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Yogurt's Vast Array of Health Benefits

November 16, 2015

Yogurt has long been considered a healthy option, as it’s packed with protein, calcium, potassium, and other nutrients. It’s also a great way to get probiotics, which improve digestive health and a vast array of health conditions.

Yogurt consumption has been shown to improve bone health (eating yogurt lead to better bone mineral density) and cardiovascular health (yogurt-eaters were 31% less likely to develop high blood pressure), lower one’s risk of getting Type 2 diabetes, and be a useful tool in weight management.

Many of these benefits come from probiotics found in yogurt, which offer amazing health benefits. Evidence shows that probiotics could help prevent Type 2 diabetes by preventing insulin resistance and making it easier for you to burn body fat. But probiotic benefits may go beyond that. Some studies have shown that probiotics led to improvements in immune functions in HIV-infected patients.

The research is clear: yogurt is a great addition to any diet, particularly if you want to improve your immune system and its healing powers, bone, heart, gastrointestinal health or improve your weight. Pick some up today! I believe any kind will do... just be sure to eat one to two cups daily.


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Up Your Orange Intake to Kill Cancer Cells

November 11, 2015

Researchers have studied the effects of Vitamin C, most famously found in oranges, for some time, but results have been mixed. Some studies showed success while others did not, though some of the discrepancy may be explained by how the Vitamin C was administered; injections worked while oral consumption did not.

A recently published study builds on these past findings and might explain the results. Researchers found that Vitamin C is most effective in an oxidized form, meaning it has been combined with oxygen. They specifically found that high doses of oxidized Vitamin C killed mutated colorectal cells. The treatment slowed tumor growth in mice and, in one result, “dramatically changed” the metabolic profile of the mutated cells within just one hour of treatment.

The most exciting part, though? Oxidized Vitamin C has “selective toxicity”, meaning the treatments killed off cancer cells without harming normal cells.

The study was done on mice, so future steps would have to include human testing to make sure the results carry over, but the outcomes are promising and would be a major breakthrough in cancer treatment. Regardless, I’m using these findings as an excuse to add more delicious (Florida) oranges to my diet!

The study...


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'Beyond The Little Black Dress' French Fashion Show

October 8, 2015

No one puts on a fashion show like the French. On September 25th at the Dupont Circle Hotel, L'Alliance Francaise hosted "Beyond the Little Black Dress," and the title didn't disappoint. Six exceptional designers and a world renound photographer attended to see the spectacular display of elegant, bohemian, sexy, avant-garde ... and bustiers reminiscent of can can dancers, and which Scarlett O'Hara would die for.

Watch the vdeo here.

A Larissa Noury design (Photo by: copyright William P Simmons, Jr) A Larissa Noury design

A Christelle Cenatiempo of Titelle Couture design (Photo by: copyright William P Simmons, Jr) A Christelle Cenatiempo of Titelle Couture design

A Gohar Beaver of AB Couture design (Photo by: copyright William P. Simmons, Jr) A Gohar Beaver of AB Couture design

Ms Teen Mills, Ms Susan Scott, Mrs. Whitney Debevoise, Ms Sarah Pickup Diligenti, Mr. Chadwick Vale (Photo by: copyright William P. Simmons, Jr) Ms Teen Mills, Ms Susan Scott, Mrs. Whitney Debevoise, Ms Sarah Pickup Diligenti, Mr. Chadwick Vale

Ms. Sarah Pickup Diligenti, Dr. Jean-Francois Hans, Ms Rose Buckley (Miss Delaware Unite States), Ms. Annie Seys, Ms Andromeda Peters (Miss District of Columbia, United States), Mrs. Sophie Ravano, Mr. Lorenzo Ravano, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Monaco (Photo by: copyright William P. Simmons, Jr) Ms. Sarah Pickup Diligenti, Dr. Jean-Francois Hans, Ms Rose Buckley (Miss Delaware Unite States), Ms. Annie Seys, Ms Andromeda Peters (Miss District of Columbia, United States), Mrs. Sophie Ravano, Mr. Lorenzo Ravano, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Monaco

Katherine Tallmadge (Personalized Nutrition and The Georgetown Dish) and David Miller (Photo by: copyright William P. Simmons, Jr) Katherine Tallmadge (Personalized Nutrition and The Georgetown Dish) and David Miller


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