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Metabolic Syndrome: What Is It?

The term metabolic syndrome is not so much a disease, as a label for a cluster of metabolic disorders that when combined, greatly increase a patient’s risk for diabetes, heart attack and stroke. The Big 5 – There are generally five disorders included, and your risks grow exponentially if more than one is present. The […]

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Probiotics and Gut Health

Your digestive system is home to millions of bacteria, nearly 400 varieties. While a few of these bacteria can be harmful, most support a variety of healthy functions from digestion and absorption of food to supporting your internal immune system. These beneficial bacteria are called probiotics. While we are rarely aware of these probiotics unless […]

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Vitamin D Benefits

Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” as your body produces this vitamin when your skin is exposed to sunlight. It is a fat-soluble vitamin and is found in many high-fat foods (like milk) and requires dietary fat to be digested and absorbed into your bloodstream. Every grade school student knows that this vitamin […]

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Kombucha: 8 Health Benefits

More people are drinking kombucha, the fermented black or green tea, as a tasty source of healthy probiotics. Like yogurt or kefir, kombucha contains live beneficial bacteria that promote healthy digestion, detoxification, and assimilation of nutrients. Those who have added kombucha to their diets have reported having increased energy and stamina, and greater resistance to […]

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Hidradenitis Suppurativa Overview

Hidradenitis Suppurativa also known as acne inversa, is a relatively rare skin disease marked by painful lumps under the skin. These lumps often develop in the armpits, the groin, buttocks and under the breasts. Signs and symptoms include:   Painful lumps and lesions. Tunnels under the skin connecting the lumps. Multiple blackheads. Bandlike scars. Hidradenitis […]

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Benefits of Echinacea and Immunity

Echinacea, also known as the coneflower, grows mainly in the Eastern and Central sections of North America and blooms early to late summer across the prairies. The North American Indians recognized the healing properties of Echinacea and used the plant, flowers and leaves for antimicrobial relief of infections, and to reduce pain and swelling of […]

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Artificial Sweeteners: What is the Truth?

Artificial sweeteners are man-made sugar substitutes developed chemically in a lab or occasionally altered sugars. These sweeteners are often many times sweeter than the sugar they are intended to replace. The Food and Drug Administration has approved five of these artificial sweeteners including saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, and sucralose. This in no way means that […]

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Red Wine Can Protect Your Heart?

Red wine, long associated with the Mediterranean Diet has been considered “heart healthy” since the diet high in healthy olive oil, garlic and spices became popular. But is a moderate amount of red wine truly healthy? Or is it healthy only for its connection with the Mediterranean Diet? The link between red wine and a […]

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Stress and How It Affects Your Body

  Stress isn’t intended by nature to be a bad thing. It’s an effective survival system that has been within us since the beginning of time. When stress or an external threat are present, it ignites a biochemical process known as the “fight or flight response”  that provides our body with a rush of brain […]

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The Importance of Iodine in Your Diet

Iodine is considered an essential trace mineral. The term essential means that your body does not produce it, and it must be supplied by your diet. Your body needs this essential trace mineral for the production of thyroid hormone. Inadequate or deficient iodine can result in thyroid conditions ranging from hypothyroidism to enlargement of the thyroid […]

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