Nutritional Psychiatry: Eat These Foods to Reduce Depression

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Have you ever had that busy week when you couldn’t even include a proper meal time in your extra-tight schedule? Those days when the best you could do was to grab a quick hamburger and fries with a large soda? Your hunger pangs were satisfied and your stomach was filled, but your mind became foggy….

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How the Bacteria in Our Gut Influences Our Minds

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

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

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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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Hirschsprung’s Disease: How One Man Had 30 Lbs of Feces Removed from Colon

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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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Why You Should Consider Donating Your Poop to a Stool Bank

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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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Can Green Tea Extracts Cause Liver Damage?

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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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Did You Know the Color of the Carbs You Eat Matters? This Doctor Explains Why

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Should We Avoid ‘Beige’ Carbs? Carbohydrates have previously gotten a bad reputation for spiking blood sugar, causing weight gain, and even contributing to diseases such as cancer [1]. As such, low-carb diets have been around for a while, including the ketogenic diet, which dates back to the 1920s, and the Atkins diet, which dates back…

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3 Myths and 3 Truths About Acid Reflux Everyone Should Know

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Acid Reflux: What Is it? Often experienced although not often clearly understood, acid reflux (AR), as well as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD—a more severe form of reflux) is an uncomfortable and potentially life-altering affliction when it’s not dealt with. It may seem like a benign condition, but its debilitating symptoms can severely affect a person’s quality of life, especially…

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6 Painful Health Problems Grapefruit Seeds May Be Able to Treat

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Can the simple seed of a grapefruit hold potent health benefits? Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) is a supplement that’s received a growing number of health claims, including its potential ability to fight off everything from bacterial infections to candida to even diabetes. Here, we break down the science behind GSE to see if it’s a…

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4 Bedtime Drinks to Improve Sleep and Aid Weight Loss (Recipes)

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Do you ever have those days where you leave home only to be hit by a reality you haven’t noticed in a while? Everyone’s walking around with raccoon eyes and blank stares on their faces, looking unkempt and sluggish, seeming like they’ve kind of given up… It’s not just you who has been noticing. Just…

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How to Use Herbs, Tea, Fats, and More to Stop Bloating for Good (You’re Not Fat, Just Bloated)

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Jump to…. Find Out What’s Causing Your Bloating 6 Foods to De-Bloat If you constantly feel bloated—even if you’re not over-eating or dealing with a temporary issue like PMS—you may be suffering from certain underlying digestive issues that can leave you feeling puffier than normal. Taking over-the-counter anti-gas products may provide temporary relief, but they…

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Metamucil Linked to Gut Destruction, Cancer

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Despite the fact that we don’t openly talk about going to the bathroom, especially in regard to bowel movements, it is one of the most important things we all need to do to be healthy.  But most of us don’t really know what’s considered normal and what our bowel movements should be like. Many of…

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Chronic Bloating? IBS? This Diet May Get Rid of It for Good

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Do you suffer from abdominal bloating, altered bowel habits, and recurring abdominal pain and discomfort despite following a relatively “cleanâ€� and healthy diet?  Does it seem as if certain foods trigger your symptoms, but it’s hard to pin down exactly which ones? If so, you may be one of the 7-10% of people worldwide who…

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9 Powerful Tonics to Ease Digestion (Natural + Homemade)

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Got tummy trouble? Try mixing up one of these nine healthy tonics to help improve digestion. Digestion is a process that takes anywhere from 24 to 72 hours, depending on what you’ve eaten, and the efficiency of your digestive system. In most cases, food passes through the stomach and small intestine in less than eight hours…

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Hashimoto’s Diet: The 8 Worst Foods To Eat If You Have Hashimoto’s Disease (And Top 8 Replacements)

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Before we can talk about the Hashimoto’s Diet, we must first learn what Hashimoto’s is. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the autoimmune disorder of hypothyroidism. In a nutshell, antibodies attack the thyroid gland which leads to chronic inflammation throughout the body. I can personally attest to the frustration of having Hashi’s with symptoms such as chronic fatigue,…

