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10/20/2014 11:23:44 AM

Is Your Home Causing Your Allergies?

Eliminating toxic products or symptom-inducing allergens can help alleviate and perhaps remove the effects of allergies.

10/13/2014 11:23:31 AM

Soy and Breast Cancer

You may have heard that soy can contribute to certain cancers - or you may have heard completely the opposite! A recent study published in JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute aims at clarifying the most recent research in the field.

10/2/2014 10:10:09 AM


Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine used to alleviate a variety of ailments and improve quality of life. While the efficacy of acupuncture on other health conditions is still being studied, many turn to using this practice due to it’s notoriety over decades of being beneficial.

9/29/2014 10:34:25 PM

5 Non-Dairy Foods High in Calcium

Calcium is an essential nutrient for a healthy lifestyle. With a host of benefits including stronger bones and proper nerve and muscle function, getting enough Calcium in our diet can support our body's functions. The average adult needs about 1,000 milligrams of Calcium - or 8 oz of milk - every day! For those who are vegan or suffering from lactose intolerance, the daily recommendation of Calcium may be difficult to achieve. What many don't know is that there are MANY non-dairy foods that are high in Calcium! Here are five to try in your diet if you don't do dairy.

9/17/2014 2:26:27 PM

Why You Aren’t You Losing Weight

Weight loss is a daily struggle for many Americans, but there may be reasons that you just aren’t shedding those pounds. You may have tried exercising, dieting, and weight loss pills, but some issues may be holding you back. Known as the ‘weight-loss’ or ‘workout wall’, this plateau in shedding those extra pounds can be overcome by targeting what’s holding you back. Take a look at some common reasons that could affect why you just aren’t losing that weight.

9/11/2014 1:17:39 PM

Enterovirus D68: What You Need to Know

A respiratory virus is sweeping the nation, ushering in a wave of panic just in time for the school season. Here’s what you need to know about D68 and how you can protect yourself from this serious version of the rhinovirus.

9/3/2014 6:53:26 PM

Health Risks Associated with Debt

We all know that debt can take a toll on your stress levels and your life, but did you know that debt can indirectly impact your overall health? The average household in America owes $7,221 on their cards alone, making debt an all-too-common affliction. From student loans to simply overspending, debt affects more than 116 million households in America. Science suggests that debt can negatively impact your health, so here are some solid reasons to keep working to get back in the black!

8/28/2014 10:27:28 AM

Lenco Labs: Optical Oops! Eye Care Mistakes

Your mom always told you that you've got one set of eyes, so take care of them! The truth is, she was right (but isn't she always?). To keep your eyes healthy, it's important to take preventative measures and to reduce mistakes that could be costly to your wallet and your health. Your eyes are built for daily use, so daily maintenance is the key to a healthy optometric checkup! Let’s take a look at some common eye care mistakes that you can avoid.

8/21/2014 1:00:40 PM

Home Remedies: Reducing Cholesterol

Many suffer from high cholesterol, and those who do may have tried prescribed medication to remedy the situation. Here are some natural ways to lower your cholesterol at home! 

8/14/2014 5:56:24 PM

Natural Ways to Fight Depression

The recent passing of Robin Williams has cast a spotlight on depression. With an estimated 121 million people worldwide suffering from depression and an annual suicide rate of around 34,000, this heartbreaking disorder looks like it's here to stay. Depression is characterized by a feeling of helplessness and loss of interest, but many who are suffering from the disorder also find themselves suffering from the stigma associated with it. While seeking professional help is of utmost importance, there are some natural ways to combat this life-threatening mood disorder. 

8/11/2014 8:51:28 AM

Foods that Add Years to Your Appearance

With no fountain of youth discovered yet, combating triggers that cause aging seems to be the best way to fight the signs of aging! There are some foods that can actually make you appear older than you really are, and avoiding these may be the key to retaining a youthful appearance.

8/1/2014 4:54:17 PM

Fighting Hair Loss

Hair loss is an all-too-common ailment for many Americans. Thinning hair can be a social stressor and a personal anxiety, so finding ways to keep your locks locked into place can help revitalize your confidence.

7/17/2014 10:40:10 PM

Ways to Make Your Water Safe

It may appear that tap water and bottled water are one in the same, but do you really know what's in the water you're drinking? Here are some ways to make sure that your water is safe. 

