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Acid Reflux Defined

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Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when acid in the stomach “leaks” into the esophagus. Learn more about natural treatments and remedies for heartburn.

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Tart Cherry Is an Effective Gout Treatment

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What makes tart cherry extract such an effective nutrient for the relief of gout? For one, tart cherries contain powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins, which give cherries their distinctive red color. Tart cherries are actually one of the richest sources of anthocyanins 1 and 2, which help block pro-inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2. 

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Recommendations for Breast Health

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The health of your breasts depends in large part on supporting the effective drainage of harmful fluids from breast glands. A combination of self-massage and proper nutrition can promote breast health by helping to maintain toxin-free breast glands.

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Treating Impotency Like a Man

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Erectile dysfunction (ED, or impotency) is often an early warning sign of circulatory problems. Achieving and maintaining an erection is a complex process, but ultimately it all comes down to having adequate blood flow in the area.

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Give Your Libido a Lift

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Waning libido is a concern for both men and women with advancing age. The most common recommendations involve increasing hormone levels, particularly testosterone, for both sexes.

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Can Hydrogen Peroxide Cure Impotence?

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It's highly possible that the hydrogen peroxide helped correct your impotence. Hydrogen peroxide oxygenates the tissues, and the mechanisms that promote erections are driven by the level of oxygen available to them.

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Why You Should Not Get the Flu Shot

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Vaccines, including flu shots, deliver either live or dead viruses, short-circuiting your body's normal front-line immune defense system. If your immune system is weak or out of balance, you could have serious health consequences from the flu shot.

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Why Doesn't Echinacea Work for Me?

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Echinacea helps accentuate the actions of your immune system. When it doesn’t work, it is often an indication of other problems. These can include decreased thyroid function (hypothyroidism), low potassium levels, and heavy metal toxicity.

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Protecting Your Family From Infection

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For those occasions when you find yourself overwhelmed by a bug, you don’t have to look for a doctor to write you a prescription for the latest $150 antibiotic. Instead, you can help your body do what it does naturally—fight off germs.  Here’s a quick rundown that you might want to print out and keep in your medicine chest.

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The Japanese Secret to Strong Circulation

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Like most health problems, impaired circulation can result from dozens of factors. Treating the problem with “blood thinners”—natural or otherwise—may provide relief, but they’re really not the “cure.” If you want to stop the problem of impaired circulation in its tracks, you have to treat it at a much deeper level. 

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Living After a Heart Attack

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If you experience and live through a heart attack, limiting further damage to your heart and recovery are your primary concerns. Thankfully, there are several substances you can add to your supplement regimen to help.

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What Is High Blood Pressure?

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High blood pressure, or hypertension, has become so prevalent in our society that it's perceived as a minor problem. Nothing could be further from the truth. High blood pressure contributes to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

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How to Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

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Because high cholesterol is a “risk marker” for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, the best way to lower your cholesterol level is to lower your risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Here are some actions you should take.

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Natural Atherosclerosis Solutions

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The blockage of a major artery will usually get everyone’s attention and require significant intervention. However, there are natural substances that you can take to help combat these arterial blockages, and in some cases, clear them altogether. Here are a few that I recommend.

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How to Reduce High Triglyceride Levels

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Anyone who’s been diagnosed with high triglyceride levels needs to lower them or risk serious health consequences. Often, high triglycerides are the first step on the path not only to heart disease, but to obesity and type 2 diabetes, as well.

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Why You Should Take Probiotics Every Day

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Our bodies contain hundreds of species of bacteria. It’s only when “bad” strains of bacteria get out of control that health problems occur. Taking probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, can give “good bugs” the edge and help keep bad bacteria in check.

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Three Exercises You Must Do

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Exercise isn’t always everyone’s favorite thing to do, but fortunately, it can easily be incorporated into your everyday life without having to spend a ton of money on a pricey gym membership or personal trainer.

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Why You Should Drink Distilled Water

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Drinking water could be one of your biggest health risks due to contaminants like lead and mercury. I like distillation because it safely removes pathogens by heating water until it boils and turns to steam. The steam cools and returns to water.

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Superfoods for Super Health

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The term "superfood" is reserved for foods that are more nutrient- and enzyme-dense than the everyday foods we eat. Some examples of ultimate superfoods are spirulina, royal jelly, bee pollen, and the adaptogens Asian ginseng and Indian ginseng

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Perk Up Your Energy Level

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Tired all the time? When it comes to low energy levels, most doctors overlook a common cause—adrenal overload. You may need adrenal support if you experience one or more of the following signs, in addition to your fatigue.

