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Is Soy A Health Food?

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It seems that people everywhere are forming their opinion about soy and soy products. While some people find it to be beneficial, others have a completely different outlook about it. It’s earned the reputation of being beneficial to your health by helping to lower cholesterol, being an excellent source of protein, and even protecting against certain medical conditions such as heart disease and cancer. It can even help women experience a decrease in symptoms associated with menopause. Is it really a good thing, or not?   Soy was once listed as being a health food, but in today’s society it’s earned a spot in the US Department of Agriculture as being an industrial product as opposed to a food. Take a closer look at the history of soy, along with the negative

Vitamin D and Your Health

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Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin, is an important part of your daily dietary intake and  supplement regimen. In fact, it serves a variety of different functions in the human body. The good news is that there are some foods can help you to get the Vitamin D you need. The important thing is to get some Vitamin D in your diet and take supplements to give your body what it needs. Getting the proper amount without supplements is difficult because people simply don’t get enough sunlight. However, if you follow healthy nutritional guidelines and take quality supplements, you should be able to ensure that you remain healthy and well.   Vitamin D comes in several different forms. The two most important to human beings include Vitamin D2, or ergocalciferol, and Vitamin

Are You Still on a Low Fat/No Fat Diet?

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Several fad diets have poured into the media over the past few years. It seems that when one new fad diet fades out, another one is coming in right behind it. One of the more recent popular diets was the low fat/no fat diet. A common belief is if you consume fat then you will gain weight and get fat. This is far from the truth. If you are still on this type of diet, then you could be doing irreparable damage to your body, as several health risks have been associated with low fat/no fat diets. Take a closer look at why fat is important, and you will soon see that you need to choose a different diet!   Health Risks Involved with a Low Fat/No Fat Diet   While most people are aware that too much of the “wrong” fat in your diet can lead to a whole slew of pr

Should I Buy Organic Food?

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Many health conscious people understand the importance of making dietary changes to improve their overall health and wellness. Over the past few decades, the popularity of organic foods has risen dramatically. Today, the organic movement has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. This is due largely in part to the perception that organic foods are healthier than traditionally grown foods. Is that truly the case?   Take a closer look at the differences between organic foods and traditionally grown foods, and you can see for yourself why people are turning to organic foods. Also, learn more about the benefits that come along with eating organic foods. Before you agree to pay the extra money for organics, you will want to know why you are paying more. Learning

Lowering Cholesterol – Drugs vs Naturally

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The safety of cholesterol drugs has definitely been all over the media over the past few years. Physicians are rather quick to prescribe these cholesterol lowering medications, but just how safe are they? There have been conflicting reports, some stating that cholesterol drugs are extremely safe and others saying that they are extremely risky. Before you even consider taking cholesterol drugs, you will want to take a closer look at their effectiveness and the risks involved with them.   Once you are well informed about the risks associated with cholesterol drugs, you might decide that they are not your best option. While this may be the case, high cholesterol levels are not healthy either. If you choose not to take cholesterol drugs, you will need to come up wit

Should You Avoid Genetically Engineered Foods?

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The safety of cholesterol drugs has definitely been all over the media over the past few years. Physicians are rather quick to prescribe these cholesterol lowering medications, but just how safe are they? There have been conflicting reports, some stating that cholesterol drugs are extremely safe and others saying that they are extremely risky. Before you even consider taking cholesterol drugs, you will want to take a closer look at their effectiveness and the risks involved with them.   Once you are well informed about the risks associated with cholesterol drugs, you might decide that they are not your best option. While this may be the case, high cholesterol levels are not healthy either. If you choose not to take cholesterol drugs, you will need to come up wit

Is Dairy Really Good For You?

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According to the USDA food pyramid, it is important to get three servings of dairy each day; however, more recent studies show that this may not be in the best interest of overall health and wellness. According to Doctor Mark Hyman, “Some of the ‘experts’ who helped create the pyramid actually work for the dairy industry, which makes the US Department of agriculture’s recommendations reflect industry interests, not science or our best interests.”   This fact may alarm some people—especially those who try to be conscious of their health and nutrition. For years, people have followed the guidelines that were set forth by the USDA, all the while believing that these guidelines were designed for their health. The truth is that there is much speculation r

Promoting Good Gut Health

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Having a healthy gut is very important to your overall health. The good news is that you can do a variety of things to ensure healthy digestion. Most people are unaware of the fact that digestive issues can lead to many other health concerns. Most physicians have grown to understand these concerns and want to pass this knowledge on to their patients.   Dr. Mark Hyman stated, “Most of us (including most doctors) do not recognize or know that digestive problems wreak havoc in the entire body, leading to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, autism, dementia, cancer, and more.” That is a lengthy list of concerns that can be directly related to an unhealthy gut. You may not see how these health concerns can rela

Should You Avoid Artificial Sweeteners?

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With more and more people attempting to eliminate sugar from their diets in an effort to lose weight and become healthier, artificial sweeteners are becoming increasingly popular. The problem is that most people are unaware of the negative effects of artificial sweeteners. While they are typically calorie free and may seem like the better alternative to sugar, there is little to no truth to this concept whatsoever.   So, what are artificial sweeteners? They are basically sugar substitutes that are synthetically manufactured using herbs and sometimes even sugar itself. Typically they are much sweeter than regular sugar. According to the FDA, there are five approved artificial sweeteners. These include acesulfame potassium, aspartame, neotame, saccharin and sucral

Are Your Hormones Balanced?

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Hormone balance is a lot more important than many people think. When a person’s hormones are imbalanced, it can affect every aspect of life in both men and women. The three main hormones that should be kept in balance include estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. If you have low levels of these important hormones, it can lead to a variety of different health concerns. Keeping balanced hormones can definitely play an important role in your overall health and wellness.   Take a look at the effects of menopause in women and andropause in men. Then, consider the ways that you can counteract the chances of hormonal imbalances due to these bodily changes that occur later in life. After all, menopause and adropause can have serious effects on the body. They can,