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What Is All The Talk About Inflammation – AND Should I Be Concerned?

Inflammation is a trending topic in the health & wellness world lately, and for good reason…   According to LiveScience, “inflammation is a vital part of the immune system’s response to injury and infection. It is the body’s way of signaling the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue, as well as defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria.”   It sounds like a pretty beneficial and necessary physiological process, right? So, is there actually a downside to inflammation? (because that’s what popular media keeps telling us!)   Yes! The downside is when inflammation becomes widespread (and unrelenting!) in the body. However, there’s…

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Can You Really Lose Just Belly Fat?

The quick ‘n dirty answer is Yes…and No. The ‘NO’ part is that “spot reduction” or losing fat from just one area on your body has officially been labeled as a myth. Fat can’t just choose to come off from only one area! So, it truly doesn’t matter how many crunches you do or the number of ways you exercise your abdominal muscles – you’re not going to suddenly be equipped with a 6-pack unless you focus on the bigger body composition picture – and that’s a combination of exercise AND nutrition. But, the real question should be this: why…

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Vegetarian, Vegan, and Plant-Based Diets – What’s the Difference?

The popularity of cooking reality shows in recent years has brought about more discussions than ever before about the topic of food. Food as nourishment, fuel and sustenance. Food simply for eating and taste enjoyment. Even food as art!    But, included in these discussions are various thoughts and ideas about what food people should and should not be consuming – and numerous reasons as to why.    And it’s not just about what food people enjoy eating, but which foods are healthy and unhealthy, and which foods are considered by some to be acceptable and unacceptable to eat.   These days, there seems to…

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10 Anti – aging Hacks That Don’t Cost a Thing!

SENESCENCE or biological aging is the gradual deterioration of functional characteristics. The word senescence can refer either to cellular aging or to deterioration of the whole organism. (Eek, deterioration!)   FACT: we all get older every single day and each person’s aging process will look different.    But, despite Wikipedia’s definition of “biological aging”, don’t you think it’s about time that we should embrace it, rather than fear it, and spend gobs of money trying to turn back the hands of time? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senescence  That said, if you’re motivated to live a full and healthy life as you age, then you might have to make some adjustments to your personal aging process, so you can spend more quality…

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Detox Diets and Body Cleanses: Are They Even Safe?

Detox diets…body cleanses…colon cleanses…bowel cleanses…  You’ve probably heard all of these terms used in reference to “ridding your system of unhealthy toxins” — but what do these terms actually mean?   Do you really need to be on a ‘detox diet’ or ‘cleansing’ your body?   Are programs and products marketed as detoxes and cleanses even safe to do?  To start us off, all of these terms get a LOT of hype in the media, and people tend to use various terms interchangeably, which makes it especially confusing for consumers.   So what IS the difference between a Detox Diet and a Cleanse?   Generally,…

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Diet soda – is it actually better for you?

You don’t have to be a health nut to know that soda isn’t good for you. But is it really all that bad?  Is it ok to just have it once in a while? And if you’re going to have it, is it better to have the regular ol’ sugar-filled version or the zero calorie “diet” kind?   Well, let’s weigh-in on the facts:  Regular soda – as bad as they say?  PROS:   It doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharin) that have gotten a really bad rap lately  CONS:  The sugar! A 12-ounce can of cola has about 8 teaspoons; almost the daily limit…

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What the numbers on the bathroom scale really mean/daily weight fluctuations

We all know the frustration of working hard to maintain a healthy body weight, only to step on the bathroom scale and see the numbers going in the wrong direction – or not quickly enough in the right direction!    Here are 6 truths about those annoyingly normal daily weight fluctuations:  1| Scale weight is not a true measurement of your health. It is simply one of many variables you should be taking into account to determine if you are approaching or maintaining your optimal body weight.    2| When you wake up after fasting – usually for around 12 hours, you’re completely dehydrated…

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Fitness Fuel: What to Eat Before, During & After Your Workout

You’ve just finished your workout and you know you need to eat something. But what?  Workout nutrition may seem rather complicated but it doesn’t have to be.     Here’s the latest on how to fuel your body before, during and after your workout so you can improve your performance, maximize recovery – and feel better!   Fuel your machine  You’d never head out on a long road trip without filling your tank with gas, right?!   Skipping your pre-workout fuel is the equivalent to hitting the road with an empty gas tank. You may get off to a good start, but you’ll likely be…

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4 Easy Ways to Beat Fatigue…Naturally!

In today’s world, we are constantly on the go, a steady state “busy-ness” is the norm, and we’re always running from one responsibility to the next – literally! So, it’s no wonder that physical fatigue is such a common complaint.    The good news is that there are some really simple (and natural) ways to increase your energy so you can keep up with your busy life.   Get off the blood sugar roller coaster.  One of the simplest ways we can boost our energy is to stabilize blood sugar. When we don’t eat enough food throughout the day or when we eat foods that…

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10 Signs You May Have a Hormonal Imbalance – And What to do About It.

10 signs you may have a hormone imbalance – and what to do about it Hormones are like chemical messengers and govern nearly every cellular action in our body. While very important, our sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are actually not essential for our survival. They are responsible for sexual functioning and fertility, as well as in more of a “beauty” capacity – keeping our skin, hair & nails vital and youthful looking. On the other hand, stress hormones (like cortisol & epinephrine, also known as adrenaline) are critical to our survival because they synthesize proteins, maintain cellular electrolyte balance, regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, and…

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