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Improve Your Health by Being Good to Your Gut

As with nearly all health-related issues, gut health is extremely dependent on the foods you eat. To improve and maintain healthy functioning of your gastrointestinal tract, you need to follow a healthy diet. For the vast majority of people, this means eating in accordance to what has become known as the Mediterranean Diet, so named because it is the traditional diet eaten by people in countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean Diet is the only diet scientifically proven to reduce the risk of the most serious diseases that plague our Western world, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. And, because this way of eating avoids all of the processed foods and food additives that are so common in the standard American diet, the Mediterranean Diet also support healthy gut function.
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Health Tip of the Day

Walking is one of the most effective forms of exercise. Here's a tip for getting even more benefits each time you go for a walk. As you are walking, every two or three minutes, swing your arms over your head six to eight times. By doing so, you will tone your abs, arms, and back and improve the overall benefits walking provides. For best results, walk briskly and consider the use of hand weights of one to two pounds.

Yesterday's Health Tip

We've all heard the saying, "Laughter is the best medicine." Turns out it's true. Scientific research has shown that laughter relaxes muscles, reduces the production of stress hormones, relieves pain, reduces high blood pressure, boosts immune function, and strengthens the heart and lungs. So make it a point to laugh as often as possible each day. Not only will you feel better emotionally, you'll also be improving your physical health. Read more health tips...
What is Sitosterol and What Does it Do?
Beta-sitosterol belongs to the family of plant sterols. Plant sterols are found natrurally in small quantities in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes, vegetable oils, and other plant sources. Another group of compounds related to sterols and known as plant stanols, occur in even smaller quantities in many of the same food sources. Both stanols and sterols are essential components of plant cell membranes and resemble cholesterol. continued inside...

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