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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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The Natural Pain Reliever You Keep in Your Kitchen

Feeling the cold winter temperatures right down to your bones? You aren’t alone, especially if you suffer from arthritis or any other kind of joint pain. For relief, you may be tempted to reach for over-the-counter painkillers, but these medications have many unwanted side effects. Instead, I…

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You CAN Prevent Cataracts

Cataracts are a cash cow for many eye doctors—they make a boatload off treating them. But what no one’s telling people is that there are steps you can take to prevent cataracts from developing in the first place. Cataracts are often the result of damage to the proteins in the eye. The process…

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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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Should You Eat Like a Caveman?

You may have heard of the "paleo diet," which refers to the diet of the cavemen era when individuals were hunter-gatherers instead of farmers. Currently there’s a growing segment of the population that has started eliminating almost all grains and grain products from their diet. Eliminating…

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Olive Oil Eases Inflammation

Scientists have discovered that extra virgin olive oil contains a molecule that works in exactly the same fashion as ibuprofen at inhibiting two inflammation-inducing enzymes (COX-1 and COX-2). Ibuprofen, of course, is a widely used over-the-counter pain medication. While on a recent trip to Italy,…

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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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The Superpowers of Fermented Foods

This past weekend, millions of Irish-Americans (and many non-Irish Americans) enjoyed a beer or two in honor of St. Patrick's Day. They likely weren't thinking about the fermentation process that created the beverage in their hand, but being a big fan of fermented products, I surely did! Fermented…

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Which Vitamin When?

If you are taking vitamins to supplement your daily diet, you know their importance to your nutritional and health needs. Today, I’d like to discuss ways that you can be sure to get the most out of your vitamins. Most people take all their pills and vitamins first thing in the morning without a…

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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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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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Trying to Lose Weight? Master Your Metabolism

Folks here in Texas are all talking about the fact that swimsuit season is just around the corner, adding just one more incentive to their desire to lose weight. But as I told a friend the other day, one of the best secrets to getting the pounds off—and keeping it off—is to master your…

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Bitter Remedy Brings Sweet Relief

I’ve been a big advocate of elderberry extract and herbal throat lozenges to treat colds and flu for decades now. But, if you're caught without them or need additional support, there's a little known herb from Asia that you should also be familiar with. When I was in Thailand several years ago,…

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Four Simple Cures From One Australian Oil

Tea tree oil is another one of those multi-purpose, non-toxic remedies that should be in every medicine cabinet and first-aid kit. It's extracted from the leaves of an Australian tree called Melaleuca alternifolia. The oil was nicknamed "tea tree" by Captain James Cook, who used the leaves to make…

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The Whey to Good Health

I get a lot of questions about whey protein powder. I use it every day, and think everyone should. It is probably one of the most underutilized tools you can use to improve and protect your health. Whey is the translucent liquid that separates from the curd when milk coagulates during the cheese…

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The Hidden Dangers in Your Toothpaste

Want to avoid cold sore outbreaks, and potentially cancer as well? Then check your toothpaste. One of the main ingredients in most commercial toothpaste is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), used as a foaming agent in toothpastes, shampoos, and other soaps. I’ve noticed that using toothpaste containing…

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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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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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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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A Yogurt a Day Keeps the Fat Away

I've discussed many times in my newsletter and on my blog and website how important beneficial bacteria and microfloral balance are to your overall health. Now, yet another study confirms an additional benefit to probiotics--fat reduction. The study, published in the Journal of Functional Foods, found…

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Foods for Oral Health

…oral health. Count On Coconut Oil Coconut oil is turning out to be one of the best and most useful bargains around. As you may recall, I recently blogged about using coconut oil for another beneficial oral hygiene technique called oil pulling, where you swish the oil around in your mouth to help remove…

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Treat Hemorrhoids With a Digestive Cleansing

Though many people don't make the connection, hemorrhoids are one of the more common digestive problems. Simply put, a hemorrhoid is a bulging vein in the area of the rectum. It gets that way from the straining to evacuate the bowels. It's easy to prevent hemorrhoids: improve your bowel regularity.…

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Loosen Up for Better Vision

Years ago, I discussed the fact that wearing bras for long periods of time (particularly 24 hours a day) increased the risk of developing breast cancer. And, by now everyone knows that bikini underwear and "tighty whities" on men can induce sterility. It all has to do with circulation. In the…

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Will the Egg Controversy Ever End?

When will the controversy over eggs end? Unfortunately, I think the answer may be "never," especially if studies like this one keep coming out. What I find most suspect with this study is that all the subjects used were already at significantly increased risk of cardiovascular issues. Either…

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Fiber and Digestive Cleansing

While much well-deserved attention is paid to soluble fiber foods, it is insoluble fiber that provides roughage and improves bowel regularity. This natural bulk also gives feelings of fullness and satisfaction, resulting in less food intake. 4In the 1980s, there was a huge push promoting the…

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Detoxify the Body for Bone Health

The benefits of a good cleansing and detoxification regimen just keep coming. One you might not suspect is that getting rid of body toxins can improve your bone health. Your bones are a storehouse for minerals, which your body uses to keep pH within a very narrow range (for most people 7.35 to 7.45,…

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Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Stress Relief

Progressive muscle relaxation can be a very effective stress relief technique once you’ve mastered it. It involves tensing individual muscle groups and then relaxing them to create awareness of tension and relaxation. It progresses through all the major muscle groups, from head to toe, and…

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Are Antibiotics Causing Obese Babies?

