Team All-American Celebrates Eight Years Of Helping Runners Worldwide

An interesting article provided by PRWeb regarding Team All-American and their work helping runners…..

joggerTeam All-American is celebrating eight years of helping runners across the world achieve goals through running to improve mental, physical and spiritual performance.

Team All-American, an organization dedicated to helping runners across the world train smarter and achieve their running goals, celebrated its eight-year anniversary on August 16, 2014.

For the past eight years, the organization has helped people to improve performance mentally, physically and spiritually, using running as a platform to engage with people. Team All-American’s clients are located across the United States and in international locations as well, making it a worldwide community of athletes.

“We are celebrating our success, yet we are hungry for way more,” said Scott Fishman, founder of Team All-American. “The people that we have worked with are inspiring, and we’ve seen so many people achieve their goals. When they tell us that they were able to do this because of our methods, it’s truly an amazing feeling.”

Team All-American arose as a way to ensure that people who were interested in running could become involved without suffering injuries. According to Fishman, there is a prevailing notion that running causes many different types of injuries, but these injuries are often easily preventable with the right type of training.

seniorjoggerFor the last eight years the organization has worked tirelessly to ensure that people do not fall victim to the myths of fitness. Its clients have gone on to experience personal best times in the mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultra marathon and every distance in between as a result of training with Team All-American.

“Running is the most primal sport,” said Fishman. “It’s something that anyone can do without a plan or a professional to guide you. But if you want to do it successfully and for a long time, it is best to follow a custom training program that is designed, monitored and adjusted by a professional.”

About Team All-American

Team All-American is an organization devoted to helping runners worldwide achieve their goals, whether it be their first mile, their first marathon or a personal record time. Using the Team All-American methodology, runners will be able to reach their goals through a carefully planned and detailed process that considers all aspects of their health and lifestyle.

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Regular Dental Visits: Why Are They Deemed Important?

By Samuel Addison

dentistHave you ever wondered why most dentists recommend to have teeth checked at least twice a year?

Truth be told, your teeth need the same amount of attention and TLC you’re giving your body.

In essence, a regular visit to your dentist will not only help maintain optimal oral health, but will also assist in sustaining your overall health as well.

What happens during a dental exam?

During a dental check-up, your dentist assesses your teeth, gums and mouth. Also, presence of cavities, plaque build-ups, broken fillings and tooth sensitivities will be looked into.

Additionally, you will be checked if you are suffering from bleeding gums, which is often a prominent sign of gingivitis. Furthermore, your cheeks, tongue, palate and other areas of your mouth will also be examined to ensure no unusual or suspicious inflammation is present.

Typically, you will also be asked about your general health and if you have complaints since your last visit.

Ideally, you will also be given advice on how to keep your mouth healthy, including what foods to eat, what oral hygiene routine to religiously follow and what detrimental oral habits to avoid. Also, you will be informed when your next visit is due.

What are the benefits of routine dental visits?

Prevent oral cancer

According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, at least one person dies from oral cancer every hour of the day. While it’s true that it can be diagnosed easily, mortality rate is still high because the condition is usually discovered late.

As a safety precaution, most dentists will not only perform oral prophylaxis during a check up but will also include screening as part of the standard routine to detect if malignant cells are present.

Prevent gum disease

Gum (periodontal) disease is known as one of the leading causes of tooth loss in many adults. Most of these diseases are bacterial infections caused by plaque, a sticky, colourless and bacterial-filled film that sticks to the teeth.

When addressed immediately, gingivitis and other gum infections are easily treated. Suffice it to say; early treatment should be given at all times so any dental condition will not escalate.

Avoid dental emergencies

Since most dentists can very well detect any signs of teeth or gum-related problems, regular dental exams can effortlessly spare you from the excruciating pain of tooth sensitivity and aches.

However, if you don’t give your dental health the attention it deserves, chances are you will be left with costly alternatives such as root canals, surgeries and implants.

Save your teeth

As gum disease escalates, the pockets can grow deeper. This will enable plaque to go deep down the tooth’s root, wreaking havoc to the supporting bone in the process. Once this occurs, teeth might loosen and will likely fall out eventually.

