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Dried Plums!

Posted on: Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 12:00 pm

Looking for a healthy snack that is sweet and may help you live longer? Dried plums are a great go too. They are conveniently packaged and don’t need refrigeration. While dried plums are a sweet treat, surprisingly enough they have a low glycemic index, meaning they won’t spike your body’s sugar levels. Packed with antioxidants, they also help your body fight against free radicals. The fiber, magnesium, and potassium content of dried plums is significant, helping promote good health and a healthy weight. A new study out of Texas A&M University and the University of North Carolina proves that dried plums have yet another added benefit, they help improve the gut biome. In our gastrointestinal track we need a healthy balance of bacteria. This bacteria does everything from prevent cancer and metabolic syndrome, to improve the immune system. So next time you are at the store, pick up a package of dried plums and snack your way to better health. To learn more go to

The Effect of Smoking on Aging

Posted on: Tue, Oct 20, 2015, at 12:00 pm

A study published in the American Society of Human Genetics has given us even more proof that heavy drinking and any amount of smoking or even exposure to smoke, accelerates the aging process dramatically. Researchers were able to measure the epigenetic changes to DNA when exposed to these toxins. To learn more go to

Sniffing out Cancer

Posted on: Wed, Oct 14, 2015, at 12:00 pm

A new development from the American Chemical Society shows that researchers may have developed a super nose that can sniff out cancer. We have heard the stories of dogs that can smell cancer, and now researchers have developed an electronic nose that can sense nano particles and identify patients whose breath shows they have ovarian cancer! To learn more about this breakthrough go to

Are some people just wired differently?

Posted on: Wed, Oct 07, 2015, at 12:00 pm

I love this study released out of the University of Oxford. Have you ever felt like some people are just wired differently? Are you positive while they are always negative? In this study, researchers used functional MRI to discover that positive people who also make good lifestyle choices really do think differently than those who are negative and who make negative choices. For more information go to

The Effect of Nutrition On Pregnancy

Posted on: Wed, Sep 30, 2015, at 12:00 pm

A fascinating study out of Columbia University which looked at people in the Ukraine who were subject to the famine in 1932-33. These people were exposed during their gestation so they were still in utero during the famine. It turns out those who were exposed early during gestational development were 1.5 times more likely to develop diabetes later in life. It looks as though epigenetics, which we talk about a lot on the show and is how our DNA can change, is effected from a very early stage in life and pregnancy is where nutrition is of the utmost importance. So, if your pregnant you need to be eating healthy food and make healthy choices, and we don't mean pack on the pounds. Not just so that when your baby is born it will be the right weight, but also so that your baby doesn't get diabetes when he/she's thirty.

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