Beef gelatin is a supplement that can be used in meals or drinks for those who have digestive problems with meats. Some people’s stomachs cannot break down the proteins in meats as efficiently. Beef gelatin is boiled down animal bone, cartilage and skin that is boiled to extract the collagen. This collagen is then used to form the gelatin that can be used. Substituting beef gelatin is a viable way for people with digestive issues to get necessary protein requirements. The process of boiling the animal down to collagen basically skips a step that our digestive tract would have to take to break down and absorb these proteins and since this product can be used in drinks (i.e. tea, water, coffee) it is more easily absorbed by the stomach and intestines.


            An online store that sells a non-gluten form of this product is Vital Proteins ( Benefits that are labeled are the amount of collagen per serving (20 g) and that it helps with skin, hair, nails and joint support. In many reviews on the website people speak about the way it has helped with digestive issues caused by food previously upsetting to their stomach.

The unique thing about this product is that it is unflavored. When I fill my smoothies with this, I can not even taste the collagen I have added. My favorite smoothie flavor is Strawberry Banana. I cannot get enough and it’s so simple. Add extra stevia if you have a sweet tooth!

Flexibility (Vital Proteins)

Flexibility is the lengthening and stretching of muscles to achieve a full range of motion at a joint. Improving this will help prevent injuries, aches and pains, as well as create a more stable center of balance preventing falls.

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NSAID Concerns

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, otherwise known as NSAIDs, help reduce pain, decrease fevers, and in higher doses, decrease inflammation. However, there are several negative side effects as well and they should only be taken occasionally.

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Wire Grill Brush Risks and Alternatives

Spring and summer are quickly approaching!  It is the time of regular backyard and beach BBQ’s with family and friends.  If you or someone you know uses a brass wire or stainless steel brush to clean the grill, it is necessary to be aware of the dangers and risks it poses to the health of you and your loved ones. 

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Best Essential Oils for Stress and Anxiety

Essential oils are the best most natural way to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety. Essential oils work by passing through the brain and targeting areas in the brain that trigger/control anxiety. Essential oils can affect a person’s heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.


Ways to Use Essential Oils:

1. Inhale directly by rubbing oils on your hands and breathing in


2. Rub directly on your body

3. Add a few drops to your steamy shower

4. Add to spray bottle for misting

5. Use a diffuser


This oil can improve mental concentration, reduce stress, calm agitation, and alleviate insomnia.

Cinnamon Leaf:

This oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which works wonders for soothing aching muscles and joints. It can also give you an instant energy boost if you're feeling tired.


Cedarwood promotes the release of serotonin, which is responsible for stabilizing moods. This oil is also great for relieving stress and controlling/regulating sleep schedule.


The refreshing tart smell of this oil can help control stress levels.


This is a great stress reliever and it is good for alleviating depression.


This can alleviate stress, boost energy, and help with congestion when feeling under the weather.


It can stimulate the mind and promote a sense of peace, tranquility and well-being. This is great for people dealing with depression because it can boost feelings of joy and hope.


This essential oil can reduce stress and the use of antidepressant medication.


This oil has a powerful therapeutic effect on the brain's limbic system and is an excellent emotional balancer. It is great for your overall well-being and mental health.

Ylang Ylang:

It is especially effective when dealing with stress induced by anger. It produces calming and peaceful feelings. It affects the stress responses by lowering heart rate as well as blood pressure.

Clary Sage:

Sage is a natural antidepressant and the best remedy for anxiety because it has no side-effects. It effects dopamine levels in the body and brain, which is excellent for uplifting your mood.


The wonderful smell of jasmine can calm your nerves and reduce stress. It is also great for insomnia and depression.


This oil is traditionally used for religious/spiritual purposes. It is native to Somalia and Africa. It is great for anxiety and depression.


The refreshing scent of lemongrass can relieve anxiety, insomnia, and stress.


Peppermint oil keeps you alert/concentrate and alleviate feelings of mental fatigue. This oil is a lot more concentrated than most essential oils so it is best when partnered with other oils such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil.


The sweet honey-like aroma of this oil can improve your mood, ease stress, and reduce anxiety.

Tea Tree:

Not only is this versatile oil known for its dandruff and acne-fighting properties, it is also known to alleviate stress.


Red Wine vs. White Wine

Wine is a great choice of beverage.  It’s delicious, it’s sexy, and it’s great with food. With the many options and varieties of wine, sometimes it is hard to choose.  But to start, you have to choose between red and white wine, and sparkling if you consider champagne a wine.  Both red wine and white wine have benefits and drawbacks. 

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Tanning Beds VS Natural Sunlight

Every week many people make it a priority to hit the tanning beds or lay out in the sun to alter the color of their skin to look healthier.  The truth is UV radiation is the number one cause of skin cancer -both non-melanoma and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.  A lot of us are aware of this but we still choose to expose ourselves to this risk.

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Collagen Beauty Products

Collagen functions to help keep many other parts of the body healthy. However, it slows in production from the age of 20. Adding a daily supplement has the potential to help bone, muscle, heart, and joint health, plus the added benefit of gaining a younger and more radiant skin look.

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Nike Research Lab

The Nike Research Lab also has a copper-sweating robot, named Hal, which tests the clothing in different types of environments. The robot is kept in a chamber that can be set to different environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity.

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Alcohol & Exercise

When your body recognizes that there is alcohol present, it stops metabolizing fat and sugar, and starts metabolizing the alcohol.  This just means that you will burn less fat because your body is busy, “being drunk,” or metabolizing the alcohol instead.

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Collagen Whey Protein

Benefits of collagen and whey supplements include but is not limited to improvement in hair, skin, gut, muscle, cardiovascular and joint health. Introducing direct sources of collagen can lead to healthier connective tissue in the body.

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Benefits of Matcha Collagen

Matcha is rich in antioxidants, improves alertness, and many more things. It is ground into a powder from the tencha leaf. Matcha is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, and lots of minerals.


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Starting your day off with a healthy smoothie can have great benefits to your health and overall well-being. Higher levels of folic acid found in greens can help fight against depression. Shakes/smoothies help people get the necessary amount of fruits and vegetables recommended each day.

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Contact Sports and Concussions

A concussion is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that affects your brain function. Temporary effects include headaches as well as problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. It happens when a hit to the head or body causes your brain to move rapidly back and fourth.

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