Similar to a septic tank, when fiber from the diet is present in the digestive tract, microbes in the large intestine ferment it into substances that help regulate important body processes. The right balance of good bugs in our lower intestines can stimulate our immune system, help manage our weight and perhaps even protect us from diseases like type 2 diabetes, according to some research. Our “microbiota” are the trillions of bacteria, viruses and funguses (fungi) that live on or in our bodies, he explained. More…….
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Related Coverage (WBRE) — Sometimes, you might feel like you need a little help falling asleep. There’s a lot of pressure to get that full night of rest, and some may turn to sleeping pills or natural supplements to help. Michael Marino, Geisinger’s Medical Director for Sleep Medicine, says they have a limited role. More…….
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Sex drive can take a natural dip during winter – but taking a vitamin D supplement could help. The so called ‘sunshine vitamin’ – that we can easily absorb from sun exposure during summer – is essential for a range of health benefits, including looking after bones, the brain and the immune system. However, a deficiency, which often happens when there is less sunlight during winter, in the vitamin can impact your libido, explained Rob Hobson, head of nutrition at Healthspan and co-author of the Detox Kitchen Bible. More…….
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Treating iron deficiency—the most common nutritional deficiency in the world—is a double-edged sword. Iron supplements help, but in a paradox that has stymied health efforts for decades, they can also make existing infections worse. This is a great concern for developing countries, where both iron deficiency and dangerous bacteria and parasites, such as those that cause malaria, are prevalent. More…….
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The home improvement giant reported that its third-quarter sales increased 6.5% to $16.8 billion from $15.7 billion last year. Hurricane-related sales in the quarter were approximately $200 million. “This is benefitting Lowe’s, although not quite as much as it is Home Depot, which remains the destination of choice for many casual improvers and professionals. More…….
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We all have the limitation of 24 hours in a day. Getting ahead means doing more within the 24 hours that you have. That’s one reason why off-label Adderall use has increased 67 percent in the past six years, and high performance individuals from Silicon Valley to Wall Street are using smart drugs like modafinil. More…….
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Supplements give your body all the inevitable substances it needs such as minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. It’s also high in some essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, copper and iron.¹ Among Maca´s numerous benefits you can find support for your memory and learning ability, anti-depressive effects and it also improves your mood. Wheatgrass contains 98 of 102 earth elements found in soil, including phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium as well as essential enzymes and 19 amino acids. More…….
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Ephedrine, a stimulant, was once an ingredient found in practically all weight-loss supplements. In a study published online this month in Clinical Toxicology, researchers at NSF International looked at the contents of six products from four companies. All of the products they examined had labels that indicated they contained 2-aminoisoheptane (a mysterious ingredient that hadn’t been previously used in supplements) or Aconitum kusnezoffii (a plant extract). More…….
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A few years ago you started taking a daily multivitamin to improve your health. Eventually, you found yourself spending almost as much money on supplements as you do on food! Do you really need all those dietary supplements? More…….
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Green tea has numerous benefits, but now science tells us that more may not necessarily be better. It turns out green tea extract, found in many over-the-counter weight-loss powders, pills and liquid supplements, has raised concerns about increased risk of liver damage. If you’re taking green tea extract, here’s what you need to know. More…….
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