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  1. What Does Your Eye Color Say About Your Health?

    You and your doctor use several markers to predict your health, but you may not even be aware of this one – your eye color.

    As it turns out, eye color can indicate health risks you may be facing.

    Now, eye color isn’t a diagnostic tool – just because your eyes are a certain color doesn’t guarantee you’ll have any of these conditions – but it may help you understand and take precautions.

    Eye Color and Eye Health

    Light sensitivity – This one makes sense once you think about it. People with blue or light green eyes will be more sensitive to light. Less pigment means more light makes it through. More light equals more light sensitivity. So be reassured, you’re not crazy. The sun really does feel brighter to you! Make sure you get really good sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays to help protect your baby blues.

    Age-Related Macular Degeneration – This severe sounding condition translates into weakening eyesight because you’re getting older. It hits almost everyone eventually, so long as they live long enough. But people with blue and light green eyes are more likely to feel it come on earlier. Diet, supplements, eye exercises, and sunglasses may help slow it down.

    Cataracts – But having brown, black, or darker eyes doesn’t mean you can disregard wearing sunglasses, because you’re more likely to deal with cataracts. People with dark eyes have 1 ½ to 2 ½ times more of a chance of developing this fog over their pupil. Buy really good quality sunglasses and wear them.

    More Than Just Eye Health

    The color of your eyes can be an overall health indicator, as well giving you hints about your eye health.

    Cancers – If you’ve got blue or light green eyes, pay closer attention to moles or any new skin discoloration and growths because you’re more susceptible to skin cancers. And another reason to keep your sunglasses handy – you’re more at risk for cancers of the eyes, as well. To reiterate, dark eyed people are not exempt from concern! Just light eyed people are at greater risk.

    Vitiligo – The primary characteristic of vitiligo is blotches of discolored skin. There are treatments, but unfortunately no cure. Still, if you have brown or dark eyes, be aware that you’re more likely to deal with vitiligo than others.

    Alcohol abuse – If you’ve got blue eyes, you might want to reconsider that next cocktail. Turns out, blue and other light colored eyes are linked to alcoholism. While no one is quite sure how or why, there’s one theory that says people with darker eyes are actually more sensitive to the effects of alcohol, so end up drinking less, making their alcohol consumption less of a risk.

    Pain tolerance – In a study of pregnant women, those with lighter eyes – blue and green – had better pain tolerance than those with darker eyes. Several markers were used to measure pain tolerance, including self-reported pain, response to pain killers, and the ability to sleep while in pain. Across the board, light-eyed women had higher pain tolerance levels. While this study was small, and only included women, it definitely opens up some intriguing options when it comes to pain management.

    Depression and anxiety – The same study that looked at eye color and pain tolerance also looked at depression and anxiety after childbirth. Again, women with light colored eyes, the blue and green categories, showed fewer symptoms of post-partum depression and anxiety. Further research is definitely required before any information should be extrapolated from this study to larger populations, but once again, it’s an intriguing possibility.

    The eyes are just windows to the soul. We’re beginning to realize that eye color may be windows into your health, as well!

  2. Get These 9 Essential Brain Nutrients in Everyday Foods

    nutrients brainNo one thinks about brain nutrients when they’re younger.

    Memories are sharp, decisions are easy, and learning is a snap.

    Then you have your first “senior moment” and you realize that maybe it’s time to start thinking about brain health, specifically, along with overall health in general.

    Those brain nutrients become a little more important.

    Luckily, the brain nutrients you need to stay sharp for years to come are easy to find, and come wrapped in delicious packages!

    1. Berries for antioxidants. Antioxidants fight the free radicals and oxidative damage that can destroy memories and reduce overall cognitive function. Berries promote a healthy inflammatory response, which keeps structural damage to a minimum. And they protect the brain’s ability to learn, think, and function. Plus, they actually promote brain cell growth. So not only are they preventing damage, they’re supporting new cells! The brighter the berry, the better! Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, any berry, and you’re not going to go wrong.

