Social Media May Lead to Poor Body Image

Women have struggled with body image issues for decades, and much of this can be attributed to  comparing themselves to the “perfect” women portrayed in magazines and on television. Now, a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows that social media, such as Facebook, may also play a role in how women view their bodies and may also lead to these women starting risky diets. It seems that women who spent more time on Facebook were more likely to compare themselves to their friends’ bodies by studying the pictures posted.This lead to poor body image and dangerous dieting in order to lose weight. Hopefully, women will learn to be more accepting of their bodies and strive to look their best for themselves, without worrying about how anyone else look

Time to Start a Yoga Practice

Do you want to do something good for both your mind and body at the same time?

Try yoga.

Yoga is a mental, physical and spiritual practice which originated in India. The term yoga comes from the Sankskrit word “yuj,” which is defined as “to unite or integrate.” The practice of yoga focuses on the idea that the body, mind, and spirit must all be integrated in order for a person to be in harmony both with himself and his environment. To achieve this integration, emotions, actions, and intelligence all need to be in balance, and this can be achieved through exercise, breathing, and meditation – the three main yoga structures.

There are many different types of yoga. The most common type of yoga in the US is hatha yoga, which is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Hatha yoga is the foundation for many other types of yoga. In hatha yoga, physical poses, called asanas, are used in conjunction with breathing techniques and meditation. Often, classes labeled as hatha are gentle and move at an easy pace.

Other types of yoga include ashtanga, bikram, hot, iyengar, vinyasa, anusara, and restorative. In ashtanga yoga, the poses are always performed in the same order and are linked to the breath. It is physically demanding. Bikram yoga is practiced in a hot room and is a series of 26 poses that always follow the same sequence. It is also very physically demanding. Hot yoga is any type of yoga that is practiced in a heated room, so you should be prepared to sweat! Iyengar yoga focuses on finding proper alignment in a pose and uses a variety of props such as blankets, straps, and blocks to do so. It is physically and mentally challenging, but it will not increase your heart rate too much. Vinyasa yoga is known for its “flow” and the transition from pose to pose in fluid movements. It is intense and will increase your heart rate. Anusara yoga is a new form of yoga that strives to open your heart and connect with yourself and others through alignment. Restorative yoga is used to relax and rejuvenate. It uses props to help the body experience the pose without too much effort.

Yoga has been shown to have many benefits. It is not just about stretching! In fact, it is really about creating balance through increased strength and flexibility. Almost every yoga pose helps build core strength as well as strength in other muscles of the body. Yoga can help improve posture, since you become stronger and more flexible through your practice. Yogis also notice improved body awareness so that they are more aware when they are crouched or slouching. Other physical benefits are improved circulation, decreased stress, increased relaxation, decreased heart rate and blood pressure, and lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Additionally, those who practice yoga seem to lessen chronic pain and reduce insomnia.

Anyone can start a yoga practice as there are many different kinds of yoga and modifications for every type of pose. It is individual, and you can go at your own pace and explore your limits. It is a great way to get in tune with both your physical and mental self and engage

Do Not Eat At Night!

It seems like the time of day we eat our meals may be related to our ability to lose weight. According to a recent study published in Biochimie, eating late in the day or at night disrupts circadian rhythms and may negatively affect weight and health. This is because our fat cells, gut and liver function differently during the night which can change metabolism.Try to eat small meals throughout the day and stop eating about 2 hours before you go to bed.

Food Companies Finally Listening

Last week, Kellogg announced that is planned to eliminate artificial colors and flavors in its cereal and snacks by 2018. General Mills Inc. has also said that is plans to have 90% of its cereals free of artificial colors and flavors by the end of 2016. Both companies have shown declining sales since more Americans are choosing less processed foods and meals due to health concerns. This is great news for all Americans since synthetic ingredients have been shown to increase the risk of cancer, increase hyperactivity in children and contribute to the obesity epidemic. Hopefully more and more companies will follow suit so we have more all-natural foods available to live healthier lives.


What is Hyaluronan and where is it found?

Hyaluronan (hyaluronic acid) is a substance found naturally in the body in cartilage, synovial fluid, the skin and in the eye. It is mainly taken to alleviate joint disorders, such as osteoarthritis, since it acts as a cushion and a lubricant. It can be taken orally or injected into the joints directly, as well as used topically.

