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Your Digestive System and How It Works

Why is digestion important? How is food digested? How is the digestive process controlled? The digestive system is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus. Inside this tube is a lining called the mucosa. In the mouth, stomach, and small intestine, the mucosa contains tiny glands that produce juices to help digest food. Two solid organs, the liver and the pancreas, produce digestive juices that reach the intestine through small tubes. In addition, parts of other organ systems (for instance, nerves and blood) play a major role in the digestive… Click here to read more


Our Body’s Immune System

Inside your body there is an amazing protection mechanism called the immune system. It is designed to defend you against millions of bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins and parasites that would love to invade your body. To understand the power of the immune system, all that you have to do is look at what happens to anything once it dies. That sounds gross, but it does show you something very important about your immune system. When something dies, its immune system (along with everything else) shuts down. In a matter of hours, the body is invaded by all sorts of bacteria,… Click here to read more


Managing Your Stress Levels

Stress…. is the unhealthy response to the pressures of everyday life Letting stress get the best of you may be doing you more harm than you think. Everyday news includes round-the-clock coverage of natural and man-made disasters. Earthquakes and floods. Wars and terrorist attacks. Just 10 minutes of watching the news can make your stress level soar. Compounding matters, you’ve got a big presentation in an hour, and you’ve hardly had a chance to prepare. Urgent e-mails keep popping onto your display screen, each one sending a stab of anxiety through your chest. As you frantically scribble notes for the… Click here to read more


What are B-vitamins and how do they work?

We’ve all stared at the cereal box label during breakfast and wondered what words like riboflavin, folic acid and pyridoxine mean. Has your mom ever reminded you to eat a balanced diet and “make sure you eat your greens”? The words on your cereal box and your mother’s good advice both involve vitamin B. The B vitamins are a group of eight individual vitamins, often referred to as the B-complex vitamins. We will take a look at how the B vitamins work so you can begin to understand why these essential vitamins should be in your diet. We’ll also look… Click here to read more


Understanding Antioxidants

What Is an Antioxidant? You may have heard about the health benefits of antioxidants, but do you know what an antioxidant is — and how they actually work? Antioxidants are dietary substances including some nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamins C and E and selenium, that can help prevent damage to your body cells, or repair damage that has been done. Antioxidants work by significantly slowing or preventing the oxidative — or damage from oxygen — process caused by substances called free radicals, that can lead to cell dysfunction and the onset of problems like heart disease and diabetes. Antioxidants… Click here to read more


Vitamins and Minerals for Health and Vitality

The importance of vitamins and minerals to health, fitness and vitality is undisputed. A sufficient intake helps us to look good, feel good and enjoy life to the full – whatever our age! It is recommended that we eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day in order to achieve an optimal intake of vitamins and minerals. However, a supplement may also help to safeguard your dietary intake. Vitamin A – essential for healthy eyes, skin and growth. Also an important antioxidant and immune system component. Biotin – takes part in the metabolism of protein, fats and… Click here to read more