5 Surprising Health Perks of Smoothies

Sip on a smoothie for maximum health benefits.

5 Surprising Health Perks of Smoothies

Many of the ingredients used to create the perfect smoothie are actually really good for your health. Adding in items like almond milk, bananas, and Greek yogurt can benefit your body in so many ways. Learn what to add into your smoothies for both a boost of flavor and added health benefits with this helpful guide.

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Reboot Your Gut

If you've been feeling constipated lately, you may want to consider making a smoothie loaded with prebiotics to soothe your gut and ease your symptoms. Prebiotic foods are essential to you keep your gut healthy because their reaction with the combination of probiotics helps good bacteria in your gut grow. Plus the fiber content can not only support gut health but also get your bowels moving. Boost your morning smoothie by adding Greek yogurt as a probiotic and ingredients like bananas, oats, and jicama as great prebiotic options.

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How to Safely Make Lifestyle Changes With Type 2 Diabetes

Gain control of your disease while still protecting your heart

If you're overweight or obese and have type 2 diabetes, a new study reveals how to make lifestyle changes that will help you safely gain control of your disease and still protect your heart.

Researchers published a study in Diabetes Care that took a second — and more in-depth — look at data from the NIH's Look AHEAD study. They found that for 85% of people in that study, lifestyle interventions that triggered weight loss and increased physical activity reduced potential cardiovascular problems. Such lifestyle interventions also help reduce the risks for diabetes, dementia and some cancers and strengthen the immune system.

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