Monthly Archives: February 2011

Got A Hunch?

Cardio Exercise After 20 minutes on the elliptical machine, it’s certainly tempting to slump forward and take a little rest on the console. Or lean a little more on the handles of the Stairmaster®. Whew. Better, right? No, not exactly. Here’s why standing tall is so important.

When you hunch forward or support your body with your arms,

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Home Alone: Avoiding The Binge

SandwichMany more Americans are working from home than in years past, whether they’re self-employed or searching for a job after a layoff. And being at home all day means 24-7 access to that gallon of ice cream in the freezer. Who’s going to know if you down the whole thing?

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Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)

Burdock RootBurdock root is one of those “weed” herbs that Americans are usually trying to eradicate. A member of the Composite or Asteraceae family, it is related to artichokes and thistles. It’s known for its distinctive prickly burs that like to hitchhike on animals and people alike. However,

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Ayurvedic Skin Detox

Ayurvedic Skin DetoxAs the largest organ of the body, the skin keeps outside invaders from entering the body, while it aids the blood in clearing toxins from the inside. The skin often reflects the condition of internal organs, especially when the blood is carrying a toxic overload. Sometimes, the skin helps the blood by storing toxins until the blood can handle them once again or tries to push the toxins out of the body via acne,

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Immune Stimulator

Immune StimulatorIn our modern world, the immune system is often depleted because of poor nutrition, stress and exposure to toxins. A weakened immune system makes one more susceptible to infections, which are often treated with antibiotics.  Antibiotics kill friendly bacteria in the intestines and further deplete the immune system, making the person even more susceptible to contagious disease. 

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Sweat it Out: It’s a Good Practice for Health

sweatingBy Steven Horne, RH(AHG)

We often hear people say, “Don’t sweat it.”  Sweating isn’t considered a wonderful thing in modern society as it is associated with stress and fear.  However, when it comes to our health, and especially in fighting off  colds and flu, sweat is good.

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Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free… What’s The Deal?

DietsYou probably know that vegetarian means meat-free. But what about vegan? Or macrobiotic? Which ones ban beer, again? There are a lot of buzzwords out there, and keeping different diets straight can be confusing. We’ve got a cheat sheet.

Most people follow one of these diets for health or environmental reasons.

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These Wings Don’t Fly

Exercise with dumbbells Ever knocked on a door, waved to a friend—or, heck, just pushed the button on the remote control too vigorously—and noticed a jiggle out of the corner of your eye? Even a tiny bit of arm flab can flap in unflattering ways. It’s time to tone those triceps and send the wings south for the winter.

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Feel The Beet

BeetsBeets can be intimidating. They look like dusty old rocks, but when you cut into them, suddenly your kitchen resembles a crime scene—deep magenta juice everywhere. Cook them right, though, and they’re one of the sweetest healthy foods around. We’ve got a foolproof way to do it.

Why should you bother with beets,

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How Parents Can Ruin their Children’s Health

Research is showing that most preschool children develop a taste for salt, sugar and fat at their homes. In an experiment, researchers looked at the association between the taste preferences of more than 100 preschool children and their emerging awareness of brands of fast food and sugar-sweetened beverages. All of the children were able to pair at least some products with the companies that made them.

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Three phases of exercise

aerobicsLike a recipe, these three phases are the essential ingredients of your exercise session:

1. The warm-up

This phase helps you move from rest to activity. Just as you allow a car to warm up when the engine is cold to prevent damage to the motor,

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“Speaking from the heart”

HeartValentines day is around the corner, a perfect time to show your sweet heart just how deeply you care for them: so want not add one more sweetheart to your list this year…. your heart.

The month of February is also, American Heart Month, and since 1963 Congress has required the president to proclaim February,

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