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Follow the Path to a Healthy Prostate

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

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

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9 Home Remedies for Treating Ear Infections

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

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

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Good Nutrition Can Help Keep Gums Healthy

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

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

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Oil Pulling Is Not a Big Drag

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

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

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What Is Maca, and What Are Its Health Benefits?

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

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

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7 Health Benefits from the Pumpkin Patch

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

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

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What Health Benefits Does Licorice Root Provide?

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

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

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What Does It Mean Being Gluten-Free?

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

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

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What Can I Do to Detoxify My Body?

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

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

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

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

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

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What Can I Do to Fight Off Fall Allergies?

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

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

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What Can I Take or Do for Psoriasis?

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

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

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What Can I Take to Bolster My Immune System?

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

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

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What Benefits Can You Get from Aloe Vera?

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

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

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What Are Antioxidants and How Do They Benefit Me?

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

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

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

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

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

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What Benefits Can I Get from Berberine?

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

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


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

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

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

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8 Superfoods to Cleanse Your Colon

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

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

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What Is Tribulus Terrestris, and How Does It Work?

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

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

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What Are Cordyceps Mushrooms, and What Do They Do?

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

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

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7 Indicators of a Vitamin A Deficiency

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

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

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5 Symptoms of a Vitamin E Deficiency

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

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

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How to Fend off the Allergy Season Onslaught

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

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

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10 Signs of a Vitamin D Deficiency

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

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

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

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

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

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10 Indications of a Vitamin C deficiency

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

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

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

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

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

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Nurses

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

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

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

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

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

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements for Firefighters

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

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

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

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

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

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Cayenne Pepper | Reap the Benefits for Your Health

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

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

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Fish Oil | Reap the Benefits for Your Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What Is MTHFR Mutation and What Does It Mean?

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

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

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What Does Homeopathic Really Mean?

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

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


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Do Pain-Relieving Gels Really Work??

Posted on 25th Oct 2018 07:25:09 in Immune System

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

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

Posted on 9th Oct 2018 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System

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

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Ginseng: Its Sources, Benefits and Uses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Meet Chlorella: Another Superfood to Embrace

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

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

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Fats and Oils that Combat Inflammation

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

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

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July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

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

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

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Cordyceps Mushrooms a Natural Energy Booster

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

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

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Vitamin D Is Your Sunshine in a Bottle

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

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

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Citrus Fruits a Boon to Our Immunity

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

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

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These Fruits Provide a Berry, Berry Good Fruit Punch

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

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

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Boswellia's Benefits for Overall Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on 2nd Apr 2018 08:00:00 in Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System

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

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Should I Drink More Green Tea or Matcha?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Glands

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

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

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Benefits of Probiotics Outside of the Gut or Digestion

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

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

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Losing Sleep and Losing Our Health

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

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

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support Intestinal Health

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

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

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Don't Let a Protein Deficiency Get You Down

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

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

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

Posted on 14th Nov 2017 10:52:03 in Food & Nutrition, Immune System

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

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

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Do You Get Leisure Sickness? This Can Help

Posted on 16th Nov 2017 10:38:38 in Immune System

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

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

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

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Endocrine System

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

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

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Respiratory System

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

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

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements for a Healthy Lymphatic System

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Can You Pass This Immune System Pop-Quiz?

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

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

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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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Foods That Are Good for Fighting Inflammation

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

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

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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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Turmeric Has Powerful Anti-Virus Compounds

Posted on 20th Jul 2017 14:00:00 in Immune System, Announcements & News

There are many things to enjoy and appreciate about the plant-based herb turmeric. Let’s begin with the fact that it not only can nicely spice up a good meal, it also can provide a laundry list of health benefits that practically make it a medicine cabinet unto itself. Included among those health remedies is turmeric’s inherent ability to suppress a variety of viruses that attack our bodies, ranging from influenza to hepatitis to herpes simplex and beyond.

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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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“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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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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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’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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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 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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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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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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Invigorate Your Immune System: Make Room for Mushrooms

Posted on 7th Apr 2017 16:00:00 in Immune System

Mushrooms have been around a long time in the culinary world, and for good reason. They are tasty and go with about anything. In ancient times, they were reserved for royalty (in Egypt), and Romans were convinced that warriors gained strength from mushroom consumption. Thousands of years later, mushrooms have become an everyman’s delicacy, suitable for soups and salads as well as pizzas and entrees. More importantly, various types of mushrooms have proven to be effective in bolstering our immune system.

