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3 simple steps to jump-start your heart health this year

By calinpop | February 4, 2021 | Comments Off on 3 simple steps to jump-start your heart health this year

In 2020, the terrible toll of the COVID-19 pandemic largely overshadowed the affliction that remains the leading cause of death in this country: heart disease. In the United States last year, at least twice as many people died from cardiovascular causes as those who died from complications from SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus. While the challenges…

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Top 5 benefits of apple cider vinegar

By calinpop | December 22, 2020 | Comments Off on Top 5 benefits of apple cider vinegar

What is apple cider vinegar? Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting the sugars from apples which turns them into acetic acid – the active ingredient in vinegar. In the shops you may see apple cider vinegar labelled as ‘filtered’ (a clear liquid), or unfiltered – the latter containing something known as ‘mother’. This means there are proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria…

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Better heart health in eight weeks? Double down on fruits and veggies

By calinpop | December 16, 2020 | Comments Off on Better heart health in eight weeks? Double down on fruits and veggies

Two decades ago, the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) study tested the effects of three different diets on almost 500 participants over eight weeks. The first diet was a typical American diet, relatively low in fruits and vegetables (3.5 servings daily) and high in junk foods and sweets. The second offered more fruits and…

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Why you should move — even just a little — throughout the day

By calinpop | December 12, 2020 | Comments Off on Why you should move — even just a little — throughout the day

Sitting for long, uninterrupted periods of time may leave you more prone to cardiovascular problems. How much time do you spend sitting each day? If you’re like most people, more than half of your waking hours are spent parked on a chair or sofa. Even if you dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to…

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9 Ways To Relieve Acid Reflux Without Medication

By calinpop | December 3, 2020 | Comments Off on 9 Ways To Relieve Acid Reflux Without Medication

A few lifestyle changes are worth trying before resorting to drugs for controlling gastroesophageal reflux. If you are sounding a little hoarse and have a sore throat, you may be bracing for a cold or a bout of the flu. But if you’ve had these symptoms for a while, they might be caused not by…

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How Little Doses of Sunlight Help the Body

By calinpop | October 1, 2020 | Comments Off on How Little Doses of Sunlight Help the Body

Sunlight and Your Health When you think of the sun, your first thought might be about the damage it can do. And too much can cause several kinds of serious health issues. But small amounts, especially early in the day before it’s at its brightest, can be good for you in some ways.   How…

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13 Reasons Tea Is Good for You

By calinpop | September 17, 2020 | Comments Off on 13 Reasons Tea Is Good for You

Put down those saucer cups and get chugging — tea is officially awesome for your health. But before loading up on Red Zinger, make sure that your “tea” is actually tea. Real tea is derived from a particular plant (Camellia sinensis) and includes only four varieties: green, black, white, and oolong. Anything else (like herbal…

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Simple Steps to Preventing Diabetes

By calinpop | September 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Simple Steps to Preventing Diabetes

Simple steps to lowering your risk Control your weight Excess weight is the single most important cause of type 2 diabetes. Being overweight increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes seven-fold. Being obese makes you 20 to 40 times more likely to develop diabetes than someone with a healthy weight. Losing weight can help…

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Yoga for Better Health

By calinpop | September 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Yoga for Better Health

Many Americans are exploring the rhythmic breathing, stretches, and sometimes demanding postures of yoga as a form of alternative medicine. The 2007 National Health Interview Survey found that yoga was one of the most popular types of alternative medicine among adults, and that its use had grown by roughly 3 million people since the previous…

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Sugar Cravings: 4 Reasons They Happen and How to Stop Them

By calinpop | August 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Sugar Cravings: 4 Reasons They Happen and How to Stop Them

Sugar cravings affect everyone—myself and Natalie Jill included. Clients ask us both about this all the time, so we thought we’d explain why they happen and what you can do to fight them. The key to dealing with them is to start with understanding why you’re getting them in the first place. Then, once you’re…