A Beginner’s Guide to Prebiotics: 5 Benefits You Cannot Ignore

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You may have heard of probiotics, but do you know about prebiotics? Despite the similarity in names, there are some key differences. While probiotics rightfully get a lot of praise from health experts, prebiotics are important as well. So, what are prebiotics, and how can you get more of them? Keep reading to learn more…

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How to Do Squats: 8 Reasons to Do Squat Exercises

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If you’re looking for a powerful way to boost your overall fitness and get some serious results — fast — from your workout routine, look no further than performing squatting exercises. This is one exercise that should be a part of virtually everyone’s routine, as it’s relatively simple to perform, requires no equipment, and can be done just about…

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A 16-Year-Old Has Died After Being Electrocuted By His Headphones

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On December 13, 2018, a 16-year-old boy from Rembau, Malaysia was electrocuted to death while using headphones that were plugged into his charging mobile phone. (1) The victim, identified as Mohd Aidi Azzhar Zahrin, was found by his mother when she got home from work at 12:45 p.m. According to the district police chief Deputy…

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Bad News Men – Something In Your Kitchen May Have Made Your Penis Smaller

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Perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) are a class of chemicals whose unique atomic properties have been exploited to make numerous everyday products more convenient. Most notably PFCs make up the nonstick coating on cookware, provide water-, oil-, and stain-repellant surfaces for fabrics and carpeting, and are used to make grease-proof packaging for greasy foods. Yet, like so many ‘miracle’…

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School ‘Accidentally’ Serves Preschool Students Pine-Sol Instead of Apple Juice

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This isn’t the first time we’ve discussed the pros and cons of daycare and preschools. Remember Nursery Fields Forever, the amazing preschool that teaches kids how to grow their own food? How about the North Carolina daycare that taped a young girl’s shoes to her feet, cutting off her circulation? Today, we have another appalling…

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Truths and Lies About Fasting That Everyone Should Know

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Weight Loss

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Fasting is becoming increasingly popular as a way to boost health. But it can be confusing to figure out how much of the hype is backed by evidence. This article discusses the different types of fasting, including intermittent fasting, along with some of their main benefits. What Is Fasting? Fasting is a period of time when…

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Truths and Lies About Fasting That Everyone Should Know

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Weight Loss

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Fasting is becoming increasingly popular as a way to boost health. But it can be confusing to figure out how much of the hype is backed by evidence. This article discusses the different types of fasting, including intermittent fasting, along with some of their main benefits. What Is Fasting? Fasting is a period of time when…

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Nail Clubbing: How One Woman’s Lung Cancer Was Diagnosed with Her Nails

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The pros and cons of social media will forever be debated. On one side, there are people who always highlight the negative effects of social media, from stress to anxiety to depression. However, it’s impossible to ignore the positive sides of social media – one of which is communities that look out for each other….

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Plantar Warts: Why You Should Never Shower Barefoot in Gym Showers

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Do you remember having to wear those silly looking water shoes growing up? Parents or grandparents would always warn that it was because community splash pads or public pools are filled with germs. Well, today we’re adding another place to that list. In April 2017, an anonymous listener from Texas contacted “The Rod Ryan Showâ€�…

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FDA Puts Major Restrictions on E-Cigs and Pushes Ban on Menthol Cigs

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On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled its much-anticipated new plan to fight underage tobacco use, targeting electronic cigarettes, flavored cigars, and menthol cigarettes. The agency will move to have the sale of flavored e-cigarettes limited in brick-and-mortar locations to age-restricted retailers, such as smoke shops, or areas within stores that can only…

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Indonesian Teenagers Are Getting High In The Most Horrifying Way

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Various stories around the web at the moment are claiming that teenagers in Indonesia are getting high off sanitary pads, with some even suggesting they were used sanitary pads. The stories seem to stem from comments made by the head of the drug eradication department at the National Drug Agency (BNN) in Central Java in Indonesia. Speaking…

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Lady Gaga Shines a Light on Fibromyalgia: “Chronic Pain Is No Joke”

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How has fibromyalgia affected one of the best-selling musical artists of the 21st century? In “Gaga: Five Foot Two,â€� a documentary released on Netflix this month, Lady Gaga describes the pain that’s characterized her life with fibromyalgia for the past half-decade. “I have chased this pain for five years,â€� Gaga said. “I can still be me, and…

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Kyrstyn Johnson: An Open Letter to Parents About Infant and Pregnancy Loss

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health, parenting, Pregnancy

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In life, sometimes the hardest and heartbreaking stories are the ones we need to tell. They’re the ones that are raw, make us vulnerable, and lead us down the paths we fear most. But they are the stories and experiences that can be followed by immense growth. This is one of those stories… Kyrstyn Johnson…

