Our eyes are very complex, sensitive organs that require a careful combination of nutrients, protection, exercise, and rest for optimal function. The National Eye Institute estimate that in the years between 2010 and 2050, the number of individuals affected by the most common eye diseases — including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and [...]
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Did you know that artificial sweeteners are added to about 6,000 different beverages, snacks, and food products1? Originally designed as less fattening alternatives to regular sugar, artificial sweeteners are regularly used (and sometimes even marketed) as the “healthier choice,” but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Fortunately, there are a few sweeteners found in [...]
When was the last time you experienced the sensation of abdominal bloating or swollen fingers? This is an issue that is often associated with water retention. Bloating can often be caused by SIBO1, otherwise known as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth: "Methanobrevibacter smithii, Methanosphaera stadtmanae, and other Methanobacteriales, which are speculated in SIBO, are able to [...]
Many of us will deal with low-grade inflammation at some point in our lifetime. Not only can it make you uncomfortable, but it has also been linked to a number of health-related issues including Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, and other degenerative conditions1. Most people are familiar with turmeric because it's a key [...]
Have you ever walked into a room and forgot why you went in there in the first place? It happens to all of us. We all forget things on occasion, but you should never take memory loss lightly. Although there are no guarantees when it comes to preventing memory loss or dementia, certain activities might [...]
A stroke can be devastating and deadly1. Understanding the signs of a stroke is extremely important so that help can be administered as soon as possible. The damage is caused by an interruption of the blood supply to the brain2. Make sure to know these classic stroke symptoms and take action: 1. Sudden loss of [...]
One of the best things you can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle this winter is to get more vitamin D. It is an essential micronutrient that is produced naturally by the body when we expose our skin to sunlight. Unfortunately, many of us don't have the ability to get out in the sun because [...]
Wheatgrass comes from the freshly sprouted leaves of the wheat plants, Triticum aestivum. You can prepare it at home as a fresh juice or take it as a powder or supplement. There are many health claims regarding wheatgrass. In this article, we'll take a closer look at 5 benefits of wheatgrass: 1. Nutrients And Antioxidants [...]
What Is Choline? Choline might not get a lot of press, but it is an essential nutrient1. In other words, the amount of choline that is naturally produced in the body is not enough to cover your needs, let alone the needs of your growing baby. Eating foods rich in choline and supplementing with a [...]
What Is Sucrose? Sucrose is a disaccharide consisting of a mixture of monosaccharides glucose and fructose. In it's most common form, sucrose is most easily recognizable as table sugar. As with most other forms of sugar, you should consume sucrose in moderation (if at all). According to the American Council on Exercise, the over-consumption of [...]