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12 Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
June 29, 2012 | Nutrition | Editor
Among the many benefits of pumpkin seeds, they are the only seed that is alkaline-forming in this world of highly acidic diets.

Newly Approved Tests on Vitamin D Are At Least 40 Percent Inaccurate
June 28, 2012 | Sunlight | M.Torres
Inaccuracies in vitamin D blood tests may be confounding efforts to establish optimal recommended levels for health, warn researchers.

Study Challenges Popular Misconception That Every Calorie Is The Same
June 27, 2012 | Nutrition | Editor
A new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association challenges the notion that "a calorie is a calorie."

Vitamin B: The Happy Vitamin that Packs a Punch
June 27, 2012 | Antioxidants | M.Crossman
Vitamin B is sometimes called the "happy vitamin," and for very good reason. Vitamin B is a dietary powerhouse, boosting energy levels and enhancing performance of nearly every system in the body. Hundreds of delicious and abundant foods are packed full of vitamin B, ready to unleash the raw power in even the most timid consumer.

Vitamin Deficiencies Widespread Across Europe and U.S.
June 26, 2012 | Antioxidants | A.McCarthy
Vitamin deficiencies causes many different types of symptoms and illnesses. We generally assume that these types of deficiencies are confined to third world and underdeveloped nations. However contrary to popular beliefs, this is not the case. Writing in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers reveal that despite the wide range of foods available, many developed countries -- including Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, and the USA -- suffer from 'widespread' vitamin inadequacies in the population.

Green Banana Flour: Full of Potassium and an Appealing Alternative For Gluten-Free Dieters
June 26, 2012 | Nutrition | Editor
People with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities struggle with limited food choices, as their condition makes them unable to tolerate gluten, found in wheat and other grains. Researchers from the University of Brazil have developed a gluten-free pasta product from green banana flour, which tasters found more acceptable than regular whole wheat pasta. The product has less fat and is cheaper to produce than standard pastas.

9 Powerful Healing Herbs and Spices We Need To Talk More About
June 24, 2012 | Antioxidants | Editor
It's time to turn your spice rack into a medicine cabinet. Herbs and spices hold much higher antioxidant values than foods and they can add incredible taste especially when used correctly with the right dishes. Personal chef and registered dietician Diane Hendricks shares her top picks.

Organic Homemade Sprouted Raw Almond Butter Recipe
June 24, 2012 | NaturalLiving | Editor
One of the problems with nut butters purchased at grocery stores is that most of them contain undesirable ingredients. Others are made using roasted nuts which removes most of the nutritional value, and lastly, most don't use organic sources which means that nuts may be pasteurized or grown in chemical environments. Here's an excellent raw organic almond butter that is healthy, delicious, cost-effective and rectifies all the short-comings of conventiona nut butters.

5 Delicious Smoothie Recipes To Mobilize Belly Fat
June 22, 2012 | Nutrition | Editor
Quick and easy to prepare, these smoothie recipes not only contain a variety of refreshing fruits, they pack monounsaturated fatty acids and probiotics --two ingredients that help mobilize belly fat. These filling, creamy smoothies are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a Flat Belly snack and each recipe is less than 400 calories per serving.

5 Fruits For Radiant Skin
June 22, 2012 | Antioxidants | A.McCarthy
Fruits are one of the best medicines. Increased intakes of fruit and vegetables may decrease markers of inflammation linked to a range of chronic diseases. We also know that a cup of fruit juice a day is sure to guarantee a clear complexion. How about a massage with a fruit pulp or a fruit facial? With people getting more wary of effect of chemicals on the skin, a majority of them are now resorting to using something from their own kitchen. What better way to pamper your skin than with pure stuff which is free of toxins and not harmful to your skin?

Respect Influences Your Happiness Much More Than Money
June 22, 2012 | Happiness | Editor
New research suggests that overall happiness in life is more related to how much you are respected and admired by those around you, not to the status that comes from how much money you have stashed in your bank account.

Five Nutrients Every Man Should Take
June 20, 2012 | Antioxidants | N.Turner
Typically, men are still less likely than women to see a doctor when they get sick or at the first sign of a bothersome health symptom. And it's even more unlikely that they'll take supplements to prevent illness. Whether it's your significant other, brother, father or best guy friend, there are some basic supplements every guy should take for optimal health. Here are the top six you should encourage the men in your life to take:

5 Foods Women Should Have Every Single Week
June 15, 2012 | Nutrition | Editor
Ladies... feel younger, stay slim and thwart diseases by including these amazing foods in your diet every week.

