum care.

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Natural Remedies for Diabetes

Posted on 10th May 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Most people know without having to look it up that diabetes is an affliction that involves high levels of blood glucose in our body. Stay away from sugar in order to avoid developing diabetes, we are told. Some of us take that admonition seriously, many don’t. We are also told there are alternatives and natural remedies for your diabetes. It is true and some are listed below.

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What Are Opioids? Are They Dangerous?

Posted on 9th May 2017 11:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Opioids, also known as opiates, are powerfully effective yet relatively inexpensive medications most often used in the management of pain. More than 100 million Americans contend with chronic pain, and for nearly 20 years physicians have routinely prescribed opioids such as morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl to control pain symptoms in suffering patients.

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Alternatives to Addictive Painkillers and Opioids

Posted on 5th May 2017 17:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Pain’s arrival in our body always begs one question of us: How can I get rid of it? Physical pain has been the bane of man’s existence for thousands of years. That’s at least how long health providers tasked with treating pain have used painkillers to help suffering patients. Meanwhile, medical science keeps searching for or devising new, more effective painkillers, to include opioids, many of which have given rise to dependency and addiction.

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What Is Berberine And What Are The Benefits Of Berberine

Posted on 3rd May 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

It’s on the wish list of just about anyone who takes his or her health seriously – a dietary supplement that can do the job of two or three (or more) supplements and thus save room in the medicine cabinet or the pantry. One such supplement is berberine, a yellow-colored alkaloid compound, which can perform the work of at least a half-dozen other supplements and vitamins that each target a specific area of health care.

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Why Fiber Is Good For Us

Posted on 2nd May 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

For years we’ve been told, “Eat more fiber.” Sound advice, so we do precisely that, and our bodies are healthier because of it. Why question it, right? Fiber, a plant-derived carbohydrate, enhances the movement of material through our digestive system, prevents or relieves constipation, helps us maintain a healthy weight and can even lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Still, we wonder, what exactly is fiber and how does it accomplish all these things? It’s not enough to know that fiber is good for us – we want to know the how and why as well.

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Chlorophyll Earns ‘Superfood’ Status as Dietary Supplement

Posted on 1st May 2017 11:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Chlorophyll may be green, but it is no novice or newcomer when it comes to providing numerous health benefits for humans. Like many green vegetables, chlorophyll is a great source of vitamins A, C, E and K, and its versatility includes the capacity to stimulate our immune systems, detoxify our blood and even rid our bodies of bad odors. So, we ask, what exactly is chlorophyll, and what makes it such a bountiful source of health benefits?

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Cinnamon Has Promising Role in Regulating Blood-Sugar Levels

Posted on 28th Apr 2017 11:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Cinnamon is a popular sweet spice for sprinkling onto breakfast foods such as toast and oatmeal, and it’s a delicious exclamation point to that morning cup of joe. But what brings its versatility truly into play is cinnamon’s health-inducing qualities as a nutritional supplement, one that includes its potential benefits on glycemic control. In fact, research has shown cinnamon as a possible worthy complement to regular diabetes treatment for those who have type 2 diabetes.

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Natural Muscle Relaxants to Keep at Arm’s Length

Posted on 26th Apr 2017 11:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Muscle spasms and cramps might not be a big deal to someone who has never experienced them, but they can be extremely painful – sudden, without warning – and yet they can disappear just as fast without a trace (except a memory). It is at times like this that muscles seem to have a mind of their own, producing an involuntary tightness, hardness or bulging feeling in a muscle.

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Alleviating Joint Pain Improves Quality of Life

Posted on 25th Apr 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Anyone who has suffered from arthritis, let alone something more fleeting such as a bruised elbow, hip or knee, can vouch for how much better life is when free of joint pain. It might last only for a few days or it can be more persistent, even chronic. Joint pain is fairly common, though, affecting millions of men and women all too familiar with how it can impair physical activity while being a 24/7 annoyance.

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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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Berberine Spurs Weight Loss from Different Directions

Posted on 21st Apr 2017 13:00:00 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

Berberine is an alkaloid found in a variety of plants, most notably a group of shrubs known as Berberis. It is a compound with a prominent place in traditional Chinese medicine dating back centuries. Berberine’s many uses include regulating blood-sugar and cholesterol levels, reducing harmful inflammation throughout the body, and playing a healthy role in fighting heart disease. Berberine also is a proven success story when it comes to inducing weight loss, and it plays this role well through a variety of functions.

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Cayenne’s Health Benefits Run the Gamut

Posted on 20th Apr 2017 10:00:00 in Weight Management, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

As a spice that adds a delicious kick to almost any entrée, cayenne can be a food connoisseur’s best friend. As a medicinal herb with a history that dates back about 9,000 years, cayenne’s capacity to effect positive health change is nothing short of remarkable – it can be everyone’s best friend.

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12 Natural Remedies That Relieve Nausea

Posted on 19th Apr 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

No one is immune to an upset stomach, also known as nausea. Many things can make our stomach turn or give us that overall icky feeling, like we’re about to throw up. It could be something we ate, pregnancy, stomach flu, motion sickness like on a carnival ride, an aftermath of chemotherapy or having to deal with a stressful situation such as tax season. Whatever the cause, when we get hit with a wave (or waves) of nausea, our focus turns to alleviating the discomfort. Quickly and effectively.

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Niacin Is No Mystery When It Comes to Our Health

Posted on 14th Apr 2017 22:21:11 in Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

It’s a name of a nutrient we’ve heard of for years, but it’s somewhat of an unknown for anyone who hasn’t had it recommended to them by a doctor. It sounds like, but is not to be confused, with Anacin (although both can be useful treating headaches) and it’s not an abbreviated form of nitroglycerin (heart issues). Niacin, its true identity revealed, is also known as Vitamin B3, a water-soluble compound with a wide range of uses. It can benefit the digestive system, skin and nervous system, and is also used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.

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Pets Need Our Full Attention for Supplement Use

Posted on 17th Apr 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Many of us, perhaps even most of us, are vigilant and diligent when it comes to using vitamins and supplements to enhance our health and enjoyment of life. It’s also incumbent on us to exercise equal care in caring for our pets, especially those of us with dogs and/or cats. Dogs, as we all know, need love, too, and the same goes for supplements and vitamins – when needed.

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St. John’s Wort's Benefits Go Beyond Mood Enhancement

Posted on 12th Apr 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

It’s got a strange name, but one thing about St. John’s Wort is that it’s not an antidote for those skin bumps that, according to childhood myth, appear after you handle a toad. It is actually an herbal remedy – and a dietary supplement – that has had success treating mood disorders such as nervousness, although St. John’s Wort still is a bit of a mystery to many people who want to know exactly what it is and how it’s supposed to be taken.

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The Latest Buzz about Bee Products Is All Good

Posted on 10th Apr 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

As much as an annoyance honeybees can be when buzzing around backyard barbecues, there’s no denying what they can bring to the lunch or dinner table. It’s not just the sweet honey, either, with its trace amounts of vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. There are other health-inducing products that bees produce, and it’s good to know what those are.

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Depression Statistics in America [Infographic]

Posted on 29th Aug 2018 11:36:43 in Wellness & Well-being

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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Boost Brain Power with the Right Foods and Supplements

Posted on 6th Apr 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

As the school year hits the home stretch, high schoolers and college students focus on preparing for a final classroom push and end-of-semester exams. This is the time of year many students, ambitious ones at least, seek an extra edge to max out their mental acuity. That means being on the lookout for (healthy) ways to improve their memory and boost brain power while racing toward the finish line.

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How to Take Back Control of Your Life from Constipation

Posted on 4th Apr 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Constipation is an aggravating, uncomfortable condition that can creep up on you. One day you’re feeling fine; a day or two later you are bloated and feeling abdominal discomfort or pain. It’s then you realize you haven’t had a regular bowel movement in several days. Whenever you are constipated, two questions hit you: What causes constipation, and what can I do to remedy this misery?

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How Creatine Can Give you a Boost, in Several Ways

Posted on 31st Mar 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Athletes looking for a legal boost in their performance have known for years about the benefits of creatine. There have always been questions about whether creatine is safe and if it is legal, and in most circumstances the answers are yes and yes. You don't have to be an Olympian or pro athlete to benefit from the use of creatine, but like any other supplement you are considering for usage, proper care and guidance are key.

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Sorting Out the Pros and Con(cern)s of Ayurvedic Medicine

Posted on 29th Mar 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world's oldest forms of holistic medical practices. It originated in India and dates back several thousand years. It is a form of alternative medicine based, per, on the belief that a delicate balance between mind, body and spirit determines the state of our health and wellness. It is seen as a treatment system predicated on promoting good health vs. fighting disease, although practitioners might argue it can do both.

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10 Tips for Maximizing Calcium Absorption

Posted on 28th Mar 2017 14:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Our bodies need plenty of calcium for us to maintain bone health, to include building stronger bones and warding off osteoporosis. Common food sources rich in calcium include dairy products such as milk, cheese and butter as well as other edibles such as kale, sardines and broccoli. Ingesting calcium is only half the battle, though, as it is equally important to make sure that calcium is properly absorbed, a process that requires the assistance of other substances for calcium absorption.

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A Dozen-plus Things to Know about Aging and Mobility

Posted on 23rd Mar 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Mobility is something most of us take for granted. We learned to walk when we were very young, and from that point on it's been pretty much full speed ahead. We get up out of bed in the morning and walk to the bathroom without a thought, or we climb the stairs, or maybe we even get on a bike for a short ride or workout. For many elderly, however, even the simplest of tasks or pleasures that involve some sort of mobility no longer are a snap.


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Resveratrol's Antioxidant Prowess Covers a Lot of Ground

Posted on 20th Mar 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Maybe it's time to consider pouring a glass of red wine (or grape juice) and sitting down to enjoy a healthy snack of peanuts, grapes, dark chocolate, cranberries and blueberries along with a dash of cocoa. What do all these delectables have in common? They are sources of resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that some experts have even touted as a potential fountain of youth.

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How Hyaluronic Acid Can Rejuvenate Your Skin

Posted on 17th Mar 2017 14:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Growing old is not a particularly fun thing for most of us. One of the drawbacks to the aging process is what it does to our physical appearance, namely our skin. Wrinkled, spotty, sagging skin is the result of normal aging. There's nothing wrong, however, with trying to make ourselves look younger, and often that starts with rejuvenating the skin.

