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Is Your Gut Health Thwarting Your Best Weight Loss Efforts?

Have you been trying to lose weight, counting calories, exercising, but neither the scale or the pounds budge? One of the common problems of weight loss programs that don’t work or work for the short-term but don’t offer any lasting results is their failure to explore the link between gut health and weight loss.  One of the keys to permanent weight loss is a healthy gut with plentiful amounts of and a wide variety of strains of beneficial probiotics. Simply adding more fermented foods to your daily diet can make the difference. Fermented foods add beneficial bacteria known as probiotics to…

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8 Powerful Lifestyle Tweaks to Help Beat Anxiety

Close to one in every five American adults are living with anxiety disorders. If you’re among them, these simple lifestyle changes can help give you some relief. We all experience times of profound anxiety, and it can be pretty debilitating. An anxiety attack has the power to completely derail the mind and body and turn life on its head. Anxiety disorders affect almost 20 percent of Americans over the age of 18–that’s 1 out of 5 people. And for years, anti-anxiety medications have been the most popular form of treatment. But now more than ever, many Americans are starting to favor holistic lifestyle changes and natural remedies…

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Get Fit After 50: 5 Tips for Men

If you’re a man over 50, it’s probably more difficult for you to rebound from a bucket of wings, a doughnut binge or a six-pack of beer than in your younger days. Bad habits take more of a toll as you age. Don’t wait until you have high blood pressure or gain 50 pounds to make a change. Healthy habits and smart lifestyle choices can make you look and feel years younger — and, more important, live longer. 1. Cut the salt for heart health Here’s a shocker: According to a 2013 study, one in 10 deaths in U.S. adults are connected…

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9 Food Pairings that Fight Disease

Over the last few decades, there has been a mountain of research on the healing powers of individual compounds in foods, such as lycopene, vitamin D and essential fatty acids. Yet, scientists are now realizing that while an antioxidant like sulforaphane in broccoli can be a potent cancer fighter on its own, combining it with another compound such as selenium found in chicken, fish and Brazil nuts, will give you even more impressive disease-fighting results. “Food synergy ties into the prevention of so many of our chronic illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes,” says California-based dietitian Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, author…

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These Are the Abs Exercises You Should Skip if You Have Lower-Back Pain

If you’ve ever tried to do a core workout and realized midway through that your back is feeling things it shouldn’t be feeling, you’re not alone. For me, it’s any abs move that asks me to sit up on my tailbone and move my legs, like rolling up and out of Boat pose in yoga. After a couple of reps, my back always hurts and I don’t even feel any of that burning goodness in my abs. What gives? Am I doing it wrong? Is my lower back just too weak? Should I be modifying the movement, or…

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How to Decide if a Flu Shot is Right for You

October is the beginning of the flu season. Are you going to get a flu shot? This seems to become a more controversial question every year. Here are some considerations you can take into account to help make your decision. WHAT IS THE FLU SHOT? The flu shot is a vaccine intended to protect you against influenza viruses. Influenza, or “the flu” for short, is a contagious respiratory infection that can affect your nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and possibly even death. Over 200 viruses cause influenza, and every year researchers predict which strains will be the…

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How to Start a Reading Habit

Regular reading adds great value to life, but it requires discipline to establish the habit. Learn how to start a reading habit, even if you were never much of a reader before. Reading is one of those activities that many people know is important and wish they had more time to do, but somehow it gets forgotten in the mad rush to do everything else. This is unfortunate, since reading, according to the great minds of history and modern day, is an extremely easy practice that can significantly improve one’s life. Reading builds knowledge unlike anything else; it helps one to…

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22 Simple Ways to Get Healthier With Minimal Effort

Modern society makes getting healthy harder than ever. People are busy trying to balance work, family and other responsibilities. As a result, their health goals are often put on hold. But being healthy does not have to be difficult. Here are 22 simple ways to get healthier with minimal effort. 1. FILL HALF OF YOUR PLATE WITH NON-STARCHY VEGETABLES Vegetables can be loosely classified as starchy and non-starchy vegetables. Starchy vegetables generally have more carbs and calories than their non-starchy counterparts. Examples of starchy vegetables include potatoes, corn and navy beans. Non-starchy vegetables include spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables,…

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Teens Get Less Exercise Than the Average 60-Year-Old

You might think that the younger we are, the more active we are. But a new study turns that belief on its head: The results show that physical activity is lower in children than previously thought. And, on average, teens are about as sedentary as a 60-year-old adult. The study, conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, shows that by the end of adolescence, activity levels were alarmingly low. The only age group with an increase in activity is young adults in their 20s. After that, activity levels begin to decline starting at age 35, and continue…

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Work and the Loneliness Epidemic

On August 24, 1992, in the early hours of the morning, my family and I stepped out of our temporary shelter to find our city — and our lives — forever changed. We had spent the past several hours huddled together as Hurricane Andrew battered our South Florida neighborhood with torrential rain and winds near 170 miles per hour. We saw pieces of homes strewn across the landscape, power lines flung about like pieces of string, and sea creatures stranded in trees, having been blown far inland by the storm. Like thousands of others, we survived the storm and the…