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  • Stress Ages Your Bones
    Healthy Living,  Self Improvement

    Chronic Stress Ages Your Bones and What You Can Do About It

    When you think of the most common problems faced by people as they age in terms of health, you might bring up the fact that they often have weak or brittle bones. This is true, but this isn’t a problem exclusive to older people. In fact, stress ages your bones, giving you some of the same problems that might be experienced by senior citizens, and does irreversible damage to many of your bones and joints. The main culprit here is cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that gets released when you’re stressed. It’s meant to help you in the event of a short-term stressful situation, and it can do that. However,…

  • Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Heart Health,  Sugar

    Diagnosing Diabetes

    If you suspect you may be developing issues with high blood sugar or if you are at risk for developing it because of your family history, diagnosing diabetes is a subject with which you want to be familiar. The most commonly used tool to diagnose diabetes is the glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test. Your doctor uses this blood test to determine what your average blood sugar level has been for the past two or three months. Your blood sugar can spike from time to time, so getting an average over a few months is a preferred reading. I have a friend who ate a chocolate bar before going for his yearly…

  • Fats are Good for You
    Clean Eating,  Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Heart Health,  Sugar

    Fats are Good for You

      Not all fats are bad. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the sugar industry and the big food manufacturers began telling us eating fat was bad. They avoided mentioning the fact that your body must have certain fats for you to survive. Essential fatty acids are one example of fats you need to be healthy, and you need to consume healthy fats to keep your brain healthy. In fact, your brain is actually more than 60% fat. Let’s talk about which fats are good for you. “Big Sugar” spent a lot of money telling us fat was bad for you and sugar was part of a healthy diet. Look…

  • Prediabetes
    Clean Eating,  Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Sugar,  Weight

    You Have Prediabetes – How Terrified Are You?

    You’ve just been told by your doctor you have prediabetes. You’ve left his office armed with all the tools traditional medicine has to offer you. You have your test kit with your lancets so you can prick your finger twice a day and draw blood, your glucose meter and very likely a prescription for a drug like Metformin. Maybe this diagnosis explains why you’re fatigued all the time or why you’re suddenly drinking so much water or even why that cut on your foot just won’t heal. It could explain a host of other symptoms too like your blurry vision. You get home and get on the innerwebs to find…

  • Meal Delivery Reviews
    Clean Eating,  Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living

    Meal Delivery Reviews

    I hear from people all the time about how healthy eating is so much work, takes too long, they’re just too busy and so on. I get it. On my busiest days, it’s a challenge to get to the grocery store if I’m low on supplies, never mind cooking. Enter meal delivery kits to save the day and keep you from doing takeout or heaven forbid, the drive-thru! If you’ve ever considered a meal kit subscription, making a decision can be a bit daunting. There are a lot of programs out there, and they’re all trying to win your business! I thought it might be a good idea to review…

  • Diabetes and Prediabetes Symptoms
    Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Sugar

    Diabetes and Prediabetes Symptoms

    Did you know one of the most common diabetes and prediabetes symptoms is chronic fatigue? This is because diabetes prevents your body from using energy properly because it stores (glucose, your body’s favorite energy source) in your blood rather than letting it get to your cells where it is needed. When you have diabetes, it’s common to feel as though you never have enough energy. Even after pounding back a few cups of coffee and getting lots of rest, you may feel exhausted after doing very little or no even physical activity. Here are a few of the other more common symptoms of diabetes. Overweight and obesity Frequent urination You…

  • Meditation & Depression
    Alternative Medicine,  Depression,  Healthy Living

    Meditation and Depression

    Depression is a huge problem all around the world, so today I want to explore meditation and depression. More than 264 million people globally suffer some form of depression according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2020 In 2015, about 16.1 million US adults had at least one major depressive episode in the past year 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18 Women are 70% more likely than men to have depression and about 12 million women in the United States experience clinical depression each year Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world (WHO, 2020) Depression is a mental health diagnosis where certain symptoms…

  • Healthy Productivity and Personal Growth
    Depression,  Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Self Improvement

    Healthy Productivity and Personal Growth

     “In order to be knowledgeable in these changing times, we must pursue a constant program of self-improvement, a never-ending journey into new fields of knowledge and learning.” – Og Mandino Healthy productivity and personal growth can take many forms. These forms and focuses will change during our lives depending upon goals we set and challenges we experience along the way. Paramount for me, on more than one occasion, personal growth showed up in the form of healthy eating; first when I was twenty-eight years old and then again in 2012. When I wanted to write a post on healthy productivity and personal growth, I decided to invite a few friends…

  • different types of inflammation
    Clean Eating,  Depression,  Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Heart Health,  Weight

    Are You on Fire? What are the Different Types of Inflammation?

    These days we hear so much about inflammation.  Avoid it, reduce it, don’t do things that inflame your body and your mind.  But, what exactly is inflammation, what are the different types of inflammation, is it truly harmful to our health, and if so, why is it so harmful? Very simply put, inflammation is the body’s reaction to infection or tissue damage. Our bodies respond the invader to send agents to the offended/damaged site in an effort to eliminate the problem and to heal your body. Inflammation in its true and intended form is a good thing; in fact, it is a protective mechanism design to protect you and save…

  • Healthy TV Commercials
    Healthy Living

    Are TV Commercials Making You Sick?

    Healthy TV commercials?  The unfortunate reality is if you see it advertised on TV, chances are pretty darn good whatever they’re advertising is not truly good for you… Seriously, think about these three things and what you see on television: food, drugs, personal care products. Let’s talk about them one at a time and see what might or might not be good about them. Food Food…what do we see advertised on TV that is healthy for us to eat? Can you think of one thing? When I think of food on TV, I am hard pressed to come up with anything other than fast food, junk food and the like.…