The next time you visit your doctor for blood work, make sure that along with your lipid profile you request a C-reactive protein (CRP) test. CRP measures the degree of hidden inflammation in your body. Mounting evidence underscores the critical role that inflammation plays in the development and continuation of "diabesity". One study in JAMA: The Journal of the Medical Association1 established that people with a high C-reactive protein blood level have a 1,700 percent increased probability of developing diabetes.
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 18:37

4 Reasons to Stop Using Your Microwave Oven NOW!

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Did you know that 9 out of 10 households still use microwave ovens to prepare their meals after studies have clearly deemed them as dangerous to your health! There are so many varying opinions about the safety of microwaves ovens, and for that reason, I’m submitting you some facts.   FOUR REASONS why you should stop cooking with a microwave NOW:
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 18:19

Turmeric Superior to Prozac and Pain-Killers for PMS

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PMS afflicts millions of women each month, some with debilitating symptoms. Pain killers and antidepressants are standard treatments, both of which carry serious side effects. A new study finds turmeric extract may be superior in addressing some of the root causes of the disorder.  A new study published in the journal Neuropeptides titled, "Effect of curcumin on serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels in women with premenstrual syndrome: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial," has revealed that the primary polyphenol in turmeric known ascurcuminis capable of improving symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), including increasing an important hormone in the nervous system called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and which is known to undergo significant decreases in women who suffer from challenging PMS cycles.
Friday, 06 November 2015 15:36

Beta Glucan for Boosting Your Immune System

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What is Beta Glucan? β-Glucans belong to a group of physiologically active compounds called “biological response modifiers” and represent highly conserved structural components of cells walls in yeast, fungi, and seaweed. Technically Beta Glucan is an immunomodulator which helps make your immune system smarter. It can help raise your immune system’s response so your body can naturally fight off and kill cancer. The term immunomodulator here is the real key; it is not an immune stimulate. Immune stimulation presumably occurs with substances like Echinacea and Colostrum. Beta Glucan modulates or activates but never over stimulates, which is key to the safety of this product.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 12:28

Brain foods that help you concentrate

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Staying focused in today’s world can be challenging. Technology provides myriad of distractions. The constant ping from your cell phone and e-mails —alerting you to the latest social media notification or text message—can cause even the most focused individual to become scattered. But technology isn’t solely to blame. Constant stress in the form of multi-tasking, worries and rushing also can add to the challenge. Your ability to ignore distractions also declines as you get older. 
Thursday, 08 October 2015 11:16

Individualized Weight Loss

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Conventional weight-loss strategies often fail because they don’t account for a host of intersecting factors that are unique in each of us. Here are the variables that matter most — and why.
Thursday, 01 October 2015 15:18

Take Charge of Your Own Wellness

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A basic outline for prevention has existed for more than thirty years, but wellness has had a hard time making real headway. Old habits are hard to break. Our society has a magic bullet fixation, waiting for the next miracle drug to cure us of every illness. Doctors receive no economic benefit from pushing prevention over drugs and surgery. For all these reasons, compliance with prevention falls far below what is needed for maximum wellness. Rather than feeling gloomy over our current healthcare philosophy, my focus has been on getting the individual to take charge of their own wellness. This can be a considerable challenge, since we are each unique in our bodies but also unique in our pattern of bad habits and poor lifestyle choices. More than 40 percent of adults make a resolution to live a better life each year, and fewer than half keep their promise to themselves for longer than six months. Conditioning is hard to break, but the key is that the power to break a habit belongs to the same person who made it – the turnaround amounts to giving up unconscious behavior and adopting conscious new patterns. 
Monday, 28 September 2015 15:36

Dealing with weight as a social issue

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Loving our bodies as they are today requires a commitment to being proudly ourselves in spite of potential judgments by others.  There is no denying that weight stigma (that is judgement on the basis of size) is an unfortunate reality of the society in which we live. It is hard to turn on the television or pick up a newspaper without hearing reports of the  "obesity" epidemic.” We’re fighting a “war on obesity”—or is it a war against obese people? Media campaigns targeting obesity depict fat people in dehumanizing and stigmatizing images. Fat people eating fattening foods, fat people sitting, fat people squeezed into clothes that look at least 2 sizes too small, fat people with no heads, the examples are endless. Fat people are portrayed in the media as lazy, weak-willed, self-indulgent, and a drain on the nation’s resources.
Thursday, 24 September 2015 20:20

Tired and Achy? You May Simply Be Vitamin D Deficient

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Vitamin D deficiency is a pandemic in Canada, but many individuals, including physicians, are not aware that they may be lacking this important nutrient.  Despite its name, vitamin D is not a regular vitamin. It's actually a steroid hormone that you get primarily from either sun exposure or supplementation, and its ability to influence genetic expression that produces many of its wide-ranging health benefits.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:56

Do you keep "falling off the wagon"?

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The cover of the January 2009 issue of O magazine says it all: "How Did I Let This Happen Again?" A photo of Oprah Winfrey at her current weight of 200 lb. is juxtaposed with an image of her formerly slender self. Inside the magazine, Winfrey writes, "I felt completely defeated. I thought, I give up. I give up. Fat wins." Oprah has "fallen off the wagon", again.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:42

What is Ashwagandha?

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Ashwagandha, one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions, and is most well-known for its restorative benefits. In Sanskrit Ashwagandha means “the smell of a horse,” indicating that the herb imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion, and has traditionally been prescribed to help people strengthen their immune system after an illness.
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 14:00

Autoimmune Disorders: When Your Body Turns On You

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There’s been a stark rise in autoimmune disorders over the past 50 years, from type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis to celiac disease and asthma. The first step toward a cure is understanding and controlling the causes.