How the Bacteria in Our Gut Influences Our Minds

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Mental Health, News + Discoveries, Pain Management

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We know the basic steps to keeping a young, healthy brain: eat healthy, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep. Our brain health may also be influenced by an unexpected source — our second brain. Within the walls of our digestive system is the gut, or the “second brain,â€� which contains bacteria that could help mold our brain…

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Why Raising Kids Without Extended Family Nearby Sucks

Pierre Van ZylLearn, parenting, Personal Growth + Development

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If we asked 100 people for their definitions of freedom, we could very well get 100 different answers. We would wager that one of the answers would have to do with the first time you moved out to live with your partner. No kids, no fights, no worries – complete freedom. But, as you would…

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21 Older People Who Look Much Younger Than Their Age (Photos)

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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For millennia, humanity has sought after the secret of youth. As people age, they want to look and feel younger. While many of the will try numerous exercise routines or alter their eating habits, there’s a part of the population who seems to be anti-aging. Whether they work hard for their young appearance or they’ve…

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Chai-Spiced Smoothie Bowl

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Get into the post-workout smoothie game  with this seriously simple recipe.
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Early Signs of Cancer that Every Woman and Man Needs to Know

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Men’s Health, Women’s Health

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Cancer is a mysterious killer we still know so little about. Despite successful treatments and declining death rates in the United States, the American Cancer Society estimates that 1,735,350 people will be diagnosed with cancer by the end of 2018. (1,2) That’s approximately 4,700 cancer diagnoses every single day. Over the last two decades, a…

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How to beat the 3pm snaccident

Pierre Van Zyleat, Health + Nutrition, healthy eating, love, mindful eating, relax, snacking, Snacks, tips, top tips, wind down

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If losing weight is your goal, hear this: you will not do it through starvation, obsessively counting calories or just wishing that magically a few kilos might fall off. You know the drill: move more, eat well, sleep 8 hours and repeat. While it can be frustrating to look at it as a sustainable lifestyle change…

Jennifer Lopez said Men Are ‘Useless’ Before 33 – and She’s Actually Not Wrong

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries, Personal Growth + Development

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If you already have the best husband ever, keep reading anyway… This advice could help the hopeless romantic friend in your life who thinks they will never find love. Because according to 49-year-old singer, dancer and actress, Jennifer Lopez, that friend may just need to look for someone over a certain age. Tinder is a…

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Signs (H/t to Ace of Base)

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I believe in signs.Driving home from getting the kids flu shots, we heard the song “The Sign” by Ace of Base on the radio. Whenever I hear this song, it brings me back to college Spring Break in Cancun. My 13yo knows it well from the movie Pitch Perfec…

Last Week’s Workouts

AngelaFitness, Running, Strength training for runners, Workouts, Yoga

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Last week’s workouts Monday 40 minutes Elliptical with 60 sec hard, 60 sec recovery x 8 Strength training: Cable flys Half kneeling cable rotation Lat pull down Reverse lunge with cable row Banded pull ups Eccentric pull ups Hip thrusters Side bench step ups Tuesday 5 mile run, 9:03 avg pace My plan was to […]

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The Exact Probiotic Strains You Should Take for Anxiety, Constipation, Eczema, Weight Loss, and 4 More

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Mental Health, News + Discoveries, Pain Management, Weight Loss

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In recent years, probiotics have become increasingly popular. While once an unknown ingredient for improving your health, probiotics can now be found everywhere from your favourite yogurt to a pack of gum. One of the key reasons foods and supplements containing a variety of probiotic strains has become so popular is that the health benefits…

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8 Things Everyone Needs to Know Before Taking Antidepressants

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Learn, Mental Health, News + Discoveries

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Sadness, feeling down in the dumps, or general depression is a normal part of human emotion. Everyone experiences these feelings on occasion. Feeling depressed over a long period of time however can be an indication of something out of the ordinary. It’s estimated that over 300 million globally live with depression. It’s not just adults…

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6 Simple Stretches to Eliminate Foot and Leg Pain for Good

Pierre Van ZylFitness + Yoga, Heal, Learn, Move, Pain Management, Pain Relief

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Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and one of the most common foot conditions. It is a painful inflammatory and degenerative condition of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that connects the base of the heel bone to the toes, and whose function is to help support the arch…

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10 Natural Remedies to Soothe Chronic Pain in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Back

Pierre Van ZylDIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Heal, Learn, Make, News + Discoveries, Pain Management

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I’ve had two major surgeries (knee and breast cancer), two wisdom teeth extracted, and one broken rib (mountain biking), so I’ve been given my share of prescription opioids to help with pain management. I don’t like how I feel on opioids, so I always take one dose after surgery, then drop the remainder off at…

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4 Health Benefits of Drinking Okra Water and How to Make Your Own at Home

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, DIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Drinks, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Make, News + Discoveries

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Do you like ladyfingers? No, not the delicious and light ones used in make mouth-watering Tiramisu. We’re talking about okra, the nightshade vegetable with the weird texture and finger-like appearance – but don’t judge a book by its cover! Not only is okra an excellent addition to your diet, but it’s also incredibly beneficial for…

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Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

Pierre Van ZylMain Course

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Ready in just ten minutes, this delicious teriyaki sauce recipe can be made with just a handful of wholesome ingredients – not the MSG and high fructose corn syrup you’re likely to find in store-bought options. It’s perfect for easy weeknight meals, and may even inspire you to reclaim other favorites like sweet and sour […]

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Friday Favorites

AngelaLife, Running, Simple Modern, Stitch Fix, strong, Superfeet Insoles

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Happy Friday everyone! With all of the Halloween and end of the soccer season events this week, I completely dropped the ball on posting on Wednesday.  A couple of years ago, I would have NEVER let that happen.  I was pretty strict about following my blog schedule.  But now, I don’t stress about it.  If […]