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Symptoms, Sources and Solutions for Magnesium Deficiency

Posted on 16th Mar 2017 14:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Many of us have a low level of magnesium in our bodies, and we don't even know it. In fact, many of us don't even know that we are supposed to care. As a society, we are onboard with making sure we get enough calcium, Vitamin B12, potassium, etc., but let's admit it – we have overlooked magnesium at a time when studies show many of us are undersupplied with magnesium, termed the "master mineral" because it's a part of more than 300 metabolic processes in our bodies, per

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How Our Brains Work, Even While We're Sleeping

Posted on 14th Mar 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

There may be no better time than now to recognize our brains for the great work they do, and to thank sleep for making the other 16 hours or so of the day that much more bearable. The brain and sleep – it’s nearly impossible to have one at peak performance without the other hitting on all cylinders, so it only makes sense we pay them their due respects at the same time.

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15 Tips to Fight Fatigue

Posted on 10th Mar 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Being fatigued is no fun, no matter what time of day it hits. It's also true that there are different degrees of fatigue, such as what you feel when you've finished a truly grueling workout. Or you enjoyed a big lunch, and now it's 3 p.m. and you've hit a wall back at the office. Or you've been under sustained pressure and you wonder how much longer you can hold your head together. Or after just a couple hours of spring cleaning (or even spring break), you're ready to crawl back into bed.

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Tips on How Gardening Is Great for Health and Fitness

Posted on 7th Mar 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

If waxing cars ("Wax on, wax off") can be great training and exercise for learning martial arts, then it makes sense that gardening out in your yard can be a great exercise for overall personal fitness. Think of it. Rake for a while; dig for a while. Heavy work, then light work. Standing, then bending, then crouching or kneeling, then doing it all again, over and over and over – over the course of an hour or so, day after day.

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What Teens AND Adults Need to Know About Acne

Posted on 6th Mar 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Most Americans have firsthand knowledge of acne, a certain level of expertise, in fact. That's because an estimated 85 percent of them have battled zits or pimples at one point in their lives. Acne is the most common skin condition experienced in the U.S., although separating fact from fiction can be tricky when it comes to identifying the causes of acne and proper treatments.

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Essentially Sore Throats: Causes, Prevention, Symptoms and Remedies

Posted on 2nd Mar 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Spring with its sustained warmer weather might be just around the corner, but try telling that to anyone still feeling the ill effects of cold and flu season – such as a sore throat – that typically aligns itself with winter.

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Build Strong Healthy Bones To Prevent Osteoporosis

Posted on 2nd Mar 2017 17:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

When it comes to bone mass and strong and healthy bones, we hit our peaks around age 30. Up to that point, our bodies create new bone faster than existing bone breaks down, giving us a net gain. All is not lost after age 30, however. The good news is that we have it within our reach to stave off or at least delay bone loss, take care of our bones, and maybe even strengthen them.

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Six Things to Know about ‘Superbugs’

Posted on 24th Feb 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Superbugs are not superheroes; they are anything but. Superbugs are bacteria that can’t be killed even when multiple antibiotics are used. They have become resistant to antibiotics – infections once easily and effectively treated, such as strep throat or an ear infection – now are seen as potentially deadly.

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How to Detox Your Body for Better Health

Posted on 20th Feb 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

What does it mean to detoxify your body, and how does detox work? Detox is all about cleansing the impurities out of your blood. That includes the blood in your liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. It also encompasses getting rid of the toxins through the lungs (via exhalation and expectoration), intestines (feces) and kidneys (urine), as well as the lymphatic system and even through the skin (sweat).

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The ‘Stomach Bug’ Isn’t What You Might Think It Is

Posted on 15th Feb 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

It happens each year around this time (between the holidays and March, mostly): people all around us—maybe ourselves included—get sick from the stomach bug, or what’s commonly referred to as “stomach flu.” It can be a miserable 24 to 48 hours or so. Symptoms typically include diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain or cramping and maybe even a smidgen of fever—accompanied by dehydration (tingling in the extremities anyone?) and loads of justifiable self-pity.

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Tactics to Help Kick the Nicotine Habit

Posted on 13th Feb 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Despite all the warnings and the gruesome photos that for decades have depicted a longtime smoker’s lungs, millions of Americans continue to smoke tobacco products – mostly in the form of cigarettes. The American Heart Association reports that as of 2015, 46 million Americans were smokers: 23.1 percent of men smoke; 18.3 percent of women. Nearly a half million deaths a year are the direct result of smoking cigarettes.


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10 Berberine Facts to Know

Posted on 10th Feb 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Any time we get a chance to use a natural remedy sold over the counter in place of a prescribed pharmaceutical, and the former is as effective or nearly as effective as the latter, figure on the former as the preferred choice. Such is the case with berberine, a plant alkaloid that in supplement form packs a punch in fighting a fistful of risky health conditions.

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How To Treat Diabetes Naturally

Posted on 7th Feb 2017 12:22:22 in Wellness & Well-being

If you are diabetic or just want to stay ahead of the game you have probably asked some of the following questions: Can I reverse diabetes naturally? How do you get diabetes? How to reverse diabetes permanently? Is diabetes hereditary? Does race play a role in getting diabetes? These are some of the questions and the following are terms most of us and especially diabetics will hear over and over. Overweight, obese, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetic, type 2 diabetes and a few others are names for problems that have reached epidemic proportions in just a 30 year span. There’s hardly a person who isn’t affected by these conditions, either directly or indirectly. Yet as common as these conditions are, few people understand how closely they’re related to one another.

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Seven Ways to Stave Off or Even Reverse Diabesity

Posted on 8th Feb 2017 15:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Being overweight and having high blood-sugar levels often go together like peas and carrots—if only we could make that connection in our real lives. Think of it: if we could stick to a diet that made more use of peas and carrots (as well as other vegetables as well as fruits), chances are we would be at much less risk of being obese and having type 2 diabetes, assuming we aren't in that danger zone already.

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Taking a Proactive Stance Against Cancer

Posted on 3rd Feb 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Although there is no known cure for cancer, we can still take an active role in increasing the awareness of cancer, collectively taking a stand worldwide to reach out and do whatever we can to reduce the global burden of cancer. That is the premise of World Cancer Day, which is being recognized February 4, this Saturday. This year’s theme is “We can. I can.”

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Caring for Teeth Not as Simple as Brushing and Flossing

Posted on 24th Jan 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Proper toothcare is a lifelong endeavor. It starts from the time that baby teeth start sprouting, which is typically around the age of six to 12 months. That's when the central incisors, top and bottom, come in and babies start being able to chew at least some of their food.

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Welcome to the 'MVP' of Supplements – Many Valerin Purposes

Posted on 20th Jan 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

There is no such thing as a "magic bullet," a one-size-fits-all, for prescription medications, over-the-counter vitamins or dietary supplements, right? Not so fast.

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted on 17th Jan 2017 15:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Every year about 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. The good news is that over the last 30 years, the number of women dying from cervical cancer has dropped by more than 50 percent, and that's according to the American Cancer Society. Chalk that up to the increased use of screening tests, which are designed to find changes in the cervix before cancer develops, or at least early enough, when it's small and easier to cure.

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Thyroid Gland Is Small but Plays Big Role

Posted on 16th Jan 2017 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

It is small and shaped like a butterfly, but there's nothing trivial or flighty about the thyroid gland when it comes to our bodies. It has been called the body's engine, and from its location at the bottom front of our neck just below the Adam's apple, it plays a key role in producing a hormone that affects the function of numerous organs in our bodies, including the brain, heart, liver, kidneys and skin.


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Heat Things Up with a Cold-Weather Workout

Posted on 13th Jan 2017 00:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Cold weather of the sub-freezing variety can be ideal for snowmen, snow angels and ice sculptures, as well as skiers, skaters and snowboarders, but for traditional fitness workouts and training purposes? Well, why not?

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Melatonin May Be Something to “Gain” Sleep Over

Posted on 10th Jan 2017 15:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

A good night's sleep. It is something we all cherish, and yet it is something that proves elusive for millions of Americans. A consistent loss of sleep can hinder our productivity in the workplace, to say nothing of hindering our quality of life between the time we get up in the morning and when we go to bed at night (presumably at night).

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Radon Gas Might Be a Health Threat Inside Your Home

Posted on 9th Jan 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Radon gas is the classic example of something that you can neither see, taste, or smell, and yet it can kill you. It is estimated that one in about 15 homes in America has a potentially dangerous level of the radioactive gas, which emanates from the ground beneath a house. That proverbial monster hiding under the bed? Now you get the picture.

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Our Joints Appreciate More Than Just an Occasional Lube

Posted on 6th Jan 2017 12:00:40 in Wellness & Well-being

Maintaining good working order of our bodies is about more than getting good cardio workouts, lifting weights to tone and build our muscles, caring for our skin and eating the right foods to properly feed our body's major organs. Let’s not forget that our joints also need our constant love and attention.

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January is Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month

Posted on 5th Jan 2017 17:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Any sports-minded person who has grown up or otherwise lived a long time in a climate known for its abundance of snow and ice knows all about bundling up against the winter chill for months at a time as well as the rigors of shoveling an overnight dumping of snow on sidewalks and driveways. Yet such a life can provide a "winter wonderland" as well, where skiing, snowboarding, skating, ice hockey, sledding, tobogganing, snowmobiling, etc. can provide hours of sheer delight.

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Say Howdy and Hello to Hyaluronic Acid

Posted on 3rd Jan 2017 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

It's been going on since long before Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon set sail in the 16th century for what is now known as Florida. Legend has it, and a few historians still cling to the belief, that Ponce de Leon was determined to find the proverbial fountain of youth.

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A Revolutionary Approach to New Year's Resolutions

Posted on 29th Dec 2016 09:15:19 in Wellness & Well-being

Even with 2017 and a New Year fast approaching, you still have time to finalize your list of New Year's Resolutions. Even if it’s a short list—one resolution is a great start!—picking resolutions can be a trying process long on vagueness and short on commitment.

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Getting Rid of Gas and Bloating: What a Relief

Posted on 28th Dec 2016 10:46:37 in Wellness & Well-being

There's nothing like the discomfort and occasional embarrassment of gas and bloating to spoil the holidays, or any time of the year for that matter. At such times, most everyone loses: the sufferer might feel pain in the abdominal area in addition to general discomfort, and those in proximity stand a chance of suddenly being subject to scents of the distasteful variety.

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Making Sense of Stress-Induced Muscle Tension

Posted on 23rd Dec 2016 01:14:58 in Wellness & Well-being

As if pain and discomfort that comes to us from "outside" sources, such as a fall on the pavement or back pain caused by heavy lifting, isn’t enough, there are times we must deal with the aches and pains of muscle tension, which can be the most troublesome of all. That’s because most muscle tension is self-induced—the physiological result of lingering stress we feel in the form of worry, anxiety, or fear.

