Homocysteine Explained

homocysteine and heart healthHeart health is a hot topic – this February and always—in Western medical culture.

There’s a certain four-syllabled amino acid that greatly impacts those conversations, but it’s likely many of them never even include the word. That word is: Homocysteine.

What is Homocysteine?

Homocysteine is a non-protein amino acid. Our bodies can recycle homocysteine into methionine or convert it to cysteine when aided by specified B vitamins.

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Your Heart Health and A•D•K

heart health Heart Health Month is nearly here, and there are constant reminders for us everywhere in the shape of unhealthy treats in red boxes. The good news is there are supplements to support your heart health that go beyond and above the normal supplement beat. Case in point: A•D•K.

The supportive benefits of this synergistically formulated supplement are hard to overstate. One of its foremost actions involves bone health support through the vitamins’ relationships to each other and to calcium utilization.

But today we’re talking about heart health. How does A•D•K have anything to do with that?

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What’s the Best Multivitamin for Me?

By Toria Cornett, ATC, CSCS

multivitamin choiceRecent research from the American Medical Association found that over half our population is currently taking a multivitamin.  Multivitamins are over a $4 billion per year industry!

But the success of the industry doesn’t mean that there isn’t still a debate over multis. Is it necessary for you to take one? Is it a waste? What is the best multivitamin for you? These questions constantly wander through the conversations of nutritionists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and even those not involved in the industry.

A lot of folks agree that those people who are prone to have a deficiency should consider taking a multivitamin. But the general consensus is that you can obtain all the necessary vitamins and nutrients from eating a balanced diet. Ninety percent of Americans think they are eating a ‘healthy diet,’ but 68% of Americans are overweight!

How many of us are actually eating a well-balanced, nutrient-dense diet?  There is little debate that the elderly, pregnant women, vegetarians and individuals with certain health conditions should take a multivitamin. But if you don’t fall into one of these categories, what’s the necessity?

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How to Stop Drinking Soda for Good

8855510_lStop drinking soda. It will be the best decision you’ve made in a long time, guaranteed. Here’s how you can do it.

When you drink soda, you are, more often than not, a soda drinker.That’s because both the sugar and the caffeine in soda are addictive substances, and caffeine is actually a drug.

Even diet soda has potential to be addictive. That also means it’s hard to quit. It’s not just something you do from time to time—instead, it’s a habit that can become entwined with your identity. Recent results of a study of patients at four different health centers prove how drinking soda linked to other lifestyle factors.

And quitting anything like that (smoking, soda, alcohol) is an uphill battle. But you can do it. Many people recommend quitting cold turkey: making the this-moment-right-here-right-now-as-we-speak-immediately-and-forevermore choice to never take a sip of soda again. If you can do that, do.

It’s likely also beneficial to speak with your doctor about the process. If he or she doesn’t ask, you can bring it up at your next appointment.

No matter how you choose to stop drinking soda, these tips should help.

How to Stop Drinking Soda in 5 Steps

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Is a Standing Desk Right for Me?

standing deskYou’ve no doubt heard the buzz about how terrible sitting is for your body, and about stand up desks, but have you really considered the many benefits and possible downfalls of working on your feet? Read on for our list of the top benefits of standing desks.

Using a standing desk:

• Eases back pain caused by sitting all day

• Helps maintain focus and mental stamina

• Increases productivity

• Increases energy levels

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16 Natural Ways to Ease Nerve Pain

If you’ve ever had a compressed or pinched nerve, or dealt with any nerve pain at all, like a funny bone hit, you know just how tough it can be to put on a smile and face the day. But heavy medication isn’t always the only option for dealing with nerve pain.

Within these 16 natural approaches, you may find just the right one for your body. Most involve addressing the inflammation that may be causing the pain.nerve pain at work

1. Drink water
H20 is a must for addressing the underlying causes of inflammation. Hydration keeps you healthy, period.

2. Ginger
Whether you drink a ginger tonic of sorts, bathe in it or eat it, ginger is an excellent anti-inflammatory found in nature.

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Your Pet’s Health and the Holidays

We could go on and on about which supplements to choose for stocking stuffers for everyone in your family this holiday season. Whether you’re searching for a last minute, healthy lifestyle gift for your mother, your best friend or your third cousin’s son, we could point you in the right direction.

But today, we want to give some love to the other members of our family—our pets.

pet supplements holidaAnd guess what? This post will point you toward the perfect stocking stuffers for them, too. Continue reading

Vitamin B12 Deficiency: How Does it Affect My Body?

From food sources to absorption, from individual biology to recognizing symptoms, we’ve got a lot to talk about when we talk about B12 deficiency. B12, though, is crucial to our bodies’ healthy function—so it’s worth the conversation.

vitamin b12 deficiencyHow do you recognize if you’re experiencing a deficiency? How do you supplement or adjust your diet? And what will your body endure if you don’t make a change?

Read on to find out.

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Gallstones Don’t Belong At Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Emergency room on thanksgivingER trips on Thanksgiving and Christmas are surprisingly common. Even more surprising is the cause.

Often, the visits aren’t because of a sliced thumb attained while carving the bird, or a bout of food poisoning from spoiled milk.

Instead, they’re the result of some serious upper abdominal pain that’s caused by gallstones that have formed over months or years.

Gallstones are believed to be the result of over-consumption of fats and refined sugars, as well as bacterial imbalances caused by lack of nutritive intake and dehydration.

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