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Core Muscles: How They Affect Your Daily Activities

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Core Muscles: How They Affect Your Daily Activities

Core muscles stabilize segments of the body, act as a shock absorber for the whole body, maintain functional (working) posture, and allow for motions, such as flexion and rotation.

Each muscle and muscle group has a specific role to play in terms of daily activities.

Most of us don’t think in terms

Dietary Fiber and its Health Benefits

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Dietary Fiber and its Health Benefits

The importance of fiber in the diet cannot be overemphasized. Dietary fiber—what we used to call “roughage” or “bulk”—can help prevent or alleviate chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, IBS, and possibly colorectal cancer. There is some early evidence suggesting that a high-fiber diet may lessen or prevent food allergies, and dietary

4 Common Maltitol Side Effects

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4 Common Maltitol Side Effects

While artificial sweeteners, such as maltitol, may come with some advantages, they are not completely safe to eat. Maltitol side effects include a variety of digestive problems including diarrhea, gas, and abdominal discomfort.

How to Lower Blood Pressure Through Lifestyle Changes

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How to Lower Blood Pressure Through Lifestyle Changes

If you want to learn how to lower blood pressure, your lifestyle is one of your best weapons. By eating with your heart and blood pressure in mind, you might prevent hypertension or, if you already have it, help get your blood pressure under better control.

When it comes to hypertension,

4 GABA Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

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4 GABA Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the brain’s most abundant inhibitory, or “calming,” neurotransmitter. While GABA is known primarily for its ability to put you in a relaxed state, it actually plays a crucial role in regulating many aspects of mood, attention, cognition, and sleep. GABA deficiency symptoms may involve any of these

What You Need to Know About Carbohydrates

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What You Need to Know About Carbohydrates

Despite all the hype about “low-carb” diets, many people have an incomplete understanding of carbohydrates. It helps to look at a Nutrition Facts label, which lists quantities per serving of total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and sugars. The amount of starch isn’t listed, but that’s the third component of carbohydrates: Subtract