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For years, hay fever sufferers have had to endure the sneezing, sniffling and all-around breathing difficulties that just came with the season. However, new research is hinting that probiotics have the power to help the body’s immune system adjust to grass pollen, which is the most common culprit of hay fever and other seasonal allergies.
Probiotics seem to be all the rage these days, and for good reason! They have a number of potential health benefits, including improving digestive health and possibly preventing colon cancer. And now there’s one more reason to introduce probiotics to your diet: a recent study showed that a diet combining soy and probiotics significantly reduced harmful lipids. Keep reading for more information on the increasing powers of probiotics, and probiotic supplements such as Bacteral
Probiotics -- whether they are dietary supplements or foods that contain live, non-disease-causing bacteria normally found in the body -- have been shown to provide numerous benefits to your overall health. There is currently great enthusiasm for foods and supplements such as Bacteral
that contain probiotics, and this enthusiasm is evidenced by the amount of commercials on television promoting such products. If you’re not familiar with probiotics, keep reading to find out some of the specific benefits you can gain from introducing probiotics into your diet.
Can you remember sitting at the dinner table and your mother repeatedly telling you to “Eat your greens!”? Did she really know the nutritional value of these foods or was it just so food (and money) wouldn’t be wasted? Well, it was probably a little of both . . . but the fact remains: those greens have a TON of nutritional value! Eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables is recommended per day, but according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, less than nine percent of American adults are meeting or exceeding that recommendation. So what kinds of “greens” should you be getting on a regular basis? Almost all veggies have tremendous nutritional value, but some carry more than others. Keep reading to find out which ones . . .
With the change of seasons, you may be determined to stick to your diet and weight-loss program despite the colder temps and shorter days. However, make sure your diet isn’t “weighing you down” when it comes to your overall health. According to a recent study conducted at Michigan State University, being on a diet may impair the ability of your body to defend itself against the flu virus. Keep reading for important information on staying healthy and fit during the cold and flu season.
Carnitines, acetyl-L-carnitine and L-carnitine, are not exactly household words, but they are vital to your health. They actually provide incredible health benefits that work equally as well as the chemical-based pharmaceuticals that physicians inundate you with. Keep reading to find out why carnitines are such winners when it comes to your health and wellness.
We have all seen the ads on TV and on billboards proclaiming “Every Body Needs Milk” but is that a true statement or just really good PR by the dairy industry? The truth is that every body needs calcium and that milk is just another source of calcium. Another truth is that milk is not even the best source of calcium, vegetables are. Let’s take a closer look at the milk myth.
Great news for has been announced for endurance athletes, the elderly population, and those that struggle with cardiovascular, respiratory, or metabolic diseases. Those that have a need to exercise longer and tire less quickly would be interested to know that a new British study indicates that beetroot juice has the ability to increase physical stamina and exercise endurance up to 16 percent.
Does your long term memory seem to be diminishing? Is it becoming more difficult for you to do the same amount of exercise you did easily previously? If you answered yes to those two questions, you may want to evaluate your diet. Turns out a high-fat diet can make you stupid and lazy!
If you don’t know much about the benefits of Vitamin D, or the negative health effects of not getting enough vitamin D, you may be putting your health at extreme risk! Unfortunately, recent research shows that most U.S. adults don’t know the “essentials” on this super-vitamin. Are you one of them?
“This proposed food safety agreement will do nothing to tackle the root cause of the food safety problem, which is, in most cases, manure from confined animal feeding operations that is tainted with disease causing pathogenic bacteria,” said Will Fantle, of the Wisconsin-based farm policy group, The Cornucopia Institute.
Spirulina platensis kind of sounds like something that would not be good for you . . . like some sort of disease or something! However, keep reading and you will see how good it really can be for your body. Studies all across the world have revealed the extremely beneficial health properties of Spirulina platensis. In fact, NASA regards Spirulina platensis as a complete food and has plans to use it in long-term space journeys because Spirulina platensis is one of the best-known oxygen producing foods.
You’re certainly aware of different types of addiction: drugs, alcohol, even sex. But until recently food addiction hasn’t been given the attention it’s due. I’m not talking about an “eating disorder” either. Rather, actual foods that trick your brain into craving them and wanting more. Unfortunately these foods aren’t the fruits and veggies that can contribute to good health. In fact, they are foods that can lead to all sorts of conditions, including heart disease and obesity. Find out which foods might have a hold on your brain.
If you are wondering why you cannot seem to get it together mentally as of late, the problem could lie within your diet. If you are eating a lot of fat in meats, pre-packaged foods and dairy products high in fat, you can be crowding out the DHA in your brain, thus impairing your cognitive abilities. Keep reading to find out which fats you should skip to avoid getting “dumber by the minute.”
Wheatgrass has gained popularity in the past ten years with more juice and smoothie shops opening up. But do you actually know why wheatgrass is good for you? Do you know anything about wheatgrass other than you should take it because it is healthy? Keep reading to learn what wheatgrass is and why you should be getting more of it.
The “Leafy Green Marketing Agreement,” which requires producers to follow a set of rules (metrics) in the name of food safety, has already shown to be injurious for the environment, biodiversity, and organic growers in California. The USDA is now considering a similar “Leafy Green Marketing Agreement” that would extend beyond California and Arizona to cover the entire United States—let’s help make this rule work for growers of all sizes!
As if the laundry list of negative health effects from drinking cola and other sodas wasn’t long enough, now research has found a new detriment: hypokalemia. Hypokalemia is a condition in which a drop in blood potassium levels results in problems with vital muscle functions and can lead to symptoms ranging from mild weakness to severe paralysis. Keep reading to find out more about this potentially dangerous condition.
For years, doctors have warned people against certain foods that are considered to be bad for your health. While some of these foods can have a detrimental effect on your health, not all guilty pleasures are bad for you. According to dozens of studies and extensive research, there are three guilty pleasures that you can indulge in that can actually be good for you. These include alcohol, chocolate and caffeine. Keep reading to learn more!
You’ve probably heard of the Mediterranean Diet and its supposed health benefits for maintaining a healthy weight as well as promoting better overall health. But recently scientists have found another region whose diet is equally as healthy: the Nordic Diet. What should you eat if you’d like to follow the Nordic Diet? And what how can it benefit your health? Keep reading for those answers and more.
Many health clubs today have sports bars and offer so-called health drinks for patrons, and there is a vast variety of health drinks on the market. It’s true: after working out, you need to replenish the moisture and energy that left your body. But while it is tempting to replace those things with a sports drink or bar that is supposed to re-hydrate you and provide proper post-exercise nutrition . . . do you really need it? Scientists are saying that for the average person, the answer is no. Keep reading to find out more about what you really need to re-hydrate and refuel.