Diet Healthy Foods 

This Ancient Fruit Offers Huge Health Benefits

Dates are an ancient fruit, believed to have first been cultivated in what is now Iraq. While they are still important in Middle Eastern cuisine, they are now available throughout the world. They are popular because of their sweet taste, but they also offer a surprising number of health benefits. Here are some of the ways dates support health: Constipation: Dates have a laxative property, and help relieve constipation. For best results, soak them in water overnight. Bone Health and Strength: Dates are high in minerals that strengthen bones and prevent…

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Healthy Foods Wellness 

The Benefits of Barley

One of our most undervalued grains is barley. Research shows that barley regulates blood sugar, and it helps those suffering from a variety of health problems. Its health benefits are attributable to the fact it is a complete protein, as it contains each of the eight essential amino acids. Barley is also an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. You can eat barley in salads, soups, stew and even as a side dish with meat or vegetables. The health benefits of barley include the following: Keeps Colon and…

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Natural Remedies Wellness 

Use This Essential Oil for More Than Just the Amazing Scent

Lavender oil smells heavenly, and unless you have access to fresh-cut lavender, the essential oil is the best way to enjoy it. But lavender essential oil is much more than fragrant. It has the ability to support our health in a variety of ways. Here are some of the health benefits of lavender essential oil: Bug Repellent: The smell of lavender essential oil is a potent repellent for mosquitoes, midges, and moths. Apply some of the oil on exposed skin. If you are bitten, the oil has anti-inflammatory properties that…

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Healthy Foods Natural Remedies 

Why Drink Cranberry Juice?

Cranberry juice offers an array of health benefits. Cranberries are native to North America. They have a huge antioxidant capacity when compared to other fruits and vegetables. At only 45 calories per cup, the juice provides energy, protein, carbohydrates and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium and zinc. In addition to vitamin C, it includes thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, E (alpha tocopherol) and vitamin K. Here is a breakdown of some of the health benefits of cranberries: Urinary tract Infections (UTI): Urinary tract infections occur when certain micro-organisms…

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Healthy Foods Weight Loss 

Turn Your Morning Coffee Into a Weight-Loss Drink

For those who enjoy it, coffee is a warm and tasty way to start the day. Coffee also offers health benefits. Caffeine jump starts your metabolism in the morning, and enjoying caffeine in moderation supports a healthy heart and protects against several illnesses. If you are a coffee drinker and you would like to lose some weight, this article is for you. A mixture of three simple ingredients, added to your coffee a teaspoonful at a time, can raise your metabolism, burn additional calories, and melt away stubborn fat. The…

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Diet Health Studies Healthy Foods 

2015 Revised USDA Guidelines – What Has Changed?

The field of medicine moves forward through evidence-based practices, using the best scientific data to develop recommendations for policy and treatment. In the related field of diet and nutrition, however, old beliefs die hard. Experts in the field often cling to outdated recommendations, even when the evidence does not support their long-held ideas. For almost half a century, Americans have been told to minimize their consumption of butter, meat and salt. This dietary recommendation was supposed to protect people from heart attacks, strokes, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. In fact, these…

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Disease Health Studies 

This Thyroid Tumor is No Longer Considered Cancer

Last week there was an announcement in the journal JAMA Oncology. An international panel of physicians has reclassified a type of tumor that has long been considered malignant as non-cancerous. This change will affect approximately 10,000 of the nearly 65,000 thyroid cancer patients diagnosed annually in the United States. This means those patients will not have to undergo removal of their thyroid, treatment with radioactive iodine, and regular examination for the rest of their lives, all just to protect against a tumor that was never life-threatening. This will undoubtedly open…

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Disease 

What Gulf Coast Residents Must Know Now About Mosquitoes

With the advent of the Zika virus, citizens on the Gulf Coast are interested in learning how to protect themselves from the mosquito-borne illness. A recent article in the Austin, Texas American Statesman offered some tips.  The writer pointed out that Texas mosquitoes are not yet thought to be carrying the virus, but they do pose a risk for other illnesses. And in the warm Gulf Coast states, April marks the beginning of mosquito season. While you may think of “mosquitoes” as a single category, Texas (as an example) has…

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Diet Exercise Health Studies Weight Loss 

Secret Weapons for Weight Loss

You’ve probably heard that weight loss is a matter of increasing your activity level and decreasing your caloric intake, but it’s not quite that simple. Human bodies burn calories at different rates, according to each person’s individual metabolism. One way to rev up your metabolism is to consume “negative calorie” foods – foods that are low in calories but high in fiber and nutrients. Secret-Weapon Foods Here are some “negative calorie” foods that you can use as your own secret weapons to weight loss. They also prevent chronic disease, improve your eyesight,…

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Digestion Healthy Foods 

11 Reasons to Drink Lemon Water Before Breakfast

Many health experts recommend you drink a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning, then wait a quarter to half an hour to have your breakfast. Your body can absorb more nutrients on an empty stomach. Lemons are enjoyed all over the world. They are high in vitamin C and fiber, and they are rich in plant compounds, minerals, and essential oils. Maximum benefits are obtained from squeezing either a half or whole lemon into a cup of water. 11 Reasons to Start Your Day with Lemon Water:…

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