• Nutrition

    Can Drinking Baking Soda Help You Lose Weight?

    Weight loss is a big topic for many people and usually requires long-term lifestyle changes to maintain the ideal body weight. Because it is such a desired topic there is a big market for supplements, medications, diet plans and advice promoting fast and easy weight loss. Drinking baking soda is one of those marketing strategies. It promises to help people lose weight by fighting acidity in the body and by raising the pH of the body to a more alkaline state. What exactly is baking soda and what is it used for? Baking soda, or Sodium Bicarbonate, is mostly known as a leavening agent in baked goods. It is a…

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    Probiotics and Prebiotics: What’s the Difference?

    Probiotics and prebiotics work together synergistically to help maintain and repair the delicate balance that is the gut microbiota. The gut microbiota is vital to one’s health and when it is out of whack individuals can experience constipation, bloating, diarrhea, and other serious conditions. These little helpers can combat these issues, but how do they work exactly? Where can they be found?    What are Probiotics? They are living microorganism like bacteria and yeast often referred to as “good” bacteria that work to balance or ameliorate the gut microbiota. They possess the ability to work in the gut and have the potential to boost immunity and gastrointestinal health. For some,…

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    Decaf Coffee: Good or Bad?

    Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages worldwide and is commonly used to help with drowsy mornings. Some drink coffee for the jolt of caffeine and others simply enjoy the experience of sipping a hot cup of joe. Caffeine is a potent nutrient with a number of side effects and it is often necessary for individuals to limit their intake. Decaf coffee provides a way to enjoy a beloved beverage without the effects associated with caffeine intake. What is decaf coffee? Decaf coffee is nutritionally similar to caffeinated coffee apart from the caffeine content. (1) Before the coffee beans are roasted and ground, they are processed in a way…

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