7/12/2014 5:53:52 AM

Advantages to Sleeping in the Buff

Sleeping in the nude, while considered taboo for many, has recently been in the news as a way to improve your lifestyle! With a gamut of benefits, adding to your healthy lifestyle may be as easy as removing your clothes at bedtime. Let's look at a few of the ways your body benefits from sleeping sans clothes.

7/1/2014 4:44:04 PM

Quitting Coffee

You have one of those “Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my coffee” mugs, don’t you? If so, you’re on the same page as 54% of Americans. Sure, you may think it’s the only thing that can get you started and keep you going throughout the day, but you probably wouldn’t have had that problem if you hadn’t drunk it in the first place. Here we’ll tell you why you should stop drinking coffee, but before you are so quick to leave this article, we’ll also share satisfying alternatives.

6/26/2014 10:58:23 AM

Skin Cancer Prevention

3.5 million people are diagnosed annually with skin cancer despite its prevalence in common knowledge. It’s time to get back to basics and review some skin cancer prevention tips from top skin cancer doctors in the country.

6/20/2014 9:26:15 AM

Health Buzzwords

With the evolution of the 'crunchy' lifestyle, consumers are more aware of the labels on their foods. Health food companies attempt to capitalize on this interest by finding ways to incorporate buzzwords into the label itself, signaling to the consumer that their product possesses certain qualities that make it better than its counterparts. Unfortunately, buzzwords can be misleading, and there are 4 big offenders to be aware of.

6/10/2014 10:27:12 AM

Summer Health Hazards

With warmer weather finally in full swing, many are flocking to beaches and swimming pools for a much-needed summer getaway! But with summer and all of the warm-weather festivities comes a host of potential hazards, some of which can be outrageous (shark bites, anyone?). Here are a few summer health hazards to keep in the back of your mind this season.

6/3/2014 10:44:52 AM

Benefits of Cilantro

One of the best parts of warmer weather is fresh, home-grown herbs! With their clean scents, strong flavors, and beautiful presentations, herbs can turn an ordinary meal into a gourmet cuisine. What is often overlooked is the health benefits that accompany some of your favorite herbs. Cilantro is one of the top contenders, bringing with it a host of benefits for your health while adding an extra kick of flavor to your dishes!

What is Cilantro?

Commonly known as Chinese parsley, cilantro is a leafy herb from the plant Coriandrum sativum, and the seeds are known as coriander. Medical News Today breaks down the nutritional components of cilantro:

‘One-fourth cup of cilantro (about 4 grams) contains 1 calorie, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs, 0 grams of protein, 2% daily value of vitamin C and 5% daily value of vitamin A. It also contains vitamin K and small amounts of folate, potassium, manganese and choline, as well as the antioxidants beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin.’

Potential Benefits

There have been studies over the years linking spicier or more flavorful dishes to a decreased risk of obesity, and cilantro can add the pep to your food! Not only that, but cilantro has also been linked to a decrease in risks for heart disease, mortality, and diabetes.

As a natural preservative, the oils from cilantro leaves can reduce spoilage due to their antioxidant properties by inhibiting the oxidation process. Similarly, the leaves have been shown to have antibacterial effects in regards to Salmonella!

Cilantro has been shown in lab rats to reduce heavy metal toxicity, especially lead. Because of its ability to detoxify, studies are now being conducted to see if cilantro can be used as a natural water purifier.

Add it to your diet!

Cilantro is famous for its ability to enhance Mexican dishes, often being added to tacos, fajitas, salsas, and many ethnic meals. Take care to add this herb at the end or near the end of preparation of your dish, as the leaves are best when served raw. Remove leaves from stems and only use the leaves, taking care to use a sharp knife for cutting, as bruising the leaves with a dull knife will displace the flavor onto your cutting board.

If you’re not a fan of Mexican food but would still like to use cilantro, take note that it works well as a garnish or with cheese and fish, helping to tone down the stronger flavors for a fresher result!

5/30/2014 4:10:10 PM

Chia Seeds - Superfood

While some up and rising superfoods may merely be a trend, chia seeds are both trendy and legitimate. Loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3s, and calcium, this water-absorbing seed is both packed with nutrients and great for helping your body stay hydrated - and naturally gluten free! While these seeds have been sprouting up in items all over health food stores, there are several ways to incorporate at least a tablespoon into your diet every day.

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