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Month: February 2012

Top 5 must-have foods for every diet

Top 5 must-have foods for every diet

By Dr. Joey Shulman DC, registered nutritionist Read about the five foods you should add to your diet. There are literally hundreds of healthy food items that should be part of your diet. However, certain foods offer more nutritional bang for their buck. While I am always wary of news reports that claim a specific food is a “cure all”, there is no denying that specific nutrient-dense foods are higher in antioxidants (which help neutralize free radicals that cause disease),…

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Whole Grains: Quinoa from the Andes

Whole Grains: Quinoa from the Andes

by Karen Railey Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is an ancient food that is not yet well known in North America. It has been cultivated in South American Andes since at least 3,000 B.C. and has been a staple food of millions of native inhabitants. The ancient Incas called quinoa the “mother grain” and revered it as sacred. Each year at planting time it was traditional for the Inca leader to plant the first quinoa seed using a solid gold shovel! Quinoa…

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Obesity rates rise, threaten health in OECD nations

Obesity rates rise, threaten health in OECD nations

LONDON Tue Feb 21, 2012 (Reuters) – More people in developed countries are overweight or obese than ever before, dooming them to years of ill health, pushing up healthcare costs and piling more pressure on health systems, a report by the OECD found on Tuesday. The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found obesity rates vary widely from a low of 4 percent inJapan and Korea to 30 percent or more in the United States and Mexico. But in…

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Foods That Can Help Save Your Life

Foods That Can Help Save Your Life

By Anthony Gucciardi Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Chances are that a number of food-based and environmental stressors are adversely affecting your health, putting pressure on your biological function and taxing you away from your optimum health potential. If you eat junk food, live in a polluted city, drink alcohol, smoke, or take pharmaceutical drugs, you could be unintentionally loading your body with toxic substances. Thankfully, a mixture of great tasting and powerful food products can help heal this…

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Wheat

Wheat

A couple of weeks ago, I was tested for allergies. Other than a mild reaction to wheat, I was not allergic to anything else. The allergist told me that my slight wheat allergy was really nothing to worry about and that I could continue eating anything and everything. OK … but, this started me thinking … “What is in my diet that has wheat?” It turns out – quite a bit. From the cereal at breakfast, to the sandwich at…

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Protect Yourself from Alzheimer’s Disease

Protect Yourself from Alzheimer’s Disease

Worried about Alzheimer’s disease? Here, four simple steps that can stave off dementia and keep your memory strong. from Reader’s Digest December 2011 / January 2012 If everyone in North America added just one healthy habit, it might prevent or delay a million cases of Alzheimer’s disease that would otherwise be expected to occur over five years, says psychiatrist Gary Small, MD, director of the UCLA Longevity Center. Research hasn’t yet proved that lifestyle changes can ward off the disease,…

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Fatigue

Fatigue

By Mayo Clinic staff Definition Nearly everyone struggles with being overtired or overworked from time to time. Such instances of temporary fatigue usually have an identifiable cause and a likely remedy. Chronic fatigue, on the other hand, lasts longer and is more profound. It’s a nearly constant state of weariness that develops over time and diminishes your energy and mental capacity. Fatigue at this level impacts your emotional and psychological well-being, too. Fatigue isn’t the same thing as sleepiness, although…

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Cold and Flu: When Should I Call Our Doctor?

Cold and Flu: When Should I Call Our Doctor?

You’ve nursed yourself and your family through a few cold and flu episodes in your time. But how do you know when you need to call in for a consult? What are the signs that signal it’s time to see a doctor? More often than not, a cold or flu will resolve itself. No matter your age, you’ll likely sniffle through congestion, suffer through sore throat pain, or groan your way through the body aches of the flu. But sometimes…

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Advocate for Your Health

Advocate for Your Health

Too much information? The abundance of information available has made it possible for us to take a more active role in our health care. In today’s technological age, the Internet is often our first resource for health information. However, this is not always the best approach for several reasons. First, anyone with Internet access can call themselves “experts,” providing health or medical advice with no real medical background. Second, using the Internet as a medical research tool can induce stress…

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7 Reasons Why Oats Are Awesome

7 Reasons Why Oats Are Awesome

Oats – so pale, so small, and so easy to ignore. Some people look at a bowl of oatmeal and say, “blah!” Others gaze upon a lumpy mush of hot oats, with steam clouding their dreamy eyes, and sigh, “ahhh…” Are you an oat-lover? Here’s why you should take the oat oath and eat more of these oh-so-wholesome whole grains. Oats boast an impressive nutritional profile. Modest oats hide their impressive virtues inside of those unassuming little hulls. One cup…

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