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How Avemar Helps Fight Cancer

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Avemar is a naturally fermented wheat germ extract that has been subjected to a great deal of research scrutiny, particularly in the area of cancer treatment. So far it has exhibited positive effects against all forms of cancer cell lines tested.

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The Glycemic Index Explained

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The differences between carbohydrate foods can be described in relation to their glycemic index—that is, how quickly they raise blood sugar levels. The closer to 100 a food is rated, the more it affects blood sugar levels. 

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NAC: A Glutathione Booster

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Dr. David Williams educates readers on the benefits of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) on not only liver protection, but how it naturally boosts the body’s supply of glutathione, a tripetide shown to be essential to nearly all aspects of health.

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How Can I Reduce Nasal Mucus?

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To reduce nasal mucus, it would be advisable to eliminate all milk products. You also need to drain the sinuses and there’s only one way to do it: lie on your back with your head hanging down backward off the edge of the bed.

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Sauerkraut

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The traditional fermented food sauerkraut is a great source of beneficial bacteria that can boost digestive health. Learn how to make your own version of this healthy traditional fermented food.

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Poppy Seed Dip

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This recipe for poppy seed dip adds honey, poppy seeds, and cinnamon to “mock sour cream” to create a delicious appetizer for all occasions.

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Herb Dip

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This recipe for herb dip adds onion and caraway seeds to “mock sour cream” to create a delicious appetizer for all occasions.

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Banana Nut Bread

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This sugar-free banana nut bread recipe will help your family make the switch from sugar-laden foods to a diet of natural, unrefined foods.

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Flax Muffins

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Flaxseed, an ingredient in flax muffins, is rich in alpha-linolenic acid, a precursor of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

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Cilantro Pesto

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This cilantro pesto recipe can help boost your intake of cilantro, a natural chelating agent that may increase elimination of heavy metals from the body.

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Dilly Dip

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This recipe for dilly dip adds dill pickle and onion to mock sour cream to create a delicious appetizer for all occasions.

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Fruit Smoothie

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The fruit smoothie is a delicious source of potassium, folate, and vitamins C and B6. Because the body quickly converts bananas into energy, this is a great pre- or post-exercise drink.

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DIY Ketchup

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This DIY ketchup recipe shows you how to make your own condiment—so you can avoid the sugar in store brands.

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Tomato Sauce

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There is nothing tastier than a simple tomato sauce. Here's a recipe for a sauce that tastes great over pasta or in any other recipe calling for tomato sauce.

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Carrot Energy Booster

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Carrot juice is particularly helpful for improving liver function is one of the most important things that you can do to improve your overall health. The spinach in this recipe is a great source for the nutrient CoQ10.

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Cold Buster

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The Cold Buster drink is rich in many nutrients vital to the immune system. It is chock-full of flavonoids and other nutrients that have immune boosting effects.

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Youth Tonic

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The Youth Tonic is an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamins C and E. It also contains folate, calcium, iron and potassium.

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Eliminate Cataracts Without Surgery

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Cataracts account for more than 40 percent of all cases of blindness. Currently, surgery is the primary form of treatment, but there has been some promising cataract treatment research out of Russia that could replace the need for invasive procedures: N-acetylcarnosine.

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Counting Your Large Moles

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Studies have shown that individuals who have at least six moles measuring five millimeters or more have an increased risk of developing severe skin problems. Here's a simple test to assess your risk.

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What Causes Back Pain?

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There are many, many causes of back pain. In my experience, I’ve found that there are two other major—and often overlooked—causes of low back pain: over-acidity in the body and poor sleeping position.

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What Is Gout?

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If you have gout, you either produce too much uric acid or you are unable to excrete normal amounts. This excess acid combines with minerals to form crystals that are deposited in the joints, causing inflammation, swelling, and intense pain.

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What Is Bursitis?

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Bursitis means inflammation of the bursa. A bursa is a sac-like structure that contains a lubricating fluid. When a bursa is repeatedly irritated, the body begins to deposit calcium spicules in that location, causing pain.

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What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

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Injury, repetitive pounding from running or other athletic activities, obesity, and standing for prolonged periods of time, particularly on hard surfaces, can stress and strain the plantar fascia and cause plantar fasciitis.

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What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

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Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia—the fibrous band that connects the heel bone to the base of the toes. The condition generally starts like a stone bruise on the heel and the pain then spreads along the bottom of the foot.

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Why Do Muscles Cramp and Spasm?

