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dough is fer­mented so it has a pre­bi­otic com­po­nent, which sup­ports di­ges­tive health.

>> CHOOSE HEALTHY PRO­TEINS. Avoid the preser­va­tives found in pro­cessed lunch meats. It’s also very clear that red meat isn’t good for you. Yes, grass-fed beef has fewer in­flam­ma­tory omega-6s than grain-fed, but most of us don’t re­ally need red meat at all. Better pro­tein sources are beans, tofu, whole grains, and eggs. Smooth­ies made with whey pro­tein pow­der are also good. elite ath­letes re­cov­er­ing from in­juries to main­tain their fit­ness level by do­ing in­ter­val sprints in the deep end. You can of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence pain re­lief after just one ses­sion. When you’re hurt­ing, it’s tempt­ing to reach for some­thing that prom­ises fast re­lief. Make smart de­ci­sions or you may pay un­in­tended con­se­quences.

>> OVER-THE-COUNTER PAIN RE­LIEV­ERS Ac­etaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) and non­s­teroidal anti-in­flam­ma­to­ries (NSAIDs) such as ibupro­fen only mask symp­toms. Even more con­cern­ing, there are now stud­ies show­ing that ac­etaminophen is in­ef­fec­tive for treat­ing os­teoarthri­tis pain (and of­ten toxic). If you have an acute sit­u­a­tion, use th­ese drugs at the low­est dose pos­si­ble for the short­est pe­riod of time pos­si­ble.

>> DIETARY SUP­PLE­MENTS >> AC­TIVE IN­GRE­DI­ENTS De­ter­mine the amount of ac­tive in­gre­di­ents you might need by look­ing for stud­ies that used the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent. If you don’t un­der­stand the re­search stud­ies, print them out and ask your physi­cian or phar­ma­cist for help. De­ter­mine the dosage which was used to get positive re­sults. This will help you make sure the prod­uct you choose con­tains the amount of the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent shown to ben­e­fit hu­mans. If you don’t get the right amount, you may as­sume that the in­gre­di­ent didn’t work well for you, when in fact you just weren’t get­ting enough of it.

>>SAFETY FIRST Make sure the prod­uct you are con­sid­er­ing is gen­er­ally rec­og­nized as safe (GRAS). De­spite be­ing from nat­u­ral sources, not all dietary sup­ple­ments are with­out po­ten­tial ad­verse ef­fects. GRAS in­gre­di­ents have a leg up on safety com­pared to the (of­ten un­known) safety of other in­gre­di­ents.


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