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How to Get Enough Protein in Only 5 Minutes

Protein is a building block of a healthy diet and you know that.

But in your busy world, the issue becomes how to get enough protein every day.

After all, it takes a while to cook a steak, a chicken breast, or even vegetarian chili.

And there are only so many times you can grab a protein bar on your way out the door.

Which is why we’re going to look at how to get enough protein into your daily diet in less than five minutes. Continue reading…

4 Quick Ways to Improve Posture for Joint Health

Improve posture waysWhen it comes to joint health, you’ve got it covered.

You eat right, you take the right supplements.

You’re even getting enough sleep, so your joints can repair themselves.

But have you thought about ways to improve your posture in order to help improve your joint health?

If you have, good for you! If you haven’t, don’t feel bad.

People don’t usually think about posture being linked to joint health.

So let’s look closely at how joint health is affected by posture – and ways to improve posture and your joint health. Continue reading…

How to Keep Your Brain Healthy in 9 Easy Steps

keep your brain healthy how toYou know how to keep your body healthy.

Do you know how to keep your brain healthy, too?

Because a healthy body is only half the battle as you age.

Keeping your brain healthy is just as important!

The most interesting part of keeping your brain healthy, though, is how much overlap there is between brain health and physical health.

You’re probably already doing many of the things your brain needs to stay strong and vital for years to come.

Let’s look closer at these nine easy steps that will keep your brain healthy… Continue reading…

The Ultimate Prostate Cancer Diet: Can You Prevent Prostate Cancer With Food?

Diet prostate cancerThe topics are all over your television, news stream, and radio: how can you prevent prostate cancer?

Is there a prostate cancer diet? What are your risks for prostate cancer?

If you’re a man – or a woman who loves a man – you’ve probably realized prostate health should be a major focus of overall health.

There’s a good reason for that.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, coming in behind skin cancer.

And it’s the second deadliest cancer in men, as well.

In fact, 1 in every 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point. Sadly, 1 in every 38 of those men will die from it.

However, that doesn’t mean that prostate cancer is inherently a death sentence. More than 2.9 million men diagnosed with prostate cancer are still around, living life to its fullest.

And perhaps the easiest way to prevent prostate cancer, and increase your odds of beating it, is through diet. Simple, healthy, and delicious changes to your diet can help you help your prostate! Continue reading…

A Cheat Sheet for Treating Sciatica

sciatica treatingOfficially, sciatica is “pain in the lower extremity resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve” – but that doesn’t come close to capturing how sciatica feels, what it’s like to live with it, or just how important treating sciatica can be.

Because that “pain in the lower extremity” can mean a constant, nagging ache that never seems to completely go away. Or a shooting pain that radiates through your buttock and down your leg.

It can mean never being able to roll over in bed because you can’t sleep on the affected side.

Or not being able to sit for a long time, because the discomfort becomes too much.

And it really means that treating this pain can become a top priority, so that you can have a reprieve from the constant ache and shooting pains. Continue reading…

The Ultimate Guide to Hand and Wrist Pain

wrist and hand painPart of the problem in dealing with hand and wrist pain is the uncertainty.

The pain can be a dull ache – or it can be debilitating.

It can be constant – or it can be intermittent.

All the variables can make you wonder what’s going on, how serious it is, if there’s a real problem at all, or if it’s all in your head.

While I can’t tell you exactly what’s causing your pain – only your doctor can do that – I can reassure you that it’s probably not just in your head.

Use this guide as a starting point to help identify the source of your wrist and hand pain, and understand what steps you can take next! Continue reading…

Alcohol and Skin: What Everyone Should Know

skin and alcoholMost people have the occasional beer, glass of wine, or cocktail.

But what happens if you have more than that?

It’s easy to think that, so long as you don’t have a drinking problem, alcohol isn’t a health issue.

After all, it’s even recognized that a glass of red wine a night can be good for your health!

The truth, though, is that alcohol can have a real impact on how quickly you age.

And alcohol especially affects your skin and how old – or young – you look.

So much so that alcohol and skin health are directly related. Continue reading…

6 Unknown Health Benefits of Eating Pumpkin

eating pumpking benefitsNow that it’s autumn, it seems that pumpkin-flavored treats are everywhere.

As overwhelming as it may seem, though, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because there are so many health benefits of eating pumpkin.

Of course, in order to get the benefits of pumpkin, you have to be eating real pumpkin, so your favorite coffee flavorings probably don’t count.

