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Hormones: The Body's Messengers, Image: As we age there is a natural decline of hormones, which can affect our sleep, weight, mood and general appearance. Hormones provide the ...

Mindfulness Programs Boost Quality of Life
Optimism Linked to Better Heart Health , Image: Billion Photos/Shutterstock.com Being upbeat helps heart health, reports a new review of research from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Analyzing dozens of...

Researchers theorize that consuming less produce and fewer grains may aggravate inflammation
Eat More Carbs to Lower Heart Risk, Image: ESB Professional/Shutterstock.com Regardless of the type of protein consumed, low-carb diets significantly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib),according to...

Even Light Activities Help
Sit Less to Live Longer, Image:  Ljupco Smokovski/Shutterstock.com For those that don’t move vigorously throughout the day—whether stuck behind a desk or lying on a couch in front of a screen—there’s good news in...

Emphasis on Whole Fruits, Veggies, Nuts and Grains
Eat Med Diet to Boost Performance, Image: vitals/Shutterstock.com What we consume can boost our body even in the short term, a new study from St. Louis University shows. After eating the Mediterranean diet for...

New Analysis of Health Records
Imbibe Less to Lower Blood Pressure, Image: Amy Kerkemeyer/Shutterstock.com Even moderate alcohol consumption—seven to 13 drinks a week—increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to...

Environmental Toxicants and Brain Health An estimated 80,000+ chemicals (10,000+ in food processing) have been developed, distributed and discarded into the environment over the past 50 years, so...

Tips to Help Take Back Control
Is Your Bladder Driving Your Life?, Image: Many men, women and children experience symptoms of overactive bladder, but as we age it seems to get worse for some! People don’t realize how some foods, hormones and pathogens can...

Candida Causing Stomach, Thyroid and Other Health Issues
Bloat Be Gone!, Image: The most common health issue affecting women today is candidiasis, or yeast overgrowth. It can impact the stomach, thyroid and female reproductive organ issues, which can lead to...

3 Quick Tips To Keep You Healthier
Simple Self-Care Strategies Women do it all because it has to be done. How much time do you give to yourself? Here are three quick tips to help keep you...

80 Patients Tested
Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL, Image: Scisetti Alfio/Shutterstock.com Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in...

Ginger, Black Pepper and Holy Basil Can Aid Gut Health
Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics, Image: pilipphoto/Shutterstock.com Ginger, black pepper and holy basil, mainstays in traditional medicines as anti-inflammatories, also contain significant prebiotic potential that could...

A Third Less Likely to Develop Poor Thinking Skills
Vegetables and Orange Juice Protect Memory, Image: Yasonya/Shutterstock.com A Harvard study was conducted on the diets of nearly 28,000 male health professionals spanning two decades between their 50s and 70s and published by the...

Going BEYOND Basic Nutrition, Image: We all carry some level of a toxic burden, nutritional deficiencies, genetic polymorphisms and obstacles that need to be addressed then removed. Even with children, there is...

Reducing the Effect of Inflammation on Allergy Symptoms, Image: As cold and snowy as the weather has been, spring will soon be upon us. Along with spring comes the budding trees and bushes, flowers and grass start to grow and they all...

Helps with Memory Loss
Meditation and Music Slow Cellular Aging, Image: Anatoliy Karlyuk/Shutterstock.com Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss...


Improving Heart Health with Food and Supplements, Image: Roman Samborskyi/Shutterstock.com Wouldn’t it be great to reduce your chances of developing heart disease? These foods and supplements support healthy blood levels for...

How to Reduce the Risks That Environmental Toxicants Can Have on Heart Health
John Warner, the American Heart Association president went into cardiac arrest during the heart attack he suffered in December of 2017, his heart stopping for...

Direct Intravenous (DIV) Ozone and Prolozone Available
Clarkston Wellness Clinic Offers New Therapies, Image: Dr. Laura Kovalcik, DO, Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and her IV nursing staff from The Downing Clinic traveled New York City to complete training on Direct IV Ozone...

Fewer Symptoms, Lower Analgesic Use and Lower Body Weight
Bitter Melon Eases Knee Pain, Image:  anat chant/Shutterstock.com Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), a spiky, cucumber-shaped fruit, has traditionally been used in Asian countries to lower blood sugar. Now, researchers at...

Increases Blood Vessel Dilation and Reduces Artery Plaque
Nuts Improve Blood Vessel Health, Image: Jula Store/Shutterstock.com Munching on almonds and walnuts significantly increases blood vessel dilation and reduces artery plaque, say West Virginia University scientists. In a two-day...

May Lead to Lung Infections Through Inhalation of Steam
Harmful Bacteria Linked to Certain Showerheads, Image: Dmitry Bruskov/Shutterstock.com Harmful bacteria from the genus Mycobacterium have been shown to linger in showerheads and lead to lung infections through inhalation of...

Impacts the Ability to Conceive
Stress Lowers Women’s Fertility, Image: Alliance/Shutterstock.com In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, 4,769 couples that were trying to conceive were followed for a year. Those women with...

Supplements Increase Endurance
Beet Juice Boosts Stamina, Image: verca/Shutterstock.com Beetroot juice supplements increase exercise duration and intensity for heart failure patients with...

Common Roadside Weed Has Health Benefits
Nettle Leaf Helps Inflammatory Bowel Patients, Image: Maxal Tamor/Shutterstock.com Nettle, a common roadside weed, may offer hope for sufferers of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and...

Program Improves Children's Fitness
Daily Walks Make Kids Healthier, Image: LeManna/Shutterstock.com Thanks to a program called The Daily Mile, Scottish schoolchildren have shown improvements in their fitness and...

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