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What’s Killing Us: Aspartame and Artificial Sweeteners – Not As Sweet As You Think!

From 1960 to l976, there was virtually no change in the number of Americans who were overweight: roughly 24 percent of the population. However, from the mid l980s to the present, this number has more than doubled to 54 percent! This coincides with the massive infusion of non-caloric chemical sweeteners and sugar-free “diet” foods that are eaten by close to three-quarters of the adult population.

Although several factors contribute to these alarming statistics, our blind acceptance of the most popular of these artificial sweeteners, aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful), plays a significant role in our current weight problems. Far from helping us lose weight, aspartame has been proven to increase appetite, especially cravings for sweets. Imagine “diet” products that help you pack on extra pounds! And aspartame’s downside unfortunately does not end with weight gain: This sweetener is associated with multiple health problems.

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9 Ways to Identify and Control Binging

The holidays are here, and though it is typically the season for festive gatherings with succulent indulgences, many of us find the guilty aftermath feeling of overeating and left over party food stupors that lead us to our dreaded new year resolution goals of losing weight and eating right. It should be no surprise that our feelings of being overweight and unhealthy is not the real problem (not just during the holiday season but throughout the year), it is simply a symptom of overeating.

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Stress – What it Does to Our Bodies

Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses.

Stress is a normal part of life. Many events that happen to you and around you — and many things that you do yourself — put stress on your body. You can experience stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts. The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges. As a result, the person becomes overworked and stress-related tension builds.

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Useful Nutritional Tools: Vitamin D & Vitamin D3

There is a vast body of science showing the many health benefits of vitamin D and D3. Vitamin D3, for example, is one of the most useful nutritional tools people have at their disposal for improving overall health. It has a strong influence over the body’s phosphorus controls, calcium, and bone metabolism and neuro-muscular function. Vitamin D3 is the only vitamin the body can manufacture from sunlight (UVB). Yet, with today’s indoor living and the extensive use of sunscreens due to concern about skin cancer, we are now a society with millions of individuals deficient in life-sustaining bone building and immune modulating, Vitamin D3. You may be surprised to learn the important roles that both vitamin D and D3 plays in people’s health.

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Anti-Depressant Drugs, Their Side Effects and Natural Remedies to Treat Depression

There are many anti-depressant drugs in the market such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft that account for 70% of the prescriptions by physicians in the United States and around 28 million Americans have used them. Remember that drugs always come with side effects and these anti-depressant drugs can have extremely severe side effects and can also damage your neurological health.
These drugs work broadly by enhancing the serotonin activity in your brain. Although often used in major depressive disorders they have many side effects such as low heart rate, depressed respiration, depressed levels of consciousness, diminished levels of cognitive activity and sometimes even death in children. Also, when used over a long time, they can do structural damage to your brain due to their inherent role in the metabolism.

Therefore, the natural alternatives to antidepressant medication form one of the safest options of medication one comes across today.

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How Music Effects Your Diet – Listening Your Way To Weight Loss

Music is truly a powerful tool – even when it comes down to seemingly mundane matters.

Without music; movies would lose some of their appeal; being placed on hold via telephone would be little more frustrating; and our commute back and forth to work would be much more redundant.

No one can deny the powerful effect music has on an individual.

Whether this effect be positive or negative however, often depends on the type of music listened to.

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