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Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.
This cholesterol-lowering vitamin could cause eye damage
If you have high cholesterol, you may be on the hunt for natural alternatives to statins. Why? Because statins have serious side effects, like muscle damage, liver damage, memory loss and an increased risk of diabetes, to name a few. This one works so well your doctor may recommend it. Just be careful…
Say goodbye to type 2 diabetes in 8 weeks
If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you may be operating under a false belief about your situation… You may believe that once you’ve crossed the line into type 2 diabetes territory, there’s no going back. You’re stuck with this disease for the rest of your life. But that’s far from the truth.
Keeping weight off requires different approach than losing it
You’ve probably heard weight loss is 80 percent diet/20 percent exercise. So, if you want to lose weight, focus on cutting calories and complement that with a modest calorie burn in realistic daily workouts. But for maintaining the loss, the same rules may not work…
The simple mineral that could replace anti-depressants
If you’ve ever sought help for depression, then you’ve likely walked away with a prescription for Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft or Lexapro. They’re SSRIs and not very effective. And with a long list of side effects, it’s a wonder anyone is still taking them…
How the Swedes reduce dementia risk by 90 percent
Exercise and brain health go hand in hand… But how much time do you have to put in to prevent the most dreaded of age-related brain diseases — dementia? Science finally has a solid answer: A recent study determined a goal you can set to obliterate your dementia risk…
The 4-minute hack that lowers blood sugar for hours
Did you know that every time you exercise, your muscles start using more of the glucose (and fat) in your bloodstream? That’s why it’s important to balanced blood sugar. But what if you have high blood sugar, but no time to exercise? Try this instead…
The diet that improves aging (even in nursing home residents!)
As you age, your body starts breaking down and becomes more inflamed. This leads to frailty… or what’s commonly thought of as “getting old.” You walk slower, feel creakier and just don’t have as much physical or mental spunk as you once did. But here’s something you may not know… the right diet can turn that around!
Avoid hidden heavy metals this holiday season
Since the holidays are here, you’re probably getting ready to pull out your decorative plates and glassware, because they’re fun and festive. But those plates and cups adorned with lots of gold and silver and smiling Santas, Christmas trees and reindeer may be less innocent than they look…
Is winter really heart attack season?
As the cold weather approaches, you know you have to protect yourself from ailments like cold and flu. But what about more serious events, like heart attack? Surprsingly, as the temperatures go down our risk for heart attack goes up. Here’s why (an odd effect on blood vessels, for one) and what to do…
The anti-diabetes antioxidant that reverses insulin resistance
When your cells become resistant to insulin, diabetes is at your heels. Research shows as the CoQ10 levels in cell tissues get lower, insulin resistance gets higher. In other words, the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 helps reverse insulin resistance.