Wellness and Weight Loss Clinic

If you’re in your 20’s or 50’s or somewhere in between it’s never too late to get in the best shape of your life, you can start now. As a Wellness Educator, I find that most people are very impatient and want quick results

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Why We Use Juice Plus

The most important factor to your health is the food you choose (or choose not) to eat. But we know that is not always easy. We are all leading very busy lifestyles. But the path to good health is paved with the steps we take each day. That is why our families supplement our meals with Juice Plus.

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Good Food For Our Children

As parents we spend hours researching schools and activities that will be the right fit for our children, but do we give that much consideration into what were feeding them? Alarming facts show that some of the additives that is allowed in our foods is actually harming us and our children!

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Enjoy Summer Fruit and Reap the Benefits

Summer is the season where the sun’s rays are at their highest peak. Although most fruits are available year-round now due to fast shipping from faraway places like Chile, California summer also brings a cornucopia of fresh local sensational seasonal fruits. So with summer comes a great time to enjoy these delicious fresh local seasonal fruits, not only to satisfy your sweet tooth, but also to gain maximum nutritional benefits from them.

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Favorite Fruit-Rich and Vegetable-Rich Recipes

Three of our favorite healthy and delicious recipes.

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How to Deal with Stress

We all are aware that stress is not good for us. Everywhere you turn, TV, radio, the internet, you are bombarded with facts about how stress is bad for you; stress can make you sick, cause heart attack and stroke, make you fat, cause sleeplessness, make your hair fall out, make you tired, and make you unpleasant to be around. The list is endless.

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Are Fruits and Vegetables Really So Important?

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can improve your health in a number of ways. Good nutrition will benefit any body especially if they are fighting off disease. And we all know that cancer patients also are encouraged to eat a lot of vegetables (and give up sugar which fuels cancer cells). So, with that being said, let’s look at the benefit of adding more fruit and vegetables to our diets.

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Favorite Fruit-Rich and Vegetable-Rich Recipes

Enjoy these healthy recipes: One-Pot Pasta Primavera, Cauliflower Flatbread Pizza Recipe, Spicy Mango Mandarin.

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Antibiotic and Hormone Free

Have you noticed the new customers in the Temecula shopping centers? They are there because antibiotic and hormone free meat businesses are booming, thanks to Chipotle. Years ago, Chipotle really was at the forefront of caring where its meat came from. Recently, Panera Bread has made the switch to antibiotic and hormone free chicken, ham and turkey. This is a good step in food quality and will likely bring in a lot more customers. Why does it matter that your meat be antibiotic and hormone free? The real winner here is antibiotic free.

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Food Coloring Alternatives

With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we all want to celebrate with none other than green food and drinks. But we all know that just adding the green food coloring or any food coloring has been linked to cause allergies, hyperactivity and cancer. Food coloring is found in everything from candy to salad dressing to flavored drinks. The FDA stands behind the safety of colored products and says that American consumers like the brightly colored foods even though they can cause health issues.

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Calories are not created equal and they don’t take into consideration the nutrition that we are taking in from those calories. The measurement unit of a calorie actually does a great dis-service to health and nutrition. Calories fall short in a COMPLEX system like in the human body and this method is way outdated.

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Pesticides -The Dirty Dozen

Every year the Environmental Working Group(EWG) puts together a Shoppers Guide to Pesticide in Produce. This outlines which produce is the most important to buy organic and which are comparatively safer to buy conventionally grown.

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How Can I Avoid Dehydration?

How can I avoid - and detect - dehydration while I'm pregnant and traveling?

Expert, Debra Gussman, ob-gyn says, "You're right to be concerned. Drinking enough fluids is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. Your body also needs extra liquids to meet the demands of pregnancy, such as producing additional blood to nourish your growing baby. Keeping hydrated also helps prevent urinary tract infections, constipation, and hemorrhoids, all common during pregnancy".