I make no secret of the fact that I find bacterial balance in the gut to be one of the most important aspects of health. If your microflora are off, it affects everything from your digestion to your immunity. Now, research has shown that antibiotic use--which upsets microfloral balance by killing…

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Probiotic Benefits to Boost Immune System Health

Having a healthy and robust colonization of bacteria in your bowels is extremely important to your immune system function. This may seem a bit far-fetched at first until you consider that these bacteria help develop your intestinal immune system. Along the long length of your intestines, you have…

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How To Use Turmeric To Stop Asthma

I obviously have a warm spot in my heart for the Ayurvedic spice turmeric. I’ve been writing about it for years, and included it in my many formulas. As I’ve covered in the past, turmeric has been shown to have remarkable anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant…

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Safe Alternatives to NSAIDs

In the May issue of my newsletter, Alternatives, I answered a question from a reader about whether or not I have changed my views on aspirin, considering it has been found to prevent heart attacks, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Not to mention, millions of people regularly use aspirin and…

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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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Is Fast Food Causing ADHD?

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ADHD has become a catch-all diagnosis for every unruly or misbehaving child in this country. Rather than reduce the sugar, soft-drinks and fast foods in the diet to correct the underlying blood sugar problems that are often at the root of ADHD, many…

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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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Are You Wearing the Right Shoe Size?

A couple months ago on Facebook, I shared an article about natural solutions for plantar fasciitis that drew a lot of interest. That didn’t really surprise me; foot problems are among the most painful and limiting musculoskeletal issues you can develop as you age. One way to help prevent foot…

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Triphala for Ailing Vision

Triphala, a combination of three herbs, has been widely prescribed in India for thousands of years. Modern practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine prescribe Triphala for its antioxidant, detoxifying, and restorative effects throughout the body, including vision. Indians who practice Ayurvedic medicine…

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Three Steps to Control Stress

Stress is beneficial, in the right amount and at the right time. It improves vision and mental focus, and causes the release of adrenaline to power muscles. As I’ve written before, constant stress has the opposite effects on your body and mind. Your cardiovascular system, immune function,…

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Go Barefoot for Better Balance

In the past I've reported on interesting research that looked at what effect wearing shoes with textured insoles could have on the gait of older people prone to falling. Researchers found that walking with textured insoles caused people to walk slower and more cautiously. It got me thinking about…

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Foods to Avoid With GERD

It appears that we’re not the only country whose population is seeing an increase in problems with heartburn, or GERD. By looking at study surveys, researchers at Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, compared 3,153 individuals who reported problems with severe heartburn or regurgitation to…

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Propolis Promotes Pregnancy

Dr. Ali with the Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, has worked with propolis, the natural antimicrobial compound made by bees. Propolis is the resinous compound that bees make and use to seal their hives. It keeps their hive free from fungus, harmful bacteria, and viruses. If a mouse or other…

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7 Best Anti-aging Herbs: Gymnema Sylvestre

Of all of the herbs, this one is likely the least familiar for many of you. This is unfortunate, because gymnema sylvestre's ability to regulate blood sugar levels could help many people in the country. Its translated name, "sugar destroyer," came about because ancient Ayurvedic physicians found…

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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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Preventing Falls While You Improve Your Memory

A primary cause of disability in this country is falls. I think you’ll agree, the statistics on falls are frightening, to say the least: * The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that each year, one-third of all adults aged 65 and older will fall. * Falls are the leading cause of…

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Multivitamins--Your Best Nutritional Safety Net

Here the media goes again. Over the weekend, the New York Times printed yet another negative op-ed piece about vitamins. The writer discusses the "dangers" of taking "megavitamins." I do agree that ideally, we would get all the nutrients we need through our food. But it is a common misconception,…

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Stop the Flu With Resveratrol

The compound from grape skins called resveratrol is back in the news, because research suggests that it might also become a powerful tool to help stop the spread of the flu. Researchers at the Institute of Microbiology found that resveratrol could stop the replication of the influenza virus in cell…

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Spirulina Helps Hepatitis C Patients

Hepatitis C kills more than 10,000 people a year in this country. More than 180 million individuals are infected worldwide, including 4 million in the US. It is the nation’s leading cause of liver failure, liver cancer, and liver transplantation. Typically, hepatitis C treatment entails a 48-week…

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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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Avoid Antibiotics for Back Pain

If you are experiencing back pain, you have a lot of company. It’s estimated that as many as 8 out of every 10 people will struggle with back pain at some point in their lives. And while there are many causes of back pain—as well as many natural treatments that can offer back pain…

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The Skinny on Healthy Cooking Oils

Eating healthfully is one of the best things you can do if you want to live a long and vibrant life. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to know what that means. Take cooking oils, for example. I can’t tell you how much confusion there is on this subject, and for good reason. Supermarkets are…

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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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Statins Decrease Exercise's Benefits

As if statins need any additional problems to add to their ever-growing list of harmful side effects, a recent study found that these cholesterol-lowering medications can actually decrease the benefits of exercise. So if you’re taking statins and exercising in an effort to get/stay healthy, you…

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What Your Chocolate Cravings Could Mean

While I personally have never really cared for chocolate, it does have some beneficial antioxidant properties when eaten in moderation. In fact, one study found that two tablespoons of cocoa powder exhibited twice the antioxidant capability of California red wine (140 mL, or almost 5 oz.). It also…

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Safe Grilling Tips

Nothing says “summertime” more than a backyard barbecue. It can be a fun, healthy way to cook and enjoy your food. Unfortunately, though, if you like your BBQ with a little charring or your meats really well-done, you may be doing yourself more harm than good. The problem with grilling is that…

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Dried Apples Lower Cholesterol

