3 Tips for Helping a Depressed Loved One

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Depression can pose very big challenges for those afflicted. It’s also important to remember that depression can be very challenging for those who love someone who is depressed. Having a loved one who is struggling with depression can create feelings of helplessness, frustration, and hopelessness, and it can really strain relationships.

Here are three simple tips for those who love someone struggling with depression: Read more  »

5 Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Dark Chocolate

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Dark chocolate is a delicious indulgence that may even be good for some aspects of our health. A number of studies indicate that this bittersweet treat can be rich in several healthy compounds. Among these are flavonoids, which are a certain type of antioxidant found in plants. Unfortunately, the processing cacao goes through can reduce and destroy these compounds, making it important to stick to minimally processed dark chocolate containing at least 65% cacao. Because chocolate can also be high in sugar and saturated fats, it’s best to stick to one ounce a day.

Here are my favorite ways to enjoy dark chocolate. Read more  »

What You Need to Know About Your Saliva

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When you think about oral health, you probably picture a few things: a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss and the myriad of instruments used by your dentist. But the most important factor in the health of your mouth can’t be found on the shelves of your local drug store.

The one ingredient keeping your mouth clean, healthy and bacteria-free is your own saliva. Read more  »

Detoxification: How It Works and Why It’s Important

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Written by Sue Ward, MS, CCN, nutritionist and health educator at Sanoviv Medical Institute

Do you want to feel as energetic and alive as possible each day? Most would answer “yes,” however, many of us are in poor health and don’t even realize it. We often accept low energy, unwanted body fat, constipation, a weakened immune system, and an unhealthy physical appearance as “part of life.” If you are ready to improve your health and longevity, it’s important to first understand how toxins affect us and then learn some simple things you can do to help your body reduce and eliminate them. Read more  »

Spring Forward: Basic Running Tips

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Clocks have moved forward! As we impatiently wait for the first signs of spring to appear, some of us may be eager to throw on a pair of running shoes and spring into action. According to the 2014 State of the Sport – Running Industry Report from Running USA, there are record numbers of people participating in running with 70% overall growth over the past decade. With so many more people running, the number of injuries has also increased. Unfortunately, the enormous amount of information out there can be overwhelming when you’re trying to find a fix for a sore knee or aching foot. Here are a few basic tips for beginner runners to help prevent injury. Read more  »

How Insomnia Could Accidentally Kill You

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We talk a lot about the dangers of poor sleep. It can impact health risks, mental and physical well-being, performance and quality of life. But one other serious consequence of poor sleep that’s often overlooked is accidental death.

A recent study emphasized that danger for unintended fatal injury. Researchers in Norway undertook a large-scale evaluation of the relationship between symptoms of insomnia and the risk of fatal accidental injury. Their study included 54,399 men and women between 20 and 89. Researchers collected data over a 14-year period about the presence of insomnia symptoms including problems falling asleep, trouble staying asleep and experiencing poor quality sleep. Read more  »

Yolanda Foster on Her Battle With Lyme Disease

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Written by Yolanda Foster

Thank you so much for the extraordinary kindness and empathy. Knowing that you care and that you are now aware of this confusing disease is all I could ask for as I work my way through the darkness of this maze. I will try to address some of the most common questions I get asked here. As I write, I’m currently flying 18 hours to get home from Singapore, where I just spent two weeks in a clinic in Seoul, Korea, with a doctor that believes that rebuilding the immune system and healthy cells are the key to my recovery. Read more  »

Preventing Ovarian Cancer: What Would You Do?

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Two years ago Angelina Jolie revealed her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. She made this choice after learning that she has a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, giving her an estimated 87% risk of breast cancer. It also gave her a 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer, which claimed her mother’s life. More recently, Jolie has written about a new medical decision she’s had to face. Given her increased risk of ovarian cancer–and the fact that she was 10 years younger than the age at which her mother was diagnosed, she elected to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventive measure. She has emphasized that her highly personal decision is not the only option for a woman under these circumstances. But it does give us cause to revisit the question: How far should we go to reduce our risk of cancer? Read more  »

The #1 Question to Ask Your Doctor (No Matter What’s Wrong With You)

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I see two kinds of patients: those who come prepared to doctor’s appointments with a long list of questions, and those who come with no questions at all.

But no matter how many questions a patient has, I still find they miss the most important one. What is it? It’s simple: “What are the next three actionable steps I can take to improve my condition?”

It doesn’t matter what the problem is. It works for diabetes, chronic back pain, high cholesterol, or a newly broken bone, which is a pretty wide range of medical issues. So why is this question the most important one to ask? Read more  »

5 Tips to Cure Your Sugar Addiction

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Are your sugar cravings getting out of control? Research shows that some people may become addicted to sugar in a similar way to those who become addicted to drugs.

Eating sugar can be pleasurable and it actually stimulates pleasure centers in your brain. On top of that, we often associate it with pleasurable activities and social occasions like birthdays and holidays. You might also find that you use sugar to reward yourself when things are going well or soothe yourself when you’re feeing bad.

There’s a ton of scientific evidence that indicates you’ll be healthier if you reduce your sugar intake. However, for most of us that’s easier said than done because there’s usually an emotional tie behind your sugar cravings.

Something that emotionally powerful is bound to be hard to change–but it is possible. Here are five tips to cure your sugar habit: Read more  »