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A Hard Look at Hair Loss and Stress

stress and hair lossYou’ve probably heard that hair loss and stress are related.

But just how worried should you be?

Well, there’s good news – and not so good news.

The good news is that a couple bad days, or a few stressful moments are NOT going to cause you to lose your hair.

The not so good news is that hair loss can be caused by ongoing, long-term stress.

And it may be unexpected stress, at that.

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How to End to Back Pain While Sleeping For Good

While sleeping back painBack pain during the day is bad enough.

But back pain while sleeping seems worse, somehow.

It’s the one time you’re supposed to be able to find relief.

Even just a comfortable position.

Or maybe you’re fine during the day and your back pain doesn’t kick in until you’re in bed, trying to sleep.

Either way, getting rid of back pain while sleeping just might be easier than you though – or feared.

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8 Natural Gingivitis Remedies That Will Bring You Relief Today

remedies gingivitisPeople focus on overall health…heart health…mental health…but rarely do you hear much about oral health.

After all, there’s not a lot of mystery to oral health.

You brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and see the dentist.

Except that, sometimes, that’s not enough.

Maybe you’re not brushing well enough or flossing often enough.

However it happens, sometimes you end up with gingivitis and needing a gingivitis remedy.

The good news is that you’re not alone.

The better news is that gingivitis remedies are easy to find, and even easier to do.

Once you know it’s time to step up your oral hygiene routine…

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7 Toxic Makeup Ingredients You’re Probably Using

makeup toxicYou wear makeup to feel better about yourself.

A little blush, some mascara, and of course, a gentle cleanser to keep your skin looking its best.

But if you’re wearing or using any of these toxic makeup and toiletry ingredients – and they’re widespread enough, you probably are – then you risk making your health worse, even as you think you look better.

Don’t just assume that everything you use on your face and skin is safe.

Instead, look for these toxic makeup and cosmetic ingredients on your labels – and avoid them!

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7 Powerful Health Benefits of Selenium

selenium health benefitsFor the most part, you know which vitamins and minerals you need in your diet to ensure optimal health.

But every now and then, it’s important to check and make sure you aren’t missing anything – like selenium.

Because the health benefits of selenium are too often overlooked – but shouldn’t be!

The health benefits of selenium are simply too important and too extensive, for more people not to know about them.

Which is why we wanted to make sure you were aware of just how beneficial selenium can be…

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7 Sex Drinks to Boost Your Libido

drinks sexFood has been recognized as an aphrodisiac for centuries – but have you ever thought about how sex drinks might boost your love life?

Not just a glass of wine to get you in the mood, but actually using known libido boosters to create sex drinks that will do more than just relax your inhibitions.

Just remember that one or two cocktails can help relax you.

More than that and the alcohol becomes counterproductive.

The key is to use natural, rather than processed, ingredients.

Sure, these take a little bit of prep, but in the end, the flavor – and the results – are worth it!

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How to Avoid These 6 Common Sports Injuries

When you think about common sports injuries, you probably think about career-ending breaks or dislocations.

The kind of injuries that happen to professional athletes. Surely you don’t have to worry about sports injuries.

Except that the most common sports injuries are ones that can – and do – happen to anyone, even if they aren’t necessarily playing sports.

If you’re playing with the grandkids, swinging a golf club, or think it might be fun to try and shoot hoops with your old high school buddies, these are common sports injuries that you should protect against.

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10 Must-Have Superfoods for Better Digestion

Superfoods are all the rage these days, and for good reason.

They are nutritionally dense, address multiple health concerns at once, and usually taste great.

But did you also know that some superfoods can help you with better digestion?

Because sometimes good health isn’t just about your heart, brain, and life expectancy.

Sometimes, good health is far more basic than that.

Sometimes, what you want is to get over the discomfort, gas, bloating, and constipation that comes from poor digestion.

On those days, focus on these superfoods – for overall health AND better digestion.

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The Ultimate On-the-Go Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook

Inflammation doesn’t just affect your joints.

Inflammation is one of the leading causes of systemic, physical problems.

In other words, you should be thinking about anti-inflammatory foods and recipes even if your joints don’t hurt!