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Taking Ginkgo Is the Smart Thing to Do

Posted on 21st Dec 2016 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

The ginkgo tree is truly a marvel of nature. It epitomizes brains and brawn. The brains part comes from the gingko leaf's many purported medical properties, one of which—in capsule, tablet or liquid extract form—is believed to help with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and memory loss, especially in older people, according to

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Painful Exercise Is Good, or Not

Posted on 20th Dec 2016 12:00:06 in Wellness & Well-being

No pain, no gain? Not so fast. Pain felt during exercise could be your body telling you to gear it down. If you try to push through sharp pains emanating from your joints or muscles, you might be risking injury. All exercise-related pain is not bad. There is good pain and there is bad pain, and if you can't figure out which is which, you should consider consulting with a fitness expert or your personal physician.

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The Rise and Fall of Blood Sugar

Posted on 30th Dec 2016 09:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Maintaining an active lifestyle and keeping track of where we stand healthwise involves a whole lot of numbers crunching. Talk to any primary-care physician about getting an annual physical, and often the conversation turns to "knowing your numbers."

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Headaches Can Be a Real Pain

Posted on 12th Dec 2016 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

There's nothing like a headache to spoil what otherwise was shaping up to be a nice day. When a headache hits, most or all conscious thought and action turns to doing what is necessary to get rid of the pain, or at least alleviate the symptoms enough so we can return to functional status. It's best to know how to deal with one before we have to deal with one.

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Give Yourself a Hand . . . Washing

Posted on 4th Dec 2016 09:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

How many times have you been in a public rest room and noticed others who depart after doing their business without stopping to wash their hands? Disgusting, isn't it? What’s even more disgusting if it's you that's the guilty culprit, in such a hurry to leave that you can't stop for 30 seconds to clean your hands. Maybe that turns out to be the one time that meant catching a cold or coming down with the flu through germs transference.

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Body Odor Nothing to Raise a Stink About

Posted on 28th Nov 2016 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

We all have had it at one time or another to one degree or another. We might not be aware of it, although anyone within 10 feet notices it and is perhaps repulsed by it. Pieces of food (i.e. lettuce) stuck in our unbrushed teeth? An ugly tie? No and no. For the purpose of this article, the culprit is body odor, commonly referred to as B.O.

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Anxiety Disorders Are Nothing to Scoff At

Posted on 25th Nov 2016 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Those of us who have never experienced an anxiety disorder might find it difficult to empathize with those who have suffered, some for almost their entire lives. Perhaps the doubters don't believe such disorders are for real or that the sufferer should just "suck it up and get over it." To those cynical about the genuine existence of anxiety disorders, you really don't want to walk a mile in the shoes of someone who has been diagnosed with one.

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How to Take Better Care of Your Bladder

Posted on 25th Nov 2016 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

November is Bladder Awareness Month, which is a good thing, but heightened awareness really isn’t necessary for anyone already suffering with incontinence or urinary tract infections (UTIs). They are already well aware they have a bladder, and nothing could be ‘badder’ than a bladder that isn’t functioning properly. It can be as embarrassing as it is painful.

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GERD Can be Hard to Stomach at Thanksgiving

Posted on 22nd Nov 2016 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Thank goodness, Thanksgiving week is here. For many of us that’s our green light to pig out; after all, this is the one week of the year when many of us expect to stuff ourselves (without recrimination or stern lectures) in much the same way that Mom and/or Dad (or Grandma and Grandpa) stuff the turkey. So, you say you’re on a strict weight-loss diet? No excuses—all hands, and mouths, on deck.

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Dandruff is Nothing to Pull Out Your Hair Over

Posted on 21st Nov 2016 09:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

With winter fast approaching, and you happen to look down on your shoulders and upper chest and notice the white flakes. An early snowfall? Not likely, especially if you are indoors. What you are looking at is most likely dandruff that has fallen from your hair, or scalp. The good news is that it's more an annoyance or nuisance than it is an actual health issue. An embarrassing issue, perhaps, but not a harmful one.

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Healthy Skin Takes Daily Care

Posted on 18th Nov 2016 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

November is National Healthy Skin Month, which is a reminder to all of us that maintaining good health also means spending part of the day going only skin deep with some of that care. Keeping our skin fresh, hydrated, and healthy year-round takes a 365-day-a-year commitment, and it's not something women or men can ignore until they are in their 30s or 40s.

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November is Mouth Cancer Action Month

Posted on 10th Nov 2016 09:28:35 in Wellness & Well-being

You don't have to be a heavy smoker or a chewing-tobacco fanatic to be at risk for mouth cancer, otherwise known as oral cancer. While those are the two biggest risk factors for developing mouth/oral cancer, it is important to note that more than 25 percent of people who get mouth cancer do not smoke and if they drink alcohol, they do so only occasionally. Just something to keep in mind as we recognize November as Mouth Cancer Action Month.

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How to Give Athlete's Foot the Boot

Posted on 5th Dec 2016 04:22:15 in Wellness & Well-being

America is populated with millions of weekend warriors—aspiring, perspiring amateur athletes. They might have a bit of a paunch or some nagging aches and pains, or they just noticed a few more gray hairs when looking in the mirror this morning. Yet they still hold far-fetched fantasies of winning the next pickup game or tennis match, or lowering their PR in the next 10K. They want to be called 'athlete,' and crave any association with the word.

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Strep Throat vs. Sore Throat: One Likely Needs Antibiotics

Posted on 9th Nov 2016 16:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

If getting a sore throat feels like a true annoyance, it could be worse – the next step up the ladder of illnesses is strep throat, which, unfortunately, is usually as bad as it sounds. More common in children than it is in adults, strep throat has all the markings of a sore throat – such as pain, itchiness or irritation of the throat leading to difficulty in swallowing, but strep throat ratchets it up a few notches.

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Do Dogs Get Stressed Out?

Posted on 3rd Nov 2016 15:01:33 in Wellness & Well-being

Your furry friend might need your help.  Your own daily life can be stressful. You might worry about new projects at work, how your kids are doing in school, or whether or not you left the stove on at home. Stress is a normal part of our lives, but it isn’t limited to humans. Your pets also experience stress.  Yes, man’s best friend has more in common with you than you might think.


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When You Say Fetch, Fido Thinks Pain

Posted on 3rd Nov 2016 14:50:46 in Wellness & Well-being

Dogs can’t fully be dogs unless they’re in motion. They want to run, jump, play, and wag their tails – it’s instinct, and it’s why we love them. But sometimes all this activity and the passage of time can prove too much for their joints. Arthritis in canines is actually one of the most prevalent health issues seen by veterinarians; whether it be rheumatoid or septic arthritis, abnormal joint cartilage development (osteochondritis dissecans or OCD), or spinal arthritis (spondylosis deformans).

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Menopause Is Enough to Give Women (and Men) Pause

Posted on 4th Nov 2016 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Sometimes a topic for humor, menopause is likely no laughing matter for anyone who has ever been through it. And don’t be fooled by the “pause” portion of the word. The term “menopause” is derived from the Ancient Greek terms ‘mene’ (referring to ‘moon,’ think ‘month’) and ‘pauein’ (which means ‘stop,’ as opposed to pause). Menopause is a natural biological process that starts when a woman stops having menstrual periods and can therefore no longer bear children, typically occurring in her late 40s or early 50s.

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Kick That Diet Soda Addiction

Posted on 7th Dec 2016 06:28:35 in Wellness & Well-being

To think there was a time when soft drinks were considered harmless; something cold, sweet, fizzy and nonalcoholic to be enjoyed in front of the TV or at a party, ballgame or movie theater without need for a designated driver. This was before we all wised up about what’s actually in these sweet, carbonated drinks and the possibly harmful effects lurking inside each can, cup or bottle.

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Gallbladders Can Be a Real Pain

Posted on 1st Nov 2016 16:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Naming and knowing about the organs inside our body can be a tough task for those of us who didn’t major in pre-med or biology in college. Let’s see . . . there’s the heart, the abdomen, the liver, the pancreas, the brain (of course), the kidneys, the spleen, the intestines . . . on and on and so on and so forth. Then there’s something called the gall bladder, a small, pear-shaped organ connected to the liver and intestines, and vital to (although not indispensable to) the digestion of our food.

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Beat Bad Breath with Good Dental Hygiene Habits

Posted on 31st Oct 2016 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

It’s an expression we’ve heard many times before: Open mouth, insert foot. Unfortunately for some people, every time they open their mouth, it smells like a stinky foot (with sock removed) has been there, even when it hasn’t. This is what’s known as bad breath—the clinical term is halitosis, and it’s been estimated that 25 to 30 percent of people have it.

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6 Benefits of Adding Turmeric Extract w/ Curcumin to Your Diet

Posted on 20th Oct 2016 14:07:54 in Wellness & Well-being

You've probably been hearing the buzz going on recently with more studies being released about the benefits of turmeric and curcumin being added to our daily diet and intake of vitamin, nutrients ands supplements. Read our post today to find out 6 of the key benefits of turmeric and curcumin in promoting your body's naturally ability to promote health and stay healthy.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Is Every Month

Posted on 20th Oct 2016 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

The good news about breast cancer is that in recent years the number of breast cancer-related deaths has been in decline, and the incidence rate in women 50 and over has been dropping as well. But that doesn’t change the sobering facts of breast cancer, which includes, among other stats according to, that one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer sometime in her life and that breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women.

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Healthy Lungs Will Make You Breathe Easier

Posted on 18th Oct 2016 16:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

When we think about our lungs, we usually think about two things: what it takes to yell real loud, and how hard we are breathing during and immediately after strenuous activity, such as exercise, lifting or moving heavy objects, or performing yard work for an hour or more.

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Wax On, Wax Off

Posted on 17th Oct 2016 09:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Good morning! You wake up bright and refreshed, feeling great, ready to tackle another day. You jump out of bed and head to the bathroom to begin your basic business, and that's when you notice it. You're walking across the hardwood floor, or even the carpet, but you can't hear your footsteps. You turn and glance back toward your bed and your significant other is looking at you, his or her lips moving, but you can barely hear what they are saying. Huh?

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Time to Brush Up on Dental Hygiene

Posted on 14th Oct 2016 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

October is Dental Hygiene Month, meaning now is as good a time as any to dig out your toothbrush from whichever drawer you forgot you put it in. Next, find a tube of toothpaste with at least a smidgen of fluoride-laced toothpaste left in it. Then take a detour from your favorite social media page to go and Google 'flossing' so you can learn what it is and how it works.

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Mental Illness Not a (Head) Game

Posted on 10th Oct 2016 10:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

For many decades and for many ill-informed people devoid of empathy, public awareness of mental illness has been characterized by profound ignorance at its most primitive level. Words of ridicule such as "retard," "loon," "sicko," "psycho," and "nutcase" were mindlessly tossed around indiscriminately. (Sometimes they still are.) This often was accompanied by derisive laughter, aimed at anyone whose mannerisms or demonstrations of deficient mental faculties didn't jibe with our definition of "normal." Schoolyards and hallways could be especially cruel.

