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How to Avoid Hidden Gluten

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Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, which means that products like breads are off-limits for anyone who has a gluten intolerance. While avoiding bread may be obvious, anyone with a gluten intolerance knows all too well that gluten often appears in the most unexpected places. Many hot dog brands, for example, use fillers containing gluten in their products. To avoid the pain and discomfort that gluten can cause, those with a gluten intolerance or celiac disease must learn which products have an unexpected gluten content. Foods are not the only potential source of hidden gluten. When anyone with celiac disease has a medical condition, such as heart disease, high cholesterol, depression, or erectile dysfunction, they may find themselves with a new prescription. Along with that prescription come worries about what exactly is in that little pill. The pill of course contains the active ingredients that help the medical condition, but those active ingredients are usually conta ...

Five Real Tips for Real Weight Loss

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Maintaining a healthy weight is something that nearly all people are concerned about from time to time. If you are not one of them, you should be. Being overweight dramatically increases your risk for a long list of health-related complications. It can also affect your emotional health. When weight becomes a concern, people suddenly find themselves perusing the internet and magazines, frantically searching for diets and tips that will help them control their weight. However, the real basics of how to lose weight are often lost or forgotten. With that said, here are five real tips to keep in mind at all times when you are trying to lose weight. 1. It really is calories in versus calories out. If you have not heard this before, it means that you must use more energy than you consume in order to lose weight. If you eat 500 calories worth of cookies at night, and you only burn about 300 more calories before bed, your body stores the remaining 200 calories. These 200 calories get stored a ...

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