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National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

March may bring the first day of spring, but it also brings the realization that bikini season is right around the corner. Thankfully, it’s easy to pick up healthy eating habits to aid in weight loss efforts because March is National Nutrition Month. This year marks the 40th anniversary and the 2013 theme, “Eat Right, [...]

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The Facts about Salt

The Facts about Salt

Salt is comprised of sodium chloride or NaCl. It is essential to life in small quantities, yet harmful in larger doses. Too much salt is known to increase your risk of high blood pressure, a major cause of heart attacks and strokes, which are the 1st and 3rd leading causes of death in the United States.

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Can Whey Protein Help with Weight Loss?

Can Whey Protein Help with Weight Loss?

A recent study found that whey protein, a substance found in milk, can change body weight and composition in beneficial ways. Six scientists from the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center conducted the twenty-three week study to see how this nutrient-rich protein would affect adults. Among the ninety obese and overweight participants, the people who consumed whey protein lost weight and had a decrease in fat mass.

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Weight Loss Tied to Dairy and Protein

Weight Loss Tied to Dairy and Protein

New research shows that certain dietary components can promote weight loss in women. In a Canadian study, overweight and obese women lost weight and gained muscle mass after combining exercise with a diet that was high in protein and dairy food.

The ninety women participants were assigned to three different groups, each of which consumed a different amount of protein and dairy.

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Why Dieters Fail

Why Dieters Fail

Dieting can be a vicious cycle for many, even for determined dieters. Have you been trying to lose weight for years and failing? The reason could be as simple as unrealistic goals, says Dr. Hall from the National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases. The common rule for weight loss is to burn 3,500 calories and lose a pound. It turns out this rule is not correct, and could be the reason many are failing. Losing weight is more complicated than just burning calories. Dieters often set unrealistic goals and give up. Dr. Hall explains that weigh gain can continue for some, even if they have not changed their lifestyle, and some can lose weight.

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How Natural Is Your Diet? It May be Linked to Chronic Pain

How Natural Is Your Diet? It May be Linked to Chronic Pain

Does your kitchen contain more processed foods like sugar-laden sweets and salty chips than fresh, natural fruits, veggies, and whole grains? According to a New York Times report, Americans purchase 787 pounds of processed food versus 602 pounds of fresh food annually.

If you suffer from chronic pain, a poor diet may be partially to blame. New studies show worsened symptoms for certain conditions, including fibromyalgia, migraines, and arthritis, for participants who consumed a high amount of artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and other food additives.

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Do you REALLY understand your cholesterol? Part 1

Do you REALLY understand your cholesterol? Part 1

Cholesterol is one of the conditions we hear constantly on people’s lips, pooled together with other ailments such as high blood pressure and thyroid problems. So what is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found in all parts of our bodies, known as a lipid. It is mostly produced by the liver from the fatty foods we eat, as these food products contain cholesterol. It’s important to understand that the body needs cholesterol at the right levels, making it vital for our health and well-being.

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“Comfort Food” That Won’t Damage Your Waistline

“Comfort Food” That Won’t Damage Your Waistline

Almost all of us have turned to an unhealthy nosh during a stressful time at one point or another. Some of us prefer sweets, while others prefer salty snacks. However, these unhealthy choices can lead to a spike in blood pressure and blood sugar, leaving you feeling worse and stressing your body even more. Further, turning to food to curb stress only defers the problem.

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Slimming in Time for Summer: It Can be Done, Safely & Effectively!

Slimming in Time for Summer: It Can be Done, Safely & Effectively!

It’s that time again. Summer is looming in the not too distant future, causing the remaining doughnut on the table to look even more menacing than usual! But, luckily there are many natural ways to get into tip-top shape, without causing harm to the body and without disturbing systemic harmony and balance.

We’ve heard it all before, but truly: eating healthy, balanced meals at regular intervals throughout the day is the only safe, long-term solution in the quest to get healthy and slim down.

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Avoiding Diet Danger Zones

Avoiding Diet Danger Zones

Think of your last late night out with friends… did you consume a few too many drinks, then order a plate full of greasy bar food? Was it was the extra alcohol that impaired judgment on that mammoth plate of cheesy fries, or the comfort of your friends noshing away along with you?

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