The Dangers of Ultra-Processed Foods and How to Swear Them Off

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What do breakfast cereals, soft drinks, fast food, packaged cupcakes, and frozen dinners have in common? Aside from the fact that most of us find these foods delicious, they’re all considered ultra-processed foods.

Now, you’ve heard of processed foods, those foods that have somehow been altered from their original state, such as grain to bread or peanuts to peanut butter. But not all processed foods are unhealthy–think whole-grain bread, frozen veggies, and milk, all of which are processed in some way before they find their way onto the grocery store shelves. Ultra-processed foods, on the other hand, can literally kill you.

Ultra-processed foods, according to a study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism Research, are those that contain, in addition to sugar, salt, oils, and fats, “food substances not used in culinary preparations.” These include artificial colors and flavors, chemical preservatives, and additives that create pleasant textures. Ultra-processed foods are the ones you really need to watch out for, and here’s why.

November 8th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Is It Time for a Liver Cleanse?

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We live in a world of toxins, and your liver plays a major role in removing environmental and dietary toxins from your body. Common toxins include those that are found in everyday cleaning and body care products, processed foods and drinks, and environmental pollution, such as pesticides and heavy metals.

How well your body removes these sorts of toxins depends on your liver function. When liver function isn’t optimal, it can lead to a range of problems due to toxin being allowed to build up, and this can interfere with the digestion of food and fats in the body and lead to much more serious health conditions if left untreated.

October 30th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Want a better brain? Be a better friend!

Friends and family are everything…especially during this time of year.

And they help provide a benefit for you that might come as a shock:

They help your mind stay sharp!

Let me explain…

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October 15th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Can Fiber Be Tasty?

Many people who read this blog reach out to us on a daily basis to tell us the same thing…

They’ve usually reached the point where their health frustrations are too big to ignore any longer.

They’re embarrassed by how much weight they’ve gained.

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Others tell me about how they’re just plain sick of digestive problems and low energy ruining their day.

Well, I’ve got a few tips that will not only give you energy, but will help your body stay as slim and trim as you want it…

October 12th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

5 Easy “Better Brain” Tricks for Improved Concentration

No, it’s not just you. We all tend to have a little more trouble concentrating as we age, largely due to normal age-related changes in brain function. But the good news is that you can improve your brain function and the health of your brain in myriad ways, according to research. Here are just five of them.

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October 9th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Top 5 Best Fruits & Veggies for Maximizing Weight Loss

It’s no secret that losing weight as we get older can be a real struggle. More than two-thirds of all-American adults are overweight or obese, and nearly 50 percent of adult women are considered obese or extremely obese, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

The best way to lose weight, of course, is to develop a healthy diet that includes plenty of whole, plant-based foods like fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, and whole grains. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society, half of your plate should always consist of fruits and vegetables, which are packed with fiber, essential minerals, and vitamins C and A.

Try to eat fruits and veggies in a rainbow of colors, since their colors indicate certain nutrients and compounds. Accepted guidelines recommend eating as many vegetables each day as you please and eat two to four servings of fruit. Here are five diverse fruits and vegetables that have proven weight-loss benefits. Add these to your daily diet for better health and more efficient, lasting weight loss.

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September 27th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Diet Soda: What You Don’t Know is Probably Hurting You

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Diet soda hit the market in 1962, when Diet Dr. Pepper was released–and subsequently flopped. The following year, The Coca-Cola Company gave us TaB, marketed to consumers (read: women) who were trying to “keep tabs” on their weight. TaB was the best-selling soft drink on the market by 1982, but its popularity took a tragic nosedive with the introduction of Diet Coke in 1983. Diet Coke remains the most popular diet soft drink and the second most popular soda in the country, coming in on the heels of regular Coke.

According to the American Journal of Public Health, about 20 percent of American adults consume diet beverages, many of them in the belief that diet soda is healthier than sweetened versions. Unfortunately for diet soda die-hards, this is proving to be a costly fallacy in terms of health and weight. The truth is, diet soda may be

September 14th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Natural Diuretics You’ve Got to Try

As we get older, water retention and weight management become increasingly common problems, and by the time we’re in our 50s and above, swelling, bloating, and kidney stones may be par for the course. That’s when we may turn to diuretics, a class of drug that increases the volume of urine and helps remove excess water and sodium from the body.

But prescription diuretics can have some unpleasant side-effects, including fatigue, cramps, headaches, rash, and lightheadedness. Unless you require prescription diuretics to control high blood pressure, liver disease, or congestive heart failure, you may be better off going the holistic route and opting for one or more of these natural diuretics first.

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August 17th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Is the key to better sleep…what you eat?

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Every night, around 60 million Americans have trouble getting a good night’s rest.

And, judging by the odds, that means you’re probably one of them…

I know I am!

You see, no matter how hard you try or how aware you are of an issue, sometimes these things creep up on you.

And what starts out as just one or two nights having trouble getting some shut-eye…can turn into a more chronic problem.

But what a lot of people may not realize is that while you’re sleeping, your body is still hard at work — especially your gut.

August 15th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

The Gut-Brain Axis: How a Healthy Gut Maintains Optimal Brain Function

Your gut and your brain are connected in a number of ways, both physically and biochemically. This connection is known as the gut-brain axis. Research shows that gut health affects brain health, and vice-versa. Here’s what you need to know about the gut-brain axis to promote better functioning of your gut and your brain.

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How the Gut and Brain Are Connected

Around 100 billion neurons reside in your brain. Neurons are cells that govern how your body behaves. Surprisingly, your gut contains around 500 million neurons, which connect to the brain through the nervous system.

August 9th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments