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June 29, 2015

Is Your Dog Stinky? Find Out Why It’s Not Something You Should Ignore

Humans tend to view their canine buddies – no matter how much they love them – as… well… a littler dirtier than they are, a little stinkier.

They get that “dog smell” and it’s time to head for the groomer’s or backyard for bath time.

Only… a smelly dog isn’t always a normal thing. In fact, a healthy, vibrant dog eating quality whole foods really shouldn’t have much of a foul odor – unless, of course, he decided his afternoon would be best spent rolling around in some dirt and fresh dog pooh he was completely captivated by.

If you notice an unpleasant smell coming from your dog, don’t ignore it. It’s telling you that his body is off in some way and he may need [...]

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June 26, 2015

Your Gut Is a Microcosm of Survival of the Fittest, Here’s Why…

I don’t know about you, but when I hear “gut bacteria,” I get a little grossed out. Anything with the word “bacteria” has to be bad, right? Wrong.

Aside from their name, gut bacteria are pretty awesome.

“Why are they awesome?” you ask. They are microorganisms in our intestines that help our digestive and immune system, says Dr. David Dragoo, M.D., a health expert at Money Crashers. In fact, we can’t survive without gut bacteria, says Kristi King, senior dietician at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Gut bacteria, a.ka. gut flora, also help make B vitamins and vitamin K. “You can think of it as another ‘organ’ in the body – it is just as important to keep healthy as the [...]

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June 25, 2015

Can BPA Affect You As a Parent? Here are 5 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Family from BPA

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is an industrial chemical used to harden plastics and is found in plastic bottles and cups, as well as linings of food and drink cans. It has been linked to a number of health issues, including hormonal disruptions, diabetes, cancer, heart disease in adults and developmental issues in children, which has led to increased scrutiny in the last few years.

As a step in the right direction, BPA was banned from the manufacturing of baby bottles in 2012; yet this is still a far cry from the regulations needed to fully protect consumers. And for parents, there is now even more reason to be vigilant about reducing exposure to BPA. A new study at the University of [...]

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June 22, 2015

Doing Nothing Is More Than It Sounds – And It’s Good For You!

Ohhhhmmmmmmm… Try that again, this time close your eyes. (Lemme just reposition my legs – ah, much better). OK, here goes. Ouch – wait, no, start over…

If you’re like me, when it comes to meditation, the concept alone is enough to stress you out, never mind actually trying to practice it.

“Who has time to fold herself into a pretzel and mentally ‘turn out the lights,’” you ask. “And if she did, why on Earth would she use it to meditate?”

Yep. I getcha. Which is why when a friend began breezily expanding on the glory of deleting the chaos of the external by emptying the mind and “just being,” I caught myself mentally deleting items from my to-do list [...]

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June 21, 2015

5 Power Foods All Men Should Be Eating

I get it. I’m not a kid anymore. It’s more important for me to take better care of myself now than when I was in college and assumed myself to be invincible – or at least that I had plenty of time to get food right. I’ve looked around at my gene pool and taken notice. It tells me pretty much all the same things other gene pools should be telling any male in his late 30s or older: Now is the time to get this right. Eat well. And if you’re smart enough to get that message then you’re smart enough to know that eating well doesn’t mean eating like a centenarian.

We need most of the same vitamins and nutrients, and need to keep our food as free of pesticides and processing as [...]

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