While dried fruit usually is frowned upon by nutritionists because it tends to be high in sugar, here's a good reason to eat it anyway! Dried apples, in particular, can actually have a very positive effect on overall cholesterol levels. In one study, 80 women consumed 75 grams (2.64 ounces) of…

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Multiple Benefits of Multivitamins

In an ideal world, we would get all the vitamins and minerals we need through our diets. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, and our nutrition usually falls short of where it should be. It is a common misconception, often touted by opponents of vitamins and supplements, that you can…

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Kiwi Extract for Better Digestion

I have written many times in the past of the importance of digestive health in its relationship to overall health. A healthy digestive system is directly related to immune function and the body’s ability to fight off disease. If there is something wrong with your gut, you will eventually suffer…

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How to Make Healthy Food Choices

As you first start to look at your diet and begin healthier eating with Change Your Life, it is a time to learn about how to make better food choices. Making better food choices is the first step to changing the way you eat and creating a new relationship with food. Food should be viewed as the way…

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Breastfeeding Prevents Cancer and Diabetes

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The sensitive and rapid development of babies demand optimal nutrition and care from their birth. It has been found that their nutrition and care, even within the first months of life, can have a lasting…

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Exercise Your Heart

Every day you need to do something that specifically makes your heart work harder and beat faster. Not only does exercise strengthen the heart muscle, it causes blood vessels to dilate and expand, which helps them retain their elasticity. If you’re sedentary, they'll become rigid and hard; and…

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Health Benefits of Fiber for Weight Loss

In the 1980s, the big "discovery" was the importance of fiber in the diet. There were dozens of reports explaining how high-fiber diets could prevent heart disease, ease common digestive problems, and help dozens of other health problems. I'd like to add another key health benefit of fiber: weight…

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On Women and Fluid Retention

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Although everyone is susceptible to edema, fluid retention does seem to be more of a problem in women. There are a couple of reasons for this tendency. For one, because of their naturally occurring, higher level of body fat, women have less water…

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Milk Thistle Protects Against Skin Cancer

If you’re looking for some natural protection against the sun and skin cancer, you’ll be happy to hear about some recent research results. At the University of Colorado Cancer Center, Dr. Rajesh Agarwal has shown that milk thistle extract (silibinin) can protect against UV-induced skin cancer.…

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Alleviate Allergies Naturally

It won't be long before Old Man Winter departs and springtime settles in. And along with the change of season comes the pollen and the particles that wreak havoc with allergy sufferers. If allergies are a problem for you, here are a couple of quick tips that might help: Vitamin C: Good for More…

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Green Tea Cheesecake Pie

Matcha is the powdered green tea used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It’s loaded with antioxidants, and gives an unusual flavor to this non-dairy, unbaked “cheesecake.” Ingredients * 3 green tea bags * 1 cup rolled oats * 8 chopped pitted dates * 2 Tbsp. and 1 tsp. coconut oil * 3…

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Ease Angina With Padma

It is estimated that approximately 6.5 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with angina. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that many more have undiagnosed angina. Unfortunately, only a very small percentage of either group has any idea how serious this is. Their failure to realize that…

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Feeling Nauseous? Press Here

96 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Here's a suggestion for stopping nausea that you may not know about. When you get that queasy feeling from morning sickness, motion sickness, or some other stomach-upsetting sickness, you want nothing more than for it to stop. Instead of…

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Go Nuts for Nuts

Many people assume that since nuts are high in fat, they must be unhealthy or they make you fat. Both of these assumptions are wrong. Research has shown over and over again that by simply eating nuts you can improve your blood-lipid profiles (cholesterol and triglyceride levels), significantly…

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Two Simple Suggestions for Childhood Asthma

Childhood asthma is, unfortunately, on the rise. If you or someone you know has a child with this condition, here are some suggestions to help you deal with it naturally: First, try the xylitol nasal wash called Xlear. Rinse nasal passages with the product 3 or 4 times a day and continue to do so…

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Why You Should Walk for Exercise

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Don’t be intimidated or confused about all the various exercise programs being touted today. If you don’t participate in any kind of regular exercise program currently, walking may be a good first step for you as you Change Your Life. Walking is…

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Why You Should Eat More Garlic

One of the most pungent foods in your kitchen also happens to have some of the most significant health benefits. It's garlic. Here are some of the properties associated with garlic: * Insecticidal — insect killing * Antibacterial — eliminating bacterial growth * Antifungal — eliminating…

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7 Best Anti-aging Herbs: Garlic

Everyone knows that garlic is good for health. One of the more interesting studies concerning garlic has to do with its ability to preserve the elasticity of blood vessels making you less vulnerable to stroke. Researchers measured the elasticity of the aorta in 101 individuals aged 50 to 80 who had…

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Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE With so many pumpkin spice lattes, shakes, and drinks in the market, I wanted to offer a healthy alternative to many of those sold which are high in fat and sugar. This will satisfy your seasonal craving while at the same time keeping your blood sugar…

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Whey Protein Powder: Another Immune Booster

Whey is probably one of the most underutilized tools you can use to improve and protect your health, including boosting your immune system function. Whey isn’t some glamorous, high-tech product that was just recently discovered. It’s the translucent liquid that separates from the curd when milk…

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Q&A: How To Take Coconut Oil Daily

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Q: How can I incorporate coconut oil into my diet daily? A: I like coconut oil and have used it regularly for years now because of its many health benefits. Coconut oil is believed to improve both LDL and HDL cholesterol, and has antibacterial and…

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Can Sunscreen Do More Harm Than Good?