What are the benefits of Hyaluroan?

Orally, hyaluronan is used to treat osteoarthritis and joint pain and stiffness. Injections of hyaluronan directly into the joints have been shown to supplement the natural synovial fluid in the joint, which helps relieve pain and inflammation. It is also an adjunct during cataract surgery and a treatment to oral mouth sores. Hyaluronan is also used as a lip filler in plastic surgery. Topically, hyaluronan can be used for aging skin and is found in products such as Juvederm. It may also be used for wound healing, burns, skin ulcers and may affect the way the body responds to injury.

Are there interactions with Hyaluronan and food or medications?

None known.

Are there side effects from Hyaluronan?

After an injection, Hyaluronan may cause swelling in the joint and redness or soreness at the injection site. Rarely, it can cause an allergic reaction. Women who are pregnant or nursing should consult a physician before taking hyaluronan.


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Drinking Before A Meal May Cause Weight Gain

A new study published in the journal Obesity found that  some people may eat more if they have a drink BEFORE they eat. This is because the alcohol affects the way the brain interprets food aromas and may cause an increase in food intake. Obviously, weight loss and food regulation is very complex, and this is only one small part of weight regulation. Alcohol has a lot of empty calories, and excessive drinking will cause weight gain no matter what time of the meal it is being consumed! Everyone is different, so pay attention to your own body and remember to drink in moderation and stay hydrated when drinking!

Take a Probiotic!

We are healthier If the bacteria in our gut is balanced. According to Lipman, “When you’re healthy, your intestinal tract hosts over 100 trillion friendly bacteria that aid digestion, boost the immune system and consume bad bacteria. They also manufacture key nutrients and limit the growth of yeast and unhealthy bacteria as well as perform numerous other helpful functions.” “Probiotics are the naturally occurring “good” bacteria that live in your gut and contribute significantly to total wellness. When probiotic levels are optimal, your gut feels good and functions well. But take a few gastrointestinal wrong turns and the bad bacteria can overwhelm the good, setting off gut problems which make themselves known in a variety of unpleasant ways, including constipation and IBS, as well as digestive, skin, joint and/or mood disorders.” So don’t forget to take your probiotic every day. It will keep the doctor away!

Craving Sweet After A Defeat

According to researchers at Cornell University, a person’s emotional state, especially when he/she is in competitive sports, can trigger emotional eating. It seem that a person in a negative mental state craves sweets more than a person who has a positive state of mind. Our emotions seem to alter taste perception and how much one likes or dislikes a food. When we lose and have a negative frame of mind, foods like ice cream stay appealing, but less pleasurable foods become more unappealing.

Weigh Yourself Every Day

A new study published in The Journal of Obesity found that weighing oneself daily and keeping a progress chart seemed to improve weight loss and keep off the weight. The weight loss found in the study was modest,  and frequent weighing was more effective for men that women. The researchers believe that this method works because it forces one to be aware of the link of what you eat and what you weigh. Many experts still believe that you should not weigh yourself every day  since daily weights may not accurately show true weight changes due to hormonal and fluid changes . But the idea behind the frequent weighing is to monitor yourself and to be responsible. Another good idea is to keep a daily food log to make sure that you are cognizant of your eating behaviors.


What is Glutathione and where is it found?
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant involved in many body processes, including tissue building and repair, the production of chemicals and proteins, and stimulating immune response. In fact, glutathione is used in metabolic and biochemical reactions, such as DNA synthesis and repair, enzyme activation, amino acid transport, and prostaglandin synthesis. Therefore, glutathione affects every system in the body, especially the immune system, nervous system, GI system, and lungs. It protects our cells and supports our metabolism. Glutathione is produced naturally by the liver and can be found in fruits, vegetables, and meats.
What are the benefits?
Glutathione is the master detoxifier and the body’s main antioxidant. Glutathione is used to treat cataracts and glaucoma, and prevent aging. It is also used to treat and prevent alcoholism, cancer, heart disease, liver disease, memory loss, Alzheimer’s Disease, AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, and to control inflammation and to maintain the immune system. Glutathione is also used to treat male infertility and to help alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy.
Are there interactions with food or medications?
None reported.

Are there side effects?
None reported.