Oxidative Stress: Knocking Out Free Radicals

You may have heard terms like oxidative stress and free radicals before. You know those words have something to do with your health and why you need certain types of supplements. Now honestly, you don’t need to know a whole lot more than that any more than you need to know why iron rusts to know you shouldn’t leave a brand new Craftsman hammer out in the rain. However, you do need to make good choices about the supplements you take to help your body cope with oxidative stress. Understanding what’s happening to your body can’t hurt. Oxidative Stress Your…

  • June 20th, 2016
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GERD– When Your Favorite Meal Keeps Coming Back for a Visit

It’s that feeling of a volcano erupting in your upper abdomen, spilling lava into your chest, sometimes rumbling all the way up into your throat and– yuck– into your mouth. Lava is not too harsh an image to describe gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known by names like GERD, acid reflux, and chronic, really aggravating heartburn. But if you don’t like the lava image, then imagine your stomach as a whale swimming around your belly. Every so often it spouts acid straight up toward your nose. If you have ever been awakened in the middle of the night by the sensation…

  • June 24th, 2016
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Stress

Here’s a conversation that may have happened. If it didn’t, it could have. The guy worked was some kind of broker or banker. A big money guy. A white collar gambler with other people’s money   “I thrive on the stress,” the gambler said to me. “I’m kind of addicted to it.”   “Really.”     “You sound skeptical,” the gambler said.   “I am.”   “What? Can’t I be addicted to stress?”   “I’m sure you can be,” I said. “That doesn’t mean the stress is any good for.”   Take Me To Stress Section of The Store  …

  • June 24th, 2016
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Diabetes and Stroke

It’s hard to talk about health without saying to people, “Here’s something for you to worry about for a while.” We don’t want you to worry. Worry itself isn’t healthy. Having provided you with that disclaimer, let me now say, “Here’s something for you to worry about for a while.” Diabetes and stroke. I will wait for your anxiety to pass. Take some deep breaths. Feeling better? Good. Now, on with the bad news. Diabetes and stroke often go together like ice cream and chocolate syrup. That’s a fitting simile if I have ever heard one. A stroke occurs when…

  • June 30th, 2016
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Exercise

Carving 30 minutes out of your busy day is an accomplishment to be proud of. If you’ve done it, and you stick to a routine, that’s great. Now, hold on for just a second. Clunk. That’s the sound of the other shoe dropping. Thirty minutes might not be enough exercise. Here’s why: Let’s say you are exercising at a low to moderate intensity for thirty minutes, maybe walking on a treadmill or outdoors. You might feel invigorated when you are done, but you probably haven’t accomplished much. You won’t have elevated your heart rate high enough or long enough to…

  • June 30th, 2016
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Healthy Digestion

Do you mind if I get personal for a moment? Perhaps I might even get a bit vulgar. I mean well. I promise. Okay, ready. How is your poop? Yes, I’m asking about your poop. I told you it might get a bit vulgar. Go To Digestive Section Of Store Unfortunately, it’s important. You see, poop just doesn’t happen. It matters. What comes out is more than just an indicator of what went it. Your poop­­ the shape, the size, the color, the consistency and the frequency it comes out­­ all matter. They tell us about the digestive system that…

  • June 30th, 2016
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Beat Cold and Flu Season

The days are getting shorter. A few centuries ago, short days meant it was time for the final harvest. Time to go out and stock up on smoked and salted meats. Time to fortify the homestead for winter. Luckily for us, we just need to keep getting up and going to work, even though it might mean driving to and from work in the dark once winter gets here. But maybe we should do a little bit more to prepare ourselves for a season of short cold days that are ahead. The next few months brings with it an increased…

  • June 30th, 2016
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Diabetes, Weight Loss, and T360

What are eight and a half years of your life worth? Sorry. Don’t mean to scare you. But that’s a serious question. Research shows that diabetes can shorten your life span by 8 and a half years. That’s more than 10 percent of the average person’s life. So, let me ask it this way: What is 10 percent of your life worth? Now, before you answer that, let’s think about this: You can easily drop $100 for dinner at a moderately fancy restaurant. You might spend a couple of thousand dollars on two weeks vacation. One hundred bucks for a…

  • June 30th, 2016
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Diseased or Just Deficient? One Key Mineral You May Be Missing

Obesity, heart disease, diabetes. It’s become more and more obvious that a highly-processed Western diet comes with some pretty serious consequences. It’s also alarming to think of all the conditions we deal with that we’ve come to regard as less serious, even “normal” – fatigue, insomnia, aching muscles, migraines. Those may be common, but it’s not just our lot in life. Those conditions can actually be signs that you’re suffering from a magnesium deficiency. Where did our magnesium go? Magnesium didn’t pack its bags and leave, we’ve phased it out. Modern agriculture, including genetically modified organisms, lends itself to farming…

  • August 5th, 2016
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The Three Best Reasons to Try Whey Protein – Even If You’re Not Hitting the Gym

Whey protein has long been a must-have for those who want to build lean muscle, but the sheer volume of studies out now suggest that the benefits of a good whey supplement warrant the atten-tion of just about anyone in pursuit of excellent health. Whey’s been shown to have a positive impact on so many diseases and disorders that it seems nearly miraculous. Test subjects managing conditions like stress, diabetes, high blood pressure, and much more have exhibited rapid improvement with the addition of a simple, high-quality shake. Research implies that whey can boost white blood cell count in patients…

  • August 5th, 2016
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Detox

A television commercial for a credit card company asks the question, “Do you know what’s in your wallet?” Let’s change that up a little: “Do you know what’s in your liver?” I’m guessing you live on Earth. If so, chances are good—even if you eat an organic diet free of genetically modified organisms clean of pesticides or fungicides— your liver and fatty tissues are bulging with xenobiotics. Xenobiotics are alien substances. While they probably aren’t from another planet, they are foreign and often toxic junk your system absorbs, willingly and unwillingly, from the environment. Think of it this way: You…

  • August 12th, 2016
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Curcumin – Nature’s Most Powerful Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation, the source of so much disease, has met its match in Curcuma longa. Curcuma longa, known to us as turmeric, is a warm-climate plant that is harvested just once per year for the root. As a cornerstone of ancient medicine, turmeric has spent centuries gladly taking all of the credit for the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties offered by traces of a polyphenol called curcumin. Because it’s natural, renewable, and affordable, spreading the word about the benefits of curcumin hasn’t been difficult. What is difficult, however, is sifting through the mountains of emerging research which appears to corroborate evidence that was…

  • August 12th, 2016
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The Superfood You Can Hide Anywhere

Flax. Surely you’ve heard of this little miracle seed by now. In recent years, the superfood formerly best-known as linseed has become a staple in the refrigerators of anyone who wants to reduce inflammation and add more fiber, protein, and heart-healthy omegas to their diet. The Scoop Like many other superfoods that have finally hit the mainstream, the use of flax dates back to Ancient Egypt, where its use was extended to making linens for mummification and ship sails. Today, flax is still one of humankind’s most important crops, though we eat it more often than we wear it. It’s…

  • September 2nd, 2016
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The Three Best Ways to Get More Fruits and Vegetables

Most people have heard that they need 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables every single day, yet nearly 75% of us don’t meet that quota. With all of the new, more specific information we’ve received on the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, all of the focus on healthy options at grocery stores and restaurants, you’d think that our consumption of plant-based foods would have risen. However, statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that in some areas, it’s actually declined over the last decade. With certain diseases and obesity on the rise during the same…

  • September 2nd, 2016
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