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Stop Throwing Out The Leftover Pickle Juice. Here Are 7 Unexpected Ways To Use It At Home

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For those of us that love pickles, it can seem like a waste to throw out all the leftover juice when they’re gone. And you’d be right! Pickle juice can be just as healthy and even more useful than the pickles themselves. Pickle juice usually contains salt, sugar, vinegar, garlic and onion, but it can…

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This Woman Got Rid of Her Bloated Belly By Changing These 6 Things

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Doesn’t it always seem that you get a bloated belly at the worst possible moments? Like when you need to dress up for a fancy dinner, or you’re doing a big presentation at work in front of the whole team? Feeling bloated can put a huge damper in your day, and sometimes it’s difficult to…

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How the Keto Diet Helped This 69 Year Old Control His Weight, Cholesterol, Diabetes, and Blood Pressure

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A lot of popular diets have come and gone through the years, but today there’s only one diet on people’s minds – the keto diet. It’s the most popular diet right now, and for good reason. It really works! There is one man in particular who can attest to this fact, and his name is…

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Essential Guide for Taking Vitamins and Supplements

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Vitamin supplements, so many forms, brands, and varieties.  While it’s easy to be intrigued with the benefits offered by vitamin supplements, determining which ones are best for you, can be a daunting task.  A multitude of factors are to be considered when purchasing supplements such as age, gender, health conditions, and lifestyle. When possible, attaining…

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Hashimoto’s and Gut Health

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder that negatively impacts the function of the thyroid gland (1). Like other autoimmune disorders, Hashimoto’s occurs when the immune system produces antibodies that attack healthy tissue in the body (1). When you have Hashimoto’s, it kind of feels like your body has a love-hate relationship with itself. What is…

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Liver Cleanse: Detox Your Liver in 6 Easy Steps

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Every person’s health and well-being depends on how well their body removes and purges toxins. With exposure to environmental toxins, toxic body care products and processed foods, most people are in desperate need of a serious detox! A liver cleanse is a great way to do this. One of the main ways that the body rids itself…

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Arguably The Best Way to Truly Have Healthy Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Levels

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I love breakfast, I truly do, it is something I love to have each morning after my workout and it helps to fuel me for the rest of the day. Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day and I would have to agree. What we decide to eat for…

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Pizza for Breakfast Is Healthier Than Eating Cereal, Naturopath Says

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Eating healthy can take on many different meanings, and sometimes even take us by surprise, especially when a recent review in the Chicago Tribune states that many breakfast cereals could be worse for you than pizza. Not that both are the pinnacle of health per se, yet pizza may have slightly higher nutrient value than…

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Doctor: Here’s the Best Way to Start Reversing Hashimoto’s, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and Weak Immunity

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This great post was written by Dr. Navaz Habib. We encourage you to go check out his website and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition of the thyroid gland, affecting an estimated 75-90% of people suffering from hypothyroidism or lowered thyroid gland function. While the diagnosis of hashimoto’s may…

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‘Missed opportunities’ to save man who died after 10kg of feces removed from body

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When Richard Handley’s family entrusted his care to Ipswich Hospital, they had no idea it would cost their beloved son his life. Now, a coroner has reported that ‘gross failures’ from the staff at the Suffolk county hospital contributed to his death. Richard Handley was from Lowestoft and had Downs Syndrome died from cardiac arrest…

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The Real Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight and Still Plagued by Pain

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This great guest post was written by Dr. Serena Goldstein, a naturopathic doctor specializing in natural hormone balance! I encourage you to go check out her website! Have you ever found that while one person can lose weight and clear up their many different health concerns on one diet, the moment you try that diet…

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Finally! Here’s How You Can Reverse IBS With 1 All-Natural Capsule

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Whether we are aware of it or not, our gut plays a huge role in keep us feeling good, and when something is not on track we typically know it right away. We’re all aware that we need to take our daily vitamins and eat healthy foods on a regular basis, but getting the proper…

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These Common Skin Defects Will Tell You All About Your Internal Health

