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Blackstrap Molasses: Top Sugar Substitute for the Holidays

Food and Nutrition by Jon Yaneff

Health Benefits of Blackstrap MolassesEvery holiday party I attend seems to have one thing in common: there are sweets and treats everywhere! They are almost impossible to avoid. And most people tend to not stop at just one treat.

Your holiday sugar addiction is the main culprit toward your annual weight gain. It can also contribute to anxiety and depression around the holiday season as well. But what if I told you that there’s a sugar substitute to combat all of that? Blackstrap molasses may be what you’re looking for. In fact, blackstrap molasses, a sugar byproduct, can combat Read More

Listen to Music to Beat Holiday Stress

Health Benefits of Music‘Tis the season…but for what exactly depends on whom you ask! No matter what it is for you though, it’s likely stressful and exhausting at times, even if it’s full of cheer. Luckily there is one way to get into the holiday spirit and stay healthy—and that’s through music.

Holiday music is hard to resist. It brings people together, rekindles memories, and creates an energy and warmth that really captures the spirit of the season. A couple more bonuses: according to a number of studies I’ve come across as I round up my work before … Read More

“Living in the Moment” Essential to Your Health

Practice Mindfulness for Better HealthBeing in the moment is extremely important, but it’s getting increasingly harder to get there. People are always thinking about the past, the future (especially at this time of the year, when we look forward and make our New Year’s resolutions for 2015), or somewhere other than where they are right now.

In order to protect your health, finding time to appreciate “the now” and be mindful should be a top priority. With the holidays underway, I’d like to strongly recommend you set aside your thoughts about the past or the future, and immerse … Read More

Parkinson’s: Reduce Your Risk in Just One Hour a Day

Parkinson’s Disease PreventionLet’s face it: as a culture, we don’t do a lot of moving. This is reflected in the high numbers of people who are overweight and obese. So many lives fit this description: wake up, roll out of bed, drive to work, sit at a desk, drive home, sit on the sofa, go to bed.

But it’s quite possible that even getting up to perform chores every day, parking at the back of the lot at work, or going for a walk around the block each evening could play a big role in reducing your Read More

Selenium & Iodine: Two Key Minerals That Could Prevent Cancer

Natural Cancer Prevention TipsCancer is the most feared disease in the world. In the U.S., more than 500,000 people lose their battle with cancer each year. Approximately 2.75 million people are diagnosed with the disease and even more are affected by each case.

The diagnosed can only hope for a cure. However, fortunately, there are ways you can help lower your risk of cancer—and that just may start with selenium and iodine.

One of the Founding Fathers of the U.S., Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That statement is … Read More

Mumps: What You Need to Know to Avoid It

Tips to Avoid MumpsIf you’re a hockey fan like I am, you’ve likely heard the news that Sidney Crosby, arguably the most well-known and skilled professional hockey player in the National Hockey League at this time, has missed his last three games because of the mumps.

And he’s not alone: since early November, at least 13 players in the NHL—from Anaheim to New York—have been diagnosed with the virus.

The mumps, often signified by lumpy, swollen cheeks, is a virus that’s rarely seen anymore. It’s typically associated with school-aged children. Adult cases tend to be very few … Read More

NDM1: The Superbug More Threatening Globally Than Ebola?

Superbug More Threatening Globally Than EbolaAmerica has a real fear of the unknown. Media agencies, government officials, and citizens tend to focus on fears and problems in other parts of the world instead of addressing issues and fears at home.

Take Ebola, for example. Is it a threat in America? Not really. A few people have come in contact with the disease and died, but the larger population is not at risk. There was a reported case in New York, one of the densest metropolises in America, and it was contained. America has a better healthcare system and is … Read More

Top 10: The Best Foods to Avoid and Eat

Top Healthy Foods to EatIf you’re a regular visitor to this site, you generally know what you should be eating. Our team of doctors recommends eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and whole grains. We also recommend some low-fat dairy, and this is pretty much in line with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommendations, too.

When it comes to nutrition, there is very little gray area in what separates a healthy diet from an unhealthy diet.

What Americans Are Bringing to the Checkouts

But it’s clear that very few Americans actually follow this advice. How do … Read More