Herbs & Spices

Spices and herbs not only add flavor, color and aroma to food, but also vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Replacing salt with fragrant, tasty herbs and spices is also a simple way to cut your sodium intake. “You can naturally help to lower your blood pressure – whether you’re hypertensive or…

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Health Buzz

1. Taking calcium supplements has long been promoted as a way to prevent osteoporosis, but a recent German study suggests that consuming these supplements could significantly increase your risk of heart attack. Researchers speculate that excess calcium from supplements may be deposited in the arteries, contributing to plaque buildup and…

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Health Buzz

1 – Adopting a positive outlook on life can cut your risk of heart attack in half. A Harvard research review of more than 200 studies showed that being optimistic and satisfied with your life can decrease your chance of cardiovascular disease by 50 percent, regardless of your age, body…

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Eating a high protein breakfast can help you feel full longer and reduce late-night snacking, according to researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia. They followed 20 overweight women between 18 and 20 years old over a six-day period and divided them into three groups. The first group ate a 350-calorie…

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Trust Your Gut

Taking probiotics has become an increasingly popular way to maintain a healthy digestive system. Probiotics are live microorganisms – known as good bacteria – that are available in food or dietary supplements. “Our intestinal tracts are lined with bacteria that are very important in our digestion, and we need good…

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Get Connected

Want to improve your health and add years to your life? Build positive, supportive relationships with your family, friends and community. “The more socially connected you are, the healthier you are and the longer you live,” says Debra Umberson, Ph.D., director of the Population Research Center and professor of sociology…

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How to Choose the Right Yoga Class

When people hear the word yoga, they often think of the physical practice of stretching and strengthening the body through postures. Although this is the most popular form of yoga in the United States, it is only one of many ways to achieve a state of centeredness and inner peace.…

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Fueled by Food

Planning to go on a long run or play in a soccer tournament this weekend? What you eat before, during and after your workout can make a big difference in your performance, says Penny Wilson, Ph.D., registered dietitian at Ironman Sports Medicine Institute in Houston. “Your nutrition can really make…

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Osteoporosis – the Silent Disease

Each year Americans break about two million bones as a result of osteoporosis, a “silent” disease that causes bones to become brittle and weak. Although anyone can have osteoporosis, your risk increases if you are Caucasian or Asian, have close family members with the disease, low body weight or are…

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Eye To Eye

Eye disease becomes more common as you age, but getting early treatment can reduce your chance of permanent vision loss. “Many of the diseases are actually without symptoms so the patients may not necessarily know that they have a problem or a disease until they get to that stage (of…

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Dehydration

As summer temperatures soar, so does your risk of dehydration. Thirst is often your body’s first cue that you’re low on water. “You’re already dehydrated by the time you’re thirsty, at least mildly, if not more,” says Matthew Ganio, Ph.D., director of the Human Performance Lab at the University of…

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The Doctor Is In – Concierge Medicine

Imagine leisurely, same-day appointments and 24/7 access to your doctor, even on weekends and holidays. A growing trend in concierge-style medicine makes this a reality. “I give my cell phone number out to my patients, so there’s no answering service,” says Dr. Kirk Lee of Personal Physicians of Sugarland in…

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When Compulsive Collecting Crosses the Line

Many people like to collect items – from stuffed toys and stamps to antiques. But how do you know if your habit of collecting items has crossed the line from hobby to hoarding? A major warning sign is when your stuff starts to spill into the main areas of your…

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Chia Seeds

Cha Cha Cha Chia You may recognize them from the Chia Pet plant novelties of the ‘70s, but today chia seeds have developed a new reputation as a superfood. Packed inside the little chia seed is a nutritional powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber and protein. The use of…

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Best Foot Forward

It’s that time of the year again when you’re racing around town shopping and running errands, with little time to rest and kick up your feet. Buying properly fitting shoes and practicing good foot hygiene can help keep your feet healthy and pain-free. The first step is finding a shoe…

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Beating Winter Blues

As winter approaches, the dwindling sunlight and cold, dreary weather can give you the “winter blues.” If your feelings of sadness and fatigue follow a predictable seasonal pattern, you may have a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. “We start seeing it at the end of fall…

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Good Posture and Stretching Reduce Back Pain

If you’re going on a long road trip this holiday, you know the importance of planning ahead: checking the tires and brakes, changing the oil and filling up the gas tank before you get on the road. Like your car, your spine requires regular maintenance to function properly. “People don’t realize…

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Animal, Mineral or Vegetable

Minerals play a critical role in maintaining a healthy body and help reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. When you are deficient in minerals, it can cause a wide range of symptoms from muscle spasms and abdominal bloating to catching colds more frequently. “Minerals and vitamins are…

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