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Better Health - 5 things that you can do today

1. Drink water right now. Seriously, drink a glass of water while reading this. Think of water as more than quenching thirst, it is a nutrient necessary for body processes and for better health. We lose fluids through, sweat, urine, skin evaporation, breathing, and stool. These losses need to be replaced for optimal health. Some of the functions of these fluids are digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. Water helps your kidneys transport toxins through urine, and helps skin look better. Keep the fluids in your body balanced by staying hydrated, and you will feel remarkably better.

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Vitamins vs Supplements

The market is flooded with thousands of vitamin and mineral supplements and new ones hit the market everyday. But studies are showing that most of these supplements’ are not making a difference and some are even doing more harm than good!

The findings by the Iowa Women’s Healthy Study published in October 2011, showed very few benefits if any of vitamin or mineral supplements.

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Healthy Eating for Kids

Good Nutrition. When does it come into play for your infant? When they are breastfeeding or when they start eating solids? Well, both are important but really good nutrition should happen before you even conceive your child. Why? Epigenetics! In other words, disease causing damage done to a parent’s body that is then passed along to their children is also know as having "bad genes". Does that get your attention?

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Nutrition During Pregnancy

Practicing good nutrition is important in your everyday live, but becomes essential before during and after pregnancy because what you eat during pregnancy is very important. Being pregnant is very physically demanding and there’s such a rapid acceleration of tissue growth and, as a result, a rapid acceleration of free radical damage (oxidative stress). By getting the nutrition that your body needs will not only produce a healthier moms but also a healthier baby!

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Comfort Foods and Thanksgiving – Make it Healthy

Thanksgiving is coming – Yay! But there is another part of me that says “oh no, all my healthy eating habits are going to go right down the drain.” Every family has traditional foods that have been made for years on Thanksgiving, and actually it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without these foods; mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, biscuits, stuffing. These are the comfort foods we associate with this holiday. These are also the foods that I know I cannot resist and will pack on the pounds. Groan!! And after all, Thanksgiving is synonymous with overeating too. Double Groan!!

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Thanksgiving - What to Eat When Pregnant

If you are like me, you are looking forward to the warmth and craziness of Thanksgiving, all the family traditions, and the delicious food. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where most families have traditional dishes that have been prepared for years. In fact if your family is like mine, there are certain dishes they won’t let you change, like the stuffing! The good news is that most of the traditional dishes we eat at Thanksgiving are pretty healthy, usually freshly made, and perfectly great to eat while pregnant.

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Do Not Take Multivitamins that Contain Folic Acid

Women who take supplemental folic acid increase their breast cancer risk by 20-30%, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers collected data on women's folic acid intake from multivitamins over a 10-year period – they found that the women who took multivitamins containing folic acid were more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than those that did not.

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8 Conscious Choices for a Healthier Pregnancy

The Canadian organization Environmental Defence recently tested the umbilical cord blood of newborns for known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and neurotoxins, only to learn that each sample contained traces of from 55 to 121 such substances. This echoes a now-famous Environmental Working Group (EWG) Red Cross study in which more than 200 toxic agents were identified in each of 10 newborns, before they took their first breath.

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Dr. Angie Bell on Whole Food Nutrition

Dr. Angie Bell is a leading OBGYN physician and founding doctor of a thriving practice in Kentucky. Listen below as she explains how whole food nutrition and Juice Plus nutrition brings superior results to her patients, especially in preventing gestational diabetes, premature births and, toxemia. She talks about why she recommends Juice Plus in her practice and how important allowing an unborn fetus to bathe in great nutrition with Juice Plus is to create a great foundation for life. Toward the end of the call she will have two mothers share their testimonials of how Juice Plus helped support smooth sailing deliveries.

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What does cancer eat? Sugar, mostly, and other lessons from my dinner with a professor of pathology

By Jane Macdougall

What got my attention was his remark about celery.

You know: the dieters’ wishful thinking on whether eating celery is a sum negative activity, or not.

He was certainly entitled to speak. His name is Dr. Gerald Krystal and he’s a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at University of British Columbia, as well as Distinguished Scientist at the Terry Fox Laboratory at the BC Cancer Agency.

We were perched like vultures over a buffet table, commenting on the many ways to die. Fats, salts, sugars, alcohol: pick your delicious poison. I like ’em all.

