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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…

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Eating to Naturally Lower Your Cholesterol

“Can I lower my cholesterol if I eat better?” I hear this question time and time again. And, my answer is always the same, “If you exercise regularly and move more, maintaining good eating habits will put you on a sure path to a healthy cholesterol status.”…

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The Importance of Getting Enough Dietary Calcium

At some point in time, I think everyone has heard the phrase “Milk does a body good”. Whether among pregnant women, growing children or aging adults, regular milk consumption is almost always encouraged for good health. However, the widespread…

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Eight Strategies for Naturally Boosting Libido in Women

Reduced sex drive is a common symptom experienced by many women as they move through different stages of life. Technically considered low libido, it can result from complex interactions between multiple factors such as decreased arousal or satisfaction, an…

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Red Meat: Nutritional Friend or Foe?

I recently had a thought-provoking conversation with a colleague of mine who was born and bred in Greece. It all started when I mentioned how the “Mediterranean Diet” seemed to be the next hot topic in the research arena…

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How Insulin Impacts Fat Burning and Weight Loss

If you or someone you know has diabetes you’re probably all too familiar with the term “insulin”. However, what you might not know is that this powerful hormone can dramatically affect the body’s natural fat-burning mechanisms and ultimately influence…

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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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Seven Food Labeling Tactics That Are Making People Sick

For well over 20 years the eyes and ears of dieters, health enthusiasts and the general public have been continuously bombarded with confusing and oftentimes misleading packaging and labeling information courtesy of the food and beverage industry. Unfortunately, successful…

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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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Drinking Smoothies with Diabetes: What You Should Know

A while back I met with a long time client who was extremely excited about her new hobby – making “healthy” smoothies. For the sake of privacy, I’ll call her Karen. Over the course of my consulting with Karen, she had successfully lost weight…