1. 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.

    1. Protect your eyesight. You know how carrots are good for your eyes? Well, the same carotenoids that give carrots their bright orange color – and that are so good for your eyesight – are the same ones that give pumpkins their bright orange color. Pumpkins are packed with the best antioxidants for protecting your vision and keeping your eyes healthy.

    2. Protect your skin. One of our favorite benefits of eating pumpkin is especially important in winter, just when they are most readily available! And it comes from those same carotenoids. They’re powerful antioxidants that work from within to keep your skin smooth, supple, and wrinkle-free.

    3. Promote heart health. Perhaps one of the most important benefits of pumpkin is how good it is for your heart and cardiovascular system. Pumpkin’s high levels of potassium help maintain a healthy blood pressure, which goes a long way to protecting against heart attack and stroke. Plus, the seeds can help with cholesterol levels, adding another layer of cardio health to the benefits of eating pumpkin!

    4. Support muscle health. The same potassium that helps promote heart health also supports muscle health. See, your muscles need potassium to function properly and to heal up after you exercise. Without enough potassium, you’re at risk for cramping and muscle spasms. But another one of the benefits of eating pumpkin is muscles that don’t just keep you strong, but that are strong themselves.

    5. Stay healthier with a healthy immune system. Since pumpkin is full of vitamin C and beta carotene, they have the nutrients you need to help boost your immune system all winter long.

    6. Fiber, fiber, fiber. If you call it a single benefit of pumpkin or several, the high fiber content in this fruit counts. First, it can help with weight loss. Fiber helps keep you feeling fuller, longer. Then, it can help with digestion, because fiber is a key component in processing your food. Finally, fiber keeps you regular. From start to finish, pumpkin supports digestive health.

    Healthy AND Delicious

    In spite of all the benefits of eating pumpkin, most of us don’t know more than the holiday pumpkin pie and the occasional pumpkin doughnut.

    But pumpkins are so much more than those! To get more pumpkin into your diet, try these three recipes.

    They’re healthy, delicious, and we even upped their nutritional values by adding BenVia Gold chia seed!

    Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Not just for kids, these crunchy treats go great in salads or just by themselves.

    Raw Pumpkin Seeds
    Ground BenVia Gold chia seeds
    Olive oil
    Himalayan salt

    Directions: Preheat oven to 350*. Spray raw pumpkin seeds lightly with olive oil. Toss with BenVia Gold. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Spread into a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake approximately seven minutes. Stir. Bake another seven minutes, or until crispy and light brown. Let cool completely before eating. Store in an air tight container (if you have any leftover!).

    Pumpkin Muffins

    These mini loaves are perfect for gift giving during the holiday season!

    1¼ c. white whole wheat flour (note: if you can’t find white whole wheat flour, you can use ¼ c whole wheat flour and 1 c all-purpose flour instead)
    ½ c. sugar
    ¼ c. brown sugar
    ½ tsp. baking soda
    ½ tsp. cinnamon
    ¼ tsp. salt
    1 tbsp. whole BenVia Gold chia seeds
    1 egg
    1 ½ pumpkin puree
    ¼ c. canola oil
    1 tsp. vanilla extract

    Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray two mini loaf pans with cooking spray. Beat sugars, egg, oil and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Once sugar mixture is combined, beat in pumpkin puree. In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Slowly beat flour mixture into sugar mixture. Beat in BenVia Gold. Pour batter into two loaf pans. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, until the tops of the loaves are light brown.

    Roasted Roots

    Pumpkin (purchase pre-cubed in the produce section of the grocery store)
    Butternut squash (same)
    Sweet potato
    Olive oil
    Whole BenVia Gold chia seeds

    Directions: Preheat oven to 450*. Cube sweet potato to same size as pumpkin. Toss in olive oil, seasonings, and BenVia Gold. Cook for 15 minutes. Stir. Cook for another 15 minutes, or until vegetables are fork-soft and brown at the edges.

    With delicious taste and amazing benefits, it just makes sense to eat pumpkin this autumn – and all year long!

  2. 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.

    How They’re Supposed to Work

    In the early 1950s, acetaminophen was believed to be as effective as aspirin at relieving pain, but without the same intestinal or bleeding risks that came with aspirin.

    And in 1960, it was approved for over the counter sales, making it one of the most well-known pain killers in the country.

    Over the more than fifty years, it’s developed a reputation for being an efficient pain reliever, and even better fever reducer.