    2. Whole grains for carbohydrates. Yes, your brain – your whole body – needs carbohydrates. They convert into sugar, which gives your brain energy. The key is to get the carbohydrates, and therefore the sugar, from the right sources: whole grains. No added sugars. No blood sugar spikes. Just steady, brain-supporting energy.

    3. Salmon, herring, and mackerel for omega-3s. Arguably one of the most important brain nutrients of them all, omega-3 fatty acids are a vital part of the brain’s structural foundation. Omega-3s can reduce the effects of aging on the brain, promote a healthy inflammatory response, and keep brain signals firing properly. It’s even been linked to better mood and sharper focus, where deficiencies in omega-3s have been connected to memory loss and confusion. Not a fan of fish? You can get your omega-3s in certain oils, vegetables, and nuts, too!

    4. Eggs for B-vitamins (specifically B-6, B-12, and folic acid). Scrambled, poached, hard-boiled, it doesn’t matter. The B-vitamins in eggs help protect the brain’s blood flow and function. And they may make learning easier as you age, as well. Finally, there’s some indication that eggs help slow or even prevent brain shrinkage. You can order brain health for breakfast.

    5. Avocado for…just about everything. It might be easier to list which brain nutrients you can’t get in avocado. It’s an excellent source of omega-3s and the B-vitamins we’ve already discussed. But it also provides important brain nutrients vitamins C, E, and K that are essential for brain health and function. And as if that wasn’t enough, avocados help our body absorb other vitamins from other sources that your brain needs to function at its top level. The bottom line? Eat avocados.

    6. Dark chocolate for flavonoids. Where to start? Flavonoids protect most aspects of your brain as it ages. They keep information flowing, and protects brain structure by keeping brain cells alive longer. This helps protect memory, focus, and the ability to problem solve. This brain nutrient may even help protect against age-related short-term memory loss in seniors.

    7. Broccoli for vitamin K. Since avocado shouldn’t be your only source of vitamin K, reach for broccoli as well. Not only with it supply your brain with the vitamin K you need to boost brain power, it’s also a source of vital compounds called “glucosinolates.” These help your nervous system function so your brain cells keeps clicking!

    8. Walnuts for polyphenol. Walnuts for…what? It’s okay if you don’t recognize polyphenol. What you need to know is that walnuts come with a brain nutrient that promotes a healthy inflammatory response and acts as a powerful antioxidant! It may even reverse certain markers of age in the brain. Reaction time, learning, memory – walnuts (and polyphenol) can help strengthen all of it.

    9. Pumpkin seeds for zinc (and magnesium, too). Now that autumn is here, it’s the perfect time to grab some pumpkin seeds! Zinc enhances memory and helps overall cognitive function. And it’s not the only brain nutrient you get from pumpkin seeds. Magnesium helps with mood, too!

    There you go – nine essential brain nutrients and the foods they’re in! Delicious, healthy, easy to find and prepare. The only problem is actually eating all of them.

    That’s the one issue with getting all the brain nutrients you need from diet alone, so much food! Which is why we developed Sense of Mind, our brain health supplement.

    Support memory, cognitive function, focus, and problem solving, all with two capsules a day. It makes easy even easier.

    With diet, and Sense of Mind, you can get the brain nutrients you need to forget about senior moments!

  3. How Much Exercise is Enough Exercise?

    exercise enoughEveryone talks about the fact that staying active is vital to maintaining overall health and independence.

    Nobody talks much about what that means, though.

    How much exercise is enough? What kind of exercise do they mean?

    What’s the difference between exercise and activity? The list of questions goes on and on.

    So we’ve compiled all the information you need in one place.

    From activity to exercise to avoiding over exercising. You’ve got questions. We’ve got the answers… Continue reading

  4. The Foolproof Plan to Stop Dieting for Good

    dieting stopLosing and gaining, and losing and gaining again – there’s reason to believe yo-yo dieting is as unhealthy as being overweight.

    And yet it’s a cycle so many people have fallen into.

    Luckily, others are finally coming to realize the dangers of fad diets and are trying to stop dieting for good.

