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Why Is Fiber so Important?

By Jodi Sawyer, RN Do you consume enough fiber each day? If you are like most Americans, then you probably consume about 10 to 15 grams of fiber a day. Unfortunately, this is just not enough. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), we should actually be eating anywhere from 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day.   What exactly is fiber? Fiber is the element in plants (like fruits, vegetables and whole grains) that our…

 

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Miracle Energy Drinks

Forget coffee – if you really need that energy boost, look no further than a tall glass of water. According to Metabolic Disorder and Personal Training specialist Lisa Lynn, dehydration can make you feel exhausted and even slow down your metabolism. Try one of these fun and hydrating drink recipes to zest up your day! Super Energizer Smoothie Ingredients Makes one serving 1/2 cup cold water 2 scoops of chocolate whey protein powder 1 tsp granulated coffee 3-4 frozen strawberries…

 

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28-Day National Soda Challenge

The average American drinks 53 gallons of soda a year; if it’s regular soda, that comes to about 49 pounds of sugar. Soda is loaded with caffeine, high-fructose corn syrup and calories. In addition to contributing to weight gain, soda increases your risk of diabetes, bone weakening and tooth decay. Break your addiction to soda with this 4-week plan.   Week #1: Quitting any addiction cold turkey is hard to do and it increases your chance of relapse. This week,…

 

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Food Label Lies

At the grocery store, you’re bombarded with terms like “whole grain,” “low-fat,” and “sugar-free.” But how can you know if they’re telling you the whole truth? We’ve investigated some popular but misleading supermarket labels to break down what’s really in your favorite foods.   “Lightly Sweetened” This term isn’t officially regulated by the FDA, which means it could have anywhere from 1-100 grams – or more – of sugar. Instead of “lightly sweetened,” search for the label “No added sugar.”…

 

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Ovarian Cancer

Whether or not ovarian cancer runs in your family, it’s a good idea to adopt an anti-ovarian cancer diet. One simple anti-ovarian cancer food addition is to eat about a half a cup of endives two times a week. If the endives are raw, it maximizes the cancer fighting properties. Another easy addition is to incorporate half a cup of raw onions into your diet whenever you can. Some studies have shown this can help reduce your risk of ovarian…

 

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Psoriasis

If you suffer from psoriasis, try using an ultraviolet light treatment. Once only found in doctor’s offices, this treatment is now available in the comfort of your own home.

 

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Pasta

If you love pasta but are afraid it might make you gain weight, learn how to enjoy it without feeling guilty! The secret is in the serving size. The amount of pasta on your plate should be no larger than an “a-ok” sign made with your hand. To make the sign, simply touch your index finger to your thumb to make a circle and keep your remaining three fingers pointing upwards.  

 

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