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The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

I recently came across a book that’s causing quite a stir. Not since Dr. Oz appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show to discuss the shape and color of a healthy poop has there been such open discussions on the subject. Let’s be honest, everybody poops. But it’s something only young kids are comfortable discussing in public. But this book might change everything.

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Want to Boost Your Brainpower?

The brain is probably the most incredible organ in the human body. It has amazed doctors and scientists for ages – how it works, how it develops, and how to keep it in tiptop shape. We’re all born with roughly 100 billion brain cells. But unlike the cells in other parts of our body that continuously renew, the brain cells we start with have to last us a lifetime. And that is exactly why we need to treat them well – pamper them, nourish them, and exercise them! How? Here are three ways to boost your brainpower:

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Looking Back at 4 Top Fitness and Nutrition Trends in 2015

Like fashion, health trends are always changing. Many of us didn’t know a thing about gluten until it became a hot topic in 2010. As 2015 comes to an end, I’m excited and encouraged by the year we had in the health industry. There have been a lot of great trends this year, and it never hurts to be reminded of all the options available to improve our well-being!  So without further ado, here are my favorite fitness and nutrition trends from the past twelve months.

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Thinking About A Cleanse?

This time of year makes weight control so difficult! It almost feels like temptation is lurking behind every corner – leftover Halloween candy in the office, sweet potato pie at Thanksgiving dinner, and pretty much everything offered to you at every holiday party in December. All of these little indulgences add up, and, before you know it, it’s New Year’s Day and you’re forced to add “lose weight” to your list of resolutions. To ward off that dreaded post-holiday weight-gain guilt, some people like to get a jump start on their diet program now, before the peak holiday season. One way…

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Ever Wonder What’s In Your Vitamins?

January 25, 2015 I recently had a very thought provoking conversation with a client. She mentioned she had started taking a cocktail of weight loss vitamins she purchased from a well-known health and nutrition retailer, but was frustrated over the lack of results. I know my client is not alone. Many of us take vitamins and supplements for energy, weight loss, overall health and to fill in the nutritional gaps in our diets. I certainly agree vitamins and supplements can be beneficial in a stressful twentieth-century lifestyle. Unfortunately, you may not realize what you’re really buying or what’s in your…

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Did you know diabetes is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States? Surprising, I know. But if left untreated and uncontrolled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and other major health problems. This month is National Diabetes Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time to focus on this chronic medical condition. WHAT IS IT? In order to understand the seriousness of diabetes, we need to know exactly what it is.

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Is this GMO or No?

Many people are trying to reduce their intake of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) but some don’t know why. Is this GMO? What is GMO?  Jimmy Kimmel asked people on the street if they even knew what the acronym GMO stood for and many didn’t. Here’s the breakdown of what it means and so you can make an educated decision for you and your family. There are three types of produce: conventional, organic, and genetically modified. 1. Conventional produce is sprayed with chemical pesticides but the genetics of the fruit or vegetable are natural, made from seeds made in nature. 2….

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Healthy Alternatives for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving usually means indulging in foods that are often times unhealthy. Here are three quick and easy ways to switch out some classics for healthy alternatives for Thanksgiving with all the flavor. 1. Simply substitute the candied yams for sweet potato or butternut squash, and switch the marshmallows for brown, organic sugar and walnuts. 2. Instead of a creamy green bean casserole, opt for green beans sautéed in garlic, tomatoes and basil. 3. For dessert, instead of choosing pecan pie, choose apple pie and avoid most of the sugar, corn syrup and calories. Thanksgiving can still be delicious and indulging,…

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Headaches are Caused by Dehydration?

Did you know that 80% of headaches are caused by dehydration? On especially hot days, nine degrees or more above average, your risk of getting a migraine jumps 8%. Our brains are mostly water and when you reduce the water content in your body your brain literally shrinks because your blood flow function becomes disrupted and causes a reduction of flow to the brain. This in turn causes inflammation. In short, your body simply does not have enough water to function properly. You can recognize a dehydration headache because it causes pain when you move. To improve the symptoms, reduce…

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Good Bacteria

Bacteria comes in two forms GOOD and BAD. Bad bacteria is, of course, what can make us sick but good bacteria keeps us healthy. It is important to keep a steady stream of good bacteria coming into our bodies. Good bacteria is more commonly referred to as probiotics. Here are some great sources of probiotics you can begin consuming right away. -There are dairy sources such as yogurt, kefir, buttermilk and aged raw cheeses. -Veggies and fruits are also a great source– introduce tomatoes, artichokes, onions, greens, asparagus, garlic, leeks, berries and bananas. -Veggies and fruits are most effective when…

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