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Common Causes of Digestive Problems

Just as there are many common digestive problems, there are many common causes. When it comes to disrupting the bacterial balance in your digestive system, there are a wide variety of dietary and lifestyle factors, including: * A diet high in sugar; * Low consumption of soured milk products; *…

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Fight the Flu With Licorice Root

Dried licorice root is a good nutrient to have on hand, especially during the flu season. Doctors at the University of Texas exposed animals to 50-percent lethal doses of the influenza virus. Half were given injections of glycyrrhizin (the active ingredient in licorice root) one day before being…

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A Little-Known Natural Solution for Depression

There’s no doubt about it: Depression is a real problem. One in every ten adults reports being depressed. And according to some reports, 15 percent of the population will experience depression that it will require treatment at least once in their lifetime. Although depression is real, synthetic…

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Power Naps: A Smart Idea

I’m a firm believer that one day the quality of our sleep will be considered just as important as our diet, our exercise program, etc. We do know that sleep is necessary for our brains to encode or imprint what we’ve learned from the previous day. These studies also show that, during sleep,…

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Eat Sardines, Improve Memory

In a recent blog, I told you about Stephen Jepson, a man in his early 70s who keeps his body, and mind, in tip-top shape basically by playing all day long, every day. In writing that blog, it reminded me of one of my favorite (and simplest) tips for promoting optimal cognitive health and specifically…

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Crocs--More Than Comfort

What I first thought to be a simple shoe fad has turned out to be a solution for many people with problem feet. Crocs, those funny-looking shoes you see everyone wearing during the summer months, can be very helpful in providing relief for individuals with plantar fasciitis—inflammation of the…

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A Spicy Antimicrobial

Like many other spices, cinnamon has largely been overlooked when it comes to its antimicrobial properties. Several studies have found that cinnamon is effective at destroying most of the food-borne pathogenic bacteria that have caused the majority of the food-poisoning outbreaks we’ve been…

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Go Crazy for Coconuts

One of my blog readers recently asked me about coconut oil, and it reminded me that I haven't written about or discussed this fantastic oil all that much in the past. I try to include about a tablespoon of coconut oil in my daily diet. Most often, I just eat a spoonful all by itself. And I give it to…

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Why Health Nuts Eat Nuts

If you still haven't begun to stockpile nuts, let me give you a few more good reasons to do so. There are still many doctors and dietitians who have their heart patients avoid nuts because of their high fat content. Study after study, however, has shown that adding nuts to one's diet can…

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Zembrin: A Centuries Old Mood Enhancer

Zembrin, a plant extract from Africa that has been used successfully by the indigenous population for centuries to help alleviate depression has just recently become available in this country. It’s one of the most beneficial products I’ve seen (and experienced) in a long time. The extract comes…

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Flu Protection--Start Now!

We’re fast approaching flu season, which officially runs from November through April. Soon you'll be bombarded with messages from medical professionals, pharmacists, and even school officials telling you that the best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get your annual flu shot. I’ve…

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How to Stop a Muscle Cramp in its Tracks

Do muscle cramps sneak up and grip you with pain at the most unexpected times? A muscle cramp or strain occurs because you may have inadvertently irritated a muscle or muscle group. They strike in places where there is “soft tissue,” such as near the spine, thigh, calf muscle, abdomen, etc.…

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Easing Into Exercise

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Here it is, the first post in the Change Your Life blog series! We are starting with exercising for weight loss! For weight loss it is recommended that you exercise at least five times a week for an hour. This exercise can take different forms depending…

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Extend and Improve Your Life With These Exercises

I know you’re constantly hearing about the benefits of exercise—how it improves cardiovascular function, increases your metabolic function, reduces excess body fat, builds bones, and improves mood. But there’s a more subtle benefit that’s often overlooked. The right kinds of exercise…

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7 Steps to Healthy Sleep

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE 1) First, do not use melatonin supplements for sleep on a daily or regular basis. For occasional jet lag or to help re-adjust your body clock, low melatonin dosages of 2 to 3 milligrams may be justified. 2) Arrange your sleeping quarters so that you…

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Getting Over the Daylight Savings Hump

In just a few short weeks, we’ll be switching our clocks to Daylight Savings Time, and in the process, losing a precious hour of sleep. This time shift disrupts our circadian rhythm—the body’s built-in biological clock. Practically all of the animals and plants on Earth run on this invisible…

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A Full Day Meal Plan

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Whether, you have just begun to eat conscientiously, thinking of fueling your body, not just feeding it, or have been a long time healthy eater, I’ve devised this full day meal plan for help, advice, and guidance on what a well-rounded and nutritious…

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