Healthy Living

Why Not Make Eating Healthy Your New Year’s Resolution

It’s almost time to declare that infamous New Year’s Resolution that many of us make every year. Sure, things like making more money or buying a new house are important, but why not resolve to do something that will truly impact the rest of your life? Here’s our suggestion: this year, put eating healthier at the top of your list.


Healthy Gifts that Keep on Giving

Not sure what to get your loved ones this holiday season? You’re not alone.
The holidays are a time for giving, and we know that sometimes it can be hard to choose gifts that are actually worth giving.

So this year, instead of giving the “same old, same old,” why not give gifts that could actually make a difference in someone’s life and improve their health?

 


How to Avoid Holiday Stress

Even though children and most adults tend to enjoy the celebrations that come along with the holiday season, for many, it’s a time of increased stress, depression, and even illness. This phenomenon can be caused by a number of factors. Below, we’ll take a look at a few of these holiday joy-thieves and offer some practical tips for overcoming them.


The Health Benefits of Bromelain

Bromelain is an enzyme extracted from pineapples. It’s often used as a digestive aid to improve the breakdown of protein (and also as a meat tenderizer).

Pineapples have had a long history of use in traditional medicine, leading to the modern investigation of bromelain as a potential treatment for a number of conditions.

 


Organic Food Reduces Toxins

Organic food can be expensive. With living expenses through the roof, few people want to pay double or triple for their favorite foods. As a result, many health-conscious people eat organic selectively, focusing on specific foods.

And according to a new study, these efforts appear to be worthwhile. Eating organically – even occasionally – can help reduce your toxic burden.

The results were published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.


Coffee May Prevent Arterial Disease

So much confusion exists about the health benefits of coffee. While many avoid it entirely, others simply can’t live without it.

The truth is, most current research paints a pretty positive picture for coffee drinkers, especially when considering the results of this latest study.

Scientists from Korea recently found that coffee drinking may help to prevent arterial disease. The results were published in the journal Heart.


CoQ10 Prevents Heart Failure

Heart failure is a leading cause of death in the United States. It’s caused when the heart does not pump blood effectively to meet the body’s oxygen demands. Symptoms may include cough, swelling, weakness, and difficulty breathing.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) can help people with congestive heart failure, improving the heart’s pumping ability and even reducing the need for medications.

A study out of Denmark showed CoQ10 drastically lowered deaths related to heart failure. Let’s explore the details.


Pine Bark Shortens Cold Duration

Coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, and a sore throat – no one likes having a cold. On average, the common cold lasts about seven days – far too long, if you ask us.

With cold season in full swing, your risk for coming down with one increases significantly. Hopefully, you’re taking some preventive measures.


Flavonoids Prevent Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a silent killer. The condition is most often detected in the later stages once it has spread to other organs, making prevention of utmost importance.

In a recent study, scientists investigated if flavonoids, a group of plant compounds that are beneficial to health, were associated with a lower risk of ovarian cancer. Previous studies have also indicated that a plant based diet may offer protection against the disease.


The Great, Healthy Pumpkin

Autumn is the season in which bright orange pumpkins begin to appear, most of which are creatively carved to serve as Halloween jack-o’-lanterns and discarded on November 1.

However, it’s a mistake to consider this beneficial plant food as nothing more than a holiday decoration, or source of a sugar-laden pie. Pumpkins can provide a variety of benefits, as you’ll soon see.

The pumpkin, a member of the gourd family cucurbitaceous, is native to North America, hence its real or imagined role in the first Thanksgiving day feast.


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