    As for ibuprofen, it was also available by prescription only until the early 1980s, when it became available over the counter.

    Once again, it was thought to be safer than aspirin, and an anti-inflammatory, as well as a pain killer.

    To this day, doctors and pharmacists all over the country recommend ibuprofen when someone needs both pain relief and inflammation reduction.

    So what’s the problem? Neither ibuprofen nor acetaminophen really work all that well – especially when you consider the risks involved.

    How They Really Work

    Acetaminophen is commonly taken for lower back pain and/or arthritis – two long-term, chronic pain conditions.

    Yet, you can only take the maximum daily dose of Tylenol every day for ten days before you risk liver damage.

    It’s also easy to inadvertently take more than the maximum dose because other products that aren’t pain killers often contain acetaminophen.

    So, if you are taking a pain killer during the day, an allergy tablet in the morning, and a sleep aid at night, you could risk overdose and not even know it.

    And an overdose can mean more than just an inconvenience or backlash headache.

    With acetaminophen, an overdose can mean liver damage and death.

    But even if you decide that your back pain or arthritis pain is worth having to have liver function tests done every six months, new reports indicate it just might not be worth it at all.

    New studies out earlier in 2015 suggest that Tylenol simply doesn’t work to ease the pain of either condition.

    Which brings us to ibuprofen. Surely ibuprofen works. Or not.

    The biggest draw to ibuprofen is the fact that it’s an anti-inflammatory.

    It even falls into the category of NSAIDs – nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, after all!

    Except that, when taken in recommended safe doses, it doesn’t have much of an anti-inflammatory effect.

    Plus, long-term use can cause stomach bleeding, high blood pressure, and kidney damage – and by “long-term” they mean three months or more.

    Again, when you’re dealing with a chronic condition like arthritis, three months isn’t very long-term.

    Once you start looking at efficacy and safety, the question between ibuprofen or acetaminophen starts looking unanswerable.

    So What Should You Do for Pain Relief?

    Luckily, there are alternatives to even the most common, well-known pain relievers.

    You don’t have to roll the dice with your health just to make it through your day.

    In fact, there are so many ways to relieve pain, you may not ever need to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen again.

    People have found great success from yoga, acupuncture and massage. But sometimes, you need faster pain relief than that.

    Try temperature therapy – ice packs and heating pads – for a natural, safe pain relieving alternative to ibuprofen and acetaminophen that’s even faster than any pill.

    And don’t forget topical pain relievers, for near immediate relief from FDA approved pain killing ingredients – that are still all natural!

    Topical pain relievers, like Soothanol X2, can start to work in seconds and provide full relief in as little as minutes.

    Simply rub the Soothanol X2 or other topical pain reliever directly to the site of your pain, and in as little as sixty seconds, you’ll begin to feel the relief.

    So yes, asking ibuprofen or acetaminophen may seem like a reasonable question. It’s just the answer that might surprise you!

  3. Is This Weird Item in Your Fridge Good for Your Joints?

    joints good for youWhen you’re dealing with joint discomfort, you usually look to your medicine cabinet.

    But what about your refrigerator?

    Because there are several foods – including one unexpected item – that can help you maintain healthy joints and ease joint discomfort! Continue reading

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 6 Shocking Reasons Why Your Stomach Always Hurts

    always hurts stomachYour stomach always hurts.

    Maybe it’s a low level ache.

    Maybe it’s cramping.

    Maybe it’s nausea before or after you eat.

    You’re even trying to make smarter choices with your diet and health.

    Trying to find ways to eat less.

    Even swapping out added sugars.

    But the bottom line is… it seems like your stomach always hurts.

    It could be that some of the very choices you’re making to improve your health are the shocking reasons why your stomach always hurts.

    What am I talking about? How about – Continue reading

  10. 5 Amazing Remedies for Tinnitus

    tinnitus remediesTinnitus.

    That constant low-level ringing in your ears.

    It’s easy to think it couldn’t possibly be all that bad – if you don’t have it.

    But if you do have it, you know it can be that bad.

    And since it’s often related to aging – it’s most common in people over 40 - just because you don’t have it now doesn’t mean you won’t have it later.

    Which is why we’re looking at remedies for tinnitus you might not know about.  Continue reading

  11. 10 Unknown Myths and Truths About Joint Replacement Surgery

    surgery joint replacement When it comes to joint replacement surgery, there’s so much misinformation out there.

    It’s hard to tell what’s myth and what’s true.

