What Manufacturers Really Mean By Natural & Artificial Flavors

By Eustacia Huen | Article Found on Forbes

Like many shoppers, I find food labels oddly confusing. You can have words such as “artificial” and natural” in most circumstances, and the implications are pretty clear. But once the words hit food labels, the meaning starts to get blurry. With the prevalence of food flavoring in our diets today, I often wonder what it means to consume natural versus artificial flavors. Is one type of flavoring necessarily better for you when you’re not eating the actual food anyways? While “artificial” generally sounds fake and bad, there are artificially-flavored products that taste more “real” than their naturally-flavored counterparts. In the world of food flavoring, what do manufacturers really mean by natural and artificial flavors?
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Hydration: Why It’s So Important

Found on FamilyDoctor | Written by Familydoctor.org editorial staff

Why is it so important to stay hydrated?

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Water is needed for good health.

How does my body lose water?

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather […]

Here’s How To Become a Morning Person

Article by Laura Vanderkam | Found on TIME

You have grand ambitions: to start a business, to write a book. But chances are you work long hours, or household responsibilities consume your days. By the time you finish all you have to do, you have no energy for anything you want to do beyond turning on the TV.

Yet some busy people do make time for their priorities. What’s their secret?

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News Stressing You Out? Try Mindfulness Meditation

Article by Cody Fenwick | Found on Patch.com

Reading the news can be a stressful ordeal: Deaths, wars and political turmoil fill the pages of the press, even when we live in relatively peaceful times. But it’s important to stay informed, even if it makes us anxious.

How do you find a balance between keeping up-to-date and staying calm? New studies point to benefits of “mindfulness,” an increasingly popular form of anxiety-reduction habits and practices that get people to focus on the present moment, warding off future- and past-directed stressors.

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Pilates Helps Power Recovery for Breast Cancer Patient

By Chelsea Streifeneder | Featured on  Poughkeepsie Journal 

Pilates and cancer. Not two things we would think go together; however, they go together just like peanut butter and jelly, believe it or not.

Unfortunately, in one way or another, we all have been either personally affected or know someone who has or had some type of cancer. These past few years we have had more and more people come into the studio with cancer, either before, during and/or after treatment and surgeries. All of these people amaze me! They show up, do the work and always come back for more.

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How the Stress in Your Head Affects the Health of Your Heart

By Sarah G. Miller | Found on LiveScience

The mind-body connection is more than just a catchphrase: A new study finds that increased levels of stress are indeed linked to greater risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Researchers found that the people in the study who had more activity in an area of the brain that regulates the body’s response to stress and fear, called the amygdala, were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those with less activity in the amygdala, according to the study.

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The Best Houseplants for Purifying Indoor Air

Written by Katie | Found on WellnessMama

I’ve written before about why it’s important to keep the air inside your home clean, and my favorite ways of doing so, which include salt lamps and beeswax candles. Common houseplants are also a great option.

Why Does Indoor Air Need Purifying?

Isn’t it outside air that’s harboring all the toxins? Well, there are plenty of toxins floating around outside thanks to pesticides and herbicides, vehicle fumes, and other industrial pollutants. Unfortunately, you’ll find a plethora of toxins in the air inside your own home as well.

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How Meditation Helps You Handle Stress Better

Article by Mandy Oaklander | Found on Health.com

Stress is a modern mental bogeyman, keeping nearly half of Americans up at night, according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association. Many say they don’t do anything to combat it, yet it takes a toll; stress is linked to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

Now, there’s fresh evidence in favor of mindfulness practices—not just sitting cross-legged in meditation—to help ease stress and anxiety. In a new study published in the journal Psychiatry Research, anxious people who took a mindfulness course where they learned several different strategies […]

Drinking More Water Associated With Numerous Dietary Benefits, Study Finds

Originally Sourced from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Found on ScienceDaily

A new study has examined the dietary habits of more than 18,300 US adults, and found the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water by 1 percent reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.

For people who want to control their weight or reduce their intakes of sugar, sodium and saturated fat, tap water may be what the doctor ordered.

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How I Finally Quit Making Excuses and Got Healthy Habits to Stick

By Jamie Varon | Featured on WebMD from Greatist

“I’m just not a routine person.” “I guess I’m just a free spirit.” “But I don’t want to be boring!”

These were the excuses I made when I failed—yet again—to keep up a new habit. These were the things I’d tell myself when I thought about the things I wanted to do daily—journal, meditate, go to the gym—but never did.

I had an excuse for everything. I had a reason to control every failure. The road to success may be full of curves, but the path to failure is […]