However, the scenario can be easily avoided provided you observe good oral hygiene and pay your dental professional a regular visit.

Maintain overall health

malesmileYour oral health is more vital than you perceive it to be. In fact, a recent study suggests a significant link between gum and cardiovascular diseases.

According to the research, people who suffer from gum diseases are known to be more predisposed to heart conditions.

Gum diseases that are due to extended bacterial exposure increases the inflammation level of the body. And since inflammation is a huge risk factor of most heart diseases, people with periodontal infections become more susceptible to heart attacks and other heart-related problems.

Taking all the benefits into account, it’s easy to see scheduling a regular visit to the dentist is one of the best things you can ever do, not just for your teeth but also your overall health in general.

- Samuel Addison is a professional content writer with over 8 years of experience both in writing and internet marketing. Samuel started having interest in cosmetic dentistry when he himself undergone a dental operation 3 years ago.

Healthy Eating After Breast Cancer Treatment

By Sarah Smith

greenlettuceChanging your diet after breast cancer and treatments can be as crucial to your well-being as the medicine itself. Unfortunately, you cannot alter your family history, but you can alter the way you eat. A proper diet can help reduce the risk of cancer (to learn more about breast cancer, please check out this page) while other foods are ones you should avoid if at all possible.

Breast augmentation can help rebuild what cancer tried to destroy, and the breast clinic can help you find support for the mental aspect of dealing with life after breast cancer. However, the need to change your lifestyle and nutrition is great than ever.

Since most cases of breast cancer are not genetically linked, one can conclude that nutrition and lifestyle factors play a huge role in recovery and reducing a relapse.

In order to help lower the risk of cancer, below you will find five different foods you should eat and five foods you need to avoid when you can.

Add these foods to your diet!

1. Olive Oil – Extra Virgin
Olive oil if full of antioxidants that reduce your risk and phytonutrients, such as squalene. Squalene prevents the growth of tumors and offers a greater content of monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated will not oxidize inside of your body.

Try adding two tbs. of this oil daily to your food intake. Add it to salads or whole wheat breads for taste.

2. Cruciferae vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables are packed with phytonutrients which halt the spreading of cancer and new cancer cells from developing. Phytonutrients also move estrogen-metabolism, which forces the body to produce estrogen that will not initiate breast cancer. Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Broccoli Rabe, Kale, and Cabbage are the veggies to add to your daily diet.

3. Vegetables that are dark green and leafy
Leafy vegetables are chock-full of folate which is a vitamin B that supports your DNA. Lower levels of the folate you can find in darker and leafy greens is said to increase your risks. Pick kale and spinach, as the darker leaves on these greens, is the best.

4. Fatty-Fish
Females consuming supplements with fish oil lowered their risk of breast cancer by nearly 33 percent. Fattier fish offers omega-3 fatty acids – decreasing inflammation and protecting your body. Chronic inflammation is believed to encourage the development of breast cancer. East two 3.5-ounces of fatty fish like tuna, salmon, or mackerel every week.

5. Tomatoes
Tomatoes are filled with a potent antioxidant called lycopene, giving tomatoes their red coloring but protecting you from the growth of new cancer cells — best sources are tomato sauces, canned tomatoes, and paste. Eating tomato pasta is now good for you!

Stay away from these foods to reduce your risk of cancer.

Health1. Red meats
Red meats contain amino acids which can kindle the making of insulin and cause oxidation in your body — both known to elevate your risk of breast cancer.

2. Grapefruit
Grapefruit is thought to elevate the levels of estrogen in a woman’s body – thought to increase breast cancer risk.

3. Vegetable-based oils
Vegetable oils – safflower, soybean, corn, and sunflower are known to be higher in polyunsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats can increase oxidation which increase the development of cancer.

4. Sugary Sweets
According to research, a diet that is higher in refined carbohydrates — found in sweets — is linked to higher blood glucose which forces your body to release more insulin – elevating levels of estrogen, and increasing the risk of future breast cancer.

5. Processed meats
Compounds found as preservatives in meats that are processed – bacon, deli meats, hot dogs or ham –change into compounds causing cancer in your body.

