Salty Snacks Constrict Arteries

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A bag of chips, as expected, as most knew, makes you fat, but also impacts your arteries. Researchers found that salt-foods quickly impair the ability for the blood vessels to widen even in healthy people. What the impact is on overall health is unknown, but the he findings do show that salt has an impact even in people with healthy blood pressure.

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Carmel in Soda Causing Cancer?

soda It’s not what we hear often, but it turns out pop does more than make you fat, or at least that’s what CSPI (center of science in the public interest) is saying. The carmel in many sodas, most notably cola, when synthetic produced, may contain carcinogens.

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But Environment Pulls the Trigger – Part 2 on Your Genome

If your body could talk what would it say to you? Well I have news for you: Your body does talk to you but a lot of us ignore what it is saying to us. So let’s rephrase the question: If your body could talk English what would it be saying to you?

The tongue and brain:

MMMM that pie tastes great let’s have another piece.

Stomach, liver and bloodstream:

No! Not more starch, sugar, and fat! Bring on more insulin as soon as possible! This has been going on too long! More insulin! Execute the metabolic syndrome!

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Genes load the Gun… Part 1 on your Genome

It has long been known that the benefits of exercise are many, interrelated, and compounding. Yet a recent survey has shown that almost half of Americans do nothing to keep fit.(2) So despite the vast research that shows the benefits of exercise, many people still lack motivation to make positive changes. Continue reading

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International Day of Happiness Quickly Approaches!

The third annual International Happiness Day takes place on July 10th!

The goal: Get 1,000,000 people or more to choose to experience deep inner happiness starting on July 10th!  More than 194 countries will be participating.

How much happiness and joy are you willing to experience in your life? Continue reading

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Get Some Sunlight on Your Skin


Did you know that SMALL amounts of unprotected sun exposure could actually be good for you.

Most humans tend to get most of their vitamin D from the sun, so people who avoid the sun completely or who always wear sunscreen to protect themselves against skin cancers are at risk for vitamin D deficiencies.

According to the MAYO Clinic, the sun is  a significant contributor to our daily production of vitamin D, and as little as 10 minutes of exposure is thought to be enough to prevent deficiencies. Continue reading

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Antioxidant Guide For Aging

Antioxidant Guide has lots of useful information about anti-aging supplements and vitamins. The term “Antioxidant” refers to a group of organic substances, including vitamins C and E, vitamin A, selenium (a mineral), and a group know as carotenoids – beta-carotene being the most popular and well know carotenoid. Carotenoids are the pigment compounds that give many fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors (drink too much carrot juice your skin will turn orange). Antioxidants are believed to be effective in helping to prevent cancer, heart disease, stroke and a variety of other ailments associated with natural aging. Specifically antioxidants prevent ailments by destroying free harmful radicals inside the human body. Continue reading

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The Power of Walking and Movement as Opposed to a Sedentary Lifestyle

Sometimes it’s good to assess how far you walk a day. To track your progress can be an important motivator to increase your activity.

You can do one better by also recording, on the same day, record how long you sit in a day.

Some of us can’t help how little we walk! The workplace has become so modernized that we rarely need to leave the hub that it our desk. Figure out one day how much walking you actually do. You can purchase a pedometer pretty cheaply. Most of us do not walk enough. Continue reading

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Nuts are Full of Vitamin E an Antioxidant

Did you know that nuts of all shapes and sizes are full of nutrients that are good for you like the antioxidant vitamin E.

Almonds are loaded with a form called alpha-tocopherol. Pecans and walnuts are particularly rich in another form of E — gamma-tocopherol. Researchers have found that both forms may help lower the risk of heart disease.

Although nuts are high in calories and about 80 percent of their calories come from fat, nuts are nutrient dense! Continue reading

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The Power of Laughter

How many times a day do you laugh?

There are a number of things we did as kids we don’t do as much now. We used to be able to think abstractly, dream better, and did you know we laugh about 100 times more as a child?

Research has shown health benefits of laughter ranging from strengthening the immune system to reducing food cravings to increasing one’s threshold for pain. There’s even an emerging therapeutic field known as humor therapy to help people heal more quickly, among other things. Continue reading

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