As kids, we all remember being told to "stand up straight." People value good posture for aesthetic reasons -- it certainly looks better -- but it has many more benefits than meets the eye. To get the inside story on good posture, I spoke with Boston chiropractor Peter A. Hill, DC, MPA, a former "Chiropractor of the Year" in Massachusetts.
The Modern Yogi’s Dilemma of Eating “Right”: How Can We Honor Both Ourselves And Our World?
In my quest to understand what we as human beings need to create health and harmony in body, mind, and spirit I researched far and wide, traversing the fields of nutritional science and biochemistry to environmental science, from politics to morality, from modern marketing techniques to the nature of consciousness.
Pronounced “keh-FEER,” kefir is a fermented milk drink. Kefir's colorful and romantic history dates back many centuries—likely even longer—to the shepherds of the Caucasus Mountains, who reportedly discovered that fresh milk carried in leather pouches would occasionally ferment into an effervescent beverage.
Digestive disorders are on the increase. About 38 million Americans suffer from a variety of digestive problems such as GERD, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, food allergies, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. Approximately 25 million Americans have daily heartburn and it is estimated that 20% of the adult population have irritable bowel syndrome. Celiac disease, once considered rare, is now thought to affect 1 in 133 people, and food allergies have increased alarmingly.
If you, like many of us over the last 20 years, have heard that soy was good for your heart, your bones, that it lowers cholesterol and is a good source of protein because you gave up meat, you will be very surprised to learn the latest information on soy.
Most people have heard that their thyroid is important for controlling their metabolism and body weight. But did you know that depression, heart disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, PMS, menopausal symptoms, muscle and joint pains, irritable bowel syndrome, or autoimmune disease could actually indicate a problem with your thyroid?
Just in time for your annual “spring cleaning”, here is the latest information on the cleaners that line our store shelves and that we use on a daily basis. While we all like our cleaning products to actually “clean”, the research shows that there are dangerous chemicals found in most household cleaning products, and what you can use instead.
Most of us have heard that free radicals -- the undesirable byproducts of various metabolic functions -- damage cells. Over time, this damage, called oxidative damage or oxidative stress, is believed to play a leading role in certain diseases and age-related changes. Free radical destruction is thought to be a contributing factor to the decline in memory and motor performance seen in aging. But what does this really mean? And how can we prevent cellular damage from free radicals?
Here are 10 guidelines for lasting weight loss, the kind of weight loss that becomes effortless and natural over time. While we all know that fad diets don’t work in the long run, many of us wonder what does work, and if it is possible to actually enjoy life and maintain a healthy weight at the same time.
Thanksgiving is here, and shortly thereafter we have the Yuletide season. It's a time of year when family, friends, festivities, and most of all food takes center stage in our lives.
Since there's no shortage of high-calorie, seasonal comfort foods, the holidays often break the resolve of those who usually watch what they eat. However, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner and the Holiday season without throwing out the basics of a healthful diet. Whether at a family meal, neighborhood cocktail party or office potluck, the key is making healthful choices while still enjoying food traditions.
Every Thanksgiving we take time to be thankful for all that we have in our lives; our families and friends, our neighbors, and our careers that allow us the means by which we can provide for our families.
Despite what you may have been told, the gallbladder serves a very important digestive function. The gall bladder is a hollow inactive organ supplying bile to the digestive tract that is mainly used to emulsify fats and oils.
The first step is to improving the health of your gallbladder immediately remove refined foods from your diet, especially synthetic fats like hydrogenated oils.
The second step is to plan on exercising at least 30 minutes a day, every day.
Although there are many websites that discuss a 24 hour gallbladder cleanse and the immediate flushing of stones, a gradual cleanse and the long term transition to a diet of whole, unprocessed foods and an active lifestyle is really the only way to both prevent gall stones and gallbladder dysfunction and support your body to returning to health.
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