After a long winter, springtime is finally upon us. And soon, instead of warnings about the flu, we'll be hearing from medical experts about the importance of using sunscreen every day to protect ourselves from skin cancer. Daily sunscreen use and warnings to avoid the sun at all costs have been…

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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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Propolis: A Natural Antiviral

Propolis is the brown, waxy, sticky resin that bees collect from oozing tree buds. It contains more than 30 biologically active components. What I've uncovered about propolis' antiviral and antibacterial activity only further supports my personal commitment to take it on a daily basis. Although bee…

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IBS Help From Peppermint Oil

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), also known as spastic colon, nervous stomach/indigestion, mucous colitis, and intestinal neurosis, is the most common gastrointestinal (GI) complaint reported to physicians. IBS accounts for as many as 50 percent of all referrals to gastroenterologists (physicians…

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The Blinding Truth About Aspirin

Most people assume that since aspirin is one of the most used drugs in the world, it is perfectly safe. Everyone from their family doctor and cardiologist to the news media have told them that this tiny pill is the best way to prevent heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, and strokes. I’ve…

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Sesame Cookies

These delicate cookies have the phytonutrient and mineral goodness of sesame seeds inside and out. They are great at tea time, and even better out on the hiking trail. Ingredients * ¼ cup (½ stick) soft butter * 1/2 cup xylitol * 2 large free-range eggs (or egg substitute) * 3 tsp. vanilla…

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Onions May Hold the Key To Freer Breathing

While searching for a cure for asthma, I learned that onion extracts in particular can be very effective in the prevention of asthma attacks. An alcoholic extract made from 200 grams of onions were found to reduce bronchial spasms and airway obstruction were dramatically and in several cases…

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Clear Your Skin With a Good Digestive Cleansing

A reader recently asked me about her psoriasis. She was surprised to hear that her digestive health could be a source of her skin problems. Her problem likely began with all the environmental toxins she’s taken in over the years. As they’ve built up in her system, her liver detoxification…

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Six Steps to Preventing Kidney Stones

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE If there’s a history of stone formation in your family, if you’ve already had a kidney stone, or if you’re currently consuming high amounts of sugar or cola, now is the time to take the steps I’ve outlined below. 1. Take Citrate—Inexpensively…

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Little-Known Factors that Can Trigger Gout

If you suffer from episodes of gout, you know how painful it can be. But did you know that addressing litle known factors can help you prevent gout attacks? These include the following: * Excess uric acid is sometimes created by your body when you’re under a great deal of stress, overworked or…

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A Healthy Summer Dessert: Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Whether you’re looking for a dessert idea for a Memorial Day barbecue tonight, or for any hot summer night, I wanted to share an easy healthy dessert you can make any time you'd like. I thought this recipe was especially timely since we’re coming up on the time of year that strawberries will be…

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Eat Your Meat, Take Your L-Carnitine

You probably heard the news last month about the study that showed L-carnitine in red meat is dangerous. Based on this study published in Nature Medicine, some of my readers expressed concerns about taking supplements containing acetyl-L-carnitine. But let me assure you, it’s not a problem. This…

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7 Best Anti-aging Herbs: Ginseng

The ancient Chinese considered ginseng a tonic, or a substance that improves overall physical and mental "tone." Because they didn't have the benefit of high-tech instruments and laboratories, Chinese doctors had to measure the effects of ginseng by monitoring subtle changes in the body after…

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Is That Bug Spray Worth Your Health?

Earth Day has become such an incredible movement over the past several decades that it’s hard not to feel motivated to make small changes in our lives that could have a sizable positive impact on our planet. Most people recycle, which is a great start. And far more people than ever are attempting…

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Six Healthy Ways to Incorporate Fat In Your Diet

When it comes to fats, the tables have turned back and forth. Years ago, Americans were focused on low fat, high carbohydrate diets—which caused many of us to not only gain weight, but to become obese. The fact is, your body does require fats. The trick is incorporating them in your diet the…

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7 Best Anti-aging Herbs: Ginger

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE I've long praised ginger as an effective, low-cost treatment for motion sickness and nausea, and I'm sure many of you have used it for this purpose. I've also reported at length on its effectiveness in preventing migraine headaches, healing burns, and…

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Tofu Cream Pie

Here ís an unbaked pie that ís creamy without the cream, and so high in protein that you can make a healthy breakfast of it! The filling can be blended up alone, and served in glasses as pudding. Crust: * 1 cup rolled oats * 8 chopped pitted dates * 2 Tbsp. and 1 tsp. organic canola oil * 3 Tbsp.…

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How To Maximize the Benefits of a Walking Regimen

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE So we are now a month into Change Your Life. Maybe you’re ready to increase the benefits of walking from last week. You can start by using your arms when you walk. The typical advice you hear is to swing your arms vigorously with each step, or to…

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Arthritis Superfood: Spirulina

For years I’ve been writing about the benefits of Spirulina, a form of blue-green algae rich in phytonutrient antioxidants. It is perhaps the best source of carotenoids such as beta-carotene, and provides healthy doses of natural vitamin E and vitamin B12, which can greatly help improve mental…

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The Truth About the Lyme Disease Epidemic

Anyone who’s had some exposure to Lyme disease, either as a patient or a friend or relative of one, knows how notoriously difficult the condition is to deal with. That’s because the corkscrew shaped spirochete bacterium associated with Lyme can change forms, mimicking the symptoms of nearly 350…

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Arthritis Awareness

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. The various forms of this disease affect an estimated 50 million Americans. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage. Another type of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune…

