More Melatonin for Your Health

899Melatonin is a hormone commonly linked to proper sleep, but did you know that it can help fight off cancer, diabetes and heart disease too? Melatonin increases “beige fat” which is a fat that promotes your body to burn calories rather than store them. Studies also find that melatonin calms reproductive hormones; and as a result, melatonin is being linked to protecting you against sex hormone driven cancers (like ovarian, breast and prostate cancer). *

Since turning on the lights stops your body’s production and release of melatonin, keep lights dim in the evening and completely off when you go to sleep. You can find melatonin in supplements, but for a natural dose, eat some cherries, which are packed with this healthy hormone.

Visit www.vitamanna.com to order the SleepManna supplement. SleepManna contains cherry which has natural melatonin.

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*http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/melatonin-and-sleep
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More Vitamin K For Your Health

864Vitamin K packs a lot of health benefits. Coming in forms K1 and K2, this powerful vitamin promotes healthy bones. Vitamin K can also reduce your risk of heart disease; it can even cut your risk of diabetes in half!*

Like most vitamins, you can get your daily Vitamin K dose from a supplement. However, large amounts are also found naturally in fresh and dry herbs, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and even prunes.

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*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=112
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Volunteer to Improve Your Health

827Volunteering is good for others…and your health! Studies show that people who volunteer are less likely to develop high blood pressure and heart disease. In addition to reducing depression and having lower mortality rates, people who volunteer experience an overall greater sense of satisfaction.*

Gain some perspective and feel-good emotions by devoting some of your free time to volunteer work. Whether you donate time at your local hospital, join a community cleanup crew or even volunteer at a pet humane society, your kind efforts will benefit both your community and your health.

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*http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/07_0506_hbr.pdf
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Stop Consuming Processed Foods

747Throughout America, food additives such as flavorings and preservatives are being added to processed foods. Alarmingly, a lot of these additives (brominated vegetable oil and brominated flour, food dyes, even arsenic) are banned outside of the U.S. What is scary is that we are not completely sure how these additives will affect our health in the long run. Studies are already showing that certain additives can cause diarrhea, headaches and nausea. Research also points to damaged nerve cells caused by the mixing of these man-made additives.*

Protect yourself from additives and stop consuming processed foods. Buying organic can be expensive so make your purchases last by properly storing your food (in freezer bags or by canning). You can also try your local farmer’s market or even grow your own garden.

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*http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/dangers-of-food-additives.htm
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More Vitamin C to Combat Stress

719In addition to helping you prevent heart and eye disease and skin wrinkling, Vitamin C is a great supporter of your immune system. When you are stressed, your body uses up more Vitamin C than usual. That is why experts recommend that when stressed, you increase you intake of Vitamin C. Daily doses for men and women are 90 and 75 milligrams respectively, when increasing your intake be sure to spread your dosage throughout the day.*

For a natural dose of Vitamin C, pick up the following fruits from your local grocery store: watermelon, kiwis, grapefruit, strawberries, apricots, tangerines, mango, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, oranges, pineapple, and plums.

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*http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitamin-c/NS_patient-vitaminc/DSECTION=dosing
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Poor Oral Hygiene and Heart Disease

1718Poor oral hygiene can do more than cause cavities; it greatly increases your chances of heart disease. How? When you practice poor dental hygiene (for example, you don’t brush at least twice a day or you skip daily flossing) you are at risk for gum disease. Studies have shown a link between problems with your gums and your heart; those who have infected gums are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease. Regular visits with your dentist will help keep the health of your gums on track.*

For exceptional gum health brush and floss after every meal. Should you experience bleeding gums or bright red gums that are tender to the touch, visit your dentist, as these are signs of gingivitis.

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*http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/periodontal-disease-heart-health
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Daily Garlic for Your Health

1614Garlic is a spicy plant from the onion family that has an active ingredient called allicin. Allicin has a medicinal effect that can boost your immune system and overall well being. One daily clove of garlic can decrease you bad cholesterol levels and can lower your risk of heart disease by 38%. In one study, people who took garlic during a cold reduced the length of their symptoms from 5 days to 2 days.*

If eating garlic by itself is too intense, chop some up and swallow it with a tablespoon of yogurt. After chopping garlic, allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes to give the allicin enough time to activate.

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*http://www.medicaldaily.com/garlic-good-you-7-surprising-benefits-garlic-optimal-health-324114 Photo | Dubravko Sorić | Garlic_B110563 | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

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Health Benefits of Olives

1544More than 75% of the fat in olives is good fat. Good fat lowers your risk of heart disease. Olives are packed with an abundance of antioxidants. In fact, they have stronger antioxidant properties than Vitamin E. Olives have anti-aging components, cancer-fighting properties and can support your bone health too.*

Olives come in red, green and black varieties. Traditionally, olives are sold in cans and jars, but today many grocery stores sell them in bulk in large barrels. Shop olives in bulk so that you can experiment with different types and purchase only what you need.

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*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=46
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Don’t Fear Full-Fat Dairy

1453Many people opt for skim milk because it provides calcium and protein without the calories that come with whole milk. However, recent studies have shown that people who eat and drink full-fat dairy are no more likely to gain weight than people who consume low-fat dairy. However, not all dairy is created equal and there are other risks to consider. Full-fat dairy does have higher saturated fats, which can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.*

Dieters should lessen their fear of full-fat dairy, as it is fine in moderation. Our focus should be less on dairy and more on fruits and vegetables, which provide the fiber we need to maintain a healthy weight.

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*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/full-fat-over-low-fat_56042632e4b00310edfa5302
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High Frequency Noise Linked to Heart Disease

1447In a study, it was found that people who suffered high-frequency hearing loss were twice as likely to have heart disease. The link was especially strong among those under the age of 50, who were most likely to have been exposed to loud noises at work. In fact, those with hearing loss in the under 50 age group were four times as likely to experience heart disease. Loud noises cause your body to release stress hormones. Over time, elevated stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline can lead to high blood pressure and heart issues.*

If you work in a noisy environment, be sure to wear proper ear protection. If your home is too noisy, take measures such as putting up heavy curtains and laying down rugs to absorb some sound pollution.

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*http://www.pressexaminer.com/heart-disease-risk-linked-with-loud-noise-exposure/75927
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