• Vitamin D Bottles
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    Vitamin D: 10 Myths Debunked

    The conversation around Vitamin D is complex and there are lots of myths and counter-claims passed around like cookies. Most are hearsay, old-wives-tales and the like, even if there may be grains of truth behind some of them. A recent series from Grassroots Health looks at the misinformation and, scientifically, discusses the reality. It’s an interesting story and, if you’re serious about your health, take some time to read through the different articles. My takeaway from this is that you should be informed about the choices and not blindly supplement just for the sake of it. Although this will have some benefits in most cases, it might not have the…

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    Why Giving up Sugar is Hard, and Why you Must Try

    Sugar is hard to give up, not because you don’t have the willpower, but because of the biology surrounding sugar. You can’t overcome your biology with willpower. You will fail every time. So you need to approach it scientifically. Science Over Willpower The science of sugar is fascinating: It not only drives mechanisms that make you gain weight because it produces more insulin and so stores belly fat, but it makes you hungry, it slows your metabolism, and it locks the fat in the fat cell so it can’t get out – it’s like a one-way turnstile. I think we can agree these are not desirable effects. When you look…

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    Avoiding Bananas? Stop! Here are 5 Surprising Reasons why you should Eat them.

    I have always liked bananas since I was very young, but didn’t really eat fruit for many years. After my doctor said I needed to eat more fruit more regularly I decided to go back to what I remembered as a child. I remembered they were soft and easy on the stomach, and I remembered they had lots of potassium, but that was about it. I added a healthy slice of research after my stroke so I better understood the foods I was eating and looked for more details that weren’t around in my youth. I stumbled across Anthon Williams’ Life-Changing Foods which says the following about the not-so-humble banana.…

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    My Fitness Journey: Running and Wellness

    My fitness journey has been stop/start for years. I know it is essential to keep fit, raise the heart rate and push the body. It keeps things working in the long-term and helps restore the balance. The body was used to labouring in ancient times – the hunter/gatherer required us to be active – and the body is designed to deliver. But in today’s sedentary times where we have “the good life” (if we’re fortunate enough) we have to bolt on exercise to our regular daily routine. And that’s when it can feel like a chore and we find excuses not to do it. And that’s OK as long as…

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    Dealing with Addiction: Kick the Caffeine

    About five years ago I visited a Chinese Herbalist and had an allergy test done. They took a small sample of hairs from my head and sent them off for analysis. When the results came back I was surprised to see I had a medium sensitivity to caffeine. As I drank 2-3 espressos a day as part of my daily grind running my restaurants and had had no adverse effects, I thought this was a little odd. However, I did up my dose from time to time to 5-7 shots a day when I was more tired or needed a pick-me-up. Up until that point in time, and approx every…

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    5-Hour Energy & Other Energy Drinks: How Safe Are They Really?

    All through college I had friends who swore that without the help of energy drinks, they would’ve failed out of school. These fairly normal, health-conscious buddies had no qualms at all about downing a can of Red Bull during a long night in the library, knocking back a shot of 5-Hour Energy before a big presentation, or even chugging a Monster or (gasp!) Four Loko in anticipation of a fun night out on the town. The recent uproar over energy drink-related deaths has raised questions about the presumed innocence of these beverages. Is swigging a chemical-laden elixir a necessary health evil, or is it truly dangerous? Be Alert — The…

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    Uncovering the health secrets of tea

    Everyone knows that a cup of tea is good for you, but the exact reasons for this are not clear. To discover the fundamentals of tea’s health benefits, scientists in Germany have investigated the interactions of compounds from tea with cells on a molecular level. Both green and black tea contain around 30,000 polyphenolic compounds, some of which have been shown to have numerous health benefits, including reducing cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and inflammation. Despite their positive effects, which have been seen in epidemiological findings and clinical trials, their exact biochemical mechanism is still not clear. Polyphenols can act as antioxidants, and for a long time, this was thought to be…

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    The Health Benefits of Egyptian Spinach (Molokiya)

    Since 1964, Junji Takano had been eating Egyptian spinach almost every day during his travels in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The Japanese started to plant molokhia sometime in 1980 for Japanese daily vegetable consumption especially in the Miyagi prefecture. Today it has spread all over Japan, and you can now find it in all vegetable and convenience stores, including its seed for hobbyists to plant in their small backyard gardens. One may encounter many different transliterations for the Arabic word molokhiya, such as mulukhiya and molokhia. It is also called jute, Egyptian spinach, Jews mallow, Jute mallow, or saluyot, with a scientific name of Corchorus olitorius. Historically According to…

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    The Health Benefits of Almonds

    The health benefits of eating almonds include the consumption of a certain form of vitamin E that is a very important antioxidant. This means it helps neutralize free radicals, which if unchecked, can result in disease and illness. The Almond Board of California says that most Americans do not get nearly enough vitamin E in their diet, and touts that just one ounce of almonds (about 23) contains 35% of the Daily Value for vitamin E. Almonds can also help you lose weight. Because they contain fibre, protein, and the good type of fat, they help keep you full, making them an ideal healthy snack. They are perfect for stashing…