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Scientists Officially Link Processed Foods To Autoimmune Disease

The modern diet of processed foods, takeaways and microwave meals could be to blame for a sharp increase in autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, including alopecia, asthma and eczema. A team of scientists from Yale University in the U.S and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Germany, say junk food diets could be partly to blame.

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11 Charts - Everything That's Wrong With The Modern Diet

The modern diet is the main reason why people all over the world are fatter and sicker than ever before. Everywhere modern processed foods go, chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease soon follow. The studies are clear on this... when people abandon their traditional foods in favor of modern processed foods high in sugar, refined flour and vegetable oils, they get sick. Of course, there are many things that can contribute to these health problems, but changes in the diet are the most important factor.

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8 Foods Even The Experts Won't Eat

Food scientists are shedding light on items loaded with toxins and chemicals--and simple swaps for a cleaner diet and supersized health. Experts from different areas of specialty explain why they won't eat these eight foods: Canned Tomatoes, Corn-Fed Beef, Microwave Popcorn, Non-organic Potatoes, Farmed Salmon, Milk Produced With Artificial Hormones, GMO Unfermented Soy, Conventional Apples.

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The Harvard School of Public Health: Get Plenty of Vegetables and Fruits

“Eat your fruits and vegetables” is one of the tried and true recommendations for a healthy diet. And for good reason. Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer, avoid a painful intestinal ailment called diverticulitis, and guard against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss.

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Breast Cancer Prevention: Good Foods

Diet and nutrition can play a significant role in the chances of developing breast cancer, especially if you have a family history of the disease. Some foods may help to prevent or lessen the risks - Dr. Weil encourages all women to give them a try.

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Diet heavy in fruits, vegetables protects mental health, while fast food may invite depression: Finland study

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables will not only lead to a slimmer figure and better physical health, it may also lower the risk of depression according to new study. And while fast food that may be momentarily satisfying, burgers, fries, shakes and other high-fat, high-sugar foods were additionally shown to increase the likelihood of experiencing depression.

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GMO Foods in Your Multi-Vitamins

Most of us have been told ‘take your vitamins’ on more than one occasion, and we listen because…well, because vitamins are good for you. Right? Plus, not everyone likes to eat their broccoli. The problem is that the vitamin industry has been tainted with Big Ag and Big Pharma, too. Consider the fact that Bayer is one of the largest makers of vitamins for children. This is a huge drug and chemical giant responsible for helping to develop many GMOs, all while creating health-boosting vitamins? Questionable. Can we really trust these companies with our health?

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Turmeric: Powerful Anti-Cancer Agent

A simple, yet highly effective way to thwart cancer and protect your liver against disease can be found in a common spice that has been used in Indian cooking for thousands of years. Turmeric, and more specifically, curcumin, its primary active ingredient, continues to shine as an awe-inspiring, anti-cancer "superfood" spice with a vast array of tangible health benefits, including its ability to induce cancer cell death and prevent cirrhosis.

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Do Hot Dogs Really Cause Cancer?

The American Institute for Cancer Research and World Cancer Research Fund reviewed thousands of studies, and continue to review ongoing research that reflect a hot dog-cancer connection. Its conclusion: Processed meats, including hot dogs, bacon, and deli meats, are linked to increased colorectal cancer. It’s hard to point the finger at just one culprit -- preservatives, saturated fat, or other ingredients -- but the preservatives sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate should be avoided.

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Canola Oil

Olive Oil comes from olives, and Sesame Seed Oil comes from sesame seeds. It would make sense that Canola Oil comes from Canola Seeds, right? Well, there’s actually no such thing. Canola is a made-up word which stands for “Canadian oil low acid”, and is a genetically modified product. It is a Canadian invention that is backed by the government. It’s a cheap product to manufacture, and almost all processed or packaged foods contain canola oil. Canola oil was first bred in the early 1970′s as a natural oil, but in 1995 Monsanto created a genetically modified version of canola oil. By 2009, 90% of the Canadian crop was genetically engineered and as of 2005, 87% of canola grown in the United States was genetically modified.