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FDA Drug Recalls: Why They Happen and How to Handle One

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In the past few months, consumers have seen several major recalls of common medications from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). From the valsartan recall back in July to the latest announcement of a birth control medication, Ortho-Novum recalled for faulty instructions, these drug recalls are becoming commonplace in our news headlines. Though however…

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Hormones and Heart Disease: A Connection No One Should Ignore

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Women’s Health

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According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It accounts for 1 in every 4 deaths with coronary heart disease (CHD) being the most common. What’s worse, every year, about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack, with over 500,000 being their first…

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Why You Should Never Wear Your Shoes Inside the House

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Wearing shoes indoors is fairly common, but it turns out you’re trekking more than just dirt onto the carpet. Researchers from the University of Houston said that shoes are full of harmful bacteria that could make you sick, reports the Daily Mail. As the paper explains, bacteria can multiply and spread throughout the house, leaving you…

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Brain Inflammation May Hold Key for Fibromyalgia Sufferers, Study Says

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that is associated with widespread chronic pain and tender points all over the body. The pain can be in a specific area or move to different areas throughout the body. It also occurs in people of all ages, including children. Pain can range from mild to severe to debilitating, in addition…

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The Link Between Childhood ADHD and Sleep Disorders That Can’t Be Ignored

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On October 24, 2018, Melody Yazdani, mother of 8-year-old Kian, posted a Facebook status that has caused ripples all over the internet. It was around a year in the making and came after a health scare her son endured because of something seemingly harmless – breathing through your mouth. Since he was born, Kian fulfilled…

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Basal Cell Carcinoma: How Carrie Doles’ Tanning Bed Habit Caused Skin Cancer

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

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Winter is coming… For some people, that means hopping on a plane or cruise and chasing the sun! Others will take a faster route and opt for their local tanning salon to get their dose of artificial sunshine. You might want to think twice, however, after hearing this story from a 34-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago,…

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Nutritional Psychiatry: Eat These Foods to Reduce Depression

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

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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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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

Pierre Van ZylCancer, DIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Make, Mental Health, News + Discoveries, Pain Management, Women’s Health

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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Vulvar Cancer: How One Mom’s Skin Condition Turned into a Dangerous Cancer

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Women’s Health

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Imagine going through two decades of unsuccessful doctor’s appointments and visits to specialists. It would be a miracle if you didn’t lose your mind trying to nail down what was ailing you. What would be worse is finding out years later that this mysterious problem of yours is actually an uncommon and dangerous type of…

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

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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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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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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

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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Can Heavy Backpacks Cause Chronic Back Pain?

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

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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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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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Is Shrimp Healthy? Everything You Need to Know About Shrimp Nutrition

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Under the sea, under the sea, darling it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me. As true as that may be for the water-dwellers, Americans prefer seafood on their plates. Over the last couple of decades, shrimp has become the most widely consumed seafood in the United States (along with canned tuna and…

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Aortic Dissection Killed John Ritter…What His Widow Wants Everyone to Know About the Disease

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It’s been 15 years since actor John Ritter died suddenly at the age of 54 while rehearsing on a television production set. Remember? The famous TV star from beloved classics such as “Three’s Company” and “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter?” That passage of time, however, hasn’t slowed the passion or commitment his widow, actress Amy…

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Finally! New Blood Test Could Catch Lung Cancer Before It’s Too Late

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With any cancer diagnosis, the one factor that determines the entire path forward is whether it was detected early enough. This is especially poignant with lung cancer. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in the US, and is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. [1] Early detection…

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5 Easy Brain Hacks to Calm Anxiety Without Medications

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Nobody is immune to anxiety, unfortunately. From time to time, we all experience that jittery feeling of overwhelming concern and worry for the future. It can be driven by various factors – genetics, life events, environment, personality, stress, burnout, you name it. However, statistics show that approximately 6.8 million adults in the US suffer from…

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New Study Finds One Probiotic That Can Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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Infection with the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus can cause many health problems, including sepsis. Certain strains of this bacterium are resistant to antibiotics, so they are particularly dangerous. However, researchers discover that a probiotic bacterium can destroy this superbug. Researchers are now investigating the potential of a probiotic bacterium in treating MRSA infections. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) is highly resistant…

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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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Complete List of the Best Foods and Essential Oils for Helping Prevent Alzheimer’s

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Mental Health

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Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that can rob people of the ability to think clearly, perform everyday tasks and ultimately, remember who they even are. Because the disease is so devastating, and since previous treatments failed to come up with a cure, I’m always on the lookout for Alzheimer’s natural treatment options and Alzheimer’s news, scouring…

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