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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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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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One of the Best Flu Prevention Tactics Revealed

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to protect yourself against the flu this winter. Unfortunately, the struggle to get a good night’s sleep is an exhausting battle shared by many. Sleep is the critical period when your body rests and rejuvenates. Studies indicate that when…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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