The Paleo Diet—Is It Right for You?

paleo22Story at-a-glance 

Humans today suffer more chronic and debilitating diseases than ever before. And there can be little doubt that our food choices play a major role Continue reading

Suffering from Depression? You’re Not Alone

depDepression is a major health issue in this country, impacting 20% of Americans at some point in their lives. What’s interesting, though, is that it appears many cases may be avoided, or at least limited, by making lifestyle changes.

As the factors of depression are examined more closely, increasing amounts of preventative measures are coming to light. Providing therapeutic opportunities existing beyond pharmaceutical and psychological treatments, these factors can play Continue reading

The Importance of Magnesium

The essential element magnesium has important anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. A lack of it is associated with a wide range of medical problems, from heart irregularities to asthma. Unfortunately, because of our poor diets, many of us don’t get enough magnesium.

Magnesium deficiency is very common, especially in those who eat a Western diet high in red meats, fats, and sugars, and low in fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, carbonated sodas deplete the body’s supply of magnesium. Americans, both young and old, gulp down these dangerous sodas at a frantic pace. As many as 75 percent of Americans eat diets deficient in magnesium, and two-thirds of these people are significantly deficient.

Magnesium is critical for the healthy function of blood vessels as well as for every tissue and organ in the body. Consider some of its important functions:

• Produces energy Continue reading

More Health Problems for those who Eat Added Sugars in Processed Foods

According to a recently released study that traced the eating habits of Minnesota residents for 27 years, the body weight of Americans is rising along with their increased intake of sugars added to processed and home-cooked foods.

This comes as no surprise to brother and Sister Tom and Dian Griesel, the co-founders of The Business School of Happiness and co-authors of the new book Turbo Charged, which presents a weight-loss program consisting of 8 easy steps that train you to use your excess body fat as fuel, eat intelligently, and incorporate activity into your hectic schedule.

“Added sugars come in many forms and have various names, such as ‘high-fructose corn syrup,’ ‘agave nectar,’ ‘brown rice syrup,’ and ‘brown sugar,'” says Tom. “None are healthy, and all have the same detrimental effect on our bodies. Equally harmful are hidden sugars, like those in items such as French fries and Ketchup  Continue reading