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Looking for an Energy Boost? The Science on Ginsengs.

You’ve probably heard of the herb ginseng. Maybe someone you know has recommended it for energy enhancement, sports performance, or sexual function. But did you know “ginseng” is actually the name for three different herbs, each of which is appropriate for a specific constitution? Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng) is the most widely studied ginseng. According […]

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The Five Most Difficult-to-Digest Foods

We all know the feeling: You eat something irresistible, feel a twinge in your belly, and immediately wish you hadn’t indulged. The digestibility of foods varies quite a bit from person to person, but here are five common culprits that may be behind your tummy ache. Spicy foods can irritate or over-stimulate the digestive system, causing […]

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Does the Time of Day You Eat Protein Affect Your Muscle Mass?

Most people save their biggest, most protein-rich meal of the day for dinnertime, while breakfast is a quick bowl of cereal, a piece of toast, or a bagel, and lunch is a soup or salad. If you’re trying to build muscle mass, though, that may not be the smartest strategy. Protein is essential for forming […]

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Protein Intake & Blood Sugar: What’s the Connection?

Protein is best-known for building and repairing muscle tissue. But did you know it could also help keep your blood sugar in check? A 2014 study published in the journal Diabetologia found that when folks downed a whey protein drink before eating a sugary meal, it helped stabilize their blood sugar.[1] Researchers from the University […]

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Vaginal vs. Cesarean Birth: Effects on Baby’s Microbiome

by Gloria Chillon The amount of bacteria in the human body exponentially outnumbers our cells. These diverse bacteria form distinct microbiomes in our bodies, which together comprise our collective human microbiome (containing all the bacteria in our bodies) and directly impact our lifelong health. We receive the vast majority of our critical gut microbiome bacteria […]

EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 12:  A selection of over the counter vitamin supplements is pictured on 12 July 2005. The European Court has decided to tighten rules on the sale of vitamin and minerals. It has been proposed tol ban up to 200 supplements from sale and put restrictions on the upper limits of vitamin doses.  (Photo illustration by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

How To Age & Still Look Your Best

Expert Explains Why Supplements Can Help Fight Aging & Help You Avoid Plastic Surgery As seen on FashionTimes.com Beauty News Who doesn’t wish for a fountain of youth? No wrinkles, aches, or pains — endless youth seems like a dream! But what if we told you we might have the answer to achieving this? Dr. […]

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Myth or Fact: Which Foods Cause Acne?

Generations of parents have warned their teenagers to stay away from chocolate and fried foods if they want to keep their skin clear. But one study suggests that perhaps they should have been warning them against dairy products and sugar instead. The dairy-sugar-acne link A 2009 review of 21 observational studies found that the more […]

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Daniel M. Wegner & Kurt Gray Join ‘The Mind Club’: Members Only

Morality isn’t like a bank, where you can deposit good deeds over time and then just take them out to do something evil. Interviewed by Rick Kleffel Kurt Gray has a line on something that is very difficult to pin down but impossible to ignore. In ‘The Mind Club,’ co-written with the late Daniel Wegner, […]

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Go Green! 3 Clinically Researched Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina is a nutrient-dense blue-green algae that contains protein, antioxidants, a plethora of vitamins and minerals, and even essential fatty acids. But aside from its nutritional value, does spirulina have any clinically documented health benefits? Thanks to several recently published studies, we now know the answer is a definitive yes! Here are three of the […]