Probiotics and Weight Loss

A recent study has some encouraging news when it comes to the use of probiotics and weight loss. The research is still in its infancy, but it is stimulating an important look into the relationship between weight and gut health. Previous research has linked obesity and diabetes to imbalances in the microbiome, which is made… Read more »

Five Steps to Beat Your Sugar Addiction

Results of a recent study showed that a greater neurological reward was provided by intense sweetness than by the drug cocaine. In other words, sugar is more addicting than cocaine.  Kicking the sugar habit isn’t any easier. Evidence suggests that withdrawal from sweets may cause the same neurological symptoms as withdrawing from nicotine, morphine and alcohol. The… Read more »

Surprising Summer Smoothie Fruits for Weight Loss

Smoothies are a cool, refreshing way to get in your fruits and veggies this summer and slim down in the process. Here are eight surprising fruits you should include for weight loss success: Mangoes – Mangoes are rich in vitamins A, B6 and C and full of folate and other nutrients that help the body… Read more »

It’s Never Too Late to Lose Weight

A recent study published in The Lancet: Diabetes and Endocrinology suggests that it’s never too late to lose weight. Researchers found that losing weight at any age can result in long-term cardiovascular health benefits. The study was led by a team of British scientists, who monitored the weight loss changes and cardiovascular health of men… Read more »

5 Healthy Habits to Maintain Weight Loss

If you’re familiar with the yo-yo diet, you know it can be hard to actually keep the weight off once you’ve lost it. According to a recent study that gathered weight loss and maintenance data from the National Weight Control Registry consisting of more than 10,000 registered men and women who met the criteria of… Read more »

5 Common Senior Exercise Myths Debunked

As you get older, exercise becomes even more important for mobility. Even if you're wheel chair bound, you can still get in shape.

Just because you’re getting older, doesn’t mean you can’t exercise.  Below are five common exercise myths debunked. Myth 1: I’m going to get old no matter what, so there’s no point in exercising. Fact: Exercise and strength training helps you look and feel younger and stay active longer. Regular physical activity lowers your risk for… Read more »

Yoga Poses to Increase Energy

Spring is officially here. The dark days of winter are behind us, and yet many of us are still feeling slow and sluggish – like a bear just coming out of hibernation. Now is the time to do something refreshing that will increase your energy levels and help you bounce into summer. Yoga might be… Read more »

The Downside of the Gluten-Free Fad

It’s the trendy food craze of the moment – gluten-free – and companies are cashing in. But a new article in Consumer Reports magazine suggests that unless you are actually suffering from Celiac Disease, a gluten-free diet may cause more harm, than good. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. More than… Read more »

What Is High Fructose Corn Syrup?

how to avoid high fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an extremely processed, inexpensive, man-made sweetener found in many of the foods you consume. Commercially used high fructose corn syrup is made using enzymes and sometimes acids to break down corn starch into simple sugars, fructose and glucose. And while it might start with corn kernels, HFCS goes through… Read more »

The Truth About Sugar

5 facts about sugar that you should know but probably dont

The recent documentary Fed Up examines the roots of obesity in America – ultimately blaming sugar – and offers some staggering statistics related to its consumption in the US. From 1977 to 2000, Americans have doubled their dietary sugar intake. In 1980 the number of documented type two diabetes cases amongst American adolescents (ages 8-19)… Read more »