Five Good Reasons To Consider Pre/Probiotics

The microorganisms that inhabit your large and small intestines play many important roles in your health.  We know that bad bacteria can cause us to be ill, but good bacteria actually help our intestines do some of their most important jobs, from breaking down and absorbing nutrients to making our immune system strong. Because toxins…

Protect Your Eyes With These Nutrient Superheroes

Computers, smartphones, e-readers, video games. We spend more and more time these days staring at screens. Even though these digital devices have transformed life, often for the better, in one apparent way they seem to be affecting us for the worse. Using digital devices can lead to eyestrain and fatigue, headaches, poor sleep quality and,…

Love Your Heart With These Wise Food Choices

Show your ticker some love by filling up with research-backed, heart-healthy foods and dodging a few others. EAT: NUTS According to 2016 research conducted by Norwegian scientists, eating just 1 ounce of peanuts and tree nuts—which include almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios and more—per day is connected to a 20 percent reduced risk of heart…

Four Nutrients For Your Best Lipid Health

When we talk about lipids, or fats, when it comes to our bodies, healthy is a relative term. We need a certain amount of cholesterol in our systems, for example, in order to maintain a good mood, produce sufficient bile, and create many of the hormones we depend on as essential for a normal life….

Heart-Smart Supplements

Heart attack. Stroke. High cholesterol. These words are the last ones we want to hear, but too many of us know them on an all-too-personal level. Sadly, the typical American’s heart is anything but healthy. Heart and other cardiovascular diseases are still the leading cause of death among Americans. According to a new study by…

Four Studies Reveal New Vitamin D Benefits

Vitamin D. If you aren’t getting enough of the “sunshine vitamin,” then chances are your health could be suffering from your deficiency. These four studies explored further benefits to sufficient vitamin D levels and your best health. Diabetic retinopathy Poorly controlled glucose levels in diabetes can cause changes in the retina of the eye that…

Metabolize That: Tips for Your Weight-Loss Resolutions

Metabolism is what happens when your body breaks down the things you eat and drink and converts them into energy. The better you metabolize nutrients, the more likely you are to be at a healthy weight. Many factors contribute to your best metabolism, including what you eat, how you exercise, how your brain and hormones…

The Healthy Things You Loved in 2017–and We Did, Too!

Reflections on 2017, including links to our top-rated health blog posts 2017 seems to have made good on the adage, go big or go home, and not necessarily in a good way. Houstonians continue to rebuild from the devastating effects of Harvey. Big business continues to encroach on the increasingly-popular health industry, with P &…

Sunny Up: Vitamin D May Help People Stick With Statins

If you take a statin to help you manage your cholesterol, you probably already know that many people take CoQ10 along with their statins to help alleviate some of the potential side effects of these drugs. But, Vitamin D supplementation may also help millions tolerate cholesterol-lowering statins, according to new research. Millions of Americans take…

Exercise These 12 Tips Daily For Your Best Mood Ever

Your good mood doesn’t have to be determined by outside forces like winning the lottery or the cheeriness of the weather.  While happiness may be relative, there are actions you can take every day to keep your mind positive and your body at its best. Here are 12 happiness activities to exercise daily, excerpted and…

Fall Back Into Better Sleep With Help From These Supplements

Sleep. Too many of us fail to give this important function its full due. Without seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night, adult bodies fail to make sufficient hormones such as our much-needed human growth hormone, our hard-working liver fails to get its rest, and our brains don’t function at full capacity the…

On A Special Diet? Be Aware Of These Potential Nutrient Gaps

Increasingly, we are becoming a nation of picky eaters–in a good way. Whether we try to avoid gluten or dairy, decrease sugar intake, or determine to embrace the new plant revolution with a vegan diet, special diets can reap big health benefits.  However, because of some of the foods these diets eliminate, certain nutrients may…