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Your Gut: The Overlooked Key to Good Health

Your gut (your body's gastrointestinal tract) is one of the most important yet often overlooked keys to good health. To understand why, let's take a look at your GI tract and the important functions it performs. Your body's gastrointestinal (GI) tract consists of hollow tube known as the alimentary canal. The alimentary canal is between 26 and 32 feet long. It begins at your mouth and ends at your anus, and also includes the pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestines, and the rectum.
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Health Tip of the Day

Two of the most common health problems among Americans today are insulin resistance and spikes in blood sugar levels after eating. To help avoid these problems, always make sure that you include a protein-rich food with all of your meals, along with one or more foods rich in healthy fats, in addition to carbohydrate foods. Combined, protein and healthy fats help to prevent blood sugar and insulin spikes that can occur when carbohydrate-rich foods are eaten alone.

Yesterday's Health Tip

Here's a fun and easy way to boost your body's resistance to infectious organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi). Try laughing more. That's because researchers at California's Loma Linda University have discovered that laughing boost immunity in two important ways. First, is increases endorphin levels by an average of 27 percent. Endorphins are often called "feel good" chemicals. They are produced in the brain, but also act as powerful boosters of your body's immune response. Secondly, laughter was found by the researchers to increase human growth hormone by a whopping 87 percent on average. For most people, levels of human growth hormone, or HGH, significantly decline once they enter into their 30s, yet researchers have shown that HGH is directly related to overall good health, including optimal immune function. High HGH levels also help to prevent premature aging. It's studies like this one that prove the adage, Laughter is good medicine! Read more health tips...
Pain-free Swollen Knuckles
You are describing Heberden's nodes, which are the result of ongoing osteoarthritis. Some of these changes are in fact inherited. However, know that the swelling will most likely not persist. It may start and stop over a lifetime and then finally stay. continued inside...

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