Zinc lozenges are a popular cold remedy, but this unheralded mineral can do so much more. Zinc is required for more than a thousand different chemical reactions in the human body, which gives it a wide range of health benefits: Zinc is essential for a healthy immune system, which helps ward off colds and other illnesses. Zinc plays a key role in healthy cell division, which … [Read more...] about How To Know I Need More Zinc
Q: I have been hearing a lot about magnesium lately. Why is it so important and how much should I take? – Kim V., Goleta, GA Lower Magnesium in American Diet A: Magnesium intake in the average American diet has declined dramatically in the past 100 years. Boiling vegetables causes a 50-percent magnesium content loss. Brown rice loses 80 percent of its magnesium … [Read more...] about Magnesium: How Much do I Need?
Three strategies to improve your cardiovascular health. Last week, the American Heart Association (AHA) published a bold statement: Nearly half of American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease (heart disease). The statistic came from a new report published in the AHA’s journal, Circulation, which reported its annual update on the disease. Half is a huge … [Read more...] about Half of Americans Have Heart Disease: Reduce Your Risk Factors
Holistic strategies to decrease your risk based on the latest research. Getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy weight, doing some type of regular exercise, limiting alcohol, managing stress, eating a plant-based diet, and avoiding toxins in food and skincare products all help to prevent breast cancer. But recent research offers some additional advice. Maintain … [Read more...] about Natural Breast Cancer Prevention Tips
Our 206 bones do more than just keep us standing, walking, and singing through life. They also protect our organs, harbor bone marrow, and store minerals such as phosphorus and calcium. But just like your muscles, bones require maintenance work. Here’s how to keep them healthy for the long run. Human bones don’t come ready at full strength. Instead, our bone density starts … [Read more...] about Osteoporosis: Risks, Prevention & Management
Magnesium: This unsung gem of the supplement world might just be the workhorse of your medicine cabinet. Find out how. Last spring, I met with a nutritionist friend to chat about what dietary changes might alleviate stress, improve sleep and maintain stable blood sugar levels. Her number one suggestion? Magnesium. And in the months since I’ve upped my intake through natural … [Read more...] about Is Magnesium the Miracle Mineral?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that without changes in diet and exercise habits, one in three Americans will develop type 2 diabetes. The good news is that most cases can be prevented. The disease used to be called adult-onset diabetes because it was rare among people under age 30. But the name was changed as incidence soared among younger … [Read more...] about 7 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Sugar
DDid you know that the largest organ in your body is the liver? It is! This organ is responsible for removing poisons, digesting food and storing energy. Just a few reasons why it is so important to keep your liver healthy. Nearly 25% of people in the world develop fatty liver. There are various forms of liver disease. Some are related to viruses, hereditary issues or … [Read more...] about 12 Important Facts About Fatty Liver Disease
Spring cleaning can extend way beyond your home to your health — begin with working to balance your hormones, which regulate just about every function in your body. When the endocrine system – the collection of glands that produce hormones to help your body function optimally – is out of whack (which can happen easily as you transition from one season to another), it can affect … [Read more...] about Balance Your Hormones with 5 Easy Steps
Extract the maximum from the Vitamin D rich summer sun without feeling the burn. The advent of summer, in theory at least, brings with it the glory of sun-filled days with barbecues, trips to the seaside and all manner of other enjoyable outdoor pursuits. The concerns about skin cancer increase during these months. It seems churlish to dampen any enthusiasm for that … [Read more...] about Vitamin D: Avoid Skin Cancer While in the Sun