Thursday, December 27, 2012

Resolution Revolution

If you’re like most people, you’re planning resolutions to better yourself in one way or another—and the most frequently cited New Year’s resolutions are to lose excess weight, to eat healthily and to get fit so that you look and feel better.

Unfortunately, for many people, those are the same resolutions that go by the wayside at the beginning of February, which paves the way for yet another year of unattained goals. Truth be told, most people find themselves at the close of the year exactly where they started  the year—with no progress made. It doesn't have to be that way, though, because you have a clean slate and can make a health revolution—instead of a resolution—to give you a lifetime of wellness.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

‘Tis the Season

We often hear that this is “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for some, it’s not.  Instead, it’s stressful, rushed and even downright sad or grievous—and those emotions affect the entirety of a person’s being.

Dr. Candace Pert, a stress research pioneer, discusses the connection between emotions and their effects on the entire body. She says, "In the beginning of my work, I presumed that emotions were in the head or the brain. Now I would say they are really in the body." Pert explains that no one experiences emotions just in the heart or mind. It’s more systemic and far-reaching than that. People experience emotions in the form of chemical reactions in the body and the brain. What’s more is that those chemical reactions occur at the organ level—in the stomach, heart, large muscles and so forth—and also at the cellular level.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Meat Roulette, Anyone?

It’s getting more and more risky to buy and consume conventional meats and other foods. Adding to the issues of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and more is the shocking study revealing that nearly half of America’s meat harbors drug-resistant bacteria.

The Translational Genomics Research Institute found that Staphylococcus aureus— the bacteria responsible for most Staph infections such as blood poisoning, skin infections and pneumonia—was present in meat from U.S. grocery stores at “unexpectedly high rates.” The researchers determined that 47 percent of the 80 brands of meat and poultry sampled were contaminated with S. aureus. Additionally, 52 percent of those bacteria were resistant to three classes of antibiotics.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Coffee, Tea. . . or Kombucha?

You probably don’t hear that lineup often—coffee, tea and kombucha—but you might be surprised at how each of these can actually be good for you. Here’s an overview of each, with a few caveats on how you should enjoy them:

Coffee: If you didn’t know it already, coffee can be extremely healthy for you—in everything from lowering your risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, while supporting brain health, liver health and much more, according to studies from the Mayo Clinic, the Harvard School of Public Health and other sources.