Which is why we’ve designed an anti-inflammatory cookbook, with some general guidelines and very specific recipes for every meal of the day.

Use the recipes as they are, tweak them to suit your tastes, or just draw from the general section and create your own anti-inflammatory cookbook! The choice is yours.

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3 Quick Exercises to Ease Your Adrenal Stress

stress adrenalYou’re exhausted all of the time.

And you know that exercise is supposed to boost your energy – but it doesn’t.

In fact, nothing that’s “supposed” to help actually does.

If this sounds familiar, you may be dealing with adrenal stress.

Adrenal stress, or adrenal fatigue, is a condition where the constant, ongoing stress of everyday life has simply overworked your adrenal glands until they become as exhausted as you are.

And when your exhaustion and fatigue are caused by adrenal stress, you’re right – the standard ways to relieve your symptoms won’t work as well, if at all.

Your body needs more than a good night’s sleep or a caffeine boost. Some – like heavy exercise – may even be making you worse!

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7 Reasons to Love Ivy Gourd

gourd ivyIt’s summer and that means the freshest, most delicious fruit of the year.

Strawberries, peaches, cherries…they will never get old. But this year, you might want to think about expanding your horizons a bit, and giving ivy gourd a try.

And just what it ivy gourd? Perhaps one of the healthiest fruits you’ve never heard of.

Ivy gourd is indigenous to Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific islands – but it’s also made its way to Hawaii, Florida, and Texas, here in the United States.

Although its nickname is “baby watermelon” it’s actually part of the pumpkin family.

And along with being delicious and versatile, it has amazing health benefits…

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The Mysterious Link Between Processed Foods and Cancer

cancer and processed foodsWe’ve known heavily processed foods are less healthy than raw foods for decades, but how much physical damage they can cause is only now truly beginning to be understood.

It’s not just that they’re full of fat, sodium, and preservatives – as it turns out, heavily processed foods are directly linked to cancer.

Even the so-called “healthy” alternatives in your frozen food or baking aisle aren’t really healthy.

In fact, it doesn’t matter which aisle you’re in. If you’re buying a heavily processed food, it can be linked to cancer.

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How to Plan for Random Joint Pain

joint pain randomSome days are just fine.

You move, bend, twist – all without a twinge.

Other days, though, not so much.

Other days you’re struck by random joint pain.

That may go away once you change position, or it may linger, effecting the rest of your day. Or even your week.

So how do you address random joint pain so it doesn’t take you by surprise and possibly ruin a good time? Keep reading…

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6 Anti-Aging Vitamins to Add to Your Diet Today

vitamins anti-agingYou’ve got basic anti-aging steps down.

You eat well, watch your sugar, and drink plenty of water.

Exercise and moisturizer? Check and check!

And you always wash your face before bed.

All of which means one thing: you’re ready to take it to the next level.

It’s time to add specific, targeted anti-aging vitamins to your beauty routine. And we’re here to help.

Sure, vitamin E and vitamin C are great for your skin, but you’re probably getting enough of those in your diet.

Since you’re looking to take your anti-aging up a notch, you need to look beyond the obvious.

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Listen to Your Gut: The Complete Guide of Good and Bad Gut Bacteria

Nothing is more important than your health – but if don’t know how to listen to your gut, you aren’t taking care of your health the way you think you are.

Don’t get us wrong, eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising are essential steps to maintaining your health and we’re not arguing that.

But listening to your gut is the piece you may be missing.

We’ve been taught that bacteria is bad, and when it’s on your kitchen counter or in a scrape on your knee, it is.

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6 Quick and Fun Exercises to Improve Your Spinal Health

health spinalHow often do you think about spinal health? Never, right?

That’s probably your answer – but it may not be entirely true.

Because if you think about posture, you’re thinking about spinal health, if you realize it or not!

Keeping your spine long, straight, strong, and flexible – in other words, maintaining good posture – really is the same thing as taking care of spinal health.

Standing tall and sitting up straight are perfect first steps to proper posture, but if you aren’t doing exercises as well then you aren’t doing everything you can to take care of your spinal health.

Which is why we’ve come up with these six exercises to help improve spinal health. Continue reading…