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Discover More Productive Days with 3 Healthy Ways to Boost Energy Levels

Posted on 27th Sep 2016 09:30:02 in Wellness & Well-being

Instead of reaching for energy drinks every couple of hours, many people are relying on 3 healthier standbys to get through their days — with enough energy to spare to finish up their evening routines. Better yet, these options could be easier on the budget.

Take a look at these healthier alternatives to energy drinks. They could provide the extra boost needed to handle busy schedules that come with work, managing households, family, and other day-to-day activities.

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Reach for Vitamin E for Healthier Hair

Posted on 22nd Sep 2016 09:30:48 in Wellness & Well-being

Many people are already aware of the heart health benefits provided by Vitamin E. It has been attributed to lowering the risk of heart attacks, which afflicts 720,000 Americans every year, according to the Heart Foundation.

Based on those statistics alone, it’s clear that Vitamin E should be a priority for all Americans. However, there are other reasons for ensuring an adequate intake of the vitamin. Studies show that it encourages the growth of healthy hair as well.

Researchers believe it works for hair health the same way it does for the heart. It is believed to enable capillary growth aiding in preventing hair loss and assisting in hair growth. When consumed regularly, vitamin E’s positive side effects on hair have been evident in various studies.

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Natural Ways (and Supplements) to Help Women Feel Better

Posted on 13th Sep 2016 09:30:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Expensive ointments, diets and other formulas designed to improve a woman’s appearance — and the way she feels — have generated a multi-billion dollar industry. However, the key to feeling and looking great could be as easy as regularly exercising, eating right and reaching for several important vitamins and nutrients.

Take a look at the nutrients women should be including in their daily routines, whether through foods or as a supplement. 

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5 Ways to Prevent and Relieve Painful Leg Cramps Naturally

Posted on 6th Sep 2016 09:20:29 in Wellness & Well-being

If you’ve experienced leg cramps in the middle of the night, then you probably know what it means to have a restless, painful night.

Leg cramps usually come without warning and can last for what seems like hours. It can be very difficult to go about your day or fall asleep once you start having them, and relief can feel unattainable. In fact, even painkillers have been considered ineffective in providing relief for leg cramps because they don’t act fast enough or don’t treat the root of the problem.

Thankfully, there are ways to help prevent the onset of leg cramps that can help provide relief from sore and tormented muscles.

Before we dive into those practices, let’s clarify what causes leg cramps, who experiences them, and how they can affect your daily life.

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3 Possible Causes for Feeling “Tired All the Time”

Posted on 18th Aug 2016 09:30:38 in Wellness & Well-being

Sluggish, in the dumps, wiped out? While there are many ways to describe that lingering feeling of tiredness, there may be a need to take action beyond taking an invigorating cold shower, a few extra naps or numerous cups of caffeinated drinks.

When feelings of fatigue are persistent, it’s not necessarily a cause for alarm. The underlying cause could be attributed to one of the following three common issues.

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Steps to Promoting a Healthy Pregnancy

Posted on 16th Aug 2016 08:30:00 in Wellness & Well-being

When a woman discovers that she is pregnant, it can be a wonderful — yet stressful — occasion. For many women, especially those who are experiencing pregnancy for the first time, there may be fears of issues or complications developing. While some of those concerns may be rooted in genetics, there are steps to take that will encourage a healthy pregnancy.

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3 Tips to Enjoy More Active Hours in the Summer

Posted on 2nd Aug 2016 16:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

As much as the summer months are eagerly anticipated, they can pave the way to more injuries, aches and pains for many people — especially as outdoor activities pick up, including gardening, boating, mowing and swimming.

A study performed by the University of Pittsburgh showed that women and men are more active in the summer than any other season. Statistics from the CDC also show that it’s the season when trips to the emergency room spike, from issues ranging from lawn mowing injuries to dehydration and aching feet.

That doesn’t mean people have to lessen active time in the summer. There are ways to better enjoy those extra hours of daylight without running into muscle pains, cramps, and more serious injuries.

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Small Study Shows Promise in Curbing Memory Loss with Lifestyle Changes

Posted on 28th Jul 2016 09:30:00 in Wellness & Well-being

While a new study was limited to 10 people, scientists are pointing to its results as evidence that people can see marked improvements in memory after following a lifestyle change protocol that includes exercise, a vitamin regimen, and a restricted diet.

In numerous recent publishings, including a FoxNews article that claimed "This therapy may help reverse memory loss in people with early stages of Alzheimer's" the so-called MEND therapy involves taking vitamins D3, K2, CO-Q, thiamine, and pantothenic acid, as well as 30 minutes to 60 minutes of daily exercise and reducing stress.

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Good vs. Bad: A Lesson In Bacteria for Health

Posted on 22nd Jul 2016 09:30:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Each day people come across a variety of bacteria, both good and bad. Human bodies are viewed as the perfect place to live and a great source of nutrients by these microorganisms. “Good” bacteria, found in the digestive system, in people’s mouths, and on skin, encourages healthy digestion and protection from “bad” bacteria. Contaminated foods, open sores, and everyday pollution allow bad bacteria into the human body.

In recent years, studies have indicated potential benefits from consuming good bacteria through probiotics. Just recently, new research by the University of Copenhagen revealed that imbalances in bacteria can lead to insulin resistance — and, as a result, type 2 diabetes. The research supports previous studies that a daily dose of probiotics can help in the fight against disease.

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New Research Finds Link Between Migraines and Vitamin Deficiencies

Posted on 19th Jul 2016 09:30:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Migraines, one of the most prevalent illnesses in the world, could be caused by vitamin deficiencies, according to a study that was recently released at the 58th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Headache Society in San Diego.

Researchers who presented at the meeting said that frequent migraines seemed to be related to mildly lower levels of Vitamin D, riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) and CoEnzyme Q10 among the people who suffered from the disabling headaches.

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Studies Show Vitamin D Plays an Important Role Among Athletes

Posted on 14th Jul 2016 09:30:50 in Wellness & Well-being

For athletes, whether amateur or professional, performance is among the optimal goals for getting into the game. Being a winner can come down to pushing ahead for one or two seconds, or making an explosive move at just the right moment.

That’s why a new study that shows the benefits of vitamin D may be of interest to athletes and active youth and adults. The University of Tulsa recently revealed that athletes with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to see declined performance.

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3 Nutrients to Recommend for Fuller Hair

Posted on 5th Jul 2016 09:30:05 in Wellness & Well-being

At any given time, millions of Americans are reaching for a variety of products to combat  hair loss — including minoxidil and finasteride (like Rogaine and Propecia, respectively). Some are taking it a step further, undergoing surgical procedures to get a full head of hair.

According to statistics, 35 million American men suffer from hair loss compared to 21 million American women. Also, the problem steadily increases as men age — with 40 percent of men age 35 suffering noticeable hair. That number shifts to 65 percent by the age of 60, 70 percent by the age of 80, and 80 percent by the age of 85.

Whether experiencing problems with hair loss, breakage or thinning hair, many people may find some benefits in consuming nutrients that have shown to lead to improvements. Here are some foods and supplements that could lead to healthier hair

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5 Smart Nutrients for a Healthy Brain

Posted on 21st Jun 2016 09:30:39 in Wellness & Well-being

Many Americans are already familiar with the lifestyle habits that will keep them healthy, including exercising and eating a nutrient-rich diet without excessive fats and processed foods.

According to various studies, these 5 nutrients and foods also can contribute to a healthy brain.

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3 Tips to Enjoy Healthy Outdoor Summer Activities

Posted on 16th Jun 2016 09:30:29 in Wellness & Well-being

It’s that time of year again. The kids are getting restless, the weather is great, and spending time outdoors is a healthy way to bring the family together and learn about nature at the same time.

Not only does hiking give people a breath of fresh air, gorgeous scenery, and an amazing learning experience. It also encourages good blood circulation, healthy bones, and joints, and more. Hiking also promotes healthy weight management without being stuck at the gym on a treadmill.

Before getting going on a hike, people need to make sure they have the necessities for a positive and healthy trip.

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5 Supplements for Women's Health

Posted on 7th Jun 2016 08:30:44 in Wellness & Well-being

While the majority of American adults take dietary supplements, women outpace men. According to a survey conducted by the Council for Responsible Nutrition, 71 percent of U.S. adult women take dietary supplements compared to 65 percent of men. Here are five dietary supplements that can be beneficial for women.

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Simple Steps to Help Relieve Arthritis-Related Joint Pain

Posted on 31st May 2016 08:30:44 in Wellness & Well-being

According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million adults are living with doctor-diagnosed arthritis. That’s 1 in 5 people over the age of 18. The key word here is “living.” Life doesn’t have to end with an arthritis diagnosis. A few simple lifestyle changes can lessen arthritis-related pain, leading to a better quality of life. Consider adding these routines into your life to lessen your risks for arthritis.

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Tips to Lower Cholesterol Without a Lifestyle Overhaul

Posted on 26th May 2016 08:30:29 in Wellness & Well-being

Although cholesterol is necessary for many functions within the body including hormone production, excess cholesterol in the bloodstream can lead to cardiovascular diseases and heart attacks.

While high-risk patients are likely to be prescribed medication to lower cholesterol, many people have found that simple dietary changes and exercise can lead to lower cholesterol without medication, according to health experts.

Here are some tips to lowering cholesterol through diet.

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Take Action Now to Support Eye Health

Posted on 17th May 2016 08:30:31 in Wellness & Well-being

Americans are spending a lot of time staring at screens — a smartphone screen, a tablet screen, a television screen, and mainly, a computer screen. According to Forbes magazine, teenagers are among the worst at these habits, spending a whopping 9 hours a day in front of one of those screens.

That’s why there’s no better time to focus on supporting healthy vision. All that reading and viewing, even if it includes small print in books, newspapers, paperwork, and instructions, can cause stress on the eyes.

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Natural Ways to Overcome Sleeplessness, Stress, Back & Muscle Pain, and Other Nervous System Ailments [Infographic]

Posted on 9th May 2016 08:30:34 in Wellness & Well-being

If you find yourself struggling to relax, low on energy, plagued with muscle aches and unable to sleep, chances are stress is the culprit.

Nervous system ailments are more common than you’d think, and can put a real damper on everyday life.

Stress is a natural reaction to certain situations, such as being startled during a horror movie. But constant exposure leaves you feeling trapped in a chronic stress cycle. And once you’re stuck in this state of regular stress, other symptoms — including depression, tense muscles, and inability to concentrate — can soon follow.

Set yourself free from stress, naturally, by practicing three simple habits.

