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4. Treat Your Fatigue

By now you may realize—because all of the body’s systems are interconnected—that there is usually more than one cause con-tributing to your fatigue. When one of your body’s systems is out of balance (if, for example, your HPA axis is malfunctioning be-cause of chronic stress), then other systems (like your

Foods That Help You Sleep and Foods That Keep You Up at Night

A good night’s rest actually may start hours before your bedtime by choosing foods that promote high-quality sleep and avoiding those that can interfere with your shut-eye. Two components of foods that are shown to be most helpful in improving sleep ­quality are melatonin and tryptophan.

Melatonin. Melatonin is a well-known sleep

Can the Foods Your Eat Affect Your Mood?

Does food affect your mood? The fact is that we aren’t disconnected at the neck, and what’s good for our bodies is good for our minds—and vice versa. Research shows that what you eat—and whether you’re eating regularly—can affect your mood. Scientists have known for years about the gut-brain axis,

8 Serotonin Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

8 Serotonin Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

What is serotonin? It’s is a powerful brain chemical that profoundly affects your mood, so knowing whether you’re deficient is a key first step to overcoming troubling mood and impulse control problems. Having one or more of the eight serotonin deficiency symptoms discussed here will be a strong clue that

Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein: Which Is Best for Your Health?

Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein: Which Is Best for Your Health?

Nutrition experts stress the importance of overall “diet quality” as opposed to demonizing and avoiding particular foods or even entire food groups. “Quality” means that what you eat provides the energy and essential nutrients you need for an active, healthy life. All sources of protein, for example, are not created

1. Sleep Is Our Body’s Chance for Routine Maintenance

Although our conscious mind is closed to the outside world when we sleep, the rest of our body is not at rest. If you think of the body as a machine, sleep puts it in “idle” mode so that repairs can be made. Hundreds of biological processes continue: The heart

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Elevated Blood Sugar Levels Associated With Pancreatic Cancer
Patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer can develop elevated blood sugar levels up to three years before their cancer diagnosis, according to the results of studies by Mayo Clinic researchers published in the journal Gastroenterology. “Pancreatic cancer is rapidly fatal after its diagnosis, with average

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