Want to Lose Weight? Drink a Smoothie!

If you’re trying to lose weight (and even if you’re not), it’s imperative your diet is in check. That means lots of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables are a must and making smoothies can be a great way to ingest them. What are Smoothies? Smoothies usually contain blended or puréed fruits and/or vegetables. Sometimes ice … Continue reading Want to Lose Weight? Drink a Smoothie!

Benefits of the Agaricus blazei Murrill Mushroom

Agaricus blazei Murrill is an edible Brazilian mushroom with a low calorie content and high nutrient density. The mushroom, which originates in a small Brazilian village called Piedade, contains minerals, fibers, vitamins and amino acids. In 1960, a Japanese researcher named Takatoshi Furumoto discovered the mushroom and sent it to Japan to be evaluated. Analysis shows … Continue reading Benefits of the Agaricus blazei Murrill Mushroom

The Weight Loss Benefits of Damiana

What is Damiana? Damiana, or turnera diffusa, is a flowering shrub found throughout Mexico, the West Indies, and parts of Central and South America. The leaves have historically been used as traditional herbal therapies for tonic and cleansing purposes. Indigenous people in Central and South America have used the leaves to make a tea, which … Continue reading The Weight Loss Benefits of Damiana

U.S. Population Getting Even Fatter

Results of an investigation presented last year at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) annual Scientific Session shows if current trends continue, the overwhelming majority of American adults will be overweight, if not obese, by the year 2020 [1]. More than half will also suffer from either type-2 diabetes, or related pre-diabetic conditions. Using data gathered … Continue reading U.S. Population Getting Even Fatter

Why Do People Gain Weight?

Almost 70% of adults in America are considered overweight, and 35% are classified as obese. If rates continue, and many experts believe they will, 75% of the population will be either overweight or obese by the year 2020. Anyone who glances at the statistics knows something is clearly not right. What could be causing this … Continue reading Why Do People Gain Weight?

3 Types of Exercise that are Great for Lower Back Pain

There’s no question that exercise is one of the best ways to strengthen your body, improve flexibility, and boost your metabolism. It turns out that quite a bit of evidence supports the idea that exercise can help lower back pain, too. Let’s take a look at three types of exercise that have been shown to … Continue reading 3 Types of Exercise that are Great for Lower Back Pain

What Is Cupping Therapy and Why Is It Trending?

Cupping therapy is an ancient practice that is now considered part of the complementary and alternative (CAM) medicine category, along with acupuncture and aromatherapy. During a cupping therapy session, a massage or acupuncture therapist applies suction cups to various areas of the body. The cup may be made of bamboo, plastic, or glass; traditionally, horns … Continue reading What Is Cupping Therapy and Why Is It Trending?

6 Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is that eastern practice involving odd positions and stretches that may seem slightly strange, though many people swear by once they’ve tried it. It’s well known to be relaxing and a healthy way to exercise. However, there are also lots of wild claims about it. What’s true and what isn’t? Fortunately, there has been … Continue reading 6 Health Benefits of Yoga

How to Meditate: Learning the Best Meditation Techniques

Throughout human history, nearly every culture and civilization has described the mental and physical benefits of meditation. The popularity of this ancient practice extends beyond yoga studios and places of worship. Research shows meditation offers many health benefits, including reduced blood pressure, better posture, improved cardiovascular health, reduced feelings of stress and anxiety, and enhanced … Continue reading How to Meditate: Learning the Best Meditation Techniques

11 Foods That Speed Up Your Metabolism

While there are no short-cuts to losing weight, there are a few things you can do to boost your metabolism. Exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep are two of the best things you can do. However, there are also plenty of foods that speed metabolism, so adding them to your diet may give you … Continue reading 11 Foods That Speed Up Your Metabolism