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What Water Does For Your Body (Micrographic)

Posted on 12th May 2016 08:30:11 in Wellness & Well-being

Sure… we all know that water is phenomenal, especially when in relation to our survival. After all, our bodies are made mostly of water (as if we don’t hear that fact enough). As humans, we need water to live. But did you ever take a deeper look into exactly why that is?

Yes, we need water, but for what reasons? What miraculous things does water do once it enters our body and why are these functions so vital?

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How and What Wonder Labs Does to Support Earth Day Every Day

Posted on 23rd Apr 2016 08:30:45 in Wellness & Well-being

Since 1962, Wonder Labs has been helping people live with wonder by offering natural nutritional products. Today, Wonder Labs is one of America’s top leaders in the nutritional field.

As part of our mission for providing natural supplements, we are also dedicated to powering our facilities by using as much natural and solar energy as possible. On Earth Day, we especially remember this mission because we know we are protecting where we call home: Earth.

What defines our company is not what we say, but what we actually do. It’s always been our belief that being in business means more than just selling nutrition. It also means taking care of the environment where we conduct our business. We are proud of what we have done so far to help achieve our goal of being 100% green.

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The Ideal Water Intake: It's Not Necessarily 8 Glasses a Day

Posted on 28th Apr 2016 08:30:08 in Wellness & Well-being

If asked about how much water is required to stay healthy, most people would quickly respond with the answer, “8 glasses a day.” According to Aaron E. Carroll, a professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, that’s a myth … and it never seem to go away.

In a New York Times article, Carroll said the eight glasses a day mantra probably gets its roots from a 1945 Food and Nutrition Board recommendation that people consume about 2.5 liters of water daily. However, he pointed out, they likely failed to notice the important sentence that followed: “Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods.”

While there are differing opinions on how much water is enough, it is important to note that water is essential to a properly functioning body. Here are three important facts to note about our need for water:

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Here's to a Good Night's Sleep in 5 Simple Steps

Posted on 26th Apr 2016 08:30:28 in Wellness & Well-being

Millions of Americans have problems getting a good night’s rest. In fact, there’s actually a day dedicated to raising awareness about insomnia. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, at least 30 percent of adults will experience brief symptoms of insomnia (the inability to sleep), while 10 percent have had a chronic insomnia disorder which can last for at least three months.

For those who are having problems sleeping, incorporating a few regular habits into the daily schedule can increase the likelihood of a good night’s rest. However, for chronic insomnia problems, a physician should be consulted.

Here are 5 ways to ensure that sleep will come more easily.

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Make Way for These Vitamins as Part of a Daily Beauty Routine

Posted on 22nd Apr 2016 08:30:46 in Wellness & Well-being

Beauty comes from within — at least that’s what mothers have been telling daughters for centuries. Of course, there’s plenty of truth to that adage. Maintaining a clear complexion, shiny hair and keeping wrinkles at bay is not just about genetics. It has plenty to do with drinking plenty of water and ingesting the vitamins and minerals that keep the body healthy.

When the diet fails to deliver, there’s always a line of vitamins, herbs, and minerals that can be stocked in the pantry to help keep skin, hair and nails looking healthy. Take a look at these five supplements that can help boost any daily beauty routine, as recommended by beauty expert and author Tracy Piper in Harper’s Bazaar.

In addition to taking a multivitamin with Vitamin B-complex, which helps the hair, skin and nails grow, she includes the following on her list. 

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Americans Seem to Be Getting Better Recent Study Shows

Posted on 14th Apr 2016 08:30:22 in Wellness & Well-being

Apparently, after years of bad news about the state of American’s health, things seem to be improving, according to a report by NBC News. The media outlet noted studies that revealed fewer Americans are smoking, new diabetes cases are on the decline, and people are drinking fewer sugary carbonated beverages.

"We are looking at some progress we have been making in America," said American Heart Association spokesperson Dr. Gerald Fletcher, who also is a physician for Mayo Clinic.

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Checklist for a Healthier Life Starting Right Now

Posted on 12th Apr 2016 07:30:31 in Wellness & Well-being

While most people are familiar with the habits that lead to healthier lifestyles, it doesn’t hurt to keep reviewing them — and implementing them. According to medical researchers, people can reduce their risks for numerous diseases, as well as death, by taking the time to adopt a few healthy habits.

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Celiac Sufferers, Rebuild Your Body with Vitamins and Nutrients

Posted on 7th Apr 2016 08:30:20 in Wellness & Well-being

A few years ago, when celiac disease became a frequent topic, many people did not initially grasp the facts. Some people of us assumed that celiac was nothing more than a wheat allergy. But actually, this genetic autoimmune disease can be very serious. If untreated, it may cause permanent damage to the small intestine while also depriving the body of necessary nutrients.

According to Beyond Celiac, 1 in 33 Americans of both genders, all ages, and all races, has this diagnosis. But here’s an even more disturbing fact: 83 percent of Americans who also have this disease are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

With more than 300 symptoms which never appear the same in each patient, celiac disease is often a mystery. For example, the most common symptoms among children, such as stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting can easily look like a bout with a stomach virus. Other symptoms, constipation, irritability, weight loss, dental issues, and ADHD can baffle even the most well-intentioned pediatrician.

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Remember New Year's Day - 5 Ways to Resuscitate Your Resolutions

Posted on 6th Apr 2016 08:33:54 in Wellness & Well-being

How unhealthy are we? According to a recent study, most of us — nearly 100 percent in fact — are failing when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, according to an article in the Washington Post. Whatever happened to those new year’s resolutions we make every year — to live a healthier life in the coming year?

It’s true, many of us make resolutions that can only materialize with a side order of miracles. Some of us shoot for the moon, hoping to look like the younger Arnold Schwarzenegger before year’s end. Others have visions of becoming the next Martha Stewart.

If you’re among those, you have plenty of company, according to Statistic Brain. Their survey shows that 49 percent of us who make resolutions have infrequent success. Then there’s the 8 percent who actually make and refuse to break their goals.

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be completely out of reach with a dose of realism. Here are some ways you can stick to your resolutions — or get back on track if you happened to abandon them somewhere along the way.

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How to Cope with Osteoarthritis

Posted on 31st Mar 2016 08:30:13 in Wellness & Well-being

That soreness and stiffness in your joints are not just signs that you may be getting up in years. Those types of arthritic symptoms, experienced by as many as 52.5 million Americans, can inflict children and adults alike, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

And as many as 67 million Americans, age 18 and older, could receive a diagnosis of some type of arthritis by 2030, the CDC reports.

The most commonly diagnosed arthritis is osteoarthritis, with symptoms ranging from mild to intense in various areas of the body. They can include swelling and pain in joints, grating sensation in the knees, pain and tenderness in fingers and toes, and swelling in ankles and feet.

At times, these types of symptoms can interfere with everyday life. Picking up a child or grandchild may become difficult. Simply opening an envelope or a can of food may be painful or difficult. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, here are some steps you can take to help manage the pain and improve flexibility.

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Build the Foundation of Your Vitamin Routine Block by Block

Posted on 29th Mar 2016 08:30:16 in Wellness & Well-being

Does the prospect of selecting the right combination of vitamins and herbs fill you with a bit of dread? More than likely that’s the case if you’ve ever looked into a kitchen cabinet of one of your health-conscious friends — only to be faced with a dizzying array of bottles. 

Figuring out what you should include as part of your daily vitamin routine can take some time. It can take time to understand the various symptoms you’re experiencing — sometimes requiring you to slow down enough to determine what’s normal and what’s abnormal. Do you have dry skin or low energy? Supplements could help.

But first things first. Let’s start with the building blocks of a vitamin regimen that gets you started with a solid foundation. Also, remember that it’s important to include more nutrient-rich foods in your diet as a natural source for vitamins and minerals.

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Horny Goat Weed Used as a Natural Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Posted on 12th Mar 2016 08:30:11 in Wellness & Well-being

When Viagra, scientifically known as sildenafil, first made its appearance in the late ’90s, the prescription drug was widely hailed as among the first groundbreaking treatments for erectile dysfunction. Since then, other variations have hit the market, including Cialis.

However, for hundreds of years — thousands of years, actually — people have been using a natural herb called horny goat weed to treat those symptoms. Highly recommended by Chinese herbal practitioners, horny goat weed grows naturally throughout northern China as well as Korea.

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5 Benefits of Turmeric Beyond Its Spice Factor

Posted on 8th Mar 2016 08:30:35 in Wellness & Well-being

For 4,000 years, Asians have been reaping the benefits of turmeric — a spice that’s known for its ability to turn basic dishes into flavorful cuisine. Thanks to Americans’ increasing enthusiasm for ethnic dishes as well as foods that promote natural healing, turmeric is now getting plenty of attention throughout the country.

So, what’s so great about turmeric? And why are well practitioners interested in the spice’s benefit toward a healthier lifestyle? Because of its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory impact, turmeric has been shown to be a positive addition to a daily diet.

Take a look at these top 5 benefits of turmeric and its active ingredient curcumin, as revealed in recent studies. More than likely, you’ll be convinced to add it to your daily supplement routine in no time.

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5 Benefits of Adding Turmeric to Your Daily Diet

Posted on 11th Feb 2016 08:30:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Never heard of turmeric? Chances are you may be more familiar with it than you realize. If you’ve ever had curry, the fragrant spice is one of the core ingredients that give the Indian dish its wonderful flavor. Or you probably added mustard to your hot dogs and hamburgers recently. If so, you’ve encountered curry … it’s the ingredient that gives the condiment its yellow color.

Yet, based on extensive research and studies, it turns out that turmeric, which is the dried root of the plant Curcuma longa, has many more benefits beyond its flavor. Turmeric has been found to be beneficial as a healing property for these health conditions.

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5 Ways to Relieve Constipation Symptoms

Posted on 9th Feb 2016 08:30:43 in Wellness & Well-being

No matter when it hits, constipation can make our lives simply miserable. Unfortunately, it seems to attack many of us at the most inopportune times — vacations, professional events, and excursions. When it happens to us, all that seems to be at the top of our minds is getting relief. And fast. 

When dealing with this uncomfortable condition, you’re faced with a number of symptoms — from difficulty with having a bowel movement and bloating to hard stools and abdominal pain. Not at all pleasant. 

Here are 5 ways you can alleviate or prevent constipation issues.

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10 Signs You May Not Be Getting Enough Magnesium

Posted on 4th Feb 2016 08:30:53 in Wellness & Well-being

This essential mineral, which can be found in foods like dark leafy greens, sunflower seeds, cashews, fish, soybeans, avocados and bananas, helps our bodies convert food to fuel. Magnesium also keeps the liver functioning properly, as well as supports thyroid function, hair growth and bone structure. To put it simply, all of your organs — including your heart, kidneys and muscles — require magnesium. This wonder mineral also enables us to better adapt to stress.