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Fruit, Vegetables and Bladder Cancer

581 invasive bladder cancer cases (429 men and 152 women) were diagnosed and the researchers found that women who consumed the most fruits and vegetables overall, the most total vegetables, yellow-orange vegetables, total fruits and citrus fruits had lower risks of invasive bladder cancer. Women with the highest intake of vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables, including vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotenes, also had lower risks of bladder cancer.

Fruit and vegetable and nutrient intake didn’t impact overall bladder cancer risks in men. However, in subgroups of men, the study found that vegetable consumption reduced the bladder cancer risks of male smokers, and fruit and vegetable intake was associated with lower cancer risks in Latino men.

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10 American Foods That Are Banned in Other Countries

Americans are slowly waking up to the sad fact that much of the food sold in the US is far inferior to the same foods sold in other nations. In fact, many of the foods you eat are BANNED in other countries. Seeing how the overall health of Americans is so much lower than other industrialized countries, you can’t help but wonder whether toxic foods such as these might play a role in our skyrocketing disease rates.

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Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism and Goitrogenic Effect

When whole foods are ingested, all the phytochemicals and nutrients are intact, so they will have a balancing, healthful effect on the thyroid . That is , whole foods may contain compounds that both slow and speed thyroid function but the body’s ability to selectively absorb allows a choice of what and how much of these components are used. In several countries around the world that enlist “natural medicin e,” many of the foods listed above have been used to treat both hypo and hyperthyroidism

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Heart surgeon speaks out on what really causes heart disease

The former recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated. The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences. Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

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The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

On October 10, 2011, researchers from the University of Minnesota found that women who took supplemental multivitamins died at rates higher than those who didn't. Two days later, researchers from the Cleveland Clinic found that men who took vitamin E had an increased risk of prostate cancer. "It's been a tough week for vitamins," said Carrie Gann of ABC News.

These findings weren't new. Seven previous studies had already shown that vitamins increased the risk of cancer and heart disease and shortened lives. Still, in 2012, more than half of all Americans took some form of vitamin supplements. What few people realize, however, is that their fascination with vitamins can be traced back to one man. A man who was so spectacularly right that he won two Nobel Prizes and so spectacularly wrong that he was arguably the world's greatest quack.

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Organic foods no healthier than conventional foods?

If you read the mainstream news headlines today, you might be shocked to see headlines that say things like, "Organic foods no healthier than conventional foods" or "Organic foods may not be healthier for you." You'll see these headlines all across the usual disinfo outlets: NPR, Associated Press, Reuters, Washington Post, WebMD and elsewhere. The problem with these headlines is that they are flatly false. The study these news outlets are quoting actually confirms that organic foods are far healthier for you than conventional foods.

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What do those codes mean on fruits and vegetables?

here is some help in deciphering food labels on produce and packaged food. Smart reading will tell you where it's from, if it's genetically modified and what food colorings, fats, sugars and preservatives are in it. Did you know that the little tag on fruits and vegetables holds a world of info?

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Lifestyle changes can prevent 40% of cancers: Study

An eye-opening new study suggests cancer can be prevented by simple lifestyle changes. These changes may ward off cancers for every 4 out of 10 people. "Many people believe cancer is down to fate or 'in the genes' and that it is the luck of the draw whether they get it," study author Professor Max Parkin, a Cancer Research UK epidemiologist based at Queen Mary, University of London, said in a written statement. "Looking at all the evidence, it's clear that around 40 percent of all cancers are caused by things we mostly have the power to change."

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Coconut Oil & Alzheimer's

One morning last month, Vrajlal Parmar got up, washed and dressed himself, and at 10am boarded the council minibus to a nearby leisure centre. In the evening, the 67-year-old former production line worker from London took the bus home. Nothing remarkable there — except that nearly a year earlier Mr Parmar had been diagnosed as being in the late stages of Alzheimer’s. He’d been given the Mini Mental State Examination — that doctors use to diagnose Alzheimer’s, a healthy person would score 30.

The letter Mr Parmar’s family got back from the Cognitive Disorders Clinic at University College London stated that he was ‘too severely affected to score anything at all’. Any drug treatment would be ineffective.