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The Health Benefits of Whey

Whey isn’t some glamorous, high-tech product that was just recently discovered. It’s the translucent liquid that separates from the curd when milk coagulates during the cheese-making process. Ages ago it was praised as an elixir, but more recently it has generally been discarded as waste. Some…

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Cherries Prevent Gout

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Gout, a painful arthritic diseases caused by a buildup of uric acid, affects about 8 million Americans annually and is one of the primary concerns brought by patients to rheumatologists. Gout often affects the lower limbs, especially the bones and…

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Why You Should Take Whole Food Based Vitamins

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE I strongly believe in whole food based vitamins being superior to synthetic vitamins. The important difference between the two is whole food based vitamins are found in food sources, unaltered molecularly or biologically. Whole food vitamins do not…

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Q&A: The Effect of Diet on ADHD

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Question: My son has been diagnosed with ADHD. As you’ve instructed, I’ve limited his use of sugar and refined carbohydrates, and I’ve been working to improve his adrenal gland function and blood sugar. He’s improved a lot, but is there…

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Monitoring Your Vision

As much as I like to spend time outdoors, unfortunately I end up spending a large amount of time sitting in front of a computer monitor as I do research. As a result, I'm always alert for anything that will help reduce the ill effects of computer use. Up until now, most of the research was on…

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Vitamin D: Your Number One Way to Prevent Colds and Flu

So far, this year’s flu season has been relatively mild. But as we all know, that can change almost overnight—so you need to be vigilant about keeping your immune system in shape. One of the very best strategies for doing that is optimizing your vitamin D level. Research shows that vitamin D…

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A Daily Soda Ups Diabetes Risk

If you’re like many people in this country, you might think limiting yourself to one soda a day can’t be that harmful. But based on a recently released study, downing a daily soda boosts your diabetes risk. This huge study, which involved more than 28,000 people in Denmark, France, Germany,…

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Muscle Cramps May Signal a Trace Mineral Deficiency

Like you, I’m not getting any younger—and I’m finding that I need to adjust my health routine to accommodate that fact. A few months ago in my print newsletter Alternatives, I wrote about some changes I’ve started making. One of them was to more closely watch my consumption of minerals,…

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A Serotonin Sleep Shake Recipe

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Walnuts are said to be the richest dietary source of the compound serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that provides two particularly desirable effects. First, it promotes feelings of relaxation and well being. Second, it gives a…

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7 Best Anti-aging Herbs: Turmeric

I have written about and been a huge fan of turmeric for years. It is one of the only herbs I know of that can singlehandedly address some of today's greatest health threats, including arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, gallbladder problems and lung cancer from smoking and other…

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Fight Heart Disease With a Multivitamin

Without question, the single best thing you can do for heart health—and your overall health—is to take a comprehensive multinutrient every day. By comprehensive, I mean a nutrient that provides the combinations and dosage levels that research has shown bring about positive changes in the body.…

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The Best Sleep Position

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Has anyone ever told you how you should sleep? We spend at least one-third to one-half of our life in bed and rarely has anyone been taught proper sleep positions. I know that this will be disappointing to a lot of people but, if you sleep on your…

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Fight Depression with Fatty Acids

The incidence of depression has been increasing at an alarming rate over the last 50 or so years. And taking drugs for depression is becoming as common as taking high blood pressure medication. Like many of the other emerging health problems we’re facing, the increase in depression can be linked…

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Chia Seed Berry Pudding

This is a delicious and easy-to-make alternative for breakfast that everyone in the whole family will love. Even the kids will like its sweet taste. Chia seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids.…

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How to Give Yourself Heartburn

What causes heartburn? There's a ring-shaped muscle called the esophageal sphincter that lies at the base of your esophagus where it meets the top of your stomach. The muscle is supposed to keep your stomach contents from coming back into your esophagus and causing heartburn. A lot of heartburn…

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Caffeine as a Parkinson's Treatment

Studies have found that individuals who drink coffee have a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, but new research shows that caffeine can also help control movement in people who have this disease. The study involved 61 Parkinson’s patients. The control group was given a placebo and…

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The Health Benefits of Chia

What is Chia? Chia was first cultivated in the southern part of Mexico next to Guatemala. It has a long history of use among the Aztec and Mayan cultures. To the Aztecs, chia was an integral part of their diet, as well as a key component in their religious ceremonies. Their warriors also utilized…

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In Search Of Quality Protein? Try Cricket

In my travels, I’ve had my share of unusual foods in various parts of the world. I’ve chronicled some of these. The more interesting ones, to me anyway, have been insects. Various crickets, ants, larvae, and grasshoppers seem to be the most common insects consumed. And typically, most are quite…

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Fight Alzheimer's With Honokiol

Alzheimer’s disease is quite frightening. And, unfortunately, right now it seems that about the best we can do is use lifestyle and dietary changes along with certain drugs and supplements to slow down the terrible toll it takes. One such promising supplement is honokiol. A compound from the…

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A Cherry Good Treatment for Gout

Most people love summertime produce. And one popular summertime fruit may be the perfect remedy for gout sufferers. Cherries have been shown to help with this condition because they help alkalize the body systems. Many people have reported keeping their gout symptoms under control by eating 10–12…

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Quick Relief from Post-Surgery Nausea

Nausea after surgery is a commonplace concern. Fortunately, a simple technique appears to help. The key appears to be deep controlled breathing. Researchers at the University of Connecticut Health Center Hospital were investigating the effects of aromatherapy on post-surgical nausea. They gave…

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Supplement Risk Put In Perspective

Need further proof that supplements really are safe, especially when compared to pharmaceutical drugs? Well, the Alliance for Natural Health International, a UK-based organization, recently commissioned a risk assessment study that showed exactly how risky it is to take drugs and supplements. This…

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Complementary Back Pain Therapies Hit the Mainstream

NBC Nightly News has been airing a series on complementary health this week. It got me thinking… alternative therapies have been around forever, and I and other practitioners in the natural health field have been focusing on their importance for a long time. I think the key point that stands out…

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Cleanse with Cabbage Juice

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Fermented cabbage juice is loaded with several different beneficial components: * It contains numerous sulfur-based compounds which are ideal for killing all types of harmful viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens in the stomach and intestinal tract. *…

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Got the Flu? Here's What to Do.

