Your digestive tract is full of living organisms that help keep you healthy--around 400 different types of beneficial bacteria and yeast strains that co-habitate in your gastrointestinal system. There are several different kinds of foods and suppleme... Read more
Surely you've heard the old saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." While a daily apple is a better strategy than nothing, it'll actually take a much stronger plan to really boost your immune system. Almost every year,... Read more
Did you know that your digestive tract contains more than 400 types of “friendly” bacteria? These little guys, commonly referred to as probiotics (which means "pro-life"), help reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a... Read more
Can you boil water? Then you can make whole grains a part of your diet. Whole grains are delicious and nutritious, supplying vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. And there are many varieties to choose from besides the all-too-common wheat, oats and... Read more
Getting your recommended daily allowance of fruits (1/2 to 2 cups) and vegetables (2-1/2 to 3 cups) is no small feat—especially when you don't have a lot of extra time to prep and cook all that produce. That's one reason why smoothies h... Read more
I know that this issue has been brought and apparently only a few people are experiencing it, but I am getting really frustrated that it hasn't been fixed after 6+ notifications. I have the Spark Streak set for my water and the general goal is alway... Read more
I drink water and I trck it by my water bottle is 16oz, and I fill it 4 times a day so that works out to 8 glasses of water a day. No I don't stress if I miss a glass or two I just say okay tomorrow is another day.... Read more
I'll offer some thoughts. First water (or things containing water) are important. The 8 glasses/day has no scientific validity. Some say 64 oz (8X8oz), others 100oz. Which size glass? Need depends on activity and what you eat. Just stay hydrated.... Read more
Kefir is a great source of minerals like calcium & magnesium, & phosphorus, which helps the body utilize carbs, fats and proteins for cell growth, maintenance & energy. You can try Kefir over fruit or cereal, in your morning smoothie, or straight fro... Read more
Kefir id a drinking-style yogurt that tastes a little more tart than yogurt & contains easily digestible complete proteins.Kefir can also help eliminate unhealthy food cravings by making the body more nourished and balanced. Kefir is in the refrigera... Read more
A "cultured milk product" may sound foreign, but if you've ever eaten yogurt, you're closer to kefir than you thought. Find out what makes it just a little more special.What Is Kefir?Kefir has the mild tang of yogurt, only wit... Read more
By SparkPeople Head Dietitian Becky Hand, RD, LD
Despite all the bad news out there about our collective health declining, it's easier than ever to eat right and improve your health. As 2010 draws to a close and we prepare for a healthy and happy 2... Read more
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