Unless you’re the parent of a toddler who has just mastered “going potty,” poop is probably not a hot topic in your household. But the composition of what you deposit into the toilet has important implications for health. Did you know the features of fecal matter—such as the size, color, shape, odor, and consistency indicate […]
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When it comes to cold and flu season, prevention really is the first line of defense. To keep your body’s defense system—the immune system—in peak condition, follow our immunity-boosting tips to help your body fight off the bugs looking for a host. And, for times when you are feeling ill, the second set of tips […]
Yes, we are aging. Every day. That’s a simple fact of life. But we’re also living longer than ever before and we have a remarkable opportunity to enjoy our longevity by making good choices and paying attention to the role of healthy cognitive function (HCF) in our overall ability to live — and age — […]
Treat your liver well and it will treat you well in return. One of our body’s largest organs, it’s a workhorse, designed to keep the the blood cleansed of toxins and chemicals. The liver breaks down everything – good or bad – that enters your body through air, water, food, medications or supplements. It also […]
A diet high in red meat has been touted to either fatten your waistline and lead to heart disease, or transform you into a leaner, healthier version of yourself. So what’s the skinny on eating red meat the healthy way? Beef, lamb, pork, and venison provide quality protein, B-vitamins, iron, and zinc. Depending on the […]
Chia seeds were prized by ancient cultures as a source of sustainable energy. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for strength. A tiny nutrition powerhouse, Chia is rich in dietary fiber and contains significant amounts of minerals and vitamins. One ounce of Chia seeds provides calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus among other micronutrients, […]
A traditional Southern embellishment to soups, stews, and entrées, collard greens provide an impressive array of key vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, K, C, the B-vitamin folate, iron, calcium, and manganese. These nutrients play an important role in protecting our cells from damage and supporting the body’s natural processes for controlling inflammation. Collard greens […]
Bioflavonoids are naturally occurring plant compounds used in natural medicine to help enhance the action of vitamin C, support blood circulation, and treat allergies, viruses, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. They act as pigments (coloring) in plants and as antioxidants in humans. Bioflavonoids are present in many plant foods and extracts, such as citrus fruits, […]
For thousands of years, practitioners of Eastern Medicine, Native Americans and indigenous cultures have used specific mushrooms for their health benefits. These fungi are often referred to as medicinal mushrooms and like all fungi, contain compounds called beta glucans within their cell walls. Beta glucans provide support for the immune system by activating killer T-cell […]
With 80% of your immune system located in your gut, having balanced intestinal flora is a major factor in defending your body against disease. Balanced gastrointestinal (GI) flora is critical to the functioning of the immune system, synthesis of nutrients, and detoxification. Balanced GI flora is also necessary for regular and normal bowel movements. Flora […]
Next to iron, zinc is the most common biologically active minerals, found in every cell in the body. It has an important role in the workings of the muscular system, in the reproductive system, and for proper insulin and thyroid function. Zinc is a catalyst for the vitality of the skin and wound healing. However, […]
For centuries, Astragalus root (Astragalus spp.) has been used to strengthen the blood and spleen and — over time — help maintain the strength of the immune system, building resistance to illness and disease. While clinical research on Astragalus is in the early stages, researchers are currently examining how it may help prevent the common […]