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  • Whole Fruits, Fruit Juice and Type 2 Diabetes Risk

    I recently read the findings of a study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, (ref 1) and due to the health implications I thought it would be valuable to share this information with our readers.

    Fruit is packed with heart-healthy fiber, vitamins and antioxidants, making it a natural go-to for healthy breakfasts and lunch boxes worldwide.

    But for optimum health, experts say that  it is  important to eat fruits in moderation and in their whole form, not as juice.

    According to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, eating whole fruits can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, while juicing them can significantly increase that risk.

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  • Will Moms Who Take DHA Have Healthier Babies?

    Most new moms work hard to give their babies the best possible start in life, beginning as soon as they realize they are pregnant.

    While experts offer a wide range of recommendations for a healthy pregnancy, a new study suggests that a simple supplement might be an ideal way to help ensure that babies are healthy , not only before birth but also during their earliest years of life.

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  • Should You Supplement With Iron?

    When it comes to our health, iron is a very important element. It plays a major role in making red blood cells, which are tasked with carrying oxygen throughout our body, and feeding our cells to give us the energy we need to power through our day.

    Since two-thirds of our body’s iron is found in the hemoglobin in those red blood cells, it’s important that our body has enough iron to function properly.

    Those who don’t have enough iron often develop anemia, a condition marked by a low level of red blood cells.

    Low levels of red blood cells limit the oxygen our cells receive, leading to fatigue and a compromised immune system.

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  • Antioxidants – We address some of the myths

    Antioxidants are one of the first lines of defense that the body employs to keep free radicals in check and prevent them from causing a domino effect of damage on other cells, they also help repair cell damage caused by free radicals.  Our bodies are battlegrounds against infection and diseases. Normal body function such as breathing and other dietary and lifestyle choices produce substances called free radicals that attack healthy cells.

    When these healthy cells are weakened, we become more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers. Natural antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E and carotenoids, which include astaxanthin, lycopene and lutein, help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals.

    Although the true role of a diet rich in antioxidants is much more than skin deep it is important to sort out the genuine myths from the marketing hype.

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  • Caring for your skin is smart at any age

    It seems that we’re all looking for the fountain of youth, a magic elixir that keeps our skin looking and feeling young, smooth and supple.

    Why else would Botox injections be the hottest anti-aging trick in Hollywood, where wrinkles are erased but faces are often frozen into masks free from expression, making emotions impossible to gauge?

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  • Why Do Supplements Cause Urine to Turn Bright Yellow?

    We've likely all noticed that a day after eating a meal that included sugar beets, restroom breaks are A LOT more colorful.

    While at first the bright red color palette can be scary, triggering hypochondriac-inspired thoughts of everything from internal bleeding to all manner of other conditions, beets are not the only thing we consume that reveals itself through our toilet breaks.

    The same can be true with multivitamin supplements, which often result in a bright yellow, almost neon-colored urine. (This yellow is a bolder, brighter color than standard yellow urine, and you will know it when you see it!)

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  • IBS symptoms and digestive enzymes

    Marked by a series of unpleasant symptoms including pain or discomfort, gas and bloating and constipation or diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome was once considered to be a product of the imagination, and doctors dismissed patients’ claims of digestive distress.

    In fact, doctors often blamed IBS on stress and anxiety, a likely frustrating scenario for those suffering from the condition.

    Now that the medical community is more accepting of IBS, awareness of the disorder has expanded, and experts are looking at ways to treat it.

    As we mark Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month this month, let’s look a little deeper into the disorder, and what you can do if it is impacting your quality of life.

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  • Younger skin from the inside out

    The search for younger looking skin is a complex business.

    Experts say we’ll spend about $333 billion a year worldwide on skin care products by 2015 in search of the right elixir to transform our skin and restore our youthful good looks.

    There are so many products on the market, it makes it virtually impossible to choose which ones will have the most positive effects on our skin.

    Sadly, most of them offer only surface transformations. They work for a minute, moisturizing skin to plump up and temporarily erase wrinkles, but by the next day, those benefits are gone.

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  • Getting off the office chair... Xtend-Life runs for a good cause

    Being healthy is all about lifestyle, and we at Xtend-Life celebrated that recently by participating in the Star City to Surf Run for the Heart, which featured 6- and 14-kilometer distances for both runners and walkers.

    We ran because we know that a healthy life is about more than taking the right supplements. What you put into your body is only half the battle. It’s what you do with it that counts.

    Our staff did great too!

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  • Eat Your Fruits and Veggies - with Caution!

    "Eat your fruits and vegetables" and "5 a day each" have always been common mantras in Nutritionland. Now the US government has taken this a step further. Forget five a day. Now, "More is better".

    The belief is that under the U.S. government's latest food guidelines, five servings of fruits and vegetables may not be enough for adults to get all the health benefits. Hence, more is better.

    There are two big problems with this recommendation. Can you spot them?

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  • Science proves happiness is vital to good health

    Laughter has always been some of the best medicine, and there is compelling research to prove it.

    Norman Cousins is one of the best-known proponents of the happiness-health connection, a journey that began after he was diagnosed with a debilitating illness and noticed that the depressing hospital setting seemed to exacerbate his symptoms.

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  • Age Gracefully With Joy

    (Series 10 of 10)

    At the start of this blog series on foundational health and wellbeing: what is it, and how to achieve it, we invited you on a journey of discovery. 

    This journey illustrated how good foundational health and wellbeing are possible at any age, once all your core systems and processes are balanced and in harmony.

    We progressed through several milestones which described how optimal foundational health means that all of you is in balance and in sync with your passions and purpose. In other words, you are properly nourished on cellular, molecular, biological, mental and emotional levels. Then the likelihood of degenerative disease and premature aging is reduced.

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