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  1. Three Little-Known Benefits of Vitamin D

    Three Little-Known Benefits of Vitamin D

    Getting sufficient amounts of vitamin D may be less emphasized than maintaining proper levels of other important vitamins, however this nutrient is vital to the functioning of our bodies. In fact, every single cell in the body has a receptor devoted to collecting vitamin D, suggesting it's used more as a hormone than as a vitamin. Even though we can...
  2. Blocking Estrogen Receptors in Brain Boosts Bone Mass

    Blocking Estrogen Receptors in Brain Boosts Bone Mass

    While most of us have often heard the term osteoporosis, many people don't fully understand what this disease entails. Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease in which the production of new bone decreases or stops completely. As we age, our bones naturally lose density, becoming more porous; with osteoporosis, the body's reduced ability to produce new bone tissue leaves the existing bone...
  3. Negative Effects of Antibiotics Target Bones, Immune System and Brain

    Negative Effects of Antibiotics Target Bones, Immune System and Brain

    Since their development in the 1940s, antibiotics have been the medical go-to for eradicating and counteracting the effects of bacterial infections. In fact, at one time antibiotics were even viewed as something of a miracle drug that would possibly bring an end to all infection worldwide. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case; although after nearly 80 years doctors frequently prescribe antibiotics to...
  4. Increasing Prebiotics in Your Diet Improves Digestive Health, Sleep and More

    Increasing Prebiotics in Your Diet Improves Digestive Health, Sleep and More

    Confused about the difference between probiotics and prebiotics and how they work together? Here, we will take a brief look at what probiotics and prebiotics are, break down the differences between these important digestive helpers and learn how increasing the prebiotics in your diet not only improves digestion but also supports immune function, promotes sleep, lowers stress and provides many...
  5. Beyond Bone Health: Researchers Uncover New Vitamin D Benefits

    Beyond Bone Health: Researchers Uncover New Vitamin D Benefits

    With old research under fire and new research turning up previously unknown vitamin D benefits, the “sunshine vitamin,” has been an increasingly hot topic among the research community. As the summer draws to a close and the days begin to once again shorten, it’s a good time to take a look back at some of this year’s vitamin D research highlights and...
  6. Probiotic Supplementation Proven to Protect Bone Health in Women

    Probiotic Supplementation Proven to Protect Bone Health in Women

    As adults grow older, their bones become more brittle and, as a result, they can fracture more easily. While this phenomenon can affect both men and women, women are more at risk for bone loss as they age, suffering more commonly from conditions such as osteoporosis and osteopenia. Women over 80 years of age are at the highest risk for...
  7. New Study Supports Connection Between Dietary Soy and Bone Strength

    New Study Supports Connection Between Dietary Soy and Bone Strength

    Menopause brings with it a whole new set of health concerns for the aging woman. The impacts of menopause on bone and metabolic health can lead to a loss of bone density, reduced physical ability and weight gain, however, new research on soy and bone strength suggests that soy protein may help to curb some of these negative health effects...
  8. High-Salt Diet Kills Beneficial Gut Bacteria, Leading to Disease

    High-Salt Diet Kills Beneficial Gut Bacteria, Leading to Disease

    A team of international researchers has found a high-salt diet reduces the population of the beneficial gut bacteria Lactobacillus. This, in turn, impacts immune cells which can lead to the development of hypertension and autoimmune disease. Probiotics may help to curb these effects. Gut Flora and Salt-Sensitive Diseases A high-salt diet has long been identified as a contributing factor to...
  9. Belly Fat and Vitamin D Levels Linked

    Belly Fat and Vitamin D Levels Linked

    Thanks to increased research attention in recent years, we are beginning to form a better understanding of how vitamin D — an essential nutrient long associated with bone health — impacts not only our musculoskeletal system but also other critical aspects of our health. Naturally produced by our skin when exposed to sunlight, vitamin D is also present in food sources...
  10. Osteoporosis in Men: A Serious Yet Often Overlooked Disease

    Osteoporosis in Men: A Serious Yet Often Overlooked Disease

    Osteoporosis is a disease where the density of your bones falls to a critical point where they are so weak that even mild physical impact can fracture them. Some people do not experience any symptoms of osteoporosis until they break a bone in a situation that would not have harmed them when they were younger. Osteoporosis is considered an age-related...

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