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The human face is designed to reveal a lot about a person. When we are meeting someone new, we look to their eyes as we shake their hand. When we’re in a conversation we look for an expression that will reveal their thoughts. Well, our face may reveal more than we originally thought, including any…

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Woman Shares Honest Photo to Show How Crippling IBS Can Really Be

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Usually when we think of models, we think about beautiful faces and perfect bodies. We rarely think of the issues that they have to deal with in their lives; we often forget that they are people too. But for Alyce Crawford, an Australian model living with IBS, life hasn’t always been picture perfect. BELOW👇 A…

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10 Foods That Cause Bloating and What to Eat Instead

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This article is shared with permission from our friends at PaleoHacks. Ever wake up with a flat stomach in the morning, only to bloat out like a hot air balloon right after you eat breakfast—without understanding why? If you’re suffering through each day feeling sluggish, tired, cramped and heavy, you may be interested to know that…

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IBS, Constipation, or Diarrhea? Here Are 3 Studies Proving Why You Might Want Aloe Vera Water

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This article is shared with permission from our friends at Medical News Today. Aloe vera is a common ingredient in soaps and moisturizers, but it may also have benefits for digestive problems. Some people have recently suggested that the consumption of Aloe vera juice might help with the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This article will…

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How to Consume Papayas in Order to Relieve Soreness, Inflammation, and Help Heal Your Digestive System

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This article was brought to you by Herbal Papaya, a company dedicated to providing premium quality organic non-GMO papaya products that support healthy living and impact our world. Get 10% off any order by entering the code HEARTYSOUL at checkout by January 31st, 2018. Do you ever get an uncomfortable, bloated or sluggish feeling right…

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A Dentist’s Top Tips to Help you Avoid The Dental Drill in 2018 (the secret sauce for a health smile)

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Dr. Steven Lin wrote this awesome guest post; a practicing board accredited dentist and health educator. Check out his website here! When you see someone with a stunning smile, have you ever wondered how they got it? Teeth send a powerful message of your health and wellbeing, but maintaining them can be a challenge. I’m…

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10 Signs Your Thyroid Isn’t Functioning Normally (And What To Do About It )

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  The thyroid is a very important part of your body – but do you know why? Most people have heard that the thyroid plays a role in controlling body weight and metabolism. Unexplainable weight gain or weight loss is often blamed on a sluggish thyroid. But did you know that your thyroid is concerned…

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Incredible Study Proves Cannabis Is a Viable Crohn’s Disease Treatment

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The number of people living with the painful and undesireable symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is alarming. Doctors use ‘inflammatory bowel disease’ as an umbrella term for inflammatory bowel conditions such as Chron’s disease, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).[1] As of August 2017, estimates revealed that approximately 3 million adults in the United States have…

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5 Reasons Your Gut Isn’t Healing – And How To Overcome Them

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This article is shared with permission from our friends at Observer. Due to our modern society’s emphasis on processed foods, little exercise, and stress-filled lifestyles, leaky gut syndrome has become a very common health condition and the root of many health problems, including food sensitivities, mood issues, autoimmune diseases, and chronic exhaustion. While you’ve probably heard of “leaky…

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Cheese Triggers Same Part of Brain as Hard Drugs, Study Finds

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This amazing guest post was written by Jeriann Watkins Ireland, a writer and wellness enthusiast. We encourage you to check out more from Jeriann at her website. Do you love cheese so much that you think you might be addicted? Do you get hungry just thinking about an ooey-gooey baked mac and cheese or even…

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Food Additives in Popular Snacks and Meals May Be Causing Leaky Gut and Other Autoimmune Diseases

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This article is shared with permission from our friends at Dr. Josh Axe. If you are dedicated and serious about healing leaky gut and autoimmune disease, I need you to know about a recent study that IDs seven food additives that trigger leaky gut, or at the very least contribute to the condition. So what, exactly, is leaky gut?… View Article

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Gut Bacteria May Play a Role In the Cause of Multiple Sclerosis – Here’s How

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This article is shared with permission from our friends at IFL Science. A study has found that microbes in your gut may influence the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). It could be a key step towards specific treatment, and help solve what causes MS. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, two different… View Article

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