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What Are Hives, and What Can Be Done about Them?

Posted on 3rd Apr 2017 10:00:00 in Immune System

Hives are a bit of a mystery in terms of knowing exactly what causes them and how best to treat them. But they aren't a total mystery to anyone who has had them and dealt with the incessant irritating itching and the unsightly, even embarrassing red welts that can appear all over the body, to include your face.

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Antioxidant-rich Sources Can Help Combat Free Radicals

Posted on 13th Mar 2017 10:00:00 in Immune System

Most of us, when we hear about detoxification, picture those fasts with icky-looking, yucky-tasting concoctions designed to clean out our digestive system. But that's not the type of detox we are talking about today. There's also the detoxification that involves ridding our bodies of excess free radicals, a mission greatly helped by our consumption of sources, namely healthy foods, rich in antioxidants.

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16 Things to Know about Spring Allergies

Posted on 1st Mar 2017 10:00:00 in Immune System

What to do about spring allergies? Spring is officially three weeks away, but in some parts of the country it seems to be arriving earlier than usual this year. We know this not just from the unseasonably and extended warm periods we’ve had in some regions of the country, but also because spring allergies are starting to hit many of us. As always, allergies raise the same nagging questions: what causes allergies, how long do allergies last, and how do we get rid of them or at least make allergies a more tolerable companion?

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What You Need to Know about Leaky Gut

Posted on 22nd Feb 2017 12:00:00 in Immune System

Leaky gut syndrome is not an official diagnosis you will hear spoken in many, if any, med schools. It remains somewhat of a mystery to practicing physicians and other healthcare professions, although they are aware of leaky gut’s potentially detrimental effects on our health. Sufferers with stomach or digestive issues wonder, Do I have a leaky gut? Second item of concern: they want to know what it takes to fix a leaky gut.

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Lymph Nodes Have Far-Reaching Consequences for Our Bodies

Posted on 25th Jan 2017 12:00:00 in Immune System

We hear a lot about lymph nodes these days, and often the context in which they are mentioned means bad news. How many times have we heard the dreaded phrase "The cancer has spread to the lymph nodes"? That's usually another way of saying that the afflicted person doesn't have long to live, or at the very least is facing another brutal regimen, maybe even a last-ditch effort, of chemotherapy.

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Garlic Brings Health Benefits To The Table

Posted on 20th Jan 2017 17:00:08 in Immune System

Throughout history, many different cultures have recognized the potential use of garlic for prevention and treatment of different diseases. Recent studies support the effects of garlic and its extracts in a wide range of applications. These studies raised the possibility of revival of garlic therapeutic values in different diseases. Different compounds in garlic are thought to reduce the risk for cardiovascular diseases, have anti-tumor and anti-microbial effects, and show benefit on high blood glucose concentration. However, the exact mechanism of all ingredients and their long-term effects are not fully understood. Further studies are needed to elucidate the pathophysiological mechanisms of action of garlic as well as its efficacy and safety in treatment of various diseases.

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Walking Away from a Runny Nose Not an Option

Posted on 30th Dec 2016 12:00:53 in Immune System

It’s like a leaky faucet—that runny nose that won’t stop, causing you to burn through boxes of tissues or rolls of soft, two-ply toilet paper especially handy when you are, well, on the run.

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Knowing about Sneezes Is Nothing to Sneeze At

Posted on 6th Dec 2016 12:00:00 in Immune System

Sneezes are the funniest things, and not always of the humorous variety. Oh, sure, it can be funny when someone nearby tries unsuccessfully to stifle a sneeze, and the resulting gyrations and noise blast, even if muffled, elicit laughter all around. But it is no laughing matter when someone with a full sinus blasts out a sneeze—or a series of sneezes—without covering up. Shame on them.

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Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week

Posted on 5th Dec 2016 12:00:00 in Immune System

Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis doesn't need to be made aware of the diseases; they already know all about it and get to experience it almost every day, unless they are in remission or undergoing a treatment plan that is working well and capably controlling the symptoms.

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Probiotics and the Benefits of Beaucoup Bacteria

Posted on 1st Dec 2016 12:00:00 in Immune System

It goes completely against the grain of self-preservation, if not conventional healthy-living wisdom: putting a spoonful of something containing billions of bacteria inside our mouths and swallowing it whole—wittingly and without hesitation.

