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  • 10 Foods That Can Increase or Decrease Life Expectancy

    by Paula Gallagher | March 22, 2017

    produce-departmentWe all know that a healthy diet can have a big impact on your overall well being, but a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals which foods we need to eat more of and which foods we need to eat less of to decrease mortality from heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

    According to this study, poor diet is the cause of at least half of deaths from heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. In 2012, about 700,000 Americans died from these diseases and diet was linked to nearly 319,000 of these deaths. This study suggests that changing Americans' dietary habits could have a significant impact on the risk of death from these diseases. Read more

  • Pet Supplements for Our Furry Friends

    by Paula Gallagher | March 21, 2017

    dog-catMany of today's most prevalent health conditions have been directly linked to improper nutrition and poor lifestyle habits. Even small nutritional deficiencies can compromise immunity, vitality, and damage health. Taking care of your own core nutritional needs creates a strong foundation for your body and helps establish a strong foundation to help rebuild, restore and repair your body if needed. So wouldn't it make sense that taking care of our furry friends in the same way would be just as important? Here are some thoughts on pet supplements. Read more

  • Six Natural Ways to Boost Energy and Weight Loss

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | March 20, 2017

    spinach-white-bean-saladAre you looking for natural ways to boost energy and weight loss? Here are six tips to put into everyday practice:

    1. Fill up with fiber. The average American consumes 15 to 16 grams of fiber a day. We should aim to eat much more, closer to 40 grams of daily fiber. It fills us up with minimal calories. Fiber-packed sources include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lentils, beans and peas.

    Case study: Let’s say you’re traveling and need to grab a bite to eat. If you go to a local diner, you could easily ask for steamed greens and beans, like the Brussels sprouts and lentils dish at the Silver Diner. Read more

  • Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

    by Paula Gallagher | March 14, 2017

    blood-pressure"I have high blood pressure, what can I do to lower it?" This is one of the most common questions I am asked. Whether it's linked to stress (and who isn't stressed), or diet, or even if it's because of Grandma Lucy and your genes, there are many things that you can do to support your heart and keep your blood pressure in check. If you are looking for ways to lower blood pressure naturally, please read on.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), normal blood pressure is anything under 140 over 90. However, the OPTIMAL blood pressure is 120 over 80. Elevated blood pressure poses a major risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Lifestyle and dietary factors play a significant role in the regulation of blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure can be affected by numerous contributing factors such as coffee and alcohol consumption, smoking, stress, lack of exercise (as well as obesity), a high sodium-to-potassium ratio, low fiber, high sugar, high saturated fat and/or low essential fatty acid intake, and a diet low in calcium, magnesium, and/or vitamin C. Read more

  • Natural Approaches to Infertility

    by Paula Gallagher | February 21, 2017

    couple-holding-hands_aIn a survey of married women, the CDC found that 1.5 million women in the US (6%) are infertile (source: National Survey of Family Growth, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2006-2010). Twenty-five percent of infertile couples have more than one factor that contributes to their infertility. And although women frequently tend to feel the burden more, infertility affects men and women equally.

    There are many factors that can affect infertility, but there are a number things you can do (or should stop doing) to help increase your chances of conceiving before you try more invasive and costly procedures. Read more

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