The Gluten-Free Lifestyle: Is It Really a Fad?

Gluten-free eating is the latest craze among health enthusiasts and folks seeking to lose weight. In fact, if you’ve visited your local grocery store lately, you’ve probably noticed that the shelves are packed full of foods labeled as "gluten-free". Unfortunately, for a large majority of the population—say 90-95 percent—such gluten-free foods are an unnecessary investment.

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Water: Nature's Ultimate Cure-All

In case you weren't already aware, water is an essential nutrient. While not a provider of calories, an adequate amount of water must be consumed on a daily basis for proper functioning of the body and overall good health. By regulating thirst and controlling urine output the body is able to keep a delicate water balance. When this balance is not maintained the body's ability to function is dramatically compromised.

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BungyPumps: A Great Way to Burn More Calories and Lose More Weight With Walking

Walking is by far one of the most common types of cardiovascular (cardio) exercise, as it’s easy to perform, requires little or no equipment, and can conveniently be incorporated into your everyday routine. Through its beneficial effects on the heart, lungs and blood vessels, regular walking has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of obesity and numerous chronic diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and various forms of cancer. 

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Target Heart Rate: Are You Working Out Hard Enough?

As if getting motivated to work out isnt difficult enough, there’s also the question of whether or not youre working hard enough. This is generally described in terms of "intensity". While you can achieve health benefits with as little as 30 minutes of low-intensity exercise (walking, leisure swimming or gardening), moderate- to high-intensity forms of exercise (bicycling, lap swimming or running) tend to result in greater improvements in cardiovascular function and overall fitness.

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3 Highly Effective Ways to Lose Weight Without Counting Calories

I’ve always emphasized that the most effective way to lose weight is to moderately reduce your daily calorie intake while engaging in exercise training and other forms of physical activity to create calorie deficits. However, calorie counting is not always the most practical approach to achieving weight loss. While losing weight is primarily a matter of creating calorie deficits, you can successfully manage your weight, improve your health, and substantially lower your risk of lifestyle-related diseases in the absence of calorie counting. Here are three simple strategies that help you do just that.

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Seven Food Labeling Tactics That Are Making People Sick

For well over 20 years the eyes and ears of dieters, health enthusiasts and the general public have been continuously bombarded with confusing and oftentimes misleading packaging and labeling information courtesy of the food and beverage industry. Unfortunately, successful employment of such tactics and resultant changes in peoples’ everyday food intake patterns have paralleled the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other diet-related health problems.

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Six Ways to Prevent the Onset of Gout

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by excessive swelling and extreme tenderness in the joints, most often the metatarsal-phalangeal joint of the big toe. The signs, symptoms and general manifestations of gout are closely linked to poor dietary patterns and its occurrence has also been shown to parallel that of many lifestyle-related conditions including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

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Seven Simple Lifestyle Strategies for Alleviating Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a complex disorder triggered by hormonal changes that typically occur after ovulation. Roughly one in two women experience some form of PMS in their lifetime. The condition itself is associated with numerous unpleasant symptoms ranging from mild-to-moderate including tiredness and fatigue, depression, and, oftentimes, weight gain due to overeating. Believe it or not, you can effectively alleviate many symptoms of PMS by making simple lifestyle changes. Here are seven key strategies that work.

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