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5 Tips to Slim Down for Summer

5 Tips to Slim Down for Summer

With this past year’s mild winter, experts predict it’s going to be a long, hot summer. All that heat means more exposed skin. And, for many, that means ramping up exercise routines and cutting back on calories to slim down. Have fun with exercise. Luckily, longer hours of daylight in the spring and summer seasons allow [...]

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Resveratrol May Improve Insulin Sensitivity

Resveratrol May Improve Insulin Sensitivity

The results from a month-long pilot study presented in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, conducted by researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, suggest that daily supplements of resveratrol may improve sensitivity to insulin in older people with age-related glucose intolerance, and may also reduce the spike in blood sugar after a meal.

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Eat Less, Live Longer?

Eat Less, Live Longer?

Could living longer be as simple as eating less? While the conclusion is pretty straightforward, the findings from of a team of scientists at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden were quite complex, involving the effect of caloric intake on metabolic processes. The researchers found that consumption of fewer calories could be linked to slowing the onset of age-related diseases, as caloric restriction prevented a particular enzyme from being inactivated. This enzyme, peroxiredoxin, says study author Mikael Molin of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, “is extremely important in counteracting damage to our genetic material.”

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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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Eating Disorders & Children

Eating Disorders & Children

While obesity statistics are on the rise for children, so is another disturbing trend: eating disorders. Studies from the Eating Disorder Foundation found that nearly half of 10-year-old girls in the United States are dieting, have a strong fear of “becoming fat”, or are engaging in binge eating. For some, these behaviors worsen into their teen years, as 27% of the girls display serious eating disorder symptoms.

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Do you REALLY understand your cholesterol? Part 2

Do you REALLY understand your cholesterol? Part 2

High cholesterol levels affect a big portion of our adult population. Undesirable levels often occur already in childhood – with some children being at higher risk due to a family history of high cholesterol.

Cholesterol is found in eggs, dairy products, meat and poultry. Egg yolks and organ meat (i.e. liver and kidneys) are high in cholesterol. Fish generally contains less cholesterol than meat, but certain shellfish also have high levels.

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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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A Modified Approach to Ayurvedic Eating

A Modified Approach to Ayurvedic Eating

We all know that nutrition is our body’s fuel, but especially in today’s society, eating well can be a challenge. Meals are sometimes social events, with nourishment a secondary (or even disregarded) element to the food. Other times, we use food for emotional comfort. However, when we do not take a balanced approach to nutrition, we’re more likely to experience low vitality and feel generally unhealthy.

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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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Bad Eating Habits to Avoid

Bad Eating Habits to Avoid

Many of us are constantly struggling to reach contentment with our weight or some aspect of our health in general, and often it’s the little habits we may or may not be aware of that can set us off track nutritionally.

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