‘Dad was so far gone he couldn’t do anything for himself,’ says his son Kal Parmar, a filmmaker who together with Vrajlal’s wife, Taramati, looks after him at their home in London.

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Healthy Eating

If you’re like the majority of American adults, you may believe you have healthy eating habits when in reality there are some key nutritional gaps. A study conducted by HealthiNation revealed Americans have an overly optimistic view of their nutritional well-being (link to The study shows that 52% of adults feel they are achieving a balanced diet and eating right when in reality, 76% of adults don’t get the daily minimum amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by the USDA.

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Whole Food Based Supplements

Everyone wants to eat right and maintain a healthier lifestyle - whether you're a busy mom hustling to feed on-the-go children, a business traveler trying to stay fit, or an active boomer keeping up with grandkids. All of us try to eat better for good health, but a healthy diet is often a challenge. We simply don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. And that hurts our health and wellness.

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Whole Food Based Nutrition

According to the National Cancer Institute, antioxidants are “substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Examples of antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins C and E and other substances. Many of these antioxidant substances come from fruits and vegetables.”

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Children’s Health Study

More than ever, our children’s health is at risk because of what kids eat - too much processed food, too much junk food, too much fast food. When Mom and Dad say “eat your fruits and vegetables,” it’s an unappetizing prospect to a generation fueled by sodas, fries, and candy bars. The Children's Health Study shows that the result of whole food based nutrition makes a real difference in family health and wellness.

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Nutrition for a healthy heart: New study shows Juice Plus+ supports heart and lung health

Research has shown Juice Plus+ provides nutrition for a healthy heart and a study just published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition confirms that Juice Plus+ positively impacts several key indicators of cardiovascular wellness. In addition, it supports healthy lung function and improves folate status.

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Sweet Potato-a Tasty and Highly Nutritional Food!

My family and I eat sweet potato almost daily. Here's why you should too:
1. High nutritional value
2. Low glycemic index
3. Accessing sweet potatoes' nutritional benefits is easy
4. Good for your skin
5. Sweet potatoes are like yoga
6. Easy to grow in your garden

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Wheat Isn’t What it Used to Be

Imagine if we lived in a world where a government institution told us that smoking a pack of cigarettes was good. Scary? That's how scary it really is, except it is food, not cigarettes. Someone you thought you trusted and was looking out for you, is not. Wheat Belly is a New York Times bestselling book by William Davis. Dr. Davis explains why it is absolutely necessary to stay away from wheat, whether you have Celiacs disease or not. This topic is incredibly personal to me as I do not eat wheat (as well as many other things) for the last 4 months and have never felt better.

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Excess Body Fat Causes Cancer

The evidence that excess body fat increases the risk of developing cancer is much stronger now than ever before, according to a landmark report issued today by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). Evidence linking consumption of alcohol, red meat and processed meat to increased risk is also deemed convincing.

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Better Functioning Bowels

Wendy Campbell starts people with any irritable bowel symptoms/Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis etc with Juice Plus Gummies first as they don’t have a lot of fiber. The antioxidant value in them starts to heal the bowel and then she gradually introduce the capsules with that fabulous thing – FIBER.

The American/Australian diet of processed food, too little fibre, erratic eating habits, medications, stress and disease slow down the peristaltic action of the GASTROINTESTINAL (GI) musculature resulting in 95% of our population leaning towards constipation and other GI conditions. And, it’s not just a problem with FEELING BAD since most of the nutrients consumed to FUEL OUR BODIES are absorbed in the small intestine.

Food as Medicine

This article is a compilation of posts to Lisa Leake's Facebook posted question: "Have any of you (or someone you know) been able to stop taking some prescription meds after making a change to your diet? If so, I’d love to hear about it!"

She got nearly 800 comments on her facebook and 24 hours after posting this on her blog she had almost 70 comments on her blog! This is truly a popular idea.

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Bladder Health For Women

Women are prone to bladder infections, much more so than men. Due to the very short length of the urethra, bacteria can more easily migrate up into the bladder, and then multiply and irritate/infect the bladder. On some occasions, the bacteria can go higher up the ureters into the kidneys and cause more serious infections. Any woman who has ever experienced this problem will recognize the symptoms: feeling the need to urinate frequently and often urgently, but little comes out at a time, and urinating can be painful and burning. One doesn’t need to have all the symptoms for an infection to be present.