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5 Steps to a More Relaxing Lifestyle

Posted on 2nd Feb 2016 08:31:24 in Wellness & Well-being

Headaches, back pain, tense muscles, lack of focus, restlessness … these symptoms all can be indicators of stress. And they all can be symptoms that you’re in need of more relaxation in your life. Whether your stress is brought on by a hectic work schedule or other factors, such as sleeplessness or stressful events, like a relocation or death in the family, you need to tackle the issue.

Stress, which can be brought on by anxiety, tension or anger, can wreak havoc on your body — causing an increase in blood pressure, shallow breathing, digestive problems and tense muscles.

When you have symptoms that are interfering with your ability to relax, take steps to overcome them. Here are 5 steps to a more relaxing lifestyle.

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5 Effective Ways to Banish Leg Cramps

Posted on 28th Jan 2016 08:30:59 in Wellness & Well-being

Leg cramps in the middle of the night? When you’re dealing with one, there’s a good chance you will soon find yourself dealing with a sleepless night as well. Leg cramps, which typically occur in your calves and hamstrings, can feel like a spasm — the muscles contract on their own.

There can be a number of culprits behind leg cramps, from overworking or straining your muscles during exercise or other activities, dehydration, or inadequate levels of minerals which work by helping your muscles function. Leg cramps not caused by strenuous activity could be an indicator of other medical issues, including diabetes or hypothyroidism. 

Here are 5 things you should know about managing leg cramps and, possibly, preventing them.

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5 Essential Tips for Beautiful Skin

Posted on 26th Jan 2016 08:30:18 in Wellness & Well-being

What’s your body’s largest organ? If you’re guessing the heart, the stomach or the liver, you guessed wrong. Actually, it’s your skin — the largest by far. And, of course, it’s the most exposed.

When you’re good to your skin, you can step out with a more glowing complexion. It’s not that difficult. Besides keeping your skin clean, maintaining a healthy diet, and bypassing the cigarettes, try these 5 essential tips for keeping your skin healthy.

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Facts About Cinnamon Bark Beyond Baking

Posted on 14th Jan 2016 08:30:47 in Wellness & Well-being

When you think of cinnamon, do you immediately think about your favorite baked goods? Cinnamon rolls? A freshly baked pie? Snickerdoodle cookies? The properties of cinnamon bark have made it a mainstay in households around the world — but for much more than baking.

The oils from cinnamon bark have been used for centuries to ease the symptoms of numerous ailments, including spasms, gas (flatulence) and indigestion. It also is believed to stimulate the appetite, increase blow flood and, possibly, control cholesterol.

Here are 3 other things you should know about cinnamon bark.

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5 Great Ways to Use Coconut Oil Every Day

Posted on 28th Dec 2015 11:25:13 in Wellness & Well-being

In recent years, scientists, health gurus and plenty of regular people have been exploring the wonders of coconut oil. You could call it a wonder food, skin moisturizer hair care regimen, and all-around handy product. Keep it on your shelf. Chances are you’ll find plenty of more uses beyond the 5 listed here.

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Focus on Your Muscles as Part of Healthy Aging

Posted on 19th Jan 2016 08:30:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Do you know how many muscles you have? According to scientists, that number comes in at around 650 to 700 — all enabling you to walk, run, jump, lift, reach, hug, and perform thousands of actions throughout the day. Pretty important stuff. Unfortunately, many of us will lose up to 30 percent of our muscle mass during our lifetime as a natural part of aging. However, there are steps we can take to slow that progression.

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5 Keys to a Healthy Liver

Posted on 28th Dec 2015 11:09:46 in Wellness & Well-being

Just about everywhere you turn, you’ll run into tips on how to maintain a healthy heart. With heart disease ranking as one of the leading causes of death, it’s understandable that this organ gets plenty of attention. However, taking care of your liver is also essential to having a quality productive life.

Liver disease kills nearly 40,000 Americans a year, yet it is one of the most avoidable diseases if you take care of this vital organ. First of all, it’s important to understand the function of the liver. It’s an essential part of your digestive system, processing the foods you eat, cleaning your blood and breaking down fat by creating a liquid called bile. All very important work when it comes to the proper functioning of your body. Much like a healthy lifestyle helps keep your heart healthy, so do the same habits keep your liver healthy and reduce the risks of cirrhosis and other liver diseases.

Here are some tips to keep in mind to keep your liver healthy. Hint: They’re all just simply good rules for living healthy.

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Test Your Knowledge About Magnesium

Posted on 7th Jan 2016 00:08:30 in Wellness & Well-being

Depending upon how much you’ve studied about minerals and vitamins, your knowledge about the properties of magnesium may be inadequate — keeping you in the dark about how this mineral can contribute to your overall well-being and health. If you’re only familiar with milk of magnesia to treat an upset stomach or heartburn, read on.

Let’s start with the natural properties of magnesium. While magnesium is important for all your body’s functions, it’s particularly important in keeping your bones strong, normalizing your blood pressure, and keeping your heart rhythm steady. It also is beneficial in promoting relaxation and a restful sleep. Here are four answers to common questions to questions about magnesium.

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3 Ways To Naturally Boost Your Energy

Posted on 22nd Dec 2015 09:30:00 in Wellness & Well-being

When you need a boost of energy, do you automatically refill your coffee cup? Or grab an energy-boosting shot or drink? Perhaps a chocolate bar gives you the sugar boost to help you make it through the rest of the day. However, these energy boosters can sometimes leave you crashing when the effects wear off.

Try boosting your energy naturally with these 3 tips.

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Benefits of Sublingual Vitamin B-12

Posted on 4th Dec 2015 10:11:45 in Wellness & Well-being

Vitamin B-12, B-6 with Folic Acid is a supplement that can help you maintain an energetic lifestyle. The primary ingredient, B-12, is essential in the formation of red blood cells, which play the important role of transporting oxygen throughout your body in exchange for carbon monoxide — which is then carried to and eliminated by the lungs. People who experience a deficiency in B-12 are at risk for anemia, which includes symptoms like tiredness and feeling cold.

Vitamin B-12 also has been used for decades to help promote memory and concentration, facilitate energy, and to enhance mood.

As a whole, the family of B vitamins (8 in all) helps promote healthy skin, eyes, hair and liver. Part of their function is to help the body convert carbohydrates into glucose — the fuel that helps us have energy. They also aid in metabolizing fats and protein, and help to keep our nervous systems functioning.

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Valerin a Natural Homeopathic Relaxant

Posted on 4th Dec 2015 10:02:29 in Wellness & Well-being

Why You Should Consider Taking Valerin, a Natural. Homeopathic Relaxant

Feeling overworked? Stressed? Tense? Or just having difficulty relaxing? Instead of reaching for prescriptions or aspirin, consider taking a natural, homeopathic relaxant that can help you decompress and feel better.

Valerin, which consists of 6 parts Valerian Root, 3 parts Passiflora and 1 part Magnesium Carbonate, has been used by consumers for decades to help calm the nervous system and muscles, and help promote relaxation and rest. When taken as directed, it’s also 100% safe without the risk of nasty side effects.

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Want Better Health? Dream On!

Posted on 14th Sep 2015 06:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

There's nothing like a good night's sleep, uninterrupted and peaceful, to help us wake up the next morning refreshed and ready for the challenges of a new day. Regardless of how many hours a day you think you need, we all need our sleep and relish those nights where we can awaken the next day feeling better than we did the night before

There is, however, at least one other important factor in determining how good a night's sleep we had and what benefits those hours gave us. Something happened during that time of self-imposed unconsciousness, and they are called dreams. They are as much a part of life as eating breakfast or reading our e-mail, but dreams also comprise a universal mystery expressed in one of the great two-part questions of our time, What exactly are dreams, and why do we have them?

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A Discussion on Concussions

Posted on 10th Sep 2015 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Football season is here, and that means there is a lot of hitting going on. Hard hitting. The kind of hard hitting where strong, fast, muscular, highly-motivated young men, many weighing in excess of 200 pounds, crash into each other at high speeds. If an opposing player's thundering shiver arm to the noggin doesn't get you, the midair flip leading to a headfirst landing after your feet have been taken out from under you will.

In popular football parlance, this is what's known as getting your bell rung. Such high-impact drama often elicits roars from enthused crowds and a proud papa's friendly pokes to the ribs of fans seated next to him – fans more shocked than thrilled at what they just witnessed.

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Pass the Hepatitis C Test

Posted on 8th Sep 2015 06:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Are you up for a simple blood test? If you are among the millions of Americans born between 1945 and 1965 (think Baby Boomers), or if you received a pre-1987 blood product designed for clotting problems, or if you got a body piercing or tattoo made with non-sterile equipment, but in any of those cases you don't have the time or inclination to bother with getting a certain blood test, you might want to think twice.

Listen up: if you belong to any of those groups of people listed above, you might be at increased risk of having been infected with hepatitis C. If that's the case, consider a hepatitis C blood test. Otherwise, ponder the possibilities of being infected with the virus and what that can lead to, mindful there is no known vaccine to prevent hepatitis C, although it can be treated, provided you know you have it. If the disease goes untreated for many years, says, "It can damage your liver. It can also lead to liver cancer, liver failure or scarring of the liver (cirrhosis)."

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Menstrual Cycles' Effects on Athletic Performance Debatable

Posted on 2nd Sep 2015 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

It is one of the great debates regarding female athletes, and yet it is one issue few people are willing to discuss in public. It is the question of whether a female athlete's menstrual cycle can affect – read hinder – her ability to compete at an optimal level depending on the time of the month.

Even if she knows related symptoms had a negative effect on her performance, perhaps in the form of headaches, joint and muscle pain, and/or low energy, how can a girl or woman athlete ever admit that in public without being accused of making excuses?

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Activated Charcoal a New Detox Fad

Posted on 31st Aug 2015 06:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

And you thought charcoal was meant just for firing up the barbecue to grill some hotdogs, burgers, steaks and seasoned salmon to feed the famished. Now we get word that charcoal – or, more specifically activated charcoal, has become the latest detox rage, used by those convinced, or conned into, it as an effective means to clean out toxins of their bodies, as if our bodies were unable to do this on their own.

Also going by such names as animal charcoal, vegetable charcoal, gas black, medicinal charcoal and, for some added French panache, noir de lampe, activated charcoal, according to, is common charcoal that is manufactured in "the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or 'pores.' These pores help activated charcoal 'trap' chemicals."

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Electrolyte Loss Can Shock the System

Posted on 30th Aug 2015 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

If you want to talk shop with endurance athletes such as distance runners and triathletes, or for that matter football and soccer players giving it all in extreme heat, you need to know how to discuss electrolytes. As in, "Be sure you replenish your electrolytes when you start to become dehydrated; otherwise you risk wreaking havoc on your body."