    If you’re ready to get off the diet roller coaster, you can.

    There are ways to be healthy, lose weight, and stop dieting. Continue reading

  5. Improve Blood Flow in 60 Seconds

    blood flow improveOften, when men are looking to improve performance in the bedroom they focus on two things: stress levels and diet.

    These are essential factors to an exciting sex life, but they aren’t the only ones.

    Too often, men forget about the need to improve blood flow in order to get the physical response they’re looking for.

    Don’t be one of these men!

    Blood flow is the key to a strong, powerful, long-lasting erection.

    But you can’t just focus on what’s going on between your legs.

    Improve blood flow throughout your entire body, and blood flow will increase where you need it most.

    Remember, poor blood flow in any part of the body probably means poor blood flow in every part of the body. Continue reading

  6. Why Am I So Thirsty?

    thirsty soBeing thirsty occasionally is normal.

    Everyone goes too long without a drink of water.

    But if it seems you are just so thirsty all of the time, then you may be wondering what’s going on.

    Let’s look at seven common conditions that might cause you to be thirsty.

    Then, you can deal with them appropriately, instead of guessing! Continue reading

  7. 5 Muscle Trigger Points to Ease Pain

    trigger points muscleWhen you’re in pain, you want it to stop. That’s a given.

    But when you have long-term, ongoing pain, you know it’s not always as easy as popping a pill.

    After all, you want the pain to stop, but you don’t want to live your life constantly on medications, either.

    That’s what makes muscle trigger points that ease pain such an important tool in your pain management skill set.

    They are a completely natural, medication-free way of easing pain.

    You read that correctly: muscle trigger points do not use medicine to ease your pain.

    If you’re familiar with acupressure, those are the muscle trigger points we’re talking about.

    If you’re not familiar, or you want to know more, here’s how it works… Continue reading

  8. Eliminate Bloating and Gas: 9 Quick Fixes That Last

    bloating and gas eliminatingIt’s embarrassing. It’s uncomfortable. It’s bloating and gas.

    And when it hits, you feel like you’re the only one who’s ever experienced anything like it.

    However, it’s incredibly common, and luckily, it’s easy to manage.

    You just have to take some easy steps and you’ll eliminate bloating and gas once and for all. Continue reading

  9. Trouble Staying Hard: 5 Common Habits Hurting Your Erections

    staying hard troubleHere’s the truth: every man has trouble staying hard at some point in his life.

    So know that it’s not just you, no matter how it feels.

    If you’re having trouble staying hard more consistently than you’d like, it’s important that you deal with that.

    So you eat right, get exercise, and try to keep your stress under control.

    But what if you’re still having trouble staying hard?

    Maybe it’s time to think outside the box and look at these common, but unexpected, habits that could be hurting your erections.

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  10. 9 Surefire Ways to Fade Sunspots

    sunspots fadeAt this point in your life, you know to wear natural sunscreen and stay in the shade as much as possible.

    But what about the sunburns you got when you were younger, and either didn’t know or, let’s be honest, didn’t care?

    Is it possible to fade the sunspots that are on your skin?

    The answer is yes! Absolutely!

    And it doesn’t even require peels, or chemicals, or anything that has to be done in an office.

    These ways to help fade your sunspots can be done right at home, with all natural ingredients that you may already have.

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  11. Erase Stiff Neck Pain For Good With These 6 Techniques

    neck pain stiffIt’s hard to explain what makes stiff neck pain so difficult to live with.

    You’re not sick. You’re not really injured. There’s no need for a cast or a brace.

    You can still move, go to work, and live your life. But it hurts, all the time.

    Which means stiff neck pain will take its toll on your mood, your energy level, and your quality of life. Even though “nothing’s wrong.”

    Well, we think if something is affecting your quality of life then something is wrong. And if something’s wrong, you deserve to have it managed.

    So, we’ve come up with these six ways for you to erase stiff neck pain and get your – pain-free – life back!

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  12. Coffee and Headaches – Is the Caffeine Helping or Hurting?

    headaches and coffeeWhenever there are two schools of thought on a topic, it’s hard to know which is true and which is false – as is the case with caffeine and headaches.

