Why You Should Not Let Your Vitamin D Go Low

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Vitamin D season is now officially over in the midwest. From September to April the sun is so low in the sky that the UVB rays (the ones that make vitamin D in our skin) simply bounce off the earth’s atmosphere. Blood vitamin D levels drop substantially if you do not take a D3 supplement throughout the winter. This can even happen in summer if you do not get enough sun exposure a few days a week. This will increase the probability of your chances…

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9 Steps To Living a Longer, Better Quality of Life

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An American writer and explorer named Dan Buettner published a book in 2008 entitled The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. This book details information about five regions in the world in which people lived for an unusually long time, often over 100 years. These five regions, which Buettner named the “Blue Zones,” are:   The Barbagia region of Sardinia, Italy The tropical islands of Okinawa in Japan Loma Linda, California (home of the Seventh Day Adventists religious…

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Exercise Variety May Slow Aging

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It turns out any amount and type of exercise may slow the aging process. However, a recent study has found mixing up your exercise routine may be the best approach to slowing the aging process. Aging is measured by the length of your cell’s telomeres. Telomeres are the protective caps at the end of your DNA, like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces. They help protect the ends of your DNA each time a cell copies itself and divides to make new cells. Telomeres naturally…

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Inactivity Found To Be More Harmful To Your Health Than Obesity

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Here is another reason to keep moving if you want to be healthy and live longer. We already know how harmful being overweight and obese can be. Now, a study has found that lack of physical activity, like sitting too much, is even more harmful and may lead to twice as many deaths as obesity. In the study’s conclusion, researchers estimated that while 337,000 out of 9.2 million deaths were because of obesity, 676,000 deaths were due to lack of physical activity, regardless of weight. The…

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Mediterranean Diet May Keep You “Genetically Young”

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A recent study has found that eating a Mediterranean diet may be your key to living longer by keeping you “genetically young.” The diet has been a staple of the people in the Mediterranean region for centuries. It is rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and peas, olive oil, fish and red wine. It is generally low in dairy and red meat. The study found people who ate a Mediterranean diet had longer telomeres. Telomeres are the protective caps at the end of our chromosomes…

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The Simple Weight Loss Secret

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It is that time of year when many people make their new year’s resolutions and losing weight is one of the most popular. Losing weight is not very complicated. It may be difficult for some because it can involve a little will-power, but the rules to follow are quite simple. The secret to losing weight is to EAT LESS SUGAR! Sugar is the main reason why 69 percent of American adults are overweight and 35 percent of these people are obese. Even children between the…

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This Prevents Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes as Effectively as Medication

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If you or someone you know is taking statins for cholesterol, beta blockers for heart disease, diuretics for heart failure or anticoagulants for stroke, this has been found to be just as effective as these expensive, toxic medications. A recent study has found exercise is more effective than drugs after you have had a stroke and just as effective at preventing heart disease and diabetes. Regular exercise is very effective in reducing the risk of death from a second heart attack, rehabilitation after a stroke,…

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The Secret to Losing Weight and Keeping It Off The Rest of Your Life

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One of the biggest misconceptions is that eating fat makes us fat.  The fact is, dietary fat does not make us fat.  It is sugar that makes us fat.  We are consuming 17 times more sugar now compared to our predecessors in the 1800s.  This has directly resulted in an all-time high rate of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.  Check out the excellent sugar infographic below. Some people think using artificial sweeteners is a safe alternative to sugar to help them lose weight.  However,…

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This Food Plan Can Make You Live a Longer and Healthier Life

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There are so many diets and food plans to choose from.  One popular diet has stood the test of time in terms of extending lifespan and improving brain health along the way.  Several recent studies have added further evidence that eating this food plan is the way to go if you want to live longer and healthier compared to those around you.  The diet we are talking about is the Mediterranean diet.  A recent study found people who closely followed the Mediterranean diet were more…

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