In many sports that involve a whole lot of heavy sweating, it's all about "electrolytes this" and "electrolytes that." That would be all well and good, if anyone really knew what the heck they were talking about. Next time some smug, smart-aleck jock starts spouting off about electrolytes like they are some sort of health expert insider, look them straight in the eye and say something like, "Okay, pal, explain to me exactly what are those electrolytes you keep talking about and what is it they do in terms of keeping us healthy." Silence. There's a whole lot of talk going on about a subject that few people actually know well, other than the fact that your body needs them.

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Stress, Anxiety Need Not Rule Your Life

Posted on 21st Aug 2015 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

A day without stress or anxiety is, for many, the definition of true happiness, but is that what we really want in life? For those of us who have ever been saddled with chronic stress or stuck in a seemingly endless rut of high anxiety, a life without either or both can seem like a panacea, albeit a seemingly unreachable one when we are in the throes of a chronic condition.

Stress and anxiety are not one and the same, even though all of us experience one or the other at some point(s) in our lives. As defined by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), stress is a response to a threat in a given circumstance, while anxiety is a reaction to the stress.

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Low Testosterone Described as Male Menopause

Posted on 13th Aug 2015 16:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Getting old can at times be a bummer for most anyone, and men are not immune from the physical, psychological and even emotional downturns that come with age.

Some of these are the same guys who perhaps a few years earlier joked (very discreetly, we hope for their sake) about the trials and tribulations women dealt with going through menopause. But as many of us now know so well in 2015, once a man turns 45 or 50, it's his turn to look in the mirror and search for that lost smile, realizing that even if his days of steadily diminished "manhood" aren’t here yet, they likely aren't far away.

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Be a Lover of Your Liver

Posted on 4th Aug 2015 18:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Liver smothered in onions might not be your first choice of a meal at dinnertime (more yucky than yummy?), even if that's the image that jumps to mind at the mention of the word 'liver.' So for the purpose of this discussion, delete that sight from your mental hard drive, and let's instead talk about the liver inside your body, that wonderful mass of machinery that performs so many life-enhancing functions yet gets relegated to second or third fiddle behind organs such as the heart and brain in anatomical conversation.

The liver inside our body weighs in at about three pounds in adult form as a massive, meaty, reddish-brown organ. It is about four or five times the size of your fist and resides in the upper part of the abdomen, tucked away under the right side of the rib cage, as described in For further details about the liver's physical traits, feel free to click on the links embedded in this article, but meanwhile let's cut to the chase in visiting and touting the many things that make your liver such a valuable part of your daily existence and a recipient of our everlasting TLC.

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Alzheimer's Not an Elderly-Only Disease

Posted on 2nd Aug 2015 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

For too long the elderly have taken it on the chin, being on the receiving end of one-liners poking fun at their diminishing cognitive abilities. Not only has the teasing shown a lack of empathy for our elders, it also has revealed insufficient popular awareness about the true nature of debilitating diseases that affect cognition, such as Alzheimer's.

Heads up, folks: While Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are typically diagnosed in those 65 and over, more cases are coming to light of people in their 40s and 50s showing early signs of the disease. Case in point is former University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, the winningest Division I coach, male or female, at the time of her retirement less than a year after she announced at age 59 she had early early-onset (aka younger-onset) Alzheimer's.

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Be Proactive in Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Posted on 31st Jul 2015 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Perhaps the best gift a person turning 50 can give himself or herself is a different form of a selfie: an appointment with their personal physician to discuss and, presumably, arrange a colon-screening procedure commonly known as a colonoscopy. While it's nowhere near as much fun as blowing out candles on a birthday cake or opening cards and presents from loved ones, a colonoscopy can help increase the odds of you still being around to celebrate many more birthdays.

Colon cancer, most often found in men and women over the age of 50, and knowing no preference for any particular racial or ethnic group, is, according to the Colon Cancer Alliance, the third most common cancer in America, behind lung and prostate cancers for men and lung and breast cancers in women. Although it also is the second-leading cause of cancer death, treatment often leads to a cure if caught at an early age, with an estimated 80 percent of colon cancer deaths preventable with a regular screening test.

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Seniors are Blessed by Pets

Posted on 28th Jul 2015 12:10:08 in Wellness & Well-being

As a pet lover, what a joy it has always been for me to have pets involved in my professional long term care career. I honestly cannot imagine directing a facility that was anything but pet friendly, and this isn't just because I personally love animals. It is also because seniors involved with pets reap many rewards. With vaccinated, healthy, well- behaved animals being welcome to visit and/or reside in a long term care environment, one can't help but notice the inevitable benefits that pets bring to seniors.

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A Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea Could be a Life Saver

Posted on 28th Jul 2015 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Nighttime snoring is no laughing matter, even though that's how it's often depicted in movies and on TV. When the Skipper's loud snoring kept disturbing bunkmate Gilligan's sleep, we laughed along with the laugh track, knowing that the Skipper's little buddy was doomed to endless nights of interrupted sleep until they got off that island.

Loud snoring can be a telltale sign of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by breathing that stops and starts, over and over. It disrupts the sleep of the sufferer as well as anyone else within earshot patiently begging for a good night's shuteye. Experts at the Cleveland Clinic say such sleep interruptions can occur hundreds of times a night, each one lasting 10 to 30 seconds and routinely followed by a snort when breathing resumes.

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Adult Acne Can Spoil the Nostalgia Craze

Posted on 21st Jul 2015 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Thanks to social media icons such as Facebook, many of us are hooked on sentimentality, digging out and posting old photos from decades ago. Our newfound fascination with nostalgia has given birth to Throwback Thursdays and Flashback Fridays; presumably, Sentimental Saturdays and Sundays can't be far behind.

Chuckles abound as we admire these old photos and show them off to cyberspace citizens, giving glimpses of what we looked like with a head full of hair and a belly as relatively flat as a pancake; our tastes in fashion jumping from cut-offs and bell bottoms to sandals and high-top sneakers.

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Take Heed When the Heat Is On

Posted on 17th Jul 2015 06:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Summer is a great time to be outside. That's true whether your summertime pleasure is lying on a sandy beach soaking up rays or knocking out a strenuous workout that could include swimming, biking or running, or even a combination of all three as you prep for that upcoming triathlon. If your idea of summertime fun is something in between, like a round of golf or a leisurely jog on the local greenway, then by all means go for it.

In doing so, however, stay alert and pay attention – to yourself and not just your surroundings, although that is important, too. This is the time of year you need to be eagle-eyed aware of the possible hazards of hot times in the city, and elsewhere. This isn't just about fending off mosquitoes or protecting your skin from the sun's damaging rays – those have been discussed in this space earlier – it's about employing measures to safeguard yourself from heat injury.

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Cleansing, Detox Regimens Present a Mixed Bag

Posted on 15th Jul 2015 18:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Tell others you are starting a 'diet,' and watch them roll their eyes. Where have they heard that before? Substitute the word 'cleansing,' or 'detox,' into your declaration of self-improvement, though, and watch their eyes light up in amazement as you earn their undivided attention and newfound admiration.

Cleansing and detoxification regimens are trending hot and further boosting an already-booming U.S. diet industry, which, according to the The Wall Street Journal, passed $60 billion in sales in 2013. "The promises of liquid cleanses and other techniques have attracted legions of followers, celebrity endorsers and millions in venture capital funds. … It has also made carrying gunky green juice a status symbol in fitness circles," states

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Your Pain from Migraines Is Very Treatable

Posted on 12th Jul 2015 00:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

It often begins with seemingly unrelated symptoms such as constipation, hyperactivity, neck stiffness and/or uncontrollable yawning. Then it typically progresses into an aura stage often accompanied by visual disturbances such as flashes of light or issues related to touch, movement or speech. After that comes the actual onslaught of a full-blown headache or series of headaches lasting four to 72 hours.

Say howdy to a migraine headache, which, according to, "can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound." Translated, that's a whole lot of misery, more intense and longer-lasting than your garden-variety headache from a cold or, a hangover treatable with pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen along with rest.

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Staying Vertical Is a Challenge with Vertigo

Posted on 5th Jul 2015 00:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Anyone who watched the second round of the men's U.S. Open golf tournament this past June witnessed a disturbing scene in a sport where the only real contact is club head against ball and where on-course mishaps are usually nothing worse than an errant shot's watery splashdown or an ego-bruising double bogey.

That Friday afternoon, though, onlookers saw a scary scene when Australian golfer Jason Day, 27, a physically fit golfing dynamo who smacks 300-yard drives as one of the world's best golfers, was strolling along a slightly sloping fairway between shots when he suddenly tumbled to the ground. At first it was thought that maybe Day had tripped over his own feet or twisted an ankle before losing his balance. It was only when paramedics arrived on the scene with Day still on the ground, eventually to rise slowly and groggily finish his round – he happened to be on his last hole of the day – did we know that something more grievous was involved.

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How To Stop Leg Cramps

Posted on 29th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

They usually arrive without warning; their causes include a shortage of key minerals in the bloodstream, overuse of muscles, exposure to cold, standing on a hard surface or sitting for a long time. And that's only scratching the surface. Many factors out there can lead to leg cramps, or muscle cramps, which can be as debilitating as they are dumbfounding.

A muscle cramp is described by as a "strong, painful contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes on suddenly and lasts from a few seconds to several minutes." On its website, the Mayo Clinic says that while most muscle cramps are harmless, they could be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as inadequate blood supply or nerve compression.

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A Talk about Ticks and Lyme Disease

Posted on 28th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

With summer officially here, this is a great time to take quick inventory of the do's and don'ts for this season of sunshine and warmer temps. Some of it is old hat: use sunscreen, never go swimming without at least one other person present, wear life preservers when boating, keep on the marked trail when hiking, stay hydrated, and get the heck off the golf course when lightning is anywhere in the vicinity.

Then there's the stuff that might not be on your short list of summertime concerns, but which you wish had been there before something bad happened, as in the case of a "tick-ing" time bomb. Ticks are tiny, spiderlike insects (arachnids) that feed on the blood of mammals (humans included), birds and other animals by attaching themselves to the skin and biting (which you likely won't feel). Tick bites, according to, "occur most often during early spring to late summer and in areas where there are many wild animals and birds."

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CrossFit is Everything the Name Implies … and More

Posted on 26th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Perhaps the hottest thing going in the world of strength and conditioning is CrossFit, one of those classic "overnight success" stories borne out of an entrepreneurial spirit that took years to incubate. CrossFit is designed in such a way that almost anybody can do it, yet it’s not for everyone. And, yes, that deserves an explanation.

