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We are at the peak of summer Temperatures are rising and we need to stay hydrated. It is essential for our health. Dehydration can lead to many health conditions, even death if we let it go too far. With our bodies being made up of more than 60% water, it is essential we drink lots of it each day. On average, an adult male needs 3 liters of water a day while an adult female needs 2.2 liters. Staying hydrated has never been easier with plastic water bottles everywhere. They are at the grocery store, the gas station, and in vending machines. Everywhere we go, someone offers us a bottle of water. It’s great on the one hand, as we are doing good for our bodies to hydrate them. On the flipside, we are harming the planet beyond belief and we are actually harming our bodies, according to a new study

#plastic #waterbottles
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Summer is here with its abundance of delicious fruits and vegetables. If you are lucky enough to live in an area where crops grow in abundance, you can pick up local fruits and veggies everywhere that are freshly picked from the vine. This is such a great time of year to eat in a healthy way because everything tastes so good. Peaches, nectarines, cherries, grapes, berries, watermelon, artichokes, corn….it is all in season

#freshfruits #freshveggies #soilbasedorganisms
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Happy Fathers Day to the many wonderful fathers out there! Fathers play such an important role in the upbringing of healthy, responsible children. Dads teach us things that only a man can. They take us to the ball field, cut the grass, fixing the broken car and teach us right from wrong and to stretch our limits. Thank you for your important role in raising your children and leading your family. We hope you enjoy your day!

There is another role men often assume and that is of “grill master”. And here comes the segue to health. Many men love grilling steaks, and other meats and have this skill honed to perfection. But while the steaks and meat coming off the grill may be delicious, we are finding more and more that we should be enjoying them in limited amounts. Meat, especially red meat, is doing us more harm than good, not only to our bodies but also our environment. So while I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade, I thought this might be a good day to bring awareness to this problem that some scientists worry could have devastating effects on our planet.

#meat
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With July 4th just around the corner, a lot of hot dogs and hamburgers will be the grill across this proud nation of ours. But considering the impact too much meat has on both our health and the environmental may drive us all to consider throwing some organic corn or veggie burgers on the grill instead.

We’ve talked about the importance of plant based diets before. The friendly gut bacteria feed off of fibrous diets full of healthy vegetables and fruits. There are a lot of other good reasons to go vegetarian or vegan. It is better for our overall health. It is better for the animals and it is better for our planet. But saying, “I’ll never eat meat”, dissuades a lot of people from going vegetarian or vegan and then turns them off of the idea all together. Well fear no more, the phrase “Flexitarian” has been coined to describe a vegetarian who “gets a little on the side” so to speak. And people like this idea. 1*
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Do you eat plenty of fiber at each meal?
Does breakfast consist of donuts or oatmeal? Does lunch consist of a burger and fries or do you opt for the salad? And how about dinner? Is there always a side of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussel sprouts?

Most Americans do not eat enough fiber each day. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, on average we are only consuming about 10-15 grams a day, whereas we should be eating 20 to 35grams or more a day.(1,2)*

#fiber #healthygut #sbo-probiotics
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According to the Department of Health and Human Services, about 3 million teens aged 12-17 during 2015 had at least one major depressive episode during the previous year. Two million reported that their depression impaired them and their ability to function in their daily lives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 6.3 million teens, 30% of girls and 20% of boys had an anxiety disorder. These numbers are most likely low since many don’t seek help for depression and anxiety. A 2015 Report from Child Mind Institute found only 20% of young people with a diagnosable anxiety disorder sought treatments.1*

#teenstress #teentechs
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Is an oil-free diet healthy for you?
Differing theories about nutrition abound, but another alternative approach provides food for thought.*

There are many people who swear by eating a diet which is completely vegan and free of all fats and oils. Even nuts and avocados. As with every new diet trend that comes to the forefront, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons based on what is best for your health.

#omega3 #fattyacids
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Steer clear of the slippery slope
Beware of how prescription drug side effects can lead to more prescription drugs.

You’ve heard of the book, “If you give a mouse a cookie,” well I’d like to write a book called “When you give a person a pill,” It is the same premise of a chain reaction, of one thing leading to another… then another. By the end of the story, you can’t recall how it all began; you just know that things have snowballed out of control. *

#drugaddiction
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As long as I can remember, when prescribed antibiotics, the directions have been to finish the prescription, even though your symptoms of illness have passed. With the worldwide concern of antibiotic-resistant superbugs looming in the minds of health professional everywhere, a group of experts are thinking outside the box. Martin Llewelyn, a professor of infection diseases at Brighton and Sussex medical school and his colleagues, are questioning this theory, and are now telling patients that once they are feeling better, stopping antibiotic treatment may be wiser than finishing the course. (1,2)* ,

The school of thought that has been deeply planted in the minds of doctors and the public for years has been that if we don’t complete our entire prescription of antibiotics when prescribed, we won’t completely kill the offending bacteria, and as a result, it will come back stronger and more resilient…thus leading to the creation of superbugs that are antibiotic resistant. (1,2)*
#antibiotics #probiotics
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You can tell a lot about a person from the look of their poop. I know this isn’t a popular subject at most cocktail parties, but in the world of probiotics it is common place and downright fascinating. It can tell us if someone is eating enough, getting enough fiber, getting enough water and if you look really close through a microscope, it reveals a world of bacteria that can tell us the health of the microbes residing there. *
The same goes for baby poop and a recent study has revealed some interesting news about infant feces of babies born of late. This research may hold the key as to why there has been an increase in allergies and asthma in children in recent decades. This study, headed by Bethany Henrick of the University of Nebraska and Evolve BioSystems Inc. and published in the American Society for Microbiology journal mSphere, “…connects this rise in pH to a generational loss of Bifidobacterium, a critical gut bacteria during infancy, and an accompanying increase in a number of harmful bacteria…”(1,2,3)*
#birthcanal #microbiome
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