How An All-Natural Diet Prevents Tooth Decay

By Sarah Smith

saladplateThe importance of dental health in our overall health is undeniable: The process of digestion begins in the mouth. The protection of our teeth is just as important as protecting any other organ and system in the human body.

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) fully supports an all-natural diet, free from chemical preservatives. Check out how this type of diet can also help to improve our dental health.

What is an “all-natural” diet?

The rationale behind an all-natural eating approach is simple: Consume foods that are not chemically tainted or preserved. Eating foods in their natural state allows us to obtain the proper nourishment and protection that these foods offer. Moreover, the vitamin-absorption properties of natural foods help us get more nutrition without added calories, fat, salt, or sugar.

What is an example of an all-natural diet?

Although an all-natural diet can be customized to the needs of each individual, one example of such type of diet is the vegan, wheat-free lifestyle choice. The purpose of this plan is to find food alternatives that are high in nutrient content and free from allergy-causing chemicals. It can also help our teeth tremendously, while making our bodies healthier.

How does a NON-natural diet affect our teeth?

Eating non-natural or processed food products such as meat, wheat, and processed diary causes a number of problems for our dental health.

First, meat tends to get stuck between our teeth, causing bacteria to grow. Meats are also dosed with sugar for preservation. The bacteria causes acids that produce cavities. Sugar and acid combined are the key agents that lead to tooth decay.

Wheat, processed with bleached and sugar, is made into starchy bread. It sticks to our teeth, causing plaque to build up. Also, the sugar contained in the preservatives cause cavities, especially if we are also indulging in other sugary treats throughout the day.

How does an all-natural diet affect our teeth

malesmileVegans get their protein, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium form a high variety of sources that do not include meat, dairy or processed wheat products. In fact, the food items that vegans consume are proven to have nutritional values that far surpass any other food group. Combining leafy greens, soybean products, and fruits produces a powerful formula to make our teeth stronger and more protected than ever.

Leafy greens

Greens such as spinach, kale, broccoli and arugula contain an army of vitamins A, C, D, and E. Vitamins A and D are known to re-mineralize bones and teeth, making them stronger. Vitamin C is of supreme important for gum health, as it prevents them from weakening and bleeding. Vitamin E is the antioxidant that will protect bad cells from attacking good cells all over your body, including your mouth. This combination is only the beginning. Greens have much more to offer still.

Calcium, Phosphorus, and Magnesium

Leafy greens are a powerful source of calcium, which strengthens our bones and teeth. Phosphorus is a mineral that can be naturally found in teeth and bones as well. Eating leafy greens increases our levels of phosphorus, strengthening the bone mass density. Magnesium is a miracle mineral that not only strengthens bone density like phosphorous, but it also helps with other aspects such as immune system and digestive health.

This is just a fragment of how an all natural diet can help prevent tooth decay…and much more! Try an alternative choice today. This post comes courtesy of Underwood Dental Care. Enjoy food the best way possible: naturally!

Woodloch Pines Resort Exemplifies The Holiday Spirit- And Its Catching

The Award-Winning Family Resort Kicks Off its Second Annual 12 Days of Giving

newsThe holiday season is always festive at Woodloch Resort, an award-winning family resort in the Pocono Mountains. Annual traditions like the Yule Log Hunts, carriage rides, light shows, festive decorations, and Winter Olympics are things that the guests have come to expect. A new tradition is the 12-Days of Giving, which kicks off the true spirit of the holidays and is often contagious.

For the second year in a row, the team at Woodloch Pines has developed an extensive list of ways that they can give back to the local, national, and even international community. “The goal of the 12 Days of Giving effort is to celebrate the true spirit of the holiday season with the hopes that others will catch the spirit and choose to participate alongside us or create their own ‘giving’ efforts to spread the spirit,” explains John Kiesendahl, owner and CEO of Woodloch Pines.

This year, the team at Woodloch Pines has developed an extensive list of ways they can help in the days leading up to the holidays:

1. Salvation Army Coffee Drop – The Woodloch Social Staff will be stationed outside the local Salvation Army location, handing out hot coffee and Woodloch Bakery sweets to workers, shoppers and donors.