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Chicken Soup Could Be Sole Remedy for Some

Posted on 29th Nov 2016 12:00:00 in Immune System

Decades before writing books about chicken soup for the soul became a cottage industry, moms across America were, for real, serving up bowls of hot chicken soup to loved ones suffering from maladies of misery such as colds or the flu. It's an old wives' tale, passed down through generations (some reports say since the 12th century), that chicken soup is an elixir for what ails us, perhaps the closest thing there is to a cure for the common cold.

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Flu Shots: It's that Time of Year Again

Posted on 27th Oct 2016 09:22:35 in Immune System

For some of us, getting that annual needle stick of a flu shot and then possibly dealing with the side effects of flulike symptoms can seem worse than a trip to the dentist. So what? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly urges everyone six months and older to get the vaccination each year. This is so they can be protected against the influenza virus(es) that tend to make the rounds every year, usually from October through to as late as May.

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Helpful Information About Inflammation

Posted on 7th Nov 2016 09:00:00 in Immune System

We typically perceive inflammation anywhere in our body as a bad thing, that it’s time to pay a visit to the medicine cabinet to take measures to make the bad thing go away. But the great unknown about inflammation is that, in itself, it is a good thing, that it represents our body’s first-responder mechanism to protect, repair or heal itself from stimuli that are harmful, whether they be damaged cells, irritants or pathogens.

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So Why Psoriasis? It’s World Psoriasis Day

Posted on 28th Oct 2016 12:00:00 in Immune System

Psoriasis is one of those fairly common but strange physical conditions most people have heard of but know very little about, other than it presents itself as flaky skin and is a major, irritating nuisance for sufferers.  It is somewhat of a mystery for healthcare professionals as well, because treating it remains on the hit-and-miss spectrum of strategies, and there is no known cure.

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Think Zinc to Bolster Immunity

Posted on 25th Oct 2016 14:00:00 in Immune System

You don't have to be a sports person to understand that when it comes to taking care of our bodies, germs are on offense, we the people are on defense. This is a daily circumstance, and our immune system is on call 24/7. This offense/defense dynamic is a competitive rivalry that never ends and which dates back to the beginning of time, long before there was March Madness, the World Series or a Super Bowl. The best things we can do for ourselves in staying a step ahead of the microscopic posse are to get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and know what we can do to boost our immunity system.

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Fall Allergies Are Something to Sneeze At

Posted on 12th Oct 2016 12:00:00 in Immune System

Autumn, especially early autumn, is a favorite time of year for many of us in many parts of the country. As we go deeper into October, we marvel at the colorful turning of the leaves, rake leaves into piles and jump into them, roam through pumpkin patches in search of the future jack-o'-lantern(s) to adorn the front porch, savor cooler temps at night that make for easier sleeping, and join friends for tailgaters or TV-watching parties with football in full swing.

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Healthy Habits for a Strong Immune System

Posted on 25th Aug 2016 09:30:20 in Immune System

The human body’s ability to defend itself against harmful bacteria and microorganisms is a thing to behold. With a healthy immune system, it can protect people from germs, illnesses, and viruses. However, unhealthy lifestyle habits can compromise a person’s ability to ward off an attack.

To ensure a healthy immune system, develop these healthy habits to help keep it working at optimal levels.

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How to Detox From Heavy Metals and Environmental Toxins

Posted on 5th Jan 2016 00:09:30 in Immune System

Heavy metal could be your choice of music, but it’s never okay to have too much of it running through your body. While heavy metals — such as copper, iron, zinc, chromium and manganese — are important to keep the body functionally properly, it becomes a problem when they reach toxic levels.

Many of us have heard about the dangers of lead, arsenic and mercury, including lead poisoning resulting from paint and pipe fittings that were frequently used in homes decades ago. Poisoning from heavy metals also can be result from exposure to toxins released from various industries into the environment. 

Other sources of exposure to heavy metals can come from polluted water, pesticides, steel and other everyday sources. If these metals exceed small amounts, you can be exhibit various symptoms of toxicity — including fatigue, nausea, and vomiting, and more serious health complications. 

Here are a few natural ways to detox the body of heavy metal toxins.

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Probiotics Provide a Good Gut Feeling

Posted on 26th Aug 2015 06:00:00 in Immune System

For those of us who have ever suffered from a really bad stomach ache or worse (who hasn't?), the thought of intentionally ingesting bacteria for the sake of our health might itself sound like a stomach turner. Think again. Some types of bacteria are good for our gut, such as probiotics.

