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Nutrition for Older Adults – Getting the Most Out of Your Diet

Nutrition for SeniorsAs you may or may not know, the US government releases new nutritional guidelines every 5 years.

But they can be confusing.

We don’t happen to think that nutrition for seniors changes that much, or that often.

And honestly, nutrition for older adults isn’t that different from healthy nutrition for anyone.

So why make it more complicated than it needs to be?

To keep it easy, we’ve looked at the nutritional guidelines and figured out how you can get the most out of your diet to stay happy, healthy, and strong for years to come. Continue reading…

5 Ways to Improve Your Sexual Performance

Improve Your Sexual PerformanceWhen you look at her, she still makes you feel the same way she did all those years ago.

It’s just your body that responds…well, differently these days.

It’s not as easy to show her how you feel. Or maybe it’s not as satisfying for either one of you as it once was.

But that doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel or resign yourself to a lackluster love life.

We’ve found 5 ways to improve your sexual performance that can have you sweeping her off her feet in no time. Continue reading…

Aspirin Side Effects: Is This Little-Known Pain Reliever a Better Option?

Side Effects of AspirinWhen looking for a pain reliever, it’s easy to just stick with what you know and grab an aspirin.

After all, you may not buy into the idea of using a topical pain reliever.

And you probably don’t know about Soothanol X2 – and the powerful formula gives you virtually instant pain relief in just 2 drops.

But you know aspirin. You know it’s been around since 1899, and that it works well enough. But do you know the side effects of aspirin, too?

A side-by-side comparison of aspirin v Soothanol X2 could look different than you expect… Continue reading…

What is the Difference Between Prebiotics and Probiotics?

Difference Between Prebiotics and ProbioticsYou’ve heard it…

The recent buzz about prebiotics and probiotics.

But you’re wondering…

What are they, exactly? What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics? And why should you be taking them?

In this article, we’ll answer these questions, let you know what you should be taking, and what you should stay away from…

And you’ll finally know the difference between prebiotics and probiotics.

But first, you should know… Continue reading…

Nutrition for Seniors: What Changes as You Age?

Nutrition for SeniorsYou know a lot things change as you age – your body, your hair color – but did you know your nutritional needs change as you age, too?

And that men and women over 50 have different nutritional needs than, say, even 40-year olds?

Well, it’s true. And those needs can change quite drastically. Nutrition for seniors can be very different from the nutrition you could live with in your 20s.

So you need to make sure your diet changes, right along with your needs.

Let’s take a look at what’s going on, why your dietary changes are happening, and what we mean when we talk about “senior nutrition.” Continue reading…

What Causes Lower Back Pain? 4 Hidden Causes and 5 Ways to Fix Them

Causes for Lower Back PainYou know the main reasons for lower back pain – muscle strain, muscle irritation, and arthritis.

And if you know your pain isn’t due to one of those issues, you’re stuck.

All you know is that your back still hurts, but you don’t know why, or how.

And you’re probably wondering what is causing your lower back pain.

Well, you might be surprised…

Keep reading to discover these 4 hidden causes of back pain, and the 5 simple fixes.

Let’s get started with a quick, somewhat personal question… Continue reading…

What’s New in 2015: 5 Healthcare Trends to Watch

2015 Healthcare TrendsEvery year the news is flooded with the latest and greatest health trends.

Sometimes, though, it’s hard to tell the unhealthy fads (remember The Grapefruit Diet?) from the health trends that are worth paying attention to.

That’s why we’ve done the research for you and come up with these 5 health trends you should keep an eye on during 2015 – and beyond. Continue reading…

6 Natural Health Tips to Rejuvenate Your Entire Body

Tips for Natural HealthYou understand that “being healthy” is about more than any one number on your doctor’s chart.

Being healthy means taking care of yourself head to toe – and using the natural health tips that will help you meet that goal.

This article will give you those natural health tips – from behavior, to nutrition, to supplements – that you need to help achieve overall wellness, from your brain all the way down.

So let’s jump right in… Continue reading…

Foods for Diabetics to avoid and What You Should Eat Instead

Foods for Diabetics to AvoidWhile being diagnosed with diabetes probably means you will have to change your diet, it doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying food!

In fact, foods diabetics should eat are no different from the foods included in any healthy diet.

The key is to make smart, healthy choices, and watch your portions. Like anything else, it’ll take some practice.

But once you know what foods to avoid – and what foods you can eat – you’ll be healthier and still enjoying every bite. Continue reading…

How to Prevent Falls: 3 Easy Steps to Staying Injury-Free

How to Avoid FallsChildren fall every day. Sometimes, it seems like they’re made of rubber. They fall down, scrape a knee or an elbow, jump right back up again, and keep moving.

But it’s no longer easy…as you age, things change.