2. Operation Christmas Child – Shoeboxes filled with shoes, toys, and school supplies that Woodloch staff has been collecting will be delivered to children around the world.

3. Adopt a Family – Woodloch Pines will provide a very happy holiday for a few local families.

4. Blanket the World – Woodloch Pines staff has set up a blanket drive at select retailers throughout Pike and Wayne counties to collect blankets for shelters in the area.

5. Angel Tree – Staff members can purchase holiday gifts for children in need by choosing an ornament from the tree, located in the staff lunchroom.

6. Show on the Road – The Woodloch Crew will perform a strolling Christmas show through a local senior center.

7. Random Tabbing – Woodloch Pines will pick up the tab of unsuspecting diners at The Boat House Restaurant every day for one week. Additionally, a portion of our net revenue from that week will be donated to the family of Cpl. Dickson #PSPSTRONG

8. Toys for Tots – Woodloch is collecting toys for military families from staff and guests.

9. Thank an Employee – The Woodloch Family will reward several randomly selected employees with a full tank of gas and a few extra dollars for the holidays.

10. PSPSTRONG – Woodloch staff will bring baked goods and coffee to the local state police stations in Hawley and Honesdale.

11. Fill up gas tanks – Woodloch Elves will swipe Mobile Gas Cards for unsuspecting drivers who pull into The Market at Woodloch to fill up.

familyvector12. Cooking Class– The culinary team at Woodloch Pines will be providing a cooking class to local senior centers from the Hawley, Hamlin, and Honesdale areas. Avery Bus will provide transportation to Woodloch Pines for all participants free of charge.

The family resort’s annual array of winter holiday offerings is always fun-filled and festive. Seasonal activities include:

* Yule Log Hunt available during December weekends

* Holiday Craft Fair featuring over 40 local crafters providing a one-stop, artisan, hand-made holiday shopping experience

* A picturesque wagon ride through an illuminated trail on their annual “Festival of Lights” tours

* “Gingerbread Wars” where guests assemble a task force and compete against other teams in a very unique culinary decorating contest involving elaborate gingerbread houses

* Winter Olympics where guests compete for the coveted Woodloch gold medal in six fun and frosty events in the snow

* Winter Archery featuring targets set amongst the resort’s beautiful Pocono backdrop

* Winter Paintball leads guests through three skirmishes and 250 paintballs

* Patrons can also expect walnut hunts for children, spirited caroling, and delicious holiday baked goods

Holiday packages are available every weekend during the month of December with all-inclusive adult rates starting at $199 per night/per person. More information can be found at

About Woodloch Pines Resort:

Creating a magical experience for families since 1958, Woodloch Pines Resort’s signature warm hospitality keeps guests returning year after year and offers a truly unique all-inclusive family vacation experience fitting for everyone’s taste. An award-winning family resort, championship golf course and sister property featuring a luxury destination spa are just 95 scenic and convenient miles from New York City nestled in the Pocono Mountains Lake Region. For additional information, call Woodloch Pines at 1.800.WOODLOCH or online at

- Submitted by Erica Filstein


How My Family Learned How To Eat

By Melissa Lawrence

kidseatinghealthyLast summer, I embarked on a 10 week long European adventure with my five kids. We planned to visit Spain and France, where we have friends and family, to learn as much as we could about the languages and cultures there. Our trip was filled with adventures and we are having fun telling stories about them still.

But the biggest thing we learned this summer was to how to eat. Of course, we knew how to eat as a practical matter. But we had forgotten how to eat together as a family.

Caught on the busy treadmill of modern family life, we had stopped sitting down together for meals more than once or twice a week. On weekdays, my kids would sit and eat as they came home. First, the younger girls. Then, my older boys, each taking off when finished to launch into his homework. With the kids in bed, I would then eat with my husband Marc – sometimes as late as 9 o’clock.

Although I loved the couples dinners with the hubs, this system didn’t work so well for the kids, nor for me actually. Since breakfast is such a quick enterprise, it meant that there was no time during a given day – or during the entire school week – that we all sat down together. We didn’t talk about their days, nor mine. And the 9 o’clock dinner time was hurting my sleep. I often couldn’t get to sleep until 11 or 12pm, and the following morning I was drained and tired.