It’s hard to turn on the news these days and not hear about how devastating this flu season has become. The media is quick to point out that those who haven’t gotten the flu shot are partly to blame, and that everyone should still rush out and get the vaccine because it’s not too late. So why…

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Two Ways to Start Lowering Triglycerides

Today marks the first day of American Heart Month, the American Heart Association’s (AHA) annual campaign to raise awareness about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for heart disease. While I can’t say that the AHA and I always agree, I will be posting regularly about natural solutions for…

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The Power of Proper Sleep

I can still remember as a child learning the rhyme, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." Wouldn't it be nice if that's all there was to it? First, let me dispel two common myths that you may be thinking right now: one, that you need less sleep as you get older, and…

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How to Lower Your Cortisol

Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, is released in the body when you experience emotional, mental, or physical stress. This hormone aids in the body’s flight or fight response, giving you the energy to deal with the stress. In the short term, this burst of extra energy can be helpful.…

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How to Make Your Own Fermented Vegetables

Lactic acid yeast promotes the growth of good intestinal bacteria and is found in abundance in naturally fermented and cultured foods. These foods, which are also naturally rich enzymes, vitamins, and minerals, are essential to maintaining digestive health and overall well being. Although you can…

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How to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel

It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is here once again. For many people that means traveling by plane to see family and friends—and being exposed to all kinds of germs along the way. A few years back, Dr. Jonathan Temte, with the University of Wisconsin, surveyed 641 air travelers and…

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Could Statin Use Put Your Eyes at Risk?

Need another reason to avoid cholesterol-lowering statins like the plague? Now, statins have been linked to cataracts. Researchers at the University of Waterloo studied almost 6,400 patients seen at their optometry clinic from 2007–2008. Fifty-six percent of patients with type 2 diabetes were…

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5 Warming Foods for Digestive Health

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE In Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine food is separated into warming foods and cooling foods, which influence digestion in different ways. Warming food helps improve the digestive process by increasing circulation, dispelling the cold by raising body…

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Massage Away Diabetic Lesions

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE With leg ulcers, one of the main problems that impedes healing is a lack of adequate circulation to the area and I have a simple massaging technique that can help restore blood flow to an ulcer and speed the healing process. Skin ulcerations develop in…

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7 Best Anti-aging Herbs: Astralgus

When it comes to boosting the immune system, there are few substances that compare to the herb astragalus. It is widely used throughout Europe and Asia to strengthen the body's resistance to disease and shorten the duration of several types of infections, including the common cold and hepatitis. It…

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A Honey of a Cure for Burns

Researchers have found that one of the best and most effective methods of keeping a wound safely moist and help with healing is by applying Vaseline. While it’s true that Vaseline is a good method to use, there is another solution that may be even better—honey. Burns are one of the most…

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Joint Replacement at Younger Ages

Here's a little frightening news that nobody seems to be talking about. Researchers at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) presented two different studies showing that the need for hip and knee joint replacement surgery will double within the next 10 years.…

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The Link Between Cold Weather and Joint Pain

If you haven’t noticed that we’re deep into the winter season, perhaps your joints have. While not much research exists stating that cold weather causes arthritis flare-ups, it certainly seems like arthritis does get worse the colder it gets. Why is that? Well, with colder weather, your tissues…

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Avoid Aluminum for Better Brain Health

I’ve written many times about threats to your brain’s health. The brain uses such a large portion of the body’s energy and circulation that any foreign substance will likely make its way there eventually. And because the brain is made up mostly of fatty tissue, it tends to accumulate invaders…

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Cut Blood Sugar Spikes With Green Tea

I've talked about the benefits of green tea in the past. Green tea contains compounds called catechins; the most potent of which is EGCG (for epigallocatechin gallate). Research into the effects of EGCG show that, on its own, it’s more effective than caffeine at increasing the body’s energy use…

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Hachimijiogan for Ailing Vision

Hachimijiogan is an ancient Chinese herbal formula made of 8 different herbs. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to ensure ocular health and protect against cataracts by increasing the glutathione content of the lens (glutathione acts as an antioxidant) and improving ATP-ase regulation.…

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Is the Swimming Pool Making You Sick?

