More than half of Americans (54 percent) have serious belly pooch, which officially is known as abdominal obesity (a waistline of more than 35 inches in women and 40 inches in men).[i]
In the last 12 years alone, the average waist size in the US expanded two inches for women and one inch for men – an increase that’s far f … Read More
Filed Under: Weight Loss
Written By: February 15,2015
Your body requires millions of biochemical reactions to keep you alive day-in and day-out. These reactions wouldn’t be possible without enzymes, which can perform up to several million catalytic reactions per second.[i]
The enzymes work by speeding up these biochemical reactions significantly – keeping a pace that’s fast … Read More
Filed Under: Alzheimer's
Written By: February 10,2015
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, but one survey found only 34 percent of U.S. adults take the time to eat a morning meal.[i]
Whether or not eating breakfast is truly beneficial, as opposed to skipping it, is up for debate – there’s evidence both for and against it.
But assuming you choose to … Read More
Up to 84 percent of Americans will suffer from low back pain at some point during their lives.[i] Sometimes there’s an obvious precursor to the pain, like a car accident or arthritis … but much more often, there is not.
The pain is labeled “non-specific” back pain in these cases, which is another way of saying the cause o … Read More
Filed Under: Back Pain
Written By: February 4,2015
Pain is a highly individual complex experience involving biochemical and neurological reactions. Your experience of pain from, say, stubbing your toe will be entirely different from that of your spouse or colleague – even if the same amount of force is exerted.
What shapes an individual’s pain sensitivity or tolerance is … Read More
Filed Under: Pain Relief
Written By: February 2,2015
Have you heard? Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, announced last summer that she was eating a raw-food diet at least one day a week. Her motivation? To achieve radiant skin.[i]
Even if you’re not a fan (or follower) of the Royal Family, this news is worth noting. Not about Kate Middleton – the fact that raw foods … Read More
You know that heavy, foggy feeling you get in your head after a night of too little sleep? It’s not a coincidence – your brain really is ‘hurting.’
Even one bad night’s sleep can cause changes in your brain similar to those that occur if you’re hit in the head.[i] Specifically, both poor sleep and head injury lead to a sp … Read More
Filed Under: Sleep
Written By: January 26,2015
In the US, the most popular fruits (in order) are bananas, apples, oranges, grapes and strawberries.[i] These certainly have merit – for taste and nutrition – but there’s a whole world out there … and in it quite a few exotic fruits that you might not have heard of. If you’re looking for a new treat, try these seven deliciou … Read More
Accidents, or unintentional injuries, are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.[i]
Traffic accidents account for a significant number of these, but a surprisingly large number occur where you might least expect it: in your home.
Each year, home injuries cause nearly 20,000 deaths,[ii] 7 million serious … Read More
Cortisol, a stress hormone, increases your alertness, which is why levels tend to peak between 6 and 8 in the morning, just before you wake up.[i] They begin to gradually decline after that and around 3 p.m. it suddenly hits you – the afternoon slump.
You’re tired, you can’t concentrate and you’re desperately in need of a … Read More