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Study Compares the Effect of Soybean and Coconut Oil On Belly Fat and Heart Disease Risk in Women

A randomized, double-blind clinical trial involving 40 women aged 20-40 years who had waist circumferences greater than 88cm (greater than ~35in) compared the effects of coconut oil and soybean oil on markers of belly fat and risk of heart disease (1). The women were split into two groups of 20. All women were instructed to […]

New Study – Vitamin D and Cancer Survival

Cancer patients who had higher levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D were linked with better survival rates and longer remission than those who are vitamin D-deficient. The findings were published in July 2014 in the Endocrine Society’sJournal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The meta-analysis reviewed 25 studies that measured  vitamin D levels at or near the time […]

One of Nature’s Most Powerful Herbs for Inflammation,
Nausea, and More

One of nature’s most powerful herbs may be sitting in your kitchen this very moment. Ginger has been used for over 2500 years and associated with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-microbrial, anti-cancer, anti-coagulant & immunomodulatory properties (1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14). But it doesn’t stop there… May also offer support for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and digestive problems  (15; 16) May […]

The Most Overlooked Barrier to Creating Healthy Habits

As disease shifts from acute health problems to chronic health problems, the biggest challenge facing you is your ability to manage your health effectively on your own. But instead of being a “burden” that must be overcome, the process of creating healthy habits can actually be enjoyable and fun. Central to this shift to healthier lifestyles […]

The Important Role of Breastfeeding on Infant Gut Development

During the first few weeks of life, a baby’s immune system is almost entirely dependent on the mother’s breast-milk for immune protection from its environment. Breast-feeding during the first weeks and months of life is now recognized as an important strategy to ensure a healthy balance of good bacteria in an infant’s gut. You may not be aware […]

Why Does Heart Disease Run in My Family? Why You Should Care About Homocysteine, Folic Acid and the MTHFR Gene Mutation

Heart disease is tricky business. This is because cardiovascular disease can occur underneath the surface without you even knowing. It is increasingly clear – the standard lab tests ordered by most doctors are not sufficient to show a full picture of heart disease risk. In fact, up to 50% of heart attack deaths are in […]

Coconut Oil and Heart Disease

Four to five thousand years ago, Ayurvedic practitioners in India used coconut from the coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) for its medicinal purposes. Knowledge about the use of coconut was passed between generations of families as well as through traders traveling coast to coast in the islands of Polynesia, Philippines, and Sri Lanka. The coconut tree […]

Does the Paleo Diet Support Long-term Weight Loss?

While the Paleo diet is becoming increasingly popular, the movement has not been without controversy. In a recent December 2013 US News report, the Paleo diet was ranked dead last on a list of the ‘best diets’. Other critics respectively report that diets were likely more regionally diverse than we give credit. Others may also critique that a […]

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