You’ve just had a great time at the pool, splashing around with the kids or swimming laps, but a couple hours later you suddenly feel ill. The cause? It could be the pool or water park that just a few hours earlier made you feel so good. Contrary to popular belief, chlorine (which comes with its…

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Rye Gingerbread

Here’s an example of a healthy makeover of an old favorite: gingerbread. The sweetness of mineral-rich, unsulfured molasses is offset by low-glycemic rye flour and xylitol. It's a completely whole-grain—but satisfyingly moist and flavorful—cake with the taste of old-fashioned spices. * 1 cup…

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Mother’s Milk: The Original Brain Food

Fewer mothers are breast-feeding these days than at any other time in history, and those who are do so for much shorter periods of time. Complete books have been written extolling the many benefits of breast feeding. In addition to providing the perfect nutritional components for proper growth and…

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Cut Sugar, Boost Testosterone

As men age, lower testosterone levels become a concern. Many may think that the change in their hormone levels is just a consequence of growing older and that there's not much they can do about it—but that's not true. A recent study found that testosterone levels are actually linked to blood…

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Four Ways to Curb Food Cravings

As we enter the season notorious for weight gain and overeating, I wanted to address a topic with which most people are all too familiar: Food cravings. Food cravings are usually a very strong signal that something is out of balance nutrition-wise. That’s why they accompany most weight-loss diets…

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Subtle Causes of Seasonal Allergies

One of the great memories many people have of their childhood is hanging up freshly washed laundry outside to air dry in the warm summer air. If you continue this tradition by hanging your own laundry outside to air dry, you could be causing yourself more misery than you think--especially if you…

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Need Another Reason to Take a Multi?

After all the negative news to come out about multivitamins, it's refreshing to actually see the mainstream media reporting on some good news about multis for a change. According to new research that included 15,000 male participants over a 13-year span, taking a daily dose of one particular…

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The Conventional vs. Organic Debate Continues

The debate over conventional vs. organic food will probably go on forever. In fact, I just saw this story on the news, which reiterates my point. There will always be studies to sway people one way, then studies to refute the original studies. But in the conventional vs. organic debate, my position…

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Can Putting Away the Salt Shaker Help Osteoporosis?

Do you need to put away the salt shaker, or not? The debate over salt has raged for decades—it even came up in conversation with a neighbor here in Texas the other day. Up until now, the focus has been the effect of salt on blood pressure. But more recently, researchers have taken a closer look…

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Carnosine for Cataracts

If you suffer from cataracts, antioxidants can help lessen the effects of free radical damage to the lens of the eye. One antioxidant that has been shown to be particularly helpful is the compound carnosine. Carnosine is made up of the two amino acids—beta-alanine and L-histidine. It is naturally…

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Increase Omega-3 for Heart Health

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Cardiovascular disease steadfastly remains the number-one killer of men and women in the US. It now accounts for over 50 percent of all deaths. But over 100 years ago, cardiovascular disease was responsible for only 15 percent of deaths. One of the…

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Vision Saving Foods

Although nutritional supplements are often considered the “big guns” in the battle against blindness, foods are the foot soldiers in the daily skirmishes against age-related vision loss. Load up your kitchen with these valuable allies and keep your sights on your goal—healthy vision for a…

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Six Easy Ways to Detoxify Your Life

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE 1) Whenever possible, choose organic fruits and vegetables. I know they cost more and this is one good reason to have your own garden or befriend someone who does. Foods found to be most contaminated by pesticides were peaches, grapes, apples, pears,…

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Boost Your Energy With These Three Nutrients

With the Olympics in full swing, I've been thinking a lot about how much energy these amazing athletes must have to compete in such strenuous and demanding sporting events. Of course, most of these athletes are young--in their late teens or early- to mid-20s, which naturally makes them have more…

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Padma for Brain Health

Poor memory is a very common complaint as people age. Most fail to associate gradual memory loss, intellectual deficiencies, attention disorders, and emotional instability with a lack of blood flow to the brain. Atherosclerosis is a systemic problem. If you're experiencing circulation problems,…

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How to Build an Emergency Preparedness Kit

Every time a new virus rears its head, I’m reminded of the importance of emergency preparedness, specifically for a pandemic. We’ve been fortunate in recent years that outbreaks have been contained, and that a virus didn’t undergo a mutation that transformed it from dangerous to deadly. But…

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Natural Egg Membrane for Bone and Joint Pain

When eating a hardboiled egg you have probably seen, at some point, a thin white skin on your egg or the inside of the shell. This is the eggshell membrane, and it has always been known by natural medicine enthusiasts as a powerful healing aid. For example, this membrane can be put on small cuts to…

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Treat Poison Ivy with This Oil Blend

Along with all the joys of summer come encounters with plants like poison oak and poison ivy. Most doctors and dermatologists will prescribe steroid creams to help treat the pain, swelling, and itchiness that come from contact with these plants. But there is a better solution that's free of side…

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Padma for Heart Health

Often the first warning of cardiovascular disease is decreased blood flow in the extremities (arms, hands, legs, and feet). It’s one of the more difficult problems for doctors to treat, and it can be extremely debilitating. When body extremities don’t receive enough oxygen-rich blood, it can…

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Water Distillation Could Save Your Life

When I read articles like this one, I'm immediately reminded of just how unclean and dangerous our water supply can be. Even though the Environmental Protection Agency says that water from your kitchen tap is safe to use, when you read about people dying because organisms got into their brains via…

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Health Benefits of Fiber for Diabetes

It seems that the health benefits of fiber are never-ending. Research has shown that diet rich in the highest fiber foods lowers blood sugar levels as effectively as the use of prescribed oral hypoglycemic drugs. Individuals with type 2 diabetes generally eat less fiber than the general population.…

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What Are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are plants that modulate all sorts of body functions, including the immune system and energy production. These plants generally work by regulating stress hormones and neurotransmitters, and have the unique ability both to boost a system that’s underperforming and to suppress that…

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Preventing Diarrhea With Sour Milk?

Common digestive problems are the second most common cause of hospitalizations. (Pregnancy is number one among women, and coronary problems are number one among men.) Thousands of diseases can be linked directly to a poor digestive system. In the case of diarrhea, one of the best diarrhea…

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What's the Deal With Oatmeal?

