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  1. Tryptophan and Sleep: Does Eating Thanksgiving Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

    Tryptophan and Sleep: Does Eating Thanksgiving Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

    Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks, of family and, most of all, of tradition. Although every American family has a unique way of celebrating this fall festival, most traditions have two things in common: turkey and rest. This has led to a widespread belief that turkey, or more precisely, tryptophan, an amino acid that turkey contains in large proportions...
  2. B12 Deficiency: Are You in Danger?

    B12 Deficiency: Are You in Danger?

    Vitamin B12, a part of the essential B-complex, is necessary for our bodies to create and repair DNA, red blood cells and nerves, as well as a whole host of other functions. New research out of Ireland illuminates the worrying magnitude of vitamin B12 deficiency among older populations. Over the Age of 50? You’re More at Risk for B12 Deficiency...
  3. Spring Cleaning: 4 Strategies to Cleanse Your Body for Optimum Health

    Spring Cleaning: 4 Strategies to Cleanse Your Body for Optimum Health

    Winter is finally on its way out in most of the Northern Hemisphere. Soon we will be spending more time outdoors enjoying the warm weather and generally trying to be healthier. Spring is a time of fresh new beginnings, which is why millions engage in the tradition of deep cleaning and decluttering. Spring cleaning your body also can have benefits...
  4. Scientifically Proven Ingredients for Maintaining Healthy Weight Into the New Year

    Scientifically Proven Ingredients for Maintaining Healthy Weight Into the New Year

    The holidays are a time for baked goods and treats, which means that they also are a time of weight gain for many people. It can be difficult to maintain a reasonable number of calories with so much delicious food being offered in workplaces, parties and holiday meals. By the time New Year's rolls around, most people are ready for...
  5. New Research Suggests Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Begin in Your Gut

    New Research Suggests Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Begin in Your Gut

    Chronic fatigue syndrome is a common and complex medical issue. New research suggests that gut health may be important in preventing and treating this disease. All people have experienced fatigue and exhaustion at some point. However, for some people this is a constant condition. Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as CFS, is on the rise, yet we understand little about...
  6. Feel Tired All the Time? You Could Be Low on Iron

    Feel Tired All the Time? You Could Be Low on Iron

    Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency and affects 1.2 billion people worldwide, with around 183,000 dying from a shortage of this nutrient every year. Iron deficiency in women is especially common due to the high iron needs of the female body. If you find that you are often fatigued, have trouble concentrating or have other vague and insidious symptoms...
  7. Not Getting Enough Vitamin B12 During Pregnancy Boosts Disease Risk for Baby

    Not Getting Enough Vitamin B12 During Pregnancy Boosts Disease Risk for Baby

    Many people have are familiar with the importance of getting enough folic acid or folate, also known as vitamin B9, when pregnant. However, getting enough vitamin B12 during pregnancy is also important. New research underscores the importance of getting all of your B vitamins—especially vitamin B12—if you are pregnant or planning to conceive soon. What Is Vitamin B12? Vitamin B12...
  8. Seasonal Affective Disorder: How to Beat the Winter Blues

    Seasonal Affective Disorder: How to Beat the Winter Blues

    Many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and don't even realizing it. You may have felt a touch of the winter blues but quickly recovered with a vacation to somewhere sunny. Others live all fall and winter with a mild case of the "winter blahs" without realizing that this can have an effect on their physical health. However, for...
  9. The Effects of Office Lighting on Productivity, Sleep and Your Circadian Rhythm

    The Effects of Office Lighting on Productivity, Sleep and Your Circadian Rhythm

    There was a time when people lived by the rising and setting of the sun. Now, many people in the West live by the alarm clock and the punch of a time card. Between punches, we are left beneath the glow of artificial office lighting. While we all long for that corner office, many are left in the central cubicle...
  10. Artificial Light Could Be Making You Sick

    Artificial Light Could Be Making You Sick

    Life on earth evolved in the presence of light. We depend on the sun to provide energy for the plants we eat, to warm our planet to a safe temperature and to regulate our sleep-wake cycles. However, most life also requires a similar ratio of dark. Humans in ancient times sought the shade at midday and enjoyed long hours of...

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