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Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails

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Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails

Collagen is a major building block not only for bones,1 but also for healthy hair,2 skin3 and nails.4 Collagen makes up about 75% - 80% of the skin and is responsible for the skin's suppleness and elasticity.5 As we age, we produce less collagen. Less collagen equals more wrinkles, and brittle hair and nails.6 Our bodies make collagen out of protein-rich foods which are then broken down into amino acids7essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails, and all connective tissues. A multitude of nutrients are necessary to aid in the body's production of collagen which includes the ever-important Vitamin K2...

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Confused About Magnesium Compounds?

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Confused About Magnesium Compounds?

Are you confused about the many different types of magnesium compounds? Many people tend to lump all types of magnesium together. However, all magnesium compounds are not created equal. The effect of taking each type of magnesium can be quite different, both in benefits and in possible side effects, or desired effects. There are types of magnesium that can greatly aid in constipation, while others aid in the area of restlessness, nervousness, etc. Magnesium compounds differ with regard to how well they cross into the blood-brain barrier. Learn more about the Blood-Brain Barrier >>> One thing I will say out...

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4 Ways to Ease Winter Joint Pain

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4 Ways to Ease Winter Joint Pain

The most common collective complaint of my patients this time of year is most definitely joint pain. As we've discussed many times, joint pain is usually caused by inflammation in the body. Weather changes can also affect joint pain.1 Let's talk about 4 ways to ease winter joint pain: 1. Keep Warm Allowing yourself to get cold – and especially, chilled, can make your body tense up and become stiff. Stay warm! Dressing with layers is usually the best way to go so you can easily adjust to your surroundings (whether it be cold, drafty, warm, or with that friend...

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The Importance of Potassium and Magnesium

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The Importance of Potassium and Magnesium

Potassium and magnesium are extremely important minerals / electrolytes that can be lost in the course of the day in perspiration, urine and other bodily fluids. Certain food substances, such as those containing caffeine, act as mild diuretics and can also increase the amount of these important minerals your body wastes. Diuretic Medications: Potassium and Magnesium Loss People on diuretic medications (water pills) such as Lasix (furosemide) or HCTZ (hydroclorothiazide) or chlorthalidone who have normal renal (kidney) function can lose these minerals at a much higher rate than the average person. Patients on these medicines are often prescribed both potassium...

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The Wonders of Curcumin and Why You Should Consider Taking It

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The Wonders of Curcumin and Why You Should Consider Taking It

If I were asked what supplement I'd take if I were stranded on a desert island, it would definitely be curcumin. What is Curcumin and How Is It Used? Curcumin is an extract of an ancient medicinal and cooking herb, turmeric, that has been used throughout the middle east and Asia for more than 7000 years. Curcumin is a root, and is a member of the ginger family. It has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. What makes it unique is that it has a multi-ring structure called a polyphenolic ring; this ring structure allows it to absorb multiple...

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