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The Best Way to Lose Weight ...and Keep It Off!

The Best Way to Lose Weight ...and Keep It Off!

Posted by Charity Lighten on

If weight loss is on your mind then you probably want results -- and fast. It's no wonder! We are bombarded every single day with unrealistic body images and messages that tell us that we aren’t good enough if we aren’t the "perfect" size or shape. The culture of our social conversations and the ideals in the media are the same: "thin is best." This pressure to be thin can leave us yearning to drop pounds quickly, but this may not be what's best for our minds or our bodies. Truthfully, studies continue to show that lose-weight-quick diets don't work...

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Are You Missing the Secret Key to Weight Loss?

Are You Missing the Secret Key to Weight Loss?

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Many of us have been conditioned over the years to contemplate two keys to successful weight loss: diet and exercise. What if another component was equally important?! The latest research has revealed another aspect of weight loss most of us have never considered: gut health. If you have ever tried to change your lifestyle to include healthier foods and more exercise, yet found disappointing results on the scale, there may be something that you are missing: healthy bacteria in your gut. There is mounting evidence to show that the gut bacteria in healthy weight people are different than the bacteria...

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Gut Health, Mood, Anxiety & Depression

Gut Health, Mood, Anxiety & Depression

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DEPRESSED? It Could Be Your Gut Health... Suffering from depression or anxiety? Or both? It might be more than a psychological issue - or a chemical imbalance - causing your symptoms, but a gastronomical one as well. Studies show that your brain is actually connected to your gut - and not just at a physical level, but an emotional level as well. Part of this new research includes a clear link between imbalances in the gut and mental illness like depression - and fortunately, a possible solution. In a study released March 10, researchers at the University of Virginia were...

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10 Reason Why You May Need a Probiotic

10 Reason Why You May Need a Probiotic

Posted by Charity Lighten on

Because of our modern diet, the right daily probiotic supplement might be one of the most important supplements you can take. Here are 10 reasons why a good probiotic is more important than ever. 1. Antibiotic use – unfortunately antibiotics indiscriminately kill both the good and the bad bacteria in your gut. They have no way of differentiating between the two. So, if you or your children are ever prescribed antibiotics by your doctor, make it a priority to build up your gut flora as soon as you are done with the prescription (remember that there is no benefit to...

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Gut Health 101

Gut Health 101

Posted by Charity Lighten on

Silver Fern's Chief Nutritionist Explains the Basics Before we get started, there are few terms we should probably define. In talking about gut health, you'll often hear words like microflora, gut flora, microbes, microbiome, microorganisms, etc. These are basically tiny little bacteria that live in (and on) your body. In fact, we have 10 times MORE bacteria in our bodies than cells! This might sound a little creepy, but most of these are actually helpful bacteria. In fact, when talking about gut health, the idea is to have a really good balance of healthy bacteria in your body. The next...

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