Probiotics are live bacteria, also known as friendly, good or helpful bacteria, that can promote good health, especially when it comes to our digestive system. Some are found naturally in our bodies; some are available in some foods and nutritional supplements.

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Easing the Sting of Shingles

Posted on 24th Aug 2015 12:00:00 in Immune System

The name conjures up bizarre images of thin rectangular panels of asphalt, wood or slate hanging from your skin, looking as unsightly as they are painful. The truth, however, is that shingles in terms of a skin condition look nothing like a patch of the roof atop your house, but they are indeed unsightly and quite painful, even to the touch.

As described on, shingles is a viral infection accompanied by a distressing rash in the form of a strip of blisters that can pop up anywhere on your body, but most often on the left or right side of the torso. It can also show up around one eye or on one side of the neck or face.

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Leprosy is for Real, but Highly Treatable

Posted on 14th Aug 2015 16:00:00 in Immune System

Those of you who are movie buffs (and, yes, we number in the millions) have most likely seen the 1959 version of the classic film Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston. For many of us, that flick marked our introduction to – and maybe to this day our only source on the subject -- of leprosy, a potentially debilitating disease.

Who can forget Judah Ben-Hur's two visits to the Valley of the Lepers, first to search for his afflicted mom and sister, and the second time to carry them out of there at the apparent imperilment of his own health? It was incredible filmmaking: you can essentially smell and breathe in the stench of rotting flesh emanating out of the rocky, barren colony that was home to dying cave dwellers. The disease of death polluted the Old Testament air, and it took a miracle from God to heal the mother and daughter.

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Food Prep Key for Healthy Picnics

Posted on 19th Jul 2015 12:00:00 in Immune System

Proper picnicking requires prudent preparation and plenty of precision, especially when it comes to serving food that won't make people sick.

Maybe that's not what you want to hear when impulse leads you to declare a gorgeous summer day as the perfect opportunity for a scrumptious picnic with family and/or friends. Then again, the last thing you want are unwanted guests showing up in the form of eensie-weensie bacteria determined to wreak havoc on human digestive systems.

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Echinacea Viewed as a Panacea for Whatever Ails You

Posted on 24th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Immune System

Every year it seems more and more people are discovering echinacea via word of mouth for its perceived ability to stave off oncoming assaults of the common cold and other upper-respiratory ailments. Then there are the herb's purported healing qualities aimed at dozens of other health issues. No question, echinacea has achieved acclaim as a sort of wonder herb, a modern-day marvel even, that only now is capturing the world's fancy.

Except for one thing, though: echinacea has actually been around a long, long time, even though millions of people are just now hearing about it. Listen closely: this might be the comeback of the century for the 21st century. For much of the first half of the 1900's, echinacea was formally recognized in the U.S. National Formulary, according to, before it faded into oblivion, at least in the United States, with the emergence of antibiotics and a lack of scientific evidence confirming echinacea's medicinal powers.

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Celiac Disease Means Gluten is for Punishment

Posted on 15th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Immune System

Until the 21st century rolled around, 'gluten' was one of those obscure terms that occasionally popped up in health-related literature and left readers scratching their head. We had a vague notion it had something to do with eating and nutrition, but for all we knew it might have had something to do with glucose or gluttony.

Many of us now know the truth because gluten's mention has been shoved in front of our faces countless times via print, online and TV. Gluten is a protein that, when ingested, can damage the small intestines of people genetically predisposed to celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that is estimated to affect one out of every 100 people worldwide. The Celiac Disease Foundation claims that two and a half million Americans unwittingly have the condition while diagnosed.

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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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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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Vitamins That Boost the Immune System

Posted on 5th Dec 2014 09:28:35 in Immune System

Colds, flu, and other immune-related ailments are at their peak in the colder months, creating the ever-growing need for individuals of all ages to take precautions against becoming sick. The best way to stave off illness is with a mindset that puts you on the offense rather than the defense. This means making healthy choices.

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

What honestly defines OUR company is NOT what we say, but what we actually DO, and we think you should know about it. Why? Well, because most folks today really don't have the foggiest idea about the various companies they do business with. Sure they ship your order to you, they have a satisfaction guarantee, and offer fair pricing. But what else do you REALLY know about them? Not much I bet. Learn more...