GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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People with positive mental health work productively, cope with the stresses of life, realize their full potential and make meaningful contributions to their communities. You can maintain positive mental health by connecting with and helping others, getting help if needed, staying positive, remaining physically active, getting enough sleep and developing coping skills.

Mental health affects how we act, feel and think as we cope with life. It includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. Mental health also determines how we relate to others, make choices and handle stress. Good mental health is a sense of self-esteem and confidence. It is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence right through adulthood. According to estimates, only about 17 percent of U.S adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health.


The World Health Organization (WHO) says mental health is not just the absence of any mental disorders. WHO stresses good mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.


Mental illnesses,are serious disorders that can affect your behavior, mood and thinking. There are various causes of mental disorders, including biological factors. Your family history and genes could play a role, and even your life experiences, such as a history of abuse or stress, may impact your mental health.


Mental illness results from complex interactions between the body, mind and environment. Factors that could contribute to mental illness are acute, long-term stress; biological influences such as hormones,

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HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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