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12 Healthy Reasons to Eat Apples

In addition to offering great taste profiles, apples and apple products provide numerous health benefits – so eat your apples! USApple offers the following Delicious Dozen, 2012 edition – 12 proven ways apples and apple products positively impact health, from head to toe, and from the inside out.

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Vitamin D and Potential Health Complications

Vitamin D, like all other vitamins, is an important part of the well-being of every individual, and yet the media give conflicting reports on the dosage of this vitamin, sometimes stating that Vitamin D supplements can easily cause an overdose.

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Standard American Diet needs boost to offset poor nutritional habits

When it comes to vitamins and other nutritional supplements, you've got to know your ABCs -- to say nothing of your Ds, Es and Ks.

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Large study finds trans fats linked to increased endometriosis risk and Omega-3-rich food linked to lower risk

Women whose diets are rich in foods containing Omega-3 oils might be less likely to develop endometriosis, while those whose diets are heavily laden with trans fats might be more likely to develop the debilitating condition, research suggests.

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Dr. Mitra Ray Answers Questions About Juice+

Juice Plus+ is whole food nutrition. It is simply juiced, dried and encapsulated fruits and vegetables in the ratios of nutrition that nature intended. Vitamins are man-made chemicals that are often way off from the balance of nature, and do not have the natural synergistic effect of nature's food. You are better off eating healthy and taking Juice Plus+, than trying to compensate for a poor diet with isolated, man-made chemicals.

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Dr. Mitra Ray on Fruits and Vegetables

Ever wonder why there is so much confusion in the medical community about nutrition and its relationship to health? I was recently reading the New England Journal of Medicine, when a light bulb went on for me. The article was discussing the results of a long-awaited randomized trial on Alzheimer’s disease using vitamin E, and suggested that “the implication for primary care medicine and for public health is enormous.

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Folic Acid Amounts in Juice Plus+

Juice Plus is a line of nutrient supplements made from whole fruits and vegetables designed to help you meet your fruit, vegetable, vitamin and mineral needs in a simple supplement form. One daily serving of Juice Plus supplements meets 195 percent of your daily folic acid needs.

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On May 19th 2010, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine called on “Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.” They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent studies, and labeling. AAEM’s position paper stated, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They conclude, “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation,” as defined by recognized scientific criteria. “The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.”

Among the population, biologist David Schubert of the Salk Institute warns that “children are the most likely to be adversely effected by toxins and other dietary problems” related to GM foods. He says without adequate studies, the children become “the experimental animals.”[2]

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How green tea extract fights breast cancer discovered

Katherine D. Crew, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, presented the first evidence of how an oral green tea extract, Polyphenon E, inhibits the growth of breast cancer tumors at the 11th Annual American Association for Cancer Research International Conference on October 18, 2012. As part of the first phase of human testing of the green tea component epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) in 40 women who had hormone receptor-negative breast cancer, the researched examined the mechanism of action behind green tea extract.

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Breast health and disease prevention: The best alternative medicine is healthy nutrition

Good health means educating yourself about the latest nutrition news, such as the benefits of such as fiber, beta-carotene and Omega-3. Fiber helps keep weight under control. Beta-carotene helps the immune system fight infection. Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to play an important role in reducing inflammation throughout the body. Omega-3 in fish and plants are known to reduce tumor growth. But mostly, it’s all about balance.

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Drinking tea may prevent ovarian cancer

Andy H. Lee at School of Public Health, Curtin University in Perth, WA, Australia and colleagues reported a study in Cancer Epidemiology suggesting that drinking tea may cut risk of ovarian cancer. The researchers compared 500 incident cases of varian cancer with 500 controls, both groups of Chinese women at a mean age of 59 years for tea consumption and found that after adjustment for potential confounders, women who drank green, black and or oolong teas were about 70 percent less likely to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, compared to those who did not drink.