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Tricks and a Few Unexpected Treats

Pierre Van Zyl

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We went trick-or-treating for fifteen minutes last night. That’s right, fifteen minutes.Let me preface this by specifying that my children are four and a half and two and a half years old. So clearly it was never destined to be a long outing. Last year…

Chèvre and Basil Stuffed Strawberries

Pierre Van Zyl

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Chèvre and basil stuffed strawberries may sound fancy, but they’re actually a light and easy dessert.
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Hirschsprung’s Disease: How One Man Had 30 Lbs of Feces Removed from Colon

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness

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Every once in a while, we let our healthy daily diets escape us. So we up getting backed up and have some trouble going to the bathroom for maybe a day or two. But even then, the bloating, discomfort, and abdominal pain can be unbearable. That’s why we were blown away to hear about someone who…

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How to Tell the Subtle Differences Between Laziness and Depression

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Learn, Mental Health

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Every once in a while, everyone needs a lazy day. After a long work week sometimes, all you want to do is order takeout, binge-watch your favorite Netflix series, take a workout break, put off a chore or two, and finally sleep in. Doing all that is okay, but what happens when a lazy weekend…

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Marco Melgrati: 16 Illustrations Depicting the Harsh Truth About Modern Society

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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Italian illustrator Marco Melgrati is currently living in Mexico City where he creates strikingly poignant art that urges us to question modern society while reflecting on our collective past. Throughout his career, Melgrati has done editorial work for international newspapers and magazines. However, his creativity has reached the online masses and resulted in quite the…

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Can Heavy Backpacks Cause Chronic Back Pain?

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Pain Management, parenting

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Back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the world, according to the World Health Organization. The unfortunate truth is, adults aren’t the only ones affected. Children and adolescents also commonly suffer from back pain (some estimates are up to 1 in 3!) Can Heavy Backpacks Cause Chronic Back Pain? The Spine Health…

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Our fave plantbased recipes for World Vegan Day

Pierre Van Zylcacao, chocolate, Detox, eat, Health + Nutrition, healthy eating, plant based, Raw, Recipes, refined sugar free, superfood, Superfoods, sustainable, Vegan, world vegan day

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Whether you are vegan or not, it’s hard to argue against adding a little more veg into your diet. We’ve all seen how #meatlessmonday has taken social media by storm and there is plenty of info out there on how having more plantbased meals can help not only your health but the environment too. So…

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Overnight Oats

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Need an on-the-go breakfast? Try Monique from Ambitious Kitchen’s peanut butter banana bread overnight oats.
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Why You Should Consider Donating Your Poop to a Stool Bank

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness

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You’re probably already familiar with the idea of donating blood, plasma, organs, or even hair in order to benefit someone in the middle of a medical crisis. But, did you know that donating stool can save lives too? That’s right, donating your poop to a stool bank is a great way to help someone in…

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List: Worst Laundry Detergent Brands Linked to Allergies, Cancer, and More

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Pain Management

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Laundry detergent can be a lot like a rich, decadent dessert. You can smell it from down the street and it’s baked to absolute perfection. But, deep down inside, you know that those refined ingredients and cups of sugar can have both short-and-long-term effects on your health. In the same way, just because laundry detergent…

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Watermelon Salad with Feta & Mint

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Enjoy this crisp and refreshing salad for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Cakey Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies

Pierre Van ZylBars, Cakes, dessert, Recipes, Vegan

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Cooking offers me life lessons on a weekly basis. This week, the lesson—administered by these cakey vegan pumpkin chocolate chip blondies—was to accept things as they are. Acceptance—meeting life where it is, not constantly trying to fight against things, control them, or force them to be a certain way—is a theme I meditate on constantly,…

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Can Green Tea Extracts Cause Liver Damage?

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Men’s Health, News + Discoveries, Weight Loss

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Sipping on organic green tea in the mornings is a great way to help protect your brain from dementia, encourage a healthy metabolism, and boost insulin sensitivity (1). But popping a few green tea extract pills every day is a totally different story. 50-year-old Jim McCants of Prosper, Texas learned this the hard way, and…

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3 Things Everyone Can Learn from Melissa McCarthy’s Daily Routine

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Mental Health, News + Discoveries, Personal Growth + Development

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Hollywood’s landscape has shifted drastically in the last few years, especially in terms of famous actresses, one of whom is Melissa McCarthy. Not only is she being recognized for how much money she is making, but for the surprising way she conducts her day to day life. Unlike many Hollywood stars’ jam-packed schedules where it…

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8 of my Favourite Healthy Food Swaps

Pierre Van Zyleat, Health + Nutrition, healthy eating, top tips

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As someone who has spent a lot of time healthifying recipes I have definitely come across a few good swaps to help up the nutrition of some of my less healthy faves. If you’re reading this, it’s because you have an interest in nutrition, fitness or both. I’m not going to insult you by explaining that…

Last Week’s Workouts

Angelahalf marathon training, Running, Strength training for runners, Workouts, Workouts for Runners

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Last week’s workouts saw one negative and one positive. The negative? My plantar fascia flared up again after my run on Thursday.  I was hobbling around for most of the day afterwards. The positive? I gave my heel extra attention, took two days off in a row from running, and I was able to crank […]

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How To Make Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

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My four year-old does not share my love of speaking at a reasonable volume, arriving at events on time, or spicy buffalo sauce. Fortunately there are workarounds, like crispy baked chicken wings served with a side of teriyaki, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, or bleu cheese . . . or a little of each. Now, if […]

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