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While there is no single definitive cause of muscle cramps and spasms, I would estimate that a calcium deficiency is to blame 90 percent of the time. The remaining 10 percent can stem from a circulation problem or the body’s inability to use calcium.

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What Is Arthritis?

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Arthritis results in pain/swelling of the joints. Osteoarthritis is “wear and tear” of the joints that develops as people age. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the synovium, a thin membrane the lines the joints.

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What Is Osteoporosis?

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Osteoporosis is the gradual loss of bone mass—a process that often starts many years before it becomes apparent. Because of this, millions of people have no idea that their bones are weakening until they have a fracture.

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Common Symptoms of Back Pain

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Back pain symptoms vary depending on the cause of your back pain. Some common symptoms of back pain include dull, sharp, or burning pain in the back, pain felt at one single point or over a broad area, pain that comes on gradually or suddenly.

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Natural Back Pain Treatment

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Reducing your body's acidity and changing your sleeping position are two ways to relieve back pain that don't cost a dime. But if these treatments don't work for you, here are some more suggestions for easing pain without medication.

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Natural Pain Relievers

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The pain-killing drugs commonly used for arthritis pain can cause more problems then they solve. If you have arthritis, here are three natural alternatives for easing pain and increasing mobility.

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What Are Gallstones?

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For most people diagnosed with a “bad gallbladder,” the problem is usually gallstones. Learn more about gallstones and how to prevent and treat them.

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What Causes Ulcerative Colitis?

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The specific cause of ulcerative colitis is unclear, but this inflammatory bowel disease seems to be hereditary and usually begins between the ages of 15 and 40. Find out more about what can trigger the inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis.

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Diarrhea Symptoms Identified

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Diarrhea symptoms include a noticeable change in the frequency, form, and appearance of bowel movements. Learn to recognize common diarrhea symptoms and discover natural remedies to treat diarrhea.

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Stomach Ulcer Types, Symptoms, and Causes

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Stomach (peptic) ulcers and small intestine (duodenal) ulcers are sores in the lining of the digestive tract. Find out more, whether you’ve just been diagnosed with a stomach ulcer or you need more information on the symptoms of stomach ulcers

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What Causes Diarrhea?

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To stop diarrhea, you first need to know what causes diarrhea. Learn about the triggers that could be causing your diarrhea symptoms and discover natural remedies to overcome these problems.

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You've (Hopefully) Got Some Gall

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If you ask most doctors about bile, the common response would be that it’s a digestive fluid put out by the liver that aids in the absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins. However, research indicates that your body’s ability to regenerate liver tissue depends on signals that there is an imbalance in bile levels.

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Nausea Defined

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Nausea is a sick, queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach that often ends with vomiting. You need to determine the particular reason for your nausea for effective treatment.

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Celiac Disease Symptoms Identified

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The symptoms of celiac disease can vary widely because many different nutrient deficiencies can develop due to celiac disease. Read about the wide array of celiac disease symptoms as well as other conditions associated with celiac disease.

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Diagnosing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms can be similar to the symptoms of several other conditions. Learn how to rule out other digestive problems that can be confused with irritable bowel syndrome.

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What Causes Celiac Disease?

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If you have symptoms of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it is very important to be familiar with your family's medical history. Learn more about the strong genetic component to celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

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Diarrhea Defined

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Diarrhea is indicated by any sudden increase in the amount or wateriness of your stool, or an increase in the frequency of your bowel movements to more than three per day. Learn more about diagnosing and treating diarrhea.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Defined

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a complex digestive problem that affects somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of the U.S. population. Learn more about irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and natural remedies to treat IBS.

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How Can I Relieve Gas?

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Excessive gas is usually caused by an intestinal tract that is too alkaline. Learn how to relieve gas and restore digestive health by re-acidifying your digestive system with digestive enzymes.

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Three Foods to Fight Metabolic Syndrome

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Metabolic syndrome, also called Syndrome X and “insulin resistance syndrome,” is loosely defined as having any three of the following: abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, high fasting blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, or low HDL cholesterol.

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Beating Metabolic Syndrome

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Metabolic syndrome is the name for a collection of signs and symptoms: excess abdominal fat; high triglycerides; high LDL cholesterol and low HDL; high blood pressure; and poor glucose tolerance. The combination of even three or four of these increases your risk for disease.

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Weight-Related Health Effects

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As the media-dubbed "obesity epidemic" continues to spread over the last decade or so, I'm fairly confident that nearly everyone can agree that being overweight or obese carries high risks for many negative health effects.

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