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  • The Many Forms of Yogurt

    by Paula Gallagher | August 31, 2015

    yogurt2Yogurt is one of the world’s oldest foods, likely created by accident when lukewarm milk hooked up with bacteria and fermentation occurred. The process of yogurt making hasn't changed much over the centuries, but increasingly, we’re appreciating yogurt not only for great taste and adaptability in the kitchen but also for its abundant health perks.

    Yogurt is brimming with live active cultures, beneficial bacteria that boost immune and digestive health. Along with plenty of bone-building calcium, vitamin B12, potassium, zinc, and protein to help build and repair muscles, yogurt can be considered a superfood.

    There are many types of yogurt on the market, but you want to steer clear of added sugars, colors and additives. Stick to plain and add your own personal touches. Here are some of the many forms of yogurt that are available. There is something for everyone. Read more

  • Digestive Series: Taking a Natural Approach to Candida

    by Paula Gallagher | October 8, 2014

    candida-anxietyCandida is a yeast that occurs naturally in the human body, but can be problematic. The problem occurs when something upsets the balance of bacteria in your body and this allows the yeast organism to proliferate and take over all the healthy microorganisms. The most common causes of this overgrowth are the use of antibiotics (which kill off the healthy flora that keep candida in balance), chronic stress, compromised immune system, and a diet that is high in sugar, white flour, pastries, etc.

    It’s been estimated that up to 80% of the U.S. adult population has some form of candida overgrowth, which is also one of the most widely misdiagnosed conditions. Candida resides in the intestinal tract, mouth, throat and genitals; however it can burrow holes in the intestinal tract, enter the blood stream, and then make its way into any organ of the body. It emits over 70 different toxins into the body. Taking a natural approach to candida can help many with addressing this condition.  Read more

  • Probiotics for Weight Loss

    by Paula Gallagher | March 12, 2014

    Probiotics for weight loss? Yes, perhaps. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition has found that certain probiotics could help women lose weight and keep it off.

    Studies have already demonstrated that the intestinal flora of obese individuals differs from that of thin people. That difference may be due to the fact that a diet high in fat and low in fiber promotes certain bacteria at the expense of others.

    Researchers tried to determine if the consumption of probiotics could help reset the balance of the intestinal microbiota in favor of bacteria that promote a healthy weight.

    125 overweight men and women underwent a 12-week weight-loss diet, followed by a 12-week period aimed at maintaining body weight. Half the participants were given a probiotic that contained Lactobacillus rhamnosus while the other half received a placebo.

    After the 12-week diet period, researchers observed an average weight loss of 4.4 kg (9.68 lbs) in women in the probiotic group and 2.6 kg (5.72 lbs) in the placebo group.  Read more

  • Supplements for Men

    by Paula Gallagher | June 11, 2013

    With Father’s Day around the corner, it may be a good time to start thinking about your health. DADs... I am talking to you! Here are some supplements to consider, whether you are a man in your 20s, or your 70s. However, it is a good time to start considering your health when you're in your 20s and 30s.

    Amino Acids: If you are not getting adequate protein, you are not getting adequate amino acids. Amino acids are essential for repair, growth, brain and muscle function, energy, mood and our ability to use and lose fat. One amino acid in particular, Acetyl L carnitine is a derivative of one particular amino acid called carnitine. It has been shown to help address fatigue and enhance fat burning during exercise, as well as improve and support balanced blood sugar levels, and improve circulation and fertility. If your diet is less than well balanced, you may want to consider a quality protein powder that contains a full spectrum of amino acids.  Read more

  • Four F’s of Digestive Health

    by Jared Rice | January 23, 2013

    Digestive dysfunction is one of the most common ills of today’s population. Symptoms of acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation and bloating have become so normal that people often don’t recognize them as problems to be solved, if they recognize them at all. The allopathic diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has become increasingly popular, leaving patients concerned and completely clueless as to the true source of or potential solution to their discomfort. Truth is, from intestinal parasites to food intolerances to emotional stress, digestive imbalances can have a variety of causes. Read more

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