Monthly Archives: July 2010

Are Your Sleep Habits Making You Fat?

As if losing weight isn’t hard enough in the first place, now our sleep habits might be making it even harder! A recent study done at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and published in the journal Sleep found that in people under 40 who got five or fewer hours of sleep per night (or, to a lesser extent, more…

Bacteria in Bottled Water

Sure, those nifty plastic bottles are convenient, but when’s the last time you actually stopped to think about what’s in your bottled water? Not only is it usually as contaminated (or more) with harmful chemicals as tap water, and its damage to the environment is beyond repair, but now a recent study is giving us one more reason to avoid…

Easy Exercise 101: Get Practical!

My Weekly “Renew You” Challenge – I can’t tell you how many times I hear people say things like, “But I just don’t have time to exercise during the day…” so here’s a little tip that’s worth repeating: Stop over-thinking it and get practical! Little things like taking the stairs instead of using the elevator can make a BIG difference.…

Feeling Happy? Positivity Protects Against Heart Disease

Hey, guess what? Feeling good is good for you! A recent study found a connection between positive emotions and a lowered risk of coronary heart disease—pretty neat, huh? Specifically, they studied something called “positive affect,” which is basically just another way of saying that someone is experiencing positive emotions, and what they found was that increased positive emotions actually decreases…

Beef for Dinner? Think Again.

When’s the last time you really thought about where that steak on your plate came from? Or how that juicy burger ended up on your grill in the first place? If you’re like most people (and believe me, I’ve been guilty of this too) you’d rather remain in the dark when it comes to how your food—especially your meat—is raised…

Antibiotic Resistance, What Can I Do?

Think about it, when was the last time you washed your hands with soap that wasn’t antibacterial? Heck, it’s almost impossible just to find normal soap these days, and instead every label and package screams “antibacterial” in a way that makes plain old soap seem downright ineffective. But there’s a problem—one of the biggest contributors to the antibiotic resistance problem…

Good Bacteria Help Right from the Get Go

Being as passionate as I am about digestive health, I talk a lot about the good bacteria in your gut and how important they are for a healthy body—especially a strong digestive and immune system. But here’s something that a lot of folks may not know: those trillions of microscopic organisms start setting up shop in your intestines as soon…

Giving Back with the Power of Probiotics

Recently I was given the chance to be a part of something really amazing. A friend of mine went to Haiti on a mission organized in conjunction with All Children’s Hospital in Tampa. Their goal was to set up a medical clinic and provide much-needed care for those in need, and ReNew Life had the opportunity to donate several cases…