5 Surprising Signs of an Unhealthy Heart

We’ve all read the signs of a heart attack listed on posters in the hospital waiting room. But what if there were other, earlier signs that could alert you ahead of time that your heart was in trouble? It turns out there are. Researchers have done a lot of work in recent years looking at the signs and symptoms patients experienced in the months or even years leading up to a heart attack. “The heart, together with the arteries that feed it, is one big muscle, and when it starts to fail the symptoms can show up in many parts of the body,” says cardiologist Jonathan Goldstein of St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

New Study Warns: Stomach Acid Drugs Can Kill

A new study says the drugs many take for acid reflux and excess stomach acid may be worse for you than the disease itself. In fact, stomach acid drugs have now been linked to an early death. The study, published in a recent edition of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, concludes that stomach acid plays a crucial role in stopping infections in the body.

Food for Thought – Strawberries & Stomach Ulcers

We know that food has amazing healing properties. Who knew that strawberries could have such a curative impact. Supplementation is an extension of this principle. Scientists discovered strawberry consumption might help reduce and or slow the formation of stomach ulcers caused by alcohol consumption, viral infections and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, like aspirin and ibuprofen. Source: Plos One, Oct 2011 Acid reflux & Ulcers – the two often go hand-in-hand.  It’s uncomfortable, sometimes painful and scary. Acid reflux affects about half of all American adults, so if you’re reading this, chances are you’re familiar with the condition. Ulcers are event worse. There’s a burning sensation that gnaws at you, especially when there’s no food in your stomach, and you wonder how bad it’s going to get. When it gets severe, it becomes an urgent medical condition. Did you know that a simple nutrient called D-Limonene can also make a big difference in alleviating the symptoms (Read More)

You Are Not Alone – Acid Reflux Increasing

Many studies indicate that 500-1000 mg of d-limonene a day for 20 days assists the body in reducing the symptoms of GERD and heartburn. Our NoGERD consists of 300 mg of d-limonene per capsule and also adds 50 mg of Licorice Root Extract which emerging science suggests is beneficial for GERD and heartburn as well.

What it Means to Be “Gut-Healthy”

Since commercials first started appearing on regular television about the importance of probiotics, people have increasingly been paying attention to the importance of their intestinal flora and what good gut bacteria can do for their health. Many people do not realize the far reaching effects that a healthy gut can have on their overall well being and health or how they should go about getting healthy bacteria to thrive in their gut. The Benefits of a Healthy Gut Preliminary studies have showed the benefits of healthy intestinal flora to be many and far reaching. For example, a preliminary review of the intestinal bacteria in the elderly, published by Nature, has shown that those with a varied and healthy gut were much more cognitively alert and less frail than those who did not. In other studies, the gut flora has been shown to aid digestion, help the body to produce the (Read More)

Spinach Vs. Kale

There’s a lot of hype around kale these days, and for great reason! Kale is low in calorie, contains zero fat, rich in calcium and iron, and packed with fiber and sulfur to promote detoxification. It’s a powerful source of antioxidants like carotenoids and flavonoids; both of which are believed to help protect against some cancers. Kale is also a great anti-inflammatory food, filled with 10% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight asthma, arthritis and autoimmune disorders. It is great for cardiovascular support, as it can help lower cholesterol levels. “Super Food” is an understatement for this leafy green powerhouse. With all attention on kale, we’ve left nutrient-dense spinach in the dark. Spinach is low in calorie, has zero fat, and contains more than a dozen individual flavonoid compounds, which work together as cancer-fighting antioxidants.  This dark leafy green will protect your brain (Read More)

Juicing Vs. Blending

From late night commercials to in-store demos, the battle between the health benefits of juicing and blending is heating up. While these two methods of turning vegetables and fruit into drinks share some similarities, each have its own pros and cons. Here is a quick guide to help you choose the method that is right for you. Juicing Everyone is familiar with drinking fruit juice; orange and apple juice are part of everyday eating. However, did you know you can juice any fruit or vegetable? Juicers let you get the health benefits of raw food quickly and easily. There are many great health benefits from juicing. Juiced food is digested more easily by your body than whole foods. Juicing extracts the nutrients from bulky foods into a relatively small amount of liquid, allowing micronutrients to be easily accessible to your body. Juicing is also pulp free, which will make you (Read More)

Greek vs. Regular Yogurt

Greek yogurt has been all over the media lately, but how does it vary from the regular variety? A slight alteration in the manufacturing process makes all the difference in the nutrition between them and is why Greek yogurt earns the “power food” label. Any form of yogurt is a byproduct of fermented milk. When manufacturers make Greek yogurt, however, they strain it to remove the whey, or liquid portion, of the milk. This is what gives the Greek yogurt a thicker consistency than the regular variety. As a result, the strained yogurt is lower in sodium and carbs, but slightly higher in both calories and protein. We wanted a closer look, so we ran to the store and grabbed a single serving of nonfat greek and nonfat regular yogurt  to compare.           Greek yogurt seems to be the winner if you’re looking for weight loss, but (Read More)

Essential Nutrients for a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be overwhelming and full of stress, but it is vital that you get the essential nutrients to ensure that your baby is healthy and that you stay happy. While there is no magic potion that will give you everything you need, a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains will keep you and your baby healthy and happy. Folate and folic acid, which are B vitamins, are important for the development of a baby’s brain and spinal cord. Diets rich in folate and folic acid decrease the chances of low birth weight and premature deliveries. Mayo Clinic suggests that you get 800 micrograms of folate or folic acid each day. You can get these nutrients from peanuts, beans, orange, spinach and fortified cereals. Calcium is another essential nutrient that you and your baby need. specifically for strong teeth and a strong skeletal system. An average (Read More)