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Are You Ben? A Fathers Day Message…

Heart Disease Facts & How to Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease

Even though Ben was about 30 pounds overweight and didn’t always get the exercise he should, he felt better than ever at his 40th birthday party. Surrounded by family and friends, he helped himself to a big piece of birthday cake, drank some champagne, smoked his favorite cigars and sat around a bonfire enjoying roasted marshmallows.… Read more

Gut Microbiota and Obesity-Induced Inflammation: Men’s Health Month Edition

Anne Mercer Larson, June 13, 2016

Since June is Men’s Health Month, it is a great time to take a closer look at one of the hidden ways obesity causes disease: obesity-induced inflammation. As the name implies, obesity-induced inflammation is an inflammatory state not caused by an infection, but instead caused by excess stores of body fat.… Read more

ARE YOU ONE? NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY IS SUNDAY JUNE 5

Anne Mercer Larson, June 3, 2016

Amazingly, there are almost 14 million of us now in the United States who have survived some type of cancer. I am one, are you?

That fact is both a celebration and a challenge!  According to the CDC, on their newly redesigned Cancer Survivors’ website, survivors will increase in number, although the rates are going down.… Read more

Feeling off? You Might Blame Your Gut!

If you’re feeling down, anxious or stressed, you might think it’s “all in your head.” Turns out, your gut plays a key role in your overall mental health. Read on to learn how your gut is affecting your mood — and what you can do it improve it.

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What We Know of the Mood-Gut Connection From Studying Mice

It wasn’t until within the last five years that the science community began to identify the connection between the gut and feelings of well-being.… Read more

Enhance Mineral Absorption For Better Bones

Your body may be ingesting the proper minerals through food and supplements, but not absorbing them well enough to improve or sustain your long-term health, especially your bone health.

Read on to learn why your body needs to properly absorb minerals, and how you can improve absorption.

Some Minerals Your Body Needs

Your body’s cells need nutrients to grow and work together.… Read more

The 100 trillion bacteria in your gut have neighbors: Candida

Candida is a fungus, and fungus is a form of yeast. A small amount of Candida isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it aids in nutrient absorption and digestion. The problem is when candida grows out of control, just like an invasive weed in your lawn! Over 70% of your entire immune system is at home in your gut.… Read more

Prebiotics Buyers Guide

prebiotics buyers guide

By adding prebiotics supplements to your diet, you can boost immunity, improve regularity and enhance the performance of your gut, naturally. Prebiotic fiber can also help to curtail obesity, in a natural low-calorie way.

Not all prebiotics are the same, however.

That’s why it’s important to educate yourself on the different types of prebiotics, the science backing the benefits of them and how much you need to consume daily in order to realize their benefits.… Read more

What Weight Loss Pitfalls Should You Avoid?

Weight loss pitfalls typically occur when you follow “diet rules” that are not accurate. For example, most of us believe that cutting out nearly all fat from our weight loss diet will expedite weight loss. Unfortunately, if you deny yourself any fat at all, you’ll inevitably develop intense cravings for carbohydrates, processed foods and fat.… Read more

The 3 Worst Weight Loss Gimmicks

Are you sick of reading about weight loss products only to find they’re a gimmick that not only doesn’t work, but also takes your hard-earned money? Weight loss gimmicks are no different than a salesperson pitching sugar water as a cure for anything that ails you. s include:

  1. The Sauna Suit — Made from some kind of futuristic silver material, the Sauna Suit is supposed to help you lose weight by “evaporating” your excess weight.
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Best Apps for Weight Management

Is there really an app for everything, including weight management? Because the answer is a resounding “yes,” this also means there are a lot of apps to choose from. To help you out, we’ve compiled some of the best apps for weight management that you can try on your own or include in your weight management program.… Read more