As most of my readers know, I am a huge fan of eggs. But every so often, I like to mix it up and have some oatmeal. Oatmeal is interesting because, while it is a healthy food choice, it actually has a pretty high glycemic index, meaning it could cause a spike in blood sugar. However, how you eat…

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A Little-Known Cause of Bad Breath

Bad breath is not just embarrassing…it can be a good predictor of digestive health. If you’ve tried everything you can think of to alleviate your bad breath (you’ve had your teeth, gums, throat, and sinuses checked for infection; you brush and floss regularly; and you’ve tried breath…

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Super Antioxidant Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake showcases some of nature's tastiest antioxidants, in the form of unsweetened cocoa powder and walnuts. It is a cake so delicious you wouldn't think it could be so good for you! Ingredients * 4 large free-range eggs * ¾ cup xylitol * ¾ cup canola oil * 1 cup 1% milk * 2 tsp.…

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A Spicy Alternative to NSAIDs

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are some of the most widely used medications used for all types of pain, particularly the wear-and-tear form of arthritis (osteoarthritis). In a study published last year in JAMA, researchers took a look at individuals being treated for high blood…

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What is Ashwagandha?

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Before we get into the benefits of ashwagandha, let’s discuss what an adapotgen herb is. An adaptogen is classified as a plant that has a powerful balancing effect on the body. It’s a nontoxic plant without side effects that treats a wide-ranging…

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A Natural Laxative for Bowel Regularity

Here's a home remedy for one of the most common digestive problems—constipation—that your grandmother would recognize: castor oil. While I wouldn't exactly call castor oil a "digestive supplement," it is highly effective at producing a good digestive cleansing. Castor oil works in two ways.…

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Don't Ignore This Medication Side Effect

As far as medication side effects go, you might think that a drug that alters your sense of taste is just a slight price to pay for the benefits the drug may offer. But since studies have shown that our perception of the taste and smell of food is directly linked to many other aspects of our health…

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Beyond Carrots: Eat Your Way to Sharper Vision

We all know the old adage about carrots being good for our eyes—but carrots aren’t the only food that can improve your vision. Tomatoes, spinach, red and yellow bell peppers, and many other colorful fruits and vegetables contain nutrients like beta-carotene, lutein, and other mixed carotenoids.…

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7 Best Anti-Aging Herbs: Ginkgo Biloba

We all have concerns about getting older, but it seems that what many of us fear most isn't developing heart disease or arthritis or other "physical" diseases. It's losing mental capacity and the ability to care for ourselves. Medical professionals refer to this degeneration as senile dementia. The…

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Protect Heart Health With Two Simple Nutrients

Researchers at Linkoping University in Sweden have completed a four-year study involving 443 participants aged 70 to 88. They were testing the effects of taking coenzyme Q10 (200 mg) and selenium (200 mcg) on heart health. At the end of four years, they found that taking these two supplements…

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Eggs Are Heart Healthy

When you consider the bounty available to us in this country, we likely have a better chance of preventing heart disease than those who live in any other country on Earth! There are so many delicious foods that can actually help your heart, it's hard to imagine why there is such an abundance of…

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Reduce Estrogen Dominance With Probiotics

In the May issue of my print newsletter Alternatives, I wrote extensively about the factors that drive estrogen dominance and what you can do to help maintain a proper balance between the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Today I want to share a portion of that advice with you—specifically, how…

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Find Exercise You Love!

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Most people who can't stay with an exercise program start it for the wrong reasons. Oftentimes, they either start out of guilt, or they want to lose weight. Not that these aren't good incentives, but more thought should be given when choosing a program…

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Six Steps to Successful Sprouting

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Sprouting seeds increases their nutritional value as much as 2,000% and dramatically increases the availability of various enzymes. While you can probably find alfalfa and mung bean sprouts at your local grocery store and on most salad bars now-a-days,…

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Flaxseed: The Perfect Food

Flax is one of the oldest cultivated crops. Flaxseed has several properties known to be beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, and atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries). In one study, participants with chronic high cholesterol were given…

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Detoxify Naturally With Cilantro and Clay

A number of doctors have informed me they've been able to detoxify the body successfully using cilantro for removing heavy metals and other neurotoxins. I suggest consuming at least one quarter cup of tightly packed fresh cilantro stems and leaves per day during a body detoxifying regimen. Since…

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How to Detoxify Your Body Naturally With a Colon Cleanse

One of the most basic steps you can take in a full body cleansing and detoxification program is a colon cleansing. You'll notice that nearly every natural detox program focuses on bowel regularity. There's a reason for this: Your gut receives all manner of body toxins as they're cleaned from the…

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Fecal Transplants for Severe GI Issues

There are many simple and natural ways to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract in order to improve your digestion and overall health. But for some individuals, particularly those with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or a C. difficile infection, more drastic…

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Broccoli and Cancer Prevention

If you want the maximum anti-cancer benefits from broccoli, don’t overcook it. That’s what researchers at the University of Illinois recently found. Broccoli provides an anti-cancer compound called sulforaphane, but its formation requires the presence of an enzyme called myrosinase. Overcooking…

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Save That Golden Milk

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE I want to share a tip I received from a mother about saving her breast milk for a rainy day. The first milk produced by a pregnant woman is called colostrum, yellowish in hue, it is thick and sticky and what I would call super golden milk. It is rich…

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Chunky Chocolate Shard Cookies

The antioxidant goodness of 100 percent unsweetened chocolate joins up with coconut, pumpkin, and hemp seeds in this wheat-free cookie. Ingredients * 1 large free-range egg (or equivalent of egg substitute) * 2 tsp. vanilla extract * ½ cup xylitol * ½ cup softened virgin coconut butter (or dairy…

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