Healing Effects of Aloe!


When most people think of Aloe, they think of the soothing properties it contains in topical form applied to one’s skin. In fact, aloe has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, which help bring relief to such things as insect bites, acne, sunburns, rashes, and other topical conditions. The plant doesn’t contain just one profound ingredient, but many. It is no coincidence that the plant has been used since ancient times for medicinal use.

Aloe contains small amounts of digestive enzymes, antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, catalase, B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, and all eight essential amino acids. It contains salicylic acid, which is a natural form of aspirin. Also, it contai...

Losing Those Holiday Pounds!


Five Pounds of Holiday Flab

The holiday season may have come and gone, but the five pounds of holiday fat that the average American gains during the holidays linger on. The time between Thanksgiving and the New Year may only be five weeks long, but in that time most people see their largest weight-gain of the year. There are three things to remember this New Year above all else to shed unwanted fat.

First off, recognize what role strength training plays in losing weight. Whether you’re a man or woman, youth or senior, strength training is the building block to fitness, AND to weight-loss. Strength training burns calories while making your body stronger an...

The Healing Power of Ginger


The root of the ginger plant have been used for thousands of years. It has been widely used in the Far East for its many healing properties. The Greek philosopher, Pythagoras, was a major proponent of its uses. It is even said that King Henry VIII used it to protect against the plague.

Ginger is known to aid in the circulation of blood. Research at Cornell University found that ginger had a positive effect on high cholesterol, and also helped blood clots in similar ways to aspirin. Danish researchers are even finding that its active ingredients that aid in circulation also help such conditions as arthritis and migraines.

One common use for ginger in Asia is its relief for the human digestive...

The Skinny on Holiday Drinking!


The holiday season is right around the corner, and along with it comes the many dinner parties and get-togethers. Along with that is the element of socializing and social drinking. A little planning and knowledge goes a long way in managing calories and staying on target.

BEER 12 oz:
Samuel Adams Boston Lager 170
Heineken 150
Coors 149
Corona 148
Pabst Blue Ribbon 144
Guinness Draught 128
Amstel Light 95
Michelob Ultra 95
MGD 64 64

WINE 5 oz:
Cabernet Sauvignon 122
Merlot 122
Syrah 122
Pinot Noir 121
Sauvignon Blanc 119
Chardonay 118
Riesling 118
Champagne 91

Dirty Martini 175
Vodka Diet Tonic 100
Rum & Diet Coke 97

Beware of many mixed drinks with lots ...

Maximizing Meal Time


Our internal clock gets thrown off when we wake at the wrong time. That results in feeling lethargic and a decrease in mental focus. Morning is a critical time of the day for various systems in our body.

A 2016 study in the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition found that obese individuals lost more weight when they switched to eating lunch earlier in the day. Research also shows that skipping breakfast leads to weight gain.

What does this all mean? Eating early in the day helps for weight loss/management!

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Do Frequent Small Meals Boost Metabolism?


We are all familiar with the notion that breaking up your meals into smaller, more frequent meals helps boost metabolism. It is true that going long stretches without eating is proven to slow one's metabolism. However, a recent study from the University of Ottawa yielded different results. In fact, sometimes eating more often makes people hungrier.

Dietitians from the Cleveland Clinic agree that it all comes down to total daily calories for weight loss/control. Generally speaking, eating the proper amount of calories throughout the day is more important than being concerned with timing and splitting portions.

Is Coconut Oil Really Good For You?


Is coconut oil better for you than beef fat and butter? Not according to the American Heart Association. Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fat, which can increase one's level of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Recently, health food forums have been saying that the saturated fat in coconut oil is better for us than other fats, and that coconut oil is actually a health food. The American Heart Association says there is no evidence to support this claim. It recommends lowering one's overall saturated fat intake.

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Cutting Dairy & "Clean Eating" Health Consequences


In the last decade, high-profile celebrities have touted the benefits of "clean eating" on blogs. This often refers to the elimination of refined sugars and starches. However, it is also becoming more common for "clean eating" proponents to cut gluten, grains and dairy from their diet as well. This has many health professionals worried.

Dairy is a major source of calcium, and is important for building strong bones. This is especially important for young adults as any damage done before reaching the late 20's cannot be reversed.

A recent Food Standards Agency survey found that nearly half of 16-24 year olds said they had an intolerance to cow's milk and dairy products, compared to just 8% of o...

New Study Sheds Light On Obesity Trends


"A recent study by the London School of Economics (LSE), which looked at 26 countries between 1989 and 2005 when globalisation dramatically expanded conclude that social globalization - changes in the way we work and live - was what was making us fat, rather than the wider availability of cheaper and more calorific foods driven by global trade.

Basically, the fact that we are are now increasingly able to work, shop and socialise whilst barely moving a muscle is to blame, says study author Dr Joan Costa-Font. The moral of this story again seems to point to the importance of physical activity and exercise to staying slim and healthy.

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The Benefits Of Vitamin D


Your body produces vitamin D naturally in your skin while out in the sun. Many people don't get enough outdoor sunshine, while others avoid the damaging effects the sun can cause. Your doctor may suggest taking a vitamin D supplement.

In addition to maintaining bone and muscle health, a recent study gave some interesting results on vitamin D supplementation. The study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that the vitamin helped prevent respiratory infections like the cold, flu or even pneumonia. In fact, vitamin D proved even more effective than flu vaccinations.

More studies are needed, and you should talk to your doctor before beginning any sort of vitamin supplementation.

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