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Nutritional Supplements

  • 5 Supplements for Better Health

    by Paula Gallagher | October 18, 2017

    supplements-for-better-health"What supplements should I be taking?" is probably the most asked question I get. Unfortunately, the answer is not as easy as listing a number of supplements. Diet, health conditions and medications can all affect what nutrients your body needs. If you have a great diet, are not taking any medications, and in good health, a few basic supplements may be all you need.

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), adult Americans do not typically get enough of many nutrients including calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, C,  D and E. Read more

  • Stay Regular With These Tips

    by Paula Gallagher | October 9, 2017

    oatmeal-blueberriesOptimal digestive health depends on waste and toxins continually moving out through the bowels. Providing your digestive system with healthy food and good microbes will enhance your ability to properly digest all the foods you eat. Furthermore, good bowel habits can help prevent many common bowel conditions and keep other body systems working properly. It's important to stay regular.

    A fine balance exists between the bacteria found in the bowels and the ability of the intestines to defend against disease. Prebiotics such as inulin and fructooligosaccharides (found in bananas, leeks, garlic, and onions) increase the effectiveness Read more

  • Keep on Top of Heart Health

    by Paula Gallagher | October 4, 2017

    heart-handsTwo days ago, musician Tom Petty died of a heart attack at the age of 66. His legacy will be his music, which spanned 40 years and included songs like American Girl and Free Falling. However, his passing should also serve as a reminder that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.

    Heart disease is a term used to describe several conditions, many of which are related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries. As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke. Other types of heart problems include angina, arrhythmias and heart failure. Read more

  • Bile Salts After Gallbladder Surgery

    by Paula Gallagher | October 2, 2017

    stomach-painIf you are one of millions of Americans who have had their gallbladder removed, then you are probably experiencing some unpleasant side effects when you eat certain foods. Fats in particular become very difficult to digest. In the past, the solution has been to avoid fats altogether. The problem with that is that fats are important and without them, skin issues, vision and eye problems, fatty tumors, bruising, and many other problems occur.

    The gallbladder plays a key role in digestion of fats. Here’s how: bile acids are produced from cholesterol in your liver and then flow into your gallbladder, Read more

  • Cold or Allergies - How Do You Know?

    by Paula Gallagher | September 20, 2017

    My neighbor has been struggling with a cough, scratchy throat and runny nose for 2 months. She can't figure out if it's a cold or allergies. She is not alone. Fall is a prime time for allergies, but it's also the time when you start to get more colds, thanks to kids bringing back all sorts of germs from school.

    While colds and allergies share common symptoms, their origin is different. A cold occurs when a virus enters the body. Symptoms are a reaction to your immune system’s fight against the infection.

    Meanwhile, allergies are an adverse reaction to a substance caused by an overactive immune system. Read more

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