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Lung Health, Your Immune System & the Wrath of Winter

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Lung Health, Your Immune System & the Wrath of Winter

 

(How to stay healthy and vibrant through the holiday season)

 

The cold, dry air of the winter months mingles with seasonal infections and molds to create a perfect storm that inflicts many with annoying lung conditions. From chronic, dry coughs to thick mucus-filled chest congestion, the winter weather has a way of attacking the lungs and keeping people gravitating towards cough suppressants, warm tea, and plenty of blankets. It is not pure coincidence that winter can be unfriendly to our lungs. Cold air is dry air and the lungs are the first organs to feel like a parched land during this dry season. Not only is the outside air hostile, but many homes also have gas-forced furnaces and wood-burning stoves circulating dry air throughout our living spaces. This indoor air quality can often be compromised as furnaces spread mold and dust, and wood-burning stoves spew dirt and soot. To make matters worse, bacterial and viral invaders seem to thrive in colder air, explaining the seasonal increase in colds and flus. No wonder the lungs feel imprisoned during the winter months, longing for their own oasis. One key to avoiding complications and illness is to keep your immune response strong and ready for the challenge!

 

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Peering into the World of Pears

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Peering into the World of Pears

Apples probably come to mind first when you think of fall fruit. With orchards offering “pick your own” days, and hot apple cider and spiced cider donuts gracing restaurant menus and curbside food trucks in autumn, apples do seem to have the market cornered. But they’re not the only game in town when the days get shorter and a chill comes into the air. You know it’s fall when pyramids of pears appear at grocery stores and farmers’ markets.

Fruit is getting a bad rap in some nutrition circles. Aside from honey, fruits are the sweetest-tasting whole, unprocessed foods available. And even though this is, of course, natural sugar, it’s still sugar, and high consumption of fruit may not be suitable for everyone, depending on individual metabolic state and health goals. After all, fruit is “nature’s candy.”

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Women and Bone Health – what basics do you need to know?

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WOMEN AND BONE HEALTH – WHAT BASICS DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?


Women often start to pay attention to the health of their bones around the onset of menopause, when there is a relative decline in estrogen production. But what does the hormone estrogen have to do with bones? Estrogen is actually necessary in order for calcium to be absorbed into bone. When the hormone is less available in the body, it impacts the rate at which calcium becomes incorporated into the bone structure. Bone is not inert. It is actually a living tissue made up of proteins, collagen and minerals. It is considered a “matrix,” whose elements are always in flux, responding to various nutritional and hormonal conditions within the body. Calcium, for example, is constantly either being absorbed into bones or released into the blood as needed. The objective, then, is to aim for a calcium balance, meaning that calcium should be replenished in the bones at the rate it is lost.

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Are You Using an Inferior Probiotic in a Standard Capsule?

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Are You Using an Inferior Probiotic in a Standard Capsule?

Probio-GI™ from Formulated Nutriceuticals features a unique patented delivery technology which makes it look different, and more importantly perform different, than your average probiotic supplement. Virtually all probiotic supplements come in standard two-piece capsules, which do not keep out moisture, allowing the probiotic organisms inside to remain highly metabolically active, quickly burning themselves out and dying in the bottle.

 

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Take Lemon Balm

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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, TAKE LEMON BALM


In the 21st century, the hallmarks of American childhood no longer revolve around apple pie, homemade meals, and songs like “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Instead, children’s lives are characterized by the consumption of fast food, innovative technology and a plethora of after-school activities. They are more familiar with the family van than the family room. An inescapable reality exists in which America is morphing into a society branded by speed and productivity.  However, despite the accomplishments achieved through fast-paced lifestyles, we cannot ignore the inner turmoil that occurs as our bodies strive to maintain optimal health and wellness during periods of chronic stress.

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