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The Health Benefits Of Eating The Rainbow

Each color of fruits and vegetables adds different nutrients that are beneficial to our bodies. By eating an array of colorful foods, you can provide your body with the essential nutrition it needs. So let’s look at healthy foods in the color of the rainbow and explore why they can be beneficial to us because of their color.

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Feed, Train and Care for Your Cartilage

Most health and fitness writers don’t spend a lot of time on cartilage. As tissues go, it’s fairly isolated. It doesn’t contain blood vessels, so we can’t deliver blood-borne nutrients to heal and grow it. Cartilage has no nerve cells, so we can’t “feel” what’s going on. Doctors usually consider it to be functionally inert, a sort of passive lubricant for our joints. If it breaks down, you’re out of luck, they say.

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Want a good nutrition for your child? Be a role model! It’s easy to be frustrated at times and it’s tempting to just give your child the food that he wants, but highly palatable food is quite often unhealthy, full of sugar (which kids adore) or fat. Other parents are trying to reinforce eating […]

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Will Certain Vitamins Give You Better Skin?

headache-pain-pills-medication-159211There is some research suggesting that taking vitamins A, C, and E in supplement form may have skin-saving benefits. They’re all antioxidants that may prevent or delay some types of skin cell damage. But unless you’re deficient in any of these vitamins, you can get what you need from a well-balanced diet that includes fruit, […]

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The Most Important Dietary Rules

salad-374173_640There is so much contradicting dietary advice out there, it can be hard to navigate what is true and what isn’t. Eat breakfast. Don’t eat breakfast. Ditch carbs. Become vegan. Who’s right? The truth is, there are a few fundamental rules to having a healthy relationship with your food that you should heed — and none of them tell you what types of foods to eat. Here are 5 universal dietary rules you should follow.

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Zingiber_Ginger_Coconut_Rooibos_-_Teavana_tisaneFatigue, mood swings, night sweats and decreased libido are just a few of the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany menopause, a process that marks the end of a woman’s fertility, typically occurring around the age of 51.

Hormone replacement therapy, including estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, is frequently offered as a treatment for menopause-related hormone imbalances; however, many people experience drug-related side effects. Long-term use and taking the incorrect dosage can contribute to some very serious health risks, including breast cancer, blood clots, myocardial infarction and stroke.

However, a report by EmpowHer.com lists five natural herbs that are helpful in reducing the irritating and sometimes painful symptoms associated with menopause.

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salad-374173_640Do you ever wonder where you positive emotions went?

If your optimistic outlook on life has soured, then you should know that – beyond psychological approaches – nutrition plays a key role in maintaining your moods.

Here are some nutrients to research and test:

Amino Acids

As protein’s essential building blocks, amino acids play a key role in helping your brain function properly. When you aren’t getting enough amino acids in your diet, you may begin to feel depressed, unfocused, and sluggish.

B Complex Vitamins

According to a study conducted in 2009, more than a quarter of all older women diagnosed with severe depression were deficient in B complex vitamins, suggesting that these are far more important for our mental health that anyone previously realized.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiencies have not only been linked to depression, but to autism and dementia as well. The easiest time to become vitamin D deficient is during the fall and winter months, when we’re receiving less sunlight. According to the National Institutes of Health, adults need 600 IUs of vitamin D per day.

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Supplements that will benefit almost everyone

vitamins-521358_640Less than 100 years ago, it wasn’t necessary for most Westerners to take nutrient supplements. Our soil was rich in essential minerals, our diets were packed with organic and home-grown food, and our environment contained far fewer health-destroying toxins.

Fast forward to the 21st century, however, and much has changed. Due to ongoing soil erosion, widespread pollution and much more, it is now difficult for many of us to obtain all of our essential nutrients from regular foods alone.

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The health benefits of Curry

3907797665_28fe195b1d_bIndia is a country with over 1 billion people spread over five large regions. This population is incredibly diverse. Indians speak more than122 different languages and their cuisines vary greatly among the regions. Despite these differences, there is still something Indians have in common – their love of curry.

The word curry means sauce. Curry is not a spice; it is a combination of spices. Although the combination and ratio of spices varies from one curry to another, many health promoting spices are standard in most curry mixes. Here are features of the most common spices you will find in a curry and how they benefit your health.

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These Food Will Keep Your Gut Happy

Image by julesWe eat certain foods and take supplements to keep our eyes, brain, bones and joints strong and youthful, but do you eat to keep your gut happy and healthy? Lately, there has been an explosion of new products geared for improving gastrointestinal health. Specially fortified yogurts, probiotic supplements in the forms of capsules, powders and liquids, and many other options have been appearing on store shelves, TV shows and in doctor’s offices. These products have been touted to improve digestive health, boost immunity, and relieve inflammation that causes everything from arthritis to eczema. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any label health claims for probiotics.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), “probiotics are live microorganisms (e.g. bacteria) that are either the same as or similar to microorganisms found naturally in the human body and may be beneficial to your health.” Although some bacteria are harmful to humans, we rely on a wide variety of bacteria to help our body function.

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