Foods That Fight Stress and Fatigue

Everyone experiences some stress in their life and know very little about the ramifications. A little stress is good for you—it’s necessary keep you alert and alive. Unrelenting crisis, chronic stress and the never-ending sagas that keep you up at night and your stomach in knots, damage your brain and body. Stress makes you tired, fatigued and foggy. Your brain doesn’t work like it should and your body is in a chronic state of exhaustion. The effects are nothing short of deadly. Effects of chronic stress are linked to heart disease, depression, cancer and other mental and physical ailments. There are natural ways to reduce stress in your life and the lives of your family.  » Read more..

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D? Study Says No

It is very likely that you are not getting enough vitamin D. New research indicates that vitamin D has been grossly underestimated by the medical community. Calculations by researchers at UC San Diego and Creighton University have challenged the intake of vitamin D recommended by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Institute of Medicine (IOM), stating that the doses specified by the IOM are only about one-tenth those needed to cut incidence of diseases related to vitamin D deficiency. Most American’s are not getting enough vitamin D. » Read more..

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Wellness Wednesday: Why You Need More Sleep

When you think of the word wellness, sleep may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Sure, “diet”, “organic”, maybe even “exercise” are obvious wellness words but what about sleep? For any wellness goal to be achieved you need the foundation of a good night’s sleep. Springing forward may feel subtle, but it’s one to two hours of extra shuteye is imperative to our cognitive functioning and brain chemistry. » Read more..

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Blame Your “Hangry” Mood on Blood Sugar and Brain Chemistry

Don't let blood sugar roller coasters take over your mood. These tips will help you feel happy not hangry.

By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that being hungry can cause extreme mood swings and less impulse control in many people.  The study found that spouses are more likely to have arguments and marital dissatisfaction when they are feeling hangry—a term for the angry feeling that comes on when someone is feeling hungry. » Read more..

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New Research Shows This Food Additive Can Ruin Your Gut

Additives seems to be in everything we eat these days. Many of the foods that we think are healthy contain additives that can actually be extreemly unhealthy, espeically to your gut. Food additives called emulsifiers may keep snacks fresh and looking like their label but they can impact gut health. According to the research, these additives disrupt the intestine’s protection from bacteria and boost inflammation in mice, scientists report online February 25 in Nature. » Read more..

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The Health Benefits of Reading to Children

Various studies have shown that reading books together develops a stronger bond between parents and their children. However, apart from strengthening your relationship with your child, reading has many advantages in helping to children develop, especially those who are in school. Whether you’re reading printed books or electronic ones, take note that the most important variable is the fact that they are learning along with you. This enhances attachment, bonding and brain development. In this post, we want to enlighten parents and guardians on the other health benefits of reading to and with children. » Read more..

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Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Sweets

Do you or someone you love have a food allergy? Valentine’s sweets are everywhere right now, but before indulging make sure you check out the ingredients to avoid a potential gluten or dairy disaster. Even if you read the ingredients, gluten could be hiding in those heart shaped boxes.  Here is what you need to know about gluten-free candy this year.  » Read more..

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Are You Addicted to Caffeine?

Is your Starbucks habit actually an addiction? The American Psychiatric Association (APA) lists Caffeine Addiction, more specifically, caffeine intoxication and withdrawal as a mental disorder in the new DSM-V. A few cups coffee or soda everyday may not seem like a big deal, but it impacts your brain and body more than you may think. » Read more..

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This Form of Sugar Could Kill You

Your sweet tooth could be deadly. New research from the University of Utah indicates that high-fructose corn syrup is more toxic than table sugar. From a chemical standpoint, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is similar to table sugar, but it does contain higher levels of fructose. In the study fructose is shown kills female mice than table sugar. The sugar you use, or that is used to sweeten your favorite foods could be deadly.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Serotonin

Serotonin is a popular buzz word but do you really know how important this neurotransmitter is? Sure, it’s the “happy” neurotransmitter but it’s also linked to more than just your mood and depression. It’s estimated that 86% of Americans have sub-optimal neurotransmitter levels. Stress, poor diet, trauma, toxins, genetic predisposition, drugs (prescription and recreational), alcohol and caffeine can cause these levels to be out of optimal range. Serotonin is one of the key neurotransmitters that needs to be balanced in order for your brain and body to run optimally. » Read more..

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