I noticed in the French families that we visited that meals are sacred. Weekend lunch is not an individual affair; it’s a collective, shared experience and the cornerstone of the day. Weekday dinners for my European friends are as challenging as they are for American parents of young kids, yet those I witnessed make an effort to make sure meals coexist with togetherness and conversation.

I also noticed this summer what kids learn when they eat with their families. They learn how to sit nicely at the table. They learn how to converse. They learn how to contribute by doing small things like passing the bread and serving the plates. They learn that meals aren’t just about food, they are about being together and looking after each other. Plus, they learn that meals can be really, really fun. Through shared meals, kids develop a sense of a shared experience and of family. This wasn’t something I wanted my kids to miss out on.

So we made some changes. Now, on most weekdays, I sit down and eat with all 5 kids at around 5:30. We don’t have a ton of time, sometimes just 30 minutes, but we manage to eat and chat during that time. I sneak a little side platter of salad onto the table for each of them, and we each eat the same meal. I notice the kids eating more and complaining less about the food. Doesn’t always happen, but on a recent day one child even asked me “and how was your day Mom?” Wow. Our family is Catholic, and we sometimes say grace, or we try to each say something we are grateful for, or something we did for someone else that day.

saladheartsmallSo that my husband is not left entirely out of the picture – the poor man was already abandoned for most of the summer while we were away for Pete’s sake – I wait to eat dessert with him, which is usually fruit salad with a few oatmeal cookies. That way, we are sitting too and talking, which is kind of the point anyway. (He’s less affected by the late meals, and doesn’t get home in time to see the kids during the week unfortunately.)

On weekends, I look at the family calendar and try to come up with an exact time when we can sit down together as a family for lunch. Our lunches are nothing fancy: salad, rotisserie chicken and vegetables, or whole wheat bagels, lox and eggs. Fruit salad for dessert is a staple. The meals are not without controversy and who sits next to whom is always an issue. But I invariably look around the table and think: here we all are, we are a family, and we are all together. And my kids look happy.

For weekend dinners, we’ve been going through our list of the people we don’t feel we see enough and inviting them over for dinner with their kids. This has been the most fun of all. And even though I’m embarrassed to be serving the same dishes like lasagna and porc chops with baked potatoes, I’m so happy for my kids to sit down at a big table with the kids of my friends, all feeling very big and important, and all realizing, again, that meals are as much about people as they are about food.

The kids have grown to really enjoy the family meals, and have come to take ownership over things like making the eggs, and serving the bread.

Now if I can only get them to enjoy the dishes!

- A Mom of five children under 10, Melissa Lawrence is the founder of how to video site Cloudmom offers a library of informative, practical videos and blog content for parents of babies, toddlers and kids. Come visit!

Kids II Foundation Announces 2014 Pink Power Moms

A wonderful story provided by PRWeb. What are your thoughts, please share in the comments section.

newsAnnual program honors eight moms and breast cancer survivors making a difference.

The Kids II Foundation’s Pink Power Mom Network has named eight breast cancer survivors from the United States and Canada as the 2014 Pink Power Moms. The awardees, all breast cancer survivors, were selected for their focus on community and compassion to support patients and their families, in addition to excelling in their most important role – being a mom.

The moms were chosen from hundreds of heartfelt nominations submitted from across the United States and, for the first time, Canada. Now in its seventh year, Pink Power Mom is a nonprofit that annually honors eight remarkable women who have used their breast cancer fight as a catalyst to make a difference in the breast cancer community by founding and/or supporting local and global initiatives. Each mom will receive $9,000 for her charity of choice, allowing them to continue serving as community activists, sources of inspiration and premier patient advocates.

Established by the Kids II Foundation, Pink Power Mom has become an instrumental lifetime resource to network members, their families and the charities the Pink Power Moms have created or supported through this unique program. The program’s executive director, Heidi Floyd, said, “Pink Power Moms has become a strong network for survivor-led empowerment. The network’s pay-it-forward approach empowers moms to meet unaddressed needs in their communities.”

