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Breast Health, the Diet Connection

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James Braly

You watch what you eat. You take vitamins. You exercise. And you weigh the genetic factors, based on your family medical history. All with the hope of reducing your risk of developing breast cancer. But the latest findings in medical...



Posted 01/01/70
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Jack Challem, The Nutrition Reporter™

Stressed Out and Tired. Do You Have Adrenal Exhaustion

The best known adrenal hormones are adrenaline and cortisol. When faced with a sudden stress (e.g., a scare), the adrenals instantly release adrenaline, our “fight-or-flight” hormone. When the stress is chronic—think work, traffic, and relationships—the body ramps up production of cortisol, which buffers us against the stress. Adrenal exhaustion develops when a person can’t make any more cortisol, leading to fatigue. These days, most people counter the fatigue by consuming more caffeine to sharpen up and boost their energy levels. You might think that adrenal exhaustion is something that affects a small number of people, but the scale of the...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Lindsay Wilson

Shield Yourself From Stress with Adaptogens

Stress. Sometimes it’s insidious, creeping up on you while you’re sitting in traffic, causing your blood pressure to rise and your jaw to clench. Or it can hit you like a ten-ton truck, such as in the event of a serious illness, knocking you off your feet and leaving you feeling like you may never recover. No matter how it comes, it always comes—stress is part of the human experience. And while periods of stress are perfectly normal, and dare I say healthy, chronic stress or stress overload can lead to real mental and physical damage. Humans are hardwired to...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Heather Pratt, MNT, BCHN

PS, Protect Your Brain from Stress: Protecting the brain from stress-related damage with phosphatidylserine

Not too long ago, I received a call from the ambulance transporting my husband to the hospital after being hit by a car while riding his bike. As you can imagine, my stress level immediately shot through the roof and continued for the next several weeks while we dealt with the repercussions of the accident. Several months later he’s fine, and thanks to a little help from a hard to pronounce, but highly effective, supplement called phosphatidylserine (PS), my brain had the support it needed to handle this incredibly stressful event. Whenever the brain perceives stress, our bodies kick in...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Heather Pratt, MNT, BCHN

Ayurveda is the ancient healing system that is believed to have originated on the Indian subcontinent some 5,000 years ago. In Sanskrit, the word Ayurveda translates to “life-science” and it is strongly based on the philosophy that human beings are a part of nature. As such, the elements air, ether, fire, water and earth comprise everything in the universe, including human beings. Each individual is governed most strongly by two of the elements, referred to as their dosha. Balance of the elements within each individual is the key to optimal health and, conversely, imbalance causes disease. Changes in weather, society,...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Lindsay Wilson

BPA and Your Health

You have probably heard of BPA, or bisphenol A, a chemical used in the production of certain plastics and epoxy resins that are widely used in the food packaging industry. If you have heard of BPA, then you most likely have heard of the negative health effects this chemical can have on human health. Unfortunately, it is hard to avoid this ubiquitous chemical—it is estimated that more than seven billion pounds of BPA is produced each year[1] and it is found in everything from municipal water pipes, water bottles and baby bottles to plastic flatware and the plastic work bowls...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Jen Allbritton, CN

Baby Building Blocks: Preconception, Conception, and After

A healthy baby is a reflection of how a mom and dad took care of themselves prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy, and even after. Too often, parents begin healthy habits only after conception, ultimately missing an important window of opportunity to maximize the odds of the healthiest possible outcome. At least six months prior to trying to conceive, prospective parents should treat their bodies as if they were pregnant. Focusing on the proper foods and nutrients gives a family a better chance for a quicker conception, smoother pregnancy, healthier baby, and easier recovery. Those who are pregnant or thinking about...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Natural Grocers

Stressed Out and Tired: Do You Have Adrenal Exhaustion?

If you feel perpetually tired, stressed out, and can’t imagine living without caffeine, the problem may not just be too much to do and too little sleep. You could be on the verge of adrenal exhaustion. The adrenals are small hormone-secreting glands located on each of your kidneys. They function as the body’s stress-response glands and release a variety of hormones to maintain homeostasis—biological balance—in response to stress. The more stress you experience, the harder your adrenals must work to protect you. The best known adrenal hormones are adrenaline and cortisol. When faced with a sudden stress (e.g., a scare),...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Jen Allbritton, CN

Americans consume high levels of caffeine each year, which can be found in a number of products.  Coffee is the biggest contributor to caffeine intake.  Average consumption for each person is as much as 10 pounds of coffee per year or approximately two cups of coffee per person per day.  Some other sources of caffeine are: soft drinks black and green tea over-the-counter medications (e.g. pain relief medications) menstrual formulas Caffeine is a natural stimulant with both physical and psychological addictive potential. Over time the stimulating effects of caffeine cannot be achieved unless larger amounts of the substance are ingested. ...

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