Drinks Containing Hibiscus Are The Highest In Antioxidants
June 14, 2012 | Antioxidants | J.Summerly
The tea made from hibiscus flowers is known by many names in many countries around the world and is served both hot and cold. The beverage is well known for its color, tanginess and flavor. A new study conducted in Portugal found that drinks containing hibiscus exhibited higher antioxidant activity than other beverages.

Cultural Values Have Far-Reaching Implications For A Sustainable Global Society
June 13, 2012 | Sustainability | Editor
Differences in attitudes and cultural values could have far-reaching implications for the development of a sustainable global society, according to an analysis to be published in the International Journal of the Sustainable Economy.

Decrease Your Heart Rate and Reduce Fatigue With This One Vitamin
June 12, 2012 | Antioxidants | A.McCarthy
Daily consumption of at least 500mg of vitamin C may decrease heart rate during exercise and reduce the perception of fatigue and exertion, suggests new data.

Omega-3s Lower Heart Failure Risk by 15 Percent
June 11, 2012 | Antioxidants | Editor
Increased intakes of omega-3s and higher blood levels of the fatty acids are associated with a 15 percent decrease in the risk of heart failure, says a new meta-analysis.

Meditation Reduces Heart Disease In Teens
June 8, 2012 | Healing | Editor
Regular meditation could cut the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in teens who are most at risk, according to Georgia Health Sciences University researchers.

Are Chia Seeds The Perfect Superfood?
June 7, 2012 | Nutrition | A.McCarthy
In South America, as far back as 3000 BC, Chia Seeds (Salvia Hispanica) had been a staple of daily nutrition and commerce in Pre-Columbian societies. In Mayan and Aztec life, the seed was so important, it was incorporated into religious ceremonies and tribal trading, even having the harvest time for the seeds outlined in ancient Aztec calendars. It seems it only took modern day humans another 5000 years to revive the importance for these super seeds which are truly amazing and whose health benefits are still being discovered. It may be the single best all around food!

A Powerful Antioxidant That Treats Autism, Diabetes, Bronchitis and Removes Heavy Metals
June 7, 2012 | Antioxidants | N.Longo
A metabolite from an amino acid which is classified as both a nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical drug, has been used to treat bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, high cholesterol, diabetes, HIV, autism and even cancer. It assists in the production of glutathione, which plays a key role in regulating many cellular functions and helps keep the immune system in check. Moreover, it helps detox the body chelating dangerous heavy metals.

Quinoa - One of Nature's Healthiest Complete Proteins
June 5, 2012 | Nutrition | B.Kim
If you're looking for a truly healthy, protein-rich food to anchor your diet, I highly recommend that you consider quinoa (pronounced keen wah). Called the "mother of grains" by the Incan empire, quinoa is native to South America, and is naturally rich in all nine essential amino acids - these are amino acids that we humans can't make from other nutrients, so must obtain from our diet. Quinoa is one of a few grains that are gluten-free, and for most people, it's easy to digest and utilize.

A New Paradigm To Measure Welfare
June 4, 2012 | Sustainability | S.Sifandos
The concept of consumerism and trade exports and imports, and overall incomes should not be responsible for measuring the health and well being of people. This is a grand problem on a socio-economic scale and through repetition we have the ability to learn mastery. Within this context the mastery comes in the ability to conceptualize a new paradigm of managing the health of people.

How To Make Organic Cleaning Supplies
June 3, 2012 | Sustainability | Editor
Did you know that the amount of chemicals in common household cleaning supplies have enough toxicity to promote over a dozen different cancers? If you're still using conventional cleaning supplies, you would be much healthier if you left your dwelling dirty, bacteria and all. However, if you switch to organic cleaning solutions, not only will you rid your home of dirt and grime, but you'll be giving yourself a toxic-free environment in the process.

Barley Water: A Boon For The Kidneys and Your Waistline
June 3, 2012 | Nutrition | Editor
Which grain is extremely low in calories, does wonders for the kidneys and may even trim your waistline?

Tart Cherries Have The Highest Anti-Inflammatory Potential of Any Food - Comparable To Well-Known Pain Medications
June 1, 2012 | Antioxidants | M.Torres
Tart cherries have powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. According to new research from Oregon Health and Science University presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference (ACSM) in San Francisco, tart cherries have the "highest anti-inflammatory content of any food" and can help people with arthritis manage their disease long-term without pain medications.

Consumers Need More Guidance When It Comes To Choice of Fish
June 1, 2012 | Nutrition | Editor
In a first-of-its kind summary of fish consumption choices, a team of researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital has determined that consumers are not getting all the information they need to make informed decisions about fish consumption. Their research is published in the June 1 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives.


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