Falls becoming a big deal – perhaps even one of your biggest fears – and learning how to prevent a fall becomes more important than ever. Continue reading…

How to Eat Chia Seeds

How to Eat Chia SeedsYou’ve probably heard of BenVia Gold chia seeds by now, so you know what a nutritional powerhouse they are.

But while people talk a lot about how good chia seeds are for you, and how you important they are in your diet, not many people talk about how to eat chia seeds.

Sure, it’s obvious you can sprinkle them over your salad, but let’s be completely honest – salads get a little boring after a while. So, what else are you supposed to do with them? Continue reading…

What is Beauty Sleep? How to Look Beautiful Overnight

Beauty SleepFor years, you’ve heard the old idiom about getting beauty sleep. But is that really true?

Or is it just an old wives’ tale that sleep helps keep you beautiful?

Well, in this post, I’m going to share great news with you. Not only are you going to discover exactly what beauty sleep is, but you’ll see how it really is one of the best beauty tips out there.

If you want to quickly test this out and see for yourself, try this…

Next time you’ve gotten a really good night’s sleep, study yourself in the mirror. Eyes are bright. Skin is luminous. Maybe even those small wrinkles you’ve been noticing aren’t so obvious.

Then compare that the next time you haven’t slept so well. Bet you’ll see the difference immediately…because beauty sleep isn’t just a myth.

And keep reading to get the full scoop on beauty sleep and why you should be focusing on this one easy secret every night. Continue reading…

What Are the Best Herbs for Sex?

Herbs for SexA real man knows it’s okay to ask for help when he needs it.

That’s why you’re here, looking for a little boost in the bedroom. That “unfair advantage” other men seem to have.

And now you can find out for yourself exactly how to get that sexual edge.

It’s important to get that boost naturally, in ways that won’t slow you down or mess you up. Which brings you to the best herbs for sexual performance.

We’ve done the research for you, and here are the top herbs for sex.

Giving you firm, strong erections, peak physical stamina, and the strong urge and desire you need to give her exactly what she wants… Continue reading…

How to Stay Strong and Avoid Losing Muscle Mass

Prevent Muscle LossWe all know the image of the frail old lady, barely making it around her house.

Or the frail old man with his walker, moving at a crawl to his mailbox.

That’ll never be you, though – right? Surely not…

Whether you’re worried about losing muscle mass, or have started to lose muscle mass already…

The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way. Frailty – the weakness, loss of muscle mass, and lack of interest in life – is no longer considered an inevitable part of aging.

Being determined now to stay strong later really is the first step. Continue reading…

Should Seniors Exercise? The Importance of Exercise No Matter Your Age

Senior ExerciseYou get plenty of exercise going up and down stairs, playing with the grandchildren, at the grocery store, or in the garden.

Surely you don’t need any more than that, right?

That all counts as exercise for seniors, doesn’t it?

After all, it’s difficult enough to keep up with everything going on in your life. And now you’re expected to save some of your energy for exercise?

Well, not so fast.

Sure. All of those are considered physical activities, and they are very important. Keep doing them!

But they aren’t exercise. And to stay your healthiest, you need both.

First, you should know… Continue reading…

Unhealthy Habits: Vices You Can (and Should!) Embrace

Unhealthy HabitsHave you ever noticed how the people who live the longest, seem to have the most unhealthy habits?

While not a scientific fact, we all have that friend who we look at and say, “How can they keep living like that?”

Well, perhaps it’s because some of the “unhealthy habits” you hear about aren’t unhealthy at all.

And not only that, but these vices can actually help you look younger, feel better, and live longer…than those who abstain completely.

In this article, you’ll discover the 5 “unhealthy” habits you can – and should – embrace.

Here’s number 1… Continue reading…

Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors

Tips for Eating HealthyYou’ve read healthy eating tips everywhere.

You’ve heard all the fad diets – cutting carbs, eliminating fats, and the rest of the lot. And you’ve seen the “miracles” revealed on TV – only to find out they don’t work…or they cost an arm and a leg. All designed to work for people in their 20s.

But your dietary needs are different.

As you age, your caloric needs decrease, but your nutritional needs don’t. Finding the balance between a healthy diet and the right amount of food can be a challenge.

Whether you’re trying to put on weight, keep the muscle you have, lose a few stubborn pounds, or simply stay healthy so you feel better…

These 5 healthy eating tips are designed to help you stay healthy and feel your best, bite after bite. Continue reading…

How to Relieve Pain without Medications

Pain Relief without MedicationsWhen you’re frequently in pain – from arthritis, a bad back, an old injury, or any other reason – you probably have a cabinet full of medications.

So many, in fact, that sometimes you think it would be nice to be able to relieve pain without medications. Without having to swallow yet another pill, or keep a close schedule – or risk ending up in pain again.

But you’ve probably been convinced, time and time again, that this is impossible. That you have to relieve your pain with prescribed drugs.

That’s simply not true.

There are ways to relieve pain without medication. And in this article, we’re going to explore several of them. Continue reading…