Gluten intolerance is on the rise, leading many people to consider a gluten-free diet. Gluten intolerance is the inability to process gluten, the complex protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Gluten intolerance can be caused by Celiac Disease, NCGS or gluten allergies.
Celiac Disease causes the celia (hair-like structures in the intestinal tract that aid in digestion) to stop functioning when gluten is present in the body. It is... Read More
Almost everyone has suffered from acne at one time or another in his or her life. It is primarily a disorder of the sebaceous gland (glands in the skin that secrete an oily substance) of the face, the neck and back. When the sebaceous glands become clogged with the oily substance they create, the accumulation results in pimples. There are several forms of acne, but the most common is acne vulgaris, found primarily in adolescents.
The... Read More
Every time the seasons change 35 million Americans start sneezing, rubbing their watery eyes, blowing their stuffy noses, and itching like mad.
They are the ranks of seasonal allergy sufferers, joined by another 50 million kindred souls who endure an even wider variety of allergic reactions to trees, grass, flowers, plants, pollen, dust, mites, mold, foods and so on.
Nearly a third of allergy sufferers complain that their prescription... Read More
In the old days, peanut butter was made by simply grinding peanuts and perhaps adding a dash of salt. The only problem with this approach is that the natural oils in the fresh ground peanuts separated and formed a pool of peanut oil on top that had to be stirred before first use.
When hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated (trans-fatty) oils became more widely used by the food industry, manufacturers began adding these... Read More
Soy has gained popularity for its many health benefits. As its appeal increases, so does the controversy surrounding the consumption of soy, leaving people feeling unsure whether or not to include it in their daily diet. While there are undeniable health benefits, there are also real risks for certain people. Depending on gender and age, it has the potential to negatively impact the body, especially when it is consumed in high quantities. While some... Read More
Herbal supplements are generally defined as those dietary supplements that are obtained from naturally growing plants, fungus, shrubs and trees. There are a wide variety of such supplements on the market today, such as Ginkgo Biloba, the much touted memory enhancement supplement; St. John's Wart, a supplement often prescribed for cases of mild depression and anxiety; and the ever popular Echinacea, a mid-western wildflower best known for its... Read More
Nutrition bars are a wonderful way to incorporate healthy nutrients into your diet. Many nutrition bars are literally packed with more vitamins and nutrients than a multi-vitamin contains. They are easy to eat, taste great and come in chocolate, peanut butter, and even strawberry. Nutrition bars are also lower in calories than eating a meal.
Sad to say, but nutrition bars are not cost effective.
For health-conscious people who are... Read More
It's never too late to teach your children well -- well-being that is. Whether you're raising toddlers or teens, or any age in between, you have the power and the ability to turn things around and instill healthy eating habits.
What your children consume today is the foundation for what they eat for the rest of their lives. Poor eating habits can lead to weight problems and weight-related health issues in your child's future. Not only... Read More
With all the current news regarding a bad flu season, it's more important now than ever that employees know when to stay home from work. While that scratchy throat and runny nose could just be a case of allergies, it could also be a sign of something worse. Here is a good guideline that will help you determine whether you should call in sick.
REASONS TO STAY HOME
1. Fever. This one is just common sense. A fever is the body's way of... Read More
There are plenty of things you need to know about food allergies versus food intolerance. Some people mistakenly believe they're suffering from a food allergy because they've had a reaction after eating a certain food. However, it could actually be food intolerance, which is a totally different condition.
Food intolerance is a digestive system response. This can occur when something... Read More