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Don't Be Afraid To Skip Breakfast

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." This is an all-too-common phrase that I secretly dislike, as the supposed benefits of eating this traditional morning meal have been totally misconstrued by both health experts and enthusiasts. Skipping…

What the Health: When Advocacy Goes Wrong

I've received dozens of emails asking me to review What the Health, a follow-up food documentary from the creators of Cowspiracy, which is currently available on Netflix. I honestly didn't want to watch it. From the teaser trailers and social…

Top Down or Bottom Up: Things to Consider Before Getting a Colonic

As a scientist and health expert, I'm often asked about the benefits of regular "colon cleansing" for detoxification and general health purposes. Colon cleansing is basically an umbrella term that encompasses a number of different procedures…

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…

Choosing the Best Mattress for a Good Night's Sleep

I'm sure you're already aware of the importance of sleep. Indeed, a lack of adequate sleep can lead to an increased risk of unhealthy weight gain and numerous chronic diseases ranging from sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart…

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 avail. Over time,…

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,…

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 qualities.…

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…

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,…

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…

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 men and women of all ages,…

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…

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…

Wheatgrass Juice: An All-Natural Blood Tonic that Boosts Immunity

If you’ve visited your local health food store lately, you’ve probably seen fresh wheatgrass juice being sold at the juice bar. Wheatgrass juice is prepared by extracting juice from the mature sprouts of wheat seeds by way of a cold press…

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…

The Biggest Loser Race Series: Find Your Pace and Get Healthy, One Step at a Time

Since its takeoff in 2004, millions of people have been tuning in to the weight loss-centered reality TV show "The Biggest Loser". In fact, the widespread popularity of this show has prompted all sorts of weight loss competitions and challenges…

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…

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…

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…