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Why You Shouldn’t Eat Bread Even Though Oprah Says You Can

By now, you’ve probably seen the commercial with Oprah telling you that you can eat bread every day and still lose weight. It is sad, frightening, and disturbing that someone who has so much influence over society’s choices and behavior is using that power to encourage people to consume a substance that can have such a profound devastating affect on their mental and physical health that goes far beyond weight gain.

Skull and Crossbones Made from Bread to Warn

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How Meditation Can Help You Save Money on Health Care Services

The regular use of meditation and other practices that elicit the relaxation response, like deep breathing exercises, yoga, and prayer, have been shown previously to be beneficial in the treatment of a wide array of conditions like addiction, insomnia, depression, anxiety disorders, high blood pressure, chronic pain, stress management, and more. However, a new study has found that these same practices can also help reduce the need for health care services by as much as 43 percent. The greatest reduction in health care service utilization was observed in the areas of neurological, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal.

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How to Kick Your Sugar Addiction for Good

If you are still struggling with cravings for sugar and carbs, the beginning of the new year is a great time to resolve to kick this addiction once and for all. With the holidays behind you for now, there will be less temptations that may sabotage your efforts and it’s a time of year when hope, motivation, desire to change and faith in one’s ability to do so, are often at their highest.

Kick Your Sugar Addiction

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Low-Carb/ Primal and Guilt-Free Eggnog Recipe

Homemade Eggnog in a Glass

I must admit, one of my favorite activities during the holidays is my annual glass of eggnog on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day, preferably while I’m watching A Christmas Story. I love eggnog. There’s nothing quite like its thick, rich and creamy texture and flavor.

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How to Overcome Restlessness Associated with Meditation

Peaceful woman meditating on serene beach.

Research demonstrates that meditation can provide significant benefits for our mental/emotional, physical, brain, and spiritual health. Regardless of which health condition you are facing, or if you are simply engaging in preventative measures, meditation should be a primary component of the healing plan. However, one of the challenges that many of my clients express to me when trying to adopt this practice on a regular basis, is how to deal with restlessness, feeling antsy or inability to sit still. Fortunately, we can use a simple mindfulness based technique I will describe below to overcome these road blocks with ease and reap the many rewards that meditation has to offer. [click to continue…]

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The Link Between Hypothyroidism and Adrenal Fatigue

Thyroid gland illustrated in xray.

Hypothyroidism can be primary or secondary. If it is primary, it should respond well to thyroid replacement. If low thyroid symptoms (fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, constipation, low body temp, depression, hair loss, etc.) continue despite treatment, then it is secondary and one must look at the underlying factors that may be contributing. If that underlying cause is adrenal fatigue, then treatment of hypothyroidism is not only unnecessary and ineffective, it can be highly counterproductive.

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Hydrochloric Acid and the Betaine HCl Challenge Test

Digestive Tract Affected by HCL

Hydrochloric acid, also known as HCL, is really critical for our health for a variety of reasons. In the stomach, it helps other gastric acids (potassium chloride and sodium chloride) break down proteins and it directly kills pathogens like Candida, parasites, viruses, and bacteria and prevents them from traveling further into the gastrointestinal tract. [click to continue…]

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Eight Simple Ways to Look and Feel Beautiful without Makeup

Look Beautiful without Makeup

For some women, it is very difficult to imagine life without makeup. Ladies tend to forget that Nature has given them the means to look attractive without artificial assistance. True beauty is a reflection of the inner self, which is largely influenced by your diet and lifestyle choices, not by the amount of eye-liner, blush, concealer, lipstick, etc. that is caked on your skin.

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Can Caffeine Lead to Binge Eating?

Binge Eating

In this post, we explore the relationship between caffeine and binge eating by answering the following question from a site visitor.

Hi Cynthia,

I have struggled with periodic binge eating for years. I have cleaned up my diet and follow and weighed and measured plan high in protein and non-starchy vegetables as well as some fats. My plan allows for black coffee and tea, which I drink liberally. I still struggle with periodic binging late at night. Is there reason to suspect that this is due to the caffeine intake? Thanks, Meg.

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H. Pylori Basics

H. Pylori

H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori) is a gram negative bacterium that inhabits the stomach and/or the first part of the small intestine called the duodenum. It is believed that 50 percent of the world’s population carries this fella, however, not everyone develops symptoms. It can produce a broad range of upper GI symptoms like GERD, heart burn, acid reflux, a deep gnawing or burning feeling in the stomach or upper small intestine area, bloating, nausea, frequent and intense belching, and is the primary cause of ulcers and gastritis.

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