5 Reasons Your Digestive System isn’t Working Properly - It seems nearly everyone has digestive issues these days. Crohn's, IBS, colitis, celiac, and dozens of other digestive disorders have made an industry out of sugar free, gluten free, and dairy free products. So why is it that those with digestive issues can't often fully fix them and have to follow a very strict diet or suffer the painful consequences?
Studies Show Many Health Benefits from Eating Fermented Foods - Although the human body is made up of 10 times as many bacteria as human cells, mainstream medicine and an unsuspecting public continue to kill off the bacteria that make up their body indiscriminately through the use of antibiotics and antibacterial products. Meanwhile, studies show that many of the health issues being faced by our modern society are being created by damage caused to our internal flora. At the same time other studies along with human experience are showing the health benefits that come from undoing that damage through the consumption of fermented foods.
Six Ways Women can Reduce their Risk of Stroke - Studies have shown that women are more at risk of suffering a stroke than men, and for the first time, women and their physicians are now armed with evidence-based guidelines on how best to reduce those risks. "The take-home here is really about starting prevention earlier," Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, an associate professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., told National Public Radio. Bushnell is the lead author of the guidelines published recently in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association.
Study Finds Hidden Ingredient Reduces Calorie Intake Leading to Weight Loss - A recent study from Pennsylvania State University utilized hidden ingredients in recipes, aimed at lowering calorie content, and evaluated participants' responses to the hidden ingredients. Researchers used hidden pureed vegetables to decrease calorie content in meals in order to determine if participants would feel satisfied with the lower calorie intake. Vegetables are low in calories and high in fiber and nutrients leading to satiation and weight loss. Although weight loss was not a factor in this study, other studies have found positive association with increased vegetable intake and subsequent weight loss.
Five Hust-Mave Herbs for Healing Your Body and Mind - Mental health and physical health are so closely intertwined that properly addressing the ailments identified in one often requires also addressing potentially unidentified ailments in the other. In many cases, the most effective way to restore optimal health to both body and mind is to supplement with adaptogenic and other herbs that help balance both systems simultaneously and naturally, without causing harmful side-effects. Here are five must-have herbs that may be exactly what your body needs to achieve optimal mental and physical health:
Data Shows a Low Fat Diet May Not be All it’s Chalked Up to be - Pop Quiz: What year were low fat dietary guidelines released and recommended to the American public? Any clue? Yeah I didn't know the answer to this either. The answer is 1977, when the US Senate Select Committee released the Dietary Goals for the American people. These guidelines clearly stated to reduce consumption of fat and saturated fat. Common sense it seems to us today. Second Question: When did the obesity epidemic in the U.S. really start to take off? If you guessed right after the 1977 recommendation then you guessed right. See the image below. Coincidence? [caption id="attachment_740" align="aligncenter" width="588"] Credit to National Center for Biotechnology Information[/caption]
Reishi Mushrooms: Traditional Medicine for Cancer, Diabetes and More - Reishi mushrooms, also called lingzhi mushrooms, are a species of medicinal mushroom characterized by their kidney-shaped cap and tough texture. Though widely appreciated throughout the countries of their native Asia, reishi are especially venerated in China. In fact, practitioners of ancient Chinese medicine have been prescribing reishi for a host of medical conditions such as high blood pressure and fatigue for at least 2,000 years. Even today, reishi are held in high regard by the Chinese, and have retained their traditional nickname, the "Mushrooms of Immortality." Below are some of the health benefits attributed to reishi.
6 Things That Can Hurt Your Willpower When Dieting - It’s a place we’ve all been. You are working hard to lose weight and you feel like you have been doing pretty well, but sooner or later your will power fades and you start to plateau or even gain weight. This is pretty common and the truth is that living a healthy, lean life is tough. But as luck would have it, there are a few particular things that most people do which can make life unnecessarily hard.
Top Ways to Keep Stress at Bay - A high level of stress is not good for anyone. When a person is constantly exposed to stress, the individual can develop anxiety disorders. People suffering from high levels of stress can exhibit uncontrollable behaviors related to acute stress such as anger and frustration. This should be avoided as much as possible. Fortunately, coping with stress is not that difficult anymore. There are foolproof ideas to keeping high levels of stress at bay.
Got funky Breath? Here are Some Causes – and Fixes - Got chronic halitosis? If you do, chances are that your friends haven't told you, because, well, they're your friends and they don't want to hurt your feelings. But halitosis -- bad breath, as it is more commonly known -- is a common problem, so you might have a problem and just not know it. How common is halitosis? According to the Academy of General Dentistry, about 80 million people suffer from chronic bad breath. But there is good news: Finding a cure for this embarrassing condition is very much possible, if you first know what causes it.
Top 4 Reasons Your Health is Deteriorating - content/uploads/2014/03/slide-4-health-problems.png" alt="slide-4-health-problems" width="600" height="300" /> It seems we have many things to blame for our deteriorating health. We have our less than stellar genetics, our chronological age, and other "unknown factors". However, these are not the main reasons our health is going downhill, and it's time to reveal the main culprits.