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The little known (but crucial) difference between folate and folic acid

The little known (but crucial) difference between folate and folic acid | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
While folic acid is often considered to be a supplemental form of folate, there is an important distinction between these two different compounds.
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Folate has been touted as one of the primary vitamins to consume for women during pregnancy. Folate is an essential B vitamin that aids in cognitive function and red blood cell development. The differences between Folate and Folic acid are clearly distinct.
 Folic acid, though advocated as nutritionally supplemental, is actually a detrimental synthetic associated with cancer. Avoid foods which are fortified with folic acid and 5'-methyltetrahydrofolate. Look for foods such as, broccoli, leafy greens, and liver which all have naturally occurring folate.
 
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Food Irradiation

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Irradiation is a process in which food is exposed to high doses of radiation in the form of gamma rays, X-rays or electron beams. The long-term health consequences of eating irradiated food are still unknown.
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 There are many hidden dangers about our food that is not being disclosed to a national extent. It is important that we become more cautious and questionable pertaining to the foods we eat. 
 
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Self Myofascial Release and Stress Relief

Self Myofascial Release and Stress Relief | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
There is anecdotal evidence that in addition to triggering emotional catharsis from time to time, SMR has less dramatic emotional benefits.

When Yoga Tune Up® creator Jill Miller was writing her book, The Roll Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to Erase Pain, Improve Mobility and Live Better in Your Body (Victory Belt Publishing 2014), she put out
a request for stories about how her Yoga Therapy Balls had been useful to those who had used them.
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Self-myofascial release is a simple but, yet effective exercise that releases muscle tension, improves blood circulation, and increases joint mobility.
 
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22 Plank Variations

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22 Plank Variations
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Calisthenic (body weight) exercises are a great alternative for those who do not favor weights or traditional cardio exercises. Primarily an isometric exercise, the plank can be performed in various positions which will simultaneously target different muscle groups, providing an effective workout.
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16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every Day - Page 3 of 17 - NaturalON

16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every Day - Page 3 of 17 - NaturalON | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
3. Canned Tomatoes Actually, most canned foods are a concern because of what the can is lined with. The lining of almost all canned foods are made with a chemical called bisphenol-A, or BPA. A study published in May of 2013 by the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences showed that BPA actually affects …
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10 Dangerous Facts About Sugar | All Time 10s - Yahoo Screen

10 Dangerous Facts About Sugar | All Time 10s - Yahoo Screen | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
It causes obesity, hides HIV, and triggers depression, but we still can't get enough of it.

Discover the dangerous world of Sugar with Alltime 10s.
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If this video does not turn you away from consuming excessive sugar then I do not know what will.

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Fermenting for Health

Fermenting for Health | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
by Emily Morris In recent years, fad diets have begun touting the elimination of certain foods, pushing women to eat gluten-free, carb-free or sugar-free meals around the clock. If you just cut out...
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In regards to the process of fermentation: "This process preserves the food as well as creates enzymes that aid in digestion called probiotics. Probiotics are strains of beneficial bacteria that balance out the bad bacteria found in our guts" (Morris, 2014) "They help us absorb nutrients as well as improve our immunity and bowel health. They are even known to mitigate the risk for some diseases, including certain cancers" (Morris, 2014).

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Sex Hormones May Be Lurking in Your Food

Sex Hormones May Be Lurking in Your Food | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
Photo Travis Rathbone/Trunk Archive By Jennifer J. Brown, PhD, Everyday Health Whether you’re a meat lover or prefer plant-based protein like soy in your diet, the idea of sex hormones in your food might make you a bit queasy. Use of hormones as drugs carries potential risks as varied as bone loss from steroids, and heart disease risks from hormone replacement during menopause. Sex Hormones in Meat The sex hormones estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone are given to cows in the form of an injected pellet in the ear. “There are maximum safe limits that are set for hormones in meat,” says Richard J. Auchus, MD, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, a member of the Endocrine Society, and associate editor of the journal Endocrinology.
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8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day

8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
The éminence grise of health food, oats garnered the FDA's first seal of approval....
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7 Heart-Healthy Perks of Dark Chocolate

7 Heart-Healthy Perks of Dark Chocolate | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
Evidence is building that products of the cacao plant, especially dark chocolate, are good for your heart. Medical studies show that people who eat dark chocolate have healthier cardiovascular systems, boasting better blood circulation and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Cardiologist and Everyday Health columnist T. Jared Bunch, MD, recommends chocolate as part of your strategy to keep the world’s No. 1 killer disease at bay. “Dark chocolate should be included in a life plan that includes exercise, eating healthy foods that are largely plant-based, getting adequate sleep, stress reduction, and maintenance of weight,” says Dr. Bunch.
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Sweet - toothed anyone? Satisfy your childish pleasures with chocolate

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9 Ways to Naturally Increase Testosterone Levels

9 Ways to Naturally Increase Testosterone Levels | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
At the age of 30, a man's testosterone levels start to decline, so he must know some natural testosterone booster and combine it with a healthy lifestyle.
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5 Postworkout Sips That Crush Sports Drinks

5 Postworkout Sips That Crush Sports Drinks | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
The last thing you want to do at the end of a grueling workout is instantly add back all of the calories you’ve just torched — but that’s essentially what you’re doing when you reach for most sports drinks. On average, these postworkout beverages clock in at 200 calories and pack a whopping 52 grams of sugar and 400 milligrams of sodium.
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Nutrition science is not so complicated after all. No supplement beats nature's own. Get Re-Hydrated!

