New Research on Probiotics and Bone Health

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I have good news for anyone who enjoys probiotic foods…  Your bones may be stronger for it! As you may know, probiotics are helpful bacteria that boost your immune system, guard your gut against harmful invaders, and more. You can find them in fermented foods like yogurt, kefir (fermented milk), and even pickles.  And new research reveals a certain probiotic strain may help protect against bone loss. Swedish scientists reported their surprising findings in the Journal of Internal Medicine. It was the first-ever human study of this particular probiotic’s effects on bone density…  A First-Of-Its-Kind Investigation The scientists followed 70

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Home Canning: So Much More Than Preserving Food

Сucumber, squash and tomatoes pickling and canning into glass jars. Ingredients for vegetables

Home canning is a great way to preserve excess produce. However, there are many benefits to canning, beyond taming your garden’s bounty of cucumbers and zucchini. A little canning history For centuries, people have looked for ways to preserve their food (including fermentation). The first record of canning comes via the battlefield. In the 1700s, as Napoleon Bonapart led his armies across Europe, feeding his troops became a challenge. Soldiers traveling over the continent carried food supplies with them, but the food would spoil. Desperate to find a solution, the French government offered a prize to anyone who could find

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How To Keep Your Immune System Strong

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During these tough times of the Coronavirus, please stay healthy and your immune system strong. In a recent newsletter from eDoc Health, which offers good information on keeping our immune system healthy and fit, I want to share with readers. A physician wrote the newsletter and gave beneficial tips to help us fight the flu and other viruses. Lifestyle factors that Impact the Immune Function Exercise - Depending on your level of exercise, it can be good or bad for your immune function. Maintaining a regular exercise routine, which consists of at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day,

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Is Alcohol Good or Bad for Your Bones?

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So you enjoy a glass of wine or two with dinner, the occasional cold beer with friends, or a fancy cocktail at social gatherings...  But have you ever wondered how alcohol might affect your bone health?  After all, research shows that once you hit age 40, you lose about 1% of your bone density a year. This is especially concerning for women who are at increased risk of developing osteoporosis — a condition where bones become weak and prone to fracture.  Does this mean you have to give up your glass of wine with dinner? Well, it depends on whether

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Where Do Vitamins & Supplements Fit in Senior Care?

Where Do Vitamins & Supplements Fit in Senior Care?

When you open the medicine cabinet or kitchen cupboard of the typical senior, you’ll find a collection of daily vitamins and supplements. Over the past several years, the American vitamin and supplement industry has experienced steady growth. Much of that growth has been driven by products marketed to seniors. Manufacturers use labels like “silver” and “platinum,” while claiming that vitamins play and essential role in senior care and elderly health. But according to medical professionals, many of these products offer marginal benefits — if any at all. Doctors say that most seniors shouldn’t be getting their micronutrients in pill form.

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The Secret to Simple, Healthy Eating—in Seven Words

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As a continuation of the clean-eating series, in this post, we look at simplifying what you eat using a straightforward seven-word guide. Kicking off the new year with healthy eating habits With the new year just around the corner, many people will make the annual New Year’s resolution to eat better and lose weight. Some will resort to diets with catchy names (remember the Cabbage Soup Diet?) in hopes of shedding pounds quickly and easily. However, like most New Year’s resolutions, the initial enthusiasm is sure to dwindle (right around week two of eating only what the diet says you

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Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is your body’s natural way of protecting itself when you are injured or sick; it helps to defend your body and to also stimulate natural healing.  Conversely, chronic inflammation can be harmful to your body and it is often linked to diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, or fibromyalgia.  Little do many know, some of the common foods we eat can play a role to improve the inflammation in our body. Foods that Reduce Inflammation The first food is berries, most common being strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and my favorite boysenberries.  Berries are small fruits packed with fiber, vitamins and most

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Does Eating Organic Make a Difference?

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If you’ve ever wondered if organic food really is better for you, there’s a large new study with another answer. Researchers published their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association in December 2018.  The researchers followed 68,946 French adults for an average of 5 years each. They wanted to know if the adults who ate organic food most often had less risk of cancer than those who ate it least often. By the end of the study, here’s what they found:  The people who ate organic food most often had a 25% less risk of getting cancer than

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Tips on Healthy Eating as You Age

Tips on Healthy Eating as You Age

A healthy diet is as important during your twilight years as it is when you’re young. But if you’re like most of the aging population, you can’t eat like you once could. Your appetite might be less robust and your metabolism has probably slowed down some, which means that you’re more likely to gain weight even if you’ve maintained the same diet for years. Additionally, good senior care must focus on a healthy diet to support certain aging-related conditions and risks, especially the health of the heart, lungs, joints and bones. Making a few small adjustments to your diet will help

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