Articles from: February 2016

High-Fructose Sweetener Aggravates Asthma and Bronchitis

A large study from the New York Medical College and the University of Massachusetts found that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is linked to a greater risk of asthma and chronic bronchitis. The research included 2,801 people between the ages of 20 and 55 years old.

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SENSUAL OILS: Enhance Romance, Intimacy, Libido with Essential Oils

by Ashley Stone

Essential oils have been used for ages to entice romance and enhance sensuality and physical pleasure. We know through modern science that the effectiveness of essential oils has a great deal to do with brain chemistry. The scent of an aphrodisiac essential oil stimulates the limbic lobe of the brain and activates the hypothalamus, the small part of the brain that acts as our body’s hormone control center.

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Nice Spice: McCormick Going Non-GMO

M cCormick, the world’s largest spice company, plans to eliminate almost all genetically modified (GMO) ingredients from their product line by 2016. In response to increased consumer demand for healthier options, 80 percent of its overall gourmet herb and spice business in the U.S. will be both organic and non-GMO by 2016, as well as all McCormickbranded herbs, spices and extracts sold in the U.S.

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Protect Your Child’s Gut Health After the Holiday Feeding Frenzy

by Dr. Lawrence Hoberman

With run-amuck meals at all hours of the day and night, combined with lots of sugary sweets close at hand, a child’s gut health will need some major TLC to recover, even weeks after the recent holiday season. Protecting the balance of beneficial bacteria in your child’s developing gut is important for a host of healthy reasons.

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RUN FREE: Tips to Rekindle Your Love of Running

by John Ruibal

Has your running become stale, or has it become a chore to put those running shoes on and hit the pavement? Sometimes we have to get back to the basics and remember why we enjoy this sport. Try these simple tips to get back the passion you have for running.

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Mindful Minutes for Little Ones: Yoga Helps Kids Focus and Relax

by Julianne Hale

American kids’ school, after-school and weekend schedules now rival the hectic pace of their multitasking parents. Like their adult counterparts, youngsters need time to decompress from the pressures of life and be present in their own skin, and yoga provides the tools to accomplish this.

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Pioneering Aspen: Ski Town Runs Entirely on Renewables

Aspen, Colorado, with a population of 7,000, has become the third municipality in the country, along with Burlington, Vermont, and Greensburg, Kansas, to receive all of its power from renewable sources. Its energy portfolio now consists primarily of wind power and hydroelectric, with smaller contributions from solar and geothermal.

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Bifidobacteria Probiotic Fends Off Colds and Flu

In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that supplementing your diet with bifidobacteria probiotics will reduce colds and flu. The study followed 581 college students for six weeks as they prepared for their final exams.

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Lions Untamed: Shrine Circus Ends Wild Animal Acts

Bill Cunningham, CEO of Dallas-based Fun Time Shows, the largest Shrine Circus producer in the country, says he’ll no longer produce shows featuring elephants, tigers, lions or other wild animals. Cunningham says, “These animals are very special; we cohabit the Earth with them, and they are deserving of our respect and awe.

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FUNCTIONAL FITNESS: More People are Discovering a Nontraditional Fitness Approach that Improves Strength, Health

Like many areas of traditional medical care, there’s an evolution taking place for many fitness professionals. This evolving trend is moving away from old-style gym scenes and exercise programs to more natural methods of movement and physical activity.

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