How Your Thoughts Can Rule Your Stomach


stomach_72Ghrelin has been dubbed the “hunger hormone” because in previous studies people given the hormone became so ravenous, they ate markedly more than their usual food intake.

Ghrelin may act on your brain’s “pleasure centers,” driving you to reach for another slice of cheesecake simply because you remember how good the first one tasted and made you feel (at least in that moment).1 In short, one of the forces driving you to eat (and overeat a second helping…

01 Apr 2015

Squats: 8 Reasons to Do This Misunderstood Exercise


hqdefaultIf you’re looking for a powerful way to boost your overall fitness and get some serious results — fast — from your workout routine, look no further than performing squatting exercises.

This is one exercise that should be a part of virtually everyone’s routine, as it’s relatively simple to perform, requires no equipment, and can be done just about anywhere…

01 Apr 2015

Do You Make These 5 Kettlebell Mistakes?


hqdefault (16)Use of kettlebells as a fitness tool goes back to the 1700s, when Russian strong-men began using them during training.

A kettlebell consist of a cast-iron ball and handle, and kettlebell exercises involve movements that throw off your center of gravity, forcing you to use multiple muscle groups, including your core, to maintain your balance…

01 Apr 2015

Banana Best For Health


bananaThere are many reasons why bananas are one of the most popular foods in the world. They offer the perfect portion size, come in their own handy, natural protective wrap, and are extremely economical. Fresh and creamy, bananas mix well with other fruits and are a favorite lunchtime addition or for noshing on the go.

One of the most cultivated tropical fruits, bananas are a close relative to the plantain, which is larger and darker. Over centuries, bananas have been used to settle upset stomachs (including morning sickness)…

01 Apr 2015

Has sugar lost its sweet spot?


3399c46d5a9146e586b92e94d6a6f6a0This is the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into raw-sugar demand.

In less than a decade, the sweet-tasting Stevia powder has stolen a big chunk of the $1.3-billion global market for artificial sweeteners as more health-conscious consumers use it in what they eat and drink…

01 Apr 2015

What Whistleblowers Tell Us About Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness



In 2010, two Merck virologists filed a federal lawsuit under the False Claims Act against their former employer, alleging the vaccine maker lied about the effectiveness of their mumps vaccine (which is part of the trivalent measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine).

The whistleblowers, Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, claimed they witnessed “firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine’s efficacy findings.”

01 Apr 2015

7 Diet Habits You Should Drop Now


amazing_vitamin_d_s10_vitamin_d_supplementsWe get it: With so much contradictory advice floating around about the best diets for weight loss, it’s no wonder many of us end up confused about what we should eat for optimal well-being and a healthy weight.

Read on for seven things you might think are helping you shed pounds, but could actually be sabotaging your weight loss and hurting your health. If you can drop these harmful habits, you might just become a healthy eater for life…

11 Feb 2015