    In this article, we’ll tackle some of those myths, differentiate between the myths that have arisen based on legitimate concerns and those based in fear or resignation, and finally weed out the fact from fiction of replacing joints. Continue reading

  12. Stress and Pain: Is Stress the Cause of Your Pain [take this quiz]

    pain and stressDoes your pain cause your stress?

    Or does your stress cause your pain?

    We’ve known for a long time that stress and pain are connected.

    But how do you know which came first?

    This quiz may give you an indication of which came first, and if stress is actually causing your pain. Continue reading

  13. 10 Unbelievable Food and Diet Myths Debunked

    myths dietWhen it comes to eating for weight loss and better health, it’s easy to think you know all there is to know.

    Unfortunately, sometimes what you think is true is actually myth.

    Persistent myth, but myth nonetheless.

    Like these ten diet myths that seem to stick around, no matter how often they’re debunked!

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  14. Boost Your Brain: How to Improve Your Multitasking Skills

    skills multitaskingHow often do you wish your multitasking skills were sharper?

    When you realize you haven’t finished any of the three projects you’ve been working on all afternoon?

    When you realize that nothing you’ve accomplished has been done to the best of your ability?

    Or maybe when you realize how you got distracted this morning and now it’s time for dinner.

    If any or all of these situations are familiar to you, it may be time to work on your multitasking skills, so not only do you get more done in the day, but you get it done better.

    The key to multitasking well is to understand that you aren’t actually multitasking.

    You’re performing tasks in rapid succession.

    Sure, you may be able to update your calendar while you’re on the phone talking about another project completely, but the truth is something will get lost if you do that for too long.

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  15. Beware of These 10 Eczema Triggers

    triggers eczemaIt’s more than just dry skin – it’s eczema.

    The dry, scaly, cracking skin. It itches. It hurts.

    And honestly, sometimes it’s embarrassing.

    It’s also not your fault.

    There are eczema triggers that you may not even be aware of – but once you know them, you can avoid them.

    And maybe you can even stop eczema flare ups before they begin.

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  16. How to Get Beautiful Feet in 3 Minutes

    Beautiful feet how to getTo be fair, in the larger scheme of your health, how to get beautiful feet isn’t all that important.

    But beautiful feet can make you feel better.

    And anything that boosts your confidence, makes you feel better, or lets you feel pretty even on a bad day is worth thinking about.

    Plus, you can get beautiful feet in a matter of minutes, which makes how to get beautiful feet an even more worthwhile confidence booster.

    Follow these five steps to get beautiful feet in no time.

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  17. Colorful Food: What Does the Color of Your Food Say About You?

    food colorfulYou use the color of your clothes, your home, even your car to say something about yourself.

    We all do.

    But did you know that the color of your foods can say just as much?

    It’s true. Next time you want to know something about someone, look in their refrigerator or at their plate.

    Do you see colorful food of bright, vibrant colors? Or Browns, tans, and beiges?

    Never mind their plates – what do you see when you look at your plate?

    And what does it all mean?

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  18. Too Many Vitamins? The Hidden Dangers of These 3 Common Vitamins

    vitamins too manyThe formula for good health has been around for a long time – exercise, eat well, and take your vitamins.

    But what if that’s not necessarily a formula for good health after all?

    What if there are hidden dangers in some of your favorite vitamins and supplements?

    What if you could actually take too many  vitamins?

    Would you want to know?

    We certainly would – which is why we’re looking at the hidden dangers of three of the most common vitamins and minerals.

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  19. How to Treat Shingles Naturally: 5 Surprising Tips

    how to naturally treat shingles It’s disconcerting to think that a disease you may have had as a child can be lurking in your system, waiting to cause problems as an adult – but that’s exactly how shingles works.

    The red, painful rash and blisters that are indicative of shingles are caused by a virus that has been in your body since your childhood bout of chicken pox.

    So what exactly is shingles? And can I be taught how to treat shingles naturally?

    Of course you can. Let’s find out more –

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  20. Is Your Daily Morning Routine Helping You or Harming You?

    daily routine morningLet’s be honest – your morning routine sets the tone for your whole day.

    You can pretty much know if you’re going to spend your day peaceful and productive or frantic and trying to catch up before you ever leave the house.

    Now, if you’re happy with your daily morning routine – have enough time, and feel ready to face the day – then feel free to stop reading.

    But if you are looking for a different daily morning routine that can help you have a happier, healthier day, read on!

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