Whole Foods Magazine

Posted By Nutricula On Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 With 0 Comments

What’s the best way to achieve a healthy smile? Regular use of toothpaste, floss and mouthwash, of course! But, there’s a lot to learn about how natural ingredients support healthy gums and teeth, as well as some alternative ways to achieve long-term oral health.

“Dark chocolate is good for your heart! It’s good for your brain! It energizes you!” Too often we hear about the health benefits of dark chocolate without much explanation of why it is good. These reports are not just a way to make us feel better about the sweets we ingest. So, what is it about dark chocolate that has nutrition enthusiasts so excited? It turns out it is not the sugary milk chocolate bar we can thank; it’s cocoa.

The human liver performs about 500 vital functions in the body! So, it is important to understand that some of our everyday practices could seriously interrupt liver functions and cause diseases that can otherwise be avoided. Knowing which foods and supplements can benefit the liver can take you a long way in staying healthy (1).

If you’ve browsed the vitamin/supplement aisle of your local natural products store, you may have noticed the strange bundle of letters and numbers, “CoQ10,” on some labels. Looking beyond its mysterious title, we discuss its benefits and the two forms in which it comes: ubiquinone and ubiquinol.

It’s not hard to find information about homeopathy, a fascinating system of natural medicine. Anyone who doesn’t take homeopathic medicine seriously is missing out. Over the past couple of centuries, millions have benefited from this unique form of natural health management.

Americans have a mighty hankering for sugar. It seems that we just can’t get enough of the stuff. It is estimated that the average American eats, drinks, slurps, stirs and sprinkles about half a cup of sugar per day, and 150 pounds of it annually. Sugar deserves some of its bad reputation. From its well-known role in the process of tooth decay, to its implication in cases of pre-diabetes, excessive sugar intake has become a cause of concern for all people. Luckily, there is a go-to alternative.

Plentiful on market shelves and sometimes fermented for decades, wine is enjoyed by millions of aficionados across the globe. Whether savored at meal time or just to relax and unwind, a component in wine—resveratrol—is said to offer health benefits. To fully access the benefits of this important nutrient without the detrimental effects of consuming too much alcohol, nutrition stores stock concentrated resveratrol supplements that support heart, circulatory, cellular, bone health and more (1, 2).

Food labels. Some of us know exactly how to read them, and some of us aren’t clear about what “natural,” “Non-GMO” or even “organic” really means. Here is a short guide that can help.

Backpackers across the globe marvel at the landscapes set before them as they trek across the terrain. Many factors help make a successful backpacking adventure such as knowing what to bring, efficient packing and minimizing your environmental impact on the places you explore with all-natural products.

Everyone has experienced the discomfort and pain of heartburn at some point in their lives. However, for those who suffer from acid reflux and its more severe relative, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn can interrupt daily life.

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