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Psyllium – Dietary Fiber, Health Benefits and Uses

Dietary fiber, sometimes called roughage, is a fundamental component of a healthy diet. It is found naturally in various fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. While it is mainly known for its digestive benefits, fiber plays an essential role in your overall health. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber absorbs water and gets broken down into a gel-like substance that supports digestion and improves blood glucose control. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to the stool and...
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The Surprising Health Benefits of Fresh Air

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic started and the world was asked to stay at home and avoid social interactions, our demanding schedules and hectic routines left little time to enjoy the great outdoors. In fact, according to some pre-pandemic government estimates, people in the United States spent, on average, 90 percent of their lives indoors. Being “cooped up” inside for extended periods can increase feelings of loneliness and isolation, which have been linked to higher risks for physical and mental...
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New Blood Pressure Guidelines – Who Are They Helping?

In November 2017, the American Heart Association redefined high blood pressure. Originally high blood pressure was defined as 140/90 or higher and if people could not get below those numbers through lifestyle changes, blood pressure medication was recommended. The new definition of high blood pressure/hypertension has been lowered to 130/80 or above, thus by the stroke of a pen, the American Heart Association has declared that almost 50% of adults living in the United States are hypertensive.  This means that...
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