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If you feel tired and run down, if you get frequent colds, or if you have digestive issues, you may want to check your gut. An imbalance of gut bacteria can lead to digestive issues and make you more prone to infections. In fact, 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract.
So, how do you balance gut bacteria? Taking a probiotic supplement is a great first step. “Probiotics increase your ‘good’ bacteria, which helps to both relieve and prevent digestive and immune system issues,” says Melissa Josselson, ND, a naturopathic doctor.
It seems like a simple question, right? As it turns out, the answer may not be as straightforward as you think. A new infographic from GOED, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, reveals huge gaps in what different countries recommend for daily intake of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and DHA docosahexeanoic acid (DHA), the two most researched omega-3 fatty acids.
Russia suggests 1300 milligrams daily. Norway checks in with a middle-of-the-road 450 milligrams. Australia advises just 160 milligrams. And many countries, including the United States, don’t make any official recommendation at all.
A new study out of Australia suggests B vitamins enhance the homocysteine-lowering effect of omega-3s. This is good news for people who are concerned about a high homocysteine level, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and certain neurological diseases, as well as to lowered bone mineral density in women.
Homocysteine is an amino acid that forms in your blood as a byproduct of digesting animal protein. It also is produced in our bodies from another amino acid called methionine. People who consume a diet high in animal protein and low in leafy green vegetables, fruits and grain-based foods – all of which have high levels of folic acid and B vitamins – may develop high homocysteine levels.
Warm weather is coming and you have decided this is the year you will get into shape. You will lace up your sneakers and get moving. You will trade in your muffin top for a tank top. You will feel younger! Energized! Slimmer! Good for you – that’s the spirit!
One quick question before you start: Do you know what you’re doing? If the answer is no, follow this advice from our medical advisors and you’ll be on the path to looking and feeling your best. And remember, if you haven’t been active in quite a while, you may want to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, just to make sure there aren’t any limitations based on your health.
Ready to get started? To do it safely, your exercise routine should consist of:
Almost 1.5 million adult Americans are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes each year. Think that’s a scary number? Here’s another one: There are an estimated 8 million Americans walking around who have diabetes and don’t even know it yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose or blood sugar levels are too high – and it’s a disease you want to catch early. Left untreated, it can lead to blindness, amputations, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke, among other serious, debilitating health issues.
While anyone could develop Type 2 diabetes, there are certain risk factors that make it more likely you will develop this disease. Do you know if you’re at risk?
Have you ever heard of metabolic syndrome or syndrome X? If you guessed this is a scary medical diagnosis, you are correct. Metabolic syndrome is not a singular medical condition, but it’s the name given to a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke.
Metabolic syndrome affects two out of every three adults over the age of 50 in the United States. It is considered an epidemic, and it does not bode well for the health of our nation.
If you have been told you have any of the below risk factors, you will want to keep reading to the end of this post to learn what you can do to lower your odds of developing metabolic syndrome.
It seems that every time you turn around there’s a news article churning out the same myth: the vitamin supplement industry is not regulated. These articles tend to be written with authority, no less, and even appear in reputable news outlets like The Washington Post and Forbes.
The reality is that vitamin supplement companies face random inspections by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for label compliancy, language compliancy, ingredient compliancy and post-market surveillance —a program in place that mandates manufacturers of vitamin supplements to submit to the FDA serious adverse events while maintaining records for all adverse events.
Here are the facts, as cited by the Natural Products Association:
Does your body clock get completely out of whack every time we spring forward or fall back? You’re not alone. Experts from the National Sleep Foundation say daytime drowsiness increases in the days immediately following the spring switch to daylight saving time, which always happens on the second Sunday of March at 2 a.m.
The good news is the clock change is a great time to establish better sleeping habits. Follow these tips and you’ll be on the road to getting more rest – and feeling your best!