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Natural Ways To Lower Bad Cholesterol

cholesterol12-smDo you struggle to keep your cholesterol levels in check? Elevated levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad variety) has been linked to heart disease, artery disease and stroke. When your cholesterol levels rise, plaque begins to build up inside the arteries, restricting blood flow and inhibiting the cells’ normal function. continue reading »

5 Ways To Lower Your Cortisol Levels (Without Drugs)

spinach-091415Do you experience stress on a day-to-day basis? The feeling that we describe as “stress” is actually the result of elevated levels of cortisol, a steroid hormone that’s produced in the adrenal kidneys. When there’s more of this hormone flowing through your body, you’ll feel greater stress and anxiety as a result. So, how can you lower your cortisol levels? continue reading »

Tips For Planning a Healthy Diet

vegetables-752153_1280With the new year upon us, millions of men and women are looking to reshape their diet for the better. As the saying goes, you are what you eat, holds true. People who eat fast food burgers and meals day after day are morel likely to develop diabetes, obesity and heart disease, while people who eat natural, nutritious foods will reap the benefits of better health. So, how do you plan a healthy diet? continue reading »

Warning: These Foods May Elevate Your Stress Levels


There’s no better way to start the morning than with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. The pleasing aroma, delectable flavor, and kick of caffeine will instantly wake you up. If this is part of your normal morning routine, however, you should limit yourself to just 1-2 cups of coffee, as too much caffeine can lead to higher levels of stress. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that speeds up the heart and elevates the blood pressure, both of which can lead to stress.

Other foods and beverages that contain caffeine include sodas, chocolate, tea, energy drinks, and even chewing gum. continue reading »

Top Protein Sources For Vegans

protein-01Becoming a vegan is a life-changing decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Yet there are a few pitfalls that come from lack of meat in your diet, one of which is the threat of becoming protein-deficient. After all, aren’t we taught that all of our protein comes from meat and animal by-products? Thankfully that’s just a myth as there are plenty of non-animal protein sources for vegans to choose from, you just have to know where to look. continue reading »

Celiac Disease 101: Understanding This Growing Medical Condition

celiac-disease-02Celiac disease is a condition in which a person’s immune system attacks the small intestines when gluten is present. If a person who suffers from celiac disease consumes rye, wheat, barley, or any product containing these grains, he or she may experience a wide range of unpleasant digestive systems.

Contrary to what some people may believe, celiac disease is not a rare condition. According to a recent study performed by researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research in Baltimore, approximately 1 in 133 Americans suffer from the disease. Many of these cases remain undiagnosed, with individuals assuming their digestive symptoms are caused by eating too much greasy or acidic food. continue reading »

What’s Really In Your Olive Oil?

olive-oil-356102_1920Olive is oil is nutritious, versatile food byproduct that’s used by millions of people worldwide. Some people use it as a cooking oil, while others use it as a dipping sauce. Unfortunately, though, recent studies are revealing a darker side to the olive oil business. Even though a bottle is labeled “100% olive oil,” it may actually contain other ingredients and fillers. What’s even more shocking is that most consumers can’t tell the difference between authentic and fake olive oil; therefore, they unknowingly purchase and consume a product that is essentially mislabeled. continue reading »

Top 5 Fat-Burning Foods

Still struggling to shed those unwanted pounds? The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than a third of U.S. adults are overweight, resulting in approximately $140 billion in related medical expenses. Whether you are looking to lose 5 pounds or 50, eating the right foods may help you accomplish these goals. There are certain foods which may hinder your weight loss progress, but there are also foods that can encourage it. For a list of the top 5 fat-burning foods, keep reading. continue reading »

6 Fun Facts About Wine

wine-42831323234243_640Wine is more than just a delicious beverage to compliment a meal or snack; it’s a part of mankind’s history that dates back thousands of years, spanning across the globe. The truth is that most people consume this beverage without realizing its true value or importance. To help shed some light on wine, keep reading. We’re going to reveal 6 fun and interesting facts about wine. continue reading »

4 Powerful Foods To Improve Your Heart Health

salmon-01Taking the lives of nearly 385,000 people each year, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. Smoking, high LDL cholesterol, obesity and high blood pressure are the biggest contributing factors of  this hidden killer. While eating the wrong foods will increase your chance of developing cardiovascular disease, eating the right foods will actually reduce your chances. Keep reading to learn 4 of the best “heart-healthy” foods to ward off cardiovascular disease. continue reading »