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The Shocking Difference Between Organic & Non-GMO Labels - It's Huge!

The Shocking Difference Between Organic & Non-GMO Labels - It's Huge! | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
The Shocking Difference Between Organic & Non-GMO Labels - It's Huge!
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Though our awareness for GMO has sharply increased, our discernment for identifying organic foods lack understanding.  
 
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How to Keep Burning Calories When Your Workout Is Over

How to Keep Burning Calories When Your Workout Is Over | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
Sound like science fiction? Think again.
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Cardio equipment has its tendency of being taken for granted due to its ease of use, low impact on joints, and it's autonomous influence of making you "go". This can be a detriment to losing weight and getting permanent results. Incorporating an interval training plan not only spares a lot of time but burns those unwanted calories even while you rest.

"In one study, participants who cycled vigorously for 45 minutes burned roughly 190 calories more in the 14 hours after exercise than on days when they didn't work out at all" ... "And while one study showed that your afterburn will increase significantly with duration, you don't necessarily have to work out for a long time to stimulate the effect." (D. Tao, 2016)
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The Planks You Should Be Doing (But Probably Aren't)

Master Trainer Josh Stolz recommends you take this traditional move in new directions.
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74 Alkaline Foods to Naturally Balance Your Body

74 Alkaline Foods to Naturally Balance Your Body | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
If you’re trying to go alkaline, you’ll need to know which foods help your body get to and stay in an alkaline state. The general idea is to eat foods without worrying about an acidic effect, although some are more alkaline than others. It’s not necessary to eat only alkaline foods in orde
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The American diet is highly comprised of an acidic diet (i.e., fast foods, coffee, refined foods, etc) which is linked to a slew of detrimental issues of the body. Eating a healthy portion of alkaline-typed foods maintains the natural Ph balance in the body contributing to energy, and wellness.  
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Good Fats vs. Bad Fats | FitnessRX for Men

Good Fats vs. Bad Fats | FitnessRX for Men | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
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Not all fats are bad for you. 

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Minus 4 years of life: Study links soft drinks to accelerated cell aging

Minus 4 years of life: Study links soft drinks to accelerated cell aging | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
The regular consumption of fizzy drinks accelerates cellular aging of tissues, according to a new study by American scientists. People who enjoy daily carbonated sodas experience DNA changes, aging their cells by four years.
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Soft drinks are not what they used to be.

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Fat Burning Foods & Meal Plan | FitnessRX for Women

Fat Burning Foods & Meal Plan | FitnessRX for Women | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
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A great article with considerable methods for easy weight loss.  Though, some individuals are not able to fair well with spicy foods; also, the diet plan is not suitable for those who are lactose-intolerant.

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How Family Meals May Fight Obesity

How Family Meals May Fight Obesity | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
After a decade, more than half of the 2,117 study participants were overweight or obese — and their childhood frequency of family meals emerged as a significant factor in their weight-gain trajectory. Specifically, the young adults who’d eaten just one or two family meals a week as kids were 45 percent less likely to be overweight, compared to those who never dined with their parents. Past research has linked a higher frequency of family meals with greater intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; “You sit down and think, ‘What could I serve?’” said study author Jerica Berge, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota.
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Family is a elemental factor of every person's life.  

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5 Reasons You Need Strength Training

5 Reasons You Need Strength Training | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
Most women base their fitness routine in cardio. The immediate calorie burn from cardio might be higher, but if you’re not strength training, you’re missing out on a slew of other benefits—including significant fat burning. Celebrity trainer Joel Harper, who’s worked with Olympic athletes, says, “I train my clients to use their time efficiently and effectively, so I rely on strength training. It builds muscle and bone density, and helps you lose weight.” Below, five reasons to work strength training into your workout routine.
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Strength training is very essential to everyone.

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5 DIY Fruit and Vegetable Washes

5 DIY Fruit and Vegetable Washes | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
By Samantha Dupler A quick rinse of water is so last season. While some of these options sound great, their ingredients can sometimes list an ironically high amount of chemicals (and some have a price point to match!) SEE MORE: 7 Lies That Will Make Your Kids’ Lunches Healthier So before you buy, consider mixing up your own. Not only is it cheap, it’s also crazy easy, and you get to see exactly what ingredients you’re putting into it! Here are five ways to do it. 1) 2 cups of cold tap water, 1/4 cup of white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice Mix these ingredients well together and pour into a spray bottle.
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Eating healthy begins, first, with preparation

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What Weightlifting For Just 20 Minutes Does To Your Brain

What Weightlifting For Just 20 Minutes Does To Your Brain | Healthy, Alive, & Well | Scoop.it
You may be surprised by what a quick workout session can do for your brain.

It's no secret that weightlifting is good for you -- from building muscle tissue to relieving stress -- but now a new study on brains and brawn suggests that going hard in...
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