    Some people swear by caffeine’s ability to relieve headache pain.

    Other people swear that coffee is the cause of their headache pain.

    So which is it? Will coffee help your headache – or make it worse?

    The truth is: it depends.

    Read on, and we’ll look at how caffeine helps your headaches, and why it might cause them, too.

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  13. Achieve Better Joint Mobility With These Tips and Tricks

    mobility jointJoint mobility probably isn’t something people think about often – until they’ve started to stiffen up and lose mobility.

    At which point, joint mobility becomes more important than they ever expected.

    So don’t wait to deal with joint mobility until you’ve started to feel the effects of losing it.

    Start now, with these tips and tricks, and stay moving for years to come…

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  14. 4 Deadly Effects of the Beer Belly – And How to Lose It!

    beer belly theYou’re carrying a little extra weight around your middle, a bit of a beer belly, but that’s okay right?

    Because it’s just the beer belly, and your weight is fine otherwise.

    Sadly, no. The beer belly is a larger problem than you may realize.

    In fact, having a beer belly can be more dangerous to your health than a higher overall BMI.

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  15. My Doctor Gave Me the Wrong Diagnosis – Now What?

    diagnosis wrongGetting the wrong diagnosis for a medical condition isn’t just an irrational fear.

    It’s a fact of life for 12 million Americans every year.

    That’s almost 1 in 20 people who are given the wrong diagnosis.

    Suddenly, that concern feels far more plausible.

    In this article, we’re going to look at some of the most common misdiagnoses, and then empower you to get the medical advice you need in the aftermath of a wrong diagnosis.

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  16. Why a Lack of Fiber Could Be Killing You

    fiber lack ofThe average adult needs between 25 and 30 grams of fiber per day.

    Unfortunately, the average American adult only gets about 15 grams of fiber per day – just about half the amount you need!

    And it turns out this lack of fiber could be killing you.

    Sound alarmist? That’s because it’s alarming – but it’s also the truth.

    Getting enough fiber isn’t just about feeling fuller, longer, so you stick to your diet.

    It’s not even only about the sustained energy that comes from the healthy carbohydrates where most people find their fiber.

    Getting enough fiber is about fighting off diseases that can actually kill you.

    Now that we’ve gotten your attention, let’s look at what a lack of fiber is doing to your health…

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  17. The Ultimate Guide to Getting Crystal Clear Vision

    vision crystal clearDo you think that aging automatically means thicker glasses?

    Does it mean giving up sharp focus for blurry lettering?

    If so, we’ve got good news for you – you really can keep your crystal clear vision, even as you age!

    Yes, you have to be willing to make a bit of a commitment, but you’ve already committed to your health, so this is not much different.

    Getting crystal clear vision even has the same three commitments you make for overall health: diet, exercise, and behavior.

    And we’re about to look at all three of them –

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  18. 8 Critical Metabolism Vitamins Missing From Your Diet

    vitamins metabolismYou don’t worry about metabolism vitamins because you’re healthy.

    You eat well most of the time with a treat or two just often enough to keep you from feeling deprived.

    So you don’t worry about metabolism vitamins because you don’t have to.

    Except you probably should. Here’s why –

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  19. Stop Thinning Hair With These 9 Salon Secrets

    thinning hair stopIf you’re hoping to stop thinning hair, you’re not alone.

    60% of women experience thinning hair by age 70.

    And for men, those numbers are even higher – 85% of men are thinking about how to stop thinning hair by age 50!

    Don’t wait until thinning hair becomes a bald spot – or wide part – or an island.

    Listen to the experts, salon stylists, and stop thinning hair starting today.

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  20. The Answer to Instant Pain Relief is in Your Kitchen

    pain relief instant The drugstore is full of products promising instant pain relief.

    Unfortunately, that instant pain relief comes along with scary side effects and questionable ingredients.

    You can roll those dice and hope your health doesn’t suffer just because you needed instant pain relief, or you could stick to the all-natural route and look to your kitchen…

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