The American Diet Is Even Worse Than You May Think

It’s a stereotype that we often hear, but it’s also very true: Americans aren’t a very healthy group of people. Over one in three people in the United States are considered obese, and there are only eleven countries in the world that have a higher percentage of obese adults than the USA.

What’s even more shocking (and I use that term loosely) is that a new study was recently published by the Mayo Clinic Proceedings that found that less than 3 percent of Americans live a “healthy lifestyle.”

The standard American day has become one that is built on speed and convenience. Most of our days are so busy that we decide to just go through the drive-thrus of fast food restaurants because it’s just easier that way; we don’t have time to exercise because the new episode of Survivor is on tonight, and then it’s time to get some sleep.

Over half of the food that Americans consume is now considered “ultra-processed.” So in addition to not getting much exercise, the food that we eat isn’t doing us any favors for our waistline,

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Feeling Higher Levels of Anxiety? It’s Time To Check Your Gut

If you’re feeling more anxious lately, you’re not alone. Reported symptoms of anxiety and depression rose over 5 percent during the 2020 pandemic, and it’s estimated that nearly one in  three adults in the U.S. will experience some sort of anxiety disorder in their lifetime. 

With those numbers, not many people will be too surprised to note an increase in pharmaceutical prescriptions as well; anti-anxiety drugs along with antidepressants have seen a significant increase in prescription rates over the last year,

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Your Body Needs These 6 Nutrients & Here’s How To Get Them

By definition, the word essential means absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, though, the world thinks of nutrients, even those deemed essential, as optional.

From money spent to time invested, the food receiving the majority of attention and consumption are those laden with fat, sodium, sugar, and so many preservatives that experts find a hard time calling much of what the U.S. eats food.

Decode “Essential” Nutrition, One Essential Nutrient at a Time

There are six essential nutrients that your body can’t make in the quantity it needs.

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Control Your Attitude & Brain One Nutrient at a Time

We are a nation in pain with over 264 million people of all ages suffering from depression. For many, a conversation on poor nutrition conjures photos of someone standing on a bathroom scale and staring helplessly at the numbers as they climb higher and higher. But how many people realize the connection between poor nutrition and the brain?

Poor Nutrition Affects More Than Just Your Waistline

Your brain is part of your body, which means that poor nutrition affects it just as much as it affects your waistline.

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Change Your Perspective on Aging By Changing Your Diet

September is Healthy Aging Month, and it focuses on the positive aspects of aging. In a world that often treats every new wrinkle and every grey hair as a valid reason to panic, it’s refreshing to hear aging embraced as the beautiful and wisdom-fueled journey that it is for so many–and can be for so many more.

Perspective, Mood, & Diet: Their Connection is Undeniable

Aging ushers in experiences, good and bad, that can heighten your perspective of yourself, others,

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To Lunch, or Not to Lunch: This Isn’t a Question or a Debate

The third Friday of June is National Take Back the Lunch Day. Why do you need a national holiday to spotlight the importance of a lunch break, you ask? Consider the following facts:

  • “… employees who take lunch breaks are more likely to report being efficient at work and satisfied with their jobs…”
  • “… nearly 90 percent of employees consider the ability to take a lunch break critical when accepting a new job…”
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A Fight With Your Fork Ends Up Stabbing You in Your Health

Starting each day with a nutritional supplement, like EMPowerplus Advanced, is fantastic, but a vitamin alone won’t save you from the mountain of processed food and sugary beverages you consume.

You’ve Already Learned the Secret

You’ve likely heard one or more of the following common phrases:

“You are what you eat.”
“Abs are made in the kitchen.”
“Losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise.”
“You can’t outrun your fork.”

These phrases are common for a reason;

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Dental Damage or Dental Health: Only One Choice Away

One of my most popular pieces remains Gummy Vitamins: Less Yabba Dabba Doo, More Yabba Dabba Don’t. As I ask myself why it was more popular than others, I arrive at one conclusion: That piece exposed the fact that an accepted truth is false. Yes, those delicious gummy vitamins that include the adorable Flintstone ones are one of dentists’ worst nightmares.

It’s no wonder that as soon as I realized National Dental Care Month popped up in May that my previous ‘Yabba Dabba’ piece jumped to the forefront of my mind.

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Iodine Can’t Be An I-Owe-You. Give Your Body What It Craves.

Many articles and experts discuss iodine. It’s a mineral your body needs for your thyroid gland, but one that your body doesn’t produce. But what does an iodine deficiency look and feel like? Why should you care whether or not your body has this essential mineral?

The Face of Iodine Deficiency

Healthline shares the following 10 signs and symptoms of an iodine deficiency:

  1. Swelling in the Neck
    • “Swelling in the front of the neck, or a goiter is a common symptom of an iodine deficiency.

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Olive Oil vs. Olive Leaf Extract: Only One Reigns Supreme

Your vocabulary and your diet need to include the F-word: Fat.

Rethink what you thought you knew. Your body will not perform at its highest level without monosaturated fats, also called healthy fats, so do your body a favor and take a crash course in one of the most revered healthy fats, olive oil, now.

Why are monosaturated fats healthy?

Consider these facts about monosaturated fat:

  • “It helps your body absorb certain nutrients and is itself a source of the antioxidant vitamin E.”
  • “Monosaturated fat also supports many bodily functions.”

Given that olive oil is a healthy fat because it is a monosaturated fat and monosaturated fats help your body absorb nutrients,

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