The Pink Power Mom Network, created to be a support network for moms on a breast cancer journey, includes authors, speakers, and tireless advocates. Pink Power Moms are selected by employees of Kids II and an advisory community of fellow survivors based on their community work and steadfast commitment to the cause.

To read the complete article… here.

Dealing With An Expired Domain Name Registration And How To Redeem It

informationredThe Internet Commission on Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN authorizes registrars to obliterate domain registrations that are not renewed on a certain period of time.

A business’ domain name, a very significant part of any site’s advertising scheme, is found all over the place: in web directories, search engines, linkbuilding sites, and even in business cards and print promotional materials. Losing it is like losing the entirety of the business. Definitely a waste of everything one can imagine just to get it back.

When Businesses Lose their Domain Names

Failure to renew a business’ domain name is the main reason why some simply lose their “web identity”. The worst nightmare one can have is to failure to renew it and then have another person or business get it. The process of having a domain name becomes available for others to use is not a devious plot at all. In fact, the Internet Commission on Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN authorizes registrars to obliterate domain registrations that are not renewed on a certain period of time. Of course, no stupid person or business owner would ever want to let go a domain name after establishing web popularity. This is the reason why ICANN gives a grace period for this error to be corrected.

The Grace Period

ICANN requires a 30-day grace period (or a holding period) giving ample time for business owners to renew an expired domain name. This is also a way by which registrars would have sufficient time to resolve scam complaints about an expired domain name. WEBNICC, a leading web hosting provider, delineates how the process works when a domain registration has expired and how it can be redeemed.

According to WEBNICC, they send out email reminders to their customers a few months before the expiration of a domain name. The reminder email is sent out to the registered email address upon signing up. As the expiration date approaches, more email reminders are being sent out. Not getting a response from the email address where the reminder email was sent to does not necessarily mean the domain name will be dropped off immediately. A day after the expiry of the domain name, the website of the expired domain would be down and all email addresses for that domain would stop working. This is the best way by which the owner of the domain would reach out to WEBNICC. Within 30 -45 days from the expiry of the domain, only the owner of the expired domain is allowed to renew it. Despite this “grace period”, the expired domain name would technically means that the said domain name is no longer a property of the owner, rather, it is under the “redemption period” phase and whois lookup would show the same status. Once the said grace period has expired and the previous domain owner still failed to renew the domain name, whois lookup would reveal a “pending deletion” status where no one (even the previous domain owner) would be able to renew it. It would be after a few days after the “pending deletion” status that the domain name would become available for a new registration.

What’s Next and the High Cost of Renewing a “Dropped” Domain Name

Getting back an expired and dropped domain name registration is too costly in that it might take about more than $200 sometimes to restore it. WEBNICC explained that the process for this is kind of tedious, the same reason for the costly amount that any previous domain name owner needs to incur just to get the get back an old domain name.

What Needs to be Done

Keeping the contact information linked to the domain name registration updated is a very important thing any domain owner needs to do. Missing out on a single important reminder from the domain registrar would cause a big impact to the domain registration in the long run. Keeping in touch with the domain registrar is as crucial as it can ever be to make sure that that precious domain name registration won’t expire and one’s website identity won’t be lost in a snap.


WEBNICC is one of the leading web hosting providers that offers a money-back guarantee program to ensure customer satisfaction of their products and services, guarantees a response time within six hours for all technical support requests being submitted, and entitles every customer to a 99.9% monthly uptime guarantee which means that if the server drops below a 99.9% uptime in a given month, they will refund that month of hosting to the customer. As a hosting provider that believes in simplicity, WEBNICC wants web hosting to be one less worry in an already stressful world.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

Bel Marra Health Reports On Harvard Study To Solve Food Addiction

What are your opinions of this article provided by PRWeb? Can the brain be trained to like healthier foods? Please share your thoughts on this article written by Bel Marra Health.

garlictomatoBel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, is reporting on research that suggests a new way to tackle food addiction.

As Bel Marra Health reports in its article (, a new study has found a way to train the brain to like healthy foods that some find less than palatable.

