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I will do my best today, because I want to do it, not because I have to do it and not because I am trying to please others.

   

“B” Well and “B” Happy: Vitamin B Benefits and Deficiency

When people are truly low on any of the B vitamins, depression is one of the earliest symptoms. In fact, studies show that at least one in four of all people hospitalized for depression is deficient in pyridoxine (B-6) and cobalamin (B-12); another study suggests that over three-quarters of all depressed patients have a pyridoxine deficiency. Giving these patients even small doses of pyridoxine (B-6) improves their depression. The Optimum dose for B Vitamins for adults can range from 25mg to 300 mg daily, but workers with stressful jobs may require more, take up to 1000 mg day. Sadly, only a fraction of the adults in the United States are currently getting the recommended daily intake of all B vitamins by diet alone.

A total of eight B vitamins (six of which are essential), make up the essential components for transforming carbohydrates into glucose and for metabolizing fats in the body. Each provides a different service to the body, but they also work synergistically. B vitamins contribute to healthy hair, skin and eyes and play an important role in fetal health and development. Because B vitamins are water-soluble, the body uses them, but cannot store them. This means people need to consistently replenish their supply with healthy foods or supplements.

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8 Healthy Winter Superfoods

Winter has now arrived and the New Year has started! Many New Year Resolutions have been declared and among the top of the list for habits people would like to cultivate most is eating better and feeling healthy. Below are 8 of the healthiest foods to consider when preparing for your trip to the market this winter. Try to be creative on how to incorporate them into you and your family’s weekly and daily eating routines. Cheers for an amazing and healthy 2016!

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Healthy Eating Basics: Where Should I Start?

One of the most popular questions I get from inquisitive minds often touch on the basics of eating a healthy diet. I always encourage people to take steps and little shifts to mindful and awareness food consumption that will lead to optimal health. There are just so many “myths” and “truths” out there that have a direct impact on our lives (mental, emotional and physical well being), that if we try to comprehend them all in one big chunk, we could be overwhelmed and throw in the towel before even committing to making a change for the positive. Below are general guidelines I like to follow and suggest for people that need a gentle nudge toward the right way of doing things better when it comes to food decisions. 

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Power House Super Greens Better Than Kale

I think we can all agree that kale’s popularity in the limelight has some of the other super green vegetables a little jealous, especially because not everyone knows just how beneficial they are. Some people’s digestive system cannot handle the coarseness of the hearty kale plant (even when it is cooked) because of of the sulfur the digestive process stirs up during digestion. Below are super greens that are overlooked that yield significant positive nutritional health benefits (other than our trusty kale) and the highest nutrient per calorie score. 

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9 New Rules of Lean Eating

Read on for the NEW rules of lean eating that will make fat loss second nature. And don’t worry, lean eating can still be very delicious. In fact, you’ll find many of your new, lean meals to be better in flavor and more satisfying than your old, fattening eats.

1. Eat the RIGHT Type of Carbs
There is a hierarchy for which carbs have a place in a lean diet and which carbs will only fatten you up. The success of your eating plan rests squarely on which of these carbs you regularly include in your diet.

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5 Secrets for Flat Abs

Here are 5 ways to improve your eating habits that will dramatically flatten your abs: Flat Abs Secret #1: Enjoy natural sweets
Traditional sugar-filled sweets will quickly add up around your waistline. Instead of going for sugary sweets, enjoy natural sweets.

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Grill Your Way Lean

While outdoor cookouts are a great opportunity to relax and visit with friends and family, did you know that the average barbecue meal exceeds 1500 calories? That’s almost an entire day’s worth of calories in one meal.

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Top 9 Disease Preventing Herbs and Spices

With the thousands of over the counter miracle-in-a-bottle pill bottles we face at the grocery stores and conventional markets (not to mention tens of thousands more prescription drugs that promise to alleviate symptoms of daily and chronic ailments), how do you know which chemical concoction is the best and most reliable? Remember that every drug (over the counter, generic or name brand) does not carryout in the body and deliver results-whether good or bad-without side effects. In Oriental, Ayurvedic and Eastern Asian medicines, most healing and chronic infection prevention can be found in our modern kitchen cabinet. Make sure you are well versed in the following herbs and spices, for they may just be the ingredient to stave away disease and booster health to optimum levels!

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Natural Ways to Boost Serotonin

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, chemical substances that transmit nerve impulses across synapses (spaces in between nerve cells or neurons).  In a nutshell, serotonin is best known as the feel good chemical that helps to elevate mood and decrease feelings of sadness. There are many other roles that serotonin plays in the body which are listed below, along with natural ways for each of us to maximize and boost body serotonin!

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6 Healthiest Irish Foods

Whether you are of Irish decent or not, it seems like everyone around the United States is celebrating the nation’s day of green. Most people know of St. Patrick’s day as a day to wear green clothes, joke with the kids about Leprechaun, start yet another excuse to down some green beer and eat some hearty Irish foods. Though this mid-march practice seems like the farthest tradition away from a spring detox, there ARE some healthy options when having your jolly O’ time. Below are some of the healthiest Irish food and drink options on this day of (bar) hoppin’ and (arm) pinchin’.

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