The best probiotic foods everyone should eat

Probiotics are living microorganisms that deliver a range of health benefits when included in the diet. (1) Traditional fermented food sources of these bacteria exist in nearly every culture, and can also be taken in supplement form.

These beneficial microorganisms are believed to improve brain function and digestion, and may also promote heart health and better skin. (2, 3, 4, 5)

This list of healthy fermented foods containing beneficial probiotics can help you round out your health plan and get the most out of your menu. [click to continue…]

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What you need to know about Yakult

Yakult is a Japanese company that makes a probiotic dairy drink, which is also called Yakult.

Founded over 80 years ago, the company is a mainstay at local grocers and markets throughout east and southeast Asia.  “Yakult ladies” market and deliver the product in a hybrid network-marketing style manner, selling cases of the drink off the backs of their bicycles and mopeds.
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Zrii: Legit or just a scam? Full review

Zrii is a multilevel marketing company that is best known for their health and weight loss products.  

The company received increased attention after its Ayurveda-inspired antioxidant drink, Amalaki, was featured by Deepak Chopra’s Chopra Center, which is focused on holistic healing and living.

The company also sells anti-aging skin care creams, but it is best-known for its Amalaki antioxidant drink and its meal replacement shake, Achieve.
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11 unhealthy foods you should avoid

11-unhealthy-foods-margarineMisconceptions about which foods are “healthy” and which foods aren’t often originate in the barrage of advertising most of us are subject to in this technology-oriented age.

Capitalizing on the current buzz in nutritional trends is an integral part of tending that bottom line for food corporations, but it can be confusing for consumers.

These 11 foods are presented as healthy choices, but if you’re eating them without knowing these facts, you may be sabotaging your desire for strength and wellness.

1. Whole Wheat Bread

Most of the bread labeled “whole wheat” is made with grains that have been pulverized into a fine flour that will raise blood sugar levels just as fast as bread made with white flour. In fact, the glycemic index (GI) of many whole wheat breads is similar to white breads. (1) [click to continue…]

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Celiac disease symptoms and diagnosis

gluten-celiacCeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder that occurs in some people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.

Nearly a third of Americans are trying to eliminate gluten from their diets (1) because they believe it is negatively impacting their health.

Public awareness about the potential effects of gluten has grown rapidly over the past few years with the spotlight on study results showing how the proteins most commonly ingested through wheat and other grains may be undermining our desire to feed ourselves in a way that feels good and keeps us healthy.

You’ve probably noticed more gluten free options in restaurants and supermarkets, and you may even be avoiding gluten yourself, or at least wondering if it may be causing problems for you. [click to continue…]

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How to get rid of belly fat

belly-fatThis is your no-nonsense guide to getting rid of stubborn belly fat.

Being overweight isn’t always an indication of poor health, but carrying significant amounts of excess abdominal fat raises the risk of developing serious disorders like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. (1)

It’s possible to pack around a few extra pounds without negatively impacting overall health (2); there are also people of normal weight who have the type of metabolic problems usually associated with obesity. (3)

Central or abdominal obesity is defined as having a waist measurement larger than 40 inches for men (102 centimeters) or 35 inches for women (88 centimeters). (4)

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7 sleep deprivation effects that will ruin your life

sleepSleep deprivation is a condition that can cause fatigue, sleepiness during the day or extreme weight loss or weight gain.

Getting plenty of sleep is equally important for good health as eating quality food and exercising.

Lifestyles in the modern Western world have taken a toll on sleep habits. People sleep fewer hours each night than they did in past times, and overall quality of sleep has been negatively impacted by environment.

Here are seven reasons why sleep deprivation could be ruining your life: [click to continue…]

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How to prevent diabetes

low-carb-diabetesMore than 400 million people around the world are affected by the growing epidemic of diabetes. (1)

Complications associated with this complex disease can be greatly reduced by good management of blood sugar levels, and following a low-carb diet has been shown effective for this purpose. (2)

While a healthy body can efficiently break down dietary carbohydrates into tiny units of glucose that become blood sugar, this process doesn’t work properly for diabetics.

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