Healthy Foods 

The 10 Worst Foods for Aging, According to a Health Expert

Fast Food You don’t need me to go into more detail about fast foods. Avoid ’em. Hydrogenated Fats As we all know by now, these fats must be avoided because they cause heart disease. They’ve been used for years in snack foods, bakery items and margarine. Avoid buying cookies, crackers, baked goods or anything else that has hydrogenated oil or trans-fats on the ingredients list. Chefs would rather starve than eat these particular brunch foods. Olestra Olestra is a synthetic fat used to make non-fat potato chips and other snacks. You’d think, with…

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Understanding Good Ketosis vs. Bad Ketosis

Ketosis can be a scary word. You may have heard from a doctor or a friend that ketosis can be life-threatening. To understand the term, however, you need to know the difference between diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and nutritional ketosis, also called keto-adaptation. A ketone is a chemical structure in which oxygen is double-bonded to carbon and pressed between two other carbons. Ketones are made from fat and some amino acids. Your body is able to produce three ketone bodies, called acetone, acetoacetone and beta-hydroxybutrate (B-OHB). Your brain must have either…

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Healthy Foods Natural Remedies 

This South African Herb is Healthier than Green Tea

An herb grows in South Africa that the locals make into a health-giving tea. The herb is rooibos, and health experts believe it offers benefits far beyond even those of green tea. The Bushmen of Africa have used rooibos since before recorded history, but it has not yet become well-known in the United States. Research is being done on rooibos in a number of countries around the world, but not in the U.S. While individual Americans are interested in alternative healing methods, the pharmaceutical industry is not interested in natural…

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Diet Disease Healthy Foods 

Why are Americans So Fat?

Americans are fat. More than two-thirds of us are either overweight or obese, and one in twenty of us is considered “extremely obese.” Being fat is not just a problem of appearance. It presents a significant threat to your health. Obesity is implicated in type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Economists estimate the medical cost of obesity is over $147 billion dollars in the United States alone. Why are we so fat? There are two schools of thought. One says we eat too much fat. The low-fat diet theorists…

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Does Saturated Fat Cause Diabetes?

The University of California Davis Integrative Medicine center works to prevent chronic disease by educating patients about how to make positive changes in lifestyle habits. They address nutrition, exercise, stress management and smoking cessation, but their primary emphasis is nutrition and plant-based diets. They focus on preventing, halting, or reversing lifestyle diseases such obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Under the founding director, Dr. Rosane Oliveira, Integrative Medicine has produced The Ultimate Guide to Saturated Fats. With regard to type 2 diabetes, the guide states: Once we control…

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Healthy Foods Weight Loss 

4 Secrets to Easy, Consistent Weight Loss

In a recent article in WiseMindHealthyBody.com, author and weight-loss expert Liz Swann Miller revealed her secrets to easy and consistent weight loss. Miller is the creator of the Red Detox Smoothie, and she is a proponent of healthy, whole foods. Here are her top three secrets: Secret #1: Enjoy real food. Do not accept the false believe you must deprive yourself in order to lose weight. Secret #2: Stop eating out. You will be surprised how much less you eat, and how that will support your weight loss. Secret #3:…

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Healthy Foods Supplements Wellness 

9 Foods High in Vitamin D

Scientists say half the world’s population may not get sufficient sunlight, and four out of ten Americans are deficient in vitamin D. Today, more than any time in the past, people spend most of their time indoors. They also wear sunblock, and they eat the “standard American diet,” which is low in this vitamin. The Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for vitamin D is 400 IU per day from foods. However, many health organizations suggest 600 IU. If you do not get much sun, that amount should probably be 1,000 IU…

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Exercise Health Studies Healthy Foods Natural Remedies 

Knock Out Depression Without Dangerous Drugs

Every person on earth has probably experienced depression, at one time or another. But for approximately one out of four women, and one of eight men, depression is an ongoing problem. It comes in many shapes, triggered by a different life events and situations. Before you turn to potentially dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, you may want to consider some natural approaches. Summer is winding down, and in the next few months the days will be getting shorter. For many people, lack of sunlight and time out-of-doors result in SAD, seasonal affective…

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4 Foods That Actually Stress You Out

Stress is part of the human condition. Mediation and healthy exercise are good ways to deal with stress, but you may also want to pay attention to your diet. Plan to avoid those foods that actually feed the release of more stress hormones. Stress stimulates the release of adrenaline and cortisol, which alert your body to restock energy supplies – whether you need to or not. That signal causes you to feel hungry, to eat more frequently and in greater quantities. Additionally, cortisol encourages fat storage. Under stress, you may…

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Exercise Healthy Foods 

Olympic Runner Alexi Pappas Shares her Training Regimen

Alexi Pappas did not medal in the Rio Olympics, but she did set a new record in her event, the 10,000 meter race.  She soared through the 6.2 mile course in 31:36:16, the best time in Greek history. The 26-year-old runner, who holds dual American/Greek citizenship, competed in college in Oregon. To maximize her chances of being able to complete in the Games, she qualified for the Greek Olympic Team. This runner is not just an athlete. She is also a filmmaker, an actress and a poet. She appears in…

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