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What is the Glycemic Index?

The Glycemic Index (GI) is a ranking system that determines the rate of glycemic response (the conversion of glucose within the body) for carbohydrates. The scale goes from 0 to 100, with the higher numbers indicating the foods that cause the fastest rise in blood sugar. Why is the Glycemic Index Important? The Glycemic Index serves to identify the foods that have the greatest effect on blood sugar so that those foods can be minimized or avoided. Blood sugar is…

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Why We Crave Sugar and Salt

Sugar and salt are two of the most common cravings, but what most people don’t often consider is what their cravings mean. Let’s look at each individually… Sugar Cravings – What You’re Really Craving: Energy Sugar provides the body with an immediate energy boost. You’re body knows this, and if you are experiencing low blood sugar or fatigue, it is likely that you’ll crave sugar to provide the energy your body needs. Happiness When you consume sugar, it elevates your…

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Don’t Overlook Stress as the Culprit For Illness and Pain

When we have a pain in our body or when we get sick, we often think the problem is physical. While ruling out any potential physical issues with your doctor should be a first step, it shouldn’t be your last. If there is no physical reason for your issue, stress is likely the culprit. In the short term, stress can cause headaches, gastrointestinal issues, fatigue, insomnia, muscle pain, chest pain, depression, memory issues, irritability, anger, reduced sex drive, hormonal imbalances…

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Medicinal Foods

Choose Medicinal Foods Instead of Addictive Foods

We’ve all experienced food cravings, and many of those cravings come from the body’s need for an energy boost or a desire to restore vital nutrients. Once we understand this, we can learn to eat differently so that our bodies don’t have to feel deprived and consequently crave something you are missing. Let’s break foods into two main categories to further explain this point: medicinal foods and addictive foods. Addictive Foods Addictive foods are those that cause an addictive change…

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Why Employee Wellness Programs Are Necessary Right Now

Employer wellness programs have become more and more popular over the past decade. Employees enjoy the health benefits these programs provide and employers enjoy the improved productivity and morale, as well as the reduced sick time their programs produce. 44% of U.S. employers have a wellness program according to the 2014 A.J. Gallagher & Co. Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey. Wellness programs vary greatly, however. Some simply provide health and fitness information, some include annual health-risk assessments and biometric screenings,…

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The Importance of Antioxidants

There has been a lot of talk about antioxidants in the past decade, and with good reason. The health benefits of antioxidants are numerous, but understanding the importance of antioxidants and how they work can prove to make those benefits even more abundant. Importance of Antioxidants The discussion on antioxidants starts with an explanation of free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that contain one or more unpaired electrons. These unpaired electrons make them structurally deficient, causing them to seek…

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Sun Good or Bad

Is the Sun Good or Bad for Us?

We constantly hear about the importance of using sunscreen and not staying in the sun for prolonged periods of time in order to reduce the risk of skin cancer. What we don’t hear enough of, however, is just how important the sun is to our health and well-being. Here are the top reasons we think moderate sunlight without sunscreen is important: Vitamin D The sun provides us with vitamin D, which is vital to our health. It helps your body…

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How to Take Control of Your Health

7 Ways to Take Control of Your Health

More and more people are waking up to the notion that they need to take control of their health. Most of us visit the doctor only 1-2 times per year, and each visit is typically about 10 minutes long, so we certainly can’t put our health in the hands of our physicians. It’s important to realize that you’re actually already in charge of your own health. Even when doctors prescribe medications, treatments or lifestyle changes, we are left on our…

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Invest in Your Kids Health

Invest In Your Kids Health BEFORE Problems Come Up

It’s easy to run to the specialists when a problem arises, but a better solution is always to prevent issues before they come up. The last thing you want is for your children to be put in harm’s way, and while most parents feel they do their best to prevent that harm, it can be easy to assume everything is fine since kids are so resilient. What’s important to note, however, is that while kids may seem fine (even if…

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Nutrition for Kids

The Best Nutrition Tips for Your Kids

Well-Rounded Nutrition The key to providing your child with the nutrients he or she needs is to ensure they are eating a well-rounded diet. Growing bodies require a large array of vitamins and minerals, therefore a large array of foods is suggested. A diet that includes the following balanced foods is suggested: Fruits & Vegetables (raw is always best!) Whole Grains (whole grain breads, oats, rice, quinoa, millet, barley) Protein (poultry, lean meats, eggs, fish, nuts, seeds) Calcium-Rich Foods (milk,…

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How to Encourage Your Kids to Get Healthy

How to Encourage Your Kids To Get Healthy!

Kids pick up the habits of their parents. What are your health habits? Do you consume enough fruits and vegetables daily? Do you incorporate antioxidants into your snacks? Check your habits, then consider what you’re passing down to your children. Weight and BMI aside, it’s important to stay active. Getting your kid off the couch is difficult. Who doesn’t love TV after a long day at school? Instead, give yourself and your kids that little extra push you need to…

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DNA in the Cloud

Should You Worry About Your DNA in the Cloud?

According to MIT Technology Review, for almost 2 years, Google has been acquiring genome data from hospitals and universities in preparation for their roll out of Google Genomics, a cloud computing service for DNA data. This cloud infrastructure will store, process, analyze and share DNA sequence data, reference-based alignments and variant calls. And Google is not the only one. Apple, Amazon and IBM are some of the other big players in this development. Should you be worried about having your…

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