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Are Processed Meats Really Bad for Your Health?

Processed meats are among the most commonly consumed foods around the world. Interestingly enough, they are also among the latest dietary boogeymen, with linkages to cancer, heart disease, and even premature death. While some processed meats offer decent nutrition,…

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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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Garlic: Mother Nature’s Underground Pharmacy

For centuries, garlic has been used worldwide as a natural treatment for a range of chronic diseases and illnesses, as it has potent anti-bacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, due to its powerful healing properties, garlic is often…

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Watcha Drinking? Let’s Talk About Green Tea

Tea is undoubtedly one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world. And among the hundreds of different kinds of tea that offer medicinal benefits, green tea is one of the most prized for its multitude of health-promoting…

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High Cholesterol: What You Need to Know

Have you been diagnosed with high cholesterol? You’re certainly not alone, as this chronic health condition (also known as hypercholesterolemia) affects more than 70 million adults (over 30%) in the United States alone. Although heredity and other uncontrollable factors like age and gender can often influence the development…

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A Great Way To Spice Up Your Water

Are you aware that water is valued as an essential nutrient? While not a provider of calories like macronutrients or rich in antioxidants like many micronutrients, the body’s actual need for water far outweighs that of any food. In fact, you can survive for…

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What You Should Know About Carbs and the Glycemic Index

For decades, carbohydrates (carbs) have been given a bad reputation. Please don’t be misled by all the hype. In and of themselves, carbs are a critical component of a healthy, well-balanced diet as they represent the body’s primary source of energy and are…

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Three Ways to Reduce Your Risk of a Heart Attack

In spite of what many believe, a heart attack is not necessarily a “natural cause” of death. It is usually the first symptom of an underlying problem like heart disease, which is a leading cause of death worldwide for…

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Go Red: 5 Ways to Eat Your Way to Better Heart Health

February officially marks American Heart Month and red is the symbol of awareness. Heart disease and related complications (heart attacks and strokes) are leading causes of death worldwide killing about 600,000 people annually in the United States alone. That’s 1 in every…

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Holiday Weight Gain: Eating Too Much or Stress?

The holidays are a popular time for eating socially, which oftentimes leads to unwanted weight gain. But, when it comes to holiday weight gain, overeating isn’t always the culprit, as numerous other factors like physical inactivity can also play…

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The YOO HD Fitness Tracker: What You Need to Know Before You Buy

With widespread promotion of physical activity and other healthy lifestyle behaviors, new breeds of wearable fitness trackers are hitting the consumer market every day. Pedometers and accelerometers, heart rate monitors, and all-inclusive smartwatch devices are among the most common,…

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A Simple Solution for Making Wheatgrass Taste Better

For centuries, natural health advocates and enthusiasts have hailed wheatgrass for its proclaimed health benefits. With good reason to, as wheatgrass is a potent source of countless vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, known to boost immunity and help ward off…

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Natural Ways to Suppress Hunger and Appetite for Weight Loss

Constant hunger and increased appetite can sabotage weight loss and possibly even lead to weight gain. This holds especially true when you regularly give in to overeating. Now, it’s important to understand that hunger and appetite are generally complex processes driven by a number of factors…

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Simple and Natural Ways to Detox Your Body

I can’t begin to tell you how often people ask me for advice and tips on “detox” diets or detoxification in general. But interestingly enough, to many the concept itself has no real meaning. Basic physiology teaches us that the body has its own…

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Are You Cheating Your Health for 10,000 Steps?

For years, the pedometer has enjoyed widespread popularity amid health, fitness and wellness entities and enthusiasts due to its low cost, relative ease of use, straightforward feedback, and clear-cut message to users: “10,000 steps a day” for good health. Moreover,…

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Exercising to Naturally Lower Your Cholesterol

High cholesterol (also known as hypercholesterolemia) is a chronic health condition in which there’s too much “bad” cholesterol and an abundance of triglycerides (fats from foods) floating around in the bloodstream. Although heredity and other uncontrollable factors like age…