The skin is our body’s largest organ and the primary way we come into contact with the external environment. Acting as a barrier, it protects the body from various external chemicals and compounds and also prevents us from losing fluids and electrolytes from the inside. What causes dry skin, in … Read More
It’s annoying, uncomfortable, and just plain unpleasant. Itchy skin, or pruritus, is one of the ways our body tells us that something isn’t quite right, but how do we know what that “something” is? And what can we do about it? Here are 11 reasons why you might be suffering … Read More
Vegetables have always had a reputation for boosting our health. Research continues to support the long-held standard that a vegetable-rich diet is a key part of any complete nutrition plan—and a winning approach to optimal health and disease protection.
Research suggests that a vegetable-rich diet can lower your risk of certain … Read More
Hair vitamins in your diet are more important than any topical hair vitamins for a thick head of silky, shiny hair. After all, the only part of your hair that's living is the follicle, and it gets required hair vitamins through the hemoglobin in your blood (hint: adequate dietary iron intake … Read More
Our bodies, as many say, are like cars; they need the right kind of fuel to run well. That means an energy diet that provides the proper vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to keep your strength steady throughout the day.
You may already adhere to a high-energy diet. But if you find … Read More
It’s not surprising that nutrient deficiencies are low energy causes, given that your body’s trillions of cells rely on vitamins and minerals to generate energy. What is surprising is that few doctors recognize the fact that fatigue and lacking energy is often an early symptom of multiple vitamin and mineral … Read More
Fruits provide slow-digesting carbs, various types of fiber, and a host of vitamins, including A, C, E, and K plus several B vitamins. Fruits also provide many important minerals, including calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and copper, along with a cornucopia of phytochemicals. Among plant … Read More
An astonishing 40 percent of U.S. adults will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that results primarily from abdominal obesity, which leads to resistance to the hormone insulin. Poorly controlled type 2 diabetes is associated with a shockingly wide range of life-threatening … Read More
I recently had what I thought was a case of severe chapped lips that extended to the corners of my mouth, where small, painful cracks developed. I was surprised to learn that the condition, called angular cheilitis, is actually the result of a vitamin B deficiency. I’d recently stopped taking … Read More
Niacin is a member of the family of B vitamins, which also includes vitamins B6 and B12, riboflavin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin, and thiamin. Like a lot of its B brothers, niacin—a.k.a. nicotinic acid, nicotinamide, and vitamin B3—is essential for converting carbohydrates into fuel and … Read More