The 3 Most Important Things You Can Do to Prevent Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a condition in which bone density decreases, resulting in brittle bones that are very susceptible to fracture. Approximately 300,000 people a year fracture a hip from falling.  As a result, up to one-third of these people die within one year of the fracture.  If you want to keep your bones strong and reduce your risk of fracture, here is what you need to do: 1. Improve Your Gut Health by taking probiotics and eating fermented vegetables.  Eat whole foods (vegetables, fruit, grass-fed meat,…

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Flu Shot Facts: Should You Get The Shot or Not?

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Have you noticed the public messages by the Center for Disease Control and pharmacy retailers to “get your flu shot” every year?  Is the flu shot worth the risk and how much protection does it offer?    Here are some facts to help you decide:   About 3 out of every 100 people get the flu every year.  Therefore, your chances of getting the flu is only 3 percent. The flu shot prevents the flu in about 1.5 people for every 100 people who get the…

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How To Safely Get Vitamin D From The Sun This Summer

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Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins (technically, it is a hormone) that gives us the biggest “bang for our buck” in terms of health promotion and disease prevention.  The best and most abundant source of vitamin D is from the sun.  This is why it is called the “sunshine vitamin.”   Exposure to the sun is a big controversy these days.  Dermatologists and other health officials have us fearing the sun because of the threat of skin cancer.  There has been a…

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How to Live a Life Free of Prescription Drugs

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We are an overmedicated nation. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC, the most commonly used drugs by Americans are asthma medicines for children, central nervous system stimulants for adolescents, antidepressants for middle-aged adults, and cholesterol lowering drugs for older Americans. Consider these staggering statistics: 20% of children use at least one prescription drug each month  90% of older Americans use at least one prescription drug each month More than 76% of Americans age 60 and over use two…

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The Most Important Supplement You Should Be Taking

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If you are not currently taking vitamin D supplements, you are likely running low in this very important vitamin which is making you susceptible to some of the most common diseases that kill Americans every year. Vitamin D Facts Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine” vitamin, is a fat-soluble hormone required for the absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorous. It regulates immunity, helps protects against muscle and bone weakness, regulates heartbeat, and is necessary for normal blood clotting and thyroid function.  It also…

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What Everyone Should to Know About Flu Shots

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If you have received a flu shot in the past or are considering one this year, there are a few surprising facts about flu shots that may make you reconsider getting one. You may have heard that the flu vaccine is 60 percent effective in preventing the flu but this figure is merely a manipulation of statistics.  The fact is flu shots prevent the flu in only 1.5 people out of every 100 persons who receive the shot!   So how did they come up with…

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Why It Is Vital To Take Vitamin D From September To April

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Vitamin D is normally produced in the skin from sun exposure.  Adequate Vitamin D levels can only be attained in the summer if you get enough sun exposure without sunscreen prior to getting a sunburn.   Most people become Vitamin D deficient in winter (September-April) because of very little sun exposure and the sun is too low in the sky to produce Vitamin D.     Vitamin D deficiency increases your risk for numerous diseases.  There is strong evidence that Vitamin D supplementation can help…

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Low Vitamin D May Contribute to Asthma

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According to a recent study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, not getting enough vitamin D may lead to asthma or make asthma symptoms worse in those who already have asthma.  One of the findings showed that people with low vitamin D performed worse on breathing tests. Researchers found the lower the vitamin D levels, the worse their breathing performance. The study also showed that low vitamin D levels were associated with increased production of an inflammatory protein in the blood,…

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