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Chiropractic Care Boosts the Immune System, Image: Multiple studies have shown that chiropractic care has a beneficial effect on pain control. However, new research indicates that it may also...

Take B12 to Help With Parkinson’s , Image: Maja Drazic/Shutterstock.com New research has found the basic micronutrient vitamin B12 may be the first good tool for averting the hereditary form of Parkinson’s disease, which accounts for about...

Lower Anxiety to Ease Allergies, Image: People with generalized anxiety disorders affecting all aspects of life are more likely to have seasonal allergies triggered by...

New Study Lays to Rest Debate
Eat Vegan Without Compromising Stamina, Image: Flashon Studiol/Shutterstock.com For runners, food is fuel. Researchers at Leibniz University, in Hannover, Germany, recruited 76 men and women runners, divided equally between vegans, vegetarians and ...

Be a 'Warm’ Parent to Extend Kids’ Lives, Image: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com Cold or unsupportive mothering styles can harm a child’s health into adulthood, Loma Linda University researchers have found. Compared to adults mothered in a...

Men and Women Have More Choices With Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
by Mary E. Miller-Wilson

Enjoy Life At Any Age!, Image: The aging process can be difficult to navigate. As we get older, hormone levels decline and we experience a loss of strength and mobility, decreased energy and brain function, decline in sex drive, and unpleasant...

How Your Body Tells You Exactly What It Needs To Be Healthy
by Jason Eagle

You Talking To Me?, Image: What if there was a way your body could quickly repair a damaged organ or rejuvenate itself at an accelerated rate? What if you could regain peak mental and physical...

by Lee Rossano
Understanding Seasonal Allergies, Image: The fall season can be especially difficult for people who are sensitive to molds and ragweed pollen. Most allergy sufferers will tell you symptoms can be bothersome, turning any time of year into sneezing, runny nose, itchy red eyes and scratchy throat season. Here is...

The Gut Is the Key to Immunity and Brain Function, Image: The gut is king, especially when it comes to immunity and proper brain function. When the gut is off, so is everything else. Whether you are in a...

5 Tips To Promote Wellbeing
Take the Burden Off Your Gut, Image: A happy person means a happy gut. Essential to health, is our ability to receive energy from our food. Not only is the vagus nerve paramount to digestive function, but the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, organizes and directs...

Reduces Body Weight and Fat Mass
Use Probiotics to Shed Pounds, Image: Tartila/shutterstock.com For the one-third of Americans struggling with obesity, new research on probiotics from the Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, in China, offers a promising...

Another Reason to Stop
Quit Smoking to Avoid Rheumatoid Arthritis, Image: Trong Nguyen/Shutterstock.com Stopping smoking has the long-term benefit of reducing the risk of developing seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by 37 percent over...

Benefits of Cardio Activity
Walk or Run to Keep Blood Vessels and Brains Young, Image: Dean Drobot/Shutterstock.com Running novices that trained for six months and then ran their first marathon actually reversed the aging of major blood vessels—and older and slower people...

Reduces Health Threats
Savor Cherries to Lower Metabolic Syndrome Risk, Image: Dionisvera/Shutterstock.com Montmorency tart cherries, first discovered by Roman legionnaires along the Black Sea, have been shown to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, according to...

Improves Cognitive Functions
Munch Nuts for a Healthy Brain, Image: Mega Pixel/Shutterstock.com Seniors that ate more than 10 grams—about two teaspoons—of nuts a day were able to ward off normal cognitive decline and even ...

Healthy Bacteria Helps with Mood and Rest
Sleep Better and Feel Happier With Probiotics, Image: Emily Li/Shutterstock.com/Shutterstock.com In further confirmation of the importance of the gut-brain axis, 18 Italian students at the University of Verona from ages 18 to 33 that took a...

Optometry's Link to Brain Health
Get Eyes Checked to Detect Early Alzheimer’s, Image: Prokrida/Shutterstock.com With the aid of a new infrared camera technology called optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), early Alzheimer’s disease can be detected by checking the ...

Lowers Blood Pressure and Body Weight
Walnut Leaves Improve Diabetic Health, Image: Peter Hermes Furian/Shutterstock.com In a double-blind study of 40 Type-2 diabetes patients, Iranian researchers gave half of them 200 milligrams of an extract of...

Canines Identify Parasites
Sniffing Dogs Can Detect Malaria, Image: Eric Isselee/Shutterstock.com After years of worldwide decline, malaria is on a worrisome upswing, but researchers from Durham University, in the UK, have found a quick...

People Underestimate the Message
The Power of Thank-You Notes, Image: TukkataMoji/Shutterstock.com Practicing gratitude is a healthy habit, yet people often hesitate to write heartfelt thank-you notes to people that have touched their lives. Researchers at...

Oral Health Benefits
Eat Mostly Plants to Ease Gum Inflammation, Image: Maja Drazic/Shutterstock.com The inflamed gum condition known as gingivitis is fairly common and often mild, but can be a precursor of more serious periodontal disease linked to Alzheimer’s...

Medicinal Fungus Helps COPD Patients
Try Cordyceps to Strengthen the Lungs, Image: Emily Li/Shutterstock.com People suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, can breathe easier by taking the Chinese medicinal...

Hormones: The Body's Messengers, Image: As we age there is a natural decline of hormones, which can affect our sleep, weight, mood and general appearance. Hormones provide the ...

Mindfulness Programs Boost Quality of Life
Optimism Linked to Better Heart Health , Image: Billion Photos/Shutterstock.com Being upbeat helps heart health, reports a new review of research from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Analyzing dozens of...

Researchers theorize that consuming less produce and fewer grains may aggravate inflammation
Eat More Carbs to Lower Heart Risk, Image: ESB Professional/Shutterstock.com Regardless of the type of protein consumed, low-carb diets significantly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib),according to...

Even Light Activities Help
Sit Less to Live Longer, Image:  Ljupco Smokovski/Shutterstock.com For those that don’t move vigorously throughout the day—whether stuck behind a desk or lying on a couch in front of a screen—there’s good news in...

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