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HEALTHY LIVING BLOG

Supplements Versus Prescriptions - Is One Better Than The Other

Americans spent more than $300 billion on prescription drugs last year; nearly half of all adults have taken at least one prescription drug in the last month. On top of that nearly a third of adults in the US need two or more medications and women are likely than men to use prescription drugs (all according to the CDC). Prescription medications are undou...

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What Does Healthy Aging Mean?

What comes to mind when you think of the word "aging"? Nothing awe inspiring, right? Visions of sitting in a rocking chair, blanket across your lap. Or being too sore and creaky to be able to play with grandkids and do the activities you love. Not exactly an image of "healthy"! So what is healthy aging and how do you do it? Is it ...

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What is the Best Diet Plan for Me? Review of Popular Choices

If you’re looking for the best diet plan to achieve your goals, take a look at our overview of six philosophies and guidelines. Then choose what’s best for you! Some people want a diet plan solely to lose weight, while others are focusing more on the health benefits of changing their diets. The reality is that no two people have exactly the s...

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How to Work Out at Home—and Workout Mistakes to Avoid

You don’t need an expensive gym membership to get in shape. In fact, you can successfully work out at home. Here’s what to do (and what not to do!). Perhaps you’re the parent of young children or you’re a caregiver for your aging parents. Or, maybe you just don’t want to pay a gym to get the workout benefits you suspect you can get at home. No matter wh...

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Gut-Brain Connection: Second Brain or Part of One Amazing System?

If you’re wondering if the gut-brain connection is real, then read this quote from a Harvard post. “The gut-brain connection,” the text reads, “is no joke.” At a high level, the gut-brain axis consists of two-way messaging that is taking place between the brain and the gut. It occurs through a marvelous biochemical system that is just beginning to be und...

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Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Diseases: What’s the Connection?

Increasing amounts of research show a connection between leaky gut and autoimmune disease, which means that disease reversal is NOT an impossible dream. We first want to provide two definitions (or, you can scroll down to Dealing with Autoimmune Disease). First, here’s how a highly-respected Harvard publication defines “leaky gut,&rdq...

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What is Arthritis? More Importantly, What Is Good for Arthritis?

Arthritis = inflammation of the joints, with stiffness, swelling and joint pain common symptoms. Here is more about the condition, including how to manage it. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis two of the most common kinds. As noted in Healthline.com , symptoms tend to develop over time, but can ...

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Calming Strategies for Children with Autism

Children with autism can feel anxious, just like children who are developing more typically can, but those with autism may need extra help in calming down. When a child with autism experiences anxiety, the experience can be quite intense, and can unexpectedly take place during routine activities, including riding in the car or simply leaving the house, w...

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The Mental Toll of Living With Chronic Illness

If you have one or more chronic illnesses, you may be getting medical help for your physical symptoms, but what about the emotional toll it takes on you? Maybe the illness you have means you must carefully monitor what you eat, and maybe you don’t know how you’ll feel from day to day—and so you find yourself missing yet another bas...

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How Crohn's Touched Our Family

Crohn's is known to skip generations and our family is no exception. My dad got his diagnosis when he was only 26 and had his ileostomy before I was born. It was years after our son was dealing with this often silent illness that we learned my oldest brother's daughter and my youngest brother's son both live with Crohn's. Our youngest son Van was a junior in...

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Millennials and Stress: Their Mental Wellness Crisis

If you’re wondering “Why are Millennials stressed?”, we’ll do a deep dive here into unique challenges faced by this generation and their mental wellness crisis. Although stress itself is not unique to this group of young adults, or to any other group of people, it is true that each generation faces stressors that can hur...

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Vigor: Physical Energy, Mental Acuity & Emotional Well-being

You might wonder, “What does vigorous mean?” and we suggest that it comes with three interlocking tiers, and we’ll share ways to boost your own vigor & vitality. It can be tempting, when pursuing vigor and well-being, to focus on your symptoms. If your physical energy is low, for example, then you think that getting more s...

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Living with Crohn’s Disease: A Roadmap When Traveling

Fortunately, living with Crohn’s disease typically does not mean you can’t travel. It usually means that, instead, you need to plan ahead a bit differently. According to a survey in Frontline Gastroenterology , 62 percent of people with Crohn’s disease or other form of inflammatory bowel disease said their travel was a...

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What Are GMOs and Why is it Such a Big Deal?

GMO definition: a genetically modified organism (GMO), which can be a plant, animal, or other organism with a genetic makeup that was modified in a laboratory That GMO definition, of course, barely touches the surface of a complex subject, and it may even cause you to ask more questions about what GMO really is, and why that matters. To help, ...

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Medical Marijuana Could Be Stressing Your Brain

As more states are legalizing medical marijuana, people are talking more about pros and cons. We’d like to think we’re offering a different slant to consider. If you ask three of your closest friends what they think of medical marijuana, you’ll likely get at least six different answers. Because the concept of medical marijuana is so new, relat...

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Does Effective Gout Management Exist?

What Is Gout Gout is a form of arthritis based on inflammation that develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in their blood. The uric acid forms needle-like crystals in a joint that causes sudden swelling, tenderness, warmth, and pain. There are four stages of gout: Asymptomatic Hyperuricemia When you first experience gout there will...

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How to Burn Fat Through Blood Sugar Balance

Discover benefits of managing blood sugar levels, including to kickstart metabolism to burn more fat, and be at your peak, physically, emotionally and mentally. In our opinion, people don’t talk enough about blood sugar, also known as blood glucose, and how its successful management plays a key role in overall good health. After all, this is yo...

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How to Fight Diabetes: Enlisting Your Gut Soldiers

Today, 425 million people globally live with diabetes, but promising new research is exploring how gut microbe management may prevent or control type 2 diabetes. John Hopkins Hospital has been ranked as one of the top three hospitals for adults in the United States in 2018-2019. So, when they report medical news, we take it seriously. And...

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Digestive Health Supplementation for Better Travel Experiences

When you travel, you want to be at your best, including your gut health. Here’s more about prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes and healthy energy drinks. Prebiotics You can think of prebiotics, also known as fermentable or functional fibers, as fuel that feeds the bacteria in your gut—and the presence of prebiotics is what allows probioti...

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Can Stress Cause Crohn’s Disease? No, But Stress Management Helps

Discover how stress management techniques can help you manage Crohn’s symptoms during flare-ups, and read emerging evidence about Crohn’s and the gut-brain axis. Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease, one that can affect any part of your digestive system, but more typically affects your large intestine (colon...

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