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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 webmd.com, the main premise of the ketogenic diet is to get more calories from protein and fat, and fewer from carbs – which means cutting out sugar, soda, pastries, and white bread, for starters.

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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 draxe.com.

 

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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 vaccines.gov 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 webmd.com 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 – organicfacts.net 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 healthline.com. 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 nutraceuticalbusinessreview.com.

 

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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 eatbalanced.com.

 

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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 familydoctor.org puts it.

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Seven Essential Minerals for the Human Body

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

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

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Nutritional Needs for Older Adult Women

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

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

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Can Skin Problems Be Related to Poor Nutrition?

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

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

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What’s the Difference Between Vitamins and Supplements?

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

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

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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 7th Apr 2017 11:36:43 in Wellness & Well-being

Jason will write this up.

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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 webmd.com, 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 naturalsociety.com.

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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 Gingko Is the Smart Thing to Do

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

The gingko 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 webmd.com.

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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 nationalbreastcancer.org, 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, webmd.com 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 webmd.com, 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 hpblondon.com. 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 wsj.com.

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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 mayoclinic.org, "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 webmd.com 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 webmd.com, "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 (HGH) 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 nutritional 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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