But real pumpkin will give you these benefits and more, year-round. Continue reading…

Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen? The Real Truth About Two Popular Pain Relievers

acetaminophen or ibuprofenWhen you’re in pain, you probably reach for ibuprofen of acetaminophen – Advil and Tylenol, respectively – because they are easy to find, easy to take, and relatively inexpensive.

But do you know what you’re really reaching for when you take ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

Because most people don’t think about the side effects and true cost of either of those drugs.

After all, they’re sold over-the-counter at just about every grocery store, drug store, and gas station in the country.

They must be safe – right? Unfortunately, no.

So, if your pain relief routine includes ibuprofen or acetaminophen, be sure to read on, because in this article we’re going to take a closer look at the pros and cons of both. Continue reading…

4 Harmful Effects of Sugar on Your Sex Life

In fairness, when you think about libido and sexual performance, you probably don’t think about the harmful effects of sugar.

If your sex life is going strong, you’re just hoping it stays that way.

And if your sex life isn’t what you’d like it to be, well, everybody slows down as they get older, right?

Wrong! If your sex life isn’t up to snuff, maybe it’s time – even past time – that you started thinking about the harmful effects sugar could be having on your sex life.

Because you don’t have to be resigned to a lackluster experience in the bedroom.

And for all the ways you’re trying to boost your libido, if you’re still eating too much sugar, you’re not going to get the results you’re looking for!

The thing to remember is that sugar, insulin, and sex drive are all connected, both directly and indirectly.

And sugar doesn’t just mean white table sugar you may put in your coffee.

The sugar that can have harmful effects on your sex life means all sugar – honey, “raw” sugar, carbohydrates, and yes, plain old white sugar.

It’s about how your body processes the sugar, not about the form it’s in when you eat it.

Now that we’ve cleared up what we mean by sugar, let’s take a closer look at its harmful effects… Continue reading…

The Dangers of Natural Supplements

supplements naturalHave you seen the recent sensational headlines about natural supplements sending people to emergency rooms in staggering numbers?

They certainly caught our attention. So we read more.

Sure enough more than 23,000 emergency room visits are caused by supplements every single year.

The headlines definitely had our attention. So we read more.

They certainly got us to read their articles, I’ll concede that point and give them credit for it.

But I’m also glad that I took the time to read the information presented and didn’t just take the headline at face value. Continue reading…

Can I Have Sex After a Heart Attack?

heart attack afterAfter a heart attack, it can feel like everything is different.

Your diet, your activity level…your sex life…

Heart attacks tend to have emotional consequences, not just physical ones.

Even once your doctor has cleared you for physical activity after a heart attack, you may still be nervous about having sex.

That’s okay. In fact, it’s understandable. The bedroom is the last place you want to have another heart attack!

The good news is that less than 1% of all heart attacks take place during sex, so once you’ve been cleared by your doctor, you’re no more likely to have a heart attack in that moment than anyone else. Continue reading…

Sex and Exercise: 8 Exercises to Boost Your Sex Life

exercise and sexMaybe your sex life is fine, but you want to take it up a notch.

Or maybe your sex life needs some serious attention and you need to take it up a notch.

Either way, did you know that sex and exercise go hand in hand?

While that might sound strange at first, sex and exercise being connected makes sense once you think about it.

Both get your heart racing, require stamina and endurance, and make you feel a whole lot better when you’re done.

In fact, 80% of men and 60% of women who exercise feel their sexual desirability is higher than average!

So why not boost your sex life with exercise? Here are eight ways to get started. Continue reading…

The Unusual Link Between Smoking and Hair Loss

Hair loss and smokingYou know you should quit smoking.

If you could see the damage each cigarette does to your body, it would probably be easier.

But you can’t see it and it takes years to get sick, so it’s easy to pretend you’re fine.

And sure, smoking can cause wrinkles and grey hair – but those can be covered.

It’s easy to pretend you’re fine.

So what if I told you there was a link between smoking and hair loss?

That the thinning you’re beginning to see up top is a very real result of smoking.

When it’s in your mirror…and your hairbrush…and your shower drain…it’s harder to pretend you’re fine.

Because smoking and hair loss are linked. You are seeing it. It works like this – Continue reading…

Do You Have Unexplained Nerve Pain? Nerve Pain Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

nerve pain unexplainedYou’re not 100% sure when it started, but you know it’s happening more often.

The unexplained nerve pain that have changed your life.

Skin burning and tingling.

Feeling like you’ve got pins and needles running up and down your arms or legs.

Even an electrical sensation under your skin.

Some days it may be so bad that even a loving hug or a supportive touch can be too much.

But what causes nerve pain? And more importantly, what can you do about them? Continue reading…