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Add colours for healthy diet

Healthy eating is not only about picking the fresh food or keeping a tab on the calories, choice of colours is equally necessary to keep one fit and perfect, according to dietitians. A rainbow of foods creates a palette of nutrients, each with a different bundle of potential benefits for a healthful eating plan. Indrani Ghosh,Chief Dietitian, Food and Nutrition, Columbia Asia Hospital – Salt Lake, says that adding a splash colourful seasonal food makes the entire eating experience delightful one.

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Japanese Discover First New Vitamin in 55 Years

A research team led by Takafumi Kato confirmed that pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), a substance discovered in 1979, can be categorized as a vitamin.Mice deprived of PQQ suffer reduced fertility and roughened fur, the Tokyo-based Institute of Physical and Chemical Research said in a news release. Vitamins that have an important effect on mice usually act in the same way in humans, Kato said.

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Cancer concerns prompt lifestyle changes for many

Laura Grinnell, a registered dietitian at St. Helena Hospital’s Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center, recommends that patients maintain a healthy body weight and eat a plant-based diet, which includes eight to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Grinnell recommends foods that are rich in phytochemicals, which act as antioxidants and may prevent cancer-causing cells from forming. Different types of phytochemicals are found in a variety of foods, including cruciferous vegetables — such as broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts — and red and blue fruits, such as raspberries and blueberries. Grinnell also recommends foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids: salmon, sardines, flaxseed and walnuts, for example.

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Top healing foods that stop ovarian cancer in its tracks

Several natural remedies have proven to be exceptionally useful in both preventing and curing Ovarian Cancer. Ginger, ginkgo biloba, green tea and flaxseed are all remarkably effective at destroying ovarian cancer cells and tumors -- hindering proliferation and increasing survival rates dramatically. Diet is extremely influential in preventing as well as healing ovarian cancer. Beyond consuming an abundant variety of fresh produce and limiting dairy, meat and sugar, certain foods specifically target ovarian cancer cells -- demonstrating extraordinary success in defeating this life-threatening disease.

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Plant-derived micronutrients help prevent ovarian cancer

Micronutrients particularly antioxidants derived from plant-foods may help prevent ovarian cancer. An estimated 22,280 American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 and the disease will kill 15,500 women in the same year, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. It is hoped that these studies may give readers some idea about how to prevent ovarian cancer.

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Treating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome through Nutrition

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS (also known as Stein-Leventhal syndrome), is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age, affecting approximately 1 in 15 women. PCOS is characterized by an imbalance of female sex hormones and androgens which causes irregular or absent periods, excessive facial and body hair, thinning of the hair on the head (male patterned baldness), acne, cystic ovaries, infertility, and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance in PCOS patients is often associated with obesity and elevated cholesterol levels. The body is ineffective in its production of insulin and regulation of glucose in the blood which may eventually lead to Type 2 Diabetes.

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The 7 Most Prescribed Drugs In The World And Their Natural Counterparts

HYDROCODONE (Acetaminophen/Vicodin/Oxycontin) - Use: For Pain
STATINS (Generic versions of Lipitor/Zocor/Crestor) - Use: Reduction of LDL Cholesterol
LISINOPRIL (Prinivil/Zestril) AND NORVASC (Amlodipine) - Use: Reduction of High Blood Pressure
SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium) - Use: Hypothyroidism
PRILOSEC (omeprazole/generic versions of nexium) - Use: Antacid
GLUCOPHAGE (metformin) - Use: Oral anti-diabetic drug

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Is Your Protein Shake Safe?

Protein shakes, powders, and supplements are incredibly popular with the health conscious crowd. Considering what typical protein shakes promise – sleek muscles, weight loss and a quick, easy “healthy” meal replacement – it’s logical to see why. Unfortunately, the food industry is making an absolute killing (maybe literally) selling ones that are filled with highly processed denatured proteins, chemicals, preservatives and other additives. There’s one thing in common for all of them – they are all processed and deciding on whether or not they are actually “real food” comes into question. Now not all processed things we put in our body are technically bad for us – but understanding what exactly is in your protein shake is critical to deciding whether to consume it, select an alternative, or discontinue use all together.

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