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Regulating and Preventing Insulin Resistance

January 25, 2013
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Regulating and Preventing Insulin Resistance

We’ve seen how diet and lifestyle can lead to insulin resistance. The good news is that the right nutrition and behaviors can also help prevent and actually treat insulin resistance. Here are some of the best ways to maintain balanced blood sugar and decrease your chances for developing type 2 diabetes. Get active. Exercise...

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What Are Probiotics (and Why do I Need Them?)

January 24, 2013
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What Are Probiotics (and Why do I Need Them?)

Probiotics are microorganisms, including both bacteria and yeast, that live in the small and large intestines (also referred to as the gut). Collectively, all organisms in the gut are referred to as flora. There are more than 400 different types of bacteria species living in the gut, accounting for a whopping 3-5 pounds of...

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Carbohydrates and Insulin Resistance

January 19, 2013
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Carbohydrates and Insulin Resistance

So we already know how our bodies work to maintain blood sugar balance. But how is our blood sugar affected by what we eat? Carbohydrates—alongside fat and protein—are one of the major nutrients the body requires in large, balanced quantities. All consumed carbohydrates manifest as blood sugar, but how they affect blood sugar balance...

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Blood Sugar Balance–Why It’s Vital to Good Health

January 16, 2013
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Blood Sugar Balance–Why It’s Vital to Good Health

Most people understand that blood sugar balance is important for sustained energy, preventing diabetes and overall health. But blood sugar and insulin are part of a complex process in the body that is highly influenced by our diet and lifestyle choices. Here are the basics of how our bodies regulate blood sugar. What is...

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10 Ways to Boost Metabolism

January 1, 2013
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10 Ways to Boost Metabolism

The new year is here—and for many of us, that means a renewed focus on healthy weight management. Here are a few tips and tricks for keeping your metabolism in check as you start working toward a healthier weight. First, a primer on the way metabolism functions in our body. Simply put, metabolism is...

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A Whole Body Approach to Fibromyalgia

November 14, 2012
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A Whole Body Approach to Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 5 million adults in America. But what is fibromyalgia? The condition is characterized primarily by chronic, widespread unexplained pain and tender points throughout the body, as well as profound fatigue and sleep disturbances. Fibromyalgia is most common among women and people with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus....

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Enzymes: Beyond Digestion

October 29, 2012
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Enzymes: Beyond Digestion

Enzymes aren’t just vital for digestion—they’re important for the function of every cell in the body. In order to maintain balance in the structure and function of cells, tissues and organ systems, there are millions of metabolic enzyme reactions happening in your body. Where do enzymes come from? Enzymes are proteins made by the...

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To soy or not to soy?

August 24, 2012
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To soy or not to soy?

The ubiquitous soybean has been at the center of many health discussions of late. We find it everywhere, and there’s still controversy about whether or not it’s good for us. Here’s more background to help you make a decision about soy’s place in your diet. The soybean, a legume, is native to East Asia,...

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What Do Those Expiration Dates Mean, Anyway?

July 12, 2012
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What Do Those Expiration Dates Mean, Anyway?

Chances are you’ve got a few bottles of expired medicine lying around the house. So what happens when you’re in dire need of some cold medicine and the only package you’ve got is two years old? Here’s how expiration dates work. Prescriptions and OTC drugs   In 1979, a law was passed that mandated...

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5 Stress-Busting Strategies

June 30, 2012
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5 Stress-Busting Strategies

Stress. It’s a part of all of our lives, but when it gets out of control, it can wear us down physically, mentally and emotionally–and can have long-term effects on our health. Here are a few ways to help your body handle stress better. 1) Calm your mind and body. Set aside at least...

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