On its website, CrossFit says its aim is to "forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness." Founder Greg Glassman, a former gymnast who started out with a single gym in Santa Cruz, Calif. (the company's Facebook page says it was founded in 1974, although other sources reference the 1990's) sums up the CrossFit philosophy with the equation CVFM @ HI + Communal Environment = Health. Translated, it's a regimen of "constantly varied (CV), functional movements (FM), performed at high intensity (@HI) in a communal environment (that) leads to health and fitness."

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E-Cigarettes Spark Debate on Possible Health Risks

Posted on 21st Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

In just a few years, electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, have gone from being a public curiosity to a billion-dollar industry on track to outsell tobacco products within a decade, according to a recent WebMD article.

That's bad news for smoking opponents, who for the better part of five decades have been able to applaud a gradual decrease in cigarette use. This is in the wake of a federal ban about 45 years ago on TV and radio cigarette advertising, and the required posting of a U.S. Surgeon General's warning about smoking on all cigarette packaging.

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Apply Sunscreen and Enjoy the Sun

Posted on 19th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Summertime means simmer time for many of us as rising temperatures and (hopefully) abundant sunshine entice us to the beach, the pool, the golf course or wherever you choose to best enjoy the great outdoors.

With such freedom of activity, however, comes the personal obligation of taking care of ourselves. That starts with deciding on what to use for protection from the sun's potentially searing UVA and UVB rays, which together can cause sunburn and premature skin damage and aging.

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Advancing Age No Excuse to Skip Weights

Posted on 14th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

We've all seen the photo in advertisements: a smiling, smug-looking 65-ish guy in snug blue jeans with wire rims and balding head perched on top of a shirtless, Adonis-like torso impeccably tanned and sculpted. The older guy comes complete with six-pack abs that must merit the envy of any much-younger stud kicking sand at Muscle Beach. No joke: his name reportedly is Dr. Jeffrey Life, for real, and one can only imagine what Life's social life must be like, no pun intended, even though he's now in his 70's and still incredibly buff and, he insists, stronger than he's ever been.

But here comes the caveat: Life didn't get his freakishly fit physique only through proper diet, exercise and weight training. He told the Los Angeles Times that since 2003 he also has followed a regimen – not in any way endorsed by this website – of daily human growth hormone shots and weekly testosterone injections, all at a monthly cost of $1,500 to help make him who his photos portray him to be. If nothing else, though, Life's iconic picture makes him an inspiration for men and women 60 and over who want to look good while maintaining a better level of fitness, strength and quality of life.

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June is National Safety Month: Be Careful Out There

Posted on 12th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Proper nutrition, physical fitness and taking care of our health in general is so much about being proactive and doing the right things, that we sometimes forget it's just as important to avoid doing the wrong things that can hinder us, harm us, or even kill us. Welcome to National Safety Month, which is designated for and promoted each June by the National Safety Council (NSC) as a reminder to all of us to take our time and be careful.

Being strong, fit, active, properly nourished, well-rested and overall healthy is almost meaningless if we are negligent in how we drive, store combustible materials, deal with cluttered stairways, utilize ladders, swim unsupervised, secure and safeguard weapons, cross the street, etc., etc., on and on. There are countless opportunities out there waiting for us to mess up and leave us in a spot where inconvenience doesn't quite describe our newfound predicament – the result of carelessness.

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Stttrrretch Right When Running

Posted on 9th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

Those of us on the high side of 50 can remember back to gym class in school, the ultimate Throwback Thursdays and Flashback Fridays. The phys. ed. teacher would have us do a few toe touches, windmills and trunk twisters to get us loosened up and flexible regardless of what exercise activity was to come next.

Sometimes it would be a game of kickball, a dreaded day on the trampoline or perhaps eight laps encompassing 32 ninety-degree left turns around the basketball court for the 600-yard run portion of the annual President's Physical Fitness Test. That pre-workout stretching routine was what we were taught, and that's the "warmup" many of us were still doing years later when we joined the running craze of the 1970's and beyond.

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Water, Water Everywhere: Drink Up

Posted on 7th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being

As soon as their strenuous workout is over, the first thing many exercise enthusiasts do is reach for their bottled water or water bottle, and who can blame them? Athletes do this almost without thinking, as a reflex. They know to do this not only to quench the thirst right now, but also to rehydrate the body as a first step toward post-workout recovery.

Almost all of us drink water during the day without really thinking about it. We get thirsty; we drink water – not much thought given. Water is a lot like late comedian Rodney Dangerfield: it doesn't get a whole lot of respect. It's not the first thing you are holding to your lips when washing down pizza, or clinking glasses together as a toast while enjoying fancy cuisine at a white-tablecloth restaurant, or when you're in the stands at a Bears-Packers game, your face painted green and gold, while you guzzle from a cold one in between yells at the officials.

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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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Reduce that Gut Before Hitting the Beach

Posted on 26th May 2015 16:22:53 in Weight Management, Wellness & Well-being

Soon it will be June, and that means time to break out the beach umbrellas, stock up on sunscreen and tackle that unsightly body flab before you even think about squeezing back into a bathing suit; to be seen in public, no less.

Full-fledged summer vacation season is just weeks away, but there's still time to shed a few pounds and tone that physique a bit before you hit the sand under the unforgiving bright sunlight of summer. While most springtime weight-loss talk focuses on women and bikinis, let's not forget the guys, complete with beer guts and the elastic vs. drawstrings debate when it comes to swim trunks. Listen up guys (and gals): rushed and reckless is no way to perform a crash course in weight loss. Dropping a dumbbell on your foot or passing out from an ill-advised starvation diet could ruin your Summer of 2015.

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Sleep Your Way To Optimal Health

Posted on 11th May 2015 12:13:24 in Wellness & Well-being

Here's something to keep you awake at night: Insufficient sleep on a sustained basis can be detrimental to your health in more ways than you might have imagined. Consider it a good time to be thinking about a good night's sleep because May is Better Sleep Month.

A consistent shortage of shut-eye at night has been linked to numerous health-related issues ranging from physical to psychological. Chronic sleep deprivation has been shown to increase susceptibility to colds, flu, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other physical ailments as well as impaired cognition and decision-making, such as when driving a car or performing work at the office.

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May Is Arthritis Awareness Month

Posted on 5th May 2015 14:33:32 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

May is Arthritis Awareness month, and maybe you weren't aware that arthritis is not an affliction that targets only the aged. Ditch that mental picture of the oft-depicted elderly man bent forward, one hand on his cane and the other grasping his side as he gingerly steps his way along the sidewalk. 

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Allergy Season Is Honey-do Season

Posted on 7th May 2015 12:19:22 in Wellness & Well-being

April showers bring May flowers, as well as weeks of discomfort for spring allergy sufferers.

Experts have estimated that more than 35 million Americans annually suffer from seasonal allergies, also referred to as hay fever or the more technical term, allergic rhinitis. Several weeks or more of springtime misery in the forms of stuffy and runny nose, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes and even a pesky cough can make anyone feel like a fat-headed rhino yearning for a safe and healthy fix.

So the question becomes, what to do about it?

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Aerobic Gardening?

Posted on 19th May 2015 12:10:56 in Wellness & Well-being

Aerobic gardening? Or ever hear of this -- a warmup and stretching routine before going outside to work in the garden? You cannot be serious.

What's next: selling the exercise equipment and canceling the gym membership to pursue a new and improved fitness regimen that involves digging in the dirt as you produce your new oasis of homegrown vegetables or impeccably landscaped flower beds?

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Sweeten Health Benefits with Coconut Oil

Posted on 1st May 2015 12:15:12 in Wellness & Well-being

The old saying, "You can't have your cake and eat it, too," was probably concocted by someone unaware of coconut oil's many reported health benefits. Coconut cake, anyone? Once a cooking delicacy embraced by savvy shoppers who had cracked the code of health food stores, coconut oil has made its way onto the shelves of your friendly neighboring grocery stores. It's priced somewhat higher than its olive oil and vegetable oil rivals, but a few extra dollars for a big jar of the stuff is a small price to pay, according to believers sold on the sweet confection's many benefits.

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Curcumin, Valerin, Probiotic

Posted on 10th Mar 2015 12:12:12 in Wellness & Well-being

Wonder Labs has a robust lineup of the nutritional supplements you need for every day health and wellness. We carry all of the vitamins and herbs you're familiar with and use regularly. We also offer a long list of products you may be less familiar with, but offer dynamic benefits. For this month's product spotlight, we'll focus on Curcumin, Valerin, and Probiotics.

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Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Posted on 1st Mar 2015 08:22:33 in Wellness & Well-being

At Wonder Labs, nutrition is front and center every day of every month, so we are excited that March has been officially deemed National Nutrition Month® by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Gluten 101

Posted on 7th Feb 2015 13:22:12 in Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley, and according to experts, there are millions of Americans who have some degree of sensitivity or allergy to the protein. In worse situations, those who are gluten intolerant suffer from celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the small intestine and blocks the proper absorption of nutrients. Approximately 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, according to the National Foundation for Celiac Disorders (NFCD).

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Best Vitamins For A Healthy Heart

Posted on 2nd Feb 2015 14:12:14 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

The foods you eat and the bad habits you avoid make a significant impact on your heart health. But are you doing enough to ensure the healthy beat goes on and on? Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States - but a majority of heart conditions can be avoided with the right lifestyle and mind set.

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Staying Healthy In Winter

Posted on 20th Jan 2015 08:32:14 in Wellness & Well-being

If you live in an area with winter snow, or where it's cold enough to engage in winter sports, then you've got one up over those Southern sun birds! While cold weather ushers in plenty of unwanted opportunities for viruses and illnesses to invade your good times, you can promote winter wellness with a few tips from Wonder Labs.

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Best New Years Resolutions

Posted on 1st Jan 2015 00:30:35 in Wellness & Well-being

As you dive in 2015 with a renewed optimism about the future and a hearty commitment to wellness, it's the perfect time to share information about supplements that can assist you with your goals for the New Year.

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Healthy Eating Tips For The Holidays

Posted on 18th Dec 2014 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Announcements & News

Our definition of splurge is turned upside down during the holidays. This is the time when we spend a little more on the ones we love, pay it forward in bigger ways to honor others, bend the rules to let the kids have one more cookie or stay up a little later, and indulge in all things delicious, from baked goods to chocolate and candies.

While this time of year is the perfect reason to celebrate, we have a few tips to help you stay near the track instead of getting off of it completely!

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5 Reasons to Choose Wonder Labs

Posted on 10th Nov 2014 09:28:35 in Wellness & Well-being

Americans have a steadfast confidence in the role vitamins and supplements play in our daily health and wellness goals. Experts estimate that by year end, Americans will have spent $32.8 billion on these items, and billions more by 2017. With such an abundance of products to choose, how do you know if the products you're selecting are the right ones for your needs? How do you know if what you're purchasing actually represents the ingredients listed on the label, and adheres to the standards for potency and efficacy?

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