The study, conducted by Harvard Medical School and Tufts University and published in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, has revealed that unhealthy foods like donuts and chips can be made less appealing to the brain while healthier food can be made more appealing.

The brain is “plastic” when it comes to food addiction. Circuits in the brain’s reward center can be completely reversed. That can mean good things for your health, if the new information is used properly.

“We don’t start out in life loving French fries and hating, for example, whole wheat pasta,” says senior author Susan Roberts, who teaches at Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

“This conditioning happens over time in response to eating – repeatedly – what is out there in the toxic food environment.”

Researchers looked at the brains of 13 overweight and obese men and women. Eight of the participants were enrolled in a six-month behavioral weight-loss program designed by Tufts University while the remaining participants were not. All participants underwent brain scans at the beginning and end of the program.

The researchers found those who followed the weight-loss program lost a significant amount of weight, 6 kg on average, while the others put on an average of 2 kg.

The first group also saw an increase in the activity of their brain’s reward center that was only activated as a response to seeing images of low-calorie healthy foods at the end of the program – and decreased activity in response to high-calorie foods.

Spokesperson for Bel Marra Health Dr. Victor Marchione says, “Food addiction is a very real concern. Make sure you notice the signs and take steps to make changes. Bad food habits can be hard to break the longer you hold onto them.”

A common sign you may be experiencing a food addiction is if you are using food to feel better, or as a reward for overcoming an emotional issue. Food addicts will need to break the cycle of “eating for reward” to overcome the addiction.

This study brings new hope to overweight individuals looking to break the cycle and establish good eating habits.

(SOURCE: Deckersbach T., et al., “Pilot randomized trial demonstrating reversal of obesity-related abnormalities in reward system responsivity to food cues with a behavioral intervention,” Sept. 2014; doi: 10.1038/nutd.2014.26.)

Bel Marra Health is the maker of Liver Rescue, a high-quality nutritional supplement to help support and maintain liver health. All ingredients are backed with scientific evidence. Every product is tested for safety, quality and purity at every stage of the manufacturing process.

Bel Marra Health products are produced only in Health Canada approved facilities to ensure our customers are getting top-quality products. For more information on Bel Marra Health visit or call 1-866-531-0466.

Daily Aspirin Is Good For Some Men, Not Others

Interesting article from last months Harvard Men’s Health Watch provided by PRWeb…..

pillsDaily aspirin is recommended for those with existing cardiovascular disease. For otherwise healthy men, the small potential benefit of aspirin must be weighed against the risk of unwanted bleeding.

For men who have had a heart attack, stroke, or other problem related to clogged arteries, the benefits of taking aspirin outweigh the risks. In this group, the benefits include preventing a first or repeat heart attack or stroke or dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease. But in otherwise healthy men, the balance of benefits and risks shifts, according to the October 2014 Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

The best research to date shows that men who have not been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease glean no overall benefit to taking aspirin every day—including men at higher risk, like those with diabetes.

In otherwise healthy men, aspirin prevents some non-fatal heart attacks, but not strokes. At the same time, it can cause harmful bleeding in the digestive tract. Aspirin use has also been linked to small bleeds in the brain which, though uncommon, can be deadly. In fact, aspirin causes more cases of worrisome bleeding than almost any other medication because so many people take it.

The point at which the chance of being helped by daily aspirin outweighs the bleeding risk varies from person to person. This is why experts recommend an individualized assessment.

“You have to be more thoughtful when considering aspirin for prevention in people without known cardiovascular disease,” says Dr. Christian Ruff, a cardiologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “You need to assess the risk of having a heart attack or stroke and also the risk of bleeding.”

Some men take a daily aspirin without checking with their doctors. That’s not a safe move. “Although you don’t need a prescription for aspirin, you should treat the decision to use it as if it were a prescription drug,” Dr. Ruff says.

Read the full-length article: “Aspirin: Heart healthy but know the risks”

Also in the October 2014 issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch:

* Do some prostate drugs cause cancer?

* Tips for success for those who need to go gluten free

* Secrets of living until your 80s and beyond

* How to keep your get up and go.

The Harvard Men’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).