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Month: October 2013

Top 10 Ways To Stop Cravings For Sugar, Salt and Fats

Top 10 Ways To Stop Cravings For Sugar, Salt and Fats

by Dr. Mark Hyman     October 14, 2013According to a recent article in the New York Times, “Food Corporations Turn to Chefs in a Quest for Healthy Flavor,” Big Food companies like PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, and even fast food giants like Taco Bell are changing their ways in response to the increasing public demand for healthier food options. To improve their image as healthy food manufacturers, Big Food corporations have called upon top chefs to help them create healthy menu…

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10+ Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

10+ Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati    October 9, 2013    October, November and December are all prime pumpkin months in the U.S. and soon enough, people will be carving up pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns, homemade pies and pumpkin bakes! But before you prepare your pumpkin as a decoration, dessert or dinner, remember to save your seeds. If you simply scoop out and compost your pumpkin/squash seeds you could be throwing out a heap of great nutrients and their inherent plant-based health benefits. Vitamins, minerals…

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Vitamin B May Lower Stroke Risk

Vitamin B May Lower Stroke Risk

September 19th, 2013 New evidence suggests taking vitamin B supplements may help reduce the risk of stroke. A study, published this week in the online issue of Neurology, analyzed 14 randomized clinical trials of vitamin B that included a total of 54,913 participants. All of the studies compared the supplement use with a placebo or a very low-dose B vitamin. The patients were then followed for a minimum of six months. The purpose of this meta-analysis was to see if…

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What Are AGEs?

What Are AGEs?

AGEs are toxic compounds. Their full name is Advanced Glycation Endproducts, and they form naturally in small amounts in our body. Until recently, scientists thought AGEs were just normal byproducts of our metabolic system linked to sugar. New studies show that AGEs are present in large quantities in most of the foods we eat today. As new modes of food processing, applied by food industries, or popular methods of cooking expose food to dry-heat to make it safe, digestible and tasty, they…

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Natural Home Remedies for Heartburn

Natural Home Remedies for Heartburn

Heartburn is very common – and very unpleasant. It’s triggered when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. It can make you feel as though someone has lit a small bonfire in your chest, and it’s burning its way up to your neck. You’re probably well aware that medications can help calm the burn, but natural heartburn remedies and lifestyle changes may be another way to get relief. You eat a big meal out, late at night. You indulge in…

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Sustainability this year’s theme for World Food Day

Sustainability this year’s theme for World Food Day

By Leslie Cox – Comox Valley Record       October 09, 2013 6:00 PM World Food Day is Oct. 16. Something to think about as we harvest our gardens. This is a day that was first dedicated in 1945 by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization to raise awareness of hunger and poverty throughout the world. Every year a different theme is chosen to promote a common focus towards an area requiring attention. The theme for 2013 is: Sustainable…

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Stress, Hormones, and Weight Gain

Stress, Hormones, and Weight Gain

Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACRMost people admit that when they’re under stress, healthy eating habits can be difficult to maintain. Whether eating to fill an emotional need or grabbing fast food simply because there’s no time to prepare something healthy, a stressed-out lifestyle is rarely a healthy one. But weight gain when under stress may also be at least partly due to the body’s system of hormonal checks and balances, which…

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Boost Your Health With a Dose of Gratitude

Boost Your Health With a Dose of Gratitude

If you want to get healthier, give thanks. By Elizabeth Heubeck       WebMD Feature Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD What would happen if we extended the tradition of giving thanks, typically celebrated just once a year during the holiday season, throughout the entire year? Such gratitude would be rewarded with better health, say researchers. No pill? No strict diet or exercise regimen? Can just a positive emotion such as gratitude guarantee better health? It may be a dramatic departure…

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Surprising Facts About Cinnamon

Surprising Facts About Cinnamon

Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati   September 8, 2013 Cinnamon has long been enjoyed both as a culinary spice and natural medicine. Health benefits of Cinnamon: Nutritional:  Anti-Clotting: Cinnamaldehyde (a volatile/essential) oil in cinnamon may help stop blood from clotting unnecessarily. According to whfoods.com, cinnamon accomplishes this, “by inhibiting the release of an inflammatory fatty acid called arachidonic acid from platelet membranes and reducing the formation of an inflammatory messaging molecule called thromboxane A2.)” This same property (inhibiting the release of arachidonic acid) makes…

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Tips to Manage Stress

Tips to Manage Stress

Stress is a part of life, a normal response to demands either emotional, intellectual, or physical. It can be positive if it keeps us alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger. It can be negative if it becomes chronic, increasing the risk of diseases like depression, heart disease and a variety of other problems.  Managing stress is key to your health. And it isn’t so very difficult to do. How Does Stress Affect Health? The body’s autonomic nervous system has…

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