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Effective Strategies for Avoiding Hypertension

Just over a year ago, my father suffered a stroke caused by unchecked hypertension. For years my siblings and I urged him to seek some form of therapeutic intervention in order to manage his high blood pressure, but to little…

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Why Women Should Be Concerned About Gout

Just recently, an old friend told me she’d converted to vegetarianism due to recurrent bouts of gout. More shocking than the fact that this ‘meat-loving’ friend of mine was now a vegetarian was the fact that she’d actually contracted…

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Six Ways to Prevent the Onset of Gout

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by excessive swelling and extreme tenderness in the joints, most often the metatarsal-phalangeal joint located in the big toe. The signs, symptoms and general manifestations of gout are closely linked to poor…

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Osteoporosis: What It Is and How to Prevent and Treat It

I recently overheard an older African-American woman tell a group of her friends that she “doesn’t drink milk or eat yogurt because [she] isn’t worried about osteoporosis”. While it might’ve sounded funny to some, I was actually quite alarmed by…

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8 Amazing Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

You’ve probably heard a lot about the many benefits of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. But, do you actually know what they are and why they’re so beneficial? Also known as omega-3s, these essential fatty acids collectively include alpha-linolenic acid…

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What Free Radicals Really Do To Your Body

If you’re one who regularly seeks out the latest and greatest in health, fitness and nutrition information, you’ve likely heard the phrase “free radicals” tossed around, oftentimes in conjunction with the term “antioxidants”. In fact, many health food manufacturers…

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Infographic: Sick! Epidemic of Chronic Diseases

I’m a firm believer that humans are designed to be physically active and that not doing so creates energy imbalances within the body that ultimately contribute to obesity and other health problems. While modern times have improved human efficiency…