Tryptophan for brain protection

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New research this week shows how your microbiome can take a simple and abundant nutrient and refine it into an important metabolite that helps control inflammation in the brain and central nervous system to prevent diseases like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and even brain cancer.

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Combat grilling carcinogens

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The unofficial start of summer kicks off this Memorial Weekend and millions of people will barbecue to celebrate. I’m a big fan of grilling, but as a cooking process, the critics are right that high heat and charred meat can produce carcinogenic compounds. Luckily there are some simple things you can do to lesson your risks and improve your health overall.

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Assume your workout burned zero calories

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”I’m eating right and exercising every day and the weight isn’t coming off. Why isn’t it working?”

I get this question almost daily from frustrated dieters. There are all kinds of reasons results stall out, but this week I want to focus on a mistake I’ve seen thousands of people make over the years: they count their workout calories. I’ll go over why that sabotages results and 5 tips to increase fat-burning with exercise.

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Alkaline water - hoax, real or both?

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The latest health craze sweeping the internet concerns alkaline water. Proponents claim that our terrible modern diets raise the acidic levels of our bodies causing acidosis. These low levels of chronic acidity then contribute to bone loss, obesity, arthritis and other conditions of aging. Like any good fad, they have lots of anecdotal success stories and bizarre pseudo-science explanations about how and why it works, but no real studies to confirm it. What makes this fad interesting is a new study that shows how it really can benefit your health and longevity. The fad fans got the science wrong but there may actually be something to it. However, the overpriced alkaline water brands and ridiculously expensive water ionizing machines are still a scam and a huge waste of money. I’ll explain the surprising way it works and a cheap and simple way to do it yourself at home.

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